Penguins Game 7 injury report

Bill Guerin: Day-to-day, upper-body injury

Sidney Crosby: Game-time decision, diaper rash







Etta James serenades the Habs



  1. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    Good of him to compliment the team, but maybe he should pay attention to the game. At no point were we ever down 1-0 last night.

  2. ArmyFan says:

    Amen, brother!

  3. habber86 says:

    maybe Bill Daly? Doubt it though…

  4. habsoul says:

    I’d love ’em, but the airfare from San Francisco is prohibitive.

    The only way I get to see the Habs in the playoffs is if they meet the Sharks in the Finals. Not totally out of the realm of the possible!

  5. nova scotia vees says:

    Oh….to h.e.double hockey sticks to all of you.  If I didn’t love P.K. because he is a Hab, I would hate him for his trash-talking and cheap shots after the whistle….You are all a bunch of cool-aid drinkers, and the cool-aid is being served up by Cherry and some loser TSN reporter from years ago.  Did anyone watch OTR tonight?  The hockey players on the panel, were solid in their praise of Crosby.

    I am sick of the lot of you…and trust me, we in Nova Scotia don’t just back Sid because he is from here.  We are not like Cherry, and the Toronto Sports Network that praise ANY good Ontario boy…even scum-bags like Dougie Gilmour…remember the baby-sitter??

    Oh pardon me….they are all choir boys compared with Sid…right?


  6. TOEmastro says:

    VERY wierd… I was in the EXACT same position 3 hours ago. no jokes, 3 extra tickets because of comunication breakdown.

  7. avatar_58 says:

    Hard to hate the team when they have a guy like that behind the scenes

  8. avatar_58 says:

    Oh yeah and WITHOUT their best defenceman….

  9. 11habs11 says:

    wonder if bettman has any friends…he’s such a tool

  10. Chris says:

    Watch our team.  Gomez yaps all the time at the refs.  Cammalleri has been yapping frequently at the refs when he doesn’t get a call he thought he should have.  Plekanec is DEFINITELY a referee chirper. 

    None of them are as bad as Crosby, but one could certainly argue that they whine more than the average player. 

  11. 11habs11 says:

    hahahahaha that’s the funniest thing i’ve seen in a long time (even funnier than the way lapierre plays)

  12. VladIsMyDad says:

    Does anybody need tickets to the Bell Centre’s broadcast of Game 7 tomorrow?

    Due to some miscommunications, I have 3 extra ones that I’m selling for face value.

    In other words, $32 for all three. 🙂

  13. habsoul says:

    Looks like the Nucks are toast!

  14. habsoul says:

    Crosby’s been totally neutralized. Can you imagine the heat Ovechkin would have gotten if he only scored a single goal against Montreal? He would have been crucified. 

    But Crosby will come out of this smelling like a rose.

  15. habsoul says:

    So you’re saying Crosby has done more for his team against the Habs than Ovechkin?

  16. avatar_58 says:

    I think many, myself included, did not think our team could POSSIBLY shut down Crosby as well as they did Ovechkin. Hilariously they’ve done a better job, even pushing him to the edge of baby-like tantrums.

  17. Wamsley01 says:

    The worth of a player is not based on points alone.

  18. yathehabsrule says:

    Cincinatti Cyclones (Habs’ ECHL affiliate shared with the Preds) have come from a 3-0 series deficit to force a Game Seven in their Conference Final.


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  19. showey47 says:

    Hopefully they will have an idea in a couple of weeks.

  20. habsoul says:

    And speaking of the Caps, how many people said that Ovechkin’s poor performance in Round 1 solidified Crosby’s status as the best player in the world?

    The numbers don’t seem to support that claim:

    Ovechkin’s stats against the Habs: 5 goals, 5 assists, 10 points

    Crosby’s stats against the Habs: 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points

    If the Pens lose tomorrow, it seems to me that that the Chosen One should be taking the same heat Ovy got for not willing his team to victory.

    Just asking.


  21. habsoul says:

    I don’t know Caps owner Ted Leonsis, but he seems like a class guy. 

    From his Blog, Ted’s Take:

    You have to respect the Montreal Canadiens. They are just a good team period.

    We must improve and we know it but the Canadiens impressed me last night and in this series so far against the Penguins, and obviously against us.

    At one point half way through the game last night they had taken ONLY 8 shots and were down 1 to 0. Thirty minutes of hockey and 8 shots on goal.They ended up winning the game by a score of 4 to 3 to force a game 7.

    They are truly a patient team and a frustrating team to play against. They neutralize and discombobulate teams and stars. It is a very unique style they play and whatever works, works.


