Cole shines in fantasy win over Lightning


Suffering Canadiens withdrawal? The Gazette has the answer with the ultimate fantasy experience as beat writer Pat Hickey and Gazette techie Eric Tobon employ EA Sports NHL 13 to produce The Season That Isn’t.

Hickey’s Season That Isn’t captured the attention of Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Ira Boudway, who wrote an article about it. You can read that article by clicking here.

Here’s how things might have looked in Tuesday night’s game between the Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre:


Erik Cole ignited a third-period explosion as the Canadiens defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

Coach Michel Therrien engaged in some serious line-juggling as he double-shifted Cole and cut back on David Desharnais’s ice time.

“Davey was a game-time decision because he wasn’t feeling well and I decided to take some of the pressure off him,” Therrien said. “He’s been playing a lot and we don’t him to get worn down.”

While Desharnais, who came into the game as the team’s leading scorer, picked up an assist on a third-period goal by Brandon Prust, this was Cole’s night. The veteran scored two goals and added two assists as the Canadiens improved to 14-6-1.

Teddy Purcell gave the Lightning a 2-2 tie at 4:34 of the third period, but Cole put the Canadiens ahead five seconds later after Tomas Plekanec won the faceoff.

Cole and Desharnais each had an assist as Prust scored at 7:34 and Cole added his 10thof the season at 18:27.

Former Canadien Mathieu Garon and Carey Price matched big saves in the first period when Montreal outshot Tampa Bay 12-11, but Garon cracked first when P.K. Subban unloaded with a one-timer on a power play at 4:31 of the second period.

“Max (Pacioretty) wound up like he was going to shoot, but then he saw me and I was able to get the shot off before anyone could react,” Subban said.

Benoit Pouliot tied the game at 6:04, but Colby Armstrong gave the Canadiens the lead going into the third period when he scored at 19:22.

“You don’t want to give up a goal in the final minute and that was what I was thinking,” Armstrong said. “But Colesy forced a turnover in the neutral zone and I had a 2-on-1 with (Alexei) Emelin. It was one of those situations where neither one of us seemed anxious to shoot, but the defenceman went to his side and I just had to make sure I controlled the pass and waited for the goalie to move first.”

Price finished with 27 saves, while Garon had 26.

The Canadiens don’t play again until Saturday when the Toronto Maple Leafs are at the Bell Centre. Therrien gave the Canadiens Wednesday off and scheduled a rare afternoon practice Thursday.

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)


  1. jeffhabfan says:

    Thanks for input on my hockey rant. I am just bored with the CBA talk and when I watch my Belliville Bulls they play a trap and I do not think that is right.I guess I needed to vent.

  2. ont fan says:

    PK on sportsnet right now if your interested.

  3. frontenac1 says:

    Red Wings prospect Riley Sheehan was nailed for “Super Drunk” driving. He was at .30. Limit is .08. He was dressed in purple Telly-Tubby outfit and claimed he was Tinkey-Winky. That is some wicked Hootch Amigos.

  4. Timo says:

    Man, I am bored. Isn’t there ANYTHING remotely interesting happening today?

  5. HabFab says:

    Don’t think Canadians are losing their hockey passion. Bobby Mac started talking about the possible forwards for the WJ team and in a very short time had over 1200 questions on Twitter.

    • B says:

      I agree. There is a lot of hockey to keep my attention and the WJ is some of my favourite stuff. I always look forward to it.

      As for the NHL, I will watch when they inevitably end that unfortunate mess and play again, but in the mean time there is lots of other hockey to keep me going. Not having the NHL to watch is not the end of my world (or even my hockey world).

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    At Habfan 10912, here is Mark Spector’s take on who are hawks and who are doves amongst the owners. Of course as a writer for a network with no French presence he omits Molson from his list. I don’t have much use for most of Spector’s work, but this list does give you an idea of who is coaching/supporting Bettman the most.

    • HabFab says:

      I’m still surprised that there are people out there who believe that there were any owners that were ready to accept the NHLPA’s proposal or status quo. They are all looking for two main items;
      – higher % of HRR
      – adjustments to the contracts system

      How much they are willing to settle for, is what separates the so called hawks from the doves.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Thanks Burly. BTW- I’m proud of you. Remember the great words of Punkster. “Do not feed it. It will grow”. CHeers.


  7. Rightwing says:

    This is the kind of news I’m expecting from the regular press. It is often based on assumptions that are fantasy. When I tune into this publication, it’s sickening to see Eric Cole and a headline saying anything like: “Habs win.”

    Even a half hearted effort to produce hockey news would use this space to cover the baby Habs and the QMJHL and other real hockey, including a closer look at the Habs top prospects.

