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Discuss: Habs victorious in the shootout to end Bruins winning streak at 12

Mar 24, 2014, 10:42 PM EDT

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It had a playoff atmosphere, as the Montreal Canadiens went into Boston to face the red-hot Bruins.

This was a nasty, hard-hitting meeting between two of hockey fiercest rivals from the Original Six era. On this night, it was the Canadiens that came away victorious by a final score of 2-1 in the shootout. That ends the Bruins’ winning streak at 12.

Let’s discuss:

  • Despite the result, the Bruins still have to be considered the favorite in the Eastern Conference. For long stretches, the Bruins had the run of the play Monday, but got unlucky by hitting some goal posts, and Habs’ goalie Peter Budaj was spectacular.
  • Budaj, by the way, made 28 saves in this start. It was an interesting decision to start Budaj over a healthy Carey Price, who could start Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.
  • The Canadiens have won six of the last seven regular season meetings between these two teams. So, that’s something to think about heading into the post-season.
  • Scary moment in this one, as Habs’ forward Travis Moen left the game after taking a punch to the head during a first-period fight with Kevan Miller. Moen was responding to a hit Miller threw on Dale Weise. Both Moen and Weise left the game and did not return.
  • Both teams finished 1-for-6 on the power play. The Bruins had four straight third period power plays, with Patrice Bergeron finally capitalizing on the final one.

  1. terrier92 - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    I hate shootouts and the Montreal Canadians Playoffs can’t get here fast enough

  2. savoirlaire - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Hard fought game, too bad it had to end on a crapshootout…

  3. hardkor07mn - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Someone needs to knock Chara out! Overgrown POS

    • gsr1191 - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:53 AM

      while i dont feel he needs knocked out. i feel chara is one of the dirtiest guys on the ice and nobody talks about it bc of his reputation.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        That doesn’t make much sense. It is because of his reputation that people talk about Chara as one of the dirtiest players on the ice. It’s just that he’s been lucky to escape the justice that is doled out to all the other dirty players when they do the same crap he does.

        In the end I’m content with Boston continuing to play him when you consider how slow and pylon like he is when he’s out there flailing around. I know Chicago took advantage of that last spring when the said they were going to target him and they literally went right through him to win the Cup. Montreal has done the same thing and that’s one reason why they are 6-1 against them in their last seven games.

        Boston does NOT want to face Montreal in the playoffs.

  4. pompadoorknob - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Good game. What happened to Emelin when lucic’s stick touched him? You’d have thought it was a season ending injury the way he struggled to the bench.

    • packerswin96 - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      Let me hit you there without you knowing it was going to happen and see how how you react! Another disgusting dirty play by bruins!!!

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        Not as disgusting as a 250 lb. degenerate TE forcing himself on underage girls. Just admit it. You’re just upset that the interception king never sent his selfie to you.

      • packerswin96 - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:39 PM

        therooneyskilledwebster Wow you are something special, have to go back 20 years to make yourself feel good eh? do what you gotta do

      • c9castine - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        and another sport at that…

  5. Tyler - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Nice to see the Bruins lose. Chara = goon.

    • c9castine - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      how can he be a goon? hes an allstar.

      hes a clean, hard playing defenseman. just like Pronger.

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        Here comes the President of the Gutless James Neal for Lady Byng fan club.

      • c9castine - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        yeah i actually dont like james neals behavior at all and have stated so many times. hes a top level scorer but he is a bit of an ass and can get lost if he doesnt clean his crap up for all i care.

        what else you got?

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:30 AM

        Your agreement with the classification of Chara as a goon says more than enough about your hockey “knowledge”. But I guess when your franchise’s greatest defenseman was an offense first guy like Coffey (though who interestingly enough was a + 50 to 60 guy in Edmonton before becoming a – 10 to 20 guy in Pitt) you shouldn’t be expected to appreciate the nuances of a defensive minded perennial Norris candidate and former winner who is always matched up against the Sid’s and Ovi’s of the league.

      • c9castine - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        yeah im not sure why you think attacking coffey’s statistics would bother me. he was fun to watch while he was in Pittsburgh but hes much more an Oiler than a Penguin. so yeah whatever.

        i called Chara an allstar and was serious. the sarcasm is that just because hes good doesnt mean he isnt a goon. hes both. Pronger was much the same – i believe he was suspended 8 times which trumps Matt Cooke however matt cooke is talked about as the dirtiest player around and Pronger’s name was hardly even thrown in the conversation. thats the way it goes in the public forum.

        so, anything else?

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        I could give a rat’s ass about Pronger. Fact is, if Chara was on Pitt or MTL he’d be far and away both team’s best defender and their toughest player. I don’t fault you for your envy though.

      • c9castine - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:15 PM

        oh ok cool.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:29 AM

        Just like Pronger except the league hasn’t suspended him the way they should like Pronger. Two of the dirtiest defensemen to ever play the game and Pronger is paying the price for it.

