About last night …

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Two playoff games on the road in Tampa.
Two wins for your Montreal Canadiens.
The second W, on Friday night, was so convincing the guys on L’Antichambre described it as a “perfect game” for the Canadiens.
Coming home to what will be a loud, rockin’ Bell Centre on Sunday night, the Canadiens are just where they want to be in this Eastern Conference quarter-final:
They’ve got the Lightning by the bolts.

But while I hate to rain on anyone’s Easter parade, a brief history lesson may be in order.

To borrow a frequently used riff from the great Red Fisher, come with me now to the spring of 2011. The Canadiens, sixth-place finishers in the Eastern Conference, begin the playoffs in Boston, against the third-place Bruins.

Game 1:  Brian Gionta scores twice (assists on both by Scott Gomez!) and Carey Price makes 31 saves to shut the Bruins out in their own barn.

Game 2: Michael Cammalleri and Mathieu Darche (!!) give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead before Patrice Bergeron halts Price’s playoff shutout streak at 97:38. Yannick Weber adds an insurance goal, and the Canadiens head back to the Bell Centre with a stranglehold on the series.

Borrowing again the immortal Redhead, the rest you know:

Boston jumps out to a 3-0 lead en route to a 4-2 win in game 3. Michael Ryder’s overtime goal wins Game 4. Game 5 is double-overtime thriller in Boston, won 2-1 by the Bruins when their 51st shot, by Nathan Horton, beats Price.

The Canadiens win Game 6 to stay alive, but Horton’s goal in OT wins Game 7 and propels the hated Bruins toward winning the Cup.

Can you stand just a bit more playoff history?

In 2002, Michel Therrien’s second season behind the Canadiens’ bench – and his first playoff appearance – begins with a six-game elimination of the Bruins. On to Carolina, where Therrien’s team gets a split to start the Conference semi-final.

Back in Montreal, the Canadiens win Game 3 and have Game 4 under control when Therrien takes a bench minor to give the Hurricanes a 5-on-3 power play.

The rest you know: Three straight wins by Carolina, the last an 8-2 pasting on Bell Centre ice.

And in 2006: two wins in Carolina to start the series. Then the Hurricanes win four straight.

1998: Two wins in New York to start the series, then the Rangers win four straight.

Alright class, you can close your history books. And none of this will be on the final exam.

The point is, to quote the immortal Yogi Berra, “it ain’t over till it’s over.”

The Canadiens undoubtedly are in control of this series. Their Game 2 effort was darn near perfect. And the 2014 Tampa Bay Lightning are not the 2011 Bruins or the 2002 Hurricanes.

But until these two teams are at centre ice shaking hands, there’s hockey to be played.

If, however, the Canadiens play as well as they did Friday night, Tampa Bay will need a miracle.

Maybe on Easter Sunday they will roll back the rock on the visitors’ dressing room and Ben Bishop will skate out for the warm-up. But the greater likelihood is Anders Lindback will get the call to give his team some life in this series.

It won’t be easy.

As was the case in Game 1, the Canadiens got balanced effort from all four of their forward lines, three of which produced goals.

As was the case in Overtime of Game 1, carey Price was oustanding – notably with a second-period save on Cedric Paquette when the Canadiens were leading 2-0. If Paquette had scored, the Tampa Times Forum would have gone berserk, and then who knows?

But he didn’t.

As was not the case through 60 minutes of Game 1, the Canadiens defence was rock solid, led by a magisterial performance from Andrei Markov.

Memo to Marc Bergevin: Stop dancing and sign this guy. P.K. is a suoperstar in the making, and he was superb in Game 2. But Markov is the General on the back end – always calm, always controlling the tempo of the game, always making the smart play.

Markov’s partner, Alexei Emelin, was better than in Game 1. Just two hits for the Russian tank, but Emelin blocked five shots and, save for an early rush by Tyler Johnson, was not beaten by Lightning speed.

The Canadiens’  forwards did a terrific job in support of the D. On the rare occasions when a blue jersey was on the puck, there was a swarm of white fighting to get it back.

Every Canadien played well. Brandon Prust was better than in Game 1, Tomas Plekanec was customarily excellent and Lars Eller continued to prove he elevates his game in the postseason. Brendan Gallagher was at his buzzsaw best and scored his third goal in seven career playoff games.

Rene Bourque? What can I say … except to admit that as the playoffs began, I’d have happily traded Bourque for a dog.

And shot the dog.

But through two playoff games, Bourque has hustled and used his size effectively. And he demonstrated a scoring touch that produced a couple of 27-goal seasons in Calgary. Props to the Canadiens coaching staff for getting Bourque motivated.

But maybe it’s peer pressure.

In his postgame remarks, Therrien lauded a “complete team effort”. He praised his players for managing the puck, checking effectively and sticking to a game plan that stressed responsibility in the defensive zone and pressure on a Tampa Bay defence corps that was exposed as slow and jittery.

Therrien praised his players concentration on the task at hand. The coach said his team was “emotionally stable” and not looking beyond each successive game.

So far, so great.

But just to be on the safe side, I don’t think Therrien should wear the 2002 vintage mustard-coloured jacket for Game 3. 

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• The way they were: P.K. and Stamkos

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• Couldn’t you just watch this over and over forever?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rEZiO2wXnU

• And in case you missed the latest example of Milan Lucic scumbaggery:

https://vine.co/v/M1HjInBhzex

406 Comments

  1. Kuma says:

    As I have a good base in psychology, I feel that I must defend Lucic: It is just curiosity as he does not have some..

