About last night …


Michel Therrien said his team played its best game of the season Monday night at the Bell Centre.
And who are we to contradict the kindly old coach?
Your Montreal Canadiens posted impressive regular-season wins over Chicago and Pittsburgh.
They swept Tampa Bay out of the playoffs.
But Therrien is right (as he has been frequently this season).
Given the circumstances – elimination game against a President’s Trophy winner riding two impressive Ws in a row – the 4-0 victory that sent this wild series back to Boston for Game 7 was the Canadiens’ best of the season.

And apart from the circumstances, it was a great effort for the home team because everyone in a red jersey contributed.

Shall we work our way through the roster?

• Carey Price calmly turned away a rather modest total of 26 shots for the fourth playoff shutout of his career. An anomaly: Price has hung all his postseason goose eggs on Boston. And if you include the Olympics, Price has allowed one goal in four elimination games. (Thanks for that one, Mike Ziegler.)

• Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist while terrorizing the Boston defence with his speed and, in this game, intensity.

• Thomas Vanek had four shots on goal, two of which eluded Tuukka Rask. He also had a couple hits. Vanek has nine SoG in the series … and four goals.

• Playing his best game of the postseason – perhaps because he was at his healthiest – Brandon Prust had seven hits in 11:18 of ice time. Perhaps Prust assured himself of a solid game by shaking  Ginette Reno’s hand after O Canada.

•  Don Meehan, P.K. Subban’s agent, was at Game 6 – maybe to ask Marc Bergevin what gift he plans to give P.K. for his 25th birthday on Tuesday. The darling of the Bell Centre had a full stat sheet: 24:27 of ice time, two penalties, three hits, two giveaways, two blocked shots and one Michel Therrien knee-slapper.

When asked, during his postgame press conference, about a sequence of Boston zone domination that began with Subban in the penalty box and continues for what seemed like an eternity after he got out and rejoined his scrambling teammates, Therrien said the takeaway was the revelation that P.K. “is a bad left winger.”

Therrien laughed heartily at his own joke. The coach wouldn’t have been as jovial if Boston’s sustained pressure had produced a goal in a game that was 1-0 at the time.

• Andrei Markov led the Canadiens in ice time with 24:44 and through that time never set a foot wrong.

• Markov’s D partner and homeboy, Alexei Emelin, had his bell rung by Milan Lucic but gave as good as he got in recording four thunderous hits.

• David Desharnais yanked the puck back from the goal line when a Boston score might have made for tight collars at the rink.

• Daniel Brière returned to the lineup and boosted the second wave of the power play while adding a scoring threat to his even-strength shifts with linemates Prust and the tireless Dale Weise.

• Michäel Bournival skated like the wind and recorded six hits. This kid is going to be a good  player in Montreal for the next 12 years.

• Lars Eller scored what proved to be the winning goal 2:11 into the game. He also went 12-9 in the faceoff circle and used his size effectively against the Bruins.

• Bouncing back from maybe the worst playoff game of his career, Tomas Plekanec went 13-8 on faceoffs and was superb, as always on a PK unit that stymied Boston.

• In the first professional playoff game, AHL and NHL, of his career, Nathan Beaulieu skated, moved the puck effectively, made the pass that sprung Pacioretty for his goal and generally comported himself as a future CH stalwart and a present reason to keep Douglas Murray and Francis Bouillon in the pressbox.

• Mike Weaver had an assist, blocked five shots and shrugged off Boston’s attempts to run him.

• Josh Gorges was Josh Gorges: fur blocked shots, a couple hits while playing stay-at-home Felix Unger to P.K.’s freewheeling Oscar Madison.

• Brendan Gallagher blocked a couple shots and annoyed the Bruins every time he got within grinning distance of Tuukka Rask.

• Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque put in hard-working nights at the office.

It was a total team effort – including the seventh man. The atmosphere in the Bell Centre was electric, from beginning to end.

And it will be noisy in Boston on Wednesday night.

In his postgame remarks, Claude Julien took time out from whining to say his Bruins will win the series.

Michel Therrien was content to observe that anything can happen in a seventh game.

Julien has to be concerned by the lack of production from big guns such as David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla. Despite his best efforts to unsettle the Canadiens, Brad Marchand was a non-factor in Game 6.

And, most ominous of all, Zdeno Chara looked a bit tired.

But it’s probably a safe bet the big lug will bounce back. Thoroughbreds like Chara play well in Game 7’s.

We could be in for a classic.

P.K. and the r-word

Crying Julien





  1. Ozmodiar says:

    I agree with Commandant about the league not setting a suitable precedent with the fine to Lucic.

    The same can be said about the Thornton water bottle incident.

    May 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Bruins making a mockery of the NHL again.

    The fine shows other players that they can do this without much consequence. Just like the groin poke, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this happen again soon.

    … and wha da ya know, later that night, King Henrik…

  2. habsguru says:

    Bournival 6 HITS ’nuff said

  3. boing007 says:

    From TSN comments page:

    9 hours ago

    Now we have to watch that idiot sing the anthems in Boston again and fist-pump his way off the ice on his way to some bar-stool.

    Richard R

    • Sprague and Odie says:

      I like his hair and ‘stache colouring too.

      Quite “classy”!

      I was told that there was an award ceremony in Boston to honour Don Cherry – I thought about that for a brief moment and I replied: “For what? Too many men on the ice?”

  4. boing007 says:

    When Lucic retires he can do Bowflex commercials.

    Richard R

  5. CHicoHab says:

    Great effort last night. Bruins now move to 7-4. We are now 7-3. Not anyone gave us a chance outside this forum. Nothing could make me happier to knock em out in their own building. Go Habs Go. We believe!!!!

  6. Ozmodiar says:

    Isn’t Weise exactly the type of player that the Canucks need??

    Thank you, Gillis.

