The 400th playoff win by the greatest – and, this year, most resilient – franchise in hockey.

And was it ever sweet!


  1. ManApart says:

    Hey did you read what I said? i said I believe O’Byrne should be in the line-up. Why are you saying I’m questioning that? What I am questioning is this complete uproar that O’Byrne being in or out of the line-up is a huge deal. It’s just been way overblown and it’s dumb really. I feel it’s just embarrassing that Habs fans are so small minded to believe that’s the issue at hand.Also MAB is only -1 in this series. Only Spacek has been better, so calm down that MAB is ruining the team. MAB belongs on the 4th line, but no, the Habs are not down 0-2 because of MAB.

  2. G-Man says:

    More hyperbole from a non-supporter. Yawn.

  3. TripleX says:

    You are the hysterical one dude.  No one has said O’Byrne will tip the scales or is the second coming of Scott Stevens.

    Those of us who can see clearly, realize a big Dman might help our beleaguered defense.  We can see that MAB’s ice time must be limited as well as that of Hammer who is but a shell of his former self.

    Perhaps you will inform us how playing MAB 18 minutes a game helps the team?  How forcing Hammer and an injured Gill to play extra minutes helps the team?  How not icing the best possible roster helps the team?

    I think you are the hysterical and irrational one in questioning the insertion of O’Byrne, when you have not one rational reason not to play him.




    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  4. FSUPhi1584 says:


    You should know you need a physical presence when your Dmen can’t clear Briere from the front of the net. Plus I hope he plays with Hamrlik so that he can cover for his lapses in defense. The initial poster forgot to mention that OB  would also make a better PK man than Hamrlik and was a decent sub for Gill when he went down.

  5. Lafrich says:

    Not having MAB on D is greater than the difference that O’Byrne himself will make.

  6. avatar_58 says:

    It’s hard to stick up for the guy when he acts like he’s 5

  7. nick says:

    Thanks… I bought the pro jesery back when everyone loved him 🙁

  8. Will Longlade says:

    Have to disagree with your assertion that OB didn’t factor squat in the Caps series. OB knocked Backstrom into the Hab’s bench in game 5 (I could be wrong on the timing). Backstrom played like a girly man the rest of the series. May not be a connection there, but IMO strong correlation.

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    Because Jacques Martin belives that if you make 1 mistake as a rookie, you’re a hopeless case and unfit to play. However if you’re a veteran and you spend the entire game giving the other team chance after chance to come back into the game (Hamrlik in Game 7!) you will get regular ice time. JM gives way too much preferential treatment to his veterans even when they’re wretched.

    O’Byrne can play well when has his confidence, which probably is low since JM has treated him like a leper since he had some trouble in the last few games of the regular season. O’Byrne playing in the later games of that series gave the Canadiens a physical force to use against Washington forwards that helped keep them off of Halak. I want someone besides Gill capable of clearing the crease with physical power to back it up, that’s not insane to expect more than 1 of 6 defencemen to be big guys who can do the jobs those guys are expected to do.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  10. Fansincebirth says:

    Gill is still injured and more immobile than usual so having O’B back is a good thing. MAB looks like a scared little girl when the Flyers are bearing down on him and his big shot from the point has vanished.

    I don’t think O’B is going to win the game for us but at least he won’t wet himself when the Flyers are forechecking…..

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  11. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Agreed, Corporate. And in fact I asked a similar question about 7 posts below. No answers yet. Probably the best point is where someone said that unless Gomez, Gionta, and Cammy start scoring, series over.

    Enjoy! Starts midnight here in Ireland.

  12. ManApart says:

    O’byrne is a bigger body out there, but people are building him up like he’s Scott Stevens. What do you think he was benched against the Pens in game 7 for? Because he’s so great? MAB is not a good defenseman, but O’Byrne is also just a 6th fringe guy. Just because a guy is big and makes 3 hits a game, doesn’t mean he matters all that much. O’Byrne didn’t factor squat in beating the Caps. It was 80% Halak and 15% Gill and Gorges, with 5% the rest of the team clogging up the neutral zone and blocking shots. I think O’Byrne is just as liable to screw up than he is to do anything else. I’m not saying he shouldn’t be given a try, but keep some perspective. The guy is a 6th or 7th defenseman! He basically means nothing.

  13. Dunboyne Mike says:

    That all makes sense BT. If he can just control the puck at the line, then I’m happy if his presence creates space for someone else. But the guy is giving me apoplexy!

  14. Corporate says:

    Everyone is missing the point here… We win as a team and we lose as a team. So no matter who makes it on the official final roster sheet, we must play as a team. 4 lines that compliment each other. Bodies that are not scared to get ripped off. I truly believe that the Flyers are running on reputation more than on actual talent. Yes they have the Gagne’s and the Briere’s, but I still say we can still beat them. In addition, everyone is talking about how tough they play. They have not really played that tough… They through a few hits which is normal but other than that it is fine. So I wish our habs a great game and win one for the Montreal fans.

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    Difference is the Flyers have a far superior defence group right now with Markov being out for us and have an excellent capacity to clear the crease and rebounds. O’Byrne adds a missing element to the blue line, a bigger, healthy defencemen who will play at 100% because he doesn’t have 50 stitches in his leg. MAB is killing us in our zone and making the team waste time clearing the puck more often than they should while they score on us because a guy can sit in front of our net without incident.

    O’Byrne factored into the 3-game comeback over Washington let’s not forget. Making the Flyers pay a physical price in our zone, especially the smaller ones like Giroux and Briere can work for Montreal, much better than see MAB put on a horror show. I’ll take OB for 20 minutes a night over MAB playing 20 a night.

    Flyers wouldn’t worry about Krajicek playing because they’d still have Carle, Timmonen, Pronger and Coburn to use, we don’t have that luxury of an excellent D-group with Markov out and Hamrlik alternating playing like he’s 35 or 53.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  16. Big Ted says:

    Somewhat agreed. I go back and orth on whether he should even be in the line-up. I know JM will never take him out completely, so it’s pretty much a moot point, but the argument for keeping him in is that the 4th line players don’t play that much anyways, and if he’s not there, it means we go back to having Gorges, Gill, or OB on the PP, and Spacek back on the first unit. It’s not the end of the world, and Gorges does a decent job keeping the puck in but he’s not a threat to score. Even if he’s playing poorly, MAB is at least a guy who Philly has to respect as a possible shot and it may open up space for other guys. One could equally make a case for taking MAB out altogether, but as i said, that would be the argument for keeping him in.

