About last night ….


Fearless prediction for Game 4:
There will be more than two penalties.
And they might not be minors.
If Boston is going to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole when the series resumes Thursday night at the Bell Centre, the Bruins are going to have to be more Bruinish.

Chastened by a Canadiens power play that scored four times in nine opportunities during the first two games of the series in Boston, the Bruins avoided the penalty box in Game 3.

Carl Soderberg, who is not known as the Milan Lucic of Sweden, took the only Boston penalty, a two-minute goalkeeper interference call that Carey Price did a nice job of selling.

The final faceoff might have been a harbinger of Game 4. Lars Eller’s empty-netter had given the Canadiens a 4-2 lead with three seconds left. Claude Julien deplayed his fourth line for the meaningless centre-ice draw, and there was some predictable jostling as the siren sounded.

I think we’ll see more of that in Game 4. And the Boston BS will start long before the 19:57 mark of the third period.

The Bruins will be aggressive from the opening faceoff. And the Canadiens’ ability to deal with aggression will go a long way toward deciding how the rest of this series plays out.

Led by Alexei Emelin’s seven, the Canadiens outhit Boston 36-31 in Game 3. Every skater except Tomas Plekanec and David Desharnais had at least one hit.

Subbed in for Francis Bouillon, Douglas Murray had five hits. The mammoth Swede also blocked four shots, contributing to the Canadiens total of 29 (Emelin had five, Josh Gorges and Mike Weaver four each). The shot blocks exceeded Carey Price’s save total by three.

Because Boston likely will try to go medieval and because Michel Therrien is inclined to stick with a winning lineup, I think we’ll see Douglas Murray back for Game 4. You can time Murray’s skating with a calendar and the advanced-stats weenies hate him, but the mammoth Swede is an effective crease-clearer.

The Soderberg “hit” notwithstanding, Price dealt with less traffic than he had in Game 2. And when the Canadiens’ all-world goaltender can see shots, he stops them.

Price has outplayed Vezina Trophy finalist Tuukka Rask in this series. And P.K. Subban, who’s the reigning Norris Trophy laureate but isn’t a finalist for the award this year, is outplaying Zdeno Chara, who is shortlisted for the 2014 Norris.

P.K. was spectacular in Game 3: 27:50 of ice time to lead both teams, a goal and an assist, giving Subban 11 points in the playoffs. He’s been on the scoresheet in every game except the opener against Tampa Bay.

But stats, advanced or traditional, don’t tell the full story on P.K.

Abused on and off the ice by the Bruins and their more cretinous fans, Subban is playing his best hockey of the season. He’s avoiding the penalty box – the roughing infraction on Reilly Smith was borderline. He’s skating the puck out of trouble, and P.K. is making exquisite tape-to-tape passes to teammates in motion.

Let’s be glad the Bell Centre is home to at least five playoff games this season. Geoff Molson is going to need that scratch to pay the Canadiens’ most valuable skater.

In addition to Subban, Price and Murray, the Canadiens got good-to-excellent Game 3 performances from Plekanec, Lars Eller and his linemates, Rene Bourque and Brian Gionta; Weise, Travis Moen (did you love his savage hit on Jarome Iginla late in the game?), Mike Weaver and Josh Gorges.

Therrien reunited Brendan Gallagher with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty. Thomas Vanek was moved to Gallagher’s spot with Plekanec and Michäel Bournival. Neither trio set the world on fire against Boston, but Vanek made a nice pass to set up the Plekanec goal.

Daniel Brière played only 6:08 – less ice time than Shawn Thornton – but his head-man pass sent Weise winging away for his second goal of the playoffs.

For the third time in the series, the Canadiens led by two goals in the third period.

This time, they were able to seal the deal in regulation.

Game 4 should be a beauty.



  1. Nimbus82 says:

    Really, Mike? PK was abused off the ice by the Bruins? And off the ice by their “fans?” You want to categorize a guy from Texas with an Islanders jersey tweeting racist comments as a Bruins fan then go at it. Let’s talk about the banana throwing incident at the Molson/Bell Centre. Ask Kevin Weeks how he felt about that.

  2. Chris says:

    Okay, when we’re all bored in the dog days of summer, I think Habs fans should seriously consider this:

    Two Minutes Hate!

    While I am not sure they would ever agree to such a negative theme, I would still love to see what JohnBellyful and Bugs could do with such a theme. I suspect it would be wildly entertaining.

  3. scavanau says:

    I just read the Boston Herald write up about last nights game. I have to laugh at the amount of childlike comments that come from their players mouths. Its like two toddlers in a sandbox and Montreal got hold of the better Tonka toy. They believe they didn’t lose, rather they didn’t make enough noise to draw the officials attention like Montreal does. Sad.

  4. HardHabits says:

    Is there really a debate about Murray?

    It’s nice having choices. I am gushing that the Habs actually have depth not to mention a nice wealth of riches in the prospect pool. Steady as she goes or get into a higher gear. Either works for me and it appears the organization is doing both at once.

    I’ll just sit back and enjoy the ride.

  5. JohnBellyful says:


  6. Cal says:

    New thread. You can transfer your arguments there. 😉

  7. HardHabits says:

    The player I hated the most back in the day was Ken Linseman. He set the bar high for douchebaggery by which all Boston Bruin’s are measured.

    If Ken Linseman were 10, Brad Marchand would be 9. Lucic would get an 8. No one could get under an opponent’s skin like Ken Linseman. He was the Master Rat.

    • Chris says:

      Only time I ever saw Naslund lose it was when he took a 5-minute elbowing major against Linseman. I remember him saying after the game that it was worth it. 🙂

      • Storman says:

        He actually just mentioned yesterday on TSN690 that Linesman was the Bruin he hated the most..although being the great guy that he is, was not sure if he would use the word hate,,

        On the subject I used to hate Jay Miller,, and also not a Bruin but oh boy Dale Hunter was as big a rat as there ever was..

  8. JohnBellyful says:

    So when Boston sportswriters say Lucic spearheads Bruin offence they’re not speaking figuratively?

  9. Maritime Ronn says:

    Too funny
    A stats guru shows up and whines and complains about puck possession when Murray was on the ice last night.

    The clincher is he then admits he didn’t even watch the game – only the highlights.
    And that is what hockey people have to deal with.
    People with stats programs that don’t watch the games.

    • Chris says:

      Might want to re-read that.

      Ben watched the Habs game. He didn’t watch the North Bay-Guelph OHL finals game.

      If you are going to call people out, then at least get the facts right.

      In this case, you are completely in the wrong. Ben is as much a “hockey person” as anybody on this site. The “hockey person” line is ridiculous…people can be hockey people and still appreciate some of the statistical side of the game.

      Some of us are such hockey people that we are actually following multiple games each night. I watched both games last night. Ben, who runs a site on prospects, PVR’s the OHL games so that he can watch them in more detail later.

      • frontenac1 says:

        I like The Commandant! He is one of the best at spotting the good prospects. We don’t agree on Hockey Fights or the Intangibles but so what? Keep up the good work Ben! I really look forward to your work at draft time. Saludos!

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Uh huh
        ..and I remember so well how Diaz was Top 2 because of his corsi fenwick…and the Habs management and coaches were clueless and stupid.

        • punkster says:

          Keep chummin’ the waters Ronn. Nothing like belittling others’ viewpoints to validate your own.

          Release the Subbang!!!

        • Chris says:

          So disagree! That is the point of a site like this.

          But you misread his post, and used that to attack his credibility. You’re better than that.

          You and I disagree on some aspects of what is important to a team. But I definitely respect your opinion on these things.

