About last night …

What a difference a year makes.
If your Montreal Canadiens do not win another playoff game this spring, they will still have (mostly) exorcised the demons that plagued fans through last summer.
The last game of the 2012-’13 season was played at the Bell Centre on the second Thursday in May.
With Peter Budaj in nets and Robert Mayer as his backup, the Ottawa Senators beat the Canadiens 6-1.
To the dismay and multi-month misery of their passionate fans, the Canadiens made an ignominious five-game exit from a quarter-final series in which they were outscored, outhustled and, most embarrassingly, outmuscled.
Fast-forward 11 months and two weeks.
In sweeping Tampa Bay, the Canadiens won their first playoff series since 2010.
They will play the Detroit-Boston winner in an eastern Conference semifinal, and they’ll enter the next series with momentum.

Game Four exemplified what the Canadiens were able to accomplish all through their series against the Lightning.

• They got goals from each of their four lines.

• Outside of a brief letdown in the early part of the third period, the Canadiens got airtight defence and rock-solid goaltending from Carey Price.

• Unlike the Lightning, the Canadiens didn’t take bad penalties.

• 11 skaters made the scoresheet.

• Steven Stamkos was held to two shots on goal.

• Rene Bourque continued his postseason renaissance with seven shots on goal, plus three that Tampa Bay blocked and three that missed the net. Bourque, who was a healthy scratch for nine games this season – including five in March – had three goals and 22 SoG against the Lightning. His line, with Lars Eller and Brian Gionta, was the Canadiens’ best in the series.

• The goal by Max Pacioretty at 19:17 of the third period marked the first time in team history that a Canadien has won a playoff series in the last minute of regulation.

• Through four games, including an OT, Tampa Bay held the lead for three minutes, 34 seconds.

• Ginette Reno is 2-0.

We interrupt this recap for a tweet from the Prime Minister of Canada: Congratulations to the @CanadiensMTL for their sweep. Happy to see a Canadian team make it to the second round! #GoHabsGo

For the record, Stephen Harper, who grew up in Toronto, is a Leafs fan.

But the PM recognizes a reality that seems to have escaped the knobs at Hockey Night in Canada:

In the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens are Canada’s team.

And they’re doing the country proud, with outstanding contributions from all the native sons on the roster:

• Carey Price and Josh Gorges, the B.C. Boys:

• P.K. Subban, the Torontonian who dogged his minor-hockey teammate, Steven Stamkos, all through the series; and his fellow Ontarian Mike Weaver and Brandon Prust

• Brendan Gallagher, possibly the smallest Albertan with the biggest heart to ever play in the NHL … and probably the biggest set of clanking brass ones

• Rene Bourque, the pride of Alberta’s métis community in Lac La Biche

• Dale Weise, a late season acquisition who plays the kind of hard-hitting they teach on all those cold winter nights in Manitoba

• And, of course, the homeboys: David Desharnais, Daniel Brière, Francis Bouillon and Michäel Bournival, the hard-working kid who drew the penalty that led to Max Pacioretty’s power-play winner. 

Pacioretty is not Canadian. Neither are Brian Gionta, Thomas Plekanec, Alexei Emelin and Andrei Markov, Thomas Vanek or the great Dane, Lars Eller.

They all contributed to move a Canadian team into Round 2 of the playoffs.

There were no passengers on the Canadiens’ bus against Tampa Bay. And the contributions were so evenly balanced among 18 skaters that Michel Therrien will face a tough decision if Alex Galchenyuk and Travis Moen are ready for the next round.

Maybe not so tough in Moen’s case. The Canadiens’ fourth line – Brière, Weise and Bournival – was outstanding against Tampa Bay.

And whom would you sit for Galchenyuk?

Rene Bourque? I don’t think so.

Same depth story on the back end. While some pundits lobby for Jarred Tinordi and suggest Douglas Murray would be needed if the next opponent is Boston, the much-maligned Francis Bouillon and Mike Weaver were each plus-5 – high on the team – against Tampa Bay.

I can’t see Therrien tinkering with a lineup that was, top to bottom, outstanding against Tampa Bay.

If it’s the Red Wings in Round 2, the Canadiens will face kind of  speed and skill they saw from the Lightning – with more playoff experience and a better – if less quotable – head coach.

If it’s the Bruins …

Well, it’s gotta be the Bruins, eh? Just to maintain tradition.

Ron MacLean gets it caught in his zipper big-time. What a schmuck!

• Shout-out to Bob, my dog’s best friend:

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  1. DipsyDoodler says:

    Regarding the injury-fest out West, I am of two minds.

    On the one hand, if our Habs make it to the Finals I want whoever we face to be as banged up and as weak as possible.

    But second to wanting the Habs win is a desire not to see the Bruins desecrate the famous Cup again. So if the Bruins are the Eastern Finalists I want a healthy San Jose to be the Western team.

    So complicated.

    Moving. Forward.

  2. boing007 says:

    Give me that Whine Whine Whine … Pass that bottle to me:

    Enjoy it while you can Report this comment!
    boston ray
    11 hours ago

    A Mtl powerplay with 2mins. left? How fitting. Report this comment!
    11 hours ago

    Habs better cut another cheque for the next series! Report this comment!
    11 hours ago

    They got their normal powerplay with 2 min left never fails. Report this comment!
    11 hours ago

    Surprise, a late Habs power play for the series clincher

    Richard R

  3. habs-hampton says:

    My respect for Ron Mclean is no less today than yesterday. I lost ALL respect for him several years ago when he used his taxpayer paid for soapbox for a personal, one-sided attack on Alex Burrows. I’m no particular Burrows fan, but McLean had no business doing what he did.

  4. As I watch the Stamkos slot breaking the stick shot—-that’s Karma Baby1

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Milan Lucic Has a Severe Problem

  5. Ian Cobb says:

    Mr. Bergevin, good sir,
    You can dance any night that you wish to.
    For without you, putting together your fantastic scouting dept, coaches and of course, players, we the fans would not be having the time of our lives again, watching great hockey played in Montreal.

    Has Mr. Vanic received an injury or something? his energy has dropped in half it seems. Or is he just a flash in the pan.?

    • Fansincebirth says:

      A buddy of mine (huge NYI fan) said that Vanek was called “Vanish” when he was there. Might be closer to the truth than we would like to admit. Time will tell

    • Cal says:

      He’s a very efficient player, Ian. He is special precisely because he knows exactly how he should play. He doesn’t have to skate like a lunatic to show that he is “working hard. “

    • chesterfiled says:

      Are you paraphrasing the lyrics to the Men without hats song? I don’t remember very well but the video had littler people in it…
      Cheers! I know you joke about Vanek 🙂
      Nice to see that he is not overly relied on as it stands

  6. 5Footer says:

    Anybody know what song was playing after the winning goal ?

  7. Brain Wilde— Tomas Plekanec, who was on for more than half of all Stamkos shifts, capping out at 78 per cent of his shifts in game four. End Quote

    Pleks was my series MVP, 2- Rene 3- Gallagher, 4 – coach Therrien (and that means something coming from me).

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Milan Lucic Has a Severe Problem

    • krob1000 says:

      I go Eller/Bourque/Gio line (this has been biggest success story of playoffs so far), Gally/Pleks and Subban sharing second billing

    • Forum Dog says:

      Plekanec was fantastic against Stamkos. There were lots of reasons that MTL won this series in 4 straight, and the shut-down job on #91 (by Plekanec and others) was a huge one.

      For me Bourque was the MVP, though Subban, Markov and Price aren’t far behind. The only reason I would give it to him is that without his goals, the Habs might not have generated the momentum they did. Game 2 and 3 were pivotal wins and he had a lot to do with them. That and his work down low in the offensive zone really wore down the Tampa D-men (Hedman particularly). Bourque was dynamite. Big, fast and very hard to handle when playing with passion. Let’s hope he keeps it up….

  8. oldandslo says:

    You have to understand the “why” behind Ron MacLean’s noxious eruption last night. He is simply the wellhead of the vast underground reservoir of misery that is Leaf nation. A nation of envious losers reduced wishing their execrable hockey existence on the fans of other Canadian teams. A nation that has to be fed BS about “unfairness” in an uncompetitive four-game sweep of a series. Why? When did the freakin’ Tampa Bay Lightning become the darlings of our country? They’re not – of course but they do serve a purpose as the vectors of spreading despondency to those fanbases still singing Oh Canada with playoff passion.

