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. habsfaninboston says:

    Gotta tip your hat to Cunney. Surely a class act.

    • 24moreCups says:

      Wish him all the best, would love for him to come back as a assistant coach next season, the player sure seem to like him a lot.

    • neumann103 says:

      And a huge amount of generous classy work in the last couple of games:

      Giving Campoli enough ice time for an audition tape to get a job next year knowing he is not coming back.

      Putting Staubitz out there tonight for the last two minutes.

      Stuff like that, taking care of these role players, trying to them an opportunity to win a job when you know yours is done.

      Seriously. Thanks Randy Cunneyworth.

      I was glad to hear Eliotte Friedman say on HNIC after the game that RC has gained a huge amount of respect around the NHL for the way he has handled the no win situation.

      “Et le but!”

  2. Stormin says:

    did every one get a look at kane’s shootout goal today in Detroit a classic

  3. savethepuck says:

    Horrible season ends on a happy note. Glad I could cheer on our Habs and enjoy a game for a change without it having any draft pick implications. Glad Scrivens only let in 3 goals, he may have Burkie fooled enough to think he doen’t need to pick up a goaltender in the summer. Reimer 2.0. We have either a 1st (14.2% chance), 3rd or 4th ( 29.7% chance) overall pick this summer. Please Mr Timmins, make it a good one to make up for this dreadful season. I am hoping everyone on here agrees that we hope whoever the new GM is keeps Timmins.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

    • neumann103 says:

      Any new GM would be insane to ditch Timmins unless he has The Amazing Kreskin under contract to predict the future of18 year old kids.

      “Et le but!”

  4. neumann103 says:

    edit: I don’t know what happened. Maybe the original post got disappeared, but this was entered as a response to a snide post from the Scott Gomez Athletic Supporter kid berating the Habs for showing some character in actually showing up tonight and playing like a team….

    Thanks for the consistently pointless posts kid.

    Showing up like this team did for the last games of the season takes a huge amount of character. When you get old enough to shave it might become clear that when your are finishing last, your franchise goalie is on the shelf, you have nothing to play for but pride and you see Erik Freaking Cole laying out to block a shot in the closing minutes of a game that is beyond meaningless you are witnessing commitment.

    When you see Brad Staubitz who has done everything asked of him without being a liability getting his first goal as a Hab and his first in about 100 years when he is on the ice for the last two minutes, you are seeing some element of team building.

    When you see PK Subban laying in the body to the goons…

    I hope they take some of the $7.3M in cap space they are about to free up and give it to Subban and Staubitz and why the heck not just give Erik Cole some extra money they don’t even owe him. Because he earned it.

    “Et le but!”

  5. punkster says:

    Good work Mr. Boone. Much appreciated.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  6. Adidess says:

    Have enjoyed the fun banter, the spirited disagreements, even the occasional insult -)

    This has been my first year as a contributor (previously a reader). It’s been fun.

    Bring on the draft!

  7. 24moreCups says:

    Comment I replied to got deleted I guess?

  8. habturner says:

    Thanks alot Mike!! Loved following your Blog through the games. It always made it better..
    Until next year.. GO HABS GO!!

  9. Habitoba says:

    Anybody see how much of an asshole Don Cherry was the the Habs right after the Habs’ highlights?

  10. habs001 says:

    usa 9 canada 2 first game at womens worlds

  11. Kimberly2u says:

    I’m sad…but I’m sure I’ll feel better after a few beers…,it was fun everyone

  12. durocher says:

    Let the GM’ing begin! This is your 2012-13 Canadiens, assuming no additions:

    MaxPower-DD-Cole
    Bourque-Pleks-Gio
    Moen-Eller-Leblanc
    Blunden-White-Staubitz
    Paloosh?

    Gorges-Subban
    Markov-Emelin
    ?-Diaz
    St-Denis?

    Price
    Budaj

    Gone: Gomez, Kaberle, Weber, Nokia, Campoli, Darche

  13. L Elle says:

    Bittersweet ending tonight, but I`m so happy the future is finally going to be in better hands.

    Thank you fellow Boonealites!

  14. Habbu says:

    So long brothers………..thanks Mike……

  15. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Really wanted Carrey to go to the Worlds. Too bad. Hope it’s not an excuse. If he’s in line for the next Olympics, would have been nice to see how he plays in the Worlds. Pus you just can’t beat the experience, compared to the SC

  16. Clay says:

    Classy ending…until next year.
    On to the draft!

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  17. Mondou6 says:

    Who got the 3 stars?

  18. Habbu says:

    Well little Miss No Nothing wanted to know when they were going to bring the Cup out………………..grrrrrrr

  19. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay folks, been great squabbling with all of you during games! Now we get to put our GM/President hats and solve the Habs issues over the summer!

    Go Habs Go in the Lottery!

  20. durocher says:

    Thanks Boone for another great year!

  21. danhabsfan says:

    Bye Habs Inside/Out… it was fun watching games with you.
    Thanks Boone… for your comments and fun

  22. 24moreCups says:

    Ryan White cleans up pretty nice haha.

  23. jedimyrmidon says:

    Sure, the Habs didn’t give themselves every chance to finish at 29th, but I think it’s good that they finished with a nice win. Good for the current members going into next year. And most of all, good for RC who deserved to have this win.

  24. danhabsfan says:

    Bye habs… You are gone too soon

  25. showey47 says:

    cunnyworth should be voted the first star.

  26. danhabsfan says:

    Good bye Cunnyworth… You will be missed… wish you didn’t have to go.
    At least you outlived PG..

  27. 24moreCups says:

    So a end to a pretty bad season, it was great to go through it everyone here and now it’s time to get ready for next season.

    It’s going to be a long, interesting summer, can’t wait to see what’s next.

