Gill: “It’s just a cut,” hopes to play Game 6

Canadiens defenceman Hal Gill spent the night in Pittsburgh, having left Game 5 with a cut to his leg when accidentally stepped on by Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz early in the third period.

Gill was seen at the Pittsburgh airport an hour or so ago with Canadiens doctor David Mulder, bound for Montreal this morning. He told Ottawa Sun colleague Chris Stevenson, “I hope to play (Monday), it’s just a cut.”

That’s good news for the Canadiens, who will need Gill’s strong defensive game and shot-blocking if they hope to stave off elimination at the Bell Centre.

More news to come later today from Brossard, where Herb Zurkowsky will be on hand for comment following the team meeting and media availability.

136 Comments

  1. tricolortrue says:

    is AK, Pouliot, Pleks playing with heart. I think not, otherwise we would be leading in this series.

    we all know AK, Pouliot and maybe Pleks will be playing their last game tomorrow night as a hab. good riddans to them, totally useless.  and I don’t think we should resign Pleks. he never shows up in the playoffs, still playing like a little girl. he NEVER STANDS IN FRONT OF THE NET, AND HASN’T SCORED SINCE THE 1ST GAME OF THE PLAYOFFS.

  2. HabFanSince72 says:

    Unfortunately “playing with the house money” is one of the biggest fallacies in gambling.

     

  3. dallyd31 says:

    Didn’t Gill tell Stubbs that he hopes to play in game 6 ?

     

  4. tricolortrue says:

    that’s called playing not lose, rather than playing to win.

    all season long that’s been the case. JM’s style is PLAYING TO NOT LOSE!

  5. BeachHabFan says:

    what a day – woke up in a s—ty mood – gill injured, so many scrambles in front of the pitt net last night, too bad we couldn’t cash one of em earlier. in the last two losses it’s been a matter of inches, where the opportunities haven’t been taken advantage of, and neither one a blowout, so I was probably more frustrated and down than i should have been this morning.

    But life goes on, and it’s Mother’s Day, so suck it up… i take the kids out to the shops for flowers and some little gifts for Mom – and an elderly woman spots the cap and smiles: “too bad they lost last night, don’t worry, they’ll get em tomorrow”. Well, that was nice. Then coming out of the bookstore: “Nice hat buddy! Gotta believe, We’ll win tomorrow!” Even better! Then in the coffee shop, a little kid in a habs cap: “Nice Hat! Go Habs go!”, which my kids yelled right back. I came home and couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. I can honestly say, in the 10 years i’ve lived in this neighborhood and worn the CH, there have always been (almost secret) nods and smiles and thumbs up, but never so much enthusiasm and overt support as the last two months. We love these f—king guys!!!

    The habs fans of Toronto believe! Let’s get it back tomorrow!

     

     

  6. novahab says:

    Gary Bettman is hoping for the Pens but you know the CBC is pulling for the Habs, I can just imagine what kind of ratings they are getting for these games and if the Habs play the Bruins in the semi CBC stands to make alot money. TSN got over 8 million viewers for game seven between the Habs and the Caps.

  7. Off-side says:

    Would LOVE to win the next two…I think I’m at a place where it bugs me to see our guys fall with the hits they took on us in the series.  SMASH them, I say!

  8. Storm Man says:

    Why not just win game 6 and 7 so we can play the Bruins πŸ™‚

  9. pmaraw says:

    well, habs have nothing to lose now!  leave it all on the ice now boys!

  10. Off-side says:

    Crush the crap out of Pittsburgh tomorrow, that’s all I gotta say.  Lets play like it’s our last game and leave them wounded to face the Bruins.  Just go out there and pulverize.

  11. HUDSONHAB says:

    Bang on.

    ….Hab4life….

  12. HUDSONHAB says:

    Here is another phrase for you. “Playing with house money”

    That was accomplished by winning 4 of 7 in round one.

