Not the end … but you can see it from here

Man, I hate afternoon hockey. 

Michael F. Leighton … again.


  1. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Darren Dreger is saying Carcillo is out…..then who will chirp with Max during the pregame skate?!?

  2. aemarchand11 says:

    Rushing back Carter shows the desperation of the Flyers. I dont see much in lapperiere playing, its the playoffs so its not like he will be fighting, just checking in a fourth line role.

    Carter has a hard time picking up speed but once he does he skates fine. Our speed will kill.

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  3. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Carter and Laperriere are in…..does JM’s game plan change at all?

  4. Danno says:

    We’ve got the orange monkey off our backs now.

    Carcillo is having nightmares about people sticking their tongues out at him. Not sure if they are boys or girls…

    Leighton has become Light On.

    Richards has become a spokesman for Karma and what goes around comes around.

    Maxim, man of a thousand faces is getting under Flyers skin.

    Flyers are f@cked up.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  5. kempie says:

    Hilarious. BGL goes 0-6. Reminds me of Ben Johnson on the comeback when he was racing horses. Aaaahhhh, good times.

  6. jbroderi says:

    tell him to go to hell!!


    go habs go


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  7. Danno says:

    A literary blooper.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  8. nightmare_49 says:

    … Mr.Stubbs tweets that Kelly Sutherland and Stephen Walkom are the refs for this important match.

  9. habfab14120 says:

    What terrible spelling?  You got Shrek right.

  10. joeybarrie says:

    Am I the only one who was thinking if he is only texting Habs goals, how did he know it was in fact 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, etc???

    Maybe I missed something while i was looking up eery third word to see its meaning, but its a decent system if your otherwise engaged. But I need to know how to tell if a goal is for us or them??? 

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  11. dh says:

    I’ll be watching it from the other coach’s iphone while coaching a soccer match for my son’s team.  So maybe someone can curse out Carcillo for me as I’m limited around the M13 kids.

    Nothing like Saturday afternoon hockey.  But go habs anyway.

  12. jbroderi says:


    please ignore the terrible spelling!  haha

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  13. jbroderi says:

    The flyers think they can now come out a bully the Habs.  That may work, if the habs wilt, but if they can skete through the checks and leave all the after the whistle follishness be, I think we can get the flyers running around again, which will mean pp after pp.  Stick with the plan, because with guys like Pronger, Carcillo, Shrek Laperierre, Richards and Hartnell, composure will be very difficult for that team of thugs. 

    On another note, Leighton let a few goals go through him last game.  Shoot from anywhere and get traffic, and he’ll fold like a $50 Canadian Tire tent!!!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  14. tony d says:

    it’s pouring rain in Leaf country….

  15. wd40 says:

    i’m hoping for a lot of brrrs this afternoon :)

  16. SBAH says:

    give you 100.00 for it

  17. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Flyers suck!

  18. SPATS says:

    Cute New Yorker story Mr Boone, just when I thought I knew it all, I realize (again) I know nothing. This guy might as well have been talking in Klingon, but he’s a die hard HabsFan and for that I salute him!

  19. Big Ted says:

    Ideal scenario: Habs go up big again and get another PP in the last two minutes. JM throws out the 4th line with OB and Gill on the point. Hal Gill wrists one at 18 mph and it sails over Leighton’s shoulder into the net to ice the cake. Ater the game, Mike Richards complains about how the Habs were running up the score.

  20. Danno says:

    I’m with you. Habs in six.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  21. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    However they have to manufacture indignation, I guess. Flyers had their top PP unit out up 6-0 with 5 minutes left in game 1. It’s hockey. If you don’t want to get embarrassed, play better. We did.

  22. 24 Cups says:

    I think I must have given the wrong impression here.  I really wasn’t talking about how he would play in this series it was more a case of us signing him years ago when he was in his prime. 

    It’s now raining here so all of a sudden a 3pm start looks pretty good to me.  However, it could be a bit of a tough day on the liver.

  23. BienvenueSurLaPasserelle says:

    Champs Lg coverage starts at 230, game starts 2:45 ET, 4:15 for me here on the rock, so we get to watch 15 minutes of it haha…


    To You From Failing Hands We Throw The Torch, Be Yours To Hold It High.

  24. Castor says:

    So Richards and the Flyers are complaining that Martin put his top PP unit out in the last minute of the game.

    They’re saying he wanted to rub it in or something.

    I thought Sidney was the only huge cry-baby in these playoffs.

    The flyers won 6 Nothing in the first game! JM wants his PP unti to get their confidence back.

  25. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    well out here in alberta its a mere 3 degrees outside send some sun please, as for the flyers boo friken hoo if you don’t like our power play then stop it. There whole team is a bunch of pretenders from the goalie to there rat carcillo, I hate them and hope we show them that there is a reason leighton is a careert minor leaguer.

  26. smiler2729 says:

    Habs 3, Flyers 2 OT

    Fearless predictions are easy.

  27. petrov14 says:

    Such a beautiful day outside! WHY AM I INDOORS? NBC!!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  28. danp says:

    I watched him quite a bit when he was playing for the Avs – they are the team closest to Wyoming. He is a team player and does what it takes. Good guy – if he is on our side 😉 Too bad.

  29. thepriceiswrong says:

    one ticket? in desjardins? good luck getting rid of that.

  30. HabFab says:

    Ahhh Dutchie, believe he did both! You brought back some old memories,thanks!

  31. Big Ted says:

    My feeling, and I have been wrong as many times as I have been right these playoffs, so take it for what it’s worth, is that if we win today, we will win the next two as well. The team looked very good last game, doing all of the things they failed to do when we were being outshot and beaten: taking the puck to the middle of the ice and going hard to the net, not letting the opposition enter our zone unchallenged, breaking out with guys in motion, etc. They did this as well the first half of Game 2 and if you take out the dumb penalties, we actually outplayed Phi for more of the game than they outplayed us, and we could easily be up 2-1 in this series.

    I think the boys will come out flying again today, the confidence has got to be back and the Flyers in my opinion are looking like they’re going to go back to goon tactics. They played like a team trying to make a point rather than win the game against Boston until they were facing elimination, and based on the way they’re talking, i think they are distracting themselves as much this series. I think they’re going to start taking more bad penalties and it’ll be up to us to capitalize on them. Prediction for the game: Habs 4 Flyers 3. AK46 looks like he is about to break-out with a big one, you coudl tell last game he heard the crowd and came back with a lot of second efforts. I think he plays the hero today.

  32. SlovakHab says:

    Rachůnek is a very slow skater and that surely helped him recover.

    What to say about Gustavsson? He’s got size and intensity as you say. But flops around, overcommits the shooter, doesn’t play positionally sound, probably can’t handle pressure much as he’s pretty unexperienced and has a massive five-hole. Good news he’s a Maple Leaf. Carey Price and Jaro Halak are 5 times the goalie he is and we should be grateful for that. 


    B.Burke is building the Bruins through the draft.

  33. jbroderi says:

    If we can start hard again, it’ll bode well for us.  We don’t want to go back to philly 3 to 1.  I guess that’s stating the obvious, but if we go back square, we’re in good !!

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  34. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2.

    I replied to your post down below.

  35. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2.

    I agree with your point.

    But I was trying to reply to a guy asking why a player 6″3 200 “could” be more effective than Plekanec?

    Nothing is 100 per cent one way or the other.

    For example, there have been very strong NHL players at who were shorter than 6′, and very lanky and not strong at all players who are 6’3.

    As I said, the taller player has to be able to use his larger body, otherwise its useless – i.e Pouliot.

  36. Fansincebirth says:

    I remember using the ‘Ooh Aah Terriers on the war path’ back in Portage la Prairie Manitoba when I was a kid for, of course, the Portage Terriers hockey team. That was in the ’70s

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  37. showey47 says:

    incredbile recovery by hedman after “MABING” the puck.

  38. Tourneur says:

    I HAVE A TICKET FOR TODAYS GAME!  but there i can’t see it!! fml   i just listed on ebay.  sec218 row d.  first 200 takes it!  reg. 360.  this is a terrible day for me..

  39. jbroderi says:

    i get your point.   tough guy who can contribute!!  He is that, but it’ll take him a few games before he can be a factor


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  40. jbroderi says:

    I hope he bought you dinner first.  Sure, 5 years ago, he would have been a really effective guy, even 5 weeks ago, but he is out of shape and is being thrown into a high paced series.  He won’t facotr in the first couple of games, unless he negatively impacts the flyers because he is out of sync.  He is doing this because he wants a piece of glory, if the flyers can win it all.  Issue is, he is putting his life at risk!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  41. HUDSONHAB says:

    How many people are watching this game at their cabin or at a campsite or even on an island somewhere in God’s country?

    That’s the best thing about CBC, you can still get it through the air waves.

    No cable? No dish? No problem.


  42. showey47 says:

    I find that he is too aggresive and over plays cross ice passes hence throwing himself out of position. The best part of his game is probably his intensity and his size can somewhat cover up his positonal flaws

  43. Clay4bc says:

    MY GOD MAN – Someone give BGL some meat – and quickly!

    Steroids and veggies don’t mix, appearantly…


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  44. SlovakHab says:

    Jonas Gustavsson (Leafs) flops around the crease like a headless chicken. His positional play and technique is pretty poor.

  45. punkster says:

    To reply to a specific post click on “reply” at the bottom of that post.


  46. G-Man says:

    All I’m saying is all types of players are strong. The Habs dominated by speed as well as by being physical. Being strong is all well and good, but being speedy and strong makes for a better player.

  47. bsl says:

    You think too much. ‘Long core short core tall reach blah blah blah.

    It’s just hockey, it’s a simple game. Prevent goal, score goal.

    There’s good players and sh-it players. Secret? There is no secret, ask any player:  Talent, desire, courage, skating.

    Sorry to neg you, but your post has nothing to do with playing hockey.

  48. bsl says:

    How come you can’t quote a guy above and have it as the last comment? This ain’t working HIO. Please fix.

    To the analyst above on body size, reach, core, blah blah:

    You think too much. ‘Long core short core tall reach blah blah blah.

    It’s just hockey, it’s a simple game. Prevent goal, score goal.

    There’s good players and sh-it players. Secret? There is no secret, ask any player:  Talent, desire, courage, skating.

    Sorry to neg you, but your post has nothing to do with playing hockey.

  49. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2.

    I was replying to this post located below on the page:

    I’ve got one question: What exactly is the size advantage? People say: Plekanec is small, Jeff Carter is big (for example). 

    Plekanec is 5-11, 200 lbs

    Carter is 6-3, 200 lbs

    Does Carter have the advantage of being taller with the same weight? Besides the longer reach, I don’t see it. This isn’t the NBA..

  50. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2.

    Ya – Ok – I saw that too.

    But do you truly believe that Gionta is stronger and more physical than Pronger?

    Tell you what, you build an entire team of players Gionta size, I’ll build my entire team the size of Pronger,

    I’m quite confident we can control the boards and in front of the net.

    There is reason why big is stronger in hockey.

    if you don’t want to accept it, I’m not here to try and convince you.



  51. bsl says:

    You think too much. ‘Long core short core tall reach blah blah blah.

    It’s just hockey, it’s a simple game. Prevent goal, score goal.

    There’s good players and sh-it players. Secret? There is no secret, ask any player:  Talent, desire, courage, skating.

    Sorry to neg you, but your post has nothing to do with playing hockey.

  52. ths says:


    Actually that cry originates with the Loyola warriors I believe.

    And it was made famous at the old forum where some guy used to shout it through a megaphone.

    Was that the famous Dutchie ?

    What about the guy who used to do the battle cry with the trumpet ? That was Dutchie I think.

    Can any real Habs fans help me out with that ?

    Would love to find some youtube footage. I had a quick look the other night but couldnt find anything.

    Booner and Stubbsie should know….


    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  53. twocents says:

    The battle cry for the football team was “Ooh Aah Cheetahs on the war path”

  54. ths says:

    I took a calculus class there at night once, why ?

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  55. G-Man says:

    Gionta belted Pronger the other night. Who was hurt by it?

  56. twocents says:

    Did you go to Vanier College?

  57. ths says:


    He doesnt have MAB’s great outlet pass , shot blocking and front of net clearing ability

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  58. punkster says:

    Great game and Engvist does indeed look good.

    PS…Made it through Sudbury last Friday for a quick grocery shop, flew in to the camp late in the day and out Sunday PM. Sorry, no time to stop for a blended beverage. Next time.


  59. twocents says:

    Shawn Belle continues to put up solid plus/minus stats. He’s leading Hamilton in the playoffs. He has size, a good shot and the scouting says he can skate quite well. I wonder what aspect of his game has kept him in the minors this long.

    Do any of you out there have an idea? Bryan???

  60. 24 Cups says:

    I praised him as a secondary player who can take a roster spot and play hockey.   A definite step up from a goon.  He would have been 30 back in 2004.

    My real point is that it’s better to have guys like Lappy, Neil or Thornton on your team instead of some meathead who can only serve the role as a thug.

  61. G-Man says:

    Team CHaracter will have its work cut out today. The Flyers will be better, and the Habs will have to maintain their high level of intensity and speed. Score early and often, boys!

  62. ths says:


    Is the champions league at 3 also I thought it was at 2 ?

    I have to get up at 3am where I am and watch the Habs on the web.

    Off to bed now. Make it worth my while boys.

    My fearless prediction :


    4-1 Habs

    Carcillo breaks neck running our Laps from behind and missing

    Subban scores on end to end invoking ghost of Robinson

    MAb pounds out Hartnell invoking ghost of Robinson (OK Obviously im on drugs now)

  63. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2.

    Hey buddy, Recchi vs a 6’2 200 lb NHL STRONG HOCKEY PLAYER, who wins the battle?? 

    (definitely not Pouliot who plays like a freakin girl half the time)

    and, who was talking about longevity? that’s a different discussion.


  64. 100HABS says:

    Hilarious. BGL not in game-shape, he seems even pudgier than me.

  65. 100HABS says:

    You’re making him up to be a God. Sounds Kinda like the stuff we were hearing about BGL before he got here. Believe me, if Laperrière ever did play here, there would be plenty of reasons found to criticize him. For starters, he takes dumb penalties and puts his team in trouble. He has lead hands. He’s old/slow score 3 – 4 goals per season and takes time away from another who can score more.

    I would have taken him 10 years ago, but not at 36. He will be a non-factor, unless he is a liability tonight.

  66. showey47 says:

    Engqvist scores the go ahead goal for sweden and is leading the czech’s 2-1 with about 4 mins left in the second. He was also instrumental on the first goal,though not picking up an assist. I’ve been watching him closely the entire tournament and i’m really impressed with his play.

  67. Bob Barker says:

    That was cool to see. 

  68. Norm0770 says:

    Two weeks ago I invited the French (from France) boyfriend of a friend of ours over to watch the Chapmions League soccer final…this afternoon at 3:00.  At that point the Habs were down 3-2 to Pittsburgh and not looking likely to be in the Playoffs much longer.  Even optomistically I never thought there would be an conflicting Saturday afternoon game in the semi-finals if the Habs were in it.

    Also why the hell were there 2 games per night for the fisrt two games.  With 2 series there should have been a game EVERY OTHER NIGHT, like when I was growing up.  You never had to look at the schedules then, the games were Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday… at 8:30 Atlantic time for Wales Conference games and offset by 1-3 hours for Campbell Conference games.  Wow that brings back memories, luckily I’m not on a rant about why Bettman changed all the division and conference names.

    Fortunately I do have DVR so I could watch the game at proper hockey time.  Also the French guy is planning to move to Montreal, and he seems eager to know about French-Canadian culture before he goes there.  He has asked me about hockey, and les Canadiens specifically, so I could chalk this up to a potential learning experience for him. 

