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Habs Overtake Bruins in Third Period For Win

The Habs played a bit of a lame first period and headed to the first (and second) intermission down 1-0 to the host Boston Bruins before the Habs’ grinders picked up the pace in the third period, exploding for four goals to give the Canadiens a 4-1 win over the boys from Beantown to begin our stretch run.

Carey Price started his first game since well before the Olympic break, stopping 22 of 23 Boston shots and keeping his team in the game during a tight two periods to begin the game. The Habs came alive in the third with goals from Glen Metropolit, Maxin Lapierre, Mathieu Darche (who also added an assist on the Metro goal – I love this guy!) and an empty netter by Benoit Pouliot, freshly back in uniform following his injury in January.

Montreal travels to San Jose for a game against the always-tough Sharks on Thursday before meeting both the L.A. Kings and Anaheim Ducks over the weekend in a tough west road swing.

Bruins Shut Out Habs 3-0

After a great performance against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday (one of the best games I’ve seen this season), the Canadiens came out with a little less energy against the Boston Bruins yesterday, falling 3-0 to end their three-game winning streak.

Tuuka Rask stole the show for the Bruins, making 36 saves and keeping his team with the lead while being outshot 15-3 in the second period. The Habs put good pressure on the Bruins but weren’t able to generate many quality scoring chances; Rask was there when they did. Jaroslav Halak made his fifth straight start and played a solid game for the most part despite losing, giving Boston their first win in 10 games in the process.

The Habs will face the red-hot Washington Capitals on Wednesday before playing a home-and-home series with Philadelphia on Friday and Saturday to welcome the Olympic break.

Halak Shines, Bruins Continue Spiral

At a Glance: For the second straight game, Jaroslav Halak faced more than 40 shots on goal and once again, he was the difference for the Canadiens as they stole two points in Boston with a 3-2 shootout win over the Bruins on Thursday night. Two nights after making 45 saves against the Vancouver Canucks, Halak stopped 45 Boston shots while his teammates could muster only 25 shots on Tuukka Rask. Mark Recchi scored his 11th of the season on the power play in the first period, during which the Bruins outshot Montreal 15-5. Blake Wheeler made it 2-0 early in the second period and it looked like they were on their way to an easy win. But the Canadiens scored two goals within 39 seconds near the end of the second period to tie things up. Glen Metropolit scored his 11th of the season on a power play, his first goal since December. Roman Hamrlik tied it 2-2 with a shot that Rask couldn’t see thanks to Mathieu Darche being parked in the goaltender’s crease. Brian Gionta scored the winning goal in the shootout with a great move and a backhand shot under the crossbar.

• Key Moments: The Canadiens were able to kill off a Boston power play in overtime, and limited the Bruins to only one goal in six man advantages. Montreal was 1-for-2 on the power play.

• What It Means: Montreal improves to 27-25-6 for 60 points, moving the Canadiens into sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal also puts some distance between themselves and the Bruins, who are at 56 points but have three games in hand. The Bruins have now lost nine straight games.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens are back home for afternoon games this weekend with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre on Saturday and the Bruins in Montreal on Super Bowl Sunday.

Habs’ 100th Season Ends

Golf, anyone?An eighth straight loss overall and fourth straight in the playoffs to the Boston Bruins saw the Montreal Canadiens eliminated in what turned out to be a very tough game to watch. Andrei Kostitsyn notched his first of the playoffs only 39 seconds in to the game, giving me and every Habs’ fan in the building and watching from home a breath of hope that maybe, just maybe, we could pull it off. The Bruins replied with two goals before the end of the period and another two in the second to take Montreal down 4-1, ending their season.

The game’s highlights ranged from predictably soft play on the part of most of the team to several shows of disappointment towards the team in general. The crowd took to chanting “Carey, Carey” after Price let in the fourth goal and offered him a sarcastic cheer when he stopped a 90′ shot, prompting him to raise his arms to the crowd in a mock show of gratitude and leaving everyone wondering just how well the 21-year-old will hold up over the summer. Things progressed steadily, culminating in some of the Bell Centre crowd treating Les Boys to random garbage thrown on the ice before finally offering a short ovation as they made their way off the ice.

All in all, not exactly a fitting end to what was expected (or at least hoped) to be a much more productive season in the team’s 100th year. I’ll be posting two pieces over the next few days, the first detailing the sour season itself and the second looking ahead at what needs to be done to get the club back on track for 2009-2010.

In the meantime, keep believing – thrown refuse and rattling a young goaltender in his final loss of the season can be great fun (and let’s face it, “classy” or not, the boys get paid more then enough to buy themselves something nice today and forget all about it) but at the end of the day, these guys currently represent our team and we owe ourselves better then to fume and hate. A new season approaches and we all know this will be a busy off-season for the Habs.

Go Habs Go!

Game 1: Bruins 4 – Canadiens 2

Michael Ryder, Carey PriceThe game last night could have gone in one of three ways: the Habs work hard and eek out a win, the Bruins slam us or the Bruins eek out a win over our hard work. The third happened as Montreal fell 4-2 to Boston in the first game of their round one playoff series but the Canadiens gave us lots to look forward to in the series, playing a smart and physical game for the most part and taking the B’s into the stretch tied 2-2 before Boston’s Zdeno Chara blasted a powerplay shot past Carey Price to give his club the lead. An empty-netter sealed the deal with only moments left.

