The Montreal Canadiens beat the Bruins for the 6th time out of 7 games. The once fierce and entertaining rivalry has been dominated by the Canadiens recently and this year in particular. The Bruins traded away their franchise player and it has proven to be a terrible move. The Bruins haven’t won on the road since before the Olympics and 2 of those losses were in Montreal. They will miss the playoffs this year after finishing 1st in the East in the last season they played.
Ryder, Higgins and Koivu scoring means things are going the way they are supposed to. Top players are firing like they should but it’s even nicer to see a guy like Aaron Downey contributing. Everyone including Alex Kovalev had a smile on their face when Downey scored the 5th goal. There seems to be a real ‘team’ feeling to the Canadiens that hasn’t been there in a long time. Everyone seems to be ‘getting along’ and things are meshing well. No more cliques like Theodore, Ribeiro and Dagenais and no more division in the dressing room.
The game was the last game in the ‘10 must win‘ games that the Canadiens played against weaker opponents. Well the Canadiens managed an 8-2 record and 16 points over those games and have pretty much solidified their inclusion in the playoffs. Furthermore, it’s put them in a position where 6th place is well within reach. Now is a very exciting time for Habs fans who have supported simply awful Canadiens teams through the late 90s and early 2000s. The team looks like it can compete with anyone in the league right now and there’s nothing to suggest that they won’t continue that way into the playoffs.
The goal now is 6th spot and avoiding the Senators and Canes in the first round. The remaining regular season schedule is a little more difficult then the previous 10 games and the Habs will start it off against Ottawa in a potential playoff preview. Everyone will be watching to see if the Canadiens can continue winning against the big teams in the East.