  69. showey47 says:

    I was hoping gainey would sign him last summer.

  70. G-Man says:

    ” a man with a longer “core” in the middle of his body will be more
    difficult to check off the puck”

    Definitely untrue. Look at Pouliot, who has about the same build as Carter. That “longer core” means it is harder to absorb a hit. Look at Recchi: his longevity is due to being built like a fire hydrant.

  71. mrhabby says:

    and is playing after a brain contusion….yikes.

  72. ProHabs says:

    I agree, he would have been a great signing by Bob Gainey. Maybe Gainey did want to sign him but like some of the cowards like Briere who ran away with his tail between his legs because he don’t want to play in front of the loyal Canadiens fans, maybe Laparierre didn’t want to come here.

  73. SlovakHab says:

    Speaking of Laraque, as you all may know, he fought Georges St.-Pierre on Off The Record.

    Lost as expected, but I wouldn’t give GSP much chance in a boxing fight on skates versus VGL.

  74. 24 Cups says:

    Ian Laperriere – the player that Bob Gainey should have signed back in the summer of 2004.

    Tough as nails, Lappy is able to take a regular shift on a secondary line and add muscle and intimidation to the line-up.  This guy is willing to drop the gloves with anyone.  Consummate team player, great checker and penalty killer.  He usually plays RW but can also take a turn at centre.  Feisty as hell with guts to spare, this guy is a true warrior.  Not to mention that he’s from Montreal, Quebec.  What a lost opportunity.

    Georges Laraque couldn’t even tie up this guy’s skates.



  75. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2.

    Height does matter in hockey. The reach matters, especially when racing for a loose puck.

    Also, a man with a longer “core” in the middle of his body will be more difficult to check off the puck or handle one on one down low, against the boards or in front of the net.

    In a full contact game, Jeff Carter can be more physical and more effective in the physical aspect of the game than Plekanecs.

    But the taller player still must engage his physical body and use it to his advantage.

  76. Chris says:

    With San Jose in a 3-0 hole and seemingly poised for another disappointing end to their season, I was wondering what people would prefer:  a team like San Jose, who are in the mix every year but for a variety of reasons simply haven’t gotten over the hump, or a team like Tampa Bay, who have won a Stanley Cup but have gone through long periods of dreadful hockey on either side of that single Cup victory?

    And you are right, Boone.  3 PM is an absolutely stupid time for such an important hockey game. 

  77. andrewberkshire says:

    Personally I would rather San Jose. They could end up winning a couple cups in the next 5 years for all we know, but Tampa definitely will not.

  78. Habies says:

    A nasty question to ask… man, that’s nasty.

    in any case, breaching from the Question, Chicago is Original 6, and Original 6 always takes cake.

  79. twocents says:

    I like a blended approach myself. You know, in the mix every year and a cup every 4 or 5.

    I ain’t askin’ for much.

  80. showey47 says:

    I’d rather be the sharks,if this years playoffs have shown us anything all you need to do every year is make the playoffs and anything can happen. Just to give you an idea how close tampa bay came to not winning the cup,back at the 1998 draft the tampa scouts were split down the middle about who to take with the #1 pick. It was between vinny and david legwand. The g.m. at the time (i think it was phil esposito) who orginally left it up to his scouts had to make the final decision himself and picked vinny. I heard this story on nhlxm about a year ago. But in reality vinny or no vinny,calgary should have won the cup in game 6 of the 2004 cup final.

  81. Harani says:

    Brutal! I have tears!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  82. JasonM says:

    How can we have only 13 shots in an ENTIRE game? This is pathetic.

  83. crazydude says:

    Slowing down.

  84. SeriousFan09 says:

    When Laviolette saw his team down 3-0 against Boston in Game 7, he called a TO to wake them up.

    JM: What’s he waiting for? Should’ve called it back in the 2nd.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  85. wild flower says:

    PK has been hangin out with Bergeron too much.

  86. punkster says:

    How about a bad bounce goal? A lousy deflection, a funny hop off the boards? Anything?

    Not a single guy with the nads to go in front of the net. The entire PP and all they do is try to set up a point shot.


  87. topher5468 says:

    PK suckin, I wonder why, hes got the “I suck” virus running through the habs room today 

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

  88. danedmunds says:

    13 shots warrants a firing

  89. avatar_58 says:

    Who is the equipment manager? PK and Gorges keep falling due to the shotblockers on their skates. Take them off already, it’s not like they are blocking shots

  90. avatar_58 says:

    No kidding. What the hell

  91. Clay4bc says:

    Well, whatever else you can say about this game, Jaro did his part.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  92. Tis Himself says:

    Could happen if someone would go to the front of the Flyers f’n net!

  93. TripleX says:

    At least JM can’t blame O’Byrne. Oh wait he benched him.

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  94. TOEmastro says:

    the reffing is horrible!!

  95. SeriousFan09 says:

    Michael Leighton, getting the 3 easiest SOs in playoff history thanks to a team that won’t go hard…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  96. zozotheclown says:

    2nd scoring chance this game? What a terrible way to go down, just gave Leighton all his confidence back after the 5-1 win.

  97. makka83 says:

    How does Michael F. Leighton get three shutouts?

    Easy: they have a great defence and we don’t have a great offence!!!

  98. DOAHABS says:

    So Halak gets pulled & we lose 3-0 ………………..F$%^

                             Nice Save

  99. TOEmastro says:

    and the amount of time he has to redo the faceoff is unbelievable.

  100. Big Ted says:

    MAB! Finally a good play!

  101. Tis Himself says:

    Yes, he did! He kept the Flyers to two. The burden was on the offence to carry the day.

  102. Keith says:

    Well MAB did some good.

  103. Canadiangrrl says:

    MAB earns his keep. 

    Team looks slow and tired.  PK reminds us all that for all his promise, he’s still a rookie.

    This is painful.



  104. punkster says:

    MAB. Saves the season.


  105. Y says:

    What is wrong with this team?

    If they can’t get up for a game like this, well then…


    The only logical explanation is that they are completely burnt out after playing 2 full rounds.



  106. avatar_58 says:

    MAb the only one with hussle? Figures

  107. danedmunds says:

    i hate to say it cause i like pleks, but i really hope they dont sign him

  108. Keith says:

    F-OFF Filthy!!!

  109. Big Ted says:

    To make it back now, we’re going to have to go to 7 games again and come out 8-0 in elimination games. Ouch. But it can be done.

  110. makka83 says:

    Spatch should have taken Giroux’s head out there… he was there for the taking. you know the Flyers would have done the same!

  111. DOAHABS says:

    So whats todays f&*()ing Excuse

  112. ooder says:

    bad play by gomez


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  113. danedmunds says:

    this team has had it……… wish they could get rid of gomez too

  114. Clay4bc says:

    …outhustled and outworked again. That play was the game in microcosm…


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  115. wild flower says:

    Crosby and Ovechkin must be saying, “how?”

  116. Big Ted says:

    Time to see what PP unit the Flyers send out

  117. avatar_58 says:

    So is this a new record? THREE shutouts in a single series? Way to make an AHL’er look like Roy boys

  118. Big Ted says:

    I’m sorry, Richards, Carter, Pronger, Timmonen… looks like the first unit to be hypocrite Mike Richards.

  119. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t care how far JM has taken this team…

    He is the most annoying coach in the NHL, why no TO in the 2nd? Why no pressing the offence until the last five ****ing minutes of the game? Why is he pursuing another shatter-the-confidence benching with OB? Aside from Tom Pyatt and Subban, the team’s young core is a laugher it seems.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  120. Tis Himself says:

    Well, I’m not surprised that Laviolette is smoking these guys. He smoked ’em like a ham in ’06 when he coached the ‘canes and went on to win a Cup.

  121. Y says:

    I don’t know what hurts more, shutout for the 3rd straight time or the absolute lack of any desperation and lackadasical play.

  122. andrewberkshire says:

    Pathetic. This team is just too tired, and it’s obvious. They paved the way for the Flyers by taking out the two best teams in the East, maybe even the league, and now they’re too beat up to compete. At least I know Phili has ZERO chance of beating Chicago.

  123. wild flower says:

    just setting them up for game 5

  124. craz11 says:

    2 high profile stoaway passengers on this train:

    Scott Gomez

    Andrei Kostitsyn

    PG – please make them disappear.


    1 guy who has gone back to the “girls league”

    Tomas Plekanec

    Please dont overspend.


    Time to sharpen up that razor. I think my playoff beard is just about ready to go..

  125. Chuck says:

    Not good when Gill and Bergeron have the two biggest Hab saves of the game…


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  126. EricInStL says:

    Agree with the O in the 2nd. It was the time to do it.

    He cannot adjust. He is what he is and we’re stuck with him.

    See below….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  127. Axeman says:

    Pathetic.  Just f*&king pathetic.

  128. TOEmastro says:

    so now that the habs might be on the way out of the playoffs, everyone thinks that the guys who got us to where they are today should be traded or not signed? just goes to show how quickly everyone jumps on and off the bandwagon! still one game left to play before its over.. and we all know how it’s not over till its over!


    the best playoff run in 17 years. its the first time that I have ever withnessed this.

  129. Y says:

    “At least I know Phili has ZERO chance of beating Chicago.”


    That’s the only solace we can take from this.



  130. Clay4bc says:

    For me, it’s the the absolute lack of any desperation…hands down. Losing is one thing, but not competing is quite another. I don’t mind a loss when they left it all on the ice.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  131. crazydude says:

    I hate afternoon hockey too.

  132. DOAHABS says:

    Unfortunately I suspect the Habs are done,Philly won’t want to come back to Montreal and they will play tough

  133. EricInStL says:

    it will be a joke, I cannot see Philly scoring more than 4 goals in the series….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  134. topher5468 says:

    Thanks NBC, your the reason only one team came to play, I will never forgive Benny or AK for their Playoff suck. I dont know how they will sleep at night. Its not over but another egg like tonight and it will be

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

  135. makka83 says:

    LOL! Have to mention the goalie always eh? Clay, Clay, Clay…

    btw, I agree with you, Jaro did his part and more…

  136. HFX-HabFan says:

    I blame Nikki Yanofsky.

  137. HUDSONHAB says:

    Why do we have to suck so bad in a loss and be so great in a win.

    Just once I would like to watch a game without getting the feeling that we can’t do anything right and we will not win this one.


  138. avatar_58 says:

    They’ve literally taken everything positive about this post season and flushed it. I can’t find a thing to be happy with. What the HELL happened? I thought in game 3 they learned their lessons? Obviously not

  139. nickster13 says:

    Habs in 7!

  140. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    oh come ON Cherry……a blind monkey could tell you the Habs weren’t great today

  141. RudeMood19 says:

    This is the lowest I’ve felt as a Habs fan my entire life. In 20 years on this earth, I’ve never felt so depressed with this team.


  142. Clay4bc says:

    WOW, a team in Winnipeg! Keep the fingers crossed!

    That’s great news!


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  143. topher5468 says:

    Like us against Wash, its the Stanley Cup, I wouldnt bet against them, They are playing real well. They made us look like crap

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

  144. habsoul says:

    Great run by the Montreal Canadiens, but this playoff express ends in Philadelphia.

    Anything’s possible but I really can’t see them coming back from a 3-1 deficit twice. Getting shut out three times is simply an embarrassment.


    Every time Scott Hartnell scores a goal, a stripper breaks a heel.

  145. ManApart says:

    Get real fool. Halak made at least 6 great saves to keep this garbage team in the game. In the end of course they don’t score. The only time they ever came close was that crease crash by the 3rd line at the end of the game. The most pathetic effort in a big game, I’ve ever seen. This team doesn’t belong in the final 4. They’re an embarrassment.

  146. danp says:

    PK was certainly not at his best today. AK46 didn’t have the zip he had on Thursday. No pressure in the zone – one and done. One guy can’t produce enough pressure on net to make it work. Every good opportunity happened with zero Habs nearby. After the first period this team stopped playing good hockey.

  147. Tis Himself says:

    Don’t count the Flyers out against the Hawks. Laviolette will not be outcoached by Quenneville. Also, the Hawks are going to come up against a team that is not a roster chocked full of oversized pussies like the Sharks.

  148. Bob Barker says:

    Gomez had a much better game than Pleks. Pleks couldn’t have made a worse play on that partial break. 

  149. zozotheclown says:

    2 big reasons we lost. First, in every scrum against the boards, the Flyers came out with the puck. Even if we had more guys in the corner like on our PP’s, they still came out with it. Second reason, every shot we took was either blocked, deflected, or just went wide. Their D played great, but we made it easy by not moving as we shot, it was just so easy for them to push us and our shots away.

    Its going to be really tough to pull out a win in Philly, going back after being shutout like that, we have 0 momentum and 0 confidence. Our only hope is to play desperate hockey and hope they take it easy. If we can somehow pull out a win in game 5, then I like our chances for the home game, but that game 5 is going to be hell…

  150. Exit716 says:

    Did they even get a good scoring chance on that career minor leaguer?

    No heart at all.

    They played with the intensity of someone that is stuck working a 3 to 11 pm shift at the local Wal Mart for minimum wage.


  151. EricInStL says:

    I know, Boone jumped the Shark…..

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  152. Clay4bc says:

    Well, the good news is…if we win three games in a row against the Flyers, we are in the cup finals. Tell me you wouldn’t have taken that after squeaking into the playoffs with a loser point. Have faith…


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  153. HUDSONHAB says:

    Don’t you effin get it! It’s not how Philly plays tough that wins the game. It’s because the Habs don’t get the effort, speed and smarts from more than three guys when they lose.

    They don’t move the puck, they don’t move their feet and they don’t support each other. It’s the same thing every loss!

    I see it! The whole friggin world sees it! Why can’t the players see it?


  154. SeriousFan09 says:

    Missing our MVP defencemen, two long bloody rounds against the two best teams in the East, the team had to hit a wall sooner or later I think.

    Subban is doing okay as a fill-in, but he can’t truly replace Markov, so let’s officially knock off the crap that we can trade Markov and Subban can replace him flawlessly next year. Gill’s leg is held together by stitches, MAB is MAB, OB can’t get ice time for whatever reason and most of our Top 6 can’t hit the back of the net.

    Flyers forwards are coming back flawlessly from injury every step of the way, getting killed on depth.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  155. joeybarrie says:

    We should be pretty happy with this team so far.You can see some holes that need to be filled, but the guys who brought us here and the leaders that have emerged are a very good sign of the things to come. REMEMBER we aren’t out yet, we have been here before and against a better team. HOWEVER………..

    Being shut out 3 times this series, shows how over matched OR overdone, we are. I think that this is it. Hopefully we can win the next to get a chance to either end it at home or force a game 7.

    In the end these guys have been HEROES. We have done this without our top player. And when he was back some of our other top players were out.

    I know how it goes…….. WE ARE BACK TO BASHING THE USUAL SUSPECTS…. JM, GOMEZ, MAB, HAMRLIK, etc, etc. Go ahead, be the obvious, typical, predictible, stupid, and ridiculous fans we expect. We wouldn’t want to make sense or support our guys for all they have done for us. Its always about what they didn’t do, and how bad everything is. FOR SUCH A BEAUTIFUL, FUN and ENTERTAINING city, our fans are really negative and pathetic.

    I for one am happy, and just simply hope we can bring it BACK home Wednesday.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  156. EricInStL says:

    Yup, you get into that mind set and the other team knows that you cannot come back.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  157. bertuzzisucks says:

    Pouillot sucks! This guy does not hustle, back-check, doesnt do anything, just skates in circles in the d-zone.

    Useless Crap


    Are you going to bark all day little doggy?
    Or are you going to bite?

  158. Chuck says:

    Wow… someone’s got some anger issues!

    He made some big saves, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he committed too early on both goals; he got caught following the body instead of the puck, and got burned with the same move twice.

