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

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“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.”

Translation to maximize controversy: THE BRUINS THINK PRICE IS TOTALLY USELESS ON HIGH SHOTS!

Even if that’s not actually the case.

Video: Bruins score four third period goals in under eight minutes

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The Boston Bruins’ incredible third period comeback was capped off as they scored four consecutive goals to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3.

If you wanted to see what it looks like to score four in a row in under eight minutes to beat your biggest rival, check out this video of just how Dougie Hamilton, Patrice Bergeron, Reilly Smith, and Milan Lucic did it.

Julien: Bruins battled through ‘a lot of [rhymes with trap]’

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Even though the Boston Bruins came away with a 5-3 comeback victory in Game 2 against the Montreal Canadiens, it didn’t come without complaints.

Bruins coach Claude Julien sounded off about the disparity in penalties between his team and the Canadiens. Montreal had six power plays to work with as opposed to three for Boston and Julien made sure it was known he wasn’t happy.

“We battled back through a lot of crap that we had to out up with,” Julien said. When he was asked to elaborate on what he meant, Julien declined to do so.

Julien did admit to being responsible for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that was called with 3:51 to play in the third period.

Making the penalty difference a bigger problem for the Bruins is the fact the Canadiens scored on two of the six man-advantages they had with Thomas Vanek getting both goals. With the series shifting to Montreal, a bit of politicking might just come in handy for the Bruins.

Roaring Back: Bruins tie series with 5-3 comeback victory

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The Boston Bruins helped add to the “Year of the Comeback” after overcoming a 3-1 third period deficit to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 and tie the series 1-1.

After Thomas Vanek scored his second goal of the game to make it 3-1, the Bruins scored four consecutive goals. Dougie Hamilton started it off at 10:56 with his second of the playoffs. Patrice Bergeron tied it with a snap shot that took a funny hop on the way to the net and past Carey Price with 5:43 left in the third.

Reilly Smith’s third goal of the playoffs put the Bruins ahead for good just 2:11 after Bergeron’s tally. Milan Lucic’s empty-net goal sealed the deal with 1:06 remaining, capping the latest in what’s become a long list of comebacks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Even though Price played stellar in goal yet again (30 saves), it was Tuukka Rask who benefits the most. The win against the Canadiens in Boston was the first of his career. While Rask saw Vanek victimize him twice with deflections in front, he got to enjoy the second half of the third period watching his team dominate after a lackluster second. He finished the game with 25 saves.

The series now heads to Montreal and if you had asked the Canadiens before the round started if they’d take a split in the first two games in Boston, they would and run with it. After a dispiriting loss like this, Montreal has to avoid a letdown in Game 3. Stealing home-ice advantage many never felt as bad as it could for the Canadiens.

If you missed the game, here are the highlights:

WATCH LIVE: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins (Game 2)

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It’s an afternoon puck-drop in Boston for Game 2 between the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.

Carey Price will look to continue his incredible play from Game 1 while Tuukka Rask will look to not play like… Well, bad stuff.

A couple of quick lineup changes for both teams appear likely. Michael Bournival replaces Travis Moen for Montreal and Andrej Meszaros swaps in for Matt Bartkowski on defense for Boston based on warm-ups.

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