People think our team was intimidated by the Bruins?
Habs are not intimidated by the Bruins. Anyone who thinks that, clearly didn't see the match. The Bruins might have been stronger than us physically, but we were not intimidated by them.
That doesn't mean its not a good idea to have a guy to protect your players. Bruins had the top team that year as well. And Laraque was an enforcer who couldnt play hockey. And Im not even sure he was an enforcer. I mean, he was technically one of the best fighters, but he would go up behind a player, tap him on the shoulder and hand em a gold embossed invitation to fight.
Not many enforcers can play hockey, that's why a lot of them are either going out of the league or are consistently benched. They are useless.
One enforcer will make 0 difference. Toughness is a team concept and is not manifested in one player.
Eller should be sent down
AKost should pack his bags (and this is coming from a guy who's mostly defended him)
When Subban is bad, he's BAD
We need a real 4th line.
Max Pacioretty is a baller.
Agreed. Except PK wasn't horrible tonight, least not after he scored.
I <3 AK but he's gotta go, especially since we have Pacieoretty who is way better.
Oh please. This happened all the time with Laraque on the bench. It'll happen no matter how many goons we sign. It's hockey.
Name 1! His 1st year with the Habs players like Neil and Lucic played softer then Pyatt against the Habs. In fact i remember that the last game against Boston where Laraque was injured they benefited from his absence to jump on Latendresse, Lappierre and Gorges.
Do you need to pinch a 6'6 guy in the middle of the street to know that he can kick your butt? A goon is important for the mental side of the game, Subban was ineffective in his own zone cause he was scared tonight. He finally took it upon himself when the win was out of reach and the pushing was super obvious. That's what we have to prevent!
Serioulsy, as much as I'd like to see the Bruins bleed, more fights won't solve the problem, we're a fast team and one goon won't do anything, what we need is 1 or 2 players that can play and with these guys there would have been way less fights tonight.
We score 6 goals, how often does that happen?
We won 3 fights (if you count Price beating Thomas)
We didn't back down, despite being outmuscled
Bruins fans are clearly mad
We give up 8 goals
Our old Czech defensemen get beaten up, meaning we'll likely see Picard tomorrow
Bruins fans irritate me
Pyatt and Krejci's faces after their fights
Really, the "manhandling" wasn't as bad as it looked. Most of Boston's supposed "physical dominance" came in that one altercation with our noted pugilists: Hamrlik, Spacek, and Pyatt. The rest of the time, it was evenly matched. We still had a guy like Wizniewski out there who could've fought someone.
As people have mentioned, we have won 3 of 4 games against these guys. There's a reason there's so much talk about this game: because games like these rarely happen. I don't think we'll be seeing a similar game to this in March.
Still, I'd like to see the team acquire some toughness either by trade or by calling up a guy like White. We don't need 5 Boogaard's out there, but a guy who can play well and fight would be great.