Thank you, Bob

Take a bow, Mr. Gainey … wherever you are.

You have the gratitude of Montreal hockey fans – even those who doubted you – for:

• Scott Gomez instead of Saku Koivu

• Mike Cammalleri instead of Alex Tanguay

• Brian Gionta instead of L’Artiste

• Tom Pyatt instead of Christopher Higgins

• Jaro Spacek, Hal Gill and Paul Mara instead of Mike Komisarek, Francis Bouillon and Mathieu Dandenault

• Marc-André Bergeron instead of Mathieu Schneider

Thank you, also, for Jacques “I don’t have a problem with calmness” Martin.

Thanks for letting P.K. Subban learn pro hockey away from the spotlight until he was ready.

And for kicking BGL out of a tight, proud, hard-working room.

We’ll also credit Gainey, at least in part, for Travis Moen and Dominic Moore – BIG upgrades on Tom Kostopoulos and Steve Bégin.

The sun is shining in Montreal and everyone is smiling.

Bob Gainey has no influence on the weather, but what a playoff team he put together.



  1. Chuck says:

    “Technically” we don’t know for sure? That’s your argument?


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

  2. K-hab25 says:

    Google it genius it happened in the middle of DEC, just like it says in Zambonis link above. Unfortunately, like you, he’s an idiot that can’t read.

  3. makka83 says:

    Halak hasn’t outplayed Price until this year.

    Some might say that last year he did but they would be wrong. Price got injured and Halak filled in. He had 1 good month (similar stats to Price’s first half of the year, that’s 3 months). The rest of the time, he was giving up 3-4 goals a game and our team only won by scoring 5-6 goals.

    BG then fired Carbo and decided to ride Price all the way. Halak would have probably done a bit better but it was not obvious. BG did what he thought was best for the team.

    So yeah the only time BG did not give Halak a chance was last year for like 3 months…

    If you are quicker to learn than someone else, you usually spend less time studying than them. Price has more talent than Halak and it showed when they were younger… Hence, Price gets the higher draft pick and the better treatment.

    You act like Halak was owed something? He was owed nothing. Price was owed nothing as well but the difference is talent.

    Just think about it, if you want to hire 2 people and one of them has more talent. You would give him more work. If at some point the other guy proves he can do a better job you will give him more work and trust him more… It’s ABC of management. You should look it up!

  4. ManApart says:

    Hey buddy, check again, and get YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.

  5. ManApart says:

    Technically we don’t know for sure, but C’mon, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch considering how Price was playing. Don’t act like it’s  a crazy inference, to say Price wouldn’t  have played  as good as Halak,( he needed to, they made the playoffs by 1 point), and the Habs would have missed the playoffs. It’s the most solid prediction anyone could ever make, but not 100%, happy.

  6. ManApart says:

    if the Habs win the Cup, then the war will be won and Gainey will get and deserve a lot of credit. Until then let’s not get carried away and throw around the words greatness and Gainey around together (as a GM).

  7. ManApart says:

    Doesn’t make a lot of sense really, but OK.

  8. HardHabits says:

    You’re not disagreeing. You’re telling him not to. That’s Stalinism. Maybe you should change your avatar to a pic of him instead of whoever it is you currently have.

  9. Chris says:

    Same here.  Now that he has the Grand Slam record, I’m content to watch some of the young up and comers.  But Federer’s all-encompassing game was a thing of beauty:  excellent on all surfaces (were it not for Nadal, he would easily have won the Grand Slam a couple of times), proficient at every shot, a great server and a great returner.

    We really haven’t seen a more complete tennis player in a long, long time.  People try to diminish his greatness by pointing to the lack of championships won by his peers.  But that ignores the fact that Federer wasn’t all that interested in sharing or letting his guard down against players not named Nadal for something like 5 years.

    He is what Marat Safin could have been if Safin ever got his head screwed on straight!  :)  Both guys started out tempermental brats, but one grew into one of the classiest professional athletes of our era, while the other made a nice career punctuated with some crazy outbursts (still loved Safin, for all his warts!).

  10. Ian Cobb says:

    It took 5 years to rebuild this franchise from the new personnel  in the scouting dept. the draft, through to the minor affiliate  teams. New coaches and personnel throughout the organization. Then new players and moves that have not even taken effect as of yet.

