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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. Well apparently Brisebois is in the line up and O’Byrne is sitting.

    If there’s one way to let Boston into the series, they just did it…..

  2. #2 Ice Man says:
    April 10, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Not one of Carbo’s greatest moves and WILL NOT be the last. Just wait if we are down a goal or two. We will see his famous Jugling act.

    We need Tuff D-Men to play the Bruin Goons and Breezie does not fit that description. O’Bryne has the Tuffness and can clear the puck without min. turnovers. So what is going through Carbo’s mind is anybody’s guess.

    GO HABS GO ???

  3. #3 habs4life says:
    April 10, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Mike Komisarek will return to the lineup for Thursday night’s opening game of the Habs’ Eastern Conference quarter-final against the visiting Boston Bruins.

    Olé Olé Olé Olé Olé Olé…

  4. #4 hablifer says:
    April 10, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Carbo thinks brisecrap has experience. That’s the only reason he’s playing.
    Yes Breezer has experience, at NOT HITTING, COUGHING UP THE PUCK!
    Great move Carbo! You mighgt have cost us game 1.
    I guess friendship is more important than winning games.

  5. #5 Kris Schill says:
    April 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Come On! Your basically counting them out because Carbo wanted a guy with some experience onthe ice. Yes Brisebois has some issues but this is a young team and the guys with experience will help reassure them! Inexperience and nerves in the playoffs can also createe bad turnovers! so come on lets wait and see what happens before we start with the negativity! GO HABS!

  6. #6 Tony from NB says:
    April 10, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Well these two sentences prove that any idiot can blog:

    “Tim Thomas, a 34 year old journeyman, fish out of water tap dancer goaltender.”
    “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”

    Firstly, the fish out of water/tap dancer posted the 4th best save% in the leaugue this year at .921, while the young stud , Price, posted the 7th best at .919.

    Secondly, the “dirty & flagrant” bruins posted the 6th lowest amount of penalties at 420min…while the clean & wholesome Habs had 431min.

    Get your facts straight….the Bruins have no reason to take “flagrant” penalties againts the leagues best pp. The series should end in 4 or 5 for the Habs…not because the Bruins crash Price, or because Thomas is a “fish-out of water”. But simply because the Habs have too much speed and skill.

    The Bruins can only hope for boring, trap-like hockey againts the habs.

    Get your facts straight Habs fans.

    Tony (an intelligent hockey and bruins fan)

  7. Firstly, the fish out of water/tap dancer posted the 4th best save% in the leaugue this year at .921, while the young stud , Price, posted the 7th best at .919.
    ——————————

    ….and what are his numbers vs the Habs?

    Let’s start with this year…

    ZERO wins.
    4.20 GAA
    .877 SV

    Wow…

    How about career?

    4 wins in 18 games, if you wanna take out your shiny Boston Bruins logo calculator or your TD Banknorth notepad and work on those numbers, you’ll realize they’re pretty pathetic.

    I’m happy to straighten those facts as you put it.

  8. #8 habs4life says:
    April 10, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Come on, Tony. I respect your loyalty as a Bruins fan.

    None of stats can deny the 11 straight loss.

    Try not go to a Habs fan blog/forum in the NHL world. It’s not fun!!!

  9. #9 Tony from NB says:
    April 10, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Yo…7 Habs Blog…what about your “dirty & flagrant” comment??? no response???the Bell Center is getting real silent now.

    Also, no response to this statement of mine:
    “The series should end in 4 or 5 for the Habs…not because the Bruins crash Price, or because Thomas is a “fish-out of water”. But simply because the Habs have too much speed and skill.”

    HELLO!!!! I agree the Habs are the better team.

    I guess I should write in either French, Greek, or Italian for you Montrealers to understand.

    Tony (an intelligent hockey and bruins fan)

  10. #10 Tony from NB says:
    April 10, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Hey habs4life…your right…11 straight losses is pathetic….we still have much work to be done in the off-season.

    ..and yes, it takes guts to come on the other teams blog sites…but I just can’t stand opinions that are based on no factual standing.

