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.

297 Comments

  1. punkster says:

    Oh well, the sooner this series ends the sooner we get on to more important things; new coach, draft, camps, preseason, regular season, Cup run, interspaced with numerous rounds of golf, beersies and bbq. It’s all coming together.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  2. Kimberly2u says:

    I think that was the game right there

  3. L Elle says:

    I almost never watch CBC, but since I’m boycotting RDS, why the heck have they become LA homers?

    Whatever happened to fair and unbiased?

  4. jols101 says:

    Wow, Beauty…

  5. Kimberly2u says:

    Zorro I have no idea who we will get in the draft but I can hardly wait to find out

  6. db says:

    No impact by Gagner yet, positive or negative. THey’re managing his ice time well..

  7. punkster says:

    A power play that saps morale. Oh, we Hab fans quite understand this.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  8. Lizardking89 says:

    The officiating has taken over the game. Brodeur gets brushed and Kings get a penalty and Quick get his feet taken out from under him and no call. Bush league NHL officiating at its best.

  9. zorro says:

    Oh Zorro like’s that, how ironic, a latino score’s the first goal for L.A in the Stanley cup final.

  10. JayK-47 says:

    Jersey and LA have had horrendous PP’s eh????

    That’s two bidders for Mssr. Kaberle.

  11. Kimberly2u says:

    Kovy is getting paid $100 million to do mothing…sort of like Gomez

  12. SarahMc33 says:

    Is it just me or does anyone else hate the fact that the Gretzky statue is wearing a misfitting jersey? Or a jersey at all for that matter….

    • smiler2729 says:

      It’s not tucked in at the back by his left butt-cheek! WTF!!

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  13. Bill says:

    Brodeur’s freeze had to be whistled … that’s really unfortunate.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  14. JayK-47 says:

    I dunno about youse guys (and gals) but I’m fed up with these Terry Peters “Did it” commercials.

  15. boing007 says:

    Refs call on the goal was baloney.

    Richard R
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  16. boing007 says:

    Quick is lights out because the Devils can’t get the puck up. Maybe some Cialis would do the trick.

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

  17. habsfan0 says:

    Pat Sajak just bought a vowel.

  18. Kimberly2u says:

    The devils remind me of our Habs…no one can score…lol

  19. scavanau says:

    Will tomorrow be the day we announce our new coach?

  20. HardHabits says:

    Does Cherry get deals on material that nobody buys hence too ugly even for curtains?

  21. ZepFan2 says:

    Cherry’s suit is causing mass epileptic seizures all across Canada.

    Update: It’s now all across North America. Thanks for the update, Scavanau
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  22. MiltonHab says:

    As a lifelong Montrealer now living in Ontario it still surprises me that some of my English Montreal friends are surprised by the level of bigotry by some hard line francophones. They have made you second class citizens in your own hometown. Unbelievable!

  23. frontenac1 says:

    What a surprise! Cherry showing more clips of Orr.

  24. Habsolutely says:

    Who’s Cherry’s tailor, Jackson Pollack?

  25. Mavid says:

    wow should be drapes not grapes..that is one wild jacket..

  26. commandant says:

    That was the best period of hockey in these finals so far.

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  27. jo_maka says:

    Oh, goody ! It’s Persian-rug-human-display’s corner….
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  28. jo_maka says:

    I hate Richards. I can’t stress that enough.
    But the bastard is a beast on the PK
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  29. ProHabs says:

    Would the Habs (or French media) consider hiring someone who spoke Acadian French.

    • Bill says:

      My Acadian friends say that a lot of French Quebecers are ruder to Acadians about the way they talk than they are to Anglos … but I guess they’d maybe accept it?

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • theox_8 says:

        Bill I come from an acadian family (i cant speak french however) and in my experiences the quebecers were very friendly when talking to my dad in quebec, or all over Canada for that matter, but I can only speak from my experiences so maybe other people have encountered different situations.

