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Not much of a game, eh?

There wasn’t much in the way of Habs-Leafs intensity.

Fearless prediction: There will be more nastiness Thursday night in Boston.

Carey Price gave up a soft goal and then was brilliant to record his 38th win.

The two top lines look ready for the postseason. Tomas Plekanec was spectacular, and Mike Cammalleri had at least five good scoring chances.

Scott Gomez, trashed by that idiot Milbury in the HNIC pre-game, set up Brian Gionta for the winning goal.

The special teams were rockin': Two power-play goals, a perfect 5-for-5 penalty kill, plus Pleks’s shortie.

David Desharnais, playing against some big Dmen, made some spectacular plays.

Paul Mara played almost 19 quality minutes. Jaro Spacek played 19:14 and looked very comfortable – who doesn’t? – with P.K. Subban.

So who are your playoff pairings?

Gill-Subban, Hamrlik-Wiz, Spacek-Mara?

I’m not the coach.

Jacques Martin is. And let’s give some BIG props to Mr. Excitement, who recorded his 600th NHL win tonight.

I’ve said it all season long to the legion of Martin-bashers:

This man is a good coach who took a team devastated by injuries on the back end, hampered by Scott Gomez’s season-long slump and musical chairs among the top-six forwards, and somehow got them to 44 wins and 96 points.

Is there another coach in the league who could have wrung more out of this bunch?

I don’t think so.

And his guys play for Martin. You could count, on the fingers of one hand, the number of games in which this team did not show up.

Ominously, however, one of the no-shows was in Boston.

I’m fighting a killer cold and need my beauty sleep.

Comment away, and let’s talk playoffs in the morning.

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  2. Flying Lion says:

    GO HABS GO! Never give up. Never give in.

  3. Flying Lion says:

    GO HABS GO! Never give up. Never give in.

  4. wotever says:

    Stupid mobile website makes it impossible to reply to a comment, so I’ll lumpy observer responses into one post: re recchi’s theory: the NHL rushed to absolve chara of responsibility. By 5pm the next day there was no point in exaggerating any injury. Which is too early to have been certain about the diagnosis. In addition I recommend you do some reading about rotational forces and how that affects post concussion syndrome.

    Re Faux News they’ve pleaded in court that they are entertainment and not news and thus are not obligated to tell the truth. That there’s a significant majority of morons that believe it’s news is testament to the partisan politics destroying debate in the US.

  5. RockinRey says:

    JM is an okay coach . With all of the weapons he had in Ottawa he never won the Cup. That said he must be doing something right. Just like Pat Burns did , Lemaire the teams he coaches are rarely really fun to watch. But he does get results.

    RE: defense parings I would throw in Sopel before Mara. You didn’t get Sopel for any other reason. Mara is depth . If any of the other pairings gets injured then you bring him in before Weber.

    Go Habs go! I hope Martin is studying film and breaking down the bruins. Gomez better produce or they will run him out of town!

  6. jefff says:

    ok ok you guys…you are wayyyy too smart to be fooled any longer. You have it right, i am a Laffs fan and i AM on here to stir up trouble. The reason i do this is because your Habs are such a better team than my Losers Even After Forty Seasons Mople Laffs that in utter desperation i need a diversion for myself so i dont dwell on what an idiot i am for supporting this cast of blue-clad clowns all my sorry life and go take a nap on the 401 to rid myself of these…..impure thoughts ive been thinking lately.
    Congrats to you all and your superior canadiens hockey club for making the playoffs yet again while me and my fellow Loaf Nation fools are repeatedly forced to watch from the outside. Can u unde3rstand why i have these mixed up emotions? I really am the worst kind of loser for subjecting myself to this humiliation and embarassment that is leafs hockey, year in and year out. I wish i could renounce my misplaced loyalty to the blue and white and jump ship, step up to Habs Fandom, but my stinking drooling leaf fan buddies would have my tiny, girlish balls garnishing their cereal in the morning for doing that.
    I admit it, the Habs are a much better team than the leafs and we deserved the pasting we got last night. So once again, please accept my sincere apologies for coming on your forum and insulting your vastly superior Canadiens. Please forgive me for being such a dolt,m i have erectile dysfunction, incontinence, and cant wear Depends cuz of my hemmorhoids. Also, my wife rightfully suspects i like to dress up in her clothes and pick up men in gay bars. Sighh….im such a mess.
    On my knees begging your forgiveness,
    Jeff the Loaf Fan

    PS: Please disregard all my future posts that may seem to have me reverting to my old trollish form…those are just times that i forgot to take my medication. I dont mean what i say in those posts.

