About last night …

Those were two very important points for your Montreal Canadiens?
Because the shootout win over the Minnesota Wild reinforced some good things the team did through the first 56 minutes of the game.
A loss, on the other hand would have been the 23rd on home ice, the 22nd in which the Canadiens had blown a lead and the freshest example of acrewed-up  steam that can’t do anything right this year.

As it is, the Canadiens head into their Saturday night date with the Leafs stressing some positives … rather than brooding about a 4-1 lead that melted away like doggie doots down a drainpipe in a thunderstorm.

This wasn’t the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks or Detroit Red Wings pumping three goals past Carey Price in less than four minutes.

The perpetrators of the late-game explosion were the second-lowest-scoring team in the NHL.

And the Wild scored the last two goals of their unlikely comeback against the Canadiens’ top defence pairing.

The three deficit-erasing goals came with the Canadiens’ top forward line on the ice.

And the franchise goaltender put himself in trouble with an inept attempt to clear the puck the length of the ice … and possibly score.

It was a mess, but the Canadiens can file and forget it because Devin Setoguchi turned his shootout attempt into slapstick comedy.

It was the perfect ending to an evening rich in farcical elements – including a fight 10 seconds into the game and a spectacular body check in which Erik Cole went flying over Alexei Emelin.

But for all the comedy, this was a tough game. Minnesota isn’t very good – especially without captain Mikko Koivu in the lineup. But the Wild have size, and they’re inclined to s – particularly in proximity to opposition goaltenders.

That they were not allowed to run Price with impunity was a tribute to the brand spanking new identity the Canadiens decided to adopt 65 games into their miserable season.

I had an interesting conversation with Bobby Dollas after the first period. The well-travelled former NHL defenceman, who does colour commentary for TSN 990’s game broadcasts, said he was glad to see Ryan White and Brad Staubitz suiting up.

The two tough guys, Dolas said, “make everyone else play bigger.”

So we saw David Desharnais, the Canadiens’ diminutive top scorer, getting involced in scrums.

Petteri Nokelainen had a couple hits and took a roughing penalty.

Blake Geoffrion and Yannick Weber also drew minors for roughing.

So is this what we’re going to see going forward? The Mountain St. Maulers, dropping ’em and bopping ’em, 700 kilometres north of Philadelphia.

Look, a team with DD and Tomas Plakenac as its top two centres – plus two Swiss defencemen – is not going to terrify anyone. And we all remember the BGL debacle.

But a common theme in the Canadiens’ room was the necessity to stand up for each other.

Slash Carey Price, as Stéphane Veilleux did, and White is going to throw a few.

Cheap-shot Emelin and retribution will be inflicted.

It’s not my favourite kind of hockey.

But Dollas played the game and understands it better than I. If White and Staubitz can make the ice safer for DD, Pleks and the other skill guys, I’ll buy into their value.

And if the Canadiens can get each other’s backs through the final 17 games of the season, that has to be a positive for players who are going to be part of the long-term solution.

•  •  •

Some stats:

• Of Scott Gomez’s 5:55 ToI, 2:02 was on the power-play. David Desharnais had 6:04 of PP time.

• Max Pacioretty led both teams with seven shots on goal.

• P.K. Subban played a ridiculous 30:48. Of his seven shots, four missed the net.

• Alexei Emelin had seven hits to five for Cal Clutterbuck.

• Eleven Minesota players ended the game on the plus side of the ledger.  Ten Canadiens were minuses – including Erik Cole, who was minus-3.


  1. habs-fan-84 says:

    I would not be surprised if White gets a 1 game suspension. His reaction may have been a bit over the top, but guess what, we have one of the best goalies in the league who has had little to no protection since his career began. It’s about friggin’ time someone did something!

  2. smiler2729 says:

    Ka-Ca, classic.

    Good one, Engels.

    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

  3. LesHabs says:

    If the Habs can resign Staubitz, Moen, and White I think they can become one of the better 4th lines next year in the NHL.