          I don’t always agree with Ben’s rankings (Fabbri below Ho-Sang, Ben? 🙂 ), but he’s proven himself to be a pretty knowledgeable hockey fan.

          We don’t need to polarize so much on this stuff. We’re all just spouting opinions.

    • Strummer says:

      All stats aside Murray was scaring the hell out of me when he was on the ice.
      The one sequence in the 1st period where he was trappped in our zone for 2:10 ater icing the puck numerous times was hard to sit through.

      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

      • Chris says:

        The funny thing was that I was thinking “Here we go!”. But Murray was relatively decent for the rest of the game…I think he had one more bad shift, and the rest were somewhat uneventful.

  10. Chris says:

    For those that care, last night was also Game 3 of the OHL finals. After losing Game 2 in overtime, Guelph was heading to North Bay hoping to avoid losing their 2nd consecutive game for the first time since early November, an astounding run of 71 games.

    North Bay has been riding VERY boring defensive hockey and strong goaltending from Jake Smith to stay in the series. Uncharacteristically, the Storm were not skating well in Games 1 and 2.

    Last night, North Bay got the opener against the run of the play (a recurring theme in this series), as Matthew Santos bagged one after a 4-on-2 rush by the Storm was broken up by a nice stick check at the blue line.

    Guelph got that one back, as Tyler Bertuzzi picked up the puck following a blocked shot in front of the net and was able to bag an easy one. Bertuzzi has probably been Guelph’s best forward in the last couple of rounds…he has been a buzzsaw. He’s physical, he chirps, and he scores. Detroit has a gem there, and he’s going to fit nicely with that roster as Bertuzzi gives them an edge that is otherwise missing from their other young guns.

    The Storm proceeded to simply dominate the rest of the second period, peppering North Bay with shots and keeping them on their heels. But yet again, North Bay found a way to score against the flow of the game, using a very crap roughing call against Ryan Horvat to pick up a PP goal. Horvat deserves a lot of penalties, as he crosses the line frequently. This one was not one of those cases.

    Guelph tied it again, this time on a Robby Fabbri goal from the point. Fabbri one-timed a power-play shot that deflected off Dylan Blujus’ ankle and past Jake Smith, who had been looking unbeatable at that point of the game. The goat horns have to be laid on Matt MacLeod of North Bay, who took a roughing penalty in response to two big Storm open-ice hits on North Bay players exiting their zone with their heads down. Both hits were clean, but both were hard.

    Blujus atoned for his error, floating a seeing-eye shot through a face-off crowd to restore the one goal lead. After that, Guelph was pressing hard to try to get a tying goal, and it looked like it was going to be for naught. But with 30 seconds to go and the goaltender pulled (and shortly after a North Bay clear missed going in the open net by about 6 inches, coming back as icing instead), a Nick Ebert bomb from the point was tipped by Zack Mitchell past Smith. Mitchell has been simply dominant in these playoffs, and it was nice to see the overager score such a big goal for his team.

    The game looked to be headed to overtime, but North Bay’s defenders inexplicably had a complete brain cramp in their own zone, and Brock McGinn was able to recover the puck in a scramble and pot the winner with just 11 seconds to go.

    Two goals in the final 30 seconds of the game has to be a heart-breaker for North Bay, and they don’t have much time to re-group with Game 4 going tonight.

    For the Storm, Justin Nichols needs to be a bit better. None of the goals were necessarily his fault, but they all came after sustained periods of pressure in North Bay’s end. Those goals are like stomach punches.

    And Robby Fabbri was just out of this world in the third period. In addition to his goal, he was robbed a couple of times and set up another glorious scoring chance. Whoever drafts this kid is getting an absolute gem. Fabbri’s draft stock must be soaring with teams that put stock on playoff performances.

  11. Maritime Ronn says:

    Without a stick to spear, Lucic is nothing more than a drunken coward.

    Anyone can clearly see and hear this on the video below from his drunken fight outside a Vancouver bar.

    “He hit me twice-He hit me twice…No. No. He hit me 3 times. – He hit me 3 times” squealed the Lucic coward without his spear.


  12. Ian Cobb says:

    Underestimated player for the Hab’s, and he happens to be the best all round player on the team.
    Plekanic can do everything out there at both ends of the rink. We would be in trouble without him. Very intelligent and reads the ice better than any other of our players.
    Price is one of the best tenders to have ever played the game, he will backstop our squad for many years.
    And then there is that Flashy defense man who is a combination of Bobby Orr and Brad Park rolled out in one fantastic kid, who nobody can catch or hit.

    #25 is just around the corner !!!

  13. @Habfan10912 gOOOOOOOOOd Morning Jim,

    I am painting up a storm today, have 4 figures on the go so I am in the zone, normally I turn him off, but can’t get enough of 8 Ball signing 😆

    Shane Oliver
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Brandon Predators

  14. BriPro says:

    This is what I posted about MT last night:

    Jack Adams winner – Patrick Roy
    Deserving winner – Mike Babcock
    Worthy opponent – Jon Cooper
    Master manipulator – Michel Therrien

    And I think Arpon Basu agrees with me,


  15. Habfan17 says:

    One player I am very happy for is Weise! His dad must be thrilled. Bothe his goals have come at key times. He has shown his hands aren’t made of stone and he has some scoring sense! last nights goal was great!


  16. Storman says:

    I am by no means a Marinaro fan,, but he is hilarious today,, He found the Dogs at the top of his lungs is actually quite funny.

  17. WVHabsfan says:

    I agree Chris about either one of those bums in our sweater

  18. mdp2011 says:

    So Lucic is going to get away with another spear, how surprising.

    ‏@reporterchris 33m
    Undetected Milan Lucic spear on Alexei Emelin — yes, another one — leaves #Habs fuming following Game 3: http://bit.ly/1jAxvmW

  19. Ian Cobb says:

    response to your post below!
    You are bang on about Patches, he lets DD and others do most of the digging on the boards, waiting to be set up by someone. He is not a play maker and he gives up the puck often.
    Markov on the other hand has lost a step, but is a very smart and a steady player. He lets PK do the pinching on the PP and the running around. While he backs him up. No problems with Markov being down on points. PK gets enough for both of them! Team player that backs up Emilin who needs it as well.

  20. Storman says:

    Milan Lucic’s favorite gum Spearmint,,
    Favorite bathing suit Speardo
    Favorite bird Spearow
    Favorite Whale to harpoon why of course The Spearm Whale
    Favorite movie Speartacus
    Hopes to carry on Lucic blood line by visiting Spearm bank with regularity.

  21. Chris says:

    Thus far, I refuse to add any new players because every time I grab onto a favourite player, they get traded, implode, or let go.

    Higgins (traded). Markov (injured). Koivu (catastrophic knee injury. cancer. catastrophic eye injury (and Justin Williams remains the only NHL player that I come close to hating). un-signed). Komisarek (imploded, un-signed). Desjardins (traded). Lebeau (traded). Muller (traded). Naslund (left at 30 years old).

    Unlike Boone, whose Reverse Boone Jinx seems to work wonders, the Chris Favourite Player Jinx just dooms Habs players. 🙂

    Thus far one of the two guys I thought about adding to the list for this season is resurrecting his season (see, even the thought can jinx them!) while the other is struggling mightily (but sometimes it takes a while).

    This is why I haven’t gone near my Habs jerseys in this run. 🙂

  22. TheCanadianDagger says:

    On a side note: Nick Hjalmarsson (sp?) for the Hawks to a puck in the throat apparently; and he has been cleared to play with a neck guard, but not cleared to talk! Your move basketball/baseball…

  23. habsfan0 says:

    Re: TSN adding 3 new channels:

    TSN 1,2,3,4, and 5 will all be Leaf centric.
    TSN 1 covers Leaf pregame rituals.
    TSN 2 covers Leaf coach excuses after yet another collapse.
    TSN 3 covers Leaf wardrobe proclivities when Leafs are not playing,i.e. not losing.
    TSN 4 covers last Leaf championship team, a mere 47 years ago.
    TSN 5 covers upcoming Leaf playoff games..i.e. channel will be blacked out.

