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Game Thread: Bruins @ Montreal l 10/28/03 l 7 pm ET l NESN

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DOWN WITH THE HABSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

JOHNNY V...WHERE ARE YOU?

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I can't wait for the next 2 games. In honour of the occasion, a new avatar.

I bet Potvin gets the start in the first game. I'm also expecting Bergeron to have a big game. He'll likely have lots of family and friends in the audience.

With the new, PRODUCTIVE lines, the Habs aren't going to know what hit them.

3-1 Boston. I usually don't make predictions, but this will be the game where Montreal will show just how bad they are.

#60, Jim Carey, is going to be in for a long night.

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Smurftastic!

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The Habnots play Philthy and Hackjob the night before us. They just got spanked by the mighty Senators yesterday 6-2. It's time to put the CH'ers back where they belong...au basement de la division.

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Good feeling comming into this game, especially with the offence heating up. This season looking great as long as the goaltending stays strong. Put Shields or JG in this season and all would be different. Team has confidence in the netminders and are playing in front of them without fear of a bad goal every game. Go BS 5-2

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And so it begins.

Once again, the Bruins come into Montreal to faceoff against the Habs in what is probably one of the best rivalries in sport. It can be said that this years' match-up will feature two teams that should be on the rise, though both have more than a couple of question marks that must be answered before they can be considered playoff clubs, let alone Stanley Cup contenders.

For Boston, that Cup is much closer. With one of the best sets off attacking players in hockey today, they can call on goal scoring from any line and at any point in the game. Defensively there are still question marks, particularly in the speed department, and how they handle the Hab forwards will go a long way to determining the outcome of the game. The biggest issues, though, lie in net: is Potvin mature enough to leave his horrible streakyness behind him to lead the team, or will he play well one game and let in a bucketload the next.

Montreal is moving towards a youth movement, and under Gainey and Julien they've added a system and accountability to their roster. Up front, they are a bigger and feistier club than last season. Of course, they still have good speed, but in many respects, it will become a matter of experience as the season rolls along. Defensively they are much improved - addition by subtraction in terms of Dykhuis and Traverse. In net, it's appearing like a turn-around season from Theodore, but it's early days yet.

What a Bruin fan will see from the Habs

The first question that needs answering is the Koivu question: will he be back from his knee injury? If he is, they will be much stronger up front, but if not, they will have to rely on Ribeiro and Perreault as the two top centres.

This is a team that has adopted a system and in every game, except the first one overall, they played, for the most part, with a solid defence-first attitude. Even the 6-2 loss against the Sens was not nearly as bad as the score might indicate as it could be argued they won the first and second in terms of play. You will probably note as you watch that the team puts out infinitely more effort than at any point in the last five years, and this alone has won us a few games. Intensity and accountability have been instilled by Gainey in his chats with the players and the decision by the team to play the best players regardless of salary has gone a long way to raising the credibility of the club.

Gone are the days when the 'smurfs' could be pushed around. Each line has at least one player who can play a good, physical game, and the fourth line has two players who are high-intensity checking-line types. More importantly, the defence boasts a return to health from Souray and Rivet, the former regaining his form from the playoffs two years ago, and the latter coming off a season long wrist ailment that caused him to allow opponents free reign in the Hab crease. Added to these two players is Quintal, a 'what you see is what you get' tough defender, and Markov, the most skilled blueliner with a degree of feistyness that Mario Lemieux can attest to.

Also gone this year, at least to this point, is Patrice Breeze-by, replaced by a Mr. Patrice Brisebois, whom the Hab fans are pleased to meet. This new player has brought his game down to the basics and is no longer king of the 'behind the back, across the crease, backhand pass tape to tape to the opposition'. Furthermore, he's come into the season much stronger than ever before, and has even laid on the body more than a few times.

