Emelin out for the season with torn knee ligament

The Canadiens delivered some bad news at practice Monday: defenceman Alexei Emelin is out for the rest of the season after suffering a torn ligament in his left knee as a result of a collision with Boston’s Milan Lucic during Saturday’s victory over the Bruins.

In 38 games this season, the 26-year-old defenceman posted 3-9-12 totals, 33 penalty minutes and was plus-2. He also leads the Canadiens in hits with 110 - 42 more than Brandon Prust, who ranks second with 68.

The Canadiens got more bad news at the end of practice when Max Pacioretty left early with a lower-body injury. He’s listed as day-to-day. 

Meanwhile, Rene Bourque, who has been sidelined by a concussion since Feb. 22, took to the ice with his teammates for practice in Brossard, skating on a line with Jeff Halpern and Travis Moen as the Canadiens prepared to face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN-HABS, RDS, TSN Radio 690). Bourque should be in the lineup Tuesday.

Defenceman Nathan Beaulieu, who was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs on the weekend, was on the ice for practice and will take Emelin’s spot in the lineup.

The other forward lines at practice were: Ryder-Plekanec-Gionta; Pacioretty-Desharnais-Gallagher; Galchenyuk-Eller-Prust.

Defence pairings were: Gorges-Subban; Markov-Drewiske; Beaulieu-Bouillon; Kaberle-Weber.

After practice, Raphael Diaz, who has been sidelined since Feb. 25 with a concussion, skated with strength and conditioning coach Pierre Allard.

The Canadiens will be facing a red-hot Ovechkin Tuesday night. Ovechkin scored twice in a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, giving him 16 goals in 14 games. He also pulled even with the Lightning’s Steven Stamkos for the NHL lead in goals with 25.

 Washington has won four straight and eight of its last 10 games.

(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)

989 Comments

  1. Danno says:

    The Capitals have shutout the Canadiens in their last three visits to the Bell Centre.

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  2. Habfan10912 says:

    I hope we see this years Bourque and not last years tonight. That will add a lot to our lineup.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I think it is always difficult for players coming off a concussion to just bounce back immediately. There has to be a degree of paranoia getting into the dirty areas. This is what I will be watching closest with him tonight. Obviously his conditioning will be off a bit, so I would expect short shifts from that 4th line.

      Mornin’ Jim, happy fishin’ bud!

  3. GAME DAY!

    So Ovi’s o a roll and has decided to start playing hockey again? Well I got a fix for that….a trip to the Bell.

    Not tonight Capitals fans, we aren’t the Lightning, Panthers, Jets, or Canes! You better bring your “A” game because your two week tear of the South is over!

    GO HABS GO

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    • Someone from management should have a talk with Jean”my gear has been over sized for years” Giguere and explain to him that losing is winning right now for his team. Frustrating for the goalie but last is best for his team. No one likes losing, but when you have absolutely no chance at the playoffs, just ride the waves into the draft.

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      • HabinBurlington says:

        I think we will see Greg Sherman ousted as GM this summer and Joe Sakic takes over as GM of that team.

        • Interesting for sure. But Colorado will be years away from anything until their defenseman mature and not even Joe can help them there. They have zero offensive D on their team right now. Seth Jones is step one, but they’ll have to find some UFA’s to fill in while Seth gets ready for the NHL.

          Seth Jones? Do you really take a defenseman first overall when you have three forwards so crazy offensively? You draft according to needs, but they have first pick.

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        • 24 Cups says:

          Colorado might want to re-think making Sakic their new GM, Gerald. Just because players such as Sakic, Yzerman, Messier and Roy were stars doesn’t mean they have the goods to be a great GM. Learning the ropes by way of old fashioned experience (at all levels of the game) is still the best solution.

          • HabinBurlington says:

            I agree, but that organization seems completely defunct of Leadership and I am guessing that they will somehow believe that Sakic can just step in and work miracles.

            I am not suggesting this is a wise move, but rather what I think out of desperation they will do.

          • Cal says:

            Patrick Roy ends the long wait for an NHL job by going back to Colorado?

          • 24 Cups says:

            That’s why I threw in his name, Cal! Colorado can have him!!!

            And to think that some posters on HI/O wanted Roy over Bergevin or Therrien.