    As far as Savard as GM. For me he just ran an old boys club.

  11. Chris says:

    Nonetheless, New Jersey has won three Stanley Cups since we won our last Cup.  They had another trip to the finals in that time.

    New Jersey has not missed the playoffs since 1995-96…that’s an impressive run, and makes their top three seed all the more impressive.  The 10th overall pick they received in 1996 was their only other top 10 pick aside from Scott Niedermayer (3rd overall in 1991) since 1989.

    Whether they sell out their home games or play in a swamp is irrelevant to the discussion.  Their management have figured out a way to contend year after year after year.

  12. VancouverHab says:

    Greatness does mean never making mistakes: greatness means recognising and correcting one’s mistakes.

    Or, as Winston Churchill put it, “War is a series of disasters leading to victory.”

  13. Chuck says:

    No, he hasn’t. He’s been fantastic at times, and at others, not so much. He was having a great season last year up until his ankle injury, but really hasn’t been able to consistently rebound to his true form since then. Part of the problem is that the team hasn’t really put him in a position to succeed, starting with hurrying him back from his injury so that he could play in the All Star Game.

    This year he started with two great games, and his reward? Benched in favour of Halak. That’s not exactly a move designed to build confidence in a goalie who’s trying to get his groove back.


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

  14. forskis says:

    But you must admit that Price has not had a very good/consistent past 18 months.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  15. forskis says:

    You are absolutely correct that that Philly game should not be held against Halak…it was only mentioned because some of the Halak-guys said that Halak was given no chance to play against Philly that year…but yes, throwing him in cold after two months was not the ideal thing to do but Carbonneau had no choice, he had to turn the tide somehow, usually the goalie switch is the first thing to try.

    As far as I am concerned, I agree with you that Halak’s playoff history started this year.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  16. K-hab25 says:

    Actually I yell and clap my ass off with every save he makes. Just because I don’t think Price is a bust at 22 or that Halak is elite because he’s been great since the middle of DEC, doesn’t make me a hater like you. I for one don’t like it when posters unjustly and without facts put down certain players every chance they get. From now on I’ll just spew made up rumors or hatefull “opinions” with little facts, if any, to back up what I say. Like you. Will that make you feel better?

  17. Chuck says:

    So true, forskis. We don’t all have crystal balls to peer into, so we DON’T KNOW. Yet there’s a faction of posters here that continue to spout off about “we wouldn’t have made the playoffs if we hadn’t played Halak down the stretch.”

    Fact is, we don’t know. Price might have come up with performances similar to Halak. He too had a 53-save performance this year. Or he could have been better than Halak. Or worse. But we can’t say with any degree of accuracy because he didn’t play the games. We simply don’t know.

    To treat speculation as fact is to walk through life with blinders on.


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

  18. HardHabits says:

    Great post Chris. I agree wholeheartedly.

  19. Chuck says:

    Yet Halak fans will bring up Price’s play after sitting for long stretches as “evidence” why Halak should start every game, regardless of outcome. Hmmm….


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

  20. The Cat says:

    I agree.

  21. K-hab25 says:

    I know you live in conspiracy land, but Bob tried to trade Halak in the middle of DEC. Halak at that time was 6-5 with a 2.92 GAA and a .905 sv%. I can see why trading your backup, who asked to be traded, with such outstanding #’s is so strange to you. Also Bob didn’t resign until the middle of Feb, 2 months after trying to trade Halak, not immediately after. Get your facts straight.

  22. The Cat says:

    You know it bugs me when people (usually Price fans) talk of the game against Philly that Halak played. Halak had sat for 2 effin’ months prior to that game! It aint fair to bring this game up at all. Halak is writing his post season pedigree right now.

  23. forskis says:

    You summed up the whole situation best:  Who knows?  And we should just leave it at that.

    Regarding the “trade” there was supposed to be a draft pick also involved, just not sure which way, but Philly balked and walked away. 

    This should be the mantra for us know-it-all posters:  WHO KNOWS?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  24. HabFanSince72 says:

    New Jersey hasn’t won a playoff series since the lockout, and almost never sell out their home games.

    And when they won the cup they didn’t have a parade ’cause their “hometown” is an exit on the New Jersey turnpike.


