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Habs / Bruins: Game 2

  • Game 1 of the series went pretty much according to the script.

    Tim Thomas was beaten early and easily and the Bruins still can’t score goals.

    Perhaps the only surprises were the Canadiens being the far more physical of the two teams and maybe some unexpected goal scoring from Tom Kostopolous and Bryan Smolinski.

    What changes will Claude Julien make to avoid Boston’s 13th consecutive loss against the Canadiens?

    What can he do?

    The Bruins have yet to even have a one goal lead this season against Montreal. Short of a Tim Thomas miracle, there’s no reason to believe game 2 won’t unfold the same way as the previous 12.

98 Comments
  1. #1 habs4life says:
    April 12, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Habs game 1 “unexpected” physical appearance was not only prepared for Boston, but also for deep playoff games. Well done, prepared Carbo!

    Go Habs!!!

  2. #2 Dancan81 says:
    April 12, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    As per CBC.

    For both Koivu and Bouillon, Carbonneau mentioned, the Canadiens situation is not urgent enough to rush either of them back into the lineup, especially since the team is playing very well in their absence.

    “We’re going to give them both time to heal completely, so that when they do come back it will be for the long run and not just for one or two games,”

    Carbonneau said. “If this was Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final, I think both of them would be able to play.”

  3. #3 Joseph says:
    April 12, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Smart move, no doubt. And if they get off to the same start tonight, then there should be no pressure to change this approach by game’s end. I like it.

    Go Habs Go!

    FYI, Detroit is Nashville’s bitch today. That game is a disallowed goal and two crossbars away from being a blowout.

  4. #4 Ice Man says:
    April 12, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Do us Proud again tonight Carey “The Ice” Price.

    We have faith in you Kid…

    It looks like more Bear on the menu tonight…

    I never get sick of bear…

  5. #5 hablifer says:
    April 12, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    habs are very lucky to be up 1-0 . They were totally flat, no energy, skating in slow motion. They better start skating in the 2nd period, or else!

  6. #6 Senet 1 says:
    April 12, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Dame I missed the goal who got it?

  7. #7 Senet 1 says:
    April 12, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Well you had to expect Boston to come out stronger after the first game and we did get two penalties which sort of put us back on our heals a bit. The important part was our PK was still very good and Price did what he had to do. Komy is back blocking shots, looks stronger this game.

  8. #8 habs4life says:
    April 12, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    MTL: Hamrlik, R. (18:30 in 1st)

  9. #9 Joseph says:
    April 12, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Well, to play like shit for an entire period and still manage to come out of it with a 1-0 lead says something about their opponent.

  10. The Habs are going to have a great 2nd…go habs go…

  11. #11 Senet 1 says:
    April 12, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks Habs4life for the goal info.

  12. Gees no Tony baloney tonite? “the worlds dumbest bruin fan” lol

  13. #13 Senet 1 says:
    April 12, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    That goal had to deflat the bruins after have one of their best periods against us. I expect that carbo will get them charged up a little more for the second.

  14. #14 Ice Man says:
    April 12, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    I see that Donna Cherry is wearing another FAGGY jacket…..

  15. #16 Senet 1 says:
    April 12, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Stronger second period, Hamrlik is playing the best defence of his life. I think he is are best defensemen right now and that says a lot considering we have Markov, Komy and Streit and supporting cast.

  16. Well,I’d have to think the Bruins are going to try eveything in the third to avoid going two games down. 4-0 Habs, should be tonites final and some end of the game fights.

  17. #18 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Brisbois again with points in tonights game, great to see him playing so well, Markov is brutal tonight, slow, sloppy … hope he wake’s up soon. Price is just amazing in this game ….

  18. #19 hablifer says:
    April 12, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    what’s happened to our PP? can’t buy a goal for the last 2 games.
    they need to shoot more. forget the fancy plays, and just make it simple.

  19. #20 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Koivu is a big part of our powerplay … we will be fine it will come back its been #1 all year no reason for that to change now..

  20. #21 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    RDS thinks we will see Manny in nets game #3 and Bergeron on the ice …

  21. #22 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    oh oh this looks bad

  22. Bad Reffing in this game boy’s!

  23. #24 Joseph says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Emotional reaction:

    I’m sorry, guys, but I just don’t see a potential Stamley Cup champion in this team right now. The inconsistent effort (show up for one game, fail to show up for the next game), the undisciplined play and resulting penalities (it was only a matter of time before they got burned), the all of a sudden anemic powerplay (try shooting the f**king puck every once in a while), and the fact that Kovalev has been a complete non-factor in games 1 and 2 all point to a team that simply isn’t good enough to go all the way. Hell, another effort like this one and they might not get out of this series, regardless of what transpires tonight.

    Nice third period meltdown.

  24. #25 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Ok this is the chance 5 on 3 for us ….. come on boys!!!!

  25. #26 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Figues one bad game and the band wagon gets lighter lol

  26. #27 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    And Kovy made a great move to get us the 2nd goal … you need to chill big time

  27. #28 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    OHHHHHH Brisbois POST last second

  28. #29 Senet 1 says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Kovalev took a selfish penalty and put us down 5-3, as good a play as he is this is the type of penalty a team captain is not suppose to take. He is suppose to show leadership and that certainly was lack of leadership taking that penalty. Maybe this is the reason why a European captain has never won the cup?

