About last night …

ClaudeCry

Late additions: Mike Milbury tells it like it is. And this

What a wacky weekend!
Your Montreal Canadiens began the most difficult stretch of their season with back-to-back games against a pair of Eastern Conference powerhouses, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins.
In taking three of a possible four points, the Canadiens lifted themselves back into first place in the conference and, more importantly, served notice that they are no longer the female dogs of the brutes in black and gold.
The Canadiens will visit the TD Garden again on March 27.
Nine days later, Boston will be at the Bell Centre to complete the teams’ regular-season slate of four games.
So far, it’s one win each and a cumulative score of 5-5.
After a couple of years during which the Bruins had their way, the rivalry has resumed.
And it’s freakin’ intense.

In his postgame remarks, Michel Therrien singled out Brandon Prust for his great leadership.

“It takes courage,” the coach said, “to do what he did.”

What Prust did, 15 minutes into the second period with the Bruins up 3-2 and cruising, was fight Milan Lucic.

He didn’t win. Guys who give away 35 pounds and a few inches only win movie fights.

But Prust is not Mike Komisarek. He hung there against one of the toughest fighters in the league and landed a couple on Lucic.

A half-minute later, Zdeno Chara tried to play Milan Lucic to Alexei Emelin’s Komisarek. The hulking Boston defenceman was penalized as the instigator and took a 10-minute misconduct. Chara was still cooling his heels in the third period when Max Pacioretty tied the game and David Desharnais scored the winner.

The stat sheet shows the Canadiens being outhit 30-24. They went 0-2 in the fights.

But I think they made an important statement: We are not Mike Komisarek’s Montreal Canadiens.

They don’t have a player on the roster – or in the system – who is going to strike fear in the hearts of a Lucic or Chara. But there’s some hoary sports wisdom that seems relevant to this year’s edition of the team:

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. It’s the size of the fight in the dog.

Brendan Gallagher didn’t fight Lucic or Chara. That would be suicidal for the 5’8″, 175-lb rookie. But his diminutive stature doesn’t prevent Gallagher from steaming into the dirty areas where many players  larger than he fear to tread.

En route to night of two assists and plus-3, Gallagher got in the faces of all the Boston defencemen – yes, including Chara – and crashed Tuukka Rask’s crease at every opportunity. With the departure of Erik Cole, Gallagher is solidifying his spot on right wing with Desharnais and Pacioretty.

For now, they’re the Canadiens’ number-one line. And that could last a while.

With the Canadiens on the road this week, perhaps Gallagher can light a hotel fire under his roommate.

Alex Galchenyuk is struggling. The Canadiens’ lottery draft pick, third overall last June, played 11:15 against Pittsburgh and 9:40 in Boston. He bounced around from line to line and did not register a shot on goal in either game.

The NHL may be too fast for the kid. Bear in mind knee surgery restricted Galchenyuk to eight games in Sarnia last season. And because the Canadiens are winning, there’s isn’t a ton of pressure on the kid.

And Galchenyuk is not the only Canadien who had a tough weekend:

• Michael Ryder was invisible in both games. He had two shots on goal against the Penguins, one in Boston against his former teammates. The addition of Ryder has not rejuvenated the power play.

• Travis Moen, elevated to supply some muscle on Tomas Plekanec’s line against the Bruins, had a grand total of 0 hits in Boston. Pleks, who endured a revolving door of lousy linemates last season, needs Rene Bourque back.

• Josh Gorges was minus-3 against Pittsburgh, minus-1 against the Bruins. But no Canadiens defenceman distinguished himself on the weekend – except for Tomas Kaberle (plus-3 against Pittsburgh, even in Boston), and who would have predicted that?

But hey, it was a bad weekend for bold prognostications.

Who foresaw Peter Budaj making 31 saves against Boston – including a game-saver off Tyler Seguin in the dying seconds? In his last three starts, Carey Price’s understudy has a 1.33 GAA and a save percentage of .949.

Goaltender controversy?

No way. But Therrien gambled and won on Budaj in Boston, and now it’s up to Price to get his poop in a group on the rest of the road trip, starting Tuesday night on the Island.

• On March 4, 2012, the Canadiens were 25-31-10 and in last place, 10 points out of a playoff spot. They had finished February with a five-game losing streak and had a goal differential of minus-14.

Your new, improved Brandon & Brendan/Teammates Defendin’/Goalies Tormentin’ Canadiens are 14-4-4. They are 10 points clear of the ninth-place Rangers and have scored 15 more goals than they’ve allowed.

 

 

524 Comments

  1. AlexTheNextOne says:

    I just watched the Milbury video late-linked by Mr. Boone, and man, that guy in the middle sounds like such a run-of-the-mill, biased, hometown fan, just like what Milbury said.

    He sounds like the kind of guy when you’re out having beers and wings with buddies watching the game, and you get caught up in the excitement and praise everything your team does, and boo and hiss at everything the other guy does, regardless of who is legitimately in the right or wrong at the time. But hey, don’t most of us do that at least ONCE in a while when we’re partially feeding off the energy of our friends?

    Even I have to admit, I act the same way with friends, when I get caught up in the moment. If I’m either by myself, or I’m analyzing certain plays after the game, I can usually keep a cool head.

    But this guy’s on television. Come on, man, be professional about it, geez.

  2. Chester says:

    OMG.
    Mike Milbury defending the Habs.
    Who was that person in the middle and why is he allowed to speak?
    Oh yes that’s right he is a Beaner. What a town what a team. Classless fans media ownership and players. It’s not a rivalry any more it gotten to the point of wondering why there is a hockey team in Boston. What does their team do for the sport? Reminds me of those Philly teams that bullied their way to the Cup. Isn’t Brian Burke from Boston?

    • aroma says:

      Gotta give credit where credit is due. Milbury was the voice of reason there, not just because he complimented the Habs on their play, but because he called out a very unprofessional broadcaster. Man, even Milbury likes how the Habs are playing… Boggles the mind.

  3. CHasman says:

    The Boston Bruins and Claude Julien are a bunch of babies, whining and crying after they lose a game in which they were leading. I do remember Subban getting hit from behind after the puck was gone but there was no call on the play. Chara is a big goof, and thanks for taking those dumb penalties and hurting your team. Why don’t you take another run at Patches while your at it. Love the win, love it!

