About last night …


Imagine what the Bell Centre will be like on Monday night.

Place be rockin’ …

I’ve got a great idea for a video to accompany Michel Lacroix’s booming “Mesdames et messieurs, accueillons nos Canadiens”:

As Carey Price leads his teammates onto the ice past the flag kids, they should dim the house lights and project this clip on the ice:

Boston isn’t Egypt.

And your Montreal Canadiens certainly weren’t the Bruins’ enslaved, pyramid-building bitches.

But it did get pretty darn biblical at the TD Banknorth Garden.

The mysterious Zdeno Chara illness?

Tom Pyatt, bleeding on the Boston ice in February, buzzing around Boston defenceman like a locust on meth in April?

Claude Julien looking as stressed as Pharaoh Mubarak?

Tell me that wasn’t a just-but-vengeful G-d pounding some serious karma up Boston’s butt.

Tell me Jesus Price – who is ready for his closeup, Mr. DeMille –  isn’t laying a little Mosaic mojo on them.

Tell me Jacques Martin – constantly criticized by the many delusional Montrealers, from Mitch Melnick up, who think they’re better coaches than he – hasn’t schooled the hapless Julien?

And while watching P.K., Eller, Ryan White and David Desharnais, tell me again how Martin ruins young players.

After the game, Max Pacioretty Tweeted: “the boys played awesome, again! lets keep this thing going”

And while the Canadiens aren’t nearly through to the Promised Land, there is reason to be optimistic for the first night of Passover back at the Bell.

Arpon Basu has another great piece on the Canadiens becoming favourites in this series. This thing is far from over, and Jacques Martin will have to prevent a contagion of overconfidence among his players.

I can’t see any complacency in a room of veteran leaders. The captain and Hal Gill won’t let it happen.

The Canadiens have taken a stranglehold on this series because Martin’s system has forced the Bruins into errors, and we’ve seen opportunistic scoring that was lacking through most of the season.

All five goals have been scored off turnovers. The Canadiens forechecking pressure – brilliantly executed on many occasions by Tomas Plekanec and Mike Cammalleri and best illustrated by Lars Eller playing keep-away in the third period – is relentless. The Boston defence, even with Chara, has been exposed as slow, immobile and incapable of making good first passes.

As a result the Bruins forwards have had to come back deeper than they like to. There is no speed or fluidity to Boston’s attack as it moves through the neutral zone.

When the Bruins announced, after the game, that they hadn’t decided if the team would skate on Sunday, a Boston writer quipped: “Why start now?”

Yes, Boston has had a shot advantage through two games. And Price was lucky a couple times in Game Two.

But the Canadiens have blocked 46 shots through two games, to 21 for Boston. Notwithstanding all the pre-game talk about Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton crashing the crease and making Price’s life miserable, the hulking Boston forwards have been non-factors … so much so that Julien dropped Horton off the top line last night.

As was the case in Game One, there were five white jerseys near the puck all night. The Canadiens were usually able to clear the zone with short, high percentage passes, and James Wisniewski kept the Boston forecheck honest with the kind of long tape-to-tape passes that Dennis Seidenberg can’t make.

P.K. Subban has played more than 27 minutes in each game. Roman Hamrlik has played less than 20. Hal Gill and Jaro Spacek are displaying veteran savvy, and Brent Sopel (eight blocked shots so far) has been a revelation.

Look, the series is far from over.

There are, in biblical terms, many rivers to cross.

But playing without Andrei Markov, Josh Gorges, Max Pacioretty and Andrei Kostitsyn, the Canadiens spanked the Bruins in their own barn.

And Boston, which was 24-12-5 on the roadthis season, hasn’t won at the Bell Centre since September … and that one didn’t count.

One more sleep.

And a cool mash-up from Kevin “BattleSeppo” Morin:


  1. HabFab says:

    Check out the pre-series show from NESN on the Habs Bruins…love the Jack Edwards comment around 2:36.


  2. SOSOHABS says:

    “This thing is far from over, and Jacques Martin will have to prevent a contagion of overconfidence among his players. I can’t see any complacency in a room of veteran leaders. The captain and Hal Gill won’t let it happen.”

    This would’ve never happened with Kovy, Koivu and the old gang…As much as I loved them..Although Koivu was surrounded by overly confident dudes..


  3. SBAH says:

    It’s not about the size of the team that matters, it’s the size of its Heart.

  4. habs001 says:

    it is hard to predict what is the best approach for the next game…with the crowd the habs may be super hyped up and dominate the first ten minutes of the game .. thomas and the boston d have looked very vulnerable so if we get lots of goal scoring chances we may get a few goals…on the other hand we seem to do better in games where we play like the last two, where we do score goals but dont get that many chances..in games where we get lots of shots and chances we dont seem to be able to score that well…

  5. ed lopaz says:

    made a huge mistake and switched to the CBC after our amazing win.

    I wanted to see what the CBC morons would have to say.

    here’s Don Cherry – + or – not exact quote

    “check the goalie’s underwear (he meant Price), check his underwear, I tell you. and on the other side, you gotta get Task in there. i know its risky, but you gotta get Task in there. See.
    When a goalie is zigging and zigging then it works.
    When he is zigging and the play is zagging, he gets in trouble.
    I seen that the goalie was not on his game.
    Put in Task. Put in Task and see what happens”


    This is Don Cherry’s $750,000 analysis of the game.

    Don Cherry. You are a freakin MORON!!!

    CBC. You have sold our game down the river for too long.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  6. EricInStL says:

    Forgot to mention FU Daniel Briere, little pecker head. I hate you, big tough guy with Hartnell there. He would have fit in well with the 70s Flyers though hiding behind the goons.

    So once again FU Briere. Punk.

  7. JasonM says:

    Hey Boone, here’s something interesting from Glenn Healy


    • Number31 says:

      A delicious Danish 😉

    • smiler2729 says:

      “And he’s Danish!!” So what Healy?! Does that make him any less of a player???

      Yeah this coming from a career backup goalie.

