Audio: Habs on eve of another do-or-die

Canadiens centre Scott Gomez heads for his Philadelphia hotel Sunday afternoon. The Habs take on the Flyers Monday night in the sixth sudden-death game Montreal has played this postseason.
Phil Carpenter, Gazette

The Canadiens have arrived in Philadelphia, where Game 5 against the Flyers awaits tomorrow night.

The club and the NHL made the head coach and a few players available to journalists – all five of us who went to their hotel for the occasion.

Here they are:

Jacques Martin
Scott Gomez
Roman Hamrlik
Jaroslav Spacek (wins bet on worlds with Andrei Markov)


  1. habstrinifan says:

    I shall endeavour to be as positive as you today. Thank You!


    Endeavouring is hard! Especially after reading Todd’s column which stings with reality.


    But I am endeavouring!

  2. Psycho29 says:

    Even better!

  3. nightmare_49 says:


  4. MontrealAtheist says:

    Let’s keep in mind that winning on Monday would assure us of at least another 1-2 million in the team’s bank account which we could certainly put into good use going forward. Just one more reason to keep going …

    GO HABS GO !!!

  5. MontrealAtheist says:

    Amen to that. No more volatile Russians please.

  6. FSUPhi1584 says:

    Seems BGL is a little chubby and out of shape. I wonder if he played like that?

  7. pmaraw says:







  8. Habsone says:

    I’m scared!  I think we can do it!!  Go Habs Go!!!

  9. bigjames says:

    as a very far out of town habs fan, i agree and repeat my pride in our squad this playoffs. it has been a tremendous ride for me and for the team. i will be cheering them on tuesday morning (my time). they can do it! GO HABS!!

  10. MontrealAtheist says:

    We were being outcoached as well … JM pulled a Boudreau on us by not making any adjustments at all prior to game #4 (even though it was clear that Carter would be back from injury) and by not calling any timeouts to give the team some new impulses. That 2nd period on Saturday was just brutal and probably the worst single period of the entire playoffs.

  11. HUDSONHAB says:

    Rationally I agree that we have gotten more than could have been expected. The sad part is that there a jerks out there that will gloat and say ” I told you the Habs were too small to win in the playoffs” To which I say it’s not the small players that haven’t been doing the job, it’s the bigger players with small hearts that haven’t gone the extra mile.

     I hope it’s a good game Monday and I can say that every one on the Habs gave it their all.


  12. MontrealAtheist says:

    Apparently Boston would have been easy as well and had they made it into the conference finals we would have swept them in 4 already.

  13. MontrealAtheist says:

    What happened 5 weeks history is history much like our 24 cup wins … It’s always the current series that matters.

  14. HardHabits says:

    Size doesn’t matter as much as training, skill and technique.

    Former NHL fighter Laraque no match for UFC champ St-Pierre


  15. BKAK72 says:

    SHARKS lose in 4 straight, HABS beat CAPS and PENS. This is one messed up season, can’t say enough about the value of “heart” I’m so proud of our team! — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  16. habsfan321 says:

    Because San Jose would have been easy?

  17. Caballero says:

    Your email has prepared me for any outcome really. I never thought how huge this must be for out of town Habs fans. Awesome! In fact while I was shaving yesterday I thought it would be amazing to have a parade this year for the Habs whether we win anything or not because I for one want to show my appreciation for what this team has accomplished.

  18. JF says:

    In three of the four games, the Flyers’ defence has done a very good job of keeping us to the outside.  The first two games we outshot them badly, but most of our shots were from the outside.  We made life easy for Leighton.  Yes, he has three shutouts, but he hasn’t had to do much for them.  Most of the saves have been routine.  The first game we basically didn’t show up.  Next game was a lot better, but we were not intense enough.  Also, those two games our penalty kill was atrocious.  The Flyers were 4-for-10 on the powerplay, with two more goals coming immediately after the end of a powerplay. 

    The third game was perhaps our best of the playoffs.  We looked a lot faster than the Flyers, who played  poorly on defence.  We were able to get behind their D easily and generate a lot of quality scoring chances.  With traffic around his net, Leighton looked very ordinary.  We started Game four pretty well, although we were not finding nearly as much space as in Game three; but Bergeron took a penalty halfway through the first period, and from that point we just seemed to lose our rhythm and never found it again.  Passes were off the mark, too long or in the skates; we did little but clear our zone, dump the puck in and go off for a change.  We had 1 shot on goal in the second period, while the Flyers scored two goals, one when Gorges had a skate problem, the second after Subban turned over the puck.

