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Bruins are ‘best team in the league,’ says Habs coach

May 1, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

Michel Therrien didn’t exactly answer today’s question about whether his Canadiens were the underdog heading into their series with Boston, but he did offer this:

Statistically speaking, Therrien’s right. Boston captured the Presidents’ Trophy on the strength of a 54-win, 117-point regular season and easily dispatched of Detroit in five games in the opening playoff round, winning four straight after dropping Game 1.

What Therrien didn’t mention, though, is that his team gave the NHL’s top club fits this season. Montreal went 3-1-0 against the Bruins this year — winning twice at TD Garden — and did it largely with Peter Budaj in net, as the Slovak netminder played in three of four head-to-head contests (Carey Price only faced the Bruins once and won, 2-1, back on Dec. 5.)

It’s easy to understand why Therrien has chosen the above narrative, though. He’s always been adept at positioning his club in whatever light he feels will be advantageous — in the 2008 Stanley Cup Final with Pittsburgh, he spent a good chunk of time telling anybody that would listen about how Detroit was obstructing his players, and accused Chris Osgood of embellishing to draw goalie interference calls (see more here).

That said, he’s not going too far with the “Boston’s better” message.

“We’re confident,” he said, prior to tonight’s game. “Come gameday, we’ve talked enough. It’s time for action.”

  1. sjsharks66 - May 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Oh no! He’s using the Bylsma technique. Don’t listen to them Bruins. It’s a trick! :P

    • valoisvipers - May 1, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      What do you call 23 millionaires sitting around watching TV?
      The San Jose Sharks.

      • c9castine - May 1, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        hahaha. i dont know why you said that there but you got jokes

    • pfhockey - May 1, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      It’s a TRAP!!

  2. timmons94 - May 1, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Love Therrien. At moment have to think Boston wins cup. Great back line. Great goalie. Solid o. Boston wins cup

  3. drewsylvania - May 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Lessons in bulletin-board material avoidance.

  4. themagicman1223 - May 1, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    As a habs fan I must admit that the Bruins are a better team than the habs, but in the playoffs anything can happen. We are still going to be a hard team to eliminate and have a good group of players. This is going to be a great series.

    • titansbro - May 1, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      are you sure you’re a habs fan? this doesn’t sound like one of their typical ramblings. this actually sounds… well logical & well thought out.

      • hockey412 - May 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        You, however, fit the mold of a Bruins fan pretty well.

      • pats2001 - May 1, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        haha..hockey412 you fit the mold of a pens bro perfectly

      • titansbro - May 1, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        if by that you mean i put aside our differences & basically told the guy, “hey nice post” then you are correct sir!

  5. micasa81 - May 1, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    It’s the usual smoke-blowing before a playoff series, but it’s also a statement of fact. Habs have great offense, but it WILL be seriously dampened by a Bruins team that has proven it can shut down any offensive powerhouse while also making them pay dearly for mistakes. If Montreal is going to have a prayer of winning the series, they’ve gotta give Price amazing support in their own end, and Price…well, he’s gotta pretend it’s the Olympics, not the playoffs. That said, it’s a pretty nice position for Montreal to be in, being able to fully claim underdog status while having handled the Bs as well as anyone in the regular season.

    Heart: Habs in 7
    Head: Bs in 6

  6. nhstateline - May 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    To me this should be the Conference Final instead of a second round series but it isn’t set up that way anymore. I think that highly of the Canadiens as an opponent. They have a great goaltender, I like their forwards because, while they play a skill game, they’re all mostly guys who’ve fought for everything that they’ve gotten in their careers and they have a tough back line. Plus, they have an equivalent to Brad Marchand in PK Subban. A very skilled guy who can be a huge pest. This should be a long and exciting series. Bruins in 6 or 7 not less.

  7. c9castine - May 1, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    haha…i think hes probably right but let the chatter begin.

    thing that makes the bruins so good right now is two things. first of all, Rask. gotta be the best goalie in the world at this time. second, the play the same tight, disciplined game every night. every once in a while they get carried away with the tough guy act…but those two reasons are why they are so good.

    they had their growing pains…were bounced a couple times early, had one of the most epic collapses of all time in 2010. but id say this is their time.

    tough to admit because i want my team to win, but thats the facts as things are right now.

  8. pastabelly - May 1, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    This series will get nasty soon enough. Enough with the pleasantries.

    • titansbro - May 1, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      can’t wait

  9. bleedrangerblue - May 1, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Here’s hoping they kill each other.

    • lordstanley65 - May 1, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Stay classy Ranger fan….

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