  30. Habsolutely says:

    Wonder if there is any Vodka in the box for Richards and Carter to enjoy? Maybe Lindsay Lohans number?

  31. Kimberly2u says:

    Look at the two losers in the box

  32. Habsolutely says:

    Richards is such a dirty puke. Then he cries to the ref when he’s called. Hate that guy.

  33. RGM says:

    If the Habs draft Alex Galchenyuk, do we ensure he becomes Timo’s favourite player by nicknaming him Ali G?

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    • jo_maka says:

      I don’y know, but Ali G just made it for me. It’s awesome. By the time he gets to dominate, we’ll call him the Dictator.

      I think since NJ might forfeit their 1st rd choice this year (re: Kovalchuk), our two 2nd rounders might be very interesting for some solid team chosing around 15th or 16th for Bergevin to make a run at Teravainen. If so, I’ll giggle my drunk *ss off at the grand theft :)
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    • db says:

      Hahaha I love it, I’ll use it from now on too.

  34. Habsolutely says:

    Devils have got to get some more rubber on Quick.

  35. jo_maka says:

    1P 16:36 Penner doesn’t have the best puck skills in the league
    by Mike Boone 8:28 PM

    You know those wrists flip the living daylights out of a pancake though, right ?
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  36. Mavid says:

    Well NJ was interesting…I was in Englishtown which is not that far from Newark…I saw a whopping 2 car flags, and 2 fellows with Devils T shirts… we went out for dinner at the outback and to my surprise they had the game on one of the TV’s. As promised I wore my Habs T shirt, Price to be exact…not one single comment except on the last day, some drunk crawls up the stands and park’s himself just down the row from me…this guy is really hammered, he looks over and starts to mumble something about the Canadiens…and then says Go Bruins Go…figures…speaking of Bruins they are saying Thomas is taking a year off…WTF…since when do players “take a year off??”

  37. Habsolutely says:

    Richards is such a douche.

  38. ogilthorpe says:

    Hey Therrien… Stop voting over and over for yourself in the poll…….

  39. Habsolutely says:

    So I’m guessing the Gretzky as a coach experiment is over with?

  40. jo_maka says:

    I didn’t have the time to think about her having pipes, I’m just in love again….I think…eh, it’s been a long day
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  41. boing007 says:

    My NBC station in Montreal decided to preempt the Stanley Cup tonight.
    Probably ticked off because they couldn’t show an afternoon game this weekend.

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

  42. frontenac1 says:

    Oh Dear,Cherry is pimped out tonight! Poor Bugger.

  43. L Elle says:

    I’d like to see 10 goals tonight. ;)

  44. db says:

    Anyone have a CBC feed? I’m not in Canada so cbc.ca doesn’t work. I’m able to get plenty of feeds on myp2p.pe (fantastic sports streaming site btw) but none are from CBC.

  45. frontenac1 says:

    What’s with those shoes on PJ?

  46. jols101 says:

    Those are some bad ass shoes though Boone…PJ didn’t pick those up at Kmart….

  47. Carta-Hab says:

    Regarding the coaching situation…

    I have placed faith in the new management team to follow due process to pick the best available coach for this team. My personal opinions regarding the current candidates mean little. From a hockey perspective whoever is picked, regardless of their past mistakes, etc, will be fine by me as long as they get this team to win.

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  48. habsfan0 says:

    Prediction for tonight’s game: It’ll go to OT..again.

  49. frontenac1 says:

    I hear ya Zepfan! You’re right on that.

  50. Big Ted says:

    There is this belief that Bergevin will make the best choice for the Habs and that he won’t limit himself to a short-list of unimpressive candidates dictated by language or his contacts. But we actually don’t know this to be the case because we don’t know anything about Bergevin’s practice of hiring coaches. Yes, we’d all like to give Bergevin the benefit of the doubt, but what hasn’t been accounted for nearly enough is the pressure the organization is under from the francophone media.

