About last night …

Hands up, everyone who thought your Montreal Canadiens would make the playoffs in Year 1 of the Marc Bergevin rebuild?
OK, I see we have a few liars in tonight’s audience. So let’s narrow this down a bit further:
Hands up everyone who thought the Canadiens would clinch a playoff berth with eight games left in their regular season?

Well, who thought the Canadiens would be winning in April with three rookies in the lineup?

Hmmm, I see we can’t award the gift certificate for a session with Patrick V. Hickey’s personal hair stylist just yet.

So here’s the big one that will eliminate all the faux experts and BS artists:
Who thought Peter Budaj would have more wins than Jaroslav Halak?

Is that crazy or what?

Look it up: Carey Price’s once and immediate-future backup won his seventh (in a row, BTW) Thursday night in Buffalo. Budaj is 7-1-1 on the season.

Halak is 6-5-1. Budaj has a better save percentage, .918-.899, and a slightly better goals-against average, 2.13 to 2.14, than his Slovakian homeboy.

It’s been that kind of season in Montreal. Everything is coming up roses … even though we’re getting crocus-killing snow on Friday.

To the utter and enduring astonishment of  us non-liars, the team that finished a full-value last in the Eastern Conference has become one of the best in the NHL.

The Canadiens have lost nine games in regulation time this season. They’re the only single-digit L team in the East, and it ties them with Anaheim for second fewest in the league, behind Chicago’s five regulation losses.

The Canadiens have scored 127 goals. That’s tied with one-dimensional Tampa Bay for third in the NHL, behind Pittsburgh and the Hawks.

The Canadiens plus-32 goal differential is third in the league, behind the Penguins and Chicago. They have opened the scoring in 28 of their 40 games – a cool 70 per cent of 1-0 action.

Are they a lock for a 25th Stanley Cup?

No, but your Canadiens have a shot. And that’s more than anyone – fans, team executives, players – was expecting this season.

In his postgame press conference, Michel Therrien was asked to single out a factor in the Canadiens’ success.

His players, the coach said, “accept the team concept.”

We see the concept in the Canadiens’ system. They chase the puck like hungry wolves; and when the Canadiens seize the biscuit, they’re off and skating in a transition game Buffalo’s Steve Ott praised as “unbelievable” during his Hockey Night in Canada interview.

The Canadiens stick up for each other, as exemplified by Francis Bouillon going right after Ott for the Sabre’s heavy hit on Brendan Gallagher.

Esprit de corps is reinforced by the fact that everyone is contributing to the Canadiens’ success.

My man Arpon Basu wrote a very prescient pre-game piece for NHL.com in which he pointed to the Canadiens’ superbly balanced attack. Unlike last season, when the David Desharnais-Max Pacioretty-Erik Cole line carried the team (to nowhere, but I digress), the current Canadiens have three bona-fide scoring lines. This is rare in the NHL, and it presents opponents with a daunting task: How do you shut down nine dangerous forwards?

Buffalo couldn’t do it. The Canadiens got goals from each line.

The scorers were:

• Rene Bourque, who has bounced back from his concussion and been reunited with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta

• Alex Galchenyuk, who has bounced back from a 17-game scoring drought with three goals in his last four games … not to mention moves that embarrass defencemen and tape-to-tape passes that make you droll thinking about  the kind of centre this 19-year-old phenom is going to be.

• Brendan Gallagher, who never stopped working while his linemates, DD and Pacioretty, struggled.

The other goals were scored, on the power play, by defencemen: Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban, who has more goals (11) and more points (34) than any other Dman in the league.

Again, I haven’t picked out my spot yet for the Cup parade. But if P.K. isn’t a Norris Trophy finalist, there ought to be a joint FBI-RCMP investigation.

And the coach definitely belongs in the Jack Adams Trophy discussion.

“It’s not easy to make the playoffs,” Therrien said. “Many good teams don’t.”

But when the postseason dance begins, every participant has a shot.

Would you want to be facing the Islanders or Washington in the first round? How about Minnesota, or the defending champion Kings?

