Multimedia: Weise won’t be in Habs’ lineup for Game 6 vs. Rangers

The Canadiens held an optional morning skate at Madison Square Garden before facing elimination for the second straight game in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final against the Rangers Thursday night (8 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

The only players who didn’t take part in the skate were Alexei Emelin and Dale Weise.

Coach Michel Therrien told reporters after the skate that Emelin’s status would be a game-time decision, but that Weise definitely won’t be in the lineup.

Emelin missed Game 5 with an undisclosed injury, while Weise was knocked woozy from a third-period hit by the Rangers’ John Moore, who was suspended for two games for the illegal hit to the head. Weise went to the Canadiens’ locker room for a brief period after the hit, but returned to finish the game. There have been reports he suffered a concussion.

“Right now he has a body injury,” Therrien told reporters in New York Thursday morning about Weise.

When asked if there was any regret about letting Weise return to play in Game 5, Therrien responded: “You’re presuming it’s a head injury.”

The coach then added: “You’re not correct.”

Therrien was then asked what happened to make Weise a scratch for Game 6 after returning to play in Game 5.

“Well, after the hit he went to meet the doctors, saw the doctors,” the coach said. “He was feeling fine about finishing the game. For us, what is really important is player safety. This is important for us. It’s been like that all season long. It’s not going to change.

“For  a  player not able to play the next game, this is something that we could see on a regular basis. You can see (Derek) Stepan finished a game with a broken jaw, get an operation the next day, miss Game 4, and came back after his operation. So those are the things that you see at this time of the year. But right now (Weise has) got a body injury. He won’t be able to play tonight.”

When asked what criteria a player has to meet to get back on the ice, even if he says he’s fine, Therrien responded: “Those are the things that I don’t know. As a coach, I never get a concussion. But one thing I trust, we trust our medical staff. We trust our doctor. So when they’re saying that he’s good to go, he’s good to go. But right now he’s having a body injury.”

Brandon Prust, who will return from a two-game suspension for a late hit that broke Stepan’s jaw in Game 3, took Weise’s spot on a line with Lars Eller and Rene Bourque during the morning skate.

“He’s going to be hungry to play,” Therrien said about Prust. “He’s going to go hard. He’s excited about playing tonight. We’re glad he’s back in our lineup.”

Goalie Carey Price went on the ice at the end of the morning skate in full equipment for the third straight day, working out by himself before taking a few shots from his teammates.

New York coach Alain Vigneault spoke with the media after the Rangers’ morning skate and was asked about the two-game suspension for Moore.

“Doesn’t matter,” he said. ” So I don’t have any reaction.”

Moore’s spot in the Rangers’ lineup is expected to be filled by former Canadien Raphael Diaz.

“We have Diaz or (Justin) Falk that are available to us tonight,” Vigneault said. “Diaz  has played a little bit of left side. When he has, he has been good. So we’ll make that decision come tonight.”

Vigneault added that he’s not worried about goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who was pulled in Game 5.

“I expect him to play like he always does,” Vigneault said. “I mean, he’s a great goaltender. He strives when the pressure is on.  He knows that tonight’s a big game.

“I heard (goalie coach) Benoit Allaire say when we walked in ‘tonight’s a big game’. I think he picked up on that and we’ll be fine,” Vigneault added with a laugh.

Vigneault was asked about Game 6 being the biggest game in 20 years at Madison Square Garden, since the last time the Rangers won the Stanley Cup.

“You pretty much said it,” the coach said. “Should be exciting for everyone, fans, players, coaches, everybody. It’s going to be a great game. Two teams that are competing real hard, battling for every inch on the ice.  It should be a lot of fun.”

If the Canadiens win Game 6, Game 7 will be Saturday night at the Bell Centre (8 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

(Gazette file photo/Peter McCabe)

Dave Stubbs video from Thursday morning skate:

Mike Weaver:

Dustin Tokarski drills with goaltending coach Stéphane Waite:

Video from Wednesday in Brossard by The Gazette’s Peter McCabe:

Game 6 Preview,

Game Notes

Five Keys to Game 6,

Canadiens “ready for anything” in Game 6, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

Loosey-goosey Habs playing with house money, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

This is a Habs team to remember, by Jack Todd for The Gazette

Tokarski shows again why he’s a winner, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Vigneault looks back on his days coaching Canadiens, Stu on Sports blog

If Habs reach Game 7, Reno will sing anthem from Place des Arts, by Brenda Branswell

Aislin’s favourite Habs playoff cartoons,

Rangers feeling urgency, New York Post

Rangers say Lundqvist doesn’t need a push after being pulled, New York Times

Canadiens must live on edge in Game 6,

Canada’s Stanley Cup drought could turn 20,

Message-senders not fooling anyone during playoffs, The Hockey News

Stubbs photos from Thursday morning skate at Madison Square Garden:


Dustin Tokarski alone with his thoughts in the dressing room.


Michaël Bournival.


Daniel Brière.


Alex Galchenyuk sprints into a drill.


Carey Price heads out to MSG ice to practice after the morning skate.


Alex Galchenyuk pauses during the skate while assistant equipment manager Pat Langlois (left) and assistant athletic therapist Nick Addey-Jibb give the photographer the evil eye. Well, not really…


Former Canadiens defenceman Raphael Diaz is expected to be in the Rangers’ lineup Thursday.





  1. Habcouver says:

    It’s a shame that Ryan White hasn’t drawn in the line up at all.

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  2. punkster says:

    This worked for the 2 elimination games against the br00nz…let’s see if it still has the magic touch.

    Release the Subbang!!!

  3. DipsyDoodler says:

    What I like about the Stanley Cup playoffs are the stories.

    Take young Tyson Barrie for example. A 3rd round draft pick who had a breakout year, until he was injured.

    Or the St.Louis Blues, a young exciting team who were finally bringing cup hopes to this original 12 franchise, until their captain got injured.

    And then there’s young Montrealer Marc-Edouard Vlasic. A surprise pick for the Olympics, who was emerging as one of the game’s best all-rounders. Until he got injured.

    And who can forget Carey Price! What a year! Won gold at the Olympics, and led the surprising Montreal Canadiens to the conference finals. Until he got injured.

    Or how about Dale Weise. A forgotten man in Vancouver who was traded for spare change to the Montreal Canadiens, the team he and his dad followed passionately. He turned himself into a really good player, scoring two overtime goals, and getting two crucial assists in a must-win game. What a year he was having! Until he got injured.

    Moving. Forward.

    • habcertain says:

      What’s your point!