  24. Sportfan says:

    Was a heck of a game, Weaver, Subban Eller, Price all the Habs they’ve been great I have really enjoyed watching them this post-season. If they keep playing like that anything is possible!

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  25. jrs10069 says:

    What a f’n game. Made the cruise from Ottawa to Mtl to hang with the pals and was well worth it. Very pleased to see the Habs address their forecheck, made all the difference in the world.

    Time to get supersitious and drive back on Thursday as I’m 2-0 at the mtl locale when pounding brew and jamie. Will start working the wife, i’ll tell her that the HIO crowd is forcing my hand.



  26. Sportfan says:

    The advanced stats people can suck a lemon Murray was fantastic, he also got rid of any after the whistle bs with Price. He shoved the Bruins out, not offense to Frankie, but Murrays size really helps against Boston.

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    • Luke says:

      Why the hate for advanced stats? Your hate for them is as foolish as their dismissal of Murray.

      There is certainly a correlation between icings and time spent in the defensive zone w/o possession and Murray’s presence.
      I think that is obvious. And you don’t need the ‘advanced stats’ to recognize it. What they do is help validate the observation.

      You say his size helps against the Bruins. That there are fewer post-whistle scrums. Perhaps. But “advanced stats” could validate that if they tuned their measurables to look at that sort of thing.

      I’m not a disciple of advanced stats. I am really not interested in focusing on them. I am not naive enough to dismiss them.

      To quote the great modern day philosophers:

      Homer Simpson: Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.
      Lisa Simpson: That’s specious reasoning, Dad.
      Homer: Thank you, dear.
      Lisa: By your logic I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.
      Homer: Oh, how does it work?
      Lisa: It doesn’t work.
      Homer: Uh-huh.
      Lisa: It’s just a stupid rock.
      Homer: Uh-huh.
      Lisa: But I don’t see any tigers around, do you?
      [Homer thinks of this, then pulls out some money]
      Homer: Lisa, I want to buy your rock.
      [Lisa refuses at first, then takes the exchange]

      • Commandant says:

        Habs possession with Murray off the ice (and the game tied or within 2 goals)…. 55%.
        With Murray on the ice 27%.

        Its like a freaking PP for Boston when he is on the ice. We are constantly hemmed in our own end, and how many icings did he cause.

        Go Habs Go!


        • Chris says:

          You watching any of the OHL finals, Ben?

          North Bay’s defence is ridiculously solid. The Storm keep trying to make the cute passes that they used to torch Erie and London, but North Bay aren’t having any of it.

          I’m hoping that the late goals last night finally broke North Bay’s will a bit. We’ll see how it goes tonight. 🙂

          • Commandant says:

            Haven’t watched last nights game yet, but I plan to later today. Have seen the highlights.

            Guelph should take the series. North Bay is playing great right now, but Guelph is the deeper, better team.

            Go Habs Go!


        • Luke says:

          Oh, I know. Surem, he brings some ‘intangibles’ but the team scrambles.

          He knocks some folks down, or pushes people away from the crease, sure… but he turns the puck over and ices it.

          I’m not defending Murray or Stats, just saying that the stats bear out what the “advanced stat weenies” criticize him for.
          And that the “Anti-stat bullies” (I’ll call them that b/c calling them “advanced-stats weenies” is junevile and dismissive) wanted to produce an argument to prove his worth to the ‘weenies’ well, go for it.

          And it better be more thoguht out than “This rock keeps away Tigers.”

          Actually now that I think of it, I’m more in line with you, Ben.

          Plus there hasn’t been much apres whistle nonsense all series. so, for the 2 games and the 48 minutes Murray wasn’t on the ice last night, I suppose someone else’s size kept the Bruins in check.

          He’s also a #6/7 defenseman. So I believe everything he does will be marginal.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Of the 3 games against Boston, which did you think the Habs played best? Don’t forget it’s a team game, so all the players in the lineup count!

          • frontenac1 says:

            Exactly Burly. Team game and Intangibles. Mike knows what he is doing. That’s why we’re here and up a game on the Presidents Trophy winner. Let the weenies have their fun. It doesn’t matter. Saludos!

    • Chris says:

      There hasn’t really been any after the whistle BS with Price in this series, so it was pretty easy to get rid of. In fact, the only shot Price has taken from a Bruin all season long was in last night’s game. 🙂

    • Commandant says:

      I disagree…. Murray had one nice hit on Bergeron. That was it.

      The rest of the time on the ice, we were pinned in our own end when Murray was on the ice.

      You don’t have to clear the crease if you aren’t hemmed in your own end for your entire shift. Murray can’t get the puck out.

      I’d much rather play Tinordi.

      Go Habs Go!


      • Ozmodiar says:

        Yes, pinned in our own end – like on Saturday.

      • The_Truth says:

        This is not the right time to put in a Tinordi. He is young with very limited experience. He made some costly Gaffes in the regular season and wasn’t exactly the Pronger of the AHL last year either.

        Way too risky to try that now. Murray and Bouillon are doing a fine job for 6th defencemen. Unless we have two injuries, we will not be seeing Tinordi these playoffs.

        • Ozmodiar says:

          There’s no way MT goes with Tinner in this series.

          Folks ought to just pick their poison: Bou or Crank

          No point in hoping for Beau or Tinner.

      • frontenac1 says:

        People sometimes see what they want see. I will go with what the coach said about Murray last night.” He adds a physical presence that the team respects and appreciates. He is important and played a great game” Last night Price faced 28 shots.Game one he faced over 50! Hemmed in?

  27. Ali says:

    kudos to MT/JJ Daigneault: They’ve recognized that Markov has not been at his best this series. Ice time down to 20 minutes, while PK and Gorges are out there for 25+ each, while still keeping Murray and Weaver to 12 mins each. Impressive bench management.

  28. Bun E. Laroque says:

    The winning goal was definitely evidence of Bergevin’s shrewdness. Weaver blocking yet another shot, Briere making a great pass ( hes been good in the playoffs), and Weise coming up big again. There were some great little moments in that game – Bournival slashing Chara’s wrist early on, Lucic desperately trying to get under Emelin’s skin, and my favourite, Gallagher getting a three for one at the end of the game
    – knocking Rask, cross checking Hamilton and stick to the face of Krug.
    Go Habs !!

  29. Mavid says:

    Bruce Garrioch is such a hack…all he can talk about is PK knocking the net off whether he did it on purpose is pure speculation. Go and cry in you Sens nappy..

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  30. Dunboyne Mike says:

    My other question is about Murray.

    Yesterday’s discussions about whether or not to play him in Game 3 were really good: lots of valid points both ways, demonstrating just how close a call it must have been.

    Most now agree it was the right call and worked out well (REALLY well! Still seeing those skates aligned as if playing in Australia!).

    My question: did it only work because MT had last change?

    My other other question: COULD it work in Boston, ie. without last change?

    Because in a possible scenario in which Boston goes home 3-1 down, they will surely SURELY go into desperate full metal-jacket mode. In that scenario, the presence of Murray would be highly reassuring.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Is it possible MT would consider a 7dman lineup with 1 forward left out?

      • Chris says:

        He shouldn’t…the forward depth is what is keeping the Habs rolling.

        Bouillon was as good in Game 1 (actually better) than Murray was in Game 3. Bouillon needed a rest, and Murray will soon enough.

