About last night …

It’s an idea whose time has come.

Actually, the time will come Wednesday evening – and I wish it were my idea.

Riding down in the elevator toward dressing room level after that amazing game, Arpon Basu suggested the Canadiens do something special for Game 7:

“Show it in here.”

Would that be cool or what: the deciding game of this crazy series, up on the league’s largest high-definition scoreboard.

Charge $10, sell a tanker-load of beer and donate a good chunk of the money to charity.

Too bad they can’t do it, because as J.Ambrose reminds me, Peter Gabriel is playing the Bell Centre.

I bet his fans won’t be as hyperstoked as the deafening crowd who waved white towels and yelled themselves hoarse through one of the greatest goaltending performances in the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs.


Jaro Halak faces 54 shots. He stopped 53 of them.

The most dangerous and prolific attack in the NHL also fired 17 shots that missed the net. The Canadiens blocked 23 (including five by the masterful Hal Gill).

That’s a mind-blowing 94 occasions when the puck left a Washington player’s stick and Jaro Halak had to be ready for it.

My friend and colleague Red Fisher has been covering the Canadiens since the Richard Riot. I asked him if he’d ever seen a better goaltending performance in the playoffs.

Red had to think for a minute.

“Patrick Roy,” he said. “Against the Rangers in overtime. He made 13 saves before the Canadiens got their first shot, and Claude Lemieux won it.”

It was 1986, a Cup year. Bert Raymond recalled Jean Béliveau saying that night that Roy’s performance was the best he’d ever seen.

So Jaro moves into runnerup territory.

I don’t remember who the Rangers had in 1986. 

Anyone to compare to Alex Ovechkin, who fired eight shots at Jaro?

Or Alexander Semin, who had seven?

After Jacques Martin’s press conference, I saw him having a quiet chat with Canadiens’ general-manager Pierre Gauthier.

Do you think the subject of goaltending may have come up?

Jaro is making life difficult for Gauthier. The Canadiens will re-sign only one of their young goaltenders, and the consensus opinion – heading into the playoffs – had Carey Price as the organization’s favourite son.

Price is younger. He was a higher draft choice than Halak. Most scouts think Price has more upside.

On the other hand …

With his team facing elimination, Jaro has held the NHL’s highest-scoring team to two goals in two games.

His save percentage is a lights-out, unconscious 97.8.

There have been many heroes in this improbably playoff series:

Hal Gill and Josh Gorges have been brilliant, particularly on the PK, which has been perfect in the two Ws and has shut down the league’s best PP.

Mike Cammalleri is playing like his hair on fire and has five goals in the series.

Andrei Markov played 28:58, most of it with Washington buzzing around him in the Canadiens’ zone.

Maxim Lapierre displayed the speed and combativeness we’ve waited for all season.

The vets with Cup rings – Gill, Travis Moen, Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez – have provided leadership and a steadying influence in the face of the relentless Washington attack.

Crowd favourite P.K. Subban had an assist, looked like he belonged and flashed the puck-moving skills and right-handed PP ability that will wow the Bell Centre for many years to come.

The team has displayed the grit and character too often overlooked during this injury-riddled, storm-tossed and frustrating season.

But Jaro got them into the playoffs.

And he’s keeping them there.

Best since Roy?

Who am I to argue with Red Fisher.

•  •  •

In the matter of diving:

Three calls, two of them stand-alones, is absurd.

I think because the officiating is so inconsistent in everything but its piss-pooredness, the players feel they have to sell everyting t get a call.

We can only hope that Bill McCreary and Steven Walkom will be assigned to Game 7.

But just watch: Chris Lee.

•  •  •

A Washington beat writer:

“I’ve been to the Indianapolis 500. They get 400,00 fans.

“I’ve NEVER, at any sports event, heard a louder crowd than this one tonight.”

Good on ya, seventh man.

Fourth star of the game: La Foule.


  1. B says:

    From TSN’s web page today:

    They were called three times for diving — Brian Gionta once and Lapierre twice. Lapierre declined to comment on the calls, which looked warranted.

  2. Clay4bc says:

    Just so we understand…you’re going to “give it up” to the team that allowed 54 shots??? Interesting…but how about putting the credit where it belongs, which is squarely on the shoulders of Jaroslav Halak…


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  3. Clay4bc says:

    You do indeed dare, and I second your dare.


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  4. Clay4bc says:

    The thing about McGuire is that he jumps on whatever bandwagon is in vogue at the moment, and then just won’t shut up about it. Well, that and he is an annoying idiot. The rest of the TSN crew, however, I have always found supported the Canadiens (and the Canadians).


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  5. Jbird says:

    Best thing I’ve heard on here in a while. 😉

  6. TripleX says:

    OK….I get it.  LMAO

  7. Mike Boone says:

    Melrose. There’s a name synonymous with excellence in hockey.

  8. Mike Boone says:

    What, EIGHT defencemen? maybe not.

  9. Mike Boone says:

    Yes, Tarik El-Bashir

  10. J. Ambrose says:

    I hope you shot them the finger.

  11. J. Ambrose says:

    I gotta admit, even McGuire has suddenly caught the Habbie bug, and is pouring praise on our players, instead of just giving effusive accolades to the Caps.

  12. HardHabits says:

    Timo and I are sharpening our knives as we speak.

  13. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Once again, why would he let the opposing goaltender know he’s in his head that much?
    Secondly, it may very well be a language thing.

  14. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Maybe cause George W gave us Stephen F Harper,lol

  15. Norm0770 says:

    Happy with the win, but the officiating and Boudreau’s pouting are keeping me pissed.  Well that and the beer.

  16. Norm0770 says:

    I don’t have a problem with what he said, but it is pretty arrogant.   Maybe it is a language thing, but saying “we make Halak feel good” isn’t quite right.  It isn’t like they’ve been making him “feel good” by burying shots in the crest of his jersey.

    He isn’t respecting the play of Halak who has beaten teams with Ovechkin in big games 4 times in the last 6 years. 

  17. forskis says:

    Not just the well-rested Stanley Cup Champions…but also the entire might of the NHL marketing and propaganda machine….and if that were the case, it would be Bruins vs. Flyers….if that went seven games, there would not be much left for Round 3.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  18. habsfanmandy says:

    Expresse on RDS right now and tsn.ca already has the full game go to videoplayer, video library, NHL games on demand you’ll see it. Enjoy reliving it!

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

  19. PattyBoy31 says:

    I know me and my buddies would love to watch the game there! I wonder if it would be remotely possible in this timeframe… (with beer of course)

  20. habsoul says:

    When Boone posed the question of the greatest Habs goaltending performance of all time I immediately thought of Saint Patrick’s incredible OT game against the Rangers. That’s #1 but Halak’s command performance tonight isn’t far behind.

    All that said, you have to give the Caps the edge at home in Game 7. It will probably be more of the same. Habs jump out to a lead and Jaro must stand tall against a withering Capitals attack. (It’s interesting that Montreal has led in every game of this series except Game 3.)

    And should the Canadiens beat the best team in hockey? Why, they get to face the well-rested Stanley Cup Champions.

  21. forskis says:

    I agree….should they lose on Wednesday, the entire team, coaching staff, management and ownership will be thrown under the bus…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  22. Off-side says:

    re: filling up the Bell Centre on Wednesday…you have more pull than we do, make it happen if you can!

  23. habsfanmandy says:

    Someone said we won’t be able to keep Pleks at 5 or 6 mil next year. That would suck. Can we sign him reasonably?

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

  24. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Some people near me were booing.
    That’s bush league.