There will be a playoff atmosphere at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night. And the home team will give a better account of itself than the woeful Sabres.

Outshot 42-15 in your own barn?

C’mon, man! That’s humiliating. Between this bunch and the NFL Bills, I pity Buffalo sports fans.

It’s nice to see an “x” beside Montreal in the standings. The Canadiens’ remaining eight games, however, will be more challenging.

The value of the game was Therrien’s luxury of rolling four lines and balancing ToI among his injury-wracked defence corps. Nathan Beaulieu played 16:50. He and Davis Drewiske (15:18) were plus-2.

And Andrei Markov played only 15:35 at even strength, a shade more than Bouillon, a shade less than Josh Gorges.

Oh, and the penalty killers pitched another shutout. That’s seven games without surrendering a power-play goal.

Hands up everyone who would have predicted that before Jeff Halpern joined the Canadiens?

• Let’s go to the highlight reel



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  2. cynic says:

    I’ve been expecting the Habs’ wheels come off since the beginning of the season. This is one of those rare cases when I am totally content to be wrong. Way to go Habs!

  3. Me4GM says:

    Of course Subban will be a Norris candidate, the favourite in my opinion. Why isn’t he mentioned in the MVP race ??? Where are the Habs in the standings without him ?


  4. FlyAngler says:

    Have to weigh in on the officiating discussion. Baseball addressed the problem of inconsistency and multiple standards e.g. Umpires having their own strike zones quite some time ago and eliminated having a set of umpires for each league in favor of a single group that would be held accountable for upholding a single standard.
    NHL Hockey Operations blatant and unreasonable resistance to the expansion of the use of instant replay is yet another symptom of a pathetically backward dark ages mentality with regard to officiating.
    To be fair, the NHL does have some very good officials and even some excellent ones who are pretty consistent when it comes to what is and what is not a penalty. What is lacking is leadership and direction from above which will not come as long as Hockey Operations continues to be an inbred Ontario good ole boys club dominated by people ( Campbell, Murphy & Gregson) with no academic standing or ostensible leadership skill. Brian Burke had a JD from Harvard when he was the VP for Hockey Ops. There is a huge problem and we saw it clearly on Tueday night. It’s time for the NHL to move into the 21st century with regard to officiating and the use of replay, coach’s challenges and the like.

    • dorvalhabsfan says:

      ” dominated by people ( Campbell, Murphy & Gregson) with no academic standing or ostensible leadership skill. Brian Burke had a JD from Harvard when he was the VP for Hockey Ops.”

      How is being educated in a field other then hockey in any way helpful to making smart hockey decisions? what did i miss tueday? did someone die without getting suspended? i say you take this notion of having non hockey people making hockey deciosions… or are you a total fan of bettman?
      Hockey people should run a hockey league
      Go Habs Go

      • FlyAngler says:

        Hockey people with hockey experience and academic credentials should run a hockey league. I am no fan of Bettman but most successful business and organizations are run by people with brains and education.
        Officiating and rules and enforcement of standards are related to law so having a guy like Burke who in addition to being a Harvard Law grad is a hockey guy who played at Providence and was a GM before becoming the VP for Hockey Ops is going to be a lot more beneficial than having someone in that position whose highest level of education is grade 12.
        In the real world people without a bachelor’s degree rarely get to be the Vice President of anything.

        “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  5. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    Man that was a total habs love fest on CBC last night,spooky. Jim Hughson is a much better listen to then Cole who i hate to say probably shouldn’t buy any green bananas. Hughson is a canucks homer so it’s nice not having to deal with commentary that has a giddy school yard leafs crush.
    That being said the Sabres played the worst 60 min of hockey i have seen in years.
    Bring on the leafs. Tomorrow,first round,i don’t care

  6. Bripro says:

    New link alert!!!

