How huge was that?

No Markov?

No problem.

What a heroic effort!

And guess what?

Jaro is in their heads.

925 Comments

  1. Matt_in_TO says:

    One of these days I’m going to have to head downtown and check that place out.

     

    - I Hab Faith

  2. Ayan_SB says:

    Elliotte Friedman reports that Halak’s in for today’s game, and apparently, Tim Peel will be one of the referees today.

  3. Jbird says:

    Love that place.

  4. habstrinifan says:

    Hi Avatar, Tension! Tension! Tension! So to ease it all, with your permission, I am gonna use your post to do some Confucius-like musing. I agree with you we shouldnt be here and I am very thankful to the players for giving me one of the best weeks of my life with their elimination of the CAPS. But I do not agree that this can now be considered a successful season becausE of that wonderful series. And I am not blaming the players. Whatever happens from now on, management MUST take responsibility for not crafting a better team during the season. I dont know if it was Gainey or Gauthier or JM. I dont know if it was the guy who handles the cap space and the ‘call up’ allotments. But there have been too many mistakes made in not, as you put it, properly tweaking the team to augment the core of Gomez/Gionta/Camilleri/etc etc. And we didnt have to go outside. White should have been added to the team to add size and character and give the team grit. The decision on keeping Pyatt with the team came too late. Bergeron’s early contribution to the power play should have been seen as just that.. a patch… an he should have been dispatched long ago. We could have certainly picked up a useful defenceman (not a star) with size and less downside. PAC, Maxwell, DAG, CHIP and yes the K brothers… all players whose situations an astute and decisive management TEAM( I stress team) would have resolved with much more immediately beneficial impact on the team and the season. We cannot give management a pass here. Next season will be as dismal as this one if the ‘modern methods’ of building a strong team is not learnt by those in charge… including whoever is coaching. Again I thank MOST of the players for the amazing thrill they gave us in the first round. But it wont make me forget the ugliness of the season, especially the way it ended. For Christ’s sake we couldnt WIN ONE GAME to secure our playoff spot. Successful… NO WAY!! Redeemed temporarily… MAYBE! Well it wasnt Confucius standard but it helped. Damn! I’m still tense! GO HABS GO!

  5. Dintrox says:

    Held hostage by a network that pays nothing for broadcast rights. The NHL will be negotiating this year as the deal endsin 2011 with NBC and VS. I’ve read a bidding war is in the offing as ABC and ESPN want the rights.

     

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  6. ooder says:

    this is how scheduling works in the NHL.

    NBC: You are playing at 2 pm

    Bettman: thank you, thank you, thank you, gracious NBC for giving us some of your time

    NBC: *spits on floor near bettman*

     

    ——————

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

  7. Chuck says:

    A neat article about Kilgour’s, the Hab-friendly bar on Bloor Street in Toronto:

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/blogs/timwharnsby/2010/05/pass-the-ketchup-and-good-times-at-this-habs-haunt.html

    _____________________________________

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

  8. Chuck says:

    The Pens are the prime tenants, so they probably have a reservation clause in their contract. And touring bands will often put up a deposit fee to reserve a night at an arena when tentatively planning out a tour.

    _____________________________________

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

  9. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:

    For a little respite from the fear and the anguish, 

    check out this little montage I put together of the last 

    2 games of the Caps series with a remix of Go Habs Go. 

     

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ahengnbo

     

    As for this series, what struck me the most about game 1 

    wasn’t the awesomeness of the Pens as much as the fatigue 

    of the Habs. I think we can take this team if we can catch a 

    second wind. That being said, MAB taking a regular shift as a 

    defenceman scares the living crap out of me….

     

     

     

     

     

  10. Chuck says:

    Man, I sure hope that they boys got to bed early last night, instead of heading out to sample that world-class Pittsburgh nightlife.

    _____________________________________

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

  11. PrimeTime says:

    The scheduling is not about the NHL or NBC. It’s simple business common sense from the point of view of whoever is managing the Arena facilities. You can’t allow a client to “tentatively” book a date only to have the right to change that date at the expense of other clients. It’s not just the Mellon, it would have subsequent effects to further booked dates of the NHL schedule. The Molson, one of North America’s busiest facilties, can’t just role out schedule changes to it’s spring lineup and no can any other facility. It’s a domino effect. 

     

  12. puck face says:

    well i already know habs don’t do very well in afternoon games , anyone know what pitt’s like? i think the kittens got into Boone’s medicaton.

  13. Chuck says:

    You and me both!

    _____________________________________

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

  14. Exit716 says:

    Red Deer Ronnie doesn’t merit the respect to have his correct name used. He finds it funny that Charra mangles names, so as a result, I won’t bother calling him by his correct name either.

     

  15. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Mcdonough is really nothing special. not yet, anyway.

    there are dozens of d-men like him in the AHL who never get a cup of coffee in the NHL.

    when he played for the U.S. juniors, he was their 5th best d-man, on a team of 19 year olds.

    Thimmens philosophy of drafting US high school defenceman is questionable at best.

     

     

  16. Danno says:

    That hit.

     

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

  17. danp says:

    Yes, eighth seed. The difference between 8th and 5th is not very much at all – a few games on either end of the season and the Habs would have been higher. Consider the retooling of the team – new owners, new coach(es), new players… So we had a slow start. Markov out in the first game? Other significant injuries. A bounce the other way could have easily moved the Haps up in the standings. Maybe the season started with the Habs playing like an 8th seed but by the last half of the season the Habs were beginning to show more. This team can play.

  18. DearyLeary says:

    Yeah, I prefer the NBC feed to the CBC, myself.

     

    To clarify: We get Bob Cole, Don Cherry, Glen Healy etc.  Why on earth would I want to watch a broadcast that my tax dollars pay for, when they cheer for the other team?

  19. B says:

    If McDonagh goes back to school next season, the Rangers will still have a decent window of time to sign him after he finishes NCAA and before they would loose his rights. It is not an unusual situation. There is also some compensation I believe (a 2nd rounder?) if they are unable to sign the 1st round pick.

  20. habs-hampton says:

    I could watch that all night!

  21. Ayan_SB says:

    Did you really expect the NHL not to schedule the game during the afternoon when it falls on a Sunday? Dude, it happens throughout the season.

  22. habs-hampton says:

    In one of his rare interviews, where he lets someone like Ron McLean ask “real” questions, why doesn’t someone ask him about the scheduling? He’s always harping on about “the integrity of the game”, or some other BS, but then he completely screws over teams like Mtl and Det to keep NBC happy. You cannot tell me there was anyway Detroit was able to prepare for game 1 (but at least they get some time to get ready for game 2). Maybe the quality of the hockey doesn’t matter to the NBC audience, since they don’t understand the game anyway. The compressed schedule during Olympic years in bad enough, but there is no reason to compress it during the playoffs. To 90% of hockey fans, a Saturday double-header with Mtl-Pit and Van-Chi would be an impressive way to start round 2.

    The other problem with the lack of rest between games is injuries. Now, I know that Markov’s injury was the result of a clean hard hit (in spite of who made the hit), but as everyone knows, well rested players are less likely to get hurt on that play.

    As for me, a guy who’s missed maybe 5-6 Habs games this year, I’ll check back with Boone and Sportscenter after supper. It sunny, warm and an early spring here in N.B. and I’ve got stuff to do. I’m sure, however, the guy in Podunk, Missouri is thrilled he’ll have something to watch this afternoon (unless he’s watching B-Ball, NASCAR, golf, etc.).

  23. PrimeTime says:

    Heals is a PA guy and he spoke from his empathy for his brethern in red, not as a fan of “The Habs”. It’s not really the NHL’s fault that Habs are playing off of a tough 7 game series. It would be a little naive to think that they would change the schedule to accomodate any single team. I just can’t wait and see if NBC will switch to other programming if the game goes deep into OT!?!

    JM needs to manage the ice time of the “tired’ players including sitting down our #1 Goalie. A win tonight (sorry - this afternoon, ugh) would be fantastic but it won’t happen unless we can outwork the smug Pens. If this can be accomlished then JM can give all players their regular icetime when back home for 2 games. 2-2 after 4 games would be better than expected so trying for 3 games to 1 is a little unrealistic.

    Losing today’s battle is not the end of the war! I would save “our best” for games 3 and 4 and if they can manage a win today, then so much the better. Go Boys Go!

     

  24. J. Ambrose says:

    That has nothing to do with playing an afternoon game today. 

  25. Ayan_SB says:

    Can we loan Evander Kane from Atlanta for this series? For all the Matt Cooke haters out theres, and who am I kidding, we’re all Matt Cooke haters, here’s the video of Kane’s KO against Cooke. No wonder the kid was named after Holyfield.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW9Sp-WndwA

  26. avatar_58 says:

    It would be EPIC if they couldn’t sign him and the habs jumped on him.

  27. Nick_Habs1 says:

    Interesting:

    Rangers, who conducted organizational meetings last week, are believed keenly interested in signing Ryan McDonagh, whose rights they acquired from Montreal in the Scott Gomez deal, but the Wisconsin defenseman has a fair amount of leverage as he awaits an offer.

    McDonagh, who turns 21 next month, would play his senior year for the Badgers if he does not turn pro. If he remains unsigned through next year, McDonagh would become an unrestricted free agent as of Aug. 15, 2011.

    Chances are, then, if the 6-foot-1, 215-pound McDonagh, who is regarded as a proficient, stay-at-home type physically ready for the NHL, does not sign this summer, he will not sign at all with the Blueshirts.

    And though it would seem necessary for Sather to offer the Entry Level max, we’re hearing McDonagh will make his decision based less on the contract and more on his perception of the Rangers’ program.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/caps_on_right_track_wxsKypBvSnhzRxdkSVEBmM#ixzz0mmmIBatA

  28. mrhabby says:

    how true/ its one thing for gramps to get it wrong but the dump ass mclean does nothing about it….bush league idiots the two of them and we pay these idiots to speak in a professional format..unreal.

  29. mrhabby says:

    i live in TO..i know all about it. funny thing is when i was a kid thats all the CBC talked about was the habs and the leafs. the lack of professionlism just kills me.

  30. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    5 man defence will be the key to our victory

    Any forward not ready to play defence should not play.

    there is a reason why I believe in the statement I include with all of my posts.

    today, Smart Hockey is the key to our success.

    we will not win unless we play smarter than the competition.

    on paper it does not add up.

    thankfully the game is played on ice and not on paper.

     

     

  31. Exit716 says:

    I agree. I just wish that Charra’s side kick Rod McLong would actually take some time to correct the old fart once in a while. Instead McLong sits there like a grinning idiot.

  32. Ayan_SB says:

    Sorry to burst your bubbles, but there really is no conspiracy. The Mellon Areana was booked on Saturday anyways.

  33. NLhabsfan says:

    I watch RDS.A lot of Canadiens fans refuse to watch the CBC pukes telecast.They are a Toronto based mentality and have only one opinion…dislike for Montreal.It shows in their biased hockey programing.Never saw so much praise heaped on the Pens…jeez enough to turn a dogs stomach.Never a comment about anything remotely encouraging about Montreal’s players.Check it out this is CBC last year and every year.I watch RDS period.CBC will never get their viewing numbers from me.

  34. Danno says:

    All the so-called experts have already written us off. Just like they did agains the Caps. They were WRONG last time because they overlooked the one stat you won’t find on paper. Character. That means pride, effort and guts.

    Once again, the experts will be proven to be WRONG.

     

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

  35. avatar_58 says:

    By the way folks – perspective: We shouldn’t be here. We barely squeeked into the playoffs and magically witinessed the fall of the so called BEST team in the NHL. If that isn’t a damned successful season I don’t know what is. It was the first year of a rebuilt team that still needs tweaks and some trades.

    They may yet get spanked by the Pens 4-0, but you know what? So what. 8th seed remember? It’s not that bad. Injuries to TWO key defenseman. They can whine about Staal as if we are supposed to care, but he’s nothing to his team compared to what Markov and Spacek are to the Habs – a team with already defensive woes at full strength.

    The odds are overwhelmingly against the habs so even a win or 2 would be epic. GO HABS GO!

     

    I’m excited for 2010-2011 when Subban and a tweaked team will take to the ice!

  36. Danno says:

    Don Charra is never wrong. Accept it.

     

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

  37. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Hard to believe that loaf POS healy said that, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. He’s still on my (expletive deleted) list though, since i puke in my mouth every time he speaks.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHhsmN6ihAY 

     

    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!

  38. avatar_58 says:

    Cherry is like that grandfather who always goes on and on about anything and everything. He might call you Bob when your name is Ted. You don’t correct him you just smile and nod and hope he falls back asleep on the coach.

  39. mrhabby says:

    how far can the boys dig down with our depth..iam always hopeful but something tells me it may not be for long.

    ps…i wish i was in charge of  HNIC.i would do anything in my power to fire all of those monkeys out the door so fast it would make there heads spin. cherry continues to be such an embarrasment he can’t even pronounce Halaks name right..what a farce and they call themselves professional….sad, sad.

     

  40. Danno says:

    NBC = New Bettman Conspiracy

     

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

  41. avatar_58 says:

    If MAB plays more than 5 mins then the habs lose. Case closed. I really don’t care if they have to double shift the rest of them I don’t want to see MAB play against the Pens. It’s that simple.

  42. Clay4bc says:

    “So a tired hockey team takes the ice without its best player…”

    Why – is Halak out?

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

  43. Corporate says:

    Well that is he thing. He has been playing a lot of minutes. He playe almost 20 minutes last game. Also, I said 75% of the responsibility. I think hockey sense wise he is better than Bergeron at this point. Now what I am worried is that Bergeron will be playing a lot of minutes where I will be screaming at him numerous times.

  44. BeachHabFan says:

    the scheduling sucks and the boys showed it on friday. i would put both darche and Sk in the lineup, let Metro and his shoulder take a breather (he’s not making much of an impact anyway; start Price to see if he can steal one but more to give Halak a rest, and have him ready for 2 home games; and focus the game plan on aggressive physical contact, trying to put a bit of wear and tear on the pens. let’s ruffle some feathers today and make em pay for whatever they get…

    (then again, i am typing this in my bathrobe while martin and muller and pearn are probably getting about 4 hrs of sleep a night working through it)

  45. avatar_58 says:

    The problem with PK is on the bench. Martin will not play him top minutes, and you have to sort of understand why. I have issues with Martin but it’s tough to just toss a rookie in there no matter who it is. I really hope PK does everything he possibly can to show his coach that he DESERVES top minutes. I mean who else can they use? Top minutes should go to PK and Gorges, with the 2nd pairing Gill and Hamrlik/Obyrne.

  46. Exit716 says:

    Pittsburgh is the flag ship team for the No Broadcasting Cash (for the NHL) network. NBC which gives the league $0 in real dollars gets to call the shots. The networks that actually pay cash for NHL TV rights, CBC and TSN get screwed in favour of Bettman’s revenue-sharing arrangement.

    Canada is irrelevant and a major irritant to Bettman. We are supposed to sit down, shut up and never question the great Bettman.

    Who cares if 20 per cent of the league is propping up more than 50 per cent of the US teams. That’s irrelevant in Gary’s world.

    Hockey will never be a major sport in the US and they’re just deluding themselves to think otherwise.

     

  47. Corporate says:

    Alright… We have lost one of our best defenseman. But we did discover one that can hold his own in PK Subban. He ha the speed and skills and he definately has the confidence. So I think he can fill 75% of Markov’s hockey sense. The other 25% will have to be Hamerlik. he has been weak or tired at times but he is the one that came through when Markov was down earlier in the year. As for Gill and Gorges. They should just continue playing the way they can.

    Now for the forwards… I can’t not stand Andrei Kostitsyn anymore. he frustrates me almost more than the loafs. He shows up one game out of 10 and then you don’t see him for the next 9 games. He doesn’t hit, makes stupid mental errors (hence the 4th goal in Game 1), and he doesn’t look interested. I don’t know if it is a Russian thing but I don’t like his lack of enthusiasm for the team. I say we shouldn’t keep him next year. I do understand he has potential and he has a great shot and speed. but it isn’t any use if he doesn’t want to use his skills.

    Gionta, Gomez must show their leadership this game. Gionta made a stupid mental erro by putting the puck over the glass for a delay of game call. Gomez on the other hand must just do what he has done all year. Be patient and skate deep in the Pittsburgh zone.

