Liveblog: Kings win 4-0, dust off the brooms

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The only question is whether New Jersey can avoid a sweep.
The Devils had a chance, notably on an early 5-on-3 powerr play.
But they didn’t capitalize – NJ is 0-for the series with the man advantage – and a controversial goal by Alec Martinez sent the Kings on their way.
Anze Kopitar scored a highlight reel goal.
As if to rub it in on the punchless Devils, Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored on L.A. power plays.
How’s this for a Cup-winning stat: 17 Kings have scored in the playoffs.
Nine different players have game-winners.
Not bad for an eighth seed, eh?

Jonathan Quick made 22 saves for his third shutout of the playoffs.

The Kings had 55 hits, led by Dustin Brown’s eight.

The Kings have led 3-0 in ALL FOUR of their playoff series.

And they haven’t played pushovers: Vancouver, St. Louis, Phoenix and now New Jersey.

This is so over.

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  3. Un Canadien errant says:

    Okay, so this is the part in the movie where the second-banana hero, the guy in the movie who’s best buds with the hero, and may even be funnier, but isn’t quite as handsome or tough or brave, think Goose in ‘Top Gun’ and you’re on the right track, anyway that guy at this point would yell at the hero and the damsel in distress: “Go! Save yourselves!” while the airlock creeped shut or the water rose in the engine room or he held the grenade in the cave/mine tunnel that was going to keep the ninjas/dinosaurs/Slavic bad guys from catching up while he nobly sacrificed himself.

    We’re at this juncture in our own escapade, the one that’s lasted since Réjean Houle crowed about how insistent he was that he receive Jocelyn Thibault instead of Stéphane Fiset in return for Patrick Roy. And team captain Mike Keane. We’ve seen this in the movies before, Bruce Willis is about to win, except that he realizes that his daughter has been kidnapped and is being held hostage, or the bomb countdown was a sham, there’s a second bomb under a secret compartment in the futuristic foot locker the bomb disposal experts were crowding around, or he just pulled the trigger to kill the bad guy, but his revolver was out of bullets, because he can’t count to friggin’ six, and the bad guy escapes by jumping off the skyscraper’s roof and gets away. And he still has the annoying rebellious teenage daughter in his clutches.

    So just as we thought there was light at the end of the tunnel we now realize that it was actually the cliché’d headlight of the oncoming train. We’re not about to kiss the girl quite yet. There will be some more bumps and bruises along the way. We’re likely to take a slug in the thigh or shoulder, nothing too bleedy, but it will make our final triumph even more worthy, against even more insurmountabler odds.

    So it will be Michel Thérrien. Probably. Darren Dreger was a tool for his feeble attempt to play up to the Maple Leafs fans by suggesting a ridiculous, unnecessary and illogical compensation scheme for the Leafs to indemnify them for losing Rick Dudley to the Habs, but he’s not that much of a tool. He wouldn’t stake his reputation on this scoop, without modifiers or attribution, if he wasn’t certain. So it will be Michel Thérrien.

    Michel Thérrien. I kind of promised that I’d trust the, uh, brain trust of the Canadiens to know what they’re doing, since they’re the ones doing the interviewing and research, and that they’d hire the best coach possible. But Michel Thérrien….

    So what we must do now, and this isn’t inconsistent, since I’m a big believer in succession planning, and since we shouldn’t be caught in this same position of having few available candidates in two years or so, and I’m saying that without wanting to sound pessimistic, but what we have to do is stock Hamilton and and even Wheeling with young talented coaches who potentially have a future in the NHL. Even if they get poached by other teams like Guy Boucher did, it’s still not a bad idea to stock the pond with homeboys who we can poach back when needed.

    Michel Thérrien….
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  4. Adidess says:

    At a juncture where the team is looking for a fresh, new beginning, a thorough process involving presumably smart men like Serge Savard, Bergevin, and Molson somehow ends up with Michel Therrien as HC. Am I missing something?

