One W away

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Roberto Luongo, who was brutal in Boston, is victorious in Van and rings up his fourth shutout of the playoffs.
It was an excellent Game 5.
Maxim Lapierre scored the game’s only goal. He had three SoG and four hits in 12:39 ToI.
Looooo made 31 saves.
Canucks outhit the Bruins 47-37.
Alexander Edler had 10 of those hits.
Tim Thomas’s SO streak ended at 110:42.
Vancouver has scored six goals in the finals and are leading 3-2.
And their GWGs have been scored by Raffi Torres, Alex Burrows and Max Lapierre.
Sedins the best Vancouver brother act?
Nah.
The Luongo boys.

240 Comments

  1. NLhabsfan says:

    I wish them nothing
    But crap for this game and the next

  2. NLhabsfan says:

    I HATE THE BRUINS

  3. RiverviewCanadien says:

    HIGHEST RATINGS ON HIO…

    If Chris Higgins scores on the PP.

  4. habstrinifan says:

    Why cant I watch hockey these days without getting p’d off. It’s because everywhere one turns there’s a MTL GM mistake.

    There should have been a way to keep Max a Hab as there should have been a way to keep Boucher a A HAB.

    • Mark C says:

      That was his 3rd goal in 63 games since leaving Montreal. Are you gonna get pissed the next time Halpern wins a D-zone draw or Hammer clears the zone off the glass for another team?

      • habstrinifan says:

        No cause

        a)We didnt draft Halpern and he didnt come onto the team as a youngster and give the habs world a spark.
        b) Halpern could play forever and when he retires it will still be Halpern who? But Max has talent and timing and smarts to become better than pest type player. True he needs a stiffer backbone but he will get one as he gets closer to 25 than 21.

        • Mark C says:

          Are you talking about Maxim Lapierre or someone else? Closer to 25 than 21? He’s already 26. He has 12 points this year. Halpern had a 18 and 21 goal season by his age 26 season. He’s now entering his prime NHL age coming off a 14 and 12 point seasons. All this “talent and timing and smarts,” yet less than 30 points in two years, why?

          Old man nobody had one fewer goal than Max had points this season (11 to 12).

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I still think there was a way to Keep Roy a Hab.

      ———————————
      “I hate the Bruins more than the Nordiques, who I hate more than the Flyers.”

  5. Sharks9 says:

    I used to be a fan of Damien Cox but his clear bias towards Boston in this series is sickening. Does nothing but comment on Vancouver’s diving and says nothing about Boston.

    25 before 14

  6. habaholic68NJ says:

    Yappy playing the game of his life.

    Listen to my instrumental tribute entitled “Habs at War” at http://web.me.com/ptolias/Music/OtherOriginalMusic.html

  7. habstrinifan says:

    Max or Pouliot? Whom would you prefer to have?

    Some HIO posters have bought into the geneal disdain and TSN/CBC bias against Max and have even gone so far as to recommend that HABS try and get Higgins back in the fold. Anyone who thinks Higgins is a better player than Max is ………………. You fill in the blank.

  8. byrneoNL says:

    You are killing me Boone. How can you cheer for Vancouver? I hate Boston too but man way more Canadian boys in te Boston lineup. And every Boston fan I know is at least a real fan. There are so many fake Canuck fans out there it makes me sick !

    • Sharks9 says:

      They both have 17 Canadians. Whens there’s only 2 teams left there are tons of fake fans cheering for each one.

      25 before 14

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      Yeah, let´s cheer for assholes like Lucic and Marchand because they are Canadian…

    • Duracell3 says:

      More Quebecois, couldn’t give a damn about who has more Canadians, of which I think they have the same anyway.

      • Mike D says:

        What a stupid F’n comment.

        - Honestly yours

        • Duracell3 says:

          Pretty stupid to be from Quebec and like Quebec hockey players.

          I wonder who Muscovites would be cheering for if it were the Capitals vs. the Canucks….hmmm…

          But according to you I should care where mark recchi is from. You’re obviously very intelligent.

          • habstrinifan says:

            The stooopid part was “couldnt give a damn about Canada”.

          • Duracell3 says:

            habstrinifan, why exactly should I give a damn about players from Canada? I am no more connected to someone in BC or Alberta than I am to someone in Ireland or Michigan in any way. I have more shared commonality with a country an ocean and 5000 km away than I do with Manitoba. I share no more with Lucic than I do with Edler.

