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PHT Morning Skate: Bruins-Canadiens kick off Round 2

May 1, 2014, 8:40 AM EDT

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If you thought there was going to be a night off to get ready for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, you’re sorely mistaken.

After last night’s Game 7 tripleheader, action moves to Boston where the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will meet for the 34th time in playoff history. You can virtually throw out everything you know about both teams when these two meet up because the playoffs are an entirely different animal.

Game 1: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens (7:30 p.m. ET — NBCSN)

The Bruins may have won the Presidents’ Trophy, but the one team that remained a burr in their side in the regular season was the Canadiens. Montreal went 3-1-0 against Boston this season with the Habs winning a pair of games 2-1, one in overtime, and each team taking a 4-1 victory on the other’s home ice.

Like we said, throw out everything you know coming into the series.

Each team has strengths in each area, but the one that might be the closest comes in goal. Carey Price had an outstanding season and Tuukka Rask is a Vezina Trophy finalist. Price was likely close to finishing in the Top 3 there but was edged out by Ben Bishop.

On defense, Zdeno Chara is the be-all, end-all of blue liners, but P.K. Subban was such a vital cog in helping the Canadiens sweep the Tampa Bay Lightning out of the postseason. The Bruins are all too familiar with how Subban plays and we’ll likely see him have more than his fair share of run-ins with Brad Marchand.

Up front, Patrice Bergeron has become the straw that stirs the drink on both ends of the ice for Boston. He can score goals and he can help shut down whoever he’s lined up against. He’s likely going to see a lot of either Tomas Plekanec or David Desharnais‘ line, or just whatever line Thomas Vanek is on.

In Vanek’s career he scored most of his points against the Bruins with 30 goals and 62 points in 55 games. For people who like to point out those aren’t playoff numbers, Vanek had two goals and an assist in three games against Boston in 2010 before his ankle was injured by Johnny Boychuk.

Nope, no potential story lines in this series at all.

  1. montrealbbr - May 1, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Chara is the be all end all of blueliners? Give me a break! That stiff is terrible and get ready to watch the Habs go right at him and blow by him all series long!

    HABS IN 5!!!!

    • dropthepuckeh - May 1, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Chara will win the Norris, as the best real defenseman not an “offensive defenseman”, and will dominate these little smurfs. I can’t wait until he sets up down low on the power play (assuming Boston is allowed a PP) and Markov/ Murray try to move him out of the way. Welcome to the big leagues Montreal and congrats on making it to the second round but your decades of irrelevance continue another year. Bruins in 3.

      • Professor Fate - May 1, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        “Bruins in 3.” If that was the Sharks/Kings scenario then San Jose would be in the 2nd round. Pretty sure you still have to win four of seven to advance.

    • pastabelly - May 1, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Happy Stanchion Day!!!!

      Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

    • mgp1219 - May 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Give me Chara over PK Bedpan anytime!

  2. pats2001 - May 1, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    better get the police and district attorney ready for chara so you can press charges against him when he gets there

  3. ironyisadeadscene - May 1, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Potential storyline omission: Moen gets pummelled stupid by Miller because Weise sucks at skating.

    • hockey412 - May 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      And Miller gets the first star because the Boston press is so pleased that players from the other team got hurt.

      • ironyisadeadscene - May 1, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        Agreed, that was a bit much.

      • bildomatic - May 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM

        Again!? I thought we are over this 412! Haha… That said I think I might physically pass out from holding my breath waiting for this puck drop

      • hockey412 - May 1, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        You’re right bildomatic…whew I thought I was over that one too. I will digress!

  4. sgs32 - May 1, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    The Red Wings also won the season series against the Bruins, still looked kids against them in the 1st round, just like the Canadiens will the next 1-2 weeks.

  5. hockey412 - May 1, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    “the straw that stirs the drink on both sides of the ice”….

    Mind BLOWN.

    • dropthepuckeh - May 1, 2014 at 9:29 AM

      The guy can do it all:

      • hockey412 - May 1, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        I was only referring to the way it was worded.

  6. pats2001 - May 1, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    that’s right 412…the boston media is going to nominate miller for the masterson trophy, just like the pittsburgh media did for cooke

    • dropthepuckeh - May 1, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      But wait Cooke is “reformed” and a good guy now right? Can take the guy out of Pittsburgh but can’t take the Pitt-scum out of the guy…

      • pats2001 - May 1, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        correctamundo. pretty sure he also found god and his son jesus christ

    • hockey412 - May 1, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      Funny – I didn’t remember hearing any Jack(as$) Edwards speeches about Sirhan Sirhan this time around.

      I can actually see why people in Boston thought that was in poor taste. I’m not of the opinion that it was quite as controversial as you, though, when you look at what they were trying to accomplish and recognize.