  4. RetroMikey says:

    3 OUT OF 4 POINTS! GREAT!
    …..but I’d like to see 2 big bodies added to the team, we have Gallagher, Desharnais, and Gionta who just are not big enough.
    Who goes?
    I say Gionta and throw in a Weber and draft pick for another big forward.
    Down the stretch, will be hard fought battles in front of the nest and along the boards, we have to get bigger to play the ugly teams like the Bruins, Flyers and Maple Leafs to compete.

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

  5. jeffhabfan says:

    WOW. WHAT A COUPLE NIGHTS.GO HABS GO

  6. JoshK says:

    I keep hearing about this devastating cross check that Emelin delivered to Seguin that the refs missed…
    http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/657/27711244.png

    I didnt know you can cross check someone across the ribs with your stick pointed at the ice.

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      Yeah, that cross check. It was just a poor justification for Chara´s ridiculous behaviour. What a disgusting moron.

    • dano58 says:

      Chara is a goon and should be suspended at least 4 games like the flyer was as he went from center ice to attack Emelin who didn’t have the puck at all. It was away from the play for God sake and a blatant attack for what Emelin did which was arguably wrong but not like that thuggery was.

      GO HABS GO!!!

      “Opinions are like assholes and everybody has one.” – “?”
      Hopefully the Habs brass only takes the best ones!

  7. HaBo says:

    Who did MB try to claim off of waivers last week ??

    DDO mentioned this in his post from 10:01 a.m. this morning.

  8. Mr_MacDougall says:

    I wonder how many Patch will pot when he has a full 82 game season with DD.. could he get 40?

    Yes or no.. will Patch ever score 50 in a season?

  9. Hobie Hansen says:

    God I love Brandon Prust!

    Just had to say that, back to work….

  10. JF says:

    What a weekend! First the Habs play a run-and-gun game with one of the League’s offensive powerhouses and manage to come away with a point even though Price had perhaps his worst game in about two years. Then they send their backup into Boston, stand up to the Bruins’ thuggery, goad them into undisciplined penalties, and grab the two points. Difficult to argue now that the Habs aren’t for real. Therrien has them buying into his system, playing an aggressive, up-tempo game, forechecking relentlessly, and standing up for each other. When they stick to the game-plan, they have a chance of winning every night.

    Brendan Gallagher is a revelation. He didn’t score last night and was not awarded a star, but to my mind he was the hero of the game. He was in the Bruins’ faces all night, driving fearlessly to the net, taking punishing hits, and never backing down. A fifth-rounder, he looks like being the steal of that draft.

    Peter Budaj had a very solid game. I don’t think he could be faulted on any of the three Boston goals. On the first, our defence screwed up after losing the faceoff, he made the save on the third but Markov’s skate put the puck in; and, even on Hamilton’s shot from a bad angle, there was no Hab on that side of the ice. Budaj made some excellent saves, most notably in the dying seconds of the game. I don’t think he deserves the criticism he was getting earlier in the season; his record is now 3-1-1.

    But it’s clear that the defence misses Raphael Diaz. Since he went down, there has been a lot more “cafouillage” in our own zone, with players out of position or making poor decisions with the puck. We got away with it last night, partly no doubt because of Chara’s timely absence for most of the third period, but that won’t always be the case.

    Hard to believe Mike Milbury not only uttered sense, but actually defended the Habs against the sore-loser whining of the Boston media. As for Julien’s comments about the Habs embarrassing the game, he should take a look at his own team. They regularly get away with cheap shots and thuggery, they goon their way to the Stanley Cup final on the strength of the League’s very selective application of its disciplinary policy, they get a Cup out of it. That isn’t an embarrassment to the game? Julien is a goon coach, and his team is the dirtiest in the Eastern Conference, bar not even the Flyers. But the Habs had better be careful next time they face Boston; I’m betting they’ll be called at least once for “embellishment.”

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      It’s no fun when I agree with everything..

      Well written post, good read.

    • jmsheehy19 says:

      The thing is, not only are they dirty bullies that throw a tantrum when anybody stands up to them, they are some of the biggest embellishers in the league.

      Marchand and Ference have a better chance of making to the olympics in the synchronized diving than in hockey.

  11. Lafleurguy says:

    Further evidence that Chara has no class: he started the fight with a vicious cross-check, intent to injure, and an action mandating a game misconduct and supplementary discipline.

    When Louis Sleigher ran Patrick Roy, stunning the goalie, Larry Robinson approached Sleigher with his gloves off and waited for the latter to drop his. Larry didn’t win that fight much to my chagrin.

    The only fight I saw J.C. Tremblay engage in, Tremblay removed his helmut because the opponent didn’t have one.

    This is a different era and players like Chara accurately represent the communities and society who condone this new Code of Honor.
    Peace/Out.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  12. shiram says:

    Can Therrien do anything wrong??
    Yes, but damn if he is not giving his detractor a run for their money!
    Budaj against the Bruins?? Only a madman would do that!
    But then Budaj turned out a good game for the team and they came out of the measuring stick week-end with 3/4 points.

    Budaj might just be better than alot of people give him credit for, but his style is just all over the place, makes for nail biting saves and exciting games.

    Armstrong and Moen are both disappointing so far, neither a playing much of a physical role that are were supposed to play.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      thanks for keeping the measuring stick metaphor alive

    • PureGuava says:

      Budaj is only 7 yrs removed from when he was thought to be Colarado’s answer to Patrick Roy retiring. He’s 30 yrs old! – and goalies from that part of the world are traditionally late bloomers. I have full confidence in his abilities, and heaven forbid if Price gets injured – the team will be fine.

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

    • habfan53 says:

      “but his style is all over the place” Like Tim Thomas he gets the job done.
      I’m not disappointed with Armstron, yes I would like to see a few more points but he find he is involved he wins important face-offs and rattles a few cages.
      Moen onthe oyher hand I agree with I expect a little more grit.

      Like the DODGERS “Wait till next year”

  13. Whatever says:

    That Milbury video is scary. Milbury was the voice of reason when it comes to the Bruins and Canadiens. So what does that make the other two guys? Dangerous?

    I had no idea that’s how the Bruins fans get their information for their team. How many more are there with a pulpit? I know what Jack Edwards is like and just blew him off as an over the top homer hack. I figured even Bruins fans could see this fact and laugh it off.

    No wonder Julien, Recchi and Marchand are the way they are/were. They are looked upon as Gods for spewing their nonsense propaganda to their media and fans.

    I find it scary. That video to me shows their irresponsible irrational journalism goes beyond just a hockey game. It is illiciting hate.

