Liveblog: Conference Final Game 6 – A long, fun ride is over

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Not nearly enough left in the tank

Let's be honest: That was the most one-sided 1-0 game EVER!

Canadiens had five shots in the first period, five in the third.

Henrik Lundqvist made 18 saves for his first shutout of these playoffs.

Heroic Dustin Tokarski made 31 saves.

That's not going to do it.

So let's admit the better team is moving on to the Stanley Cup final.

Where the Kings will KILL them!

Out of gas

Trailing 1-0, the Canadiens needed 9:46 to get a shot on goal.

One bad shift

The Canadiens showed signs of life as the second period progressed.

Henrik Lundqvist made an acrobatic save on Thomas Vanek to keep it scoreless.

But the Rangers fourth line came up with a dominant shift and Dominic Moore scored the game's first goal.

Shots were 8-8.

Tokarski shines

The Canadiens needed 7:38 to get their first shot on Henrik Lundqvist.

By the, the Rangers had nine on Dustin Tokarski.

The Canadiens' goaltender ade great saves on Derick Brassard, Ricka Nash and, twice, Mats Zuccarello.

Shots were 11-5.

Canadiens will startthe second period on a power play.

Potential classic

Fearless prediction: Neither team will score seven goals in Game 6.

Game 5 was a crowd-pleasing aberration. Teams are not supposed to combine for 11 goals in the playoffs – least of all in a conference final.

But maybe this year is different. The Hawks and Kings produced nine goals Wednesday night in a double-overtime Game 5 that kept Chicago alive in the Western Conference Final.

The greater likelihood, however, is we'll be watching a tight one Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, where Games 3 and 4 went to OT.

Despite home-ice advantage, the pressure will be on the Rangers. They don't want to go back to Montreal for Game 7.

The Canadiens are riding a string of three straight wins in elimination games, two against Boston and Game 5 against the Rangers.

The absence of Dale Weise is a monumental drag. Raphael Diaz, the guy the Canadiens sent to Vancouver to get Weise, is in for the Rangers.

Puck drops 8:10ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

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1,770 Comments

  1. bush9842 says:

    Forget about the cup ever coming back…. Will never happen…habs are and will always be the nhls joke

  2. bush9842 says:

    That problem is that in Montreal we the fans just can’t shut the f@$k up… We jinx ourselves all the time…. We just gotta shut the f$&k up…. It is what it is… Reminds me of 2010

  3. tab says:

    David Bolland (healthy) would be a great addition to replace plea ex

  4. CAPSLOCK DAN says:

    Steve Ott would be a good addition

  5. HabinSquamish says:

    Great season! It was a nice ride.

  6. DLS HAB says:

    Sad ending but will be a reminder to future Habs team. There is no room for softness and exhaustion

  7. Habilis says:

    Don’t worry guys, I got this. I finally have the video evidence I need. Now all I need to do is finish this time machine and I can go back to show Gainey what he did/will do.

    Honestly though, McDonagh was just an absolute beast this series. That makes it hurt more than it should. Friggin Sather.

    • AH says:

      Yes, he was impressive…sigh, and I know it’s a crap shoot, but also watching Kreider fly, while LL is still languishing in the minors, also sucks, not one of Timmins finer moments, although I believe the language thing played a large part in that choice.

  8. Timo says:

    So… day off tomorrow?

  9. AH says:

    So where do we draft in the first round?

  10. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I’m not going to say, well, We advanced further than most of Our fantasies projected in October, …because that’s weak, and too easy

    …I’m just going to say Our Team made Us feel good about Ourselves …They made Us feel proud

    …now, the business of hockey begins

    …I can only hope Marc Bergevin retains the heart and soul Players that made this season special, because I want more of the same next season

  11. CAPSLOCK DAN says:

    Steve Downie?

  12. HabSgt says:

    Thanks to les boys for over-achieving all season long & giving us a great playoff run. We will be (bigger &) better next season & in the years to come. Although saddened that the Habs are out, I will be watching the Stanley Cup final. L.A. looks so strong, doubt Chicago or the Rangers can handle them.
    Thanks to Mr. Boone for another season of communal Habs agonizing.
    Subban will be on the cover of NHL 2015!
    Also, I like Timo! This place would not be the same without his sarcastic, snarky point of view.
    Cheers fellow Habs fans

    Winter is coming.

