Playing with house money

By making it to Game 7 against a top-seeded team, your Montreal Canadiens have salvaged their season.

And before we get hung up on the chances of eliminating the mighty Washington Capitals in their building, let’s take a moment to reflect on some of the misfortune that has befallen this team:

• The Canadiens lost their best player less than 60 minutes into the season opener.

• Subsequent injuries cost them the services of Brian Gionta, Hal Gill, Andrei Kostitsyn and Mike Cammalleri.

• For the first time in their 100-year history, the Canadiens played a captain-less season.

• The team never had a clearly-defined number one goaltender.

• In adition to eight new players in the lineup on opening night in Toronto, the Canadiens had a new coach teaching a new system to Bob Gainey’s chemistry-experiment team.

• Also in the lineup as the season began: Max Pacioretty, Guillaume Latendresse, Matt D’Agostini and – last and easily least – Georges Laraque.

• George Gillett sold the club.

• Gainey resigned.

Through all that turmoil, the Canadiens never imploded.

Nor did they quit. You could count on one hand the number of blowout losses.

On paper, this team was never a serious contender for a 25th Stanley Cup.

But on the ice, the guys wearing blue-blanc-rouge this season gave everything they had to give.

No superstars.

But no floaters.

A year ago in Boston, Milan Lucic and his teammates were laughing at the dispirited, rag-tag group of losers the Bruins were punching out in four games.

Think any of the Washington Capitals are laughing?

I hope the thunderous ovation that greeted the selection of Jaro Halak as Game 6′s first star wasn’t the last we’ll hear in the Bell Centre this spring.

But no matter what happens in Game 7, your Montreal Canadiens have done the franchise and the city proud.

 

110 Comments

  1. HabsRadio says:

    I say it’s great – he’s DUE!

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  2. HabsRadio says:

    Well said Boone!  But don’t you think there’s something wrong with the fact we are satisfied to lose in the first round?

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  3. 100HABS says:

    Thanks for putting it all in perspective, Mike. One comment on the “no superstars”, though. One thing that just keeps nagging at me is Gomez’s salary. How can you make $8m/year and not be a superstar?

    Also, in a few years, we may be calling Markov and some goaltender superstars – they just haven’t built up the reputation yet.

  4. Mr.Hazard says:

    Words of wisdom. Last game was not easy, and the next one will be harder.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  5. Puck Bard says:

    Just checkin’ in to say, I love Les Boys, I love HIO… but I can’t watch, can’t comment… it’s too tense.

    Enjoy fellas!

    Go Habbies!

  6. ooder says:

    I agree.. it just wouldn’t be fair to the Caps if we decided to use MAB to his full potential

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

  7. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Huge game tomorrow and  wouldn’t it be nice if No Show Pouliot had an outstanding game for a change…Very proud to be a fan right now and wanting much more!

  8. Ayan_SB says:

    This time, JM has something he didn’t have back in Ottawa. A very good goaltender.

  9. ooder says:

    the good thing about the day off is that PK gets to rest.

    he admitted that the game waas very tough for him due to fatigue

     

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

  10. Bob Barker says:

    Cammalleri has been clutch this playoffs too. 3rd in the league with 10 points. More than both Ovechkin and Backstrom. Crazy. 

  11. coachdoug says:

    LMAO…Timo you are HIO black coffee for all us drunk on the victory from game six…I don’t plan to sober up until tomorrow though….riding the buzz for all it’s worth!

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  12. Ayan_SB says:

    Lol nice. I also love the fact that Jaro learned English by watching Family Guy. And they call Price the immature one :P

  13. Mr.Hazard says:

    I think Gainey went after grit, heart, and experience. Gill, Gionta, Gomez, Moen, SK74 (lol jk)… They never give up. And they lead by experience. Like Koivu did.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  14. Exit716 says:

    If the Habs are playing with house money, I believe Boudreau is living on borrowed time.

    He’s gone if Washington loses.

     

  15. ooder says:

    PK Subban scores the GWG tomorrow

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

  16. Bash says:

    YES…tis exciting times in Habsland. Anything could happen tomorrow night and that includes the emergence of a perhaps unexpected player who scores the big goal for us and puts us through.

    Go ahead! Name the player!

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  17. coachdoug says:

    Great article…Halak is drinking the best post-workout recovery drink you can have!  

