About last night …


Your Montreal Canadiens have 10 games left in their regular season.
Six are on the road, starting Monday night in Boston.
Then Buffalo is at the Bell Centre on Tuesday
The Canadiens will face Detroit twice, and that should be interesting because the Red Wings are in a desperate fight for a playoff spot.
As are the Leafs, who lost a heartbreaker to the Canadiens on Saturday night.

Many of the broken hearts beat within the homer chests of our national broadcaster.

I honestly don’t understand how anyone who isn’t a Toronto fan can watch Hockey Night in Canada.

Ron MacLean and his fellow Leaf-blowers – none more egregious than Glenn Healy – are doing more for bilingualism than Pierre Trudeau. Their shameless homerism is motivating viewers to learn at least enough French for comprehension of what Pierre Houde and Marc Denis are saying on RDS hockey telecasts.

That’s what makes it so sweet when the Canadiens beat the Leafs, as they have three tines in five meetings this season. Each loss brings funereal gloom to the HNIC cheerleaders.

But enough about them. The Canadiens probably won’t face the Leafs again until next season, when Sportsnet’s version of Hockey Night  might offer up a more evenhanded take on a great rivalry.

The Canadiens and Leafs conjured up a terrifically entertaining game, refreshingly free of the goonery that has marred too many meetings between these teams. Neither defence corps is the NHL’s best, which made for extended puck possession in the offensive zones and lots of good scoring chances.

Each team had 36 shots on goal. The Leafs had 23 shots blocked and another 14 missed the net. The Canadiens also missed the net on 14 shots and had 12 blocked.

That’s a lot of shooting, and it was fun to watch.

The difference was goaltending. With the score tied 3-3 in the third period, Carey Price stopped the terrifying Phil Kessel on a breakaway. At the other end of the ice, James Reimer was letting in shots he should have stopped … like Tomas Plekanec’s winning goal.

I liked the reconfigured forward lines used against the Leafs.

Plekanec provided a calming influence and defensive coverage for Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk.

The David Desharnais line had another good night, but the revelation was the Canadiens’ brand spanking new – in Game 70 – third line.

Back in the lineup after five games as a healthy scratch and playing with fellow veterans Daniel Brière and Brian Gionta, Rene Bourque had a goal, an assist and six shots on goal to lead both teams. Bourque worked hard on every shift, and there were flashes of the talent that produced two 27-goal seasons in Calgary. 

Lars Eller looked good centring Dale Weise and Travis Moen on the fourth line. But Eller sustained what looked like a groin injury on a faceoff, and his night was over after 6:37 of ice time.

Michaël Bournival has been recalled from his conditioning stint in Hamilton. He’ll likely centre Weise and Moen in Boston, where they’ll be facing the best fourth line in the NHL: Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton.

Michel Therrien likely will stick with a winning lineup – which will disappoint fans hoping to see more of Jarred Tinordi on the back end. Douglas Murray scared the bejeebers out of Canadiens fans every time he was on the ice against Phil Kessel, but the big lug had four hits, blocked five shots and was plus-2 in 10:13 of action. Mike Weaver, Murray’s partner, was also plus-2 and blocked four shots.

Francis Bouillon continues to play ridiculous minutes: 25:10 against the Leafs. With Josh Gorges out, Therrien will continue to ride Frankie Boo, who’d be the number 8 D-man on many teams – including Boston.

The Bruins were 4-2 winners in Phoenix Saturday night – their 12th in a row.

You don’t want to be facing them as a wild card playoff team – but that might be the best Toronto can hope for.

• David Clarkson, signed through 2020: 15 shifts, 8:54, one hit, one shot, minus-2.

• Some classy Leafs fans took to Twitter to rip James Reimer’s wife. That’s sickening.

• The live game blog had 1,681 Comments. Oh, the playoffs are going to be fun …

• Granted, the NHL isn’t the NFL. But how come the halftime and pre-game football telecasts feature Hall of Fame former coaches and players while HNIC gives us Glenn Healy and P.J. Stock?





  1. mcmikel says:

    This Habs fan in the US zeroes the sound on the set and listens to TSN690. However, after Healy floats into oblivion, who will I get to rag on now?

    • rageot1 says:

      I can’t thank Mike enough for bringing this up about Healy. Yes what a homer. He reminds of the cartoon where the little dog is running around saying “pick me boss , pick me” as he cuddles up to Leaf brass. I can’t listen to this guy. Thank God he will be not be included in the future plans!!!!!!


  2. Dunboyne Mike says:

    New Thread!
    Hurry! Get there first!!

  3. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Plekanec needed that one badly. He should start to go on a little streak now. Especially with that line.

  4. JF says:

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Bruins win the Cup this year, making them the second team in the last few years to win two Cups quite close together. Last year they were a few minutes away from taking the Final to Game 7, only to see their chance vanish almost from one moment to the next. This must have been a heart-breaker, but will give them additional motivation this year. The year before their last Cup, they blew a three-game lead and a three-goal lead in Game 7 to the Flyers, and bowed out in the second round. Sometimes adversity makes you stronger.

    • CJ says:

      Great post per usual JF.

      Quick point if I may…

      Adversity does make you stronger, unless you are Toronto. Than it just becomes a way of life.

    • Paz says:

      Of course they need to stay healthy, which is never guaranteed.

      How are they so good, every year, 5 on 5? It’s ridiculous!

      • JF says:

        They’re so good because they have tremendous depth at every position. Take a look at their defence corps – it’s full of names that weren’t there a couple of years ago, some of them rookies although older than most rookies, but they’re still doing a great job. Iginla is having an excellent season and the Tyler Seguin trade has worked well despite the fact that Seguin is lighting it up in Dallas.

    • BJ says:

      They are definite candidates in the East and can probably handle any team from the West as well. They seem to have all the elements with an elite goalie, a good D and 4 good lines with size.

    • jimmy shaker says:

      I can’t see anyone from the east knocking out any of the big 5 from the west. Kings, sharks, hawks, blues, ducks heck even the avs. Forget it. The only way someone from the east wins, is if the west teams kill each other trying to get to the finals and they’ve got basically nothing left in the tank. So heck, the boys might actually have a chance too!

      Shaker out.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        The Ducks? I’m pretty sure they have a tremendous fall off after their top line. Avs are not in the same class as the other group.

        ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  5. Captain aHab says:

    Mmmmmm, Mmmmmm, Mmmmmmmm….Female Russian Curlers.

    The Lead has amazing eyes:

    The Second has amazing everything else:

    The Third is not that great

    The Skip is less my style but I could get over it (;-D):

    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  6. Mattyleg says:

    Had to laugh at Scotland’s post below…

    Said the game was boring because the Leaf fans sitting around him were pumped before the game and then just got quiet.

    Uhhh… that’s the ACC.
    And that’s an outplayed Leaf team.

    That’s why it was quiet.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  7. Maritime Ronn says:

    It appears as though things in Edmonton Oilers land are not good at all….AND perhaps tanking for years isn’t the answer – as some here on HIO suggest the beloved Habs should do.

    Multiple kiddie millionaires running the hen house with little to no accountability except to their bankers, may not be the best way to go…and the good ones make 3-10 times more money than their GMs/Coaches, depending on where they play and which organization.
    Therefore, who ends up having the end power with Ownership?

    1) Taylor Hall threw a water bottle behind the bench last night….that just happened to be be where Coach Eakins hangs out and no others…. ( Premeditated?)
    An exchange of words – a changed Eakins wardrobe because of being drenched….imagine if that happened behind the Habs bench?


    2) An Oilers sweater is actually thrown on the ice by a fan.
    Goalie Ben Scrivens picks it up with the blade of his goalie stick, and angrily tosses it back AT the fans.
    Oh my…


    • WestHabFan says:

      Agree with Boone on HNIC. Although, I do not understand French I ordered RDS out here in the West so I do not have to watch and listen to the Leafs Hype.

    • CJ says:

      The issue isn’t tanking, the issue is simply terrible decision makers in hockey operations. John Davidson, if afforded the exact same opportunity, would have this group in a perennial position to contend. Same thing if he was running the Isles.

      It’s a vicious circle now. The on ice product is woefully bad, but the off ice decisions are worse.

      The Oilers had options available. They rely on friends to pull the strings instead of real hockey decision makers. They have reaped what they have sown.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      One thing I’ve wondered about with franchises like the Oilers and the Jets is how the threat of a trade may not exist there. I’m just speculating here, but if the vast majority of players include these two towns on their list of cities they wouldn’t accept a trade to, wouldn’t at least a few of the players on the Jets or Oilers see the prospect of a trade to Tampa or Nashville as not much of a motivator, if they wouldn’t outright welcome the deal?

      I know most athletes are proud men, and it’s humiliating to them to be told “We don’t want you anymore”, but if you’re stuck in Edmonton, and you’re not winning and not having fun at the rink, and your coach is a bit of a diva and martinet, aren’t you checking with your buddy who plays for the Ducks or the Coyotes, and see how things are over there?

      I had another schadenfreude moment yesterday watching the dastardly Andrew Ference suffer along as the Captain of the Oilers. Who the heck ever thought that mendacious thug was a good choice for that position?

      And again I thought of Justin Schultz, who had his choice of teams to sign with two seasons ago, and chose the Oilers over his home province Canucks. I thought at the time that was a misguided decision, that he could have played an instant role as the right-handed guy on the third pairing who played the powerplay, and been on a contender. Sure, the Canucks now are almost as big a mess as the Oilers, but if they’d had Justin Schultz on their blue line, they could have made some other roster decisions and a playoff push last season, might not be in the mess they are now. The cascade of dominoes might have gone a different way.


  8. Maksimir says:

    I haven’t criticized too much on here… but when I look at Jagr’s 60 points in NJ it really makes me cringe.

    • 24 Cups says:

      If Iginla took the Bruin trade over the Pen deal, the Bruins would have won the Cup.

      I thought Jagr was done after he couldn’t score in 20 playoff games. He also looked very slow. What the hell do I know?

      It’s strange because back in the day some teams (especially Punch Imlach and the Leafs) would also try and squeeze one more year out of the old-timers. It usually worked out well.

      Boston can’t offer Iginla a two year deal due to cap restrictions. I wonder if Montreal should take a stab at him if Vanek goes elsewhere.

      • CJ says:

        I agree with you completely. Jagr disappeared during last year’s postseason. Iggy would likely have been the difference. What a great pickup, at half the price of Briere, and for one less year.

        Vanek is fine, but I’m certain he wants salary and term. He walked away from a lot of money from the Isles. I’d move on. Trade his rights and recoup something. Iggy would be a great option on a 2 year deal.

        • DipsyDoodler says:

          I believe iggy makes around $6M but most is a bonus next season.

          Moving. Forward.

          • CJ says:

            Per capgeek his hit is $1.8 million this season. You are correct, they list $4.2 million in bonuses, however I’m not sure how that’s applied.

            Either way, at that age, it’s the term that’s key. It’s the reason why walking away from Vinny made sense. Not sure why we thought Briere had two years left. Sadly, there are rumours around that suggest he was a Molson move.

          • 24 Cups says:

            The Bruins defer the bonus money to the next season. That’s why they can’t give him a two year deal.

          • CJ says:

            Not that I’m doubting your information, but why does capgeek only show a carried over bonus of $600,000 for next season? Again, I’m asking to educate myself and not to question your response. Kindly, CJ

  9. 24 Cups says:

    Go Wild Go!

    • jimmy shaker says:

      Really…..I’ve got Detroit and C-bus picking up huge wins today and of course Jersey too. If all the above teams win today, that puts taranna out of the top 8 with again the above mentioned teams all with games in hand on the leafs. I know Detroit also have games in hand on the boys, but when they meet on thursday and come away with the 2 points because they will want to put on a great show for me as I will be present in the JOE to view the tilt, everything will be okay. My goal is for taranna to be out come the second season, so I don’t mind cheering for the wings today again.

      Shaker out!

      • 24 Cups says:

        Detroit is the team that concerns me in terms of Montreal finishing in third place. A Detroit loss tonight and a split with Montreal during the next few weeks wastes three games for Detroit. That might just be enough to do it. If so, then the Habs play Tampa and Boston in the playoffs.

