MFA: It’s Always a Glorious Day to Hate the Habs

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Last night’s game between the Bruins and the Canadiens was a blast. It really felt like a rivalry game because both teams chose violence early. You could really feel the hatred in the first. Said every Bruins fan, with regards to a game against the Habs:

It started when Rem Pitlick decided to hit Patrice Bergeron behind the play, late and high. Brad Marchand said, “No, I will not abide.”

Pitlick was served an interference minor while Marchy got a double (partly served by Trent Frederic) allowing the Canadiens to have a power play, on which they didn’t score.

Of course, in starting in on the violence, I neglected to show the goal that was scored by Tyler Bertuzzi, a flukey one that proves the adage, “you miss 100% of the shots that you don’t fling backwards and hope bounces off a couple of the opposing players before crossing the goal line.”

It’s refreshing to see Charlie McAvoy stand up for his goalie after all the times he threw opposing players into Tuukka Rask. This time he decided to take out Jake Evans for daring to spray Jeremy Swayman.

Swayman was also not having it.

Jake Evans would continue to get McAvoy’s attention throughout the game.

Jake DeBrusk is on a tear right now, 4 goals and 3 assists in the last 4 games.

Jake makes it 2-0.

Then AJ Greer made the biggest argument for why Jakub Lauko probably should have played last night. Whereas Greer is great at taking penalties, Lauko is the opposite. Greer was goaded into cross-checking Mike Hoffman on a faceoff and he chose to go for his face. Greer was “rewarded” for his efforts with a major penalty for cross-checking and a Game Misconduct, resulting in his being tossed from the game. Greer could be facing a suspension.

Nick Suzuki gets Montreal on the board during the 5 minute power play. It should be noted that Derek Forbort is still out.

Bruins head into the second 2-1.

The mood calmed in the second but the scoring continued. Early in the period, David Pastrnak scored his now single season best 49th goal.

Later on, Garnet Hathaway was called for holding Nick Suzuki’s stick (phrasing?) and Kirby Dach made the Bruins pay. (Again, no Derek Forbort.) Bruins hold a slim lead 3-2.

In the third, David Krejci put it away.

Maybe Krejci was feeling extra cool since this was how he skated at Warrior earlier in the day.

The Habs never caught up despite taking twice as many shots as the B’s and going empty net. In fact, Jeremy Swayman tried to take his own shot at a goalie goal. He didn’t get it.

And lastly: to answer a question that I saw all too late yesterday: after the playoffs start, the cap doesn’t count anymore. This allows teams to stack their rosters for the playoffs in hopes of winning the war of attrition and the Stanley Cup.

While I’m humbled to be called a cap guru here, I know just a tiny bit about cap gymnastics. I always learn more every season.

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Morning all.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning,
A win is a win! A game against the Habs is rarely boring. It’s always a glorious day to hate the Habs!
I think i can safely say that AJ Greer will not be taking a lot of penalties in the post season…. unless penalties can be handed out upstairs, where he’ll be watching the game. Hey, if the chips fall into place, a third line of Coyle, Bertuzzi, and Hall would not suck. A fourth line of Nosek, TFreddy, and Uncle Nick would be fun. Don’t mean to start counting our collective chickens, but i like this team.
Panthers and Pens both choked last night, nobody wants the WC2.
Canes and Rags just played two playoff style games, splitting the home and home. A likely second round match up.
Managed to rest yesterday. Jo has twisted her knee shoveling snow.. we read all day. Highly recommend Carlos Ruiz Zafon. His four part gothic mystery The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, Prisioner of Heaven, and The Labyrinth of the Spirits is pretty much put the Do Not Disturb sign up and don’t bother me, can’t you see i’m reading?

The London Bear
The London Bear

a third line of Coyle, Bertuzzi, and Hall would not suck. A fourth line of Nosek, TFreddy, and Uncle Nick would be fun.

Are you benching Hathaway, then? Think I’d pick him ahead of Bertuzzi from what I’ve seen of them both so far.

Gothic mystery sounds good, I will look him up;. Are you reading in Spanish again?


This is shaping up to be a wealth of riches problem. I was listening to Ty Anderson & Ryan Johnston and the discussion of “who do you sit” if everyone is healthy came up. They seemed to be leaning towards benching Frederick for a while, and it occurred to me that you sit Bertuzzi before you sit Frederick, because TFreddy can finish – Bertuzzi isn’t doing that this year. (seriously, Freddy’s tied with Hall for the most bottom-6 goals at 16)

I’d definitely want to see Foligno on the ice as well. He’s gotten pucks in the net & set up Nosek a few times. He’s been good on the 2nd PP unit, too.

Bertuzzi has been good, but I’m not sure where he fits in. And if you do keep Bertuzzi on the Coyle line, is Freddy better then Nosek at center? I really don’t know.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I forgot about Hathaway. I play Bertuzzi and TFreddy ahead of Hathaway, though. Bertuzzi is a better passer. He has a nose for the puck, as well. I worry about Hathaway being overly aggressive and taking unnecessary penalties. I think Montgomery will be sliding people in and out of the line up based on opponent. Maybe Hathaway over Nosek versus the Isles or Panthers. I prefer Nosek if it’s the Penguins

The London Bear
The London Bear

I think Montgomery will be sliding people in and out of the line up based on opponent

Ah yes. Rotating players in and out makes sense given who is in the squad, and tailoring the line-up to the opponent would be the perfect way to do it.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I’m reading in Spanish. The books are available in English