About last night …

PriceonBear

Hey, maybe they can have a Presidents’  Trophy parade.

Your Montreal Canadiens won game 7.
Even better, the Boston Bruins lost.
Hockey fans can look forward to an Eastern Conference final that doesn’t include Brad Marchand’s stick work or Claude Julien’s whining.
Bonus: The most annoying fans in the NHL can spend the rest of this spring watching their Red Sox.
Meanwhile, 500 km north of the dark and lonely TD Garden, the playoffs continue.
And it’s beginning to smell a little like 1993.

One note before we bid a not-so-fond farewell to Bruins: Milan Lucic talked smack to Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin in the handshake line. He reportedly told Weise: “I’m going to fucking kill you next year.”

Such a putz.

Crying Julien

Such a classy bunch.

And now they’re en vacances.

But enough about the losers.

In his postgame press conference, Michel Therrien lauded a “great accomplishment.”

“We just beat the best team in the league,” the coach added. “We showed a lot of character and a lot of passion.”

When someone asked Therrien about the pump-up speech Carey Price gave his teammates between the second and third periods, the coach sheepishly admitted he’d missed it. But the dressing room oratory, Therrien said, was evidence of Price’s leadership.

To update a stat cited in the live game blog, Price has played in five elimination games in 2014: three at the Sochi Olympics, plus Games 6 and 7 against Boston. He’s faced 127 shots and stopped 125 of them.

Price under pressure: 5-0, with a goals-against average of 0.40 and a save percentage of .984.

Yeah, pretty good goaltending. And having beaten Tuukka rask, Price moves on to face Henrik Lundqvist in a duel of goaltenders who were snubbed as Vezina Trophy finalists. Lundqvist hasn’t won in Montreal since March 17, 2009. He is 4-5-2 with a 3.87 GAA and .876 save percentage lifetime at Bell Centre.

The Rangers series will also be a battle of number 67s: Max Pacioretty vs. former Canadien (and Bruin) Benoit Pouliot.

And P.K. Subban,the Canadiens’ second-round draft choice (43rd overall) vs. their first-round, 12th overall pick, Ryan McDonagh.

And Therrien vs. the coach he succeeded in 2000, Alain Vigneault.

Plus the class of the undersized old guys, Brian Gionta vs. Martin St. Louis.

Oh, the Eastern Conference final is going to be fun – not least because the Canadiens and Rangers are fast, skilled teams that stick to hockey. We may see Brandon Prust and Derek Dorsett joust a bit, but George Parros won’t be needed in the series.

Nor will Douglas Murray. Nathan Beaulieu has played two NHL playoff games and won them both. He should be in the lineup against the Rangers, along with his D partner Mike Weaver, who was heroic in the Boston series.

Therrien praised the work ethic and attitude of his team in Game 7. The Canadiens were outshot 30-18 and territorially dominated for agonizingly long stretches of the game. But they didn’t panic , and the only mental error was Max Pacioretty holding Dougie Hamilton’s stick in the Bruins’ zone, drawing a penalty during which Jarome Iginla deflected a Torey Krug shot past Price to make it a 2-1 game.

With a chance to seize momentum, however, the Bruins took a penalty late in the second period and another in the third, setting up the Daniel Brière goal that drove a dagger into their season.

The latter infraction was Johnny Boychuk’s interference on Michäel Bournival, a kid whose speed bedevilled Boston. early in the series, Bournival also got in a good whack on Zdeno Chara’s hand. The Bruins’ defenceman rarely flashed his Norris Trophy finalist form thereafter.

With Dennis Seidenberg out of the lineup and Chara playing hurt, Boston was left with a young, inexperienced defence corps that had a very difficult time coping with the Canadiens’ speed and forechecking tenacity – both qualities showcased on the Brandon Prust and Daniel Brière plays that produced the game’s first goal.

It was scored by Dale Weise. The late-season acquisition – Thank you, John Tortorella, for not liking this guy – has scored three times in the playoffs; and the Canadiens have won each game.

Marc Bergevin was in the hallway leading to the dressing room after the game. The jubilant general manager hugged each player as he came off the ice.

Bergevin has a right to celebrate. In the second year of this proud franchise’s latest rebuild, the Canadiens are among the Final Four vying for the Stanley Cup.

Beating the Rangers won’t be easy. They’re a fast, talented and well-coached team.

Lundqvist was spectacular against Pittsburgh. St. Louis is inspirational. And McDonagh …

Ah, why spoil a warm, happy mid-May day in Montreal by thinking about Ryan McDonagh – except to say if he were paired with P.K. …

OK, I’ll stop.

A happier note: On L’Antichambre, Vincent Damphousse said this year’s postseason is starting to remind him of 1993.

The Penguins, led by Sidney Crosby, are out – as were Mario Lemieux’s Pittsburgh team in ’93. Ditto the Bruins, who had Raymond Bourque then and Chara now.

Can Carey Price duplicate Patrick Roy’s 1993 heroics?

At least he’ll get a chance to try.

• A not from my man Mike ZieglerDanny Briere had 2 points tonight on 9 shifts (8:06 TOI). That’s a point on 22% of his shifts. Also has 7 points in 5 career game 7s, and has a 4-1 record.

• Is P.K. happy?

https://vine.co/v/MXiJYnzX52F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

503 Comments

  1. CJ says:

    Good morning folks!

    Very tough to sleep last night. My mind was seemingly racing a million miles an hour. Oh, what a feeling.

    Aside from an Emelin miscue, Max penalty and some weak shifts by Gionta the team played a very, very good game.

    Personally, IMO, almost everyone played their role, played within themselves and were simply the better team. Yes, team. The team concept might fall under closer scrutiny in Boston were I still see a number of selfish players making selfish plays. Players who are not willing to take a check, take a punch or otherwise turn a cheek. Of course, that’s not why the Bruins lost.