      “My second favourite team is whoever plays the Leafs”

      • el heffe says:

        Great Danes will take great steps toward the advancement of danish hockey players…gulp

      • filincal says:

        He must have heard Cherry is thinking of retiring soon and is putting his “I’m a Xenophobe” business card out there.
        Does anyone else think Julien has a HNIC seat just waiting for him? He suits the rest of those losers to a T.


    • J Haul says:

      That completely disgusted me at the time. It’s blatantly xenophobic and yet allowed on the air. Is Eller less of a man because he comes from Denmark? Does he want to win any less?

      Nationality has nothing to do with how hard Eller is competing. “He’s daaaaaanish!”… in other words, “how can you guys be out-husstled by a lazy foreigner!?”

  8. Rugger says:

    Just went and read the Ryan article. Yes, the quoted paragraph is bad, but the rest of the article is spot on. If they lose the series, the GM should be gone as well, the B’s have missed their window by underacheiving the last 3 years. Price has been good, but he is not the reason, Chara was out, but that is not the reason. etc. Surprised as Ryan is usually the homer with Dupont being more open in his views, but this time it looks the other way.

  9. HabFanSince72 says:

    Today, the lead on maple leaf blog pension plan puppets is a story about a Swedish goalie prospect that the leafs might sign.


    How exciting.

    HA HA HA.

  10. EricInStL says:

    Right now Habs fan is feeling like the Viagra commercial with that guy who is running around jumping all over the place and feeling great. And why not, his team has played a disciplined playoff game. Score early, put pressure but not too much and capitalize on turnovers.

    This team is offering to Price what Halak got in last years run. Funny but I feel more confident with Price right now than with Halak last year.

    I think we all have to agree that the late addition of Sopel and the Wiz were brilliant moves. PG is doing what BG did. Small SOLID moves. I was one of the first posters who blasted PG but what can he really do ?

    I really like the composition of the D right now and of the future.

    Also an important part for this year’s run and for the future is Ryan White. Mark my words he will play an important role in game 3 as Boston will want to physically take out Montreal. Heck Julien might even start with Thorntons line right away. He has nothing to lose since he will get fired no matter what happens to the Bruins.

    So good luck Canadiens. And a word to the Police please be ready and clobber the criminal element that will want to take advantage of the situation. You know who they are.

  11. Woah! Let’s not get carried away here! The Bruins did not play their A game in the first and certainly not last night either. The Canadiens have been protecting small margins and we know they aren’t a scoring powerhouse by any means. Yes, the 2 game lead is unexpected, especially coming out of the very angry TD Center (I’m surprised those brave Canadiens wearing fans weren’t pelted by beer, or worse while at the game. Hopefully Bruins fans in Montreal will be treated as welcome guests). More importantly is what seems to be the control over ego, jubilation and allowing the Bruins some excuse to get fired up. I am so very impressed by PK’s own understated comments. No need to give the media any excuse to get over on you now. Great checking and no stupid penalties (for the most part). That is key as well. We haven’t handed the game over to the Bruins by responding to their goading and harassment. If we can keep up the sophistication and simply look over at the Bruins bench with pity, we will win this one. IF the Habs don’t crack, which hasn’t been how they operated during the season and certainly not down the stretch. Keep in mind that the Habs did the same thing to Washington and Pittsburgh but folded into Phillies hands as they simply couldn’t maintain this very high energy. I hope we don’t let happen what Boston did last year to them and collapse on the weight of this tight defensive system, allowing Boston to come back with their larger, more aggressive, load mouthed play. Remember, the league doesn’t want Montreal to succeed. Bettman has no plan for a Canadian club in the finals and Boston has it’s evil demon watching from the head office in Campbell. Protect Chara and the Bruins, Montreal will have to win two in Montreal to escape this reality.

    Promote the Youth, Support From The Veterans and Remember the Heritage!

    • el heffe says:

      Bettman doesn’t want one the best and wealthiest hockey markets in the league to succeed? who do you think is bailing his ass out in Phoenix, the Lightning? Show some faith pal. Nobody expects the Habs to sweep the series if they do they’re kidding themselves but the fact remains our system is tailor made to counter the bruins smash-mouth system. Bettman isn’t on the ice and the calls have been very fair. Campbell’s son is a non-factor in every sense of the words. Chara is out…the bruins defensive zone is wide open and Thomas can’t hold on to pucks that is why we’re up 2 games. If Bettman conjures a wicked spell against us in game 3, which i believe you are suggesting he might, then 21, 273 folks will bare witness to it..even the wickedest of witches dont want the wind up thier skirts exposing the jet pack….

      • DearyLeary says:

        Bettman knows the Canadian teams will bring money in. He’s worried about American TV contracts, and Canadian teams aren’t going to bring in big American TV dollars.

        You’re damn right Bettman is praying for a Boston miracle, big American markets are big money. Philly vs. Chicago was Gary’s wet dream last year.

  12. observer says:

    What family surname had more players on the Habs All-time roster than any other one? Led easily with 5 players, one of them nicknamed “Nosey”.


  13. Bill says:

    The danger is not so much overconfidence as the natural lessening of intensity that could come from being in the “safe position” of a two games to none lead. I do believe that guys like Gionta, Gill, and Gomez can keep the Habs from losing their edge, however. And then guys like Price, Subban, Plekanec, and Cammalleri are the super-competitive, eye-of-the-tiger types who wouldn’t let up anyway.

    There is still the fact that the Habs, who have yet to trail, haven’t faced any adversity in this series. They play a lot better with a lead. What happens when they have to come back? On the other hand, it’s been a season full of adversity which they’ve dealt with admirably, hasn’t it?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Biggest challenge they’ll face on Monday is going to be to channel the montrous amount of adrenaline the crowd is going to give them coming home. But I’m confident the veterans will be ready and focused and will calm the kiddie corps down. From what I’ve seen and heard from the player’s comments, over confidence is not going to be a problem.

      • Steven says:

        It’s funny, I completely forgot that something like half the team is going to be playing their first playoff game at the Bell Centre. It’s gonna blow them away, that’s for sure.

