Canadiens fans pumped for Game 2

Gazette photographer John Mahoney found Canadiens fans Donovan D’Amboise, Danielle Schlosser and Jeff McLean tailgating outside Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. after the trio drove four hours from St. Catharines, Ont. to attend the Habs playoff game against the Penguins on Sunday. D’Amboise is a daily reader of Habs Inside/Out. Photo is below:

Habs fever in Pittsburgh:


  1. otter649 says:

    You make a lot of sense call someone numbnuts – And then you assume where they got their beer……….

  2. Habsfan39 says:

    It was Ex from the duty free… queenston-lewiston bridge though… not peace bridge

    what an amazing day


  3. Sphinc says:

    No they don’t have Export in Pittsburgh numbnuts, they got it fom Peace Bridge Duty Free I’m assumming.

  4. Mtll14 says:

    I think we should get Gill to crank Crosby, and Malkin.  Atleast that’s my game plan.

  5. Mtll14 says:

    I think we should get Gill to crank Crosby, and Malkin.  Atleast that’s my game plan.

  6. adam76 says:

    we have heads up poker on our NBC affiliate.


    How sad is it – hat most of us would rather watch the American feed over the CBC?

  7. pmaraw says:

    I love CBC’s (crosby broadcasting company) pre-game show, Jeopardy.

  8. pmaraw says:

    heh if I put my bracketed version of NBC….  I’ll stick to crosby broadcasting channel

  9. Ian Cobb says:

    The Cherry clown!

  10. Dintrox says:

    Be Loud and Proud! Fans of the CH will go anywhere even ugly old Mellon Arena.

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

  11. adam76 says:

    We had it in NS – about 10 years ago.  Miss it.

  12. Dintrox says:

    They sell Molson Ex in Pittsburgh? Heck I live in BC and the stuff isn’t in the BC Liquor Stores.

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

  13. Ian Cobb says:

    Peel to ref on NBC

    Tim Peel use to ref in the OHL and he only sees the game his way. I have seen many good games from him, but when he is bad he is very bad.

    He is one that refs the score at times. Makes cheep calls on teams that he has had a hard time controlling.

    Worse thing you could do is show him up, he thinks he is the show!

  14. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    appreciate the input Ian – but it would be best if you communicate that to the habs room in the Mellon.

    hopefully Muller or someone is checking HIO for some last minute advice. :-) :-) :-)

    by the way, you’ll love Louis Leblanc when he arrives.

    I’ve seen him play several times here locally.

    My son actually practiced a little with him 2 summers ago.

    Louis is the hardest worker and the smartest player on the ice – everywhere he plays.

    he has great speed and tenacity, and he does  not shy away from the rough stuff, anything to help his team.

    he plays 3 zones equally hard, and could easily start off as a # 3 center and then move up to #1 or #2.

    he will wear a letter on his habs jersey someday.

    enjoy the game!!


  15. habs-hampton says:

    He’s from my town, and we’re all proud of him, but I cringe when I hear he’s doing a Habs game. Good referees are rarely noticed, but He always seems to get noticed…


  16. WestHab says:

    Is the CBC ref better?

  17. gerrymjrb says:

    CBC should wake up to the fact that Habs nation is quite large, even reaching its tentacles into St Catharines Ontario: OH MY!  TSN had its highest playoff ratings ever for the Washington series. Its NOT all about the LEAFS. I noticed that Brian Burke’s name got mentioned in game 1 of CBC’s coverage of series vs Pittsburgh. Thats what I expect….and Don Cherry blaming Markov’s injury on Markov. Too bad TSN couldn’t keep the team for the entire playoffs. At least they have a couple of announcers that don’t mind Montreal. LOL

  18. jkirk says:

    Unfortunately for all of us the Torontarian bias in the ‘national’ media was also evident on CTV: the night we beat Washington, the CTV news devoted ten seconds to the story – then followed it with a two-minute story about how the Fifa World Cup trophy was in Toronto – its only Canadian stop – on a tour around the world.

  19. Ian Cobb says:


    English CBC is all controlled in Toronto. Garbage town, I mean cabbage town.

