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Habs fans have to hope that what goes around comes around, the same way it did for the Caps and Knuble in the first series. But, based on what I’ve seen so far in this series, the Habs will just have to find a way to overcome the added adversity.The sad fact of life is that Crosby would have to literally murder someone on the ice to get a penalty! Let’s hope that changes. Monumental game of epic proportions on Saturday night (they all are in the playoffs) . I say that the Habs withstand the early pressure and build on their monentum with a W.
Holy crap! If the idiot zebras sung like that I’d forgive them. Thanks, Mr. Boone ….
That is the Timo that makes my day !
If anyone is counting, Fix You is now 2-0 as the intro song at the Bell this spring!
To You From Failing Hands We Throw The Torch, Be Yours To Hold It High.
Love this quote from JG:
“I would have been surprised a month ago, two months ago, but I like
the way this group has come together the last couple of weeks,” Gorges
“Everyone’s playing for one another. No one wants to go
home. We’re playing for each other and, as long as we do that, we have a
lot left to give.”
lol, how is that subtle?
I couldn’t agree with you more. I think those who love the sport and know its history, regardless of their “home” team, are embracing the Habs. It is “the” story in this year’s tournament and proves that Emile Francis was right. “Hockey is a slippery game. It’s played on ice!”
Love this song and video!
Gionta’s “I have no comment” spoke volumes.
And yeah — Game 7 was very well officiated, and what they missed was pretty even and made was consistent.
The Habs are probably pulling in more fans who’s teams have been knocked out than any I can remember in recent history, maybe since Edmonton and Anaheim’s Cinderella runs, or the Rangers in ’94. It’s been something incredible every night with these guys; MOMENTS. It’s an “anti-star” team and becoming an “anti-establishment” team, and it’s resonating with fans of the sport that feel disenfranchised by the league.
My wife was getting a big laugh out of me agreeing with Don Cherry. It may have been a first.
“Pusie possessed a wickedly wild shot, so inaccurate that he could not hit the province of Quebec if he was standing inside the Montreal Forum.” Dick Beddoes
That is the funniest thing I’ve ever read on here!!! Subtle, yet to the point…
…at least We share similar tastes in music Mike
Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
maybe the zebras could take advantage of this service:
Just think how good this team has had to play to overcome the officiating. And, none of them have bitched about it publically. Who were the two guys who called Game 7 against the Caps? Those fellows called perhaps the best playoff game to date and should be rewarded with more key assignments. Unless of course, they were last nights pair. I think our game has run off the tracks. Friends of mine down in NYC who are Ranger fans are cheering for the Habs. Most of these people are long-time fans of the sport and are hoping for an ’86/’93 type run. Why can’t the guy running the League embrace it as well? MLB has no problem with the Yankees winning. I understand that NY is a bigger market, but a 100-year old team with an underdog squad pulling of the damned-near impossible, how is that not good for the game?
Im just basking in the afterglow of a glorious victory today!
______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.
I don’t believe it’s a league-wide conspiracy. But side bets betwen refs? Bloody likely I say. These clowns probably have chicken feed (a few grand) riding on these games between themselves. No different than the NBA. It would explain the image of complete and utter incompetency these DiCkweeds exude. Pete Rose, the Black Sox, greed knows no bounds.
FEEL THE PRIDE!
I don’t think I’ve ever complained about officiating on this or any other forum, but last night was simply atrocious. I think even die-hard Pens fans would agree that the officiating was imbalanced, if not biased.
There is no longer any doubt in my mind that Sidney Crosby gets special treatment—perhaps because the refs don’t want to listen to his pitiful whining for an entire game?
But Montreal won despite the massively tilted playing field. This can turn into a positive if the NHL becomes concerned about fan backlash and decides to let the game be won on the ice, by the players.
Whatever happens, last night’s win can’t help but be a confidence-builder for Montreal’s players and coaching staff—they beat the Stanley Cup Champions on a night when the officials were clearly in the other team’s camp.
You know that the officiating had to be abysmal when Jeff Klein of the New York Times spent half of his game review discussing it. Unlike Bettman, Klein knows what a good story the Habs’ run is.
I hate conspiracy theories but after watching last night’s officiating, the NHL should be just flat-out embarrassed. I mean crap, even in boxing, when the match is fixed they know to at least try to make it look legit!
I think the Forum ghosts last made an appearance at the Bell Centre when Saku Koivu was out with cancer that season.
I think they (like everyone else) were so pissed off by the officiating they got involved in the 3rd period.
18. I have tickets lined up, but I got the hard news that I will NOT be going. Oh well, saves me money! At least my DirecTV is working again. It quit on me… yesterday. Thankfully, we had Boone to keep detailed notes (and a TV in the break room for the last half of the 3rd!)
“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.
Bettman is wedded to the NBA model where the marketing of the sport is driven by just a few star players. Not giving a crap about the history of the game — he was seen checking his freaking watch on national TV during the Centennnial Game celebrations — he can’t get his tiny mind around the fact that the run by the Habs is THE story of this year’s playoffs. The New York Times understands it and has a reporter covering the series. He would rather see some lame-ass sunbelt team win it again. Indeed, I think he is still pissed that the ‘yotes got eliminated and his name won’t get on the Cup!
