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Round 2, Game 1 - Thursday, 1 May 2014 7:30 PM EST - CBC, RDS, NBCSN


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Round 2, Game 1 - Thursday, 1 May 2014 7:30 PM EST - CBC, RDS, NBCSN  

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On Thursday, the Habs will revisit a historic rivalry against the NHL’s top regular season team at the TD Garden.

Having finished the regular season with 100 points (46-28-8), the Canadiens are pegged as the underdog team in a playoff match-up against the Boston Bruins, who compiled a 54-19-9 record for a league-leading 117 points. However, the Habs do hold a 3-1 edge in regular season meetings in 2013-14, winning both games played in Beantown.

Against the Lightning in round one, the Canadiens conjured up some of their best hockey of the season en route to a four-game sweep of their division rival. They outscored Tampa Bay 13-7 at five-on-five and only trailed on the score board for three minutes in the entire series. Meanwhile, Boston’s even strength play was somewhat more muted in their five-game series against a tenacious Detroit Red Wings squad. Claude Julien’s troops narrowly out-scored Mike Babcock’s team six goals to four at five-on-five.

However, the Bostonians performed up to expectations on the man advantage, having scored five goals on 26 shots in just under 20 minutes of five-on-four time against the Wings. Meanwhile, the Habs have only produced ten shots on net in 22 minutes at five-on-four against Tampa, scoring twice.

There are no expected line-up changes for Montreal, except that veteran Travis Moen, a penalty kill stalwart, may return to action in Game 1. Forward Alex Galchenyuk skated alone before practice on Wednesday, but is not expected to return from his lower-body injury just yet. As for Boston, grinder Daniel Paille and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg have been skating in preparation for a return to play, though both are questionable for the start of the series.

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So... after a long wait, we're finally there, round 2 of the playoffs is starting for our Habs and all the circus that usually surrounds playoffs series against the Booins has already started since last Saturday. I'm not sure there's anything much more to say about this game beforehand, the rivalry speaks for itself and if that wasn't enough, social media and TV sports channels are full of comments, videos, interviews all building up towards it.

Lets add a few more pages to History :D

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Love the GDT, CRB. The selfie was a nice touch too. :lol:

Peel and Rooney are reffing the Rags game tonight, so they won't/shouldn't be doing our game tomorrow. :)

Lee and St-Laurent may be even worse though. Hopefully the NHL has dropped both of these pairings for the 2nd round.

Also, not really a fan of the decision to spell Moen in over Bournival. What we had was working, and Bournival's speed and forechecking ability would provide more of a headache for the B's large and immobile defence. Yes, Moen is bigger, but it didn't do him much good when he was knocked unconscious the last time we played Boston. And the whole concept of his being more valuable because he won a Cup a decade ago is a bit ridiculous at this point.

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Also, not really a fan of the decision to spell Moen in over Bournival. What we had was working, and Bournival's speed and forechecking ability would provide more of a headache for the B's large and immobile defence. Yes, Moen is bigger, but it didn't do him much good when he was knocked unconscious the last time we played Boston. And the whole concept of his being more valuable because he won a Cup a decade ago is a bit ridiculous at this point.

Agreed, I dont love sitting Bournival in favour of Moen, simply because he is healthy. In fairness though, Moen is possibly our best PK'er not named Plekanec (as good as Prust and Bournival and Gio are) so I can see why MT would want him in the lineup.... im not sure who i'd sit to get him in though... Prust maybe?

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Lets do this Habs!!!!!!!

Go Habs Go!!!!

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Game one victory would go a long way in silencing Bruin fans.

Then again,,,,it probably would have Julien crying embellishment again. :lol:

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John LU 30 mins. ago.

Pacioretty is not taking the morning skate. Update from Therrien within the hour.

Also from John Lu:

Julien will not update Marchand's status: "He took his option." Paille will be a gametime decision.

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John LU 30 mins. ago.

Pacioretty is not taking the morning skate. Update from Therrien within the hour.

JohnLuTSNMtl: #Habs Therrien on Pacioretty's absence from morning skate: It's an optional practice. He took the option." Q: Is he OK? "Of course."

JohnLuTSNMtl: #Habs Therrien replies to Q about Moen, Bouillon, Weaver with answer about depth and ends with "You'll see our lineup tonight."

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Tonight's zebras.

Marc Joannette #25

•3.4 minor penalties per game
•10.0 PIM per game
•Record: BOS 3-3, MTL 2-4
•Favors home team (10.9% more minors on road team)
•Home win %: 54.7%

•Average minors by team:
•MTL 1.5, Opponents 1.8
•(16.7% more calls on Opp)
•BOS 1.6, Opponents 1.6
•(Calls even BOS/Opp)
•Last MTL/BOS game – 3/12/14, BOS W 4-1
•2013 Playoff Record: MTL 0-0, BOS 1-0
•From Verdun, Quebec

Kevin Pollock #33

•3.1 minor penalties per game
•9.9 PIM per game
•Record: BOS 3-1, MTL 2-4
•Favors home team (11.4% more minors on road team)
•Home win %: 54.1%

•Average minors by team:
•MTL 1.8, Opponents 1.7
•(4.8% fewer calls on Opp)
•BOS 1.5, Opponents 0.8
•(50.0% fewer calls on Opp)
•Last MTL/BOS game – 2/6/13, BOS W 2-1
•2013 Playoff Record: MTL 1-0, BOS 1-0
•From Kincardine, Ontario
•Worked the 2014 Sochi Olympics

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Can you believe it has been a whole season since they played last???Wait....it just seems that way! Wow! Go Habs!

Great GDT as well! Thanks



Finally it's here. Let's take game 1.

Like I said..it seems like a whole season has passed and gone and it is time to start a new one!!! :):)

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