  14. Sportfan says:

    With all the wins and points we are getting it keeps the fans distracted from Chucky. I am not saying he’s playing terribly but this way he can develop and not want out because the fans are complaining. He isn’t that removed from his surgery and unlike Gally who played in Hamilton, Chuck was still in Sarnia.

    So it just takes time to play a dominant role. Look at Max Pac we all laughed at him when he said he could be a top forward in Montreal when he was sent down, but now he’s our best player! So Chucky will be fine!

    As for Gally so far a steal of the draft, he can make so many big guys who don’t go to the dirty places look bad haha!

    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  15. Strabo says:

    Mr. Boone, is Travis Moen hurt? He hasn’t played well IMO this year at all. If he’s not hurt, then he should be looking over his shoulder. Lots of players can do what he does at this point for far less money.

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

  16. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Off Topic… What happened to Louis Leblanc? Is he an AHL’er for life?

    • Mattyleg says:

      His high-ankle sprain really put him out of things.
      Seen him play twice for the ‘Dogs, and he was a nonentity.
      He needs time to recover and get his game back. Could take a while with that kind of injury.

      Or he could fall off the map.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        Too bad, he had flashes of top 9 potential. I thought he’d make the NHL for sure with his speed and size.

        How did Beaulieu and Tinordi look? I see Tinordi’s +/- is much improved after a slow start.. Beau not so much..

        • Mattyleg says:

          Beaulieu looked very good, Tinordi I didn’t notice so much, which is probably a good thing.
          Ask Burly. He went on Friday.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            hmmm, two big young D who are impressive… propably land a decent heavyweight for one of them.. I kid.. I kid…

            nice to hear about them.. no coverage here.

  17. jmsheehy19 says:

    Anyone else think Emelin played his best game in a Habs uniform? He was making his normal big hits, but far more importantly the smaller parts of his game (like positioning, passing, and boardplay) were outstanding tonight.

  18. Irishhabsfan says:

    It is great to see these so called hockey pundits eating their words,especially that caveman Milbury.

    Many thanks to Prusty and the rest of the boys that signed my 100th anniversary jersey Saturday night. It wil be framed and placed where every Leaf fan that I know here in London that comes into our home will have to bow down before beer is served

  19. rhino514 says:

    Any body have any word on Bourque and/or Diaz? The silence is ominous….wondering if he´s going to b out for a while…

  20. jrshabs1 says:

    I thought the T.O. 1967 vintage was the most fine whine in the NHL..The Bruins are just plain spoiled. The NHL gave them their Stanley Cup..what more do they want. The bruins and Julien are acting like the bully who just got beat by one of the smaller kids and now is full of excuses and threats. For the Habs to have Milbury come to their defense over a win says a lot about the bruins. The Habs still need a legit heavy weight who will take Webber’s spot in the press box until needed. I’m surprised Julien didn’t accuse Prust of throwing dirt in Lucic’s eye.

    Go Habs Go!!

  21. Ron says:

    Laffs send Mike Brown to Edmonmton for picks…clearing space ?

  22. Hoegaarden says:

    Do some of you recall how Bergeron was pleading for players to respect one another on RDS a couple of years back, while recovering from his near ending career hit from behind ?
    I would like for the RDS crew to ask him or fatso Julio, with video footage, why Thornass had to hit Gally the way he did last night near the end of the game or why the rat had to rest his stick on Prust’s face while he was on the ice.

  23. lavie says:

    Are there any Prust like players available in the league?

  24. ebk says:

    Couple of quick thoughts
    -a weekend of sub-par goaltending (Budaj was huge in the 3rd though) and the Habs still get 3 of 4 points. Year’s past, Habs needed Goalies to be on top of their game, to even have a shot.
    -Boston and Toronto both tried to run the Habs out of the rink without much success. Montreal is tough enough to compete with anyone, on any night. Couldn’t be said the last few years.
    -Markov reminds me of the late 70’s Brad Park, still a good hockey player but robbed by knee injures of the quickness that used to make him special
    -Tyler Sequin is the Bruins most dynamic forward since Rick Middleton, kid can dangle
    -DD and Gallagher outstanding again in a very physical hockey game.

  25. Strummer says:

    Glen Healey was on Jeff Blair’s show on the FAN 590 this morning.

    Heaping praise on the Habs and their speed and calling out Julien for his whining after the loss.

    ______________________________________________________
    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Funny part with Healey is that in one weeks time you can probably hear him take the exact opposite point of view if the winds have changed. Unfortunately for me, he has lost credibility (not saying he had a great deal) with his constant jumping over the fence.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        I like Healy. Of course, I am kind of a cranky flip flopper myself.

      • Strummer says:

        These faux media guys like Healey tend to pander to their host/audience.
        Blair’s a no-nonsense guy and Healey had no choice but to be straight in his opinions on last night’s game.
        ______________________________________________________
        “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

    • Sal from the Hammer says:

      Maybe Healy is starting to figure out, he works for a National Broadcaster, not the Leafs Network! Now if only the rest of those yahoos could figure that out!!

  26. John Frodo says:

    Watching both Louis Leblanc and Alex skate makes me wonder why we do not have a top flight skating coach? Toronto has Barbara Underhill. All the players who participated in Stars on Ice said it really improved their skating.

  27. habfan53 says:

    Hurricanes just announced that Cam Ward will be out 6-8 weeks MCL strain

    Like the DODGERS “Wait till next year”

  28. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Maybe somebody has already mentioned this, and, I know he’s a plug, but, Zac Stortini is a phone call away in Hamilton. I’ve watched him play there, and, he is not very good, BUT, he is big, and he knows his role. They call him up for specific situations, he does his thing, if needed, then they send him back. I don’t know if he has to clear waivers, but, i can’t imagine a team picking him up anyway. Just putting it out there.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      He can’t play AND he can’t fight.

      • Sal from the Hammer says:

        Ya, he wouldn’t be going there to play, just fight, but, I’ve not seen him fight…only been to two games so far, but, he allegedly was brought there to protect the young guys. So, I mean, he has a role there. Could be the Habs don’t want to go there. Everybody wonders where White, Moen, and Armstrong are when things get going, but, maybe MT doesn’t let them! Who can say?

    • D Mex says:

      It was posted recently that his Hamilton contract does not extend to the NHL level, altho that could probably be remedied …

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

  29. Mr_MacDougall says:

    @ Bill

    I like your posts, just different philosophy’s. I actually don’t disagree with all of your posts, as a regular poster I actually read yours more carefully than others.. sorry for saying that. I Love the Habs up the middle, just don’t like seeing the “four bruins goons” (Chara, McQuaid, Lucic, Thornton) be hard on the team. You’re right when it comes to Chara and heavyweights. I hope the Habs are above wasting a roster spot on one-dimensional player (whose only dimension has nothing to do with scoring or defense).