    IMO, the Bruins fate was sealed when the officials decided that they had seen enough of Marchand’s antics, Chara’s dives (I loved the face off flop when Gally touched his skate) and Riley tossing himself around like a rag doll. The Bruins fate was sealed when Thorton laughed and Lucic mocked the team. You don’t disrespect your opponent this way. I’m sure neither will learn much from this experience and look forward to another form of retribution next fall. Going forward, these Bruins and future Bruins will quickly realize that we are skilled, quick and – coming to a rink near you – tough.

    Yes tough. There are many forms of toughness. We have a certain something on display right now. Being able to take a check to make a play is tough. Going to the dirty areas is tough. Standing in front of the net is tough, as is blocking a shot. Of course, my favorite form of toughness is the fighting aspect, and we will have that covered soon enough. In the interim, I’ll continue to enjoy this version and applaud the work they are doing.

    Our best players were our best players. I’m not sure if I’m seeing it the same way as others, but, IMO, we don’t need a Vanek long term to be successful. We need 18 guys pulling the rope in the same direction. I’d personally help Vanek move to Minnesota this summer. He needs to bring A LOT more if he wants a contract with Molson’s signature on it. Speaking of our best players, PK and Price were dynamite. What stars! Price I said needed a save percentage equal to or better than .930. He delivered, in spades!

    Sure, it likely didn’t win the series, but the choice to insert a young puck mover gave us a major edge. Nate, considering this was his second game in more than a month was great again. What an upgrade! I knew he would shine and thus far have not been disappointed.

    Half way their. Two series down, two to go. They have a real shot against, who is also playing great hockey. Add in St. Louis who reserves his best for Montreal and we have something special. We’ve come this far, I hope we can go a little further.

    Lots to be excited about this morning. Go Habs Go! Cheers, CJ

  2. bsamsona says:

    Lucic is the baby for acting like a little spoiled brat after the game

  3. Habfan17 says:

    That was a great effort last night, although I did get a bit worried when the Bruins scored and they seemed to be getting their legs.

    Kudos to all the players for doing what it took to win! Three cheers to all the fans who attended at the Bell centre and raised all that money for charity!

    Kudos to the Bruins players who played hard within the rules. A big raspberry to those who played dirty, complained about the Habs being dirty and have no class! It isn’t all of them!

    On the team 1200, York, an ex player said that Neal was selfish and hurt his team, basically doing the same crap as Marchand. He said it was a big reason the Penguins lost. What does Marchand do, put himself first and pull crap! The Lucic comments remind me of an incident with Hunter and Robinson where Hunter told Robinson he was going to take out his knee while behind the net in the playoffs.
    He never did, but he sure woke up Big Bird! Lucic needs to go play in the KHL!

    Habfan17

  4. Maritime Ronn says:

    Well, that was my Cup last night.
    Everything else is a bonus now.
    To think only 2 years ago this team finished 28th and was in shambles.

    Note to Lucic.
    Something to ponder.

    Roid Rage
    An acute psychotic response—uncontrolled outbursts of anger, frustration or combativeness—of unknown pathogenesis seen in those who abuse anabolic steroids

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Indeed that was in many ways the Cup last night. Absolutely great great win in a great series. I don’t know the stat, but we must have been leading for 80% of that series.

      I have zero respect for the Bruins organization, zero.

  5. RetroMonkey says:

    @#%*@#*! Media Guide!
    (Slice…)

    Has anyone, um, seen my head?

    Bruins will win with ?? in nets.

  6. Habfan17 says:

    Bye Bye Bruins!

    Okay, so Lucic tells Weise I am going to fing kill you next season. Not sure it was recorded by the media, but if he does go out and injure Weise next season given what he said, what does the league do?

    Habfan17

  7. Cal says:

    Book of Hab
    Chapter 14
    p.11a

    And they stood amazed as
    The Beast fell into the abyss
    Of Its own making.
    And the Ste-Flanelle stood
    Head and shoulders above their Foe.
    From afar, The Blessed Ones heard
    The Roar of the Faithful and
    The Lion awoke.

    So sayeth the Book of Hab

  8. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    What this series has proved is that in this parity driven league is 1 or 2 players added to your team and 1 or 2 players injured/missing from the opposing team shifts the balance considerably.

    It was easier to have fun with da bears.
    What’s a ranger?
    Our next victim.
    Go Habs Go!!!

    • SUMO says:

      Thanks for posting this Burli. Nice read. No whining abt officiating or diving or some other kind of BS excuse.

      This Bruins are facing a problem on D. The injuries to Seidenberg and Maquaid took their toll, as an over-worked Chara looked worse after each game. His time as the most dominant Dman in the East is over. He can still be effective in reduced minutes, like Markov, but his days as a 30min a game horse are done.

      And Bartkowski and Miller looked very much like AHLers…….

  9. JF says:

    How ironic is it that the game-winning goal was scored by the player whose career Zdeno Chara nearly ended three years ago with the infamous “hockey play” that had NHL pundits lambasting the Bell Centre glass? That spring, when the Habs succumbed to the Bruins in OT of Game seven in a series in which we were often the better team, I had visions of just something like this.

    It’s a bit of déjà vu. Remember Richard Zednik being felled by Bruin Kyle McLaren in the 2002 playoffs? He was stretchered off the Bell Centre ice and didn’t play again in those playoffs; but two years later, he scored both goals as the Habs beat the Bruins 2-0 in Game seven of their first-round series.

    Karma is a bitch. And maybe there is justice in hockey after all.

  10. habstrinifan says:

    I think our comments/remarks after the victory are getting a little haughty towards the Bruins. But hey I’m not in touch with all the stuff coming out of the media/players from Boston… so I guees it might be deserved.

    All I know is that this is freaking glorious. I am gonna enjoy another genuine benchmark of the divine greatness of the franchise and the CH name.

    Honestly… this is spectacularly right for hockey…. especially Canadian hockey, despite the insufferables at HNIC not recognizing such. This is trending bigger than Canada’s Olympic win this past winter.

    So we move on to the second consecutive matchup between two ex HABS coach and two French Canadian coaches. In a 30 team league that is remarkably coincidental.

