Flyers get Halaked

Antti Niemi made 32 saves – 15 in a frantic third period.

His D blocked 18 shots  – six by Duncan Keith.

And Ben Eager, of all people, scored the winner.

Game 2 looked like a Stanley Cup final.

72 hits.

Lots of nastiness.

And Chicago – 7-1 on the road in the playoffs – goes into Philly with a 2-0 lead.

 

148 Comments

  1. longtimehabsfan says:

    Have the CBC feed on the laptop with the sound on and the HDTV big screen on NBC muted.  Finally saw the Burish hit on Krajcek on CBC.  Didn’t realize how vicious it was as NBC really didn’t give us a good look.  Boone is correct.  Should have been a major.

  2. HabFab says:

    Smart a**!!

  3. yathehabsrule says:

    News on a Halak signing!!!!

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  4. The Cat says:

    Hope Philly hits more than in game 1

  5. HabFab says:

     

    Andre Savard’s last news quote;

    http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hockey/2010/05/05/13838966.html

     

    News article on firings;

    http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hockey/2010/05/31/14203536.html

     

     

     

    Just call me Nightmare II

  6. longtimehabsfan says:

    Always liked Andre Savard. 

  7. SlovakHab says:

    Carcillo in

    And van Riemsdyk out?

     

    Well.. that will help the Flyers outscore the Blackhawks..

  8. Habhopeful says:

    well thats atleast 3 more games better played than AK46

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  9. andrewberkshire says:

    Actually I watched every San Jose game this playoff. Thornton had a very good series against Detroit, and aside from that he was his usual craptastic self.

  10. Habhopeful says:

    Heatley not so much because of his groin injury, but ya, you werent watching the San Jose games, Thornton, although -11 still played with intensity and played 10X better than his previous playofff performances, its besides the point because an injured heatley and or a Thornton, is still an upgrade on AK46

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  11. andrewberkshire says:

    Heatley showed up in different facets? When? Thornton did? When? 

  12. crabvader says:

    C’mon, Boone. Give Marcel some credit. He is a very good KHL player! :P

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    And we drafted Marcel no less, instead of Volchenkov, Orpik, Frolov, Boyes, Samuelsson and Kronwall.

    Wait a minute, why is it we’d want Andre Savard back again? That was his move, Marcel and Hainsey instead of those guys.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  14. RH says:

    …..or a one-way player. Sorry, couldn’t resist. I’ll shut up now.

  15. Habhopeful says:

    but he had those three goals in one game…wheras the rest of the players you’ve mentioned have shown up in different facets of the game In just about very playoff game…not even a comparison really

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  16. SeriousFan09 says:

    Don needs new medication I think.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  17. gmd says:

    LOL!  Classic Boone.

  18. gmd says:

    A lesson on locker and dressing rooms.  Why go to school when you can be educated by Cherry?

  19. Mike Boone says:

    Right. At least Hossa can prevent goals and make accurate passes and read the play and .. Any comparison to AK46 is a total joke. Although Hossa’s brother sucks, too.

  20. andrewberkshire says:

    I’m just saying. People knocked AK46’s production like mad this year, but he had more goals than Hossa, Heatley, Thornton and more. He was also tied with Hartnell before this series.

  21. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes but Hossa has an OT winner goal and has played great defence for the entire playoffs, Andrei is never going to be mistaken for a two-way player.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  22. andrewberkshire says:

    Hey Mike, Hossa has fewer goals than AK46.

  23. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    how the hell does the human rake not get a cross checking penalty nhl refs are blind works of art

  24. SeriousFan09 says:

    Richards with an elbowing penalty, I’m shocked.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  25. win4ce says:

    That call look a little “iffy” but they were due to say the least

  26. SeriousFan09 says:

    Refs got some Ipecac and found their whistles.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  27. andrewberkshire says:

    You know what I don’t understand? How the refs apparently don’t like Lapierre but they still fall for Carcillo’s dives all the time.

  28. gmd says:

    Ha Carcillo was the one who hit Carter.

