Liveblog: Three in a row!


Photo by Dario Ayala of The Gazette)

A short week ago, your Montreal Canadiens were losing at home to the Leafs.
Now they’re hot.
And off for a while


  1. habbernack says:

    Josh protecting gill

    ability is what you’re capable of doing.
    attitude determines how you do it

  2. NLhabsfan says:

    The Bruins love that post:)

  3. Propwash says:

    Piss off Horton.


  4. HabCez says:

    lol.. goalpost for 1st star

    nice save for Gorges!

  5. Un Canadien errant says:

    How Shawn Thornton does not draw a penalty on his fight with Travis Moen speaks to the corruption and moral bankruptcy of the NHL. The laws on the books for infractions such as charging, high-sticking, roughing, instigator are not applied as they are spelled out, and it promotes a climate of uncertainty, favouritism, and intimidation on the ice.

    Social scientists talk about how society breaks down when laws are not enforced and openly flouted, how this leads to an environment where all rules or laws are open to question and liable to be ignored. The NHL is poisoning its own well with such practices, and offers up a visage to the world that doesn’t shine. It explains in large part why the only impact hockey makes on the American public’s consciousness is with brawls and thuggery and violence, instead of amazing “did you see that?!” displays of wizardry and skill. I’m afraid that the average American has seen more of Sean Avery and Matt Cooke and Todd Bertuzzi than he has of Pavel Datsyuk or Martin St. Louis or Alexander Ovechkin. I lay this at the feet of Colon Campbell, Stephen Walkom, Gary Bettman and Don Cherry.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

    • ffenliv says:

      At what point did the NHL display ‘wizardry and skill’? The high-flying days of high scores and players like Richard or Gretzky were also days with line brawls and players engaging in stick battles like they were holding swords.

      It’s a fallacy that today’s NHL favours goons and thugs. Some teams, like the habs, don’t even carry enforcers (and yet fans here have often complained in the past that the team is ‘too small’ and many cried out to sign Konopka for crying out loud).

      The professional game is unbelievably cleaner and faster than it ever has been in the past.

    • HardHabits says:

      Nice motivational speech. I’m all full of adrenaline after reading that.

  6. Habbu says:

    Yup the Bruins must have called the NHL Head Office between periods……

  7. Danno says:

    What a farce.

    World Cup soccer on ice


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

    • ffenliv says:

      How about when PK was given a punch (a penalty I agree), but snapped his head back, then looked at the ref to plead for a penalty? I think that rates about the same as what you’re complaining about here.

      • JayBee says:

        Oh please. You sure you’re a Habs fan?

        • ffenliv says:

          That’s the second time someone has asked me that. I really am. But you can’t deny what the video showed. PK snapped his head back (like most players do in that situation) and looked at the ref.

          I’m not saying PK is a whiner; he just did what most players do. But it’s not like the habs aren’t acting out there, too. The ‘force’ of the punch he was hit with wasn’t nearly enough to cause his head to snap back, and the complaint to the ref with the ‘hey, did you see that’ hands-in-the-air motion is acting all the same.

          • JayBee says:

            I don’t think there was a sell job at all. I mean, it was right in front of the ref. There was no acting required. Subban just reacted to the punch with a “WTF?”.

            Stop it.

          • ffenliv says:

            No acting was required, and yet acting there was.

            And exactly what is it you’re commanding me to ‘stop’. I’ve been a Habs fan since my father (a leafs fan) took me to a game at the forum when I was a kid.

            I live and die with every game, like every one else here, and yet because I don’t have a seething hatred for Bruins players, or believe the fix is in to screw the Habs, and because I believe that Habs players are prone to acting, too, it is suggested to me that I’m not really a fan, and my opinions are unwanted.

            Virtually every call made against Montreal is derided here as weak, or a make-up call, or the bruins having the fix in. Its’ like people really believe Montreal does nothing to warrant a penalty through the entire course of every game.

  8. VancouverHab says:

    Oh man, I saw that coming — brutla brutal Gionta P.K. shift.

