Liveblog: Capitals beat Rangers 3-2, even series

Ovechkin

Alexander Ovechkin, who had minimal ice time after two periods, scored on a Washington power play to break a 2-2 tie and send the Capitals home with a split.

After scoring the winner, Ovechkin, who has seven shots on goal, spent the next eight minutes of the third period riding the pine.

And Alexander Semin had less ToI than Ovechkin’s 13:36.

Jay Beagle played 20 minutes.

Go figure.

Washington coach Dale Hunter is sending a message to his superstars, but it’s too early in the series to say whether the technique is working.

Maybe John Tortorella should try cutting Marion Gaborik’s ice time.

In St. Louis, L.A. is pasting the Blues and could go home with a 2-0 series lead.

510 Comments

  1. issie74 says:

    I do not have any hatred for McGuire.He does however scare the H— out of me.

    On TSN after the draft several years ago”GET EXCITED TORONTO THIS IS A GOOD TEAM”where is this good team? Toronto is still waiting.

    Cmon Savard prove that BS does not baffle brains.

    NorthTOHab

  2. Ted Blurn says:

    The St. Kilda Saints don’t play rugby. It’s Australian Rules Football.

  3. The Cat says:

    If Pierre McGuire did say Komisarek made Markov look good, thats is too much of an error in judgment to be GM…When Komisarek got pummeled by Lucic, I said to trade Komisarek cause he would never be the same again…

    The Cat for GM 2012!

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

  4. Un Canadien errant says:

    Am I the only one whose interest in hockey has quickly perished after the first round? I tried gamely to get myself in the game, I figured I’d root against the Bruins, first and foremost. I’d root for the Penguins, was anxious to see Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Kris Letang fly up and down the ice, plus Marc-André Fleury is always spectacular. The Canucks hold some local interest, and when they get rolling and start to score, it gets fun.

    Now here we are. The Bruins are slain, and that’s good, those worthless, lucky bastards had to come up snake eyes at some point. The Pens and ‘Nucks who I tried to engineer an interest in are dead and buried before I even get on the bandwagon.

    I can barely remember who’s in what series now, it’s a conscious effort to grasp it. Who’re the Rangers playing? Nashville has to lose, so as to protect our 2nd round draft choice, but who do I have to root for then?

    We’re having to watch playoffs involving only three of the top ten regular season scorers, six of the top twenty. No Sedin twins, no Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, no Jason Spezza, no Joe Thornton. Dale Hunter is benching Alex Ovechkin, Alexei Semin and Nicklas Backstrom in favor of Jay Beagle and Troy Brouwer. Games limp to a 2-2 regulation tie, and we’re told we’re witnessing a great game, not a succession of dump-ins and slashes, and acceptable-in-the-playoffs hooking.

    I remember when hockey was fun. I’d get my dose of bloodshed as the Canadiens slugged its way out of the Adams Division, and then the late game would come on, showing Edmonton trying to outskate Calgary or Winnipeg. Those games finished 8-6, were just as intense and hard-fought as the Eastern Conference games, but featured things like passing and strategy and goals sniped from the slot, instead of being bashed in by three or four guys kneeling in the opponents’ crease.

    I miss it.

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    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …I have long asked, how can I be a Habs’ Fan and not be a hockey fan ?
      …I have yet to come to any sensible explanation to give Myself
      …I have not bothered to watch more than a TSN highlight or 2, and 5 minutes of a period of one of the Penguins/Phlyers games
      …sad ? …isn’t it ?
      …Habs or Team Canada …otherwise I’m a Saint Kilda Saints’ Australian Rules Rugby Fan …and, there ain’t too many of THEM on the tube

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    • The Cat says:

      Fleury spectacular? Maybe if by spectacular you mean: entertainingly unpredictable.

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

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        That’s exactly what I meant Cat. He’s got an exciting style, doesn’t make the saves look easy like Carey, and when he melts down, that’s awesome too. In no way however was I expecting him to be this consistently bad throughout the series.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kANbgKP6seM

        How about this save? He doesn’t look like a goalie so much as a Secret Service agent diving in front of the President to take a bullet.

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    • boing007 says:

      Parity: Crash and Bang Hockey. Less finesse. Throw it at the net and hope it goes off someone and in.

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  5. ZepFan2 says:

    @Matty

    “Once again, only Anglos want PM as GM.”

    I’m an Anglo, and I don’t want McGuire to be the GM of the Habs.

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    Bring it on Home

    • Stormin says:

      EN FRENCAIS DAMN ANGLO,
      in english damn anglo

      • boing007 says:

        If you look back at Medieval History, the French and the English were equally hostile and nasty to each other. They ransacked each others land, intermarried and you name it. Get over it, we have bigger fish to fry in the 21st Century than your ancient squabbles.