    I also believe that Darche should play. Here is what I would do to mix up hte lines a little. I would put Pouliot back on teh first with Gomez and Gionta. he played really well last game. Then i would put Moen on the second line as he was effective there last game. I would try to put in Darche somewhere in there. I would may be replace Metropolit since we know he is playing injured. The 3rd line must stay intact.

    Well good game everyone and be this time tomorrow it will be 1-1 series tie.

  48. RJ says:

    And they wonder why ratings for hockey are in the toilet. Here in the Northeast US the tempersatures will be in the high 80′s. Who the heck is going to be watching this game live? I’m a Habs fan and I’ll be taping it and watching it tonight. Crazy. Moreover, why did Montreal play on Friday when Boston and Philly were off for nearly a week?? Same for Detroit who got screwed.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  49. Exit716 says:

    The fact that Milbury has TV jobs on NESN (which is fine he’s a Bruins alumni) CBC and NBC speaks volumes about the lack of credible and entertaining candidates out there. I say hire Jeremy Roenick. I really miss the class and dignity of John Davidson too. He was a true pro.

     

  50. Ian Cobb says:

    This is just another reason for our boys to dig down a little deeper and take home a split in games. And besides, the worse thing that can happen is we take two at home and get the split that way.

    We never go the easy route, havent you noticed. We have always played up to the competition all year and we always take the enemy to the edge before pushing them over.

    If the Stanley Cup play offs were a cake walk we would be eating Sarah Lee instead of Chris.

  51. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:
  52. Keith says:

    Ian, Another guy, who like Chris F. Lee, I’m ashamed to say, hails from New Brunswick.

  53. HUDSONHAB says:

    A second wind will have to come on the plane, there is no time for rest, the Habs play every second day from now on.

    I hate to sound like a broken record but the time for rest was in game #1. We were destined to lose that game and the guys sitting out could have given a couple of key players a rest.

    NBC is ruining playoff hockey!

    ….Hab4life….

  54. SPATS says:

    I for one (and I’m sure I speak for many here) am not interested. You should stop plugging before they bar you. Your friends from H I/O

  55. Chuck says:

    Sadly, I’ve got to work today.  :(

    _____________________________________

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

  56. howtathor says:

    Great work Chris! Love the remix! Go Habs Go!!!

  57. Ian Cobb says:

    Tim Peel use to ref in the OHL and he only sees the game his way. I have seen many good games from him, but when he is bad he is very bad.

    He is one that refs the score at times. Makes cheep calls on teams that he has had a hard time controlling. Worse thing you could do is show him up, he thinks he is the show!

  58. RetroMikey says:

    See you at Copps today Chuck.  Where you sitting?  I’m in section 109, can’t miss 50 of us, we’re all wearing various Habs jerseys and I have RetroMikey on the back of mine.

    I’ve got my buddy downloading the game on my PVR for me so I ‘ll watch the Habs when I get home from the Bulldogs game.

    It’s funny when the Bulldogs are adavancing, the stands are getting more and more filled up.

    That is why this city of ours will never get an NHL team.  

     

     

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  59. danedmunds says:

    this series is really going to show how much money plekanec is worth…. 3.5 mil i hope

  60. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cooke is a dirtbag, not fit to wear the CH or play in the NHL.

     

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

  61. danedmunds says:

    daganais

  62. Clay4bc says:

    I hope it’s 6 mill -  want to win!

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

  63. kempie says:

    That’s what we need a mic on Cooke. CBC making it even more fun.

  64. andrewberkshire says:

    Do you ever have anything original to say?

  65. SeriousFan09 says:

    I watched that goal, everyone wearing a Habs jersey blew that one, badly.

     

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

  66. shootdapuck says:

    Boone, “conceding the blueline”?

    They put out a huge “welcome/bienvenue mat across it.

    With “welcome wagon” host MAB!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  67. hablifting says:

    And we wonder why we never win.  Class doesn’t win you shit.  We’ve had plenty of scummbags help win us championships.  Or have you forgotten?

  68. danedmunds says:

    i agree he’s a dirtbag, but he’s what you need in the playoffs.. .instead we have guys like the kostitsyns and little girl plekanec

  69. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Pittsburgh is too physical – we are folding up.

  70. hablifting says:

    Oh, you get told you’re out to lunch often?   Not a suprise.  Last guy I would blame on a 1 vs Goalie play would be the keeper.  Shooter gets to skate across the front of the net and has all the advantages.

  71. andrewberkshire says:

    Pittsburgh has had 6 scoring chances against Halak in this series, scored on all 6. Insane.

  72. petrov14 says:

    Hahaha I like it!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  73. petrov14 says:

    Mike Ribeiro

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  74. petrov14 says:

    C. Lemieux!!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  75. Rob says:

    post of the day

  76. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    maxwell over sk74 – I don’t get it..

  77. Chuck says:

    Well, not the greatest start. Perhaps they could’ve used another 4 hours of sleep.

    _____________________________________

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

  78. merlin_24cups says:

    Pittsburgh coverage is great….Habs can’t make that crucial second pass

  79. habsperspective says:

    OMG, there HEARTS are out of it, no jump, nothing, i know its early, but you usually dotn recover mentally if your not there to start.

    The only thing I was afraid was them giving up mentally after the loss to Markov!

    Which 1000 percent proves my point MARKOV is the Captain, without him, this team is a shadow of itself!

     

  80. shootdapuck says:

    Simple a stubborn coach who can’t look beyond petty differences for the betterment of the team!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  81. hablifting says:

    When will you guys figure out that SK doesn’t have the work ethic to make this squad?  He proves it again and again.  We won against Wash without him.  Clearly the coaching staff is not willing to risk putting him out there anymore.  He’ll have to change their minds in practice or wait till next year.

  82. topher5468 says:

    NBC showed AK loafing on Cookes goal, I Am efin sick of HIM

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

  83. danedmunds says:

    i think pittsburgh is just too good

  84. JB_15 says:

    This is over in 4 games. At least Boston would’ve put up some sort of a fight against the Pens. This is basically just giving them a bye to the conference final. With this coaching and lack of effort they’d be lucky to even score.

    How anti-clamactic after such a thrilling series against Washington.

  85. JIMVINNY says:

    Saved by the refs.  Gotta make this one count.

  86. merlin_24cups says:

    I swear Bob Cole is NOT watching this game…..I think he has someone telling him what to say….

  87. BeachHabFan says:

    JM quotes Ron Burgundy after watching Maxwell’s turnover: I IMMEDIATELY regret this decision!

  88. hablifting says:

    AK and SK need to go.  Extremely poor work ethic on both these guys.  If I was their teammate and saw that kind of lack of effort, I’d want them gone as well.

  89. Big Ted says:

    That was a dangerous hit from Dupuis on cammy.

  90. merlin_24cups says:

    Good sequence

  91. JB_15 says:

    Its SUCH a beautiful day outside, why are we inside watching this garbage?

  92. shootdapuck says:

    Cole hasn’t seen a game in 5 years!

    Toronto tells him what to say from scripted LAFF games that’s why he continually gets the names wrong!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  93. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Wow, cmon Habs get it going.

  94. andrewberkshire says:

    Everyone on that line was atrocious on that goal, and so was Halak.

  95. mrhabby says:

    not a good feeling today. pens so balanced will take advantage of the unforced errors all over the ice….could be scarey. missing markov and spacek big time.

    Mab yikes and AK…what can you do.

  96. danedmunds says:

    is your avatar from blades of steel?

  97. East Coast Habs says:

    decent PP. first signs of organization

     

  98. HabFanSince72 says:

    We have a few problems.

    I don’t think any of our bottom 6 forwards would make the Pens starting lineup.

    With Hamr playing poorly and Spacek and Markov out we have two legit NHL defencemen: Gorges and Gill.

    The bright spot is the Pens will be rested to take out the Bruins or Flyers.

     

  99. light_n_tasty says:

    MAB needs to get that shot up higher…like at the level of Cooke’s face.

  100. Big Ted says:

    MAB played about 2 and a half minutes in a row there… what was he doing halfway through the PP, he was skating with Talbot and then just let him go. thankfully talbot bobbled the puck but come on bergeron, use your damn head.

  101. JB_15 says:

    Bien sur.

  102. hablifting says:

    Rofl.

    Boy are you one obvious fanboi.  Do you ever say anything thats based in reality?

     

  103. danedmunds says:

    i hate matt cooke, but i really wish he was on the habs instead of ak

  104. JB_15 says:

    I wish it’d ding off the post and go straight for JM’s face so that Muller could coach the team.

  105. danedmunds says:

    amazing

  106. JB_15 says:

    I have not hated a player as much as I hate Bergeron since Jim Dowd played for us in 2003.

  107. East Coast Habs says:

    everyone standing still. not movement.

     

  108. habsperspective says:

    I followed this team 3000 Kilometers for 3 games to game 6, and 7 against the Caps, and Friday night, and they didnt play five minutes like this, this first period is a wash, as a matter of fact, i dont remember them playing like this since the last week of the regular season.

    FK Pittsburgh, we can beat this team, but they have to WANT 2.  Like they did against the CAPS.

     

  109. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Fleury doesn’t even need to do anything…cmon Habs!

  110. danp says:

    Yup – and NBC calls it “character” and “leadership”.

  111. ManApart says:

    What’s that, 2 shifts for the game? I don’t blame JM though, he tries them once and Pitt. scores their only goal. This game better not go to OT. How much fatigue can this team take?

  112. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Cmon Habs – just 20 more minutes until Penguins lose their home advantage. GO HABS GO!!

  113. rut1212 says:

    Probably the best player in the league, doesn’t mean you can’t hate him for his whining.

  114. habs-hampton says:

    Who doesn’t Crosby get an unsportsmanlike penalty for breaking his stick over the post and throwing it in the corner. It scared the crap out of Halak.

  115. PrimeTime says:

    CBC provides evidence of Crosby’s being the whiner that he is but don’t as far as saying so. “Anyone else would have been called for unsportmanlike conduct” in the stick throwing incident. 

  116. Exit716 says:

    Good to see the guy we drafted ahead of Lucic having such a big impact on the game.

    NHL.com doesn’t even have Darche listed on the scoresheet.

     

  117. rut1212 says:

    When it comes to the playoffs, don’t bet on the Russians, no matter how good they are.

  118. HabFanSince72 says:

    Metro isn’t fully recovered form his injury, is what I have heard.

  119. TripleX says:

    AK a LEGITIMATE top six forward regardless of his supposed attitude problems played two shifts 1:24 and Maxwell ONE shift and 1:10.

    Can JM explain why an offensive talent is sitting and his talented brother is in the press box??   He puts AK on the PP then sits him for the rest of the game?  He does not play SK who can play the PK and generate offense for Maxwell who plays ONE shift???

    JM still manages to get MAB on against the Crosby line?????

  120. rut1212 says:

    They have Tim Peel and Chris Lee reffing the second round of the playoffs, what does that say about their intelligence?

  121. mrhabby says:

    he has inner ear infection/vertigo.

  122. Ron says:

    Andrew, I don’t think that is going to happen though unless all 3 sit together in the pressbox. Its hard to know whats up AK46′s rump but he is not plying well at all.

  123. rut1212 says:

    Sure looked like that was the case.

  124. HabFanSince72 says:

    AK let his man go through on goal in the 1st.

    That is the explanation.

     

  125. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not even close and it’s evident from just watching any of his shifts before he was benched.

     

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

  126. rut1212 says:

    Where did you hear this, or is this a joke?

  127. andrewberkshire says:

    You’re right that they haven’t given him reason to put them on, but putting them on with the bottom D pairing was JM’s fault, as was playing Maxwell at all.

  128. andrewberkshire says:

    If JM is going to punish the Kostitsyns with 4th line time, I’d like to see the Kostitsyns around Metropolit on the 4th next game.

  129. JasonM says:

    I agree. That was a terrible grandstanding type of call on a great play.

  130. ManApart says:

    It’s a message. Thos K-bros just aren’t playing playoff hockey. So many lazy defensive mistakes, no intensity, stupid plays that lead to goals. JM is saying, no matter who you are, you don’t play team hockey, you’re gone.

  131. andrewberkshire says:

    Hard to play well with one shift.

  132. HFX-HabFan says:

    Okay, let’s win the next period, and we’ll win the game.  Kill off the penalty then get a quick one.  Let’s play to win, don’t play not to lose.

  133. JasonM says:

    Is it a penalty only because it was a goal scoring opportunity? It was a clean hit, a one second contact as the player who was about to get the puck got hit.

    Is that any worse than the 2-3 sometimes 4 second late hits that are happening all over the ice?

    It was a smart play by Gill, would it have been called the same if it was Gonchar on Gionta on the other end? I THINK NOT.

  134. topher5468 says:

    Hey Milbury, were not tied at one, even though you wish we were

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

  135. ManApart says:

    18-3 shot advantage for Pitts. that period. it almost makes you laugh, Montreal’s style. Chip puck out, clog up middle of ice, let Halak steal game. Massive PK coming up.

  136. andrewberkshire says:

    4th line didn’t get a single shift in the second period…

  137. Clay4bc says:

    I’m all for sitting Metro, but SK has to be in this game instead of Maxwell or Darsch. Bad coaches decision, IMO. We are getting dominated badly.

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  138. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Once again I can’t believe people on this site would rather Price have started…..it’s such a bizare thing too say at this point and time…..This is the Jaro Halak  decade,here now and a lot more  too come …La pieace du resistance,Creme de la creme  and our best player by miles ……

  139. punkster says:

    Jaro. Zoned again.

    I don’t mind the JM patented Protect A Lead (PAL ) so much these days. They seem to have worked the kinks out of it during the season. But it can be cause for heart palpitations.

    Crosby. So far it’s get on him and don’t lose sight of him. He doesn’t float all the time like Ovie but he gets ticked off when he gets crowded. Keep at him!

  140. Ian Cobb says:

    All about the ref reffing the score, I hate this type of refereeing

  141. danp says:

    I didn’t see a penalty there. Nice play by Gill.

  142. topher5468 says:

    Wow, very well said

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

  143. JasonM says:

    Is it just me but everytime the camera closes up on Crosby it looks like he’s bitching and whining. Jesus christ.

  144. yathehabsrule says:

    Crosby getting frustrated by Habs D and P.K. chirping Malkin. Keep it up boys! ___________________________________________

    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  145. shootdapuck says:

    The JM “rope a dope” system, again!

    You allow yourself to get pummeled for 19 minutes of a period and land one good shot!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  146. ManApart says:

    PK is really even better than I thought. I am super impressed with his poise and defensive play. We have been looking for a 2nd elite Dman to go with Markov for so long. Well here he is.

  147. danp says:

    Crosby is getting frustrated and NBC isn’t mentioning. Slamming a stick into Jaro’s post – that’s a bantam reaction. Stay on him.

  148. ooder says:

    every single tiem without fail..

    he is one of the biggest whiners in the league..

    ——————

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

  149. JasonM says:

    Spacek better be ready for game 3.

  150. PrimeTime says:

    SK must have shown JM a whole lot of disrespect to still be in the doghouse. I wonder what happened? They sure are keeping it quiet. And what is wrong with Spacek?? That must be some kind of virus!!

  151. ice_queen says:

    Nope, it’s not just you. He’s always bitching and whining. Pisses me off, and I don’t care if he’s the Captain.

  152. tony d says:

    I don’t get JM’s decision to sit Metro and put in 2 guys who are warming the bench. Our 3 lines are tired and will have no gas left to combat the Pens onslaught which we know will keep coming stronger in the 3rd.

  153. habsoul says:

    Some props to Bob Gainey here. Montreal’s playoff run is being fueled by the character guys he picked up—Gionta, Cammalleri, Gill, Gomez, Josh Gorges, Travis Moen, Tom Pyatt, and others. 

  154. Ron says:

    The Habs are an exhausted hockey team and are playing like one but they are trying to play smart hockey. Hopefully they are able to hold off the onslot that will come at them this period. We are lucky to be ahead but that is how some games are won.

  155. Ian Cobb says:

    Mike! are you being sarcastic?  Good penalty? Did gill just bump him in the crease?

  156. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not a NHL 4th line and we’re in the playoffs, what can we expect? White should be here at the least, Sergei should be out there as well. Can’t have passengers in a long playoff drive but that’s where we are right now.

     

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

  157. andrewberkshire says:

    I’d like to see the Kostitsyns around Metropolit next game on the 4th line. At least that way maybe we could get some chemistry going.