  7. Strummer says:

    I’m gonna pull a Don Cherry here and and post my clips of the 2% of things I said that were actually correct.

    Strummer says:
    May 12, 2014 at 6:02 pm
    Would Beaulieu’s puck moving abilities not help the offensively-challenged first line?
    “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

    Strummer says:
    May 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
    Murray skates like he’s wearing snowshoes.
    Puck is in his end for his entire shift after shift.
    Can’t generate any offense when he’s on the ice.
    Beaulieu is the right move.
    “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.
    [Click to Edit | Request Deletion]

    1. Strummer says:
    May 12, 2014 at 9:36 am
    Habs can’t score 5v5. How long has it been since the last 5v5 goal? Two whole games and counting.
    Bruins have the ability to box out player s to stifle offense.
    Remember last year’s conference final against the Pens?
    They Pens scored only 2 goals as they got swept.
    Habs need to play with speed and put pressure on the inexperienced Boston D and the aging Chara.
    And they have to capitalize on their chances

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

  8. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    In the tradition of turducken.
    Shove Rat into Luchicken. Stuff into Bear.
    Simmer slowly. Then hit it hard.
    New spring favorite.

  9. zephyr says:

    my son remarked last nite that if the habs skate like that, they can beat anyone. interesting interview with gerard gallant on rds during the game. he said the difference between game 5 & 6 was all attitude & intensity & had nothing to do with tactics & personnel substitutions. he said all the players already know what to do.
    well they know what the recipe for success is now. we should expect a win tomorrow nite.

  10. Colombiahabs says:

    Gotta love Weise out there. He is afraid of nothing and making the Bruins look hilarious. Everyone prey that we get er done in game 7. Boston makes me feel pukey in my tuque!!

    • Le Jadester says:

      Weise Rocks !
      He’s becoming one of my favourites, along with Bournival.

      You could tell right even before the game started he was ready to go .
      He couldn’t sit or stand still during the anthems…..Its like he had all this energy ready to unload on the Booins !
      Great pickup MB !

      Habs, OLE !

  11. knob says:

    Best game of the year for sure. For me, Emelin was the first star. Emelin had a great start to the game with some thunderous checks that I feel really gave the team some serious swagger.

    On a side note, there is some poster within this community that has periodically suggested that MT should play Subban on the wing. MT should definitely keep Subban on D.

  12. HankHardball says:

    Habs play like that on Wed, they got this.

    B’s gotta be worried.

  13. CranbrookEd says:

    Can’t help but feel that I have just watched a new version of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers . . . I just can’t figure out if they were snatched and replaced for the Saturday game or the Monday game . . . either way, may the guys that showed up last night make a reappearance on Wednesday night.

    Mr. Beliveau: “Pure Pak mais oui”! . . .

  14. Forum Dog says:

    Great game by all involved last night. Everyone was skating hard and finishing checks. Forwards were all back helping out and keeping Boston to the outside.

    Players that stood out for me (beyond the usual suspects) were:

    Bournival – The kid was really flying out there and he laid some great checks at both ends of the ice. He is gonna be a very good player for the Habs for a long-time. A la Mike Keane circa 1993;

    Emelin – He hit hard, took some hits, blocked shots and used a great stick to make a number of other solid defensive plays. This is the Emelin that was signed for $4.1M and that we really missed during the first 2/3 of the year;

    Weaver – Heart and soul last night. Great glove save, so many blocked shots, stood up to Chara, and helped Beaulieu be as comfortable as possible back there. Would love to see the Habs keep him around at Bouillion or Murray’s contract value;

    Beaulieu – The kid played a very tidy little game. Made a couple of minor coverage errors, but his mobility and creativity with the puck is undeniable. Plus he has a bit of an edge, which Campbell got a taste of last night after one of the scrums;

    Dale Weise – This guy was flying and laying some great checks. The Bruins had to keep their heads up when he was out there, which is exactly what the Habs need in order to disrupt breakouts and create turnovers in the neutral zone;

    DD – His $3.5M salary was earned by that goal saving puck-punch alone, and he played the best 200 foot game I think I’ve seem him play all year. Its obvious his team-mates love him and vice-versa, which counts for a lot. Size and strength issues aside, he stepped up and played his best when he had to. Props to him.

    If MTL can carry that confidence and momentum into Boston and get on them early, they will win Game 7. And there is no point looking any further ahead than that right now.

    GO HABS!

  15. Paz says:

    Where is the commitment by broadcasters to the game?

    There is Don Cherry ranting about “who started it”, and all I could see was Donald Sterling.
    Same look on their faces.
    The man who thinks he knows everything, then proves how completely wrong he is about everything as soon as he opens his mouth.
    Cherry is a bigot. He is a man whose opinions should not matter, should not be taught to our children and their coaches.

    Cherry is the NHL’s Donald Sterling!

    The way the Habs played hockey last night, THAT was hockey, Donald!

    • Sprague and Odie says:

      I think Cherry is a major contributor to the demise of minor hockey in Canada. There are now fewer youth playing the game and consequently fewer coaches are required. In the next decade the numbers of Canadians playing in the NHL is going to take a serious hit.

      I was told that there was an award ceremony in Boston to honour Don Cherry – I thought about that for a brief moment and I replied: “For what? Too many men on the ice?”

      • Captain aHab says:

        I think the cost of it is also a major factor, and why soccer is becoming so popular.

        But yes Neanderthals are ruining it as well.

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

        • Sprague and Odie says:

          Yes that’s a factor too.

          I play the odd shinny game at the local rink each year and the young boys often tell me there’s too much pressure in organized youth hockey – not in those exact words. They prefer the outdoor freedom.

          I also attend the odd youth game and am amazed that 7, 8, and 9 year olds are blocking shots! Still shaking my head.

          The game is headed in the wrong direction in Canada.

          I was told that there was an award ceremony in Boston to honour Don Cherry – I thought about that for a brief moment and I replied: “For what? Too many men on the ice?”