    But yeah, the rest of the team didn’t come out with enough fire under their butts, either. This was a group suck effort, and they couldn’t light up a career minor-leaguer.

    And an embarrassment? They’re in the final freakin’ four. Most of us would have gladly taken that, no questions asked, at the beginning of the season.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  159. gumper says:

    Thanks for sharing the perspective of a fan who’s never gone three deep in the playoffs before. We old farts have to honour and respect that. And every one of us should have a lot of respect for a little team that’s played with a big heart. However, those of us who go back a long way have a different perspective, and I hope that the younger fans can honour and respect that as well. We see a team that has been levelled by a Bettman-created league that tries to make hockey grow in the desert, tries to “lure” viewership away from the bass fishing viewership, and denies franchises to cities that really care about hockey because they’re not part of his American basketball vision of the NHL. We don’t want to win it every year, but we do want to believe we’re on the road to competing for the cup every year. This is the greatest franchise in hockey. We are the most passionate fans in hockey. We feel like we deserve it.

  160. ManApart says:

    Gomez is the absolute worst 1st line center in the league. He does nothing, ever. People talk about Thornton being useless. As a 4 million 2nd line center he’s not bad as a 7.3 million 1st line center, he’s simply the worst bang for your buck player in the world. Which idiot decided he was the right guy for our 1st line?

  161. EricInStL says:

    notice how much JM keeps people in the doghouse for long periods of time ????

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  162. gumper says:

    Agreed. He and AKost have clearly demonstrated to anyone paying any attention, that they do not have what it takes to be top 6 forwards in crucial situations. I confess to having my doubts about Pleks as well. If this playing run has done nothing else, it has separated the men from the “little girls”. I hope our GM is paying attention.

  163. joeybarrie says:

    AK has been useless, not Gomez. But again go ahead and bash the obvious. Its not like we didn’t see it coming FASTER than the end of our season………

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  164. Ron says:

    Game 3 we give them an old fashioned ass kicking, game 4 they give the Habs a modern day ass kicking. No work no play. Why is OB sitting ? Did I miss something like a bad give away like MAB’s ( more than 1 ) or was he hurt. Looked healthy on the bench.

  165. Tis Himself says:

    I really hope that if the Black Hawks win the Cup Mrs. O’Leary’s cow doesn’t knock over a gas latern again!

  166. Tis Himself says:

    JM is a tool. Why you would dress someone and not play them is beyond me. But, to be fair, I did say that Laviolette would outcoach him. It wasn’t setting the bar too high though.

  167. hockeydoc says:

    once again great run but if they lose game 5 [? by shutout again] will that be all people remember-a bitter taste in the mouth. btw what is the record for most shutouts in one series?

  168. Exit716 says:

    Any truth to the rumour that Timmins is on a flight right now to Apple Valley Minnesota to sign Fischer so he can be in the lineup on Monday night? LMAO. Nice pick Trevor. Do the honourable thing and resign.


  169. habsfaninboston says:

    Unfortunately we’ll never know what JM’s motives are.

  170. Tis Himself says:

    That was a stanker, He didn’t even stand out in the WCHA.

  171. Chuck says:

    Flyers are winning the series with 4 guys getting most of the minutes; maybe JM’s decided to try the same thing.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  172. Y says:

    So where are we drafting this year guys?


    By that I mean position, I already know it will be some hick from some backwater town in Minnesota.

  173. ManApart says:

    Aren’t you annoyed when people say things that are beyond moronic? I mean really. Of course we would have taken a semi finals appearance a month ago. But knowing what I know now, I rather they got knocked out by the Caps like they should have and deserved (minus Halak). Because this series is as embarrassing as it gets. Halak was actually very good today. Many very nice saves. This loss was on the offense and rest of the team as a whole.

  174. SeriousFan09 says:

    Joe Thornton has 3G, 9A in 14 playoff games while mostly playing alongside a 50-goal man in Heatley and a 40-goal man in Marleau, Scott Gomez has 1G, 11A in 18GP while playing with generally 25-goal man Gionta and a ever-rotating cast of wingers including Pyatt, Moen and Pouliot.

    So really, who’s the worst playoff performer compared subjectively?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  175. EricInStL says:

    In 2006 the habs selecting 20th pick that Norris candidate David Fischer, Philly choosing 22nd pick Claude Giroux….

    Fischer was Minnesota Mr Hockey…. A top award that Bob Gainey really likes a lot…. :O(

    Way to go Quebec scouts….


    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  176. MathMan says:

    They don’t have a strategy for dealing with the trap. This is solely on coaching.

    They’re willing, we know they have heart by the ton, but the reality is, if the opponent starts trapping (a real trap, and not this funny “please bomb us” the Habs play with the lead) they’re pooched. They don’t have any strategy to deal with that.

  177. punkster says:

    What a disappointment. I was hoping to see a surge in the third but apart from the first 10 minutes of the first the Habs didn’t even look interested. Too many individuals out there today and not enough team. No sense of playing with desperation. No sense of the heart and soul we’ve seen before when the chips are down.

    I know we all like Subban but he’s still an AHLer making AHL mistakes (equipment issues aside). I think he’s great but the Flyers figured out how to slow him down with hooks, interference, etc. Gomez, Plecs, Gionta and Cammy draw close checkers like flies to honey. AK was…well apart from a few hits he looked slow and distracted, much as he has throughout the playoffs. The only spark was from the Laps line again but even they were being frustated in the neutral zone. And Halak was good minus the heart-stopping ventures into the Outer Limits.

    But nobody goes to the Flyer net? WTF? Weak performances all around in that department. I guess even there it wouldn’t have mattered much since we hardly had any SOG.

    Back to the drawing board JM. Maybe heart transplants all around? I certainly don’t expect JM or anyone else to kick asses in the room. Not his style and not something I think these guys would react to anyways. I’d look to the vets to take control, lead by example.

    I have not given up on these guys. Whatever happens Monday I’ll remember the many times they dug deep and even pulled out a few victories that shouldn’t have happened.

    Go Habs Go!


  178. Tis Himself says:

    Peter Laviolette to his team during the second period of Game 4: “They’re putting a garden gnome out there against us…a freakin’ garden gnome! What’s next, a plastic pink flamingo?”

  179. habbytown says:

    maybe it’s because he’s a 4th line center!

  180. EricInStL says:

    I wrote the same thing…..

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  181. SeriousFan09 says:

    Tell me, do you ever hurt yourself jumping off the bandwagon as quickly as you do?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  182. MasterHab says:

    Don’t give too much credit to Michael “F” Leighton. Just about any goalie can record a shut-out when they only face 17 shots and virtually no rebounds. The Habs are making him look better than he is. In Game 3 when they decided to test him, he gave up 5 goals.

    The Blackhawks are going to light him up and win the Cup in 4 straight. Leighton is and always will be a minor-league caliber goalie. He just happens to be facing a pee-wee caliber offence right now.

    Actually, I think a pee-wee team would have more size than the Habs. They’d certainly give you a better effort, that’s for sure.


  183. MathMan says:

    The better coach is winning this series something fierce isn’t he?

    What a novel idea; take a lead, then play the trap. Completely flummoxes the Canadiens’ coach though. He literally has no answer to that.

    And because Halak and the Habs dragged his sorry carcass to the ECF, we’re stuck with him for at least another year. And the Eastern Conference is bound to be much stronger — I wouldn’t lay money on the Habs making the playoffs next year.

  184. avatar_58 says:

    Btw thanks for the afternoon game bettman, now my WHOLE day can be ruined rather than just the evening. lol

  185. habbytown says:

    inexcusable to not show up 3 out of 4 games!  INEXCUSABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  186. SeriousFan09 says:

    In 2007, Flyers select D Kevin Marshall 41st in the 2nd round who has trouble piling up points in the AHL, Canadiens selected P.K. Subban 43rd overall, think the Filth would like that pick back?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  187. J.T. says:

    Not to offend the smarties here, but many of you need your heads read.   The Habs have made a helluva run here, but they don’t have the horses Philly has.  Every single player on their top three lines can score.  Can we say that about our team?  No.  Their top-four defencemen are solid and smart.  The Habs don’t even have their top-one defenceman in the lineup. 

    There comes a time when even the most brave, the most bold, the most courageous heart will fail if it doesn’t have the support it needs to keep beating.  The Habs are at the end, but they gave us a thrill-ride unlike any that’s ended without a Cup before.  I’m proud of them, and I hope when the ignominy of the third shutout wears off, you’ll be proud of them too.

    If you can’t be proud, take solace from the certainty that whomever comes out of this series will be immediately steamrolled by the ‘Hawks.  This is their year and the east champion is just a formality.


  188. TripleX says:

    Well if you are going to compare Gomez with perhaps the poster boy for failure in the playoffs.  LMAO


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  189. shakey says:

    pouliot and ak are absolutely useless. give pouloit one more year, but get rid of ak now.

    i think pleks is hurt though – he has not been the same since early on in the pittsburgh series.

  190. punkster says:

    Hard as today’s result is to take I take comfort in that thought. I never thought we’d get this far and played as well as we have. I hoped and dreamed but I never really thought it would happen. Makes next year seem even brighter because we can only get better. Still though I haven’t given up hope for this year!


  191. Chuck says:

    Good fan. Wishes that his team had been eliminated a month ago. Sheesh…


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  192. shakey says:

    bang on. with a healthy markov, this is a different series. next year, subban replaces mab and our defence will be solid. hopefully max pac can give us some size and hustle up front to get rid of ak46.

  193. habbytown says:

    good news: only 1 more game in a habs uniform for-   Pouliot, MAB, Pleks, Hamrlik, Metro, Gomez(hopefully),Darche, etc.

    I can’t stand to watch MAB or Pleks or Pouliot! THEY ALL PLAY LIKE LITTLE GIRLS!

    Do not resign Pleks please!

    I want PG to go out and get players who play with heart, courage, and never quit!

    in other words, everyone other than Cammalleri, Gionta, Gorges.

  194. Canadiangrrl says:

    You’d…rather…us…knocked out…Caps…”Aren’t you annoyed when people say things that are beyond moronic?”  Um…yeah…

  195. Tis Himself says:

    Dave, only half of the roster shows up on good nights and they are in fact too small. You can’t teach size. Also, with the exceptions of the tweaks Muller has made from time to time, they have been badly outcoached. Martin’s handling of O’Byrne has been abysmal and, while I think SK is a brat, he has rendered him valueless on the market. Oh well, who gives a dump, this franchise embraced the culture of suck long ago and with rare seasons like this one will return to it shortly.

  196. punkster says:

    Buck up. This is the best team we’ve had in almost your entire life. And it will be better next year. Trust me, it’s not that bad.


  197. punkster says:

    You give him far too much credit 😉


  198. gumper says:

    A more humane way to look at it is that this team has given all it has to give. You can’t really believe that the team played this way today because it just doesn’t care. These guys should all have their numbers retired for getting as far as they have. They didn’t choose to be a team, like a bunch of beer league friends might do. They were put together by Bob Gainey, who probably managed to trade up from the team he had last year. We are a middle of the pack franchise, and have been for almost two decades. Someone very clever will be needed to get us out of the middle of the pack without tanking. That’s the reality of things in a league whose objective is to achieve parity in the vain hope of attracting an American audience.

  199. ManApart says:

    Let’s look at the roles players have and how they have performed accordingly. You’re right, AK46 has been useless. He’ll be gone next season thank God. Pouliot has been even worse. Pleks and Gomez have been pretty bad considering their roles. At least Pleks has been very good on D. Gomez hasn’t been. Gomez has 1 goal in 18 games, even for a non-goalscorer that’s just rotten. He’s also garbage on the PP. Gives the puck away more than MAB ever does and rushes everything. Doesn’t have a ton of vision like a Markov does. He’s just doesn’t cut it.

  200. TripleX says:

    I have to agree dude.  I still don’t know how they beat both the Caps and Pens.  They have shown tremendous fight but it had to end sometime.  When a more talented team outworks or matches the work effort they have to win.

    Chicago outshot their opponents 73 out of 82 games!!  Chicago allowed the fewest shots on goal in the NHL!!  Chicago is in a different league and I welcome it because they are young and exciting to watch.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  201. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just thought I’d point out if he’s going to bring up Thornton, Gomez is basically working with one good linemate for most of the playoffs while Thornton has a pair of All-Stars with him.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  202. rbby_habs says:

    What happened to our speed game???? 

    We were out coached by the technical Laviolette. 

    Nice job JM! 

  203. mrhabby says:

    kudo’s to flyers for a good road win. lots of blocked shots and shut down the neutral zone to take away our speed. 3 shut outs a bit much but flyers system and speed plus size can effectively shut teams down , kind of the team i would like the habs to be. habs look a little tired but not over yet.

  have to appreciate what the habs have done so far this playoff.

  204. shakey says:

    amen. let’s have a little praise for the effort that got us here, and less dumping and anger.

  205. MathMan says:

    I’ve never been sold on the idea of Philly as an elite team, and still am not. I am not convinced that the Habs don’t have the talent to compete. Quite the opposite.

    The Habs have the horses to be a lot better than they’ve been all year. Unfortunately, those horses have not been used well, so the team — the D-men, especially — look a lot worse than they really are.

    If you’re interested in advanced stats such as Corsi, have a look at one of these days and look at how Habs and ex-Habs fared before and after joining and leaving the team

    Montreal is a black hole for talent. Guys are almost invariably better before the join and get better when they leave. It’s especially shocking in the case of Lang and Tanguay because their puck possession metrics take such a nosedive in the one year they were Habs.

    It’s sad. 

  206. Canadiangrrl says:

    I said Habs in 7 at the beginning of this series (and I was right on both Wash and Pits) but after witnessing today’s lacklustre display, I’m inclined to believe we’re done.  And yeah, I agree with you.  And I am proud of them. :)

  207. gumper says:

    I sure hope he’s hurt. That would be the only excuse for his playoff performance this year.

  208. shakey says:

    pleks is hurt, i just about guarantee it. he has been out of sorts for a while, but he elevated his game in the first round and for the first part of the pittsburgh series.

  209. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I take solace in the fact that we were counted out in the previous two rounds.

  210. SeriousFan09 says:

    I get the feeling the Minnesota experiment is mostly over, no Minnesota players drafted in the last 2 years and we traded away McDonagh as well.

    That and “Mr. Hockey” is a likely teens pick this year and I doubt Gauthier is going to trade up for him.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  211. RJB says:

    Ok so let me try and get this straight….we beat the presidents cup winning team, and for our next act we go ahead and beat the defending champs WITHOUT are best player…we go farther than we have in 17 years, we are an 8 seed that has made it to the conference finals…and yet all 90 percent of the people on here do is complain?! It’s absolutely pathetic!!  I hate to break it to you guys…JM is a good coach, Pleks is a great player… so is Pouliot and yes even MAB… to make it to the NHL you have to be a GREAT player. Heres what you guys should do as FANS of the Montreal Canadiens…stop complaining and be proud of what your team has done against all odds.  Be proud guys and gals!! We are having a great run that is not over yet!!


    Go Habs go!!

  212. MathMan says:

    I still don’t know how they beat both the Caps and Pens.”

    Halak, and a fair bit of luck. Without elite goaltending, the Habs would have been a lottery team, really. It’s really sad because their talent level is much higher than that. Just look at the Sabres to see what a team with that talent level is supposed to do with elite goaltending.

  213. vin23 says:

    Some of you guys are really pathetic. Down 3-1 in the EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS and there are some of you calling for the head of Timmins and Gainey?? We’re here to support our team and the fact that some of you guys are taking cheap shots at our guys is quite disgusting (almost as disgusting as the boo’s that were coming from the rafters of the bell center).And you call yourselves Habs fans? Get behind the boys or get out, this is not a time to shit on the staff or the players it’s time to rally and pick them up!