          • Mike D says:

            habstrinifan summed it up perfectly.

            But since you decided it was a good idea to comment on my intelligence, battery man, I’ll add this little tidbit:

            Your second-last sentence (“But according to you I should care where mark recchi is from”), just shows that you completely missed my very basic point….but you comment on my intelligence.

            Sure buddy.

            P.S. Energizer > Duracell

            - Honestly yours

      • Duracell3 says:

        Then I think you either missed my point and took it as Canada, and not players from random parts of there, who might as well be tim thomas from whatever hell spawn he is from for all I care.

        Or you genuinely think it makes as much sense for me to care as much about Greg Cambell because he is Canadian as it does for me to like Burrows, which could not be dumber.

        • Mike D says:

          Dura, I really have no interest in continuing with this, so I’ll just make a few quick points:

          1) I can assure you, the only person missing any points here is you.

          2) Due to reason #1, you should refrain from making disparaging remarks about other posters’ intelligence in the future. You’ll save face that way. Side-note: Changing/re-wording a post that’s being debated makes you look even worse to those that notice.

          3) Cheering for the Nucks because they have one or two more Quebecers than the Gooins is freakin ridiculous. BTW, the B’s have more players with french names than the Nucks do, so cheer for them why don’t ya? Or maybe it’s a geographical proximity thing as you eluded to above? In that case cheer for the team that has the most players born closest to your home once you get a map and a roster list for all 30 teams. Just nonsense.

          4) For the record, I’m cheering for the Nucks simply because I HATE the Bruins. They’re our rivals so this actually makes sense. The lesser of two evils. A small part of me would also like to see the Cup come back to Canada where it belongs, but usually I couldn’t care less who wins the Cup if the Habs are eliminated. The exceptions are the Leafs, Flyers, and Bruins who are not to win under ANY circumstances.

          5) Give your head a shake.

          - Honestly yours

          • Duracell3 says:

            3) So you must be baffled at the thousands of Quebecers walking around with Tampa Bay Jerseys. Proximity has nothing to do with it, shared culture and growing up with them does. There is more commonality probably with Toews than with Neely. We don’t cheer for Patrick Marleau, it’s just a name.

            Yet again, clearly intelligent. Waste of time.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      “And every Boston fan I know is at least a real fan.”

      No, every Boston fan is primarily a Celtics, Pats and Red Sox fan. 5-6 years ago the Garden was half empty.

  9. Chris says:

    Nice goal by Max but it looked like he shanked that shot, but Ill take it

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  10. habstrinifan says:

    Say what you want about MAX… he scores big playoffs goals.

  11. PrimeTime says:

    Biggest goal of his life!!!!

  12. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Nice. I was hoping Yappy, Burrows, or one of the sisters would bury one to put a dagger in the heart of all these Bruin loving douchebags in the media!

  13. Keith says:

    It takes an ex-Hab to score on the tuna! WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  14. showey47 says:

    finally!!!!

  15. HardHabits says:

    “The Canuck who cried Bear” is one of the lost Aesop’s Fables

  16. solomio says:

    This is not the type of game you want to be in with the Bruins.
    Free wheeling scoring power is there. Vancouver puck control scoring power but they don’t have the puck under control that much. Too close to the edge on this one. The abyss awaits.

  17. Un Canadien errant says:

    PJ Stock is a clown, should not be on the air.

    He thinks Seidenberg is “calm, cool and collective (sic)” and he “can’t believe how he went from Philadephia to Boston”. Huh? What the frack does that mean? Like, did he go there on a tricycle? What’s so unbelievable? He then calls him a wily veteran, for grabbing Henrik’s stick. Instead of calling it an infraction that wasn’t called.

    ———————————
    “I hate the Bruins more than the Nordiques, who I hate more than the Flyers.”

    • Steven says:

      Maybe he’s there to stir the pot.

      But I agree, he really isn’t a quality personality on CBC.

      And all his sarcastic remarks towards the Habs on CHOM… Ugh…

  18. PrimeTime says:

    Nucks need to put everything bolster all they got this period. F the euro fancy pancy tight passes. Get the puck on net and jump on TT’s rebounds….the flopper has zero puck control. C’MON!!!!

  19. habs001 says:

    if canucks win today they will win in boston…thomas could still get the conn smythe

  20. Cdnman1 says:

    When the Canucks break through, maybe the flood gates open.