  7. Caper says:

    I agree with you Mr. Boone. I’ve come full circle on J.M. He deserves mention as coach of the year.

  8. Thomas Le Fan says:

    The Bruins are the perfect first round foe. Bring ‘em all on. You got to beat the best to be the best. Go Habs!

  9. BoomBoomMax says:

    So we’ll be facing the Big Bad Bruins comes playoff time. Whether or not, this is a good match up for us, only time will tell… One thing is for sure, giving that scenario, the Boys will need to, some how, erase the past few meetings from their collective memory if they are to have any success against those Brutes. In all fairness, we have to admit it has been a grim affair the last 3 times the 2 teams have met… The worst coming by way of Max being taken off the ice on a stretcher, the result of a careless hit, well after game 5 had been decided.

    If I may, yet again, use a metaphor… I feel the Habs need to pull off some kind of a “Back to the Future” stunt on those guys to actually regain the upper hand in the rivalry… Somehow, Biff (the Bruins) has been using his Bully credentials to great success for the better part of the latter leg of the season series between the 2 teams. Basically, I feel like the CH has been Bean Town’s George McFly as of late… It is time for George to punch back, but given my tremendous respect for the game, by no means, am I hoping for violence. I just hope we can outplay these goons…

    Keeping in mind Zemeckis’ Classic…

    Realistically, I doubt that George being hit by Lord Stanley’s car is going to prevail this time around… As much as I enjoyed last spring’s unlikely run, I fear that Montreal might not always fall on Lady Luck’s side of things as the second season comes around. Don’t get me wrong, we played some wonderful hockey last spring but I can’t help but feel les Glorieux could of easily been out of the Great Race, had Semin connected with twine rather than metal during last year’s first round. Let’s all be honest here, the guy was all over the ice but just couldn’t buy a goal… But hey, that’s why they play the games!

    Anyways, far from me, the intention of underrating a very good hockey team… I do like our chances. I just really hope Jacques finds a way to level the table, because it sure seems to be tilted, Boston’s way. Sadly, coach Marty doesn’t own a time traveling Dolorean, but if we are to advance past les “Bruns”, he will need to find a way to regain the past MOJO… I believe he can and will!

    Here’s to a great playoff run… All Hail to La Sainte Flanelle!!!

    • solomio says:

      Boom Boom ….agreed the Habs will have to get the Bruin’s Beat Downs out of their collective consciousness but the fact is those wins by the B’s are in the B’s heads and that gives them an enormous edge.A Habs first game win in Beantown would change that dynamic somewhat and get rid of Bruin Swagger.
      And although I am 110% Habs fan I feel that unless CP can pull off a Halakian first rounder the CH will not become the giant killer.
      IMO on paper the Bruins are more than a little bit superior.
      But the game is on the ice and thats another ball of wax isn’t it.
      I think the B’s have thrown that Hab’s monkey off their back.
      Pretty sure most hockey pundits will agree with this assessment and that most HIOers will not.
      Here’s hoping that the spirit of the Flying Frenchmen will take over our team and cut through the Bruins like a hot knife through a chunk of Camembert.

  10. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    I’m really happy to agree with Boone about Martin. It’s easy for us to bash the coach for his ‘boring’ style of hockey, but he get’s results. There are times when the coach may do some things that confuse the average hockey fan, but ultimately (and obviously) he knows what he’s doing. Claude Julien is a good coach, but if the team is buying into Martin’s ‘system’, I like their chances. I’m certain that Martin learned a lot from last years run, and i’m hoping he’s going to be able to bring the best out of his players, and extend this season deep into the spring.

  11. Habitoban says:

    I just watched the canned game on CBC. I was buzzing thru the breaks but so I may have missed something, but it seems that Benny took a penalty. Oh my god! I thought I saw Eller and Pyatt take penalties as well, but I guess those were “smart” penatlies, especially Eller’s behind our net.