    • habs-fan-84 says:

      yup, been posting this the last few days, and if we don’t re-sign Staubitz (which I hope is NOT the case) we still have Schultz in Hamilton (who IMO deserves a shot as well).

      Let’s not forget Blunden, he was playing well before he got injured. Blunden’s big and hits everything in sight. He may not drop ’em as the rest of them do, but he’s still a good plugger on the fourth line as well.

      The bottom line; we finally have options.

    • smiler2729 says:

      Yeah, I’m psyched, the Habs are actually forging an NHL identity

      Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

    • momotan69 says:

      Most teams have 5 guys for that 4th line that are interchangeable depending on the opponent. Resign moen, darche and staubitz, add white and blundenn, there is your 5. A real 4th line every night.

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Moen is a guy that can be on the 3rd line with Eller. With White and a guy like Staubitz to keep the other team honest, I think the 4th line will be even better with Darche because he’s not a soft player and is great of the PK with Pleks, and is overall pretty defensively sound. In fact, I bet Darche will be better overall playing with two guys that are gritty and can back him up (unlike having a 4th line of Darche, Nokelainen and Weber).

    • The Dude says:

      Still need a super heavy weight like Artykhin

    • DorvalTony says:

      Love to see Nokelainen gone.

      “Okay everybody take a Valium.” – Rene Levesque

  4. smiler2729 says:

    Boone, how can you not like the type of hockey that White & Staubitz bring?
    Is it different than the presence of Chartraw and Bouchard in the late ’70s?
    Or Nilan and Kordic in the ’80s?
    It is exactly what is missing from this team if you want to roll with small skill guys up front.

    Also, is there really anything preventing David Desharnais from becoming the next Martin St.Louis?

    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

  5. JUST ME says:

    What we saw yesterday was a very entertaining game and at this point ,it`s all we can ask for. Do not think the issue was ever in doubt even though the habs found a way to make a suspense out of it with a little help from the refs.

    Now let`s hope for a Leafs fest on saturday night.We owe them a few when it comes to a key defeat and maybe just maybe we can help them get rid of that pretentious excuse for a coach Wilson.

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    Onemore question, will the Optimists and Tankers be united for our game with the Maple Leafs on Saturday?

  7. HabinBurlington says:

    Is there any word yet on whether or not Ryan White has a meeting or phone call with Brendan Shanahan?

  8. JayK-47 says:

    Looks like the Habs have reached the 5th stage of Grief already.

    First was denial: “We’re 12 points back so we have to fight for every point!”

    Second was anger: See practice fights, PK

    Third was bargaining: “Please take Kaberle, I’ll throw in a 2nd!”

    The fourth stage was depression: as evidenced by HIO posters.

    And the final stage, acceptance: Wherein Eller finally gets a power play goal.

  9. Bertuzzi says:

    I went to bed with four minutes left in the game, and the Canadiens leading 4 – 1. I wake up to find out they won in the shoot out. My God, this team just keeps exceeding my expectations of how horrible they can be. I can’t imagine what’s next. Score a hat-trick in their own net?

  10. slychard says:

    The third period was filled with more action and oddities. First and foremost, at the 17:56 minute mark, was a competent defensive play committed by Tomas Kaberle. You read it right, Tomas was useful on defence, in his own zone no less, and along the boards behind the net to boot. He effectively stripped the puck off Matt Cullen and passed it on to Chris Campoli, his defensive partner. There is no word yet from the Hockey Hall of Fame on whether they will ask for his stick to be donated to commemorate this, but if it did it might be in a fight with Michel Bergeron to obtain it.

    Science fiction; Wells.

    Kiss my hAbSS!!!

    • slychard says:

      Huh? Why’d my reply go to the top? Anyway. Was gonna trip you out with paragraph by paragraph “comparisons” with authors for fun but I’m actually losing steam after a 12 hour day and expecting another 12 tomorrow. Point is like your input ERRANT man. Maybe another time. Good night.

      Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  11. chinahab says:

    Dear Mr. Boone: You write “Slash Carey Price, as Stéphane Veilleux did, and White is going to throw a few. Cheap-shot Emelin and retribution will be inflicted. It’s not my favourite kind of hockey.”
    Well it is my kind of hockey. Not because I like rough stuff and fighting (I’m for banning fighting and headshots, period) but because hockey is a rough game and as long as fighting is legal you need to protect yourself. The alternative is what we’ve seen for the past few years–we get pushed around by every team in the league.
    If Cunneyworth does one thing with this team before he’s fired at season’s end, it might be instilling a sense of toughness, and I’m all for that.

    • The Cat says:

      I agree with you, and I was glad Subban stuck up for White in the post game interview cause I had the feeling some (the media) might try and throw White under the bus a bit.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  12. Stev.R says:

    Oops, i must have read a typo. I think he’s only 6’1″

  13. Stev.R says:

    Wonder which team will draft Michael Clarke. He’s a 6’11” centerman from Windsor who will probably put up 70 goals this year.

    Just kidding, he might get 10 goals, but still, thats big. Only 184 lbs though. He must be made out of bubbles.

    • slychard says:

      My guffah from your bubbles comment will be heard throughout the galaxy.
      Probably beyond and for eternity.

      Kiss my hAbSS!!!

  14. Un Canadien errant says:

    For a game featuring the Wild, we were presented with a weird, wild game. I’ve had the opportunity to watch a few Minnesota Wild games against the Canucks. Often, a ticket magically becomes available at the last minute and I scoop it up, grateful for a chance to see NHL hockey, something which was a rare treat when I lived in Montréal. It took me a while to understand that tickets in Vancouver are easier to come by, especially against the Wild when they were coached by Jacques Lemaire. Very often I’d end up with tickets to the Wild games, but I’d have to scratch and claw to get a Canadiens tickets.

    A couple years ago, I ended up with a gig where I’d drive a bus from Whistler down to the rink, watch the Canucks game with a busload of colleagues, and then drive the whole tired crew back, all while getting paid. Sweet deal, except when I had to try to stay awake through a Wild trap game, and then had to drive home and be alert. Red Bull was my friend on these occasions.

    I’m not sure if Mike Yeo is trying to instill a more offensive mindset, but this game had flow and action, and lots of physical play. We saw Ryan White engage Stéphane Veilleux in a fight right off the faceoff, which Marc Denis of RDS posited was an attempt to energize his teammates at the start of the game. I actually wondered if he had started the scrap to relieve the pressure on his teammate Brad Staubitz to challenge one of his ex-teammates during the game. Not sure if I’m misinterpreting The Code here, but if so that was a cool move Ryan.

    I’m not so sure about his next fight, again against Mr. Veilleux, since the latter was already engaged with Chris Campoli after a goalmouth scrum, and had no opportunity to drop his gloves or defend himself. The Wild bench was incensed at Mr. White’s attack, and I can’t say I was very proud of him either. I don’t really want our team to be thugs and bullies. Having said that, I didn’t see what started the affray, the cameras missed it, but apparently Stéphane Veilleux slashed someone hard enough and with enough frequency that he received two slashing penalties in the final tally, while Ryan got the 2-5-10 minute instigator.

    The first period also featured a P.K. Subban performing nearly at the level he was at last season. He scored a goal on the power play and laid a solid, clean hit on Kyle Brodziak, one for which the Wild players tried to instigate a fight, but P.K. wisely held back and the Canadiens rallied to his aid. If P.K. keeps this up, I just may have to kiss and make up with him.

    The first period saw another Canadiens goal scored on the power play, one set up on nifty passes from Chris Campoli and Scott Gomez. The New Forum crowd was in the process of booing Mr. Gomez whenever he touched the puck, possibly to dispute his presence on special teams, a hot topic these days. An uneasy truce endured the rest of the game, as Scott silenced his critics for one night, but he’ll need at least a point per game until the end of the season to be off the radar of the boobirds.