          • Captain aHab says:

            There was a group pushing to get an arena built here and they never once answered questions I had about long term viability with hockey in a downward trend…they kept referring to current figures.

            Heck, apparently baseball is making a comeback in Montreal and they have too few fields left.

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

    • Shackles says:

      The problem with Cherry is that the made up persona which he created has grown too large. He is insulated by the CBC think tank who keep telling him that he’s doing a great job and viewers love this little dog and pony show he puts on. Taxpayers keep paying him millions and he keeps putting on the show…unaware that he is long past his “best before” date.
      It’s what I like to call Seinfeld Syndrome….
      “How could anyone not like him?” ….Let me count the ways……

    • Ozmodiar says:

      I’m glad HNIC will soon be history!!

      The carnival has gone on for too long.

    • Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

      “all publicity is good publicity ”

      What I do not understand is that you keep watching and commenting ?

  16. Ozmodiar says:

    Wednesday’s gonna be intense!!

    Winner goes to the Cup Finals, IMO. They gotta win this one!

    I’m fairly confident because of the goalie match-up. There was plenty of talk around here yesterday about how Tuuka was heating up … I think he’s gonna choke …again.

  17. rhino514 says:

    Just want to say that I´m very proud of this team.
    No matter what happens, they are taking the best team in the NHL to 7 games. That´s all that needs to be said.
    All year long I had to listen daily to everybody saying how the habs are a decent team with a real good goalie and that´s it. Even the coach himself and the GM saying that they are not in the same league as the Bruins and (choke) the Pens.
    The habs on paper are good; but the character and work ethic makes them great, and I would like their chances against anyone but the Bs and the Hawks.
    They are one good Dman away; it´s heartbreaking to think that this team with Mcdonagh would likely win at least a couple of Cups; even with one more decent Dman they would have closed out the Bruins by now.
    Game 7 will be very tough to win in Boston, but I will say this; if they win that game, they will win the next series.

    • Sprague and Odie says:

      This is the first (not perfectly) balanced 4 line team with extras in the waiting that the Habs have been able to ice for decades. They have some real depth for once.

      This team is extremely well coached and managed. I never thought I’d see Therrien mature the way he has.

      Habs are motivated to win top to bottom and bottom to top.

      I was told that there was an award ceremony in Boston to honour Don Cherry – I thought about that for a brief moment and I replied: “For what? Too many men on the ice?”

  18. JohnBellyful says:

    Hmmm, the series’ seventh game will be played on Wednesday.
    Does that work in Lucic’s favour?

    • Captain aHab says:

      Because Wednesday is hump day and he’s a hunchback?

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

      • JohnBellyful says:

        If you are referring to Quasimodo, a “hideous …creation of the devil,” made famous by the 19th century French author, why, yes.
        Here’s another connection
        Quasimodo — Victor Hugo
        Habs win Game 7 — Victory Huge

      • Cal says:

        Is that a quasi-explanation?

        • Captain aHab says:

          Grosso modo, oui.

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

          • Butterface says:

            That Julien, he’s always playing a hunch.

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

  19. jeffhabfan says:

    Wow what a game from the Habs Last night. It was there best game of the year. GO HABS GO.

  20. Maritime Ronn says:

    5X5 hockey last night.
    Habs 2 Bruins 0.
    Yes, it can be done.

    Mike Weaver for a 5th round draft pick that the Habs received back from the Islanders in the Vanek trade?
    Cap Hit of $1.1M?
    Are you kidding?

    Very little talk about the Rene Bourque hit on Chara that knocked him on his butt.

    What do Cup winning players think about things like that?
    (Bickell hit on Chara last year-Game 4)

    Patrick Kane said:
    “I think any time you can get a chance to lay the body on him, it’s big for the team and can spark us and get us going.”

    Jonathan Toews said:
    ” …in the first couple games we were giving him a little bit too much respect by trying to keep the puck away from him.”

    “….We should go at him, protect the puck from him, make plays around him and through him. We should use our speed.”

    The Bickell big hit on Chara happened in Game 4.
    Bickell poked the Cherry Bear.
    The Hawks won Games 4-5-6 for the Cup.
    Chara finished the last 3 games at Minus -6.

  21. Captain aHab says:

    Anyone have video of the Desharnais “slewfoot” on Marchand? When they showed the replay during the game, it barely looked like a penalty at all. To me criticizing the refs for giving the Habs a penalty that barely qualified as such can only back fire…if the refs do look at the tape and see that Julien was just posturing, how does that help him? And then does Julien not realize that Marchand has been guilty of slewfooting before (and he was actually fined for it by the league)?

    As I said below, I think the Bruins’ own antics are forcing Boston to shelve a lot of their usual talking points about facing only yellow gutless opponents.

    The Bruins have the colour yellow embedded in their very jerseys and they are wearing the colour well.

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

  22. JohnBellyful says:

    Julien being his usual post-game self

  23. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    First you invite the bear to dinner.
    Then you have the bear for dinner.

  24. Ian Cobb says:

    Well we know how to beat them, will we play using the same speed and discipline in Bean town??
    Pictures and comments

  25. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    “With the Canadiens, pride is instilled even in the ratholes of the Forum.”

    — Frank Mahovlich, 1971

    ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

  26. Chris says:

    You know, when the blade of your stick is a solid 9 inches out the back of the guy’s legs, you can’t call it a spear.

    Markov lifted the shaft of his stick up into Chara’s groin, but he sure didn’t lift it too hard. Chara didn’t even react, it was so nasty. Chara is a tough guy, but he’s not above “dying” on the ice to draw a call.

    The whole spearing thing has been getting overblown. I didn’t think Lucic’s first one on Emelin was a particularly egregious spear (more of a slash), and neither is this.

    • Sprague and Odie says:

      It was not a spear. I’d call what Markov did “shafting”.