      • c9castine - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        yeah true…Pronger got suspended and it didnt matter how many times, i believe it was 8, nobody ever really talked about him being dirty like the would other guys around the league like Cooke.

        Chara is just as bad. Whats more, I just watched about 5 minutes of video proof the hes also a pathetic diver. I forgot how many penalties the Bruins bought in the ECF series last year.

  6. govtminion - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Great game. Enjoyed it immensely. I would have liked the B’s to pull out the win, but hard to dislike a game as angry and hard-fought as that was. Great night of hockey- kind of hoping these two find a way to meet in the playoffs in round 2 at this point, I’d love seven games of this.

    • eddies5590 - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      It was a great game, the Canadians played well and deserved the win but I for one am getting tired of the diving and weak penalty calls, regardless of the team. P.K. Subban as good as he is as a player could qualify for an oscar. The Canadians have turned the dive into an art form.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      • bsaures - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:16 PM

        Three of those penalties in the third were very clear embellishments by the bruins ao dont even start. Marchand is among the worst in the league for diving.

      • joey4id - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        If Vanek would to what he’s paid to do, then the Habs would have won in regulation time. The Habs must be upset because they pay him to score goals, and do nothing else. Is that right, bsaures?

      • c9castine - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        yeah ok the Bruins didnt do any of that in the 3rd. some of the weakest calls i have seen went the bruins way in the 3rd.

        they scored on a power play they should have had but at that point montreal had been on the PK for most of the period and had little chance. bruins were lucky to get a point (not that they need it)

        referees need to do a better job. the stick lift penalty called on gallagher was a damn joke.

      • govtminion - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        They’re hardly the only team guilty of it- all 30 teams do it, to one extent or another, and it’s disappointing to see every time. Subban is awful about it, and I hate to see that. I’ll admit, as a Bruins fan, he’s a great defenseman, a real game-changer- so he’s good enough that he doesn’t need to be doing stuff like this as part of his game. Same goes for Crosby, Kesler, Phaneuf, Marchand, or anyone else who pulls that act regularly.

      • bsaures - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:15 AM

        He is paid to generate offense Joey how is that a difficult concept for you to get? 4pts in his last 4 games

      • joey4id - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:54 AM

        bsaures, oh! So now he’s paid to generate offense. I recall you saying he was paid to score goals. Let me check……

        bsaures – Mar 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM
        He isnt paid to be elite defensively he is paid to put the puck in the net which he did 3 times! You are just trying to be a d**k and diminish what he did last night. He is doing EXACTLY what he was brought in to do. Battle in the offensive zone win the puck battles down low and in front of the net.

        So during practice when they practice team d he’s in the dressing getting a massage. Right? Because he’s paid to put the puck in the net. Ooops! Check that. He’s paid to generate offense. It’s a difficult concept for me to get because what you’re saying doesn’t make sense. It may in your little world make sense, but the reality of a team sport is the quite the opposite.

      • gsr1191 - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:56 AM

        we as fans to face facts and realize pretty much all good players “embellish” and why wouldnt they when they get the calls. it sucks but it has become part of the game. I think the worst is though when they get called for it, the other team still gets minor…what is the point? shouldnt it be one way or the other?

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        joey4id – Mar 25, 2014 at 7:54 AM
        bsaures, oh! So now he’s paid to generate offense. I recall you saying he was paid to score goals. Let me check……

        Just when I thought it was impossible, joey4id raises the bar on the moron scale.

        The last time I checked, scoring goals generates offense.

        Keep in mind, it’s better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt, although it is way too late for you on that.

  7. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Moen may want to take up golf.

  8. titansbro - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Please God don’t let the Canadiens continue to turn hockey into basketball/soccer with all the embellishments. I guess it’s hard to blame them, the crap always seems to work with these moron refs. For f**** sake, even the NBA has started to fine guys for flopping. The reasons I love the NHL are the same reasons I hate the NBA & soccer. The Scabs would fit right in in both of those sports.

    • laxnhockey - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      • c9castine - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        that was pretty good entertainment.

        the bruins organization is a joke once you get past peter chiarelli and patrice bergeron. they are a good team but spent the entirety of most of the last few playoff seasons diving and buying calls to assist in their success. chara is dirty, always has been. he leads the way in diving, as you just clearly saw. marchand is pathetic. basically the only respectable players on this team are bergeron, iginla, krejci and rask.

        its why they will never have the kind of success and respect that an organization like Detroit gets.

      • Moop - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        So, c9castine, you’re telling me that each and every one of the following players are dirty and completely undeserving of any respect:

        Johnny Boychuk
        Torey Krug
        Dennis Seidenberg
        Kevan Miller
        Matt Bartkowski
        Dougie Hamilton
        Gregory Campbell
        Shawn Thornton
        Daniel Paille
        Loui Eriksson
        Carl Soderberg
        Chris Kelly
        Reilly Smith
        Chad Johnson
        Milan Lucic

        Get your mind out of the gutter. You don’t get to call an entire team dirty because you don’t like two or three players.

        As for “buying calls to assist in their success”, the Bruins have been in the bottom six teams for power play opportunities since the 2010-2011 season.