    Matt Kassian closed out the scoring in the first on a weird goal, in that while battling with Yannick Weber, which was a bit of a physical mismatch, he lifted Mr. Weber’s stick, into which Alexei Emelin ran into face first. Mr. Emelin fell forward, prone in the goal crease, which effectively boxed out Yannick Weber and Carey Price, and allowed Mr. Kassian all the time he needed to cash in a loose puck. The referees apparently got the call technically right in not whistling a penalty on Mr. Kassian, since it wasn’t his stick that injured Alexei, but it’s strange that he was the one who lifted Yannick’s stick and was therefore the ‘irresponsible’ one, yet benefited by not being called and potting a goal. Wild.

    Alexei Emelin was fine to continue playing after some first aid on the bench, and in the second period he again threw his weight around, but his most notable bodycheck was on teammate Erik Cole. Alexei was going in for his patented hip check on Nick Johnson who saw him coming and ducked out of the way. As he continued on his trajectory, he ran right into Erik Cole, who luckily had time to jump up and mostly hurdle Alexei’s rampaging rump. They both tumbled around but were uninjured, and chuckled about it later on the bench. Alexei had another check late in the second which again infuriated the Wild bench, since they thought he’d creamed Jed Ortmeyer in the back, but the replay clearly showed that Alexei held up when he realized that Mr. Ortmeyer was in a vulnerable position, you could see the spray flying up from his skates as he braked. He did make contact and push him into the boards, but that was a result of his momentum, and he didn’t finish by flattening him against the boards. He let up, which I applaud.

    The second period also featured a beauty of a goal by Max Pacioretty, one which showed that he can become more than a power forward and evolve into a sniper. He had the puck at the side of the net when Wild defenceman Marco Scandella sprawled on the ice to block a shot. With two more Wild defenders converging, most players would have felt they were running out of time and tried to jam the puck at the net and hoped it got through. Max instead was patient, withdrew with the puck into the slot, and Mr. Scandella was caught trying to decide whether to keep blocking the shot or getting up. When he did get up on one knee, and with the other defenders having retreated to cover the points and reform the defensive box, Max used the time he gained and the partial screen provided to calmly pick a corner and bury the puck.

    One of the many advantages Wayne Gretzky had was his ability to stretch time. When other players would feel time running out and they felt they had to shoot or get rid of the puck, he would extend the play with a clever little spin or pause or deke, and put the pressure on the defenders, they now would feel as if time was running out and they needed to do something, and he would take advantage. Now, I’m not making a direct comparison between Mr. Gretzky and Mr. Pacioretty, but we often see Nos Glorieux shoveling the puck at the net, hoping it slides in along the ice through a forest of legs and skates and sticks. We see the snakebitten Mathieu Darche rushing shots at the net and not getting enough wood on it or air under it. We see desperate forwards hacking the puck three or four times into a goalie pad instead of drawing the puck back, cocking it and flipping it high. It’s refreshing to see a talented, smart hockey player like Max, or like David Desharnais on his shootout deke goal, have that killer mentality and be cool under pressure, and take the time to score with confidence.

    While we’re on the subject of David Desharnais, let me fret again about his lack of height. He is much too short to be that effective a #1 centre. If we allow him to continue unfettered, we might be stuck next year with a 5’7″ point a game #1 centre who is loved by his wingers and teammates and the fans, and then where will we be? We must get a mucker grinder larger centre who will score at a more sedate pace but will look the part and will draw admiring glances from Brian Burke and Don Cherry.

    The third period was filled with more action and oddities. First and foremost, at the 17:56 minute mark, was a competent defensive play committed by Tomas Kaberle. You read it right, Tomas was useful on defence, in his own zone no less, and along the boards behind the net to boot. He effectively stripped the puck off Matt Cullen and passed it on to Chris Campoli, his defensive partner. There is no word yet from the Hockey Hall of Fame on whether they will ask for his stick to be donated to commemorate this, but if it did it might be in a fight with Michel Bergeron to obtain it.

