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Tonight!

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Everyone knows what's at stake. This is the playoffs. This is Habs-Bruins, Round 34. We know who the stars are. We know who's been great, who hasn't. I don't need to remind you of any of that. So I won't waste my time.

Instead, let's take a moment, to appreciate the Boston Bruins. For the 34th time, the Bruins and Canadiens meet in springtime, as the hockey and weather heat up. With victory comes the highest of highs, defeat the lowest of lows. Images will last throughout the ages, of Ken Dryden, the rookie goaltender, and of "Too Many Men." What will the next image be? Will it be the incredible defenseman PK Subban dancing through the black and yellow last, or that of Patrice Bergeron dancing through le bleu, blanc, et rouge?

In the words of Ken Dryden:

Every great competitor needs a great opponent. Ali needed Frazier; Nicklaus needed Palmer; Federer needs Nadal. Each forces the best out of the other. The Canadiens need the Bruins, and the Bruins need the Canadiens. Each will put the other to the test.

After 89 seasons and 895 regular-season games going head-to-head, these teams don't hate each other. Nor do their fans. One team, the Canadiens, celebrates skill (and admires toughness). The other, the Bruins, celebrates toughness (and admires skill). The truth is that if Canadiens fans weren't Canadiens fans, they might be Bruins fans. And vice versa.

That's why Canadiens players and fans, and Bruins players and fans, crave this matchup. Why there is nothing like a Bruins-Canadiens series.

As two cities await puck drop with bated breath, as players wait to make history, and hope they finish on the winning side, two populations full of passion and pride come together not with hatred, but more so of understanding, and identity. For to be a Bruins fan is to hate the Canadiens, and to be a Canadiens fan is to hate the Bruins. When the two teams meet, on a warm, spring evening, colors will fill the air and the arena, as the yellow and black clash with le bleu, blanc, et rouge, and history takes place, once again.

Long live the Bruins. Long live the Canadiens. Long live the rivalry.

To play the game is good, to win the game is better, but to love the game is best of all.

Now drop the puck already! And, as always,

Go Habs Go!

PP2009 GDT Record: 0-0

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I am cautiously optimistic for this game.

While I believe we will come out flying and Carey will yet again be great, hockey is a game of inches and a couple of bad bounces and you never know. I still predict a habs win - maybe 3-1 this team (and actually keep that lead) but we shall see.

A breakout night for Pacman would be very nice as his line finally was looking good last game.

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Guys,

I don't have a good feeling for this game :unsure: . By right, the players should ride the momentum and extend their winning streak. But you know this team better than I do..... :( Jekyll and Hyde. There's a reason why people are predicting a 7 game series.

Yet I have a nagging feeling Game 4 will turn out to be the most critical game of this series. It's going to be a pivotal watershed moment which will change the entire dynamics of this series.

Win this game and I can confidently say the team wins this series, barring a massive meltdown a la the Leafs. But if Boston evens the series, I'm predicting a tough return to TD Garden. Regaining home ice won't even matter then.

I'm going shut up now until the game is over. Let's see how my words tally after tonight.

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Great GDT sir! This game ought to be great as well. I, too, am approaching the game with fear and trepidation. Ya never know which team is going to show up! Still they.can do it again tonight if they come out hard and play that way for 60 minutes..cliche I know but hey: Go Habs!

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Guys,

I don't have a good feeling for this game :unsure: . By right, the players should ride the momentum and extend their winning streak. But you know this team better than I do..... :( Jekyll and Hyde. There's a reason why people are predicting a 7 game series.

Actually, I think the reason people are predicting a 7 game series has more to do with the Bruins & less to do with us. And they may yet figure us out, but I doubt it.

Obviously any game can go any way but chances are in our favour and i think as long as we come out flying we'll do fine.

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What??? Long live the Bruins????

NO WAY.

I DO hate them. HATE THEM, HATE THEM HATE THEM.

If there were no Canadiens, I would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS be a fan of those whining, diving, dirty, disgusting Boo-ins.

They're EVIL. EEEEEEVVVVVIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLL!!!!!

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Crazy line changes at Bruins practise today:

Lucic-Bergeron-Eriksson

Paille-Krejci-Smith

Marchand-Campbell-Iginla

Fraser-Caron-Thornton

Wow.

This favours us. Unlike our team that bounces around all the time, the Bruins almost never change their combinations. So while it is probably being put into place to give them some jump or an x-factor, you may well see a lot of confused guys turning into odd-man rushes.

We have the depth to match their lines no matter how they stack it (heck, our 4th line is possibly our best defensive line on any given night) so im not too worried but i do like the idea of confused bruins. :)

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This favours us. Unlike our team that bounces around all the time, the Bruins almost never change their combinations. So while it is probably being put into place to give them some jump or an x-factor, you may well see a lot of confused guys turning into odd-man rushes.

We have the depth to match their lines no matter how they stack it (heck, our 4th line is possibly our best defensive line on any given night) so im not too worried but i do like the idea of confused bruins. :)

Fraser is a call-up from Providence (yesterday), so methinks that their 4th line will be vulnerable if MT can get our 1st or 2nd line on against their 4th. Like you say jed, they prefer to keep their lines together.

