|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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|Countdown to Game 7, 6 a.m.: Bruins fans, it’s time to move on||04.27.11 at 6:08 am ET|
All throughout Wednesday, we will be updating the blog as to the latest and greatest when it comes to all things Bruins and Canadiens as they head into Game 7 at the TD Garden. Let’s start with everything you would want to know about Game 6:
The Bruins weren’t going to use the officiating as a crutch when breaking down their Game 6 loss. Mike Petraglia, who was in Montreal, explains.
Petraglia also caught up with Mark Recchi, who, like most Bruins fans, was bemoaning a lack of a power play by the B’s.
Guess who is waiting the Bruins if they win Wednesday? D.J. Bean lets you know. Spoiler: It’s the Flyers.
And to help all Bruins fans get in a better frame of mind heading into the decisive showdown Wednesday night, Jerry Thornton offers 10 reasons why you should feel lucky you’re rooting for the Bruins and not the Canadiens.
|Nathan Horton sinks Habs in double overtime||04.23.11 at 11:07 pm ET|
By DJ Bean and Scott McLaughlin
Brad Marchand got the Bruins on the board at 4:33 of the third period, beating Price for his first career playoff goal. The lead would later be relinquished as Jeff Halpern tied it at 13:56, breaking up Tim Thomas‘s shutout bid.
In skating to more than two scoreless periods, the teams made the 44 minutes of shutout hockey the longest a game in the series had gone without a goal. Prior to Saturday, a goal had been scored no later than 8:13 into the first period.
The teams will next play on Tuesday in Montreal for Game 6 at the Bell Centre; a win will permit the Bruins to advance to the conference semi-finals. If necessary, Game 7 will be played the following day at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Milan Lucic finally got involved on offense. After leading the team in goals during the regular season and tying for the team lead in points, he had just five shots and no points through the first four games of the series. He got the primary assist on the game-winner, and he did a much better job of making his presence known in Game 5. He led all skaters with seven shots on goal, consistently went in hard on the forecheck and found himself with a few quality scoring chances around the net.
– Lucic wasn’t the only one shooting for the Bruins in the first period, as their 12 shots on Price marked just the second time this series that the Bruins have hit double-digits in first-period shots on goal. It didn’t pay off Saturday for either team, but the B’s have the right idea.
– Michael Ryder was a temporary fan-favorite before the game thanks to his Game 4 heroics, but the crowd really took it to a new level in the first period when Ryder made what at the time was the save of the game, stopping Tomas Plekanec with Thomas way out of the net.
In addition to his work as a part-time netminder (he actually played the position in ball hockey back in his Canadiens days), Ryder continued to get chances Saturday as well, though none made their way past Price.
– Marchand came up with a clutch goal on a night in which he’d been made popular for the wrong reasons. First, he nearly went face-first into the ice in the second period while attempting to throw down with Plekanec on a play that earned each player a roughing minor.
At the second period’s conclusion, Max Pacioretty — possessing villain status around these parts for shoving Zdeno Chara and jumping Steven Kampfer at different points this season, but more widely recognized as the victim of Chara/a Montreal stanchion from March 8 — tweeted that the game was “longer than marchands [sic] nose.” Pacioretty deleted the tweet shortly after and apologized.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins probably would have preferred it if Benoit Pouliot remained in the lineup for the Habs, as Halpern was able to score the equalizer in his second game back in the lineup. Halpern got back in for the Canadiens on Thursday after missing Games 1 and 2 with a lower-body injury.
– Boston struggled in the faceoff circle, as Montreal won 33 of 57 draws through the end of regulation. The subpar performance on draws didn’t have a huge effect on the game until they lost a defensive zone faceoff that directly led to Halpern’s game-tying goal late in the third. The Canadiens were also able to kill some time when the Bruins were on the power play by winning faceoffs in their own end and sending the puck down the river. The B’s actually did a much better job in the first overtime, winning 14 of the 20 draws in the frame.
