Audio: Penguins, Habs on eve of Game 2

HABS AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Brian Gionta | Roman Hamrlik | Marc-André Bergeron

PENGUINS AUDIO: Dan Bylsma | Sidney Crosby 1 and 2 | Matt Cooke | Craig Adams

The news of the day you should know:

• Andrei Markov is in Montreal being examined after suffering a lower body (right knee?) injury in Game 1. Head coach Jacques Martin says Markov is “out indefinitely.”
• With Marc-André Bergeron and P.K. Subban definitely in for Game 2, ailing Jaroslav Spacek still sidelined, either Mathieu Darche or Sergei Kostitsyn will be back in the lineup
• Pittsburgh centre Jordan Staal has had a “procedure” to repair a severed tendon in a foot, courtesy of meeting up with Subban’s skate. At first deemed to be out for the season, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said that is not the case and that Staal is day to day.


  1. Bill J says:

    I know eh ? lol

  2. Bill J says:

    Seems to me demigod was not talking about the Birthplace of the Hockey players.

    I’d rather see a Habs/Vancouver the Cup for Canada

    Seems clear enough to me demigod is referring to the country the Hockey TEAM is located in.

    No ?

    Of course by your logic, Canadians have never let go of the Cup, so why bother even mentioning it at all in the way you did ?

  3. Bill J says:

    100% agree!

  4. HabFanSince72 says:

    Bruins are the worst case scenario.


  5. HabFanSince72 says:

    They’re civilized?

  6. Bill J says:

    No, that’s a “not possible scenario”

    Just saying.

  7. g says:

    nice-i agree

    “Long before I ever wore the jersey, I wore the jersey.” Dryden

  8. Jbird says:

    For the record my comment below was not an admission on my part that I think Canucks Fans are not lame.  

  9. Jbird says:

    really?  I don’t see it.  I’ll wait a week for that stash to grow out a bit and go with B Movie Porn star.

  10. homerbowen says:

    Get over it he’s the best hockey player in the world. Why don’t you try and beat him at speed and skill. You sound like Brian Burke.

  11. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Ruslan Fedotenko

  12. HabFab says:

    25… bonuses are for players on their entry level contracts. It allows them to get paid over the league maximum of $850,000. Basically only top rookies would get it.

    Bonuses count against the team cap but teams are allowed to go over the cap by this amount ( bonus cushion). However if they do, that amount is deducted from their next season’s cap. So probably not a very good idea unless in an emergency.

  13. MontrealAtheist says:

    Well, the teams with the most Canadians in their rosters are Chicago (20 Canadiens) and Boston (19 Canadians) whereas Habs only have 15 and ‘Nucks 18.

    It would seem that a Hawks-Bruins final would be the “most Canadian” pairing with a total of 39 Canadian players in both rosters (excluding GMs and coaches).

    I don’t think we’ll have to worry about the Laffs securing the Cup for Canada anytime soon (certainly not in time for their 100 year anniversary in a couple of years).

  14. MontrealAtheist says:

    Well, the whole Pittsburgh team is playing much smarter than the Caps ever did in the previous series … Lot of people in front of goal, blocking the view of the goalie while the offence is moving around a lot.

  15. Rainrocket16 says:

    I finally figured out who Crosby looks like!! Andy Samberg from SNL!!


  16. Eliisa says:

    They are Canucks fans.

  17. Eliisa says:

    Let’s not discuss worst case scenarios.

  18. Rainrocket16 says:

    We gotta go at em hard tomorrow and HIT HIT HIT!!! make Crosby feel the boards, I swear if I see him circle the net untouched I am gonna throw my remote through the window!! Somebody cream that little dork already!! I know we are little but so is Dynamite…Cooke must pay!! 

  19. Rainrocket16 says:

    I doubt that worst he will have summer surgery and have to keep of it a while, which will slow his pre season and maybe even early season progression. At Worst!

  20. Jbird says:

    come on Castor.  Who is your connection.  

  21. Castor says:

    I have it from a “connection” that Markov is gone for the season and that it’s so bad he may be out up to and including a little bit of the next one

  22. Jbird says:

    Huh, I heard some air horns in New West right after the game.  Last year during the 2nd round series it was fairly nuts for BC, cars honking, people with flags on the streets and so on .  . . . .Maybe they are listening to Roberto and thinking “its just one game”

  23. Say Ash says:

    Walking around downtown Vancouver tonight, I can’t believe the lack of enthusiasm. Maybe they expect to cruise past Chicago. Maybe they expect to eventually fail. I don’t know. I didn’t hear one honking horn. Not one “whooo!” Nothing. What’s wrong with these people?

  24. MontrealAtheist says:

    I’m a Halak fan, too, but I would rather see Price in nets tomorrow for a few reasons:

    * The Pens have obviously adapted to Halak’s play based on the Caps videos, so putting in Price might swing the element of surprise to our favor.

    * Price hasn’t won a play-off game for some time (although he had some bad luck, having to inherit a 0-3 game during the Caps series and then carry the inevitable loss on his back), so statistically speaking he should record a win at some point, might as well be tomorrow.