  2. Habitoba says:

    I going to go with (I think it was) Burlington about the negativity in the ALN. Great game and we get slammed with the history lesson. History isn’t always negative. What about the times the Habs took a 2-0 lead in a series and went on to win it in a sweep? Always two sides to the coin…

    Shooting the dog… hlarious

    • kalevine says:

      yeah but there’s something about taking 2 on the road against a favoured team that has worked against them 3 times in a row. The difference here is that this team is running on all cylinders with a lot of tricks up its sleeve and even their status as underdog was highly debatable. The other three times I think the opponent finished much higher in the regular season and/or the Habs were missing key ingredients (like Pacs in 2011) or a one trick pony, usually goaltending

      Still, just because the history was negative does not mean the message in the history is negative, just that they need to keep their foot on the gas, or jugular, and figure out how to stay a couple of steps ahead of any adjustments Tampa might make

  3. Strummer says:

    NHL playoffs were a huge ratings success on Wednesday.
    CNBC broadcast the HNIC feed.

    “• Last night’s Montreal-Tampa Bay first-round game on CNBC averaged 450,000 viewers, making it the most-watched game for a Stanley Cup Playoffs opening night on CNBC, up 153% from CNBC’s early game on opening night of the playoffs last year (Los Angeles-St. Louis)’

    Could there be an explosion of new Hab fans in the U.S. of A.?

    http://fansided.com/2014/04/17/nhl-playoffs-2014-opening-night-ratings-impress/

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    • kalevine says:

      the Classic CH uniform alone could turn people over to our side.

      And, I get the feeling from the CNBC analysts and highlight reel guys that a lot of them are enjoying having the league’s most storied franchise in the playoffs, in contract to the HNIC guys who seem to have a bit of a grudge that their favourites are not in the show and/or not doing so well so far

  4. jeffhabfan says:

    What a great from the boys Last night. It was a textbook road game but as Mike Boone says it is not over till it is over.GO HABS GO.

  5. Habcouver says:

    Good morning.
    It must be a pretty happy flight back home for the Boys.
    I trust they’ll be ready on Sunday.

    Thoughts:
    - It’s amazing how playoff experience really develops the character of young players. I trust Chucky, Tiny and (maybe) NB will benefit if we can go deeper.

    - MT hadn’t juggled his lines a great deal and the team played with increasing confidence. Why didn’t this result occur or work sooner? For this series, the line-up is perfect.

    - Enjoy being a Hab fan and wear your jersey proud, wherever you are in the world.

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  6. Strummer says:

    I remember the Mar. 22nd game against the Leafs Bourque being interviewed between periods on CBC. The subject of him being a healthy scratch in recent games was raised and he replied – “I have to be better”

    I’m glad he bought in.

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    • Habcouver says:

      Bourque has never pouted with the criticism (and benchings) for his play during the regular season. I believe he had always bought into the system here but for some reason, he’s had tough luck and lots of bad bounces in the regular season.

      He may likely not be there when the Habs become a dominant powerhouse in the league (note my positivity) but he’s an educated guy and certainly do well for himself once his playing days are done.

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  7. Shackles says:

    A few optimistic observations;
    Glad to see Pleks, Briere and Rennie Bork finally got the monkeys off their respective backs and the entire team is firing on all cylinders.
    Really glad to see MT is getting a little more love these days.
    TB coach Cooper is a real gentleman. Every interview I hear has this guy praising the Habs on all fronts. No dirty back alley talk like some other coaches who will stay anonymous….like C. Julien…..no wait – that’s too obvious…how about Claude J….that’s better.

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Except for Gudas, TB is a pretty classy organization top to bottom. Its a breathe of fresh air from the Bruins, Leafs, Sens, Flyers, and Pens of the NHL.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • jimmy shaker says:

      Yep, agree. Secondary scoring is huge. Danny B should get an assist for drawing that penalty for the DD goal. PK was brilliant, bourque is back from the dead, no pun intended on this Easter weekend. Cooper is a good listen and Datsyuk is oh so GOOD!

      Shaker out!

  8. jimmy shaker says:

    Habs don’t play many Sunday night games at the bell centre…..How is their record in those games for all my stat guys on here? And with it being Easter Sunday and all in the mecca of holy hockey cities and sites, in the famous words of Lloyd Christmas, “I like it a lot”!

    Shaker out!

  9. habsfan0 says:

    It is always entertaining to read Mr. Boone’s soliloquys in the immediate aftermath of a Habs contest.
    When he puts pen to paper,or finger to keyboard,his prodigious storytelling abilities are second to none,IMHO.

    • RockinRey says:

      Diatribe might be more apt!

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      —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

    • JUST ME says:

      It`s always a good day for me when the Habs win or when i learn a new word. Today i get both ! soliloquys ! Merci !

  10. Paz says:

    Here is my simple man’s version of last night’s game, take it or leave it.

    Playing without Bishop is like us playing without Price. The Tampa skaters are tentative and the dmen lack confidence.

    At 2-0 it was still a game for sure. One goal by Tampa and who knows? But Gallagher’s goal was horrendous, not NHL, and that broke the Lightning for good.

    If Bishop does not play Sunday, this series is over.

    Tampa does not believe they can win with their back up goalies and they’re right.

    We would not get very far with Budaj either, but he’s better than the AHL tending on the other side.

