Fan returns missing dogs to Habs goalie Price; Bourque misses practice with flu (with video)

Hockey wasn’t the only thing on Canadiens goalie Carey Price’s mind Monday morning.

Price sent out a Twitter message early Monday morning saying: “If anyone finds two labs running around Candiac they’re mine.”

The Canadian Press reported that TSN Radio 690 noted a caller who heard their report about the missing dogs found them and returned them to Price, who lives in Montreal’s South Shore suburb of Candiac. The person who found the dogs was reported to have received an autographed goalie stick from Price.

The Canadiens had a practice at 11 a.m. Monday in Brossard as they prepare for Game 3 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Bruins Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

After practice, Price told reporters his dogs escaped out of his garage, adding it wasn’t the first time and probably won’t be the last.

Rene Bourque missed practice because of the flu and coach Michel Therrien told reporters in Brossard “hopefully he’ll play tomorrow.”

Douglas Murray was paired with Mike Weaver on defence, taking Francis Bouillon’s spot, while Ryan White was on the fourth line with Dale Weise and Travis Moen. Brandon Prust and George Parros were the extra forwards.

After practice, Therrien said he would not talk about any lineup changes he might have planned for Game 3. The coach added that he is excited about playing Game 3 and 4 in front of the Bell Centre fans.

“Like Boston’s fans, our fans are very, very passionate about their team,” Therrien told reporters. “That’s why we’ve had success at home, the fact that we play in front of our fans. They can make the building that much more intimidating for our opponent. It’s a source of motivation for the home team.

“We’re excited to play at home. There’s no better place to play playoff hockey than the Bell Centre,” the coach added. “I am doing my best to ensure that we remain focused on good things. We’re looking forward to a good game in a charged up building. It will be great to be a part of that. I expect the guys to be excited.”

Alex Galchenyuk skated on his own before practice as he continues to recover from a lower-body injury.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at practice:

Vanek-Desharnais-Pacioretty
Bournival-Plekanec-Gallagher
Gionta-Eller-Briere
Weise-White-Moen
Parros-Prust

Gorges-Subban
Emelin-Markov
Murray-Weaver
Tinordi-Bouillon

The Bruins practised in Boston Monday before flying to Montreal. Bruins defencemen Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton told reporters they have uncovered the secret to beating Price, saying the goaltender leaves himself open to high shots when he drops down to see through traffic in front of his net.

“I’ve seen a lot of scouting reports on lots of goaltenders throughout the league and that’s pretty much the scouting report on everybody,” Price told reporters in Brossard after practice. “It’s the same for (Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask). It’s the same for me. It’s the same for (Tampa Bay’s) Ben Bishop. It’s the same for (Chicago’s) Corey Crawford. It’s a pretty irrelevant comment.”

Therrien said it’s part of the Bruins’ strategy.

“It’s something we’ve seen time and again,” Therrien said after practice. “I talked to (goaltender coach) Stephane Waite and he said in the Stanley Cup finals, there was a lot of talk about Crawford and a lot of goals being scored on his glove side. It’s a part of the Bruins’ strategy.”

(Photo by John Mahoney/The Gazette)

Game 3 Preview, NHL.com

Habs play down trash talk as they prepare for Game 3, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Playoff notebook, Canadiens.com

Post-practice interviews (video), Canadiens.com

Price recovers missing dogs, NHL.com

Habs accentuating the positives after Game 2 loss, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Habs put Game 2 loss behind them, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

Sports world still fighting ugliness of racism, by Jack Todd for The Gazette

Bruins fans praise Subban’s class in response to racist remarks, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

Canadiens focused on keeping third-period leads, NHL.com

Bournival forcing way into Habs’ lineup, NHL.com

Subban causing problems for Bruins’ penalty kill, NHL.com

City on alert for hockey mayhem, montrealgazette.com

Bring on the Bell Centre (video), bostonbruins.com

Bruins ready to face challenges of Bell Centre, NHL.com

Bruins, Habs series playing out true to form, Boston Herald

Bruins can’t play into Canadiens’ hands in Montreal, Boston Globe

Logic disproves Therrien’s comments about officiating, Boston.com

Comeback overshadows Bruins’ issues, Boston.com

Bruins remain confident in struggling power play, NHL.com

Feeding Habs fans: Playoff party tips, by The Gazette’s Denise Duguay

Former Hab Muller fired as Hurricanes coach, NHL.com

735 Comments

  1. hitgurl says:

    I want to see Murray and White in the lineup. We need more toughness so that the Bruins are busy tangling with those guys instead of other guys.

    Without them… I don’t feel good about this next game.

  2. D Mex says:

    @ Dunboyne
    Ref your feedback below on steak and scotch, what a great topic for discussion !
    Blue steak … nice colour but leaves steak a bit lively for my pallet – medium rare for me. Irish over Scotch you say – I’ll have to research this further, but am always pretty happy with a nice Scotch blend on ice. Love the smokey quality of JW Black, but the Blue is exquisite. They have never hurt me the next morning – for too long … ;-)

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Alternating nights, no prob!
      The boy come back down to earth yet?

      • D Mex says:

        Oh yes – but still pretty happy.
        They congratulated him on the school PA today and his teammates / schoolmates are being really good about it. He was 1 of 2 from the team to have their name called.

        Me on the other hand … LOL :-D

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

    • frontenac1 says:

      A fine Single Malt before the Steak. Rare or Bleu are both acceptable. A full bodied Red Wine with the steak. Finish the experience with a nice Cognac and Cohiba. Saludos!

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      I’m now convinced there is only one way to do steak.

      First you get a thick marbled piece – at least 2 inches thick.

      Then, you cook it in a sous-vide immersion cooker at 135 F for 2 hours.

      Then, you take it out of the plastic bag, cover with coarse salt and pepper, massage with olive oil, and sear all surfaces with a blow torch (the industrial kind).

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

  3. Psycho29 says:

    The Officials tomorrow:

    refs are Tim Peel and Chris Rooney; linesmen are Brian Murphy, Jonny Murray

    (via Mitch Melnick and Dave Stubbs on Twitter)

  4. DuckDodgers says:

    The best match for a mede-rare prime cut steak is a well made Cab, gents-and-seven-to-ten ladies. Barossa Valley, Bordeaux, then California cabs.

  5. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Liking the addition of Murray & White. Let’s hope it works out.

  6. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Holy heck Crystal Palace!!!

