Game 69: Canadiens chase Fleury, blank Pens

Canadiens’ Tomas Plekanec scores the game’s first goal on Penguins’ Marc-André Fleury on Saturday afternoon. Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

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AUDIO: Mike Cammalleri | Carey Price | Scott Gomez | Travis Moen | Jacques Martin

• At a Glance: A pair of fast goals in the first and second periods were enough to lead the Canadiens to a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon. Tomas Plekanec scored his 21st of the season only 46 seconds into the game. Off a faceoff, Michael Cammalleri fed a pass to Plekanec, who turned his back to Penguins goalie Marc-André Fleury, avoided his pokecheck and lifted a backhand over Fleury’s shoulder. It was more of the same in the second period, with Travis Moen scoring his fourth goal of the season only 24 seconds into the period. He accepted a pass from Brian Gionta and fired a one-timer past Fleury, who was caught going the other way. Jeff Halpern set up Michael Cammalleri’s 16th goal of the season when he waited out a Penguins defenceman and slid a pass to Cammalleri, who beat Fleury from about five feet above the crease. That was the end for Fleury, who was replaced by Brent Johnson after the goal. Carey Price made 26 saves for his 33rd win and eighth shutout of the season.

• What It Means: Montreal has won six of its last seven games and improves to 37-24-7 on the season, good for 83 points and sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens are home to the Capitals on Tuesday and the Lightning on Thursday before hitting the road for a game against the Rangers in New York next Friday.


  1. doogie says:

    March 24th- Habs visit Boston   Fill the Bell Centre and let the hockey world know that we support Max Pac.  Net proceeds to Spinal Cord Research.  21273 would show up.

  2. Hobie Hansen says:

    I like Pouliot on our 3rd line. He just doesn’t seem to click with the guys on our top six for whatever reason?

  3. Danno says:

    Wow what an avatar.

    But I suppose if someone was to “accidentally” skate over Chara’s throat with their skate while making a hockey play (and having no idea who was under them) it would be the fault of the skate blade according to the NHL’s disciplinarians.

    (Sarcasm intended)


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  4. habstrinifan says:

    Gruesome avatar.

  5. Hobie Hansen says:

    The Max Pacioretty injury was probably the straw that broke the camel’s back, in terms of the Habs contending this year. Carey Price could be our wild card though. If Montreal can do as good a job in keeping the high percentage scoring chances to a minimum, as they did in last year’s playoffs, Carey Price has it in him to make a huge difference in a series.

    Montreal will really be in tough without Pacioretty and Andrei Markov on the power play and they could obviously use Josh Gorges on defence. With those three players added to the line up – Montreal is right there with the top teams and could possibly challenge for a cup, in my opinion. That’s what make these injuries so frustrating.

    We’ll see what happens down the stretch and the playoffs I guess because you never know what player could come out of nowhere and really step up and make a difference.

    Looking to next season; we all know they’ve got to get bigger. With Gionta, Gomez, Plekanec and Cammalleri making up four of your top six, Montreal has too add another big forward to round out the top six. Pacioretty will be back and play on one line but hopefully over the summer they start looking for guys who fit the Iginla, Perry or Clowe prototype.

    Then there’s the bottom six. This team is missing a scrappy “Mike Keane” style player on their checking line and an enforcer who can play a decent game on the 4th line. Turner Stevenson back in the day was a pretty affective 4th line tough guy! Somehow we’ve come up short in acquiring those types of” heart and soul” players to go along with our stars over the last 3 or 4 years.

    If we get Markov, Wisniewski and Gorgers signed out of the entire group of free agents, under the cap, I’m happy. But again, our defence is missing that real tough defenseman that every club normally has. They type of guy who can play a solid amount of minutes and deter players from parking themselves in front of Price. The Habs have always had those types of guys like; Odelein, Quintal, Souray and the now hated komisarek. It’s always nice to have one scary defenseman riding shotgun for you goaltender, or at least show up to defend him!

    I believe with the changes I mentioned above the Habs could definitely challenge for the cup next year. I think even with the salary cap, that plan is reasonable..

  6. Danno says:

    Thanks Dean. We know the NHl has a kangaroo court in place and that’s why it is what it is.

    I wonder what reaction Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown or good old Judge Wapner would have had to Zdeno’s defence of it just being a “hockey play” and “having no idea” who he hit. And his apologists from the NHLPA who put the blame on the stanchion.

    Even a two-bit TV judge would have laughed that out of court and thrown the book at Chara as hard as possible.


    PS keep the avatar. It’s just a picture. Remember the real Chara almost killed a real person.



    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  7. SeriousFan09 says:

    Does Shangri-La have a weight room? Pouliot use one. Guy’s legs are like cooked pasta.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  8. Bugs says:

    That’s the thing about wild-cards, they come in all shapes’n’sizes.

    I doubt Dezzy will skulk away like a shadow in the night for one. White not only has moxy but he’s got moves too. Halpern mighta not said his last word yet. Hell, maybe even my boy will find Shangri-La, who knows?

  9. Bugs says:

    So is his will at the moment.

    Neither of which were in question when he potted 13 in 20.

  10. Danno says:

    I hope the mod squad doesn’t ban it. Again, they should consider it’s just a picture. Remember the real Chara almost killed a real person.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  11. Hobie Hansen says:

    I guess I’ve seen him score some cluthch goals this season with a lesser role and find he’s better suited on the 3rd or 4th line…I wish he was still producing like he did for the first couple months we picked him up…

  12. HabsAndNothingElse says:

    What do you guys think of calling up Jimmy Bonneau and putting him on the 4th line with White. It would be a real 4th line that can grind and fight if we need it.

    ——————– Habs Hockey Nothing Else Matters –CH–

  13. Bugs says:

    13 in 20.

    His GREATEST moments on this club were with the top 6, yes?

  14. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Love that avatar. Did you make it yourself? May I use it?

  15. Hobie Hansen says:

    The thing about a move like that is maybe a player like Bonneau comes in and fights Lucic right off the bat and then they settle down and play some hockey. Maybe have a couple fights throughout the night instead of having guys trying to kill each other with cheap shots!    

  16. HabsAndNothingElse says:

    Thats what im saying, and maybe bonneau only plays a couple of shifts but a team like the bruins will know hes on the bench and that changes the mentality by having a guy like him.

    ——————– Habs Hockey Nothing Else Matters –CH–

  17. NightRyder says:

    Point of discussion: choose the next commissioner for the NHL.

    1. Brian Burke

    2. Mike Gillis

    3. Ken Dryden

    4. Rejean Tremblay

    5. Other (provide suggestions).


    Call me insane, but I’d like to see the big blowhard Burke take a run at it. He has worked both sides of the coin, actually cares about hockey in Canada, cares about the players and is smart enough to properly promote the game in the U.S. He’s also enough of a corporate kiss-ass to make the owners happy.

    Brian Burke, NHL commissioner. I just threw up a little in my mouth. But I’d take him a thousand times over the petulant little willnot.

  18. Hobie Hansen says:

    It’s kind of a touchy subject…I don’t really want Montreal to start filling their team with tough guys and changing the way the play because of getting smacked around by Bruins. Overall Montreal needs to slowly get bigger by adding forwards who can hit and also put the puck in the next. allthough, as we’ve seen this year, fighting and rough stuff is still a huge part of hockey so you almost have to have an enforcer or two on the team.  We always have in the past but not over the last two season for whatever reason…

  19. NightRyder says:

    From a strictly selfish perspective, I’d like to see Bonneau, Henry, Schultz and a couple of bumfighters off the street in the lineup to go at the Bruins all night. A complete gong show.

    But I really think we should just play the game straight up, not worry about revenge… yet.

    Play them a half-dozen more times, go through the first round of Chara booing etc. etc.

    Then, when they think it’s behind everyone, that’s when you go for Lurch’s knees.


  20. newbrunswick troy says:

    Wow ,just got back from NewOrleans, had fun at mardi-gras but couldn,t get any real coverage on the MaxPac affair….that said i am furious over the events and can,t help but think that Bettman must be scrambling to make this right as he is in enough crap.

    That said he can make good by simply moving Campble out of his position along with Murphy..This may show some good faith on his behalf to the hockey world that he cares about the direction of the game and in a subtle way tip his hat to the whole world (exept leafs and bruins fans) that the nhl did get it wrong…and demands better from its deciscion makers!!!

    lets not let this topic die!!!


  21. NightRyder says:

    It’s an interesting debate.

    I do think Dryden has too much integrity. Look at the other commissioners. Stern is Bettman’s hero, another smug little dwarf. Selig plays the role of grandfatherly baseball historian, but would let his players shoot rocket fuel up their ass (and pretend he didn’t know) if it meant another dollar.

    I’d say Goodell is probably the best example of an effective leader who has shown concern for player safety as well as a desire to make the owners some cash. And even he’s facing some trouble.


  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    No thanks, Burke has very much the same arrogance as Bettman, perhaps not as hockey-illiterate as Bettman but if Burke had moved the NHL to PHX he’d be defending close to as long as hard as Gary has.

    Burke doesn’t admit his mistakes and has far too much of a superiority complex about what he thinks hockey is to make a real improvement at the Commissioner position. It’s Dryden if we really want things to change.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  23. Hobie Hansen says:

    The only thing about Shanahan is that he played on the wild side as a player on occassion. I could see him let some suspensions slide or be easy on a player.

  24. Hobie Hansen says:

    I’d agree with Gainey for sure.

  25. novahab says:

    If Bettman was to go it won’t be any hockey person running the league. It will be another high power lawyer with a sports back ground. Bottom line Bettman has a new 38 mil contract and ink is not dry yet. He isn’t going any wheres unless he steps down. The way to get rid of Bettman and cost the league and owners nothing is to have the FBI investigate him. One has to wonder if he has any shady deaings going on behind the scenes. Just the threat of an investigation might be enough for him to fold up shop and run.

  26. geo_habsgo says:

    Yep i can see Burke doing the job admirably. I know I hate him as Leafs Gm and his damn big mouth but a commish needs a big mouth. At least it can be said that he loves the sport and I think he has enough integrity not to let big stuff like this fall by the wayside. That being said, Gainey would also be a good commish, as others have stated.

  27. BJ says:

    I don’t trust that miniature weasel either. Anyone with as little common sense for the game and apparently only interested in the “power” he thinks it affords him should be disposed of. One thing I find highly suspicious is the relationship Bettman has with the Boston Bruins owner. Also how the imbecile NESN broadcaster Jack Edwards clearly spelled out during a broadcast following the incidents Chara-Pacioretty after the OT incident. I’m paraphrasing here but along the lines of “Number 67 Pacioretty is now a target and we’ll take his head off”!!! I’m pro Habs and favour a partisan broadcast but not over the top. Its a disgrace to the players, fans and the sport. All this to say that the Bettman, Jeremy Jacobs-Bruins, NESN cocktail could be looked into, as the Chara decision is not only brain-dead but deceitful.

  28. Bob_Sacamano says:


  29. novahab says:

    This could be Cherry’s last song and dance if he shoots his mouth off that the hit was good. There are a lot of politicains under the heat and a election looming. CBC still has to answer to the govermment and I am betting he keeps his mouth shut or will say very little about it.

  30. Ton says:

    employed by new england sports network.

  31. NightRyder says:

    I’d now say another work stoppage is inevitable.


  32. Bugs says:

    Over/under number of pts for the Artiste today: 1.5

    Call it.

  33. habstrinifan says:

    If Burke is commissioner expectthe rules to take some regressive adjustments. Burke is not progessive on that front. He may deal more expediently with weak franchises etc and will certainly change the cap issue sthat bind teams’ hands.. one change he has championed is teams sharing a player’s salary.. so we can trade gomez and lose 3 million of his 7 million salary while retaining the remaining 4 on our books.

    So if you want progess on the head hits and fights issues then Burke is not your man.


    I would like to see Burke as commissioner and someone  like Trevor Linden as head of a head of a 3member disciplinary committee.

  34. HabinBurlington says:

    Agreed, will villify the design of arena and this will be his copout from having to give a strong opinion of negativity towards Chara.  Would like to be wrong about this, but while I usually strongly disagree with Cherry, he is the ringleader of a large group of people who do like that expression of a “hockey play”

    The one thing that makes this interesting, is he has no love for Bettman and may use this incident as a chance to go after Bettman. 

  35. jennifer1984 says:

    excellent! VIARAIL has taken a stand on this senseless Chara hit.

    They’re standing up beside Air Canada…..great to hear.!


  36. NightRyder says:

    It’s the easy way out. Pacioretty, good kid, tough luck. Chara, just a big, strong guy. These things happen, why is the stanchion there?

    If he says anything nasty about Bettman, MacLean may weep.

  37. SeriousFan09 says:

    Mike Milbury has a hat trick in failure. Won nothing as a player and did not distinguish himself, won nothing as a coach and is witless as an analyst.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  38. zak says:

    Time for ALL the sponsors to go public and put Bettman in his place.Read a report that Timmy’s and BCE complained.

  39. Habnofear says:

    Say what you want about Don F CHERRY but after watching him for all my years there is NO WAY he’s happy bout a 22 year old almost dying on the ICE.And we have all seen him cry bout the deaths of soldiers. What he will say is it was a bad hit  and any bad hit has intent to injure or disrupt the opposing players chance of a good game.He will then go on about head shots ,equipment today and rink safety.


    Unfortunately with an old pro that 6’9″ and 250 lbs that plays like Scott Stevens  you got to take him out first or apparently he’ll try and kill you by accident and the Habs are not built that way”taking  knives to a gun fight”and that’s our fault!One of the problems with being  most fans is the fact they will love their teams configuration and expect other teams too change.In the Habs case it ‘s a small fast team and  was thought to be able to blow by a team like Boston AND IT DOES BUT,apparently not everyone makes it through!When you see Philly playing Boston everyone’s head is up because they know what could happen and there’s a respect because there is balance.Again I’M NOT TALKING GOONS ….IF lUCHICKEN OR cHARRA played for the Habs they would be our point leaders and a Goon can’t do that,I’m talking about Gauthier and The Molson boy’s waking up and getting big talented ,chippy athlete’s to gain some respect…it was done many time’s before and it WORKS! Oh Yeah ,I almost forgot …FU  Charra….Go Habs Go

  40. HabFanSince72 says:

    Which is owned by Jeremy Jacobs.

    Conflict of interest.

    Don’t news organizations (like the CBC) have ethical guidelines?

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    HNIC is just a part of CBC and it’s really just an employment program for ex-players who don’t have any real skills, they’re the Walmart Greeters of retired hockey players.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  42. drivefor25 says:

    You forget to mention Milbury’s amazing success as GM of the Islanders!