  25. ManApart says:

    Do you ever say anything even remotely intelligent? I mean seriously, do you ever add anything to any conversation, except all your Price rants this year. BTW, you must be sick of all that crow you’ve been eating everytime Halak makes another save or gets another win.

  26. HabFanSince72 says:

    Yeah, that’s right, my disageeeing with that other poster is like Stalinism.


  27. HabFanSince72 says:

    Given the way yoo “root” for the Canadiens (i.e. belittle them at every opportunity), I think the Leafs would be happy to forgo your support.


  28. ManApart says:

    I’m not saying I’m sure Gainey wanted Halak gone, so Price could play, but when it came to Price , with Gainey, who knows? I couldn’t believe what he was doing, it seemed insane to me at the time. Just unimaginable. Why else would he try to dump Halak at that time? Maybe because he so believed Price should be the guy now and in the future, why not trade Halak when his value was getting higher. Regardless of the reasoning, it was a sick thought. I don’t remember getting confimation about Carter. If Gainey asked for Carter in return, well at least he was kind of being reasonable. I though Gainey was just declaring Halak avaiable and said he offered him to Philly, but didn’t like the offer he was getting back. It seems he was actively trying to drive up market price for him because he definately was looking to move him. Then mysteriously he resigned so quickly. I always found that pretty strange….

  29. K-hab25 says:

    WOW!! You got a screw loose or something. You need professional help. You probably think 9/11 was inside job and the CIA killed Kennedy. Do you also hear voices in your head, saying “hate on Gainey/Price.”

  30. forskis says:

    Not going to continue the Gainey/Carbonneau/JM thing because no one will convince the other that they are right…but honestly you are grasping at straws if you think Gainey wanted to trade Halak just so Price can play, you might as well call Koivu anti-French and demand that Gainey show the pre-signed Koivu contract and ask for Hamrlik’s list of prostitutes…the Habs were not scoring and losing a lot of 1-goal games at that point of this season so if someone says that they are willing to consider Jeff Carter – a 30+ goal scorer – for Halak and you need goals, you would not even think about it?

    And correction…Gainey pushed to have Price with the NHL team…Carbonneau was well within his rights to treat Price as the backup (like Rask and Tim Thomas)…if Carbonneau treated Price like a #1 instead of a young player learning, that is his own fault, not Gainey’s.

    Besides…if it is naive to think Gainey did not have a hand in this, then it is equally naive to think that Gainey and only Gainey has his prints all over the goalies.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  31. 11habs11 says:

    “Anybody who lets on that they aren’t excited about seeing how far this lunch box bunch of Habs can take their cup run this year is either lying or American.”

    lol, I have many Laffs fan friends who would beg to differ.

    But I guess there’s always room on our bandwagon. It would just never be me doing the same for the leafs. In the early 2000s, seeing the leafs get eliminated used to make me almost as happy as I get when we get a win during these playoffs

  32. ManApart says:

    I don’t think you can say that. Gainey pushed Carbo to play Price, when Carbo thought it would be better to send Price down to Hamilton a few years ago. I think Gainey definately had a say in at least the mindset of the goalie situation, if not the day to day playing schedule. Carbo and probably JM knew what the agenda was regarding Price. Gainey set it up by trading Huet away, basically proclaiming him the starter. He would  talk about him as a “thoroughbred” and it was definately known by the coaches what Gainey wanted. To say Gainey had no influence on the goaltending is naive. We saw last year down the stretch and playoffs, Price was falling apart at the seams, and Gainey refused to sit him. That shows right there what Gainey’s message was about goaltending and the Montreal Canadiens. As for the starts, this year, It looks like even Gainey couldn’t stop the Halak train, because of his play and record versus Price’s. So what does he do? He tries to trade the guy because it was the only way to legitimately keep Price playing.

  33. K-hab25 says:

    You’re wasting your time. BoyTogether lives in a conspiracy filled fantasy world, where superhuman goalies are wronged by the man. You know, the establishment (Gainey) always keepin a brotha (Halak) down.

  34. moosenl says:

    Im stoked for Bob.  One of the classiest players of all time.  If we win tomorrow, the sky is the limit.  Gonna be tough to sleep tonight, do anything at work tomorrow. 

    GO HABS GO!!!