    Simple ay? Now back to our regular programming….carry on.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      We saw the Priceless Habs play several games after the Olympics. Wasn’t pretty.

    • jimmy shaker says:

      Bishop is still not taking shots or practicing. Very, vey unlikely this guy comes back at all in this series. Maybe for a game 7!

      Shaker out!

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      You nailed it.

      Yes, the Habs are playing well, yet ask any Dman how they feel/play with a not so good 2nd stringer in nets.

      They play and know that a mistake will probably end up in the back of the net, so they instinctively tighten up…that leads to more problems and mistakes.

      There are also the issues of goalie communincation and puck handling.

    • Hobie says:

      Price played awesome last night. I think we would have still won 4-2 or 4-3 with Budaj in there though. Would we win the series with Budaj in for every game, that could be a different story. One thing is clear, Lindback stinks and I’d rather have Budaj in net than Lindback.

  11. Habfan10912 says:

    My apologies to Mr. Bellyfull.

    Betman: Hey Campbell. We might have a problem. The Lucic spear to the balls is all over the Major TV Networks today. I called in a few favors with TSN and NBSSP and there keeping a lid on it but that god dang ESPN won’t listen. Every 15 minutes they’re showing the dang thing. Over and over and over again.

    Daddy Campbell: Yeah, Sonny called me last night to give me a heads up.

    Bettmann: How we gonna spin this one. Hockey play? Accidential? Didn’t happen?

    Campbell: No! I got an even better one. I called my media shills, McKenzie, Cherry, PJ and Ward already. You see, it wasn’t a spear. He never really “stabbed” the player therefore it was not an infraction of rule 62.

    Bettman: Perfect! Did you here that Jerry?

    Jacobs: Yes. Nice work as usual gentleman.

    Gregory Campbell: Thanks Dad! Say hi to Mom.

    • Paz says:

      Good one Jim!

      probably not far from what actually happened.

    • Shackles says:

      To quote Lucic from the Emelin incident; ““I was just skating by him and that’s all. People are trying to say I speared him,” said Lucic. “I did not spear him, so that’s it.”
      Should we expect the same response?

    • JohnBellyful says:

      The only one who needs to apologize, Jim, is the NHL for allowing this sort of brutality to go unchecked. If there is no supplementary punishment handed out for this vicious attempt to injure, then all teams should follow the lead of the Bruins and play by the rules of the jungle, the number one rule being there are no rules.
      Those who defend fighting say it serves as a safety valve to prevent more pernicious forms of violence like, say, a stick to the privates.
      The same defenders say efforts to remove fighting from hockey will emasculate the sport.
      No, can’t let that happen, better to emasculate a player than to ruin a great game. A formerly great game taken over by thugs and their overlords.

  12. Mr_MacDougall says:

    MT has completely outcoached TB.

    Game 1: activate the D at the O blue line every time while having the weak side Winger cover.. Habs domination.

    Game 2: Only hold the line when opposition is back around the hash marks and play more of a patient-trapping game and explode on the transition.

    The Lightning planned for the game 1 Habs and had no answer for the Habs changing it up In game 2.

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  13. Ian Cobb says:

    I picked Detroit to knock off the Bears! So far so good. My cup runnith over with glee!
    I am more worried about the Hab’s playing at home! At least we play 4 games in Tampa!

    Lucic should get a call from the league, before someone swings a stick at his head and ends his career.! I would!!

  14. jimmy shaker says:

    Agreed totally about Boone’s take on Bourque, but not about shooting the dog. He was great and everyone played solid. 4 lines playing very even minutes, just pressed the bolts all over the ice and kind of smothered them in every opportunity. The only thing that sucked was the chincy call from our favourite ref, timmy peeler, who blew it DD and Eller. Both got two minutes for hustling and outworking the bolts players, but since they fell, and the habs were leading, the stripes felt the need to call those penalties. Screwed Price’s shutout bid too! So I fart on timmy peeler and hope we don’t see him for the rest of the playoffs. Wait, who would we rather have, Peel or Lee? What if they were both assigned game 3 or 4? OH the humanity!

    Shaker out!

  15. Lafleurguy says:

    Captain Gio is the most positionally sound player on the team and his influence is showing brilliantly on the play of a still-developing Eller and an erst-while discombobulated Bourque. That line should stay together for a long run.

    • twilighthours says:

      A case where numbers lie: The Eller line gave up way more shot attempts than took last night. But I thought that line was great! Never ran around, and contolled play in TB’s end.

  16. timbo_habfan says:

    funny stuff , the comment – “Rene Bourque? What can I say … except to admit that as the playoffs began, I’d have happily traded Bourque for a dog.
    And shot the dog. ”

    well written, Boone.

    Now more than ever, we need the Jedi.

  17. Maritime Ronn says:

    A little under the radar screen this week was a 2 year extension given to goalie Dustin Tokarski.

    What’s interesting about the contract is that it is a 2 way next year, and a 1 way the following year with a Cap Hit of only $562K.

    http://www.capgeek.com/player/924

    Depending how things go in the off season with player signings – and how tight the Habs are to the Cap Ceiling, there would be a possibility to move Budaj out (Cap Hit $1.4M) and have Tokarski as backup that would allow the Habs to save over $800K in Cap Space.

  18. 100HABS says:

    Boone asks below if Galchenyuck would crack the lineup right now. I would not hesitate to put him back up with Pleks and bring Prust back on the fourth with Wiese out.

