Liveblog: Sharks dead; Bruins, Rangers, Devils on the brink

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Fans in Boston and New York may have seen their last home games of the season.
The latest Jaro Halak impression was furnished by Craig Anderson, who stopped 41 shots in Ottawa’s 2-0 win at Madison Square Garden.

Saturday afternoon, with our old friend Benoit Pouliot in the penalty box for a brain-dead slash in a tie game, Troy Brouwer beat Tim Thomas with a shot that good goaltenders stop.
Washington heads home with a 3-2 series lead and can send the Cup champs to the golf course on Sunday. And Patrice Bergeron is questionable for Game 6.

Elsewhere, José Theodore shut out the Devils 3-0 to move Florida within one win of advancing to the Eastern Conference semi-final.

In St. Louis, the Blues roared back from a 1-0 deficit to beat San Jose 3-1 and advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

The Sunday tripleheader begins at noon in Philadelphia, where Pittsburgh will try to even up its series with the Flyers.

At 3 p.m. in Washington, the Caps will try to eliminate the Stanley Cup champions.

Then at 8, the Canucks are at home trying to stay alive against L.A.

The only two teams to make the playoffs every year since the lockout are the Red Wings and Sharks.

They’re both gone.

How about a Stanley Cup final between Florida and Nashville?

TV ratings through the roof … NOT!

586 Comments

  1. Adidess says:

    Ok Boone, you win. Cherry just spent 5 minutes on the instigator rule!

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  2. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Dam Ryan McDonagh, what would the Habs be looking like with him in the lineup now?
    What did you do there BG!
    When I think back on the trade, I think that did we really need to give up McDonagh for Gomez?
    We totaly got owned there, hope the new gm could bring some respect back to the Habs.

    • Stormin says:

      Timmins and BG came to Wisconsin prior to signing off on the trade to see Ryan McDonagh play for the Badgers, he happened to have one of his only bad College games, and Gainey was okay with throwing in McDonagh, Timmins tried his best to talk him out of including Ryan McDonagh.

      The full dumb circle is complete with Gauthier scouting of Gomez, and suggestion we go out and acquire Gomer Pyle.

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      • Bill says:

        If that hadn’t happened, we’d have had Koivu moving into his natural number two centre slot behind Plekanec, who emerged, with McDonagh joining PK on the D, and with the cap space differential between Gomez and Koivu we could have had another top six winger to go with Gionta and Cammalleri for the playoff run that year.

        Oh right, I forgot, Gionta and Cammalleri wouldn’t have signed with Montreal if not for Superstar Gomez, LOL.

        Oh well.

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  3. Adidess says:

    Imagine how much Semin the Rangers would use on this power play if they had any. They would probably score in the crease too!

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    • Propwash says:

      Gotta shoot it through the five hole (repeated joke)

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      • Stormin says:

        That will cost you a beer, lol

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  4. HabinBurlington says:

    So because Spezza only took one swing at Ranger head and not 3-4 repeated shots like Marchand on Sedin last year, is that why now this is penalty? Don’t get me wrong I hate these swings taken in scrums, just wonder if they all get called now.

  5. Stormin says:

    Bob Cole just said Big boyle coming out
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  6. Adidess says:

    Ok, let’s show we’re not immature kids throwing out dirty words for no good reason. There are two games going on, if you’re going to do a Semin joke, please make sure you tie it to something happening in the game you’re watching, how’s that?

    That way everybody wins :-)

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  7. Propwash says:

    Ya know what would make it all come full circle? McGuire gushing over Semin.

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    • ABHabsfan says:

      Mcguire just loves the way Semin can get it up so fast and with so much on it . You just never know when Semin is going to show up

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  8. HabinBurlington says:

    Oh Bob Cole, Anisimov ran into his own player and bumped off puck, he was not nailed in his tracks at the blue line.

  9. HabinBurlington says:

    I see we have not completely discharged all our Semin comments yet?

  10. Habsolutely says:

    WooHoo, Versteeg beats Marty.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Did you get any playoff tix for Panthers?

      • Habsolutely says:

        As a season ticket holder I had first shot, but I declined. My ticket guy can still get me tickets, but I’m gonna wait to see if they can make it to the next round. The wifey and I are taking advantage of the housing crisis here and are looking at buying some property, so the wife has kinda put a stop on all our entertainment spending.

