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Bonjour, New York: Habs beat B’s, advance to Eastern Conference finals

May 14, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

Briere AP

Montreal gave the Bruins trouble all season long — so if any team was going to knock Boston down, it’s fitting it was the Canadiens.

The Habs bested Boston on Wednesday at TD Garden, winning Game 7 of their second-round series 3-1 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in four years.

Despite a 17-point gap in the standings between the Bruins and Canadiens, Montreal proved it was Boston’s bogey team all year long — going 3-1-0 in the regular season — and did it again in the postseason, thanks in large part to the play of Carey Price.

Price was the deciding factor in the two most crucial games of the series — six and seven — by stopping 55 of 56 shots over that stretch. He also carried a shutout streak which lasted 104 minutes and is now a perfect 5-0 in elimination games this year (three for Canada at the Olympics, two for the Habs this postseason).

Price wasn’t the only one that came up big over the last two contests, though.

On Wednesday night, Montreal opened the scoring early — for the second straight game — when Dale Weise scored goal No. 2 of the series at the 2:18 mark. It was the second straight game the Habs scored within the opening three minutes; in Game 6, Lars Eller scored just 2:11 in for what proved to be the game-winner.

Then, in the second period, Max Pacioretty stamped his mark on the game by scoring his second goal in two contests for what ended up being the deciding tally. The good vibes from Pacioretty’s goal were short-lived, however, as he took a bad holding the stick penalty on Dougie Hamilton a short while later, which the Bruins converted for their first and only goal of the game when Jarome Iginla scored on the ensuing power play.

The teams would trade chances in the third before Johnny Boychuk took a late interference penalty and Daniel Briere capitalized, flipping a puck of Zdeno Chara‘s skate to give the Habs a two-goal cushion.

For Boston, the loss will sting and the club will likely look back on this series as one filled with missed opportunities. Twice the B’s had chances to eliminate Montreal — including a Game 7 at home — but instead, they fell short and ended up with a playoff run of just 12 games.

For Montreal, tonight’s win was a gusty effort and a signature victory for head coach Michel Therrien, who was participating in his first Game 7 as a bench boss. The win also erases some of the disappointment from last year’s playoffs, when the Canadiens entered as the East’s No. 2 seed but were upset by Ottawa in the opening round.

  1. r8rbhawk - May 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Thanks Boston, you just busted my bracket, no way am I winning the CanAm from the NHL bracket challenge now. Tough loss Bruins fans. Seriously, is this team a case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or what? It seems like they coast half the time then play full intensity the other half. I’m sure it is frustrating for you guys. This team was definitely a front-runner for the Stanley Cup. The only good news for me on this is the toughest Eastern Conference team is out. There is still hope for yet another original 6 SCF.

    How big a pair does Mr. Briere have, good hell…

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - May 14, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Habs vs. Hawks final I’m going with.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      Henri Richard says: Oui. Tres bien.

    • afrancis55 - May 14, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      Way to go out on a limb with your prediction

      • c1md6 - May 14, 2014 at 10:39 PM


  3. whammy71 - May 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Bu-bye Filthy North! Ya did no better than the dysfunctional Pens. Enjoy your early tee times.

    • montrealbbr - May 15, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      Dont try to latch on the Habs now that your team choked once again.

  4. dubblelznhell - May 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Hahahaha. What’d I tell you, delusional bruins fans? Especially that cocky Cheetah, who’s gonna come in here saying his team was better. That or he’s crying into his pillow right now. See y’all in Montreal this Saturday.

  5. timmons94 - May 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Dougie ??? Is he 5 years old ????

  6. yanmontreal - May 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Where are you Arrogant Boston fans?????? Montréal all the way!!!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Hey, they’re celebrating Zdeno Chara scoring the clinching goal.

    • montrealbbr - May 15, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      Probably making racist remarks on Twitter. Stay classy Boston! HAHAHAHA!

      • stepanup - May 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Throw stuff on your ice and taunt another city about being classy…such a hypocrite.

  7. muckleflugga - May 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    i close my eyes, only for a moment and the moment’s gone, all my dreams, pass before my eyes with curiosity …

    all they are is dust in the wind

  8. mrhogan88 - May 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Awesome series. Sorry in advance for the trolls. Glad my boys won. Congrats on a good season Bruins. I know this is a tough one to swallow but rest assured that it isn’t the end. I know you will be back just as strong as this year. Till then, go Habs go!!

    • gallyhatch - May 15, 2014 at 6:52 AM

      As a Bruins fan, this one is tough to swallow, but the Habs outplayed the Bruins and flat out wanted it more.

      Congratulations on a well earned ECF berth.

      Good luck in the next round.

      • montrealbbr - May 15, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        HAHAHAHA! I hope it burns!

