About last night …


Best line from Twitter:
Sixty per cent of women having sex in Montreal Wednesday night will accidentally scream Brendan Gallagher’s name.
The other 40 per cent will do it on purpose.
Or as muttered by Bruins fans drowning their sorrows in saloons near the TD Garden:
Budaj! Bummer!!

Maybe if they’d had Jarome Iginla for the shootout …

If you’re repeating the joke around the water cooler Thursday morning, feel free to substitute Peter Budaj’s name for Gallagher.

Or have the ecstatics shrieking “P.K.!”

In the Canadiens’ latest crazy clusterfrack of a game, Subban played 30:39. He took seven shots, only one of which missed the net. P.K. was the only Canadien to finish that crazy game at plus-3, a figure matched by Boston’s top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin.

P.K.’s goal – which gave the Canadiens a 2-0 before the second period turned into a nightmare – was the 10th he has scored in 27 games. Project that over an 82-game season and we’re talking about a 30-goal defenceman. The team record is 28, scored by Guy Lapointe in 1974-’75.

Gallagher also scored his 10th – plus the shootout goal that had Tuukka Rask storming off the Garden ice in a stick-smashing fury.

For the second time in March, Boston blew a two-goal lead against the Canadiens on TD Garden ice. This time around, the home team scored four unanswered goals in the second period to lead 4-2. Almost 12 minutes into the third period, they led 5-3.

The Canadiens were in near-total disarray. The Bruins scored their goals with dismaying ease, taking advantage of turnovers and loose coverage. Alexei Emelin’s 100th game in the NHL was probably his worst (and included a penalty in overtime). He and Andrei Markov (whose smarts couldn’t quite compensate for lack of speed and mobility) were on for all four goals the Bruins scored at even-strength.

It was some kind of ugly. The Cup contenders were kicking the butts of the pretenders, reinforcing Boston’s place – along with Pittsburgh, Chicago and L.A. – on an Iginla short list that does not include your Montreal Canadiens.

But a funny thing happened to the Bruins on their way to an undisputed position atop the Northeast Division.

As was the case in the March 2 game, the third period belonged to the visiting team. And you have to think – or maybe hope – the Canadiens are starting to get into the heads of their arch rivals.

The psychodrama continues with an April 6 game at the Bell Centre, where it could get loud. That’s the last of four regular-season meetings, but you just know the Canadiens and Bruins will renew hostilities in the playoffs.

It’s written in the stars. The hockey gods demand this rite of spring.

Next time they play, Boston likely will be bolstered by the return of Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid, plus whomever they trade for – Ryan Clowe? – now that they’ve lost out on Iginla.

And who’ll be dressing for the Canadiens?

In his postgame remarks, Michel Therrien praised the Canadiens’ character, the team’s response to adversity and refusal to quit. And the coach acknowledged his decision to yank Carey Price after 40 minutes changed the game’s momentum.

You can nitpick by suggesting he might have called Timeout to slow the Boston onslaught, but Therrien is having a terrific season. The switch to Budaj was the latest example of coaching decisions that have been coming up roses all season long.

Something that ought to be fixed before the playoffs begin: The Canadiens’ second-period problems.

On L’Antichambre, François Gagnon had some goals-against stats.

Through 33 games, the Canadiens have allowed 14 goals in the first period – best in the league. Their 24 GA in third periods is good for fourth.

But opponents have scored 40 in the second period. That ranks the Canadiens 26th.

There are other issues. Until Markov’s shot somehow found the net with nine seconds left, the PP was pathetic.

Boston has the best PK in the league. But in the absence of Raphael Diaz, Therrien has to find someone with a point shot superior to that of Josh Gorges, whose three shots against Boston all missed the net.

Gallagher’s heroics notwithstanding, the David Desharnais line continues to struggle. Gaston Therrien, on L’Antichambre, said Ryder should be playing right wing with DD and the slumping Max Pacioretty.

Gallagher could play with Alex Galchenyuk, who was good in Boston, and Lars Eller, who was not intimidated by the Bruins.

Who would play with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta? Maybe Brandon Prust, if he returns to action anytime soon. Or Travis Moen.

With the trade deadline looming and their rivals loading up for the postseason, does Marc Bergevin go shopping for a name that could be screamed on a spring night?

Depends on the cost. I wouldn’t mortgage the Canadiens’ future on a rental … or mess with the chemistry of a team that keeps surprising us.







  1. Sportfan says:

    People are already writing off the East as won and done by the Penguins, but I feel if they meet the Habs we’ll give them a really hard time and probably beat them. We always play a tough game when it comes to the Pens and Fleury is still shaky.


  2. RetroMikey says:

    I disagree Boone, I’ve harped and complained all along we need 2 big bodies up front to bolster our lineup.
    The playoffs are a different story than the regular season.
    Bigger teams step it up and are not as tired as our smaller but skilled team.
    We know what happened in 2007-08 and 2009-10 when we played against a bigger team in the playoffs with Philadelphia, right?
    The team never quit last night and it was great to see a W…..but
    If we can trade a Gionta, Kaberle, Weber in a package, let’s do it once Weber is healthy for a grinding player who can throw his body in the net and make some noise and a physical journey DMan who is on his last legs but can still be physical on the D in front of Price to protect him.
    If not, then we are not going far in the playoffs where only the big and physical teams advance.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • Loonie says:

      Trade your captain a day after your team erased a two goal deficit against your most hated rival in a game to decide first place in the division.


      • punkster says:

        The eternal brilliance of basement GMs is a constant source of amusement here…and some, like RM, are annual HI/O Jack Adams finalists.

        ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

        • Cal says:

          Simple Jack Adams?

        • Loonie says:

          I sincerely think this team needs a big upgrade on defense to inject into its top four, but Gionta isn’t the guy to trade weeks before the playoffs.