      But Dropthepuck, Cooke is from Ontario. Pittsburgh players don’t do that stuff (evidently they’re too busy snorting coke and drinking – eh Ryan?). There’s also Umberger, your own Bartkowski, Saad, Guenin, Parros. Not a whole lot of Pitt-scum there.

  7. drewsylvania - May 1, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Can we ban montrealbbr or something? It’s either persistent trolling or persistent idiocy with him. Thanks.

    • dboldave - May 1, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      On all of the sports forums and sites I go to, it’s kinda hard to tell the trolls from the diehard nutjob fans who actually believe what they are writing!

      • drewsylvania - May 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        True that.

    • hockey412 - May 1, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Honestly bud –

      “Chara is the be all end all of blueliners? Give me a break! That stiff is terrible and get ready to watch the Habs go right at him and blow by him all series long!

      HABS IN 5!!!!”

      This is what he wrote. And you want him BANNED for having an opinion different than yours? I hope that you aren’t in politics, Stalin. The fact that you got 12 people to agree make me think America (I am aware he’s most likely Canadian) is regressing. He gets a voice too, bud. You don’t have to like it. But you don’t get to silence it.

      • drewsylvania - May 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        Hell, they might as well add you to the list. You’re right, I don’t get to silence anything. However, the moderators may have a different opinion. Which you’d understand if you could come to a correct conclusion about much of anything.

        And frankly, calling me Stalin is an extreme insult. It’s like calling me Hitler–except Stalin murdered at least three TIMES more people than Hitler did.

        Go back to school or GTFO.

      • hockey412 - May 1, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Holy crap you’re going to whine about your hurt feelings again…aren’t you.

        By the way you said GTFO that you missed the point of what I am saying. This isn’t yours, it’s not your ‘place’, and this article isn’t even strickly about the Bruins. You want to silence fans of the Habs, simply because they don’t like the Bruins? Anyone’s opinion other than yours is “incorrect”? Look I can tell you aren’t all that old/mature – but you have a false sense of the world if you think no one has the right to disagree. I don’t like the montrealbr guy either (or you), but he’s got a place here, like you. Neither of you is ‘correct’. No one needs to GTFO. Peace, Stalin.

    • montrealbbr - May 1, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Why should I be banned? Because I feel strongly about my favorite team?

      • joey4id - May 1, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        Of course not. But because you constantly write unintelligent comments, and don’t represent your team very well. ” That stiff is terrible and get ready to watch the Habs go right at him and blow by him all series long! “

      • montrealbbr - May 1, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        I love my team and Im not afraid to tell everyone how I feel! I am sorry that I hurt your feelings though and I will try to tone it down.

        Let me try this again. I hope the Canadiens of Montreal win this series and win it big time. I hope they blow the Bruins out of the water and score at least 6 goals each game. I hope they sweep them and make them look so bad that every idiot from Boston flushes their Boston Bruins footy pajamas down the crapper! And I look forward to seeing Youtube videos of Boston fans losing their minds when their team loses this series.

        How is that? Better?

      • joey4id - May 1, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        You screwed up again. “idiot from Boston flushes their Boston Bruins footy pajamas down the crapper! And I look forward to seeing Youtube videos of Boston fans losing their minds when their team loses this series.” WTF does this have to do with supporting your favorite team? Is this what you call an intelligent comment?

  8. drewsylvania - May 1, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    My opening track for the start of this series is Dominate by Morbid Angel.

    • ironyisadeadscene - May 1, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Where the Slime Live by MA for games 3 and 4?

      • drewsylvania - May 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        Exactly! Hahahahahaha

  9. joey4id - May 1, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Defense, physicality, speed and goaltending will be predominant in this series. I expect Boston to be very physical, and more importantly to skate away from scrums. For Montreal it’s has to be about speed, speed, and more speed, and charge hard to the net to distract Rask.

    Speed goes to Mtl
    Physicality goes to Bos
    Defense goes to Bos
    Goaltending goes to Bos only because Rask has the benefit of better defense

    Boston in 6.

    • thesportsjudge - May 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Me-thinks a repost of this we will see within 2 weeks(although the game # may be different.)

    • pl4tinum514 - May 1, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      The Canadiens were very physical against Tampa Bay in round one despite their size difference. I expect this series to be very chippy from the opening puck drop with plenty of hitting and possibly a few injuries as well. Like joey4id said, the Canadiens have to use their speed advantage. They also beat Tampa in 4 games without Galchenyuk in the lineup, and with a crippled Prust dragging his body around. That 9 day rest will do wonders for the Canadiens, and the Bruins don’t have that luxury. I think Rask is going to wilt in this series, going against the speedy Montreal forwards and of course, the olympic gold medal winning Carey Price. Montreal is extremely deep, with Briere centering the 4th line. All four lines are a threat to score. Boston is going to have to get pretty lucky to win this in 4 or 5 games like alot of you are saying. My bet would be that it goes to 6 games with Montreal winning.

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