  9. steelcity333 - May 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    What a choke job by the top 2 seeds. Both teams deserve harsh criticism. Now all you Boston fans know what it feels like to lose when you’re the HEAVY favorites in the conference. Sucks, doesn’t it?

    • shaundre93 - May 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      I don’t see why they deserve harsh criticism. They got beat by a team they always seem to have trouble with. Don’t try to make yourself feel better by claiming the B’s and Pens are at a similar crossroads. They most certainly are not

      • steelcity333 - May 14, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        Harsh criticism for losing earlier than they should have. Make no mistake Boston came into the playoffs as a CLEAR favorite to win the East and blew a 3-2 series lead. For this post season alone they deserve the criticism. The Penguins deserve the criticism for a lot more reasons than this year. That I agree with you on.

      • steelcity333 - May 14, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        And just like here in Pittsburgh that Cup win is getting further and further in the rear view mirror.

    • montrealbbr - May 15, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Only idiots like yourself think the Bruins had a chance to beat Montreal. We have dominated that team for years now. I dont see this as an upset at all.

  10. shaundre93 - May 14, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Enjoy it Habs fans but don’t get too cocky. That team is playing with fire the way they play. They’re like a more talented Maple Leafs team. No possession, hang on for dear life D mentality it wont hold up for two more rounds. If Boston had any puck luck this series would have been much different

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 14, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Puck luck? Oh, you mean actually shooting the puck at the target, the opening at the front of the net, as opposed to wide or high, which is what hitting metal signifies.

  11. billiam55 - May 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    should be a fun series. gotta love the original six.

  12. runhigh24 - May 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Thats all true, but at least Boston was in the finals last year and won the Cup 2 years more recently than the Pens. Meanwhile Pittsburgh passed on the chance to get out of the East without having to face Boston. not exactly a time to gloat.

  13. sophiecarl - May 14, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    There you go… Just the proof that any lucky team with 6 goaltenders on the ice can beat anyone at one time or another. If this is the way hockey is going, i’ ll be watching rodeo soon enough.

    • micasa81 - May 14, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      No, man, that was just the Habs’ layers of defence. You know about layers, right?

  14. capsnbohs23 - May 14, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    I feel bad for Iginla but Montreal seems to be that one team that is playing their best hockey at the right time, go habs, beat NY

  15. drewzducks - May 14, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Epic fail across the board. Other than Bergeron no one showed any sense of urgency during the game. Half the team played like they were hungover and Marchand was worse than Bartkowski, if that’s possible. Kudos to the Habs and P.K., specifically for a well deserved series victory. They clearly played better and hungrier throughout the series. A lot of this falls on Chia for a dismal trade deadline. Montreal getting Vanek was all well and good but Weaver was the guy who impressed me throughout the series. Chia gave Claude old man Potter and Molasses Meszaros. Zero return on those two whereas Weaver would’ve been a godsend. Curious to see what moves they make this offseason. McQuaid likely gone, i wouldn’t put it past them to consider moving Marchand. As great as Krejci has been during their Cup runs, if they could get value, with the idea of Soderberg moving to line 1 center and Spooner sliding in at line 3, i wouldn’t be opposed and they also need to trim salary.

  16. sharksfan97 - May 14, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    And just to think that PK Subban was only drafted in the 2nd round. Guy is a monster. I’d love to see the Habs in the Finals, good for the game.

    • montrealbbr - May 15, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      Expect to see them hoisting the cup my friend!

  17. wranglerick - May 14, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    I really wanted the rangers to get beat by the Bruins. Guess it will have to be Montreal.

  18. c1md6 - May 14, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    As much as I hate the Rangers this matchup benefits them, they can match their speed, goaltending is a wash, but the defense the Rangers are rolling is unreal. That is of course if they have to play the zebras like Boston did tonight then the habs take it.

    • montrealbbr - May 15, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      Oh please I expect the Rangers to get swept. New York has no real scoring threat to speak of. I hate Boston but they had more threats to contain than New York will ever dream of.

      • stepanup - May 15, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        I can’t wait to beat you and see you not show up on these boards. Montreal has no defense to speak of. The Rangers defense is better than the Bruins defense, and Hank is far outplaying Rask. The Rangers have more speed and three lines that can score with an effective 4th.

  19. phillysports1 - May 14, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Hahahaha goodbye Bruins.

    • montrealbbr - May 15, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Another fan of a loser team trying to latch onto a winner. Your terrible team has been golfing for awhile now! HAHAHA

  20. justinpecora50 - May 14, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Should be a fun series. Both teams a similar style, speed and up tempo, both rely on their goalies pretty heavily, I thought NY’s number 4 & 5 on D get a very slight edge over MTL’s, that, and the Rangers have been able to roll 4 lines all year, not to mention they’ve, the 4th line, been scoring. The Rangers have been monsters on the road all year so I don’t think home ice will mean that much. You can toss the 1-1-1 regular season out the window. Rangers in 6.

