Rabid Habs

Postgame: Habs Still Stink, 4-1 Bruins

I’d be remiss if I didn’t start this with a thought or two about Red Fisher, the legendary journalist for the Montreal Gazette who passed away on Friday.

I can’t claim to have been directly affected by the work of Fisher. It wasn’t an intentional hold-out; I just seemed to miss the boat. I knew Fisher was a guy that seemed to coexist with the Canadiens since the dawn of time, but outside of that, I didn’t really understand the legacy.

On Saturday, one picture helped me understand the legacy.

In one room, every writer I grew up reading celebrated the life of a giant they all respected. I see Dave Stubbs, Brian Wilde in the back, Stu Cowan, John Lu. Capped off with a tearful Pat Hickey, front and centre. All of these writers made a kid from Connecticut feel like he could be a part of a team in another country held a toast for one of their own. A mark of a man is often shown through the company he keeps; through those he calls his peers.

In this department, at least in my eyes, Fisher’s legacy is left in wake he leaves; a wave of talented writers working in a city that lives and dies with the Montreal Canadiens.

With that, let’s get into the game.

I wish there was more to talk about from the first period. A much better effort from the Canadiens yielded positive defensive results. The Habs’ rush defense looked stronger than it has in the past, which is surprising considering the defensive core hasn’t changed.

Charles Hudon looks like one of the young players who understands exactly what this rivalry used to be. He was all over the ice in the first period; drawing a penalty and taking one (one that I think the ref would like back if they could see the replay).

With that, the Canadiens and Bruins went to the dressing room tied at one.

In the second, the Canadiens would break the ice with a combo that might be creating some significant chemistry. Creating a turnover in the neutral zone, Paul Byron skated in on a two-on-one with Max Pacioretty. With Zdeno Chara in between them, Byron put a saucer pass over the stick of Chara and onto the tap of Pacioretty. The captain made no mistake, scoring his 15th goal of the year and his seventh in his last seven games. The pucks are finally going in for Pacioretty. 1-0 Habs.

Things were looking up for the Canadiens but a weird bounce put an end to the Canadiens lead. Skating with the puck behind the net, David Pastrnak went to where the boards meet the goal line. Spinning and firing a shot at the net, Pastrnak scored his 19th of the year. The puck bounced off the inside of Carey Price’s left leg. Easy come, easy go. 1-1.

And before the period was over, it was 2-1 for the guys in yellow.

Over the last three games against the Bruins, I’m pretty sure “Sweet Georgia Brown” has played in Pastrnak’s head. Holding on to the puck in the slot, Pastrnak drew in a defender before feeding Torey Krug. Krug walked in and beat Price with a shot that snuck in under the bar and over the shoulder. Krug’s seventh provided the Bruins with their first lead of the game.

In the third, the Bruins appeared to take a 3-1 lead on a powerplay goal. Challenged by Claude Julien, the goal did not stand. It’s as chintzy as offside challenges get, but it is the written rule. Still a 2-1 lead for Boston.

It didn’t matter, because Boston did eventually take a 3-1 lead. Jordie Benn had a horrific shift in the defensive end and Pastrnak made him pay with his 20th goal of the year.

An empty netter by Riley Nash ended this one. As if it wasn’t over already. 

4-1 is your final score. The week-long trilogy has come to an end with Boston showing their muscle and the Habs falling into the abyss.

Hudon

Forgive me if this upsets you, but Hudon reminds me of all the things we used to like about David Desharnais. Not afraid of anyone, pretty sneaky with the puck, and has a better shot than we give him credit for. Kinda wish he would shoot more…

Kinda wish he would score more too.

Pacioretty and Byron

I could get used to seeing these two roll out together. That’s a ton of speed, a ton of finish, and a ton of defensive reliability on one forward line. Pacioretty and Byron have combined for seven points in their last two games and Byron was the only Canadien who looked like he could tie the game in the third.

Pastrnak

Three point night. An elite talent.

Oh yeah, and he was picked with the pick before Nikita Scherbak was picked by the Habs. Neat.

Okay, that’s enough. We’ll talk soon.

Go Habs Go.

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