About last night …

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Who would you rather see at the Bell Centre Tuesday night, Senators or Leafs?
Those are the possibilities, pending Ottawa’s game in Boston on Sunday evening.
After watching the Canadiens easy win on Saturday night, does it really matter?
“On est prêt pour les séries,” Michel Therrien said in his postgame media scrum. “N’inquiétez pas.”
For the benefit of unilingual Canadians – who were doomed to watch Saturday night’s game on Leaf-loving Hockey Night in Canada – the coach said:
“We’re ready for the playoffs. Don’t worry.”
Hit it, Bobby McFerrin.
The last game of the regular season gave Canadiens’ fans ample reason to stop worrying and be very happy.

Anything that brings sorrow to the set of Hockey Night in Canada is cause for celebration, of course.

But the 4-1 dismantling of the Leafs was emphatic. And if the game was a harbinger of the first-round playoff series they’re praying for at HNIC, the Canadiens and their fans can look forward to Tuesday night with some cautious optimism.

Let’s review the happy points:

• James Reimer, who will face Carey Price in a Canadiens-Leafs series, was beaten fur times on 23 shots and watched the last 17 minutes of the game from the Toronto bench.

• Playing in their own barn, the Leafs were held to ONE SHOT in the second period. And seven over the game’s first 40 minutes.

• The Canadiens’ recently inept penalty-killers went 6-for-7 … and the only goal they allowed was a great shot by Phil Kessel.

• The Canadiens were outhit 45-39, but at least one check was recorded by every player in a white jersey – with the exception of Raphael Diaz, who has other virtues.

• The kid line was spectacular. Lars Eller had a goal and two assists, went 8-5 on faceoffs, played 4:27 on the PK and had six hits to lead the team. Brendan Gallagher had a goal and an assist, Alex Galchenyuk had an assist. The line was plus-8 on the game … and still played less than 10 minutes at even strength.

• Jarred Tinordi played almost 15 minutes (including 5:34 on the PK), had four hits and was plus-2.

• Andrei Markov, who had an assist in Winnipeg, added a goal and an assist against the Leafs and was plus-2 while playing a sensible 19 minutes – including a non-taxing 5:36 on the power-play and only a few seconds shorthanded.

• And Therrien continues to push the right buttons.

The coach started Peter Budaj, moved Rene Bourque to right-wing on the David Desharnais line, reunited Gallagher with Eller and Galchenyuk, managed Brandon Prust’s minutes and saw to it that his team kept its cool after falling behind 1-0.

The jury will be out on the goaltender move until we see how Carey Price plays in the postseason opener. But Therrien protected his number-one guy and gave a 10th start to a backup who has been exemplary – Budaj is 8-1-1 – this season.

Therrien said the Canadiens had played “playoff atmosphere” games in Winnipeg and Toronto and responded well to the pressure on both occasions. The easier schedule in the final week of the regular season also allowed time for some decent practices in which, Therrien said, the Canadiens worked on some basics.

We saw that work reflected in the improved PK – although some of that might have been due to the Leafs’ ineptitude. Who knew Tyler Bozak was such a valuable player?

We also saw it in the swarming puck pursuit and rapid transition that characterized the Canadiens play through the first 40 games of the season.

Gaston Therrien showed an example during his whiteboard segment on L’Antichambre. The sequence begins with Tinordi burying Mikhail Grabovski. Josh Gorges scoops up the dislodged puck, while Eller and Galchenyuk are nearby to begin the breakout that culminated in Eller’s goal.

Terrific team defence, lightning-fast transition – qualities that were missing in action during the Canadiens’ recent suckitude.

For one night, against a team that had beaten them 6-0 and 5-1 this season, your Montreal Canadiens looked like they’re ready for the playoffs.

The defence has been bolstered by the return of Diaz, the promotion of Tinordi, the excellence of P.K. Subban and the possible resuscitation of Markov. If the blueline revival continues, Price will not face the high-percentage shooting gallery in which he struggled during the Canadiens’ slump.

Michael Ryder had a rough night in Toronto. He took a bad penalty and was demoted to the fourth line, with Brandon Prust joining Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta.

But Ryder has 20 career playoff goals. I think he’ll bounce back on Tuesday.

The Canadiens will open the playoffs with a lineup that includes three rookies: Gallagher, Galchenyuk and Tinordi.

Can anyone remember this happening in the long and glorious history of hockey’s most successful franchise?

The young core of the team suggests an imminent return to glory.

Starting next week?

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The Canadiens had eight players with 10 or more goals this season, tying Pittsburgh for the league lead … Alex Galchenyuk topped the team’s +/- at plus-14. His pal Brendan Gallagher was plus-10. Brandon Prust was plus-11, P.K. plus-12 … The Canadiens won more games on the road (15) than they did at home (14) … Andrei Markov, Josh Gorges, Brian Gionta, Francis Bouillon and Galchenyuk played all 48 games … Peter Budaj had more wins than Jaro Halak this season.

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1,099 Comments

  1. Un Canadien errant says:

    What does Don Cherry have to do to demonstrate that he needs to be put out to pasture? How much longer does the CBC and Hockey Night in Canada put up with his puerile antics and antediluvian values in the cynical quest for ratings, no matter what rock has to be upturned to find viewers? Again, HNIC does some things well, but must be blown up and rebuilt before it’s too late.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2012/04/hockey-night-in-canada-must-be-revamped.html

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2011/10/ive-been-thinking-about-who-should.html

    We have in the past opined that if we must have a jokey segment in the first intermission, that comedians knowledgeable on hockey like Brent Butt and/or Norm MacDonald could fill that that role effectively. Don Cherry might have had shock value decades ago, in that he roared while others would pussyfoot around issues, but he’s well past his optimal retirement age, much like Bob Cole.

    In this specific instance, Mr. Cherry tried to stick up for Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks for a neanderthal reply to a question posed by a woman reporter. No matter that Duncan Keith was completely at fault for the incident in question, and how he handled the question from the reporter. Mr. Cherry inexplicable twisted the issue to one of women in the dressing room, one that has been settled twenty years ago, but apparently he’s unable to move past it. Meanwhile the world has passed him by.

    The NHL is a business, a cash cow for the monopolists who run it, and they’ve decided, like other major league sports, that the dressing room is not a sacrosanct refuge for the players who perform a holy rite, but rather an opportunity to sell more by allowing reporters to enter it and give their product even more free coverage and advertising. They’ve long ago decided to trade away the need for privacy and a cooling-off period for their players in return for more column inches.

    If this business relies on reporters capturing the rote banalities of the workers minutes after an emotional game, there can be no discrimination on the gender of these reporters. Women must have access to the room as freely as men do. They must have equal opportunity to do their job. That’s the law of the land.

    This doesn’t mean that reporters can poke their nose in the showers and medical rooms, these are off-limits. The modesty of the players is protected, and that has evolved as the practice of women being able to enter the room has. There is no need to be prudish about the thought of a lady being aghast at the sight of a naked man and being taken with the vapours.