        Toronto is no longer on my radar. They were the better team last night but Reimer cost them the game. He might just do the same tonight against Jersey.

        • jimmy shaker says:

          Detroit can be dangerous, but this push they are making and with all their injuries, I don’t know who they can keep it up. Okay, I hope they only get 1 point today. That will still push taranna out. Which is almost as delightful as seeing the habs win…..is to see the leafs out! SO let’s go like this…..C-bus and jersey win today, detroit with a single, and washington keep on picking up the points.

          Shaker out!

  10. Un Canadien errant says:

    Schadenfreude moment: the Leafs’ probability of making the playoffs has tumbled to 42%, an 18% drop after last night’s loss.


    Also, check out their CapGeek page:


    Kessel, Clarckson, Bozak, Phaneuf, Lupul, yikes!

    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige


  11. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Does anybody know if there was ever a poll to determine the amount of Hab fans vs Leaf fans? I know on the East coast it’s almost a split, the Habs having an edge, also lots of bruin fans.. Surely the Habs and Leafs are Canada’s Teams! Having worked for a few years in Alberta there seemed to be more Hab fans than leaf fans.. Also, a friend is living in Toronto and said there are many Hab fans.. Imfind it hard to believe that there are wayyyyy more Leaf fans then Habs..

    Love to see an actual study rather than having Leafs thrown in my face.

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • Maksimir says:

      I don’t know – I’d honestly think that overall there are more Leafs fans in total than Habs fans. I live in Ontario and in the golden horeshoe area its solid blue & white… and that’s a huge chunk of population.

  12. BJ says:

    Dunboyne Mike are you still online? If so I’ll post my email. You wanted to follow up on concussions. I replied but I think you had signed off. I’m in Germany and can call you in Ireland if you want.

  13. CJ says:

    Back from the Sugarbush with mommy and the boys. I had my oldest in his Canadiens gear this morning. We got lots of compliments. In fact, “big Earl” who I can only assume was the owner, provided us with complimentary maple syrup on a stick. Pretty cool…..

    Any news on Mac Bennett? His career at Michigan is now over and he is eligible to sign a pro contract. Not to be a conspiracy theorist, but he would fit in with his old defence partner Greg Pateryn in Hamilton, while number 8, or number 40 with the Habs, comes up to stay.

    Aside from our victory over the Av’s, we haven’t beaten a quality opponent since our win over the Ducks. You play the games in the order in which they are scheduled, but wins over the Sens, Sabres and Leafs have not been convincing by any stretch. I’m very much looking forward to the Bruins on Monday night.

    There were a number of great players engaged last night. Both lineups feature game breakers, Olympians and All Stars. Unfortunately both lineups also featured a number of players underachieving (Clarkson, Bourque, Briere), over the hill (Bouillion, Gleason), or otherwise hanging on with a limited skill set (Orr, Bodie, Murray). I watched a few minutes of Philly and St. Louis yesterday. The quality of hockey was night and day different. This isn’t meant to discount the win, but let’s take it in stride.

    As our playoff ticket appears to be nearly punched, I really hope the focus over the last ten games is on staying healthy, developing chemistry and tightening up defensively. I understand that we are committed to the veterans and that there is very limited accountability among the group, but ceding breakaways, terrible d zone coverage and giveaways like we saw last night will be exploited against better opponents. Price has been steady, but he can’t erase every one of these errors. The first round of the playoffs is generally an extension of the regular season, but going deeper will require tight defence. I understand that we are going for it all this year, so I assume this will be the focus going forward.

    Have a great day everyone! Cheers, CJ

    • The Jackal says:

      Good post CJ.
      I get what you mean by our wins against the Leafs, Sabres, and Sens not being “convincing,” but I disagree as to what you are getting at.
      The Sens win was an awesome character comeback, and that is something the team will look back on for strength when they are down.
      The Sabres team was easily dispatched but not in a dominant way. We can chalk that up to having played an emotionally intense game the night before. Nonetheless, we did look the better team and never appeared to be in danger of losing or blowing a lead – we did what good teams do – beat bad teams.

      As for the Leafs, I thought our D was poor once more, and that concerns me as it does you, but overall we were in fact the better team, we never trailed and answered quickly whenever the Leafs scored a goal or looked to be on the verge of doing so. We beat a desperate team in their own barn and again did what good teams do – win.

      Like you say, the D is a problem and I am hoping Tinner draws back in and that we call up Nate, but even then our D will still be a work in progress. The team needs to work on coverage and poise, and we need to move the puck out very quickly so as to prevent teams from establishing a forecheck. I think we are capable of doing so but our D will be our weakest link no matter who is on the ice, with the exception of PK. Thankfully we can rely on Price, and I don’t doubt he will give us a chance to win every game and even steal games for us down the stretch.

      We also have Vanek, who has revitalized our scoring – goaltending and scoring will be the key moving forward considering our D situation. The only team in East with better goaltending is the B’s, and our forward crop is pretty good this year. As has been said, the East is open and we can win a few rounds with some hard work, better D, more most importantly with scoring and excellent goaltending – and I think that is what we will see from this team. We are better than we were last season and in better position heading into the playoffs.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • CJ says:

        Hi Jackal. Thank you for sharing.

        I think we are in better position heading into the playoffs, if only because we are healthier. It’s funny, because at first blush I also feel as they we are a much better team. When I drill deeper I begin to question my own logic. PK was much better last season. As was Eller, Chucky, Galley, Pleks, Emelin and Markov. Those are key contributors.

        Injuries aside, I think the biggest difference this season is three fold;

        The Atlantic division is much weaker. Toronto, Buffalo and Ottawa have each fallen apart for uniquely different reasons. Detroit is banged up, while Florida remains Florida. That leaves the Bruins, Bolts and the Habs, in that order.

        Price is much better. As much as this is likely to be an unpopular comment, the Sens got outstanding goaltending last spring while we were average at best. That, more than the injuries, led to our demise. Price is much better and could turn the tables on a better opponent this spring.

        Finally, we now have depth at key positions, allowing us to overcome injuries. That wasn’t the case last year.

        So, Price aside, I don’t think anyone on the team is noticeably better. In fact, statistically speaking, most players have regressed. IMO, this goes to show the importance of goaltending. It masked a lot of issues in Ottawa (Anderson) last year, and continues to cover up our (Price) defensive lapses this season.

        In closing, I hope I’m wrong. We have some better opponents coming up, including the Bruins tomorrow night. I’m far from an expert. In fact, my analysis might be completely off. Maybe we are much closer than I think and are just a key save, and bounce away from a birth in the Stanley Cup final. Just because I don’t think so doesn’t mean there’s no chance. Thanks again for sharing. I always enjoy your posts. CJ

      • JF says:

        Good post, but I disagree that the B’s have better goaltending. I think it”s a wash. But I certainly agree with you and CJ that our defence is our weak point, and that this will be the case no matter who is in the lineup. The return of Josh Gorges will help a lot. It really looks as though Therrien intends to rely on Bouillon – which I think is fine, but he needs to play a lot fewer minutes than he’s playing at the moment – maybe a dozen a night. He could also use a few games off before the playoffs start.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Great discussion CJ, Jackal and JF.

      Would you all agree with this summary, that we won away without playing our A-game?

      D is improvised at the moment, Price perhaps not fully recovered. Interesting things starting to happen on offense, MT perhaps easing a bit on defensive strategy, Eller gets some time out.

      I doubt the team will play much differently tomorrow night, which may not be enough to beat the current edition of the Bruins. But the way things could fall into place over the next 2 weeks could end up being quite exciting.

      • JF says:

        Last game against the Bruins, we started great but could not beat Rask or maintain the pace. I think we need to get an early one by him to shake his confidence a bit. Until last game, he has not been great against the Habs. It will be the Bruins’ first home game after their road trip, which could work in our favour. Teams often relax too much and lose their focus a bit after getting home from a long trip.

        • CJ says:

          I agree JF. This is a great chance to topple the Bruins for all the reasons you have identified. I agree, first goal is key. Hope the boys come out flying!

      • CJ says:

        Hi Mike.

        Great post. Yes, I would agree. It’s true, things should only get better for all the reasons you have identified. The Bruins on the other hand, would appear to have peaked. I’d love to have an extended run this spring. Hockey is so much better when the Habs are winning. People may not like it, but if the Canadiens and Leafs were winning, the game would grow at an unprecedented rate. Sorta like Tiger in golf. You may not like him, but you tune in when he’s in contention on the back nine.

  14. Mr_MacDougall says:

    If the Habs get last nights version of Bourque, more often that not, down the stretch this team just added another top 6 forward.. He was flying, winning battles and rarely a bad decision with the puck.. It’s tough to expect consistency from Rene.. But man he looked great!
    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • Bun E. Laroque says:

      I seem to recall that Bourque was one of our better forwards in the playoffs last year. That is, one of the only forwards that would go in the corners and come up with the puck. Briere Gionta and Bourque are potentially a pretty decent 3rd line.

    • jimmy shaker says:

      I didn’t see all that you saw last night from Bourque……I did see him skate and forecheck more than usual. His effort was definitely better, but I really didn’t see him crash or go hard to the net or make any hits or be hard on the puck in the corners. The goal will help him going forward, but he needs to be better in the area’s I mentioned. That’s my take on him!

      Shaker out!

      • CJ says:

        I agree Jimmy. He scored on an Junior B grade scoring chance. Otherwise, he was at least partially responsible for the Leafs first goal. I did see a couple checks, but a man that size needs to be more engaged. If that’s all he has following an extended press box pass, I’d say it’s nothing more than the same old. I trust he will be shown the door this offseason. Sad that a player gives so little. So much as Eller makes poor plays, or Frankie turns the puck over, at least they are giving 100%. I can’t stand the fact that Bouque won’t try.

        • jimmy shaker says:

          Agree….it’s hard to be angry at a player who consistently goes out shift after shift and leaves it all on the ice. That is something we rarely ever say about bourque. He is still under contract I believe for next year, so he might be back in a habs uni, because at this point I don’t really see a trade partner for him. IF he does go, it will probably only be for a late rounder in the draft. Very unfair return, but how could you possibly get anymore in a trade for this guy? On paper MB should get more, but his hands are basically tied.

          Shaker out!

  15. Sportfan says:

    Just posted a new blog
    I put one up yesterday and it was about Reimer and ironically it broke my view record, but I can’t stand having a Leaf as my top article so I put up another one now check it out!

  16. jimmy shaker says:

    What are we going to do about the playoffs? Looks like the habs might be the only canadian team that makes the playoffs. Therefore we might get another dose of leaf night in canada with all the hosts and everything else that last night showed us about the network. Now I wouldn’t mind tuning in if cole and galley are handling the play by play……I know cole is past his time and about a good 2 minutes behind the play and never know’s who’s getting called for a penalty or who is on the ice……but cole is the voice that I listened to growing up and have a soft spot in my heart for him. That being said, if it’s hewy and simmer and heals, than RDS is my network that I’ll be tuning into to for sure!

    Shaker out!

    • wings says:

      thats crazy only one team from Canada in the playoffs..whats going on with that, it has to be a first..NHL Brass will love it..
      I think it stinks..goes to show you you need great coaching and management to have a winning team in a salary cap era..

  17. Timo says:

    So… a day off today? It’s not like there are issues on defense or anything to work on.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      REST is key at this point in the year – but you already knew that.

      By the way, Michel (aka Michael) Therrien is still coach, so that avoids you asking the question…but you can still ask it if you want to…tomorrow

      TIMO..you know I like your funny witty comments, yet it would be funny if you were ever a Leaf fan and posted on the Sun-Star-G&M-Post…less funny if Edward Snowden was a Leafs fan.

    • Mark C says:

      Does it ever get tiresome stating the same lame crap everyday?

      Didn’t you say yesterday that the Habs would be ruined last night. That didn’t work out too good for you.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      Actually, I thought I read on Twitter that they were going to practise in Boston today.

