Liveblog: Kings take opener 4-2 in Phoenix

Kopitar

Dwight King scored twice, including an empty-netter, as Los Angeles continued its relentless march through the 2012 playoffs.
The Kings are 9-1, 6-0 on the road.
They outshot the home-ice Coyotes 48-27.

Phoenix got a crazy, 100-foot goal by Derek Morris and a more artistic one by Mikkel Boedker.

Dustin Brown  scored his seventh of the playoffs early in the third period to give L.A. a lead it would not relinquish.

Brown’s linemate, Anze Kopitar, opened the scoring early in the first period.

In addition to their 48 SoG, the Kings had 25 blocked and 17 that missed the net.

The corresponding Phoenix totals were 27-11-8.

Total domination by the eighth-place team on a mission.

106 Comments

  1. issie74 says:

    Please watch the Memorial Cup,which starts this week.

    There are three defensemen:
    Ellis-Shawinigan
    Tinordi:London
    Beaulieu-St-Johns

    All Habs Prospects I would like to read some debating on HIO but no trading for a bag of pucks,please.

    NorthTOHab

  2. durocher says:

    It isn’t a full day on Hockey I/O without some fantasy GM’ing. Here is my attempt:

    Trade: Pleks, Bourque, and Diaz to Columbus for Brassard, Umberger, Savard and a 2nd round pick
    Trade: Our 1st round pick (3rd overall) and a 2nd round pick to Philadelphia for James van Riemsdyk, Marc-Andre Bourdon and their 1st round pick (20th overall)
    Draft (in the 1st round, with the 20th overall pick): Dalton Thrower
    Re-sign: Staubitz
    Say thanks to: Darche, Moen, Campoli, Weber
    Buy-out and/or bury in Hamilton: Gomez, Kaberle
    Sign: tough depth D, like Matt Carkner
    This yields:

    Pacioretty-DD-Cole
    JVR-Brassard-Gio
    Umberger-Eller-LL
    Staubitz-White-Blunden
    Dumont

    Gorges-Subban
    Markov-Emelin
    Bourdon-Savard
    St-Denis/Carkner

    Price
    Flanders

    • commandant says:

      Those two trades are complete and total rip offs in favour of Philly and Columbus.

      Dalton Thrower at 20 is a reach.

      Are you Reggie Houle?

      Go Habs Go!
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    • petefleet says:

      Not to put too fine of a point on it but……you must be insane or on crack. Glad you’re not ever going to be GM. You might fit in in Toronto. They’ll be looking in June of next year or earlier. Get your resume shone up.

      ******************************************

      “It just goes to show how difficult predictions are, especially ones made about the future.”

      RGM
      ***Habs Forever***

    • naweed235 says:

      not to sound mean but that might be some of the dumbest trade ideas i’ve heard from a fan of a team… Were you trying to make the Habs better or worst?

    • The Cat says:

      I think the trade with Columbus isnt too bad. But the one with Philly is giving too much IMO

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

  3. SuperHabFan says:

    Anyone else notice the large rack behind Tippet at coyotes home games? Shows the mans true dedication to the sport that he’s not constantly turning around.

  4. habsavvy says:

    I’m amazed that Phoenix is in the conference finals.
    they are dominated in every game, including their home games.
    and don’t they look like a jacques Martin coached team?
    when i say that, I mean how passive they are.
    but they’ve been very lucky and luck only takes you so far.
    kings are by far the best team and it’s showing.
    I think this was the worst game phoenix has played in the playoffs.
    I see it, as a sweep for LA.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Sorry I dont see their play as passive or JM-strategy like. It is just that LA is way outclassing opponents now. Phoenix doesnt seem to be a match. While I was typing the host on TSN said (if I heard correctly) that LA has not trailed in a playoff game of this playoffs since game 1 of series 1.

  5. HardHabits says:

    I really don’t want to see the Yotes go past this round. Their fans don’t deserve it. The NHL shouldn’t even be in the desert.