    Decades ago, forward thinking organizations just bought robes for all their players, and dedicated a certain area for undressing and showering. This is now common, accepted practice in major league sports, you’d think Don Cherry would have noticed, but maybe he’s too busy weeping at fallen soldiers. Or kissing Nazem Kadri.

    As long as we don’t allow stunt reporters like Inez Sains to cloud the issue, and as long as pro team sports value the free advertising they receive from ‘news’ organizations like ESPN, there is no controversy here, only the feeble ramblings of a decrepit old man.

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    • ari says:

      hello everyone.last night is one of the rare night that don cherry was 100% right.

      • habs-fan-84 says:

        Don is right on no touch icing and returning to softer pads (elbow and shoulder).

      • Danno says:

        Yes. 100% right-wing nut job that is…

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        • Sal from the Hammer says:

          Nice! I’ve been saying for years now, it’s time for TSN , via CTV’s deep pockets, to step up and take the wheel. Don’t get me wrong, I like CBC in general, their news, and public affairs shows are fine. However, CBC has lost the so-called divine right to HNIC by virtue of their blatant worship at the alter of the dumbest fandom in all sports, the Laff fan. It’s the Laff fan is that keeps Cherry in place. Their ignorance of the rest of the hockey world, like many right wing Americans, who don’t know anything outside of 20 miles of their immediate vicinity, is what keeps Cherry on the airwaves. HNIC panders to the Laff fan. HNIC does not belong to CBC. It’s time to give them a push, their best before date is way past. Last night was the kicker, the Laffs lost because they played badly, not because they were dominated by a far superior team. Nuff said….

      • zephyr says:

        i don’t think women should be in the change rooms either. that means no reporters should be in there.
        something u should know about cherry. i was a big brother in my last few years of undergrad. i couldn’t afford to take my little bro to the nhl stars dinner so his mom did. she told me that all the players lined up at the end to sign autographs for the boys. she said none of them even looked at the boys. they could have cared less. don cherry, on the other hand, was happy to meet them & shook all the boys’ hands & asked their names & talked to them about their fav teams, etc.. cherry is a pretty good guy. i don’t think we should confuse his show biz persona with anything else.

      • twilighthours says:

        Can you explain why? I couldn’t follow Don’s rambling argument

    • otter649 says:

      The Duncan Keith situation with the female reporter had alot to do with the question asked – Do you think you should have gotten a penalty for the slash on Sedin which was asked because the lady had not heard anyone ask the question. The fact is no one asked the question because it was general knowledge that there was a delayed penalty being called on the slash but got wipped out by the goal. Still better judgement should have been used by Keith but every reporter/interviewer has had their difficulty with atheletes & if this is worse situation ever for this reporter in her career she should be happy……

  2. habs-fan-84 says:

    Well that was fun!

    Kudos to Gallagher and Eller, big game for both of them! Way to end the season.

    I think White had a statement game last night. I’ve been a big supporter of Armstrong all year, but I think White made a strong case to be in the lineup for game 1.

  3. Lazarus_taxa says:

    Dallas fires Newy. About time…

  4. nihilz says:

    I remember when CBC announcers/broadcasters were on strike.

    Games played with nobody taking and there was only the live sounds from the arena. I think that period was my favorite time of hockey watching. Even though the Habs were a wreck and games were excruciating. Top line of Petrov Zholtok Zednik.. or something similar and equally scary.

    Watching any broadcast/post game comentary/analysis these days has become soul sucking and brainwrenchingly treacherous.

    RDS- Radical fundamentalists with tunnel vision and ego’s that demand 30 foot ceilings to jam them into one room.
    CBC- Is it possible to gather this many nincompoops and bigots in one group and not call them a 2nd rate circus or at least the Douglas Hospital entertainment crew.
    Sportsnet- Copy all above.. moreover, they are the deranged ugly cousin leftover gang.

    Why has this business become more about personal opinion than the job it actually entails? Analysis, information and professionalism.

    IMO, if hockey is the heart stings of our nation.. and basically a religion to many.. then these duds are the false preachers and TV evangelists who only mislead and use the faith for their own selfish means and ends. And/or whatever agenda mainstream broadcasters push.

    Thants my 3 1/2 cents… ugh, good morning.. lmao

    Go Sens Go! (VS Booins..)

  5. Mavid says:

    I live in enemy territory, I am married to a Sens fan..and I have temper issues..so Go Bruins Go..barf..barf..choke..barf..

  6. Maritime Ron says:

    The case for Brendan Gallagher for the Calder Trophy.
    ” Given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.”

    Nail Yakupov:…………..17G 14A 31 Pts. -4
    Jonathan Huberdeau: 14G 17A 31 Pts. -15
    Brendan Gallagher……15G 13A 28 Pts. +10

    Honorable mentions to Alex Galchenyuk-Cory Conacher-Brandon Saad

    Time On Ice:
    Huberdeau: 812:31 including 113:20 of PP
    Yakopov:…..698:58 including 119:07 of PP
    Gallagher…..609:58 including 103.54 of PP

    Florida finishes last in Conference-30th overall
    Edmonton 12th in Conference- 24th overall
    Montreal finishes 4th or 5th in NHL

    Keys:
    How many important goals has Gallagher scored?
    How many key, gutsy plays has he made?
    How many players has he made better around him?
    How much has his enthusiasm been contagious?
    Was he an important element to push the Habs to the playoffs?
    Gallagher has most road goals scored by a rookie(8)
    Gallagher is tied for most winning goals by a rookie(3)

    If Gallagher does not win…..

    • HabFan in Edmonton says:

      Totally agree. Where was Yupov when the Oilers lost 9 out of 10 to get knocked out of the playoff race ? No where to be seen. He scored 5 goals in the last 2 games that were totally meaningless.

      Yakupov will be a great player but Gallagher is definitely deserving of the Calder. He has been there all year for the Habs. Of course I am biased.

    • OH MY!

      I looked at each goal by video (of all candidates) and came to the conclusion that Huberdeau would win on style points. But your assessment has Gallagher winning in a land slide. I hope the writers don’t make the same mistake I did.

      Great job Ron!

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  7. Timo says:

    Why is everybody spending so much time discussing Kadri? Is he that much of a factor? Sheesh.

  8. Timo says:

    I think Carey should try new pads for the playoffs.

  9. Timo says:

    Senators are going to bring it on tonight to avoid playing pittsburgh. I am torn between Sens and leafs. Neither will be good for the household atmosphere.
    If it’s leafs – I’ll be drunk all the time. If it’s sens – wife is from ottawa. I may have to move.

  10. Timo says:

    So, if Plekanec, Gionta and Ryder continue their stellar play into the playoffs, is it reasonable to assume all 3 of the will be gone in the offseason? Ryder is easy, but the other two?

    What’s Plekanec’s and Gionta’s cap hit?

    • Danno says:

      $5M each

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    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Shut down the Leafs top line last night didn’t they?

    • Mark C says:

      Your life must be filled with a thousand disappointments every day.