        Richard R
        Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

      • ZepFan2 says:

        Yeah it’s, En FRANCAIS maudit tete carre

        Je suis pas une Anglo qui l’aime Pierre McGuire
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        • Stormin says:

          Zep please when you write in french make it 50% larger than any English print. Hope you know just f…….. with you dude, but who knows maybe that is the law inside hear as well lol

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      That’s beside the point that Matty is making. If he’d said “All Anglos want only Pierre McGuire as the next GM”, then your statement would be a rebuttal.

      He’s stating that of the subset of fans who are deranged and think Pierre McGuire is the best-qualified candidate out there for the job, none are francophones, because they are not exposed to him and cannot conceive an opinion. Your point that you are an Anglo yet don’t support this notion doesn’t refute his statement.

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    • boing007 says:

      Ditto.

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  6. commandant says:

    So now we get to see if Halak has some magic left…

    Either way, I predict a riot at H I/O

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  7. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Sutter/Team Canada replacing Subby with 17 year old Ryan Murray …quite an endorsement pre-draft for Murray

    …Edmonton = Murray ? …Columbus = Yakupov ?

    …that would leave quite a cornucopia for Timmins and the new GM to choose from …Galchenyuk, Grigorenko, Forsberg, Dumba, or other Dark Horse

    …possibly Columbus may even rationalize picking an ‘American Russian’ is a better bet than a ‘Russian Russian’ :) …especially for a team like Columbus whom can use a potential mini-Malkin clone to build around at centre

    …which may leave Yakupov at 3 …that would be an interesting situation …do We need an aircraft carrier for a first-line centre more than a ‘Russian Rocket’ goal-scorer ?

    …Geoff’s & Serge’s candidate evaluation for GM must include an essential genealogy confirmation the new GM’s family seed extends back to a relationship to King Solomon :) …(NB: as long as his name is NOT Irving Grundman !)

    …pleeeeeeeeeze Geoff, …make sure Our new GM is smart enough not to screw this up

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    • Malreg says:

      Murray will most likely only play in exhibition games. PK could be back in time for the opener on Thursday. Either way, they still have 6 defensemen not counting PK and Murray (Keith, Schenn, Phaneuf, Methot, Bouwmeester, Vlasic).

      Yakupov will go first overall, guaranteed. If Edmonton wants to take a defenseman, they can trade down and do it.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …just the fact Murray is in the WHC equation speaks volumes …Edmonton will be very tempted, especially if Murray shows well
        …Sutter is likely the Oiler’s new coach post World Championship
        …Oilers’ need is D
        …I would not discount the possibility they may take Murray

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    • boing007 says:

      A Pavel Bure clone would be nice.

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  8. H.Upmann says:

    Alright can’t wait for McGuire to be hired! Might as well hire Ronald McDonald to coach while we’re at it…

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …PK Subban’s ‘lower body’ injury, apparently, is to His knee :( …PK’s ‘game’ is His skating ability …let Us pray !

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  10. H.Upmann says:

    Read that piece on McGuire in Hartford…. Man, do we really want that as GM? I mean, it’d be different if he was arrogant but was a proven winner… Guy can say anything he wants between those two benches cause it’s just filler.

  11. Mattyleg says:

    The saddest thing about all of this PM talk is that some people will use it as specious reasoning that he’s worth considering; i.e. the fact that we’re talking about him validates his consideration as GM.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Good point. If he didn’t matter or wasn’t a valid candidate, the haters wouldn’t be so worried LOL
      I actually don’t think he’ll get it, but I think all the remaining candidates are pretty decent.

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

      • Stormin says:

        If the interviews and follow up interviews have exhausted their goals.

        I actually am starting to think McGuire will get the GM post, if they were going to hire Brisebois or Bergevin i think it would be done by now or in the very short future.

        If they hire Mcguire it will be after the 2nd round of the playoffs time for him to negotiate out of his remaining duties with NBC.

        PS Jim Nill and Dale Tallon were in my opinion the best candidates for the job.

    • Habsolutely says:

      I’m done with it. I shouldn’t have let myself get drawn into this nonsense anyway. I still say the job will go to Julien Brisebois, but who knows.

      • Habsrule1 says:

        As much as we disagree, and I am generally not too fond of you’re writing style, I actually agree. My head tells me that Brisebois will get the job, mainly due to his link with the Habs organization.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  12. commandant says:

    The scariest thing about the Pierre McGuire article in the courant is how many of the criticisms remain today.

    - arrogance in believing he’s the smartest guy around and always telling people that.
    - Narcissistic, always sure to make sure the owner knew that he was the reason for the win and he outcoached the other team’s guy (
    - book smart and knowledgable but total lack of people skills
    - used his connections with the owner, and being his friend to get a position he wasn’t qualified for, or very good at
    - not respected by other teams’ coaches, players or GMs.
    - control freak who wanted more and more power in the organization.

    Yes it was 15 years ago… but when the criticisms of him todayh are of the same character traits that people brought forward as reasons for his epic failure in Hartford. Its scary.

    Do people honestly believe he doesn’t exhibit these same traits today?