  158. Habs4life_MB says:

    I hate how Crosby doesn’t get a penalty for breaking his stick on the net in which Halak was in – then continues to skate with the broken shaft up the ice only to throw it back into the zone at the blue line. Any other player does that and its for sure 2 minutes. 

    Big PK to start the 3rd – hold them off here and we’re going to hang on to win. 

  159. mfDx says:

     Brian Gionta, IN SKATES, looks up to Pierre McGuire on NBC

  160. Puck Bard says:

    Pretty sure that was a tactical dive whose effect was achieved. 

  161. jbroderi says:

    sutter is a really poopy GM.  he was a lot better coach!

     

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

  162. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Gotta say, I didn’t like the idea of calling up PK at first but he’s been pretty damn good. Well done PK.

    Martin has to do something with that second line, they don’t seem to be gelling at all.

  163. thirdstone says:

    It’s so strange how Halak seems to fit into the Habs’ D so much better than Price. In spite of all the chances the team gives up, none of them are impossible saves, so Halak is never charged with doing the impossible. The resulting effect is that Halak responds to his heavy yet manageable workloads by putting up amazing performances, which seem to inspire the Habs D into giving him the continued shot blocking/no back door play support he needs. It’s a cycle that never seems to establish itself when Carey plays.

    This isn’t to knock Halak or excuse Carey. It’s just observational.

  164. Clay4bc says:

    Amazing victory…back on our heels most of the game, badly outshot and outplayed - BUT seldom outworked. And Jaro was great, again! Still amazed at all of the people calling for Price before this game, like Jro isnb’t the man or something…

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  165. punkster says:

    No question there will be changes. As Doug points out the CAP will dictate what we can do.

  166. Puck Bard says:

    Yup, I was soooo impressed with his comeback. What a rebound: this guy’s the shit.

  167. topher5468 says:

    Crap, now I cant change my Drawers, 

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

  168. Danno says:

    That’s what I was hoping for. If so, he sold it pretty good. Although he did look rattled on the bench and the side of his face was all red.

     

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

  169. ManApart says:

    I can’t even believe this team. Just outstanding character, minus AK46. Hope he wises up next game.  I’m pretty sure both K-bros are gone this off season regardless….. Anyone still want to start Price? You guys will never learn. Halak showed you how tired he really was.

  170. zozotheclown says:

    The camera panned by the point at the end, and I see a number 7 on the left side making I nice pass, it really feels like Markov is still playing. Subban is going to be Markov 2.0 pretty soon, hell he is right now.

  171. Danno says:

    Halak – History Will be Made.

     

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

  172. sidhu says:

    1) Matt Cooke

    2) Craig Adams

    3) Sidney Crosby

    4) MAF – jeered “FLEEEUUU-REEEEEEEE” “FLEEEUUU-REEEEEEEE”

  173. OneTimer says:

    I don’t know if there’s any other unfortuate souls stuck where they can’t get RDS, heck I’d even settle for TSN/CBC…But I live in NC right now and I had to watch NBC.

     

    Those guys can suck it. The whole game, Milbury (mostly) and McGuire are just blowing their loads all over the Penguins. Nothing new, I know, but it really got to me today. At the 2nd intermission, they’re discussing the obvious Penguins comeback in the 3rd: Milbury: “I’d take Sid and the Pens.” McGuire: “Good choice.” Well now they look stupid. I’m ambivalent about ChromeDome but Milbury is such a douche.

     

    The NHL’s scheduling can also suck it. They screw the Habs to squeeze in an afternoon “OMG Sidny!!!1″ game on NBC, probably expecting a dominant, blowout win to draw in new fans. I can so picture Bettman rubbing his hands at the tought of it. Instead, they get served a dose of solid defensive hockey, and the Golden Boy loses, which probably won’t be drawing ANYONE South of the border in any time soon.

     

    And final little bit for my rant, man, what’s with the Pittsburgh crowd? Do they not know it’s the playoffs? That you’re supposed to make noise? God what spoiled fans, some Habs fans would give up their pinky finger for Crosby, Malkin and a Cup.

    Rant over! :)

  174. crabvader says:

    Cammy is up to 8 goals in 9 games.

    What a warrior.

  175. Chuck says:

    Must be raining where you are… otherwise I’d expect a Leaf fan to be golfing.

    _____________________________________

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

  176. habs-hampton says:

    I’m sure I saw Metro hit someone in Game 1 and skated away favoring his shoulder. He is definitely hurt, but hopefully he’ll be ready back home.

  177. kempie says:

    What are you doing in DC? 

  178. Ayan_SB says:

    Mike “The Situation” Cammalleri is now second in playoff scoring with 13 points and first in goals with 8. Not too mention the fact that the next two games are in Montreal, and he tends to step it up big time at home. This should be good.

  179. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Ha ha, little G is awesome.

  180. Ayan_SB says:

    Not to mention we didn’t have Markov for this game. This team just continues to baffle me, but in a good way.

  181. joeybarrie says:

    At least we have a well rested AK. Wont even have to shower after his 1:43 of play today. Still managed to be a -1

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

  182. topher5468 says:

    Craig Adams, 1A

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

  183. habs-hampton says:

    I flipped between CBC and NBC for the first period, and just couldn’t listen to Bob Cole and Gary Galley any longer. I watched NBC for the 2nd and 3rd.

  184. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    holy cow. i’m stunned right now. tied 1-1 with the stanley cup champs. stole home ice from sid the kid.

    go habs go!

  185. sidhu says:

    If we can get a 4th line going, Benny and Tomas Jagr going, we’ll be even better.

  186. crabvader says:

    I doubt we will be seeing Craig Adams for at least one game.

  187. SeriousFan09 says:

    Crosby can’t get unsportsmanlike conduct calls, NHL unprinted rulebook.

     

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

  188. PrimeTime says:

    So…maybe Gainey knew what he was doing last summer?? 

  189. PrimeTime says:

    You threw it down. Where u at mofo? Let’s see how brave you are!

  190. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I wouldn’t go that far just yet, but he is doing really well out there.

  191. HardHabits says:

    Many of us must’ve wondered what team we were watching today. I kept thinking NJ Devils hockey.

  192. Ron says:

    Hats of to all the team for this one, but lets not forget that the coaching staff has done wonders here. 3 cheers for the great preparation given before games. Ole Ole Ole

  193. Puck Bard says:

    Why the Martyrdom? I live in NC as well. Watched RDS here:

    http://atdhe.net/

    Enjoyed sticking it to my girlfriend’s diehard Penguins fan father and grandfather.

    L’équipe de Martin et Gainey.

  194. Habs4Lyfe says:

    Habs 4 Lyfe

     

    Ok, so now we know Montreal does have what it takes to make this a close
    series, and its the same game we played Washington with. We frustrated
    Sidney Crosby w/ our young star, youngster,  P.K Subban(76). Ron MacLean
    called P.K. a young Bobby Orr. But if I hear the same thing from Cherry
    then I’ll  know its true.

    Halak, again walked on water for the Habs tonight. When Halak is on, the
    team is on; it is definitely a light switch that gets turned on. They
    play as 1. Every Game they have won they have won by design and again I
    give it up for the coach as well…Martin and Co. constructed the Blue
    Print for success… But remeber folks Gainy was the master
    draftsman/tradesman in all of this, In partial absentia Gainey is still
    the helsman.

  195. HardHabits says:

    TOI:

    46 A. Kostitsyn 00:54 
    61 B. Maxwell 01:03

    Canadiens AT Penguins Boxscore

     

  196. HardHabits says:

    I am wondering when I am going to wake up.

  197. Puck Bard says:

    Yup, it’s all gravy for now./

  198. Norcal Habsfan says:

    Advantage JM

    ..short shifts, short bench, adjust on the PK, no panic.

    ..against our advice, no Price , no SK, MAB strong on D.

    PK huge, Cammy huge

    Habs the best team with the score 2-1 and the top scorer pissed ( he crys like a B)

    Love it. Good thing I’m not coach. Whoooohoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  199. Habscore says:

    Beautiful WIN on my 26th B-Day!!!!!!!! >Yeaaaa Boys !!!!!! Thanks for making my day!!!

    We can play those guys even without Marky.!! Is he officially officially out

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  200. Led says:

    Get this. I had to work today so I pvr’d the game. My wife was working too. I just got home, not knowing the score, excited to watch. Go to my recordiings, no game. It seems my wife came home on her lunch and decided to record a movie. I’m so freakin’ mad! Glad we got the win though.

  201. HUDSONHAB says:

    I couldn’t stand it any longer. I switched to RDS about a minute before the Habs first goal. I don’t understand much french but I watch a lot of games on RDS and would much rather that than Cole or McGuire.

    ….Hab4life….

  202. CHsam says:

    HA! “Don’t worry, you’ll get paid anyway!”. Love it.

     

  203. TripleX says:

    Watching the replay on CBC of the Crosby turnover that lead to the backbreaking third goal by Cammy.

    I AM NOT COMPARING CROSBY TO AK OR SK!  But I am just saying even the BEST player in the world makes what seems to be a lazy mistake sometimes.  It is part of the game guys!

    But if you continually punish EVERY mistake with a benching I just don’t see the upside to the team or the player.  My two cents.

  204. Peter Young says:

    Wowzer, what an introduction for me to the delights of hockey on big screen high definition TV.  It almost felt like I was there. 

    Bettman’s plan for a nationwide Crosby show in the USA at the expense of your tired Montreal Canadiens was spoiled by a team of great discipline and character with, dare I say it, skillful coaching.  We are off and in the running in this series. 

    We are capable of taking out the defending champions. 

  205. Danno says:

    Gravy’s good. But I want potatoes, peas, the meat & the plate. Most of all I want the Cup!

     

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

  206. coachdoug says:

    The World’s Most Interesting “System”

    The System once had an awkward moment to see what it would feel like…

    The System is left handed..and right handed

    It’s charisma can be seen from outer space…

    It would show it’s feminine side…if it had one

    “My friends…the Habs don’t always score a lot of goals but when they win…it’s the System”

    Stay thirsty HIOers!

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

  207. G-Man says:

    Insane. I love it. Woo-Hoo!

    What guts. What determination. What a team!

  208. Keith says:

    CBC says that Spatch has an inner ear problem. Probable can’t walk let alone skate.

  209. ooder says:

    habs4cup where are ya buddy.. come out and play

    what a great character win for the guys.

    what a snipe by cammy.

    what good dfensive play by pleks

    the d was beyond heroic today.. unfreakin real.

    the penguins are so effin dirty its not even funny

    ——————

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

  210. coachdoug says:

    Ha ha…I thought I told you about that! 

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

  211. Big Ted says:

    - Another solid game from Halak. Don’t feel that he had to make as many spectacular saves as he did against Washington, but he was in great position all night long.

    - Oustanding job from the entire D corps, notably another standout performance from Gorges and Gill and very good games from PK and Hamrlik. Hamr looks like he is once again stepping up his game with Markov out. Have to say that Markov was not playing his best hockey, but his loss is as much a mental challenge to overcome as a hockey one. He is the supposed leader of that D group and the PP is supposed to run through him. Would be nice to get spacek back in and play 7 D again so we can put Bergeron in situations that he can deal with. Hopefully Markov just has a sprain and can make it back towards the end of the series. If it is any kind of a ligament tear, he is done for the year likely, and the Habs will need him if they want to make a run any deeper than this round.

    - The vets stepped up on offence again, with Cammilleri, Gio, and Gomez leading the charge again. But like Hamr, Pouliot also played his best game of the playoffs thus far today. Lapierre has brought consistent energy. Obviously Maxwell is not ready for the NHL and Darche didn’t get much use, so I’d rather have Metro back and either Spacek or if not SK74 fill that last position in the lineup. It’s one thing for JM to be mad at a player, and maybe we don’t know what he did, but it’s not like we can do anything with him this season and the Habs need players right now to take some quality minutes, as the stars cannot continue to play every 2-3 shifts all game. SK74 at least has that potential. very happy with the split in Pittsburgh, would like to see the habs respond with a more complete game on Tuesday and take the lead in the series. That would really put the pressure on Pittsburgh. Fleury has looked shaky and he is giving up juicy rebounds. Pittsburgh is as much there for the taking as Washington was. they will likley dominate each game but if we hang in and remain opportunistic we have a good chance.

  212. andrewberkshire says:

    And Halak is in the heads of another team. All the experts said that the Penguins would be more patient and pick corners on Halak, looks like that isn’t gonna happen.

  213. mrhabby says:

    i eat my words. said earlier pens would come out stronger than 1st game. an excellent character win..lots of guts. kudo’s to undermanned D..hardly any 2nd and 3rd shots…halal playing back to form..love it.

    need spacek back soon.

  214. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wow, another H I/O overload.

    I think the servers would melt down if we had a Cup Final.

     

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

  215. habsoul says:

    Still think the Habs don’t have a chance this season? Still doubt that a hot Halak can carry a team a long ways?

    Just wondering , dude.

  216. kempie says:

    That was a very challenging game for a coach. I grudgingly give a thankful nod to JM.

  217. habs4cup says:

    yes signing for 7.3 mil, and not scoring more than 12 goals was a brilliant move. maybe Gomer will do us a favor and score 13 next year. yipee.

  218. Captain aHab says:

    I still don’t get the idea of dressing AK and sitting him the entire game. Dress SK and see if he’ll play a bit. Or dress AK and play him to see if he works hard and if he doesn’t then sit him. But dress him with the explicit plan to play him 1 minute? Why? Let him eat hotdogs for a game.

  219. Grabbed The Cup says:

    I F’n hate the whining little prick, more so than Ovechkin, though after the Washington series it’s closer.

    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!

  220. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Can you have you 27th on tuesday?

  221. Clay4bc says:

    He said a star…

    __________________________

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

  222. Big Ted says:

    Don’t buy it. He was already skating earlier. Either he has an ear problem and can skate but can’t shake it enough to follow a game at the speed he needs to or maybe he even has an injury that has nothing to do with a  virus or his ear.

  223. Harani says:

    I watched today’s tilt at the Cage aux Sports close to my house with a bunch of friends and family. It was crazy atmosphere. And an awesome game. Jaro…man…how’d he last 11 rounds? And how many GMs are wishign they had picked up Mike Cammalleri and ya think Sutter regrets letting him walk? You know what? I don’t really care!

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

  224. HardHabits says:

    The best thing is that the NBC audience watched the Habs beat the Pens today with stifling defensive hockey, shutting down the Pens’ two most prolific scoring superstars in the process with a 3-1 chess match.

  225. coachdoug says:

    Server money is putting a new tranny in Hickey’s Honda so the HIO staf can get to away games…It’s the HIO staff private jet apparently…

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

  226. longtimehabsfan says:

    PK Subban — Wow!  Maxwell and AK46 should sit next game.  But who plays?

  227. RetroMikey says:

    Reading many of these posts I can’t contain my laughter on how many Price idols are now jumping the bandwagoan and supporting Halak.

    The guy has been a winner in my books since is days in Hamilton.

    2 individuals stand out for me in these playoffs so far.

    The play of Jarsoslav Halak (no surprise to me!) and Jacques Martin’s c coaching decisions (sorry Bobby, this is Jacques’ team not yours!)

    We will only go far as far as Halak takes us, not Cammy, not Gionta, not Plekanec, not nobody just Halak.

    Goaltending takes you very far in the playoffs.

    Gald that Martin is sitting little Sergei and benching Andre, 2 little pansies in my books.

    Halak is the MVP in the playoffs, whether the team goes very deep in the playoffs or are eliminated by the Penguins.

    He has woken many people’s eyes.

    Sign him Pierre Gauthier to a fat contract, he is our number 1 goalie for many years!

     

     

     

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  228. Montrealer2 says:

    Wow Fantastic game by all…

  229. andrewberkshire says:

    Kostitsyn played 1:43. You’re looking at ES ice time only.

  230. TripleX says:

    Hmmmm…funny how Gomez singled out Muller for praise on making adjustments to the PK and no mention of JM.  Just saying.  I noticed after game seven Muller was again mentioned by several players and not JM.

  231. ManApart says:

    He did play him and he made a dumb mistake on the first goal. Then he got stapled. He made a similar bonehead play last game.

