About this afternoon …

Take that, NBC!

How does the CH feel wedged up your sun belt strategy, Gary?

Despite a TV-dictated schedule that had them playing the well-rested Stanley Cup champions twice in less than 48 hours, your Montreal Canadiens are coming home with a split.

In his post-game remarks, Jacques Martin repeated his usual mantra on goaltending and special teams.

He praised the Canadiens’ “poise and puck management”, the leadership of veterans such as Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta, the inspired play of the third line: Dominic Moore centring Max Lapierre and Tom Pyatt.

What JM failed to mention – low-key, modest fellow that he is – was coaching.

Through seven games of the opening series and two in Pittsburgh, Martin has done a masterful job of manipulating a roster depleted of the Canadiens’ best player.

I think there were two important story lines in this game: Time on Ice and discipline.

With Andrei Markov unavailable, Martin and Perry Pearn juggled their defence pairings and got heroic efforts from all six Dmen. 

Roman Hamrlik, who had to pick up the Markov slack through the early part of the schedule and looked spent against Washington, played a rock-solid 23:29 and had three of the Canadiens’ blocked shots.

Josh Gorges played 24:13. He and Hal Gill (21:42) were plus-2 on the game.

P.K. Subban had played 10:50 in Game 7 against the Caps and 19:40 in the series opener on Friday night. His ToI was 23:17 – including 3:03 when the Canadiens were shorthanded and 2:31 on the PP, where he fired a shot right on net that became Cammalleri’s eighth goal of the playoffs

Welcome to The Show, kid. And rent an apartment, because you’re going to be in Montreal for a long time.

Ryan O’Byrne played a modest 13:37 but had four big hits. And Marc-André Bergeron’s 13:56 included four hits and little of the jittery play we always fret about.

MAB is a frequent whipping boy on this site, and I usually wield the cat o’nine personally. But since Markov went down, the team’s number 7 Dman has stepped up.

As adroitly as Martin managed minutes among the defencemen, I thought his deployment of forwards was particularly brilliant. 

Promoted back to various configurations of the top two lines, Benny Pouliot played 18:19 and led the team with six hits. His work on the forecheck created the loose puck that Gomez jumped on and fed Gionta for the 1-1 tying goal.

Cammalleri, who’s playing like his hair is on fire, Gomez (whose hair would be on fire if he had any), Gionta and Plekanec all played in excess of 20 minutes as Martin shortened the bench to three forward lines.

This meant two shifts each for Ben Maxwell and Mathieu Darche, three for Andrei Kostitsyn, who was used on the power play.

The fourth line was one for Pittsburgh’s only goal. Maxwell lost a faceoff, darche lost a puck battle on the boards, AK46 lost Matt Cooke, who scored, and that was their afternoon.

Can you win a war of attrition with three lines?

We’ll see. Today it worked.

Let’s talk about discipline.

In the series opener, Gionta took a tripping penalty eight minutesinto the first period. Sergei Gonchar scored all of 26 seconds later, and the Pittsburgh power-play was off on a 4-for-4 tear.

In Game 2, the Canadiens weren’t penalized until 19:545 into the second period, when Hal Gill went off for an interference that saved a scoring chance.

On fresh ice and with well-rested players to start the third period, the Canadiens killed Gill’s penalty and another to Mike Cammalleri, who went off for high-sticking 28 seconds after Gill returned.

The PK was a perfect 3-for-3, allowing only four shots on goal in six minutes and picking up where the Canadiens left off against Washington.

And the best penalty-killer was, of course, Jaro Halak.

The guy is amazing.

Jaro looked gassed in Game 1. And I’m not ashamed to admit I was among the brilliant hockey minds who thought Carey Price should have started today to give Halak extra rest.

That’s why Martin coaches the team and I tap inanities on a computer keyboard.

Jaro made 38 saves.

I thought the Dmen and forwards did a good job of keeping the danger area clear and making sure their goaltender saw everything. But Halak bounced back with the kind of effort that’s going to get Price traded.

Game 3 will be pivotal.

The Penguins studied the Washington series and learned enough to romp in Game 1.

With Markov on the shelf, the defending Cup champs probably thought they’d be leaving Pittsburgh with a 2-0.

Surprise! And not a very pleasant surprise, judging by how frustrated and petulant Sidney Crosby became as the game wore on.

Now all those Québécois homeboys and their leader, an honourary Quebecer who played junior in the Q, can get a taste of what the Bell Centre was like for Game 6 of the Washington series.

It could get loud.

•  •  •

The Canadiens will play a minimum of 12 playoff games this season.

Last year it was four and fore.

Anyone miss Alex Kovalev?

How about Mike Komisarek?

Christopher Higgins?



  1. phillyhab says:

    Denis Potvin was captain from 1979-1987.

    * * * *

    With that spirit that you’re talking about, yeah — it is pretty awesome thta we’re captain-less, but not leader-less.  Not that no-one has stood up, but so many have.  I mean is there one name on this list: Gill, Gorges, (Markov), Gomez, Gionta, Cammalleri, Plekanec —  that if they came out in Game 3 with a ‘C’ on there jersey you wouldn’t gush with pride, or at the very least not shudder?


  2. Chris says:

    I think he can be salvaged as a decent NHL forward, but I doubt that it will happen in Montreal.  Too much baggage at this point for both sides.

  3. FormalWare says:

    FWIW, I’m told that Al Arbour “didn’t believe in captains”, and that the Stanley Cup-winning Isles of 1980-83 didn’t have one. I can remember thir dominance, but I can’t truthfully remember whether I saw a “C” on the sweater of Trottier, Gillies, Potvin, etc. I’m sure I’ll be corrected if this is hearsay BS.

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …’Robin Hoods’ works just as well David …They ARE more stealing these games lately

    …AND …’giving’ to ‘the poor’ (Us …poor downtrodden Hab’s Fans)

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  5. Ian Cobb says:

    HARANI–I posted above.

  6. HardHabits says:

    They even look like Robin Hood’s Merry Men what with all the goatees.

  7. HardHabits says:

    Excellent post. Sums up my sentiments exactly.

  8. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …and I think THAT is the way the Coach see’s it too …HOW can You give the C to one these Guys over another …there are 5 or 6 EQUAL Leaders on this Team …there is noOne with that much seniority or an apparent ego over the other to have expectations of having the C

    …this Team of Ours has become a Band Of Brothers

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  9. punkster says:

    Key phrase “…the obvious malcontents who have left us, and those soon to follow…”

    I’ve said it many times that I don’t miss the old crew’s lackadaisical performances (OK, there were some exceptions) and that the work Gainey began in the summer is not quite finished (still a few slugs to move yet). This team will be even better next season.

  10. Ayan_SB says:

    PK Subban’s just impressing the hell out of anyone who’s been watching his playoff games. The kid gets better and gains more confidence with each match.

  11. Ian Cobb says:

    True dat Norcal

  12. punkster says:

    Good call Chris. Most here were concerned throughout the year but the “C” issue has taken a back seat as the Habs perform more and more like a real team. Personally I wish they had a “C” in the long run but for now, let them keep on doing what they’re doing cause they’re doing it so well.

  13. Shiloh says:

    JM will start him with Pleks and Cammalleri next game and he’ll score.

  14. merlin_24cups says:

    Agreed…..I think Lang would have fit well with this team. 

  15. VancouverHab says:

    That’s a great post from you, Tom… Brilliantly put.

  16. Shiloh says:

    And that’s the series when I couldn’t believe Price never making a timely save. Don’t forget he was parachuted into the AHL playoffs over Halak and then promoted and made the Number 1 goalie in Montreal. He played more games even though Halak has played better for the last two seasons. I think Price was mishandled for sure – but he can still learn to be a Number 1. I want Halak long term though.

  17. twilighthours says:

    Is it still possible to salvage Andrei Kostitsyn?  I fear not.


  18. RetroMikey says:

    Cindy Crosby and our little Sergei need to take anger management classes.

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

  19. Aybara says:

    Right on the money. The majority of pro-pricers tend to lean towards supporting the Canadiens hockey team and care less about individuals. I think the reason that people get behind Price so much is that clearly he could be an incredible uber goalie one day and we yearn for that on the team. Despite that hope, when Halak plays well its good, because the team wins.. If Halak turns out to be the better goalie great good, habs are better. I, like many others think that we shouldn’t be too quick to count out Price a young kid based on a season and a half of average play.

    Alternatively, the Halak supports focus on bashing Price more than they do rooting for Halak.. or the habs. My theory is that as Halak was/is an underdog they feel the need to constantly prove to themselves that their goalie is better than Price.. Sadly, this involves bashing the other goalie, and even goes so far as to distance people from the team and cheer only for Halak.

  20. TommyB says:

    Absolutely agree with what you are saying.

  21. yehaken says:

    Trying out the Talisker 25.  A bit peaty for my liking, but it keeps the fingers nimble…

  22. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I too …I don’t watch Him often, except playing Us …or with Team Canada …have seen Him yap, which is not unusual with players, but was surprised seeing Him being over-the-top irresponsible with His stick

    …Crosby or not, what he did deserved an unsportsmanlike call, and even a game suspension for blindly throwing the broken stick

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  23. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I don’t know the stats on this but maybe the illuminati here on HIO can enlighten me. How many teams without a captain have made it far in the playoffs?

    We just played two teams that exemplify putting one or two guys on a pedestal as the rest of the team plays supporting roles. It’s a only system sports seems to know and a system that media like NBC, Vs, TSN, CBC and the like love to market. Sid vs Ovie, Luongo vs. Kane, Kobe vs. Lebron. etc. They love stars.

    What I love about this team is that they are just that , a team. Our team has about 6-7 captains  Gio, Gill, Gorges, Cammy, Gomez, Markov, Moen and even Laps at times. No stars. No one begging for the limelight. Every player that JM choses to put on the ice seems to take a leadership role like we saw today. You can see the media machine trying to do it to Jaro and although he is a star in my mind, the story is the team. Go Habs go.

    Bite me NBC…except The Office is a pretty good show. Keep going with that.

  24. Kristopher7 says:

    You type well for a few scotches deep, lol.

  25. Chorske says:

    It’s kind of pointless and definitely mean-spirited. Why? Why not do something positive? It’s a zillion degrees outside, women in short skirts are riding bixis, you can buy beer at corner stores, and the Habs won convincingly against a higher-ranked opponent. Explain to my why there would be even the slightest cloud on your horizon.

  26. TommyB says:

    Regarding Crosby’s tantrum…that’s an unsportsmanlike penalty to most any other player in the game.


  27. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:

    This team blows my mind. What a display of guts and 

    determination. Like Boone says, the Habs will play at 

    least 12 games. In my heart I didn’t believe they could get

    past Washington. What grit!! 

    And Halak? 

    Nuff said.



  28. yehaken says:

    A few quick words about the D.