  7. Hobie says:

    Habs fan sulking in a bar after the loss on Saturday. Drinking his beer, taking the odd shot of Whiskey or 10. Bruins fan walks into the bar, starts shooting his mouth off about the win and shows no remorse for any of the racist remarks said by Bruins fans on social media. The Bruins fan and the Habs fan exchange words, Bruins fan taunts Habs fan on even more, Habs fan drops chicken wing in Bruins fan beer, Bruins fan tosses beer in Habs fan face, Habs fan sends the Bruins fan to the floor with a strong overhand right.

    Does the Bruins fan have any grounds for a lawsuit? Or are they both at fault? :-).

  8. Dunboyne Mike says:

    I don’t believe we actually need to knock Chara on his can, beautiful and all as that would be. We just need to hit him (and bounce off, whatever) every time the puck goes to the corner. Definitely put him off his game.

    Obviously Murray wouldn’t be involved in that strategy. In our end, he can a) absorb the flying late hits behind the red line better than smaller D; and b) shift Chara from the crease on the PK (or can he? Last thing we need is BOTH Chara and Murray screening Price).

    There’s also always the possibility that Murray visits Marchand and leaves him accordioned like Coyote after the anvil lands on his head from the cliff above…..

    • frontenac1 says:

      I always hated that Cocky little Roadrunner. Just once,I wanted the Coyote to nail him. No justice in this world.Slainte Mike!

      • DuckDodgers says:

        Uh oh, in Dun’s allegory, Front, the coyote’s a Bruin and Roadrunner is Cournoyer. You may have some latent Bruin-love, Front.

      • Mavid says:

        I never understood why the Coyote just didn’t go out and buy some food with all the cash he wasted on Anvils, Catapults, and other various ACME products, he was a very stupid animal…and I mean honestly how much meat was on the Roadrunner..he was as skinny as a rake…When I was a kid we used to watch it with my dad, and no matter how many times he saw the episode..he would always crack up laughing.. he would say “that stupid F—-n Coyote..one of my best memories of my dear old pops..

        Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          My mental picture of you used to be Granny from the Beverly Hill Billies.

          But if you watched the Roadrunner as a kid, then you’re probably my age. Probably younger!

          (Still, the mental image of the Beverly Granny running around Ottawa tormenting Sens fans is very attractive…)

          • Mavid says:

            haha..watched the Beverley Hillbillies too..oil..Texas tea..well the first thing you know, old Jeds a millionaire, the Kin folk said Jed move away from there..The cement pond..and lets not forget the fancy dinning room table with those long sticks to pass the dishes around.. I am happy to say I look nothing like old granny…but for tormenting sens fans..you have that right..as a matter of fact I was giving it to one just yesterday..

            Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

          • Cal says:

            She’s old, Jed. Wore out…..wasting away!

            Yuppir, I’m a fossil, too. My fingers creak as I type. It’s distracting.

    • Cal says:

      Actually, yes, the Habs need to knock him down over and over again to get him off his game. I do so love picturing Marchand accordionized. :lol:

  9. sprague cleghorn says:

    “Bourque misses practice with flu (with video)”. Okay, I follow hockey closely, but I don’t want to see that video.

    … ‘ow could we forget that?

  10. Cal says:

    This one’s for you, Danno, wherever you are in cyberspace.He’s PK!

  11. habstrinifan says:

    Johnny Larue wrote

    “- Habs learned an extremely valuable lesson about acquiescing to their “protect the lead” instinct. The RDS guys, speaking from experience, pointed out that the team taking its foot off the pedal in the third was the result of the players not wanting to make costly errors–as opposed to a clear directive from the coaching staff. (Therrien bashers might want to consider this before recklessly assigning blame to their favourite whipping boy.)”

    Without even thinking about where the strategy originated (players’ fears/coaches failure to awaken the troops..whatever) all personnel better make the adjustments in their mind and thus execution.

    • johnnylarue says:

      It was enlightening (for me) to have someone point out that, contrary to popular belief, players are prone to shifting into a “play not to lose” mentality in order to protect a lead in a big game.

      Gaston Therrien described a scenario where the second forecheking forward might hesitate to join a puck battle along the boards if he thinks it could result in an odd-man rush for the other team–this even if the word from the coaches is to “keep pushing”.

      It’s human nature–and might be harder to put into practice than it seems.

      It’s also telling that so many teams have managed late-game comebacks–virtually EVERY team wants to slip into a defensive shell (to an extent) when they’re leading late. Combine this unwillingness to commit offensively with the opponent’s desperation/blitz and before you know it, it’s OT.

  12. scamorza says:

    Price lives in Candiac? Wow hope he doesn’t take the Champlain bridge- kinda like Pascal Perez (RIP bless his soul) getting lost to the stadium. …
    come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

  13. HabinBurlington says:

    Suarez crying like a baby leaving the pitch must be embarrassing to watch for Reds fans.

  14. DipsyDoodler says:

    Liverpool up 3-0 with 11 minutes to play. Crystal Palace came back and scored 3 in ten minutes. They’ve just thrown away the title.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

    • Habs_Norway says:

      Not true, Liverpool havent had the title in weeks, City has had the upper hand all along in goal difference.
      If LFC won today and their remaining game, and City did the same, City would win by more goals scored (unless Pool won 10-0 today and next game)

      What a shame, thought the trophy finally would end up in Liverpool after all theese years – and not to mention, to kill the joke..

      ______________________________________
      Say no to visors and sign Emelin for 10 years

  15. HabinBurlington says:

    Liverpool doing their best Habs impression?

  16. Say Ash says:

    Liverpool choke even worse than Habs. Wow.

  17. HankHardball says:

    Why is nobody in the media giving the Habs credit for being a better team than they were in last year’s playoffs? They’re even a better team than they were before the trade deadline.

    They have a team spirit and chemistry that few teams have. They find a way to win that we haven’t seen in years.

    They’ve yet to play their best hockey in this series. But they will. I like them to win the next 2 games at home.

  18. RockinRey says:

    If you are going to insert anyone for Frankie I would insert Bealieu.

    ——————————————————————————————————
    ‘This organization going forward must set its sights on competing for the game’s ultimate prize every season — and no lesser standard should be accepted.’
    —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Bealieu is a good hockey player and can move the puck quite well. If they were going to use him this playoff they should have brought him up and played him more during the season. Development wise I think he is ahead of Tinordi but I also think that Pateryn is ahead of Tinordi as well.

      Murray will be in cause of his hitting capability as well as experience.