    May I remind you that 8 months this team was a group composed mainly of new faces and strangers. Fast forward 8 months and we’re a 3 game winning streak away from the Stanley Cup Finals!

  214. habbytown says:

    and wasa he also injured in the playoffs last year and the year before????

    c’mon! he himself said he plays like a little girl! and ne never gets his nose dirty, and never goes into the corners!  DO NOT RESIGN THAT LOSER!

  215. SlovakHab says:

    For every game, I am grateful.

    If they get knocked out by the Flyers – I will be grateful for the great playoff run they have given us.

    If they win the next game and manage to get back home – I will be happy.

    But I will never say anything negative about the team and this season. There are 27 teams in this league that would exchange their situation with us. We have a good team that’s built for the playoffs and can pull this off again. We have promising youth in PK, Carey, Pouliot (sure he disappeared, but I’d not write him off yet).. Good goalie in Jaro, solid D, leadership (Georges, Gionta, Cammy, Gomez, Gill).. I like this team and will continue supporting it.

  216. EricInStL says:

    I question the stubburness of picking Mr Minnesotas….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  217. Chuck says:

    Ok, we’re down 3-1. So what… we’ve got the Flyers right where we want them!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  218. punkster says:

    Always proud, girl. Always proud.


  219. rbby_habs says:

    Well said.  Agreed. 

  220. punkster says:

    Right on Chuck. I love these 7 game series, don’t you? How many have we played so far? 4…so 3 more to go!!!


  221. TripleX says:

    The Flyers played a perfect road game but the Habs sure made it easy.

    Was anyone else pulling their hair when it looked like a promising offensive rush was happening only to see the players go off on a change?  It happened more than once.  This is a sign that the coach is over influencing the flow of the game.  Players are more concerned about making the safe line change rather than pressing for a goal.  Players are more concerned about making the safe plays instead of just playing the game.   Maybe you guys disagree, but I saw our offense completely handcuffed by the “system” and fear of making mistakes.  Hockey is all about flow.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  222. RH says:


    I take solace in the fact that I’m here, at home, in Montreal with family and friends and it takes the sting out of yet another shutout. Hell, I don’t even care about the loss. It’s the DAMN SHUTOUT by a third string goalie that’s really killing me.


  223. habsfaninboston says:

    I think most of the negativism is spurned from post-game emotions. Hopefully we’ll all sit back when it’s over and be thankful for the great run they made in the playoffs.

  224. rbby_habs says:

    Yup.  They were successful in the first two series, going to 7 games.   Why fix something that ain’t broke.

    All part of their game plan.

    Can’t wait to face Chicago in the final! 

  225. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …You say IT so much better than I J.T.

    …I only qualify it by pointing the obvious …there is still a game to be played

    …Our Team deserves not to be given-up on until the last horn of the last period of the last game

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  226. HabFab says:

    All, please take a chill pill and relax!

    It ain’t over yet.

    And if the next game is the last, we finished in the final four. Something not done since ’93.

    This from a team of newbies and decimated all season with injuries.

    A few adjustments over the summer and away we go.

    And please don’t hurt yourselves jumping off the wagon!!!

  227. habs001 says:

    whenallmost 50% of your goals come from  2 forwards for the habs to have come this far amazing…clearly ak46,gomez,pouliot,plecks are to blame top 6 forwards you cannot have the type of goal production these 4 have produced…you can get checking forwards for 2 mill…

  228. Y says:

    Of course, it’s Habs till I die.

    I can never get emotional about any other team, even the national team.


    But it’s the way they are going to fall that is hurting the most of us.


    I hope they come back with renewed vigor and some new parts next year because another run like this will be highly unlikely.

  229. Chuck says:

    As someone posted earlier, we’re a measly 3-game win streak form the freakin’ Cup finals.

    All they have to do is win one game. Do that, and they’ll be coming home with the momentum playing a team that’ll be afraid to lose, lest they find themselves staring down the same barrel as did the Caps and Pens. Pick off that one, and it’s one game for all of the marbles.

    Y’know, I kind of like our chances…


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  230. HabFab says:

    Yes, but you don’t have to sleep on the coach tonight.

  231. TripleX says:

    Yeah I know, I was just pulling your chain a bit.  It is a fair comparison.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  232. Canadiangrrl says:

    Can we at least all agree that afternoon hockey bites?

  233. HabFab says:

    Amen bro, was hoping to take them in 6 but can handle in 7…again!

  234. HabFab says:

    Well I missed my nappie!!

  235. TripleX says:

    So we all could see Pouliot was not bringing it today.  So why does JM play him for 15 minutes.  We all know the PP has been brutal for some time.  So why does JM continue with the same players?  Why not play Metro on the PP, he was pretty good this season?  Metro got 5 minutes of ice time.  Don’t even ask about O’Byrne and MAB because that defies all reason and logic.  JM and MAB are in love that is the only possible explanation.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  236. Rob D says:

    Oh eighth place team they were and an 8th place team they finally reveal themselves to ultimately be. I said that last game was the statement game. I guess it was more like the final will and testament for  a team that massively overachieved this offseason. Coming back to earth sucks. They remind me of the pace setting horse that gets everyone up to speed and then drops off. It can’t keep that pace up but its a great starter. They look out of gas. Emotionally drained. They simply don’t have enough to seriously challenge this FLyers team. They completely turned the tables and choked them off from the beginning to the end of this “contest”. Their counter statement is impressive and I would

    I am still very proud of what they accomplished this postseason. When healthy, they can be a formidable squad. I enjoyed the ride..hope many of you will realize in time that they gave what they had and it simpley wasn’t enough. I’ll remember Game 3 this offseason as a harbinger of things to come.

    Go Habs..



  237. Porgie says:

    Agree with you. Can’t help but wonder if the outcome could’ve been different if we had played in the evening like we’re used to?

    We can still win the next game in Philly. Everyone needs to be on the same page and give 110%. They seemed uncoordinated as a team today.

    Good on MAB. Despite how painful it is to watch him at the blue line in the PP, he did amazing to save the empty netter.

  238. punkster says:

    I’m not going to argue the points Brian, particularly in the heat of a disappointment like today. You’re not far wrong though I don’t see such a gloomy future as you. If they’re smart they’ll move out some deadwood and bring in more players with the kind of will to succeed like the guys they brought in last summer.

    Lots of time for post-mortems in the coming months.


  239. Keith says:

    Keep the faith brother. I haven’t given up hope on this team. They have provem people wrong before.

  240. TripleX says:


    #Habs have never before
    been shut out 3 times in a single playoff series regardless of its


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  241. Chuck says:

    I’d be happy with “last”.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  242. Big Ted says:

    1) It ain’t over. People are talking like it is, just as they were against Pittsburgh and Washington. Our chances are pretty slim, agreed, but they are not zero. If we win that one game in Philly, we come home and it is like we won today and lost there except with more momentum. I really do believe the Habs have the vets to push their level of play up next game and I believe it is going to 7. Don’t know if we’d win the 7th, but I think we have two more wins in us.

    2) Like a lot of you, I will crap on a player who doesn’t do a good job. I think MAB has no business being in the Habs line-up. I think PK played an awful game today. I think many of the Habs did. But I will also say this. Plekanec has not played up to his capability since the Washington series. I think he’s probably tired, some are saying they think he’s injured although I don’t but that. But regardless of why he’s not performing, it is certainly not due to a lack of effort. The guy is not AK27 or AK46 or Vladimir Malakhov, he is tough on himself and he comes to compete every night. With respect to Gomez, the guy is clearly not worth the 7-8 million a year and he takes some bad penalties. But he is also a great puck-mover and over the second half of the season and into the playoffs, he is the guy that when he has the puck gives me the highest level of excitement that a goal might be coming. Cammy and Gio have a better eye for the net, but with Kovy gone, Gomez is the guy who has the most ability to create a play on this team.

  243. vic says:

    I saw JM with his arms crossed while lavolette was firing his team up. this is the great motivator they talk about.

    Maybe today was JMs day in school.

    Team did great dispite him

  244. MathMan says:

    The problem is that this ECF finish is exceedingly misleading. I’m glad they got there (except for the stupid draft rule) and I’m glad everyone is getting valuable playoff experience, but it’s a mistake to view this playoff run as a sign that it’s on the brink of something great.

    Sadly, this is actually not a very good hockey club. It’s a talented hockey club with a strong roster, but it doesn’t play very well. It didn’t play well all year, it didn’t play well when it beat Washington, it didn’t play well when it beat Pittsburgh, and it’s not playing well now.

    This is a team that needs to make a philosophical change. It’s got plenty of very good 5-on-5 players and it’s an absolutely craptastic 5-on-5 squad. There’s a serious deficiency here that needs to be fixed, and I think that’ll require radical action. If all it does is “a few adjustments”, this is not a playoff team. It’s actually much closer to a lottery team.

  245. punkster says:

    Come to think of it, JD likely has a post in preparation right now outlining the seeds of discontent fermenting in the Flyers room. You’re right Chuck, Monday is pivotal. We win and the Flyers are cooked.


  246. tony d says:

    it seems to agree with the Flyers though

  247. Canadiangrrl says:

    I actually feel badly for MAB at times.  He appears to have little confidence in himself.  And yeah, great job getting back there.  He slowed up, then realized, it’s going in, and fired up the jets.

    Okay, now that I’ve spent the past half hour feeling sh!tty, I’m beginning to believe again that we can do this in 7.


  248. tony d says:

    the fat lady hasn’t sung yet but man … our boys gotta show up for more than a period…they seemed to be a step behind the play all game and let the Flyers dictate the flow….gotta get back to their form they showed last game

  249. TripleX says:

    Gomez is a great rusher but he has no vision of the ice.  How many times does he make a great rush and the play goes no where?  SK may be a brat but he has way better vision of the ice than Gomez.

    The problem I have with Gomez is that besides the great rushing ability he does not make plays and does not shoot.  Gomez had ZERO shots the whole game!  For a guy getting 7.3 million a year it is just not good enough.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  250. SeriousFan09 says:

    From Elliot Friedman at HNIC: 


    Mike Cammalleri: “Here we go
    again…Let’s win three in row.”


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  251. Fansincebirth says:

    Well, …….I dunno, got nothing…’s like two completely different teams out there.

    Can a team be bipolar?

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  252. SeriousFan09 says:

    Been bipolar all year, hasn’t really stopped except they’ve been putting up the Ws every time it was an elimination match.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  253. habbytown says:

    play in the evening? you mean like game #1 and #2? it’s not the gametime, it’s the team.

  254. SeriousFan09 says:

    Well put!


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  255. Danno says:

    This one was no fun at all.

    That orange monkey is smiling again. He’s showing us a yellow-toothed grin. I hate that ugly monkey. I want to wipe that smile off his stupid face.

    What we need is for the real Habs to start playing again. The team that
    always finds a way. The team that never quits. The team that stumps the

    We can beat these punks. We’ve been down before to much better teams and
    showed them.
    This team thrives on adversity and now our backs are up against the

    That is why I offer you my fearless prediction.

    Habs in seven.

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  256. 4EverHabsFan says:

    The “fat” lady sings part of God Bless America on Monday night…

  257. Danno says:

    She’s the broad of Broad Street.

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  258. 4EverHabsFan says:

    Not sure if any team has…

  259. Big Ted says:

    Grades for the game:

    Halak C


    Gill C, Gorges C

    Hamrlik C, Subban D-

    Spacek C, MAB D

    OB C


    Cammy C+, Pleks C, AK46 C

    Pouliot D, Gomez C-, Gionta B-

    Pyatt C-, Moore C, Lapierre C+

    Moen C-, Metropolit C+



  260. 4EverHabsFan says:

    1) sorry but you can’t keep going to the well…

    2) agree with the first part… the gomez stuff… still not worth 7-8 mill… no goals in what 18 playoff games??? Koivu at 3 mill between Cammi & Gionta… That would’ve been nice… especially in the playoffs!

  261. 4EverHabsFan says:

    How can OB get a C?? he played 4+ minutes and was at least even???

    I’d give “Poulet” an F…

    Lappy didn’t do anything today- he defintiely didn’t get under anyones skin like he is supposed to. Claude Lemiuex never took a night off! They were saying thursday that he needed to play like Carbo to be effective… Carbo NEVER EVER took a shift let alone a game off…

    Was a good run… just went to the well one too many times… Can’t expect Halak, Gionta and Cammy to do EVERYTHING!!!

  262. 4EverHabsFan says:


  263. rbby_habs says:

    Good news about today’s game:   Not the same game we played in game 3.

    So, they’re still hope, if we go back to the winning game plan for game 5

  264. MathMan says:

    Depends who scores first. They can tool the Flyers when tied or leading, but when they take a goal, they can’t deal with the Flyers sitting on the lead.

  265. Dunboyne Mike says:

    I’m with you Danno. Nervous, fighting a rising sense of dread, but with you.

    If we get back to MOntreal, we’ll be inside their heads big-time. They solved us in Game 4, now we have to solve their solution.


  266. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Thanks for the info MM. I’m afraid I feel I could only look at the stats on that website through the fingers of one hand. So I’ll take your word for it — and your Lang and Tanguay sampling speaks volumes.

    But what in your opinion do the volumes say? Knee-jerk conclusion is coaching. Maybe it is. Or is it more? More even than what’s usually trotted out about life under the NHL’s most intense scrutiny, weak dollars, language issues, weight of tradition and expectation etc etc. Is there a a much much wider picture whose patterns can be discerned from the stats you refer to?


  267. Dunboyne Mike says:

    You partially answer my question above — it’s the coaching. 

    So next question: if we concede early on Monday, how do we defeat the trap? (And are we likely to come up with something that JM hasn’t considered?)

  268. Shublips says:

    Well that sucked. Hard.

    The Habs came out with fire in their eyes but gave up after about 10 mins. Sad. Very sad. With the veteran leadership on this team, I don’t expect them to rollover on Monday, but the Flyers will come hard to try and eliminate us.

    Let’s hoping we see at least 1 more home game!

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  269. Derek2 says:

    JM doesn’t seem willing or able to adjust.  MAB is not doing it, even on the PP.  Having O’B clear some bodies woulld be agood think, I would think.

    Hamerlik looks reallly out of gas.  Don’t know how many Philly posessions were kept alive inside our zone because he just isn’t fast enouugh on the loose puck.

  270. Derek2 says:

    Even if they lose the next game but not get shut out, I will be happy.  Lose in six in a close game and I will feel like there is there is the solid founndation of a team heading in the right direction.  I am just so frustrated because they just b*tch slap us around.

  271. Habies says:

    From here in Kabul, the game starts at 11:30pm which nearly feels civilized compared to the usual 3:30am shrill testament of fandom that some of us here usually endure.

    Also, when considering that our team is a Cosmos-type
    mish-mash of nationalities, it’s almost suitable that this key match
    will allow the Fans du Monde to offer our fresh-eyed internet ears in support.
    I know the kids in Europe will love this start time…

    So, for the Fans
    du monde, and for the sake of Montreal shopkeepers, this start time couldn’t be better.
    Let’s just hope it’s just as ideal for Les Boys.


  272. andrewberkshire says:

    All due respect, but the start time isn’t supposed to be considered for other countries, it’s a North American hockey league, tailored for North American audiences. The amount of people this start time is convenient for is massively dwarfed by the number of people who are inconvenienced by it. This start time has nothing to do with the fans, or American people, as I assume they also don’t want to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon inside, and everything to do with the NHL needlessly catering to NBC’s demands, even though they get no return out of the arrangement.

  273. punkster says:

    Enjoy it Matthew. And cheer loudly. We’ll hear you!


  274. SlovakHab says:

    I’ve got one question: What exactly is the size advantage? People say: Plekanec is small, Jeff Carter is big (for example). 

