Liveblog: It’s Devils vs. Kings for the Stanley Cup

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Adam Henrique poked a loose puck past Henryk Lundqvist less than two minutes into overtime to secure a 3-2 New Jersey win.
The Rangers, who finished the regular season atop the Eastern Conference, had rallied from a 2-0 deficit to send the game into OT.
On Wednesday night at the Prudential Centre, the great Martin Brodeur will make the 200th start of his playoff career.

Brodeur has not played in the Cup finals in nine years.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored and assisted on the winner to raise his playoff total to 18 … finally overtaking Claude Giroux for the lead.

879 Comments

  1. shootdapuck says:

    McGuire jumps on the shot blocking bandwagon!

    Some guys will do anything to get noticed!

  2. commandant says:

    PK Subban was -5 in a 2008 Memorial Cup Semi-Final loss.

    Don’t judge Beaulieu based on one night.

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  3. punkster says:

    Poor Beaulieu. HI/O will haunt him for that giveaway for as long as he’s a Hab and never let him forget it. Only one solution…trade him now while his value is high…

    DO IT MB!!!

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  4. Hali_Hab says:

    I am not sure.. But I think all our prospects in this touney should play a minimum of a year in Hamilton .

  5. commandant says:

    Guarantee:

    The Captain of the Memorial Cup Champions is a Habs Prospect.

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  6. joshbenn says:

    Anyone know how old beaulieu is and what his potential should be? Do you thing he could make a run for a spot on the roster in 2013-2014 after maybe a year in Hamilton?(if he goes there next year)

  7. Hali_Hab says:

    I agree with you on the French fact commandant … But a guy can hope. Haha!

  8. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Beaulieu coughs it up in Memorial Cup, gives up on the goal that was the Russian winner…anyone worried about him in big games?

  9. Un Canadien errant says:

    What a giveaway by #28 in blue. Cataractes score on the empty net.

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  10. Boomer says:

    Beaulieu turnover, Cats going to the memorial finals

  11. frontenac1 says:

    Yee Ha! Cats going to final! Nice!

  12. commandant says:

    Bad play by Beaulieu to lead to the empty net goal.

    Shawinigan vs London

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  13. cuzzie says:

    Shawinigan Wins!
    Mr. Bad Example!

  14. Hali_Hab says:

    I still hope Gallant gets the job .

  15. Adidess says:

    Did Elliotte really have to interview McDonagh after he scored these two assists in this elimination game of the eastern conf finals? All 6’1, 222 lbs, and 22 years young of him!? Sheesh!

  16. frontenac1 says:

    PJ Stock on CBC,oh boy! I prefer L”Antichambre because Bluet and Le Tigre frequently question Stock”s sanity.I wish Hrudey would also.

  17. Hali_Hab says:

    Your schooling me commandant!!

  18. Hali_Hab says:

    I am pretty sure Dudley was in ATL when Hartley was canned. I don’t think he was Dudley’s hire

  19. Hali_Hab says:

    Cool .. Thanks for the info .. I did not know that.

  20. commandant says:

    Ellis’ shot is tipped in by Veilleux. 5-4 Shawinigan.

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  21. Hali_Hab says:

    Maybe scouting his assistant coach along with some prospects?

  22. Hali_Hab says:

    Hartley at the junior game tonight… Hrmmm?

  23. cuzzie says:

    Boone please no more mention of McDonough. The evil years are behind us.
    Mr. Bad Example!

  24. frontenac1 says:

    Forget the Philco! Quasar is where its at!

  25. cuzzie says:

    Stupid penalty for Gormley.
    Mr. Bad Example!

  26. frontenac1 says:

    Dogs score!4-4

  27. commandant says:

    Tie game 4-4

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  28. pmaraw says:

    of all our prospects, whos name would you get on a habs jersey today?

  29. commandant says:

    Dogs need to tie this game, it needs OT

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  30. frontenac1 says:

    Man the Dogs vs Cats game is great! Run and Gun,End to End fun! Why does it have to be on same time as Devils/Rags game? Back and forth,Recall Recall! I’m going nuts but lovin it! Go Cats! Go Devils!