    These guys should know, right? Maybe I’ll just stop and go to bed, my brain hurts…

  5. Adidess says:

    I can’t see young players getting along well with Therrien (he’s too much of a disciplinarian) and I can’t see free agents chumping at the bit to come play for us (not that we were a favorite destination anyway).

    I am worried about how an old school type like him will interact with Price and PK. We all had expectations too high for this thing. I will need to stop caring all that much by tomorrow.

  6. The Dude says:

    Relax tout monde…nuthing is worse than last season last place ,NOTHING! We be starting the climb up…can’t go no lower!

  7. DMAN says:

    By hiring Therrien, MAB has given his assessment of last year that THIS group could have been better with a motivator! Therrien will not mess around with guys like Kostitsyn and Gomez the way that JM did. You either care or you sit, no matter what name or salary. I realize this is not a popular choice but who says it has to be popular if it works.

  8. rogieshan says:

    I just hope Bergevin chose Therrien over Crawford for the right reason and not because of the latter’s pending legal issues.

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …why do I so urgently feel like I need an enema ? :(

  10. Jdub1985 says:

    At least Therrien has a pulse

    If he was behind the bench … MaxPac wouldn’t have been decapitated by Chara and the last 3 years wouldn’t have been as embarrassing against the classless Bruins

  11. Adidess says:

    I have heard this guy at L’Antichambre. He is more old school than Jacques Martin.

    In fact, his time on the panel over the last year has changed my perception of him for the worse, making me dislike him at opposed to being indifferent.

    Forget ‘Le fait français’. I recognize the need for the coach to be conversant in the French language. But this to me is just the wrong coach at a critical time. I am so disappoint :)

  12. Marc10 says:

    I’d love for the posters who think Marc Crawford is a better coach than Michel Therrien to explain how he’s a better alternative.

    Their respective CVs stack up. They’ve both had strong minor league careers with significant achievements. They’ve both made the Cup Finals (Crawford winning with a stacked Avs Team while Therrien faced a formidable Wings outfit…)

    Therrien didn’t do so bad his first go round in Montreal. Theo and co ousted the Bruins and lost to the eventual Cup Champs (when Koivu’s eye got injured…)

    Therrien seems to wear out his welcome pretty quickly, but Crawford’s teams don’t seem to get anywhere once they make the show (and that includes the Bertuzzi/Naslund Canucks!)

    I get the whole outrage over the French coach requirement, but having seen Crawford learn French in the space of a season with the Nordiques (props to the man… very impressive), I don’t imagine that’s a critical factor.

    Let’s face it. We’re stuck with second rate choices because Boucher, Muller, Lemaire and co are no longer available. Out of the remainder, there simply isn’t much left and there isn’t all that much separating the Therriens and Crawfords of this world.

    Now Patrick Roy… well that’s a whole other kettle of fish. ;-)

    • TomNickle says:

      You answered your own question. Theodore was the only reason Therrien had what you could call any small measure of success in Montreal.

      In Pittsburgh, he had Crosby and company and barely managed to do well with that roster. In fact he was well on his way to flaming out miserably when the Pens did him a favour by firing him while only two games over .500 in his last season.

      Crawford on the other hand had far from stacked teams in Vancouver, Dallas and Los Angeles.

      Therrien is a tyrant. Crawford supports his stars instead of bashing them to the media when they don’t play a great game.

      Crawford aside, the list of candidates more inspiring than Therrien is miles long.

      • Marc10 says:

        Thanks for replying. I appreciate hearing the non-drivel type answer without the usual personal attacks. I do think Vancouver was a solid team that Crawford took nowhere.

        And I’m curious to hear who you think would make a better candidate from that mile long list. Experienced coaches with superiors CVs just aren’t that available. Let’s name names. I’m just not seeing them.