    GO HABS GO!

  28. Un Canadien errant says:

    Biggest grins of the year on the Canadiens bench as they celebrate with Brad Staubitz. Obviously a popular teammate.

    Second biggest might have been Lars Eller’s at Carey Price as he received the Molson Cup.

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  29. Chuck says:

    This one’s for you, Randy.

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  30. Mondou6 says:

    Hey Boone, thanks for the liveblogging this season…

    Made a crappy year go down easier…

  31. danhabsfan says:

    Someone help me understand.
    CBC keeps saying Leafs have a top 5 pick.
    NHL standing say Leafs should finish bottom 6th.
    Please explain

  32. Bigdawg says:

    Sign Stauby now!!!

    Give him 3rd star tonight – he’s been impactful like the bejesus!

  33. Mondou6 says:

    You can’t stop Staubitz, you can only hope to contain him.

  34. punkster says:

    We’ve found our big winger for Pleks!!!!!

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  35. L Elle says:

    Couldn`t happen to a nicer guy!!! hahahahahahaha

  36. Mondou6 says:

    Hilarious. We go from almost 3-2 to 4-1.

  37. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay Stauby! go get the gordie howe trick now! don’t worry about the assist!

  38. jedimyrmidon says:

    Staubitz got a goal!!! HAHAHA

  39. Duracell3 says:

    I wanted Budaj to go for it, but I’ll take it.

  40. mb says:

    Hehehe, Staubitz :D

    Is that his first of the year? LOL

  41. Un Canadien errant says:

    Leafs empty net? Who are they trying to kid?

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  42. Timo says:

    I admit, I am slow. Why is Emelin not playing tonight?

  43. matt jordan says:

    The NHL needs to create a format where Boston/Toronto vs Montreal in the Cup Final is possible.

  44. mb says:

    Haha, pulling your goalie with 3 minutes to go… on a meaningless game? Oh, OK.

  45. The Jackal says:

    The Habs are playing like anti-tank guns out there!

  46. Yup – I am happy with the 3rd overall pick. No more tank from me.

    GO HABS GO!

  47. Mondou6 says:

    Why is CBC replaying the Roy drama from 100 years ago? Really, this is relevant how?

  48. Timo says:

    Guess I should get ready to have my account deleted.

  49. Adidess says:

    The tankorama has achieved its purpose. 28th is good enough.

  50. Kimberly2u says:

    My hands up

  51. Bigdawg says:

    Put your hands up if you love Staubitz!!

  52. shootdapuck says:

    Listen to the HNIC morons crow about Kessel and offhand mentioning Cole and Max.

  53. Adidess says:

    The guys are having fun! At least, the guys we will count on next year are shining tonight. Cole, PK, Patcho, DD, Pleks. If you’re a Leafs, you’re happy about the better draft position, but foundation shaky for next year…

  54. Ian Cobb says:

    MIKE BOONE
    Thanks for another great year Mike!!

  55. durocher says:

    Budaj giving Cole props for blocking the shot — love to see that

  56. twilighthours says:

    Two things:

    1) staubitz is not a horrible hockey player

    2) people b!tching on Crosby would be to first to buy a jersey if he were a hab

    • Mondou6 says:

      For #2, I’d argue you could say the same about Chara. So what does that mean?

      Crosby dishes out cheap shots, and then acts like no one is allowed to retaliate because he’s a great goal scorer. He can’t have it both ways, and that’s why he has a crappy reputation.

      You can say what you want about Gretzky being a “whiner”, but he never did the dirty stuff that Crosby does. He was a pure goal scorer, not chippy or dirty.

    • 24moreCups says:

      I like Staubitz and wouldn’t mind having him back next season, and we shouldn’t expect much offense from him he played defense most of his career until he was converted into a winger.(Speak of the devil, he just scored as I was typing this)

      And no matter how much Crosby whines and what not, I’d love to have him on our team, anyone would love to have him on their team.

      And I used to hate Crosby but I can’t deny his skill and talent. Plus I’m pretty sure he grew up a Habs fan.

  57. Peter Young says:

    Yes, Cole, in the last period of the last game of the season with a 3-1 lead and having scored his 35th goal, goes flat on the ice to block a Leaf shot with his body. This guy is a diamond. What an example to the younger players.

  58. Chuck says:

    Are the tankers freaking out again tonight?

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  59. shootdapuck says:

    Normand,

    Cool with a west coast vibe.

  60. ZepFan2 says:

    Did Boone pass out?

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    I’ve got a feeling

  61. durocher says:

    PK! Sweet moves

  62. Adidess says:

    Hello PK. Keep dazzling me, please!

  63. Jdub1985 says:

    In a meaningless game the 35 goal scorer uses his body to stop a Phaneuf blast.

    That’s a Captain.

  64. jedimyrmidon says:

    Beautiful move by Subban.

  65. HabinBurlington says:

    Great shot block by Cole!

  66. Stormin says:

    Marinaro wants us to trade Cole,

  67. HabinBurlington says:

    How many minutes until Carlyle sends out Rosehill to fight Staubitz?

  68. sampson12 says:

    Saint John went 5/7 on the PP tonight in their 10-2 win. Beaulieu picked up two PP assists. Can’t wait to see him in training camp/preseason.

  69. Adidess says:

    Happy for Stamkos. 60!

  70. Jdub1985 says:

    So this year only 2 teams will represent Canada in the SCP.
    Pathetic.

  71. Stormin says:

    3 years ago every team in the league wanted Kaberle from the leafs, now we cant even give him away

  72. Mondou6 says:

    “This is NOT a Jacques Martin third period…”

    Yeah, because we’re going to hold on for the win.

  73. matt jordan says:

    Does anyone see Kaberle lifting the Stanley Cup as a Canadien?

    Me neither.


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