        But man…Mike Weaver is playing ridiculously well in these playoffs. He does get overmatched, and his turnovers have set up some sustained pressure for the Bruins. But he’s blocking shots, absorbing hits and doing whatever else it takes to win hockey games.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Yah, I am not suggesting he do so, as I agree with your point. I just wonder if he doesn’t get himself a bit confused over which dman to play. He clearly sees merits in both players. Perhaps it is as simple as, at home play Murray, on the road play Bouillon for this series.

          • Chris says:

            Probably not a bad compromise. On home ice, he can avoid unfavourable match-ups except when the Habs are so hemmed in that they ice the puck, as happened in the first period last night.

            On the road, Bouillon’s ability to skate is very useful.

          • The_Truth says:

            I think that is probably the best play.

          • HardHabits says:

            It’s nice having choices. I am gushing that the Habs actually have depth not to mention a nice wealth of riches in the prospect pool. Steady as she goes or get into a higher gear. Either works for me and it appears the organization is doing both at once.

            I’ll just sit back and enjoy the ride.

  31. TheCanadianDagger says:

    Also, one of the keys to the game was Pleks being a BEAST on the face-offs last night, against the league’s best. What a difference starting with the puck as opposed to defending.

  32. DipsyDoodler says:

    And another thing.

    We’ve all rightly praised PK, Price, Weisey, Bourni, Lars etc …

    But how about my man Tomas Plekanec!

    How about that guy!

    Moving. Forward.

    • CJ says:

      I thought he was solid, aside from the clean loss to Bergeron and the failure to tie him up which resulted in the Bruins first goal.

      That is a tough assignment and Pleks is doing very well to hang with, IMO, one of, if not the most complete players in the league.

    • RJ says:

      Pleks was absolutely great last night.

      “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Pleks is hangin’ with one of the top 3 two-way centers in the NHL.

      …. and he’s owning Krejci … again.

      Folks slowly taking notice of the player we have in Plekanec.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I am guilty of underestimating Plex, and perhaps the fact we finally have some depth, thus giving him some better linemates has helped showcase Plex for who he is.

        I did think he had an opportunity to make a better play for the empty net with about a minute left, but I am being far too picky in pointing that out.

        He is playing tremendous hockey these playoffs.

        • Ozmodiar says:

          I was cussin’ when he didn’t score on the open net as well. 🙂

          Linemates – yeah, when was the last time someone set him up like that for a goal? He must have thought it was Christmas.

  33. cdhc says:

    The one thing that is apparent through games 1-3 is that the Bruins (thus far) have absolutely no answer for PK Subban. He is THAT dominant.

    Good Evening Ladies and Gentleman, this is Danny Gallivan along with Dick Irvin from the Forum in Montreal!

  34. Say Ash says:

    Can somebody please explain this Alibaba site? “Cheap Montreal Canadiens Youth Kids Jersey” WTF? Is there something lost in translation?


  35. Dunboyne Mike says:

    My amateur assumption is that, as Mike B infers in ALN, the Bruins will come out all hitting, clean and otherwise, and worry about scoring some time after surveying all the carnage they intend to wreak.

    So my question: is this an oversimplification of Julien’s options? Or can we take rock ’em sock ’em to the bank?

  36. habsguru says:

    Marinaro has officially lost his mind, but I’m so stoked about last nights win, that I actually find him funny today! Odd huh?

  37. DipsyDoodler says:

    I re-watched the 3rd period (a lot less stressful when you know the outcome) last night and the good news is we were much more controlled. There were very few moments of sustained Bruins pressure. The bad news is we only had one chance to score (when Vanek stole the puck from the wookie and hit the crossbar).

    I think what is happening is that the B’s start off games a bit tentative. When they go down by two they throw caution to the wind, and their D-men start pinching. Because the whole team battles for every puck, they become very dangerous. They’re a little out of control, but like Scoobie and Shaggy running around like crazy and stumbling onto the hidden trapdoor, it usually leads to good things for them.

    We don’t seem to be able to take advantage of their loss of defensive shape when they get into that mode, and the best we can hope for is to defend.

    Moving. Forward.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think you make very good observations there Dipsy. Key is for the Habs coaches etc… to start pinpointing how to counteract this all out assault that the Bruins come with in the third period.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Great points both in terms of the dufference in what we see rewatching a gamecir segment and the Habs 3rd period play.

      I love rewatching a game so I can focus on certain players that get mentioned in the press and in here. My initial opinion is often different after reviewing.

  38. Storman says:

    Tony Marinaro making his case for committal live on air,,JOHN YOU FOUND THE DOGS HE FOUND THE DOGSSSSSSSSSSSS,

  39. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Is this fair comment?

    Montreal is approaching its A-Game (which it wasn’t in games 1 and 2), which last night prevented the Bruins from playing theirs.

    Ergo, our Nearly-A-Game is superior to Boston’s already maxed-out A-Game.

    But I love to keep referring to them as the “League’s Best Team”, because of course the only team that can make that claim is the one that wins the Cup.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I’m not going to add anymore to this except I renewed my passport yestetday. I had them expedite it as perhaps I’ll be making a trip North next month. 🙂

    • New says:

      Years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the earth, everybody thought the Flyers were unbeatable. They were the “League’s Best Team” and everybody wanted to be like them. Their goalies were unbeatable, their defense untouchable, their aggressive forwards unstoppable. Their whole game was a myth. Oh they were good. Have no doubt of that. But when Montreal, amongst others, took them apart it was because they were no longer intimidated. Intimidation is a huge part of hockey, and most contact sports. That is the reason Julien put his fourth line out to cause a cluster at game’s end. Delay the swarm off the bench to mob Price. Take a little away from the win. That is the reason Marchand spears, slashes, kicks, and pokes all game. So the Bruins can suddenly change up their pattern and throw everybody off when whistles are least likely to be blown. Suddenly you’re playing a different team.

      At a guess I’d say that about 10 League teams are better than Boston. They just don’t believe it. I think Montreal believes it and I have a hunch Boston knows that.

  40. TheCanadianDagger says:

    Loving the Crankshaft out there and putting Bergeron skates up! Seeing Bergeron the next few zone entries dump it in (for a player who likes to carry) when Crankshaft was on the ice was so satisfying. Exactly why big No. 6 is on the ice.

    And really loved Moen giving it to Iggy, who once was one of the league’s classiest players, now reduced to a whining d-bag!

    • Dunboyne Mike says:


      … a whining, FILTHY CROSS-CHECKING whining d-bag.

      • TheCanadianDagger says:

        A damn shame, he has been brainwashed. It also looks like the Bs are well aware when Emelin is on the ice. I saw a few guys pull up when they heard his foot steps, Igor Lucic being one of them.

    • frontenac1 says:

      How about the Bruins trying to get some nonsense going with their 4th line on the last faceoff? Crankshaft calmed Thornton right down. I’ve said it many times, a good Enforcer doesn’t Have to fight. Intangibles amigos.

      • TheCanadianDagger says:

        What a clown Julien is, “Go sick ’em, Donkey Kong”.

        Not with Sheriff Crankshaft, Thornton noticeably wants no part in that.

  41. New says:

    Man the Bruins are good at what they do. Everything is a head game with them.

  42. Dust says:

    My thoughts on last nights game.
    Finally. thats the first game this series the habs weren’t outplayed. The forwards came back so well that game. Helping the defense out which lead to more tunovers and transition plays. Thats how they will win this series.

    Habs got some love by the officials last night. I’m not sure how that wasn’t a penalty shot when subban knocked the net off with 8 seconds left.

