Liveblog: Devils win a 5-3 wild one, move closer to Cup final

Marty

The least talented Ryan in the game scored the winning goal.
After the Rangers had battled back from a 3-0 hole, Ryan Carter converted a pass from Stephen Gionta to send the Devils home with a 3-2 series lead.
New Jersey can advance to the Stanley Cup final with a win in Newark Friday night.

Ilya Kovalchuk, who had a difficult evening, was first on the puck against Michael Del Zotto to start the sequence that led to the winning goal. Gionta, who is no bigger than his older brother, took a hit to make a tape-to-tape pass to Carter, at Henrik Lundqvist’s open right side.

Zach Parise scored an empty netter to complete the Devils’ scoring.

The visitors took a first-period lead on goals by Gionta, Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac.

The Rangers clawed back on goals by Brandon Prust, Ryan Callahan and Marion Gaborik, credited with a goal a shaky Martin Brodeur ticked into his own net..

The home team had a 28-17 shot advantage and appeared to have all the momentum until Carter’s goal.

Pat Hickey on Michaël Bournival

Dudley still waiting

504 Comments

  1. Duracell3 says:

    Just watched the NJ-NY highlights on the nhl site..

    “Gionta with his first ever Stanley cup playoff goal”

    …3rd playoff goal of the year.

    Top notch NBC, top notch.

  2. Habsolutely says:

    Great choice for the Brodeur picture Boone. Absolutely love it. Just added it to my collection.

  3. 24moreCups says:

    Happy birthday Bob Dylan.

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …just read the great interview of Spacek by Stubbs

    …actually it was Spacek’s uninhibited forthright detail provided to Stubbs that made it interesting

    …I predict Spacek would have excellent head coach potential if He was so inclined when his playing days are at an end

    …but not in Mpntreal …as he seems none too interested in that ‘French stuff’ :)

  5. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the ‘5 Year Rebuild Plan’ in this age of the salary cap has been a canard spewed by the un imaginative hockey drones for too long

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I’d love to see an actual 5 Year Plan written out. At work I have to submit plans and project management outlines, everything is specified and then reworked as conditions change.

      If such a document actually ever existed it would be interesting to see it. Anyone out there?

      ———————————
      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/

      • HardHabits says:

        Year 1. Tank.
        Year 2. Tank.
        Year 3. Tank.
        Year 4. Make the play-offs.
        Year 5. Win the Cup.

        :-D

        I’m back baby!!!

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          I thought that instead of that hideous four-letter word, we agreed on ‘long-term view planning and asset management maximization and leveraging our dismal position in the standing for the greater good in the not-too-distant future’

          ———————————
          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/

        • habstrinifan says:

          Which year do you fire the coach?

        • boing007 says:

          Back and still cracked in the head.

          Two more years of tanking and this site would self-destruct in ten seconds.

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

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …nothing wrong with a business plan as a basis …but a hockey team needs inspired risk-taking leadership with vision, hockey-sense and brass balls

        …accountants and MBAs have a place …but no Stanley Cup has been won by any accountant or MBA

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Agreed, except that if it’s a 5 Year plan, instead of a 4 or 3 Year plan, or an open-ended plan, let’s see the deadlines and measurables and deliverables. Or is there really not a 5 Year plan after all.

          ———————————
          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/

    • Cal says:

      Didn’t the Soviet Union have 5 year plans? And don’t we know how that worked out for them? ;)

  6. Lafleurguy says:

    Would be a compelling story if a team goes from being out of the playoffs to Stanley Cup Champs the following year. Effectively kills the notion of 5 year rebuild plans. Risky and gutsy moves will at times cost you a first round draft pick and imagine the emotional retort of HIO posters if that had been a penalty levied on the Canadiens. No guts, no glory – William Shakespeare (not).

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Ali says:

      disagree, that team was a lot better than a non-playoff team, and showed it when they got a coach who could make them play to their potential. The team in the second half was the real devils. And they were a damn good team.

  7. habsfan0 says:

    “P-A Parenteau on L’Antichambre. Frankie Gagnopn wants the Canadiens to sign him.”

    Frankie Gagnon wants the Habs to sign another francophone.

    Now THERE’S a shocker.

    And Gagnon will probably say..again..language has nothing to do with it.

    • Zorro1 says:

      I think Gagnon just like the way Parenteau skates..lol

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      The context is that he grew up with the Canadiens as his favourite team, always wanted to play here, and is buds with David Desharnais.