    But this? Oh yeah, that would take some effort and thought.

    Cut out this garbage and leave the fantasy to the front page of traditional news, where it is sometimes disguised as news.

  8. jeffhabfan says:

    Is it just me but the hockey before 94 was so much better before BETTMAN came around. The scoring was at a all time high and the league was run alot better it was just alot better product then instead of now.Iam so tired of the lowscoring league of today were nobody scores 50 anymore .The HABS have played defence first hockey since the FLOWER was forced to retire and Iam just tired of weak product of today at all levels CHL AHL NHL. If the LOCKOUT lasts all year I might start watching more NFL football because it is a better product and is run so much better.That is my hockey rant for today.

  9. commandant says:

    Here is the key question that no one can answer.

    If all these franchises are losing money every year, why does the average franchise value continue to grow and grow and grow every time they are sold? (and over half the league has been sold in whole or in part since the last lockout).

    Go Habs Go!
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    • HabinBurlington says:

      So when Tampa was purchased for just over 200 million in 2008 but sold again for 96million in the last year and a half, why does my math say the value went down?

    • Cal says:

      Think it’s the owners trying to recoup their losses? Usually, that’s what it looks like every time a franchise is sold excepting the ones that make money. Those seem to go up a lot more in value when they are sold.

    • wjc says:

      Commandant; Losing money on paper is not necessarily, losing money for real.

      If revenue’s grow (Bettman) franchise value’s should grow. Lots of reason’s to sell, cashing in, over extended somewhere else, bored, other opportunities, tired of politics, arena’s, spoiled players, marriage break up, finding something bigger and better.

      Will admit players are more transparent then owners. Players have no choice, owners do. Think of getting a divorce, try to hide what you can and disclose what you have to.


  10. Hobie Hansen says:

    Mediator to NHL: You signed all these crazy deals and now you have to pay them. If you can’t afford to pay for the contracts you signed and are losing money, get out of the league because it’s your own stupid fault.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      no place for logic here Hobie….common now

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • wjc says:

      NHL to mediator, they (agents) knew a new CBA was a possibility. They sometimes bargained in a bonus that was seperate agreement between team and player.

      This is not about who we sign and how much we pay and for how long. This is about distribution of revenue’s. We have to remain competitive and signing players is part of this process. We have to keep fans happy/paying and this is part of that process. When those players were signed season ticket went up by X amount of sales.

      Season ticket sales could end up being more then you pay that player and then the playoffs if he helps you get there.

      The league is set up with a certain system in place. We the NHL feel that 50% if fair and in tune with other sports.

      Mr. mediator do not tell us who to sign, this is about the distribution of revenue’s. Leave the growing of the league to experts (Bettman).


    • B says:

      Mediator to NHL: You signed all these crazy deals? You really need to change the CBA to prevent such stuff from happening again. Owners and GMs continue to prove that they just can’t be trusted to be sensible.

  11. Haborama says:


    I hear that some think Mr. Boone has an alias here, anyone care to guess who it might be??

  12. habstrinifan says:

    I was listening to 690 TSN radio yesterday (thanks to the poster who clued me in to its new location on the dial). Apart from sadly noting that a couple of the on air personalities were having health problems, I was intrigued by the section with Pierre McGuire on Melnick.

    McGuire is more on the players’s side, I think, especially after Bettman dismissed the NHLPA’S counter offer some weeks ago. But McGuire seems to give credence to the financial problems.

    He relayed a story about a team GM who told him that their team made about 100 million in revenue last year and lost money. That owner could not see their revenue stream increasing significantly in the future (market etc) but was willing to proceed with the season when ths whole mess started. That owner has now changed his mind and has dug in. No major give by the players… no season no carrying on as before.

    It is a significant story I think. It shows what I have been saying for a while. Owners, even moderate owners, now see this as THE OPPORTUNITY to have a major financial retool. Akin to NBA and NFL.
    As I have posted many times, the losses from not operating under is is apparently less to many owners than the losses they would have suffered under the old CBA.

    This folks aint gonna end soon… and it wont be prety.

    It will end under two scenarios.
    Owners get their major labour costs restructuring.
    Players compensation move closer to NBA and NHL methodology.
    Fehr loses some and the NHLPA becomes less ‘militant’ and more accomodating.
    BETTMAN wears the crown:


    No headway is made and this season or next season gets going with much acrimony between owners-players and owners-owners.
    Bettman is kicked to the curb.
    The NHL becomes driven more by Hockey men than it is now and American expansion and influence diminish and Canadian teams become the driving force ‘intellectually’ for the league with less worry paid to ‘saving’ francises in ‘poor hockey markets’.
    BETTMAN is shown the door within six mths.
    FEHR becomes kinda redundant.
    The relationship between the players and the league reverts back to an Alan Eagelson type incestuous situation with less of the flaws which existed under Eagelson.