  25. avatar_58 says:


    My neighbour was over and I missed a lot of plays :( I didn’t get to see much of Subban :(


  26. habsfanmandy says:

    Oh please… “This year we make Halak feel good?” BS! Obitchkin doesn’t know WHAT to say!


    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

  27. forskis says:

    I also find that it is still disgraceful that they have to name the Habs players from the US in order to keep the booing down…first, it kinda embarasses those players, plus the non-booing is insincere…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  28. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Definetly up there. I also gotta give it up for the team which let him see the puck for the majority of the night,

  29. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:

    David and Goliath. Spartans and Persians. De Sallaberry and his little 

    crew vs. the Americans’ manifest destiny. 

    I still can’t believe it. Holy f@#*$!!

    Go Habs Go!!!


  30. naweed235 says:

    Dare I say that this was right there on top with the biggest of
    legendary goaltending performances any Habs Goalie has given us during the last 100

  31. forskis says:

    JM lost it on the Gionta diving call….so at least he picks his spots…where they actually might be effective instead of spouting for spouting’s sake.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  32. The Juice says:

    Nice to have TSN on Montreal’s side for a change. I think the reason for all those diving calls was the Habs players complaining so much to the officials on the ice earlier in the series (not that the complaints weren’t justified…just sayin’)

  33. longtimehabsfan says:

    Or Michel Therrien.

  34. habsfanmandy says:

    lol I shoulda put ‘mistakenly’

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

  35. punkster says:

    Just for the giggles I found this clip of the movie “The Battle of Britain” perfectly suited to the Caps post-game dressing room tonight. Starring Bruce Boudreau as the inimitable Hermann Goering and the Habs “little people” as the squadron of Spitfires. And we all know how that battle ended.


  36. longtimehabsfan says:

    This series reminds me of the 1982 Oilers-Kings [was a best of five first round back then].  Oilers badly outshot the Kings in that series and lost.  They even blew a 5-0 third period lead in one game.

  37. sidhu says:

    Boone, who was the DC writer, Tarik?

  38. The Juice says:

    For those that think JM doesn’t show enough emotion, I think that trait came in handy tonight. In the 3rd period after the THIRD diving call against the Habs, he remained cool as a cucumber and his demeanour had a calming effect on the players. Can you imagine if Guy or god forbid Mario Tremblay were behind the bench? The whole team would have come unglued…

  39. sidhu says:

    Bob McKenzie:

    Diving was called only 35 times this season

    In 32 out of 35 of the diving calls, the other player went with the player called for diving

    Tonight, 3 diving penalties against Montreal, twice when the other player didn’t accompany the alleged diver.

    The TSN panel all agree that the last two diving calls were b/s.

  40. spoonfullofjelly says:

    The only thing Jack Todd is mistaken about is his knowledge of hockey.

  41. Mr.Hazard says:

    lol, Boone last night after the 1st period: “Can’t give a team that good 18 shots in every period.”

    18 x 3 = 54. You can when your GOALIE becomes a superhuman.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  42. spoonfullofjelly says:

    we have scored 18 goals in 6 games that’s an average of 3 a game, I like our chances if we continue that average.

  43. habsfanmandy says:

    Hey, Jack Todd actually had the score right!!! 4-1 but he mistakenly wrote Caps 4 Habs 1 HAHA Eat your words you pessimist!

    And I loved the AntiChambre guys all wearing Habs jerseys! It was really cool

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

  44. forskis says:

    What he said is pretty fair…the Habs got a couple of goals and then decided to just hold the Caps off…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  45. forskis says:

    That would mean the team dresses 8 D….the last time that happened, HIO dumped all over the coaches for that idea…so I have no opinion…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  46. spoonfullofjelly says:

    I have absolutelly 0 problem with what he said,

    What do you want him to say “Well there, he’s the best goalie in the planet, we’re not going to beat him, he was a wall in there, he’s been a wall this entire series, blah blah blah.”

    No he’s gonna say that they played good din’t score and will find a way to score, what’s the problem>?

  47. Habsfan_jay says:

    I’ve never really liked Ovechkin, but after this series, all his smugness and s**t talking, I HATE him now.


  48. longtimehabsfan says:

    Boonie, the best offensive player that Rangers team had was Tomas Sandstrom, whom, you will recall, Roy tortured again in the 1993 Finals when Sandstrom was with the Kings.

  49. Lafrich says:

    Is Ovechkin the biggest piece of c— ever, or what.

    Read this.


    Then imagine Crosby saying the same things. Not.

  50. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Iwas at the game tonight…it was intense.

    I was wondering who counts shots, some dude at the Bell centre or somebody from the NHL?

    Secondly the Habs did a good job, even though he saw alot of rubber, of allowing Halak to see the puck. It seemed like he saw 98% of the shots tonight.

  51. Chris says:

    On one hand, I share some people’s concern about the Habs conceding 92 shots over the last two games…those are not defensive numbers to be proud of, particularly against an offensive juggernaut like the Capitals.

    But on the other hand, the pressure is now ALL on the Capitals:  they were the overwhelming favourites coming in and the team that could score at will.  How much is Halak now in their head, having stopped 90 of those 92 shots in Games 5 and 6? 

    The Canadiens can clearly play much better as a team.  The Capitals threw everything they had at Halak tonight and only got one goal (off a perfect deflection play) past him.  That is certainly cause for optimism.

    The Habs had better be ready for a very noisy and raucous building in Washington on Wednesday night…an early goal would be really key in that game to take the crowd out of it.

  52. TripleX says:

    Pouliot played ZERO shifts in the third.  Should he sit if Spacek is good to go in order to keep PK in the lineup?

  53. thepriceiswrong says:

    I was at the game tonight. Props to everyone for the amazing atmosphere, it is by far the best habs game I have ever been to!

  54. forskis says:

    Glad for the win….but the TEAM apart from the goalie needs to play better….50+ shots is not conducive to going far in the playoffs….they better be ready for the Caps on Wed.  I have a feeling the Caps are going to kick it up another notch if that is even possible.

    Also…it is funny to see all the people who picked the Caps or frowned on the Habs predict the following:

    “Caps in 4”
    “Oh, Montreal won one…Caps in 5”
    “Oh, Montreal won another…Caps in 6”
    “Oh, Montreal won another…Caps in 7”

    At least this beats CBC’s prediction of “Caps in 3″….also, watched the ESPN recap…Melrose still believes in the Caps, he said, “I didn’t think Halak could win two games facing 50+ shots, I don’t think he can win a third…”

    The Habs better be ready for Wed….and better push from the start….they will need a 2-3 goal lead by the halfway pointof the game if they want a chance.



    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  55. Hammer says:

    Watch every game in 1986&93, and those two goal tending exhibitions were the best I have seen of a Habs goaltender as well as Dryden coming up to stone the Bruins years back, but tonite was right up there!!

    Must grudgingly give credit to laps for a spirited effort!!! 



  56. Propwash says:

    Halak was awesome.


    However, giving up 54 shots??? Yes, its the Caps, but thats not how you win hockey games. Thank the powers that be that Halak was a wall tonight.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  57. HardHabits says:

    I remember that game against the Rangers very well. I have to agree. This was a goaltending game for the ages. Halak has left his indelible mark, however it’s the next one that will define this performance. The table is set for a great opportunity for the Habs on Wednesday. The pressure howver, is all on the Caps.

  58. smiler2729 says:

    I brought up that ’86 Patrick Roy-Rangers OT, not many remember it, young crowd in here.

  59. Exit716 says:

    Mr. Boone did you hear any of Boudreau’s comments? He basically suggested the Habs have been diving all series.