  9. T-roy West says:

    That’s our Captain. Real smart. Trade bait.

  10. immortalhab says:

    I guess Betteman suddenly got paid.

  11. Propwash says:

    There’s all the makeup calls


  12. NLhabsfan says:

    What did I say!!!

  13. showey47 says:

    Here come the makeup calls.

  14. VancouverHab says:

    Clear the damn zone Gionta!

  15. T-roy West says:

    I think Friedman is right about Gauthier and I also question Gauthier’s negotiating ability with other GM’s.

    • JayBee says:

      Bingo. I doubt anyone respects PG…which is why he’s always on the short end of the stick on deals.

      Say what you want about Bruke, but do your eally think he would have traded SK for the scraps PG got? Hell, I think Burke would tell the coach to get over whatever issue he had with SK and play him.

      Gauthier is not the guy to build this team.

  16. Habbu says:

    I have a feeling the worm is gonna turn for the Bruins soon. Please not tonight.

  17. NLhabsfan says:

    What the diving intensify for the boys in the baby shit yellow.

  18. showey47 says:

    Eller’s game has really turned to shit after scoring his goal. A missed open net,a brutal giveaway,now a dumb penalty.

  19. VancouverHab says:

    “The moron Milbury is on P.K. for the way he dresses. Thinly-veiled racism, no? What a schmuck!”

    What the…!! Better dial back that hyper-liberal paternalism, Mr. Boone. Nobody outside Puritan New England should be that exquisitely sensitive.

  20. Danno says:

    Campbell soup


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  21. HabinBurlington says:

    Good call, Eller with a couple tough shifts

  22. tbovs says:

    Friedman was saying something on the hotstove about how the “people” in the league…first he said coaches and then the league are pissed at gautheir for firing Pearn and then all the people on the panel saying the same thing …. why the fark would pepole be mad…if someone fires a coache to wake up the team … wtf. The NHL is a boys club…have experienced it first hand…bunch of douchebags…pearn was classy in his post firing interview though…a lot of respect for him.

  23. slapshot777 says:

    Anyone watching the Hotstove on CBC, they blast the Habs for firing Pearn. Saying that everyone around the league is upset over this. WHO CARES. Saying that the Habs were a class organization. So they fire an assistant coach and now they are classless. Since when does anybody know what happened with Pearn anyway with regards to other GMs.

    All I know is that since they fired Pearn the Habs have changed it around. So it’s a good move as of right now. Maybe they gave too much duties to Pearn who couldn’t handle all the pressure.

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  24. JayBee says:

    anyone have a clip of what Milbury said about PK? I don’t get what he’s wearing has to do with anything.

    • Propwash says:

      Anything to criticize PK.
      He’s grasping at straws


    • Duracell3 says:

      Alternatively, you know who is a very sensible dresser?

      Don Cherry.

    • ProHabs says:

      Pk just walked into the Bell wearing a trench coat, a pimping ain’t easy hat, a long yellow and brown scarf and his headphones and MIlbury said that is why nobody likes him. Stupid comment

      • JayBee says:

        That’s pretty disappointing. I hope all this “hate” doesn’t get to PK. It must suck when you go to every arena and get boo’d. Everyone in the media hates you for no reason.

        I really hope it isn’t racial….but I’m pretty sure a lot of it is.

    • geo_habsgo says:

      They showed a clip of him entering the arena before the game and he was wearing a fedora with a scarf and suit and milbury said that it is hard not to hate a guy who dresses like that. Just his usual silly commentary about nothing. He’s a loser.

  25. Chuck says:

    Playing a gig tonight so I cant watch… are they taking it to Boston?

  26. Duracell3 says:

    Watching the Ducks game, this Predator’s jersey may be the worst in all of sports.

  27. NLhabsfan says:

    Every one knows Milbury’s hate for Montreal.. Scum sucking pig!!!

  28. tote-road says:

    Friedman asks Milbury what if he was the GM of a Stanley Cup contending team. Might as well have asked him how to build a spaceship. He is equally well versed on both topics.