    Last year, the D got into the habit of always using the boards to clear the zone. This is generally the safe play (no giveaways in the high slot, time for forwards to help out, etc), unless it is the only play, in which case, the opposition adapts, and sends their forechecking forwards in along the boards towards the corner.

    Markov was the one defenseman who didn’t always do this.  Markov will circle behind the net five times looking not just for the first pass, but for the pass that the first pass recipient can make.  Up the middle, d-to-d, whatever worked.  It means that the forecheckers have to play honest, because they don’t know which play will unfold.  Last year, and for much of this year, Markov was absolutely required for that first pass.

    Subban has this same ability. If the opposition forwards are both along the half boards, the middle is where the play should go. 

    As the game wore on, you could see the Pens forecheking losing its effectiveness as a result of Subban’s first passes.  When he wasn’t on the ice, the Habs would settle for icing or a fight-to-the-death two inches over the blueline.

    When Markov comes back, the Habs will have a defensive corps that rivals any in the league.  Subban and Markov are your all-star defensemen (early, yes, but hey, I’m a few scotches deep after a Habs win, so humour me). Georges and Gill are a great shut down pairing.  O’Byrne looks like he’s finally shaken off the own goal and become a man.  Hamrlik and Spacek are a number 1 pairing in half the teams in the NHL.

    It’s great to see them come together in the playoffs.

    Huzzah.  Habs win.  



  29. Chorske says:

    I was totally wrong about Tanguay. I was among those who thought he had tons of potential, and I could not understand why he got so little love from the Habs, considering how much they had given up to sign him in the first place. Good thing I’m not the GM- Tanguay’s career is going nowhere after a hugely meh year in TB.

  30. Kristopher7 says:

    Halak FTW!

  31. Kristopher7 says:

    I agree. Like Gionta said post-game, if they can keep scoring on even strength, keep D and PK on lockdown and improve the PP, the Pens better watch out.

    These are exciting times to be a Habs fan.

  32. makka83 says:

    What if Kristopher7 was intelligent?

    History will be made!

  33. Danno says:

    I like how Hall Gill took the lid off Sid.


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

  34. Kristopher7 says:

    Yup, it’s pretty sad.

  35. HabsalwaysCA says:

    Just be grateful that you are not forced to watch NBC and Versus .

    When neither carry the games, as is the case for most of the regular season, it’s worse still : usually the other team’s” homer feed” on NHL Center Ice.

    All these productions get the U.S. announcers and the color comentators who are to lousy to even work HNiToronto or TSN you guys hate so much….


    Easier to take when we win, of course ..,Go Habs

  36. Kristopher7 says:

    Look at Halak get scared when the stick breaks, I guess it caught him off guard :( Poor Halak.

  37. makka83 says:

    When is the last time a Monteral goalie won 2 rounds of playoff hockey?

    1993 was the last right?

    Could Halak finally do it?

  38. Chorske says:

    You and Jessica are gonna have to fight for him. You could always say you saw him first.

  39. Danno says:

    I lost respect for Sidney there.


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

  40. makka83 says:

    I think the team’s system is of benefit to Halak. They let a lot of shots on him but most are from tough angles.

    That seems to be his bread and butter; getting more work. Then when needed he usually answers with some quality saves here and there when the pressure in on. Overall today, his performance was very good I thought but the defense was much better than it was in game 6 against the Caps for example.

  41. Chorske says:

    Higgins, Komi, Kovalev, Lats, Laroque… I don’t miss any of those guys. Only one I wanted back was Lang. Otherwise, I’ve liked this incarnation of the team- minus the obvious malcontents who have left us, and those soon to follow- since last July. I like the lunchpail the top two lines bring every game, the two-way responsibility, the alertness around the net.

    And Cammalleri. The idea of five more years of his commitment, talent, energy, and scoring ability fills me with all kinds of hope for the future of the club. Top scorer in the NHL playoffs thus far- and consider how Iggy just hasn’t been the same since Cammy left Calgary- I think we got the better dude.

    I still think the Pens are winning this one- sans Markov and with no time to rest, we’re bound to hit a wall- but it’s going to seven, and I don’t think the Pens will be the same after this series regardless of its outcome.

    We had this doberman-rottweiler mix, one of those dogs who thought he was all that- until the day he backed a raccoon into a corner, and the raccoon fought back. That dog never had the same swagger after that. I’m thinking that might happen to the Pens.

    The Habs have this rope a dope thing going- most amazing stat I read was that WASH only led thru 55 min of the whole first round- 55 MIN!!- and now the same noose is tightening around the Pens. Habs get one at home, Halak stays in their heads… who knows what could happen.

  42. habz says:

    Of course he was crying for attention from the refs, and that wouldn’t be the first.

  43. makka83 says:

    It’s obvious he only likes players than play well and have talent. But hard workers like Gionta, Moen, Moore, Metro suck in his eyes.

    Kovy sucked. Sorry to disapoint everyone but he did okay with what he had but he never had the heart that most of these players we have today do. Look at how Cammy was playing today. I have seen Kovy do this in the playoffs like twice max! Gionta and Gomez performance this year alone is better than anything Kovy has done in 4-5 years for us.

  44. habsfan0 says:

    Has there been an update on Markov’s injury yet? If you look at the replays where he was hurt,it doesn’t appear that either of his knees were wrenched, twisted or in any way impacted. I wonder if its a shoulder or hip problem?

  45. Mike Boone says:

    Not a jerk for making it. It’s a free country. But it takes some kind of —hole to post it after a satisfying win.

  46. Kristopher7 says:

    SO two questions for you.

    Halak is 15-1 when facing 35+ shots and 10-0 when facing 40+ shots… so do they honestly let him face more to keep him hot? Or try to limit the Penguins chances and let him face 30 or less shots? Or will Halak cool off and make mistakes?


    Second question, wtf was up with Crosby shattering his stick like a sourpuss? He’s a great player, but wtf? Is that him crying for attention to the refs? Give me a break, and suck it up.

  47. HardHabits says:

    Love the new HIO indentity and Avatar. Here’s to cartoon/hockey syncretism.

  48. habz says:

    the power of Prayers my friends, and i have been doing that since the start of the series.

    I Believe! Go habs Go!

  49. RS says:

    You miss Kovalev? C’mon. I like the guy. He obviously has more talent than anybody on the current Habs. He can be great fun to watch. I don’t question his desire to win. I think he actually would like to help his team win. He actually seems like an interesting guy, more than ‘just’ a dumb hockey player.

    BUT, the way Kovalev plays (his style of play) does not make his linemates better. His inconsistency, his lack of physical involvement on a regular basis means that the Habs are better off without him.

    They have less talent without him, no question, but they are a better team without him.

  50. Harani says:

    For those asking, here’s a clip of Crosby breaking his stick on the net and then tossing it on the ice (check at the1:26 mark). In my books, that is a penalty. But of course it’s Golden Boy Crosby who’s frustrated.

    Also on a side note, Cammi is the first Hab in 17 years to get more than seven goals in the playoffs. The last guys to do it were Vincent Damphousse, Kirk Muller and Paul DiPietro in 1993!

    And someone asked about my avatar on the game blog. Met Cammi at practice and took a pic. Met him load of times but he looks really good in this specific one. He looks hot no?

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  51. wool40 says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen-  If anyone had broken a $250 stick and pitchforked it into the corner the way Sir Crosby did this afternoon while glaring at the official…they would have received a 2 and a 10.  NBC runs the show.  Its shameful!  I hope behind the closed doors of the Habs locker, they are adopting the mentality of us against the world.  They knocked off the poster boy Ovechkin and now its time knock out NBC and VERSUS darling Sid the Kid!



    “Hockey is a religion here. We’re all priests. It’s sacred. You don’t trade priests.”- Guy Lafleur 1985

  52. VancouverHab says:

    Yeah — and how about Alex Tanguay: I don’t miss him either.

    And Gomez for Saku? I’ve got “Koivu” on the back of my Habs jersey, but Gomez is a whole other body of playoff performer.

    (ps: sharp movie-title allusion there, Mr. Boone. You’re not inane (& I get paid to spot written inanities ;–)

  53. HabFanSince72 says:

    Glad you mentioned Martin’s coaching. All year he’s had to contend with injuries, and a few parasites, not to mention a city that isn’t patient with its head coaches, and he’s kept his cool and his focus.


    Now I wonder when noted H I/O pundit Mike G will formally recant his “I wish Martin showed emotion like Bruce Boudreau.”

  54. makka83 says:

    The price crew always supported Halak. Most of them anyways. What we disagreed with is bashing Price because Halak is playing better.

    You got to admit though, Price is a good prospect too.

  55. likehoy says:

    yes you are, that is extremely disrespectful. i will now take everything you post with a grain of salt.

    Sorry Bro.

    – What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  56. Black Jacques Halak says:

    Does Price = Mike Liut?

  57. HabFanSince72 says:


  58. Led says:

    Thanks, the same good result, eh? I agree with you about White.

  59. habsfan0 says:

    I think it’s safe to say that P.K. Subban will not be going back to Hamilton again…unless it’s to catch an Als-Ticats game at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

  60. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes and for posting it in a game that had nothing to do with the kid just for a cheap laugh.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  61. Kristopher7 says:

    Am I still a jerk for making this?



  62. Black Jacques Halak says:

    Hey no one can ever queston Saku’s heart.  His abilities yes but
    heart, Never.


    This is a new team and new leaders are
    emerging.  Pricer is going to Philly or Chicago in the off season.  We
    will get some goodies for him and someone else will deal with his
    perulance and off ice antics…He has not been the same since his
    “injury” last season.  And you have all hear what that “injury” was.  I
    balme management for leaving the kid alone to fend for himself in this


    Anyhow.  Halak is doing a spectacular job.  The
    team played decent D and the fact they took few Penalties proves a



  63. SeriousFan09 says:

    3-1 over Abbotsford Heat, series is split 1-1 with the Dogs now going to play Abbotsford at home for Games 3, 4 and 5 and if necessary, games 6 and 7 will be played back in Hamilton.

    Ryan White (who should be here rather than Maxwell) had a goal, as did David Desharnais and Mike Glumac.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  64. Willy the bum says:

    Amazing on Halak; he came from the lowest of draft picks to surpassing Brodeur and Miller in playoff goaltending supremacy.

  65. Jbird says:

    Hey Led: They won – Some of these very posters were at the game and could tell you more.  

    I’m supposed to reply and not post  . . . .DUH

  66. Led says:

    How’d the ‘Dogs do today?

  67. RetroMikey says:

    Reading many of the game day posts I can’t contain my laughter on how many
    Price idols are now jumping the bandwagoan and supporting Halak.

    The guy has been a winner in my books since is days in Hamilton watching him.

    2 individuals stand out for me in these playoffs so far.

    play of Jarsoslav Halak (no surprise to me!) and Jacques Martin’s c
    coaching decisions (sorry Bobby, this is Jacques’ team not yours!)