Our last defender has platooned this year, with Bouillon and Hainsey each getting turns. Against the Bruins, I would expect Bouillon to play, even though he's smaller, he still plays bigger and has good experience. Hainsey, while playing much better than he has in the past, is still young and prone to error, and against a fast Bruin forward corps, could be caught making a few mistakes.

If you see Theo this game, you'll see a player who's regained much of his form from his multi-trophy season. He's confident and moving well, and has made the saves, for the most part, that keep his team in the game even when outclassed. If Garon is the starter, then advice would be to move the puck laterally, and with great frequency. While he's great with one lateral movement, he throws himself out of position and can't get back nearly so quickly.

Up front on one of the two attacking lines, look for Audette to buzz offensively, (where buzz equals skates fast but does nothing), and stop coming back at about his own blue line. Perreault will either play a better (for him) defensive game, or will be offensive - he cannot combine the two yet. Michael Ryder, the third man on that line, is a revelation to Hab fans this year, being both an offensive threat and a strong presence on the boards. If nothing else, enjoy (or be angry) at the fact that the Habs have a player who has some real potential.

Hossa, on the other attacking line, is the digger, and while he isn't great at passing the puck or getting into brilliant scoring positions, he does the little things that make that line work, so far. Ribeiro is the revelation at centre, insofar as he has wonderful peripheral vision, though as usual, a might blow from the stands will knock him off the puck. As for Zednik, at the moment he's playing like a shadow of himself last year (and in the playoffs against the Bruins two years ago) because he hangs on to the puck too long without passing, and has forgotten that getting in scoring position means paying a price in front of the net.

The third line does it's job, though is the smallest of the bunch. Juneau is aware defensively, and will probably be called on to mark out Thornton. A tough task, but he's done an admirable job against most other centres so far this year - of course none with the power that Thornton has. Dackell is somewhat good in his zone and somewhat good offensively, but in a game against the Bruins, I expect him to be nigh on useless. Bulis, on the other hand, is the one to watch. He skates like the wind and really knows when to use that speed effectively. He's become a stalwart defensively, and has also had the most scoring chances of any Hab offensively.

Begin on the fourth line is a pest, no other word for it. When class act Stevie Yzerman is hacking at him, you know this kid has the ability to get under skins. Oh, and he never takes a shift off. Ward is all heart, though with minimal ability. His AHL skill-set is the only thing that keeps him from the top two lines. On the other hand, Sundstrom has, to this point, disappointed greatly, and would be the ideal player to pick on with this line.

And there you have it, a small recap of the Habs and a little of what you might expect to see when the teams meet. As noted, Julien has instilled a system so in all likelyhood, continual odd-man rushes will be the exception, not the norm against the Habs this year. Also remember that anything written here is in asterisk form, as the imminent arrival of Koivu can change things up.

While I fully expect a far more talented Bruin team to win the game, I'm also pleased that said system has paid off against other teams like the Wings and have given us a chance to win on every night but opening night. With the commitment to defence and to playing hard, we should be able to give a far more entertaining game than many fans are used to seeing from the Habs.

Should be a fun night.

A concerned fan.

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Thee will be mercilessly crushed without any second thought. Expect no pity! :mad:

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Get ready for a reminder from 2001 courtesy of le roi Theo

YOU bruins fans are unbelievable....anyways i have a good feeling about the game...regardless of teh outcome i am sure it will be a good night...looking forward to testing the cat out...hehe..this time last year you Bruins had got off to a great start..and then you played us..and then you ahd a great season..lets hope the same happens...GO HABS GO

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YOU bruins fans are unbelievable....anyways i have a good feeling about the game...regardless of teh outcome i am sure it will be a good night...looking forward to testing the cat out...hehe..this time last year you Bruins had got off to a great start..and then you played us..and then you ahd a great season..lets hope the same happens...GO HABS GO

1) B's started losing since St.Louis game. We won only NYR and Tampa(which they should've lost) and Atlanta (almost lost).
2) Samsonov was out of lineup for 71 game.
3) We didn't have talented rookies like Bergeron, Zinovjev and Jilsson last year
4) Better job by both goalies this year.
5) I might even say better coach. (We came from behind 5 out of 9 games whiile with Ftorek we winning games up intill the last 5 minutes)

I can't say Habs can't win this game. They always playing their best against the B's...but I see a very physical game against the Flyers and B's will be their second physical opponent in two consecutive nights.