  7. Timo says:

    Front – you’re crack me up, amigo. Your dedication to alcohol is unquestionable. 🙂

    • Bripro says:

      He was born in my town. So he, the alcoholic, is probably the son of another alcoholic.
      I’m not saying we’re all like that, but we’re either alcoholics or stoners, or both.
      Life goes by in a haze in this neck of the woods.
      Wouldn’t want it any other way. 🙂

  8. Timo says:

    So many hear can’t wait for Diaz’s return. Will he be as good as he was before he injury? Time will tell. And now that I’ve see Beaulieu I don’t want him out of the lineup.

  9. SPATS says:

    Love Frankie the bull (seeing his photo reminds me of his tilt last night)

    He really wanted to hurt Ott, so much so that as the fight was winding down, Frankie literally wound Ott down by grabbing the bottom of his pants and lifting and twisting him to the ground while simultaneously popping him with a stiff right as they hit the ice together. Very sneaky Frankie… Anyone remember if this was this before or after Ott’s tongue lashing on Halpern? Ott sure had an interesting night… lost a fight, tongued a visiting visor and very nearly would’ve found himself fighting Rob Ray had his aim with his helmet toss been better…

    Go Habs!


  10. frontenac1 says:

    @twilight. Good for you and your school amigo.The sooner the kids learn that respect the better.

  11. Bripro says:

    So it’s poker friday, Burly is going somewhere… warm I hope.
    I have nothing to add to our fellow commentariat’s astutely perceptive comments (and those not so much).
    I will say this.
    Bourque is our new power forward. Putting him back with Pleks and Gio, and re-balancing the line was a coup de grace last night.
    If we get Diaz back for the playoffs, we’ll be riding the wave….
    All the way into June…..

  12. Caesar says:

    @ Hstands4Hockey
    April 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm Anyone have a stat on how hard PK shoots his one-timer?

    The skills competition held during the open practice clocked his shot at over 102mph if I remember correctly. Basically in the group at the top % behind Chara.

  13. Stevie.Ray says:

    Has anyone else noticed that with almost all of Galchenyuk’s points, they are never just clean plays. Like last night he got a sweet pass, and then put it off the post, and then scored. Or his goal in Boston hit the defenseman who then kicked it in. Or in Winnipeg his goal was a bouncing rebound that hit the goalie and the defenseman and came right to him.

    There is also all the plays he makes that just get a piece of a blocker, or hit the post, or touch a stick. I’ve never seen someone do so much and always be just an inch early, or an inch late.

    I’m not sure if this is something that will go away as he get’s more experience and used to NHL timing, or if it’s something he will always to some degree have. If it does go away then I think we can expect really big things out of him because he can make some super pretty plays, and find a way to get the dirty points too.

  14. GuyDoon says:

    Seems like the last few years, the Habs would back-in to a playoff spot. They couldn’t win a game that would clinch. This year ….

  15. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Where did Bourque get the speed? At least 4 times last night he skated back very hard to turn a Buffalo 3 on 2 into a 3 on 3.. I was very impressed with his effort.

  16. LizardKing12 says:

    I want to make some comments about the reffing in the NHL. The lack of consistency with the reffing in the NHL is quite tiring. I think comparing last nights game against the sabres to the game we lost against washington is a great way to highlight a lot of what is wrong with the reffing in the NHL. Last night the habs had 8 PPs and IMO they deserved every single one of them. The habs were playing hard and using their speed perfectly and they forced the Sabres to take penalties because they were trying to slow us down. On tuesday against the Capitals the refs clearly decided to put their whistles away. The Habs tried to take it to the Caps with their speed (other than the first 8-9 min of the game when they were asleep!) but simply couldn’t because the caps were getting away with murder, clutching and grabbing, cross checks interference you name it. They were allowed to slow us down without facing the consequences.

    I am afraid that in the playoffs we will see more games like the Caps game. It is common knowledge that the refs tend to put their whistles away in the postseason. I personally find that extremely unprofessional, the NHL is the only pro sports league that refs differently in the playoffs than in the regular season. A pass intereference in the NFL is the same on the first week of the season as it is in the Super Bowl and it should be no different in the NHL. If you want to have a league that calls a lot of penalties then that has to carry over into the playoffs. Otherwise it is unfair to teams that thrive on speed and skill and dominate in the regular season but suddenly in the playoffs teams are allowed to slow them down by clutching grabbing and interfering without getting penalized.