  19. habs001 says:

    Home ice is important..Not that the Habs cant win game 5 or 7 in Boston…But it is a pretty good bet that for the Habs to win game 5 or 7 in Boston they would have to win the game despite being out shot,out chanced and dominated a fair portion in the game…they would need some good luck… Games in Montreal will be very close and may come down to one or two plays but the Habs should not be as dominated as in Boston…

  20. I still feel dirty from game two…

    I’m speechless! 20 years and counting…

  21. habs001 says:

    I just hope that game 3 does not look like the 4-1 loss at the Bell centre earlier in the year..My fear is that the Habs outplay Boston in the first with many scoring chances but dont capitalize and the Bruins get a fluke/bad goal and than roll…

  22. youngwun says:

    Everyone go vote subban nhl 15 cover! Tell your friends, spread the word!

  23. Danno says:

    Losing a pet can mess up your head.

    Glad this story had a Hollywood ending!

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  24. johnnylarue says:

    Fearing high toxicity levels, I managed to avoid this place entirely since the final buzzer of Game 2.

    [Pats himself on the back while simultaneously rubbing his belly.]

    My thoughts, compressed into roughly the size of a large walnut:

    – Game 3 either establishes the Habs as a team that means business, or one that is simply destined to be another truckload of human asphalt for the Boston Steamroller. I don’t think they can win this series if they let BS-tonne take back home ice advantage with their first crack at the Bell. The resulting momentum and psychological advantage–combined with the Bruins’ already intimidating stature on paper–would make for the kind of odds I would not hesitate to describe as “insurmountable”.

    – The prospective roster changes from practice are entirely logical. White/Weise/Bournival were the best fourth line we saw this season (given an unfortunately tiny sample size). Maybe Bouillon was just plain unlucky in Game 2, but this team desperately needs a bit of respite from the constant pounding of the Bruins forecheckers. Murray’s presence in the lineup should be enough to at least slow the bleeding, if not stop it altogether.

    – Never mind 100%, Prust is playing through what must be a significant injury and is essentially playing like a 4th line Hamilton call-up, minus the deer-in-headlights/greenhorn factor. He needs to sit, and I’d go so far as to suggest he should just get whatever surgery he needs out of the way now and focus on getting healthy for next October. He’s of no use to us in his current state.

    – Habs learned an extremely valuable lesson about acquiescing to their “protect the lead” instinct. The RDS guys, speaking from experience, pointed out that the team taking its foot off the pedal in the third was the result of the players not wanting to make costly errors–as opposed to a clear directive from the coaching staff. (Therrien bashers might want to consider this before recklessly assigning blame to their favourite whipping boy.)

    – Oh, and GODSPEED RENE BOURQUE!!

    There. We’re all up to date, then! And still ~28 hours left to restock the fridge. ;)

    • JF says:

      Agree with you about the importance of Game three. We absolutely need to win it. We can’t afford to let the Bruins build on the momentum they got from Saturday’s comeback, not to mention handing home-ice advantage back to them. Actually we need to win both our home games.

      That said, it’s possible to make too much of Saturday’s collapse; I believe Mike Boone called it “epic” at the time. These playoffs have been full of comebacks from two goals down. The team that loses its lead and the game simply has to bounce back. And I would think it must be more difficult to deal with the kind of situation that the Hawks (twice), Penguins, and Ducks have faced, in which they saw a one-goal deficit erased in the final minute and then lost the game in OT.

      I’m confident the Habs will respond well to what happened, less confident they’ll manage to prevent its happening again. The Bruins were the best third-period team in the League during the regular season, with a goal differential of +48. Makes it seems as though no deficit would be too great for them to overcome.

    • Chris says:

      I strongly disagree with the notion that the addition of Douglas Murray to the line-up with slow the pounding that the Habs are taking from Bruins fore-checkers. If anything, Murray’s pitiful skating will exacerbate that problem. Bouillon, as the very least, is fast enough that he could clear the puck before he got pounded. Murray loses more of those battles than he wins.

      Murray can help clear traffic in front of the net and perhaps avoid some of the scrums. But truth be told, this has not been a particularly scrum-happy series, so I think that is not really a concern. The traffic in front of the net is a concern, but I’m not sure how much you can do about it without taking interference penalties.

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        I think the best justification for the switch is that Bouillon and Murray both have been better when rested.

        —–
        Moving. Forward.

      • Cal says:

        When Murray knocks Chara on his can while killing a penalty is when you’ll finally see his value, I guess. Then, when he rubs out Lucy and goes crashing into the corners with 2 Bruins and comes out with the puck, maybe then you’ll see what we’ve talked about.

        • Chris says:

          Murray won’t knock Chara on his can…guarantee you that.

          As for coming out with the puck in a battle with 2 Bruins, well…I can always hope. From my vantage point, Murray lost far more battles than he won this season. And more importantly, he was so slow that plays that should have left the zone end up parked in there because he never got to the puck in the first place.

          I’d be over the moon if what you say happens. But I also don’t expect anybody to admit it when it doesn’t. :)

          • frontenac1 says:

            Murray already knocked Chara on his can this season. Did you not watch the game?

          • Chris says:

            Different season, now Front. Chara was seemingly coasting through the regular season the past couple of years, conserving his energy for the playoffs.

          • frontenac1 says:

            Could be amigo. I think Crankhaft was just cruising too. Wait till he lays out some Bruins with his legendary open ice hits. It is a thing of beauty.

      • frontenac1 says:

        Murray played great against the Bruins this season. As Mike said,”he adds a physical presence”. I agree with him.

      • scamorza says:

        Well hope he does pick up foot speed a bit with the rest generally agree but he has somehow played well against them this yeAr but I agree with the sentiment that everyone talks about the bruins hitting etc it’s their speed and playmaking that worries me to this point but still believe the habs will prevail

        come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

        • johnnylarue says:

          The hitting takes a toll. It wears players down, fosters hasty play-making and ups the potential for some bad decisions. As the series wears on, a team which has been physically punished for 5-6 games in a row is more likely to tire early than their opponent.

          Just having a couple hundred pounds of fresh meat in the lineup to absorb some of that abuse will definitely have an impact on the rest of the lineup, however minor. And being able to give some back to the Bruins won’t hurt.

          We just have to pray Murray can hold up his end of the bargain when it comes to keeping the puck away from Carey’s net.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            I think this is the main advantage to including Murray. Not that he comes free of drawbacks — it sure is a tough call.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        I have to disagree on this one Chris. Murray looked good against Boston as their speed is not a big concern so Murray doesn’t look as slow out there.

        He needs to clear the net and also lay a few guys out. Our D are getting pounded and so are our forwards. This series will most likely be a 6 or 7 game series and if we continue to play the way we have we will be ground down in the second half of the series.

        Murray brings something we have been missing. The Cube has been ok, he was better in Game 1 than game 2.

    • JUST ME says:

      Can not blame you for doing so although your sense of reality is sometimes very appreciated. Did stay away myself mostly from TSN radio that i know were just looking for an occasion to bash . Came here to write a few times trying not to explode when reading comments that seemed to go overboard. As if we are not used to read those here sometimes i can control myself and look away …sometimes.

