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Discuss: Bruins run over Habs in newest chapter of historic rivalry

Mar 12, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

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The rivalry that exists between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens has been rather one-sided in favor of the Habs over the past few years. That changed on Wednesday.

The Bruins, playing on the road, took the game over in the second period to eventually earn a 4-1 victory over the Canadiens.

Let’s discuss:

  • So, how much do the Canadiens miss Carey Price? They’ve won only three times since the NHL schedule resumed out of the Olympic break, and have lost three in a row. Of course, Price is dealing with a lower-body injury and hasn’t played since the conclusion of the Sochi Olympics.
  • While we’re on the topic of goaltenders, how about the play of Bruins’ puck stopper Tuukka Rask, particularly in the first period? Of his 14 saves, perhaps was none better than the right-pad stop he made on a Max Pacioretty breakaway.
  • Some pretty passing here between Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Bergeron finishes it off, giving the Bruins a two-goal lead at the time.
  • The Canadiens had a chance to climb over the Toronto Maple Leafs by one point and into second place in the Atlantic Division standings. They needed a win for that. Didn’t happen. They still fourth in the Eastern Conference.
  • How about the play of Carl Soderberg, and the recent production? He now has 14 points in his last 15 games.
  • The Bruins extended their winning streak on the road to four games, and their overall winning streak to six games. Gaining strength down the stretch drive, it appears.

  1. bruinsfan55 - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Rask played amazing when the Bruins were flat and we took advantage of some miscues by MTL and scored on them. Good win for the Bruins!

  2. themagicman1223 - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Rask was very solid, stopping 3 breakaways. I honestly can’t wait for Price to be back, Budaj hasn’t been good lately. Good game Bruins.

  3. tdrusher225 - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Still a scary match-up for the Bruins come playoff time (it seems almost inevitable), but it’s nice to see the them make a statement in a big time game.

  4. titansbro - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Soderberg has been a boss. He’s really starting to understand & grasp the North American game. The Bruins roll 3 very good lines & the 4th is a pretty good checking line. Ole, ole, ole, ole….

  5. nunan - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Soderberg really coming around. Once Eriksson gets back to his old ways, which he seems to be trending towards, I really like that line.

    • nostredummass - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      One of the reasons the Bruins have been so good in the Chia/Julien era: They know what they want and recognize it when they get it.
      (et ca fait rien qu’ill parle Suedois)
      Remember when Kelly was still rehabbing…Spooner was at center refusing to go to the net and playing smaller than he is (you’ll get it Spoons…I’d bet on it)
      Soderberg plays a couple games at center and…..WOWSA!
      Big center throwing his weight around….playing BIG in all 3 zones.
      Helps to have instant chemistry with Louie starting to come back into stride.
      Gotta love that YETI
      I’m so happy they beat the Habs I could spit.

  6. terrier92 - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    This Terrier will sleep well tonight knowing 21,000 Habs fans had to slog home in the Montreal snow having seen their Boys lose. Looking forward to playoffs

  7. slaugin - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Every game I like Soderberg more. He is going to own the playoffs

  8. 950003cups - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    The two clubs reside 5 hours apart. How big of a rivalry could it still be? It’s not like Anaheim and LA which is 30 mins apart. Or Rangers and Devils who are 10 mins apart. Or even Islanders and Flyers who are 90 mins apart.

    I don’t understand how hate could remain after all those years, when they barely see each other 3x a year.

    Montreal fans hate Toronto fans a lot more than they do Boston fans.

    • lordstanley65 - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      The animosity between these two clubs transcends distance and time. They share a rivalry which has been legendary, both teams always testing their true worth against each other, and always making for exciting hockey!

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      As a Bruins fan, I HATE when Montreal is bad. I like when both teams are good. 99% of the time the games are great.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      Are you seriously asking why a 90 year rivalry is greater than a 20 year one?


    • sabatimus - Mar 13, 2014 at 3:41 AM

      You mustn’t watch much hockey if you don’t get the rivalry.

    • pastabelly - Mar 13, 2014 at 5:47 AM

      You contradict yourself as Montreal and Toronto are also five hours apart. I would love to see Bruins Canadiens at Gillette Stadium. Bet over 25,000 would cross the border. It would be amazing.

      • lordstanley65 - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        It would sell out within minutes.

      • pastabelly - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        I can’t understand why the league hasn’t made this happen. Oh yeah, I forgot who the commissioner was. Maybe they’ve looked into it. It’s hard to believe that Robert Kraft wouldn’t want to host an event like that. It would be bigger than the Flyers game at Fenway.

    • titansbro - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      LA & Anaheim? Lol. Do they even watch sports in California? Dumbest post I’ve seen in a while. I hate the Canadiens & I hate their fans even more, but damn do I respect the passion. In a long list of things that can add to a rivalry, distance is WAY down on that list. I guarantee Canucks fans will hate the Bruins for the rest of their lives just because of the 2011 SCF. And in case you can’t read a map, Vancouver & Boston are not neighbors.

    • shortsxit34 - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      This is literally the most stupid post I’ve ever seen on this board. Anaheim and LA? Anaheim isn’t even LA’s biggest rival in California…

    • drewsylvania - Mar 13, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      I guess you haven’t watched a Habs-B’s game in quite a while…

  9. slaugin - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    If there wasn’t a rivalry Montreal changed that when an entire city called 911 on Chara

    • titansbro - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      still the lamest thing i’ve ever seen from an opposing fanbase/city

      • cba77 - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        Not even close…When the Frogs booed the National Anthem is much worse

  10. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Tonight the B’s were the hammer and the Habs were the nail. This is how they have to play against a quicker, smaller team. Kaahl is becoming a monster that no one can move. Love their three centers and have a heart and soul guy as their 4th. If their D continues to develop and play simple, smart hockey they will have a chance to make another Finals run.

  11. ironmd778 - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:49 PM


  12. clavette - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    yea it all comes down to the defense for boston. offense and tukka are playing top tier hockey and they just need their younger defenseman to play mistake free hockey and they have a great chance at making another cup run

  13. pastabelly - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    The game was more important to the Bruins than it was to the Canadiens. The Bruins have struggled with Montreal and this helps with confidence going into a possible second round playoff series. Agree with comments on Soderberg.

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