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Great post.
      Problem is, we can’t stop watching, so the league can’t stop laughing. At us and the players.

      • Thomas Le Fan says:

        Here I thought that was one of the reasons they use to justify their salaries. Possible injury and shortness of careers. Heck, I whacked my head on a beam in the attic the other day and may miss a game myself. 🙂

        Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

    • Cal says:

      You watch football, dipsy?

      • Thomas Le Fan says:

        We need to have touch or flag football and NBC hockey. Bring on the yellow and red cards! Hey, they tell me soccer is pretty popular in some parts of the world. Mostly where concussions are caused by explosions but you can’t have everything. 😀

        Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        That’s a really interesting question, Cal (which I’m intercepting).

        I played both rugby and football throughout highschool and still love both. But to be perfectly honest, I’m finding it harder and harder to watch. I just see the leagues as inhuman gladiator-owners, and ourselves not too far off the Colosseum crowd.

        But while I can’t see rugby or football ever being able to reduce the risk of brain injury, owing to the nature of the two sports, hockey at least COULD minimise it, but only if the league set out to do so.

        This is not me telling anyone here that they should stop watching football (or rugby), only that I almost can’t.

        This is a great read (Malcolm Gladwell/The New Yorker):

    • krob1000 says:

      Alex Galchenyuk after recovering from injury contribute to team at pace not seen since beginning of season at most crucial time of year in the playoffs.

      Derek Stepan after having his jaw broken delivers upon return with incredible performance leaving no doubt to any questions that he would not hold up during the much more physical playoffs

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        This has turned into an excellent discussion, krob (following your equally excellent golf hole joke at my expense – Ha!)

        If you haven’t read the Malcom Gladwell article I’ve linked above (to Cal), I’d be interested in your thoughts on it.

  4. theflukester says:

    I think my sig says it all. Go HABS Go!

    Play every game as if it is your last one. Guy Lafleur

  5. Danno says:

    The most measuring stick measuring-stick game of the season.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
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  6. murfdog says:

    You gotta shoot to score play hard to win and never give up!!! GO HABS GO

  7. murfdog says:

    Lets BOOK this ticket for Saturday boys!! We know you can guys can getter done. GO HABS GO

  8. habs-fan-84 says:

    Another “biggest” game of the year!
    GO HABS GO!!

  9. Un Canadien errant says:

    Since I’ve been asking the question, I decided to go on Google and learn myself good.



    Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right
    after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until
    days or weeks after the injury.

    If an athlete reports one or more symptoms of
    concussion listed below after a bump, blow, or jolt to
    the head or body, s/he should be kept out of play the
    day of the injury and until a health care professional,
    experienced in evaluating for concussion, says s/he is
    symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play.


    Appears dazed or stunned
    Is confused about assignment or position
    Forgets an instruction
    Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
    Moves clumsily
    Answers questions slowly
    Loses consciousness (even briefly)
    Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
    Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
    Can’t recall events after hit or fall


    Headache or “pressure” in head
    Nausea or vomiting
    Balance problems or dizziness
    Double or blurry vision
    Sensitivity to light
    Sensitivity to noise
    Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
    Concentration or memory problems
    Just not “feeling right” or “feeling down”

    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige

    • Coach K says:

      The first paragraph is entirely accurate.
      My 16 yr. Old son suffered a concussion this past winter playing AAA Major Midget. It was accidental since the blow was delivered by a team mate. Video shows a direct blow to the head in the Saturday night game. The next game was the following Wednesday and no issues showed up until after that game. They found him post game dry heaving and very unbalanced. Took a good month to be completely symptom free.
      The good news is that he made a complete recovery and returned to play even hungrier and is now heading for Jr. A Tryouts.

      The main point is that symptoms are very individualized and can show up well after the incident and most important…full recovery is likely if protocols are followed.

      —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Hope you’re son is indeed ok.
        Hope there are second opinions and reviews etc.
        For anybody here who doesn’t know it — youthful concussions are exponentially worse.

    • krob1000 says:

      I just thought of something….what if he suffered a concussion on the first hit to the stanchion…noone is mentioning that one…then he gets jolted a few other times nad then the final blow happens. Given the second impact thing people are talking about that is also possible….and to me that is something that should be as important as the wobble but I don’t think I have seen it mentioned on here at all…and how many have talked about that aspect? None of the articels I have read anywhere mention that and it was a hard hit. Anyway like other poster said sympotms may show up later on that were not there at the time.

  10. BJ says:

    Galchenyuk will not hit the crossbar tonight. Bourque will continue his scoring spree. Tokarski will be better than in game 5. There will be a game 7. See you guys tomorrow.

  11. Commandant says:

    The other Montreal team that had a championship game last night. (Canadian Championship for the Impact in leg 1 against Toronto FC).

    Go Habs Go!

  12. sheds88 says:

    Man, right when Weise was playing his best hockey. the depth we have is incredible. to have a guy like Prust in the arsenal to be able to come in replace Weise says a lot about MB and his vision.

  13. CHicoHab says:

    Ok so let’s agree to disagree on Weise. Hopefully it’s not serious that it becomes a recurring injury. Want to see this guy stay with Habs a long time.

  14. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Re post-Weise Vancouver and Weise playing as best-case-scenario:

    Dare we wonder for a millisecond that, despite the fact hockey is a business, there will always be certain players who react positively to things like jerseys, tradition, a name, a crowd like Montreal’s?

    Wouldn’t it be great?….

    (Now bracing for a Skin Bracer moment….)

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Yeah, I won’t discount the favourite team angle, that he grew up a Canadiens fan along with his dad. That and a change of scenery, of not being a square peg in a round hole, being asked to play the role of enforcer in Vancouver, whereas in Montréal he’s asked to play hockey.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Makes you wonder if Kadri could have had class had he been selected by his favourite team.

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          I can’t help it, I’m just thrilled we don’t have to deal with that headache. Let him be their problem.

          Judging by Leafs comment boards, they hate P.K., and we feel the same toward Mr. Kadri. I’m glad that’s the way it shook out, rather than the other way around.

  15. Habcouver says:

    If not for Price and Weise, win this one for the flag boy, Habs!

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  16. Dunboyne Mike says:

    JAmbrose, Paz, Fansincebirth, UCE, krob1000, bwoar, everyone else in on the concussion discussion:

    The opening essay of the April 20th CBC Sunday Edition is about hockey injuries and law-suits. Michael Enright says it will be very difficult to prove in a court of law that the NHL fosters a culture of violence.