      • Bob_Sacamano says:

        That made me smile. I also don´t know why anyone would be worried about Pleks or Gionta. I´m not and they´ll do their job in the playoffs. Ryder is Ryder. He´s always been one of the most useless players when he doesn´t score.

      • ed says:

        Mark,

        Yesterday Stubbs tweeted that Price not playing had nothing to do with giving him a rest, and everything to do with giving Budaj another game. That was the official word from the Habs’ brass.

        I knew Price was not being rested.

        So we played our entire team, we beat those Laffs, and all is well in the world. Except Price was not part of the win. Price was a spectator.

        So now, come Tuesday, I hope Price does not stumble. Because if he does, the “Budaj should play Thursday” articles will be flying off the presses before Wednesday’s sun rises.

        I had a great feeling before last night’s game. I knew that if we played our top guns we would school them, because push come to shove we are better offensively and much better defensively.

        The only piece that needed to be added was a Price win. A big, no doubter. A great Price victory.

        And Therrien chicken crapped his way by protecting Price from losing.

        That’s what I found humiliating. That’s why I called Therrien a loser.
        And I stand by what I posted yesterday.

        Winners, like Price, NEED to play their way back to the top.

        That’s the way I see it.

        • ont fan says:

          So why not give the team a little credit. If they play that kind of hockey, the chances will be minimal and it won’t make any difference
          who’s in net.

        • Prairienewf says:

          Yeah, habs did it was for Budaj but I agree, would have been nice if Price had been played and had a solid game and gotten the win. Team plays more desperate with Budaj in and a rest on it’s laurels too much when Price is in I find. Carey has to pick it up a notch now. He’s back in the show and win or lose he can silence his critics once and for all.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Just as Bourque on DD’s/Pacs line worked.. put Gallagher on line with Gionta Pleks and you’ll see magic. Then slot Ryder wherever.

  11. NoTinFoilCups says:

    If Ottawa picks up just one point do they finish in 7 or 8th place? Having them face the Bruins in the first round might not be such a bad thing!

  12. Prairienewf says:

    Kadri is a great young player, very skilled and competitive to the core but should stick to his game. The extracurricular antics only work against him.

    • Maritime Ron says:

      Kadri has shown some skill in spurts, but we’ll see once he has played a few 82 game schedules.
      One thing is sure. He better learn to be a rookie and keep his mouth shut and go about his business like Galchenyuk. If not, one game next year in some arena, he will get his head ripped off.

  13. petefleet says:

    The much maligned PP went 0 for 6 last night but you can’t blame it on DD and MT as some posters have. The Habs PP does not operate down low and therefore DD is not going to generate alot of the points from the PP. It is predicated on feeding the point and when that doesn’t happen, it’s not successful. Should that mean a change needs to be made, maybe but you’ve got two of the best back end snipers i the game back there. I say stick with it. A better FO win % by DD would certainly help. The Habs would score more goals if they start with the puck.

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    • Timo says:

      I liked the DD’s line somewhat on PP last night. They moved the puck well and spent a lot of time in the Leafs zone. Perhaps getting a bit too fancy at time.

      Plekanec’s line on the other hand is just a momentum killer.

      • petefleet says:

        Agreed. I think it’s just a matter of time before Pleks is relegated to PK and 5 on 5 to make room for the Eller line, maybe even in the playoffs this year. Also, if Ryder gets going again we’ll see the whole forward groups numbers go up on the PP.

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  14. secritagentman says:

    Who wins the tie between Calgary and Carolina for 5th worst team? Montreal already gets Nashville’s pick, so they pick 34th, do they also pick 35th or 36th for Calgary’s pick?

  15. John Q Public says:

    Previously I stated we would not win the cup.
    However I am almost always wrong.

    Quote:
    “if every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right” -George Costanza

    Infer what you will.

    Go Habs GO!

  16. Prairienewf says:

    Haha hardhabits. That’s becoming a popular repost eh?

  17. HardHabits says:

    AIR QUALITY WARNING FOR EASTER CANADA

    A strong smell of mothballs, mould, etc. will be in the air for a few weeks. The Toronto Maple Leafs have made the playoffs for the first time in nine years and their fans will be removing sweaters, car flags etc. from extended storage. No need for concern as the smell is not harmful and should not last more than a couple of weeks.

  18. Prairienewf says:

    Orr out for the 2 seconds left isn’t about sending any type of message. It’s plain stupid and classless. Carlyle is tough and generally smart but that was total bonehead.

  19. habitual says:

    I am only able to see the games on the TV, and I’m not able to see why Galchenyuk gets limited ice time. Weak defensively? Anyone who has seen the games live help with a comment?

  20. LizardKing1967 says:

    Why MT should win the Jack Adams: Magic
    Sure, MacLean has done some good things for Ottawa, with all the injuries they went through. But MT brought a LAST PLACE team to 2nd (almost) in the conference. He also made some controversial decisions about his goalies, his lines and his benchings, but every time he did something, it worked. He is a true magician.

    Why Gally should win the Calder: Tenacity
    Sure, Huberdeau and Yakupov have more points (Yakupov scored 3 goals on the last day of the season in a nothing game). But they have both played 4 more games than BG. And BG has a +/- at +10, while Yakupov is -4 and Huberdeau -15. BG has more shots than either one, and he’s played LESS TOI. All this, and we still didn’t mention that he’s the only one of them who gets a beating every night because he sleeps in the opposing crease!
    Why P.K. should win the Norris: Dynamics
    More points, more goals, more PP goals, more shots…..what else do you need. Not only has he worked his way to the top of the heap, he played 6 less games than most others, except Letang, and he’s been so dynamic between points, he does more on the ice than any D-man we;ve seen since Chelios.

    My arguments are there.
    Defy you all to challenge!

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    • Le Jadester says:

      Nice post!

      Habs, OLE !

    • ZepFan2 says:

      “My arguments are there.
      Defy you all to challenge!”

      You are the lizard king. You can do anything!

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      • LizardKing1967 says:

        I am THE LizrdKing. I can do anything.

        Are you Bonzo?

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    • neumann103 says:

      Taking off the homer glasses.

      1. Why Therrien will not and should not win the Adams. MacLean in Ottawa has worked magic with an injury depleted lineup (Spezza, Karlsson, Anderson) and found ways to keep winning in ways that bespeak coaching. Slam dunk.
      I find it hard to rank Therrien more than 4th or 5th on the list of possible candidates. Yes he has been at the helm as a team that was not as bad as its record last year rebounded to an overachieving season. But his decisions have been at best mixed. Yes he played the kids, but he stuck with his faves Boullion, Desharnais and Armstrong aaginst actual merit. His use of Eller and Subban borders on incompetence. And whatever he has done – or allowed his assistants to do – to change the scheme on Penalty Kill is inexcusable. This is an historically strong PK team and this year’s roster is jammed with elite penalty killers. The results are horrid.