  232. habs4cup says:

    I watched the game on NBC because Cole is such an idiot. I think he has pre Alzheimer’s. is that guy ever going to retire? I can’t believe there’s nobody more qualified that him.

    and I’m getting really sick of hearing about Crosby. it’s Crosby this and Crosby that, and how fantastic he is. it’s nauseating. enough already.

    I hate to say this, but I was kind of wishing that hit on MAB would be serious enough to keep him out of the lineup for good. his giveaways I can’t take. you know 1 of them will result in a goal for Pitt.Why can’t we just bring up another Dman from Hamilton?  I mean they do have emergency callup. I just can’t take MAB anymore!

  233. ShangaDoo says:

    Great game,  I thought Halak would still be a little tired. If he keeps playing like this, he gets my nod for the Conn Smythe.

    I don’t get why Maxwell was in at all. Hardly noticed him, did he play in the third?

    Habs in 6.

  234. habsfaninboston says:

    I think JM sat him for the game after his lack of effort that led to Pens goal.  Don’t think is was part of the game plan.

  235. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:


    Go Habs Go!!! These guys are blowing me away…

    Martin is looking smarter and smarter. Of course it helps to have 

    Captain Kirk back there as well. 


    http://www.youtube.com/user/ahengnbo

  236. Ayan_SB says:

    P.K. Subban’s interview with Pierre McGuire after the game.

    Man, even during an interview, it seems like he’s been doing it for years.

    http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=15&id=68268

  237. andrewberkshire says:

    He actually gets them frequently compared to most players.

  238. Danno says:

    This team has heart. And the spark behind this team is coming from two outstanding young players — Jaroslav Halak and PK Subban.

    Halak is 24 years old and is playing like a seasonned veteran. PK is only 20 and is playing like Bobby Orr or maybe Doug Harvey.

    But they both have one thing in common. Both PK’s and Jaro’s birthdays fall on May 13th.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if they celebrated their birthdays together while advancing into the third round?

    I think they can. I know they can…

     

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

  239. Puck Bard says:

    OMG, wouldn’t it be great? One more round boys, one more round.

  240. yathehabsrule says:

    Gotta give credit to Kirk Muller for making adjustments on the offense. He’s reallly enjoying the playoffs.

    I think Martin shortening his bench sent a good message to Kostitsyn.

    ___________________________________________

    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  241. Big Ted says:

    What do people think Craig Adams should get as a suspension?

    A) 0 games

    B) 1 game

    C) 2 games

    D) 3 games

    E) More than 3 games

    I would personally say 2 games. I think the NHL will give him 1 though. He is a nobody compared to most of the Pitssburgh lineup so it won’t matter much to them I’m sure, but that’s a moot point. I think a hit like that is worse than what Lapierre did and he got 4 regular season games. I think the NHL will look and say Bergeron’s fine now and completely miss the point of how dangerous the hit was. Also did not like the hit that Cammalleri took earlier, should have been charging and could have hurt him badly the way Markov was hurt going into the boards from 3 feet out.

  242. OneTimer says:

    I’ll man up. Thought maybe Price should’ve started today. I was very wrong.

     

    Imagine the reception Jaro is getting at the Bell at the beginning of Game 3!

  243. Mr. Biter says:

    Great interview and BTW how many Habs singing OLE OLE in the background. Beer sales must have been brisk. 

  244. DrA says:

    Fearless prediction: Vancouver-Habs final!

    We have more heart than any other team left.

  245. ShangaDoo says:

    I noticed that too, Muller seems way more involved with the players.

    JM gets credit for going back to Halak

     

  246. Rugger says:

    Didn’t get to see the game (playing rugby).  Were Crosby & Malkin as missing as the box score indicates? Combined minus 3 and 4 shots between them?

  247. Puck Bard says:

    Hope you don’t mean me Mikey…. can’t recall being strongly in either camp, though I’ll stand to be corrected.  Cheers.

  248. Mr. Biter says:

    Had it on the vcr also but warned household if Basement t.v. touched everyone dies. Got to watch the game.

  249. habs-hampton says:

    Maybe, he means he “played” 1:03, but was on the ice for 1:43. He floated for :40.

  250. Ayan_SB says:

    I’d love to see the Habs play against the Bruins in ECF. Wouldn’t be the playoffs without going against them.

  251. 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 – (could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that, at least he’s here now)

    Halak makes all the saves

  252. habsfaninboston says:

    The PK today was incredible.  Complete 180 from the 1st game.

  253. LizardKing1967 says:

    ALL TOGETHER NOW…….”HALAK IS IN THEIR HEADS!!!!!” We shut down the world’s two best players for at least one game each. Where are all the JM haters now?

    Pens said they wouldn’t play the way Caps did. They’re smarter. DIDN’T THIS GAME LOOK JUST LIKE GAME 6 and 7 LAST ROUND?

     

    Jim-out. I WILL ALWAYS AND NEVER STOPPED TO BELIEVE!

  254. G-Man says:

    cbc.ca may have it.

     

  255. JD says:

    Saw 87 on HNIC. What’s with the penguin crap all over his hat??? This team is peaking at the right time. Only problem is they have to peak for 3 more rounds.

    Go Habs

  256. JD says:

    Saw 87 on HNIC. What’s with the penguin crap all over his hat??? This team is peaking at the right time. Only problem is they have to peak for 3 more rounds.

    Go Habs

  257. Jordio-oh says:

    Game 1′s loss was my fault. I deviated from all my superstitions and i got drunk enough that the game almost seemed like a forgetable bad dream. Today, i brought all my routines back, geared down and let the habs stress me to the max. And i loved it.

  258. Mr. Biter says:

    What a F@#$ing idiot you are wishing MAB goes down. We are allready down 2 d-men and then to lose our best shot on the PP. Yes he is scarey back on defense and was -1 today as were 5 other Habs. Wish they get hurt too? And who do we bring up? Bonehead. 

  259. TripleX says:

    I guess Crosby should sit next game for making that dumbass cross ice pass that lead to the Pleks intercept and pass to Cammy for the third goal?  Mistakes happen and JM has to get over it unless every move he makes is perfect.

  260. OneTimer says:

    man, Malkin has been a GHOST this series…knock on wood

  261. andrewberkshire says:

    If the Habs make the finals, Halak will undoubtedly win the Conn Smythe. There’s no chance anyone else would win.

  262. vegas_habs_fan says:

    That’s what I was thinking yesterday too but if you watch the video of him at practice he is very slow, and usually away from the team. Someone posted what he had on here and it sounds like its a very lingering problem, could plague him for a while.

  263. Big Bird says:

    This team keeps surprising me pleasantly.  It’s great not to have any expectations when they’ve overachieved already.  What a team.

  264. sprague cleghorn says:

    Best of all, the biggest part of his “celebration” is pointing to the guy who passed him the puck.  Acts like he’s done it before and expects to do it again soon. 

  265. Led says:

    Thanks, but knowing the result, albeit a good one, takes the fun out of it.

  266. RiverviewCanadien says:

    So what was with Crosby and the slash on Halak’s net?

  267. habs-hampton says:

    Great goaltending can take you a long way. Look at Ward in 2003. When was the last time a team won it all, when the goalie wasn’t at least considered for the Conn Smythe trophy?

  268. go.habs.go says:

    well then… it was your fault.

  269. Chuck says:

    Great team effort, with special kudos going out to Cammy and Jaro.

    Gotta love the “Split in Pitt” (TM)

    _____________________________________

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

  270. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:

    That was a dirty frigging hit. And that non call on Crosby was disgraceful. 

    The sweet bit is that the Pens are totally frustrated. And I’m sorry, but 

    Crosby is STILL a whiner.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ahengnbo

  271. habsfaninboston says:

    He felt he was interfered with.  Little whiner!

  272. Danno says:

    Listening to that, all I can say is that PK is Captain material.

     

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

  273. vegas_habs_fan says:

    This summer we need to package AK and SK out of here for some big guys who can actually play. Also, Paul Mara should be gone… I never really got to know if I liked him or not but he led the team in the – category all year….

     

    What a game though… This team has far surpassed the happiness that the 07-08 Habs brought to me. 

    I still maintain that Bob knew what he was doing all along. Way to go sir, you’ve done the city well.

  274. yathehabsrule says:

    That and the no call on Letang/Dupuis for hooking. Clearly a missed call.

    ___________________________________________

    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  275. thirdstone says:

    I predicted that Boone’s opening linewould be “No Markov? No problem.”

    Justsayign!

  276. andrewberkshire says:

    Last year, and the year before.

  277. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:

    Exactly. We’ve had so many underachieving teams, it’s kinda weird to 

    have a team that gives more than you think they can give.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ahengnbo

  278. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Planning on marketing some T-shirts with that slogan Chuck?

    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!

  279. johnny_habs_4ever says:

    It’s called the Subban Virus!

  280. makka83 says:

    CAAAAAAAAAMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!

    WE WON WE WON!

  281. go.habs.go says:

    i made that prediction, too! and that would be awesome… vancouver’s a (distant) second for me

  282. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I agree. Bad fans. No booing of Gill or Halak. They don’t quite get the seventh man thing and they call themselves fans.

  283. Xtrahabsfan says:

    fu*k ya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  284. sidhu says:

    I’ve thought the same about the doghouse brothers, SK and AK.  Maybe Gilbert Brule from Edmonton (RW, power forward type) would be good.  If we don’t resign Moore, I think getting Cogliano for the third line would be smart, he’s scored 18 goals twice before, has speed. 

  285. JasonM says:

    IN THE FACE!

     

     

    INNNNNNNNNNNN YOUR FACE

  286. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Oh snap! No you didn”t…

    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!

  287. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    CAMMALLLLERIIIIII!!!!!!

    YES! GO HABS GO!!

  288. OneTimer says:

    I’m subscribed to HockeyStreams, and they choose the feed…

  289. Chuck says:

    I want to have Cammy’s babies!!!!

    _____________________________________

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

  290. shootdapuck says:

    And he’s not used to not getting his way!

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  291. PrimeTime says:

    YA BABY!!!! F2CKN ‘A’

  292. Chuck says:

    I just might!  :)

    _____________________________________
    C

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

  293. Keith says:

    YEAH!!!! Take that Cindy!!!

  294. coachdoug says:

    Mike Cammalleriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  295. zozotheclown says:

    Nice pass by the pens player with the skate, hilarious

  296. OneTimer says:

    I sense sarcasm…

  297. sidhu says:

    Cammy!!!!!!!!!!!! 8 goals, 9 games.

    Thanks for the turnover, Sid! 

  298. makka83 says:

    Boone,

    Letang my a**!

    Crosby my a**!

    Can’t even make a pass!

  299. Peter Young says:

    Pleks makes that goal.

  300. Habscore says:

    OMG!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE CAN!!! CAMMMIII

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  301. JIMVINNY says:

    CAMMI!!!!

  302. ManApart says:

    I know it’s still early in his career, but Halak is going to be the best goalie in the world for a long time. The guy just has to work on a couple of things and he’ll be scary. It’s funny that everyone thought we had a legendary goaltender for the past few years, and the whole time we actually did, it just turned out that it people had pegged the wrong guy!

  303. OneTimer says:

    I noticed that too. This kid is a revelation.

     

    And re: Captain material…He grew up a Habs fan. Enough said? When’s the last time we had a star who WANTED to be a Hab?

  304. PAHabsFan says:

    SK8 Fast, Play Hard!

    Anything look familiar?

  305. SeriousFan09 says:

    You mean 5’10″ Brule? That’s not power forward size by the least and he’s reading like a serious Top 10 bust on his stats so far. Cogliano’s got 18 goals because of his speed and that is it, he has no finish in him. We don’t need Oilers to get ahead, honestly.

    You want to poach for a power forward? Kyle Beach from the WHL, CHI has his draft rights. 52G this season in the WHL, 6’3″ winger and is considered a potential Top-3 player on an NHL team.

     

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

  306. floatingineather says:

    is spite of you Buttman,, CAMI, love it, Pitts will emplode

  307. HabFanSince72 says:

    Fuck you Bettman!

  308. K-hab25 says:

    Leading goal scorer in the playoffs Micheal F. Cammellari!!!

  309. twilighthours says:

    It so hard for some people to get the fact that Gainey didn’t sign Gomez for 7.3 million per year. 

     

    And Gomer has been great in the playoffs.  What are you watching?

  310. budachris says:

    WOW what a Clutch player cammy leads the league in goals!!!

  311. JasonM says:

    Dishonorable PUKES!!!!!!

  312. sidhu says:

    Down 3-1, last five minutes of the game.  That’s intentional.  Throw him out, 5 min major, suspension too.

    Not even close.

  313. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I don’t care if it was Bergeron who got it – that is a dirty hit!!

    Classless Penguins.

  314. OneTimer says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FK YEAH!!!!!!

     

    HELL of a ******* goal

  315. danedmunds says:

    wow f’in dirty

  316. makka83 says:

    What is this garbage?!

    He should be suspended.

  317. habsoul says:

    Oh my God!!!

    Unreal.

  318. Kythehabsfan says:

    what a pathetic cheap shot on MAB. Leagues gotta review that one

  319. OneTimer says:

    “Halak is going to be the best goalie in the world for a long time”

     

    A bold claim…I hope you’re right!

  320. Keith says:

    Dangerous play by a scumbag coward! Suspension worthy for sure!

  321. PrimeTime says:

    Suspension!!!

  322. crabvader says:

    That’s a game misconduct. Suspend Adams.

  323. OneTimer says:

    Oh and thanks for the goonery Pitts.

  324. kempie says:

    Cammy has hands like butter.

  325. sidhu says:

    NO CLASS.  F PITT!  FIRST COOKE, NOW THIS!

  326. Matt_in_TO says:

    Can you say suspension?

     

    - I Hab Faith

  327. coachdoug says:

    Adams taking a page from Cooke…Pens fans are @ssholes booing MAB…

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

  328. habsoul says:

    Garbage hit.

  329. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Habs can’t afford to lose him.

  330. novahab says:

    I love how Cammy acts when he scores , he just kind of skates away. He not going to act stupid because he knows he’ll be back to score again.

  331. OneTimer says:

    “Adams, a terrific character player” AFTER the hit…STFU NBC. Seriously.

  332. Jbird says:

    Going home!!! Its going to be INSANE at the Bell Centre –   MAB is allright

  333. punkster says:

    Please post this before every game.

  334. PrimeTime says:

    Way to take one for the team, MAB!

  335. makka83 says:

    Jaro started today and rightfully so. BUT, Price should have started Game#1. We would have had a better chance! ;)

  336. JIMVINNY says:

    That had better be a suspension.

  337. petrov14 says:

    2. Playoffs games seem to be worth more…

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  338. zozotheclown says:

    Dirty hit, PP rest of the game and game misconduct, plus Bergy looks ok. back to mtl tied 1-1… sick

  339. ManApart says:

    He sure knew what he was doing regarding Halak/Price. Genius decisions. Holmgren must want to shoot himself  now.

  340. budachris says:

    That better be a suspension regardless if mab is injured

  341. hablifting says:

    Man alot of crying and hand wringing on here today.  You guys are pathetic.

  342. floatingineather says:

    you gotta love this kid Subban, finally getting great ice time 22 mins

  343. sidhu says:

    Gill on the PP, love it

  344. fun police says:

    i love this team.  there has not been a team in montreal with this much character in a long time.  do you pay a guy for his regular season contributions or what he does now?  gomez has been outstanding, he is used in virtually every situation in a game.  nobody is complaining about his salary now.  just remember this next november.  imagine if pleks can get going, we would be lights out.

  345. crabvader says:

    We win :)

  346. JasonM says:

    I’m expecting NHL discipline on that hit.

  347. andrewberkshire says:

    Final minute of a 3-1 game, on the PP, and Martin doesn’t use AK46. That tells you a lot.

  348. sidhu says:

    Letang, you got owned by Moen

  349. Willy the bum says:

    You gotta say it like, “Cammy has hands like… buttaaaaaaaaa……aaaaa….”

  350. coachdoug says:

    WooooHooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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

  351. habsoul says:

    Hal Gill on the Power Play! 

    Now I’ve seen everything.

  352. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    YES! SERIES TIED!

  353. TripleX says:

    JM says that Metro was a healthy scratch because he wanted more SPEED in the lineup. Darche, Maxwell and AK had a COMBINED 3:40 in the game.  WHAT JM?????????

  354. punkster says:

    Here’s my comment the day:

    FU Pens.

