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And it’s SNOWING this morning in Montreal.
Video scout Jarred Friedman found this gem.
Well theres no way to actually know, but i’m pretty sure that Habs game, and the performance of halak, was the story of the night. Anyone watching those highlights (although i noticed NHL/coms highlights had NONE of the diving calls on their 8 minute game reel – something i find highly suspicious, especially since its so rare), can see that the Habs aren’t getting the marginal calls while the Caps get way more benefit of the doubt. I just think way more eyes are now watching, and if something ridiculous goes down in game 7, for the first time ever, people will “truly” have “evidence” that there is a league influence here… Betty Bettman would do anything for US ratings… And now the league is worried that the high powered caps are just the sens/sharks v/3.0
What happens… We release the Halaken!!
funny you should post this, we were discussing the same thing last night after the game…. however, still a tough case to prove. Also if you look at other games in the playoffs, the officiating has just been so skewed it really is pathetic.
Only 50? surely you jest.
Drive For 25 Is Alive!
So… What happens when the Caps get 8 PP’s in game 7, half of them debatable, while the Canadiens get mugged and only get automatic calls in their favor (trips, high sticks, too many men)?
I don’t believe in conspiracies, but I also know that the NHL would 100 times rather have the Caps advance. Plain and simple, the league doesn’t make any more money when the Habs win. This city already maxes out on revenues/tv ratings/merchandising and almost everything else related to hockey except for playoff success (in recent years). The league has nothign to gain by the Canadiens going on a run – the brand is as successful as you can expect an NHL team to be.
This being said, after last night, I think the rest of the league took notice. Anyone with any hockey knowledge realized that the Habs got jobbed last night. Not that the 2 max dives were bad calls, but, in playoff time it’s a real stretch to see THREE called in the same game against a team. Now whether it was a league mandate trickled down to the refs for this series, or just a general loathing of the Montreal Canadiens by the refs in this league, last nights call on GIONTA was a textbook trip, against a player who holds the utmost credibility. In fact Gio is a highly respected player in this league for always working hard despite his physical limitations. After that call, everyone in league knows somethings rotton in the state of Denmark. And by Denmark I mean hockey games involving the Canadiens.
(And if you think this is bad… Just wait until Lapierre even touches Crosby from behind. Boarding plus an extra 2 for “being a montreal douche”)
(And after copy/pasting/rereading my post, I realized I come off as a total conspiracy theorist. Well nuts to you too Chris Lee et. al)
Only thing going is he has Muller and Paron to help him out a lot.
Irresistible force paradox?
After Pittsburgh it will be clear sailing Chorske!
Sobering thought. JM is a magnificent 0-4 in game sevens. YIKES!
Poti out for game 7 as per Yahoo Sports.
My buddy posted this on Facebook, I had to laugh.
Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat.
Photoshop request: Gary Bettman standing on top of the Verizon center with a wooden staff casting a spell to bring snowstorms to Montreal à la Saruman from Lord of the Rings.
“I lined up next to him at a faceoff, looked over and said “Hi Rocket”. All he did was growl.”
Or subtle Price bashing.
Do i believe in magic ? After what i saw last night…Hell Ya!
Your Ramones Song of the Day, Señor Boone: http://www.spike.com/video/ramones-i-believe-in/2792376
Not as much as we’d all like… given that JM is mostly running 3 lines now.
Easy now… no need for Gainey bashing today.
Anyone know a good place where I can convert a 3 on a habs jersey to a 4, and trade in the letters P-R-I-C-E for H-A-L-A-K for cheap? Thanks
GAWD no. The boys were gassed after 40 minutes. I’m thanking the Baby Jesus, Allah, Buddha, and Scarlett, for the one day break we do have. Crikey, I wish we had three days.
You gotta wonder- even if we win- how much are we gonna have in the tank for a long run?
God, making a series has been great, but I would be beyond words if they won the series tommorow. beyond words. history will be made
thinking Shanks north if you and whoever want to join. You can drop me an email to confirm and we can save you however many seats if we get there first. About 7 of us so far. let me know
After that goaltending performance, what does Halak do for an encore??Suffice to say, we cant possibly allow another 53 shots against on Wed! My heart simply couldn’t take another game like that!
Hey Boone, do you still believe you may not see another championship in your lifetime? If Jaro has one more game in him like last night, and if they’re goaltending is shaky again, Dare I say we instantly become contenders?
That game transcended the cerebral analysis that sucks the fun out of being a fan. I felt like I was eight years old again cheering on Dryden, Shutt and Lafleur sticking it to Boston. Thanks Jaro.
