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Canadiens begin their Conference final with Game 2.


  1. Dunboyne Mike says:

     but i seriously think the Leafs could have beat Boston


    Really interesting point, although perhaps for another day. That oft-repeated cliché in April — the playoffs are a whole new season — we usually forget about that in May. But it still is. The very last thing that happened to us in the last “season” was getting beat by the Leafs. Then the “new season” starts and look what happens with the Habs. I think you’re absolutely right — it’s not hard to imagine the Leafs winning a series against Boston, if somehow Toronto was allowed into the playoffs. Everything changes. Otherwise you wouldn’t need playoffs. Bettman could just check all the stats and award the Cup. For one thing, teams GROW during the playoffs, none more so this time than the Habs. I feel jittery but hopeful. Come on midnight! (wrong side of the Atlantic).


  2. K-hab25 says:

    Boone please send me some of what you’ve been smoking. If you honestly believe PHI is deeper than WAS, you need to stop getting baked, because it’s painfully clear that it’s effecting your brain and not in a good way.

  3. K-hab25 says:

    I remember it aswell, everyone was ribbing you about it, it was hilarious.

  4. Fred D says:

    yes,”mental gymnastics”

  5. Ian Cobb says:


    I think Mike is using reverse psychology, if we are expected to win, to much pressure. So we go in as under dogs and the luck takes precedence.

  6. nightmare_49 says:

    MB – Now your awake.

  7. Mike Boone says:

    Yup. More depth on the Flyers.

  8. Mike Boone says:

    No one except you and I remembers the Milan Hedjuk incident.

  9. Slovak says:

    Flyers in 3

  10. SlovakHab says:

    meh. Flyers in 5.

  11. showey47 says:

    anybody have a link to the denmark/russia world championship game?

  12. joeybarrie says:

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. BOONE. I was really starting to worry you were gonna pick the Habs in this series. But as usual you have come through for us. Have no fear, I am wearing the same sweater I have been for both the first two series. Its costing me a fortune to keep my house cold enough to wear it in this Wash DC heat.

    Philly in 6………… I mean I have never seen a team that PLANS to get into overtime in order to win. 10 times in a row??? Never gonna happen.


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

  13. nightmare_49 says:

    This is the first time that Mr.Boone has gone this far in the Cup run with HI/O …….. the last time he had this much pressure on him was at the All Star game in Montreal, and we all remember the Milan Hejduk incident,lol. ……. I have faith in him.

  14. Fred D says:

    Mental gymnastics are Mike’s way of being a “Boon” (e)  to the Canadiens!

    Stay tuned for further developments as we start winning!

    As stated elsewhere, Habs in 5 after a low scoring loss early in the series, to get over the letdown of having beaten the best in the league already.

  15. Puck Bard says:

    Picking the Habs would have been the DOOM OF BOONE.

  16. tony d says:

    I like your way of thinking Mike. Had you picked the Habs, I would’ve been worried.

  17. Slovak says:

    I thought this blog should be the first to give credit to HABS for what they have done – moreover – to believe in their abilities – moreover – to unite HABS fans and give the team positive energy…


    well done Mike

  18. Mr.Hazard says:

    Fun video of Cammalleri when he was a Flame:

    How to perfect the wrist shot

    “We didn’t give up and we are not giving up.” – Jaroslav Halak

  19. DrA says:

    Gionta, Gomez and Gill know the Flyers extremely well this will absolutely help.

    Other cup winners to not forget: Laviolette and Muller.

    All the details are important in this series.  Check for the little things tonight.

    I count on Gonez and Plekanec to shut down the top lines.

    Moen, Lapierre and Moore will have an awesome series.

    X-Factor: Andrei

  20. Josh says:

    Good, predict the Habs to lose this series like all the analysts. That way they can go into this series as the underdogs again.

  21. Mr.Hazard says:

    I don’t think the Canadiens can win if they’re
    outchanced 2-1 by the likes of Mike Richards, Simon Gagné,
    Daniel Brière, Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk.

    SERIOUSLY Boone? After being outchanced 2-1 by Alex Ovechkin & Co., and then by Sidney Crosby & Co., and STILL WINNING, you’re worried the Flyers will be more dangerous?

    “We didn’t give up and we are not giving up.” – Jaroslav Halak

  22. Slovak says:

    I is so sad – it seems in Montreal one need to win bag of cups to turn some people to BELIEVE


    And at the same time I wonder, how can one (professional, reporter, columnist or whoever) watch games without belief his team will win…

  23. EricInStL says:

    Wash + Philly played hockey against the Habs and they lost. Phily will know what to do, and have the players to do it. BUT and this is the most important thing, we must convert at a very high ate our powerplay opportunities. Once you score 1 or 2 goals, this will calm down the aggressive play of the Flyers.

    We have more speed and must be aggressive against their slow D. We cannot play rope-a-dope.

    The first 5 minutes of the game will be all Phily. Weather the storm, and then execute.

    AK has to continue from the last game. And Pouliot must be a factor.

    Which Max will we see ? The one who shows up, or the one that does not go in the corners. This is an important point, we need that from him.

    This series will go 5 games max. Problem is, it can go either way. The series to watch is the western one.

    MTL in 5, SJ in 6

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  24. habs001 says:

    the flyers are the type of team that does not need a lot of shots to score..they get a lot of dirty/flukey goals…

  25. petrov14 says:

    These days, game days are the loooongest days EVER. I cant believe im still watching Habs hockey!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  26. Danno says:

    Habs will grind the Philthy Liars into a fine powder.


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

  27. fun police says:

    crosby was asked immediately after the game, he still had half of his equipment on.  read between the lines of what he said.  he said, “we were the better team”.  the problem with that is most would agree, the better team won.  in game seven, the habs were outchancing the pens big time.  a combination of a big lead and penalty trouble slowed the habs momentum.  so what.

    the flyers will be more physical.  will they be more physical than washington? the flyers are one of the most penalized teams in the league, and if that trend continues our special teams will kill them. they don’t have the goaltending and the habs won’t give up the goals that the bruins did.

    habs in six (would say five, but that is pushing it.)

  28. JFriedman says:

    Boone I can’t believe you would pick the Flyers after everything the Habs have achieved.

    Very disapointing.

  29. Propwash says:

    The difference is….we buried more of our chances.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  30. HotHabs says:

    Outshot, yes.  Not outchanced.  Sorry, Boone, but I don’t buy the “logic” of Cindy Criesby.  Habs took advantage of scoring opps & mediocre goaltending vs. Pitts.  They did a fantastic job of shutting down the Pens goal scorers.  What this has to do with luck or the thought of excellent play running out, I don’t know. 

    Compared to Caps & Pens, the Habs are runts, but they play fast and smart.  Philly doesn’t have the speed of Mtl.  The Flyers’ goaltending will be put to the test (ya, that’s you Leighton).  Halak has been tested and is now head of the class.  Expect Pronger to visit the ‘sin bin’ every game as frustration mounts.

    Habs will win this series.  In how many games, I don’t know, but it could be as low as 5.

  31. i gloriosi says:

    hey i think everyone should RELAX with their picking Philly over Montreal, i mean c’mon Philly beat Boston but i seriously think the Leafs could have beat Boston for how much they sucked and were lacking in heart, determination and offence…

    Habs will split in Philly then in Mtl before winning back to back in Philly and Mtl…Les Glorieux in 6

  32. Puck Bard says:

    Yup, just what I was thinking. When you’ve been in this game as long as Boone the Psyche-Ops really get a workout. 

  33. Lafrich says:

    Outchanced? How can something so unbelievably subjective be a STATISTIC! Outshot? Fine. Outscored? Fine. But outchanced? Give me a break. What about the QUALITY of the chances? Where is that “statistic”?

    You DO NOT win 8 out of 14 against Washington and Pittsburgh by luck. The Habs are playing incredibly smart for the team they have. I have seen a gazillion shots from the outside from the Pens and Caps, but very few real quality scoring chances. On the other hand, it feels like the Habs do not waste too much energy trying to create opportunities when it just isn’t there. It may be incredibly defensive, but it has worked against these two offensive minded teams.


  34. nightmare_49 says:



       Briere, 32, will be playing in his fourth conference final in the last five years. . . . Ian Laperierre, sidelined with a brain bruise and concussion, skated but is doubtful for the rest of the playoffs. . . . Jeff Carter (broken foot) likely won’t play in the series. . . . Halak is 10-0-1 this season when he faces at least 40 shots.

    Read more:


    Position-by-position breakdown of Flyers-Canadiens 

    by Frank Seravalli  …


  35. Captain aHab says:

    Your reverse jinxes are getting more and more elaborated. Good job!

  36. Danno says:

    Fearless prediction. Another expert will be proven wrong once again.


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

  37. nightmare_49 says:

        Hockey World  ……  By Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal

        On PK

        “As a junior player he was out of control. He would grab the puck and go and try and beat somebody in the neutral zone. People questioned his hockey sense,” said Al Murray, who nevertheless had him on a couple of Canadian world junior teams. His skill level is too high to overlook.

    Read more:

        Time for Pens to move Malkin? ………  By Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal 


  38. ddawwidd says:

    On a positive note (yea, I know, it’s hard to do this) – we were terrible in G1 in Pittsburgh. Poor Halak, couldn’t really do anything with any of the goals.

    I blame stupid penalties (Max, Scott, Andrei, I’m looking at you) and P.K. for the hole we’re in. P.K. is playing like a rookie tonight – two goals are his and one could be blamed on him (he didn’t do anything to prevent Hartnell from blocking Halak’s view)


    Bring back Zone de Match! :(

  39. habs001 says:

    camm and gion have 19 goals combined which is great…but this team is full of forwards that have trouble scoring regularly…thats is why they were basically a 500 team in reg season..this team next year over 82 games would be a 90-94 point team..

  40. danedmunds says:

    dont forget that this is not washington and pittsburghs D, which from what we saw is not very good…. this D is damn good and habs will have trouble scoring let alone winning an entire game

  41. Rocket fan says:

    Habs are suffereing from the same flubbitis disease Pittsburgh had in game 7.  Hope they shake it in next game.

  42. Harani says:

    OB has to dress next game…no choice…and sit maybe MAB? PP isnt working anywayz.

    But I hate Gomez tonight for taking that stupid penalty.

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

  43. kempie says:

    Stevie Wonder can see that MAB sits. OB in.

  44. topher5468 says:

    I think this MAB experiment should be over, I mean, He is constantly passing and not shooting, Sometimes you have to shoot even if its not a wide open shot. AK is playing horribly tonight but there is no real excuse to not show up for a game this far into the Playoffs

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

  45. smiler2729 says:

    Let’s not start crapping on players here, it’s Game 1 and it ain’t over. These zeroes can be heroes again. These are the same pants we got mad in that we can get glad in.

  46. thepriceiswrong says:

    I hate to say this but I think this is exactly what our boys needed. They are still flying high after 2 game 7 victories on the road, thinking they can do no wrong.

    Well, a nice kick in the nads by the flyers may be just what the doctor ordered. Rest up, get back to the game plan, and lets smoke them in game 2.

    BTW, I know it was already mentioned but the USA chant is hilarious when the core of their team is canadian. Ignorant idiots. If this game were in MTL, fans would be going bonkers – In Philly, all they cheer for are dirty hits. Pathetic.

  47. TripleX says:

    I made the same point earlier.  What happens when Cammi comes back to earth and Halak is just ordinary?  Well we see the ugly truth.

    Beyond those two superhuman performances the shelf is pretty bare.  JM’s genius coaching?  PLEASE!


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

  48. thepriceiswrong says:

    what has Darche done lately?

    Use MAB for 5-6 mins a game, he can be effective.

  49. longtimehabsfan says:

    And who do they have on CBC?  Bobby Clarke. 

  50. Eliisa says:

    I want Briere to contract some kind of virus for the rest of this series.

  51. RudeMood19 says:

    this version of the Habs are more like the ’93 Islanders than the ’93 Habs

  52. SeriousFan09 says:

    My friend’s missing this game so I have to Facebook him updates on his Blackberry while he’s at a family dinner, god it feels rotten to report how terrible this game has gone.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  53. kempie says:

    Dude needs his teeth kicked in. Again.

  54. Slovak says:

    Ok Habs needed this to wake up as usually, what to say, we know that they can bounce back even if things go very very bad, STILL BELIEVE, gonna get some sleep, this one is over bye all

  55. Mike Boone says:

    It was a good interview. He knows what he’s talking about.

  56. Harani says:

    BAD BAD NEWS:  Jeff Carter is hoping to skate tomorrow. Chance he could play in Game 2, very good for Game 3. Story on  

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

  57. sidhu says:

    Are we playing bad enough that JM inserts SK74 into the lineup for game 2?

  58. Rainrocket16 says:

    So, I do not think this game is over just yet……I get mad like everyonr else and say it is, but we can come back dammit…let their goons go to work and let us find our heart again!!

  59. RetroMikey says:

    Anybody agree we need to get bigger next season??


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

  60. HabFab says:

    Relax people!!

    All part of JM’s master plan, for the “system” to work the Flyers need to be over confident…

    At least I hope…

  61. longtimehabsfan says:

    A great player, great GM and great exec too. 

  62. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    I could go for the TEKSAVEEEEEEEEEEEEE commercial to cheer me up a bit right now…

  63. SeriousFan09 says:

    His post-season scoring isn’t that scary, add in coming off of a broken foot, he’s not our worst issue. Briere and Gagne are the guys we have to shut down.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  64. Norm0770 says:

    Right now the Flyers feel that they can do no wrong.  Riding on a huge emotional highafter beating the B’s.

    Flyers should be a little tired after game 7 Friday.  The Habs have to keep skating and score one or two on Leighton to put a little doubt in their mind going into game 2.

  65. gohabzzzz says:

    hey, so…anybody watching survivor?

    tonight IS A DISASTER: they are playing like my soccer team at the beginning of the season: IN BUNCHES!

    anyways, as long as Russell, oops, I mean Leighton doesn’t get his shutout



  66. habbytown says:

    could it be that habs played above their heads in the 2 previoous series and reality has set in?

    If I were the coach, I would never play MAB under any circumstances, not even on the PP.

    O’Byrne must play next game!

     but look at the bright side. MAB will NOT be back next year. neither will the K bros.,Pouliot, and hopefully Hamrlik will be traded or bought out.

    I can see us with a much bigger lineup next year if PG does his homework.

    but really bothers me is the lack of effort from the habs. I mean it’s the playoffs guys. don’t you care?

    Philly was supposed to be the tired team, not us. Guess Philly wants it more.

  67. SeriousFan09 says:

    Aside from trying to kill Eric Lindros, sure.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  68. RudeMood19 says:

    can we at least score a damn goal this period?

  69. TripleX says:

    O”Byrne should have dressed the last TWO games.  But logic does not figure into the “system”.  JM decides he does not like you and you are history.  JM decides he likes you and no matter how badly you play or how many bad penalties you take you continue to play and your ice time is undiminished.

    O’Byrne ONE bad penalty or mistake and press box.  Pouliot and AK ONE bad penalty or mistake and benched.


    Mab and Hammer and Gomez TEN bad penalties or mistakes and you continue to get regular shifts PLUS the PP.


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

  70. ManApart says:

    Let’s go boys. At least show some balls and set the tone for next game.

  71. Bob Barker says:

    He should stream it on his phone like I do. 

  72. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I am not going to press the Panic button.

    We pooped in Game 1 against Pittsburgh as well.

  73. longtimehabsfan says:

    We’re going to need some luck people.  In 1986 we lost game 1 to the Flames 5-2 and were trailing 2-0 in game 2 before forcing overtime and winning in Calgary.  In 1993 we lost game 1 to the Kings 4-1 and in game 2, well, you know, the McSorley stick call.

  74. Ian Cobb says:

    It is all about adjustments. If Martin can come up with something that works. A little more effort and discipline to start. Lets win this period.

  75. mrhabby says:

    a nasty dirty player…king of cheap shots. like i care about clarke. yup he does know what he is talking about. 

  76. TripleX says:

    Youppi will play before SK!


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

  77. habsoul says:

    No faint hearts now! It’s only one game—but falling behind 2-0 in this series is not a viable option.

    Why does this team have to have their backs against the wall to play better?

    Not-so-bold prediction: O’Byrne and SK74 will be in the lineup on Tuesday night.


    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  78. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’d play Youppi, have him screen Leighton. Hartnell might get jealous of his good looks though and scrap with him though.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  79. coachdoug says:

    Tabarnac…The Flyers Fire Wagon is crushing the Habs Station Wagon…Laviolette cracks the whip on his team and it shows tonight…Gotta at least get one goal…

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

  80. Norm0770 says:

    O’Byrne will probably be in but SK74 only gets in if Martin stps down as coach after tonight.

  81. longtimehabsfan says:

    They’ve check us better than we did them.  And the PPs killed us a la Pittsburgh.

  82. Exit716 says:

    If it’s any consolation, Mr. Boone, Galley got fired from his Tier Two Jr. A coaching job with the Nepean Raiders this season.


  83. Clutch10 says:

    4-0, but im not impressed with the flyers, its not what they’ve done tonight it’s what we haven’t done.

  84. joeybarrie says:

    The only way SK gets to play is if PG clears out the team a la Gainey. No one on the team wants him around.

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

  85. SeriousFan09 says:

    Subban trying to make MAB look good on some shifts, poor kid.

    He’s potentially better than Markov, but even Markov on his best day has trouble making MAB look like a defencemen.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  86. HFX-HabFan says:

    So much for the “loud crowds” in Philly…sounds like they’ve gone to sleep.

  87. longtimehabsfan says:

    Man, Gionta is short.