  18. JUST ME says:

    Bring on the Bruins !!!
    This is the only team we should measure up to in our division and although we had the better of them this season it means nothing if and when we have the challenge to meet them in a best of 7.

    I really do not care about the wannabes, one day,maybe, contender,pretender, maybe not Leafs. We took the lead yesterday and never looked back that simple.

    I was relieved this morning to read the comments about how homer the CBC crew is. Not that i did not know nor do i ignore the same thing about TSN`s commentators but yesterday was la creme de la creme. I mean this Bolland guy fits where ? Same level as Crosby? Gretzky ? McKinnon ? How about that Gardiner ! MVP candidate for sure !
    And to top it all off after the game was done the famous « the best team did not win « really made it sound sooooo outrageous. I was wondering if i was the only one shaken by the broadcast….They do have a superior stream though picture wise…

    • D Man says:

      Really! Bolland? Tops out at 19 goals for Chicago a few years back. NOT Crosby, Gretzky, McKinnon but they couldn’t give it a rest last night. Hard to take, eh?

      You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan

  19. Sportfan says:

    How sad is it that the Flames will probably finish their rebuild before the Oilers do!

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  20. BJ says:

    I’m a little concerned with Galchenyuk’s “development” this year, the problem is that I haven’t seen any. He looked better last year. Any opinions to offer?

    • likehoy says:

      Sophomore slump.. it’s normal

      If the Oilers give up on Yak, they’re crazy.

      the biggest difference for Galchy is that you don’t notice him making horrible mistakes in his own zone anymore.. and with that trust, Therrien can play him in more situations.

      Also spending a lot of time with Plekanec and Gionta is valuable experience he can draw on in the future.

      • BJ says:

        Hope you’re right. Having said that he’s only 20. Re Yakupov is apparently his attitude, if he keeps entertaining a crappy relationship with the coach he has the KHL as an option. I suppose the danger of a Russian high pick.

        • likehoy says:

          I think attitude is one way of putting it, but last year they’d say Yak wants nothing but success in the NHL and to do what he can to succeed.

          This year they say it’s his attitude, but maybe it’s just a communication thing between Eakins and Yak.. like Carbonneau to all the young players from before.

          if you don’t like your boss, you don’t care for your work as much.. but if you can get Yak in a situation where he can thrive (like he did with Kreuger), then he’s an asset.

          If Yak had Therrien’s treatment of being brought on slowly and be slowly exposed to more situations, then you’d see a different Yak.

          Basically in year 1, Kreuger told Yak to do what he does best, and now in year 2, Eakins is asking Yak how come he can’t do anything properly, and it’s because there’s no focus on him to develop properly.. think how hard that is as a young athlete/professional in any industry to handle.

          Another thing is that Eakins still has Eberle, Hall, RNH to teach how to play in the NHL, and they all speak English fine, so it makes it easier for Eakins to focus his energy on them, than Yak who has a language barrier.

          Therrien is lucky cause he only has Gallagher and Galchenyuk to really focus on (and some dmen in the revolving door), but he’s handled them fairly well since day 1.

        • ooder says:

          Ugh no offense but I hate these types of post. He is Russian so obviously he has a bad attitude. I wonder if Taylor hall was Russian, how much garbage would be spread about him after his little feudnwith eakins. But he’s a good Canadian boy so Obviously he doesn’t get that response

          • BJ says:

            Never said because he’s Russian, simply that the KHL is an option. I love Russians and made a lot of friends over there at the old CSKA team and Dynamo Moscow. I was invited to Vladislav Tretiak, Aleaxander Gusev and Ragulin’s homes. So nothing but good memories and friendships for me there.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Pardon me, ooder!
            But you just got mightily schooled! Almost a Condoleezza Rice moment!
            (Not that that’s what BJ intended. Only how I read it! And there but for the grace of God go I, Ood!)

    • Timo says:

      Yes. Galchenyuk’s coach is Michael Therrien.

    • RockinRey says:

      Me too. There is no guarantee he will make the next step though he has all the tools. He is young and I think management knows that with forwards they can make huge leaps year to year. I would have preferred to see him take on more meaningful minutes and responsibilities. MT has to coach to keep his job and squeeze out win while balancing the development of prospects…

      You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

    • The_Truth says:

      I don’t want to rag on Eller too much, but with Chucky playing most of his time with him at center this season, it didn’t help anything. Since he’s been moved with Pleks, he’s looked better. He’s Getting some more PP time as well.

      He didn’t have a huge jump in performance this season, but i do see him coming along a little at a time. I really am not worried about him.

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      He has looked much better this year, his positioning and strength.. He actually has an active stick battling for picks he used to just tie up his man and wait for help, now he is dominating one on one battles.. Beautiful to watch.. His ability to make plays in traffic has improved as well..

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • Bill H says:

      Not too concerned, no. True, he has not blossomed as much as I would like. And yes, its a little frustrating when you look at a few exceptional players who are advancing their careers more quickly. Players like McKinnon and Barkov, who were drafted a year after Galchenyuk.

      But let’s keep in mind a couple of things:

      1.) Alex Galchenyuk is playing in Montreal. The media attention here cannot be compared to places like Florida and Colorado. Young stars need to be handled differently here. The media can eat up and spit out players like Galchenyuk like they are a dime a dozen.

      2.) As a result, they need to be brought along differently. Galchenyuk has not been given the TOI, the opportunity on the power play or the line mates to achieve the sort of success that some other young players on other teams have achieved.

      3.) Just be glad Edmonton didn’t draft a defenceman. Then Habs probably would have drafted Yakupov. He may well turn out fine in the end, but imagine how media and fans would be treating him if he were here.

      Alex Galchenyuk is only 20 years old. He will be fine. He’ll play centre next year and will be our clear #1 before we know it.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        He is making HUGE strides in his overall game. Playing smart, creative, and confident hockey.. He’ll likely put on 10lbs in the off season. He will breakout next season!

        ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  21. Un Canadien errant says:

    I watched the Canadiens 4-3 defeat of the Maple Leafs last night on RDS, which is the French equivalent of the national broadcaster TSN, but in actuality handles the local broadcast of the Montréal Canadiens. Still with the miracle of satellite technology, Canadians from coast to coast to coast can receive their signal and watch every single Canadiens game with great production values and impeccable play-by-play and analysis by Pierre Houde and Marc Denis. The pre-game show and intermissions sometimes suffer from the presence of Benoit Brunet and Mario Tremblay, but overall they put out a good product.

    Their coverage is tilted toward the Canadiens and/or Québec or francophone natives playing or coaching in the NHL, which is understandable given the demographics of their audience, but there is still a real effort to be somewhat objective. There are no ‘Homer’ Joe Bowen moments during a telecast, the announcers display probity while working the game. They focus on the Canadiens, but endeavour to give the whole story, and give context as to who the adversaries are.

    During the telecast last night, they heaped praise on the young Leaf defenders Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, told viewers of the great season Phil Kessel and his linemates are having, using graphics and video, and covered the recent controversies involving coach Randy Carlyle and James Reimer.

    Conversely, the CBC coverage of the game was strictly focused on the Maple Leafs. I didn’t stopwatch it, but my wager would be that the discussion on the Leafs-Habs game was around 90% Toronto-focused during the pre-game Hockey Tonight. A couple of mentions of Tomas Vanek and Carey Price, but aside from that it was the Phil and Randy show, with James Reimer as the tragic hero.

    Further, while watching the ‘HNIC Replay’ of the game, I again got the distinct feeling that Jim Hughson was calling a local broadcast of the Leafs, instead of their ballyhooed ‘national’ game. Mr. Hughson is a great play-by-play caller, I have a good opinion of him from his days calling Canucks game before his move to the CBC, but the only excuse I could make for him is that, since he is almost exclusively assigned to broadcast Leafs games by the HNIC brass, since the latter are unfailingly the national game covered by the #1 broadcast team, is that he doesn’t know the stories, the players on other teams. By necessity, by dint of the toxic exposure, each play is a Leaf play. A David Desharnais near-miss is actually a great defensive play by Nazem Kadri, according to Mr. Hughson, whereas both aspects were highlighted by Pierre Houde.

    Last season, I would watch Canadiens games on RDS, but catch them when available on CBC or TSN, just to change it up, and get a different perspective on the game and the team. The fact that I didn’t get RDS in HD helped that decision along. This year though, encouraged in this direction by HIO members like HabitantinSurrey and Timo, and now that I’ve changed providers to one which carries RDS in HD, I’ve stopped this practice. The precious few nuggets I get from Elliotte Friedman or Kevin Weeks, the enjoyment I derive from the broadcast’s nonpareil opening video montages, do nothing to counteract the incompetence or boorishness of Bob Cole, Don Cherry, P.J. Stock and Ron McLean, and the resultant frustration I experience.

    So the inexcusable abdication of the CBC’s responsibilities as a national broadcaster have driven this viewer and taxpayer away. And as I used to miss “La Soirée du Hockey” on Radio-Canada, but eventually grew to appreciate the work that RDS was doing, so can I hope that the handover of HNIC to a private broadcaster eventually works itself out. The CBC has done little to drive me to resist the change.

    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige


    • Timo says:

      Depending on who TVA gets as play by play, it could be a nice alternative too. Bell Satelite has TVA as part of the french package but I am not sure if Habs game will be on TVA or TVA sports channel. Either way, it beats the hell out of watching them on CBC.

    • ont fan says:

      I asked my wife, her family are die hard Leaf fans, do you hear the continual Leaf banter on CBC. Her answer, Its like the Golf Channel talking about Tiger Wood. I like the Leafs so it doesn’t sound so slanted.

    • BJ says:

      I watch RDS exclusively. Great production and René Lecavalier type class with Pierre Houde as play by play announcer.

    • HardHabits says:

      Good article but it was a Canadiens 4-3 victory over the Maple Leafs. 😉

    • New says:

      I’d say that NBC does it better than all of them. RDS is better than CBC but in truth, especially early in the season, they can wander off on a tangent for five minutes of play, 15 minutes of air.

      The difference between all of them is that NBC’s team seems to admit something happened that they didn’t catch and go to the production and video people to find it. The Canadian networks seem to decide what happened while they were chatting then be refuted by the last replay, settling on “Well, there you go…”. That sort of grates on people who were actually following the puck or play and saw what happened, only to be told over and over again it didn’t. NBC just admits it was fast and tries to discover what occurred.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Excellent post.

      After reviewing the game…yes, they did heap much praise on both young Dmen Gardiner and Morgan Rielly, and it is/was well warranted.
      These youngsters will be very good and they have a great future.

      The RDS guys are brilliant!

      As for CBC/HNIC, perhaps there is another way to view it while disregarding their ever present and growing warts, boils, and scabs.
      Posted earlier.

      From here, it is pure unadulterated COMEDY at its best that may make Rick Mercer jealous.

      Where, in any other ‘pro sports broadcasting’ ( term used lightly), would the return of a 3rd line center that has never scored 20 goals in a season, be heralded as the 2nd coming of the almighty Savior?
      You can’t make this stuff up…….

      Where, in any other serious Pro broadcasting network, would they hire Tier II, III irrelevant past players to comment on what it takes to win or how to play the game?

      Some of the best comedy is the post game excuses, words, and body language.
      When the broadcast was over and the credits were rolling, there was great surprise not to see the names of either Jerry Seinfeld or Larry David as writers or directors.

      The (Don) Cherry on the sundae in all of this is that the hapless 47 year Cupless faithful have no clue as to how they are being played.
      That perhaps, may be the best comedy of it all…

  22. Strummer says:

    Interesting article on PK Subban by Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun ( who I respect as a journalist) and what its like to be a local boy who gets booed when the Habs are in town


    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

    • RockinRey says:

      I posted that earlier Strummer , and pointed out it was a curious comment he made about the possibility of playing in Toronto as some point in his career . He wondered wow would Leafs fans view him then? I personally think they would think he was the second coming of Salming because Leaf fans have the tendency to embrace mediocre players and put them on pedestals nevermind a superstar like PK.