          Perennial twenty goal scorer, Cup winner, captain, etc.

          • punkster says:

            I go back and forth after every game…big forward, big D man…and after last night’s show I’d have to agree…until the next game anyways 😉

            Thing is, I watched the game replay again and the highlights package and for every 2 on 1 the Br00nz had the Habs forced them into similar D breakdowns including 2 on 1 rushes.

            But with the Pens adding so much fire power to their roster now it appears we may need more D to counter…because there doesn’t appear to be a goal scorer on the market on whom we should mortgage the future.

            ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

          • Loonie says:

            I agree, and recent history has shown that this team shouldn’t attack the Penguins with a run and gun style.

            Add a stalwart defenseman who can move the puck well and we’re in business.

          • Cal says:

            Love to get Yandle, too. With all the new D waiting in the wings, I can’t see MB and Co. doing it.

        • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

          Post au Jour! Punkster 🙂

        • HardHabits says:

          You mean HIO13 Jack Adams finalists.

      • RetroMikey says:

        Loonie bin, why keep a 34+ Captain who is on his last legs. Do you honestly think Gionta can help us physically on this team?
        I don’t give a squat if the team beat Boston in the regular season if that makes you happy.
        I want a Stanley Cup in MOntreal.

        “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      Sigh…you don’t trade your Captain with under 20 games left in the regular season and when your team is sitting second in the Conference.

      I think people forget just how important veteran leadership is come playoff time.

      A big part of the reason we came back from a 3 – 1 series deficit against Washington (aside from Halak) three years ago was because of veteran leadership …guys who had previously won cups (Gionta, Gomez, Moen and Gill).

  3. Torsion Shear says:

    Who should play on the wing with Pleks??

    I don’t know, how about…JAGR!

    The return of Thomas Jagr

  4. Lafleurguy says:

    Some premature angst. Trouble brewing if Markov and Emelin are on a penalty kill against Crosby/Iginla/Malkin/Kunitz(Neal)/Letang.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      I know it sounds unbeatable but at one point, the Pens had Malkin, Crosby, Jagr, Gonchar and Mario on the PP and it was LOUSY! … they couldn’t figure it out … it happens.

      “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  5. frontenac1 says:

    Hola Amigos! Hope you took my advice after the 2nd period and went outside with your dogs for a “smoke”. See,it worked! Was that Budaj in nets?Saludos!

  6. habs11s says:

    Best part about playoffs? Any team can beat any team in a 7 game series. I kind of hope this juggernaut team (the Pens) gets an early exit…


    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  7. Lafleurguy says:

    There have been 19 posts in the last nine minutes. Can we show a little enthusiasm people?

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  8. DMAN says:

    It is time to get Jaromir Jagr….If he can be had for a 2nd or 3rd pick (we have lots) We also need an upgrade on defense but I don’t have that answer.

  9. Chuck says:

    Can’t believe that this is still up on the NESN site.

    Report: Jarome Iginla Traded to Bruins
    by Mike Cole on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 12:31AM Comments (41)

    BOSTON — A Bruins fan stood in front of the TD Garden sign outside the club’s home rink on Wednesday night wearing a Calgary Flames jersey with the No. 12 and name “Iginla” on the back. He also held a sign up that simply read “Free Iggy.” That fan apparently got his wish a few hours later.

    Read more at: http://nesn.com/2013/03/report-jarome-iginla-traded-to-bruins/

    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

  10. Loonie says:

    So here are the teams with the highest potential to be sellers heading into next Wednesday’s deadline and their rental/rumoured available players…..

    Philadelphia Flyers – Kurtis Foster, Andrej Mezsaros and Ruslan Fedotenko.

    Tampa Bay Lightning – Martin St. Louis, Sami Salo and Benoit Pouliot.

    Calgary Flames – Jay Bouwmeester, Roman Cerevenka, Blake Comeau, Anton Babchuk, Cory Sarich and Jarome Iginla.

    Florida Panthers – Tomas Fleischmann, Tomas Kopecky, Jarred Smithson and Brian Campbell.

    Dallas Stars – Derek Roy, Eric Nystrom and Stephane Robidas.

    Colorado Avalanche – Paul Stastny, Chuck Kobasew and Ryan O’Byrne.

    Phoenix Coyotes – Matthew Lombardi, Boyd Gordon, Raffi Torres, Keith Yandle and Mike Smith.

    My preferences: Foster, Smithson, Campbell, Robidas, Gordon and Yandle.

    • Le Jadester says:

      Would love to see Yandle in the Blue Blanc et Rouge !

      Habs, OLE !

    • mrhabby says:

      kopecky, all the rest are way to expensive and have way to much baggage.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Loonie I loved Fedotenko in the Tampa Bay-Calgary finals.
      Too long ago?

    • Luke says:

      Not looking at salaries, but I’d add Nystrom or Comeau for depth and their ability to bump up the roster in injury situations.

      Yandle would actually improve the team moreso than any other i think. He’s more of a building move as opposed to a supporting what you have.

      Isn’t Stastny rocking a Gomezian contract with 40point production?

    • SteverenO says:

      Robidas is intriguing, He is 36 years yuet leads the Stars in TOI averaging 22 minutes per game. He plays effectively on both PP and penalty kill . He is also a plus 3. I think he would fit in perfectly.

      Good scouting, Loonie!

      I also like Pouliot. I think he got a bad rap when he was last here, playing under JM he seemed confused as to what his role was. There is no doubt that he has talent. With the proper mentoring he could become a very good valuable player.


      Steve O.

  11. HabinBurlington says:

    So both networks jumped the gun on Iginla to Boston, Sportsnet actually was reporting the deal done before TSN, minus the Prophet Aaron Ward phone call.

    But someone on the liveblog last night mentioned that Millard was saying Tampa acquired Ryan Miller? Any news on that? Or just more Eklund sightings at HI/O.