  20. The Kid says:

    To be honest, I think it’s a good thing CBC is continually screwing up (Loss of HNIC song, Loss of Olympics coverage, Broadcasters being senile old farts older than the game itself). Their production quality pales in comparison to TSN and its just a matter of time before the juggernaut that is CTVGlobemedia achieves a monopoly over the industry and puts CBC sports out of business… and you know what, they’ll have brought it on themselves.

  21. Fairfax says:

    Ummm… not everybody has cable or satellite TV. Not everybody can afford cable or satellite TV, and even among those who can afford it not everybody wants to pay for cable or satellite TV. I, for one, refuse to.

    So I think it´s a good thing for the country (and good for me personally) that the CBC still broadcasts a lot of hockey games (even if not enough are Habs games) on FREE TV, no matter what I think of their announcers. As much as I like the RDS coverage of the Habs (which I do see when I go out to bars to watch games or watch illegal online streams), I still think it´s a crime that you can´t (legally) see the Habs for free in French anymore.

  22. petrov14 says:

    Sad but true….

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  23. adam76 says:

    I would love for this to happen – but as long as the CBC is given 2 billion a year of our taxayers money – it is here to stay


    Dear Mr Harper – please end the CBC, and give every Canadian a tax refund.  Thanks.

  24. habs-hampton says:

    Hard-working and smart. That describes this year’s team (except for AK46). I can’t wait to see him in a year or two.

  25. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    you will be very proud that the Habs drafted this fine young man. he is the complete package.

    and ofcourse, perfectly bilingual.


  26. habs-hampton says:

    I think Staal’s loss is HUGE for the Pens. I suggested yesterday that he is their 2nd best player (and got crucified for that opinion), but his impact on the Pens is the same as Gainey in the 70’s. He does it all, and does it all the time. They cannot replace him!

  27. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Staal is precisely the big center habs are missing.

    I wanted to trade Markov for Staal and Letang – which will never happen as long as the Pens keep winning.

    How ironic is that now that both Markov and Staal got hurt?

  28. Ian Cobb says:

    Nothing like a tailgate party with your colours on!!!

    Great Job

  29. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I have a Saku #11 Captain jersey in Red. But I don’t have the tickets to today’s game :-(

  30. slapshot777 says:

    The NHL should improvise a school for referees to attend during the summer months. Any potential referees pegged to have a chance at becoming a professional referee, should be required to attend these schools. Have them do some class training to make sure they fully understand te rules and how to apply them. Then have them do on ice traing. There is enough summer schools on the go for them to get enough scrimmage games to practice on.

    When I was refereeing, our head of officials always stressed ” GAME MANAGEMENT ” he said that do not ref a game by the score never let a game get away and out of control. Always when calling multiple penalties unless it’s a black and white call, make sure that you don’t call it in such a way and to put any one team down by more than one player. he didn’t want the referee to be dictating the outcome of games.

    I always tried to follow that advice. I didn’t want to be noticed out there. It wasn’t about me the referee, it was about the kids and the guys who worked hard to get where their to. It’s there time to shine and have fun, let them decide the game. Your job is to keep it as fair as possible.

    In he NHL, I don’t see it that way. It’s like their out there doing games and that the fans pay the $200-$500 to watch them not the teams or the players. Their egos get the best of them and to me that’s how I see the NHL officials running a game.



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

  31. naweed235 says:

    sticking with the spirit of fans from all over… let me share a little story.

    So i spend monday to thursday this week in NYC for the first time and me and my buddies were trying to find a sports bar where we could watch game 7 against the Craps… we finnaly found one (Blondie’s for those who might know it) and I had one of the greatest night ever there…. turned out that the bar tender was rocking his classic ROY 33 jursey and I was also waering a habs jersey… needless to say that we got drunk pretty much for free and partied the hell out of NYC along with some other Habs fans the we met therre…   Also we were outnumbered by about 100 hehe

    good times

  32. Lafrich says:

    Coincidence – yes.

    Irony – not so sure.

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