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Habs / Bruins: Game 1

  • The Playoffs finally get underway for the Conference Champion Canadiens tonight in Montreal.

    It’s the first time in a long time, that the Canadiens enter the Playoffs as a favorite, expected to win, and expected to go deep.

    The Habs of course are even heavier favorites against the Bruins having dominated them in every way, including 11 consecutive wins dating back to the 06/07 regular season.

    There’s no reason to assume this should change. On paper the Canadiens are still better than the Bruins in every category that counts.

    The only thing ‘experts’ and the media can seem to come up with is the Canadiens are young & inexperienced. They are to an extent, as are most teams including the Bruins.

    Both Netminders have zero playoff experience. Who do you put your money on in goal?

    Carey Price, a World Junior Champion, an AHL MVP & Champion.
    Or, Tim Thomas, a 34 year old journeyman, fish out of water tap dancer goaltender.

    The choice seems obvious.

    But this is the NHL playoffs of course, and the Bruins will not roll over and die.

    What can we expect from Boston to try and reverse their fortunes against the Habs?

    Anything and everything they have.

    If the Habs have a weakness, it’s their inability to deal with physical play. Expect to see a lot of Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton. Expect Zdeno Chara to play 35 minutes a game.

    Expect them to crash Carey Price, expect them to be dirty and flagrant. Expect Alex Kovalev to be harassed and assaulted every time he’s on the ice.

    Because if the Bruins don’t play that way, this could be a very short and sweet first round series.

69 Comments
  1. #1 PACTUM SERVA says:
    April 11, 2008 at 11:15 am

    LOL

  2. #2 Ice Man says:
    April 11, 2008 at 11:36 am

    From another Boston Paper:

    “Now, is Price a good goalie? Seems so, according to his pedigree and résumé. The news clips say it, too, but his 60-minute exercise against the Bruins was more a test in not dozing off than it was in stopping the puck. The Bruins mustered only 18 shots, and other than the one Shane Hnidy ticked by him, no more than two or three of the remaining 17 were anything more than a beer league goalie would have to stop”.

    All the Boston Media must be Major Dicks..

  3. What Boston paper is that from? Surely they can’t be that biased and blind…

    “Ran Lucic along the boards”…. I like that especially…

  4. #5 OhioHabsFan says:
    April 11, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Tony from NB,

    Ignore the people wanting to bash you… the Canadiens organization is a passion for most Habs fans. Simply rooting for another team is often enough to earn the scorn of many Habs fans. Personally, I love seeing people support other teams. It means they have a fan base to keep them in the NHL for Les Glorieux to defeat!!!

    Tim Thomas is a very athletic goaltender with a LOT of heart, however he does lack the skills that would place him with the elite in the NHL. He often tends to flop around on the ice (thus the fish out of water comparison) and while it’s not pretty to look at, he has been effective in stopping the puck. Without him, the B’s would not have come close to making the playoffs. He is not a cup winning goaltender however. He lacks the poise that will be needed to win in the clutch games. Carey Price, while largely untested in NHL playoffs, is an extremely calm netmider, who uses his size, excellent positioning and very good rebound control to dominate opposing teams. His youth will give him an edge in the playoffs if Montreal goes deep, which I suspect they will.

    If you want to comment on how well the habs are playing, then go ahead. If you want to try and dash the hopes and expectations of the millions of Canadiens fans worldwide, then this forum is NOT the place to do it. The Habs will make it to the finals and it is gonna be one helluva ride there!!!

    GO HABS!!!!!!

  5. Montreal is only going to lose 4 games in the playoffs. 0 against boston , 0 against philly,2 against pittsburgh and 2 against the wings,ducks or sharks.

  6. #7 Tony from NB says:
    April 11, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    OhioHabsFan…

    thanks for the support. It’s not easy trying to have an intelligent conversation on other fans blog sites.

    I completely agree that the Habs have what it takes to make a nice run at the Cup. The team has played very inspiring hockey this year under Carbo and even without Sheldon…pp is at the top, and Price is the real deal. However, there are questions of plaoyoff experience that may come into play in the later rounds versus the Blue-Shirts or the Pens.

    Passion is important…I have it for my Bruins (most of the time it’s frustration), and my other professional sports team.

    I just can’t stand idiots who have nothing better to say than “PUTZ”,”IT SUCKS TO BE YOU”…probably the same group that booed the US Anthem. I’m sure Komisarek and Smolinski really appreciate that response.

    Either way, I don’t give up trying.

    Tony (an intelligent hockey and bruins fan)

  7. Fellas, passion does not win you championships, drafting, trading and building the system is how you win. The Habs under Bob Gainey may be a realistic couple of years away, in spite of our lust for a Cup. The second round will show how far we have come as an organization. The play of Michael Ryder and Saku Koivu on our second line will ultimately determine how far we go this year, and whether both players will be with us next year.

  8. Tony From N.B.,an intelligent hockey and Bruins fan,you ask for facts and then use words like probably or assume things and make judgments based on them !What a SMUCK! You are an hypocritical idiot provocateur that do not know shit and can’t connect the dotted line …so…UP YOURS FOOL!!!!ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ole ………………………………..