  22. habs-hampton says:

    He’s not 17 anymore. Now he IS one of the men in the league. It’s time to grow up. If he doesn’t like it, go play in a church league. I play in a league where huge, grown men are constantly harrassing me, tripping me, slashing me, getting in my face, and I have to PAY to play in that league.

    Hey Sid, I’ll trade spots with ya, and then you’ll have something to whine about!


  23. punkster says:

    Ian, it would be a pleasure to attend another fine event organized by you.


  24. Big Ted says:

    No one is questioning Sid’s talent and we all put up with his whining when he was playing for Canada, but that’s all we did, is put up with it. I certainly respect that he performs under extreme pressure, but part of your performance is how you conduct yourself on the ice, not just of of it, and Crosby’s body language tells everyone he is a sore loser and a player who expects that his talent will be rewarded by preferential treatment from the officials. Slamming your stick on the net, throwing your broken stick at an official, whining at the refs after just about every single play, attacking opposing players after the final buzzer because you are upset they shut you down… all of those things (and in just one series) are extremely juvenile, and if he’s going to throw tantrums, one has to expect that he will be penalized for them or that he will be derided for his actions, as he deserves to be. I don’t feel his interviews are genuinely classy at all, I think he says what is politically correct when the camera is on, but it is much easier to rehearse what you’re going to say when not in the spur of the moment. His immature actions on the ice are a much better reflection of his true attitude, and I for one have little respect for his sense of entitlement.

  25. B says:

    Gomez has played well, but the success of the team is not a very good reason to try and overpay him even more (even if it was possible). I hope you are just being facetious. I am as thrilled as anyone of the success they have had in the playoffs and that thrill grows bigger with every game, but forgive if I don’t go over the top in heaping credit (or even more money) on certain good players or good former GMs. We have been watching an amazing team effort, I hope to see it continue starting with tomorrow night.

  26. SeriousFan09 says:

    And some twit broadcaster in California had the audacity to say the “Shark Tank” was the loudest arena in the NHL…

    They have no ****ing idea what loud in a hockey arena is.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  27. likehoy says:

    i think you have it the other way around. if you’re a kid playing in a men’s league, you shut your trap and play. there are hundreds of NHLers that have played hundreds of more games than crosby which puts them ahead of crosby in the bitching ladder, if there was ever one.

    if you would whine more than crosby, sorry i’d have to call you a whiner! it’s called knowing your role.

    – What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  28. HardHabits says:

    Same here. What a town.

  29. habsoul says:

    There’s something in the air … and it’s not the stink around the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  30. yathehabsrule says:

    If you live in the GTA, and collect autographs of your favourite Habs from the past, check this out and bring your dough.


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  31. avatar_58 says:

    Unreal. Imagine what that feels like, 21 thousand cheering because you popped one in 😀

  32. Ian Cobb says:

    I would give him a raise if we win the next one my friend.

  33. Ian Cobb says:


  34. Ian Cobb says:

    Greg! that is the problem. He is as you say, the best player of the day. But some forget two things, this is a team sport not an individual sport. If a club wants to pay one player a huge contract to carry the day, fine. Blanket him and that club sinks.

    The big “o” same thing, his $100,000.000 contract will not allow him to ever win a cup. One man teams are done like dinner.

    The other thing to remember, is he is the bloody enemy until off the ice my friend!

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  35. Ian Cobb says:

    My blog check it out.

    This might be the year that we have a  finals SUMMIT down town Montreal.

    In the event that we do make it this year. I have been in touch with a certain night spot that we use for our Summit events.

    will be reserving a complete floor of the club with big screen for all
    HIO members to eat, watch the game together and celebrate just being
    Hab fans.

    Everyone on this site will be welcome to join in if we are fortunate enough to make it.

    What a night this will be for us all.

  36. rut1212 says:

    Yea? He can save a little of that class for on the ice.

  37. Greg says:

    You know, Sidney Crosby is a phenom.  He’s hands-down the best player in the NHL. He came into the NHL with the highest expectations of any hockey player in history, and he did it at 17. If I was a teenager, and a league full of huge, grown men were constantly harrassing me, tripping me, slashing me, getting in my face, I think I’d be complaining way more than Sid is.  We think that Habs goalies have it bad pressure-wise.  He’s got a whole country watching his every move! Despite that, he’s carried that weight with genuine class.  He always gives interviews, even after losses, he’s always polite, never trashing other teams or players.  Wayne Gretzky himself annointed Crosby The Next One, and Sid just quietly goes out and wins point titles, scoring titles, Stanley Cups and Olympic Gold Medals.  He’s the Real Deal, and he’s ours Canada.

    I’m saying I hope he loses tomorrow night, but he’s Canada’s best player, he’s the world’s best player, and for the HUGE amount of class that he shows off the ice AT ALL TIMES, I think he deserves better than what he gets from fans that aren’t wearing flightless waterfowl on their jerseys.