    Fan since ’71

  43. SeriousFan09 says:

    Silly me, how could I forget the man’s master stroke, he who did his best to kill a franchise.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  44. NightRyder says:

    Jeremy Jacobs has an ownership interest in NESN. Milbury is paid by NESN.

    Just another in the long line of perceived (or real) conflicts of interest connected to the Bruins organization.

  45. Miltie01 says:

    All this whinning and moaning, editorial writing, political intervention, corporate self rightousness etc. etc. will do nothing !!! The only people who can effect immediate change in the NHL are the players. They are the ones who make the dangerous hits. They are the ones who choose to make them irregardless of the consequences….whether it be a suspension from the league, or more importantly the injuring of their fellow player. Until they decide to get their heads out of their asses this will not change.


    If the league really wants to help in the process I have an idea. Make them start next season wearing pads from the 1940’s. Respect and safety would be established within the first 5 games !!!

  46. NightRyder says:

    All the bile and venom and Lurch/Neanderthal jokes aside, is there a current player on our team that you wouldn’t trade straight up for Chara (salary cap be damned) right now?

    For me, it would be a list of one: Carey Price. I might pause at Subban, but for now, that’s it.

    Or would you simply not want him at all, based on recent developments?

  47. HardHabits says:

    I am not sure this is going to change things but imagine if the numbers swell beyond the millions. Maybe it could be one salvo in the process of removing this slime bag from our game. Please sign up to this FB page:

    The Fire Gary Bettman Movement

  48. NightRyder says:

    Disagree. He’d be our Norris Trophy winning, homely, gargantuan freak.

  49. HardHabits says:

    I would never want a player like that in a Habs uniform ever. He is classless monstrosity. If he was a Hab before he became a Bruin and learned what it means to be both classy and tough than I would have taken him. He’s tainted beyond repair now. You should be ashamed for even thinking that. Disgusting really. Maybe you should stick to watching Glee.

  50. HardHabits says:

    Over/under the amount of times Bugs touches his crotch while Kovalev plays today.

  51. HardHabits says:

    I agree.

  52. Mike D says:

    By “sign up”, do you mean “add as friend”?

    – Honestly yours

  53. Top Corner says:


  54. Ton says:

    where does the 85% come from? maybe the question you pose is wrong.  should it be asked this way; was the chara hit an elegal hit that resulted in an injury? its the intent word that has everyone going ape wild.

  55. adam76 says:

    peaceful protests?  facebook pages to fire battmen?  Lame.   85% of the hockey world feels Chara hit was not intent to injure.  Regardless of how you feel – these silly little desecrations will only hurt the team.  No amount of mouse clicks or “protests” will change the league.  Outside montreal, our view is in the minority.


    Time to get back to the game, lock down a playoff spot and go on a run.

  56. Danno says:

    Imagine if you will Chara as a Hab did the same dirty hit on say, oh I don’t know, a Bruin called Greg Campbell?

    Might the league have rendered a different verdict?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  57. Mike D says:

    I would love it if he did.  Especially if our fans show him what we think of him.

    – Honestly yours

  58. HardHabits says:

    Whether we are in the minority or not, which BTW I do not believe we are, we are right. It’s not about revenge or the Habs it’s about hockey. This transcends my being a Habs fan and that’s what the people who you claim are in the majority are trying to paint this picture as.

    It’s beyond Pacioretty and Chara. I could care less about Chara’s suspension. It is the NHL that I am interested in going after.

    The game has gotten more dangerous because of the rule changes. Look at the history of the NHL rule changes from before forward passing was allowed up to the period before Bettman took over and look at the changes since.

    The NHL has exhibited extreme cowardice in dealing with the concussion issue. These are not hockey plays and unfortunate accidents, they are deliberate attempts to injure. There is a major distinction between a good clean hard hockey check and the type of plays that see elbows and shoulders and and boards and stanchions hit heads causing concussions. It’s a travesty.

    I have started looking at numerous hits lately on youtube. I never was interested in them until now and the results are astounding. I can find a plethora of hits that should have resulted in suspensions. There must be a rule. What’s worse is the NHL disciplinarians do not follow the book when it concerns Colin Campbell’s son, or the team his son plays on. This is corruption.

    If a person is right and everybody is against him that person must continue fighting on regardless of the opposition. Nevertheless in this case more people are onside than not.

  59. showey47 says:

    I’d take ohl commissioner david branch to take over campbells job.

  60. Flobomb12 says:

    Anyone here want to see DD get a chance on a scoring line to play with other talented players?  With Max out now he has like the 3rd highest points/game average of our forwards and that’s playing from the third line.  Halpern is not a top line forward.

  61. Mike D says:

    I think the idea of putting Halpern on that line was to give them a right-handed shot for the RW.  That and he’ll go into the dirty areas.

    – Honestly yours

  62. adam76 says:

    I love afternoon hockey.

  63. showey47 says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing or at least trying DD on the top line wing with pleky and cammy and putting halpern back where he should be.

  64. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Only way I ever consider hiring Lurch is if I’m doing a remake of the Adams family.  I will also consider Lucy for the part of uncle Fester, and Bettman as the part of Pugsley.

  65. zaq007 says:

    Would rather you have Pleky and Gio injured or Marky and Gorges?

  66. Habs64 says:

    Nice Goal!!

  67. jennifer1984 says:

    he has hit 15.

    but i wouldnt mind seeing him with those boys

  68. LA Loyalist says:

    I think we need to get as good a look at DD as possible in lots of situations.

    Halpern has been great, but we know what we’re getting with him. This season is a train wreck, let’s run the kids and see where they are in their development, then that will help us greatly in our decisions this summer.

    I have no problem with DD’s size if the skill and work ethic and courage to go to the net are there. Hopefully we will be beefing up to support our skill players this summer.

  69. NightRyder says:

    I thought what he did was horrendous.

    But I’d take a nasty, six-foot-nine, 270-pound, Norris Trophy winning defenceman in a heartbeat.

    And so would you.

    <Chuckles at the 40-plus-year-old schmoe who crows about banging 17-year-olds debating who is classy>

  70. db says:

    What I don’t understand is how nobody mentions a 3-0 lead and 15 seconds left in the period.  It was a reckless play that resulted in a serious injury…. ovechkin?

  71. fbkj says:

    Disagreed the city would lose its sh[t

    before the hit, okay, not after… no way

  72. LA Loyalist says:

    No, I would not want him at all, neither would I want Avery or Bertuzzi or Matte Cooke.

    The Montreal Canadiens should, as we always have, stand for excellence and fine sportsmanship. Sure we’ve had tough guys, Rocket Richard, John Ferguson, Chris Nilan, tough as nails, tough as your mother-in-law’s steak — but not, to my knowledge, dirty.

    And that is more important than some transient bump in our skill level. If we get Markov and Gorges and Sopel back, and sign the Wiz, along with the maturation of PK and Weber, we will be fine on D.


  73. LeeFree says:

    Cherry is a jerk, always was. When he started getting ‘political’ on air that was it for me. He thinks it’s all about him. Just like in yesterdays game when the camera was on him in the stands. He was still and not signing autographs with that kid until the camera zoomed in on him, it was so scripted, the asshole. I wasn’t one bit surprised with his comments. His name is Max Pacioretty you ignorant bonehead. NOBODY can convince me that Chara didn’t do that on purpose, NOBODY. I’m not about wishing injuries on anyone, never was, but I do hope that what goes around, comes around!

  74. habstrinifan says:

    Thanks! What a bummer. Another injury in our organization.

  75. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Guess he ‘aint gettin’ the call …he’s injured at the moment, nobody’s sayin’ what it is or how bad..

  76. HabinBurlington says:

    Boyd still playing for the Dogs.  I also think Dawes would be nice in the lineup instead of Pyatt (no offence to Pyatt, just believe Dawes has more scoring touch and provides more physical play) provided he gives us the strong backchecking needed on that line.

  77. habstrinifan says:

    Let’s change the subject. Riling against Don Cherry is useless.


    What are your thoughts re calling up Nigel Dawes. We beat Pittsburgh, but it is obvious the loss of Max Pac has taken the starch out of our offense.


    What’s happening with Dustin Boyd? Is he still with HABS in Hamilton?


    Anyone knows the limitations on call ups during the playoffs. I remember the days when, once the playoff started, you will see ‘promising players’ from junior and the farm called up and just be on hand. They were NOT replacing injured players either. Do the rules now forbid this? If not I will like to see a player like Tinordi and Le-Blanc called up once the playoffs start. I think ther eis some rule now that you cannot call up players from the AHL if that team is in a playoff series…. unless for injuries.


    Of course I could look all this up, but I am lazy and it may change the threads re Don Cherry’s idiocy.

  78. HabinBurlington says:

    Yah, good point, Brian Williams plays that game with him daily on their ridiculous radio segment. 

  79. habstrinifan says:

    Your point about Don MaClean is well taken. Another broadcaster who ‘sol his soul’ to the devil that is Don Cherry’s rating is Brian Williams on their radio spot. Both Brian and Don were logical, reasoned, voices when they started with Don Cherry. But CBC and these two have become nothing but puppets to Cherry’s rant. Dont expect Cherry off the air soo folks. CBC uses him to maintain some niche amid all the hockey broadcasts competition.

    It is sad to see the deterioration of Hockey Night in Canada.


  80. larisalapointe says:

    P29, your comment about Cherry was linked to The Globe and Mail’s article about yesterday’s game in the comments section.

    Check it out, they all agreed…you are famous. :)

  81. Ton says:

    interesting that mcquire mentioned this week that all teams have skeltons in the closet.  folks its about winning at all costs, the cost not to win is high.  yesterday penquins put on a goon line to shake things up . in all of this we have loss our morales, don cherry, us against them thing, it happened to us five times as the bruins would say etc…………..bla bla bla. this ordeal has opened discussion from non hockey people, from people who think they know hockey, from the partisan, from people who like chara and sympatize with him, etc.  for gods sake there is a man out there with a broken neck. 

    point is, no one ever mentioned the puck was out of play and there should never have been contact.  it happened hence the call of interpherence, we cannot change the fact that the hit occured> yet the follow through which is routine in a hit was high in the head area. like many of the knowledable summarized it (montador and sedin probably the best) he was aware of his surroundings and needed to be held responsible for this actions.  unlike cherry who said its none or 20 bull shit. one game would have sent the message that it was an ilegal hit, there should never have been contact final!!!! now this……..a one to 3 game suspension would have created a calmer enviroment and hope for the future. 

  82. HabinBurlington says:

    Really well played game yesterday.  A perfect road game executed to perfection.  Quietly, i think the additions of Ryan White and Paul Mara have been excellent.  (Sopel while he was in also)  Yesterday was a perfect example of why we needed to add some grit/sandpaper to our lineup.  Matt Cooke was completely out of line, Weber made a clean hard hit as they approached the puck in the corner and it surprised Cooke that Weber got him that solidly.  Of course in today’s new NHL apparantly good clean hits are no longer acceptable.

    White immediately came to the aid of Weber and drew the penalty.  Why Cooke didn’t also receive an additional penalty for instigation/interference is ridiculous, but the NHL seems to endorse this behaviour.  THe whole time Cooke was chasing after Weber, the ref was standing 5 feet away watching making zero attempt to stop this behaviour.

    Then late in the 3rd period Cooke continued his act and while Mara ended up getting a penalty on the play, I thought it was important he knock Cooke down, essentially telling him, if you are gonna go its with me.

    Having not yet weighed in on the Kingston Brainchild (would love to hear a conversation between Kirk Muller and Cherry on this topic by the way) while he again took the stance I believe we all thought he would take.  I took further exception again at Ron Maclean.  The fact he played along with Don on the name thing was an embarrassment.  If he had any stones whatsoever, he would have simply said to Cherry you know his name.  In fact in the earliest years of Coach’s Corner Maclean would have challenged Don on something like this.  But these two have become a complete Dog and Pony show.  I guess Maclean doesn’t realize how much of a putz he comes off looking like. 

    But perhaps even the most shameful, was i don’t recall hearing him say, anything like Max is a good kid, and we all are hoping and praying he can make a full recovery.  Cherry normally doesn’t mind American hockey players, but Max did go to US College instead of Junior hockey in the CHL.  I guess for that there is no forgiveness.  Don really doesn’t like it when players get educations, he can then no longer maintain a conversation with them as the grunts and other noises he makes get lost in translation.

    Will be the first to agree however, that all arena’s need a change to the Stanchions as they currently exist.  While padding extra is a simple step, a redesign as presented by Cherry’s buddy ( Couldn’t make out the guys name quoted by the Great Gazu) or something else dramatic is needed.  Afterall, the NHL has said it is okay to use anything within the confines of the arena as a weapon, as these are hockey plays.  (Good thing there aren’t folding chairs available to the players or we could have a complete WWE event played out on skates)

    Finally, I am sure I heard a while back that Montreal does have it in their plans to change the Glass/Boards in the arena to go to the ones with much more give.  Can anyone confirm this?

    And while our friends in Toronto won last night, they still won’t make the playoffs and at least they continue to deteriorate the draft pick the Bruins will be receiving.

    Continued best wishes to Max!

  83. Psycho29 says:

    I guess I wasn’t too far off with my little Coaches Corner script I posted here yesterday.

    Funny…I expected him to say what he said, and it still pissed me off to no end.

    Sure that “turnbuckle” should be better designed and improved (not just in Montreal, but elsewhere), but it doesn’t take away the fact that “Whats-his-Name’s” head was pushed into it on purpose.

    Chara knew exactly what he was doing, and if he says he didn’t know Pacioretty was on the ice he’s a liar and a hypocrite.

    EDIT: Maybe we can get Cherry’s sponsor Moore’s Clothing to weigh in on the subject of headshots…..

  84. CHCanadien says:

    I can’t say that I’m suprised by Cherry’s reaction.  Disapointed, but not suprised.

  85. Strabo says:

    I was very disappointed that Mr. Cherry wasted such a fine opportunity to effect change in this game. Instead of calling out the NHL, and the NHLPA to protect it’s players he went after corporate sponsors, and Mr. Molson himself. Well done, good and faithful slave, you have served your masters well.

    Shame on us? No, shame on you Mr. Cherry, shame on you.


    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  86. Bill J says:

    Don Cherry needs to retire like NOW!.

    The guy is a major DUMB-@$$

    1) Can’t say Paccioretty’s name – what a ignorant SLOB.  The least he could have done was learn the kids name.