      I beg to differ on Lucic though. He clearly speared Emelin right where it counts. Guys are going to have to wear kevlar undies to protect themselves.

      I still think spearing is a big no-no. And there appears to be much more of it going on this year.

      I was told that there was an award ceremony in Boston to honour Don Cherry – I thought about that for a brief moment and I replied: “For what? Too many men on the ice?”

      • Commandant says:

        There is more of it going on this year because the league set the precedent…. its a $5000 fine, not a suspension.

        Should have hit Lucic with 2 games on the dekeyser incident (if not the emelin one) and we wouldn’t have this bullshit now.

        Go Habs Go!


  27. Dust says:

    I’m happy for Beaulieu. He played a good game.
    Lets be serious though. Him being in the lineup instead of Murray isn’t why we won.
    We won because our scorers showed up. Patches finally scored. hopefully he continues to score in game 7 and that will help the habs win.
    Our top line needs to be going to beat the bruins.

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      At the same time we wouldn´t have won 4-0 with Murray. Playing this clown was a huge, huge mistake. Finally Therrien woke up. Hopefully it wasn´t too late.

    • Captain aHab says:

      Sure but Beaulieu is going to be a special player. And he does have a mean streak…when he’ll get a few more pounds of muscle on him, he’ll move guys from the front of the net with authority. And if the opposition keeps crowding the boards to prevent clearing the d-zone, Beaulieu has the ability and speed to take it right up the middle. Let’s face it…Boston have mastered the art of clogging the boards in our end. Having a talent like Beaulieu forces them to think a bit more. He’ll make mistakes for sure but we’ll be loving him for a long long time.

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

    • Commandant says:

      Playing Beaulieu and Briere changed the mindset of the team. It was play with speed, not try to fight em in the alley.

      Go Habs Go!


  28. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    A Markov chain is a stochastic process with the Markov property. The term “Markov chain” refers to the sequence of random variables such a process moves through, with the Markov property defining serial dependence only between adjacent periods (as in a “chain”). It can thus be used for describing systems that follow a chain of linked events, where what happens next depends only on the current state of the system.

    The state is fantastic !

  29. jrs10069 says:

    Finally won a game while I was watching in Ottawa. Would have to happen as Wed night i’m stuck here.

    Great game all around, need to bring it and more on Wednesday. Go in with full confidence, guns blazing, skating and smashing and absolutely no fear.

    Finish the job, then we party.


  30. Habfan17 says:

    I missed the last 2 minutes last night and obviously the Bruins resorted to the only thing they know, attempt to intimidate and injure! I checked the box score and see there was a slew of penalties! Trying to get into the heads of the Habs before game 7.
    What a bunch of losers!! They should be embarrassed, especially Iginla, he used to be a class player! Tough but clean.


  31. Shackles says:

    This was one of the best hockey games I’ve seen in a long time.
    Every Bruin had a bullseye on his jersey – especially Lucic, who took a hit from just about every Habs player out there. The confidence and intensity was through the roof and the Habs were fearless and owned the Bruins. Several of the Boston players looked emotionally depleted.
    MT should tour the country as a motivational speaker during the off season.
    Can’t believe Weaver’s glove save didn’t make the TSN highlight of the night reel.

  32. Flanelette says:

    Iginla has become a Bruin: wanting to fight with Markov?

  33. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good morning

    So much credit to go around, yet big credit where credit is due.

    Without a doubt, David Desharnais played his best playoff hockey game ever – and perhaps one of his best games in a Habs uniform.

    It has little to do with the goal he saved, and more about his inspirational play and getting out of his ‘Comfort Zone.’
    Those are the things that spark a team.

    For the most part in this series, 51 has been a perimeter player – skating fast on the outside – hanging out along the safety of the side boards – poke checking here and there….but last night was a Desharnais rarely seen.

    The score sheet looked like this:
    1 assist/ +2/ 2 Hits/ 1 Blocked shot.

    The “Official” 2 Hits stat is important…and bogus, as 51 used his body on a Bruins player at least 4 times last night.

    Now this is a guy that recorded 1 Hit per 3.4 games during the season, and prior to last night, had recorded a grand total of 3 hits in the 9 previous playoff games.

    These are things the guys on the bench see.
    These are things that challenge other players to get out of their own ‘Comfort Zones.’

    Another key play was 51 going to the ‘Gallagher Area’ on the PP goal by Vanek.

    Again, instead of hanging around the relative safety of the side boards, 51 went to the net – took some punishment – took some attention away from Max who also battled hard – BOOM, Vanek goal.

    Lastly, you just have to love this by the whiny Boston coach.
    From the Boston Globe.
    Way too funny….

    “…It left Bruins coach Claude Julien angry and frustrated at the officials, due in part to calls that he believed should have been made against the Canadiens in the third period.”

    “There was a slew foot before — [David] Desharnais on [Brad]Marchand. It’s a slew foot…”

    • Shackles says:

      Spot on Maritime Ron. DD was inspired last night. He was intense on the ice yet looked all zen while on the bench (and in the box). It was contagious – Gallagher, Weaver, Markov and DD were all nose to navel with Chara at some point during the game.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Hiya Ron! DD is a wonderfully skilled and hard working player. His effort last night was tremendous and you’re right in your praise. I’ll hold the “but” for another day. Happy happy joy joy today. CHeers.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      I thought DD had a good game, but not a great game. He’s had better games.

      Loved the goal line save!!

  34. Habfan17 says:

    It kills me to see Iginla caught up in the crap. He was a class player, tough but clean. A great guy off the ice too! What a shame he is a Bruin and playing that way.


  35. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    NHL playoffs…Game 7…MTL vs BOS…does it get any better? I suppose if it was for the Cup, yes. But to me, Wednesday is for all the marbles. Like all of us here, I loathe the Beantown Bruisers. Anytime we can stick it to them, especially in their rat-infested barn (I’m looking at you Marshand or whatever you call yourself) is a Cup-clinching moment for me.