    • AH says:

      I like Timo too, I find his comments are often hilarious! and also IMO quite substantive.

      Props also to Timo for, even though he may be too negative about the Habs for many on here, one thing he doesn’t do is stoop to name calling and insults like many on here do.

  13. CAPSLOCK DAN says:

    Brian Boyle?

  14. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    I want to thank the Habs for a great season. As disappointed as I am now, I never expected them to reach this far. The only thing that bothered me about this run was the first game against the Rangers when no one showed and they hung out Price to get clobbered. Un-#^@^#^-ing acceptable. Hopefully MB will realize who his important assets are and build a team to protect them. Time to transfer the team to the youth and get rid of the veterans who have not won sh@$@t.

    Finally, I want to thank all the HIO posters for a fun season. Whether I agreed or disagreed with you, it was a blast. Hopefully next season will be just as eventful.

  15. temekuhabs says:

    Also, remember this team finished 15th TWO years ago

  16. temekuhabs says:

    Though I’m disappointed, the so called “experts” figured this team wouldn’t even MAKE the playoffs and that the stoopid leaf would.
    We are quite a bit ahead of where MB thought we’d be.
    A little more tweaking and this team could be dangerous next year.

  17. CAPSLOCK DAN says:

    Willie Mitchell’s available!

  18. lesboys says:

    I feel deep gratitude to our boys, who fought hard, even when outmatched, to both win honorably and lose honorably in a competitive season that ran deep, to the 29th of May!

    A confession about my age: I barely remember 86 and the last cup I remember well was 93, when I was just beginning to be a teenager.

    One thing I liked about this year’s group was their intensity and refusal to quit, even when they were outmatched.

    They didn’t lose like losers; they lost like winners do when winners lose. And when they won, they didn’t win like losers (who acted like they hadn’t been there before) but instead won like winners.

    We have a long way to go, and in many ways this season’s success masks some important failures. But the ethical foundation of this team is very, very strong. I take heart in that. It both bodes well for the future and keeps faith with those who came before.

    Go Habs Go

  19. habs001 says:

    Beyond the familiar suspects of quality teams there are many other teams that have a lot of young talent in their lineup and many prospects…Some teams were missing key pieces due to injuries..So it will not be easy just to get into this position next year

  20. 19yan65 says:

    thanks guys for a great and fun season and one thing I ve learned from this season is to never stop watching a game till it over.Back in March my wife and I were in a sports bar in Colorado and the habs were down 4 to 1 vs Ottawa
    so I paid the bill and left early only to find out that the habs came back to win.Wow that moment and beating the bruins were the two highlights of the year.Oh well four months till next season

  21. 19yan65 says:

    thanks guys for a great and fun season and one thing I ve learned from this season is to never stop watching a game till it over.Back in March my wife and I were in a sports bar in Colorado and the habs were down 4 to 1 vs Ottawa
    so I paid the bill and left early only to find out that the habs came back to win.Wow that moment and beating the bruins were the two highlights of the year.Oh well four months till next season

  22. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …First of all, I hope We see (read) Boone again way before October

    …this site is all about the skewed jaundiced out-look of Boone keeping this site unique

    …hope you will be dropping in frequently before October Mike

  23. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …duplication :(

  24. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …triplication :(

  25. Pattyice says:

    I’m sorry but I just don’t recall a comment from timo acknowledging any positives from this team ever!! If his opinion is that he doesn’t like anything the HABS ever do then he just simply is NOT a fan but on fact a troll

  26. CJ says:

    Can’t sleep. I’m emotionally drained and my body’s exhausted, but I just can’t close my eyes on the season. Gosh, a bounce here or there…..

    Alas, we weren’t quite good enough. The better team won tonight and I’ve got to accept that, regardless of whether I thought we were better (on paper) or not.

    I’ll save my rant for morning, but before signing off, I wish to give a big shout out to the star tonight, the best player on either team, Dustin Tokarski. What a series! You sir, have managed to play yourself onto the team. From the west coast swing in march you have been excellent. It’s nothing personal, just business (needed a New York – Donald Trump reference in keeping with the situation), but I’d say that’s it for Budaj.

    Lastly, a huge shout out to forum member Spats (Barry), who throws one heck of a house party. I’m indebted to you sir!