      I do understand that i am a fan and am ready to go through thick and thin and have seen much much worse not that long ago. People tend to forget i guess.

      What really pisses me off is that 10 minutes before the dreaded debacle most of the negative commentators were thinking about a sweep but will not admit it. They forgot that we were playing against probably the top team in the league, certainly the best of the conference. So we lost. It was to be expected. It was ugly. We did not lose 7-0 and did not get humiliated (sounds familiar with the Bruins ?).
      It`s in those moments that i find that reading a good book is soooo good for the soul !

      Go habs Go !

      • johnnylarue says:

        Indeed. I’m not even particularly old, but when I got up from my couch at the end of the game and felt a slight wobble in my legs, I realized it was time to “step away”.

        I should be ready to go by Tuesday night though. I think…

  25. Chris says:

    There are different styles of coaches.

    Randy Carlyle, Ron Wilson and John Tortorella are all examples of coaches that are dictators behind the bench, the kind of guys that the players love to hate but will generally put up with when times are going well. Unfortunately, these are also the guys that players generally tune out fairly quickly. Other examples of this style of coach would be Pat Burns (whose expiry date seemed to be 4 seasons), Scotty Bowman (whose legendary status made him immune to player complaints), Ken Hitchcock, Kevin Constantine, and Mike Keenan.

    On the other end of the spectrum, you’ve got the so-called player’s coaches, the guys who are more communicator than screamer. The classic example of this style of coach is Jacques Demers, a coach who most players liked playing for. Paul Maurice is a more modern example of a player’s coach, and I think that Kirk Muller falls into this camp as well. From my perspective, Mike Babcock is another player’s coach, a guy who rarely if ever calls out his players publicly and who the players seem to have a lot of respect for.

    Then you have the guys that lie somewhere in between. I would say that Michel Therrien tended to be more of a dictator in his first pass through Montreal, but he is now more of a player’s coach. Alain Vigneault is definitely more of a player’s coach.

    Claude Julien probably straddles the line better than any coach in the league: he can be a jerk to his players and rip into them in practices and on the bench, but he doesn’t often let fly via the media. He is also very good at communicating what he wants his players to do and he doesn’t have a doghouse that is as inescapable as that of most NHL coaches. Screw up and you will get an earful from Julien, but you aren’t likely to be stapled to the bench for 3 games as punishment.

    Patrick Roy seems to have a bit of both as well: his players generally love to play for him, as he has their back. But he can be very critical as well, so they have to stay on their toes.

    If you go with a guy like Maurice or Muller, they probably need a bit of a bad-cop assistant coach. I don’t put too much stock on the tactical side of head coaching anymore, as most teams leave these types of things to their assistants.

    Toronto desperately needs a communicator behind the bench after years of Wilson and Carlyle, guys that beat up on their own players. They have a young core, and their top players need to improve defensively. Getting called out through the media is not teaching, but it does cause many of the players to quit on the coaching staff.

    Sometimes a team needs to go the other way, but you have to be careful. I think the Canucks felt like they needed a taskmaster after years of the more relaxed Alain Vigneault, but this one backfired. I suspect that a very veteran roster like that of Vancouver is less inclined to give a dictator coach the necessary willingness to endure abuse.

    Dan Bylsma is often credited with boosting the confidence of the Penguins after Michel Therrien’s reign of terror and criticism. That being said, Therrien’s tough love was probably needed to get the Penguins to play the right way if they were ever going to have playoff success.

  26. Say Ash says:

    It’s friggin’ May. Who gets the flu?

  27. DipsyDoodler says:

    Hang on – Laviolette showed up Tampa that one time and now Boucher is to the NHL what Mel Gibson is to Hollywood? C’mon!

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

  28. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    Hmmm. I’m not religious, but I wonder if it would help?
    https://www.laflammedesseries.com/en/home/

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  29. Maksimir says:

    Congrats to Tuuka Rask on becoming a father.

    And if its one thing I have seen over and over again is that new dad’s in the NHL usually have their minds not on hockey. It will be interesting to see how he plays the next couple of games.

  30. habsguru says:

    crazy around here lately. 5-1 in the playoffs and everyone wants to throw Timo under the bus…

    raise your mouse, errr hand if after game 82 you thought the CH would be in the second round and tied 1-1 with the bruins.

    yah, thought so.

    i missed Boone’s link to “the Stanley Cup should be easy to win”

  31. habstrinifan says:

    Hi everyone! Wondering about the ‘fever’ in Mtl. I was at the airport catching a connection flight to Switzerland… did not see one single Habs shirt/hat worn by anyone… except a clerk at one of the airport stores selling sports gear.

    And I was there for over 4 hours due too delays.

  32. shiram says:

    Habs can still win the series.

  33. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Take that eotp. Unleash The Crankshaft !

  34. JUST ME says:

    Something tells me that a little dose of Whitey right about now would be just what the doctor ordered. As many of you mentionned also , i do not think that Prust is 100 % and for a guy like him to be effective he has to be ready to bulldoze …

    Would not mind either Murray being inserted in the roster. We have been more than harsh towards Cube who was not hired to play every game but did. Nobody can say that this guy does not deliver 100 % effort. But now a little crease cleaner would be nice.

    • SPATS says:

      Hey Just you… I was about to post an eerily similar comment!

      Obviously it isn’t just me (or @ JUST ME) who believe a dose of Whitey, Weise & Bournival would stir up an awesome 4th line tomorrow night. Imagine the energy and tenacity Whitey will bring, and with home ice and last change… Could swing the Mo back our way in a hurry. Give Prust and Moen a night off MT!

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        I like this, like your 4th line.
        There was criticism of Bournival earlier, and a preference for Moen. With neither Prust nor Moen apparently able at present to delvier physically, I’m not sure what the argument is…..

  35. HabinBurlington says:

    I see Mr. Bickell is back to being a stud playoff performer for the Blackhawks. Am so hopeful that perhaps McCarron or Crisp can be a reasonable facsimile of this player. I recall reading some criticisms of him here on HI/O during the regular season, and how the contract he received in the offseason from Chicago was overspending.

    Once again having a big bodied player who is responsible with the puck, isn’t afraid of the dirty areas and posesses a decent shot while skating decently is a big bonus in the playoffs.

    The guy played through multiple injuries last playoffs and had a few injuries this reg. season. But he is back in his element showing his value.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      No doubt such a player is high on Bergevin’s list of priorities. With any luck, as you say, one of Crisp or McCarron becomes one. Hey, maybe both!

