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Montreal @ Boston | Jan. 10 2008 | Final: 5-2 Habs


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TD Banknorth Garden


Goalies:

Cristobal Huet
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Tim Thomas
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Possible lineup:

Latendresse - Koivu - S. Kostitsyn
A. Kostitsyn - Plekanec - Kovalev
Higgins - Lapierre - Ryder
Streit - Smolinski - Dandenault

Markov - Komisarek
Hamrlik - Brisebois
Bouillon - Gorges

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The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens have long been bitter rivals, but only one has feeling bitter lately.

The Canadiens look for their eighth straight win against Boston when they visit the TD Banknorth Garden on Tuesday, also hoping to come away with at least a point for their seventh straight game overall.

Montreal (21-13-8) has already beaten the Bruins (21-17-4) four times this season, outscoring them 19-8. But their dominance of their fellow Original Six teams extends back much further.

The Canadiens also beat the Bruins in the last three meetings of 2006-07, and are 19-4-0 against them including playoffs since they trailed Boston 3-1 in a first-round playoff series in the 2003-04 season. The Canadiens went on to win that series with Claude Julien behind the bench - he's now in his first season as Bruins coach.

Montreal is 4-0-2 in its last six games, including a 4-3 overtime win at home over Chicago on Tuesday. Guillaume Latendresse scored with less than two minutes remaining in the extra session after the Canadiens had lost in overtime in two of the three previous games.

"I think it was important for us to get the two points and get a goal like that," Latendresse said. "It was a great feeling. We had a lot of chances in the third period so it was fun to bury it at the end."

The Canadiens' offense has not missed many chances in recent games. Montreal is averaging 4.5 goals in its last six, led by two goals and seven assists from Tomas Plekanec. Andrei Kostitsyn also has five goals in those games.

Montreal has already had six- and seven-goal games against Boston this season with 15 players scoring for the Canadiens.

They had 52 shots on the Bruins' Tim Thomas in a 7-4 win on Nov. 17. Thomas has lost four straight against Montreal, with a 4.05 goals-against average over that span.

But he's found his form again recently, with just a 1.51 GAA in his past four games. The first three were wins, but the Bruins lost 1-0 to Carolina on Tuesday.

"Timmy did his part, we just didn't get that tying goal," Boston's Peter Schaefer said.

Julien was angry as his team mustered only five shots on goal in the final period.

"This team has not been capable of working for 60 minutes for a while now," he told the team's official Web site. "Sometimes you have to get embarrassed to react, and tonight is hopefully one of those nights we got embarrassed enough to react."

The Bruins are 11-7-2 at home this season, but the Canadiens are 13-6-3 on the road, including two wins in Boston.

"(They're) one of those teams that we haven't beaten yet this year," Julien said. "Knowing that they are in our division, that they are four points ahead of us - it is a big game."

Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward is likely to return after missing eight games with a broken foot.

Associated Press


Go! Habs! Go!
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Guest HabsFanStuckInToronto!

You got one thing especially right.....GO HABS GO!

Montreal arrives in Boston on a pretty good point claiming streak and I can see that continuing tonight. Montreal matches up well against Boston because of one factor....slow bruin defense against quick skating montreal offense. It is the one factor that gives Montreal an edge in every game.

Nonetheless, it is going to be a tough game for Montreal. They are going to have to keep skating fast and hard to get past the Bruins defensive trap. Once it is in the zone, set up low and get point shots. On the defense, make sure to cover the points and watch for cross ice passes (seen a lot of those in Boston's previous games). The Bruins haven't scored much lately so if we can get 2 or 3 goals we may have enough to win.

ONE KEY: SCORE FIRST! You do not want to see how defensive this Boston team can play and neither do I cause it will be boring!

DOMINATE TIM THOMAS, DOMINATE BOSTON and GO HABS GO! I KNOW YOU CAN WIN THIS GAME!

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Guest jennifer_rocket

I hope we continue our season's dominance over the Bruins tonight, and don't get complacent because we've taken 4/4 from them so far. The last thing we need, coming off of a decent home stand, is to stumble on the road.

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Guest kovysdaman

Let's go guys we all know you can do It !!!!!!

