Game 53 - Canadiens at Bruins GDT

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    Game 53 - Canadiens at Bruins GDT

    CANADIENS (28-20-5) at BRUINS (34-15-3) TV: RDS, NHLN-US, TSN-HABS, NESN Last 10: Montreal 4-6-0; Boston 6-3-1

    Season series: This is the second of four games between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins this season, the first at TD Garden. The Canadiens won the first game between the teams 2-1 at Bell Centre on Dec. 5.

    Big story: The Canadiens snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes and will be looking to win back-to-back games for the first time in 2014 when they visit the Bruins. The Canadiens have won their past four games against the Bruins dating to last season.

    However, it would be difficult to find a rivalry that has been more evenly matched in the NHL. The past nine straight between these teams and 14 of the past 16 games, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs, have been decided by one goal, with five being tied at the end of regulation. The two games in that stretch that weren't decided by one goal each had an empty-net goal scored in the final 30 seconds of regulation to make it a two-goal margin.

    This game will also snap a streak of five straight Canadiens-Bruins games that had first place in the division on the line, with Montreal trailing Boston by 10 points in the Atlantic Division standings. But as history has repeatedly shown us, that should have no bearing on the quality of this game. "We've had a natural rivalry with the Bruins over the years and over the decades," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after practice Wednesday. "They are always games that are exciting to play, and there's no doubt the way we played [Tuesday] helped our team's confidence to play this game. The Bruins are playing well, so it will be a big challenge."

    Team scope: Canadiens: In spite of the 3-0 win Tuesday, the Canadiens still have problems that need sorting out, one of which is an anemic offense. Montreal is ranked 29th in the NHL in 5-on-5 goals with 77 in 53 games, and its power play has scored three times in its past 33 attempts.

    One of the reasons for that problem has been Therrien's inability to put together a productive third line, due largely to the fact certain players are not producing as they were expected to.Offseason free-agent acquisition Daniel Briere has registered a point in just two of his past 21 games, and he spent the game Tuesday shuffling back and forth between the third and fourth lines while getting 8:36 of ice time.

    Another underperforming forward has been Rene Bourque, but he is coming off one of his better games of the season against Carolina and appears to be developing some chemistry with Brandon Prust on Montreal's third line. "We play well together, we keep it simple," said Bourque, who has been the subject of trade rumors in Montreal. "Whether it's with Danny [Briere] or Lars [Eller], we've been having success with puck possession in the offensive zone, playing most of the game in their end."

    Bruins: The Bruins, meanwhile, have no issues with scoring depth.

    Each of Boston's top-six forwards has scored at least 10 goals, and Chris Kelly's return from a 22-game absence with a leg injury in the Bruins' 6-2 win at home Tuesday against the Florida Panthers makes that tremendous depth even deeper. "We've always had success by having different guys stepping up at different times," forward Milan Lucic said after the game Tuesday, according to CSNNE.com. "Our team play is what has given us the most success."

    The Bruins were fifth in the NHL in goals per game and tied for first in the League in goals against per game prior to games Wednesday.

    Who's hot: For the Canadiens, forwards Brendan Gallagher and David Desharnais each have five points in their past six games. … The Bruins' line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith has combined for 14 goals and 15 assists in the past seven games. Injury report: The Canadiens are missing defenseman Davis Drewiske (shoulder) and forwards Alex Galchenyuk (hand) and Ryan White (upper body). …The Bruins are without defensemen Dennis Seidenberg (knee, out for season) and Adam McQuaid (lower body)."

     

     

     

     

    Compliments of CamFan81 !

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    "Rushes: Lucic-Krejci-Iginla, Marchand-Bergeron-Smith, Paille-Söderberg-Eriksson, Campbell-Kelly-Thornton ^CS"

     

    It's here...the Habs are in town!

     
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    Funny Gif.

    Can't wait for the game tonight.

     
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    Note that Kelly's on the fourth line, Paille on the third.  I'm increasingly convinced the coaching staff is going to swap Kelly in as 3rd line C late in games with the lead as a defensive replacement, but let that 3rd line roll offensively otherwise.

     
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    In response to Bookboy007's comment:
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    Note that Kelly's on the fourth line, Paille on the third.  I'm increasingly convinced the coaching staff is going to swap Kelly in as 3rd line C late in games with the lead as a defensive replacement, but let that 3rd line roll offensively otherwise.