  35. Mats26 says:

    Great comment from a self professed Leafs fan from The Hockey News:

    In a recent column you made mention of those Canadian fans that can’t find a way to cheer for a relatively close rival team once their team gets eliminated. Being a leaf fan through genetics, and old enough to remember when they where a team to be proud of and having watched a lot of the great battles between Montreal and the Leafs, its easy for me to jump on the Habs wagon. To me it like brothers who fight alot. Sometimes one wins and sometimes the other. But when someone outside the family decides to beat on your brother, you’re in your bro’s corner. The simplest way of justifying pulling for a rival team, to my way of thinking, is if I’m going to get beat then I want to get beat by the best. That way who knows, perhaps my team could have been second best that year. Anybody who lets on that they aren’t excited about seeing how far this lunch box bunch of Habs can take their cup run this year is either lying or American. 

  36. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Bob Gainey can throw together a new team like no one else…period!

  37. Chris says:

    Nah, if I buy any more jerseys, they will either be international jerseys (I DO actually have the bright yellow Swedish jersey!) or vintage Habs jerseys…getting a new #26 would be first on the list!

  38. ManApart says:

    If you want to say Gainey made some good signings this off season, that are paying off right now, good. Reasonable. If you want to say Gainey built a whole team for 5 years and then blew the  thing up as part of a great plan, rather than because the whole first go-around was a failure, then not very reasonable but OK. But how you think Gainey was better than Serge Savard as a GM is just off the deep end IMO. Not trying to offend you Ian, just trying to keep things at least something close to real.

  39. K-hab25 says:

    And lost!! Just like he did against the NYR 3 years ago, getting pulled, the game before the laffs game. Had he won that game the laff game wouldn’t have mattered. Carboneau chose who to play against the laffs and PHI, not Bob. As far as Price being a debacle goes, his #’s ( 2.77 GAA %.912) at 22 this year are similar to Halak’s ( 2.86GAA %.915 ) at 23 last year. I guess Halak was a debacle aswell considering his GAA average was 2.89 and 2.86 his first 2 seasons. This idea that Halak has always played great is BS, hell his GAA was over 3.00 in the middle DEC this year. Halak has definitely tooken off since then and played like a top 10 goaltender, but he sure in the heck wasn’t playing like it before that time.

  40. forskis says:

    The only time Gainey made a choice as to who the starter was was when he was behind the bench for the 2nd half of last season and he went with Price – God forbid a GM having faith in his draft picks…the rest was all Carbonneau and JM…and up to the point where Gainey resigned this season, Halak had 28 of 43 starts (when Gainey was STILL GM)….

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  41. makka83 says:

    the only way Halak would have saved the Habs last year if he scored goals. I thought he should have started game 3 too. I think that it would have been more fun not to keep having this ridiculous argument every day about how playing Huet 3 years ago was wrong and playing Halak last year would have been great.

    Let me remind you that:

    – 3 years ago Halak FAILED to close out a playoff spot and he had at least 2 chances to do it. 2 games, 1 point, 2 losses in regulation. So Halak gets 2 chances and fails, Huet gets 1 chance and fails and it’s all on him….

    – Halak got a chance against Philly and lost pretty much the exact same way Price did.

    – Halak might have stolen a game last year but 5 goals in 4 games.. peeehhhhlease! We would have been swept regardless. There was no defense virtually. Komi sucked. Higgins sucked. Kovy was asleep. Koivu was burnt out (he tried though)… Gorges wasn’t as good as he is this year. Markov was gone. No PK, No Schneider. No Lang, No Tanguay… what chance are you talking about? If nothing else, halak was spared the embarrassment that Price got. He was lucky not to get a start.

    – Halak had about 5 chances to get us the 1 point we needed this year and almost single-handedly lost it. Appart from the Carolina game where he played great, he wasn’t that good in the other games. His bad goals against the Leafs almost cost us. Halak also got pulled twice in the playoffs… But, that is what made him better. The challanges he faced throughout his career and throughout the years and particularly this year.

    Halak is awsome and will get better (he isn’t at his best yet!) but let’s not pretend he was going to be our saviour the last 3 years.. He wasn’t because simply he was not ready. And when the chance was presented to him, he mostly failed to close out the season in crucial games.