This does not mention the bogus call on Gill in game 3 that led to the winning goal. There should be not doubt in anyone’s mind that Bettman and the NHL want Sid the Whiner in the finals. With Sid and Ovie gone, what does the league have as a showcase? Better yet, let’s really piss Bettman off by getting two Canadian teams in the finals. We know how he feels about Canada.
“My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley
I’m hoping you have tickets…isn’t that like a 20-hour drive?
You have a wonderful, wonderful wife! Give her a big hug!
“Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD! As long as I can talk my boss into giving me one day off, my wife is 100Q% behind us driving to Pitt tonight and going tomorrow for her mother’s day gift!
I’ve been watching hockey since 1971 and last night’s game was by far, the worst officiating I have ever witnessed.
I’m glad the Habs rallied to win despite the incredible bias….A nice f*@!k you goal by Mad Max and a lucky but good goal by my man Brian Gionta(next captain of the Habs).
Hopefully Game 5 will be better. We’ve really gotten inside Sidney’s head……pretty lonely palce too.
Gotta Believe! GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Awesome! Thanks for posting!
Awesome Crosby tribute and a couple vids using the “Habs Romance” song.
Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!
Bettman – Devorak & Ferlotte
Sounds like a crooked law firm
Maybe just maybe, divine justice was served last night. The referrees were so blatantly atrocious last night that perhaps our Heavenly Father looked down and shook His head at the injustice, and decided to favour our Habs with “questionable” third period goals and the victory.
Ferlatt and Devorski should be banished from further playoff jobs.
And whether Buttman gave any explicit instructions to them or not, he should be made to run naked through Times Square just for being Gary Bettman. He’s unfit to be commissioner of a crokinole league.
Does anyone know if there is a youtube video for the montage CBC showed of all the blown calls/non calls from last night?
Don Cherry’s coach’s corner is on cbc sports. He shows a bunch of them.
December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.
Anyone else running into this video… all over the freakin internet this morning?
A bit on PK and his thoughts after last nights game…
yeah I saw that one, thank you CBC ran another montage of missed calls later in the broadcast which I’m sure the NHL is reviewing today. I have been scouring youtube for it this morning, but I can’t find it.
What a comeback by the Habs! Halak continues to be Halak, Lapierre has rediscovered his game and Gionta is carrying this team on his back.
Did you see the look in his eyes in the third? He refused to lose that game because of the refs. He was determined for the Habs to overcome the adversity and win, DESPITE the refs.
That guy is a true leader and is making all the difference in this post season:http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/05/canadiens-penguins-halak-lapierre-lead.html
So what happens next game? Can that Habs keep the ball rolling?
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I really think we should leave politics out of this forum. there is no place here for politics of any kind.
…naive dumb ass
This was a blatant” fix is in scenario” ,could not be more obvious you Zebra mo-fo’s…..
Wes Goldstein from CBS Sports:
“…but the Penguins countered with
a pair of goals in the next three minutes — both of which were helped
along by referees who couldn’t or wouldn’t get the whistle out of their
From what I’ve seen/read – EVERYBODY who watched the game is in disbelief about the reffing. This is getting ridiculous.
Yep, I get the same sentiments from what I’ve read around today.
Whats disappointing, is that you will never hear a word of this from the NHL because they would have to admit they are wrong. Which they wont on something that big. Bad call on a goal is one thing, piss poor officiating during an entire game is another.
And you’ll never hear a team complain due to fear of fines.
So the cycle continues and we the fans just swallow it.
Dear Paul and Eric,
I’m not sure what you’re trying to prove out there. You have a mandate to fulfill, and your efforts are sadly lacking. I’m not entirely certain where you came up with last night’s performance. Why did you only call two penalties on Gill? Why did you let Gorges play the whole game with no penalties? I’m pretty sure I saw Gionta dive again. He does that. Surely there should have been a penalty shot or two awarded in the third period. You gave the Canadiens way too much time to play five on five. There were a lot of missed calls.
Take a look, boys, was that really goaltender interference by Malkin? And we all know that Cooke does not trip anyone. He never breaks the rules. You gave out two too many powerplays to my Penguins last night.
If this one sided officiating continues to be an issue, you will be terminated. Parity be damned, I’m the boss.
ps. I do appreciate your efforts to reward my boy Sidney. Let him play. Keep on calling everything he asks for. He is your mentor. Follow his lead. Or else.
Penguins and NHL Brass: 2 , Montreal Canadiens and Forum Ghosts: 2
I’ll take the ghost on our side any day. Can’t wait for game 5!!!
GO HABS GO!!!
There is absolutely no doubt that there is not an explicit conspiracy to favour the Pens.
But there might be an implicit bias. The refs might feel that making mistakes against the Pens might cost them assignments in the future. EVen if it isn’t true (even if they would not be reprimanded), it’s a possible source of bias.
The problem is that he league clearly has an interest in certain franchises doing well. They know that the Pens are a shaky franchise as long as they are not challenging for the Stanley Cup. That cannot help but risk giving the impression of bias.
I agree with you completely. It’s not explicit, but referees know who the league wants to see in the finals.
It’s like American foreign policy. There’s no explicit directive to overthrow popularly elected governments and steal other countries’ natural resources, but if it’s not getting done you better find another job.
That said, the small thinkers at NHL headquarters should realize that having a successful team in Montreal enhances the league’s legacy and brings in new fans. The NHL is swollen with business school mules who only respond to dollar signs. And that means a built-in bias against Canadian teams who might not help sell useless products on American TV.
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