    These so called fans are paying $25 dollars for two tickets, free parking, two beers, two hot-dogs and two baseball caps. The Yotes are more subsidized than Quebec university students.

    • neumann103 says:

      I felt like biting my tongue everytime I heard anyone praising those plucky underdogs the Phoenix Coyotes and their unexpected run. Apart from seeing the Flyers and the Bruins eliminated nothing is more important than seeing Phoenix relegated to the sidelines. Their winning the Stanley Cup would be an abomination. A parade for a bankrupt team, on Bettmanian life support for three years, held in a market that doesn’t want it (and punishing the local taxpayers with the cost of the folly) when offers on the table were turned down because they didn’t fit into the worldview of the aforementioned midget emperor?

      Go muthafreaking Kings Go!

      “Et le but!”

    • shootdapuck says:

      Call Bull_hit!

      You have a Tampa or Florida deal confused!

      Best ever deal by the Coyotes was 2 hotdogs and a beer for $1.00

      =================================================
      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”

    • chemic says:

      so you are only a so called fan if you pay at least 100 bucks for a tic to watch horrible hockey like ours and 10 bucks for a can of piss water?

  6. frontenac1 says:

    What was Boedker thinking! Oh well ,good game!

  7. frontenac1 says:

    Ooo,Yotes coming close

  8. frontenac1 says:

    45 shots so far on Smitty,a quiet night!

  9. commandant says:

    Remember all those rumors that Dustin Brown was on the trade market?

    Sometimes the best trade is the one you don’t make.

    Go Habs Go!
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  10. frontenac1 says:

    Hanzal,what a dork!

  11. jols101 says:

    Just got home from a full day of Mom, no hockey was watched, did i miss anything good? Yotes just keep surprising me. I keep waiting for the wheels to fall off but they never do..

  12. shootdapuck says:

    Double post

  13. frontenac1 says:

    I know,I know Mattyleg,but just try this.Go outside,look up at the moon and ARooooooooooo! Trust me you will feel good.Its a primative,canine thing.

  14. habsfan0 says:

    I’m beginning to sense another OT game.
    Wonder how the ice will hold up by the time 3rd OT period rolls around in the Arizona heat?

  15. HabinBurlington says:

    For what it is worth, I see no Semin anywhere on the ice.

  16. HabinBurlington says:

    Boedker another one of those great gritty Cdn. playoff performers. :)

  17. Sir.Plekers says:

    LA VS NY finall?Lots of long flights!
    SIR PLEKERS

  18. doogie says:

    just curious, any current NHL players that are “common threads” to Bergevin’s scouting and personnel career? In other words, anyone who’s likely to be donning a Habs jersey next season?

    * * * * * * *

    Need to get my clubs ready for the golf season since there ain’t gonna be any playoffs!

    • habstrinifan says:

      Not currently with chicago but this player was drafted while Bergevin was part of the scouting dept in Chicago. He is originally from Quebec and has progessed maybe better than Mark Mitera, Guy is also huge. He is RFA 2012. I Bergevin might consider dropping Mitera from the Hamilton roster (he’s also rfa) and go after this guy.

      Simon Danis-Pepin.
      Age: 24
      DOB: 1988/04/11
      POB: Montreal, Que, Canada
      Height: 6-8 Weight: 235lbs
      Shoots: R
      NHL Seasons: 0
      Drafted by Chicago in 2006 (2/61).

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Sounds good, let’s sign him up. Of course he’s still Chicago property, maybe we can trade them Tomas Kaberle for him.

        You mentioned dropping Mark Mitera before. Why do we want to cut him loose? We have a lot of UFA’s who will allow us to take on more contracts. Also, we have other players with even less promise than Mr. Mitera on the Bulldogs roster.

        ———————————
        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/

  19. Mattyleg says:

    I believe I just saw a fan holding a sign in the air which said:

    “Beat LA”

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. frontenac1 says:

    Boedker!!!ARoooooooooo!

