Against the Stanley Cup champs … and the referees!


  1. HabFanSince72 says:

    This isn’t about the miracle man from Belarus, it’s about his fan club.


  2. habs4ever2894 says:

    Bruins lose David Kreji to a broken wrist…. That is horrible news for them if boston manages to get by philly( which is likely) they will have no chance against us or the pens . 

  3. punkster says:

    HFS, I don’t think you need to call out or bait anyone. Most of those you call “kool-aid drinkers” are simply frustrated fans. I’m one of them. I just happen to think we are best served by leaving SK in the press box. It’s the lack of a 4th line that most are ticked about. Dressing guys who end up with a couple of minutes (or zero) ice time while the rest of the guys are sucking wind out there.

    The SK thing is an easy target for some who don’t like JM or believe they could do a better job. A coach’s role is far moe complicated than the oft quoted line “Great coaches coach to a player’s strength and will put them in
    situations where they can succeed”. That is but a single element to being a coach. How about this one, “A great coach has the courage to not compromise on excellence”. Hey, I can pluck dozens of saying from the web and apply them to this situation but quotes don’t make a coach and don’t win hockey games. I have an issue with JM not playing 4 lines but I do not have an issue with his handling of SK.

    Like I commented last night, putting SK on the 4th line does not increase the chances of the 4th
    line playing. That issue is entirely separate of the SK discussion.
    He’s a 4th line player on a team that is not playing a 4th line and he’s a 4th line player who is in the doghouse. JM has lots of other choices available to make up a 4th line.

  4. Jbird says:

    I like SK.  But if I was a young NHLer who is talented but still scratched for 5 straight games on a team making a playoff run I would show the coaches I wanted to play by practicing harder and proving to them I belong.  What else can a scratched player do other than work harder than hell in practice?  

    Why does he leave early?  Makes no sense to me.  Guy has 6 goals this year? demanded a trade with zero leverage and now seems to have his teammates thinking he does not give a crap while the 2010 Habs DO give a crap.  

    And for the record the TSN report says that Price asked why he left the ice early while SK mumbled something.  Price follows up with a “you to good?”.  I think he may just think that.     

  5. projectpete19 says:

    they changed the article from earlier

  6. Fansincebirth says:

    good one…

    Darche must have been like Griswold on Christmas Vacation

    Have a good shift, good shift, great shift, kiss my ass, kiss his ass…..

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  7. wd40 says:

    Any news on Subban?  Was he playing hurt last game as some on here suggested?

  8. Ayan_SB says:

    Yeah, forget SK, just dress Darche and give him 0:00 TOI.

  9. Fansincebirth says:

    So, is SK your new whipping boy or are you just adding him to your list of players you hate?

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  10. punkster says:

    Did the article say “yell”? Read it again.

  11. projectpete19 says:

    did anyone read the article on TSN saying that Price yelled at Sergei for leaving the ice early at practice?

  12. nick says:

    I don’t know about kool aid drinkers…

    But I can say I’d rather have the team work with him rather than throw him under a bus. Sure hes this an that, piss poor attitude and the works… With all that, the kid has a helluva upside when he decides he wants to play.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, weren’t folks saying the same thing about Price after a few words with Markov after a game? Bad attitude , doesn’t deserve to be with the team etc etc… And now he’s calling out Sergei in the locker room… Things change.

    I’d rather work with a draft pick a little too long and find out he isn’t worth as much as expected rather than ship him off to another team to watch him excel for not much in return. But thats me.

    Then again, perhaps it has something to do with the 300$ jersey I picked up 2 seasons ago back when he was still a fan favorite :P

  13. HabFanSince72 says:

    Where are the SK74 kool-aid drinkers this morning?

    You know the mantra: “we can’t win without the miracle man from Belarus but Martin won’t pick him because he hates him.”




  14. Fansincebirth says:

    Thanks Chris….appreciate it.

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  15. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Thanks Rick!

  16. K-hab25 says:

    So Lats became instantly talented enough after the trade to MIN, please. He was being used, much like Sergei, in a 3/4 line checking role which didn’t take advantage of there offensive skills. IMO neither one was ever given a legit shot at being a top 6 guy on the Habs and like Lats, Sergei will show his true talent in his next stop. Then when he does people will say, well he wouldn’t have done it Montreal, like they said about Lats, to which I say bull***t.

  17. kempie says:

    Regarding SK74, I think I have the solution. We should consider trading him. Maybe for Backstrom or Malkin.

  18. mbplekfan says:

    By mismanaging SK the coaching staff has thrown two players off the team. Andrei doesnt have the character to be a professional by himself and he relies on Sergei for alot off of the ice.

    Both players will likely bolt for the KHL next year. We free up cap space but lose two assets that cant be replaced.

    Terrible player management by JM.

  19. habsoul says:

    Don’t really need to state the obvious, but what the hell: This game is a must-win. Coming back from a 3-1 deficit to Washington was a miracle. Climbing out of a 3-1 hole against the Stanley Cup champs will require divine intervention or perhaps an airplane crash.


    That said, Montreal is giving the Pens all they can handle in this series. The Habs played fantastic defense again in game 3 and Jaro was Jaro. But Pittsburgh showed they can play some defense as well and Fleury had a tremendous game. 

    Montreal’s coaching staff needs to make some offensive adjustments. The defensive philosophy is working but the Habs are in dire need of scoring from someone not named Cammalleri or Gionta. Andrei Kostitsyn and/or Benoit Pouliot need to step up—and tonight would be a good time for that to happen.

    I’m hoping we’ll see more of PK in the offensive picture with set plays that take advantage of his booming shot and skating skills.


  20. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    I hope she gets well soon!

  21. Hammer says:

    have you ever heard of personal responsibility? SK hasn’t! 

  22. kempie says:

    BTW, I really like the piece you wrote on the topic the other day. I think you nailed it 100%.

  23. kempie says:

    Yep, it’s a rough game out there. Things happen.

  24. Exit716 says:

    Who were the other teams bidding for Martin’s services?


    Gainey was short-sighted as usual.

    Let’s let Boucher walk for nothing. Hell, we can always rehire Michel Therrien after all.

    Gauthier won’t let Martin go, not after Martin has made Gauthier and Gainey’s train wreck of a team building exercise look semi competent.


  25. punkster says:

    Triple, that’s the best thing you’ve said about this affair yet. You are correct in saying we can’t afford to lose a youngster with this potential. I have disagreed with you on how this has been handled but the end result, losing a young potentailly good player, is tough to swallow. But what’s done is done so hopefully we get something of value in a trade. Or, saints preserve us, SK is given another chance over the summer to re-think his future here.

  26. Fansincebirth says:

    My wife has the exact same thing right now and it’s really messing with her.

    Don’t expect to see her out on the ice any time soon :o)

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  27. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pouliot has basically had his best NHL season ever this year since joining Montreal, but where did all that good progression go? He’s like half of what he was months ago when the talk was he and JM were speaking the same language, now what? Boucher’s handle on player development this year reads much better than JM’s looking at how the Bulldogs players improved compared to how ours did.

    Some of the veterans got better on their stats, but we have a very solid crew of professionals in the veteran ranks with no enigmas really, but that’s why a team has a core of veterans, they’re pros and they don’t need a lot of hand-holding by the coach or direction. The young guys generally take up the majority of the coach’s workload because they need to be developed and I am just very underwhelmed, looking at the last few years of variable progression of the young players and noticing that again, we’ve had a year of very spotty player development. I’m tired of every team besides ours having young players who keep getting better, while ours just keep going up and down.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  28. kempie says:

    I can live with JM as GM for a couple of years if it means Guy is our coach.

  29. Fansincebirth says:

    You never know where and when a slash to the injured foot may come from….accidently, of course

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  30. Chris says:

    Ah, nothing like debating against reasoned responses like this.  Well played.

    Sorry for having a different opinion from you.  Must make me a terribly stupid fan.

  31. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    No doubt about it… banished. JM hates SK and won’y play him again.

  32. B says:

    I would hate to see Boucher go. Is it likely they would replace Martin after his team has gone into at least the second round of the playoffs? If they manage to come back and beat the Penguins then his job here next season would be even more secured.

  33. punkster says:

    Who’s throwing in the towel?

  34. B says:

    Not one skater who had trouble last year besides OB got better this one is more my issue I guess.

    I think Pouliot was a disappointment last season (and earlier this season) and definitely improved in Montreal this season. Besides a couple young skaters and the young goalies, there are older skaters who also improved their stats over last season.

    Like I said, I am not big fan of Martin. It just seems that you are now shifting your argument, trying to credit anyone else for anything positive and laying all of the blame for any negative or backward steps onto Martin. Do you really have to stretch the truth or work that hard to find criticism with Martin?

  35. kempie says:

    I doubt we’ll ever know the real truth, but yeah it must be something pretty bad because somebody in this equation must be very wrong. With the precious little information I have I have no choice but to side with the guy who’s been in the league for a couple of decades. But yeah I’d love to know the truth.

  36. Batalla says:

    Is that better or worse than Darche?  He got to dress, but didn’t get a single shift.  SK74 is so far down the line that he doesn’t even get THAT.


  37. habs4ever2894 says:

    I was just thinking the same thing today… they should definitely use Fix You it has a much better feel.

  38. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I firmly believe that the Habs have the skill and drive to beat anyone….but, still…do you  target Staal’s foot? I wouldn’t encourage going out of your way  but maybe during a scrum a little love tap to remind him it’s the playoffs?


  39. Batalla says:

    Thank goodness for that.  I liked SK74 and really believed (and still believe) that he could be a good player.  But in the first couple games against Washington, he pulled up so as not to get hit like 6-7 times.  He made bad plays to clear the zone.  Well guess what?  It’s playoff time.  No passengers on this train, buddy.

    He’d be just like Yashin if he ever actually started to produce.


  40. B says:

    I don’t believe Martin had much of a future as GM in Florida before Gainey signed him. His position there seemed tenuous.

  41. Josh says:

    Well, according to Elliot Friedmans twitter, Martin has told Sergei not to practice at all. How far in the dog house do you have to be to not even be able to see the ice for a morning skate?

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pyatt spent half his year in the A than the NHL this year so that would be JM taking credit for Boucher’s work if anything, Pyatt was initially under Boucher and I would say his improvements came from there. Boucher also being the guy who initially turned things around with SK after the demotion and reported the kid was good for NHL action. I’ll give Gorges since he’s just around that age but has anything really changed with him since last year? He’s always been a guy to give 100% and hasn’t had trouble since he got here. Not one skater who had trouble last year besides OB got better this one is more my issue I guess. JM came in with talk about how he’d help the young players, well besides the ones who were getting better by themselves, what’s he done to help out the guys with trouble?

    Halak got better this season, but I think that owes more to his own commitment and the goaltending coach than JM having long sessions with him, Price, well yeah his stats are up and in terms of his game he’s better than he was in the last half of the 09 season but he still isn’t where he was in the first half of 08-09.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  43. Batalla says:

    That makes more sense…  I thought it was herpes.


  44. kempie says:

    So the obvious question is: Does he play or is he still banished?

  45. Harani says:

    He’s had labrynthitis and it really screws up your balance coz it affects your ear.It’s a pretty serious condition that can take people months to heal from.

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

  46. B says:

    how many skaters 25 or under got better under JM this year? With the exception Ryan O’Byrne, not one

    Gorges? Pyatt? I don’t agree that Pouliot has been worse than he was in Minnesota either.

    You did say “skaters”, but it is worth mentioning the two young goaltenders too. Halak’s season speaks for itself, while some might even argue Price was also better this season than last. Despite fewer starts and wins, Price’s save% improved from .905 to .912, unfortunately for him, Halak was better.

    I am not a big Martin fan, but he has not been a total disaster.

  47. HabFanSince72 says:

    But you’re not an NHL coach are you?


  48. B says:

    Boucher already has a job in the Habs organization, who do you think pays his salary now?

  49. kempie says:

    No doubt.

  50. GrimJim says:

    Essentially you’re right. A player’s salary is paid out over the regular season. Player’s get paid bonus money for each round they advance in the playoffs. I couldn’t find a breakdown of how much though.

  51. Fansincebirth says:

    IMHO, this is absolute BS!

    I don’t know what the hell JM is thinking. Dressing Darche and sitting him for the whole game. Not dressing SK and having him see Darche sit at the end of the bench opening and closing the door.

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  52. Norcal Habsfan says:

    LOL . True  that.

    I’ll bet however that the Pens know about Metro’s injury and don’t hesistate to punish his shoulder.

  53. wd40 says:

    Good one!  The sight of 100’s of pacifiers being thrown on the ice after Sid whines to an official (which should happen in the first minute) would be pretty funny.  Juvenile, but funny.

  54. RedLight says:

    So Staal looks like he’s good to go a handful of days after surgery. But Spacek is still out nearly two weeks after coming down with a ‘virus?’ What is it, Ebola?

  55. B says:

    Perhaps he simply does do what Martin asks him to?

  56. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Yeah, during training camp. Jacques basically took an immediate dislike to him. Since Day 1 these two haven’t gotten along. Everyone makes mistakes, but when SK makes a mistake… God, it’s the end of the world!

  57. zozotheclown says:

    Although I agree JM hasn’t been very successful with our youth, not everything can be pinned on him. I think Lats and Sergei were cases very few coaches would have had success with, they’re both players who want top 6 minutes but don’t quite have the latent yet, and lack the proper attitude to play bottom 6. AK isn’t what I would call youth anymore either, although still young, he should be past the point where he needs the nurturing some of kids seems to need, so his lack of success is on himself, and the injury. Plus Pyatt has done quite well under JM, just his kind of player it would seem. 

  58. Fansincebirth says:

    Wasn’t SK on JM’s chit list right from the get-go? Wasn’t it him that JM blew a stack at during one of our practises?

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  59. Fansincebirth says:

    It’s only news because it has something to do with the Habs.

    We attract the paparazzi types like Lindsay Lohan does….

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  60. TripleX says:

    I know unlike us, most on HIO are already rid of SK.  But I am very curious to know what SK did to warrant such a severe penalty.  It must be something that occured off the ice and I imagine it will all come out after the playoffs.  One thing is clear, SK’s time in Montreal is over.  Too bad, this organization can ill afford to lose a young player with actual talent.




    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  61. avatar_58 says:

    Can I ask why this Sergei article nonsense is news? How many times do we listen to these pundits and airheads spread rumours and nonsense about the habs. Oh Price said something to Sergei in the hall? So what, the media was hiding in the trash can?

    Get over it. Teams talk, they argue, they say un-PC things. No one really cares on other teams so why the hell should we? I don’t take any stock in any of this nonsense.

  62. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t want that man anywhere near GM duties even as an assistant. Doesn’t matter anyway though, there are several coach-less teams that will snag Boucher this summer.

  63. Habscore says:

    Haha!! Yea

    Thanks for the extra info.

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  64. SeriousFan09 says:

    If that happens I will lose it, without a doubt, I will ****ing lose it, this would be like trading Subban and Markov this summer for Lecavalier.

    You want Boucher to move up in his career, kick JM off the job before he ruins the team.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  65. SeriousFan09 says:

    The ability of JM to work with young players was obviously a clever rumour began by him to see he gets a job. I know most people don’t have much to think Sergei right now but let’s be honest, how many skaters 25 or under got better under JM this year? With the exception Ryan O’Byrne, not one.

    Lapierre had his head up his *** until the playoffs started basically. AK, well we all know the story there. Sergei? Well that’s been a topic of some debate in the last 48 hours. The worst edition of Gui ever was tossed aside in favour of Pouliot and well, Pouliot after initial success is doing what now?

    For a coach who was supposed to work well with young players, he’s gone 1 for 6 this season on the skaters, that’s **** by anyone’s standard. The count has to swallow his pride and work with what he has, anyone here who thinks we can make it with a short bench for the rest of this thing is welcome to believe that but it’s already starting to backfire and we’re only in Game 4 of the Semis.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  66. ajpursell says:

    Everyone is replaceable. This is season is proof of that.

  67. Fansincebirth says:

    Gainey came back for one more ‘walk’ :o)

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  68. ed lopaz says:

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

    Ian Cobb has assured me that Martin will move to another Habs office to make room for Boucher.