  31. punkster says:

    Just watching Cherry via PVR…WTF is on that jacket?

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  32. habsfan0 says:

    “Just as they drop the puck, the satellite is out again. Bloody technology”

    Poor Boone. Time to break out the B&W Philco tv with the rabbit ears.

  33. cuzzie says:

    Great shooting for 100k!
    Mr. Bad Example!

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      The next guy wasn’t that good though, poor form. Standing sideways, he never had a shot. Someone should have spent five minutes with him and talked about weight transfer and follow-through.

      Of all those million dollar contests, I think the ‘shoot the puck’ ones are the easiest. I could win one of those, but never the place-kicking one. I played rugby for years, I know how bad I am at kicking.

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  34. Ali says:

    Healy you idiot he didn’t taunt the Rangers he was gesturing to his own team

  35. habsfan0 says:

    I guess we’ve heard the last of Bob Cole for another season.

    Oh well.

    We’ll all have to make do.

  36. otter649 says:

    Watching The 1994 Game 6 highlites NY vs NJ with Messier getting 3 goals but another player in that game for NY had a pretty good game – Sophomore Alexie Kovalev with 1 goal & 2 assits…….

  37. pmaraw says:

    what a crazy goal by huberdeau! lucky bounce, or was it. that is his second goal like that. I’d like to think it wouldnt go in if that was an nhl goalie in the playoffs.

  38. HFX-HabFan says:

    Heyo, Huberdeau

  39. Habsolutely says:

    It looks like a dandelion threw up all over Cherry’s jacket.

  40. habsfan0 says:

    Is it raining with the threat of a tornado in Montreal?

    Pretty nice here in southern Ontario.

  41. boing007 says:

    Boone: Just lost my satellite signal in the rain.

    That’s normal for satellite TV. Very unreliable when it starts to rain.
    Switch to cable, it’s more reliable.

    I just lost my BellMedia feed on both Rogers and TSN. With cable. My my.

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  42. pmaraw says:

    why are the fans booing beaulieu?

  43. cuzzie says:

    Boone. Fibe Tv.

    Mr. Bad Example!

  44. punkster says:

    Great…tornado warning now for Montreal. Stay in your basement Boone!

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  45. commandant says:

    4-2 Shawinigan, assist to Bournival

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  46. H.Upmann says:

    Agree with Ali. We could have really played that kind of style and putting pressure. Even that playoff run I felt like we could do more.

  47. cuzzie says:

    True Hab Fans are watching the Memorial Cup. Don’t give a crap about NJ or NY.

    Mr. Bad Example!

  48. Ali says:

    i love hockey where teams push the pace. The devils are relentless, much the same way St. Louis played when they put on a clinic in Montreal earlier this year. Habs have the speed to play that game, it drove me crazy that JM never used it.

  49. H.Upmann says:

    Maybe Burke doesn’t want Dudley to reveal that the Laffs plan on losing another 45 years? But seriously what can Burke do? Niente. Nulla. He gave him the out-clause.

  50. commandant says:

    3-2 Shawinigan.

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  51. cuzzie says:

    Great game on with the Cats and Sea Dogs!

    Mr. Bad Example!

  52. Kimberly2u says:

    Gionta and Carter are killing the rangers….yipeee

  53. pmaraw says:

    shawinigans special teams looking way better

  54. punkster says:

    Gionta is so fun to watch.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  55. Un Canadien errant says:

    In the conference call audio posted on the previous thread, at the 21:20 mark, Tony Marinaro directs a question at the Canadiens GM in English, and poor Marc gets all confused and answers in French.

    Welcome back to Montréal Marc. It happens to the best of us.

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  56. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    When and why did the boards become the wall?

  57. punkster says:

    Tornado warning in Laval…and getting real dark here in CDN.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  58. pmaraw says:

    i think the nhl should play 5 periods a game in the playoffs. kind of like the ufc has 5 round fights for championship fights, the nhl should have 5 period games for at least the stanley cup finals

  59. cuzzie says:

    Great comments from Mark Hunter on Tinordi. “the bigger the game the better he is”. Love it! Go Habs Go!

    Mr. Bad Example!