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    • Habsrule1 says:

      Look, very important hockey people seem to think he’d do a decent job as an NHL GM. Why is anything else being mentioned at this point? Much of what you listed as bad can also be seen as very good in some circumstances.
      The bottom line really is that he has been given interviews for jobs that only 5-10 people in the world get consideration for. Perhaps all of these hockey people are wrong…or perhaps they are not.

      Go Habs Go!!

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      • commandant says:

        Well except of course for the fact that after interviewing him none of these very important hockey people have felt comfortable handing him the keys to their organization.

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        • Habsrule1 says:

          Fair enough. He has not yet been the # 1 choice of any team. That said, it’s still pretty good that he’s been considered on multiple occassions. Sometimes the final choice comes down to a personal preference or something. Even I have been turned down for a job or 2 that I know I could have done.

          Go Habs Go!!

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  13. L Elle says:

    Rough night on HIO.

    It’s so hard to pick a GM when you don’t know who all the candidates are. There are probably a dozen people who are qualified, who we’ve never even heard of.

    Then there is the interview, of which none of us will be flies on the wall.

    I hope and pray Geoff Molson chooses the very best person to lead our team back to where they belong, and soon!

    • citizenSanto says:

      Plenty of irritated, easily agitated and irate defenders and detractors.
      All exhibiting symptoms of Pierre McGuire Syndrome…
      otherwise known as PMS.

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  14. Stormin says:

    At Habsotutely

    Let the process work do really believe Geoff Molson would hire Mcguire because they did some volunteerism coaching of minor hockey against each other and became friends or acquainted.

    Here below are a few quotes attributed to Mcguire, not a resume just a few interesting quotes he has made over past Hab descisons, I am not going to go into his Hockey background as he has ample References from Ray Shero to Scotty Bowman, to Ken Holland who will speak for him and his knowledge and expeertise, he actually is used as a sounding board by GM’s throughout the league on player evaluations. so I guess they are all wrong.

    Pierre Mcguire could have been A head scout at any time over the past twenty years, He has chosen to be paid at a much higher level as A TV analyst. He also was a front runner for many GM positions, with some teams openly expressing regret over the years at going in other directions.

    Again i am not supporting Mcguire’s candidacy above any other but what has Julien Brisebois or Marc Bergevin done that puts them head or shoulders above Pierre Mcguire. Let the process work do really believe Geoff Molson would hire McGuire because they did some volunteerism coaching of minor hockey against each other and became friends or acquainted.

    adek Bonk – This move has Pierre Gauthier written all over it. He’s not that good.

    Cristobal Huet – I remain highly skeptical. He’s never been this good at any level. I don’t think he can sustain this high level of play.

    Sergei Samsanov – Did they not watch the Stanley Cup final? He’s a parameter player.

    Guillaume Latendresse – Big mistake if he starts in the NHL as an 18 year old. He needs to develop properly. Don’t rush him.

    Janne Niinimma – Love the guy. Real good player. Great teammate. But I don’t know how much he has left. His best days are way behind him.

    Sheldon Souray – One trick pony. There isn’t much interest around the league. I don’t know who’s going to sign him. Don’t know how effective he can be in post lockout era.

    Alexei Emelin – They’ve got to get him over here. He can play in the NHL.

    Kyle Chipchura – I worry about his skating, especially after his knee injury. Might be able to hang on as a 4th line player.

    Alex Tanguay – A 1st round pick? Terrible trade.

    Robert Lang – Can still play but don’t know how much he has left. A lot of miles in that body.

    Roman Hamrlik – A good player but I don’t know about that 4th year. He’ll help but the term is one year too long.

    Georges Laraque – You wanted him, you’ve got him. Why didn’t Pittsburgh want him back?

    Chris Higgins – He’s got to stop talking about being a 30 goal scorer. He’s not.

    Mike Cammalleri – I don’t know how many other teams would have given him a 5th year.

    Brian Gionta – A true gamer. Real solid player and teammate. But again, that 5th year might be a killer. Montreal seems to have to add an extra year to get players to sign.

    Jaroslav Spacek – Good player but not much left in the tank. Was a healthy scratch for Buffalo last year. I’d rather have Francois Beauchemin.

    Scott Gomez – See Above

    Travis Moen – Very useful player if you give him a defined role.

    Hal Gill – Very effective defensively. Better than people think, especially on the penalty kill.

    Benoit Pouliot – First player I would have traded if I had gotten the job in Minnesota.

    Dominic Moore – Why did they give up a second round pick when they could have had this player as a free agent?

    Marc Andre Bergeron – Good pick up as a fill in for Markov on power play. Serious issues in his own end.

    PK Subban – Will be a star player. Maybe more. But manage expectations.

    Jeff Halpern – Real smart player. Valuable role guy. But not the same on his skates since ripping up his knee.

    Lars Eller – If he ends up playing on the top two lines then the trade is a good one. But I believe they could have and should have gotten more. Coming off the season and playoffs he had you had to drive up the price for Halak. They didn’t do that.