    Plekanec is 5-11, 200 lbs

    Carter is 6-3, 200 lbs

    Does Carter have the advantage of being taller with the same weight? Besides the longer reach, I don’t see it. This isn’t the NBA..

  275. Clay4bc says:

    Lucky you…it is a 3 AM start for me – going to be a long night. Hopefully a good one, though!


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  276. SlovakHab says:

    I am super-happy I don’t need to stay up until 4am to watch the whole game. At least for once.

    My keys to the game:

    1) SPEED kills. Use it – early and often.

    2) Wear down their D. Their top-4 plays more minutes than ours – with Spacek, Hamrlik, Gill, Gorges, PK, MAB and O’Byrne, we have more depth. 

    3) Use Ryan O’Byrne MORE OFTEN!! See point 2. Spread the minutes!

  277. showey47 says:

    I agree,especially with point #3. JM had the perfect chance in game 3 to give obyrne some decent minutes in the 3rd with the game being well in hand but instead opted to keep him nailed to the bench. We should not have to watch hamrlik fight hartnell. Ryan is probably the best fighter on the team and we all knew it was only a matter of time before the flyer stupidity started. Give the big lug an oppurtunity to redeem himself by at least giving him the chance to lay a beating on a flyer. If he is going to ride the pine,i’m sure he would rather be doing it from the penalty box serving a 5 minute fighting major for sticking up for his team mates. I’m really,really not a big fan of the way JM is handling obyrne.

  278. howtathor says:

    They’re gonna become Wash/Pitt light! Then again look at Chicago, Toews, Kane, Seabrook et al don’t fall off trees!

  279. howtathor says:

    Who knows with all the high draft picks they get! Can you say TANK?

  280. andrewberkshire says:

    Problem is that St. Louis is aging, and Lecavalier’s contract is crippling while he decides to loaf around. Not to mention they still don’t have a goalie.

  281. TOEmastro says:

    nope, they’re picked first! boom!

  282. punkster says:


    Nope, can’t say that word. Won’t say that word.


  283. bsl says:

    Not to you, to some guy earlier:

    You think too much. ‘Long core short core tall reach blah blah blah.

    It’s just hockey, it’s a simple game. Prevent goal, score goal.

    There’s good players and sh-it players. Secret? There is no secret, ask any player:  Talent, desire, courage, skating.

    Sorry to neg you, but your post has nothing to do with playing hockey.



  284. Big Ted says:

    You never know… Stamkos and Hedman are a pretty good foundation to build a team around. And having those guys might attract other free agents. Look at the Habs, already in the Conference Finals with a team that was built by free agency as much as anything else. TB needs to develop or acquire a decent goalie and they have the issue of having a lot of cap space tied up in a few players, so they can’t have Vinny not performing like a top 10 player in the league. But then again, we have 8 million in Gomez and are finding ways to get it done. So who knows. Ultimately, I’d rather be Tampa IF I knew I was going to get that Cup every 8-10 years. With 30 teams in the league, I’d be pretty stoked if I knew the Habs were going to win the Cup again another 4-5 times in the next 30 years. I think it’s a bit much to ask for a dynasty these days.

  285. topher5468 says:

    Thanks Andrew for saying what I failed to, I dont like this start time either, but I know enough to not complain about what I cant change, A day game on the weekend is different than a day game during the week, ala, some post about Monday Afternoon Football, Football is a day game and i wish they were all played during the day, on Sunday. TV plays a huge role in sports, it a fact of life. Yes it can suck sometimes but what can you do

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

  286. Big Bird says:

    I agree that the NHL is catering to the NBC for no benefit.  This early time is inconvenient for many but if it benefits some of our fans elsewhere perhaps that is a silver lining my friend.  Especially if it’s our troops serving overseas.

  287. The Professor says:

    The worst part is that I should be happy being in Scotland that the game will start at 8pm local time… but we get sun so rarely and the days last so long here that I’d much rather be screwing up my sleep pattern!

  288. andrewberkshire says:

    Think of it less as complaining and more as venting. I’d rather be out biking or something and then watch the game in the evening, but at least I can still watch the game!

  289. andrewberkshire says:

    Very true.

  290. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Hey Prof – I hear you! Here in Ireland. Amazing weather, great deep run by Habs. Serious lack of sleep! Under four hours every second night. Any survival tips?


  291. Willy the bum says:

    To Adam Gopnik:

    What’s a burr?

  292. Clay4bc says:

    Google is your friend…

    *edit* just read the articly, and – although the meaning is obvious – I kind of see your point.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  293. G-Man says:

    Obviously, burr is Scottish for Habs goal. :)

  294. Danno says:

    It’s the vibrations Leighton feels after we bury one.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  295. danp says:

    NBC is standard television here in Wyoming. I could subscribe to NBC HD from another market but FCC rules prevent it. So – I have access to a better product but can’t buy it because markets are protected. At least Versus is HD. What a difference it makes when watching a hockey game.

    It’s not like either NBC or Versus will give the Habs any credit but there is always CJAD.

    Unfortunately, NHL is a business and this is all about profit. NBC pays a lot of money for the privilege.

  296. G-Man says:

    NBC does not pay 1 dime to cover the NHL. It’s time the NHL realizes that while its product is appreciated from coast to coast tocoast in Canada, in the US it is regional. The Network Deal they keep blindly chasing will NEVER happen. Teams should make deals with regional carriers and that’s it. As far as the NHL goes, NBC’s coverage is slipshod and piecemeal.

  297. Norm0770 says:

    CBC foots the bill and NBC dictates the schedule.  NBC actually pays NOTHING for NHL broadcasting rights.  Bettman is so lost trying to grow the game through TV and marketing rather than setting up teams in markets where hockey is already popular. 

    Sorry, this has turned into something of a rant rather than a reply to you specifcially.  The six Canadian teams make up almost 40% of league revenue, why not take advantage of that and move a money losing team from Phoenix to Hamilton, Winnepeg, or Quebec city?

  298. topher5468 says:

    Thanks for deleting my stupid thread, I should know better. I LOVE CANADA,

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

  299. G-Man says:

    Peter Tosh, in response to (I think it was Carson or Letterman) a question about Rastafarianisn (apologies for spelling).

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


  300. G-Man says:

    Italicized words can and do represent “sounds”.

  301. Clay4bc says:

    …thus my typing the following…”although the meaning is obvious”…


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  302. thepriceiswrong says:

    Please Please Please anyone have a free online live feed for the game this afternoon???

  303. Danno says:

    This will work.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  304. TOEmastro says:

    onamot. for the sound his cell makes when set to vibrate

  305. Norm0770 says:

    True about the NBC coverage, but I’ll take Doc Emrick over Bob Cole for play-by-play.

  306. G-Man says:

    I’m an RDS man myself, until the anti-Habs bias ends on the “national” network.

  307. mrhabby says:

    quebec has no hockey rink.

    winnipeg..does it have enough corporate support…does not matter now.

    hamilton..its laffs/sabres issue.

  308. Chris says:

    I like the way you think. :)

  309. Big Ted says:

    Happy that Walkom and Sutherland are in, they’ve been two of the better refs thus far, so let’s hope they ref a good game today too. I the NHL sends Tim Peel or Paul Devorski back, it’s a travesty. Wonder how effective carter is going to be tonight, hopefully he is playing at less than 80% and his presence means the Flyers start juggling line combinations and disrupting chemistry. The Flyers are already pretty deep at forward, we still need to continue to exploit their 4-man D with speed and their talentless goalie with plays that require him to move side to side.

  310. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    I wouldn’t say Leighton is talentless……just not as talented as Halak :-)

  311. jbroderi says:

    who the hell is Nodl??


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  312. jbroderi says:

    got the answer, no one!!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  313. tony d says:

    C’mon, use your nodl…

  314. Bill H says:

    Hey Mike –  I loved this: “Can they sustain it for Game 4?” he asked. And as a card-carrying
    member of the Bitter Brotherhood of Former “Energy” Players Who Always
    Resented the Canadiens’ Skill – P.J. Stock, president – Barnaby
    answered: “I don’t think so.”

    Great stuff.  Made me laugh.  Keep it the good work!
  315. Chuck says:

    Call them bitter, call them non-believers… I don’t care. These Habs have for the most part left it all out on the ice every night. Screw the non-believers.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  316. longtimehabsfan says:

    Good article!!

  317. HabFab says:

    Andreas Nodl – Austrian – 2nd rounder – went the NCAA route – rookie – 1A / 10 GP

  318. K-hab25 says:

    4th line winger.

  319. joeybarrie says:

    Camma get the first goal, and then we are golden.

    I don’t know about you guys. But I am NERVOUS. I feel like this game will either put us OUT or in the FINALS. I am not ready for it all to end. At least it should be a good game. Not that I will be able to enjoy it, unless we score 4 goals in the 1st.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  320. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Have to work again today.  Here’s counting on you again Boone!


    “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  321. habsfan0 says:

    Without a doubt, THE most important game of the season for the Habs.(What..another one?) The Habs can ill afford to go down 3-1 in games (again) to this team. Even though the Flyers will get a tremendous lift by the appearance of Laperriere and Carter in their lineup,there is no doubt that those two will not have the stamina for a physical game.Habs would be wise to take it to them early and often.

  322. SlovakHab says:

    I was thinking that perhaps instead of playing the Flyers style of a physical game, we might wanna repeat Game 3 in terms of using our speed and quick transition to get around physical, but not-so-fast Flyers. Might also work against not-fully-recovered Laperriere and Carter, as you mentioned.

  323. punkster says:

    Heading out for the pre-game walk. Seems to work calming the nerves.


  324. avatar_58 says:

    I’d like to but it’s raining out :( I need a tims coffee

  325. SlovakHab says:

    My key to winning the game: Score a Game Winning Goal (GWG). 

  326. longtimehabsfan says:

    Just got back from seeing my dad.  He’s 85 and can’t watch the games because of health issues.  He came to Montreal in 1956 and used to go to the old Forum, standing room only.  He was telling me about those Habs teams and how they used to fly [Bealiveau-Olmstead-Geoffreon].  I told him he would love watching this team because they can skate.  Here’s to my hoping this team can get my old man another Cup.

  327. Lafrich says:

    Good luck to you and your dad. GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  328. Chuck says:

    Amen to that.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  329. HUDSONHAB says:

    I have one pet peeve about watching games on TV from th Bell Centre. It’s the attention seekers that stand up at the glass every time the puck is in their area. GRRR!


  330. twocents says:

    The fact that the flyers are dressing Carter and Laperrierre strikes me as panic. They are still up 2 games to 1, if they were confident they would let these guys sit a few more games and make sure they are ready. They know that last game was significant. They know the one before that was a lot closer than the score said. They have doubts in their little minds. I bet the Habs can smell it.

    Fear baby, fear.

  331. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yank superpest and acting hopeful Carcillo in favour of Laperriere, who I still don’t think should be playing considering he suffered a brain injury not that long ago, odd. Nodl who cares really, but I doubt Carter will be the solution for them, seems to be rushing back into action early.

    I would say these adjustments have a higher chance of backfiring than succeeding.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  332. Harani says:

    I’m in Toronto at a cousin’s house. And guess what? Their freakin’ TV isn’t working. I’m stuck on a computer to watch the game. I’ve only done it only once before (Habs won!). Hopefully, the stream won’t be wonky. And I’m confident.  predict a 3-1 win for the Habs. Les Boys will be flying over the Flyers tonight! 

  333. SlovakHab says:

    Check out Freedocast! Will post a password if I find it. Always a good quality.

  334. SeriousFan09 says: offers free streams on their sports area, normally I’d use an RDS one but they’ve been getting shut down more reguarly in the playoffs and the CBC link is generally very stable so I go with it because I don’t want to risk missing any of the game.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  335. joeybarrie says:

    Ditch em, and head out to a bar or resto that will show the game…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  336. Chuck says:

    Is it desparation that you smell, or that regular Philly funk?


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  337. Chris1138 says:

    Go to Kilgour’s at Bloor and Bathurst! It probably filled up an hour ago though…


  338. Harani says:

    Buddy! I’m brown and there’s no way I can ditch all my family here to go watch a game. They just don’t get it. Already, I have like peopel staring at me coz I threw a fit when the TV wasn’t working. better work all evening. 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  339. joeybarrie says:

    I agree. They are a streaky team too, and I think they are afraid of a losing streak right now. If Carter couldn’t play last game how many minutes will he get tonight. Will they be on the top two lines???  Will this hurt them? Kinda a waste if he is on the 3rd or 4th, I think they are going to do more damage than good by moving players around. Laperrierre to me is the same a Carcillo, just bigger. So same role.

    We need to hit Carter and Laperrierre to piss them off, get them off their game. Let us fly around while they try to play physical.


    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  340. HabsFaith says:

    Damn Capitalism…

    you know that underground parking on peel? that used to be 5$ on weeknights and weekends? Then upped to 7$? It’s 12$ today… damn afternoon hockey games!!

    Work is going to be painful…

  341. joeybarrie says:

    Listen Brownie… You need to tell your FAMILY right freaking now that your a BROWN CANADIEN, and all Canadiens watch the game no matter what. They need to know who you are. Unless they got your future husband there that they are planning to arrange you need to DRAW THE LINE HERE.

    Man i remember when an co-coach of mine told his parents he had to go to this soccer tournament with us instead of studying for a test next week. Their faces. They blamed me im sure, stupid white guy who isnt gonna get into med school… He is Sikh. They were none too pleased.  So ill take the heat again. BLAME IT ON ME…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  342. jbroderi says:

    just gave my dad the same prediction.  AK46 2 goals, metro on the PP the other!!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  343. Chuck says:

    Meh. Parking across from the ACC is up to $30 on game nights.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  344. Keith says:

    Got some Picaroon’s Dooryard Summer Ale on ice, got the Fatboy parked in the shade, and raring to go for Game 4. Need another huge performance from everybody and the 7th man rocking the Bell Centre out! Carve Filthy a new A@@! GO HABS GO!!!

  345. HabsFaith says:

    And they haven’t made the playoffs since…? :)

  346. oshawahabsfan says:

    Oh Laperierre’s going to act real tough now that he’s wearing a full cage. It’s absurd that he was cleared to play by medical staff, there’s no way he is fit to play after an injury like that.

  347. SeriousFan09 says:

    Flyers medical staff could probably be prosecuted several times over for reckless endangerment over the years, this is nothing new for the organization, Bobby Clobber influence has made sure player’s health is a lower priority than it is in Colin Campbell’s office.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  348. Harani says:

    Yo…I’m watching the game on the comp and I would have watched in on the TV had it been working in a house where there are about 60 ppl right now. Everyone is too bus to care anywayz…I’ll be driving out to Kilgour’s after the first. Don’t worry, I’ve got ths down. Just meant that I don’t want to disrespect anyone because there is a wedding here tomorrow.

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  349. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …let’s keep this sweet-ride goin’ !

    …GO HABS !!! …go ! …eh ???

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  350. oshawahabsfan says:

    That’s saying something, it takes a lot to beat the ignorance of Colin Campbell

  351. Clay4bc says:

    Is the rest of your family not into hockey, Harani?


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  352. jbroderi says:

    there should be a group of maybe 3 to 5 people who pick the legnth of suspensions.  This one person thing clearly doesn’t work, especially with all the friends Colon Campbell has (spelled like that on purpose)

    Maybe a former player, former referee and two representatives from the NHL Head Office. 

    This would have far more consistent results I think!!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  353. Harani says:

    Most of my cousins are gone shopping for last minute things with the bride and groom. And ppl are running everywhere getting stuff. The adults are socializing with the relative who have come from France, England, Australa, Spain, India, Sri Lanka. So they’re catching up on old stories. You have no idea how crazy it is in here. My cousins just called that they’ll be here in about 30 minutes. 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  354. Harani says:

    Bob Cole! *ugh*

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  355. Aybara says:

    Loved the intro on CBC… Haunting

  356. habfab14120 says:

    Ha Ha.  Doc Emrick just noted that Montreal is “Tri-lingual.  French, English and Hockey spoken here.”