  29. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pull out a gun and shoot a Hawks player.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  30. win4ce says:

    Still no penalties against Philly, if this were the Bell Centre the roof would of blown off by now

  31. Keith says:

    Lots of hatred now. Like Big Hal Gill said, “It’s fun to hate the Flyers”.

  32. andrewberkshire says:

    What do the Flyers have to do to get a penalty? They’re being treated like saints by the refs. 5th straight PP for the Flyers in this series.

  33. SeriousFan09 says:

    They should glass up that between the benches area and fill it with water.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  34. leafs67_andcounting says:

    It really may be time for CBC to let go of Hockey in Canada and let TSN do it. It’s not just Bob Cole, it’s all of them (well Hughson is good, bring him over). It’s becoming an embarrassment.

  35. andrewberkshire says:

    I heard Subban for Rathje.

  36. andrewberkshire says:

    I thought I might laugh, but I just couldn’t do anything but stare. That was… indescribable.

  37. gmd says:

    Wow what a bad intro with the Phantom of the Opera.  Totally ruined it by going over the into put on by the Hawks organization.

  38. ddawwidd says:

    What do they smoke at CBC? :D Few nights ago it was McLean in a rocking chair, now Cherry as Phantom of the Opera :D I like sense of humour, but it was 60’s freak movie style :D

    Bring back Zone de Match! :(

  39. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Understatement of the day.

  40. SeriousFan09 says:

    This is why everyone in my family writes “None of this is to go to Don Cherry” in the margin of our tax returns.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  41. J.T. says:

    Good Lord!  I thought nothing could top the Ottawa Centurian gimmick from three years ago for pure embarrassing emasculation.  Leave it to Cherry.

     

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  42. Keith says:

    What the HELL is Cherry on! LMFAO!

  43. Steve in Kingston says:

    L A M E !

  44. win4ce says:

    OMG what is Cherry doing…what an embarassement

  45. SeriousFan09 says:

    Rumour has it we’re trading Spacek for Redden.

    Too much?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  46. andrewberkshire says:

    Slow night for the comments, you’d better ratchet up some controversy Boone!

  47. MasterHab says:

    I said at the end of the last series that Leighton was an ECHL-caliber goalie. Unfortunately, the Habs offence was pee-wee caliber during the conference finals. But Chicago has the talent to expose him for the fraud he is.

     

    And I agree with smiler2729’s assessment with regard to Halak. Right now there is a tendency to anoint him as the second coming of Patrick Roy (even though he fell well short of Roy’s 1986 or 1993 accomplishments) instead of allowing for the possibility that he may only be the second coming of Steve Penney or Jose Theodore. Based on his body of work so far, I’d wager that Halak is a lot closer to those latter names than Roy. Perhaps the Habs should consider dealing him while he is still polished to a high shine. If they wait for him to come back to earth the return for him will be less.

    Personally, I think that if Gauthier put both Price and Halak on the market today, he’d get more offers for Price. Maybe not better offers (at least not right now when Price’s stock is low – the best time to buy) but I’d bet there would be more of them because Price is still the guy with the best chance to be something more than a flash in the pan.

     

  48. Slovak says:

    This “tendency” is earned by something… and that something is:

    1.He did not give up – on the begining of his career noone gave him a chance to even be in NHL – he is relatively small…

    2.Great junior performances 

    3.STEP BY STEP BECOMING #1 goalie in Montreal – he won the fight with all so called #ones, he won the fight with management and I believe he won hearts of majority Montreal fans. 

    4.He showed his great performances even in time when Price was #1 without debate – if they let him catch, Montreal could have 2 experiences of going deep into playoffs…

    5.He was there WORKING HARD waiting for his chance

    6.He brought Montreal into those playoffs

    7.He was great at Olympics

    8.He stole hart of Montreal in these playoffs competing with best forwards on this planet.

    AND YOU CALL THIS “FLASH IN THE PAN” – THERE IS A NAME FOR THOSE LIKE YOU – IGNORANT IS THE NAME.