  17. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Apologies. Just realized Kempie made exact same point below. Different arm-chairs, same conclusions.

    So a question: really — but really — exactly how physical has it been? The reputation is there, Clarke is (still) there, the height/weight stats are there. But are we getting killed in their crease or in the corners? I’m not seeing it (comfortably ensconced in my arm-chair). Remember Fonzie explaining how everyone considered him so tough but no one ever saw him in a fight? I mean, are they significantly more physical than either the Caps or Pens?

  18. ManApart says:

    Here comes the savior himself, Ryan O’Byrne. I guess now the Habs are a shoe in to score at least 5 goals and will win the next 4 straight. At least according to all the misguided geniuses on here. I have never seen so minor and irrelevant an issue get discusssed to death, in the face of so many bigger problems. O’Byrne will play like 12-14 mins tonight and maybe be responsible for a goal or maybe not. There is no way you can look at this move and say it will impact the game in any significant way. Even though it is probably better that O’Byrne is in the line -up, the incessant commenting about him, is really mind boggling to me. All Habs fans must have actually lost their minds after that game 7 win against the Pens. i really believe the Flyer fans are finding all this hilarious. If we were up 2-0 on them, after having shut them out back to back and they were all losing it over whether Ryan Parent should be playing, I would be laughing my ass of. I would say they are all blaming Laviolette for this, siting his not playing Parent. Poor misguided children, they don’t even have a clue.

  19. HardHabits says:

    Give us an HH!!

  20. Dunboyne Mike says:

    I share your reservations about MAB, but wouldn’t stop at removing him from D duty. When I think of how many pucks have eluded him at the blueline on PPs, and a few potential shorties for Philly, and how seldom he actually unloads the big shot, I wonder is he worth a spot on the bench at all at the moment?

  21. HabFab says:

    What is this about dancing “naked ” in the center of town?

    Do you have a date and time picked yet?

  22. OneTimer says:

    Wow that is good. They’re Leafs fans but they’re talented…


    PS I was the “Like a Boss” guy for Halloween, it was awesome

  23. Game 7 says:

    Down Goes Brown and Bloge Salming do it again…

    “Like A Bettman”

    Very funny poke at that moron commissioner

  24. J.T. says:

    Screw the “H.”  Give me a W!


  25. Big Ted says:

    Just cause OB is in, doesn’t mean JM will necessarily take MAB off of defense. OB has been in the line-up before wehre he’s played sparingly and MAb has taken a regular D shift. If JM is smart, he’ll use OB as the 6th D man and MAB on the PP only, but who knows what JM is thinking. He obviously likes MAB much much more than any fan who has seen him play.

  26. teebs says:

    Lets see big OB clear out the front of the net for Halak tonight! I’m not giving up on the boys!

    You know who I feel kinda sorry for?

    Anyone who has Kostitsyn 74 on the back of their jersey…..perfect way to ruin le bleu, blanc et rouge

  27. DearyLeary says:

    O’Byrne back in the lineup, with Darche sitting.  Bergeron likely to see time on the 4th line.  Thank god he’s out of the defensive rotation.  Just shoot the puck on the PP, nothing else.

  28. dicktracy says:

    kindda like we did to the penguins in  game 7

  29. kempie says:

    So for what it’s worth, here’s coach kempie’s game plan (devised from the comfort of my couch):

    We have last change so maybe consider reassembling the Giant Mexican Squid for a few shifts, and while we’re at it, maybe try Plex between the brothers for a few. For the love of everything that is good, INSERT OB!!!! I know he won’t score, and I was saying this last game mostly for the sake of adding his size, but now I just want MAB off period. I know big shot, power play blah blah…. but he’s not taking those shots anymore and how much good is he when the puck hops his stick at the line and we have to go back for it? 20 seconds gone. Not on the 4th, not on the pp, just off. Is there any way we can get Spatch on his right side for a few shifts? Let’s try cycling hard down low and drawing some pp time and maybe cashing them when we get em. Some guys seem like they are trying to do too much (PK I’m lookin at you man). This sounds dumb but Gomez… please try and stay out of the box for the first 3 minutes. We need to remember that Leighton is giving monster rebounds and try to force more of them and anticipate them. Halak/Price? Forget it. 41 is driving this bus and I’d give him a medium-long leash. This is his ship to go down with if that’s what happens. And finally…

    Green T-shirt power… ACTIVATE FFS!!!!

  30. FSUPhi1584 says:


  31. FormalWare says:

    H is for Hell–the deja-vu Hell of Le Centre Bell in a Game 4 following a Game 3 where the Habs, already down 2-0 in the series, lay an egg! The Hell of 2009, Round One… the Hell the Habs must escape, at any cost!

  32. SeriousFan09 says:

    About goddadamn time. JM always seems to forget why OB is the lineup every once in a while.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  33. Olay Olay Olay says:

    This BGL VS GSP thing is going to be fun. Everybody seems to be bashing Laraque for this or are misunderstanding this as a real fight. Rest assured that this is only a fight for fun and nothing more. BGL is now 270 lbs!! try moving that in front of the net.

  34. punkster says:

    Then I’ll revise my response below to you as follows:


    I wish Darche was in though. I always liked him.


  35. TripleX says:

    Looks like O’Byrne is in after all and Darche is out.

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  36. punkster says:

    Relax. SK makes zero difference, Pouliot back is good whatever line he is on (if he’s going to work hard for a change) and the OB thing is a tossup. You take his size and his penalties or you reduce your chances of penalties overall. Given their PK failures recently I’d prefer fewer penalties and that means no OB. I always try to keep in mind that we’re a bubble team, a .500 team and we have very little depth to call on right now. None of those 3 guys are game changers except OB whose penalties could be.


  37. Corporate says:

    Whoever he puts in must play better and harder. No point in saying the coach is a door knob because in the end, he is the coach and we are not.

  38. avatar_58 says:

    It doesn’t matter. O’Byrne won’t score goals, SK and Pouliot aren’t game changers and the 4th line is never used.

    If Cammalleri, Plekanec, Gionta or Gomez don’t score then the series is over. Case Closed.

  39. TripleX says:


    So according to the practice lines.  NO O’BYRNE and SK is out and POULIOT is on the FOURTH LINE.  OMG JM!


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  40. Clay4bc says:

    H is for Halak

    Author of the best playoff goaltending performance this team has seen in a generation.

    Let it continue tonight…


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  41. Corporate says:

    Agreed… Lets score a few tonight so that we can give a little help to our Goalies no matter who it is… I don’t care if the Pope is in goal… As long as we win..

  42. Axeman says:

    How many goals is Price going to score?