    We will only go far as far as Halak takes us, not Cammy, not Gionta, not Plekanec, not nobody just Halak.

    Goaltending takes you very far in the playoffs.

    Gald that Martin is sitting little Sergei and benching Andre, 2 little pansies in my books.

    Halak is the MVP in the playoffs, whether the team goes very deep in the playoffs or are eliminated by the Penguins.

    He has woken many people’s eyes.

    Sign him Pierre Gauthier to a fat contract, he is our number 1 goalie for many years!

    And yes, the Bulldogs won 3-1 even without PK Subban.

    And yes Boone I do miss Kovalev but not Koivu, not Higgins, not Komisarek, not Tanguay. Lovalev could have given us more on the offensive for a big Russian guy.



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

  68. Kristopher7 says:

    This year feels even better than 07-08. owning Ovechkin instead of the Bruins and now about to own Crosby instead of the flyers.. but if they down the Pens, they’ll have to face one of their 07-08 playoff rivals, you can do it boys!!!!!

  69. nn1 says:

    Think back a couple years, to when the Habs lost 4 straight in a 5
    game second-round dumping at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers.
    Although Kovalev maintained, and will probably continue to maintain for
    the rest of this lifetime at least, that the Canadiens played the better
    series, it was a difficult position to defend. Philly shut down the
    Habs power-play, Biron was lights out, and the Flyers were off to be
    themselves unceremoniously disposed of by the mighty Penguins.

    yet, it’s easy to see what Kovy was talking about, because the Habs got
    chance after chance in that series, but the Flyers always had the
    timely goals and found a way to win. Doesn’t that make them the better
    team? Now, I’m not saying that the Habs are a better team than the Caps –
    but they found a way to win the series. And this afternoon, the
    Penguins got a taste of the same frustration that sent Ovi and Boudreau
    moping back to DC, and apparently has Brooks Laich considering a job
    with AAA roadside assistance.  Halak has played the best hockey of his
    career, the defense has been frustratingly effective despite the regular
    flurries of opposition offence, and the Habs have capitalized on the
    chances they’ve gotten.  It’s the formula that took Philly past the Habs
    in ’08 – though, mind you, not past the Penguins.

    Still, this
    Habs team has given us more to be excited about than we’ve had in a
    while. A sixth playoff win would make it the most wins the CH have
    registered in a Playoffs since 2002. Other than that, they’ve only
    reached the six-win mark one other time in the last twenty years. See if
    you can guess when that was.

    I, for one, am enjoying the ride.

  70. Danno says:

    It is futile to resist!


    Give up Pittsburgh and we will be quick and merciful!


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

  71. habs4cup says:

     watched the game on NBC because Cole is such an idiot. I think he has pre Alzheimer’s. is that guy ever going to retire? I can’t believe there’s nobody more qualified that him.

    and I’m getting really sick of hearing about Crosby. it’s Crosby this and Crosby that, and how fantastic he is. it’s nauseating. enough already.

    I hate to say this, but I was kind of wishing that hit on MAB would be serious enough to keep him out of the lineup for good. his giveaways I can’t take. you know 1 of them will result in a goal for Pitt.Why can’t we just bring up another Dman from Hamilton?  I mean they do have emergency callup. I just can’t take MAB anymore!

  72. SeriousFan09 says:

    Forget P.K. renting an apartment, move him into the Gill or Gionta residence. Copy the other team’s models of putting their young guys in with veteran leaders of the team, it’s the best asset management move in the league these days.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  73. likehoy says:

    good idea, i agree. move him in with BGL!

    – What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  74. Shiloh says:

    Tuesday night is going to be huge. I hope the guys get some rest. Anything more on Markov or is he done for a long time?

  75. HabFanSince72 says:

    Done for the season.


  76. Ian Cobb says:

    What I love the most of all is no one believes it is possible for us
    to knock off last years champs. It is just great watching the facial
    expressions of were they ever lucky.

    They have not got a clue
    that we have one hundred years of learning and playing winning hockey.
    Do they think that we just got off the boat or something.

    game at this level is not purchased with one or two giant contracts, it
    is won by a team of players, coaches and management with 100 years of
    experience in how this Stanley Cup contest  is won or lost.

    is adjusting to your opposition and defeating them. It does not have to
    be pretty, it just has to be a game plan with total team effort.

    we take Crosby or the big”O” and naturalise them, their team becomes
    disoriented and they lose confidence. they start to fold there tent and
    scratch their heads in bewilderment.

    One or two players do not make a TEAM. We have a century of knowing what a real team is
    and how this cup is won. Just think that one out of every four years we
    have put our stamp on this silverware over the last 100 years. Is this
    year another.?

  77. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …AND …just WHERE was this ‘100 Years Of Experience’ hiding the past 17 years Ian ??? …lol

    …aw, but that’s OK ! Ian …I share the EXHUBERANCE Ya feelin’ now

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  78. Kingofswing74 says:

    what a game. fantastic boys keep it up. i dont remember what ’93 feels like, i was 4. but i have a feeling in the future i’ll be saying “this feels alot like 2010”.

  79. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …The Art Of Inanity …it’s ‘a calling’ Mike

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  80. ButJohnnyLovesHockey says:

    How about Koivu? Anybody miss his leadership?

  81. rut1212 says:

    God yes, he was a fricken lion in the playoffs. He usually led or was near the league lead in scoring in the playoffs too.

  82. SeriousFan09 says:

    You mean like when he led the team to an upset over the Bruins 2004 in a 3-1 comeback series or was leading the Canadiens against the Hurricanes in 2006 until he got a stick in his eye? It isn’t Saku’s fault age and injury slowed him down too much to be an effective member of the new Canadiens team.

    The Finnish National Team will miss it, they won 4 Olympic Medals under his leadership.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  83. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …this year’s version of Our Habs would be a PERFECT-fit for Saku

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  84. tony d says:

    yeah actually I do. But I also realize his time here was done and he had to move on. I also love the heart of our new team, in spite of their shortcomings in our dzone.

  85. HabFanSince72 says:

    Saku was a great Hab but it was time for him to move on.


  86. Clay4bc says:

    Yes I do…and shame on you for implying Koivu was a poor leader. He is one of the best – ever – at leadership, and leading by example.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  87. rut1212 says:

    I like angry, bitchy Crosby: he sucks.

  88. Nina76 says:

    He is still the spoiled BRAT.has not become an adult with all the coaching from MARIO.Did anyone see how CROSBY hit our goal post almost hitting Halak’s hand all because we won maybe he was hoping that would happen………….HE WAS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ANGRY……what a CHILD…sick of hearing of CROSBY there are aLOT OF GOOD PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE NOT JUST HIM..GO HABS GO !!!!!!!

  89. Led says:

    Personally, I thought this team folded in the early part of the Washington series (we should have knocked them out in 5). However, what they have been doing since game 5 is nothing short of spectacular. Words can’t express how proud and impressed with them I am. These are the moments when team identities are forged and great memories are made. Way to go you crazy little buggers, you’re doing us and the CH proud!

  90. rut1212 says:

    “What if the Russians didn’t choke?” Add Mike Green in there somehow…

  91. likehoy says:

    how about “what if mike green earned his ‘green’?”

    – What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  92. Y says:

    If you take out the CHOKE from OVECHKIN you get VIN = WIN


    He’ll get his, give him time. For now, it’s the Habs time.

  93. Harani says:

    Hey everyone. Jusst a note, it’s my 2nd Anniversary of being on this site! And just wanted to tell y’all that it’s always fun to come on here and rant about the Habs, good or bad. It honestly helps you be sane when you check some of the extreme thoughts out here. Nonetheless, it’s a wonderful roller coaster ride and everyone and their diverse personalities keeps it alive and kicking. Keep sharing your thoughts and opinions because it is much appreciated. 

    And Boone, awesome job on the ABL. Concise and to the mark. Always eager to come on here and read as I have done for the past two years, not one bit has changed; your humour, your sarcasm, your acuteness. 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  94. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …You mean His ‘cuteness’ …don’t ya Harani ?

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  95. Danno says:



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

  96. Led says:

    Hey Harani. You’re a good one. You definitely make this place better.

  97. Mike Boone says:

    No, she meant your twitness.

  98. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …pinch Your pink cheek

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  99. Got2BHabs says:

    The double standard on here is sickening. Price shoots the puck at the Washington players and HITS one of them, and he’s passionate and a competitor. Crosby smashes his stick against our net and throws it into the corner hitting nobody and he’s a brat and a cry baby. Nobody is a bigger competitor than Crosby, but everyone gets frustrated and vents.

    “This kid is going to win a Stanley Cup one day and hopefully I’ll be with him when that happens” – Saku Koivu

  100. itpf says:

    no – i for one think Price was being a baby.

  101. HardHabits says:

    The great thing is that whole stick smashing and frustration episode has been replayed on all the networks, youtube and in everyone’s minds now. Crosby just showed the world that he’s on one hand a Stanley Cup champion golden goal boy and on the other a whiny little brat. Time to grow up Crosby. Better yet. Grow up next year.

  102. habs-hampton says:

    at least Price paid for it with a penalty. What was Crosby’s punishment?

  103. phillyhab says:

    The double standard is the league’s, not ours!  One was a little immature and pretentious, the other entitled and pompous.  BOTH should have been penalties.

  104. nightmare_49 says:

    …  More Hockey World / Jim Matheson


      The Montreal Canadiens badly need Jaroslav Spacek back on their blue-line because of Andrei Markov’s knee injury, But his inner-ear problem has lingered. His balance is off. “We don’t have that completely figured out. These are bad infections to get,” said Perry Pearn, coach of the Canadiens defensive corps.
    (this is where HNIC got the scoop).
    Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/More+Hockey+World/2977748/story.html#ixzz0motYPuQI


  105. Matt_in_TO says:

    76 is the new 79


    – I Hab Faith

  106. StevieRay says:

    46 is the new 74………

  107. The M says:

    I miss Chris Higgins, he was a good player who could be used on the third line…. that’s just me

  108. phillyhab says:

    Yeah — that last stretch last season when Chris Higgins turned into Bob Gainey (player) incarnate I thought we’d finally had the guy, but the way Gomez has been playing!…

  109. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    So we should tank?

    So JM is a bad coach?

    So Bob Gainey was an awful JM?

    Can some of you at least admit you were wrong… its the classy thing to do.

  110. HardHabits says:

    So Bob Gainey was an awful JM? Gainey was never a JM

  111. TripleX says:

    Even Bob bailed on the team he built.  If you are implying that Bob knew that this miracle would occur then dream on brother.

    We have a goalie playing out of this world and he has given confidence to his team to play like they have a chance to win it all.  This is more due to divine serendipity than some calculated brilliance from a GM.

    As far as the coaching goes there is more Muller in the mix than JM.

    I still believe that stocking the team with AHL callups and preserving cap space was the way to go last summer.