  21. shootdapuck says:

    Boone your “indifferent” comment about support in Phoenix.

    Let’s ask the same question was it an indictment of fans or cities when fans stayed away in Winnipeg and Quebec when they knew for sure their team was leaving?

    Is it indifference in “traditional” markets as Long Island, Columbus , Jersey, when they can’t sell seasons tickets?

    What about fans in Tampa, Miami even Ottawa who only sell out when Montreal and Toronto play in the regular season. Are they indifferent?

    The Coyotes never since their arrival in the desert, including the dark years with Gretsky in charge, have had any on ice success until now!

    Boone, have you ever been to Glendale to attend a game there?

    You should, before indicting the city and the organization.

    The media in Canada has taken many of these issues so far it echoes of jingoism.

    It’s not easy to type on a IPhone while driving in a golf cart.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Fans in Winnipeg and Québec never stayed away, even when they could see the handwriting on the wall. What sank those teams was the high exchange rate for American dollars, and the lack of corporate boxes to bring in the corporate dollars (which will then be deducted as business expenses so they’re really our tax dollars, but that’s another story). Ticket sales and fan apathy were never an issue.

      As far as your other points, they could use a little tidying up, maybe reread and revise.

      ———————————
      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 I was in Winnipeg at the end and you are totally wrong!

        Average attendance in 94-95 was 13012 and in 95-96 was 11316.

        The Jets couldn’t sell seasons tickets and their attendance was below 9000 on many nights!

        Been there saw it live!

        The fans attitude was” if they’re leaving who cares”.
        =================================================
        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:

          I stand corrected about the situation in Winnipeg. You were there, I was going on memory of TSN and HNIC reports, and didn’t do my research. I do remember the fans abandoning the Expos for years on end, but I’m pretty sure the Nordiques had full houses to the end.

          I should sympathize about your golf cart-Iphone-cold beverage sitch, but strangely I don’t.

          ———————————
          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:

            Actually the numbers are available on HockeyDB.

            No recollections or real-time insight required.

            Anyway the Phoenix situation has been compounded by lack of on ice success and the specter that the team is leaving on an annual basis.

            =================================================
            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:

            The location in Glendale is also a big problem. Instead of being in Phoenix near some cool neighbourhoods, and making going to the game an event, the arena is in a suburb pretty far from the business district. That kills the atmosphere and makes it hard to attract the casual fan.

            ———————————
            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:

            Again I disagree.

            I have a place in North Phoenix and its is 20 miles from Jobing.com.

            With the ring freeway the 101 it takes less than 20 minutes to get to the arena and park. It is a hellava lot closer than coming in from the West Island to the Forum on the 2&20 or 40 used to be!

            As far as the area goes full of bars and eateries so folks going there are not left high and dry as well as hotels for the teams to stay at.

            BTW the arena is 100 m from the University of Arizona Stadium where the NFL Cardinals play and location presents no detriment at all to the NFL or the hundreds of trade shows which take place there.

            Originally the arena was supposed to be in Scottsdale but the previous owner tried to strong-arm the council there and they told him to take a hike. All in all that would have been even further from the business districts than Jobing.com.

            Lastly who mentioned cold beverages?
            =================================================
            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”

          • petefleet says:

            I’d give up while I was still breathing if I was you, Un Canadien.

            ******************************************

            “It just goes to show how difficult predictions are, especially ones made about the future.”

            RGM
            ***Habs Forever***

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Well, I’ve said before that one of the things I really enjoy on this site is learning, and I sure am on this subject.

            I have always read that the Coyotes’ arena is in a suburban wasteland which isn’t very lively, that it’s a drive-in, drive-out desert. Kind of like the difference between the Sens rink in Kanata and the New Forum, which is accessible by foot and has all the facilities you’d want on the way, as well as atmosphere. The sum total of my research on this subject had been to Google Earth the site to figure out how far from Phoenix it is, how dismal a location it really was.