    Montreal has been a good enough team at even strength to beat teams without their power play, the recent Bruins game comes to mind as an example. However I still feel that it is unfair that teams will be allowed to take away a major strength of ours come playoff time simply because the NHL refuses to act like a professional league and ref their games consistently.

    • The Jackal says:

      Hey! I was just thinking about this.
      Gotta say I completely agree.

      The reffing in the NHL is a bad joke we are all too familiar with.
      Every PP we got last night was deserved, but here’s the kicker: there still was stuff that went uncalled!
      Refs let players get away with crosschecking/borderline hits when other players are in the crease. There is too much inconsistency in what constitutes a penalty.
      If they league wants some things to be a grey area, it’s best that they specify that instead of leaving it as a discretionary call. They should have clear language on what is legal when clearing the crease and what is not.

      They should ensure that clutching, grabbing, and interfering with players is always called – that should not be discretionary.
      At the start of the season, they made many interference calls on players who tried to slow down guys chasing a puck after chipping it in front, and other plays of similar nature. Now, they have swallowed their whistles for those calls. It just doesn’t make sense.

      Another thing that irks me is that the whistles seem to be put away when games are close. That makes no sense either.

      I wish the reffing was consistent.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • LizardKing12 says:

        Well said, I absolutely agree. The clutching, grabbing and interfering should always be called. Teams that lack speed and skill are always trying to get away with these things to bring better teams down to their level. Although the NHL has pretended to want to eliminate that kind of stuff from the game they continue to be incredibly inconsistent in the way those penalties are called.

        The thing that bothers me more than the game to game inconsistency is that the whistles all but disappear in the playoffs. This makes it very difficult for managers to know how to know build their teams. Seems ridiculous that building your team to have tons of speed and skill to play a system like Therrien’s could lead you to be completely dominant in the regular season but then because the NHL essentially turns into a different league come playoff time that same style might become much less effective.

    • Byron Clark says:

      My lady kicked me out of bed because i was screaming at the refs during that Caps game. Then again last night because i was clapping for all the calls.

    • Caesar says:

      Another point to make is a pass interference on the last play of a 50-03 game is still a pass interference, and it is still called.

      • LizardKing12 says:

        Exactly. I’m a big NFL fan and I’m not saying that the reffing is perfect because there are a lot of blown calls. However, there is a lot more consistency in what constitutes a penalty. Seems like they have fairly rigid guidelines for what deserves to be called and if it happens in a game and the ref sees it whether it is at the end of a 50-3 route, a close important regular season game or the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl it will be called.

  17. frontenac1 says:

    Have a great trip amigo. Saludos!

  18. frontenac1 says:

    Hey Burly.Pina Coladas for breakfast,Pints for lunch,Mojitos at Happy Hour and then Freestyle in the Evening. Remember “Don’t save for tomorrow what you can drink today”Words to live by amigo.

  19. otter649 says:

    Sabres Tyler Myers out for the season with a broken bone in his leg when blocking a PK Subban slap shot in the third period ?

  20. chanchilla says:

    @Boomer, totally agree about barkov, my favourite too, i would trade up to get him if we didn’t have 10 million centers right now.

  21. twilighthours says:

    Tough break for Tyler Myers. I hope that kid gets it figured out. With that size and amazing skating ability, he could easily be a top defender.

  22. Bardya says:

    Last night’s line up, insert Diaz & Price, we can beat em all. Subban is on Crosby’s lvl. Halpern Moen Prust is better than Boston’s 4th line. Or Toronto. Or Pitts. We got this.

    • Ton says:

      how is price an upgrade on the goalie that was in the nets last night………I can quantify this> the goalie in nets was better yesterday night than the goalie that was in the nets on Tuesday night!!

  23. frontenac1 says:

    Jonathan Winters died? Damn,I loved his stuff.RIP amigo.