  112. phillyhab says:

    Most of the guys I’ve be riding all season have been absolutely brilliant in the playoffs: Gill, Spacek, and the man standing between me and my dream coach, Jacque Martin.

    I’ve always thought Bob Gainey’s moves and decisions were smart, and only looked bad or ill-informed in hindsight. Besides hitting the Centennial Panic Button Ejector Seat on Guy Carbonneau — clearly we had problems player problems and not coaching problems and I’d bet my house that Carbo would not have been 4-and-out in the first round — it’s clear NOW the vision he had for the Montreal Canadiens, just in his mind Price was in net and Kovalev was leading the scoring in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    And yeah, I still think Martin was too stubborn and ineffective in the regular season and you were kind of a suck-up, but I not-so-humbly but sincerely APOLOGISE, and say good for you for sticking by your guy.  He’s been brilliant.

  113. Will Longlade says:

    Can anyone explain why Crosby didn’t get an unsportsmanlike for breaking his stick on the side of the Hab’s net? I recall that a goalie was injured on a similar play by his own player not to long ago. Should be zero tolerance for stuff like that.

  114. Norcal Habsfan says:

    Halak was rightfully pissed about it. It was porbably post traumatic stress syndrome form the incident a few years back where he got hit in the head (by his teamate) on a similar frustrated outburst.


  115. Ian Cobb says:

    MONEY RULES, and right now he is the star of the east, hard to put the spoiled brat in the box.

    But he definitely deserved at least 2 min. Unsportsman, slashing, i know it was the post, but it could have been Halaks leg, holding onto a broken, and throwing a spear, could have hit someone in the neck. A dozen ways that it was a penalty.

  116. habz says:

    Wow..just watched the highlights again and i still cant over the fact that crosby didnt get a penalty for  breaking his stick on the net and then tossing it on the ice. ..

  117. itpf says:

    The Incredible Halak. The more you shoot, the better he plays.

  118. habz says:

    the more you piss him off (like what crosby did) the more he wants to gut it out!

  119. G-Man says:

    Don’t make him angry! :)

  120. novahab says:

    Crosby should be suspended how dangerous was that bonehead thing he did. If he hits Halak arms he could have broke it or if that blade had come up it coud have stabed him in the throat under his mask. I seen player break they stick over their own net i have never see a player do it to the other team. Come on Montreal media make him and the NHL answer for that stupid stunt.

  121. Ian Cobb says:

    Suspend him I say!!!

    3 games

  122. 100HABS says:

    Watched it on TSN.CA, saw it live and didn’t react at all. It’s a detail, worth a 2-minute penalty that’s it. They missed it, whatever. We won.

  123. OneTimer says:

    WHOA. Still high in the Habs win but Datsyuk just scored a SICK goal, goal of the playoffs so far for me. Off a terrible Thornton turnover too. Sweet.

  124. petrov14 says:

    Who the heck is this Joe Pavelski guy??

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  125. JasonM says:

    Hey Boone, what are your feelings on Crosby breaking his stick on Halak’s net?

  126. HardHabits says:

    46 L KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 01:43
    52 L DARCHE, MATHIEU 00:54
    61 C MAXWELL, BEN 01:03

  127. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Small Joe (haha) is now tied with Cammalleri with 8 goals. Both are tied for 1st place in goal scored category.

  128. petrov14 says:

    Guess Detroit could use a Halak of their own, lol

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  129. petrov14 says:

    Wow, how about a 4th line that can play?! Might get burnt out quick playing 3 lines all the time.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  130. Will Longlade says:

    Halak regrouped after the first goal and played an excellent game. But
    listening to some of the posters here you would think it was a stand on
    your head type performance. It wasn’t. Fact of the matter is the Habs are playing
    excellent team D and getting timely goals from their go to guys like Cammy and Gionta. Not to mention some nice set-ups by Gomez and PK. Halak’s performance is a big part of the team’s success, but you don’t win a tough playoff game in the other team’s
    rink without getting a solid effort from everyone. Why don’t some of the Gainey bashers admit that they build up Halak to the status of demi-god because they don’t want to admit that their full of it in always trashing Bob.       

  131. Ian Cobb says:

    Happy Aniversary HARANI!

    You make this site a better place my friend. Keep on rolling.



  132. TripleX says:

    Did he not play for the US in the Olympics?  If so he has been of fire ever since.

    He possesses everything that Thorton and Marleau lack: heart, determination, self sacrifice, desire, truculence and winning spirit.

  133. petrov14 says:

    Almost seems unfair that if Thornton, Marleau and Heatley dont score/compete, they STILL manage to win!  😛

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  134. JasonM says:

    Guess who’s got some tickets in the lower reds for Game 3?? 😀

    Memories will be made!


  135. TripleX says:

    Bob quit on the team and now you want us to believe he knew this would happen all along?  Oh please dude.

  136. 24 Cups says:

    I’m visiting friends at a cottage so I only have a few minutes of internet time. The Habs had no chance of winning today’s game after losing Markov and having to play a 2nd game within 40 hours. The fact that they did against the defending Cup champions is just totally unreal. Beyond belief. I haven’t always been a believer this year but I am certainly ready to eat crow, regardless of how this series turns out. A quick word about Mike Cammalleri. He scores early in the game. He then takes a dumbass penalty at the beginning of the 3rd period in the offensive zone. If Pittsburgh scores, we are toast. BUT, he then gets the goal that ices the game when it counts the most. Not only did he score, but he caps it off with a real goal scorer’s tally. A highlight reel shot. I just love this guy. Markov went down to injury in the first game because of a clean check. Hey, shite happens in playoff hockey. I can live with that. However, today’s hit from behind on Bergeron was the type of b.s. that just has to stop in the NHL. It not only endangers our players but also cheapens the game we are so desperate to sell ot America. A total hit from behind on a small player who had no chance to defend himself. The ref’s quick call only proves that it was a reckless play that could have been career threatening. The fact that Bergeron left the ice under his own steam means nothing to me. A dirty hit is a dirty hit, regardless of the impact on the player’s health. I might be a little over the top here but the NHL really doesn’t care about players such as Bergeron. One day, it will be a Crosby or a Stamkos. And he may never return to ever play again. Only then will the NHL give a damn about the consequences of such idiotic and mindless hits. Until that changes, there will always be a roller derby aspect to our game. Bush league is bush league, no matter how you cut it. It’s not about a hit on a Hab, it’s about the integrity of the game.

    EDIT: I have no idea why this didn’t post in paragraghs as I originally typed it.  Hey, we won , so who cares.

  137. Ian Cobb says:

    Did you get mine Jason?

  138. Ayan_SB says:

    Jimmy Howard’s pretty damn good for a rookie goalie.

  139. BeachHabFan says:

    assuming spacek is still out, the next game i would love to see a 4th line sk74 – darche- metro (maxwell and AK46 sit). Let little bro show up big bro

  140. SeriousFan09 says:

    To be fair, Howard played just about every game for Detroit for 3 months straight. He is a main reason the Red Wings made the playoffs and are doing well, they developed him slowly in the AHL and now they’re reaping the benefits of his play. For his first playoffs, he’s had a pretty good show.

    Overworked goalies in a compressed NHL season are determining some of these playoff series it seems.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  141. JasonM says:

    Sorry Ian. :)

  142. Da Hema says:

    Alex Kovalev. Shudder. To think so many posters here would have sacrificed their own grandmothers to keep this lame duck in a Habs uniform. God bless you Ottawa for signing him.


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  143. Ian Cobb says:

    Your right Steve, any hit like that should be automatic game and more. But we both know it is all about the money, not the players health.

  144. JasonM says:

    That may be true but it’s clear that if it was anyone else in the league that would have been an unsportsmanlike penalty at the least. It’s pretty obvious that Crosby is judged by another set of rules compared to other players.

  145. Mike Boone says:

    I have trouble being objective about Crosby. He’s my favourite non-Hab and, for me, the best in the league. He was frustrated. No one got hurt.

  146. Ayan_SB says:

    Did you just say truculence? Sorry, Burke’s just ruined that word for me.

  147. JasonM says:

    Nice video. Gotta add another :)




  148. habs-hampton says:

    For suspensions today, Adams will be suspended 2 games, because its easy to do, no one will care or notice, and the league can be seen as not playing favorites for not penalizing or suspending Crosby for his reckless and dangerous play.

  149. JasonM says:

    Great stuff 24 cups! Hope all is well my friend?

  150. Da Hema says:

    I am not certain the NHL even cares about a Crosby or Stamkos. Was Paul Kariya ever the same player after he took head shot after head shot? Surely Karoya was a rising star until head injuries reduced him to a shadow of what he could have been. If the league cared at all about the well-being of its players (investments?) it would have adopted the automatic icing decades ago.

    The Penguins are a big, hard-hitting, and at times exceedingly dirty hockey team. The Habs better keep their heads up.


    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  151. TripleX says:

    LOL…..sorry my bad dude.

  152. Ian Cobb says:

    The Pens are missing Hal Gill big time my friends.!

  153. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …completely agree …whether it was a Hab or other …THOSE type of gutless assaults on a player unable to protect himself HAVE to be suspendable and automatic

    …in fact, Campbell should be evaluating 2 potential suspensions at this time …Crosby and Adams

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  154. JasonM says:

    Mmm, just found a new HWBM video… from the NHL. Surprised by the word they used…. they read le Journal de Montreal? Wow.



  155. SeriousFan09 says:

    And the NHLPA is too divided among themselves about these hits to challenge the NHL on it either. A very troublesome situation.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  156. JasonM says:

    Hal Gill has been a REVELATION my friend. I eat back my first season words every time he’s on the ice. The way he took Crosby attention out of the game? Brilliant!

  157. HardHabits says:

    This team reminds me a lot of the ’86 team. If the stars align, the Habs get timely goals and opportunistic goaltening, ya never know.

    I just hope our mighty mites can continue showing the grit and determination as they’ve done up to now. The Habs need a 4th line to step in and play at least 5 minutes otherwise the top 3 might get spent soon but whatever it is they’re running on it’s working.

  158. Ayan_SB says:

    Kudos on snagging those in the cluster F. that is the “Habs Ticket Waiting Room.”

  159. Danno says:

    This team has heart. And the spark behind this team is coming from two outstanding young players — Jaroslav Halak and PK Subban.

    Halak is 24 years old and is playing like a seasonned veteran. PK is only 20 and is playing like Bobby Orr or maybe Doug Harvey.

    But they both have one thing in common. Both PK’s and Jaro’s birthdays fall on May 13th.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if they celebrated their birthdays together while advancing into the third round?

    I think they can. I think they can…


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

  160. JasonM says:

    I usually get screwed, I was shocked that it told me at 10:05 that I could choose my tickets. I’ve been a good Habs fan this year… so there’s my reward. :)

  161. Castor says:

    If one of you is going to the game on Tuesday PLEASE bring a sign that says
    “Stop Whining Sid!”

    Maybe it’s just because I’ve been paying extra attention with this being a playoff game but holy crap, every five seconds the guy was complaining and whining.