  11. Stormin says:

    Be very careful against the Capitals when it is 3 0n 3, Semin will be flying all over the place
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  12. H.Upmann says:

    Gotta love Benny Chickenlegs, giving Semin and co. chance for glory in the five-hole

  13. Stormin says:

    are we through with the semin jokes or do you want another one
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    • durocher says:

      You’re assuming there can be too many Semin jokes. This is H I/O, Saturday night, I say let ‘em fly.

    • Bill says:

      Thomas is a tough nut to crack, but he was helpless when Semin just unloaded on him.

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    • Adidess says:

      This one I had to edit to improve never really received the attention it deserves – sans prétention :). It was in response to somebody who suggested we sign Semin next year. Shamelessly posting it again…

      ”I don’t know if I want to see Semin on a Habs jersey. The thing is Semin is great when he’s hot. The rest of the time, he stinks. I have watched on a few occasions where he didn’t come out at all”

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  14. Propwash says:

    Can the Habs get a mulligan for the Gomez trade with the new CBA, and get McDonagh back??

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  15. Un Canadien errant says:

    Can we all agree that Bob Cole has had a distinguished career, and his voice evokes a lot of fond memories in Leafs fans, but that he is now well beyond his ideal retirement date? Especially with all the talent out there itching to have his gig? The guy doing the play-by-play for the CBC broadcast of the Bruins-Caps game has a great, sonorous voice but uses an understated tone, great stuff. Let’s hear more of him next season. Mr. Cole can write his memoirs, and gloss over his homer, shameless, pandering “They’re going home!” call when the Soviet team walked out in protest of the excesses committed by the Flyers in their Super Series game.

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    • ABHabsfan says:

      It is definitely time for Bob Cole to sail off in to the sunset.
      Here’s a Cole-ism for you: 10 years ago Salt Lake Olympics-
      ” …and it’s shot into the US end by #66 for Canada…”
      Uh, That would be Mario Lemieux there Bob. Fairly well known

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  16. durocher says:

    McDonagh… to have that speed and drive. Oy.

  17. Propwash says:

    Great stop by Anderson.

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  18. Stormin says:

    The Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils would like to thank you for all recognizing they too are playing in the playoffs and hope you enjoyed there game from 6:30 to 7:00 pm

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  19. Propwash says:

    Call it homerism, but I think Charles Prevost-Linton is the best in the business when it comes to anthem singing.

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  20. durocher says:

    Now that Detroit is out, they will likely make some changes. Anyone on that roster that the Habs should target?

    I wouldn’t mind Brad Stuart as a 4-5 defenseman. He’s like an older Emelin, someone who can hit, play both sides of the blueline, and who can play in all three situations.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Cap hit may be too high (over 3.5) and RFA but I like Kyle Quincey. And Detroit did too since they gave up a 2012 #1 pick to get him back.

  21. durocher says:

    This guy is a snoozer compared to Ronan Tynan, the Yankees’ anthem singer.

  22. Propwash says:

    Should be a good ‘un.

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  23. habstrinifan says:

    Thank you Boone for efforts above and beyond the call of duty.

    When you know who becomes Habs GM I will make sure he sits down with you for his FIRST interview… even ahead of Melnick.

  24. habsfan0 says:

    When is Vancouver-Los Angeles next game?

  25. Habsolutely says:

    Panthers playing good so far, Brodeur is standing on his head.

  26. Cal says:

    Ahem! Go CAPS Go!!!!

  27. Phil C says:

    I think the Bruins are really missing Horton. It is pretty tough to absorb the loss of a top-six forward in the cap era, most teams are not deep enough. Vancouver has a chance now that Sedin is back. Same goes for top-four defenseman, I think the Flyers are really missing Grossmann.

    Then again Ottawa are managing without Alfredsson, and Spezza has done nothing so far. Huge game for the Sens tonight, should be good.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Yeah, we looked on with envy at the Bruins’ depth this season, but that is a big piece to go without. Your scoring winger on your top line is kind of hard to replace. Also hard to feel sorry for that jackass though. Not very Christian of me, but I can’t bring myself to feel empathy for that cheap sneering thug.

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      • Bill says:

        Haha, HIO is not exactly a bastion of Christian behaviour my friend! In fact nothing Christian has happened around here since Boone forgave Timo two years ago.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Yeah, using ‘Christian’ as a word meaning “turn the other cheek, do unto others as you would have them do unto you” isn’t very common any more. Now we hear the word Christian and think of judgmental reactionary Republican types who want to save a fetus two weeks before it’s conceived but assassinate Trayvon Martin.