  12. HardHabits says:

    The Hamilton Bulldogs win the North Division of the Western Conference in the AHL going 8-1-0-1 in their last 10 games.

    Boyd, Dawes and Palushaj have been stepping it up lately.

    It could be a long play-offs for both clubs, which speaks volumes about the Habs organizational depth and the development and coaching systems in place at both levels.

    All Hail The System

  13. DearyLeary says:

    Wow, lots of positive words for a team that only beat the Maple Leafs in a meaningless game.

  14. yukonhab says:

    Let the games begin! Another classics Bruins and Habs playoff match-up. Couldn’t really ask for anything better. Other than a Canadiens 1st Round victory.

    Let’s go King Carey
    Price 31

  15. HardHabits says:

    I predict the second round will be

    Washington versus Montreal
    Philly versus Tampa Bay

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  18. sidhu says:

    One guy I wouldn’t mind sitting against Boston – Pouliot. He’s soft, his brain is elsewhere when he’s on the ice, and we can’t afford his lapses in the playoffs.

  19. Chuck says:

    Thank goodness for the thousands of Hab fans in attendance tonight. Without them, the ACC was a mausoleum. I’ve been in libraries that were louder and hand more energy.

  20. PureGuava says:

    Did we not take the season series against the Bruins? I know that i’ve bashed Scott “Million Dollar Per Goal” Gomez all year, but I have a weird feeling that he’ll be a changed man in the playoffs. I like the defense corp, and the forwards just might have a trick or two left up their sleeves.

    All is quiet on the Pacioretty front – fearless prediction #2: He plays.

    • observer says:

      but bruins won 2 of the last 3 and scored 15 goals in those 2 wins. and pounded the stuffing out of the habs.

    • observer says:

      All is quiet on the Pacioretty front – fearless prediction #2: He plays.

      ———-

      Was thinking the same about the “quiet” part, today. The only time they ever EXACTLY STRESSED HIS CONDITION was exactly what Recchi correctly said WHEN THEY – GAUTHIER TRIED TO GET CHARA SUSPENDED.

      • HardHabits says:

        Why not get original and talk about the Habs having 54% wins and 96 points. Or are you saving that for the draft when Burke makes all those great moves and Pierre Gauthier stands pat?

  21. observer says:

    They have 5 second tape delays for Super Bowls in case of performers uniform malfunctions – how about CBC on a nationally televised family entertainment – Habs-Leafs no less, with many children (plus immature hockey fans) watching – have an old man like Don Cherry say “Kadri saved the coach’s @ss”!

  22. kmachabs27 says:

    600 wins, hes due for a cup ring, is this the year?

  23. Propwash says:

    600 wins eh? JM must know something we don’t.

  24. rogieshan says:

    Assuming Moen – but not Halpern – will return for the 1st game, I feel Martin should consider dressing Sopel as a 7th defenseman/added tough guy over Pyatt.

    • Nope Moen will be ready for the first game Halpern im not to sure. But it will probably be
      Cammi-Pleks-AK
      Darche-Gomez-Gio
      Pouliot-Desharnais-White/Weber (Weber no too bad up front don’t know how long it would last)
      Moen-Eller-Pyatt (Pyatt played great tonight loved his work on pk and even strength)

      Defense:
      Gill-Subban
      Hammr-Wiz
      Spacek-Mara (Or sit Weber dress Sopel which means 7 d but all 7 d will play d none up front, or Sopel instead of Mara).
      Good job Jacques 96 points for a team with no 30 goal scorers or 60 pts guys Great job plus all the injuries on/off. GO HABS GO

      Habsnation is still standing.
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  25. HabFanSince72 says:

    Maxime Lapierre’s record for Anaheim and Vancouver:

    Ana: 21 GP, no goals, 3 assists, -6

    Van: 18 GP, 1 goal, no assists, -1

  26. NHL.com said that Gio’s 1st goal (28th) was a snapshot?
    It’s more like a ROCKET top cheese. Look> http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2010021217

    Habsnation is still standing.

  27. Gorges_the_great says:

    Watching the Vancouver game right now. When Lapierre yapped and didn’t fight in Montreal CBC badmouthed him. Now that he’s in Vancouver it’s seen as an asset.

  28. Timo says:

    So speaking of golf… how is my boy Phil doing at Master’s?