    Number 25 in 2011!

  21. HardHabits says:

    Viagra commercials aren’t risqué enough. It should be something like:

    Apologies to little Johnny. Johnny couldn’t go to the Amusement Park with his grand-dad today.

    Fade to scene with grand-dad in his underwear taking a sip of water direct from the jug out of the fridge. In the background grand-ma is sprawled out on the couch with her granny panties and girdle all ruffled.

    “Sorry Johnny!”

    The blue Viagra pill swooshes across the screen.

  22. Un Canadien errant says:

    Reffing is absolutely brutal. Two crosschecks, one on Burrows, one on Henrik, full stop after the whistle had blown. I don’t know what threshold a Bruin has to cross to get a penalty. Hopefully it’s something less than decapitation.

    ———————————
    “I hate the Bruins more than the Nordiques, who I hate more than the Flyers.”

  23. Cdnman1 says:

    I’m getting a bad feeling about this game. The Canucks are squeezing their sticks and Boston is seeing an opportunity.

    Number 25 in 2011!

  24. 24 Cups says:

    Advantage Boston. No score after two periods on the road. Vancouver is life and death to score the first goal. Failure to do so, means Boston wins the Cup.

  25. Duracell3 says:

    That PP needs a MAB….and then send him directly to the locker room until the next one.

  26. shootdapuck says:

    “If you locked Tanner glass on the ice alone, how long before he scores?”

    About the same length of time for Tom Pyatt and Yappierre!

    The hands of stone club charter members!

    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office.

    Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  27. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Maybe my tinfoil hat is on too tight, but I haven’t seen anything this blatant since Elton Johns homosexuality.

  28. habaholic68NJ says:

    How was that not a cross check?

    Listen to my instrumental tribute entitled “Habs at War” at http://web.me.com/ptolias/Music/OtherOriginalMusic.html

  29. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Seidenberg blatant crosscheck. Nope, not a penalty. Quick whistle for Thomas. If the Bruins win the cup there should be a f*cking asterix next to it.

  30. JayBee says:

    Bruins are allowed to get away with so much crap after the whistle.

    Burrows is a frigging diver though. He hsould be ashamed of himself.

  31. Keith says:

    He fanned on it! Epic fail!!!

  32. OneTimer says:

    Great game so far

  33. habstrinifan says:

    Finally made it home! So far so good!

    Thought all day today.. gotta shake this apathy and send all the vibes Canucks way.. Bruins are too smug conceited and talk like they KNOW they have friends in high places.

    So let’s stick it to them tonight Kesler and gang.

    Just glimpsed at the boxscore .. wow what is Vanc doing .. must be playing JM’S SYSTEM.. lopsided shots on goal for Boston.

  34. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    It’s just the law of averages huh CBC? F*cking disgusting.

  35. Keith says:

    Finally a Canuck pp.

  36. habs001 says:

    this crash and bang hockey would be too much for gill,spacek and hammer to handle at this stage of their careers over 4 series…

  37. temekuhabs says:

    Why oh why isn’t anybody on Van shooting the F****N PUCK!!!

  38. Keith says:

    Canucks getting jobbed royally in the calls.

  39. Duracell3 says:

    Wow, Kesler literally doesn’t even touch him and gets the penalty.

    I would have much rather he just run him over or got some lumber in his face to get in timmys head, that would have actually been worth the penalty.

  40. Keith says:

    What a horrible call!

  41. temekuhabs says:

    What a sh***t call!!

  42. habaholic68NJ says:

    Nucks better start getting pucks and bodies on net.

    Listen to my instrumental tribute entitled “Habs at War” at http://web.me.com/ptolias/Music/OtherOriginalMusic.html

  43. 1010 says:

    Nothing wrong with Don’s theories on certain codes. What’s wrong is he only mentions the code if it’s a team he doesn’t like.
    Habs score late to beat the Wild 8-1 and Don mentions the code. Boston scores three late to beat Van 8-1 and Don doesn’t mention the code.
    Strangest thing.

    GO ABB…

  44. dudurules says:

    can we watch this game online?

  45. Keith says:

    Yeah, funny he doesn’t mention who won the series lol!