      I viewed the comment he made as part bargaining tactic and to make it known he would like to stay a Hab but if he does perceive their offer as a slight he can readily move on. That is to say he has realistic expecations for life after being a Canadian an he is only looking out for himself. And I dont blame him for that.

      You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

      • Strummer says:

        I think the comment about him being in a Leafs uniform by PK was innocuous and hypothetical to make a point.
        I don’t believe it was part of an over-all contract negotiating strategy.

        “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

        • RockinRey says:

          Maybe subtle attempt that if negots dont go his way he can position leaving as nothing more than business. Lets face it Zeis was really asking him more about how he plays in the room. The fanbase does not really see him as that polarizing .But his answer was directed at how fans RX him out and about town. Classic case of avoiding the question. I think there are lingering affects from issues a couple years back and I recall Gorges making a big stink about his holdout.

          Afterall we learned this week that the Mother of all coddled players When he was in Montreal ( Patrick Roy) felt Damphousse was privileged because he showed up late to a practice… We cant begin to know how teams function on a daily basis and personalities play out. Boone even posed the question with Subban the other day about the launch of his own website and how it might play in the room..

          I am thinking there is more than random musings…most players would say they dont care what the fans think. He offered up that it might be different if he played in his home town. That may yet occur….maybe after his next contract…..

          You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

      • formerly known as the hc says:

        I too thought it was nothing more than hypothetical musing. Everyone in the business knows it’s a business where just about anything is possible.

        -The beatings will conmtinue until morale improves-

  23. habs001 says:

    Bruins coming back from a Western trip may not be as sharp in their first home game…Have to give them credit as i believe they have scored the 2nd most goals in the league and have given up the second fewest…

  24. HabinBurlington says:

    Not sure if posted before, but this fan at Habs Jackets game had quite the experience.


    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      Cherry showed it on coaches corner and said the fan deserved it because fans that stand ruin it for ones behind them.

      I agree.

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • BJ says:

      You wonder about these imbeciles, monkeys at the zoo have more class. Enjoy the game but this banging on the glass????

      • formerly known as the hc says:

        I couldn’t tell for sure, but he looked like a kid (only watched the cbs video). A youngin’. Assuming that’s the case, I think we’re being a bit tough on him.

        -The beatings will conmtinue until morale improves-

        • D Mex says:

          I agree – it also looked like he stood up just before being sat back down by the glass. No way of knowing if he did this the entire game – that would be a pain for sure, but still …

          ALWAYS Habs –
          D Mex

    • Gerry H says:

      There is nothing more moronic than that bizarre practice of banging on the glass. People whose mothers didn’t give them enough attention.

      Hope it cost him a tooth or two.

  25. Captain aHab says:

    The Edmonton Oilers have not been building a team…..they’ve been drafting roughly the same guy over and over for a few years now.

    My guess is they they were worried that if they traded out of a position to get a guy like Yakupov for instance, he would then proceed to score 60 goals the next season. So they likely were asking for a huge return to move out of their spot and other teams scoffed at the idea. They need more sandpaper guys and some D. I think you’ll see them trade one or two of the talented clones and their next 1st rounder to get it. Unless their goal is to keep going and take McDavid next year.
    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  26. Maritime Ronn says:

    I became a big David Desharnais fan last night (was not before, sorry)…… and it had nothing to do with the assist on the Max goal, yet more about his ‘Courage’ penalty.

    During the past few years, there was never a doubt about 51’s high hockey IQ, yet there were always questions/concerns about his ability to be a #1 C on a serious Cup contending team because of his size/strength issues compared to other team’s Top Cs.
    Mea Culpa.

    That concern had little to do with the season, yet much to do about ‘Playoff Hockey’ and how the Rule Book changes and the game tightens up and becomes all of tough, mean, and vicious.
    ( See Daniel Sedin-Rat Marchand-2011 Cup Finals)

    To set the stage.
    Tale of The Tape:
    Desharnais: 5’7″-175
    Phaneuf…..: 6’3″-215

    To try and fire up his floundering team, the Coward Phaneuf tries to nail an unsuspecting Pacioretty. ( was surprised it wasn’t Gallagher)
    Seeing what had transpired, 51 steps up to The Coward.

    Now THAT……was all about courage, caring for a team mate, and showing the rest of the guys on the Habs that no matter what, Sacrifice and Team comes first.

    Even though the above situation has had little mention in the media, the guys on the bench saw exactly what happened.

    Anyone that has played Major Junior/Pro knows what that means.
    When guys do unexpected positive stuff for the team – that means a checker scoring a goal, a finesse player throwing a big hit or dropping his gloves for the team, that just unites the guys more, and they begin to challenge themselves more to get out of their comfort box.

    ACTIONS, not rah rah words, are what it’s all about in this game.

    The Habs won last night because they fought hard right until the end with the somewhat limited talent they have.
    They never gave up….and here’s believing that 51 was a big part and spark concerning that.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Couldn’t agree more amigo. DD challenging the Princess was sweet. Some captain they got eh?

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      That’s exactly what I saw, too, and I loved it. You’d wonder did Captain P have to field any awkward questions about it after (obviously not from CBC, but maybe the Sun or Star…).

      As for your confession — you are obviously not alone in needing to seek penance. Even if the true test remains the playoffs, DD will certainly have contributed significantly to making sure we get there.

      I don’t think I was quite as anti-DD as your more considered self, although I despaired of his constant presence on the PP. So I’m off now to start my Hail Marys. My beads have little CHs on them…

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      Great post!

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • JF says:

      Great post, great mea culpa. I revised my opinion of Desharnais months ago, concluding that he could indeed be a top centre on a contending team; his courage last night in facing up to the lumbering Phaneuf confirmed this conclusion. He has the vision and creativity, he’s much faster than he used to be, he protects the puck well in spite of his size, and now we know he has the guts. A poster farther down the thread talked about watching Desharnais live last night and appreciating more than on TV what a smart playmaker he is, how fast, and how tough for his size.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Hi JF

        You bring up an excellent point about ” Puck Protection.”
        As you well know, because of your knowledge of the game, that is a key aspect for a Center along with positioning and vision.

        Yes, 51 will get muscled off the puck on occasions – what player doesn’t, yet puck protection also means finding spots on the ice where there is an ability to find time and space.
        It’s not all about beating off a defender.

        The only hope is that it carries on into the playoffs and it may well do.
        Defenders will have their hands full with Max/Vanek, and if PK is on the ice perhaps coupled with Markov, they will be a constant threat as they were last night,

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Phaneuf is by the far the Captain with the least courage in the league…pathetic.

    • piper says:

      If Phanuf had dropped him like i’m pretty sure he could have what kind of heat would he be taking then. I cant stand the princess as much as you guys but he was in a no win situation there. He did the right thing there IMO.

      • frontenac1 says:

        Or what if DD tuned him amigo. Then what would the Princess say to his team, wife, Healey etc?

        • piper says:

          If that ever happened I’d be the biggest DD fan in the world and Bergevins phone would be ringing off the wall with offers.

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          Few gave Stan Jonathan a chance against Pierre Bouchard.
          Not saying that would have been the case….and it really doesn’t matter.

          If you ever doubt that Phaneuf is a complete Coward, watch the last 10 minutes of Game 7 last year against Boston (this is for Poster piper)

          When Chara and Lucic showed up in front of the net, he literally ran away and hid.
          If he was ever the Captain of the Habs, I would never, ever follow the Habs again.
          The Habs NEVER had a Coward as a Captain.

          • piper says:

            Like I said, if DD was anything close to Stan Jonathan i’d be his biggest fan. But you gotta admit Princess would have destroyed him and in my books that would have been more cowardly.

          • piper says:

            I can’t believe i’m sticking up for this guy.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            You know, I actually cringe for someone like Dave Keon. How he must feel watching his crest floating aimlessly around the ice on the front of a bag of ham like Phaneuf.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Like but disagree!

  27. lakechamplain says:

    I feel sorry for Galchenyuk not playing centre; in an interview I saw the day before the game it was obvious he looking forward to the opportunity, and of course the media hopped all over this, in part frankly, because McKinnon had put on a show. That said, the fact is at this time, and this game, I can’t fault the coaching staff for going with experience, and I don’t see many chances the rest of the way. When they make this move, and it will happen, he needs a chance to learn from experience and grow into the role. What would do far more harm than good would be to throw him in at centre for part of a game, or even just a game, and instill the fear of making mistakes which has broken more players on the Canadiens over the years than we’d probably want to admit. I wish the management would’ve tried doing this earlier in the season, but I agree this is a tough time for ‘development’. If the lines from last night can build on what they did last night, maybe our scoring ability won’t be such a big question mark heading into the playoffs.

  28. Timo says:

    Wonder if Bournival will play against the Bruins or will Habs go with White and have Bournival as a spare. Logic dictates that White would be a better fit against Bruins but he’s beennot very good this year imho so perhaps Bournival’s speed backed up by Moen and Weise will still produce a decent 4th line showing.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Also White is more of a pugalist than Bournival. With Prust down, they need someone who will protect his teammates.

      • Sportfan says:

        So Parros

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        • frontenac1 says:

          I think Stache still has a wonky coconut. Maybe save him for round one of playoffs? First rounds can get nasty.

          • Timo says:

            The problem is that Bruins are just a very strong, tough and skilled all around team. They have toughness in all aspects of the game and don’t need to resort to goonary to win games. Parros wouldn’t help much against the B’s. Habs need more skilled tough players in the lineup (Tinordi at least) to push back… and again, not with their fists but with standup nasty game. Maybe DD will tune up Chara tomorrow?

          • piper says:

            Chara….theres a guy that wouldn’t think twice about pounding DD to a pulp.

          • boing007 says:

            Chara would pound his mother to a pulp if she was on the opposing team.

            Richard R

  29. SC-24 says:

    Last nights game was ok, tomorrow night will be different they will be playing a team that just might win it all this year!!
    Better on offense, Better on defense, Goaltending pretty even.

  30. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Whatever you think of MT, at least he is smart enough never to criticize his goalie in the media. Carlyle is getting what he deserves with Reimer’s play. They are in deep trouble. Nice to see the Habs with more of a killer instinct this year. A shaky as the D sometimes looks, they are undefeated going into the 3rd with a lead this year. You have to give MT, MB (and Price) credit this year. Hopefully Gorges gets back in time for the playoffs.

    • slapshot777 says:

      MT knows if he ever comments in a negative way towards Price he may as well pack his bags and leave under the cover of darkness.

      To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

    • ont fan says:

      MB’s moves of Wiese and Vanek have been very good for their linemates. I’m not going to complain about him.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      DDO, good point on Carlyle’s man management. He gets paid to do the OPPOSITE of what he did to Reimer — ie. make him play worse — and so should probably forfeit part of his salary!

  31. nek25plus says:

    Butterface: indeed Kessel did slew foot PK on that play. It was very clear on a 65 in screen.

    • Timo says:

      There was a lot of calls that went “unnoticed” and on the other hand compensated by some phantom BS from the refs. That being said, Habs got a break from the refs with about 4 mins left on the too many man call. An unintentional make up for the total BS call on Plekanec’s one hand hook.

      • slapshot777 says:

        Timo, it wasn’t a break they had now choice there were actual six skaters on the ice and involved in the play for at least 5-10 seconds before a Leaf player realized and bolted to the bench which is always a clear giveaway. That call for the refs they just couldn’t ignore and Carlyle couldn’t even argue it. It was so “there” that they couldn’t ignore it even if they wanted to. To obvious, the Habs didn’t get any breaks from the refs last night.

        To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

      • Thomas Le Fan says:

        Break? That was as indisputable a too many men penalty as there has ever been. They likely didn’t want to call it but they pretty much had to. If anyone got breaks on calls, the Leafs did.

        Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  32. Timo says:

    Don’t know what you are all thinking… Ron and Don say that Leafs will make the playoffs.

    • Paz says:

      Their goaltending really let them down.

      Bourque’s and Plekanec’s goal both should have been stopped.

      • wings says:

        thats why it is never a bad play to shoot the puck!! Reimer had a tough night..a couple more early they would have pulled him..
        those were very well place shots…Patch and Borky..both those guys can fire it ..keep it going..
        Beantown is a bigger rivalry than TO..
        cant wait

        GO HABS GO!!