    Let’s keep in mind that Bergevin still has to answer to Geoff molson and that molson just went through a season where he and his last general manager were lambasted in the press for promoting the team’s top assistant coach to an interim head coach position, this a move that most cities would judge to be common sense if you’re not planning on picking a permanent coach yet which was met with hostility here because of one issue alone: language. Then molson’s own adviser (Serge Savard) came out saying the next general manager and coach would speak french. No wiggle room. it certainly painted the team into a corner.

    In his continually-bigoted column, Bertrand raymond continues to dismiss anglophones as being second-tier citizens who do not understand french culture and who should have no say in hiring the next coach. He notes that Tony marinaro accused him of being racist and brushes this off, essentially because marinaro is not a pure laine Quebecer. Of course, raymond goes on to say that he would not be pleased with hiring Crawford because an anglophone who has learned french is not the same thing as a true francophone (in this case Therrien). Never mind that Crawford was good enough to coach in Quebec City, where the percentage of french-speaking residents is higher. Never mind that Crawford has gone back to taking french lessons and is showing an effort to improve in that area. To raymond and many like him, it’s clear that they won’t be happy unless there is a Quebec-born, first-language francophone coaching the team. On the 5 a 7 today, Alain Chantelois basically came out saying the same thing, noting that he would be against hiring a somewhat-bilingual anglophone like Crawford but implying that he would be okay with the other candidates he mentioned (Therrien and Lemaire, even though the latter is not going to happen).

    So when you ask yourselves why the two candidates we seem to be down to are who they are, you can thank the racists in the french media. Bergevin is in a position where he’s being pressured, even bullied, to hire a francophone candidate, of which the good candidates are already employed (Julien, Vigneault, etc.), not willing to come here (Lemaire, roy, etc.) or lack the experience the team seems to be looking for (Groulx, Veilleux, etc.). This is why no one seems to have come up with a better list of candidates than those who have already been fired from the very post we are looking to fill (Therrien, Tremblay, Carbo, even martin). And if Bergevin were to stray from the list of candidates acceptable to the french media, I believe he knows that he would have to opt for someone with a track record on which he could defend his decision, hence the reason we’ve seen Hartley and Crawford interviewed. But surely there are other candidates out there who haven’t been out of hockey for a few years. Surely there are some up-and-coming coaches in the AHL or juniors who could at the very least be candidates and bring something new to the table.

    Now I don’t want to seem like I’ve pinned this all on Bergevin without anything having been decided yet. I have no inside information here, and for all I know, Bergevin may be set to name a mystery candidate as his next coach, someone who can bring optimism whether they be french or English. I also don’t want to make it out like the entire french media shares the opinions of raymond, Chantelois, and Brunet. There are good people working in the media, like Lavoie, Damphousse, Denis, and Houde, who seem to have kept an open mind or at the very least not tried to intimidate the team into making a choice based on language. But it doesn’t take away from the fact that we are where we are today in part because there are a few loud voices who continue to spew bigotry and influence rather than simply report on the team. I’ll be elated to find out we hired someone with good credentials and I’ll be somewhat relieved (albeit not happy) to know it’s Crawford, whom I see as the lesser of two evils. But if it’s Therrien, then the questions have to be asked about what part of the hire was made because of Bergevin falling into a rut of focusing on people he knows well and questions have to be asked about whether the pressure exerted by the media helped to limit the candidate pool and direct our choice to a coach with no system, no composure, and no reason to be given a second chance here when there is a wealth of alternative choices that could have been made.

    • HardHabits says:

      L’AntiCHambre: Une vraie honte!

      Bert Raymond is a dinosaur. Don’t lump all Quebeckers in with his soon to be extinct point of view. 70% of French speaking Quebeckers appreciate an anglophone that can speak or tries to speak French. Screw the other 30% that don’t. Everybody is tired of them, even the 70%.