    2) Rips into an owner who CARES about the game & it’s players (not just HIS teams players, the ENTIRE NHL)

    3) Rips into Air-Canada for insisting the NHL protect the players.

    4) Fails to mention how Reebok is starting to take a similar stand to Air Canada’s


    Seriously, I do agree that if anyone is still stuck on Chara being suspended or fined, your fighting a lost cause.

    This isn’t about that anymore, it is about changing the game so it is safer for the players (Like CROSBY, E.LINDROS, B.LINDROS, PACCIORETTY, BERGERON, SAVARD etc etc etc etc)

    NHL Marketing works a lot better when Crosby is IN the NHL…. Just like it would have done quite a bit better with the Lindros’s….


  87. alaskan_king_crab_gomez says:

    hey Nahlsy, really like that profile pic of urs, anyway u can send me a bigger picture of that?

  88. rocketsglare says:

    Travis Moen will be remembered in Habs history as having scored the franchises 11,000th goal. Well done Travis.

    Go Habs Go!



  89. Nahlsy says:

    Moving past the cartoon character…

    I’ve seen whispers and suggestions from several sources today (many of which were based in the US such as ESPN and SI) that had Carey Price and Hart Trophy mentioned in the same breath quite a few times.

    When a goalie does what he’s done this year, especially when he’s currently missing the top THREE defencemen on his roster going into the season, they added a vet to help with the loss and he’s gone too at that. I can’t say I really blame them. He’s been drawing favourable comparisons in the Vezina race for awhile now, but this is the first that I’ve heard the campaign rising for him to receive some MVP votes. Boy would that ever look good on the critics?

  90. Nahlsy says:

    How does anyone take someone that would wear that outfit seriously? No one really expected that putz to side against a Bruin in favour of a Hab did they? He would have to have some credibility or integrity to do something like that. He’s neither of those, he’s simply a walking cartoon that Nickelodeon threw up off of one channel and had it land on CBC every Saturday night to help convince Leafs fans that their team isn’t really bad as they just looked the last 20 minutes.

  91. Chuck says:

    I’m guessing that the next time Cherry flies Air Canada, his luggage will get “lost”.

  92. forskis says:

    It is annoying me the way people dump all over Montreal for anything hockey-related, Geoff Molson is a quiet, non-bombastic owner….the moment he pipes up, people are telling him to shut up, clean up his own backyard and stop being a hypocrite…it is bad enough everyone dumps on the team and its fans for anything good and bad, now they are dumping on the owners and anything that happens to have an office in the city…the Habs hate has reached new heights…

    In a way, it is good that the team is not shooting back at every critique like we are…gotta keep that good karma going to the final prize.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  93. Psycho29 says:

    Pretty Cool!!! thanks!

  94. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    I have been wanting him up with the big club since they picked him up, especially after Tuesday night . I know he can be more help than Pyatt…Im sure he will get the call soon…hope so.

  95. rocketsglare says:

    Props to you Ian!!

    Go Habs Go!

  96. Ian Cobb says:

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    We are being sponsored by the NHLPA, the Hockey Hall of Fame, NHL Alumni, and more great hockey people including Keith Primeau, who also had a career cut short.

    Play It Cool is determined to educate, all people involved in sports, the importance of protecting their child’s most precious asset, their mind and their spine.!

    Former hockey pro Kerry Goulet is our Director of Hockey Operations of Play it Cool Concussion Education Program.

    Please click onto,  and read about this great work.

  97. VancouverHab says:

    Thanks Carolina :–)

  98. saskhabfan says:

    Why? Cause don cherry said so? Brain washed much? Where is the proof that he is right? Unlike leaf fans,we can actually think for ourselves and are not told by some guy in a suit made of curtains from a jizz stained hotel room what to think.

    Dorf Charea(since don can’t ever seem to get any habs players name right)also guaranteed the leafs would make the playoffs every year since the lockout,said carey price would never make it in montreal and the habs would miss the playoffs cause they traded halak. How is dorf’s credibility looking now?

  99. Leafy says:

    Don Cherry is right.  You are wrong.  End of line.

    “Unapologetically nostalgic for the past. Brutally realistic about the present. Grudgingly optimistic about the future.” Down Goes Brown

  100. habsguy says:

    gomer had more icetime than ANY or the other forwards on the team,  so does that mean they won because of him???

  101. Ian Cobb says:

    4 lines 18 min. = 72 min. ?  Something wrong!

  102. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Joe Thornton said it best. Boston gets favorable calls all the time.

  103. dre1744 says:

    well  once  again   gomez  plays  less then 20 min  the habs  win.  Somebody  tell  the coacjh  not  to  play   gomez   more then 18 min a game if they want to win.

  104. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Einstein, since the Bell Centre was built, how many players have been carried out on stretchers due to the thin turnbuckle or the hard boards/glass?

  105. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Don Cherry is a bigot. Any one that supports him is a bigot. He’s a disgrace to Canada & all Canadians no matter how many tears he sheds for the troops.

  106. Bill says:

    If the non-suspension is consistent with other non-suspensions, the point remains the same: when it’s done deliberately as it was in this case it’s a dirty play and it deserves a suspension.

    It’s not a “turnbuckle”! But would some extra padding be useful? Yeah, probably, like a lot more. It doesn’t make what Chara did any less dirty though.

    The worst part – and the most predictable part – was when he called Pacioretty “what’s-his-name”. Obviously he knew his name. You call this ‘shtick’. Shtick is not really called for when discussing a serious and career threatening injury like a cracked vertebra and a grade 4 concussion. That wasn’t shtick, it was being a dick.

    It’s telling that he only got angry when he was discussing Via and Air Canada’s call for safety in the sport. He got mad about that apparently because their head offices are in Montreal. So basically … he hates Montreal, which is nothing we didn’t know.

    There’s little point in engaging his argument because his argument is simple-minded and intellectually dishonest insofar as it ignores the main point: Chara made a dirty play and someone got badly hurt because of it.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  107. Top Corner says:

    Never listen to a man wearing a 2 foot tall ,  green TOP HAT !

    I liked the guillotine he drew up with his sharpie 2 minutes before the show to remedy the sheety glass in the Bell Center.  Very well done !

    Rock ’em Sock ’em baby…..

  108. J.Ambrose.OBrien says:

    If Cherrypits only feigned forgetting Max’s name as part of some “schtick”, as someone below claims, then he is even more disgusting than I had ever imagined. Are you really trying to say that this bellowing buffoon is using an incident that left a 22-year old young man in a hospital bed wondering if he’ll ever walk again as an opportunity for light comedy? This is just Don’s usual stance that any topic or person that he doesn’t agree with isn’t worth his time to even learn the person’s name.

    For a person who pretends to care about the youth of tomorrow, he is a very bad model for children on how to act, and he simply shouldn’t be given a national tv platform to spew his bitter vitriol. I am so sick of it!

    I remember Dec. 31, 1975

  109. Danno says:

    I knew it was too much to ask for Don Cherry to say something helpful or thoughtful tonight. But to go out of his way and insult Max Pacioretty, his team and everyone who supports him is totally unacceptable.

    Don Cherry is the biggest embarassment on TV and the CBC should fire him.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  110. Habfan4lfe says:

    Pfft Don Cherry is a relic, who listens to him? It’s more you’re forced to listen to him! I’m surprised Cherry doesn’t injure himself with the suits he wears! If Don could stretch that chicken neck of his anymore with his collars I think his head would pop off. I walk away when that senile guy comes on TV or I just listen to the ramblings of Tremblay and the press on RDS. Spare my ears of Cherries mind boggling behaviour. Cherry loves Chara, kinda predictable he’d be dumb about it.

  111. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Don Cherry represents CBC sports. Why else would they keep the bigot.

  112. Propwash says:

    Don Cherry, you open your mouth, you show your ignorance.

  113. Miltie01 says:

    Has nothing to do with being a priest or being gay………..has to do with power and domination, and alot of pedophiles become priests because it is a position of trust that can be abused, they did not become priests and then become pedophiles. The same is true with other positions were pedophiles hide… hockey coaches.

  114. deggy24 says:

    Okay, I’ll play along.

    On your first point (i didn’t see his montage) I don’t think any of the victims suffered a broken neck nor do I think any of the perpetrators was 6’9″, nor do I think any of them combined the skate trip on the front (you have to have a size 15 skate to execute it) and the rodeo ride directly to the pole.

    On your second point, if the Bell arena is so bad, why is this the first incident in 15 years? And bear in mind a broken neck isn’t an incident, it is a catastrophe. You are really making the point of how awful this was.

    On your third point, same as the second.

    Bottom line is the hockey culture is sick and in denial in enabling the criminal act. If the so called authorities do not have civility and compassion, then vigilence is the only recourse. I will go out of my way to in person taunt Cherry, Marek, Dutchysen, Milbory, etc. I will challenge all of them to a fight. If they have the nuts to accept, I will make them pay. I will go out of my way to sit behind a Bruins bench and tell Chara and his ilk that he is not safe, that revenge will be forthcoming, to make him think that he and his family are never going to be safe again. That they cannot leave their hotel rooms. It is old testament time for the NHL, until the culture turns it around. This is someone’s life, this isn’t a game. This isn’t a world where one can apply a bs line that ignores human civility.

  115. andrewberkshire says:

    Ranting about something, and not even knowing the name of the kid who’s neck is broken, is classless and moronic. Defend your buddy Dan Chorra all you want, but he’s an ignorant fool. The stanchion didn’t jump out and hit Pacioretty, he was pushed into it when he didn’t have the puck by someone looking directly at the stanchion for a full second before finally pushing him into it.

    Cherry has done nothing but skirt the issue at hand. Everyone knows Montreal has bad glass, they’re changing it out at the end of this year. What has the NHL done to change? Nothing. Therein lies the problem.

  116. NightRyder says:

    No one has seemed overly upset about his comments on the boards or the stanchions. They are pissed about his “forgetting” of Pacioretty’s name, and inferring that because ViA Rail and Air Canada are based in Montreal, they should be ashamed to wade into the fray.

    Basically: Chara=Bruin=Good; Habs=Pacioretty+AirCanada/VIA Rail/Habs fans/That Bastard Lafleur for stealing my Cup in ’79=bad.

    As I mentioned below, I’m used to the pro-Broons/anti-Habs schtick. It’s so old it doesn’t even resonate anymore.

    But for a guy who purports to be a champion of the players and an example for all the kids out there to not know the name of a young man who broke his neck? Pathetic.


  117. Danno says:

    Don Cherry is quite a piece of work. What a freakin’ A-hole.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  118. Habmyster says:

    1st of all if they are incorrect why state them on national TV.Engaging him would be great but that is the problem.In all the years he has been on HNIC no has been allowed to engage him.

  119. Bigdawg says:

    i think people are upset because the turnbuckle was not the CAUSE of the injury but rather the tool. the problem is Cherry did not have the cherries to address the root cause of the injury. he blamed the bullet not the shooter…


    leafs win habs win – perfect day for an oxyMORON like me

  120. VancouverHab says:

    Instead of making cheap and vulgar abuse against Don Cherry, why not engage his argument?

    • His montage of all the turnbuckle hits & smashes (and he left of the most stomach-turning ones) showed that Chara’s non-suspension (which I was originally angered at) is perfectly consistent with all those previous hits.
    • He declared respect for Mr Molson, and then pointed out that the Bell Centre turnbuckle is 1/4 as thin as Phillies’, for instance.
    • He pointed out that the Bell Centre boards & glass are the hardest in the league (and fairly challenged the owners to ask the Hab players for their honest opinion) , and asked if there is not a co-relation between this fact and our culpably-high casualty list.

    These points may be wrong, but they are neither contemptible nor bigoted. The contemptibleness and bigotry comes from people who heap abuse on the person of someone merely for having social and political opinions divergent from their own.


  121. observer says:

    IF RANGERS LOSE LATER AT SAN JOSE – nyr and buf sit at 74 points – atl , tor , car within 4 points and nj within 6 points of 7th place.

  122. habsonly says:

    The difference between Don’s montage and Chara’s hit is Chara’s was deemed illegal, by the ref and Chara was handed a 5 minute major and ejected from the game. The difference with Max being asaulted by Chara and the montage is the puck was long gone from Max’s stick and there was no need to make the so called hockey play and allow Chara to get away with hitting an unsuspecting person by pushing his head into the turnbuckle whether said turnbuckle is in Montreal or elsewhere is not moot.

    This was an intentional hit and it is disgracefull that Don would try to deny the severity of the event and mocking Montreal, Via Rail, Air Canada and all hockey fans who are concerned and care about this game.

  123. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    OK, PC police, hate to run to Tony’s rescue, but the emphasis was on his age, not his orientation. In fact, where did he mention sexual orientation?mAnd who molests boys aside from mostly middle aged or old men? Old women?… dont read about that very often.


    Bigger point, i have seen Cherry referred to as a cross-dresser on this site no less than  5 times today and at least once a week. No one has jumped on that.

  124. andrewberkshire says:

    Boys are less likely to talk about sexual abuse due to embarrassment based on societal judgment. That’s why the majority of children abused by priests are boys.

  125. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    so all these priests are straight ?

  126. Ton says:

    After all the reads on this subject I have come back to this one.  Montador summarizes it up very well.  This is really what happened.  Read the comments from readers below. You get alot of that from Bruin fans. Very unknowledgeable about the game, refer to players that hit their Savard to “that guy” and this “guy” and what was chara to do let him skate by……….on and on very unknowledable.We saw that when the called in to 990 this week.

     Hope we can all put this behind us now and max can come back.  I told my son before he got hurt he was destined to be another Rick Nash. I hope he can can back for us and be a dominating force and maybe score the stanley cup winner for the habs against you know who. Life does work in mysterious ways!!!!!!!!!


  127. habsonly says:

    Enough on the Don of hockey………..great win by the team today, missed it, had to work, nice shut by Price, love the character of this team, GO HABS GO

  128. jennifer1984 says:

    ahh! you spelled my name right!!! no one ever gets the 2 n’s! thanks!

    yeah i heard it will make me pretty angry and its hard, its just like jersey shore (im only 26)
    it’s horrible and painful, but ridiculous and you just cant stop watching.

    i have so much anger built up inside of me from all this (and disgust) that i dont wanna watch it but you’re so drawn to it.

  129. ed lopaz says:

    I’m glad to hear that. That’s what it takes.

    The media can move mountains when it wants to.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  130. andrewberkshire says:

    If you really don’t see where Tony was going there, you need to learn how to read subtext.

  131. otter649 says:

    Go to they have various video clips including tonights Coaches Corner…..