    Lookning into the future, it would be nice to have a top 4 D that is big, strong, and will answer the bell when called upon, and protect Price and the skilled players.. like Souray with Koivu. Also, a bottom pairing stay at home bruiser.

    As for forwards, in the future (summer perhaps) Adding both Clowe (18 goal LW) and Clarkson (20+ goal RW) would add some much needed size to a forward group with DD, Gally, and Gio.

    Just my take.

    • Strummer says:

      ” Adding both Clowe (18 goal LW) and Clarkson (20+ goal RW) would add some much needed size to a forward group with DD, Gally, and Gio.”

      How do imagine this will take place?

      ______________________________________________________
      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        Both UFA players.. Clowe having an awful season (bumped to 3rd line??) Clarkson can not be signed by NJ unless they clear out other players (cap issues)

        Habs unloaded Gomez $ Ryder is UFA, Kaberle will likely be moved.

        • Strummer says:

          What cap issues does NJ have?
          Looks like they have $25 million in cap space next year. Why would they let a guy like Clarkson walk who has grown up in their system and is finally hitting his potential?

          ______________________________________________________
          “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            7 forwards to sign and 2 D.. on a team that wants to be closer to the cap floor.. Henrique getting a raise, Ellias will be signed. Maybe they do keep him.. heard on talk radio that he will likely “test the market”

          • habsfannfld says:

            $$

      • Sal from the Hammer says:

        I love Clarkson…he goes to all the dirty spots.

    • Bill says:

      No, I wasn’t offended or anything! Always good to have an opposing point of view when it’s not wrapped up in personal insults and foolishness, that’s a discussion and its a discussion board, right?

      And I agree that it would be great to have a big defenceman on the top four, because the Habs do have problems defending the crease. And I’d like to see some bigger wingers who can crash the net for sure. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t like the Cole trade. Bourque’s return should help there.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        Bourque… I sure hope he didn’t play those 5-6 games concussed….

        He looked very comfortable this season.

        Orr.. bare knuckled sucker punch to a guy with his stick in his hands after mugging a Lady Byng caliber 5’7″ player.. Suspend-able.

    • Sportfan says:

      I agree with you about the size thing we need to add a few guys that can score and have size not let go of one spot in our line up for a guy that can only do one thing, it just depends on what is out there. Also can Tinordi fight, I’m not saying lets have him go after eveyone, but can he?

      http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  30. Ian Cobb says:

    What a week! the edge of my seat is worn shinny smooth!

    Here is where our Hab’s place in the 30 team league this week, compared to last week.

    Points…………..32, for 3rd place… Last week 26 for 2nd place.

    Goals For………68, for 3rd place… Last week 52 for 8th place.

    Goals Against..53, for 8th place… Last week 39 for 3rd place.

    Goal Diff………+15, for 3rd place….Last year -14 for 29th place.

  31. RobertAlanFord says:

    Claude Julien and John Tortorella should get a room

    http://bleublancetrouge.ca/

  32. Habfan10912 says:

    I see Moen is the new poster boy for Hab fans hate. I should have kept score but so far I think PK, DD, Pleks, Markov, Gorges, Price, Budaj. Armstrong, Gionta, and Cole have been on the “get rid of them” list. Going to run out of players pretty soon.
    14-4-4

  33. Mattyleg says:

    My.
    God.

    Just watched the Mike Milbury clip posted above.
    It’s like the world has gone topsy-turvy.
    It’s like hot snow is about to start falling up.

    Milbury gave *choke* Montreal credit. For winning against the Bruins.

    Insane. Just nuts. I guess he had no choice because that other ding-dong and his crony were SO over the top.

    But still.
    I don’t… I don’t know what to do…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  34. Loonie says:

    Things Claude Julien is guilty of……

    1. He is a walrus
    2. He spoke the way he did in his press conference out of gamesmanship. He’s trying to ensure that the next time these teams play that officials provide leeway for his not so merry thugs to be…..thugs, without a parade to the penalty box.

    No reason to be upset by his comments. Marchand on the other hand is a little rat who be spoken of as a player in need of comeuppance on Coach’s Corner if he didn’t wear black and gold.

  35. frontenac1 says:

    Julien knows how to handle the local media amigos.Instead of answering questions of how his team was undisciplined and his best player was off the ice for 17min he changed the channel to complete BS and they bought it.No Chara,No Win.

  36. rhino514 says:

    Cammalleri with two goals last night. Bourque out.
    Hurts.
    Happ with last night, though.

  37. HabFanSince72 says:

    On a different topic: check out the West standings. Oilers slowly taking on water. They’re going to win the lottery again.

  38. arcosenate says:

    Apologies if this is already posted but I think this is the 7th sign of the Apocalypse, I agree with Milbury!:

    http://www.csnne.com/blog/bruins-talk/milbury-felger-debate-if-canadiens-were-embellishing Check out Milbury sticking up for the Habs!

    • Danno says:

      Prepare for the rapture!

      The loading has begun!

      ________________________________________

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

      • Bill says:

        I woke up this morning and was still on Earth, definitely always a sign of the Rapture!

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • Danno says:

          It’s a medical fact. You can suffer considerable brain damage if you beat yourself over the head with a shoe too much.

          ________________________________________

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

  39. Gerry H says:

    We have a very good team with a very good coach. While I don’t want to get into the pissing contest over the team’s “need” for more bruisers, I have to say that anyone paying close attention to this past week’s games could see how MT is handling this issue and how it makes complete sense in view of the team MB has put together. The results speak for themselves.

    Let’s start with the Toronto game. It was clear from the outset that the Leafs were trying to replicate their success in the last meeting of the two teams, when they manhandled the Habs and drew them into the sort of game the latter have no chance of winning. I was getting increasingly bothered by the fact that, not only were the Habs not responding in kind, they seemed to playing even less physically than they normally do. Then came the Brown boarding call and within 5 minutes, the Habs had the lead again. More strikingly, the further the game went along, the more the Leafs seemed intent on inflicting damage. In other words, they were that much less focused on scoring goals and playing solid defensive hockey. Carlyle was schooled. He wasted endless minutes on his pluggers, while his real hockey players never got the chance to establish the rhythm of the game. By the third, the leafs were a spent, frustrated and clueless mob. The Habs walked away with it.