          Was it Bill Maher who said that all self-styled Christians today are all about the Old Testament, the New Testament not so much?

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        • habsfan0 says:

          What was Timo’s offence? Too much talk about MAB and Brisebois?

  28. ZepFan2 says:

    Julien calls Pouliot penalty, “a weak call”. :shock:

    NHL piggy bank will be expanding soon, me thinks.

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  29. Un Canadien errant says:

    Once again, I couldn’t disagree more with P.J. Stock. During the post-game comments on his beloved Bruins’ loss, he disagrees that the Benoit Pouliot slashing penalty should have been called. His reasoning is that many other infractions such as those aren’t called during every NHL game. He adds that Johansson “didn’t fall”. This is so ridiculous. If Mr. Johansson had fallen, Mr. Stock would have whined that it was a ‘soft’ call, and accused him of diving.

    The play couldn’t have been more clear. Marcus Johansson had puck possession in the offensive zone, was trying to create a scoring chance with it, when Benoit Pouliot, a full stride behind, slashed him twice on the leg/hip, to try to slow him down or make him lose puck possession.

    We regularly bemoan the lack of offence in the NHL and search for ways to increase scoring. My contention is that if only all the holding, grabbing, slashing and gooning was penalized so as to make it a rare incidence instead of prevalent, scoring would soar. Offensively gifted players would be allowed to shine. Players who find themselves a step behind, like Mr. Pouliot in this instance, should have no other recourse but to put their head down and skate dang hard to try to catch up. They shouldn’t be given the easy out of ‘little hooks’ and ‘minor’ slashes to rectify their positional or talent disadvantage.

    Unfortunately, the NHL rulebook allows slashing, as long as it’s not too much slashing.

    (from the NHL Rulebook: http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=27011)

    61.1 Slashing – Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the shin pads, should not be penalized as slashing. Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponent’s body, the opponent’s stick, or on or near the opponent’s hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play the puck, shall be penalized as slashing.

    This is an unnecessary and detrimental distinction. It normalizes illegal tactics. It makes the rule infringement a judgment call. The bar or limit of what is tolerable tends to creep up as the pressure increases, and leads to situations where Mr. Stock can argue that due to the stakes involved, an infraction shouldn’t be called. Finally, this distinction advantages the goon/checker type of player at the expense of the talented scorers and playmakers. Alexander Semin and Marcus Johansson can play hockey without having to slash. Scott Thornton and Greg Campbell would have no further use to any team if this standard was applied.

    Again, if I was King, or at least NHL Commissioner, the rule would state clearly that any contact of the stick with an opponent is a penalty. Period. Your stick may only be used to play for the puck. Any slash or hook or trip or hold with it is an automatic two minutes. If the play was an aggressive foul, like a slash with intent or crosscheck with purpose, it’s automatically doubled. Now Evgeni Malkin can fly up and down the ice without having to concern himself with the ‘physical’ side of hockey. Claude Giroux and Sidney Crosby can busy themselves with trying to score and dazzling us with their creativity, instead of being bogged down in a morass of intimidation and ending up fighting each other.

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  30. Dr.Rex says:

    How long until the Mike Babcock rumors begin?

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      This time next year?


      Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Didnt you see my post in previous thread re well coiffed motorist with square jaw sighted in Mtl snarled traffic making his way to Bell Centre and tossing Mo-town cd’s out window while groovin to Celine Dion.

    • D Mex says:

      Not soon enough to help the Habs.
      He’s got WAY too much credibility right now : we know he’s not the problem in Detroit, and so do they.

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  31. habstrinifan says:

    So what”s the over-under that Pouliot
    a) is sitting with Cam Neely in pressbox next game.
    b)Cam Neely clouts Pouliot ne during an anxious moment.
    c)PG trades for Pouliot again.
    d) I am eating my words on Pouliot flourishing under Julien.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I talked yesterday about accountability when posting, and of how your credibility is affected by prior opinions proffered that prove wrong.

      In the case of Benoit Pouliot, after an abysmal start to the season, I fearlessly predicted, in Booneian fashion, that he would play himself out of the league by next season.

      Since then, he has found his bearings and has become productive on the Bruins, especially since he doesn’t have to do the heavy lifting. He has a few blemishes on his record, including an unexcused absence that led to him being a healthy scratch for a game, but he has a chance to be on an NHL roster for a few years at the least.