    The outright arrogance of Washington this series has been mind-boggling.

    Then again, why should I be surprised by comments from a career minor-leaguer who won’t have a job on Thursday morning?


  60. smiler2729 says:

    BruBou boo hoo

  61. topher5468 says:

    He was real harsh on Lapierre. Deservedly so, He is a diver, Gio, he gets a pass, not Lappy. One call was iffy but one was a dive.. BB is a real jerk though and arrogant and I hope he gets what he deserves. to go home

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

  62. Ayan_SB says:

    Jaroslav Halak after tonight’s game.


  63. BeachHabFan says:


    seriously, good one.

  64. HABSIN09 says:

    Unreal!  Although we were severely outplayed,this is one of the best games I’ve seen in a long time.  I live in Ottawa, and sported my habs jersey to Local Heroes (a crazy sens bar) and cheered on the habs until the game was over.  By the end of the game, the whole bar was cheering for the habs (except for one guy at the bar, who I forced to buy me a beer after the empty netter!)  I thought the habs were done after they lost the back to back against they flyers during the regular season.  If the habs win next game, and Halak continues to emulate ’93 Roy, who can beat them?  I know I’m just excited from the win tonight, and the 53 save performance, but does anyone feel the same feeling from when we took 11 in a row in OT last time?….GO HABS GO…on a side note, I have a few Habs jerseys, and one without a name or number…next year, it’ll have my man Gorges 26 on it…talk about an amazing d man!

  65. KC64 says:

    Right on HabsIn09….I’m a Habs fan in Ottawa too, and I agree with what you say about Gorges…..he’s the type of ballsy player every coach wants on his team, and how about Hal Gill, he’s shutiing a lot of the naysayers up now.

    I think the Habs are inside the Caps heads…..they’ve got to be worried…Ovie looked a bit rattled…a bit shaky even..lol

    Gionta for captain!

  66. nick says:

    Halak was amazing tonight, no doubt about it. I hope he has a little left in the tank for game 7.

    The D was outstanding. Lets hope for some more of it.

    I don’t recall hearing Pouliot mentioned much or at all tonight (haven’t checked his minutes..), I wonder if they will swap him for either SK74 or Darche next game?

  67. The Juice says:

    I have a feeling Boudreau wanted to yank Varly after the 2nd goal, but who is he going to put between the pipes instead…Theodore?

  68. port elgin says:

    This series should be over if it wasn’t for the blown game 3. Washington is lucky to still be alive, not the Habs. Who cares how many shots the caps have, goaltending is part of the game and besides, it’s the score on the scoreboard that counts. 2nd round here we come.

  69. Ayan_SB says:

    Lol thanks good. Now I think I might go watch Gladiator.

  70. 100HABS says:

    So at what exact time do they start selling tickets for the next series?

  71. forskis says:

    I agree on the first call on Lapierre…to argue semantics, he did not dive, he embellished the hit which WAS from behind, that is 2 min. misconduct call, there is a separate penalty for diving…

    But Boudreau saying they were diving all series is just grasping at straws….he needs a solution and he needs to draw attention away from the Caps players who are not scoring….thus the “They all dive.”

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  72. topher5468 says:

    Very well said, I completely agree

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

  73. sam says:

    Laps did get an unsportsman-like conduct on the first embellishment. and rightly so. it was a disgrace to the refs and the fans. funny how on his best game, he still can’t get away from being shitty.

  74. topher5468 says:

    I remember listening to that game at a party in a car. I live in NY and I was 17 but the game was more important than the party. I had a lot of fun with Ranger fans after that game and at school with the ROOOOAHHH. 

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

  75. Habsfan_jay says:

    The 86 playoffs were the first I ever watched. I don’t have a great recollection of them, but I remember by the time they were done I was a Habs fan for life.

    As far as this game goes, I haven’t enjoyed a hockey game this much since 93.

  76. andrewberkshire says:

    The year before I was born, I wish I could have seen it. However people are forgetting the game Roy played after his appendix was removed in 1994, that also beats tonight imo.

  77. Chuck says:

    Price also had a 53-save performance this year, and last week Craig Anderson played the best game that I’ve seen from a goalie since… 1986.

    Let’s hope that jaro playes like in game 5 and 6 — and not like game 1 and 2 — on Wednesday night!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  78. Mr.Hazard says:

    I was at the game tonight. As Boone said: electric. It’s RARE to see the crowd doing the wave these days!! I was hoarse at the end. A caller on CJAD post-game said he has season tickets, and never stays for the 3 stars, but he did tonight. I waited, too. Halak deserved everyone screaming their lungs out in praise. He was in the zone all night.

    On at least 5 separate occasions, I was shaking my head in disbelief after watching Jaro keep the puck out with a highlight-reel save.

    I was completely blown away… THAT is what a Franchise goaltender does.


    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  79. spoonfullofjelly says:

    I enjoyed the standing O he received after the shutout ended.

  80. captaink4life says:

    I was at the game also!!! I had already lost my voice by the end of the 1st period haha


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  81. J. Ambrose says:

    And to think some were giving up on him after games 2 and 3. You’d think a guy who has won all 9 games (!) in which he faced over 40 shots would have earned more patient support. Yet, in this wacky season of my-guy’s-better-than-your-guy pissing contests, its all down to what-have-you-done-for-me-lately. Win or lose Wednesday night, I say Jaro has made this a magnificent season.

  82. avatar_58 says:

    So……where are the Subban doubters now?


    Also Halak…..what is there to say? Unreal. Some of those glove saves showed some real cockyness….loved it.

  83. RetroMikey says:

    1 game does not prove anything, we said the same thing about D’Agostini, Weber, etc. to name a few and look where they are now.

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

  84. ManApart says:

    One of the great goaltending performances in Habs history. Just completely sick. It may be that a legend was born tonight. No matter what happens Wednesday, Halak has shown the world what he can do against all odds. There is no way in hell this guy is not signed. After tonight, There is a pretty good chance, Price has played his last game for Montreal

  85. spoonfullofjelly says:

    I agree Price might be done here, however, now what is the price to keep Halak ? can we afford both him and Pleks now?

  86. andrewberkshire says:

    James, this is why people like Priceberg are on this site. On a night when all we should be talking about is how spectacular Jaro was, you bring up Price, for no reason.

  87. Ayan_SB says:

    Anybody read Jack Todd’s column today?

    So Scott Gomez (see colleague Pat Hickey’s piece last week) says
    reporters are so ugly it makes him want to go out to his car and throw
    up. Funny guy. Ha-ha.

    You’d think that on $8 million a year, Gomez could afford a mirror. Seriously. We’re talking industrial ugly here.

    a look at that mug: Gomez could have modelled for one of the gargoyles
    on Notre Dame. He’s uglier than Washington’s power play. When he was
    born, the nurses had to put tinted windows on his incubator.

    How the F. does this guy still have a job?

  88. captaink4life says:

    I found it very odd also that Todd took a personal shot on Gomez like that when Gomer clearly made that comment about journalists tongue in cheek. Very childish to say the least.


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  89. Rob says:

    Jack Todd is the scum of sports journalism.  I don’t think anyone who reads the Gazette on the daily basis would be surprised by these comments.

  90. J. Ambrose says:

    While I’m not a fan of Carey Price, I even found Todd’s attack on Price the other day to be far beyond editorializing, and certainly not journalism. He comes across as a lonely bitter person yelling in an empty room, wondering why everyone won’t do things his way.

  91. Jbird says:

    He barely does – His email is @yahoo.com  . . .his columns are never picked up by Canwest as the writers on HIO often are. . . . . what an ass.

