B's look to go up 2-0 before heading north of the border

The Bruins will have the nightcap of a great day of playoff action at The Garden. The Celtics will take on the Chicago Bulls in their first NBA playoff game at 12:30 before the Garden bull gang switches from hardwood to ice for Game 2 of the B's-Habs series at 8:00. For those of you living under a rock, the Bruins took Game 1 of the best of seven first round series 4-2.

Projected Lines (based on Friday's practices):

Bruins Projected Lines & D-Pairs

 

P.J. Axelsson - Marc Savard - Phil Kessel
Mark Recchi - Patrice Bergeron - Chuck Kobasew
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Michael Ryder
Shawn Thornton - Stephane Yelle - Blake Wheeler

Zdeno Chara - Aaron Ward
Matt Hunwick - Dennis Wideman
Mark Stuart - Steve Montador

CANADIENS Projected Lines & D-Pairs

 

  Georges Laraque - Saku Koivu - Alex Kovalev
Andrei Kostitsyn -  Tomas
Plekanec - Matt D'Agostini
Guillaume Latendresse - Maxim Lapierre - Tom Kostopoulus
Christopher Higgins - Glen Metropolit - Alex Tanguay

Roman Hamrlik - Mike Komisarek
 Mathieu Schneider - Patrice Brisebois
  Josh Gorges - Mathieu Dandenault

Projected Starting Goaltenders:


Tim Thomas

#30 / Goalie / Boston Bruins

5-11

201

Apr 15, 1974



Carey Price

#31 / Goalie / Montreal Canadiens

6-3

219

Aug 16, 1987


Injury Report:


Boston Bruins Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Marco Sturm knee 12/19/2008
Andrew Ference undisclosed -

Montreal Canadiens Injuries

DOUBTFUL

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Sergei Kostitsyn other-excused 04/13/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Robert Lang achilles-tendon 02/02/2009
Francis Bouillon groin 02/20/2009
Andrei Markov knee 04/07/2009

"I wanted to prove to people that the player they saw last year wasn't the player I wanted to be. I wanted to come here and work hard."

- Michael Ryder from Pat Hickey's piece in The Montreal Gazette

Notes:

- It will be interesting to see if any of the bad blood from Game 1 carries over to Game 2. Since it is the playoffs, will cooler heads prevail or will we see some fists flying before this series is over? I think every member of the Bruins has #'s 6, 8, and 40 jotted down in their mental notebook. The question is will the B's make these guys answer the bell in a playoff series or will they squash it and stay disciplined?

- How long will Bob Gainey stick with the Laraque - Koivu - Kovalev line? Greg Wyshynski from Yahoo! Sports has started calling this line the "GAS Line" (Georges, Alex, Saku). If they really want to give Laraque that much ice time, I say go right ahead.  For some reason the Habs think that  Laraque will be an asset in this series, but I think he is a liability. With the new post-lockout rules, there just isn't room on NHL rosters for one-dimensional enforcers like Laraque. The Bruins have hockey players who can fight. The Habs have a fighter who calls himself a hockey player.

- The Bruins can't let the Habs control the play for long stretches of time like they did at times during the second period and early part of the third period last night.

- Carey Price looked pretty solid on Thursday night but he did struggle with rebound control at times. The Bruins need to continue to fire shots on goal and get traffic in front of the net.

- Public Skate (open thread) starts at 7:00

Views from Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge Tinted Lenses

Habs Eyes on The Prizes (SBN Habs Blog) - Your #1 Source for Habs History....and delusional homerism. In all seriousness, if you want to learn more about the B's-Habs rivalry, check out Robert's awesome (and only slight slanted) post on the history of the rivalry.

Habs Inside/Out - Montreal Gazette's Canadiens Blog

Four Habs Fans - One of the funniest hockey blogs out there. My site has been featured a lot on their "Inside View of the Massholes", so I figured I would throw a link their way. Come for the jokes, stay for the pics of hot chicks.

Dennis Kane - My counterpart for the New York Times Hockey Night in Blogdom

25Stanley - For those of you that actually paid attention in high school French class.

Daily Hab-it - Habs blog written by freelance sports reporter Arpon Basu

Series Recap

Game 1




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