    Prust with Briere is an upgrade and if you give a defensive role to Chucky, he’ll shadow Stamkos. Plus a big offensive upside on both the 2nd and fourth.

  19. GoldenSeal says:

    Does anyone know why PK was so hot with JJ? Hard to say from the TV hi lights.

  20. Hobie says:

    I’m just going to go right out and say it, not worrying about jinxing the Habs, after all, how could anything I say possible effect the series? Even after TB took a lead in game 1, even after Price looked a tad shaky in game 1, I’ve never felt we were going to lose this series.

    We’re clearly the better team. From watching the playoffs as a 10-year-old in 1986 when the Habs won the cup to now, I’ve learned one thing, experience and leadership is massive.

    Tampa’s rookies and young players are completely shell shocked. Maybe if Bishop was there it would give them some added confidence and they could have won the first game? Maybe Tampa could have got on a roll.

    It is possible Tampa could come into Montreal, win a game, put some doubt into the Habs and turn the series around? That would be a huge failure by the Habs if that were to happen. Heads would have to roll if the Habs lost this series now. Again, I seriously doubt that happens at this point.

    I would give the Habs an 80% chance of winning the series at this point. It is hockey, it is the playoffs, anything can happen, but Tampa does not look good at all and Montreal looks quite composed.

    Nice that the two boys with aboriginal roots, Bourque and Price, were the stars of the game last night. My lady is native and has a crush on both of them, lol. Oh, and way to go Prust for cranking Gudas in the face a bunch of times. Nothing like a good playoff scrap! I thought there was no fighting in the playoffs lol. That was awesome! Last year’s series against Ottawa and last night, there’s always fighting it seems?

    So I hope I’m not being too cocky, or putting a jinx on the team, just calling it like I see it.

    Go Habs GO!!!!!

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Hobie, great point about experience. I think the Bolts didn’t clearly understand the difference in playoff hockey and they looked out of sort at times during the first to games. Without a star goalie to bail them out of the tough stretches they had no answer for the Habs.

      I still think they’ll figure it out and will show a tougher game on Sunday.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Also, don’t forget that the Bolts’ top two scorers in the regular season, Palat and St.Louis, aren’t playing. You could say that, apart from Stamkos, their top three players are absent. Imagine we were missing Max, PK and Price…

      Nonetheless the team that were outshooting and out-possessing us all season have turned into turnover merchants.

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      Moving. Forward.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Prust neutralizing Gudas was huge. That stuff is so underrated but it helps on a team like this.

  21. 24AW says:

    IMO the teams are pretty even, both play equally as well, the difference is Goaltending. Price is keeping pucks out the other Guy isn’t and that’s fine with me just may get us out of the 1st round and who knows from there, may become a Cinderella story.

  22. habs12 says:

    Big two points on the road last night.

  23. Slackman says:

    Missed the Lucic sack spear from yesterday. Just saw it now and I’m seething mad. How much of a motherless, scum-sucking, low-brow, knuckle-dragging, loser goon moron coward (etc. etc. etc.) do you have to be to spear someone in the boys like that? It’s the lowest of the low and he’s starting to make a habit out of it.

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but someone needs to take a run at him. A flying elbow, a two handed slash to the back of the legs, SOMETHING. Anything to let him know that he can’t run around jamming his stick into people’s nads cause he’s mad and throwing a little fit.

    What a scum bag. I’d spit in his face if I could

    “When the going get’s weird, the weird turn pro”

    • jimmy shaker says:

      I saw it and 10 years ago I would’ve been cursing like a trucker at the TV about how this little puke is a coward and one of the biggest arseholes in the game. But since I’m a little bit more mature, a little bit, and it being Good Friday and Easter weekend I actually kept my mouth shut. He should be suspended for a game, but we all know he won’t. Probably not even fined, but that’s betterman’s NHL….don’t hurt the cubs!

      Shaker out!

      • Shackles says:

        I really want someone to ask him about his actions. Will he deny that it happened much like when it “didn’t” happen to Emelin?

        • jimmy shaker says:

          He’ll just laugh it off and say he barely touched him, then call him a chicken for something that happened earlier in the game! He’s a punk and a puke, and I can’t wait for McCarron to come up and tune this jerk!

          Shaker out!

    • hank says:

      Couldn’t agree more, Luchicken is a selective fighter. Only heavy weight he ever fought was Colton Orr, he was so scared he asked the lineman to come in and break it up ….. even Don Cherry agreed it was cowardly.

      Remember when he refused to fight George Laraque?

      Bruin’s fans said he was being disciplined ….. same series he speared Lapierre ….. not disciplined, selective tough guy

  24. frontenac1 says:

    Hola Amigos! Great game by Les Boys last night! What the hell was Goudas thinking,taking on Prust? He has lost every fight this season except when he beat up Scott Gomez! Saludos!

  25. Maritime Ronn says:

    Happy for Mr. Molson and the Habs ownwership.
    With now guaranteed at least 3 home games – and after kicking back 35% of Revenue per game to the NHL, there should be almost enough left over to…. cover the costs of the Gomez buyout.

  26. Danno says:

    Great commentary Mr. Boone!

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  27. kalevine says:

    Yes Boone’s comments were selective, and the Habs overall record when going up 2-0 is great. But many of us don’t remember the last time the team won after winning the first two on the road. The last 3 times, they lost, all in relatively recent memory. I agree this team is better, and perhaps this Tampa team is weaker, but it was totally fair to bring it up to remind everyone that it takes two more wins, and the sooner they come the better.