    • Mustang says:

      Usually it is the “coach” that comes out with these stupid bone-headed comments, not MacLean. You are right that HNIC will try to do/say just about anything to somehow make Toronto look better.

      4 DOWN, 12 TO GO.

    • krob1000 says:

      There have always been two sides to hockey fandom…the Habs and the Hab nots …this is nothing new. The refs had zero chocie to call the penalty…if it leads to a goal the other way they get the same grief….so what do you do? you call the infraction for hooking because it was one. In that situation no choice…it wasn;t a marginal one…it was one that would lead to a an ozone turnover …in that case how do you defend it if you are the ref? The Bolts IMO got their makeup calls with the goal which I could easily see being disallowed and also with Stamkos only receiving 2 mins for his mugging and tantrum….if that is a 3rd liner he gets possible ejection or at the miminum 4 mins and a 10 min misconduct. If Stamkos punched hareder or the result were different it was suspension territory….complete sucker shot.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Toronto is no “Nation” my friend!
      Toronto use to be a friendly Canadian city of mine!
      It is called HOG town, or lately FORD TOKE town.

    • Ron in Ottawa says:

      McLean’s reset ” I meant there shouldn’t be a local ref” was also stupid. imagine saying that a ref from Ontario shouldn’t’ work an Ottawa game. McLean and Stock are both bitter big mouths hose bias against Montreal is so obvious. How do these guys get airtime?

    • homerbowen says:

      Well said, the frustration of the HNIC crew is obvious. While both McaLean and Cherry have been given their 2 year notice it does not give them the greem light to express bigoted hate inspired comments on air. Time for MacLean to “man up” and resign. Failing that the public broadcaster should “man up’ and fire him.

  9. boing007 says:

    Good one:

    11 hours ago

    Out shot out chanced out scored out classed…OUTSTANDING.GHG!

    Richard R

  10. krob1000 says:

    So Brett Lawrie still struggling at the plate is tied for 7th in the AL in RBi’s hitting .135 but has 15 rbi’s….crazy. Jays let a couple of games slip away of late bu they are holding their own…they have a legit shot at the playoffs this year. A healthy Melky and Bautista help a lot and the pitching looks serviceable. Wish they didn’t get rid of Rajai Davis….he is the type of guy who can spark a rally….but they are doing alright.

    Habs….depth again the key…4 lines, all of them score…what a perfect way to close out. So happy to see the Eller’s Boruqe’s, BRiere’s, Gio’s,etc all contributing…..this team when everyone invovled is dangerous.

    • Phil C says:

      What’s odd is that the balanced attack which was absent all year suddenly showed up in the playoffs. It’s a good time to show up, but this was the team I was expecting all season and it didn’t happen until now for some reason.

      • krob1000 says:

        The addition of Vanek allowed a trickle down and gave Eller’s line 3 players to play with who can add opffense. Eller is for the 3rd time proving that when given two offesnive capable players AND playing in his natural position he can be productive. Briere is also getting to play his natural position and has two guys who can help him with puck retireval, be responsible defesnivley and also add the occasional goal. Pleks, Gally, the top line….all were going to produce regardless. The key was getting Eller and Briere two offesnive capable lines taht are also defensively responsible so tehy can get sonsistent minutes.

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      The Jays are looking great. But I’m afraid the only way they’ll make the playoffs is if Hutch is the ace. I love Buehrle! but he is a #2-3 starter on a playoff team. The fact that Dickey and Romero combine for $30 million is hurting the team immensely, Dickey is a #5 starter.

      Hopefully if they are in contention at the all-star break they’ll go after Price,meh is the pitcher this team needs a power lefty that dominates the AL East (where lefties are more important based on the balanced lineups all teams put out there.. Yanks are lefty heavy, had 9 against McGowan in his 2014 debut)

      Love the offence and how they’ve been using small ball to generate runs (despite scoring 9 off the long ball last night).

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

      • krob1000 says:

        Dickey can’t pitch early in the eyar…they should almost not start him if the conditions are not right…..he is not equipped with enough to get by in unfavourable weather conditions….why start him when he already behind the 8 ball? I look att heir rotation like I look at the HAbs….they do not have an ace…but tehy have 5 gusy capable of being no 2 or 3 guys (Morrow and Mcgowan have electric stuff and jsut need to stay healthy long enough to show it..when firing on all cylinders). Romero is the tough one…they shouldn;t count him when they talk payroll anymore…although it would never happen I would like to see him availalbe for example last week when Dickey was obviously going to be in trouble in the weather.

        • Mr_MacDougall says:

          4-5 starts this year were indoors, Minnesota being the exception…

          ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

        • Mr_MacDougall says:

          I was an Expos fan and started following the Jays very close in the Halladay, Burnett, Marcum, McGowan, Litsch.. I agree McGowan has an electric arm, once he gets command and keeps down in the zone he could become the ace.. As for 2014, I’d take 10-7 with 160 innings!

          ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  11. Luke says:

    Re: MacLean.

    I’d like to give Friedman a high five for making Ron clarify his statement at that moment. Ron was skirting the issue, implying but not making a definitive point.
    PJ, obviously incomfortable with it, tried to change the subject (which I don’t have an issue with).
    But Friedman, like a good journalist suddenly conducting an interview, asked the follow up questions so as to leave no doubt about what MacLean was saying.

    Good job, Friedman. Well done. First star.

  12. likehoy says:

    Markov’s leadership is starting to show out there.
    he’s laid a few hits on players when he’s not known to hit anything.

    He’s intercepted passes, blocked shots, he’s created plays.. it’s surprising how he hasn’t scored any points yet cause he’s definitely elevated his overall play.

    • Forum Dog says:

      Agreed. He has been hitting hard. Not open ice, but really putting the shoulder into guys down low. It created a lot of offensive zone turnovers for Tampa, which MTL was able to exit the zone with. Markov has not put up points, but has been excellent.

      If they get the Bruins next (and it looks like they might), the physical game is going to be a lot harder to assert. They will probably have to adjust accordingly.

  13. boing007 says:

    10 hours ago

    I have a mourning wreath here for a party named Don & Ron. Can anyone provide the address?

    Richard R

    • Mustang says:

      Don’t forget that if the Bruins win this round, the coach will be pulling for Boston over Montreal in the next round. Instead of Toranna BS, it will be Baston BS as he bashes Montreal every chance he gets.

  14. Mr_MacDougall says:


    Messier gets props over and over again for the goals he score far side (low blocker 18″ off the ice) and the Stamkos goal off the rush was called amazing because it was off the post and in..

    Gallagher shoots a laser 18″ off the ice, far side, off the post and in and it’s an awful goal? Isn’t this the perfectly placed shot we’ve learned at hockey schools and from coaches in minor hockey?

    I thought that was an amazing shot by Gally.. The Eller goal was weak, yes, but it bothers me that nobody described the Gallagher goal as a brilliant shot, which it was.

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  15. Good to se Bourque get 50% of the HIO vote for series 1 MVP. We need him in the same form in series 2 and hope Vanek steps out of the shadows.

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  16. HankHardball says:

    Regardless of what his intentions were, he still managed to slag both French and refs. As a longtime professional broadcaster he should’ve had a better awareness of what he was saying.

    And in the context of MacLean having recently written an article on the CBC website advocating Canadians watch the playoffs, not because the Habs are playing, but because there are Canadians playing on other teams, I wonder what Saskatchewan born MacLean’s sentiments really are.

    I think it’s a fireable offense. A la Jimmy the Greek. Imagine if it was American TV and was talking about a black ref in a US city. His butt would be history.

    The damage has been done. People won’t look at Ron MacLean the same way anymore.

    The league doesn’t tolerate it from coaches. They shouldn’t tolerate from the broadcasters who are showcasing their product.

  17. mrhabby says:

    I really wish posters would give this Ron and Don thing a rest. I for one heard multiple praises heaped on the Habs last night.

    Yeah.. I get it that Ron/Don are idiots.

    • I heard very little praise for the Habs. Far more what if’s and TB not having Bishop, favorable calls and controversy over the game three disallowed goals. Very pathetic, even from US broadcasters who I would have thought didn’t have the obvious bias from HNIToronto

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

      • mrhabby says:

        Not sure what you watched…I heard Healy praise the Habs along with Simpson/Hughson and our fav whipping boy Stock through-out the game.