      Can you say hometown discount?

      If we get players who genuinely care about playing for the Canadiens and living in Montréal, instead of mercenaries, we’ll be better off as an organization.

      ———————————
      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/

      • habsfan0 says:

        Have you noticed that, in the past, francophone players have had a penchant for avoiding signing in Montreal? Perhaps they know that due to circumstances which dictate the signing of people who are not necessarily “the best” available at their position, precludes the possibility of a win at any cost mentality for this organization.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Only Briere and I think Philly offered him more money.

          No other francophone ever rejected he Habs.


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

          • Cal says:

            Briere signed for 2 mil less in Philly.

          • aj says:

            Only Briere and I think Philly offered him more money.

            Ask Talbot about that and I think he will respond the same way too.

            Briere and Talbot in Philly along with Lecavalier and St. Louis of the Lighting don’t seem to like playing here in Montreal. Put Luongo as well since he even admitted that he doesn’t like the pressure of playing in his hometown.

          • issie74 says:

            Marty Biron.

            NorthTOHab

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …what’s the Big Deal Phil, wanting more good Francophones on the Montreal Canadiens …ain’t THAT what We want ?

      …crap, I can’t understand Habs’ Fans not understanding THAT !

      …makes Me want to drink a triple martini to deaden My frustration and oy vey tendency :(

      • habsfan0 says:

        Chris..I’m all for signing francophones, anglophones, allophones, telephones, & megaphones…as long as they’re the BEST at what they do!

        Is that wrong?

        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          …Phil, to Me the most important is reinstate what the tradition of Our unique hockey Team is supposed to be

          …a PA Parenteau is no Mario Lemieux, but He is a decent Francophone player that will play with I believe more heart than an equivalent American or European

          …I love Our Coles, Patches, Pleks and others …I’m just saying the braying and second-guessing by too many Anglo/non-Franco Fans on the language of the MAJORITY of Montreal Canadiens Fans is really obtuse

          …and don’t take it personally Phil, because I like You …this subject keeps coming up and it’s just a bit frustrating is all

          • shootdapuck says:

            Chris,

            Reinstating traditions cannot surpass winning!

            The rehashing of the good old days is how the Canadiens have ended up where they are today; last in their conference!

            Get the best people off and on the ice and if they come with a connection to the past great but a connection to future success is way way more important to all fans whatever their cultural background!

            Also remember that this is a business and not the ministry of culture enforcing affirmative action!

            =================================================
            The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

            “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
            “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            Nah we were last because of injuries and poor management.


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

          • Lawrencetown Liquor Pigs says:

            Don’t forget the Canadiens were created by English owner’s to capitalize on the Francophone fan base who didn’t have a “team” of their own to support. Marketing, spin and backroom conniving in 1909……

            ______________________________________________________
            Lost a bottle of Kraken during this debacle of a season. Better gettem next year.

        • Habitant in Surrey says:

          …yesteryear, nor today, do I look at the Montreal Canadiens as ‘a business’ …though It may be to Geoff Molson or Gillette (NB: I believe Geoff is as much a Fan as ‘a businessman’)

          …the Montreal Canadiens, yesterday, today and tomorrow, will always be an indelible part of ‘My identity’ as a Montrealer/Montrealaise and a Quebecer/Quebecoise

          …sorry Roy, Our perspectives of ‘the being’ of a Habs’ Fan are totally different

          • shootdapuck says:

            Chris,

            A fans’ perspective is unique but as a born and bred Montrealer, a former season ticket holder and a 5th generation Quebecer myself the identity associated with the Canadiens is indelible.

            I still can remember going to the Forum on Saturday night as an event so special and not just a hockey game.

            That identity was reinforced and built by the on ice success forged by the team.

            Look back, the Montreal Maroons they could not duplicate the success of the Canadiens and they withered and died.

            Do you believe that the Canadiens’ integration into the fabric of Montreal would exist if it weren’t for those great teams of the fifties, sixties and seventies? Those teams won and in the glow of yearly parades gathered new fans while wildly exceeding the expectations of the existing fanbase.

            The recent downturn in success and by that I mean the last parade was 19 years ago would appear to be related to attempts ignore the changing NHL and reclycling former great players into management positions in which they proved to be inept or incapable.

            Geoff Molson whether fan or businessman realized that the attempts to recreate the dynasty years by osmosis from former players was not working and looked outside when hiring his new GM and hopefully for all fans he has the necessary big picture vision to reignite the organization to new success.