    Worth a listen (and not long)

    • Cal says:

      Michael Enright says it will be difficult to prove? All they have to see in one of the NHL’s ads. Difficult, my left foot.

    • bwoar says:

      I doubt that it could be proven. Interesting podcast.

      When you “volunteer”, for lots of money, to play a game you know is:
      a) violent
      b) poorly policed
      c) willfully ignorant of its own problem with (a) and (b)

      the players themselves are responsible and the lawsuits frivolous. Regardless of a ‘culture of violence’ or ignorance towards safety.

  17. Habcouver says:

    MT says Weise does not have a head injury.
    Are we missing something in a translation here?

    I’m hoping Weise’s injury is not serious. This should give Prusty and the team motivation to win this one for Weise.

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  18. Luke says:

    It’s quiet in here. I must assume everyone has gone for their pre-game naps.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      A chapter of The Return of the King with the young lad then I’m catching zeds til 1am GMT.

      How can I sleep despite excitement and pre-game tension and anxiety?

      By being habitually sleep-deprived thanks to the playoffs!

  19. ianism says:

    well…. at least with Weise hurt Therrien won’t have to sit Bourni for Prust. And I agree with Timo, they should sit Emelin another game. He’s been awful this series.

  20. CH Marshall says:

    Gotta hand it to MB for the depth he added before deadline. We can still roll four lines tonight even with Weiss out

    • Habcouver says:

      I see MB as a shoo-in for GM of the year. I would have never guessed that guys like Weise and Weaver would play such key roles in the playoffs.

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  21. Slackman says:

    Watch out for yer eyes but if you Montreal folk take a good look at the sun you’ll see its corona is highly visible today making it look like theres a rainbow ring around the sun!

  22. Say Ash says:

    Diaz playing on the left side? Oooh, la, la!

  23. bwoar says:

    In the spirit of giving back, I’d love to see MSL leave the game early on. But in the true spirit of revenge, let’s just close these clowns out over the next 6 periods and give our boys a well-deserved pat on the back.

  24. krob1000 says:

    This is a respone to your post below re this
    “krob, I’ve asked this question twice now, so if anyone knows please confirm or deny this, but anytime a player is stunned, staggered, or knocked out, that’s a concussion. Cut and dried. So if that’s correct, we don’t need to go around in circles. Dale was out on his feet after the hit, he had Bambi legs, that’s a clear, certain sign of concussion. There’s no assumption, and no need to wonder about facial injuries. There was a concussion, but it was missed, and Dale was let back into the game, which I don’t believe he should have been”

    Look at this point the NHL knows how watched tehy are…if they thought it was unsafe to send him out they would not send him out…mistake? possibly…but again…you are implying they saw him wobble. I and millions of people thought PK was holding him back. Put it this way….when PRust levellled Stepan….two referees adn the linesmen all missed it…how hard is it to belice a wobble could have been missed. We still don;t know it is a concussion….concussions from waht I have ever read are case by case….and the severity is not an exact science either…he went tot he quiet room, the doctors did whatver they do and they deemed him able to come back or so it seems….unless he went on his own…either way…they must have done something in there. Everyone knows the whoe hockey world is watching these games and to think noone was paying attention would be foolish and I am sure veteran doctors in a game that is all but over would not have snet him back out if they thought it wrong to do so. Let time do it’s thing and see how it plays out…perhaps it is a concussion and it was missed but there wasn othing intentional by the doctors so let’s move on

  25. Timo says:

    Well, maybe for once guys like Pacioretty, Vanek and Plekanec will put their big boy pants on and come to play tonight. This won’t be a 7-4 game tonight. Habs will be lucky to score 2 on Lindqvist so that have to make sure they only allow 1.

    Also, regardless whether he can play or not, Emelin is not 100%… and his game is terrible so sit him, Therrien. Beaulieu did just fine last game. Keep the kid in.

  26. Sportfan says:

    Maybe Diaz will give us a gift

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  27. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Apparently when the docs ask, “How you feeling? Where are you?” unless the player says, “I’m off to Disneyland!”, he’s good to go.

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  28. FlyAngler says:

    The Rangers will play with desperation tonight because they know that there chances of winning a potential game 7 back in Montreal might be slim. If it looks like the Habs have the game in hand at some point tonight, I have no doubt that Dorsett will be looking to eliminate someone of value from game 7. The Habs will need to know where he is at all times tonight.

    Also, important to guard the elf and keep a constant eye on Kreider. If the Habs can contain the two of them, I think that they probably win the game tonight.

    This is playoff game #20 for the Rags and #17 for the Habs, as the playoffs go on, fatigue becomes a bigger factor. Should give the Habs a slight advantage in that department I would think.

    “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

  29. JUST ME says:

    I do not understand the need to find a guilty one for Weise`s concussion wich by the way was not officialized by the Habs although 2 + 2…

    With the human brain show me one person who can give without a doubt a diagnostic. I would say your best chances are if you ask the team`s doctor and he did give the green light, followed the protocol so what more do you want ? Accuse Therrien ? Bergevin ? Come on ! Be serious here ! Adrenalin maybe ? Maybe but still brain issues are a mystery for everyone so maybe he woke up with symptoms and maybe the symptoms have nothing to do with a concussion really or maybe it isn`t even a concussion.

    So only one thing for us to do is cheer for the Habs and win this one for Dale . But please let it go !

    • krob1000 says:

      the only one guilty for the concussion is John Moore….and I suspect he and Wiese will meet agian next season

    • Good Habits says:

      Agreed! But the fact that he was so woozy that PK had to grab him to keep him from falling over should indicate there is an issue. The medical staff needs to use common sense and should not have let him back in the game.

      • krob1000 says:

        why does everyone assume that was even seen? refs miss crap all the time…the hit was late…it is most likely probably that people watched where the puck went…that is typically what happens…and like I keep saying…at first it looked like PK was trying to hold Weise backfrom going at Moore……given their histopry throghoutt he game that was very, vefry possible and more what it looked like. That is what I thought, that is what my son thought, that is what the announcers thought. Through all of this we still don’t even know it was a concussion. I have seen plenty of people get hit square in the chest…go to get up and be wobbly, I have been wobbled by simply having my breath knocked out of me….I have been wobbly being tired, wobbly from being groggy inthe morning, wobbly from being dehydrated, wobbly from too many drinks….these do not necessarily mean concussion. Yes I agree it likely was but I also belive that vet dcotors would follow protocal and if they thought he was ok to go then so be it…perhaps they were wrong? maybe…but they were doing the best they could

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      It’s not a question of finding a guilty party, of a witch hunt, it’s getting to the bottom of a breakdown in a system, of protocols that were enacted for the safety of the players. After Derek Boogard and Bob Probert and Rick Rypien, after Junior Seau and Kris Dielman, we as fans and consumers of pro sports should be aware of these issues, and understand what went wrong.