    Tony (an intelligent hockey and bruins fan)

  11. Hey Tony ,when was the last Bruins cup anyway’s?OH YEAH 38 YEARS AGO… LOL….

  12. #12 habs4life says:
    April 10, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Hey, Tony from NB. Regarding your “guess I should write in either French, Greek, or Italian for you Montrealers to understand”, you’d better in English, because 95% participants of this blog are from coast to coast (Canada and States). Correct me, if I am wrong, folks.

    Being said, playoff a new season. Habs and Bruins are all from scratch. Let’s see the result after the first round. Hope can talk with you then.

  13. #13 Tony from NB says:
    April 10, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Xtrahabsfan…

    Cheap shot…and typical. The habs are the greatest hockey franchise in history. You will be celebrating your 100th anniversary next year…try to be classy when you do it.

    Again, let me repeat en francais for you to understand: Les Canadiens gagneront dans 4 ou 5 jeux.

    Tony (an intelligent hockey and bruins fan)

  14. #14 Ice Man says:
    April 10, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Carey “The Ice” Price is only 20. Thomas is almost 34 (in a few days). Thomas has done nothing in his 34 years.

    Price at 20 yrs. as done so much already……..

    Don’t Hate.

    “WHAT YA GOING TO DO WHEN THE BAD-ASS HABS RUN WILD ON YOU”……….

  15. #15 Tony from NB says:
    April 10, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    habs4life

    That’s a promise…I check back after the first round. Miracles do happen…but I’m not holding my breath on the Bruins this year.

    I’ve got enough to worry about with my NFL blogs…:)

    Take Care..and good luck!

    Tony (an intelligent hockey and bruins fan)

  16. #16 groundworking says:
    April 10, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Tony,

    I’m always amazed by the comment–if you take away the losses against Montreal, then…Boston has a better record.

    And I’m sure if we take away Boston’s record against some other team, then Montreal has a better record. And we could go right around the league. The most obvious and direct measure of two team’s relative standings are a) the overall points for the season, in all games; and b) their record against one another; and c) their goals for-against differential. These are the three criteria that all professional sports organizations use to divide teams into “standings”, and Montreal hands Boston their rear-ends in all three of these criteria.

    Is Boston a dirty team? No. Is Chara a candy ass? Yes. Chara loves to fight against non-fighters and small players, but he turtles like a 5’4 lady when someone tough gets onto him. Boston has a bunch of heart players who are fun to watch (Lukich, sp?), Chara isn’t one of them.

    Is Thomas a bad goalie? Depends. He’s streaky, and I have never seen him play more than one or two decent games against the Montreal Canadiens.

    Does Boston play tough against Montreal? Yes. They try to bring a tough game because they figure they can out-muscle the Canadiens. Thus, Habs Blog is quite right in his predictions because they’ve come true in, oh, about every single Boston-Montreal game in the least 5 years.

    Is Montreal going to beat Boston? I think playoff predictions are for the birds. Both of these teams have heart and excellent team chemistry, unlike Ottawa, and that should make for a good series.

  17. #17 Tony from NB says:
    April 10, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Ice Man….another example of stupid blogging. Let me guess, you probaly never palyed at an elite level of any sport???

    Take a look at his bio:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Thomas_(ice_hockey)

    Tim Thomas has worked harder than any goalie in the league to perfect his craft, and become a solid professional goalie. The Senators would love to have had this guy over the last few years….probably might have won a few cups. He gives 110% with limited talent, and a lot of grit.

    Granted, Price is the darling of the media today, and should win the Calder Trophy….but be careful, he goes down way to quickly…skillful teams like the Pens and Rangers will “roof-daddy” on him in the subsequent rounds.

    Again…back up your stupid comments with facts.

    Tony (an intelligent hockey and bruins fan)

  18. #18 groundworking says:
    April 10, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    And I believe Habsblog is handing out complimentary Montreal Canadiens towels to Bruins fans for after the series? Is that deal still going on or are we just doing brooms again this year?