    I’m from Lewiston originally and they always draft good goalies like Halak, Bernier…

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  18. GHG33 says:

    On my lunch break at work I went to get a drink, not sure what to get, ended up getting a 2L jug of… yes you guessed it Chocolate Milk!.. drank half the damn thing, got half for tomorrow. Guess it was a good choice! :)

    Drive For 25 Is Alive!

  19. Ayan_SB says:

    Chocolate-milk drinking Halak is one of the guys

    By Tim Wharnsby

    BROSSARD, Que. — On most NHL teams, players walk on egg shells when around the club’s goalies.

    The masked men have their routines. They like to be left alone. They are indeed a different bunch.

    But not so with the Montreal Canadiens. Jaroslav Halak is just one
    of the guys. The 24-year-old is fair game to kibitzing, practical jokes
    and some hijinks from teammates.

    Canadiens sniper Mike Cammelleri
    described his news making teammate as unassuming. He told a story to
    illustrate Halak’s regular-guy status. The incident occurred in the
    morning skate on Monday before Halak’s club playoff record 53 saves in Game 6 that forced a seventh and deciding game against the Washington Capitals.

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/blogs/timwharnsby/2010/04/chocolate-milk-drinking-halak-is-one-of-the-guys.html

  20. bigjames says:

    i have said it before and i will say it again: this team has made me proud. the work ethic and the level of care is just tremendous. whatever happens now, i’ll be proud. these are gainey characteristics. GO HABS GO!!!

  21. B says:

    I believe the way Gomez’s contract works is that at the end of each season, he provides a list of 3 teams he will not accept a trade to, so after last season, Montreal was not one of the 3 teams he did not want to go to. As for the trade, from the Rangers end it was purely a salary dump, what ever they got back was gravy. Higgins was not going to be re-signed in Montreal so no loss there. The jury is still out on McDonagh though.

  22. coachdoug says:

    “Is that a pledge pin on your uniform?”

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  23. coachdoug says:

    Rent this little classic called “Animal House” it never gets old!

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  24. Chuck says:

    If we win we get the Pens.

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

  25. yathehabsrule says:

    This is also a team that really never found it’s chemistry, and still is looking to a point, until late in the season due to numerous injuries.

    Mike is right though. Win or lose the city, and planet full of fans, should be proud of what they did in this season and in this series. They didn’t give up.

     

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  26. Chuck says:

    As long as he didn’t learn Peter’s table manners.  ;)

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  27. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Heheh… did you mean Japan?

  28. rbby_habs says:

    Well said Boone. 

    If the habs win….Pouliot breaks out of his funk and gets the GWG!!!

  29. yathehabsrule says:

    LOL I was watching Animal House late Saturday night. Never get tired of that.

     

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  30. NaturalizedCanadian says:

    Good point about the people jumping on the badwagon. Did you watch l’antichambre last night?

  31. coachdoug says:

    Mike…real nice post…I have to agree that these guys suprised us this year…we still have a long way to go…Love to see the upset of the season tomorrow night!

    One of my favorite inspirational movie lines of all time: “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?…It ain’t over until we say it’s over!”

    Go Habs Go!!!!

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  32. havok says:

    I have this sickly feeling that no one can just enjoy a hockey game anymore….

  33. NaturalizedCanadian says:

    I agree with Mr. Boone. It was a frustrating, roller coaster of a season. The season was greatly affected by the injuries that the team suffered. We played well some games, and tanked others. But the team never quit. Some of our players were dissapointing (See: Kostitsyn, Andrei), but most worked very hard. The team is totally different then two years ago, from the management to the players. Because of this series against Washington, I think the season has been succesful. Didn’t expect a Cup and still don’t. But we have scared the crap out of the Caps and i think we have shown that this team will not win the Cup this eason. And Habs fans can be proud of this team. Let’s hope Les Glorieux pull it off tomorrow.

  34. HabFab says:

    I saw Timo whoopping it up here after the game…he must have been drunk!

  35. Exit716 says:

    Has Jacques Martin ever won a seventh game as a head coach?

    Just curious.

  36. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Well said Boone.  A team like this, with the season they’ve been through, is a true test for the real fan.  If you’ve stuck with them all season, then you can enjoy this last game with a clear conscious.  If you spent the better part of the year riding the players, the coach, the GM, the goalies, and Youppi, then you might want to admit that you have been less then fair to this group of warriors.  

    Whether you jumped on the bandwagon last night, or you’ve been with them all along… enjoy tomorrow night, and remember that, although some of you rip on Bob Gainey for not delivering on his promises to bring us a cup, he did give us a team we can be proud of.

