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Dale Weise knows Bruins-Canadiens rivalry will be different without Milan Lucic 10.10.15 at 12:55 pm ET
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Dale Weise has seven career points against the Bruins. (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)

Dale Weise has seven career points against the Bruins. (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)

Bruins-Canadiens games won’€™t be the same without Milan Lucic, but then again this rivalry has always found a way to stay heated regardless of who comes and goes.

When the Bruins host the Habs Saturday at TD Garden, things will look vastly different from the way they did when Montreal won all four meetings by multiple goals a season ago.

(Actually, there’€™s a very good chance the result will be the same; it will just look different.)

Lucic is gone. Dougie Hamilton, whose biggest contribution to the rivalry was forgetting that penalties expire, has also departed. Zdeno Chara is likely to remain out with an upper-body injury, while the likes of Matt Beleskey, Zac Rinaldo, Colin Miller (making his NHL debut), Jimmy Hayes and Matt Irwin will all play against the Habs for the first time as Bruins.

Despite Boston’€™s injuries and new faces, Bruins killer Dale Weise (seven points in his last 10 games against Boston, including the playoffs) doesn’€™t see Saturday as an automatic two points.

“I don’€™t think Boston’€™s any slouch by any means,” Weise said. “I think this is a good hockey team. They’€™ve added some good players; Beleskey’€™s a good guy that’€™s going to score for them, Jimmy Hayes we saw a lot in Florida. He scored a couple goals against us, so he’€™s a big body. With a goaltender like [Tuukka] Rask, similar to us, you always have a chance.”

Perhaps Weise’€™s most notable moment in Boston came after Game 7 of the 2014 second round. Following Montreal’€™s series-clinching victory over the Bruins (a game in which Weise scored), word got out that Lucic had threatened Weise in the handshake line.

Weise has always praised Lucic’€™s game since the incident, so it wasn’€™t a surprise to hear him do the same after Saturday’€™s morning skate.

“It makes our job a little bit easier without having him out there,” Weise said. “He’€™s a horse to handle out there. You’€™ve got to be aware when he’€™s out there.

“Picking up Beleskey, I know him from the West a little bit. He’€™s another big body. He plays hard. They’€™ve still got some players that can play hard over there.”

Boston’€™s biggest issue against the Habs will be holding up better defensively than they did Thursday night against the Jets. Though Montreal was hard-pressed for goals last season, they still managed to rack them up against Boston. The Habs have given Chara fits in recent years, but they’€™ll likely have an easier time with him out of the lineup.

“Having him in the lineup is a big difference,” Weise said of Chara. “He’€™s a big body. He’€™s hard to play against. Going in front of the net, you’€™re going to get a couple of whacks from him. It’€™s not a pretty place to be. He adds so much to their lineup.”

Though the Canadiens didn’t make any sizable upgrades in the offseason, they should certainly be considered the better of the two teams at this point. Even if they won’t say it, they should feel pretty good about their chances Saturday.

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Dale Weise still a key part of Bruins-Canadiens rivalry 11.22.14 at 3:49 pm ET
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Dale Weise raises his game when he plays the Bruins . (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)

Dale Weise raises his game whenever he plays the Bruins . (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)

When the Bruins and Habs met for the first time this season last month, Dale Weise was a healthy scratch. After his performance against the B’€™s last week, the Canadiens probably won’€™t make that mistake again.

Weise is very much an important part of the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry, and the pesky winger proved it again last Thursday with a Gordie Howe hat trick in a 5-1 victory over the Bruins.

As the Canadiens return to Boston for the first time since Milan Lucic reportedly threatened him in the post-Game 7 handshake line, Weise is eager to provide more reminders as to why he’€™s joined P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty as Canadiens players the Bruins and their fans love to hate.

“That’€™s fine with me,” Weise said after Saturday’€™s morning skate. “I think any time I can take guys off their game, I’€™m doing my job. I don’€™t mind being the enemy.”

Weise, who first popped up on the Bruins’€™ radar with the Canucks back in 2012 and was traded to the Habs last season before notching three points in Montreal’€™s series win over Boston, was scratched three times early on this season.

Those days could be over thanks to a point-producing run that began against the B’s. Weise’s second-period goal against the Bruins last week, scored on a penalty shot vs. Niklas Svedberg, was his first goal of the season, but he scored two more the next game against the Flyers and has added another since.

Weise now has five points (four goals, one assist) dating back to last Thursday’€™s game against the Bruin€™s. The 26-year-old is well on his way to surpassing his career-high of six goals set last regular season.