    Next game i expect a lot of penalties in the first period to try and keep these two teams under control

    • TheCanadianDagger says:

      Kerry Fraser tweeted that the right non-call was made, somewhere he went into further detail justifying it, but I can’t find it. I like Fraser’s input, he is impartial and goes into good detail on how calls/non-calls relate to the wording in the rule book, that’s the key part on a lot of these plays, how it’s worded in the book.

      • Dust says:

        i’ll have to check that out. i just find it hard to believe that subban, who is the best skater on montreal and whos edge work is so good, accidently bumped into the net.

        I know if that was reversed and a bruins player did that, i would be pissed off… big time

    • Strummer says:

      There has to be “intent” to dislodge the net.
      Refs didn’t see any.

      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

      • Luke says:

        I’m not sure what the benefit to intentionally dislodging it there would have been anyways.
        IIRC PK i heading to pick up the puck on the right side of the net, Price pushes it to the left side, PK recalibrates, cuts the corner a bit tight, but still picks up the puck.
        He was in a position to clear (or make a play) the puck.
        Dislodging it stops play and gives Boston an O-zone faceoff.

        Am I, with apologies to MLB’s steriod era, “mis-remembering”?

        • TheCanadianDagger says:

          I agree, he was initially taking a line around the net to the left of Price but the puck went around back more then he thought so he quickly cut to the right side of Price. He wasn’t under a tonne of pressure and should have been able to clear it easily enough. No benefit to knocking the net off.

  43. CJ says:

    Lots to be happy about following the win last night. The future looks bright and, dare we dream, playoff success could be sustained going forward. Again, it’s all about the present and I couldn’t be happier.

    That said, two players who I expected much more from, have yet to show me the quality of play that I had hoped their leadership would deliver this post season – Markov and Max.

    I have the game PVR’d, so I look forward to re-watching tonight, but neither Markov or Max impressed me at all last night. This is an extension of what I saw at game four against the Bolts. In the case of Max, I think the Bruins have game planned and are targeting him. If he comes alive, the Bruins will be in serious trouble. Markov however has been nuetralized, not so much by an opposing system, as he has by appearing timid.

    Again, I know that Markov is off limits and that the majority want to extend him another 3+ years, but I simply don’t see it. Aside from a two point game, he hasn’t produced offensively and I haven’t been particularily impressed with his play in any of the three zones. Again, I will re-watch the game, so maybe my criticism is unfair.

    I welcome feedback from the commentariat. Maybe I am off base. Cheers, CJ

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Max and Marky are two of the players who have been consistently skipping optional practices. I wonder if they’re both hurt.

      Moving. Forward.

    • Strummer says:

      Speaking of Max, I’ve noticed that DD is playing well in his own zone, and Gallager NOT so well in the defensive zone..
      Would this not minmize chances to get out of their own zone when this line is on and create some offense for this line?
      Or am I all wet?

      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

    • Cal says:

      Markov is playing a “safe” game and not getting caught pinching at the wrong- read ANY- time.
      With only 1 PP the whole game, his offense was limited. He didn’t give the puck away much, but did ice the puck a few times.
      Habs forwards have to be better on the breakouts.

    • stephen says:

      I thought Max looked better than he did in game 2, at least. He seemed more engaged overall. I am hopeful that Gallagher can help create some more chances for that line.

      Strangely, I don’t remember much about Markov’s game. Not sure what that says about it, to be honest. I may have missed some glaring errors, but I can’t recall any off the top of my (still ringing!) head.

  44. HardHabits says:


  45. adamkennelly says:

    Trades MB made – Weise, Vanek, Weaver….I think this guy knows what he’s doing a little bit…

  46. HabinBurlington says:

    A pretty well written piece by Damien Cox (pains me to say that) on what the Habs are doing to the Bruins. Yes some references to the Leafs, but it is a Toronto paper.


    • Luke says:

      It makes sense to reference the Leafs, as you say, It is a T.O newspaper.

      Cox needs to relate to the audience he is writing for in order to have them read it. I think too much is being made about which TV broadcast or paper is or isn’t cheering enough for the Habs.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I still think the CBC production is slanted anti Habs. Craig Simpson to me couldn’t sound more Pro Boston and wishful in his discussion of the game during his Colour Commentary. Stock is obvious, Hrudey and Friedman are the voices of reason on CBC.

        No issue with how a Toronto paper relates a Hab story to a TOronto audience. Just the same with local TSN/Rogers Radio, they are a Toronto station.

        • Paz says:

          I think if you polled Canadians many more hate the Habs than cheer for them, and that’s the CBC’s audience.

          Am I wrong?

          • HabinBurlington says:

            By that standard they shouldn’t cater to the Leafs either, seems to me they should just present a neutral broadcast of what essentially is our national game. (recognize Baggataway technically is)

          • Paz says:

            Yes. I agree. I admit I never watch the CBC’s coverage of the Habs. It’s not good for my blood pressure.

          • frontenac1 says:

            Ipsos-Reid did a poll in 2009 to find out “who was Canada”s Team” Nationwide results were 33% Habs, 25% Leafs.28% no franchise and the rest spread amongst the remaining Cdn Teams.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Thanks Front, I thought I remembered reading that we did in fact outnumber Leaf fans across the nation.

        • Luke says:

          Simpson? Really… hmmmmm I’ll have to pay closer attention to him.
          Healy is the aboslute worst though. One of my favourite points he made was during game #1, MOntreal being brutalized by the sheer number of Boston hits! 21 Hits already! punishing number of hits! Then the CBC, appropriately, pops up a graphic relating to what he is discussing.

          Boston – 21
          Montreal – 18

          Listening to Heals, I was expecting a goose egg…

  47. Maritime Ronn says:

    Say it ain’t so.

    Some COTU rumors floating around that Babcock may/could end up in Toronto.
    He has 1 year left (lame duck) and supposedly wants huge money ($3M+).
    Would Detroit actually let this guy walk?

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Won’t happen. Detroit knows what they have in him and they are not dumb enough to let him walk

    • Strummer says:

      Babcock is less enthusiastic about staying on.
      His core players are over the hill, and he hasn’t been given an extension yet.
      He would like to be with a team where he would have a bigger role in player personnel decisions. Apparently Ken Holland won’t relenquish any responsibilities.

      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I think you are on to something there Strummer. If indeed Babcock is considering moving on, I would think it is with aspirations of being a GM. The only way however, that a Toronto team could get him is with the assurance of Player control, and perhaps keys to the GM’s office 1-2 years into the deal.

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          I think you’re on to something there too, burli.

          Even though Nonis received an extension, he just doesn’t look like the California type of guy(s) that Lewicke and Shanahan literally look and act like.
          Babcock fits that bill…with his McGill tie.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Shanahan-Detroit connection.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      From 30 thoughts:

      “One subject Holland politely refused to discuss: compensation for losing your employees to other clubs. (He will not allow contact with AHL Grand Rapids coach Jeff Blashill, who would be a big-time contender for open NHL jobs.) ”

      If he’s not allowing this guy to get an NHL interview is he keeping him for the Red Wings?

      Moving. Forward.

  48. stephen says:

    Now that I’ve got my schmaltzy post out of the way, I can make a few observations about my experience at the game last night…

    1) Still confused about PK’s penalty. Have yet to go back to look at replays, but I know at the time, I didn’t quite understand the ‘roughing’ call. Did he do something afterward?

    2) Loved what Murray brought. My stomach lurches every time he handles the puck in his own zone, but his muscle in front of the net and in the corners is invaluable.

    3) Vanek’s slap-pass to Pleks for his goal was positively brilliant. I jumped up and roared at the pass itself before the puck even went in!

    4) There is simply nothing like a Canadiens crowd. Spine-tingling stuff, from the very start. Just about teared up during the anthem. Thought the roof would blow off when PK scored.