  37. habsoul says:

     

    I won’t go as far as to predict a Habs win tomorrow, but I am convinced the Canadiens playing their best hockey of the season.

    I am not a Jacques Martin fan, but I’ve been impressed with the adjustments he and the coaching staff have made during the series. 

    R. L. Umberger: “A good defensive team is going to beat them [the Capitals] [in the playoffs,]. They play the wrong way.”

    Well guess what? Umberger was right on. And it’s happening before our eyes. 

    In this series we’ve seen the Habs cash in when Ovechkin is dogging it or making a lazy change. And the Washington media is reporting that he didn’t show up for the team’s optional practice today. Excuse me, isn’t he the Captain? It’s ridiculous to compare him to Crosby. 

    Boudreau is melting in the media glare. Neither Caps goalie instills much confidence and now Washington has lost their best defender in this series, Tom Poti. 

    The stage is set for a collapse of massive proportions. If the Habs jump out to a lead and Halak continues to play well tomorrow may be another special day for hockey’s signature franchise.


  38. mbplekfan says:

    Losing Markov hurt the team in the standings but it hilighted the defficiencies of the rest of the defence corps. PK will handle the spot for the second puck moving defenceman for the next few years but we still need a tougher, meaner partner for him than Hamrlik or Spacek.

    Our forwards are still undersized and we need a big 3rd line center and a tough guy who can also play.

    AK and SK remain enigmas, and who knows if Pacioretty is ever going to be NHL ready.

    Game 7 is up in the air now, but we will need Halak to steal it. After that its either golf or a very confident yet offensively challenged Bruin’s team.

  39. Fred D says:

    I think the point of Mike’s comment was that losing with honor, having shown heart, grit and determination is far better than “tanking” (or quitting if you prefer). At this stage of the season, it’s the men on the ice and not Management that shows what they are made of. This team, this year, has been far more exciting to watch than the teams we saw in the last two years. I at least get the feeling that the individuals are trying for the upset.

    To prejudge what may or may not happen, if we win or if we lose is a waste of thought.

    One game at a time and please, give credit where it is due!

  40. ooder says:

    nice post Boone.. create recount of the season

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

  41. bigdave says:

    That is why whining about that contract after almost a year is rediculous.

    You bought it you own it!

    The 5.5 mill for Hamrlick and 3.8 million for Spacek should be more worthy of concern

     

    “The Allo Police Media – a collection of bitter ex-coaches, players and wannabees whose collective lack of success accounts for their present positions in Sports’ equivalent of a Jerry Springer Show”

  42. nightmare_49 says:

    …  When you have Kevin Pollack doing the 7th game of the first round your really hurting, he shouldn’t be in the NHL, forget about the playoffs, incompetent.

  43. The Cat says:

    Good point. Boudreau must be feeling some heat…Habs got to get the first goal.

  44. Clay4bc says:

    Who cares who wrote the contract – we have it, and that’s what matters.

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  45. Mike Boone says:

    It’s a tough league.

  46. shootdapuck says:

    Different set of douchebags!

    Kelly Sutherland

    Kevin Pollack

     

    Its the KKK: Kelly+Kevin=Kr_p!

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  47. shootdapuck says:

    Give it a rest!

    Gomez’s contract was not written by the Habs organization and I hardly think anyone would seriously expect him to give a discount for playing in Montreal.

    Wanna bet he has taken a serious paycut in taxes moving from the US to Canada and
    even more of a cut since its Quebec!

    They wanted the player, he agreed to waive a NMC and come to Montreal, the contract was the down side of a deal which looks not to bad now as Higgins has been a complete bust, the other two aren’t playing in the NHL and the throw-in Tom Pyatt is contributing at the NHL level in 2010!

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  48. shootdapuck says:

    I honestly hope the game tomorrow is decided on the ice and not by incompetent or obtusely motivated referees.

    The fix is obviously in tonight in Phoenix.

    The two idiots in Phoenix are setting a new low standard for NHL officiating.

    Someone should tell Bettman that he has gone to this well too many times to manipulate match-ups for TV.

    NHL officiating is a joke which has been told too many times this season.

