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Re: MONTREAL CANADIENS CORNER

Post by AGENT-784 » Sat Apr 12, 2008 11:52 pm

Canadiens are ahead by two games heading to Boston...Surprise, surprise, Don Cherry was crying at the zebras after the OT winner...Bruins would have won this game for Thomas, if they had only produced in the first two periods...On the other hand, Canadiens should have iced this game on the breakaways by Andrei Kostitsyn and Kovalev, but Thomas was very good against the former, and a bit lucky on the latter...

If the Canadiens put their strong road game to work on Sunday, the Bruins will have to outwork the Habs even more than they did on Saturday, in order to get that first win...We'll see who can better handle three games in four nights.
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Re: MONTREAL CANADIENS CORNER

Post by Rammer » Sun Apr 13, 2008 4:52 pm

AGENT-784 wrote:Canadiens are ahead by two games heading to Boston...Surprise, surprise, Don Cherry was crying at the zebras after the OT winner...Bruins would have won this game for Thomas, if they had only produced in the first two periods...On the other hand, Canadiens should have iced this game on the breakaways by Andrei Kostitsyn and Kovalev, but Thomas was very good against the former, and a bit lucky on the latter...

If the Canadiens put their strong road game to work on Sunday, the Bruins will have to outwork the Habs even more than they did on Saturday, in order to get that first win...We'll see who can better handle three games in four nights.
Cherry had better review his hockey rules, complaining about a high stick which was merely a pass and follow through with the stick. While it did hit a Bruin, the non call was correct, plus he should have reviewed the Kovalev breakaway penalty, when Kovalev was buried head into the ice by the Bruin player, which Kavalev subsequently took a mild slash penalty putting the Canadiens down two men, which the Bruins tied the game up on. Bruins were outplayed plain and simple in Games 1 and 2, they will have to adjust at home.
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Re: MONTREAL CANADIENS CORNER

Post by AGENT-784 » Sun Apr 13, 2008 11:05 pm

Bruins needed to be better on Sunday than they were on Saturday...Credit them with a very strong effort on home ice...The neutral zone was difficult real estate for the Canadiens, as they had very little happening on the rush...Bruins really made life along the boards very miserable for the Hab's blue-liners all game long, which lead to both of Boston's goals...Getting the first goal of the game, early on, was obviously a confidence boost for the Bruins, as was the play of Tim Thomas, outlasting Carey Price, who was perhaps the only reason why this game had to go to OT.

So far, Julien has not seen his team suffer too much for a lack of team speed, compared to the Canadiens...Carbonneau needs to see better puck movement from his team, otherwise, his D-men will continue to be fed into the glass for another game.
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Post by Alswin » Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:43 am

Wow, I was one who was calling for Brisebois to get a rest last night, I'm glad he didn't, big goal and again solid goaltending from the BC goalie Price. I'm headed to Boston today with my Habs jersey to visit family.
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Re: MONTREAL CANADIENS CORNER

Post by AGENT-784 » Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:16 am

Third straight nail-biter in this series, and the Canadiens are in a position to advance with a home win on Thursday...Bruins have to be thinking "what if", after failing to get the upper hand in the first half of the game...After Sturm went around Carey Price, I was waiting to see the twine bulge, but was amazed by the replay where the shot missed by "that much"...The physical element of this series has to be adding up on both sides, not likely that the Bruins can afford to change their strategy in an effort to create more offense...Boston will continue to grind, while Montreal must hope that having the last line change will allow them to be more threatening in the Boston zone.

Montreal had better have the horses to beat the Bruins on Thursday, because you know that a return trip to Boston is going to be a lot more of a drain, than games 3 and 4.
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Re: MONTREAL CANADIENS CORNER

Post by AGENT-784 » Thu Apr 17, 2008 9:08 pm

Canadiens got pretty much what they deserved in game 5...for the first time in a long while, the Bruins were leaving gaps in the neutral zone, and early in the game, the Canadiens were able to gain the zone with the puck...After Kovalev scored, it seemed obvious that the trend would be to up the tempo, and force the Bruins to adjust, but clearly the opposite happened...Going into the second period, did the Canadiens get fat and happy on one goal, and expect to just skate with the Bruins into another 1-0 victory...Even after the Bruins tied, and headed to the third period, the Habs were still in a good position, meaning that 20 minutes of solid work, and a victory was within reach...When Carey Price caught that floating puck, my thought was "Okay, take the face-off", and before I could finish the thought, the puck was in the net, and within minutes, you knew that the Canadiens were not going to battle back, not on this night, and the Bruins won the game handsomely...My hat is off to Julien, for executing his gameplan from the second period on, while Carbonneau's team did not seem too committed, in terms of intensity, after the first period...