  29. Jammin says:

    Yes Sopel good on pk but Mara has played well of late and a needed physical presence.

  30. Da Hema says:

    By the way, congratulations to Jacques Martin for his 600th NHL victory as coach! We must be so hard on coaches in this town when so few posters even comment on this. If Ron Wilson had just won his 600th game, the media, HNIC, and Leaves fans would be appointing him the greatest coach in the history of the known universe.

    • Bill says:

      But why measure us against the shortest possible stick? I’d prefer to congratulate Martin for winning more games than he lost for the first time since 2004.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Da Hema says:

        Bill: you have your facts wrong. His all-time record is 600 wins, 469 losses, 119 ties, and 73 overtime losses. I also found that his last losing season (i.e., regular-season record) as a coach was in 1996-1997 with Ottawa.

  31. JD_ says:

    Fun game and a win to close out the season.

    Can’t say much for the Loafs. Half certain I saw white flags at the end of those sticks they were holdin’ up at center ice after the final buzzer, presumably in homage to the the fans who, for the 833rd consecutive season, forked over all that dough for a few goofy months of jack shit.

    Phanny fails to clear the zone by puttin’ the puck directly into Larry, then makes up for it by deflectin’ noted sniper Ryan White’s shot behind…what’s his name again…Palmateer?

    Double Dion!

    Also some nice work facilitatin’ Jagr’s shortie.

    Kinda sums up the Loafs season: So many promises made, such inept execution. Do bring Wilsy back like you said, Burkie, it’s workin’ wonders.

    On to the Broonz. Gonna be intense.

    But I’m not worried. See, word is there is a schism rippin’ through the Broonz dressin’ room. Infightin’. Backstabbin’. Shortsheetin’.

    Looks like we have ourselves the BroonzMeltdown 2011™ underway, and it’s all for the takin’!

    Yield no quarter.

    Take no prisoners.

    Booya, baby!!!

  32. 365fan says:

    Sopel will be with Spacek – that lets Spacek play left D and allows Sopel as a pk option – that’s why they got him.

    96 points – after Markov and JG went down I would have taken it if offered.

    What is the latest on Pacioretty?

    • jimmy shaker says:

      A surprise return in game 3 which brings the team, the fans and the building to a saku koivuesque ovation with max lighting up igor and tommy for the game winner in OT. Howz that for a script?

      Shaker

  33. Timo says:

    Lol… just quickly scrolled over Boone’s game blog – he has his dog again. Awesome.

  34. homerbowen says:

    How long will it take for Cherry to mention his beloved Laffs during the first playoff game?

    • observer says:

      seemed to me he spent almost his entire time tonight bashing leafs management.

      btw – it is habs against HIS TEAM the bruins so expect even more one sided commentary. you know like all the fans on this blog.

  35. jimmy shaker says:

    The boys split in beantown, Carey is lights out at home, Marchand, Lucheese, Dr.Seuss Horton, Igor, professor reechi and the leader of the cubs, seabass himself all complain and cry after games 3 and 4. Oh and Bettman tries and screws the habs again with a mandatory afternoon game, so he can sell a game that never has, nor ever will catch on to the american audience, but surprisingly the boys are pretty good in afternoon games, so we can deal! Still waiting for the sched, but I did hear Mclean say thursday, saturday and sunday! Sounds like game 2 could be that afternoon game and a game in montreal on a sunday? Rare, very rare!

    Shaker

  36. Ian Cobb says:

    Piece of cake this year boys! We have to many money players on the team. All they need is something to play for, and they will be flying when the challenge is in front of them.

    Gomez will be great when things are on the line. Just wait my friends, we are going to be so lucky again, in all 3 rounds.!!!!!

  37. Timo says:

    So habs series start on thursday? Sigh, that means freaking Don Cherry after period one. Then again, I don’t watch CBC, i watch RDS. Still… When is he going to get sacked?

  38. Gorges_the_great says:

    Cue the 2011 Habs playoff song. What? We don’t have one yet?

    See you all for game 3. I’ll be there. I’m practicing my booing ahead of time.