    There was a similar dynamic last night. The Bruins just couldn’t draw the Habs into changing their game. Chara’s 17 minute vacation was probably the decisive event of the game. But just as importantly, the very fact that the Habs didn’t try to retaliate when the Bruins targeted Subban meant that a) they didn’t embarrass themselves taking on superior fighters; b) they didn’t have to kill retaliation penalties (looking at you, Zdeno); c) the Bruins seemed more and more distracted and frustrated and, most importantly, the Habs stuck to their very successful game plan.

    It’s part rope-a-dope and part playing the cards you’ve got. You can’t just add a bruiser or two and change the physicality of a team. The core of the Habs just doesn’t fit that mold. Bergevin has added just enough grit to ensure that teams can’t walk all over them with impunity, but he’s not trying to turn a Maserati into a Peterbilt just by fitting over-sized wheels and heavy chromed bumpers. That perversion would be neither fish nor fowl.

    Steady as she goes. The strategy may not be without risks, i.e. a rash of injuries, but it’s working well enough, and I’m a big believer in leaving well-enough alone.

    • Mike Boone says:

      Great analysis

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Good post Gerry.

    • Danno says:

      Good stuff!

      But if MB can acquire a skilled heavyweight (rare, I know) without giving up too much, he should go for it.

      ________________________________________

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

    • Mattyleg says:

      Great read, Gerry!
      Any team can be exposed to injuries, so it’s like you said: do the best with the cards you got!

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Good post. One more point. The Habs can’t play this way unless the refs do their jobs and make the calls on the dirty plays. Both the TO and the Boston game were affected by huge calls by the refs. The TO game turned around after the Brown call as TO had to back off the dirty hits. The Boston game turned around after the Chara call. If the refs let things go, I don’t think the results would have been the same.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • Loonie says:

      Am I the only one who got the Coffee Talk reference?

  40. kempie says:

    It was just pointed out to me that, in team history, the Habs sit at 19,997 goals scored. So yeah, there’s a big one coming up. I’m picking Pacioretty.

  41. Mattyleg says:

    This season so far has been a real eye-opener in many areas. It has solidified certain intangibles, it has illustrated the ineffability of methods that have evaded us in the past, and has brought to the fore a number of qualities which, despite some speculation and certain inverse-promotional methods, are unquestionably beneficial to both the franchise and its fanbase.

    But most importantly, it has re-affirmed a basic truth:

    Winnin’ is a sh≈tload better than losin’.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  42. commandant says:

    The Hypocrisy of Claude Julien, exposed again

    http://lastwordonsports.com/2013/03/04/the-hypocrisy-of-claude-julien-and-the-boston-bruins/

    Go Habs Go!
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  43. eastcoasthabsfan says:

    On the bruins blog, they commented that they are going to hate playing against gallagher for years to come. :)

    • Danno says:

      More talented than Rat Face and infinitely more classy

      ________________________________________

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

      • Bill says:

        To be fair about the talent, Marchand has become a bona fide star in the NHL. I watched him lots in Junior and would have bet anyone a thousand bucks that he’d never be more than a fringe player. Shows what I know about evaluating junior players, and props to him. One thing that hasn’t changed is how I hate his guts.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

  44. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Heavyweights are useless for the most part, but if having one keeps Prust from fighting I could see the Value.

    The team really needs a Big D to play with Subban. A Souray type player. Markov has Emelin.

    Armsrtong needs to be replaced with a player that hits. Moen needs to start hitting.

    • Loonie says:

      Prust lead the league last year in fights. He was brought to Montreal in large part TO fight.

      He obviously has many other positives but Prust was brought on so guys like Moen don’t have to fight every few games.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Usually agree with you Loonie, but Moen should not look at Prust as cover so that he (moen) doesnt have to fight anymore.. but he should look at Prust as cover so that he has backup when ‘fighting’ is required. Moen needs to impose himself in games. I remember watching a game maybe two weeks ago and coming away with the impression that Moen just doesnt want to ‘fight’ anymore…and if so then, sorry to say, he becomes expendable.

        • Loonie says:

          He was expendable anyway.

          And Prust is here to fight. Moen is too but to a lesser extent.

          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            Prust is not here to fight. No GM in their right mind would sign a “fighter” who is 6′ 200lbs to $2.5 mill per season. His toughness is part of it, but there is much, much, more to his game than fighting. He leads all forwards in hits, makes plays, wins puck battles and is responsible defensively… that is the player i see…

          • Loonie says:

            Read my original post again. PART of the reason for his signing was to fight.

            You don’t sign a guy who lead the NHL fights to fill up the water bottles any more than you do for him to score 30 goals.

            He’s a fighter, penalty killer and physical presence.

            If you think his fighting was part of the reason he was signed and isn’t an area in which he’s relied on to contribute you’re living outside of reality.

          • Mr_MacDougall says:

            Definitely a part of it. I agree that they need to add toughness.. but high end toughness, not low end.

    • Bill says:

      Hey, I agreed with almost all of this!

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  45. Newf_Habster says:

    Gallagher is 3rd in the current NHL Rookies scoring leader, 5 points behind Cory Conacher and he is the leader among the rookies with plus/minus of +12. What a great find by Timmins! :)

  46. Loonie says:

    Who’s this Moen guy people are talking about?

  47. habitual says:

    Mike Milbury calling it like it is: strange, strange day.

    Georges is a character guy, but boy. Of late his lack of speed is showing.

    • Chrisadiens says:

      I am in shock as I’m sure most of us are. The end is near…

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Was very disconcerting watching Marchand essentially out hustle and muscle the puck away from him. I do recognize there was some miscommunication between himself and PK, but Gorges simply has to win that puck battle.

  48. Habitant in Surrey says:

    re Jodoin …I never heard such hypocritical poor sportsmanship from an NHL coach in My 60+ years of watching hockey

  49. frontenac1 says:

    Agreed Punkster.Parros is a stiff. He lost more fights recently than he won.There are better heavyweights out there and Marc will find one.He is looking amigo.

  50. HabLion says:

    Hey, anyone know which UFC fighter Prust trains with? Thanks!

  51. Danno says:

    The artistry of George Parros for your viewing pleasure

    http://www.hockeyfights.com/players/1859/fightcard/reg2013

    ________________________________________

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

  52. byrneoNL says:

    Surprised to see Milbury defend the Canadiens here in conversation with the other two homers. What with him being a Bruins man. Still, it was refreshing to see a panel of homers actually at odds with each other about about the supposed injustices done to their infallible team, be it by the Zebras or in this case the “embellishing” opponents. Props to Milbury for being the only one not observing/analyzing though black and gold sunglasses. Are the Habs completely innocent of all embellishment charges ever? Hell no. No one is. Many players do it, andit sucks. But normally the refs are smart remember who did what, and normally it goes both ways. Embellishing player may not get the call next time, and may have trouble drawing a penalty (right or wrong) because of his history of crying wolf.