    Erik Cole – Very good signing. I worry about that 4th year but he’s what they need.

    Chris Campoli – A depth defenseman at this stage. People think he’s a really good skater but he’s knock kneed. Prone to mistakes.

    Rene Bourque – I like the trade but it really depends on what they do with the money saved on the Cammalleri contract and what they do with that second round pick.

    2011-2012 Montreal Canadiens – If they don’t finish in the top 5 on the power play they won’t make the playoffs.

    • Habsolutely says:

      So basically the best you can come up with is to copy and paste some stuff that McGuires friend Mitch Melnyk wrote about him? and you call that credible research? WEAK!!!!!!!
      So let’s see, according to the McGuire for hire peeps, his credentials for being the next habs GM are:

      A) he’s friends with Scotty Bowman
      B) he’s friends with Geoff Molson
      C) he’s friends with Mitch Melnyk
      D) he’s friends with Boone

      and it’s also very important, according to them, that we ignore the fact that the last time he actually was in a management or coaching position he failed miserably.

      • Stormin says:

        First of all i have never said he should or should not be GM of the Canadiens. He should be considered as a strong candidate, what has Julien Brisebois or Marc Bergevin done to separate themselves from all other candidates.

        I said he has references from Ken Holland to Ray Shero to Scotty Bowman who have a certain respect in the Hockey world. They Have all signed on as references to his candidacy for the supposed crown jewel of GM jobs

        • Habsolutely says:

          Yup, and they all currently work for other National Hockey League teams. So you’re saying three guys who work for other teams want us to hire a guy who hasn’t had an NHL job in 20 years. Well then, that settles it. Hey, I gotta good idea, let’s call Ray Shero and ask him who we should draft with our 3rd pick overall.

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …actually, being a ‘friend’ of Geoff Molson, like it or not, is significant :(
        …sure am hoping Geoff plays poker with Patrick on Friday nights :)

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    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …under different circumstances I wouldn’t jump off a cliff if McGuire was given a shot as GM …I think he would do as well, or better, as his predecessor(s) over the past 20 + years of mediocre GMs

      …just not in COMBO with Roy, whom I want as Coach

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      What I WANT ! is an aircraft carrier at centre and nuclear destroyers on each wing going to the net like bats out of Hell !, …NO MORE rubber duckies !!!
      _________________________________________________________
      Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
      http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

    • Clay says:

      McGuire also said that:
      - “Colten Teubert is this year’s human eraser”.

      - “You stay in contact with the (former Rangers GM) Neil Smiths, … because those guys could resurface. If someone decides to put a team in Honolulu, you want to be able to say ‘Neil, remember me. I’m the perfect guy to get your pineapple drinks”

      My point? For every thing he said that makes sense (parroting others, likely), there are just some absurd statements.

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  15. Habitant in Surrey says:

    http://download.cnet.com/RamDisk/3000-2094_4-75631124.html

    …no jokes allowed, but I use the lame Windows Vista OS …most of the time it does the job, but too often gets frozen or slows down inexplicably …especially irritating when streaming My Habs’ games, or multi-tasking programmes

    …I have the grey hair to prove it :)

    …I’m just putting this link up for a program called RamDisk for those of You with a ploddin’ ‘puter

    …it’s an easy program to install, and provides a faster alternative to handle RAM memory …at least it has for Me and My system (amazing the difference of speed on My browser and instant start-up of streaming, which previously was agonizingly slow)

    …so, if Your system has ‘limp duck’ syndrome, here is a Viagra solution

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    _________________________________________________________
    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
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    • boing007 says:

      Windoze is the McDonald’s of the PC world. Second rate. You would be better off to return to XP. You’ll have more control over your PC, rather than Bill G. I’ll give RamDisk a whirl.

      Richard R
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    • boing007 says:

      There are many tips and tricks on the web that might help make your computer faster. Just type Windows Vista tips and tricks.

      Richard R
      Price is an oyster. Unfortunately not all oysters produce pearls.

  16. Habsrule1 says:

    Here’s a link. Don’t dismiss it because it was written by a friend. Read and learn with an open mind.
    I did not know Pierre was only 32 when head coach AND Assistant GM in Hartford.

    http://melnickblog.blogspot.ca/2012/02/bring-pierre-home.html

    Go Habs Go!!

    “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • ProHabs says:

      If McGuire becomes GM, he has promised Mitch Melnick an Assistant GM position. Of course Melnick is going to lobby for him.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Once again, only Anglos want PM as GM.
      And Francophones who watch TSN to improve their English.
      It’s all about his media exposure.
      If he was interested in being GM, why hasn’t he tried to be GM somewhere else over the past 20 years?
      And if Scotty Bowman is such a fan, why didn’t he hire him?