    I have a lot of faith in Ian.

    He is a great Habs fan, and a man of his word.

    I refuse to believe that the Habs will lose Boucher because Jm has 3 years left on his contract.

    I met Geoff Molson – albeit briefly.

    He is a very sharp guy, and a huge Habs fan as well.

    M. Molson will not let this happen, and neither will Ian.


  69. longtimehabsfan says:

    According to Team990 JM said SK74 is in the weight room.

  70. HabFab says:

    No, it is based on days in the season. Believe it to be 196 days this season but don’t have time to confirm.

  71. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    JM had a chat with him and he’s working out by himself in the gym. Per Arpon Basu on Twitter.

  72. longtimehabsfan says:

    It’s all neutral zone trap by the Bruins.  Flyers also look out of gas.  More than that, Bruins match up better against the Sabres and Flyers.  It’s just how it is.  Regardless, if Jordan Staal is back Pens repeat.

  73. ed lopaz says:

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

    I guess you forgot about PK, or you already consider him an established NHL player and no longer just a prospect??

  74. avatar_58 says:

    Except Hamr is on his last year, JM is just getting started on a longterm contract.

  75. ed lopaz says:

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

    By Elliotte Friedman If Guy Boucher is offered an NHL coaching job this summer, the Canadiens will not stand in his way.

    It appears so obvious to us that Boucher will coach the habs.

    I think someone in PG’s office might just have the same plan, right?

    Losing Boucher to another team would be like losing Subban because we  already have Hamrlik.

    Please tell me I am not cheering for a team led by retards.

  76. PrimeTime says:

    I wonder if the classiest player ever to adorn an NHL uni will say call the refs out!?! Now that would be amazing!

  77. Keith says:

    I’m shaking too lol! I can barely type!

  78. mrhabby says:

    bend not brake steve..martins type of hockey..passive/resistance.

  79. SeriousFan09 says:

    Beautiful moment, defines character player.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  80. HabFab says:

    UP YOURS BUTTMEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  81. HabsFanInVictoria says:


  82. ricardamundo says:

    Maybe so but for $3M+ you can’t only show up every third or fourth night. Sorry but Hal Gill never takes a night off, neither does Josh Gorges, neither does Gionta etc. AK has great potential … but the days of waiting for the ‘potential’ to pay dividends has passed. Good bye to AK and SK and let’s move on.

  83. krob1000 says:

    Ulf Samuelsson is in Sweden right now

  84. PrimeTime says:

    OMFG!!! I can’t believe this!!!!!!! What a f’n emotional game UN-FREAKIN-REAL!!!!

  85. Gorges_the_great says:

    One of the worst reffed games I’ve ever seen. And not even necessarily because it went against us mostly (although Gorges could have been called for tripping on the Malkin breakaway at the end). The worst part is that the inconsistency means the players have no idea what they can and can’t do. You can’t play hockey like that.

  86. ooder says:

    2 offensive players are visible tonight.

    cammy (as per usual) and AK46.. they are both trying very ahrd and bustin their balls out there.

    but nobody else is visible.

    not gomez, not gionta (sorry lil guy), not pouliot (what else is new), not moen, not lapierre, not moore.

    pittsburg has done a very good job of neutralising MTL.


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

  87. novahab says:

    GARY BETTMAN KISS OUR ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  88. TripleX says:

    What are the chances JM realizes he has to take the handcuffs off and let the guys go?  Same as that of SK getting an invite to a barbecue at JM’s this summer.

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  89. HNS says:

    When Bumpin Uglies is your best play, it can’t be good.

  90. Montrealer2 says:

    Ok I’m superstious but having Jean Beliveau make an appearance made me think I hope he brings the Habs some luck,,,,,,Tied with Pens…..love it.

  91. Mike Boone says:

    Nothing like Byfuglien? Canadiens have nothing like Matt Cooke.

  92. mcLovin says:

    my whole body is tingling. woooooooooh. thanks bob

  93. habsfanmandy says:

    Hey, did everyone notice the AWESOME job Moore did tonight, especially in the last few minutes of the game? 2nd round pick, anytime.

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe A man walks into a bar and asks for an Ovechkin. “What’s that?” asks the bartender. “A White Russian, no ice, no cup.”

  94. RudeMood19 says:

    well now since we’ve passedthe washington series, I think it’s safe to say that this period is now the absolute biggest of the season.


  95. HardHabits says:

    I’ll agree with that. Next by post by you though I’ll disagree. ;-)

  96. punkster says:

    Whew, thanks for turning down the volume.

  97. punkster says:

    Agree Steve. I hope the Habs aren’t whining like we are here. They have to go out and push the play, dig harder in the Pit corners and for heavens sake get someone in front of the net hassling MAF. He’s getting a free ride again.

  98. craz11 says:

    THE FIX IS IN! …but the Habs didn’t get the memo! 

    These guys are heroes!

  99. JIMVINNY says:

    That was the first round.

  100. Exit716 says:

    Plekanec really seems to be taking the Sergei benching very hard.


  101. danhabsfan says:

    Told you it wasn’t over after the 2nd

    That is the way.

  102. Bob Barker says:

    I heard Babcock yell at the beginning of the game “Release the Franzen”

  103. J.J. of Turku says:


    In your face, refs!



  104. JIMVINNY says:

    I’m hoping we resign him.  He’s been huge for us.

  105. danhabsfan says:

    They are still in this game.

    If the Habs get the next one, it will be different.

    They need some more fire!

  106. ooder says:

    wow.. the pittsburg refs uhh penguins tried thier best.

    we wanted it more and we took it from them.

    great game guys…

    even the CBC’s closeup was of all the non calls for the penguins.. what pathetic refereeing.. makes the KHL seem legit


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

  107. ed lopaz says:

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

    Ola! Ola! Ola!

    Les canadiens, les canadiens.

    Ola! Ola! Ola!

    Les canadiens sont la!

    Les canadiens, Les canadienssssssss, sont la!!!

  108. gumper says:

    Gros Bill is way too classy to do something like that.

  109. mcLovin says:

    gorges for captain

  110. TripleX says:

    How is Darche playing by the way?  What a difference maker JM.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  111. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Keep the faith brothers and sisters!  This team will NOT give up.  May not be pretty, but will not quit.  Enjoy watching the game while I work.  :(


  112. solsub says:

    Something really needs to be done with the officiating.

  113. budachris says:

    Great win tonight couldn’t watch had too listen to Murray Wilson saying PK should be benches anyway… Won’t coment on refs didn’t see any of the calls but it sounds like te boys beat more than just the pens tonight…

    A little off topic but Johan franzen has 4 goals and 2 assists tonight what a machine!

    Go Habs go bring home a 3-2 lead!

  114. SeriousFan09 says:

    The NHL shouldn’t have anything like Matt Cooke.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  115. HabsMitch says:

    Did anyone else just see that commercial on Mutton Bustin’????? WHAT. IN. THE. FU*K???

  116. habsfaninboston says:

    Great job by the boys!  But man did this game leave a disgusting taste in my mouth.  Absolutely the worst reffing I’ve seen.

  117. habber86 says:

    but we had BGL!

  118. HABdriven says:

    Not even the refs could win this one for the Pens!!!!!!!!  HOOOOORRAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

  119. habsfanmandy says:


    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe A man walks into a bar and asks for an Ovechkin. “What’s that?” asks the bartender. “A White Russian, no ice, no cup.”

  120. TripleX says:

    You think??  LOL


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  121. novahab says:



  122. Matt_in_TO says:

    Looks like I finally pissed someone off at CBC.  Jeff Marek basically told me I’m being self-righteous when stating that the CBC hates the Habs and they’re pissed because their beloved blue and white brigade missed the playoffs again.


    - I Hab Faith

  123. Norm0770 says:

    I agree that should have been called, but the Pens got 2 goals on blown calls so that would make the score 3-1 instead of 3-2.

  124. Montrealer2 says:

    Great to see Jean Beliveau being interviewed,..He’s a class with a capital ‘C’ act.

  125. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    I found a TV at work w/Versus, caught the last 5 mins.  Nearly died when Malkin went on a break.  Excellent blog tonight Mr. Boone.  You kept me in the game.  All hail.


    P.S.  I love hockey again.

  126. wotever says:

    News flash.  This team has skills and HEART.  Not size.

    Oh wait, the heart is a news flash.  The skill and size isn’t news.  Yawn. 

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  127. Exit716 says:

    Biggest goal of the season so far. Lapierre’s. That turned the game and maybe the series.


  128. PrimeTime says:

    Thanks for bringing some class to the evening #4!

  129. HNS says:

    Pantywaist announcers on Versus. Biggest bunch of cheerleaders on TV. 

  130. crabvader says:

    Hope you guys didn’t have any Dow investments!

    That’d be sort of a double-whammy today of being robbed.

  131. Fansincebirth says:

    See you back in Hell Cindy and Gina

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  132. gumper says:

    Yeah, love that clever move by AK to keep tossing the puck back into the corner where his much smaller linemate is expected to dig it out for him and lay a pass on the tape where he’s floating aimlessly in the faceoff circle.

  133. crabvader says:

    You know, I am very proud of our guys for doing what they do best.

    I am, however, blown away by how bad the officiating was and it should still be brought up.

    This kind of BS can make a world of difference between who moves on and who doesn’t and it shouldn’t be left in the hands of those ridiculous bastards as to who will advance. 

    The players on the ice should be the ONLY ones who decide where they are going.


    I’m also scratching my head as to why Talbot got a star over Lapierre.

  134. Fansincebirth says:

    ya, what a monster he turned out to be…..

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  135. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …tell Me PLEASE ! …WHO ???? …deserves the Hart Trophy more than Jaro Halak ?

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  136. gumper says:

    Yup. Cause then it will be tied!!!!

  137. Danno says:




    It was……….




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

  138. crabvader says:

    Johan Franzen is the mule.

    Andreas Engqvist will be the draft horse.

  139. sidhu says:

    Excellent win by les boys, they were able to prevail despite the horrific reffing.

    Now we have the mo going back to Pitt.  We are where we should be, tied 2-2.

    Jaro had a shaky start, but came up big in the third.  His saves on Sid and Gino on the third were huge.

    Stupid Versus announcers praising how Sid is 25-0 going into the third up by a goal, and “the Pens know how to score and they know how to defend a lead.”  Well, well, well. 


  140. topher5468 says:

    Versus reports they took away one of Frazzens goals, now he has two more than our whole team after 5 periods

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  141. andrewberkshire says:

    WOW! You have to think, with ALL the odds against them in this game, with Halak in net this team has the character to beat ANYONE.

  142. crazydude says:

    6-0 Detroit

  143. The Big One says:

    I’ll tell you what.  There isn’t any other way that this year’s edition of the Habs would do it.  They have been right on the edge all season, and in the first round, and now against the Champs.  But they keep on finding a way to stay alive.  If this isn’t inspirational, I’m not sure what is.

  144. habs-hampton says:

    My observations about tonight:

     – This team NEVER quits!

     – Max is incredible below the goal line, when he is on his game. So Strong on the puck!

     – Halak is Halak!

     – I have lost all respect for Crosby. You are the best player in the world. Act like it! I can just imagine what Jean Belliveau thinks when he watchs your whining.

     – If the NHL has any integrity at all, the zebras tonight are done for the year! Disgraceful and Embarassing!

     – We just may truly be a team of destiny!


    Enjoy the ride. I know I am…

  145. danhabsfan says:

    with you… that is what I’ve been saying


  146. Chuck says:

    Strange that none of the goal scorers got a star. I thought for sure that Max would have been a shoe in… and Gionta played a great game, too.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  147. punkster says:

    Balls to the wall HFV. Only way we’ll win this one. No use sitting back and hoping for a Pens mistake.

  148. Exit716 says:

    When do you sleep?


  149. punkster says:

    Has winter returned out there Dustin?

  150. TripleX says:

    Please Mr. Boone …..Cooke wearing the sweater of Beliveau, Richard, Robinson, Cournoyer and the rest?  That would be an insult and quite possibly blasphemous.  Wash your mouth out with soap.  LOL



      “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  151. PrimeTime says:

    Someone posted earlier…..HOCKEY WON!! OMG I’m exhausted!

  152. TripleX says:

    Now that James Brown has gone to a better place.  The Montreal Canadiens take over as the hardest working act in the business.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  153. Chuck says:

    Holy hell, if you’re going to blindly throw the puck in front of the net, make sure that one of your teammates is there to receive it! The Pens don’t need any help creating turnovers!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  154. Hammer says:

    HABS 3- REF’S ( BETTMAN) 2

  155. East Coast Habs says:

    anyone know what are cap room looks like for next year? i think pat marleau is a UFA…. 6.5 per


  156. novahab says:

    i think those steroids are starting to bind up those legs on the Pens

  157. Norm0770 says:

    I agree.  After the holding call on Gill they played pensively trying not to take the next penalty.

  158. JB_15 says:

    This is a team of destiny.

  159. SeriousFan09 says:

    Guess they want to utterly shatter Nabokov.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  160. theprice_31 says:
    To quote Ricky from the Trailer Park Boys….F you Penguins, F
    you striped suit dummies(referee’s) F you NHL….series tied at
    2….see you in Pitsburgh!!!!
  161. habs-hampton says:

    Ya gotta see that reffing to believe it!

  162. zamboni says:

    People say Pouliot is a great skater, for a great skater man he falls down a lot.

  163. JIMVINNY says:

    You have got to be kidding me.  How is that NOT a penalty?




  164. light_n_tasty says:

    So the Pro-Crosby CBC *rolls eyes* was all over the refs in this one.  I can’t believe our tax-dollars pay for such biased coverage *rolls eyes again*.

  165. zozotheclown says:


  166. MD says:

    Beautiful comment on CBC site

    “Halak is Priceless”

  167. andrewberkshire says:

    YES!!!!! LAPIERRE!!!!!

  168. Larry says:

    The way the boys celebrated at the end, they knew. They knew what they were up against tonight, and overcame. AWESOME effort in the third. Very proud of my Montreal Canadiens tonight. Again.

  169. danedmunds says:

    I understand penalties can be subjective but there are certain ones that aren’t and this has to be looked into. When gill slashed crosby’s stick and it broke, it was and is always called a slash. has been all year. but when CROSBY slashes kostitsyns stick out of his hand and then later in the game breaks plekanec’s with no call it becomes absolutely ridiculous.


    then i think, who cares, 3-2 win baby. crosby is just a little whiney bitch anyway

  170. Propwash says:




    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  171. HugeHabsFan says:

    I was SO seriously bent tonight. They were playing so hard and well…and the reffing was just horrible.  But THEN!!! I remembered I didn’t have my Cammalleri jersey on!!!!  So guess what? Put on the jersey at the beginning of the 3rd and guess what??  Well, you know what.

    So my apologies – I will not be taking off this jersey until we hoist the cup.  Deal?? ;o)


    “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!”


  172. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Lappy! Amazing

  173. HardHabits says:

    I don’t like those new Pittsburgh uniforms. Stripes don’t look good on hockey unforms.

  174. punkster says:

    Just ahead of Tower of Power…recent concert…


  175. PrimeTime says:

    Your move Refs!

  176. crabvader says:

    Maxim Latendresse.

  177. novahab says:

    You know Gomez may not be scoring goals but he amazing on the PK and in our end give this man a raise.

  178. zamboni says:

    Ar they going upstairs?

  179. Keith says:



    Take that F&&&&&&&&&ERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  180. J. Ambrose says:

    Prepare now for McLean’s patented defending of the refs.

  181. habs-hampton says:

    You’re right. These are judgement calls. It’s like shooting the puck over the glass. Automatic. Too make it worse, theye never even saw Gill’s little tap on ’87’s stick, just the whinning afterward “Wa, WA, the big man broke my stick, Daaaadddyy!!!”

  182. SeriousFan09 says:



    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  183. Keith says:

    HA,ha CBC is speechless lol! Looks good on ya!!