      I suggest you read this fan blog on RDS, and the comments that follow to get a better perspective.

      • L Elle says:

        I’m glad you posted this.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I’ve posted this often, but I’ll repeat that as a unilingual French-speaking kid, it was huge for me to see Ken Dryden, Steve Shutt, Larry Robinson and Bob Gainey speaking enough French to get interviewed on La Soirée du Hockey between periods. That’s all that was needed for a connection to be established. I didn’t need them to refer to Voltaire and Félix Leclerc to recognize them as giants and heroes.

        So I completely disagree with Bertrand Raymond and anyone else who states that a coach needs to speak better than rudimentary conversational French. The essence of Montréal is how people greet each other and begin a conversation in one language, and sometimes continue in the other, and back and forth until it is ascertained which language both speakers are most comfortable with. If Marc Crawford can order a beverage in French and can rap with Pierre Houde, even hesitatingly, for a few minutes, that’s all that’s required.

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      • Big Ted says:

        I’m by no means lumping Quebecers into raymond’s corner. I wouldn’t even lump all of the french media together, as I stated. But so long as raymond and Brunet and Chantelois continue to be given a public forum, their voices will ring louder than those we hear on fan forums or on the street. Unfortunately, Bergevin and molson have a much greater chance at hearing (and feeling inclined to respond to) those voices of bigotry than those of reason. I don’t see any reason why Therrien and Carbonneau would or should be in consideration unless the language factor played a role in limiting the candidate pool.

  51. habstrinifan says:

    Once being a student of Roman history, this is my very allegorical, original take re the Betrand Raymond week long stench on what should be one of the best periods in recent Habs history. See if you can tell whom it calls out.

    It is not the spumous rant of the plebe that may awaken Orcus to our endeavour but the silence of the Senator.

    Note Senator not senator.

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  53. FanCritic says:

    unless MB has someone in mind other than Therrien or Crawford it’s an easy choice for coach. Roy or Carbonneau. I don’t think Carbonneau was given a fair chance under BG.

  54. C-Sword says:

    Simon Gagne’s return was sure unexpected

  55. frontenac1 says:

    Zepfan! Don’t give up the fight! Bigotry is wrong,no matter how you cut it!Down in my neck of the woods there are Redneck Bigots who say some pretty ignorant things about Quebec. I don’t let it go unanswered.Remember there are plenty of us in the rest of Canada who got your back! Cheers and Vive Le Canada!

  56. FanCritic says:

    First question you should be asking yourself. why get rid of RC and bring in crawford…Crawford is english if I’m not mistaken from Belleville Ontario in any case with the same players we finished with in april Crawford will do no better than RC if he’s hired. if you don’t believe me let’s wait and see what he has for a team 2012-2013.

  57. Aceman says:

    I like getting him in for the sake of his name on the cup. But, PLLLLEEAAASSSSEEE don’t screw this series up because of it! Chemistry is very important, and both games so far have been very tight. Couldn’t they have waited until the next game!?

  58. frontenac1 says:

    Couldn’t agree more Commandant!

  59. Sean Bonjovi says:

    I’d like to hear a public statement from Michel Therrien to the effect that he doesn’t want the job if cultural discrimination is part of the hiring process.

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

    • stephen says:

      Eloquence and grace from a bloke who resorted to a throat-slashing gesture toward another coach?

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        Exactly! The case against Michel Therrien for head coach is a strong one.

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

    • habstrinifan says:

      See above my friend… There is someone whose word on this topic would carry so much weight and show Marc Bergevin that he will be not be left to deal with these idiots by himself. And would take any clouds that the ‘pressure of cultural discrimination’ affected our coaching choice.

  60. HabFab says:

    “Pure laine” isn’t that something like “virgin wool”?