      MB is gradually piecing together the team he wants. Looks like a good pace to me — didn’t he just mark his second anniversary with Montreal?

    • Paz says:

      Bickell is a strong skater for that size.

    • BJ says:

      As a smaller version both Eller and Bourque are so far offering a playoff sample of that.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Agree, it’s for these reasons so many of us remain so optimistic about Eller. Come playoff time you need some bigger bodies in the lineup.

    • Butterface says:

      I am glad MT has been reading my suggestions.

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

  36. BJ says:

    If the team crashed because they lost one game , regardless of how they lost it, they don’t deserve to go into the next round. Having said that, it is not what this team is about. They’ll fight back and give Boston fits. Its a 3 out of 5 and we start at home.

  37. Habilis says:

    Might as well stop watching guys. Torey Krug has figured out Carey Price so it’s pretty much over. He knows to shoot high now. The book is out.

    It’s not like people have been trying to shoot high on butterfly goalies since the style emerged in the late 80’s. This is revolutionary stuff that only a great hockey mind could come up with. All hail Torey Krug, master strategist.

    I hope he hits Lucic in the face with his next shot.

  38. Hobie says:

    Sure it’s important who’s in the lineup, Bouillon or Murray? Is Prust healthy enough to go, Moen or Bournival…blah, blah, blah.

    The most important thing is Max Pacioretty and the ability of Vanek and Desharnais getting him the puck in the slot. Pacioretty has one goal in six games. He’s our best forward. He needs to get his ass moving.

  39. Fransaskois says:

    It’s a little worrisome when Rene Bourque could be the difference between a win and a loss….

  40. ooder says:

    i actually think reffing has been pretty good this series.. the refs are not letting the bruins run around like morons and calling them on the infractions they are committing.

  41. 25insight says:

    Don’t want to be a Debbie Downer but i think things will turn really grim if we lose tomorrow. After what happened in Detroit i’m sceptical if home ice will make a difference tomorrow. Let’s hope the crowd is electrified, but then again when is it not :S.

    • Cal says:

      If yas doesn’t want to be Debbie Downer, don’t post like ‘er! ;)

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      You could be right. However, would you agree that the Habs are a better team than Detroit at the moment? I don’t think the Bruins are on their way to 4 straight wins.

      Imo, crowd impact is fragile. Boston scores first/early, crowd may well grow quiet: mission accomplished, Bruins. On the other hand, if we score early or draw some penalties or lay some hits or embarrass Chara, or Thornton self-inflicts a second knee injury — in short ANYTHING that the crowd perceives as ammunition, I believe their raucous and relentless enjoyment contributes to that whole thing about the Habs getting inside the Bruins’ heads.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      It doesn’t feel like we split a pair of games on the road to me either. Perhaps the team feels better then we do?

      • Cal says:

        Certainly hope so, Jim. It feels like that Habs just went on a 10 game losing streak around here. There are studies showing how negative internet commentary is. HIO seems to be full of the Timo-style™ commentary.

  42. thebonscott says:

    Wish the habs got away with as much crap as the bruins do, but the reality is the dirtier the team, the more you get away with because they can’t call everything. Another thing is if a small guy gets knocked down it might be a penalty, but if a big guy gets knocked down it must be a penalty.

    C’mon guys this is not rocket surgery!!!!

    • Strummer says:

      Ask Matt Bartkowski what he got away with on Thursday.
      Ask Mazaros if he got away with roughing up Plex on Saturday.

      Looks like 3 PP goals to me.

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

    • Habcouver says:

      It seems refereeing has sucked for other teams, too. Missed calls and phantom calls, the latter for example, I believe it was the Kings called for a trip when the opposing player (Ducks or Sharks?) just stumbled on his own.

      Did you see the Brossard goal where the ref wasn’t in position to see the goal but waved it off?

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

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Hi Bon. I understand the passion behind your post. For me its more of the Bruins being able to dictate the style of game. They push the envelope from the opening faceoff and almost force the officials to let the marginal or minor stuff go, lest the whistles would be worn out by the end of the first period.

      I remember watching Georgetown Hoya basketball in the 70 and 80’s. They hacked and pushed and fouled on nearly every play. Eventually the officials seemed to just ignore the marginal stuff allowing the Hoya’s to dictate a much more physical game then any other teams were allowed. I remember watching a Hoya game and then watching two other teams play and the difference was striking.

      I really think we see some of the same stuff now with the Bruins.

  43. rhino514 says:

    Murray is a real gutsy call by MT. We were discussing this on the previous thread today; it´s a gamble which could help or hurt.

    The other moves? All I can say is I hope Bourque feels better by tomorrow.
    And how can Moen be in for Prust unless Prust is injured, which the coach emphatically said is not the case.
    Bad news day overall, as we need both Bourque and a relatively healthy Prust against these guys.

  44. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Kirk would be a big HC upgrade for the Bulldogs if He can’t find something at the NHL level

    …that won’t happen though, as Bergevin seems to want to groom Lefevre for something, and Kirk isn’t interested in staying at the AHL level for more than a season, if that

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Sylvain Lefebvre got a strong vote of confidence from Marc Bergevin at the start of the season, with the GM admitting that he gave him a roster full of youngsters to develop, not veterans he could win with.

      http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2013/09/sylvain-lefebvre-is-coaching-to-develop.html

      This season, he had a few more vets to inject in his lineup, and the youths were a year older, but still the results underwhelmed. I have a hard time evaluating coaches, feel it’s too easy to jump on them when things aren’t going smoothly, but I have to believe the organization will have to evaluate the work the Bulldogs’ staff did this season, and whether a change is in order.

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

  45. mdp2011 says:

    Remember when the biggest story on HIO was that Therrien hates PK?

    Andie Bennett ‏@AndieCBC 4m
    Therrien: “PK Subban is such a great kid. He means a lot to his teammates and more importantly he’s a gamer. ” #habs #cbcmtl

  46. DipsyDoodler says:

    While we’re on the topic of coaches, whatever happened to Guy Boucher? Took Tampa to the ECF his first year, then had a bad year with no keeper. His goalie tandem his final year was 34 year old Mathieu Garon and a 43 year old Dwayne Roloson. Is he banned for life?

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

    • secretdragonfly says:

      He is currently the head coach of SC Bern of the Swiss National League A.

    • Paz says:

      Boucher will be considered as a candidate if the day ever comes when Therrien’s services are no longer needed.

      Jacques Lemaire went over to Switzerland and he came back to a long NHL career.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      ***Here is a re-post. Of a re-post.***

      From the previous thread, where Dunboyne Mike posits that it’s the style of play the Lightning played that got Guy Boucher fired, whereas I thought it was mostly due to the poor goaltending he had at his disposal.