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Stormin says:

        What does Language have to do with any of the 3 front runners they are all bilingual

      • Habsrule1 says:

        I’m perfectly bilingual…not sure where I fit in there.
        Read the link if you think he hasn’t tried to get GM jobs. You’ll learn that he did try and why he did not get one. Both show some positives & negatives in that respect.
        It’s a good read.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

        • Mattyleg says:

          Firstly, my point is that Anglos want him hired because they see him on the TV all the time and therefore think he’d be a good choice. (mostly because of his shameless self-promotion)
          Francophones who don’t see that week in and week out don’t consider him a valid consideration.
          RDS did a ‘Top 10 GM Prospects’ and McGuire wasn’t on it.
          I’m with the Francophones on this one. The only reason he’s getitng so much media coverage as a prospect is because he is the media.

          And I’m sorry mate, but I’m not interested in reading Melnik talk about his bestie. It’s hardly going to be an objective article.
          I started reading it, and could see the way it was going.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

          • Habsrule1 says:

            There are a lot of facts in the article, but I’m sure you have no use for those.
            I don’t agree at all with the Anglo thing. I’ve heard him speak. He seems to have a good plan and knows players very well, in the NHL and otherwise, which generally means there are good chances for good trades. He has also been very adamamnt that he would surround himself with the right people, meaning he would not have the know-it-aqll attitude that he can make all the decisions by himself.
            All I want is the best GM possible. If it’s not PM, so be it.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      tinyurl.com. Use this to disguise links to Mitch Melnick blogs and more people will click on them.

      “I’m not opposed to trading Plekanec and/or Markov”
      - Sean Bonjovi

  17. boing007 says:

    Post!
    by Mike Boone 9:09 PM

    I think that the Post Brothers should be etched on the Stanley Cup.
    How many thousands of saves have they made that have gone unnoticed all these years?

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  18. Propwash says:

    Goalies have bad nights, tonight was Elliot’s.

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    • smiler2729 says:

      Dave Reece-like performance… I wonder if he’s hungover too?

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  19. HabinBurlington says:

    wow, 5-1 L.A. wasn’t this supposed to be lowscoring series?

  20. HabinBurlington says:

    David Backes 4-1

  21. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Dale Hunter, former NHL ‘head-case’, successful owner/GM/coach of junior team, with zero NHL coaching experience, …hired on spec to replace long-tenured but underachieving NHL coach …turns around, so far, an under-performing team and it’s ‘superstars’ to make Playoffs second-round

    …does THAT scenario sound familiar ?

    …if I was Washington’s GM, I give little concern whether Ovechkin, Semen :) or Backstrom’s delicate egos are bruised …I care whether my team WINS

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  22. HabinBurlington says:

    Haha, loved how they asked Glenn Healey if that was a mistake by backup goalie, who better to know a backup goalies role!

    • smiler2729 says:

      Healy lol… that’s all I can muster at the mention of SuperBackupGoalieMan.

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  23. Stormin says:

    How unintelligent reading all the past posts from earlier today, lambasting Pierre McGuire, do you really believe all his knowledge is just names and dates and birth locations, come on people really do some proper research on all candidates before picking a candidate due to the sound of his name or where he his born, or if he played for the Habs.

    From what I have been reading another good thing to come out of hiring Pierre McGuire would be thinning out true Hab supporters and HIO posters who say they will not be Habs fans no longer if McGuire is hired.

    There is an interesting balance between the 3 remaining front runners McGuire, Brisebois, and Bergevin, I believe the interview process will produce the best candidate, Yes McGuire is annoying but it is an on air persona, the same could be said of anyone who we happened to hear everyday on the radio or tv.

    Anyone who says any of these candidates is unqualified is ridiculous.

    I think I will put my faith in the interview process, concluding Serge Savard and Geoff Molson will find the man with the right vision, pro player procurement abilities, amateur and pro player evaluation, cap room management skills, along with professional level contacts throughout the League, North America and Europe to name a few skills required. I think the interviews, initial and follow ups will weed out any candidates not up to the tasks at hand.

    That said I am no Pierre McGuire, or Julien Brisebois or Marc Bergevin etc… supporter. I support the Canadiens and have to believe Mr. Molson & Savard know how to conduct interviews to find the right man. I have my doubts about every candidate. I am sure questions are built around finding the proper candidate with vision and an actual plan for the Canadiens moving forward. Chemistry, references and experience during this interview process will also come into play.

    I will choose to let the hiring process and interviews and references take heed, and place my trust in our ownership group to pick the right man , whomever they choose we should have support for his plan.

    • smiler2729 says:

      Wow, the ‘War & Peace’ of posts tonight.

      I totally agree with ya.

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      • Stormin says:

        Awesome job on the research wow you proved my point, Ridiculous man

        • Habsrule1 says:

          Don’t mind him Stormin. I think one of his links shows him blowing up at his sister when they were 7 and 5, respectively. Obviously, he’s too much of a hothead to be a good GM.

          Go Habs Go!!

          “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

        • Habsolutely says:

          He failed miserabably at the job 20 years ago. What exactly are his qualifications to be the GM of the Montreal Canadiens? I mean besides being friends with the owner? I provided supporting documents, what do you have to support your stance on the matter? You’re the ridiculous one.