  184. Habscore says:



    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  185. gumper says:

    Speechless with admiration for this team. Pittsburgh may have a stacked lineup, but whenever I think the Habs are done, they dig down a little deeper and gut out a win. Reminds me of that movie Cinderella Man. 

  186. Montrealer2 says:

    Thank You

  187. petrov14 says:

    Well said…

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  188. wotever says:

    Oh! bet you they pull out the whistles again!

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  189. Danno says:

    Hey Bubbles! Where are you?


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

  190. Chuck says:

    Yea Lats! I mean, Lapierre!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  191. crazydude says:


  192. habz says:

    We just survived and won a battle against crosby and the reffs…In your face freakin refs!

  193. danedmunds says:

    no kidding. i was soooo pissed all game. i failed to mention kostitsyns punch to the face.

  194. ooder says:

    great.. now we are going to have to kill a  5 -3


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

  195. danp says:

    and I thought Sheridan, WY was an odd place for a Habs fan!! We have six inches of wet snow today. Still hockey weather.

  196. Shublips says:

    What a comeback by the Habs!  Halak continues to be Halak, Lapierre has rediscovered his game and Gionta is carrying this team on his back.

    Did you see the look in his eyes in the third?  He refused to lose that game because of the refs.  He was determined for the Habs to overcome the adversity and win, DESPITE the refs.

    That guy is a true leader and is making all the difference in this post season:

    So what happens next game?  Can that Habs keep the ball rolling?

    Habs Addict.com http://www.HabsAddict.com on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Habs-Addict/293450486615 on Twitter: http://twitter.com/HabsAddict on Hockeybuzz.com: http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blogger_archive.php?blogger_id=137

  197. andrewberkshire says:

    Lapierre does the Latendresse.

  198. Ayan_SB says:

    Actually no, Glen Healey showed all the non-calls on the Habs.

  199. danhabsfan says:


    I was wearing my Habs Jersy for the first 2 periods… and I haven’t worn it yet for this series.

    So I took it off during the 2nd intermission… and viola.

    I won’t wear it until the next series (against Boston I guess)

  200. zozotheclown says:

    Darche winning that battle was HUGE, took 2 pens out of the play

  201. novahab says:


  202. coachdoug says:


    In honor of his homeboy Gui…WRAPAROUND!!!!!!!!!

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  203. Norm0770 says:

    One call against them that may have resulted in a goal vs. 2 goals for them as the result of blown calls/non-calls.  Yeah that is definatley something to complain about.

  204. Danno says:


    I’m happy for Yappy!


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

  205. ShangaDoo says:

    I agree. HOCKEY WON!

    Thank You God. I`m having trouble breathing, what a frustrating game.

    If the Habs take anything away from this game, it`s CHARACTER.

    Go Habs 

  206. HugeHabsFan says:

    Don’t forget the two missed tripping calls that led to their goals.

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

  207. dhenry1234 says:

    Honestly I was expecting the refs to make another BS call that would give them a 6 on 4 advantage. Glad that didn’t happen. Habs played with character tonight and did something that most teams could not do. Play a game against the former champs, and against the zebras and come out on top



  208. Big Ted says:

    Add to that when Cooke shot the puck into Halak’s net after the whistle when he got called for a penalty. should have been unsportsmanlike conduct… the problem with the call when Gill broke The Baby’s stick is not the penalty, it’s that the ref did not have his hand up at all and wasn’t looking at the play. You can see him turn to look at Crosby after he hears him whining and then he raises his hand a good 5 seconds after the play. The only reason he makes that call is because The Baby is whining, and that’s what is upsetting: that the ref is listening to his complaint without having actually seen the play. How does he know Sid didn’t break his own stick again? He doesn’t. He just does whatever Crosby tells him and that is not how a ref should do his job. He should have been in position to make that call and then I would have had no problem if he called it right away.

  209. novahab says:

    Richard Thomas was caught with 200,000 in steroid and he supplied Douglas Nagel a chiropractor who was treating Caps players. Sheriff Grady Judd said Nagel shipments went up when the Caps were in the playoffs, when the NHL does not test. Bettman said they investigated but found nothing but the head of NHL security Dennis Cunningham said they did not investigate. So this makes Gary Bettman a liar and so is it any surprise the refs turn a blind eye allowing Pens to score those two goals. I watched the Pens all season I see players skating faster than they did during the season would I be surprise if they are dirty too . I don’t think the Pens are any cleaner than the Caps and Bettman is playing with the future of the NHL No way the NHL can handle what Baseball went through but Bettman doesn’t care he knows the a-holes on capital hill won’t call they don’t like hockey.

  210. Fansincebirth says:

    and the cry from Buttman’s office was heard around the world “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO”

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  211. HardHabits says:

    Key to tonights game: TOI


    Everyone else played more than 10 minutes.

  212. twilighthours says:

    Sorry I said that Lappy sucked!

  213. Chuck says:

    Jaro settled down and came up big after that first goal, but frankly, I’m surprised that Letang didn’t get the first star for scoring the game-winning goal.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  214. SeriousFan09 says:

    After the Game 5 win against WSH, my CA crest 15-16 Heritage jersey became my Starting Jersey for the Playoffs, it’s been on for all 6 playoff wins so far, I shall not tempt fate any further.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  215. crabvader says:

    PLEASE someone tell me Lapierre is useless again.


  216. Norm0770 says:

    Watch the parade to the box start now though…

  217. kempie says:

    16/28 that’s how it’s goona be.

  218. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Glen Healy: “You don’t have to play like the Globe Trotters to get a goal”

    Hehe… does that seem weird to anyone else?

  219. Larry says:

    I noticed that too. I almost felt embarassed for them

  220. Les Habitants says:

    Anyone growing a playoff beard? Mine is starting to get pretty shaggy but I’ll be damned if I shave it now! I got fed up and trimed it the last few playoffs and we lost, so it can grow to my knee’s this year and I won’t touch it!


    GO HABS GO!!!

    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  221. MikeMcLaren says:

    Max has shown more these playoffs… he needs to play like this all year!  Clutch!


  222. novahab says:


  223. LesFleurs says:

    Just to point out, we’d be up 2-0 with 2 more powerplays if the refs didn’t F us in the first.

  224. Adam says:

    And now I’m off to enjoy $1 beer night at the establishment you have taken your avatar from.

    I wish the Habs could play like they did for all 3 periods. I don’t know if it’s the coaching, or Pittsburgh tired out at the end of the game or what, but the Habs have proved that they can dominate two of the best teams for stretches of time.

  225. Tis Himself says:

    The announcers on the French radio station I was listening to on my way home this evening seemed very excited so I knew the Habs won.  The not-watching-them-live streak continues! I heard the refs were really, really bad this evening. Bettman is like a wicked witch hoping that his evil minions OV and Crosby progress. He just can’t get his simple mind around the fact that for those that love hockey, this year’s Habs are much better salesman for the game than any individual star player. Hell, they wrote a feature article about Halak in the NYT the other day!

  226. topher5468 says:

    Good for Darche,

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  227. Exit716 says:

    Most annoying part  of tonight’s CBC commentary. Glenn Healy suggesting that Gionta is a diver and he deserved the penalty for his hit on Orpik.

    Suggesting that Brian Gionta is damaging the “integrity” of the game with a dive that only Healy saw?

    Come on Glenn. Get real.

    Gionta is a heart and soul guy. He’s not a diving gutless puke.

    That was really annoying.



  228. HugeHabsFan says:

    Deal. ;o))

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

  229. Montrealer2 says:

    Cammy’s due

  230. ooder says:

    ok so now that the game is over.. anyone else find the Gionta boarding Bruce Orpik a little ridiculous lol.

    the refs came up to Gionta right before that and told him he was embellishing when he was crosschecked in front of the net.


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

  231. Habscore says:

    NOW we’re one goal away from a W…! Here we go!!!

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  232. Danno says:

    Crybaby Crosby’s going to wet the bed tonight worrying about the next game. Confidence must be shot all to hell now. Stanley Cup champs being defeated by an 8th place club.


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

  233. danedmunds says:

    the list could be very long. just so i am not a hommer, hamrlik had a nice interference call that was missed that led to a goal

  234. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Hold onto that comment Nova… it’s a legit point.

  235. danp says:

    Perfect!!! The only shots that count are the ones that go in and the only score that counts is at the end of the game.

  236. Keith says:

    Hab’s Romance, “Halak Get Stanley Back”. I want that song.

  237. crazydude says:

    There’s some momentum swinging our way.  I say, we Habs fans are very wishy-washy at times.

  238. light_n_tasty says:

    *rolls eyes* was my attempt to display sarcasm.  Don Cherry was all over the refs too.

  239. habaholic68NJ says:

    You know what makes the best player in the world even better?  Knowing that if he whines, he gets the call.  That is why he does it. It works and it helps his team.

  240. JIMVINNY says:

    Sweet Justice!!!!!!

  241. ShangaDoo says:

    Yeah, they knew for sure and just the look on Jaro`s face when it was over. God, I love this team, we should all be proud

  242. punkster says:

    We’re hanging in there HH. I know it won’t last but it’s soooo good while it does.

  243. zamboni says:

    take that refs.

  244. king ddd says:

    UP YOURS reffs, pittsburg.gary bettman cbc and all the habs haters


    .::moen for captain::.

  245. andrewberkshire says:

    HOCKEY GODS!!!! This is what happens when you cheat.

  246. Rugger says:

    Missed another win, I need to stay away i guess.  I found a really staticy French station (AM 730) and though I don’t know French, I figured out it was a Habs win from the end of game noise.  Well done boys!

  247. Fansincebirth says:

    that one’s for you

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  248. wotever says:

    Did I miss something?  Heals was saying: throwing garbage on the ice is giving the top offensive line of the Pens a rest.  Yes, we are also getting a rest, but his point is valid!?

    What did I miss?

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  249. Harani says:

    I should go hug Halak every day before the game. It obviously worked tonight. what an awesome game and what a gutsy win by the Habs. The Bell was definitely full throttle rocking! Totally worth it. As for the officiating: I can rant about it for a whole page, but I want to save up my energy for something better. Good Night everyone! 

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

  250. showey47 says:


  251. danedmunds says:

    you said it big ted

  252. Propwash says:

    Pour it on boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  253. ShangaDoo says:

    Wow. I was just reading the Penguins Blog and they`re saying Subban tried to buy a call when Fedotenko tripped him.

    How blind are these people? It was so BLATANT! 

  254. zozotheclown says:

    Forget highlight reel goals this is better!!!!!

  255. crabvader says:

    Why WOULD CBC say anything to piss Habs fans off at this point?

    In terms of marketability, you want people to watch your channel, correct?

    It is absolutely nonsensical to have a bias against the Habs.

    I think they MIGHT be realizing that a little bit what with Toronto already on the 12th hole.

  256. Montrealer2 says:

    UGLY & Beautiful at the sametime…………………GO HABS GO

  257. tony d says:

    Halak looked shaky off the top but found his form and shut em down. Yahooooooooooo!

  258. coachdoug says:

    GIO for Captain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  259. Captain aHab says:

    I’m guessing we’ll see Chris Lee for the next game.

  260. SeriousFan09 says:



    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  261. joeybarrie says:


    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  262. HUDSONHAB says:



  263. crazydude says:

    What?!?!?  The bounces are going our way!

  264. thefallen29 says:

    The Hockey Gods evened things up tonight. What a farce of a game that was, and our boys showed what character, grit and determination they have.

    You could have said this after Game 6 of the Washington series, but here it is again: No matter what happens the rest of the way, we should be nothing but proud of our guys in the bleu, blanc et rouge. What a team.

  265. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s a Homer blog, what can you expect?


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  266. crabvader says:

    If Mike Green is nominated for the Norris, it’s only fair that Letang be too!

  267. crabvader says:

    Bettman will throw everything he has at us next game.

    Queue intro for Tim Peel and Chris Lee.

  268. danedmunds says:

    nice, my jersey is no jersey. i wear one the lose.

  269. Keith says:






    Thanks Letang!!!

  270. Danno says:

    Win cool Hockey Canada stuff just by visiting Dennis Kane’s blog.


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

  271. Dougie says:

    I hear helicopters downtown. Hope there’s no assholiness. We need to stop booing their anthem and stop throwing beer bottles after a win.

  272. Danno says:

    Yet another ginormous, gigantic goal by our tiny giant… GIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNTAAAA  !!!!!


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

  273. PrimeTime says:

    Cherry right twice tonight….JG for captain!

  274. HugeHabsFan says:

    Good plan SF!  Is that the nice blue jersey with the white?  That is my favorite heritage jersey…

    The jersey I have has become a Cammalleri jersey. I have had it a few years but didn’t have a player I wanted on it.  Then I really began to enjoy Cammalleri. Won the tix in January off HIO, went to the game and then got to meet Cammy and he signed it – and both my kids’ jerseys, so it’s officially a Cammy jersey now.

    So we’ll all just continue to not tempt fate and hopefully our boys will bring us thru this series too!


    “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!”


  275. zamboni says:

    wow, a call at this satge in our favor, unbelievable.

  276. alex_ says:

    cherry is saying gorges for captain…. i dont agree often but i think hes right on with this one

  277. JIMVINNY says:

    Put em away!!!!

  278. thepriceiswrong says:

    calm down, his salary is still absolutely ridiculous

  279. Keith says:

    PK Subban piece on CBC.

  280. joeybarrie says:

    Two pretty LUCKY goals………

    We gotta hold on. Because we cant say anything on the REFS now.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  281. HugeHabsFan says:

    OK, so no jersey for you!! ;o)

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

  282. coachdoug says:

    Hey JM let’s not sit on this one…keep the hammer down

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  283. Morocco says:

    He’s been at every home game thus far. I love seeing him there though.

  284. Chorske says:

    Yeah, we’d never do anything like that HERE.

  285. Habscore says:



    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  286. topher5468 says:

    Brian Engblom is a real douche. that being said, I was real proud of this team after game 7, Im just as proud now. I know I was a bit tough regarding the reffing, yes it sucked, in the first and the third, but dont you see, we need to, as a fan base, rise above that. No one wants us here but we are here and they cant take that away from us. We complain about Sid whining, We need to be stronger, and better. This has been magic, dont lose sight of that. There are forces much greater than officiating on our side. Again Im proud of our boys tonight, Period 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  287. crazydude says:

    I would never want Cooke on a team I cheer for.  What an idiot.

  288. crabvader says:

    I STILL can’t believe Laps didn’t get a star! haha!

    He was one of if not THE main reason our team turned it around tonight. He hustled, hit, scored and killed precious seconds in the dying minutes.

    If he can play like this all of the time, he can yap however much he wants in our uniform next year! :P

  289. danp says:

    Yes, Moore played well. I was talking to the TV as he was working late in the 3rd. My wife thinks I’m crazy. She’s right.

  290. East Coast Habs says:

    well that was a interesting start


  291. JIMVINNY says:

    Him, Avery, and Kaleta.  Embarassments to the game.

  292. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gionta is incredibly strong for his size, otherwise he wouldn’t be an NHLer, they seem to forget that the small guys are there not only because of speed and skill, but superior physical power for their size as well.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  293. hablifting says:

    Would love that guy on my team.   Just like I loved Claude.

  294. Tis Himself says:

    OK, I know the score, but I’m glad I DVR’d this one. Settling in with a beer for the opening faceoff.

  295. dhenry1234 says:

    when asked about the bad reffing brian gionta says “I’m not gonna comment on that”


  296. Habscore says:

    Ahhhhh!! What a feeling!!!!  :)

    I’m still mad at the zebras tho, this is just not right. Guys, we can pplay against the Pens, I told you earlier.

    Can we now say,….Ca Sent la Coupe!!!!!??


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  297. HabFab says:

    We all appreciate your sacrifice! Keep it up :)

  298. hablifting says:

    Avery would be a great pick up as well.  Can we trade you for him? :)

  299. crabvader says:

    Lol @ Gionta on the officiating “I’m not gonna comment on that”.

  300. Big Ted says:

    Um, Boone, we beat the Caps in Game 6.

  301. Danno says:

    Don’t you think he already did that this game? All he could possibly do as an encore is spot the Pens three goals before it even starts…


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

  302. Clay4bc says:

    Beat me to it…so yeah Boone, WTF? LOL…

    Although the point is well taken.