      Pretty sure that if he’d been winning, the style issues wouldn’t have caused him to be fired.

      In 2011-12, the Lightning got a save percentage of .893 out of four goalies, Mathieu Garon being the most reliable with a .901. Dwayne Rolloson put up an egregious .886. Dustin Tokarski pitched in a .879 over five games. Their goal differential that season was – 46.

      http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/TBL/2012.html

      Steve Yzerman failed to get Guy Boucher a proper goaltender that season, banking on aging Dwayne Rolloson, who’d put up a .912 the previous year. Every analyst agreed that the Tampa GM stood pat, which was a risky move, and it came back to bite him. He fiddled around, getting Anders Lindback from Nashville in the next offseason, and dealing Dustin Tokarski to the Habs for Cédric Desjardins the next season, but these moves didn’t stanch the bleeding.

      So the response to the constant losing was to fire the coach. Jon Cooper came on, still lost a lot of games, until Ben Bishop came on midway through the season, and contributed a .917 save percentage.

      http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/TBL/2013.html

      This year, Ben Bishop is considered a Vézina Trophy candidate, and everyone is singing the praise of Jon Cooper. And he does seem to be a smart guy, I like the way he spoke to the media last night, but a great goalie helps out a coach immensely. And now that he’s making do with Mr. Lindback, I’m hearing analysts praise Michel Therrien for his game plan, and some clucking that the Lightning have been slow to adjust.

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

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Yeah but….

        You have to love the video I posted when I posited.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWGbZPx_HPY

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Positively, you postulate with poise. An apostle for truth and clarity are you.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            How dare you! Out-Englishing me in your second tongue!

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Btw, thanks for re-posting – I never saw that one, although I remember posting the video clip. Must have been busy at the time, did a post-and-run.

      • Cal says:

        Say what you like, but his 1-3-1 was exposed by the Flyers’ Laviolette. Boucher is a long way down the list for head coaches. I certainly wouldn’t take him. We thought JM’s style was crap. Boucher’s was atrocious.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Except, Cal, that it has been argued that the style Boucher adopted was his direct response to the players he had at his disposal. I never get to see Bulldog games, but I believe he used an utterly different style there.

          Btw, part of the exposure you refer to is in my video clip above. I hated Pronger, but this is a great moment!

          • Paz says:

            He only played 1-3-1 in certain situations. Tampa scored a ton of goals under his system. They had no problem generating offence.

          • Cal says:

            It was a great response to a team that didn’t want to initiate playing the game. It embarrassed the Lightning.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Paz, you guys with good memories, lots of data and insight always spoil all my fun!

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Cal, exposed may be the wrong choice of words in my mind. Sure, Peter Laviolette made a big show of his disdain for this approach, but it still worked for Tampa, despite the Flyers grandstanding.

          It always stuck in my craw that the Flyers get to opine on what’s appropriate as a playing style. What if the Canadiens wanted to go to the same lengths to denounce the Pronger/Simmonds/Hartnell/Rinaldo style they favour. What would the Canadiens be allowed to do, and how would the hockey world react? I’d bet it wouldn’t be as indulgently as for Ed Snyder’s team.

          If the NHL has a problem with the trap, they should outlaw it, plain and simple.

          • Cal says:

            A “defending team must forecheck” rule was averted. Frankly, I thought what Boucher was trying to get away with was worse than the infamous Dick Irvin invented trap.
            I agree about the Flyers not being angels, but they haven’t won since ’75 with that Broad Street Bullies approach of theirs. I hope they keep missing the boat.

  47. mdp2011 says:

    Аrpon Basu ‏@ArponBasu 4m
    Carey Price just confirmed once and for all that Patrice Bergeron’s goal skipped off the ice. Doesn’t see what’s wrong with calling it lucky

  48. Say Ash says:

    You guys seen this yet? Worst line change ever:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JGY98IYv4M

  49. DipsyDoodler says:

    At the risk of getting skewered again, one of the tenets of H I/O is that Kirk Muller is a great coach. But on what evidence?

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

    • Gerry H says:

      I’ve always seen him as the guy who did a bang-up job with special teams during the Carbonneau and Martin eras. The team imploded after he was snapped up by Nashville for their AHL affiliate.

      Not sure that he has established his bona fides as a head coach yet. Still think he could contribute to the Habs if he would take a demotion.

      • Chris says:

        I doubt he will have to…I think he will get another offer as a head-coach for a team looking for a “player’s coach”.

        • Gerry H says:

          It certainly appears that there will be opportunities for him. My gut says he has a long future in the game.

          • frontenac1 says:

            Yes for sure. If Dale Tallon hasn”t replaced Horachek yet, that would be a great fit for Kirk. Or working with fellow homeboy Doug Gilmour and the Fronts. Yeah ,just dreaming again.

          • D Mex says:

            Did he overlap with Linden in MTL ?
            Just wondering …

            ALWAYS Habs –
            D Mex

          • HabinBurlington says:

            @D Mex, no he didn’t I checked that as soon as I heard Muller was out in Carolina.

          • D Mex says:

            @ HiB
            Just wondering if he might be someone Linden would consider for VAN – it could still happen, tho, I suppose.
            Thanks for responding !

            ALWAYS Habs –
            D Mex

        • Cal says:

          “Players’ coach” these days is a euphemism for a sub-500 club. Gretzky in Phoenix was a players’ coach, too.
          I am thinking that Kirk will learn a lot about not necessarily being a player’s friend; it’s the team’s results that count above all.

    • shiram says:

      Not so much about his coaching chops, but he’s a likeable guy and good communicator.
      I would not want him as HC in MTL, but for the Dogs, he could be an improvement.

    • Habcouver says:

      Future Canuck coach? It’s possible. Captain Kirk and Linden played similar styles. They must know each other from Linden’s stint in Montreal.

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

      • D Mex says:

        Should have seen this before posting ↑ above …
        BTW, where in the GVRD ?

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

        • Habcouver says:

          GVRD refers to the surrounding cities or municipalities (i.e. Burnaby, Surrey, Richmond) around the city of Vancouver. Try Google to get a better idea :D. Geography isn’t my forte!

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

          • D Mex says:

            Let me repeat – where in the GVRD are you from Habcouver.
            I know the LMD very well !

            ALWAYS Habs –
            D Mex

          • Habcouver says:

            Mex, born and raised in Vancouver: John Ferguson land!

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

          • D Mex says:

            Also Lucic-land – love the city, tho.
            Cheers !