    In short, I have no idea why Milbury went against his homers and chose to be the voice of reason and truth. Integrity? Imagine that!
    Props Mike!

  53. Danno says:

    Chara is a science experiment gone wrong. He was given an Abby Normal brain.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH97lImrr0Q

    ________________________________________

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

  54. likehoy says:

    Claude Julien was actually trying to compliment the habs in French by calling them divers.

    He really meant the team is diverse in the way they beat the Bruins.

    He’s just picked up an American accent on his French, but I forgive him.

  55. ed says:

    Gallagher is such a good hockey player. It’s unreal. Its truly remarkable how much he is capable of doing, at 5’8 180 lbs, at 20 years of age, with so little NHL experience, and so little pro hockey experience.

    When people post that this winger or that winger would be so much more effective “if they only had better players on their line”, they should take a long look at Gallagher.

    Because Gallagher will make any hockey player and any line play better.

    Such a pleasure to watch him play the game.

    And a quick word about Desharnais and Eller.

    I thought yesterday was one of their best SKATING games for both those players I have ever seen – really quick and sustained speed with the puck. Both those guys skated with a ton of confidence yesterday.

    And Max, well what I can say??

    The goals are the goals. But the play I liked the best was when it was Max carrying the puck through the neutral zone with tremendous speed on Desharnais’ game winner.

    Max used that great speed to force the bruins d-men to back right off their own blue line, opening up the space for him to gain the line and dish it off to Gallagher. Fantastic play by Max!!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Agree more than ever Ed! Gallagher makes everyone around him better.

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      His first stride is explosive, he seems to gain 4-5 feet in a race with his first stride, making it to loose pucks very quick. Many times he uses his speed to keep sustained pressure in the offensive zone.

      On a side note, Galchenyuk has suffered a little bit from losing Gallagher.

      • ed says:

        as noted below by other posters, Galchenyuk is a little lost on the wing. he is chasing the puck all over the ice like a center in Major Junior. He is facing the same types of challenges that Eller faced on the wing. he thinks and plays like a center.

        But once Galchenyuk finds his game, watch out!!

        Galchenyuk will put up 100 points in this league.

        • Mr_MacDougall says:

          I’m a HUGE fan.. but he and Gallagher had chemistry with each other and Prust. The Cole trade combined with Bourque’s injury opened up the opportunity for Gallagher which is great, but hurt Galchenyuk in my opinion. I blame Colton Orr for his recent struggles.

          Leafs suck!

  56. HabinBurlington says:

    I have no doubt that Marc Bergevin watched the game last night and sees that the Habs could be helped with some more grit. But it isn’t as simple as picking up the batphone and a toughguy who can skate shows up at the rink.

    It may get done before the trade deadline, or it may get done in the offseason, but MB will continue to try and add to this lineup while at the same time not disrupting chemistry and character players.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Agreed Burlly. My post was just out of real optimism that we DO HAVE a godd enough team and a great chance to make a great playoff run. We have Gallagher and Prust as two absolutely key ingredients… push back ferocity.

      So, (and I am sure MB is on the ball here) cant help but feel that urgency that we ‘tweak’ for the run and take advantage of this momentum and good play and good fortune so far.

    • commandant says:

      The Habs were at their best last night when they didn’t get involved in the shenanigans. When they went hard to the net, and just focused on scoring goals, and not on all the behind the play B.S. That was how they won the game in the third.

      There is a lot of grit in what MaxPac, Gallagher, and Desharnais did last night, and its a mentality that the team needs to take on, not getting caught in their B.S.

      Not necessarily something that adding players is going to fix.

      Go Habs Go!
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      • habstrinifan says:

        Principal concern here Commandant is Prust and Gally. Rarely does a team luck out on signing a 3rd-4th line player like Prust who then becomes maybe the most important player on the team. And what can you say about Gallagher.
        And you know in every game going forward those two will be challenged… cause you back them downa nd you impact the HABS hugely negatively. But with ‘true’ protection they wont run as big a risk of being hurt….. just my opinion.

        Edit: Can’t tell when last we had two players who could go an ANY line combination and make that line better. Gally and Prust can.

        • commandant says:

          How did “true” protection work out when Keith Jones ran Bergeron?

          When Andrew Alberts concussed Nathan Horton?

          When Cooke essentially ended Marc Savard’s career? (yes i know he played a few games after that and got another concussion, but I still say it was the Cooke hit that crushed the guy).

          There are numerous other examples.

          Is it “true protection” you seek, or is it a guy capable of getting revenge. Because thats all I see with the goons. They go fight and get a semblance of “revenge” but they don’t truly protect.

          Go Habs Go!
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          • habstrinifan says:

            If you admit that Prust has added a physical presence to our team which ‘protects’ other players then I cant see how you would deny the observation that a player of bigger stature would help Prust in this task while making sure (and I know it is impossible to prevent all injuries) that Prust is exposed to less risk of injury or wear and tear.

          • commandant says:

            Has Prust added a physical presence to our team? Yes.

            Is it “protection”? I don’t think it is.

            I think Prust is a talented hockey player, who plays a gritty style, working hard on the boards and throwing hits, getting to the front of the net, and not backing down from anyone.

            Thats important to a team, but I’m not sure it protects anyone or stops players from getting hurt.

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      • HabinBurlington says:

        Ben I am not talking about a goon etc… I am just saying that MB I think will constantly look to improve the team and when he adds more pieces, I expect players with more physicality will be part of that.

        I don’t dispute the grit in Max and Gallagher etc….

        • commandant says:

          Every GM in the league, even the Blackhawks, should be looking to constantly improve the team.

          And yes I do think that more physicality will be added. I just don’t think its the George Parros, or JF Jacques or others who many mentionned below.

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  57. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    Hinterland Who’s Who – Hockey Heavyweight 101:

    “The HHW is a solitary fellow who likes nothing better than sitting on the bench 58 minutes a game watching his team mates play hockey. When raging season occurs however, his coach taps him on his brawny back to jump on the ice and to mate with his counterpart.

    This courtship ritual usually involves poking with sticks and loud bellowing signifying their interest in consumating their relationship.