            =================================================
            The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

            “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
            “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”

          • HardHabits says:

            @shootdapuck: Good post!

          • issie74 says:

            Shootdapuck: +1

            NorthTOHab

    • aj says:

      these dudes from RDS have nothing to do in l’Antichambre but steer up some debate about the Habs not getting a local talent here in Quebec.

      To me, so what!

      Look at Maxime Talbot. Last yr he was asked by a reporter if he wants to sign with the Habs, he said he would love to. Where did he end up? He signed with the Flyers.

  8. habsfan0 says:

    In order to advance to the SCF,Lundqvist will have to out duel Brodeur for 2 straight games.

    Not impossible, but I wouldn’t bet too many Haagen Dazs ice cream bars on it.

    • christophor says:

      Brodeur has been a passenger on NJ’s playoff run. NJ’s style keeps his workload down.

      Brodeur’s reputation is the only reason he’s receiving accolades this year. He just needs to avoid screwing things up, and he’s managed to almost screw things up a few times.

  9. Chickenfisher says:

    I love to watch Torts squirm and I hate to watch those boring Devils win.

    Martin F Brodeur has so many horseshoes he must be
    magnetic.

    Go Kings!

  10. punkster says:

    I’ve been checking in on the live blogs some of the media, including the Gazette, have been running most nights during these student protests. They could learn a lot from Mr. Boone on how to keep things fresh, entertaining and real on the interwebby thingy.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  11. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Fack I hate the Devils!

  12. shootdapuck says:

    Wait wait the NHL handicappers are cooking up a late penalty just to ensure OT for the chosen ones!

  13. punkster says:

    Ha.

    OK Boone, you’ve reached your limit of Carnac the Magnificent pronouncements for one night.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  14. commandant says:

    UNBELIEVABLE

    Go Habs Go!
    Visit Your NHL Draft Headquarters
    http://lastwordonsports.com/category/lastwordblog/nhldraft/

  15. TomNickle says:

    Told ya so Mike.

  16. Un Canadien errant says:

    Saint John wins 4-1 against the Cataractes.

    London Knights go straight to the Finals.

    Saint John Sea Dogs in Semis.

    Edmonton will play Shawinigan in a tiebreaker game for the other semis spot. Go Cats!

    ———————————
    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/

  17. ProHabs says:

    Has it been reported yet what Shane Doen said to Dustin Brown during the hand shake after the game yesterday.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      We talked about it during yesterday’s liveblog, I wanted the CBC to show us that handshake, but they didn’t focus on it. Another poster said that Shane Doan shook his head at Dustin Brown with an expression that said “Not cool”.

      ———————————
      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/

    • TomNickle says:

      “Your mother wears army boots”

  18. punkster says:

    And the officials blow another one.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  19. TomNickle says:

    Hey Mr. Boone,

    I wouldn’t go saying the Rangers are in just yet.

  20. Un Canadien errant says:

    Ummm, I think the US never accepted the $2 bill, for some strange superstitious reason. They have 1, 5, 10, …

    ———————————
    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/

  21. punkster says:

    Oh Marty.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  22. Habsolutely says:

    Mini-Gio has quite the beak on him. He’s a gamer like his brother.

  23. shootdapuck says:

    Just waiting for MacLean to yank PJ Stocks’ clip on and wave it like a trophy!

  24. Habsolutely says:

    Devils are playing very uncharacteristically. They need to get back to the defensive aspect of their game.

  25. shootdapuck says:

    What’s the subliminal message in the crackberry ad and the ladies’ search for next big thing?

    • TomNickle says:

      I don’t know but I would like verification of these three Blackberry commercials with actors saying they receive one thousand emails each day.

      Liars!

      • JayK-47 says:

        I bet she counts every Facebook “lol” and “omg” as an ‘e-mail’

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        These new millenials, their generation isn’t really good with the math and having a sense of proportion, I tell them a thousand times a day.

        ———————————
        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/

  26. TomNickle says:

    By my count since the start of the playoffs the following players are “the heart and soul of the Rangers” according to Glenn Healey.

    Ryan Callahan
    Dan Girardi
    Marc Staal
    Ryan McDonagh
    Michael Del Zotto
    Brad Richards
    Brandon Prust
    Mike Rupp
    Marian Gaborik
    Brian Boyle
    Henrik Lundqvist
    Ruslan Fedotenko

    It’s as if he has a Rolodex with each players’ name on it and uses the same phrase to describe each one with every Rangers’ game.