    So pack up the kids … go off to your Xmas break… this is not getting resolved soon.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Well thought out post trin. I still can’t help but believe that the owners hard line stance is being dominated by a small percentage of the owners. That sad, it probably doesn’t make any difference. I think you’re right.


    • commandant says:

      I still believe the owners are massively overstating their losses.

      Just like they did in 2004 and just like they did in 1995.

      This has been a PR strategy the owners have continually used, and the truth is that when the real numbers come out (in court filings and audits, and the like), we’ve always learned that the numbers the owners publically released were the results of creative accounting.

      Go Habs Go!
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      • Mattyleg says:

        I guess it’s because most of the owners have other businesses where cutting production costs to maximise profit means buying primary resources in other regions, or moving operating bases to cheaper countries.

        In this case, their primary resources have families and pensions to worry about, and it seems like (certain) owners either don’t or don’t want to understand this.

        —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • B says:

        To me, “creative accounting” implies something illegal. I don’t believe any of the teams are doing anything illegal. The PA has access to the team’s books so if any team was doing something wrong, surely the PA would have reported it and they would be under investigation?

        Perhaps the “truth” is that the owners are doing nothing illegal or wrong with their accounting, but rather they are simply doing what most (all?) businesses do in taking advantage of common practices to the benefit of their business? Would a player not take advantage of any rules or loopholes that would allow them to save on their taxes? They would be unwise not to IMO.

    • Curtis O Habs says:

      One of the best descriptive uses of the word ‘incestuous’ I have ever read. Kudos.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      I believe the owners do need a retooling of the CBA as they state. However, the problem was the complete reckless abandon with which many operated this past summer. Bettman needed to have all the owners on board at the start of the off season. Instead, Snider and Holmgren got the ball running with their completely effed up attempt at landing Weber, this set the Sh*tBall in motion which continued to run downhill all summer, reaching the Sh*tStorm level when Minnesota made their STUPID decision to sign players to contracts they had no intention of honouring.

      Bettman at the start of this whole negotiation needed to come clean to the players, the fans, the sponsors (everyone) and say hey, not only did we make oversights in the previous CBA, but we have also not helped our cause this past offseason. Start with some honesty and truly work with the players as partners in fixing.

      Of course he didn’t do this, and then a man named Fehr walked in and decided to pull out his giant Ladel and really stir the Sh*tPot.

      Thus the extreme Sh*tQuake we now endure!

      • habs-fan-84 says:

        lol, Leahy is that you?

      • Cal says:

        After that description of the lockout, no brunch for me!

      • wjc says:

        Habinburlington, good morning: The major flaw I see in your argument is this signing of players.

        First of all, agents and owners negotiate these contracts, years and money. I think we agree there.

        Agents know the rules going in. I think we agree there.

        So if the agent knows that a CBA is up for renewal, he makes this clear to his client (player). Would we agree there.

        He then factors in a signing bonus, regardless of CBA outcome.
        Would you agree there.

        Deal is signed and player, agent and manager do not know if it will be a mutual and easy contract negotiation.

        Owners have a set amount of money in which they run their different teams. Players are available, players are signed, it is supposed to be competitive between teams (no colusion).

        Teams sign players, sometimes long term, to ice a team that can make a playoff run (earn money for their teams). Make fans excited and cause them to buy boxes, seats, Pay-per-view to perhaps follow their team on the road. To create buzz. Eg. Toronto Blue Jays trading for high end players and creating excitment.

        The reason they have time limits on CBA’s is to fix things that become problems. Works for the players as well, otherwise just sign one CBA forever.

        Bettman cannot tell you the unknown, he meets with the 29 other owners (according to some Molsen is at home and in the dark) and they figure out where they are going and how they are going to get there as a group (they are all in the same condition, businessmen first, second and third.) Business is what drives the game.

        Without the business end of the business taken care of there is no game….believe it or not.


    • wjc says:

      Habstrinafan, your first scenario is closest to the way I see it. Owners will get there major cost restructuring because they have to.

      I think major portion of the P.A. just want to get playing and making money would vote it in if they had the opportunity.

      Bettman is not the bad guy, he has to get the deal the owners need and want.

      NHL will continue to grow. NBC will spread the game acrossed North America. The money is in the states (contrary to popular belief). The key to creating interest is having teams spread out acrossed America (sunshine states are the key). Putting a team in Hamilton grows the market where it needs no help.

