Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
Amidst working WAY to hard and fighting with my Rogers Rocket Stick, I’ve been unable to update this oh so important blog post for most of the day. I’ve been panicking, but I got it sorted out finally. Here it is now.
I’ve been waiting for this game. It’s shown up in my dreams, I think about it while I’m driving, it seems to have taken over my every thought, my very being.
Ever since their last meeting, in which the teams squared off for several fights, Habs fans have been left with a feeling of inadequacy. Fans screamed at Pierre Gauthier at the trade deadline to “please get some muscle” and while an acquisition of a player like Chris Neil or Zenon Kenopka would have certainly added a new element to this Habs team that it currently lacks. Gauthier stood pat, and kept his smallish, speedy lineup.
Was he wrong? That remains to be seen, but in the meantime, it is important for this Habs team to realize, and understand who they are, and what makes them successful. What they are, is fast. Very, very fast.
Should the Bruins play their bruising, in your face style of hockey, and I’m sure they will, it is very important for the Habs to stick to the game plan, and laugh at them while they fill the back of the net.
Carey Price has been at the top of his game in recent starts, (and for most of the season) and Tim Thomas leads the league in virtually every category, so don’t expect another 8-6 type score in this one. I expect a close defensive battle, as these two teams have been in the top 5, defensively, in the league all season long. With both teams scoreboard watching and trying to establish their playoff positions, don’t expect this to change any time soon.
- Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
- Josh Jorges (out indefinitely)
- Mathieu Darche
- Jaroslav Spacek
- Alex Picard (healthy scratch)
- Marc Savard
- Patrice Bergeron
- Andrew Ference
- Stephen Kampfer
Keys to the Game
Speed, patience and composure. That’s the name of the game for this one. A tight defensive Boston team isn’t going to produce constant opportunities, so the Habs must be patient and then when the opportunity does present itself, STRIKE AND STRIKE HARD!!!!
Montreal 2 – Boston 0