Share with your Friends

(Page 1 of 4)
Bruins v Canadiens - 2011 Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals

Cammalleri reflects on lost opportunity

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BOSTON -- Mike Cammalleri has proven in back-to-back playoff years that he is made for the postseason.

Last year, he led the League in playoff goals with 13 in 19 games, while this season he exits the playoffs as the League's leading point-getter after the first round with 10 in 7 games. Also, with an assist in Wednesday night's 4-3 Game 7 overtime loss to the Bruins, Cammalleri improved his scoring totals in 8 elimination games over the past two years to 7 goals and 4 assists for 11 points.
Here's how he saw the Canadiens' early elimination from this year's playoffs:

Canadiens' future looks bright despite Game 7 loss

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BOSTON -- The Montreal Canadiens likely don't want to hear it as long as the sting of losing Game 7 in overtime to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night remains fresh, but when they look at who is manning their net and who is their top player on the blue line, the franchise's future should be something to smile about.

Carey Price and P.K. Subban emerged as the Canadiens most important players this season, and that didn't change one iota in the playoffs.

The two also became good friends over the course of the season, with Price taking on almost a fatherly role for the younger Subban, even though he's only 23 himself.

That's because Price sees a bit of himself in Subban in that he, too, was placed on a pedestal in Montreal at age 21, only to be knocked off it so hard that many in the city believed the goalie was a bust before he even got a proper chance to start his career.

Horton's all smiles after another OT winner

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

BOSTON – Nathan Horton certainly has the demeanor of a hero.

Talk to his teammates and the scouting report is always the same -- here's a guy that loves his job and always has a smile.

But, it's hard to imagine that smile being any bigger than the one he was sporting Wednesday night, just minutes after his seeing-eye shot in the sixth minute of overtime in Game 7 against Montreal eluded goalie Carey Price and gave the Bruins the series victory in the most dramatic fashion possible.

"It's pretty hard to not be happy after a goal like that," Boston forward Patrice Bergeron said. "But he's always smiling, always happy to be here; so we're just happy to have him around."

Habs won't make excuses after loss to Bruins

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BOSTON – It would be easy for the Montreal Canadiens to lean on excuses to explain their first round defeat at the hands of the rival Boston Bruins.

But when that defeat comes in a winner-take-all Game 7 that goes down to overtime and you fall short, those very same excuses you could use to explain the loss make it that much harder to digest, because it means you were that close to overcoming those obstacles.

The Canadiens lost three of their four games in the series in overtime after Nathan Horton's second sudden death winner of the series clinched the Bruins 4-3 win in Game 7 on Wednesday.

That's three games where a bounce could have gone differently and wound up in the Bruins net, three games where a shot could have been taken a split-second quicker, three games where a momentary lapse in concentration could prove monumentally costly.

Game 7 win a relief for Tim Thomas

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

BOSTON -- Goalie Tim Thomas was a huge reason the Boston Bruins are advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Bruins finished off a seven-game marathon by beating Montreal 4-3 in overtime Wednesday night at the TD Garden, a game in which Thomas made 34 saves, including five in the overtime session.

How good was Thomas in this series. There were three OT games and Thomas won all of them. His save against Brian Gionta on a 2-on-1 early in the second overtime of Game 5 here might have changed the whole tide of the series.

For the series, he stopped 212 of 229 shots, a save percentage of .925. His goals-against average was also a respectable 2.25.

This time, Game 7 goes Boucher's way

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- This time around, Flyers goalie Brian Boucher would not be denied a Game 7 victory.
As a 23-year-old rookie playing in the 2000 Eastern Conference Final against the New Jersey Devils, Boucher turned aside 16 of 18 shots in a 2-1 loss against future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur.
On Tuesday, it's quite possible Boucher earned his initial Game 7 victory against another future Hall of Famer in Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. Despite playing a part in a curious three-goalie rotation with Sergei Bobrovsky and Michael Leighton in this series, the 34-year-old Boucher certainly saved his best for last in the opening round of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.
"In a Game 7, it goes either way," Boucher said. "It's not like we had a 3-1 series lead and wanted to finish them off. We came back in Game 6, which was nice. But today was a different game. We had to have a good start, which we did. Outshooting them 16-2 in the first was big and we kept going in the second, scored two more goals. We played with the lead today and kept it out of the net early on which was key."

Will Bruins have Lucic for Game 7?

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

MONTREAL – Boston faces a make-or-break Game 7 Wednesday at TD Garden, and the team is not sure it will have its best player in the lineup.

Boston forward Milan Lucic incurred a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct in the second period for a hit on Montreal defenseman Jaroslav Spacek in what turned out to be a 2-1 loss Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

There is a chance that Lucic could face supplemental discipline for the hit, which was from behind as Spacek was dumping the puck into the Boston zone at the 4:37 mark of the second period. Spacek was bloodied on the play and had to leave the game, but he returned later in the second period and finished the match.

Montreal scored the winning goal while Lucic's major was being served, although Boston's Patrice Bergeron was also in the box as Brian Gionta scored Montreal's second 5-on-3 goal of the night.
After the game, Lucic was not available for comment.

Bruins seek answer for power-play drought

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- If Boston can't find some production from its power play soon, it may well face another Game 7 disappointment and another bitter end to its season.

Boston's power play went 0-for-4 Tuesday night in Game 6 of its Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against Montreal. The Canadiens, meanwhile, scored a pair of 5-on-3 goals that proved to be the difference in a series-extending 2-1 win at Bell Centre.

Unbelievably, Boston is now 0-for-the-series, a stretch of power-play futility that stretches across 19 opportunities.

"Well, let's put it this way: Our power play is struggling," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "I think we've talked about that every day so far."

Dad's pep talk inspires Cammalleri

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL – As if he really needed it, Michael Cammalleri was feeling a little more inspired Tuesday morning.

The Montreal Canadiens' sniper is already about as clutch as they come when his team has faced elimination over the past two seasons, so there was no doubt Cammalleri would be ready to play when he arrived at the Bell Centre for Game 6 against the Boston Bruins.

But just as he was walking out the door to go to the rink, he got a little extra boost from someone special – Dad.

"Leo Cammalleri, thanks for the pep talk," the younger Cammalleri said after his goal and assist led the Canadiens to a 2-1 win over the Bruins, forcing a deciding Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday night. "He's a real passionate guy. It was just kind of a motivational thing on the way out the condo today. It got me excited about the game."

Wisniewski out for Game 6

The Montreal Canadiens will be without defenseman James Wisniewski for Tuesday’s Game 6 against Boston.

Bothered by a lower-body injury that sidelined him for almost the entire third period of Game 4’s double-OT loss, Wisniewski took the pre-game warmup and looked strong. However, when the lIneup was announced, he was scratched in favor of Paul Mara.

Wisniewski, obtained from the Islanders during the season to help with the power play, had 2 assists in the first five games. 
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Next | Last


NHL GameCenter LIVE™ is now NHL.TV™.
Watch out-of-market games and replays with an all new redesigned media player, mobile and connected device apps.


NHL Mobile App

Introducing the new official NHL App, available for iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets. A host of new features and improved functionality are available across all platforms, including a redesigned league-wide scoreboard, expanded news coverage, searchable video highlights, individual team experiences* and more. The new NHL App on your tablet also introduces new offerings such as 60fps video, Multitasking** and Picture-in-Picture.

*Available only for smartphones
** Available only for suported iPads
World Cup of Hockey 2016