  92. linp says:

    Jack Todd has called a Cap’s win 4 – 1 in game 6. He is hiding in his hole today.

    Hi Mike. Where is Jack Todd today?

  93. Tis Himself says:

    At the end of the day, these guys gave us three more games than we would have expected given the way they ended the regular season.  They exceeded all expectations and should be applauded for doing so.  I thought they were done like dinner after the collapse in Game 2 and am basking in the glow of being absolutely wrong!

  94. spoonfullofjelly says:

    Agreed, he sounds like a fifth grader.

  95. RetroMikey says:

    I really don’t know if we can beat the Caps on their home ice. we
    simply are running on empty as they say, but it has been an exciting
    series so far.

    Halak has come back to be the goalie we expected
    of him and disapoitments as well such as little Sergei not playing to
    his expectations or should I say a being a bust.

    I sense the
    Capitals will come very strong Wednesday night as they have tonight and
    don’t know if Jaro can pull what he did tonight against a rowdy pro
    Caps crowd, yes they are a wild bunch in Washington.

    Good luck to the players, the next round against the Penguins will be just as difficult if they pull it through.

    If we do not sign Jaroslav Halak as our number 1 goalie, I’ll be a disappointed, no wait, I’ll be a pissed  fan as others will be also. Glad to see Bobby pulling what hair he has knowing Jaro proved him and other skeptics wrong.  The guy is good and we should applaud Jaro.

    guy is what it’s all about wearing the CH jersey, hope Carey has
    learned his  lesson here in Montreal that you have to work hard to be
    the Number 1 goalie in Montreal and it is not given to you.

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

  96. captaink4life says:

    Your middle name isn’t Buzz Killington by any chance, is it?


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  97. saskhabfan says:

    Guess you haven’t been watching the series since we have won 2 out of our 3 in washington,as they say. It’s game 7,there is no pressure on us. Its all on the caps. Funny you are talking about the next round. A far cry from your “mark my words we won’t do any better then 12 or 13th” or “5 more years of doom and gloom”. Always nice to prove the zipperheads like you wrong. You knees must be shot from being such a bandwagon jumper.

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  98. forskis says:

    Not sure why you are taking the shot at Mr. Gainey aka “Bobby”….he always thought highly of Halak but just thought that Price was better (along with many others)…if Mr. Gainey is half the quality of man that many on here praise him for, he is probably glad that Halak is making him eat his words/actions…I agree with the point about hard work though, but I think we cannot say that Price has not worked hard this season…

    BTW…with what kind of result will you replace the “?” in your signature?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  99. Rob says:

    k heres’t he deal…….calgary hab fans.  I ahve argued and disagreed
    with many of you over hte years.  Yes Timo, i’m mostly talking to you. 
    But i say we let bygones be bygones and all get together on Wednesday
    for game 7!!  If anyone in Calgary is interested in being surrounded by
    as many hab fans as possibly on wednesday, get back to me ASAP and we
    weill organize somethign!  email me at rob_eats_rice@hotmail.com
    if you’re intersted and we’ll find a good place that will host out
    little get together

  100. HABSIN09 says:

    I have to be honest, in the beginning, I wasn’t sure I was a big fan of Gill, but now I know why he is on the team. Great shut down man that can contain Ovie. Regardless of what happens in the series, these guys played like champs. This is why I’m a habs fan.

  101. yathehabsrule says:

    Looks like Lapierre willl be getting a fine for his two dives (only two this season).

    So Stubbs shaves his beard and the Habs come up big. What are the chances that Mio, Hickey and Boone pin him down and wax his chin later this morning? 😛


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  102. avatar_58 says:

    If he does it’s BS. That 2nd call was not a dive.

  103. light_n_tasty says:

    The rule says “during the season”…does it apply to playoffs too?

  104. diehardhab says:

    The league can rescind one of the penalties if they review it and think it was a bs call. We all know the answer to that!

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  105. avatar_58 says:

    It’s not fair, he deserved that shutout. If only they could have hung on a little longer.

  106. J. Ambrose says:

    Mike: aren’t you forgetting that a certain Peter Gabriel is playing at the Bell Centre Wednesday? 

  107. habsfanmandy says:

    Awww! And the plan was so sound! lol It would’ve been awesome though. Why can’t we like do this all year, road games will now be brought to you by the good guys at Molson!!

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

  108. RetroMikey says:

    Never heard of him.

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

  109. avatar_58 says:

    What’s wrong with Weber? He’s doing just fine, he just hasn’t been given much of a shot. Next year I expect him to be up along with Subban.

    Subban has been amazing all year round in Hamilton. It’s only a surprise to YOU guys, not me. I knew he’d be a stud.

  110. RetroMikey says:

    Wrong, Weber will find it hard to crack the lineup in Montreal.  Stud?  Subban?  What sport utilizes a stud?

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

  111. Tis Himself says:

    Mike: I remember that game at MSG in ’86. I was there. The signature save by Roy was on a slapshot from Thomas Sandstrom coming down the left wing now immortalized in an NHL promo. It was the prelude to “the wink.”

  112. shakey says:

    the wink actually followed a save off jari kurri in the 89 cup finals.

  113. J. Ambrose says:

    Yeah, a stick raked across ones mid-section does tend to impede ones progress. And if it catches on your equipment, then you spin and fall down. Which is what happened. Awful call.

  114. itpf says:

    I’m 27 and have been watching the habs since I was a kid (though I skipped out on some of the Thibault years). That was the best goaltending I’ve seen.

    The theory behind keeping Price is that he has a greater upside. But how much greater? What is that the Habs are looking for that isn’t in Halak? If they trade him I will be very, very dissapointed.

    Of course, Gainey’s not around any more to hold up Price… so I think there’s a good chance Jaro will be staying.

  115. FSUPhi1584 says:

    I wonder since the refs started calling the dives the Habs have been doing all series, they will start calling interference on the caps in game 7, since they’ve been doing it all series.

    On another note, Varlamov’s stick-side seems weaker than Halak top shelf – lol

    Also if we deal a goalie this summer, we need to make sure to include Hamrlik in the deal and maybe pick up Volchenkov to play on the top line with Markov. Then, Spacek can return to his natural side and O’Byrne can partner up with him. Or we could call up PK. How are Weber and Carle doing in Hamilton btw?

  116. itpf says:

    Is there ever a “ha-lak!” or “JA-RO” chant at the Bell center? If not, start one cause the man deserves it.

  117. J. Ambrose says:

    I still believe that when the whole story is told, we will learn that part (though by no means all) of BG’s reason for leaving was over a disagreement over trading Halak and keeping Price. Bob was “all in” with regards to Price. It seems that others didn’t agree with him. Perhaps some day, we’ll hear the whole story.

  118. Mr.Hazard says:

    Also from Friedman’s article:

    14. Wherever Carey Price is next year, I hope the organization has the
    sense to pair him with a veteran who will teach him the right way to
    prepare and act. Not doing so is Montreal’s greatest mistake of the past
    five years.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  119. sidhu says:


  120. andrewberkshire says:

    The whole story is that Gainey’s heart wasn’t in it long term after Laura died. That’s it, that’s all.

  121. diehardhab says:


    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  122. avatar_58 says:

    …and no one has the right to bash him for that fact. The man loved this team and gave it his all, even if you disagree with some decisions.

  123. sidhu says:

    I wonder, Brodeur is 37… he’s not going to last forever.  Would it make sense for them to groom Pricey under Brodeur?  I’m not sure they have much to give back though, aside from picks. 

