Bruins go one up

Tampa Bay loses consecutive games for the first time since the opening Pittsburgh series.
Boston looks great, and the Lightning are in trouble.
And at least the Canadiens weren’t shut out at the Bell Centre.
Patrice Bergeron was back and went 18-10 on faceoffs.
Boston was outshot 31-25 but that’s misleading.
The Bruins won puck battles at both ends of the ice, and the Lightning were unable to exert anything resembling sustained pressure.
Zdeno Chara played 28:27 and was one for almost every Vincent Lecavalier shift.
Look, Canadiens fans hate to admit it, but Boston is looking REALLY good.
They dominated every important aspect of the game, with the exception of coach tantrums.

Photo by  Mike Carlson/Reuters


  1. otter649 says:

    I missed it – Did Ference wave to the crowd like he did when he scored in Montreal ?

  2. shakey says:

    Screw the Bruins – WHERE IS BULLDOG NEWS??

  3. Old Bald Bird says:

    The longer the Goo-ins keep rolling along, the better I think the H@Bs are.

    — formerly notbigbird —

    • HardHabits says:

      I disagree. It’s one thing to come close to winning round 1 against them. It’s another thing winning 3 more series after that. The Bruins are a far better team than the Habs. The regular season proved that. Not our season series, the final standings. The Bruins were in the top of the league. The Habs, the middle. Big difference.

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        7 point difference, 3 wins and an OT loss and it helped them when their ape of a captain broke the neck ouf our breakout offensive player.

        That team is a broken bone in Chara away from middling status if you reverse the magnifying glass.

        – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
        SF09 on Twitter

        • HardHabits says:

          And if we lose Price?

          The major point is this. When the Habs had those important games which could have won them the division they faltered. When they had the Bruins down 2-0 in games, up 3-1 in game 3, they faltered. Close but no cigar.

          It’s a new season and another 82 games to the play-offs. One of the top 5 teams gets it. The difference between 5th and 10th is usually around 7 points too. 😉

        • pat s says:

          SeriousFan09–I don’t know what it takes for a team to show you they are better than the habs big time—

          eventhough i think this series is far from over, it just sounds anyone is in a no win argument with you on what you are saying about the bruins–i am not saying we have to like the bruins but it would do more good to learn what works and try to advocate to the habs to get on board and smell the coffee

          they were not going to lose that series against montreal–accept that—

          i do think boston will win but they still have a lot of work to do—tampa is no push over–win or lose however they are far better than montral right now

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        But,… but HardHabits

        The Canadiens played a far more difficult schedule than Boston. Let me explain. The Montreal Canadiens got 96 points without the benefit of 6 games (a possible 12 points) against the middle-of-the-league-chumps the Montreal Canadiens and not once did Boston have to play the glorious-top-of-the-league Boston Bruins.

        * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

        • Sean Bonjovi says:

          I’d like to add that I now think the Bruins will cruise through the rest of the playoffs and win the cup. I think the Bruins are better than the Canadiens, but not a whole lot better. I think the Bruins are very good, but not great, but I also think very good is going to be good enough to win the cup most years until something changes with the salary cap.

          * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

        • pat s says:

          Bonjovi–whatever with the schedule, at the end of the day we don’t have the roster to go deep in the playoffs-

    • pat s says:

      Old Bird—how is that–that makes sense–the more they win and the more we watch, it makes a team on the golf course better than the team playing—that sounds logical

  4. habs365 says:

    How’s JM’s system looking after tonight

  5. LL says:

    So Stamkos, St. Louis, Lecavalier…Oh I forgot MAB all shut-out. Yes, Thomas is very good, but he he didn’t need to be tonight. The whole team was close to perfect…not so much TB.

    It is not only our team who can’t score I see, but were not shut-out during the playoffs at least. Can’t wait for next season.

  6. Sean Bonjovi says:

    How would HNIC deal with a Vancouver v. Boston Final?

    * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

    • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

      I don’t understand what you’re trying to say with your signature. Please explain it.

      • Duracell3 says:

        If I understand correctly, although it is convoluted, he does not believe Leino is a good acquisition.

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        I’m suggesting that if the Canadiens were to sign Ville Leino as a free agent this summer the results would be so disastrous that, by comparison Sergei Samsonov’s season in Montreal would look as glorious as Alex Kovalev’s Habs career (which is probably not as glorious as I like to pretend it was). I’ve read posts here advocating the acquisition of Ville Leino and I read something to the same effect in an Arpon Basu column. I’m not a Ville Leino fan. The signature is sort of pointless, but no more so than anything else I write here, so I wanted to go on the record. Thank you for the opportunity to express my strong (perhaps even irrational), but strong disrespect for Ville Leino’s hockey skills.

        * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

  7. JohnBellyful says:

    “As you know, sir, the Canadiens have asked our firm to help you make the transition to head coach of the team even though you don’t speak French. No, no, it’s not an issue anymore, no need to get worked up. All you have to do is speak into a special microphone we’ve developed called the Google-lator. You’ll be wearing an earplug and a translator will feed you in English all the questions asked in French. You answer them the same as always and what the reporters hear won’t be your voice but an immediate translation into French. And you have a choice of voices: Jacques Demers, Jacques Lemaire, Mario Tremblay – I’m sorry, that was supposed to be deleted – Guy Carbonneau, Claude Ruel, the list goes on.
    Now I’m going to ask you a few questions and you respond as you normally would, and, remember, your responses will automatically be in French so no need to hestitate. Just relax and let your naturally affable self shine through.
    I’ve planted these questions with the French media so you can feel comfortable right off the bat knowing what to expect.
    First one: What were you feeling when you got the call you were the new head coach of the Canadiens?”

    [“I was stunned.”] “J’ai été lapidé.”

    “Oooh, you chose the Scotty Bowman voice. Nice touch. Okay, here`s the second question How good a team do you think it is?”

    [“ I think the team has a lot of good players who just need a change in direction.”]
    “Je pense que l’équipe a beaucoup de bons joueurs qui ont juste besoin d’un changement en érection.”

    “Fine, just one more before you go out front for your first press conference. How many wins do you think the Canadiens will finish with this year.”

    [“Forty-five in regulation, another 10 in overtime and shootouts.”]
    “Quatre ou cinq dans la réglementation, une autre tente en prolongation et les fusillade.’

    “Okay, Mr. Sutter, you’re all set to go. I know you’re going to wow them. I’ll join you in a few minutes. I’m just going to print out your French responses in English for the non-French-speaking reporters.

    OMIGAWD! Mr. Sutter, come back, COME BACK!!!”

    Sutter fait son retour

    For more about the Google-lator, visit

  8. OneTimer says:


    That is all.

  9. HardHabits says:

    The Lightning are not as good a team as their regular season record indicates, which is a testament to Boucher’s coaching.

    Boston definitely have more depth.

    Even if TB makes it past this round no way they beat either San Jose or Vancouver.

    Boston actually looks like they can give either of those teams a run for their money.

    I hate the Bruins, but I begrudgingly admit they have a very good team. Great goaltending, depth on the forward lines, a punishing defense.

    • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

      So, what does that make the Habs then? If you admit that Boston is a “very good team” that would give either San Jose or Vancouver “a run for their money”, will you admit that Montreal isn’t as far off or middle-of-the-pack as you’ve led us to believe for the past few weeks?

      Didn’t we come within one goal of sending Boston home without our best power forward, best all-around defenseman and best shutdown defenseman? Didn’t we almost do it with 4 geezers on the blueline?

      Care to review your assessment of the Habs?

      • HardHabits says:

        Dude. Coming close against the Bruins in round 1 is far and away from winning 4 series. The Habs might have made it past round 1 but not much further than that.

        • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

          I’m not trying to argue that the Habs, with the injuries they had, would have been able to make it as far as the Bruins. I am merely trying to show you that a severely depleted Habs team could have knocked off a team that you qualify as “very good” and able to give the top two teams in the West “a run for their money”.

          You have argued that the Habs, as they are currently constructed, are middle of the pack and aren’t close to being a contender. However, the Habs, as currently constructed, when fully healthy, could well have knocked off Boston in less than 7 games.

          If Boston is such a good team and so close to contention, how are the Habs middle of the pack and not even close? If the Habs, as currently constructed, are healthier next playoffs and have added 1 or 2 more pieces, wouldn’t we be just as close as Boston?

          I just don’t understand your evaluation of teams. Everything that happened in our series against Boston points to two VERY evenly matched teams. And that wasn’t the Habs best lineup.

          So, please enlighten me as to why Boston should get praise and the Habs shouldn’t.

          • HardHabits says:

            I have my doubts about whether the current crew could have lasted 4 rounds even if healthy. I still believe we are 2-3 years away from being a potential powerhouse. A lot depends on how the kids develop, what draft picks are acquired by then and whether or not the Habs actually get a #1 centre and fill out the roster with a bit more physicality.

            Boston should get praise because they are 2 wins from the final and look like they’ll get there. The Habs can be praised for doing as well as they did given the circumstances, but I blame that less on the injuries and more on the fact that for the 3rd year running they practically led the league in man games lost to injuries. I have surmised that that is due to the focus on defence, a focus which the Habs’ small frames have difficulty executing without either taking lazy penalties or getting hurt doing so.