  88. coachdoug says:

    I don’t know…Gagne and Giroux are looking pretty good…I think they are playing well and we look lost tonight…

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

  89. ManApart says:

    Just a complete joke. This team embarrased the whole city tonight. Everyone says how proud they are when the team wins. Now we can say how humiliated we are by their mediocrity.

  90. temekuhabs says:

    We gotta win this period and at least score on Leighton, he hasn’t had anything to do back there!!

  91. petrov14 says:

    This would be a good time to “Fall” on Leighton  😛

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  92. danedmunds says:

    i wonder what latendresse is doing right now

  93. hockeydoc says:

    no pushback in the 3rd period-very disappointing. these are the canadiens of the regular season.

  94. kostadis says:

    Shall we start the debate about which goalie should start?

  95. Bill says:

    Pouliot. Actually more useless than Latendresse, HOW??

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  96. EricInStL says:

    Where is Lapierre ???? Is he injured or benched for getting that penalty ???

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  97. Norm0770 says:

    I hate that call.  Even against the Flyers.

  98. longtimehabsfan says:

    How about that Bob Cole?  Thanks for the link guys.  It’s good to get away from Versus.

  99. ManApart says:



  100. Habscore says:

    I don’t want to see Sergei on the ice for the playoffs.. I rather see MAB on the line-up….or…  maybe not….!!

    Let’s bring Sergei…!!??……

    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  101. ManApart says:

    They’re in shock by how easy it has been


  102. coachdoug says:

    Practicing his wrap arounds for next year…

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

  103. danedmunds says:

    pouliot should take some lessons

  104. longtimehabsfan says:

    Flyers have been guarding the line all night on our PP and still no adjustment.  Dump and chase, stupid.

  105. HUDSONHAB says:

    That’s it! MAB has to sit! He is horrible! FFFF!!!!



  106. zozotheclown says:

    They can’t even enter a zone properly anymore

  107. TripleX says:

    MAB has been hampered all game having to carry PK.  Even the enormous talent of MAB can’t compensate for having to babysit a rookie.  Wait for JM to unleash MAB and institute a fore check with about two minutes left in the game.


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

  108. saskhabfan says:

    Your a joke and an embarrasment.


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

  109. Canadiangrrl says:

    Hail Mary, full of grace…

  110. RudeMood19 says:

    Gomez it’s not about you.

  111. SeriousFan09 says:

    Have we lost every game where Gomez took a penalty? Confirmation anyone?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  112. zozotheclown says:

    Gomez again, on the PP again, not a good game for him, or anyone.

  113. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Gomez man, control your emotions on the ice.

  114. danedmunds says:

    great leadership

  115. TripleX says:

    Has JM ever considered changing up the PP?  Just a thought.


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

  116. longtimehabsfan says:

    He’s good.  We just haven’t been tonight. 

  117. HFX-HabFan says:

    The wheels have come off.  This is more or less the same as the series opener in Pittsburgh- a full out crapping of the bed.

  118. Norm0770 says:

    OMG.  I can’t beleive they called that.

  119. sidhu says:

    Another undisciplined penalty for Gomez — inexcusable.

    Bench him for the rest of the game.

    If he doesn’t take the penalty in the first, cutting short our PP and giving Philly a PP, this could be a completely different game.

  120. TheMock780 says:

    How brutal has Gomez been tonight? It’s like someone told him and MAB that the regular season was back on

  121. HUDSONHAB says:

    Gomez needs to be big next game. Not that that deserved a penalty.


  122. TripleX says:

    If that was insert name: Pouliot AK SK O’Byrne.  Would they EVER see the ice again.  Just saying.


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

  123. NLhabsfan says:

    If he is going to slash Pronger make it hurt at least.

  124. Eliisa says:

    Timo – here I am thinking that all these posts I am reading are so depressing and just wishing that someone would come on to Habs Inside/Out and make a happy-we-can-do-this-it-is-only-game-one-afterall-and-we-did-beat-both-Washington-and-Pittsburgh post. Then what happens? Our own little ray of Sunshine appears and chases those dark clouds away.

    Seriously though, nice post. I think we all needed a chuckle. :)

  125. bidds55 says:

    Note to Scott Gomez: If you’re gonna slash Chris Pronger, break his G** D*** leg, don’t give him a one handed love tap.

  126. Chuck says:

    Truly unbelieveable.


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

  127. coachdoug says:

    Yeah but Pouliot can make himself completely invisible…I didn’t even know he was still on the team…

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

  128. sidhu says:

    Sit Gomez, please.  A message needs to be sent, even if he’s the $7m man.

  129. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    What a spanking.

    And the Habs deserve it. Every single one of ’em.

  130. Keith says:

    That ugly long-haired galoot!

  131. coachdoug says:

    The “System” needs some KY jelly…it’s starting to hurt now…

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

  132. ManApart says:

    hey buddy, the truth hurts. Unfortuneately the world is laughing at this team right now

  133. Eliisa says:

    There is absolutely no way in hell we are going to hand them a shut out. Someone – anyone – SCORE!!! Leighton is NOT good enough to deserve this.

  134. habs001 says:

    this is the habs team we saw way too many times during the reg season

  135. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Price on his Knee’s again…Which reminds me ,GO HIGH  ON Leighton boys!

  136. dysonsphere says:

    pretty good statement game by philly.

    here’s hoping the habs get the last word.

  137. Habhopeful says:

    Price still can’t get a shutout lol this game is history look forward to the next one

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  138. EricInStL says:

    Next year we need the type of player who delivers that questionable hit. Rmember Chelios, Lemieux etc…

    Well we have ___________.

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  139. temekuhabs says:

    Not our night, no prob, we’ll be better in Game 2

  140. NLhabsfan says:

    Spoil the shutout at least.

  141. Rainrocket16 says:

    This f’n series is over now!! we have no heart…what the hell happened, I am gonna doubt that we can recover now, we have been figured out


  142. Norm0770 says:

    I hate this bunch of Neanderthals.  Actually that is an insult to Neanderthals,

  143. K-hab25 says:

    He plays in Montreal, where you get 5 minutes of ice time on the 4th line and your suppose to produce like a superstar. Tell me how well has AK, Pleks,Gomez, Gionta and Cammy done playing 4 times as much as Pouliot has. Next you’ll be blaming Metro or Darche. Hey I got an idea, how about putting the blame where it belongs, the whole team. Just like how it “should” be when they win.

  144. SeriousFan09 says:

    “You know those hits you were throwing against Pittsburgh like knocking over Staal? Knock that stuff off, you’re making MAB self-conscious about his checks having the impact of a balled-up tissue paper.” – JM to AK.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  145. dpthehabsfan says:

    Well, there is some good news for game 2  – we can’t play any worse.

  146. sidhu says:

    Who prepared the scouting report on Leighton?? All we’re doing is shooting low!  Go high like Philly is doing on us.

  147. SeriousFan09 says:

    We have a **** game in every series, this was it.

    2nd game will feature OB and a team that’s not hung over.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  148. longtimehabsfan says:

    I don’t understand the face-off rules anymore.

  149. hablifting says:

    Eww that smells.

  150. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    LOL What a spanking.

  151. Norm0770 says:

    Really?  Was the Pittsburgh series over after game 1, 3, or 5?  Was the Washington series over after game 2?

  152. sidhu says:

    Awful game for PK, he was caught waaaaaaaaaay up there

  153. EricInStL says:

    Oh there’s Lapierre…

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  154. zozotheclown says:

    Lol what a joke, on Subban again, will they be shellshocked for game 2? Maybe.

  155. Keith says:

    This is fucking humiliating(((

  156. Peter Young says:

    That’s what happens when P.K. goes behind the opposition’s net.

  157. saskhabfan says:

    Funny since you were crying the same river when we were down 3-1 to the caps and when we got spanked in game one from the pens. You just cry alot.

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

  158. danedmunds says:

    subban sure is getting some lessons tonight

  159. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Ok …Halaks rested ….get Price the Fu*k outof there!

  160. Matt_in_TO says:

    And this is why I hoped to play Boston….


    – I Hab Faith

  161. coachdoug says:

    If we had someone who could fight we could at least drop the gloves…All we can do is take bad panalties…

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

  162. Norm0770 says:

    ANOTHER penalty?  I don’t get NHL officiating.

  163. makka83 says:

    LOL.. are you stupid?

  164. habsoul says:

    “Every time Scott Hartnell scores a stripper loses a heel.”


    16 to 25
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  165. topher5468 says:

    I thought Price was working hard in Practice, its not showing

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

  166. ddawwidd says:

    Subban – go to the hotel, cry, get up tomorrow and draw conclusions from your game. Because tonight, my friend, you’ve been rock-bottom horrible. And you’re way better than this

    Bring back Zone de Match! :(

  167. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    6 goals for Flyers on 22 shots – one would think the goaltending was pathetic this game.

    Hopefully Halak will rebound.

  168. gmd says:

    Maybe instead of MAB sitting out for O’Byrne maybe it’ll be Subban.

  169. EricInStL says:

    Worst part is that Phily aren’t playing tough….

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  170. zozotheclown says:

    Why? So they can beat up Halak’s confidence some more? Its clear they’ve given up on this game, just hope for better next time.

  171. kempie says:

    Somehow, this makes me hate Boston even more.

  172. HardHabits says:

    F*ck that. Put Subban in nets, help his +/- from getting worse tonight.

  173. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Not time to give up, but there’s absolutely nothing positive to point out.  How different is this game if Gomez controls himself on the first penalty?  Probably not so much, but I need a scapegoat and I don’t have the heart to pin it on Halak or PK. 

    Nobody expected us to sweep ’em, right?


    “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.

  174. Harani says:

    Loss by the biggest margin this playoffs for ANY team? PK was on the ice for 5 of the 6 Flyers goal…..bad bad night! Big rebound game on Tuesday would be nice!

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

  175. makka83 says:

    you must be a really sad person. How many of tonight’s goals was Halak on his knees genius? All of them…

  176. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    How many games has he played in last 2-3 months?

    It was obvious he was going to be rusty dude.

  177. habsoul says:

    I’m open to blaming the Bruins for this disaster.

    The Curse of Claude Julien!


    16 to 25
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  178. SeriousFan09 says:

    You think he doesn’t know? Kid’s a professional, he knows he had a bad game and he’ll come back from this provided we in Montreal don’t get on his back. He had some not so good games with Hamilton as well but he always rebounds.

    How about all the veterans laying brown steamers on the ice tonight anyway?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  179. coachdoug says:

    Yeah…the kid’s had a good ride…now he is taking his knocks…He is getting some great experince for next year…can’t beat playoff hockey to get experience…

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

  180. thirdstone says:

    Your picture is a cup with the habs emlem on it floating in the air with “I BELIEVE” under it. When you put that as your DP you should have to sign a contract saying that you won’t commit the embarassing act of saying all hope is lost after game one. How bandwagon can you get?

  181. danedmunds says:

    yes subban has been awful, but have any canadiens been remotely decent? hell no… just disgraceful


    yes this sort of happened in washington and pittsburgh, but not even close to this bad… this is really bad

  182. kempie says:

    Hey, it’s Timo Kimmonen. Welcome back. Your boy stinks tonight. MAB has become a verb.

  183. Eliisa says:

    True. Of course you still believe, Mike. You never stop believing, it’s just in your blood. Tie this? Give me a break. Cammalleri is going to get a double hattrick right now! We have simply been playing possum this whole time – wanted the Flyers to build a false sense of confidence. Watch out Philly we are taking Game 1.

  184. makka83 says:

    I hope u also leave… how about chicago? become a hawks fan we don’t want u here.

  185. madhabsfan says:

    Message to Gomez:  Thanks buddy.  Way to earn that 7 million.  Great leadership and discipline! 

    Messgae to Subban:  Don’t sign a lease,

    Message to Martin:  Check your team’s luggage.  I think they packed their golf clubs

    Message to the team:  I didn’t know Philly had such a vibrant nightlife!

  186. habbytown says:

    brutal! is this the worst defeat by any team in NHL playoff history?

    maybe habs enjoyed their victory over Pens too muich.

    they’re toast.

  187. longtimehabsfan says:

    Let them pour it on.  In 1975 I saw the Habs spank the Sabres 7-0 and 8-2 in back to back games and lose the series in six games on four 1 and 2 goal games.

  188. Rainrocket16 says:

    2008 all over again

  189. TripleX says:

    That’s what happens when you rush the puck deep and your partner is MAB.  MAB?  You are hoping MAB will make a defensive play if you get caught? MAB?  HAHAHAHAHAHA  Only ONE person believes that.  Unfortunately he is the coach.


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

  190. zozotheclown says:

    Didn’t Detroit 7-1 SJ? That turned out well for SJ too.

  191. Danno says:

    Well, I hope we’ve expelled all of the suck out of our system.

    Question – who will we name as our three sh!t stars of the game.

    Gomez, MAB. AK?

    Your picks…


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

  192. Habscore says:

    I kinda thought that same thing for a sec…lol just a second

    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  193. habsoul says:

    Let me think of something brave to say … hmm … oh I got it!

    “Better to crap your pants in Game 1 than in Game 7.”


    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  194. Larry says:

    It has been a pattern all year. If we have a decent first period and don’t score a shutout is coming. We have not competed at all in the last two periods.

  195. Bill says:

    6-0 and you can’t blame Halak or Price for anything. The Habs didn’t want to play tonight: it starts with Gomez and his crap penalty and worse play.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  196. Matt_in_TO says:

    I wonder if a team has ever been bag skated in the playoffs.


    – I Hab Faith

  197. Eliisa says:

    I was just thinking the exact same thing.

  198. topher5468 says:

    What, relax, Im not killing him, Its just an observation. I understand he’s a bit rusty, That was a bad goal, It was. 

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

  199. Chuck says:

    Ha! We’re down 6-0, the entire team has sucked tonight, and you’re calling out the backup goalie? Time to get your priorities straight.


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

  200. Larry says:

    I remember that.

  201. ManApart says:

    Hey, take it out on me all you want. This team embarrased themselves as bad as they could tonight. Everyone of them were pathetic.

  202. temekuhabs says:

    MAB is out there!! Here we go!


  203. Y says:

    It’s over folks.

    Have a great summer

  204. Rainrocket16 says:

    I cant understand how they are the goons and we get all the penalties

  205. habsoul says:

    I agree. It doesn’t matter if you lose 2-1 or 7-0. It’s just one loss.

    But don’t make it a habit!


    16 to 25

    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  206. Canadiangrrl says:

    MAB, MAB, and, wait for it, MAB.

  207. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    We can either laugh or cry.  Maybe the Flyers got all the scoring out of their system.


    “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.

  208. Nina76 says:

    It was 4-0……now we are 6-0.How about that???? We are not in the game to-nite might as well call it a nite, hope they wake up for the next one…………Philly have some good players that can look out guys we are in for a good ride unless we come out to play.We need players in font of their goalie we really don’t know how well he can play when we play WELL ……………..TOO MANY PENALTIES,!!!!!!!

  209. Exit716 says:

    The most important period of this season comes up Tuesday night in the first 10 minutes.


    Enjoy the ride.


  210. Canadiangrrl says:

    I know I shouldn’t be laughing…but I laughed. :)

  211. SeriousFan09 says:

    JM has an awesome sense of humour, an injured Hal Gill and MAB out together.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  212. RetroMikey says:

    Sunday is a day of rest and our Habs sure took this day off to play hockey.

    Never schedule the Habs to playon a Sunday, perhaps too many Philly Cheesesteaks from Geno’s in their stomachs and not enough mojo to play tonight!

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

  213. Matt_in_TO says:

    Philly, home to the dumbest fans in the league?  I can’t believe how many empty seats there are with the home team up 6-0.


    – I Hab Faith

  214. HardHabits says:

    What. A. Spanking.

  215. Habscore says:


    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  216. habsoul says:

    I bet everyone out there can think of something positive!

    Here’s mine:

    “Hey, at least this isn’t the Champions League where a series can be decided by goal differential.”



    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  217. habsfan0 says:

    Habs usually play 1 VERY bad game per series. Hopefully, they got it over with early in this series.

  218. HardHabits says:

    That makes two of us. Brutal.

  219. makka83 says:

    it’s not about Price.. but you’re too dumb to see that! You call out a guy who came in at 4-0 when the whole team looked like shit… ya.. that is stupid.. look it up!

  220. habsfanmandy says:

    Ok, so, do ya think Buttman realized the Flyers would beat the Habs and called the too many men on

    We’ll win the next one. Off night. Right??

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

  221. ooder says:

    wtvr this happens.. remember chicago vancouver game 1


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

  222. makka83 says:

    it’s not about Price.. but you’re too dumb to see that! You call out a guy who came in at 4-0 when the whole team looked like shit… ya.. that is stupid.. look it up!

  223. longtimehabsfan says:

    Brutal loss.  But it led to the last Habs dynasty.

  224. Chuck says:

    What did you expect him to do? Score 5 goals?


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

  225. sidhu says:

    This is what it feels like, when doves cry

  226. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    At least my signature line is once again relevant.


    “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.

  227. zozotheclown says:

    Well atleast 2 teams will feel worse then us right now, Wsh and Pits. Those of them that watched this game must be feeling pretty sick right now.

  228. habsfanmandy says:

    They won Sunday in the afternoon game … did they suddenly find religion since then?

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

  229. makka83 says:

    HAHAHA 30mins to show us why we should renew his contract? what kind of a dream world do you live in?

    Let’s say Price didn’t let the 2 goals in… would that change how bad his season has been? really? too dumb!

  230. sidhu says:

    Sorry performance, but overall I am not worried.  This was a wake up call.  We’ll come out strong in game 2 and steal one, going back to Montreal with momentum.


