BROSSARD, Quebec — The words were spoken in Boston, but by Monday morning, they had traveled all the way to the Canadiens’ practice rink in a suburb of Montreal.
According to Bruins defensemen Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton, if you want to beat goaltender Carey Price, shoot high.
When notified of that, the Canadiens goalie shrugged it off.
“I’ve seen a lot of scouting reports on lots of goalies throughout the league and that’s pretty much the scouting report on everybody,’’ said Price. “It’s the same for Tuukka [Rask], it’s the same for me, it’s the same for Ben Bishop [of the Lightning], it’s the same for Corey Crawford [of the Blackhawks].
“That’s a pretty irrelevant comment, I thought.’’
When asked if it was gamesmanship by the Bruins, Price smiled and said, “Sure, I don’t know. I guess. They can try it. It’s going to be no different. That’s essentially how most goals are scored in this league at this time of year. That’s a pretty generic comment.’’
Montreal coach Michel Therrien said the Bruins made similar comments about Crawford during the Stanley Cup Final last year.
“That’s part of the way that they’re thinking,’’ said Therrien. “They try to put pressure on other teams regarding the media. It’s the same thing with Claude [Julien].”
The Bruins coach wasn’t happy with the officiating in Game 2 and said his team put up with “a lot of crap.”
“He’s not happy with all that ‘crap,’ ” Therrien went on. “I thought they got away with a lot of things as far as we’re concerned, but they try to influence referees. That’s the way they are and that’s not going to change. That’s the way they like to do their things.
“But for us, we’re not paying attention to those things, honestly. We all what know they try to do but it doesn’t affect us at all.’’
All teams want to generate traffic in front of the opposing netminder in an effort to take away his sight lines. The Bruins have done a good job of it at times, particularly in the last 10 minutes of Game 2, but the Canadiens also have had some success in that department.
“I think they’re doing a pretty good job of getting to the net,’’ said Price. “They’re a very big, battling team and they’re experienced. They know what it takes to score goals in the playoffs. We’re going to have to do a better job of finding a way to see the puck and clearing traffic.’’
The Habs allowed the Bruins just one shot in the first 10 minutes of the third period in Game 2, but the wheels fell off after that.
“I thought our puck pursuit was really good,’’ said Price, referring to the first half of the period. “When we’re playing our best hockey, we’re a really good forechecking team. We’re really hard to break the puck out on, we clog up the middle of the ice and make it really difficult to go 200 feet.’’
Price said he hasn’t been surprised by anything the Bruins have done.
“They’ve brought their typical style of play, physical, grinding type of hockey, driving the net, throwing pucks there,’’ he said. “That’s Boston hockey. We’re going to be thinking of ways to combat that for the rest of the series.’’
Who let the dogs out?
Price and his wife received some help on Twitter overnight Sunday into Monday after their two Labrador retrievers escaped through the garage and took off on a journey of their own around Candiac, a suburb of Montreal. At his wife’s suggestion, Price tweeted about the dogs’ escape, and a few hours later, they were returned safely home. “I was preoccupied and they snuck out the garage door,’’ said Price. “They turned up this morning, a nice fellow dropped them off. It’s not the first time and probably not the last time they’ll sneak off. I actually saw a police cruiser cruising around and they were out there looking for them, too, and it turned out OK. I think it’s good karma because I actually picked up a dog about four or five months ago and returned it to the owner, so what goes around, comes around.’’
Big change afoot?
Defenseman Douglas Murray, who has yet to play in the postseason this year, was paired with Mike Weaver for practice, but Therrien wouldn’t reveal any lineup changes for Game 3. Murray, at 6 feet 3 inches and 240 pounds, could provide a counter to the physical play of the Bruins . . . Forward Rene Bourque missed the workout because of flu-like symptoms. “He’s sick right now but hopefully he’ll be there tomorrow,’’ said Therrien . . . Therrien said defenseman P.K. Subban has kicked his game into another gear, which is no surprise. “He’s such a great kid and he means a lot [to] his teammates,’’ said Therrien. “The most important thing is, he’s a gamer. When there’s a big game, you want to make sure a player like that is at his best, and he’s always at his best when it’s crunch time.’’Nancy Marrapese-Burrell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @Elle1027.