Because Theo is playing good this year it will be close game 3-2 or 4-2.

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HABS GOT SPANKED 2 straight times...6-2 and 5-0...me thinks they're gonna be an angry bunch tomorrow night

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HABS GOT SPANKED 2 straight times...6-2 and 5-0...me thinks they're gonna be an angry bunch tomorrow night

There's an expression for it -- advancing in retrograde.

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HABS GOT SPANKED 2 straight times...6-2 and 5-0...me thinks they're gonna be an angry bunch tomorrow night

We should continue this nice tradition.

Who would've thought Esche would stopped red hot Habs? Hackett just lost opportunity to get a cheap shout out.

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We should continue this nice tradition.

Who would've thought Esche would stopped red hot Habs? Hackett just lost opportunity to get a cheap shout out.
tell me about it- i have hackett in 1 of my fantasy leagues, and was very surprised that esche played, especially with back-to-backs coming up wed/thurs

as for your idea about montreal, i agree. and i'd like to give them a nice :moon: for their troubles

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I bet Potvin gets the start in the first game. I'm also expecting Bergeron to have a big game. He'll likely have lots of family and friends in the audience.
Oh, only 20-30 family members and friends ALL of whom cheered for the Nordiques in the days of yore (according to the Globe article today). Translation: They hated the Habs to begin with, and now that Patrice is a Bruin, there will be no conflict of loyalties!

This is a statement game for the B's- first game against the Northeast Division. We need to win it and continue the roll. If Potvin can come up with a big performance, we'll be in good shape.

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The first goal should be huge in this game, as if Montreal gets it, they can go into their defensive style and try to shut us down. If we get the first goal or maybe two, it's pretty much over from there as they will be forced to open it up to try and score, and we can bury them like the Sens and Flyers have done in the last two games.

On a side note, this game is on TSN tonight, and the Bruins are on a two game TSN winning streak.

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let the war begin

2gm/3night

is going to be great folks

just want to tell you that i expect some nasty stuff to happen in mtl tonight and boston in gm2

Just hope Langdon play tonight!

were is P.J Stock?

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P.J is down in Providence...I disagree with this but there is no room for him

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Garon's in the net tonight. Wise move by the habs cause 4 lowouts in a row would have ruin théo's confidence. After allowing 11 goals in his last 2 starts, he needs some rest... he surelly don't need to face the Bruins 2 times on 3 nights...
anyhow, like TMAC said, the first goal his huge. Mtl has 0 win when they allowed the first goal. They just can't come back from behind. No scoring punch. The only way we lose is if we don't forcheck at all and Potvin allows 5 goals... wich won't happen...
boston 4
Mtl 2

Go B's Go!

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I hate the HABS.

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Should be an interesting matchup for sure.

Can they handle our big forwards?

Can our defense keep up with their quicker forwards?

Will the Cat be on his game tonight?

We need to bring the physical play right off the bat. Let them know they will be in for a long and physically punishing night. Wear their smaller players down, make them play timid, and take it too them in the 3rd period.

The top line should dominate, and there should be some room out there for Sergei and Zino to have at least a couple exciting moments.

4-2 B's

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10 minutes to game time...i'd love to see a 1st minute goal by thornton, and then mccarthy pounding the crap out of a "defender of the midgets", i.e. sheldon souray
DOWN WITH THE SMURFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :moon:

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McCarthy vs. Langdon rd 1 (very long one too)

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Zednik to the box............highsticking......

B's first PP.....

Potvin made a huge save moments b4 this

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