        • Strummer says:

          I agree with you Habby- people pick and choose comments to suit their argument rather than listen to all the commentary.
          The fact that the TB defence was horrible and their goaltending spotty was a huge factor. Doesn’t take anything away from the Habs.

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

    • Cal says:

      Fire them both.

  18. Ian Cobb says:

    Toronto broadcasters should not be allowed to do Hab’s games.!!!!

  19. NCRhabsfan says:

    Any over/unders on how many games Matt Cooke gets today. My guess is no more than 5-7 when he probably should get 20 or more given his long history of this sort of thing. Oh well, if he was a Bruin the league would just thank him for playing with intensity and chalk the whole thing up to a “hockey play”.

    • Phil C says:

      It’s tougher to call because he is a repeat offender. I think his last suspension was 10 games, so it would not surprise me if he got that and more.

  20. jrshabs1 says:

    The dumb soccer song almost sunk the Habs again. Habs up 3-1, home crowd starts with the stupid ole’ ole’, next thing you know..3-3. How many leads have the Habs lost once the crowd breaks into the dumb soccer song?

    Go Habs Go!!!!!

    • likehoy says:

      how many goals have we scored while singing the great soccer song!

    • rated_R says:

      The song is sung only because the fans are having a good time, not because we are winning and mocking the other team. Let them enjoy it.

    • chesterfiled says:

      Ole, ole-ole-ole, ole! Oh right, montrealers have to censure their joy for screen viewers during momentum lulls… boo! Team has inspired never-say-die spirit at the moment. Fun to watch. Wave, euro-trash emulating? Pfft… clap your hands and scratch your ballz, whatever you want to do, just don’t kill our buzz.

  21. Great morning. Still a little bemused by the sweep (with some luck and excellent play). I also watched Boston vs. Detroit and I can tell you it’ll be Boston that we’ll meet and we’ll have to be better, which means;

    1) Price vs. Raask – Price was not a wall and was beatable. He may be playing well, but not like Raask at less than 1 GAA with price at 2.50. So for all the Pricebots out there, I’d like to see a different level from him as he doesn’t do well when he’s not tested early and often.

    2) Maaachand, Princess Lucy, Charenstein will not be as easily handled by DD as Hedman was (that was great board work by DD). Gally will likely bleed more and we’ll have to avoid getting into a slugfest that we cannot win.

    3) Speed kills the Bruins.

    4) Will need three Gally’s in front of Raask to give him fits. His nerves are finer than Prices it seems

    5) Any breakdowns like we had in the first three periods of game one, the second half of the second and beginning of the third in game three and last nights mess in a few minutes of the second and third that let let TB back in the game and Boston will jump all over it.

    6) If MT displays any of his seasonal propensity to go with the veterans and flip lines around, we’ll hopefully see Murray with Weaver. Emelin should give some rubber chickens to the crowd to throw at Lucy as he will be looking to head hunt.

    7) The Booins have Daddy Campbell and Jacobs on the bench. They will be tougher to beat just because of that. They have taken substantial clutch and grab, shirt holding and other liberties with Detroit and will do the same with the Habs.

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

    • Loop_Garoo says:

      The great things about facing the Bruins are that speed is the way to beat them, which we have, and they can be rattled, which works to our advantage, as they make mistakes then.

      • If we play like we did in game 2, most of game three and last night, Boston will be chocked to submission by our play. Still amazed at what a different team we are with only small signs of the Jekyll & Hyde team that we were during the season. Hope the gelling stays together as the guys look like they are having fun and protecting each other. Who said MT lost the room anyways 😉

        I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Lots of great points.
      I think we have to dress Murray — doesn’t it change how the Bruins view us?
      More tweaks on the PP? It would be great to be able to capitalise on the inevitable Boston penalties. It would be dangerous for the PP to be impotent and for the Bruins to realise they can take penalties without cost.
      Hold off on both Moen and Galchenyuk. We need need guys who will bump Chara every time we’re in the zone – he hates it.

  22. TheMostCupsPeriod says:

    @ 24 cups. Are you a leaf fan in disguise? Don’t remember you being so negative.
    On Palat goal, ref blew whistle and changed from waving off goal to pointing goal in one motion.
    I also assert that he “punched” the puck in if anything…

    • likehoy says:

      that’s the refs trying to keep things interesting for the sake of the Marketable product known as the NHL

    • 24 Cups says:

      MCP – LOL!!!

      Let me try to explain where I’m coming from in terms of participating on this site. Of course I’m a huge Hab fan. That goes without question. I’m just not the type of person who blindly supports his team regardless of circumstance or the realities out on the ice. I don’t hate other teams, the refs or individual players. The only exceptions being Lucic, Marchand, Samsonov, Cherry and PJ Stock.

      I try and keep a balance between the good and the bad. I also try and see the glass half full or half empty depending on the topic at hand. However, I’m not going to come here every day and go rah, rah, rah, sis, boom, bah for all things Habs.

      Mike Boone originally stated that this forum would be like a bunch of Hab fans sitting around a table in a bar discussing the fortunes of their beloved team. That’s what I try to do with as much honesty as I can.

      I’m elated that we have moved on to the next round. I’m just honest enough to recognize and state that the team caught a lot of good breaks that supplemented their excellent play out on the ice.

      24.4 Cups

      • TheMostCupsPeriod says:

        Thanks for taking ribbing in good nature, I was worried I’d upset you.
        If your licence plate is the same as your handle, I’ve played softball against you before 🙂

  23. boing007 says:

    8 hours ago

    I’d like to thank all these people who obviously really hate the Habs but show their support by watching all their games in detail. How else would they apparently know so much about the team? Thanks for your support guys! GO HABS GO!

    Richard R

  24. Mr_MacDougall says:

    There is a terrible trend in Canadian Hockey coverage. After every game the “analysts” line up to blame the losing team. How about giving credit to the winners? My series wrapup is as follows..

    Price came up with huge saves in timely situations. He also froze the puck many times to put an end to TB sustained pressure, this was because of his amazing rebound control.

    Plekanec once again showed he is one of the best two way centres in the league, was amazing against Stamkos and on the PK, was always the high man in the O zone because he is the best forward at defending in transition.. Smart move to have Plek as the first fwd back on all rushes.

    Gallagher and Bourque were huge with 3 goals each, #11 had an awful game 1 but took his game to another level in games 2-4. TB had no answer for this kind of depth.

    There was a lot of talk about how amazing Hedman was heading into the series.. He was dominated by PK who rarely made a turnover, made amazing passes leading to goals while keeping his composure. On the other side, Hedman was a TO machine, non stop.

    Gionta was nothing short of amazing. Countless interceptions, timely dump-ins for changes, quick in the O zone winning battles, always chipped the puck out to end TB sustained pressure, and was a PK hero.

    Eller is back.

    Markov had the best stick (sorry for using a TSN term) in the series. He picked off so many passes and made some really aggressive plays that always seemed to be timed perfectly. He was cranky and calm and smooth.

    The Habs dominated the series, had multiple breakaways each game, multiple 2-1 rushes while giving up very little. This wasn’t even close.

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • Mike Boone says:

      Agreed on all counts, man.

      Mike Boone
      Hockey Inside/Out blogger

    • That’s only when Montreal wins. I was blown away after game three and last night (let’s not even talk about Grapes and McLean, twiddle Dee and Dumber), TSN, ESPN, NBC, all talked about what TB didn’t do as opposed to what Montreal did do right. Pathetic. Sounds like the Habs can’t do anything right, so we’ll just have to ignore the “English” media and thumb our noses at them when we win the cup this year (No, I’m not counting my “Lucics” just yet, but would be nice).

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Good post.

      There was one shift where Gally and Prust were cycling behind the TB net. It was a fairly wide-angled camera shot, covering 3/4 of the offensive zone, and I could only see the 2 Habs. I said “where the eff is Pleks”, then noticed Stamkos circling in the slot waiting for the puck. Pleks was waiting at the blue line. 🙂

      Great to see that from Pleks, and props to Gally and Prust for applying the pressure despite it being just the 2 of them.

  25. Cal says:

    Thanks to the sweep, we’re in for a wait before the next round starts. I think it’ll begin in Seven Days.