  132. Miltie01 says:

    I would imagine he knew who he was talking about, but did not want to mispronounce his name………cause lord knows the uproar that would have caused right ?

  133. N.B.habs fan says:

    Jenn,don’t watch it ,it will just make you mad….

  134. SeriousFan09 says:

    Agree, unlike Don, Mcguire is generally about player safety even if it’s not his idea.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  135. N.B.habs fan says:

    Don looked like a idiot with that hat,his drawing of the turnbuckle with a slant on it is just stupid,he should be fired saying thing like that about Montreal.They should boo him next time he comes to Montreal.

  136. jennifer1984 says:

    i missed Coaches Corner because I was watching me some Sons of Anarchy…..

    are there any clips yet? ive tried looking but nothing yet. too early perhaps?


    all i know is what i read on twitter and im pretty disgusted. couldnt even learn his name? shame on you cherry. seriously.

  137. habsonly says:
    I wonder if Max Pacs and his parents were watching and heard Don asking Ron whats his name. You mean the person that was almost killed don. How disrespectful, on national tv, CBC you are responsible for this, drop this clown ASAP.
  138. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I never knew that Andrew, I only heard the Melnick show. Some people get it, some don’t.

  139. Miltie01 says:

    Point of fact… men are the least likely to be pedophiles…..I bet you Observer does not care though !!!

  140. Miltie01 says:

    I have heard many different opinions on the subject from all the sources you mention.

    Some you agree with , some you don;t, that is the job of these people, present the sides, give you different opinions. You can decide for yourself.

  141. andrewberkshire says:

    As much as McGuire annoys me, he’s been tearing the NHL apart on Team990 every day since the hit.

  142. RiverviewCanadien says:

    actually I heard Bob MacKenzie say 2-3. Dave Hodge, Dutchie recantered after hearing from Max. McGuire was not pleased, he is concerned with safety of the players.

    Cherry, is only concerned with whatever gives him a paycheck.

  143. Flabadagub says:

    Could not wait to hear Cherry’s rant and expectations heald up, and more. I almost hate myself for tuning in….. i never will again and i’ll suggest to everyone i know and ever meet, for the rest of my life, to do the same.

  144. andrewberkshire says:

    Insinuating that all gay people are child molesters… Classy. Get off the internet.

  145. Miltie01 says:

    I don’t understand this…Cherry did not almost snap Max’s neck.

  146. habsonly says:

    Why does CBC let Cherry go with his redneck rant about the Montreal arena, insulting via rail, Air Canada and Habs fans. His narrow minded bigotry towards the Habs is so obvious that the CBC should can this clown and get an objective person to replace him or drop the coaches corner altogether.

    Well I will be avoiding games on CBC and especially the crows corner from now on till changes are made.

    TG for RDS.

  147. ed lopaz says:

    the media should at least take a responsible view of the product they are describing.

    in montreal, Hickey and Stubbs and Boone are all fed up and its not because Paccioretty plays for the Habs.

    the media can be very powerful.

    did you watch Boone’s video today!! :)

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  148. Miltie01 says:

    What does the CBC and TSN or any of them have to do with anything ?

    Even if they had the same opinion as most of us here , they cannot change a damn thing.

    It’s the guys on the ice……time for people to be fed up with them.

  149. ed lopaz says:

    I’m starting to think this is becoming hopeless.

    The Media that cover the NHL on CBC and the Hockey Network are unanimously in favour of no suspension.

    I have not heard 1 member of TSN, Sportsnet, CBC, or The Hockey Network, who supports any suspension for what Chara did.


    Its as though Max’s opinion does not count for anything.

    I’m totally fed up.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  150. observer says:

    Would you allow a 77 year old man wearing those flashly flowery clothes to hang around the rink and approach your son and other young boys playing hockey?

  151. adam76 says:

    So – did Montreal make adjustments to the “turnbuckle”?

  152. carolinahab says:

    Vancouver I agree with your post to a certain extent however the manner in which he rips into Molson invites this sort of attack on Cherry even if it is Cherryesque. In addition you left out a good deal of the piece, he heaped shame on Via- Rail and Air Canada for putting their opinions where their money is which is to say they are not entitled to an opinion. As for the montage of hits I think it is compelling evidence that this hit where Chara almost killed the player for not knowing where he was on the ice and being over-zealous in the launch into the turnbuckle demanded a suspension to lay down the precedent. Reckless play = suspension. So yes let’s take Cherry apart for what he says until he reverts to his racist overtones and then we can critique how he say it.

  153. punkster says:

    Itless. Completely and totally itless are you, Tony.


  154. Habnofear says:

    I didn’t bother watching Coaches Corner for two reasons Toronto’s playing and that’s a fkng waste of time and I knew what Don was going to basically say….Again if you all ain’t happy ,organize yourselves and boycott a game or two”The Fans have the power” cause right now your cause is failing as bad as the Rebel in Libya .

  155. carolinahab says:

    Congrats on the shut-out Mr. Price but did you have to pass the immortal Gump Worsley. Grew up idolizing the Gump he will always be number one in style. Tim Thomas reminds me a bit of Gump except Worsley had much better one liners.

  156. VancouverHab says:

    Well, two things.

    1.] His comment about Air Canada was simply low-hanging fruit (for anyone except Hab fans ;–): that is, that Air Canada’s Head Officea are in Montreal so their motives are open to a charge of being less than halo-perfect.

    2.] The ‘not-remembering-or-mispronouncing’ of players names is a schtick–he does it with all sorts of players league-wide. (And in fairness he pronounced it clearly afterward.) If you have ever been a public speaker for a living you will know that schtick is unavoidable. This is hardly a hanging offense in any case: we’re being a bit prissy making hay out of this.

  157. HardHabits says:

    Don Cherry is a national embarrassment.

    I didn’t listen to what he said tonight and I don’t really care because I have tuned him out ages ago. The reason why I could care less what he says is because he is too punch drunk to think beyond his own prejudices, and by that I mean his mind is already made up on too many subjects. He has a limited grasp on things, is inarticulate and boorish, and those are his good qualities.

    He’s not a dinosaur, he’s a dodo bird.

  158. rocketsglare says:

    Like your thinking Ian.

    Go Habs Go!

  159. Ian Cobb says:

    I have never liked Cherry, for all the obvious reasons.

    Two more points from Washington Tues night. We are doing just fine.

    Put your clock ahead tonight!

  160. Habnofear says:

    Nice one Dave……peace man.

  161. ed lopaz says:

    if you live here in Montreal and you keep your son at the single letter level A, or B, or C,

    which is a choice many parents make,

    then there is no body checking allowed.

    problem is, my son came to me at 9 years old, as we were watching Crosby play for Rimouski, and he wanted to know how many hours per week he had to play to get “as good” as Crosby.

    he ended up in summer training, double letters, sports etude for hockey, and well, it has been a lot of hitting since Bantam.

    he’s also a physical d-man, built like a tank at over 200 lbs, so its a big part of his game to hit.

    he will routinely get 1 or 2 hits every shift – that could be like 20-25 hits a game – easy.

    and if he takes more than 10 minor penalties a year, I would be surprised.

    He knows how to play the game.

    But the problem is he has to play against 5 other guys who don’t like getting hit hard – even if its legal.


    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  162. Jonson says:

    the thing i do see the big picture and ill tell you its ugly. whats hockeys purpose?? lets all ask that question. to me it has one purpose. entertainment. just like back in the Roman days, the colisee was built to entertain the citizens. something for them to enjoy. its the same today. there are a lot of differences but in the end its all the same.

    i know this is touchy but i felt like someone had to bring this stuff up.

  163. andrewberkshire says:

    You’re creating a false dichotomy. You don’t have to remove all physicality to take out dirty hits, or dirty players.

  164. punkster says:

    That’s a good measuring stick; would i want my kids to play the game? I played it over 45 years ago and loved it. My son played it (and I helped coach his teams) 15 years ago and loved it for a while. Then when he was 12 it no longer became fun. The hits got harder, the tempers got shorter, the parents seemed way more serious about winning and his friends started to get hurt. He stopped and i was relieved he did. Today if I had kids I wouldn’t want them playing past 10 years old, maybe younger, before the bodies started to fly.


  165. CDK says:

    Bobby Orr played 10 games for the Bruins in 1975-76, the year Cherry won the Jack Adams Trophy. So, you can hardly argue that “a monkey could have coached Bobby Orr to a Jack Adams trophy”. But why would you let facts interfere with ideology, right.

  166. ed lopaz says:

    I have a 17 year old who has been concussed.

    I watched it happen.

    It is devastating.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  167. Jonson says:

    i agree with what you are saying. the feeling i had i when i saw MAX get his was pure sickness. I thought his life was over and i felt terrible about it. i hope the NHL changes but unless it takes out hitting and fighting (im a big supporter of both) then it wont. Aggression plays a huge factor in todays game. ANd iTS STUPID. but thats how the hockey people like it. so if you dont want to get hurt than dont play. im not saying your life should be at risk but, if you have hitting and fighting in the game, than it will be.

  168. andrewberkshire says:

    “if you have kids one day, will you want them to play the game?”

    This is my biggest reason for being so vocal about what’s going on. I’m 24 years old and getting married in July, I’ll have a family soon and I want to say I’m comfortable with my kids playing hockey. Right now I’m not. How awful is it that you wouldn’t feel comfortable letting your kids play the game you love?

  169. punkster says:

    Thing is J you’re not seeing the big picture here. The players aren’t pawns in a chess game because they have the capability to influence change. And where did you ever get the idea that hockey is a vicious sport? And you mention wrestling. Just how does that “sport” compare to hockey? And an agenda? What agenda? Where do these notions come from?


  170. andrewberkshire says:

    Again, your attitude is why efforts to change things fall short all the time. 4 days and nothing has immediately changed so it’s time to move on? Are you kidding me? Grow some balls, man. We’ve had Air Canada, WestJet, Tim Horton’s, Canadian Tire, ScotiaBank and Via Rail rip the NHL along with numerous politicians, several team OWNERS and a bunch of extremely influential and intelligent players in this league. And you’re saying time to back our bags and go home? Pressure is mounting, and although Bettman’s poker face will stay the same, you think the owners aren’t sweating? This isn’t a healthy economy, when giant sponsors threaten to remove themselves, major amounts of money is on the table. Money struggling American franchises can’t afford to lose. To put the pressure on at the same time revenue sharing franchises like Atlanta and Phoenix are near collapse, just makes it all the more risky for the NHL to ignore these threats. This is a watershed moment in the game. To give up now because nothing concrete has happened in half a week is the height of idiocy.

  171. TEAMHABS says:

    Excellent idea

  172. Jonson says:

    no i dont have kids, but people always ask me sense i love hockey so much am i gonna put my future kids in hockey. THE ANSWER IS NO!

    as much i love to watch the game i understand that it is one of the most violent games you can play. Why would i put my kid in a game where he has to fight,hit, and take hits. And on top of it they skate around basically on knives. I Mean i grew watching hockey and have always loved it. But i realize that the NHL is not really normal and the consequences can be deadly.

    like i said before i do not condone (pardon the spelling) this kinda of play. im just saying its hockey and it happens. its either live with it or stop watching and stop playing.

  173. Jbird says:

    Done.  Today’s email to the CBC was especially curt.  Often I’m polite. 

  174. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Alot of good money would do if you can’t even tie your own shoes, or ever have a reason to.

  175. Jbird says:

    It was the first time any player had to run any one out at that part of the ice.  Since 1996 no player had ever rushed up the ice along the benches.

    Chara had to do it and it was an unfortunate hockey play.  You missed the Gods when they spoke or something????

  176. observer says:

    Over 77 and senile!

  177. ed lopaz says:

    I ‘m not sure where to go with this post you’ve written.

    except to ask you straight out.

    do you have kids who play this game?

    if you have kids one day, will you want them to play the game?

    Andrew Berkshire is right in his assessment of your post.

    We need to challenge what’s going on and try and make it better, safer.

    we care about the game, about those who play the game – from the NHL down.

    why did they bring in helmets in the 70’s?

    why did they let goalies wear masks?

    its because there were safety issues that needed change.

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  178. Jonson says:

    im not saying this is a good thing. But lets wake up and realize  that hockey people only care about hockey people. its a vicious sport and always has been. yeah its getting worse but its entertainment. Just like Wrestling. it sucks that hockey players are like pons in a chess game. but again they make a lot of money. Im not trying to be ignorant, its the last thing im trying to be,  i just see the big picture. its nothing we can control, they have an agenda and they are sticking to it.

  179. larisalapointe says:

    Hi Larry. Tks :)

  180. punkster says:

    Alaskan crab fishing? Unreal!



  181. WindsorHab-10 says:

    To show his arrogance, he asked MaClean what the player’s name was.

  182. RGM says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t someone who would know such things say a couple days ago that since the Habs started playing at the Molson/Bell Centre in 1996, that was the first time a player was injured by a hit into the turnbuckle?

    Go Habs Go!

  183. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Now why would you insult dung?

  184. Thurston says:

    Agreed. That moron can’t count to six.

  185. TEAMHABS says:

    You are so right. Cherry putting this back on Montreal is disgraceful and pathetic. Exactly what you would expect from Cherry.

  186. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Cherry ripping Via rail & Air Canada because their headquarters are based in Montreal? Hey dumbass, is the Prime Minister’s office based in Montreal? The sports minister? Sports writers throughout north America saying the NHL missed the boat on this one, are they all from Montreal or Habs fans? Why didn’t you talk about the Jan 8 game and simply say it was payback time.

    We all know Cherry is an idiot & talks from his rectum but the stupidity of Ron MaClean sitting there like an air-head. Oh well, no guts, no glory.

  187. NightRyder says:

    There will be no change because, other than our current focused outrage, which will dissipate once the Chara game is out of the way, there is no real impetus for change.

    The owners are making money, and don’t want that to change, they like things the way they are.

    The NHLPA doesn’t want 25-game suspensions, because their union brothers are then losing too much money.

    We have an emotional attachment to the game the players. The owners and union bosses have an emotional attachment to money and nothing else. You think Donald Fehr cares about his players? How many baseball players were shooting up with all manner of foreign substances under his watch? Who cares, because the homers meant big bucks for everyone.

    Someone will have to die before we see significant change in terms of hockey safety.

  188. andrewberkshire says:

    People like you are why things never change.

  189. DearyLeary says:

    To be fair, Don didn’t really coach in Boston… he just made sure Bobby Orr was on the ice as much as possible.  A monkey could have coached Bobby Orr to a Jack Adams trophy, as is evidenced by everyone’s favourite mental case.