    Most comments criticizing Boone were well mannered but a few were not. I fail to see how somebody could come here and be so rude to anyone, let alone the guy doing the blogging, on his blog.

    Go Habs go!

  28. Maritime Ronn says:

    Plex having some fun with the Tampa fans that appear to have been brought up in Philly or Boston.

    The commentary is priceless.
    ” …hey, they paid $11 for those seats – why not.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-Ym1XFQJpA&feature=player_detailpage

  29. smiler2729 says:

    How come the league lets Boston Bruins players get away scott free with any dirty crap?

    Chara’s beheading? Nothing.
    Ference’s finger salute? Nothing.
    Marchand’s punching bag routine on Sedin? Nothing.
    Lucic’s ball spears? Nothing.

    And there’s way more but nothing ever happens to them, is it Jacobs’ having nude pics of Bettman and Daley?

    WTF?

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    • Loop_Garoo says:

      Part of the problem is, beside’s Chara’s hit on Patches, that the Bruins have mastered the “art” of pushing trashy, classless, and dirty play to the limit without stepping over the standard boundaries that lead to suspensions. Lucic’s little stick swinging incidents for example, happen all the time in games, the action is the same except Lucic aims for a different spot. They are without doubt classless team I have ever seen play, but they are clever about it.

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      After the league handed the Bruins the Cup (no, they didn´t win it) in 2011 I try not to ask myself these questions.

      I just don´t see how this would end. I guess someone has to finish the career of a player like Marchand, Lucic or Chara.

  30. RockinRey says:

    @Boone. What is Chucky’s status? Out the whole first round?

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    —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

    • Mike Boone says:

      Nothing official, but the progonosis being bandied about is second round … at the earliest.
      Think he could crack this lineup?

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger

      • 100HABS says:

        For sure! Even though Weise scored one, Chucky is a hell of an upgrade!

      • RockinRey says:

        You wouldn’t want to make changes for the sake of changes but you have to believe with his skillset he could fit into a fourth line role or take his old spot and bump another.

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        —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

  31. JohnBellyful says:

    Everyone knows about the Marcarena or the Bergie Boogie (followed last night by the Robot, featuring a less animated GM), but he’s not the only Canadien with a dance named in his honour:

    The Therrien Shuffle – a conga line where the partners keep changing (performed only during the regular season)

    The Gallagher Twist (and Turn, Bob and Weave, Crash and Smash) – a series of increasingly aggressive moves best suited for a crowded dance floor and music by The Clash)

    The Desharnais Limbo – dancer glides under the bar while at the same time rising above it

    Subban Highlight Reel – Fast-moving sequence of strides sometimes involving reversing direction and doing a dipsy-doodle

    The Pacioretty Waltz – dancer swoops around opposite number, often finding himself alone in the clear

    The Plekanec Hustle – energetic dance in which the person moves at fast speed whether going forward or coming back

    The Emilin Jitterybug – sole object is to make others who are advancing nervous

    The Murray One-Step – relatively easy to learn and not very taxing

    To be fair, there are other players in the league who have their own dances; Lucic, in fact, has two: the Chicken Dance and the Fraidy

    – “A little song, a little dance, a little wine, a brief romance.” –

  32. 24AW says:

    Keep playing the way we are playing, the worst thing we could do right now is let TB back in, could change this whole series completely around and that is exactly what TB is looking for. MT don’t change anything unless you absolutely have to, the Guys are getting use to playing on a steady line and it’s looking pretty good. all four lines are contributing and that’s bad news for other teams. Speed, scoring, good “D” and Goaltending we have it all right now and hope it continues.

  33. Butterface says:

    I just saw the above pic…. I bet Stamkos wishes he were in a Hab uniform about now.

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  34. Strummer says:

    Re: The picture of PK and Stamkos the way they were

    Which one is PK?

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  35. jamman says:

    Ain’t no P.K bud!

  36. Maritime Ronn says:

    Mr. Boone is the cautious HIO “Dad” just tying to remind all that nothing has been won just yet.

    Of course 2011 was a heartbraker, yet this team has changed dramatically since then, and only 3 years ago.

    Gone are:
    Pierre Gauthier, Jacques Martin, Perry Pearn, Kirk Muller, Mike Cammalleri, Scott Gomez, Roman Hamrlik, Andrei Kostitsyn, Yannick Weber, Mathieu Darche, James Wisniewski, Brent Sopel, Hal Gill, Jaroslav Spacek, Tom Pyatt, Benoit Pouliot, and Paul Mara.

    2014 is a better group.

  37. hansolo says:

    Time for me to eat some crow.

    I know the series isn’t won and may not be. And I’m not planning the Stanley Cup parade because we’re still a long shot to win it. But I must admit I didn’t think Bergevin or Therrien were doing a good job – and I was wrong.

    Until Bergevin stole Vanek from the Islanders, I was unimpressed; I, like many, wondered who Dale Weise and Mike Weaver were. I didn’t understand why the shuttling back of forth of players to Hamilton had to be done to save cap space until the trade for Vanek. I didn’t like the Crankshaft or Briere signings nor did I like the Diaz trade.