    I JUST HOPE THERE ARE PEOPLE IN MONTREAL WITH OPEN EYES – TRY IT – MAYBE YOU’ll SEE SOMETHING.

    PRICE WILL BE ERASED BY HALAK WHEN JARO GOT TRADED AND WILL STAND AGAINST MONTREAL IN A GAME.

  49. Xtrahabsfan says:

    What in the world did Halak do to some of you so called hockey experts??? OH YEAH ,he proved you ALL WRONG,lol.Like it or not Halak is the best player on the team and what he did last season with an undersized Defence and the added help of MAB is deserving of honerable mention in the Hockey Hall of Fame!….And for those attention seekers who are inclind the say “trade halak” ..I say get a shovel and bury that freaking pipe one and for all and go back to your meatings NOW!lol    Seriously,the more Posts I read here the more I like my dog!

  50. ooder says:

    btw Halak has never had a losing record in his entire professional career

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    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  51. Bill says:

    If Gauthier can get a better offer for Price than he can for Halak, I say we get the best of both worlds, the better offer and the better player.

    That said, the Habs should be able to sign both of them for under six million, in which case they should keep both.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  52. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …romance, loyalty …is a 2-way street though Slovak

    …unlike the old, more black & white days …Hockey, today, is very much more mercenary

    …to be realistic, if Jaro is sitting down with His agent, and weighing a multi-million dollar offer from some other team …it would be naive of Us to believe if Jaro would walk-away because of His loyalty to the Montreal Canadiens

    …except for rare circumstances, today, such decisions for both the Player or the Team, they are always made because of their respective financial or personal best-interests

    …this has been the big adjustment for Myself being A Fan for almost 60 years …I once naively believed My ultimate-Hab Hero, Jacques Plante, would retire and DIE a Hab for eternity

    …I have long lost the naivety

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  53. Slovak says:

    I know what you are saying – on that 2-way street in most important decisions I always rather try to go for something “more than pure logic”, so we will see what will Jaro do…

  54. Lafrich says:

    Perfect response.

    By the way, any time a commenter starts with “I said it before” or “I called it” - I this, I that, there is no reason to continue reading. I actually read yours first, then went back!

  55. Slovak says:

    I just really don’t want Jaro to leave… I would not care if I don’t love this team, the core of players in Montreal is so unique and so perfect – just make few changes around them – but don’t change the heart of team and Jaro is part of it.

    With current experiences and team spirit that was born between core players – Montreal will be so much stronger in next season even if they will not bring any new big names.I don’t know maybe I am too emotional… but I feel it that way. 

  56. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Slovak, I think You are absolutely wrong Fans of the Montreal Canadien do not feel ‘respect’ for WHAT Jaro Halak has meant to the Montreal Canadiens …and if You lived in Montreal, You would also understand how beloved He IS

    …I was One of Jaro’s earliest-advocates for Jaro’s ‘respect’ in the Price-Halak debate …and One of then ‘the few’ Whom argued, in the best-interest of the Montreal Canadiens ‘winning’ games, that Jaro Halak must be acknowledged Our Number One Goaltender

    …My opinion was never based upon Myself not liking or disrespecting Carey Price …ONLY My concern for the best-interest of the Montreal Canadiens …Also, it was based on Myself logically recognizing Carey was 2 years younger than Jaro, and though He possessed significant upside Himself, was NOT yet matured or ready

    …today, AFTER an unexpectedly interesting season largely thankful for the mostly superb-play of Jaro Halak, going-into Himself RFA (meaning a significant salary-increase), the Draft and July 1st deadline with the objective to strengthen Our weaknesses, and the cold-reality of living-within a Cap salary-structure …the variables have changed

    …the Playoffs has exposed Jaro’s vulnerabilities …not that He can’t compensate or repeat as an elite-NHL goaltender for Us or another team …but to improve and live within the salary-cap, the Montreal Canadiens have some cold, heartless decisions to make