     

    I know, I know, not my usual restraint. But these dorks need to be schooled in the art of hurt. I say we hurt them physically in Montreal this week.

  355. andrewberkshire says:

    Then find another site to comment on and read, I think most people are tired of your superiority complex anyway.

  356. novahab says:

    Hey Crosby your coming to the jungle baby Tuedays night.

  357. topher5468 says:

    Its a series Boys, like we even doubted

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

  358. makka83 says:

    1st Star: Halak

    2nd Star: Cammy

    3rd Star: Gomez 2 passes!

  359. ManApart says:

    Price should never have started any game ever, nor should he ever start until next season, if he’s even still here, which is a big if. After Halak’s last 3 games vs. Wash., you want to start can’t win Price for game 1? Just leave the goaltending decisions up to the experts, because if it was up to you, this team wouldn’t even have made the playoffs.

  360. Chuck says:

    Cammy is a stud.

    _____________________________________

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

  361. Mattee. says:

    VICTORY!!

  362. TripleX says:

    Sorry, still way overpaid dude.  If he is worth 7.4 Million in this years playoffs then what is Halak worth going by your definition.

  363. PrimeTime says:

    What a win! 1 of 2 is PERFECT! Get rest boys….you’ve got a boatload of support!

  364. OneTimer says:

    Don’t let the door hit you

  365. topher5468 says:

    I said the same thing , a true professional, 

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

  366. jbroderi says:

    sure, you sound like kelly hrudey.  reward the guy who got you to the next round by sitting him.  come on.  if that was done and price laid an egg, martin would be shot..  some people criticize everything martin does..

     

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

  367. TripleX says:

    Halak should not have been pulled for game four in the Caps series, we would have won in SIX.

  368. JIMVINNY says:

    Great job by Halak.  Solid, solid performance.

  369. vegas_habs_fan says:

    Honestly, people mess up. Its over, let’s move on. Aside from that mindset he had what else did he do wrong to deserve the crap people give him?

  370. sidhu says:

    GO HABS GO!  We stole home ice, and have the momentum going back to Montreal.

    Importantly, Halak is back on his game.  Hammer also had a strong showing. PK is stepping up big time.

    Question becomes what to do with the 4th line — we need all 4 lines running.

  371. puck face says:

    nice , just went to nhl.com and there’s Cammy’s face leaing goals and Halak’s for wins soon for sv% as well!!

  372. NLhabsfan says:

    Oh BABY!!!!!!

  373. Chuck says:

    We’re running out of D-men!

    _____________________________________

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

  374. novahab says:

    Is anyone in the Montreal media going to ask the NHL why a player who takes his stick swings it wildly against the other goaltenders post is not at least given a penalty. Then he carries the broken shaft and throws its. How about going after crosby and asking him how he would feel if that was a Montreal player that did that. If Crosby the class of the league I think he needs to answer for this. I think the fans of Montreal deserve a answer from the NHL why he can do such a thing.

  375. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Cammalleri leads EVERYONE in the playoffs with 8 goals in 9 games!!

  376. TripleX says:

    OMG….ARE THE PENS IN FOR AN AWAKENING BACK AT THE BELL!!!

    I AM GETTING GOOSEBUMPS THINKING ABOUT TUESDAY ALREADY DUDES!!

  377. doug says:

    Martin makes a ton of personnel decisions I would never do. Thank God he’s the coach and I’m on the couch.

  378. coachdoug says:

    PK Subban is money…he will be as good as Markov or better…he plays with the best and matches them…

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

  379. SeriousFan09 says:

    He has a goal and 7 assists so far in 9GP, point production like that in the playoffs is very valuable. He isn’t worth 7.4 million of course, but he’s given a lot so far for the team. I’ll take his overpayment if he’ll play at his best in the post-season, Marleau and Thornton are costing the Sharks like 13 million to do nothing.

     

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

  380. Da Hema says:

    Thank you Calgary for letting Cammalleri go!

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    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  381. ManApart says:

    I’m sure Metro is still injured, but that was definately a dumb move. Maxwell hasn’t played a game in like 6 weeks and sucks, AK, you have to start, and Darche is Darche. Metro had the most PP goals on the team and is a veteran, character guy. He definately is more usefull than Maxwell as  a 4th line center. Don’t get that move at all. i’m sure he’ll go back to him in MTL.

  382. Willy the bum says:

    I knew the Habs were tired in Game 1, and you guys think they played crap.

    And to think that Markov is the key to winning games, well that is wrong too and they proved it this afternoon.

    I’m so glad for the Habs to come home with at least a win out of the two games played in the Diaphragm… err, I mean the Igloo.

  383. HardHabits says:

    They’re gonna have to pay for going after our stars like that.

  384. PrimeTime says:

    Where u at Jeff?

  385. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Agree !

  386. hablifting says:

    I think I’ll go ahead and keep calling out the unstable posters such as yourself, thanks for the tip however. 

  387. Cee_8ch says:

    These guys did themselves proud by coming back less than 48hours later to put a fork in the Penguins. So much for Bettman’s strategy.

    I hope Canadiens fans and the entire hockey world realize how good and how valuable Josh Gorges is. What a steal he was for Rivet.

     

  388. topher5468 says:

    NO,  THATS YOU MAGUIRE, YOU LOVE CROSBY, NOT PK

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

  389. TheDagger says:

    Working all day, glad to see the win and awesome performances by Halak and Cammy.  Loving Subban being a major part of that win,  look at those solid minutes he ate up!!

    Where can I find the game highlights?

  390. Garry Valk says:

    Jaro Halak is a robot sent back in time from the future to save the Montreal Canadiens.

  391. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    0. Same as Hossa, who cheapshotted a guy, but didn’t end up in an injury.

  392. petrov14 says:

    holy crap….we won!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  393. mcLovin says:

    that one made me laugh

  394. Les-Habitants says:

    Gutsy effort!! 

    We’ll need more of those, but I have got to say, it’s awesome to prove those talking heads wrong.

    Does anyone know if there is any chance of getting Markov back? 

  395. Danno says:

    We are the giant killers my friends

     

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

  396. punkster says:

    Well, let me just be the first to say…I agree…with your second sentence ;)

    Man these guys have some heart and soul, don’t they? Hard to figure them out all season, apart from their unwillingness to roll over, then they turn in performances like this and wow! This is going to be some good team for a few years to come.

     

  397. Keith says:

    Looking forward to more playoff hockey! Split is nice considering the absolutely insane scheduling by the NHL. The Hab’s are doing it with Halak and proving all the doubters (including me early on) wrong. Could be another magical spring like 1993 was. GO HABS GO!!!

  398. ManApart says:

    This year he has been not bad. Aside from his obsession with Price and keeping Max Pac and D’Ags on this team so long, he hasn’t been too dumb. It’s the last 5 years where he was really a failure. In his defense, at least he recognised that and dumped everybody.

  399. Tis Himself says:

    PK interviewed by Pierre on NBC.

  400. Jbird says:

    To put this into perspective. Matts Sundin got kinda pissed once and threw hisbroken stick into the stands – that got him a one game suspension.   The #87 play was a lame thing to do seeing that Moore just made a nice play on him.  Earlier in the year Cammy whipped his stick after getting a flagrant Hi Stick (that actually got lodged into his helmet) – no penalty on that play (for the hi stick either)

    It being right beside Halak made it a tad dangerous – but i think this just proves that #87 is losing his shit a little bit – I’m happy about it.

  401. NLhabsfan says:

    It ain’t the size of the dog in the fight………

  402. NLhabsfan says:

    It ain’t the size of the dog in the fight………

  403. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cammalleri is just a BEAST in the playoffs and Subban? Wow does he ****ing LOVE being put in a big game situation, you could almost forget at times we were missing Markov.

     

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

  404. Jbird says:

    On BSN I suppose but ;-)  I like the NHL.com replay highlights myself

  405. VancouverHab says:

    You know why I love following Mr. Boone’s blog? He has the same pessimism during games that I do: “I smell OT” etc. Keeps me grounded — thanks Mike!

  406. habaholic68NJ says:

    Why do you have to start AK?  He has only shown up for one playoff game.  Cooke’s goal today was AK’s fault as AK slept in the face off and his man slip behind him.  His bad dump last game cost us. AK has all the skill in the world nut no heart, no hockey sense, no team play and nothing between the head.  Time to trade him, perhaps as a package with his brother.

  407. TripleX says:

    I agree Gomez has had a hell of a playoffs so far.  But for some people to deny the negative impact his salary will have on the future of this franchise is delusional.  I am beginning to warm up to the player but his salary still makes me want to punch BG.

  408. PAHabsFan says:

    SK8 Fast, Play Hard!

    Booney….Keep predicting.

    Who’d you take in the Kentucky Derby?

  409. crabvader says:

    Hamilton also beat Abbotsford 3-1 to tie the series at one a piece.

    :P

  410. Chuck says:

    You don’t spell Cammalleri with two M’s and two L’s…  it’s with an S, a T, U, and a D.

    _____________________________________

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

  411. solomio says:

    You can see the whole game on Canadiens Express tonight on RDS. Around 7 p.m. I think.

    solomio

  412. Tis Himself says:

    I heard that if the Habs play the ‘nucks for the Cup, Bettman will resign.

  413. MikeL says:

    Anyone notice how Crosby turned it over 4 separate times on the shift before Cammalleri eventually sniped one? Unreal.

    PK Subban looked like a veteran. Much more poised and less of the “wild bull” stuff. Very Impressed.

    And, of course, Halak.

  414. Ayan_SB says:

    I love how Cammy and Gionta are like the anti-Vaclav Prospal during a goal celebration. They almost look bored after scoring one in.

  415. HardHabits says:

    The Habs have too much class for that. I sense the Habs are getting into their heads. Lots of hockey to play but Gomez, Cammy, Gionta are looking like great signings. Habs beat them rolling 3 lines and playing as a unit on the back of outstanding netminding and PK duty. Nice seeing Moen on the second line in place of AK.

  416. HugeHabsFan says:

    I owe the Habs and all of their fans a huge apology.  I didn’t wear my Cammalleri jersey last game and look what happened.  Wore it again this afternoon and Cammy nails two and we win.  We’ve won every time I’ve worn it.  It’s the jersey – I’m tellin’ ya.  I promise, I won’t wash it and will wear it for every game here on out.  ;o))

    ………..

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

    I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  417. habs4ever2894 says:

    I haven’t seen a defensive system( Trap or whatever it is) executed to perfection like this since the NJ devils used it to win the cup those times. This is really impressive stuff . Halak can be our Brodeur except he faces double the shots.

  418. TripleX says:

    The Pens switched up the faceoff alignment having a Dman taking the winger spot opposite AK and Cooke was the floater.  Who was AK supposed to cover?

    Maybe someone?….JM, Halak, MAB or O’Byrne could have yelled at AK to cover Cooke coming late?  Maybe JM should NOT have had their FIRST shift take place just outside of our own blueline FIVE minutes into the game?  Maybe JM should NOT have had the fifth and sixth Dmen on with the fourth line with two forwards NEW to the line?  NOOOOOOOOO….it is all AK’s fault.

  419. hablifting says:

    Are you going to threaten me with your e-violence?  Please do. You’ve already proven you’re a moron with your conspiracy comments, prove it again.

  420. Ayan_SB says:

    No. Just no.

  421. coachdoug says:

    Lol…Dave…bring that passion…we need it for this series…I got my playoff beard going…Pens are arrogant like the Caps…humility is coming

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

  422. SeriousFan09 says:

    In terms of offensive contributions, but Markov was also the steadying veteran partner of O’Byrne who really needs a vet next to him to guide him and help him out. Markov hasn’t been at his best, but looking at old highlights of him versus this season, his skating is not 100% after the tendon injury and that’s made it hard for a guy in his style, a skating defencemen to play at his best. He’s still very smart with the puck, but his weakened skating makes it harder for him to do what he usually does. He’ll have to work on restoring that in the off-season but if he can’t completely, he’ll have to adjust his game to compensate for it.

    Even if Markov hasn’t been an ace in each game these playoffs, his making OB not a liability on D was huge for us. The confidence OB gets from playing next to Markov made a big difference in those final games against Washington.

     

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

  423. rogus says:

    Gomez is THE premiere puck mover in the league. The team is built on possession, thus a puck mover was needed…not to mention the experience he brings!

  424. kempie says:

    I swear I have the luckiest green T-shirt in the hockey world. 10-1

  425. Danno says:

    I missed Crosby breaking his stick on our net. When did that happen? Sounds like Sidney is losing it.

     

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

  426. topher5468 says:

    I love when Cammy scores he acts like he’s done it before, a true professional, unlike other Apes we know

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

  427. Dintrox says:

    Squid said it ain’t over yet. squid scored 2  and the pens were done. as always go habs glo!!!

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  428. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Get set for a steady diet of that for the foreseeable future.

    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!

  429. Danno says:

    You must leave it on. Sleep with it. Never, ever take it off.

     

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

  430. Chuck says:

    Someone must have oiled him after the first period.

    _____________________________________

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

  431. Matt_in_TO says:

    I think they’re more like the anti-Ovie

     

    - I Hab Faith

  432. Top Corner says:

    HUGE!!! indeed Boone !

    Another GREAT shutdown game by our defense…..and with the obvious missing….that says a lot.  WHOLE NEW SERIES NOW…..HA HA HA HA….man iam loving this team more and more…..they will never die….CAMMY in UNREAL and Thanks again HALAK !!!!!!  Man your solid boeyyyyy .  MAB took a hard DIRTY hit….hope there’s no concuss…..AHHHH, A CROSBY AND MALKIN SHUTDOWN – LUV IT

     

    They GAVE “ER , and they GOT ‘ER….GO HABS GO

  433. Shiloh says:

    Missed the game – in a big duplicate tournament. Les Boys have a lot of heart. Sounds like Halak was up to his old tricks, too. Hope Markov can somehow get back.

  434. habsoul says:

    23:17 for PK Subban. 

    That guy is really going to be something. 

    Mike Cammalleri. Do you think Bob Gainey is smiling?

     

  435. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Every time the camera is on Sid he’s bitching at the ref or just plain crying out there, what a punk. Awesome hockey player…but a punk all the same

  436. Ayan_SB says:

    Watching the 3rd period today just seemed like watching the last games of the Washington series all over again. The Penguins threw the kitchen sink at us and still managed to lost. Halak was, yet again, simply amazing, after a lackluster performance in game 1. The guys in front also blocked a lot shots. And their star looked awfully frustrated and it showed in his game.

  437. naweed235 says:

    holly craaaap  HAVE WE BECOME THE NJ DEVILS!?!?!

    hehe great win

  438. HugeHabsFan says:

    Deal.  It *is* my favorite item of clothing. :o)

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

  439. Captain aHab says:

    Bettman will declare that Cammy’s high stick should have received a 60 minute penalty, which will be assessed next game. Cammy will also be suspended for the playoffs, and the game will be moved to Pittsburgh after NBC demands it.

  440. vegas_habs_fan says:

    If Price and the power play hadn’t crapped the bed in the 07-08 playoffs we could be having a very different conversation. However, you are absolutely correct about Max Pac and D’Ags… Hopefully Max Pac is still salvageable because I think D’Ags is a lost cause no matter where he plays from now on 

  441. joeybarrie says:

    Love to hear the OLE OLE OLE, in the background during McGuire’s interview with Gionta.

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

  442. HugeHabsFan says:

    Not only did he break the blade off on our net, he then proceeded to throw the shaft over his shoulder.  He should have been penalized. Plain and simple.  But you know…it was Crosby.

    ………..

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

  443. budachris says:

    I think jm wanted more of a defensive presence out there hey Andrew total time on ice combined for darche and Maxwell 1:58 that says a hell of a lot more don’t you think?

  444. Willy the bum says:

    Maybe tattoo the whole jersey on your chest…

  445. K-hab25 says:

    The ole cant during Gionta’s interview, priceless!!!

  446. topher5468 says:

    Mat Barnaby on USA Sportscentre, another bafoon. Where do they get these guys. Or Why i should say

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

  447. Lilly says:
    I want
    to express my admiration of your writing skill and ability to make reader to
    read the while thing to the end
  448. habaholic68NJ says:

    Unreal.  Habs fans still in the arena are signing OLE, OLE

  449. The Cat says:

    Yes I think so.

  450. habsfan0 says:

    I’d say Christopher Higgins who grew up a Habs fan. But then,things went south for him in a hurry.