    To be continued……

    Best wishes, CJ

  27. NightRyder says:

    Briere, Gionta and Moen must not return. After that, everything’s up for debate.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Agree about Briere, Gionta.

      Moen, don’t really care. I like the depth, it came in handy. Under $2M, veteran, defensively sound, some leadership. Either way.

  28. habs001 says:

    2 weeks before the playoffs the Rangers would have been near the top of my list of teams to play…

  29. Commandant says:

    I’m a lot happier with this team than the 2010 version. That felt like a mirage… this doesn’t.

    This team is close…. really close. Nothing to feel sad about.

    Off-season

    1) Trade Budaj for a late draft pick, Tokarski is the number 2 now. (saves close to a million in cap space for other moves to).
    2) Re-Sign Markov. There is no UFA defenceman who can replace him.
    3) Move Eller permanently to Left Wing. Its time for Alex Galchenyuk to play centre.
    4) Need to find a winger to play with Galchenyuk… If Vanek was playing hurt, it might be him, if not, or he wants to leave, sign someone like Moulson, or Gaborik, or Iginla, or other…..
    5) Let Murray and Bouillion walk…. re-sign Weaver.
    6) Let Gionta Walk…..
    7) Trade Moen

    Forwards

    Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Gallagher
    Eller – Alex Galchenyuk – See #4
    Bournival – Plekanec – Bourque
    Prust – Briere – Weise
    White

    Possible to make the team: Andrighetto.

    Defence
    Gorges – Subban
    Markov – Emelin
    Beaulieu – Weaver
    Tinordi vs Pateryn (training camp battle)

    Price
    Tokarski

    Go Habs Go!

    http://lastwordonsports.com/

    • kalevine says:

      Eller needs to be a center. Plekanec should go for a good return

      • NightRyder says:

        Plekanec in a package for Kesler.

      • habs001 says:

        Bourque cannot have another regular season like this one…Otherwise his centre will struggle in any point production…

        • Timo says:

          Hopefully he can have another playoffs like this one though. He was good. Maybe if he plays with Eller and Weise for most of the season he will produce more.

      • CJ says:

        Agree on both points. This run has helped to identify who’s going to take us the next step and who’s expendable. One of Pleks or DD is gone. Eller and Chucky are our centre. Maybe Statsny replaces DD/Pleks. He’d be a nice consolation prize as Vanek won’t be back.

        Gionta, Frankie, Parros, Murray are all gone.

        Markov and Weaver are maybes.

        Budaj, Moen/Prust, Briere are trade bait.

        • Timo says:

          I would not be so quick to dismiss Bouillon. He stated that he would like to continue to play. Therrien can’t get enough of him… so…

          • kalevine says:

            he needs a million bucks added to hi retirement nest egg, and it’s not as though any other team would hire him, so we don’t really have a choice

    • habs001 says:

      Not sure that you can win 4 rounds with that group of 6 D

    • ebk says:

      They need to add a defensive anchor to play with Subban to be a truly elite team. My choices for their D
      Emelin-Subban
      Markov-Bieksa
      Tinordi-Gorges
      (Tinordi-Beaulieu-Pateryn training camp battle other two in Hamilton)
      Sign Weaver for depth. Or sign some line Orpik to play with Subban. Briere is either bought out or traded. He made the most of his limited chances but for this team to compete with the Big boys, he has to go

      But really what a great year, only an true idiot would be upset with the direction of this team, at this time.

    • AllHailTheFlower says:

      Eller is a permanent #2 / #3 centre. Otherwise I agree with all you say.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Take the Habs best center during the playoffs and move him to left wing where he’s only ever played horribly??
      Doesn’t make sense.

      No, if Chucky moves to Center, it’s to replace DD. Chucky + DD in the middle is not good enough defensively.

      … and the cap space isn’t there to add Vanek, Moulson to this line-up.

      • Commandant says:

        Eller wasn’t good in the regular season. And I give Plekanec huge credit for doing a job on Kreijci and Stamkos. Thats needed IMO.

        As for not playing well at LW, sample size is extremely small. You convert him over the offseason and camp, and give him real time to adjust, and I think he’s smart enough to learn and provide the board play and defensive responsibility, and net front presence that Galchenyuk’s line will need.