    …Carey Price is more affordable, …in a less favorable negotiating position than Jaro as per significant salary-increase …and, Carey Price, in My opinion and I am certain Pierre Gauthier as well, feels We have yet to see The Real Carey Price

    …Our Habs are in an unusual situation of having an excess in riches in the goaltender position …and significant weaknesses in other areas

    …IF Jaro Halak is NOT a Montreal Canadien in September/October, …it Will Not be because He is not respected or beloved by Montreal Canadiens’ Fans …or management

    …IMO   

     

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  57. SlovakHab says:

    I agree with you. I like Jaro as much as any other Habs player.. I think he was our season MVP, has never had a losing record in his career, is motivated, tenacious and hard-working. However, we have to be very reasonable with every signing we do – and do not overpay for a position we are deep in. We are deeper in G than we are in C, for example.

  58. Slovak says:

    As I think about it – we just got 2 different views – I would choose keeping heart instead of doing quick cold calculation that can turn out right or completely wrong – I think you did try the second possibility many times – did not work in last decade or more – what about trying the second one – keep our heart now and buy muscles later…

  59. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …You may be right Slovak …losing or trading-away Jaro, We could also be losing a big-chunk of Our ‘chemistry’ as a Team

    …Myself, in Life, …I normally think first with My Heart

    …there were times I have lossed in My choices …yet, most times I have fortunately in-the-end learned I made the right decision

    …so, Your opinion I respect very much

    …whatever the decision is …I hope it ends as ‘the right decision’ for both Jaro and Our Habs

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  60. Slovak says:

    Thank you,

    I hope he will stay, I want him to win the cup exactly with this bunch of guys and I feel they can do it sooner or later.

    I am old school – hockey is about heart first – it is the same with love – if you calculate in love you will always loose in the end because love stands on something you can not explain – it is worth all money because you can’t buy it /not talking about the cheap crappy type of love…:)

    When you love hockey you too do it for something unexplainable connected with heart on the first place and then there are money, tactics, calculations, etc. 

    Yes I know – reality on the surface of this world seems to be little different and cold but when you go deeper – there is something more in life and in hockey too…

    R E S P E C T

  61. crabvader says:

    I love that Carcillo decked his own teammate.

  62. JD_ says:

    Chicago played big that first period. Its character guys have all come to play tonight. Gotta admit: It’s immensely satisfying to see an ostensibly tough Philly team get slapped around like that. Quenneville has to have liked what he saw.

    Carcillo is a hair away from being institutionalized. Watching him level Carter – who was at the receiving end of more than his fair share in the period – and then Kopecky jawing at him, well, fellow straightjacket prospect Slobberin’ Bobby Clobber is probably climbing the walls.

    Speaking of institutionalized, whoever at the CBC authorized the $10,000 royalty cheque to an already immensely wealthy Andrew Lloyd Webber, so that viewers could watch a deeply closeted Don Cherry embarrass the network and the league with his pathetic, extremely unfunny bit, should probably be shown the door.

    Hawks have Philly on its heels. Keep it up.

  63. shootdapuck says:

    Adventure, that about sums it up!

    They turned off the hot water on May 1.

    The snow has finally melted and its the first we have seen the sidewalks in 6 months.

     

    “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″

  64. shootdapuck says:

    Gauthier AKA the ghost is seen and heard less frequently than Stanley Cup parades in Hogtown!

     

    “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″

  65. HabFab says:

    I take it from your address that she is Russian?

    And from your location, you don’t fly over on occasion to catch a Khabarovsk Tiger or Bear whatever game when Jagr is in town?

  66. shootdapuck says:

    Going to KHL in Khabarovsk in a word no!

    Khabarovsk requires the use of domestic flights and company policy forbids using most of those carriers.

    Then there is the personal security aspect of the Russian far east which is a little dicey!

    Lastly “she” is of unknown origin but would be an example of the best kept secret in the Russian Federation – Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, college town!

     

     

    “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″

  67. HabFab says:

    Would assume your location would look much as Alaska or northern BC.