    • Strummer says:

      Nice one Cal!

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

    • Mr.Habs71sv says:

      Bottom line regardless of what country the players hail or fans from we are all united under the CH banner and logo! Let’s not forget this. I am a Yankee, but I am a Hab’s fan period. Not a Yankee Hab’s fan. A HAB’S FAN! No hyphens! Go Habs Go

      Till next time….

  26. rhino514 says:

    To all you guys:

    Which team would you prefer to draw in the second round, if you had the choice, from 1 to 4, 4 being least preferable?

  27. boing007 says:

    I think I’ve found a replacement for Youppi. Ginette Reno!

    Richard R

  28. boing007 says:

    Quote from Paquette:
    “I’m not going to worry too much about that penalty,” said the rookie Paquette, who had been a ball of energy for Tampa Bay all game. “They didn’t call anything all game long. It just happened at the wrong time. He fell, and they called it. I’ll just have to learn from that.”

    Richard R

    • He fell…? What? Yeah, he just fell.. Paquette is the dude who wanted to punch some Habs to show the organization that they shouldn’t have passed him over. That was Karma!

      I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  29. D Man says:

    What is Weise’s record with the Habs now?

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

  30. DipsyDoodler says:

    What do you all think about Emelin?

    On the one hand he’s played big minutes and faced the other team’s top line all series.

    On the other hand he’s looked bad at times.

    I can’t decide.

    One thing, if we have too many young D men knocking on the door, I would have nothing against seeing him traded this summer.

    I think he’s reached his ceiling.

    Moving. Forward.

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      I think he needs a couple more seasons…

      Emelin 164 career games played…

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Ask Stamkos. 😉

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      He´s just not a RD. How good would he be on the left? I don´t know but that´s where he should play if he stays. If Markov gets a new deal I´d trade Gorges or Emelin to give Tinordi/Beaulieu a real chance.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      What $4M D man hasn’t looked bad at times?
      What Dman has the courage to nail LooCheech at center ice with a classic Gilles Marotte hip check?
      No one knows what Emelin’s ceiling is at this time as he only turns 28 on Friday.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      The knee needs another summer, so I disagree that Emelin’s already hit his ceiling.

    • rhino514 says:

      Emelin is what he is; he´s our third best Dman.
      I think if he would have arrived in the NHL earlier he could have grown to be a real dominant Dman; I still think he will get better, but his progression curve is shorter now.
      You can´t trade him simply because he fills a spot on a team that isn´t that deep defensively.
      The habs are not deep defensively; they play (most of the time) a defensive system, aided by a good goalie, which results in a decent goals against average. Their two best Dmen, Subban and Markov, are real good, but they are more offensive than defensive.
      That lack of defensive depth IMO is the main reason they will have trouble getting out of the second round, or the third round if they can play mind games with their brutish arch-rivals.
      Just look at how Tampa Bay came back to tie the game yesterday; if that happens against the Bs or a truly elite team, they will usually capitalize on it.

  31. Storman says:

    Listening to TSN 690, MacLean comments being played over and over,, it is so much worse than i even first thought,, he had so many outs given to him,,@ Stevie ray, please listen to his comments again are you sure you want to defend him..

    When Friedman said are you talking about the French referee thing, he said absolutely..

    Does anyone even think for a moment that MacLean would have brought this whole issue up if it were a close call made by an Alberta official in an Edmonton Oiler game,, lets be honest the only thing he was talking about was the spelling and pronunciation of the last name officials, he meant what he said. and his apology sucked,, even PJ stock yes PJ Stock gave the idiot MacLean an out by mentioning what about Dave Jackson and Ron MacLean brushed aside the lifeline offered by yes PJ Stock,,

    Ron Maclean shit the bed and dumped all over all Officials and the NHL big time, along with all CBC viewers, and all Canadians..

    • Strummer says:

      McLean apologizes fior the remark;

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

      • Habfan17 says:

        Too little too late! He had many opportunities handed him by Stock and Friedman and he kept pushing it! I do not believe the apology is sincere! I am sure he was “told” to apologize!


        • Strummer says:

          If you read the article it says he took a pounding on social media.
          He had no choice – I’m sure his new employers at Rogers are not amused.

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

    • rhino514 says:

      What I find interesting about that situation is, imagine if you are one of the commentators on RDS hearing this, or a french quebecer fan, for that matter.
      Here you have a Canadian, implying a french canadian team gets preferential treatment from a ref. How would that sit with our confreres?
      I mean, o.k, he´s an ultra-rational guy, but sports is emotional, and when you have one Canadian team left in the playoffs representing a whiole country, that makes it even more emotional.
      NO FAN, EMOTIONALLY, if they feel a tie to Quebec as being part of their country, and if they feel a tie to the Canadiens as a Canadian team (which most commentators on HNIC don´t) would ever bring up such a thing. Instead of cheering on the habs, they are kind of saying “yeah, they get away with things sometimes”; it comes across as almost not wanting the habs to do well, or at least, being pretty much ambivalent about them.
      It is a sad reality of our great nation.
      but personally, though I am an anglophone, I feel a much stronger tie to the guys on RDS, and it doesn´t bother as much as many on here, because I don´t think we need HNIC, period. At least, as long as both the pro-leaf, and pro-anglo undertones remain.

  32. Fansincebirth says:

    So, when do/can we play our next game?

  33. Mr_MacDougall says:

    So… Here’s the Elephant in the room.. People are afraid to speak of this…

    Given the 9 days off, which Habs will be playing in the World Championship?

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  34. 24 Cups says:

    Therrien will have to wait until the next series to see which team Montreal faces. Once that is decided, he will have to reconsider any possible line-up changes. Based on past experience, he will probably go with a winning line-up. That makes sense in light of a four game sweep.

    I guess when it’s all said and done there will only be two questions. Can the tandem of Weaver and Bouillon hold up? They have been solid so far but I still have some doubts (BTW, hasn’t Gorges been great. He’s Montreal’s best defenseman right now). Will MT be forced to use Murray against Boston? And if he does, can Murray handle the speed and pace of play? The next call will relate to Galchenyuk. He can’t play on the 4th line but Prust could certainly do so. Prust’s lack of speed is pretty evident at this point in time. However, there is no way that MT will sit Prust. That leaves Bournival as the guy who will sit for Galchenyuk as Prust will take Bournival’s spot of the 4th line. You know what? Right now, at this point in time, Bournival is a better player than Galchenyuk. I say Galchenyuk sits until the Habs suffer a power outage and the team needs some increase in offense. At that time, MT can then re-evaluate the efforts of all concerned and decide who sits for Galchenyuk.

    24.4 Cups

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      I see MT going with – at least starting with, exactly the same lineup as he did for the Tampa series.
      The chemistry looks very good…so far.

      The play – and whether or not the Habs win the first game, will dictate any changes.

      The perception that the Bruins will run the Habs out of the rink is guess work at this time.
      The Habs don’t need to fight to be tough.

    • Strummer says:

      The Habs were able to beat Boston last time they played with a depleted line up after Moen and one other player, I forget whom were injured.
      I agree with Maritime Ronn there is no reason to alter the line up at least for the first game.

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

    • likehoy says:

      I’d put Galchenyuk on the 4th line to see how it goes

      Galchenyuk – Briere -Wiese

      speed and skill.. that’s a 2nd line on the Florida panthers

    • Cal says:

      We get another ride on the roller coaster, 24. At this time of year, it’s all gravy. So, I am enjoying the victory today and won’t worry about roster spots until we see the results of the next practice.
      Isn’t it nice to bask in a playoff series win, instead of dissecting another loss?

    • rhino514 says:

      I agree, I think it makes a minuscule difference right now wether Galchenyuk or Bournival. play. It would depend on how Galchenyuk feel, physically, but even moreso, pschologically, with the injury. Most players with this type of injury are tentative for a while upon returning. If that´s the case, I stay with Bournival.
      If it turns out to be a really minor mcl (and we will know in the next few days) and he is close to 100%, I would lean with Chucky. But I don´t see it making a difference right now. The possible effect on the team is so small that I wouldn´t even seriuosly consider it until game 3 or 4, and, again, only if it turns out to be a minor strain and he is very close to 100%.

  35. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good morning

    Re the concerns about the Habs PP.
    Power play goals are tough to come by in the post season, and every team’s PP efficiency dips significantly in the playoffs due to playing the more elite teams.