  60. HFX-HabFan says:

    It’s just Bickel, not Bickell (not that it matters, the guy is a total plug).

  61. Strummer says:

    David Puddy in the Brodeur jersey.

    Who’d have thought 18 years later…

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  62. habsfan0 says:

    So, Rick Dudley cannot reveal any deep, dark secrets as to what the Laffs may or may not have planned for the draft. Hmmm…what if someone in the Habs organization tied Dudley up, water boarded him, forcing him to spill the beans as to what Burke et al have up their sleeves? Would Dudley be absolved of any liability should this occur?

  63. HabFanSince72 says:

    In the history of H I/O has a Mike Boone fearless prediction ever come true?

    Or even, has there ever been an outcome other than the polar opposite of the fearless prediction?


    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

  64. commandant says:

    Tie game again… Jurco on the tip.

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  65. commandant says:

    Shawinigan scores again, controversial goal as Galiev was cut by a Shawinigan high stick on the play.

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  66. Un Canadien errant says:

    So the Canadiens finally bring over Rick Dudley from the Toronto Maple Leafs, the hold up being tied to language regarding his non-compete clause which apparently states he will not divulge draft info gathered while working with the Leafs. Some argue that there would be little advantage in that since the Canadiens are picking before the Leafs in most rounds, and especially in the first where we pick 3rd and the Leafs have the fifth pick.

    I disagree with this view. I think the Canadiens would benefit massively from sharing info with Mr. Dudley, and I think it is fair that this agreement has been reached. Mr. Dudley got this information from scouts working for the Leafs organization, and it wouldn’t be fair for the Canadiens to benefit from it. In a number of industries, when an executive gets hired by a competitor, such non-compete clauses specify what areas are off-limits to discuss and within what timeframes.

    As far as the benefit the Canadiens would receive from comparing info, I think the clear advantage would be in the later rounds. Some outstanding Canadiens picks in very recent years such as Morgan Ellis, Brendan Gallagher and Darren Dietz now seem inspired. Colin Sullivan gathered a little bit of ink lately for a seventh rounder, he was a kid with little to draw attention except his size and skating ability, but now that seventh round choice is looking good, in that he is developing nicely and is headed in the right direction. These players were probably scouted once or twice, and background checks done as well as interviews, and on this basis they were selected when still available in the later rounds, due to whatever factors. These selections are not quite hunches, but they’re not as researched as the likely candidates in the first and second round were.

    With this in mind, imagine that Trevor Timmins and his staff have quite a few dark horses that, due to less than ideal size, or injuries, or a late birthday, or poor linemates on a horrible team, or an experienced goalie ahead of a potential draftee on the depth chart soaking up all the starts, have not had a chance to shine and shoot up the rankings. The Canadiens scouts hope to grab them in the later rounds. These guys will have been scouted as I’ve said before only a couple of times, but the backgrounders and interviews will confirm what they showed on the ice and we’ll get an organizational, let’s say, tumescence for them.

    So let’s say Mr. Timmins and his team have 10 dark horses. If he was able to pick Rick Dudley’s brain and run these names past him, and finds out that he also absolutely loves 8 of them and completely agrees that they are diamonds in the rough. One thing that does is it validates your scouting and your hunches. Another is that it alerts you to the fact that other teams see what you see in these dark horses, and maybe you need to revise your board and create a Top 8 dark horses and leave the other two for free agent tryout contracts. Also, maybe Mr. Dudley has info from an uncle or neighbour that the shifty small but very talented forward you’re considering in the fourth round is undoubtedly the giant dick and pain in the butt that everyone says he is, so maybe you wait until the fifth or sixth for him. As we should have done last year.

    So I have no doubt that the Canadiens would derive an advantage from being able to copy from the Leafs exam sheet, and being able to consequently change a couple of answers. I fully understand Toronto’s reluctance to allow Mr. Dudley to join the Canadiens prior to the draft.

    In general, his joining our staff is good news. We saw what happens when a lone wolf GM tries to do everything by himself and micromanage every facet of the team. The results are apparent by analyzing recent roster moves, and by the tone of comments from players such as Jaroslav Spacek. Instead of that approach, Marc Bergevin is confident enough to surround himself with smart hockey guys, that’s great news. It allays the fear some might have had in a rookie GM being faced with such a monumental task. Mr. Dudley along with Larry Carrière is a good brain trust with vast experience to support him.