  14. The Cat says:

    The NHL couldn’t stomach the low scoring Game 1s in the east so they had to get the refs to blow the whistles. In the combined game 1s (east) there was 58 minutes in penalties, in game 2s (east) there was 136 minutes!

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

    • observer says:

      Exactly and you knew it was coming after how these series had started. Betman thinks watching a tennis match between a player with 2 legs and a player with one leg is very exciting because there is a lot of scoring points.

      Also note the amount of 5 on 3s they called – yesterday in the PHA/BUF GAME ESPECIALLY.

      Refs determined the winner of that game and the 2nd NAS/ANA game. EVEN DISALLOWED A GOOD GOAL AS WELL IN THAT GAME.

    • t1tan5 says:

      There were at least three fights in the game 2’s which is about 30 minutes in penalties right there. The key is to look at how many minor infractions were called in both games 1 and 2.

  15. A locust on meth?? Cool.
    So many are comparing this team to the one that went on the magical run last year, but last year we never went into their barns and came home 2-0, not to mention keeping the SOG’s under 50 a game. The poise, confidence, maturity and leadership is inspiring both to the fans, and undoubtedly to the first-timers on the team. The wins have been so methodical we appear unbeatable right now. Man, this bandwagon is getting crowded.

  16. HabinBurlington says:

    I really hope AK is good to go, his skill and size will be needed Monday. Team cannot get overconfident. More of the same = win game 3!

  17. mrhabby says:

    iam expecting tyler seguin in .he adds some skill. i wonder if julien pulls thomas for rask.

    habs have to keep the gas pedal down and play some way..score first and get the bell centre into a frenzy.

    • Agree with Seguin 100%. Simply no point in NOT putting him in, but I predict they’ll stick with Thomas, even though they shouldn’t. Every goal last night came on either a turnover or a big fat rebound. In some cases both. Turnovers aren’t Thomas’s fault, but the rebounds are. Price has been a sponge.

  18. captainkirk says:

    What happened to “Hockey Inside/Out encourages lively debate, but there is a zero-tolerance policy regarding racism, profanity and behaviour that we deem to be offensive.” I think you have overstepped your own boundries with this article. Stick to hockey.

    • Jim Edson says:

      So where is the racism, profanity and behavior deemed offensive?

      You need to listen to your Boston “sporthub” morons or read the Globe.

      BTW you would even be allowed to post on a Bruins fansite as they are vetted to only allow the “party line” and their no tolerance message is posted bilingually!

      …..My empire is crumbling, my international sponsors are deserting me, my authority is questioned, I am held in contempt wherever I go.

      Who am I: Mohamar Ghadaffi or Gary Bettman.

  19. VancouverHab says:

    Yep — anybody arguing against Bob Gainey’s move to break up the team he had and rebuild for playoff quality?

    • The Juice says:

      I still wish Saku was on the team…


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

  20. Jim Edson says:

    Read this BS from Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe!

    “What’s galling to fans who know their stuff is that the Bruins are not even losing to a good team. They are losing to a team that was a sixth seed on merit, an almost unrecognizable Canadiens team that doesn’t even have a 30-goal scorer, and has only three 20-goal scorers.”

    Keep it up Bob, your team has the same attitude and it will be their undoing!

    …..My empire is crumbling, my international sponsors are deserting me, my authority is questioned, I am held in contempt wherever I go.

    Who am I: Mohamar Ghadaffi or Gary Bettman.

  21. el heffe says:

    They, they, they…there are many theys saying many things about the Habs and every year it’s the same cliches. Too small, too shallow, not good enough goaltending etc…The TSN panel, The CBC panel, Sportsnet etc.. these morons all share the same infintesimal brain. Les Boys love it! They feed off the underdog role, these little fellas with thier big balls and even bigger hearts. Go on Kouleas, McGuire, Milbury etc.. keep counting em out against the bigger, stronger teams, keep foretelling thier demise and laughing at the size matchups between Captain G and Lucy Lucic, its bulletin board material…that’s it, that’s all. Your inane, myopic words only drive the blood even harder to the hearts of these little giants. So thank you mr “shoe” Milbury and company, thank you Donald s(the s stands for senile)Cherry..keep on keeping on. We love it!

  22. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Cry me a river so called experts about Bruins not having Chara as though our injuries to Markov, Gorges, Max Pac & Kostitsyn don’t matter. You guys make me sick.

    “Hate the Bruins like a sickness”

  23. habstrinifan says:

    I love Matthew Darche. I posted that he should be a key performer in this series and he has been.

  24. novahab says:

    Monday night the players will once again get the one drug that can make you do extrordinary thngs on the ice. The absolute love of those fans in the Bell centre there is no other area in the world that you can get this strong a drug. GO Habs Go

    • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

      Playoff home opener always gets me goosebumped as hell and teary eyed. Can’t wait, that place is gonna be stupid. Remember the old days when Ron and Don used to have a decibel meter to show how loud the building was pre-game when they would stand in the zamboni tunnel? I’d love them to dig that schtick out for Monday night. Probably crack the glass on the bastard.

      As for me, I’ll have Olands in hand, jersey on, and the wife telling me to calm down before I have a stroke. The wait was agonizing as hell yesterday, and I’m already more wound up now than I was at puck drop last night.

      Go Habs!
      Sorry for being obnoxious, props for being generous,
      y’all down, we booze hounds, take two drinks and pass.

  25. Timo says:

    Would any Calgary folks be interested in getting together to watch the game on Monday at… say Shanks?

  26. Mike Boone says:

    Bob Ryan in the Boston Globe: “What’s galling to fans who know their stuff is that the Bruins are not even losing to a good team. They are losing to a team that was a sixth seed on merit, an almost unrecognizable Canadiens team that doesn’t even have a 30-goal scorer, and has only three 20-goal scorers.”

    Mike Boone
    Hockey Inside/Out blogger
    Gazette City columnist

    • Timo says:

      Boahaha!!! So what does that say about the Bruins? Idiots.