    GO HABS GO! 

  231. Bill says:

    I was reading earlier where the Senators would like to get rid of Kovalev, but that his salary and poor production make him untradeable: how about Kovalev for Gomez??

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  232. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    …and tally 3 or 4 assists too.  What a chump!


    “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.

  233. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Lol, I am just frustrated with the loss, that’s all.

    Hopefulyl the boys are up to the task for game 2, sorry bud.

  234. topher5468 says:

    I was going back and fourth during commercials with Saving Private Ryan. Is that a bad movie in this part of town

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

  235. coachdoug says:

    Tabarnac…we took it up the @ss tonight…I hate Philly almost as much as the Leafs…

    Could we suit up “Commercial Boy” for one game with orders to beat the tar out of Cuntcillo?

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

  236. Lafrich says:

    Who is this Versus announcer? He is SUCH A HOMER!!!!!! It is so irritating.

  237. EricInStL says:

    CBC is right 4 day layoff, you get out of synch Phily is on a roll.

    Game 2 has got to be different. Players will figure out this is not Pitt or Wash.

    Phily’s game is not very fast, not like pitt or wash, so MTL game plan has to adjust.

    Game 2 is the key to the series….

  238. petrov14 says:

    Habs are just saving all the goals for the next few more important games  😛

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  239. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Axl Rose’s delay to release Chinese Democracy left this team demoralized and unable to compete.


    “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.

  240. habsfanmandy says:

    Hey, at least AK played well. Very well.

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

  241. Rainrocket16 says:

    Thanks Boston!!!

  242. Lafrich says:

    Agree fully.

  243. ManApart says:

    As bad as it can get. Thank God it’s only one game. Let’s hope they come out better next game. If not, well lots not even go there….

  244. Xtrahabsfan says:

    So Bob grabs Leighton during the 2007 Price experince and then throws him away like garbage,eh!Legacy my ass,lol

  245. kempie says:

    This comment is worth a double. Maybe is wasn’t an accident.

  246. RetroMikey says:

    No, cheesesteaks!

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

  247. makka83 says:

    1 word for ya BIRON..

    also BOB cannot read the future.. i am sure u called it back then because ur a genius!

    lotto numbers please!

  248. VancouverHab says:

    Trade Gomez for Kovalev? Sure – -and trade Markov for Komisarek while we’re at it.


  249. habsoul says:

    One thing’s for sure. We can’t let the Flyers win on Away goals!


    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  250. topher5468 says:

    I know, I feel it too, Game 2 will be better

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

  251. longtimehabsfan says:

    They find a way to screw us even without playing us, don’t they?

  252. Peter Young says:

    Versus commentator said this was the worse opening game loss for the Canadiens in any playoff series opener since 1919.

    Goat of the game for me was Gomez–who, though the most experienced playoff performer on the Canadiens, showed lack of discipline that cost us dearly–a goal each time–at the game’s opening and at its end.  But I still prefer him in Canadiens colors over Kovalev.

    I think the size of the victory–those six goals–may end up hurting Philly.  Our pride will be on the line in Game 2.  Either we’re good enough or we’re not.  We should find out quickly.


  253. zozotheclown says:

    Georges before the game: “The 2008 team was intimidated, this team won’t be.”

    That sure looked like intimidation to me….

  254. mrhabby says:

    i did not think Philly played all that great..not much intimidation,  no real cheap shots. either we did not play our system or the flyers with the forcheck are taking us off our game. i did see flyers clog up the zone. we did not get anything started and looked tired after the 2nd period. get back to square one or this series could be over alot quicker than we all think.

    that being said..its only the first game. forget about it and move on.

  255. makka83 says:

    No need to worry. Halak is 4-0 this season in the game following a game where he got pulled.

    Also the Phillies did not shoot alot. AND we outshot them.

    This usually means a loss…

  256. CalgaryHabsFan says:

    @#%#@ yet another reason to hate the Bruins.

    This looked a lot like the team we saw on too many nights during the regular season.

    Hopefully they got all of the suck out of their systems tonight.

  257. Canadiangrrl says:

    …and as a punishment for this evening’s atrocious performance, JM will bag skate the entire team at 6AM tomorrow as the PA blasts Chinese Democracy on auto-repeat.

  258. TripleX says:

    Timo, they don’t have porn on that hotel tv?  Or are you to cheap to pay for it….or you don’t want the wife to find that statement on your credit card?  LMAO


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

  259. gumper says:

    When you see them going with the stretch pass early, you know it’s going to be a long night.

  260. habsoul says:

    Hey, at least we kept Richards from scoring a goal!

    Seriously, I hope this beating wakes the team up. To win they have to play every minute with butt-clenching desperation.


    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  261. habs001 says:

    this is the team we saw way too many times in the reg season…too many posters before series started under estimated the flyers and over estimated the habs. this team is really a 500 team that has had 2 incredible series wins…

  262. thepriceiswrong says:

    the phillies? were you watching a baseball game?

  263. Mrs.Price31 says:

    Message to madhabsfan: IT’S ONLY ONE GAME! Calm down! After two rounds haven’t the Canadiens shown you that they are a team of character and the God’s of comebacks? We will defeat Philly next game. Don;t worry. It’s only game 1! We still have time to bounce back. And there is no need of bashing specific players. Bottom line is that the whole team played bad. Not just Gomez (is he like the new Price?) or Subban.

  264. Mrs.Price31 says:

    Message to madhabsfan: IT’S ONLY ONE GAME! Calm down! After two rounds haven’t the Canadiens shown you that they are a team of character and the God’s of comebacks? We will defeat Philly next game. Don;t worry. It’s only game 1! We still have time to bounce back. And there is no need of bashing specific players. Bottom line is that the whole team played bad. Not just Gomez (is he like the new Price when it comes to bashing?) or Subban.

  265. coachdoug says:

    If it was 2-0 or 3-0…I would not be concerned…tonight’s blowout showed a lack of heart and a lack of confidence…

    Laviolette knows how to get a lot out of his team…Flyers out hustled us…out muscled us…and played some pretty good hockey…JM better break out the motivational speach now…not that sh#t about living in a van down by the river either!

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

  266. mrhabby says:

    i had a bad feeling about tonight…seen this type of game many many times.

  267. SeriousFan09 says:

    Calling it now:

    This was Subban’s worst game of the year, but he won’t repeat, he will be much better in Game 2.

    This was Leighton’s first and last playoff shutout ever, we won’t make him look like Bernie Parent again.

    OB will be back in the lineup to address the physical issue against the Flyers.

    Team will get their act together and split the series before going home to rock it in the Bell Centre to take a 3-1 series lead.

    Gotta believe.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  268. TripleX says:

    It makes complete sense if only for the positive hit on the cap space.  Markov is totally worth every penny of his contract and Gomez is assuredly not. 

    What is your point?


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

  269. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    REFS were pathetic…so were the Habs…. and especially JMartin.  He needs to dish-out the tough medicine, its time for BERGERON and METRO or POULIT to SIT…. insert OBRYNE and KOSTYjr.

    Bergerons play is unacceptable, totally, and the blatant minor league giveaway was unreal for a team in the 3rd round…he should have been nailed to the bench after that, instead Martin is pushing big minutes on him after that play!… as well, SUBBAN better wake up because he is starting to play scared, like he overacheived, he also made multiple errors consitently througout the game.

    and to repeat…I really hope those REFS watch the tapes, GOMEZ was not a slash, PYATT’s call was laughable, SPACEK was a collision and they missed the initial punch by BRIERE after kosty hit…total REF B.S. again…

    JM better wake up, what small minded strategy to go with the same lineup against PITTS?, this is NOT PITTS!, this is the ROUGH FLYERS, GET OBRYNE IN THEIR ….UNREAL.

  270. Bill says:

    If you can’t be with the one you love …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  271. habsfan0 says:

    Habs have now lost 5 playoff games in a row to the Flyers. Law of averages says they’ll win the next one.

  272. TripleX says:

    20????  Wow that is harsh dude.  LOL

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

  273. Exit716 says:

    What is the Easter Time Zone?


  274. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    FACE!!!!!!!!!!!!! with his FIST.

  275. Bill says:

    Have to agree on Bergeron and Pouliot. MAB is what, -10?? Not like he’s helping the power-play to make up for it either!

    Pouliot is a bigger dog than Clifford.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  276. Mrs.Price31 says:

    Why is everyone bashing Gomez? Jeez! He wasn’t the only one who played bad. The whole team played bad! No one in this game played like the way they did against the Pens! Calm down, the players feed off of each other. When one starts to play bad, the other plays bad. We will bounce back. Allah’k will bounce back. Pk will bounce back. Gomez will bounce back. So don’t worry!


    But I would have loved to play against the Bruins. Philly fans are brutal!

  277. Bill says:

    The law of MABerages says they won’t win again!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  278. J. Ambrose says:

    You’ve got a long wait ahead of you if you are waiting for the return of Sergei. He’s on the roster in name only.

  279. Harani says:

    We’re bashing Gomez because had he not taken that bonehead roughing penalty on Mike Richards on the PP, we cpuld have gained some momentum on the PP and the game could have taken a whole different direction.

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

  280. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    especially against a bigger team that plays with size, unlike the fast talent WASH/PITTS series, this is a totally different game against PHILLY…it has no place for MAB and his 1 shot / series PP efforts.. thats why he is there isn’t it? that shot that we haven’t seen in a few months…

    I put all the blame on MARTIN at this point.

  281. J. Ambrose says:

    That truly was an awful game from the kid. But that’s to be expected from a kid. MAB on the other hand….

  282. idle says:

    A perfect game to ignore and move on to the next one.


    One change I would make for game two is to take P.K off the powerplay at least until he settles down a bit.  I don’t think that the conference finals is the time for the P.K Subban show.  If he wants to take a rush or two at opportune times I’m O.K with it but he can’t be making those uselss rushes all game long and especially on the PP.  What happend to our nice, calm, organized power play?  Now guys are just flying around all over the place putting each other off side or losing the puck just over the blue line because no one knows what the hell each other are doing.


    Hopefully O’Byrne will make it into game 2 and play like he has shown he can at times this season.  MAB was scary out there and it would be great if his minutes could be cut, but he is not alone.  Hamrlik is very unengaged these playoffs and is standing around too damn much watching the puck go in the net.  If I was inclined to I would put together a clip package of Hamrlik standing aruond while the puck goes in, but that would too time consuming and I don’t have enough tape to hold all the clips.

    P.K has been pretty good so far but he really laid an egg this game.  Maybe cut him back a bit and bring him back to earth.  He is no superstar yet and maybe he ought to wait until next season to try to be one.



    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  283. Bill says:

    Gomez bashing because:

    1) He set the tone for the loss with a terrible penalty negating a Habs PP and getting his team behind early. Rookie move.

    2) Also, half of the posters on this site could have made a more dangerous play on the breakaway he blew!

    3) Three playoff rounds – 1 playoff goal

    4) 7 million dollars

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  284. J. Ambrose says:


  285. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    I thought he practiced with the team yesterday…meaning his is back on potential rotation…? if not then we should be calling up either WHITE or somebody…

  286. HABSsince92 says:

    Why did the ‘Regular Season” Habs show up tonight? I hope the ‘Playoffs’ Habs show up the rest of the series….Go Habs Go!!!!


    Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.

  287. Ron says:

    The flyer did not need to come out hitting and smashing. No punches needed to be thrown or dirty cheap shots because our Habs fell over and played dead for most of the game. The team should all be made run back to their hotel carrying full gear to break a sweat. Some of these players won’t need to have their skates sharpened for the next game as the edge should still be there. The system was not used for two and a half periods and JM and staff were unable to get much going with any of the players dressed. Mistakes were made by most everybody and I think OB and maybe even SK need to be reinserted into the line up for game 2. MAB is such a waste both the PP and even strength in this game. Time for a change. Sit maybe MAB and Darche for next game. They sure as hell have nothing to loose now.

  288. petrov14 says:

    Oy oy oy!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  289. SeriousFan09 says:

    MAB I actually do expect it though, much like Derek Boogard is in the NHL because of his fists, MAB is here because of a slapshot.

    Gomez and Lapierre gave away the flow of the game with the terrible penalties and it was all downhill from there, blame goes all around.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  290. petrov14 says:

    MAB out OB in, im sure.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  291. Mrs.Price31 says:

    Even after that PP goal, we played well. We had great momentum going into the second. We outshot the Flyers. I don’t get how one WHOLE game, can be based on a PP goal that didn’t affect our play in the first period.

  292. J. Ambrose says:

    This was game 3 & 4 of the 1st Round and/or game 1 against the Pens. In both cases, Jaro bounced back allowing only one goal. I’m not worried. Tuesday we tie up the series.

  293. Mrs.Price31 says:

    I don’t know about you but Gainey signed Gomez not for scoring, but for making plays. And that’s what he is. He is a play maker. He played amazing in the last 3 games against the pens. Okay, he had a bad game. But it’s only one bad game in like forever! He will play good next game.

  294. Norm0770 says:

    So he should have let Halak or Price go to keep Leighton?  He was claimed off waivers by a team in need of a back-up, just like the Habs grabbed him when they needed a back up.  BTW, Leighton didn’t even have to play well tonight, the Habs forwards did nothing.

  295. doug says:

    Well, that was painless. And strategy obvious and clever: Habs better as underdogs and Flyers never say die when behind: in one game we’ve made ourselves clear underdogs and how you gonna come back from THAT, Philly? They’ve got to be disoriented and unsure what to do next. There can only be one cinderella, and we staked our claim on it tonight… Flyers about to panic with favorite status. Very, very clever, Jacques.

  296. J. Ambrose says:

    The shot total at the end of the 1st is very misleading. We didn’t have a single real scoring opportunity, and were being out-hit, out-skated, out-played. This isn’t the first time Gomer has done this. There’s a good reason why he’ll never be the captain. 

  297. BeachHabFan says:

    you got it. at a minimum, MAB on PP only (tho he sucked there too – how hard is it to shoot the puck into the corner? offside, offside, offside. meh)

  298. TripleX says:

    Martin is NO genius.  When he was called that this month I nearly choked.

    Playing MAB with a rookie PK Suban was dumb.  Not playing O’Byrne the last TWO games when every hockey logic says he should is dumb.  Playing Darche for limited minutes instead of a more talented multidimensional player in SK is dumb.  Not calling a timeout when it was clear the Habs were disorganized and not in the game was dumb.  The Flyers called a timeout when they had a FOUR goal lead!


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

  299. HardHabits says:

    What if reverse psychology wasn’t employed?

  300. Big Ted says:

    The good news is that it would be hard to play a more brutal game than that. Felt a lot like Game 1 against Pittsburgh where their power play destroyed us and Halak got chased. The boys will bounce back next game, but it’s pretty clear OB needs to be back in the line-up and I think if you’re JM you even have to be thinking about SK74 over Pouliot or Metro. There has to be hope that something is being done to change the tone of the game. MAB was awful again tonight, although one could say that about a lot of the Habs. Here are my grades for Game 1 (unlike Game 7, these will be brutal):

    Halak D, Price C

    Hamrlik C, Spacek C+

    Subban D, MAB F

    Gill C-, Gorges C+

    Gionta C, Gomez D, Moen C-

    AK46 F, Pleks D, Cammy C

    Lapierre C, Moore C-, Pyatt C-

    Darche C-, Metro F, Pouliot D

  301. idle says:

    RE: 3)


    CMI as someone who is pissed off at Gomez for tonights play, but I guess his 10 assist mean nothing?  You guys just don’t get it.  Gomez is not a goal scorer.  He is not a goal scorer.  People keep posting how few goals he scores as though it surprises you.  Kostitsyn should be scoring goals.  Pouliot should be scoring goals.  Plekanec should be scoring goals.  Gomez is a playmaker, he gets assists.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  302. J. Ambrose says:

    He practiced, yes. But he’ll never see the ice in a Habs game again. As for call-ups, I don’t believe we are allowed any others. But I could be wrong.

  303. HabFab says:

    He lives!!

    Pretty much what I said at 21:02

  304. Rainrocket16 says:

    Scoffs——-I hope your right though!

  305. 100HABS says:

    At 11:00 in the third, Pleky goes to shoot a one-timer on a rebound, but gets a cross-check in the back from Timonen. This, well before he touches the puck. He shot at the net falling down and tried again on his knees/stomach. How is this not a penalty?Obstruction or cross check, take a pick.

    Early in the third, Moore gets two sets of sticks in his feet and falls right in front of the ref.

    Lapierre’s penalty when he hit the guy on the boards in front of the bench – either you let it all go, or you give it to both.

    RDS guys are no longer complaining about the reffing. I am.

  306. danp says:

    How quickly people go from loving their Habs to this.

  307. HabFab says:

    Bro, you are starting to worry me! Seeing as how you’re from Deliverance country and yu’alll

  308. habs001 says:

    pouliot 1 goal in last 29 games…darche cannot score at this level..plecks passer cannot be relied to score goals..gomes passer cannot score ..ak46  after hat trick no goals in 14 games…pyatt cannot score…moen cannot score regularly..moore cannot score regularly…lapps cannot score regularly…metro streak scorer on pp ..camm and gion are our only real scorers …this is why this team is still a 500 team and we should enjoy the incredible wins vs pitt and wash

  309. TripleX says:

    You know I am really tired of hearing that sad argument.  Bob or any other GM does not pay a player 7.3 million a year to make plays.

    Joe Thorton is the premier playmaker in the NHL but he also can score.  Even if I was to believe you, where are the assists and points?  Even by your definition Gomez is a complete failure.