    5) Oddest pre-game highlight? Seeing Francois Gagnon (RDS) out in the plaza before the game flipping someone the bird. Don’t why, but it made me laugh.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I don’t think he should have gotten a penalty, but I loved how PK handled the question with the media after the game. He said (paraphrased) that he saw replay and realized his arm came up, and that he doesn’t mean to hit dirty and that it was a good call. I actually don’t believe him, but he is saying all the right things to the media, good on him!

      • stephen says:

        Hi HiB,

        I agree about PK’s comments about the penalty after the game. As I just said below, I imagine they were strategic in nature, just to keep the issue from getting bigger than it need be and potentially giving the Bruins ‘ammunition’.

      • Paz says:

        Subban’s parents deserve a medal for their work. PK is first class.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Did you see the article a few days back Ed, where PK’s father purchased the tee-shirt mocking the Habs as Divers, as it had #76 and Subban on the back of it? His father said you have to enjoy these times and have fun with it. Indeed his parents seem ideal role models for PK and anybody else! MVP’s just as Durant (NBA MVP) described his mother.

          • Paz says:

            Did you know PK’s father was a school Principle at Jane and Finch?

            That must be the toughest job in the country and he took it on while he was bringing up his boys!

            Yes I saw that article you mentioned. Great, great stuff!

          • frontenac1 says:

            Wow! That would be one of the toughest gigs in the country. Talk about Coach of The Year honours.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Cheers, Stephen. It’s great to get dispatches from the battleground itself. Cool observations.

      No. 2) — Murray looked good on the Boston blue-line and on some pinches, no?

      And who did he cream and upend at our blueline in the 1st? Couldn’t see the number or name, only skates pointing at the ceiling

    • Maritime Ronn says:


      re your point 1 the Subban penalty.
      Technically, there was no penalty there yet it may have all been about the refs trying to keep control.

      It was in the 1st period-12 minute mark-the hit was high, or going to be high…and perhaps the refs call was just to send a message to both teams.
      No call would have meant ‘open season’ and the Habs don’t win that war.
      In that vein, the penalty was almost worth it.

      • stephen says:

        Hi Ronn,

        Yes, I’ve found some replays of it now. What’s a bit odd, however, is how the ref doesn’t make the call straight away. There is a noticeable delay between the hit itself and when the ref decides to put his arm up. Anyway, the end result was certainly sweet redemption. 🙂

        Anyway, I like PK’s calling it a penalty after the game. Just keeps any further flames from being fanned. All business.

  49. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Great team effort last night. Everyone played great except Patches looks like he’s dialing it in for some reason, and sadly, Markov is showing his advanced age.

  50. Timo says:

    Moar Subban and Murray! Less Bouillon. Simple.

  51. zephyr says:

    another great effort. I think max & dd could use weise on their wing. weise could create some space for those guys. max is having to go to the corners & get the puck. difficult to score from there.
    markov has looked old & slow this series. I hope he picks it up a bit.

    • krob1000 says:

      When they first got Wiese…that was where I thoguth he would end up….some day he still may. He is still young. He is big enough to help them out physically, he can cause havoc in front like Cole used to, he is fast enough to sakte with Patches. He is not as creative as them but ihe is better offensively then the Moen’s and Prust types….it could work and I really thought that was where they would try him way back when.

  52. shiram says:

    Plekanec is quietly having a beastly series, overshadowed by the likes of Subban and Price.
    He’s risen to the occasion, and the Habs would not be where they are without his excellent play.

    Vanek looked fired up, the Bruins killer we were expecting.
    And Murray eas involved physically, and did not seem to cost the team too much.

    I feel like the Habs are the best team in the East to take down the Bruins.
    Their mantra of hate could very well do them in.

  53. ragethorn says:

    Any pessimists left? Anybody? Anyone? We’re not in the clear yet all but damn, that was the perfect response to Saturday.

  54. aversglay says:

    So I looked at the Boston Herald to see what they think of the series. Here are the takeaway points from how THEY see it:

    Bruins are a bunch of whiners,
    Price is great,
    Rask sucks against the Canadiens
    P.K. is great, in fact the younger Bruins are lucky to be able to play with him and learn a thing or two.

    I was expecting that they would see things differently. See for yourself:


    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Thanks for posting, aversglay. I read two of those — proper journalism. Yikes! Signals the last time I ever go to the Globe. Atrocious writing and lots of cheerleading.

  55. CJ says:

    Good morning folks!

    Wow, what a night. Still trying to get my balance, but life is good following a win. I tried to quickly scan comments and would like to heap a little more praise on Weise. My goodness was he flying last night. I recall having a conversation earlier this year when many suggested this kid was nothing more than a fourth liner. Let me tell you something, with that kind of speed, size and a decent set of hands, we might have something here. He is producing, on the biggest stage and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t think he is a second line player, but he is a versatile young man, who, IMO, is getting better and better. Amazing the impact a player can have when he has a little confidence.

    Lars Eller was terrific last night. I am not sure what I can really say. He has confidence and the trust of the coaching staff. I like his game and LOVE the fact that the coaching staff trusts him to be on the ice in key situations. Eller plays a big man’s game and is unafraid to go to the dirty areas.

    I hate that we are a better team without Prust, but we simply can’t carry a guy who’s playing at 70%. Bournival, Moen and/or White fill that vacancy quite nicely.

    Murray looked both great and terrible at times last night. He is very solid on the boards and I love having his size, but boy is he slow…..

    At the end of the day, it starts and ends with our star players – PK and Price. Boston, IMO, has a better team, but the two best players on the ice last night – the two best players this series, both wear the Red, White and Blue. Carey looks locked in. Aside from a few shaky moments in game one against Tampa and some bounces in the third period of game two against the Bruins, Price has been absolutely amazing. PK has equally risen to the occassion, which boads well going forward.

    2-1 is great, but there is lot’s of work left to do. I hope the boys continue to apply pressure and not let the Bruins up. This has all the markings of a long series and there are chapters yet to be written, but this is a great start.

    Now, I just need to get through the day….. Cheers, CJ

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Thanks for that CJ. Must have been awesome for you and Matty to experience. CHeers.

      • CJ says:

        It was great Jim. Certainly among the top five Bell Centre games that I have been to.

        • stephen says:

          Hi CJ,

          Glad you got to experience it too. I’ve been to my share of regular season games, but this was my first playoff game. It certainly didn’t disappoint!

          • CJ says:

            Hi Stephen. Good stuff! I read your review and share your thoughts and feelings. It was a great game. Let’s hope the boys can keep it rolling. Boston will push back, with everything they have, on Thursday night.

    • Timo says:

      With Eller and Bourque line looking dangerous, Bruins have to spread their focus. Habs aren’t a one line pony these playoffs… And I agree – Weise is playing great. I really wish Prust was healthy and did what he could do but he is better out of the lineup the way he played.

      Habs better bring it on Thursday or it won’t be pretty.

      • CJ says:

        I agree Timo. The Bruins will be loaded for bear on Thursday. It will be a very tough task as the series outcome hinges largely on this pivotal game. Up 3-1 is a whole lot better than being tied, going back to Boston, 2-2. I expect the Bruins to be much better. Truth be told, Lucic was a complete no-show last night.

  56. stephen says:

    Bon matin to all!

    With all due respect to the venerable Matty, who is indeed undefeated at the Bell Centre in the Vanek era, I’m afraid I need to credit last night’s victory to my papa’s attendance.

    While last night was my first playoff game, my dad was attending his first Habs playoff game since seeing the Rocket pot the overtime winner at the Forum in game 5 of the 1958 Cup final.