  451. OneTimer says:

    I noticed that too. Gionta’s the same with his celebrations, very restrained. Compare with Staal’s mouth-agape pterodactyl scream after his goal last game.

  452. petrov14 says:

    yes.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  453. Exit716 says:

    We’ll have a very well-rested Andrei Kostitsyn for game three in Montreal too!

  454. topher5468 says:

    That was awesome

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

  455. aemarchand11 says:

    My Higgins Jersey is undefeated so far in the postseason. It is also winless when i attend games……..

    I want to put gionta on it, but its authentic and i dunno where to go to have it changed.

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  456. coachdoug says:

    Habs fans chanting Ole, Ole, Ole in the background…NBC taikng about the system mow…the “System” rocks !!!!

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

  457. mrhabby says:

    i would still like to see some changes in the offseason no matter how far we go and i think we know what they should be thats for another time… for now we ride it and hang on and play hard. here’s hoping the bubble does not burst any time soon.

    i love all the talking heads..there almost at a loss for words on the success we are having..boggles and frustrates me.

  458. crabvader says:

    I hadn’t shaved during the playoffs. Today, I woke up, went to the bathroom, took a shower, brushed my teeth, flossed, took out the shaver and made my face as smooth as a baby’s butt.

    Took a deep breath and said “No such thing as superstition”.

     

  459. aemarchand11 says:

    **NOTE CBC.CA streams all of the Montreal and Vancouver games.**

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  460. Xtrahabsfan says:

    From me too!

  461. doug says:

    Can’t say I agree with last sentence. All depends on cap stuff. We’ll see.

  462. Puck Bard says:

    Gotta go with Mayo on this one. Good call.

  463. TripleX says:

    I love that to, I imagine that is how Beliveau, Cournoyer and Robinson would act after scoring a huge goal.  Compare that to the theatrics of the Great Ape.

  464. topher5468 says:

    Let me know, I have a Authentic Komisarek that I refuse to wear, I would love to have that crap name removed and put Risebrough on it. 

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

  465. Mattee. says:

    Can we go over the list of players getting booed at the Bell on Tuesday?

    1) Matt Cooke

    2)

    3)

    4)

  466. SeriousFan09 says:

    Mike Cammalleri. Do you think Bob Gainey is smiling?

    I’m betting Darryl Sutter is crying.

     

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

  467. Da Hema says:

    Thanks for correcting my spelling!

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  468. matraque says:

    You are not in Team Price anymore?

    ——

    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwGRJA28lY&feature=related

  469. Danno says:

    Any word on MAB?

     

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

  470. jbroderi says:

    I agree, and have been saying that for years..  He looks like tiger woods, always a shade away from crying.  he should have got a penalty for that slash off of the post.  the ref seen it for christ’s sake!!  I hope gill stays in his face and keeps him crying like a little girl!!

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

  471. Puck Bard says:

    So excited with these Habs right now… second round? 1-1 with the Stanley Cup champions? Are you kidding me? Cami matched Crosby every step.  Halak’s positioning was perfect ( yes Boone, he IS in their heads).

    Biggest weapon? The idea that the Penguins (the Cup last year, Sidney’s Gold) are manifest destiny.

    Mike Boone? No matter what happens, Puck Bard is now the Habs official fanboy.

  472. andrewberkshire says:

    The team REALLY got to Crosby tonight. He was raging from the moment Montreal tied it in the 1st. I’m really surprised he didn’t get a couple unsportsmanlike calls during the game.

  473. Sbah Reverof says:

    Marley’s good, but he casts a pale shadow next to Dennis Brown.

     

    “I respect your opinion, but you’re completely wrong!”

  474. HabFanSince72 says:

    Joe Strummer too.

  475. Chuck says:

    It’s the Jerry Garcia Band version that does it for me.

    _____________________________________

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

  476. Mike Boone says:

    Marley rules! Love the Johnny Cash version

  477. kempie says:

    I think we’ll see Mara in the lineup before we see Sergei.

  478. likehoy says:

    darche in…we couldn’t put in the quicker sergei?

    - What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  479. Chuck says:

    I can think of a stretch during the Washington series where we were outscored something like 10 to 1,  for starters.

    _____________________________________

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

  480. makka83 says:

    Vancouver game. philly game before the olympics.. now that was bad! Rangers game a while back… we lost 6-2.. Buffalo game.. 6-2!

  481. Clay4bc says:

    When?

    __________________________

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

  482. Ayan_SB says:

    And if Malkin’s slapshot doesn’t go in, Crosby’s there for the rebound. *Sigh* I hate the Penguins lol.

  483. andrewberkshire says:

    Last game was basically as bad as it can get, a tired team with an even more tired goalie facing a well rested, well coached team. Highly doubt Pittsburgh will be able to pick our PK apart again.

  484. andrewberkshire says:

    No kidding! I’d like to see a little more patience on our special teams today, everything seemed too frantic last game.

  485. andrewberkshire says:

    That would work!

  486. Ayan_SB says:

    Hell, I wish we had Holyfield.

  487. andrewberkshire says:

    My hate for them is building for sure, I’m really hoping Cooke gets injured. Normally I would never hope for a person to get injured, but Cooke deserves it. I wish we had Evander Kane…

  488. kempie says:

    Washinton made us play frantic and that’s what the team has become used to. Pittsburgh is more calculated than frantic and it scares me.

  489. JasonM says:

    Great roundup by the CBC crew between the 1st and 2nd. Pitts first goal was caused because Andrei didn’t even check who he was up against. He can’t tell the difference between Gonchar and Matt Cooke. :(

    Gets fooled and Cooke sneaks in behind alone.

  490. habs-hampton says:

    Other than that play, I didn’t even realize he was dressed.

  491. TripleX says:

    I love how you blame a player who is put in a position he is not used to and is bound to fail in.  Why not assess blame on the COACH who put that whole five man unit in a ridiculous situation?

    Put players in positions where they can excel and make a positive contribution NOT in positions they are unused to and with a high possibility of failure…. ie MAB, AK, SK and Maxwell.

  492. danedmunds says:

    there’s gio! i was just wondering where he was!

  493. SPATS says:

    You’ll love the quality of the image, let’s hope the game is as good in quality. go habs go

  494. Peter Young says:

    I’d rather the team got a good rest, but today’s game is great for me.  I’ve been watching the Internet feeds all season long, but I recently got a television as a gift from my family, and today will be the first time I see a hockey game on a large screen in high definition.  I remember Mike Boone said it makes a big difference.  I’m looking forwrd to it.  I will eventually get cable or satellite tv, probably before the World Cup begins.

  495. Rats says:

    If you don’t have cable or satellite TV then you won’t have HD. You need a HD reciever along with special channels to get HD TV. Your TV sounds like it is HD ready though, so this is something else to look forward to when you upgrade. Enjoy the game on your new TV, it still will be better then on a computer screen.

     

  496. andrewberkshire says:

    What a pass by Gomez!!! And great finish and positioning by Gio!!

  497. kempie says:

    I couldn’t believe that pass got through Orpik and right on the tape.

  498. Chuck says:

    They needed that!

    _____________________________________

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

  499. HFX-HabFan says:

    I think the guy who has quietly impressed me these playoffs is Moore.  He has won a lot of battles and scored some nice goals.  I’d be more than happy to bring him back as our third line centre for cheap.

  500. Habies says:

    For the past five years I have been listening to the games on CJAD from TAJIKISTAN at 4am (and 3am with Daylight Savings Time), North West PAKISTAN (at 4:30am with really shady satellite phone as a connection), from my honeymoon in MALAYSIA at 7am, and now back in AFGHANISTAN where the games start at 3:30am. I’ve missed about 20% of the games, much to the delight of my new wife.

    Sadly, the connection is never good enough for me to actually watch the games- so I always listen to Murray and Rick – of whom, both have been solid supporters of my support via email and the like.

    Tomorrow (or today for most of you), I have a flight at 7am Afghan time which means I would normally miss the 3rd period. I have made my arrangements to get SMSs from people around the world while I sit in the hideously dull Kabul airport. YET, today, the Satanic Curses of Bettman and American Media, have somehow given me a moment of destiny so I can actually listen to this full game.  It’s a sur-real moment.   A friend of mine in Ireland is always revelling in this as he gets to watch (better internet on the Isle) it online at 7pm (like a civilized person residing on the East Coast or in Brazil or even Guyana) instead of 12am.

    So, before Boone and all blow curses galore at Bettman and his greedy dementia, please know that for the first time in many many years, there are a few dozen loyal freaks in the world who are happy tonight/this morning/now for this sick piece of scheduling. Now, while it’s clear it’s destiny for me and these few in odd time zones, let’s just hope it’s destiny for the Habies.

    Live the Dream,

    Matthew- 

  501. Danno says:

    Cheers to you Matthew! And welcome to Halak-istan!

     

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

  502. Chuck says:

    Now THAT’S dedication! Enjoy the game, Matthew!

    _____________________________________

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

  503. SPATS says:

    I can only assume you’re doing some good out there in Kabul otherwise why would you be there… This is our sunshine moment (as it looks like it’s about to rain here north of Victoria BC) Hearing your story and how the unfair schedule actually works for you is all I need to hear to stop complaining about it. The boys know they’re in tough. They’ll play with their hearts on their sleeves and hopefully having the odds stacked against them (again) will channel some sort of herculian effort today. They can count on the adrenaline of the home crowd to get them thru thursday. I’m sure we’ll be playing next Saturday, and as we all know by now, anything can happen. Get some rest (Habs and troops) We’re pulling for all of you.

  504. punkster says:

    Matthew  you have my complete admiration for the good work you’re doing. Enjoy the game!

  505. merlin_24cups says:

    That was the result of hard work!! KEEP IT UP!

  506. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gio-Gomez magic!

    Pouliot showing something today, that’s critical for the series.

     

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

  507. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    YES, YES, YES I WAS WRONG, YES!

    GIIIONNNTTTTAAAA!!!

    GO HABS GO!!

  508. Xtrahabsfan says:

    YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  509. habs-hampton says:

    This is going to be a HUGE PK, expecially  with Gill in the box.

  510. Jordio-oh says:

    missed most of the last game. looking for redemption now.

  511. Clay4bc says:

    Here’s some redemption

    Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
    None but ourselves can
    free our minds.
    Have no fear for atomic energy,
    ‘Cause none of
    them can stop the time.
    How long shall they kill our prophets,
    While
    we stand aside and look? Ooh!
    Some say it’s just a part of it
    We’ve
    got to fulfil de book.

    Won’t you help to sing
    These songs of
    freedom?
    ‘Cause all I ever have
    Redemption songs
    Redemption
    songs
    Redemption songs.

     

    Ahhh…now I need to smoke!

    __________________________

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

  512. petrov14 says:

    G-G-G-GIONTA!!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  513. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    That goal has got them going! Let’s go Habs!

  514. Habscore says:

    YEAAAAAAA !! Let’s do this!!

    -- YES HABS CAN!! --

  515. topher5468 says:

    Good hard work by Benny, I like it, Gio and Gomer as well

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

  516. topher5468 says:

    Were not here by accident, WE CAN DO THIS

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

  517. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bulldogs leading 2-1 over Abbotsford following the 1st period, Ryan White has a goal and Gabriel Dumont is playing his first AHL game this afternoon.

     

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

  518. andrewberkshire says:

    I like Letang as a player, but he goes up to Gionta to hit him when Gio doesn’t have the puck, Gio defends himself and Letang looks at the official? Grow a pair. What a scumbag move.

  519. topher5468 says:

    Man, where did everybody go. 

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

  520. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Hopefully we won’t re-sign Bergeron. Solid PP specialist but the Habs really need to focus on the core of D. Subban will take his spot. I don’t expect Hamrlik to be a Hab next season. He will be traded or either bought out.

    Subban, O’Byrne, Markov, Spacek, Gorges, Gill 7th Dman – Weber?

  521. Clay4bc says:

    Did anyone find out the ratings for the Pitt/Ottawa series? I bet the TSN/RDS Habs coverage eclipsed their numbers.

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

  522. PAHabsFan says:

    SK8 Fast, Play Hard!

    Booney, you crack me up!

    Boring hockey..wait…..Habs Score!!!!!!!!!

    Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  523. nickster13 says:

    agreed,

  524. Big Ted says:

    When MAB first signed here, I was excited to see what he could bring to the PP. When he got here, I was disappointed and didn’t care much for his defense. When he moved to forward, he became less of a liability and his contributions to the Pp were surprisingly good. But as a D, even against teams that are skilled teams and not just grinders and hitters, he is floundering. At least I feel like he’s trying (unlike AK46), but come on man, it’s pretty clear why 29 other teams passed on him and why he shouldn’t be invited back next year.

  525. shootdapuck says:

    Anyone watching NBC?

    McGoo looks like he borrowed his suit from Milbury!

    He’s swimming in that sucker!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  526. Exit716 says:

    “Montreal’s not the best at coming back.”

    Stench of Failure aka PJ Stock.

    Hey PJ. Are you watching the game? It’s 1-1.

    What a loser.

     

  527. nickster13 says:

    Anyone else here feel the pens are a really dirty team? a lot of high hits, subtle picks and interference, behind the play hits, and a lot of stick work like subtle hooking/stick lifting and the works. Washington played nothing like that

  528. habs_1993 says:

    Pittsburgh’s goal – Y does Martin play Maxwell, Darche, A. Kostitsyn with O’byrne and MAB?…..thats definately a great line >.>….. Halak….well.. never been really good on 1 vs. 1′s….hasn’t been tested much at all, but hopefully he is still steady

    Montreal’s Goal – definately a momentum change…sort of……we were outshot 9-3…then came back outshooting them 12-9….so, good for Gio with good play by Gomez and Puliot

  529. SeriousFan09 says:

    Weber had a setback this season in the AHL and he doesn’t offer an upgrade in size/checking ability and I haven’t seen much from him in the Dogs games I’ve watched. We need a 7th defender who can hit, I suspect Montreal will shop for a 7th man in the off-season for about a million.

     

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

  530. mrhab says:

    Ok Two problems with the CBC(so im watching the game on nbc)  One the regular NBC channel is HIgh def, why does cbc have to have a special channel for high def

     

    two Glenn Heally  Decent broadcaster my ***.  Seriously he is slagging the habs for dumping in the puck and not being able to get it.  The clip he shows is a change where they dump it in an turn back to change the line.  I never thought there would be someone worse than McGuire.  Guess i was wrong

     

    As for the game, I don’t think it was to bad after it all settled down.  Boring to watch a bit, but I think the pace and flow of the game is good for us.

     

    Metro anyone?

     

  531. Chuck says:

    Uh… PJ, how did the Habs do at coming back against Washington?

    _____________________________________

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

  532. Exit716 says:

    It’s fun to watch CBC ridicule the Habs.

    Kelly Hrudey and PJ Stock must share their hair gel.

    Hey Kelly. Did you get nice pictures of the 1993 Stanley Cup parade. Loser.

     

  533. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Not best at coming back?

    I guess coming back from a 3-1 deficit against the best team in the league is not a good comeback at all?

  534. sholi2000.com says:

    I felt the same way.  What a punk, tries to get a late hit in and then complains when it doesn’t go his way.  lol

    They Call Me Shane

  535. OneTimer says:

    From the neck up he looks like a skinny chrome-dome, but his body is actually weirdly corpulent. Yes I said corpulent… :) Observe:

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i5zXLZHGI4

     

    Weird no?

  536. topher5468 says:

    Hey Boone, you couldn’t type that fast enough, ” Off the Benny forecheck” It was a nice play though, When he plays tough, he plays good.

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

  537. Rob says:

    i, like many, have been critical of CBC’s “coverage” of the playoffs, but so far in today’s game they have come up with 2 fantastic moments.

    1.  The Friedman report, where they quote MAB, who crediting his junior coach with turning him into an NHL player, as saying “If you think i’m bad on defence now, you shoudl have seen me then!”  Classic.

    2.  The intermission right now where they caught Muller on the bench completely eying up JM after his questionable coaching decision that lead to the Pens goal. That is GREAT coverage. 

    So kudos CBC, for entertaining and enlightening me thus far this afternoon

  538. andrewberkshire says:

    What’s the point in playing Maxwell and Darche if they play one shift a period? Unbelievable.

  539. rut1212 says:

    Comment level is low, but what about page hits? I read this every game, but I don’t comment much. There’s probably others like me.