  12. Thomas Le Fan says:

    I’m doubly happy this morning. The comeback and the fact that Iginla chose Pittsburgh. I don’t hate them. Suck it Bruins!
    Brad Marchand should stfu. Gee, not much I can do if the refs don’t see it. Try keeping your stick outta PK’s face, moron. None of the Bruins could even spell imbellus … er … embullish … er … acting. Go Habs!

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk.

  13. krob1000 says:

    I think Iggy watched the game and decided he isn’t enough to help Boston. Probably also didn’t want to be associated with embellishment artists like Seguin, Paille and Thornton. Rask was actually still diving when the game was over….I like Don Cherry but Don? did you watch that game? that was ridiculous

  14. Steeltown Hab says:

    Julien is just a classless bag of sh*t, anything he says has zero credibility.


    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

  15. Chuck says:

    So Boston has given up just 22 goals in the 3rd period in 32 games… and we have 5 of them (23%), all leading to two come-from-behind victories.


    Being a Hab fan is like buying real estate: only over the long-haul will you appreciate the true value of your investment.

  16. Kooch7800 says:

    I hope MB locks up ryder before free agency. We need his shot as we don’t have that many true goal scorers.

    He should also lock up PK this summer long term

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • I was thinking Ryder would play better without an extension before the playoffs.

      1. Needs to impress his bosses now.
      2. Needs to impress his future bosses for July.

      However chancing that there is no extension given, he would walk for nothing in July.

      Can’t overpay for Ryder, he’ll demand big bucks but is he really the type of player we want to pay 6m/season?

      I say no. That’s Franchise money…..Subby Subby DOOOOO!

      Shane Oliver
      Twitter @Sholi2000
      Custom Sports Figures

      • Kooch7800 says:

        We don’t have any other pure goal scorers with a right hand shot. I think Ryder is a good fit if you lock him up now for 4.5 to 5 mill a season that is pretty fair for his production. Free agent market we would def overpay that is why I think locking him up now would be smart.

        PK is going to get 5.5 or higher I would imagine after the season he is having.

        “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Luke says:

        With guys like Perry and Getzlaf getting 8+ mill per season,
        I wonder what a guy like Ryder gets. He’s good, no doubt, but he’s a complimentary piece…

        Does he get bumped up to 5-6mil, or because the big dogs are getting more of the pie, does he drop to 3-4?

        I feel “sorry” for the bottom feeders… we’ll probably see more depth guys lasting longer into free agency, getting signed closer to the end of the off season, or maybe more pro-tryouts as teams look to youth to fill out the roster. And I imagine they’ll get less. A 1.5mil guy becomes a 1… etc

    • Le Jadester says:

      Agreed !
      PK is the best and he needs to be locked up forever really.
      Same with Gallagher !
      Same with Prustie !

      Habs, OLE !

  17. Bash says:

    Thornton on Eller’s penalty. That was obviously a sell! The whining about Montreal embellishing is moving beyond the comical. The “little ball of hate” was at in again in the post game talking about PK and the high sticking penalty. What do they hope to gain?
    Either they are looking for some vague advantage down the road or they actually believe this crap…either is ridiculous.

    I have to admit I walked away from the tv when PK did his little “look at me bouncing the puck on my stick and doing tricks (that even a junior B kid can do). What the hell was that all about?
    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  18. Luke says:

    Good Morning True Believers,
    I see there was 2500+ comments in last night’s game thread.
    Must of been a madhouse in there…

    I imagine it was basically:
    We (or specific players) are super awesome!
    We (or specific players/a goalie) suck beyond belief!
    We are the greatest of all time!!

    Well, however it was in there… Heck of an entertaining game. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
    When all things seemed darkest, at the end of the second period, I looked to me Lafleur jeresy and said “We can do this. We can do this Together, cursed jersey.”
    And we did.

  19. Habsssssssswin says:

    Damn right ! … Outplayed the Penguins,deserved better. Beat the Bruins. Congrats to the coaches and The Team. Well done. Just keep it up.

  20. mrhabby says:

    last night was exciting thats for sure but the habs need help on defense . Not sure if Bergevin will do anything at deadline. I hope he just stays the course and does not go the rental route.

    Pens are a juggernaut and all Iggy cost was this years 1st rounder and a couple of college players.

  21. HabinBurlington says:

    Does anyone know the extent of Cam Wards injury? If Carolina gets 8th place in the East, and they start gelling and get Ward back, they could play role of upset.

    You think Jordan Staal would be a little bit motivated against Pittsburgh?

  22. Thurston says:

    I can’t help but feel at least a little bit sorry for Mike Cammalleri this morning.
    Last year, he was stuck in a horrible team for most of the year that was badly managed.
    This year, he’s on a different team but the same result – a bad team that is poorly managed. Also, his old team has been brought back to life.

  23. jackbutt says:

    Good game last night, would of been a lost under Jacques Martin’s system. Glad to see iggy to the pinheads and not Booouins. Wonder if we re going to trade for some help.

  24. Loonie says:

    Coyotes are free-falling and Don Maloney said he would be acquiring assets if it continued.

    Players who would fit Bergevin’s public criteria….

    Keith Yandle
    Antoine Vermette
    Mikkel Boedker
    Rostislav Klesla
    Zbynek Michalek

    • http://coyotes.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8471735

      The only player I would want. He’s worth a first rounder because of his age, his style, his stats, and his size.

      Package LeBlanc, 1st round pick, a second round pick, and one roster player (Weber?)

      Shane Oliver
      Twitter @Sholi2000
      Custom Sports Figures

      • Loonie says:

        Markov – Subban
        Emelin – Yandle

        Now we’re talking Cup run.

        • Hard to believe people don’t want to move picks for a deal like this.

          Everyone and their dogs say this is the perfect season to win a Cup. Shortened season, and Cap is lowered next year.