  46. temekuhabs says:

    At least Van is hitting (except the pathetic attempt by the Sisters)

  47. Bill says:

    It’s not Thomas. Vancouver hasn’t looked dangerous for seven periods now. They can’t get through the Boston D and Boston is outskating them on offense.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  48. HabFarmer says:

    Did Healey just say it’s a “man’s game”? So I guess that’s why he was so good at it……

  49. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    You know what CBC, it doesn’t matter if Lapps was hurt or not. Chara should not be allowed to be spearing his stick into an opposing players midsection. Boston, as usual, is getting away with murder. No f*cking doubt this shit is fixed. Jeremy Jacobs earned this cup by signing Bettman to his new multi-million contract. F*cking disgusting!

    • athanor says:

      They absolutely should have given Chara a penalty for the spear, and if they felt that Lapierre overdid his response, they could have given him one for simulation, unsportsmanlike conduct or whatever.
      But CBC calling it a lovetap is just obscene.

  50. Rainrocket16 says:

    Shut up Milbury, god you are annoying!

  51. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Ok, call me a conspiracy theorist all you want, but this is a pivotal game, the winner of this game is probably gonna win the cup. and it looks like the refs are calling everything they can against Van, and missing everything against the Boston scumbags.

  52. OneTimer says:

    Run and gun definitely favors the Canucks. Good. I love the sound of the Vancouver crowd tonight.

  53. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Edler could have just creamed Thornton there. But he held up. Clean checks that hurt aren’t allowed in the current NHL.

  54. Keith says:

    Wow! Vancouver just banging the bodies out there.

  55. Keith says:

    Just got back from the Brewtique with some full Growlers. Looks like a pretty good game so far. Did I miss much?

  56. OneTimer says:

    Game looks like it’s gonna be a good one. Amazing what NHL-quality ice can do right?

  57. shootdapuck says:

    Looooooooooooooser!

    I hate the Goons as much as anyone but Lulu can’t stop a beachball!

    The Melanson effect; play deep in the net and drop as soon as the opponent crosses the blueline is apparent!

    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office.

    Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  58. Psycho29 says:

    Put a Bruins sweater on that Cdn anthem singer and he looks like 80% of the Boston fans. And some of the men too…

  59. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I don’t know who it is Boone, but it’s not the HIp.

  60. Exit716 says:

    I think the Trews “Hope and Ruin” would have been a more appropriate song for the opening video montage.

  61. NDGhabsfan says:

    It seems the only way to beat Thomas is with a tonne of traffic or some messy blue paint posting up stuff. Problem is the Canucks can’t do any of that without getting frustrated and pulled into taking penalties. Unfortunately Luongo won’t be the difference maker. If he plays his ass off they can steal one more. Maybe. Regardless of how well Lu plays the Canucks will most likely tank because they are a shallow squad far too dependent on inconsistent star players. Seeing Bruins hoisting up a Stanley Cup will be tantamount to seeing German soldiers goosestepping across Girouard Parc. I guess that just means the task of returning the Cup home to Canada will fall on our shoulders.

    From failing hands…

    • Stuck_in_To. says:

      The way to beat Thomas is to get in the clear … Boston D has been stifling every series blocking everything and smothering and interfering with any rebounds. But when he gets a clear shot, how many times does it drop right beside him and he has no idea where it is? Thomas is not as good as he seems but his synergy with his teams defence is awesome. Van. needs to transition faster and get the Boston skaters out of the equation. Then they can have their way with Thomas.

  62. SeriousFan09 says:

    Off to work and Canucks are 2-0 in this series when I don’t see the game at all, you’re welcome.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

  63. geo_habsgo says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_msMRqrT40&feature=related

    take a look at this old Subban interview. It just shows how sincere and passionate this guy really is about hockey and playing in Montreal. Also its interesting to see that video then see a photo of him now and see how much mass this guy has put on in just a few years. He is a major building block on this team and I’m so happy we have a real player besides our goalie that we can be excited about.

    • _Habsoloutly_ says:

      He’s a stud, and a franchise player. I still pinch myself and say “we drafted him 2nd round – 43rd overall??”. I also have to wonder about all the GM’s who passed up on this guy who had to have talks with their scouting department to ask “why wasn’t this kid on our radar again?” :grin:

      • DearyLeary says:

        Well, there are a bunch of second rounders making big impacts in the NHL. Generally they’re players with high upside but big question marks to their game.

        A lot of the time players can’t move past those questions and the damage is mitigated by the fact that they’re only 2nd round picks. But when they turn out well it’s hard to remember the negatives.