    • scarboro_habitant says:

      if that comes to pass, don will show us a clip of when and how he called it.

    • reddog24 says:

      How did everyone like Don “School Yard Bully” Cherry calling out a young CHILD about standing hitting the glass, then being knocked down by players on ice hitting glass. HNIC/CBC is a FAMILY SHOW and to have that IDIOT call out a young child on OUR NATIONAL TV NETWORK is just plain BAD Broadcasting. Just think that Rodgers have hired this Clown for Sportsnet next year so he is going to continue to Call Out whoever he wants with NO Threat of Losing his job. Parents should be contacting the NHL,CBC/HNIC, and Rodgers Sportsnet and get this Insane Old Man Canned before he starts next year. CBC/HNIC has NO BALLS to Reel him in because of his BIAS toward HOG TOWN TORONTO which Hockey Night in Toronto wants.
      Only in CANADA!!!!

    • Danno says:

      Ron and Don are in denial


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  33. nek25plus says:

    They should put Ryan White back in. Bournival is not tough enough. And by tough I mean the consistency of the hard work each shift needs. White just needs time on ice to get himself back to playing shape.

  34. Paz says:

    In the photo above you can read Weaver’s mind if you concentrate very carefully.

    “Finally found a team that makes me feel tall!”

    • HabFab says:

      Scary… but funny never the less 😉

      • Paz says:

        Leafs build a team full of tough guys. Check.

        But year after year they struggle to kill penalties.

        Bite off their nose to spite their face, and all that cliche crap, our small guys skated and skated last night with very little intimidation from the other side, because the Leafs could not afford to take stupid penalties.

        Weaver looks huge in that photo!

  35. Paz says:

    Who ever thought up the idea of slapping an A on Pacioretty deserves a lot of credit. (I’m sure it wasn’t Therrien, hahahaha!)

    Max is playing terrific hockey. 200 feet. Backchecking. Distributing the puck. And of course the snipes! What a shot, what a release!

    Next Captain?

    Could be.

  36. HabinBurlington says:

    Hopefully my final point re: Leafs. What is very critical s the ROW, Regulation O/T win totals. Both Columbus and Detroit are ahead of T.O. in this category, thus a tie in the standings is Bad News for the Carleton Bears.

    • Paz says:

      We’re you sitting about 20 rows up close to one of the nets?

      I saw a big guy standing there, during the play, sporting a Price 31 jersey.

    • Psycho29 says:

      Hey Burly, glad to see you got to enjoy a win, great stuff!! Looked like lots of Habs fans there!!!
      I hope to go to the game in Tampa the first week of April, will be there for a week of golf with 3 buddies. Will wear my red Subban for sure!!!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      The Price jersey is now on a win streak.

    • wings says:

      the Frankie B play behind the net to Kessel was very weak..he should have seen Kessel was all over PK ..cant put PK in that situation. why not use a hard rim instead..Murray would be much better with a good skating partner..(Beaulieu)..but the Crankshaft I think does a great job..in the playoffs he will be key!!

      love the DD line leave them alone to gel..
      team is now scoring goals..we have to defend the slot better,too many good chances from there eg. Lupuls goal..

      still would like to try Gally27 in the middle,I know its late in the season but try it..

      have to walk my dogs now

      • frontenac1 says:

        Agreed. Crankshaft was moving bodies, doing his job, blocking shots,running over guys,doing what he’s paid to do. Can’t play him big minutes. He needs his rest. Will be gold in playoffs.

  37. PrimeTime says:

    I’ll take HNIC over Boones Live Blog any game of the week

    “Fans are entitled to express their opinion, but most of the comments on talk radio and on The Gazette’s Hockey Inside/Out website ranged from the mildly uninformed to the outrageously stupid” – Pat Hickey.

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    • Paz says:

      I always suspected you were PJ Stock.

    • RockinRey says:

      Blasphemy! All Boone has ever wanted was to see the Habs win again before he dies and thats the thanks he gets?!

      In between walking his dog, drinking his gin, and preparing his next ALN he is 100% focused on his game, just trying to improve, build upon his column and blog and peak for the right time. His season has its ups and downs, and yet he does not get too high( although there was a curious reference for the columbus game) or too low. It’s not about the personal glory for him but about HIO activity and hits. He is a team player doing what he can with his talents. Cut him some slack !
      He’s not some 4th line Hack you know.

      You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  38. jeffhabfan says:

    Every win is big this time of year. We just have to keep winning as many as we can. GO HABS GO.

  39. Lafleurguy says:

    The media was all over P.K. when he openly displayed his displeasure at Max sending him a suicide pass a game or two after Eller got clobbered. Shouldn’t Cherry and the media be all over Kessel?

    • Habs4LifeInTO says:

      That’s a good observation. The HNIC Leaf blowers spun it that the two (Kessel and JVR) are good friends and it appears they are over the missed pass incident. Nothing to see here…move along, that type of thing. Double standards as always it was HNIC after all.

      Do the math……..7 x 6 = 42…Love our PK!
      24 cups and counting….

  40. Stuck_in_To. says:

    I was at the game last night with my son and it is amazing how different the game looks in person than it does on television or via Boone’s blog.

    The game was very fast and a hoot to watch live. Neither team’s D came out looking too good and for all the weak goaltending charges against Reimer we needed a lucky deflection to get to four goals. But the effort was there and some of the Habs work around their net was jaw dropping. On the sequence where Vanek made the back pass between his legs a Leafs fan sitting next to me declared “That would have been the most amazing goal I have ever seen.” I have to say I enjoyed the fact that you can hang that loss on Carlyle’s and bench management.

    Things I noticed: Desharnais is very good in the neutral zone. It was obvious on the Pacioretty goal but he almost intercepted a bunch of other passes. His speed, also, made that first goal happen. The defence back off on him. And he is surprisingly hard on the puck, at least last night. Toronto’s defence hit a lot and DD rarely lost the puck.

    Bourque came to play, all night, and his effort was strong and consistent.

    Price was on his knees for Lupul’s goal … why? He kept stretching during the timeouts and I wonder if he is fully healed.

    Bozak’s goal was a travesty. First off, why is the puck reversed when it is on the sideboards? (This is something Mtl. does all the time and it makes me crazy though I realize that if they just chipped it out every time I’d be screaming about the lack of an organized breakout. Still, there has to be a better balance.) In any case, the puck goes to Boullion and what the hell was that? A soft and short pass behind the net right on Kessel’s tape. Sure, Subban is falling down on the job but Kessel already has position on him so that is the least of all the mistakes.

    Other than that, Boullion was okay but Murray really struggled.

    Reimer was soundly booed and heckled and not by the half of the seats filled with red sweaters. What a showing for Habs fans in Leafland!

    Vanek and that line have some serious puck magic and I think I like the fact that Vanek won’t leave the front of the net to chase a puck in the corner. Too many times the Habs don’t have a guy in front of the net and it occurrs to me if Vanek goes to retrieve the puck then their net presence is gone. Guess DD is just going to have to skate more. The one thing Vanek does do well is hound the opposition’s breakout.

    Eller really did look good the full length of the ice. I could not figure out where he disappeared to but figured he was injured when I could not find him on the bench.

    Markov is either brilliant or befuddled but then he takes a beating out there. Everyone finishes their checks on Markov, but his lack of foot speed is blatantly obvious and if he hesitates for a second he can put himself out of the play. His passing is sick.

    The next step is to beat the Leafs and not let that rat Kadri score. He really is the definition of punk.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Very encouraging. May spark some optimism in some who usually express none, but probably not.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Agree with this post! What a night it was. Saw some skirmishes in the crowds, nothing in my area, just good banter.

    • Timo says:

      Price doesn’t look 100% to me either. I think he still has that injury.

    • Butterface says:

      I thought it looked like Kessel hit the back of PK’s skates and should have been given a tripping/interference call on the Boullion give-away. It was enough to take PK out of the play. PK might have been able to get to Kessel had it not been for that.

      DD is strong on the puck. I have heard a few players comment to that. I think early on in the season either he was not getting the puck, shied away from contact or really lacked confidence to make the play…. at any rate all has seemed to vanish and hopefully his success will continue.

      From what I understand MB is very good at assessing talent and though I think Drewiske may have been a 9th d-man, Weaver can be a 6th or 7th. When Gorges comes back we will have been better for the experience. Still with this breathing room I think Beaulieu deserves another look in place of Boullion. Send Tinordi to the farm to works on safe smart plays and beating on players. Make him use the hate of being sent down to put a real hurt on the opposition. Tell him to make 5 hits per shift and one fight per game. Give him the Pronger tapes to study a “what to do physically” and the Hal Gill tapes to study “how to be a pussy”.

      If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

    • HUDSONHAB says:

      You mention DD in the neutral zone. The thing I noticed about him is how he back checks. He doesn’t skate with his stick extended tapping the the guy ahead of him. He skates hard and gets his body position to a point where he can make a strong play on the puck or the guys stick.


  41. HabFab says:

    Leafs feeling the heat… will they melt?

    1 Toronto 72 36 28 8 27 80 4-6-0
    2 Detroit 70 33 24 13 28 79 5-4-1
    3 Washington 72 34 27 11 25 79 5-4-1
    4 Columbus 70 36 28 6 31 78 6-3-1

  42. Un Canadien errant says:

    Am I mistaken, or didn’t Bruce Arthur of TSN’s ‘The Reporters’ just use the phrase “relentless ineptitude” while commenting on the Edmonton Oilers?

    EDIT: 5:00 minute mark of the video linked below.


    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige


  43. Lafleurguy says:

    Did Bouillon cause a game-losing goal with 3 1/2 to go?

    • likehoy says:

      he caused a game-tying goal with 2 minutes to play in the first period.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Yeah, that was bad. But luckily, the Leafs aren’t like the Blue Jackets these days.

        • Danno says:

          PK also takes some of the blame for that one.


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          • Butterface says:

            PK takes blame for holding Kessel against the boards ? Then being tripped from behind by Kessel while Boullion was gifting a pass ?

            Gimme a break.

            That is as bad as people blaming the coach for getting a team into 4th or 5th place in this very tight NHL. I wasn’t MT biggest fan when he was being considered for the job and I didn’t like the hiring, but I will admit he is a different coach then the first go-round.

            I think if my team-mate blindly and stupidly passes a puck to the opposition, I should not be blamed for it. Boullion is not used to 25 minutes of ice time and maybe he is unable to make the right decisions due to physical exhaustion…either way Boullion has the option of holding the puck against the boards until help arrives, whacking it hard around the boards or icing it and hope to gain the puck with a faceoff vs Bozak. Boullion chose poorly to pass the puck directly to a blue shirt. Boullion carries 100% of the blame.

            If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

          • Danno says:

            Don’t get me wrong. I think PK is a terrific player. But on that play I believe PK was trying to draw a penalty when he tangled with Kessel and fell to the ice. That’s the way I saw it – but of course I could be wrong.


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      • RockinRey says:

        And they was a major boneheaded move on his part.

        You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  44. Paz says:

    Leadership. Plekanec, Gionta, and let me add big Max, who is now sporting a shiny A on his jersey replacing Gorges.

    Leaders find a way to produce when it counts.

    And, let me add, this team looks so much better when they are allowed to skate, make plays, keep possession of the puck, and force the issue.
    This is the style of play we used last year and it looks to me like we are finally going back to it.

    Mix in some timely saves by a superior athlete between the pipes, and this team can play with anyone.

    I predict Bournival will out work everyone tomorrow night.

  45. mrhabby says:

    Ya Leafs suck but in reality habs were just a bit better. difference between these two teams is very small and i guess it was price. Habs fans and leafs fans are the same both think there great.

    Subban will sign long term..this is what teams do with star players in a salary cap world. why trade a star player for a Seth Jones.

    CBC homerism ya but not nearly as bad as Sportsnet. its to bad CBC cannot find other play play guys or studio hosts. The NFL has star material in the both.