    I don’t think size or toughness have been the issues some thought they would be this series.  The Flyers haven’t played dirty; they’ve just forced us to play the kind of game we have the most trouble with.  As for goaltending, Halak wasn’t great in the first two games, but seemed in Game three to regain the superb form he showed in the earlier two series.  With three shutouts, Leighton obviously has a better save percentage in the series, but I’m convinced that if we get traffic around him and get him moving from side to side, we’ll score a lot of goals.  He has trouble with rebounds; we’re just never there to pounce on them.  And he doesn’t seem to move very well.

  19. ABHabsfan says:

    Dear fellow Hab fans,

    Before we all cut apart this year’s team again for being too small, underachieving (some players only), over-paid, poorly coached and over-hyped, please look back over the last 6 weeks and be thankful for the hockey we have been able to see. No one of us, even the most blindly optimistic could have thought that game 5 in the conference finals was on our horizon this year or even in the next few years. It has been (and still is) especially fun for those of us who do not live in a predominantly Habs market ’cause we get to gloat over all our buddies who make fun of our team all year, now they have not seen their team play in weeks and the Habs are still alive.

    We have seen the coming-out of our world-class goalie, the pure scoring ability of Cammy (he will get 50 next year if healthy). We have finally discovered why Gill was signed and Spacek as well. They are play-off players. We have players who play above the diminutive stature to turn so-called Norris, Selke and Hart candidates into long-ball hitters and men’s night sandbaggers. The leadership and tactical abilities of soon-to-be-head-coach-somewhere Kirk Muller. The emergence and sneak-peek at our next great star, Pernell Karl Subban.

    What a wonderful and unexpected spring we are having, thanks to this team and the guys who run it. I, for one never thought we would be watching the Habs on May 2-4. Yet here we are. Not ready to give it up yet, I friggin’ hate the Flyers so let’s see a win boys!

    Play-offs 2010, is exactly why we are Habs fans. Cheer for another team and you will never understand.

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    LOL, nice.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  21. HugeHabsFan says:

    Totally agree SF.  Pretty funny.

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE. Cammalleri: “I almost feel bad for a guy who plays an NHL career without experiencing what it’s like to be a Montreal Canadien”.

  22. HugeHabsFan says:

    So proud of our boys!! 

    Now I just need my Habs to put it away and it will be the ultimate season as a Spits and Habs Fan!!


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


    Cammalleri: “I almost feel bad for a guy who plays an NHL career without experiencing what it’s like to be a Montreal Canadien”.

  23. HugeHabsFan says:

    I’m loving reading this optimism!  I’m with you guys – I still believe and know they can DO THIS!!

    HABS IN 7!!!


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


    Cammalleri: “I almost feel bad for a guy who plays an NHL career without experiencing what it’s like to be a Montreal Canadien”.

  24. Danno says:

    After 100 games there’s just us, Philly and Chicago.

    I say we have seven wins left in us.

    Go Habs Go.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  25. HugeHabsFan says:

    ** LIKE!! **


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


    Cammalleri: “I almost feel bad for a guy who plays an NHL career without experiencing what it’s like to be a Montreal Canadien”.

  26. Caballero says:

    I hope we win at least another game. I don’t want us to go out like this. This team is just an enigma to me. Is it possible the team is discouraged about their chances against the Hawks subconsciously?

  27. Exit716 says:

    I can’t see Philly winning another game.


  28. Danno says:

    Say it loud and say it proud. Habs in seven.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  29. 4loorplay says:

    Why do the flyers all wear ties…..To keep the foreskin down.

  30. krob1000 says:

    just went to myrtle beach for 9 days….had a great time with the fam but saw one period of hockey….and it was game 1 …ughhh! I have beenreading the last hour and a half on here to get caught up on things.  I have talked to a few peoiple as well who say that Pronger is killing us…taking away half the ice and that it appears we are consciously attempting to stay away from him….also been told the Ville Leino’s and Claude Giroux’s being better than the POuliot’s and Sk’s (heard he got to play but based on what I read on here it wasn’t really much of a chance and he didn’t seem to really care?)…….and I also see there is no goaltending controversy…….now that Michael Leighton is gone does it really matter who plays? PRice…Halak…they are not Michael Leighton?  seriously what have I missed? how has this guy shut us out 3 times? someone briefly summarize what the hell has happened….getting bullied, out goaltended…just outplayed…..just give me the damn lowdown…..the US was great but they have no idea what they are missing down there……they gather around the tv to watch regular season baseball…..I watch my fair share too…it is great background noise and every once in a while you watch it for a few minutes…..

  31. Rainrocket16 says:

    On the eve of another possible elimination let me entertain you all with this.

     What do you have when a Flyer is buried up to his neck in sand?

    … Not enough sand.

    Kick some Broad Street ARSE!!!

    This is for my Alaskan Assassin, may he find his ways!

  32. Say Ash says:

    The real final was the original-six semi against Boston.