  24. twocents says:

    I don’t care who, in the bottom four, we face.

  25. habstrinifan says:

    What’s in your liquor cabinet for tomorrow night?

    Forget measuring stick, it’s a ‘need a drink’ game… before.. during.. and after… I might even open my Caroni – 97 Single Barrel Rum.. which a dear friend gave me. Here’s a description of it.. not made anymore.

    Think I’ll bust it out.. gotta be fortified.

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  26. HabinBurlington says:

    R.I.P. Jonathon Winters, was a very funny guy.

  27. Luke says:


    “When you were called out for “talking out of your hat” it was because you made an unsubstantiated comment that was both misleading and inaccurate. If you are claiming that my post was either misleading or inaccurate, please explain how you came to that conclusion.”

    How was my comment misleading or inaccuracte (Which was, if i recall saying the Jets second PK unit is worse than their #1 PK unit) while your discounting Powerplay goals because its a 5 on 3 or a Sabre has no stick is not misleading or inaccurate?

    By suddenly using a subjective criteria to decide whether you do or do not allow a hard, definable, measureable stat (Power Play Goals) you have invalidated everything you have argued.

    Might as well not count anything scored by left handed shooters because they only make up 30% of the NHL population. Or goals scored on Thursdays, because everyone is looking forward to weekend games. Or after 9pm because the defense are getting sleepy.

    If you are using cold, hard numbers than you live or die by them. You don’t cherry pick which ones get to count.

    • Loonie says:

      Fantastic. What you’re saying isn’t unfair.

      If somebody wants to cite a statistic to tell Price haters that he’s better than Budaj they don’t need to remove five of Budaj’s wins to do it.

  28. Sportfan says:

    You see what that nut Job did to Zack Greinke? Carlos Quentin gets hit charges the moud breaks the pichters Collar bone the jerk deserves a suspension.


  29. petefleet says:

    I just read the article on the front runners for the Norris and once again I am in disbelief of how the “experts ” are looking at Subban and his numbers. Their logic suggests that Subban’s success is in large part due to Markov being on the ice. No question there is some truth in that. Fact is he is partnered for the most part with Gorges. Would it be more of an advantage if he was partnered with the Habs weakest D man to give Subban’s stats more merit? That’s preposterous. Subban has missed 6 games this year and is still leading the NHL in points for a D man. Had he played those six games, he would have ten more points. Is it not obvious that he is an elite talent. Does anyone really think it will bad for PK’s career to win the Norris at 24? Too bad!! I think he deserves it. I know it’s not just a points race for the trophy. They take alot of other stats into account as well. TOI, +/-, even strength points, and who they play against. They say Ryan Suter is the front runner, even though he played like crap at the first of the year. He gets “points” for his reputation I guess but PK doesn’t. If PK keeps on this pace, I really don’t think it will be possible to keep the trophy from him.
    To put the voting into perspective for all of this, OV is being considered for the Hart based on his performance over the last 14 games. Where is the logic in that? Can they now use projected impact on the whole season to award trophies? Can’t wait for the ceremony.
    Go PK, Go Habs.

    I haven’t been wrong in a long time…..not feeling like today is the day.

    ***Go Habs Go***

    • Byron Clark says:

      A lot of what I hear is that PK “doesn’t play against top talent.” Which is just insane! Do these people watch hockey?

    • Say Ash says:

      You could argue Markov and even Galchenyuk for Masterton

      • Byron Clark says:

        So fun the award speculation. Makes the cup dream feel more tangible.

      • Richrebellion says:

        I think Markov has the masterton in the bag, 2 major knee surgeries over the last few years while barely playing. Also take into account his age and that not only did he return but hes got the second most ppp in the league only to subban and is in the top 5 of d scoring.

    • Loonie says:

      I have no issue with anyone who says Subban shouldn’t win the Norris on point totals alone. What I have a problem with is the inconsistency of the argument.

      Last season Erik Karlsson won the Norris with thirty-three seconds of short-handed time on ice per game, was on the ice for eighty even strength goals in eighty-two games, wasn’t especially efficient in shot blocking or checking and despite the excellent stick checking he has wasn’t especially good defensively.