    Go Habs Go!

    “I lined up next to him at a faceoff, looked over and said “Hi Rocket”. All he did was growl.”

    -Gordie Howe

  38. habsinnyc says:

    Does anybody have any video of Sindey’s end-of-game cross check on Pleks?  They didn’t show it at all on Versus in the US last night.

  39. HugeHabsFan says:

    That was great!  “What if there were no hometown heroes…”

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  40. avatar_58 says:

    How on EARTH could they be boring if practically every game has come down to that last minute or so of do or die hockey? I don’t think I’ve seen a game yet where they’ve had comfortable untouchable lead.

  41. B says:

    Gomez is still overpaid.

  42. habsfan1001 says:

    Did anybody catch the moron on TSN’s OTR calling the Habs games boring. They are by far the most exciting games I have seen in years in the playoffs. Had to be a Leafs fan, the most exciting thing for them this time a year is watching golf

  43. Bill says:

    You’re from Nova Scotia so I guess I understand your bias. Sorry though, I don’t recall Steve Yzerman sulking and bitching after every whistle the way Crosby does. Or Saku Koivu for that matter. No-one here denies that he’s a great player: he’s the best there is in my opinion. But obviously there is a difference between being a great player and being an honourable player. Crosby’s after the whistle sideshows are embarrassing and disgusting. Your excuse for him – that he has to do it because he’s the captain – is weak. Remember Mark Messier?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  44. habsfan0 says:

    LOL…that’s EXACTLY what I meant…everything in its proper perspective..

  45. Bill says:

    In the regular season the Habs don’t have to play 13 straight games against the Pens and the Caps without half of their defense corps … if they did and went 7-6 I’d be pretty pleased!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  46. S_Dot says:

    Uhh, I think you’re realllllllly missing the point, this is playoffs, we’re playing against the #1 seed (which put mind boggling numbers offensively and blew everyone in the NHL outta the water with points) and the Stanley Cup Defending Champions, this isn’t the regular season because we’ve played 13 games against the toughest of opponents, which would never happen in a 13 game stretch…

    Further, since going a shaky 1-3 in the first 4 games vs. Washington, were now 6-3, that looks a little better no?

  47. Sparta says:

    Here’s another History will be made with Lapierre… It’s hard not getting too excited yet…


    – Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things. Denis Diderot

  48. Fansincebirth says:

    Whining is whining, Cat. Just saying Crosby learned this from Mario, although someone posted on HIO the other day that Sid has always been like this so perhaps I’m wrong about him learning it…..

    I get your point below that if he can get away with it, why shouldn’t he keep doing it but it doesn’t make me like him or appreciate him as a hockey player any more. Then again, I don’t think he’s actually looking for my approval :o)

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

  49. habsfan0 says:

    Everything in its proper perspective…over the last 13 games the Habs’ record is 7-6.If this was the regular season,and the Habs’ record was identical over the same span,people would still be berating Gainey,would still be arguing Halak vs Price,would still be calling Gill a pylon and Gomez overpaid…everything in its proper perspective..

  50. The Cat says:

    Mario whined more off the ice than on the ice.

  51. Fansincebirth says:

    Life is made up of what if’s.

    This isn’t some grand design, as one of my co-workers would suggest but a series of random events leading us to a game seven tomorrow night against one of the power houses in the NHL.

    Can we beat them? Damn straight, if we play the way we can play.

    Will we beat them? I’ll tell you tomorrow night :o)

    The Pens and the Caps earned their positions by playing better throughout the year…but what if a battered and beated team who many think shouldn’t even be allowed on the same ice surface as these two teams suddenly start playing like giants and gel as a hard working, never say die team and beat one of the two and take the second to a game seven?

    What if…..

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

  52. habz says:

    Not tomorow,  on thursday May 13th.

  53. Fansincebirth says:

    I’ve watched a lot of hockey and have seen many stars and superstars. Yes, it is a captain’s job (?) to talk to the refs and linesmen about calls that are made during the game but the continual crying and complaining that Crosby does the the officials during the game makes me sick.

    I don’t get to see him that often so he really was under my radar until the Pens/Sens series and then of course during this series. There is rarely a play that goes by when he’s on the ice that doesn’t see him talking to them. When he gets hit, he complains. He complains about everything and his reputation is well deserved and it has absolutely NOTHING to do with representing your country.

    He is a great player but maybe he should dial back the bitching just a tad and concentrate on playing the game instead of crying about it. In his defence though, he did learn from one of the biggest whiners the game has seen….Mario.

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

  54. The Cat says:

    Why would he stop whining when it works? Why would a diver keep diving if he keeps drawing penalties…Honour, acting like a man etc.