      2. Gallagher should win the Calder but Huberdeau will and really this one is close.
      At the end of the day, most of the factors like playing on a crappy team, being a minus player, getting craploads of ice time will be disregarded by voters. They probably do weigh the last minute pointless scoring by Yakupov in context, but pedigree and top line numbers will get Huberdeau the nod. It is not wildly undeserved but will be a bitter pill to swallow when…

      3. PK Subban should win the Norris but will not. The same clubby old school voters who will give Huberdeau the Calder on top line points will turn around and deny Subban the award while ignoring his merits in exactly this area. They will also blather about ice time (thanks Therrien!) and the perception of tough minutes competition (invalid).

      Disclaimers:
      I predicted two years ago that Subban would win a Norris trophy within 5 years, but I think the voters have problematic biases that will require an undeniable case.

      Other than Plekanec and Eller, the two Gallys are my favourite Habs and I thought enough of them to draft one in each of my hockey poolls but I picked Huberdeau to win the Calder before the season began and still think he will be the consensus choice.

      I thought Therrien was the wrong coach hire. He has obviously turned out better than expected but I think a lot of the Hab’s success is independent of his efforts.

      “Et le but!”

  21. Prairienewf says:

    Love my bacon, eggs, toast, hash browns with coffee and juice weekends….anyways habs will take leafs in a long series. Leafs lack depth. Sens worry me. Habs should beat ‘em but rarely do…..what a difference a year makes…a lot of good individual parts. Rookies inspiration and example carries the habs a lot of nights. Stick to the system. I love Price. He finished well but let’s be honest he’s our biggest question mark.

  22. frontenac1 says:

    Re Kadri. Twice this season saw him get into a scrum and then take a cheap shot at the opponent but only after one of his protectors is in the middle. Sorry amigo, he is a punk.Too bad because he wasn’t like that before this season.Carlyle made him that way.

  23. LizardKing1967 says:

    Leafs or Sens. Does it really matter?
    Last two games we’ve returned to form like first 40. Habs are ready.
    Bring on anyone.
    Sens is better, as Leafs and Boons will goon it up so much, they’ll tire each other out. Would be great for them to have a 7 game series like that.
    And 39 hits last night? For the Habs? Who says we can’t be tough!
    That’s wasome considering the season averag of 22 hits/game

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  24. Sportfan says:

    FOr tonight only GO SENS GO!

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  25. HabinBurlington says:

    If we believe our Habs team is good enough to make some noise in the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, it should matter not whether we play the Senators or the Leafs. Our goal should remain to finish as high in the regular season as possible, thus gaining home ice advantage in more rounds and at the same time helping avoid the highest seeded team in the East until later.

    I am definitely cheering for a Senators victory. Besides, how hard can it be to cheer for the opposition of the Bruins? :)

  26. Danno says:

    If the Sens beat the Bruins what will the schedule be for the Habs vs Sens games?

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  27. Bill says:

    What’s with the Kadri hate?

    • He plays like Marchand on the ice. Mouthy, gutless, and thinks he’s better than everyone. AKA Punk!

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      • twilighthours says:

        Man, this is over the top, no? He’s not dirty. He threw that one hit on Gallagher when he didn’t have puck. Otherwise, he’s fine. Comparing him to marchand (sneakiest player in the league) is unfair.

        • otter649 says:

          Give Kadri time he is in his first season & he mouth offed early this season he could take liberties/cheap shots since he had Orr-McLaren-Fraser watching out for him like in Fla when he got involved with a player and Fraser came to the rescue & Kadri punched The Fla player twice when he was pinned on the ice by Fraser & defenseless…….

        • HUDSONHAB says:

          I’ve seen a few Leafs games other than the Habs. Kari is mouthy, chippy and takes cheat late pokes at guys. This may all change when doesn’t have goons to hind behind but for now, he’s an ass.

          ….Hab4life….

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I will echo what is said below Twi’, while he is not in the category of Marchand, he certainly has brought upon himself this scorn. His comments throughout the season display a very cocky and arrogant player who believes through team toughness that he is untouchable, while delivering a few dirty hits.

          He is talented, and I wouldn’t be adverse to him on our team, but while he is a Leaf and with the comments/actions of him, I have no issues with some scorn his way. :)

    • Strummer says:

      I don’t get it either Bill.
      Kadri has been one of the bright spots for the Laffs.
      He’s a top 20 scorer with a 16.9 shooting % and people on this site don’t like him because he hits opponents ??

      He does what his coach tells him to do and is paid to do.

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    • ont fan says:

      Have to agree. He is mouthy,chippy and have seen him take more cheap shots in the last 6 weeks. I am surprised. Always thot he got a raw deal. If you play like that you better stand up.

  28. Bill says:

    KenD29, hope you are right! It just seems like the Sens know how to play Montreal. Boston and Toronto fall into the trap of trying to crush the Habs, but the Habs elude them. The Sens are smart enough to play hockey against the Habs, match speed and skill with speed and skill. It’s partly a mystical thing. Never forget who the Senators first NHL win was against! Bad Karma.

  29. Strabo says:

    Thanks Maritime Ron for the links. Interesting read, it bodes well for the Habs.

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  30. fastfreddy says:

    Is Moen hurt? He looks like he is playing so “cautiously”

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  31. Bill says:

    Tedsel, we had a like and dislike button at one point, it was hilarious :)

  32. Bill says:

    Hobie, I am gonna try that, thanks!

  33. fastfreddy says:

    Didn’t see Khadri smash anyone last night? Hmmmmmmm

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  34. Bill says:

    Thanks guys, I thought there was some scenario where the Habs could meet the Rangers. Again, math is not my thing.

    So since I do not want the Habs to face Ottawa, I am actually rooting for the Bruins?? Awful.

    Although as I said before, I see Boston tanking this one to face the Leafs.

    Ottawa are a scary team. Daniel F. Kills the Habs, and Anderson has been lights out all year.

    • KenD29 says:

      Anderson was lights out before being injured.

      Will give you the fact that with all the injuries the Sens faced this season, it is amazing they are in the playoffs. Not convinced this team will win against the Habs should they end up facing each other.

      All About Work Ethic

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Sens are not that good. The real reason to finish 2nd is to get the Caps, Leafs or Bruins instead of the Pens in round 2.

    • neumann103 says:

      There was up until about 4 PM Saturday when the Rangers beat the Devils.

      “Et le but!”

  35. Lupul, went to twitter “we’re bigger, stronger, faster than the Canadiens”, and fired the Habs up.

    The Toronto Sun “We Want You” with a picture of the Montreal Canadiens on the cover.

    The Montreal Canadiens who clinched on the 11th and then went into a psychological tail spin to lose more than they won is not the Canadiens who kicked ass from Jan-Apr 11th.

    Over confidence is a killer. You could see it all week that the Leafs were going to lose. You could hear every leaf fan the way they were talking. You could hear their media. I kept saying, you guys beat the Canadiens but if you think that’s the team that got to 2nd in the East then you’re in for a surprise.

    I saw Whitie and Moen back in the lineup and you knew they would be all over the place. Well Moen wasn’t exactly that, but Whitie was flying, and trying to smash everything.