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

  303. sulham44 says:

    The officiating reminded me of a great sign: Are the refs pregnant, because they missed the last three periods (paraphrasing).

    Don’t F with the ghosts of Canadiens past. One of the most satisfying wins in a few years.

  304. punkster says:

    Quite a ride. Tonight gave us the lowest lows and highest highs packed into a single fast-paced game. These guys are something else. Hell of an effort

  305. Morocco says:

    So does anyone care about the Sergei right now? What are we going to talk about for the next two days?

  306. Tis Himself says:

    I plan to!

  307. yvresgyros says:

    I knew someone would be faster than me… At what? 7am in Québec! Kudos to you early commenting birds!

  308. thepriceiswrong says:

    No story on tsn.ca???

  309. Big Ted says:

    Maybe you should drink up before you start watching. Just saying it gets anger-inducing real quick.

  310. blacy says:

    Thank you for acknowledging that! I said this way back when and I’ll say it again…Thank you Bob G.

  311. Exit716 says:

    Healy questions Gionta’s integrity.


    Hey Healy. Go blow your bag pipes, Idiot.


  312. danp says:

    Classy response.

  313. SeriousFan09 says:

    Stayed away from the Blue, too Leafs-esque in colouration for one thing, it’s the jersey that’s basically a Canadiens jersey but it’s got a CA crest on the chest rather than a CH and it has a CA on the left sleeve.

    Only jersey i really liked from the throwbacks, got it for half-price before I had to move.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  314. crazydude says:

    Good dive Orpik.  That guys a dick.

  315. Chuck says:

    Complete embelishment.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  316. Morocco says:

    Versus called him the “impact player of the game” the first time we won and it wasn’t Halak I think.

  317. Keith says:

    FU refs!!! F&^%^** May as well leave the ice! CHEATERS NHL!!!

  318. Axeman says:


  319. SeriousFan09 says:

    Psssh, course not.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  320. showey47 says:

    typical b.s.,that call happens shortley after letang is complaining to the refs.

  321. punkster says:

    Enjoy the ride.

  322. solsub says:

    That was the 2006 playoffs, in the conference quarter-finals…

  323. andrewberkshire says:

    So Gionta lays a big hit on a guy twice his size, and its boarding. Riiiiiight.

  324. HardHabits says:

    It’s not the overdog in the fight but the fight of the underdog. Hangin’ in is good.

    Chuck said way earlier when it was still 2-1 Pens that a win tonight given the officiating would be sweet. Man was he right.

    Rolling four lines helped. The Habs were able to come back strong (and get lucky) in the 3rd.

  325. Propwash says:

    Same thing happened to Markov


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  326. Danno says:

    Goalie controversy? :0)

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

  327. burgboy says:

    Ridiculous no-call on Habs tripping Pens Malkin on clear break away. Penalty shot in order or at least a penalty. Tough to brag about the win with that no-call. We’ll never know. Probably tied game result with a justified competition for the win would have been great to view for hockey fans regardles of what team would have won. We’ll never know……

  328. SeriousFan09 says:

    Still weeping over Habs kicking his no-talent ass in 93.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  329. crabvader says:

    It’s true.

    It’s the best way to say you had an issue with it without saying it.

    If it didn’t bother him, it would’ve been easy for  him to say they did a good job.

    Best response he could’ve given.

  330. Tis Himself says:

    These guys remind me of some of the past teams. Not favorites, but with pride could surprise us all. ’71, ’73, ’86 and ’93 come to mind.

  331. PrimeTime says:

    PK really wants that rush!

  332. punkster says:

    Never, ever, ever give up. This team simply amazes me. No quit, no whining, no unprofessional actions on the ice or behind the bench. Just pure heart. After such a miserable low in the first this is just beautiful.

  333. Montrealer2 says:

    Yes my wife is, but that may just be the ‘mentalpause’ thing

  334. JIMVINNY says:

    So dirty hits in the corner are only penalties if it’s a hab making the hit.

  335. hablifting says:

    Man I wish the RCMP or FBI would investigate this obvious match fixing by the NHL.  Like seriously.

  336. PrimeTime says:

    PK is a revelation :)

  337. jimhasbeen says:

    correct me if im wrong, but we havent been 2 wins shy of the conf finals since……….93?

  338. showey47 says:

    Ater an unexpected turn of events of us taking the lead,the b.s. calls return.

  339. Tis Himself says:

    How the hell did Fleury miss that first one? We never get goals like that!

  340. ABHabsfan says:

    Please Bob Cole: step away from the booth gracefully, it is really getting embarrassing

  341. Ayan_SB says:

    Bottle or can? If you have a nice flat-screen tv, try not to throw the bottle.

  342. PrimeTime says:

    Screw the Man and win this sucker!

  343. HardHabits says:

    This feels like ’86 to me big time.

  344. Gorges_the_great says:

    Impossible to predict what the refs will and won’t call. Complete inconsistency.

  345. Danno says:

    You refs should be ashamed of yourselves. You are the biggest jokes in professional sports. How much money do you steal betting on hockey fixing games? Bunch of funkin @ssholes.


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

  346. crabvader says:


    Ridiculous non-call.

  347. Ron says:

    Well said. This teams play and class shows volumes of what it is to be a Montreal Canadien.

  348. benhab says:

    I had started one but shaved it once we were down 3-1. Then we won those three in a row…

    I have since then not shaved but was thinking about it tonight hoping we would win another 3.

  349. PrimeTime says:

    WAAAAAAAAAAy  to late for that.

  350. SeriousFan09 says:

    Subban sharp on the interview, probably the best defencemen of the 2007 draft class.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  351. habs-hampton says:

    Boone, I think more appropriate title would be “Disgraceful!!”

    These 2 clowns in Black and white should be reprimanded big time. However in the Bettman world, which needs at least one of Crosby or Ovechin in the next round, they’ll probably be rewarded with Saturday’s game!

  352. dhenry1234 says:

    how the Fuck are these refs serious right now?

  353. Chuck says:

    If you’re coming here looking to shed a few tears about the Pens getting hosed by poor officiating, you’re in the wrong place, pal.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  354. showey47 says:

    orpik holds up gomez,nothing. Then we get a tripping call? FFS!!!! Garbage being thrown on the ice, I FUKIN LOVE IT.

  355. punkster says:

    True. And I really don’t care how the rest of this series goes. Just like the Caps series this comeback is worth the months of pissing and moaning. No quit in this bunch.

  356. zozotheclown says:

    Another 0 zone call…. didn’t see this one so I won’t bitch yet

  357. habs001 says:

    71 and 73 teams were loaded with stars

  358. kempie says:

    I’ll steal from Boon and say it. Lapps is playing like his hair’s on fire.

  359. habbygirl27 says:

    LOL hahaha

  360. Tis Himself says:

    No interference on the Talbot goal and they have the gaul to call Gill? Did Chris Lee get this assignment?

  361. Fansincebirth says:


    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  362. JB_15 says:

    PK is amazing.

  363. Will Longlade says:

    Character win. The Habs could have turtled after one of the most horrendous, nauseating displays of reffing in the history of the game and two flat periods. Instead, they pushed back. I find it extremely hard to believe that the NHL doesn’t have any better refs than that.  Lots of obvious calls were missed, with the vast majority in the Pens favour. That should never happen be allowed to happen in a game of that magnitude. With Bettman at the helm, the league is becoming more and more of a joke.

  364. Danno says:

    Is anyone keeping track of this stuff?


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

  365. Danno says:

    Fun Fact:


    PK and Halak share the same birthday. May 13th. What a party it will be when we advance to the 3rd round!


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

  366. JIMVINNY says:

    LOL.  Total BS.  WHat a load of crap.  No holding call in the corner on Leopold, and then a retarded call like that?  FIX!!!!!

  367. Larry says:

    I predict that within two years there are going to be more PK Subban jerseys sold to kids across this country than any other.

  368. Just A Guy says:

    I had a composer once… then I realized to myself, what good is a composer when you have no compost!

  369. crabvader says:

    Non-call leads to yet ANOTHER call in Pittsburgh’s favor.

    These two bastards Furlatt and Devorski are real scumbags.

  370. coachdoug says:

    Worst playoff ref job ever…beyond blatant now!

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  371. danp says:

    Yup – Versus had to give some positive comments to Montreal – after all they won the game. Some nice comments about Gionta and not a peep about anything negative. Healy should take notes.

  372. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    So true, so very true

  373. PrimeTime says:

    Gill mystery falls down on his own??? Uh huh. Now another PIT PP…..un F’n real!

  374. Exports says:

    2002 against Carolina.

  375. gumper says:

    Habs up, refs get back in the game.

  376. light_n_tasty says:

    Bylsma looks like “WTF, we lost!?!?!  What about our agreement, refs!”

  377. Tis Himself says:

    So were the Black Hawks and on both occassions they were the favorites.

  378. novahab says:


  379. Habscore says:

    Choke on your whistles!!!!!!!! For god’s sake!!!! AAAAAAAAAAARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  380. andrewberkshire says:

    Dan Bylsma just complained about officiating in tonight’s game. Are you ***ing kidding me Dan?

  381. MikeL says:


    The exact same play wasnt called when Subban was tripped befor Pittsburgh first goal.

  382. crabvader says:

    His attitude makes Crosby look like Sean Avery.

  383. petrov14 says:

    Wait, it gets better….

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  384. Keith says:

    This is the worst jobbing in the history of the world!

  385. Les Habitants says:

    Great interview with PK on CBC.

    Good to see players who love the CH on their chest and know what it’s about to be a Hab


     The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  386. Larry says:

    73 Habs only lost 10 games all year. That, at the time, was the record for fewest losses, breaking the mark of 13 that Boston had set in 71

  387. novahab says:


  388. SeriousFan09 says:

    Geoff Molson should ask since he spent 550 million to buy the Canadiens, what will it cost for him to get an interest in the NHL Officating assocation?


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  389. crabvader says:

    He’s gotta blame them.

    They didn’t win it for him.

  390. Gorges_the_great says:

    Without any exaggeration, the worst reffed game I have ever seen.

  391. Habscore says:

    I know but he’s a keeper. The deal is done, he’ll be paid that and there’s nothing to be done about it.


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  392. solsub says:










  393. Danno says:

    What a classy organization. The brass band for the anthems. Mr. Jean Beliveau in attendance. Rising up against all adversity. We are the CHampions my friend.


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

  394. crazydude says:

    Welcome back Ghosts of the Montreal Forum, it took you a while to get here.

  395. Norm0770 says:

    I knew this would happen.  Slew foot by Crosby on Gill…nothing.  Hold on Gomez…nothing.  Someting behind the play of no consequence…Montreal Penalty.

  396. Larry says:

    Gionta was very classy in saying “No Comment” on the officials question. But you could see it in his face, what he thought. Just once I want to hear a Hab comment, tell the truth. It needs to be said. You get the feeling tonight though that something might have given. Even the CBC are bringing it up. They know there was somthing foul out there tonight.

  397. petrov14 says:

    He did not look impressed when he answered.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  398. hablifting says:

    Alright, i’ll join in the the other 6-8 whiners.  THAT was a BS call.

  399. SeriousFan09 says:

    Well to be fair, when you buy referees and you still lose a game…


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  400. Les Habitants says:



    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  401. rogus says:

    Man is Letang soft!

  402. zozotheclown says:

    HOW can you call that when you don’t call Sidney on Hammer earlier

  403. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    At least they can only put two of our guys in the box at a time. If the lead holds, they’d be tempted to put three or four. If I were a penguin, I’d be diving off icebergs like you wouldn’t believe.

  404. Larry says:

    Exactly. What an awesome looking kid.

  405. Exit716 says:

    At least the beer is going down well tonight.

  406. joeybarrie says:



    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  407. punkster says:

    People here complain about JM not ranting at the officials but it’s just not a good idea and certainly not professional.

  408. bertuzzisucks says:

    Are you going to bark all day little doggy?
    Or are you going to bite?

  409. Castor says:

    Sorry guys. I hate to say it but we’re completely outmatched. It’s starting to show.

    More miracles? I hope so.

  410. Danno says:

    Where’s the call on Orpik


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

  411. Les Habitants says:

    Save it for plan “B” if we face another elimination game, LOL!


    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  412. BeachHabFan says:

    biggest assist of the game – the crowd. all those towels after the darche penalty allowed for a nice breather.

    i haven’t watched the whole game yet (PVR), only caught the third live, but i said this last series and bears repeating here: i’d rather see guys take angry penalties then get shoved around or turn the other cheek. the ‘meltdown’ against washington in game three (gomez, gionta, misconducts, etc) showed passion and was a minor vctory. gionta ramming orkpik into the boards after taking all that abuse was all guts and F— You. Loved it.

    last note – very happy to see darche out there, and for moore. darche has been all heart since he first came up and is the polar opposite of the kostitsyns/ribeiros/jokinens of the NHL. Moore is all effort, every shift. those kinds of guys (see also: McPhee, Mike; Skrudland, Brian; Draper, Chris) are the kinds that will do anything and everything, without any fuss or recognition, in order to win.

    Good win, let’s get a couple more…



  413. topher5468 says:

    A period and a half and 8 shots, thats embarrassing, why do we suck on home ice.

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  414. crabvader says:

    I’m seriously gonna knock Glen Healy out if I ever meet him.

    I swear to God.

  415. Norm0770 says:

    Because Orpik misses decapitating Pleks it is no penalty.

  416. PrimeTime says:

    Now Heals knockin’ the fans??? LOL what a pro!

  417. habaholic68NJ says:

    I am still shaking and can’t believe that we beat the champs who were going for the knock-out punch tonight with the help of the refs (one of the worst games of officiating to date.  Thank you ghosts of the forum for moving to the bell center and making things right.  Go Habs!  All the way.  I am a believer.

  418. PrimeTime says:

    Entertaining period but I’m too bloody pissed to enjoy it…feel like I just really got ripped off.

  419. T-roy West says:

    Well Healy mybe it gives our defence a rest too. Idiot!

  420. TripleX says:

    This team is going to give me a coronary, I can’t take anymore games like this.  What an effort in the third.

    I guess Bettman will pull out the secret weapon on Saturday.  Ladies and gentleman welcome Chris Lee.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  421. joeybarrie says:

    YES. Very nice indeed…Buscemi and Madsen. FITTING…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  422. crabvader says:

    Cause our wind got completely stifled from our sails in the first when the refs decided they were gonna take over.

    We’re slowly picking up the pace again.

  423. PrimeTime says:

    Halak !!!

  424. habber86 says:

    link? i tried finding it

  425. vegas_habs_fan says:

    You are correct to the fullest extent.

  426. Keith says:

    WOW!!! Do it to them Halak!

  427. Dougie says:

    Just imagine if Chris Lee had been one of the refs.

  428. Norm0770 says:

    WTF?!  Where was the slash on Pleks?  Didn’t cry enough?

  429. habsfanmandy says:

    OMG I cannot believe we just won that game. Wow. And PK’s interview on CBC was so good, he’s just adorable…soooo down to earth.

    The Molsons chose a good year to buy the team back, didn’t they? Raking it in!! But it’s all goood….

    Notes: AK: scary, how when he has one hit, or one good shift, we’re like, ooooh, AK playing a great game. Screw that, he’s supposed to be scoring and hitting and playing way, way better than just one occasional good shift. Wake up, man!

    Max!!!! Max, you can play, you can score, you can make Crosby cry, why not try putting in a whole season’s effort? And NOBODY is happier than him when he scores, it’s great to watch.

    GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

    A man walks into a bar and asks for an Ovechkin. “What’s that?” asks the bartender. “A White Russian, no ice, no cup.”

  430. JIMVINNY says:

    How many times are they going to trip PK and get away with it?

  431. PrimeTime says:

    The Powerplay of all Powerplays???

  432. light_n_tasty says:

    So, Bob Cole is awesome.

  433. twilighthours says:

    Martin getting out-coached.  He puts out 4th liners and Bylsma gets Malkin and Crosby out.

  434. hablifting says:

    Come on, throwing crap is what children do.  Same with whining about the Refs.