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  49. BeachHabFan says:

    i agree with you 100% but maybe because i’m watching the coyotes cinderella season draw to a close i’m really wishing i’d read your post tomorrow, mr. boone…

    that said, a home team is losing a game 7… me likey…

  50. SPATS says:

    Very happy the boys battled through, and especially since the meltdown of game 2! It’s easy to forget how much went on in front of the camera, never mind how much went on behind the scenes that we don’t know. I’m guessing Bob Gainey knew what he was looking for and found most of it. They played just hard enough to make the playoffs and have saved their best for game 7 I’m sure. Lookout Sid, you’re next!

  51. HardHabits says:

    HF!!! How ya been? Where is doug BTW?? I miss his sober second thought and biting wit.

  52. HardHabits says:

    I always enjoy the ride.

    What dark side?

    Nothing’s won, yet. Should the Habs win tomorrow, these posts will be a little less reaching, but even if they do, they’re still a stretch as nothing is really won yet. Teams don’t play to make the playoffs to make it to game 7 in the 1st round declaring the season a success. Only <expletive deleted> fans do that.

  53. punkster says:

    To each his own :)

  54. HardHabits says:

    You’re fantasy versus my reality? :p

    Dave. You’re one of the good ones here. Ever since the gunfight at the Big OK Corrall you and I have had some point-cointer points, and the level of respect has always been high. None of that will change. I appreciate your calling me out. You’re the biggest anti-tank proponent and we all know where I stand and we never had harsh words for each other. If we all agreed it’d be boring and useless. I prefer to save the cheers for the bubble heads with the big boobs. They’re more fun to look at anyways.

    I don’t call myself HardHabits because I intend to lighten up. If we ever win the Cup in my lifetime again I’ll still be looking to next season. It’s the predator in me. It’s what keeps me hungry.

  55. punkster says:

    LOL…I’m cool. It’s all realistic fantasy on a blog :)

    The main thing is this: a team that should not have made the playoffs, should not have won a playoff game, should not win this series…is 60 minutes of solid effort from doing just that. Our team. That’s the here and now. Whatever happens come Thursday will be the beginning of the next phase. Until then I’m living the dream.

  56. HabFab says:

    You are still living in the past my friend!!

    “gunfight at the Big OK Corrall” indeed

    But seriously, where has Doug gone to?

    And yes, HardHabits or “hardass” are both appropriate! :)

  57. RetroMikey says:

    The season was a failure IMO, and I am sorry Boone but not making it past the first round is a failure in my books.

    Remember, Bobby built this team for 6 years and Washington was a weaker team than us in previous seasons and look where they are now.

    This team should make it to the Eastern final for us to applaud them and then we may consider this a successful season.  If not, what have we accomplished in 6 years with Bobby as GM?  Another first round exit ?

    It may have made fans in your city proud but fans like me in Hamilton expect more from this club.

    We’ve waited so long.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  58. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Remember, Bobby built this team for 6 years and Washington was a weaker
    team than us in previous seasons and look where they are now.

    Oh my god…

     


  59. SeriousFan09 says:

    Remember, Bobby built this team for 6 years and Washington was a weaker
    team than us in previous seasons and look where they are now.

    They’re a President’s Trophy team reeling from 2 losses in a series everyone said they would sweep Montreal in 4 straight. I’d say they’re doing pretty well for themselves with the playoff specialists Gainey signed to make us a contender in the late part of the year, rather than the regular-season squad the Capitals have.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  60. Y says:

    Jack Todd is that you?

  61. Lafrich says:

    Remember, Bobby built this team for 6 years and Washington was a
    weaker
    team than us in previous seasons and look where they are now.

    That is an insane staement. They are better FOR THAT VERY REASON!

  62. HardHabits says:

    RM. You know what’s funny? Everyone here slams you, Timo, Xtrahabsfan and yours truly for being supposed realists. Don’t let it bother you as I am sure it doesn’t. Habs fans have been clutching at straws since before Roy stoned the Rangers in OT way back in ’86.

    There’s one reason the Habs are alive and that reason is one of Halakian proportions. Tomorrow’s game is the big one. The last 6 don’t exist to me. Neither for you.

    I’d say you’re the real Habs fan!!

  63. Bob Barker says:

    Washington was a weaker team than us in previous seasons and look where they are now”

    Maybe if Montreal decided to tank for 6 years in a row instead of always pushing to make the playoffs they’d have more superstars. 

    Look at how garbage the 2003-2004 Canadiens roster was. This team is way better positioned than it was 6 years ago. Depth in goal, a talented and hard-working top-6,  a solid top-4 and one of the best young prospects in the league in PK Subban. 