    • longtimehabsfan says:

      Bob Ryan should take a look at the NBA scoring leaders and notice that there are no Celtics listed. Are they not a good team?

      “It’s a moo point. Like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”

    • naweed235 says:

      lol seems like every piece coming from the Boston media concerning the Habs just has something personal in it… I guess it’s really hard for those arrogant goons to swallow the fact that they are nothing more than doormats to the Habs… All the articles posted on NESN site just sounds like it is written by a 14 yr old boy who was raped my a French Canadian wearing a Habs jersey… so much hate in them…

    • Danno says:

      And a team playing without Markov, Gorges AND Pacioretty


      “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      That’s the most puzzling thing about so called experts analyzing this series, No one is giving our players & coaches their due credit plus anyone that follows the nhl knows that regular season & playoffs are 2 different seasons. Thank you Bob Ryan but we like flying under the radar and being the Rodney Dangerfields of hockey where we get no respect. What matters to us is that the team believes in each other and so do us fans.
      Enjoy golfing with your 3rd place Bruins dumbass.

      “Hate the Bruins like a sickness”

    • Mattyleg says:

      Habs are not a good team. Where do they scrape these writers from?

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Mattyleg says:

        Okay, screw it, ‘edit’ isn’t working.
        Boston’s finest hockey writers seem to think that scoring is the only way to win a game. Hopefully the Peeee-yew-ins will start thinking the same, and we’ll fill their net with so much rubber that it’ll be able to pass for Auberge 1082 on Fetish Night.

        Defense counts for something too, local hack.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Marc10 says:

      How many games does this team have to win when it matters to earn respect? Hockey isn’t about your pedigree. It’s about what a team can do when it matters.

      This team delivers in spades. Substitute an other worldly goaltending performance for another and you still have a kick arse bunch of guys who are defying the odds. You do this two years in a row and it’s no longer an accident… These guys have serious game.

    • Propwash says:

      Buncha hacks, just like their team.

  27. novahab says:

    Mr. Martin I owe you an apology as you have shown you do have control of the team, your system does work if the players follow. The team is passing better so hopefully your pushing this in practise . I will admitt onething I love being wrong and thank you so much for proving I was wrong. The refs are still scewing this team but by not complaining you get your players to think about the game and not the crooked refs. Thats why you are there and I just type on here .

  28. habstrinifan says:

    Trying so very hard not to GLOAT! But this good feeling is damn near irresistibly hard to suppress.

    Not the least of which is the accelerated ascension of Le Canadiens back to the zenith of hockeydom.

    Reading the comments from TSN comments pages and other sites and seeing the growing awareness of the pundits that ONE MUST RESPECT this ORGANIZATION and WHAT WE MEAN in the hockey world is enormously gratifying.

    We have sat thru the laughing and the sneering and the mean small minded barbs meant to belittle this great franchise. And today they all stand in AWE. They all look at the CH and know of its GLORY, which will not be put out! NEVER! NEVER!

    Thank you JM and staff! Thank you players! Thank you PG and BG!

    Dare I paraphase Shakespeare.. in the hockey world? Some teams can sometimes show greatness; some teams can actually periodically become great; but only ONE team is becoming of GREATNESS. C’est Les Habitants!

    Hope the BELL Centre is inspected for structural soundness before next game. The place WILL be rocking.


  29. Danno says:

    Interesting coincidence that Charlton Heston played Moses in the Ten Commandments – because the Habs made the Bruins look like the Planet of the Apes on Ice.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  30. secretdragonfly says:

    Also nice to see the Bulldogs have taken a 2-0 game lead in their series against Oklahoma City – Dawes and Enqvist are lighting it up!

  31. longtimehabsfan says:

    Once again, only two games in, and the playoffs have shown us why you can’t make predictions based on the regular season. Which teams are going to raise their level of play? So far, you have to think several teams are in trouble if they don’t start playing harder and with more urgency.

    Even though they won, the Flyers are still reeling in my opinion. They were assisted by the referees in the second period of their game. The Sharks? Totally inept last night.

    Right now, it looks like the Canucks, Caps and Red Wings are the only top favorites who have come to play this postseason. But that could change in a hurry.

    As for the Habs, only Arpon Basu of the Montreal media was a true believer prior to the start of the series. Gotta give him credit.

    “It’s a moo point. Like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”

    • Mike Boone says:

      What about some credit for HIO’s Dave Stubbs, who called Canadiens in seven?

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger
      Gazette City columnist

      • longtimehabsfan says:

        I thought of him. But he still picked them in seven. I’ll give him credit. But Basu has been steadfast going back to February. On Team 990 he was asked who was the best matchup for the Habs in the first round and to everyone’s surprise on the show he picked the Bruins without hesitating. But I don’t want to diss Stubbs. I really like him and all the HIO members. So, good for Stubbsie!

        “It’s a moo point. Like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”

      • Thomas Le Fan says:

        Or moi-meme? Never doubted them for a second. When this is over I’m expecting not only a lot of Bruins fans to eat crow but a whole lot of our own. Including, but not restricted to, Martin/Gainey/Price haters et al. The Kovalev, SKost and Grabowski lovers might want to do a brief mea culpa, as well. Go Habs!!!

  32. WestHab says:

    Just opened my Calgary Herald. That picture covers all of the realestate on the cover of the sports section….nice!

  33. Chris F says:

    Karma indeed!! I truly believe in the power of positive energy. The big bad bruins are simply goons, bullies, a negative force….led by the two biggest meatheads in the business, Julien (who’s response in the press conference is outright embarassing, and so without class that it goes beyond explanation), and if possible, the king of all meatheads, Neely. What a complete joke to have this guy running a team. Lets not kid ourselves into thinking Chirelli completely runs this tanking ship.
    Back to the positive:
    A defense that is simply solid in all three areas, forwards that have been absolutely relentless with their speed and tenacity, and Price, well what can you say besides….he’s making a statement….and that statement is, “I am much better than Timmy “the flopper” Thomas”.
    Martin is absolutely embarassing Julien. Man, two years in a row. Unreal.
    Don’t underestimate the effect of Moen’s play on Lucic, and the beatdown Wiz gave to Hnidy. All of a sudden, we don’t seem so small, all of sudden our “Team” is playing like a champion and being led by an amazing group which I am so proud to call my team.
    Go Habs Go!!!