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

  310. danp says:

    Are you a Leafer?

  311. Habscore says:

    So when the team loses and the whole team plays badly, why on earth are people bashing Gomez??

    -His salary is not his fault

    -Anyone could have had a bad penalty at the beginning….please! The refs were too strict for a playoff game tonight



  312. J. Ambrose says:

    Opposing teams figured out a long time ago that to neutralize MAB, you only have to pressure him high. But the Flyers took that to new levels by sending up TWO checkers on him. And they were a man down! So what does MAB do? Shoots anyways. I truly do not understand JM’s devotion to this guy.

  313. danp says:

    Right. He’s not a genius. And the Habs shouldn’t be here. But they are. First time since 1993. Go HABS!

  314. danp says:

    I still don’t know why Pyatt got a goal tender interference on that play. He couldn’t interfere with anyone with sticks wrapped around his ribs. Strict on one side – penalties in most cases but strict – and not so strict on the other.

  315. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    Friedman just tweeted a MAB quote: “We waited to see how good they were…and now we know.”

    Hey Bergy, why the hell would you WAIT to see how good a team is?!? You go out and show them how good YOU are. That works much better.  They won 4 straight elimination games to get to the East final….if he doesn’t think that’s good enough, I don’t know what the hell is.

  316. Norm0770 says:

    Subban will bouce back.  His play was severly affected by being partnered with MAB to start the game.

  317. ABHabsfan says:

    In small defense of Gomez on his mini-breakaway; did you see thref right between him and the net? By the time the ref moved he was right on top of the goalie with no move but shoot. Small consolation because he was quite crap along with everyone else tonight. Though I don;t think the penalties called on him were really warranted. That “slash” on Pronger? Give me a break, what a crap call. But that is no excuse for the stinker these guys brought to the table tonight. At least it was game 1 and not 5-7. The Habs really made a mediocre team look like world-beaters. I still don’t think the Flyers are very good but if you hand it to them it will get ugly and it did.

  318. 100HABS says:

    IMO the reffing was very one-sided again. That should not be a penalty and there are many they missed on their side.

  319. idle says:

    Thorton – 3 goals 8 assists = 11 points  minus 8

    Gomez – 1 goal 10 assists = 11 points  minus 5



    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  320. TripleX says:

    Must be nice to pull in 7.3 million a year and not be expected to SCORE! 

    Not my fault boss, those other bums are just not scoring.  BS!!!


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

  321. TripleX says:

    I guess you forgot to put in the number of games???

    ps in case you missed it ….until the last two games Thorton has been highly criticized for his lack of production


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

  322. Brian Burke says:

    Probably because Gomez was who started the craptacular performance. Probably because he’s the highest paid person on the team and was without a doubt the worst player on the team tonight. That’s why.


  323. shootdapuck says:

    What a stinker, I turned it off after the second goal because the outcome was obvious!

    The regular season team caught the charter Friday and played its normal uninspired, lazy game tonite.

    Where was the forecheck?

    Why was MAB even dressed? His PP contribution is zero his defensive contribution is a liability. He is a deer in the Flyers’ headlights so scared that he freezes, makes rediculous passes and plays in his own end!

    Did JM stop listening to Muller? Sure appears like it!


    “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″

  324. shootdapuck says:

    Worse than MAB are you blind?


    “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″

  325. idle says:

    So if assists mean nothing then why even keep the stat?  If skilled playmakers don’t mean anything then why not just sign a bunch of shooters and I guess you win the cup every year.  I guess great tandems only need 1 player.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  326. Exit716 says:

    Montreal is facing a team that was one of the favourites to come out of the Eastern Conference this season.

    They’ll be a hell of a lot better on Tuesday night.


  327. habbytown says:

    MAB doesn’t earn 7.3 mil!!!

  328. Norm0770 says:

    Hey Brian, don’t the Leafs still have some first round picks in the next decade that you haven’t traded away?  You also have lots of cap space, how about Hamrlik to pair with Pahneuf for the 2013 first round pick?

  329. idle says:

    Your right.  The refs are to blame for a 6-0 loss.






  330. Corporate says:

    I can’t believe what I am reading on these boards. Did the Habs play a stinker yes. Is it the first one no… Way to go to suppoert the troops… Yes I agree it wasn’t the best match from Gomez.. It was also a pitiful match for the other 19 guys that dressed up tonight. There were very few bright spots.

    Now, the team needs their fans more than ever and we should not let them down. As for reading about giving MAB more ice time… JM gave him more ice time when the game was out of reach. So it didn’t really mkae a difference.

    So what I am trying to say is people calm down. It was a disappointing game, but we must still remain positive, it can only go up from here…  I still maintain Habs in 6.

  331. doug says:

    Friedman translated quote from French (seriously). Wonder what philosophical question will be answered on Tuesday

  332. Habscore says:

    Buddy, re-read what I wrote…



  333. Norm0770 says:

    Better than tonight is still a pretty low bar.

  334. Corporate says:

    I don’t give a crap about his salary… He played great for 2 rounds and he played a bad game tongiht… Come on man…

  335. habbytown says:

    WRONG! he was traded for, not signed, TO SCORE GOALS!

    you don’t pay a player 7.3 to make a pass!

    rthis team need scorers and we only have 2 of them- Cammalleri and Gionta! and that’s why we will lose this series in short order.

    what’s worse? Carter is playing next game.

  336. Exit716 says:

    They’ll win Tuesday.


  337. Corporate says:

    Thank you.. a little positive…

  338. habbytown says:

    you forgot the 3 empty nets Gomez missed aas well as the breakaway tonight.

  339. punkster says:

    This is the conclusion I am greedily grasping at right now. No doubt about it, the Flyers are now officially overconfident. Victory is within our grasp!


  340. habbytown says:

    PG has alot of work ahead of him this offseason. I can count at least 8 players not returning.

  341. Corporate says:

    Where did this come from. You are talking offseason when we are in teh conference finals… Gezz talk about a bandwagoner..

  342. shootdapuck says:

    Why is that an issue?

    Why not rag on Hamrlick at 5.5 million?

    Spacek at 3.8 mill.

    Does having a big contract (from another team BTW) impact on ice performance?

    Maybe Pittsburgh should dump Crosby at 8.7, Malkin at 7.7, Gonchar at 5.0 just because they had a bad series and had big contracts not a bad game!

    What about Washington Ovetchkin at nearly 9, Semin at 6 are they going to dumped cause they had not a bad game but a bad series?

    Give it a rest! It’s not your money!


    “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″

  343. idle says:

    So Gainey picked up a player who only scored more then 16 goals 1 time in his last 9 seasons to be a goal scorer?


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  344. idle says:

    What does that have to do with anything?  I’m not arguing that he was good tonight.  I think he sucked tonight.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  345. TripleX says:

    Thank you!  Someone with some common sense.  GM’s don’t pay top dollars for passers……you either put up points or SCORE!


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

  346. punkster says:

    Just got in, heard the disaster on the radio, ugh. However, as pointed out in earlier posts, with this humilitation the Habs have reclaimed the title of underdog. It’s all part of JM’s grand plan. False sense of security, rope-a-dope, however you want to look at this the Habs instilled in the Flyers a sense of self confidence that will be their undoing. Mark my words. Caps, overconfident…Pens overconfident…and where are they now?


  347. Norm0770 says:

    I think so too.  Just pointing out the obvious. 

  348. habs001 says:

    the team has put in a great effort to reach this position…it has been a great run..but dont let it fool you..over 82 games this team is 90-94 points …

  349. idle says:

    It’s simple really.  This team does not have enough players who can score.  As long as their are a shortage of people who can score you will see MAB out there.

    And yes I know he has not been scoring latley, but he has the ability to score and that is a rarity on this team.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  350. Norm0770 says:

    I thought the win over the Bruins would do that.  This beatdown was just the icing on the confidence cake.

  351. TripleX says:

    Actually it was Sather a well known idiot who gave a player who in his BEST year had 84 points and 33 goals (only did it once) a stupendously dumb contract.  Why Gainey took it on is anyone’s guess.


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

  352. idle says:

    He has 11 points in 15 games.  You just lost an argument to yourself.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  353. Tis Himself says:

    I put the blame for tonight’s performance on the Caps and the Pens!

  354. TripleX says:

    So does Pleks and he has a better plus minus.  A lot of people are saying Pleks has done nothing and is not deserving of a big contract.  And Gomez with virtually the SAME stats is worth 7.3 MILLION?

    Give your head a shake dude.  Quit while you are still behind.

    11 points?  Cammi has 12 GOALS!!!!!!


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

  355. idle says:

    Who said Gomez was worth 7.3 million?  I never said that.  The fact is that that is what his salary is and it’s not going to change and bitching about it every time the team loses is not going to help anything.  His contract has nothing to do with whether or not he is playing well.  Contract should only come into the equation when deciding to sign a player or trade for a player or try to move a player.  Period end of story.  It should never be used to judge how a player is playing.  Once the game starts players salaries mean nothing.  You also can’t use the fact that Cammalleri is playing exceptional hockey to prove that Gomez is not.  Cammalleri playing better does not mean that Gomez is not playing well.  If that were the case then every player on the team other then Halak is sucking because Cammalleri is that much better.

    The argument was that you don’t think Gomez is playing well and I do (with the exception of tonight)  Your throwing things like his contract (irrelevant) & Cammalleri (irrelevant) into the argument instead of backing up your claim that he is not playing well.  I don’t want to hear about his contract or what other players are doing.  Tell me why he is not playing well (other then tonight which I agree to)


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  356. Just A Guy says:

    Then Serendipity is sure to follow.

  357. Shublips says:

    That was a horrible game.  Horrible.  The Habs just didn’t show up.  But you know what?  Who cares?  Throw that game out.  Nothing to take from it.  The Habs have done well at rebounding from bad games so far in the playoffs, and I believe they’ll do that same in game two:

    For all of the talk of the Flyers being physically dominat, it wasn’t THAT bad.  And I wasn’t taht impressed by the Flyers.  The Habs can beat them, they just have to start moving their feet.  Move their feet and the Flyers will start taking more penalties.

    Habs on Facebook: on Twitter: on

  358. Corporate says:

    What do you mean it was a great run??? It is still a great run.. Unless we lose 4 in teh cnference finals the run isn’t done… Man.. Talk about being bad losers.

  359. smiler2729 says:

    Hey Nostradamus, predictions are for fools. Let’s just play the games and see what happens.

    Obviously I’m hoping the Habs have a different game plan vs. the Flyers than they did in the first two rounds.

    The giants have been slain but Philadelphia is a different monster, a team picked by a lot of the talking heads and the Hockey News to win it all.

    The only weakness I see them having is a lack of depth on defence and goaltending.

  360. Kristopher7 says:

    The only weakness I see them having is a lack of depth on defence and goaltending”, excatly Smiler.

    Everyone says Philly will take it, but can their D take on the Habs offensive players? Their depth on D is lacking, even with that horse Pronger, and their goaltending is not Halak-esque.

  361. nightmare_49 says:

        By BRUCE ‘RUMOURS’ GARRIOCH, Ottawa Sun

        McGuire to Bolt?

    Sources say TSN analyst Pierre McGuire could be the frontrunner to take over the GM’s duties of the Lightning. While the Bolts have held talks with Red Wings VP Steve Yzerman, indications are he only has mild interest. Sources say the Bolts have also spoken with Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall and possibly Nashville assistant GM Paul Fenton. McGuire, a former assistant GM and player personnel director of the Hartford Whalers, was a finalist to become the Wild’s GM last summer — a job that Chuck Fletcher wound up getting.


        Sens’ Kovalev Untradable

        NHL executives say Russian winger too old, too brittle, too expensive for Ottawa to unload

  362. JF says:

    Unfortunately, I think you’re right, Mike.  The Flyers are a much better balanced team, both offensively and defensively, than either the Capitals or the Penguins.  Their top-four on D are at least as good as ours, perhaps better, and their scoring is evenly spread out.  On our side, we are faster, and we have been playing superbly as a team, with the forwards doing an excellent job of supporting the D.  And of course goaltending – although who really knows what Michael Leighton is capable of?  But the Flyers’ tough, grinding style could make our lack of size a problem for the first time these playoffs, and if they target one of our key guys like Mike Cammalleri or Josh Gorges, we’ll be in trouble.  Then there’s coaching.  Jacques Martin did a masterly job against Bruce Boudreau and Dan Bylsma, but can he match Peter Laviolette, who took over a dysfunctional team in mid-December and has brought them to the Conference final despite rumoured locker-room dissension and despite his goaltenders going down like ninepins, overcoming a 3-0 deficit in the series against
    Boston and a 3-0 deficit in Game 7.  Jacques Martin will have to deploy all the coaching skills most of us questioned during the season.  I love the way we’re playing, and I love our character and determination, but this task might be too much.

  363. Kristopher7 says:

    Shuuuuuuuuuuun Boone, Shuuuuuuuuuuuuuun.

    Shun the non believers!

  364. nightmare_49 says:

        Sunday’s Inside the NHL:

        By Bucky Gleason


        Chicago already has $57.5 million committed toward the cap next season.

  365. Kristopher7 says:

    Look at the Pens last year. Won first round in 6, second round in 7, third round in 4 and then won the Cup in 7 against Detroit.

    I honestly thought the Habs would be exhausted after 14 games, but the Pens swept Carolina after playing 13. Habs can beat Philly in 4-6 IMO, and then take on CHI or SJS in 7 for the Cup.

  366. HabFab says:

    Don’t look now BUT…. our ECHL affiliate Cincinnati Cyclones are up
    2-0 in the Finals for the Kelly Cup. Both wins came on the road and
    goaltender Robert Mayers (5th on our depth chart) has a 1.17 GAA.

  367. nightmare_49 says:

     Frank – He has nice numbers since coming back from Hamilton lately.

  368. 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.

    why the Habs will win in 6 games.

    1) Habs have 4 players who have won the stanley cup; flyers have 1 – Gionta, Gomez, Moen, Gill will lead by example.

    2) Habs have the hottest goalie, Jaro Halak, in the world; flyers have a jouneyman, neverbeen. winning in the playoffs is determined by hot goaltending, and we’ve got it, baby!!

    3) Habs “small forwards” play HABS HOCKEY which, for those of you who have been living on another planet for the past 3 weeks is SMART HOCKEY.. Gionta, Gomez in particular are experienced at avoiding the cheap shot artists.

    4) Habs have Hal Gill and Josh Gorges; who have proven they can shut down any and all snipers – even the best in the world – Flyers have nothing that comes remotely close to Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin

    5) Habs have PK SUBBAN – this will be PK’s breakout series – power play goals, and assists – PK is 21 years old, but he is the total package, and he will come up very big for us.

    Habs win in 6. (including GAME 1 tonight!!!)


  369. ooder says:

    the dnaish goalie better go get his jock strap from the stands after datsyuk’s penalty shot.

    aa man i can’t even pretend to care about the world championship after the humilation at the olympics


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

  370. TripleX says:

    Is it realistic to assume Cammi will continue to score like the second coming of the ROCKET?  Is it realistic to assume Halak will continue to play like the second coming of ST. PATRICK?

    Not really.  Plus the Flyers are tough, large and love playing the cycle game…..things the Habs have trouble with.  Will JM allow hockey logic to overcome his personal distaste for certain players even though playing them makes sense?  Will JM’s well known distaste for the rough stuff render him ineffective as coach.  Will Captain Kirk be able to come up with a sound strategy?

    I think this will be the toughest test for the Habs as the Flyers are the perfect team to combat the Hab’s strengths.



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

  371. SeriousFan09 says:

    Van Riemsdyk had 1 good game in these playoffs total, Briere will moan like a baby the second he meets the shutdown tandem of Gill and Gorges and will likely be on IR if someone sneezes on him and Halak will be in everyone’s heads soon enough anyway.

    Habs in 6, Flyers don’t know what’s coming their way.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  372. Ian Cobb says:

    I think Mike is using reverse psychology, if we are expected to win, to
    much pressure. So we go in as under dogs and the luck takes precedence.

  373. DearyLeary says:

    We’re also facing Michael Leighton in net, and frankly this ‘more physical’ angle does’t hold water, becauese Philly takes a lot of penalties (not to mention Washington was supposed to be too physical, and Pittsburgh after them…).  If Philly takes penalties, they’re gonners.

  374. kostadis says:

    The Habs defeat of the Penguins was astonishing. The Habs defeat of Washington was astonishing.

    To the statistically and mathematically inclined, the answer, the only answer must have been luck.

    Let me make a couple of observations.

    1. Halak’s record when he gets 40+ shots is 15-0-1.

    2. Montreal’s record when they win is to consistently get out shot

    3. Teams that are losing tend to get more shots than teams that are winning.

    The problem, and I believe it is the crux of the problem, is that the mathematically inclined are focused on balanced teams. A creature that no longer exists in the NHL.

    I also believe that the mathematically inclined are looking at top-teams, all of which have BAD goaltending. And using their analytical tools are expecting all good teams to be the same. In other words, the statistics are bad because they are using the data in the wrong way.

    A balanced top-team would never get out shot as consistently as the Habs. But in the new NHL, there is no such thing as a balanced team. It’s like a game of rock-paper-scissors. Your weakness and strength played against his weakness and strength.

    The Habs strength is it’s goaltending. uniquely among the teams they played, their Goaltenders are actually MORE talented than the bulk of their defense. The Habs defensive strength is it’s basic immobility and reach. They can’t fly out of the d-zone but they can control the d-zone with their reach.

    In that context, it actually makes sense to play a style that relies on the goaltending to play well and rely on your defense to make it hard to make plays that force the goaltender to be out of position.