    I like Whitie (Brandon Boy), he’s learning. When he made those mistakes in earlier on in the season people wanted him sent to Siberia. But you got to have players like Whitie on your team. Therrien asked him to set the tempo and he did, but got too over aggressive and put our team down. He’s learning and I thought last night was a great step forward for him. We needed a guy like that to run around and scare the crap out of everyone.

    I hope the young members here remember that slump, it’s a part of hockey, and happens to everyone but the key is to stay strong and support he players.

    Gerald said it earlier, that hit on Markov was like flipping a switch. Markov played like the Markov we all love.

    I’m all fired up right now. Beating the Leafs is one thing (and really not that big a deal) but beating the CBC, TSN, Sportsnet and their fans is AWESOME. The media is so high on the Leafs and it’s disgusting for us to watch.

    HEY TORONTO YOU ARE NOT CANADA’S TEAM

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  36. naweed235 says:

    So what’s the consensus around here? we want to face the leafs and not the sens… right?
    IMO, the Sens are one of those teams that have surprised all year and will be extremely hard to knock off the first round. They’ve played great without Spezza, Anderson, Karlson and Michaelek almost all year and those are their #1s in each of their respective positions. What makes them even scarier is that they will probably have all those guys ready to go come Tuesday.
    Toronto on the other hand, is full of air. They’ve been getting outshot almost 2 to 1 on most nights and if it wasn’t due to their goalie’s play, they wouldn’t even be in the playoffs…

  37. Un Canadien errant says:

    1) Is the ship righted? The Canadiens skated, and forechecked and pressured the statuesque Leafs defencemen and made them cough up the puck and look downright AHL-quality. Surprising, we all thought that Mike Kostka was a prodigious treasure found on the scrap heap, TSN was agog that this guy never had a shot at the NHL. Hmmm….

    2) So is the ship righted? Powerplay? Check. Penalty kill? Check. Discipline? Check. Team toughness, but not losing our marbles and trying to fight the enemy on their own terrain? Check. Goaltending? Well….

    3) Kid line!

    4) Is this the final nail in the Coach’s Corner? I mean, what else does this guy have to do to lose his job? Never mind the onion-on-the-belt stories, and how his analysis has no beginning or end, just a self-referencing mish-mash of a middle, where you have to try to divine what he is trying to say about blocking shots, is he fer it or agin’ it? Or was that a rant against College players?

    5) And the Hot Stove panel needs to be blown up. Have a pre-game roundtable, fine, but cut it down to one or two people and the host. The 2nd intermission Satellite Hotstove used to be my favourite, because it brought a different, fresh view to the proceedings, with Al Strachan and John Davidson and other outsiders, from different locales than just Toronto. We’d get perspective from American teams, external to the HNIC hype machine. That needs to be re-established. Besides, how long does PJ Stock have to be on camera before he runs out of things to say? Is the over-under one minute? These guys have yammered at us since the start of the game, how eager are we to hear what they have to say once the Hot Stove rolls around.

    6) Really, is the ship righted? Tomas Plekanec’s line didn’t do much, and neither did David Desharnais’, althought they both are still working hard. René Bourque just seems snakebitten, he’s getting and even generating opportunities, but nothing is going in for him. Let’s hope he goes on a ten or twelve-game Michael Ryder-style scoring streak beginning Tuesday.

    7) As far as the ship being righted, Jarred Tinordi seems to be earning the trust of the team and coaches. Again, I’m not sure that he’s better right now than the defencemen he’s replacing, but his skillset complements the others better. Yannick Weber wasn’t doing badly, but he was bringing to the team more of what it already had, Jarred adds to the toolbox. Let’s play it by ear. If he slows down or has a hiccup or two, we can mix in someone else and see what happens.

    8) And the Michel Therrien magic touch struck again, shuffling up his lines, and seeing his decision to play the backup goalie quickly validated. I may have to revise my contention that only Patrick Roy was a suitable choice for head coach.

    9) How farcical can Randy Carlyle and his orangutans get? What a ridiculous showing by Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren. The refs actually didn’t allow them to turn the game into a sideshow, giving them verbal warnings multiple times until Frazer McLaren tried to goon it up with the game out of reach. They rightly gave him a double minor, and didn’t automatically give Ryan White a minor for being assaulted and having to defend himself, which is the usual practice in the NHL. They also gave Mr. McLaren an immediate game misconduct and removed him from the equation, which should be the standard operating procedure with guys like that.

    10) Leo Komarov, really? The HNIC crew yukked it up about how he’s got the biggest curve of any Maple Leafs, yet could play with a ringuette stick for all he does with the puck. He’s the king of the late hit, the worst of the ‘finish your check’ squad, getting to the play a second after it’s over. If the League really wants to grow and thrive and showcase its stars and wow its fans and reduce injuries and care for the safety of its players, the low-hanging fruit is the removal of Leo Komarov, and others who fulfill his ‘role’ for other teams. How many Martin St. Louis and Pavel Datsyuks never make the NHL because they’re weeded out on the way up or displaced by Leo Komarovs? How is that smart? I’ll say again, does the NFL allow thugs to take out its Tom Bradys? Does the NBA let opponents hack on LeBron James or Kevin Durant? Am I the only one who sees the Bettmanperor has no clothes? How is this so hard to figure out?

    11) And Dion Phaneuf, don’t think we didn’t see your end-of-game dirty, sleazy crosscheck in the back of Ryan White, while he’s already engaged in an assault by Colton Orr. And we also saw your tremulous backpedal and head on a swivel after the fact. We know all about facilitated aggression, and how you and Nazem Kadri are great example of china dolls who become tough guys when they’re in the bully pack. You’re awesome Dion. Leaf fans have reason to be proud. Again.

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    • KenD29 says:

      well said. I also thought they should have tossed Mr. Tough Guy Phaneuf who decided to add his 2 cents in after Orr made an attempt at White.

      I could not agree with you more on the panel. This new format this season Toronto centric. Like you, much preferred the old version with insight from other regions.
      Guess not enough Toronto content for the TBC.

      All About Work Ethic

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Thanks for that post UCe, nice read. Enjoy your day Normand!

      CHeers

    • tedsel says:

      There is no like button on HIO comments, but if there was, I would rate your analysis as simply awesome.

      Bring on the playoffs!

      Livin’ the Dream…

    • That Dion Phaneuf cross check to the lower back of Whitie makes my blood boil.

      It’s so gutless it’s not even funny and then he raised his stick to protect himself from Gionta who was slowly coming over to him. I laughed my ass off.

      Phaneuf you just represented your team and it’s colors in true fashion. Just another reason to hate the Toronto Maple Leafs!

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      • otter649 says:

        Just as a bad when he turned down an invitation from Prust earlier this season – Phaneuf is a big boy and is losing respect around the league for lack of standing up for himself the last few seasons……

        • Had White been facing him there’s no way he would have done anything. So gutless!

          Shane Oliver
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        • D Man says:

          Losing respect? Since when did he have respect and from whom? The “man” is really……….hmmmmm, can’t think of the proper adjective acceptable in this forum.