My wish list for Game 7:
The Caps get 48 shots on goal. We all know that Jaro is 9-0 when facing over 45 shots.
Boudreau starts Theo in goal. Montreal will jump out to a 2-0 lead before Boudreau puts the “Stupid Puck” back in goal so we can watch the Habs hang on for dear life.
Mike Green continues to play like Seth Green. His disinterested performance has helped Montreal extend this series.
Josh Gorges and Hal Gill continue to frustrate the Caps on the PK. The two blueliners are a major reason why Washington is 1-30 on the power play.
PK Subban gets his first NHL goal on a power-play blast from the point. Icing on the cake!
If Gainey was still in charge,he would insist that Price start tomorrow.
You always bring a tear to my eye Timo. Nice to see you not joining the rest of these Pollyannas.
I they want to go, they would!
Habs play a perfect shut down hockey road game, get out to an early lead, never look back and limit the Caps to 50 shots. 😉
To the mod who deleted my last post: fair enough. : )
My prediction: Since BB has no clue what to do, he will start Theo, who will let in 3 first period goals, get pulled and Habs win 4-1.
Posted this last night in a bit of a alcohol induced haze, but just wanted to throw it out there again. I know there’s people living in the Calgary area on this site, and if any of you were interested in getting together for Game 7 on Wednesday, i think it would be great to have a mini HIO summit to hopefully send some positive energy out there for the boys. So if any of you are interested send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ve had a couple of people respond, but we’re looking for more. Also if you have any ideas or preferences as to where you would like it held, i’m open to any and all opinions.
GO HABS GO!!!
Fearless prediction for Game 7 (not sure if I can stand it).
3-2 overtime victory, goal scored by gionta.
Just me? Or should games 6 and 7 be back to back?
I need mah hockey fix damnit.
Mike, this seems to be the post where you get blasted so I’ll pile on. How could you title this “Do you believe in Magic?” and not have a video of the Lovin’ Spoonful. Very, very dissapointed.
I believe and have all along. The only thing that Jaro will be shaking is Ovie’s hand when he says, “Bye bye, now.” Go Habs!
Just out of curiosity,does anybody know what coach Martin’s record is in a Game 7?
Gawd! I sure hope Mr. Halak’s parkinson’s gets a lot worse for Wednesday nights game.
Then the big “O” will certainly give Halak a shut out.
I wonder who is shaking in their boots now!!!!
I can feel it. Wednesday is going to be EPIC.
Why doesn’t that surprise me? It was -1 here in Windsor this morning! Ahhhhh!!!!
……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.
As much as I am elated with this victory, nothing is won yet. There’s the biggest game of the season (so far) to be played on Wednesday night. All HIO eyes will be on that game and should the Habs win I predict HIO servers will explode from all the hits. Maybe HIO should get a server that runs on a new operating system, Halak Server 2010.
After a troubling season, a courageous team has won the love of their fan base, an affection that will transcend whatever happens tomorrow night.
Well said Mr. Boone!
This team has shown so much heart and passion unlike last year’s team.
No matter what happens tomorrow night, this was a GREAT playoff series and fans should be excited about the team moving forward.
OLEEE OLE OLE OLEEEE!
I agree, who cares what happens tomorrow – the boys made it interesting right till the end! Can you IMAGINE if they win???
Where did I say anything to contradict what you said or for you to contradict me?
Tell me that if the Habs lose on Wednesday we all wont be disappointed. It’s like when a goalie makes a bunch of great saves and invariably lets in the weak goal that loses the game. The weak goal is remembered more than all the other big saves. Last night’s game is miles above a series of great saves as it’s being touted as the 2nd greatest goaltending performance in Habs history. I said yesterday that we’ve all witnessesed a game that will be remembered for the ages.
It doesn’t change the fact that nothing is won yet. Lose 4-0 or 4-3 is still a loss. Anyways Boone, you’re like a weather vane with all your twists and turns, but you do have the pulse of HIO posters I’ll grant you that.
I guarantee you that the Habs locker room is closer to what I said than what you did. They want to win the next one. Last game is over and in the books.
I see your point but I’d have to agree with Boone on this one…they’ve won a lot of goodwill and probably a ton of get out of jail free passes going into next season.
Gee, thanks for granting me that.
And keep me posted on what’s hapening in the room.
Who Refs tomorrow night? Is it set before hand or since we’re the only game in town tomorrow ,does Bettman put in his hand picked Refs or do we get the best duo in the N.H.L. and who would that be?
Dueling on multiple fronts!
Or is that “duling”? ;o)
Well done, very Tolkienesque.