“I think he’€™s a guy who competes hard and wants to do well, and at the end of the day he’€™s great teammate and a great guy,” P.K. Subban said. “You always want to see guys like that do well.

“For him, he’€™s worked very hard for his opportunity to play. He’€™s been an integral part of our run last year in terms of where we went, and he’€™s definitely been a big part of our success this year. For a guy like him, he’€™s helped our team since he’€™s been here.”

Weise, who scored the first goal of Montreal’s series-clinching Game 7 last spring, said he still considers the Garden to be a very difficult building in which to play. He is, however, confident when he does play in Boston given his past success against the B’s. The Canadiens feel they’re better off for it.

“That’€™s the way to make a name for yourself,” Subban said. “For him, I don’€™t think it’€™s so much for him wanting to be in the lineup. I think he cares about his teammates and he wants to see the team do well and he wants to be a part of things. That being said, if you have the right attitude and the right drive, I’€™m not surprised at the success he’€™s had.”

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Dale Weise says he didn’t lose respect for Milan Lucic, but would have if he shook his hand 10.16.14 at 12:04 pm ET
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Dale Weise drew the ire of Bruins forward Milan Lucic during last season's Eastern Conference semifinals. (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)

Dale Weise drew the ire of Bruins forward Milan Lucic during last season’s Eastern Conference semifinals. (Francois Laplante/Getty Images)

BROSSARD, Quebec –” The handshake line plot thickens.

On Thursday morning, the Canadiens downplayed the significance of their upcoming grudge match with the Bruins, which will serve as the teams’€™ first regular-season meeting since the second round of last season ended with a Canadiens win and plenty of unused hatred.

Dale Weise was a big part of that. He scored the first goal of Game 7 as the Habs took a 3-1 win to advance to play the Rangers. After that game, he told reporters that Lucic “œhad a few things to say to a couple of guys” in the handshake line, essentially directing folks to the tape, where one could see that Lucic told Weise he was going to “[expletive] kill” him the next time they played. He noted that Shawn Thornton took the loss with class and called Lucic’s actions “a poor way to lose.” Lucic responded by calling Weise a baby.

On Thursday, Weise had nothing bad to say about Lucic, calling him “a hard guy to play against.” Asked if he had lost any respect for Lucic the season before, Weise gave an interesting answer.

“No, no. He’€™s an emotional guy,” Weise said. “œIf he were to have shook my hand and been happy about losing, I would have lost respect for him.”

Weise has been a healthy scratch in one of the Habs’€™ four games thus far, and neither he nor coach Michel Therrien would say whether he was in the lineup for Montreal’s home opener against Boston.

If he does play, such a setting could be familiar for Weise. Though he was not a member of the 2010-11 Canucks (he spent that season in the Rangers organization), Weise was on the Canucks the next season and was a big part of the Bruins-Canucks grudge match in January 2012. Weise says that though there is “similar hatred” between the B’€™s and Habs after last postseason, he doesn’t expect as crazy a game as that 2012 contest.

“I think both teams are trying to get wins here. It’€™s early in the season. Last year’€™s kind of forgotten about,” Weise said. “œBoth teams are focusing on this year. They’€™re probably not happy with the start they got off to. They got a big win last night so they’€™re going to try to keep that going tonight.”

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Milan Lucic vents after Dale Weise says Bruins forward was threatening Habs 05.14.14 at 10:43 pm ET
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No one was more furious with Canadiens playing the disrespect card after a 3-1 Game 7 win over the Bruins than Milan Lucic. Then again, the Canadiens weren’t exactly happy with Lucic. Specifically, Habs forward Dale Weise said that Lucic was threatening players in the handshake line.


Lucic was as upset with Weise sharing their exchange with the media.

“That’s said on the ice, so it’ll stay on the ice,” Lucic said. “So if he wants to be a baby about it, he can make it public.”

The Canadiens had said over the last two days that they felt disrespected by the Bruins throughout the series. Boston celebrated goals with a chest-pound — something Claude Julien said after the series was meant to be a “Boston Strong” gesture — while Shawn Thornton squirted P.K. Subban with a water bottle at the end of Game 5.

The Bruins were confused by the Habs’ overuse of the word “disrespect,” but Lucic was furious.

“Disrespect? I don’t know what they’re talking about,” Lucic vented. “Disrespect? Having a goal celebration, what kind of disrespect is that? I’m not going to say anything. I’ve got nothing to say about that.”