    What are the odds of winning the next game? That’s what I am interested in, not winning 10 of the next 16.

    Just one more time boys. (ok, 2 would be nice) lol.

    ….Hab4life….

  13. Storm Man says:

    The Team is playing with alot of heart and guts, How did the Pens get two goals last night? Can’t save what you can’t see. Players like Moen, Darche and Pouliot are not doing much have some balls get to the front of the net.

  14. showey47 says:

    If 5’7 175lb gionta can do it,there is no excuse why nobody else can.

  15. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2. we play with energy, we play with guts, we play with determination.

    congrats go out to the 3 Montreal born and raised players on the SJ Sharks who eliminated the Wings.

    Mitchell is absolutely electric out there – his skating is NHL elite level

    Valssic – plays in all situations – top 4 d-man

    Demers – power play specialist – excellent team player.

    The Sharks will be dangerous going forward – Joe Thornton is finally having a good playoffs.

     

  16. HabFanSince72 says:

    Doesn’t it depend what was cut?

    If he spent the night in hospital, it wasn’t just a nick.

     

  17. Jbird says:

    So Spatch has a Viral Ear infection- Thats what my interenet research say’s.  Not science of course but Viral ear infections and Vertigo go hand in hand.  

    Seems that it causes a nauseating spinning feeling for 6 weeks normally.  In bad cases it leads to permanent damage to the vestibular system which is in effect permanent Vertigo.  I think this is  what spatch was thinking when he mentioned to a reporter today that what he has can lead to retirement.  

    It also can lead to meningitis.  

    God damn, who knew a minor ear infection could lead to that?

     

  18. HabFanSince72 says:

    Quite right.

    Don’t forget that if you have someone in front of the net, you have fewer players trying to win back the puck. If you have two guys on the boards and one in front of the net you are leaving yourself vulnerable to odd man rushes the minute you lose the puck – especially against a team with mobile d.

     

  19. Storm Man says:

    Hmmmm La Presse I will save what I think about that paper for other day. RDS said Mara is skating and why would Gill not play if he just got a cut?

  20. HabFanSince72 says:

    Sorry but you can’t accuse this team of not having balls. They are fighting hard,  blocking shots, an not giving up when they are down.

    If it was so easy to score goals the Pens would be scoring too. And the Caps in the previous series.

  21. HabFanSince72 says:

    The problem is you can’t be in the corners and in front of the net at the same time.I noticed that when we forechek all three of our forwards are on the boards trying to win back the puck.

     

    So there mathematically can’t be someone in front of the net.

     

     

  22. Storm Man says:

    Maybe today the team should watch game flim on how Vancouver is getting owned, Mind you we dont have a player like Bubba to park in front, but come on somebody must have balls on this team. 

  23. HabFanSince72 says:

    La Presse is reporting no Gill and no Markov tomorrow, but Spacek is feeling better and might play.

  24. HUDSONHAB says:

    On the PP yes. But, the Habs are a score on the rush team, they can’t cycle for a long period of time and have guys parked in front of the net. You can say they will lose because of this but you can’t just grow into a Holmstrom overnight. Habs must make better shots and when the shot is delivered, crash the net for a rebound. It doesn’t take a 6’4″ player to go into those areas just the will to do so.

    The Habs are playing the way the have to to win. They just have to support the puck and each other, and finish when the chances are there.

    ….Hab4life….

  25. HabFanSince72 says:

    Is there any way we can get Kovalchuk?

     

  26. HabFanSince72 says:

    Unfortunately it doesn’t win enough games: 2 out of 5 in this series.

    If any of you are poker players, an analogy would be playing a tight passive style. Your money will last longer, but you will never ever win. Without a bit of intelligent but  risky aggression you simply have no chance.

  27. Chuck says:

    It’s not a touch job to understand:

    Go to corner. Dig out puck. Skate to front of net, screen goaltender, jump on rebound for garbage goal.

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    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  28. homerbowen says:

    You’ve hit the nail on the head my brother.