          Us missing out on a 2013 28th overall pick is nothing. Now if they were picking top ten then well yeah, hold off.

          Shane Oliver
          Twitter @Sholi2000
          Custom Sports Figures

          • Loonie says:

            Exactly. Everyone wants the Red Wings and forget they traded ten first round picks in the last twenty years.

      • The Juice says:

        Nice…If Habs get Yandle, they could let Markov walk after next year and salary cap would still work as Subban won’t be making the big bucks until after next year (from a contract extension hopefully signed this offseason).


        “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

  25. adamkennelly says:

    Great game…also great news that Iggy goes to Pit. Pretty sure everyone loves Jarome – and now we don’t have to hate him cause he ain’t a Bruin.

  26. SteverenO says:

    Congrats to the Habs for a nice characte rwin!

    Congrats to Bill 27 (looks like Kirk) for not only predicting the win but calling the exact score!

    I thought Blunden played well for limited ice time. I would give him a shot with Eller and Galchenyuk. Armstrong is like an anchor on that line.

    The PP still needs work , officially 1 for 6 – but the goal was scored with the goalie out so it was 6on4 , not 5on4.
    The first 5 PP’s were not very good however the Bruins are a very good penalty killing team.

    Still cant figure out why Tinordi is dressing but not playing much. In 63 minutes of ice time he has been on for only goal against. This cannot be good for his development to sit on the bench. Coach doesn’t play him when we are behind, or ahead. Either let the guy play, or send him back to Hamilton to hone his skills.

    There is no reason to have Markov play until he drops- especially on back-to-back games.

    Its okay to give Gionta getting more time on the PK, BUT he should be taking the time from Moen and Eller, not Armstrong. Armstrong (along with Prust) has been our best penalty killer this season.
    Halpern was a good acquisition and should help our penalty kill unit going forward.

    Tough to see Dumont taken out of the lineup, He handled himself very well. I believe we would be stronger with him in place of Moen.
    I guess the whole “meritocracy” thing was just a pipe dream.


    Steve O.

  27. habs-fan-84 says:

    What a game last night!
    Markov and Emelin almost sent me to the hospital though last night lol. I thought Price was actually pretty solid last night, stopping a breakaway and 2 on 1. Unfortunately, he was hung out to dry in the second…what a shame.

    PK Subban….wow, what a player. I have no doubt he’ll be on the Olympic team next year with his buddy Price.

    Gallagher, man he just continues to impress. He reminds so much of Koivu in his rookie year!

    Eller looks even bigger out there these days, he protects the puck so well and is starting to look real dangerous out there with Gally27.

    Patch needs to get going, I don’t know if he’s pouting over his buddy Cole being traded…but he needs to put in more effort. I’m not worried, patch will come around.

    Cheers, highly entertaining game last night!

  28. Strummer says:

    Why are the sports networks bothering with the over-hyped trade deadline shows.

    Again all the deals are done beforehand.

    10 guys sitting around all day twiddling Blackberry’s breaking news about 5th round draft choices being exchanged is not compelling television.

    Edit- last night’s 3rd period was compelling television

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  29. Sportfan says:

    I wonder if Iginla looked at the Boston deal and said that isn’t good enough to help his long time team? Either way if the Pens win it all I’ll be happy cause Iggy will get the cup, but I rather the Habs facing the pens in the East Final “shocking” the world and making it to the final :D!


  30. Fransaskois says:

    When will Bourque be back/ when will Marc Bergevin fill the spot on the third line. Seeing Armstrong hold back that line offensively is painful to see. It’s like when you’re out for a walk with your dog and your dog decides it’s going to drop it’s business while you’re crossing the road. Too much stress, panic and dragging!

  31. scavanau says:

    Good morning Insideouters. It truly is a beautiful morning. Nothing more to say…

  32. mdp2011 says:

    So which Cinderella team will sneak in and grab the 8 seed by the skin of their teeth and knock out the Penguins in the first round? My guess is the NY Islanders.

  33. OK so now that the Habs played cough couch two great games in a row, do you people still not believe?


    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    Custom Sports Figures

    • Sportfan says:

      I have believed for a while, but Carey needs a few more games where he steals the show.


      • He can, you seen him be first star in a almost every win over the years. A win is a team effort, if the goals aren’t there the team doesn’t win, if the defense is weak, the team doesn’t win, and if they don’t have confidence in their goalie, he gets moved.

        You never see the Habs turn and give Carey the look! That’s the difference between Carey and say Byrzgalov, or Fleury in his last year with the yellow pads.

        Shane Oliver
        Twitter @Sholi2000
        Custom Sports Figures

      • The Juice says:

        He did his best vs. Pitt and Buff but the team only scored 1 goal over 6 periods…


        “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

  34. D Man says:

    A couple of times last night the Bruins obviously embellished, especially noticeable on one of the Montreal PP’s. If its not called as a penalty how can it not be a diving call?

    You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan

  35. Strummer says:

    In the words of David Bowie:

    “Iggy played guitaaaaaaaaarrrr!”
    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  36. Loonie says:

    So I don’t usually lean toward thinking that a GM is going to let a star walk or trade them prior to letting them walk.

    But this Penguins push is really something. Malkin has one year left on his deal and he makes the same now as Crosby does for the next bazillion years. Shero probably won’t pay Malkin more than he pays Crosby, and if Malkin isn’t willing to take the same contract again this could be it.

    Perhaps part of Shero being willing to trade all of these prospects and picks is that he has it in the back of his mind that he’ll be trading Malkin sometime in the next year and that one single deal with Malkin involved could restock his kitchen and then some.

  37. Hobie Hansen says:

    Now that was some sort of party last night….so hungover. I think we won in a shootout?

  38. derfab says:

    Great effort last night. Could it be that we are getting killed in the middle frame because some of our D, starting with Markov, are just too slow to make their way to and from the bench when its 40 feet further?

