About last night …

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Wonder what the “bug-eyed fat walrus” thought of number 31 in a red jersey.

Or number 76.

Or number 53.

Or number 14.

Or that number 8 who compared the Ottawa Senators head coach to a marine mammal with a weight problem.

Shall we just go on through the whole roster?

Your Montreal Canadiens came up with perhaps their gutsiest win of 2013 Friday night at the Bell Centre.

After Ottawa coach Paul MacLean used “number 61″ to dismissively describe Raphael Diaz after Game 1, Brandon Prust took umbrage and described the Senators’ coach in the aforementioned unflattering terms.

Michel Therrien didn’t like MacLean’s comments, either. The Canadiens coach said Diaz – and, by extension, the whole team – were being disrespected.

These mind games are not uncharacteristic of the playoffs. But annoyance with MacLean seemed to inspire the Canadiens, who played a brilliant game despite missing three regulars.

It started with number 31. Bouncing back from an opening-game performance that revived suggestions he’s incapable of winning big games, Carey Price had the Bell Centre skeptics chanting “CA-REY! CA-REY!” throughout a 29-save performance.

The win was costly for Price. In Pierre Obendrauf’s Gazette photo, he’s handing Canadiens athletic therapist Graham Rynbend the two teeth that were knocked out when Jarred Tinordi’s skate hit the goaltender’s mask.

Price got support from teammates who blocked an astounding 34 Ottawa shots. Fifteen Canadiens had at least one blocked shot, and number 76 tied Josh Gorges for the team lead with five.

That would be P.K. Subban, who decisively outplayed Erik Karlsson in Game 2. And it was a turnover by Ottawa’s reigning Norris Trophy winner that led to number 53 opening the scoring for the Canadiens.

Ryan White, who spent most of the season in Therrien’s doghouse, has emerged with two excellent games in the playoffs. White spent part of the pre-game warmup chirping Ottawa tough guys Zack Smith and Matt Kassian, the latter a questionable addition to the Ottawa lineup in place of Cory Conacher.

MacLean sought to bolster his beef level in anticipation of the Canadiens looking to pay the Senators back for the injury to Lars Eller. But Kassian contributed nothing beyond some angry post-whistle glares, and the Canadiens avenged Eller by racking up a W in which they avoided goonery – as if they could if they tried – while outhitting Ottawa 37-26.

Number 8 had six hits, as did Colby Armstrong, who returned to the lineup and played a strong game on the wing with a variety of centres – including the superb number 14. Tomas Plekanec did not register a shot on goal, but he won 16 faceoffs and was heroic on a penalty-kill that was 4-for-4.

Despite the absence of  Eller, regular-season scoring leader Max Pacioretty and captain Brian Gionta, the Canadiens continually exerted pressure in the Ottawa zone; and Anderson faced tougher shots in the 34 directed at him than was the case when he made 48 saves in Game 1.

In his postgame remarks, Therrien said his team didn’t have to bounce back because the Canadiens had played well in Game 1. Perhaps so, but  the Canadiens got a markedly stronger effort from David Desharnais, who was invisible in the series opener. Diaz, who had a tough opening night after his pass put Eller in harm’s way, was steadier, and rookie Jarred Tinordi – who is being helped through Playoffs 101 by Ol’ Professor Francis Bouillon – chipped in with an error-free 15:42.

Having played 25:49 in a losing cause in Game 1, Andrei Markov dialed back to 20:47 and was the better for it. He and Subban continued to be spared duty on the PK, which is wise deployment by D coach Jean-Jacques Daigneault.

With Eller out, Alex Galchenyuk moved to centre. He got an assist on Brendan Gallagher’s game-winning goal, and Galchenyuk played a responsible defensive game – not easy for a rookie who has played on the wing all season – and flashed some of the spectacular offensive-zone moves that are going to make him a special player in blue-blanc-rouge.

And Michael Ryder buried his only shot on goal.

The Senators were lousy on Friday night. But they had accomplished what they set out to do by winning the series opener on Thursday, thus ensuring they will take the series if they win at Scotiabank Place.

There is speculation Jason Spezza will be back for the potentially pivotal game 3 on Sunday.

The Ottawa centre has been out so long MacLean may have forgotten Spezza’s number.