  190. habsonly says:

    HNIC what a shameful way to dismiss this incident. Disgraceful.  Cherry you are a real piece of work…unbelieveable. Pathetic trying to put this back on Montreal just pathetic. BTW Don don’t insult the Irish either with that hat and coat. Really impressed with the self proclaimed hockey god nonsense coming out of you big mouth…..not… you sorry piece of dung.

  191. Habmyster says:

    It must be past Dons bedtime.Give him some warm milk & tuck him in bed.

  192. observer says:

    why did maclean not say something? im sure the canadian govt is happy with his comments. u know the owners of via rail and harper watching. AND THE a-whole is and has been working for the government CBC.

  193. DearyLeary says:

    He forgot Pacioretty’s name… he’s just some stupid Hab kid as far as Uncle Don is concerned.  It’s not like this is some little news story, even American news outlets are shocked about the no suspension.  The story has become ubiquitous, even in the context of revolution in the Middle East and a monster quake in Japan.


  194. observer says:

    An insult to Canadians to have such a no class uneducated bigot on cbc hockey games. we’ll see how much pull his BETTERS have. METHINKS THE OLDE PIECE OF FECES WONT BE DOING THAT JOB NEXT YEAR ON CBC.

  195. Thurston says:

    I think a house plant is smarter than Don Cherry. The guy is a complete boob. He rips VIA Rail and Air Canada for being based in Montreal. Gee Don, where did you coach? Do you think anyone suddenly forgot?

    I usually don’t watch this imbecile but I was curious this week. The guy is just a complete ignoramous. There is no reason to watch this buffoon but thank you CBC for keeping this clown around and paying him with taxpayer dollars.

  196. Ton says:

    he didnn’t know his name and for one of the “greatest canadians” as voted by the public thats an insult for somone with a broken neck.  perhaps some greeting, get well……………disrespectful.

  197. Thurston says:

    I turned on CBC to watch that? Thankfully, I also have RDS… and I don’t speak French. Don Cherry barely speaks English.

  198. NightRyder says:

    The fact we’re all on here expressing our displeasure AFTER watching the xenophobic buffoon is exactly why he’s still on the air. I understand the pro-Bruins/anti-Habs schtick. He’s ridden that broom for decades. The fact that he has such little respect for a young man (what’s the kid’s name?) who has a broken neck is pathetic and disgusting, and truly indicative of what Cherry is all about.

  199. DearyLeary says:

    Perfect except for commenting that Patches should have kept his head up, I’m sure he just forgot to add that to his rant.  

    He also conveniently forgot Pacioretty’s name.  It’s not like we haven’t heard it enough over the last week.

    I wonder how isolate Don is from the rest of the world, do they just truck him out for Coaches Corner?  He probably doesn’t have a cell phone, doesn’t have internet access, or a television of his own.  Probably still listens to the radio, but only talk radio so he can hear people rail on pinko commies all day long.

  200. mrhabby says:

    first 3 are correct.

    did not mention the last two.

  201. rocketsglare says:

    Cherry shamefully lays the blame on the design of the rink rather on the act of a reckless player for Pacioretty’s injury.

    As long as you have tools like Cherry and Ron Wilson spouting their nonsense, the NHL will never have reason to ever

    come to terms about protecting the health of their players.

    Go Habs Go!

  202. Larry says:

    Hey you changed your picture. Where’s the Moose?


    Ok I see now. In honour of Max. Good show.

  203. ZepFan2 says:






    Nice, you almost aced it!

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  204. NightRyder says:

    Until we all stop watching, he can say whatever he wants. He hasn’t been fired for xenophobic or homophobic rants, what makes you think he’s going to get whacked now?


  205. pmaraw says:

    ya, that highlight reel he had, i didnt see one player bash someones skull off the turnbuckle

  206. Larry says:

    Well Cherry did exactly what I thought he would do. Blame the Habs, blame Molson and the Bell. His montage, not one of those show the guy directing his head into the stanchion. Chara, when you watch it closely DIRECTS Maxs head into it. He meant to hurt him, not that bad, I will give him that, but he meant to hurt him. I have no doubt of that. My eyes do not lie

    And what a complete lack of respect. Know the guys name before you go out there and do your blow hard piece

  207. drivefor25 says:

    All I could think was…”The Mad Hatter.”

    Fan since ’71

  208. PrimeTime says:

    Cherry never opined whether he thought Chara intentionally put Pac into the buckle. I don’t like how he said it, but I agree the Bell needs to be safer to play…..partitions along the glass abd better padding and a reconfiguration of the stachtion (sp?). His comment of Air Canada and Via being based in Mtl was typical Dumb Don…wasn’t needed.

  209. forskis says:

    Well…not surprised that he ripped Geoff Molson and blamed the Bell Centre as “the worst arena for injuries”, which was new to me…and not surprised he ripped the sponsors since their head offices are in Montreal…although, the amount of padding on those stanchions in Montreal are the same amount in most of the arenas in the NHL.  The angled stanchion is an interesting solution.

    Although, I would have liked a suspension, I can understand there not being one since all the previous stanchions hits have never ended up in a suspension.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  210. sm00re says:

    I like this idea.

  211. blu3chip says:

    I guess grapes is still sour about the 1979 playoffs game. Who can blame him? Montreal gives him nightmare every night.


  212. observer says:

    he’s an old moneygrabbing arselicker! did this a few years back after dissing bettman then bettmnan must have got to him and threatened his money making nhl plans and cherry never criticized bettman again. just like chelios during player lockout – chelios said ” bettman to the gas” jim rome and others knocked him for it , bettman never said anything back and presto when lockout ends chelios says nothing but nice things about bettman. cherry was supporting bettman tonight nothing else. besides him being a racist bigot he is not a very inteligent man. he blames THIS ARENA but he forgets that 2 minutes earlier he showed hits just as bad at all kinds of other rinks – the old piece of sheit minor league slug forgot he just showed it.

  213. NightRyder says:

    Liberace was pretty predictable.

    Blame it on the stanchion, the Bruin is a good guy, didn’t know the name of the Montreal kid, essentially call out Air Canada and VIA Rail as Habs fans.

    Ho hum.

    I’d say it’s time for this xenophobic clown to be taken off the TV, but I have to admit, I still watch. Therein lies the problem, I guess.

  214. Lazarus_taxa says:

    The hat said it all for me….

  215. matrags says:


  216. dallyd31 says:

    Cherry is a disgrace

  217. SeriousFan09 says:

    Don Cherry cares about the players, doesn’t know the name of the man whose season Chara ended. Right-o, guess that changes when they were the CH.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  218. larisalapointe says:

    The Don Cherry hattrick:   dementia, stupidness and old foolism.

  219. ed lopaz says:

    what family??

    Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  220. lavie says:

    Bettman, Jacobs, Madoff… they are from the same family.

  221. TEAMHABS says:
    Just watched Cherry’s stupid anti-Montreal rant on coaches corner, Big surprise on his views  isn’t it. He and other old NHL boys simply DO NOT get it. They are  completely clueless. 
    Anyone who doesn’t think that Chara’s use of his forearm to guide Pacioretty’s head into the stanchion wasn’t conscious and reckless is delusional. Chara chose to reach up with his left forearm and push Pacioretty’s upper body toward the stanchion. It really doesn’t matter if he realized the stanchion was there; he has to be held resposible for results of his actions.  The NHL brass must think the general public is stupid.
    There is a very fine line between clean checking a player and committing crimianl physical assault.
     The NHL has made itself look like a complete joke.  
    Now  even the sponsors are condemning the hit and the lack of consequences. 
    The NHL could have avoided this problem  perception with a multi-game suspension of Chara. Instead it chose to ignore it. What a  bloody shame that instead of looking to improve the image of hockey, Bettman uses this incident as an opportunity to create a confrontation with Air Canada and its interest in sponsorship. I am utterly dumfounded by this level of incompetence.
    Fans should contact the other  NHL sponsors like Visa, Canadian Tire, Reebok, Mcdonalds, Honda and Pepsi and make their feelings known about this. Wonder if Bettman would confront these sponsors too if they pressure him to do the right thing and suspend Chara.
    The NHL has set a bad another precedent: they are escalating the bar for hits not deemed suspendable, and thus the dangerous hits will get worse and worse.Hockey is a contact sport but unless some of this gets cleaned up, eventually someone will be killed.



  222. Larry says:

    Yeah I found that too. I think McLean wanted to engage him a bit, thought about it, then said to himself “Nah”

  223. observer says:

    seriously- who is on the board. on that first link it says gillett viciously attacked balsillie for ruining the habs seasoin? how on earth did he do that? hicks the fraud gilletts partner was on the board. it says jacobs was made chairman in 2007 who are the others now? were they the ones who gave bettman a new 5 year extention?

  224. observer says:

    Who are the CURRENT NHL BOARD of Governors?        ————  some old links



    march 2010 ———-


    NHL board of governors elects Bruins owner Jacobs as chairman

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL’s board of governors has elected Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs as its new chairman.
    The board also elected Tom Hicks of the Dallas Stars to the position of vice-chair at its meeting ahead of this weekend’s draft.

    Jacobs replaces Calgary Flames owner Harley Hotchkiss, who had held the position for the past 12 years.

    The board was also updated on the pending sale of the Nashville Predators to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie. However, there will not be an actual vote on the transfer of ownership from Craig Leipold.    —   —-




  225. Jonson says:

    i watched coaches corner. nothing he said was that bad. I really feel everyone is over reacting about everything right now. i Mean the hit sucks, and maybe he did wanna teach him a lesson. I really think he was trying to send him into the bench. But its getting a little crazy right now. No suspension…lets get over it, when it comes down to it we wanna see the habs win. INjuries happen. WHere was everyone when Ryan Smyth got hit by Jack Johnson? or how about the people killing each other in different parts of the world. If only people were as passionate about that as we are about this. Its time to move on.

    THe Nhl is a crazy game, they know they are at risk and they get paid a lot of money to do it.

    Some jobs are dangerous, ask people who work on the rigs or people who fish for ALaskan crab. Atleast hockey players get a CRazy amount of money.

  226. Gindan69 says:

    Didn’t watch dumb & dumber, but let me guess:

    Ripped the habs and the arena.

    Ripped Molson and called him a punk who should keep quiet.

    Ripped the sponsors because they are montreal based.

    Ripped Max for not keeping his head up.

    Praised Chara for being a fine upstanding citizen in hockey and if he was really nasty nobody would live to see another game because he’s a big galoot.

  227. Larry says:

    Oh I know he will never get whacked. Can you imagine the ratings tonight? How many people tuned in to hear his take on it? Biggest audience of the year I would bet.

  228. Habmyster says:

    If Chara hit was a hockey play this League has serious issues.God help us.

  229. DearyLeary says:

    Almost all of his examples involved players with the puck, fully prepared to get demolished.  A lot of them have players pushing away from the stanchion, and not into the stanchion.  

    I don’t know how many of those players had ‘bad blood’ as has been obvious.

    It’s also interesting to note that none of them had their seasons put to rest because of those hits.  

    The CBC has been defending injuring players as part of the game for the last decade or so.  Why do people continue to support it.

  230. Larry says:

    The previous stanchion hits never ended up in a young man with a broken neck though

  231. TorontoHabsFan says:

    If I have to chose between the opinions of Don Cherry and Ken Dryden, I’ll take Dryden’s every time.

    Now he’s an *actual* National Treasure.

  232. Ton says:

    don for you>>>>>>>>>> in honor of Max yes they call him Max. What a fool you are. Talk about non constructive, Mcclean was even caught off guard.


  233. kevin m says:

    I’ve heard, over the past few days, various players in the NHL weigh in on the Chara/Pacioretty Hit.

    Just an idea…

    I would like to see a group of NHL players, elected by their peers, to form a sort of Supplemental Disciplinary Action Committee to mete out suspensions to other players for suspendable trangressions.

    Maybe, a group of 13 or so active players who would vote by secret ballot.

    At least, if a player got suspended he would know that his peers disapprove; not 1 pencil-pushing bureaucrat in NYC.

    I know there are flaws in this idea, as is; but just food for thought        

  234. RGM says:

    Well that says it all…after it being national news for days, Cherry had to ask what his name was.

    Go Habs Go!

  235. DearyLeary says:

    What a disgrace… why does the CBC still employ that knucklehead?

    And of course, he rails on the glass and nothing else.  

  236. Clutch10 says:

    The Hockey God has spoken. So it be said so it be done. what an idiot.

  237. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Here goes’ Cherry…Click…. I will not watch or listen to the bullshit he is gonna spin to justify the hit that BIG DIRTY THUG layed on Max. He should be fired off the CBC right now….. FFS !! I know what the ass-hole is gonna say anyhow… I refuse to tune in…damn that SOB…!!

  238. RC-51 says:

    Just curious if anyone saw Fleury strike Carey’s pose today?…


  239. observer says:

    YOU CAN WATCH CBC GAMES ON THE WEB IN PUNJABI – an exellent way to avoid listening to his verbal diareah

  240. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Now why would you insult a monkey?

  241. punkster says:

    I’m tempted to say something my dad would have said to me (“Shut the damn TV off and get a job”) but I’m afraid that doesn’t honour his memory properly. What I will say is, it’s a game. It’s not about guys having to risk their lives to make a paycheque Alaskan crab fishing or riveting on skyscrapers.


  242. observer says:

    an idiot. a half wit. he forgot that 2 minutes earlier he should over a dozen similar players smashed into the turnbuckle in other arenas. oh yes – and shows a 45 degree turnbuckle they should have BUT  the replays everywhere were not 45 degree turnbuckles.

  243. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    “lets get over it”

    How about you not come on here and tell people what to do.  If you want to “get over it” fine, but I’ll make up my own mind without the help of some guy who looks like he’s twelve with drink on his nose.

  244. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Your choice Jonson…..My choice was not to listen or watch this uneducated half-wit . I had no problem with that decision. I haven’t tuned in to that moron for the last year or so, maybe longer, I really don’t remember. You’re just a younglad yet, eventually you will likely do the same,possibly not, none of my affair. Your statement “I really feel everyone is over reacting about everything right now” is just plain wrong. I know how I “feel”, you don’t have to “feel” for me chum”. Don’t generalize me into everyone and  everything. I  can think for myself. To each his own…watch on…

  245. dallyd31 says:

    for what it’s worth, email the CBC and tell them what you think of Cherry..I will be.  I have watched him for years and said nothing, but enough is enough.  That wasn’t just an opinion of an dumb baffoon, that was irresponsible and completely disrespectful.  The kid almost gets killed and he didn’t even know his name ?