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    Good plan if indeed this happens, team is covered in the event of a blowout(B's lead) or tight game.Don't break the 3rd line mojo, its going good right now.

     
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    In response to Bookboy007's comment:
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    Note that Kelly's on the fourth line, Paille on the third.  I'm increasingly convinced the coaching staff is going to swap Kelly in as 3rd line C late in games with the lead as a defensive replacement, but let that 3rd line roll offensively otherwise.

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    You think someone would just ask Julien the stupid question. "You've got tremendous flexibility, with guys like Kelly, Soderberg, Paille and Campbell able to move Center to Wing and play roles on the 3rd or 4th line. What factors did you prioritize as most important in the putting setting the lineup the way you did tonight?" C'mon NESN. Ask the question.

    Is it because Kelly is just back and can't take the minutes? Or maybe he just isn't all that comfortable on the wing (noting he's at center and Campbell got moved)? Or does it have to do more with Paille and Soderberg clicking and you don't want to mess that up?

    Everyone assumed Kelly would ride on the 3rd line LW instead of Paille and take faceoffs at key times. Sooooo.....whaaaa happened?

     
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    <<Everyone assumed Kelly would ride on the 3rd line LW instead of Paille and take faceoffs at key times. Sooooo.....whaaaa happened?>>

     

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it.  What happened is that the third line with Paille (and Soderberg at C) has looked darned good. 

     
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    Kelly did take over center late in the Panthers game after Soderberg got taken to the woodshed in the dot.

     
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    San I think Thomas mistook him for the wood in the woodshed with that chop to the neck.

     
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    Not As Hot?  Haven't I heard of that guy somewhere?

     
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    I seem to have lost my hate for the schabs. We need a good old fashon night of fights to get the blood boiling again. A Lucic / Pacioretty tilt would do. I don't think of them as good enough to worry about, so there isn't the losing to them factor. And even if they do lose, we'll kill them in the playoffs. Really, I just see a bunch of Hobbits running around.

    Sad.

     
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    In response to lambda13's comment:[QUOTE]

    Funny Gif.

    Can't wait for the game tonight. [/QUOTE]


     

    Me too!

     
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    That last one seems broken San. Repost?

     
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    In response to Bookboy007's comment:
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    Note that Kelly's on the fourth line, Paille on the third.  I'm increasingly convinced the coaching staff is going to swap Kelly in as 3rd line C late in games with the lead as a defensive replacement, but let that 3rd line roll offensively otherwise.

    [/QUOTE]

    i thought Kelly was playing really well with Soderberg and Loui before they got hurt. keep them together imo

     
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    In response to xdrive's comment:
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    In response to Bookboy007's comment:
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    Note that Kelly's on the fourth line, Paille on the third.  I'm increasingly convinced the coaching staff is going to swap Kelly in as 3rd line C late in games with the lead as a defensive replacement, but let that 3rd line roll offensively otherwise.

    [/QUOTE]

    i thought Kelly was playing really well with Soderberg and Loui before they got hurt. keep them together imo

    [/QUOTE]

    The original 3rd line was actually Kelly with Soderberg and Smith on the wings. That incarnation was short-lived due to injuries, but did seem to have some good chemistry. For now, I like what Paille is doing on the Swede line and Kelly definitely elevated the play of the 4th line the other night. Don't change a thing. 

     
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    In response to lambda13's comment:[QUOTE]

    Funny Gif.

    Can't wait for the game tonight. [/QUOTE]


     

    Me too!

    [/QUOTE]

    Should be a good one san dawgy.  

     
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    Re: Game 53 - Canadiens at Bruins GDT

    Kick some Hab but

     
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    Re: Game 53 - Canadiens at Bruins GDT

    GO BRUINS!

     

    Biggest non-playoff game of the year for me...

     
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    Re: Game 53 - Canadiens at Bruins GDT

    Not a great 10 min.

     
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    if you ignore the score... the Bruins are winning this game so far

     
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    Did the Bruins trainers not get over to Mass. General for smelling salts ?

     
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    Re: Game 53 - Canadiens at Bruins GDT

    okay, well now the score is very real... Patches didn't get a lot on that goal

     
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    Re: Game 53 - Canadiens at Bruins GDT

    Getting out worked and outplayed

     
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