Keep these miserable S.O.B.’s from pissing in the cornflakes’ of the masses.
Love is back in the air!!!
I’m with Boone too. Sure, I’d love nothing more than to see our guys win game 4. That’s just a given. But if they don’t – I am THRILLED with the heart, guts and pride that has been shown throughout this series.
As I stated last night – I’ve never been more proud to be a Habs Fan as I have been through this series.
“Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!”
I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.
Of course I am proud, after being not so for a while, of the Habs determination in the face of adversity. This win rests squarley on Jaro’s shoulders though. Winning a few battles is not as important as winning the war. As much as I thought last game was miraculous it doesn’t mean anything tomorrow night if the same result isn’t repeated.
We have to also look at the big picture. How man of these players return next year? The biggest question marks are Halak and Plekanec. Right now I want to see the Habs play Pittsburgh next round. The rest of you can be pleased with a loss tomorrow night. I wont be. I want to see a win, and hopefully a complete team effort, not just a stellar goaltending performance, although that’ll be needed too.
You calling me a miserable SOB? That’s a low blow cheap shot, even for you. I am not miserable. I am an SOB though! 😉
To be honest, HH, I hadn’t noticed it was you. Your avatar changes are hard to keep up with, though entertaining.
I’ll retract the “miserable” part and instead leave Boone with this piece of folk wisdom, courtesy of Kris Kristofferson,
“Don’t let the bastards get you down”. ;o)
You really need to get laid.
Look in the mirror, or more to the point, practice what you preach!
“Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
– Sam Pollock
Hey. I am not the one writing all the misty prose.
Even from me H4P, even from me.
I didn’t say I’d be *happy* with a loss, that’s simply not true. But, I won’t be crushed either. That’s all I’m saying. :o)
In the words of Tomas Plekanec,
“I think you could say that our goalies have been better than theirs.”
Edited to add:
Halak/Price have allowed 19 GA on 248 shots, .923 sv%.
Theodore/Varlamov have allowed 17 GA on 177 shots, .904 sv%.
Nice one…funny how quotes can come back to haunt you or help you I guess in this case…Caps goaltending is not up to par as usual and they know it…
“Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”
Boys and girls, I have been singing the praises of one Bob Gainey for a long time. Now we can all see what this man has been able to put together. Despite all the criticism he has brought in men of character, that are starting to blend into a formidable team.
With the absence of professional referees and with a coach that knows only one way to play the game, these men of great character are over coming these hurdles and are playing for each other out there. They have built there own chemistry and identity slowly over this past year and have become a solid TEAM.
They feed off of each other and the fantastic support of there followers. They are truly a team of professional entertainers now. Many doubted, including myself at times, but we have finally,after many years of struggle, started to rebuild the pride of the glory years.
There are some pieces to be put in place yet, but we have definitely turned the corner for the long term.We are now being well entertained by this group of players.
Thank you Mr. Gainey.
Right on Ian
Ian, I like what you have to say, but I am even more struck by your capacity to say it. What you have accomplished is quite remarkable.
Ian – I think there is a real danger in trying to evaluate a team on a short term basis. Especially just a few games.
There were certainly a lot of ups and downs this year and the team basically backed into the playoffs (just like last year). The main difference from last season is the mindset and spirit of the team. The chemistry is totally different. In essence, that is what is carrying them through to the point where they might pull off the biggest upset of the 2010 playoffs.
There are lot of heroes right now. Everybody has their favourites from a list of Markov, Gionta, Cammalleri and Pleks. Even Scott Gomez has elevated his level of play to justify last summer’s trade (for now). Then there are the surprise candidates led by Hal Gill. Gill’s level of play is beyond belief. (losing him may have been Shero’s only mistake on way to a possible 3rd straight Cup final) For me, the real hero is Halak. He is the one guy, more than any other, who has altered the attitude and expectations of the team. They believe in themselves because they believe in Jaro’s inate ability to win games against all odds. Right now, this minute, it’s the intangibles that are carrying this team just as much as their individual skills. In essence, Halk is the face of the franchise this year. In many subtle ways, he is the captain of the team. The quiet leadership by example of players such as Halak, Gill and Cammalleri may be just as important as any “C” that is attached to a Hab sweater.
Ian, you mention that the team has “turned the corner for the long term”. I certainly hope that is true in terms of the outlook and spirit of the team (also keep in mind that Bob Gainey created last year’s mess). The real concern (moving forward) might just be with the talent base of the team. Maintaining or enriching the roster may prove to be a daunting task for Gauthier. But that’s another discussion for another day. For now, we should all bask in the excitement of this great playoff series.