  435. bertuzzisucks says:

    My Player Game Ratings!

    Halak A- (rough start)

    Hamrlik B+(best game in a long time) Subban B

    Bergeron C+ Obyrne C+

    Gill B+ Georges A-


    Cammy B Plekanec C Kostitsyn C

    Poo C-  Gomez B Gionta B

    Darche B Moore B Lapierre B+

    Pyatt B Metropolti C Moen C+




    Are you going to bark all day little doggy?
    Or are you going to bite?

  436. The Cat says:

    The officiating in the Quebec-NY Rangers series of 1994 was much worse than this as unbelievable as it sounds, but this game last night ranks right up there.

  437. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    When do the refs get sticks?

  438. Ron says:

    Chuck, I think that guy has been hosed to many time. What a fisherman.

  439. HugeHabsFan says:

    *like* !!!

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

  440. PrimeTime says:

    Yep….can’t beat the boys with whistles.

  441. Shiloh says:

    Brutal officiating again. Halak comes up huge!!

  442. Mr. Biter says:

    Great game! To beat the Pens and the Refs. Priceless. Also to the MAB haters 16:24 ice time +1. Screw off. Next game we win in Pittsburg again vs. the Pens and the Refs. Go Habs Go.

  443. Danno says:

    Pens got two free goals tonight. Stole a shutout from Halak. I think the refs conspired to get even with Martin who did not even criticize them, but only responded to a reporter’s question about officiating by saying it was up to the press to decide if the refs were biased against the Habs. Even that mild, harmless comment caused these corrupt refs to get together and say “we’ll show Martin what bad calls are all about.”



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

  444. crazydude says:

    So 4 straight goals by Franzen in Detroit tonight.  Let’s see that with our big guy Pouilot.  He’s been as quiet if not quieter.

  445. coachdoug says:

    Clock is ticking very slow…

    JM getting pissed finally at the refs…or as pissed as he gets

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  446. JIMVINNY says:

    That’s ridiculous.  I guess we’ll see if his mouthing off, and our silence has any impact on the quality of the reffing next game.

  447. HardHabits says:

    LOLZ!!!! I am enjoying reliving this game vicariously through TH’s posts.

  448. JasonM says:

    What a clutch save!

  449. ooder says:

    ok what is up with pouliot?

    not enough veggies, milk? what is it

    that kid cannot stay up on his skates.. he just constantly falls all the time 


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

  450. Keith says:

    Somebody needs to give Malkin the ole snap-hook. He’s abusing us.

  451. PrimeTime says:

    F U Refs!!!

  452. Habscore says:

    Same here. Can’t enjoy this game at all.


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  453. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    I had a bad feeling about that PP once the penalty was called, but boy was I wrong

  454. habsfanmandy says:

    I know, the last 11 minutes I was cringing, gasping, my heart galluping, I don’t know how much more we can take of this…. :) :) :) :) :) :)


    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe A man walks into a bar and asks for an Ovechkin. “What’s that?” asks the bartender. “A White Russian, no ice, no cup.”

  455. solsub says:

    This just isn’t happening without Markov and Spacek, regardless of the egregious officiating.

  456. JIMVINNY says:

    So is trolling.  so leave.

  457. tricolortrue says:

    I hate Bob Cole! he says:”habs got a way with one”. hey douchebag,, it’s the Pens who tripped a habs player!

  458. Danno says:

    Can we win this butt-ugly game in spite of it all?



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

  459. novahab says:

    Thank you Rocket, Doug , Gumper and all the boys for finally coming to the Bell Centre . I know its not the Forum but with you all there now you can make it home. Thank you again for showing up. The ghosts are in the house.

  460. HNS says:

    Really. F U officiating set the tone for the game. Feel like even if we tie this, BS officiating will take us out.

  461. Fansincebirth says:

    JM was soooooooooooooooooooooo pissed….he actually had his hands on his hips!!!!!

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  462. J. Ambrose says:

    Yeah, I was also amazed that I actually agreed with something Sour Grapes said.

  463. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    Is it not ironic that since bettman took over the only canadian team he handed the cup to was the 93 habs. After watching this display of refing there has got to be a memo from head office under no circumstances does a canadian team make it to the cup finals. According to Mr. Bettman its not goalie interference if you push the goalie in the net like last night with chi/van series

  464. topher5468 says:

    Sorry guys its not the reffing that is making us suck, they look tired, 8 shots, thats embarrassing. The refs arent blocking our shots. I know the first was awful on the refs, but not the 2nd. This teams needs something to spark them, maybe a fight. Guys on Versus think there is only one team playing

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  465. crabvader says:

    So is bitching out your own team on this board 24/7.

    Get a life ya schmuck.

  466. PrimeTime says:

    Thanks for this, Bob!

  467. MikeL says:

    Cause he hates Crosby more than the Habs.

  468. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    I’ve never bothered with the conspiracy theories on reffing, til tonight. I wonder if there’s a cut-off point? You know, if the team with the marketable star gets x number of goals up, the refs are allowed to work honestly? You have to wonder about the mechanics of it all, and how it’s organized. Because gang, it’s looking organized. This league is looking very corrupt.

    If it could happen in European soccer and in the NBA, it can happen in the NHL.


  469. twilighthours says:

    Hammr was huge on that kill.

  470. Dougie says:

    Ooooh, baby!

  471. HugeHabsFan says:

    That’s a very nice one too.  I agree about the blue…but it’s still a sharp looking jersey.  You keep sporting yours for the wins!

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

  472. novahab says:

    The FIX! is on way to go bettman your refs are doing your dirty work. Question where is the Montreal media to call bettman out.


  473. Habscore says:

    This said with PASSION!


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  474. novahab says:

    The FIX! is on way to go bettman your refs are doing your dirty work. Question where is the Montreal media to call bettman out.


  475. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    The way our Habs have handle this game… it epitomizes class.  There have been VERY few cases of us whining to the refs.  BOONE, HICKEY, STUBS… take notice of this and let the people know, the Habs worked hard in a game where most of us would have lost our cool and given up.

  476. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Nice win …………Can’t wait tyo hear Crybaby spout off,lol

  477. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    The Caps Lock is on the left side of your keyboard…. no, the other left.

  478. LesFleurs says:

    Get back in your cave troll.

  479. danhabsfan says:

    That is scary

  480. rogus says:

    I wonder what the Molsons think of the reffin? Team should go on strike. This is fixing, where is Pete rose?

  481. crabvader says:

    LOL that pic is truly amazing.

  482. Danno says:

    You can win cool Hockey Canada stuff just by visiting Dennis Kane’s blog.


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

  483. wotever says:

    Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by senility.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  484. Danno says:

    I’ll jam one up their you-know-whats…


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

  485. RJB says:

    Remember that this team is without Andrei Markov…think about that, and you can fully appreciate how big this win was…


    So proud of my team


  486. HNS says:

    Please let the Passengers off. C’mon guys lets go here

  487. solsub says:

    Isn’t a broken stick resulting from an opponent’s slash illegal? As in, automatic penalty? Or am I missing something?

  488. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    due to justin the butcher williams who carved saku, then markov the next game, part of bettmans tring to keep canadians teams from winning the cup

  489. coachdoug says:

    We brought a knife to a gun fight tonight…need a little OH-fence Habs

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  490. king ddd says:

    man if see thes reff clown on the road i would totally egg them


    .::moen for captain::.

  491. andrewberkshire says:

    I disagree with it not being a good idea, it works all the time for Lindy Ruff, and it’s worked for Boudreau last series.

    However I completely agree with you that it’s unprofessional. All those gripes should be handled with NHL officials behind closed doors.

  492. crabvader says:

    Nobody on our team is even in CLOSE to the front of the net.

  493. petrov14 says:

    Sweet avatar!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  494. Fansincebirth says:

    Come on Dammit!! Tie this up and let’s win it!!!

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  495. punkster says:

    I gotta say this. I lived in Toronto when he started calling Leaf games and I always enjoyed his voice and his involvement in the play by play. Sure he has lost a step or two but that voice is still wonderful. Tonight I don’t think I have ever heard him this excited calling a game, even calling a Leaf game. The last 3 minutes he sounded like he was going to have a heart attack. Good game Bob.

  496. ajpursell says:

    Could be San Jose right now, getting beat 5-0.

  497. hablifting says:

    It’s probably your bed time.  Nighty night.

  498. joeybarrie says:

    One thing is CLEAR. Bob Gainey is a GENIUS. He and PG brought in a bunch of guys who made the playoffs, are tied with the current Stanley Cup Champs, and beat the #1 team in the regular season. Did this without key players for almost the entire season, AND are currently missing their two best defensemen.

    Bash away if you want. But we are competing again, and its only going to get better once we get rid of our crybaby, and bring up our new favorite full time…

    GO HABS GO.  6 down, 10 to go…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  499. Exit716 says:

    If I’m drowning I hope someone throws me an Andrei Kostitsyn. It’s a great floatation device.


  500. Fansincebirth says:

    God I want to see that little douchebag Cindy knocked out!!!!

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  501. Exit716 says:

    San Jose is kind of up in their series though.


  502. Shiloh says:

    My brother and I were comped two tickets in the AC Centre Press Box a couple of years back to see a Habs-Loafs game. The NHL bigwigs and ex-players were not only unfriendly, but rude. Two exceptions – Nick Kypreos and Glenn Healy – both friendly and kind to a fault.

  503. Chuck says:

    And Spacek…


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  504. hablifting says:

    Show me where I bitched about the team during these playoffs.  Oh can’t?  Yeah figured.  You and your three amigos are complete trash posters.  Zero worth to anything you say.

  505. Larry says:

    Remember when you were a kid, on the playground playing touch football, softball, whatever, and you cheated or someone on your team cheated, and you won. You just didn’t feel good.  You knew deep down it  wasn’t right, and sometimes when you lost and were cheating you were kinda  relieved. I suspect that is how the Pens feel right now. They know the fix was in on this one, they tried, yes, but deep down they know it wasn’t right.

  506. JIMVINNY says:

    Halak has to stop trying to pass the puck.  He turns it over every time.

  507. Habscore says:

    Funnily sad..!


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  508. Keith says:

    JM’s presser is on.

  509. PrimeTime says:

    I wonder how much the refs bank accounts will increase tomorrow?

  510. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …it is very rare of Me to harp on refereeing …as I feel, eventually it all evens up

    …but THIS game the refereeing is almost criminal

    …IF We  win this game it will be truely heroic

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  511. JIMVINNY says:

    How much of the website ad revenue do you get for all these shameless plugs?

  512. topher5468 says:

    3 efin shots, Damn refs

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  513. Montrealer2 says:

    it was a penalty when it happend to sid at the end of the 2nd

  514. Fansincebirth says:

    Holy crap, JM has to lay off the Valium….

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  515. HugeHabsFan says:

    Pffffft!  You’re so not kidding.  I can’t tell you the last time I was THAT pissed during a game. 

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

  516. zozotheclown says:

    I dislike that their grinders outplay our grinders so bad, thats where we have to win the game, when Crosby and Malkin are off the ice.

  517. hablifting says:

    Listening to the vocal minority of blow hards in here, you’d think otherwise about guys like Healy and Kypreos.  Just shows how little they know.

  518. petrov14 says:

    So do I get a HALAK or a SUBBAN jersey next year???

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  519. Montrealer2 says:

    As much as I disliked Ty Dummy, I doubt I’d be too upset to see the similar thing happen to the baby of the NHL…    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPbN72u4hxs

    Of course I’m more mad at tomights reffing,but man it’s agravating watching bush league reffing.

    Someone hammer the kid would be nice to see ,only if the games beyond reach…….but Really I’d prefer a big win by the Habs

    Oh well a big 3rd would be very satisfying…

  520. solsub says:

    Thought so.

  521. STZA says:

    Haha, well said!

  522. twilighthours says:

    Except for that time he started the breakout that led to Pyatt’s goal in the first period. 

  523. nick says:

    Wow… You really never know with this team do you… It’s kinda scary.

  524. andrewberkshire says:

    He does lose his balance a ton, I’m wondering if it’s because he reaches too much, trying to make plays, but he’s trying too hard. He puts himself off balance.

  525. HNS says:

    3 shots on goal for the 2nd period. Forget it!

  526. Fansincebirth says:

    Jesus, my heart is going to rip out of my chest…..

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  527. Chuck says:

    Um… those don’t look like tears.  ;)


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  528. wotever says:

    Well, they do NOW.  The least the refs could’ve done is bought us dinner.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  529. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Maybe it’s an act with Healy when he’s on the air?

  530. Dougie says:

    Good time to be in the rent-a-defibrulator business

  531. JVF says:

    Nice little team, but boy does it need OFFENCE!

  532. petrov14 says:

    Difference between the regular season and the playoffs? WE CAN HOLD A LEAD!!!!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  533. Y says:

    Absolutely disgraceful refereeing tonight. Looks like Count Greedy Buttman and his lover Sindy will pull out all the stops to win.

    A big F.U. from Halak and company. I love it!

  534. coachdoug says:

    Like watching those Geico Washington Capitals commercials…reminds me that at least we beat their @sses out of the post-season…

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  535. East Coast Habs says:

    so what should we offer halak next season?


  536. Danno says:

    Suck it up crumb-cakes. Damn it! Be a man Sidney!

    Move into your own house for god’s sake!


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

  537. HardHabits says:

    Habs are getting outshot 2-1 this series.

  538. PrimeTime says:

    I feel much better. How was it for you?

  539. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    JM should have Sergei K work out alone more often, seems like it might be a good luck charm!

  540. twilighthours says:

    Their grinders are much better than ours.  As were Washington’s.  We have bad grinders.  Lapierre?  Come on….

  541. Danno says:

    Et Halak a le dernier mot!

    Got to hand it to the boys for showing a lot of character. And Halak is magnifique!

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

  542. Chuck says:

    I’ll never forget his calls of the ’93 run. Great stuff!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  543. zamboni says:

    I thought he was a boat anchor.

    Do you still want one?

  544. habs-hampton says:

    it depends on who you are…

  545. Danno says:

    Mario’s love pearls…


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

  546. showey47 says:

    Hey,my buddy andrew brunette is on the tsn panel,lol.

  547. Habscore says:


    What if atleast 3 or 4 penalties would have been called on the Pens…?????


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  548. coachdoug says:

    Halak being Halak…

    Habs gotta hold this one…


    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  549. RudeMood19 says:

    anyone have a video or link to PK Subban’s CBC interview??

  550. topher5468 says:

    If thats the case, this team is Pathetic

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  551. kempie says:

    It’s the stupidest call in the game, but yeah, it’s automatic, except against us.

  552. ooder says:

    maybe but it just seems like he falls from the simplest plays as well.

    all i know is that he has got to wake up and start scoring


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

  553. SeriousFan09 says:

    Coach can’t set up an offensive drive when we’re down, a familiar script from the regular season. Reffing is still crap, but we are getting away with some stuff now and this low-shooting crap isn’t working anymore.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  554. nick says:

    The difference is the MTL players don’t immediately skate to a ref and begin to cry about the injustices of life. Some times i think they do it just so he shuts up. Like my dad always says, ‘the squeeky wheel gets the oil’.

  555. twilighthours says:

    I just thought he was a bad hockey player.

  556. crazydude says:

    HNIC guys are idiots.  Glenn Healy, weren’t you in goal for the Islanders in 93?  Who did you lose to?

  557. crazydude says:

    Gauthier could ship AK46 at the draft, maybe get a 4th or 5th rounder.  It’d be worth that and let someone who wants to play get his spot.  It’s not fair to Gomez or Gionta.  If they can get a guy who loves to play, such as a Moen, Pyatt, Metro, or another like Gionta, they’ve got it made.

  558. NHLisajoke says:

    What an effort by the Habbies. Very unfortunate to have to watch with such blatant bias reffing, and I mean F-ing reffing.

    My father stopped watching “the greatest game on earth” about 15 years ago because of exactly what we are witnessing tonight, now I have a son and I have decided that I am going to follow his path and say “no thank you” to this crap…My son and I will now enjoy junior hockey and hope some day “our” game at the highest professional levels will worth watching again.