  29. #30 hablifer says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    habs aren’t playing well. If Kovalev scores on the breakaway, we win. Instead he takes an undisciplined penalty.Where the hell is Kovalev in the 1st 2 games? And where is our PP? 0-10 won’t win you a series!
    Habs are unable to play 2, 60 minute games in a row! How can you come out flat for a playoff game? This team doesn’t have enough grit.
    I totally agree with Joseph. If this crowd can’t get you motivated to show up, then you don’t deserve to win! If the bruins win this game, they’re taking the series! S

  30. #31 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    LOL I love when the bandwagon gets lighter … no the Bruins wont win the series based on one game … this is the unlucky 13 dont forget that

  31. #32 Senet 1 says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Well I think you have to give the team more credit than that, they came out flat fought back and seemed to think that they had the game in the bag. a couple of bad penalties and Boston ties the game. I am disappointed with Kovalev he needs to show more leadership and we got to start shooting the puck on the power play. Carbo may think that Koivu will have to come back earlier than planned. How come we stopped hitting. Again I think the team just felt all they had to do was show up for the third period. Big Mistake.

  32. #33 hablifer says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    too bad some people watch with rose colored glasses on.

  33. We miss Saku in this one ,O’bryne and Stewart would ALSO BE A GOOD addition.

  34. #35 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Yes we have plenty of choices we can use ,plenty of players that can play , no worries this is not over by a long shot…

  35. #36 Joseph says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Whatever about the bandwagon – I’ve followed this team through thick and thin since the 70s. And one bad game can change a series. If Boston ever finds a way to beat Montreal this season (and the Habs are seemingly doing everythitng that they can to help them accomplish this task tonight), then that might just be be all that the Bruins need. Have you considered this?

    Sometimes I get tired of hoping that grossly overpaid athletes find reason to get motivated enough to bring some form of temporary enjoyment to me the fan. I think I’ve become a bad fan.

  36. #37 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    No I dont think one game won by Boston will change all that, most people with any hockey sense see this going 5 or 6 games ….

  37. #38 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  38. WWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  39. #40 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    AK27

  40. #41 Senet 1 says:
    April 12, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    I think that Kovalev may have learned a lesson tonight, I don’t see him taking another penalty like that, he knew he had to win this game for us because his name was mud had we lost. Did you see the number of times he had a chance to shoot and score in the prolonged power play. Hopefully the team learned something tonight.

  41. #42 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    This is where Price steals a game and this is all part of how it goes , it happens to all teams at one point , this was bound to happen and it did , so what … next

  42. #43 hablifer says:
    April 12, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    all i’m saying, is that the habs need to play better, especially in Boston.
    Yes they won, but made it more difficult than it should have been.
    I want to see consistent 60 minute games by the habs!

  43. #44 Don Carnage says:
    April 12, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    When this many kids play in their first NHL playoff’s we will have to go through all the hoops, the up’s and down’s , but to start dumping on them is just plain wrong, Yes Kovy I think knew exactly that , he needed to load the AK27 and send it home …

  44. #45 JohnS says:
    April 12, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Poor Don Cherry crying and moaning about the Bruins getting robbed.

    Potentially a back breaker loss for Boston.

    Habs dont show up to play tonight and they still win it.

    Boston has to be wondering what they have to do to beat us.

    Win tomorrow night gives us a stranglehold on the series.

    GO HABS GO

  45. #46 Senet 1 says:
    April 12, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Joseph, I agree and understand what you were saying, I do think that if we lost tonight it could have changed the momentum of the series, and we would have had a much harder time winning the series. Let’s face it if we win the series could be over in 4 or 5 but if we loose it could go 7. I also agree that these guys should be self motivated to show up in the playoff. To me this was a wake up call to the team, Boston is not going to roll over and let us win this series. we better go back to the original game plan, skate, hit and check , something we did not do too much tonight. I still have faith.

  46. #47 Joseph says:
    April 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    “No I dont think one game won by Boston will change all that, most people with any hockey sense see this going 5 or 6 games ….”

    I apologize for my lack of hockey sense, but I did call this series to go 5. It’s just that there’s a difference between losing Game 2 on home ice (to even the series) and losing Game 3 or 4 in Boston.

    I agree, Senet 1. And that goal was huge because:
    - It was scored by Kovalev.
    - It was scored on the PP (finally!).
    - It was the GWG.
    - It salvaged what could have been a blown win in the third, which could have been a huge momentum changer.

    Maybe Kovalev needs to feel responsible to perform in the playoffs. Remember the the 3-1 deficit to Boston several seasons ago? How could you forget.

  47. #48 Senet 1 says:
    April 12, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    I think Don hit the nail on the head, we have a very young team and they are going to have their ups and downs while they gain experience in the playoffs, this is why we need the leadership that Kovalev has to show. Taking selfish penalties is not good leadership, i am glad he redeemed himself and I think even he learned something tonight.

  48. #49 Joseph says:
    April 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    “Habs dont show up to play tonight and they still win it.”

    This was my biggest concern. They were lucky to get away with the victory. Boston might be a bad team when it come to playing the Habs, but Price saved their arses tonight. That’s for sure.

  49. #50 Joseph says:
    April 12, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Regardless of the cause(s), this team will have to play better to have a legitimate shot at a championship. Imagine what would have resulted with that kind of effort against, say, Pittsburgh. Yikes. Not good enough.

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