      So if Karlsson wins it based on offensive production, so should Subban.

      • petefleet says:

        There’s is yet another stat that gets little attention, time with puck. PK is not one to distribute the puck immediately. He hangs on for the right play. 3 games back he ragged the puck long enough for Max to get down ice and created a scoring chance. Something he does routinely but does not receive appropriate credit for. How many times does him starting a great play end in a scoring chance? Birkshire would know and I bet it would blow your mind.

        I haven’t been wrong in a long time…..not feeling like today is the day.

        ***Go Habs Go***

    • The Jackal says:

      But as long as that over-rated Letang doesn’t win it, then I’m happy.
      Talk about benefiting from your teammates, eh?

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • sheds88 says:

      Ryan sutter plays in a division with Calgary Edmonton and Colorado, besides buffalo, look at our division you so called ” experts “

    • Cal says:

      Subban is dominating and he has yet to completely take over a game. He’s saving it for the playoffs, then look out.


    • GuyDoon says:

      This argument will keep coming up until they make two awards for Ds:
      The Paul Coffey award for highest scoring D
      The Rod Langway award for best defensive D.
      Personally, I think the Norris should go to the best overall D and renamed the Ray Bourque award.
      The names of the awards don’t really matter to me though 🙂

    • Richrebellion says:

      Subban missed 6 games not 10 but still he has been great all year long! Markov does play a big role in Subban leading all d men in points as anyone opposite of him on the pp seems to just destroy it ( Streit, Bergeron, Souray and Schneider). However, you still gotta give full credit to Subban as he has excelled beyond any of the above. He has has an all around game and faces other teams top lines something none of the above had. No doubt he should win the Norris if he finishes the season strong but at the end of the day I think he would trade a Norris for the cup any day! Lets hope he wins both!

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    Special Thanks to Stu for his tweet, with a rather complete “Look” at Augusta. Specifically, I really empathize for Dustin Johnson, looks like he really has his hands full with Wayne’s daughter these days.

  31. habsfan0 says:

    I was impressed with the determination and grit displayed by both Pacioretty and Desharnais last night.
    Patches really showed hustle when he skated fiendishly in an effort to prevent Brian Flynn from getting a shot off,crashing into the net in the process.

    Unfortunately,the effort was in vain as the Buffalo forward scored on the play ruining Budaj’s quest for a shutout, But I give #67 an A for effort.

  32. Rudy says:

    Seriously, it’s going to be replayed on every majpr news outlet, WTH?? Was he trying to distract Halpern on the face off?
    edit: oops was supposed to be in response to Habitant inSurrey

  33. forskis says:

    Reading some of the other sports forums, some Leafs fans think the Leafs are just as or faster than the Habs….all I can say for sure is that their D-men are nowhere near as mobile as the Habs D.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  34. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I was sitting with My Son watching the game last night when Orr french-kissed Halpern 🙁

    …how do You explain that to a kid ?

    …well, I guess the NHL’s new policy of ‘if you can play, you can lick’ is the new brave frontier 🙂

    …was that what You call ‘coming out’ ? 🙂

    …I’ve been around the block more than a few times in My Life, but that has got to be the grossest thing I’ve watched in a hockey game in My not short life …at least on the level of Marty McSorley’s stick hit to the head of Donald Brashear

    • Sportfan says:

      It had to be up there with probably one of the weirdest things i’ve seen in a while


    • HabinBurlington says:

      It certainly got Glenn Healy excited.

    • habsfan0 says:

      Chris,as I posted last night, I believe Ott mistakenly believed he spotted the remnants of a Buffalo wing on Halpern’s helmet,and he simply could not resist.

      Perfectly understandable.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Not gross at all.
      Just trying to throw him off and annoy him.