    • Habsolutely says:

      He’s a union guy. He probably still dreams of being a shop steward.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Haha, very true, there’s a lot of gushing about Rangers players in general. Granted, many of them do good things, but it’s intermittent in most cases. From the commentary, you would think that they’re consistently all heart and soul, the good guys, the guys you should root for, doing their job, etc, etc.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Hockey analysts are rarely economical with their words, praise or hyperbole.

      We used to have a drinking game, where every time John Madden said a player was the best at something obscure, like: “Dermonti Dawson is the best centre in the league at recognizing the inside blitz and changing the blocking to account for it…”, we’d have to chug our beer. We’d get right loaded, because any game he worked, even if it was the Lions against the Bucs, he’d find eight or ten players who were the best in the league at something.

      ———————————
      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/

      • TomNickle says:

        If you wanted to stay sober you should have changed the game to one where you would be obligated to drink when Pat Summerall sounded excited while announcing a team scoring a touchdown.

  27. shootdapuck says:

    Re McGuire

    Forgot to add that defense by Mitch Melnick creator of PJ Stock is just as dubious!

  28. habs11s says:

    Ryan Callahan- drafted by the New York Rangers in the fourth round, 127th overall, what a steal in the fourth round…
    _____________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  29. shootdapuck says:

    McGuire and Healey peas in a pod?

    Both have their agendas; McGuire trying to prove his claim as a GM and Healey the militant union advocate!

    Talking heads both one a lot slicker than the other!

    Any endorsement by Cherry is dubious at best!

  30. 24more says:

    Just heard some sad news about David Fischer, 2006 Habs first-rounder. He had to leave the Florida Everglades during their pursuit for the Kelly Cup to be with his mother, who is battling cancer.

    http://www.news-press.com/article/20120523/SS18/305230013/Everblades-David-Fischer-joins-ailing-mother?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Sports|s

  31. habs11s says:

    These players need to stop playing hockey with twigs, I believe in the Pitt-Phil series Kris Letang went through 4 sticks in one game alone… but I guess if you don’t pay for them who cares…

    _____________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

    • TomNickle says:

      Ever used an Easton Stealth?

      The best hockey stick I’ve ever used, and I hadn’t used an Easton since the Easton Aluminum. Hated their sticks(including the Synergy) for nearly two decades.

      That Stealth is the holy grail of hockey equipment.

    • Malreg says:

      90% of the players actually do have to pay for their sticks.

      And the pro-stock sticks are so geared towards performance and being lightweight that they are much less durable than the retail versions.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I’m surprised to hear this. Are you sure, because I was convinced that the NHL teams pay for all the players’ equipment, including sticks? I remember a GM frustrated at the sight of players breaking sticks to let out their frustration mulling over the possibility of charging them for the sticks they break intentionally, since they aren’t cheap.

        ———————————
        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/

        • TomNickle says:

          Depends on the player. Some guys like custom work and usually get them on their own and other guys just try every model they can find without modifications and when they settle on one the team picks up the tab.

        • Malreg says:

          I was convinced that I read that somewhere, but I just looked it up again and you are correct, the team pays. Sorry about that.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            I thought what happened is that frontline players like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin get ‘sponsored’ and have custom sticks designed for them, and receive payment from manufacturers for using their product. Pluggers use off-the-shelf sticks and the teams pay.

            ———————————
            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/

      • mrhabby says:

        And I suppose players have to pay for skates, jocks, gloves…..players in general don’t play for sticks. Neighbor of mine knows a rep at Easton…teams pays for sticks.

  32. Malreg says:

    After giving up 3 goals on 5 shots, Glen Healy says that Lundqvist is in the Devils’ heads, and they aren’t shooting because they don’t think they can beat him.

    Ok…

  33. mrhabby says:

    I don’t know mitch melnik but sounds like a complete jerk…

  34. Habsolutely says:

    What a great game. Hopefully it doesn’t tie up and go to multiple overtimes, I got an early tee time tomorrow and Friday.

  35. smiler2729 says:

    The dreaded 3 goal lead…

    _______________________________________
    Calling it like it is:
    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Boston Bruins, gutless diving weasel pukes.

  36. shootdapuck says:

    Brown cheap shot was just as late as the Rome hit in last years final!