  357. topher5468 says:

    Lets go boys, quick start, no turnovers and most important, be smart and disciplined. 

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

  358. makka83 says:

    Watching it on NBC live from the US! :)

  359. HabFab says:

    Ohhh! Ron McLean made a funny!!

    Engagement Ring

    Wedding Ring

    Suffer ring

  360. lab says:

    GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!FROM GREECE!!!!!

  361. zozotheclown says:

    Quick goal, get in Leighton’s head, we can do this!

  362. topher5468 says:

    Milbury is such a douche, didnt he once play the game, he should know better

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

  363. jbroderi says:

    bettman is a turd!!! no two ways about it!!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  364. Jbird says:

    God Damn I’m excited.  Got a good feed of HAIC in Lima  .. . . and some cervezas with my friends – the 3rd floor lobby at this hotel won’t know what hit it!

  365. Keith says:

    Absolute bedlam! What a crowd!

  366. Harani says:

    LOUPPI!!!! LOL!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  367. Clay4bc says:

    That’s fu*k*d up there!


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  368. HabsFaith says:

    Cherry calling Yuppi, “Luppi”

  369. avatar_58 says:


    Oh don…

  370. SeriousFan09 says:

    Dennis Chorra is calling Youppi ‘Loopy’, yea, one guy’s wearing a giant fuzzy orange suit with big googly eyes for a living and I can respect him 1000x more than either guy with him.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  371. megagoten says:

    let’s see what kinda job nbc does on this..

  372. Big Bird says:

    Louppy? Guess he’s playing with Havlak.

  373. JIMVINNY says:

    GREAT pump-up song. 

  374. Clay4bc says:

    So the villiage idiot can pronounce Youppie, but not Halak? Go figure…

    I am so F’n stoked for this game. Man, I was 23 last time we made it this far! It’s been too long!

    *edit* I see other posters saying the idiot said Loopie…I stand corrected!


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  375. Keith says:

    LMFAO! Yeah, Don’s looped!

  376. Chuck says:

    He pronounced it properly the first time he said it, then “corrected” himself.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  377. habfab14120 says:

    … But I agreed with him.  Noted that Philly crying foul is ridiculous.

    “A team that sports a guy like Scotty Hartnell, Danny Carcillo, not to mention their Captain … and the Ultimate Hockey Hooligan … Chris Pronger” can’t be compaining.

  378. JIMVINNY says:

    O’byrne is still in!?!?!  WHat the heck?

  379. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I think Cherry forgot his meds again.

  380. Big Bird says:

    Classy move by Spacek giving the fist bump to the young flag holders.  He just became one of my favorite players.

  381. HugeHabsFan says:

    He does it every game BB.  Shows what a truly good guy he is.  One of the reasons I like him so much too!


    “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!”


    Cammalleri: “I almost feel bad for a guy who plays an NHL career without experiencing what it’s like to be a Montreal Canadien”.

  382. Clay4bc says:

    Is it just me, or is she hot?


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  383. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Is Marc Emery in jail?  I thought he cut a deal to get out of jail time?

  384. ManApart says:

    Naw, it’s just you.

  385. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Wow, she can sing!

  386. nickster13 says:

    Nikki Yanofsky! nice touch!

  387. jbroderi says:

    almost as hot as Kate Smith!! 


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  388. Keith says:

    LET’S GO HABS!!!

  389. crazydude says:

    Which foot was it Carter broke?

  390. megagoten says:


    they saturated the white or something, i can barely see the puck

  391. topher5468 says:

    I just said the same thing

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

  392. Lee_D says:

    Does the ice look bad or is it just me?

  393. Big Bird says:

    Keep flying boys.  Keep flying.

  394. crazydude says:

    Good pressure boys

  395. Big Bird says:

    Let’s go boys.  Let’s go…

  396. Keith says:

    Gomer looked like Howie Morenz lol!

  397. Clay4bc says:

    Halfway through the first, and OB is still playing. It’s a sign!


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  398. zozotheclown says:

    lol Laraque….

  399. Keith says:

    Looking good out there!

  400. Keith says:

    Where’s the penalty?

  401. HFX-HabFan says:

    Not the greatest call…but why is Bergeron getting regular minutes on D?

  402. Shiloh says:

    Pretty light call.

  403. Clay4bc says:

    WOW…I was just thinking to myself how I liked that the refs were letting them play…I stand corrected.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  404. Castor says:


  405. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Ok, lets hear everyone crucify MAB like they did OB last game.  And I guess this means MAB is benched the rest of the game right JM???

  406. zozotheclown says:

    Wow Huge save

  407. Keith says:

    What a save!

  408. Clay4bc says:



    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  409. lab says:

    get him outta there!!!

  410. avatar_58 says:



  411. Propwash says:

    Gill is the effin MAN!


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  412. Chorske says:

    Gill is HUGE.

  413. Big Bird says:

    If I ever criticize Gill next season please remind me of these playoffs.

  414. SeriousFan09 says:

    OB enforcing no parking in the crease, good.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  415. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Good job OB!  He’s so good along the boards. 

  416. topher5468 says:

    Remind him to get the puck deep while on the PK, but man o man is he playing well

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

  417. Big Bird says:

    Maybe have MAB in the penalty box is better than the ice since Martin insists on playing him outside PP on defense.

  418. Clay4bc says:

    Philly is playing a great road game right now. We need to pick it up.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  419. T-roy West says:

    If we had players on the first two lines not named Pouliot and AK46 then we would have a more awesome team then we have right now. Can’t wait for that day.

  420. avatar_58 says:

    What’s with Plek? Is his injury really catching up now or what? :( He just looks lost at times

  421. Drive_For_25 says:

    You can’t be serious

  422. topher5468 says:

    Agreed, they are utterly useless. Especially Benny, what a freakin disappointment. No wonder Minny gave up on him, has no heart to speak of but his skill is there, I cant deny him that 

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

  423. ManApart says:

    I’m really starting to think there’s something pretty bad going on. He seems slow to catch up to the play. Must be some kind of lower body injury.

  424. avatar_58 says:

    He’s still good defensively, but there’s times where he just doesn’t SEE the damn puck or react as he should. Not the same Plek from the first half of the season.

  425. ManApart says:

    i agree. It’s like offensively he doesn’t even really try. I guess we’ll find out once the playoffs are over.

  426. Clay4bc says:

    Last I heard, he was being extradited to the USA. I am a few days behind the news though, being in Shanghai.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  427. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Holy crap really?  I saw a news story and they said he would pobably cut a deal to avoid extradition.  It’s criminal what the DEA and the  states is doing to him.  I haven’t been keeping track of the story either,  I have to look into it.

  428. Clay4bc says:

     a story on him here…


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  429. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    I bought some “tomato” seeds from him back in the day.  lol

  430. megagoten says:

    seems like they fixed it

  431. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hey Boone, Pouliot isn’t exactly playing like a Conn Smythe candidate either…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  432. Keith says:

    Good period. The first goal will be HUGE! Kinda let off on the gas a bit near the end.

  433. habsoul says:

    Jaro scares me when he handles the puck.

    Every time Scott Hartnell scores a goal, a stripper breaks a heel.

    16 for 25
    xxxx xxxx x— –

  434. zozotheclown says:

    Good start to the period, bad 2nd half. After the penalty they really took it to us, lucky to be leaving tied 0-0. If we can start the 2nd like we started the 1st, we should be ok. The Flyers are tring to hit us before we can get speed, we need to find a way around that to have the same success we had last game. 

  435. habbytown says:

    habs look the same as game #2.  not a good sign.

    when you’re being dominated in your own building, you’re in trouble.

  436. Drive_For_25 says:

    That call on MAB was the worst call of these playoffs.  Philly had NOTHING until that powerplay.  Once again, thanks refs.

  437. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t even understand what he did wrong

  438. JasonM says:

    ROFL, Jedi Cammy

  439. HaloHabsFan says:

    Advantage:  Flyers.

  440. Big Ted says:

    Not impressed with what Ian Laperriere has gotten away with so far. First he clearly targeted Hamrlik, pulled him down on top of himself, and managed to draw coincidentals. Then he takes a slash at Spacek as they’re heading into the corner, and ater Spacek clears the puck, punches him in the face and knocks his helmet off. Refs need to do a better job of controlling that, it’s certainly not flagrant but any three of those things could have and should have cost the Flyers. MAB got called for a hold, which was fine, but the Flyers are without doubt trying to play over the limits of the rules and that has to be punished.

  441. ManApart says:

    Habs one chance all period. They have to push harder. I see a lot of skating but nobody near the front of the net all period. Don’t try to win 1-0. Have the mentality of destroying the Flyers.

  442. longtimehabsfan says:

    Shaky, tight, jittery hockey.  Habs thinking too much.  Take the puck and go!!!!

  443. avatar_58 says:

    Ahahaha Ron sliding Star Wars references and Don doesn’t get it at all….

  444. longtimehabsfan says:

    Pierre McGuire just ribbed Milbury about 1979.  Looked like Milbury wanted to smack him.

  445. Big Ted says:

    1) I don’t think Plekanec is injured. I think he’s just tired. He went to the Olympics, unlike most of the Habs other top players, and he’s played big minutes all year while other forwards were out with injuries. The Habs have already had two seven-game series, I think it’s just a long season and hopefully he can bear down for the stretch.

    2) Brunet and Bouchard were talking about how Gill should have had a penalty for stopping that puck in the crease and were wondering why Sutherland blew the whistle… what rulebook are they reading? Gill didn’t close his hand on the puck and he didn’t pull the puck underneath him, he just slid in its way and let it slide under his belly. The ref is required to blow the whistle if he loses sight of the puck. Brunet and Bouchard are idiots, and it was nice of Pierre to point out that Bouchard and Ian Lapperiere are good friends, cause Joel was sure heaping on the praise instead of talking about how he was taking headshots and slashes.

  446. punkster says:

    I keep reading these “What’s wrong with Plecs” comments. Well I don’t know if there is anything wrong with him physically but it seems obvious that he is being shadowed or targeted on every shift. Throughout the Caps and Pens series it was the same. Defensive Plecs is great, no opposition focus on him. Offensive Plecs is being blanketed. Anybody see the same thing?


  447. HUDSONHAB says:

    Get someone going to the net. The shots from the angles are resulting in nice rebounds.


  448. topher5468 says:

    Regarding Pleks, its impossible to ever really know but if your right, he needs to find his second wind. It is the Conference Final.

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

  449. avatar_58 says:

    True but PUSH for god sakes. It’s like once someone stands in his way he gives up. What happened to the deke? The pass back to another hab? Just skating to the side then taking bad shots or giving up the puck isn’t what we need.

  450. coachdoug says:

    Agree…you never know with these injuries as they do not like to advertise them…I do think Pleks is not looking as sharp…if he ends his goal drought that should change…

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  451. punkster says:

    Watch. He’s being blocked from going in the middle.


  452. ManApart says:

    Toews played the same amount of games with more mins. He seems pretty ok.

  453. longtimehabsfan says:

    Habs look like they’re on fumes.

  454. Shiloh says:

    Did someone give our guys slow pills between periods?

  455. makka83 says:

    For those interested.. Inter Milan in winning 2-0 15 minutes left in the Soccer Champions’ League Final

  456. Keith says:

    Shoot the puck!!!

  457. Propwash says:

    Not good…..


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  458. JIMVINNY says:

    Halak got caught cheating bad on that one.

  459. zozotheclown says:

    5 players standing still, no interest in playing whatsoever

  460. JasonM says:

    Why are we playing fancy non forecheck hockey in the 2nd?

  461. habbytown says:

    this series is O V E R!!!!!!!

  462. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Saw that coming from a mile away, Habs have been WAY too messy this period

  463. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not nearly the same kind of game from the Lapierre line, not good, that turnover…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  464. coachdoug says:

    Skate Armor strap…not good…

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  465. 24 Cups says:

    Gorges.  Damn it.

  466. JasonM says:

    Can we hire a shooting coach?

  467. T-roy West says:

    Why don’t our players go to the net like that? i.e. Pouliot and AK46.

  468. JasonM says:

    Blind side hit = Acceptable

    Hit without the puck = Acceptable

    Minor holding = Penalty

  469. andrewberkshire says:

    This officiating is infuriating. Anything Montreal does is called while the Flyers get away with murder.

  470. zozotheclown says:

    Everything falling apart now, a PP goal here ends the game, need a big kill

  471. punkster says:



  472. JIMVINNY says:

    Um, yeah.  He did.

  473. Shiloh says:

    Maybe we’ll score a shortie – we’re brutal 5-on-5.

  474. topher5468 says:

    It is real hard to believe that the game is almost half over and the Flyers have not commited one foul

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

  475. makka83 says:

    Montreal got away with a few too but I agree the penalties are soft considering what they are letting go!!!

  476. andrewberkshire says:

    No kidding.

  477. Drive_For_25 says:

    He plays for the Habs!!

  478. makka83 says:

    NBC commentators noticed that Gorges’ skate strap came off, he could not turn without losing his skate and falling over! Tough luck on that one~~~

  479. longtimehabsfan says:

    What a lousy break for Georges’ skate strap to come loose.  Who in hell designed that?

  480. HFX-HabFan says:

    Alright, we need a big kill here.

  481. ManApart says:

    Starting to get ugly. One good scoring chance all game. No shots all period. Starting to slow doen and stand still.

  482. habbytown says:

    in 1 sec., it will 2-0. habs not in the same league. men vs boys.

     habs won last game because Philly didn’t show up.

    we’re just too short, and too short on talent. pathetic!

  483. Clay4bc says:

    This might get ugly really soon…huge moment in the game. Flyers have ALL of the momentum


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  484. coachdoug says:

    Habs are backing in…JM needs to open the offense up again…most of all someone needs to drive the net and pay the price..

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  485. habs001 says:

    they look so tired…pouliot,ak46,gomez,plecks their goaless streak is pathetic….you cannot win if 4 of your 6 top 6 forwards cannot score for unbelievable periods

  486. punkster says:

    Well let’s not start blaming the officials again.


  487. HabFanSince72 says:

    Were getting spanked. 


  488. Clay4bc says:



    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  489. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Pleks has gotta be hurt, there’s just no jump at all

  490. coachdoug says:

    Defense is holding…offense needs to contribute…

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  491. JIMVINNY says:

    Ha.  trust you to make things up.  I didn’t blame him, but he was cheating pretty bad.

  492. makka83 says:

    Halak is not the only one to blame.. actually everyone on the ice did something wrong!! :(

  493. Rainrocket16 says:

    Can we please get a damn PP!!

  494. Shiloh says:

    And Jim Vinny the Ninny blames Halak for the goal – what planet is he on?

  495. makka83 says:

    Pleks looks tired!

  496. Clay4bc says:



    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  497. JasonM says:

    No shots this period.


    Why did we stop forechecking?

  498. T-roy West says:

    Everyone that says that this series is over when its only 1-0 needs to get a life and may be think about if you want to be a habs fan or not.

  499. JasonM says:

    High stick, no call.


    The fix is in.

  500. Big Bird says:

    Take the camera off Pouliot.  I can’t afford to buy a new monitor after throwing my glass at it.

  501. Shiloh says:

    Gionta takes a stick to the chops – no call.

  502. Harani says:

    Come on boys! They can sure do this!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  503. crazydude says:

    Game is half done and Philly’s had 2 PPs and we’ve had none.  It’s gonna turn in our favour.