Goo goo g’joob

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  8. donmarco says:

    Even if you’re not a Therrien fan (hey Timo), you have to give him credit for some awesome sound bites in his press conference before the game. Didn’t get mired in the muck, talked with controlled anger about respect, and the best “by the way, his name is Diaz, in case you didn’t know” made MacLean look like an unprepared moron. I bet the team would have charged through a brick wall for a coach who spoke like that.

  9. rhino514 says:

    Just want to make an observation: has anyone ever seen a habs team team dominate another playoff team the way the habs did in game one of the series?
    Do all of you out there realize that this team can beat anyone (except maybe chicago) if they avoid injuries and their goalie plays average? Sure, I´m sad at the breaks we have gotten, Eller, Emelin, and now it looks like Max and Gionta. However, I am so impressed by the performance level if this team when healthy, and so happy that the team is going to be real good for a very long time. The talent is definitely going to be there long term; the key to long term success will be preserving the standard of excellence, and teamwork which these players have set for themselves; a chunk of this credit has to go to the coach who is much maligned here by many.
    For the last time,to all the proponents of rebuilds out there; there are no more rebuilds. Things can change in a hurry in today´s NHL, and we should pull for our team to win every year. This is the Montreal Canadiens we are talking about, we want it more than other teams, and for this reason we will always be a threat, if we simply preserve the values which are being instilled in that locker room and avoid bringing in selfish players into our system.

    Anyone see fleury crap the bed last night for the pens?
    I think we get angry around here that Price has too many bad games, but do we actually see the games of most of his peers? When it comes down to it, we are probably angry at Price for not being great. But the truth is, up to the last 3 weeks of this shortened skewed-statistic season, he has been good, if one looks at the stats. And for those who say he can´t play well in the playoffs, he was absolutely stellar versus Tim Thomas two years ago, on a less talented team.
    If the stats are in fact misleading in Price´s case (I agree he is an extremely hard player to evaluate, as goalies are in general), he may be average, but he is not below average. And one hopes that with each passing year he acquires some tidbit of knowledge that will make him better.
    I personally have come to believe that drafting goalies in the first round, in most cases, is a mistake. It´s the intangibles that make a goalie great (all nhl goalies are highly skilled), and judging those intangibles in junior I believe are next to impossible.
    The team will be hard pressed to win this series; in just two games a few of our key players have been decimated; you need breaks in hockey and you need to stay healthy. Sure we all probably wish we would´ve faced the leafs and awe´d be writing a different story right now, but that´s hockey and them´s the breaks.
    But kudoes for the character the lads showed last night, and for the way they came out to play both games. if they continue to play with the heart they showed last night I will be very proud, no matter the result.
    This team in the right circumstances can go a heck of a long way.

    • The Jackal says:

      +100%

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    • shootdapuck says:

      To answer your first question categorically yes.

      The 1975 -1979 teams particularly the 1975-76 team were totally dominant to the point where that team only lost one playoff game out 13 played!

      And they scored!

      Notably in those 4 years 75-79 the Habs lost only 3 Cup final round games!
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  10. Timo says:

    It’s amazing how much I don’t care about Bruins-Leafs series. I actually thought game was last night and was going to check today AM. Turns out they are playing tonight. National broadcast, coast to coast.

  11. Timo says:

    Any update on Bourque? Man, the way he played last night, it would be a major blow if he was concussed again.

    • Habilis says:

      No news is good news, IMO. They didn’t say anything last night or this morning, so the way I see it, there’s nothing to say. He got hit, he went to the room, he came back to the bench. No reason for the Habs to update on a player who’s not injured.

      I know he didn’t play another shift, but he did look alert on the bench while he was talking to Armstrong. I think he’s fine.

  12. sheds88 says:

    what was marinaro saying about price ? im curious after friday’s bashing on 690

  13. Lafleurguy says:

    Since no one answered Loonie’s question from an hour ago, I’ll take on the task. Antti Niemi gave him a good run, but Carey was best, Niemi next, Luongo, Nabokov, Anderson, and even Fleury(faced 42 shots) were okay. Didn’t see much of the Chicago 5-2 victory highlights. Is that what you wanted to know Loonie?

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  14. Bill says:

    @Biter, no argument from me, I am being unreasonable.

  15. habstrinifan says:

    An unsung HABS.. Ryan Walter. think he suffered cause he was traded for Langway.

