About last night …

4666179-1

Insert resurrection joke here.

Maybe they’ll roll back the rock at the Bell Centre Tuesday night and …

Enough irreverence bordering on blasphemy!

Happy Easter Sunday everybody.

I’m still emotionally drained after watching Game Five. And there’s not a whole lot to add to Quick Hits.

If Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta and Travis Moen had played as well as Lars Eller, Jeff Halpern and Mathieu Darche …

If Andrei Kostitsyn had a better grasp of defensive zone responsibilities  …

If James Wisniewski hadn’t been unavailable for a crucial chunk of the game …

If there weren’t a B-shaped horse shoe wedged firmly up Tim Vézina’s butt …

But hey, that’s playoff hockey.

You can’t say your Montreal Canadiens didn’t play their hearts out last night.

So did the Bruins, and the mutual commitment to winning produced a classic.

I think Future Habs guru SeriousFan09 spotlighted the difference between the teams when he Commented:  “Cammalleri not quite the scoring marvel he was last year (Still solid) factored in with Gomez killing his line each time they play and the writing is on the wall for needed scoring. We have a generation gap in able scorers to come off the farm unfortunately.”

Bruins born in 1988: Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand.

Canadiens born that year: Ryan White and Yannick Weber. Max-Pac would be on the list if he were available.

It’s better on ’89ers: P.K. Subban and Lars Eller vs. No Bruin who has dressed so far in the series.

But let’s leave the roster analysis for post-mortems.

The Canadiens are still alive in the postseason. That’s more than can be said for the Rangers, and the Philthy Flyers may join The Departed in Buffalo this afternoon.

So there’s hope.

And if hope is extinguished in Game Six, let’s acknowledge the Canadiens battled valiantly against a very good team that is healthier.

How would this series be playing out if Andrei Markov, Josh Gorges and Max Pacioretty were available?

And, to be fair, if Marc Savard were playing for the Bruins?

We’ll have a summer to think about that. But summer weather hasn’t started in Montreal, and there’s still some hockey to be played.

No less an authority than my HIO partner Dave Stubbs Tweets: Back to Mtl, looking forward to returning again to Boston. It’s going to happen

Photo of Nathan Horton ending Game Five by Elsa, Getty Images

•  •  •

Some Comments, leading off with my man Andrew Berkshire:

After game 5 last year, Halak had made 123 saves on 135 shots.
-.911 SVP

After game 5 this year, Price has made 165 saves on 176 shots.
-.938 SVP

If you blame the goaltender, at any point, you’re a fracking idiot.

And this from Steven:

DD, Eller and Halpern were something else this game. Price, doesn’t even need to be said. Obviously with any other goalie between the pipes our goose is cooked after 4 or 5.

I thought Kostitsyn was starting to finally come into form but obviously that game left much to be desired, and I hope he can figure it out again. Plekanec seems to have lost his touch since he got injured, and I really can’t figure out what happened. His injury couldn’t have been that bad, could it?

Gomez has and always will suck in the CH jersey, wearing #11 or not. In fact, he was better last year. Slap that 91 on him and pray to God, I say.

Gionta seems to have really lost a step since he got named Captain, even if he did finish with the same goals this year as last. Something seems missing from his game.

Moen? Don’t even get me started. Every time he’s in with the Top 6, I cringe.

I think a rebuild of some sort is in order again. We’re finally finding players that will be our future core and will guide us to the Promised Land(Price, PK, Eller, Patches, Cammy and Pleks when they’re on their game, dare I even say DD and Gionta…). We have to work forward with them and start dropping the chaff off this team(Gomez, Moen, Gomez, Hamrlik, Gomez, Sopel, Gomez, probably AK, and Gomez.) and keep finding the better pieces.

•  •  •

Some cheering words from Life of Brian:


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    • hardynails says:

      We are down to the final crunch,are we still going to double up on Gomez ice time and starting line-up power play, put him on 4th line or press box

  20. Mr.Hazard says:

    Did anyone else notice Hal Gill singing the CANADIAN anthem last night? What a guy!

  21. ffenliv says:

    NHL.com has a clip up on the main page of Thomas’ save on the overtime 2-1 with Gionta. It didn’t really strike me before, but Gionta had 80% of the net wide open, and managed to fire it right into Thomas.

    That play happens all the time, and the goalie always makes the same move Thomas did. It’s all they can do. I initially thought ‘what a great save’, but Thomas just happened to be doing what any goalie would do. Gionta screwed that up big time.

  22. grid77 says:

    what..a..series!! talk about an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride! you can flip a coin and determine the winner..good luck in game six boys!

    ps…JM, please insert paul mara into the lineup! hammer and spacek are costing us the series

  23. eric says:

    save of the game…. Ryder on Plec

  24. moosenl says:

    Blasphemy is a victimless crime. Dont care what cherry thinks. Goalie masks should be secular

    GO HABS GO!!!

    • Chris says:

      Why does it matter one way or the other?

      Do you get offended by Price, or other goalies, wearing a cross on their helmet?

      Should we remove all personal connections from sport and life? Players can’t mention the names or initials of their spouses, children or other loves ones?

      A player expressing their faith has never impacted my life before, and I don’t see that ever changing. If Price feels it is important, he can knock himself out.

      • moosenl says:

        Masks have gotten stupid and busy. Numnuts with the all black mask is the best design in years….and yes I am offended…there are impressionable minds watching…I am also offended by don cherry being the lead recruiter for the forces….again….impressionable minds. He should just talk about hockey and STFU

        GO HABS GO!!!

    • A goalie mask is a matter of personal expression, they can put whatever they want on there aside from advertising. While I don’t personally share Carey Price’s views on religion he has every right to express himself artistically through his mask. To suggest he doesn’t have that right is ridiculous.

      • moosenl says:

        If a goalie was a big time slayer fan and he had an upside down cross and God is Dead on the back of his mask as personal expression, would you be ok with that?

        GO HABS GO!!!

        • RCAF425 says:

          Stop being such a child, there is a heck of a difference expressing a Christian theme vice a “Slayer” theme. Nothing wrong with a religious theme that does not mean to offend anyone although you somehow managed to be offended. Grow up and keep the topic hockey related and let these goalies express their faith if they want to. I’d probably be praying to whatever God I worshipped if I was having things shot at me too! Kind of impressed they have faith in something decent!


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