Sunday, April 7, 2013

Habs Hold On Against Bruins, Therrien A Situational Coach, 2014 Winter Classic And More...

Good Morning Addicts! 

The Montreal Canadiens held on to beat the Boston Bruins for the third time out of four contests last night, with each game being decided by a single goal.

Alex Galchenyuk played with the confidence that he's been lacking over the last month or so and scored his second goal in as many nights for the Habs. Michael Ryder tipped a P.K. Subban point shot past Tuuka Rask for his 16th of the season and his 18th point in his past 18 games. Subban earned assists on both goals giving him 32 points in 32 games and 21 points in his last 16 contests.

Daniel Paille had Johnny Boychuk shot deflect off of him and past Carey Price to bring the Bruins to within one but Price played outstanding for the remainder of the game to give the Habs the W.

The win could prove costly however, as Alexei Emelin left the game midway through the first after taking a run at Milan Lucic and getting the worst of the hit. Emelin did not return and his injury was described as "lower body". Look for Jarred Tinordi to ba called up from Hamilton.

The Canadiens only penalty of the night came with :57  seconds left as Lars Eller held on to Zdeno Chara's jersey sending the bruins captain falling into the boards. With Rask pulled and the Bruins enjoying a two man advantage, the visiting team failed to get a single shot off.

According to Bruins coach Calude Julien and center David Kreiji, the lack of shots was due to bad ice...not diving.

With the win the Habs extend their lead of the Northeast Division by three points with the Bruins holding one game in hand.

The nest team on the docket for the Habs will be the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. The Caps have been hot as of late winning seven of their last ten and Alexander Ovechkin has founf his scoring touch as he earned a hat trick and an assist in last nights 4-3 win over the Panthers. Ovechkin has tallied 14 goals and seven assists in his last 15 games.

Habs And Hockey News

- Michel Therrin seems to find his way through games by choosing his lines based on game situations.

- Chris Boyle of Habs Eyes On The Prize has an interesting piece on why possesion matters and provides a visual look at fenwick.

- The NHL announced today that the Detroit Red Wings will face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big House in Michigan at the 2014 Winter Classic.


Galchenyuk played great hockey last night . He seemed to be where the puck was all night it just followed him wherever he was which is a sign of a player understanding what it takes to be successful. More accolades will be coming for this young man. Emelin's injury is a big one it will be hard to replace his stay at home hard hitting mentality. I hope he isnt out long he will be missed.There will always be injuries however if the Habs want to go far in the playoffs they will have to win the battle of nutrition. I also noticed Ryan White played a more discipline game and if he keeps this up he will find more ice time in the 4th line.The Boston Bruins are always bad mouthing the Habs for being the leaders of embellishing. I would like to hear Julien complain about his own man Chara the biggest man in hockey got slightly touched and fell down like he was manhandled. Julien next time you speak look in the mirror your team also enjoy the so called fish flopping that you accuse of the Habs doing.

I was at the Winnipeg game, AG was great. He's struggled as a kid would, but had some great moves with the puck and netted a great goal too. He's got a bright future.

Drewiske can be an adequate replacement for Emelin. Adequate. He will be a liability moving the puck, but he can play a physical game. Beaulieu was called up, not Tinordi. Makes sense. Let him continue his audition.

Eller pulling down Chara was hilarious. Absolutely hilarious. All is quiet on the Bruins front.

Also, White was goaded a few times in the Winnipeg game and held his composure. Played a gritty game, loved what I saw there.

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