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How hilarious to hear the incessant trumpeting from fans and local media prior to last night's game. "Boston is Montreal's bitch, but the Habs are owned by the Sens!" Okay, so I'm paraphrasing, but that was the obvious implication. Woman, please. First off, if you're going to have a bitch in this league, Montreal wouldn't be your top choice. Being speedy and skilled up front may help in the short term, but don't forget about their lack of size. Even if Montreal is fortunate enough to come out of the East -- and bank says they don't -- someone in the West is going to clobber the living crap out of them.

Again, it was late night viewing for me, but my cell phone was going off like crazy during the game itself. I'm hearing the same thing from friends and colleagues alike: They hate the way the Sens are performing, but part of them secretly enjoys the team's agony. Why? Well, it largely has to do with the way the franchise behaved after their Stanley Cup run last year. A lot of toffee-nosed behaviour turned people off -- both media and fans. Many (at least the ones who write me) deem this to be a hearty dose of humility for everyone involved...from the front office, right on down. Not only do I wholeheartedly concur, but I would encourage these bitchslaps from opponents to continue. You know what they say -- sometimes things need to get a lot worse before they can get better.

More later.