  21. cutelittleguy02 - May 15, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Yes yes yes, we can. Too happy to comment right now. What a game. What a revenge. Wow! Bye bye big bad bruins!

  22. mobil4life - May 15, 2014 at 4:00 AM

    Rangers in 5.

  23. gallyhatch - May 15, 2014 at 6:54 AM

    Congratulations to the Canadiens & their fans, good luck in the next round.

  24. dadooooo - May 15, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Who will Pierre root for now that his beloved Bruins are gone, and his Penguins are out, too? He will just be sad, behind the glass.

  25. penvik - May 15, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Again, NHL will lose lots of viewers now. Having the lower seeds play in the ECF is a joke, a disaster actually. It proves again that anyone can win and that’s a problem in my opinion. Should be Pitt/Bos and it’s not even close. Montreal and Rangers, really??!! Lots of changes need to be made from league office. Montreal actually might have played better but the Rangers moving on is pure madness.

  26. penvik - May 15, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Most boring East Final ever. God, why/how could this happen?!! Ruined the playoffs in my opinion. As I’ve stated many times. Anything but a Chi vs. LA/ANA and BOS/PIT in the conference finals would be a black eye for the NHL. Of course all the fans of NYR and MTL will disagree and will be blinded, but the BEST teams are out.
    That is sad and needs fixing. How can hockey fans enjoy this.
    Basically like France and Austria meeting up to play for the gold medal while Can & uSA are out, just makes the league playoffs look like a joke. This would be the same as Cleveland Browns eliminating the Denver Broncos and the Jacksonville Jags eliminating the Patriots in the NFL. It would never happen!!! That’s why the NFL is a legitimate league and the NHL is still considered bush. They have a LOT of work to do to fix this problem. Rules need changing and most importantly need to be enforced (maybe more) in the playoffs. Enough of this putting the whistle away and let the guys who can’t keep up have a chance. The worst part is that if you’re a star player. Crosby, Bergeron, Malkin, Krecji, etc.. You’re expected to play through the non calls because your a star so you should live with it. Instead, how bout treat them like the no names and call the penalties that they draw damn near every shift. Sid drew 2 penalties in the playoffs and that should tell you everything. You can hold, grab, hang on his back, but turn around other way and if Sid even put his glove on somebody it was a penalty. That’s asinine and has been the norm for a long time, that needs to change.
    I love hockey, but I don’t watch all year to see the lower end, less skilled, low seed teams play for a cup. I will be boycotting the ECF, I will watch the west because that’s the teams that SHOULD be playing. But the WCF will be the Stanley cup for me. Ask yourselves a question, do you think it’s right or should be possible that Montreal or NYR should be playing for a cup, because one of them will, and to all true hockey fans, it just shouldn’t be possible.
    I’ll take this all back if the Minnesota Vikings beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Super Bowl. But the chances of that happening are well………….. The same chance as MON vs NYR and that should have been impossible.

    • doknyc - May 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      literally the worst post ever.. not only boycott the ECF, boycott life…

      or i can hear you say in an old man voice, “get off my lawn!”

    • joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      You make no sense whatsoever. Montreal and New York are 2 of the biggest hockey markets in the NHL. Rangers were founded in 1926, and the Canadiens were founded in 1909. A lot of history and a lot of fans for Montreal all over NA. Same can be said for the Rangers who play in a vast NY hockey market with PA, and NJ in close proximity.

      Have you ever wondered why the NHL Head Offices are located on NY?

      Who’s the joke here? 😉

      • doknyc - May 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        by the way, penvik, crosby got away with spearing moore between the legs, and no call, nothing… yet lunqvist got a 5k fine for squirting him with water… you have no valldity in your supposed arguments… enjoy your tee time… or in your case, golden tee…

  27. moarjam - May 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Oh man… So you want to have the top four seeds automatically advance to the conference finals? And have the referees complicit in this plan by making calls favoring the stars of those teams. That sounds like hmmmmm…The NBA. NO THANKS!

    Your NFL argument is pure garbage. Just total idiocy on your part to type it out. The NFL has more parity than the NHL. 5 out of their last 7 Super Bowl winners were wild card teams. The NFL seems to be fine despite handing their best teams a free trip to the SB.

    You’re also sorely mistaken if you think the NHL is upset about this ECF at all. They are salivating having two original 6 teams. NY is the biggest market in the country. Montreal is the sport’s most successful franchise. These are also the two ‘best’ teams. They won. They made it here.

    You are a clown.

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