Globetrotters beat Generals!

The imitation Islanders fell hopelessly behind and played  Fred Shero … uh, I mean Don Cherry …. no, Brian Burke hockey.

They tried to goon Lars Eller, and the kid responded by playing like his short Nordic hair was on fire..

Very encouraging … but does Jacques Martin move him back to wing to play Top Six with the superb-to-date Tomas Plekanec –if Mike Cammalleri is suspended for the season opener in … gulp! …. Toronto?

Hard to imagine Cammalleri will escape sanction.

After absorbing what looked like a clean check by Islanders’ first-round draft choice Nino Niederreiter, Camallarri hunted the kid down like a dog and felled him with a Bobby Clarkesque two-hander.

It was the only negative note to a game the Canadiens dominated from wire-to-wire.

How bad was the team in Islanders jerseys?

They had to dress Dean McCammond and Jed Ortmeyer as freelancers to sneak up to the NHL minimum of nine players with league experience.

AK46, Benoit Pouliot, Tom Pyatt and Jeff Halpern played their best games of the pre-season.

Subban was otherwordly. Hal Gill and Josh Gorges were merely excellent.

Price? Impossible to evaluate accurately against a lineup like that.

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And how about hockey fever in QC?

It’s time for Commissar Bettman to liberate some players from the Gulag of a sun-belt franchise and let them play hockey where hockey is loved.


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Hate to see a late goal against Carey Price.

Oh, and the real Islanders beat New Jersey.


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The Stastny Brothers: So great.

And it gives the fans something to chant while contemplating how much they paid to watch a stupid but entertaining game.




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Cammalleri stalked him.

The Swiss kid was playing a great game.

The hit that started it looks clean to me.

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RDS is gratuitously tossing Mike Milbury under the bus.

And helpfully pointing out that Plekanec is playing great with Mario Tremblay’s number 14.



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Tomas Plekanec.

That is all.

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Long night for Eller.



The Islanders have dressed FIVE players who aren’t on contract.



But the Canadiens are flying.

Mike Cammalleri and Benoit Pouliot are off the schneid.

P.K. has fired a PP laser.

AK46 is alive and well.

Carey Price was not great on the goal but many several nice saves.

Lars Eller is making a case to play centre.

OK, glass half-full report: Spatch, Picard and – egregiously – O’B are having trouble with Islanders Impersonators.

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Eller neutral zone turnover, and Price has to be very sharp.

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Third D pairing: Not real good … against amateurs

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Souray lives!

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I have NEVER seen them hold on longer during a delayed penalty.

But how many shots on goal?

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The Boone Jinx is in mid-season form.

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Men against pre-schoolers here.

I’m not sure what we’re learning about the Canadiens, but they look like the 1976 team


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When Hal Gill can pinch, we aren’t watching Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

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Islanders Z-Team, but what a confidence builder!

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AK46 is alive!


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Hot anthem singer … and we got two stanzas.

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Mario Tremblay lobbying for Alex Henry. Coached him in Minnesota.

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APB to the Commentariat: Ever been to QC, y’all?


Beautiful city … and it should be back in the Show.


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Hey, will Gomez be on CJAD again?

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Love the guy at the Marche Bleue in the I Hate Habs sweatshirt on the RDS pre-game show. And the other goober wearing Nordiques earrings …

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François Gagnon thinks Alexandre Picard will start the season



  1. zak says:

    Don’t forget who got him to the conference finals

  2. JIMVINNY says:

    Sure Chuck, we’ll go with that.

  3. Chuck says:

    Nah… it’s called “anticipation”.   🙂

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pouliot needed to bury that to get going I think, see what it becomes on opening night.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  5. Danno says:

    Benny’s back!


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

  6. Puck Bard says:

    Well look who scored.

  7. Chuck says:

    Benny needed that!

  8. JIMVINNY says:

    LOL at Pouliot scoring a goal because he was slow coming out of the zone.

  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    Nice moves by the top line! Cammy for the goal 🙂


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  10. Puck Bard says:

    Spent last Christmas in QC, for a week. Absolutely deserves a franchise. 

  11. Chuck says:

    You’re not high and slightly off-kilter?

  12. says:

    I don’t care who’s on the ice, no one is stopping that play!!!!  AK, well done.

    They Call Me Shane

  13. Chuck says:

    Cammy rocks.

  14. Puck Bard says:

    Unbelievable. What a goal.

  15. JIMVINNY says:

    Wow.  So that’s what that line is going to do this season.

  16. showey47 says:

    Nice goal

  17. JIMVINNY says:

    I am not like the angle of the camera.

  18. zak says:

    Wish we had Guy Boucher

  19. byrneoNL says:

    Boone – I got an 80 pixel 12k photo the website won’t accept for whatever reason. Granted, you Hickey Stubbs Mio and my friend Danny are all in said photo. Collectively, maybe we’re all too good looking for the site to accept. (from the HIO meet this summer)

  20. JIMVINNY says:

    His trip to the conference finals begs to differ.

  21. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Any links for the match tonight?

  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    All-Quebecois reffing tonight, if we can’t get the calls going our way tonight we know the NHL is officially crooked.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  23. byrneoNL says:

    Not much else to do tonight. I’ll watch. Oh look, it’s on.

  24. says:

    Not much interest in this game.  Loooking forward to seeing if Eller can make a difference with third line players.

    They Call Me Shane

  25. habs001 says:

    the addition of pk will help but after him it is the same d that had real problems all last year clearing the puck out of our zone and giving up way too many scoring chances…if they play like most nights last year even above average goaltending is not enough it may have to be great…the forwards also have to be way stronger on the puck in our zone..

  26. petrov14 says:

    Are we talkin’ SK74 short?

    ______________________________________ Gionta IS Captain.

  27. petrov14 says:

    Very good indeed. Thanks for the link!

    ______________________________________ Gionta IS Captain.

  28. petrov14 says:

    I love the blogging but I read the comments just as much. Should still be a fun night. 

    ______________________________________ Gionta IS Captain.

  29. Matt_in_TO says:

    yep and Boone has him on a very short leash


    – In Price We Trust

  30. Matt_in_TO says:

    Personally I think Eller should play with G-Love and the Captain (yea I know they aren’t playing tonight) and put Pouilot with Boyd and Moen but I’m not the coach.


    I said RW but meant LW.


    – In Price We Trust

  31. Mike Boone says:

    I think they’ll try him at centre again, but he may be on the wing with Boyd at centre.

  32. Shiloh says:

    Did Timo get reinstated?

  33. Harani says:


    Here’s a new commercial with Cammi for the NHL. I personally LOVED it! 


    “Quesions will become answers!”

  34. Matt_in_TO says:

    Is Eller centring that line or playing RW?


    – In Price We Trust

  35. yathehabsrule says:

    Timo’s first game back, and Boone’s not blogging it…


    Note the new digs! but yeah I’m still on Twitter!

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