  29. C_exacte says:

    Ever since I saw the table drop the cup, I had a feeling nature was trying to restore balance!!! eat some humble pie this Halloween Coley & Co.

  30. nova scotia vees says:

    Cassie Campbell is actually a very good analyst. I have never heard her as we in the Maritimes have to watch RDS alot. Mark Lee however is either in love with Chara or a total Bruin fan. Even Bob Cole is better than Lee. Lee actually called Chara a “great man”. And he said he is being booed because it is his first visit to the Bell since the MaxPac incident. Really? Who was that disguised as Chara for those 3 playoff games??

  31. Timo says:

    I hope they don’t sit protecting the lead in the third. Man, I still wish we head a few nasty players to take some knees out, break some wrists and break Chara’s neck. But it’s just me

  32. HabinBurlington says:

    Boone you can add me to the list of people that doesn’t like Julien

  33. Un Canadien errant says:

    Apparently Mats Sundin will have his jersey number retired by the Toronto Maple Leafs. I think this is not a deserved honour, it actually cheapens the gesture. Players who have their jersey retired should be titans who ruled the NHL and whose names are synonymous with excellence. Further, this player should have played the vast majority of his career with this team. Finally, playoff success should be a major considerations.

    Let’s analyze Mr. Sundin’s case. While he was an All-Star in his years in Toronto, he didn’t win a scoring championship or any major individual awards. He only scored over 100 points once, and did so as a Nordique, and never scored 50 goals, reaching 47 once and 41 on another occasion. He had limited success in the playoffs, contributing offensively but never taking his team deep into the playoffs. Finally, his first four seasons were spent in Québec, and he finished up in regrettable fashion in Vancouver. He did show loyalty to the team, but some in Toronto argue that he should have waived his no-trade clause in his last season, when he had already made up his mind that he wouldn’t re-sign with Toronto in the summer any way.

    To honour him by retiring his jersey speaks to the hunger of Toronto fans for success and champions more strongly than it does about the standard he set for future Leafs. It’s not as bad as Vancouver fans and the organization thinking of retiring Pavel Bure’s number, but it does debase the practice.

    Some may feel that I’m too critical of Mr. Sundin. They may bring up his success in international play, which I appreciate but is not germane to this issue.

    I have spoken on this issue in the past, and I don’t think the Canadiens are above blame on this issue. I believe the only jerseys that should be retired in Montreal are numbers 1, 4, 7, 9, 10, and am unsure about #33. The others who are presently retired should be honoured in another way, maybe like is done in the NFL in Pittsburgh and Denver, for example, with a Ring of Honour or some such method.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

  34. geo_habsgo says:

    Milbury being a moron as usual. Friedman is once again showing himself to be a thoughtful, classy journalist.

  35. immortalhab says:

    Does anyone know where I can get a waterproof sticker of the Bruin logo for the bottom of my toilet?

  36. zak says:

    Here’s hoping they don’t sit back and protect the lead.

    Hire the best regardless of language

  37. Habbu says:

    It’s like the Bruins think they have a god given right to roughing after whistles……..part of their team identity……and are shocked because some (certainly not all) are being called.

  38. NLhabsfan says:

    Friedman is classless.

  39. Duracell3 says:

    Happened a couple weeks ago too, Julien has NO IDEA what to do when the refs show up.

  40. eric says:

    Elliot friedmn saying other coaches and Gm’s around the league are saying the firing of PP was classless.

  41. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …hmmm …Friedman conjecture to add Pittsburgh and Detroit or Columbus to Habs’ Division in realignment …wouldn’t that be nice (as long as it ain’t Columbus 🙁 )

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  42. immortalhab says:

    I can just see the headlines now: Refs Decide to be Impartial at Bruin Game: Bruin fans crying ‘Unfair!’

  43. NLhabsfan says:

    Nice to see Boston caught with the cheap shots.

  44. HabinBurlington says:

    So Montreal fires an asst. coach and Elliote Friedman says Montreal used to be classy, why is firing an asst. coach not okay but firing a head coach okay?

