Liveblog: Capitals 3 Rangers 2 – series tied


Mike Green, who’s had a quiet series, blasted one through Henrik Lundqvist on a Washington power play for the only goal of the third period and a 3-2 win.
This really good series heads back to the Apple tied 2-2.
Significant stat: Washington blocked 26 shots to seven for the Rangers.
Jeff Schultz had nine blocks.

Racist Tweets about Joel Ward draw school suspensions


  1. rhino514 says:

    Good point regarding Bergevin. Timmins is one of the best in the biz at amateur scouting, considering the habs have hardly ever picked high in the draft. But the pro scout record has not been very good, if you go by some of the pro players we have acquired in trades . (Heck does anyone even know who our pro scouts are?
    This is Bergevein´s specialty. As a GM I believe he will have many other things on his plate and he needs to appoint other personnel to perform said duties, but hopefully his good eye for talent will help.
    There´s no doubt his lack of experience as a GM is going to hurt in the short run. He is going to need to learn from his mistakes. He is nowhere near the level of Gainey right now.
    But all in all, I´d rather have a homeboy who will wear the CH on his sleeve and will work harder than anyone else that could replace him. For the first time in years, people smile at press conferences. That counts for something.
    Sure, there are better GMs out there. But there is also PG.

  2. habstrinifan says:

    Marc Bargevin was a scout for Chicago (2005-2008) when they drafted a huge defenseman from Gatineau Quebec, Simon Danis-Pepin. The guy is 6’8″ and npw 238 lbs. He was drafted in 2006 by Chicago in the 2nd rnd at pos. 61. Incidentally this was a year the HABS did very badly in the draft.

    Pepin rose up in the scouting ranks quite a bit that year and his scouting reports were very positive.

    Chicago saw fit to promote him from the east coast league to the AHL last year. He will be RFA 2012 and his current salary is 850.00.

    This guy is huge and is from Quebec… and may pan out. Maybe Chicago dont resign him.. and Bergevin brings him to Hamilton and releases Mark Mitera who incidentally was drafted 19th overall in 2006 by Anaheim(one of PG’s trading partners.) and is also RFA in 2012 but makes over 1.2 million.

    So a huge Quebec kid formerly drafted by Chicago for Mark Mitera at maybe less dollars. Could happen.

    • rhino514 says:

      Can´t believe Mark Mitera (who?) is making 1.2 million. So PG acquired him too, huh?
      Any other non-nhl players who are not grade A prospects making a mill?
      Seems a half decent prospect, who is even unlikely to ever make an impact in the show, can make close to a mill for a few years and do very well for themselves…

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Mark Mitera made $62,500 last season. His cap hit is in the 1.2million range because that includes his NHL pay which is $850,000. Then he also has bonus structure in his contract. In calculating the cap hit, the NHL wage plus bonus is added together to attain the 1.275 million hit. Simon Danis-Pepin has $600K NHL pay grade with lower bonus but the same $62,500 wage in the AHL. His overall NHL caphit is $850K

      Pepin is indeed an RFA this summer.

      • HabFab says:

        I’m impressed!

        • HabinBurlington says:

          That I am up this early? Heck, i was stupid enough to get up at 5 today.

          • punkster says:

            Playing today?

            ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • HabinBurlington says:

            No, had to pass, stupid baseball team thinks we need to practise today….yah that will last 30mins till we head to watch the hockey game. You?

          • punkster says:

            Big maybe. Girlfriend called in work at 6am so initial plans scrapped. May go dig in the garden instead. Seems I’m the neighbourhood poster boy for how to start a dandelion wine business.

            ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • boing007 says:

            Fresh dandelion leaves are tasty as long as they have not been grown in pesticide free soil.

            Richard R
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      • rhino514 says:

        Very impressive…but I still don´t get it.
        The guy will only make 600,000$ if he makes the NHL, then? Otherwise he will make somewhere in the ballpark of 62,000$?

        What happens if he spends part of the year in the NHL and part of the year in the AHL? Are the salaries prorated? (I believe he would likely be on a two way contract?)

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Rhino, yah these guys are all on two way contracts. The caphit is not relative to the NHL squad’s main roster unless they get called up, and then yes they get prorated salary while up with big boys. For example this year Enqvist was making his NHL salary while called up, and because you can’t send a guy down when injured, while he was sitting injured in Montreal he was making his NHL wage instead of AHL wage. Getting hurt as a callup isn’t always such a bad thing. 😉

          • rhino514 says:

            So imagine the parent team calls up a kid for one game and he gets a concussion or some other serious injury which keeps him out the whole year. Then the parent team can be out a mill or whatever his nhl salary is. Didn´t know about that rule.
            I wonder how stringent and independant the physician examinations are in assessing if a player is ready to play again for such cases. Moreso for injuries besides concussions (which I am sure they take very seriously now)

      • habstrinifan says:

        The cap hit are 1.275 Mitera and 850 K Pepin right.. when all the variables are factored?

        Since they are non roster players but both RFA then they are in line for a mandatory raise.. forgot the percentage.

        Either team can opt not to re-sign them respectively.

        If all apply correct and assuming Bergevin would have had some knowledge and of Pepin as a member o the Hawks.. then it might be worth it to grab Pepin and release Mitera if Hawks dont sign him
        Just looks like a nice non harmful move waiting to be made .
        And man he has size and of course is Quebecois and seems to have potential. I also think Mitera’s final draf position was uncalled for while Pepin seemed to fit a low 2nd rnd spot.