  68. shootdapuck says:

    I always think of Northern or Northwestern Ontario when out of the city because the hills here are not as rugged as Alaska or Northern BC to my recollection.

    But we do have to ride the train regularly to the north of the island which transits some of Stalins’ Gulags. This place was the equivalent of Alcatraz in the old days.

     

    “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″

  69. HabFab says:

    Envy you the adventure!

  70. crabvader says:

    Lol @ Huet giving dirty looks to McGuire.

  71. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bud light guy: Proof natural selection just isn’t working.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  72. EricInStL says:

    That and proof light beer sucks…

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  73. crabvader says:

    The NBC guy SUCKS!!!

    Gagne misses a hit on Keith by a country mile and this clown is going nuts saying Gagne layed a huge hit on him… Wow.

  74. EricInStL says:

    Does anyone thnk we should go after Asham as a UFA ?????

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  75. crabvader says:

    Had him once, get him again. Some tough native blood.

  76. Keith says:

    Microbrewed is the only way to go.

  77. Mike Boone says:

    Amen. Boréal Rousse rocks!

  78. EricInStL says:

    Are they part of the Molson Empire…ooops Family ????

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  79. Keith says:

    Thanks Mike. Just bookmarked it. Next time I’m in Quebec I’ll have to try it.

  80. longtimehabsfan says:

    Hawks aren’t willing to pay the price tonight.  They’re trying to win this one on skill.  Need some guts.

  81. andrewberkshire says:

    Good observation. That’s especially true of Kane.

  82. EricInStL says:

    His salary is 640 000 this year. Seems like very good value. Better than BGL….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  83. Habhopeful says:

    Beerfest this weekend!!! Woooo cant wait! pretty girls, cheap exotic beer and food!! LOve it! Boone, is that your hot spot this weekend? can we expect to see ya stumblin down Canadiens avenue cursing at the Hab’s posters on the Bell Center? lol

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  84. Ali says:

    you forget, that was in the “old” nhl. hainsey we lost on waivers, but he’s still a top 4 dman who can move the puck. again, nobody drafted cammalleri, he was considered too small in the old NHL, and Komi was a good pick. Perezhogin was developing decently enough till Carbo ran him out of the country. Duncan Keith was a 2nd round pick, so 30 teams passed on him in the 1st round. Thats why development of players is as important, if not more important than drafting them. The habs suck at their player development. drafting is mediocre, although its seems like only yesterday everyone was saying Timmins was a genius. Not so much now i guess?

    Oh Captain my Captain…

  85. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cammalleri was drafted in the 2nd round by the LA Kings, they weren’t nobody considering how their draft has delivered them. Perezhogin, I never saw much to him and still, Hainsey and Hossa were wastes compared to what came after them.

    Volchenkov, Kronwall would have given Montreal an incredible blueline, add in Markov and Subban, best D group in the league really. If Gainey can be knocked for bad drafting, I can knock Savard for screwing up as well.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  86. Steve in Kingston says:

    The Draft is just step-1.

    Subsequent player development is another major factor.  PK Subban aside, the Habs’ record in development isn’t good.

    Hard to tell which is to blame in each instance.

  87. smiler2729 says:

    I wanna see Keith and Richards go into a corner to smoke a julio…

  88. smiler2729 says:

    And Hossa The Stanley Cup Jinx scores!

  89. longtimehabsfan says:

    Hossa’s hard work pays off.

  90. crabvader says:

    Hossa!

  91. gmd says:

    Bring on Boucher!

  92. longtimehabsfan says:

    Boucher time?

  93. smiler2729 says:

    Michael Leighton’s Bernie Parent costume just fell off again, 2-0.

  94. crabvader says:

    And that’s the way the Leighton cookie crumbles.

  95. bigjames says:

    no goals for almost 2 periods and then 2 in 18 seconds! wow!

  96. crabvader says:

    Unbelievable how Briere got away with holding the stick.

  97. crabvader says:

    Should’ve been coincidentals… Horrible reffing.