    Maybe Markov should play less in the second period?

  39. Captain aHab says:

    That sobbing sound you’re hearing in the background are TSN execs contemplating having a Trade Deadline Show where they’ll get to announce which 3rd and 4th liners are switching teams.

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  40. Phil C says:

    I have to say that I am a little concerned about Pittsburgh. I am very curious to see what Iginla can do with a real centre, as he hasn’t had much to work with in Calgary. If they play him with Crosby, it could be scary.

    That being said, if one of Letang or Martin get injured, they may have trouble moving the puck.

    And then there’s Fleury.

  41. habstrinifan says:

    OK folks back to some seriousness. I rewatched last night’s game. Thought I was hallucinating watching especially the first period. Then reviewd the Pitts game.

    Lemme tell you something guys… THIS TEAM has a freakin good chance to do it ALL this year. Especially if Prust and Bourque and Diaz return healthy. Maybe not as good a chance as Pittsburgh but at least an equal chance as Boston. No injuries to Gallagher/Subban etc though.

    So I have to address Habitant-in-Surrey who said during the game let’s here no more about trades/pickups. I think Stromin too wants us to just stand pat.

    I can’t agree. I wont get into who to trade or who to pick up. And this call for ‘help’ is not from dissatisfaction with what we have and who we are.. but excitement at who we CAN BE this YEAR.

    I say.. if MB can go out and fill two holes (aand we we all know them I think) at a ‘reasonable cost’ but with an eye to ‘going for it’… I say LET’S DO IT. This team could go all the way THIS YEAR!

    • Phil C says:

      I agree, it doesn’t have to be a blockbuster, just small improvements can make a big difference. I thought Halpern was a difference-maker last night, winning some key face-offs and killing the penalty in O/T. Do they win without Halpern? Who knows, but I don’t think so, and he was a waiver wire pick-up.

      They could part with one of their 2nd rounders and still have a good draft.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Hard to disagree with anything said in this post.

      Don’t forget to say, “Eff u Boston” Haha, so happy they didn’t get Iggy.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Man I was screaming F… and way to go Iginla “you sweet Canadian kid”… all morning!

        Edit: I’m not even upset HIO edited my post on this topic. I am sure they feel exactly the way I do… they just have a job to do. LOL!

    • Chris says:

      There aren’t a whole lot of players out there worth raiding.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      That sums it up exactly for me.
      We beat Boston, pushed Pitts, STILL WITHOUT those 3 guys, and with Markov and Emelin having their worst game ever. And with the back-up goalie in for 3rd, OT and SO.
      But as Chris says, who’s out there?

  42. The Juice says:

    Leave Ryder with Pleks…best sniper with best passer…nuff said.


    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

  43. Thurston says:

    Watching the Calgary Flames suck this year and trade their stars makes me smile. I don’t hate the Flames but I am reminded of the fact the Habs have their second round draft pick. So keep sucking Calgary!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Which defenseman from Calgary do we want/need or can acquire? We seem to need some help back there. I have to think Tinordi goes down to Hamilton shortly, is MB going to give Beaulieu a test drive now? Kaberle finally back in lineup or make a trade.

    • Strummer says:

      I remember the 1989 Final!
      No love for CGY

      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Not EVEN the deep scarring from that occasion can bother me today! (Normally, when someone mentions it, I immediately shut down the computer and run to the isolation room which my wife carefully locks and then, crying, moves in with her sister for 3-4 days until it’s safe for trained military physicians to go in and begin drug treatment).

  44. I guess Pittsburgh can afford to miss one year without a first round pick, plus theirs would have been 29th or 30th.

    But to me Calgary did not get the right deal.

    You have to get a NHL ready player, prospect and a pick.

    Instead Calgary gets three players who may never play in the NHL.

    But check this stat out. Ben’s second year HS. 29 games played 40 goals, 71 assists for 111 points.


    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    Custom Sports Figures

  45. Steeltown Hab says:

    So much to say after last night.

    1) Didn’t like pulling Price, but it worked, wow Budaj shut the door in the SO, props to him.

    2) Galchenyuk and Eller are creating chances shorthanded every shift, Armstrong is useless, just move him to 4th line or pressbox.

    3) Emelin had his worst game as a Hab, he’ll turn it around

    4) Ryder is doing what he should scoring, but a few scary lazy giveaway in our zone.

    5) Pacioretty needs to throw the body more and act like a power forward.

    6) Subban, Gallagher, enough said.


    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

    • It was the right move.

      Listening to Therrien he wanted to say, our defense was playing like crap, and I didn’t want Carey to get anymore goals scored on him, it looked as though Boston was going to score thirty goals that period.

      I hope to God Markov and Emilan watch the game again. They can not play like that and I am going to chalk it up as soooo tired that they were making horrible decisions.

      Great win and it made everyone happy.

      We were all happy they won and the trolls were happy that Carey was pulled, thinking the defensive break downs were all Carey.

      Shane Oliver
      Twitter @Sholi2000
      Custom Sports Figures

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Don’t know if Max is hurting or not, but he seems to be struggling with something, hopefully just confidence. Perhaps time for another shot from center ice.

      Armstrong may not be good or great, but he is a 4th line player being asked to play much more than he is capable of. Having said that, devensively responsible, drew a huge penalty on Chara late, helped us win the game.

      Once we get people back, he is back to 4th line duties.

      • Steeltown Hab says:

        Armstrong didn’t “draw” the penalty that happens when yuo out hustle or muscle someone off the puck and draw a hook or hold. Dumont is a better 4th or 3rd liner than him. Pretty obvious he needs the scratch once we’re healthy.


        Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

        • Strummer says:

          see my post below regarding your constant pounding on Armstrong.
          What’s your problem with him?