  42. forskis says:

    Gainey placed the team first ahead of BOTH goalies…these are the transactions that were apparently lined up (just using the major names):

    1)  Last season when the team needed a big center:  Lecavalier for Price and Plekanec; this trade was confirmed by one of the now ex-Lightning owners but the other owner kiboshed it

    2)  This season when the team needed scoring:  Jeff Carter for Halak….this is because Philly thought it was a one-sided deal so they backed out.

    So Gainey did not play favorites…besides Halak got Game #4 against Philly in Price’s rookie year and lost
    3-1 in the playoffs…as for Boston last season, I do not think it would have mattered whoever was in nets.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  43. ManApart says:

    My post wasn’t on Halak and Price, but Gainey’s overall tenure.But since you bring it up,  Gainey never ever gave Halak a fair shot, anytime. Not even close. No matter what he did and what Price did. That is just the way it was. Halak only got a fair shot when Gainey left. Coincidence? I understand giving a 1st rounder more of an edge to get the job, but Gainey was out of his mind on that point and lost his judgement through bias, as you did all year, up until game 2 of this series, about dismissing Halak and wanting Price, no matter how much Halak outplayed him. So who was wrong on the Halak and Price thing again?

  44. Chris says:

    Nope…but changing your mind back and forth over and over is. And many in here are guilty of it.

    My objections to Gainey’s tenure as a GM are over the long-haul. I try not to get too wrapped up in a single playoff year because so much luck and serendipity is involved. Maybe that belief is why I get so tired of teams like the Sharks getting labelled as “choke artists”. Only one team can win each year, and it takes a crap-ton of luck, on top of the skill and hard work, to be that team.

    But being in the mix EVERY year is what separates the great NHL franchises that don’t have the luxury of tanking for top-3 draft picks (such as Detroit, New Jersey and San Jose) from the also-rans who oscillate from Stanley Cup contender to lottery contender every five years.

    I desperately want the Montreal Canadiens to be compared to the organizations in Detroit, New Jersey or San Jose. It’ll take a few years before anybody can say one way or the other whether Gainey’s housecleaning this year moved us any closer to that goal.

  45. Got2BHabs says:

    Right cuz apparently the playoffs are just like the regular season, just look at this years team right? I’m not saying that we would have won, I’m saying he wasn’t given a chance last year to see if he could have pulled one out. If nothing else, this year’s playoffs should have taught you that. Regular season has NO bearing on the playoffs.

    “This kid is going to win a Stanley Cup one day and hopefully I’ll be with him when that happens” – Saku Koivu

  46. forskis says:

    Some on here are saying that Gainey should get little credit because he put the team in the position of needing new players in the first place.

    Well let me ask you this…if at the end of the 5-year plan, the players do not pan out and none are signed…do you just go ahead and re-sign them?  Some say he should have just quit…but if ownership had faith in him to start a new plan…then the credit is his.

    If the players in Year 5 had panned out, they would have been re-signed…they did not pan out so they were let go.  Gainey got another chance and this is the result.

    Also, get off the Gainey/Price/Halak thing…Gainey helps determine who is on the team, Carbonneau and JM pick who gets to play, if you guys are going to complain about Price getting starts, then complain about Carbonneau and JM with sticking with him.  The only time Price started when he probably should not have was that HALF season when Gainey took over from Carbonneau last season.  Price was on the roster, Carbonneau could have treated him like the backup (a la Tuuka Rask) but CARBONNEAU did not.  Same thing applies to JM.  This is similar to Babcock letting Howard run with it and losing while they have a Cup-winning vet in Osgood rotting on the bench.  BABCOCK chose to run with Howard…not Dave Holland.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  47. jbroderi says:

    I was in Dominican..  Can I go back???


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

  48. Chris says:

    Perhaps you didn’t notice the posts where I’ve already lauded the Habs for last night’s effort.  Or the part of the post you are replying to where I stated that in the MAJORITY of these games, the Habs were outplayed pretty heavily. 

    Last night, particularly in the second half, the Habs outplayed the Penguins.  Same goes for Game 4 of this series…Montreal was clearly better, even with amazingly bad refereeing.  And Game 5 against the Capitals, where the Habs were the better team despite a misleading shot total.

    I might be wrong, but I believe that Halak has been the first star in 6 of the Habs’ 7 wins thus far in the playoffs.  He has been full value for 5 of those 6 first star selections…if he had been even SLIGHTLY off his A++-game, the Habs don’t win. 