  504. Chuck says: is really choppy. It’s like trying to whatch a flip book.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  505. danedmunds says:

    nice to see pouliot out there for a nice leisurely skate every shift.. hope he’s enjoying himself

  506. ooder says:

    it’s cool to high stick gionta in the face right?


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  507. Big Bird says:

    Based on that reaction they truly must be Habs fans based on the commentary in here…

  508. topher5468 says:

    Don’t get me wrong , Im real proud of this team, but there efin pissing me off. No EFIN shots, lets go already. To much dead wood, Benny, AK and Pleks is getting to that level

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

  509. zozotheclown says:

    0 shots, all we need is 1 good bounce and we’re back in it, but you can’t get a bounce with 0 shots. The team looks completely uninterested in playing today, might be the afternoon game. The croud has been pretty dead too, even at 0-0. I blame NBC…

  510. danedmunds says:

    i’ve never seen a team get so down on themselves after 1 goal

  511. ManApart says:

    He wasn’t cheating at all. He came across as Giroux was cutting hard and Giroux made a perfect shot.

  512. coachdoug says:

    Gorges skate armor strap was catching under his steel..he could not turn…I hate that skate armor…they need to make skates tough enough to block shots…

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  513. Y says:

    This is painful.

    Being completely shutdown in the biggest game to date.


    I’ll be wearing black come Monday

  514. punkster says:

    Well, you have to look at the ones who are bailing on us T. The bandwagon fanboys trollers love to play Chicken Little when the slightest thing goes wrong.


  515. danedmunds says:

    maybe they should try to golf swing a few on net cause they’re going to need the practice if they keep this up

  516. Big Ted says:

    Pleks got a stick near the face from Pronger. Gionta just got either the stick or elbow in the face from JVR. Powe tasp us after the icing. And the Flyers, especially Briere, are not putting their sticks down for faceoffs despite the fact they are the road team. Refs have not done any job of controlling the Flyers bullying and that is the difference right now, they are getting away with being more aggressive and they shouldn’t be.

  517. JasonM says:

    We lost this game. The formula that we were using isn’t being used anymore. Players’ decision or coaches matters little, this is a joke.

  518. ManApart says:

    This is pathetic. They can’t even cross the red line

  519. Shiloh says:

    How’s things on Uranus?

  520. makka83 says:

    These guys are tired. they look like they need a nap :)

  521. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hey Jacques, call a TO and tell them to pull their heads out of their ***.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  522. andrewberkshire says:

    Why the #$%^ is Bergeron starting a defensive zone faceoff? How stupid.

  523. Big Ted says:

    MAB is over-matched. Again.

  524. Big Ted says:

    Subban got held. Looked a lot like what MAB got called for.

  525. coachdoug says:

    Subban is best offensive player on the team right now…JM should try him as a forward like they used to do with Streit…

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  526. Big Ted says:

    Hartnell just slew-footed Subban.

  527. makka83 says:

    We’re coming on… How was SUBBAN not hooked there?!!!!!

  528. crazydude says:


  529. hablifting says:


    Just a terrible effort.

  530. danedmunds says:


  531. Propwash says:

    Well…..thats all she wrote….


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  532. Matt_in_TO says:

    Why do I get the feeling that’s the series right there


    – I Hab Faith

  533. coachdoug says:

    Ouch…caught them on the stretch pass…

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  534. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t understand how that can possibly be a goal when Leino crashes INTO Halak before he makes his move.

  535. zozotheclown says:

    Subban rushes for no reason, no one covers, thats game. 2 goals wouldn’t be over if it had been a close high tempo game, but we’re dead out there today, thats it.

  536. hablifting says:

    Pouliot and AK a waste of space out there yet again.

  537. TOEmastro says:

    that looked like it was interference… i still believe

  538. TOEmastro says:

    that looked like it was interference… i still believe

  539. JIMVINNY says:

    I don’t give a crap if it pisses you off, Shiloh, but Halak SUCKS on breakaways.

  540. longtimehabsfan says:

    Why are they changing when Subban is gaining the zone?

  541. Y says:

    Game. Set. Series.

    Thanks for the great season boys.


  542. JasonM says:

    We aren’t forechecking. We aren’t shooting. We aren’t doing ANYTHING. These guys are NOT working.

    We gave the Flyers this game.

  543. SeriousFan09 says:

    Why are we not able to put any pressure on an AHL Goalie and a D we were running over on Thursday?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  544. Big Ted says:

    Bad communication, I could see Leino skating down the ice when Subban turned it over and no one picked him up. That being said, we should have been on the PP at that moment after all the crap Phi has pulled in the past 5 minutes. Refs do this all the time, give Phi the PP in the first and take away our momentum then don’t give us a Pp back til it’s too late. We need to turn this around NOW. Get it back to within one by the break… I don’t think it’s over yet.

  545. Harani says:

    We will Win this game. I have full faith in our guys. But, Halak and in-game breakaways don’t go together. 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  546. makka83 says:

    He played that perfectly!!! Not sure what else you want from him!!!

  547. habbytown says:

    turn out the lights! this part is officially over!!!!!!!!!!!

    habs have zero offence!  zero forcheck! zero defence!

    so wheh habs are eliminated on Monday in Philly, I won’t be watching. nothing worse than watching opposing fans cheer.

    but I’ll be cheering when Chicago wins the cup!

    go hawks go!

  548. andrewberkshire says:

    Correction, PK wasn’t caught, he was hooked and there was no call, because apparently the Flyers are angels and can’t take a penalty today.

  549. ManApart says:

    Terrible play by PK. Still only one good crack at Leighton, by my count, all game. Just terrible.

  550. topher5468 says:

    I have nothing to say that wouldnt get moderated

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

  551. JasonM says:

    This head coach needs to care less about making line changes and concentrate more in getting his players to get momentum going. Players are more preoccupied in getting off the ice than do ANYTHING on the ice.

  552. Born in a Bad Year says:

    Martin thinks he is being brilliant, every time we go down a goal he starts giving MAB a regular shift. What he refuses to see is that the team compensates by either Cammi or Gionta staying behind him deep in the defensive zone.  Watch the plays.  We effectively drop down to a man short every time he is on the ice.

  553. SeriousFan09 says:

    Lapierre dumps it in, clear interference for about 2 seconds as he chases it but no call, makes sense.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  554. gumper says:

    Might be a tad easier to swallow than watching them lose on home ice. At least the last game saved the team from that ignominy.


  555. punkster says:

    Reminds me terribly of the Sleepy Habs that turned in a few stinko periods in the Caps and Pens series. I don’t think Philly is playing that well. The Habs are just in a funk right now.


  556. Buster says:

    You idiots that are writing them off,…. turn off your televisions and go to something else, obviously you guys like to jump on and off the bandwagon.  you’re NOT REAL fans.

  557. Exit716 says:

    First goal was a case of the forwards cheating and being lazy, second goal bad turnover. Basically, they aren’t following the system at all today and are being lazy.

    I expect a great third period rally though.


  558. danedmunds says:

    i wonder if we can sign lebron

  559. gumper says:

    With reference to your avatar, I guess the unexpected in this game was that the Habs would only play a half period of hockey. Didn’t expect that.

  560. saskhabfan says:

    Slow day at work taste testing samples at the local sperm bank?

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  561. andrewberkshire says:

    Tough to stop a puck when a guy kicks your legs out from under you.

  562. Exit716 says:

    Yeah, he kind of yelled at someone and I’m sure it wasn’t Hamrlik on that play.


  563. T-roy West says:

    Your right there. Their wannabe hab fans.

  564. ManApart says:

    Not even close to what happened. PK made a dumb rookie play while Hammer was going to the Bench.

  565. danedmunds says:

    do you think they’re going to win this game?

  566. makka83 says:

    He was caught, you are right but just before that, he was hooked at least TWICE… Both penalties are much worse than the ones against us…. so, yeah it’s kind of frustrating!

  567. danedmunds says:

    because they are shutting down the neutral zone… the D is not letting them have the blueline

  568. andrewberkshire says:

    He was hooked twice and then taken out by a shin to shin trip. He didn’t get caught.

  569. Tis Himself says:

    How is this dump-it-in-change, dump-it-in-change strategy supposed to work?

  570. gumper says:

    Yup. So tired of now pushback. Coaching? Players? Both?

  571. Big Ted says:

    MAB two more turnovers. Does he even look where he is passing?

  572. ManApart says:

    Did you happen to catch Lapierre’s and PK’s turnovers on the 2 goals? MAB is not the problem. Why can’t you people realize that?

  573. Y says:

    I hope Mr. Halak can spend some time working on those breakaways after Gauthier backs that truck o’gold into his backyard.

    That’s beside the point, pretty much everyone failed to show up for 50% of this series.

    It hurts but we’ll get over it. We have for 17 years now.


    Go Hawks Go


  574. SlovakHab says:

    Go Hawks Go?

    I think you confused the websites. This is for Habs fans. Do us a favor and do not come back when the team is doing better.

  575. JasonM says:


  576. Rainrocket16 says:

    I love the fact that the Flyers are dirty as hell and we have not had a PP!!

    We SUCK right now!!!

  577. Propwash says:

    Halak, stay in your effin crease and don’t touch the effing puck unless it hits you.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  578. topher5468 says:

    Im just in shock that in this game, were playing this way. 

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

  579. Big Ted says:

    Should I even bother mantioning AK was tripped.

  580. gumper says:

    Tripped, not tripped, same effect with AK.

  581. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ah, good move to bench OB, it’s not like the Flyers are trying to push our team around or anything…



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  582. danedmunds says:

    it should be followed by benching pouliot who is the laziest piece of S#$% in the league

  583. JIMVINNY says:

    Halak is messed up.

  584. Clay4bc says:

    Dude, WTF? Our TEAM didn’t even get a shot on net the whole period, and you blame Halak for this?


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  585. avatar_58 says:

    What the hell is going on? All the sudden this team has become the one from the regular season, play 15 mins then stop entirely.




    Come on damnit, these aren’t the caps or pens, they are the FLYERS. They suck. Get in there for crying out loud.

  586. longtimehabsfan says:

    This team is playing on fumes.  And that 2nd goal was a killer.

  587. crazydude says:

    Inconsistent play.  No mojo.  No want to win.  2-0 Philly.

  588. JasonM says:

    Flyers won’t take a penalty because we aren’t working. We have a single shot this period (rolled from the BLUE line). Players aren’t able to get momentum because line changes are fast and furious with a head coach wanting to match lines. This is extremely fustrating as nothing is working. Martin isn’t on my good side at all.

  589. Montrealer2 says:

    What the hell happened I went out after the 1st ,the Habs were looking OK,…I walk back in now & they are down 2-0 ????? 

  590. HFX-HabFan says:

    I think it was actually according to Galley; I highly doubt Cole would spot that sort of thing.  But you could clearly see the visual evidence in the replay(s) shown.  Gorges had “debris” trailing from his skate.

  591. RudeMood19 says:

    Biggest period of the season. If we have any shot this series, we need a great period with results.

  592. Tis Himself says:

    Let ‘er rip boys. Lose 2-0; 10-0, doesn’t matter a damn. JM, let PK go and tell his partner to stay back. The rest of you: What are you saving yourselves for, a man from Yale?

  593. Clay4bc says:

    That was ugly. I know we were credited with a shot on goal, but it was a 180 foot pass by Gill that missed the mark. We just didn’t compete. so ZERO SOG for the period. Pathetic. Better compete in this period, or it’s going to be tough to recover.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  594. longtimehabsfan says:

    How about a standing ovation just as the third period starts?

  595. Big Ted says:

    Suffice it to say that was one hell of an awful period. The Habs had no pressure, they didn’t hit, they missed passes, they weren’t coming back on D and when they did they collapsed so far down they had no break-out. We spent all our time defending. That being said, one goal turns it around. If the refs actually did their job, we should have had quite a number of power plays and might be in this game or even in the lead. At the very least, we would have had some momentum and that would have helped the crowd, which would have helped us. Philadelphia is the dirtiest team in the league, and the refs are letting them do what they want even though there’s supposedly something called a rulebook that says they’ve committed about 10 penalties so far.

  596. NLhabsfan says:

    Unless they come out balls to the wall they are done.

  597. SeriousFan09 says:

    JM needs to use his TOs better, should’ve called one earlier to tell them to wake the **** up and realise they’re in the ****ing Conference Final.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  598. 24 Cups says:

    Habs were brain dead that period and Gorges, Subban and Gomez led the way.

    One goal in each ten minute segment of the 3rd period will put us into ovetime.  It can be done.  I expect the boys to come out of the gate with a burst of energy and effort.   

    “It’s Now or Never” (Elvis)

  599. longtimehabsfan says:

    Well, Tony Marinaro must be happy in Spain.  Inter Milan just won the Europeon Cup final.

  600. ooder says:

    after the first philly PP that is when they got thier mojo back.

    this game is about momentum.

    even though the habs should be playing better, the refs refuse to give them power plays even though the PP’s that philly got where marginal calls at best.. let alone in a playoff game.

    i am hoping for a better 3rd period and some freakin goals


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  601. NLhabsfan says:

    Did the Habs hit anyone??

  602. Rainrocket16 says:

    20 minutes will decide how we want to finish this series…with our hands tied or eeven steven!!!


  603. AH says:

    You’re fighting for your playoff lives, if we gone down 3-1 we’re screwed, and they come out with a 2nd period like that!!!!!!, WHAT IS GOING ON????? 13-1 in shots, are your freaking kidding me? Are we going to make that bum goalie look good again??  AAARGH!!!!

  604. ooder says:

    in all fairness Gorges skate was broken on that play which is why he couldn’t get back into position


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  605. habbytown says:

    it amazes me that in the most important game of the season, THE HABS DON’T SHOW UP!


    i’ve now lost total respect for this team!

  606. HUDSONHAB says:

    Our D are stickhandling the puck four times before they even think about passing it. They had lots of time to just stop it and move it up quickly. The forwards are circling and getting in each others path because the puck is not moved up quick enough.

    We are playing that prevent game. One problem, we are down two now.


  607. Drive_For_25 says:

    No OB all period????  I don’t understand that at all.

  608. SherbrookeW says:

    Habs Since ’68



    What is wrong with some of you people?? They’re in the semi-finals without their best player (and playing not even a rookie in Subban big minutes) and they get an equipment failure and then a good goal against and suddenly they’re too small, not trying, lack interest, full of &@A#& and JM is suddenly an idiot. I mean, what is wrong with you??

         How the hell do you think they got here if they’re too small and don’t try?  Of course, it’s a bad idea to have small players; that Gionta doesn’t contribute does he?  And aren’t you glad Sam Pollock traded that useless Yvan Cournoyer.  Really — a lot of you don’t deserve to be Habs fans because you don’t really know hockey and you go beserk at ordinary adversity and the breaks of the game.   They’re trying as hard as any team I’ve seen in eighteen years; they’re just unlucky, out-chanced . Root, don’t whine.

  609. zozotheclown says:

    Subban got caught about 3 times giving up 2 on 1’s or breakaways. I’m not going to pin this on him, but someone has to cover the spot when he rushes, either that, or he needs to just stop it. In addition to those odd man rushes, pretty much nothing is going right anyway, we’re not skating enough, too much standing still waiting for the puck. This game looks pretty much over, only an early goal and maybe some PP’s can save us now, and it’ll take a miracle for either to occur at this point. Series isn’t over yet though, 3-1 is possible even if we can’t get a come back this game.

  610. joeybarrie says:

    Well it does not look good. We have lost all our momentum, we look tired, frustrated and it does not look like there is anything in the tank.

    I do not have a good feeling about this. I think we are done for.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  611. Chuck says:

    Was there a Hab that DIDN’T suck that period?


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  612. NLhabsfan says:

    Although this has been said many times two nothing leads don’t last.

  613. Tis Himself says:

    Yea, OB.