      • smiler2729 says:

        C’mon man, that’s been posted here as an anti-McGuire tool but that was almost 20 years ago!

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        • HabinBurlington says:

          In fairness Smiler, what exactly besides 2 years as a scout for Pittsburgh has he done since then, which would change his credentials for being the GM. Asking for real tangible answers, not allusions to his “connections” or his vast knowledge. Vin Scully has more baseball knowledge and connections than many Managers, but you don’t hear anyone saying Vin Scully should have been a manager.

          • smiler2729 says:

            Vin Scully should have been a manager!

            There, I said it.

            I’m no McGuire lover but I’m not going to discount him cuz of his crappy stint as a 34 year old head coach in Hartford 18 years ago.

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          • HabinBurlington says:

            haha, okay, touche on Vin! Disagree on Pierre, but I won’t get all pissy about it.

          • Habsolutely says:

            You’re not getting pissy because the McGuire fanboys aren’t ganging up and attacking you.

        • Habsolutely says:

          Ya, and 20 years ago is the last time the guy had a job with an NHL team!!!! Which is my reasoning for not wanting him as my teams GM. I want a guy that is either a current GM, assistant GM, or head scout. Not some guy who FAILED at the job 20 years ago. Whats so difficult about that?

        • otter649 says:

          And its been almost 20 years since PM had a NHL management job
          other than a scouting job in Ottawa. Habs need a GM with current NHL front office experience……

    • Habsrule1 says:

      Excellent post Stormin. Thanks for putting my thoughts into words.

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

      • Stormin says:

        Thanks enough is enough, Pierre McGuire candidacy is fully legitimate .

        • ZepFan2 says:

          It may be legit, doesn’t mean we have to like it.

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          • Habsolutely says:

            it’s not legit. He failed miserably when he had a management position, and he hasn’t been able to get another one for nigh on 20 years. I’m still waiting for one of the fanboys to provide some sort of credible reason why this guy should get the crown jewel of GM positions, something other than the fact that he is friends with Geoff Molson and Scotty Bowman.

    • ProHabs says:

      After reading your post, I started to wonder what questions were asked to Rejean Houle during his interview to make Corey think he had found a proper candidate with the right vision and actual plan

    • Clay says:

      I haven’t really weighed in on the Pierre topic yet, but I have to say there is one one thing that makes me skeptical he’s ready to do the job – Pierre McGuire compared leafs defence of Dion Phaneuf, Mike Komisarek, and (forgot the third) to the big 3 in Montreal, and said that Komisarek made Markov look good, and that the Habs would regret letting him go.

      This, to me, is a colossal error in judgement – one that I don’t ever want to see a Habs GM make. And then I read the article that ‘Habsolutely’ posted below, and it makes me wonder even more.

      However, I don’t ‘hate’ Pierre, and if he is hired I will have to assume that those who are responsible for the hiring process knew what they were doing. At least until proven otherwise.

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      • ZepFan2 says:

        Schenn.

        And that makes me wonder as well.

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      • Habsrule1 says:

        Can I get some links to these quotes? I personally heard him say on MANY occassions that Markov made Komisarek look good.

        Go Habs Go!!

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        • Clay says:

          Google is your friend. Not wanting to argue here, but I heard him say both of these things – and I’m sure a host of other posters here heard the same thing.

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    • Propwash says:

      The thing is, McGuire talks a big game, and that’s about it.

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  24. C-Sword says:

    Kopitar’s SH goal tonight, must watch

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJp-OQ5fycM

  25. HardHabits says:

    4-0 Kings over the Blues. Looks like Elliot is showing his true colours. Cue the Halak as saviour comments

  26. Toe Blake says:

    Kings just ain’t the same without Barry Melrose behind the bench. Sutter would never sport a mullet!

  27. habstrinifan says:

    Hunter is treating Ovechkin like that player from the 70-80′s European. Always moved at trade deadline time. Would be put on the ice for goal..then hauled off. I am trying but cant recall the name…. Think he started in Edmonton.

  28. Mavid says:

    I am by no means an expert..but I have listened to McGuire on many occasions and it seems to me that all he does is state the obvious and then try to cover it up by using crazy sayings, and talking in that high pitched voice at a hundred miles an hour..for me its like nails on a chalkboard..when he was on TSN I had to mute or switch to RDS..and he pretty much ruined any World Juniors for me..he knows his stuff I guess if you really need to know that some players mother is from the same home town as his sister..or what high school someone went to..I don’t find he offers anything insightful or forward thinking..he repeats what everyone else is already saying..do we really want a GM that says things like “he is sucking dirty pond water” “big body pressence” “active stick” or “faceoff poise” what a goof…please please I am begging do not let him anywhere near our team….