    For what it is worth, thank you Canadiens for some great hockey…Go Habs Go

    Shame on you Buttman and all your court jesters

  559. habsfanmandy says:

    I also thought that Gionta’s ‘no comment’ spoke VOLUMES. He obviously agrees with the rest of us…

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe A man walks into a bar and asks for an Ovechkin. “What’s that?” asks the bartender. “A White Russian, no ice, no cup.”

  560. jimhasbeen says:

    can we stop with the lame ref excuse, we have 9 shots on goal

  561. Montrealer2 says:

    Ok now when the colour commentators have a hi-lite reel of NON CALLS then why noone on here is whineing,these refs are bad

  562. topher5468 says:

    JM made a funny, TEE HE HE

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  563. andrewberkshire says:

    Last time I was that pissed off, I was in the stands next to Vincent Damphousse when Chris Lee called of Gomez’s tying goal against the Penguins.

  564. joeybarrie says:

    We have seen enough MOTIVATION tonight to make sure we tie it up. If we can’t get over this, we are done like dinner. ONE PERIOD LEFT IN THIS SEASON. 20 minutes till its over for us. We are only down by ONE bullsh*t goal. We gotta stick it to them. This is our TRUE test of character.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  565. LesFleurs says:

    CBC just showed a 10 clip montage of penalties against us that weren’t called, but yeah, don’t get upset about the refs. That’s whiny.
    Is the cave damp and dark, troll?

  566. Keith says:

    LOL! JM DOES have a sense of humour!

  567. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    When in doubt… blame the coach?

  568. Habscore says:

    MY HEART!!!


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  569. Larry says:

    I didn’t know he had said that. Awesome. Right on Jacques

  570. habber86 says:

    guarantee a habs penalty with under 2 mins if we’re still ahead.

  571. andrewberkshire says:

    It’s very clear that the Penguins are a better hockey team than the Canadiens, they’re better offensively and they’re better defensively. However in that case they should be able to win WITHOUT getting away with murder constantly on the ice, and preferential treatment for their players.

  572. PrimeTime says:

    UN-F’n real!!!

  573. habs_1993 says:


    we need more of them

  574. Matt_in_TO says:

    I guess they don’t call obstruction anymore


    - I Hab Faith

  575. Fansincebirth says:

    JM – “and I hope you guys noticed darche tonight” Awesome

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  576. T-roy West says:

    WTF how was that not interference.

  577. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Bob Gainey built a team here.

    It has to be said. And we get to enjoy some damned good hockey because of that.

  578. showey47 says:

    interference on moen FFS

  579. zozotheclown says:

    What did he say?

  580. Montrealer2 says:

    Holy F no calls on pens

  581. kempie says:

    We need a little punch the guy in the face with your glove on, kick out his feet and go in alone.

  582. ricardamundo says:

    First, I can’t believe the lousy job the refs did tonight. The worst.

    Second, I’ve said it before on this board, the problem with the Habs lately was that the team had no heart. Especially last year. Well, no more. If tonight wasn’t a testament to heart and guts I don’t know what was. The chemistry is finally kicking in. The team could have folded their tents and given up but they didn’t.

    Some of this has to be credited to coaching. I know there are a lot of Martin naysayers on this board but he’s got to be doing something right. And let’s not forget his assistants.

    Finally, forget the Kostitsyns. They’re typical of the ‘no heart’ type of players we got to get rid of. Give me Halak, give me PK Subban, give me Dominick Moore, give me Gionta, give me Gill, give me Gorges, give me Gomez. These guys are playing unbelievable hockey.

    The Pens tonight were pretty bloody good, but not good enough. Washington should take a lesson out of this series … team play beats a bunch of selfish stars.

    GO HABS.

  583. HardHabits says:

    It’s funny. This has going on for quite a while almost progressively worse eah year but this year too blatan against the Habs. We’ve seen the Habs get the worse reffingall season culminating in fiascos like this game.


  584. SPATS says:

    2 minutes left to beat the pens, the refs and the clock!!!!

  585. twilighthours says:

    1st was about a$$-poor officiating.  2nd was about PIT being better than MTL.  

    Need some heart in the 3rd.  Really missing Markov and Spacek tonight.

  586. nick says:

    MTL is playing with fire the way their chasing PIT back into their own zone.

  587. Olay Olay Olay says:

    All I know is that when Don Cherry is picking up for the habs, somethings up. Anyway, good for the guys for not loosing their composer and fighting back.  Couple guys I though stood out:

    Halak- awesome…again. Eat it Sid, you got robbed again!

    Georges- saved a few goals…again.

    Laps- My god, were have you been all season! actually I don’t care just stick around.

    Cam- looking like a true star more and more every game.

  588. phillyhab says:

    Everyone here in Philly is watching AND ROOTING FOR! Montreal…  regardless of what they put on the ice, this town loves an underdog, and a hard-working one at that.  They loved that we downed the Capitals, are are puliing for us now that their team ran into Rask and the Bruins.

    THE POINT:  The Canadiens are making fans with this run; dare I say, EXPANDING THE MARKET.

  589. Habscore says:

    Ok. The Pens are seriously outplaying us, but they haven’t scored on the second yet. Therefore, we can still play against this team. Then, the Pens are outplaying us because they got the lead, which was not supposed to happen because of all those missed calls on Subban, Hammer, etc…they are pumped right now, and we look confused after thos 2 penalties. This is sick.

    this said Go Habs Go!


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  590. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Textbook interference…..ugh…..

  591. Chuck says:

    Nice to hear the CBC give some love to the defense. Studs, all of them. Gill with 8 more blocks, O’Byrne with 7…


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  592. budachris says:

    Just got home put on canadiens exress the gill slash was the most delayed penalty ever it was like 5 sec after the play Crosby says something to the ref and the arm goes up

  593. coachdoug says:

    Gorges is gassed during his Verses interview…

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  594. zozotheclown says:

    Malkin…my heart… gah… go halak!

  595. punkster says:

    …and Ruff and Boudreau are where tonight?

    LOL…Ruff doesn’t show up the refs though. He yaps but he doesn’t embarass them. Boudreau does just by turning red and blue the way he does (hahahaha).

  596. East Coast Habs says:

    shorten the bench?

  597. Habscore says:

    It’s US against the NHL and the world, bud!!

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  598. habsfanmandy says:

    I have long since maintained all Habs fans should have a defib installed …

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe A man walks into a bar and asks for an Ovechkin. “What’s that?” asks the bartender. “A White Russian, no ice, no cup.”

  599. TripleX says:

    I agree, the reffing is bad but that is to be expected. The reason the Habs are losing is of their own making.  Does JM realize the team is BEHIND?  Protecting a one goal deficit does not work.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  600. Fansincebirth says:

    Oh God Oh God Oh God Oh God Oh God Oh God Oh God Oh God Oh God Oh God

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  601. Larry says:

    yeah what’s up with that living with Mario crap. You have been in the league for five years now for Gods’ sake

  602. andrewberkshire says:

    Pouliot, AK46, Plekanec and Gomez could all start scoring soon… Please.

  603. HUDSONHAB says:

    My thoughts exactly, what were the d-men defending?


  604. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Another minute playing in the Pens zone, that’s ALL I ask

  605. habsfaninboston says:

    Guys, we need more offense, plain and simple.  3 shots doesn’t cut it.

  606. habsfanmandy says:

    Both? :) :) :)

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe A man walks into a bar and asks for an Ovechkin. “What’s that?” asks the bartender. “A White Russian, no ice, no cup.”

  607. phillyhab says:

    HA!  I shave/trim for losses too!

  608. Grabbed The Cup says:

    He’s a hockey player?

    You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Unger!

  609. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    They out-reffed us. We outscored and out-goaltended them. Hockey won.

    Our habs didn’t just beat the pens tonight, they beat the whole NHL.

  610. zozotheclown says:

    lol, well said by him, Darche was huge. Thats the kind of player you need, someone who can sit down, play 0:00 and not complain, then come back and give you a solid game, not to mention his excellent forecheck caused the big goal by Max.

  611. joeybarrie says:

    UM WE HAVE 9 Shots……….. NINE….  N  I  N  E  ….OK, NOT 8 but 9….. Wake up and watch this thing…..

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  612. sprague cleghorn says:

    I have been watching the Habs in the playoffs since the 1960’s, and that was the single worst refereed NHL playoff game I’ve even seen.  The crowd covering the ice in debris was a genuine turning point — it gave the Habs penalty killers a breather AND it put a little fear into the zebras. I have never been a conspiracy theorist when it comes to officiating, but it’s hard to watch that disgraceful display and not think about it.

  613. PrimeTime says:



  614. novahab says:


  615. Fansincebirth says:


    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  616. Larry says:

    I had just about given up on Laps. Enough was enough, but My God he is winning me over of late. Coming into his own I hope.

  617. Chuck says:

    I know what you mean; Vinnie pisses me off, too.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  618. 24 Cups says:

    Forget the refs, we still have to score a few goals to pull this game out of the hat. 

    Here’s the truth.  Gionta and Gomez aren’t producing offensively.

    AK46 and Pleks aren’t producing offensively.

    These guys are on our top “two lines”.  Time to bring it.

  619. JIMVINNY says:

    Entire team just gave the refs a big middle finger.

  620. SeriousFan09 says:

    Johan Franzen got his 4th goal and has 2 assists tonight so yeah, the Sharks are getting curb stomped by one angry Swede tonight.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  621. Norm0770 says:

    So I think I’m starting to get it…

    Any play that creates an advantage or scoring chance for the Penguins is OK.  Like tripping a Montreal Dman skating in his own end.

    Any Play that negates a Montreal advangage or scoring chance is OK.  Such as hookin, hodling, holding the stick of any and all Montreal plays in their offensive or defensive zones.

    Any play that negates a Pittsburgh advantage or make Crosby’s eyes well up with tears is not OK… Like:  2 minutes for scowling at the chosen one.

  622. coachdoug says:


    GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  623. crazydude says:

    Momentum swings when you don’t get the obvious calls.  Cherry’s even seeing them, which means something.

  624. Montrealer2 says:

    HALAK & THe HABS ……..Yea Baby inspite of the Zebras


  625. Top Corner says:





  626. Fansincebirth says:

    They’re absolutely smothering us, we can’t do a friggin thing out there without a Penguin all over us…

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  627. SeriousFan09 says:

    Suck it you losers, Stanley Cup Cheats aren’t getting a win that easy, Hockey Gods delivered justice.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  628. JasonM says:

    Let’s also be honest that the Habs are playing hesitant hockey and are scared to cause any “contraversial plays”. They can’t truly go at the intensity they want because the Refs ability to do their jobs is deplorable. If a player falls, goes down easy..etc… the Habs will be going to the box.

    They could play better. But blame the Refs for ruining what could have been a really awesome hockey game.

  629. HardHabits says:

    Chuck my man you were so right. SWEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  630. coachdoug says:

    The Trap JM is running requires everyone get back quickly to the neutral zone so it seems no one can take a chance…OB pinches in and then doesn’t make a play with the puck…everyone is sprung load to get out of the zone…

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  631. JasonM says:


    You cheap tactics didn’t work tonight!

  632. Fansincebirth says:

    see my post above….

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  633. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …ALL Hail Halak !!!!!!!!!

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  634. J. Ambrose says:

    No shots because we can’t win an offensive zone face-off, and we have a pathetic dump-in. The only pressure we get (and it ain’t much) is off the Moore/Moen forecheck. We can’t win games without puck possession. 

  635. Propwash says:

    Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooleyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy CRAP! What a game. I LOVE this team!


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  636. habsfanmandy says:

    Very Roy-esque goaltending …. says my dad, who should know.

    And how AWESOME was it that CBC, and DON F CHERRY, were on OUR side, for a effin change? Could hardly believe it.

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe A man walks into a bar and asks for an Ovechkin. “What’s that?” asks the bartender. “A White Russian, no ice, no cup.”

  637. Norm0770 says:

    There is the FU to Bettman, the refs and the NHL/

  638. Norm0770 says:

    The two Pens goals were the direct result of the officiating though.  Without that it is still 1-0 Habs.

  639. Danno says:

    Zero. Offer ends Friday. Don’t you like free stuff?


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

  640. andrewberkshire says:

    Agreed 100%. We’re obviously being outplayed, but it would be way easier to take without the BLATANT ***ing cheating.

  641. zozotheclown says:

    Un F. believable, I get to see game 6!!! Come back up 3-2 guys!! You can do it!!

  642. zozotheclown says:

    Fix you is 2-0 in the playoffs and City of Blinding Lights is 0-3, I think we know what to play when they start game 6 :P

  643. Chuck says:

    O’Byrne and Gill blocked 15 shots between them. I’d consider moving them up in your rankings.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  644. solsub says:


  645. zamboni says:

    Not whole NHL, whole fucking NHL.

  646. Hockey Socks says:

    Same question, “best hockey interview I’ve ever heard” is whats being said.

  647. gumper says:

    Refs aside, it’s beginning to show we just ain’t got the horses. Out-checked, out-skated, out-muscled, out-shot. This series is a measuring stick, and I fear we are coming up a little “short”. Can’t blame the boys. They’re hanging in there and doing what they can, but, Mssrs. Molson, hope you’re paying attention. We have some distance to go to compete with the elite teams.

  648. jamesduncan says:

    There is a word for what we just saw: justice.

  649. andrewberkshire says:

    Haha he was so pissed when it got called off. It was nice to see a player reacting like a fan. Made the rest of us seem sane.

  650. mrhabby says:

    Its been so long since i have not seen the passive/resistance hockey played by the habs..i would so like the Habs to dominate the games for long stretchs against teams we play….

  651. Shiloh says:

    Beautiful effort lads! They tried to steal it….

  652. idle says:

    I give Lapierre a rough ride often but I have to say he played an excellent game (and not just because of the goal) and if he only would play this way more often and keep his mouth closed more often he would be a great part of this team.


    What the hell was Hamrlik doing on the first goal??  If P.K is pinching and no one else is back and their are two Pens right at the blueline where do you think Hamrlik should be heading?  If you said he should stand still on the blue line then you should not play D for the habs either.


    I have been a silent hater of Sid for 2 years now.  I have been silent because it is more often then not taken as either jelousy or sour grapes when you bitch about one of the best players in the game.  I used to complain about Mario and everyone said I was just sulking because he did not play for the Habs.  Sid is a worse baby then Mario ever was.  Sid the Kid may sound like a fitting nick name for this guy but he has a few years of growing up yet before he is a kid.


    When you have Don Cherry complaining about one sided reffing against the Habs you can pretty much be sure that there is one sided reffing against the Habs


    When Gill slashed and broke Crosbys stick he threw his hands up in the air and pouted until the ref called it a penalty.  When Kostitsyn was rushing in and blew by Crosby like he was the face off dot Crosby slashed the stick out of his hands and went on a counter rush.  Kostitsyn never whined or complained about it.  We can say what we want about A.K and his frustrating play but that right there is why he still has a better attitude then the golden boy Sid.


    In the end, justice was served… this time.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  653. tricolortrue says:

    HABS ARE DONE!    they have ZERO offence. no way of scoring a goal or even close to it.

    during the offseason, keep Subban, Cammalleri and Gionta. the rest have to go!

    Pouliot, AK bros, Pleks, Hamrlik, Lapierre, Spacek, Darche, Maxwell, – GONE!

    I want all the floaters and lazy asses GONE!

    could we also get rid of JM please?  I can’t believe that jerk says absolutely NOTHING when his team is getting sandbagged. what’s the matter with that guy?  he’s afraid of his own shadow! 

  654. twilighthours says:

    A victory for justice.  Karma.

  655. TripleX says:

    Can’t let that comment go dude.  AK was visible all night and made some big hits and plays in the offensive zone.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  656. topher5468 says:

    I dont know whats worse, The habs offense or the incesant whining about the reffing. Please, yes it was bad in the first but who do you blame for a 3 shot 2nd, with a shotless PP. Im pissed to but enough with the reffing already, This teams trails by one goal, their in this game sort of. 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  657. JVF says:


  658. solsub says:

    Just a quick question. When was the last time the Habs won two games in the conference semi-finals?