            ALWAYS Habs –
            D Mex

  50. CJ says:

    Bourque has the flu? Funny, if I was a betting man I would have guessed that one of Max, Briere or Vanek had it.

    My poor attempt at humour aside, I would like to see Ryan White draw in. Not that anything can be derived from this morning’s practice, but Prust really does need to sit. The guy is obviously playing through something quite serious. I know I have laboured this point, but watching him live is actually quite painful. He is slow, he is weak on the puck and aside from being willing to dive in front of anything, I am not so certain what value he adds, outside of the dressing room.

    Look, I really like Prust. He is a warrior. But if he had an odometer, it would be reading well over 500,000 miles. Like an old car, he needs lots of maintenance and should only be driven once a week, or less, and only when the weather is agreeable.

    I don’t know if we can expect any additional changes. We might see Murray and/or Moen, but, the long and short is the players that were on the ice Saturday afternoon are largely going to be the same players on Tuesday. It is up to them to see this through. Tuesday night, with the benefit of the last change, I am hoping we can get the first line going with some 5×5 scoring. Thus far, they simply have not been good enough.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      It would be of immense retrospective comfort for it to turn out that Max, Vanek and Briere have all been suffering from the flu.

      By the same token, Bourque with flu is a huge setback.

      I love Prust, but he sure looks like needing a therapy season.

      • CJ says:

        I agree Mike. I hate to say it, but I would feel much better if I knew that they were injured. Sadly, I don’t think any of the three are. Prust is being teld together with tape, paper clips and elastics….

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        Max & Vanek played against the Bergeron line, with Chara on defence.

        Just occupying them should open up opportunities for the other lines.

        —–
        Moving. Forward.

  51. mark-ID says:

    Not sure how I missed this, but is Prust hurt?….is that why he is one of the extra skaters? or will he possibly be a healthy scratch?

    “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

  52. Chris says:

    People express opinions on an opinion site, and a number of posters get their knickers in a knot that people aren’t ‘supportive’ enough.

    All I can say is that I am glad that Carey Price and P.K. Subban and Lars Eller and every other professional athlete is not nearly as thin-skinned as their supporters are.

  53. krob1000 says:

    Last change at home should help get DD line some time away from Chara anyway.

  54. habs001 says:

    It is a bonus that the Cube and Weaver scored for the Habs but overall the Habs D provides very little threat scoring 5/5 or help for the offense…PK is the only real threat and he gets most of his points on the PP… 5/5 offense from Markov has been non existence for the last 30 games…Bruins have 2/3 D that engage in 5/5 offense rushes as much or more than PK who is still held back…This is where the Habs will have to improve next year…Bruins scored close to double the goals in reg season from the D than The Habs

  55. Un Canadien errant says:

    Kirk for coach in Hamilton. Get that man a Rosetta Stone program.

    http://www.rosettastone.com/learn-french

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

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  56. Kooch7800 says:

    MURRAY Will be in! Thank God! Not good about Bourque and the flu though. I hope he gets lots of rest cause we really need his energy out there

  57. Bash says:

    Bergevin to hire Muller as assistant coach!

    You heard it here!

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  58. BriPro says:

    Another thing I love about our “National media”.

    The Raptors, whom I’ll give credit to for a much better showing this year, were all over the news over the weekend. And I mean every major network.

    And yet, here’s our Habs….. Canada’s only remaining hold-out, and they don’t even make page 2 on their websites.

    Is this where I comment on Toronto-based media?

    ……just let it go, Bri. Just let it go.

    • habs001 says:

      Habs have been on TSN front page a lot in the playoffs…The Raptors were playing game 7…

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Katie Taylor is an incredible Irish boxer:

      4 times world champion since 2006 (it’s every two years, so no one else has had it), 5 times European champion since 2005 , 5 times EU champion (ie consecutive championships since 2008, but skipped the Olympic year), reigning Olympic champion (London 2012).

      The national broadcaster (RTE) never showed one of her championship bouts live. Only her Olympic bouts (taking the BBC’s feed).

      Point: broadcasters make weird estimates and decisions and judgement calls, in Ireland’s case, discriminating against the best Irish athlete of the decade, including rugby hero Brian O’Driscoll) on gender grounds, and in Canada’s case against the Montreal Canadiens on political, cultural and historical grounds. Neither is what I want as a Canadian and an Irish resident. Immensely disappointing.

      • BriPro says:

        Agreed Mike.

        Every country has some incredible Olympic athletes who seem to fly under the radar for every non-Olympic year.

        And yet the deserve at least as much recognition. The same for the para-Olympic athletes.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Met my buddies at the Saloon yesterday to watch the Hawks game. We all said,”Thank God they”re done,now we don”t have to watch Roundball and those poor buggers standing around outside anymore”.

  59. Dunboyne Mike says:

    To expand on a point made by Habsguru on the previous thread, should MT always endeavour to save his timeout for the third period?

    The Bruins’ awesome 3rds aren’t mythical, they are a statistical reality. Perhaps a well-timed timeout could contribute a bit to hampering a Boston third-period momentum that has an entire season’s worth of self-belief behind it?

    • krob1000 says:

      The third period comebacks are a result IMO of a good phsyical game combined with depth. They are able to keep going at teams fresh all game, they are not drained by game’s end.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Entirely agree.
        Until our roster includes more size, how do we counter? Would the timeout help at all?

        • CJ says:

          We rely on Price to steal the series and look for a more favorable match up in the semi finals. Sounds silly, but I am not sure what other formula produces the desired result.

        • krob1000 says:

          home ice should at least allow physical vs physical mathcups and the Habs to have Dd line in favourable situations and less ttime vs Chara. I don;t think youc an take a timeout for that reason…I only saw the highlights of game 2 as I was coaching myself at the time…sounds like a game where the momentum was huge so yes I would say a timeout would help in a situation like that…but not just becuase it is the third or anything.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Well, not just the third. The third against the league’s strongest, most dangerous third-period team by a country mile. The stats are insane. Therefore, when the onslaught is in full swing — especially in a situation where you’re lead is being eroded — why not take the break to try and undermine the momentum.

            Two other points:

            – yes, really looking forward to last change. It was a big factor for Boston’s success; hopefully it can be for ours now.

            – what sport were you playing? When you were coaching yourself? (couldn’t resist!)

      • CJ says:

        I agree with you both. This will remain an issue until we get bigger. We simply can not have Frankie, Weaver, Gionta, DD, Briere and Gally in the lineup at the same time. Nothing we can do about it right now, expect draft and develop guys with size to compliment those with skill.

  60. L Elle says:

    Those pesky cliches. But what are they really saying?

    We just got to get pucks in deep and forecheck better and get pucks at the net. We need to play a full 60 minutes.