  46. Good question down below on what Subban would be worth on a trade. I can see it happening, although our D would really be in trouble with a bunch of surf veterans and some Hamilton call ups. Tinordi and Beaulieu maybe Pateryn need some seasoning, but boy would Pricer be pissed!

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

    • mrhabby says:

      right with an aging Makov and then throw in a unknown player or 2 on defence would make no sense to me.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Ah…but let’s say Nashville came knocking on the door and offered Shea Weber because they have financial issues with Weber’s contract moving forward….

        Even though it’s a $7.8M Cap Hit, the real dollars in Salary /Bonus are $13M for the next 4 years…
        And does anyone even care about the 2021-22 season of his contract?

        Weber has at least 6-8 years of great quality hockey left in him.
        He plays in every situation and could be a HUGE mentor for guys like Tinordi-Beaulieu-Nygren…

        He plays Top 2 in PP and PK and you all saw what he could do at the Olympics.
        He is also Low Maintenance…

          • Maritime Ronn says:


            Too funny
            If you ever get back here and are in a stop over, please know that you and partner would always have a place to rest your head and breathe some ocean air – wife is also a gourmet cook…although it appears you are just about 20kms from the Irish Sea ( Muir Éireann)

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            You’re very kind, and I entirely reciprocate! And who knows? Turns out, for example, that Ron and I know the same Sobeys in Rothsay! Mattyleg and I were at the same rugby game in Dublin 10 years ago. Stranger things. It would be great.

            We try NOT to breathe the air coming off the Irish Sea, what with Britain’s leaky Sellafield nuclear processing plant upwind on the other side!

            Whenever I am in Mayo or Galway, believe me, I look longingly across the water and know that next stop is home!

  47. Danno says:

    “Dion Phaneuf tried to get rough with little David Desharnais, and considering the way Phaneuf fights, this was a fair matchup.”

    Habs Hurt Leafs


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  48. Izzy says:

    I really don’t care how “flamed ” Im going to get for this, but to those of you out there with the “only way we win a cup is to tank” attitude…….I wouldn’t want you on my team. Never.
    The only way to win a cup is to dig, fight, claw, play over your head and have a refuse to lose attitude.
    To throw your hands in the air and cry ” oh , its over anyway, lets quit and throw in the towel” shows a character flaw that can’t be corrected if you’re older than 17, as your character is already formed by then.
    I guess, Im like the owners. Even if we squeak into the playoffs and the team keeps me on the edge of my seat for only 4 more glorious games that “could’ve been”, that’s a hell of a lot better than watching tranna – Carolina duke it out.
    To those of you who want to get to your lawn work early, while Tampa plays Minnesota, go ahead. Personally, I hope my grass is 8 feet high before my team lets me get to it, and if not, Ill take what I can get of watching my boys.

    After Emelin hits you, you get coloring books for christmas……

  49. HabsCentralO says:

    I was fortunate to attend the game at the ACC & not listen to the Leaf rhetoric on HNIC, which often times forces me to watch RDS in French which I have no problem doing…..
    Team speed was great vs. the Leafs, Bourque needs to play like that a lot more. Passing was also crisp & accurate, though both teams took turns turning the puck over in the neutral zone. Habs definitely look more like a playoff team!! D a little concerning at times especially on the PK. Price rounding back into form!

  50. frontenac1 says:

    Hola amigos! Great win by Les Boys last night. Upset with the Hogtown Honkies on CBC? Watch RDS or turn the sound off, slide on a record, (Sinatra or Judas Priest are good) pour yourself a nice Libation,smoke em if you got em and enjoy the show. Loved DD staring down the Princess last night. Hilarious! Saludos!

  51. wjc says:

    I sometimes think people think to far ahead.

    They forget to enjoy the moment, it is always next year, the year after, the cap, this contract, that free agent, players that have to go, players they need to sign.

    Whatever happened to enjoying the game and not worrying about ice time, shots on goal, chances, missed nets, shots blocked, give aways (if you actually know what a giveaway is?) Pressure, game situations mean nothing just the stats…..I see no fun in this, but I am sure the geeks are in there glory.

    Why did we have to be invaded by ‘THE GEEKS’, study and analysis and then repeat and analysis some more.

    Watch the game on your high definition television, mute it when necessary, forget the advertising fest that is the intermission, forget gibbering idiots like Cherry and come back to the game in 15 minutes or so.


    • Stanley Cup says:

      What’s even funnier is when people equate salary to performance.

      • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

        Get real man. Pro sports is all about paying players for what they’ve done with the expectation that they’ll continue doing it. You must work for the gov’t.

        • Stanley Cup says:

          Why is it an offensive defenceman is paid more that a defensive defenceman ?
          The defensive defenceman is probably more valuable to the team in the long run.

          • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

            Why? Because scoring is harder (requires more skill) than blocking shots. The ultimate ‘defensive’ player is the goalie. Ever noticed what they make? One last point: scoring sells tickets, defense doesn’t. That’s just the way it is buddy.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Perhaps an enjoyment level comes down to different strokes for different folks.

      You appear to be a smart fella – and many of your posts concern the business side of hockey and wealth distribution.
      Possibly for several, they may consider that not part of the game, and only wish to enjoy the sport and whatever the numbers bring.

      Some people enjoy the “Now,” while others enjoy other aspects of the game that combine the game itself, some stats, some rules, Salary Cap, and some CBA thrown in, and some fun future speculation about Habs lines or UFAs.

      Perhaps we can all agree to enjoy the aspects of the game that we all individually enjoy.
      That’s what makes HIO interesting – a Hockey Melting Pot.

      • wjc says:

        Yes Ronn, we do agree. I will give you ‘some’ of this stuff is fine.

        I will accept ‘some’ but the game, the game.

        When Lafluer scored a goal back in the day we did not analysis his misses and giveaways etc, etc. we enjoyed the moment.


        • HabinSquamish says:

          wjc, I thought you were a Leafs fan. Are you mixing up Lafleur with Salming?

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Hey Squamish.
            Where exactly are you getting wjc as Leafs fan?! If it’s in a post he wrote, please publish the time here and we’ll see about warming up some tar and plucking a few turkeys!
            But I suspect you’ll be looking a while…

    • Max says:

      I’ve often wondered about this and have come to the conclusion that we live in a society where we are constantly exposed to information overload.The main reason for this is the invention and popularity of the internet.

      Back in the day,we would all watch games on scrambly old black and white tvs where one could barely see the biscuit on a good night and then check the game stats in the newspaper the next day.There were no net forums to overanalyze and bicker in,no 24/7 coverage and no chance in hell that we had access to every single hab’s game via cable or streaming.

      Now every single bad pass or bad play is talked about on the internet for hours on end and the player/s involved ostracized and devalued.Every tiny increment of each and every game is scrutinized and inspected and broken down and discussed the way a scientist breaks down a scientific formula.We have access to replay after replay after replay.

      To make it simple,we know too much and that’s not always a good thing.I remember as a young kid in the early 80s,cutting out the boxscores in the newspaper and keeping them in a collection when the habs won. lol I still remember Montreal 3 Boston 2.You’d then read the stats and be happy they won and wait anxiously for the next game.Simpler and happier times indeed.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Gone are the days, when reading the scoreline the day after in the Edmonton Journal sports pages, one finds out the Habs “downed” the ‘Hawks 6-4, and Dennis Dejordy played goal for the Habs (!) because of injuries and a minor trade the week before, and walking on Cloud 9 all that day, and posting about it now with a run-on sentence thing.

    • wings says:

      loved the end result last night..JVR deserved the penalty cant get away with stuff like that..Price was Price, we need him huge, he can win a series..Borky had a great game..intense, skated hard, nice goal..he can play when motivated..how can you not get motivated when playing TO..loved Murray..he scares the SH_T out of opposing players like Kessel..great goal by PLEKS he can bring it,consistency is key.. need Gorges back in a big way,dont really miss these guys until they are gone WOW..really would like to see Beaulieu back in lineup, these guys are the future..Gally27 didnt get a chance at centre, I would have liked to see it.. Can we try Emelin on left and Marky on right..maybe that would help Emelin’s game..

      Vanek has to be our net front guy on PP ..he has great hand eye for tip ins etc..PK has to unload his bomb of a shot more..with Vanek in front for tips..Bourny or Whitey should slide in nicely for Boston..is Parros done for the season??

      all in all a good win in TO..
      lets go to Beantown..hate the B’s..

  52. SmartDog says:

    A good morning in Habsland.

    An awesome win with all kinds of repercussions!
    – Leafs are fighting for the playoff lives.
    – Carlyle must be starting to worry about his job
    – Kessel is yelling at his teammates
    – Reimer’s confidence is a major concern

    Now if we can only put a few whacks into Boston’s confidence in their grip on the East by chasing Rask. That would be sweet!
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Hello WiseOne. The Bruins aren’t flappable at this juncture. Yeah, they choked in game six against Chicago, but those Keystone Kops Leafs hardened the Bruins playoffs psyche with the trip-at-the-finish-line escapade last playoffs. Soderbergh, Miller, Bartkowski, Reilly Smith, Ericsson….some of these guys may not know who Bobby Baun was.

  53. Stanley Cup says:

    Random thoughts

    When the media starts to eat their own is the end near? Soylent green anyone.

    Just have to state a fact: Toronto maple leafs Suck and will always Suck.

    Sugarbush, the sweetest kind.

    What has happened to Quebec drivers ?

    Enough freakin snow !!!!!

    Back to your regular scheduled programming.

  54. wjc says:

    I cannot figure out all the hysteria over Bullion. Canadiens record over the past 5 games in 8 points out of 10.

    Explain this to me. I think maybe the game is passing me by, or maybe it has already passed me by…8 out of 10 points, what would it take to make you happy?

    Honest question, from a poor, lonely, baffled fan.


    • Old Bald Bird says:

      I was just thinking this morning if results are all that matters. If so, then all is well. If we are supposed to be a developing team, them there is more to it.

      I am a little torn on this subject. I would certainly have liked to have seen one young D interjected full time this year, but maybe it’s better this way.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        We may never know what the mandate is from ownership – what bonuses are paid to management and coaching staff for making the playoffs and each round won….yet a guess is the mandate is Win Now.

      • wjc says:

        The young guys have to be ready. Beaulieu is almost there, he needs some work on the defensive side of the puck.

        He will be back sooner then later, the Canadiens, are as anxious as anyone to have him star. But sometimes you need the hardened veteran to take the arrows that are shot at you when you screw up.

        Just like war the hardened vets, have no pie in the sky ideas, it is what it is. Bullion, and Weaver have been around Beauleau and Tinordi think they have been around……it takes time

        Get the playoffs secured and then take a breather and reacess.


    • Sportfan says:

      They also gained those points with Weise in the lineup! 😛

      Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

    • Stanley Cup says:

      He’s good as gold.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Hey wjc. In the pre-Olympic mish-mash, you called “6 of 8,” and the Habs came through, on the heels of a 3-game downturn, and immensely enabled by Buddha Peter and his 4-1 conquest of the Bruins in Beantown.

    • HabinSquamish says:

      wjc you are lonely because you are on the wrong chat screen, go back to your Leafs chat rooms and moan there.

  55. RockinRey says:

    As a Habs fan living in Toronto for the last 30 yrs the Homerism does not really bother me. I guess I have become desensitized to it.

    I also realize that although I dont want the Leafs to make the playoffs , the atmosphere in bars in and around the Southern Ontario is so much better and they do much better business when the Leafs are in. The Leafs are Canada’s team as far as CBC is concerned. Does that make it right? No! But is does not bother me to the point that it clearly does to some of the others on here.

    I remember watching Montreal games in the 80’s on the rare occasion they were on coast to coast and it seemed Dick Irvin was overly critical of the Habs so as to seem impartial. Some times I thought he was overcompensating.

    Curious comment by PK in the Toronto Sun this morning. This really underscores the business aspect. I would not be surprised if PK and Price elect to opt for free agency at some point . At that point they can say they played in a hockey market and they can cool their heels in a warmer climate….”And in PK’s case he can make a new career in Toronto and matriculate into the media Job dabbled in during the lockout.