  61. frontenac1 says:

    Raymond is an “Old School ” paranoid bigot. They do have positions of influence in the media,but thankfully they are gradually dying off and becoming more irrelevant to the younger generations,who do not have the same level of paranoia with Anglos. I for one have optimism with the Montreal kids.I still love watching L”Antichambre,especially when Bluet gets Le Tigre all cranked up! Hola Amigos!

  62. L Elle says:

    Either MB has already made his choice and just waiting for the end of the playoffs,

    OR

    He’s holding the glass slipper, and it doesn’t fit anyone so far.

  63. commandant says:

    Its extreme bigotry and why it is allowed on the air, I don’t know.

    Anglos who speak french should make a complaint to the CRTC that Raymond is saying we are less than equals in the province of Quebec.

    Despite speaking the language, we are still not good enough.

    Its one thing to ask for a bilingual coach, its another to demand a pure laine only.

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    • ZepFan2 says:

      It’s not only Bertrand that thinks that. If you’re not “pure laine”, you’re not a Quebecer!

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      • commandant says:

        And we shouldn’t allow these bigotted views on the air waves.

        If this was the united states, and some commentator tried to claim that only a white coach was good enough, not a black one… they’d be out of a job in the media.

        In Canada we allow this level of bigotry. Its disgusting.

        Its no longer a language issue, you can’t hide behind that anymore when someone whose mother tongue is English, but has learned to be bilingual is inferior to a bilingual Francophone.

        Sad to say but Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman wouldn’t have been good enough for Raymond.

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    • smiler2729 says:

      Raymond is an piece of an idiot’s ass… Just suffer fools gladly on this one, let the pig roast in his own feces all he wants cuz I know he doesn’t represent the views of many many many francophones…

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  64. ed lopaz says:

    here’s what Bert Raymond had to say in his RDS blog yesterday concerning the hiring of a new coach.

    assuming it is coming down to Therrien vs Crawford (Roy is his favorite, please keep in mind)

    J’admets que la presse francophone a un préjugé favorable pour Therrien, comme TSN 990 en a un pour Crawford, un analyste régulier à TSN.

    En ce qui me concerne, j’ai déclaré que dans le cas de Crawford, il y a une énorme différence entre un entraîneur francophone, tel que le suggère Serge Savard, et un coach anglophone qui parle difficilement français..

    my translation”

    “I admit that the francophone press pre-judges favorably for Therrien, like TSN 990 does for Crawford, a regular on TSN”

    “as far as I’m concerned, I declared that in the case of Crawford there is an enormous difference between a francophone coach, as suggested by Serge Savard, and an anglophone who speaks french with difficulty”.

    Raymond represents the “faction” of francophone media to whom I was referring earlier.

    Raymond and Le Baron and a few of the other similar type clowns were strongly behind the movement to hire Patrick Roy.

    But you guys can continue to believe that the Earth is flat if you so choose.

    Quebec is a “unique” place.

    http://www.rds.ca/hockey/chroniques/341302.html

    • HabinBurlington says:

      While I wish I could speak French much better (okay, at all) in order to watch the games on RDS with better understanding, I am of the opinion as it relates to these fellows and the AntiChambre gang I am not missing much.

      • ed lopaz says:

        you’re lucky!!

        you are missing the ugly side of Quebec society, the irrational and sometimes racist side.

        the side that says that I, as an anglophone who has lived 45 years in Montreal ( and 3 in Toronto) is not a “Pure” Quebecois, a “Pure Laine”,

        which is what Raymond is more than implying about Crawford here.

        these people give Quebec a bad name.

        they are far from the majority, but they have great influence here in the media, in politics, and elsewhere.

        • issie74 says:

          It is very sad to hear nothing has changed since 1982 when the head office of the company I worked for relocated to Toronto.

          Some of us were English and some French,We came because we wanted to keep our jobs.

          We pay taxes and own homes here.I think Quebec lost.

          I am a 5th generation Quebecer and a 6th generation Ontarian,but Montreal is where I was born bred and educated.