  4. 24 Cups says:

    Here’s the view from Washington. Speaking of the Capital, you might want to check out the new series, House of Cards. Great stuff.

    http://www.japersrink.com/2013/4/9/4202890/capitals-canadiens-game-day-previews-ovechkin-est-l-homme

    • Clay says:

      A Kevin Spacey series? I’m sold! Thanks for pointing that out.

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      • 24 Cups says:

        The show’s producers filmed and released all 13 episodes for year one simultaneously. My wife and I are able to sit down and watch two or three episodes each night. Another nail in the coffin for network TV.

        • Clay says:

          Downloading it now. Will give it a look by the weekend for sure. Spacey is a great actor.

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    • frozengolf says:

      Does anyone know anything about this Alex Belzile? Does he belong to the Habs? I’ve neve heard of him.

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      • HabinBurlington says:

        Appears to be on loan from ECHL team to Hamilton. I don’t believe he has a contract with the Habs, but rather just the Bulldogs. Put up some nice numbers in Rimouski during his Q days.

  5. RetroMikey says:

    Hmmmm…interesting how Toronto is one of the hottest teams and everyone here is not complimenting their no skill, gritty, play.
    Carlyle must be doing something right there as Therrien as done in Montreal.
    If we were to lose a game and Boston win today, for example, we would be in 4th place and those (Maple Laffs as everyone calls them here) would be in 5th…a possible playoff match up.
    I’d be crapping bricks if we met them.
    That is one team I do not want to meet along with Boston, Ottawa and the Rangers.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • Loonie says:

      The Leafs play hard, that doesn’t set them apart.

      Their penalty killing has undergone dramatic improvement. Still not much to fear there.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Retro Mikey – everyone knows you’re a Leafs fan. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that”.

      • RetroMikey says:

        If you only saw my house HabFanSince72, you would eat your words of what you said.
        If you are ever in the Hamilton area, you are welcome to see my family room decorated in rouge, bleu et blanc and my vast collection of Les Canadiens memorabilia.
        I am a Habs fan and proud of it.
        If I am critical of the team, does that make me a sinner?

        “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Out of the 4 teams you mention, Ottawa would provide the easier match-up followed by Toronto. Boston and the Rangers have much better goal-tending so I’d be a bit more worried against them.

  6. 24 Cups says:

    I wonder if this guy has torn knee ligaments? What a candy-ass.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8lcEAHIRmQ&feature=player_embedded

  7. commandant says:

    All three games this week are facing teams still fighting for spots. Even Buffalo doesn’t believe they are dead yet (even though realistically they are).

    From that perspective, the Habs better be ready to play.

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  8. twocents says:

    Many here are saying the Rangers are playoff ready. I am sure this has much to do with their deadline acquisitions. Well, they are 4-4-2 in their last ten. They’ll be playoff ready when they start winning consistently. They’ve tried this sort of thing before and it hasn’ t panned out.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      They were quite impressive in crushing Penguins 6-1, but seem to have come back down to Earth. I’m trying to remember when the Habs last had a “laugher,” and if any of the boys have scored a hat-trick.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Watched the Leafs vs Rangers game last night, expecting to see a complete different Ranger team than we saw against Montreal recently. Seemed to be the same team, Ryan Clowe specifically looked very slow on the ice, and just when that Ranger team was getting back in the game the defense got caught with Kessel behind them. Making matters worse, King Henry had a bit of a rough game and was victim to Kessel fanning on a shot thus creating a rebound which Kessel buried.

      I am not saying this Ranger team can’t be a good team, but aside from Nash there wasn’t a very consistent offensive presence from this squad. The Ranger Defense without Marc Staal is not the same as last season.

  9. HabinBurlington says:

    Tonight the Habs face a team much like the Flyers last week, a team expected to be in the playoff race all season who are forced to have a strong finish to make the playoff party. They are playing desperate hockey or perhaps playoff hockey and are on a roll. It is imperative the team come out ready to play, as these points are huge, staying ahead of the Bruins not only will give the Habs home ice advantage but will keep the confidence up in this group that they can beat any team in the East this season.

    Hopefully Rene Bourque has a good game and feels comfortable on the ice. Looking forward to the game.

    Go Habs Go!

  10. Danno says:

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  11. HabFanSince72 says:

    Top downloads on amazon for the last 24 hours:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/movers-and-shakers/dmusic/digital-music-track/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_bsms

    6 of the top 9 are for ‘ding-dong the witch is dead’ from the Wizard of Oz.

