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Round 1, Game 3 | Montreal @ Boston | Final: 2-1 Boston (ot)


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Guest 77Bourque77
....is that a broken stick she's wielding?......

Anyway, I knew last night was going to be a real tough one. The Habs had better get back to their top form in tonight's contest, or else this series will stretch out too long for comfort. Better to make quick work of them and get some rest for round two. All we have to do is do what we did in game one....only better.

My first thought was that if Boston threw everything they had at us, and still couldn't win, the rest of the series would be a cakewalk. But, of course, that usually doesn't happen to the Habs. And now it seems that the Boo-ins have found their "grit" and will go down fighting.....so tonight's game could be a repeat of last night. Habs better come prepared to play.

I'm hoping we used up all our missed breakaways and open nets already, and start putting them in. And the power play simply MUST be better than what we've seen in the first two games. It's been anemic. Funny how the playoffs really are a new season. We were #1 in PP% for the regular season, but before Kovy's OT winner, we were last in the playoff PP% at zero. We might still be at the bottom even with the goal....I haven't checked.

Well, here's to lots of bananas tonight and a convincing Habs victory!

GO HABS GO!

absoultly true. our PP isnt looking good, it is almost like they are trying to do to much. they need to keep it simple. throw lots of shots on net, do some quick passes, use the back door. im hopeing they were saving their engergy last night, because in my eyes we got outplayed.

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I wouldn't worry if I was you rick :) Tonight we'll see a desperate and a tired Bruin team. All the Habs going to have to do is stick to their game and not respond to the roughing and slashing with their own stupid penalties.

absoultly true. our PP isnt looking good, it is almost like they are trying to do to much. they need to keep it simple. throw lots of shots on net, do some quick passes, use the back door. im hopeing they were saving their engergy last night, because in my eyes we got outplayed.
We all knew even before that post-season started that it's the 5 on 5 hockey that matters in the play offs. And I don't want to hear about the 4 pp goals by Dallas in game 1 :lol:
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....is that a broken stick she's wielding?......

Anyway, I knew last night was going to be a real tough one. The Habs had better get back to their top form in tonight's contest, or else this series will stretch out too long for comfort. Better to make quick work of them and get some rest for round two. All we have to do is do what we did in game one....only better.

My first thought was that if Boston threw everything they had at us, and still couldn't win, the rest of the series would be a cakewalk. But, of course, that usually doesn't happen to the Habs. And now it seems that the Boo-ins have found their "grit" and will go down fighting.....so tonight's game could be a repeat of last night. Habs better come prepared to play.

I'm hoping we used up all our missed breakaways and open nets already, and start putting them in. And the power play simply MUST be better than what we've seen in the first two games. It's been anemic. Funny how the playoffs really are a new season. We were #1 in PP% for the regular season, but before Kovy's OT winner, we were last in the playoff PP% at zero. We might still be at the bottom even with the goal....I haven't checked.

Well, here's to lots of bananas tonight and a convincing Habs victory!

GO HABS GO!

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i like those bananas

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We all knew even before that post-season started that it's the 5 on 5 hockey that matters in the play offs. And I don't want to hear about the 4 pp goals by Dallas in game 1 :lol:

i know, im not bringing it up, but when you have the #1 PP the last 2 years in a row, you need it to come threw in the playoffs too. the thing is, the power play can deciede games. if we could have scored while on the 5-3 or on the double minor, then the game would have not had to go into OT. im happy we are scoring 5 on 5, but when a team is down a man you need to make them pay for their mistakes.

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Yeah I see what you're saying. But there's a different side to this. If our PP would be clicking at the rate it was in the season both last games would've been 6-1 and 5-2 at least and the bruins wouldn't be taking everything out of the bank anymore like they're doing now (just watch how tired they're going to be tonight). It would simply become dirty hockey with charging, roughing, double checking and fighting putting our top players to injury risk (because the B's wouldn't care anymore, no matter what their coach says).

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Guest 77Bourque77
Yeah I see what you're saying. But there's a different side to this. If our PP would be clicking at the rate it was in the season both last games would've been 6-1 and 5-2 at least and the bruins wouldn't be taking everything out of the bank anymore like they're doing now (just watch how tired they're going to be tonight). It would simply become dirty hockey with charging, roughing, double checking and fighting putting our top players to injury risk (because the B's wouldn't care anymore, no matter what their coach says).

very true, and i agree, we should see a very tired bruins team tonight, they were battling all night. i dont mind if we are up like in game one, but its the tight games where that extra goal will come in handy, like last night. the less time we have to play the more engergy the guys will have down the stretch.