  16. habstrinifan says:

    Hope some of you folks listening to Ryan Walter now. Great revelations. He talked about a Gainey team meeting. WOW!

  17. habstrinifan says:

    Tony Marinaro is saying Gionta may be out for a long period. Some posters refrenced the biceps injury of last year so Tony may be right.

    Don’t mean to be cruel. But if Gionta is out.. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Bournival gets a chance. I think he will surprise the heck out of us. Remember his Memorial Cup and he and Gallagher were the responsible for the best stretch of DOGS season.

    Listening to Tony now interviewing Ryan Walter. He described something Therrien did to absolve Diaz of all blame in front of the team prior to yesterday’s game. Man this Therrien guy is some kinda renaissance reinvention of the former Therrien.

    • donmarco says:

      Tony Marinaro is the jack Todd of radio. A guy who thinks he knows everything. Can’t stand him. Give me Knuckles, Melnick and The Morning Show for insightful analysis. Thousands of Montrealers could do what Marinaro does, and listeners wouldn’t even notice the difference. Did he name his source for the information on Gionta? Thought not. And Gionta is with team in Ottawa. If he was done, he wouldn’t be there. Not saying it is his bicep, or isn’t, but it’s speculation.

  18. habs1992 says:

    Great game by every1, still think Deharnais needs to play better, And great game by Price

    I support Carey Price

  19. Lafleurguy says:

    See the tweet that Pax and Gio are playing shinny today?

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • donmarco says:

      They have UBI’s. Why wouldn’t they skate? And they’re both in Ottawa, so that’s somewhat encouraging. But after last night who would you sit if they came back? OK, Dumont, but who else?

  20. FunkyCrabChairNF says:

    Sooo what happens to the Penguins now? That’s the type of game that can shatter a team psychologically. If the Islanders win the next, I think they will take the series.

    Despite all of their firepower, the Penguins, in my opinion, have the most unreliable goaltending in the playoffs – and against an offensively skilled team that suddenly has all the confidence in the world after being on the brink of death after the 1st period last night.

    • donmarco says:

      The 4th goal was a typical Fleury goal. We all remember last year. That said I doubt Pittsburgh will lose in the end. Would love it.

      • FunkyCrabChairNF says:

        If Pittsburgh is out of the picture, the only teams left in the playoffs that I would doubt our Habs’ ability to beat would be from the west.

        They can beat any other eastern team, not saying they will, but they can.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Pens may lose because of the goalie.. but they are not fragile psychologically period.

      • FunkyCrabChairNF says:

        Well, I think the Habs got into their head a few years ago. I would not say they are fragile, but any team can potentially be put into disarray. They’re goalie, I do believe, is psychologically fragile. Which might be worse than if the rest of the team is.

  21. Mr. Biter says:

    I would not have posted this before the season started but PK could become the best D man in the NHL. He is almost the total package (should see Knuckles about a quick course in self defense). But when he rush the puck he is so strong (and fast) he just goes thru stick and arm checks as if they’re mosquito’s and virtually impossible to take down. Last year he’d have to take the 5 minute wind up on the PP but this year he’s one timing the puck giving opponents no time to set up and try to block the shot. I would hope MB shows PK some love and signs him to along term contract in the off season cause if he goes to free agency $$$$$$$$.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

    • FunkyCrabChairNF says:

      I agree. I did not agree during the dispute, only because I don’t think he had a long enough body of work to warrant it. I stand by that.

      But now, he has another great year under his belt, and it was also his best. And getting better in the playoffs.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      IMHO and somewhat biased, PK IS the best dman in the league. He was beyond awesome last night.

    • jols101 says:

      I think he is establishing that this is his Team, whether he ever wears the ‘C’ or not. He is doing everything you can expect from an elite level Dman. He is physical when needed, he skates the puck up the ice with determined, powerful and graceful strides, he quarter backs the PP, he plays against the other teams best players and shuts them down. He is doing it all. He has grabbed this team and put it on his shoulders and I am loving it. I’m glad Bergevin play hardball because he always had the raw skill but he needed to prove he could be the guy he is right now. He has earned his huge paycheck. Next year, I say, extend him 6-8 years at 6.5 million. He is that good. Him and Price the 2 highest paid players on the team.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        I think you’re overly optimistic. With Top Ducks getting 8 to 8.5, and Wild and Crazy Guys getting 13 year contracts paying 7-per, P.K. will be in that stratosphere.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

        • jols101 says:

          Those are UFA numbers though. Subban will still be an RFA. After Karlsson’s Norris trophy season last year he signed 6.5 million for 7 or 8 years. I think this is an accurate comparable.

