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Claude Julien rips Canadiens for embellishing: It embarrasses our game

Claude-Julien-BruinsSunday night’s game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins featured a full-on playoff atmosphere, with Montreal winning a 4-3 thriller that went down to the wire. Penalties were one of the stories of the evening, as the Bruins served 32 minutes in the box compared to Montreal’s 16. The Canadiens had five power play’s, while Boston had only six.

After the game, Bruins head coach Claude Julien was furious over what he perceived to be a significant amount of acting from the visiting team.

“The frustrating thing is that we get 17 minutes into the penalty box when we should have been on the power play,” Julien told reporters, via Joe Haggerty of CSNBoston.com. “It’s as simple as that,” said Julien. “It’s frustrating because tonight – as everybody saw – there’s a lot of embellishment. This is embarrassing for our game: the embellishing. Right now they’ve got over 100 power plays [this season] and it’s pretty obvious why.

“We’re trying to clean that out of our game, and its got to be done soon. It’s not about [Sunday]. It’s about the game and the embellishment embarrasses our game. We need to be better than that. It’s pretty obvious when P.K. [Subban] gets hit and throws himself into the glass and holds his head. You know what? If we start calling those penalties for embellishment, maybe teams stop doing it. But until we take charge of that it’s going to be an issue.”

The play Julien was referring to happened in the third period, when Shawn Thornton hit PK Subban in the corner and Subban grabbed his head before looking to the officials for a call. Julien was also angry over a no-call when Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin crossed checked Tyler Seguin in the midsection near center ice late in the second period. Seguin fell to the ground in pain, and Zdeno Chara started a fight with Emelin after the shot. Chara was given an instigator penalty and the Canadiens went on to score on the power play.

The Canadiens lead the league with 100 power play chances this season. You typically don’t earn that title without a bit of acting, so you can understand why Julien was upset. Boston and Montreal have one of the oldest rivalries in hockey, and they happen to be two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference this season. That should make for some epic battles heading forward.

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Is That a Dildo on the Ice? It Sure Looks Like a Dildo (Picture)

Typically when a hockey player scores his third goal of the night fans will throw hats onto the ice.  That is because scoring three goals in a game is known as a “hat trick.”  How boring is that?  It’s rare that a player score three goals in the same game.  It’s an amazing accomplishment, so I think they deserve more than just a bunch of hats that the refs have to clean up.  That’s why one thoughtful Montreal Canadiens fan thought outside the box and hummed a dildo onto the ice when Lars Eller scored his third goal Wednesday night.

At least it looks like a dildo. If it’s shaped like a dildo and has a bright color, it’s probably a dildo.  And you thought throwing one of these or one of these onto the ice was strange?  Some Montreal fan just blew your mind.

Picture via @geeyee17 and Puck Daddy

Video: Bruins Analyst Joe Haggerty Shoves Canadiens Fan

On Thursday I told you it doesn’t get any better than the Boston Bruins vs. the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Considering the Bruins came out and completely laid an egg and looked uninspired, you might be inclined to tell me I’m wrong. That’s a fair point, but if you need proof that this is about more than just a hockey game we have it. Check out this video of Joe Haggerty shoving a Canadiens fan:

How can you not love this? Any other analyst in any other game probably would have giggled and said something like, “oh look at this we’ve got fans trying to join us on the set!” Not Haggerty. He straight up stiff-armed that Montreal fan right out of the frame. Does that look like the face of a man who’s joking around? Do you think he would have done that to a Bruins fan? Do you think he won’t have done it to a non-Canadiens fan? No, no, and no. Here’s hoping the Bruins come out with a little more fight in them on Saturday.

Does it Get Any Better Than Bruins-Canadiens in The First Round?

Like the NBA playoffs, the NHL playoffs are a long grind.  Anytime you have 16 teams in a tournament that is set up in best-of-seven format, things are going to take a while.  In order to reach the Stanley Cup Finals a team has to win 12 games.  With that in mind, it would be understandable if casual hockey fans had trouble getting excited about the opening round of the NHL playoffs.  However, when the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens take the ice — opening round or Eastern Conference Finals — all eyes should be watching.

When the puck drops at 7 p.m EST in Boston Thursday night, it will signal the beginning of anything but “just another series.”  These two teams despise each other and have since the 1950s.  Some like to call the Yankees and Red Sox the greatest rivalry in professional sports.  While there is certainly an argument to be made for that, I can guarantee you wouldn’t see a Bruin and a Canadien shooting the breeze during a game the way Derek Jeter and Dustin Pedroia do when one of them reaches second base.  The fans may hate each other more than the players do, but the guys with the sticks aren’t far behind.

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Bruins Beat Canadiens 7-0, Puck Don’t Lie

The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens met on Thursday night for the first time since defenseman Zdeno Chara checked Max Pacioretty into the boards, giving him a broken vertebrae and concussion. The check by Chara had no malicious intent, but it just happened in an awful spot on the ice resulting in a horrible injury.

The city of Montreal and its fans were so blinded by their love and desire to defend their player they lost all sense of rationality. They flooded local police demanding an investigation into the Chara hit. NHL sponsor Air Canada threatened to pull its sponsorship of the league if a punishment weren’t doled out. All the while the league office stood firm by its decision not to suspend Zdeno Chara after distinguishing between process and result.

The Bruins spanked the Canadiens on Thursday 7-0 in a game that reflected who was right and who was wrong in the situation. Zdeno Chara assisted on the first two Boston goals and had three assists in all. His strong play, and that of the Bruins, convinces me that justice was done and the right actions were taken by the NHL.

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Mark Recchi Agrees Montreal Canadiens Exaggerated Max Pacioretty’s Concussion

It was only three weeks ago that Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara checked Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty into the corner of the glass, fracturing his vertebrae and giving him a concussion (watch the video). The NHL did not suspend Chara for the hit, recognizing it was a legitimate hockey play that did not have malicious intent. That responses did not sit well with Montreal fans who essentially demanded a police investigation into the situation.

As Pacioretty continues to recover, the teams will meet on Thursday night in their rematch and there is little doubt Montreal will be seeking revenge. As if that’s not bad enough to ponder, there’s Mark Recchi’s comments which have added a new wrinkle to the situation.

The Bruins veteran winger joined The Sports Hub in Boston for an interview with a host who was convinced the Canadiens embellished the extent of Pacioretty’s concussion. Recchi completely agreed with that idea, as I learned from Goon’s World. In the interview, Recchi said “[Pacioretty] does obviously have a fractured vertebra, but the concussion is obviously really a non-factor. In maybe a day or two — maybe a day he felt it — but he was fine a couple days later. They were trying to get Zdeno suspended and they embellished it a little bit. In terms of that side, they’re doing whatever they could to get him suspended.”

Recchi noted how Pacioretty was tweeting from a movie less than a week later and said that was inconsistent behavior for someone who had a severe concussion. He could be right about his comments and it wouldn’t surprise me. The people of Montreal have acted so irrationally throughout this whole affair that would actually fit in with the way they’ve been doing things.