    One minute later they are escorted to their personal recovery benches before rejoining their place on the pine, where they delight in watching the rest of the game.”

    ***************************************************

    Folks, can we please, please, please, stop the nonsense that getting a fighter will make any other team’s player not slash, spear, crosscheck, facewash, board, charge or otherwise engage your team player in a manner that you disaprove of.

    Lucic plays first line minutes, he is not going t waste his time on a 2 minute man. You get a heavyweight and he fights Thornton – and this is good because?

    I throw down the gloves here and state now that people who want the Habs to pick up a fighter just want to see a guy in a Habs uniform throwing punches and “winning”.

    If Chara losing it and losing the game doesn’t change your mind, nothing will.

    “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  58. DD says:

    Thanks for the win last night, Frankenchara.
    Brendan Gallagher = Calder Trophy

  59. Fansincebirth says:

    Must have been tough for Habs supporters trying to get out of the A$$clown arena last night in one piece….

  60. Kooch7800 says:

    ummm….I think the Desharnais one hit wonder posters can stand up and take a bow now….Crow is just finishing up being cooked

    This guy is for real people.

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  61. habfan53 says:

    Moen is making it VERY easy for Therrien to insert Nokelinien back into the line up next week

    Like the DODGERS “Wait till next year”

  62. habstrinifan says:

    Loving the comments ..OMG… Beautiful day!

    Being a man of refinement and class and a disciple of PEACE and LOVE, I cannot engage nor condone the HATE spewed out at the B’s. But I can sure enjoy it!

    After all I may still be in the running to be the first commoner POPE. Imagine the Sistine chapel redone with a CH logo. Can I get a WHOOOAAA.

    So I will join the Dude guy in some adult reflection and leave you low brows to yhrow the #$%%^# at the B’s.

    Dude:” Nine days for MB to get us a couple of heavy weights that can play “CLOWE please” cus the Bean eaters are now PISSED”.

    I wont put it exactly like that. But does anyone think that our GM, MB, must start now getting just a tweak or two for our Holy Grail Quest. I dont think thee is any doubt that we make the playoffs… and I am beginning to firmly believe that we have a freakin good team/coach to make huge NOISE in the playoffs.

    Hope for two tweaks… Someone who would fill the Dude’s request. And a steady good size D-MAN. I think we have enough ‘forwards’ in our system to plug in for a run.

    In the meanwhile CHEERIOS… and keepthe B’s hate going.. as ugly as you can make it…I got your backs with the big coach up in the sky.

  63. Old Bald Bird says:

    How come nobody is talking about Chara’s attack on Emelin being a cowardly blindside attack? The man is a goonatic.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Unfortunately, Hockey’s Code appears to take precedence and no matter Chara does, he is making the world right and a better place in Hockey Code talk.

      I don’t have an issue with Bruins being pissed at missed call on Emelin, he did crosscheck Seguin, hard enough to break his stick. Chara has a right to confront Emelin, but he then pays the price in the sin bin.

      The issue however, is that Seguin may be the one mastering embellishment, as he seemed to be quite fine a shift later. The more I see of Seguin, I don’t like the character I am seeing. I might rather Kessel in my lineup over Seguin.

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        He just started whaling on a guy who wasn’t ready or expecting it. The biggest guy in the league shouldn’t have to do it that way. It’s not the first time he’s done that though, but this time it really cost. Emelin’s borderline hit wasn’t any worse than what the Bozos were doing all game. Bullies can give it but can’t take it.

      • hdcase says:

        You have to remember that Seguin plays for an organization that does not take pride in taking dives and embellishing hits. He took a stick to the ribs, but below his shoulder pads. The kidney pads on his pants may have helped a bit but still the stick broke on a low hit. I’m just surprised he was able to come back. I really doubt any embellishment was needed.

        Kessel? Ask Brian Burke what he thinks of *that* trade.

        Henry Case

        • nunacanadien says:

          Hey the Bruins do stuff that refs should give them game misconducts for. Time to stop this double standard and where the hell is Molson to defend the good name of the habs?

      • boing007 says:

        Seguin can’t help it, he plays for the Bruins. Monkey see, monkey do.

        Richard R
        Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

    • Luke says:

      Because it wasn’t. He came right at Emelin and Emelin knew it was coming. It wasn;t cowardly or blindside at all.

      Its the play people calling for a Parros addition are hoping the Habs start making.
      Think on that for a second… a pile of folks around here are calling Chara out for this, but in the same breath are looking to add someone who’ll do the same thing.

    • Danno says:

      Chara is a science experiment gone wrong. He was given an Abby Normal brain.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH97lImrr0Q

      ________________________________________

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

  64. HankHardball says:

    Habs have more penalty minutes than the Bruisers. So I don’t know what ref favouritism Julie’s talking about.

    The real embarrassment is the Bruins sorry excuse for a PP.
    22nd in the league won’t cut it.

  65. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Players are dropping with concussions and Juliette is worried about embellishments (see Seguin) ruining the game…what an embarrassment.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  66. Hobie Hansen says:

    Great game last night.

    Could we use a heavyweight, sure. However, Chara basically gave us the game by sitting himself in the box for 17 minutes, thanks Chara!

    And Prust did a nice job in there against Lucic.

    Desharnais , Gallagher and Pacioretty we great!

    • adamkennelly says:

      True statement on Chara helping us get the W…I have more of a problem with Thornton running around with no response…Prust and Lucic is a good trade for us, as long as Brandon doesn’t get his face caved in. Lucic can beat anyone in this league. Moen better start playing tough – he’s invisible.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        I was mad as well when Thornton ran Subban behind the net and on a few other occasions. But my fellow posters on HIO have taught me that the 2pts and the end of the night are the most important thing.

        And look and therrien last night. He was cool, calm and more interested in winning the game than getting into a royal rumble.

        Bergevin isn’t stupid. We’ve got guys like Tinordi in the system and a UFA market this summer to work with, in order to beef up a bit. He’ll get it done.

        For now, stand tall and concentrate on winning games.

      • Body_of_Price_Repels_You says:

        Whether Moen is hurt, tired, or just playing poorly I think he needs to sit some games here or there to rest and rethink some of his game. Once we get Bourque/Nok back we can start cycling through the 4th line to keep players fresh and aggressive. I think Prust may need/deserve a game off here or there so he can maintain his energy leading up and into the playoffs.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        Correct…it is all about the player trade when it comes to fighting. Luckily nobody important went with Thorton. Can’t believe Emelin risked his face against Chara. As for Moen, I know others disagree with me but I’m disappointed he is not bringing more…especially after signing that 4 year deal. After the Cole trade, I would not be surprised to see MB ship another long contract out.