    The last 3 Stanley Cup winners had playoff PP percentages of 11.4%-12.8%-11.4% – well below their regular season numbers, and that’s why last night’s Max PP goal was so significant.

    What was interesting on Max’s PP goal was a completely and brand new “Look.”

    1) For the last 30 seconds on the PP that lead up to the goal, Plekanec replaced 51, and was centering Max and Vanek who both remained on the ice.
    I don’t believe we have seen that trio before on the PP.

    2) Instead of the ” Subban to Markov – back to Subban – back to Markov – back to Subban” drill that everyone in the NHL knows about – and knows how to neutralize, the Habs changed it up significantly.

    Markov went down low and stayed there.
    Vanek backed up into the higher part of the faceoff circle finding free ice.
    Tampa seemed a little confused as to coverage.

    The play:
    Plex makes a nifty flip pass to Max in the corner who does not hesitate to send it back to Subban at the point.
    Instead of just firing away, Subban finds Vanek alone in the top of the face off circle.
    Vanek fires away – Max digs it in…yet right behind Max trying to poke away in case the puck doesn’t cross the goal line is…Markov.

    Here’s not knowing if all of that was by accident – or was it actually practiced and part of the plan, yet it bodes well moving forward.

    The Habs now have 3 different looks and can take what the opposition gives them:
    – Traditional trying to tee up PK or Markov
    – Working it down low.
    – Or what we witnessed last night, that being Markov rotating down low while Vanek drops slightly to an uncovered zone in the faceoff circle.

  36. 24 Cups says:

    I’ll let MacLean’s comments speak for themselves. In last night’s game, there were three debatable calls by the refs.

    First up was the goal by Tampa where it appeared Gorges inadvertently pushed the puck over the line. The play was not whistled dead and Price did not have control of the puck. Did Palat push it in with his glove? I don’t think so. The ref made the right call.

    Next up was the play where Stamkos punched Emelin in the face after the play behind the net. Only one minor was called when it should have been a double minor for roughing. Stamkos is my favourite NHL player but on this play he was guilty as charged. I take it the ref couldn’t find the courage to make the call, a call that would have been made during the regular season or on a player who is not a superstar.

    Lastly, there was the call at the end of the game that gave Montréal the win. Was it a trip? Yes, it was. However, I come from the old school. Both players had been hacking at each other. It easily could have gone the other way whereby the Hab player committed the trip. BUT you don’t call an insignificant penalty in the last minute of regulation time in the deciding play of a series. Especially one in the Hab offensive zone that had no impact on a scoring chance. Yes, it’s technically a trip but it’s still poor judgement on the part of the ref. I would have let it go with the notion that overtime would decide the game and the series.

    HI/O Hab fans like to whine that their team rarely gets any breaks. In this series, Montreal pretty well caught every break going. It will be interesting to see if that continues once they eventually play Boston in the next round.

    24.4 Cups

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      #3 have to make that call, a trip resulting in a turnover in the O zone… Maybe send them both off, but that play had to be stopped.

      Agree with the first two. Imagine if TB scores on that turnover based on a trip, wins the game? Then TB is at home with no pressure, Latvian goalie gets hot and sends it back to Mtl, huge pressure on the Habs.. Could have been a disastrous missed call.

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

      • 24 Cups says:

        Needless turnovers in the offensive zone are usually the specialities of Pleks and Koivu:)

        I hear you on the penalty but it’s such a cheap way to end a game. Not the first, nor the last. It’s the price you pay when one team has 12 rookies in the line-up compared to one for Montreal. My only point was all hell would have broken loose if some of these calls went against Montreal. Hab fans never admit defeat, they just look for the nearest “what if”!!!

        24.4 Cups

      • Loop_Garoo says:

        I agree, it was the location of the play that mandated a penalty be called, as continuation of the play would have resulted in a great scoring chance for Tampa off of what is, by the rule book, a penalty

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      I come from the new school. Don’t allow players to cheat.

      A trip in the O zone could easily lead to a scoring opportunity.

      Moving. Forward.

      • Mr_MacDougall says:

        Agree.. That Jeff Oneill garbage of “it’s not a penalty that late because it’s pretty much overtime.. So, using his logic, after the clubs on the sidewalk a sucker punch isn’t assault because it’s “extra time” .. Oneill actually said unless it’s a head shot or takes away a definite scoring chance it’s stupid to call penalty…

        ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

    • Ozmodiar says:

      The trip resulted in a turnover, and likely a scoring chance. A non-call could have decided the outcome of the game.

      Good call.

      Paquette will learn that jostling without the puck isn’t the same as tripping someone who has the puck. No discipline on his part.

      Further, the Habs did *not* catch every break in the series. Bourque non-goal after delayed penalty, cheap Briere cross check, the Palat goal last night. STOP listening to the CBC!!

      • 24 Cups says:

        If you don’t think the other team losing their star goaltender isn’t a huge break then I don’t know what is. This also led to the team getting another significant break when Price fumbled in the first game but still won it due to Lindback’s poor play.

        If Budaj had to go up against Bishop, this series would still be very much up in the air.

        As I stated before, the Tampa goal was good as far as I’m concerned.

        24.4 Cups

        • Ozmodiar says:

          I didn’t say the Bishop injury wasn’t a break, did I? Well, you can re-read.

          Also, these 2 “breaks” that you point out are really the same – goaltending. 😆

          If you don’t think the other team losing their star goaltender isn’t a huge break then I don’t know what is. This also led to the team getting another significant break when Price fumbled in the first game but still won it due to Lindback’s poor play

        • Habfan17 says:

          Montreal has had it’s share of bad breaks, just look at last years playoffs. Tampa also had some breaks and Bourque had a goal called back. The breaks even out over time and this season, the Habs played as a team and made enough of their own breaks!


      • boing007 says:

        You forgot Stamkos punching Emelin in the face.

        Richard R

    • Habfan17 says:

      I am old school and there is no logic to changing the way or what you will call based on the time in the game, or that it is a playoff game. The rules don’t say, it is a trip in the regular season, but not in the last minute of a tied play off game. That is why the NHL is not taken as seriously as leagues such as the NFL. In the NFL, the rules are applied the same way no matter who the players is or what game or time in the game is remaining.

      Just my opinion, but it is time to stop saying calls should not be called because it is the playoffs and the referees should not be determining the outcome of games. First off, it is the player or players that break the rules that are potentially changing the outcome, and if the refs aren’t supposed to impact a game, then, shred the rule book and just have two linesmen to call off sides and drop pucks!


    • Lafleurguy says:

      @24, S., would have preferred the ref sent Bournival off as well with an off-setting minor. And of course, I would have been outraged, but it would have been the lesser of two evils.
      New moniker, Ron-the-lesser-of-two-evils-MacLean.

  37. boing007 says:

    Bournival has True Grit.

    Richard R

    • 24 Cups says:

      Bournival should automatically become Montréal’s 3rd LW behind MaxPac and Galchenyuk next year. All this 4th line bs has to end. This kid is the real deal. Bourque can move over to the right side on the 3rd line and slot in behind the first line RW and Gallagher.

      24.4 Cups

  38. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning all. I can’t wait to hear from CJ and Matty on their first hand accounts of the game.

    Another fine ALN by Mr. Boone. I’m sure the next hockey-less few days will be filled with where do Moen and/or Galchenyuk fit in the line up. Here’s my two cents.

    Moen doesn’t play until either Prust or someone else is unable to go.

    As for Galchenyuk, he’s a future cornerstone of this franchise. He plays. You find a spot for him in the line up and he plays. If its for Weiss, Briere, Prust or someone else. You find a spot in the lineup and you give that young man playoff experience. For me, if he is healthy, he plays, period.

  39. Black Horse says:

    Ginette Reno >>> Kate Smith … HA!

    Rask is 3-14 lifetime VS Montreal … HA!

    ” and the fun begins” – Carey Price

  40. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Something died with this series:

    The Mattyleg jinx.

    A reversal like that can only mean that there has been some kind of gargantuan tumult in the cosmos. This is not something anyone can fight.

    Therefore, to ensure further victories, I propose we establish an online HIO/Matty-to-the-Bell bank account which would fund home-game tickets. We are all fans here, each of us wishes it was us at the centre of the cosmos. But it’s not us; it’s Matty.