    Down with the Booins, down with brutality!
    Long live the good guys, our heroic Habs!!

    ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

  36. Habfan17 says:

    The Habs brought it last night, everyone of them! Patches and Vanek finally brought some intensity, although the quote on TSN from Patches “I was just waiting for my time to pitch in offensively,” said Pacioretty. I know it didn’t come out the way he wanted, but it actually seems accurate! That Bourque hit on Chara was great!!

    One more game and I hope they play the exact same way! Let’s see if they have that killer instinct! Not to mention Julien says the Bruins will win!! Bulletin board material if ever there was any!

    Of course, Julien knows his team is in trouble so he is starting to try to influence the refs again. “We’re perceived as the bad guys and they’re the good guys,” he said. “When Markov trips Chara and then puts his stick between his legs and nothing’s going to be called, eventually somebody’s going to react.

    “Whether it’s right or wrong. Zdeno reacted and then everything else started. There was a slew foot before, Desharnais on (Brad) Marchand. A slew foot. Those are things we keep talking about that are dangerous in our game.” Claude Julien!

    How about we send in a video montage of all the crap that Your Bruins have pulled and got away with Mr. Julien!!

    I want the Habs to win tomorrow and then to see Julien’s face after the game and hear his excuses!


    • Mad Habber says:

      funny he should mention slew footing..lol take another look at Muskrats crash into the net in the first and you will see him stretching out his legs as far as he possible can to try that on Price. Lucky for him it wasn’t long enough and he just kind of bumped Price skate…

      • Habfan17 says:

        Julien is a joke! I wish a really good computer hacker could over ride the jumbotron in Boston and run a video of all the crap Marchand and his fellow rats have done and gotten away with. Better yet, play it before the game in the ref’s room!


  37. Habfan10912 says:

    The goon coach Julien’s comments post game last night had the same sincerity and authenticity of the Donald Sterling interview on CNN.

  38. Bash says:


    On racism and the NHL.

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  39. Habfan10912 says:

    Good morning all! A quick visit to the cardiologist today and I should be good to go for game 7!

    Character. My, how far we have come in such a short time. While it’s still popular on this site to talk about the teams lack of size, no one can question the teams heart.

    Remember when the Bruins atttempted murder on the Habs a couple seasons past? Recall the attempted murder on Max and the Campbell use of his elbow pad to spank a Canadien? Remember the Hab’s response? Me either.

    Fast forward and you have the water bottle spraying by Thorton, the spear to the nuts by Lucic and goon coaching of the goon coach Julien.

    Win or lose game 7 and I’ll remember this teams response to that garbage. Weise giving Lucic the muscle flex. PK Subban, Emelin and Markov, yes I said Markov, throwing their weight around like they mean it! Like a victim of bullying on a playground who finally decides to push back, that’s what the Hab’s did last night.

    It wasn’t as blatant as Larry Robinson and that version of the Habs putting an end to the goonery of the 70’s by the Flyers. But it was an answer none the less.

    No longer do we have to endure one of our players laying on the ice and then followed by no response. There was a huge response last night. The classless Bruins got what they had coming to them. Finally.


  40. Captain aHab says:

    What I’m really enjoying is that the Bruins’ well publicized antics are now preventing them from going postal on anything the Habs might do.

    If Lucic hadn’t speared Emelin and DeKeyser in the sac and then treated it like he had sneezed at the wrong time, is there any doubt that the Bruins would be calling Markov a yellow bellied cheap shot artist for spearing Chara in the nuts? As it stands, the best Julien could muster was that the Bruins aren’t the only bad team on the ice…. That’s one heck of a rallying cry right there.

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

    • Habfan17 says:

      Julien is still attempting to sway the refs;
      “We’re perceived as the bad guys and they’re the good guys,” he said. “When Markov trips Chara and then puts his stick between his legs and nothing’s going to be called, eventually somebody’s going to react.

      “Whether it’s right or wrong. Zdeno reacted and then everything else started. There was a slew foot before, Desharnais on (Brad) Marchand. A slew foot. Those are things we keep talking about that are dangerous in our game.

      I guess he wants his guys to resort to more crap since that is the only way they can win and he wants the refs on his side for game 7!
      He has very selective memory!!


  41. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    Done done on to the next one
    Done I’m done and I’m on to the next

  42. JF says:

    What impressed me most about last night was our intensity, our aggression, and particularly our speed. Not just skating speed, but speed of reaction and speed of execution. I’ve rarely seen a game played at that ferocious tempo. And the Habs certainly haven’t played a game like that this season. I think Therrien was right in calling it our best game. Good as our games against the Black Hawks were, they didn’t have that kind of ferocity. If we can even come close to matching this level of intensity on Wednesday, I like our chances.

    ESPN notes lthat 14 May has not been kind to the Bruins recently:

    14 May, 2009: The Hurricanes beat the Bs 3-2 in OT to win the semifinal series 3-2.

    14 May, 2010: The Flyers completed their comeback against the B’s to take the series 4-3.

  43. Cal says:

    On to game 7, and Hab fans must show thanks for the following:
    Thanks, Kevan Miller, for not keeping your eye on the puck and giving Lars a One Goal Free card. It’s appreciated.
    Thank you, Loui Eriksson, for slowing down that Beaulieu clearing pass and allowing Patches to skate on and score the 2nd in a thriller last night.
    Thank you, Bruins, for not taking advantage of the “Slide, Charlie Brown, slide!” antics of Beaulieu that the rookie performed at the completely wrong time.
    Thanks, Markov, for chopping down that tree and then poking the Bear between the legs. Oh, and thanks again for stopping Luchicken in his tracks.
    Thanks, Weise, for stepping up again and showing the Gooins that the Habs are no longer going to be pushovers.
    And, lastly, thanks Jabba, for adding more fuel to the fire.