  659. TripleX says:

    Dustin Byfuglien….6’4″ 257LBS!!!!  Crashes the net and strikes fear in the opposition….we have NOTHING like that.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  660. Habscore says:

    IM SHAKING  !!!!!


    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  661. PrimeTime says:

    Bust it out, Boys! The end is near….

  662. hablifting says:

    Anybody saying Bob Cole hates the Habs etc…  Didn’t sound like it there.

  663. Tharsis says:

    Go for Subbak…or Halan…I personally prefer Subbak but that is just me


    Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.

  664. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    As Hab fans, sometimes we agree, and sometimes we disagree… but IS something we can all agree on… this was a special night.

  665. Keith says:

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FU REFS & NHL!!!!!!!






  666. andrewberkshire says:

    I was thinking that too, and Lapierre had one of the best games of his career.

  667. Black Jacques Halak says:

    I have said it once, I will say it again.   THERE IS NO MEAN ON THIS TEAM!!!!  Hit someone, knock em out.  Geez….


    Officiating bites, but hey it happens.  Lets get some shots on net.  get in to their house.  and would somebody hit Crosby in a way that he has a legit complaint.  Like a smack in the head or something. 

  668. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Really nice to see Gorges get that 2nd star, nobody more deserving

  669. Ron says:

    Their talking about how classy PK Subban is on the National News, absolutely amazing.

  670. kempie says:

    It’s not helping us not suck.

  671. Les Habitants says:

    HABS 3 REFS 2!

    GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!



    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  672. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Man, I’ve neve been so pissed and happy at the same time. I know I should just enjoy the win but damn somethings gotta be done with these refs!! This should have been 3-0 game for the habs!! 

  673. badbalance says:

    When the Habs win, It’s all love and this team is awesome, when we  are losing, “FIRE JM” “THis Team sucks”.


    Just calm down this game isnt over yet.

  674. coachdoug says:

    Hockey Gods making things right!!!!!

    High Fives and a cold brew to all my fellow HIOers!!!!

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  675. habs_1993 says:

    just saying we need more than 9 shots if we are gonna win this thing

    but we did have some good chances

    btw, the (8) is a music emoticon on msn,…..unfortunately, it doesn’t show up in here

  676. crabvader says:

    Talbot really snaked a star away from Lapierre.

    The wrong Max got a star.

  677. HNS says:

    Can’t play any series with just 3 lines. Should have dressed Sergei just to take out Cindy’s teeth. At least use him as a sacrifice. 

  678. nick says:

    Well… Best of 3 now ain’t it ;)

  679. Matt_in_TO says:

    2002 against Carolina

    - I Hab Faith

  680. phillyhab says:

    Besides the obvious — hat-trick in Game 2 vs. Wash — AK46 has been a HORSE.  He’s the only forward that lays on the BIG body and has been a brilliant forechecker and back-checker.  He’s the only top six guy that can keep the puck in with size and power and has been. One bad game this run: Game 3 in Wash.  So close to goals the last two nights. 

    Where’s Plekanec been the last few games?

  681. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    They are going to need a big effort in the 3rd to win.  The boys seem scared, playing with something to lose, and perhaps a monkey on their backs (refs?).  Gotta play with reckless abandon and purpose like they did in the Washington series.

  682. LesFleurs says:

    I can’t believe we overcame that nonsense. Be proud of your team tonight.

    And about the refs, what happens now? I really don’t want this to just get swept under the rug. Something has to be done.

  683. habsfaninboston says:


  684. Dougie says:

    you sound like Bob Cole

  685. HNS says:

    Cindy starts crying, whistles start blowing. Bettman, take your new NHL and stick it up your arse.

  686. Will Longlade says:

    It’s not the curse of the Bell Centre. More like the curse of the referees. Worst missed call? The holding on AK46. The Habs can’t catch a break from the refs. It’s nauseating. The pressure is on for the league to deliver a Pens-Bruin series. That sucks if you are a Hab or Habs fan. 

  687. Captain aHab says:

    Canadian teams should tell the NHL they’re forming a new league, give Balsillie a franchise and let Buttman try to make a living with that.

  688. Exit716 says:

    Subban was tackled at the blueline. Hamrlik was tripped. Two goals.


  689. Ron says:

    For once Cherry is calling out the refs in this one. He basicly say Habs are getting hosed. 3 non calls and crybaby calling the slash.

  690. Montrealer2 says:

    I just walked in & turn on the set,& I get to see a penalty called with less than second left. Have the Zebras been doing their usual job favoring the Pens ? I just heard Cherry say something to that effect. It sounds like the Count has issued a directive ( unoffical of course) to penalize everything Canadian ( Canucks & Canadiens)   This is absolute BS

  691. zamboni says:

    I’d like to hear what Boone’s Guru has to say, who laughs at people who suggest that we don’t get good refereeing.

    Hey Boone why don’t you compare Satan’s salary to Gomez’s

  692. tricolortrue says:


    I wish someone would slash Crosby so hard and injury the crybaby!

    at least DON CHERRY agrees with us!  those missed calls cost the habs 2 goals and Pitt’s goal was kicked in.


    I hope any team but Pitt wins the cup. I curse those refs and their families.

  693. 100HABS says:

    The ref never saw anything except Crosby whining about his stick looking at the ref. Then the ref calls it about two seconds after the fact.

    I swear this is the most one-sided officiating I have ever seen in 30 years of watching hockey. Clearly the refs were told to make sure the Pens win this game.

  694. HUDSONHAB says:

    I am sick! Canada’s hero, whinny little bitch! The refs just wait for his cue. If the Habs are so brutal, why do the power houses need the league to make sure they get by the Habs. Just sick!


  695. RJB says:

    You know the officiating is pathetic when Don Cherry agrees…Is Gary in the building again?

  696. PrimeTime says:

    Better Comment of the day:

    You know you suck as a referee when Don Cherry stands up for the Canadiens

  697. Propwash says:

    Man, you have nooooooooooooo idea


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  698. RudeMood19 says:

    It’s a superstar league. If you don’t have a bona fide superstar, then you will not get the benefit of the doubt. That was by far one of the worst refereed periods in an NHL playoff game I have ever seen.

    For chrissakes, EVEN DON CHERRY thinks the Habs are shortchanged.

    What a joke. If the fans start littering the ice, I COMPLETELY understand why.

  699. Big Ted says:

    - Pens first goal: PK Subban tackled at the blue line.

    - Pens 2nd goal: Hal Gill in box for less than what the Pens did to Subban. Hamrlik taken down, no call. Oh yeah, and the goal was scored when the puck was kicked in (the first touch off his skate was a deflection but the second motion, Kunitz dragged his foot along the ice towards the net)

    - AK46 taken out by what Benoit Brunet even referred to as a clothesline.

    - End of period: no call for about 5 seconds after Gill broke Crosby’s stick. The ref obviously didn’t see it and only called it after he saw The Baby whining.

    WOW. JM and the staff need to get on the phone and yell at the league cause this was even more ridiculous than even the last screwjob.


  700. ooder says:

    Boone no offesne but your summary of the first period sucked.

    Let me try:

    MTL gets a lucky goal from Pyatt.

    Devorski skates up to Furlatt and whispers into his ear: “Do we really want to listen to an hour long monologue from Crosby and Bylsma about thier feelings?”

    Furlatt: “Of course not!”

    and so ended the hockey game.

    Subban has his leg held by Fedentok springing Malkin and Talbot on a 2 – 0 and now it’s 1 -1.

    Gill gets a very chintzy penalty, Crosby takes out Hamrlik’s legs and Kunitz kicks in the puck making it 2-1

    Blatant holds and high hits (eaton on ak46) are allowed by the pens.

    Crosby has his twig broken by Gill, and the refs missed it. Crosby turned around to the refs and the ref thought: “oh shit, better give him the penalty, i don’t want to wipe away his tears”.

    and MTL starts the second period a man down


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

  701. Richard B says:

    League wants pens through to help promote hockey in US. The sad thing is that the habs are making equilization payments to NHL to support the US teams….and they getting screwed because of it.

    Are the Canadian owners watching these games??

    You would think they would have the ability to ensure refs are not bias?

    As a fan I don’t see the point in watching when the bias is so obvious…Pens and refs might be to big a hill for our habs to climb.

    Very dissapointed with this.

    Richard B

  702. Captain aHab says:

    If Darche took out Crosby the league would rule that Gionta has to sit.

  703. Richard B says:


    could not have said it better!!

    Smarten up Boone

    Richard B

  704. HNS says:

    I’ve been saying this for years. Canadian Hockey League. Your six canadian NHL franchises leave the NHL to join the CHL, new teams are created across Canada. CHL vs NHL in the finals for the Stanley Cup. Ratings in the US and Canada thru the roof. Bettman will be known for the demise of the NHL. Priceless!……no pun against Carey.

  705. HUDSONHAB says:

    I don’t like to say what you just said but I do feel that way. The league wants that marque match up and Vancouver aand Montreal will not be allowed to mess up the best laid plans of those coniving bastards! Just look how Luongo is getting battered around.


  706. HardHabits says:

    6 Canadian teams accounted for 35% of league revenues. There should be a strike from the 6 Canadian teams. They need to pull themselves out of the NHL unless they are given the clout that their financial strength should give them. There are too many American based teams that are losing money, giving away tickets, and constantly drafting the best players. This bleeding has to stop. I am disgusted. Don Cherry came close to saying what’s going on. It’s so blatant I am sick. This league is corrupt.

    Now you know the major reason why I advocate the tank. Fight fire with fire.

    If not a strike then the 6 Canadian teams should conspire together. All 6 teams tank and just draft all the good players. Then ONLY trade amongst themselves. The league is fixed. The reffing is corrupt. This should be investigated. It’s so blatant.

    Goddamnit I am angry.

  707. HFX-HabFan says:

    Okay, when a guy like Cherry, who rarely sides with Montreal, is pointing out the poor reffing, you know it’s bad.

  708. Fansincebirth says:

    Holy Crap!!! Cherry is calling out the refs!!!!

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  709. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Good work Don Cherry, for being legit about the reffing.  

  710. dean roberts says:

    i’ve counted 3 missed calls so far.cindy for tripping hammer, pouliet bieng held and thrown down, and pk being interferred with. this is just crap. cindy and his landlord/lover must have paid a lot for this game. family has left the house….animals too. time for a beer to calm down

  711. Richard B says:

    Bias is so obvious…and what was that call on Suban’s foot. Dude grabed his leg with his hand…and then a goal?

    Don had 4 other examples without that one.


    Richard B

  712. Richard B says:

    Bias is so obvious…and what was that call on Suban’s foot. Dude grabed his leg with his hand…and then a goal?

    Don had 4 other examples without that one.


    Richard B

  713. twilighthours says:

    Pretty worked up right now.  Worst officiated period I’ve seen in 33 years of watching hockey.  And I’m not exaggerating.



  714. kempie says:

    The one that pisses me off the most is still the sliding tackle on PK at the point. It’s the one that opened the floodgates of stupidity.

  715. Jordio-oh says:

    even don cherry questioned the call on ak46 and the crosby trip on hamrlik that led to the kunitz goal. you know something is up when that happens. christ.

  716. PrimeTime says:

    Dumbest comment of the day is tonight is a “must win” – no sh_t! – but it’s never been truer and still may not be enough. At worst, the odds of coming back again from 3-1 are about as even as the “controversy” will never again be spoken. Even at 2-2 another miracle would have to happen. But in game 3 we almost had ‘em where we wanted ‘em. Who’s knows what would have happened if Habs had scored on 2 or 3 of their chances in the 1st in game 3 or if MAF didn’t make a couple of redonkulous saves later in the 3rd but if we had gone up 2 games to 1 I think the PENS would have needed a Master Shrink to comeback and win the series. So close yet so far. The rest of the series begins tonight but if Habs lose look to game 3 and their inability to score that cost the series. I just hope we go down swinging all the way until the end and maybe take a Pen or 2 with us.

  717. andrewberkshire says:

    I know we all hate the Bruins here, but looking at the list of GMs nominated for the inaugural GM of the year award, does anyone else think it’s an absolute farce that Chiarelli wasn’t nominated? The guy stole two lottery picks from Toronto for a player he DIDN’T WANT TO SIGN, his team made the playoffs despite almost as many injuries as the Habs, and he’s signed Savard to a great looking contract. He was an idiot last year for signing Tim Thomas long term, but that was last year. No one has done a better job as a GM this year than Chiarelli.

  718. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Did BG get any consideration?  He did a hell of a job putting this group together.  Despite the obvious pessimism on this site, his team making the playoffs, the 2nd round, defeating the presidents trophy winner, and even being competitive against Pittsburgh, with all those signings in the off-season, should at least make him a candidate.  Not that many trades during the season, but that goes for all the GM’s really.  

    I understand that there are some cons to his plan, such as the Gomez contract, up against the cap for a while, and an extreme gamble by putting a virtually new time on the ice.  But let’s be honest, with this many new players signed, how can he not be considered?  His signings:  Gill, Gionta, Cammy, and Moen have been great in the playoffs, and for the most part, all year.   

  719. ooder says:

    how Mcphee was nominated is beyond me


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

  720. jbroderi says:

    I think he did a good job, but i think their play-off success is as much the luck of the draw as anything.  Burke should get blame more than chiarelli should get credit for that bone-head kessel trade.  Let’s be honest.  Satan was a last ditch effort for offense that luckily worked out.  Signing recchi was a good move too. 

    I would put him top 5, and we could argue that he belongs ahead of macphee.  (oh, add knuble and some other toughness.  god, I could have done that)

    I think maloney is the only real choice for a winner though, just based on the dysfunctional nature of the team. 


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  721. TripleX says:

    His team despite injuries at least as severe as what the Habs suffered made the playoffs and will go to the conference finals.  In the summer his club will have a TOP TWO pick.

    I think that is a job worthy of commendation.  Sour grapes much?




    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  722. Ian Cobb says:

    Sure hope we identify all the pieces that need to be removed from this team by the end of this season, and get rid of them once and for all.

    The to old, the bandaid players, the uncoachables. We must stop this nonsence of every year having cancers in the room, the GMs office and behind the bench waiting for there turn at the revolving door.

    This club is as volitile as the stock market.

  723. SeriousFan09 says:

    Locker room poison is one thing Ian, I am sick of having hard-to-coach players and enigmas being called cancers, it’s ridiculously dramatic and gives these guys far too much credit that they could possibly be that damaging to a hockey club of professionals.

    You dump the Kostitsyns, we cut away at our youth core and acquire little in return, while other teams walk off with them while we hold weak prospects or low draft picks. Boucher thought Sergei was coachable, Andrei’s had two 20-goal seasons and despite all the coach’s efforts to the contrary, is not a power forward he’s a sniper who is told not to do his job.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  724. JB_15 says:

    Actually, the chant is F*** YOU BETTMAN and/or Crosby is a pussy.

  725. Chuck says:

    No wonder I had a feeling that someone was watching.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  726. Habscore says:

    Great idea! I should do the same with my friggin cat.
    Can’t believe this tonight.

    — YES HABS CAN!! –

  727. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Feels liuke watching the first Bush election.

    You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Unger!

  728. J. Ambrose says:

    I’m not too bummed. I still think we can win this one. We just played the kind of 1st period that the Pens played last game. Plus, the refs clearly are colour-blind. They can only see red jerseys. 

  729. Keith says:

    More f***ing bogus bullshit!!!

  730. Kristopher7 says:


  731. zozotheclown says:

    Thats a late call…. guess they don’t respond well to booing.

  732. rut1212 says:

    I have never said this myself. Conspiracy, and there is no arguement against it now.

  733. Matt_in_TO says:

    If anyone other player does what Sid just did, I bet they don’t get the call.


    - I Hab Faith

  734. PrimeTime says:

    Of course to stop Habs from coming out flying in the 2nd we have to start it a man short. Is this scripted??

  735. Shiloh says:

    Why bother? Just give them the series. Don’t bother even going to Buttman’s US of A. Just let them have the damn thing if there has to be cheating.

  736. andrewberkshire says:

    What’s the point in even playing the games when Pittsburgh is AWARDED leads.