    That said, didn’t Boston beat Montreal in a Stanley Cup Playoff? A sweep even, as I recall. I don’t remember the exact details because I like 10 years old when it happened, but I seemed to remember somewhere in my distant childhood that Montreal was defeated by Boston.

  19. #19 Tony from NB says:
    April 10, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Hey groundworking…trying to make an intelligent statement I guess. Based on your memory your in your 20′s…so I expect at least high school intelligence here.

    History Lesson Time: ( oh yes, you have won 24 cups…and we haven’t won since Nixon was in the WhiteHouse…just getting that out of the way )

    —————————————–
    1988 Adams Division Final – Bruins in five

    With Ray Bourque in his prime, the Bruins finally beat the Canadiens in the playoffs, ending 45 years of frustration. To make it even sweeter, Boston won the deciding game of the Adams Division final at the Forum.

    The Bruins would eventually reach the Finals – the last one played at Boston Garden – where they were no match for Wayne Gretzky’s powerful Edmonton Oilers, who won the Cup in a four-game sweep.

    Still, the victory over Montreal started a streak in which the Bruins would win four of their next five playoff series against their arch-nemesis.

    1994 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Bruins in seven

    This time, the roles were reversed, as the Bruins eliminated the Stanley Cup champion Canadiens in seven games in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

    Boston denied goaltender Patrick Roy a third Cup in Montreal to go with the ones he won in 1986 and 1993

    ——————————–

    Their you go boys and girls.

    Tony (an intelligent hockey and bruins fan)

  20. #20 habs4life says:
    April 10, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    There are 3 things remain “unchanged” in the world: Death, Tax and Hockey Fans (rather sports fans).

    As long as we cannot flip “Tony from NB” to a Habs fan, just don’t waste the hosting bandwidth. :)

  21. #21 Dylan Hab says:
    April 10, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    All i know and care is that komo is cleared and the cup is ours!

  22. #22 hab75 says:
    April 10, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    komo is cleared top play tonight, meaning we will win it all… Carey Price runs Boston lok at his record….. unbeaten versus the bruins lifetime… im calling montreal wins it in 4….. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2008/04/10/komisarek-canadiens.html?ref=rss

  23. Tony from N.B.,WHAT THE HELL DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CLASS? All you are is a provocateur!

  24. That Smoke is a SMOKING,OHHHH YAAAAA

  25. #25 PACTUM SERVA says:
    April 10, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Hey tony want dont you get on your knees and give us all a round of hummers hahahaha HABSBLOG.COM ROCKS GO HABS GO

  26. #26 Habman says:
    April 10, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Statistics are like anything else, stats, but I really enjoy reading them when i see we usually prevail every time we take on Boston, and its good hockey, Habs will rule this series, like Tony says, we have the speed and skill, let Tony have his say too, like us we had to put up with a lot losses and and now we lick our lips, its no reason to let our emotions caught up with facts or stats, they don’t mean monkey crap…its a NEW season..we have to win 16 games, lets concentrate on that.

    Habman( a much more intelligent fan and player)

  27. #27 PACTUM SERVA says:
    April 10, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Thats wasnt an inteligent statement but i never said i was smart but im one hell of a habs fan wooooooooooooooooo GO HABS GO

  28. Habs rule and Hab fans are winners,oh yeah baby ..GO HABS…GO. BRUINS ARE NOT IN THE SAME LEAGUE ,NOT EVEN CLOSE,LOL

  29. OLE OLE OLE….OLE OLE OLE….OLE OLE OLE……………

  30. #30 Habman says:
    April 10, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Remember we can go to your blog and let you have it too TONY, and the game was Riddled with Boston”penalties’..so much for knowledge,,,ask the boyz here,,if you start something,,im gonna have to finish it !..your in My home turf now!!!

  31. #31 Habman says:
    April 10, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    We win …thats what counts!!!!!!!
    Oley….OLEY…OLEY ..OLEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NA NA NA , NANA NA NA< AYYYYYYE GOOD BYE!!!!!