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  44. Sprague and Odie says:

    Personally I thought the reg season game in MTL against Chicago was the Habs’ best performance this season. But I sure was content last night.

    The quest for 25 continues….

    Go Habs Go!

    BTW, did Markov really spear Chara? Any video? When I played there were 3 things you didn’t do without repercussions.

    1) Kick
    2) Butt end
    3) Spear

    Spearing seems to be tolerated by the new breed.

    I was told that there was an award ceremony in Boston to honour Don Cherry – I thought about that for a brief moment and I replied: “For what? Too many men on the ice?”

  45. habs001 says:

    Everybody get you nerves ready as it smells like an o/t game with possible multi periods…..If The Habs lost yesterday we could not have complained as they played one of their better games of the year…But we still have to remember even though they played so well if the Bruins get a couple of breaks the game is probably tied …So sometimes even when you play really well you still need the breaks and bounces to go your way….NBC has a playoff game sched for Sat afternoon before their Preakness coverage so Habs in Pitts or Rangers in Montreal for an early Sat game…hopefully…

  46. BJ says:

    Great game by the Beloved Team. I’m very confident for game 7. Stay focused and concentrated, one shift at a time and play for your teammates and wait out the initial wave of exuberance by the Boston fans as the disembalmed Rene Rancourt try’s to sing for the last time of the season and convulses punches to get his breath back and leave the ice surface. And at the games end it will be a pleasure to see sister Julienne’s overfed face stare in disbelief at the 4-2 score.

  47. Arnou Ruelle says:

    PK Subban on his expectations for Game 7:

    “We’ll See who the BIG Players are.”

    I like that statement.

  48. WindsorHab-10 says:

    No matter what we did or didn’t do the last 6 games, it comes down to Wednesday night. Just remember that speed kills.

  49. Danno says:

    Thank you Shawn Thornton.


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  50. rhino514 says:

    Of course we have a chance in game 7, but it´s a slim one.
    Before the series I made the comment that the habs likely had to go +2 in overtimes to win the series.
    The second overtime is what I think will come back to haunt the habs.
    Some are saying MT was brilliant to put Beaulieu in last game, some are saying Murray should not have been in the lineup for 3 games.
    I tend to agree with the latter.
    MT has made many good decisions this season, but his conscious decisions to not give Bealuieu and Tinordi more icetime during both season and playoffs will haunt the habs after game 7.
    It´s not that Beaulieu is so great right now, it´s just that the team has spent all of its time defending in their zone with Murray out there, when they could have been creating threats leading to goals, similar to the one we saw last night which sprung Max.
    I think the habs would have closed out the series last night if the big lug doesn´t dress this series.

  51. Commandant says:

    I enjoyed that Markov speared Chara right in the junk.

    Live by the sword, die by the sword Boston.

    As for Max and Vanek, lets hope that this is the start of a streak for two streaky scorers.

    As for Beaulieu…. Great job kid. Another performance on Wednesday like he did tonight, and he can stake a real claim for a full-time spot next year.

    Go Habs Go!


  52. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Joy in Ireland this morning.

    And a confession: watching and playing sports for decades, have no idea how the same team can play so utterly differently in consecutive games… PLEASE may we play like that again Wednesday.

    Great ALN. Random highlight: Brendan Gallagher “annoyed the Bruins every time he got within grinning distance of Tuukka Rask.” Gem!

    Weaver! Lucic and Iginla trying to pound him! THEY ARE FEARLESS, those two. And so NOBLE! Protecting poor Chara!

    Q: Just HOW significant is last change?

    ENjoy the glow today, all.

  53. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I can’t criticize a Coach that has led Our Habs to a season that exceeded Our wildest expectations …Bergevin won’t be hiring Me in the summer to replace Therrien …Las Vegas odds will bear that fact

    …but, if there was one criticism that is fair game (no one is perfect 🙂 ) …Tinordi and Beaulieu should have been prepped during the regular season to be ready to start the play-offs with a lot more ice-time

    …though Therrien finally inserted Beaulieu, as He should have done 2 games ago, I am still very frustrated …because this series would have been wound-up and won 4-2 already
    …this series would have been over

    …instead, hold onto Your ass, We have to go into Boston for a game 7

    …no doubt it will be thrilling, but I would have much preferred to have killed-off those fugly Bears without this drama 🙂

  54. Timo says:

    I like that Habs fans showered Lucic with garbage as he was leaving the rink.

  55. formerly known as the hc says:

    I was most impressed by MaxPac’s work in front of the net for the Vanek PP goal.

    -The beatings will conmtinue until morale improves-

  56. habfaninottawa says:

    Game 7 will be one for the ages.

  57. Timo says:

    I have to ask this again… why the F can’t they play like this every night? Or at least every second night? This series should have been over by now. Habs should have won it in 5. Instead we have to suffer through the heartache of game 7 for which I predict that

    1. Bruins won’t be outhit
    2. They will have more than 26 mostly harmless shots on Price
    3. Bruins will have a lot more presence in front of Price
    4. Therrien will get outcoached

    I know everyone is happy and salivating about Habs taking the series but I am still pessimistic.

    But tonight – I agree with Therrien – Habs played their best game of the season.

    • johnnylarue® says:

      I’m also anticipating a big fat L on Wednesday.

      Survival mechanism, I think.

      Whatever the case, I’m pleased and pleasantly surprised by this team’s moxie this season. And unlike the Year of Halak, the Habs have actually earned the majority of their Ws this time around.

      They’re a pretty good team when they want to be.

  58. Un Canadien errant says:

    By the way, how did HNIC handle their pet team’s loss? I’ve given up on them, even though I really like Jim Hughson’s play call, I was revolted by how much they treat the Bruins as the home/favoured team in the matchup. When I watched/PVR’ed HNIC, I’d feel compelled to watch the “Coach’s Corner” trainwreck, since everybody would be talking about it anyway.