    Here the comment by PK when asked about the being jeered.

    Yes, I know,” Subban chuckled Saturday when asked by the Sun if he was aware he is becoming ‘the new Alfie’ in these parts. “But here’s my thing. You always have to put it the other way. If I ever ended up playing in Toronto at some point in my career, what would it be like then? Would they still boo me? I don’t know if they would or not.

    You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Habs are facing some interesting Cap space issues this offseason. Contracts needed for PK and Markov, does MB want to try and sign Vanek?

      I don’t say this to start a sh*tstorm, but I can see a scenario where PK is traded. Just a weird feeling I have.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        They’ll be fine with the Cap Space.
        15 signed- $25M-$27M to spend to Cap.

        Still a lot of unknown unknowns.
        Gionta-Briere-Markov-Bourque…trades….and as you mention, Subban

        It’s interesting you mention PK.
        It will play out this summer.
        If he doesn’t want to sign long term with the Habs, they ‘could’ trade him.
        There are a lot of trading partners out there, and so many teams need a character like Subban to sell the game.

        Ex: Nashville. Yes, they have Shea Weber but they also have Seth Jones…and that’s just 1 example.

        It would really be interesting to know what Subban’s worth is on the trade market.

        • Old Bald Bird says:

          We were posting a similar thought at the same time, with yours being more fully elaborated. I have thought of Weber-Subban too.

        • Habitforming says:

          If he does get traded there is no better trade partner than the Oilers.

          They have elite forwards that trading a star like PK requires to get a deal done. Plus any picks from the Oilers have great value as well.

          A better question (because I don’t like the thought of trading PK) Would anyone here trade Tinordi, Beaulieu and a first for Taylor Hall?

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        I can certainly see him refusing to sign long term for this management group. If that were to occur, I could also see him being traded.

    • smiley says:

      RockinRey-good post. I also have lived in Toronto since 1987. As I was watching game 7 of Leafs/Bruins last year, I wasn’t really cheering for or against either team. I hate them both. But then it dawned on me-Toronto is a better place when the Leafs advance a couple of rounds in the playoffs. So at 4-1 I opened my sliding door in anticipation of the celebration . Which never came, of course:)

      • RockinRey says:

        I can’t stand the Leafs Smiley but you have to admit the bar area and vibe in the city ( notwithstanding All Leafs all the time and not sure that is not too different from regular season) and outside the city is pretty contagious in terms of playoff excitement.

        So to have them lose in the first round is pretty satisfying!

        I have always said the first round of NHl playoffs are the best thing in sports. Upsets, intriguing matchups etc…but as it drags to June ( and especially if the Habs are not in) it just goes on too long.

        You are entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong.

  56. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Headline that almost made me puke” Bruins win 12th straight”.

    Headline that will cure me tomorrow night “Habs put an end to Gooins 12 game winning streak”.

  57. rhino514 says:

    I realize we are going to have to overpay quite a bit if we want to keep Vanek, but who else is out there? Moulson and who else? Slim pickings. Andrighetto seems like he might be able to play, but it would be heartbreaking to have to replace a big, veteran guy like Vanek with a kid smurf.
    It is very tempting to overpay for Vanek as long as it is not insane. 7,5 million probably won´t be that high a salary 4 or 5 years down the road, and doesn´t the collective bargaining agreement expire again in 6 years? So maybe more amnesty buyouts?
    Then again, Vanek is just a couple of seasons from reaching the age when many players start to slow down quite precipitously.
    The best answer would be a trade for a good RW.

    Also, I´m not sure it´s a given that Gionta is gone next year; if we can get lucky with a big scorer we could maybe live with gio on the third line.

    • third generation haber says:

      Vanek will be signing in Minnesota where his wife is from and he went to college. He’s made no secret of this.

      j.p. murray

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        …add in 4 children – that he has built the family home there and that he has already made $52M USD and another guaranteed $45M-$50 M to come – that wives now have a bigger say – and it almost becomes a no brainer.
        If he doesn’t like the magnifying glass, Minny also has the Vikings, Twins, and Timberwolves….

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Wasn’t Phil Kessel whose personality does not fit with the media in Toronto going to sign there also? I recognize the favourite in getting Vanek is Minnesota, but I don’t think it is as obvious as rumoured.

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          Your point is well taken, yet the Kessel situation was slightly different.

          Contrary to Vanek, he was never on record saying he was going to Free Agency on July 1st as Vanek was.
          While Kessel is not media friendly, the word is he enjoys his mates and the team – the fans, and what the city has to offer.
          Vanek had to deal with Buffalo-Islanders, and now both him and his family have to deal with an environment that is quite different than the rest of North America – potholes included.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      The good news with Vanek is I am not sure he can technically slow down anymore. He is at his best in the slot and all around the net, but his skating is something to be desired. Perhaps part of the reason his showing on the big ice at the Olympics wasn’t exactly a memorable audition for his new contract.

      He has weaknesses, but he does indeed bring an element we don’t have. The line of DD, Max and Vanek is very very good. Watching the game live last night, you can see how the Leafs defensively had to be aware of both Vanek and Max and it opens up time and space.

      Would love to see a way MB can try and sign him. Recognizing much rumour he is going to Minnesota, however, I think he is really just looking for a big contract in a city that loves hockey. THe Islanders couldn’t provide that.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        In the past few games, I also saw a part of Max’s game I didn’t know existed.
        For the first time ever, he has shown he has great vision in looking for a winger-that being Vanek.
        He is not overdoing it and still shooting, yet that line was magic last night.

  58. HabinBurlington says:

    Not to focus on the Leafs, but Bernier is still not ready for T.O. and didn’t make trip to New Jersey for today’s game.

    Will be very very interesting to see if Carlyle goes with Reimer or former Bulldog Drew MacIntyre.

  59. wjc says:

    Last night ‘Hockey night in Canada’, made me cringe. It was outrageous in its homerism. Don Cherry is becoming more of a gibbering idiot as time goes on.

    It was so bad that I muted the sound so I could actually watch the game.

    It dawned on me, I have a HD television set, gone is the 21 inch black and white with the fuzzy screen. I can see very well the players, their names, and numbers. Why do I need a play by play guy telling me anything. I have been watching hockey for a number of years, so I think I know the game, so maybe it is time to draw my own conclusions.

    Everything is there to be seen. I usually have no clue as to who has what ice time, and if they are winning, really could careless.

    The geeks are taking over the game, too much analysis for me anyways. Lets enjoy the game for what it is a spectacle. Does anyone really know what a give away is anymore. Penalties baffle me. Apparently hard shots to the glove side should never go in, even if they are rockets that you can barely see without slow motion.

    The Bourque goal was from the Canadiens end to Bourques stick in about 2 seconds with the stretch passes and his release was exceptional. Poor Remier barely had time to set up let alone react.

    Did Bourque get credit, I suppose he did a bit, but Riemer got reemed for letting a softy in on the glove side.

    Maybe hockey has passed me by, hope not, but maybe.


    • HabinBurlington says:

      It would be neat to get a feed where all that is provided is the crowd noise and in house goal and penalty announcements. Have heard some of the brighter folks here explain how this can be done using a quality surround sound system with a good receiver, but that is beyond my capability.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        If you have surround, turn off the middle speakers and you will mostly mute the play by play with some ice sounds included fro the side speakers….or tune into RDS which is the choice from here.

    • Thurston says:

      Did you know that Dave Bolland returned for the Leafs last night? I wanted to make sure everyone knew that, in case everyone missed the 1,745 times Hockey Night in Toronto mentioned it.

      After Montreal has a 3-2 lead after one period, the Wacky Old Man’s Corner starts out with a clip of the Leafs’ first goal. Of course! Why wouldn’t he?

      Some mentions were made about how desperately the Leafs need points… after all, the Habs aren’t battling for playoff position too, or anything.

      Last night’s HNIT coverage seemed to be particularly rancid. It’s always been the Leafs vs. the team the Leafs are playing, but last night the boys on the broadcast really seemed to be one-sided.

      But, hey, I’m sure this is just paranoia from a non-Leafs fan, right?

    • 86ontheice says:

      It’s brutal…after the first 11 minutes of the warm up show, they mentioned the Hab’s!! No wonder the poor Leaf fans are so brainwashed!! How Healy got that job amazes me….it’s a joke.

  60. Ian Cobb says:

    Looking forward to HNIC next year with George, we might have a little more of the second team as part of the telecast. My French is terrible, but I watch the game mostly on RDS. Sometimes with the sound off and it is still much better than watching the Toronto mafia guys.
    I pick Detroit and Columbus, 7th & 8th in the play offs, Toronto & Washington out. The Toronto crowd can watch the Blue Jays.

    We are just hanging by our finger tips for the post season as well. A couple games in a row without points could spell disaster for us.

    How far away is Gorges to be playing? Things are a little shallow on the back end, except for Mr. Price. Where is Beaulieu?

  61. habsfan0 says:

    Boston has won 12 in a row.
    A baker’s dozen will prove to be unlucky for them.

    The Habs have beaten the Bruins 5 out of their last 6 games. The one loss,of course,being the last time they met.A victory by the Habs tomorrow will have them in the Bruins’ heads,should the two teams meet in the playoffs.

  62. Sportfan says:

    I’m so happy the Habs won last night!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  63. JF says:

    We’re not going to win too many playoff games playing the way we did last night. It was a wide-open, very entertaining game and surprisingly free of goonery, but we gave up way too many chances. The difference ended up being goaltending, with Price’s save on Kessel being the key.

    The defence should improve a lot with the return of Josh Gorges, but for the moment it’s a bit of a patchwork. Mike Weaver was a very timely acquisition, and he had perhaps his best game as a Hab last night, but when Francis Bouillon is playing north of twenty-five minutes, we have a problem. Bouillon is fine playing a dozen minutes a nght with games off, but he simply doesn’t have the legs any more for the ice-time he’s getting. He’s a warrior, and I have nothing but respect for him, but it’s going to cost us. It already is costing us, and the playoffs will be worse. I would think Beaulieu must have done his penance in Hamilton by now. Giving him at any rate a few games would at least give Bouillon a chance to rest for the playoffs.

    The line of Bourque, Gionta, and Brière had a great game. They’re fast, they’re defensively responsible, they created lots of chances, and they scored. I’d like to see them kept together. They give us a very solid third line.

    No word on Eller. I hope his injury is not serious, but I think missing a few games could help him. It’s been obvious the last twenty games or so that his confidence is at a low ebb. He’s hesitant, he’s making poor decisions, and he’s chasing the play. The time off will give him a chance to refocus, maybe consult Sylvain Guimond, and come back with the idea that he’s making a fresh start.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Agree JF, Weaver was pretty steady last night, Gorges like. Bouillon had some glaring errors in my view, and while i like the grit Murray brings, he does struggle out there. Having one of those 2 in the lineup can be concealed, having both Bouillon and Murray in the lineup is much harder to conceal.

      I would prefer Tinordi draw back in, and allow him to show that watching a game from the pressbox showed him some thing.s

      Given it is the Bruins up next I might prefer it be Bouillon who sits next, but following that game I think Murray can be the interchangeable part.

  64. I was forced to watch the Jets game over the Habs game last night, we were at a party in Winnipeg, and they (of course) were all Jets fans (Jets suck, and no NHL player will want to play here unless he is overpaid). But I was so excited watching updates and twitter comments. It looked as thought I missed one exciting game.

    I heard from Mitch Melnick that Healy was his usual unprofessional self last night….poor CBC Leaf fans, pathetic! I took one class of broadcasting in high school and the only thing I remember is that the host should always be unbiased. That way you please all who listen. Did any of CBC get lessons in that respect?

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    Custom Sports Figures
    Congrats Carey Price and PK Subban, Montreal’s Gold Medal Members!

  65. Psycho29 says:

    Morning Habs fans (and the rest of you also),
    Great win over the Loafs last night; I am going to assume Matty didn’t make the drive to Toronto 😉
    Nice to see an awakened Rene Bourque. And Carey was solid as usual.

    I’d like to offer my sympathy to the sad sacks at HNIC on their loss last night….