            Winning the Cup takes winning 4 series. how many teams pushed the Habs to the brink during their Cup runs. It doesn’t matter to those teams and their fans. They still lost.

        • pat s says:

          HardHabit–i agree but i suggest to give it up, a team can 4 cups in row and the habs would still be better than them according to some of these posts.

          You are in a no win situation

          • mike3131 says:

            HH – I think we already have a #1 centre… Tomas Plekanec. What we DO need however are capable #2 and #3 centres and lines.
            If you look at Boston, David Krejci is their #1 centre. I would take Pleks on my first line any day over Krejci. It’s just that Boston has two other almost equally capable scoring centres (/lines) and a solid, physical 4th line centre in Gregory Campbell. Basically they have THREE almost equally capable scoring lines.
            If Gomez can magically turn his game around from last year and if PG can put together a solid third line that can score (way) more consistently, I believe that would be enough to go deep into the playoffs. We already have solid D assuming everyone’s healthy.
            Boston’s Depth is the main reason why they are where they are.

          • HardHabits says:

            @mike3131: plex is a #2 centre on any team in this league, although on the Habs he is forced to play a #1 role because the person who’s salary dictates that he’d be #1 is actually a #3 on any other team in the league.

            And I agree, the Habs lack forward depth and that is why they didn’t go far.

          • mike3131 says:

            So according to you, I guess Krejci would also be a #2 centre on any other team. But Boston fans wouldn’t complain because they also have 2 other very capable scoring lines.
            I’m totally fine with Pleks being our “#1 centre” as long as we can have solid 2nd and 3rd lines. But that largely depends on how Gomez plays next year and what PG does to improve our 3rd line.

  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    Disturbing fixation with anyone over 6’2″ and hits people.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

  11. LL says:

    All this is p1ssing me off. It’s the first year since I started watching hockey, I just can’t concentrate on the games after our team is out.

    The reason being, I’m looking at these teams and not seeing anything special about any of them. There are some special players but nothing else.

    I know “optimist” is now a dirty word around here, but our team is closer than some think. So call me a bleu, blanc et rouge-coloured glasses wearing homer.

  12. ari says:

    mr. gauthier
    trade pouliot for ben eager.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      So instead of seeing a guy fall down for no reason, we can see a guy take 12 minutes of moronic penalties in must-win games? Yeah, I’m sure he’s right on that.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • ari says:

        forget about one game.the hit on sedin was just ,even sedin said he turn his back on him.the second one which makes it 4-2 was bad,
        at least a tough guy who can score and dare to stand on top of goalie.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Eager’s got 34G in 323 career games. He’s not a PF, he’s a brute without much going on upstairs.

          – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
          SF09 on Twitter

          • ari says:

            i did not say he is pf.but we need a guy like that,how many goals tom payet will score after 323 g.or pouliot will play in play offs?
            Am i missiing some thing?
            hh is 100%right.habs need to get bigger,stronger,tougher,and dirtier.
            lets see who we have for next year?
            white,moen ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm that’s it. not even one guy on defence.ohhhhh
            emelin is coming.this guy cant wait to finish the season(if he makes it) and get back to world cup or whatever it is.
            wake up guys.

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            Don’t need the Don Cherry anti-Euro crap thank you very much.

            – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
            SF09 on Twitter

          • ari says:

            i am niether anti european nor don cherry fan.but every person even if u dont like him some times has some thing valid to say.
            wasn’t it markov a few years ago missed the game against philadelphia and after he was playing for russia?
            at least markov paid his dues,what about emelin?was he so interested to play in nhl?

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            Markov missed the game so what? He had a back injury and it was pretty damn obvious even a week + later and more rest he wasn’t himself for the OLY, ineffective there because he was huert. Ryan Getzlaf missed a stretch with ANA in 2009-10 because of an ankle issue that had him struggling in the early part of the tournament as well.

            Yemelin didn’t have to come to MTL, he could have tripled what we’re paying him, tax-free in the KHL quite easily. He’s coming over because he wants to play in the best league in the world.

            – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
            SF09 on Twitter

          • ari says:

            lack of passion for nhl and win stanley is more important.That’s all I am saying.
            however,i”ll be the happiest one to be wrong on this.
            even if he becomes the d man we all wish to be,it is not enough.
            next time when lucic runs price ,who is going to answer that?

    • HardHabits says:

      We don’t need Eagers, we need Bieskas. I say bring in tougher hockey players not meat heads. Players like Pronger or Chara are what I am talking about.