    Rome got suspended!

    Why are dangerous hits involving knees not treated with the same cachet as head shots?

    Just not flavor of the week?

    Dangerous hits are just that no matter what body part is injured!

    • Habsolutely says:

      Ya, I thought that was a dirty hit. and looked like a definite knee on knee IMHO. Yotes were right to be pissed.

      • TomNickle says:

        They can be upset that no call was made but they have no business asking for a suspension after what Derek Morris did earlier in that series.

        • shootdapuck says:

          But Morris received a penalty!

          Brown’s protected species status got him a free pass!

          Brown has assumed the Marchand role this year he can do just about anything and never be called for it!

          =================================================
          The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

          “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
          “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          It shouldn’t be tit for tat. Just because a dirty play happened and was overlooked by the officials doesn’t mean the next one by the victimized team is a freebie.

          ———————————
          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/

          • shootdapuck says:

            Normand,

            No Tit for Tat implied just the fact that Brown has been involved a a number of dubious plays through these playoffs and has escaped scott free each and every time!

            Just like Marchand last year!

            It just isn’t Karma!

            These has been endless discussion of this hit or that hit by Doan or Morris the difference being that those hits were penalized Brown has continually got away with bloody murder (figuratively).

            =================================================
            The cerebral insight of PJ Stock:

            “Le problem est Markov n’a pas jouer un seul game cette annee”
            “Louis Leblanc est un kid locale”

  37. habsfan0 says:

    “The next one is … HUMONGOUS!”

    That’s what she said.

  38. Habsolutely says:

    Callahan is such a money player.

  39. habsfan0 says:

    Looks like last shot wins tonight.

  40. shootdapuck says:

    Re the lighting at MSG

    Looks dark every game!

    Maybe part of the smoke and mirrors legacy in NY.

  41. JayK-47 says:

    “Cherry is particularly incoherent tonight.”

    You can’t multiply by 0 Mr. Boone.

  42. jols101 says:

    Glad they replayed the Brown hit. Last night on here you would have thought that Brown had killed someone. It might have been a fraction of a second late but other than that it was a good solid hit. Sucks that Rosival got hurt but it is a contact sport…

  43. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Cats score on the PP, 3-1 dogs. Ellis gets the assist.

  44. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Beaulieu gets another assist. 3-0 dogs.

  45. Habsolutely says:

    Love how Cherry casually mentions how Prust only makes 800 grand. Cherry is a true 1%er.

  46. zorro says:

    Sounds like Don Cherry is not a big fan of Pierre Maguire.

  47. mrhabby says:

    Cherry calling Healy classy…..what.

  48. boing007 says:

    Watching HNIC and SportsNet. Why is the picture quality many times better from Shawinigan than from MSG?

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

  49. habsfan0 says:

    I may be wrong, but I believe the next goal will be big.

  50. mrhabby says:

    Will Gaborik and Richards wake up.

  51. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Let’s Go Rangers!

  52. mrhabby says:

    Nice effort by prust. Rare screw up by the goalie.

  53. smiler2729 says:

    Is Brian Boyle trying to look like Zorro or Inigya Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die?

    _______________________________________
    Calling it like it is:
    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Boston Bruins, gutless diving weasel pukes.

  54. Habsolutely says:

    Marty committed to the poke check a little too early there.

  55. habsfan0 says:

    “I strongly suspect Martin Brodeur has never blown a 3-0 lead in the playoffs”

    No sooner were the words out from Boone and…

  56. Habsolutely says:

    looking forward to a Devils/Kings SCF. Gonna be sweet to watch Marty rain on Mike Richards parade.

  57. Habsolutely says:

    HaHa. Someone better get Tort’s meds ready. He’s gonna throw a conniption fit.

  58. habsfanforever7631 says:

    Ellises got some grit!

  59. habsfan0 says:

    It’s still early, but Lundqvist is showing why he’s earned the reputation of being a “non money” goalie.

  60. jedimyrmidon says:

    Fayne hit Prust with one extended arm and Prust crumples to the ice… riiiight.

  61. Un Canadien errant says:

    Excellent work on the background story on Ryan McDonagh’s trade to the NY Rangers Mr. Boone. Even if it added to my workload even more….

