Bruins Visit Bell Centre
One of the longest rivalries in the NHL writes a new chapter on Bell Centre ice this evening as the Boston Bruins visit the Montreal Canadiens. It was surprising to learn that this is the final encounter of the season (barring a playoff miracle) between these two forever rivals.
The Bruins are fresh off a shutout loss last night against the New York Rangers and, as a result, will probably be in a snarly mood. The Habs are coming off of a loss in what was supposed to be a must win game against Carolina, 5-3.
The Habs are in disarray in this season of out discontent, with frustration being shown at all levels of the organization. Two of the players that were pegged in the top nine and counted on for offense are invisible. We all know about the ongoing saga that is Scott Gomez - only now he is saying no one wants to win more than he does. But in the past couple of years Mr. Gomez has been saying things people want to hear, and this time it appears that at least the new coaching staff is not buying what he is selling.
As a result both he and the enigmatic Andrei Kostitsyn may be viewing the spectacle from the not so friendly confines of the press box. Although with the number of forwards on the Hab,s it is likely at least one of them is going to play. The good news for the Habs is that Ryan White will be playing in his first game of the season after his surgery and conditioning stint with the Bulldogs - this will certainly help with the Big Bad Bruins.
Once again, it is a must win game for the Habs, who must be thankful that no one in the East really seems to want that last playoff spot. It has kept them in contention for far longer than they should be, and caused a lot of hesitation on Pierre Gauthier's part.
The Habs have to play a full sixty minutes and hit early and often to keep up the momentum. The Bruins are not playing as well as they should since the Tim Thomas incidents, while the Habs are 4-1 in their last five. Hopefully this is a reversal of fortunes that continues.