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

          • otter649 says:

            You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan – Pretty dense/stupid comment but I consider the source.
            Phaneuf all season has been losing respect around the league for having crazy glue in his gloves and not standing up for himself. The local media as well as the fans have been on him all season for this new aspect of his game – Nothing new…….

      • neumann103 says:

        It was also after the final buzzer. They are supposed to penalize that crap more severely. James Wizniewski got one of the longest suspensions last season because of a cheapshot after the buzzer. I think it was 8 games but similar offenses committed during play were getting 2-3.

        “Et le but!”

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Helloooo, Neumann…. Have you been away? Not seeing your posts very frequently. When I tried to glean through the posts during the lockout, yours was one of the few voices of reason on here, thanks for doing that.

          I wonder if there’s a way to repatriate the Wiz. Right-handed, mobile, offensively gifted defenceman with a nasty streak, good shot from the point who can bomb setups from Andrei Markov or even Nathan Beaulieu, he’d fit right into our roster and address a few issues. Maybe Columbus needs some cap relief, and we’ll have room after the Tomas Kaberle buyout.

          Of course, the “I Love Scott Gomez” kid will probably be on here all summer yammering that Mr. Kaberle will earn a spot on the roster n training camp, trust him, he knows better than us, we’ll see….

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        • otter649 says:

          Wizniewski I believe got 8 games as an Islander (before he was traded to Montreal) with a one finger salute at Sean Avery ?

    • HUDSONHAB says:

      Good points.
      Kadri is a cad, a schmuck, a punk. He will get his.
      ….Hab4life….

    • LizardKing1967 says:

      Great post!
      Let’s answer…..
      1) T oronto S ports N etwork, Remember.
      2) All good points. Check, check, and check……Goaltending: my take…..The save on Blake Wheeler Thursday night should answer any sceptics. Price has arrived for good!
      3) The “EGG” Line. Scramble the opponents
      4) Cherry has not been the same since Rose died several years ago. Time for him to give it up. She always kept him in check.
      5) Agreed. Hot Stove was never better when you had Davidson, Hughs, Strachen and Red Fisher. Only thing was, it was hard to watch Strachen, the ugliest reporter ever! Edit: Those lips man!
      6) We have three lines that can, and will, score. As they have done all year. We shouldn’t be worried about good snipers like Ryder and Bourque. As for the DD line, HUGE improvement in his and Max’s play since Bourque’s been there.
      7) Tinordi is here to stay. Best move for MT was halting Tinordi’s games, sending him back down, and making him MORE hungry. Now he understands.
      8) Is there any question who deserves to be coach of the year?
      9) Goons will be goons. Forever. Only reason it worked for Carlyle when the Ducks won it all…..They had a GOALIE and they had SELANNE. Show me a comparison on the Leafs….
      10) Let them continue to have these players in the NHL. As we see every year, when the playoffs roll around, they spend their time in the penalty box, or better yet, as a healthy scratch!
      11) And to think, some fans here wanted Phaneuf before he signed with T.O. As with the Bruins, same with the Leafs, you play for one of those teams, YOU ARE A GOON!

      Adams: MT
      Calder: Gally
      Norris: P.K.
      Conn Smythe: Price?

      Thanks for reading.

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  38. fastfreddy says:

    I still think the habs should call up Stortini, just in case we need to do some justice out there.

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

  39. Bill says:

    Maritime Ron, I could not agree more. Remember a long time ago when the CBC techies went on strike, and they showed all the games with no play by play at all? Just the sound of the game. It was way better.

    Why do we need a play by play guy telling us what we are seeing?

  40. Wintercount says:

    When Cournoyer came up he played the pp for three years, no even strength. Never liked Toe for doing that, but I’ll always remember Yvan sayin’ ” playing all on those man ads slowed the game down for me, gave my confidence a big boost, calmed the nerves”. So, I’m here pushing pp time for 27 and 81. Time has come.
    Last summer I was pushing Grigorenko over Galchenyuk and I was pretty much wrong on that one.

    ex nihilo nihil fit

  41. Maritime Ron says:

    As for the CBC, too bad there is no TV Option where you could eliminate the voices, yet still hear the sound of the play.

    I remember a few years back there were some voice technical difficulties for about the first 3-5 minutes of a game and it was great.
    All you heard were the sounds of the game-the puck-the skates-the hits and the crowd.
    It was as close to being at the game without having to listen to all the noise of play by play and useless endless other commentary

  42. Ian Cobb says:

    I hope we hit the Pens before Crosby gets back, he is a Hab killer!

    • Maritime Ron says:

      There is an NHL policy for post game interviews

      NHL MEDIA ACCESS POLICY,”

      “No later than five (5) minutes following the conclusion of the game, all players must be physically present and available for media interviews in the main dressing room for a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 45 minutes.”

  43. Village29 says:

    How can Brendan Gallagher not be a shoe in for the Calder ?!?!?
    This kid has been incredible .
    Huburdeau and Yakupov were supposed to be this good, and they have been, but BG wasn’t even supposed to make this team .
    C’mon NHL , get this one right

    • Maritime Ron says:

      Agreed.
      Unless the rookie is out of this world, I have a problem when a major trophy goes to a player whose team doesn’t make the playoffs.

    • HUDSONHAB says:

      Agreed.
      Huburdeau got tones of ice time for a team that has been out of the playoff picture since February.
      Yakupov got half his goals in the last three games.

      No contest.
      ….Hab4life….

    • Arrow77 says:

      I don’t think being a surprise should influence the vote in any way: it’s not Huberdeau’s fault if the scouts liked him more than Gallagher.

      I would like Gallagher to win but I won’t be angry if it’s Huberdeau. His team sucked and he had no one to play with!

  44. frontenac1 says:

    @Burly. Glad you survived last night in the enemy”s Saloon and collected on your wagers amigo. Its more a mix of Habs,Sens,Leafs and Bruin fans in this neck of the woods but the Leaf fans I know up here are not smack talking at all. I think they still can’t believe they are in the playoffs. Here’s my call. Habs/Leafs, Habs in 4,Habs /Sens,Habs in 6.Saludos!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      CHeers Front! I stayed in the bar late and watched the UFC fights with all the Leaf fans, it was like watching a Maple Leaf training camp! Had a great time last night in the enemies camp.

      Today, my ball team has our first practise, which is followed up with an afternoon in the saloon. What a great Sunday this will be.

  45. Propwash says:

    My friend who is a Leaf fan reeeeeaaaaally doesn’t want them to face Boston.

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  46. Habfan10912 says:

    As I headout for some spiritual nourishment may I make a HI/O confession? Please forgive me for advocating a rest day yesterday for our Habs. I feel much better today that we didn’t and were victorious. I will try to do better in the future.

  47. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I hate Don Cherry but I have to agree with him on not having women in males locker-rooms. Just like men aren’t allowed in Women’s lockerrooms.

  48. Ian Cobb says:

    Tinordi is now ready for this team.!! He does make a difference in our end now. Next year he will make the top 4 D on the roster.
    He is worth much Bullion today!