  540. andrewberkshire says:

    Completely gutless. I hate that garbage, I hope the refs call him on it.

  541. HABdriven says:

    We were lucky to come out of that period tied at 1.  Hope they show more energy in the second.  Go Habs!

  542. Habscore says:

    And they call each other hockey specialists?? pppffff

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  543. SeriousFan09 says:

    They completely wasted a call-up with Maxwell and SK sitting in the press box does nothing for us. You don’t get to the Finals with 3 lines and 4 Defencemen.

     

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

  544. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Maxwell is not N.H.L. ready and I’m sure could be easly replaced by a Bulldog with upside……

  545. mrhabby says:

    just caught that too..interesting comments from the cbc and from PJ Stock. he actually said something intelligent for once.

  546. 21BIGGionta says:

    Really Random question but i forget the answer and it’s been bugging me….what was the date the Habs won the stanley cup in 1993?

  547. kempie says:

    “Baguette, melted brie with cranberries and caramelized onions”

    Are you sure you’re in the right room?

  548. Exit716 says:

    What idiot at Team 990 thought it was a good idea to foist Stench of Failure on to the airwaves?

     

  549. budachris says:

    Hey man common thy had 2 qualtiy shifts there an integral part of the lineup lol

  550. SeriousFan09 says:

    A stopped clock is right twice a day.

     

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

  551. kempie says:

    June 9 I believe. I don’t have my ticket stub handy and I had been drinking, But June 9 I think.

  552. mrhabby says:

    Stock makes a good comment why not play Subban with the 1st/2nd line…seems right to me..let him play his ass off.

  553. 21BIGGionta says:

    Great Thanks!

  554. Big Ted says:

    Healy is usually pretty brutal as a broadcaster/analyst. He is one of of those guys who seems to be pretty motivated by his own agenda and nothing else.

  555. shootdapuck says:

    Sounds more like the fare at a San Jose game.

    Along with a chilled Chardonnay!

    Classic Shark food!

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  556. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Aah, that’s nothing Mr. Boone. Look at my lunch! 2 slices of bread with strawberry jam and margarine. Classic.

    Yes, this is what happens when my mother hasn’t cooked lunch for me.

  557. Chorske says:

    I think anytime you can let the regulars get an extra 90 seconds of recoup time on the bench, that is a good thing. I’ll bet they’ll see more time when JM can control the matchups. Right now they are Anaerobic Recovery Assistants, and that’s it.

  558. andrewberkshire says:

    Unfortunately we have no callups left. I would much rather Trotter, Desharnais or White replacing Maxwell.

  559. mrhabby says:

    i think maxwell is way out of his element. he should just spend his days on the dogs until Boucher coachs the Habs. he just looks  lost and we took him right before Lucic.

  560. andrewberkshire says:

    Funny way of looking at it.

  561. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Yes Halak, keep tracking the puck!

  562. makka83 says:

    Some of the shots were from far and not that dangerous… stats are decieving. I thought that our D is doing a good job at limiting the dangerous shots. Not saying they are playing great.. they are great at pushing the Pens to the outside and force the tough shots…

  563. makka83 says:

    WHAT? You cannot read? WOW!

  564. Clay4bc says:

    We were dominated, and spent the period in our own zone. Back on the heels the whole period. Shots were 18-3 for sh*t sakes! Not sure which game you are watching…?

    __________________________

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

  565. TripleX says:

    WHAT?  Do you think the Habs are full value for the lead?  WOW!

  566. Keith says:

    I stand corrected lol!

  567. budachris says:

    That was like the 10th we have seen that mike green commercial and laugh evreytime

  568. Habscore says:

    LOL@ Pouliot’s moustache

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  569. makka83 says:

    Halak got yanked only 4 times this season. TWICE against Pens. But he has bounced back every time so expect the same todya! GO JARO!

  570. Chuck says:

    Hopefully that’s a career stat.

    _____________________________________

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

  571. Chuck says:

    Probably just to punish SK74 a little more.

    _____________________________________

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

  572. Clay4bc says:

    The calm before the storm – here we go!

    __________________________

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

  573. Habscore says:

    Come’on Boys !! Get A big W for my B-Day today!!!! :D
    Go HABS GO

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  574. Ayan_SB says:

    No matter what people say about CBC, nobody does opening montages like they do. Love it.

  575. K-hab25 says:

    That’s his career total. He was pulled twice in the regular season and two more times in the postseason.

  576. punkster says:

    We’re going to be fine.

  577. makka83 says:

    Yes. I just checked. 4 this season.2 against the Pens, 1 against Philly and 1 against Washington.

    He won the next game every single time.

    Against Toronto 5-4 (2 day rest)

    Against LA 4-2 (olympics break in between)

    Against Washington (3 day rest)

    Against Pens (1.5 days rest…hopefully!)

  578. Clay4bc says:

    So strange to watch HNIC without the hockey theme…

    __________________________

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

  579. Ian Cobb says:

    Stay out of the box — last game 4 penalties–4 goals

    No penalties we win!

  580. topher5468 says:

    Lets go boys, No passengers, yes this means you Benny and AK. Play like we know you can. 

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

  581. Clay4bc says:

    Nice to see that Bob Cole took Mclain and the other idiot to task about Halak’s name

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

  582. Clay4bc says:

    Win or lose…

    __________________________

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

  583. light_n_tasty says:

    Can’t b*itch about the scheduling.  It’s the Habs own fault for finishing as the 8th seed. That necessitated the hard fought 7-game series against the best team in the NHL.

  584. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Let’s go HALAK!

    GO HABS GO!!

  585. punkster says:

    Exactly.

  586. itpf says:

    Boone, did you say AK46 is sitting?

  587. HabFanSince72 says:

    You know you’re bad when Bob Cole takes you to task about player’s names.

  588. merlin_24cups says:

    Loved Georges no BS interview on CBC

  589. zak says:

    Josh Gorges for captain

  590. light_n_tasty says:

    One plus about CBC’s coverage today is that Milbury is on NBC.

  591. Chuck says:

    Happy 21st!

    _____________________________________

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

  592. HabFanSince72 says:

    Markov out, Darche in.

    Means AK46 is playing (it would be crazy to sit him).

  593. topher5468 says:

    Thanks Buddy, I dont feel plus

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

  594. Clay4bc says:

    Cole may be old, but he respects the game and the players. Always has.

    __________________________

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

  595. East Coast Habs says:

    GET ON WITH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  596. merlin_24cups says:

    Consider this *BUMP* ed

  597. topher5468 says:

    Milburys is a complete douche, your bloom is off your rose. 

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

  598. MikeMcLaren says:

    Bob “Black Pot” Cole, meet Ron “Black Kettle” MacLean.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  599. itpf says:

    phew… i would agree to sit ak46 is senseless.

  600. topher5468 says:

    I 2nd that

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

  601. habsperspective says:

    NO METRO????

  602. coachdoug says:

    I can handle Pierre…Milbury is painful

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

  603. SeriousFan09 says:

    Like he’s been doing anything useful?

     

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

  604. coachdoug says:

    A win would be “finer” : )

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

  605. SeriousFan09 says:

    With Cole it’s not his fault the retirement age at CBC is 104, Ron it’s just willing ignornance and laziness from being the babysitter for a bitter xenophobic crank who never got over a penalty call in 1979.

     

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

  606. BeachHabFan says:

    i called metro out earlier, but i had hoped Sk would seek redemption rather than ben maxwell. JM must really hate that guy

  607. petrov14 says:

    Beautiful day in N.S., kids and dog running around, wife doing chores. Kids want to play, wife wants help with chores dog needs a walk…….TERRIBLE day for a (an important) game   >:( 

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  608. punkster says:

    Which AK plays today?

  609. Chuck says:

    This guy is a horrible singer.

    _____________________________________

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

  610. andrewberkshire says:

    Great minds think alike! Did you see Hal Gill singing the Canadian anthem? That guy keeps giving me reasons to love him.

  611. Clay4bc says:

    Indeed…we need to call on the power of the Turtle (neck) today!

    __________________________

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

  612. SeriousFan09 says:

    Never fails to amaze me in a country that gets so bent out of shape over patriotism and percieved lack of it, they’ll let anyone sing the anthem regardless of the fact they’d have a hard time getting on American Idol outside of “Best of the Worst”.

     

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

  613. Habscore says:

    26th actually!! :P Thanks Chuck!

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  614. coachdoug says:

    Hope he shows up more today…

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

  615. makka83 says:

    WOW! Halak got yanked 8 times?

  616. kempie says:

    AK is sitting? Like press box sitting?

  617. andrewberkshire says:

    Hopefully Darche is a lot more affective in this series than he was against the Capitals.

  618. avatar_58 says:

    I have issues with healy but if he said that then good on him

  619. nightmare_49 says:

    …  I hope when i get to Mr.Boone’s age, with a little bit of luck mind you, the world would have discovered a medication to prevent the hate era, i hate that guy, i hate this and i can’t stand b.s.. …………….  Then again there is weed that helps eliminate some of that in your advanced years. 

  620. HabFab says:

    Me thinks that weed is affecting your memory Bryan, you are Boone’s age!

  621. petrov14 says:

    Question time: How much attack time does PITT get in our zone of the 3rd?

    Im thinking 15 min…at least!

    Hold on tight, here we go (again).

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  622. Rob says:

    you may consider some of his passes risky, but they have not been improper decision yet.  Every one has gotten to it’s intended recipient

  623. mfDx says:

    I’d like a medical opinion.

    I wonder if concussions can affect epileptics differently? In my opinion, Ak46 has not been the same man since his concussion. His passing seems less accurate. Some shots seem ill advised. Sometimes he looks like… what’s the word… uncomfortable, unaware…

    Did de suck when SK was in Hamilton? Pretty much.

    i think Andrei excels when he is within his comfort level. Loose. offensive.

    My gut tells me that having SK in the lineup might be a big spark.

    Better yet, AK, SK and Metro could be a magical fourth line.

    Thoughts?

     

    P.S. Where’s Plekanek?

     

     

     

  624. HabFanSince72 says:

    No doubt AK46 is not the same since his head injury.

  625. i gloriosi says:

    mike, i for one and dlighted about game time as 2  f p.m. for you, is 8 p.m. for me in Italy! Seriously though would have gladly sacrificed another sleepless night for Habs.

  626. i gloriosi says:

    mike, i for one and dlighted about game time as 2  f p.m. for you, is 8 p.m. for me in Italy! Seriously though would have gladly sacrificed another sleepless night for Habs.

  627. grrrreg says:

    Ahahaha, I feel the exact same way! Afternoon games, especially on sundays, are great for us Europeans. All those sleepless nights are starting to take their toll on me!

     

    ——————————————————————-
    http://softeuropean.wordpress.com

  628. Clay4bc says:

    2 am start for me here in Shanghai…still not sure how I feel about that!

    __________________________

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

  629. makka83 says:

    I agree with you that Halak is keeping the Pens in the game but the NBC guyr are NOT EXPERTS@ WOW!

  630. JasonM says:

    Solid PK there.

  631. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    PK on the PK…..the marketing sells itself

  632. nightmare_49 says:

     

    Hockey World

     
     
  633. PrimeTime says:

    DIVE!!!

  634. nightmare_49 says:

    …  from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

      The best way to score on Antti Niemi: Shoot.

      Doesn’t the fit seem right: Ken Hitchcock and the New Jersey Devils. Discipline meets discipline.

       
    And I couldn’t help but wonder that if Bob Gainey was still general manager of the Canadiens, would Carey Price have been forced ahead of Halak?

      Something is wrong in Denmark or San Jose when Miro Satan has more playoff goals this season than the combination of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley

      Leaf talk about Cammalleri

    In the non-ending debate regarding the Leafs’ acquisition of Phil Kessel, the discussion lately has centred on whether Toronto should have signed free-agent Mike Cammalleri last summer.

    This makes for wonderful talk-radio fodder, even if it is entirely meaningless.

    The Leafs, in truth, made a reasonable pitch to sign Cammalleri. He turned it down in favour of a similar deal with Montreal.

    And while it’s certain the Leafs would have been better off signing a game-breaker as a free agent rather than trading so much future away for one, the discussion is moot.

    The Leafs tried for Cammalleri.

  635. HabFanSince72 says:

    He’s from Toronto and spends his summers there. I think he said he didn’t want the hassle of also being a Leaf player.

     

  636. notbigbird says:

    I don’t think anyone can force JM what to play this goalie over that one. Maybe that’s why BG resigned?

  637. Big Bird says:

    What’s ‘tough’ is having to listen to the HNIC announcers.   Forget the continual penalty kills.

  638. sidhu says:

    So the far official calls it, but not the official closest to the play? That makes no sense.

    These announcers become cheerleaders is beyond annoying and unprofessional — the worst is the announcers who say “whoo!” after a goal.  Or the Philly announcer who goes, “PICO POWERPLAY!”

    There should be some regulation on that — keep some dignity in the game.

  639. Keith says:

    What a lousy replay! CBC is garbage!

  640. makka83 says:

    Halak is tracking the puck amazingly tonight… :D

  641. Big Bird says:

    Can’t tell when people are saying PK – if they mean Penalty Kill or Pernell Karl… ;-)

  642. makka83 says:

    Nice play from the defense clearing the rebound. some of these guys aren’t getting the respect they deserve in protecting Halak by clearing any rebounds.

  643. andrewberkshire says:

    Couple excellent kills and the Penguins look as frustrated as the Capitals did.

  644. SeriousFan09 says:

    With all the modern broadcasting technology, you think CBC would be able to hold the video feed 5 seconds back to keep it even with Cole’s play-by-play.

     

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

  645. PrimeTime says:

    Frustrating PENS? again?

  646. sidhu says:

    Not liking this — seems too much like prevent D.

    We need to take some shots on MAF!  Give the D a break, keep the puck deep!

  647. Keith says:

    Knob Hole doesn’t know putty from S***!

  648. andrewberkshire says:

    When Halak is on his game, he makes goaltending look WAY easier than it is.

  649. sidhu says:

    MAF is not in the game, test him a bit and I bet we get a 3rd goal

  650. JasonM says:

    Crosby crying again.

  651. ManApart says:

    Does Montreal have to try to win every game 2-1? How about they do something crazy, like  thinking about scoring another goal.

  652. PrimeTime says:

    Will Buttman save Sid the little kid?

  653. hablifting says:

    Yup all the greatest WINNERS in hockey do it.  It’s called being a competitor.  Those of you who’s only challenge in life is moving from the couch to the fridge and back, have zero clue.

  654. JasonM says:

    COMON, stop trying to even this game!!!!

  655. PrimeTime says:

    Holding my a$$!!

  656. danedmunds says:

    i am sorry that is not a penalty at all… unreal

  657. coachdoug says:

    It seems the game plan is to try and give this game back to the Pens…

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

  658. hablifting says:

    There is no conspiracy, wake up.

  659. Keith says:

    Oh, you gotta be fucking kidding me!!!

  660. rut1212 says:

    Let it be known that was a fantastic play by MAB, and did not deserve a penalty in any way.

  661. sidhu says:

    The irony of having MAB play a regular shift while we have shortened our bench on O.

  662. shootdapuck says:

    You have to believe by now that there will be some well placed penalties illegit as hell sprinkled around the 3rd with at least one in the last minute to ensure the outcome.

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  663. HabFanSince72 says:

    refs doing their best.

    The Gill and MAB pens were NOT PENALTIES.

     

  664. budachris says:

    Does mab not understand the rules in the NHL you can’t hold on for dear life like your on a rollar coaster jeez… Some shot not a whole Lot else

  665. PrimeTime says:

    ….where’s the call ???

  666. PrimeTime says:

    lol  STFU Loser!!

  667. hablifting says:

    Ahh are you gonna cry?  Waaahhh Bettman doesn’t like my team…waaaah he only likes the Pens.  WAAAAH.  Grow up moron.

  668. PrimeTime says:

    Feeling brave are you? Gutless POS

  669. hablifting says:

    Oh boy, are you getting your rage on now?  Come and get it ass clown.

  670. andrewberkshire says:

    Demers is completely correct about the Pittsburgh PP. Malkin and Gonchar create the room for shots up top.

  671. Ayan_SB says:

    Gonchar fake slapshot, pass and one-timer goal by Malkin. It worked quite a bit against Ottawa.