      So on this issue, I wasn’t as right as I usually am.

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    • ZepFan2 says:

      C is impossible.

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    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      I thought (still think) that Pouliot could have a long career if he learned to play like Danny Cleary in Detroit. Right now I think he’s still playing like Danny Cleary did for all those other teams before he got to Detroit.

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  32. Propwash says:

    Threeormore…….really????

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  33. Propwash says:

    With so much talk of Semin flying around, we’re gonna need some black lights around here.

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  34. The Cat says:

    I guess all the Dale Hunter naysayers have gotten quiet.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Iwasnt a naysayer but was kinda surprised at how things went for him. But he had a great reputation with the OHL so it’s good to see it all working out for him.

      Love it when a hardworking JOE type guy gets success.

      • The Cat says:

        Definitely. Like it says on my profile since I been here, hes my all time favourite player.

        [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • Bill says:

      Not nay-sayer – don’t care about him as coach personally – but you MIGHT want to wait until Washington wins a series …

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      • habstrinifan says:

        From all accounts I hear Bill he has been good for the London Knights and the OHL.

        • Bill says:

          Yeah, I heard he was an excellent junior coach. I didn’t mean I don’t like him as a coach, meant I had no real opinion on him actually as coach of the Capitals.

          His results are sorta mixed at this point, but he sure got Semin flying, so that’s a plus :)

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • habstrinifan says:

            Now I gotta explain your post to my wife.. she just assumed you were a bad speller.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Not really. It was surprising how poorly the team responded to him, so cue the comments. If the Caps revert to form and play up to their potential, Mr. Hunter is just doing his job, it’s not like he’s overachieving or something. He’s kind of like the jockey on a really good horse, if he doesn’t screw it up and win the race he doesn’t get all the credit.

      So his performance right now is not a comment worthy as, say, Brendan Shanahan’s or Braden Holtby’s right now.

      BTW, I still feel, strongly, that Dale Hunter should be in jail, to this day. He was everything that’s wrong with the NHL.

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  35. habstrinifan says:

    PJ Stock thinks Boston was screwed but there’s no Semin evidence.

    Whoooeeeee!

  36. Adidess says:

    I hope there aren’t people taking the views expressed on Semin in this thread seriously. The game is you use any hockey term that works with Smiler’s gag about Semen. The d… I mean the wittier the better

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  37. habstrinifan says:

    Love my HABS but gotta tell you the CAPS bandwagon has a gentler more statesmanlike ambience…. oooops gotta run.. there goes the Belarussian ambassador.

  38. habstrinifan says:

    Way to go CAPS!

  39. JUST ME says:

    The way i see it there are two options. Either the league told the Bruins to behave or else, wich does not make sense with the way hockey has been played so far elsewhere or the Bruins have a few injured players doing what they can with what they have. I tend to go with the second option cause something is missing in their way of playing hockey as we are used to.

    Thought it would be an easy one against a Washington team that does not have what is needed to be a contender.

    Not that i am sad about the Bruins fate far from it !

  40. Lafleurguy says:

    Was Semin all over Thomas?

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  41. Stormin says:

    Did anyone see the game earlier this year where the Blue Jackets Jack Johnson took out Semen with huge body blast in the corner up against the boards

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  42. D Mex says:

    Former Bruin, PJ stock, lamenting the penalty call on Pouliot.
    Perfect !

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  43. JF says:

    Semin is having great playoffs. If Washington doesn’t re-sign him, should the Habs try to get him? I was against it during the regular season, remembering his disappearing act during the playoffs, but maybe he’s learned?

    • naweed235 says:

      I think he is gonna be asking too much… I rather break the bank on Parise and overpay him by a couple of $ Ms than take a risk with this guy…

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        I’d offer Semin Mike Cammalleri money.

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        • hansolo says:

          Capgeek says Semin already makes $6.7M, which is more than we paid Cammy. As a UFA, there’s a good chance he’ll get as much or more. Wouldn’t Washington keep him? (Unless Dale Hunter prefers NAG and wants him gone).

          • Sean Bonjovi says:

            I don’t expect anyone to offer him $6.7 million/year on a long term contract.