  29. Chuck says:

    It would appear as though we have a solid core around which to build. Now it’s just a matter of putting the proper secondary an tertiary players in place.

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    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  30. Jbird says:

    Hey my gut is saying similar things: Drink some coffee, eat some dumplings, Markov will play.

  31. HUDSONHAB says:

    You have to give the Habs credit for adapting to what wins games. I’m sure our top 6 forwards and our 2 offensive d-men could fly up and down the ice looking impressive but the score would end up 7-3 for Pitt. Only a few special teams like the 80’Oilers, 70’Habs and maybe the recent Wings team can be truly offensive and still win games. Everyone else(NJ comes to mind) has to play defence and take their goals when they get them.

    ….Hab4life….

  32. Storm Man says:

    I know if I was Darche or Pouliot I would just park myself in front of the net, I dont understand why the only one that does is Habbysmurf aka Gionta.

  33. ArmyFan says:

    And in related news, P.K. Subban questions whether or not Kunitz stepping on Gill was truly an accident.

    “This isn’t a coincidence,” says P.K.,”the guy did a spinning cartwheel at me the other night.  Almost slashed my throat, I tell ya!  I’m not certain he did it on purpose, but I’m just sayin’……”

  34. punkster says:

    Hell of a team we got, eh Chuck? Could be some interesting years ahead.

    FEEL THE PRIDE!

  35. punkster says:

    I felt the screening was the difference. They screened our guy. We didn’t screen theirs. Yes we need to be more aggressive but with focus in front of the net, screening, traffic, getting if MAFs space.

    FEEL THE PRIDE!

  36. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    Come on Herb, put the doughnuts down and give us an update on Markhov, RDS reports that he is skating today!

  37. ArmyFan says:

    There were a ton of rebounds last night. But they’re not much good to you unless you’re going hard to the net and can cash in on them.

    They’re also letting Pittsburgh out of their own zone WAY to easily.

  38. HabFanSince72 says:

    Fleury made some good reaction saves. He was never screened though. He was also a bit lucky that his rebounds rarely ended up on a Hab player’s stick.

    Can we win? Sure, but I think we will need to be a bit more aggressive on offence.We might even have to risk giving them a few more scoring chances and hope Jaro shuts the door.

    I hope Markov is good to go.

  39. Chuck says:

    He did, but I also thought that his rebound control left a lot to be desired. Second chances were there to be had, but it seemed that when a white jersey was in front of the net the puck would bounce harmlessly past. I have a feeling that will change on Monday.

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    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  40. Storm Man says:

    MAF played very well also.

  41. Chuck says:

    If you’re having a tough time putting the puck in the net, it’s a lot easier to win a 2-1 game than it is a 6-5 game.

    But I see what you mean. I’d be a lot happier if  they played a full game of puck posession and spent more time in the Penguin’s zone.

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    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  42. Storm Man says:

    Yes alot of them are wearing the sock, But it does not go pass the knee so it would not have saved Gill’s cut to the back of the leg. If you want to read more here is the site http://www.tuffnlitehockey.com.

  43. Chuck says:

    We win tomorrow. Back to The Boob for the deciding game on Wednesday.

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    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  44. smiler2729 says:

    It seemed like the Habs were more worried about not letting the Pens score than actually scoring themselves…

  45. HabFanSince72 says:

    People are optimistic because of the 2-1 score, but as far as I could tell Pittsburgh were in control from start to finish. It never looked like we were going to win that game.

    We have difficulty scoring because only Cammy and Gionta can really put the puck in the net with any sort of consistency. Our D-men have been outstanding at defending but they don’t contribute to the attack. Pleks, AK46 and Pouliot are not scoring – although I thought AK46 and Pleks did generate some chances. Pyatt, Lappy, Moore, Darche, Metro all try hard, but they don’t have the skill.

    The defensive style is misleading. It leads to low scoring games fooling you into thinking you are skating with the other team.

