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Bruins making it look easy

Posted on: April 19, 2009 12:27 am

You know things are going well when the biggest contribution your Vezina candidate goaltender makes to a pivotal win is an assist.

Tim Thomas didn't really have much to worry about against the feeble Montreal Canadiens tonight, so the the Bruins netminder was able to get a little daring late in the second period with a long lead pass that turned into Michael Ryder's first goal of these playoffs. Mind you, Boston had things well in hand by that point, but Ryder's goal was still a morale crusher, coming in the dying seconds of the period and putting the final nail in Montreal's coffin for this game, and quite likely for the series.

The Bruins dominated Montreal all season, but they have hardly broken a sweat in this series. In Game 2, Boston controlled both ends of the ice so thoroughly, the Bruins were able to score a 5-1 blowout victory on a night when Canadiens goalie Carey Price was actually pretty sharp.

That tells you the  the game was even more one-sided than the score would suggest, and what ideally should have been a bounce back performance for Montreal after a mediocre series opener ended up underlining just how poorly the Canadiens match up with Boston in terms of size and skill. The Canadiens tried to overcome those disadvantages by getting physical at the start, but it didn't rattle the disciplined Bruins and eventually that frustrated the visitors into taking penalties that became their undoing. Boston scored on three of its five power plays -- two of the goals coming from Marc Savard who had a playoff career high four point night -- while giving Montreal only once chance with the man advantage.

By then, it was too late to matter. Chances are anything else the Canadiens try from here on in will be too, a fate that seems to be in store for the Columbus Blue Jackets as well.

The Jackets don't have the talent to stay with the heavily favored Red Wings, and they wilted when Detroit turned the tables in Game 2 by hitting them hard and often early, forcing Columbus off its game and eventually into penalties. Some of the infractions were lazy, some were bone headed, but they were costly because the league's best power play scored on three of them which was more than enough for them to coast to a 4-0 win.

The Chicago Blackhawks had things tougher because they fell behind by a pair of goals against Calgary. But the young Blackhawks showed the poise of a veteran team and their high powered offense exploded in the second period, sending them to a 3-2 win over the Flames. It was the second consecutive time Calgary has failed to hold early leads, and another ominous sign for a team that lost all four games to Chicago this season.

The bright side for th Flames, if there was one, came when Jarome Iginla opened the scoring with Calgary's first power play goal in 11 games and 47 tries. But the reality for the Flames and all the other teams that lost Saturday and now find themselves down two games to none in their respective series, is that their chances of coming back are historically slim. It's hockey's version of the terrible twos.


Category: NHL

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2009 5:49 pm

Bruins making it look easy

They're not making it look easy.  It just is easy.  This season has been a disaster from the opening week for Montreal.  Every gamble Gainey took has misfired.  The young players that most of the hockey world thought would take the next step to becoming elite NHLers have all taken steps backwards & the team is barely mediocre.  Add to it that they haven't had a complete lineup on the ice all season & it adds up to a pretty lousy team.  Markov not playing shines a bright light on just how weak the defensive corps are & with Lang being out it has exposed the team's offensive threat as really only one line.  I didn't expect the team to go far in the playoffs & if Markov doesn't come back in this series I don't expect them to win a game.  As far as the Bruins hoisting a cup...They are a good team; definitely top 2 in the East (Carolina is a scary team right now), but Detroit & San Jose will have a lot to say about who wins the cup this year.  I wouldn't start planning any parades just yet, but there is a lot of hockey left to play.


Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2009 5:35 pm

Bruins making it look easy

Enjoy it while you can. Boston is a better team. And I understand all of the exuberance displayed by Boston fans. You have to be excited when you've traditionally been dominated by the Canadiens.  

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2009 4:09 pm

Bruins making it look easy

The Bruins have looked like they are in a different Class of teams compared to the Habs. Montreal seems way too concerned with Chara and are seeing their defenses breakdown (ie. Savard's second goal).  The other thing that is paving the road nicely to the Finals is that the Caps look lost against the Rangers and it seems that Philly and Pitt are destined to beat each other up. 


Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2009 2:36 pm

Bruins making it look easy

Yep, the Bruins may have to pick it up a notch against the Hurricanes.  Wink


Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2009 1:10 pm

Bruins making it look easy

Yea sure  the bruins make it look easy..any team can make it look easy against the canadiens..  god you might as well put them up against the aves or islanders..well see how easy it is when they go up against a team that can at least put up a fight...



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2009 10:46 am

Bruins making it look easy


 I was 5 when the B's lasted hoisted the Cup. to see that would make my circle of Championship Parades complete. GO B's

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2009 10:00 am

Bruins making it look easy

Yeah, baby Bruins all the way!!! Time to put Monteral`s 100th season to rest, can anyone say your tee time is ready mr Kovalev!!! 

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