    The game grew increasingly chippy as it progressed, even though the refs had tried to get a handle on it early by whistling most infractions. The problem is, they relented as the game came to an end, notably on a clear, dumb knee-on-knee hit by Cal Clutterbuck on René Bourque. They chose to decide that they didn’t really not observe anything too illegal. To excess. Within the context of a close game. Where they’d already handed out a few penalties to the poor Minnesota players and kind of felt compelled to try to even things out a little bit. Fast forward to the last minute of regulation, with Max Pacioretty breaking in on the Minnesota zone and its empty net, with Kurtis Foster in tow. Literally. Mr. Foster had the hook out and was water-skiing behind Max, in full view of the referee. He hooked Max once, no call. He hooks again, still no call. Note that his stick was parallel to the ice, in the crook of Max’s left hip, the very side of the ref looking on. On the third hook, Max, at this point losing his foot race, made a dumb move and instead of firing the puck at the net and hoping it squeaked through a backchecking defender, dove to the ice to try to draw a penalty. By this time, the referees were paralyzed with indecision, working their mental abacus furiously trying to figure out where they were in their ‘let them play’ arithmetic. They realized they should have called either of the hooks on Max.

    (NHL rule 55-Hooking: 55.2 Minor Penalty – A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player or goalkeeper who impedes the progress of an opponent by “hooking” with his stick.)

    But they also knew that that would trigger Rule 57.4…

    (57.4 Awarded Goal – If, when the opposing goalkeeper has been removed from the ice, a player in control of the puck in the neutral or attacking zone is tripped or otherwise fouled with no opposition between him and the opposing goal, thus preventing a reasonable scoring opportunity, the Referee shall immediately stop play and award a goal to the attacking team.)

    …and the wrath of Don Cherry for ‘injecting’ themselves in the game, so they remained of stone. So when Max flopped on the ice, they couldn’t in good conscience call a penalty to him, it would have kind of sort of been not cool, so they kind of sort of didn’t ‘see’ it. Which then led to a Minnesota goal, so that in fact they decidedly did inject themselves into the game. And into the standings. And into the playoff race. Isn’t it great when the refs ‘let them play’?

    A troubling note is the eye injury suffered by Aaron Palushaj. He left the game in the first and did not return. What is curious is that he wears a visor, and we have seen many players recently who get nose or eye injuries even though they have the protection of the visor. What may be happening is that the visors tend to be thinner and thinner, with the protection starting higher and higher on the face, as opposed to the eighties when the visors would come down to the player’s upper lip. Also, visor now have mounting channels instead of holes, allowing a player to affix it in an upward orientation. Add to that the fact that most players wear flimsy helmets that are too loose and do not grip the player’s head, and the visor is easily brushed aside when the puck or a stick blade taps it. We can see when the players are sitting on the bench, those with visors tend to push it up so that it acts more like a baseball cap bill than anything else. It’s no wonder that with all these factors the visor fails to protect the players in an increasing number of incidents.

    In summary, a nice win by the Canadiens, but once again one which shows that the Canadiens are overmatched on most nights. In a game where the power play finally clicked and their penalty killing was flawless, where the #1 line produced, one in which they had a three goal lead, they needed a shootout on home ice to escape with a win against a team that has been in a free fall in the standings. So it’s nice to enjoy, but it doesn’t remove any of the concern about the lineup for this year and beyond, and about organizational depth and team asset management.

    How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


    • slychard says:

      Read the first chapter (in HIO post terms means ‘paragraph’) to your war and peace yet something hit me…You would turn down a 2 for tix at Mc D’s for a Big Mac as a tip and regard it as an insult?

      Before you take this the wrong way…

      I love Tolstoy and regard you as such poster-wise, so, I’m going back in…Jim!

      Might have another jab (joke) or two coming.

      Kiss my hAbSS!!!

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I did. I was young and impetuous. It was a reflex, the guy was a cheap SOB, and he was acting like he was handing his five year old nephew a shiny loonie. I was trying to get through university working this job year-round plus another in the summer, so tips were not unwelcome to help with things like rent and books. I didn’t and don’t eat at McDonald’s out of principle, and back then because it would have interfered with my training.

