|Countdown to Game 7, 3 p.m.: Downtown Montreal to be closed off||04.27.11 at 3:08 pm ET|
The Canadian Press is reporting that the Montreal police will be closing a large stretch of downtown Montreal during Game 7 on Wednesday.
“The police won’t tolerate any mischief or indiscipline from people or fans wanting to celebrate downtown,” Chief Inspector Sylvain Lemay said.
About a half-mile of the downtown will be closed off in an attempt to slow down the rioting that has become almost an annual happening in the city following a Canadiens series. In May of 2010, police were forced to use tear gas to combat fans after Montreal’s Game 7 win over the Penguins. Stores were looted and bottles were thrown at police in the aftermath of the win, leading to 41 arrests.
|Countdown to Game 7, 2 p.m.: Montreal radio personality calls Game 6 officiating “an abomination”||04.27.11 at 2:15 pm ET|
Mitch Melnick of The Team 990 in Montreal was a guest of Mut and Merloni in the final hour of the show. Melncik — who picked the Bruins to win the series in seven games — called the officiating in Game 6 “an abomination” and “a total horror show.” Click here to listen to the entire interview.
If the Bruins lose, what’s the over/under on page views for this tomorrow?
|Countdown to Game 7, 1 p.m.: Should the Bruins play Tyler Seguin?||04.27.11 at 1:01 pm ET|
It is one of the many questions hovering around the TD Garden tonight as the Bruins get ready to take on the Canadiens in Game 7: Should rookie Tyler Seguin be in the lineup? Mut and Merloni had a spirited conversation on the matter. (To listen click here.)
The show got a player’s perspective on the dynamic of a do-or-die situation like the Bruins face Wednesday when former B’s defenseman Dave Shaw called in. (To listen click here.)
Here’s a sample of some questionable taste when it comes to the Canadiens
|Countdown to Game 7, noon: Callers vent to Mut and Merloni about Bruins||04.27.11 at 11:56 am ET|
Want to know the pulse of the Bruins fans as their team heads into Game 7 against the Canadiens? Well …
|Countdown to Game 7, 11 a.m.: Join Bruins super fan Chach for live chat||04.27.11 at 10:38 am ET|
Join the voice of the Bruins fans, Dennis & Callahan producer Steve Ciaccio, in chatting about all things B’s as they get ready to take on the Canadiens starting at 11 a.m. Enjoy some tweets from the experts while you’re waiting, but get your questions in (and don’t hold back, Chach likes to mix it up in the corners).
|Poll: What will happen in Game 7?||04.27.11 at 10:19 am ET|
What will happen in Wednesday night's Game 7?
- Bruins win close game in regulation (36.0%, 89 Votes)
- Canadiens win close game in regulation (22.0%, 54 Votes)
- Bruins rout Canadiens (18.0%, 45 Votes)
- Bruins win in overtime (7.0%, 17 Votes)
- Canadiens rout Bruins (7.0%, 17 Votes)
- Lady Gaga performs unscheduled concert, forces postponement (6.0%, 15 Votes)
- Canadiens win in overtime (5.0%, 13 Votes)
Total Voters: 250
|Countdown to Game 7, 7 a.m.: Another look at the Milan Lucic hit||04.27.11 at 6:55 am ET|
So you want to see what all the hubbub is about regarding Milan Lucic‘s hit from Tuesday night? Well, see for yourself.
As mentioned before, the great Jerry Thornton expertly broke down the 10 best reasons you should be glad you might be rooting for the Bruins tonight instead of the Canadiens. Here is a sample:
10. We’ve got other options
I and everyone I know would love to see the Bruins win the Cup. Hell, I know some hardcore puckheads who want it so bad they’d sacrifice anything — their health, personal wealth, the feel of a woman’s touch — just to see it happen. But if doesn’t, the sun’s still coming up tomorrow. The Boston hockey public will do what we’ve always done. We’ll flip to the Celtics’ playoffs and check the Red Sox standings and set our Patriots draft board and move on with our awesome, successful, enviable lives.
Once the Habs are bounced from the playoffs, their fans will do what they’ve always done: Wallow in misery, demand the coach be fired and the goalie get traded and start counting the days til the 2011-12 season. Because what else do they have in their empty, joyless lives? The Alouettes? The jaunty Alouettes of Canadian football? Puhleeze. Twenty-yard end zones, three downs and 60-yard lines are an abomination and against the Laws of Nature. Plus, as George Steinbrenner once pointed out, Montreal is supposedly one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world but it can’t even support a Major League Baseball team. And making me agree with a pompous gasbag (rest his soul) like King George is by itself enough to make me hate Les Habitants.
9. Our iconic legendary goalie is eternally cooler than their iconic legendary goalie
Ken Dryden was a massive, coolly efficient, articulate, cerebral Ivy Leaguer with movie star looks. Gerry Cheevers was a short, squat slob who blew snot rockets on the ice, was balding in his mid-20s and spent every waking off-ice hour at the racetrack. He also took ridiculous chances leaving the crease and skating up ice with the puck and swung his stick at opposing forwards like the bride in “Kill Bill” fighting off the Crazy 88s. But we’re three decades after they both retired and Cheesie still is inspiring T-shirts, sports memorabilia figurines as well as the song “I Feel Like Gerry Cheevers (Stick Marks on My Heart)” by the band Chixdiggit. Dryden is remembered as the guy who almost nodded off in the booth as Al Michaels was calling the end of the Lake Placid Miracle on Ice game.
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