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Game Day: Canadiens vs. Bruins Game 2

by John Bishop & Angela Stefano / Boston Bruins

Montréal  0 1 0 1
Boston  2 3 0 5

MTL:  Kovalev, A. (00:46 in 2nd)
BOS:  Savard, M. (PPG, 09:59 in 1st), Kobasew, C. (15:12 in 1st), Hnidy, S. (05:45 in 2nd), Savard, M. (PPG, 08:13 in 2nd), Ryder, M. (PPG, 19:57 in 2nd) GOALIES
MTL: C. Price (L) , J. Halak  BOS: T. Thomas (W)
12:08 p.m.

From Boston forward Milan Lucic received a match penalty and was ejected from the Bruins' 5-1 victory over Montreal on Saturday night...Under NHL Rule 21.2, Lucic is suspended until a disciplinary hearing is held. The series resumes Monday night in Montreal.

11:30 p.m.
As we left Coach Julien's presser, we were notified that Milan Lucic recieved a match penalty for his third period altercation.

Here is's explanation of a Match Penalty:
Rule 29   Match Penalties
A "MATCH" penalty involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game and the offender shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately. A substitute player is permitted to replace the penalized player after five (5) minutes playing time has elapsed when the penalty is imposed under Rule 43 -- Attempt to or Deliberate Injury of Opponents.

(NOTE 1) The Match penalty shall be served by a player to be designated by the Manager or Coach of the offending Team through the playing Captain, such player to take his place in the penalty box immediately.

For all match penalties, regardless of when imposed, or prescribed additional penalties, a total of ten minutes shall be charged in the records against the offending player.

(NOTE 2) When coincident match penalties have been imposed to a player on both Teams, Rule 27(c) covering coincident major penalties will be applicable with respect to player substitution.

(NOTE 3) The Referee is required to report all match penalties and the surrounding circumstances to the Commissioner of the League immediately following the game in which they occur.

It's the third note that is a little troubling. JB
Third Period Recap: “Sights you never thought you’d see.”

Patrice Bergeron got his first fighting major -- the mild-mannered assistant captain caught the the 202-pound Josh Gorges (who, by the way, was not in his first career fight) with a big punch.

The bad blood continued to trickle down as Milan Lucic racked up a handful of misconducts, penalties and cheers from the crowd as he and Lapierre exchanged left and right hooks.

Jaroslav Halek came in for Price and maintained the damage done in the first two stanzas to hold the Bruins to only a four-goal beat down.

0:00 - B's win and go up two games...

2:21 - Wheeler just misses. Halak with the save.

4:32 - That was coming for a long time. Lucic and Lapierre exchange, um, pleasantries.

4:51 - Thomas gets bowled over and whatever puck may have found the net is ruled "no goal."

5:33 - Shots are 30-28, Boston.

8:03 - Halak makes a save...

9:57 - Wasn't the fight we were expecting, but Bergeron just DROPPED Gorges.

11:26 - Nothing yet. But Boston remains in total control.

15:50 - I'm thinking there might be a fight...

17:57 - The B's fans started into a mocking version of "the song."

18:43 - Halak makes his first save of the night on Axelsson. Who looks to the rafters...

20:00 - Start of the Third Period: Halak is in goal for Montreal.
Second Period Recap: Well, if there really were any ice issues before, they’re long gone now.

The Habs cut the lead in half with a goal by Alex Kovalev 46 seconds into the period, but, fresh into the lineup in place of Matt Hunwick, Shane Hnidy earned his stripes with a goal at 5:45 to put the B’s up 3-1 in “Sheriff” Shane’s playoff debut.

Savard, off a cross-ice pass from Michael Ryder, chipped in with his second goal of the evening at 8:13, giving Boston a 4-1 lead.

Still not satisfied, Ryder notched a goal of his own with 2.3 second left with Boston on a power play.

Score after two: 5-1. Shots are 26-21, in favor of the B’s.

0:00 - End of the Period. "Carey, Carey, Carey," says the crowd.

2.3 - Terrific play by Thomas springs the B's. And Ryder converted with a textbook wristshot that had the pressbox picking up jaws. Unreal. "He put it where mother doesn't dust..."

Give TIMMY an assist!