  39. Jammin says:

    Jammin
    Pouliot,what do you do with a guy like this ,so much raw talent.When you see examples of it one can get giddy, then bang ,back to zero. A hypnotist perhaps,about the only thing that hasnt been tried with the guy.Pouliot Pouliot You are not stupid,You can stay on your feet,you can score goals

  40. Danno says:

    Haven’t checked to make sure but Carey Price must be the king of one-goal games this year.

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  41. Rainrocket16 says:

    Congrats to JM and the System that is Les Habs, We will no doubt bring IT against our ultimate rivals and I know we can succeed, that what we do against Les Bruins!!!

  42. Iceberg84 says:

    To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed it’s gonna be Boston. I love these matchups, but not in the first round. Both teams will do what they do every time they meet up: throw everything at the other team until there’s nothing left and the winner will probably be too exhausted physically and emotionally to compete in the second round. I know it’s like that with every playoff series, but you have to admit that Montreal-Boston goes beyond all the others in terms of the emotional aspect and involvement of the cities and players.

    Regardless, I think we’re in for an amazing series that’ll be one for the history books.

  43. Say Ash says:

    Is the Vezina really gonna go to a guy that’s 14th in minutes played?

  44. Mr. Boone, we concur.
    I know Martin’s comments and general countenance are of the variety that make one want to pluck out one’s own earballs with a pitchfork, but the guy gets it done. His record shows that he only improves teams. Everyone wants a hothead, because everyone wants a symbol through which to vent when things go south, but that means diddly.
    TSN sings the praises of Wilson. He’s got passion, he’s got fire.
    Well, he’s got a team that he hasn’t brought to the playoffs for 3 straight years.
    I’m taking Martin.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ahengnbo

  45. WindsorHab-10 says:

    My pledge from now until the end of the playoffs:
    Never criticize Jaques Martin.

  46. Da Hema says:

    What in the world is wrong with Benoit Pouliot? He is literally a liability on the ice now. I am not certain Martin should even dress him now for the playoffs. Would Aaron Palushaj play any worse than Pouliot? Pouliot’s lazy penalties and on-ice denseness is a ominous combination leading to the playoffs.

  47. Jammin says:

    Jammin
    Do you think it slips into Pouliot’s head for a moment,after taking a dumb penalty,that duh maybe I shouldn’t do that! Dumb penalties will kill the team in the playoffs.They have to stay outta the box,play the system and score on the power play. They do that they will win the series.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      He is definitely a liability out there. Falls all the time, turns it over trying to go through their D, loses his stick a few times a game, and takes 1 or 2 penalties per game with few mins. playing time. He is a large work in progress.

  48. habitual says:

    Yup, Boone, you have it right re Martin. My sole criticism of him was early on re his handling of rookies. That is so yesterday.

    Martin, Pearn, an Muller all deserve props for this season.

  49. DLS HAB says:

    Good to see J.M. beaming from ear to ear. I always thought he was weened on pickles, guess I was wrong. 600 wins, he obviously knows how to coach. However I bet he would trade all of them to raise a cup over his head. A cup will cap his career off nicely. Will it be as a Hab? Time will tell.

    Nice win over the Toronto Minor/Colledge Leafs. On to Beantown!

  50. Keith says:

    These guys seem ready to commit to the grind of the playoffs. Can’t wait for it to begin!

  51. D Alcorn says:

    Cherry on national television stating what everyone already knows :
    – he is a Loafs fan
    Does he think this impresses the viewing audience ?
    Does the CBC ?
    Clearly, his arrogance has him believing he is bullet proof, or he simply doesn’t care at this point.

    If memory serves, Dave Hodge was canned by CBC decades ago for one hell of a lot less. Does anyone remember the details ?

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

    • Ian Cobb says:

      I think he cut lose verbally about the net work cutting away during a game for some reason. Not sure.!

    • Clay says:

      Hodge threw a pencil and said “You’ve got to be kidding me” when informed that the CBC was not going to show the overtime in the game he was broadcasting…
      CBC’s loss was TSN’s gain.

      __________________________
      The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

    • Keith says:

      You have to stop watching him. It is easier on the blood pressure.

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Yeah, he openly complained that they were cutting away early to The National (news) before a game was over.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  52. Ian Cobb says:

    My picks!
    1 Wash vs NY… NY wins in 6.

    2 Phily vs Buff. Buff wins in ?

    3 Bos vs Mtl. Mtl. wins in 6

    4 Pitts vs T.B. T.B. wins in ?

    TOP 4 gone first round! We get home ice for 2nd round!