    Clearly, if we want to keep winning, we have to send him to the Bell.

  41. thebonscott says:

    did marchand get hurt last nite????

    C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

  42. Black Horse says:

    Was the win pretty? No it wasn’t!

    BUT a win is a win!

    Did my heart stop when Tampa tied it up? A few times!

    Did my Faith waver? A little bit!

    Did Max score the most important goal of his career so far? Yes he did!

    Did the Habs get sloppy in the 3rd? Yes they did!

    Did the Habs learn from the brief meltdown? I hope so!

    When you see blood you have to finish it off PERIOD!

    Did Stamkos get what he deserved? Yes & no.! He loss yes but did not get clock in the chops for the sucker punch to Emelin. Jon Cooper got his – the cocky bastard!

    I am I afraid of Rask? No I am not! Our Habs have always had his # …


    ” and the fun begins” – Carey Price

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I suspect out of all the posters on here, your faith wavered the least. CHeers.

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      I don’t think the Habs got sloppy, the TB passing was incredible during their push.. No player skated more than 1-2 strides with the puck, they were moving it around like a pinball! I’d say that TB got very, very lucky to get the 2nd goal and got an incredible boost.

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  43. Marc10 says:

    All right. So proud of our team. To win in 4 is a testament to their focus and work ethic. It only gets harder from here on in, but this team is rolling four lines and will be a handful for whoever they meet.

    I hope it’s the Bruins. It’s time. Pay back time. Go Habs Go!

  44. Bigdawg says:

    Wow I’m pumped – what a convincing series for the HABS. They dominated in so many facets of the game and gave the inexperienced TB team a clinic.

    To all of you forced to suffer through the “CBC-Hockey-Night-in-Canada-means-I hate-the-Canadiens-“journalism”: complaining or hoping you can meet them in the street to pound them is just day dreaming.

    If you want to hurt them – actively avoid their advertisers – that will hurt their ticket and make them nervous.

    I don’t often watch the CBC garbage HNIT show so I don’t really know who to target but I believe Subway, Moores and others are on the list. Avoid them and tell others -Make them pay!!

  45. Lafleurguy says:

    Habs have had trouble protecting leads all season. A contrast to the Jacques Martin playoff teams. Prefer current edition.

  46. howiemorenz7 says:

    As for Ron & Don and HNIC, Rogers’ purchase of it, and their subsequent demotion to one miserable intermission feature, is karma. Too bad Rogers didn’t have the nads to turf them outright.

    Maroons Suck. #7 foreva.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Ron McLean needs to go and Don Cherry too! It is time for a facelift!
      Having George Stroumboulopoulos will be a breath of fresh air. I would like to see different “guest” coaches for the coaches corner segment where they actually talk about coaching and the game we are watching. The current Coaches Corner has moved away from what it the name infers!

      On the positive, great series Habs!! It has been a team effort and the whole team deserves credit and cudos!! Nice to see Patches finally sink one!!


      • Habfan10912 says:

        I don’t normally chime in on the CBC crap as whenever we have the CBC feed I turn if off during intermission.

        Doesn’t it seem that they’ve long ago deviated from a pure journalist, educating role to a flamboyant controversial role in order to create a buzz?

        Don Cherry wears those clown suits that cement his role as a clown/entertainer. His often prejudicial crap that spew from his mouth have long ago been tolerated by that networks executives in the search for the all mighty dollar.

        Last night his yuck yuck colleague got caught in one of his own gaffs. His apology was darn near worse then the original statement.

        I imagine that the CBC boys were all up early today checking the ratings and patting themselves on the back. They’ve kidnapped what once was a Canadian treasure. Sad.

  47. Lafleurguy says:

    There may be a person in Calgary who likes the Habs:

    Rorymax 6 hours ago
    What a cheap call at the end of the game to give Montreal the win.
    Ron McLean was right.
    1 reply-5
    Report Comment

    RickinCalgary 4 hours ago
    You’re an idiot.

  48. zephyr says:

    I remember the series against Ottawa very differently. I remember the habs dominating games until price let in some weak goals in the 3rd period of each game. I remember the habs getting 37 sog in 1 period, a hab record, & losing the game. the diff this series with tb has been price who hasn’t, for the most part, let in cheap goals (ok, he let in 2 softies last nite). the reffing this series was more equitable between the 2 teams. it wasn’t good but it wasn’t completely negligent like it was last yr. & that makes a difference. the habs are a bit more balanced this yr. too.
    nice to see that max’s 1st playoff goal was the series winner! he & dd have been hustling every game. vanek has been a floater. what gives with him?
    galchenyuk in. briere out. weise & bournival have been hustling their backsides off. weise worked hard to set up briere last nite too. if briere doesn’t sit, then it’ll be bournival. geez. nice to have some depth.

  49. twilighthours says:

    I didn’t spend much time on CBC this series, but whenever I did I heard significant talk of how Tampa was getting stiffed by the officials, montreal got all the breaks, and how bishop would have been the difference. All this idle chatter is just distraction from the real issue: montreal was just the better team, from start to finish. Let Cbc or whichever media outlet have its fun. The rest of us can know the truth.

    As for the lightning? Suivant! Next!

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      The Lightning were woeful. Constant turnovers in the neutral zone, defencemen that moved like tectonic plates, a goalie who made many good saves but gave up weak goals at inopportune moments.

      Yesterday we outshot them almost 2 to 1, and it was only close because of two freak goals.

      Over the series we outshot them 35-26.

      Moving. Forward.

  50. habs001 says:

    If the Habs play Detroit in the next round the games would be similiar to the Tampa series with the exception of facing better forwards,D and goalie…It would be a free flowing series with lots of chances by both teams and playoff physical play but not over the top…Playing Boston would give the Habs much less offensive chances and D zone domination would occur in the Habs zone…Still not enough physical size would cause problems for the Habs as the Bruins would ramp up their physical play and if the Habs pp cannot produce they would be in trouble..The Habs had a pretty good D series vs Tampa but still gave up 10 goals and vs Boston 10 goals in 4 games may make you down 3-1 in the series…

  51. Cal says:

    The Book of Hab
    Chapter 14

    And lo, the storm abated and the lightning flickered into ash;
    Cold were the hearts of the beaten foe.
    The first test of the mettle of the Ste-Flanelle had been met
    And the Great City did celebrate,
    Yet their thoughts were ever upon their hated rivals.

    So sayeth the Book of Hab

  52. JUST ME says:

    I guess that this soon after it`s over, it is normal to be emotionnal and from the comments read here and there you would figure that the Lightning got almost robbed and put on a good fight and so on and so on…I am writing this very early or late depending on where you read this…the kids should be asleep sooooo…The Lightning were bitchslapped for pete`s sake!
    Swept in 4 games. Had the lead on the scoreboard for a grand total of 3 minutes and 32 seconds in the whole round ! What more (or less) do you want ?
    So, sore losers weep as much as you want, the Habs were by far the better team out there and deserve every little bit of credit. Nothing for Tampa ,they are ELIMINATED !

  53. Marc10 says:

    12 to go!

    I wonder if MacLean might enlighten us on his theories on how a ref from Ontario might officiate a Leaf game? How about a Jewish ref? Would they favour Tampa because of the Florida connection or Montreal because of the smoke meat and bagels?

    And what if the ref was black? Any love for PK then?

    And what if a ref has some aboriginal heritage? I guess that game is in the bag cause Price and Bourque are in the house.

    Who knew MacLean was such a fountain of wisdom… F me!

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      I’ll defend him Once more. He wasn’t talking about French-Canadians reffing in Montreal for any game. He was talking about tonight’s game specifically.
      And he wasn’t implying that French-Canadian refs would be biased toward Montreal, but that Tampa could use just the mere fact they are the refs as an excuse to why they lost.
      And after the controversy of game three, which Maclean defended as the correct call, he felt that using a French Canadian referee could potentially lead to upset Tampa fans blaming the refs for the loss.

      So again, he’s not saying FrenchCanadian refs are biased, but that a racist minority will say they are because they are upset they lost. He doesn’t think that risk should have been taken. That’s a fair point, but still I’m not sure I would agree.

      • Marc10 says:

        So he’s concerned about some sore loser Tampa fans using stereotypes based on a guy’s last name to justify political correctness to appease them?!