    • Mike Boone says:

      Easily the worst idea of the off-season … but it’s early.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger
      Gazette City columnist

    • punkster says:


      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  13. ari says:

    pierre mcguire never mention the give away by vincent.

    isn’t it wierd to have some one on so called national tv !between benches and analize every play beside the guy on the bench?

  14. OneTimer says:

    Edit: oops it was Seguin

  15. Keith says:

    I hate that weasel Ference. Damnit!

  16. LL says:

    Uh-Oh, Roloson…that reminded me of M-A Fleury.

  17. Propwash says:

    Started to open up there

  18. Bugs says:

    Versus says Atl move to Win official Tuesday.
    (Edit) Sorry for bein outta the loop.

    Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

  19. Sheldon says:

    I have had a really tough time watching this stuff since the Habs went out. That’s rare because I do love hockey. I’m already looking ahead to the Champions’ League Final. Go Man U Go!!!

  20. mrhabby says:

    per bob mackenzie of tsn….deal for thrashers to the peg..not done yet…stay tuned.

  21. Keith says:

    Only a 1-0 game. Tampa could still pull it off.

  22. HardHabits says:

    Boston is the more complete team this series. Tampa’s only hope is Rolonson.

    Either way, looks good for Vancouver.

  23. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Good point Boone. Haven’t really noticed Malone this series. He’s getting a lot of money to be invisible..

  24. Keith says:

    Now Quebec needs a team. Now THAT was a rivalry! I hated that team so much but miss the games they used to have with the Habs. Good Friday 1984!

  25. mrhabby says:

    Thrashers off to the peg….tuesday is the official announcement day..

  26. habsfan0 says:

    I believe this is Game 3..but who’s counting?

  27. SeriousFan09 says:

    The ‘Peg is getting the Thrashers.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

  28. Bugs says:

    I’ll always knew Bergie had a psycho maniac livin inside, I KNEW it!

    Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

  29. If the Bruins had some toughness on their roster, that hit on Krejci NEVER would have happened.

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Agree, damn those soft-hearted guys like Thornton and Chara.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • HardHabits says:

        I think you two should focus on women’s hockey. It seems physical play and checking is something you both have a hard time understanding.

        Some of the toughest players have eaten major hits in their careers. It’s part of the game. The difference between the Habs of today and the Habs of yesterday is the Habs of yesterday had toughness in their line-ups whereas the Habs of today are too small and too easily physically dominated, not just in hits but certainly when it comes to goonery, otherwise a player like Tinordi would have not been drafted and nobody would be talking about Emelin’s mean streak.

        Nice try apologizing for the Habs being a soft, small team who’s only resort is to play dirty because they can’t bring it physically.

        • punkster says:

          WTF are you on about now HH? Jeebus boy, up your dosage.

          ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • Propwash says:

            Its getting to be a boring shtick of his.

          • _Habsoloutly_ says:


          • HardHabits says:

            I think you people need stop whatever it is you’re taking because whatever it is your on, it’s distorting your perception of reality.

            Only the most blue-blanc-rouge glasses wearing fan, and there are many on HIO, thinks the Habs should stay the course with their line-up.

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            HH, when have I ever insinuated the Habs are Top-5 in the league with their lineup? I said they could’ve brought the Bruins low in the playoffs with all hands on deck, not that they’d win 4 consecutive rounds.

            I’ve said multiple times I want to see more good, able young players to come off the farm and fill out the depth, need a mix of names from the top prospect pool Like Leblanc, Tinordi, Kristo to finalize our depth, get the Three lines deep of offensive depth and have 4 Ds that can handle 20+ minutes.

            – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
            SF09 on Twitter

          • punkster says:

            Relax HH, we’re having fun. It’s way too early to get cranked up about the Habs. Save it for after the draft and signings. Bound to be lots to put through the wringer then 😉

            ***Subbang Baby!!!***

        • Whine, whine, bitch, bitch, another HH post. I like you better when you’re not off your meds.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          HH, you’re missing the point. Andrew and I were simply poking fun at the people who think a couple of enforcers means your team is protected from dirty play.

          I’ve never disputed the Habs could use another PF type and some nastier faces on the back end. Tinordi was drafted as the team lacked in that area, a giant shutdown defencemen b/c honestly, how much longer is Gill going to be playing? Yemelin is talked about b/c we finally got a prospect we thought we weren’t going to get that’s going to help round out the back end and he’s not 1000 years old.

          And dirty? Habs players have been suspended three times in the last 3 years to best of my knowledge and when’s the last time our guys went headhunting or knee-on-knee?

          – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
          SF09 on Twitter

          • The reason HH is mad is because what I’m making fun of, and what you’re trying to explain that I’m making fun of, is exactly what he’s purporting as fact. Remember when he said Komisarek protected Markov from injury? Even though that’s completely false. The truth doesn’t fit HH’s narrative so he’s mad.

          • ari says:

            Am i missiing some thing?
            hh is 100%right.habs need to get bigger,stronger,tougher,and dirtier.
            lets see who we have for next year?
            white,moen ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm that’s it. not even one guy on defence.ohhhhh
            emelin is coming.this guy cant wait to finish the season(if he makes it) and get back to world cup or whatever it is.
            wake up guys.

    • _Habsoloutly_ says:

      MAB is not intimidated by any bruin.

  30. Hey Boone dont want to be a “Smart A” but you wrote critical game 2 its game 3….

    Habsnation is still standing.

  31. 21.273 says:

    a lot closer than it should be. Boston looking good. Crap

  32. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Clean F’ing hit. But the Refs don’t like it so they call it elbowing? Daddy Cambell is watching refs, and he has your email address’s. f’ing pathetic. can’t even check anymore in hockey.

  33. Keith says:

    Looked like a clean hit to me and Maguire says it’s an elbow. Please!

  34. HabinBurlington says:

    Absolute bullshit call! JM take note of how a coach is allowed to react!

    Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  35. Propwash says:

    That looked pretty clean to me

  36. punkster says:

    That was a hockey play. I’m looking forward to seeing the replay because that was no head shot.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • JohnBellyful says:

      Just saw the replay at intermission. Looked like a legit hit. It’s the elbow flying up after, as MacTavish said, that probably caught the ref’s attention. He was likely as shocked as I was. MAB delivering a heavy bodycheck. Wow! Timo will have a wet dream tonight.

  37. 21.273 says:

    MAB!!! Awesome

  38. HabinBurlington says:

    Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  39. Keith says:

    Bolts aren’t skating. gooins all over them.

  40. HabinBurlington says:

    Hate to say it boone but Boston may be able to beat a victory out of van. I worry ….

    Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  41. Keith says:

    Well Penelope Cruz is in it Boone.

  42. 21.273 says:

    Man, that MAB continues to put a smile an my face.

  43. Keith says:

    Jostling Campbell will probably get you a lifetime ban.

  44. HabinBurlington says:

    Looks like gagne will get suspended for pushing little greggy after the whistle!
    Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  45. HabinBurlington says:

    Ice looks brutal!

    Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  46. Keith says:

    Well that didn’t take long ;-(

  47. Keith says:

    Here we go! GO BOLTS!!!

  48. Keith says:

    Yeah, light beer with lime pfff. I’m drinking Picaroon’s Dark and Stormy Night right now from the Growler. Great stuff!

  49. SeriousFan09 says:

    Walkom’s officiating? Good news to everyone who likes goaltender interference.

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

  50. Ed says:

    Boone, you asked if Claude Julien will move Seguin off that line with Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi? Actually, it was Peverley, while Seguin was on the 3rd line with Kelly & Ryder.

    I noticed this morning you said that Ben Eager was the biggest idiot in the playoffs. I thought you had that honour reserved for Lucic.

  51. JohnBellyful says:

    Haven’t been able to post for a few days – they say this is a minimum security prison but sometimes they act like it’s maximum – so I’m interested in learning more about this operation of Marche’s. Word here, via one of the visitors, is that while Marche was booked for a minor surgical procedure, they’re keeping him in until they’ve siphoned off 10 pints of blood. Don’t be surprised if you hear in the next week or two Gomez is the next Canadien to end up in the hospital, for a “hernia”, which, oddly enough, will require a complete blood transfusion.

  52. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Whats the over/under on how long before Bergeron gets checked hard and his brain turns to scrambled eggs?

  53. Haligonian-Hab says:

    The tit flash just made this playoffs worth watching again

  54. LA Loyalist says:

    Ron Wilson, Coach of The Toronto Maple Leafs in The Globe and Mail:

    “We’re probably two or three pieces from being a true contender,” Wilson said during his final media address of the season. “But I’m talking a contender, not for the playoffs, I’m talking contender for the Stanley Cup. And it may come from within. You don’t know.”

    Just to cheer you guys up a little as the dog days of summer begin.

  55. Propwash says:

    TSN says Bergeron could be back in the lineup, guess Seguin eats tubesteaks tonight if that is true.

  56. Keith says:

    “Can Tyler Seguin do it again?” I sure hope not Mr. Boone. Hate the gooins, HATE THE GOOINS!!!