    • observer says:

      Ian Cobb picks
      1 Wash vs NY… NY wins in 6.
      2 Phily vs Buff. Buff wins in ?
      3 Bos vs Mtl. Mtl. wins in 6
      4 Pitts vs T.B. T.B. wins in ?
      TOP 4 gone first round! We get home ice for 2nd round!

      Washington in 4 — THIS ONE IS A CINCH!
      Philly in 6 or 7
      Boston in 4 or 5
      Pittsburgh in 6

  53. Clay says:

    *Observer/Glen Beck logic*
    Habs have 44 wins. If we times that by 2 that makes 88! 88!!! Don’t you see the significance in that number? It means another year of standing pat and INCOMPETANCE [sic], and that the Leafs are the greatest team ever, and Reimer will be the greatest goalie in the history of the game!. 44 is the new 88!

    __________________________
    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

    • Gormdog says:

      Goes on and on about how Toronto is going to surely destroy Montreal in the last game.

      Montreal wins with surprising ease.

      Observer stamps his feet and yells “Biggest mistake ever : G+G not taking this game and facing the sure destruction at the hands of the Bruins”

      Quite the pattern.

      • observer says:

        truth hurts you? this is the one team any real fan of the habs would want to avoid right now of the 3 possibilities before the game – bos-phil-pitts.

        #1- bruins will pound the habs into submission, already in habs players heads, have a great goalie and habs scorers have been dead down the stretch especially in games against real teams.

        #2- philly is playing terrible defensive hockey and again are weak in goal and even if pronger returns he still might not be himself for awhile

        #3- pitts who was the other possiblity going into tonight is minus crosby and malkin and has an erratic goalie.

        auld should have played tonights game and habs taken it easy.

        looks like a 4 or 5 game series coming up?

        BTW – this game tonight was a meaningless game except a smart team like pittsburgh did a few years back when habs got #1 seed because of it, penguins tanked their final game to avoid a team that gave them trouble.

        • Gormdog says:

          Your predictions mean Jack squat.

          You “guaranteed” The Habs would lose their last 3 games.

          You told us ad nauseum how little we got for Halak who went to St Louis and played nothing close to level he played here.

          Surely, without a doubt, JM had ruined PK and thrown his career path way offline.

          Lets not forget about tonight.

          If you keep throwing “sure things” out, well, sometimes they’ll be on the money. What bugs me the most is that you do have some insightful posts but your hard on for the Leafs and your anti G+G agenda is getting realllllllly tiresome. We don’t want to drink over and over again from a glass that’s constantly half empty.

      • observer says:

        when leafs were eliminated this game had no more meaning to them and they played that way. i said weeks ago leafs probably had no shot at a playoff berth but said next year it is all setup for them by how burke positioned himself and the team starting on july 1, 2011.

        that is the problem with one point of view fans like you. you do finally admit that your favorite team does not show up on occasion BUT never ever never ever never state that during one of your favorite teams wins the OTHER TEAM WAS A NO-SHOW.

        Keep drinking the koolaid.

        • dallyd31 says:

          Wasn’t the beating the Habs were going to take tonight at the hands of the Leafs the first of a 9 game winning streak the Leafs would have against the Habs
          Seriously pal, give it a rest, you look like a fool. Do you enjoy being a juvenile, combating fool ? Come on, grow up. You really must have so little…

          • observer says:

            they didnt show up. was a more nothing game to them than it was to habs. florida shut out washington tonight both results are totally meaningless except habs win guarantees first round elimination of them by the bruins.

            i hope im wrong but im afraid i am right.

    • observer says:

      No the team improved probably only because Subban was now there. Goaltending was excellent but it was last year too when Halak was playing. Too bad Gauthier only was able to get a 17 point scorer for a goalie at the top of his value when he was traded. The rest of the team this year did NOT stand pat on their laurels. Hell no! They got worse.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      They are great at getting people’s money and to fill the TORONTO rink every night to watch an inferior product on the ice for 50 years.!!.. ENJOY!

      • observer says:

        a lot of those people tonight wore habs sweaters. i would say most former montrealers living there. what i cant believe is what they said during the game that “seats in the lower bowl were going for thousands for a meaningless nothing game.”