  34. ths says:

    Incredibly impressed by everyone from the top BG, PG down to the bottom (Pyatt, Darche).
    Carey has arrived. PK has arrived and he’s up in the penthouse already.
    He has taken so much shoot this year and now he’s answering everyone.
    You think he was intense postgame ? Watch him when he goes down the line shaking hands with the Broon(m)s on Thursday.
    Wiz impressed me when challenged after that hit.
    All the elements of a winning team are there right now.
    I admit I was fooled by their rope-a-dope season but now im nailed to the bandwagon.
    The final piece will be Pouliot screaming between Chara and the stanchion and roofing the series sweeping goal on Thursday then dropping Chara when he comes over to interrupt the celebration.

  35. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Chara’s sh*tty pants won’t let him play? Bruins miss him? Ah, boo hoo! Bob Cole never once mentioned that the Canadiens were missing TWO of their best defenders all season. The Bruins do not look good. In all three zones! All hail Jack Martin’s system!
    Don’t want to complain about refereeing after two wins but the Bruins get away with an awful lot of guff out there that we get called for. Lots of cross checks and interference. Almost looked like the league wanted it evened up. Price and company refused to participate in that little plan, however. Go Habs!

  36. thebigguy says:

    That one shift by Eller was amazing but you knew he was about to have it. Calling for the puck, banging his stick on the ice, just a workman’slike approach to the game by all our young players. I think every player other than Gill had a shot last night!

    • longtimehabsfan says:

      Best shift of the game. He and Pyatt were incredible there.

      “It’s a moo point. Like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”

  37. WestHab says:

    chara dehydrated? you got to be kidding, after all the knowedge about the subject out there you’d think a pro would get some water. Of course the good news is that the bruins will focus on the fact that they lost because he was out. I felt the Habs played better in this game. Stay the course don’t get too caught up in the high that will open the game Monday.

    • longtimehabsfan says:

      I’m not surprised. I noticed Julien was playing him much less the last few games of the season. It may have backfired. Here’s a guy who regularly plays 25+ minutes a game and he gets down shifted last in the season. Then he has to pick it up in game one and suddenly he’s dehydrated. Still, he could have caught a bug. But a horse is a horse and you have to keep riding him. Maybe JM knew what he was doing late in the season when he refused to rest the Hammer?

      “It’s a moo point. Like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”

  38. MikeL says:

    “from Mitch Melnick up”

    haha Quite a shot, Mr Boone. I always thought you liked Mitch. No?

    • Mike Boone says:

      Love him like a brother, but he’s incredibly pigheaded about Jacques Martin.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger
      Gazette City columnist

      • longtimehabsfan says:

        What JM has done is he’s made the Habs a team again. That’s why they’ve overcome key injuries. Two years ago, losing Markov was cause to write them off. And what about PG? He stocked the team with veteran dmen at a time when everyone was calling for more forwards. How’s that working now.

        “It’s a moo point. Like a cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter. It’s moo.”

  39. habsgod says:

    this is for all my fellow habs fans because i believe we are not only going to the eastern conference final,but to the stanley cup!

  40. jmsheehy19 says:

    Boone, I haven’t posted in a while, but I just wanted to thank you for one of the best “About Last Night” in while.

    And thank you for giving props to Pyatt. The guy seems to get a lot of flack on this site, and while it’s true he isn’t a scorer, he does so many little things right it’s nice to see him get some praise.

  41. Psycho29 says:

    Gotta say….how important was getting the first goal of both games? Took the crowd right out of the game.
    And Carey’s big save on Lucic just sealed it.
    The series is far from over, but it’s a great start!

    BTW….there is so much squabbling and in-fighting over at the NESN comments today. I don’t think those nerds will be leaving Mommy’s basement any time soon.

    Speaking of trolls, I think we should call 911, file a missing person’s report. Fig Newton has been missing since 10PM on Thursday…..

  42. Excellent game by the Canadiens they are proving that they are a true playoff team and JM’s system is exceptional. Look at the Caps they are playing the same way the Habs played them last year. Andrei Kostitsyn is day-to-day, I don’t know full extent but if he does skate tomorrow then I think he may be ready.

    Habsnation is still standing.

  43. Timo says:

    So I don’t suppose Habs are saying that kind of injury AK has? I take it must be his leg based on blocking that Chara shot, but I haven’t heard anything regarding his injury. Thanks.

  44. Timo says:

    Have you HIO guys heard of IP or domain blacklisting?

  45. Propwash says:

    So, anyone else thinks Julien will be another analyst on RDS next season?

  46. MontrealAtheist says:

    Any word if Chara will be out on Monday as well? Let’s hope that this mofo will be mia which would make it all the more easier for our boys.

    Let’s hope we can complete the job on Thursday and avenge that 0-4 sweep two years ago.

  47. Timo says:

    I think the pressure has shifted to the Habs now. There will be pressure to win at the Bell. I do hope that most of our players can forget that they play at home and pretend they are still at the TD Garden. As Boone said, focus is on Gionta, Gill and Hammer to keep everyone in line with cool heads. Keep eating sticks, keep taking slashes and hits and don’t get sucked into Booins style of “hockey”.

    I think the intros at the Bell will be the most exciting part in quite some time. The place will be going crazy. Sigh… I wish I had tickets.

  48. Arrow77 says:

    I never understood why so many people gave an advantage to the Bruins defensemen over ours before the series. Sure, they have the best defenseman but after him, it gets thin pretty quick. As for us, even missing our top 2 guys we have 8 NHL-caliber defensemen left. And Wisniewski and Subban are more than good enough to quaterback a powerplay!