I have this feeling that Komisarek might do something big tonight !!!my condolences to him and his family on the passing of his grand-mother !!! But don't sit on It because the booins would be more than happy to jump all over us If we give them the chance

Go Habs go!!!

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Guest FREDDYBEACH HAB
Let's go guys we all know you can do It !!!!!!

I have this feeling that Komisarek might do something big tonight !!!my condolences to him and his family on the passing of his grand-mother !!! But don't sit on It because the booins would be more than happy to jump all over us If we give them the chance

Go Habs go!!!

Unless something has happened that I'm not aware of, it was Mr. Dandenault who had the loss in his family.

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Guest QbGamer

I was just thinking there should be a thread solely based on who the opposing goalie has played for the game. Seeing as we criticize every play that our goalie makes, there should be a thread based on the opposing goalie aswell :) Didnt know where to post this so i did it here. I was just watching the reply of last game, No way Breezers goal or Markov's goal should have went in on him. We would be all over him for days... ANYWAYS :) just wanted to point that out.

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no mention of le grand tenebreux in your thread? i'm surprised ;)

bring on the bruins. they are the team i don't want to beat each game, i want to crush.

another solid effort like tues. game and we should see a good game.

i hope lapierre and kostopoulous have worked on their hands and can get us some goals on the pk!

let's go boys!

missing the game tonight boooooooooooooooooooo. hope i miss a good one.

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no mention of le grand tenebreux in your thread? i'm surprised ;)

bring on the bruins. they are the team i don't want to beat each game, i want to crush.

another solid effort like tues. game and we should see a good game.

i hope lapierre and kostopoulous have worked on their hands and can get us some goals on the pk!

let's go boys!

missing the game tonight boooooooooooooooooooo. hope i miss a good one.

naaahh I want to give everyone a break ;) besides, I was not supposed to open the thread but did it in 5 minutes this morning before going to work, seeing that there was none open :P

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Roster update for tonight's game

posted by Dave Stubbs at 12h27 EST on Jan 10

Pat Hickey reports from Boston that Bryan Smolinski will centre Mark Streit and Mathieu Dandenault on the Canadiens' fourth line, with Corey Locke and Tom Kostopoulos the healthy scratches. Audio from this morning's game-day skates to come shortly...

As posted on Habs Inside Out

http://www.habsinsideout.com/

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Roster update for tonight's game

posted by Dave Stubbs at 12h27 EST on Jan 10

Pat Hickey reports from Boston that Bryan Smolinski will centre Mark Streit and Mathieu Dandenault on the Canadiens' fourth line, with Corey Locke and Tom Kostopoulos the healthy scratches. Audio from this morning's game-day skates to come shortly...

As posted on Habs Inside Out

http://www.habsinsideout.com/

Smols good to go?

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What does tenebreux mean?

nevermind, it's a long story that has nothing to do with tonight's game and in this case it cant really be translated word for word ;) lets just say it's how i often call markov

Roster update for tonight's game

posted by Dave Stubbs at 12h27 EST on Jan 10

Pat Hickey reports from Boston that Bryan Smolinski will centre Mark Streit and Mathieu Dandenault on the Canadiens' fourth line, with Corey Locke and Tom Kostopoulos the healthy scratches. Audio from this morning's game-day skates to come shortly...

As posted on Habs Inside Out

http://www.habsinsideout.com/

Can a moderator please change the posted line up if they think it's necessary. Thanks

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nevermind, it's a long story that has nothing to do with tonight's game and in this case it cant really be translated word for word ;) lets just say it's how i often call markov

ok.. I will find out in time. :)

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Roster update for tonight's game

posted by Dave Stubbs at 12h27 EST on Jan 10

Pat Hickey reports from Boston that Bryan Smolinski will centre Mark Streit and Mathieu Dandenault on the Canadiens' fourth line, with Corey Locke and Tom Kostopoulos the healthy scratches. Audio from this morning's game-day skates to come shortly...

As posted on Habs Inside Out

http://www.habsinsideout.com/

How can you sit Kostopoulos after the game he just played against Chicago?

By the way, I don't usually comment on game threads but I'd like to extend a big "well done" to ColRouléBleu.

Only one other thing to say GO HABS GO

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