  162. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …if You go back to my posts about the time of We acquiring Gill, note I felt He was One of Our most important additions …especially looking forward to possible Playoff hockey

    …had to bite My lip when listening to many here calling Him useless and ‘a pylon’

    …His character, experience, size and intimidation-factor was badly needed to compensate Our smaller, skilled Players …His long-reach compensating most often for His lack of speed

    …Some can fault Bob Gainey on certain things, but Bob Gainey has made a lot of good calls to also compensate for those We question 

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  163. VancouverHab says:

    Bob quit on the team? Pal, you’re welcome back into the reality-based community any time you want to re-join.

  164. Propwash says:

    Is there still a possibility that Mara could come back at all during the playoffs?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  165. HardHabits says:

    I think Mara had season ending surgery. Even if he could come back, he’s so out of game shape it wouldn’t be funny. Metro couldn’t cut it. I am worried Spacek shouldn’t be rushed either. Spacek will be ready soon though. My major concern is seeing a solid 4th line which we haven’t seen as JM has shortened his bench since the Washington series.

  166. KC64 says:

    An inspirational, ballsy effort today by our boys. Way to stick it to Buttman and his NBC tv contract…..and without Marky!…..Gotta Belive…GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  167. usversusthem says:

    Spent five straight hours online Saturday morning, 9:15 to 2:15… came away empty handed. There has got to be a better way. It’s just cruel. 

  168. Propwash says:

    I wouldnt think he’s the kind of guy that would stay out of game shape. However, he wouldnt be as physical we would need him to be due to his shoulder. However it would be nice to have him in uniform. Would be nice to see some of our guys finishing checks.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  169. Chris says:

    “Anyone miss Alex Kovalev?

    How about Mike Komisarek?

    Christopher Higgins?”

    No, Yes and Yes (in the right role).  But I’m just being difficult.  :)

  170. mrhabby says:

    hey steve..agree 100% on what you said…enjoy the day plus a few pops.

  171. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I don’t think enough has been said about Fleury’s underwhelming performance. Cammy made him look foolish for a young former first rounder. I think he is feeling alot of pressure from his poor outings. He can’t fall back on young and inexperienced anymore. It’s just poor play.

    Therefore, “Seventh Men” in Montreal. I think ” Fleu-ry, Fleu-ry. Fleu-ry” will pay much higher dividends ‘s coming from his hometown than booing Crosby. I think he’s a tentative nad lacking confidence right now. He’s a Price except without a Halak backing him up.

    So what do you say Habs fans?  Let’s give it to Fleury. Let’s show those lame Pens fans what it means to bleed your teams colours.



  172. Ayan_SB says:

    There was, the bracelet system at the Bell Centre, in which Youppi selects a random number and they go upwards from there.

    Now I have to go on my PC and my laptop, on several different browsers, competing against the rest of Montreal, the province of Quebec, and Ottawa, Toronto, NY, Boston and who knows where else. Only to find out that my Firefox crashed and I lost my spot in the “Online Waiting Room.” It’s pretty cruel indeed.

  173. rogus says:

    He might be the best player in hockey…but Crysby is definitely the biggest whiner!

  174. mrhabby says:

    none of them..

  175. SeriousFan09 says:

    Oh I’m looking forward to Game 3 and 4, the crowd serenading Fleury? That’ll be a lot of fun. He’s overrated and the guy who went 270 picks after him is having a far, far better playoff run.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  176. danp says:

    Mr. Boone – you are gushing!!! Well said though and you aren’t alone!

  177. Ayan_SB says:

    Boston’s Miroslav Satan has 1 more goal than Heatley – Thornton – Marleau combined.

  178. Jordio-oh says:

    i agree with you on higgins. i’d still like him in a 3rd line role and not on the top line. Fast skater, smart on the pk. Alot of people liked him before they put him into the ‘party boy’ category. A victim of mis-management.

  179. diehardhab says:

    Who has the nicest playoff beard on the habs?

    I say Gionta followed closely by Hamrlik. On another note cammalleri doesn’t seem able to grow a beard but as long as he keeps scoring who cares!

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  180. Chris says:

    The funny thing for me is how people are lauding a guy like Hal Gill for his leadership and shot blocking.  Mike Komisarek was the exact same player, but faster and with more physical defence.  That Komisarek got too agressive in 2008-09 could have been coached out of him…the Mike Komisarek of 2007-08 was an excellent player.  Was he worth $4 or $5 million?  No.  But ignoring contracts (which we are often reminded to do when it comes to a player like Gomez), Komisarek was a very good defensive defencemen around whom nothing bad could be said off the ice.

    Higgins as a third-line center was what I had always envisioned when he was drafted.  I see him as another guy like Brian Savage, who I always thought should have been converted into a center due to his speed, for whome the bar got set too high as “goal-scorers” when they were much better suited to being excellent role players.

  181. JasonM says:

    The other way that I had to make my way all the way downtown, pick a bracelet (which was an upgrade from the previous system of competing with bums who slept on the sidewalk while I couldn’t due to a day job) and ultimate waste my way (in sometimes in shitty weather days) for some tickets.

    I prefer having my PC do the work and have someone keep their eyes on the screen while I can still do things around the house.

    Sometimes you’re lucky, sometimes you’re not. :(

  182. Habscore says:

    I`d say Hammer…yea Cammi and Gomer don`t seem to be growing much of a beard

    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  183. Max_a_million says:

    Gainey put together a great gritty opportunistic team.  I wonder if I will get any replies from the usual suspects who always go on and on putting him down.  I am very happy for Hal Gill, Scott Gomez, Bergeron, and the others much maligned by too many throughly unknowledgeable fans.  It’s too bad that the constantly negative geeks, get to enjoy the victories as much as the rest of us.  Oh well … it’s quite fun anyhow.

    Go Habs Go

  184. Habscore says:

    Hey ! it all started with the `WHAT IF..`  :)

    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  185. SPATS says:

    You could add he built a playoff team. One thing he didn’t know was how well the team would play in front of Jaro. Bob’s preference was Carey.

  186. SUMO says:

    Excellent point on Komi.  He played hard and he played hurt for the Habs. Respect.

  187. Bill says:

    Huge win, loved every minute of it. Cammalleri, Gill, Gionta … these guys are playing heroically. Subban is just what the Habs needed. Of course, the main reason the Habs evened up this series is the same as the reason they won their first series, and the reason they made the playoffs: Jacques Martin. KIDDING! Though he seems to get a little smarter with every save Halak makes, at least so it appears from what I’m reading.

    Sucks about Markov. This was a character win, but I don’t give any team much hope without its number one defenseman. Not that Markov was playing all that great – he really wasn’t that impressive to me in the Washington series – but his minutes aren’t going to be replaced adequately.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  188. Vid says:

    wasn’t he put on waivers by pitts earlier this season?

  189. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I don’t want to jinx ourselves but to Boone and the staff, why is the media giving this guy a pass? He was average against Ottawa and the PK, Gionta, and Cammy’s second goal were all suspect. It seems like everything with the Pens begins and ends with Sid, but surely his weak play is significant. If he was in Habs uniform he would have to have a second HIO site devoted to his critics. It would be nice if he could feel the full weight of pressure like only this city can give but on second thought, don’t mess with the zen of the moment with bad karma.

  190. Lafrich says:

    Gill moves the puck way better than Komi did. Heck, andyone moves the puck better than Komi did. When he looked up to pass, I knew it would be icing.

  191. ABHabsfan says:

    The good news for all you Higgins fans ( and I am one as well, at least when he was a Hab) he is UFA come July 1. He shouldn’t garner too much interest as he saw very little TOI in Calgary and was a real non-factor down the stretch. Given the right situation, he can still be an impact player. Still young really and speed is always welcome

  192. Mike Boone says:

    Higgins had the chance to be another Bob Gainey. Sadly, he thinks he’s Steve Shutt.

  193. showey47 says:

    I think there is a good chance he ends up with his buddy komi in toronto.

  194. ABHabsfan says:

    It is hard to ignore contracts when you consider that the habs aquired Spacek and Gill for the price of Komisarek. If Komi would have signed for $2-3 M per then we would not have Spacek and-or Gill. Obviously Gomez makes a boatload of $ but recently the detractors have been awfully quiet. He has been terrific in virtually every game this post-season 

  195. HugeHabsFan says:

    I’m sure too, that he has an advantage having played with Crosby. So he probably knows a few things about getting in his head. ;o)

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

  196. ABHabsfan says:

    I can easily see that, though I think being back in Mtl is not a stretch either. Moore, Higgins, Moen would be a great 3rd line 

  197. habsfanonthewestcoast says:

    Why do you think we called up PK for?

  198. Exit716 says:

    But his career is following the path of Rod Schutt.


  199. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    well put mike, everyone was upset with bob for not resigning kovelev.  Me thinks cammi is just a little better, also pk is going to be our best dman since robinson.

  200. ManApart says:

    Had absolutely nothing to do with management. That’s a cop out. It had a lot to do with himself. He hasn’t done anything all season, and will likely be with his 4th team in a year, this summer. I guess he was mis managed in NY and Calgary also? The guy was lazy, had an ego and a sense of entitlement and wasn’t willing to do what it took to succeed. Despite all his bravado and so called leadership, he has never been a team guy. Selfish.

  201. ManApart says:

    Komi would be a nice 2nd pairing guy and could be a valuable guy, but never at 4.5 million a year. Higgins had an awful attitude that ruined some of his good traits. I’m glad he’s nowhere near this team.

  202. showey47 says:

    Rod plays in my sunday afternoon league,still a good hockey player for a guy in his mid 50’s.

  203. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I’m in northern California so I don’t know if you guys have seen this but it’s halarious on Heatley getting outthrown by a girl at a Giants game.


  204. K-hab25 says:

    They always give the team credit, whenever Halak loses, otherwise it’s “Halak is god” in there eyes. I don’t believe in god.

  205. ManApart says:

    imagine if he would have accepted Gainey’s offer right away. We would have no Gio. Kovalev would never have got along with Martin and his defensive system. Would have been a disaster.

  206. Chris says:

    Rod Schutt…blast from the past.  The only NHL player born in my hometown (Bancroft, Ontario).  :)

  207. G-Man says:

    Sorry, man, but did you watch Komi after the Lucic beatdown? Gill is waaaaaay more effective, especially on PK.


  208. Chris says:

    Higgins had the chance to be another Bob Gainey based on his skills.  But were the fans, management and media ever going to be happy with such a role after his surprising goal totals his first three NHL seasons?  For that reason, I don’t think Chris Higgins was the only one that sadly thought he is Steve Shutt.

  209. Chris says:

    “The guy was lazy, had an ego and a sense of entitlement and wasn’t willing to do what it took to succeed.”

    The guy was also fighting through a groin injury that cost him his entire training camp/pre-season and the first 6 games of last season.  Just as he was finally rounding into game shape, he suffered a shoulder injury that would sideline him for another 5 weeks. 