  614. punkster says:

    We’ve seen these sleepyheads do this more than once during the playoffs. Dozy for a couple of periods then suddenly alive. I just hope someone set the alarm for 5PM so they can wake up. Tough to watch this one Steve.


  615. HUDSONHAB says:

    Having said that, Captain Kirk will set them straight during the intermission.


  616. 24 Cups says:

    According to Cole.  I’ll stand corrected if it’s true. 

  617. SlovakHab says:

    OK, bye

  618. joeybarrie says:

    Very true. Im happy with this season. Any real fans would have to be. We are not out of it yet. But 1 shot on net in that period is not good. One of the worst periods we have played.

    Still hopeful. Cammy can turn this around.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  619. ooder says:

    oh riiight.. because before you were all sunshine and roses right?

    oh no.. you crawled back into your hole when the habs eliminated the penguins and captials.

    but you never fail to show up when things are tough.


    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  620. punkster says:

    Hey, you’re repeating yourself. We’re not interested. You’ve given up, we get it. You’re bailing, we understand. Just go already.


  621. Clay4bc says:

    IMO, thay are not “just unlucky” – they are being “just outworked”. But otherwise, I hear what you’re saying…

    Call it what you will, we need to pick up the intensity level big time this period


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  622. saskhabfan says:

    How do you lose something you never had? Just keep doing what you normally do,continue to change your user name every week and keep on trolling and luring. I guess you like to spend your weekdays hanging around school yards with bags of candy,pedo.

    Leafstv “telling their fans they deserve to win for over 40 years”

  623. ManApart says:

    Granted they shouldn’t even be here and maybe we can see the positives after they get knocked out (if), but right now they are all playing like scared little girls. It has nothing to do with luck, and I don’t think it’s really a size thing either. It’s a character and desire thing. This game the Flyers have a ton more of both than the Habs and it’s embarrassing.

  624. Big Ted says:

    Yeah but with MAB it happens every second time he touches the puck. Other players make mistakes too, no one is saying they don’t but no one makes as many as MAB. His defense is awful, his breakouts are awul, his zone entries are awful, he can’t hit, he can’t pivot fast enough, he can’t protect the puck because he’s not big enough, he looks lost when the puck goes into the corner as to whether he should be going in or not. How’s that for a start? When he had some good games earlier in the year I gave him credit, but he has no place playing D for us in this series.

  625. Duke_Rauol says:

    Id rather see SK out there, Benny just doesnt seem to care at all.

  626. danedmunds says:

    I would rather see janne niinimaa

  627. SlovakHab says:

    All the credit to the Flyers, they play very well. There are always 2 Flyers for every Canadien, they do get the pucks deep and force the Habs go one-on-one and in the corners.

    And while I have never-ever seen a team come back from 0-2, I’ll give this team a chance before writing them off and cheer: Go Habs Go

    JM will make some adjustments, we’ll score a contact goal early and will tie it before the game is over.

    Habs 3-2 in the OT

  628. SeriousFan09 says:

    MAB has TOI and we haven’t had a PP, doesn’t seem right.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  629. JasonM says:

    Martin really makes me mad.

  630. longtimehabsfan says:

    Signing off.  Hoping it changes the luck.  It only takes one bounce. 

  631. Go Habs Go Theme Song Guy says:

    Get the bennies in the water cooler…

  632. NLhabsfan says:

    NOW we see if they really want it.

  633. ManApart says:

    THis team better come out with everything they have, because 1 scoring chance all game, with 1 shot in the second period is a joke and an embarrassment to the city. That period was so dominated by the Flyers, I still can’t believe it. The team can’t put one pass together. Even from 3 feet. Always behind the guy, in the skates, too far ahead. What a choke job so far. If there are any miracles left, now’s the time.

  634. gumper says:

    Well boys, what the hell was that? I smell another shutout. It’s been like this all year. This team has been outstanding at looking like champs every now and then. The problems they have had with consistency, IMO, are mostly because they are really a middle-ranked team that occasionally plays over its head. The thing that’s aggravating me is….so is Philly. Well, if that’s the best they can muster in a second period of a game crucial to moving on, our hopes of moving on are slender indeed. There is no Jean, no Henri, no Yvon, no Guy, not even a Kirk to turn the momentum of this game. Having said all this, I’ll gladly eat each one of my words individually, without garnish, if someone steps up in the third to turn this fiasco around. I have my doubts, but then, I am the Gumper.

  635. topher5468 says:

    Jeff Carter hasn’t played in weeks and hes more in the game than AK, Benny and half of the habs team. I’ll never forgive Benny or AK for their playoff suck, ever

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

  636. habsfaninboston says:

    We’re not going to draw any penalties if we don’t skate. No shots, no net presence. How do they expect to win?

    I hope they come out balls to the wall this period.

  637. SeriousFan09 says:

    Dryden on CBC: Strangest set of career choices ever?

    Very well spoken as always, to date I’ve read “The Game” a half dozen times.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  638. Buster says:

    a 2-0 lead is the most dangerous lead in hockey, we need a break,a goal, and anything can happen, crowd has to wake up.

  639. Tis Himself says:

    Shorten the bench. Let Subban go. NO MAB. Get the Moore line out as much as possible. (They’re the only trio with any jam at all this afternoon.) If you’re down by two or more with less than three to go, run Leighton. And, I mean really f’n run him. None of this candy-ass Hab stuff. Let’s go princesses, grow a few pairs during the intermission.

  640. kempie says:

    “The Game” gives me goosebumps every time I read it.

  641. Big Ted says:

    Would switch up the lines for the third to wake them up and get the Flyers line match-ups off balance:





    Pouliot-Metro-Cammalleri (double shift)

  642. nova scotia vees says:

    Looks over…But, please, please, STOP playing AK-46!!! No heart…no nothing…However, he was tripped late in the period.  My replay shows the stick between his skates.  Imagine Philly being candidates for the Lady Byng…. First period they should have had at least 3…even Healy called the Richards hit…a head shot and DIRTY.

    Let P.K. rush, and have someone rotate back. 

  643. kempie says:

    We need a totally different team for 20 minutes and this can still happen. 

  644. Harani says:

    Do they have 20 great minutes left in the tank?

    Ummm….they should because they only played 10 out of the 40 so far.

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  645. Ron says:

    Have too open up completely and not be holding anything back. Their down by 2 so all or nothing. With the D pinching in the forwards have to realize and not get caught again as when PK took a stroll up ice and nobody picked his spot. Sloppy at the best with not much flow. MAB must be keeping JM furnished with some freebees to be getting this much ice time. Can’t hit and sure as hell isn’t scoring in this one. OB had better get some more ice time this period and put some life into the team and crowd with a few hard hits, clean or not.

  646. Lafrich says:

    I am usually an optimist, but this does not look good.

  647. topher5468 says:

    Great line

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

  648. Duke_Rauol says:

    I Believe!

  649. punkster says:

    I have never agreed with you more! In addition, and to your point earlier, go back to the dump-and-chase but DON’T CHANGE LINES WHEN YOU DO IT. Get in their corners hard and get someone in front of the net.


  650. Keith says:

    Well, we need a hero right now. So whose’s it gonna be?

  651. andrewberkshire says:

    Is that Michael Ignatieff behind Martin?

  652. Big Ted says:

    To re-cap some of the non-calls on Phi (nopt to sya there weren’t a few on us but come on, we had two weak calls against us and they have none):

    – Laperriere goes after hamrlik and pulls him down. Coincidentals?

    – Laperriere slashes Spacek

    – Laperriere punches Spacek in face

    – Subban held in corner

    – Subban hooked as he breaks up ice

    – Gionta high-sticked by JVR

    – AK46 tripped at blue line

    – Powe hits player after icing called (light but still obviously intentional)

  653. JD says:

    fewer hail Mary passes and back to the short ones to get out of their end.

  654. andrewberkshire says:

    Can we just give Bergeron the Laraque treatment? Most useless player I’ve ever seen.

  655. Tis Himself says:

    Must we always bow out to the Flyers in 5?

  656. topher5468 says:

    Benny sucks

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

  657. Tis Himself says:

    Why the F’k is MAB on the ice???

  658. andrewberkshire says:

    Don’t forget Richards’ blind side hit on Gill.

  659. JasonM says:

    I’m sick at seeing these passes to players who have their backs to the play finishing their shift.

  660. Keith says:

    How many times have they shown that goal? CBC bites!

  661. JasonM says:

    Nooooooooooooooooo shots!

  662. HabFanSince72 says:

    Oh Pleks!

  663. gumper says:

    Yeah, they should be showing the Habs goals.

  664. zozotheclown says:

    It souldn’t be this easy for them to deflect every shot we take wide, their D are completely shuting us out.

  665. danedmunds says:

    plekanec isnt even a threat when he gets the puck anymore…plays more like an infant girl

  666. Big Ted says:

    Some chances so far! Here we come…

  667. JasonM says:

    Was that the first real shot in 25 minutes?

  668. Big Ted says:

    Pronger another hit form behind… WTF?!?

  669. JasonM says:

    That wasn’t boarding??????

  670. SeriousFan09 says:

    Flyers can do no wrong, what a joke.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  671. danedmunds says:

    that is ridiculous, that is a 5 min major

  672. andrewberkshire says:

    How many times can Bergeron literally pass it to a player on the opposing team before he’s benched?

  673. JasonM says:

    More than O’Byrne

  674. Harani says:

    What the Fuck is MAB doing out there?

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  675. Keith says:

    Whare’s the call??? F&**(%^$%$!!! Slimey A@@ Pronger COC$@#%^!!!!

  676. zozotheclown says:

    Flyers getting away with alot….

  677. Big Ted says:

    reffing is f-ing ridiculous. fans should start throwing things at them.

  678. Shiloh says:


  679. makka83 says:


  680. SeriousFan09 says:

    Someone take a nice old-fashioned wooden stick and crack it over Pronger’s head. If we’re going to serve a penalty, might as well be a worthwhile one.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  681. EricInStL says:

    Quick predictions for the finals:

    Chicago 6-1

    Chicago 7-0

    Chicago 3-1

    Chicago 2-1


    Congrats Chicago for your Stanley Cup…..

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  682. Big Ted says:

    MAB tripped by Giroux.

  683. Tis Himself says:

    11 shots? How do they expect to win on 11 shots?

  684. EricInStL says:

    Notice how he was laughing n the bench….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  685. Big Ted says:

    Guess that’s the only way we’re getting a PP.

  686. makka83 says:


  687. Keith says:

    Just the break we need )))

  688. andrewberkshire says:

    And the Flyers finally commit the only infraction that ALWAYS gets called. Giving Walkom no choice.

  689. Canadiangrrl says:

    Here we go.  I can feel a goal in my guts.  Or maybe I’m just hungry…

  690. Tis Himself says:

    Time for the defective twig JM. Right here; right now. Don’t be a dick! Get the defective twig immediately!!!

  691. Harani says:

    Here comes your first goal! Please sit MAB’s ass down!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  692. JasonM says:

    You know what is sad? It takes the most brutal of penalties such as “delay of game” to have their hands forced to call a penalty.

  693. zozotheclown says:

    I think I’ll state the obvious, must score right here.

  694. SeriousFan09 says:

    Takes a delay of game to put the Flyers in the box, not that they haven’t been trying to kill 4 or 5 of our guys tonight.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  695. ManApart says:

    Last chance for the season right here. You don’t score here, the playoff dream is almost surely dead.

  696. topher5468 says:

    Now or never, at least for tonight

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

  697. Lafrich says:

    Funny – because it’s true…

  698. showey47 says:

    lmao,yep,its time. This could easily be the greatest move since the marty mcsorley illegal stick call in 1993

  699. zozotheclown says:

    Subban having an awful game

  700. andrewberkshire says:


  701. Keith says:

    Calm down PK.

  702. JasonM says:

    Gionta needs to play better.

  703. Tis Himself says:

    I am absolutely serious!!!

  704. danedmunds says:

    this team needs a psychologist

  705. zozotheclown says:

    A 0 chance PP, just how this game is going

  706. Big Ted says:

    Wow, linesmen doing another crap job tonight too.

  707. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    I’ve heard the words “wide of the net” WAY too often today

  708. hockeydoc says:

    great run but to lose 3 games by shutout to minor league goalie is humiliating and embarassing

  709. Big Ted says:

    moore tripped by krajicek.

  710. TOEmastro says:

    i think he hurt his wrist in the second

  711. showey47 says:

    I know you are, and i wouldn’t doubt it if other teams actually do this.

  712. andrewberkshire says:

    Haven’t you heard? Once in awhile Bergeron can score a goal when the other team only has 3 skaters on the ice.

  713. Harani says:


    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  714. danedmunds says:

    cammy gets it out in front of the net and plekanec is 15 feet away from the net. scared of pronger there little sissy?

  715. SeriousFan09 says:

    Absolutely no lift on the shots, or they’re 2 feet wide/over…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  716. Tis Himself says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m going to go out and riot. Knock over a few of my neighbors’ garbage cans!

  717. DOAHABS says:

    This is not the Habs team I saw the other night.

    I hate these afternoon games ,I think the Habs do too.

    Let’s get one in & let the place erupt, then were cooking

  718. hablifting says:

    Uhhg.  So many missed shots.  Terrible.  Just a weak ass effort all around.

  719. Shiloh says:


  720. avatar_58 says:

    No shots no goals. The end.


    This game is already over

  721. Big Ted says:

    Don’t know if Asham interfered with Halak, that was a borderline call (waiting to see the replay), but definite interference to create that chance by JVR on MAB. So they did deserve one there.

  722. Harani says:

    Get one NOW!

  723. SeriousFan09 says:

    Do the Habs HAVE to be in a do-or-die game to win or what?

    Habs will have to push their record to 8-0 facing elimination to make the Cup Finals the ways this is going.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  724. Tis Himself says:

    Get that defective twig JM. You f’ked it up last time! Get it now you lame @$$ bastard!!!

  725. Dlezlie says:

    where is tommy pyatt ?

  726. DOAHABS says:

    Put one in NOW.

    Can’t blame goaltenders when your team doesn’t score at all. 3 games in a conferance final,would be a bit much to take,

  727. punkster says:

    Last chance?


  728. punkster says:

    Last chance?


  729. Dlezlie says:

    where is tommy pyatt ?

  730. JasonM says:

    Wow, Pleks/Kosty/Gomez no goals in 12 games +

  731. showey47 says:

    They do have mab’s defective twig out there,the problem is mab is holding it

  732. makka83 says:

    i cannot watch this…  not one good pass!!!

  733. zozotheclown says:

    What easy saves, I would have a shutout right now… 

  734. topher5468 says:

    OMG a shot

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

  735. Chuck says:

    Easiest shutout of Leighton’s career?


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  736. danedmunds says:

    they must know that they have to score here, yet they cant even get a shot off? what the fuc happened in 2 days?

  737. hockeydoc says:

    PP abysmal this series

  738. Tis Himself says:

    No one in front of the net. Damn it! No one in front of the net. JM: throw three guys at the net. We’re losing!!!

  739. DOAHABS says:

    Pathetic Effort

  740. JasonM says:

    Our specialty teams are terrible.

  741. Shiloh says:


  742. hablifting says:

    Complete beatdown.  Not sure why, but the Habs has only about 5 mins of energy/interest in this game.  Unreal considering the stakes.

  743. Tis Himself says:

    JM is saving his TO for when he has to take a leak!

  744. EricInStL says:

    Ta gueule Brunet !!!!!!!

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  745. petrov14 says:

    This is hard to watch.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  746. DOAHABS says:

    back to the bulldogs for a while PK

  747. ManApart says:

    PK is as bad as it gets today.

  748. Big Ted says:

    Hard to tell who’s having a worse game, MAB or PK… might actually have to go with PK.

  749. DOAHABS says:

    too late I think he s hit his drawers already,casue he stinks

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