  124. diehardhab says:

    If we trade price, let it be to the west

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  125. likehoy says:

    parise or zajac or no deal! don’t give NJD any more reason to dominate us!

    – Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  126. itpf says:

    I don’t mean to Bash Gainey at all. He drafted Halak. He also made a great decision to draft Carey. I respect the fact that he stuck by Price and IF, as I’m also partly inclined to believe, his stepping down had something to do with Price-Halak, I respect that he retired – sacrificed his position because he believed so much in Price.

    I was sad when Gainey stepped down. If you ask me, Gainey had ALMOST everything right – he put together a conference winning team 2 years ago, improved it last year (but what the hell happened??) and looks like he put together a great team this year (all over the course of about a week around the trade deadline). It seems like his one fatal mistake was his insistence that he ride Price.

  127. likehoy says:

    boudreau’s a huge hack! he has no idea what to do to beat us!

    – Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  128. ross says:

    Remind him that he beat our goalie on the only one of three shots he managed to fire off?  =\

  129. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    I have to say, our 3rd and 4th lines are pretty rock solid.  Moen onto the Gomez line was a great idea.  I can’t say enough that this team was built for this series.  They are hard workers and they are getting rewarded.

  130. likehoy says:

    yea cause ovechkin is a choker!! he’s no sid the kid or the bratislav beetroot!

    – Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  131. sidhu says:

    Pricey for RJ F. “Caps don’t play the right way” Umberger and Marky’s boy, Tytin. 

  132. sidhu says:

    I think that’s the difference between us and the Caps — the Habs are battling and working hard, the Caps are relying on their skills to bail them out of every game.  They don’t know how to play tight games or defensive-minded games.  Boudreau tonight himself said, ‘on a normal night, we would have had 4 goals.’

  133. Mr.Hazard says:

    Ovi post-game says it’s the Caps that are making Halak feel good. It’s not him stumping them. It’s them making him look good. 53 saves, and it’s them making him look good!! The top-scoring team in the league! Ovi has no problem accepting praise, but doesn’t care much for handing it out.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  134. habsnation says:

    What about Chicago. Niemi hasn’t been great and Huet is a vet and has played in Montreal and could possibly help Price. They are also in the West and have young players which may make the trade more appealing to the Habs. I really hope we can keep both as I see Price becoming a star in the future but if not Chicago might be a good fit for both Price and the Habs

  135. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I have been around since BEFORE Jacques Plante …If Jaro’s performance was not The Best by One of Our Goalies in playoff hockey since that time (1950) …it was mighty close

    …WHAT a turn-around from playing so flat at end-of-season and in 2 earlier playoff games …to turn-around His confidence and focus so quickly and completely is quite amazing and impressive

    …IF the Capitals threw 53 shots in regulation in Game 6 …Game 7 will see them throw 103 if We are not at the top-of-Our Game …it will be a barn-burner

    …JUST one more Jaro !

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  136. Jbird says:

    There was tonight – Halak Halak  . . . well it may of been jaro jaro but it was loud and clear after he made his 40th save or so.  

  137. Jbird says:

    It felt as if I knew he was going to stop them.   Insane!  Not trying to dispute how great it was but I felt the same way in 1993 when I was 14 years old. 

  138. Jbird says:

    I really am starting to hate #8 not so great.  If we beat them on Wednesday. . . . . .  Either way I’m good that the habs are not facing Bruins.  This is Awesome!

  139. Jbird says:

    I hear you!  He is brutal – the players they have (no Halak but . . .) Brutal!  He benched Fliechmen for not scoring on a chance – That is crazy – 

  140. Clay4bc says:

    WOW….Like many here, I have seen Dryden and Roy have amazing playoff performances – and like many (all?) here, I am stunned at Jaro’s perfrmance tonight. That was arguably the best playoff performance by any goalie ever – and if not outright the best, then certainly it’s among them. Anyone who disagrees with that just hates Jaro, and wouldn’t be impressed by 100 saves.

    Jaro aside, I would say that “The System” did not have a good night, unless the plan was to tire the caps out and have Jaro frustrate them with save after save. PK, however, did not look out of place, and that was great to see in his first NHL playoff game (and only third game period!). i think we should sign him to a 10 year deal when he’s still cheap. Oh – and the same for Jaro!

    (thank you TSN for showing the game on demand!)


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  141. nightmare_49 says:



    from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

    So, this building of guttural roars is up two goals to nil early, and it’s rocking—I mean, just b-b-b-booming inside the Bell Centre, louder than fury unleashed in Washington. Louder, according to the arena’s decibel meter, than any moment in its 14-year history after the second goal.

    The white towels begin pirouetting above the throaty throng, and all of Quebec is relying on one man to again stone the most explosive offense in the NHL and keep the season alive for at least one more game.

    Jaroslav Halak looks up at the time, clicks his goalie stick against the metal piping, bends his knees, digs in and does the impossible: He takes away the Capitals’ mojo, seizes every puck that could have ended the series.


    It’s a frightening window into this suddenly-even Eastern Conference quarterfinal series:

    … read more ….. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/26/AR2010042604573.html

  142. nightmare_49 says:

    …  Jaro Jaro Jaro Bravo … i wonder what Carbo thinks of Halak’s performance  ……………..  just to be negative, while the coaching staff reviews the game tape from last night i’m sure they won’t be happy with the slot coverage, it was brutal.

  143. G-Man says:

    Halakulous! That was for Danny Gallivan.

    Is there anything in sport more exciting than one figure stemming the tide?

    Can a performance like that remove all doubt for the bleu-blanc-rouge and instill it in the hearts and minds of the opposition?

    An NHL playoff 7th game is the epitome of sport. Gabriel will be at the Bell Centre Wedesday night. Will he herald an improbable Habs victory?

    I just C(H)an’t wait!

  144. nightmare_49 says:

    dhh – He was in Nashville last night, so he’ll be available if needed.

  145. merlin_24cups says:

    Well said sir…..well said

  146. CHsam says:

    ah my dear friends. Whatever happens in game 7, yall know that last night’s game was one for the ages. What a game. Let’s keep it rollin

  147. Iceberg84 says:

    It’s snowing in Montreal and it’s God-awful. Clearly hell has frozen over after last night’s game! Go Habs Go!

  148. HabFanSince72 says:

    Is it too early to point out that if the non-Halak members of the Habs don’t play better Wednesday we aren’t going to advance?



  149. JF says:

    What a game!  What an awesome performance by Halak!  He set the tone in the first five minutes when the Capitals had some really dangerous chances and our defence was scrambling, and after that I felt confident he’d stop just about everything.  In the end it took a deflection to beat him.  He was seeing everything, his reflexes were working overtime, he was absolutely in the zone.

    But the other guys also deserve a lot of credit: Cammalleri with his seeing-eye shots, Lapierre lit up like his pants were on fire, the penalty-killing unit with their sticks everywhere.  Halak’s performance stole the show, but it was still a team win, an incredible display of guts and determination.

    Bruce Boudreau must be asking himself some questions right now.  Every time the camera swung to him behind the Caps’ bench, he looked, as J.T. put it, “like a soft balloon with a slow leak.”  All series he and his players have been yapping to the press.  He accused JM of spying on the Caps’ practice, he reiterated his faith in Theo while keeping Varlamov in goal, he talked about how the Caps’ powerplay would get going next series – oops, next year, and he complained about the officiating.  Mike Green said the Caps could beat anyone when they played their game and the Canadiens didn’t have much.  Alexander Ovechkin said they wanted to be well-rested before facing Philly.  Well, they might still face Philly, but our Habs have seen that they won’t be well-rested.  Meanwhile, JM has said nothing outside his usual bland, information-free post-game comments.  None of our guys have complained about the officiating, which has conspicuously favoured the Capitals.  No one has even hinted anything derogatory about their team (other than Pleks’ remark about their goaltenders not being Brodeur or Miller), and no one has talked about the next series.  The players have just kept quiet and done their jobs.  And they’ve planted a lot of doubt in Boudreau’s mind and those of his players.