    I thought Therrien was ruining the development of Eller and Subban and that he was “losing the room.” Players don’t play as well as the Habs have done this season in spite of the coach. I admit there might be more to the stories about Therrien’s handling of those two than I am privy to. If Mike Babcock became available tomorrow, I would still like him to become coach of the Habs, but he won’t be, and Michel Therrien will do just fine for now.

    The Habs have come a long way since Jacques Martin (who was a good coach, in my view) was behind the bench. And we won’t talk about Randypuck.

    Mssrs. Bergevin and Therrien, a tip of the hat to both of you. I can watch Habs games and believe the team is better than it was a year or two before. That’s all most fans ask for. I don’t expect to win the Cup ever year ( and I was around for the 70s dynasty teams). Good job.

    • smiler2729 says:

      I know there’s a lot of second guessing of Therrien here which is normal cuz we’re only fans but the man has them playing successful hockey.

      As for Bergy, I don’t know how anyone can complain, he asked for patience (which fans, especially Habs fans, don’t have) and he’s completely changed the mentality of the team (I’m not using any freakin’ sports buzz words like “culture”).

      He’s big on character and chemistry and this team has it, is it enough to win it all? Maybe, probably not but hey, that’s why they play the games.

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      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
      The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

      • D Man says:

        Buzz words like “hockey I.Q.”? Ugh!

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

      • JUST ME says:

        Let`s say to remain in the easter spirit that second guessing Therrien on HIO is such a polite way not to say crucified…I am very happy for him and also very happy that those who doubted and were negative and Timo now are looking like complete fools.

    • Fansincebirth says:

      Like you, I’ve called for MT’s head many times this year. His constant line juggling and player benching is enough to anger even the most laid back fan.

  38. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    I’ve changed my mind on facing the Bruins. I thougth that I wanted them to get to the next round so that we could play them, but after another Lucic spear I would desperately love to see the Red Wings kick their ass and humiliate them in 4 straight.

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  39. Captain aHab says:

    I REALLY enjoyed the last goal because it immediately removed any thoughts of invincibility from the latvian goalie. I don’t care that he was cold…he looked real bad. It’ll make Cooper think twice, especially since his team doesn’t completely collapse around its goalie like Latvia did. Both of their goalies will now have shaky confidence.

    The simple fact that the latvian goalie was looking behind him on Bourque’s first shot tells me he wasn’t overly confident to start.

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

    • smiler2729 says:

      Yeah I thought that too.

      My wife’s a CBJ fan and I watched with her as he stoned them last Friday in a must win game for the Jackets.

      I honestly am pretty surprised that Lindback got the starts, I figured would’ve wanted to invoke that Dryden ’71/Steve Penney/The ’10 Halak Fluke/Cam Ward ’06/goalie-out-of-nowhere-to-excel-in -playoffs clause.

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      Jack Edwards is a clam.
      Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
      The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

      • Habcouver says:

        Also add in the ’86 Roy “who is that skinny kid?” playoff performance.

        We Are (Not) All Canucks.
        Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  40. habs-hampton says:

    After Bourque scored his first goal, did anyone else expect Healy to say “Ok, TB is down 2-0, the Habs are REALLY in trouble now!”. He is such a TO homer that he would hate to see any other Canadian team do well, especially Montreal.

    • Mike Boone says:

      Healy is the worst.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger

      • hank says:

        Mike, agree with you on this one, HNIC hosts are brutal Leaf homers.

        Although may I remind you:

        You blogged last night how Tampa was on pace to take over 150 shots after their fast start? The equivalent of Leaf reporters saying ‘Kessel on pace for a 164 goal season if he scored 2 in the first game of the season.’

        You also blogged, ‘Habs HAVE to score here’ (Stamkos double minor)

        Never is a penalty at the end of the first period when the score is 0-0 a MUST situation

        Habs didn’t score and they went on to win 4-1.

        Tip of the iceberg with respect to your comments which are typically 100% off as it relates to hockey.

        I will admit you are a pretty funny guy, trade for a dog and then shot the dog …. good one

        However, for the most part your blogs and ‘about last night’ are often way off. You often reference pointed, mildly important stats and miss the big picture.

        Your negative point of view, well, no need to expand on this one, you defend it yourself in every article ….. ‘I don’t mean to be negative but’

        I don’t think I am being rude here, just offering a different point of view.

        If you are the stand up guy I think you are, you will accept the criticism and leave this post up.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Hank.
          Offer to write the LiveBlog and ALN for two weeks next season. Everyone here will be happy to provide feedback, especially if you’re better than the ignorant hack you’ve described here.

          • hank says:

            Offer to write the LiveBlog and ALN for two weeks next season?

            No thanks, I would be worse then Boone.

    • Fansincebirth says:

      At the end of the first period, Healy was gushing about the 11 shots TB had, making it sound like we were completely outplayed for the whole period. I had to recheck the shot count to make sure it really was 11-10 and not 30-10 like Healy seemed to be suggesting

    • Mad Habber says:

      I had to laugh at Healy’s homerism…one night the Habs were playing the leafs…he was talking about how the Habs drafted so poorly in a draft year…He named 5 players they drafted that were not superstars but were at the time full time NHLers…and this according to him was a bad draft..lol

  41. Butterface says:

    A monkey could get those comment numbers on this Habs site. I don’t even read the articles, I read the comments.