  49. HUDSONHAB says:

    One Bruin’s loss away from my prediction/hope.
    Leafs/ Bruins in first round.
    Can’t meet Pitt til finals
    Sweet.
    ….Hab4life….

  50. Loonie says:

    Premature Predictions…..

    Sens beat the Bruins today.

    Islanders beat the Penguins
    Habs beat the Senators
    Capitals beat the Rangers
    Bruins beat the Leafs

    Blackhawks beat the Wild
    Red Wings beat the Ducks
    Sharks beat the Canucks
    Kings beat the Blues

    Habs beat the Islanders
    Bruins beat the Capitals

    Blackhawks beat the Red Wings
    Kings beat the Sharks

    Habs beat the Bruins
    Kings beat the Blackhawks

    Kings beat the Habs – :(

  51. HabinBurlington says:

    I suspect Kyle McLaren played his final game of the NHL season last night. Carlyle can’t be stupid enough to keep wasting roster spaces for multiple goons with zero hockey skill.

    The Leafs powerplay was horrendous last night, and yet they have a kid in Gardener who could help that team, but instead they dress Frasor who has size but no skill.

    • Maritime Ron says:

      And Matt Frattin sits

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Exactly Ron, in fact despite me not thinking Bozak is a top 1st line center, having him out of the lineup did hurt them, and Frattin could have been a very effective substitute.

        Carlyle knows hockey, can be a very good coach, but he gets too caught up in his Caveman love for physicality.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      You must have missed the memo bud. The Leafs size and toughness always prevails over skill and speed. We still had someone today continuing to spew that garbage.

  52. Arrow77 says:

    It’s hard to tell how much of last night win was us playing well and how much was the Leafs playing bad but it may not matter. The team’s confidence was shaken and now it’s not.

    Let’s tell all those nice Toronto fans that they helped us get our mojo back; they will be so happy for us!

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      Just like when we played & lost to the Laffs. Only difference, we always gave the Laffs credit but these tools never do, just make excuses.

  53. Strabo says:

    I see that the Leafs out hit us last night, but I would be interested to know what puck possesion was for the game last night. I’ve been looking for the stat but I can’t find it. Does anyone know where I can find it?

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  54. Bill says:

    So Boston wins, they play the Islanders. Boston loses, they get the Leafs. I say they tank this one.

    Can someone break down the possibilities of the Habs first round? I am confused.

    • Loonie says:

      Leafs or Sens buddy.

      Boston wins in any fashion – we play the Leafs
      Senators win in any fashion – we play the Senators

    • HabinBurlington says:

      We play Ottawa if Boston loses today, we play Toronto if Boston wins. 2nd or 4th in the East are the two places we can finish.

      Ottawa goes up to 7th with a win. They will be motivated, if they don’t win, they play Pittsburgh Round 1.

      Morning Bill, hope you enjoyed the festivities last night!

      • Ian Cobb says:

        Gerald!
        I want the leafs!
        Knocking off Toronto will be our cup this year my friend, and will it ever be a fun series!

        • HabinBurlington says:

          If we end up with a Montreal vs. Toronto playoff round, I have a very good lead on some tickets for at least a game in Toronto. I suspect I may even try and see if I can’t get to Montreal for a Game or two Ian.

          I am pumped my friend!

          • Ian Cobb says:

            I will work on tickets for us in Montreal, if it is the leafs! wonder how many I can get? Shane already say’s he has his, so they might be sold out.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I will shoot you an email tomorrow Ian once we know the matchups. I am going to work on a friend of mine who works for Molson, see what he can do for us as well.

            CHeers Ian!

        • boing007 says:

          There is only one Cup and it takes 16 wins to get it and hoist it over your head.

          Richard R

  55. Ian Cobb says:

    I never agree with Don the Clown Cherry!
    But I have to say he got it part right last night about no ladies in the men’s locker room.

    In my mind, I do not think any media, Male or female, should be allowed to enter the dressing room at all. Give the players a little private time of showering, dressing and game reflecting, before the invasion!

    It is suppose to be a private part of your life to shower and dress. You already have about 30 or more employees to walk around in front of, in many stages of undress and your own game reflection time, let alone the instant invasion of both sex media types.

    Just think for a moment about the private time or at least team emotions of some players. Ever wonder why not even one gay player has ever come out! is another consideration.?

    When players are dressed and outside their private locker rooms, should they be made available to the media!

    So Cherry! you only got it partly right, again as usual!

    • DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

      From what I understand, and what I remember about having been in the Habs dressing room years ago, that there is part of the dressing room where the press has no access. That interviews are carried on in an common adjoining room where they can mingle. I could be wrong about this… anybody know how, when and where the Habs interviews are given?

  56. Danno says:

    Where have all the trolls gone?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYii6nxhvUk

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  57. boing007 says:

    Beaulieu and Diaz on the second wave of the PP.

    Richard R

  58. Danno says:

    4-1 Habs over that despicable team in Toronto.
    Statement Sent In Fine Fashion

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  59. Skeptical says:

    You never count this team out. we’ve all done it and we’ve all ate crow. MT has to be coach of the year. What a excellent job he has done. The two young Gally’s. What a job they have done. Eller a perfect match for these guys.

    We have ourself a regular line for years to come. Tinordi should be a regular. No more Hamilton for him. The Line Combinations MT put together last night. I hope they remain for the playoffs. If we have a chance at winning the cup. These lines will do it.

    Great job to MT and his coaching staff also MB and his staff and to our team for a great season. all the best in the playoffs. I’m pulling for you to win it all …..

  60. HabinBurlington says:

    Great Sunday morning viewing, re-watching the Habs game on Leafs TV this morning. Seems to me the Komorov vs. Markov tustle was good for Markov, seemed to really wake him up.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I agree. Markov was engaged last night big time. Which is good. I am hoping the Bruins win today as I would rather face Reimer than Anderson…

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Clay says:

        Which likely means the Pens in round 2…no thanks. I’d prefer to save that match-up until later, in the hopes that someone else beats them before we need to.

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  61. patrice brisebois says:

    There seeems to be a group of posters missing this morning. The ones who would have posted early and often had the habs lost this game.I hope they are ok. Good to see the real ones here though who show up win or lose. Get ready folks the playoffs are here and the habs will go FULL BREEZER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. Habfan10912 says:

    I don’t watch Coaches Corner. I haven’t for some time. Last night twitter lit up with a Cherry statement about women in the locker room. Today we’ll probably get an apology and next week he’ll have some journalist such as Cassie Campbell or something and joke about. Then we’ll move on to his next bigoted statement.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      It was interesting to watch, Cherry felt he needed to defend Duncan Keith and the foolish statements he made to a female reporter. One thing I will say is that players should be given a 15 minute cool down after the game. I have no idea if Keith’s comments were made immediately after the game, but I know that a player who is pissed about how a game went, will say a great deal of stupid things in the immediate aftermath of a loss.