    Watch Hal Gill on a 5-3 and you understand why Halak looks brilliant. You can’t make a pass through the slot. It’s not actually possible. His body is 6+ feet and his stick is another 6+ feet. There is NO space.

    So the strategy is to let teams shoot, but not let them move the puck across the slot area or to set up in the slot.

    The last four goals against Montreal were goals set up in the slot as a deflection. This is not by accident. There were no bang-bang plays that criss-crossed the zone. The best scoring chances involved Crosby and Malkin taking the puck themselves to the net. Crosby’s best chance occured on a Gil powerplay.

    JM has a plan and it’s working.

  375. ooder says:

    i am sure the constant PP’s the pittsburg and washington were awarded had nothing to do with all those shots and chances


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

  376. HardHabits says:

    We are underdogs Ian. That wont change regardless of how far the Habs go.

    I called Caps in 6. I called Pens in 6. Yes, I am calling Flyers in 6. These guys have no business being here and they should never forget it.


  377. ooder says:

    though i must say i love hockey on an international sized rink


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

  378. diehardhab says:

    Does anyone know the line combos philly has been using?

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  379. avatar_58 says:

    Scott Hartnell getting ready before the game –


  380. HardHabits says:

    Love the rock-paper-scissors analogy. Hopefully the Flyers will not be the rock to the Habs scissors as the Habs were the scissors to the Pens’ and Caps’ paper. If the Flyers are to be the rock then the Habs need to shift to paper mode.

    The Habs are in very tough against the Flyers. Should be a good series and a real test for the team that Gainey built. I for one do not take the Flyers lightly at all.

  381. 24 Cups says:

    Following Mike Boone’s lead, I have taken six Flyers in the Sportsnet Fantasy Hockey Pool. 

    Shawn will be totally pissed but the reverse jinx is a powerful weapon to use against Philly.

    In essence, I’m taking one for the team, my beloved Habs. 

    24.6 Cups

  382. Norcal Habsfan says:

    Reverse jinx for the series Boone? I hope might be going to the reverse jinx well too often. Anyway I expect JM to put on a coaching clinic especially with extra days preparation but we can’t be too overconfident and I agree with some healthy skepticism. I can’t wait.

    Go Habs go

  383. Keith says:

    I’m glad all the so-called “Experts” are picking the Flyers in 6.Hopefully they will eat their words. I’ll take the Habs in 7, like I’ve been doing throughout these playoffs. I love being the underdog. Makes it far more interesting, and much more fun when they win. GO HABS GO!!!

  384. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Mike, I love the Habs and therefore want you to stick rigidly to your M.O.! However, I would need persuading on Philly’s offensive depth. If a team’s total scoring capacity is a factor that was highly concentrated in a few players on the Penguins, maybe a few more on the Capitals, then do you mean by “depth” that it’s distributed even more widely on the Flyers, but with no superstar(s)? If so, does that not make it easier for Montreal to contain? Our top 4 D men should have less trouble dealing with Crosby-less, Ovechkin-less first lines, and now maybe even our secondary D pairings — who gave us apoplexy if they ended up on the ice with Crosby or Ovie — will be able to match up and provide containment. Just a thought. 

  385. Dunboyne Mike says:

    What I’m wondering is, can we depend on the officiating to protect Halak if the crashing gets ridiculous?

    I find conspiracy theories hard to swallow, but I’ve been spooked since the blue-line tackle on Subban that let Malkin loose, followed by the catalogue of non-calls in that game which even had Grapes up in arms. If the League is able to play a divine intervention role in officiating, is it more likely that they prefer to see Montreal continue uninterupted on its present trajectory? Or punished for banishing the NHL’s two biggest stars from the playoffs?

    Or, just slap me and tell me not be spooked any more.

  386. coachdoug says:

    As long as we are the underdog Habs are good…tired of hearing pundits predict our future…they have no idea like the rest of us…No fun if we don’t beat the “annointed” teams…

    The “System” does not read hockey news…


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

  387. JD_ says:

    Having successfully completed both the Washington Capitals Meltdown 2010™ and Pittsburgh Penguins Meltdown 2010™ the NHL’s DestinyTeam 2010™, otherwise known as the Habs, continues down the righteous path to preordained glory as it heroically plows its way through the City of Brotherly Meltdowns.

    We’re proud to introduce the Philadelphia Flyers Meltdown 2010 in all its unabashed glory. Infighting, dissent, love triangles, power struggles, and overall knuckle-draggin’ hijinks ensure that not only will the Flippers melt down like a Nestle Drumstick® in the back seat of a soon-to-be rear-ended Ford Pinto® but, in addition, Chris Pronger will continue to be the NHL’s undisputed DoucheKing™.

    What do we know?

    * Although a majority of talking heads appear to be favouring the Flyers, there is one notable problem: If you take the letters in “Philadelphia Flyers” and mix ’em around, you yield “Lip Hype Heralds Fail”, and fail they will. In epic fashion.

    * Although he long ago had control of the team wrested from his grubby mitts, former GM and resident mouth-breather Bobby Clobber continues to ClobberSlobber all over current GM Paul Holmgren, vigorously kharlamoving Holmgren’s ankles in a desperate attempt to come out ahead in a seemingly never-ending power struggle. Fallout from this vicious infighting is creeping into the dressing room and fueling the ongoing feud between Flyers captain Mike Richards and balloon-headed, overpaid goon Chris Pronger.

    * Just read this mindless gibberish Richards spewed out after his team defeated the Broonz in game 7 of their series, “I’m still trying to make some sense of this. I’m speechless right now…But what are we supposed to say? I don’t know what to say.” The erstwhile team leader is obviously an inarticulate, blithering idiot who is destined to lead his team straight down through the ice and into a hellish meltdown.

    * The Jeff Carter-Scott Hartnell-Mrs. Scott Hartnell love triangle is boiling over and has violently split the Flyer dressing room, with Scott Hartnell on one side and everyone else on the other, “Jesus, Scott, Look In The Mirror…Can You Really Blame Her?” side.

    * Briere is a combination of Brie and Gruyere. Brie is soft. Gruyere is good for melting down. If you’ve ever had a good French Onion Soup, you know what I’m talking about.

    There you have it: All the makings of an epic Meltdown in store the boys from Philly. They don’t stand a chance. Won’t even know what hit ’em.

    So, sit back and relax, Hab fans: Your team of destiny will prevail.

    So it is written, so it shall be done.

  388. habsoul says:

    I am relieved to see your prediction, Boone. The interlocking web of anti-jinxing rituals is growing in complexity.

    I was also glad to see that Melrose is picking the Flyers.

    On the basis of the predictions and “expert” analysis I’ve seen, the Habs don’t have a chance in this series. 

    It’s going to be a long, tough series. Why should things be any different at this point?

    Cinderella on Cinderella. Someone’s pumpkin is going to be pie.


    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  389. andrewberkshire says:

    Why the hell is anyone talking about JVR? He’s having as bad of a playoff as Pouliot, does anyone think Flyers based media is fretting over Pouliot? What a joke. It seems like all we do here is inflate the players on opposing teams to epic proportions.

  390. habsoul says:

    I am in awe of anyone who can make a verb out of “kharlamov”?

    For me, the vicious hit took a lot of joy out of Canada’s victory in the Summit Series.


    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  391. joeybarrie says:

    The thing about this team, to me, is that given a series against one
    particular team we can beat them. Our coach is pretty smart. Our
    players can play a particular style against a team and consistently do
    what it takes to beat them. When we played during the regular season we
    had to deal with different teams with different styles. Once we figure
    a way to play against the Flyers, we can beat them.

    Our guys are gonna do this. STARTING WITH TONIGHT.


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

  392. habsoul says:

    “Nattering Nabobs of Negativity”?

    Good one, Boone! I wonder how many people here know the origin of that phrase?

    And speaking of hidden power systems, I always thought it was interesting how Agnew was “removed” from office a short time before Nixon agreed to resign. 

    Watergate was one of the few instances where the public actually witnessed a power struggle between elites. It’s hilarious when you think about it. A President who continued a policy of brutal genocide in SE Asia was driven from office by fallout from a bumbled attempt to steal some file folders. 

    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  393. Slovak says:


    Can Halak stay hot?


  394. habsfanonthewestcoast says:

    They can’t fly out of the d-zone “

    have you watch # 76?

  395. The Big O says:

    I love how everyone gets lost in a team’s mystique, especially the media including the gentlemen on this site.  Montreal’s forwards are called smurfs, and yet the Flyers forwards are equally as tiny as ours…..of their top 6 forwards Briere and Giroux are listed at 5.10, that might be with skates on, they’re no bigger than 5.7 or so, Richards is 5.11, and Gagne is listed at 6.0, he must be measured on the same scale as the 6.1 that Josh Gorges is….so all their supposed size is on the bottom end and even there, Asham, Powe and Ross are all under 6 feet….so please save me this the Flyers are a bigger team, they might have been in 1975, not now!  At the end of the day both team average out at 6.1 and Montreal outweighs Philly (205 vs. 199), so before all these critics star labeling a team, they should get the facts straight!  Montreal is technically the bigger team and stop living in a team’s past….we’re not the flying frenchmen of yester year either….

  396. habsoul says:

    My unofficial music video for game 1 of the Conference Finals!

    In honor of the Broad Street Bullies,

    Florence and the Machine – Kiss With A Fist

    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  397. nyadguy says:

    So if we’re the Smurfs… don’t they always succeed in the end?  Would that make Pronger Gargamel and Carcillo Bigmouth?

  398. Rugger says:

    Just like Al Capone’s tax conviction, you use what you got to bring the big guys down.

  399. petrov14 says:

    Briere would be Azrael.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  400. missy44 says:

    Good point!MELROSE chose the Pens in 4 or 5.Where are the pens now???????????????

  401. HardHabits says:

    You’ve outdone yourself. Epic. Hilarious. Must read material.

  402. SeriousFan09 says:

    You rock, forever.

    The Hartnell thing? Magnificent.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  403. Ian Cobb says:


    Mike! Not the Flyers, come on!


    Yes it is going to be a much more physical style of game and our smaller players will take a pounding, ONLY if they stop skating, speed still kills and we have to use it. As long as we can stay healthy and keep playing do or die hockey, we will come out on top.

    They never make it easy on themselves, they will make adjustments as we go along because we know how to now.

    Birth of a Team

  404. ths says:


    I agree with Mr Boone.

    This team is terribly coached WTF ? Why isnt SK74 playing ?

    For the second time Halik is T-I-R-E-D. He hasnt gone this deep in playofffs before we need to start Carey in this series as he’s bigger and won a Championship in Hamilton.

    Now who’s laughing at BGL ? Whos gonna take care of Pronger when he levels Gionta ?

    Imagine this boys : They will be all over Cammi. If only he had BGL to dish it off to after faking a shot.

    Flyers in 4

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  405. Slovak says:

    Halik is tired? You’r so funny :-)

    Flyers in 3

  406. Corporate says:

    1) Teriibly coached… hmmm Washington in 7 and Pitss in 7…

    2) SK74 = He is not a team player. he is egotistical and yes I admit he has the talent but he does not deserve to play. I don’t blame Martin for not playing him.

    3) Halak might have been tired in teh first series but he learned to play tired in teh second round.. he will be fine. Even though we give  agame to Price in there, we are in good hands with 2 capable Goalies.

    4)You can’t hit what you can’t catch… Even gill said that he tried to hit Gionta for years and then he game up… Pronger is old and paying big minutes… That will wear you down eventually.. They play with 4 D… You can’t win the cup with that.

    5) F*** BGL. I never want to see that sludge here again.

    6) They said the same about pitss and what happened.. Exactly…

    7) Canadiens in 6.

  407. notbigbird says:

    I assume you’re trying to one-up Boone and that this is tongue-in-cheek.

  408. ooder says:

    dude you gotta get the sarc mark so people get what you are trying to say


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

  409. G-Man says:

    Don’t cut yourself with that chainsaw!

  410. Puck Bard says:

    What kills me is the lack of respect for this Habs team. Flukey… Pixie Dust…

    Of course it has nothing to do with their team and work ethic, the discipline of the coach, the remarkable poise of their goal tender. 

  411. HardHabits says:

    Let them dis the Habs (and by extension their out of touch with reality and dreaming fans). The victories taste all the more sweeter that way.

  412. ArmyFan says:

    It was the same thing in 1993, except the coach’s name was Demers and the goalie’s name was Roy.

    They were going to get pasted by the Nordiques.  No? Oh, but they’ll never get by the Sabres.  Huh? Don’t worry, the Islanders are giant-killers – there’s no way. What? The Stanley Cup final?  There’s no way they’ll beat Gretzky and Co.

    We all know how that ended.  Being labelled the underdog, the shouldn’t-be, the fluke — just more motivation.  It’s frustrating to hear, but at the end of the day isn’t it exactly what you want?

  413. bigjames says:

    i remain extremely proud of our boys. they are the CH in charachter. if you had asked any of us in september, december or march whether we would be happy with a conference final appearance, we would have all screamed yes. now that we are here, we want to win it bad!!! but lets remember this team has made people sit up and pay attention to the montreal canadiens and no one has done that for a long time!  that is where th pride comes in. GO HABS GO!!! 

  414. Exit716 says:

    Poor Habs, going to lose to a fourth stringer like Leighton. Remember Leighton? The guy they wouldn’t dress in 2007 ahead of Aebischer?

    The Habs will be up 3-0 before the game is 10 minutes old.

  415. Corporate says:

    Just hope they don’t crash and burn like the Bruins…

  416. Danno says:

    I like having Leighton in nets. Drop the “e” in his name and what do you get? Light on.

    As in red light on – behind his net.


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

  417. longtimehabsfan says:

    Can’t get enough of this:


    Flyers have more depth than either Cap or Pens, particularly at the forwards.  Game plan will be different.  Jaro will have to be huge and so will special teams in order to move on.

  418. Danno says:

    Tony should switch to decaf :0)


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

  419. Habscore says:

    A Globe and Mail article (by James Mirtle) that I read on saturday morning on major mouth injuries, like Eric Belanger’s and Tkachuk’s that occured this year. I found it very interesting and pretty graphic.

    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  420. longtimehabsfan says:

    Everybody take it easy on Boone.  I don’t want anybody picking the Habs to win this series.  That’s right, underdog city.  I picked up Newsday’s Sunday paper today and saw that Arthur Staple, who is always wrong, picked the Habs in five.  Ticked me off.  That guy hasn’t thought much of the Habs all year.  And now he’s on the bandwagon.

  421. Danno says:

    To hell with all these experts and their predictions, surveys, statistics and polls.

    Toe Blake said “predictions are for Gypsies” and John Defienbaker said “Dogs know what to do with polls.”

    Someone else said there are three types of lies. “Lies. Damned Lies and statistics.”

    Go figure. Nobody. Not even their mothers expected these guys to make it to the Conference Finals.

    But here we are!

    You’ve got to have heart. Miles and miles and miles of heart.

    Oooh Ahhh! Habs on the warpath!


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

  422. notbigbird says:

    I think a lot of folk don’t get Boone.

  423. HardHabits says:

    I attribute the Habs success these playoffs to my avatar. That and that alone is the reason why the Habs are winning. 😉

  424. longtimehabsfan says:

    Doesn’t matter what mood I’m in but when I listen to that call I burst out laughing.

  425. danp says:

    The only ones that count are in the net.


    This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Philly this year. Remember the Bruins did have them down 3-0. It’s not because Philly is a marvel coming back, it is because the Bruins choked.

  426. TripleX says:

    SK and O’Byrne both out for extra skating, looks like O’Byrne is not playing.  JM is a huge FAIL!

    When personal agendas trump common sense then you FAIL as a coach in my opinion.  In no way is having Darche in instead of O’Byrne an upgrade.  The Habs need a physical presence against the Flyer cycle game down low.


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

  427. joeybarrie says:

    HMMMMMM, JM or TripleX.  I don’t know, its a tough one. Who do i think is better to get this team past the Flyers???

    On one hand I have TripleX. Hoping SK will be in the lineup. 

    On the other hand I have JM the guy who beat the Current Stanley Cup Champs, and the Presidents Cup Champions. 

    Its a tough one. You know what? I’m gonna have to lean in JM’s direction in this case.

    But it was close…

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

  428. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Message to Pouliot….get your ass in gear,your one of our bigger athletes:no more LOAFING!THE TIME IS NOW…GO HABS GO!

  429. 24 Cups says:

    X – Well said.  Both AK46 and Pouliot have to start playing like 1st round picks.  They need to score and use their size to counteract the superior Philadelphia offense.  The other concern has to be whether or not the Montreal defense will be able to defend Halak.  Gill has great size but really isn’t a hitter.  O’Byrne just has to play, regardless of who might sit out. .  All the rest of the Dmen are kind of average when it comes to clearing the front of the crease.

    24.6 Cups

  430. Big Ted says:

    Even though the statistics say this is an easier series for us than the first two, it looks like the so-called experts are for the most part staying with the Flyers. Would tend to agree that this series will be harder than the first two because of how physical it will be, but I think it is well within reach to win. A few points for tonight’s game plan:

    1) Don’t try to play hit-for-hit with the Flyers. We know they’re going to be in trying to crush our D every chance they get. We need to do the same to their smaller players, getting on guys like Briere and Giroux and Timonen when we can. But we should try to be opportunistic only and not go out of our way to make hits. We’re on the road, no need to try and pump anyone up, and there’s no need to get into playing the Flyers type of hockey. Instead, JM needs to make sure his guys play disciplined hockey, take the PPs when Philly gets over-agressive, and takes the scoring chances when Philly goes out of the way to finish the check but leave the puck. We won’t beat them by playing physical, we’ll beat them by playing smart.