    I am no fan of MT. But I honestly think he is a better coach that Alian Vigneault. I may not like all his moves but he is more active with player deployment than Vigneault by far. And the pattern of ‘speed’ speed’ which seems to have been adopted will counter any ‘experience’ Vigneault has had with a more ‘skilled’ offensive team. And defensively…Vigneault is not anywhere MT’s league.

    I am very very excited and optimistic re the series.

  11. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    Throws doll in garbage. Picks up another one. Applies rangers uni.
    Pins a stickin.

  12. Cal says:

    CHaracter.
    CHarisma.
    CHlass.
    CHonfidence.
    CHanadiens.

  13. howiemorenz7 says:

    So here in the Centre of the Universe, where Habs were picked by all media to miss the playoffs, where PK was slagged all year by media to the extent that most thought he shouldn’t be on the Oly team, where Team Can goaltending was viewed as its potential Achilles’ Heel, my does this feel SWEEEEEEEEEEEET.

    My last post a few days ago (after G5) I was advocating for the Habs to not resign Vanek and to deal Patches in the summer for people who showed up in the playoffs. I will now eat this big pile of poop in penance.

    Maroons Suck. #7 foreva.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Haha!

      If you’re actually eating a pile, can we organise IV drips for Cherry, Ron “no-Canadian-teams-in-the-playoffs” Maclean, Healy, Stock, NBC etc etc?

  14. Dunboyne Mike says:

    MWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

    (no, not the result — Johnny’s coiffe).

  15. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Great ALN, Mike B. And please note that I was incapable of reading the LiveBlog last night (or anything else for that matter), but read it through from start to finish AFTER the game (around 4am my time) and hugely enjoyed it retrospectively.

    You admired my serenity earlier in the week. I can tell you that there was none of that anywhere in evidence all day yesterday or during the game.

    Saying it here, you do a great job of being a Park X Montrealer and semi-disinterested observer toute a la fois. Cheers!

  16. WindsorHab-10 says:

    You know, we beat the Bruins fair & square and we’re moving on while the supposedly best team in the league hits the links this morning. I must say that even after defeat, the Boston Bruins are a bunch of gutless, useless & classless bunch. They need to go back to school & learn about interacting with humans, human relations, people skills & yes respecting others. From ownership to management to coaches to players & most fans, they are a disgrace to the greatest sport on earth.

    GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!

  17. Luke says:

    I woke up super early as well. We should all meet for breakfast…

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      Are you buying? Normally wake up @ 5a.m. but this morning I was up @ 3:30a.m. & have been watching every single highlight from last night.

  18. Captain aHab says:

    I think the Bruins are getting done in by cameras and Julien constantly complaining about the refs work. After you see Marchand pulling stuff like suckerpunching Pleks – and the refs will see the video – refs may decide to get on his case more thinking that they’re going to miss a lot of his antics during a game. Same with Lucic.

    One can only hope. If the NHL wanted to send a message, it would suspend Marchand for 2-3 games early next year for the sucker punch…put him on notice.

    I know we’ve said before that the refs let Boston get away with everything but it wasn’t the case tonight.

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

  19. JohnBellyful says:

    Habs win the first round in mininum number of games: 4
    Habs win the second round in maximum number of games: 7
    Fearless prediction: Habs win the third round in 5.5 games (Rangers concede series down 10-0 halfway through game 6)

  20. JohnBellyful says:

    Bruins lost because they made too many mistakes. The question now is, will New York be undone by boo-boos as well or will the Rangers prove smarter than the average bear?

  21. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    OH Yeah.

  22. JUST ME says:

    Took a while to get asleep and woke up wayyyyy too early . Could not wait to celebrate and read about yesterday.

    Have been a hockey fan for decades and have never seen such sore losers and aholes. Just do not know how to describe what i have read…

    Sooooo. I seem to repeat myself every week these days but again lineup at the crow eating session is getting longer and longer…Here are the Price Bashers, the Briere complainers, right behind are the Habs will never go deep with D.D. and at the end of the parade another 4 or 5 yellow busses of M.T. haters… Welcome in gentlemen !

  23. Danno says:

    Bye Bye Bruins!

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  24. JohnBellyful says:

    Woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. Vision of sour cherries kept dancing through my head.

    Howler of the night: Coach’s Corner, Don Cherry starts out by saying “I like to be fair.”
    Honest, that’s what he said. “I like to be fair.”
    Then he shows clip of Markov knocking Marchand into Price which results in a goalie interference penalty for the Bruin forward. Cherry thought Markov should have been called for high sticking. I’ll concede Marchand shouldn’t have been penalized. So valid point.
    Next clip he shows is Gorges tripping up Smith in front of the net, when it appeared he was merely moving into position. MacLean had the temerity to suggest Smith was guilty of “ a bit of embellishment,” Cherry’s response: “Embellishment? Shut up!”
    (“Remember, kids, when someone says something you don’t like, don’t waste your time trying to understand their point of view, tell them to shut up. No one’s smarter than you, got that? Manners are for sissies.”)
    Next clip is of Emelin’s “semi slewfoot” on Marchand, and again he asks, “Is that not a penalty?”
    Then he shows Marchand’s hit on Bournival, who did embellish being knocked over, and asks why the Montreal forward wasn’t called for unsportsmanlike conduct. Yes, Bournival did try to draw a penalty.
    Still, four clips in a row, all of which show Montreal players in a bad light, and not a single, solitary one of a Boston player being guilty of similar transgressions, eg, Chara falling like a ton of bricks after being tapped on the foot by Gallagher before a faceoff.
    Now to be fair to Cherry, he did acknowledge when prodded by MacLean that the Bruins were playing “dopey” hockey and that they needed “to get their act together.” The only Bruin singled out for criticism, however, was Rask, none of the North American players who were guilty of shoddy play as well on Montreal’s first goal.
    And get this, at the end of the segment, he shows the infamous ‘hockey play” of
    Chara ramming Pacioretty into the stanchion — “This was a beauty! I don’t think Chara meant to do it.” — followed by a play from the sixth game in which Markov delivered a nice hip check that drove Lucic into the boards at the Bruins bench.
    All this to say once again, as he had already done on a previous Coach’s Corner, what a “great job” Geoff Molson did to change the glass at the Bell Centre.
    Huh?
    In neither incident did the replay involve glass, and even if they had, what was the connection to the game at hand? They were more likely to evoke thoughts of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, with its altered perception of reality.
    You can only conclude Cherry was looking for the flimsiest of reasons – tissue-thin at best – to show the Pacioretty hit in order to inflame Hab fans.
    Cherry has a history of picking his spots when it comes to being critical. He has his favourite whipping boys while others are off-limits.
    He also detests being put on the spot so I can understand why he didn’t stick around for a post-game analysis of his beloved Bruins’ inglorious defeat.
    Just like the jacket he was wearing, he’s yellow

