Liveblog: Canadiens end season with win over Leafs

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The usual suspects:
Max Pacioretty scored his 33rd, Erik Cole his 35th.
Brad Staubitz got a 200-foot empty-netter
And Tomas Plekanec got a 3-on-5 shorty.
Peter Budaj was really good.

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Before the curtain descends on this horror show of a Habs season, might we spare a few kind words for two guys whose dedication and professionalism transcended the team’s last-place finish:
Josh Gorges and Randy Cunneyworth.

• Gorges leads the NHL in blocked shots. As Don Cherry told Dave Stubbs:

It’s one thing for guys to block shots when you’re on the march to the Stanley Cup, but it’s pretty tough to do it when you know you’re going nowhere,” Cherry said. “Guys usually say, ‘Forget it.’ But Gorges is going right to the end.”

Coming off knee surgery and playing against the opponent’s best forwards night after night, Gorges is plus-13 on a team that has lost 51 games.

Cherry is right: No disrespect to Brian Gionta, but number 26 should be wearing the “C”.

• On Friday night’s edition of L’Antichambre, Michel Bergeron – who usually gives it to the Canadiens pretty good – had high praise for Cunneyworth.

You can criticize strategy and decision like using Tomas Kaberle in a shootout, Bergeron said, but you have to admire Cunneyworth’s grace under pressure.

The coach knows he won’t be back behind the Canadiens’ bench next season. But Cunneyworth has comported himself with dignity, class and good humour.

He is a profoundly decent man, and I hope there’s still a good job for him in hockey.

Bergeron suggests before the Canadiens take the ice for their last game, someone – Gorges is the ideal candidate – should get up in the room and say “Let’s play our asses off and win this thing for Randy.”

There isn’t much else in the way of motivation.

803 Comments

  1. JIMVINNY says:

    So frankenstein punches Geoffrion in the face, and somehow Geoffrion gets a penalty too?

  2. durocher says:

    Geoffrion is right about that!

  3. Timo says:

    So brown gets nothing for a punch in a face after the whistle?

  4. L Elle says:

    Maybe some of us really can be GMs afterall.

    Instead of firing Ron Wilson, wouldn’t it have been easier to just get the man a goalie? Doh!

  5. kempie says:

    Wow. Weak call much?

  6. jedimyrmidon says:

    No penalty to the Leafs?

  7. HabinBurlington says:

    Phaneuf is such a pussy, takes his cheap shot swing . go get em Stauby!

  8. JIMVINNY says:

    Apparently no penalties against the leafs tonight.

  9. 24moreCups says:

    What a season MaxPac is having, to be honest I never expected this much from him and am I ever glad he’s a Hab.

    He’s great for the city on and off the ice and from what I’ve heard he’s loves being a Hab and wants to be one for a long time.

    Hope we lock him up for a while.

  10. matt jordan says:

    i refuse to admit this was komisarek’s fault.

    that was all pahneuf and gardiner.

    kaberle sucks

  11. durocher says:

    Dear scienticians,

    Please find a way to clone our top line by the start of the next season.

    Sincerely,
    Habs fans.

  12. mb says:

    Max!!! Wow… Those Leafs.

  13. HabinBurlington says:

    Thanks Komisarek!

  14. habsfaninboston says:

    Max!

  15. jedimyrmidon says:

    Woo hooo!

  16. sreuel says:

    More cherry comments give it up Boone talk about anything else

  17. durocher says:

    Great video (especially of the Cole high-five and the hotties in the stands)

    http://video.canadiens.nhl.com/videocenter/console

  18. 69HABS says:

    Good for Nova Scotia. They can have Cindy Lou …..

  19. danhabsfan says:

    Props to Cherry… many of our young people learn about important things like Vimy Ridge from the Canadian truth rather than the USA view of the world. Be proud of our heritage.

  20. Adidess says:

    Re tonight’s Coach Corner: wath was that?