    I’m watching on RDS, and Pierre Houde and Marc Denis call a great game, and if the Bruins make a nice play or the Canadiens mess up, they’ll tell it like it is. Even though their mission is clearly to hype the Canadiens, there is almost no reason to be even-handed, they do so out of their professionalism and as a duty to their viewers.

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


    • Timo says:

      Funny you should ask. I called MY wife to set the PVR to record the game, however, didn’t specified the channel so she set to record on CBC. While I skipped all the gibberish before and between the periods, I found play by play to be quite even. I didn’t detect whole lot of bias and at times there was even praise for how well Habs played tonight.

      I am still going to go back to RDS next game though.

    • johnnylarue® says:

      It’s nowhere near as nauseating as when we play the Leafs. Jim’s play-by-play in particular has been refreshingly neutral. His call of Subban’s breakaway goal is one for the ages.

      I still sense a bit of a bias in terms of the plays they choose to single out–most notably, Douchie Hamilton’s brazen dislodging of his own net a la Subban barely received a mention, nor did Lucy’s high-hit on Yemmy.

      It is what it is.

      • keclarke says:

        Ah that’s refreshing to see. Didn’t see many comments on the CBC coverage. How is it our National broadcaster can’t support the only Canadian team at present? Frankly I find the coverage nauseating. We were hitting Boston hard, so where does CBC decide to turn the attention? Oh right… the 1:06 of sustained pressure by Boston. Let’s ignore everything else.

        Guess thats what happens when your based out of Toronto. Anything BUT Montreal support. Hey they should get in a special guest Bruin… oh wait… its Adam Oates.

  59. Marc10 says:

    I love that Thornton is in large part responsible for this turnaround. He is a world-class turnip and it’s high time his shenanigans caught up to him.

    Game 7 can’t come soon enough. A win with extra embellishment please!

  60. HabsKid says:

    Go ahead boys, poke the bear….

  61. SmielmaN says:

    SmielmaN, 13 May, 2014

    Wow! Balls on the table this game! More of those Habs please! I’m not going to lie, I was pretty down on hope after game 5. What a response! Getting Danny B back in, throwing Beaulieu in for a baptism by fire, Vanek actually skated, DD was a beast! Oh, and the Price was Right, all night!
    What B!tches Boston are with under a minute left. Julien was tearing a strip of the ref before he almost got tossed and was begging the ref to relax. Lol.
    Also, how big of a player is Gallagher. Guy has no fear, none, and he always wants to win, and plays so hard. I could go on and on about what a player he is.
    GHG! Let’s burn down the Garden!!!!!!

  62. RoySubbanPrice says:

    Good game, but this team can play even better. They have another gear and have to exercise it on Wed in Gm 7.

    Great to see Max have the Edge on Chara and was a step ahead of Chara this time rather than the last time (i.e. the stanchion incident), It was a huge boost of confidence for him personally and professionally and a breakout game. But he and the rest of the team need to play with more jam in Gm 7.

    Yes, Gm 7 is fun, anything can happen, but there’s no safe or good lead, Habs have to assert their speed, skill, shot-blocking, and discipline and will to win. Don’t depend on the officials to always make the right call or a lucky deflection, or a bounce of one of the Bruins players skate, knee, glove, or whatever for a goal.

    Make your breaks, and seize each puck battle, because there wouldn’t be a Gm 7 without the All-out team effort” put forth by all 23 guys tonight. GO HABS GO!

    No one remembers those who play average – PK Subban

  63. JayK-47 says:

    Boy… You hid “first” all the way in the 4th paragraph

  64. Habilis says:

    Great read, Boone.

    Desperate hockey by les boys tonight. That Markov hit on Lucic personified the effort for me. Here’s a guy who made maybe half a dozen hits all season, has spaghetti knees, and he’s laying out Milan “My formal training is in urology” Lucic. Just an awesome effort by him and the entire team tonight.

    It’s really amazing to watch this team when they play like that. Can hang with the best when they do. Need more of the same on Wednesday. Should be epic.

  65. prep says:

    cherry complaining about markov tripping chara? really?? a trip? did he even mention lucic spears? DONT POKE THE BEAR! poke my pickle you bias f#rt

    #don’t poke the bear

  66. Da Hema says:

    It’s hard to believe the (low) level of intelligence of the Bruins’ players and coaches. Shawn Thorton gives the Habs every motivation to win with his amateurish spray-bottle incident, and now Julien is proclaiming his team will be victorious when, given how the series has gone, it is pretty much a toss-up next game. I can only hope that Therrien has the team’s AV folks make a video compilation of the bottle spray, the smirks, the chest thumps, and Julien’s arrogance, and play that over and over to the players. I know that if I were playing for the Habs, I would make it my singular life goal to defeat Boston.

  67. RetroMikey says:

    Recently the Kings won the Cup.
    King of Glory I say!

  68. calvee123 says:

    I agree!!! Amen… I refer to this as David vs Goliath. Or good vs evil. Habs being the good and Boston as the evil. Boston had done lots of evil in this series…

  69. RetroMikey says:

    CH = Christ in Heaven!
    God will take control in the 7th game.
    We have faith, you gotta have it!

  70. RetroMikey says:

    Top 5!

  71. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …game 7 will be a war

    …the Bears are relentless, they keep coming, unrelenting …backs against the wall …blood in their eyes

    …We are a mix of high-strung youth and vets, HUNGRY, finally, to win …like Gionta, Pleks and Markov …whom won’t back down

    …Game 7 will be a classic

  72. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …’this is where the Guys have to place Their balls on the table’; paraphrasing Monsieur Roy

  73. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …’this is where Legends are made’; P.K. Subban 🙂

  74. Un Canadien errant says:

    Again, waddya know, a hockey game broke out at the New Forum, largely devoid of Bruin idiocy, save for maybe a knee-on-knee from Zdeno Chara, and a paroxysm at the end from, sigh, again the Bruin captain and his horde of usual suspects. Aside from that, the game was a fast-skating, hard-hitting affair, with the Canadiens not shrinking from contact as opposed to last Saturday in Boston, but rather taking the game to the Bruins and finishing their checks, and coming out 4-0 winners to bring about a Game 7 on Wednesday.