    In all seriousness, goaltending (aside from game 1) has not been the issue.  We have to get pucks past Leighton, plain and simple.  Price may very well be more aggressive to any Flyer that breaches his crease, but I have a little more faith that Halak will make those big stops, just like in the Washington and Pittsburg series.  What needs to happen is to put O’Byrne back in the lineup, and have him play the crease-clearer defenseman.  Aside from Gill, he’s the only guy big enought to do that job.

  43. Clay4bc says:

    He does make a good case. I was annoyed at the headline, but after reading it, I liked the case he presented. However – and only in my opinion – he comes to the wrong conclusions. Halak gives us a better chance to win the game. He is the better goalie. What we really need is to score goals and tighten up the D.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  44. Will Longlade says:

    Damien Cox makes an excellent case for Price getting the start tonight. I know I’m probably in the minority, but I agree with him. Know it’s not going to happen though. I also agree with Cox’s assertion that JM’s conservative style isn’t particularly well suited to the playoffs. His unwillingness to think outside the box has MAB firmly entrenched and eating up minutes on D and on the PP, even though he can’t play D and the PP is in need of some  stability and smart puck movement. IMO, JM needs to make some bold decisions to keep the Habs in the series..

  45. J.J. of Turku says:

    Excellent post… Nice to see someone else feels positive too. BTW I saw Mikko Koivu today, he was having a coffee at the same place as me. Almost asked him ‘Is it nice to have holidays same time and as long as your bro?’

  46. Bob Barker says:

    If the Habs do end up losing this game, how poetic would it be for them to come back from 3-0 deficit against Philly? The way this playoffs has gone, I wouldn’t discount the possibility. 

    That said, hope it’s a blowout for the Habs and Leighton goes back to being waiver-wire material. 

  47. Mr.Hazard says:

    I’m not sure I’m comfortable with the team’s attitude… They have a sense of confidence that is probably not helpful. I feel they’re thinking “we’ve been here before, no sweat, we can pull this off.” That’s NOT the attitude that carried them through the first 2 series. JM says “we’ve overcome adversity before.” That’s not a good reason to feel less worried. They won the first two series as underdogs, no one giving them a chance, “against all odds”, with nothing to lose, etc. They have something to lose now; they’re within just 4 wins of the Stanley Cup Final… Anyone else share my concern?

    “We didn’t give up and we are not giving up.” – Jaroslav Halak

  48. Corporate says:

    Yeah but it would give them the confidence that they need right now.. And frankly it would be nice to see a pasting on another team then the Habs for once.

  49. Spoons91 says:

    LET’S SHIFT THE MOMENTUM HABS! Win game 3 and it’s a completely new series! 

    follow me on twitter —

  50. Clay4bc says:

    Pretty simple how to beat a hot goalie. Go to the net. Create traffic. Grind. Get in his face. Dig for the puck, and don’t quit on plays. (It’s what Philly has done to Halak – it will work on Leighton as well))

    As for our crease, get them the heck out of there. Make life miserable for them. Don’t allow them to walk to the net with impunity. Force the play. And again, grind and don’t quit on plays. Just want it more than them.

    If we do these things, we will win.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –


  51. camel_larry says:

    screw giving me an ‘H’, gimme a freakin’ W!!!!


    Go Habs Go!

  52. BeachHabFan says:

    H is for hard. as in, play that way. finish checks, drive the net, no more lateral passes when you cross their blue line (that means you, pleky and gomez), knock those youppi-colored skids on their a– in front of your net.

  53. Corporate says:

    What we would need is a good old fashon Shellacking by our habs… A good 10-2 win would be good for everyone.. lol

  54. avatar_58 says:

    For whom? It would simply make the habs think they “have it”. I’d rather they win by a goal or two so they know they need to keep working

  55. Fansincebirth says:

    I think we need to avoid raising the Flyers to God-like status like the schmucks on TSN and CBC do. They flopped into the playoffs just like we did. They took out the NJD in the first round, we took out the Caps, the number one team. They beat the Bruins (6th place team with a lot of injuries) in the second round. Yes, the did the amazing, coming from 3 games down to win the series but again, the Bruins were a hurting team and did a lot to beat themselves. We took out Sidney, Geno and the rest of the Cup champs. Round 3…..

    While it’s true that the Caps and Pens came out on the ice and played their arrogant way of ignoring what the Habs were doing, never adjusting their game significantly and lost because they thought they could continue what they were doing and win.

    The Flyers are a different team which, at times, gives us a glimpse into the BSB past. Not in this series though. Carcillo has been put on a leash and Harntell is behaving himself as well. The Flyers are a pretty good team. They’re no Washington or Pittsburgh but Laviolette has them playing a very good game right now and it’s beating us.

    The big physical game everyone was afraid of isn’t there. The nasty edge to the Flyer game isn’t there. They are playing a smothering game and we aren’t adjusting to the play of the game. Surely to God, if we lowly fans and armchair coaches can watch the games and can draw logical conclusions as to what’s right and wrong, the Habs coaches must be able to do the same.

    For everything the Flyers are doing right, we are playing some of the worst hockey in the playoffs right now. Can the Flyers play a better game? I don’t think so. This is as good as they get. We can and have played better which is why I am so optimistic about this game tonight and the rest of the series. Halak, Gomez, Cammy, all of them can play better and will….starting tonight!

    GO HABS GO!!!! I Believe……

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  56. avatar_58 says:

    Jesus H tapdancing christ just win this game….

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  1. Peter Young says:

    Not us, we knew that the teams of the last few years had little heart and character.

  2. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Hey, I’m an Irish fan now, but I grew up two blocks from the Forum. Enjoy the game!

  3. HugeHabsFan says:

    Wish mine would too Mike, lol!

    Maybe our boys will win one for their Irish fans? ;o)

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  4. Dunboyne Mike says:

    And with that concession, so do you! Wish my kids would do that.

    Counting the minutes to midnight — game-time here in Ireland.

  5. StevieRay says:

    give…give …give  …for sure !

  6. DearyLeary says:

    Yes, I have, and it seems like every time he’s on the ice he coughs up the puck that results in very good scoring chances. 

  7. OneTimer says:

    Cheers bro, good post.


    PS: No Gionta in that list?!

  8. blacy says:

    Well put…couldn’t agree more. GO HABS GO.

  9. SlovakHab says:

    I was not nitpicking anything. I simply pointed out some other news other fellow HIO members might not be aware of and perhaps get some reactions on it.

    B.Burke is building the Bruins through the draft.

