Thursday April 14, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
Tonight the Habs kick off their much anticipated series with the Bruins. While the Habs took the season series 4-2 the two losses where quite substantial and enough to put a seed of doubt into anyone’s mind. In those two losses, the Bruins scored 15 goals while the Habs scored 6. More disturbing than the goals allowed however was how those losses came about. In the first, it was a physical beatdown. A fight filled affair that saw the Bruins take unwilling partners, and pound the snot out of them. In the second, a Habs team that should have been fired up, with vengeance on their mind for their fallen teammate, (do I really need to get into it?) were listless, aloof and showed no competitive spirit whatsoever and lost 7-0.
Perhaps is was all part of the gameplan? An attempt to say, “We will not fall into your trap. We will forfeit this game and show you how we play come playoffs.”
Well boys, that day has come.
- Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
- Josh Jorges (out indefinitely)
- Max Pacioretty (Broken Neck)
- Alex Picard (Foot)
- Jeff Halpern
- Marc Savard
Keys to the Game
As always, patience and speed is the key. They can’t get caught up in the scraps and the down low battles, or they WILL lose. Cycle the puck and use your speed. These Bruins will get frustrated and lose their positioning. That is the key for success.
Would the playoff versions of Gomez and Cammalleri please stand up? These two guys had terrible seasons, but all will be forgotten and forgiven if there playoff personalities
Montreal 2 – Boston 0