  57. Propwash says:

    I saw a funny comment about the flash pic… “we now have found softer twins than the Sedins”

  58. Marc10 says:

    I hope the Bolts spank them hard tonight. Timmy Thomas was a train wreck until it mattered last game. And the B’s D just isn’t good enough to hold the fort. If they make it past TB, they are going to get smashed by The Nucks.

  59. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Here’s a little example of the stuff The Panthers organization sends out to season ticket holders. I just got this:

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


    From: “Florida Panthers Hockey Club”
    Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 21:56:40 +0000
    To: James
    Subject: Notes following General Manager Dale Tallon

    Hello James,

    In continuing our efforts to have Season Seat Owners follow the development of our team, our General Manager Dale Tallon has provided updates on his progress during this critical offseason. Please see Dale Tallon’s most recent steps below:

    Returned from Europe, scouted the IIHF World Championship and major amateur games.
    Priorities for the next few weeks are the search for a new head coach, Draft strategy and preparing for free agency.
    Plan to scout the Memorial Cup – Canada’s Junior hockey championship – and then attend the NHL pre-Draft scouting combine.
    Making some community appearances in South Florida over the next weeks, meeting with fans and talking about the offseason.

    Attended the first Panthers Blueprint Advisory Board meeting in Ft. Lauderdale last week and heard some great ideas about improving our organization off the ice.


    Ryan McCoy – VP of Sales and Services
    Bill Sicheneder – Director of Client Services and Retention
    Kathleen Malara – Client Services Manager
    Nicole Meloff – Client Service Specialist
    Brad Bellissimo – Client Service Specialist
    Lauren Begelman – Premium Service Specialist

    • 24 Cups says:

      “Premium Service Specialist”

      That could be a tough gig when it comes to the Panthers. Maybe Lauren supplies the single malt to help ease the pain of being a Florida fan.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      That kind of memo to the fans is sure to drum up renewals on seats I’m sure. Hope Dale tallon gets some rest from that hectic schedule!

      Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  60. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Absolutely not. Seguin had his way in game 2 because the Bolts as a team stunk Tuesday night. I look for them to bounce back tonight with a great game & shut down those overrated bums from Beantown.

    “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

  61. 24 Cups says:

    Click on ‘players’ to bring up the Tampa page.

  62. habs365 says:

    It will be the Habs turn some year.

  63. Sean Bonjovi says:

    “…you may notice the ice isn’t the only thing that’s inferior in the East.”

    Mr. Boone. Surely you’re not suggestion we can judge this Vancouver hockey team solely on their performance in their best period in 15 playoff games. Do you also expect Tyler Seguin to score 328 points next season?

    * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

    • Mike Boone says:

      Western teams have looked faster and more skilled all through the playoffs.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger
      Gazette City columnist

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        Edit: I’m not going to write an essay. I believe the statement; “Western teams have looked faster and more skilled all through the playoffs.” to be false.

        * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

      • WindsorHab-10 says:

        I think the cup winner will be from the West. They’re that much better.

        “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

      • PeterStone says:

        Mr Boone , right as always. Besides the Pens, the West has looked better for the past few years. Thanks again for job well done.

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        These sorts of things go in cycles. While I think we all agree that the west is stronger, no one but the Flyers goalie embarrassed themselves in the playoffs last year. Pens won the year before, and the east has won 3 of the last 6 cups — 4 of the last 8 — so I don’t think the discrepancy is all that huge. Mind you, I think the west will take it this year.

        — formerly notbigbird —

  64. shiram says:

    Eager Hat trick : goal, insults and boobs.
    Stolen from deadspin.

    Don’t think many players will achieive this one.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Speaking of boobs… might have been James Hunt or maybe Senna – talking about noticing girls in the crowd as they hurtled around F1 circuits at 200 mph. Unbelievable.

      Of course with the cold air of an ice rink, the effect is even better. 🙂

  65. secretdragonfly says:

    Am I posting in an alternate universe or something? I’ve tried posting and replying over the past few days and nada. When I resubmit a post, I get a message that it looks like a duplicate message but the original never shows up. And there’s no freakin’ contact tab on this site to report issues. If this doesn’t appear, just go about your business, nothing to see here.

  66. habs001 says:

    we may add a tougher /bigger forward for next year but goal scoring wise we will probably not be able to add anyone …now unless one of forwards from this group has a monster season the overall goal production of gomez,gion,pouliot,plecks and ak46 will be about the same as this year or two may score a couple more and one or two will score less…the key for the habs to score more goals besides the d contributing more will be camm, who has to score at least 10-14 more goals next year , also hopefully maxpac is able to get at least 20…eller and dd could be the wildcards but their potential production may be at least another year away…

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      There way the Canadiens need to improving scoring is upgrading from guys like Pyatt and Moen to guys who play the same style, but can also score 10 or 12 goals in the same season.