        As for cap room… I think there will be with the rising cap, and Gionta out. If you need more, one of Gionta/Bourque goes.

        Go Habs Go!

        http://lastwordonsports.com/

        • Ozmodiar says:

          Yes, sample size with Eller at LW is small – because he’s a Centerman. Your line-up relies on him learning a new position (in off-season and camp?).

          Cap room won’t be there with Gionta already gone (your line-up), so I guess you’d have to add Bourque. Yes, cap of ~ 71M.

    • Marc10 says:

      That’s a pretty realistic outcome. The Markov re-sign and the PK contract will weigh heavily in any scenario.

      Eller struggles on the wing, but yes… Chucky needs to play at center.

      No issue with contracts to Weaver and Weise. They’ve earned their money.

  30. habsfan0 says:

    So,is there going to be an ALS?

    About Last Season.

  31. Frank2468 says:

    The L.A Kings will make Lundqvist look like a Court Jester. Good luck with that.

  32. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Great run (I mean come on, who is not still happy about beating Boston on home ice, boys played their arses off in that series, they paid the price to knock the NHLs best team), fun to watch, but the ending sucked.

    I’ll be back in October with the rest of ya, but now is fishing season, the weather is starting to shape up here in NB so the fish will be biting. Heading out tomorrow night for some fly fishing with my brother. Already hooked a 1.5 lb 15.25″ trout (on bait). There are bigger ones to catch I tells ya!

    As for the game tonight, I feel bad for one player on that team…Tokarski. What a performance! His record is not indicative of his talent, just remember that. That kid is going to be a great goalie.

    Anyways, going to be a good day tomorrow. Sun and some cloud, temp around 20C, bugs are out. Fish are going to be caught and a couple beer will be enjoyed (maybe even some worms will be drowned). Good night and be civil.

    GO HABS GO!

    ==============================================
    Folks, it’s PlayoffsFishing time, and that’ll keep ya on yer seatsme happy!
    ==============================================

  33. Ozmodiar says:

    Sign Stastny
    To make room, trade Briere or DD and let Gio walk.

    The rest will fall into place.

  34. 21 AND WAITING says:

    The Rumors will start flying tomorrow.

  35. Sportfan says:

    Loss sucks, but I am very proud of our Habs!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
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  36. Ian Cobb says:

    Better this way folks! We had a hell of a year, we were well entertained by a club that is getting much better every year since Geoff Molson has taken over the club.

    We played a much better team and lost in 6 games, but everyone knows that whoever won this series is going to get smoked by L.A. or Chicago, better we bow out in 6 than 4 straight by the west.
    Bergevin has a great chore ahead of him, he first has to buy tickets to send a few players out of town permanently, and then sign a few contracts for players that will be part of our future.

    Sure hope there are a few good free agents that we can pick up.
    Anyway we had a great ride with this team, they did well. Our Stanly cup series excitement was sending the Boston Bruins to the showers early!
    See everyone at our next Fan Summit in Oct. or Nov. this year!

    Galchenyuk is 20.
    Gallagher – 22.
    Eller – 25.
    Pacioretty – 25.
    Price – 26.
    Subban -25.
    Beaulieu -21.
    Cobb – 70

  37. CAPSLOCK DAN says:

    one issue – Krieder should have been taken off on a stretcher. He’s very soft and not tough at all, hurting him would have been like popping bubble wrap.

  38. AH says:

    Would the Habs have beaten the Hawks or the Kings over 7 games? My gut says no, but it would have been nice to see them try.

    As posted below, the league is so tight , chances to get to the dance let alone win it are tough to come by.

    But, I believe the future looks good, just get rid of the old dead weight, and we’ll be on our way.

    Go Habs Go…..forever!

  39. Vid says:

    Bergervin made some good moves, Vanek didn’t quite pan out in the playoffs but he did give the team momentum at the end of the season and into the playoffs. A move that I did not see coming as I did not see the Canadiens at the time as being anywhere near a serious playoff run. Weaver & Weise were nice surprises.

    But lets give credit to some of his predecessors, Gauthier got Eller, Bourque, Gallagher, Bournival, Beaulieu and Tinordi. Gainey got Price, Subban, Pacioretty, Emelin and Gorges.

    Here’s hoping Bergevin can build on some of the best pieces from before his time. This will be the true measure of Bergevin as a GM in the years to come.