        And he’s choosing to make this case now. Didn’t have a problem with the finals refs in Sochi being Canadian. Didn’t have a problem with Daddy Campbell and the trail of emails about Savard. No issues there. No bias. No issues with the Ontario officials clique neither? That’s all above board.

        This is the time to make a point like this about perceived bias? It just so happens we’re talking about a franco surname and the Habs… Sure, I buy that. Good ol’ Ron.

        Not having a go at you, btw. All about Ron on this one.

      • Captain aHab says:

        Charron is from Gatineau, not Montreal so either “local” extends to Gatineau or Maclean was referring to francophone refs.

        I’m sorry but he just stuck his foot in his mouth, and showed his true colours (blue and white to be specific). I’m sure Drapes will defend him though.

        But we all know what the excuse will be everywhere now when the Habs go deep.

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

      • Cal says:

        Ron MacLean. You mean the dipshit that said there were no Canadian teams in the playoffs? That Ron MacLean?
        I’ve said this before and will say it again: if I see him in the street, I’ll deck the POS.

        • Loop_Garoo says:

          I trust you are kidding about that, Mclean is a pretty harmless goof, I cannot believe that anyone is taking this so seriously. It’s not a big deal, it is not political, it’s a hockey game, and we all say far far worse on here everyday, including for example, that we would hit Mclean if we ever saw him on the street.

    • Loop_Garoo says:

      You must have heard something that wasn’t broadcast on my CBC channel, because on my channel, he said Tampa was complaining about the refs, and might use that excuse too. On my CBC, what he said wasn’t controversial in the least…well John Cooper might have disagreed, but who cares.

  54. Stevie.Ray says:

    I’ll defend Maclean because I doubt many others will.

    He did foul things up, and it is fair to consider his comments offensive. He basically implied that having a French-Canadian referee was a reason for why Montreal won, or at least that’s how it was inferred.

    He came back later in the night and did a very thorough job apologizing, and clarifying his comments.

    What he meant was, after the (manufactured) controversy with Cam Charron in game three, he thought that it was unwise to assign St. Laurent to ref game four. Not because he thought St. Laurent would be biased or do an unfair job, but because if there were another controversy (which it appears the media is already trying to manufacture), that having a French-Canadian referee in the middle of it all will only give ammunition to the, for lack of a better word, losers. He never once said St. Laurent or Charron were bad refs, but that having a French-Canadian ref tonight’s game after what happened in game three was perhaps creating a controversy before the game was even played. Ironically, the controversy wouldn’t have received any attention except for those few racist losers if Maclean hadn’t simply brought it up on CBC.

    In the end Macleans point was why give a potential loser an excuse by having a hometown referee ref the game. Doesn’t matter whether it was in Montreal, or some other city.

    And the obvious question is, “so should a hometown referee never get to ref a game in his hometown?” And Maclean did state that no, that is not the case. But in cases where there is a good chance where the loser will try to blame the refs, it is probably wise to not do so.

    All in all, it was Maclean’s naive mind going somewhere nobody else’s was, and a terrible misunderstanding taking place that made him look real bad. He apologized, and explained himself, and I believe him.

    • Da Hema says:

      It is good to get an alternative viewpoint, but this is hardly the first time MacLean has said something controversial or offensive to his audience. If MacLean had been professional, he would not have framed the discussion about the poor officiating during this past series in the manner he did. As Boone pointed out earlier, the Canadiens had a 3-12 record in the past 15 games (excluding last night’s) with Chris Lee officiating. This is deeply suspicious, but I see it as a league-wide problem of incompetent officiating. MacLean could have done some good by drawing national attention to the overall poor officiating in the NHL. Perhaps then a useful dialogue would emerge about why the quality of NHL officiating has declined so notably. Instead, egged on by the likes of Cherry and Healy, he framed poor officiating in this series as a conscious effort to advantage Montreal — which is manifestly absurd given Chris Lee’s record. MacLean should be fired, pure and simple.

      • Stevie.Ray says:

        I’ll agree Maclean certainly wasn’t graceful in how he brought this discussion up, and I think it was dumb even to do so. I doubt very many would have even considered a hometown bias if he had not asked about it, but I do believe he did not intend any offense and he was merely asking why the nhl would allow for this excuse to even potentially happen.

        But again, it was dumb to bring it up at all.

  55. Rad says:

    Game 4 was exactly what this team needed: some tense moments late in the 3rd … having to beat a good goaltender with the game on the line. Game 4 gave the boys a taste of playoff pressure — something they’ll have plenty of in the next round. An easy win would not have been the same. Now the team can rest up and get ready for Round 2. Habs on a roll!

  56. Storman says:

    IMO…Not sure if i agree with About Last Night pointing out the nationalities of our team members.. really of zero importance..They are the Montreal Canadiens..United we stand divided we fall..

    • Harditya says:

      Mr. Boone is just stating that this team is indeed making ALL of Canada proud not just Montreal, with the homeboys putting a hell of an effort and all Canucks, Jets, Flames, Oilers, Leafs and Sens fans should admire that. Though most of them won’t cause they are butthurt.

  57. Habitant in Surrey says:

    Sean Fitz-Gerald, The National Post; ‘Montreal Canadiens’ Michel Therrien has grown a lot since his days as a bullying young coach, former player Terry Ryan says in his new book’; ‘Tales of a First-Round Nothing: My Life as an NHL Footnote’


  58. Habcouver says:

    PK deserves huge credit for pointing out player positioning and being the quarterback in Patch’s winning goal.

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

    • Storman says:

      Watch the shift again and really its Max who deserves huge credit for keeping the play alive in the Bolts zone, twice knocking the puck off Bolts defenders so the Habs could keep possession,, awesome completely awesome work by patches on that power play.. Watch the replay again, he just didn’t score the goal he was the reason we had puck possession prior to him going to the net to score the goal.

  59. Habs_Fan_In_San_Diego says:

    Hey Boone, Andrei Markov is Canadian! Dual citizenship.

    He may not be a native son, but he’s just as Canadian as all those other guys you mentioned 🙂

  60. Da Hema says:

    It is just beyond me how HNIC has become such a national embarrassment. Is the average Toronto viewer so stupid that the ratings for Leafs games allows this farce to continue? The only time HNIC is worth watching is when the Western games are televised. Scott Oake is a class act, and Kelly Hrudey is a solid commentator. I hold no hope whatsoever — thank you Toronto — that the pathetic MacLean-Cherry-Galley-Healy-Stock Gong Show will end anytime soon.

  61. Captain Pike says:

    Attended my first ever playoff game last night and man, was it a good one. The collective joy and jubilation of the winning goal rendered me speechless.
    It’s a great night to be a Hab fan.
    CHeers to all!

  62. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I think, before Rogers takes over HNIC, the fact the Canadiens is the only Canadian team in the playoffs, and, so far, how well They are conducting Themselves, that there will be an uptick in the number of Habs Fans across North America

    …plus, McLean and Cherry are being exposed for what they are to anyone with good-taste, hockey sense and fairness

    …I will be very interested to see if Rogers’ production people reconsider allowing McLean and Cherry to have centre-stage like CBC has irresponsibly given them over these many years

  63. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the ONLY question I have at the moment is …what the Hell am I’m going to do for the next 10 dayz ???

    …crap, I don’t watch other teams …I only watch My Habs

    …I’m skunked !!! 🙁

    • Habcouver says:

      I suggest heading out in public places wearing your Habs jersey.
      I saw my first Habs car flag on a F150.

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

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …I’m wearing My Habs’ coach jacket 24/7 🙂

        …but, 10 dayz without being able to see My Habs play will be as challenging as trekking by camel through the Gobi desert with a single Colt 45 🙂

  64. Da Hema says:

    This was a very satisfying series victory to be sure. Despite the morons on CBC — and now Ron MacLean has officially become a dues-paid member of CBC’s exclusive Club Stupid led most admirably by PJ Stock — the Canadiens did not get “all the breaks” nor did they win because Tampa Bay “played poorly.” From what I observed, the Canadiens thoroughly outplayed Tampa Bay in every aspect of the game — with the exception of specialty teams. Like all good teams, the Habs made their breaks by playing hard and forcing Tampa Bay to make hasty and ill-advised plays.