          “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

        • TheLogician says:

          drawing a penalty also happens when you irritate the sh** out of someone to the point that they lose it and elbow you in the face.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            To which Chara is notably susceptible.

            I go back to my strategy (so far questioned a little but not conclusively squashed): any time you’re in the Boston end, hit Chara.

            He hates it, and he doesn’t play well angry.

            Once he’s in the box, their D sucks.

            (Of course, at the moment, so does our PP unfortunately!)

    • Arrow77 says:

      Pulling Price is only going to be a negative for the people visiting this forum who have to deal with all the anti-Price; it won’t be bad for Price and it won’t be bad for the team. It is a common tactic to pull your #1 goalie when you feel like the momentum needs to change and it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s blaming him for any of the goals scored against him.

    • Strummer says:

      Every day you manage to take a couple shots at Armstrong.
      Why do you obsess on a 4th liner to this degree?
      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  46. Loonie says:

    Marc Andre Fleury

    Iginla doesn’t make him better.

  47. The Juice says:

    Sorry Boone but Boston never led by 2 goal in the March 3rd game…twas a good comeback regardless though…


    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

  48. WindsorHab-10 says:

    The little ball of hate, Brad Marchand talking about embellishment after last night’s clinic by the Habs. Go to hell you piece of crap.

    • Thurston says:

      In other news: Pot calls kettle black

      Marchand really needs to keep his mouth shut. He’s as bad as anyone in the league for embellishing.

    • The Juice says:

      Bruins’ pack of crybabies: Marchand, Thornton, Ference, JULIEN…the more they cry the more I laugh 😉


      “To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high!”

  49. Propwash says:

    Iggy said no to Boston? Man, this keeps getting better and better! Although, Pittsburgh just got a helluvalot more dangerous…


  50. Sportfan says:

    I went to bed happy with the Habs winning, but sad cause TSN had announced Iginla was going to Boston. I wake up and all I hear is Iginla to Pittsburg I am in such a good mood! LOL Boston fans are having an awful day. Thank god Iggy picked Pittsburg, I think Feaster got better deal with the Pens.


  51. Ozmodiar says:

    The tie == the sundae
    The fact that Chara tipped it in == the whipped cream
    The win == the chocolate chips
    Rask’s angry tumble == the sprinkles
    Iggy to the Pens == the cherry on top!

    How did Eklund get Aaron Ward’s phone #??

  52. habstrinifan says:

    Forgive me while I SCREAM this. So I am driving early this AM listening to team690 and basking in the WIN. And I hear not only did Iginla go to Pens… but there was a deal with Boston and Iginla siad NO he wasnt going.

    You shoulda seen me in the car.. going crazy!

  53. habs12 says:

    Man did Budaj make those shootout saves look easy. I know he is playing for a contract and things can change once he gets one (Moen), but I would resign him now.

    • The Cat says:

      All goalies are pretty much equal if you ask me, there hasnt been a great one since Hasek.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Mornin’ Cat. Got to see Sequin and Bergeron make Reimer look like an Austrian/German National Team (sorry, Burly) goalie in their shootout attempts last Saturday night.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

  54. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Watched Marchand in the post-game clips.
    You know, he starts off well, quite measured, acknowledging things.

    Then a reporter asks, Did Subban hold your stick?

    And he’s gone! Can’t hold back. Into the whinge mode, with no conception whatsoever of how self-discrediting and unprofessional it looks. Would it be too cynical to suggest that in the room the Bruins are instructed by media handler to include the word “embellishment” in all interviews after games vs the Habs?

  55. leehammer says:

    Hi there,

    long time troller, infrequent poster here so go easy on me.

    #1 The hockey gods made right last night. We deserved better in Buffalo and Pittsburgh but had no business winning that game last night. We were dominated from the 10 min mark of the first through to the start of the third.

    #2 Budaj should start on Saturday, and if he plays well he should start the next game too. I love Price, don’t get me wrong, I’m a strong believer. But the edge is just missing there for the last little while. A break would do him good, and the feeling that there is a viable backup would make everyone play better, including price. Take, for example, the goal scored by Bergeron. Everyone will say he had no chance on that one, but if you look at the save by Fleury on Markov on Tuesday, it is a carbon copy of the same play and Fleury made the save and they won the game 1-0. Those are the kind of saves this team needs, and Price is capable of making them.

    #3 Gallager and DD need to be split up. I love both of them and the way they play with their hearts on their sleeves, but it is really hard to sustain pressure in the offensive zone with two such diminutive forwards, particularly with MaxPac playing a little soft these days. Gio, DD, and Gallager should be on separate lines, especially on the road.

    #4 Boy that Ryder/Cole trade is looking like a dream. I thought Ryder’s second goal in the third was a real turning point that starting momentum swinging in the right direction. Is there any player on the habs that you have rather seen at the receiving end of that beautiful pass from Pleks than Ryder. You just knew he was going to bury it there was no doubt.

    #5 I think that was the worst game that I have seen Markov play wearing the CH. He was slow and his decisions were poor. I give Markov a lot of credit for the turn around this year. No surprise that the other point man on the PP (Subban) is leading the league in goals by defence since that’s the way things always go (see Streit, Souray). But he is a bit slow and needs to compensate with smarts, which he didn’t do last night. Rarely have I seen him play with so much emotion, and it didn’t seem to serve him well.

    Very entertaining game, I really hope these teams meet in the playoffs as they usually do!

    Cheers guys and gals,

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning Lee and thanks for your post. I agree with all of it except #2. Price was left out to dry last night. I have no problem with Budaj starting Saturday but regardless of his play Price goes back in next. CHeers.

    • Marc10 says:

      Good summary. Nicely put.

      Prust coming back will fix many things. Let’s hope it’s soon.

    • habstrinifan says:

      “#1 The hockey gods made right last night.” You forgot Iginla said F.U to Boston too. Nice post.