  98. EricInStL says:

    Classic NHL officiating. You must not let 1 team run away with a game. Even things up at all costs.

    Gotta love consistancy… Expect at least 2 more Chicago penalties…. Why let the players decide a game.

    Your heard about the invisible hand in economics, well this is the NHL version.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  99. crabvader says:

    You know something… Eager’s goal was a goal scorer’s goal. It was a small toe drag and a HUGE release for a perfect top corner shot. Used the d-man on a bit of a screen.

    10/10 for execution on that shot. That was Ovechkin-esque.

  100. JD_ says:

    Michael Let-It-In, indeed.

    Attaboy.

    Where were you two weeks ago?

  101. Mike Boone says:

    28 seconds, but who’s counting?

  102. HardHabits says:

    I sat out the whole game either at the computer or on the balcony. Anyways after seeing a bat fly around in my backyard I decided to go in and sit down and watch the end of the 2nd period. 10 seconds later Hossa scores.

    Say whatever you want about the Hossa curse. Playing in 3 <Stanley Cup> Championship Finals in 3 consecutive years with 3 different teams will probably never be repeated by any other athlete in any sport.

  103. HardHabits says:

    Timo Jr is.

  104. longtimehabsfan says:

    Denis Savard on CBC.  Habs have yet to recover from failing to draft him instead of Doug Wickenheiser.

  105. bigjames says:

    watching some lousy US feed on my laptop at work. they called the 18 seconds. what r ya gonna do. thanks for setting me straight!

  106. JD_ says:

    You know, watching tonight’s match-up between the Chicago Black Hawks and Philadelphia Flyers, I am reminded of one very important thing: The Toronto Maple Loafs suk.

  107. crabvader says:

    Hossa got away with murder and then Briere embelishes for the make up call.

  108. crabvader says:

    Gill and Gorges were awesome… Seabrook and Keith are unreal!

  109. crabvader says:

    Wow, Philly gets so many of those BS goals…

  110. SeriousFan09 says:

    Flyers can do no wrong this period…

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  111. crabvader says:

    Halak must’ve switched jock straps with Niemi.

  112. longtimehabsfan says:

    Hawks hanging on.  Need a good shift from one of their lines.

  113. EricInStL says:

    Say what you want about Phily and I hate them as much as anyone else. But they have no quit….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  114. crabvader says:

    Lol, that was almost Stefan-funny.

  115. gmd says:

    Pronger is such a loser.

  116. Propwash says:

    Agreed, a skating classless p.o.s

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  117. zozotheclown says:

    Niemi stole the show at the end there, complete opposite of last game.

  118. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    someone needs to get pronger some kleenex boo hoo

  119. Kwanzaa.. says:

    TOTALLY. He just proves it with every minute of his existence. So pathetic.

  120. SeriousFan09 says:

    He is a total ****. I can’t believe he talks to the refs and they actually don’t call him on some of his dirty stuff out there.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  121. SeriousFan09 says:

    Blackhawks bringing the brooms to Wachovia? Oh please say yes.

    Good guys up 2-0.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  122. HardHabits says:

    More like Leighton was Price-esque. Just KIDDING!!!

  123. habitual says:

    Hey there MBoone:  Just acknowledging the sly literary reference from Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

    Now. how about wagging your bifurcated tail and give us some mass communication info about where we are with Jaro and Pleks?

    Is you is, or is you isn’t our columnist?

     

  124. Mike Boone says:

    Oh, I was hip to Robert Johnson LONG before O Brother came out. As to Jaro and Pleks, maybe Gauthier knows but he ain’t talking … at least not to me or anyone else in the media. If ever an organization ran on the sacred principle “loose lips sink ships” …

  125. longtimehabsfan says:

    Exciting game.  Enjoying the outcome with a cigar. 

  126. CHsam says:

    My three favs: Hoyo de Monterey no.2, and H.Upmann Magnum 46

    and finally, a Romeo and Julietta Exhibicion no.4

  127. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Christopher this is in no way directed towards you my friend…you are one of the few fans on this site who uses logic and thou I don’t allways agree,I get the jest of what your saying …anyho have a great nite my Hab friend  fanatic”we’re cursed I tell ya,lol!”