  246. observer says:

    when pacioretti scored his first NHL goal, he passed Cherry in NHL goal scoring and when Pacioretti got his 7th that is SEVENTH POINT INCLUDING ASSISTS he passed Cherry’s lifetime totals. Zero goals and 6 assists for the over 77 year old man who is a legend in his own mind.  ————-

  247. lenny says:

    you are a complete moron….whats the white stuff on your face….dont answer that….douch bag

  248. punkster says:

    No call for name calling lenny. If you don’t wish to engage then butt out. Or bring something to the table, OK?


  249. andrewberkshire says:

    Hope it’s the last time you ever see it happen. I remember my parents would only allow me into hockey if I was a goalie (I wanted to be one anyway), and they pulled me out when we moved at age 11 anyway when someone in my league and age group was paralyzed in a game.

  250. Trisomy 21 says:

    Agree that it’s corrupt, some of those guys need to be gutted from the NHL, it’s an insult. I was very pleased to see Thornton’s comments. They mean even more considering he played in Boston

    I just think the whole air canada situation looks funny

  251. Chuck says:

    Crosby wasn’t a fraction of an inch from dying on the ice, either.

    And frankly, I could care less where they’re headquartered. To some it may come across as opportunistic, but at least they realize that something needs to be done, as do the Habs… and good on them for making an issue of it. Everyone is guilty of having their heads in the sand for too long. They are many ways that player safety can be improved; some ideas include minor change, some radical.

    The most disturbing part in all of this is that the top brass in the NHL blew off what happened on Tuesday night with a “meh… it happens” attitude. They don’t seem to be phased that they came *this* close to having headlines the next day read “Player Dies in NHL Game”.

    But then again, maybe Bettman subscribes to the notion that “any publicity is good publicity; just make sure that they spell your name right.”


  252. shootdapuck says:

    Air Canada reached their tipping/breaking point.

    This issue has been building and mind you Crosby did not lay on the ice unconcious for seven minutes for all to see.

    Bettman and his flunkies are controlled by Jeremy Jacobs who just happens to own the Boooins.

    Jacobs renews Bettman for 5 years and the rest of his flunkies follow along on his coattails gobbling up 6 and seven figure salaries.

    What would Campbell or Murphy do without their NHL jobs? McD’s Tim Hortons drive through, Subway?

    Murphy wants a GM job! With this on his resume good luck!

    Joe Thornton spoke the unspoken when he questioned by Boston never get the bad end of a disciplinary review.



    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office. Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  253. Trisomy 21 says:

    Funny to see Rupp and Cooke going around to the rookies flexing their muscles. A new low for the Pens.

    Honestly guys what did you expect Don Cherry to call for Chara’s head? he coached the bruins remember? He was right about Air Canada though, I don’t know why people are so upset, they aren’t in the position to call out the NHL like that. They didn’t speak a word when Crosby was hit. Be a little objective here, that looks EXTREMELY fishy that they would do such a thing after someone on the habs gets injured, while having their HQ in the city.

  254. shootdapuck says:

    And spit in his food!



    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office. Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  255. Rainrocket16 says:

    Ok I may get blasted for this…I don’t disagree on everything Cherry was saying regarding the Bell centre. I agree with the angled turnbuckles, that makes alot of sense and will help prevent injuries. Now with that said everyone needs to let this Chara-Pacioretty crap rest!! I am as saddened by the NHL’s decision as everyone one of you, I think they screwed the pooch on that ruling by not hearing Max’s side..Finally with that said Cherry is a prick and needs to leave national TV already, Why? You don’t call out Air Canada for what they are trying to prevent, your sacred Boston Guins are dirty and always have been!! Max is a victim of a goonish assault and nobody listens because Chara is a beloved NHL Figure, 13 years no suspensions, Nobody punishes their sons teams!

  256. shootdapuck says:

    Here are the three blind mice you want to complain to at CBC sports:






    Good luck they will colectively answer that you are not hearing correctly or have misunderstood.

    Smarmy bureaucrats!


    … the fans of the Boston Bruins now have lost forever any right to complain that “the league” is out to get their team, and that the Montreal Canadiens have some kind of pull inside the NHL home office. Charles P. Pierce – Boston Globe

  257. TEAMHABS says:

    If you are sick of Cherry and his anti-montreal rants you can email yr concerns to: and also make yr complaints known to  Time for Cherry to retire.

  258. ari says:

    hey guys slow down,cherry was not so bad tonight,unless if i miss some thing.I thought the same way that is either nothing or 20,25 games.i guess it was easier to give nothing.I remember don cherry long time ago complain about hard glasses ans stanchion and his idea about stanchion was for air canada  and the rest of sponsors ,there is not one manager accept the advise of sponsors in that fashion.air canada should stay mute in public and share his concerns with nhl.As for max ,suspension or not does not have any effect in his healing,but this non suspension may change a few things in nhl that suspension would not have.

  259. doogie says:

    I just wanted everyone to know that I’ve officially put a “hex” on the Boston Bruins.  It went into effect at 12 midnight on March 13th and expires on Mar 12th, 2075.  

    Actually, the National Buffoon, Donald S. Cherry put the official “voodoo” on the Bruins when he put a few too many players on the ice during the 1979 semi-finals.  Thanks again for that Don. All of us respectful hockey fans have always appreciated that wonderful moment in hockey history.  

  260. Rainrocket16 says:

    Can someone please fill me in on Cherry? I don’t get CBC here in Cali.

  261. HABZ24 says:

    its a new day, the worlds changing some not for the better. its time cbc changed and got rid on doh head cherry.the general managers need to END the violence in hockey with swift and huge changes. the thing i hate is anyone connected to the nhl is affraid to speak out against the league. the dont bite the hand that feeds you thing.almost every player is so politically correct when talking about he leagues decisions. i miss brett hull he had the balls to speak his mind. crosby needs to step up and make a movement to change the nhls policys on head shots and fighting.bettman,campbell,murphy need to be replaced.

  262. Miltie01 says:

    Everyone is emotional….including me ….especially me……no harm done.

  263. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Sorry I actually read your post wrong…strike the first sentence. My bad man…

  264. Miltie01 says:

    Pretty classy

  265. RiverviewCanadien says:

    uhhhh are you missing something between the ears?

    That was my point, it is part of the structure that is USED as a weapon…if the player thinks to do so.

  266. Miltie01 says:

    The real weapon is the space between a players ears, when they start using it, you will not see this anymore…..until then…….

  267. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Unreal. Talk of where was everyone before when all of this has happened over the years? People have complained. I have seen it on this site for over 3 years of the concern in the goon style, disrepect of each other on the ice. I have watched games with buddies where we ALL have said “That should be a major”


    What they hit is NOT the glass. Is boarding a good, tough, hard “Hockey Play”…not the last time I checked, it called sit and drink Gatorade for 2-5.

    People need to read Dryden’s article. That’s why this is happening. Enough is enough, the injury was VERY serious and deserves every bit of lip service it is getting.

    The videos only prove that the spew coming from Chara (I had no idea where I was) was BS. Everyone knows where they are, and this piece of the equipment is now a “hot” weapon, you’ll see more and more, imagine the playoffs?

  268. Les Habitants says:

    Didn’t you hear? players don’t hurt other players, boards hurt players. Damn stancion should have got at least 10 games!

  269. TEAMHABS says:

    well said

  270. oldrrty says:

    I was actually excited about Coach’s Corner this week. I thought it was going to be different that Don, who tends to be relevant when it comes to players and safety issues, would rise above his rampant homerism. Seriously how is this bigot allowed to be on tv? I understand that this was involving his beloved Bruins but wow. I guess that it really is Montreal’s fault. Can you imagine how happy the Consortium of Quebec Architects must be? After 15 years someone hurt themselves on the stanchion just as they were designed to do.

    I don’t care who wins as long as Toronto doesn’t!

  271. pmaraw says:

    Q. Chara, why did you smash max pacs face into the turnbuckle?
    A. So he would stop humiliating me on the ice.

  272. andrewberkshire says:

    Is anyone surprised by anything Dan Chorra said? Come on people. Did anyone here expect the biggest knuckle dragging moron who comments on this game to break out of a 30 year hate on the Habs and call for a BRUIN to get suspended? Not in our lifetime. Cherry will take his idiotic biases to the grave. He’s still ranting about visors every couple weeks ffs.

  273. Miltie01 says:

    And you come here every week and rant about him…..peas in a pod ?

    But I will say you are right, no need for everyone to go nuts, Cherry did exactly like everyone knew he was going to.

  274. RGM says:

    Funny how that works eh? Instead of showing the most severe hits that may have caused a serious injury, and thus feed the argument that something needs to be done to protect players, they showed only “lighter” hits in which the players escape injury to further the argument that hey, sometimes it happens and Pacioretty was just unlucky.

    Go Habs Go!

  275. RiverviewCanadien says:

    So why did the CBC crew, or whomever, decide there were some “they didn’t want to show”?

    Too violent for TV?

    Seriously, if it is “OK” to do this, why were some video clips held back? And why no mention Cherry of two Hart trophy winners?

  276. pmaraw says:

    eureka!  if a player has ur number and burns you all the time, all you have to do is smash their face into the turnbuckle.

  277. habsonly says:

    The Don of hockey has spoken, now bow everyone…..and vomit.

  278. Miltie01 says:

    Really, what did you honestly expect Cherry to say ?

  279. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Errata XX to be applied to Martin v1.XX (the Xs are for the number of times Martin has had to alter his system due to players, but he still has the same system…)

    Paul Mara, Hal Gill, Pk Subban, Ryan White, Ben Pouliot, Andrei Kostitsyn, Travis Moen – bigger guys on the team in other words and some that can lay hard, tough hits.

    The turnbuckle is now a new “tool” to improve your physical game. Open season.

  280. observer says:

    well he said nothing about the obnoxious old former minor league flunkie who never even finished high school

  281. CanadienFanTrappedinNiagaraFallsNY says:

    Good on Ron Maclean for calling out Mathieu Scneider for talking out of both sides of his ass. Whipping out his printed out contradictions like it was a U.S. Senate campaign… good stuff. He gets picked on alot here, but I for one like Maclean. Schneider however has just disgusted me more than Bettman, selling out the safety of his co-workers.

  282. larisalapointe says:

    Love is blind.

    Tks for the compilation. “Greatest HIO errors in judgement”

  283. kmachabs27 says:

    absolutely not

  284. larisalapointe says:


  285. Mad Habber says:

    Whatever it takes to sign him. The guy was big reason why the Habs pp was ranked #1 two seasons in a row, nevermind Bergeron/Streit and Souray…When he was out early the powerplay struggled, when he came back it was improving quickly, then when he went down again, it was back to being hit or miss…

    The only problem is the injuries, and the team will need a backup plan before heading into the season.

  286. andrewberkshire says:

    This is brilliant, I remember reading this crap all summer. Thanks a ton NightRyder, this was a good laugh! Funny how most of these people who wrote those comments have disappeared or gone and come back with new accounts in attempts to not be called out on their BS.

  287. NightRyder says:

    Sometimes it’s hard to get through to the chimps.

    Those are all bleatings from a variety of (anonymous) HIO posters last year.

  288. HNS says:

    My dog would be a great replacement for Bettman.

  289. Mad Habber says:

    I think he is rehashing alot of what was said before the season started/when Halak was first traded…

  290. dre1744 says:

    Really…….  reallly ……….    have  you been sleeping this season.   Have  you watched  price play!!!!!!! 

    nuff said!!!!!!!

  291. NightRyder says:

    I’d offer two years, $12M, with a games-played clause triggering a third year at another $6M.

    I’d say it’s 50-50 that he’ll return next year at this point.

  292. Danno says:

    By God that’s it! Zedno Karma!


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  293. adam76 says:

    Classic!  well played

  294. NightRyder says:

    I didn’t mean you, just fans in general. Anyone recognize themselves from these comments?

    I would love to cheer Price, but he is not yet a goalie who inspires confidence in fans – or his players. He doesn’t come up big. He is lackadaisical out there. He is childish. With Halak we had a chance to win every night. Did you see his record? 100 games – 10 shutouts, 36 losses. Of course the Price-lovers continue to call him a one-hit wonder. Those who bash Halak know nothing about hockey.

    Habs management made an obvious poor choice. No point “discussing” with the Price-bots. Waste of energy.

    If Jaro is worth 4 million than Carey Price must be worth…99 cents.You get what you pay for and we will pay nothing for our lousy dream franchise player

    Congrats to Halak for signing a great deal. Told all you idiots he wouldn’t get a penny over 4 Mil. Now Price signs for 1 to 1.5 million less and we all move on to suck in the future. Win-win for everybody. Well, if you’re a Leaf fan.

    Good luck in St. Louis Jaro, prove Boivin, Gauthier, and yes even Gainey they were wrong to make Price the franchise player we are suppposed to believe in

    Just reading this makes me sad and mad at the same time. I don’t give a rat’s a$$ what we give St. Carey. Our real goalie is gone.

    This error will cost the franchise for years to come – very sad.  This is what it must fell like to be a maple leaf fan.

    Sad and mad? I feel like falling to the ground and crying like a little baby.

    This team will never really go anywhere as long as the bumbling fools in current management are in place. PG has not addressed a damn thing this summer. Except for trading away our MVP, nothing has happened

    So let me get this right…we’re betting the farm on a whiny headcase with poor work ethic and an attitude problem?!?!

    The 2011 Canadiens now have a #1 goalie who hasn’t played like one for several seasons, and have not improved their most glaring weakness, scoring. It’s going to be a long, long season in 2011. No playoffs for this squad.

    Price has proved over and over that he sucks. This team’s management is beyond mentally challenged.

    I’ve been a Habs fan for over 50 years and this is the saddest day for the team in that 50 years. Where did we get this kind of culture as an organization?

    SERIOUSLY,THIS IS THE SAddest one,come on.chelios,roy,………and this one

  295. dre1744 says:

    well then  adios      subban  will  have  1 more year under his belt   and  if  we can resign  the Wiz,  maybe  get a decent  guy from the free agents.  Maybe   bring back Gill  at  1.5 mill for  1 year  and resign georges.  We don’t really need Markov   at 6 mill a season!!!!!

  296. HalifaxHabs says:

    I wish that was possible, but I can’t see his agent(or himself for that matter) allowing him to risk so much earning potential(say he takes a one year deal and hurts his knee again), when other suitors would gladly give him multiple years to leave Montreal.