    2) Traffic in the crease will be key. Our D need to keep their guys away from Halak or at least get the rebounds away so there are no in-close second chances. Would have liked to see OB in there in case MAB shows he really is too small to play a regular shift. Do we really need the 12th forward when double-shifting Cammy will get him away from the defenasive coverage he’s bound to see? At the other end, we need to be all over Leighton as well. This guy has very little experience and the Flyers have no other options, so we need to get into his head the way we did to Fleury and Theo. The Caps had another guy to go to, the Pens less so, and the Flyers least of all.

    3) Secondary scoring will be key. These are going to be tight games. Cammy is going to be heavily-covered, so guys like AK46 and Pleks need to take advantage of being the open guy, and guys further down the line-up, like Pouliot and Moore and Moen need to give us something. Their D play a lot of minutes, so if each and every shift makes them work, they will be dog-tired, especially coming of the long Bruins series.

    4) MAB and PK are going to be the key guys on D this series, if only because the PP needs to be dead-on. Flyers are a dirty team, Leighton is a weaker goalie. The PP is a huge chance to turn games around quickly.

    All in all, I like the habs chances if we get decent officiating to keep the Flyers aggression under control. If we get the PP going, it makes the Flyers play with more caution and takes them off their game. I think we will end up taking at least one in Philly and possibly two. I think we have a very good chance of taking this one if we are up or even within one come the third. Calling Habs in 6, and prediction for today’s game is that the Habs come out strong and win 5-1. I think Gomez, Gionta, and Moen have big games or us tonight.

  431. nightmare_49 says:

       Any Ideas?

        ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will make a significant player-related announcement on Monday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington ???

  432. Harani says:

    They found Alexander Semin? LOL! Seriously, I just think it’s a contract extension for Backstrom.

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

  433. joeybarrie says:

    Since I work for KETTLER, my sources tell me it’s this.

    The Caps are signing the Geico Caveman to be Varlamov’s backup, Jose Theodore is now driving the Zamboni.

    Isn’t Backstrom at the Internationals?? So it wouldnt be about him…I might be wrong.

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

  434. petrov14 says:

    We beat the Regular season champs, we beat the defending champs, now lets beat the team picked to be the champs at the beginning of the season!!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  435. petrov14 says:

    Jon Lajoie

    Canadiens VS Flyers!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  436. TripleX says:


    Before you go making major decisions like that I suggest a course in English comprehension.  I said O’Byrne needs to be in the lineup not SK.  SK is finished in Montreal, whether that is JM’s fault or SK’s will come out at a later date.

    Satire works best when it has a least a shred of factual information to back it up.


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

  437. joeybarrie says:

    English Comprehension? The last month I all hear from you is how TERRIBLE the Coaching / Management / Ownership is. How awful it is for us to be dressing Pyatt over SK. Why we wouldn’t have O’Byrne in over MAB.

    The bashing of MAB, JM, PG, GB, Molson’s, Price, etc, etc….

    I will make this comment….  We are in the Conference Finals. Do you think JM is not the one who is responsible for this? It starts with the guys BG picks. It goes on down the line to the players who will play the system that the coach wants, and the effect is a win or a loss.

    Remember your saying HALAK was finished in Montreal. That was not that long ago. How about your big rants on how AWESOME SK is doing and how AK is leading the team in points……..

    By saying that the coach is stupid, is pretty much showing your grasp of the subject. Saying the Molson’s only want to make money and not win, also shows the same. Lastly thinking that JM is the slightest bit responsible for SK just proves it…. How about the fact that the players say nothing to him, and pretty much just want him out of here????  Is that Carey Price’s fault, or Bob Gainey. Maybe it’s Carbo’s……..  Has there been anyone in this club that is involved in Management / Coaching / Owning that you do like???


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

  438. TripleX says:

    Quite the rant dude, I hope you feel better.  Unfortunately it has nothing to do with my original commentary.  As for the accuracy of the those thing that you attribute to me, well it is not even worth disputing it is so outrageous.

    Again you need a course in English comprehension.  Please indicate where I said JM is stupid.  I said not to dress O’Byrne would be misguided and a fail as a coach since it is not logical.

    Anyway have a good day and enjoy the games.


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

  439. joeybarrie says:

    You understand we can go back and see your previous comments right???

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

  440. joeybarrie says:

    mediocre coaching was made impressive by stellar goaltending and the
    incredible record in overtime.  The miserable showing five on five and
    lack of wins in regulation indicate his true measure as a coach.

      Halak is done in Montreal.  Management was looking for anyway to get
    Price in to ease the way for trading Halak in the summer.  Get used to
    seeing Price as he is our undisputed number one next season.  And I
    would not wish that on anyone.

    SK with 8 minutes of total ice time was a PLUS 2!!   Boy what a lousy
    player.  Are you for real??  AK has a hat trick and is in the top ten
    in scoring for the playoffs.  Are you for real??

    Pouliot and Gomez are playing so much better and deserve the ice time.

    if JM is still the coach next year do we all agree the Molson family is
    in this for money and not winning?  These two home playoff games mean
    about 4 million in profit for the Molson bankbook. 

    We might see this as a failure but they see it as money in the bank and a job well done by the Three Amigos.

    Gainey out the door?  I believe he is still a special advisor to his
    protege PG.  Unfortunately Gainey was not relieved of his position
    before he signed JM to a four year 16 million dollar contract, after
    firing Carbo in the first year of a three year contract.  I doubt Geoff
    Molson will want to pay THREE coaches next season.

    Geoff Molson
    knows hockey??  That is why he promoted Boivan to be the complete head
    of ALL hockey operations and allowed him to hand pick PG as GM without
    interviewing a single other candidate.  The Molson family is only
    interested in the bottom line and with the huge money making success of
    the Centennial which was orchestrated by PG and PB and the two home
    playoff games they are quite satisfied.  If you think any of the THREE
    AMIGOS is leaving you are in for a big surprise.

    MY PERSONAL FAVORITE was calling Tom Pyatt consistently mediocre and Minor Leaguer…

  441. joeybarrie says:

    Who has the slongshot and who has the gun? Cause I don’t think you can really say the surrounding conditions  of these replies and arguments can prove anything for you. By the way, when you mention bringing in some sort of argument, evidence or proof, it goes both ways….

    But your probably right, everyone here knows full well you don’t bash JM even though his opponents have said they were outcoached by him and have called him brilliant. You don’t think there is some sort of conspiracy keeping SK from being a top 6 player, even though he isnt responsible enough to even get on the bus on time. You don’t think Pyatt is useless, thank God JM disagrees.  You never bash on Price or MAB. By the way MAB has twice the points of SK and basically the same amount of ice time…

    I mean, JUST SAYING…. By the way CONTEXT doesnt mean you really meant the opposite of what you said. MAYBE if I only chose to put in HALF of a comment….

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

  442. Grabbed The Cup says:

    And that’s checkmate. I must disagree with you on one point though, xxx has been bitching about all things Hab since he joined this board, not just for the last month.

    You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Unger!

  443. joeybarrie says:

    Wait, I found a new favorite. XXX said in response to someone saying what a baby SK was, and how we are better off without him…”I hate armchair coach’s’…. That one made me laugh. I guess there are no mirrors in his house.

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

  444. TripleX says:

    You really have a lot of free time dude.  As well as taking courses on English comprehension feel free to take one on CONTEXT.  Taking random comments many of which were replies to other people’s comments is meaningless without CONTEXT.

    Maybe Mr. Boone a graduate of journalism school can elaborate for you the meaning of CONTEXT.

    Don’t bring a slingshot to a gunfight dude.  Just saying.


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

  445. TripleX says:

    Again, if you would have posted the entire conversation in order to get the proper CONTEXT of my rebuttal.  “I hate armchair coaches..” was made with self deprecation and satire in mind.

    I imagine the subtleties of both these concepts escape you.  Go outside enjoy the day dude and get relaxed for the game.  LOL


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

  446. JIMVINNY says:

    Face it.  You were proven dead wrong.  Just deal with it, and move on.

  447. TripleX says:


    Checkmate?  Look up hyperbole, as it applies to your comments.



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

  448. makka83 says:

    worst and least knowledgable poster on here. He makes Jack Todd sound happy, not grumpy and a hockey genius…

  449. jbroderi says:

    you are really pushing english 101 n the board.  


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

  450. TripleX says:

    No worries dude, I could not in a thousand lifetimes ever wrest that distinction from your grubby little hands.  Your crown of shame is safe.


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

  451. G-Man says:

    This playoffs has been all bonus. Criticizing the coaching or the players now is getting to the point of being absurd. This season’s Habs have soared above and beyond all expectations (excepting Ian), so let’s throw our support behind the whole team and CHeer are on our team that has CHaracter and (C)Heart.

    GO Habs GO!

  452. Chuck says:

    I hope that they’ve been peppering Price with extra shots in practice to keep off the rust. If ever there was a chance of Halak leaving a series on a stretcher, this is it. Flyers suck.


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

  453. Chuck says:

    I’d be happy if they elevated their play to that of 3rd round picks.


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

  454. Ian Cobb says:

    There is more depth on the flyers for sure, that is exactly how we are going to out coach and out play them.

    They are over their heads. Flyers under the depths does not work.

    Birth of a Team

  455. Willy the bum says:

    is there a direct link to the San Jose-Chicago game?

  456. TripleX says:

    The game is on NBC and TSN.


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

  457. Ian Cobb says:

    Yes Mike, I still believe in Santa Clause, look what all of you non believers have missed out on!

    This sleigh is quite a ride boys, get on before you miss it all.

  458. Willy the bum says:

    where should i go see the live feed on NBC?

  459. Chuck says:

    If for no other reason, the Sharks should be sent packing by Chicago due to their hideous uniforms. Does the NHL really want those teal disasters in the photo op for the Stanley Cup final?


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

  460. longtimehabsfan says:

    Some comments on 2008 vs 2010:

    Which Habs team would you rather have playing, this one which barely made the playoffs or the 2008 conference season winner?  Obvious choice, isn’t it?

    2008 team did not respect the Flyers.  That will not happen with this team.

    2010 version of Halak vs. 2008 version of Price.

    Carbo vs. JM

    Begin vs. Pyatt or Moore

    Kovy vs. Cammi

    Koivu vs. Gomez

    Gorges is an improved player.

    PK Subban gives us a dimension we haven’t really had since Chris Chelios.


  461. petrov14 says:

    Metro plays Spy Games.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  462. MathMan says:

    “Crosby said he had never, in his hockey experience, heard of a team that plans to be outshot and outchanced in every game. He wondered about the viability of it as a long-term winning strategy.”

    This is what gets to me — clearly this is part of an intentional, methodical plan, one that hasn’t started when the Habs came into the playoffs. And what Martin is thinking, I don’t have the foggiest idea. The folk at BehindtheNet are going ballistic over the Canadiens’ luck, and there was a lot of that, but why are they, ostensibly, shooting themselves in the foot like that?

  463. Norm0770 says:

    Hmmm…. Who comes up with these stats?  The Habs were out chanced 35-13 in game 7?  Really?  Is the Pittsburgh attack so potent that every time they cross centre it is a chance?  Was Travis Moen’s goal such a poor effort by both Gonchar and Fleury that is didn’t even count as a chance despite being a goal?

    Watching Verses part way through the second period, and Verses went out of their way to discredit the Habs at every opportunity, they were counting the chances at 12-9 for the Habs and at that point the game was already put of reach for the Pens, so the Habs could afford to sit back some and to push the issue in the offensive zone.  No sense giving up odd man rushes with a 2-4 goal lead.

  464. TripleX says:

    If you live outside of the US it won’t work dude.


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

  465. 4227fan says:

    Philly in six? Please. They have 4 defense men. Habs in 6.

  466. MathMan says:

    Who comes up with these stats?

    Scoring chances are basically shots from the slot — on goal, saves or misses. Blocked shots aren’t counted.

    The 12-9 number in the second is fairly consistent with Olivier’s count actually; Pittsburgh outchanced the Habs 22-2 in the third period, and yet couldn’t score.

    It’s most puzzling, because the Habs’ tactical scheme is seemingly designed to allow the opponent, be they Pittsburgh or Atlanta, as many damn shots as they wish to take. I’ve called for Martin’s head over it all year. I still don’t think it’s a sensible, or even sane approach… but for some weird reason it’s working, and nobody can explain how the hell that can possibly make a difference. But clearly Martin and the Habs think it does.

  467. sidhu says:

    Another Boone reverse jinx in the works…

    In reality –  Habs in 6.

    Their goalie is Michael Leighton, I mean, come on.


  468. 4227fan says:

    ahhh the reverse jinx. how could i have missed it?

  469. ooder says:

    they are the color of my old gameboy color


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

  470. Danno says:

    Scott Hartnell getting ready for the big Cinderella vs Cinderella matchup.


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

  471. mfDx says:

    Some things to look forward to:

    -Feb 12- 13th. A back to back vs Philly before the Olympic break. PK Subban is called up for his first two NHL games. About halfway through the game, Subban dumps the puck hard into the Philly zone from just inside the red line by the bench. Chris M.F. Pronger skates up behind the seemingly unsuspecting rookie and is set to end Subban’s career early. Suspension be damned. Subban Ducks. Pronger’s crosscheck misses and he flies over PK’s back, almost ChrisDrapering himself into the Dasherboard. How I wish I could have read lips as the camera closed in on Pronger seconds later, Yelling toward a nonchalant PK.  I think Pronger may try to finish his sentence this series.

    – Halak on three days rest

    -BGL skating out in the pre-game, tearing up his code book and tossing it into the stands. Then doing something worthy of a five game suspension. I’ll gladly chip in for the fine  Q: Briere or Carcillo?

    – A Montreal- Chicago Stanley Cup final. Why Chicago? Because they have Marian Hossa, who has free-agented himself to the losing finalist the past two seasons.


    (I’ll correct myself. thank you. He was traded to Pittsburgh. but that doesn’t sound as sexy as free-agented. does it?)

  472. Price_31 says:

    Hodgemail was pretty funny to listen to!

  473. PeterD says:

    Would like to see O’Byrne in the line up tonight and not MAB…I think we will need his size, strength and physical presence in our end to knock some Flyer forwards around…MAB just isn’t up to the physical wave that will be there tonight.

  474. diehardhab says:

    Would it not be logical to play obyrne against the flyers? I thought he was doing a descent job against the pens and was wondering why he wasn’t dressed for game 7. Dress 7 dmen and play bergeron upfront, and spot pp duty. No way he can handle the flyers size and strength on d. Looks like every time the bergeron-hamrlik pairing gets on were all gonna be having heart attacks

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  475. petrov14 says:

    Oh god! lol, Where do you find these pictures?

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  476. J.T. says:

    I think it comes down to a trade-off of O’Byrne versus a strong fourth line.  It’s a matter of where MAB hurts the team the least.  If he can be paired with a good defenceman like Spacek, he can play manageable minutes against less dangerous players and Spacek can cover for him.  On the fourth line, he’s going to be caught out against bigger, tougher players who are going to outplay him on the boards.  His presence on that line almost always means it plays five minutes or less, and at this point, the team needs four lines that can handle at least eight to ten minutes.  It’s ironic that he’s a bigger defensive disaster on the fourth line than he is on defence.

    Unfortunately, MAB is the only D O’Byrne could replace right now, but that damn tempting point shot keeps him in the lineup.  The man is useless if he doesn’t score, but you neve know when he’ll blind a goalie with the sparks off his shot, so Martin keeps him in, hoping this is the night.


  477. JIMVINNY says:

    I cannot, for the life of me, understand why we are dressing Darche instead of O’byrne.  Put MAB on the 4th line, let O’byrne play 12 minutes on the blueline, and Darche will get pretty much the same amount of ice time he normally does;  None.

  478. JIMVINNY says:

    I disagree, in that we’ve been playing with three lines nearly the entire playoffs.  Metro and Darche rarely see more than 8 minutes, and Pyatt only sees more because he sees PK icetime as well.  MAB could easily play Darche’s ES minutes, and is a better forechecker than Darche anyways.

  479. Danno says:

    Unamed sources provide me with brown envelopes in dark alleys.


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

  480. ooder says:

    man the sharks have no idea what to do with Chicago

    the hawks are so fun to watch


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

  481. SeriousFan09 says:

    Especially considering we don’t have last change on the road so it’s harder for JM to dictate his matchups and let his 4th line eat up some minutes, on the road it makes more sense to have a 7th D, but at home the active 4th line works out more.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  482. ganderhab says:

    Just went in to Flyers site and you can still buy 2 seats 13 rows off the ice for tonights game – rabid fans!!

  483. SeriousFan09 says:

    Saw the Bulldogs this afternoon,  not very impressive really, depth issues are hurting the team especially with Subban up in Montreal, Weber and Carle injured so basically, the transition game is dead. However, the Texas Stars have about the worst blue line I’ve seen watching AHL games, they had NOTHING back there on PPs, it was pathetic beyond belief. I think the Dogs may seal this thing up on the road. Mike Komisarek could quarterback the Dallas PP better than anyone they have.

    Depth has hurt the team, but the guys remaining are turning it up as they can and executing on their chances, didn’t really see Gabriel Dumont that much on the ice, limited ice time but he wasn’t really that impresssive but getting dropped into the AHL playoffs was more to do with Dogs depth problems than anything not because he was meant to be an immediate difference-maker. Saw it with a friend from school, good times and my Dogs viewing record improves to 5-0-0 at Copps.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  484. Chuck says:


    Sunday, May
    16th, 2010 

    Hamilton, ON – The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the
    Texas Stars 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at Copps Coliseum. The Bulldogs now lead the
    Stars 2-0 in the Western Conference Finals. Brock Trotter had two assists in the
    win while Curtis Sanford made 22 saves on 23 shots. 


