Heartbreak as Bruins sweep Habs

Montreal Canadiens' Saku Koivu and Carey Price react following their loss to the Boston Bruins....

Montreal Canadiens' Saku Koivu and Carey Price react following their loss to the Boston Bruins. (QMI)

Mike Zeisberger, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:30 PM ET

MONTREAL - With a deafening Bronx cheer raining down on him from the Bell Centre rafters last night, Carey Price mockingly raised his arms as if he were surrendering.

Truth be told, the rest of his team already had.

With his Montreal Canadiens trailing 4-1 late in the second period, Price’s gesture was ill-timed.

The last time a Habs goalie did something like that, it was back on Dec. 2, 1995 when Patrick Roy, having been razzed by the crowd for giving up nine goals, told Canadiens officials he would never play for the team again.

That was one of the low points in the illustrious history of hockey’s most illustrious franchise.

Then again, so was last night.

With last night’s 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, the Canadiens were swept out of the playoffs in four consecutive games by their bitter rivals. And in humiliating fashion, too.

Ever where you looked, the Habs were embarrassing themselves. whether it be Roman Hamrlik giving the puck away for Boston’s first goal or Mike Komisarek being dropped with one punch by gritty Boston forward Milan Lucic.

While there is plenty of blame to go around, the brunt of it must sit on the shoulders of general manager/coach Bob Gainey, whose record is 6-10-4 since firing coach Guy Carbonneau.

The ornery Bell Centre crowd let Gainey know it too, chanting “Carbo, Carbo” as the clock wound down in the third period.

The loss last night was the eighth consecutive defeat for the Habs, a streak of incompetence that had not been accomplished by this once-proud franchise since 1938-39.

And now, all that remains are questions.

Come September, who will own the team? Who will coach? Who will be the GM? Surely Gainey won’t survive.

He can’t.

Not after his team was beaten by a Bruins side coached by Claude Julien, the man Gainey fired as Habs coach back in 2006.

Not after the star of last night’s game was Michael Ryder, a player the Habs deemed not good enough to keep last season.

The reasons for Gainey to hit the road are too many to count.

The bottom line?

This was the Canadiens 100th anniversary season, one that started with high hopes.

Last night it ended with locals calling it The Centennial Funeral.

On the other side, the Bruins were the far better team in all aspects, including coaching.

Under Julien’s tutelage, the Bruins won their first playoff series since 1999, a tribute to the job done by the entire organization including general manager Peter Chiarelli.

Ryder scored twice for the Bruins, with Phil Kessel and David Krejci adding singles.

Sergei Kostitsyn notched the lone Montreal goal, scoring in the game’s first minute.

The Bruins will now face the lowest-ranked seed out of the eastern conference that emerges out of the first round.

In a sign of the times, Komisarek lost his cool midway through the third and cross-checked Lucic in the face, earning a five-minute major and game misconduct.

No big deal. Komisarek, one of 10 pending unrestricted free agents on the Canadiens team, will have plenty of time over the summer to think what might have been.

As for the Bruins, they will try to win their first Stanley Cup since 1972.

They are off to a good start on that front.


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