    What is most gratifying is seeing the depth the Canadiens now have. I can’t recall the last time this team had potential starters who must sit in the press box. Think of it this way — just two seasons ago, Moen was put on the team’s first line because of injuries. There is a good chance Moen will not even play this playoffs. It is also hard but to conclude that such depth has made the Canadiens a more competitive team internally. Rene Bourque now realizes he is one-step of indifference away from the press box. It is good overall for the organization to have players competing for positions.

    I have been critical of Therrien, but I also am reasonable enough to give credit where it is due. The Habs were well prepared for this series, and the team’s coaching staff deserves some credit for that. That said, the specialty teams –both the power play and penalty kill units — were not good against Tampa Bay, so Therrien and the coaching staff still have lots of work to do to prepare for their next opponent.

    I think, though, the bulk of the accolades should go to the leadership core of the players themselves. Many posters here were critical of Brian Gionta throughout the season, but his play was inspired — especially given how Barberio slammed his head into the ice (a despicable play which the CBC not once condemned). The Habs clearly are a tight team — and I look forward to them playing either Detroit or Boston!

    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Yeah, I normally like Hughson and Simpson, but they seemed intent on characterizing the whole series as TB not getting the breaks. Faint praise for the brilliant performances by the Habs.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

      • jctremblay says:

        It was more pronounced from H&S as it became clear this series was a mismatch heavily in the Habs favour. By the end, it was “we all KNOW Tampa would have won the first game with Bishop in net” OH, really? They simply didn’t get the breaks etc. I would agree they got some bad breaks and a few bad calls but they also benefitted from being able to mug the Habs in the offensive zone on many occasions with impunity..lol…Did you see the lasso on MaxPac in the third? Anyway, its playoff hockey and we all know the drill…they let a lot more go and then bang…they get religion and send somebody off after they go a step too far. It has been ever thus since they first laced them up.
        If they draw the Bruins, which seems likely after Detroit failed to show up again tonight, it’s going to be a doozy. Much more talented and physical team with good to great goaltendings. Fortunately, we are a 4 line team this time with the best goaltender in the world and a D that gets it done in the clutch. Depth. Grit. Talent…we can win this series if we dont’ fall into the after the play crap Detroit got sucked into in GAme 2 with predictable results. Terrific. all around team effort and that includes the coaching staff.

  65. NLhabsfan says:

    HARPER sucking for votes in Montreal

  66. Habs_Fan_In_San_Diego says:

    Hey, I missed all the stuff about what Maclean said on the air, and what Stock and Friedman said afterwards. What exactly happened?

  67. ClutchNGrab says:

    For those who didn’t hear MacLean comments:

    In the Tuesday night segment, Mr. MacLean suggests that “François St. Laurent would not have been a popular choice for the Tampa Bay Lightning.” He then suggests the NHL assigned a French referee to send a message to the Florida team.

    “Why would you put yourself in that position?” Mr. MacLean said. “I thought it was a risky assignment.”

    CBC hockey reporter Elliotte Friedman, blushing visibly, defended the professionalism of Quebecois referees. “You know what? I just think it’s a tough thing to say. I’ve heard it, I’ve heard these things before. I just think to label all of the referees that way is really unfair,” he said.

    Mr. MacLean pointed to a hockey riot some 20 years ago in Prince Edward Island involving French-speaking players from Moncton, N.B.

    After a few moments of debate where Quebecker P.J. Stock attempted to interrupt to change the subject, Mr. Friedman asked Mr. MacLean point-blank: “So you’re saying there should never be a French referee in Quebec?”

    Mr. MacLean replied: “Just this time. Just after what happened in Game 3.”

    Mr. Stock waved his hands dismissively and returned the discussion to hockey.


    • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

      Yeah, full credit to both Freidman (sp?) and PJ who immediately recognized how stupid a comment it was. PJ, who grew up in the West Island and is very aware of the sensitivities, tried to save MacLean. But MacLean stupidly waded deeper. Stupid is as stupid does.

      I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • Stevie.Ray says:

      He did not mean that a French-Canadian would be biased or unfair, he was just bringing up the fact that after the controversial call made by Charron in game three and Tampa fans already claiming the refs were against them, why potentially add fuel to the fire by having a French-Canadian ref tonight’s game. And there was a controversial play tonight called by St. laurent. It was the right call, as was game threes, but it was against Tampa, and now Tampa has an excuse.

      It was probably still a dumb thing to say. It’s a hot button topic and even the slightest hint of racism toward the Québécois sets the country aflame, but I don’t think he had any racist intent, but was merely pointing out a controversy that probably could have been avoided.

      However, while it is smart to never give racists an excuse to be racist, you should also not have to tailor what you do to make them happy.

  68. naweed235 says:

    I’ll be the one to say it. Either of Boston or Detroit are probably afraid of who they’ll be facing in the next round if they make it there 🙂

  69. Adidess says:

    The previous died quickly, so forgive me for asking this question again. Matt Cooke and the stupidity of knee-on-knee hit…

    I had assumed for a long time that knee-on-knee hits were mostly accidental, so here is my question. Considering how potentially dangerous a knee-on-knee hit can be for both individuals involved, what makes a player intentionally use his own precious knee for a violent/vicious attack on another player’s knee? Does the player have no regard for his own health and well-being or there is an evil art involved in perpetrating it knowing only the recipient of the hit is likely to be injured? How does this work?

    Go Team CHanada!

    • Loop_Garoo says:

      Yup, I think the Habs are the worst possible opponent for the Bruins. We will still be a pretty heavy underdog, but with a real chance to win.

  70. Storman says:

    MacLean looks flustered he must be getting blasted in social media circles..

  71. ClutchNGrab says:

    If it’s Detroit, it means they had a long hard series.

    If it’s Boston, it will be MT’s first series against them. Regardless of what is being said about him, he doesn’t cope well with his team being abused, which is a good thing, I think.

  72. Storman says:

    MacLean apologizing on air right now..

    He still tries to defend his position,, this guy shit the bed on all officials, of which he used to be one,, he shit the bed on CBC, on himself, and all Canadians,, resign or be fired I say,, get off the air..

    • naweed235 says:

      really? what did he say? Also, I think you are a little harsh on our man Stubbs…

      • Storman says:

        (It was not Stubbs my bad) It was John LU who asked a very awkward question to Eller,, he should know better,, I really felt bad for Eller who played lights out to put in such an awkward situation,, The reporter in question John Lu should be the first to admit he screwed up big time with that question,, I am sure..

        • Mike Boone says:

          As big a screw-up as you deciding that John Lu’s question was asked by Stubbs?

          Mike Boone
          Hockey Inside/Out blogger

          • Storman says:

            Thanks Mike,,,sorry Mr. Stubbs,, my sincere apologies,, I will correct it,, and no John Lu’s dumb question was worse than me incorrectly deciphering the radio reporter just from his voice and dumb question….

    • ClutchNGrab says:

      That was a pretty stupid comment by MacLean. Good on Elliott Friedman to call him out on that on air, he’s one of the rare hockey guy who makes sense when he speaks.

      • Storman says:

        When Maclean said French Canadians should not officiate in Montreal,, even PJ Stock tried to make him see the error of his thinking,, and said what about Dave Jackson,, Ron MacLean did not accept the lifeline,, and still held firm to his outdated dumbass Cherry like racist theory,

        • Stevie.Ray says:

          It was an off the cuff question, and while it sounded like he may have meant French-Canadian referees should not ref in Montreal, you can clearly see that what he meant was that having a French-Canadian ref tonight’s game specifically could give the losing side an unfortunate racially motivated excuse for why they lost that would ultimately overshadow this series and playoffs.

    • Loop_Garoo says:

      Resign over this??? Don Cherry, PJ Stock, most political pundits, degrassi junior high etc all say more controversial things every few minutes.

  73. Storman says:

    The all Dumbass Awkward World Award goes to ( NOT Dave Stubbs sorry my bad,,it was John Lu) for that Gudlevski question..

    I was not sure it was Stubbs, my bad,, but it actually was John LU that asked Eller if Gudlevskis was like the goalie he faced in Sochi..Eller did not go to Sochi,, Eller played so well to be asked such a dumb question..

  74. Adidess says:

    Second? Sheesh!

    Oh yeah, second round, here we are!

    Go Team CHanada!

  75. FormalWare says:

    FIRST team to Round 2!

    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

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