  9. #10 habs4life says:
    April 11, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Tony from NB, thanks for coming back as promised. That’s game one! Counting…

    Looking at your “this year under Carbo and even without Sheldon…pp is at the top, and Price is the real deal…”, I feel you were a Habs fan already. Sheldon didn’t belong to this team. He was the rust of defense as I have been saying this even when he was in Montreal team (Streit easily takes over the PP, even has better defense and offense strength than him); Price is the real deal, which I agreed to from the very beginning.

    “However, there are questions of playoff experience that may come into play in the later rounds versus the Blue-Shirts or the Pens.” The playoff experience sometimes only means “Nervous”: a young bull doesn’t fear lions because he even doesn’t who lions are. Even optimistic, the group of young bulls may face different kinds of cows. :)

    With Gainey, Carboneau and Kirk Muller in Montreal, Bruins fans can only wish to break the TRIO or move Bruins out of Northeast or, to the West.

    Passion and loyalty matter in the fans world. See you by the end of 1st round.

  10. #11 Joseph says:
    April 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    #48 CanadaLowSelfEsteem
    Posted on April 11th, 2008 at 10:49 am. About ‘Habs / Bruins: Game 1′.

    “Nice to see Canadiens booing the US National Anthem again.
    That National low self esteem always comes through.”

    Nice to see you coming on here just to point out that some Canadian fans booed the US National Anthem. I mean, to go to all the trouble of seeking out a medium in which you could express your disapproval, and get in a shot of your own in the process, wow. You’re an awesome person. Here’s a riddle: What did the pot say to the kettle?

    57 Tony from NB
    Posted on April 11th, 2008 at 3:51 pm. About ‘Habs / Bruins: Game 1′.

    “OhioHabsFan…

    “thanks for the support. It’s not easy trying to have an intelligent conversation on other fans blog sites.”

    Yes, it’s rather difficult attempting to have an intelligent conversation on another team’s blog when you yourself show up unarmed. For example, Tony, a more successful approach might have excluded the following:

    “WOW…I can’t believe the number of Habs fans looking at beyond the first round with rose colored glasses. Habs over the Flames/Habs over the Sharks…etc

    “Are u kidding me…Take away the 16 points away from the Habs againts the Bruins in the regular season and they are simply ordinary…in fact the Bruins have a better record againts the rest of the league ( Check the fatcs…they don’t lie! )

    “I know…I know…Habs fans love to live in the past…it’s 86 all over again!

    “Truth be told, the Habs will destroy the Bruins. However, they will not get past the Flyers.

    “So wake up from your slumber my Habs fans…stop dreaming…and concentrate on the 2007/08 version and not the 1986 version of the Habs.

    “Tony ( an intelligent hockey and bruins fan )”

    No, Tony, are you kidding me? The types of replies that you received following this opening entry are precisely the types of replies that you knew you’d receive. If you had wanted a more civil discussion, then your approach would have been a hell of a lot more diplomatic. You came to troll.

  11. #12 PACTUM SERVA says:
    April 11, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    So what if we boo the american anthem geezz i can remember a certain world series when they flew our canadien flag upside down. GO CANADA GO AND GO HABS GO

  12. #13 habby says:
    April 11, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Hey Tony,
    The Habs went 4-0 versus the flyers this year, So I doubt they’ll walk over the Habs. And if the bruins and thomas were as good as you think they are the Habs wouldn’t have won those 8 games.

  13. #14 Joseph says:
    April 11, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    To be honest, all this harping on about national anthems being booed is growing as tired as every other stupid thing that too many human beings appear to occupy their minds with. People always find the most petty things (many of which they themselves either don’t believe in or fail to understand) to focus upon for the mere purpose of an insult. What a useless waste of energy.

  14. #15 Senet 1 says:
    April 11, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Hey guys, I think the best way to deal with a guy like Tony from NB, who is obviously trying to get our goat is to ignore him, he is just some little guy who is looking for attention that maybe his mommy is not giving him any. If we ignore him he will eventually go away like a bad dream.

  15. #16 Rubberman says:
    April 12, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Go Habs Go!

    Think about it, with all the pressure right now in Montreal, they came out great on Thursday.

    Do it again Habs!

  16. Halak should have made it to the All-Star Game over Thomas. Thomas never knows where the puck is, he just flops around and makes saves by accident.lol No skill at all. He is better than Raycroft though.who isn’t lol

  17. Tony’s ok, he’s got some good things to say and maybe from his position we can be enlightening a little. I just hope the Habs don’t give hi any amunition to sharpen his wit with. I’d rather be here saying what’s clear and the numbers ought to speak for themselves. I still have the Koivu flip flop taste in mouth and would surely want to see that things continue playing thru as the Canadiens have had the right results and with a little more luck who knows where the parade to the Stanley Cup will be….Keep it going Go Habs Go!…15 wins to go!!!

  18. As a French Canadian who lives in what the rest of us call the real Canada I am very ashamed of the idiots, pardon me that is to complementary, the bottom feeders that think they are hockey fans in Montreal. I am embarrassed and apologize for their ignorance. All I can say is what more can you expect from people with such weak ancestry, they need to realize they lost the war and their quarrel lies with their forefathers. Please do not judge us real Canadians by these losers. The only reason we keep them in Canada is it is the only way we can get to New Found Land. Booing anthems is just wrong, they got by Boston but I am sure Philly will kick their but.

    Paul

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