  672. Danno says:

    NBC will not carry the finals if it is Montreal/Vancouver.

     

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

  673. Captain aHab says:

    Actually, they will but will demand that the games be played at 2 in the morning and Bettman will bend over and agree.

  674. smiler2729 says:

    Why do most NHL players, including some of his own teammates, hate Marc Savard??? I didn’t know he had that rep.

  675. Ian Cobb says:

    They use to call him the RAT in junior!! The whole league including his players in Oshawa. I guess he is a bit of a rat!!

  676. Habscore says:

    RDS also said that the organization is keeping the media away from PK, in order to impede another “Gui Lats” phenomena, where he becomes the Habs nation’s favorite and gets pressure, and eventually f”ks it up..

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  677. habsfan0 says:

    Why doesn’t the NHLPA mandate that a playoff series cannot commence without 2 full days off from the previous series? Screw NBC.

  678. SeriousFan09 says:

    Because they’re too busy pulling their heads out of their rears trying to organize than do anything useful.

     

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

  679. Exit716 says:

    I believe I read somewhere that the Leafs offer to Cammalleri was only $4.5 million. Big difference in dollars when it comes down to it, even with the higher tax bracket in QC.

     

  680. avatar_58 says:

    Maybe he’d rather be a winner than a loser

  681. SeriousFan09 says:

    Matt Darche in, I”d be surprised, and horrified if he gets over 3:30 TOI.

     

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

  682. SeriousFan09 says:

    Holding/Tackling on Moore?

     

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

  683. JasonM says:

    THAT’S A PENALTY ON MOORE!!! OMG

  684. sidhu says:

    What a shift by Moore

  685. punkster says:

    WTF was that non call?

  686. Kythehabsfan says:

    OMG – MAB gets holding and the Pitt defender didn’t on Moore!?!?

  687. Keith says:

    That’s CRIMINAL!! No F**&^%%$call!!! FU ref!!!

  688. andrewberkshire says:

    How in the world did the Penguins not get penalized on that hook on Moore?

  689. punkster says:

    Inept, incompetent, buffoon refs.

  690. sidhu says:

    Habs deserve a PP after that Moore play. 

  691. topher5468 says:

    Where is the holding call on them, BS

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

  692. kempie says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, Tim Peel

  693. Mike Boone says:

    Don’t blame him on weed!

  694. nightmare_49 says:

    Frank – I’ll let you know that there is quiet a gap, now to be honest, i didn’t say in years.

  695. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    That comment I made during the 2nd about the decent reffing this afternoon?

    Yeah……scratch that

  696. coachdoug says:

    Another nail-biter!  I love the “System!”

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

  697. JasonM says:

    Pouliot now plays with 2 sticks!

  698. Keith says:

    More hooking and holding by the Pen’s but why should they worry. Ref’s won’t call any on them.

  699. PrimeTime says:

    JARO BABY!!!! SWEET

  700. Arune Singh says:

    We gotta re-sign Moore. Wow. Such…truculence.


    Thank You Saku.

  701. zozotheclown says:

    Massive save, but what else is new

  702. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    HALAK! 

    Good kill boys – great work by the PK.

    Big props to PK Subban, what a player!

  703. floatingineather says:

    HIGHLIGHT REEL;  CINDY BUTTMAN’S MELTDOWN, this is your posterchild, breaks stick, throws stick, yapps his way into a new commercial or photo shoot. $$$$$$$$$$$….. DISGUSTING…………on the positive side were in this yappers head 

  704. punkster says:

    Go System Go!

  705. coachdoug says:

    Halak is awesome again…

    PK is flawless out there..great decisions with the puck!

    Can’t wait until the cheap Subban jerseys start showing up on e-bay so I can buys one…then I will trade it in for a quality way over priced official one…

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

  706. SeriousFan09 says:

    Markovian work by Subban again. Can’t believe this is the kid’s 4th playoff game and his 6th NHL game total.

     

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

  707. topher5468 says:

    Exactly what I said. !!!

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

  708. punkster says:

    Go Gelling Go!

  709. floatingineather says:

    call more penalties, more,, bring em,, we kill em, Pitts gets royal scr@wing with their inflated heads

  710. coachdoug says:

    Time out JM!!!!

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

  711. topher5468 says:

    Way to go Gorges, take the hit to make the play

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

  712. JasonM says:

    Kudos to Mr. Boucher in bringing Subban up NHL ready.

  713. punkster says:

    Good game for Moore.

  714. ManApart says:

    I just can’t believe how much time is spent in the MTL. zone. It’s really just incredible that they lead this game. Fleury has like 5 shots in the past 35 mins.

  715. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Hah! Bingo!

  716. coachdoug says:

    I am having a bout of deja vu…all over again…

    Random…Dos Equis commercials are awesome…

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

  717. makka83 says:

    One more shot on Halak and we’re garanteed a win!…

  718. coachdoug says:

    The System is built aroung wearing out the other teams offense in our zone taking shots…

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

  719. andrewberkshire says:

    Hamrlik has had his best game of the playoffs.

  720. sidhu says:

    Great shift, Hammer.  Well done.  Good to have you back.

  721. andrewberkshire says:

    WOOOOOO!!!!!! CAMMALLERI!!!!!

  722. andrewberkshire says:

    Pouliot is playing WAY better this series than last one.

  723. mrhabby says:

    is MABS contract up July 1, 10.

  724. merlin_24cups says:

    O’Rourke?………..Ahhhh Bob

  725. shootdapuck says:

    It’s close at least, another Irish name!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  726. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    HALAK! NICEEE!

  727. merlin_24cups says:

    Great heads up by Pleks to get back and cover

  728. RetroMikey says:

    Plekanec has been invisible, not worth over 4 million dollars, but Halak is.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  729. merlin_24cups says:

    Thats the Halak we want!

  730. andrewberkshire says:

    Can we nail MAB to the bench unless there’s a PP please? His passes in the defensive zone are scary as hell.

  731. Chuck says:

    Was that Gionta who just put Crosby on his ass during that scramble?

    _____________________________________

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

  732. punkster says:

    Yep. Aren’t you tired of all these little guys? ;)

  733. Kythehabsfan says:

    I thought it was MAB in the crease on Sid

  734. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    That was Bergeron (!)

  735. ManApart says:

    MAB and O’Byrne are going to be the death of me.

  736. sidhu says:

    Need some shots, boys

  737. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Halak is playing like he did in Washington – very good sign for the Habs.

    Let’s go Habs – go get ‘em!

  738. Jbird says:

    Just wondering what SK could do that was worse than what Darche has done (0:57 -1)

  739. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Take Halak OUT, WHAT IS WRONG WITH SOME OF YOU,LOL?

  740. Puck Bard says:

    Yup… great positioning.

  741. rogieshan says:

    MAB makes all his D-partners look bad, regardless who it is.

  742. Kythehabsfan says:

    OB looked a ‘little’ slow on that last sequence

  743. sidhu says:

    Mike Milbury explaining how AK was asleep on the Cooke goal.  I’m scared, when Milbury is right about something

  744. punkster says:

    OK, P.K. from the point on the PP.

  745. andrewberkshire says:

    WOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  746. merlin_24cups says:

    WOOT!

  747. sidhu says:

    Cammy!!!!!!!!! 

  748. Xtrahabsfan says:

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  749. Chuck says:

    Cammy is CLUTCH!

    _____________________________________

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

  750. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    CAMMALLLERRIIIII!!!!

    YES!!

  751. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Wow, is Cammy on fire or what?!?

  752. sidhu says:

    Assist from PK…

    That’s a good goal, the trajectory of the puck went up, meaning the stick was below the crossbar

  753. SeriousFan09 says:

    Subban on the point in a word: Magnificent.

    Cammy collects the rebound for another one, for a second I thought that was one of Gio’s brilliant mid-air taps.

     

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

  754. punkster says:

    Good call Punkster.

  755. budachris says:

    This building has no energy at all caps fans were so much more into it

  756. RetroMikey says:

    Unbelievable!  Screams at the Bulldogs game.  must be the Habs have scored, ….wait yes, who scored?

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  757. Habscore says:

    CAMMII!!!!!!!!!!!!  YES!!!!!!!!! I feel bad for Fleury, but he already got his Cup. It’s our turn to conquer it babyyy!!!

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  758. Jbird says:

    I cannot believe these Playoffs – WTF? I love it!!!!!!!!!

  759. sidhu says:

    7 goals in 9 games, wow

  760. punkster says:

    Thanks. I had a feeling ya know?

  761. mrhabby says:

    iam eating my words..were playing better.

  762. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cammalleri tapped a mid-air rebound from a Subban slapshot, brilliant play.

     

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

  763. mrhabby says:

    lol…haha.

  764. Habscore says:

    Haha!! Nice it was Cammi!!

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  765. RetroMikey says:

    Respect SeriousFan09!

    Thank heaven for technology and the wireless technology

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  766. andrewberkshire says:

    He got lucky, don’t compliment him or his ego will get as big as JD’s!

  767. punkster says:

    That is HARDLY a possibility!

  768. Danno says:

    What did he do to get that title?

     

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

  769. Chris says:

    Think Maxim Lapierre, but one that talks even more crap.  Then you’ve got Marc Savard.

  770. andrewberkshire says:

    Savard also had a reputation of playing for money solely before Boston.

  771. Harani says:

    Cammi is the first Hab in 17 years to get more than seven goals in the playoffs. The last guys to do it were Vincent Damphousse, Kirk Muller and Paul DiPietro in 1993!

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

  772. SeriousFan09 says:

    Good company to be in I would say.

     

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

  773. Kythehabsfan says:

    Replay just confirmed it.

  774. HABdriven says:

    I LOVE THIS TEAM!  Great character win for the Habs despite no Markov.  Terrific PK effort on 3 consecutive penalties in the third.  Solid performance from Halak again.  Huge momentum shift for our return to the Bell Centre.  OLE OLE OLE!!!!   

  775. Tourneur says:

    best in game adjustment: me switching to nbc resulting in a cammaleri goal 7s later.  

  776. Jbird says:

    That too was my best in game adjustment – i did it after the Pens lonely goal.

  777. andrewberkshire says:

    This Jeff Jimerson guy really sucks.

  778. nickster13 says:

    he’s awful, puts nothing into the canadian anthem, then the american one is weak too so its not just a fluke

  779. topher5468 says:

    Enough with the PP accolades already, drop the Damn puck

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

  780. habsoul says:

    Unbelievable goal by Mike Cammalleri! Wow, he look liked a Brazilian footballer on the goal.

  781. DOAHABS says:

    I am astounded at how well these guys have come together,insopite of losing Markov,The Habs this year could have folded or used any number of reasons not to rise to the occasion, Congrats to there will to win & play like thet are in it to win it….Go Habs Go ,……regardless of what happens now,their play now has completely washed away any negativity many of us thought about them over the course of this season…Mea Culpa…     Go Habs Go

    Couldn’t believe no D-men were picked for a star,but this team does play like a team now,so they all deserved mention. If you have to pick then hard to beat Halak , Cammy and pick anyone  in  a Habs uniform.

    I sure wish the refs wouldn’t seem to be so obviously biased in assesing penalty’s ,but like in Washington the Habs prevailed inspite of the Zebras calls

  782. East Coast Habs says:

    this is a hilarious versian of oh canada. “oh canada…. blah blah blha blah blahgot through that song in record time

  783. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Don’t wanna jinx anything, but the reffing really hasn’t been that bad so far……pretty good flow, letting them play

  784. W35T5ID3 says:

    Conn Smythe Cammy….has a nice ring to it don’tcha think?

    ….or hey Jaro is just as deserved.

  785. Chuck says:

    I like it! His goals have been timely, too.

    _____________________________________

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

  786. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:

    Salad fingers!! One of my all time faves.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDOW6KofuLo

  787. SPATS says:

    There will be no further suprises folks. We’ll win because we’re better. Plain and simple. Better coaching, better character, better heart, better discipline, better goaltending, better PK, need I go on?

    Bob built this team around his own style. Quiet confidence. No over the top celebration yet. Notice how Cammy reacts on the nail in the coffin goal? Listen to Gionta in the NBC interview? The first win in Washington was a surprise. The loss in game 2 was a bigger surprise. Jaro, Gionta, Cammy, Gorges… they lead by example. They never quit, and it’s contagious. Pleks gets it, he’s one of the few europeans with heart. The K brothers are all about the K brothers. They will be gone. Well done Mr Gainey. I like our chances very much to go all the way sir! I for one, am not surprised. Use the usual route

  788. habsoul says:

    The Crosby line is so scary.

  789. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Look at the goals and wins section. How can you not be proud of this team?

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/statshome.htm#?navid=nav-sts-main

  790. Harani says:

    SV% as well…Anderson isnt playing anymore so its basically Jaro.

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

  791. Chuck says:

    I’d like to see Jaro in the top-5 for GAA, but being in a 5-way tie for the lead in wins is nothing to sneeze at. They have to cut down on the shots against.

    And how about Cammy? The dude has been lights-out! Without his scoring… well… nevermind being down 0-2 to Pittsburgh, without him we wouldn’t have gotten by Washington!

    _____________________________________

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

  792. Porgie says:

    Harani, I like your avatar! How did you get thisclose to Cammi?? 

  793. ooder says:

    cut down on the shots against???

    are you nuts…

    please keep them coming

    ——————

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

  794. The Kid says:

    why don’t Talbot and Fleury just make out and get it over with

  795. mrhabby says:

    Cole…says HABS are mystified…retire will ya.

  796. topher5468 says:

    The Geico cave man thinks Mike Green is a great player, I guess he should go back to his cave and watch the highlights from round 1

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

  797. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Very impressed at the Habs’ discipline, not taking any bad penalties during these scary Pittsburgh rushes

  798. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Andrei Kostitsyn’s career stats show that he’s hottest against the Pittsburgh Penguins. If he can show up, the Habs have this one in the bag. The guy can change a game if he wants to. Shades of Ovechkin, but too inconsistent and lazy.

  799. sidhu says:

    Need more shots, boys.. 1 shot is not enough

  800. novahab says:

    Why Crosby should be suspended for the rest of the playoffs. That was a absolutely dangerous plays slashing his stick on our goaltended post and can anyone prove that wasn’t meant for Halak. That was no accident he swung his stick in a reckless fashion that could have really hurt our goalie. Then he carried his broken stick and then he threw it,  are you kidding me. If that was Laps that did that he be gone for the playoffs and his picture would go up in the post office.

  801. Jbird says:

    Well that is not happening.  

    What I liked about Crosby today was his complaining to the refs, his total lack of leadership he showed to his team,  him completely losing it, and him ending up as a -2 in the game.  

    I predict the second great character assassination via the Habs in this great post season: #87. 

  802. novahab says:

    As I said before this series started that I know Crosby father from work and their Egos are so big if you get Crosby going he can hurt his team. Crosby smashing his stick is a sign of weakness.

  803. danp says:

    and not even a mention of it on NBC. They replayed it several times, all the time talking about his leadership and character.

  804. Jbird says:

    Great Point – I seemed to be that way today.

  805. budachris says:

    Gotta love Hall gill singinf the Canadian national anthem what a
    class act

  806. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Man can Pittsberg whine or what,whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa whaaaaaaaaawhaaaaaa

  807. SeriousFan09 says:

    Dogs now up 3-1, Desharnais adds his 4th of the playoffs.

     

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

  808. Jbird says:

     That Mike Green commercial – “you need a guy who brings it Everytime”  - isn’t working so well for me.

  809. SeriousFan09 says:

    LOL that’s fantastic, did it ever play during the WSH series?

     

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

  810. Flabadagub says:

    Cindy is always crying….cbc’s gobbling of penguin knob is sickening and MAB’s d is horrible.

     

  811. punkster says:

    …and STILL we’re leading.

  812. Clay4bc says:

    I’m F’n stoked! Man, I love the playoffs when the Habs are playing!

    __________________________

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

  813. sidhu says:

    Notice Sid threw his broken stick, isn’t that unsportsmanlike conduct? 

  814. punkster says:

    So why doesn’t Crosby get a penalty for that stick break thing?

  815. K-hab25 says:

    Did you see that Crosby breaks his stick against our net, then stares down the refs and there’s no call. BULLS**T!!!

  816. RetroMikey says:

    3-1 Bulldogs!  Desharnais on the PP!  Wish there were more fans at Copps!

    Wooo hooo!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “