About last night …

Credit Mike Richards with candor.

The Flyers’ captain called Game 3 an “old-fashioned ass-kicking.”

His coach was more restrained.

While conceding the Canadiens had played well in lifting themselves back into this series, Peter Laviolette repeated – a half-dozen times – “it’s one game.”

No disputing that.

One game – 60 minutes, during which the Canadiens dominated every important facet of play, with the exception of the late-game thuggery we expect from the contemporary iteration of the Broad Street Bullies.

But in Mike Cammalleri’s version of events, this one win was the continuation of some Game 2 trends not evident to the untrained eye.

“The result drives the talk,” Cammalleri said. “But we did some good things in the last game. We liked the way we played.”

It carried over.

Once Cammalleri finally solved the mystery of career-minor-leaguer-turned-reincarnation-of-Bernie-Parent Michael Leighton seven minutes into Game 3, the Canadiens began to play with the confidence we haven’t seen much of since the beginning of the series.

In Laviolette’s analysis, his team “didn’t move the puck efficiently.” That might have had something to do with the Canadiens using their speed to take away the Flyers’ time and space, especially in the visitors’ D zone.

Brian Gionta said the Canadiens “moved the puck better”, advancing it up the ice as a five-man unit, gaining the Philadelphia zone more effectively and getting sustained forechecking on the Flyers’ large but not overly quick D corps.

Another key, Gionta said, was the Canadiens keeping their foot on the gas pedal after they’d taken the lead.

Unlike games in previous series, the Canadiens didn’t sit on their lead but continued to push, forecheck and exert disruptive pressure.

“We’re a much better team when we do that,” Gionta said.

When Jacques Martin was asked whether his team had cranked up its physicality in Game 3, the coach said “you have to analyze your team and see what your strength is.”

The Canadiens’ strength is speed – exemplified in Game 3 by a brilliant effort from the third line.

Tom Pyatt, Dominic Moore and Max Lapierre didn’t play a bad shift all night. Giving away inches and pounds to the Flyers D, the speed merchants hustled and used their puck skills to win battles, cycle effectively and – miracle of miracles! – score goals.

Yes, the usual suspects – Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Marc-André Bergeron on the power-play – scored. But so did Moore and Pyatt.

AK46 led he team with four hits. Benoit Pouliot was not out of place on the Scott Gomez line and played well enough to get another start on Saturday.

The Canadiens even got some good shifts out of a makeshift fourth line that consisted of Glen Metropolit, Travis Moen and whatever winger – often Cammalleri – Martin sent out.

Metro may have had his best game of the playoffs: 8:27 of quality ice time, long periods of clever puck possession and an eye-popping 12-2 on faceoffs.

No qualifying “may” for Roman Hamrlik: the veteran definitely had his best game of the postseason. Pressed into daycare duty as P.K. Subban’s partner, Hamrlik played 23:06, was plus-4 and, by my count, didn’t make a single mistake in the entire game.

Subban had a few anxious moments, but the kid is learning and stood up to all the BS Flyers forwards threw at him.

Hal Gill and Josh Gorges were customarily steady, and MAB played 17 minutes without soiling the bedsheets.

Odd man out was Ryan O’Byrne. Descending from the pressbox to lend some size to the lineup, O’B took a delay of game penalty, firing the puck into the crowd on his third shift, and spent the rest of the night – save for a few seconds during a late PP – on the bench.

He’s not quite in the corner of the kennel occupied by Sergei Kostitsyn, but O’B is not his coach’s favourite defenceman.

I can’t believe I’m this deep into ALN without mentioning the coach’s – and the city’s – favourite goaltender.

Jaro Halak had a quiet night: 26 shots, only some of which were difficult.

But in contrast to the worrisome signs we saw in Philadelphia, Jaro had his mojo back and stoned the Flyers when the game was still tight.

Like Laviolette said, it’s only one game.

But the not-dead-yet Canadiens offered indications there will be more than a few games to come in this series.

•  •  •

From Arpon Basu on Twitter:

Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur never had as many playoff goals in one year as Cammalleri’s 13, alone in 4th on #Habs list


  1. habfan01 says:

    7 more GWGs and he will drinking from the Cup!!

  2. Natrous says:

    I believe the proper term is ‘No-talent assclown’, as mentioned in the movie “Office Space”.

  3. Canadiangrrl says:

    Mere words fail to capture my love for Josh Gorges.  He’s the antithesis of Carcillo, Hartnell, et al.  Just pure class.  Does all of the little things that most people don’t even notice and does them right, each and every time.  I adore him, and would be thrilled if he was our C.

  4. Big Ted says:

    The goal and the win were only a cover-up or the fact that he played another poor game defensively and as others pointed out, turned the puck over repeatedly, especially on the PP. We failed to establish the zone numerous times because of his failed entries. A guy like him can’t be trying to carry it in or make a soft pass at the blue line, it has to go in hard around the boards and he just doesn’t get that. Other than his shot, everything that comes off his stick is soft.

  5. SlovakHab says:

    On a second thought, I am deleting my reply to your ‘post’.

  6. Norm0770 says:

    He scored but he didn’t play very well.  The first 3 PP’s couldn’t do anything as he tried to carry the puck across the blueline time after time.  He wilts every time he sees the forcheck coming toward him.  He also turned the puck over a number of times, one actually leading to the Flyers goal.

  7. G-Man says:

    Abuse is abuse? Gimme a break. OB and the rest will either suck it up and play better or they won’t play. This the the NHL playoffs, not the Dr. Phil show. Man, what a complainer!

  8. G-Man says:

    WTH is wrong with you? JM is winning in the 3rd round of the playoffs. He is the head coach that’s gotten the Habs there after 17 years of futility. Can’t stand success? Geez, WTF do you want?

  9. G-Man says:

    He scored and played well. WTH is wrong with that?


  10. howtathor says:

    I agree with you 100%. For all the success we’ve had this post season, there’s an underlying evil emanating from the head coach. Be it Ryan O’byrne, Benoit Pouliot, Mathieu Darche, Sergei Kostitsyn, all have been benched during a game for one reason or another. I don’t know where JM is coming from. His passive aggressive style towards certain players is totally unacceptable. These are men not babies. If they make a mistake then make them aware of it and they will learn from the experience. I have a feeling that MAB ate up O’byrne’s TOI last night and to be honest, MAB is much worse. Yet some players get a free pass. JM comes from St. Lawrence U and was on the same team with Keenan and a few other SOB’s. Maybe it’s something they were subjected to and are perpetuating in their coaching style. Abuse is abuse and what Ryan O’byrne suffered tonight was abusive. You can’t tell me we couldn’t have used his size out there. Sure he’s a galoot but put him out there with Subban and let them learn. I’m sure they’ll create a great tandem. It doesn’t do us any good to separate Hammer and Spacek as we all know they are joined at the hip and quite effective together. O’byrne was at his best when covering Markov’s butt and Subban is Markov incarnate. He can use a big galoot to cover his butt out there. 

  11. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Agreed, and he’s usually my whipping boy.


    “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  12. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    I love all Habs fans, but I felt it was a sign from the hockey Gods when Hickey found his license plate. We are not perfect, but we are getting there.  We all love the team; just enjoy the ride bud!


    “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  13. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Or a Crosby?  I’m going to hell…


    “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  14. bigjames says:

    bellows was always parked in front of the net. a lot of his shots were likely to have been from 1 foot out!

  15. Norcal Habsfan says:

    It’s hard to know if the intention was to bench him the entire game. Initially, OB wasn’t ready and needed to settle down but as the game progressed it was their speed game that took over. I didn’t notice Philly’s net presence in front Halak was an issue tonight with the smaller D lineup. It’s specultation but I think tonight’s game evolved and OB’s sitting was an adjustment to that. If we were getting beat up in front of our net  I can guarentee you OB would have seen more time and MAB less. If we got behind and had to play catch up, I can guarentee you Metro’s time would be cut in half.

    OB’s young and going to be here much longer than MAB. They’re both liabilities but MAB has a little more offensive upside for a team that needed some goal scoring. I really don’t think this is the same doghouse that SK is in. Remember when OB scored his first goal near the end of the  season, the reserved quiet JM came over to him, patted him on the back and leaned over and said what I assumed were congratulations. I don’t see him doing that to everyone.

    Bottom line– PL just got schooled. Let’s give JM some credit.

  16. Norcal Habsfan says:

    It’s hard to know if the intention was to bench him the entire game. Initially, OB wasn’t ready and needed to settle down but as the game progressed it was their speed game that took over. I didn’t notice Philly’s net presence in front Halak was an issue tonight with the smaller D lineup. It’s specultation but I think tonight’s game evolved and OB’s sitting was an adjustment to that. If we were getting beat up in front of our net  I can guarentee you OB would have seen more time and MAB less. If we got behind and had to play catch up, I can guarentee you Metro’s time would be cut in half.

    OB’s young and going to be here much longer than MAB. They’re both liabilities but MAB has a little more offensive upside for a team that needed some goal scoring. I really don’t think this is the same doghouse that SK is in. Remember when OB scored his first goal near the end of the  season, the reserved quiet JM came over to him, patted him on the back and leaned over and said what I assumed were congratulations. I don’t see him doing that to everyone.

    Bottom line– PL just got schooled. Let’s give JM some credit.

  17. K-hab25 says:

    ButtPirate = Homosexual A**clown = Moron

  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s annoying to me that MAB gets away with it, while OB never gets a chance to prove he can be better, getting benched over singular mistakes, if the NHL ran that way with all young players, the talent pool would dry up pretty fast. Young players, especially young defencemen  have to be given opportunities to play, do well and gain some confidence and especially to try and make up for mistakes. Just knocking the kid’s confidence around with these benchings and press box sittings isn’t doing anything for OB. If we benched all our players over single mistakes, we’d not have much of a bench left about 8 minutes into the game.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  19. Kristopher7 says:

    If they are wrong, I’m sorry. I’m using the database on Canadiens.com

    And focusing on single best playoff year performance with the Canadiens.


    If I’m not using it correctly please let me know.

  20. ManApart says:

    I saw many players tonight giveaway the puck and create chances that shouldn’t have existed. They didn’t happen to lead to a series of plays that ended up in a goal, so no mention. I saw a lot of guys give the puck away on the PP. Especially Cammy and Gomez. Nobody says a word. You are right though, MAB does it more often than anyone, I think, so he should get some flack, but not at the level he’s getting. O’Byrne is in the position he is, because the coach has no confidence in him, from mistakes he’s made in the past. I frankly am not more confident in OB than i am in MAB right now. I don’t have a problem with MAB being put on the 4th line. i also don’t have a problem with him playing as the 6th Dman instead of O’Byrne. just limit his mins when the game is tight.I trust JM and the coaching staff have a better vantage point, up close, and are making the right decisions.

  21. SeriousFan09 says:

    Um, playoff record for most assists in a playoff year is 17, Lafleur once and Robinson twice, Beliveau is the sole #2 at 16. Mr. Gomez is in the 20s area, just tying with Doug Harvey and Petr Svoboda.

    Gomez needs 6 more As to tie it and 7 to beat it.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  22. LesFleurs says:

    Where is he getting those point stats?
    They’re super wrong.

  23. SeriousFan09 says:

    I don’t think he’s 10 times greater, but MAB made ten times as many giveaways and his giveaways generated a number of chances, including a goal that goes right back to a brutal blind pass that was completely unnecessary and foolish, defensive coverage didn’t work but that’s still on his head for giving a chance that shouldn’t have existed. MAB got to keep playing the whole game though, OB was stapled to the bench like he’d just allowed a hat trick to occur on 3 consecutive shifts. MAB skating into the offensive zone on the PP and putting a puck
    directly on a Flyer’s stick? Another inspired move on his part. I’m tired of him giving away the puck, basically shrugging and letting someone else clean up the mistake.

    PK, Gill, Gorges and Pleks give the puck away, but not with the regularlity of MAB and they actually tend to work to fix the mistake as well, that’s an important part of a player’s game, fighting to make up for a mistake. How does OB ever learn to do that if he gets benched over 1 while Bergeron is giving up the puck way more often without punishment?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  24. Curtis O Habs says:

    Assclown?  Is that anything like a Butt Pirate?

  25. J. Ambrose says:

    There is a reason why he is -11 for the playoffs! The lowest ranking of all playoff players.

  26. J. Ambrose says:

    Ah, thanks for the clarification. Still don’t know how he managed to get to the bench during that shift. 

  27. J. Ambrose says:

    Just watched the replay, and you’re right. MAB is already on the bench when the goal was scored. Not sure how they made that change considering the puck never left our zone after MAB’s giveaway.

  28. ManApart says:

    C”mon. The goal was not because of any giveaway. Did you see the Dzone coverage, on the blind backhand pass. then Gill goes down and somehow the puck deflects off him. I’m not saying MAB is a good defenseman, he’s not. But all the crap you guys lump on him is unfair. I saw PK give the puck away, as well as Gill, Gomez,Pleks and many others. O’Byrne gave the puck away leading to maybe the Flyers best chance of the game early on. Nobody talks about them. I saw MAB make a few nice defense zone plays and nice breakouts. Nobody mentions them at all.  There is no balance in the comments on him. O’Byrne is 10 time greater than him according to everyone, which is also BS.Like I said, he’s not good on defenseman, but I have to try to keep all you people real, because it’s definately overblown, what people are saying. At least in this series. The other two, that’s different.

  29. Kristopher7 says:

    Oh, and he’s at 3 GWG, tied for second in the franchise (with a few). A few more hold first with 4. If Cammi gets 2 more GWGs, we all know what that means, hehehe.

  30. SeriousFan09 says:

    PP goals don’t add to your +/-, but but SH goals do count against teams though. He got off the ice before his ****up put a negative stat on his night, Gorges and Gill had to eat it instead.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  31. Kristopher7 says:

    Man, would it be awesome to see him break a record like that!

  32. J. Ambrose says:

    “MAB was even”

    Exactly! If he wasn’t on the ice, how could he be even for the game? He scored!

  33. Kristopher7 says:

    It also seems that as far back as +/- was tracked, MAB is the worst in history. -11 so far.

  34. SeriousFan09 says:

    7 more for the league record as well…


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  35. Kristopher7 says:

    Gionta’s tied for shots at rank 2, with 54. He’s tie with Muller and Naslund. 1st overall is Bellows with 72 in an post season appearance…… 72…. crazy.

  36. Kristopher7 says:

    3 more goals and Cammi makes a franchise record! watttttt

  37. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes but the goal happened on a patented MAB giveaway, sent the puck right to the Flyers, gave them the zone and while he’s on the bench, a goal happens because of Flyers offence he generated for them.

    He gave the Flyers more offence than some of their own forwards generated with his giveaways.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  38. ManApart says:

    I just saw the game replay on RDS and watched the goal against carefully. I guarantee you, MAB was not on the ice. Check TSN’s boxscore. MAB was even and Gorges and Gill were -1.

  39. J. Ambrose says:

    He never ceases to impress me. I’d love to see him get the captaincy. 

  40. J. Ambrose says:

    Must correct an error you made on another page: MAB was indeed on the ice for the Philly goal, with Moen and Metro. Check his plus-minus for the game.

  41. HardHabits says:

    Wow. That comes close to my sentiments when this team was losing last season or the state I was in after the culmination of all those years since 1993, but seriously dude! We won. It was a pretty good game.

    JM pisses me off to no end but he’s getting the job done, even with that nail-your-ass-to-the-bench staple gun he uses.

    What got me pissed was the goonery of the Flyers. Nothing new with them. Same sh*t different era.

  42. OneTimer says:

    “…but may also be the
    worst human being of all time…”


    I agree with you that JM is hard on the kids, but isn’t this a LITTLE too strong a statement? Sheesh. Also, don’t worry about O’B. He’ll be OK. He had to deal with my mom passing away (slowly) to cancer this year, he can deal with a little tough love from the coach. O’Byrne, c’t’un Bon Jack.

  43. habsoul says:

    Tonight on ESPN, Matthew Barnaby said this win was just a one-off for the Habs in front of their fans and he expected Philly to come back and win in Game 4. 

    I don’t know. Is it possible for the Habs to keep playing with this intensity? Why not? They did in the Washington and Pittsburgh series.

    Now game 4 becomes the fulcrum for the Eastern Conference Finals. If Montreal can play with the same verve they displayed tonight, it’s the Flyers who are back on their heels. Saturday will be another desperation game because a 3-1 deficit may just be too much at this point in the playoffs. 

    To go to the Finals, Montreal needs to:

    • Win Game 4
    • Have Jaro steal a game 
    • Win an OT game

    Two Cinderellas are fighting over the glass slipper.


    Every time Scott Hartnell scores a goal, a stripper breaks a heel.

    16 for 25
    xxxx xxxx x— —-

  44. Mike Boone says:

    I LOVE that. JG is The Man.

  45. OneTimer says:

    Amen brother

  46. ManApart says:

    Anyone notice MAB has only been on the ice for 1 of the Flyers 10 goals? Only Spacek is better. He’s not a very good Dman, but there is no way he’s as bad as people say.  On the last goal, you saw what his value is. Even though he hasn’t scored a ton, if the Habs are down by one and they have a PP late and empty their net to go 6 on 4. You want MAB out there. I haven’t forgotten the huge goal in game 7, against Washington. Like I said, he’s only been on for one goal all series. I rather him on the 4th line, where he would be if Markov was playing, but he definately should be in the lineup one way or another.

  47. cunningdave says:

    PK had three assists and was +3.  It wasn’t just a learning experience for him.  I know they had to spread the wealth, but they should have given him a star.

  48. Ayan_SB says:

    Well he was the captain of the Kelowna Rockets.

  49. Shiloh says:

    One more thing – this Carcillo assclown. He is the biggest faker in the history of sports. Did you see him pretend to get hit by Gomez’ stick? He pulls that about five times a game. When things aren’t going his way he cries like the pissy little baby he is. If Max and Gionta are getting penalties for over-accentuating things in the eyes of the zebras, then this sook should be in the box at least three times a game for his thespian antics.

  50. ooder says:

    can we give some love to ak46 please..

    even he had a good game


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

  51. Rob D says:

    Excellent comeback from being down 0-2. That was a HUGE statement game. I hope they can carry momentum into an afternoon tilt. Freakin Bettman and Co.– Saturday NIGHT is for hockey.

    Obyrne got screwed by JM..no way he deserved that for what was an honest mistake. As we all know,in contrast MAB makes mistakes in clusters every shift. What I hate about MAB is he is so chickencrap about getting hit. Come on man..it’s the big leagues and you are going to get hit. He belongs in some Swiss league with no contact. Although that shot is a cannon with laser guidance.

    Don Cherry (who is so clearly senile that I wonder why he still has that job and salary (850,000 big ones, kids! REad it and weep) thinks we laid it on a little thick at the end of the game. WTF? I thought we were the ones getting jumped by the BSB’s? Or am I the one going senile? Entirely possible. My favourite player is STILL J.C. Tremblay..sorta tells you how I keep up with the times.

    I am actually a little PO’ed at this game. Where the hell was this team for the first 2 contests? Game one was a noshow. Game 2 was better but there’s no way the puck pursuit and energy level was this high. I know a crowd like the Bell Center can do a lot but jeez…Anyway..they are back. They win the next one and Philly is scared..they displayed every quality that put them where they are..in the conference finals. Good on them..




  52. Shiloh says:

    It is just one game, but it will really resonate. Just to give an example, when we beat the Penguins I saw more Montreal shirts, sweaters and flags here in Thunder Bay than I can ever remember – and I’m old. Usually up here you see Toronto and Red Wings gear (Alex Delvecchio, Benny Woit, Val Fonteyn, Pete Goegan – all Wings from Thunder Bay). But suddenly most of the city were Habs fans.

    Then we lost the first two and the chirping started. The Loaf fans in particular have been odious – as is their habit. Now – the pride is back. Win or lose this series, we can play with these guys and we can beat them soundly.

  53. joshua94k says:

    Mr. Boone,  SIZE does not matter. HEART matters. Gionta, Cammallerie, Gomez et al can match up to any hockey player.

  54. Will Longlade says:

    Nice tilt. Habs played to their strength (speed) and lots of guys who had to step it up did including Gomez, Pleks, AK46, Pouliot (still a project, but moving in the right direction) Hammer and Laps who wins an Academy Award for best supporting agitator.

  55. Born in a Bad Year says:

    My wife was wondering
    after the game why I was so undeniably angry. “What’s up ? Your
    team won.” I could not even begin to put into words the incredible
    amount of rage I felt.

    It has taken me the
    best part of two hours to gather my thoughts.

    We are screwed.

    I hope I am wrong, but
    I have the strongest fear that that was out last win of the season.

    We have coached
    ourselves into an abyss by killing any karma, team spirit or maybe
    even the Ghosts of the Forum themselves. We will pay for the
    transgressions of today’s game.

    Jacques Martin is not
    only the worst coach in the history of hockey, but may also be the
    worst human being of all time. He takes a player who has sat in the
    pressbox for almost two weeks and throws him out into the pressure
    cooker that is the NHL Conference Finals, when the team looks done
    for, and then benches him when he has a rough couple of shifts. A
    puck over the glass, the team came together for a fine penalty kill,
    no real harm. He blows a pass, and the other team gets a chance,
    Halak comes up with a big save. Fine, bench him. Happens all the

    Where I take issue is what happens for the rest of the game. MAB still looked like a
    PeeWee player out there. How many times in his first three shifts
    did the forwards have to come in a bail his sorry a$$. I watched as
    Cammerleri and Gomez had to work their butts off behind the goal line
    as MAB stood in the slot, making sure that nobody came close to his
    shadow. The passes to nowhere, the turn overs, the refusing to hit,
    to dig, to compete on any level. Whatever.