  297. cmac12357 says:

    They had a middle of the road opinion with Bylsma, then Wilson on the boys will be boys side. I’m sure they’ll balance that with the other side of the story in the evening broadcast as they’re always very careful that way when it comes to Mtl……………………

    btw- I thought it was hilarious when MacLean whinned that Wilson had to answer questions about the hit with the Leaf’s have such a big game tonight. That’s kinda how I feel when HNIC start giving us Marlie and/or Kahdri updates during a NHL broadcast, especially in the playoffs.

  298. dre1744 says:

    hopefully he gives the habs  a  home town discount   1  year 4 mill…. then if he don’t get injured  maybe  they can  give  him a longer better term!!!!!!!

  299. rocketsglare says:

    My same sentiments. Could not believe how this tool was equating a deliberate act to injure to unforseen acts that

    unfortunately can and will happen as a part of the game. It’s unfortunate that Wilson and “Burkie” by their blather

    only make it easier for the NHL to shirk their responsibility to protect the health of their players.

    Go Habs Go!

  300. HalifaxHabs says:

    lol, speak for yourself, I’ve been on the Carey Price wagon since day one.

    but there’s lots of seats left for all the Habs fans that felt differently in the past.

  301. clubdehockey says:

    Don’t forget everyone’s favourite sniper, named Mathieu Darche.

    I seem to remember a line consisting of him, Pouliot and Desharnais being quite effective.

  302. WestHab says:

    I’ve resigned to the fact that there will always be injuires to key players.

  303. NightRyder says:

    It is interesting to chart the windsock-like tendencies of we hockey fans…

  304. HalifaxHabs says:

    Tough question… but I think the Habs will keep him… I wish for 3 years/15mil, but probably more like 6 mil/yr.

    I think when they go on season ending injured reserve the team recovers a big portion of their salary cap hit for that year(see Markov and Gorges this year), so at least if he blows his knee for a 4th time, we get the cap room back.

    Imagine the potential potency of our defence if Markov can get back into the mix, healthy and productive once again.

  305. dre1744 says:

    sign him   but a a reduced  salary   because hes injured all the time.

  306. dre1744 says:

    nope!!!!!!!!  maybe if they throw in a high  1st rounder.

  307. NightRyder says:

    He’ll get dollars and term somewhere else. Do you still keep him?

  308. WestHab says:

    It was funny though when Ron asked him to the point if the felt that Chara should have been suspended he just repeated the original statement. Carefully staying out of hot water with the league.

  309. dre1744 says:

    I’m thinking the same  Carma is gonna bite the big bad bruins right in the ass!!!!!!!

  310. HalifaxHabs says:


    not even close… the list of people that are worth even considering Carey Price for is extremely short at this point.

  311. HalifaxHabs says:

    God I hope you’re right…

  312. NightRyder says:

    Question: If the Blues offered Jaro Halak and Chris Stewart for Carey Price, would you do it?


  313. WestHab says:

    and isn’t it nice that we have someone taller than Cassie Campbell?

  314. habs4ever2894 says:

    No. obvious reasons

  315. Omit says:

    One might even say that Gauthier, Gainey and Martin actually know what they are doing, eh?

    Perhaps the game has not passed them by after all.

  316. RC-51 says:

    I want 1st place on the division!

  317. rocketsglare says:

    Dryden has the credentials to be a credible and respected commissioner.

    Go Habs Go!

  318. Danno says:

    Hear me now believe me later. The Chara Spiral of Shame® will drag the Bruins down. It will be their demise.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  319. NightRyder says:

    Question: What to do with Markov’s salary slot next year? Bring him back or go in a different direction?

    How much would you pay him?

  320. SeriousFan09 says:

    I doubt it, I’m sure the team wants to go out and ‘do it for Max’ but that sort of thing is done by teams more when the guy’s career has ended or someone died, like NJD with the Pat Burns stickers on their helmets or when Detroit wore #16 patches for Vladimir Konstantinov in the 97-98 season.

    I love the fan support going on right now with new avatars for Pacioretty, but that gesture by the team would be more like “we don’t think he can come back, ever.” going by tradition in hockey.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  321. rocketsglare says:


    Go Habs Go!

  322. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Great win for the team. Nice to hear compliments from the CBC crew for a change. There are people that questioned the Mara trade but boy am I glad we have him. He provides muscle and has been decent in the lineup despite the odd dumb penalty. Just imagine this team with a full & healthy lineup.

  323. WindsorHab-10 says:

    For the last time, it’s not Bettman. It is BUTTman.

  324. A. Berke says:

    Hah! don’t hold your breath for the little runt scum.

    Ali B.

  325. HardHabits says:

    Ask the Easter Bunny if I care.

  326. HalifaxHabs says:

    last I checked, the Habs haven’t been bounced from the playoffs just yet.

  327. observer says:

    obviously they’d be stronger but looking at who was there last year – markov was hurt and then out, the only big loss back there is gorges but wizniewski, sopel and mara playing how he is along with weber this is not much worse on defense. on offense eller and pacioretty are the big additions and pacioretty a huge loss but again compared to last year neither him or eller were here. halpern at least as good or better than moore – price has obviously replaced halaks level of play last year again if not better AND that team got to the eastern finals and there are no teams there this year as good as wash and pitts were last year including both of them. but these injuries had better stop?

  328. HalifaxHabs says:

    Do I really believe that something Bob Cole says, can effect Carey Price? No I don’t.

    But some hockey fans like to make reference to things like “Hockey Gods”, and other such superstitions… and you trying to come across like you are so smart, by making it known, that you know, there is no real connection between what an announcer says, and what happens on the ice… well buddy, that makes it obvious to everyone how weak you are.

    keep trying as hard as you can though.

  329. WestHab says:

    Bettman reminds me of that character Dustin Hoffman played in Midnight Cowboy. Ruzzio was his name I think, suzball. Yeah Dryden would make a good pres.

  330. observer says:

    Question? Did Bettman do likewise the year the NHL was in a lock-out?  ——— NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and league general counsel Jeff Pash are slashing their salaries to US$1 each during the lockout.

  331. naweed235 says:

    is it so much for a fan to ask to be able to see the Habs with their full roster? I just cant help to think that we would have a great shot at the cup if all the injured were back in the line up

    Cammi – Pleks – Halpern

    Gio – Gomez – Max Pac

    AK 46 – Eller – Moen

    Pouliot – Desharnais – White

    Markov – Georges

    Gill – PK

    Wiser – Sopel / Hammer / Spatch / Mara / Webber

    Now that to me looks like a lineup that can do some serious dammage… well balanced on all the lines and very VERY deep on D

    but i guess we always have next year to llook forward to…

  332. mrhabby says:

    not far from the truth. the sooner he goes the better off at least HNIC will be.

  333. LA Loyalist says:

    The Ottawa junior team has already done it: The Ottawa 67s. The jerseys look pretty good!

  334. observer says:

    jake the snake – traded for gumper

  335. LA Loyalist says:

    Impressive :)

  336. 21273 says:

    Maybe Bettman and Cherry should both run away and join the circus…i cringe at what might come out of Cherry’s mouth tonite during HNIC re the events of this past week…maybe those shirt-collars don’t allow blood to flow to your head (except your mouth – too bad)…think Don, THINK…you’re part of the reason that hockey has become the UFC on Skates…please retire…21273

  337. observer says:

    CBC – KELLY HRUDEY praised in first intermission granato as he did a great job of obviously having his forwards ready for this game with excellent passing and shooting. my eyes SAW  pens all of that period constantly missing their targets on passes and the net on shots over 90% of the time. letang himself his mind was miles away and blindly coughed up at least 3 differrent passes of his. plus they only had 5 shots on goal in that whole period because they kept completely missing the net on their shots.

  338. drivefor25 says:

    Thanks! Now I don’t have to bother watching Coach’s Corner because you’ve out-Cherried Cherry :-)

    Fan since ’71

  339. Windwalker says:

    great game at both ends wow what different team fromtwo days ago

  340. DavidKB says:

    Vezina, Conn Smythe, Stanley Cup! 

  341. Danno says:

    Also, Price is only one shutout behind Rogie Vachon and only two behind Georges Vezina for all-time shutouts for Canadiens’ goalies.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  342. Ian Cobb says:

    The boys had a lot of jump right from the 1st minuet of the game. When they play well, they are a very good squad. When they come out flat like the last game, its over from the get go.

    This team is well bonded with each other. There is a great team spirit, and they are going to make a huge noise come play off time. Especially if they can knock the Bruins behind them, we are only 2 points back now.

  343. avatar_58 says:

    I’ve said this many times. I wish it were possible

  344. Danno says:

    LOL! Hey Psycho29 how did you manage to steal Don’s script?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  345. 21273 says:

    Ken Dryden would be a great replacement for Bettman…21273

  346. observer says:

    Jacques Plante had 9 for the Habs 3 different seasons. —– WIKI —–

    In January 1953, Plante was called up to play for the Canadiens. Bill Durnan, the goaltender who played for Montreal when Plante first began, had retired, and Gerry McNeil—their top goaltender—had fractured his jaw.[2] Plante played for three games, but in that short time, he generated controversy. Coach Dick Irvin, Sr. did not wish his players to stand out by any addition to their regular uniforms. Plante always wore one of his tuques while playing hockey, and after an argument with Irvin, all of Plante’s tuques had vanished from the Montreal locker room. Even without his good luck charm, Plante gave up only four goals in the three games he played, all of them wins.

  347. avatar_58 says:

    Amazing game Price, earned it.


    Also because I’m still laughing…

  348. dre1744 says:

    All i got to say is  Carey……. Carey…. Carey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  349. naweed235 says:

    lol good one and I think you are pretty much dead on

  350. dhenry1234 says:

    That is hilarious. Sadly, you’re probably dead on with that prediction aha.

  351. blu3chip says:

    Carey Price

    Game Played: 61 (1st)

    Wins: 33 (1st)

    Shutouts: 8 (2nd)

    Save %: .924 (5th)

    GAA: 2.29 (7th)

  352. DavidKB says:

    Thanks for the laugh.

  353. habitual says:

    Excellent!  You’ll be offered the job coaching the Leafs, if you are willing to dumb yourself down.

  354. 100HABS says:

    During his interview on CBC, Byslma said they talked about the Chara incident in the room and that the onus should be put on the player doing the hitting. This basically says that the Pens, as a team, believe Chara should be suspended.

  355. DearyLeary says:

    Was he good?

  356. Iceberg84 says:

    Go habs go! Man… 6 of the next 7 games are going to be intense to watch. This is the time of year I love and hate, but I think in spite of what happened to Pacioretty and with the exception of 07-08 season, this year is going to be special since the Habs aren’t playing catchup for the 8th spot. I love seeing them actually competing for 5th, 4th and even 3rd place. I like to think that this year, they are what I’ve wanted them to be for a long time: a team that can actually compete for the cup and a team that other teams have to take seriously. I’ve been waiting all season long to say that and I’ve been cautiously optimistic since game 1 of the regular season, mixed with moments of doubt and frustration, but I think we’ve definitely got a playoff team now that can show the NHL that last season’s playoffs wasn’t just a flash in the pan. I think that their play in St. Louis was expected, but they haven’t let the injury get them down. They came together against a team above us in the standings and I thought they played great. The injury to Pacioretty is a setback, but not one that’s going to stop these Canadiens from showing what they can do.

  357. Curtoph says:

    Woot that was my idea! a small 67 on the front of their jerseys, these boys have something to play for and someone to win for! goo habs go!

  358. HardHabits says:

    Do you really believe that? Superstition is idiotic man. Say the word. SHUTOUT!!!!

    It is a fact. CP was preserving a shut-out. I can’t believe you people. Booge booga. Sorry if you just jumped there.

  359. Psycho29 says:

    Here is my prediction of what to expect on tonight’s Coaches corner:

    McLean: So Don, everybody’s talking about the big hit this week….what are your thoughts?

    Cherry: Ok now, before we roll the tape….I’m going to tell you exactly what happened….back in January, Matt Pax-a-reddy scored the winning OT goal and took a vicious push at Chara’s back with his glove…just terrible….and like I’ve always said, you mess with the horns you get the bull….or something like that….Ok roll the tape…..There goes Matt Pax-a-reddy with the puck and…

    McLean: Paccioretty…

    Cherry: Whatever…he’s a European…a foreigner… that’s all that matters….what is he? I-Talian?

    McLean: Well, he’s Italian descent, but American born and..

    Cherry: …Whatever…so he dumps the puck and Chara rubs him against the boards and Pax-a-reddy hits himself on that padding. Total accident……Chara is a Bruin and would never do anything dirty….Now when I coached the Bruins, I was a Jack Adams winner , I had 11 twenty goal scorers….what does that have to do with this hit? NOTHING! I just like to mention it now and then!

    McLean: Yes Don, but a lot of people are saying it was a cheap shot and….

    Cherry: GET YOUR HAND OFF MY SIDE!!! People? What people? Those tree huggers at Air Canada and Via Rail??? All those Pinko media types? Gimmee a break….Hockey is a tough man’s sport! I have a story about the great Eddy Shore…One time in Springfield….

    Mc Lean: We’re out of time Don…

    Cherry: Out of time??? We get less and less time….Unbelievable!!!!!

    cut to theme….


  360. SeriousFan09 says:

    Last goalie to have 8 or more shutouts in a season as a Canadien? Mr. Ken Dryden.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  361. DearyLeary says:

    Oh Oh Oh, I know, he’s a loser!

  362. habitual says:

    I suffered through the CBC broadcast only to catch an interview with Ron Wilson.  When asked about shots to the head in the game today.  Wilson compared head shots to:

    – getting hit in the head with a puck;

    – getting a broken foot when hit with a shot;

    – being tripped on a breakaway, hitting your head on the post, and getting a concussion.

    Is it any wonder the game is the way it is when cretins like Wilson have currency?  Hey Ron:  Loser in Washington.  Loser in San Jose.  Loser and moron in Toronto.  Spot a trend?

  363. jennifer1984 says:

    it has been brought up, patches for patches.


    and i think it’s a great idea! i tweeted it to Cammi but who knows if he even saw it!

  364. HalifaxHabs says:

    What’s that noise Tim Thomas? oh, that’s Carey Price walking away with your Vezina Trophy.



  365. Nahlsy says:

    Gotta love Heckle and Jeckle in the booth trying to jinx Carey.  Strike the pose back at em Carey, own it!

  366. observer says:

    Habs won 39 games last season. This win is #38 and there are still 13 games left on the schedule.

  367. Hobie Hansen says:

    White is having a nice little game today!

  368. BJ says:

    Pretty clear Wilson is concussed.