            “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
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    • Adidess says:

      I don’t know if I want to see Semen on a Habs jersey. The thing is Semen is great when he’s hot. The rest of the time, he stinks. I have watched on a few occasions where he didn’t come out at all :-)

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      • Stormin says:

        that was good

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  44. Propwash says:

    Shut up PJ.
    Just shut up.

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  45. jo_maka says:

    The Seminator can’t get no star ??? Semen has been robbed.
    He was such a key factor to this liveblog, you’d think you’re on CSI !!!

  46. habsfan0 says:

    Jack Edwards is not amused.

  47. NLhabsfan says:

    Don’t ya just love this!!!!

  48. boing007 says:

    Yeehaa!

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  49. PrimeTime says:

    so many so wrong so many times. Thanks benny!

  50. frontenac1 says:

    Oh man, picking up the wife at the train station and listening to XM Sat feed. Its a Boston feed!They are shitting themselves! I love it! LOL!!!

  51. Propwash says:

    Sweet.

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  52. Stormin says:

    Caps win,, at least Timmy Thomas wont have to worry about Semen in his crease anymore tonight
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    • Adidess says:

      Well, not over for Thomas, they’re back at it tomorrow. I want to see Semen all over him and in his face again to finish things off …

      Hehe, tought I’d get on the action. It’s your fault Smiler

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  53. NLhabsfan says:

    Oh yea check the clock… No excuses for the B’s

  54. Propwash says:

    Boone, you gonna blog the Ottawa NY game?

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  55. Psycho29 says:

    How is that icing when Chara coasted???? Oh sorry, I forgot!

  56. H.Upmann says:

    Semen shot scattered wide and trickled out…

  57. otter649 says:

    Borderline icing call against Caps….
    \

  58. Psycho29 says:

    To quote somebody on here from last season, “an angry Claude Julien reminds me of jello during an earthquake”

  59. Propwash says:

    Julien behind the bench….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rViOW9bQTFs

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  60. D Mex says:

    Bets on Thomas opening his yap about the lack of quality chances at the other end of the ice when this one is over ?

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  61. habsfan0 says:

    I wonder who President Obama is pulling for?

  62. Stormin says:

    Let me try this again
    Panthers and Devils cheer Brouwer goal, hoping someone will watch their series from 6:30 until 7:00

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  63. jo_maka says:

    That is the Pouliot we fell in love with back in september 2011 :) !!! I hope he makes more of those adorable brain cramps :)))))

  64. NLhabsfan says:

    Nice!!!!!

  65. smiler2729 says:

    Semen shot blown by broken wood

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  66. Propwash says:

    YES!

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  67. Stormin says:

    Pouliot’s dumb penalty alarm went off
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  68. NLhabsfan says:

    I think Ovie is playing injured… Why such limited ice time.

  69. Habsolutely says:

    Looks like that five-year, 7.2 million contract Bettman got from Jacobs is still paying dividends for the Bruins.

    • Propwash says:

      The day that Buttman is gone, is the day that the NHL has a shot at being respectable again.

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  70. Psycho29 says:

    Rat Marchand tweeted during the 2nd intermission:
    “I haven’t thrown many body checks today, but I hope to get lots of semin before this day is over.”

  71. NLhabsfan says:

    What a scum bag that Marchand is little runt.Does everyone hate him as much as I do.

  72. Un Canadien errant says:

    Very good points made by most about the inconsistency demonstrated by the NHL’s Player Safety VP. No one is really disputing the fact that Mr. Torres deserved a lengthy suspension, but letting Shea Weber off the hook for his crazy violent and completely outside the norms head slam of Henrik Zetterberg set the table for every other decision to be scrutinized and found wanting in comparison. Same goes for his abdication of responsibility in Milan Lucic’s charge of Ryan Miller, especially in the face of the offender’s grinning, cynical statement of defence.

    The big problem with the NHL is that the rulebook says one thing and ‘accepted’ practice shows another. Looking at the definitions of charging, for example, makes one realize that this should be called every NHL shift that is played.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26353

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    • 1010 says:

      It’s beyond disgraceful. Remember Malone on Campoli. Every time Shanahan comes out with a decision he looks foolish. I don’t care about Torres’ history. History is something the league made up for a way out on weak- kneed calls. Everyone knows that Lucic should have a rap sheet about three times as long as it is.

  73. Stormin says:

    The underage drinker strikes again Johnny Boychuk 3-3

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  74. Habsolutely says:

    another dive by Marchand. what a joke.


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