    The team should come
    first. The Habs played well, cashed in our chances and built up a
    four goal lead. The first thing you learn in coaching is how to
    create success, out of every asset on the team. We have an asset who
    is set to get paid $1.4 million dollars next year at a cap friendly
    900K. Where was he left when the pressure was off and we had a
    comfortable lead? NAILED TO THE BENCH.

    Watch a NBA game when
    the home team has a twenty-five point lead late in the fourth
    quarter. You will see four players who would never get a shift in a
    close game out there together, learning, experiencing, because you
    might just need them someday. Every sport, every level, every age
    group, when a coach gets a chance to play everybody, that is what he
    does. The even invented a hockey team called the Leafs so that every
    backup goalie, no matter how bad he is, gets to play in the NHL.

    You might as well buy
    O’Byrne out now. He will never be able to play for this team. Not
    after that game. Buy him out and let him find a coach who isn’t a
    total tard and a team with a tolerance for learning through your
    mistakes. Fare well Ryan.

    Now if I can just get
    the Habs to buy back the game worn jersey I bought two years ago when
    Gainey signed him to the three year deal.

    Screw you Martin. You
    don’t deserve the Habs. Go back to Florida.

  56. ProHabs says:

    Lets hope the rest of this season is the rest of his career with the team.

  57. OneTimer says:

    Another sign, Gorges for captain?

  58. ProHabs says:

    Alright, Boone is back on the Bandwagon.

  59. FSUPhi1584 says:

    He did lead with 4 hits. He also crashed the net on a few occasions. I hope he decides to do it again for the rest of the series. Scratch that, the rest of his career with Habs

  60. Will Longlade says:

    Gorges is a born leader. Small D man, but plays big.

  61. FSUPhi1584 says:

    How about Metro bending Hartnell over and making him his b*tch.

    On another note who is uglier: Hartnell, Asham, or Carcillo.

    Carcillo’s and Asham’s whiskers are equally hideous, but I’d have to go with Asham. He looks like he’s gone face first into the glass a few too many times.

    I also loved how AK put some hard hits on the both of them. He does out weigh them, only by a couple pounds though.


  62. Ayan_SB says:

    For all the hate that Andrei Kostitsyn gets, I just gotta say he played a good game tonight. I think he led the team with 4 hits. Hopefully he starts putting some pucks in the net soon.

  63. Just A Guy says:

    Carbo and his love for 3rd and 4th liners in key moments in a game, Gainey;s insistence on playing Price and now JM and his love for the PP “specialist” is the new enigma to drive us nuts.

    I guess when it comes down to it JM sees O’Byrne is just as prone as MAB to make those mistakes, though I have noticed he is better at holding the offensive blue-line. So… I guess its still better to have MAB keeping himself fresh with the odd shift so he can keep his focus on the PP. Too bad for O’Byrne as he really needs to get regular shifts again. I guess he’s still a project.

  64. J. Ambrose says:

    Our PP is so key to beating the Flyers. No matter how much the refs let them get away with, they’ll still manage to take stupid penalties. We MUST continue to make them pay on the p-play.

  65. Tis Himself says:

    He can make 20 mistakes and take a regular shift, yet OB makes one and rides the bench. I think SK is an immature asshole, but JM is just a waste when it comes to handling prospects. Why bother drafting young players if all you are going to do is ruin them? This team wins in spite of that ill-clad bozo!

  66. jlot64 says:

    I was at the game and i was able to see just how much of a team this team actually is.  After the game ob was kinda drifting on his own and Gorges made a point to make him the first guy he saw during the post game scrum.  Just a little thing but I thought it was worth sharing.

  67. Castor says:

    I know he’s got a cannon on the PP but MY GOODNESS with Mab and the PP giveaways. (Not to mention the 5 on 5 giveaways)

  68. badangel says:

    I can never sleep after the Habs win. I’m all worked up with extra energy. Sigh. Thank god it’s only 7 more Habs wins until I can get back to my regular life. I mean geeze


  69. nogoalov says:

    From Newfoundland to Yellowknife, and I watched my Beloved Habs put a trouncing on them unGodly Flyers. Honest to God, I think the Flyers are responsible for putting the “H” in “Hugly”!

    All I can say is speed, speed, and more speed. That’s what we witnessed tonight. The Flyers cannot score or jam the crease when they don’t have the puck.

    Going to bed a happy camper.

  70. habbytown says:

    not only don’t I want MAB on as a Dman, I don’t want him on the PP either. did you guys notice that when he enters the opposing zone his passes are always to the opposition, and he never keeps the puck in the zone. her’s totally useless. I say scratch him. I’m convinced if his last name wasn’t Bergeron, he wouldn’t be in the lineup. it’s sad that politics gets in the way.

  71. STZA says:

    Michael Leighton is finally exposed as a fluke!

  72. J. Ambrose says:

    A bit early for that statement. 

  73. HardHabits says:

    Great article but I think you need to enter into a love triangle with Ian and his spell checker.

  74. Big Ted says:

    Tonight’s Grades:

    Halak A+

    Hamrlik A+, Subban A

    Gill B+, Gorges A

    MAB C-, Spacek B+

    OB C-


    AK46 B+, Pleks B, Cammy A

    Pouliot B, Gomez A-, Gionta A+

    Pyatt A, Moore A+, Lapierre A+

    Moen B, Metro B+


    Will also tack on an F for Paul Devorski. F or Fail. F for Fired.


  75. linp says:

    I feel bad for O’Byrne. He hasn’t played for a while. He didn’t get a chance to get into the game. He made a mistake and was benched.

  76. J. Ambrose says:

    I’d up Spacek’s grade. He was absolutely terrific on the pk. I also think Pleks deserves a higher mark. He doesn’t get the recognition he deserves for his work killing penalties. He is fast becoming a Selke trophy candidate. 

  77. SUMO says:

    Give some love to your man Benny. Set up Gio for a partial breakaway and was involved.

  78. SeriousFan09 says:

    What I really liked tonight? Just a pure statement game, we are the team that blew down the Capitals and then ousted the Cup Champions, just who the hell do you think you are to get in our way?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  79. Lafrich says:

    Not to nitpick, but MAB did in fact poop his pants all night long.

  80. J. Ambrose says:

    And me with him. I got diarrhea everytime he touched the puck.

  81. Tis Himself says:

    He’s the strongest damn laxative on the market!

  82. PrimeTime says:

    I guess you have a new team HH! Good Luck, bye!

  83. HardHabits says:

    What and miss all the attention you give me.

  84. Xtrahabsfan says:

    LaPierre was possessed tonight ….POSSESSED !

  85. Norcal Habsfan says:

    He may be talented but SK is the kryptonite to Habs chemistry. Sequester him to the gym please !!


    Pleks just shoot. Too much thinking.

    Great game boys. Welcome to the semi’s.

  86. The Cat says:

    What a strange team. When you think they’re going to win, they lose; and when you think they’re dead, they win.

  87. topher5468 says:

    MAB may not have soiled the sheets but he was far from an effective player, other than a late garbage goal he was awful to me, to many turnovers especially on the PP. IMO, your not always gonna get a perfect shot and he looks to pass when the perfect shot isn’t there. I know, he’s the Pro and I am just a fan but I do know something about hockey, sometimes you just have to get the puck to the net, things will happen. Big win none the less, I am so proud of this team. SOOOOOOO proud

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

  88. StevieRay says:

    The engine that’s driving this train… Laps/Moore/Pyatt !!  Do they play HARD !!! what a 3rd line

  89. Lafrich says:

    Can someone please watch a replay of the game and count all the errors that MAB made? I would guess that the Over/under on that is 8.

    To all the people that said O’Byrne is not the savior: We know! We just wanted MAB OFF THE ICE!!!!!


    That being said, we could have won 8-1 last night easily. At the end of 2, Cammy tried a pass. It got blocled and came right back to him. Consequently, he had a wide open net, but passed to AK46 instead who redirected the pass just wide of the net. Did Cammy not notice the the net was open, or was he being the most generous player in history and trying tpo get AK on track?

  90. tony d says:

    I lost count. He was brutal. It was nice to see him score because up to that point, I didn’t really see what the point was of him being on the team. Although I still think he must be a distant cousin of JM or have incriminating photos as someone here suggested a few days ago.

  91. Peter Young says:

    Mike Boone writes:  “From Arpon Basu on Twitter:

    ‘Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur never had as many playoff goals in one year as Cammalleri’s 13, alone in 4th on #Habs list.'”

    Why do you find worthy of mention this entirely unfair comparison that belittles the accomplishments of the Canadiens’ greatest stars?  One can appreciate Cammalleri’s scoring feats this playoff year without dishonoring these great stars.

    During his entire career, Maurice Richard never had the opportunity to play more than 14 playoff games–two seven-game series–in a single season.  For nearly his entire career, the same was true of Jean Beliveau.

    For the record, Richard scored 12 goals in 9 games in 1944, and 11 goals in 10 games 14 years later, in 1958.  In between, he scored 6 goals in 6 playoff games in 1945, 7 goals in 9 games in 1946, 9 in 11 games in 1951, and 8 goals in 10 games in 1957.  Beliveau scored 12 goals in 10 playoff games in 1956. 

    Cammalleri has 13 goals in 17 playoff games,  That’s a fantastic accomplishment in its own right and does not need bolstering by unfair comparisons to the great players of the past.  His scoring rate doesn’t come close to the best playoff years Richard and Beliveau had, 12 in 9 games for Richard and 12 in 10 games for Beliveau.

  92. Mike Boone says:

    Oh, please! It’s a statistical oddity. How do you read that as belittling Canadiens legends?

  93. jbroderi says:

    i think we should all stop the mab ob arguments.  i like the idea of four lines, and on the fourth, rotating wingers lke cammy and gio.  i think we could use both mab and ob on the backend.  OB should have gotten a few more shifts, but MAB was ok in his own zone.  let’s be honest, neither are anything more than a 6 or 7 guy, so we can talk in circles about which one is better, but i think using both in a limited role will work in our favor.


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

  94. Norm0770 says:

    When he was paired with Markov O’Byrne looked like a top 2 d-man, but so did Mike Komisarek.  When not paired with Markov, O’Byrne actually looks better than Komisarek most of the time mainly because he doesn’t get WAY out of position looking for hits.

  95. Peter Young says:

    If the Canadiens continue to exploit their own speed on the ice and maintain their discipline in the face of provocation from the Flyers, they will take the next three games to win the series in six games.  Last night’s game should have given them all the confidence in the world.  The Flyers simply cannot skate with the Canadiens.  The Canadiens are a better hockey team than the Flyers.  If they skate and play hockey while refusing to get distracted by Flyer dirty tricks, they are a shoo-in for the final series.  And once they reach the finals, anything can happen.  I wouldn’t bet against the Montreal Canadiens.

  96. isirota1965 says:

    I live just outside Philadelphia, and the whining here is already starting:  “It’s the refs………..your “Ole, ole ole ole chant is [homosexual]……………your team is a bunch of crybabies………….blah blah blah”.  They kicked our butts in Games One and Two.  Why can’t they accept that we returned the favour in Game Three?

  97. 24 Cups says:

    I’m beginning to wonder if Pouliot has more upside potential than AK46.

    24.6 Cups

  98. Corporate says:

    To his credit, AK46 played well last night. He played like the rest of the team with energy and passion… he almot scored on the pass from cammy and he would have probably scored of he didn’t fan on the shot, on another occasion. It took him a while but he is showing signs of playing hockey… Now he must do something with consistency. As for Pouliot, I really like how he compliments Gionta and Gomez. he has enough size to be in front of the net and he has pretty good hands.

  99. forskis says:

    Just a few random thoughts:

    When the Habs were scoring and winning in the first two series, some on here refused to give any credit to Gainey for adding the goal-scorers…HOWEVER, when the team lost two in a row by shutout, they were more than willing to give Gainey the blame for adding the non-scorers…last time I checked they were the same rosters…or do the Habs have a bizarro roster that loses that Gainey built and a team that wins that appeared out of thin air?

    After Game #2, I said the following:  if a team does not score, it cannot win, BUT if a team does not get scored on, it cannot lose and I was shouted down pretty good…what is wrong with the statement?  It makes sense…if a team does not allow goals AGAINST, they are not in a losing position (but neither are they in a winning position), but if they do not score goals, they are not in a winning position.  Also, not allowing goals against is called the goalie giving the team a chance to win.

    After Game #2…some people were throwing Halak under the bus and the Halak-pushers said it was not called for…unfortunately that is how things work especially with the Habs, if you are going to play badly, you will get called for it…everyone was abandoning the team for two shutout losses…so if Halak looked bad in Game #1 and allowed a softie in #2 (which only made things look worse) and he is the go-to guy, then it is fair game, especially since the rest of the roster all of a sudden became a bunch of soft incompetent cowards according to many on here that night.

    Don Cherry had an interesting segment…he called out the G&M for saying that European goaltenders are getting better as evidenced by this year’s playoffs…plus he called them left-wing, the G&M is pretty center especially since they endorsed Harper for PM in the last election.  I found his last bit funny:  “Imagine that, you have to go to Montreal to see players from Toronto.”  I am not sure if that is a pro-Toronto thing or a dig at the Leafs for not drafting hometown boys.

    The strangest stat on the Habs after last night:  their record when outshooting an opponent is 1-5.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  100. 24 Cups says:

    Cammalleri, Halak and Gill have led this team throughout the playoffs. Cammy broke the scoring drought and Halak had another solid outing. Gill and Gorges were OK but really didn’t have a significant impact on the outcome of the game. The true heroes last night were Hamrlik and Spacek on the D with Moore, Metro and Laps leading the way up front. Picking up Moore at the deadline is the best transaction the Habs have made since the Rivet trade. On a sour note, Coach Martin once again fumbles the football when it comes to handling young players. Benching O’Byrne after only a few minutes of play makes absolutely no sense to me. I realize that he picked up a penalty early in the game but many players have been guilty of that questionable call. Hamrlik comes to mind. It was also a very marginal call seeing that the puck almost made it to the bench. There’s a chance that O’Byrne may never develop into a competent Dman. Sadly, we may never find out as long as he “plays” in Montreal.

    24.6 Cups

  101. twocents says:

    I think you’re being melodramatic about Martin and O’Byrne. Sure I wouldn’t have sat him for the rest of the game after that penalty, but there is more than one way to make a stew. Martin actually helped re-establish O’Byrne game this season after a season where he had lost all confidence. I am sure it’s no coincidence that three consecutive coaches have played Ryan with a short leash. Some players take more time to learn certain lessons, it doesn’t mean they won’t learn them eventually. I believe O’Byrne will be part of this team long term. Trust me, the last thing I want to see is Bergeron, 5 on 5, but I am realistic enough to think that Martin’s choices are based on more than we can see and are likely supported if not initiated by his assistant coaches, Pearn specifically. 