    • HabFab says:

      @Trin, there are two types of scouts;
      Professional scouts watch the NHL and minor leagues looking at potential players to trade for or be signed as FA’s. They also scout playing styles and coaching systems for our coaches to counter. This is what Bergervin did and the Habs have been weak here.
      Amateur scouts watch the Juniors, Universities, High Schools etc for players to be drafted or signed as FA if nobody does draft them. This is Timmins expertise.

      • habstrinifan says:

        Thanks… I wasnt commenting as if to put down Bergevin’s scouting.
        Just liked the size of Pepin, liked the evaluation of his game during his draft year(couldnt see much written after), liked his growth curve so far.. slow but sure and figure well may Bergevin would know about him and figure he is a better fit in this organization than Mitera… and who knows might be a lucky move… Would be a good PR move and wont harm the organization.

  3. frontenac1 says:

    Yeah,the Stanley Tavern! Bacon and eggs and 2 drafts for breakfast before class next door at the Norris building!

  4. Every time I watch “The Rocket” my hate for the Leafs grows.

    The Rockey never quit, win win win.

    The End

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  5. frontenac1 says:

    The Texan! Now that was something!

  6. commandant says:

    The Knights win Game 2 in Niagara (5-3) with an empty netter. Tie up the series. The OHL is using their weird flip the rink every game format instead of the standard 2-2-1-1-1. So the Knights have regained their home ice advantage, by winning in niagara.

    Tinordi was huge with a couple penalty kills in the last 15 minutes of the game and the Knights up 1 goal.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • jedimyrmidon says:

      How good of a player do you think Tinordi will be for the Habs?

      • commandant says:

        I think he can be as good as everyone thought Komisarek was, before the injury that really wrecked him.

        Plus he can actually fight.

        The ceiling on him is a shut down Dman with limited offensive skills, whose mean, hits hard and isn’t afraid to drop the gloves.

        He’s a kid we need to exercise patience with though, I wouldn’t be surprised if he struggles for 1/2 a year or more adjusting to the AHL, and once he gets over that hurdle will probably struggle again when he moves to the NHL.

        When you get a big defensive dman the learning curve and adjustment to the faster game at each level is huge, its why he struggled so much for 1/2 the year last year in the OHL, before coming on in the second half.

        Go Habs Go!
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        • jedimyrmidon says:

          The Habs could become extremely strong on defense in 2-3 years then if he and Beaulieu form a pairing. Assuming the Habs re-sign PK (they better…), then they would have Subban-Gorges, Beaulieu-Tinordi, Emelin-Markov (hopefully Markov will still be able to contribute something and Emelin will still be around).

          As for Kaberle, Diaz and Weber… I don’t know. They’ll probably need to keep Kaberle with his contract, and Diaz was actually decent in his first season.

          That is still a pretty solid group and that’s not counting Ellis who will hopefully continue to improve. Then hopefully the 3rd overall pick will pan out (I am assuming it will be a forward) and can enter at approximately the same time, not to mention a guy like Gallagher. I’d say that’s when the Habs need to make a serious push for the Cup. Cole and Gionta would be the veterans of the group and could hopefully still contribute goals.

          Or maybe I’m being overly-optimistic…

          • commandant says:

            Beaulieu and Tinordi both play on the left, so they will likely be on different pairings. Tinordi would be the ideal partner for PK, I would think, with Beaulieu joining PK on the power play.

            Kaberle’s only got 2 years left, so at worst, he’s gone once our young kids come in.

            Emelin, Diaz, Ellis, Dietz, Bennett, I like a lot of our other young D too. Definitely the strength of this team going forward.

            Where we need to build is at forward. A ton of second line/third line talent in the system, but only one blue chipper in Pacioretty. Thats why I hope we can get another elite offensive talent in this draft with the first pick. Heck I’d be tempted to look for forwards in 3 of our first 4 picks.

            Go Habs Go!
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    • Hab it says:

      Yup. He scored the goal that brought them to within 2-1 after it looked like a Niagara rout. +3 on the night and his work in front of Houser (hey how about this guy for a late round flyer), was fantastic. I’m liking this guy more and more having seen a lot of him the last 2 years here in London. Still don’t think the Knights can win, but Tinordi has become a real good defenceman and just the type of rear guard this organization lacks. Mean and nasty with a great stick.

  7. frontenac1 says:

    Ralph Lockwood, “Suzie from Lafleche;How’s your bird?”!

  8. HabinBurlington says:

    Haha, watching the Rocket, he just beat the crap out of Avery, wow, a thing of beauty!

    • Mattyleg says:

      Ha! My buddy is watching the same thing, and he just texted me: “Sean Avery is in the Rocket?!” I didn’t spoil the surprise of him getting the snot kicked out of him!

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • L Elle says:

      I agree, Roy Dupuis is a thing of beauty. 😉

    • aj says:

      Just finish watching it. Man, the film did show a lot of racial subjects surrounding french canadian (quebecois) players. I did find it blunt that some of the content in the film portrays anglophones as bias against the french. I don’t really agree on some of them but at least they did featured the film on CBC.

      But, I do agree that the Rocket does have his name at the top echelons of the Hockey Greats like Howe.

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