    Since the salary-cap came into effect, very few non-tanking teams have improved as much as Montreal. 


  64. ooder says:

    Remember, Bobby built this team for 6 years and Washington was a weaker team than us in previous seasons and look where they are now.”

    Really RM, where is Washington now? Are they this super team that wins the stanley cup every single year.

    this supposed super squad has yet to win aplayoff series without having to go all 7 games.

    they have a poor defense, and are weak in nets.

    Thier captain has been suspended for multiple dirty hits and has lost all respect around the league.

    ——————

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

  65. HardHabits says:

    Sounds like somebody’s trying to rationalize a potential loss tomorrow night. We’re here because we have a goaltender that has been lights out awesome, but it’s the wrong guy, because it was supposed to be Price who was the one to carry the team thus far. There are glaring holes in this team. Fortunately that glaring hole is rarely Halak, but as good as he can be, he still has his off games, games where if he faulters the team as a whole doesn’t have the guns, the size, the grit, the panache, to get it done.

    Too many pollyannas here. I believe the Habs have a good shot at winning this series if only because the pressure is squarely on the Caps’ shoulders, but I wont be jumping for joy even if they do win. That’d only be one round out of four with three to go.

    All this elation appears like a psychological reflex so as to not be too disappointed should the Habs lose tomorrow night. It’s quite pathetic really.

  66. punkster says:

    Wow man, who peed in your oatmeal this morning? Lighten up and enjoy the ride while it lasts. It’s healthier to enjoy life’s little pleasures for what they are, as fleeting as they may be. Far better than looking on the dark side and assuming your “realism” is the rightoeus path. Reality is what you make it.

  67. HUDSONHAB says:

    Goaltending wins Stanley Cups. Ask the Flyers if they would rather have the best goaltending or the best team on paper. They know what it’s like to be the best team with the worst goaltending. Having to get 5 goals in a game to is much more difficult than needing only two.

    You only have to win four games out of seven not all seven. And the Habs only need to win a game Wednesday night. The Caps won 3 games doing it their way and the Habs won 3 games doing it their way. I will take the hot goaltender over a bunch of superstars that are frustrated and squeasing the crap out of their sticks.

    p.s. The Habs have a handful of guys that can put the puck in the net with a single chance at it.

     ….Hab4life….

  68. HardHabits says:

    Umm….. 3 losses by my count. ;-)

  69. RetroMikey says:

    I, for one never said Washington would sweep our Habs, I always wanted a Caps-Habs series and predicted a 6 game victory for us in my previous posts while the majority of the fans on this site wanted us to match Buffalo.

    All I am saying is what is considered a success for this team based on GM Bobby being at the helm?

    Are we content for a first or second round playoff exit?

     

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  70. shootdapuck says:

    Boone, absolutely correct!

    Hopefully this chemistry and the competitiveness that was so frustratingly missing at times this year will not be lost in the next days or months as the case may be.

    Couple of tweaks and this could get interesting both in the short and long term.

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  71. Ayan_SB says:

    Who is that masked man?

    By James Mirtle

    It was hours deep into the 2003
    NHL entry draft, the heart of the sixth round, and there was a heated
    debate at the Minnesota Wild draft table.

    One high-ranking member
    of the organization wanted one European netminder while a scout with
    expertise in that part of the world preferred another. Words were
    exchanged, papers were shuffled and as the other teams around them
    began growing impatient, it fell to general manager Doug Risebrough to
    break the deadlock.

    “Take the bigger one,” he said.

    So,
    with the 187th overall pick, the Wild dutifully selected Miroslav
    Kopriva, a 6-foot-4 Czech who has played far more games with the Austin
    Ice Bats (25) than he’s had in the NHL (zero).

    Overlooked, as he has been for much of his hockey career, was Jaroslav Halak.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/who-is-that-masked-man/article1548901/

  72. Ayan_SB says:

    No no, someone called him Buzz Killington the other day, and I think it’s fitting.

  73. captaink4life says:

    That was ME

    haha :)

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  74. RetroMikey says:

    Jack who? Who is he?  Is he from Montreal?  I’m just a Hab fan from Hamilton.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  75. HardHabits says:

    Hey I am excited every game. I just like to keep things in perspective. I don’t particpate in rioting.

  76. HardHabits says:

    Which part of I believe the Habs have a good shot at winning this series dont you understand?

