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A few morning links while the B’s are idle

Here’s a few links on a Saturday morning while the Bruins wait to see who they’ll be lacing ’em up against in the Stanley Cup [1] semi-finals.

–Great little piece from blogger Cornelius Hardenbergh and the Hockey Blog Adventure  [2]that follows up on the “Stay Hungry” hats and apparel that Bruins center Marc Savard [3] and others B’s players have been wearing around the locker room since the playoffs began. Apparently it stems from a boxing robe that Marco Sturm [4] had made for Shawn Thornton [5] back in January, and Claude Julien [6] approached the German about contacting his friends at Ironhead — a German athletic apparel company — for something playoff-related that the team could wear along the way

That’s where the “Stay Hungry” hats with the Flintstones-style steak came into play. You’re starting to see more and more of the players donning them during postgame. There were plenty of B’s skaters skaters wearing them after the close-out game at the Bell Centre [7] on Wednesday night. 

–Big Georges Laraque has his blog up and officially live [8]now that the Habs have suffered their final crash-and-burn of the season. Laraque reveals that he’s been playing with two herniated discs in his back throughout the season, and chalks up injuries as the reason that the Habs plummeted so precipitously in the playoffs. Here’s an excerpt from it:

We were set to play our first round of the playoffs against the Bruins. At that time, my back felt better and I was as close to 100 per cent as I ever was this year, so it was good timing. I played my best hockey in the playoffs, and I must say, everyone played hard and I’m proud of everybody’€™s effort against the best team in the conference. It is unfortunate we were swept, especially at home.

We gave everything we had, the only things is, I don’t really like blaming the loss on injuries, but playing the best team in the East without our top two forwards, Tanguay and Lang, our top two defensemen, Markov and Schneider, we didn’t stand much of a chance against a healthy Bruins team. It’s like taking Chara, Wideman, Savard and Krejci away from the Bruins and see what you get. But despite that, we always believe in ourselves and give our best effort. I don’t regret anything this year, I’m proud to be a Montreal Canadien and it’s not because I went through a tough time that I would feel otherwise.

If there’s only one thing I was ashamed of, it would be the reaction of some of the fans at our last game against Boston. Some were booing Carey Price [9] and some were chanting Carbo, or Guy to mock our coach Gainey. This was unacceptable when you are a true fan and bleed Montreal Canadiens [10]. You don’t want that, you support your team in victory or defeat and our entire team was embarrassed by this behavior.

Here’s your Bruins moment of zen. My personal favorite is the Bear busting into “The Robot” at the very end because it reminds of the random guy from the Dave Chappelle Show that used to be constantly be in the back of every scene doing “The Robot” whenever they could fit him in there. These highly popular Bruins TV commercials [11]show, once again, that the new people in charge of marketing, hockey operations and sales for the B’s really “get it” to a much greater degree than they did even five years ago.