        PK had questions about his defensive game, and his discipline (still needs work from time to time). His talents are undeniable, and he’s worked hard on correcting the negatives for his game. I couldn’t be happier with our selection.

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        Same reason Shea Weber went in the 2nd round. Scouts miss things and trying to determine the future of 18-year olds is not an exact science.

        - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
        SF09 on Twitter

        • scrowe21 says:

          and then theres Datysuk and Zetterberg who went in the 6th and 7th round..

          this just reminded me that we dont have a 2nd round pick this year. damn

        • _Habsoloutly_ says:

          Missing the odd late bloomer I can understand. PK wasn’t a late bloomer. He’s had the skill level consistently through his development. Scouts who miss players like him aren’t scouts for long.

    • OneTimer says:

      Sandrine Balthazard! <3

  64. Lee_D says:

    Anyone know who this Habs player is from the No Words NHL commercial? http://i.imgur.com/PyROS.png

  65. habaddict_andy says:

    If you have time to kill, best plays of the season.

    http://video.canadiens.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=83&id=112984

    Go! Hockey! Go!

  66. Mavid says:

    i missed the thumbs up/down..I would like to thumbs up some comments that are good…

    second place is just the first loser

  67. SeriousFan09 says:

    In Mathieu Darche’s comments about his new contract, he admits his abdominal injury, which required surgery last month was something that had been bothering him since December.

    Seriously, how do baseball players or basketball players get away with their sore thumb complaints?

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

  68. Drew42 says:

    Morenz7 mentioned below….
    “Luongo quote from yesterday:
    “It’s two out of three, and we have home court advantage.”

    I think I’ve identified the problem: he thinks they’re playing basketball. To him, a seven-point spread doesn’t seem so bad …”

    My reply (as I can’t seem to reply to his post):

    NBA record for most blocks in a playoff game: 20 (Philadelphia vs. Milwaukee, April 5, 1981)

    Luongo’s saves on Wednesday: 20

    Coincidence? I think NOT! hahaha

  69. 24 Cups says:

    It must be a bitter pill for Vancouver to swallow when they have two Dmen out of the line-up and have to use 20 year old, Chris Tanev, instead of the $4.2M Keith Ballard.

    Alas, Ballard has three more years left at the same coin. Not quite as bad as Gomez, but it’s still a dilemma.

  70. 24 Cups says:

    Here’s what I’d like to see tonight (even knowing it would never happen). Just before the game starts, the ref goes to both benches and informs the coaches that any hacking, slashing or face washing after the whistle will be an automatic two minute unsportsmanship penalty. This will continue throughout the game regardless of the timing or circumstance. Maybe that way we can have a game that focuses on the real action.

    Glad to here that Darche has been re-signed. I’m also happy to see he got a bit of a raise. I’d put his locker beside Scott Gomez’s, so the seven million dollar man can find out what it means to play with heart, determination and guts.

    It appears my dream of seeing Jeff Carter in a Hab jersey is about to end, although I still find it difficult to believe that the Flyers will trade him. What a high price to pay for not securing a legit goalie during the past few years.

    I golfed with a police officer from the fraud squad today. I’m putting all my money under the bed after hearing his stories about banking, credit card and ID theft. Time to bring back public flogging and/or the gallows.

  71. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    Anyone see the picture of PK with a beautiful brunette on his arm on the cover of La Presse sports section, not sure if it’s his girlfriend, but WOW, not that I would expect anything less of him.

  72. HabFanSince72 says:

    Anyone still think we got fleeced when we let Lappy go?

    His behaviour has been somewhat less than dignified in the playoffs, and he has all of one goal and 2 assists in 22 games.

  73. Morenz7 says:

    Luongo quote from yesterday:
    “It’s two out of three, and we have home court advantage.”

    I think I’ve identified the problem: he thinks they’re playing basketball. To him, a seven-point spread doesn’t seem so bad …

    • TomNickle says:

      Luongo has never been relied on as a guy to put a team over the top or to even help them win a Championship. I could make an argument that any professional Canadian goalie would have won gold last season(and that includes the guy who got benched).

      He’s been on losing teams his entire professional career until he arrived in Vancouver. He has very little experience facing the pressure of big games. In that sense, he’s not a veteran.

  74. EricInStL says:

    I don’t get it, all Canadiens fans, supporters and well wishers should want the Bruins to win. Competition makes you better. A Boston win will force the Canadiens to be better.