  77. HUDSONHAB says:

    That part I understand. The part I don’t get is that you won’t be jumping for joy. We have relinquished the ownership of the cup some years ago, so we have to be exited for every round we win.

    Jump dammit! Jump!

    ….Hab4life….

  78. Mr.Hazard says:

    “UNDERDOG” WINGS WIN IN GAME SEVEN TONIGHT! GO UNDERDOGS.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  79. usversusthem says:

    I know it’s in part a quirk of scheduling, and that we may well lose Game 7 in a huge, embarrassing blowout. But think about it this way: Right now, and for the next several hours, there are 21 NHL teams and 21 NHL fanbases wishing they were in our place. That’s not too shabby… and especially not if this team is half as bad as some of you seem to think it is. 

  80. usversusthem says:

    I’d also like to note: With Detroit’s win tonight, in the West, Seeds 1, 2, 3 and 5 have advanced. In the East, 4, 6, and 7 have advanced… I think it’s time for the 8th seed in the East to take its rightful place in the number sequence, don’t you?

  81. RetroMikey says:

    HardHabits, well said.

    I’m a big boy.  I can handle myself and no one has to defend me or my comments on this site.

    I don’t want to get those gold stars or brownie points so I have to agree with others on this site.

    Like it or lump it I say.

    But this site will be a bitchfest in the coming years, I really don’t see our franchise going nowhere but in a bottom manure  pit for seasons to come.  Fans better enjoy the ride this year.

    Yes, they are going to a 7th game, it’s expected, this is  Bobby’s and he built this team from the getgo so we should have a successful run in the playoffs?  NOT!

    A very weak D will not get you far in the playoffs with very small forwards up front, and it will show IF they beat Washington and make it to the next round.

    GO HABS GO as they say to the Eastern Final! We shall see.

     

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  82. RJB says:

    So we are not real Habs fans because we believe in our team, and are confident that we can be contenders in the years to come? I have faith that Montreal can win tomorrow, and even if they don’t I will be proud to be a Habs fan and I can hold my head up high… True fans stick by their team, you can complain about the decisions and the recent play of certain players, but once game time comes, Habs fans believe in their team!!

     

    Go Habs go!!

  83. HardHabits says:

    I stuck by this team since ’73 which is when I started watching them. I sat through two years of the Broad Street Bullies and loved when Robinson took out Schultz in game 1 of the ’76 final. I watched the too many men on the ice game live. I watched as Steve Penny and coach Lemaire brought the Islanders to 2 games from missing the finals. I was at the Forum when Claude Lemiuex scored in a 1-0 game against Calgary in ’86 finals. I stuck with this team from ’93, well before HIO was a glint in Boones’ eye, up to today. I believe what I see. Faith is for those who haven’t the cognitive ability to see reality and accept fact or truths.

    I support my team and I want them to not just win the Cup but to play outstanding and exciting hockey. Right now Halak is MVP. That’s awesome. Without him though, we’re a bottom feeder. That’s the reality.

    Maybe you took it like I meant that others here are not real fans and let me re-iterate, anyone who comes here is a real Habs fan. That icludes keepthefaith and RetroMikey, 24Cups and Tis Himself. Heck even Habs_Guru was a real Habs fan albeit a total a-hole. We have different opinions and we debate, but RM is a real fan, as much as people say he isn’t. You are too. I have no issue with that.

    But invariably I could give a rat’s ass what anyone here thinks or says, unless it’s something poignant, intelligent or funny.

  84. shootdapuck says:

    One other thing!

    Hopefully JM or Muller will have a word with PK about those back between leg passes!

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  85. Mr. Biter says:

    And a no look between the legs to boot! As i posted yesterday that play limited PK’s play during the last period and probably added another tube if “greecian ” for JM’s hair.

  86. Big Bird says:

    Amen.  Nothing more needs to be said.

  87. Mr. Biter says:

    For Habs to win tomorrow:

    1) Great goaltending from Halak (make me a believer)

    2) 1st.10 minutes will be crucial. They’re goint to try to throw the kitchen sink at us, bash Halak, and get special treatment from Bettman’s hand picked Refs. If however we can hold on and score one or even better 2 goals they will be the ones whose hands start gripping the stick too hard, over passing or trying to do it all themselves and best of all take stupid penalties that EVEN BETTMANS HAND PICKED ZEBRAS can’t ignore.

    3) Last minute of 1st and 2nd periods.