      Thought about you when the NHL introduced its new stance on homosexuality in the sport and wondered how you felt about it.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …it’s complex Matty …I’m not of this generation obviously …My common-sense and compassion says God made Us all, and no one deserves hate or segregation

        …I believe marriage is between a man & woman based on the physics of Life and the purpose of God and nature …I personally find homosexual sex gross and repugnant on many levels

        …all that said, what is done out of My sight is non of My business

        …I just don’t appreciate ‘the culture’ of homosexuality flaunted in front of Myself or children

        …would I cheer for a good person that is homosexual in his own private life and he played for the Canadiens ? …yes, I would

        …as long as His personal life is not in My face

        • twilighthours says:

          “I just don’t appreciate ‘the culture’ of homosexuality flaunted in front of Myself or children”

          Which culture is that? More to the point – which culture specific to homosexuals is flaunted?

        • Mattyleg says:

          Fair enough, bud!
          As I said was just interested in your take on it.
          I appreciate your honesty!

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

        • J Dub says:

          Lol, SO compassionate.

          “As long as they are ashamed of who they are, and accommodate my own personal prejudice, I’ll allow them to be themselves, just not in public, because I’M JUST SO COMPASSIONATE.”

    • Jocko says:

      Hmm…Frankie did not look like a pussy kicking his sorry a$$!! Gallagher did not look like a pussy bouncing right back up after getting hit like that. I think it is just another way to get guys off their games, little bit of desperate mind games. Guys get underhanded when they are desperate, e.g. Mike the Cannabal Tyson!

      I don’t want to see Maurice tonight, I want to see The Rocket!

    • sheds88 says:

      it wasnt ORR, it was OTT.

  35. Prust for PM says:

    The Buffalo Bills started shipping their football team off to TO a few years ago. Maybe the Sabres can send their team to the Toronto metro area to test the Expansion waters…Semi-ha, ha.

    Cannonading drive!!

  36. Byron Clark says:

    I’m really excited to watch the Leafs try and skate with the Habs three speedy scoring lines. Bring em on Saturday, bring em on in the playoffs it doesn’t matter! They’ll be slugs by the second game!

  37. Alex_425 says:

    Just to be clear, Dust, my bad, I should have said “Leafs fans on TSN.ca”, not Leafs fans in general. I over-exaggerated.

    But I’m no expert….

  38. Jocko says:

    I am not scared of the Laffs. I believe the Habs are a different team than the one that lost to the Laffs early in the year.

    I don’t want to see Maurice tonight, I want to see The Rocket!

  39. habstrinifan says:

    I see you are ‘suffering’ the same ambivalence re our HABS vs those Hades denizens referred to as the Leafs!

    Which is why I am counting the seconds till tomorrow’s game hoping our boys come out flying for I dread a sleepless weekend if we lose.

    Thanks to HardHabits for his link to Engels article. Here is the original url. http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eric-Engels/Habs-Dismantle-Lifeless-Sabres/82/50823

    With all due acknowledgement and credit to Mr. Engeks, I hope it’s ok to paste a section of that article below.

    -Saturday’s game in Toronto means a lot more than just another written page of the rivalry. With the Canadiens pulling ahead of the Bruins, this game will have a huge stake in whether or not they can cement their division-lead. A win would help dramatically. A loss makes it that much more realistic that the Canadiens and Leafs lock horns in the first round of the post-season, from the 4-5 slots.

    It wouldn’t be the end of the world, but Toronto would have the confidence of having won the season-series against the Canadiens, ahead of their first playoff series in 10 years.

    The words “statement-game” have never applied more. The Habs have the opportunity to make a very big statement, let’s see what they do with it.

    It would be the end of this great buzz!

  40. habs_54321 says:

    just realized galchenyuk is now 1 point behind gallagher.

    • Loonie says:

      If Gallagher wasn’t such a spark plug Galchenyuk would be in the Calder conversation. He’s making WAY better use of his time from an offensive production perspective.

      • Luke says:

        Gallagher is great, but I think when you watch Galchenyuk playing you can tell that it is simply the tip of the iceberg. Gallagher is much closer to the finished product.
        Which is seemingly a 25ish goal scorer who people will hate to play against for years. I’m cool with that!