    Given how much Mike Cammalleri struggled coming back from his own issue, I don’t think Chris Higgins’ struggles were that hard to understand.

    As for your last comment about Higgins not knowing what it took to succeed, I would only offer this summary of his dedication in the 2007 from a Stubbs article on this site (December 14, 2009) as a rebuttal:

    “He missed another couple games with the flu and one more in February with what the Canadiens described as a bruised shoulder.

    The bruise was, in fact, a broken clavicle, a fractured right collarbone with which Higgins would play his final 17 games of the season. He underwent significant surgery on his shoulder in July 2007, the joint suffering collateral damage from the fractured clavicle.”

    Higgins’ career has obviously gone off the rails over the past couple of years.  Some of that was due to him being miscast as a scorer in Montreal, some of it is undoubtedly due to Higgins struggling to accept his diminished role on the team.  But I think that a lot of the comments about his shortcomings now are only given with the benefit of hindsight and reek of piling on. 

    If you asked Calgary fans about Cammalleri last season, many would use the word “selfish” to described him coming into the season.  Jaroslav Spacek had a negative reputation around the league in his younger days due to issues about his off-ice habits, including excessive partying.  Higgins is not the first NHL player to get sidetracked for a few years.  Nor will he be the last.  Sometimes guys can pull themselves together, sometimes they don’t.  It is why we all keep watching the sport.

  210. Chris says:

    Sure.  And at the start of this season, Gill was waaaaay less effective than he was now.  Gill was built for playoff hockey and is a veteran player in his early-30’s.  Komisarek is still learning how to walk the fine line between agression and smart, physical hockey.

    I will not be surprised even one tiny bit if Komisarek is the MUCH superior player when he is in his early 30’s than Gill is today.

  211. Chris says:

    Agree with you…I’m one of those that don’t believe that you can ignore the contract and Spacek and Gill are certainly an upgrade this year over Komisarek for the price.  Although if Komisarek had been paid, the tradeoff would probably have been Komisarek and O’Byrne over Spacek and Gill, which doesn’t look nearly so lop-sided because O’Byrne gets into the lineup.  Not to mention that there would have been no mention of the whole captain controversy…if Komisarek had remained in Montreal, he would have been guaranteed the captaincy.

    And I would gladly dump Gomez from the team in a heartbeat.  I still remain one of his biggest detractors.  Gomez is one of those guys who should be buying Halak a lot of gifts in the off-season, because if Halak (and the defence corps) don’t stand on their head for three straight games, the Habs go out and the lingering memory of Gomez’s play would be idiotically getting into a fight when the Habs needed him on the ice in one game followed by a game where he blew his cool and took a 10 minute misconduct, ensuring that the Habs were shorthanded at centre for the second straight game.

  212. Chris says:

    I would be shocked if he came to Montreal.

    What Higgins needs now is to go to a market with low media-pressure to re-discover his game.  He could also be a good fit in Los Angeles as a two-way forward that could kill some penalties on a team built for speed, which Higgins has in abundance. 

  213. darcy1 says:

    What’s the NHL’s montra this year? “History will be made” ?? Hopefully this is one of those moments :-)

  214. Chris says:

    No question that Komisarek needed some serious work on his outlet passing.  However, to be fair to all Montreal defencemen last season, it was awfully hard to do anything BUT ice the puck when the Habs forwards were playing the system shown so nicely in Chorske’s avatar.  :)

    Time and time again, the defencemen had no other play than to chip the puck off the glass and hope it didn’t go for icing as the Montreal forwards were busy burning up ice hoping for a homerun pass.

  215. Chris says:

    I think it is an exaggeration to imply that the Montreal Canadiens we’ve seen in the playoffs thus far have much, if anything, to do with Gainey’s plans. 

    Giving up an average of 39 shots per game, many of them of the high calibre variety, and relying on Jaroslav Halak to absolutely rob the opposition of 2 of the Habs 5 wins thus far (Games 1 and 6 in the Washington series) while “merely” playing brilliant behind phenomenal shot-blocking by the team in front of him in the other 3 wins is not a gameplan.  It is a prayer that has, at least thus far, been answered for Habs’ fans everywhere by Halak, the defence corps and the hockey gods.

    Full marks to the Habs players for never quitting.  Kudos to Gainey for getting guys with that attitude.  But a team that has spent the majority of the playoffs hemmed into its own zone is not what I think Bob Gainey envisioned on July 1st, 2009.

  216. Mr. Biter says:

    Komi has never been the same after the Lucic beatdown. BG made an offer to please the fans and knew how much BB wanted him so he let him eat up some more Leafs cap space.

  217. shootdapuck says:

    If Komisarek hadn’t played with Markov he would have been exposed for exactly what he showed in Hogtown this year!(when he played)

    His shortcomings were being covered by Markov, poor outlet pass, poor point shot and not much of a puck handler.

    After the Luchicken beatdown he was never the same in terms of being a tough-guy!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  218. laxxy says:

    look for that sign in game 4… AND in game 5!

  219. PureGuava says:

    Are you kidding?

    A goalie that he tried to run out of town for ruining his plans with ‘Golden Boy’ steals 5 games, and you’re giving Bob-o the credit?



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

  220. RetroMikey says:

    Man, did you not see the way Higgins’ gave interviews last season with those baggy eyes on several occasions?

    I’m know doctor but what does that tell you?

    I had the same physical appearance as Higgins during my single days.

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

  221. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    blah blah blah…

    You’re a joke TripleX.

  222. HardHabits says:

    That monkey should have his hands covering his eyes.

  223. TripleX says:

    You’re avatar is an insult to all primates everywhere.  I have the utmost respect for chimpanzees.  You?  That is a totally different species.

    Nice response.  It matches quite nicely the level and sophistication of your intelligence.

  224. ZepFan2 says:

    “If you are implying that Bob knew that this miracle would occur then
    dream on brother.”

    Yeah, when he signed Cammy, Gio, Gomez and Gill, it was to tank. He never envisoned those players would excel in the playoffs.

    Sometimes you’re a complete ass!


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  225. habz says:

    Ian-you know that’s never gonna happen right?

  226. Ian Cobb says:

    We know!

  227. HardHabits says:

    Wouldn’t want to start the “Sydney Crosby Riot” eh. 😉

  228. FormalWare says:

    Only JM can be a JM! And that’s [miraculous|funny|not-even funny – choose one] for us Habs fans.

  229. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Hehe… well, fortunately, we all get to enjoy the success!

  230. smiler2729 says:

    All I gotta say is THIS IS SO COOL.

    The longer this playoff run goes, the less we hear from all the whiners and complainers…

    Buh bye Timo… et al.

  231. ManApart says:

    And the less we hear from all the Price fanboys spouting nonsense about how he’s the next Roy and should be the starter over Halak, despite never doing a thing to back that up. All the creative stats and excuses etc.

    Buh bye Smiler….et al.

  232. thepriceiswrong says:

    JM has made mostly good decisions so far, but Darche/Maxwell was stupid.

    SK has the size + speed to contribute. 3 lines are gonna get worn down quick against the pens.

  233. G-Man says:

    SK is not showing the commitment level necessary to compete in the playoffs. AK isn’t showing it, either.

  234. matraque says:

    I’m so tired of people refering to SK as a good player…  We see flashes once every 10 games… wtf?


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  235. phillyhab says:

    That’ll probablt be fixed — JM seems to have made everyone on this forum happy since the TO OT loss with his between game adjustments.  If he wants to roll 4, even  for just a period, he’s going to have to go back to SK.  Him and Muller both looked “caught” with that line out on the ice for the Cooke goal, and I don’t remember seeing them more than a shift or two after that.  You will not see that line again in the playoffs.  And I think AK is going to come back hard after basically being a sitting scratch.


  236. Norcal Habsfan says:

    Just watched that hit on MAB again. I appreciated the Hab’s discipline given the game situation but I would have liked to see a little more fire in sticking up for MAB. Just saying. At least a shove, maybe some threats , or promises of future retribution, something. But ok. That just shows you how dialed into the discipline game the boys were today. Way to take one for the team MAB.

  237. doug says:

    Good game and gutsy bunch.  My heart sank when Markov went down but Subban really stepped into the role.

    Gomez has played really well in the playoffs, and can never earn that paycheck and it’s cap hit but he’s been a solid citizen and probably is a good locker room presence.  Gill I totally underestimated – he’s been just terrific in the playoffs and a completely differeent guy than what I remembered back in his days in Boston.  Just a monster on the PK.

    Lastly, it sure was popular for everyone to talk about how small the Canadiens forwards are and how they’d disappear in the playoffs.  When people say things like that long enough it starts to feel like truth.  I think in today’s game size is overrated and it’s easy to go back to the cliches of the past but Tomas certainly hasn’t disappeared in the playoffs and the “little three” from the off-season have been our best forwards.

    Do I think we’ll win the Cup?  No.  I’m very worried about who will stop the Bruins until the Finals, but that’s just because I hate them so much.  Still, this looks like the best playoff run we’ve had in a long, long time and I never thought that would happen.  Halak, who I’m a huge fan of, has been far better than I thought.  I’m going to go to sleep tonight with a smile on my face.  Definitely didn’t see this coming and have been waiting for them to stop performing but they keep on ticking – save for the excusable game 1 exhaustion.  I felt they might play the Caps well but when down 3-1 didn’t give any thought to a round 2.  This is all just gravy now, and the future seems a little brighter than it did a few weeks ago, though I’m not really sure how we’re doing this with essentially four reliable forwards.  Just a great team effort.  Credit the coach.  Too early to think about next year but with signing Halak/goalie and ?Pleks if possible wonder what we’ll do to replace the promise that had been the Kostitsyns.

  238. makka83 says:

    wait, are u whining about whiners?! doesn’t that prove you wrong?

  239. ManApart says:

    The only one being proved wrong every day is the ones who wanted Price over Halak.You being one of the biggest fanboys are part of that group. How’s that crow with extra crow tasting? The man you gave no credit to all season, is almost singlehandedly carrying your team through the playoffs, while your boy is left having to be his #1 cheerleader. Good on him btw for having a good attitude about it.

  240. makka83 says:

    You poor guy, you cannot read. Let me recap the year for ya:

    Price fan boys: Price is still young and will get better no need to give up on him now.

    Halak fan boys: Halak is great so Price sux.

    Price fan boys: Halak is great but that has nothing to do with Price.

    Halak fan yous: Price sux because Halak is good.

    None of Price fanboys bashed Halak at all. In fact, most of the pro-Price have been giving Halak credit all season.

    It’s people like you who cannot read and don’t want to get it through your head! 😉

    We are Habs fans, you are Halak fan… Don’t forget that.