    • Lizardking89 says:

      One thing comes to mind Crawford has won the cup and isn’t a tyrant when it comes to dealing with his players. The bottom line is that Crawford was the better choice but he’s English. Screw winning or ever seeing a Stanley cup ever again if the French can’t see that it doesn’t matter what language the coach speaks, the players speak or even the GM the team still represents Montreal.

      • Marc10 says:

        I’ll put it to you again – why is Crawford a better option? Excluding that talent laden Avs team that walked over the Panthers, he has won nothing at the top level. That’s on par with Therrien.

        And as I mentioned, Crawford learned French quite quickly and successfully when he was with the Nords. I have to believe that would play little part in the hiring. He meets that criteria.

        I suspect Therrien and MB are just good mates. At equal talent (or lack thereof) you’d probably pick your mate too.

        So I’m still keen to hear why Crawford is so much better than Therrien. Not seeing it…

  13. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …it makes Me sick
    …I’m at a loss for words …except those that are vile and obscene
    …I am asking Myself whether I can watch another Habs’ game with that dweeb behind Our Bench
    …well, I was hoping the Bergevin Honeymoon would last considerably longer but ‘it’s over’ as far as I am concerned

  14. Un Canadien errant says:

    Crap, Darren Dreger isn’t that much of a tool. He didn’t use a “sources say” or “it is believed” or “may be”. This might be legit. Crap.

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    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • habsfan0 says:

      Well, knowing Bergevin’s reputation as a jokester, he might fool all of us into believing Therrien is the chosen one…when on the day he introduces Habs’ new head coach, out comes..Patrick Roy.

  15. Propwash says:

    Well then………

    I’m going to wait for the official announcement from the team.

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  16. Jdub1985 says:

    Living in LA and watching this cup run … just makes me sick to my stomach that I’m a Habs fan. Look at this team – emphasis on TEAM dominating a record 15 – 2 with hardly a superstar – and then look in the mirror as our pathetic organization argues over language while finishing last in the East … 24 stanley cups? well I won’t hold my breath for the 25th.

  17. The Dude says:

    Well if it Therrien then its Therrien.I don’t think soft Hab members are gonna be around for much longer!The King is dead … long live the King!

  18. rogieshan says:

    If Bergevin is noted for his pranks, then this is one sick joke.

    Hope the locals are happy.

  19. naweed235 says:

    seems like we have once again picked the biggest shlt outta the crap pot…

  20. Lizardking89 says:

    Always seems like 1 step forward 2 steps back with this organization so sick of it.

    • habsfan0 says:

      “Winning at ALL costs” doesn’t appear to be the mantra of this organization anymore. Hasn’t been for some time now.

      Sad.

      • Lizardking89 says:

        agreed this isn’t the same organization I grew up with. Been a life time Habs fan and don’t think I could root for another team but I’m just so sick of their total inept management.

  21. Adidess says:

    Just dropping by to register my ‘are you kidding me’ outrage. Michel Therrien!? All that for this!?

  22. H.Upmann says:

    Too bad Guy Boucher wasn’t available for an interview. Hope they sign Therrien to a short contract.

    • TomNickle says:

      The thought of Guy Boucher coaching the Habs makes me sick. And I would greet him at the Airport, buy him dinner, pay for him to have the night of his life and buy him a house if it meant Michel Therrien wasn’t coaching this team.

  23. HardHabits says:

    So it begins. The calm before the storm. I can see it now. The coaching announcement is made and everybody snaps in unison. The delusion that was this placid calm soon to be shattered like so much glass. Crushed into dust and blown about in a whirlwind of agonizing teeth gnashing and belligerence. Gentlemen. Start your engines.

    • TomNickle says:

      I’m out of oil Dave. This will be disastrous. Say goodbye to Subban and Price. That fat square jawed bastard will have those two out of here by the end of year two.

  24. TomNickle says:

    Was just about to shut it all down and I see Darren Dreger tweet that Michel Therrien is believed to be the choice that the Habs settled on.