      Duncan Keith is a big boy who doesn’t need Cherry to defend him, in so doing Cherry exposed a rather chauvinistic view of how he feels hockey should be covered.

  63. JF says:

    Michel Therrien assured the media last week that the Habs would be ready for the playoffs. He also said that reconstructing the defence after the loss of Emelin was a challenge, the kind he loved. I can begin to believe him after the nerve-wracking and depressing couple of weeks we’ve been through.

    The most reassuring things about the game for me were the Habs’ speed, not just skating speed but speed of execution, and the defence. For the last couple of weeks, they’ve looked slow and a bit out of sync, they were never first on the puck, and there was such a gap between forwards and defence that they couldn’t move the puck effectively. Last night it seemed these problems were solved, and the Habs were back to that lightning-quick transition game that was so effective for the first forty games of the season.

    The kid line was absolutely spectacular. Whatever the point totals, Brendan Gallagher should win the Calder hands down because of his huge impact; and we’re beginning to see in Lars Eller the player we had only tantalizing glimpses of the last two years. The deservedly-maligned Pierre Gauthier should get a lot of credit for that trade, and Therrien for the way he has worked with Eller this season. The early benching perhaps lit a fire under him, and Therrien has been playing him at his natural position while increasing his ice-time and responsibility. He and the two Gallys were by far our best line last night.

    As for the defence, it was organized and effective, a minor miracle after the shambles we’ve been watching for the past couple of weeks. I don’t know whether it’s the return of Raphael Diaz and his rounding into form that has stabilized it, or the addition of Jarred Tinordi. There were still mistakes, but even the vets looked better, severely limiting the Leafs’ scoring chances, which is how the defence played earlier in the season. I don’t think Diaz’s contribution, despite his lack of physicality, can be over-estimated. He is such a smart player, makes good decisions with the puck, and doesn’t panic in his own zone. I would say he has a very high hockey-IQ.

    The one negative: too many penalties. Giving any team less inept than the Leafs half a dozen powerplays would have burned us. But the PK was pretty good. The powerplay moved the puck well; would have been nice to score.

    Put all the positives together and I think we can heave a collective sigh of relief.

  64. Habfan10912 says:

    Gushing!

  65. ed says:

    #Bruins coach Julien said last night he plays full lineup tonight and Bs will play full out to win Northeast

    I wonder if Rask is part of that “full lineup”‘?

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Thought it rather interesting that MT started Budaj last night. When I first heard that I thought MT was going into the “rest em” mode. I’d still rather face the Leads the either the getting healthier Sens or Rangers.

  66. Cal says:

    I must thank Carlyle, the laffs coach, for this!
    Thanks, Randy!

  67. PrimeTime says:

    Whining about HNIC is to forget that they broadcast from the largest Canadian market. You may not like the personalities but the fact is expecting them to be “neutral” is ignorant of the need to attract viewership and cuddle up to the market that attracts the biggest audience. In comparison RDS speaks directly to Hab fans in the same way. HNIC can pretend to be a “national broadcaster” but cannot ignore the demands of their advertisers

    • ed says:

      maybe the CBC can “pretend” to use my tax money as well?

      • Strummer says:

        HNIC is the only property that turns a profit on your tax dollars spent on the CBC. Don Cherry is the biggest ratings and revenue generator on HNIC.

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        • ed says:

          I wouldn’t mind if the CBC fired Cherry and Stock and lost the rights to the NHL all together.

          Then they could close down the CBC as well, for all I care.

          I don’t need the CBC to teach me how much I love my country.

          I can watch RDS and still be a proud Canadian.

          • Clay says:

            I don’t share your opinion about the demise of the CBC.

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    • HabinBurlington says:

      I understand the gist of your post, I do recognize the CBC will remain Toronto centric. Having said that, this is no excuse for having a complete un-intelligent mouthpiece like Stock on the show. He lacks any redeeming quality and is undeserving of that soapbox. I have my issues with Don Cherry, but also understand the ratings he generates, but again to have that little petty child Stock given even a moment of airtime is ridiculous.

      • smiler2729 says:

        And Stock is supposed to be the “Montreal” presence on “Toronto Night In Canada” – HA!

        As for Don Cerise, I know the Habs basically ruined his career as an NHL coach, he’s understandably bitter but he’s great when he talks hockey and let’s go of the Laff cheerleading.

        I’ll take Cherry over Stock & Healy anyday also, Friedman and Weekes are awesome.

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      • Arrow77 says:

        Stock also goes to RDS once in a while and the colleagues he meets aren’t all that great either, to be honest. Brunet and Tremblay are “personnalities” and Carbonneau is a pity hire.

  68. marlboro says:

    My fearless prediction. Lars Eller has a letter on his Jersey within 3 years. Future Capt. in 5. M.T deserves the Adam’s for just turning this kid into a star. Never mind all the other reasons he will win it. We all knew he had the goods, but what a revelation. The Rookie’s are the Rookies, Gallagher I’m just in awe of, Chucky too. What’s Alex at, 12 points in the last 13 Games? or better? Brendon, Rookie of the year! But the play of Lars, the change, the confidence, it’s just remarkable to me.

    No matter what happens now as far as playoffs go. This team, from Tip to Tail, made my winter a lot more fun. And, that’s all I really ask for in September. Great effort, great entertainment..

    Thanks Boys! Go Get Em Now!!

    • ed says:

      if you want to hear the voice of a future captain, listen to the words of Brendan Gallagher. No coincidence that he is living with Gorges.

      RDS interview before the game; “we will play our game; we will play our game”.

      Therrien was 5 feet from the interview. He must have been very proud.

  69. adamkennelly says:

    2 games ago I said the Habs looked like a team that would get destroyed in the playoffs and might not win one game…that was true then…game in the Peg was ok but last night we got our old team back.swarming the puck to create turnovers, quick transition game, and speed…thing of beauty. MT made the right move in starting Budaj – something I wished he had done earlier and more often during the slump and inserting Ryan White back into the line-up was a nice move as well.

    I’m pumped and rooting for the Bruins…

  70. PrimeTime says:

    Games are won and lost on the ice, not message boards/ blogs. I think it’s fair to say that the team that gets to play “their game” will earn the win. If Habs do not play their speed game then the Leafs can play their physical game.

  71. Psycho29 says:

    Good Morning Everyone!
    It’s a beautiful morning here, the sun is out and the birds are chirping.
    Oh, and the better team won last night.

    I guess the “We’re going to get our asses whipped” and “I predict 7-1 Leafs” posters from yesterday are still sleeping this morning..

  72. govenah says:

    Testing out my new gravatar. I had to put on my They Live glasses to watch HNIC last night.

    Defensive assignments, breakout speed, make the goalie move out of position, then shoot the puck accurately.

  73. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Who’s afraid of the big bad Leafs? As for who we want to play? The only way to approach it is, BRING ‘EM ON!

    Go Habs!

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

  74. Strummer says:

    Markov with a goal and an assist last night-

    Does his punch to the head of Komarov qualify him for the “Gordie Howe Hat Trick”?
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