    Elvis Costello and Morrissey sneaked into the top 15 too.

  12. vancouverite says:

    Is it just me or would it be IDEAL for the Bruins and Laughs to end up where they are right now (4th & 5th seed) that way they goon each other up, and at least we are assured that one of our two rivals will be out after the first round.
    On another note, I do not really understand the Beaulieu callup. I understand that he may be a bit more ‘nhl ready’ than Tinordi, but if we are looking to replace a shut-down d-man like Emelin, Tinordi is a better candidate. Also, is Kaberle THAT bad ?? I thought he was our 7th d-man, maybe he should be given another chance ?

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      What are you doing up, Vancouverite?! (8 hours between us? GMT-Pacific?)

      As in my post below, I don’t think we should take the Leafs lightly (or anyone, if there’s any truth to the whole “playoffs in another season” thing). So, as you suggest, let the big bodies negate each other in R1. At the same time, we have to be able to beat any team that fate gives us.

      As someone posted yesterday, Tinordi is still only tall-big, not beef-big, which may be why Beaulieu (who’s neither) got the first call-up, owing to his offensive upside (and overall appearance of comfort in his NHL appearances).

      It sound like Kaberle just won’t play, for cap/injury reasons, even if the entire defence corps is wiped out with winter vomiting bug!

      Go back to bed and catch some zeds!

      • vancouverite says:

        Good point(s)
        (I’m in Europe at the moment which is why im posting at crazy hours!)
        Your take on Tinordi/Kaberle makes sense. Also, it seems that when Diaz returns, he can just jump into Beaulieu’s spot. They play a similar style of hockey so that should make the transition easier, and then we can keep Beaulieu as a 7th D in case (god forbid) another D-man goes down.

  13. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Good morning all.

    Only saw the highlights, but there needs to be some accommodation somewhere within HIO’s traditional rivalry sentiment and rhetoric for the fact that the Leafs are very much in playoff mode, as are the Rangers whom they beat in what seemed to be a tight game.

    Boston, on the other hand, were pushing an open door against the Hurricanes who looked dreadful.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Mornin’ Dun. Leafs have looked competitive all season. Wish Habs had picked up McClement, good player, and “cheap” signing. Glad Rangers look like mere mortals once again.

      In the pre-season, Habs were predicted to finish 12th, Leafs 11th, and Hurricanes were pegged as a playoff team (can’t recall exact position) by The Hockey News. For this season anyway, nice to see the unpredictability of the NHL. Cheers.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Salut, Guy.
        I wonder how much allowance we should make for The Hockey News’s woeful forecasting on the basis that the shortened season has created all kinds of unusual dynamics?

    • deuce6 says:

      Lundqvist looked horrible in that game..

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  14. Timo says:

    You people all asleep?

    • Habilis says:

      Busy doing math. It takes me a while. ;)

      The Habs sit at 55 points. There are only 3 remaining teams outside the top 8 capable of reaching 56 points (Devils, Jets, Sabres).

      If the Habs win tomorrow night, only the Devils (58 points if they win out) will be able to catch them, and that’s only if the Devils win every game and the Habs lose every game in regulation.

      The Devils play the Bruins on Wednesday.

      If we do beat the Caps, do we cheer for a Bruins win and a Habs clinch? Or do we cheer for a Devils win because it’s the freakin Bruins?

      Duh. Go Devils.

      • blu3chip says:

        We have to beat the Pens or Bruins in the final standing, otherwise we will likely face Leafs in the first round. We will clinch sooner or later, so f the goons.

        I know a lot of people here don’t mind facing Leafs, but I have a bad feeling about it… maybe because I’m in Toronto… my life will be miserable if they beat us in a series…

        • vancouverite says:

          I agree. In a series with that much emotion, anything can happen. And they will fight hard, since they’ve been waiting to make the playoffs for…ever. On the other hand, they don’t have that many players with playoff experience, so that would work in our favour.
          I hope things stay like they are today:
          PIT vs. NYI
          MTL vs. NYR
          WSH vs. OTT
          BOS vs. TOR

        • habsguy says:

          I agree, I also live in T.O, if we ever lose to the laffs I wont be able to leave the house !!!!

