Thursday April 21, 2011
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins
I think I might have been the only person who watched last game. Everyone seems to be talking about some sort of momentum swing that has the Bruins back in command of this series. Let me tell you what I saw.
The Habs came out lazy in the first period. Lazy first passes by the defense, lazy forechecking in Boston’s end, lazily firing the puck up the middle of the ice. This lazy play allowed the Bruins to get on top 3-0 before the Habs decided to wake up. And “Oh Boy” did they wake up!
For the second half of the game, the Habs absolutely pounded the Bruins. Speed, physicality, skill, all of these things were heavily in the Habs favour for the second half of the game. If not for some dazzling saves from the worlds best road hockey goalie, Tim Thomas, game 3 would have been a Habs victory and a 3-0 series lead.
The Habs have learned now. They will come out strong. They know the importance of getting on the board first. They will win this game.
- Andrei Markov (Torn ACL-out indefinitely)
- Josh Jorges (out indefinitely)
- Max Pacioretty (Broken Neck)
- Alex Picard (Foot)
- Jeff Halpern
- Benoit Pouliot (healthy scratch)
- Marc Savard
Keys to the Game
Come out strong and play the game that won them games 1, 2 and the second half of game 3. Don’t be lazy. Look for some big minutes in the early stages from Ryan White. His energetic forecheck and willingness to use the body has been very effective so far in this series.
Montreal 2 – Boston 0