    • habs12 says:

      #5. Markov might not have played his best, but he played nearly half the game since the Habs only played Tinordi 6:47 basically resorting to 5 defensemen (He can’t handle those minutes with ease like Subban).

      Markov is simply not going to keep up with the speed of people like Seguin and Krejci at this point in his career. Emelin was pretty bad too so it was the pairing that got exposed.

      Still, all is forgotten when Markov scores with 9 seconds left.

      • leehammer says:

        He’s playing way too much I totally agree. It would be helped if we had a halfway decent second pairing for the PP. Watching Bouillon and Georges man the PP makes me want to tear my eyes out. Need Diaz back in a big way.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Welcome Liam.
      I’m only a fan, no expert, but I like all your analysis except 2 (stated my case earlier below).

      You’d worry that all our rivals will be watching game tape and doing visualization exercises involving flying past Markov and going in on goal alone.

      But Markov’s a vet and should be able to find a way to bounce back and marshal his smarts, as you say, better.

      I’d be more worried about Emelin — harder for him to come to terms with playing badly on a major occasion: this wasn’t the Panthers. Hopefully the coaching staff sorts him out. He has been growing steadily; this was a set-back.

      Presume you’ve been following the “size” discussion here! Some saying it doesn’t matter how big you are but how big you play, others saying, simply, we need size.

      We also need our injured guys back.

      Keep posting!

      • leehammer says:

        I don’t think it’s as simple as “we need size” but you have to mix the size in the with speed against a team like Boston imo. Particularly on the road, where the other team gets the last change. For Chara to pinch off DD or Gally along the boards is painfully easy.

        Remember the smurf line? Petrov, Koivu, and Val Bure? They were a good line but usually only played together at home when we had the last change.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Scroll down: TheLogician is with you on goalies.

          It’s true Chara can pinch off small guys (which, to him, is every player in the league). But one of the things I love about games vs the Bruins is how often our small guys either escape or turn him inside out. And doesn’t he seem to fall over a lot? Like King Kong trying to swat airplanes!

  56. habs12 says:

    So was the deal breaker between the two deals the fact that Boston’s 1st round pick was conditional on Iginla resigning and Pittsburgh’s is not?

    Regarding Aaron Ward, credibility in that industry is what sets you apart from a guy like Eklund. You can’t really blame him for wanting to break this and start making a legitimate name for himself (besides just being a panelist) but it might be a while till he tries to do it again lol.

    • Chrisadiens says:

      My guess (and some other’s as well) is Feaster released the Boston offer to Ward to turn the screws on the Pens. Another guess here, Iginla wanted the Pens all along. Feaster still didn’t get fair value in return and should’ve traded Iginla last year, but Feaster was kind of painted into a corner here.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • Cal says:

      Ward’s Boston connection served him well last night. Laughed my ass off this morning reading Iggy to Pens.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Certain side-bars at tsn.ca still saying Iginla traded to BRUINS.

  57. Habfan10912 says:

    Lost in all the celebration was Moen dropping them with Daddy’s boy. I was hoping that would light a spark under him. Didn’t seem to happen.

  58. Mavid says:

    We beat the Bruins in fine style, they don’t get Iggy..its a long weekend and I get to spend Sunday with my favorite people in the whole world..and the walking dead season finale…life is good
    On a side note has anyone heard that Melnick has hired a a foresnsic investigator to prove that Cooke cut Karlsson on purpose..what a drunken dufus…

  59. HardHabits says:

    The good news is the Bruins didn’t acquire Iginla. The bad news is the Pans did. I went to bed with a hang-over and woke up drunk.

    Odds on favourites to meet for the Cup are Chicago and Pittsburgh… two dynasties in the making?

    I’d so love to see the Habs meet the Ducks on the finals. 🙂

    • Cal says:

      You know, HH, that avatar of yours may be eligible to enter the HoF if games like last night’s continue to happen. 😉

      • HardHabits says:

        Nothing like a 6-0 trouncing at the hands of the lowly Leafs to inspire my Photoshop skills into action. And to think that the Habs are rebuilding. What a foundation!!!

  60. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Last night guys were talking about “rewarding” Budaj with the start Saturday.

    Does it work like that?

    I would have thought we should get Price back in, so there’s no chance of a hint of a suggestion that maybe he’s competing for No. 1. He’s not. He IS No.1 and played like that last night, robbed a couple from the Bruins (including Marchand, Boston’s best player last night). Some great 2nd period saves prevented an insurmountable slaughter.

    Meanwhile, there’s no way Budaj feels disconnected. How he played and what he did when called upon were gargantuan. He was an immense part of a hugely significant win.

    (I wonder did Claude ask for a reminder this morning: “Hands up who scored in the shoot-out.”)

    • Phil C says:

      Budaj was in the zone last night for sure, it was inspiring. He was reading their souls on the shootout.

      I agree going back to Price, he was not bad last night at all.

    • TheLogician says:

      “…we should get Price back in, so there’s no chance of a hint of a suggestion that maybe he’s competing for No. 1”

      I see value in the opposite…create some competition, get Price looking over his shoulder, maybe light an extra fire under him. Yes, he’s the #1. But he should be so because he earned it, and not “just because”.

    • leehammer says:

      More than anything I feel like Price just needs a solid break. He’s lost that fraction of a second that he had at the start of the season. I don’t think playing Budaj for a game or two would start a goalie controversy, we all know who the #1 is, it’s the guy with 5 years left on his contract at $6.5mil per!

  61. Storman says:

    If Iggy does not sign with Pitt in the off season and the chances are slim that Pitt would be able to be fit him into the Pens Cap situation going forward, and what if he re signs with Calgary in the summer, it will definitively enhance that little smell coming out the backside of the rental system at trade deadline time each year…

  62. JF says:

    Can someone please explain how the Penguins have the cap space for Morrow, Murray, and Iginla?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      And they still have almost 4million in capspace this season.