      I know my post was long, so maybe you just scanned it, but to try to explain the situation as Dale maybe just waking up with symptoms that he didn’t have the previous night is not applicable. If Dale was woozy and could barely stand up, my understanding is that it’s a clear symptom, an indication of a concussion. In that case, unless I’m mistaken, he shouldn’t have been allowed back on the bench. My long post was trying to find a positive spin, a way that the Canadiens may have missed it, and ways to avoid that in the future.

      I’m trying to figure out how something that is apparently cut and dried was missed, and now is being waffled on by the head coach. So to say I should let it go doesn’t really seem appropriate to me.

      • krob1000 says:

        But if he answered all of the questions and appeared fine then that is a symptom it is not a concussion….wobbly can also mean wind knocked out, getting up too fast, dizziness….try walking after spinning or after a dozen beer. I have been wobbly for several reasons over the years. Hunger has even led me to wobble. There are oso many possiblities and had he not left the ice and headed back with the doctors…then I would have an issue..but he did…and they felt he was fine. There is just not enough info out there and there is no concussion machine…whoever invents the one minute concussion test will be a zillionaire but inthe meantime everything is case by case and if someone can answer questions and they have baseline tests like I would assume they do then that is the best they have with a doctor looking at you….and again…we still do not know it is a concussion although I will concede that was my initial thought upon hearing is or could be out…but the way MT answered I got wondering about his jaw and face.

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          krob, come on. Beers, getting up too fast? Dale got clocked on a spectacular head shot, and immediately after was having difficulty standing up.

          I’ve made my points in my original post, I’ll stand by them, and if anyone has anything to bring to the discussion, I’ll listen.

          • krob1000 says:

            You saw it slowed down and for a second time on a closeup that focussed on that incident…how do you assume the doctors had that luxury? they likely watched the game like everyone else…and for the millionth time you choose to ignore…it looked liek Weise was going after him…be honest was that not what you thought initially? You have brought nohting any more credible than I…youa re all speculationa s am I…differene is the doctors who are qualified and do this for a living…did what they thought was right…I’ll go with them for now…

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            But if I can watch it slowed down and for a second time 1000s of miles away on the other side of the Atlantic, surely it’s not unreasonable to assume that the professionals assessing the situation on the spot could also?

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            krob, I don’t want this to spin out of control, if it hasn’t already. I don’t want to keep responding so it seems we have an ‘argument’, but also don’t want it to seem as if I’m ignoring your posts.

            Yes, on first viewing, I wasn’t sure if P.K. was holding him back or holding him up. The very first replay made it clear that he was woozy. I think Paz and I discussed this angle, I said in my original post maybe the doctors didn’t see that, Paz replied that they should since they have access to video replay.

            Because I’m not enjoying the tone this discussion is taking though, I’ll choose to stop the back and forth on this issue. I think we both have the same interests, we both want the Canadiens to succeed, to win, we’re looking at different sides of the same coin. I’m looking at what went wrong so we can maybe figure it out, you’re saying there’s no need to question the pros, they know what they’re doing. Let’s give it a few days and probably this will sort itself out.

            Looking forward to exchanging with you about the next round of the playoffs though, and then the draft.

  30. Luke says:

    6 hours!

    Go Habs!

  31. CHicoHab says:

    If Weise is concussed then as I’ve been saying all along the 2 games is B.S. Deliberate shot to the head and I swear Moores skates or feet left the ice. Why the hell did he come back in to finish the game??? Regardless if he said he felt fine.

  32. krob1000 says:

    Just dawned on me…noone has actaully confirmed “concussion”…..there have been sources saying it and that is easy to assume…but it oculd just as easily be a jaw injury with where he was hit…he may be swelled up like a balloon today. IT likely is a concussion but we do not know that is what he is out with.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …whichever, Weise is a Guy We will miss big time

      …something 4 weeks ago I couldn’t foresee Myself saying now

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province has been using the performance of Dale Weise as a post hoc final nail in the coffin of Mike Gillis. It’s funny how the talking heads out here all talk about how hard it will be on one hand to ice four decent forward lines for the Canucks next season, but on the other they let Dale Weise go for essentially nothing.

        I have to admit that Dale is playing right up to and perhaps beyond the best-case scenario I had in mind for him after the trade was announced. Fit is one factor, but you know, maybe coaching does play a role in a team’s performance. Alain Vigneault and John Tortorella couldn’t get as much out of Dale as Michel Therrien is right now.

  33. adamkennelly says:

    my pick for big gamers tonight. Galchenyuk – who has been a huge addition since his return, Eller – gonna pop in a couple and Pax continues his great play in big games.

    • Strummer says:

      galch is really coming on!

      “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  34. flowerpower_74 says:

    Did anyone else notice how old and beat up Tokarski’s Goalie pants are. I wonder if he picked them up off of Carey or maybe they are from someone who played before. (Hopefully Roy) I hope they give him some good luck tonight. GO HABS GO!!!

    Montreal Canadiens-2013 and forever Northeast Division Champs

  35. Un Canadien errant says:

    The only explanation I can come up with for Weezy being allowed back on the ice after his apparent concussion last game is a breakdown in communication coupled with a lack of training/awareness by the coaching staff.

    That Dale was staggered was obvious to any observer on Tuesday, P.K. had to ‘rescue’ him and help keep him upright. I thought that any time someone is dazed or stunned by a blow to the head, or is knocked out even briefly, it is an indication of a concussion. Beyond that, someone can still experience a concussion without getting his bell rung.

    So I thought the quiet room and concussion protocol are for the latter case, to give a player who received a blow to the head but didn’t seem affected initially a chance to catch his breath, consult with team doctors, and have a chance to diagnose a minor concussion away from the heat of the game. The doctors would ask the player questions, established ‘baseline’ questions, as well as general “What day is it? What month are we in? Where are we? What team are we playing? What did you have for lunch?” questions. If he answered all these questions adequately, and didn’t report any pain or symptoms, then he would be allowed back in the game, but only if he hadn’t gotten dazed or knocked out.