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/McDonagh+trade+Gainey+worst/6666925/story.html

    I also appreciated the backgrounder on the David Fischer-Claude Giroux decision in the 2006 draft. You should do a twelve-part series on this subject, the Ben Maxwell vs. Milan Lucic second round pick in 2006, the Mark Napier vs. Mike Bossy pick, the Chris Chelios trade, the Patrick Roy fiasco. Talk to the scouts, the GM’s involved, give us some insight and historical perspective, for those who didn’t live through them or who forget.

    Give us even more to bellyache about, but with context and references. Great stuff.

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    • JayK-47 says:

      He should write a book about it. “XXXXXX! The modern trade history of The Montreal Canadiens.” (with an introduction by Glen Sather)

      edit: Gyped was deleted for being bigoted even though some of my best friends are bigots.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        JayK, the word ‘gyped’ comes from the root ‘Gypsy’, and ascribes the act of stealing to an entire people. It’s bigoted and prejudicial, so you should probably excise it from your vocabulary. I’ve replaced it with ‘cheated’ or ‘duped’.

        Not casting stones, I used it all the time, it might be one of the earliest English words I learned and only found out decades later how it came about.

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        http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • smiler2729 says:

      Don’t forget the red-hot playoff hero Jaro Halak mysteriously to St. Louis for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz… probably a worst trade than the Gomez-Pyatt for Higgins-McDonagh.

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      Jack Edwards is a clam.
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      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Taking on a 7.3M cap hit contract for 7(?) whole years for a player whose play has hit absolutely abysmally low levels at 1M/goal in return for a prospect who is already a top 2D logging ridiculous minutes… that is better than trading Halak for Eller (who may prove to be quite good, and is already a decent player) and Schultz?

        Methinks you dislike Price a lot.

      • neumann103 says:

        You cannot be serious.

        At the time I was in favour of keeping both PRice and Halak and platooning them because they were affordable and frankly if each wanted to be a clear #1, well tough titty.

        But to suggest that dealing Halak for Eller is in any way comparable to the Gomez fiasco is just nuts

        “Et le but!”

    • ont fan says:

      Man, you guys like to wallow in this stuff! SNAP OUT OF IT!

  62. smiler2729 says:

    Looks good on the Rangers…

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    Calling it like it is:
    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Boston Bruins, gutless diving weasel pukes.

  63. shootdapuck says:

    Rug alert on the anthem singer!

  64. shootdapuck says:

    After a billion dollar refurb MSG the ice is still crap!

    Reminds of the old days when the playoffs and the circus would collide and the had to scrape elephant poo off the ice surface!

    • boing007 says:

      So is their lighting of the ice surface. To me it looks like the lights are only half on. It looks so dark.

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

  65. jedimyrmidon says:

    Hm, interesting, interview with Jason Pominville on the TVA feed and he was saying Ellis impressed him most out of the players on the Cataractes team even over Gormley.

    • TomNickle says:

      He’s easily the most well rounded player they have among all of their skaters.

      I do believe that Gormley will have a bigger impact in the NHL though. Just needs to learn how to use his size more effectively or improve significantly on his positioning.

  66. jols101 says:

    Is it normal for GM’s to have 2 assistants? I heard Dudley was coming and now we are hearing Mellanby.

  67. Un Canadien errant says:

    WTF! Another liveblog?! What is that, three or four threads today? Plus a huge amount of reading from Dave Stubbs? This is supposed to be the off-season, how in hell am I supposed to keep up with all this?

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  68. commandant says:

    Assist for Beaulieu on that 5 on 3 goal.

    2-0 Saint John.

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  69. commandant says:

    These two teams do NOT like each other.

    This is getting dirty… Crosschecks to throats… etc…

    Refs are losing control.

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    • TomNickle says:

      As dirty as it is, and I feel bad for saying this. It was nice to see Morgan Ellis respond in kind to something done to one of his teammates.

      Something the current edition of the Habs sorely lacks.

  70. Kimberly2u says:

    I know how to spell Saint John cause I’m from Moncton

  71. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    @CraigJButton: Jacques Beaulieu, GM & Coach of Sarnia, says if he was Trevor Timmons, he would take Galchenyuk of all players. .http://t.co/QxaQTt20

  72. jols101 says:

    Is everyone having their pre-game nap?

  73. jols101 says:

    Memorial Cup or Stanley Cup Playoffs?

    Not sure about the rest of you but i have been watching a lot more of the Memorial Cup than the Stanley Cup Playoffs…

    Both teams are flying right now…this should be a great one…Huberdeau just scored

  74. commandant says:

    Shawinigan and Saint John about to start now.

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