  10. SPATS says:



    This young old timer agrees. (46) I get cranky with some of the negative posts and have a hard time taking the high road with em. But, I’ve been an optimist ever since I got my first trophy from Bobby Rousseau in 1968. Grew up a 5 minute walk from the new practice facility in the south end of the B section of Brossard. Live in Victoria BC (BringCash!) for now, headed back east soon. Ian Cobb (we’ve never met – other than in cyberspace) has offered us a room for the night if we detour thru southern ontario! THANKS HABS I/O! Cheers to the older optimists! You’re way more fun to post to. Enjoy the ride! It doesn’t get much better than this. When we manage to knock off 2 of the top teams, There won’t be enough flatbed trailers to link onto the overflowing bandwagon. Ahhhh, but we have had our seats near the front for a long while haven’t we?



  11. jbroderi says:

    All we are missing is for you to show some MAB love!!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  12. midnightsun says:

    50 goal scorer Alex O – kicked out in the first round.

    51 goal scorer Steven Stamkos – never made it to the first round. 

    So this idea of needing a 50 goal scorer on your team needs an explanation. 

  13. The Cat says:

    No offense but Im somewhat an oldtimer here myself, and some of you guys’ predictions are always optimistic. ie last year and the year before the habs were going to do well also.

  14. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Right. In fact, scroo sincerity. Maybe I’ll have respect for those who accept losing with equanimity, tomorrow. I be thankful some other day. Go Habs!   

  15. Peter Young says:

    Some of the old-timers on this board–Ian Cobb and myself included–thought long ago the Canadiens would do well in the playoffs, and we have the e-mails to prove it.  Some of us even expressed those thoughts here and elesewhere, and were laughed at.

  16. Peter Young says:

    My condolences.  Why not mention his name and memorialize him in the Habs Inside/Out Archives?  We are, after all, part of a brotherhood (meant loosely to include females) of Canadiens fans.

  17. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I don’t get all the negativity. Other than the first game, the Habs have been competing in every game. We outshot them last game in a loss but Pens last 2 wins have been about their goaltending and not about their offence. Tonight is a pick ’em and I say that since Gill is most likely out. If we take this to game 7 the momentum and  advantage is ours.

    Screw the Pens regular season record and their league leading scorers. Cindy hasn’t done anything in this series to earn our respect. She couldn’t even hit an empty net. They haven’t showed me that they are a better team. Our Habs don’t buy it and neither do I.

    If this playoff run has taught us anything, it is that individual player’s season stats count for nothing in the playoffs. Look at Boone’s list of players that are golfing and think of how often (myself included) that we have fantasized about trading our smaller players and our bigger contracts for any of the above listed players. My point is , is that we don’t know jack (myself included.) It’s a pick em. But now maybe even our advantage since Boone kinda gave his reverse jinx minus the turban.

  18. WAR72 says:

    perhaps he is…

    thank you

  19. jbroderi says:

    The MAB is going shelf tonight!!!  Mark my words..


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  20. WAR72 says:

    yes indeed…he also saw ’93, ’86, and most of the 70s…

    thank you.

  21. Peter Young says:

    Mike, with all due respect–and I mean that sincerely–that message of yours is one of negativity disguised as one of “let’s be thankful.”  You expect us to go out tonight.  Screw that, we’re winning tonight.  And in Pittbburgh in Game 7, too.  If things turn out differently than I expect, I will have time to be thankful then.

  22. jbroderi says:

    The habs can win this series in one simple way when on offense.  Fire low, not high, and crash the net for rebounds.  There were tons last game from fleury.  He gives up big ones off his pads and often over-commits to the shot.  If we crash the crease we will be rewarded with some dirty rebound goals.


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  23. avatar_58 says:

    At least he got to see them destroy Washington and the great 8! RIP

  24. sidhu says:

    Sorry for your loss, perhaps your friend is with the hockey gods in Montreal and will help us get to a game 7!

  25. sidhu says:

    If we were to lose tonight, I would be very thankful for this playoff run.  I’ll have a renewed sense of pride about the team and the franchise, and I would feel very good about building on this team in the off-season. We’ll get rid of the Kostitsyn brothers (because of their indifference and inconsistency) and likely Pricey too (because Jaro is #1 and Pricey deserves a shot elsewhere). 

    BUT the show is not over.  I believe we can take this to a game 7!


  26. habsfanonthewestcoast says:

    not a good time to bash our players… we’re behind them and proud of what they accomplished!



  27. WAR72 says:

    someone ive know for 35 years died this morning…

    he was a great man, he lived a great life, he was a habs fan…

    he would have loved to see the canadiens win tonight and force a game 7.

    thinking of you ‘B.U.”…

  28. Will Longlade says:

    Lots of sentiment here that a loss tonight is inevitable. Also, the usual slagging by the usual suspects, who just can’t admit that they were wrong. Well, keep on slagging if it makes you feel good. You’re gonna be right one of these days. It’s called the law of averages.

    IMHO this team has a few more wins in its tank. 

  29. HugeHabsFan says:

    You win. 

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  30. HardHabits says:

    I enjoy every win and anguish over every loss. I’ll cheer them on nevertheless and IF I was at the Bell Centre tonight I’d cheer them on during AND after the game, win or lose. It still doesn’t change my opinion that the Habs are stuck in neutral and that this play-off run is an anomoly and not the foundation for better things to come. I’d love to be wrong about this though.

  31. Clay4bc says:

    You were being very brusque…and to further your point – I’m betting Boone is a big boy and can stand up for himself.  Not that he has anything to


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  32. Bob_Sacamano says:

    He just forgot that Semin, Ovechkin and Kovalchuk played yesterday and they´ll play tomorrow, too. What a tough game that one will be, against Kazakhstan 😉

  33. likehoy says:

    what i’m happy about is the way we’ve played like the western conference.

    they don’t need quality players to be quality teams. the western conference have more of a team concept and defensive play and we’ve played very similar to that.

    only problem is that we lack the physical edge that western teams bring.

    – What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  34. Canadiangrrl says:

    Nobody has any idea where we’d be if Price had played for the whole season, because he didn’t.

    50 goal scorers aren’t needed to create stellar teams.  Nor are they required to win Stanley Cups. 







  35. HugeHabsFan says:

    Couldn’t agree more!  Very well said! :o))


    “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!”


  36. HugeHabsFan says:

    Not at all actually.  I was just pointing out what was being referenced.  Last I checked this is a site regarding an NHL team. Personally, I don’t see the point in nitpicking what Boone wrote.  It’s more than obvious what he’s referencing. 