    • johnnylarue says:

      Other than that, though, Cherry’s pretty cool, right?

      • JohnBellyful says:

        I’ll say this, he’s polarizing.

        To some,
        He’s cooler than cool. He’s the coolest.
        To others,
        He’s crueler than cruel. He’s the cruelest.

    • Habspark says:

      Call me old fashioned, but Don Cherry: “Manners are for Sissies”…. Yeah, nice comment to the kids from the public face of Canada’s national sport. On a positive note, that to me makes last night even more sweet – if that is at all possible!!!

      • JohnBellyful says:

        Just to be clear, that ‘quote’ was fabricated to reflect what I perceive to be the hypocrisy in Cherry’s counsel to young people, as it relates to respect, on and off the ice — his demanding it of others while offering too little of his own.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      It is only fitting Habs beat Bruins the final year of CBC’s tv contract, sweet justice. Maclean and Cherry can go to ……. For all I care the CBC has become a joke with Cherry as the head Carny!

    • boing007 says:

      We know damn well that if the shoe had been on the other foot Cherry would have been heaping praise instead of scorn. Sour Grapes.

      Richard R

  25. shootdapuck says:

    Chris , re Pink suits anyone from Winnipeg will tell you it’s normal as he attended the rich kids beanie & blazer school Ravenscourt!

  26. johnnylarue says:

    Also: absolutely dynamite Photoshopping skills on display here tonight.

    Boone, if that was you, it must have taken you DAYS. ;)

  27. pattio says:

    What bugs me more than Lucic running his mout and taking cheap shots at everybody is the lack of accountability from his team. Chara should be stepping up and putting him in his place. Young punk thinks he’s damn bulletproof.

  28. johnnylarue says:

    PS: Due to overwhelming demand, I have changed my avatar pic to show off the official johnnylarue® Game-7-winning lucky haircut.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      I’m far removed from knowing what’s the current style but I think you’ll larue the day you got this particular cut.
      It does make you look younger, though.

  29. johnnylarue® says:

    A very quick note, to be buried forever in the morning avalanche of posts:

    We have the 6th highest career playoff scorer among active players…

    On our fourth line.

    That, in a syllable, is dep.

  30. Marc10 says:

    So the Rangers, eh. They probably think they match up very well against us. They do. Unfortunately, we have the best goalie in the world, a defenceman they can’t stop, and four lines they won’t be able to contain. Oh, and the loudest building on the planet. It’s going to be great. Start spreading the news…

  31. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …if We do reach the Stanley Cup final against either the Black Hawks or one of LA/Anaheim, and win, then We are REALLY on acid :)

    …I mean, getting past the Hawks or a Kings/Ducks opponent, this will go down as a far greater over-achievement than the ’93 Roy-led 24th Cup

    …but, better not get ahead of Ourselves :)

  32. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …rumours of Boone becoming a UFA ? …not re-signing ? …retiring ?

    …I say gotta sign this Guy to a P.K.esque contract into 2020

    …or, until He or I croaks, whichever comes first :)

  33. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Rangers will be tougher and more creative than We historically have known them …I hope We don’t underestimate them

    …this should be a series We should win 4-0 to 4-2 at the most, but if We are too confident We could get burned

    …but this won’t happen :)

  34. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …anyOne notice John Lu’s pink suit ?

  35. Trollhunter says:

    For the last few years i’ve found it a shame that the habs drafted ben maxwell When Milan Lucic was still on board. The bruins picked him with the next pick that year. Up until tonight that is. This year we’ve seen him spear emelin and dekeyser in the privates and now he threatens Weise and Emelin at the handshakes after the game. Any and all respect I had for this guy as a player and as a man are gone. Then he turns around and says “If he (Weise) wants to be a baby about it and make it public thats up to him.” Whose being a baby here? You pound your chest after a goal, he (Weise) pounds his chest after a goal… you flex your biceps at Subban on the bench, he does the same back at you basically giving you a taste of your own medicine and you threaten the guy after the game…. Grow up.

    • Da Hema says:

      The NHL has only itself to blame for the WWE mentality it has encouraged by allowing the Bruins to play the way they do. Like the Flyers of the 1970s, the Bruins set professional hockey back ten years — until tonight. For three years, the NHL head office has either turned a blind eye or implicitly encouraged this shameful nonsense by the Bruins. No other professional league of which I am aware allows players simply to punch other players in the head as Marchand did tonight. Lamentably almost all sports announcers for networks associated with the NHL call what the Bruins do simply “tough hockey plays.” Chara can crosscheck players in the face and it’s a “tough hockey play.” When Bruins’ opponents return the favor, it is a “missed penalty.” When Don Cherry dies, the hockey world — actually, the world — will become a better place. His influence on the game is palpable and revolting.

    • CH Marshall says:

      I have a feeling that maybe in a day or two, we’re all going to realize how big of a win this was- not just for the habs, but for teams that want to play good hockey…

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Milan Lucic is pure fecal matter.

  36. Marc10 says:

    Every time I hear Markov in a postgame interview, I think of this stand-up comedian. Classic stuff!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhAcd405leI

    Go Habs Go!

    PS: I should specify the good bit is at the 4min mark.