    If an alien has visited Canada, what would it thinks of us when we explain that this is the highest rated show in the country?

  21. twilighthours says:

    Ok, so this will be a bit long

    Re: julien brisebois.

    I have a very good connection inside the lightning organization. It’s the only connection I have; I don’t proclaim to be some sort of insider. But the things I hear from this person I take to be gospel.

    The day of every TB home game, all the guys working in management for the team play some shinny hockey. Apparently, this means guys like yzerman and andreychuck right down to guys who are just learning to play. My guy says that brisebois has no idea how to play hockey. None. No skill, no sense. As if he never playd hockey grwoing up. Is this important? You decide.

    Secondly, I asked my guy point-blank: will the lightning organization be worse off if he leaves? His answer was “no.”.

    Just thought I share that with you guys. I’ll probably repost a few times over the next few days.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      For what its worth, I am not sure Pollock was a hockey guy, as I recall he grew up with baseball as his passion.

      But certainly interesting insight.

    • sampson12 says:

      I think people within the Canadiens’ organization already have a good idea of what Brisebois has to offer. He spent a lot of time in Montreal and was even the GM of the Hamilton Bulldogs. If he knew nothing about hockey and was not valuable to an NHL organization, I think they would have figured that out already and he wouldn’t be among the leading candidates for the job.

    • Timo says:

      Interesting. Thanks, T.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      It doesn’t really detract from his candidacy. He doesn’t come advertised as a great former player like Patrick Roy or Steve Yzerman, or even a good pick up for your beer league team, but as a smart executive who has worked his way through the ranks to the Assistant GM position, and is now widely regarded throughout the league as a great GM in waiting.

      I get a sense that he not being able to play hockey is the same as a film director not being able to act. Interesting in a way, but it doesn’t determine or predict anything.

      Not to detract from your source, but there are lots of people who vouch for Mr. BriseBois, the latest being Gino Odjick on Thursday on l’Antichambre.

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      How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • HabFab says:

      I’m glad you were able to eliminate him before Geoff made another mistake…tanks.

  22. boing007 says:

    Boone: Cherry has props tonight: Easter eggs, a jersey, a hat. He’s Mr. Dressup.

    He’s an eyesore. A foppish one at that.

    Richard R

  23. jo_maka says:

    ”Gotta go, your jacket’s about to hatch”

    First time in months that I fully agree with McLean :)
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    Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

  24. durocher says:

    “Jacket’s about to hatch” – finally, MacLean with a good zinger

  25. ZepFan2 says:

    All those low hits and no Marchand and his low knee shots?

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    “I got a feeling, a feeling deep inside” – Lennon/McCartney

    I’ve got a feeling

  26. MICP says:

    This blog would be so much better if Boone would dress like Cherry.

  27. Bill says:

    Missed the first. Is Toronto tanking or just sucking?

  28. slapshot777 says:

    Anyone looking at Cherry on Coaches Corner. That suit he has on is simply blinding, I have to look away from the screen. Lol.

  29. jols101 says:

    Looks like the Rangers rather play the Sens then the Caps.
    Caps 4 – Rangers 0
    Rangers mailing this one in…

  30. Adidess says:

    Rants aren’t going anywhere, Kim. Maybe you are!?

  31. slapshot777 says:

    I have to laugh at Kevin Weeks explaining to everyone the Bourque tripping penalty was a direct result from not having control of his stick and that this wouldn’t have happen if Bourque had control of his stick.

  32. durocher says:

    Cherry saved his loudest for last

  33. habs001 says:

    Game one world womens championship…usa 5 canada 0 after one period..

  34. Kimberly2u says:

    Yeah I feel sad and will miss all our rants and comments

  35. Adidess says:

    @L Elle
    But you will still have us. I mean the nice ones among us.

  36. 40 more minutes of this season. Feeling mixed emotions.
    Sad because there will be no hockey for a while.
    Happy because this painful year is finally over.

  37. HabFab says:

    So does Mayer start the second or wait until the third.