      *Note I just looked up Tom Pyatt’s CHL and AHL point totals and they’re actually decent. His AHL numbers from ’09-’10 shocked me. Where’s that Tom Pyatt been?

      * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Hopefully if our D next year is as slick and mobile as we hope, we will a) have a better transition attack and b) have a KILLER power play, as in years past. If the fwds just go to the damn net and bang around a little, we should get some results even without much of an upgrade up front — not that I don’t want a better forward or two…

  67. HabFanSince72 says:

    Much has been made of the Bruins luck so far. If Bergeron doesn’t get injured Seguin doesn’t play. That injury prevented Julien’s stupidity (Seguin benched while Thornton plays??) from hurting the team.

    • HardHabits says:

      Julien is JM 2.0

    • Mark C says:

      Laughable how Thornton has been given his six minutes a night, while Seguin eats hot dogs. To think people cried about Subban being bench for three games.

    • Scott Thornton has been very ineffective for the Bruins especially in the one game vs the Habs were he only totaled 2:27 of ice time and served the too many men penalty and Lucic’s 5 min boarding penalty. If I had a player like Thornton on my team he would of only seen 15 games in the regular season and unless we can’t call up any minor players maybe playoff time. It just bottles my mind that they did not play Seguin earlier…the only way for someone to improve their game is with more experience then they have, you can’t just sit in the press box and think that it will be enough for him. MapleLosers must be crying.

      Habsnation is still standing.

  68. LA Loyalist says:

    Another reason why Gary Bettman is disgusting:

    “Finally, hearing whispers that negotiations between Atlanta and Winnipeg over the future of the Thrashers may be slowed by the difficulty in reaching a sale price. The team is valued at about $60 million by industry analysts, and the Winnipeg group backed by Mark Chipman and David Thomson may be wondering why they are being asked to pay $160 million or more.” — Damien Cox, Toronto Star

    Why should Winnipeg have to pay through the nose for the right to save GB from embarassment? What a thug. Hopefully the Winnipeg guys will have the stones to stand firm on price. Gary will have to blink, otherwise, fold the team and a dispersal draft. The union will whine, but what else is new? We should have about 4 fewer teams anyway. You think hockey wouldn’t be better?

    • HardHabits says:

      Then Don Cherry would complain every CBC broadcast because that would mean the less skilled and more pugnacious and pugilistic players would be out of an NHL job.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      In fairness to Bettman, he is a 5’2″ American lawyer.

      What are you expecting from him? That he’ll fill the world with light and beauty?

      • LA Loyalist says:

        The Commish works for the owners, but the owners can be their own worst enemies, as we know very well.

        A wise leader would diplomatically build consensus with all the parties, and occasionally remind them that if they kill the goose that lays the golden egg, such eggs will no longer be forthcoming.

        Also he should be smart enough to not put hockey teams where they are not wanted. Yeah, I guess that’s asking a lot.

        I will say that I would rather see no team in Winnipeg or Quebec than see a team fail. If a Canadian team fails, we will never hear the end of it, so we have to be careful what we wish for.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Even though I would love to see a team back in the peg (former pegger), I would love to see Winnipeg tell Bettman to F off and watch him deal with another ownerless team.

      Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

      • mrhabby says:

        I would be very suprised if the peg received a team. do the numbers add up given the size of the arena etc,etc. winnipeg automatically becomes the smallest city in the NHL having a team.

        • issie74 says:

          Maybe so but they will have paying fans,in both Florida franchises they have to include food in with the ticket.
          Winnipeg could fill the arena and they would have owners with money.

    • issie74 says:

      That’s Bettman…Mr Kates in Edmonton they investigate for close to a year,but Boots Delbaggio (who now occupies a cell in jail) was a part owner in two clubs.Don’t even try to understand.

  69. HNS says:

    No, the Booins won their only game. Fini

  70. Danno says:

    Someone Tweeted that Habs ticket prices are going up by 20% next season. Can anyone confirm? Is there a press release or link?


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

  71. HardHabits says:

    Yeah but the Habs beat Vancouver twice in the regular season, and they lost round round 1 by a goal, plus it was the refs that screwed us over all season. That and Gomez’ contract, because if Pacioretty, Markov and Gorges were in the line-up, and with Halak in nets, and if the Habs got Kovalev and if the French press would only leave us alone, and if Boucher was coach and Yzerman GM, we’d be in the ECF’s too.

    That and the Habs are definitely tough and gritty enough to play this level of play-off intensity. Cammy would have clocked Bieska no problem.