    We suck

    We just got to take it one shift at a time. We just got to give it 110% every shift.

    We really suck

    I got to play my game and do everything within my control. I know I’m struggling, but I just got to keep working hard and hopefully things start going my way.

    My linemates suck

    We have to play our game and play to our strengths and we should be okay. We just didn’t get the bounces.

    Refs suck

    We need to be more consistent. It’s a team effort, it’s all about winning.

    Some of us suck

    We just have to go out and play our game.

    Coach sucks

  61. JUST ME says:

    Unfortunate for Captain Kirk but…was to be expected. This team should do better with the roster it has but a guy like Alexander Semin illustrates very well the Cane`s problem. No heart ,no soul,seems good ,gets points but never goes or cares to go higher.

  62. Dunboyne Mike says:

    If Moen’s physical game is gone or greatly diminished, is his PK value alone enough to insert him ahead of White?

  63. BriPro says:

    Bourque’s not at practice.
    Out today with the flu.

    Somebody find that boy some meds!

  64. habs001 says:

    This team seems to have had flu issues all year…

  65. Horrible weak for Ex-Habs, Captian Kirk fired, and Halak traded for the fourth time in his career.

    Still fuming over the loss on Saturday, won’t get over it until the next game.

    I don’t mind losing, but the Habs had a gift sitting on their lap, and just gave it back as if to say….we don’t care.

    Home Ice Ad in a Best of 5, GO HABS GO

    Shane Oliver
    @sholi2000
    http://www.sholi2000.com
    A Little fun during the Intermission
    Milan Lucic Has a Severe Problem

  66. habsfan0 says:

    How did Price manage to lose 2 dogs?
    Maybe he was screened.

  67. HabFab says:

    White and Moen in??

  68. mdp2011 says:

    I hope Bourque will be ready for tomorrow nights game. Oh man, I can’t believe I just typed that, lol.

    John Lu ‏@JohnLuTSNMtl 1m
    #Habs Bourque is absent from practice with the flu.

  69. habs001 says:

    Before putting Price under the bus just imagine if the Habs D was the starting D for the Bruins…I would venture the majority of the posters would shred that D with negative comments…

    • I am truly disgusted by the fans reaction towards Price…..but at the same time it was expected. He’s been getting the shaft since the second he was drafted. Only his fans and professionals know what we got. Thanks Jesus Price! :lol:

      Shane Oliver
      @sholi2000
      http://www.sholi2000.com
      A Little fun during the Intermission
      Milan Lucic Has a Severe Problem

      • New says:

        You hit the nail square on the head. Brodeur is considered pretty good, three Cups and all. His teams have won 113 playoff games and lost 91. Pat Roy was anointed infallible after leaving Montreal. His playoff record in Montreal was 70 and 62, his glory days came with another team.

        I can’t remember the number of times I have watched a goalie play in a zone but I can remember where the shots were coming from when that same goalie fell apart. Sure goals, especially tipped or screened and bobbling through the air sneak in, but the majority of the goals scored during a collapse are because the team gave up the slot and began running about. They lose coverage and it becomes a shooting gallery.

        This season so far the team lost one of six playoff games. Total reversal of the last 20 years. If they lose three more to Boston, which I doubt, they will be five and four. As good as the Roy in Montreal record or Brodeur in NJ record. But that doesn’t matter to some folks. And if that doesn’t matter to those people you have to ask what does. I think their posts reflect that.

  70. HabinBurlington says:

    Really hoping Stephane Waite is reading here today, hopefully he will get some pointers on how to coach Price better. Pretty obvious that Waite has a lot to learn from the goalie experts here at HI/O.

  71. mdp2011 says:

    So looks like Murray in for Cube.

    Renaud Lavoie ‏@renlavoietva 9s
    #canadiens Gorges-Subban, Emelin-Markov, Murray-Weaver, Bouillon-Tinordi

  72. mdp2011 says:

    @NHLCanes: ALERT: #Canes relieve Muller, Lewis &MacLean of coaching duties

  73. zorro says:

    Laughing out loud.

  74. 24AW says:

    LS – They don’t have to figure Price out, they have 4-lines that can score. We can also do the same sometimes.

  75. Dulljerk says:

    LOL, love your post. Right on brother!

    No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.

  76. Chrisadiens says:

    How many times have you been banned now?

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  77. Maritime Ronn says:

    Has Carey lost 4 playoff games in a row when his team has been up 3-0 in a series?

  78. Mavid says:

    The series is over when someone wins four games, not before that

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  79. Mavid says:

    Bully

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  80. mdp2011 says:

    Yeah, I am sure MaxPac is shaking in his skates.

  81. Forum Dog says:

    Not sure I would put too much into this. Hockey players – regardless of level – love to chirp each other. While I don’t want to see him go out of his way or risk injury to do it (lets face it – Pacioretty is not the most skilled body checker), the honus is on Max to shut them up. Put a hard, clean shoulder into a Bruins sweater. Pacioretty has the size, strength and speed to absolutely lambaste people in the corners. All he’s missing is the will to do it.

  82. frontenac1 says:

    I think he is referring to when the Hawks won with Niemi?

  83. doc359 says:

    Good bet. I just dont see how he was proving advanced stats wrong by saying Kings are better than the Ducks.

  84. shiram says:

    non hockey fans that are taking advantage of a peaceful gathering.

  85. Are you saying leave Prust in….a guy going through the motions because he can’t get involved because of pain. I say get a skater out there who at least can get in the way….ice the best…NOW BABY!

    Shane Oliver
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    Brandon Predators

  86. Chris says:

    Let’s see…

    Michel Therrien – doing an excellent job

    Randy Cunneyworth – not so great

    Jacques Martin – 11th all-time in coaching victories

    Guy Carbonneau – highly regarded coaching prospect when he was hired

    Claude Julien – highly regarded coaching prospect, has established himself as one of the top coaches in the league

    Alain Vigneault – considered one of the top coaches in the league, excellent junior pedigree

    Mario Tremblay – disaster

    Jacques Demers – two-time Jack Adams Award winner

    Pat Burns – three-time Jack Adams Award winner

    Jean Perron – not a particularly great coach, but not bad…bad communicator

    Jacques Lemaire – one of the best coaches in history

    Yes, the Habs hire guys who can speak French. But for the most-part, all of those guys have gone on to be excellent coaches at the NHL level.

    If you want discrimination, look no further than the fact that few teams even consider European hockey coaches for jobs. Alpo Suhonen was the only one actually given the job, but Montreal at least had the guts to interview Slava Bykov a few years ago.

  87. Cal says:

    Exactly. All the thugs and criminals.


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