    As for Julien, I never saw a coach look so panicky behind a bench. He looks like Charlie Brown on a pitcher’s mount out there! I don’t see how he gets out of this alive…

    • Timo says:

      Chara is the strongest defenseman… he is hardly the best. He is slow, he is prone to making mistakes if pressured and he can’t keep his temper in check. In regular season he doesn’t get challenged as much hence his play may appear better than it really is. In playoffs all his weaknesses get exposed.

      • Arrow77 says:

        For all his weaknesses, I still think he’s one of the best in the league and definitely better than any of our guys. Every defensemen is prone to mistakes when pressured and Markov had bad games in the playoffs too.

        Still, I agree he might be a bit overrated.

  49. Fansincebirth says:

    I popped over to the Boston Globe for a sec to read some of the comments and I hope the Broons have the same mindset that their fans have. Total and utter defeat, no hope for a comeback, complete resignation to a Montreal team that “sucks”, according to one person.

    Fire the coach, fire the GM, fire their non-producing millionaire players they say…where have I read that before?

    Cherry said it last night, the Bruins cannot play their brand of hockey in the playoffs. The refs are ready for the goon show and they can’t take the chance of sitting in the sin-bin with a slow defence and a fast bunch of forwards coming at them.

    All hail the system!!!


    Welcome to the new NHL – NASCAR on Ice

  50. BKAK72 says:

    Really no need for a site like this to engage in blasphemous tone.

  51. dre1744 says:

    What is awesome about all this is hearing the Bruin fans boo there boys for the last 10 minutes of each game. Thats Priceless…….

  52. observer says:

    2 certainties in life:
    “death and taxes.”

    2 certainties in NHL playoffs:
    Disappearances of Boston Bruins and Joe Thornton wherever he plays.


    Boston now have lost their last 6 playoff games and have lost 11 of the last 14 meetings with the Habs.

    • smiler2729 says:

      Lol, it’s funny how even after being gone from Boston for over 5 years now, Joe Thornton is still a cursed Bruin in our minds, lol.

      “My second favourite team is whoever plays the Leafs”

  53. habsfan_61 says:

    is this hockey karma for chara or what? its ironic that is illness happens vs the team he did the bad to.nice game guys, lets put the skate to the throat at home and dont let up

  54. adam76 says:

    Boston is 0-26 in franchise history when opening a seven-game series 0-2. They’ve been swept in 15 of those series.

  55. observer says:

    “Boston isn’t Egypt. And your Montreal Canadiens certainly weren’t the Bruins’ enslaved, pyramid-building bitches. But it did get pretty darn biblical at the TD Banknorth Garden. The mysterious Zdeno Chara illness?”

    Locusts were dropped on Chara’s house? Bruins coach Julien had no right to even use that as an excuse after the game about Chara being out. NO BUSINESS when the team he just lost to was missing 3 top players Markov, Gorges and Pacioretty for this game AND even the other one when they already had beaten the Bruins in a shutout. And Kostitsyn a 4th for this game alone.

    Question is? What is better a young fully developed bird in hand or 2 bird eggs in a nest? Especially when you have no scorers on your team. 2 games Boston scored 1 goal total. Seguin a healthy scratch twice.

    I guess Brian Burke robbed the Bruins GM blind. And then came back and laid a bird who can’t fly very well on him again.

  56. jimmy shaker says:

    I remember somebody posting this a while ago. When the habs score early in any period, they usually come out with the “W”. They’ve scored early these past two games, so let’s hope they can continue the trend on thomas and the cubs monday night. The bell centre is going to be out of control, wish I could be there to feel the vibe and the electicity of the whole city.


  57. jimmy shaker says:

    Hey boys, mint road game again, I don’t think I’ve seen them play better in all 3 zones than they have in the last 2 games. I was worried about Sopel, but he’s a big time shot blocker and really has stepped up his game since taking mara’s spot who I thought was playing well and was going to be penciled in on the D. My only criticism is with gomer and his horrid defensive zone coverage. This guy is terrible in his zone, he never picks up the oncoming player, covers air most of the time, never gets engaged on anyone and is more of a liability than MAB when he’s on the ice defending. Every time boston had any chances who was on the ice? If he would’ve picked up bergeron on boston’s goal, carey would’ve had another doughnut and really have gotten into the cubbies heads. Anyway, elated coming home 2-0 and hope ak46 can get back in there. Last one, Eller has been outstanding in these 2 games, as well as pleks and pk and price.


    • observer says:

      Re: “I don’t think I’ve seen them play better in all 3 zones than they have in the last 2 games”


      They also did in the first 2 periods of the 5th game against Boston up4-0 and then Chara hit Pacioretty.

  58. gauver says:

    As others have said, this series is not over yet. I still remember the Canadiens returning from Carolina up 2-0 unexpectedly. Then Koivu almost loses an eye, the refs closed theirs, and some kid named Ward went on to win the Conn Smythe. That said, what a great 72 hours its been!

  59. RetroMikey says:

    I must say, I am shocked at how we are up 2-0 instead of down 2-0.
    It’s the Carey Price show all over again which I am reminiscing Price from his MVP days in Hamilton leading the the Dawgs to the Calder Cup in 2007. He is playing outstanding!
    And yes, the players are playing discipline hockey, the way it should be when you play against the bigger and physical teams.
    Still, I believe this series is not over, but we must play perfect hockey one game at a time.

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

    • smiler2729 says:

      Blah blah blah blah… whatever, buddy, you have ZERO credibility as a Habs fan.

      “My second favourite team is whoever plays the Leafs”

    • forskis says:

      Not many people outside the Habs expected the same thing. Game #3 is going to be the turning point game…the B’s are going to come out with their ABSOLUTE BEST so the Habs better be ready for war.

      “I am guilty of using elipses…”

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      “I am shocked at how we are up 2-0 instead of down 2-0.”

      You’re not only shocked, bit a bid disappointed too. Admit it.

      • RetroMikey says:

        What are you a mind reader??
        Disappointed? Naaah! Shocked? Yeah! But have to agree with forskis about Game 3, we have to be at our best.