  38. mb says:

    Intermission video… I would believe that it is the one that was shown at the Bell before the game:

    http://video.canadiens.nhl.com/videocenter/console

  39. HabinBurlington says:

    Boone’s new best friend up next! :)

  40. Timo says:

    Holy crap, is it exciting or what?

  41. SlimDiggity says:

    In defense of Bourque, his stick was caught in the Leaf player’s skate. Just bad luck.

  42. Phil C says:

    At least Bourque finally makes it onto the score sheet.

  43. punkster says:

    Man, if this team had a PP.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  44. jedimyrmidon says:

    Bourque…

  45. shootdapuck says:

    Someone put Healey out of his misery!

  46. L Elle says:

    I’m going to miss Habs Hockey.

  47. durocher says:

    Harvard of the West is Stansberry… Glen Healy needs to watch his Saved by the Bell

  48. Adidess says:

    Intensity? I wouldn’t fault anybody for lack of intensity tonight.

    Both of these teams would be better off losing this game and players know it.

    For many of then, the wife has started packing the bags for a much-needed vacation. You escape this game with no injury and you can have a nice easy summer. Players are human.

  49. jols101 says:

    Boone said Rosehill was dressed for the Leafs, has anyone seen him yet?

  50. HabinBurlington says:

    Holy Cow, somehow I get the impression that when Mike Brown’s career as a thug is over the CBC can’t wait to hire him!

  51. HabinBurlington says:

    Palushaj does have NHL speed, just has to work on his finish.

  52. shootdapuck says:

    Cheap shot by Brown from behind on Markov!

  53. Psycho29 says:

    Not much intensity in this game tonight…

  54. jedimyrmidon says:

    Don’t play Markov against guys like Brown….

  55. Mark C says:

    When does Burkie get fired? His team is a joke.

  56. Adidess says:

    Oh Desharnais, so much skill and intelligence!

  57. durocher says:

    St-Denis continues to look like he belongs

  58. jols101 says:

    I’d love to know how many shorthanded break aways Pleks has had this year…

    • 24moreCups says:

      I still remember Pleky’s breakaway goal when he came out of the penalty box from a great play by Koivu against Vancouver, back in ’09 season I think.

  59. jedimyrmidon says:

    Loved that goal. SH on a 5-3. So nice. (Okay, so he actually fanned on the shot, but lol so what)

  60. ZepFan2 says:

    “Hey, someone throw a beer at Glenn Healey”

    Not at the price they charge.

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    “I got a feeling, a feeling deep inside” – Lennon/McCartney

    I’ve got a feeling

  61. Adidess says:

    Pleky’s shorty on a 5-on-3… Slap the C on this man now!

  62. jols101 says:

    Heart and Soul never gets as much applause as God Given Talent…

  63. punkster says:

    Either give Plaks some real wingers or take more penalties so he at least gets some scoring chances.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  64. Hali_Hab says:

    Man I hate how RDS looses the game clock all the time!

  65. HabinBurlington says:

    Markov getting more PK time, he continues to improve, good sign!!

  66. jo_maka says:

    Is that Campoli or Gill ?
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    Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

  67. Adidess says:

    We still have Hal Gill!? Back from injury or something?

  68. jo_maka says:

    And boom goes the Plekanec !!!
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    Open-mindedness is not a skull fracture

  69. JIMVINNY says:

    Awesome.

    That is all.

  70. mb says:

    Pleky!!! Is it me or does he get a breakaway about every game? :D

  71. Propwash says:

    Baaaahaha! Scoring a shortie on a 5 on 3!

  72. punkster says:

    That’s the secret. Don’t shoot, slide the puck.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  73. ZepFan2 says:

    501st breakaway…ET LE BUUUUUT!

    ———————————————————————-
    “I got a feeling, a feeling deep inside” – Lennon/McCartney

    I’ve got a feeling

  74. 24moreCups says:

    PLEKS WITH A SHORTY!!


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