      Pheonix (the boogie man) is being nutured along to build rilvaries with teams like L.A. San Jose, Aniehim, Dallas, and Florida.

      Rivalries like Boston, New York, Toronto , Montreal, Buffalo etc.

      Rivalries build interest (hatred) passion. As interest grows through exposure (NBC). Pay per view becomes a huge money maker (huge). You do not need cold weather to play in air conditioned, artifical ice. The United States has a huge population that loves sports, why not hockey.

      Picture that you are standing in the middle of the forest. Then picture that you are up in a plane. Where can you see what is ahead best on the ground among the trees or up in the air above the trees.

      You say hockey is Canada’s game, that has not be true for decades. It belongs to the world and will go where the money is. Some day the winner in Russia will play the winner in Canada for the cup, (believe it). The world is getting smaller and sports will be a global affair.


      • kempie says:

        Hey W, you going to the game on Saturday?

      • Mustang says:

        wjc, you stated that “Rivalries build interest (hatred) passion”. The only problem with that is the NHL keeps having a lockout every 5, 6, or 7 years so any interest that has been developed, tends to be lost due to the next lockout. Now most hatred instead of being directed towards the opposing team(s) is directed at (pick your choice) the league, the owners, Bettman, the players, the PA, Fehr, etc. True passion and/or rivalries will only be built if/when the NHL settles these labour problems once and for all.

        • wjc says:

          Mustang: A misconception as I see it is, owners want these lock outs.

          Lockouts are a last resource. It is not true that they want Lockouts. Sure the fans blame owners, players etc. but if you understand collective bargaining and contracts, they can be hard to negotiate.

          It seems to me the players are now rich (most) and young (possibly foolish) and independent (they have been told they are great since they were five years old.

          They are like rock stars with short hair cuts, trained to talk into a microphone and show the correct amount of humbleness and just like you or me-ness. But once you see past the cliche’s you see someone that would follow/believe a worldly Fehr. He will do the heavy lifting and thinking and they will repeat it.

          So the owners look like grinches and the players who have built up good will look like choir boys. Unfortunately are like every other under 25 year old multiplied by a factor of 10. Strutting, full of themselves, hero worshiped, lady killers, party animal guys. Just like since the beginning of time. It takes a while to wisen up. Some are 35 years old going on 18.

          Do I hate the players? Do I hate the owners?… they need each other. Do I have a solution…..NO!

          What I try to speak is the truth… truth, just the way the world is. Am I jealous….probably.


  13. Habfan10912 says:

    Biron talks about a handful of militant owners who have taken control of the negotiations. I’d love to know who they all are.

    • habstrinifan says:

      See my post above Habfan. I firmly believe him. The NHL is determined to cut costs this ttime around. They want the scenario where they can PAY big dollars to star players but cut them loose at will. Owners are not looking for smaller salaries really… just the ability to shed salary at will and still compete.

    • wjc says:

      Biron would probably like to know himself.


  14. Cal says:

    Good morning everyone. I am so stoked about tonight’s concert that I can see The Future.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Morning Cal. Good job and enjoy the concert tonight. CHeers.


    • Kooch7800 says:

      Morning Cal. Enjoy the show. Have a couple of cold ones for me!

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • myron.selby says:

      Cal – You and I see this lockout very differently, but we’re in complete agreement when it comes to Mr Cohen (as PG would have said). I saw him a week and 1/2 ago in Edmonton and man you are in for a treat. He played over 3 hours and he actually got stronger as he went along.

      If you go back and listen to his earlier albums, then listen to his more recent live renditions of those same songs (which I did a couple of days ago) you’ll see that he is a far better vocalist now than he was.

      About the time that The Future came out he seemed to gain confidence in his singing and started being much more dramatic in his delivery. How often do you see an artist come into his own when he’s in his 60s?

      Anyway, enjoy the show – he was hinting that this is his last tour and it wouldn’t surprise me. All that travel has got to be tough when you’re 78.

      • Cal says:

        I believe we are finally seeing him perform with complete abandon. His backing vocalists are always great and his musicians know what they are about.
        I made it a point to get tickets because I feel it is his last tour, too.

  15. HabFab says:

    We have been here before but can it be?finally??or is this just another sign the END of the world is approaching???

  16. HabFab says:

    Gallagher with his moutache and wearing the “correct” ballcap 🙂

  17. Timo says:

    I am confused. Do we still like Cole?

    • gatorhabs says:

      Yes, of course we do.

      Bob is absolutely hilarious when he mixes up players names and calls the game wrong, I love it!