    (more intelligent and more smarter than TonY the Infiltrator!)

  32. #32 Habman says:
    April 10, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Im going BOSTON BLOG BASHING !!!!…tellem TONY SENT YA !!!!

    ahahahahahahahahahahah!

  33. TONY from N.B…..IT SUCKS TO BE YOU !!!!!

  34. #34 Habman says:
    April 10, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Orr….Orr…Bobby the bore !…he couldn’t skate and he couldn’t score…but he won them ONE Stanley and thats for sure, Boston cant beat us..they have no CURE!!

    The best HAB players havent even warmed up yet!

  35. #35 Habman says:
    April 10, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    I tried to find the bruins blog site, but they dont have any , well good ones anyway, so as good and true Hab fans we are, we must welcome LOSERS to our site, welcome him with open “slap shots ” to the head and body,,,hey TONY where you go eh?

  36. #36 Habman says:
    April 10, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Saturday ….oh yeah baby!

  37. #37 Senet 1 says:
    April 10, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Well I guess a few of you should feel a little embrassed knocking Carbo and Brisebois tonight. Like most of you I wondered why he was playing but I have to admit, he played a pretty good game, got an assist and did not make any major blunders. I guess carbo knew what he was doing. And don’t worry, OBryne will get in the game in Boston where I expect that Boston will be a little tougher than they did tonight. I think that Komisarek looked a little weak tonight, it is going to take a few games to get him back into game shape. Another reason why Brisebois played tonight. I would think that after all the coach and GM have done this year that we hab fans would give carbo a little more credit for knowing more about his team than the rest of us.

  38. #38 Senet 1 says:
    April 10, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Well since according to our Boston we hab fans don’t know much here are some stats for you to memorize.

    Year Series Winners MTL BOS
    1929 Semi-final Boston 3 Montréal 0 2 5
    1930 Final Montréal 2 Boston 0 7 3
    1931 Semi-final Montréal 3 Boston 2 13 13
    1943 Semi-final Boston 4 Montréal 1 17 18
    1946 Final Montréal 4 Boston 1 19 13
    1947 Semi-final Montréal 4 Boston 1 16 10
    1952 Semi-final Montréal 4 Boston 3 18 12
    1953 Final Montréal 4 Boston 1 16 9
    1954 Semi-final Montréal 4 Boston 0 16 4
    1955 Semi-final Montréal 4 Boston 1 16 9
    1957 Final Montréal 4 Boston 1 15 6
    1958 Final Montréal 4 Boston 2 16 9
    1968 Quarter-final Montréal 4 Boston 0 15 8
    1969 Semi-final Montréal 4 Boston 2 15 16
    1971 Quarter-final Montréal 4 Boston 3 28 26
    1977 Final Montréal 4 Boston 0 16 6
    1978 Final Montréal 4 Boston 2 18 13
    1979 Semi-final Montréal 4 Boston 3 25 20
    1984 Div. Semi-final Montréal 3 Boston 3 10 2
    1985 Div. Semi-final Montréal 3 Boston 2 19 17
    1986 Div. Semi-final Montréal 3 Boston 0 10 6
    1987 Div. Semi-final Montréal 4 Boston 0 19 11
    1988 Semi-final Boston 4 Montréal 1 10 15
    1989 Semi-final Montréal 4 Boston 1 16 13
    1990 Semi-final Boston 4 Montréal 1 12 16
    1991 Semi-final Boston 4 Montréal 3 18 18
    1992 Semi-final Boston 4 Montréal 0 8 14
    1994 Conf. quart. final Boston 4 Montréal 3 20 22
    2002 Conf. quart. final Montréal 4 Boston 2 20 18
    2004 Conf. quart. final Montréal 4 Boston 3 19 14

  39. #39 Senet 1 says:
    April 10, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Hey Tony from NB:
    I found your little tid bit about Thomas interesting, however, I did not see much in the way of winning champtionships. After all those years in hockey what did he actually win. To be a playoff goaltender you have to show that you can win. Price has shown this by winning at every level of hockey he has played. This includes world championship, AHL championships and NOw he has a shot at the Stanley Cup. He is only 20 years old. Thomas stats do not compare and he is in his 30′s. I am not saying he is a bad goalie, but to me he will never be a world class goalie. And Yes even us dumb Canadiens know a little about sports and hockey.