    As well, I’m betting SlovakHab is a big boy and can stand up for himself.  Not that he has anything to defend.

    Apparently it’s ok to pick apart what the columnists write, but not the nitpicker himself.

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  37. Clay4bc says:

    MAB has been VERY solid on D the last several games – have you even watched the games?


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  38. Canadiangrrl says:

    When the playoffs began in April, very few of us – maybe none – expected the Canadiens to be still playing 10 days into May.  <<<  Word. 

    Whatever happens tonight — and my gut says we’ll live to see another glorious and wholly unexpected day — I’m thankful.  Surprised, delighted, thrilled, anxious, and ultimately — thankful.  Who knew?  I mean, really.

    Say what you will about Gainey, JM, Halak vs. Price, Big Tits, Little Tits, none of it matters right now — because right now, we’re HERE, forcing the Stanley Cup champs to a sixth game, after beating the #1 team in the league.  Who knew?  I think they knew, this team of Smurfy grinders and plugs.  I think they are less surprised than the collective “we” — luck and timing count for a great deal, but they didn’t get this far by not believing.

    No matter what happens tonight, I’m thankful.  I just wish the puck would drop already! 🙂

  39. Mark C says:

    Can’t you just enjoy these games right now? A 50 goal scorer is needed? Do you realize that there were only three of those this year? And yes, all three were drafted 1st overall.

    Can’t we stop with the whole draft nitpicking? San Jose took Steve Bernier right before Parise, Getzlaf and Richards, is San Jose doomed for mediocrity? The Caps took Eric Fehr one pick before Getzlaf, what a silly, going nowhere organization the Caps are. Before the 2003 draft AK46 was ranked as a top 10 talent, too bad for the Habs and him it hasn’t worked out. But, he was not a bad darft pick, it just did not work out. The Habs weren’t the only team to miss on Kopitar, three teams still playing did too (Chi, Van, and San Jose).  

  40. Shublips says:

    Any reinforcements on D that would allow the Habs to see LESS of Marc-Andre Bergeron, will be a good thing.

    Anyone….MAB is simply horrific on the ice and lately is not even producing on the power play, which means that he is has now become COMPLETELY useless.  At least when his shot was going, there was one dimension to his game.  Right now, he has zero dimensions to his game!

    Habs on Facebook: on Twitter: on

  41. DearyLeary says:

    We force Game 7 tonight.  Sing loud and proud!

  42. Clay4bc says:

    Someone piss in your corn flakes this morning?

    But never mind…


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  43. merlin_24cups says:

    Thanks Mike. Well said!

  44. HugeHabsFan says:

    I get that.  Point being he is referencing an NHL GAME.

    But nevermind.

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  45. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Scroo dat! I be thankful some udder day. En bas avec Criesby and the Pensies! Go Habs!

  46. SlovakHab says:

    I quote: ‘Tom Pyatt is playing hockey tonight. Alexander Ovechkin isn’t.’

    But nevermind.

  47. HardHabits says:

    For all those who be thankful. I am still not going to be satisfied unless the Habs win tonght and repeat the same in game 7.

    This playoff run for the Habs was based upon two things:

    1) The Eastern Conference was very weak. Habs were not in the top 16 over-all.

    2) Jaro Halak.

    Had Price been in nets the whole season the Habs would be picking in the top 10 or possibly a lottery team and that’s not to say that Price isn’t a good goalie. It’s just that Halak has been that good. The Habs are far away from being a contender. Contenders do not get called names like “underdog” or “Cinderella”.

    Yes this run is amazing but nobody here can realistically say “I knew this was going to happen all along.”

    The Habs have it in them to win tonight and get out of this series, albeit as the walking wounded. The difference really for the Pens in their wins has been their goaltending. Neverthless, defense and good goaltending aren’t enough to win games, offense is still a requirement and in that category the Habs don’t have the requisite parts whereas the Pens do and that my friends could very well be the difference in this series.

    Yes a 50 goal scorer is needed. Yes, better drafting is needed. Could you imagine this team with Kopitar instead of bench warming Price? Could you imagine Richards, Getzlaf, Parise or Carter instead of Andrei Kostistyn? Right there you have the biggest reason why the Habs are destined for mediocrity.

    It’s still year 1 in the 5 year plan Version 2.0


  48. JF says:

    RDS is saying Gill won’t play.

  49. HugeHabsFan says:

    And to be even more exact – this is an NHL site, to which league Mr. Boone is referencing. 


    “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!”


  50. Jbell10 says:

    Lets be thankful?

    What the heck is that?

    Tonight is the biggest game of the year in a tight series that can go ether way, and you want to be thankful?


    We deserve to be here and we deserve to move on.

    I will be ‘thankful’ when someone holds the door open for me and  when I go to church and ‘thank’ the Lord for all of his blessings.

    Today/Tonight…’Lets be confident’ in the greatest sports team in North America.




  51. arcosenate says:

    Be nice to see some early results for our Habs tonight.  Get a couple by what’s his face in the Pittsburgh net (There’s only been one Flower in the NHL and he wore number 10) and actually play with a lead for a while.

    But, if it all does go to hell tonight I remain very proud of what this team has been able to accomplish.

    Go Habs!

  52. SlovakHab says:

    To be slightly more exact, some of the players mentioned are in fact still playing hockey – for their home countries in Germany (WC)

    Slovakia played against Russia’s Kovalchuk, Ovie, Kozlov, Fedorov, Semin et al. last night. Our biggest stars were Marek Svatos and Peter Budaj. Ouch. We lost 1-3 including an EN goal, shortly after we hit the post during a last-minute 6-on-4 powerplay. Almost tied it. Next up, we play Grabovski and his Belarusian brothers.

    Canada has beaten Italy 5-1 in their first game.

  53. Odie Cleghorn says:

    We haven’t had a TEAM with this much commitment, character, and willingness to compete since ’93 and I’m loving every minute of it. This “little” team has shown more heart than many of those “bigger” free agents who did not want to come to Montreal over the past couple of summers, despite Bob Gainey’s more than generous offers.

    So, to them I say – “Book your tee times early.” To those who signed to play as a Montreal Canadien, which includes Messrs Gomez, Gill, Mara, Spacek, Cammallieri, Moore, Darche, Metropolit, Bergeron, I say merci beaucoup, bonne chance and thank you for showing us how to accept the torch when it’s offered!

    And to Bob Gainey – once again, thank you for your silent dignity, class and leadership. Not since le Gros Bill have I admired a Canadien as much as you. Thank you.

    Go Habs Go!!!  

