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‘Respect was earned tonight,’ says Habs’ Subban

May 14, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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They weren’t as big as the Boston Bruins. They obviously didn’t finish as high in the regular season standings as the Boston Bruins. But the Montreal Canadiens are off to the Eastern Conference Final.

The Habs defeated the Bruins 3-1 on Wednesday to take this thrilling, heated and at times controversial series in seven games. It was a resilient effort from the Canadiens, who were going up against the 2014 Presidents’ Trophy winners as the NHL’s top team in the regular season.

“We just beat the best team in the league,” said Canadiens’ coach Michel Therrien, as per Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.

The Eastern final between the Canadiens and New York Rangers begins Saturday, with Game 1 in Montreal.

“No matter what anybody says, respect was earned tonight,” said Montreal’s star defenseman P.K. Subban, as per Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.

“I feel sorry for any team that has to come into our building and our city,” Subban added.

This series between two long-time rivals – from their Original Six days, of course – lived up to all the hype. It was hard fought. It was dirty, nasty at times. We all remember when Shawn Thornton squirted Subban with the water bottle as the Bruins’ enforcer sat on the bench in Game 5.

While it resulted in a fine, it seems the Canadiens used occurrences like that as motivation.

  1. billiam55 - May 14, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    the part where subban kissed pierre mcguire during that interview…….u knw he got a boner from that.

    • thesportsjudge - May 14, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Which one?

      • billiam55 - May 14, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        pierre, duh

    • bucrightoff - May 14, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      Imagine if it was Sidney?

      • sticks169 - May 14, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        Pierre has such a man crush on Crosby it is unreal. It seems that he gets turned on by anything the Penguins and Bruins do. The other teams barely get a rise out of him when something good happens, it’s always because one of his favorites made a mistake, not because they actually got bear cleanly. I wish he would shut up about the stories too, who cares that he is from a town that has 2 women in it. Almost as bad as Tripp Tracy from the Canes announcing team.

  2. hockeyfan28 - May 14, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Danny Briere is just money this time of year

  3. nelkow - May 14, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Congrats the habs

  4. winnipegwonder - May 14, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    The better team won that’s for sure. Both teams played well. What a great series!

  5. chadhungwell - May 14, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Has to be the worst ECF in recent memory. The Western winner will sweep the Finals.

    • c9castine - May 14, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      that doesnt make any sense.

      if there were better teams that should be there, then they would be there.

      thats why you get 7 games…to find out who the better team is. boston, pittsburgh, philly, whoever else you think should be there…they got beat.

    • fpstratton - May 15, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Not so fast, my friend. Montreal and the Rangers are playing extremely well, and any team with Lundquist in the nets will be tough to sweep. I like the Rangers in this next series, just barely, to knock off Montreal, but it probably goes seven. Furthermore, even though Chicago got by Minnesota, I’m not sure they are as strong as they were last year. The Wild controlled play for large chunks of time in that series, but didn’t have the backline and goaltending strength to prevent an opportunistic Chicago team from scoring goals at key times. Territorially, however, the Wild more than held their own.

    • habs1987 - May 15, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      Sounds like the above person is a bruin supporter. Probably one of the ones who endorsed their uncouth behavior.

  6. c9castine - May 14, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    boston deserves no respect. for crying out loud they didnt even win last year. their fans come in here acting like they are some kind of model franchise telling the pens fans and the montreal fans and the fans of any other team how it is and how its done in the NHL.

    lucic is a sore loser. hes a cry baby. he always has been. seriously? saying crap in a handshake line like that because you lost? what a punk. wheres thornton and his water bottle now?

    the bruins are the real chokers this year. the real regular season champs. presidents trophy? second round and out. see ya.

    • sticks169 - May 14, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      I agree 100%!

      Lucic = thug = Sore loser = baby

    • mackattack29 - May 15, 2014 at 3:03 AM

      Best comment I’ve seen. Thumbs up to you. Bruins deserve no respect. Because they haven’t earned any. Pathetic player in lucic. And pathetic team. And especially pathetic fan base. See ya next year losers lol.

