Game Day : Habs @ Bruins
Showdown in Beantown tonight, baby!
The Habs are in Boston to take on the Bruins in the first of two back to back games in this classic original six matchup.
We all know the story behind Max Pacioretty and Zdeno Chara and the famous stanchion hit, and tonight will be the first time these two have players will be on the ice together since that hit. It's time for the Bruins and the Habs!
Coming off an impressive win at home (first of the year) against the Flyers last night (make sure to check out Shahab Khan's recap), the Habs finally have something to roll with. On top of ending their six game skid, goaltender Carey Price secured his 100th career victory, putting him in the record books along side his childhood idols, Patrick Roy and Marty Brodeur.
Putting aside all the hoopla that surrounds the Bruins and the Habs, this game will be used as a pivot point for one of these two teams. Both teams go into this game as underachievers so far this season, and both teams want to come out the opposite. This could prove to be the most important game in the first half of both these team's seasons.
After last game I think it's safe to say that the Habs may have a hot player on their hands. Forward Max Pacioretty stole back the hearts of Habs fans last night by tallying 2 goals and 3 points on the night, all this with a torn wrist. Not too sure what that injury really is but it seemed to of lit a fire under his ass, he was a monster out there.
The Bruins have had some issues creating chemistry with their lineup in the first few games of the season. Lucic, Horton and David Krejci just aren't connecting like they were last season. For whatever reason, Coach Claude Julien has split the trio and has placed Lucic alongside sophomore rookie Tyler Seguin. Since then Lucic has 5 points over his last two games.
Tim Thomas has not been part of the problem in Boston so far and you can expect him in nets tonight for the Bruins. Mind you, coach Julien has been keeping his goalie selection pretty private so far this season, so I wouldn't rule out an appearance by Tukka Rask.
Last night's 2nd star Carey Price has been confirmed to start tonight for the Habs. After securing his 100th win expect him to really have a strong outing. Seems Montreal players have trouble with milestones, but now that that is out of the way expect smooth sailing from the young 'tender.
Game starts at 7:00 tonight and is being aired on RDS, NHLN-US and TSN-HABSHD.
This is a special one for me. Growing up in Montreal there were no excuses if you weren't a die hard Habs fan. In our household my Brother and Father would watch Saturday night hockey together and when I was old enough to understand what was going on I was right along side of them. For the past 23 years that is the only team I loved, the only team I cared to watch.
But a few years ago I really started to enjoy watching other teams play. So I subscribed to center ice and I would watch almost every Leafs, Hurricanes and Bruins game. Hurricanes because of Eric Staal and the Leafs/Bruins because, well, if you're going to hate them you need to know why! Only problem was, my hatred for one went away.
3 years ago I visited the city of Boston to watch the final game of the Habs season live from the TD Gardens, I was stoked. Long story short, Habs needed 1 point to make the playoffs and we got that one point from an overtime loss. To this day if it hadn't have gone that way I may still HATE the Bruins with every fiber of my being. But that isn't the case.
After the game me and my two buddies headed to he bars where we were graciously accepted by Bruins fans. Yes, it's true. My opinions of the city, the franchise and the people of Boston changed in a heartbeat. Throughout the night, in every bar we went, it was as if we were wearing the same jersey. That was the night I fell in love with the city, and in turn, the Boston Bruins.
That being said, tonight I hope we rip their hearts out and stomp them into the ground because Blue Bland Rouge is in my blood.
Bruins are simply #2.