    * A little rest always seems to help bring the best out of Halak and not only does he usually bounce back, he does so with a vengence.

    My main concern with Price is that he cannot afford to give up penalties against Pittsburgh like in his last game vs. the Caps. That means no shooting the puck onto Sidney’s butt when he scores. If Price wants to make his presence known, there is no better way of doing so than by stopping all shots.

  25. Jbird says:

    Thats the spirit!  Worst part about that would be NBC still airing games at two in the afternoon.  I wonder if they would show the Canadian Anthem without the American one being sung before the game?  The part about no one in the USA watching would make no difference to me!

  26. Jbird says:

    Hard to top what happened out here at the Oly’s – But that would.  Bedlam!

    I really do like their chances although the lack of experienced D could mean that The Canucks will go over 40 years without winning.  I say close but no call.  But they are great.

  27. MontrealAtheist says:

    Habs in 7 possibly 6.”

    Does this prediction come from your heart or your head? 🙂

  28. MontrealAtheist says:

    Why even bother wasting valuable cap space on Price? I think we’ve found our #1 goalie, so we might as well use our cap space wisely and use it on players with a higher return on investment.

  29. MontrealAtheist says:

    Why even bother wasting valuable cap space on Price? I think we’ve found our #1 goalie, so we might as well use our cap space wisely and use it on players with a higher return on investment.

  30. MontrealAtheist says:

    If the ‘Nucks were to face the Penguins in the finals I’d put my money on Pittsburgh anytime.

  31. gp52 says:

    PK is great . first he scores a goal, then he knocks Staal out of the series. 

  32. MontrealAtheist says:

    Never mind the ‘Nucks, I would love to see an Original 6 final between the Habs and the Wings, however as far as the Habs are concerned I’m afraid it would take a miracle to make it to the finals (a “real” miracle, not a “beat the Capitals” type of miracle). Tomorrow’s game should be interesting as we will see what type of “adjustments” JM had in store after evaluating game #1 and this may very well set the tone for the remainder of the series.

  33. MontrealAtheist says:

    I don’t see that happening anytime soon, even if they could find a way to sneak into the finals … In their present form, the Penguins are unbeatable and have to be considered the prime contenders for winning the Cup once again.

  34. Drive_For_25 says:

    Habs are not close to the cap next year and have 14 signed players.

    Check it out.


    Does anyone know how the bonus cushion works?  The Hawks get over 4 mill and we only have under 2.

  35. longtimehabsfan says:


  36. longtimehabsfan says:

    Wouldn’t that be interesting?  What would the conspiracy people have to complain about in such a series?

  37. Mad Habber says:

    lol, yeah, but I don’t think they should be avoided for that reason..

    I would sooner take my chances with him then Kabanov…(From what I’ve heard of the two players)

    Both DET, and PENS were cup finalist…where did Carolina pick? I can’t remember…

    EDIT: Okay, just looked it up, your right Carolina picked 27th…I always thought it was just to cup finalist that were effected by that…


  38. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I’m  so annoyed with Bettman and the NBC games that I would love to see a Vancouver/ Habs final with the Habs playing the trap to get there.

  39. andrewberkshire says:

    His points per game and goals per game averages in the playoffs put him in the upper echelon of the 2003 draft class.

  40. longtimehabsfan says:

    I’ve been watching them and I am very impressed.  The Kings were not an easy out.  The Canucks are going to be tough to beat.  The year the Habs fired Vigneault they were decimated by injuries and the Molsons had a fire sale with all their valuable veterans.  It was obvious he was a good coach then.  But mismanagement and impatience ruled the day.  And has since.

  41. DONJUAN says:

    I wathched 1st and 2nd bad nightmare for Hawks.  2 zip after 1st, 11 seconds into 2nd 3 zip. ewwwww

    In HABS we trust.

  42. avatar_58 says:

    I hope so, because I don’t want anyone left in the east to win it if (when?….) the habs are eliminated.

  43. SeriousFan09 says:

    If Luongo plays to his best, they can do this. Sedins are brilliant, Samuelsson’s become a giant this year, lot of good energy guys on their bottom 6 as well.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  44. longtimehabsfan says:

    What a year it would be for the city of Vancouver should they win the Cup.  The Olympics were special.  The Cup would make them wild.

  45. SeriousFan09 says:

    Drafting “Mr. Hockey” winners from Minnesota hasn’t exactly worked out for us in years past.

    Deeper you go in the playoffs, the farther back in the draft you go, DET and PIT selected 29th, 30th overall last year for that reason.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  46. Exit716 says:

    Andrei is dumber than a bag full of hammers.

    Biggest mistake of Timmins reign of error as scout.

    He’s had more than enough chances to prove himself.

    Time to move on.

    He’ll never get it in the NHL.

  47. avatar_58 says:

    I only started watching in the third…lol

  48. SeriousFan09 says:

    I can’t believe I thought the Hawks would take this to 7 games with Niemi versus Sedins in their career year. Canucks in 6, maybe…



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  49. andrewberkshire says:

    Niemi happened hahaha.

  50. andrewberkshire says:

    Sergei’s mistakes and bad tendencies are way overblown. He’s one of the better players on this team both offensively and defensively.

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