Sure the score was one-sided, and rather humbling for the Canadiens...But for Don Cherry to say that the Bruins hammered the Canadiens in this game is simply a joke...the game was tied at one, in the third, when Carey Price suffered a brain-cramp and put the puck in play, so the forward was fortunate enough to hit the puck with the shaft of his stick, forcing the zebras to review, to see if he might have gloved it...two of the next three goals were off Canadiens' own sticks...Funny that if the shoe was on the other foot, Cherry would have gone on, and on, about the poor goalie, and those dummies in front, getting their sticks on the shots...only the Sturm goal was a classic, a rocket, fired perfectly inside the bar...Have it your way, Don Cherry, the Canadiens got hammered...Sheeesh...

On the other hand, the Canadiens can credit the Bruins for slowing the tempo in the second, and thoroughly outplaying the Habs in the third, when it mattered most...As well, the Canadiens can conclude that the one bad period on the scoresheet is now in the rear-view mirror, and must now focus their efforts on a one game winning streak...How does that cliche go...In the play-offs, as long as you don't lose two games in a row...or something like that.
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Re: MONTREAL CANADIENS CORNER

Post by AGENT-784 » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:04 pm

Big credit to the Bruins for keeping up with their grinding game...Canadiens continue to have trouble with their puck movement, as the Bruins continue to take the physical game to the Habs...Both teams got some nice bounces in the offensive zone, otherwise, the score would have been more indicative of the tight checking that has been prevalent in much of the series. 5-4 does not flatter the goal-tenders, but poor defensive coverage left both Price and Thomas somewhat helpless.

Koivu was noticeable with some good play during this game, but it was clear that his injury does not allow him to skate hard on the back-check, and that was a factor on two of the Bruins third period goals...Kessel scored two amazing goals, making Julien look like the coaching genius of these playoffs, with his roster moves. Carbonneau knows that the Bruins are dictating the game far too easily, but his team just has not responded with any play that would indicate that they are prepared for the full 60 minutes. Canadiens have been forced by the Bruins to play an error-free game 7, as it seems the Bruins are able to overcome their miscues, while the Habs seem to have forgotten how to play to their potential.

Not going to take anything away from the Bruins, they deserved the win, but the replay did show that they were indeed offside on a rush that lead to a goal. Not going to throw the zebra under the bus either, because he was on the far boards, and the nearest forward did obscure sight along the blue-line, so play on, those are the breaks. Had the zebra been on the near boards, he would have called the play correctly.

Bring on Monday night, the Penguins and the Rangers must be just loving the Bruin's results in games 5 and 6, me thinks.
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Re: MONTREAL CANADIENS CORNER

Post by AGENT-784 » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:06 pm

Bruins did everything they could in the first period, in an effort to get the upper hand for game 7, but Carey Price was sharp in turning away everything...At the other end, Tim Thomas gets victimized, on yet another own goal, foiling any hopes of getting the crowd out of the game...Bruins had the better of the play, but nothing on the scoreboard, while the Habs got a good bounce to boost their confidence heading into the second period...Being down by just a goal halfway through the game had to make the Bruins feel pretty good about their chances of coming back, until the play of the game, by utility man Mark Streit, whose nifty breakaway goal was a crucial setback for the visitors...Had Thomas stopped Streit, we may have seen a jolt of adrenaline run through the Bruin lineup...No such game-saver, and minutes later, the Canadiens surely had the game tucked away, with their third goal coming just as Chara and the planet's longest hockey stick came out of the penalty box.

Early third period penalty problems for the Canadiens may have given PJ Stock, and assorted Bruins fans something to cling to, but really, lightning striking THREE times...Carey Price was having none of that, and by the six minute mark, the Bruins had unofficially emptied the tank.

My hat is off to those Bruins, and Claude Julien, as he came darn close, and almost stuck it to a former boss...On the one hand, the Bruins have to be looking at their roster, and feeling pretty good about having Patrice Bergeron, their best forward back in, after this summer, and who knows about their boy, Tuukka Rask...On the other hand, nowadays, nothing is what it seems, from one year to the next ...Need proof, look at teams like Buffalo, Ottawa, and Vancouver who all probably felt that they were in good shape last September, but by April, heads were shaking, and unfortunately rolling also, as happened to Canuck's former GM, Dave Nonis...At the start, how many people had picked both the Habs and the Bruins to outlast those three previously mentioned teams.

After another two more doses of game 7, on to round number two.
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Re: MONTREAL CANADIENS CORNER

Post by greycupgarry » Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:49 am

What up with the looting and crap after the game? It's only the first round people. And even if it was the Cup win. It's just not right. :bad:
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Post by Catssuck » Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:08 am

After the way they made as much noise as possible during the American National Anthem, then that disgusting display after the game - reaffirms my intense dislike the Habs and their fans.
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Post by AGENT-784 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:39 am

greycupgarry wrote:What up with the looting and crap after the game? It's only the first round people. And even if it was the Cup win. It's just not right. :bad:
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Post by AGENT-784 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:41 am

Catssuck wrote:After the way they made as much noise as possible during the American National Anthem, then that disgusting display after the game - reaffirms my intense dislike the Habs and their fans.
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Re: MONTREAL CANADIENS CORNER