  33. 76Habs says:

    Wonder how well Michael F. Leighton is going to sleep tonight?

  34. Dintrox says:

    it was habs won.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  35. Dintrox says:

    it was habs won.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  36. Danno says:

    Final three. But who’s counting eh?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  37. lenny says:

    sitting here in my hotel room in atlanta trying to map out my trip to birmingham alabama, making sure I find a hotel with good internet access or VERSUS so I donty miss the HABS win tommorrow night. I believe in this team and they will play again wednesday in Montreal

  38. Mr_MacDougall says:


  39. dudurules says:

    much more nervous about this 3-1 down over Washington…

  40. christophor says:

    one listen to Fix You made me optimistic again.

    nice ‘stache, mr. stubbs. i like it.

  41. Psycho29 says:

    I think we all need happy, positive thoughts tonight, so remember this Habs’ fans:

    Since the Toronto Maple Leafs played their last game on April 10th, Les Canadiens are still alive in the FINAL

    FOUR, and have been playing hockey 44 days since the season ended…….

    Go Habs Go….Let’s beat them in their own barn (LITERALLY) tomorrow and come home and kick a$$ !!!


  42. says:

    Thought of the Night

    I hope the Canadiens in the off season do us proud and buy Canadian!


    They Call Me Shane

  43. habstrinifan says:

    Thanks for posting info. Red the Spectator’s column. Boy do I wish G Bouche ris up here next year.

    Regardless of hwat happens this playoffs for us.. our future IS NOT with JM… least not a fun future.


  44. SeriousFan09 says:

    I still chuckle when I hear Wheat Kings sometimes, sounds like an over-50 men’s league team of farmers.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  45. mrhabby says:

    congrats to hawks for advancing to cup final. a well balanced, well coached team with lots of star power, big mobile defence , speedy and skilled. kind how i want the habs to be..

    toews could have a great year..possible conn smythe winner, cup winner and olympic gold medalist…wow.

    a habs VS hawks final would be unreal..

  46. Kristopher7 says:



  47. Tis Himself says:

    Man, Windsor is turning the Wheat Kings into flour!

  48. Tis Himself says:

    They need to get to Leighton early and often. They can do it, but it will require no passengers. (Read Pouliot, et al.) And, JM can’t dress any guys that will get less ice time than the beer vendors.

  49. punkster says:

    Good thing they’re in Philly then.

    You and I both know it won’t be a matter of luck tomorrow. If they play their best, the way we’ve seen them play a few times during the post season, they may just bring it back home. If not I just hope they put it all out there and make a game of it. Show some heart. Show some nads.


  50. Tis Himself says:

    This team couldn’t get lucky in Times Square with a roll of $100 bills and their pants at their ankles.

  51. slapshot777 says:

    Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t the last original six matchup for the Cup back in 1979 between the Habs and the Rangers. 


    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  52. nightmare_49 says:

       Around the NHL:

       Volchenkov – Puts Ottawa house up for sale with talk of $5M salary awaiting looming free agent


       Is Volchenkov Headed To Washington?

       Around the AHL:

       Bulldogs shutout Texas 

       By Garry McKay


  53. punkster says:

    Restraint Mike…restraint.


  54. punkster says:

    That’s the spirit Don. Another game 7, another chance.


  55. Dintrox says:

    ditto my friend. the series goes to seven and the Habs move on to an Original Six Final with Chicago. The last original six final occurred when I was 9.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  56. W35T5ID3 says:

    I still think we will win game 5 ….game 6 and game 7 and i still think we are gonna win the cup.I f***ing believe.

  57. TripleX says:

    Chicago was down 2-0 at home in front of a boisterous and expectant crowd.  They showed little panic and continued to work hard and play aggressive and were rewarded.  Hope the Habs were watching.  Giving up the first goal does not have to mean giving up.


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

  58. HabFanSince72 says:

    But no thanks to him.

  59. habs-hampton says:

    I think it will be 3rd time lucky for Hossa.

  60. habs-hampton says:

    I like that one.

    Didn’t Bob try to get him last year or last summer? I thought I remember something about that. I love that guy! (Although I hope I get a chance to hate him next week.). Wouldn’t he look good parked in Leightons face, with Subban blasting one from the point!

  61. 100HABS says:

    Well it is now clear that the StanleyCup will return to the East. Chicago is representing the West and Hossa is on that team.

    As we all know, Hossa often makes the finals, but never wins the cup.

  62. Dintrox says:

    thanks to Buffy the Shark slayer.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  63. habs-hampton says:

    Sharks are gone.

    We made the final 3. (Sounds like Survivor Bettman).

    C’mon boys. I know there’s one more comeback in ya.

  64. Dintrox says:

    There will be a game at the Bell Centre on wednesday. Go Habs Go!!

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

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