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Gutsy effort earns a point

After failing to hold on to a lead Monday night against Kirk Muller’s Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal welcomed their biggest rivals to the Bell Center on Wednesday.  You knew the Bruins would be raring to go against the Habs as they had just lost their previous Matchup a night earlier, going down 3-0 at the hands of the Rangers.

The game started with a feeling out process as both teams looked to see who would crack first. This brought out the physical game as both began to throw their weight around looking to punish their opponent.

Better effort, same result

The Habs began their six game road trip Monday night, visiting their long-time rivals the Boston Bruins. Boston has been on a tear lately, especially in their last game versus the Philadelphia Flyers where they decimated them in a 6-0 victory. The game started with tight checking by both teams with neither wanting to give up the first turnover.

Bruins make it 9 in a row

The Habs and Bruins faced off in a chess match Monday night where tight checking and blocked shots highlighted the evening. The Bruins came into town looking to extend their eight game winning streak, while the Habs were looking to end that streak just like they did in the previous game against the Rangers. Both teams started the game cautiously as they went through a feeling out process for the first few minutes of the period. The boo birds were out as expected and they made sure that Zdeno Chara heard them loud and clear every time he touched the puck.

Habs edge rivals

After finally winning a game on home ice the previous night, Montreal travelled to Boston to take on a Bruins team who has had its fair share of problems this early season. With everything that occurred between these teams last season, many fans had this first game of a home at home series circled on their calendar.

Pacioretty had the green light!

Max Pacioretty, who survived a vicious unpunished hit by Boston's captain Zdeno Chara, and could have made a big difference in the Montreal-Boston series, was given the green light to return to the game.  Pacioretty said that he was given the permission to return to full-contact action by the medical staff of the Montreal Canadiens earlier today.  Unfortunately for Max, there won't be any more action till the Habs start the 2011-2012 season. 

No Suspension for Ference again!

Is anybody surprised?  Nope.  The joke continues, or should it be called favoritism?  A blatant head hit by Andrew Ference, way behind the play, goes unpunished by the National Hockey League.  The victim, Jeff Halpern, who, in the image of their team, gets jeered by the Bruins fans, visibly shaky and doozy by the hit.  Just yesterday, we did a recap of the NHL suspensions during the playoffs when the question was out whether Milan Lucic will be suspended for his hit on Jaroslav Spacek, he was n

No game 7 magic this year

This was it, game seven, winner take all, last team standing! The Habs did their best to claw their way back into this game but it simply was not meant to be, as they lost the game in overtime for the third time in this series. The first goal of the game came early when Johnny Boychuk beat Carey Price with his point shot just 3:31 in. The puck found its way past Price’s trapper after he had just pushed Patrice Bergeron out of his crease. A couple of minutes later, the Bruins jumped to a quick 2-0 lead giving us the sense that this could be a long night.

The Perfect Symphony

Once again the Montreal Canadiens had their backs against the wall.  Once again the Canadiens were facing elimination against a stronger and favorite opposition.  This script had been written before in last year’s playoffs more than once.  A couple of overtime losses including a double overtime loss in game five in Boston put the Bruins in the driver's seat.  But instead of rolling over and handing the Bruins the keys to the Conference semi-final, the Habs fought and fought well to force a game seven tonight in Beantown.

The Final Showdown

It has come down to this.  Game 7.  The last one in a rather tough series between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.  If it's of any help, history is on the Habs side.  The teams have met for seven game 7s all time and Montreal has won five of them.

Will Lucic be suspended?

First of all, let's be realistic, it is the playoffs and the league has decided to close their eyes on many vicious hits that have been given during these playoffs.  Prime example is Philadelphia's Mike Richard's hit on Buffalo Sabre's Tim Connolly when he drilled the latter into the corner boards, head first, as Connolly chased the puck.  Buffalo lost the services of Connolly for game 7 and they were forced to bring Derek Roy back in the lineup, eventually losing game 7 to the Philadelphia Flyers last night.