  41. Strummer says:

    The Globe and Mail is doing a live blog of tomorrow night’s game

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

  42. 24 Cups says:

    I don’t want to face the laffs in the first round.

    Forget all the logic and predictions. My gut, plus all the karma in the world, tells me that things could go terribly wrong. I’ve been on this site since it basically began and I can’t tell you how many times Toronto has defied the odds and unexpectedly beat our beloved Habs.

  43. habstrinifan says:

    Thank you habzfan2003 for the link to the article where Subban talks about hearing ‘and not forgetting’ all the negative remarks about him.

    Sure feels good that HIo was a bastion of respect and fairness in that regards. Oh wait..

  44. ebk says:

    computer geek day today…stats from NHL.com play by play
    Habs shooting percentages on PP(goals-shots)
    Subban 7-49(14.3)
    Markov 8-32 (25.0)
    Plekanec 4-18 (22.2)
    Pacioretty 2-26(7.7)
    Gallagher 2-15 (13.3)
    Desharnais 1-8(12.5)
    Gionta 5-12(41.7)
    Eller 1-6(16.7)
    Ryder 6-16(37.5)

  45. commandant says:

    We continue on down through our draft board, with the best finnish prospect in maybe 20 years.

    #4 on the draft board.


    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

    • Boomer says:

      My favorite player in the draft! (Not saying he should be number one, just my fav.) I remember one game earlier this year (during the lockout) Kid was matched up vs Mikko koivu… They were on the ice together most of the time. That night Barkov>Koivu. That’s saying A LOT for a kid his age playing against a NHL top 2 center.

    • Boomer says:

      Comm how far down the list will you go with these detailed scouting reports (Great job by the way!)

      • commandant says:

        Last year we did detailed ones to 70, and then a quick one paragraph each up to 80.

        I’m hoping (fingers crossed) to do 90 this year (80 detailed, and then 81-90 in one long post a paragraph on each). We’ll see how it goes though.

        We’ve got some other stuff like Mem Cup Preview and Mock Drafts (probably 2 rounds) planned as well.

        Go Habs Go!
        Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.

  46. Here in Brandon, MB I invented the most advanced formula to predict where the Habs, Bruins, and Leafs finish off the season. I grabbed by son’s craps dice and rolled even and odd numbers. Even equals wins, and odds equal loss. Snake eyes equal three point game.

    12-Apr-13, CANADIENS 57 Points

    Game 1. VISIT LEAFS W 59
    Game 2. HOME FLYERS W 61
    Game 3. VISIT PENS L 61
    Game 4. HOME LIGHTNING W 63
    Game 5. HOME HURRICANES W 64
    Game 6. VISIT DEVILS L 64
    Game 7. VISIT JETS L 64
    Game 8. VISIT LEAFS L 64

    The Habs are better than a 500 team. There is no way the Habs lose three straight on the road to end the season, so we can give an extra two or four points to finish off the standings.
    Canadiens finish at 68 Points.

    Boston has 8 games remaining, will win 5 of 8 to finish off the season at 66 points. I’m being generous here. They have two key injuries, and may just lose 5 of 8 and finish at 62 points.

    Leafs are at 49 points. They have 8 games remaining. They will lose to the Caps, Habs, Lightning, Sens, and Habs. They will finish with 55 points.

    The Jets unfortunately will not be able to pass the Leafs and the Leafs face the Pens or Habs from 7th or 8th place.

    Final Standings
    1. Pens
    2. Habs
    3. Caps
    4. Bruins
    5. Sens/Isle
    6. Isle/Sens
    7. Leafs/Rangers
    8. Rangers/Leafs

    EDIT: What I do while waiting for paint to dry, plus photoshop troll pics for the playoffs. 😆

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    Custom Sports Figures

  47. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Myers broke a bone in his leg last night. Must’ve been that blocked shot on the 5-on-3. Kudos to the kid for continuing to play

  48. 24 Cups says:

    Talk about Montreal dodging a bullet.


  49. jon514 says:

    Was it PK’s slap shot that broke Myers’ leg?


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