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  42. third generation haber says:

    As some have mentioned, and despite our good results, I think we should have Tinordi or Murray in the lineup (not Weaver) for the next game. Since things are going poorly for T-bay, I believe they will dial-up the physical play, start running our d-men, and try to bump Price in game 3. They may, as other teams have against us, simply put the game on the boards to slow us down. We should see this coming since they’re desperate to win game 3, and be proactive.

    Not having at least 1 crease clearing beast in the line-up for a playoff game makes me uncomfortable, bad things could happen…. (Zednik, Eller, Patches) knock on wood.

    j.p. murray

  43. Butterface says:

    Tell Tampa to pack a dress in their suitcase when they come because Montreal is takin’ them out.

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    • third generation haber says:

      It is a must win game for Tampa. They will bring their A game. I believe we will take this in 5, but game 3 will be incredibly tough for us.

      i’m curious to see in they start the Latvian in net.

      j.p. murray

      • Captain aHab says:

        Last night was also a must win for them.

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

      • Fansincebirth says:

        They brought their A game in the first 10 minutes last night and we weathered the storm and went on to win. If we play like we did last night, I don’t think their A game is going to mean anything. What will change things is if we bring our B or C game

  44. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Up 2-0, we need to come out firing on all cylinders & do the same thing that worked for us the first 2 games. Sports-wise, I believe in kicking a team when they’re down. None of that fancy play to please the home crowd. Just go out there & get it done. No letdown I hope.

  45. gumper says:

    If Detroit sends in the tape on the Lucic spear is it possible he could receive some sort of discipline even though he was not penalized during the game? I can’t believe anyone, including his own teammates would defend him for this outrageous and repeated act.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

    • Captain aHab says:

      I’d like to see a reporter in Detroit ask Julien point blank if he’d be OK with any Wing doing what Lucic did to one of his players…you know, since it’s not much more than a love tap…..

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

    • dr. schmutzdeker says:

      I have always liked the Wings and the way they play, but they are a vulnerable team. Can you imagine the Wings response withthe likes of some former Red Wing nuclear deterrents in the lineup I.e. Bob Probert, Joey Kocur, or even our favorite new Loaf (a young) Shanahan in the lineup? Guaranteed…Lucic’s mug would have looked a bit different come game’s end.

    • rljmartin says:

      Here you have it…. Boston.com…. Bruins Blog:

      Though many will bemoan Milan Lucic’s grape-busting stick work on Detroit’s Danny DeKeyser in the second period of Game 1, the simple fact is that in the Stanley Cup Playoffs the ends do justify the means.

      Of course, most incidents like this aren’t caught on camera, and most aren’t perpetrated by someone as widely disliked as Milan Lucic, but anyone who has ever laced a pair knows how much cheap stuff behind the play can take an opponent off their game.

      Granted, it wasn’t fair for Looch to mortgage DeKeyser’s future kids to gain the mental edge but, especially when you’re playing a team as composed and systemic as Detroit, getting in the other team’s head is a game-changing intangible.

      Goading. Antagonization. Retaliation. These are all aspects of the game that get amplified when you’re playing the same guys night in and night out. Call it cheap. Call it troglodyte gutter politics, but the fact is that, when you’re in the hunt, tempers run hot, and there’s no such thing as a short memory.

      Detroit, which finished dead last in the league with only nine major penalties in 2013-14, is one of the most disciplined teams in the NHL. Their success hinges on it. When they lose their composure, they fall apart – which was something that the Chicago Blackhawks discovered and exploited in the Western Conference Quarterfinals last year. They flipped the turtle on its back, and it put their series in their hands.

      And that’s what it’ll take for the Bruins to get past the Red Wings in this series.

      Lucic doesn’t exactly have a Lady Byng reputation, but giving someone the business when the ref is up ice is all in the game. One thing is for sure – DeKeyser will be playing with his head on a swivel when No. 17 is on the ice, and that’s an important advantage when your team is struggling to find the score sheet.

      • Fansincebirth says:

        Well, I guess if Lucic gets Bertuzzi’d behind the play when the refs aren’t looking then everything is okay, just Detroit playing hard for the Cup. Wow, what a mentality they have….unreal.

      • dr. schmutzdeker says:

        Again, kudos to the vast majority (of Bostonians?) who responded and who basically called the writer an idiot.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        In a nutshell (sorry), this is something some people care about, others don’t:

        - bringing your team/jersey into disrepute
        - bringing your city into disrepute
        - bringing your sport into disrepute
        - bringing your league/orgnanisation into disrepute
        - bringing yourself into disrepute

        Already, posters here are pointing out that not everyone in Boston is like this — which demonstrates how incidents like this one create the need to say it.

        Already the Bruins enjoy a reputation as a team that is incapable of playing without resorting to cheating and dirty play. You reap what you sow.

        The NHL believes Bruins-style hockey increases revenue. The league actually endorse disrepute.

        Lucic has a wife/gf and a daughter who have lives outside of hockey but who will hear all about their husband’s cretinous and filthy play. That won’t be comfortable.

        The game of hockey is already haemorrhaging young boys whose parents want them taking no part in a sport that so prominently condones acts like hooking your opponent’s scrotum.

        What happens — or doesn’t — next will be very telling.

  46. 24 Cups says:

    Mrs. Boone didn’t raise her kids to be fools. The headmaster knows the right buttons to push.

    ALN as of 8:40AM = 238 posts
    Game #2 Blog = 1412 posts on Good Friday
    Game #1 Blog = 2214 posts (close to a HI/O record?)

    No other Hab site or blogger can come close to those stats.