  54. Hammer says:

    Not Gold balls, goof balls!!

  55. Mr.Hazard says:

    “But in a city where fans suffer chronic shoulder dislocation by patting themselves on the back for sophisticated appreciation of hockey, this extracurricular nonsense has become an embarrassment.”

    Classic, Boone.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  56. Harani says:

    I won’t be at the game today because I have my finals tomoro and wednesday and I really gotta go to class because I don’t understand much in electricity and magnetism (I need an 70 on my final to pass that class) So, just one thing I want to tell everyone is that don’t be morons! 

    I am so proud of our team to be playing hockey exactly one month after the regular season ended. We are lucky fans and this quit deserves the respect for getting here. although I think we can win this in  7. Just be classy, it’s our habs, our team that came back from being 3-1 down agains the number 1 seed to get this far and with losing Markov and Spacek and possibly Gill tonight. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 

    Go Habs Go!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  57. punkster says:

    The boys are gonna be fine tonight.


  58. alfieturcotte says:

    Count our blessings for this unexpected playoff run.  While we are at it, we’ll curse the day Brochu and Loria ever stepped foot in the Big Owe.  If les Habitants are truly Toast puis Cafe tonight, who are we to root for this summer sans Nos Amours…….

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Who woulda thunk it?

Jaro:37 saves

I wonder who’s starting Monday


  1. Morocco says:

    Why would we clone Ovechkin? Beliveau’s dna should be pretty easy to get.

  2. Chorske says:

    HAha, I was worried I was the only one who was THIS superstitious. The Habs have sucked every time I ahve worn my 1915-1916, and sucked BAD when I have worn my Habs socks. They are terrible if I come into the game when it is half over- I can’t count the number of times I have tuned in for the third period and watched the Habs implode. So now: no schwag. No watching the game unless I can watch the whole thing. And I don’t drink a Molson product on game day.

  3. J.J. of Turku says:

     Have to say that I love those “stories” about how it was at Habs’ games before and soon after my birth (1972). 

     Good post, thanks.


  4. J.J. of Turku says:

    I don’t blame you, my finger points to William Gates….


  5. habz says:

    Is this really you timo? let me tell you, i’ve been a reader of HIO for a long time now and i think this is the frist time i’ve read something positive from you..:-)


  6. petrov14 says:

    Im going back to my Gionta jersey that did so poorley early on.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  7. ricardamundo says:

    Just to make you feel better … old isn’t remembering the team skating out to “Les Canadiens sont la” … old is being able to remember Dutchy and his merry band in standing room behind the reds with his horn. Even Boone might be too young to remember that.

    GO HABS!

  8. andrewberkshire says:

    Sorry, but your explanation wasn’t up to par for me, and there’s still no reason for me to believe what you said. I thought I explained clearly to you last night that it was nothing to do with who was starting, but the credibility of your “source” which was unverifiable. In all likelihood because Price lost, the team was going to go back to Halak, for all I know you could’ve guessed correctly and made the rest up, so forgive me for being a “doubter”, because I don’t usually just take the word of people I’ve never met on the internet.

  9. captaink4life says:

    Maybe in the future you won’t be such a doubter.


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  10. ddawwidd says:

    Where did you get this photo from? 🙂 I used to have it in a newspaper, but I lent it to a friend and never got it back 🙁


    Bring back Zone de Match! 🙁

  11. SeriousFan09 says:

    If tonight ends in a loss, I’ll be shaking things up.

    First, my standard replica home jersey has failed to go beyond the 2nd round of the playoffs and my replica CA 1915-16 jersey has a terrible record if a winning streak is involved, the Lapierre t-shirt has been a curse on Laps season, so I’ll be moving them all in a blockbuster trade for an Authentic Gionta Home Jersey and a Canadiens hat. I’ll hang on to my personalized keychain though, as it coincided with the early return of Andrei Markov.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  12. andrewberkshire says:

    Not disappointed.

  13. captaink4life says:

    On that note, thanks for believing me last night Hazard 🙂

    I hope Andrew isn’t too disappointed that his skepticism wasn’t warranted.


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  14. isirota1965 says:

    I don’t know that anyone is expecting the Habs to win the Cup year after year, as they did in the past.  But, is it too much to ask the team to advance past the second round of the playoffs, something it hasn’t done since the 1992-1993 season?  Yeah, I know that that wasn’t going to happen this year–Washington is simply better, and though Montreal has controlled the games for large stretches of time (the performance during the second period of Game Four was Montreal’s best in a playoff game since that run in 1993, imho), Washington’s superior talent shows through when it can battle through those stretches and come out even (again, as occurred in Game Four).

  15. Mr.Hazard says:

    I become an optimist when all hope is lost (nothing to lose).

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  16. Gorges_the_great says:

    Sports aren’t about cheering for the best team. It’s about cheering for your team. I don’t care who we’re playing against or what the series is…



  17. Garry Valk says:

    Sal’s call on the TEAM 990 = best call ever. 

  18. habsoul says:

    Call it Psycho-Collaborative Blogging!

    GO HABS!!!

  19. habsoul says:

    Sorry! We posted these almost simultaneously. 

    What are the odds?


  20. habsoul says:

    Looking for a hopeful precedent? Stop being delusional!

    But … Montreal did come back from a 3-1 deficit in the first round of the 2004 playoffs when the 7th seeded Canadiens met the 2nd seeded Bruins.

    After losing the first two games in Boston, Montreal got back into the series with a 3-2 Game 3 win in Montreal. Then followed one of the most crushing losses ever suffered by the Habs. Old friend Mike Knuble tied the game with 30 seconds in regulation. Ten minutes into the 2nd OT period, Glen Murray took advantage of a mixup between Sheldon Souray and Alex Kovalev to break in alone on Jose Theodore and bury the game winner. (You may remember that Kovalev stopped skating, looking for a slashing call that never came.)

    The Habs looked dead, but miraculously stormed back in Game 5, smacking down Boston 5-1. Back home for Game 6 Montreal was again dominant in a 5-2 win that evened up the series 3-3.

    With momentum firmly on their side, Montreal won Game 7 in Boston 2-0. Theodore was outstanding in goal and Alex Kovalev fed Richard Zednick for both of his 3d period goals, including the empty-netter that sealed the deal.

    It was the first (and only) time Montreal has returned from a 3-1 deficit to win a playoff series. 

    We can dream, can’t we?


  21. CHsam says:

    thought it was Finnegans Wake or Proust again so I skipped over it

  22. Frustrated_old_Habs_fan says:

    I just cut and paste and that’s what comes out!!!

