2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Four

Bruins coach downplays any controversy ahead of Game 3


Hey, remember yesterday when we suggested the media was doing its best to stir up the maximum amount of controversy in the Bruins-Canadiens series?

If you missed it, it was in a post where we…um…kinda tried to stir up some controversy based on some remarks Montreal coach Michel Therrien made about the Bruins trying to influence the reffing.

Which in our defense, was a pretty darn controversial thing to suggest.

Still, Boston coach Claude Julien thinks all this controversy stuff is getting a bit overblown.

“We know that since the beginning of the playoffs, lots of things have been exaggerated to build an off-ice rivalry,” Julien said, per CSN New England.

And we’ll concede, maybe he has a point.

Game 3 of the series goes tonight in Montreal, where it should be noted that controversial things have happened before…

So if something controversial happens tonight — like, say, that cheap-shot artist Milan Lucic sticks a guy in the groin again, or that serial flopper PK Subban takes another dive  — be sure to visit PHT.

Not that we’d ever intentionally try to stir things up.

Get your game notes: Bruins at Canadiens

Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Montreal Canadiens hosting the Boston Bruins starting at 7 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Tonight, the Canadiens will host the Bruins in a playoff game for the 88th time. The Habs hold a 64-23 edge on home ice, but have taken only eight of 15 games vs. Boston since moving into the Bell Centre in 1996. The Bruins have won four of five postseason games in Montreal since 2009.

• With the N.Y. Rangers’ loss in Game 3 vs. Pittsburgh, the Canadiens enter tonight’s game as the only team this postseason not to have trailed in games in any series. In fact, the Habs have only trailed within a game on four occasions this postseason. (See table.) They hadn’t trailed by more than one goal at any point until Milan Lucic scored an empty-netter to give the Bruins a 5-3 lead with 1:06 left in Game 2.

• The Bruins came back from two-goal deficits in each of the first two games this series (2-0 in Game 1 and 3-1 in Game 2). In this postseason of two-goal comebacks (18, of which 11 resulted in wins), the Bruins became the only team to do so in consecutive games.

• Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara logged a game-high 26:59 time on ice, assisted on the game-winning goal by Reilly Smith and was on the ice for all five Boston goals (and two Montreal power-play goals). His +5 rating matched a career high, accomplished twice in the regular season with Ottawa (Jan. 24, 2004 vs. NYR; Feb. 28, 2004 vs. BUF).

• In Game 2, the Bruins exploded for four goals in the final 9:04 to rebound from a 3-1 deficit to post their first-ever regulation victory in a postseason game when trailing by two goals in the final 10 minutes. Elias Sports Bureau The first three goals came with Canadiens goaltender Carey Price in net. Price has arguably been the Canadiens’ best player through two games, but the third period has not been a charm.

• Canadiens winger Thomas Vanek rebounded from his zero point-zero shots on goal performance in Game 1 to score two power-play goals in Game 2. In 60 career regular-season and playoff games vs. Boston, Vanek has 34 goals, 33 assists and 67 points, with Buffalo (31-29–60 in 53 games), the N.Y. Islanders (1-3–4 in 3 games) and Montreal (2-1–3 in 4 games).

• The Bruins’ second line of Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith led the way for Boston in the first two games of the series, combining for nine points (three goals, six assists) on 18 shots on goal. During that span, the B’s first line of Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla combined for only three points (one empty-net goal, two assists) on 15 shots.

Habs coach says the Bruins ‘try to influence referees,’ because that’s what they do

Michel Therrien

“They try to influence referees. That’s the way they are. That’s not going to change. That’s the way they like to do their things.”

That was Montreal coach Michel Therrien speaking today about Bruins coach Claude Julien, who you’ll recall wasn’t too pleased with the officiating in Game 2 of the bitter rivals’ second-round series.

If you listen to the audio, Therrien also didn’t think much of the Bruins’ comments about Habs goalie Carey Price, accusing Boston of doing the same thing last year in the Stanley Cup Final with Chicago goalie Corey Crawford.

Specifically, Therrien accused the B’s of using the media to put pressure on their opponents.

What comments have the Bruins been making about Price? Well…

Torey Krug: “It seems like almost all of the goals so far have gone to the upper half of the net.”

Dougie Hamilton: “I think we’ve definitely noticed that when [Price is] screened, he’s looking low.”


Even if that’s not actually the case.