        “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        |BAHAHAHAHAHHA Lucic can not beat anyone in the league. he wont fight anyone over 6’1″ go to hockeyfights.com and look at his opponents.

  67. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …is it possible for a Habs Fan to have affection for Mike Milbury ?

    • Clay says:

      No. It was merely a case of temporary sanity. He’ll say something stupid again really soon. Mark my words.

      __________________________
      ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      When someone does the right thing, against his own supporters, it deserves to be praised. Good for him.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • habfan53 says:

      NO No NO

      Like the DODGERS “Wait till next year”

  68. Lafleurguy says:

    The Panthers kept Parros while dropping Kovalev. They want protection for a fine rookie, Huberdeau, and Stephen Weiss has had concussion problems which is another reason for Parros to be around.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Luke says:

      Does Parros play on the Huberdeau line? Goons only protect the people on their line.

      A great example of what you need, as opposed to a 4 minute goon, was Emelin/Seguin last night. Emelin breaks his stick across Seguin’s ribcage, Chara feeling the need to step up and protect Seguin starts a fight for payback.

      Notice they didn’t wait until Thornton matched up on a line change with Emelin. A teammate immediately (instigator be damned) went after Emelin.

      Additionally, with all those tough guys on the Bruins, including arguably the two toughest in the league, Emelin wasn’t afraid to give the stick to Seguin. Those tough guys didn’t stop Cooke from ending Savard’s career either.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        Yeah, but adding two tough guys would even things up..

        Bruins Depth chart: Chara, Lucic, Thornton, McQuaid, Hornton

        Habs Depth Chart: Prust, White, Moen, Subban, Bourque.

        Adding a “Souray” type Dman and replacing Armstrong and Moen with guys that actually have size they are willing to use.. then all of a sudden Prust is dealing with guys that are his size (6′ – 6’1″)

    • commandant says:

      Anyone look at Florida’s record? How is that working out?

      Go Habs Go!
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  69. habsfan0 says:

    Is it symbolism that while Claude Julien is going off on his post game rant, there are “Dunkin Donuts” logos on display behind him? An appearance by Jim Schonfield would have been most appropriate at that moment.

    I can’t recall the last time(if there was a last time)I agreed with Mike Milbury. I’m not sure he ever took the Habs’ side on ANYTHING before.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Laughed @ the Dunkin Donuts wall too…have another one Homer Simpson!

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  70. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Thanks CERF for posting the link of “Rockport” Milbury backing up the Habs against the Bruin fans…I mean members of the Boston media. I have been beyond critical of him but his defense of the Habs was one of the best hockey debate take-downs I have ever seen. The red-faced clown in the middle is an embarrassment to his profession. Kevin Dupont…not surpised. Always has been a biased hack journalist. Milbury, however, did a lot to back up the claims of his defenders (e.g., McGuire) that he has a mind of his own. Whenever he speaks next, I will give him the benefit of the doubt first.

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • habstrinifan says:

      Yep! Thanks CREF! WOW! Milbury absolutely called out the middle guy (defended the HABS) with real passion. I sat transfixed.

    • CERF says:

      It was my pleasure. I was just as jaw dropped when i saw it. Thought i was still dreaming after last night!

      It’s great to walk into an office at 5:30am and the first thing i am able to do is ask my fellow colleague(who’s a Bruins fan) what the score of the game was last night.

  71. HabsFansince49 says:

    Great win…you have to laugh at Julian. I guess he would say Max Pac took a dive last year when Chara hit him. When the goons get called for penalties they don’t like it. Too funny!
    I disagree with Boone’s assessment of Ryder. It will take him a couple of more games to fit in to a new system Further he set up TP’s goal.
    Onward…who would have thought this possible so far?

  72. Lafleurguy says:

    P.K. scored with 0.7s left (personally, I thought it was 0.9) in a period and it is hardly mentioned. This has to be a team and even league record. Without it, the consecutive point streak would have ended. He got a pile of ice-time last night.

    Capology and Why Brandon Prust Is on Our Team:
    Glen Sather once gave Sean Avery 4 mill a year for multiple years. Brandon does everything Avery did and much better. Additionally, Prusty is a decent individual and a strong leader which Avery wasn’t. So why did Sather balk at 2.5 mill? Because Sather and MSG Enterprise have an insatiable appetite for star players, and probably were hell-bent on signing Zach Parise and/or Ryan Suter. Sather had to abandon a very affordable Prust just to be in the competition of enriching the UFAs. Whereas Jay Feaster nearly lost two picks for nothing, Sather lost Prust for nothing. In my mind, I’ll picture Prust as compensation for Tanguay.

    Shoutout to Stuck_in_To. for having the most interactive avatar…..I wiped my screen more than once.
    Peace/Out

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Cal says:

      Prust evens up the McDonagh gaffe.
      Why the PK goal with .7 seconds left is hardly mentioned is because the Habs have had so many positive things going on this season. Lose Bourque and Diaz to injury and replace Cole with a still seeking his way Ryder and the team keeps on trucking. This is a special season, folks.

  73. Habfan17 says:

    I just watched the Mike Milbury comments from the link below. This other Mike, Felger. has to be the most clued out person with regards to hockey! What a moron!! He must be taking some strong drugs!
    Cudos to Milbury for telling him to get it through his thick skull, the Bruins were stupid for retaliating an d gooning it up! They were outplayed and as Milbury said, they did not play smart, The Habs did! I guess Felger only watched the force fed Bruins hi-lites from that cry baby Julien!

    Habfan17

  74. Cal says:

    Is there anything that burns more brightly than our collective hate for all things Gooin, especially after a hard fought win?
    Have to tip the hat to MT, for pushing all the right buttons on team CH again. Atop the East in March? Bwahahahahahahahha!
    May chimps fling poo at Julien during his post loss press conferences.

  75. johndc says:

    I’d say it’s quite smart move to let own non-key player to attack/insult key player of opposite team. As bonus – if your player is somehow handicapped (e.g. with plates in face due shattered orbital bone ) then it is double win: they can’t retaliate, otherwise, you can easily accuse it as dirty or cowardly act.

    Now everybody knows that Seguin is unhurt, but was it clear at time of hit?

    From other point of view: This is not first questionable action by Chara – after Pacioretty incident in 2011, he also seriously injured Miroslav Satan in KHL, who is still on injury list since November.

    Usually there are many favorites, but only one dark horse.


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