  369. DavidKB says:

    Re: CBC second intermission

    Until the Ron Wilson’s of the NHL stop equating a broken foot to a serious concussion, there is little hope of significant action all around on reducing the chance or seriousness of head injuries.

  370. WindsorHab-10 says:

    That’s too funny. Thanks I needed that because I’ve been really pissed since Tuesday’s incident.

  371. I-no-u812 says:

    Did you hear Wilson just now comparing chara’s hit to blocking shots! What a tool. If it were Kessel out right now him and Burkie would be singing a different tune I’m sure. still amazed that people don’t  see the maliciousness of that hit!!

  372. HNS says:

    HUGE!!! Great win boys! Get well soon Max….

  373. HalifaxHabs says:

    lol, I’m glad I’m not the only one who was yelling at them to shut up about the shutout

  374. oldrrty says:

    I just had a thought and I know it is off topic but what was wondering what the posters thought. Why not put a patch on the uniform to show support for Patches. It could ust be a little one like his number or something like that.


    I don’t care who wins as long as Toronto doesn’t!

  375. Nahlsy says:

    They don’t realize that it does the opposite when you’re actually trying to jinx it though. I laugh when they start that routine during the Habs games,

  376. rated_R says:

    lmao i can imagine all this happening in my head.

  377. VJ says:

    SP should be 0.929 (1822 saves / 1960 shots), which is good for 3rd right now

  378. Danno says:

    If Bettman and Cherry ran away with the circus they could fire all the clowns!


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  379. WestHab says:

    Hey a friend of mine here in Calgary is from Windsor and a Hab fan too!

  380. Habmyster says:

    As long as we have the old boys hockey culture running the League nothing much will change.

  381. adam76 says:

    and our GM hired his son, world keeps spinning.

  382. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sounds like something I heard of before…

    Conflict of someorother, interest? Maybe that was it.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  383. Flabadagub says:

    Jeremy Jacobs owns the Boston Bruins. My dad just clued me into this:

    Jacobs represents the club on the nhl’s Board of Governors, and serves on its Executive Committee. At the NHL Board of Governors meeting in June 2007, Jacobs was elected Chairman of the Board.

  384. otter649 says:

    Scott Bowman works with his son as well as Bryan Murray in Ottawa and probably a bunch more NHL teams have family members working for/with them……….

  385. otter649 says:

    The NHLPA is concerned about the members paydays as I believe the highest a player can be fined is $2500.00 under the current agreement……..

  386. punkster says:

    Possibly the worst run professional business in North America…next to auto companies of course. It just amazes me that they claim their membership is essentially satisfied with the status quo and that the league and PA are working to ensure their safety. From the outside it just doesn’t look that way. We need more Sedins and Thorntons to stand up. And coaches like Blysma (when cornered).


  387. otter649 says:

    I’m surprised The NHLPA said anything as I do not remember them issuing a statement etc concerning The Richards/Cooke/Crosby hits & if they did it must not have been too memorable……….

  388. TorontoHabsFan says:

    My expectations from the PA have gotten so low that even them admitting that there’s a problem seemed like a victory for common sense.

    Their continued inability to stand up for the safety of their members is beyond an embarrassment. They’ve proven time and again that all they’re really interested in is maximizing salaries.

    I mean, why on earth isn’t a representative from the PA on the disciplinary committee? Why isn’t there a disciplinary committee for that matter? This Judge-Jury-Executioner model clearly is broken and has been for some time.

  389. SeriousFan09 says:

    NHLPA gets in trouble when they say their members should be kicked out of more games and given bigger fines. Why the player’s union doesn’t work in the NHL. The Matt Cookes want to run rampant, the old-time hockey guys just say ‘keep your head up’, new kids aren’t allowed to talk in the NHL and everyone else is in 10 different camps on the subject because of their team’s philosophies.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  390. punkster says:

    Wow, I think Schneider and the PA just wimped out on this. Too bad. They’ll pay in the long run.


  391. observer says:

    Plus now everyone can concentrate on the Leaf night game.

  392. rocketsglare says:

    Not a big fan of afternoon games. However, great to see the boys rebound with a win today and get 2 big points.

    I’m sure the team is anxious to get back to Montreal and see Max. Should be a very emotional reunion.

    Go Habs Go!

  393. jennifer1984 says:

    well not 30 secs after my sister said it last time it ended up being 4-1 instead of 4-0.

    and she said it thru text. but i set her straight. and today while texting thru the game she was smart enough NOT to mention it

  394. blu3chip says:

    whao…  so we can’t even mention “jinx” now?

    Man you are unbelievable.

  395. NightRyder says:


    The reason we won 10 straight overtime games in 1993 is because HardHabits didn’t chance his underwear once.


  396. adam76 says:

    For all you people mad at the broadcasters for saying the word “”shutout”“ at the end of this afternoons game, check your head.  – A 102 year old Newfoundlander 400 feet away saying a word does not magically “jinx” someone, nor do the habs win or lose because some ham and egger forgot to wear his lucky socks.



  397. punkster says:

    Oh, and don’t you dare say anything about the SI 2011 Swimsuit Edition either. I don’t want that banned.


  398. punkster says:

    The PA is the one group I haven’t emailed yet (7 sponsors, Bettman, CBC and TSN so far). I was hoping the PA would budge but it was a faint hope obviously. Oh well, another email on the list tonight, then it’s on to the owner (where the real power resides). I really hope that others are spending the time to do the same. The more people shout the better the chances someone will listen.


  399. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice? I don’t really see any – but the last 2 weeks look pretty good for picking up points

    vs ATL

    @ CAR

    @ NJ

    vs CHI

    @ OTT

    @ Tor


    The only winning team there is CHI and they should be on cruise control by then…

  400. dre1744 says:

    we all knoiw  how  New Jersey  goes!!!!!!

  401. TorontoHabsFan says:

    No effing kidding eh? Damn Devils.

  402. habssince1909 says:

    Excellent – nice shut out for Carey – he has matured SO much this year.  Great to see.

  403. punkster says:

    Man, I’m kinda looking forward to that week when we don’t have any tough ones. See any on your schedule there THF?


  404. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Effing great to get the big shutout today. Good thing too…the next week promises to be a tough one. But if Cammalleri and Gomez keep playing like they did today, we should be able to split the 4 games (desperately want to beat Tampa Bay!)

  405. NightRyder says:

    Gary Bettman chats up the latest potential owner for the Phoenix Coyotes:

  406. observer says:

    from 1st period on letang coughed up the puck 3 timesw should have been 3 goals off those alone now the 3rd goal another giveaway – AND Hrudey praised granato for getting pens ready for 1st period said their passing was excellent not to mention the kept missing the net whenever they shot and why they have had few shots. talk about a no-show team – pittsburgh today. that is whats wrong with todays hockey- these players do not show up every game or even close tpo every game. letang must have had a problem with his wife or someone because his head is somewhere else. you dont always win games – sometimes the other team loses them or in this case never showed up. bettmans 2011 hockey.

  407. DavidKB says:

    Three beauty goals! I love Canadiens hockey!

  408. Muckbringer says:

    they look focused, straight up and down

  409. observer says:

    playing a team who troday wouldnt beat an american league team

  410. dre1744 says:

    Without  Crosby  and Malkin  Pitts     shouldn’t scare anyone!!!!!!

  411. observer says:

    they’d been playing well last several games either wins or ot/so losses. habs will be just 3 points behind pitts after this game for 4th place

  412. HalifaxHabs says:

    I’d like to get Tampa or Pitt in the first round.

  413. dre1744 says:

    they have played well but i don’t think they  strike  fear into anyone  no more.

  414. observer says:

    me too –  tampa bay first. would rather not get boston or buffalo

  415. observer says:

    surprise! surprise mario you hypocrite– they send in the goon cooke to take out subban

  416. Pieboy says:

    I hope the Via announcement is the beginning of the end for Bettman, Campbell et al.  I can’t imagine how it could be a good idea to give the finger to your sponsor, and a public rebuke from a second advertiser is ominous. Its not like there are so many suitors waiting in the wings. Do you imagine Southwest execs are drooling at the idea of spending their ad dollars on the NHL?

    I was very happy about the Via announcement, because 2 sponsors + Molson might be the tipping point. I think Geoff Molson’s remarks were measured and intelligent. The family has a very old relationship to the league, they have swat, and unlike some other teams they aren’t going into receivership if NHL revenues tank even further.  Notice Bettman did not publicly rebuke Molson. I predict the NHL will make some sort of public announcement in the near future signalling retreat… some sort of initiative to look into improving safety. But I hope Bettman miscalculates again and the owners cut their losses and throw Bettman his severance bone. Bettman can puff up and talk tough, but the league owners must be concerned.  Its their money. Maybe going after the UFC advertising dollar ain’t working out too good after all.

  417. punkster says:



  418. Hobie Hansen says:

    Pyatt is a better goaltender than “Red Light” Raciot.


  419. punkster says:

    But a goaltender?


  420. Hobie Hansen says:

    Pyatt is a mistake free player but with zero offense and zero physcial play.

  421. observer says:

    is kelly hrudy for real? he says pitts was well prepared PASSING GREAT starting with pass to set up the hit goalpost which is WIDE OF THE NET. Their passing has been horrendous. Their shooting totally off target and the only reason they had FIVE LOUSY SHOTS ON GOAL all with no chance to beat price. AND hrudey praised granato for the great coaching preparation for THIS PERIOD. what is matt millen’s o[pinion? i mean mike milbury? need to hear these jock experts! if habs dont beat this team if pitts continue playing that well coached, it will a shocker.

  422. punkster says:

    Well over Pyatt anyways.


  423. Hobie Hansen says:

    I’d have to say that I’d take Price as my goalie over anyone else in the NHL right now.

  424. HabFanSince72 says:

    The tide is turning.

  425. Danno says:

    Only with the approval of Max, of course.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  426. Bugs says:

    But he can skate, he can shoot, he can pass, and he can beat the hell outta anyone messes with’m.

    It’s all there…

  427. Bugs says:

    No confidence. No eye of the tiger. No rage to win.

  428. Bugs says:

    To Jack Marty’s credit, he got more outta my boy than Jack Lemmy did, no?

  429. HabFanSince72 says:

    The only shot he needs is the kind they give racehorses in their hindquarters before a big race.


  430. Bugs says:

    Anyone know if Poolio is gettin another shot?

  431. habstrinifan says:

    Might be seen in negative light.. tying the ‘brand’ so close to the player.

  432. Danno says:



    I had an idea the other day and maybe it’s crazy but I’ll share it with you anyways.

    And perhaps Geoff Molson reads this site from time to time and may like what I am about to suggest.

    Molson’s produces many fine beverages. The company recently released a beer called Molson Canadian 67 which is a calory-reduced beer with only 67 calories per bottle.

    I was thinking about Max Pacioretty who is number 67 of the Montreal Canadiens – and we lost him in game number 67 of the regular season.

    And wouldn’t it be a noble gesture for the company to donate some of the proceeds of the sales of Molson Canadian 67 to the cause of fair play, sportsmanship and the movement against violence in hockey?

    In light of the tragic events which have occured to our beloved #67 of the Montreal Canadiens I see it as possibly being one more way the Molsons can continue to exert pressure on the NHL to change its attitude — towards such an unacceptable situation which is being allowed to continue without any appropriate response by the league.

    We will never forget what happened to Max. And maybe this idea could help the cause just a little bit.

    A video promoting Molson Canadian 67

    History will be made…


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  433. crunched says:

    Still spitting out teeth I believe .. clean hard hit on a puss.. what result did you think was going ot happen a man hits a puss not good. He won’t shove anyone else after scoring a goal again.. I promise you

  434. SeriousFan09 says:

    Out of the hospital and at home. However no one should have any illusions about him returning for the playoffs, we’ll see him at training camp in September.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  435. ProHabs says:

    Who cares about the game. Any updates on how Patches is doing the last couple of days.

  436. habstrinifan says:

    An mazing stat from Boston Globe also. On morning after hit their poll was 50% plus no suspension. As story built and more thoughtful people voted, and NHL ruling was made, over 60% voted for suspension… and this was Boston Globe.

  437. WestHab says:

    68% of Calgary Herald readers polled, thought that Chara should have been suspended.

  438. MTLForever says:

    he is RFA so new contract will be in order

  439. habitual says:

    Boy, now 20 seconds after the hit, wouldn’t that sound like superb news?  Still sounds good.

  440. habitual says:

    Mike, I’m pretty sure a huge majority of us – fans and players – were shocked at Bettman’s dismissive arrogance of Air Canada, and feel as your buddy does.  When a class act like Henrik Sedin expresses his disturbance at the league decision making, well, what more needs to be said.


    But, how the hell does Bettman get extended for another 5 years, and how to get to him now?

  441. coachdoug says:

    The best thing the Habs can do for Max right now is win…Hopefully the dressing room leadership is using this to rally the team…

    Go Habs Go!

  442. WestHab says:

    Yes, me too

  443. gohabsgo25 says:

    i would love to see dustin boyd called up now. he has grit and size and he could be a good fit on the team if jm can use him properly.

  444. Strabo says:

    The only people I see being called up are players that don’t have to clear waivers. Create that list and go from there.


    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  445. kirkiswork says:

    I would like to see Nigel Dawes get a shot, might add a little grit with some scoring.

  446. Bugs says:

    If only for the roid-rages that come as a side-effect, I’m all for it.

  447. observer says:

    who’s hurt more by injuries? pitts or habs? no contest its pitts. only scoring threat on the entire team is neal.

  448. HalifaxHabs says:

    I love what Ryan White has been bringing to this team the last few games.

  449. Nahlsy says:

    I guess we won’t be seeing Fleury posing after this game eh?

  450. RC-51 says:

    I have been anxiously waiting to hear what “the bafoon” on Coachs Corner has to say about the other night! McLean said earlier they were going to talk about it.

    And to think I used to be a big fan of his early years on C’sC I guess it was before he became a Laffs fan!

  451. Sportfan says:

    haha i love thaT photo all the sad and angry people and the one happy habvs fan or the guy on rds that was asleep haha

  452. TEAMHABS says:

    Coaches Corner should be renamed Clow’s Corner. He sure dresses and acts the part. Wonder what the clown would say if other sponsors like visa,canadian tire,reebok, honda and pepsi cameout with similar comments as via rail and air canada.

  453. Miltie01 says:

    Everybody is mad at all the wrong people. The people folks should be mad at are the players themselves.

    They choose to make those hits, they can choose not to. They are the reason for this, and they have to be the reason for the change.

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