Post by AGENT-784 » Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:36 pm

Canadiens had a good start to the game, but failed to bury their chances, as the early bounces were on the side of Marty Biron, who was rewarded with a two goal lead heading to the second period...Dowd's goal was a beauty of a shot...Canadiens generated good chances in the middle period, and were fortunate that the zebra was in position to initially signal a goal for Kovalev, as some of the replay angles were obscured by human bodies...Had that goal been waved off at the time, unlikely that replays would have reversed the decision in favour of the Habs...Flyers didn't waste much time taking the lead back to start the third, the rink had to be tilted for game one, all the goals in the first 41 minutes were scored into the same net...The Richards penalty which allowed Kovalev to tie this game could have been avoided, if Richard's stick was not between Kovalev's skates when the check was made...Flyers had to be lamenting the fact that, in the last minute, their best penalty killing forward and go-to face-off man was parked in the bin, when Kovalev beat Biron with a lethal snap of the wrist.

Carbonneau got the win, but still has to be concerned about the poor puck movement by his team...If not for the 60% on face-offs, the Flyers would be up after game one. Look for the Flyers to be more physical on Saturday, as the hit count favoured the Habs to open the series, and the Philly gang can least afford a mental let down in game two, after letting the key road win slip away tonight.
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Re: MONTREAL CANADIENS CORNER

Post by AGENT-784 » Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:49 pm

For the second straight home game, the Canadiens fell behind by two, and but unlike game one, the Flyers hung on tonight, but only because of the great work by Marty Biron. With all due respect to Tim Thomas, this was the first game where the Canadiens created enough chances to win, but could not bury the puck past Biron. Tomas Plekanec could have singlehandedly turned this game around, but Biron would have none of it. Former Canuck draft pick, Umberger, must have some kinda horseshoe planted up his keester, as not one of his three goals in the series have gone into the net directly off his stick...BTW, his last one was iffy, not because of any high stick, but if he contacted Price's glove before the puck, then that has to be called interference...Oh what the heck, it counted, just move on...

That John Stevens, for sure is some kinda special, the way he went on about Kostopoulos taking a poke at Timonen...Video evidence shows that Timonen saw Kostopoulos coming, and made the choice to turn tail...Stevens calling Kostopoulos a coward must truly be the most hypocritical statement from any coach this year, or does Stevens "misremember" the parade of suspensions issued by the league to some of the players who he currently coaches...enough already...

Canadiens have to concerned about this loss, only for the fact that too many scoring chances went unrewarded...there is no assurance that the next game will produce as many, so the shooting simply has to be better...I don't think that the Habs can expect Umberger's horseshoe to fall out by itself...Make no mistake, the play of Marty Biron, on Saturday night, did not involve any good luck charm, he was the best player on the ice.
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Re: MONTREAL CANADIENS CORNER

Post by AGENT-784 » Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:25 pm

Yet again, Marty Biron held the fort for the Flyers, as they escape the first period with zeros on the board. What's it gonna take for the Canadiens to give Carey Price a lead in this series...For sure, the Canadiens are putting the puck at Biron, but he sees most everything, and the ones that get by him are drifting wide, or going off the iron...Big credit to the penalty killing of the Flyers, who never allowed themselves to be passive when down by two men, and that is rare in this league...That kill may not have been the TSN turning point, but it certainly bought time for the home team...The Flyers continue to feed off of their goalie, and they keep bagging the opportunistic goals, as Price continues to struggle with shots coming through bodies in front of him...If Price had a fraction of the luck that Biron has had in this series, the Flyers second goal may have hit the post and stayed out...Not.

Price being tripped by Downie, didn't appear to rattle the youngster, as he showed almost zero emotion during the heated aftermath, but let's be straight up, Downie wasn't looking to rattle, his intent went beyond that, and it was pointed out during the broadcast.

Habs did establish an edge in the play to start the second period, but again, found themselves in a hole. Umberger continues to be a force for the Flyers, excellent on the penalty kill, and deadly with his goals.

Canadiens had no business to ever be in a position to put the extra attacker on the ice to end the game...they got themselves somewhat back in the game, mostly because of the stupidity displayed by Derian Hatcher, right in front of the zebra...Nobody, not even John Stevens, can realistically debate that call...Even after the deficit became one goal, the body language from guys like Kovalev, Markov, and the Kostitsyn boys seemed to indicate that the Habs didn't have the jam to get another one past Biron, and if they did, the rubber would probably have knocked on iron.

Give credit to the Canadiens for not quitting, and making the power-play finally work in the third period, but really, they needed to do the damage back in the first period, where a timely goal, would have surely been far more valuable, than the two which closed out game three.

Their overall play in the series, would indicate that the Canadiens need only to earn some breaks around Biron's net, but that's gonna take some big effort, because after seeing those cute photos displaying Nordique colours, it is all too obvious where Marty draws his inspiration from, each time he steps on the ice against the Habs.
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