    4) Cammy, Gionta, Gomez Gill Metro Pyatt PJ MAB Moen etc. all of BG’s newcomers play the games of their lives to shut the f#@k up all the BG haters who dwelt all year about last years team of losers and if they were here how good we would have been.

    Old Manitoba saying (started by yours truly about 20 years ago. ” THE OLDER WE GET, THE BETTER WE WERE”

  88. Clay4bc says:

    1) Why are you not a believer already? Were you hibernating for the last 2 games?

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    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  89. sidhu says:

    “We haven’t reached our goal yet. It wasn’t just to bring it to a Game
    7. Our goal is still to win the Stanley Cup and our goal is still in
    sight.”

    - Gionta

  90. KC64 says:

    Well said Mr. Boone…..I agree wholeheartedly!!! I am proud to be a fan of the greatest franchise in profesional sports.

  91. nightmare_49 says:

    … Wonder where Mr.Boone on the road will be blogging tonight???

  92. Mike Boone says:

    In his cozy suburban basis, TV tuned to RDS, like I do for all the road games

  93. Odie Cleghorn says:

    An excellent commentary on the team’s performance this year Mr. Boone. Thank you.

    This team has “competed” in every game this series and, as a result, we’ve got a seventh game against a prohibitive favorite. Competing means going hard on every forecheck, backcheck, loose puck, rebound, faceoff, penalty kill and power play. Competing doesn’t guarantee winning but it does demonstrate a team’s spirit, desire, heart and passion. Competing pnly happens when teammates play to their highest level FOR each other, not in spite of each other. This team has been the best TEAM we’ve seen in several seasons. For that alone, I am grateful for and appreciative of their competitive spirit this year.

    Go Habs GO!

  94. The Cat says:

    I dont agree with the ‘on paper the habs were never a serious contender’ part. What team has 4 stacked lines with the salary cap and all? Our top 2 lines may be arent as spectacular as some first lines but our 3rd and 4th lines stack up well. If the D can play like it can, theres no reason to feel that we’re a lesser team. I think if the habs eliminate the Caps, they can go all the way. They are playing with house money: all out with nothing to lose.

  95. Rugger says:

    My dream scenario now that Detroit won.  We beat Wash tonight, Pitt next round, Boston beats Philly and Detroit and Chicago advance for an original six final four.

  96. skynyrd280zx says:

    The NHL will not let this happen

  97. forskis says:

    That would be neat…it would also give people a chance to see all the archived Original Six playoff footage…not the Habs-Bruins though…we’ve all seen it given the playoffs of recent years…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  98. Chester says:

    Who else thinks we will see the zebra Chris Lee. The fix will be in. Gary Betterman won’t let The Habs stop the Overchicken show from continuing.

  99. Rugger says:

    Sadly, I believe you are correct.

  100. Spoons91 says:

    THIS IS OUR TIME TO SHINE! LET’S GET IT

    follow me on twitter — http://twitter.com/spoons91

  101. Mats26 says:

    Hey all:

    Long time reader first time poster. I’m a native Montrealer living in suburban MD. Got tix for tonight via craigslist. They are pricey but half of what they would be at the bell center. Gives you an indication of the true level of interest in what is slowly becoming a hockey town. I’m wearing my high school alumni tie today. It’s the only piece of clothing I have from pre ’93. My six year old is off to see his first game tonight. Thank god he’s a habs fan!

    We’ll be rockin’ the real red tonight, and that’s CH rouge!

  102. Habalisous says:

    Okay, so if I have a busness in downtown Montreal do I start boarding up my windows now? We all know how some Montreal fans act when they get a sniff.

     

    ”You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky

  103. Chuck says:

    Enjoy the game!

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

  104. Chuck says:

    I think what Mr. Biter means when he says that is that he’s looking for more consistency game-to-game. Jaro was spectacular in games 5 and 6 after his rest, but he’s also the same guy that had an .820 SV% before he was pulled in game 3.

    Which Jaro will we see tonight? Hopefully (and my money’s on) the former.

    _____________________________________

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

  105. thepriceiswrong says:

    AMEN BROTHA

  106. The Teacher says:

    Agreed! But, LET’S GO HABS!

  107. Off-side says:

    Amen to that!  I stood by these guys through all the negative talk and I’m glad I did.  Whether we lose on Wednesday doesn’t matter to me at this point. That game last night made me happy for any loss we take tomorrow or in the weeks to come.


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