    The Caps have had a great season.  Everything has gone their way – most victories, most goals scored, fewest home losses, best powerplay.  They’ve just kept rolling along with only a few minor bumps in the road.  Our team, on the other hand, has battled adversity all season, limping along at about .500 until after the Olympic break, scratching and clawing their way into the post-season.  Maybe the Caps had things too easy.  Maybe our season-long fight to stay in the hunt will stand us in good stead.  We’ve been toughened and battle-hardened.  We’re one victory away from causing a stunning upset.

  150. mrhabby says:

    great game…lets hope were not running on empty for wednesday..kind if get the feeling we will be after last night…lets go boys.

  151. kninja says:

    Hey, just wondering… but was Halak’s hand shaking last night Ovie??  Didn’t think so!  :)

  152. badangel says:

    The only difference between what Roy did in the playoffs and what Halak did is that Roy did it consistently through 13 overtimes.

    I’m happy though. Really happy that one of the Habs goalies finally has shown they can be a dominent winning force in the playoffs. I want the Habs to keep the goalie who can win a game single handedly. The whole point of the entire season is the playoffs – chokers are not needed. After last night’s performance I am a lil more sold that Halak can win a Stanley Cup – Price for me is a still unknown (too hard to judge when he played his first season)

    I dunno what the Habs will do about the goalies but I think Halak plays to his peak when he has another goalie that he is competing closely with. Once Halak seemed to secure #1 spot the Habs lost a bunch of games at the end of the season – the first 3 games of the playoffs Halak played good in front of a bad defence. But his performance wasn’t anything fantastic.

    Game 4 Price played.. then 5 Halak and he played much better than he had in a few games… then last night was incredulous!

    So… I think Halak needs Price or someone like to push him and keep him on his toes. While, Price seems to play nervous hockey when he has Halak on his toes. imho

  153. badangel says:


  154. ManApart says:

    That’s what concerns me. It took the best game of Halak’s life and 2 very weak goals from Varlamov, including a whole lot of luck all around for MTL to win. There is no way, the same game is played and Montreal/Halak can do it again. They must come out with a lot better game plan. The 1st goal of the game is the most important thing. They must be more disciplined and must be more agressive all game. They can’t sit back and give up 50 shots again, especially all the open looks the Caps were getting. They have to get some breaks offensively and Halak must be excellent to win.

  155. smiler2729 says:

    Halak/Price is the greatest Hab tandem ever.

    here’s hoping the Habs and the hockey gods take down Ovenchicken the ultimate spoiled self-loving whiner and his wannabe Caps

  156. badangel says:

    after the russians choked in the olympics – if the Habs do manage (I hope they do!!!) to win on wednesday… Ovie might have a total melt down! He’ll lose it. ha

  157. notbigbird says:

    My whole body was shaking.

  158. smiler2729 says:

    Crosby vs. Ovechkin? Crosby hands-down in every facet of the game. True Winner vs. Wannabe.

  159. Steve in Kingston says:

    MIKE: Excuse me, but you stoking the so-called goalie controversy here is ignorant.

    Total disconnect from reality.

  160. Mike Boone says:

    There’s a special thrill to being called ignorant on my own blog.

    It’s not a controversy. The choice of which goaltender to sign is a management decision – and Jaro is making it harder.

    Is that enough reality for your ass?

  161. RJ says:

    Why should Boone stop now? He’s been promoting Price all year.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  162. Rocket fan says:

    I agree, why can’t they sign Price as a 30 game backup (relatively inexpensive) for Halak and pay Halak the bucks as a starter? Those two push eachother.  Once Price plays up to his potential then trade Halak for more than they could ever get for him now.

  163. Steve in Kingston says:

    That’s the reality disconnect, right there.  Harder?

    Au contraire: obvious.  Except for those in denial, I suppose.

    Moreover: not to quibble unduely, but without your employer, you aren’t here.  It’s not your blog.  You’re the caretaker.

  164. Clay4bc says:

    WTF are you on about? Jaro just pulled off one of the greatest goaltending performances OF ALL TIME. Does this not create a problem for those who don’t see him as the Habs goalie going forward? You obviously have a distorted sense of reality. Sorry to tell you, but if only one goalie is to be kept, it will be Jaroslav Halak.

    Boone, good on you for not deleting this guy’s post. To open yourself to critisism is a good quality.


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  165. Geoff F says:

    The only shaking i saw was Ovie’s head everytime Halak stymied him.  I do hope to see Ovechkin’s hand shaking Halak’s at the end of the game on Wednesday night when the Habs hopefully swat these pests and move on to meet the PENS!


    P.S.  I still have that proud smile on my face from Halak’s performance last night.  Maybe he’ll get his own NHL commercial….”WHAT IF JARO HADN’T PLAYED LIKE A ROOKIE….HISTORY WILL BE MADE!” 

  166. 24 Cups says:

    Jane – I would also point out that Washington was able to rack up some extra victories by playing in a very weak division.

    At the beginning of the series, our only hope was for Halak to be lights out in the net. We also needed some players to step up and elevate their games to count balance some of Washington’s firepower.. Right now Halak is out playing Varlamov. The 2nd goal was a routine shot that Varlamov should have had. Some might even say he should have had the first. Meanwhile Halak is doing a Johnny Bower impersonation. The stars of the Caps, Green and Semin, are being outplayed by guys such as Gill and Cammalleri. The lack of scoring from the ‘star’ Washington power play is just as much a story as the goaltending of Halak. The ineffectiveness of Green, Semin and the PP is also having an adverse impact on the play of Ovechkin.

    The early scoring in the 1st period allowed us to take control of the game, instead of having to try and win the game on a Hail Mary play near the end of the game. That was huge in terms of momentum and giving Halak something to work with so early on in the contest. You can not overstate just how important Lapierre’s goal was at that juncture of the game. You just knew that Washington would get something and it’s so much easier to defend a two goal lead during the last few minutes of a game. We need secondary scoring from guys such as Moen, Moore, and Metro to help reinforce our top two lines. (Will AK46 score on Wednesday night?)

    What about Wednesday night? Halak has to play on just one night’s rest so that is a concern. We are also on the road. As well, we need Washington’s PP and top players to remain cold for one more game. It could be real trouble if Green or Semin find their games at our expense. Scoring the first goal of the game would also give Halak a great psychological boost. Coach Martin is also going to have to utilize his entire bench, especially seeing that we no longer dress a 4th line. There can’t be any more crapping on players because they make a mistake. Could you imagine if he had done that last night after Lapierre took the foolish diving penalty?

    Shout-out to PK Subban. You did well last night. Young players usually get out of the gate quickly until the level of NHL play catches up to them. I only ask one thing. Please stop dishing off those weak backhanded passes to players who are slightly ahead of you (on the open side of the ice). One of those Junior A plays could lead to an easy turnover that might just cost us the series.


  167. Morenz7 says:

    You are right, of course. But I for one am going to enjoy the next 24 hours to the fullest. Huzzah!

  168. Mike Boone says:

    Not to get into a pissing match with someone who can’t spell unduly, but I’m not too worried about being relieved of my caretaker duties.