    • Phil C says:

      Because Calgary have paid most of Ignila’s salary this season, the Penguins are only responsible for his remaining salary, so the cap cost is only $2M instead of $7M. The Penguins have the cap space to add more if they could.

      In Montreal’s case, even though they only have $3M in in cap space, they could take on $12M in equivalent salary today and $15M on deadline day.

      It is a quirk of the cap system. It is also a good reason not to spend to the cap because you then have more flexibility at the deadline.

  63. HabinBurlington says:

    Just when we think this Habs team is starting to really struggle, they play back to back excellent games. This team may not win a cup this season, but they are building something special.

    Wonderful to watch, enjoy and be a part of.

    Nice job MB, MT and most importantly the boys on the ice!

  64. Greg says:

    Boone last game you said the Habs were looking for a top 6 power forward, then you said “Don’t say Travis Moen”. Don’t say it!!

  65. Mick says:

    Therrien’s move to take Price out of the game was a very smart move. It called the team out for their poor play in the second and they responded in the third.
    Budaj was great and proved he could handle the pressure. Loved it!

    I think Therrien has silenced his critics.
    Including me!

  66. Les Canayens says:

    Now Crosby can yell “IGGY!” many more time for a pass just like during the Olympics’ golden goal.

  67. 25insight says:

    I’m not sure how Shero just woke up this morning and said, “You know, the Penguins could use more offense”.


  68. HabinBurlington says:

    Nothing says Happy Easter, quite like Feaster.

  69. 25insight says:

    Pittsburgh gets Iginla…wow. talk about sheer dominance. they went from top contender to cup favorite in that trade. Shero has elephantiasis balls

  70. Fansincebirth says:

    What an awesome freakin’ day it is today!!!!

    I absolutely gave up on these guys last night….turned off the game after the second. What the heck has gotten in to them? Who do they think they are?

    What has happened to our intimidated, bed wetting, running scared, ‘meh’ team? My Gawd these guys don’t quit!! Imagine what we’ll be like when a few more tweaks are done and we have some of our walking wounded back in the lineup!

    What an amazing effort to come back to tie it up then take it from them in the SO. Yes, a couple of lucky breaks (thanks Chara!) went our way but it was awesome. Yet again, the Bruins, their fans and their media are left sucking their thumbs and pointing fingers, blaming everyone for their loss. Quite the embellishment by PK 🙂

    Icing on the cake was the DERP move by Rask….perfect ending to a perfect night 🙂

    Have an awesome Easter weekend my Habby friends! May the bunny be very good to you 🙂

  71. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Budaj — some kind of contemptuously casual saves in the shootout.

    And PK’s almost-hit on Lucic:

    if that connects, the NHL has to ask NASA to locate him.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think PK was reaching the speed of sound as he rocketed towards Lucic. Budaj was simply brilliant, I have never seen a goalie look so cool as a cucumber in the shootout before.

      What a night Mike!

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Every save seemed to laugh and say, You didn’t SERIOUSLY think you were getting that puck behind me, did you?

        So, so important to keep the back-up engaged and feeling like he’s part of what’s happening. “Engaged” is one way of describing how Budaj was last night!

    • Fansincebirth says:

      I would have loved….LOVED to have seen PK connect fully with Luchump. Lucy would have spent the rest of the game trying to dole out some payback….if he got up, that is 🙂

    • Marc10 says:

      That PK hit was sooooo close.

      One day… One day… Lucy might survive it, but if it’s Seguin or Bergeron, they’re not getting up.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        I wouldn’t really wish it on those guys! Prefer to save it for dirt-bags like Marchand and Lucic (who hasn’t scored in 16 games, had one shot and one hit last night).

        • Marc10 says:

          Oh for sure, but ever since they took out Max and got away with it, I want them all to suffer. I remember how they eliminated us by taking out Richer and tried it again with Zednik… It’s only a matter of time before they go after Eller or the kids, so… No hesitation. It’s Black and Piss colour… You smash it.

          But there’s definitely a pecking order with Marchand, Lucy, Chara, Thornton, Campbell, Ference,…

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Was looking at Boston threads post-game. Not even Bruins fans like Ference. And they’re fed up waiting for Lucy to play. And instead of screaming for blood and guts on the Campbell-Moen fight, it was as though he Campbell had come last in his 10th consecutive pastel finger-painting competition. They were all, Well it’s good that he tries, even though they’re never really actual fights, more like, well, you know… well done, Gregory. No run along and play.

        • Marc10 says:

          I’ll say this about the Goons, they do raise their game with emotion. They also seem to lose their heads. Chara comes unstuck every now and again…

          They are a one line team. Marchand-Bergie-Seguin do most of the damage. We can beat that. Somehow they have to find a way to ignite their second line, but Lucy, Horton and Peverley aren’t getting it done (relatively speaking as they are still a top team…)

          This gives me hope. We are most definitely not a one line team this year. We can roll three lines pretty regularly. We’re missing Diaz, Prust and Bourque, but we’re still fairly well balanced.

          If we can’t get Diaz back, we need to get a D that can help with the PP. Mark Streit? I wouldn’t mind that. I’d prefer a more complete Dman that can clear the front of the net and can lend a hand on the PP, but I don’t imagine that’s in the cards.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Agree with all that. Bang on.
            And you remind me, while we’re waiting for those 3 important players to come back, we beat Boston and push Pittsburgh.
            We beat Boston without Prust.
            We beat Boston with Markov and Emelin having their worst ever performance together.
            We are nowhere near full stride!

      • Lafleurguy says:

        His open-ice hip-check move is worthy of a nickname; Loose Caboose has been suggested; other possibilities, the Butt-Kill, the Eat My Shorts, the Ruin the Bruin.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

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