          • Lafleurguy says:

            I’m just glad P.K.’s dad is a long-time Habs fan, and likely unlike Carl Lindros. Imagine what P.K. could command as an UFA, say, from the Rangers?

            “May you live in interesting times.”

          • jols101 says:

            Ya, If he chooses to go short term next contract (2 years) he would then be a UFA. That is what I am scared about. If he does this than the sky would be the limit. He would be right up there with those top Ducks and Wild you were referencing.

      • Me4GM says:

        PK should win the Norris AND at least be nominated for the Hart. Habs don’t make the playoffs without him

        Tman

    • donmarco says:

      I suspect Bergevin noted all of these things during his negotiations. Take a shorter, cheaper contract, play like we know you can, develop further and in 2 years you’ll be the highest paid player on the team and on it for a very long time. PK is more than doing his part, and I assume when the time comes, Bergevin will do his. Within 2 years, Habs will have the deepest, and youngest, d-corps in the NHL. Me happy!!!

    • donmarco says:

      I hope, and think, we’ll sign him to a long term extension at some point next season, kicking in the year after. I suspect it would be for max term (8 years) and will be between 50M and 60M. PK will still be in his early 30′s when it comes to term, so he will be a very rich young man and can sign another rich contract at expiration. I can’t see him playing for anyone but the Habs, and that makes me a happy camper.

    • sheds88 says:

      i havent been 100% sold on P.K. ( call me crazy ) until game 1 of the playoffs. he is such a force and X factor.

  22. Saku Saku Saku

    What an amazing human being!

    Hope you all saw the TSN clip, I am sure it can be seen somewhere if you missed it.

    Time to walk the streets of Montreal. Everyday is a new adventure.

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Custom Sports Figures

  23. ooder says:

    tsn just did a small piece on Saku.. he looks really happy and relaxed over there in Anaheim.. good on him!
    losing koivu and replacing him with the joke that was gomez was one off Gainey’s biggest blunders

  24. Bardya says:

    Anderson made it difficult for himself by making the ref look bad. Our boys did a great job at crashing the net. Hopefully they bring the same game in Ottawalrus. Sorry, but I just had to.

  25. Vid says:

    Bourque has been great in these two games, driving to the net, making big hits and fighting for the puck in the crease. He’s also shown some speed and finesse although he’s been thwarted by rolling pucks.

    The difference in game 2 from what I saw was that more habs were driving to the net and taking shots from in close which is good because that tends to draw a crowd of players who’ll most certainly bump into Anderson and bother him a bit even if the shot doesn’t have much of a chance of going in.

    Another plus were the Habs physicality which was great with solid hits on various players, particularly Karlsson.

    I found Sens were better at winning puck battles in general and some of their forwards are very speedy, easily able to beat our own defenders to dump-ins. To start the 3rd period, the habs were sloppy in their zone exits with these lame passes and practically bending over with one hand on the stick to try to chip pucks forward. Luckily Ottawa couldn’t muster much offense in the third but that’s an area where the habs can’t afford to be lackadaisical. The Sens defenders also seem very good at getting point shots through. Habs defenders not so much.

  26. commandant says:

    #24 on the draft board is Zach Fucale of the Halifax Mooseheads.

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/05/04/zach-fucale-2013-nhl-draft-player-profile-24/

    Go Habs Go!
    Your 2013 NHL Draft Headquarters, Now Open.
    http://lastwordonsports.com/

  27. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay, now I’m going to finally head to bar. Still basking in the afterglow of a great great team effort.

    I know Price has struggled down the stretch, but I also believe he is a true competitor with a boat load of skill. He had nothing to prove to me, but I still marvel at how well he played last night. I saw at least 3 hard shots he took to his head from players on the ice. His size, his strength is so imperative to his game. He is incredibly durable.

    I would like to hope and think that the entire team can continue the efforts we saw last night. They actually played fairly well in game 1 but didn’t clear rebounds, nor physically control the game the same way.