    When the player has been dazed, these questions are only to diagnose the severity, the degree of injury. That’s what I believe(d) is the case, that fof him there isn’t any doubt about whether there is a concussion, just how bad it is, and how long might the player have to sit out. The questions and the quiet room protocol are only to help the doctors diagnose the extent of the concussion, the treatment required, the prognosis. That the player would certainly not be put back in the game in these cases, no matter how much they claimed to be okay and begged to go back in.

    So working off these assumptions, and setting aside the possibility that the medical team is incompetent or negligent, the only way I can excuse/explain letting Dale back on the ice is that the medical team didn’t see him be all wobbly-legged on the ice, and they weren’t told this by the players or the coaches. So they took Dale back in the tunnel, he seemed fine and had his balance back by then, they went through the steps, and they cleared him as the protocols state.

    While this seems unlikely, it happened a couple years ago in an NFL game when Chargers offensive guard Kris Dielman was knocked out on his feet, and wobbled and almost fell between snaps. Officials approached him to ask what was wrong, he waved them off and assured them he was okay. He gutted out the rest of the game, being the All Pro warrior that he was, knowing that there were already a few offensive linemen who had been felled by injuries during the game. He figured he was the last man standing, and could play, whereas the others had ‘real’ injuries to their legs and arms, they couldn’t block. He managed to finish the game, but later suffered a seizure on the flight home, and this was a severe enough episode that he never played another game and retired.

    There was a lot of finger pointing and soul searching, and it was found that the reason Mr. Dielman was allowed to continue to play, that no medical staff came to his aid and attended to him, was that they were all busy dealing with the other injured players on the sidelines, no one was watching the field.

    Two changes came about because of this incident. NFL teams now have to have at least one medical staff member observing the field of play at all times, they can’t all get sucked in taping one guy’s ankle or dealing with the QB’s sore finger. Further, the referees during the game now have the authority to stop play and signal for help from the medical staff when they observe a player in distress. While they themselves don’t have medical training and can’t diagnose anything, it’s another layer of protection, and allows for more eyes and ears on the field to safeguard players who are potentially injured.

    So on Tuesday, there was one big error, in that the medical staff didn’t observe Dale staggering around and weren’t told about this, and the other error came when the coaches allowed him back on the bench. They should have a basic understanding of the concussion protocol, and they must have seen him on the ice. They should have known right then that his night was over, that he wouldn’t return to action. When Dale came back to the bench, under whatever authority, the coach(es) should have said to that person: “Hold on a second, Dale could barely stand up after the hit, he can’t be cleared to return to action, right?…”

    For Michel Therrien to state in the press conference that player safety is primordial, but in the same breath say that Dale was okay and there was no concussion and that he was cleared, is contradictory. If player safety is the most important consideration, then he should have the basic understanding of this critical aspect of the equation, he should have gotten clarification from his training/medical staff when they let Dale back on the bench, and probably over-ruled them, if they hadn’t seen Dale immediately after the hit.

    That’s the best spin I can put on this cluster, that the Canadiens/NHL teams need to have better communication between their players and coaches and their medical staff after these kinds of incidents, and that the coaches need to have a better grasp of the fundamentals of concussion symptoms and treatment. If that isn’t the case, then we need to revisit the incompetence-negligence angle.

    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige

    • Paz says:

      That’s why we have replays.

      See the medical staff should be looking at the hit, and especially Weise’s wobbling afterwards, on replay, and they shouldn’t have to rely on someone else giving them a belated blow by blow description of what went on.

      Replays in the “quiet room”.

      It’s not rocket surgery.

      • krob1000 says:

        They may have very well thought he was going after Moore as that is initially what it looked like.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Good point Paz, I missed that. Of course a doc or trainer can go to the video coach and ask to replay the hit, if everyone missed it, so there’s no excuse there. If this isn’t part of the standard procedure when dealing with an injured player, well it should be. But I can’t imagine they haven’t thought of that. Which makes my best-case scenario even less plausible.

      • krob1000 says:

        Not rocket surgey but it is brain science …

    • krob1000 says:

      MY ifrst thought was posssible communication error as well…but i though more along the lines of Weise saying “can I at least sit at the bench to watch”? …then a coach unaware calls his numer…Weise decides he’s good to go and continues?

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Only problem with that krob is that the treatment for a concussion is to avoid exertion, exercise, bright lights, noise, etc. He should have remained in a quiet environment for the rest of the night, and be re-assessed the next day. Wanting to be part of the action on the bench, while understandable, is completely against ‘doctor’s orders’.

        When we hear about a player who has the flu, they quarantine that guy, keep him away from the rest of the team, despite his desire to be part of the team, travel with them, it’s medically the thing to do. So I don’t think they’d go against regs in the case of concussions, just for the sake of team chemistry.

        • krob1000 says:

          you are assuming they knew it was a concussion…or even is a concussion…for all we know he also has a broken jaw or soem facial injury. Like I said the wobble on the ice at first appeared to be Subban trying to hold Weise back…it was until the replay it became clear he was wobbly. If he had his faculties about him by the time he got to the quiet room to answer questions then it could all make sense. Other possiblity…maybe they only looked for concussion symptoms…maybe he has no concussion…but has a facial fracture that needs xray equipment to diagnose3 but their concern could have been the conscsuiion possibility…all sorts of possibilities out there..time will tell the story

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            krob, I’ve asked this question twice now, so if anyone knows please confirm or deny this, but anytime a player is stunned, staggered, or knocked out, that’s a concussion. Cut and dried. So if that’s correct, we don’t need to go around in circles. Dale was out on his feet after the hit, he had Bambi legs, that’s a clear, certain sign of concussion. There’s no assumption, and no need to wonder about facial injuries. There was a concussion, but it was missed, and Dale was let back into the game, which I don’t believe he should have been.

    • habsfan0 says:

      MT insisted today that Weise is NOT suffering from a head injury.
      Who’s he trying to protect?
      Weise,the organization,or both?
      Or maybe,he just might be telling the truth.

  36. AH says:

    No Weise = huge loss, going to be even tougher now..let’s go Prust!

    Not a good feeling about tonight..hope I’m wrong.

    Go Habs Go!

  37. Paz says:

    Anyone care to guess why the NHL is the still the laughing stock of pro sports leagues?

    1) Prust’s hit goes unpenalized on the ice, with 2 refs, even though the puck had left the area 1 second prior, 20 thousand in attendance and millions on TV all knew it was not only a penalty but a certain suspension

    2) Weisse returns to the ice only 15 minutes after receiving a head shot and having clearly been concussed, even though he is sent to the “quiet room” and checked by doctors.


    Roller Derby was more credible than this.

  38. Danno says:

    Love the photos!