    Last night was the first Habs win in these playoffs where I thought that Halak was not playing at the top of his abilities.  That was the best sign for me out of that game…the TEAM is finally finding its legs and starting to bail out its goalie on a night when he was merely good to very good, instead of brilliant to awe-inspiring.

  49. Got2BHabs says:

    Ok, so then I’m not a troll? You’re very confusing. IMO Gainey was a GREAT player, a good GM, but a terrible coach. Is that okay to post on here? Apparently I’m not up to snuff as too what is okay to post and what isn’t. Thought this was a place to voice your opinions, silly me!

    “This kid is going to win a Stanley Cup one day and hopefully I’ll be with him when that happens” – Saku Koivu

  50. habsfan0 says:

    Habs won the first game at the Igloo,it would be fitting if they also won the last.

  51. Ian Cobb says:

    Greatest G.M. for our side since Sam Polack. A great 5 year plan.!

    My blog check it out

    Thank you Mr. Gainey!

  52. makka83 says:

    all this is BS. What matters is that the team is winning. Just like between Halak and Price, the wins are the only thing that matters.

    BG built this team. His decisions made this team a great playoff team. You can say what you want about his mistakes but at the end, he built this team that is winning in the playoffs. That’s what matters.

  53. K-hab25 says:

    You know people like you make me laugh. Jaro had a GAA of over 3.00 as late in the season as FEB and finished at 2.86. Yet he would’ve solved all the team problems had he played. We would’ve beaten BOS depite scoring 5 goals in 4 games, because the great Halak would’ve shut them out every game. Gimme a break. He should’ve been given game 3 or 4 last year, but I highly doubt he would’ve faired any better with the quitters we had playing in front him. Halak 2.86 GAA = Savior / Price 2.77 GAA = Bust

  54. 11habs11 says:

    yeah ok man ur cool

  55. makka83 says:

    Carbo is the one that chose Huet against toronto 3 years ago. That also came because Halak failed  to win the two games before that.. so he did have a chance to close it out and did not…

    and Halak did get a chance against Philly… a loss, the same way as all our losses in that series went…

    just because Halak is amazing this year does not mean he was always this good. I would suggest that this might have helped him get more determined and work on his tending in practice. That’s what Price is doing now.. good for everyone.

    So in summary, you are wrong. The only thing that Gainey should have done was let Price go to the hammer. That is easy to say now, the guy was on a roll.

    Price is a 5th round pick, he will naturally get more chances that Halak who is a late round pick. Ryder had to go through more to prove himself than AK or Higgins. That’s a way it is everywhere. When Halak started playing beyond what anyone, including you and all the Halak fanboys, expected, he was given the job.

  56. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    the pens opened the igloo with a loss. hopefully we can close it with one too!

  57. HabFanSince72 says:

    Changing your mind based on new evidence isn’t flip flopping.



  58. HardHabits says:

    this is a thread to praise a Hab great by the name of Bob Gainey

    Precisely the place to disagree. Or maybe you prefer things the way they were in the old Soviet Union or under Bush/Rumsfeld. Freedom of speech means freedom to disagree.

  59. HabFanSince72 says:

    So what?

    His  vision was correct.

    He got lucky at certain points (Kovalev’s dithering)  unlucky at others (injuries this year).

    But overall he got it absolutely right.

    And Boone isn’t “blindly” cheering for Gainey. He is doing it with his eyes open, and looking at the undeniable facts.




  60. Max_a_million says:

    Last night there was a television show on the CBC and Versus called Game 6 of Montreal against Pittsburgh.  It is actually a live taping of a sporting even that occurred in Montreal between two NHL hockey teams.  If you would like to watch it you can come over to my house, and we can see it togther. 

    Cammy was the best player on the ice, PK was a workhorse stud, Lapierre pulled a brilliant Denis Savard-orama, Gorges was …  sorry to be a spoiler, but the Canadiens won with a tremendous performance with their backs against the wall.  I didn’t really notice Halak playing with Voodoo dolls, so I am assuming the players were great of their own volition.  Although it does surprise me that Cammi’s 11 goals are all a result of Halak’s goaltending?!?!? so maybe I am wrong.  Oh yeah Kudos to Halak for keeping Cindy from getting any shots off … how does he do it?!?!?!?

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