  23. itpf says:

    Just my 2 cents…

    Bob Gainey was always Price’s biggest supporter and defender. If BG hadn’t stepped down we would have rode Carey into the playoffs or possibly into a great, low draft pick. It’s  no coincidence it was only when BG stepped down, we went and stuck to Halak (who was deserving at the time).

    My point is, with BG gone, the team has lost their biggest Carey touter and supporter so I wouldn’t be shocked if it was Halak who stayed and Carey who was traded at some point.  Had BG stuck around there would be no question in my mind who would stay, though.

  24. J.J. of Turku says:

    Hmmmm… The beginning was real Microsoftie… 🙂


  25. avatar_58 says:

    Next year? Don’t be silly, he’s here THIS year. THIS game. It’s just logical.

  26. avatar_58 says:

    So where’s the PK announcement? They did bring him up yes? I mean only a truly idiotic GM wouldn’t. But we have a new smart GM right? That’s what we were told?

    PK! PK! PK! Can’t wait to cheer him on this game. Because he’s definately in. It’s the only logical sane assumption. Anything else would mean we’re doomed and our GM is fine with it.

  27. notbigbird says:

    Everything is relative. To me, you are still young. You whippersnapper you.

  28. avatar_58 says:

    Renting was a terrible idea. However I definately wish the habs could sign him for 2011. The reason being is he’s what we need – a decent sized scorer with heart. He just didn’t help NJ because his style doesn’t fit. It was damn evident by the way he tried to hog the puck….why pass if no one else can score?

    NJ is a lot like the habs – going into defensive shells. They are just a HELL of a lot better at it. Of course it doesn’t work when the other team wants it more and can bang bodies (ie – Philly)

  29. fun police says:

    that first paragraph was brilliant.

  30. Chorske says:

    LOL, “If Jacques Martin had anything to do with it… I WANT HIM FIRED”

    Hehehe, best laugh I’ve had in ages. Someone should tell Sal that his yelling makes the Baby Jesus cry.

  31. Jbird says:

    True, although wouldn’t they want it back now.   And you know that the Habs would have given up a lot more if they did trade for him. 😉

  32. Jbird says:

    I’d be lying if I said I was sure he would be a bust.  It was a hunch.  He certainly will get a lot of money . . . . we’ll see if he can do anything other than score 40 goals for a very lousy team.

  33. Frustrated_old_Habs_fan says:

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    While the next game is the only
    one that counts, and anything is possible, I can’t help but look back a bit. I’ve
    never claimed to be the brightest nor quickest when it comes to realizing or
    accepting the painfully obvious, but the current series with the Capitals has
    finally driven home the point that the 2010 Habs aren’t the old Habs, and
    worse, never will be. And that is a crying shame.


    Having recently hit the
    half-century mark, more and more I find myself starting sentences with ‘when I
    was young’.  Annoying as conversations
    that start off from that point tend to be, they do have some merit; that whole
    those-who-don’t-know-history-are-doomed-to-repeat-it concept. So indulge me


    There was a time not so long ago
    when the Montreal Canadiens lost a grand total of eight games in one season,
    not eight games before Christmas, but throughout an entire 80 game schedule!
    Bear in mind that during that 1976-77 season they only lost one game at home –
    one!!! A season such as that, and many more similar, will leave its mark on an
    impressionable young fan, believe me.


    Of course that was back at the
    Forum where spectators in the better seats wore suits and ties and Canadiens
    jerseys were relegated to the young folks in the cheap seats. The team bolted
    onto the ice to the organ playing “Les Canadiens sont la”. The game was the
    entertainment, the focal point. The excitement of going to watch the Montreal
    Canadiens win was enough to sell out the Forum. And make no mistake about it,
    in ‘those days’ – another terrifying couplet – people went to see the team win,
    not support it; support was for amateur sports, one went to watch the Habs win.


    Over the years as the NHL
    expanded to such hockey hotbeds as Atlanta and Oakland it was obvious that a
    sideshow was needed to fill the buildings. Lights, smoke and mirrors, the
    occasional penguin on skates and other special effects were plentiful in the
    newer markets south of the border.


    Alas we now have succumbed to the
    trivialization of the once great Dynasty and the fans seem to be blinded by the
    science of technological wizardry. The torch has somehow been dropped in the
    process of handing it on and the current Montreal Canadiens are light years
    from their history. The glory of victory has been replaced by laser lights and
    loud music.


    The beginning of the end: April
    17, 1997. Martin Brodeur scores a goal against the Habs in game one of the
    quarter finals, the Devils win 5-2. Why is this significant? Because not one
    member of the Canadiens took offense, they just rolled over. Imagine if you
    will what John Ferguson’s reaction might have been had a goaltender tried to
    rub the team’s nose in it by scoring into an empty net when he was playing. Not
    a pretty picture.

  34. alfieturcotte says:

    Given the current 3-1 deficit, combined with the poor defensive play of both MAB and Hamrlik, I don’t see  why they would not bring up PK.  They have nothing to lose, only a jolt of energy and passion to gain. Look how well young Carlson is playing with Washington — he is their best defenseman.  

    Markov / O’Byrne — with Markov responsibility to be on ice vs Ovi

    PK / Hamrlik

    Gill / Gorges

    Line 1: AK 46 / Plek / SK 74 with AK 46 given job to shadow Ovi at all times.

    Line 2: Gomez / Gionta / Cammerleri

    Line 3: Metro / Moore / Pouliot

    Line 4: Lapierre / MAB / Pyatt

    Goalie: Whoever it is, pray they make at least some Varlomov-like key saves.  I might go with Price, only because he might not be as mentally drained at this point.

  35. PrimeTime says:

    WRONG DECISION! Not because I am on either side of the Price or Halak’s debate but for this reason.

    JM just limited his team to 1 goalie. If, and that is a HUGE if, the Habs win tonight they have to string off 2 more. The Goalies have not been the reason for any of the 3 losses. If he started Price and if things didn’t start well, say going down 2 early, then you can go to Halak to switch things up and hope it turns the tide. With the same scenario with Halak starting, how can he expect the same result putting in Price?? IMO my opinion, the mentally stronger goalie AFTER this decision is Halak and he just eliminated Price from any further chance of playing. If he started Price tonight he still had a mentally ready goalie as a backup.

    Can Halak win 9 straight periods?? Not likely but then again I’m not sure if George Vezina himself could against a team that only needs 1 good period to win a game and now the series.

    PLEASE: No kneejerk replies from the “Halak Camp” unless you completely understand my opinion b/c this is not a shot on your boy.

