Firsts

First loss when scoring first.

First loss when leading after two.

And let’s be honest: First-class effort by a very good hockey team.

698 Comments

  1. RS says:

    I only say him play in the OHL about five times, but I think it’s safe to say that players have been taking runs at Subban for years. He is one guy that I’m not too worried about, he is used to it.

    And after Richards opened his mouth, the league (believe it or not) will be watching. The Flyers would have to be stupid to try anything tonight. Well, in that case, maybe I am worried.

  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    Don Cherry has never been a friend of anyone who wears the CH since they embarassed him 4 times straight in the 1970s which was basically the end of his coaching career.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  3. Propwash says:

    It’s Xtra dontchaknow.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  4. helluva habs fan says:

    I think aside from the occasional Bob Cole senior moments, CBC still does a great job with game coverage. It’s the pre-game and intermission coverage that’s boring and uninspired.

  5. WarHero says:

    I wuould agree, he would be a great replacement. The only downside is that Hamrlik still has better hands, but it’s not like he scores a tonne anyway.

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  6. Gormdog says:

    Didn’t you know?

     

    Don’s known “whatshisface” since he was 14!

  7. habs001 says:

    great news he is gone but the season is lost…meanwhile the habs are playing very solid d and great goaltending…pk is great…the team knows that they will not win too many games where they give up 3 goals…it still would be nice to have at least one more forward with goal scoring ability…

  8. punkster says:

    High drama indeed.

  9. DearyLeary says:

    So beating the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins qualifies as?  Also, for all your praise of goon-play, the Flyers certainly got their asses handed to them by the Blackhawks.

    Also, ‘Adulterate the rules’?  We’ve got ourselves a bonafide troll here, folks.

  10. DearyLeary says:

    I find Friedman’s commentary vapid and uninspired.  There is nothing redeeming about the CBC’s coverage fo the sport. 

    Truly sad when American coverage of the sport is better than an icon like “Hockey Night in Canada”.

  11. fuhgawz says:

    not old yet not young but a very solid and steady dman .. i would love him with the habs

  12. punkster says:

     I would simply point out that Philly didn’t win the Cup. They were outskilled.

  13. Ayan_SB says:

    “From friends like Cherry”

    Hahahaha.

    Oh, you were being serious?

  14. HabFarmer says:

    1.  Winnipeg and Quebec would be in it – Columbus and Phoenix wouldn’t

    2.  Burnsie would be in the HHOF

    3.  Jeremy Roenick would be commissioner – no wait a second……. .

    A man’s attitude… a man’s attitude goes some ways. The way his life will be. Is that somethin’ you agree with?

  15. Dru says:

    The Globe had an article about the threats against Subban and racism today:

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/trouble-follows-subban/article1807922/

  16. punkster says:

    Bettman and Campbell would be exploring meaningful relationships at Pelican Bay State Prison.

  17. PrimeTime says:

    Elliotte is the only credible CBC Sports personality. Love the guy!

  18. moser17 says:

    Pedant. I was obviously just indicating where my comment was going to be, i.e. ‘here’, and then repeating it to avoid confusion.

    Rats, that doesn’t sound believable to me and it’s my lie.

  19. heartandgoal says:

    We crap all over the Flyers all the time for being classless goons…  Is it because we’re racist against people who wear orange?  Probably.

    Back your statements up…  This is anecdotal inanity.  Quick – name 5 of the countless other trash-talking swaggering rookies from years past who didn’t get their share of abuse back.

    Name 3?

    Teemu? Ovy? Roenick? Avery?  These guys were all criticized just like P.K. is.

    Rookies get put in their place.  Confident players open their mouths.  It’s how it goes.

    Naive to discout race?  I think it’s foolish to jump to that.

    I don’t think Richards was seriously threatening the kid.  If PK was a trash-talking agitator, and thus just doing his job, Richards wouldn’t have said anything.  It’s that Richards can see the talent.  PK backs his mouth up with his game, and I think he successfully managed to get under the Flyers’ skin.  And there ain’t nothing wrong with that.