  169. 24 Cups says:

    We’ll face Crosby if we win on Wednesday while Boston and Philly get the free ride. Such is life.

  170. Steve in Kingston says:

    You serve at the pleasure of somebody else.  That point, I expect, is obvious.

    Back to the matter at hand, the question now is not Halak v Price, it’s Desjardins v Price.

    Except if your name is Mike Boone.

  171. smiler2729 says:

    I’d rather earn this season’s Stanley Cup rather than be opportunistic like ’93. But that’s a big IF on Wednesday night.

  172. smiler2729 says:

    The “so-called goaltending controversy” is just good discussion. If it weren’t for it, these cyberpages would be pretty dull.

    Could do without the baby brained name-calling by some when an opinion is expressed.

    There really is no controversy, the team may sign one or the other or even both. Beware the Steve Penney/Cristobal Huet syndrome.

  173. smiler2729 says:

    Desjardins??? Are you nuts?

    Besides, did you ever even think to make the connection between Halak’s success with the mere presence of Price as his tandem brother?

  174. Morenz7 says:

    Steve — I too noticed PK’s feathery backhand passes, God love him, and shuddered a little. 

    I recall a recent interview Sportsnet did with Guy Boucher in which he talked about Subban’s bright NHL future, noting he’s been working with the kid on being “more efficient” with the puck. He said PK has a tendency to try unnecessarily complicated things in hopes of setting up something big.

    All forgivable, in my eyes. Yes, he needs to forego obvious risk. But audacity is a big part of Pk’s game, so it’s also important that he feels confident. Which is why JM should use him judiciously in Game 7. He’s too valuable to throw to the Caps offensive wolves, with their takeaways and lightning transitions.

  175. wd40 says:

    Forgive me for asking your Holiness, so you’re saying signing Halak is a given, and the real decision is do they keep Price? (vs. say, Desjardins)

  176. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah and as soon as the first one of those fancy backhand passes that gets feasted on by the opposition and deposited in the Habs’ net, Subban will get the irrational Price treatment – boos and insults.

  177. smiler2729 says:


  178. 24 Cups says:

    Charlie – MAB and Subban on defense right now is the best of times and the worst of times.  We are desperate to move the puck out of our own end and have some point presence on the PP.  On the other hand we have our hearts in our mouths with some of the risky plays thesee two guys make in their own end. 

     I also noticed that O’Byrne was having a few problems with Washington’s speed and was getting beat on occasion.  That leads to two problems.  He is taken out of the play (which puts more stress on his playing partner) or becomes open to taking a needless penalty to make up for his lack of speed and mobility.

    Martin’s coaching and utlilization of his 7 Dmen will be a huge factor in Wednesday’s game.  It also begs the question of what will Martin do if Spacek is ready to play?  As well, Martin has to have his defensemen do something about the way Washington is running and manhandling Halak.  If not stopped, it could cost us the game on Wednesday.

  179. jhaze says:

    THREE diving calls????!!!!! Are you kidding me???? There hasn’t been 1 diving call all year long and then THREE in the same game?? All against the habs??? I usually only talk about conspiracies in the NHL (or other sports) after atleast a few beers in me but right now I’ve never been so sober. It’s obvious that the NHL would want the Caps to move on to the next round, they’re an American team, they’re way more marketable and they have Ovi. By having such grey area rules in the game, such as diving, it allows the refs to make calls that can allow the other team to get back into the game. We got very lucky last night. I understand Lapierre is a pest and a chirper and the refs keep an eye on him, but please, give him a diving penalty in the first 20 games, 40 games, 80 games!!! NOT 2 in game 6 of the playoffs. The officiating in this league is a joke. I understand that throughout the regular season, bad calls go both ways and they sort of cancel themselves out, but this is the playoffs, this is a lose and go home tournament. Refs need to be held to a higher standard. It’s unfortunate but the only consistency is in how inconsistent they are.  Bettman must not be too happy that we’re in an “anythin can happen” game 7.

    Had the Caps came back to win the game because of the stupid penalties, I probably would’ve gotten kicked out of the Bell Centre for doing something stupid, maybe for jumping on the ice and attemtping to strangle one of the refs.

    That being said, Jaro Halak is a complete animal, he got the habs into the playoffs and is keepthing them there. He is working his way into a nice contract for next year. The Habs would be playng golf, even on this snowy day if it weren’t for him.

  180. Lafrich says:

    I have never understood clowns like you. If you think Boone is so delusional why do you read his posts? Furthermore, there are much nicer ways to make your point. You are rude, obnoxious, and a coward. You are probably a wuss in real life, so you communicate like this on the pages of a blog. Congratulations loser.

  181. Morenz7 says:

    Yeah, I really think you have to put in Spacek and leave out PK (sniff, sniff). The other option is sitting O’B, but Ryan’s one of the few factors discouraging the Eric Fehrs of this world from running Halak (god knows the refs aren’t any help).

    And until Subban is ready for first-line PP duty, I think you dress MAB. The Caps are forced to respect his shot on the power play. Even if he doesn’t score, he gets it to the net, and the ensuing mayhem generates chances.

    Btw, speaking of backhand dish passes, I LOVED the one PK gave Cammy for the second goal. Less risky as it was toward the near wall, and right in Mike’s wheelhouse. Great poise.

  182. Clay4bc says:

    I have to say…all of this “Price has more upside” stuff is wearing a little thin. How can someone have “more upside” or a “higher ceiling” than what Halak has shown? Sign Halak, and sign him now. And then sign Pleks…and if there is money left over, sign Price at a reasonable rate, as he is an adequare back-up. If there is not enough monry for Price, well then…good luck wherever you land, Carey.

    Flame away…


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  183. HardHabits says:

    Roy/Hayward is. 3 consecutive Jennings trophies beg to differ. I do however really like both Halak and Price and have no problem with a Halak/Price combo.

  184. HardHabits says:

    Not really. Philly and Boston will brutalize each other. They’ll be nice and marinated by the time one of them gets to the Conference Finals. Hopefully it’ll be the Hab that skewers them.

    Habs-Wings Cup final. You heard it here 1st.

  185. Habscore says:

    WOW!  (tears in my eyes) what a Effin great game last night!!

    That was History being made right there in front of our eyes.

    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  186. 24 Cups says:

    Well said.  I meant free ride as in they don’t have to play Crosby and the Cup champions in the 2nd round.

  187. SeriousFan09 says:

    Actually Price can probably be signed for a very reasonable rate, any veteran backup across the league because of goalie issues for a number of NHL teams will demand a notable salary above what Price’s salary would have to be raised to on his RFA deal. Only concern would be is a team trying to offer sheet him. Chicago might make a play for him since the Bowmans are so high on him but few others, Corey Schneider and Jonathan Bernier are more likely targets after their great AHL campaigns for teams like the Flyers though.

    I think both goalies will stay on next season, as while Halak is raising his contract rate by the game right now and Price’s value is down.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  188. PureGuava says:

    Quit being such a suckhole, and put away the apple for the teacher. Do yo really want to be Boone’s “Toadie”?

    “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.” – Robert Anton Wilson

  189. JasonM says:

    Bruce “Wake Me When It’s Game 7” Boudreau



  190. HugeHabsFan says:

    Totally agree.  I even said during the game last night – there was nothing else the refs could have found to call, so they chose diving – because they could.  What garbage.

    On the other hand – how envious I am that you were there last night!  Must have been deafening to say the least!

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  191. PureGuava says:

    If Price is not performing (and he hasn’t), then he’s a distraction that this team doesn’t need.