  40. AceMagnum says:

    It’s actually kind of a relief. Would’ve hurt much worse if we were beaten in the final. I cried like a mofo in ’89 …tonight I just got the sniffles…

    We’ve waited 21 years…guys we won’t have to wait much longer. Habs are a good team on the cusp of being great.

    Now let’s all cheer on the Kings

  41. NightRyder says:

    As mentioned, great run, great fun.
    But as a cynical old coot, I can’t help but think this is a missed opportunity. Parity has become prevalent, and we’re as likely to finish ninth in the conference as we are make the finals in a given year.
    Price getting injured WAS a huge, huge deal. Tokarski was terrific, a great little battler. But Price is our best player and he’s intimidating to play against. He affects the way the other team plays and as well as his own team.
    As a little dude, Tokarski is going to look more spectacular making certain saves. He also won two of give games, with a 2.6 GAA. Thinking Price’s injury “didn’t hurt too bad” is really framing the picture incorrectly.

    • MontrealAtheist says:

      > Price getting injured WAS a huge, huge deal.

      Agreed but goaltending was not our problem today … Our veterans have been no-shows too many times this series, there is only so much a goalie can do to keep the team’s chances alive … Even with Price, we would still need to score at least one goal in order to win.

      • NightRyder says:

        This is the example of what I suggest is framing it the wrong way. Tokarski’s effort and the impact of losing Price on the team’s overall performance are two different things.
        Secondary question: Has a team that lays an egg like that in an elimination game given up on its coach?

        • kalevine says:

          I can’t see giving up on the coach at this level of the playoffs. You are playing for your teammates, and running on drive and desire. If some guys didn’t show the appropriate drive or desire, that’s on them

          • NightRyder says:

            Correct. So was the coach’s continued playing of some of these puds an issue?

          • kalevine says:

            Perhaps the seeds of the problem were sown earlier in the year when Therrien went with experience over youth at every turn. To some extent that forced his hand in the playoffs – the youth just didn’t have enough experience to step in and be ready. Not every green defenceman can step in and pull a 2010 PK in the playoffs.
            Instead you have Bouillon at the point on the second wave of the playoffs and he’s passing the puck back and forth with some other stiff until the penalty ends. Or you have Markov playing way too many minutes every night and not playing that well.

            Up front, the team has had trouble scoring all season, and he had no choice to go with the guys who are supposed to score, even if they aren’t. But he could have warded more PP time to guys like Eller and Galchenyuk. Too many forwards did nothing in the playoffs, and that was too much to overcome.

            As much as I don’t like Therrien a whole lot, and notwithstanding these criticisms, I can’t blame him for this playoff loss.

  42. 21 AND WAITING says:

    Another one of those nights they didn’t come to play they’ve been doing it all season and we all seen the end result. I hope next year someone explains to them in order to win you have to play better than the other team for 60 minutes.

  43. Prop says:

    Remember folks, this was a team that was supposed to barely make the playoffs according to the talking heads.

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  44. Arnou Ruelle says:

    This might become the future and upcoming lineup for the 2014-2015 CH:

    1st line: Max Pac – DD – (x)

    2nd line: Prust – Galchenyuk – (x)

    3rd line: Bourque – Eller – Gallagher

    4th line: Bournival – Brière – Weise

    1st pair: (x) – Subban

    2nd pair: (x) – Weaver

    3rd pair: Tinordi – Beaulieu

    Starter: Price

    Backup: Tokarski

    (x) = hole needed for MB to put a player in the lineup

  45. HIOFan says:

    Every time the Habs started to get it going, they would get a penalty. The refereeing was terrible. Most of the calls against the Habs wouldn’t have been a penalty all playoffs. The penalty against Gionta for taking a stick in the face was unbelievable and many calls that should have been made against the Rangers were never made. It reminded me of Game 2, when the Habs got 5 penalties in the first two periods. Oddly enough, same two referees…Wes McCauley and Dan O’Halloran.

    • 21 AND WAITING says:

      Oh no not the Referee excuse again.

    • NCRhabsfan says:

      Can’t blame the refs, the Habs didn’t show up. But Bettman had them ready just in case. Mtl vs/LA/Chi just isn’t the same in a Bettman world as NY vs LA/Chi. The Habs made it easy for them by mailing it in, but I don’t believe the NHL was letting this one go to game 7 no matter what.