     

  20. WarHero says:

    Could be since Hamrlik mentored him in Calgary :)

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  21. C3P1 says:

    the same coyotes team that finished with almost 30 points more than the habs last year in a far superior conference? hahaha Im with you on the fact that the location is a joke and that is the worst experiment in the history of professional sports, besides maybe the california golden seals, but gotta give credit where it’s due

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  22. VancouverHab says:

    This could be the day — the very day — that P.K. makes his mark on the league.

    As the wise heads below correctly say, he’s getting the attention because he looks like he’ll be an elite. If he can rise to match this — let it motivate him to excellence — especially tonight in a game this meaningful and with his most prominent critic, then he’ll be in.

    He’s getting the Sid Crosby treatement — from friends like Cherry — and foes like the whining threatening typical-Flyer Richards.

    This could be great.

  23. fuhgawz says:

    Is robyn regehr going to be Hammers replacement after this season? …

     

     

    thoughts?

     

  24. TheDagger says:

    It would be very beneficial for the Habs to pot one on their first PP. Let them know if they want to run around like idiots the Habs will pound them on the scoreboard.

  25. Chorske says:

    Soft Euro play. You mean fast, skilled, right? What a drag THAT is to watch.

    So much more fun to watch the truculent clutch-and-hold grinder “North American” style hockey, eh?

  26. andrewberkshire says:

    Agreed, I think PK is a very mature person and hockey player. Seeing all this criticism from homers cheering on other teams, just tells me that this kid is the best player we’ve drafted since Markov.

  27. Mr.Hazard says:

    * Hear! Hear!

  28. kempie says:

    Chris Lee would be selling costume jewellery at Yonge & Dundas

    The Phoenix Coyotes would be a softball team.

    Officiating would be more reality-based and less sucky.

  29. DearyLeary says:

    I think that a strong work ethic (which this club has in spades) is far more valuable in the long term than being ‘chippy, crazy mofos’.

  30. Ayan_SB says:

    From CBC’s Elliotte Friedman‘s weekly column 30 Thoughts:

    22. Very interesting that Montreal’s coaches would
    break up the successful Tomas Plekanec/Mike Cammalleri combination to
    get Scott Gomez going. I think they’re getting really frustrated with
    Gomez, who seems to be behind the play a lot.

    23. Boy, is Max Pacioretty 
    coming on. Get the sense that if the Canadiens could do it again, they
    wouldn’t rush him to the NHL. He played one season in the USHL, one
    season at Michigan and half a year in the AHL before getting his shot.
    Of course, when Jeff Marek relayed that theory to Pacioretty during
    Sunday’s AHL on CBC game    the winger shot it down like a World War I biplane.

    24. Think Pacioretty also got a Clockwork Orange-style attitude adjustment from the organization.

    25. For all of the craziness surrounding PK Subban,
    there was an example of his maturity Saturday night. With a 2-0 lead
    late in the third period, he did one of his spinaramas on a solo rush
    near centre ice. Instead of continuing forward, though, he pulled up
    and got it deep. Small thing, but a big thing. Smart play.

     

     

  31. moser17 says:

    Here! Here!  Well said, indeed. Richards strikes me as crying foul because a kid made him look bad and was part of the defense team that shut him out. PK handles himself with relative humility in the media scrums. Richards is the one taking his ball and going home. In addition to the level of play, what’s also at stake here is the level of maturity. PK still wins the day, so far, in my book.

  32. Timo says:

    Let’s start a “If this were a pro league… ” list, shall we?

    1. Punishment would fit the crime

    2. Leafs would not be in it [next]

  33. andrewberkshire says:

    While it could certainly be a contributing factor, I think the biggest reason PK is getting all the hate is because he’s an elite level talent. It reminds me of how much crap Crosby got when he came in the league. By all accounts Crosby chirps, he whines to the officials too. However Mike Richards does the exact same stuff, so does Getzlaf. Corey Perry has the reputation of being the dirtiest, and most gutless player in the NHL, but you never heard crap about them in their rookie seasons. The difference is that Perry, Getzlaf and Richards took a season or two to catch up to the NHL, and develop into the excellent players they are today. PK was nearly an elite defenseman from the moment he stepped on the ice against the Flyers last February, and he’s embarrassing veterans on a nightly basis by being plainly BETTER than they are. That’s why Mike Richards is pissed, because he was shown up by a kid.


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