I’m personally not too disappointed with the game – Les Boys looked like the fearless warriors that we know they can be and their performance proves early to the Bruins that this will not be an easy series.

Honourable mention: Carey Price faced 39 shots and made many key saves to keep his team in the game even when down 2-0 early and the first Bruin’s goal came after the puck was poked from under his glove – not necessarily a bad goal but the whistle could have been blown a bit quicker on that play.

Dishonourable metnion: Patrice Brisebois was beyond awful, giving the puck away, feeding perfect passes to the Bruin’s forwards and generally sucking. I’m not usually so hard on Breezer but he needs to sit for Weber in game two.

Canadiens to Face Bruins

Habs LogoNote to readers of There has obviously been a big change if you’re coming here via the RSS feed or a bookmark; I’ve compiled my many blogs here on my main site to allow me to focus more on writing and less on site management so this will be the new home of my Habs feed, permanently.

The Habs may have wrapped up the season with four straight losses but they score one for the win column with their first round match-up in my opinion; the Bruins seem much more beatable in the first round to me then the Washington Capitals.

Les Boys are geared up for the series, Schneider is back, Markov is apparently close and hopes (and pressure) are high for Carey Price to help carry his team. Clean your schedule for the next week at least – the playoffs are here!

Game 50: Bruins 3 – Canadiens 1

Les Habitants put in a much better effort against the high-flying Bruins yesterday afternoon then they have in their past few games but it wasn’t enough as the Bruins took a 2-1 lead into the third and added a late empty netter. Boston takes a very comfortable 17 point lead over Montreal in the Northeast Division with the win, making our chances of catching up look slimmer and slimmer.

As if getting beaten at home by the black and yellow wasn’t enough, the Habs lone goal-scorer on the night and season goal leader Robert Lang took a skate to the back of the leg, cutting his Achilles tendon and likely seeing him gone for the rest of the season. Latendresse also left in the second period after crashing head-first into the boards.

Things aren’t looking great right now and the organization know’s it. It will be interesting to see how Gainey and company react to these losses (games and players) leading into the Habs big road trip after they host the slumping Penguins on Tuesday.

NOTE: The Habs did sport vintage sweaters from the 1913-1915 seasons and Carey Price in particular looked pretty sharp with his retro pads on. Too bad sweet uniforms didn’t win games!

Bruins 3 – Canadiens 1

boston-bruins-logo-150Damn you Boston! What I had hoped would be a convincing win for the Habs over the Northeast-leading Boston Bruins fell to pieces last night in Beantown as the Zdeno Chara lead his team to a 3-1 victory. Chara had two goals and Tim Thomas stood on his head for much of the night, denying everything but a secord period shot from Andrei Kostitsyn including a monster save on the older Kostitsyn as the Bruins’ goalie lay on his stomach and reached his glove hand up.

The win puts Boston a solid 12 points ahead of us, though we do have a game in hand. Catching the Bruins means beating the Bruins, however, and getting players like Price, Koivu, Tanguay and Higgins back will help with that.

We host the Nashville Predators on Thursday before embarking on a five-game road trip

Canadiens 5 – Bruins 0

With a fantastic performance from Carey Price and the Kostitsyn brothers the Montreal Canadiens managed to eliminate the Boston Bruins with a convincing 5-0 victory in game seven.

Mike Komisarek opened the scoring in the first period when his slapshot from the point hit a Boston stick and fooled Tim Thomas, but the Bruins controlled the play in the opening period for the most part; a handful of nearly supernatural saves by Carey Price allowed the Habs to maintain their slim lead heading into the second.

The Canadiens came out with a little more jump in the second period and Mark Streit soon increased the Montreal lead to 2-0 with a nice deke on Thomas. Andrei Kostitsyn scored his first of the night from Patrice Brisebois to increase the lead to three goals as the Habs went on to outshoot the Bruins 17-6 in the period.

The third period only served to frustrate the Bruins as the Canadiens killed penalty after penalty and Price made save after save only to see the Habs get another goal from Andrei Kostitsyn on the powerplay with only minutes left. Brother Sergei sealed the deal only a few seconds later to give the Habs a very commanding 5-0 victory over the Bruins.

GAME NOTES: Everyone exhale! That is all.

Boston Bruins – Game 7

Canadiens fans were hoping that it wouldn’t come to this and you can bet the team is kicking itself for not coming on a little stronger in the past couple of games. For the first time in their team history, the Bruins have come back from a 3-1 series deficit to bring things to an even 3-3 tie; a win tonight by the Bruins would set another milestone, as would losing a series after being up 3-1 for the Canadiens.

Carey Price, who was soft in game five and not at his best in game six, will return tonight in the hopes of leading his Habitants to a series victory and a berth in the second round of the playoffs. With thousands of faithful stomachs tied up in knots, Habs fans around the country will unite to cheer their Canadiens on as they play to win in the packed Bell Centre.

Get ready for a big game and, as always, go Habs go!

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