    I also thought that Diaz really improved in game 2 along with Price.

    WHat a great team effort last night.

    Continued hopes that Eller will be okay. I fear Gionta is done for playoffs, Max on the other hand I am expecting Wolverine healing to occur.

    • donmarco says:

      Nice one. it’s 1:30 and you say you’re “finally” going to the bar. Then again, a good idea is a good idea…………………………………..

  28. habstrinifan says:

    Dont know which type of button is this so dont know if HIO has one of them. But I kow someone will say there should be a ‘button’ for posts like this.

    I cant wait for habs to draft a black player named something like Justin Black!

    Then I can watch the mods squirm as posters start referring to him as Blackie!

    Like did you see Blackie’s brain cramp. Almost as if he were Whitey.

    In other words what’s with the Whitey this and Whitey that?

    Maybe it’s just me. I’ll go lie down.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Hockey has a tradition of very basic nick names. Add a Y to the end of a guys name, or after the first syllable and voila the guy has a nickname.

      So our newest Hab Justin Black, will actually be Blacky not Blackie!

      CHeers habtrinifan!

    • FunkyCrabChairNF says:

      This sounds exactly like one of those debates I have in my head with myself, and when I share them with someone else, they think I am crazy.

      I am here to tell you either 1) You aren’t crazy or 2) At least someone else is just as crazy as you. Rest assured.

      In any case, I grew up in a heavily mixed race neighborhood. I had a cat named blackie. Never really inquired why my mom thought it was a good idea to name an outdoor cat blackie, maybe me or my sister named him as kids, do not remember. But it definitely resulted in having explaining to do to the neighborhood when calling him to come back in the house at night. I remember a few shocked and pissed people, for sure.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Actually it’s no so much race. I just hate taking a name like White and making it Whitey or Prust and making it Prusty. I am a great Tiger Woods fan(for his golf) but I hate his social skills and it shows absolutely badly when he calls everybody wby some stupid ingratiating nickname.. Weir for instance is Weirsy.

        • FunkyCrabChairNF says:

          I despise hockey nicknames. DESPISE them. They’re so cheesy or corny or whatever, they are almost immasculating and juvenile. Sounds a little over the top, but that’s how they make me feel. I cringe.

          Worst ever was when Brian Campbell played for the Sabres and I would have to hear him referred to as “Soupy”. Not only the lame “-y” add on, but added on to a pathetic cultural pun. My enraged reactions to hearing it were irrational but ugh I get nauseous thinking about it.

          • Lafleurguy says:

            First Soupy Campbell I remember was the late Sixties Ottawa Rough Riders’ middle linebacker, Jerry Campbell and I thought it was a cool nickname. Then again, I was ten.

            “May you live in interesting times.”

          • FunkyCrabChairNF says:

            Precisely! It would be cool for a 10 year old, no doubt, nothing wrong with that. But I can’t, at 28, refer to these guys as these crazy names.

            Plekanec is my favorite player. The guy’s personality is cold as ice. I can’t imagine he is fond of Pleky. Same for Bourque. But maybe I’m just projecting.

        • Lafleurguy says:

          Weirsy is probably better than Wierdo.

          “May you live in interesting times.”

  29. mark-ID says:

    Someone earlier mentioned that the goal song sounded different then it was during the regular season…..I thought it sounded different also. Anyone know if it was changed or has it been this one all season?

    “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  30. Rudy says:

    Any word on Bourque?

    • Loonie says:

      He came back in the game last night while the Habs were holding a two goal lead, I wouldn’t be worried about him. Concern should be with Gionta and Pacioretty who have biceps and shoulder injuries respectively.

  31. donmarco says:

    Since the Stanley Cup has often been referred to as the Holy Grail I have been watching this clip over and over. Best taunting scene ever. And feel free to insert the face of Maclean in the role of King Arthur.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8yjNbcKkNY

  32. Loonie says:

    At least you’re a dedicated troll. Not a fair weather Hab hater.

    Must have really bothered you that Price played so well last night. I hope you can self medicate enough to cope with it today.

  33. Loonie says:

    So who won the goaltending battle last night?

    The Habs won, not Price.

    Price loses, not the Habs.

    Funny how this works.