I agree whole heartedly. :o)
back in November, when i was waiting for Latrendresse to wake up (both metaphorically, and literally, as it turns out) and bemoaning Price’s bad breaks (5 goals kicked in by his own d-men, maybe more?) and wondering whether we would ever have more than four healthy veteran d-men (as gill, markov and o’byrne sat injured), i was still happy with this team and the guts and potential they were showing. Bob’s acquisitions hadn’t gelled yet, and jaromir pluck-anec was carrying the offence, and Gionta was playing ona broken foot, but they had character and skill and were fighting through with whatever Hamilton could offer. making the playoffs was the biggest surprise of the season for me, and i have enjoyed (almost) every minute of these playoffs so far. Boone, you’re so right: Gomer’s fight and Gill’s cool and jaro’s confidence and Gionta’s work ethic have been infectious, not just for their teammates but for the fans as well. i live in toronto, and habs fans smile and beep horns and yell go habs go when they see my hat (and there are a LOT of them in the Beaches). i was in bahamas this past weekend, missed the games but had montrealers and buffalo fans ( who share our hate of the brooons, sorry to see em go) smiling on Saturday and saying we’re still alive. and best of all, i’m really hopeful for next year, knowing so many of these guys will be coming back. a great job by Gainey that is slowly coming together, a great run by the boys so far, and winner takes all tomorrow to see if we can upset the Penguins next. What a crazy season.
7 Reason why Canadiens forced game 7 – Puck Daddy
A little feel good for your snowy Tuesday morning.
Great game last night. Solid tending.
Cover your lettuce.
Thank you Eric,
Honestly I am just like a kid on here and I have picked out words in everybody’s posts including Boones, Stubbs and others, and try to look up the meanings. Then I try to use them in a sentence. Sometimes I even make sense. It is my proudest times when I get a response back that people understand what I put together.
And of coarse I use spell check for every post. For example I had seven errors on this little post. I am in love with Miss Spell Check and Andree of coarse..
You make me smile, Ian.
You should be proud of yourself, for what you’ve accomplished!
We are all smiles this morning Denise. and thank you.
Spellcheck also exposes Ian, when it rains it pours, taking the reigns is another matter…PS, we’ve been singing the same quiet character leadership (BG built this team in his image) song for a while here now 😉
Steve! To reply in full to your post would take me to long on here. But one thing is yes that Bob created the mess of last year in Mainly elevating Carbo from his assistant for many years in Dallas and Mtl. to take over the rains here. Bad move yes, but his loyalty deserved a shot.
Bob had the balls to dump his friend and reconfigure the whole organisation from top to bottom. Both coaches players and even bringing in Martin to the organisation as a calming factor before he is put upstairs with Gauthier next year. Or soon after.
Martin is not my kind of coach for sure, but he is one hell of a good hockey man to have in your organisation, especially when Bob knew he was retiring this year. Great long term managment I think.
Much more to say but not now my friend. Steve!
There are two other teams that basically backed into the playoffs and if we beat the Capitals, one of them will play in the Conference finals.
As for the turning the corner for the long term, I really think it’s almost all about injuries, form and luck in the playoffs. We never know what the future might bring and it’s hard to predict.
B.Burke is building the Bruins through the draft.
Mr. Cups, that is damning with faint praise. Why else support the Habs (or, by extension, any pro-sports team) except to delight and glory in moments like these? The telling phrase from you is that Hall Gill is a “surprise”. Surprising to whom? Have you not considered that it was no surprise to Bob Gainey? Who has forgotten over breakfast this morning more about NHL hockey than I — and, it can be gently said, even your estimable self — know now and will even know? Likewise, Scott Gomez had already justified himself to Mr. Gainey at the time that he determined to acquire him.
Gill, & Gomez, & Cammalleri, and Gionta, and Moen, and, and and….were all the playoff character type of player that Mr. Gainey knew that we needed after he saw last year’s heartless ineptitude as he coached during the playoffs. I chose to revel in the aftermath of an exciting and gutsy performance.
You, Mr. Cups, are I believe reading this year’s team, and Mr. Gainey’s qualities, through a pre-determined template which diminishes your perpective. Quoting Arthur Conan Doyle’s protagonist, “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
VH – Your last paragragh is certainly a point for me to ponder.
It’s something for me to revisit further down the road when it’s time for all of us to look back and evaluate Gainey’s legacy as GM.
Mr Cups — in all sincerity, you will be the first poster whose future evaluation I will look to read.
Like you said, I’m saving my thoughts on the future for the off-season…enjoying the playoff run for as long as it lasts until then.
But I do share the sentiment of your last paragraph.
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