            Not according to shootdapuck. Since he has actually been there, I have to defer to his knowledge, as opposed to my obviously faulty understanding.

            This is the point in the conversation when I’d usually get up and go buy a round for the table, and hope the subject has changed by the time I get back.

            Oh, and shootdapuck, you mentioned the golf cart, so I added in the detail of cold beverages. On that point, I’m sure I hit the bullseye.

            ———————————
            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/

  22. HabinBurlington says:

    I can’t cheer for the Coyotes, this is the team that Barry Shenkarow essentially treated like Loria treated the Expos to Montreal. I have less than kind things to say about Shenkarow, some might even say I despise him.

    Gary Bettman has propped this team up for years, even more reason not to cheer for them.

    However the players have nothing to do with all that, nor does Dave Tippett and to a lesser extent Maloney. I don’t mind this Yotes team, but I feel cheap cheering for them. So instead I cheer for the Kings who include Richards and Carter….

    Would be so much easier if I could cheer for the Habs or at worst the new Wpg. Jets.

    • Mattyleg says:

      I feel the same way, but I’ve had a soft spot for the last few years for Quick and Brown.

      On the other hand, Carter and Richards are Megadouches, and Dustin Penner makes Guidoune look like Rod Brind’amour in the ‘hardness’ stakes.

      Hence I give less than a crap about this series.

      About either series, for that matter. Can’t get excited at the prospect of a NJ and NYR ‘showdown’. Ugh.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I really like Dustin Brown, and I wonder what really happened at trade deadline when it sounded like they were trying to trade him just so they could stick a C on Richards jersey. Would love to have Dustin Brown in a CH jersey.

    • shootdapuck says:

      Shenkarow bled every cent out of the Jets no doubt!

      =================================================
      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”

  23. habsfan0 says:

    2nd period is almost over,and less than 35 comments?

    This place is almost as quiet as a hockey game at the ACC.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Unfortunately, my Care-O-Meter is at ’2′.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      These playoffs are just a long unavoidable slog until the draft and free agency, that’s when the real action begins. And then I won’t be able to wait until the development camp, then training camp, then pre-season…

      Coming up next, another 20 minutes of the cycle game, and blocked shots, and no forechecking, and dumping the puck and changing lines for the right matchups.

      ———————————
      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,

        Sound more like NJ vs NYR.

        =================================================
        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”

      • boing007 says:

        You forgot grinding in the corners for anywhere between thirty seconds and a minute. Any player that freezes the puck with his skate should be penalized.

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

  24. frontenac1 says:

    You won’t be disappointed L! Smitty is a straight up,good guy who paid his dues and came up the hard way.He also has a striking resemblance to other homeboy Kirk Muller!

  25. habsfan0 says:

    It’s early, but I can envision a Stanley Cup parade at Hollywood & Vine.

  26. L Elle says:

    This looks like it will be a great series. Problem is I like both teams.

    What the heck, let’s root for Price’s cousin and the pride of Verona. ;)

  27. D Mex says:

    WHL final series game 7 :
    Edmonton 4-0 over Portland midway thru the 2nd – appears the Oil Kings will advance to the Memorial Cup. No Habs prospects that I know of …

    ALWAYS Habs -
    D Mex

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      In the Western League, we had Brendan Gallagher on the Giants and Patrick Holland on the Tri-City Americans, both were eliminated early. I scouted both players earlier in the season.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2012/03/vancouver-giants-1-tri-city-americans-2.html

      We also have Darren Dietz on the Saskatoon Blades, and they’ll be hosting the Memorial Cup next year, so we’ll see him then.

      ———————————
      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/

      • D Mex says:

        Whister-Vancouver : quite a drive to watch a junior game.
        Uhh, ” Mr ” Holland … you don’t happen to have a relative who used to be the Habs GM, do you ? jk :-)

        ALWAYS Habs -
        D Mex

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          I worked in a sleepover at a friend’s house, lots of cold beverages, and a trip to Costco and the Mountain Equipment Co-op, so well worth the trip.