  128. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …  ;-))

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  129. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Stephen, I bet Your dog was smarter than Me to begin with …so, I understand

    …and …THAT’s ok

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  130. CHsam says:

    LMAO! Cherry fancies himself a thespian

  131. HabFab says:

     

    HAB PROSPECTS HONOR LIST

     

    Mac
    Bennett  D              – USHL All Rookie Team

    Cedrick
    Desjardins  G    – AHL 2nd Team All Star

                                
             – AHL Harry Holmes Memorial Trophy (lowest GAA)

    Gabriel
    Dumont  RW/C   – QMJHL 1st Team All Star

                                 
           – QMJHL Guy Carbonneau Trophy (best defensive forward)

    Alexei
    Emelin  D            – KHL Play Offs Top Defenseman

    Danny Kristo  
    RW         – WCHA Rookie of the Year

                                
           – WCHA All Rookie Team

    Louis Leblanc   C         – Ivy
    League Rookie of the Year

                                       –
    ECAC All Rookie Team

    Robert Mayer  G          – ECHL Play Offs MVP
    (shared)

    Brendon Nash  D         – 1st Team All American All Star

                        
                 – ECAC 1st Team All Star

    PK Subban  D             –
    AHL 1st Team All Star

                                      – AHL All
    Rookie Team

     

    Guy Boucher               – AHL Coach of the
    Year

     

  132. Slovak says:

    I don’t care about Leighton, Montreal was burned down – it was more psychological state that they did lose to Flyers… The 3rd game showed it clearly. They were over-motivated. They did not handle the psychological state where they were so close… I think they realized this after Penguins and started to think about how far they are – they started to care more about not doing mistake than playing their game – that is all.

    But what is really crazy and sad – As I read more and more comments on this blog it is more and more clear to me that Montreal does not deserve HALAK! Many of you still live in some blind picture about Price.

    Price will never be great goalie and you will be sorry for letting Jaro go. If Jaro is gone you will be crying how bad next season will be no matter who you bring in. Only if you have such great team as Chicago you can have weak goalie like Price. But go with him maybe it is time for Jaro to move on from the team where he can NEVER earn respect…

    And with this kind of blind thinking Montreal was able only to see the first round of playoff in last decade… One would laugh about it but it is more sad than funny – it is just sad after all…

  133. smiler2729 says:

    You may be just as blind about Halak. Plenty of goalies have had amazing playoff runs (like Steve Penney) that turned out merely mortal after the fact. Then again, you’re viewing things through Slovak eyes.

    The Price bashing has to stop cuz it comes from the same place as the Subban bashing. Yeah, Subban’s still riding in all your glows but as soon, and I mean AS SOON, as he slumps, the bashing will start.

    Price is 22, Subban is 21, we eat our young here if they don’t perform EXCELLENCE ASAP.

  134. HardHabits says:

    You should take a tip from JJ. He never stop being a Habs fan after Koivu was let go.

    Another thing. If someone offers Halak 5 million+ it would be better to let him go and grab the draft picks.

    I have ALWAYS been in Halak’s corner when it came to him being number 1 last year.

    Who else came up with the words to “Halak the way you move” and “Carey Price Superstar”?

    I still like Price though. It’s a business and the deal is to win.

    It’s no secret that I also promote tanking to rebuild. Well with Price in nets that’s exactly what would happen.

    Now if management can sign Halak for under 4 million a year and get a great return for Price than I am all for that too.

    Personally I am tired of all the young up and coming stars playing on other teams and seeing everything we draft end up nowhere.

  135. JF says:

    Our series with Philly made me angry because of our inability to get to Leighton.  In four of the five games, we were kept to the outside, with the result that he looked great.  The Hawks look as though they’ll have no trouble getting traffic in front of him and getting him moving from side to side.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Boucher in Game 3. but when he replaced Leighton last game, he looked as though he weren’t quite ready.  Perhaps Laviolette thinks he needs another game’s rest.