    Wasn’t it fitting, then, to climb (and climb…) to our seats in the blues and to find the inimitable glare of the Rocket on the wall behind us.

    We couldn’t have asked for a better game. It was an electrifying initiation to playoff hockey for me, but more importantly, I was happy that my dad could rediscover some of the magic of his youth.

    I grew up with the wonder and whimsy of my dad’s stories of games at the Forum, in awe of his recollection of every last thrilling detail. I feel so fortunate to now have such a special memory that we can share.

    So while I’m sure your presence last night helped, Matty, last night was all about papa!


  57. Ah! It’s a beautiful day! I don’t feel dirty anymore from game 2, but I hope that blown late lead doesn’t come to bite us in the ares. Have a superb day HIO’ers, looking forward to Thursday and the angry, boorish, Booins looking to exact revenge.

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

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

    Loved it when Dougie Hamilton confronted wee Brendan Gallagher after a Rask save. Gallagher barely taps him in the shoulder and Hamilton drops to the ice like it was Murray that hit him… and high sticks his own player in the process. Gallagher points the the official: “Really?”

    X X X X X X 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

    • HardHabits says:

      I loved the sheer grit and determination of Gallagher’s response. It’s like Hamilton expected to swat Gallagher away and instead got stung real hard.

    • Strummer says:

      That was Patch that flattened Hamilton in that scrum.

      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

      • krob1000 says:

        NO it was Gallagher int he scrum he is talking about…my little guy was wearing his Gallagher jesey, it was Gallagher’s birthday and it was a big deal in our house as he watches every second of Gallagher like a hawk…then takes shots or stickhandles or plays for much of the game!!! It was hilarious that he knocked down two Bruins with a little shove.

    • zephyr says:

      I remember 2 boston players falling down. they both took a dive hoping for a penalty. boston looks desperate.

    • Timo says:

      Can only imagine if Gallagher was 5 inches taller and 30 lbs heavier.

      • Luke says:

        He wouldn’t play the game the same way, and he wouldn’t have battled the same way to acheive what he has.

        He is the type of player and person he is largely because he is 5’9″ and 180lbs.

  59. Bim says:

    Shades of 71 all over again. Dryden’s rookie year and Beliveau’s last. Bruins dominated Habs all over the place but lost the series. This is sort of looking like that one. We’ll know for sure after Thursday or not. It would be a hellava upset if it happened.

  60. rljmartin says:

    Murray, when he was on, a Bruin spent time on his butt. Nothing wrong with that and he knows when and how to pinch. He set the tone early last night and no Bruin grabbed him in the ending scrum.

    Briere…. Kinda feel sorry for him…. most efficient point per minute played on the team and gets no ice time….Last night, a little over 6 minutes and a great assist.

  61. piter says:

    I don’t know if anyone has commented on it but, Eller’s empty net goal actually hit the post, and to me, didn’t go in. Check out the video on TSN, in the video column on the right. The one NHL: Bruins 2, Canadiens 4. Its not just my eyes right. Sure looks like it hit the post to me. Tell me I’m not crazy……And not the only person to see this.

  62. Does anybody have a clip of Milan Lucic spearing Alexei Emelin with 12:05 left in 3rd period of last nights game.

  63. Lafleurguy says:

    Desharnais knows that when he engages Chara, it means someone else has to cover Max. A very smart hockey player.

  64. GrosBill says:

    Two of the big hits from last night. Enjoy.


  65. HabinBurlington says:

    Changes in Philly’s front office. Hextall new GM, Holmgren becomes president. Titanic, meet your new deck chairs.

    Frank Seravalli @DNFlyers
    #Flyers have called a press conference for 11:30am to promote Ron Hextall to GM and Paul Holmgren to president.
    9:11 AM – 7 May 2014

  66. HardHabits says:


    Advanced stats weenies…

    Wonder who that could be?


    Glad I wasn’t sipping my coffee when I read that line!!

  67. Mats Naslund says:

    How in the world did Carey Price “sell” the call on Soderberg. Last I checked any time you hit a goalie with both of your hands to his head, knocking his helmet off you’re likely to be called for some sort of infraction.

    I love playoff hockey, but it gets to a point where people lose sight of the rules of the game. That was as blatant a goalie interference call as can be.

  68. Kooch7800 says:

    Boone, Price didn’t sell that Goalie interference call that was a cheap shot

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Perhaps Boone made the comment to sell his article?

      • Kooch7800 says:

        could be Burly.

        I thought the habs played great last night. They are trying to get in Price’s kitchen but it isn’t working.

        If they can get a win Thursday I think we will be firmly in their heads

        • HabinBurlington says:

          If they were able to keep a heart monitor on all goalies, I wonder if Price would have the lowest heart rate amongst them in late 3rd period situations. He is playing so calm, the casual puck toss to Krug was a fine example. It wasn’t over the top, chalkboard material, just a nice casual, yah Krug you really have me shaking in my boots type comment. Loved it!

          • Kooch7800 says:

            Price is the reason I think we will beat the bruins. He is much more mature than Rask and is showing it right now.

            You don’t see the habs slamming their sticks and constantly crying about penalties. The turnovers last night by the Bruin d really speaks volumes. This habs team really work well together. I think they can do this but it may go 7 games

          • Lafleurguy says:

            Wouldn’t call that puck toss to Krug a flippant move. Carey’s nearest return to showboating since crossing his arms after winning that shootout three years ago.

  69. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    Team responded well last night.
    Home ice helped.
    Officials have been a non factor. Equally crap for both sides.
    The cup is half full.
    Now we will fill the other half.
    Go Habs Go!!!

  70. Castor says:

    That Moen hit should have been a penalty for interference, but so should have three Bruins hits in the third…

    The Toronto Star is so great today. All about how the bruins should be better not AT ALL about how good the Habs have been. The last line on an “unbiased article” is “of course the bruins can still come back.”

    • gmur says:

      Toronto… so much pent up frustration… so few venues where it can be vent. pitiful, really.

      • Captain aHab says:

        “So few venues”? Are you for real? You mean aside from national broadcasts on CBC and TSN?

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

    • Cal says:

      They’re just following Hockey Night in Bruinsland’s lead. Great minds may think alike, but fools seldom differ.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      actually the puck was still in Iggie’s feet so hence the no penalty. Marchand should have had a penalty everytime he was on the ice.

      The Bruins should have been happy that they were not calling penalties as they were committing way more infractions.

      Habs need to keep frustrating Krug and Hamilton. They are rookies and they were showing a little frustration last night. Glad to see Murray hit Bergeron. Need to really start putting the body on him. He is their heart and soul

    • Strummer says:

      I read the Toronto Star print edition this morning and their coverage is not what you described.
      There was plenty of credit given to the Habs.
      This is a typical smear of Toronto media that comes when its perceived by some that they don’t pump the Hab tires enough.
      Are you that insecure about your team?

      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  71. gmur says:

    Price and PK are playing superb hockey, but it’s hard to contain a group of forwards when every trio can hurt you. That is supposed to be Boston’s calling card… Eller is playing superb hockey, as are Weise, Bourque (really, who would have thunk it?), Bournival, etc.

    Pacioretty and Desharnais haven’t been bad, but they are not very effective offensively. On most teams, take the first line out and the teams struggles (Minnesota, for example). The Habs’ forwards seem to be thriving on the shift in attention.

    I really think that has been the key so far. The Bruins don’t know where to look to shut down forward lines. Shut down one and another burns you.

    I think Pacioretty will have a big game soon, as he’ll get a bit less attention from the Bruins… he’s got to jump on the occasion and put a few in the net.