      • Andy and the habs says:

        New Jersey, as long as Bruins keep loosing and we win more games. All those teams you mentioned are out of reach of the Canadiens. F%#€ the math, time to plan for playoffs.

    • shrack says:

      Oops, nevermind.

  15. Timo says:

    Laffs and Bruins win. Habs lose Emelin. Man, that sucks donkey balls.

    • HabFan in Edmonton says:

      Plus Calgary beats Colorado in a big 4 point game. The Flames could have been dead last if they lost. An ugly night all around.

      • B says:

        Colorado has now opened up a 3 point lead on Calgary in the race for the first draft pick. Having only won 1 of their last time, the Avs are making a serious run at it. Carolina is also making a late charge, but they still have 5 points to make up on Colorado. Florida is also in the mix, but they have been going in the wrong direction lately. It’s going to be a tight race for that pick!

        –Go Habs Go!–

  16. Sportfan says:

    Well I’m excited for the Caps game tomorrow should be an interesting one! Night all!

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  17. Un Canadien errant says:

    This cartoon from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is kind of relevant to some of the feuds we have here at HIO.

    NOTE: Contains some mature language.

    http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2939#comic

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    • Clay says:

      SMBC is one of my favourite strips – along with Calvin and Hobbes.

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  18. Iceberg84 says:

    Not sure if this has already been posted but a friend of mine sent me this and it’s pretty hilarious. Someone played around with footage from the last minute of the game against the Bruins on Saturday with entertaining results: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjY31kGVkVQ

  19. habs001 says:

    Looking like that the Leafs will play Boston/Habs first round

  20. habfaninyyc says:

    ProHockeyTalk is saying Pacioretty’s listed day to day with lower body injury; he looked ok Sat. Nite, anybody heard anything??

  21. Boomer says:

    For anyone living in Mississauga, your Steelheads drafted one HECK of prospect in Sean Day. I’ve never said this about anyone…watching that kid skate is a true thing of beauty! it’s unbelievable for a 15 year old

  22. Storman says:

    NCAA National Championship update ,, Michigan’s 5’11 guard Spike Albrecht 5 for 5 from 3 point range and 17points in the first 15 minutes , he averaged 1.5 points a game all season..

  23. otter649 says:

    Hard to believe Julian Lennon is 50 years old today……

  24. habstrinifan says:

    Did anyone see AOvechkin empty netter where the Tampa guy tried to trip OV from the bench. The referee saw it and was calling a penalty.

    Silly question maybe but would the referee just have awarded a goal or OV would have had to go against the empty net again.. if the Tampa player had indeed tripped OV.

  25. Danno says:

    Laffs win

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  26. habstrinifan says:

    After the injury to Ware, I am staging my own insignificant protest and not watching the NCAA final. The money the NCAA makes off these athletEs anD the fact that coaches and athletic directors etc are making salaries of over millions of dollars and these athletes can’t get even a laptop from a benefactor.

    NCAA….. crooks!

    • Storman says:

      A few years back my brother was coaching a CIS school they played Illinois in a pre-seasom exhibition game, we went out for dinner with the then head coach of Illinois Bruce Weber, he was making well in excess of a Million dollars at the time, my brother’s CIS university salary hovered in the 65k range after making bonuses running clinics and camps..Parents from the Illinois team including Michael Jordan as his son was on the Illinois team were excited to get a chance to see their kids play from pretty much right on top of the court as opposed to arenas in the NCAA.. But you are right the system is so stupid, these guys are making millions on the back of the student athlete..

      Good on ya but i have to watch National Championship..

  27. Storman says:

    Looks like Rangers have another Gomez type contract in Brad Richards

  28. jols101 says:

    Nash is so much fun to watch. Magical hands. Can stick handle in a phone booth.

    Galchenyuk in a couple of years?

  29. Danno says:

    King Henrik sits on a shaky throne tonight

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  30. HabinBurlington says:

    Rangers are a mess in their own zone.

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  32. HabinBurlington says:

    Wow, Clowe had open cage, but Reimer stopped him.

  33. gumper says:

    When Grabovski was traded to the Leafs I was on the Marten River fishing with all my Maple Leaf fan buddies. They didn’t know him from Adam, of course, being Leaf-centric. I described him as having a great set of wheels, but a real head case. In retrospect, I think I nailed it.