  37. Darren Dragger says:

    Well the big news tonight coming out of the NHL is obviously the controversy surrounding Dion Phaneuf’s status as Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rumours from within the organization and from sources close to the team question whether the Leafs can continue with a controversial figure such as Dion Phaneuf as the player with the ‘c’ on his chest.

    There might be two paths to choose from in dealing with this issue.

    One, the team may decide that it needs to shake up its structure and leadership team, and remove the responsibility of being captain from Dion, leaving him to focus on his duties as a player. The Leafs have a wealth of natural leaders such as Nazem Kadri, Dave Clarkson, Phil Kessel, and Colton Orr to choose from, so a smooth transition and a new direction could easily be had.

    Two, they may choose to not upset the apple cart, and to let sleeping dogs lie, since rolling stones gather no moss. The controversy generated by such a move might prove to be unpalatable, so the team could just decide to keep her steady as she goes. While Dion Phaneuf is not a Jonathan Toews or Mark Messier type, the thinking might be that he is more than suitable to lead this team to its expected heights.

    Darren Dragger, Insider

    If you’re not inside, you’re outside!

  38. CAPSLOCK DAN says:

    HABS BEAT HUN lol has nice ring to it

  39. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …so far, the things I have predicted and felt should be done are coming to be

    …much more of this and I will be known as a hockey savant

    …shows You what a difference 67 years of ‘experience’ can make :)

  40. Da Hema says:

    What’s the news on Galchenyuk? His return will add a 20-goal scorer to this current team. That’s sweet!

    • Prop says:

      Last practice he was in a no contact jersey.

      ____________________
      DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …I wouldn’t add Galchenyuk unless We falter with the Guyz that brought Us here

      …but yes, if He’s ready, the rich get richer

      • Da Hema says:

        I might reply Galchenyuk is one of the guys who brought the Habs to where they are. There is nothing wrong with adding to the competitive mix. It looks to me, for example, that Bourque may need to go back to the press box. He is doing his Andrei Kostitsyn impersonation again — although I doubt the coaching staff will find any humour in that. Having players champing at the bit is best for the team. You don’t play well, we’ll find someone who will.

  41. Prop says:

    Boston has to hang the Habs flag outside their city hall for a week. How sweet it is.

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  42. PK says:

    Saturday morning …
    Habs and Rangers.
    GHG!!
    Good bye and good riddance to the .. you know …
    that team from …. whatever… Poke the bear!!

    >>>>> Les Canadiens sont là

  43. Habilis says:

    Still can’t believe we just beat that Bruins team. Many called them better than their Cup winning team. You could see it in the faces of the Boston players after the game. Utter shock. They really thought they were going to win it all, not just this series. I almost felt bad when I heard Iginla’s comments. Almost.

    I know it’s been said a billion times but Bergevin’s “minor” moves this year have been incredible. Weise is playing like a man possessed and Weaver is just a rock on D.

    And what about little Danny Briere? Remember during the season when we made of fun of him because he wasn’t performing and the “he signed for the playoffs” line became more sarcasm than anything else? Joke’s on us! All he does is create scoring chances.

    He’s been awesome. They’re all awesome. Go Habs Go.

  44. CAPSLOCK DAN says:

    I’m worried tough.

    I really don’t see Rangers beating us at all, so were headed to the finals.

    In that case – I’m afraid we wouldn’t have much of a chance. Anaheim is a monster and so is LA.

    Losing in the finals is terribly traumatic.

  45. jols says:

    Wish I was in Montreal tonight. It sounds like the city is rocking. The boys showed tremendous heart this series. It was nerve racking as a fan. No better feeling than beating the F’n Bruins in the playoffs.

    I like our chances against the Rangers but am not one of those that dismiss them all together and suggest it will be easy. We got to continue to bring the emotion and play a determined game. Go Habs Go!!!

  46. AceMagnum says:

    If you have the DVD of Hockey a People’s History done by CBC some years ago, watch Ken Dryden’s interview in the special features where he very emotionally talks about beating the Flyers in ’76 and how important it was to bring real hockey back and end the reign of the thugs and start their amazing run of four in a row.

    Tonight reminds me of that happening all over again.

  47. billylove says:

    I’d almost forgotten how sweet bear meet tastes especially if well seasoned. I think I’ll have some leftovers tomorrow.

  48. Habcouver says:

    MT deserves much of the credit for the Habs playoff success. He did not have any emotional tirades and kept the players calm by remaining reserved: all business. He truly out coached his counterpart.

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

  49. habsfan0 says:

    My Habs flag will be flying proudly from my car in the GTA.

  50. CAPSLOCK DAN says:

    TWO MORE SHOTS OF TEQUILA AND THEN OFF TO BED.

    GONNA PRE-MAKE MY COFFEE FOR TOMORROW.

  51. habfaninottawa says:

    Glorious! Lucic’s tears are delicious! Big baby Bruins.
    Bring on the Rangers!
    8 down, 8 to go.
    Go Habs go!!!

  52. Timo says:

    Good night folks. I am going to sleep a happy man.

  53. Subban in Sochi says:

    Plekenec played 23:50. Has he ever played more in a 60 minute NHL game…? W-O-W.

    Desharnais & Weaver played 16 minutes each and barely showed up on the stat sheet. But their impact was gigantic. They SEEMED to play 26 minutes each. What efforts!!!

    If there was a statistic that correlated giant goals & huge assists to minimal ToI Daniel Briere would own that category. His focus through an incredibly trying season has been astounding.

    “Cannonading drive!!”

  54. NLhabsfan says:

    Those pictures say it all..a peacefully happy smile before I hit the sack:)

  55. Sportfan says:

    Congrats to the Habs on beating the Bruins! As for me what a fantastic experience at the Bell Center with my friends and the new people I met, the atmosphere was electric and amazing, then walking down St Catherines high fiving everyone including the Cops was awesome! I will never forget this night!

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
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    • Ron says:

      Too think you bitched and complained about the extra $2 for your ticket yesterday. Feel bad now :D small price to pay for a great experience eh..