1:16 - Wow. The Habs are just hanging on. Kovalev is going to the box and the B's are really in control.

3:27 - Price pounced on a dribbler through the blue.

5:13 - Tanguay in the box.

6:55 - MTL having a tough time getting anything to work, right now.

7:35  - Big stop by TImmy.

8:11 - Another big save by Price.

9:45 - Save Thomas! Shots are 20-18, B's.

11:47 - Savard sniped another one. Mark Recchi did a somersault after being pounded in front. But hey, it's all good. Helpers to Ryder and Wideman.

12:43 - Hooking on Metropolit. B's back on the PP.

13:19 - Two saves for Thomas. Back on track! Shots are 19-17, B's.

14:15 - Woooooooooooooo! A big play. Hnidy threw it on net and surprised Price. It's 3-1, Boston. Very, very nice.

15:08 - Near miss by Ryder.

17:31 - Timmy pounced on a loose puck. Boston came out very slow. Francis Bouillon will not return to the game.

19:14 - Kovalev beat Timmy short side. Ouch. It's 2-1, Boston.

20:00 - Start of the Second.

First Period Recap: Despite a slow start (maybe the ice was still recovering from the rapid-speed changeover after this afternoon’s Celtics game?), Boston heads to the locker room after 20 minutes with a two-goal lead.

Marc Savard opened the night’s scoring when he picked the puck off teammate Steve Montador’s stick and tossed it past Carey Price at 9:59.

Then, with Price distracted by Patrice Bergeron and Michael Komisarek in his line of vision, Chuck Kobasew popped a rebounded puck in from right outside the Canadiens crease at 15:12.

0:00 - End of the First. There's a long time left, but the B's are playing very, very well.

4.9 - Glove save Price. Shots are 15-11, Boston.

8.9 - A Bronx cheer for Price, who jumps on a puck near his crease.

1:14 - Bergeron and Schneider are in the box.

1:26 - A big pile up, with Kessel and Kostopoulos. They get roughing minors.

2:16 - What a save! Price flashed the glove and kept his squad in the game by robbing Kobasew.

4:25 - Higgins highsticking.

4:48 - That looked like Bergy Kobasew. But nevertheless, the B's are up 2-0 and the momentum is wearing Black & Gold. What a second effort goal. Gorgeous.

"Carey, Carey, Carey."

5:12 - Price caught it high and recovered to pounce on a bouncing puck.

6:30 - A quick shot by Yelle has Price grasping and knocking the puck into the crowd.

8:32 - Lucic lands a hit on Kovalev.

10:01 - Savard scores. Pandemonium ensues. The play was broken, but Savard made the most of it and beat Price blocker side low. Assists to Montador and Kessel.

"Carey, Carey, Carey," says the crowd.

11:15 - A Kostitsyn goes to the box for hooking. B's first PP.

11:22 - Another save by Tim.

12:27 - Save Thomas. Shots are 7-2, CHC.

12:37 - Patrice Bergeron cleans out Kovalev.

13:23 - Price has to make his toughest save thus far...

13:47 - A big reaction for the Bruins Bear "Never Date Within the Division" commercial.

14:12 - A bit of a rebound as the B's are taking the body very effectively.

14:56 - The CHC has come out of the gate on fire...

15:44 - Another save by Thomas. Shots are now 5-1 for Montreal.

16:53 - Thomas makes a save and holds on for the draw. Shots are 2-1, Habs.

18:33 - Oh no. The song...

19:04 - "Carey, Carey, Carey."

20:00 - Start of the First Period. Get well Matt!

You haven't lived until you have seen Phil Kessel and Marc Savard singing the United State's National Anthem along with 17.565 of their best friends.

Montreal Starters: Dandenault, Gorges, Laraque, Koivu, Kovalev, Price
Boston Starters: Chara, Ward, Recchi, Bergeron, Kobasew, Thomas

A huge Bruins flag just made it around the entire loge.

Let's switch to time on the clock...

7:38 p.m.
The lines...

Bitz, Ference, Hunwick

7:36 p.m.
Carey Price vs. Tim Thomas in goal.

7:04 p.m.
In the presser now. I will post the B's official statement when it becomes available.