    • geo_habsgo says:

      He wasn’t saying they aren’t classy anymore. He was saying that some other teams are calling out the Canadiens for not being classy in this situation. We are very sensitive as fans. If it were someone else saying it I’d think they were full of it but Friedman tends to be a pretty fair journalist.

  45. scavanau says:

    2P 00:00 And a scrum to end the period.

    I expect nothing less from those bums

  46. shootdapuck says:

    Can you believe that the goons are actually being called for the cheap shots and head shots after the play?


    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office.

    Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  47. HardHabits says:

    And to think. The Habs are doing this with 14 million dollars of cap space on the IR.

  48. NLhabsfan says:

    Boston tools …

  49. Mavid says:

    wow Lucic is a dumb as a post…he can barely form a sentence…ug grunt…we need to hit more…grunt….me thinks….

    second place is just the first loser

  50. Habbu says:

    Don’t slip and fall on the ice Claude, we don’t want any sense knocked into you.

  51. Habso says:

    the Bruins head coach and his assistant:

  52. darkhorse says:

    Love all the idiots on this Boston teams…just keep taking terrible penalties.
    The boys were playing great before the non-call on Eller’s breakout, really solid, smart hockey. Hopefully this PP can get them back to that level

  53. Danno says:

    Just shut your pie-hole Julien


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  54. Propwash says:

    Refs have missed calls maybe, but they’re trying to put a stop to the typical Bruin horse****


  55. geo_habsgo says:

    That was a crazy save by Rask. That’ll be highlight reel for sure. Price is also looking great tonight. Let’s go boys!!

  56. JayBee says:

    So now they finally decide to call the Bruins on their s*** . They’re a year too late.

  57. oshawahabsfan says:

    See PK that’s what you do. Then we score on the PP

  58. HabinBurlington says:

    Was Julien born in a cave in Boston?

  59. Mavid says:

    I love PK…..

    second place is just the first loser

  60. NLhabsfan says:

    NO CALL … what!!!

  61. Mavid says:

    no Cassie we do not want Lurch on our team….wrong…

    second place is just the first loser

  62. HabCez says:

    Eller made a boo boo hopefully JM wont bench him now..

  63. Muckbringer says:

    i dont understand why we pass back the line when we cant even clear it when we need to

  64. crazyhabsfan says:

    Nice hook

  65. Bash says:

    Seriously, the officiating is terrible! That wasn’t a hook?????
    We had a fe power plays so now the Bwoons can do what they want
    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

    • ffenliv says:

      I think when the ref sees the video, he’ll know it was a hook for sure. I’d have to see a reply, but I suggested a few posts down that his view may have been obscured by the positioning of the players.

      It’s also worth noting that I’ve seen a lot of fans on this site bitch when similar calls are made against the habs (regardless of the opponent). Can’t have it both ways, and refs are never perfect.

  66. HabinBurlington says:

    Prime example where refs are afraid to call 3 consecutive penalties against one team

  67. olematelot says:

    Eller was hooked, missed call

  68. oshawahabsfan says:

    Hooking and slashing… or nothing apparently

  69. tote-road says:

    Horton hears a boo.

  70. Propwash says:



  71. JayBee says:

    I’ve seen hooking called on that play many times.

    • ffenliv says:

      Indeed. That did seem like a classic, post-lockout hook. Could have been that the position of Eller’s body shielded the play from the ref, and he took it as a simple turnover under pressure.

      The officiating in this game, though, has been unusually good.

  72. NLhabsfan says:

    Bad give away from Eller.

  73. kakey says:

    There were probably about hundreds of instances against the rest of the league last season where the ref could’ve give a Boston penalty similar to what Ference just did.

  74. Habbu says:

    Cole in front of the net contributed to that one. A week ago he wasn’t good enough to be on the ice. We as fans owe a big thanks to that female French reporter for schooling JM

  75. Remi says:

    NESN Commentariat: “Desharnais…another kind of smurf thats been giving the Bruins trouble….to the front of the net DESHARNAIS SCORES!!!!”

    Legitimately what they said. Sad how biased they are.

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