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

  485. sidhu says:

    A road, original six team wins game 1 – me likey

  486. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hawks 1-0 over Sharks in the series, GO HAWKS!!! Original Six for the Cup!


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  487. Les Habitants says:

    They should send Halak down to stop the oil leak in the gulf, He could stop anything!



    The last time the leafs won the cup it was still just a bowl!!

  488. crabvader says:

    Bench Hamr, play OB.

  489. Harani says:

    MAJOR FAIL by the refs in the San Jose-Chicago game. Chicago got no PPs. Setoguchi dove and Kris Versteeg was sent to the box instead of Bolland, arguably the Hawks’ best penalty killer. Shot were 45-40 San Jose, the game was so up-tempo and that is going to be a good series. Can’t wait for the opener tonight! Go Habs! 

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

  490. crabvader says:

    “I don’t think the Canadiens can win if they’re
    outchanced 2-1 by the likes of Mike Richards, Simon Gagné,
    Daniel Brière, Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk.”

    WAS: Mike Knuble, Niklas Backstrom, Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Mike Green, Joe Corvo, Brooks Laich.

    PIT: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Bill Guerin, Chris Kunitz, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Sergei Gonchar, Kris Letang, Alex Goligoski.



  491. SeriousFan09 says:

    I always find it strange, regardless of context to see the word ‘like’ in a sentence involving Gagne, Briere or Richards.

    That and has everyone forgotten JVR has been their version of Pouliot in the playoffs so far? You don’t get labeled a major scoring theat for having 1 good game out of 12.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  492. HUDSONHAB says:

    Game one is a game that the Habs should really go after. The Habs had a bit more time to get back to reality than the Flyers so we must strike while Philly is still a little giddy over their historic comeback.

    I’m on the OB side of the debate but MAB on the fourth line? I’m thinking the PP is going to be a huge part of this series so we can use the BOMB. But MAB is a give away machine on the PP. Darche plays pretty solid at times but probably needs more icetime to get it going.

    Do you see how torn I am?


  493. crabvader says:

    Honestly though, if we can stop those guys we can stop ANYONE in the league.

  494. longtimehabsfan says:

    Thanks for the post.  That was a special year and my first memory of watching the Habs win the Cup.

  495. larrymills says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Hammer may or may not be on his game. OB has the same scenario but at least

    OB has the size to push around the flyer forwards.


  496. HUDSONHAB says:

    I wish there was a way of knowing when Hammer is going to play with energy and zest or if he will just look old and tired. I like the former but would rather have OB over the latter.


  497. habstrinifan says:

    Prediction for game 1. Habs 3 Flyers 1. Habs scorers Subban/Plekanec/Pouliot.

    Now I feel better!

  498. petrov14 says:

    Hahaha! ‘they found Semin’ nice.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  499. nightmare_49 says:

    I hate when the final buzzer goes and TSN immediately signs off, sports center time, it makes you feel like they couldn’t wait to finish the broadcast.

  500. Tis Himself says:

    Good thing the game was today on NBC. If it was played yesterday, they would have pelted us endlessly with promos for the Preakness. Hell, most of that sport’s fans are pushing up daisies.

  501. crabvader says:

    Time for Benny and Pleks to step it up…


    Oh and AK… Seriously, WAKE UPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP! Consistency is the name of the game, my friends!

    Take it from Cammy.

  502. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pleks was the forward assigned to shadow Crosby and he did his job rather well I think. This is a different series and without him having to concentrate on freezing out Crosby, he’ll have more freedom. Pleks-AK-Cammy could be a giant line for MTL this series, AK had two great games in 6 & 7, when he gets a couple in a row he tends to get rolling.

    If Benny can turn it on again, we could end this series quickly.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  503. joeybarrie says:

    RE: WASH CAPS….My company KETTLER tells me it is an extension of Backstrom’s contract AND a significant change in the team.


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

  504. Willy the bum says:

    Read from that Hartnell will create traffic on Halak’s zone and/or make Halak frustrated.

    I just hope any Habs players should check the zone once in the while and push Hartnell out, or ask Lapierre to imiditate him to piss Hartnell off instead. 

  505. crabvader says:

    I agree. I really think that Benny is the key to turning this into a blowout for us.

    If our guys play like they have against Washington and Pitts and Benny decides to come around, I say we take it in 5.

  506. Willy the bum says:

    BOONE: “With a heavy heart: Philadelphia in six”

    Balls of steel, Boone.  Balls of steel.

  507. Mike Boone says:

    Actually, purest titanium. Can you hear them clanking?

  508. crabvader says:

    Those Leighton stats are not fair.

    They were the back-to-back games against us where we crapped the bed in an inconcistent period like the ones we had throughout the regular season. I say Leighton gets pulled for the Swede.

  509. Harani says:

    Healy ->  2 borderline idiots: Hartnell and Carcillo.

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

  510. SeriousFan09 says:

    It was nice of him to preface that comment with borderline idiots.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  511. Willy the bum says:

    I’m having a bad feeling that if the Habs do win this series, it may cost us one or two injured players… of real importance.

  512. phillyhab says:

    What’s the story with O’Byrne?  Anybody know?  Injury?  Doghouse?  

  513. Bill says:

    PREDICTION: after the Habs eliminated Ovechkin and Crosby, Bettman will try to make the best of a bad situation by getting Philly into the finals. How? I would bet the refs have been told that they are letting Montreal get away with too much. Look for Gill and Gorges to get called all night for borderling interference/holding calls.

    So nervous.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  514. TorontoHabsFan says:

    John Anderson is the Toby Flenderson of punditry.

  515. nightmare_49 says:

    from James Mirtle ….. The Flyers aren’t bigger than Montreal        ……………………………………….

  516. AH says:

    “With a heavy heart, Philadelphia in 6″…I agree Boone. I just don’t think we’ll be able to handle their thuggery and goonery.

    But, come on boys, make me eat my words!!!

    GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!

  517. joeybarrie says:


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

  518. petrov14 says:

    Heres hoping Leighton isnt Cam Ward. Hes not still in this leauge cause hes terrible.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  519. crabvader says:

    This is when it’s time to use our speed and keep our feet moving to draw penalties from the Philly D.

    We will make them pay on the PP.

  520. Grabbed The Cup says:

    It’s probably been said before, but Matt Carle looks like a character straight out of Deliverance.

    You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Unger!

  521. crabvader says:

    Sacramento isn’t as nice as Versus makes it out to be…

  522. habsoul says:

    Yeah, it’s about as exciting as watching a tree grow.

    (Although the girls who kissed the winner were cute.)


    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  523. TheMock780 says:

    Here we go…….

  524. crabvader says:

    Coburn makes a lot of mistakes. He’s especially bad against us.

  525. Ron says:

    If the Habs are able to get through this 1st game without any signifiant injuries then its on to a series win. Hopefully they can get a split in Philly and return to the mad house called the Bell Centre and show them what the 7th player has in store for the F** flyers. Go Habs.

  526. Harani says:

    It’s Christmas for Cherry! 

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

  527. rut1212 says:

    Havlak again?? Hello CJAD.

  528. kempie says:

    I’ve met Don Cherry and I can’t believe how such a really nice guy can be such a d1ck once the red light goes on.

  529. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I’m so less angry with Cherry ,lol

  530. danedmunds says:

    let’s rock…………… GO HABS GO

  531. habsoul says:

    Man, it just hit me. 17 years since the Habs have been in a Conference Final (or what ever they called it back then). 

    I feel like I’m working without a net here!


    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  532. joeybarrie says:

    Its an expected persona.

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

  533. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Too all the Philly Trolls that are coming to visit this site …SUCK-IT!

  534. Grabbed The Cup says:

    I don’t know what is more upsetting, ass-clown cherrys inabillity to pronounce Halaks name, or his sidekicks refusal to correct him.


     You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Unger!

  535. topher5468 says:

    Lets go boys. Im ready, Im sure Les Boys are too

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

  536. SeriousFan09 says:

    10 seconds in and this hidden mistress of a Flyers executive (my personal guess) is the worst anthem singer yet, at least the Pittsburgh guy had the decency to rush through it because he wasn’t good at it.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  537. zak says:


  538. K-hab25 says:

    According to you and your conspiracy theorist brothern, he tried to make sure Ovy and then Crosby would make it too. If we can beat them with the refs supposedly cheating on there behalf, well then we can beat PHI aswell. Stop making excuses before the series has even started, we don’t need them, PIT and WAS need them.

  539. K-hab25 says:

    According to you and your conspiracy theorist brothern, he tried to make sure Ovy and then Crosby would make it too. If we can beat them with the refs supposedly cheating on there behalf, well then we can beat PHI aswell. Stop making excuses before the series has even started, we don’t need them, PIT and WAS need them.

  540. Jbird says:

    Is that a USA chant.  

  541. nickster13 says:

    God bless america? really? Tacky! chanting USA, did anyone tel flyers fans they have more canadians on their team than like anyone?

  542. crabvader says:

    I want our guys to be relaxed and have fun… They seriously deserve it.

  543. HaloHabsFan says:

    My finance is bbqing dinner and mowing the grass right now.  For some reason I don’t feel bad — it’s hockey time!!!!!

  544. Keith says:

    Knob Hole??? What’s up with that?

  545. TheMock780 says:

    Philly comes out hitting but the refs off the bat look like they’re going to call it tight

  546. danedmunds says:

    pronger is such a dirty s..o.b

  547. Keith says:

    Good, I knew Pronger would take one sooner or later.

  548. TheMock780 says:

    That was beyond stupid Gomez

  549. danedmunds says:

    I have a feeling many of us are going to really grow to hate mike richards

  550. Keith says:

    F-off Filthy!

  551. joeybarrie says:

    We are NOT looking good. Is it just me or are the whistles we get when the puck is under Jaro REAL slow.

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

  552. TheMock780 says:

    Crashing the crease. Get used to it

  553. Keith says:

    A shit goal no less.

  554. danedmunds says:

    where the f was hamrlik going  following that guy up to the blueline leaving pk all by himself

  555. Bill says:

    Thanks Gomez. 8 million bucks worth of stupid.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  556. knucklesnilan says:

    Why isn’t O’Byrne playing???? Makes no sense.

    Someone please explain this to me????

    Go Habs Go !!

  557. danedmunds says:

    because MAB has a hard slapshot

  558. crabvader says:

    Philly played just two days ago.

    This early goal doesn’t worry me one bit.

  559. SeriousFan09 says:

    Should’ve had 7 D for this, we need OB to engage the body with a team that’s big up front.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  560. Harani says:

    Me thinks not dressing OB = MISTAKE!

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

  561. Seppo says:

    When he decide to use it, which is about once every series…:(

  562. longtimehabsfan says:

    We’re a step slow.  And the Flyers game plan is to apply pressure on both Gill and Georges something neither Caps nor Pens did.  Adjustments will be needed.  Probably will need to bring a forward down low in the D zone for an outlet.

  563. habsoul says:

    Still just feeling each other out.


    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  564. JVF says:

    One good reason to eliminate the Flyers? Get rid of Scott Hartnell, the Hairy Man from Hell.

  565. joeybarrie says:

    I think in the second half of this game, when the Flyers are tired you will see a different team. I believe this is part of our plan. We are rested and giving no secrets away. We havent even started playing yet. I hope JM is as smart as I think he is.

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

  566. kempie says:

    Absolutely agree. Absolutely.

  567. crabvader says:

    Can we just sign Engqvist to an entry level contract? Not even Pronger is gonna budge that boulder in front of their net.

  568. Bill says:

    Habs have to test Leighton. His magic can’t last forever.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  569. danedmunds says:

    oh quick whistle for leighton and not halak of course

  570. SeriousFan09 says:

    He is on an entry level contract, that’s why we have him at all, he was undrafted. We’ll get him next year.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  571. crabvader says:

    You know… I really didn’t like Martin at first but everything he says is exactly what this team needs to do…

    At some point, it’s just in the hands of your players.

  572. crabvader says:

    Plane ticket, plz.

  573. Keith says:

    Clearly offside there.

  574. habsoul says:

    AK46 is looking very good out there. 

    Habs are going to settle in when they realize Philly is no where near as good a team as Washington or Pittsburgh.


    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  575. joeybarrie says:

    Not offside if their team brings it in the zone no???

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

  576. crabvader says:


    I don’t like that we think we are going to score from the sides.

  577. longtimehabsfan says:

    Flyers doing a good job of getting in our shooting lanes.  Have to crash the net or it will be a long night and we don’t really play that kind of game.

  578. longtimehabsfan says:

    Need to get better wood on the shots.  Bad ice?

  579. Norm0770 says:

    The D is really missing O’Byrne’s size.  Should have dressed 7 D.

  580. crabvader says:

    Flyers are terrible at defending the neutral zone. We need to make short passes and gain the offensive zone and maintain puck control.

  581. kempie says:

    I said it looked good

  582. danedmunds says:

    MAB does absolutely nothing

  583. crabvader says:

    Lots of forecheck by Philly but absolutely no finish… We need to capitalize. (no pun intended)

  584. Puck Bard says:

    Habs? Some fire power please?

  585. Ayan_SB says:

    I love the shot of PK screaming at the guys to do a faster line change. This kid’s a gamer.

  586. Bill says:

    Effing Gomez has been killing me all year.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  587. habsoul says:

    Close one for Scotty! The system works. They will break through.


    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  588. TheMock780 says:

    Why does Gomez go five-hole every time?

  589. Chuck says:

    He should have used the referee as a screen.


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

  590. crabvader says:

    I HATE how we are making this scrub Leighton look good.

  591. danedmunds says:

    gomez must have the worst scoring touch in the nhl

  592. Clay4bc says:



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

  593. Chuck says:

    Did he send you flowers or something?


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

  594. craz11 says:

    Can someone tell me what we pay Gomez for?

  595. Norm0770 says:

    What a save by Halak!

  596. joeybarrie says:

    LOTS of hate right now for MAB and Gomez. These guys have done pretty good for us.

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

  597. danedmunds says:

    to skate, pass and play good D….. quite obviously not to score

  598. longtimehabsfan says:

    Need some low shots with traffic in front and redirects.

  599. Harani says:

    Anyone else think P.K. is flying? I’m happy with this period. Keep hammering Leighton and it’ll go in! 

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

  600. Bill says:

    Those are some deceiving stats. Leighton didn’t have to make too many good stops. Gomez made that breakawayas harmless as he could. The Habs need good shots and second chances.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  601. tricolortrue says:

    to miss empty nets and breakaways! great trade Gainey- 7.3 mil for garbage!

  602. habsoul says:

    I feel strangely confident after the first period. 

    We know what Martin and Muller are telling the team; “Stick to the system. We’ll eventually break through.” 

    I said it before and I will say it again. Philly is just not in the same class as Washington.

    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  603. Habscore says:

    Can we stop complaining about Gomer’s salary?? He’s doing a hell of a good job, during regular season and SPECIALLY during the playoffs. He’s doing more than just scoring. There is nothing to be done about his salary, So please forget about it…

    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  604. tricolortrue says:

    why are we playing MAB?????? JM you’re a pathetic coach!

    philly in 5!

  605. 4227fan says:

    Only time before they start scoring on leighton

  606. Jbird says:

    I was very concerned for the first 5 minutes – but then hey The Habs can do this!   We need to figure out how to stop that play when they stop right after entering zone and pass it to the trailing player.  

    I really Hate the Flyers.

  607. habsoul says:

    Flyers are playing with dynamite by sending defenders inside.


    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  608. kempie says:

    LOL!!! Cerry slips up and calls Halak Halak. Too funny. He looked at the camera like oops. Funny.

  609. HUDSONHAB says:

    Hesitation. When D are about to pass and when the Habs have a chance to shoot. They are hanging on for that split second too long.


  610. Jordio-oh says:

    i already hate philly more than the caps and penguins combined. lets roll over these scumbags.

  611. K-hab25 says:

    Well we withstood the first period only down by one, we’re definitely still in this thing. We all knew being at home coming off the emotional win against BOS, they’d be playing on a high. I think if we can get the next goal the momentum wil switch and they’ll start feeling the pressure. I was encouraged by the fact we started getting more shots and spending more time in there end in the last 5 minutes or so. We can do it, have faith. GO HABS GO!!

  612. Danno says:

    Don Charra. Somewhere there’s a bad motel missing a set of curtains.


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

  613. HUDSONHAB says:

    Forwards have to come back hard knowing that they are going to do that and the D can’t bite because Philly will send someone in behind the D.


  614. sidhu says:

    Not worried, the difference so far has been the undisciplined play by Gomez.

    We’ve settled the game down and got some chances against Philly.

    We just need to sustain some pressure.

    MAB looks pretty useless out there so far, I’d consider playing OB next time. 

  615. temekuhabs says:

    Looks like we are a bit out of sync..Only 1-0 outshooting them, but nothing real tough for Leighton to stop (the Gomez shot non withstanding)

  616. longtimehabsfan says:

    Adjustments I would make:

    Clog up the neutral zone.  Flyers are beating us with their speed just like our last meeting in the regular season. 

    Cycle down low every chance we get.  Laps and company need to work the boards.

    Everyone needs to be patient when shooting.  Hold it until traffic arrives and lood for a deflection.

    Be patient.

  617. danp says:

    What is up with you guys? The Habs play two fantastic rounds, knock of the two top teams in the east and now you are criticizing them? Come on – give a little support for a team – read that again – A TEAM!! – that has brought us to a place we’ve not been since 1993.