    The stage is set…

    Tonight’s the night!

    PK Subban is going to light up Broadway Baby!


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  39. Score one on Lundqvist early and he’ll spend the entire game deeper in his crease than he already plays.

    Take it to em boys, crash that net, and shoot shoot shoot.


    Shane Oliver
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Don’t Poke The Bear

    • Alex_425 says:

      Totally agree. Get that early goal on him, get it as fast as possible, and you set the stage. Even better if it isn’t a scrappy one.

  40. Butterface says:

    Lumpqvist ain’t made of rubber. He won’t bounce back.

    Disappointed about Weise. In the spirit of giving, who should we target tonight ? How about Richards.

    I think this will be a tough opening 5 minutes. I sure hope the Habs play like they did versus Boston game 6.

    Lumpqvist ain’t religious. But he will be holey.

    I guess we have no controversy who to sits out with Prusty coming back into the line up. Therrien dodges a bullet.

    With Emelin a game time decision, I would far rather sit him and keep the defence we played game 5. I still like Beaulieu even though he played a bit too conservative the last game. Bouillon was decent.

    Lumpqvist ain’t Dennis Rodman. He will not rebound.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

  41. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Hoping the team goes out & wins it for Weise.

  42. montreal ace says:

    I hope Vanek raises his game tonight, and becomes the difference maker a goal scorer should be. I still don’t think we have played the best game we can, so total effort from everyone. The only score to be settled tonight is on the score board, so 20,000 fans where live hockey is not being played, can go home happy.

  43. HUDSONHAB says:

    Ask Crosby

  44. HUDSONHAB says:

    Concussions don’t always manifest them selfs immediately. Sometimes it takes 24-48 hours after.

  45. Rad says:

    I think what probably happened with Weise is that when he went to the Quiet room, he gave all the “right” answers to the doctors that he knew would get him back in the game. Answers like “do you have a headache” (No), “can you see this” (yes) etc. Being a warrior, he made it appear to the doc that he was 100%. Only upon closer evaluation the next day, did it become apparent to the medical staff that he was showing concussion symptoms such as headaches, etc., which is why he is now out. So it wasn’t necessarily the doctor’s fault that he went back in and finished Game 5, it was Dale’s warrior spirit.

  46. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Sometimes MT doesn’t make any sense when addressing the media. I think he made a big mistake letting Weise back out after the hit. God damn you Moore. So who takes Weise’s spot? We know Prust is in but will we see either Moen or White replacing may be Bournival?

  47. bwoar says:

    It’s a real shame about Dale Weise. I feel terrible for the guy. Despite what I said before I’m not insensitive to the dangers of head trauma. I hope he’s okay with not playing. I get it, the damage isn’t worth it – but on some level, I still think the decision to take the risk ought to be up to the player, not a doctor.

    I think back to PK showing up to keep the guy upright, just after the hit, and I hope he’ll get well soon. We’ll take this series – Weise hasn’t seen his last playoff game this year.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Hey bwoar, I prefer this version!

      Still disagree, though. I try to imagine if the player were a brother or son or personal friend. If I’m at the game, see him wobbling like Weise did after the head shot, I am pushing through security to get to the vestiare because there’s no way he is in a fit state to weigh up the pros and cons: it’s the playoffs, facing elimination, the crowd is baying, he’s a key component, the doc is on the Club payroll, AND the guy’s decision-making faculties are more than likely compromised by the hit itself, never mind the context. If your career ends at 35, that’s possibly a half-century living with appalling consequences.

      Just not worth the risk.

      What’s needed is independent medical assessment. And I agree with Ambrose — Mulder looks very bad in this and by all rights should go.

      • bwoar says:

        You guys are both jumping the gun big time on Mulder, based on no evidence but that a player came back on the ice. It’s not uncommon. A guy says, “I feel OK” and really, sometimes, not every time, but sometimes… he is! There’s a big grey area here and you want to tell an athlete that doctors have the right to choose for him. And heaven help the doctor if he chooses to accept that a player feels fine.

        I really think it’s too soon to jump down a respected doctor’s throat.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Ok, point taken re the anecdotal nature of Mulder’s involvement. So yes, some definite gun-jumping there.

          However, I’d still prefer non-hockey doctors to be making this call, impervious to how much the player desires to return. And in this instance, the fact that Mulder cleared him during the game but changed his mind less than 24 hours later looks suspect to me given the pressure that both he and Weise would have been under.

          • bwoar says:

            I agree with you on that point – there’s no reason a doctor in the employ of the team ought to be the one making the decision. I see why the team would want their doctor’s opinion, but it’s in the best interest of the player to have someone without team affiliation checking him out.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Bottom line, if the NHL were somehow able to temper its profit-drive and adopt some responsibility for the players, they would introduce zero-tolerance policies on head-shots.

    • Three days after my last concussion I was told to not drive home, I said OK.

      I then left the hospital and drove home. I was fine for 10 Kms then I turned onto a street that had 8 intersections of 4 way stop signs. I drove through everyone of them. My brain did not recognize the symbols, the word STOP, and even though I saw the signs coming at each one I could not stop. Only when I almost hit a car at the last intersection did I realize there was something wrong. I’m not making this up. Patients aren’t doctors. Even though you feel fine you are. Do you know where my wife finds the milk when it’s not in the fridge? In the dishwasher. Trust me, you can’t leave it up to the player to decide.

      I don’t know you, maybe you’re just a kid and refuse to listen. But trust me, brain injuries are life threatening.

      My heart shuts it’s self down on a daily basis, and have been told that I am one hit away from a wheel chair or death.

      It’s that easy.

      I have a hundred more stories like the one above. But too busy to try and convince you.

      GO HABS GO…….but not with Weise today.

      Shane Oliver
      A Little fun during the Intermission
      Don’t Poke The Bear

      • bwoar says:

        I can’t possibly argue the point of danger with you. Were it any of my children I’d have a different viewpoint. But they aren’t in the situation Weise is, and with respect, neither have you been.

        I say, I do get the severity, Shane. But so close to your life’s ultimate goal… eh it breaks my heart if he can’t come back. To be honest it’s not really far different than for Carey Price, who am I sure would be on the ice if he could – it’s just that if I were in Weise’s shoes I’d have a tough time accepting being shut down.

        A lifetime of post-concussion syndrome is honestly terrible, and I would never deny it or try to lessen that. But a lifetime of saying “what if” would also be hard to live with too. Imagine Weise never gets into an ECF or with luck a SCF ever again? These opportunities can be once-in-a-lifetime.