  66. @sulham44–Here’s the difference between we fans and the owner. He wants to make the playoffs year after year. That’s money in the bank to play the bills, and that’s more merchandise sold every extra day they are there. He hires staff to get the team to the playoffs, and the staff hire players to get to the playoffs. I guarantee you he may say he wants to win the cup, but what he really wants is to make the playoffs. That’s their goal, and then it’s up to staff to go as far as they can with what they have.

    Bringing in Vanek cost the Habs nothing, and may help get an extra round or more, so that’s great for business, and shows the fans that he is dedicated to winning and not losing.

    So I say do it and keep picking middle of the pack just like the other 12 teams who make the playoffs. I mean someone has to go to the playoffs, may as well be us.

    Just like HNIC, they want the Leafs in the playoffs year after year (so ironic considering they been to the playoffs once in 8 years), the population is in Ontario, and the rest of the country is split between the other teams in the league.

    And jumping back to tanking, if the Canadiens wanted to they should have moved players last year and (like Buffalo) drive for Connor McDavid in 2015, to start your build around. But the Habs already did that in Galchenyuk. So they build around him.

    Briere- Brian Wilde said a few weeks ago that Bergevin was forced to bring Briere in, and that’s pretty obvious when the first thing the Habs did was past him the torch and but his little face on the web site. There’s no politics in hockey but there is in Montreal, and that’s wrong. Hard to respect that kind of team mentality. So I hope that whomever is charge of that aspect has learned their lesson in Briere. Bring in the best available players to get the job done because I’m pretty sure Molson doesn’t have stock in Big Macs, and I don’t see a lot of Briere jerseys flying off the racks.

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    Custom Sports Figures
    Congrats Carey Price and PK Subban, Montreal’s Gold Medal Members!

    • crane says:

      Love to see for last ten games

      Tinordi P.K.
      Markov Beaulieu
      Emelin Pateryn

      Gorges returns and plays were needed
      Murray number 8
      Boullion and Weaver practice pylons

      Still time to gamble a bit,and then we know for sure.
      MT did this for me,I give him a solid B plus for the season.

      • I give Bergevin an A minus. There is no question about standings, so he got the staff that did the job.

        I give the Staff a B, better coaching could have done wonders for this team. The Canadiens showed signs of brilliance this season, so the tools are there, but more often than not, their games were soft and the system in place for the players on the ice was weak, the constant line changes (no other team changes this much I am sure) is hard to take as a player, and lastly the coaches decisions on who should be on the ice almost every game was odd.

        Bergevin this summer will work on defense, well I hope he does.

        Shane Oliver
        Twitter @Sholi2000
        Custom Sports Figures
        Congrats Carey Price and PK Subban, Montreal’s Gold Medal Members!

      • Landof10000lakesHab says:

        No NHL team would ever place three rookie Dmen in the top six at this point in the season, unless they were in a race for the bottom of the standings. The results, and likely impact, would be talked about for the next several years on this site.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Very true Shane. Hockey is a business and it is about money. Plain and simple

      I wonder if Briere is a hab next season? This team really needs to push hard to keep Vanek and chuck needs top 6 minutes. He has the hockey IQ to do some damage.

      • I really don’t know how the Habs continue next year with him on the team, but I also don’t think they will eat up 4 million in contract, and I also don’t think there is really anyone else to bring up. Gionta will be gone so there is one spot open for one bulldog, but do we have two bulldogs ready to come up?

        Shane Oliver
        Twitter @Sholi2000
        Custom Sports Figures
        Congrats Carey Price and PK Subban, Montreal’s Gold Medal Members!

        • Kooch7800 says:

          Sven is the only forward somewhat ready and he adds to our small forward department. I would like to see bournival get more of a hot next year in the bottom 6. He has great energy.

          I’m Still loving the addition of Weise in our bottom line. He will need to get resigned. If the habs can’t get Vanek they will have to push hard for Moulson

    • wjc says:

      I would like to perhaps give you a different point of view Mr. Oliver.

      The owner wants his team to go deep in the playoffs and even win it year after year, if that were possible.

      What must be considered is 14 teams will miss the playoffs, it is structured into the league. If a team misses the playoffs he gets the same cut at the end of the year, when the league divides up the proceeds.

      The United States is the biggest market and as the pay per views start to add up the profits start to add up. The league sells merchandise and advertising and the star players are marketed and increase the bottom line.

      Now it is true that free agents become available and they are bid on. You may not get the player you covet. Bidding wars are not wise things to become part of.

      So they sometimes settle for a player, that they guess my still have something left. If he is a french guy so be it. French guys do fit into the culture and are already fluid in French, so that is not an issue.

      Now the French fan has to be considered, so for a web sight picture, with the ‘torch’ thing a french player is the safest way to go.

      Could you just imagine the uproar if Gionta was passing this imaginary torch thingy. It is just a marketing tool.

      Bringing in available players to the team might sound easy, but the available players have families, home towns (home countries) and they may go for what they consider the the best fit.

      Molson’s big picture is a lot bigger then you give credit for. Sure getting to the playoffs and going as deep as they can, trying to build through the draft, while staying within the cap, may sound easy. It takes a team of management to dance through all of this.

      Also remember that there are other teams
      29 to be exact, that are dancing the jig as well.

      Molson shares his wealth, during the season, because he has guaranteed sell outs and zealous fans that give him 1000% mark ups on his merchandise and booze at the games.

      He however gets it back when the league sells the game across the border with that huge population.


  67. HabinBurlington says:

    Morning all! Question for those of you well versed in the CBA and specific to AHL callups.

    I realize once the trade deadline is over, there is an allowance for an oversized roster. However, I seem to recall reading that only 4 recall from the AHL are available to a team from trade deadline to end of season.

    I am guessing the Bournival recall will not count as he was sent on a condtioning stint. However, we used a recall on goalie Tokarski. I can’t recall exactly when Tinordi was most recently called back to Habs from Hamilton.

    My point/question is, perhaps MB is being cautious about calling back Bealieau as he doesn’t want to run out of callups?

    • toinz says:

      It is 4 callups.

      The Canadiens aren’t in danger of hitting that cap either.

      Price was hurt before the deadline, and Tokarski was already with the team.

      My guess is that they want Beaulieu to keep playing bug minutes in Hamilton instead of 12 minutes a game in Montreal, IF the coach chooses to dress him. Tinordi earned the confidence of Therrien to get into the lineup but you have to think that giveaway dashed those hopes pretty quickly.

      • slapshot777 says:

        I think if the AHL team is out of the playoffs or doesn’t make it then you can make as many call ups as you like. I think that rule was for the AHL than the NHL. The AHL didn’t want players on playoff teams coming and going at will. They wanted to ice competitive teams in their League too. It is still a business remember. Usually the owner of an NHL team doesn’t usually own the AHL team.

        To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

    • crane says:

      How stupid do we look playing a #6 def. for 20 years in the top pairing getting 25 minutes two months before retirement.

    • HabFab says:

      Whatever this means;

      (i) a Club may exercise an unlimited number of additional regular Recalls,
      provided that it may have no more than three (3) Players on its Active
      Roster who were Recalled by way of regular Recall after the Trade
      Deadline. However, if a Club has Recalled four (4) Players pursuant to
      Section 13.12(l) above, such Club will instead be permitted to retain those
      four (4) Players on its Active Roster following the conclusion of the
      Regular Season.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Can you translate that?

        (I do think I understood it, but I’m not much of a Legal speaker.)

        • HabFab says:

          My simple version would be; an unlimited number of additional regular Recalls, provided that it may have no more than three (3) Players on its Active Roster who were Recalled by way of regular Recall after the Trade Deadline.

  68. CJ says:

    Good morning folks! It’s a beautiful day, figuratively and literally. Going to take advantage and go for a drive to see the Maple Syrup run and enjoy the farm experience. I’m sure we will be among hundreds of others, but it should be fun all the same.

    A regulation win against the Leafs might actually be sweeter than the syrup this morning. I’ve questioned the decision to dress Frankie, Weaver and Bouillion, but the team continues to win. I can’t help but think the decision would have been different against a quality opponent, but at some point I’ve got to put faith into the coaching staff and management team, as blind as it might be.

    I hope Eller is not hurt badly, but our depth will sustain his loss if it’s anything more than a strain. Bournival raises the intensity and his work ethic will be a welcomed addition. I thought Weise was very good last night. He is unheralded, but he plays quality minutes and almost always makes the right decision with the puck. Along with Bournival, he is very versatile and fits on a number of lines and combinations.

    Emelin and Markov continue to scare the heck out of me, but Price seems to have them both covered. He wasn’t able to bail them out when Emelin provided a perfect screen, but he stopped Kessel on a break, which will only help to ensure that there’s no hockey in Toronto past mid April.

    Toronto was essentially a three line team last night. I worried that Orr might try and run around, but with the Leafs playing from 1 and 2 goals behind, the timing and score rendered him useless.

    Lastly, I sincerely hope my comments regarding my belief in playing younger players was not taken as offensive and/or obnoxious. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to debate the game and our beloved Habs with fellow fans, but hope I didn’t cross an imaginary line. I think I will get my wish next year, when we are likely to exit anywhere between 5-8 players from our current lineup (55,43,6,15,21…..79….48,17), making room for Tinordi, Beaulieu, Pateryn/Nygren, Andrighetto, Eric Staal (tried to sneak him in).

    The two wins this week, combined with the great news surrounding Tim Bozon only helps to augement what is going to be great day.

    Gotta slip, off to the sugarbush. Enjoy your day everyone! Cheers, CJ

  69. adamkennelly says:

    fun game, good win…I’d say Reimer handed this one to us and we tried hard to give it back..

    why is it so hard for MT to not have our slowest and worst D out against their top line?????

    maybe he should go back to Bantam to re-learn how to manage his bench.

  70. Mattyleg says:

    Had a good laugh this morning at The Continued Antics of Dallas Eakins.

    Taylor Hall smacked his water bottle on the boards, and it splashed the coach in the face. He got angry, threw a towel, and then sat Hall for the first 7 minutes of the 3rd.
    Hall sat there like a scolded teenager.

    Then Scrivezina picked up a jersey thrown on the ice with his stick and threw it back over the glass.

    Oh Edmonton, you never cease to amuse.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • toinz says:

      What a disaster in Edmonton…Let’s hope some of those guys are available in the off-season, and that Bergevin has some more magic in him.

    • I watched what Benny said after the game, he says he from Edmonton, so you would think he understands what Calgary vs Edmonton means to fans. In Canada the only rivalry bigger than Mtl vs Toronto is Flames vs Oil.

      From a player perspective I like what he did was awesome, but still they were embarrassed like no other Oil team in history. Those players will be begging to get out of there this summer.

      Shane Oliver
      Twitter @Sholi2000
      Custom Sports Figures
      Congrats Carey Price and PK Subban, Montreal’s Gold Medal Members!

    • Kooch7800 says:

      How can the ownership of the oil not fire Lowe. They needs an obvious change big time. They need a management clean out to right the ship. McTavish would be gone as well.

      I feel bad for oil fans

    • Phil C says:

      It is Shakespearean in drama, I just can’t figure out if it’s a comedy or a tragedy. I guess no one has died yet so I’ll go with comedy.

    • slapshot777 says:

      Eakins is finished in Edmonton after this season. If he doesn’t see that coming he is more stupid than he looks. I still laugh at all the so called “experts” in Toronto and CBC who were drooling of how good a coach this Dallas Eakins was and the great job he was doing with the Marlies. Just goes to show it is a different game in the NHL as opposed to AHL.

      You just can’t get away with things in the NHL that you would in the AHL. Eakins may have pulled that crap in the AHL and got away with it. But up in the NHL he is just looking like a clueless fool. Edmonton as a team with all those first round picks are a team in disarray with no game plan moving forward and that alone show scare the fans of Edmonton.

      Not all retired NHL players make good coaches or GMs and that is showing in Edmonton right now.

      To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Also shows what the Toronto Hype Machine can do. If he’d been coaching the affiliate of the Preds or Wild, we’d never have heard of this guy.

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