Gotta give credit where credit is due. Boston played one hell of a road game, capitalized on their chances when they had them, and did everything necessary to protect their one goal lead at the end of the third.
The 1st goal was because the 3 forwards went on a stroll and left Hamrlik and Spacek all alone with 3 or 4 players. Spacek could have played the 2 on 1 a bit better but the 3 forwards should not have been at the red line.
Or, not whipped a rolling puck back around the net along the runner to an isolated Hamrlik when he (Spacek) was already less than 10 feet from the blueline and all the forward support was already moving up ice. That was my major problem with the 1st goal shakedown.
We just need to begin the game like we ended that one. That was dominance out there. Hope Hamrlik is alright, although he had trouble tonight... but I'd be confident with Mara. And I hope Halpern is ok to go, and takes the place of Pouliot, at least he'd add the faceoff element we have trouble with...
The Bruins changed their system. They had a 3-2 system going for the first half of the game with a full-on forecheck. Their D cut off our wingers along the boards near the blue line. We solved the problem in the last half of the game. Plus, we got too excited in the beginning. Once we settled down, we out-scored them 2-0. We'll win game 4, lose game 5 and win game 6. Habs in 6 as most of us said.
This game never should have been close without Thomas's two softies, you better win game 4 or you guys are in big trouble. The B's now have 2 full days to recover from the flu virus, I expect them to be much better next game, hopefully Thomas stops giving you momentum with the softies.
Thats brutal and MTL has been brutal all year however the linesman let Boston cheat on faceoffs all game as well.
They really did. I was stewing a bit about it there, and then one of the colour guys started commenting on the linesman letting Bruins put their stick down last (and occasionally dropping the puck before the Bruin centre had his stick down, giving him the advantage) despite being the away team.
Originally Posted by Nashy
I expect more than an okay game from Gomez. He's supposed to be a leader on this team. He's soft along the boards, he coughs the puck up way too much, and he absolutely blows on faceoffs.
He played a strong game in game 1, but has pretty much disappeared since then. He doesn't seem willing to pay the price like other guys on the team.
Not blaming him for the loss, just didn't like his game tonight.
Dude, Gomez made one strong move that resulted in a Habs goal, and set up another. Other than that, the rest of his icetime that game looked no different from his last two games.
The Gomez's line wasn't good enough. Gio was almost invisible.
His ina inability to do anything but shoot when he has the puck is almost shocking... I guess he is just convinced that he doesnt have the puck skills or vision to make any other play so he doesn't even bother to try.
Very much boom or bust with him... If he doesn't get a shot to go in, he's not a very useful hockey player
who else is most worried that they will not be able to do anything, think about anything else, and be productive at all the next two days. Brutal. I do not want to be sucked into news articles, prognostication, analysis, etc. but I know I will be...FML
Bah, I watched the whole game, I don't need to have it analyzed over & over. Home crowd got to the Habs, who played stupid in the first period as a result, Bruins capitalized, then laid back and tried to run out the clock. Thomas gave AKots something of a freebie, it woke the Habs up, then it was full steam ahead and the Habs almost salvaged it.
As long as they learn the lesson about being ready to play the moment the puck is dropped, they'll be fine. I'd even go so far as to say they should stick to a simple gameplan for the first period in game 4. Don't try to do too much or perform for the crowd. Do the little things right and the rest will follow. Boston is a very beatable team. It took Montreal's worst 27 minutes of the series for Boston to take & hold a lead.
What's more frustrating is that we have to wait an extra day for game 4. Hate that. I would have preferred a game tomorrow than Thursday. Of course with a win today I would have been ready to wait 4 days