        That to me is what makes these headshots so pernicious at this time of year. You are robbing a player of their *shot*, and if they hide an injury and take the risk, they may *also regret* a further injury later on. The victim just has no outcome but to sit back, recover and hope for the best, that the hockey gods are smiling on them.

        After all that, now I wanna see Weise, Price, Prust and the gang raising that Cup even more than I did this morning.

  48. knob says:

    So which player will the Rangers try to intentionally injure tonight. Probably Bourque or Eller. A@#*^(es

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      If I’m NY it’s Bourque.

    • RetroMikey says:

      Rich blessings to the team tonight and many know what I mean when I say it!
      No such thing as good luck for the team.
      If God is on your side, who can be against you?
      No weapons formed shall prosper against the Habs.
      CH = Christ in Heaven!
      Have faith people, have faith!
      I want everyone on this site to say “rich blessings to our Habs tonight” and watch the miracle happen!
      Gorges and others will agree!

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

  49. Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

    What? No Weise! Jeez. Can somebody hijack the Zamboni and run the whole effin Rags team over already? At the rate things are going we’re gonna have nobody left to play the finals — assuming we get there which we will because the universe is building up a whole lotta bad karma against the Rags and it’s coming down on them starting tonite.

    ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

  50. Newf_Habster says:

    Keep your strong and unwavering faith in our Les Boys.

  51. zephyr says:

    too bad about weise. he’s been great.
    galchenyuk has been getting stronger each game & he’s been a real threat. we have the team to do it this year.

  52. Slackman says:

    Dare I even hint at a Brief hat trick?

    I dare.

    Book it, suckers.

  53. If the league gave a whit about the safety of its players, there would be no such thing as a 2-game suspension — just like there’s no such thing as a 50-cent speeding ticket.

    All hits that merit disciplinary action should earn the offender ten games at a minimum — Prust, Moore, Bollig, Seabrook, everybody.

    Devils coach Jacques Lemaire on the Daneyko-Kaminski feud – “Daneyko got mad when Kaminski said he was going to knock his teeth out. Dano has only two teeth left, so you can’t say that to Dano.”

  54. Timo says:

    It really sucks about Weise. Hopefully some Rag is knocked out tonight.

  55. Marek says:

    Price taking shots in practice today

  56. Hobie says:

    The Weise loss is a big one…

  57. murfdog says:

    ALRIGH BOYS THIS IS THE NIGHT, not good weisse is out. Lets go boys!!!! I know there will be a game 7. LETS DO THIS !!!

  58. sCOTT1243 says:

    Someone needs to give price a little shot of Cortisone….I’d take Price at 70% right now!

    Go habs go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. DipsyDoodler says:

    Dale Weise was one of our better players in Game 5.

    The strategy of injuring our players remains in place.

    Moving. Forward.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Indeed, Stepan needs to be re-injured. Silly us, believing a broken jaw would slow him down. 2/3rds of a hat-trick in his first game back.

      Brain injury is way better, and costs the same.

  60. JUST ME says:

    I do not make much about Weise`s no show at practice. It may just be mind games again and maybe he needs the rest who knows ?

    I just know that it`s all in tonight. Prust and P.K. will lead the way for us.
    One period at a time, one game at a time, no tomorrow. Game 7 for both teams cause N.Y. sure do not want to come back to Bell center.

    Go habs Go !

  61. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    If Dale Weise is out, the Canadiens should part ways with Dr. Mulder. That is unacceptable that he let Weise back out on the bench so soon after he was obviously concussed. Ridiculous!

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Whoever let him play made a mistake – but do we know Mulder made the call?

      Moving. Forward.

      • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

        Well, the medical staff cleared him. And pretty damn quickly too. I think that is irresponsible. This isn’t the first time Mulder has cleared players too early, resulting in longer term injuries.

        I remember Dec. 31, 1975

    • bwoar says:

      If he wants to play, he should. This concussion protocol stuff is utter nonsense this time of year. It’s the Stanley Cup playoffs, the thing these guys have lived their lives for. Let them choose to play if they wish. I can’t imagine being told “nope, sorry, you have a mild concussion so no more hockey for you.” and just going “oh right, there’s always next year.”

      I feel for guys kept off the ice in those circumstances.

      • krob1000 says:

        I am sure a normal doctor would not let someone with a broken jaw play hockey either.

      • J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

        Yeah, because after all a game is more important than a person’s brain, and possible long-term consequences. Pfft.

        I remember Dec. 31, 1975

        • Loop_Garoo says:

          Yes, especially when you only have a 2 goal lead with a couple minutes left, or maybe it was 3 at that time. But that is when you need to risk permanent brain injury to one of your 4th live guys, like every coach knows.

          Really surprised he went back out, especially after the obvious wooziness he was suffering from, not smart, but I am sure that it was done with honest intent (?)

      • Chris says:

        Rich Peverley also wanted to get back out on the ice after his heart stopped on the bench. The reason you have medical doctors with a sports team is for circumstances such as this: players should not be out when they suffer traumatic injuries.

        Stop treating brain injuries as a mere inconvenience or a slight headache. Weise already took one massive blow when he was rammed into the rounded glass earlier in the game, and then he took a blind-side head-shot. If he hits his head again, the concussion could be that much more serious, even fatal.

        So no, you don’t let a guy out on the ice just because he wants to play. That is utterly ridiculous.

      • Ozmodiar says:

        The 1994 version of me agrees.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        You are giving an honest take on it bwoar, I don’t disagree. Despite all we know, I can imagine if it was me, I would be begging to play. Heck I shouldn’t be playing baseball with my knee right now, but I can’t say to no to it. I can only imagine a pro hockey player with a chance at the Cup.

        Appreciate your honesty.

      • I would trade 24 Stanley Cups, and 10 billion dollars to be normal again.

        Concussion Protocol is not nonsense, Weise not playing could save his life.

        Education is the key to survival.

        Shane Oliver
        A Little fun during the Intermission
        Don’t Poke The Bear

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        The medical knowledge on traumatic brain injury is still rudimentary, but the best evidence currently is that athletes with concussion symptoms shouldn’t return to play.

        The main reason is the so called “second impact syndrome”. This happens when there is a second head trauma while symptoms of an earlier concussion have yet to subside. For reasons unknown, this is a high risk situation that can result in serious injury – even death. Sudden death from second impact syndrome occurs mostly in kids

        This is presumed to be what happened to Sidney Crosby, who was hit with a normal body check ( no blow to the head) and ended up missing almost a year.