  46. habs001 says:

    Habs have to try to work 3 young D in the lineup for next year…

  47. JohnBellyful says:

    What’s with all the posters wishing everyone a nice summer?
    You guys not coming back tomorrow to clean out your lockers?

  48. Marc10 says:

    In the end, it’s a fair result. Guys like Boyle, DMoore, McDonuts, Richards, St Louis, Hagelan, Kreider, Zuccarello and Stepan just wanted it a bit more than our guys. THAT and Carey was injured.

    Good on Toker for keeping us in it. That kid is special. Lots of positives from this long run. MB cobbled together a pretty good team. A bit of luck and we’re there.

    See you guys at the draft.

  49. Jdub1985 says:

    Anyone wonder why the Lakers and Yankees are relevant today? Because anything less then a title is considered a failure. You guys consider this season a success and we won’t see the Habs in the finals for another 21 years. Raise the goddamn bar for excellence greatest sports franchise in the world! for f&$k sake!

  50. Luke says:

    I’ll take it.

    This team I thought would struggle to make the playoffs, exceeded expectations. Sure, I hoped for more, but I expected less.

    Go Habs.

    Good job!

  51. habsfan0 says:

    If an ex-Hab had to score the series winning goal against the Canadiens,I’m glad it was a class act like Dominic Moore rather than Diaz or Pouliot or…heavens..McDonaugh.

  52. habs001 says:

    Without trades of FA signings i dont think the Habs will be a better scoring team next year…

  53. NCRhabsfan says:

    Nice that the Rangers winning goal was almost entirely a product of ex-Habs. The McDonaugh trade may go down in history as one of the worst trades ever in any sport. It may rival the Sox trading Ruth. I almost feel sorry for Bob Gainey who will forever have his reputation destroyed by one of the biggest brain farts in hockey management history. He did some good things, but it is unlikely anyone will remember any of them.

    • Luke says:

      McD’s a nice defenseman, but you may be reaching a bit here…

    • Habsbill24 says:

      This is correct. Gainey’s legacy is extremely tarnished by the worst trade in Habs history. No need to ever have to throw in McDonagh when the Habs took back the Gomez contract. We thought the Patrick Roy trade and the Chris Chelios trades were bad, but this trade makes those look like chump change.

    • AllHailTheFlower says:

      I still think Serge Savard trading Chelios straight up for Denis Savard was worse…but not by very much.

      • kalevine says:

        it was Chelios PLUS a draft pick. Very stupid, as Chicago knew they were fleecing the Habs already as a straight up trade, but decided to ask anyway!

        But the McDonagh trade was worse in terms of how much it damaged the team for several years by saddling it with an 8 mill dollar cap hit that played like a million buck

  54. sCOTT1243 says:

    I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed watching our team play. We’ve got alot of good years of hockey ahead of us, a great young core and some up and comers.

    We beat Boston, love it! If i were to go back to last Oct on this forum, the outlook for this year was not positive….they proved us wrong. Lets face it, once we lost Price it was over, and the bruins hangover lasted a little too long.

    All the best to HIO friends, have a safe and fun summer. See you next year.

  55. habsfan0 says:

    Coming so close to the ultimate prize will only leave the Habs hungrier next season. Better days are indeed ahead to look forward to.

    I also can’t wait to see what kind of a collapse the Laffs have in store next year.

  56. tab says:

    Maybe price could be trade bait to being in a couple top end forwards or a taveras type

  57. Pattyice says:

    You know what timo? Give the team credit for making it this far ! I don’t understand how the hell you can even call yourself a fan! You’re pathetic and the biggest troll on this site. You’re from Calgary right? Man I’d like to run into you one day complete idiot with no obvious hockey background probably a scrawny little loser hiding behind a keyboard!

    • Louisville says:

      Sounds like you’re the redneck dude.

    • Huh says:

      Seriously. A real grade A loser. Criticizing professionals as if he knows better. What a complete tool.

      Proud of our Habs. Great season this year. Great things to come.

      Period.

    • Ton says:

      you have to understand Timo…….he loves the habs but he gets really really really mad when they lose………….and he would find something wrong with Scotty Bowman coaching the team…….be nice to Timo.

