Why bench Laraque and Stewart?
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04-10-2009, 11:14 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Going back 3-4 years, the Habs have ALWAYS had success vs. the Bruins when they focus on playing hockey first, and that's by using their best attributes as a team which is their speed, skill and execution on the PP.
When the Habs are worried about going toe to toe with the Bruins, they play right into the Bruins hands because the Bruins have way more footsoldiers than the Habs do.
When the Habs are at home and they have the final change and they can decide on matchups, then I agree, dress Laraque/Stewart...but in Boston, there's no reason to rattle their cage at home, Gainey has to worry about having 4 lines that can be dependable in all zones.
Some of you are more interested in settling scores than winning games...ever since the Habs have taken that same attitude, their success vs. the Bruins has disapeared.
If the Habs want to beat the Bruins in the playoffs, the Habs are going to play THEIR game...not the Bruins game. This rock'em sock'em type of game is what the Bruins EXCEL at, this is their identity, trying to 'arm up' and go to war with them on that front, is not something the Habs would be wise to do.
Just play hockey...who cares if the Bruins go nuts everytime one of their players get hit. Let them lose it and make them pay on the PP. That's the Habs identity
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