  56. CAPSLOCK DAN says:

    say what you will about Thornton, but Wiese said that he had nothing but good things to say in the handshake lineup.

    He may be a jerk on ice, but once the siren sounds, the game is over. Terry O’Rielly was apparently like that.

    Lucic on the other hand is a scumbag….

  57. punkster says:

    The comments by Lucic, both to Weise and Emelin and to the media in post game interviews, ends any respect I had for him as a player. I was one of those who thought, sure I’d take him on my team in a heartbeat, but no more. He’s a classless clown.

    Before hitting the hay,
    I just want to say,
    Today has been a wonderful day.
    But if you’re just a hick,
    Who still wants Lucic
    On the Habs, well please go away.

    Release the Subbang!!!

  58. CH Marshall says:

    Love your ALNs Master Boone!

  59. Marc10 says:

    Super pic for this ALN. I love it!

    And what a series by The Franchise. To hear that he stood in the room and gave the boys a pep talk before the third period. That’s true leadership. The Olympics were his coming out party. This is the coronation. Good thing we’re toppling a Swedish King in the next series…

    On ya Carey!

  60. Da Hema says:

    It is almost as if the Montreal Canadiens were an omnipotent and just God, meting out the most sublime of justice. Seeing Chara get slashed and nutted throughout the series was simply divine. Watching Chara age right before our eyes was even more resplendent! The Bruins’ future is not as bright as it once seemed. Iginla is a shadow of what he was in Calgary, Chara skated like a senior citizen, and the team gave away a core of young players — e.g., Tyler Seguin — for ones to win now. I do believe the Montreal Canadiens just closed the window of opportunity for the Boston Bruins.

  61. Phil C says:

    I think Lucic said I’m gonna kill you a deer, you know a peace offering. Big misunderstanding…

  62. harrow15 says:

    Someone please make this viewable to all…

    http://s30.postimg.org/k03muwczl/MTL_v_BOS_game_7_meme.jpg

    haha

  63. TheCanadianDagger says:

    Imagine if we had Halak in net!! 8-0!
    Or if we didn’t “poke the bear”… SWEEP!
    HAHA JOKERS

  64. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    I’m having trouble processing this. Despite an exceptionally weak Eastern Conference this season, I never ever believed we’d get this far. And now the Habs are odds-on favourites to go to the big dance. Just amazing.

    So who are the ex-Ranger players HNIC will now recruit to fill their broadcast team?

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  65. AceMagnum says:

    It does feel like ’93. We played a New York team in the 3rd round then too, and in ’86 it was the Rangers in round 3 as well. Hopefully the stars will align and Kings make the finals, giving us that home ice all the way to the cup. If Lundqvist thought playing in Montreal is tough in the regular season, he doesn’t know what he’s about to walk into….after they finish cleaning the puddle of urine in the Rangers goal crease midway through the first period with the score 3-0 in game one…we will see Cam Talbot. The Rangers may squeak out a win in MSG but this mofo is done in five at the most. That’s not overconfidence, its just the way it will be.

  66. HabinSquamish says:

    I love the pic of Price riding the bear, spank it, spank it!!!

    • Vito says:

      I loved that pic as well… until I scrolled down to the Bruins’ bench with Jaba the Hut galore on it…. just PRICEless !!

      Canada IS hockey!
      -Mike Weir

  67. Timo says:

    On the nights like this I just like to watch and watch and watch TSN highlights. And read all news papers that Starbucks has tomorrow… the G&M, Metro, Herald, even Sun. Because they will all have a picture of celebrating Habs players.

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

    Not even close to first but tonight I don’t care!

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  69. Say Ash says:

    Lucic says he’s going to effen kill Weise next year during the handshake? Seriously?

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      Yeah. TSN reported that he said something to Emelin, too.

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    • Un Canadien errant says:

      NHL will say he’s not a previous offender, so he’ll get away with a warning.

      ‘Roid much Milan?

    • ClutchNGrab says:

      The “seriously?” Should be reserved to lucic being upset that weise talked about it.

    • Da Hema says:

      Yep. What is more amusing is there are posters here who, like a gaggle of priggish home-room teachers, admonish people who call Lucic the “Hunchback of Boston” for being “insensitive.” How could there be any doubt that guy has deep psychological issues? Does anyone seriously think Lucic didn’t assault his girlfriend with that temper and narcissism? He is a disgrace to the NHL — and indeed to the human race.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        He does seem to have a bit of a superiority-persecution complex. His comments after he ran Ryan Miller, after he speared Alexei Emelin, and tonight, taken as a whole, show a pattern of self-justification and evasion, and reveal a troubled man, who unfortunately is in an environment which doesn’t hold him accountable or rein him in, but rather fans the flames of his excesses. I don’t think this will end well.

  70. Un Canadien errant says:

    ***Re-post from previous threads***

    Pre-game:

    -We see a shot of the Bruins dressing room. The Charanstein has been powered up, it’s activated for the game. Gregory ‘Sonny Boy’ Campbell twirling a stick in his right hand, obviously limbering up, warming up his slashing muscles.
    -Not much activity in the Canadiens’ dressing room, just guys getting ready for the game. No rah-rah, Tomas Plekanec seems downright pensive.
    -Breaking down the game, Marc Denis of RDS calls the goaltending faceoff essentially even, except that he thinks Carey Price is in the Bruins’ scorers’ heads.
    -Mario Tremblay reduces the blueline matchup to a confrontation between Zdeno Chara and P.K. Subban, with the former having the edge on the toughness angle, but P.K. providing much more of a spark to his team. Boston media has single out Mr. Chara, calling this a ‘legacy game’ for him. Mario thinks P.K. has been at his best in this series, and expects “du grand P.K.” this evening.
    -Benoit Brunet breaks down the forwards, focuses on Patrice Bergeron and Max Pacioretty. The Bruins alternate captain is a leader for his teammates, being vocal and fiery, while Max leads by his play, his skating and offence.
    -In the name of all that is decent, with the magic of 21st century PVR technology, we skip over camera-whore René Rancourt and his ‘Look at me!’ histrionics. He’s a worthy representative of the classless Bruins.
    -The numbers favour Tuukka Rask in the playoffs, he has a 7-4 record, with a 1.90 goals-against average and a .933 save-percentage, vs. Carey’s 7-3, 2.25 GAA and .922. I know this includes the first round, but I still think Carey has outplayed Mr. Rask, and that somehow it’s not reflected in the stats. Maybe we can come up with an ‘advanced statistic’ that measures clutchitude.

