They are who we thought they were!
They are the Boston Bruins. The number one team in the East; a team with tremendous depth up front, a good combination of size and speed on the blueline, a consistent and reliable goaltender, effective special teams, a great coach, some scorers, some playmakers, some grinders, some speedsters etc.
I can’t figure out why people are so surprised at the dominance shown in the first two games of this series. Look at the San Jose Sharks. They have been arguably the best team and have lost the first two games to a Ducks team that has struggled with consistency all year. That’s surprising. The Habs-Bruins series is playing out the way it should. I thought it was very obvious that even if the Canadiens would play their very best, that is not good enough because the Bruins are just better. They need the Bruins to play below their potential in order to have a chance. Someone texted me Saturday night after the game “I now understand why you predicted the Bruins to win the series.” I thought to myself; “I assumed a number 1 team would beat a number 8 team, that’s not exactly a bold prediction…”
Montreal being down 2-0 does not surprise or disappoint me as a fan.
It disappoints me that people keep blaming Carey Price. First of all, if you are going to blame a loss on a goalie, score more than 1 goal! Lose the game 6-5, then blame it on the goalie. The kid is 21, most goalies don’t become starters until they are much older than that. Give him a break.
It disappoints me that it took almost 5 periods for Gainey to realize “maybe I shouldn’t have broken up Tanguay – Koivu – Kovalev!” This is the line that had it not been put together, the Habs would not even be playing in the playoffs. Get Laraque off of the number one line! He had 2 points in just around 35 games this year!
It disappoints me that Tomas Plekanec was scratched. The playoffs is not the time to send messages, it’s the time to win games. As bad as Plekanec has played recently, benching a 20-goal scorer when you only have 3 on your roster is not exactly the brightest move. Send a message by benching him or demote him to the 3rd or 4th line. Sending him to the press box really does not make much sense.
It disappoints me that Gainey fired Carbonneau because the team was not “emotionally engaged”, and now I would argue that they lost the first 2 games, mainly because they were overly engaged emotionally. The players take stupid penalties and are too focused on the Bruins physical style of play that they are completely disregarding the style of play that helps themselves succeed.
The Canadiens are at home tonight for Game 3. The lines, d-pairings and starting goaltender will only be revealed close to game time. My money is on Halak starting and Plekanec back in the lineup. If the Habs want a chance to win tonight; they will need to play a more conservative game defensively to limit Boston’s scoring chances, they need to stay out of the box, they need to get Kovalev on as much as possible with Chara on the bench, they will need a solid performance from their goaltender and they will need to be more effective on special teams.
Can’t afford to lose this one. It’s do or die, so the players better not forget to bring their game.
GO HABS GO!
About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.