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      After game one I showed doubt in Price for the first time. Last night, he definitely made a big step in gaining back my confidence.

      • Loonie says:

        It’s funny how belief in a player’s ability changes for some people from game to game and the people who don’t have their opinion of a player change from game to game get called fanboys, get accused of wanting to perform sexual favours for the player in question and generally irrational.

        Days like today reveal who the real fans of the team are and which members of the board take joy in the team losing.

        • Hobie Hansen says:

          I don’t think your speaking of me? I’ve backed Carey Price and been fully confident in his ability for over 5 years on this site. I have to admit though, my loyalty to Price has been seriously tested the last month.

          • Loonie says:

            No not at all. It’s really felt like black fly season over the last couple of weeks if you know what I mean.

          • Hobie Hansen says:

            The problem over the past month was the loss of Emelin, plain and simple. When you have Diaz, Bouillon and Weber on defence at the same time it is a recipe for disaster.

            It’s not all about toughness but mostly about defensive zone coverage. When the Habs put Tinordi into the lineup the issue was addressed because of his giant reach and spectacular defensive zone coverage.

            The defense next year will be awesome with Tinordi and Emelin playing at the same time. The Habs end will FINALLY be a very uncomfortable place for opposing forwards to be.

          • zephyr says:

            i’ll have full confidence in price when he has a track record of winning big games instead of choking half the time. the habs should never have lost game 1. u never know if dr. price or mr. hyde will show up.
            i like ur remarks about the def.. tinordi & emelin are the kinds of guys we need for toughness. i like bouillon tho. he’s been rock solid & he’s a tough nut too. i’ll take him this series over diaz & georges. those great habs teams of the 70′s never had any skinny guys on d. karlsson is a skinny dman & that’s his achilles heel. he looks like a china doll. he & pk can both skate (pk is even better – he can skate with power) but pk can get rough. pk is the best dman i’ve seen since larry robinson.
            i couldn’t believe some guys earlier in the season wanted to trade him.
            btw, galchenyuk made some elite plays last nite. he’s going to be awesome. i didn’t even notice pleks & he never even had a shot on goal. i wish he’d start playing hungry like pk & gallagher. of course, bourque, moen & prust looked hungry last nite too. bourque is playing like a premier power fw this series. i think max was hurt in game 1 & that’s why he wasn’t physical. he’s our best fw.

        • habstrinifan says:

          You’re talking ’bout me Pilgrim?

          • Loonie says:

            Have you ever accused somebody who’s stood behind Price of wanting to blow him or being irrational in your support?

            If you haven’t, then no.

          • CharlieHodgeFan says:

            That’s the big thing, really. I am seriously skeptical about Price as a star goalie, but I was also called a fanboy a few times over the season. I’d never hate the guy (hater) or write mail to him (fanboy). I do hate those juvenile terms.
            It’s fair to be critical of his play and of his potential, just as it is perfectly legitimate to hold to his potential and to be patient. It’ll be a few more years before his chapter’s written, and since every one of us posting here has an opinion of absolutely no consequence on these matters, I don’t get all the nastiness. It’s not like we’re calling each other bug-eyed fat walrus people.

    • christophor says:

      Price played with “heart” last night. “Didn’t care” the night before. ;)

      Funny how interpretation of Price’s character is result-based.

    • donmarco says:

      I think the team knows who won the battle of the goalies last night. So do the analysts, so do the fans, and so do the Sens. What I liked best of all was the grit he showed when they tried to run him. He needs that edge and needs to keep it. I’m beyond happy for him, for White, who has seen more adversity this season than any Hab, and for Bourque who is finally showing what he is capable of.

      • Loonie says:

        I was laughing when the three stars were coming and Price’s number one nod was never in question. But there were probably six or seven players who could have been the second star of the game last night…..

        White
        Subban
        Plekanec
        Bourque
        Diaz
        Prust

        Probably the most complete game they’ve played as a team.

        • donmarco says:

          I couldn’t agree with you more. Aside from Price, who clearly deserved the first star, almost the entire team could have been named as the second, including Therrien. While I enjoy and celebrate every Habs victory, rarely have I been prouder of a team than I was last night. And I’ve been watching games for more than 40 years.

          • HardHabits says:

            I think it’s safe to say the soft label has been shed.

          • CharlieHodgeFan says:

            Nah. He’s apparently eats soft now.