    I also think this whole idea that this team wins despite Martin is a load of crap.(not that I am attributing that to you, Steve) I am not saying he is fully responsible for the wins or even mainly responsible, but in this day and age where coaching strategy is so prominent and sophisticated I don’t buy that a bad coach can take their team this deep. To be more direct this ain’t 1986. I am not saying he’s great, in fact I have issue with many of his decisions, but they are not winning despite him. no f in way.

  102. 24 Cups says:

    Point well taken, Eric. I just wonder about playing a man short on the roster (so to speak) for many of our games. Is it indicative of our lack of depth or just a coaching philosophy? Regardless, we’re in the final four and Martin’s plan seems to be working. I just feel that from a teacher’s viewpoint there might be some middle ground in terms of how are young players are handled.  BTW, where is krob (Rob) these days?

    24,6 Cups

  103. smiler2729 says:

    Lots of you had written of the blanked Habs after two games, some of you still believed… whatever, man, this is F***ING FUN EH!

  104. JF says:

    The difference in last night’s game is that we were able to get to the Flyers’ net, and the reason for that was our speed.  In the first two games, we did not look faster than the Flyers, and almost all our shots were from the outside – nothing Leighton couldn’t see, no rebounds, no pressure in front of the net.  Last night we used our speed to force the Flyers into turnovers or penalties, we forechecked relentlessly, we always had a couple of guys near the net to pounce on loose pucks.  The Flyers’ advantage in size and so-called toughness were not really a factor, and have not been so far in the series.  Our main weapon is our speed, which we exploited to the full last night.  We were also a lot more intense than in the first two games, although game 2 was an improvement over game 1.  Leighton, who looked impenetrable in the first two games, runs into trouble when there is traffic in front of him.

    It also helped that Halak seems to have recovered his form of the first two series.  He made at least three key saves early in the game, allowing us a chance to score the all-important first goal, and was solid the rest of the way.  If he can maintain that level of play, if we continue to catch the Flyers flatfooted with our speed, if we show the same discipline we showed last night, I like our chances in this series, which I certainly didn’t a day or two ago.

    Kudos to Dominic Moore, Tom Pyatt, and Maxim Lapierre, our best line all night, and to GM Pierre Gauthier for the Moore trade.  Four playoff goals, one a series winner, two others (last night and Game 7 against Pittsburgh) also huge.

    What was the point of dressing Ryan O’Byrne only to bench him at the first mistake?  A mistake made often enough by veteran players who go unpunished.  It didn’t end up costing us, and O’Byrne overall has been good in the games he’s been allowed to play.  Despite his injury early in the season and the time missed for family reasons, he showed a lot of progress from last year, but confidence could still be an issue, and JM isn’t helping by nailing him to the bench.

  105. twocents says:

    I appreciate the teaching perspective, but this isn’t school and these boys are making serious coin, with the biggest stakes they face on the line. Let’s just say that for the past two weeks Pearn and Martin have said over and over again to O’Byrne, “We need you to make better plays clearing the puck, it’s is the one thing we are asking you to improve on right now. Do not panic when you have the puck in our end and the opponent is applying pressure. Make a simple play up the boards if one of your teammates is in position to finish the clearing, Otherwise, try to chip it out beyond the blue line yourself, but make sure if that’s your option that you keep the puck low enough, we can’t afford to be killing delay of game penalties unnecessarily. It happens to everyone, but we need you to concentrate on this so that you develop an automatic instinct on how to do this properly. Now, when you get back in the lineup we need you to be very diligent about this.”  Then, first shift back…

    Even then I may not have benched him so thoroughly, but it does show a lack of focus and control and those things can be taught and trained.

    I have no clue where krob is. I was wondering myself the other day.

  106. avatar_58 says:

    It’s funny I didn’t care about winning this round before but I *hate* the flyers. For the love of god end this team.

  107. notbigbird says:

    A good win shows the team’s strengths while a bad loss exposes its weaknesses. That’s why BG and others get praised when we win and grumbled about when we lose. It’s not necessarily about jumping on and off bandwagons.

  108. HUDSONHAB says:

    Good morning Habsland. Got the job done and it reminded me of how the Habs always have beaten the Flyers. Too.

    Too Quick! Too Slick!. And made the Philly D look sick!


  109. Slovak says:

    Halak´s and whole team´s psychical and emotional exhaustion was filled with great energy from you – fans – unbelieveable, just unbelieveable, i must go for some games to Bell centre next year, never saw something like this…              

    Players also filled it with desperation and aggression including Halak – WOW – and I think this state of mind is not going anywhere from now on… after two series I could see that they thought a little that they have already accomplished their mission – winning those 2 series was emotionally equal to winning the stanley cup… but they realized the way is not over yet…

    Beside that I want to ask you – all of you here – and I don’t mean this in a bad way:

    What exactly you do for living? Because it seems to me like 99% of Montreal’s fans here must be coaching…:-)


  110. sisu says:

    Even strength scoring chances when the lead was less than three goals by either team:

    G1 Phi 4, Mtl 6

    G2 Phi 4, Mtl 6

    G3 Mtl 11, Phi 6

    Total Mtl 23, Phi 14

    Habs have been the better team.  In the first two games, Leighton pulled a Halak.

  111. jbroderi says:

    focus now on saturday..  Quick start again.  If we put one by leighton early, he will question why he had to be born!!  remember, the habs can always turn to a solid Price, the flyers probably have some chump from the ECHL!!



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

  112. habs-hampton says:

    Funny you should ask. I am into Project Management and Process Improvement.

    JM did quite a job in Improving the Process of dismantling whatever system the Flyers have.

    I also focus on Continuous Improvement. I hope JM and the boys are into that as well.

  113. avatar_58 says:

    When Johnsone came in for the Pens it was over. You knew it was over. Let’s get the Flyers to feel the same way!!!

  114. Shublips says:

    Yes, what a game! The Habs finally got back to THEIR game rather than playing into the Flyers’ game.

    Continue to use your speed, boys, and the Flyers can’t keep up.

    I just heard that Jeff Carter is supposed to be back next game. Honestly, who cares? If the Habs play the way they did last night then it doesn’t matter who is in the Flyers lineup!

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  115. Slovak says:

    Yeah Martin looks like my highschool friend – nobody knew, he had that broader sense of seeing more things than others…

    System? Some Flyers look like their coach must talk very veeery slow so that they can understand what to hell he is talking about… There is the puck right? And we got sticks right? Damned Carcillo what are you doing? Nothing coach! Again there is the puck right? And we got damned Carcillo why you have closed eyes? I am visualising what are you talking about, you know the puck and sticks stuff…damned Carcillo…


  116. TripleX says:

    This is definitely looking like  a homer series.  Each team is a bit of Jekyl and Hyde, in the way they play at home and on the road.  

    All the weaknesses in the Habs game were corrected by the shear force and will of the crowd at the Bell.  The Flyers wilted from that same force of nature and were a shell of the machine we witnessed in Philly.

    Saturday’s matinee will be interesting for sure.  Can the Habs continue to harness the Bell energy, or will the Flyers find the ability to muscle a win out?

    We all knew in order to win the Habs had to use their main advantage of speed, combined with physical play on the top four and going to the net.  At this point of the playoffs it is more execution than strategy.  Which team has the will and desire to make the sacrifices necessary to impose their style on the opponent.