          We often spoke about the language issues and the politics and we never for a moment thought it would last all these many years.

          NorthTOHab

    • The Jackal says:

      Well those Pure Lainers are ridiculous, but I can understand why these tendencies exist and why the language issue is important. :

      • ZepFan2 says:

        I don’t. Especially if you really only care about the team winning.

        Not saying that a Francophone coach can’t bring us the cup. It just shouldn’t be mandatory.

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    • Cal says:

      We have to keep in mind that a lot of these really old french media types are on the way out. They keep spewing their 70s schtick but more and more it sounds like dated hate. Soon, they will pass and so will their agenda.
      That said, I don’t think Bykov will be coaching in Montreal anytime soon, ;)

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Ed – I agree completely about Raymond being an old school bigot.

      But I don’t follow this logic:

      Bertrand Raymond prefers Therrien to Crawford because Therrien is “more French”.

      Bertrand Raymond also wants Roy as coach.

      Therefore, anyone who wants Roy is … what?


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

      • ZepFan2 says:

        Use the “sesame street” formula and you’ll get your answer.

        One of the coach’s is not like the other. One of these coach’s just doesn’t belong, Can you tell which coach is not like the others…

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  65. HabinBurlington says:

    The more the speculation grows about a Therrien or a Crawford and we hear nothing from the Habs, the more convinced I am the media is completely spitballing. Go Darkhorse Go!

    Edit, Of course it could be a grey horse, I remember an old fella at the track once telling me to always bet on the grey horse, said they don’t sweat. We could use a coach that doesn’t sweat over the media etc. in Montreal.

  66. 24 Cups says:

    I’ve been out all day long so I’m not sure if the Vokoun deal has been posted.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=397591

    “WASH had given Vokoun permission to shop around before July 1. PIT made an offer that others, including TOR, wouldn’t.” (Bob McKenzie)

    I find it a bit strange that Washington would help shore up a direct rival but I guess they figured that Pittsburgh would sign Vokoun anyway so why not at least get a shot in the dark for him.

    • shiram says:

      Yup, seems like a good deal for the Penguins.

      Need a new Head Coach? Why not Bykov?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      The week ahead is looking better for golf Steve! I am surprised to see Pittsburgh give him 2 years, given he didn’t play that well on a 1 year contract with Washington. Perhaps good signing, Fleury won’t be shaking in his boots with Vokoun around and perhaps as a pure backup he will show his old talents.

      • 24 Cups says:

        Vokoun was a bit of a disapointment this year but then Washington really never did get it going until the very end.

        He played great in Florida for quite a few years keeping in mind that the team in front of him was crap.

        Shero must still be smarting from the first round loss. Fleury couldn’t stop a beach ball and was a big reason the Pens were upset by Philly. It’s made all the worse by seeing Jersey in the final as well as the Kings who cakewalked through the easiest playoff run in memory.

        Nest time around Fleury will get pulled early and replaced by Vokoun. The fact he has a two-year, +35 contract means that he’s a bit more than just a back-up.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Interested in this in that I’d like the Canucks to get reasonable value out of any Roberto Luongo trade. Tomas Vokoun being off the market and snagged by a team that wasn’t necessarily needy means a touch more demand for the Canuck goaltender.

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  67. Bripro says:

    I find it ironic, Boone, that your pole shows Therrien as the least popular choice, at 4%, when rumour has it that he’s (possibly) the team’s chosen one.

    • shiram says:

      It’s simple, people do not want him, but the media does?

      Need a new Head Coach? Why not Bykov?

      • Bripro says:

        The media always wants a friend in the team’s brass.

        • shiram says:

          Scoops! I got connections.

          Need a new Head Coach? Why not Bykov?

          • Bripro says:

            Exactamundo!