    • Habsolutely says:

      This article pretty much sums up McGuires results in his first foray as a GM and as a coach.

      http://articles.courant.com/1994-05-21/sports/9405210429_1_pierre-mcguire-whalers-general-manager-paul-holmgren

      • otter649 says:

        If McGuire is such a good hockey person how come Bowman-Burke-Holmgren never re-hired him. It took Gauthier to give PM his last NHL job as a scout in Ottawa but also Gauthier fired him which McGuire has never forgiven him for & Took alot of shots at Gauthier on TSN990 also by the radio hosts who set up the questions for PM to answer and put Gauthier/Gainey/Hab Coaches in a bad light……..

        • Habsrule1 says:

          Unfortunately, we don’t know what McGuire was offered and by who through the years. I did hear that he turned down a pretty good role, I believe with Boston (could be wrong), which he turned down for personal reasons.
          I doubt McGuire was the only hockey analyst that took shot at or thought Gauthier made some questionable moves.
          Again, I have no idea if Pierre is qualified to be a GM. I can only assume he has at least some qualifications as he was given multiple interviews from the Wild, and if rumours are correct, from Montreal as well.
          I’ll support whoever the Habs hire until I think he’s doing a crappy job.

          Go Habs Go!!

          “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

          • Habsolutely says:

            So you’re theory is that he’s been offered GM jobs, but he just turns them down. Until now of course? Weak. So epically weak.

          • otter649 says:

            McGuire was supposeably offered an assistant GM with Pittsburg but turned it down & Chuck Fletcher took it who went on to beat out PM for The Wild GM position maybe if PM had current front office experience at the time of the interview he might have gotten The Wild job as well as The Tampa job. The experience McGuire talks about on TV & radio is close to 20 years old and not very current……

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Well, we know he was interviewed for 3 GM jobs now. The guy that got the job in Minnesota is the same guy that took the job that McGuire turned down in Boston, if I understood the story right (and no, it was not a GM job that he turned down).
            What I’m saying is he may have turned down jobs in hockey operations departments of different teams that he did turn down. The point is we don’t know. We do know he came extremely close to getting the job in Mkinnesota and got at least 1 interview in Calgary, and now seemingly a couple in Montreal. To me, all that tells me he is a good candidate. The fat that he didn’t get those jobs still puts him in very good company having been considered for a very high profile NHL position. I just don’t get why you and others can’t just respect that. I don’t know the man, but he seems pretty knowledgeable and he seems like a nice guy. Is he the best candidate? So far, he has not been for those 2 teams. Maybe he is for the Habs.
            Maybe not.

            Go Habs Go!!

            “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

  29. Habsrule1 says:

    Hey Boone,
    This may not be the time for it, but I never did read your take on the GM position. I know you’re busy but either here or on some other thread, I’d love to read what you think and if you have an opinion on McGuire. All I know is the 15 minutes I hear him on TSN990, so I’m not an authority on him by any means.

    Go Habs Go!!

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  30. Clay says:

    I’m not certain that ‘FU Hunter” is the correct approach to take here Boone. The Caps are a team with no playoff success in the past when Ovie was given carte blanche to play as he pleased. It seems to me this new approach by Hunter may in the long run be the best thing for the team. And maybe in the long run will also make Overchkin a better, more responsible player.

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  31. commandant says:

    Benching OV was a great idea!

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  32. C-Sword says:

    I’ve watched pretty much all the playoff games this year, I strongly believe that the Kings will win the cup.

  33. habstrinifan says:

    OVIE!OVIE!

  34. Kimberly2u says:

    Go caps

  35. HabinBurlington says:

    hmmm wonder if Hunter notices that Ovechkin has offensive skill.

  36. simoa says:

    McDonagh is a beast out there

  37. habstrinifan says:

    The Jack Adams curse strikes Hitchcock.

  38. C-Sword says:

    4-0 Kings, 2nd goal by my fav player Kopitar

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      My favourite non-Hab too. The Blues must really suck today (I´m still watching the other game). I mean, even Carter scored? One of LA´s least impressive forwards so far. He would hear it from everywhere if he were European…

  39. HabinBurlington says:

    Kopitar 4-0 LA

  40. habstrinifan says:

    Now see what Hunter does with his top 2 guys.

  41. HabinBurlington says:

    Jeff Carter 3-0

  42. commandant says:

    2-2.

    Another OT game in the playoffs would be shocking, given what we’ve seen this year.

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  43. C-Sword says:

    What a goal by Kopitar!

  44. smiler2729 says:

    Wish that guy’s name was Otto Del Zotto, that’d be cool… like Zarley Zalapski.

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  45. smiler2729 says:

    Hey Boone, as a milf connoisseur, I think it was Susan Lucci… or maybe it’s Marcy ‘Boom-Boom’ McLean today.

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  46. ProHabs says:

    Hey Habsrule1,
    I don’t get to listen to McGuire during the day but what are some of the things that he said he would like to do with the team. If it includes the team getting bigger (especially on defence) and being harder to play against, then maybe he is the right guy for the job.