  241. ManApart says:

    That’s not how it was at all. I could say the exact same thing but switch the names. In reality both sides have done the same. Also, It’s kind of hard for the Price fanboys to say Halak sucks, because he’s been awesome all year. As far as being critical of Price, let’s face it, the guy hasn’t been very good the past few years. What did you want people to say? You Price fanboys are right, let’s start him everygame because he’s the franchise? You’re right Halak doesn’t deserve a shot because Price is playing so great? I mean c’mon. If we all listened to all the fanboys’ delusions about Price this team is never ever, in a million years, where they are now. And you are wrong on me being a Halak fan over a Habs fan. All the Halak supporters are much more of Habs fans than the Price guys. They love the team, so wanted the goalie in that gives us the best chance to win. The Price boys didn’t care if we lost every damn game, they wanted their boy in, no matter how many games Halak stole. It still was happening before today’s game. So tell me, who cares about the team more than the individual.?

  242. Mr. Biter says:

    Your the one who “Knows BG more than anyone Knows” right! Well this the team BG built in basicly 1 year. All the non character players were shown the door on July (sorry Saku but you would have been a 3rd line center and that role would not have been for you) and he brought in players who wanted to play here. Anyone here now whinning about losing AK27 for Cammy. About how Gill was to slow? I still like CP but I do now believe in Halak. Gomer may cost ua a bundle and i wish he scored more however he’s allways on the score board, kills penalties,PP and guess what he may have taken what many thought was a stupid 5 min. fighting penalty vs. the Caps. but he was standing up for his team mates in a bad game. We have 3 more games to go after the twit who ran MAB (if he’s not suspended) and if someone tonight had gone after him drawed a roughing penalty and Pens score this site would be complaining about JM’s lack of player control. 3or 4 games for payback.

  243. makka83 says:

    Listen, I am not considering the crazy guys who go around insulting Halak and Price. I am talking about reasonable people.

    Regardless, I disagree that Price hasn’t been any good. I think he has been good. The problem is, some people who are too naive to have an opinion for themselve listen to the media and start thinking.. Price won world juniors, he won the calder cup.. he is the next Roy. That never happens. Any rookie goalie that won the cup, have come from nowhere.. like Halak this year for example. Most people outside of the Habs organization nd fans would have known how great he really is.

    I think that if the organization decided that Price was the future, then he either needed to go to Hamilton in the first year or two like Halak did. He also needs to start as many games as possible.

    Halak has been great this year and took the #1 spot. Noone should be saying that Price deserves this or that. Now, Price’s job is to BACKUP Halak. This includes playing when Halak is tired. In the playoffs, your #1 needs to play every game.

    I am a Price fanboy and I care that we win every game. I would love to win every game with Halak or Price. Right now, Halak is the man.

    There is no need to make Halak’s success into a “Price sux” thing. Price is right about where he should be right now. Halak had the benefit of AHL play… Price did not have that. He is also 2 years younger… They will both be great goalies. Whichever one we trade (probably Price at this stage), I wish them luck as all of us should.

  244. PureGuava says:

    Makka, you are one of the most easily recognizable “Price Apologists” trolling these boards, and there isn’t a shred of “reason” to anything you post.

    Halak Obama ’10


  245. ManApart says:

    I agree, the guy made a few nice passes in his life and everyone thinks he’s Crosby. His attitude and character has been horrible. I actually am liking him more than his brother right now though. SK is 100% gone this summer. There’s no way he can stay after Darche and Maxwell play over him. I’m pretty certain AK46 is gone also. The guy is just not getting it. With those 2 and Price, I think we can get something pretty good in return to improve the team.

  246. makka83 says:

    I think Halak will get us a better package!

  247. makka83 says:

    and Darche is -4 in 5 mintes played total during the playoffs… I think a bag of pucks can do better than this! Not sure how you can say SK was outplayed by Darche.

  248. ManApart says:

    You are right there. SK has not been outplayed by Darche. I am kind of perplexed why JM doesn’t play him on the 4th line for 5 mins a game instead. SK, Metro and whoever makes more sense to me. There’s no way maxwell should have started ahead of Metro and SK. SK must have killed JM’s mom or something.

  249. ManApart says:

    He would, I agree. Miller would get a better package than Lalime too!

  250. makka83 says:

    I think that SK and AK will be gone this summer or soon after. They just don’t seem to have the work ethic on the ice sometimes. We have been patient with AK for a while now.

  251. makka83 says:

    premature to compare Halak to Miller no? He could be Tim Thomas!!! 😉 Or Jose Theo!! Or Huet!

  252. ManApart says:

    I don’t know if it’s that premature. Has Miller ever stole a series like Halak? Miller was upset in 6 by a Bruins team that had the worst offense in the league. Halak is the real deal. You can see in the talent he has as far as positioning, lateral movement and quickness as well as competitiveness. It’s no fluke he’s where he is. The guy has a work ethic second to none and has been improving steadily every year since he was a teen. You can see by his lifetime record. As a young goalie, he’s also still learning and will even get better.

  253. makka83 says:

    I know. Halak is great and what is even scarier is that he hasn’t hit his prime yet… I cannot wait to see what he does next year as a starter 😀

  254. shootdapuck says:

    Similar to Yapierre wouldn’t you say?

    Or should that be flashes twice in every 90 games in his case?


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  255. PureGuava says:

    and you have a picture of a goalie that hasn’t won a game in two months as your display pic…

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

  256. The Cat says:

    Absolutely! I dont know what Halak has to do to earn the benefit of the doubt; the guy has one bad game and question marks abound about his ability.

  257. phillyhab says:

    SK was one of our best forwards defensively post-Olympics, and just plain nasty in the last regular season Caps win. 

    I think in his mind during the playoffs he wants to be that playmaker we saw flashes of in 2008, but that is not his job according to JM, and he was brutal his last game. 

    These guys are going to have to reconcile if we want to go deep.  Hug it out!  It can be a Playoff “storyline”.


  258. phillyhab says:

    How can you knock Laps this year in the playoffs?  He’s been a goddamn animal!  A top forechecker, top guy drawing penalties, decent faceoff guy (Moore has been kicked out of the circle more than any player I can remember in the last 9 games) , a pretty slick move every few games, and that shot is getting pretty damn good.

  259. phillyhab says:

    Short memories: Sk-Metro-Moen was THE LINE down the stretch.

  260. shootdapuck says:

    Read again, it said he showed up for two games in 90 so far this season.

    No specific reference to playoff performance.


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  261. JasonM says:

    Check this save from Howard… wow.



  262. Max_a_million says:

    Gainey signed Hal Gill to be a crunch time PK shutdown defenceman — check plus

    Gainey signed Cammalleri to be a big time sniping goal scorer — check plus (leading playof scorer)

    Gainey signed Gionta for his tenaciousness, goal scoring, and his proven track record as a playoff performer — check plus

    Gainey signed Spacek to be a cagey defender who could add to the powerplay — the guy has been playing on the wrong side, and hasn’t been a huge factor on the power play so maybe you could argue this one, but his plus minus is great testiment to his cagey defensive play, and he was doing a great job on Ovechkin before he got ill — check

    Gainey signed Moen for his grit, playoff experience, muscle, and speed for a big guy — check

    Gainey signed Bergeron from the recycle bin for his booming point shot to help the power play  – check

    Gainey traded for Gomez to get a skilled passer and puckhandler with a proven track record as a playoff performer — check

    Mara seems like he fell short of expectations, and I couldn’t say his injury excuses it although I am not in the room so I could be wrong. — minus

    Laraque was a big waste.  I understand why it was done and most all of us were clamouring for just such an acquisition.  — minus minus

    Gainey thought Price was going to lead this team.  They were fortunate enough to have landed a spectacular player in Halak who has picked up the torch.  Sometimes being lucky is a really good thing.  Good Luck is almost always a result of hard work though.  The Patriots had their number one pick superstar in Drew Bledsoe, and Tom Brady supplanted him to carry the torch for the Patriots.  No one calls Bill Belicheck an idiot for thinking this.  No one thought Drew Bledsoe was less than a great probowl level quarterback even if he was supplanted. 

    It’s not about being pretty, it’s about winning hockey games.  You have to score goals, stop the other team, and win hockey games.  They are doing a great job of accomplishing this. 

    Honestly is there anyone out there that thinks Kirk Muller, Vincent Damphouse, Guy Carbonneau, Brian Bellows et al suck because Patrick Roy was the best goaltender of all time?  This wouldn’t make any sense at all.  The only thing that matters is winning. 

    Thank you Bob Gainey for restoring the team I love to being a good team that plays with a fire in their bellies come playoff time.  I think this is what he envisioned when he put the team together, he was never a player worried about being pretty.  No he was a player who was interested in getting results.  Results matter, I am loving it. 

  263. light_n_tasty says:

    Don’t forget the coaching staff…

  264. Habies says:

    I’ve been reading this site for several years and this is the first time I’m replying to a post.

    9/10… forget to mention Bob’s graceful exit, his mentorship of the new GM, and selecting the chess wizard Napoleon that is our coach.


  265. Bob Barker says:

    Great post. 

  266. idle says:

    Have to agree with most of what you said.


    On Mara:  Mara was certainly a bust at the start of the season (worst plus/minus on the team) and did not look like he was going to work out, but if he was still playing today you have to wonder if he is not the type of player who could step up when things get rough in the playoffs, even if just for a few min a game to go out and throw his weight around and calm the waters a bit.



    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  267. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Sleep well with both eye’s open Buttman….now you know what it feels like to be a hockey fan in Canada  during your fu*ken tenure!

  268. JF says:

    I think everyone in the hockey world has been underestimating this team all season long and into the playoffs.  Many thought we wouldn’t make the playoffs at all, and no one gave us a ghost of a chance of taking more than a couple of wins against the powerhouse Capitals.  Predictions for the Pittsburgh series are similar.  But with the way the team has been playing and, yes, the way JM has been coaching, anything is possible.  Great goaltending, a tight defensive game, taking away time and space, pouncing on our opportunities – it worked against Washington and it worked in Game 2 against the Pens.Their superstars are already showing signs of frustration – and we saw where frustration took Ovechkin.

    As fans, we’ve seen our team’s never-say-die attitude many times this season.  We’ve seen them pull off huge wins against better teams.  We’ve seen Halak steal games (remember his 1-0 shutout of the Flyers), we’ve seen him and the team play a nearly perfect game (against Buffalo the same weekend), and we’ve watched them battle through injury right from the opening game of the season.  That attitude has helped them become a tight-knit team that plays as a unit.  Playing as a unit and sheer will-power have had a lot to do with their success so far in the post-season.  I’m beginning to see references here and there in the press to the last two Canadiens Stanley Cup teams, partly because of Halak’s superb performance in goal, but also because of the team’s sheer grit and will-to-win.  I think this is premature, but I’m absolutely loving the way our team is surprising everyone, and the way they’re giving us reasons to cheer, to feel proud, and to dream.

  269. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2. we play with energy we play with Subban in markov’s place – could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that.