    First Period:

    -19:37 Brad Marchand strikes early, high-sticking Michaël Bournival in the mouth, with, of course, no penalty awarded by the refs. Uh oh.
    -No changes in the lineup for the Canadiens, Daniel Brière and Nathan Beaulieu get the nod again.
    -I see Sean Thornton’s worthless mug on the Bruins’ bench, I guess he gets another kick at the dishonour can tonight.
    -David Desharnais buzzing around in the Bruins’ zone, going up against Zdeno Chara with no apparent fear. I think the constant booing he’s subjected to at the New Forum, and the fact that he never had a chance to expiate his crime against Max, plays on this guy’s conscience. He could obliterate David and the refs wouldn’t twitch, but he holds back against him, as he has generally in this series. There’s a theory that he doesn’t enjoy being the villain, that it weighs on him, maybe that’s the observable result, that David gets to live.
    -17:42 Weezy! Brandon Prust forechecks Johnny Boychuk, grabs the puck and feeds it to Daniel Brière, who sets up Dale Weise for an easy tap-in. 1-0 for the Good Guys.
    -The Bruins’ defence is ripe for the plucking. Matt Bartkowski also was ineffective on this play.
    -16:15 Max accepts contact from Zdeno Chara, forechecks hard, deals out a couple of hits. Good start by him.
    -The Bruins trying to thump the Canadiens in the offensive zone, but the Canadiens skate out of trouble, are often first on the puck.
    -13:42 Brad Marchand is handed a penalty for goalie interference, but he was kind of pushed by Andrei Markov. With all the crap that Mr. Marchand gets away with, you can’t really call this an injustice, more of a karmic rebalance.
    -Zdeno Chara, looking as ungainly as ever, stumbles while handling the puck and coughs it up. Thomas Vanek can’t cash it in though.
    -11:12 Shameless diving sequence by the Bruins, with Brad Marchand plunging to the ice after being brushed by Alexei Emelin, and Reilly Smith who falls over backwards with contact from Josh Gorges. Did they have a plot or marching orders from the bench, to try to induce the refs to ‘even out’ things after the dubious call on Brad Marchand? I wouldn’t put it past them.
    -I’ll take my previous statement back on Zdeno Chara, he goes in elbow first against Max, and then does a wrestling takedown when he misses. Somehow that results in a four-on-four situation, with both getting minor penalties. Good old NHL.
    -5:47 Zdeno Chara goes off for a deserved holding call. Surprising that it actually gets made though. No damage done by the Canadiens, they can’t get their powerplay organized in the Bruins zone.
    -Frantic moments at the end of the period with the Bruins trying to even the score. I wonder what has to happen for a charging penalty to be called as Milan Lucic skates from the blue line, and possibly from his bench, to hit Lars Eller behind the goal line.

    Second period:

    -19:53 Brad Marchand gets penalized for giving Carey Price a snow-shower. Finally, the refs are on to this little puke.
    -Good powerplay by the Habs, in that they were able to set up in the offensive zone, but no real shots on net, everything was blocked by the penalty killers.
    -15:11 Bruins are buzzing in the Canadiens zone. We need to settle things down, start making better breakouts.
    -Brian Gionta misses a great opportunity on a 3-on-2, all alone in front of Tuukka Rask, can’t get a precise shot off on net.
    -11:30 Again Brian Gionta can’t cash in a clear shooting opportunity.
    -9:38 Maaaaax! Brendan Gallagher wins the draw and the Canadiens keep applying pressure, good work from the Desharnais trio and Josh and P.K. Just as it seems the Bruins can clear the zone, the puck takes a bounce on Patrice Bergeron, and David is quick on his feet, grabs it with lots of room to operate, feeds a perfect pass to Max clear on the other side of the slot who one-times it in. Delicious stumble and pratfall by Tuukka Rask as a result.
    -Brendan and David are too small to play in the NHL, except that in this instance, when they’re not getting crosschecked and tackled with impunity, their quickness and agility is too much for the Big Bad Lumbering Bruins.
    -David actually ripped the puck away with his quick stick, it wasn’t a bad bounce on Mr. Bergeron. 2-0 Canadiens.
    -6:11 The Canadiens kill a Bruins powerplay, and the fans at the New Garden are starting to boo. Awesome.
    -3:55 Referees trying to even the score, Max gets a borderline holding the stick penalty against Dougie Hamilton in the offensive zone.
    -Jarome Iginla used to be a 50-goal scorer, but no longer. He misses a wide open net.
    -Oops. After failing to clear the zone when Brian Gionta had full control of the puck, the Bruins buzz around and Mr. Iginla deflects a Torey Krug shot past Carey Price. 2-1 Canadiens.
    -0:45 David Krejci penalized for holding Lars Eller’s stick, the Bruins were scrambling in their zone trying to contain the Canadiens’ forecheck. -Good work from Lars Eller, Dale Weise and René Bourque.
    -No damage done. Flagrant crosscheck in David Desharnais’ back by Zdeno Chara goes unpunished, no ref would have the stones to put Daddy Campbell’s team in a 3-on-5 situation.