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

  34. gumper says:

    Don’t like to see T’ranna win, but there would be some consolation in seeing the Rags bumped out of the playoffs. Some small retribution of Gomez?

    The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
    Mark Twain

    • Lafleurguy says:

      I think it was because he was left off the list of players to even be given a chance to try out for Canada’s entry to the ’87 Canada Cup (Gretzky to Lemieux, 6-5 over the U.S.S.R. at Copp’s), but I can picture Blackhawk Denis Savard standing in front of the Oilers’ bench taunting Sather. Anyway, dislike Sather, even when he briefly played for the Habs. Detested the ’94 Stanley Cup champs, and the embellishment of Messier’s leadership. So, sorry, buds, but this is one team I dislike more than the Leafs.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  35. Sportfan says:

    Carolina will regret the Semin contract in a few years and our GM has a brain so we won’t be taking it.

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    • Lafleurguy says:

      Rutherford seems to have lost his senses. Not a ton of individual success (Semin) combined with a lack of team success so no why the rush for a huge contract?

      “May you live in interesting times.”

  36. Storman says:

    Carolina Hurricane Roster update Justin Faulk in Semin out with no Stall

  37. 306Hab says:

    Regarding the Emelin injury, if Lucic doesn’t lift his front knee to brace for impact, then Emelin doesn’t get injured.

    Regarding the Markov & Drewiske pairing, I hope that’s only for practice cause Drewiskie has looked like crap in the d zone so far, and Markie ain’t what he used to be.

    Hope Tinordi gets called up to swap out with Drewiskie if needed.

  38. L Elle says:

    The biggest issue for the Rangers vs Habs in the playoffs, is The King’s phobia of playing at the Bell Centre. He hasn’t won a game here or even played a game here since forever. Yes, things can change, but even Ranger fans don’t believe they have a chance against our team. Talk about being in their heads.

  39. habitantpeasoup says:

    Milan Lucic is a cheap shot artist..

    SHOOT THE F’Kn PUCK!!!!

    • gumper says:

      Honestly, have watched the knee-on-knee several times and have a lot of difficulty discerning any sort of deliberateness to the contact. Hate Lucic, but just can’t see it.

      The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
      Mark Twain

    • steste11 says:

      He is a dirty player, but this was a clean play! Unfortunate fall and twist of the knee that’s all… Could be a blessing in disguise though, lets hope we see the emergence of another great Habs dman in Beaulieu!

      P.K 2013 Norris Trophy Winner

    • 306Hab says:

      Bottom line: Lucic and Chara don’t give a shit who they hurt on The Habs.

  40. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Jeez, it looks like the new Rangers finally noticed their new coach….

  41. jedimyrmidon says:

    Leafs: 16 shots on goal, 3 goals; 19 shots against, 1 goal against

    That happens almost every game.

  42. Mavid says:

    a shorty 5-1

  43. HUDSONHAB says:

    This debate may have already been beat to death on this sight but I am wondering why Beaulieu over Tinordi?

    Is Beaulieu just more ready overall or is MT and MB looking for more offence from the D?
    ….Hab4life….

    • Habfan10912 says:

      I suspect they feel Beaulieu is more ready. He is a much better skater then Tinordi so his skill set may be what they like better at this time. I still think they both will be very good NHL dman soon.

    • gumper says:

      Also, he’s the only left-handed shooter amongst defensive call-up possibilities. Emelin shoots left.

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  44. frontenac1 says:

    5-0 Bruins in 2nd. This is pathetic. Time for a bench clearing brawl.

  45. Mavid says:

    the women are kicken ass..and takin names 4-0 halfway through the second..

  46. Mattyleg says:

    Horrible giveaway by Grabs leads to a NYR goal.
    Everyone who was yapping away with “Why on Earth did we get rid of such a quality player? He’s my favourite player ever!” last season will note that he’s almost always in Carlysle’s bad books.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  47. jedimyrmidon says:

    O’Byrne scores for the Leafs…

    Reimer sprawled out on the ground – no idea where the puck is – makes a save because the puck is shot right into his pads. Can’t tell you how many times he has made a save like this.

    Edit: It doesn’t seem like CP makes saves like that. Pucks seem to always find their way over his pads. That’s what makes the Leafs dangerous. Things like that rarely seem to happen to them.