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

  117. Norm0770 says:

    You’re right!  The Flyers back-up is Jeremy Duchesne.  He has a grand total of 17 minutes of NHL experience, allowing 1 goal on 4 shots for a GAA of 3.59 and SV% of 0.750.

    Even his AHL stats are pretty sparse 7 GP, 3.32 GAA, and 0.880 SV%.  ECHL stats aren’t much better 3.47 GAA, and 0.889 SV%.  The Flyers will have to stick with Leighton no mater what.

  118. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2.

    was lucky to be at the game!

    unfreakin real!!!

  119. Habhopeful says:

    PK Seems to have that trait that alot of NHL Rookies (sophmores & veterans as well) lack…The drive to do better, Confident in his ablilities to change his weaknesses into strengths and to play for the TEAM…Not himself…He still has some learning to do but boy I am so excited we have a player like him…

    There is absolutley no way JM can ruin PK because PK is JM’s type of player..JM knows if PK screws up…PK will better himself and come back stronger in order to learn from his mistakes…You dont see that trait in SK or Obyrne sadly…Although you can tell Obyrne does not want to give up…SK still probably believes he is deservant of a roster spot…O’byrne will have to somehow work through his defencies, albeit its difficult if he is benched as soon as he screws up but he made 2 mistakes that could have lead to goals on us in his first two shifts of the game yesterday…The coaching staff inserts him into the lineup for the first time and he looks nervous and hesitant with the puck…If your not ready to play, you will be benched and hopefully learn from it…MAB is a different story because he is confident in his ability to make several turnovers per game lol sounds stupid but its true…All thats needed from him is to get the shot off on the P.P and even if he manages to not get the shot off during that certain P.P…Its still needed on the next P.P…Thats why the COACHING STAFF (Not only JM) keeps him in the lineup


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

  120. Geoff F says:

    Hey guys,

    Take a look at this video  I modified for us Habs fans.  I’ve been posting it everywhere because i’m getting a kick out of it.


    Go Habs Go!


  121. TripleX says:

    Wow dude awesome.  I would kill to watch any playoff game in Montreal.  I got chills watching on TV so I can’t even imagine what is like to be in the Bell.


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

  122. Mats Naslund says:

    I actually agree with the benching. But when the game was 4-0 with 18 minutes to go in the third, Martin had an opportunity to not only give O’B some garbage time to move on, but to save guys like PK et al from some serious Flyers goonery. You have to be aware of the danger of being up big against a team like that. Its a lot harder to take cheapshots on a guy like O’B than Bergeron or Gorges.

  123. Corporate says:

    I am pretty sure the back up or the Flyers is Backlund… He was the one heading back to the dressing room last night..

  124. Lafrich says:

    Same here.

  125. avatar_58 says:

    Walk by a group of young ladies “I like your shirt!” – and as I move past – “OMG SUBBAN THEY SELL THOSE SHIRTS???”


    Another as I walk back to work “Woo habs” – I turn numbers to him “SUBBAN!!! YEEEEEAH!”

    It’s safe to say he’s a fan fav, especially here in hamilton!

  126. avatar_58 says:

    Course if they beat the flyers…..oh man :( The pain if they lost in the finals would be too much.

    WHY HABS WHY? Why did you have to give us all hope?

  127. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Hey Slovak! That’s brilliant. Hard to be so funny in a language other than your first. Cheers! You and the guy who suggested yesterday that a paper clip, so bright and shiny, would distract Carcillo and Hartnell for about half an hour, take them out of the game. Don’t usually laugh out loud — that’s twice in two days now.

    GO HABS!

  128. GuyDoon says:

    That was a big win! It felt alot like an elimination game, and we all know how the Habs play in those games. Through the first two games, it felt alot like the Habs were getting “Hab’ed”. It was the Canadiens being the Pens or Caps, and the Flyers were playing the “outplayed, opportunistic, great special teams, great goaltender” role. It was weird, and I don’t like how that story would play out if it stayed that way.

    Another thing that was heard countless times in the first two rounds was the Habs saying “we’ve got nothing to loose” and “everyone says we don’t belong so we’re just having fun”. Well, that changed in this series. Being so close to the big dance, everyone now feels like there is something to loose. And so the new buzz word is “desperation”. And that’s what you do when you can see the fat lady warming up just off stage. Credit the Habs for seizing the moment, and showing that they still believe. I just loved see Cammy smiling at Carcillo.

    Now we wait to see had badly the Flyers push back, and if their desperation rises.

  129. Mr. Biter says:

    Remember all the radio & t.v. commercials put out by all Prov. govt’s and now endorsed by the Flyers? “SPEED KILLS”


    Also we were 1-6 in the PP. Even though it was scored in the last minute it gets the monkey off our back on the PP and the Flyers will still have to play a man higher to guard MAB. Love the quote (whoever posted it )MAB most exciting player on the ice. He is probably responsable for dramatic increase in sales for Rosery Beads for Habs Catholic fans. 

  130. nightmare_49 says:

        Habs do what they planned in Game 3 to get back in series

        CBS Sports


        “Those are the ones you need to get you going and to get the momentum on your side,” said Dominic Moore, one of five players to find his way on the score sheet for the Canadiens. “In the playoffs, you’ve got to make your breaks by putting pucks on net and putting the odds on your side. You can’t look for the pretty goals.”

  131. Danno says:

    I’m watching Canadiens Express on RDS and it is a real treat to see how we DOMINATED VIRTUALLY EVERY ASPECT OF EVERY MINUTE OF THAT GAME. The line of Moore, Lapierre and Pyatt were key to the victory and played with miles and miles and miles of heart.


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

  132. twocents says:

    Good point, I agree.

  133. TripleX says:

    Funny how when players are placed in positions that compliment their strengths, the individuals and team benefit.

    Finally Pouliot is on a scoring line where he can use his shot, and Pyatt is on a line where he can crash and wreck havoc.

    Why it took till game three to realize this is beyond me.  We finally have two skilled scoring lines and a third line that can disrupt and supply energy.  Now if only JM can realize MAB is NOT a sixth Dman.



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

  134. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I gave a pass to Sid for ditching the WC but when you see guys like guys Datsuk, Malkin, and Ovie giving it their all when you know they’re hurting and banged up from just as many playoff games as Sid, you wonder. Hats off to the Russians. Messier and the lot (minus Perry) should be proud of the effort. Sid…. I’d lay low dude. Maybe a vacation where you won’t be recognized. . There are guys around the globe risking their lives for their respective countries in battle and you need a vacation? You play hockey for millions of dollars and live a priveledged life. The Habs gave you an extra long vacation this year and you still need a break?

    I’m just saying… let’s keeping things in perspective. OK maybe we overplayed the “pacifier” and “cry baby” references a little bit but as a citizen of Canada, I’m disappointed in you. Suck it up. You’re a Canadian. You’re not one of these high priced, diva BBall players that don’t play for their country in National tournaments because the stage just isn’t big enough for their egos. You’re better than that.

  135. K-hab25 says:

    I completely agree, people were complaining about Pouliot being invisible, but failed to mention he was playing 5 minutes on the 4th line. Cammy wouldn’t produce playing in the same situation. Pyatt looks alot more comfortable on that 3rd line, than he did on Gomezs line. He’s not a goal scorer, he’s a grinder, that fits well on the shutdown line.

  136. Corporate says:

    I completely disagree with you. here are my reasons why:

    1) Sid has played over 300 games in 2 1/2 years including the Olympics. The guy is tired.