  55. secretdragonfly says:

    I believe it was yesterday that a poster mentioned that tomorrow is both
    PK Subban’s and Jaroslav Halak’s birthday and it bears repeating. 
    Would it be asking too much of the hockey gods for a (I won’t say the
    “s” word) win for Jaro and a happy 21st PK goal?

  56. Norcal Habsfan says:

    All these NHL commercials have me playing the “what if..” game in the back of my mind.

    What if the Habs don’t tie the Leafs in their last game? We’d be calling for everybody’s  head on a platter.

    What if that virus never infects Spacek’s middle ear? Do we see P.K. or does JM just make due with MAB?

    What if Kovy said “What’s 500 G’s here of there, I like it in Montreal.”- Does Gio or Cammy happen?

    What if PG decides 2nd round pick is too high a price for a Moore.

    What if Jonas Hiller of Anaheim doesn’t pick up his pad to find the puck on the Gionta shootout that the Habs lose if they don’t score? This I think this is the season’s turning point. A point when I started to think these guys have something special and never say die. One less point in the season and we’re out.

     I’m not an evolutionist but this playoff run reminds me of the theory that life came from a random amorphous, primordial soup filled with amino acid, slime and goo. Then one key thing happens and life and something of beauty evolves. Our season was random slime and goo, until that Gionta shootout Anaheim win which has evolved into this playoff thing of beauty and awe.


  57. Chris says:

    Largely agree.  I do agree with those that think that Sidney Crosby doth protest too much on the ice sometimes, but it’s his job and it works…why in the world would he stop if the refs give him the benefit of the doubt?

    That being said, nobody carriest a bigger weight on his shoulders.  Crosby cares about winning as much as any player in recent memory.  He plays both ends of the ice.  He kills penalties occasionally.  He takes all the key faceoffs.

    And don’t worry.  While I like that Cherry preaches safety to kids, I will never forgive him for his belittling of visors.  How many players have to lose their eyesight before people get it through their heads that six ounces of vulcanized rubber flying at speeds of 100 miles per hour can cause some serious damage on deflections and rebounds?  It’s not only about the high-sticking fouls!

  58. Axeman says:

    It’s one thing to complain about a bad call to the refs, and quite another to complain about something after ever single whistle.  TSN had a report a while back that even the NHL players think Crosby is the league’s biggest whiner.

    Gold medal goal nonwithstanding, Crosby is a poor sport … period.  While he may play better, his on-ice act is no better than that of a Darcy Tucker or a Sean Avery.

    “You cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey … not for the name on the back”

  59. Castor says:

    So the crybaby cross checks Plekanec after the game is over and then goes whining and whining until he’s escorted off of the ice. Great Captain.

  60. The Cat says:

    Crosby goes too far IMO…He should just shut up. Whats he whining about anyways? That the pens dont get the calls? Shit, they always get the calls mostly.

  61. nova scotia vees says:

    Why can’t anyone accept that Crosby is the Captain and is supposed to bitch to the refs?  Boone, you disappoint me with your soother-stuff.

    Ovy didn’t complain to the refs because he was the one running over people who didn’t have the puck.  How quickly we forget how pro-Washington the refs were.

    I am immensely proud of my Habs, and I still admire Sid the Kid.  I just hope he has a nice long summer break.  It must be hard on him to represent a country that treats him like trash most of the time….especially that idiot Donald S. (I’m the king of the world) Cherry.

    No one on this site should EVER praise Cherry.

  62. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Google it or search on YouTube …I downloaded for My son last night

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  63. V. says:

    It’s on YouTube, Boone posted a link in an earlier post.

  64. Lee_D says:

    Anyone have a video of CBC’s opening montage with the Loco Lacass’ song Le but?

  65. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …ROCK ON !!! Habs’ Fans

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  66. avatar_58 says:


    Funny since the playoffs he’s made my Lapierre t-shirt seem like a smart buy….haha. (I bought it during his rebound season when everyone’s status was uncertain)

  67. V. says:

    I love Max. I met him twice, once he didn’t have to stop and take a pic, but he did 😀

    I love the whole team. I am so proud of them. 😀

    Go Habs Go!

  68. V. says:

    diaper rash, hahahahahahah. I LOVE your Sidney Crosby or should I say Cindy Crybaby jokes! 😀

  69. Kristopher7 says:

    AK46 needs to score some goals, he has three this playoffs and it was a hat trick in game 2 of the first series.

  70. Kristopher7 says:

    History will be made, Maxim Lapierre.

    And it’s true, there might not have been a game seven without his goal.

  71. DearyLeary says:

    If Ovie’s tears were gasoline for the fire, Crosby’s tears should be the rocket fuel propellant we need for a full blown Cup run!

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