          As far as the use of Mr., I’ve posted this before, but here goes again:

          I use the formal mister, as in Mr. Desharnais, as a form of respect. I was brought up that way and used to refer to my elders as such, or Uncle or Aunt so and so. It comes easily.

          With the amount of hatred and disdain I see on these pages sometimes, I think it’s a step in the right direction and a pull on the rope in the tug-of-war in maintaining civility. It prevents the writer from casually thinking of a player or personality as a commodity or worse.

          When I read the Globe and Mail editorials as well as the New York Times, they use the formal tone as well. It’s a good standard to shoot for.

          I refuse to use the cutesy nicknames that get tossed around on here, like DD and Patches and Kabs. If we’re texting from the jump seat of a pickup racing in the Baja, there may be a need for brevity, but for the most part we’re all comfortably seated with a proper keyboard to use, it takes a second to type Mr. I don’t see why we’d omit it.

          When a play-by-play man uses the last name of a player, he does so for ease of reference and under time pressures. There’s an understanding that it’s acceptable in this case, but I doubt whether that should extend to regular conversation. Would you walk up to Erik Cole at the airport and say: “Cole, great game last night!”? Of course none of us would, we’d call him Mr. Cole, and some who are more easygoing might call him by his first name, if we felt comfortable being familiar.

          So I’m sorry some of you feel that strongly about my tone of respect, I just think it’s appropriate and the right thing to do, instead of posts like “PG should go XXXXX himself”, or abbreviations or diminutives that I have to decypher, like some that are being bandied about for players who aren’t even on the team yet.

          ———————————
          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:

            Puh-lease. I like your writing and you appear to be an intelligent young man but using Mr. sounds dorky. Subban. Price. Gorges. Emelin. Gionta.

            You don’t hear sportscasters say mister. The only person who uses it besides you just got fired.

            Another pet peeve I have is sportscasters using a player’s first name only. I used to seriously loathe watching Chicago Bulls with the commentator talking about Michael (as in Jordan). It made it sound like they were close friends, which even if they were still sounded unprofessional.

            Regardless. Using Mr. is exceedingly pretentious and overly pedantic. Take a tip from me. Give it a friggin’ break.

          • D Mex says:

            Given the ‘ explanation ‘ provided above, the following quote from your blog site re #31′s pending RFA status seems to denote a lack of ‘ respect ‘ for Mr Price :

            ” … I guess what I’m wondering about is what’s the zeitgeist now in the league as we prepare to negotiate Carey’s new contract. … ”

            What was it that Jean Chretien said one time about talking form the side of his mouth ?
            ” People, they say I talk from the side of my mouth. But, you know, the good thing is, I always talk from the same side … ” or something to that effect.
            ;-)

            ALWAYS Habs -
            D Mex

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            D Mex, I’ll allow myself to call a player by his first name and take a familiar tone if he’s on the team and a guy who generally is an all-around good guy. I won’t take this tone with someone who I disapprove of, I’ll try to keep that tone of respect. So I’ll refer to Carey by his first name, but never Mr. Kaberle.

            ———————————
            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/

  28. frontenac1 says:

    2-1 Kings!Let’s go Yotes!

  29. gwain says:

    come on, atwater was and always will be the smiling assassin…

  30. frontenac1 says:

    Williams chirping Smitty.Now there’s a tilt I’d like to see.My moneys on homeboy Smith!

  31. Adidess says:

    Wow, this is ferocious hockey. Coyotes coming to life.

  32. Un Canadien errant says:

    A request for Mike Boone:

    You did a great job of providing context on the David Fischer-Claude Giroux decision by the Canadiens in the 2006 draft, great background on how this played out, how the Canadiens didn’t ignore an obvious choice as much as the Flyers reached, gambled and won.