            You can’t be in the NHL if you are ‘soft’. It is a supremely stupid adjective to use for any hockey player.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I posted this morning about the idiotic post on here in the last day. The most idiotic that I saw was AceMagnum hoping for a Price injury. Disgusting.

  34. TheKarl says:

    Just read on a Danish site that Lars eller no longer has any headaches according to his dad and is resting at home – this has to at least be positive in regards to the potential severity of his concussion no?

    • donmarco says:

      I predict we’ll get more updates on his health from Danish blogs than we’ll ever hear from the Habs. Just the way things work in the NHL during the playoffs. I know (from watching last night), that the loss of a tooth or teeth won’t keep a player out, nor will a broken nose so it’s all about the concussion. Every player seems to react differently to them so who knows if he may be Wolverine #2. But right now I’m just glad to hear any positive news about his health.

      • Loonie says:

        “Facial fractures” very likely means he’s done for the next two months at least.

        • donmarco says:

          I did some checking on the term “facial fractures” and it’s kind of like the UBI of facial injuries. It can mean many things. If it’s the nose only, that would be considered positive, but if it’s the jaw that will take some time to heal. It’s the concussion that is probably more disconcerting than the fractures. That said, I can’t see him returning anytime soon. Get well soon Larry.

          • Pieboy says:

            Yes, “facial fracture” can mean many things- from a less serious injury like a broken nose to a more serious fracture of the orbital bone that can require surgery and permanently affect a person’s vision.

      • TheKarl says:

        yeah, i check swedish and danish news sites briefly everyday but they seem to just take everything from english sites and translate quotes. Don’t really add anything.

        Eller’s dad seems to be the only source of news originating from over there in respect of the Habs.

    • HabFan in Edmonton says:

      Good to hear, my biggest concern is Eller’s future. He was such a bright spot this year and a big part of the future. Plus he is a husband and father.

      I hope the Sens continue to play Kassian. What a waste of a roster spot.

  35. Bill says:

    @donmarco: haters will be back as soon as the opposition scores a goal, DD gets knocked off the puck, or Markov loses his man. Today however, as you say, is one of those great days when those guys aren’t here.

    • donmarco says:

      I am under no illusion Bill. They haven’t left, just crawled away for a short while. DD/Price/Pleks, etc, will no doubt be sucking again soon.

  36. Bill says:

    @christophor yeah mobile site. It’s a pain. Autocorrect, don’t get me started.

  37. donmarco says:

    Spent a thoroughly enjoyable evening with a bunch of buds in a restaurant watching the game. Today there’s not a cloud in the sky, both figuratively and literally. I am admittedly a totally biased homer and have never stopped believing in them, but last night was beyond a satisfying win. Sens had to believe they had us on the ropes and not only did we win, we beat them. They will by far be the more nervous team tomorrow night. Nice to see (most of) the haters seem to have slinked away. Nice to get a break from some of their comments, even for one day.

  38. Bill says:

    @christophor: I have no problem with Gionta’s play. I have a problem with him not playing.

    • christophor says:

      @Bill (guessing you’re on the mobile site?)

      My comment was directed to comments further down the thread calling for Gionta to be jettisoned or claiming that the team is better without him.

      Obviously you don’t think the team is better without him if his being out of the lineup upsets you that much.

      Sorry for the confusion.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Gionta is fine on his own. However, when you also have a guy named Desharnais in your top six, at least one of them has to go.

        In a perfect world, you minus Desharnais and Gionta from this team, add a couple guys with the same skill level but 6″ taller and 40lbs heavier.

  39. Bill says:

    @prohabs, 53 or number 3 … Who cares haha. Bob Cole is way sharper at 80 than I am at 40 btw. Point is, White creamed whatever number it was.

  40. christophor says:

    While Gionta’s on the decline, he’s still at least a half-point-per-game producer while usually neutralizing the top line of the opposition with Plekanec. Are there upgrades over Gionta for that price? Definitely, and they should be considered in the offseason. Is Gionta a problem? No way.

    • donmarco says:

      Habs don’t have the kind of depth at forward in the organization that they currently have on defense so we need him, badly. I somehow, though, don’t see him resigning with us after his contract expires after next season. If it’s his bicep, he’s done for the season. Let’s hope it’s not.


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