    2) I don’t want to sound mean but honestly, who cares about this tournament. No one is watching and it means nothing. Most of the great Canadian players are not even on the roster. So I don’t care, Sid made us pround in the Olympics and let him recharge his batteries and we will see him back on the international scene next year.

  137. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I agree with you to a point. He’s an adult. If I was offered a vacation vs. work I’ll pick Hawaii in an instant. Even Ovie said that this win in no way makes up for the Olympics loss in February. But my question is this, how much does Sid and other superstar players owe to Hockey Canada for their development and support over the early years? WOuld Sid be where he is today without that development. Once they make it in the pro’s is their obligation over?

    Although not widely televised, it’s something Hockey Canada and the country wants to win. Canada, out in the quarter’s for a sport that’s played in ice, Unacceptable.

  138. Exit716 says:

    Whoopee. The Russians win a nothing tournament again. Big deal.

    Fasel and his IIHF can take their little Beer League tournament and kiss our asses.

    They need Canada more than we need the aggravation of his House League tournament of champions. Screw him.


  139. coachdoug says:

    WC should not happen during Olympic years…in a sense the World Championship already happened and Sid was there…Russians are cherry picking hoping to salvage a dismal year…

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

  140. habsforthecup says:

    Don’t know if this has been posted – but a new Cammalleri NHL History will be made commercial, http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=618&id=70250
    – A

  141. Fansincebirth says:

    I watched Canadiens Express this morning. I called a Flyer fan buddy of mine, told him I what I was watching and bet him $100 we would win. He said no way, not twice in a row.

    Taking the wife out for dinner with the $100 :o)

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  142. habs-hampton says:

    Obviously after a game like that you would not change the lineup, but what about O’B? You don’t sit a guy for 57 minutes to send a message, when you’re in the 3rd round. You do that in November. JM is fed up with O’B, so if he won’t play him, what do you do. Personally, I’d rather have him on instead of MAB. Save MAB for the PP and use O’b for 8 minutes or so. He’s made great progress this year and I think he’ll be a solid NHLer for years, if JM doesn’t ruin him.

    Sit MAB, play O’B!

  143. Danno says:

    One thing I noticed about Leighton is that he is relatively slow moving one side of the net to the other or when he is moving from the back of the net and skating back to the crease when clearing the puck etc.

    His weakness is his mobility. He is in trouble whenever he needs to move quickly. That being the case, the Habs would do well to exploit how slow he is. Quick passes around the net will beat him.


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

  144. Norm0770 says:

    I keep waiting the Lapirre sequel: “What if Lappy wasn’t yappy?”

  145. Danno says:

    Lapierre. Man of a thousand faces…



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

  146. Habhopeful says:

    This is too difficult not to laugh! From a guy whos had to many dental surgerys and dentist appointments, I feel bad for him but its too funny lol




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

  147. Peter Young says:

    Because it is an entirely unfair comparison to say Cammalleri has scored more goals in this playoff season than Maurice Richard or Jean Beliveau ever scored in a playoff season if you fail to note, as you do, that they played far fewer games.  It definitely gives the impression that Cammalleri is having a better playoff season than Richard, Beliveau and Lafleur ever had. If you fail to see that the comparison is unfair, you are blind.  Oh please to you, too.  Two can play that snotty game.

  148. smiler2729 says:

    Dude… you’re nitpicking. Cammalleri is having a rocking post-season just like the Rocket, le Gros Bil and the Flower did. It’s all relative, chill out.

  149. Ron says:

    Its only a comparison that Arpon Basu put on twitter. It appears that all Mike is adding here to ALN is Arpon’s remark that Cammy is 4th on the all time Habs list. Yes Richard and Beliveau did not play as many games per series but this is only Cammy’s first season with us, what will you rant on about the rest of his stay here if he adds to his total. I don’t see how you feel Mike is belittling our greats.

  150. soperman says:

    Not that Boone needs to be “defended” but noting Cammalleri’s accomplishments does not belittle any legend.  Every serious hockey fan understands the different era thing and Mr. Cammalleri himself would probably be the first to admit he has a long way to go before he is in the same category as the legends.

    Praising Roy does not belittle Dryden and praising Dryden does not belittle Plante.  These players and the rest of the legends are legends because their accomplishments stand on their own.  Cammalleri is an excellent player who can still deliver more memories to the Habs fans.  Only time can place him as a legend. 

    Please note Pusie is not a legend and putting him as my post-script does not belittle the Beliveau or Richard.

    “Pusie possessed a wickedly wild shot, so inaccurate that he could not hit the province of Quebec if he was standing inside the Montreal Forum.” Dick Beddoes

  151. Topham says:

    Fair’s fair. But goalies that Cammalleri has to beat are a little bit better than those that were around in 1943. You don’t have to watch much black and white footage to suss that out…

    Anytime a player scores more than 5 playoff goals it’s a big accomplishment. Cammalleri is worthy of all the praise he gets.

  152. TripleX says:

    Have to respectfully disagree Mr. Boone.  The average fan as you are well aware, is sorely lacking in knowledge of anything that occurred ten years ago, let alone 40 and 50.

    The tenor of your statement, would lead the uninformed to believe Cammi’s accomplishments bettered those of these legendary Habs mentioned.  I am sure that was not your intent, but a little more information might have been useful.


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

  153. 100HABS says:

    That’s how I saw it – a statistical oddity. I was surprised to read that and glad to have the information. Without reading that previous post, I would NEVER have considered the possibility that it belittled the greats.

    I mean, frankly I love what Cammy is doing for us now, but I would trade him in a spilt-second for Rocket or Gros Bill at the same age.

  154. Natrous says:

    Only a Habs fan would read a statistical fact and still manage to find fault with it.

    As the saying goes, Habs fans would eat their own young..

  155. marlboro says:

    Don’t listen to that guy.  He thinks Roger Maris should still have an * next to his name.  What Cammi is doing should, and is, being compared to the greats..because it is great! Ask Beliveau, he’s right there every game.  I’d bet he’d agree.

  156. danp says:

    Forgive my play on an old Ted Williams joke:


    Boone and a young reporter were having a lively discussion over a couple of beers. The young reporter says, “Cammy has been hot this post season, 13 goals with a chance to score more. Do you think he is better than Béliveau? Would Béliveau be able to score in today’s game – faster players, tighter goal tending?”

    Boone replies, “Sure, Béliveau would own the ice. He would do well.”

    The young reporter continues. “How many goals do you think Béliveau would score if he was playing today?”

    To which Boone replies, “Three. Maybe four.”

    “That few?” asks the young reporter?

    “Sure”, Boone responds, “but you have to keep in mind that Jean Béliveau is 78 years old!”


  157. TripleX says:

    Why would Roger Maris have an asterik?  If anyone should have one it is steroid boy Mark McGwire. In fact his record should be erased along with all the other steroid cheaters.


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

  158. Mr.Hazard says:


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

  159. Peter Young says:

    Precisely, and Boone knows it.

  160. Peter Young says:

    As a matter of fact, I thought Maris should be denoted as the record-holder for a 162-game season and Ruth as the record=holder for a 154-game season.  What’s wrong with that.  As for McGwire, anyone with any perspective at all knew at the time he set his record that he was pumped up on steroids.  It was the sporting press, of which Mr. Boone is a prominent member, that ignored the obvious.  Flo-Jo, too, a decade before that.

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