        Like I said, it was a reflex, and I was so scared the guy was going to complain and I was trying to figure out how I was going to explain my way out of this one so as not to get fired. I wasn’t an anti-hero or nothing, just a guy who had a reflex he didn’t have to regret later. But I know how to live. When I go to a house party and I take a six pack with me I leave what I don’t finish in the fridge, I don’t take it back with me. When someone invites me to dinner, I bring a bottle even though they say “Don’t bring anything”. When someone carries my bags or cleans my room I leave a tip, as in money, I don’t leave the leftovers from my fridge as a tip. This guy was a self-satisfied middle manager with an expense account who was probably going to claim way more than enough to cover my dollar bill or two.

        How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


        • slychard says:

          Was joshing ya, been there done that. More than ya know. (then and than my big fault, when do you use them pr!cks)

          Kiss my hAbSS!!!

    • slychard says:

      While we’re on the subject of David Desharnais, let me fret again about his lack of height. He is much too short to be that effective a #1 centre. If we allow him to continue unfettered, we might be stuck next year with a 5’7″ point a game #1 centre who is loved by his wingers and teammates and the fans, and then where will we be? We must get a mucker grinder larger centre who will score at a more sedate pace but will look the part and will draw admiring glances from Brian Burke and Don Cherry.

      Tolstoy genius, with a tinge of Bulgakov thrown in.

      Kiss my hAbSS!!!

    • HardHabits says:

      tl; dr;

  15. Habs Requiem says:

    Just what exactly is RC thinking about with less than 5 mins. left on the clock in the 3rd period? It certainly couldn’t have been about defensive hockey and protecting a 4-1 lead. Yup keep throwing those two Norris candidates out there (Kaberle & Campoli). I know that there is a lot of love on these boards tonite for DD but he is not that strong in our end. This is where his size is a liability. He can’t move anybody or hold anybody against the boards…I don’t care how ripped you say he is. He was on back to back shifts that his line got scored against. They got caught in running around in our end of the rink chasing the puck and paid for it. I blame RC for the 2nd goal as DD should not have been on the ice. We should have been in shut down mode. Our “checker” should have been on the ice…ie. Lars Eller should have been out there but no …RC knows better and had #81 stapled to the bench again. I guess he figured we should be trying to run up the score with only a few minutes to go. The season can’t end fast enough with this assclown running the show from behind the bench. Same for PG who is upset in an article the other day in the 4th period that stated we need to do a “re-build”…he finds that offensive. He figures they have this all worked out and will have it turned around in no time. Exactly what “no time” actually refers to is another matter.

    “I reject your reality and substitute my own”.

    – Adam Savage

  16. slychard says:

    Might as well post this on this new thread since I wrote and posted on previous thread seconds before this one was hatched.

    All in good fun.

    Just got home and showered from a busy night at work so obviously I missed the game. I checked in twice on my Iphone (earlier in the season I would have checked every minute or had the game on the JUSTINTV App but, the season being what it is I only checked in twice, these sorry @s players should be grateful for that much coming from me this sorry @s season) on the NHL network. (By the way the TSN app is sooooo lame, no period by period shot total breakdowns to name a few of my peeves about this site) But as Costanza once said, I digress…

    1st check; end of second period, 3-1 Habs.
    OK, I like to see them win. But deep inside I’m thinking…Tank ya mother’s, TANK!

    2nd check; 4-4, seconds to go in the 3rd. ‘Oh no’, I’m thinking, (actually that thought came after my initial reaction which was a burst of laughter that had customers and subordinates looking at me with curious eyes {they might have been fearful eyes, come to think of it} and my thoughts became as scrambled as the laughter that emanated from my confused state of being, it was an awkward sight to say the least)
    So, ‘oh no’ as I was saying…they’ll get a point at least. Why. WHY! WHY am I so angry about that? Why am I so CONFUSED? WHY should I be ANGRY and DESPERATE to see my favorite team LOSE?! Where is this pathetic inspiration to lose (or loose as some posters here would spell it, take your pick) Why should I want LOOSING for the one and only team I’ve ever had an affinity for! WHY?!!!!! WHY?!!!!!!

