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Bruins Notebook: Montreal 5, Boston 2

Thursday, 01.10.2008 / 11:44 PM / News
By Tom Halkin  - Media Relations Intern
Bruins Notebook
1/10/08 vs. Montreal Canadians
Montreal 5, Boston 2

Montreal wins this season's series
With tonight’s loss to Montreal, the Bruins have dropped their first five attempts against their bitter rivals in the Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge. The question of the night was, "Why do the Habs continue to have Boston's number?”

"It comes down to simple things though," said Aaron Ward. "They are effective on the power play and their team is patient.”

“When they get their opportunities they are potent," added Ward. "They are right there putting pucks in the net...they just capitalize on every available chance."

“They just moved the puck better,” was Zdeno Chara’s answer. “They were skating and moving the puck better."

Marc Savard explained that the B's just didn’t put the whole puzzle together.

“We can work hard, but we have to work smart, too,” said Savvy. “Last game we didn’t work hard, and tonight we worked hard, but not smart.”

Where do the B’s go from here?
As many of Our Boys noted, there is still a lot of puck to play in the 2007-08 campaign.

“We have to put that game behind us. It’s a long season, and we have another in Philadelphia, and we have to get ready for that one,” said the Chara.

“We just got to find our line, we are still right in the mix,” Savard noted. “We've got a big game at 1:00 PM on Saturday against a really good hockey team.”

Ward concluded with an answer any fan of the Black and Gold would respect.

"As men we have to look at ourselves in the mirror, and decide that this type of performance is not becoming of a Boston Bruin,” Ward asserted.

The effort was there...
The Bruins did not get the results they were looking for, but you can’t fault their effort, as they battled all night. The boards could be heard rattling on many occasions all the way up in the press box.

“It was a pretty physical game the whole way through,” said Zdeno Chara afterwards. “There were a lot of battles and a lot of checks.”

And there is definitely no love-lost between these two teams - or their respective fans, who battled all night with their cheers.

The strong contingent of Habs faithful that littered the sold-out Garden seats tried to project their “Go Habs Go” and “Ole, Ole, Ole” chants through then din of the Bruins faithful.

Smoke was right...
Earlier today, you may have stumbled upon former Bruin Brain Smolinski’s quotes from after morning skate in which the forward credited wins and loses in the Canadiens vs. Bruins games to whomever wins the power play battle.  Well, tonight Montreal's top-ranked power play potted two, while the Bruins were unable to capitalize on their man advantages. 

Much of the Bruins players’ discussion after the contest was about Montreal’s deadly power play units.

“Obviously their power play is the number one power play in the league,” Chara said when questioned as to why Montreal seems to have the B’s number this year.

Marc Savard echoed the captain’s sentiments.

“We took a lot of penalties, and their power play is number one in the league, so we have to stay out of the box,” said Savvy.

“They’re the best in the league, especially in the last few games...we gave them a few to many,” concluded Mark Stuart.

Wardo’s back
Aaron Ward, who had been itching to return to the ice, was back in the Boston lineup tonight after missing eight straight games with a broken foot. 

Ward played 18:26 on 22 shifts, scored a goal and was a +1.

"I thought Aaron handled himself very well tonight,” said Coach Julien. “For a guy that hasn't played in a while...I thought he had a really good game."

Shawn’s 100th
Bruins beat cop Shawn Thornton played in his 100th career NHL game. Congratulations!




1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52


D. Krejci 80 19 50 39 69
P. Bergeron 80 30 32 38 62
J. Iginla 78 30 31 34 61
M. Lucic 80 24 35 30 59
B. Marchand 82 25 28 36 53
R. Smith 82 20 31 28 51
C. Soderberg 73 16 32 4 48
Z. Chara 77 17 23 25 40
T. Krug 79 14 26 18 40
L. Eriksson 61 10 27 14 37
T. Rask 36 15 6 .930 2.04
C. Johnson 17 4 3 .925 2.10
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