    If it’s true I will be disgusted. A guy that was two games over five hundred with the best collection of talent in the NHL, a guy who coached through the media by calling players out on a regular basis, a guy who was completely over matched by Mike Babcock in the Stanley Cup Finals. A guy with a career record of 215-172-30-24.

    He was 43 games over .500 in Pittsburgh for two seasons and even money with the Habs.

    He proved that this market was too much for him. He proved the Pittsburgh market was too much for him.

    This is the one francophone hire that can be deemed unacceptable. If you were to go out and find the one guy who isn’t as good as the english speaking candidates available. He’s the one. ANYONE else would have been sufficient.

    Hiring this man would be a disgrace to the franchise and a slap in the face of what was supposed to be a remodelling of this franchise.

    This man is the reason that the Crosby and Malkin trade rumours started.

    Okay. I’m done being pissed off. Time for a shot of whiskey and a terrible night’s sleep.

    Hopefully when I wake up Darren Dreger will be proven wrong and all will be right with the World.

  25. ponyboy says:

    Just saw DD on Sportscentre repeating his tweet. Maybe Therrien has learned from his past follies. We can only hope. At least he is a coach that will stick up for his team if a bad call is made and not play hangman in his little book…..

  26. AceMagnum says:

    Gonna be at Staples Centre on Wednesday

    GO KINGS GO!!

    been a loooong wait since ’93…

  27. since1988 says:

    Just saw this tweet

    Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger
    The Montreal Canadiens have made their coaching decision. Its believed Michel Therrien is the man. Announcement in the next 24-48 hrs.

    https://twitter.com/DarrenDreger/status/209854236136194048

    “I savour it every day, sometimes before practice I’m skating around and I’ll look at the logo on my jersey – I’m playing for the Canadiens!”
    – Mathieu Darche

  28. habsavvy says:

    watching video on Alex Galenchyuk, looks like a great player for habs to draft. I think habs will grab him, a big center, power forward, compared to Hossa.

    • Marc10 says:

      Yeah. He looks like he’ll fit the part for our ‘Bobby Smith’ replacement, doesn’t he? (Has it been that long since we had a dominant center with size?!)

      That said, I don’t know if Galenchyuk will be there. His stock seems well on the rise as the draft approaches. Grigorenko looks like the Couturier of this draft. His stock is going the other way.

  29. HabinBurlington says:

    Any chance Richards and Carter take the cup to Philly?

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    Well looks like we are a couple days away from draft and coach talk only.

  31. Chuck says:

    Did my ears deceive me, or did I just hear the CBC crew suggest that someone on the Devils should man up and try to take Quick out of the series? Tools.

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    • stephen says:

      Did a double-take myself. Shouldn’t be surprised with anything Healy says, however.

      • Chuck says:

        Geez, he even used to play goal for the Kings. He should be a little more sensitive in what he says. Suggesting that a player be intentionally injured is way out of bounds. Good thing that he doesn’t work for the NFL…

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        • HabinBurlington says:

          Shows he never actually played in net during games of high intensity. He has been a spectator since he was 18

          • stephen says:

            That is hardly a fair comment. I have it on good authority he has tended goal in some pretty intense games in the driveway with his daughters.

          • otter649 says:

            The last time Healy had a opp to be a first string goalie was when he played for The Islanders in 1993 after that he became a backup goalie for the rest of his career……..

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Clearly I was being facetious, but how can a former goalie condone taking out a goalie? Just bizarre.

          • otter649 says:

            This past season when Reimer & Gionta collided Healey called out Reimer for taking a dive & trying to get a penalty & as everyone knows now it was a serious collision. Sometimes Healy should stick to the obvious in his comments & the radar gun for shots & skating speed……

          • Lizardking89 says:

            CBC is a joke they have some of the worst former players as “experts”. PJ Stock is a 4th line scrub who has no business on TV. Milbury is an expert at nothing and Healy is a douche career backup. The only one with a bit of smarts on CBC is Hrudey.