    Mike, everything was going so well until you launched the grenade about Price getting traded.!!

    OK – I’ll play ball.

    Price + the Tits sisters (I love that nick name) = ?

    what do we need?

    what can we get?


  270. Bob Barker says:

    One guy suggested this trade at THN.com. I thought the answer was pretty good.

    Yo Adam, do you think that trading Sheldon Souray, Jason Strudwick and Shawn Horcoff to Montreal for Carey Price would be acceptable?
    Shayne MacNeil, Calgary

    Yo Shayne,

    Let me guess – you’re an Oilers fan, right? 

    I think your proposed deal would be extremely acceptable if you’re an Edmonton supporter. But if you suggested it to Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier, I think he would buy a pair of white gloves just so he could pull off one of them, one finger at a time, and slap you across the face before challenging you to a duel.

  271. Curtis O Habs says:

    How many more times will Boone try to impress us with “adroit” or “… “played like his hair was on fire”?

  272. avatar_58 says:

    So is MAB injured or what? I may not like the way he’s used but you don’t want ANY habs injured. Someone should have stepped up here and hit back.

  273. idle says:

    According to MAB he is fine.  I sure hope he is, because without him who is going to dump Crosby on his ass in front of the net.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  274. Corporate says:

    Well at least he was able to get up under his own steam. He looked a little shaken but he seemed ok. I think he should be fine for next game. I was actually impressed with the way he played. Other than the first goal and that giveaway on Malkin that Halak saved, he played pretty solid. The Hammer played a solid match also. So I think our D is in good hands for now.

  275. dicktracy says:

    Do you think any of the old Habs that were let go or traded are watching this years team right now and thinking boy that Gainey is one brilliant gm!

  276. forskis says:

    I am not on the trade Price wagon…I am on the “keep both” wagon…Price had a very good first 18 months to his career and very bad second 18 months…that does not mean that the Habs should toss another prospect to the curb; consequently, Halak has had an awesome recent 18 months and deserves every accolade and is playing up to those Dryden/Roy comparisons (what is odd is that Price got those same comparisons in his first 18 months as well)…in any case, we have no idea how good either goalie will be next season, for all we know Halak could be a bust next season, or Price is a bust next season or both are a bust next season…but one thing to me is clear:  sign both, Halak is the #1, let Price learn from a fellow young goalie who is the hot thing now…one goalie is an insurance policy for the other given the fact that no one knows how their performances will be in the future.  Price cannot complain that Halak is the #1 given the results and performances and Halak cannot complain about Price’s continued presence because he is the #1 and Price is the backup, #1s do not get to pick their backup.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  277. Corporate says:

    Probably not… But let us look at some of them that left and see where they are.


    Alexei Kovalev: Was nowhere to be found this year. He had 14 goals i believe and 4 of them were in one game. I do not miss him at all.

    Saku Koivu: I always loved his grit and passion but his prime has passed him by. He can not play 20 minutes a game anymore. He can only play 15 max to be really functional. I miss him but happy he is in Anaheim where there is no pressure.

    Christopher Higgins: Complete bust. He did not do anything this year. Enough said.

    Francis Boullon: He would have been the only Hab I would have kept. He had grit and passion.

    Alex Tanguay: He finished the year a little better then he started but still a disappointing year for a guy that is supposed to pass and score a lot. Did not impress me this year.

    Tom The Bomb: Well he did the same job in Carolina then he did here in Montreal. I just like Moen a little more than Tom. Don’t ask me why. Seems to complete lines where he is needed an h frmed a great lin with Lapierre and Moore.

    Laraque: He is useless. He was’t lost with last years team but I still say he is one I do not miss. Slo as melasses and code my butt…

    Steve Begin: I used to like him for his grit and go to attitude. but too many before he would put us in trouble i key games with stupid penalties. But I must admit he brought an energy that not too many Canadiens at teh time had brought.

    Kyle CHichura: haven’t seen him play this year but I do not miss him at all. He was not going to cut it and he didn’t.

    Mike Komisarek: he was an awesome guy. But his play was bad ever since that Lucic incident. he was never the same. This was show in the 20 games he did plap and his -9. This showed me how good markov is.

    Robert Lang: He was a good player but wanted too much for his age. Also this year he did not rebound very well after that injury last year and he was injured this year also. So for me we could have kept him.

    So all in all do I think what we have this year is an upgrade on teh players above as a whole. Yes I do. For the simple reason that they play as a team.

  278. Shublips says:

    A bit of a dull game, but it worked.  The Habs beat the Pens yesterday the same way they beat the Caps: Hermetic defense, keeping the shooters to the outside, taking away rebounds/second chances, Halak playing well, and scoring timely opportunistic goals.

    That is the formula the JM is preaching and it is working in shutting down the big guns.  Now, there is still plenty of race track to go but I still feel that the Pens an a very beatable team. 

    Go Habs Go!

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  279. Chris says:

    Nope. :)

    If Halak doesn’t play quite simply out of his mind in Game 6, we’re talking today about how this team quite simply doesn’t cut it, which pretty much describes the tone after Game 4 of the Washington series when the Habs were down three games to one and had been outscored 19-12.

    As a fan base, we are as streaky as the team we cheer for. The Habs were pretty awful and heartless for Games 1-4 of the Washington series, followed by pretty good and gritty for Games 5-7.

    They were awful for Game 1 of the current series, and escaped with a win from a game in which they were thoroughly outplayed in Game 2.

    The playoffs really aren’t that much of a revelation when you look at the season as a whole…the Canadiens have been very streaky, producing a roller-coaster season that has had fans jumping on and off the bandwagon pretty much weekly.

    When they get great goaltending, they come out ahead of the average. If they don’t get great goaltending, they usually lose. It is as simple as that for this team…they rely very heavily on goaltending and shot blocking to try and absorb the pressure that is created from being consistently pinned in their own end.

    I’m loving the ride thus far…but I don’t for a second think that this is the result of any planning or genius on the part of the Habs’ management, past or present.

  280. idle says:

    So you think the Habs should win each series in 5 or 6 games and never have any real adversity to go through?


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  281. Chris says:

    Nope, and that wasn’t my point.

    But let’s consider Gainey’s moves on the whole season.  Saying that the Habs’ results in the last 5 games vindicates Gainey is as absurd as judging Gainey based on the Habs’ results in the firs 4 games of the Washington series.

    Like I said, I am happy with the run the Canadiens have put together.  That does not mean that my opinion of Gainey’s moves in the off-season has improved:  I still think he made a lot of mistakes and on the whole I remain less than enthused with the team he has built.  But that is a topic for another day. 

    Adversity is dealing with an injury to a key player or dealing with an inspired challenge from an opponent.  We have seen some of that in these playoffs.

    But we have also seen a systematic issue with the Habs:  you simply can not afford to be outshot and outplayed as thoroughly as the Montreal Canadiens have been in these playoffs.  Thus far, they have been playing with fire and not gotten burned.  I hope that it continues.

    That being said, I simply can not be convinced that this is a winning formula in general, nor anything close to what Gainey envisioned when he was putting the team together.

  282. ajpursell says:

    “He praised the Canadiens’ “poise and puck management”, the leadership
    of veterans suck as Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta, the
    inspired play of the third line: Dominic Moore centring Max Lapierre and
    Tom Pyatt.”

    Boone reverse jinx typo?

  283. idle says:

    Fair enough.  I’m not trying to pump up Gainey here, I just think it is worth noting that this years team has some players who are proven playoff performers like Gomez, Gionta & Gill (and now seemingly Cammalleri) who were brought in by Gainey to replace players who he felt did not show up when games mattered most.  You can make an argument if you like that the players we had previously were capable of playing big in the playoffs too or you can make an argument that there might have been even better players that he could have brought in instead, but you can’t argue that the players he chose all play with great determination and play hard in important games.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  284. linp says:

    I agree with your point of view. Bob would never have dreamed and believed that Halak can be that good. But we have to give some credits to JM, who has identified the players needed to play his “system”. Skillful but heartless players like the K brothers were benched.

    Unfortunately, JM doesn’t have enough his style of players to make up 4 lines. Running only 3 lines can work only for a while in the playoff. Good management should be able to get the best out of all his available players. JM should sit down with the K brothers and work something out for the remaining of this playoff. That is for the good of the team. 

  285. Chris says:

    Definitely agree…Gainey went out of his way to pick up playoff performers this past summer.

    But where I stray from the company line was that he was replacing guys that did not show up or that lacked heart.  Higgins was arguably one of the only Habs players that did work his butt off last year in the playoffs.  Koivu is beyond reproach when it comes to the playoffs and production/work ethic.  Kovalev has long been a playoff performer.  Kostopoulos’ work ethic and play elevated in the playoffs during his tenure with the Habs.

    The problem players of last season were largely thought to be Chris Higgins (gone), Carey Price (still here), Sergei Kostitsyn (still here), Andrei Kostitsyn (still here).  Tomas Plekanec (still here) was being lambasted as a guy who disappeared come playoff time.  Of the guys who are left behind, Plekanec has turned his playoff reputation around with some strong play, but the other guys haven’t done anything to change the pervading opinion of them.  To be fair to Price, he hasn’t had a chance to change public perception of his play.

    Cammalleri is an interesting one for me.  He is proof positive that the playoffs are hit and miss for the players when it comes to production.  He looked lousy last season for Calgary, but has been lights out for Montreal this season. 

    The guys like Gomez, Koivu and Crosby that consistently get their point per game throughout their playoff careers are pretty rare.  The more common trait is to have a great year mixed in with some average or below average years, a la Pavel Datsyuk or Marian Hossa.

  286. K-hab25 says:

    Well if he didn’t choke in game 2, there still would’ve been a game 7. IMO game 6 was his retribution for game 2. I mean 5 goals in 22 minutes is a big time choke job. These playoffs have been a small look at Jaro in his career, he’s either great or expect 4 or more, rarely is he average.

  287. K-hab25 says:

    I agree

  288. idle says:

    How would Koivu look as a third line center on this team?


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  289. Chris says:

    Amazing…if for no other reason than the fact that he at least wins the odd faceoff.  The faceoff dominance of the Capitals and Penguins has been a major contributor to the puck possession dominance those teams have enjoyed against the Habs.

    But Saku Koivu was probably not coming back this season, even if he had been offered a contract.  I truly believe that neither he nor the Montreal Canadiens wanted any part of the focus (both good and bad) that would come from Koivu, who has never captained a Stanley Cup winner nor capable of speaking French, supplanting Jean Beliveau as the longest tenured captain in the storied history of the Montreal Canadiens.

  290. chippawarory says:

    I miss Chris Higgins.

  291. Mike Boone says:

    Man, I have to learn to type.

  292. Mike Boone says:

    Oh, many more times. Depends how deep the Canadiens go in the playoffs. But feel free to stop reading when you just can’t take it anymore.

  293. HardHabits says:

    I’d take Koivu back in a heartbeat. Not as captain though.

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