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P.K. Subban knocks net off, Dale Weise mocks Bruins with celebration 05.06.14 at 11:28 pm ET
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MONTREAL — P.K. Subban regularly gets the Bruins off their game. In Game 3, he got the net off its moorings, which may have cost the Bruins the game.

With the B’s pushing to tie a 3-2 game in the final seconds of the game, the Canadiens defenseman — who had a goal and an assist in the game — skated into the goal post and knocked it off. Had he been called for it, the Bruins would have had a power play by virtue of a delay of game minor.

“After [Subban] rimmed the puck, Torey [Krug] got the puck and he found me. I had so much room in front of me, I could have walked in. You never what can happen with 8-10 seconds left,” David Krejci said. “Yeah, it was frustrating at the time, but I don’t know if that was a penalty or not.”

Patrice Bergeron is as measured a human being as there is, yet he struggled to downplay the infraction when asked about it after the game.

“He’s playing the clock and he’s trying to make something happen,” Bergeron said. “Maybe he felt that we were coming hard. You’ve got to leave it to the refs, and they didn’t make the call. It’s about bearing down and starting a lot earlier to make it a game.”

Meanwhile, Dale Weise pulled off a pretty good mock chest-pound after his second-period goal. The Bruins have celebrated big goals this season by pounding their chest repeatedly, with Milan Lucic and Krug taking part. After beating Tuukka Rask five-hole on a breakaway Tuesday, Weise got in on the fun.

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Matt Bartkowski on his penalty: ‘I just threw him down’ 05.02.14 at 3:18 am ET
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Tuukka Rask might have been willing to take the fall for Thursday’s 4-3 loss in double overtime, but Matt Bartkowski knows better.

Just seven seconds after Bartkowski hauled down Dale Weise in front of the Boston net, P.K. Subban scored his second power-play goal 4:17 into the the second overtime to lead the Canadiens to a 4-3 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday night at TD Garden.

What did the defenseman have to say for himself after?

“I don’€™t know. I mean, I’€™m not going to comment on whether or not it was a penalty,” he said. “The result sucks, afterwards. So, I think it could have been prevented before the call was made.”

Later, pressed on what kind of chance he was trying to limit in front of Rask, Bartkowski acknowledged that he felt he had no choice but to not let Weise get in prime scoring position.

“[Brandon] Prust shot it in front, and I’€™m just trying to get positioned so he can’€™t get to the puck,” Bartkowski said. “I couldn’t get it so I just threw him down.”

Seven seconds later, the Bruins were behind in their second-round series. Bartkowski didn’t need to be asked how frustrating the loss was afterward.

“That’€™s pretty self-explanatory,” he said. “We got it going there a little bit, in the first overtime I thought we played pretty well. It thought we took it to them pretty good and then I don’€™t know, we kind of came out flat, or whatever you want to call it. It just, it sucks.

“We turned it on at the end of the third, got a few big goals from Kruger [Torey Krug] and Johnny [Boychuk] there. If we bring that intensity the whole game then it’€™s a different story.”

Now, for the second straight series, the Bruins are in the position of having to win after losing Game 1 at home.

“You can take some good from that, but it’€™s a different series, a different team,” Bartkowski said. “We just, like I said, we’ve got to — the parts that we did play well and we did play our game, we really have to focus on that and focus on bringing that for 60 minutes.”

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Dale Weise: Canadiens rooted for Bruins to extend winning streak so they could break it 03.24.14 at 1:04 pm ET
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The Bruins claim to not care about their 12-game-winning streak, but the Canadiens certainly do.

Habs forward Dale Weise shared after Montreal’s morning skate Monday that the Canadiens actually wanted the Bruins to win Saturday night against the Coyotes so the Habs could have the opportunity to snap the streak Monday night at TD Garden.

The Canadiens got their first part of their wish, as Boston came back with three unanswered goals in the third period to beat Phoenix, 4-2.

‘€œWe were checking the score the other night against Phoenix, and Phoenix was up going into the third period and we were kind of hoping Boston would come back and win so we would get the chance to knock them off,’€ Weise said.

Weise already has some history with the Bruins, as he was a member of the Canucks the year after the B’s played Vancouver in the Stanley Cup finals. In the team’s first meeting after the finals on Jan. 7, 2012, Weise challenged Adam McQuaid to fight, but when Shawn Thornton accepted the invitation instead and dropped his gloves, Weise kept his gloves on.

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