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Continuing my point into a semi-consipracy theory - Kovy's penalty yesterday was on purpose :P Keep feeding the dream to the B's . Keep them seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. :lol:

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Continuing my point into a semi-consipracy theory - Kovy's penalty yesterday was on purpose :P Keep feeding the dream to the B's . Keep them seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. :lol:

That was one of the worst call I seen in a lil' while, kovy gave him a shot in the padding of his ***** with his stick after buddy drove his face into the ice with his elbows, and it was to put us down 5 on 3 at that and then they tied it, man I was pissed, but Dandy said in an interview they all knew Kovy was gonna score when he wanted to stay on in o.t. during the power play and then he wired it top shelf, awesome shot, dont like seeing too many pp's in O.T. though

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Guest Innis_Mor
Today's game is exactly where we should use our depth to smoke the Bruins. O'Byrne, Grabovski, and Stewart are all fresh and raring to go. Rotate them in, give guys like Brisebois a rest, and keep the energy level high.
Agreed, WM. I was actually seeking this for last night's game; 2 of the 3 players at any rate, allowing the older, experienced players to rest up for tonight's game and play in front of a less receptive Bruins crowd. If I had been Carbo I might have changed more than just the tie for Game 2. All the players and the game strategy were the exact same as for Game 1. The Bruins had 44 hours to adjust to play against the exact same Habs as Thursday, playing the exact same game, and they prepared well. The Habs came out and showed them nothing different. Even took them over a period to adapt to the Bruins' defensemen constantly pinching.

A good coach, one with confidence, is not afraid to make changes for the right reason (such as back-to-back games) just because "things are going so well".

Note to self: Hindsight, especially sitting in the "no pressure" Fan Forum Board, is 20/20. ;)

Other notes:

  • Price should have been a game star
  • Bruins must be hurtin' mentally -- they play a very good game, Habs play somewhat off their game, and the Bruins still lose :unsure:
  • Glad to see that talking to the TV works (I kept telling Kovy to get to the other side half-boards on the PP -- "it's not working, switch things up like you always did in the regular season". ;) )
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Today's game is exactly where we should use our depth to smoke the Bruins. O'Byrne, Grabovski, and Stewart are all fresh and raring to go. Rotate them in, give guys like Brisebois a rest, and keep the energy level high.

I agree, lets add some size and grit of our own :angry: along with some more speed :blink: .

GO HABS GO

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Agreed, WM. I was actually seeking this for last night's game; 2 of the 3 players at any rate, allowing the older, experienced players to rest up for tonight's game and play in front of a less receptive Bruins crowd. If I had been Carbo I might have changed more than just the tie for Game 2. All the players and the game strategy were the exact same as for Game 1. The Bruins had 44 hours to adjust to play against the exact same Habs as Thursday, playing the exact same game, and they prepared well. The Habs came out and showed them nothing different. Even took them over a period to adapt to the Bruins' defensemen constantly pinching.

A good coach, one with confidence, is not afraid to make changes for the right reason (such as back-to-back games) just because "things are going so well".

That's a really good point. The old strategy of not changing what works isn't as effective in a seven-game series in which you face the same team 48 hours (or 24 hours) later.

I really hope we have a better first period tonight. The Bruins are going to be jacked up in front of their fans and a hot start, with a goal or two, could really take the wind out of their sails.

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Guest RockMtl

I never thought the Bruins would curl up and hide in a corner nor did I think the HABS would play to their potential every single game. I for one have not forgotten the 82 games which got our HABS to where they are - and I'm sure not a single player on the team is pleased with last nights performance - so I anticipate that they will - like they have alll season - bounce back and SHOW us what they got! I repeat - the BRUINS will not go away quietly!!

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Guest HABaG8Day

Greek Hab , are you trying to convert non-hab fans to habs fan with that pic ? :D I say use her and a few friends and place them behind the Bruins bench and give em all stiff necks from turing around to much. ( why do I foresee someone changing the word neck on me? :blush: )

Any how, The habs play better on the road than at home and I am confident that they will come out on top. I stil envy all of you who get to see the games in real life, for me that is one goal in life I would love to fullfill.

~HABaG8Day~

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Guest RockMtl
do i really have to be the first to come out and say she isn't that good looking? :P

Better than allot of players that I played against!!! LOLOL

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Guest rocksays6

I think we will have to weather the storm in the first few minutes of tonights game - I think boston will come hard at us... but if we stay disciplined and keep out of the box and keep everything simple in the opening minutes, we will have the oppurtunity to crush the bruins tonight - if boston doesn't score in the early going after using up plenty of energy, then we should take this one... first 5-10 minutes of the first period will be very key for us IMO...

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Guest Innis_Mor
do i really have to be the first to come out and say she isn't that good looking? :P
  • Not the first time a Hab fan has come across as being "picky" :P
  • "All Hail, GreekHab" maybe losing his touch?
  • or, maybe, his inventory of photos is running low? :unsure:
  • Shin pads inside her socks might have helped. ;)
  • The first two made this follow-up a challenge! :D
  • OK. I'll get my wife in my Grabovski jersey and take a pic to send GreekHab to post; that'll get him back on track! :D
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Guest habsgal

I expect the teddy bears to come at us hard this evening. We must answer the bell away from the Bell. I agree with what most of you are saying - insert some fresh, young energy in tonight's line-up. On another note: Did anyone see Cherry after the game? He was almost in tears, lmao :lol: . And Bob Cole, in my opinion, let his bias be known with his brutal play-by-play. He too was almost in tears. :lol:

GO HABS GOOOOOO!

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