  46. HugeHabsFan says:

    Or a la carte? LOL!

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  47. HugeHabsFan says:

    No way it’s our last game Bugs.

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  48. Precisionist says:

    Lemaire’s slapshot, and I could have sworn that Esposito ducked.

  49. punkster says:

    Not our last game yet. Still at least 10 to go. Gotta believe.

    FEEL THE PRIDE!

  50. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Haha, Classic!

  51. 100HABS says:

    I just watched the highlights of the game – being kinda drunk last night I forgot parts. Two things stand out – the number of chances Camalleri got were amazing – that game certainly could have gone either way. Fleury was a difference maker.

    The most important thing: Crosby can’t even score into an empty net! Gotta admit, I loved seeing that last night.

  52. Bugs says:

    It was a sock designed for you not to get cut by the TEAM, supposedly made you play better.

    Sergei didn’t wanna wear’em.

    Got cut.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  53. Bugs says:

    Ever notice at the end of a game where you HAVE to score, you always get that ONE chance?

    Cammy had it.

    Oh! I keep reliving it. He HAD it! Argh!

    Still, hell of a display by the Boys; really proud of’em. Tomorrow’s our last game? Cheers, fellas.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  54. wmarcello says:

    Wasn’t there an article on Habs I/O a few months back talking about a new style of hockey sock that is cut-resistant? Are the Habs wearing these yet?

  55. Shublips says:

    Again, I was not impressed by the Pens.  They looked slow and tired.  The Habs did not get enough bodies to the net and did not win battles to loose pucks and rebounds.

    THAT is why they lost and not just because Fleury was great.  Habs made his life easy!
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/05/canadiens-penguins-pittsburgh-wins.html

    Habs can win, Monday and force Game Seven. Go Habs Go!

    Having Gill back will be huge.  I also expect either or both Markov and Spacek to go.

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  56. jimmy shaker says:

    Ditto for me…..I hated Gill for pretty much the whole year.  It wasn’t until the last 2 months that my stance has changed and am so glad he’s on this team!

    Cheers for Gill and Crow a la mode……whatever that means!

    Shaker

  57. Ton says:

    brother this is the best confession i have seen on habs in and out. Hats off to you your a man unlike other “some” cowards on this site that don’t know hockey. good for you.  any others want to come out of the closet. do it now, we forgive you.

  58. HugeHabsFan says:

    This is good news.  I have a feeling though, that even if it was more, they’d have a really hard time keeping Gill out of the game. ;o)

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  59. HugeHabsFan says:

    I give every one of you credit.  It takes character to come back and publicly admit you were mistaken. 

    We all have our opinions about the players and management etc.  It’s all good!  But really – good on all of you.  That’s what truly makes this place my favorite Habs hangout on the ‘net. :o)

    GO HABS GO!!!!!!

    ………..

    “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!”

    I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  60. pov says:

    longtimehabs fan, I hope the 2010 movie has the same ending as the one in 1971.  What a thriller that was I remember it well.  As I recall, while the Habs were only down 3-2 in the game, the Hawks had a significant edge in the play and Espo was stopping everything.  If memory serves me right, early in the third, a “candanating” slapper from just over the red line stunned Espo and found the top shelf.  I believe the “Pocket Rocket” later sealed the victory with a brilliant partial brakeaway marker and the Cup was ours again! What a finish…

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    “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Samuel Johnson

  61. jimmy shaker says:

    The gut is telling me that Marky is going to give it a go.  Usually the gut only tells me  “Get something down here, either a bevy or two or some good eats”.  So there it is.

    Shaker 

  62. pov says:

    Clay4nc, couldn’t agree with you more, set a table for three will you?  Big Hal clearly learned a thing or two on how to get to Crosby last year.

    With regard to AK, just wanted to wish him “Happy Mother’s Day”! What an enigma this guy is!! 