      • fpstratton - May 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        I wouldn’t go quite that far. The Bruins are far from pathetic: finalists last year, Stanley Cup Champions three years ago. I do think some of their players lack sportsmanship and class, and play dirty hockey at times, but it’s still a very proud, hard-working bunch of athletes, and you can never count them out of any game because they play well from behind.

    • bandree - May 15, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Milan “Crybaby” Lucic!

    • fpstratton - May 15, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      As much as I respect the Bruins’ accomplishments over the last three years, some of their players are classless and borderline dirty in their play. Not all, just a few.

  7. dubblelznhell - May 15, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Lmao. McGuire says he’s from a town with two women in it? No wonder he acts like such a fruit. Hahahaha

    • fpstratton - May 15, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      And those two women are the Sedin sisters.

  8. bandree - May 15, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Good Riddance to the Boston Thugs! They’ve got talent, but serious attitude problems! Let the Bruins talk all the s hit they want! They still lost to their rivals and in the process fans showed their true racist colors. Its a good thing the President of the Bruins has some class otherwise I would say from top to bottom this organization is making themselves look like Philly!

  9. theskinsman - May 15, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Oh, shut up. The Habs won, congrats to them. They, like any team that won played to the best of their ability, and got the majority of bounces/luck/calls.
    If they do in the next round, they’ll win again. If not the Rangers will.
    Calling Boston ‘Thugs’ just shows your preference to what the NHL is fast becoming, a figure skating league. Playing the race card makes you a crybaby, because that issue had ZERO to do with the team.
    I wonder when the ‘no checking’ rule goes into effect? If you’re older or slower but a stronger player, does that mean you should find a men’s league somewhere else that allows physical play? Because of gutless whiners like you, that part of the game is being killed off.

    I sure hope the Rangers get a call and a bounce now and then. Theirs is a respectable team that plays a complete game. No world class drop like you’ve been shot divers. No whining to the media ‘that mean guy scared me during the handshake!’
    The Rangers arguably have a better goaltender, and if they’re allowed to actually check, it should be an entertaining series.

  10. habs1987 - May 15, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Sounds like the above person is a bruin supporter. Probably one of the ones who endorsed their uncouth behavior.

    • endusersolutions2013 - May 15, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Or someone who, it they had their way, would have the NCAA and NFL go back to 3 yards and a cloud of dirt/smash-mouth football.

      Both games have changed. So many fans of EC teams keep focusing on “hits”. If you look at the top 16 teams in hits for the last several years, you’ ll find that they are somewhat less likely to make the playoffs, not more likely.

      A takeaway accomplishes the same thing.

  11. valandmag - May 15, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    There are a lot of Bruin supporters here. They happen to be a great franchise and have made their place in hockey lore with one if not the greatest skater to ever play the game in Bobby Orr . While one made not condone Luciic’s behavior what is said on the ice between men should stay on the ice . Some hockey players do have a genuine dislike for one another and there have been a few over the years who even refused to shake hands with one another after the series ended . I know I speak for a multitude of Boston fans who feel the words of one player said in the heat of the moment when emotions are still raw are not reflective of the entire organization . The Bruins are a class act and employ some of the classiest athletes out there Patrice Bergeron to name a few.

    So before you condemn an entire organization and it’s fans the Habs and their fans are not so lily white. We weren’t the one throwing garbage on the ice in Montreal. As far a disrespect goes every team celebrates scoring goals in the playoffs and the chest thumping was part of the Boston Strong campaign that pulled this city together after the marathons bombings.
    The disrespected Canadiens used this ploy to their advantage and the media just jumped on board great PR.

    The Canadians beat the Bruins because they did not play up to their capabilities . I give them credit and their due for that. But they can get just as ugly as any team and their tactics are well known through out the league. They have earned there own reputation and are by no means innocent. There was and always will be bad blood between these two teams. The Bruins won last years round and the Canadiens won this years round and on and on it goes it’s a rival that will live on for a long time and has and perhaps that’s what makes the game so great. When two teams like this meet you can always count on being on the edge of your seat.

    I wish the Canadiens luck they are going to need it Henrik Lundquist is zoned in for Rangers.


    • habs1987 - May 17, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      FYI, your “class act” threw rubbish on the ice after Subban scored the game winning goal in Game One, so get your facts straight before trying to make Habs fans seem as vulgar, or as xenophobic as that cluster of brutes.

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