  40. #40 Joseph says:
    April 10, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Tony:

    You need to get outside more… rather than come in here and fail miserably at purporting yourself as an intelligent person. As I stated in the previous thread, such nonsense is all too often a self-defeating exercise.

    This blog is for Habs fans to express their enjoyment with regard to the success of their team and debate the team’s strengths and weaknesses. So…

    Why don’t you simply look up the meaning of the expression ‘sour grapes’, we’ll call it even, and you can go and find a new, more productive hobby. Yes? Good.

  41. Wow Tony….

    French, Greek, Italian, .. either way I don’t think I could have described more accurately *exactly* what unfolded tonight If I had a time machine and could re-write it….

    Habs Blog (eat it)

  42. well, Tony, this is going to be montreal in 4. Koivu is coming back next game and Bergeron is a nobody.

  43. guys, everything I was worried about was really good that game. Price came out good, the Kostitsyns were great and Plekanec had his moments also. The young guns are good to go and so Is the trip to 25!!!

  44. #45 Ice Man says:
    April 11, 2008 at 7:55 am

    This is from a Boston Newspaper:

    “After getting so thoroughly outplayed in every facet of the game, the Bruins weren’t in position to complain about the officiating. But they certainly could have. Veteran referees Kerry Fraser and Dan Marouelli made it clear early that pretty much anything was OK, which cleared the way for the Habs’ boisterous approach. Early on, Montreal winger Andrei Kostitsyn rammed Bruins captain Zdeno Chara from behind into the corner boards with a nasty hit that was obviously boarding. No call.

    Chara, who was booed whenever he touched the puck, looked nervous and frazzled all night, offering little or no response to the physical beating he and his mates took.

    There was no call, either, when Bruin Petteri Nokelainen tried to get to a rebound in front of the Habs net but got pasted by defender Mike Komisarek in a classic piece of interference that probably saved a goal.

    Montreal’s Roman Hamrlik was the No. 1 offender all night, protecting his net with a wide variety of cross-checks, hooks and cheap shots. Incredibly, given the way he played, Hamrlik didn’t get a penalty all night, not even when he ran Lucic along the end boards.

  45. #46 Tony from NB says:
    April 11, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Well this proves it….not many of you can read the English language.

    Here’s again a caption of my first blog:
    “The series should end in 4 or 5 for the Habs…not because the Bruins crash Price, or because Thomas is a “fish-out of water”. But simply because the Habs have too much speed and skill.”

    Nice to see I sparked the “intelligent” emotion in Habs fans.( at least some )

    This is way tooooo easy.

    Tony (an intelligent hockey and bruins fan)

  46. #47 PACTUM SERVA says:
    April 11, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Hey tony did you happen to notice all the goals our habs scored on your buddy thomas were all 5 hole? (Bush league). On another note you must have alot of time on your hands to sign up for a site (Habsblog.com) when you dont even cheer for the team. Instead of Running your mouth with verbal diarrhea here why dont you go to a bruins site (if there is one) and talk about the glory days of bobby orr. Whats with all the hate tony? Along the way did a habs player bang your mom or wife? You poor guy. LOL GO HABS GO

  47. #48 CanadaLowSelfEsteem says:
    April 11, 2008 at 10:49 am

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

  48. Hey Tony,I have some more news for you dude….THE CUP IS COMMING HOME TO THE GREATEST HOCKEY CITY IN THE WORLD ,MONTREAL!!!!THAT SHOULD BE CLEAR ENOUGH FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND !!!!PUTZ ….

  49. #50 CanadaLowSelfEsteem says:
    April 11, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Hockey isn’t a major sport…
    Go Habs!

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