    Could you do the same for the 2nd round, where the Canadiens picked Ben Maxwell and the Bruins picked Milan Lucic immediately after? It would be interesting to know where the Canadiens had Mr. Lucic on their board, where the Bruins had Mr. Maxwell, how Ryan White played into this, seeing as he was ranked ahead of both by NHL Central Scouting. I’m interested in knowing if Milan Lucic was the Bruins’ man all along, or if they were reaching for fear of not being able to get him in the third round. Also, how the Canadiens had another choice in the second and took Mathieu Carle, and then traded up in the third to grab Ryan White, while the Bruins picked Brad Marchand when their turn came up.

    I’m skeptical of draft revisionism, but it’s always interesting to get the context of how these decisions were made.

    ———————————
    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/

  33. blu_blanc_rouge says:

    If only the Habs had drafted Kopitar instead of Price

    • L Elle says:

      If only I had invested in Apple Corp. stocks.

    • Bripro says:

      Or I, Microsoft in ’83.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I should have listened to my Computer Science prof. He had weighed in on the language debate, stating, in Vietnamese accented English: “In the future, everyone will be bilingual. They speak English and DOS.”

        So not exactly prescient or accurate, but I should have invested in Microsoft, instead of in Yamaha and Molson’s and the Peel Pub.

        ———————————
        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/

        • boing007 says:

          Maybe so, but think of all the fun you would have missed.

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

  34. Bripro says:

    Ray Ferraro keeps saying that the puck skipped.
    No skip….uh uh.
    That was a bullet!

  35. kirbhabs says:

    Love LA!!

    Can you imagine a LA Vs Pitts Final!! Oh well,

    LA Vs NJ then

  36. frontenac1 says:

    Oh Yeah! Go Yotes! 1-1

  37. The Dude says:

    So let’s see …. Carter’s a party boy and Penner is lazy and both are BIG ATHLETES THAT some say are over priced, OMG the Kings are gonna win the Stanley Cup!

  38. Bob_Sacamano says:

    11 points now in 10 games for Kopitar. Not so bad for a lazy Eastern European player who doesn´t care about the Stanley Cup…

  39. Pinchy says:

    Surprisingly enough, that comment about chipchura is true. I watched him a couple times this past year playing against the icecaps and he was a factor every shift.

  40. commandant says:

    I hate the whiteouts. You are wearing white, to cheer for the team in Red, and against the team in white.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Agree. It’s an obsolete tradition carried over from the Winnipeg days, and it has no meaning in Phoenix and now that the home teams wear the dark jerseys.

      ———————————
      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/

    • boing007 says:

      Right, it should be a red out. Like red desert sand. Awoooo!

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

  41. kirbhabs says:

    No Blog yet?

  42. frontenac1 says:

    Let’s go Smitty!The Pride Of Verona Ontario!

  43. Skeletaur says:

    So your team leaves Quebec and becomes Colorado, then another team goes to Quebec.. as a Quebec City fan/resident, who do you cheer for?

    • Mike D says:

      I’ve wondered the same thing myself. Even as it related to Winnipeg. Do you cheer for the new Jets, or the old Jets (Coyotes)?

      - Honestly yours
      Twitter: @de_benny

    • Boomer says:

      when the nordiques left none of those guys are still around so it wouldn’t matter to me personally which city moved.

    • Max says:

      You cheer for the new team obviously.The old team has completely new players and management while the new team helps to start a new beginning. How man Avalanche guys are connnected with the old Nordiques for example?

    • The Cat says:

      I was a Nordiques fan, but I dont just blindly follow the jersey, I got to like and be inspired by the players in the jerseys too. Which is why I said that Halak was the only habs player to ever make me cheer for the habs… because he inspired me.

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

    • ABHabsfan says:

      If the Yotes win the Cup and subsequently move to QC, will they automatically fire the Cup-winning coach? I mean he doesn’t speak french so Tippet would have to go

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

      • boing007 says:

        Would make for an exciting human rights court case if it did happen.

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

    • Lizardking89 says:

      Montreal

  44. 24 Cups says:

    Thanks for stepping up, Mike. Everyone on HI/O appreciates it.


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