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

    • observer says:

      look at the intensity of the entire habs team! this is the same effort they displayed as last years playoffs. something you just do not see in the regular season on most occasions.

      • RetroMikey says:

        Most regular season nights, our smurfs and most of the players “floated” through the season.
        I suppose the playoffs is totally different for the team to step it up, as a whole IMO.

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

  60. Shiloh says:

    Pretty amazing so far – Monday night’s game is huge. Hope we get AK46 back – but who would sit? – Benny?

  61. JF says:

    Before each playoffs, the Bruins are described as being “built for the playoffs,” while the Habs are dismissed as too small. Brawn will trump speed and skill. But in this series, we’ve seen very little of the Bruins’ brawn, while our speed and skill have killed them. It’s not even so much the speed of our individual skaters as the speed of execution. Our passing and puck movement looks blindingly fast, and the Bruins simply haven’t been able to keep up.

    Sopel and Wisniewski have been revelations so far. Neither looked particularly good defensively during the season, but both have been excellent, Wisniewski with his crisp outlet passes, Sopel with his methodical shot-blocking.

    The kids were brilliant, particularly Tom Pyatt and Lars Eller, Patt checking tenaciously in the corners all game long and Eller holding off four Bruins along the boards in the third. All the uncertainty we saw at times during the season is gone, and the kids look like veterans.

    My favourite images were Claude Julien’s face after the second goal and Jacques Martin bending over Ryan White with his arms round his shoulders, obviously calming him down.

    I loved Cammalleri’s reply after the game when asked if the Habs were satisfied. “Not at all,” he said. “We haven’t accomplished anything.” That’s the right attitude – go into game 3 as though it’s a must-win, don’t let any complacency creep in.

    • Mad Habber says:

      I had an idea about Sopel. My dad is a Hawks fan and he was ticked at him last year in the first round. Quenville however used him in all the late game situations, by the end of the play-offs my dad was had a different opinion of him.

      He is slow, but he also plays smart and takes the right angles.

    • forskis says:

      Game #3 is absolutely the must-win…it will be the turning point of the series…the Habs better be ready for war and play the same way and not let a 2-0 series lead get to their heads.

      “I am guilty of using elipses…”

      • observer says:

        Game #3 is absolutely the must-win

        For Boston it is. For Habs to put another nail in their coffin. One that will just about eliminate them.

  62. smiler2729 says:

    I know this series is far from over and all that proper shite to say BUT, as a fan, WE ARE KICKING THEIR ASS!

    The best thing about beating the Bruins twice in Boston is watching, listening and reading the so-called expert hockey pundits in the media doing a flip flop on the Habs. The “heavily favoured Bruins” who are so much bigger than the “small Habs” will cruise to their Stanley Cup Final appearance against Vancouver… what a load!


    Crap, this is fun.

    “My second favourite team is whoever plays the Leafs”

  63. JohnBellyful says:

    Claude, Claude, Claude, you’re a quote machine. Your latest comment is another pearl: “Let’s be honest: Our team has not played at all close to the way we can. If they’re going to score some goals, they’re going to need to earn them more than they have. We had to work pretty hard to get that one goal. I don’t think they had to work as hard to get theirs.”
    You know, maybe you’re right. It ISN”T that hard to get your players to turn it over. There’s something to be said about brains beating out brawn.
    And while you’re being honest, when you say your team has not played at all close to the way it can, shouldn’t you have added, “because they won’t let us and I’m being badly outcoached”?

  64. Aldomarano says:

    “2 is not 4″ …. Carey Price

    The Habs know there is still work to be done.

    “2 is not 16, 14 to go” …. Aldo Steve Marano

    Go Habs Go!!!

  65. Aldomarano says:

    “2 is not 4″ …. Carey Price

    The Habs know there is still work to be done.

    “2 is not 16, 14 to go” …. Aldo Steve Marano

  66. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I’m not sure if the CBC feed was the same as the VS american feed, but there was a great image of Martin with his mentoring arms around White last night giving him specific advice. I imagine it was along the lines of “…stay with the game plan and don’t let the goons sucker you into a penalty.” But it was how he said it that was an interesting window into the relationship between Martin and his young players. I agree with Boone’s sarcasm. Ruining his young talent? I think not. Quite the opposite.

    Eller, Pyatt and White had one of the best shifts of the playoffs late in the third. The kids were brilliant and were the dagger in the Bruins heart last night.

    • habstrinifan says:

      That was an amazing snippet of coaching. Seeing JM with the most genuine of smiles , his arms on White’s shoulders and most likely saing what you said .. not to be suckered into fights etc. It was very very encouraging as a fan to see the coach so animatedly and BENIGNLY INVOLVED with his players so early in the game. Wonderful!

      I am one of those who have criticised JM. So I will gladly eat some crow. But I ask that Boone and the likes who are praising JM now admit to the dramatic evolution of this coach, especially for this series.. as dramatically as he and his staff has engineered an evolution of belief, a confidence and style in his players FOR this series.

      Rarely have I seen as prepared a team for a series as we have seen the habs in the last two games.

      KUDOS to JM. And KUDOS to the players especially the young ones like P.K. and Eller and White and Price who are playing into their rightful places as HABS stars of the future with the style and brilliance of HABS stars of the past.

      They are playing in JM’s conservative system but lighting up the screen with their artistry and confidence. And this is the deepest, if most subtle of JM’s improvement. He is coaching with AMAZING confidence and imbuing his players with same.

      This series, regardless of its final outcome, could go down as one of the greatest coaching stints of JM’s career.

      As an aside, people who say that Bob Cole is anti-habs should have listened to the wonder in his voice as he gushed in his play by play sommentary, early in the first period, over the play of Eller coming out of his zone and P.K weaving his way thru the entire Boston team and White being fearlessly aggressive… you know that he was doing so with the memory of a pro who grew up watching and appreciating the immortals of the HABS in many many playoff series.

      This series, so far, has provided the greatest reason why the habs legend will never fade. Thank you JM and your staff. Thank you each and every player. Let’s keep it GOING!