    “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.” – Robert Anton Wilson

  192. PureGuava says:

    Price will never play another game in a Canadiens uniform. Giving him a start in this series was one last gift from management. He didn’t look out of place, and wasn’t the reason for the loss, but his total lack of composure in the third has stamped his ticket out of here. I think he’s trying to channel Patrick Roy when he throws his mild tantrums, but can’t even summon a little Ray Emery – and even Emery can win the odd game!

    “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.” – Robert Anton Wilson

  193. Morocco says:

    Yeah, it was. It always shakes when he squeezes his water bottle. Its what your body does. Ovechkin is just an idiot.

  194. Lafrich says:

    You are exceptionally astute – that is exactly what I was going for.

    And calling me a suckhole? Another tough guy on paper. I love it.

  195. HUDSONHAB says:

    Here’s reality: Halak has earned a contract. Price will be signed on potential. Where would you put your money?


  196. J. Ambrose says:

    Yeah, there was one shift where Ovie stood in the slot getting shot after shot. He just stayed there waiting to get the puck back from Green or Semin for another chance, and no one thought to go cover him. 

  197. HUDSONHAB says:

    Bruins are getting healthy (Savard) and the Flyers don’t have Carter and Gagne. Advantage Bruins. I hope they do pound each other and throw in a few injuries and suspensions.


  198. The M says:

    Except that Lapierre did dive on the first one, it was obvious.  Gionta never dives, and Lapierre’s second dive was a garbage flaky call, but i thought the flaky calls went both ways all night.

  199. Chuck says:

    If 53 saves in a game was all that it took to guarantee a contract, Carey would have been signed the day after his performance versus Nashville.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  200. 24 Cups says:

    M – It was a well officiated game for the most part and Pierre Maguire alluded to that fact. The first diving call might have been justified as Laps put on quite a show. However, it was a hit from behind so at best the ref could have stated that he was going to make a boarding call but let it go due to Laps’ theatrics.

    The other two calls were bizarre, and more importantly, were totally out of character with the tone of officiating that went on earlier in the game. That’s the kind of needless crap that can swing a game or a series.

    An ‘off the wall’ officiating decision should never decide the outcome of a contest.

    Then there’s the two minute delay of game call for shooting the puck into the crowd. God help the NHL if that dumb penalty decides the Cup this year. There just has to be a better way of handling the problem.

  201. Chuck says:

    Jaro had a tremendous game, best of his career, but “arguably the best playoff performance by any goalie ever”?

    It might not even be the best playoff performance of these playoffs. I agree with Bob Mackenzie; Craig Anderson’s performance for Colorado against San Jose was even more impressive.

    That said, last night Jaro was lights out and it took a tip in from inside the crease to beat him. He was definitely NOT the same dude that posted a .820 SV% in the first two games. The break at the end of game 3 and game four obviously did him a world of good. Let’s hope that Jaro keeps his mojo!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  202. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sitting on the bench is not distracting the team, seeing as how they’re coming back from a 3-1 series deficit. He doesn’t have an agent Tweeting everything he does during a season and talk about being traded to distract the team. If the team is being distracted by him being the backup and practicing as the backup, that’s their own problem.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  203. B says:

    Do you really think a few idiotic tweets from a players agent makes that player a distraction? Nonsense I say.

    Gratuitous white space.

  204. K-hab25 says:

    It’s funny how scared some of you haters are that he may actually stay. Are you afraid he’ll reach that “potential”? I mean I don’t get it. He’s 22 and as good as any backup in the league, except he should improve. Halak has established himself #1 going into next year, but that doesn’t mean you throw a 22 year old top 5 pick in the garbage. I think it would be dumb to trade him with his value so low. Keep him, if he blossoms we have 2 top guys to choose from, if not than you try to get a Lehtenon(25 years old) deal. We’ve got time to wait a few years on Price because of Halak, the way it should’ve been done 2 years ago. If 2 years from now Price, at the old age of 24, has shown little improvement trade him then. Someone will believe he just needs a change of scenery and offer something similar to what we’d get now, look at the Raycroft for Rask deal.

  205. Mr.Hazard says:

    lol… I do a lot of yelling/singing on a regular basis, so my voice lasts pretty long!

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  206. andrewberkshire says:

    It was a save off Tomas Sandstrom in 1993 actually.

  207. Tis Himself says:

    The wink was after a shot by Sandstrom playing for the Kings in the ’93 Finals. Jari Kurri didn’t play for the Flames in ’89.

  208. RetroMikey says:

    Hey putz!  How’s it feel being somene that follows me on this site and has nothing better to do than lash out at comments that I have posted? 

    Have you read my pre-season prediction for the series?  I guess not.

    Did you find a job out there or are you a net nanny 24/7 on this site? 

    Guess I’ll have the last laugh putz!

    By the way, I stand pat for where our franchise is heading.

    We won last night because of Halak and Washington dominated.

    You are right though, anything can happen in Game 7 but the team, as a whole has to play and beat Washington.

    And I said IF they make it past Washington in Game 7.

    Now go pick on someone else, that seems to be your character trait on this site.



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

  209. saskhabfan says:

    LMFAO,putz? Good one. DO you not only lack hockey smarts but smarts in general. Don’t worry about the last laugh,i will always have it as long as you continue to post. Judging by the posts tonight i’m far from the only one who uses you as the butt of their jokes. Don ‘t worry,i just don’t trash you,i trash people like you go out of their way to trash the astute posters on this site. Your nothing more then a pawn. Game,set,match. badda bing badda boom.

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  210. DearyLeary says:

    With the way Subban played, if Spacek is good to go for game 7, I say Bergeron sits.  He was terriawful last night.  No poise with the puck whatsoever.

  211. Shublips says:

    Halak played one for the ages.  Ridiculous.  He was scintillating!  The Habs need a better effort in Game 7, however, because there is no way Halak stops 53 shots two games in a row.

    Subban was great, Lapierre played well, despite his crappy, idiotic penalties, and OB was a monster on blue line.

    Whether they win or lose, tomorrow, we as Habs fans should be proud.  They have already done more than anyone could have expected.

    Go Habs go!

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  212. JasonM says:

    I’ll be honest, I had tears in my eyes when Halak came out for his first star.

    What a performance.

  213. Rudy says:

    I have a ticket for game 7 if someone can make it to DC

  214. RetroMikey says:

    Bobby or should I say Mr. Gainey has made himself look like the saviour of our franchise when he stepped in as a GM.  I would have preferred that Andre Savard be kept as GM and Bobby find employment elsewhere.

    Many mistakes Bobby has madein his tenure as GM and I would not like to get into in on this site.  Perhaps an open discussion when hockey season is over and summer is upon us.

    We all know Price his his prized pet, and he was not a fan of Halak nor did he think highly of Halak,

    I tend to disagree with you on Price, the kid has not worked hard IMO or he basically is jhust an average goalie at best.

    I do notice the personality change compared to last season and the anger finally came out last game when he started, which he must control as a professional athlete along with little Sergei.

    I will replace the ? with my nephew’s name Nikolas who is 12 years old and a mighty fine goalie playing competitive hockey in Hamilto with his rep team.

    Just perhaps 7 otr 8 years from now, he will be drafted by the Habs and we will win the Cup with him in the nets.  :)  The kid shows promise and is a big time Habs fan.



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

  215. keepthefaith says:

    Meanwhile aboard the tall ship c “habsbandwagoners”….




  216. HardHabits says:

    Whatever. We’re throwing you overboard.

  217. showey47 says:

    How the hell did i get dragged into this? lol

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