6:45 p.m.
Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Team Physician Dr. Peter Asnis will hold a press conference tonight (Saturday, April 18) at the TD Banknorth Garden at 7:00 p.m. ET to provide an update on Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick.

Earlier today Hunwick was transported to a local hospital due to a spleen injury.

6:30 p.m.
According to the Montreal media, Plekanec and D'Agostini are out. S. Kostitsyn and Weber are in for the Habs.

After warmups, apparently the Canadiens will choose between Bouillon or Brisebois. Bouillon had missed 24 games due to injury (23 regular season, one playoff). reports that Markov is skating in Montreal but will not play this evening.

5:52 p.m.
From (re: first half of Garden double header):
Derrick Rose scored 36 points in his playoff debut and helped the Chicago Bulls do something not even Michael Jordan could: beat the Boston Celtics in the postseason.

Rose had 11 assists to go with his career high in points, and Tyrus Thomas made a jumper from the corner with 51 seconds left in overtime to lead the Bulls to a 105-103 victory over the defending NBA champions in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first-round series.

5:13 p.m.
Check out this vid of last Thursday's Fan Fest. Thanks to everyone for stopping by!

4:32 p.m.
MONTREAL - FEBRUARY 01: Shane Hnidy #34 of the Boston Bruins stick checks the puck away from Christopher Higgins #21 of the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on February 1, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Coach Julien was asked this morning if the news about Hunwick would effect his players.

"We’re a close-knit team, and everybody feels for each other, and when something like that happens, there’s no doubt our players certainly feel for him and will definitely worry like everybody else until we get some results," said Julien. "That’s part of life, and I know he’s in good hands, so hopefully we get good news tonight."

Coach said it was the coaching staff's job to help the Bruins.

"Well, you know, it’s our job to make sure our team’s focused, and it’s the responsibility of players," he continued. "We’re going to be okay.  We’re certainly not going to use that as an excuse, and hopefully, like I said, before our game starts, everything will be under control, and it will just be us moving on and knowing that Matty’s going to be fine and be back with us as soon as he can."

Asked about the game itself, Julien said that tonight's contest was no different than any other.

"If you look around the league, not just us, every game is pretty close," he said. "No one’s running away with it.

"From the start, never expected to come in here and totally dominate.  This is going to be a series that’s going to be hard-fought.

"They’re not willing to give an inch, and neither are we -- that’s what makes playoffs interesting, because it’s very intense, and anything can happen."

Julien also weighed in on the ice conditions.

"Normally, we’ll play before the floor’s put on, and this time’s a little different," said the coach. "I think the crew at the Garden have done a good job of making sure the ice is as ready as can be, as good as it can be, and I’m confident that will happen again tonight.

"But, having said that, you play in place like New York where the ice is often a challenge, but I always said, it’s the same for both teams.  We’re used to playing on good ice; so is Montreal, so if it is a little bit of an issue, both teams have to deal with it."

Julien wasn't sure which team would benefit from the ice condition -- but found a second to add some levity to the sombre proceedings.

"Montreal’s bragging that they’re faster than we are," said Julien. "I know that.

"So that’s their choice -- I mean, I guess speed kills."

As for who would take the open spot on the defense, Julien was quick to answer:

"There’s Shane Hnidy, who’s a very capable and good player for us, and he’s certainly going to go into the lineup tonight, so that still gives us our six D’s.

3:41 p.m.
Saku Koivu #11 of the Montreal Canadiens skates with the puck against Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins at the TD Banknorth Garden. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Although regular-season Bruins/Canadiens games usually mean a fair mix of Habs and B’s fans, Boston definitely had home-ice advantage during Thursday night’s game, with Black & Gold drowning out what little bleu, blanc et rouge there was in the stands.

“Fans are great, as always – loud,” said Thornton.  “The louder, the better, as far as we’re concerned.

“We want it to be a tough place to come in to play, and the fans really help this atmosphere.”

As one of the “enforcers” of the Bruins bench, Thornton appreciates the crowd’s response to the B’s “Big, Bad Bruins”-flashback style of play.

“The fans have really embraced us in the last couple of years here,” he said.  “It’s been very positive.”

And going into the second game tonight, the team is hoping to come away with another crowd-pleasing win.

