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The Differences Between Habs Yahoos & Canadiens Fans

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The picture above encapsulates what a Habs “Yahoo” is. In case, you don’t know the definition:

Habs yahoo – noun informal: a rude, noisy, disrespectful or violent supporter of the Montreal Canadiens hockey club that doesn’t think his/her sh*t stinks and possess a holier than thou mentality even though he/she’s team has won NOTHING since 1993. 

 

canadiens fans

 

Canadiens fan - noun: a respectful, down to earth, hockey loving supporter of the Montreal Canadiens hockey club that can poke fun at themselves and carry on adult conversations/debates with the opposition’s fans without be hateful or accusing them of being racist.

Yes folks, Canadiens fans do indeed exist. They are not myths or legends like the Loch Ness Monster or Big Foot. There are actually Montreal fans that can engage in friendly debates with Boston Bruins fans rather than mud slinging contests. They can take a joke and a ribbing without picking up their phones to call 9-1-1.

I know at least a half dozen Canadiens fans on Twitter that I would even consider friends. Know how your friends tease you? They say, “We make fun of you because we like you”. That is my relationship with these salt of the earth kind of people north of the border.  We NEVER take ourselves too seriously in this great and intense rivalry.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers 11/22

Despite a couple of consecutive startling losses, the Bruins have weathered the storm without Zdeno Chara quite nicely over the last month or so. They are now…since losing their captain, including…over the last two weeks. Also during that time, one winger notched an offensive milestone, Toronto scored the most goals it has scored against Boston at home in 14 years and one Bruins leader had his worst individual game in over three years. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

The Bruins celebrate a goal during a come-from-behind win in Columbus.

The Bruins celebrate a goal during a come-from-behind win in Columbus.

1: Somehow, Simon Gagne, Dougie Hamilton and Dennis Seidenberg were each plus-1 in the 6-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Nov. 12 and no one was worse than minus-2.

1: Matt Fraser’s fight with Nathan Beaulieu of the Canadiens on Nov. 13 was his first penalty of the season in his 10th game.



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1: Matt Bartkowski recorded his first point of the season on Torey Krug’s Nov. 18 goal against the Blues though it was only his sixth game of 2014-15. Bartkowski, who still does not have a goal in 91 regular-season NHL games, notched his first point since April 3.

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B’s Beat: The Merlot Line Continues To Struggle

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The Boston Bruins’ Merlot Line has been a sparkplug for the team for the better part of the last four seasons. The B’s struggled to create the perfect fourth line for a few years with guys like Stephane Yelle, Steve Begin, and Glen Metropolit at center, before making a trade with the Panthers for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell in 2010.

Obviously Horton was the big piece in that deal, but Campbell was more than just a simple throw in. He immediately brought stability to the line that turned into the best fourth line in the game. It could actually be argued that the rest of the NHL followed suit with their fourth lines after watching the B’s roll all four lines en route to their first Stanley Cup in 39 years against Vancouver.

I am not being so overly dramatic as to say they changed the game, but teams definitely took notice.

Shawn Thornton provided the brawn and energy for that line, Campbell was an all-around defensive guy with the occasional offensive flair, and Daniel Paille was a speedster with the ability to keep opposing defensemen honest. They just had unreal chemistry that you can’t teach.

So what happened to them?

Well for starters, the NHL is starting to trend away from the enforcer type guys like Shawn Thornton. The Bruins cut ties with the 37 year old winger last season and he signed with the Florida Panthers in the offseason. His character and leadership will clearly be missed, but his play on the ice was definitely beginning to show signs of wear.

I understand that it may be difficult for Paille and Campbell to have to adjust to him moving on, but I don’t believe for a second that his departure is affecting them as much as it seems. They also have a new linemate in Simon Gagne who is coming off of a full season of no NHL action.

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B’s Beat: Seth Griffith Making The Most Of Opportunity With Bruins

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One of the biggest problems for the Boston Bruins this year, aside from consistency, is their inability to replace the void Jarome Iginla left when he decided sign with Colorado. Guys like Iggy obviously don’t grow on trees, which is why it was nearly impossible to replace him in free agency



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Hell; even if there was a guy like him available in free agency, it isn’t like they could afford it given their terrible salary cap situation. Who am I kidding?

In the offseason; the B’s were essentially forced to plan on giving a shot to the underrated Loui Eriksson, who underwhelmed in his first season in Boston due to two significant concussions. It wasn’t ideal for the team to break up the Loui and Carl Soderberg connection, but they really didn’t have a choice.

That was until the team stumbled out of the gate, the Soderberg line was the only successful line, and they proved that their chemistry was too good to split up.

This development left the B’s back at square one with the Krejci line, right wing problem. They tried plugging Ryan Spooner as that team’s center to no avail, Matt Fraser had an opportunity to step in and earn himself a spot, but he underwhelmed.

It was at this point that the Bruins called up diminutive winger Seth Griffith from Providence.

Griffith was a fifth round for the Bruins in 2012. He played his OHL career with the London Knights from 2009 to 2013 and amassed 102 goals, 129 assists, and a +36 in 207 games. He was also a stellar playoff weapon for the Knights with 26 goals, 36 assists, and a +18 in 56 games. Griffith was also part of the team when they won back-to-back OHL Championships in 2012 and 2013.

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Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers – 11/9/14

Since losing Zdeno Chara a little over two weeks ago, the Bruins have collectively stepped up and gone 5-1-0 without their captain in the lineup. Guys like Dougie Hamilton and Brad Marchand have really started to take off and despite all of the injuries on the blue line, Boston now sits just one point behind the Canadiens. Here is a closer look at some of the statistics, which includes a look at just how hot Marchand has been, a first for one former Bruin and the continuing domination of the Black and Gold against one rival netminder. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.

Brad Marchand has been a big part of the Bruins' success in the last couple of weeks.

Brad Marchand has been a big part of the Bruins’ success in the last couple of weeks.

0: The Bruins did not have a power play against the Panthers on Tuesday. It was the first time since March 17 of last season that they did not have a power-play opportunity.

1: Shawn Thornton played in his first ever game as a visitor at TD Garden on Tuesday night. It was also the first time he had ever played against the Bruins.

1: Zach Trotman picked up his first career point with an assist on Seth Griffith’s goal in the first period of the Oct. 28 game against the Wild.

1:28: Matt Fraser scored two goals in 1:28 in the second period against the Senators last Saturday to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead.

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B’s Beat: Claude Julien’s Extension, David Pastrnak, And Injury Updates

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The Boston Bruins signed Head Coach Claude Julien to a three year extension last Sunday. The moves come after a few days of speculation from various media members around the hub. While it is unclear as to whether or not he had another year left on his deal or not, the B’s were wise to avoid leaving Julien as a “lame duck”.

Julien is the longest tenured coach in the NHL aside from Detroit’s Mika Babcock, who himself may be with a new team next season. I believe it’s a good move for the team, as Julien has really brought a winning system to the team, while also creating its identity. Sometimes a coach’s voice can fall silent after many years with a team (see Barry Trotz), but he has done well in keeping the team hungry and competitive over the last 5-6 years.

The former Jack Adam’s winner has a career record with the B’s of 318-171-65, a Stanley Cup with the team in 2011, and an Olympic gold medal with Canada in this year’s Sochi Olympics.

The extension is expected to run through the 2017/18 season, though it unclear as to how many years he had left on his current contract as said above.

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