    I have had it with his girlie play! If he’s not on his butt after losing yet another battle against the wall, he’s missing defensive assignments or taking yet another shot off the mark.  Just imagine where we might be if he had showed up at all for this Pitt series??  We all know he’s a gifted player but he looks to me that he really doesn’t give a s_it.  With the energy and relentless perserverance the Habs have been showing, it boggles my mind how AK has been putting in such a listless effort game in/game out. If he’s playing through some undisclosed injury, I’ll eat my words later … we’ll see.

     

     

     

     

     

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    “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Samuel Johnson

  63. derfab says:

    I can’t see Markov back. No equipment means he’s weeks away. With good reason, he’s always been very careful about returning from inuries and is most likely just hanging around because he needs treatment and wants to be close to the team.

  64. Fansincebirth says:

    Can I get a little gravy for mine please? I find the feathers get stuck in my throat when I try to choke it down….

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  65. Keith says:

    Yes, I felt the same about Gomer. All that money for one guy. But, hey, great leadership and heart to go along with skill. Bob knew exactly what he was doing when he brought these guys in.

  66. Danno says:

    Hal Gill. The Habs’ Black Knight. ‘Tis but a scratch.

    God love him.

     

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

  67. derfab says:

    Having a quicker more agile partner with him like Gorges has allowed Gill to focus on his strengths, which stem from his size and reach. They have been outstanding. Spacek, if he’s ready, should be put back on the left side with Subban or OB. Unlike Gorges, he has never been comfortable on the right side.

  68. KenD29 says:

    Gill, yes. Markov time will tell.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  69. twitch says:

    Markov’s skating, but not wel, and without equipment.  Good to hear that Gill will prob. be ok though.

  70. jimmy shaker says:

    Gill will play, and so will Markov!   Stamp it!  Can I say I was the first to report it?

    Shaker

  71. habitual says:

    Set a table for two Keith.  I thought Gainey really blew it by signing Gill.  Guess I know now why don’t have a job in pro hockey.

    And while in a contrite and penitent mood, I’d have to say I was wrong about Gomez too …

  72. Clay4bc says:

    Crow always tastes better when it results from a pleasant surprise, as opposed to a disappointing one…Like AK – I had high hopes for him.

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  73. pov says:

    Fantastic news after a tough loss last night.  We need the big fellow back there big time!  The boys gave it a good effort last night.  Just hope they can get out of the gate quickly tomorrow night powered by the expected boisterous crowd support.  Full credit to Fleury last night.  Without his key stops at crucial times of the game, the Pens would have been had. 

    Halak was outstanding and certainly could not have been faulted on either screend laser beams that got past him.  It’s been said on this board many times before, Halak has been simply outstanding for such a long stretch now, that the boys clearly have total confidence in him taking care of any shots from the slot if he can see them.  Sure would be nice to see Spacek and/or Markov tomorrow night.

    I have a feeling we’re going back to to the Mellon!  The boys will not go down at home!!

     

     

    “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Samuel Johnson

  74. Keith says:

    Great news about Big Hal! I was one of those people who questioned Gainey’s decision (what the HELL do I know) to sign the big D-man, but WOW, am I sure glad he’s on our team now! Eating a little crow now and then isn’t such a bad thing. GO GILL GO!!! GO HABS GO!!!

  75. longtimehabsfan says:

    I have to say the nhl network stinks.  I was watching their recap of the game and it was all Pittsburgh.  Brilliant moves by Bylsma, Fluery great, everyone great.  Nothing about the Habs.  You would have thought it was a rout.  They won by the skin of their teeth.  This series reminds me of the 1971 finals with the Hawks.  Series tied 2-2 in Chicago and the Hawks won game five 2-0 in a hard fought game where Frank Mahovilich hit the goal post on a breakaway.  Habs were down 3-2 going to the third period on home ice in game six and scored twice to win 4-3.  Can lightning strike again 39 years [My God that was so long ago!] later?


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