 “It’ll be high emotion, high everything – same as always against these guys,” Thornton said.  “But every game you have to be disciplined, because that power play could be the difference between you winning and losing. 

“I think the guys did a good job at it, and we’re going to continue to do a good job.”

1:49 p.m.
Prior to the excitement regarding Matt Hunwick, the subject in the Boston Bruins locker room was the playoff game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Black & Gold at 8 p.m.

“It shouldn’t matter where you play or what the crowd is wearing – you’ve still got to do the same job on the ice," said Tim Thomas of the atmosphere in the TD Banknorth Garden and, eventually, the Bell Centre.

However, the basketball game between the Celtics and Bulls -- happening presently -- may give the Garden's ice a different feel.

“I don’t think it’ll be that bad," said Thomas. "We’ve practiced a few hours after they’ve taken out the floor before, [but] I don’t know if we’ve ever played a game right after like that.

"We’ve had some 12 o’clock, one o’clock games on Saturday like that where they might have done it.  I don’t expect the ice to be perfect, but I don’t expect it to be that bad either," he said.

What would different ice do to the game?

“It all depends," said Thomas. "But  it’ll even out for either team.

"It might make it harder to complete passes and stuff, but it’ll be just as hard for our team as it would be for Montreal, and there might be a couple of funnier bounces because the puck’s rolling when people are shooting, but, like I said, that all depends.

"You can have bad ice where the puck doesn’t do that, and there’s different types of bad ice and different types of good ice, so I don’t know," said the B's goaltender.

Thomas added that the club is used to changing ice conditions.

“We play in so many different rinks with so many different types of ice, that you just play, and it’s just something you react to," said Thomas.

Thomas was asked about the crowd's effect on the game. Thomas said that he tried not to notice the crowd.

“I think I was a little bit better prepared to handle the crowd, and that’s why I didn’t notice the crowd that much," he said. "I consciously went in there, just thinking to play the same way that I played all year.

"Unfortunately, I found sometimes for me to enjoy myself, or, excuse me, to play the best, I have to turn off the crowd, whether it’s home or away, and just focus on playing the game.

"Every time I get caught up in the emotions of the crowd, I might still play well, but I don’t feel as comfortable."

12:59 p.m.
Bruins Official Statement Regarding Matt Hunwick
This morning Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick was transported to a local hospital due to a spleen injury. At this point there are no further details regarding Matt or his condition.

The Bruins ask that the media and general public respect Matt's privacy at this time, and the club will provide an update on Matt's condition when one is available.

12:03 p.m.
Hunwick Taken to the Hospital
Claude Julien Media Availability: Video | Audio

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien instructs his players during hockey practice in Wilmington, Mass., Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The Bruins face the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the NHL playoffs on Thursday.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick has been taken to the hospital.

"It's related to [his] spleen," said Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien around 11:20 a.m. "And that's all I can tell you right now.

"Obviously, he didn't feel very good and our trainers did what was right and called an ambulance. Hopefully we can get some good news here as we move on."

Hunwick, like the rest of his teammates, was in Wilmington's Ristuccia Memorial Arena to attend a team meeting, held at 10:30 a.m. prior to the Bruins playoff game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday evening.

"He was fine," said Julien. "When he entered [the building] this morning he was still feeling fine.

"I guess he didn't feel very well and he went to see our trainers and we dealt with it from there."

Julien was hesitant to attempt to relay any more information or to speculate on Hunwick's condition.

"Guys, I'm sitting here as a coach," said Julien. "I am trying to give you as much [information] as I can. It would be foolish for me to say more than that.

"Hopefully, we'll have more details for you guys tonight before the game."

The Bruins will play the Canadiens tonight at 8:00 p.m.

"I'm a coach not a doctor," said Julien when pressed for more specifics. "So I am not trying to be rude, here, but I just can't give you more than I've told you."

Asked if Hunwick had lost consciousness at all Julien did answer, "Not to my knowledge."

"Our trainer has gone with him. Everything happened so fast. So I can't tell you more than that...what I've given you is what I know."

10:37 a.m. -
The B's will not have a morning skate, but are meeting with the media in a few minutes. The Canadiens canceled their skate, but will not meet with the press until 5 p.m. or so.
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