  36. CHsam says:

    Can’t believe what a bust he was for NJ… That said, I bet he’s still going to sign for hefty dough this summer

  37. Jbird says:

    One good thing IMO from last night: All the people who knew that trading for Kovy2 was a bad idea were proven right.  What a horrible move for the Devils.  

  38. avatar_58 says:

    Okay, I’ll shut up. I’m not one that has to keep talkin’. Some fellas just have to keep their mouths flappin’, but not me! I was brought up right, my pa used to tell me “shut up” and I’d shut up! I wouldn’t say nothin’! One time, darn-near starved to death – Wouldn’t tell him I was hungry!

  39. avatar_58 says:

    Either that or he has issues with Markov. Funny how when he went down suddenly Hamrlik was loving the top minutes. He comes back and old-man Hamr shows up to stink it up. I don’t get it.

  40. CHsam says:

    LMAO. We’ve been waiting for you…. Mr. Anderson

  41. Tis Himself says:

    PG’s new five-year plan begins tonight at 9:30pm EDT.

    As far as winning tonight is concerned:

  42. le_vrai_jacques says:

    that must have been painful

  43. Kingofswing74 says:

    he might escape from mere staples. chain him in a water tank with an oxygen mask and a good view of andrei markov, so he can learn something about being a responsible vet.

  44. Big Ted says:

    Full props to Hamrlik for being our best D for the first half of the season. Nonetheless he’s had two periods of letdown this year, one before the olympic break and the second since the last 8-10 games of the regular season. I think he has shown he cannot compete over a full season any more. I am wondering whether he may even have an injury, the way we found out Sheldon Souray had a separated shoulder or so-and-so had broken ribs or whatever. He does not look like himself lately. That being said, if he is really hurting or tired, he or JM needs to take that into account and either limit his minutes or find a replacement in Hamilton. He has done a good job at times this year, but right now he is hurting the team more than helping.

  45. DLHABSNUT65 says:


    I have a feeling they ain’t done yet!! Hopefully Varlamov starts letting in a few more tonight! We can certainly draw some positives from this series! Either we’re a better team than the results are showing, ( Because it could easily be 3-1 for the Habs) or the Caps aren’t that good! Hopefully it’s that we’re a better team and that we start getting the results starting tonight! GO HABS GO!!!

  46. avatar_58 says:

    Oh no, someone hacked Timo

  47. Big Ted says:

    We can debate forever whether it should be Price or Halak, whether PK should be recalled, and whether Guy Boucher should be the coach next year. Short of it is that no matter what, the Habs need to play the full 60 today or it’s done and done. If I were JM, this would be my gameplan:

    -MAB cannot play too many even-strength minutes. Markov-OB, Gorges-Gill need to play 23-28 minutes each. MAB and Hamr 10-12, with maybe a bit more hamr on kills.

    – SK74 on the top two lines, Pouliot on the 3rd. SK was one of the better skaters. He is decent defensively and he has skill. Metropolit and lapierre and moen are not going to finish SK’s work, let him play with someone who will and pouliot is not playing badly but he is not contributing goals, so may as well give someone else the chance to produce and not waste Gio and Gomez’s work.

    – Forget who the goalie is. For either one, we need to protect the goalie like we did the second half of game 1. 17 goals against in 3 games is embarassing. We need to stop backing up in our D-zone and allowing them to walk right into the slot. The D need to be faster at pivoting, they are letting the Caps go by unchallenged. The team needs to clear rebounds and turn them into break-outs. In Game 1, a key was that we didn’t give up too many second-chance shots. Since then, we’ve let the Caps crash the net too much. Get the puck out and do it with momentim instead of chipping it to the blue line and waiting for the caps to come back with another wave.

    – Play with controlled aggression. No stupid penalties, like the numerous unsportsmanlikes we’ve been taking. Show your team the Ovechkin snowplowing incident and tell them what kind of a disrespectful player he’s become. The players need to take pride in playing for the Habs and defend that honor. The sens are right back in their series now, with at least a 50% chance of forcing a 7th game (if not more given they now have momentum and home ice), and the Habs can do the same. One gutsy performance tonight and you can build on that. No player wants to end the season with a 4 game losing streak two years in a row, so it’s time to show some pride.

  48. G-Man says:

    That caller is what Warner Bros. cartoons used to name “a loud-mouthed schnook.” Foghorn Leghorn as a “Habs” fan. What a joke!

  49. matmacat says:

    Hamrlik derserves nothing but our praises. When Markov went down, he took a major step up in his game. Minutes, PP. Yet another key element that brought us to the playoffs. Maybe he’s tired right now. He made two costly mistakes, but who hasn’t?

  50. Hockey Socks says:

    Wackozoid gives me a headache.

  51. habsoul says:

    You know the Stages of Grief? I have moved through all of them. From Anger to Denial to Acceptance to Watching Baseball.

    The Habs have played as well as they could against arguably the best team in the NHL. Time to lick the wounds and go back to the drawing board. 

  52. Bob Barker says:

    too much sodium. They’ll get dehydrated. What were you thinking? :p

  53. Batalla says:

    I have the solution!  Maybe it won’t work this year, but for sure next…

  54. topher5468 says:

    That WACKOZOID caller was GREAT. Now there is some emotion for ya

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  55. Norm0770 says:

    Would Markov for 30 and Subban for 30 work?

  56. avatar_58 says:



    Otherwise give up. Seriously. All or nothing,

  57. Tis Himself says:

    I’d send him out for Chinese for the boys between periods!

  58. Chuck says:

    Nah… you got to put him to good use. Have him lie across the goal mouth!


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  59. Tis Himself says:

    Or staple Hamrlik to the bench!

  60. Chuck says:

    Interesting analysis by Robert and Chris. Apparently the key to a Habs win would be to play Markov for 60 minutes per game.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  61. bigjames says:

    can i just say, as someone who lives so far away from montreal, is that a) i am first and foremost proud of how we have aquitted ourselves so far. yes i am pixxed off at hammer and MAB for the mistakes but there was some pretty good i mean excellent play from cammy, gomer and gio. many other players too. i think we could have been up 3-1 in this series if it were not for a few momentary metldowns. but the good teams don’t have those….

    b) i understand the frustration with pricer’s penalties and i hear the pro halak stats. all clear. my thing is that price is a bigger body and maybe better able to deal with the caps net crashing. i desperately want him to work out welll for us down the road.

    so i will be up saturday morning watching my team on the internet and cheering them all the way.

    22 years out of montreal and as devoted a habs fan as always!!

    GO HABS!

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