I'm back for now. Sorry Nation but I've been very busy. Apparently a bunch of complete idiots from Montreal wrote comments to my last post. I won't respond to them because they probably aren't smart enough to wipe themselves.
Here's my summary so far:
The Bruins had the jitters and were destroyed early by the Canadiens. Neither team played particularly well, but after the first three minutes it was clear the Bruins were not going to win this one. The Kostytsen brothers, despite the fact that they are both so overrated, scored in the first two minutes and the Bruins never recovered. Final score: MTL 4 BOS 1
This game was such a shame. The Bruins outplayed the Canadiens in just about every facet of the game yet still lost. The habs had a two goal lead going into the third, yet the Bruins stood strong. Early in the third period Peter Schaefer ahd a GREAT goal, and then a very undisciplined play by Kovalev led to a 5 on 3 power play goal by David Krejci. An awful penalty call against Reich for tripping in overtime (a clear dive by the Habs player) led to a goal by Kovalev and the habs won. Final score: MTL 3 BOS 2
the series was now in Boston and the Garden was great. This game was about 40% Habs fans, but it was still great. (Don't tell anyone, but I spat in the beer of the Habs fan sitting in front of me when he wasn't looking.) Anyway, the game was great too. Early in the first period, Milan Lucic put a beautiful back hand shot to work while guiding th epuck into the net, giving the Bruins the lead. A crap goal by Kostopoulos in the second tied the game and it went all the way into overtime. Midway through the extra period, Peter Schaefer made a great play and drew a penalty before passing it back to Dennis Wideman. Wideman skated up and then faked left, drawing Carey Price out of the net. Wideman then passed right to Marc Savard, who was the Bruins extra attacker. Savard sent the puck into the near-empty net and the Bruins WON!!!
A hard game to watch. The Garden was great but the players were not. Neither team had any offense. Markov, Chara, Price, and Thomas really stepped up and allowed nothing. Unfortunately, a shot by Kovalev on a power play against a screened Thomas went in and the habs won 1-0.
The Bruins knew that they had to win this game, and that's exactly what they did. In the first period, Kovalev schooled chara and scored to put the Habs up. In the second period, however, with the power play unit playing really poorly, Phil Kessel stepped up. he took the puck and basically charged the net. His original shot his the goalie, but Kessel got his own rebound and scored. Going into the third period the game was tied. Carey Price pulled off a Bill Buckner though and allowed the Bruins to score. After making a routine save, Carey price handed off the puck to Petteri Nokelainen, whose shot hit off the stick of Glen Metropolit and went into the net. The Bruins then demoralized Carey price and the entire city of Montreal. A few minutes later on the power play, Zdeno Chara sent a beautiful one-timer into the net. A little later while shorthanded, Marco Sturm sent a shot past Price. Towards the end of the period, rookie Vladimir Sobotka sent a harmless dump towards the net and Carey Price didn't even try to save it. So the Bruins won 5-1 and forced a game 6 in Boston.
Game six is tonight at 7. the game is on Versus and NESN. I'll be at the game. The Bruins clearly turned a corner and got into Prices's head in game 5. I'm very confident right now that the Bruins can pull of the win tonight and then another win Monday night in Montreal. The one seed is going home! GO BRUINS!!!
The Habs beat the Bruins eight times this regular season, but everything changes come playoff time. I really do think the Bruins can beat the Habs, the Bruins just need to stay disciplined. Montreal is only seeded high because of their amazing Power Play unit.
It looks as if Tim Thomas is going to get the start tonight at 7:00 PM (on NESN). Savard might be able and Patrice Bergeron is definitely not available. The Bruins currently have seven healthy defenseman (alberts, ference, Chara, Wideman, Stuart, Hnidy, and Ward) and I'm not sure which six are going to play. Meanwhile on offense, it looks as if Krejci will man the top line again with Murray and Sturm.
Carey Price will start over Jiroslav Halak for Montreal.
I hate Montreal fans and I hate the Canadiens. I want them gone in the first round!