    Great hockey to watch, but the Habs have to make it a bit less interesting in the 3rd. Fun stuff, as long as you stop drinking coffee the day before the game and load up on valium.

  72. Ozmodiar says:

    Boone is spot-on with his list of “good-to-excellent Game 3 performances”.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      My only complaint with Boone’s ALN was the calling of Price’s “Sell Job”. Even if it is true, I think that paints a picture of Price which I view as unfair. He was playing his position, playing the puck and was clearly hit by Soderberg. No sale required.

      • Cal says:

        Agree 100%. The headmaster has been way too negative about this team, but it generates “buzz”, doesn’t it?

      • Phil C says:

        Price was also in a very vulnerable position, getting pushed backwards while on his knees. He had to bail out hard to avoid getting his legs pinned behind him. If you watch the replay, Soderberg definitely gave him an unnecessary shot to the head with his forearm. Someone should take his number and give him some packback for that next game.

  73. montrealtilldeath says:

    My 2 main posts lately on this site worked out so well I am afraid to make another one and jinx the team. Before the playoffs I predicted Subban and Eller would really rock in the playoffs and they are. I also posted after game one with the Bruins that Therrian needed to reinsert Bournival to ensure a strong forecheck presence other than the Eller line. We were getting terribly out shot. Bournival is a monster forechecker and has been effective in blunting the Bruins attack thus reducing the shot imbalance. I have nicknamed him ” the closer”. He really is quick to close on the puck and the puck carrier. That was my observation on him in the pre season and he is even better now. As for Murray, Murray the “Cleaner” is alive and very well.

    • krob1000 says:

      Very happy for Eller and Subban. Also impressed by the compete level of guys like DD, Briere and Bourque.
      I thought Julien made a great point in the lack of awareness of his Bruins on all 3 goals…..on the flip side great awareness and presence of mind by Montreal!!! Sky high hockey IQ on all 3 goals.
      The first one was an incredible slap pass by Vanek and kudos to Pleks for not biting on his teammate’s fake and being in a ready position. The Subban goal was one of my favourite plays all year…..and not by Subban although he was magnificent as well. Eller was fully aware, he knew he had to buy a second for Subban to get out, you saw him drag two Bruins to the other side of the rink giving Subban time to get moving and open….unreal play to buy him the time and unreal finish by Subban…great goal!! The Weise breakaway was another where the HAbs were mentally sharper as Weise broke right away and Briere also blessed with great hockey sense knew it instantly…hit him with another breakaway. Montreal will continue to pick apart Boston via the stretch pass if they choose…this is Boston’s achilles hill…their hockey IQ. While they are blessed with some guys with off the charts IQ’s like Bergeron and Krejci….their defense is very, very vulnerable. They are great in tight with their length and strength but they are not as aware as the Habs…and that was the difference. It is unfortunate that Julien is also aware of the situation but his only option is to have their D play much more passively which would help negate their long sustained pressure sequences possibly. They aren’t getting smarter over night….so they have to play more passively…which should be easier travels through the neutral zone…..may see Montreal have more of the puck next game. Will be interesting to see how he responds.

  74. Maritime Ronn says:

    Before yesterday’s game, all the Canadian and American media were lapping up the Dougie and Torey comments about how awful Price is on high shots.

    Pang from NBC had charts…..but now has to deal with a flock of crows and cooking decisions.

    After some back and forth here yesterday morning, a certain soul whose posts are usually good and well informed – and shall remain nameless, said the following.
    ” …Rask – He’s proven so much more than Price,it’s not even close.”

    No sense in arguing, as the facts show Rask has won nothing.
    Rask is also 1 of the few goaltenders in NHL history to blow a playoff 3-0 series lead in games…and lose the last 4 in a row giving up 15 goals in those last 4 games and stinking the joint out.


    To further the myth, last Saturday NBC announced that ” Rask already has a Stanley Cup Ring.”
    While that may be technically correct, if those people had done 1 iota of research they would have seen that Rask did NOT play 1 single second of playoff hockey in the 2011 Bruins Cup win.

    Well, perhaps it’s time to talk about “5-Hole” Rask, and turn the spotlight on him.
    Even though Weise had a breakaway, how does a guy that’s scored 13 NHL career goals in 4 seasons beat a Vezina nominee through the 5-Hole….same as Bourque did in Game 1?

    Rask Regular season:…. 930 SP. 2.04 GAA
    Rask vs. Habs 3 games: .884 SP. 3.33 GAA

    The same Questions:
    Is Rask a Money Goaltender?
    Does Rask Fold Under Pressure?
    Can Rask Make The Big Save At The Right Time?
    History says…

    • krob1000 says:

      I never thought I would defend Tuuka Rask….I am not a fan at all, I think he is a hothead. However, I heard them mention that on the breakaway and Hrudey showed that Weise opened his stick blade to get Rask to open up and then he cupped the shot through. There is no shame in being beat five hole on a breakaway…anyway…..especially a breakaway like that where he has to come out that fart to challenge and Weise has that muich speed, he needsto be able to retreat at Weise’s speed. High speed and virtually uncontested breakaways are when a fivehole is most vulnerable…..because the deke is also vulnerable.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Just having some fun krob.
        I was getting tired of Rask being positioned somewhere between God and JesChris, while the media hordes were all over Carey.

        • Mr_MacDougall says:

          I’ll crank it up a notch… The entire Boston organization is highly overrated. They won a Stanley Cup (barely) on the back of the single greatest playoff performance in NHL history by Tim Thomas..

          If San Jose gets that kind of goaltending they win 3-4 straight cups…

          The hockey media is full of guys that look at championship teams and give them far too much credit.

          ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Sorry to “mention the war” (seeing as you went to lengths to avoid doing so!), but that Bruins Cup was also the outcome of help from Daddy Campbell.

          • Marc10 says:

            I’ll go one further, Boston did not win that cup… They got it handed to them by Jacobs and Daddy Campbell. In an alternate universe where there’s a bit more justice in the world, Chara gets suspended for the balance of the season and the playoffs for his attempted manslaughter on Max. Habs win in 6 and Max comes back in the next round.

            So yeah they’re overrated and they cheat and they have no honour. But Sister Karma has rolled into town these playoffs and she’s a b****.

      • Old Bald Bird says:

        Gotta love a freudian typo about Rask coming “out that fart.”

      • Butterface says:

        Funny spelling error… you wrote fart. You meant fast…. tee hee.

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

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Rask is also 1 of the few goaltenders in NHL history to blow a playoff 3-0 series lead in games…and lose the last 4 in a row giving up 15 goals in those last 4 games and stinking the joint out.

      – so, Rask has proven something. 😉

      BTW… good on Kelly Hrudey, calling out Hamilton, Krug and PJ Stock.

    • gmur says:

      Here’s wisdom for Torey and Dougie: Shoot where the goalie isn’t.

      Here’s more wisdom for Torey and Dougie: Shut up during the playoffs, especially when there are many, many microphones in front of yer yap.

      Here’s more wisdom: ‘Torey and Dougie’ sounds like a muppet morning show for children with learning difficulties.

    • Ronin says:

      I don’t post a lot, but Ronn I always enjoy reading your posts and think you are bang on. Rask gets way too much love for a guy who has done it all in the regular season and proven nothing as of yet in the playoffs. I’m not saying that Price has….but the continued adulation thrown Rask’s way is a bit unwarranted.

      • Butterface says:

        Rask is a very good goalie. So is Price. So is Quick. Crawford is a big game goalie and makes timely saves. Lundqvist is a very good goalie. Bishop will be there soon. Varlamov is right there. Schneider is right there. Wish Josh Harding would be on this list…hoping he will be.

        I am sure there is one or two I am missing, but those are the top NHL goalies.

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

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