      Unless you are talking about Erik. Then, of course not, that dud hasn’t scored a goal all season long.

  18. commandant says:

    14-6-1 and no Boone to declare us Fantasy Cup bound.

    Go Habs Go!
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  19. L Elle says:

    I miss our Habs.

    In Montreal where hockey is big
    When boy meets girl
    Here’s what they say

    When the puck hits your eye
    Like a big pizza pie, that’s amore
    When the Habs seems to shine
    Like you’ve had too much beer that’s amore

    Buzzers will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling
    Ting-a-ling-a-ling and you’ll sing, “Ole Ole”
    Habs will play tippy-tippy-tay
    Tippy-tippy-tay like a second-line fella

    When the hot dogs make you drool
    Just like a fanatical fool, that’s amore
    When you dance down the street
    With a Cup at your feet, you’re in love

    When you walk down in a dream
    But you know, you’re screaming Ole Ole
    Scuzza me, but you see
    Back in old Montreal that’s amore

    When the puck hits your eye
    Like a big pizza pie, that’s amore
    That’s amore
    When the Habs seems to shine
    Like you’ve had too much beer,that’s amore
    That’s amore

    Buzzers will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling
    Ting-a-ling-a-ling and you’ll sing, “Ole Ole Ole Ole”
    Rocket will play tippy-tippy-tay
    Tippy-tippy-tay like a second-line fella
    Lucky Oh yeah

    When the hot dogs make you drool
    Just like a fanatical fool, that’s amore
    That’s amore
    When you dance down the street
    With a Cup at your feet, you’re in love

    When you watch a game via stream
    But you know, you’re not dreaming signore
    Scuzza me, but you see
    Back in old Montreal, that’s amore
    That’s amore

    • JohnBellyful says:

      L! Boy, does this bring back memories, from last October.
      And did you notice in your clip the name of the production company?

      October 15, 2011 at 8:43 am

      It was fitting that the Canadiens acquire Chris Campoli to add to a roster depleted by injuries, only to have him go down shortly after his arrival. Turns out campoli in Italian means ‘bad luck’.
      Take it away, Dino

      In Montreal where hockey rules
      When Hab meets doc, here’s what they say:

      When the puck hits your eye
      Like a big pizza pie,
      That’s campoli
      When your head is bushwhacked
      By a squirrel talking smack
      That’s campoli
      Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
      And you’ll sing, ‘Don’t feel swella’
      Body’ll sway, tippi-tippi-tay, tippi-tippi-tay
      You’re no lucky fella

      If you throw out your back,
      Making love in the sack
      That’s campoli
      When your hamstring you pull
      Celebrating a goal,
      You’re a Hab

      When your tendon is sliced,
      As you fall to the ice, by your own godd**m goalie
      ‘Scusa me, but you see, no Hab’s injury-free,
      That’s campoli

    • Bripro says:

      Dat ‘Ting waza wadooful!

    • Cal says:

      Way too much fun! 🙂

  20. HabFab says:

    Bob Mackenzie looks at the D for the WJ team;

  21. kempie says:

    I’m here I’m here man, step back from the ledge.

    This team is pretty good huh?

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Will you be providing a live blog of the Gally game you will be attending?


      • Bripro says:

        Why didn’t you guys just let him go…
        It was a fun read!
        He had me LMAO.
        I just couldn’t spoil it for him. 🙂

      • kempie says:

        Not a live blog no, my cable won’t reach that far but a full report, for sure, when I get home. I’m pretty excited because well… Let me say that I love the Petes and I’ve watched guys like Gainey, Pronger, the Staals, Langenbrunner, Ricci, Stillman all come up and I support them still.

        But man this team sucks big time. They canned Dave Reid as GM but the problem is an old school old boys club that runs the show. Crap runs downhill, fish rot from the head, that kind of stuff. So we’ve got kids just folding up their show and going home, not reporting after trades… it’s a big fricking mess.

        So I feel bad for them, but give a guy like Gally some room on a rink like that and things should be pretty interesting. I’ll post what I see though fo sho.

    • wjc says:

      Apparently you are a fine Peterborough lad……good stock. Welcome to the neighborhood.


  22. Haborama says:

    Forever alone…… 🙁

  23. Haborama says:

    (insert echo sounds)

  24. Haborama says:

    I seem to be the only one here……

  25. Haborama says:

    But seriously…..

    Is no one else interested in this article??????

  26. Haborama says:

    and on a side note: What the hell was Riley Sheahan thinking?????

    I mean, this is the funniest hockey news since that nonexistent Japanese player the Sabres drafted way back when………

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    (I can go on all night……)

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