Game Day: Boston Bruins Vs. Montreal Canadiens
And the Montreal Canadiens are on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup…again. Yes, we all have been taught not to start a sentence with “and” but this week has just seems like one big long game. If you could go back to Wednesday morning and ask anyone if the Habs would be on the verge of winning three in a row come Saturday you would get some laughs, some snickers and the occasional French swear word.
It’s Saturday and believe it or not the Habs do have a chance to win three in a row beating both the hated Bruins and Flyers. As we bask in the glow of a glorious week, we should still remember that most of us want both coach Martin and general manager Gauthier fired. We should still remember that the Habs are in twelfth place in the conference. We should still remember that we have no Markov, no Gomez (lol) not to mention the others on the injured list. But hey this is Montreal and we are on the verge of winning the cup.
The Bruins after winning the cup last season are still in celebration mode. They sit in last place in the conference having an even worse start than the Habs. Their goaltending has been average but they can’t score. Zdeno Chara has had a very mediocre start and it seems the team is missing the “Doctor”. No one has come in and replaced Mr. Recchi and it seems the Beniot Pouliot experience is not working
To preview this game would do last Thursday’s game a disservice. It was the preview. Brad Marchand and P.K. Subban’s scrap was the best thing to happen in a Habs’ game all season. If the season series is anything like last game, bring on the big bad Bruins.
Montreal Canadiens 2 Boston Bruins 1
Who to look for:
Even though the team is on a winning streak no one has stood out. P.K. Subban has been under the gun and his scrap was intended more as a stress release for himself. He has to continue to play with the attitude and edge that has made him a fan favourite and the media’s whipping boy last season, for better or worse. Captain Brian Gionta has to skate as hard as he did on Thursday. Plekanec should only score in the opposition’s net and the revelation that is Erik Cole must keep growing.
Only one Bruin has gotten off to any sort of good start. Tyler Seguin has nine points and has decided to really put a stamp on the team. He was in and out of the line-up last season and it will be interesting to see how long he stays in coach Julien’s good books. Julien doesn’t make it easy on offensive players to excel. David Krejci has been a no show and everyone is wondering if he is the number centre the team was banking on.
The Habs are still without Markov, Gomez, Campoli and White. The Bruins are relatively healthy but the name of Marc Savard still appears on their injured list. I shudder to think of what he is going through on a daily basis.
On Wednesday I stated that nothing more than a three game sweep this week would keep Martin and Gauthier in their jobs. I am sticking to that.
The game will be on CBC, RDS and broadcast on TSN990 in Montreal at 7 pm EST.
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