On edit,,,,,our 4th is still better than theirs.

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What??? Long live the Bruins????

NO WAY.

I DO hate them. HATE THEM, HATE THEM HATE THEM.

If there were no Canadiens, I would NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS be a fan of those whining, diving, dirty, disgusting Boo-ins.

They're EVIL. EEEEEEVVVVVIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLL!!!!!

Stop holding it in Rick. Tell us how you REALLY feel. :P

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Fraser is a call-up from Providence (yesterday), so methinks that their 4th line will be vulnerable if MT can get our 1st or 2nd line on against their 4th. Like you say jed, they prefer to keep their lines together.

On edit,,,,,our 4th is still better than theirs.

Yup. A rookie, an inexperienced prospect and Shawn Thornton sounds like a line we should try to exploit for sure. Hopefully MT can take advantage of the matchups.

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Brad Watson #23

•Record:
•Regular Season: BOS 2-1 , MTL 3-1
•Playoffs: BOS 1-0 , MTL 0-0
•Minor penalties per game: 3.8 reg season, 2.3 playoffs
•Penalties By Period (combined)
•With St. Pierre (Rd 1) – 11-15-3
•With Kozari (Rd 2) – 4-9-2
•Brad Watson has only been on the ice for ONE penalty against the home team in the 3rd period all postseason (excluding matching penalties and automatic puck-over-glass)
•PIM per game: 10.9 reg season, 4.8 playoffs
•Home vs. Road
•Reg season: 14.2% more minors on road team
•Playoffs: 6.7% more minors on home team
•Home win %: 47% reg season, 60% playoffs (3-2)
•Power Play vs. Penalty Kill Differential
•BOS: (-2) — 2 more PK than PP
•MTL: N/A
•Average minors by team:
•BOS 1.2, Opponents 1.8 (57.1% more on Opp)
•Playoffs – BOS 4.0, Opp 3.0 (1 game)
•MTL 2.0 , Opponents 2.3 (12.5% more on Opp)
•Playoffs – MTL N/A
•Watson is from Regina, SK
•18-year veteran official
•Worked Cup Finals in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2013
•Watson was paired with Justin St. Pierre for the first round. They worked ANA/DAL Game 2, COL/MIN Game 3, BOS/DET Game 4, and NYR/PHI Game 5.
•He was partnered with Steve Kozari for Round 2, covering NYR/PIT Game 1 and ANA/LAK Game 2

Steve Kozari #40

•Record:
•Regular Season: BOS 4-1 , MTL 2-1
•Playoffs: BOS 1-0, MTL 0-0
•Minor penalties per game: 4.0 reg season, 2.5 playoffs
•Penalties By Period (combined)
•With Morton (Rd 1) – 11-20-12
•With Watson (Rd 2) - 4-9-2
•Both 3rd pd penalties in Rd 2 were called against the visiting team
•PIM per game: 11.6 reg season, 8.0 playoffs
•Home vs. Road
•Reg season: 15.4% more minors on road team
•Playoffs: 3.5% more minors on home team
•Home win %: 47% reg season, 67% playoffs (4-2)
•Power Play vs. Penalty Kill Differential
•BOS: (-1)
•MTL: N/A
•Average minors by team:
•BOS 1.9, Opponents 1.9 (Even)
•Playoffs – BOS 7.0, Opp 5.0 (1 game)
•MTL 2.2, Opponents 2.0 (7.7% fewer on Opp)
•Playoffs – MTL N/A
•Kozari is from Penticton, BC
•9-year veteran official
•5th playoff appearance. Worked 2011 Conf Finals
•Officiated the first round with Dean Morton, handling MIN/COL Game 1, PIT/CBJ Game 3, ANA/DAL Game 4, BOS/DET Game 5, and NYR/PHI Game 6.
•Round 2 saw him partnered with Brad Watson for NYR/PIT Game 1 and ANA/LAK Game 2.
•He also has a tendency to get hit with the puck.

•First time Watson & Kozari have seen Montreal in playoffs
•Linesmen: Steve Miller #89, Scott Driscoll #68
•Standby Referee: Eric Furlatt #27
•Series Supervisor: Kris King

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I expect the most tight knitted defensive game of the series yet today, the series has been pretty up and down pace wise and I expect it to settle down a little more to a New York/Pittsburgh style of series now.

I actually expect the opposite... I think the Bruins are going to try to be more physical and that they'll leave openings because of that. I wouldn't be surprised if the Habs put another 4 by Rask tonight or even deliver the fans some victory chicken wings!

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I actually expect the opposite... I think the Bruins are going to try to be more physical and that they'll leave openings because of that. I wouldn't be surprised if the Habs put another 4 by Rask tonight or even deliver the fans some victory chicken wings!

No way, thats not Boston hockey. They'll slow the pace down tonight to there style of hockey and , if anything, when the series swings back to Boston, regardless of the outcome tonight, they'll start throwing the body around.

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