    This strong response to the disappointing effort on Saturday is a little unexpected, but not really shocking. While it seemed that the Canadiens were outmanned, and that the referees were going to let the Bruins cheat to a series win, starting with the two blatantly obvious crosschecks by Brad Marchand on Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller, and finishing up with the continuing idiocy of Don Cherry-favourite Sean Thornton, and that the Canadiens had a “knee on the ground”, to quote Michel Therrien, they didn’t put the other knee on the ground tonight, but rather got back up, to continue with the head coach’s preferred image. And that has been a theme this season, that the team has undergone adversity but never gave up, perhaps best encapsulated by the three-goal comeback win against the Sens late in the season.

    We saw some of the good things that the Canadiens were doing earlier in the playoffs, with strong defensive play from Mike Weaver, effective, relentless forechecking from Michaël Bournival, Dale Weise and Lars Eller, and solid goaltending from Carey Price, who cooled things off repeatedly for the Bruins.

    What was different tonight was how the Canadiens didn’t seem spooked by the physical game of the Bruins. While les Glorieux may not be able to crunch opponents like the biggest Bruins, what they can do is assert themselves, and not allow their opponents to play unconcerned and unmolested. Les boys did what they had to do, they did what they can, and the Bruins weren’t playing as confidently with the puck tonight, they bobbled it a few times and turned it over in the face of the Canadiens’ pressure, one instance which led to Lars Eller’s early goal in the first period.

    Another difference from the previous game was the long-awaited arrival of the Canadiens best offensive elements. Thomas Vanek and Max Pacioretty both had a goal and an assist, and David Desharnais also had an assist. Which is what they have to do. I wrote at the end of the season that this trio had to chip in at least a goal per game, minimum, no excuses, and they’ve fallen quite short of that level during the playoffs. The Canadiens have managed without their contribution so far, but P.K. can’t score two powerplay goals every game, and with René Bourque’s enthusiasm apparently flagging, these guys can’t come up snake eyes. They have to produce. No excuses.

    I’ve thought that Max might be injured, he’s been given a rough ride this series, by Zdeno Chara notably, and I remembered a series in the 80’s when the Canadiens were unceremoniously bounced out, and General Manager Serge Savard announced at that point that Bob Gainey had played with two separated shoulders, which was meant to explain his ineffectiveness and demonstrate his great courage. The latter was never really in doubt, but the wisdom of having him on the ice thus enfeebled was certainly questionable.

    The same goes for Max. If he’s not able to play, if his shoulders ache and he can’t get the puck in the corners or get his shot off, let’s sit him out and put in someone who can play against the Bruins. I’m sure Whitey is chomping at the bit, he won’t be an offensive threat, but his effort and desire won’t be questioned.

    Tonight, Max did go in the corners with authority, and finished his check a couple of times, hard, enough to get a Bruin thinking the next time he had to go get a puck with his face in the glass. Max also skated really hard, was a constant worry for Bruin defencemen, and generally fulfilled his assignment with honours.

    Another forward who seemed revived was Brandon Prust, who played a lot more list last season’s version than the one we’ve seen lately. While he and Dale Weise may seem like an unlikely pair for Daniel Brière, the combo worked, they spent more time in the Bruins’ zone than theirs.

    The biggest change for our team was the insertion of Nathan Beaulieu as the left defenceman on the third pair. Francis Bouillon had a long productive streak playing alongside Mike Weaver against Tampa and early in this series, but when he struggled Douglas Murray got the nod, with mixed results. He chipped in some thunderous hits and yeoman effort on the penalty kill, but his pairing were bottled up in their end for long stretches.

    The expected response might have been to put a fresh, rested Francis Bouillon back in, but Michel ‘The Gambler’ Therrien played a hunch and put in the rookie instead. Nathan played a good game, using his mobility and puck skills, and picking up an assist on Max’s breakaway goal. There was some talk on l’Antichambre that it wasn’t a sure thing he’ll be in the lineup in Boston for Game 7, what with him being a rookie and the Bruins having the advantage of the last change, but it’s difficult to see how his pairing is more prone to being exploited than one with Douglas Murray or Francis Bouillon. Also, the coaching staff will be leery of breaking up a winning lineup.

    With the game out of reach, we saw Milan Lucic, with his team playing 5-on-4, long after a whistle, with a linesman insulating him, take a few gloved punches at 5’10” Mike Weaver. I thought Milan wasn’t supposed to fight fourth-liners, that his coach wouldn’t let him. I guess that only applies when Georges Laraque or Colton Orr are the scrubs in question. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même pourriture.

    So a good, clear team win, with the Canadiens outscoring, outshooting and outhitting the Bruins. Carey Price was better. We won more faceoffs, caused more turnovers. Generally, we wanted it more.

    So my prediction of the Bruins winning in 6 games at best if the Canadiens played well is in great jeopardy of not coming to pass, and I couldn’t be happier. I pronounce the series now a tossup, despite the Bruins playing at home. We have the forces of darkness on the run.

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


    • johnnylarue® says:

      Honestly UCe, some of those Bruins bobbles and wide-open misses made me wonder if maybe the fix was in on this game, that maybe this was all an elaborate ploy to ensure a Game 7.

      That wasn’t *the Bruins*.

      And yet, it was.

      Edit: Oh and I think that was Dale Weise being “threatened” by El Cheecho at the end of the game. But your point stands.

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