    As I’ve stated before, we now must also attend to the succession plan, and be ready when another team raids our front office for talent, or people decide to leave for whatever reasons. We have to have personnel ready to assume higher positions in the organization when someone at the top moves on. We have to have people in the front office learning the ropes and being groomed to succeed when an opportunity arises, either in Montréal or elsewhere. It won’t hurt us to have five or ten people who were groomed at the University of the New Forum working in other organizations. They’ll be good contacts to have, and a pool of candidates to draw from when we have openings as well.

    Having lots of hands on deck will allow more coverage, more support for our prospects. We shouldn’t hear stories any longer like Ryan McDonagh’s, when he explained that before the trade in June 2009, he was looking forward to attending the Canadiens development camp since he hadn’t heard from anyone in the organization in a long time and was wondering what they expected from him. We should have a staff of people keeping in regular contact with our prospects and visiting with them and giving any support they need. We can do that if we have staff on hand to allocate this area to.

    To fill these junior roles, I am partial to former Habs who wore the bleu blanc rouge with pride and honour. I nominate Vincent Damphousse and Hal Gill, off the top of my head.

    Vincent had to remove himself from consideration for the head job due to family commitments. Most people know he’s going through a divorce right now, and the prospect of the travel involved in the job was not feasible in his mind, he needs to be a stay at home dad. He may be amenable to a junior role though, one that allows him to mostly stay in Montréal. As his boys get older and he has that situation under control, he can start to assume more responsibility.

    As far as Hal Gill goes, I’m not sure if he’s ready for retirement from active duty, he may be able to get a contract to play somewhere, but if he wants a job with us, let’s give him one. He seems to like Montréal, his family does as well and they stayed here when he was traded to Nashville. He’s shown calm and leadership in his time here, and we’ve been able to overlook his Leaf and Bruin antecedents and have grown to love the guy. He’s funny, he’s smart, he commands attention, let’s get this guy working with our prospects on the ice, let’s give him an office upstairs, let’s find out what he likes to do and what he’s good at, and harness the potential of that guy.

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    • cuzzie says:

      Trevor and his team are quite capable of handling the draft. Rick is needed more for his pro player analysis. No more of the Ribeiro and Gomez type of trades.

      Mr. Bad Example!

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Agreed. In Trevor we trust. And in Mr. Gauthier we no longer do.

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  67. cuzzie says:

    I can’t stand Darren Dreger. What a worm of a man. He wants compensation for the Dudley signing. Habs gave oilers a 5th rder for signing Claude Julien, they got squat when TB grabbed all the Bulldog coaches. Dudley knows the Habs are closer to a great team then the Laffs and Mr. Laff lover is upset. Boo Hoo! No Playoffs For You! (Laffs)

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  68. commandant says:

    Going upstairs, Bournival might have tied it.

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  69. pmaraw says:

    hopefully bournival buried it!

  70. commandant says:

    Phillips with the goal, Beaulieu with the assist.

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  71. habsfan0 says:

    “That’s Game of Thrones/Mad Men Night!!”

    Sounds like your friendly,neighbourhood blogger could avail himself of a PVR.

  72. 24 Cups says:

    Game of Thrones – Call me shallow, but I have fallen in love with Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Cersei. Cersei is fiercely protective of her three children, who were all born of incest. Even before she was married to Robert Baratheon, she was involved in a relationship with her twin brother, Jaime.

    I realize that doesn’t sound very honourable but she is a real beauty who is very intriguing. Please don’t judge me, as I can be a very shallow man at times.

    It’s just that she’s so totally hot for a man my age.

  73. 24 Cups says:

    There will be lots of talk about goaltending tonight but for me it’s all about Gaborik and Richards. They earn a combined $19.5M this year so it’s their responsibility to step up big time.

  74. commandant says:

    Saint John vs Shawimigan starts now.

    These two teams HATE each other, this could get nasty.

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  75. JohnBellyful says:

    Game starts 8:10ish. Rangers’ season ends 10:35ish.


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