        • dallyd31 says:

          ” seats in the lower bowl were going for thousands for a meaningless nothing game.”

          Doesn’t that just prove how out to lunch and blind sheep the Toronto fans are. In other other rink, the fans wouldn’t pay $1 for those tickets for a team that hasn’t made the playoffs for 6 years. Not sure what point you’re trying to make, but this is nothing to brag about.

          • observer says:

            i am not a torontonian nor a leaf fan but i once lived there for several years. same here in montreal never an empty seat and i repeat many of those fans TONIGHT paying that kind of money were habs fans who only go to habs games there. when i lived there the only games i ever went to in toronto were montreal games plus one canada cup. and tonights game those habs fans went to was a meaningless game.

            i have long said people in canada lkove hockey. thats why more than a lousy 6 of 30 teams deserve to be in this country.

    • observer says:

      Clay

      Glen Beck got his own channel. I think FOX fired him?

      • Aybara says:

        Yes, Fox News… The least reputable cable news channel in the United States. Also, FYI Beck was canned from Fox this week because he’s an absolute lunatic who has no substantive basis for his theories.

        Makes sense that Clay made the connection with you

        • observer says:

          You mean the most reputable – BY FAR!

          THATS WHY THEIR RATINGS SMASH CNN AND MSNBC COMBINED!

          BTW- Beck had a show on CNN first and was not fired but was lured away by Murdoch

          • Aybara says:

            There you go with your Glenn Beck logic again. Ratings do not equal a good news station. Actually, it is likely for major news that the higher the ratings, the lower the average viewer IQ.

            The masses aren’t the most critical of folk and Fox itself just shovels up big piles of shit they know people want to hear. Who cares if it’s factually correct or not!

            Congrats for trolling me though. Either you get some thrill out of acting out, or you’re simply a complete idiot. In both cases I feel sorry for you.

  54. Yeats says:

    Only Original Six team not in the mix? The Leafs! How funny is that???

    • observer says:

      if you just noticed toronto has stunk for many years BUT just over 2 full seasons ago they got a real gm and by july 1, 2011 they will be in the playoffsand for many years.

      they said during the game the last home playoff game leafs had was in 2004 – thats what happens when a teachers union full of lefties owns the team.

      • Clay says:

        Ah, it’s the “lefties” fault that the Leafs suck. Thanks for clearing that up Tony!

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        • observer says:

          the teachers hired a green ferguson to save them money. he saved them playoff expenses bigtime but also cost tem playoff revenue but what do they care. finally 3 years ago they decided to go first class. i once lived in toronto – maple leaf gardens was the worst rink in the league as all teams built new ones – they never ever even discussed building one. seats were 3/4 as wide as a normal seat so ballard could squeeze in more people and they were happy to continue the tradition. if you ever went to a game you had to hope a fat man wasnt sitting next to you or worse a fat man on each side of you because they took up half your seat.

          • dallyd31 says:

            These rants just get more incoherent and funny all the time. First it was “the lefty’ss” and then all of a sudden you are talking about Ballard
            Sorry dude, “the lefty’s” or anyone else had nothing to do with it. Is Richard Peddie a lefty ? The only reason Toronto has stunk is due to horrible management and a lust for instant gratification. Trade picks for vets to compete now. Burke did the same for the firss two years. They have no one to blame but themselves. I have heard “the Leafs will be better next year” so many times it’s become a comedy routine. Didn’t Toronto have the best defense in the East ? Or was it the league ? I have so little respect for people that are quick to take credit for anything that goes right, but even quicker to to pass the blame off on someone else when someone goes wrong. This is becoming worse and more non-sensical than Don Cherry’s rants Sounds like our government…always someone elses fault.

          • edgie says:

            “playoff expenses”?

            Do you have any idea how much teams make off of playoffs? You’re comments never cease to amaze me.

          • observer says:

            dallyd31

            THEYVE HAD BAD OWNERS SINCE BALLARD TOOK OVER CONTROL WHICH IS WHEN THEY STARTED GOING bad, steve stavro a big horse owner and trustee of woodbine then took over and he being a sportsman did turn the team into a winner during the 90s but since the teachers union took over they until burke was brought in turned into a terrible team on the ice.

            a greedball thief as an owner now a union – yes they have had bad owners that is why they have done so bad. just like if you have inferior gms – that guy can also ensure no championships and no championship level teams over any stretch. like gauthier for 30 years of nhl experience and you think NOW HE WILL WIN! Keep swallowing the koolaid.