    Third period

    -Canadiens start off with a 75 second powerplay, with a fresh sheet of ice. Although apparently it’s not great ice, the puck is skipping around a lot, which is par for the course on a warm spring day.
    -Bourque doesn’t have the same drive, jump or confidence he did against the Lightning. I’d like him to come up big here, to see him use his speed and size to put this game away.
    -Bruins kill the penalty, start buzzing in the Habs’ zone. Carey plucks a shot out of the air with his glove, calmly stopping play. The Bruins scowl a lot.
    -14:57 Jarome Iginla again, with an open net, lays the puck flush on the post. Are they trying the perfect shot to beat Carey?
    -14:07 I’m not liking how the Canadiens seem to be attacking less, defending more. If we try the rope-a-dope so soon, it will come back to bite us.
    -Dirty, dirty play by the Bruins’ designated rat, who while waiting for a faceoff, punches Tomas Plekanec in the head, after ascertaining that the refs were otherwise occupied. I won’t rant on the need for video replay to be used to suspend transgressors like this, like Milan Lucic with his spears, like Zdeno Chara with his punches.
    -Further, why are linesmen so impotent in these situations? In flagrant ‘personal fouls’ so-to-speak, the linesmen should be able to talk to the ref and tell him what he saw. NHL refereeing is such a joke.
    -What the refs were busy doing was trying to figure out who should be on the ice for the Bruins after an icing call. The Bruins milked two minutes while pretending they didn’t know that they had substituted a player. Why don’t the refs hand out a delay of game penalty in cases like these?
    -The Bruins are cheating up a storm, Don Cherry must be turgid.
    -10:47 The Krejci line pressing in the Canadiens zone. Me no likey.
    -8:34 More life by the Canadiens, Michaël Bournival is a whirling dervish. Zdeno Chara can’t skate, can’t move. We have to take advantage.
    -7:15 Good hit by Alexei Emelin on Milan Lucic.
    -4:35 Dirty, dirty Bruin Johnny Boychuk commits interference by crosschecking Michaël Bournival in the jaw. Powerplay Canadiens.
    -3:32 Andrei Markov with a great look at the Boston net, on a David feed, but can’t find the net.
    -2:53 Daniel Brière! I never doubted Marc Bergevin’s decision to sign him to that two-year deal, always knew he’d come through for us in the playoffs. Honest. 3-1 Canadiens.
    -Succulent detail? Seeing Zdeno Chara stand all forlornly forlorn after getting scored on, and being all frantic giraffe before the goal, and catatonic horrorionette bathed in red light after. That one is kind of on you there, big jerk, you potted that one past your own goalie. You stupid jerk.
    -Did René Bourque blow a hammy? He’s almost crawling to the bench, but nobody touched him.
    -On replay, we see that the Lars Eller shot went off his foot.
    -2:01 Interference penalty on Andrei Markov. Now they call that? I thought that rule was repealed, judging from all the Bruin transgressions.
    Bruins pulling Tuukka Rask, we have an empty net to shoot at.
    -0:20 Faceoff in the Bruins zone. Deathly quiet at the New Garden, except for scattered booing. P.K.’s prophecy that he’d take all the energy and excitement out of that place is coming true.

    Post-game:

    -While I prize the work that RDS does covering the Canadiens, I have to chide the director for showing us a long crowd shot immediately after the game, instead of the players’ celebration. Or the uncomprehending countenance of Zdeno Chara. That’s what I want to see, the handshake line, whether Tomas will shake bRat Marchand’s hand or give him a forearm shiver in the teeth.
    -Or Claude Julien lardness melting away in squealing rage.
    -Cool shot of Marc Bergevin greeting his players and coaches in the tunnel as they came off the ice. Big hug from P.K. Subban. Don’t worry folks, the contract is a formality.
    -Carey Price clearly outplayed the Bruins ‘tender, stopping 29 of 30 shots, while his counterpart only managed 15 stops on 18 shots. Further, Carey calmed things down repeatedly, while Tuukka bobbled and fumbled again, a few times.
    -The P.K. vs. Zdeno Chara confrontation was a technical knockout for our boy. The Bruins morloch seemed dead on his feet in the third. P.K. didn’t score, the Bruins were on him like a bad smell, but it opened up others for opportunities.
    -Nathan Beaulieu picked up another assist, kept his head while the Bruins were clearly targeting him for big hits. He didn’t play much at the end of the game, but he pitched in and was rewarded.
    -The Canadiens are really tough when they get their seemingly-trademarked early goal.
    -The Bruins do have Montréal issues. Thugs like Milan Lucic were more interested in administering a beating and being faux-tough than winning this series.
    -Tonight almost makes up for 2011. If not for that pinball Nathan Horton overtime goal, we could have kept those degenerates from befouling the Stanley Cup.
    -We get the Rangers at home, I won’t be so naturally pessimistic about the next series

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

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      What an idiot.

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    • jctremblay says:

      Pleks…love that response from him. “you’re so mean!” lol…You can get away with a lot of stuff in hockey, but the BS that went down during this series and in the aftermath from the Bruins has to cost them. Tell me there aren’t NHL people making note of Lucic’s alleged “threat” to Weise and Emelin? How many are noting the lack of respect in the handshake…a hallowed ritual where even the most fierce combatants shake hands and acknowledge the other guy.. I’m not a knee jerk hater of the Bruins (I grew up around Bruin fans in Sault STe. Marie during Esposito’s heyday) but you add to the mix all that ugliness/racism around PK (even if it was on Twitter, hardly a place where you can nail down who said what) ..and Boston needs to look in a mirror this offseason. It’s not a pretty picture. I wonder if they respect the Habs now? :)

  71. HabsPooch says:

    If not third…

  72. HabsPooch says:

    but I’m a team player so I’ll take second

  73. HabsPooch says:

    First!

  74. CH Marshall says:

    You should go to Indigo tomorrow and pick up Mordecai Richler’s collection of essays called “Belling the Cat”. Master Boone is as close as it gets in terms of sports. Just be thankful we have this wicked ass site to read stuff and post ridiculous unsubstantiated comments like my own. GO HABS! :) much love to you all…even PrimeTime….

  75. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …and, last, but not least:

    Mike Boone MARCH 25, 2014 AT 7:54 AM
    “Finding every way to stir up sh.. is pretty much my job description.”

    Mike Boone
    Hockey Inside/Out blogger


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