  32. Kimberly2u says:

    Good night alright…been lights out since 2-0

  33. stephen says:

    If DeBoer is going to pull Brodeur, he’ll do it during a commercial break. Brodeur doesn’t deserve the jeers on TV.

    • TomNickle says:

      What would be the point of yanking Brodeur in the third period down four goals? To have the fifth and sixth go in on Hedberg?

      ;)

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  34. Bill says:

    HAHAHA saw Boone’s post about Williams making it 4-0 and did a double-take … Carter had just scored to make it 3-0 and it clearly said 3-0 on my TV ….

    Then I realized I had rewound earlier in the evening and was about four minutes behind. I was freaked for a minute there …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • TomNickle says:

      Did that a dozen times easily this year Bill. Don’t feel bad. The worst is getting a phone call, email or text message when you’re on delay.

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  35. TomNickle says:

    Very happy for Darryl Sutter. He was robbed of a Stanley Cup. It is very sickening to watch Richards and to a lesser extent Carter win one but such is life.

    I had the Devils in six and I’m sticking with it! Ha.

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  36. Kimberly2u says:

    Can no one on the devils score? This is awful…feel bad for the coach

  37. commandant says:

    That should do it folks.

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  38. zorro says:

    Gretzky seems to think that size matters, referring to Kopitar. I hope Bergivan is watching.

  39. jo_maka says:

    ”All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us … they can’t get away this time !!!”
    ^^^^^^^^^^

    DeBoer’s only effective speech left, presumably…..
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  40. Kimberly2u says:

    Willie Mitchell should be a country singer

  41. Kimberly2u says:

    Maclean has a man crush on Gretzky. Lol

  42. Habsolutely says:

    Does MacLean have a woody? Seems like it.

  43. DorvalTony says:

    Sweep.

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  44. Habsolutely says:

    Last year I had to watch Lurch, the little ball of hate, and Lucy get their name on the cup, this year I’ll have to stomach Richards getting his name on the cup. Thanks Bettman.

  45. theox_8 says:

    I happen to think that la is exciting and enjoyable to watch and has been this whole stanley cup playoffs

  46. db says:

    CHeck out Malcolm Subban’s interview with Florida. (I like how they mentioned that PK wouldn’t shut up lol)

    http://watch.tsn.ca/nhl/clip691863#clip691863

  47. jols101 says:

    Devils PP reminding a lot of us how horrible the Habs PP was this year. A good PP is a must. I hope a healthy Markov will bring our PP back to one of the Leagues best…

  48. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …with Nothing better to do as My Kids doing Their homework, I decide to relent and watch this meaningless, to Me, Stanley Cup game between the Los Angeles Pansies and New Joisey Evil-ones
    …rather than the plasma I enjoy sitting in My home-office and watch it streamed on my PC …before finding CBC’s live-stream, I happen on it’s videos of last seasons games, including the January 7 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightbulbs
    …I think to Myself, in the deep and enlightened I often do, whether I really will be more content this evening watching a game between the Pansies and Evil-doers, of whom I can not give a Flying-fig which Of Bettman’s teams win …or watch a game that would remind Myself that My Habsolutely wonderful Montreal Canadiens had actually won a game this past season
    …well, so far, it’s 1-0 for the Lightbulbs …Carey letting in a ‘softie’ from the corner by Domenic Moore
    …I will keep Y’all updated on Our imminent come-back
    …right now Cherry is going-on about chiding Burke saying ‘the rats are takin’ over the ship…’
    …anyhow, don’t mind Me …go back to whatever You were doing
    …Go!!! …Habs !!!! …Go !!!!!

    …by the way, have They signed Patrick yet ???

  49. habsfan0 says:

    Will the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings be playing a game in Montreal next season?


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