      • fab4ever says:

        And kudos to Kirk Muller. Let’s not underestimate his contribution to the Hab’s defensive system. The team would be making a big mistake letting hiim go.

        Habs fan in Toronto

  67. I can’t edit! So change that first ‘”we” into a “he” and it will all make sense;-)

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  68. if Chara can get “sick” in Boston imagine the difficulties in Montreal. I mean, where is the man gonna be able to order food that hasn’t been spit in , pissed in, and laced with raw chicken blood?

    Claude Julien is more than rattled, he’s got the look of a doomed man in his eyes. I loved his interview after game one where we stated that the Bruins had trouble executing their game plan because they had the puck too much! It seem you can’t really goon it up when you have have the puck, so I guess that explains game 2? They made some adjustments which paid immediate dividends – as you can see the were outshot by a wide margin in the second, but alas they just couldn’t maintain the rythm and ended up outshooting the habs in the third. A few more tweaks and they should have their game where they want it, zero puck possession! Then they will be free to play their system of goonery and thuggery.

    “When I was a baby I wish my first word had been “QUOTE”, then right before I die I could say “UNQUOTE” – Stephen Wright

  69. G-Man says:

    I hope AK’s foot isn’t broken. As much as Boston missed their big guy, the Habs missed their big hitter. AK has turned into a solid 20-30 goal scorer and this season has displayed a willingness to do what it takes to win if he’s not scoring. I hope he is back Monday, but not at the expense of Pouliot. All 4 lines have been on the same page, following JM’s game plan. Really nice to see them respond to the coach like this and follow what he says.

    • topher5468 says:

      If not Benny, who do you think should sit for AK46? I think Weber is deserving of another game, while I havent seen much from Benny. If Benny’s not in for his offense, and to me, is having a zero offensive impact, the line of Weber, Eller and Pyat were fabulous. I will be OK with whatever the Coach decides. I’m buying in, there is no denying what JM has done so far in the playoffs,

      “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

      • G-Man says:

        I agree Pouliot has not been the offensive weapon we all want him to be, but he and Desharnais just click, like Eller and AK. I am not taking anything away from Weber; he is willing to do what it takes to be on the roster, playing 4th line forward or point on the 2nd wave of the power play. Thus far, I am very impressed with the entire team’s poise and the early game success (1goal on the first shot in game1, 2 shots for the first one in game two). I do know that games 3 and 4 will be tougher, especially if Thomas stops the Habs early.
        Can’t help but smile after witnessing the Bruins in full panic mode after the 3rd one went in last night.

        • topher5468 says:

          Good point about Benny and DD, I guess after witnessing Benny’s skill, I get annoyed that he can’t produce more, hes got so much skill, But like I said, whatever JM decides is OK with me

          “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

        • athanor says:

          What I don’t get about Benny is why he looks like he is perpetually off balance. Does he have the wrong rocker on his skate? Does he have some undiagnosed inner ear issue? Is it simply lack of leg/ankle strength? It’s really frustrating seeing those hands attached to a body that won’t get them to where they can do the most good.

      • habstrinifan says:

        First question in my mind when I woke up. If AK’S OK who sits.

        Like you I’ll leave it up to JM… cause I dont know LOL. Seems the MAN is creating heroes every night so I am sure he will do the right thing LOL.

        Man that felt weird! But right!

      • HUDSONHAB says:

        I think pulling Benny out may affect how DD plays. There seems to be a comfort thing there and even though the goals are not there you can see that they are just a Benny moment away from breaking out.


  70. cynic says:

    The current version of the Habs were designed by Bob Gainey to play well in the playoffs. They had 3 key veteran defencemen who know how to step up the game once they reach season 2 – Spacek, Gill, Hamerlik and now you can add Sopel to the mix. That was quite a clinic they put on the last 2 games, very impressive. Can’t wait to see the warm welcome our fans will have for Mssrs.Chara and Recci on Monday night.

  71. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I love the team’s reaction being up 2-0 in the series. They are treating it as a business, know they have not accomplished their objective yet, praising their opponent and hopefully approaching game 3 as a must win. Even non-Canadiens fans are taking notice and finding a soft spot in their hearts to cheer for Montreal.

    “Hate the Bruins like a sickness”

  72. topher5468 says:

    If AK46 is ready for game 3, I wouldn’t mind seeing Weber instead of Benny. Even if Weber didn’t score, I still think he is deserving, he played well with Pyat and Eller. Benny is showing the same ineptitude as last year when he went the last 2 months without even a sniff of a goal. Im not trying be be negative, just wanting the team to play the guys who deserve to play, Weber, IMO deseves it

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

    • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

      Is he as worked up about not playing D as Streit was? A good checking winger who can play the D on the PP for his shot might not be such a bad thing moving forward…..

      Sorry for being obnoxious, props for being generous,
      y’all down, we booze hounds, take two drinks and pass.

  73. twilighthours says:

    Still a long series, still so much to do. No need to get ahead of ourselves. But I would make one positive comment: Jacques Martin is completely outcoaching Claude Julien. In every facet, on every shift.

    Every one of us who has ripped on Martin this year should own up to the fact that this man knows how to get these players to win tough games. Period.

    • hansolo says:

      I’m one who hasn’t given Martin a break, Here, in public, I’m happy to eat my words….and as much crow as is necessary.

    • HUDSONHAB says:

      Here is how it works. The B’s came in being the team that just had to play “Their game” and Martin had to come up with a game plan to beat them. After one loss, CJ didn’t think anything was wrong but they had to crash the net more. After game two, it’s the B’s that have to adjust to the “Hab’s game”. That is where CJ has to counter punch. Martin may have done his coaching and planning well enough already but if CJ can come up with something then that is when Martin will have to counter back.

      “Had the puck too much” lol.


  74. Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

    Can’t wait for Monday night and the 21,273 spewing their hatred, contempt and disgust in the general direction of anything in black and gold. Lots of hockey left, but it feels pretty good right now.

    Sorry for being obnoxious, props for being generous,
    y’all down, we booze hounds, take two drinks and pass.

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