          • montrealtilldeath says:

            Therrian is a consistent Subban knocker on the Antichambre and a good bud of JM. No way does this team need another JM trying to prove he was right. The talent of the players need someone who knows how you make it flourish and grow not suppress it prematurely by imposing a rigid system. Larry Robinson would have perfect as he is a positive reinforcement type with real knowledge. The Devils are in the finals and we did not come close to making the playoffs. I wondered how important Muller was to the Habs as we all can see by this years results.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Wait, what? Boone is showing his pole?!

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  68. smiler2729 says:

    If L.A. wins tonight, give ‘em the Cup already, this has been a tedious playoff since the 1st round ended.

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    Tim Thomas is a lunatic.
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  69. commandant says:

    Yeah I think Gagne is getting one game, very limited minutes, so his name is on the cup if the kings win

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  70. Hali_Hab says:

    Any potential coaching news flying around?

    • smiler2729 says:

      Joe from the meltroom at work announced he’s been hired to coach, his press conference in Parisian french to come, merci la poutine.

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      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Boston Bruins, gutless diving weasel pukes.

  71. Habsolutely says:

    Well, I’m off to the range to practice some chipping. Gotta get a feel for my new 64 degree wedge.

    • stevieray says:

      64 degree !!!….Must be gonna practice some flop shots ….
      Lookout Tiger ..

    • 24 Cups says:

      64 degress – lay it down flat and wide open and take a full swing and follow through. You’ll either be a hero or blade a shot that’s no more than a few inches off the ground and lands up on the next hole!

      • ed lopaz says:

        after you lay the face open

        the key is to take the 64 back “outside” the normal line, not straight back, and not to the inside,

        this allows the club to slip right under the ball on impact.

        take a full swing.

        and the ball will “flop” straight up into the air.

        great shot for flopping over bunkers for example.

  72. jols101 says:

    TSN reports Gagne may return to the LA line up tonight.
    LA is 2 games away from winning Lord Stanley.
    Question – Would you, as an arm chair GM, mess with a winning chemistry at this late stage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs???

    • stephen says:

      Hi jols,

      While I wouldn’t tinker with a winning formula, I wonder if Gagne’s potential insertion would have something to do with assuring his name appears on the Cup, provided the Kings win.

      I think players need to have played at least 41 regular season games OR at least one Cup finals game to get their name engraved on the mug.

      • jols101 says:

        stephen, nice post, I never thought of that. Otherwise, I can not see a good reason for tinkering with the unbelievable success LA has had so far. I think that must be it and if those are the rules than by all means get him in there.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Chemistry gets trumped by the opportunity to add a popular teammate who’s a veteran leader who brings more skill than the guy he bumps from the lineup. Unlike the Radulov-Kostitsyn situation, Simon Gagné hasn’t been a distraction, no one would begrudge him taking back his spot on the roster.

      Anybody who’s played team sports knows the lift you get when one of your teammates who’s had to sit out for a while due to injury comes back to play. You’re happy to see him in the room lacing up, and you know your team just got better, no offence to the kid who did pretty well in his stead while he was out.

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      • jols101 says:

        Well I would argue that Chemistry is everything. Having played competitve hockey till the age of 25 I can tell you for a fact that GM’s and Coaches never mess with winning Chemistry. It has to be the getting your name on the Cup, nothing else makes sense….

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Well you can’t really tell me for a fact that GM’s and coaches never mess with winning chemistry, that’s an exaggeration. You’ve stated an absolute that is demonstrably false. Mostly, this is a truism that’s negated by other truisms, like you need experience to win championships, or you don’t lose your job or place in the lineup due to injury. So we can agree that mostly teams don’t like to fiddle with lineups that are winning, except when they have good reasons to. I will maintain that having Simon Gagné ready to play is one of these good reasons.

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          In the very long view, it is important that kids growing up in Québec love the Canadiens and recognize themselves in the team, and a bit of the team in themselves. There must be a strong, visceral, emotional connection between the fans and leurs Glorieux.

          http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/


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