    • bolder says:

      That’s pretty rough man! Timo and all posters here have the right to express their opinions without being trashed by you.

      • kalevine says:

        agreed. He is coming from the place of a frustrated fan who has gotten his hopes dashed time and again. Notice also that he never attacks back when people trash him.

      • Ton says:

        well yes it was rough but saying all posters have the right to express their opinions……….yes intelligent ones…..calling the coach a racist is stupid! think about it!

      • Huh says:

        Everyone has a right to their opinions, true. But realistically this guy (Timo) bashes professionals constantly as if he knows better. Just because they’re paid exorbitant amounts of $$$ doesn’t leave them ripe for constant ludicrous reaming. Especially when it rarely makes sense.

        Are we not better since MB and MT took over? I’d say yes. Have they made mistakes? Of course, they’re human. The only way one learns is through making mistakes. That’s the way people improve.

        Sure, some nights (insert whichever players name) have bad games and maybe it seems like they don’t compete – but they too are human and are playing against the best players in the world on the other teams as well. These guys devote their whole lives and sacrifice things most people wouldn’t even think of just to be in the NHL. Give them some credit.

        Rome wasn’t built in a day. Habs are looking better than they have in years. I reckon things will only get better.

        It takes a seriously bitter, crummy person to constantly critique when things are obviously looking up and there are soooo many positives. That’s really easy to do. It’s easy to be an armchair GM/athlete.

        It’s easy to look at the cup being half empty.

        Everyone has a right to express their opinions, right?

        My opinion is that Timo is a major idiot.

        • bolder says:

          I agree that the team is going in the right direction and they surprised me by getting this far. MB is doing a good job for sure. All I’m saying here is that some posters will say things that may not sit well with others, but if the poster is not personally attacking anyone on here, why trash them? Posters might be disappointed/frustrated at times, but if they are not personally attacking others on this site, then they should be left alone and not trashed.

    • DCos says:

      Amen…Timo is a douchebag

      –Whining, sniveling, complaining, negative “fans” annoy me.–

  58. habkin says:

    Thank you for the ride to all of you. I will vent and say ;./ck! Pisses me off that one blown coverage did this soccer match in. But, MB will tweak and we will succeed again next year but further…

    Cheers to my Hab Clan

  59. JohnBellyful says:

    I wonder if Brooks will make a phone call to Torts tonight to ask: So, whaddya think?

  60. JohnBellyful says:

    Well, at least when the playoffs are over, we can enjoy the summer secure in the knowledge the NHL will finally get serious about protecting its star players — all its players! — when the league does ITS post-mortem of the season.

  61. kalevine says:

    After game 5 Gio said Habs were getting more energy and the Rangers were looking slower. Didn’t turn out that way

  62. Habilis says:

    FYI, Braveheart is on Encore right now, just getting to the good parts. Better than watching ANY SPORTS SHOW. I hate losing.

  63. billylove says:

    Agree with Boone, the most lopsided 1-0 game I can recall ever seeing. Everyone seems to be writing off the Rangers. I’m not so sure. There’s something good going on with them. They’ve had a horrific playoff schedule but despite having played 3 more games than the Habs, looked like the fresher and much quicker team throughout. Habs, for whatever reason, simply ran out of gas. I still believe the Habs are a better team, but they couldn’t overcome the fatigue factor which ultimately did them in. Losing Price is NOT a valid excuse or justification for falling short. Toker deserved a better fate for his performance.

  64. CHicoHab says:

    Now they are blaming Scott Oakes son for making Vanek disappear.

  65. howiemorenz7 says:

    Geez I hate to rag on MT to close the season, but why Prust was even on the ice in the 3rd P was a mystery, and no Vanek, at all, in the last 4 minutes or so? BUT, great year overall, look forward to all the speculation about RFA/UFA/PK/Vanek/Markov/Weaver/ and please, let this be the end of Gionta. Please. Please. Pleeeeeeeeeeeaaazzzzze

    Maroons Suck. #7 foreva.

  66. habs001 says:

    The Habs achieved past their overall talent level…It is time to move on with some players and inject young blood…Players like Weaver,Gorges and Markov we all know what they are and what they bring..non of them will be any better than today…While they add many good things to the team sometimes you have to gamble that the players you have in the minors will be an upgrade…


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