    Then it came to me. It’s HIO! YES! I’ve been brain-washed. HIO is Jonestown! I’m chugging cool-aid every time I browse this site and read the posts. Oh no, paranoia’s setting in. Who’s Jim Jones? Is it HARDHABIT? No, it can’t be, he might be bitter but his heart is in the right place.
    Is it BILL? Jeez his avatar of a sinuously smirking Mueller creeps me out. But no. It’s not him. It can’t be. He’s wearing a cravate!

    Is it JOHNBELLYFULL? ahhh. He could be, he can’t be… He should be. But I can’t beleive it. NO. NO I SAY TO THE EVIL VOICES! (in JOHNBELLYFULL’S head not mine)

    Truth is it can be a number of the posters drilling negative thoughts in everyone of us at this site. Heck we can all be getting contact highs from THE DUDE just from reading him. Point is…

    What is my point?

    Kiss my hAbSS!!!

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I think by this point we can’t refer to it as generic Kool-Aid, there are too many different batches around here. It has to be ‘a Kool-Aid’ or ‘this particular type of Kool-Aid’. I have identified these, but there may be more:

      1) The Bigger Is Better batch. These consumers believe that Zdeno Chara is better than Erik Karlson, and even that Hal Gill is better than Drew Doughty.

      2) The North American Grit (NAG) batch. These guys see things in definites and no shading. No players from Europe ‘want it’ enough. Whatever ‘it’ is. They are getting more and more vocal as the names Yakupov and Grigorenko are mentioned, they react as a vampire would to garlic.

      3) The Tank Commanders Brew. Losing is Winning. Winning is Losing. We need to strip our lineup of useful players to improve. The Future Is Now. War Is Peace.

      4) The Van Helsing Elixir. Geoff Molson, Bob Gainey, Pierre Gauthier, Randy Cunneyworth, Randy Ladouceur, Trevor Timmins, the lady who plays the organ during games, François Gagnon, Réjean Houle, Pierre Boivin, all must be dispatched with extreme prejudice, with a wooden Sher-Wood through the heart.

      5)The Doug Henning Pixie Sticks (dry version that is snorted, not dissolved and drank): With a bit of spackle and a little smoke and mirrors, and by signing Zach Parisé and Ryan Suter in July and trading Yannick Weber, the rights to Chris Campoli, a prospect defenceman not named Beaulieu or Tinordi or Ellis or Pateryn or Dietz and a second rounder if need be for Shea Weber, we are back in contention for the Cup next year.

      How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


  17. chilli says:

    I came home with 3:57 left in the third. Habs had a 4-1 lead. I went to take a 3:56 minute dump, and they were tied 4-4. Started laughing.


  18. podbay says:

    Hands up, anyone – ANYONE – who thought a 5’7″ undrafted centreman would be leading the Montreal Canadiens in scoring on 01 March 2012. I didn’t think so, either.

    • The Dude says:

      Cheered for David from the get-go. An undrafted ,undersized,underdog,who’s earning under 1 million and has the eye’s of Gretzky and is the leading SCORER…yeah DD ,I knew ya had it in ya….I also seen the same in Halak at the beginning. Some people’s have it “me” and most do not”all of you ,lol”:)
      Getting back to DD,HE’S JUST WARMING UP!

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Word up. RDS had an interesting chart up on screen about fifteen games ago, showing that Martin St-Louis and David both are the same size, both were undrafted and both played their first NHL game at the age of 23. It also showed that David had double the amount of points Martin had after 80 games. We can only hope.

      How about it NHL? No fighting, just hockey?


    • podbay says:

      I’m thrilled for DD. I am so bone dead tired of people bashing him for his size. He’s an amazing, smart, thrifty little player. He can stop on a dime, and he can weave in and out around larger players who can’t move as quickly as he can. He’s a keeper, he seems to have a nice, even disposition as well. I love this guy. I *never* thought he’d be leading the team in scoring, but more power to him. And his chemistry with Max and Cole is solid. Instead of constantly moaning about his size, why don’t we celebrate his presence instead? David, may you be an integral part of this team for years to come.

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