        Besides the risk of very serious injury, there is also the risk of delayed traumatic encephalopathy, a condition similar to Alzheimer’s disease.

        Finally an athlete with concussion symptoms is probably not at their optimum in terms of coordination and cognitive function, so probably shouldn’t play for that reason as well.

        Moving. Forward.

    • Chris says:

      The medical staff obviously has some explaining to do on that call…Weise was obviously loopy after his hit. It is pretty hard to believe that 5-10 minutes was enough time to assess that no concussion had been suffered.

  62. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Further to CJ’s apoplectic strategies below, my “I Dream of Jeannie” request would be that any time NY enters the zone, Tokarski is allowed to the see the shot, which he stops, and then we get it the hell out of there and spend the next 3 shifts in the NY end.

    No delay escaping our end.

    No one-and-done in theirs.

    Let’s do it.

  63. montreal ace says:

    Will a New Canadien’s hero be born tonight which Hab will rise to the occasion

  64. southaltahab says:

    I just registered and this is my first post. Typical long time reader, first time poster. Hockey Inside/Out is usually the first hockey site I look at during the day or after a game. Anyway, I just wanted to write that for some reason today I feel the same way I did a few years ago when Montreal came back against Boston after being down 3 games to 1 during Kovalev’s first year. It just seems to me we’re looking at two teams going in different directions. I think they win tonite and if they do, game 7 will be a cakewalk. I hope I’m right. Cheers.

  65. D Mex says:

    In keeping with the theme of doing things in the same manner as leading into Tuesday’s game, here is a re-post from yesterday :

    @ BriPro
    Appears your W-L record as ” first ” poster on the liveblog remains intact & unblemished. Nice work – congrats !
    I’m on a plane late Thursday so unable to be here for the game, but you’ve got carte blanche to do whatever it takes to bring the boys home for Game 7. Keep up the good work !

    Love them Habs !

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  66. mark-ID says:

    Have a great game day everyone. Remember, visualize the numbers 12-6 all day. That’s going to be our record once we finish off the Rags on Saturday.

    “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  67. FlyAngler says:

    Reposted from previous thread:

    O’Halloran & McCauley Stats:

    One could be concerned that they seem to be the types that like the penalties to be relatively even and they also seem to call fewer penalties in the third period, which can be okay as long as they don’t let blatant stuff go.

    “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

  68. CJ says:

    I’m heading to the golf course. I simply can’t concentrate…..

    This is our season. A loss tonight and it’s all over but the second guessing. A win tonight and we have an excellent chance of advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals! Allow me to repeat myself, we are two wins away from the Stanley Cup Finals! If that doesn’t get you going, nothing will.

    I have to assume that every member of this online community is a fanatic. This is our Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Yom Kippur, Ramadan…… you get the point. I can hardly concentrate I’m so excited!

    All hands on deck tonight. We simply must be the first to loose pucks, we must fight for every inch. Jesus Christ, I sound like Al Pacino…. I’m just excited is all.

    I want to see a Prust hit, a Beaulieu rush, a PK rocket, a Chucky snipe, a Tokarski robbery, an Eller face off win, a Briere big moment goal and anything else that add’s to the piece of a winning puzzle. Tonight is going to be toughest game of the season. We will get the Rangers best. Tonight is the night to push back and remind them that the fourth win is always the toughest. The Rangers have no interest in coming back to Montreal. They will be laying it all on the line tonight. Let’s crush their hopes and dreams!

    A wildly fanatic CJ, wishing you the very best. Go Habs Go!

    • FlyAngler says:

      Long and down the middle C J, and don’t forget that all important 19th Hole!

      “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

    • krob1000 says:

      Golf course wrong place to go if you can’t concentrate!! Go bowling instead…bring some Panini stickers of the Rangers and stick em on some bowling pins….a little bowling alley voodoo goes a long way in the playofffs.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Picturing you on a golf course. Pretty funny.

    • adamkennelly says:

      word. enjoy your round – I’m going out later – get home by 5 p.m. for pre-gaming it – 6 p.m. mountain start for me…I’m loving every second of this – my liver – not so much but we’ve been practicing.

    • krob1000 says:

      1st hole-The Dunboyne hole
      2nd hole-Actually the Dunboyne hole
      3rd hole-No more mulligans hole
      4th hole-Hole of hope (usually still sober, had enough swings to be in the groove and did I mention still sober? Front stay out of this..most are still sober at this point)
      5 hole-Rough Patch Hole (ah the 5 hole…..where Patches buries on Lundqvist)
      6th hole- Where is that damn beer cart girl hole
      7th hole-Can you call your wife to pick us up hole
      8th hole-Nope-can you you call your wife hole?
      9th hole- Hurry up I want to pick up a few drinks at the turn hole
      10th-18th hole- Is this still golf holes?
      19th hole-Why did we leave this hole to begin with again?hole

  69. Rad says:

    It looks like Weise may not play tonight. That was a dirty hit by Moore. The hit Prust laid on Stepan was late, but not dirty. That’s the difference between the Montreal Canadiens and a lot of other teams. Habs have always been a class act.

    • krob1000 says:

      Late is still dirty and Prust should have known better…he said it best…he was fired up , it was his first shift and he was trying to set a tone….he went overboard and IMo was rightfully suspended. Now if only they would do that more. The Moore hit IMO if regular season would have been way more and had the PRust hit not been so soon before and so comparable and at this point in ECF’s I wbet the discipline would have been far different. It will never be proven but IMO if both hits happen in reg season and 3 months apart I would bet Moore hit gets between 6 and 10 games….and Prust gets 2 games still.

      • Rad says:

        Prust did not target the head, Moore did.

        • krob1000 says:

          exactly…but PRust hit was still dirty and he deserved his suspension …he also targeted a star player, other teams first line center….

          • Rad says:

            You’re splitting hairs. Prust definitely deserved his suspension, and he said so himself. The difference between the Moore and Prust hits was that one targeted the head and the other didn’t.

    • montreal ace says:

      I hope it’s just gamesmanship by MT concerning Weise

    • D Mex says:

      Plenty of class in the league : some of it is 2nd (eg : NYR), some of it is 3rd (eg : BOS), and some of it is reptilian (eg : Buttman), but it’s all ‘ class ‘.

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

  70. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Ok, so I may not be FIRST on this thread, but I am going to be FIRST to say FIRST.

    Inanity be damned!


  71. shiram says:

    Video of Price stopping some shots.

  72. HabinBurlington says:

    Gameday has arrived!


  73. Slackman says:

    I second that

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