  48. zorro says:

    As if Ryan O’byrne scores in his first game as a Leaf

  49. habsfan0 says:

    O’Byrne likes scoring when New York teams are involved.

  50. drivefor25ormore says:

    Ok, I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but go to the TSN website and look at the video entitled “big hole to fill”, at 8 seconds in, on the 2nd angle, you see Lucic kneeing Emelin as the hit is made. It happens so fast, I can understand why not a lot of us have seen it.
    Now, I remember someone on L’antichambre saying a while back that this little move is coached in Boston. I know what I saw, did you see it too?

    Leo

  51. Mattyleg says:

    O’Byrne just scored.
    On the oppostion!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  52. doogie says:

    Other than Tiger, Rory and Phil, any Masters predictions? Back to hockey, why is Tortarella still employed?

  53. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay, watching Leafs Rangers and the Rangers don’t look much different from a few weeks ago. Clowe looks pretty slow out there to me, trying to watch him closely to see what we missed out on.

    • Mattyleg says:

      He looked slow as molasses in all the clips I saw of him pre-trade.
      Couldn’t figure out what everyone saw in him.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

  54. Small_Town_Boy says:

    @wjc

    Knock off the crap ok! Drydens GAA for his first 4 yrs of playoff hockey were less than stellar. No need for your Shate ok!

  55. smiler2729 says:

    Why does this season feel so different? Is it Bergy & Co.? Is it MT? Is it the new blood? It sure feels like a Cup year so far… just sayin’

    PS. Anybody want in for Yahoo Head to Head baseball?
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  56. petefleet says:

    Emelin plays big minutes and takes a lot of heat off of his team mates because of his physicality. The Habs are going to miss him. Interestingly, Beaulieu is the call up not Tinordi. For my money, I would have called up Tinordi because he has more of what Emelin has in his skill set. Maybe MT is giving each 5 games to show their stuff. And on a positive note, Drewiske has played well of late.

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  57. Danno says:

    ME WANT PLAYOFFS!

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  58. frontenac1 says:

    Jeesh! Canes outshoot Bruins 18-9 and Bruins are up 3-0. Rat Boy with 2.

  59. Strummer says:

    Grabovski’s output this year makes Gionta’s salary look like a bargain

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  60. Habfan10912 says:

    Poor Kurt. The Canes are a mess.

  61. Lafleurguy says:

    Wouldn`t mind seeing Leafs take down the Blueshirts, just to put some doubt into Torts` headspace. He may force the new guys to play a trap.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      The only time I can root for the Leafs is when they play the Bruins.

      • shootdapuck says:

        So true!

        Mere thought leaves a bad taste!

        =================================================
        The cranial flatulence of PJ Stock:

        “On peut play cette game tres simplement”
        “Le game est tous de hard work”
        ” I have a pet peeve”

  62. HabinBurlington says:

    Micahael Grange with another article relating to Dr. Randy Carlyle and the Leafs way of dealing with Upper BOdy Injuries….
    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/grange-on-leafs-tuning-out-the-c-word/

  63. Storman says:

    Maybe Alexie Yashin finally grew a pair (an upper body pair) and is now playing for the Russian Women

  64. Strummer says:

    Et le but- Tyler Bozak

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    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  65. Maksimir says:

    Greeeatt… Bos 2-0 over Carolina… the Semin-less Carolina…

  66. frontenac1 says:

    TU-74 will be missed for sure but The Lads will step up ,bet on it.. That’s who they are this year amigos!

  67. D Mex says:

    The Order of Hockey in Canada.
    Messier’s acceptance speech / very cool :
    > http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/video/mark-messiers-tearful-order-hockey-210000271.html

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  68. Storman says:

    Alexie Yashin back in Ottawa,,,,,,,,
    But as GM of the Russian Women Hockey team or as they say in Russian the GM is Great Master of Russian Women

    • Strummer says:

      Ageing Super models beware!

      ______________________________________________________
      “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      “GM of the Russian Women Hockey team”…that could be a good gig if they look like the tennis players…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  69. HabinBurlington says:

    So are we cheering for the Rangers tonight versus the Leafs right?

    Edit: Ryan O’Byrne making his Leaf debut tonight, so far a clean sheet for him Rangers haven’t been credited with a goal and all women in the Platinum Club seats still have their Gucci’s.


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