    24.2 Cups

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      I don’ think that any other teams’ site or game blog would come close to those numbers, either. How many comments the Bruins get after a win? 30? And last night might have been 12. :)

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    • Lafleurguy says:

      S., around 2,561 posts, when Habs, down 5-3, pulled Price, Gallagher tipped a shot off Seidenberg’s face and scored on the “rebound”, Markov slapped one off Chara’s stick with 8.2 left, and Rask skated off and tripped while trying to do to the boards with his stick what Nutcracker Lucic does to clean body-checkers’ uncracked nuts. Rask’s antics were preceded by Gallagher’s shootout goal, the only one by 12 shooters, meaning Budaj stoned the Bruins in a much cleaner way than the method-of-choice by Nutcracker.

    • Mike Boone says:

      The late Mrs. B just had the one child. But you’re right, bro: Idiocy 101 wasn’t on the home schooling curriculum.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger

  47. ths says:

    When the Habs meet the Broons just dress Parros to pitchfork
    Lucic out of the series

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

    • 24AW says:

      I’m not a Bruins fan, But Parros fighting days are over Lucic would demolish him. Parros should remain where he is till the end of the season and retire before he gets hurt badly, not worth it, family first.

  48. Captain aHab says:

    The next game is the one guys could let go through overconfidence….please oh please Habs management: no lengthy ceremony before the game to get the guys unfocussed. Get the crowd riled up and drop the puck.

    After the centennial year, where we had ceremonies every game, I said I wanted the next ceremony to be the presentation of the Cup or the raising of the banner…can everything else for now.

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

    • HabsFanInTampa says:

      Oh no, that’s right. The “dreaded totally unnecessary COUNTLESS pre-game Canadiens ceremony”. I totally agree. No ceremonies unless it’s for a jersey retirement or Stanley Cup banner raising.

  49. Mad Habber says:

    I have never been one of the fans that has disliked Bourque, but my respect for the guy went up a lot last night. I’m not sure if anyone else noticed, but he purposely did not get #3. Everyone was trying to get him the puck and instead of looking at the net he was looking to feed teammates (everyone is cheering Weise for these, but Bourque did it twice.

    First, Eller and he where on a two on one. He looks to Eller but the defenceman held the angle, so Bourque fired it well wide so the puck angled right out to Eller. Eller retrieved the puck and put it off the side of the net.. :)

    Next time Bourque once again gets the puck and the first thing he does is look for a teammate. This time it was Weise; but rather than shoot the puck (he would’ve had an easy goal) Weise looks to return it to Bourque. I know Weise is getting a lot of credit for trying to give Bourque the hat-trick, but Bourque passed it up (I think he could have easily hit the net on the Eller play but he wanted to give it to Eller). So despite all the criticism I have heard of Bourque, he seems to me like a good teammate.

  50. RockinRey says:

    If Quennevilles crotch Grab warrants a 25 k fine what do the spears by Lucic and Correy Perry deserve?

    Get this out of the game!!!

    http://blogs.canoe.ca/slam/hockey/milan-lucic-spears-danny-dekeyser-in-the-groin/

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    ‘This organization going forward must set its sights on competing for the game’s ultimate prize every season — and no lesser standard should be accepted.’
    —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      No offence, but for a head coach to grab his package the way Quenneville did on national tv, that deserved a minimum 1 game suspension. The League is in a dilemma regarding Lucic. If they suspend him then they must suspend Corey Perry of the Ducks for a similar nut-job last night.

      • Fansincebirth says:

        Then suspend them both, no problem. Lucic is a POS who doesn’t like being hit. When he gets hit, he loses his mind and needs to seek revenge. He made sure the refs were looking away from him when he speared Emelin and again last night, unlike Perry. Lucic should be gone for 3-5 for this crap but he won’t, plain and simple.

  51. Butterface says:

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it….. and MT won’t screw with the line up. Would you ? I would have started a different defence to begin the series, but hey, this line up wins TB games.

    I would imagine the exact same defence if we play the Wings. If we play Boston likely we will see a switch.

    I doubt MT would change the line up if Galchenyuk were suddenly available against Tampa.

    Now I am by no means counting TB out. There will be serious push-back in Game 3 in Montreal. The pressure on the Habs in front of the home crowd will be something Tampa will try to exploit.

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  52. RockinRey says:

    Those ignominious collapses are always worth repeating because even if the Habs went up 3-0 anything can happen, a freak injury, a momentum change, a goalie gets hot or goes cold.

    More recently James Duthie was waxing nostalgic about Mike Gillis and the Van ownership in their cup run a few years back. They were buying $500 of wine and a $4000 bottle of Tequila carrying on as if they had already won the Cup.

    Therrien should show them a video of last nights game and reinforce their execution of a pretty near perfect game plan.

    I actually thought I was watching team Canada. They gave up very little though contrary to what Boone had said I felt Emelin was the most vulnerable Habs d man. Weaver had a great game.

    Markov- what can you say very smart plays.

    PK ? They may want to show him the video again and say this is what we want from you. Even PJ stock showed a montage of plays by PK keeping things simple in the CH end, taking hits.

    Pk is the ultimate showman but, he has to realize he can make the score sheet and be equally as effective with less razzle dazzle.

    Very nice win by the Habs indeed.

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    ‘This organization going forward must set its sights on competing for the game’s ultimate prize every season — and no lesser standard should be accepted.’
    —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president


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