    • smiler2729 says:

      Yeah but we all say here that ad-nauseum

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    • punkster says:

      Wait…I said that too. That means I’m qualified?

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • ProHabs says:

        The job is open punkster so anyone is really a candidate right now. I mean Ron Hextall has a chance for goodness sakes (and people are worried about Roy being a loose cannon, imagine this guy). Send your CV to Savard and see what happens.

        • punkster says:

          Problem is I have a laid back attitude, a calm demeanour, and I’m reasonably sane.

          Reasonably.

          ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • ProHabs says:

            Ya, but how well do you shout “He’s a monster”. Forget about it, you sound like you are over qualified for the job.

          • HardHabits says:

            Stop trying to say that I am the perfect candidate.

          • Habsrule1 says:

            Not you too punkster….not you too….?
            There are a few qualified candidates. I’ll be happy with their decision, unless or until they make multiple moves that I consider bad ;-)

            Go Habs Go!!

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    • Habsrule1 says:

      That is pretty much it in a nutshell….and I know he’s not the only guy to say that, but I always found his vision of the team to match what I was hoping for….a combination of skill with some toughness. He is not big into fighting, but he likes some size, grit, and team toughness. He also preaches better pro scouting to evaluate potential trade bait as well as more focus on local scouting.
      Again, I would need to ask him some questions before I’d hire him myself, but he seems to have a plan. I’ve also heard him talk about different people he would surround himself with, some I was familiar with, and some, not so much, so he also does not intend to go in, make all the calls and act like he knows everything. He will bring in a good support team to assist him where he may not be experienced.

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Malreg says:

      He loves to talk about “Player Procurement Policy” and his “7 player profile”.

      His “7 player profile” for building a contender around is something like 2 powerforwards, 2 strong centermen, a specialist(a player who specializes on either PP, PK, faceoffs, etc) and a top goaltender, and a top defenseman.

  47. smiler2729 says:

    Marcy “Boom-Boom” McLean, o ya!

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  48. Stormin says:

    Hamrlik was brought in to help Semin develop

    • smiler2729 says:

      Good one!
      Just when it seemed we were out of Semin… quips.

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  49. HardHabits says:

    The 8 Ball just said an L.A.-Philly final.

  50. Mavid says:

    157 days till the regular season starts

  51. Habsrule1 says:

    Habsolutely…..
    Just read some of your replies to me for the first time. They’re hilarious. I love how you twist things to make it sound like I’m insulting you. All I’m saying is if the Habs are still considering McGuire a good candidate, maybe he is. I listen to McGuire for 15 minutes on Melnick every day, and he seems like he knows his stuff, but I have no idea if he’d make a good GM or not. All I can do is hope the Habs make the right decision. My first choice would be someone with more experience in hockey operations, but if they pick McGuire, I’ll be very curious to see if he will be able to do the things I have hear him say he’d like to do with the team, because they are the things that I would like to see done.
    No reason to get personal. I just think that the people making this decision are better qualified than any of us is all.

    Go Habs Go!!

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    • Habsolutely says:

      I like how you try to backtrack. I posted the following comment, not in reply to anybodys post, just my opinion:

      “Habsolutely says:
      April 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm
      If Molson is seriously considering MaGuire, then this team is in big trouble.”

      In reply to my post, you posted this smarmy little back-handed insult at me:

      “Habsrule1 says:
      April 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm Or maybe they know more about smart hockey people than you?

      Nah, that can’t be right.”

      And thats what started the whole thing, you not being man enough to accept that some people have a differing opinion than you. So do me a favor, crawl back down whatever hole you came out of and GFY.

      Oh, and P.S., that was the ONLY time I replied to you so I really don’t understand why you say:

      “Just read some of your replies to me for the first time. They’re hilarious.”

      You’re a delusional POS.

      • Habsrule1 says:

        So maybe they do. They also know more than me and everyone else on this site. Are you so insecure that you can’t admit that?
        Just you comparing what I said to the extent of your insults is laughable.
        And by some replies I meant I read stuff saying something about a McGuire fanboy insulting you. I assume you meant me (I’m not a fanboy). If I was incorrect, my apologies.
        Enjoy your evening.

        Go Habs Go!!

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  52. boing007 says:

    Boone: Healy offers to get Semin a pillow.

    Make sure they put lots of rocks in it.

    Richard R
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  53. HabinBurlington says:

    Mr. Boone, I think you mean Washington’s top 6!

  54. ZepFan2 says:

    Healy should offer Semin a tissue first. Or a sock.

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    • smiler2729 says:

      Give him a condom so we don’t have to see him

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  55. Toe Blake says:

    Boy, what Bettman would give for a Rangers/Kings Final!

  56. smiler2729 says:

    Amazing how much better the Caps’ chances are now that they have a decent goalie.

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  57. HabinBurlington says:

    Holy Cow 1-0 LA first minute of game.

  58. HabinBurlington says:

    ovechkin with a long shift.


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