    I came here to say bad things about Versus not being able to say anything good about the Habs. I guess they are not alone.

  618. HUDSONHAB says:

    The late forward has to bust his butt to the net.


  619. SeriousFan09 says:

    All that bothers me is we’ve got our most physical defencemen in the press box while MAB gets manhandled. Gill’s still hurt and we have no idea which version of Hamrlik we get on any given night. 7 D would be pretty useful since since Pouliot only plays 2 minutes a game anyway.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  620. habaholic68NJ says:

    Ok boys.  Time to play an aggressive 2-1-2 and put pressure on the Philly Dmen.  They will burn out.

  621. AH says:

    Please, let’s not turn a bum goaltender into a worldbeater!

  622. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    Hey, give our guys a chance to settle in! the phillies have no game plan, don’t play position and are likely to take dumb penalties just to target our Smurfs. I’m quite confident of our chances…GO HABS GO!

  623. danhabsfan says:

    what kind of stupid coverage is that

  624. RudeMood19 says:

    wow guys

  625. SeriousFan09 says:

    Now Van Riemsdyk decides to play hockey? Of course…

    Why can’t we ever play a team of hack artists when they’re not playing over their heads.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  626. dysonsphere says:

    that’s what pitt and wash said

  627. Norm0770 says:


  628. Harditya_CareyPrice says:


  629. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    okay, i take some of that back…SMARTEN UP!!!

  630. craz11 says:

    wow. I’m sure that was Gomez’ fault somehow…

  631. danhabsfan says:

    this is the chance… grab it boys

  632. temekuhabs says:

    That might be it.. Geeez!

  633. Danno says:

    Let’s do to them like they did to Boston now.


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

  634. Bill says:

    Lapierre wears the goat horns there. I think the penalty had expired, but the PK has lost its magic.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  635. vic says:

    Great team support on this site.whhat a pile of crap from all the experts

  636. Norm0770 says:

    I hate the Flyers SO much and that little F*** in particular

  637. zozotheclown says:

    Carbon copy of game 1 vs the Pens. I would pull Halak, try exactly what we did aginst the Pens and see if it works for game 2 again.

  638. danhabsfan says:

    stupid penalties will always sink.

    THey better start bailing

  639. Habscore says:

    Wake the F** up boys!! WTH?? Where’s the great defense I used to see…??


    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  640. sidhu says:

    Let’s see who steps up for us now.

    Must keep our composure, the downfall for us started with Gomez’s undisciplined penalty.

  641. SeriousFan09 says:

    Terrible penalties have buried this game for the WRONG team.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  642. sidhu says:

    Easy PP call.

    Earn your keep now, MAB.

  643. HNS says:

    Great time to play like crap. WTFU!!!!!!

  644. Norm0770 says:

    Turning point?

  645. dysonsphere says:

    time to dig deep les boys.  deep breath. hate the flyers.  

  646. joeybarrie says:

    We are in DEEP trouble. 3 goals on 10 shots. Not our normal post season Halak. If they get another, we will hopefully see Price. Maybe that will piss Halak off and bring back the brick wall.

    The whole team looks like they are still on vacation.

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

  647. Norm0770 says:

    Leighton has no idea where the puck is most of the time.

  648. hockeydoc says:

    not the same canadiens-everyone is a no show

  649. dysonsphere says:

    well they kinda sucked game one of last round too.  so hope is not lost.

  650. sidhu says:

    MAB with a hit!  Amazing.

    How about this, shoot high!  Everything is low!

  651. craz11 says:

    I’m going with disinterested. We’re playing this like it’s a regular season game.

  652. danedmunds says:

    this is awful…. leighton is complete garbage… every shot is from 20+ feet with no traffic

  653. danhabsfan says:

    where are the Hab screens

  654. tabletop hockeygrrl says:

    let’s not bugger away this first game….geez!! who the hell has had time off?  this ain’t practice in Brossard….

  655. zozotheclown says:

    Leighton has only had to make easy saves, need better shots.

  656. ManApart says:

    This team has got to stop relying on Halakian miracles and stop getting pushed around.

  657. Bill says:

    Hopefully Muller will have some answers for game 2.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  658. zozotheclown says:

    Can’t outshoot a team and win, they should know that by now.

  659. Keith says:

    WTF was that?

  660. craz11 says:

    wow. we look tired/rusty/disinterested/lazy

  661. TripleX says:

    I really can’t believe some of you!  JM is a genius!  Play O’Byrne?  He is useless and a bum.  MAB is a potential All-star and entirely deserving of his elevated status.  Darche and Pouliot are necessary pieces of the “system” as the bench must be kept warm and the water bottles efficiently passed around.

    You guys!!


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

  662. sidhu says:

    Can we call do over for game one?

  663. RudeMood19 says:

    un – bleeping- believable

  664. Keith says:

    Not a sharp game by the boys at all.

  665. Norm0770 says:

    Is the crowd really cheering USA?  Obviously they have no idea of, well , anything.

  666. Habhopeful says:

    An our fans have booed the US Anthem when we have several American players on our team, not lately mind you but still, let’s not compare idiotic fans lol

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  667. Rainrocket16 says:

    so happy we came to play!! We sucked this game down, 1-0 philly

  668. ManApart says:

    Man the Habs look bad. No muscle or physicality at all. Subban has been awful so far

  669. longtimehabsfan says:

    He’s trying to do too much because others are doing nothing.

  670. dysonsphere says:

    gionta should jump up and down in front of the net

  671. danedmunds says:

    and another dumbass penalty… kostitsyn back to playing shinny

  672. sidhu says:

    USA chant?!  Oh come on.

    To paraphrase Charles Emerson Winchester, Philly fans are like petroleum, crude and unrefined.

  673. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Relax fans ,the Habs are calibrating right now!

  674. topher5468 says:

    I guess that Douche Briere didnt deserve one too

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

  675. danedmunds says:

    i cant decide who i dislike more… MAB or Kostitsyn

  676. danedmunds says:

    time for jaro to sit down

  677. sidhu says:

    Price, please.  No point in leaving in Halak.


  678. joeybarrie says:

    Gotta pull Halak. 4 goals on 12 shots.

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

  679. habz says:

    fans chanting USA USA>>> hello this isw not the Olympics!

  680. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Wow, French players always giving it to Canadiens.

  681. Bill says:

    Wow, Canadiens are just beating themselves. Three bad penalties = three goals. No discipline, and no-one paying the price to create chances.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  682. zozotheclown says:

    Yank plz, don’t bruise his confidence further

    Pens series all over again hopefully

  683. Keith says:

    Like Game 1 of the Pittsburgh series (((

  684. Eliisa says:

    Put in Price. Halak will come back strong again for Game 2.

  685. danhabsfan says:

    Bring in Price… they better regroup.

    Play like this and it will be over in 4.

    Stupid penalties, and I am NOT jumping off the Bandwagon.

    Habs in 6

  686. makka83 says:

    Not Halak’s fault but good move to get him out. HE WILL REBOUND like he has ALL YEAR.

    Price should take some cheap shots… :)

  687. budviv says:

    I can’t beleive the refs allowed the first goal by Phillie.  There were 2 flyers in the blue ice, one was completely inside and jabbing at the puck.  I think anyone who skates into the blue ice deserves a penalty.  Even though they are just passing through!!

  688. craz11 says:

    The problem with Hal Gill is when he DOESN’T manage to block the shot, he’s the biggest damn screen in the world.

  689. sidhu says:

    We look like a team that hasn’t played in weeks.  Philly should be tired, but they have energy and tons of momentum.


  690. MikeMcLaren says:

    What’s Halak’s record after being pulled again?  I believe it is quite good.


  691. ManApart says:

    Embarrassing effort. No excuse. Getting spanked like little babies.

  692. craz11 says:

    Do you suggest they call back the other 3 also?

  693. Norm0770 says:

    Well it is only game 1.  They need to leave Philly tied 1-1.  I’m waiting for game 2 now.  If they go back to Montreal down 2-0, well they say you’re not in trouble until you lose on home ice.

  694. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gill still not at 100%, MAB can’t hit, so obviously you sit your other big body defencemen OB, thanks JM. How’s Pouliot’s 2:42 TOI working out for you?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  695. Keith says:

    F-off Filthydelphia and ALL your fans!

  696. craz11 says:

    I hate Philly

  697. Eliisa says:

    I think you are right, Mike. Especially in these playoffs thus far.

  698. Clay4bc says:

    Actually it’s agood thing. Might piss off our boys, and inspire a better effort.


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

  699. RudeMood19 says:

    ole ole ole ole


  700. Chuck says:

    Maybe it’s all part of the plan.


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

  701. joeybarrie says:

    Are they singing OLE OLE OLE OLE ??????  That stings.

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

  702. ooder says:





    can’t even blame halak… no one was skating this game.. but they were busy taking stupid penalties


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

  703. joeybarrie says:

    So frustrating. We gotta take game 2. NEED TO MEET IN MONTREAL FOR THE FINALS…….

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

  704. ManApart says:

    They are. The Habs should feel humiliated right now. I know I do.

  705. Danno says:

    Outhouse… Our game is crap tonight.


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

  706. TripleX says:

    I am positive what bugs you about this is the same thing that drives me insane.  IT IS SO OBVIOUS!  Just as it was obvious last game that JM should have used 7 Dmen.  WHAT IS WRONG WITH JM?


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

  707. habz says:

    yep! i agree

  708. SeriousFan09 says:

    Convinced Pouliot is going to rediscover a work ethic he doesn’t seem to have.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  709. SeriousFan09 says:

    Why does MTL always have trouble raising their game and wanting to dominate a rival squad? We have no real history with WSH and PIT, we beat them in huge series. We come up against a bitter rival team, we’re falling apart by ourselves.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  710. Clay4bc says:

    Might as well get all the sucking out of the way in game 1…makes me glad to have to work now! Just need to retool and come back strong.


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

  711. JFriedman says:

    OLE OLE OLE???


    OK THIS MEANS WAR!!!!!!!!!!!1

  712. TheMock780 says:

    Wow, a team that managed to take more stupid penalties then the Flyers. Maybe the NHL will turn that into a “History will be made” commercial. Martin has some definite adjustments to do for game 2.

  713. danedmunds says:

    metro has been completely useless all playoffs long

  714. JFriedman says:

    Still time left to make this respectable…

  715. smiler2729 says:

    Ole Ole Ole is a stupid song anyways…

  716. hockeydoc says:

    why MAB?

  717. sidhu says:

    Exhibit 3150 that MAB should not be playing regular mins

  718. Ron says:

    One more goal and I’m watching golf so I can watch toronto suck at something else.

  719. zozotheclown says:

    Bergeron passing to the other team now, I miss OB

  720. Exit716 says:

    Glad I decided to take the dogs out for a walk after period one. Just had that sense that it wasn’t going to be a good night.


  721. longtimehabsfan says:

    There’s a lot of hockey left to be played, people.  And, the Habs haven’t led in any series since Game 1 against the Caps.

  722. petrov14 says:

    OUCH! God I hate the Flyers….

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  723. JFriedman says:

    I think they were chanting USA USA before… dumb fans dont realize they have Canadians on their team!!

  724. SeriousFan09 says:

    MAB is such a joke sometimes, can’t keep the puck in to save his life.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  725. Habhopeful says:

    We have had one blowout per series, Jaro usually comes back stronger each return, whateve were doing wrong, we will adjust, this is only the first forty minutes in a seven game series, let’s not lose faith here fellas

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  726. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Bergeron has been useless on the PP, and just a waste on D.

    For the entire playoffs.

  727. JFriedman says:

    They’re making Leighton look like George Vezina

  728. dysonsphere says:

    not really a big fan of singling people out but, F is MAB useless or what?!?

  729. habz says:

    I know ..they’re soo dumb!

  730. habz says:

    I know ..they’re soo dumb!

  731. TripleX says:

    You’re crazy, MAB should be getting MORE ice time.  Why is PK Suban getting more ice time than MAB?  JM is sure to fix this.


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

  732. joeybarrie says:

    We are done like dinner.


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

  733. kempie says:

    Leighton with the shutout

  734. danhabsfan says:

    well… I guess I will watch Survivor

    This is giving me a heart attack.

    They are not on their game at all.  They better adjust… or

  735. sidhu says:

    PP looks horrible, I don’t know why the focus is on the points.. maybe we could benefit from a Kovalev-type focus point on the halfboards

  736. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Stop shooting low, sheesh.

  737. habbytown says:

    time to watch Miss USA. embarrassing!

  738. JFriedman says:

    Plekanec has been nowhere since the last series…

    I hope he isnt still expecting a big fat contract next year

  739. SeriousFan09 says:

    With 17 Canadians on their active roster, they chant ‘USA USA USA’

    Makes sense.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  740. danedmunds says:

    kostitsyn is infuriating…. i think he needs new sticks so im so sick and tired of watching the puck hop over his stick night after night

  741. longtimehabsfan says:

    We let them dictate the play early and now we’re playing out of character.  The reverse of Game 7 vs. the Pens.

  742. ManApart says:

    The flyers are laughing right now. They can’t believe how easy it is. The Habs have to turn it on and make this respectable and at least show that they are alive.

  743. ooder says:

    the story of MAB.

    can’t receive a pass

    can’t get the puck on net

    can’t take a hit

    can’t give a hit

    can’t keep the puck in

    can’t anticipate the play

    cool guy.. eh


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

  744. TripleX says:

    What?  Dude listen to this guy:

    I think in the second half of this game,
    when the Flyers are tired you will see a different team. I believe this
    is part of our plan. We are rested and giving no secrets away. We havent
    even started playing yet. I hope JM is as smart as I think he is.


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

  745. Habscore says:

    Jeez..Pleks?? Who’s Pleks….I don’t know anyone called Plekanec since the beginning of the 2010 playoffs. :S

    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  746. Habscore says:


    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  747. Norm0770 says:

    Not really.  They haven’t made him work at all.

  748. danedmunds says:


  749. Bill says:

    I just can’t believe the terrible showing of the Habs. It starts with Gomez and that brutally stupid penalty, exacerbated by his flubbing of the breakaway. There’s the leadership the Habs are paying a bazillion dollars a year for.

    I can accept losing.I didn’t complain about any of the losses in the first two rounds, because you could see it wasn’t their fault. But they practically threw this game away and it SUCKS.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  750. habz says:

    Go ahead flyers fans…Enjoy’s not going to last!

  751. MikeMcLaren says:

    The Ole, Ole, Ole is intentionally ironic…  unlike the “USA, USA, USA” chants which are unintentionally ironic.


  752. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Habs always lose when they outshoot their opponent.

    GET BACK TO THE SYSTEM! Get outshot and win! lol

  753. vic says:

    Well I am proud of what they have done.

    But the coach must of known Philly would hammer our guys and sits Oburne. What was he thinking also no forecheck.this so clled system will not work against this team.This is what Toronto did to his Senators year after year.So if he doesnt change then its over.

    And guys are playing hard.

  754. sidhu says:

    I missed the Miss USA Pageant for this??

  755. Ron says:

    The way their playing they all could be in the Miss USA Pageant.

  756. temekuhabs says:

    Leighton has had it easy

  757. danhabsfan says:

    And that is the coaches fault.  It is fundamental hockey

    Why does the Philly net always come off so easy?

  758. joeybarrie says:

    Lots of HATRED from a guy who hasn’t been on the ice for any of their goals. MAB is still a 0 in this game. PK SUBBAN is a minus 2 and no one says anything.

    We aren’t realistic with our judgement are we???

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

  759. ManApart says:

    I agree. PK and Gill have been horrible.


  760. danedmunds says:

    are you serious? have you watched MAB all year long?


    subban was hung out to dry by hamrlik on the first goal, cant remember the second one… mab has done absolutely nothing since his 1 goal against washington and the shying away from hits and giveaways are ridiculous

  761. SeriousFan09 says:

    Subban hung out to dry on one goal and MAB blows every other PP we have with his pathetic, inexusable lazy nature on the back end when he’s suppoesd to keep the puck in. The other teams know to dish the puck out on MAB’s end because he can’t catch a cold manning the point.

    MAB is a terrible defencemen, no hitting power and he’s lazy, if you’re small as a D, have good positioning and good skating, he has neither.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  762. Habscore says:

    These orange jerseys are as ugly as their players…wow

    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  763. HardHabits says:

    Yep, Feels like Toronto versus Ottawa all right.

  764. AH says:

    Did they think they had already won the cup after Wash. and Pitt.?? and what’s with all the penalties, isn’t that supposed to be Philly’s job?…..what a disappointing effort! Pk has a great shot, so why MAB and not O’byrne?

    Another bum goalie being made to look good by no net prescence of the Habs….sigh.


  765. hockeydoc says:

    guys on RDS making all kinds of excuses for canadiens performance tonight-puhleeeeeeeze

  766. Exit716 says:

    Relax. They’ll regroup and win on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

  767. danhabsfan says:

    Hope so…. this is hurting real bad… and they look like they don’t care.

    Whats with that.

  768. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    I think that Obyrne might be good a choice for the next game.

  769. danhabsfan says:

    This is the one team I did NOT want to play.

    The Habs always stink against Philly in playoffs.

    THis could be a sign, or an adjustment game.

    Please help.

  770. topher5468 says:

    Was that Benny with a decent shift, maybe tonight wont be a total loss

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

  771. doug says:

    Thorough dominance. First time we’ve been embarrassed in these playoffs in all phases of game. Game 2 big now- a pretty tough pill to swallow.

  772. bidds55 says:

    Having their arses handed to them in every facet of the game here will wake them up in time to take game number 2.

    Right now, this is incredibly frustrating to watch though.