    The Canadiens must get a top player this summer. I would go see SJ and see if either Pavelski or Big Joe is available. Dammit the Canadiens need a big body in the middle…

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      Pavelski is 5’11″, not big and I think he’s a big part of their planned future group. Thornton’s playoff play was better than he’s ever managed before so I would suspect he is safe, it’s more likely Marleau and Heatley are watching their backs and I’m not fans of them considering their playoff weaknessses.

      - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • EricInStL says:

        I figure with Couture developing fast it would make Pavelski available for the right player. Say a D man ???? Like Markov ?

        I was thinking of Heatley, but who would pass to him ? But I do think if the right offer comes along Heatley can be had.

        I would even see where Jeff Carter lands and try to get him

        • TomNickle says:

          Carter is a Blue Jacket. Only a matter of time until that announcement is made.

          Reported that Phili wants Voracek in addition to the #8 overall selection for him. I would bet that the Flyers will settle for something of little lesser value than Voracek in addition to the #8 pick. Maybe Filatov.

          • SeriousFan09 says:

            So basically, Columbus continues their proud tradition of mishandling Top 10 picks?

            - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
            SF09 on Twitter

          • TomNickle says:

            If I were them I would give strong consideration to acquiring Carter with that pick, but I certainly wouldn’t sweeten the pot. Quite the contrary actually. I would be demanding more in addition to Carter for a shot at Ryan Murphy.

          • 24 Cups says:

            Why is it that when teams need to dump salary (and in theory are working from a position of weakness), they are still able to work out a good deal? Shouldn’t they be over the barrel and have to soften their demands?

            I love Carter (top 30 forward) but Ryan Johansen is going to be great in a few years and the 8th pick probably means that Columbus could get either Murphy or Hamilton for the D. Those are two nice building blocks.

            I still think that Carle, Meszaros or Versteeg will be part of a salary adjustment.

        • SeriousFan09 says:

          Hasn’t Couture been playing as a winger this year and I doubt Markov (as a pending UFA) is worth a signed roster player of Pavelski’s quality especially considering Markov’s knee issues.

          I just don’t think Heatley is worth it with his attitude/commitment, Carter I don’t think can be had at a reasonable price and that contract term is hard to swallow.

          - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
          SF09 on Twitter

    • Sharks9 says:

      Boston already beat us, whether they win or lose to the Canucks makes no difference to the Habs.

      And I don’t think we NEED a top player. We just need our top players to be better than they have been. Although a top player would be nice, I don’t think we have the cap room to get it done.

      25 before 14

    • TomNickle says:

      Pavelski is 5’11

      • EricInStL says:

        I think he plays bigger and would be the 2nd tallest C man after Eller, I think…..

        Still Pavelski would be #1 right away, Pleks #2 and Alaska boy #3

        • TomNickle says:

          Pavelski’s terribly inconsistent and is no more than a #2 centreman. I would take him on my team any day. But he isn’t the big centre everyone covets though he does play bigger than he is. He is exactly the type of player that I want on this team. Difficult to move off the puck and good at maximizing offensive zone possession time. We don’t need a 6’5 250 pound centreman. Just a couple of forwards who can control board play and be effective in dirty areas.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Our new additions will be on Defense. I don’t expect a big free agent as we really don’t have anything that we can trade other than picks. This team & style is not built for goals it is built for a defnsive game. Our top six will be plek’s, cammy, Gio, AK, Gomez and Max P. All are under contract. Max I think is an RFA but he isn’t going anywhere.

      Maybe someone for the bottome six. Right now we have white, Moen, Eller, DD, Darche so really there is one spot on the bottom six open. Don’t expect much of a change to this roster cause it isn’t going to happen unless there is a trade

      • Sean Bonjovi says:

        I thought exactly the same thing the day the season ended, status quo until next summer,but then PG signed Emelin and I got all hopeful and excited. Now that PG has re-signed Darche, I’ve woken up to reality and I hate myself for ever being optimistic.

        * Ville Leino would make Sergei Samsonov look like Alex Kovalev *

    • solomio says:

      Want the Bruins to win!!?? Have you lost your mind Eric?

  75. DearyLeary says:

    Please Vancouver, don’t make us beg.

  76. Cdnman1 says:

    This Betmen NHL is finding a new low!

    Number 25 in 2011


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