  737. slamtherimtim says:

    this is getting bad ,

  738. punkster says:

    I’m going to walk the dog. This is too freakin’ frustrating to watch until I cool down. Garbage. Crap.

  739. Keith says:

    I hope the Montreal mob tears these officials apart after the game. I won’t feel one bit of sympathy for them. THEY SHOULD GET WHAT THEY DESERVE!!!

  740. Danno says:

    Crosby using a doctored cracked stick. Nice.


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

  741. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    I’m impressed.  You were able to put together a post without mentioning Jews, slashing faces, or killing people.  All by yourself?


    It is a good point, he did miss the call at first.

  742. wotever says:

    The chant is CRY-BABY!  Not BOO!  God, I should be there.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  743. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Blatantly screwed on national television.

    You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Unger!

  744. Kristopher7 says:

    Seriously, this is the worst officiated series I’ve seen in my life.. maybe there were worse when I was a kid, but in my adult life this is by far the worst! Such BS calls………….. SIGH.

  745. andrewberkshire says:

    Bergeron needs to just tee up a slap shot and nail a ref in the face. Cave in his skull.

  746. danhabsfan says:

    I won’t say that this is a fix…

    BUT, I will say that the reffering is bush leage, second rate, and totally apears to be lop-sided.

    According to the rules… this game should be 1-0 Habs, and the habs would have had 3 powerplays.

    This better even out quickly in the rest of this game.

    I wish I could apply for the job of Head Referee for the NHL.

  747. habz says:

    Don’t even Bother playing …CROSBY WILL GET WHAT HE WANTS. So Unfair!!!!

  748. Propwash says:

    So, Boone, do you agree that the reffing is pretty much b.s?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  749. Richard B says:

    this is brutal to watch. two goals on bad or missed calls and not antoerh one that Crosby called.


    No way for Mtl. to beat the stanley cup champs with this level of bias against them. Its very discouraging. I’m tempted to turn off the TV. Even don agrees.

    Richard B

  750. tricolortrue says:

    it’s baf enough that the refs only want Pitt to win, but so blatantly!  can we put a contract out on these refs?

    and why doesn’t JM open his mouth???? he drives me crazy.

    PG better call the NHL office and bitch!

  751. Exit716 says:

    You know you suck as a referee when Don Cherry stands up for the Canadiens.

  752. andrewberkshire says:

    DONALD S CHERRY agrees with Habs fans, we’re obviously not seeing things.

  753. crabvader says:

    They aren’t awarded the leads. They are just such an amazing team! I mean they have that “extra gear that Montreal doesn’t have”.

    Haven’t you been listening to CBC crapentary?

    I’m going down to Toronto and burning down CBC headquarters AND NHL headquarters while I’m at it.

    This is the biggest god damn slap in the face Montreal’s seen in a long time.

    In our own building FFS!!!


  754. Habscore says:

    It woouldn’t change anything…What are the Refs gon’ do about Coach yelling….nada!!

    — YES HABS CAN!! –

  755. Chuck says:

    Not quite as bad as being booed by 21,273.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  756. zozotheclown says:

    That looked like a perfectly legal hit, o well, boo away.

  757. crabvader says:

    EATON FRIGGIN CLOTHESLINED HIM WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ok now im out, had to see replay. this game is bullshit.

  758. kempie says:

    This is actually a really good game. I mean aside from that getting ****ed up the *ss part.

  759. Matt_in_TO says:

    I wonder what it must feel like to be booed by 21000 people


    - I Hab Faith

  760. SeriousFan09 says:

    To this day, I always think that the Rocket punching a referee should have been the statue we erected at Centennial Plaza, would’ve perfectly captured the city’s feelings about the NHL’s bush league officiating.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  761. Shiloh says:

    How is that not interference on AK46?

  762. Exit716 says:

    This league is a joke.

    Why bother going the rest of the night?

    Just have Molson phone up Bettman, concede the series and we’ll see you next year.

    The officials are incompetent.

    They should have a mob outside the arena to greet Furlatt and that other loser.

    Make the police give them an escort to their hotel.


  763. danp says:

    The obvious bias makes this a tough game to even watch. Why don’t the refs just call the game over and declare the Penguins the winners?

  764. crabvader says:

    EATON FRIGGIN CLOTHESLINED HIM WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ok now im out, had to see replay. this game is bullshit.

  765. punkster says:

    Total garbage refs. Total incompetence. Unbelievable. Shameful. Embarassing. This league is worse than any minor league organization. Crap. Pitiful. Unreal.

  766. PrimeTime says:

    Just imagine if the that was Crosby getting decapitated by a stiff arm!?! There would be a suspension. So pissed what this league has become!!

  767. Keith says:

    Refs are giving them this game. We are done.

  768. Exit716 says:

    This league is a joke.

    Why bother going the rest of the night?

    Just have Molson phone up Bettman, concede the series and we’ll see you next year.

    The officials are incompetent.

    They should have a mob outside the arena to greet Furlatt and that other loser.

    Make the police give them an escort to their hotel.


  769. topher5468 says:

    So efin mad, BS reffing, where the F is our Offense. We look like crap out there. 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  770. Clay4bc says:

    Look at the replay…not whining, just saying.


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

  771. HardHabits says:

    So that’s 3 blatant penalties not called.

    Subban got tripped by te Pens player’s arm grab around.

    Hamrlik got tripped y the Pens player’s stick in the legs.

    AK gets hauled down with the arm on the chest.

    Not a clean hit any of the 3.

  772. ooder says:

    well the game was decided very nicely by the refs.

    they see the habs get a weak goal so they give pens carte blanche.

    ha and people here talk about the KHL like it’s a bush league.. this is pure trash.

    JM open your goddamn mouth and stick up for your players


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

  773. Keith says:

    Surprised they didn’t call a penalty for shooting the puck at Fleury!

  774. Josh says:

    I wonder what would happen if O’Byrne straight-armed Crosby in the face while entering the zone.

  775. rut1212 says:

    I’m not sympathetic to Malkin being hurt.

  776. tricolortrue says:

    wonder how much Pitt paid off the refs?

  777. twilighthours says:

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist but I’m pretty f***** p!ssed off about this bullsh!t officiating.


    what the ***&*(^*^ is going on?

  778. king ddd says:

    i cant beleive im watching cbc, the play by play douche is such a moron.he almost ripped aks head off! wow.. just wow.. i just lost the respect i had for this pitts team! fu** this team.. if they beat us i hope the bruins break all their legs

    .::moen for captain::.

  779. SeriousFan09 says:

    CBC has lost it “Penguins found that other gear they have that Montreal doesn’t”

    You mean the one that lets the referees have selective vision? What a bunch of dime store hacks, I hope CTV finally manages to pry the Prime playoff coverage from CBC in the next TV deal, just to force CBC to try and get better.


    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  780. Rob Maguire says:

    I miss Carbo. He wouldn’t put up with this garbage officiating. I wish Martin would scream for once.

  781. zozotheclown says:

    Its a bit high, but its not a blatant headshot or anything, stuff like that goes by all the time

  782. JasonM says:

    I’m telling you we won’t be winning another game in these series. This is about as fixed as it gets.

  783. zamboni says:

    who’s the puke ref tonight?

  784. Matt_in_TO says:

    Some of those are Pens fans


    - I Hab Faith

  785. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    I know where you are coming from.  However, If he loses his cool, it will create panic on the bench.  He’s a rock with his emotions, and he expects his team to be.  And they have responded and not let it slow them down.  If he loses his cool, what good will that do for his team?  It’s no garauntee that the refs will listen either way.


  786. Chuck says:

    I say that we find out.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  787. Chuck says:



    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  788. solsub says:

    Clotheslines aren’t permitted in the NHL. The check was not done with the shoulder.

  789. andrewberkshire says:

    So was Dany Heatley, yet he’s Canadian. Look it up genius. Grabovski is Belorussian.

    PS. If you spell genius wrong, you really look like a dumbass.

  790. ed lopaz says:

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

    was metropolit born in belarussia??

    here is a list of the NHL players born in the great country of belarussia.

    Salei is the only true NHL’er.

    Andrijevski, Alexander 1992-1992 (Minsk)
    Bautin, Sergei 1992-1995 (Rogachev)
    Koltsov, Konstantin 2002-2005 (Minsk)
    Kostitsyn, Andrei 2005-2006 (Novopolosk)
    Kostitsyn, Sergei 2007-2008 (Novopolotsk)
    Mikulchik, Oleg 1993-1995 (Minsk)
    Salei, Ruslan 1996-2008 (Minsk)

  791. andrewberkshire says:

    Actually you’re full of sh*t. What constitutes being a “true” NHLer? You don’t get to decide that. Both Kostitsyns and Grabovski, who you forgot, are NHL players.

  792. ed lopaz says:

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

    Woh!! I’m full of what??

    by “true” nhl’er I meant has had a long and established NHL career.


  793. ed lopaz says:

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

    oh ya – I forgot -Grabovski was born in Germany.

    look it up genious.

  794. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Yah, that’s it, Gainey is busy responding to ignorant Americans from LA who only have something negative to say.

    Seriously dude, you gotta grow up and get with the program.  You’re the biggest Sergei going on this site.  Despite what you think, management and coaching isn’t a problem.

  795. andrewberkshire says:

    Doubt he got much consideration considering he’s no longer the GM.

  796. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    I figured as much.  If he had stayed, do you think he would have gotten anything AB?


  797. Mike Boone says:

    Bob made the short list of 30 names

  798. andrewberkshire says:

    He wouldn’t have gotten a nomination for sure, because the NHL has a bit of a hard on for franchises in the USA improving drastically. Otherwise you would think Ken Holland would get an obligatory nomination for his work the last decade or more.

  799. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    At least he made the top 30… with firings and hirings, at least he’s not last :)

  800. jbroderi says:

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  801. jbroderi says:

    I think when you see the blow-up job he did, and the players he tried to get and couldn’t (lecavalier)  I think his mix of skill and experience and team guys was quite good.  Only he knows what the issues were in the team last year, or he wouldn’t have imploded the whole core. 

    Also, we act like he can just go out and trade or sign whomever he wants.  We don’t know what his A plan was, or even if this team was his plan C.  It involves a lot of luck too.

    He should sign people before the end of the year, and also, a little more size up front would have been nice, but really, let’s give him a break!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  802. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Ok, I guess JM is a bad coach and BG is a bad GM.  That’s evidence by where the Habs are right now.  Maybe Brian Burke knows better… or maybe, after all this time, we should have hired Richard Gere.

  803. TripleX says:

    Really Mr.Boone and the rest of the press.  You guys are like a pack of bloodthirsty hyenas.

    “And Miro Satan – signed in January to a prorated contract that pays
    him $350,00, or 10 per cent of what AK46 is making – has five goals in
    the playoffs.”

    AK has 3 goals and 3 assists in 10 games and is a minus 2.  OMG….TERRIBLE!  Your golden boy Pouliot who is beyond critical assessment has 0 goals and 2 assists in 10 games and is a minus 2.  OMG…..BRILLIANT!  What a player, what tenacity and skill.  PLEASE!

    A little less yellow journalism and a little more objectivity.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  804. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    If anything, lay off of AK.  I pray that the players in Montreal are instructed to stay clear of articles written about this team.  But I suppose, being a hockey player is a lot like being a politician.  “What have you done for me lately?”

  805. andrewberkshire says:

    The comparison is just useless. Halak makes about 10% of what Luongo makes, so therefore Luongo sucks, right? 

  806. topher5468 says:

    Ouch, how dare you. I like you have had a problem with that as well, This blog is not journalism, its a fans opinion, even though the author is a Journalist, You are right though, Pouliot get more passes than Jerry rice did from Joe Montana

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  807. The Cat says:

    Cant disagree with the bloodthirsty hyenas part lol

  808. ed lopaz says:

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

    I’m quite sure Boone is simply pointing out that the bruins are getting a good deal on their money spent on Satan.

    that Satan, as compared to A.K, appears to be a bargain.

    that’s harmless enough.


  809. joeybarrie says:

    HMMMM Pouliot at 800k and AK at 3.25million……  I think we all know AK can do better. At least Pouliot has shown he wants to do well. Oh wait its cause he’s French……WHAT CRAP.

    AK is .52 points per game at 3.25 million

    Pouliot is at .53 points a game at 800k.

    Do you even know what objectivity is??????

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  810. andrewberkshire says:

    Well any good GM needs some luck. Maloney could also be called a failure since he completely gave up on the youth of the Coyotes and went out and brought in a ton of vets instead.

  811. jbroderi says:

    valid point.  Was stempniak that much of a diamond in the rough, or just a lucky move?  I guess he will likely get it not so much for his work, but under the conditions he did it in.  Might not be fair, but how many vezinas did Brodeur win or get nominated for that he didn’t really deserve??


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  812. andrewberkshire says:

    Agreed completely, especially about the Brodeur thing.

  813. Danno says:

    Starting lineups?


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

  814. andrewberkshire says:

    I guess the playoffs don’t count, just like the Jack Adams. But that raises the question, why shouldn’t they? Why not just delay voting until the playoffs are over? Evaluate deserving people once all information is gathered. That makes sense to me.

  815. The M says:

    Lots of interest in Guy Boucher according to Elliot Friedman….. NNNOOOOO I really want him to stay with the Habs organization. Even though JM lucked out and his goalie carried him to the second round I want Guy Boucher….

  816. TripleX says:

    Exactly…lol   Leave the dude alone and let him do what he does best in peace.  It is maddening how some players are constantly under the microscope and others go scott free by the press.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  817. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    What sells more papers and get more hits on websites?


  818. TripleX says:

    Sadly true.  Mr. Boone baits the hook and gets us to bite everytime.  LMAO


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  819. jbroderi says:

    Let’s save all the criticism for after we get put out or win the Cup!!  We are in a huge game tonight that puts us right back in the series!!!  We can judge players, management, coaches etc after we pound the penguins, but for right now, it’s like righting a scathing review of a book when you’re only half way through!!!  


    Let’s go Habs!!!!

    Ak and Pouly 2 goals each!!!!!!!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  820. Norm0770 says:

    I can’t beleive they called that BS holding on Gill, but Eaton get beat to the outside and no pulls down AK46 BY THE HEAD and no call.

    Where was the call on Crosby for breaking his stick on the back of Gorges’ head?  Where was the tripping call on Subban?   Where was the call for the trip on Hammer?

    Refs are really putting their stamp in this game in a bad way.  The really awful ting is that each call/non-call has impacted the game.

  821. andrewberkshire says:

    Did you read my comment? I said he SHOULD be nominated, and that he isn’t makes the entire thing a farce. As for injuries, no they weren’t “at least” as severe as you suggest, they lost fewer man-games to injury and FAR less salary lost to injury.

  822. i gloriosi says:

    Can’t wait only 4hrs till game time…. so long for me to wait bcause in Europe

    what does anyone out there think about putting Cammy, with Gomez and Gionta

    Pleks with Andrei and Benny??? Maybe would give nice spark to offence

  823. megagoten says:

    cammy has been double shifting. benny is mia ( but trying ), along with ak46 ( mind unreadable )

  824. HardHabits says:

    3 blatant penalties not called.

    Subban got tripped.

    Hamrlik got tripped.

    AK gets hauled down. 

    Not a clean hit any of the 3.

  825. Danno says:

    No calll on broken stick. Then whiny Cindy cries and they give Gill a penalty.


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

  826. Fargo Habs Fan says:


    I work to midnight and my PVR took a deuce on me LAST NIGHT, so no hockey watching for me.  I’m counting on your excellent blog to keep me informed. 

    I had a party scheduled for midnight to watch the game w/a couple of guys.  Not anymore.  I hate life.


  827. Mike Boone says:

    I’ll do my best, bro.

  828. Shiloh says:

    JM should hold them back for a good ten minutes. Force Buttman’s league to do something. If this shit continues, put Cindy the Sook out for the year. How will the ratings be then, Butthead?

  829. coachdoug says:

    Hope a few of the forwards beside Cammalleri find the net…the defensive game is tight but the Habs need to finish chances and go to the net in the firs