    Did I miss any of the other apologist clichés?

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Pacioretty, Gorges and Markov would have easily flipped that series to MTL’s advantage. You can’t walk into the playoffs missing 3 key members of your core and expect to go through.

      Where would TBL be without Hedman, Ohlund and Malone?

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • HardHabits says:

        Could have SF09, not would have.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          We were one goal short three times over HH, you think Patches couldn’t have knocked one in, or Gorges/Markov prevented a couple compared to the horror show Hamrlik and Spacek were?

          CHI wouldn’t have won a damn thing if Keith had been on the shelf last season, let alone say Byfuglien and Sopel as well.

          – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
          SF09 on Twitter

          • HardHabits says:

            The Habs could have easily lost 4-0 with those players. Nobody will ever know. We, as Habs fans, can only hope the Habs do better next season. Until then, the Habs lost round 1, again. That is all history will remember.

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            And you’re going to fire up the tankwagon from time to time.

            Like it or not HH, you can’t prove this team isn’t good enough to compete when we haven’t seen the full team play and every Cup team has their top names on the roster and healthy, not rehabbing injuries.

            – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
            SF09 on Twitter

          • HardHabits says:

            Rehab. Hilarious. I wont argue this because it’s purely speculative. We’ll never know. The only thing we can hope for is what happens next season as this is one is over for the Habs.

            Good enough to compete is not necessarily good enough to win the Cup. Competing is not enough. Dominating is. Like how Vancouver played against San Jose last game.

            If the Habs can make it in the top 10 next season I’ll say they have made progress. If they end up 11th to 20th again I’ll say that they are still stagnating.

      • LA Loyalist says:

        …not to mention Domenic Moore…

      • 24 Cups says:

        Robert – To a certain degree, I’m with Dave on this one.

        Losing Markov (again) was certainly a major blow, especially seeing he was the only team’s star player. You don’t recover from that no matter what you try and do.

        MaxPac isn’t the equal of Savard and the Wiz more than made up for Gorges.

        In the end, we really werre only missing Markov in terms of your point.

        • shiram says:

          Had Gorges/Markoc not been injured we could have spent our trading assets on a scoring forward instead of Wiz… it just goes roudn and round.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Yes but Steve, let’s not pretend Savard was really in the cards for the Bruins. He’s not been Marc Savard the All-Star since Cooke tried to kill him, sent back into the lineup early, massive issues with rehab over the summer and part of the season. Pacioretty also filled in what MTL needed all series, a power forward to hound Thomas on his pathetic rebound control and knock in those loose pucks.

          Wisniewski filled in the offence we were missing from Markov gone I would say, but he did not bring us the defensive acumen of either Markov or Gorges, both of whom capable of eating the big minutes while staying reliable defensively.

          – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
          SF09 on Twitter

        • Savard has been a shadow of his former self for over a calendar year now. The Savard Boston is missing is a 3rd line center who might be able to chip in 40 points in a good year.

          • 24 Cups says:

            Robert & Andrew – It’s not a fair comparison on my part, but we’ve been playing without Markov for two years (so to speak).

            And to be fair, let’s not make out Gorges to be more than he is, a good, but not great, Dman.

            Savard has always been a nifty centre who brought a certain element to a team’s offense. I just hope that the powers to be let him retire before he takes one more Ali like shot to the head.

            I also wonder what the word will be on guys like Kariya, Lombardi and Perron. I’m sure there are a few more that I can’t think of right now. It really burns my ass when I hear Cherry say that they are just suffering from a headache.

          • _Habsoloutly_ says:

            Gorges and Gill together make a great combo. The sum is greater than the parts. That being said, Gill is UFA, so we can’t just “sign him” as many here like to say. One would think he would like to be here, but then again he could get a better offer from some other team. Unrestricted free-agency means anything can happen, it puts the power in the hands of the player, not the GM.

  72. JF says:

    The question for me is whether Dwayne Roloson can return to the form he showed up until the last game. Until then, his numbers in the playoffs were significantly better than his regular-season numbers. If his performance last game means he has suddenly cooled off, much like Halak did last year against Philly, the Lightning will be in trouble because I don’t think Mike Smith can carry them.

    • naweed235 says:

      As long as he can keep it up till The Goons are eliminated i couldnt give any less of a rat’s butt if he lets in 50 per game

      • JF says:

        I feel the same, but the Bruins were so much better last game that I’m afraid it might not happen. And Thomas, apart from the odd bad goal, has been consistent all season and into the playoffs.

  73. scrowe21 says:

    I was hoping Eager would pound the sh*t out of Kesler personally.

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