      • showey47 says:

        Try 3 season’s,burke’s official hiring was nov.2008. But considering his best buddy ron wilson was hired back in june of 2008 it clearly shows burke was already putting things in place before he was officially hired. So,its been 3 full years(2008/2009,2009/2010,2010/2011) and no playoffs. July 1st won’t mean much to toronto since the players already voted in the cbc poll that toronto is considered one of the least desirable places to play and ron wilson is the worst coach in the league.

        • observer says:

          which means burke has just completed TWO FULL seasons! next year will be his THIRD FULL season with toronto.

          • dallyd31 says:

            Call it what you want…it’s his 3rd season with the team and on his 3rd complete rebuild. Just keep spinning the wheel.

          • showey47 says:

            Can you count? 2008/2009,2009/2010,2010/2011 = 3 full seasons. Next year (this fall)will be season #4.

  55. Timo says:

    Man, i don’t know. Somehow this year I am less optimistic about playing bruins than any other years. I hope we will see another team than the one that didn’t show up for the game in boston following Pax incident.

    Key, as always, will be Price standing on his head and Habs not stopping skating for a single shift.

    • Gormdog says:

      I truly think the loss of Patches will be seen as a key turning point if the Habs don’t succeed in the playoffs.

      But don’t worry. When you rip the team in the offseason, we all get to say “well, c’mon Timo, we lost our top power forward what were you expecting?”

    • observer says:

      you better believeit. boston did not scare me for this team UNTIL that 8-6 game. they are in the habs players heads! they are constantly expecting to be clobbered by a bruins player hitting them.

  56. dallyd31 says:

    Have you ever seen as many short handed breakaways as the Habs had tonight. I think they had 4 or 5 !!!

  57. Rugger says:

    Boston v. Montreal – You know you wouldn’t want it any other way.

  58. observer says:

    Halak earns his 7th shutout of the year tonight.

  59. Yeats says:

    Former Hab draft pick Scott Sandelin wins the NCAA D-1 Championship as coach of the UMD Bulldogs!!!

  60. Josh says:

    Actually, you’d need both hands and feet to count how many times the team didn’t show up if you don’t count Price. How many times throughout the season did the team rely solely on Price being absolutely spectacular? Way too many times for my liking.

  61. jimmy shaker says:

    Please tell me Mclean had it wrong when the said the habs and cubs will play thursday, saturday and Sunday………I know that would be really impossible because of travel and everything, but I did hear him say it though. The only thing I can think of is thursday night, saturday afternoon because of bettman and his stupid insistance of shoving hockey down an american market that has not nor will ever care about the game of hockey, then turn around and have a sunday night game in montreal. Please say it ain’t so!

    Shaker

  62. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    I’d like to see SOPEL in there over SPACEK

    Wednesday March, 9th, 2011 – the day NHL Hockey “officially” died

  63. P St. Pierre says:

    Have a rye, Boone…it helps me every time I’m feeling a cold coming on.

    Decent game by the Canadiens tonight, I really enjoyed seeing the Leafs lose, although Cherry’s postgame comments about being a Leafs fan disgusted me.

    Looking ahead, the key for the Canadiens against the Bruins will be Price and special teams. They need to cut down on their penalties, badly. Unfortunately, the bad habits of an 82 game season will be tough to break.

  64. red13am says:

    Here we come Boston!

  65. Clay says:

    Good for Halak, but it may surprise you to know I agree with you, Dean.

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  66. observer says:

    yes a great performance by halak – as i said too bad gauthier didnt get enough for him or at least someone equal in value – but then again it is gauthier and he traded selanne away 10 years ago too – he scored 6 goals this week.

  67. showey47 says:

    Burke put bryzgalov on waivers,he was a vezina finalist. Will probably be the most coveted goalie on july 1st.

  68. observer says:

    showey47

    burke wont be needing any goalie. he has the only one he needs. brad richards is more likely as their first big signing. either rangers or leafs will get him?

  69. Keith says:

    I always have a beard. I HATE shaving lol!


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