  136. SeriousFan09 says:

    Word from Team 990 suggests that yesterday’s posting on Hockey’s Future boards were correct, PG has sacked about 1/3 of the scouting staff of the Montreal Canadiens, when can we expect to hear replacements hired?

    I don’t think this is just straight reduction, Canadiens just pulled in a dump truck of cash from the playoffs and these days, you look pretty stupid slashing away at Player Personnel staffing without replacing what you get rid of in the cap era where drafting is massively important.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  137. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I seriously hope they are replacing them, considering the Molsons just announced a raise in ticket prices.  Raising ticket prices and cutting staffing budgets will not look good on the new owners.

  138. Slovak says:

    I am not stopping being Habs fan even when Jaro leaves, then I will have 2 favourite teams + Chicago. But as I said it is sad and it really is. I am not talking about money, I am talking about passion about being true to yourself about doing everything for the team on another level than business. I don´t know how to explain, it is more emotional and irrational than rational but I want Halak to stay because he fits this team amazingly. But it seems that instead of looking for reasons to stay more poeple are just calculating and looking why Halak should leave, reasons are irrelenvant.

    Nobody said that he wants 4 or 5 mil. Media talk is one thing and reality other. But are the money first? How many times did you rebuild the team in last decade? Something must be wrong… Maybe it is time to see it from different point of view, maybe heart?????

    Or you can go with the same – money, calculations first and then what? You will hope for bright future instead of building it on something that proved to be right…

  139. Slovak says:

    How many years is Jaro in Montreal? Is his carrer going up or down in a long term? Is his carrer going up slowly but constantly? Now what about Price? I don´t bash Price I see the reality, if you don´t want to see it – it is ok, nothing wrong on it… you can believe in Price to dooms day. I am just sad peronally form how things go out there.

  140. shootdapuck says:

    The career you refer to happened for 8 weeks in April and May!

    Prior to that Halak and Price for that matter were hardly leading anyone to the promised land!

    There were sparkles but hardly the glow of greatness!

    If Halak is destined to have the career path you refer to he will have to play the regular season as well as he did the playoffs consistently!

     

    “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″

  141. Danno says:

    I am not a scout but even I knew his weaknesses — just by looking up clips of Leighton before we played him in round three. He is slow side to side and he is also slow clearing the puck. Why didn’t the scouts for the Habs provide the team with this info to beat Philly? Why, why why?

     

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

  142. smiler2729 says:

    Maybe the scouts did and the players didn’t execute… maybe the scouts are among the bunch fired today. Who knows, who cares? What’s done is done and it was a fun ride.

  143. Ali says:

    bringing back Andre Savard would be great! Please! He had the habs going in the right direction!

     

    Oh Captain my Captain…

  144. SeriousFan09 says:

    Savard’s drafting record is no better than Gainey’s looking at the 2000-2002 recruitment.

    Hossa and Hainsey ahead of Volchenkov, Frolov, Boyes, Kronwall, Orpik in 2000.

    2001, yes Komisarek was okay but where’s Perezhogin? Missed on Cammalleri in round 2 as well.

    2002, Higgins was good, but who’s Tomas Linhart? Duncan Keith went 9 picks later.

    It is often said that Savard was running the draft for Gainey in 2003 which is why Gainey wasn’t a big Halak fan if so, the AK drafting debacle can be lain directly at his feet, and missing out on Shea Weber in round 2 as well.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  145. Danno says:

    It’s something I wondered myself. They did not crowd the crease and shots remained in the periphery for the most part. Not a formula for success to be sure. Of course, Philly’s defence had a role to play in that as well…

     

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

  146. crabvader says:

    Leighton sucks. Anyone who ever thought otherwise needs to get their prescription renewed.

    I know most of us (if not all) saw right through it: He was as good as his defence made him out to be against us.

    He is a career AHL goaltender and there’s a reason he’s a waiver killer.


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