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:36 AM

        If you want anyone to take you seriously, you can start by removing Boychuck, Thornton & Lucic from your fairy tale list.

  9. titansbro - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Btw, not a homer bruins fan. I can say the Paille hit was a nice, clean hit & Budaj played his balls off. Credit where it’s due.

    But the broken stick on the ice & no call? Seriously? Too many men on the ice? No call. Campbell taken down clearly from behind with no one in front of him & no penalty shot? Take your gift from the refs & be quiet. I would if the roles were reversed.

    • packerswin96 - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      And how about the Gally hook? FFS even TSN who are pro Toronto all said that 3 of the 4 penalties called on the Habs in the 3rd were very weak! quit crying already.

    • laxnhockey - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      That’s weak and pathetic.

      The refs did everything they could to give the Bruins that game. They’ll look and argue the # of penalties were equal, but any self respecting ref knows those third period penalties were embarrassing for NHL hockey. Gallagher made a great play on Campbell as any hockey player knows.

      • savoirlaire - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        Yeah, I’d like to see what a gas bag like you and c9 would say if the B’s threw a broken stick from the bench onto the ice! You’d be foaming at the mouth, unable to talk, red faced and puffy…and no, as any hockey player knows (and it’s clear you sure as hell weren’t one), that wasn’t a “great play” on Campbell, it should have resulted in a penalty shot.

        Christ, like I said with my second comment on the thread, it was a great game, so all you Bruin haters just enjoy the end of the streak and quit your infantile whining!!

      • laxnhockey - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        savoirlaire, are you really just coach Claude Julie-Ann crying about how that should have been a penalty shot? Or, are you Mike Milbury perhaps?

        There was no penalty on Campbell on that play, and you know it. Gallagher used his superior speed to catch Campbell and strip him of the puck. I can understand how you Bruins fans would be embarrassed by that and screaming for a penalty, but it’s really unbecoming.

  10. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    So sad to see it go to a shootout. They need to take that back out of the game. That’s not hockey. I’ll take the point though. What an exciting game.The bruins need to stop letting them get under their skin and play that little game… Its been the same thing for years now. Do something dirty Bruins retaliate or stick up for a teammate and…. power play goal. The Canadians can’t match them physically so they don’t have another choice…so as much as I I hate it I can’t blame them.. well except subban, god he’s an embarrassment for the sport . Great battle of the fins like I expected!

    • packerswin96 - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      Like Emelin’s clean hit on Lucic? or how about Millar’s hit on Weise? or Boychuk’s takedown of Subban? Bruin’s are the dirtiest team in the NHL…

      • pompadoorknob - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:32 PM

        Do you really think miller’s hit on Weise was a bad hit?

      • laxnhockey - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        Hit, nudge, shove; whatever it was was unnecessary and dangerous.

      • bigbadbruins77 - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        Really? You Have a dirty diving and hated (even by your owyetn that it has no point in this conversationith subbing and you’re going to call them the dirtiest team in the league? did you know for the past two seasons they have had the least amount of power plays in the entire league? it’s because they refuse to dive. excuse me but did you see what he did to boychuk? it was retaliation and defending himself. Emelins hit was clean, but dangerous obviously. But it has nothing to do with this conversation. Nice try.

    • packerswin96 - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      Any hit like that from behind is bad, 4-7 feet from the boards is the worst, so yes that hit is bad.

  11. cutelittleguy02 - Mar 24, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    4 PP for Bruins in the 3 rd and they can t win it. Bad Bruins lose. Hope they will meet again in playoffs.

  12. scalfor3 - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    As much as I hate the Canadiens, I’m almost angrier with my Bruins tonight. How many times do we have to do this dance before the Bruins finally realize it’s not worth taking the bait with this team? You know going into the game that Subbans going to do Subban things. Taking a penalty like Boychuk did is inexcusable, and Chara’s might have been worse considering he’s the captain. It’s even more frustrating because it’s becoming obvious that the Habs cannot hang with the B’s 5-5.

    That said, the refs, the penalties, the chippy stuff, none of that was why Montreal hung around and eventually “won” this game (lets all be honest, a game like that should never be decided by a shootout). They won because Peter Budaj stood on his freakin head. What a game by him. Dammit.

    • gsr1191 - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      i say the same thing when the pens play the flyers. the pens always fall into the trap and get completely out of their game. its very aggrevating

    • gsr1191 - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      i say the same thing when the pens play the flyers. the pens always fall into the trap and get completely out of their game. its very aggravating

  13. valoisvipers - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    I wish the NHL would wake up and call a penalty on the dive only and not on the player that committed the want-to-be infraction. I would hate to see the NHL players become the pitiful actors that soccer players are these days, yet more and more of this is creeping into our game and it must end now.Wake up Bettman and gang.

  14. rcouellet - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    How many points does Montreal have again? Sorry, we’ve been sitting atop the Division and Conference standings for so long, I haven’t really taken the time to scroll down and check the other teams.

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