- Game 2. After game 1 performance, we can espect the habs to come out strong and harder. CJ keeps is calm and fakes the same lines that we saw Wednesday. We really have to see a better overall effort tonight. I had the feeling the playoffs didn't start for us like they did in the last 2 days for 14 other teams. We always have Theodore who can still one, and what better time than tonight to do so?
A win would turn the odds in our favor IMO. Game 3 will be something to watch if we manage to take one back in ennemy territory. Montreal is the hockey town, and you all know how people can go crasy during playoff time... on the otherhand, a 2-0 deficit would bring a colder mood.
News, notes and Quotes:
- Bruins powerplay took care of it in game 1. (2 / 6)
- Nylander and Gonchar, aquired late in the season, were 2 important piece of the win.
- Kovalev, who can't manage to step out of it, is finaly on the line he deserves to be.
- Raycroft didn't have to do some outrageous saves, but did very well and came out with a shutout in his first playoff's win ever.
- Souray had the most shot on goals with 8.
- The habs PP is still struggling. (0 / 4)
- They will also have to be more carefull with their penalties, but both teams took stupid ones. Only difference is that the bruins converted their chances.
- ``We play our best when we come out and we're flying and we're trying to take the play to them,'' Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray said. ``I think we sat back a bit.''
- ``I'm sure they'll change a few things,'' Boston center Brian Rolston said. ``We just have to concentrate on what we're doing well.''
26 (R. Zednik) Goals Scored Ldr (G. Murray) 32
65 (M. Ribeiro) points Leaders (J. Thornton) 73
17 (P. Brisebois) Plus-Minus ratio (M. Knuble) 19
135 (D. Langdon) Penalty Minutes (D. Doull) 132
2.27 (J. Theodore) Goals Against Avg (A. Raycroft) 2.05
17.2 Power Play perc. 16.0
82.5 Penalty Killing (%) 83.6
2.51 Goals For Average 2.49
2.31 Goals vs Average. 2.24
Career Playoff Stats
Habs Goal Leader: Alexei Kovalev (27) Habs Assist Leader: Joe Juneau (53) Habs Points Leader: Joe Juneau (78) Habs +/- Leader: Saku Koivu (+9) Habs Players to Watch: Saku Koivu, Mickael Ryder Habs Goon: Darren Langdon
Bruins Goal Leader: Martin Lapointe (19) Bruins Assist Leader: Martin Lapointe (24) Bruins Points Leader: Martin Lapointe (43) Bruins +/- Leader: Jiri Slegr (+11) Bruins Player to Watch: Sergei Samsonov and Sergei Gonchar Bruins Goon: Doug Dourk
Finally, CJ came to his senses. At least if it doesn't work, we can move on about the Kovalev controversy.
And Perreault off the lineup makes me one happy camper. He was probably the worst and least intense forward out there last game, so he has only him to blame (knowing he already had one foot in the doghouse).
Also the Bulis - Dowd - Ward line is solid and will most likely see alot of ice time. I would like to see them go against the Nylander line, as they're clearly the one that gives us the most trouble right now.
And let Begin run (cleanly) Thornton to make him feel the playoff atmosphere.
I'm guessing Landon will only see 4-5 shifts while someone else is double shifted to replace him on the wing of Begin and Juneau to allow CJ to roll 4 lines and play with 2 solid checking lines (our bread and butter this year).
Can't wait. After seeing some unbeleivable hockey yesterday (Sens - Leafs and Sharks - Blues), I now need an other fix of real playoff hockey, so let's hope not only one team shows up tonight.
Exact same reaction, exact same thoughts about the use of Langdon.