– The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power play — including missing out on a chance to end it with a man advantage in the first overtime — and are now 0-for-15 in the series. They got some nice setups and some decent looks at the net, but they need to find a way to score on the man advantage, plain and simple. They still seem too lackadaisical when it comes to getting traffic in front and digging for rebounds. Shots from the point can be the best power-play strategy when you’re getting screens, deflections and rebounds, but the Bruins aren’t getting much of any of that right now. They’re starting to get some dirty goals at even strength; now they just have to carry that over to the power play.
|Bruins Game 5 Live Blog: B’s, Habs head to overtime||04.23.11 at 6:29 pm ET|
Join DJ Bean, Mike Petraglia and others at the TD Garden for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
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|Live blog: Bruins look to even up the series in Montreal||04.21.11 at 6:04 pm ET|
Join WEEI.com’s D.J. Bean (and friends) as they help you follow all the action from the Bell Centre in Montreal, with the Bruins looking to even up their best-of-seven series with the Canadiens as the teams head into Game 4 …
|Bruins Live Blog: Follow all the action as the B’s take on the Canadiens in Montreal||04.18.11 at 7:12 pm ET|
MONTREAL — Follow D.J. Bean and a cast of thousands (or at least a few) as the Bruins head to the Bell Center to take on the Canadiens in Game 3 of the teams’ best-of-seven series.
|Bruins drop Game 2 to Canadiens||04.16.11 at 9:47 pm ET|
By DJ Bean and Scott McLaughlin
If the Bruins weren’t feeling the pressure before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, they should be now. A 3-1 loss to the Canadiens gives the Habs a 2-0 series lead and means the Bruins suddenly have to show they can win at the Bell Centre.
Playing without Zdeno Chara (dehydration), the B’s saw the Habs jump out to a 2-0 lead in the game’s first 2:20. Michael Cammallari put a rebound off a James Wisniewski shot past Tim Thomas 43 seconds into the game, while Mathieu Darche struck on the power play shortly after.
The Bruins did get on the board in the second period with a Patrice Bergeron tally that injected some life into the building, but after two games the B’s have been able to put just one puck past Carey Price through two games.
The Bruins played a more physical game than they did Thursday night, but were reckless at times. After a no-show from the top line in Game 1 and not enough of what Claude Julien wanted in the first two period, Claude Julien broke up the Milan Lucic - David Krejci – Nathan Horton trio by sending Horton to the third line in favor of Rich Peverley.
The B’s will play Game 3 in Montreal on Monday night. They need to get a win at the Bell Centre (where they went 0-2-1 in the regular season) either Monday or Thursday to bring the series back to Boston for a fifth game.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– For much of the game, the Bruins’ puck-movement appeared to be that of strangers in a pickup game. They repeatedly made passes that were either off the mark, intended for a player who wasn’t looking or easily intercepted by a Canadien. Boston looked particularly shaky in its own end, as the defensemen struggled to retrieve pucks in the corners and start clean breakouts. Montreal’s second goal came as the direct result of a bad Andrew Ference pass behind the net.
– Speaking of passes — and hindsight is 20/20 — but maybe the B’s should have passed on the Tomas Kaberle deal. Aside from a shot hitting the post on the power play in the second period, there was nothing encouraging about Kaberle’s night, and that’s been a pretty common occurrence. He had issues keeping the puck in the offensive zone on routine plays, but the icing on the cake came when Krejci and P.K. Subban were getting rough behind the net in the first period. With Price out of his net, Krejci sent the puck back to the point. Before any whistles were blown of Kaberle knew the play was dead, he actually passed the puck to Johnny Boychuk with a clean look (if he looked) at an empty net.
In Kaberle’s defense, he looked much better on the the power play when Subban went off for tripping Daniel Paille in the third period. Still, you really have to wonder whether the B’s will re-sign him for the money he commands after such a bad run.
– This was not Thomas’ most impressive showing. Though he came up with a big stop on a Tomas Plekanec on a second-period breakaway, the goals from Cammalleri and Weber came as the result of big rebounds. Further evidence that having the best goaltender in the playoffs doesn’t guarantee success. Thomas is human, as is Price, though the latter has two wins.
– Bad night for Dennis Seidenberg. The 29-year-old was a minus-2 on the night, while his interference penalty at 2:14 of the first gave the Habs the power play on which Darche scored.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– For at least the middle portion of the second period, the Bruins did a better job going to the net and making things difficult for Price. That culminated in their first goal of the series when Bergeron charged down the middle and tipped home a centering pass from Brad Marchand. For the next few minutes, the Bruins got traffic in front, battled for position and weren’t afraid to jam away at rebounds and harass the Montreal netminder. Had the Bruins played like that for the whole game, it might be a different story heading to Montreal for Game 3.
– Shane Hnidy fighting Wisniewski in the second period following the Habs defenseman’s charging call was brilliant. At that point in the game, Hnidy had played 2:58 to Wisniewski’s 10:00. The Bruins will send their reserve blueliner to the box any day of the week if it means a top-four defenseman on the other team is doing the same.
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