Habs’ Diaz gets an up-close look at Sauber F1 team

Canadiens defenceman Raphael Diaz – with a little help from The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs – got an up-close look at the Sauber Formula One team Friday during practice sessions for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Diaz, along with friend and fellow Swiss native Damien Brunner of the Detroit Red Wings, visited the Sauber garage. 

“I didn’t expect this,” Diaz (above right in photo with Brunner and Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez) told Stubbs while sipping a coffee in the Sauber paddock’s hospitality area during the day’s second of two F1 practice sessions.

“You don’t see this many things when you watch the races on TV. You see the cars and maybe a shot of them in the (pit) box, but what the team has to do to set up the car is unbelievable.

“The engineers were telling us about the sensors in the cars that analyze everything. It’s so impressive to see that.”

Said Brunner: “It’s amazing, walking in there, seeing what’s behind the scenes. There are so many details. It’s crazy what’s going on backstage. It’s pretty cool to get to see all that stuff.”

Neither Diaz nor Brunner had attended any part of a Grand Prix before, and both will be back Saturday for the third practice round and qualifying session as guests of Sauber, a natural connection given that the team is based in Switzerland.

(Photo by Dario Ayala/The Gazette)

Habs’ Diaz gets an up-close look at Sauber F1 team, by Dave Stubbs

Complete Canadian Grand Prix coverage, montrealgazette.com/grandprix

Sunday marks 20th anniversary of Habs last Cup win, by Stu Cowan

Galchenyuk answers questions submitted by fans, canadiens.com

Blackhawks on brink of Stanley Cup finals, montrealgazette.com

Bruins are the new Broad Street Bullies, montrealgazette.com

Crosby’s sister carving her own hockey path in goal, montrealgazette.com


  1. hab fan in leaf jungle says:

    Diaz should get a closer look at the inside of a gym and some weights and get stronger. When he is finished with that he should go to an eye doctor to improve his vision so he can see just who the hell is in the vicinity when he dishes out that first suicide pass to his forward. That’s what I’d like to see these losers do in the off-season: Improve their abilities so they don’t come back next season as useless as they were this season past.

  2. boing007 says:

    Bickell vs. Chara in front of Rask’s net. Should be good.

    Richard R

  3. JohnBellyful says:

    Here’s a list of NHL referees.
    O, Canada, the shame …
    The spirit of can-do has been replaced by the spirit of can-not (call a penalty)

    Canada – Darcy Burchell
    Canada – Francis Charron
    Canada – Paul Devorski
    Canada – Gord Dwyer
    Canada – Eric Furlatt
    Canada – Trevor Hanson
    Canada – Mike Hasenfratz
    Canada – Ghislain Hebert
    Canada – Jean Hebert
    Canada – Dave Jackson
    Canada – Marc Joannette
    Canada – Greg Kimmerly
    Canada – Trent Knorr
    Canada – Tom Kowal
    Canada – Steve Kozari
    Canada – Frederick L’Ecuyer
    Canada – Chris Lee
    Canada – Mike Leggo
    Canada – Dave Lewis
    Canada – TJ Luxmore
    Canada – Rob Martell
    Canada – Wes McCauley
    Canada – Jon Mclsaac
    Canada – Dean Morton
    Canada – Dan O’Halloran
    Canada– Dan O’Rourke
    Canada– Tim Peel
    Canada – Kevin Pollock
    Canada – Kyle Rehman
    Canada – Chris Rooney
    Canada – Graham Skiliter
    Canada – Francois St Laurent
    Canada – Justin St Pierre
    Canada – Kelly Sutherland
    Canada – Don Van Massenhoven
    Canada – Stephen Walkom
    Canada – Brad Watson
    United States – Dennis LaRue
    United States – Mark Lemelin
    United States – Brad Meier
    United States – Brian Pochmara
    United States – Ian Walsh

  4. habstrinifan says:

    Things shrink as you get older.. my BRUIN hate grows. It’s killing my love for hockey.

  5. habstrinifan says:

    If GOD isnt a Bruin then for sure JACOBS has pictures.

  6. jphk says:

    DD and Price for Malkin and Fleury. Throw in Diaz for Letang, and Eller for Crosby. For good measure, Dre for Cooke, and maybe White for Neal. That’s a winner right??

    Oh, and Gionta for Dupuis…

  7. twilighthours says:

    It’s looking like the bruins will with the cup. They have hit their stride, big time. That is one great hockey team.


  8. johnnylarue says:

    I like Tony Gallagher’s article on the Bruins–mainly because I agree with it wholeheartedly. Sums up the Bruins pretty well–it’s true that they’ve mastered a sort of ‘dark art’ in being able to cheat so effectively.

    And to their credit, while their play is unapologetically cheap and dirty, they’re not being reckless out there. They’re just expert shit disturbers. (Oh yeah–note to Boston fans: your team dives more than the Habs.)

    They held the Penguins to 2 goals in 4 games which is, let’s admit, a FRK’ing ludicrous achievement. It takes more than just an airtight defensive game to stone the Pens like that–that was dogged determination and a stifling psychological dominance. I certainly never saw that coming.

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …to make sure that Life and this World make absolutely no sense …and has always been designed to keep Us mere mortals off-balance, I must say I was thrown for a loop tonight reading Eldridge Cleaver, co-founder of the Black Panthers, former-member of the Nation of Islam is now a Mormon evangelizer and a Republican

    …that means, to Me, My previous noted flight of fancy of acquiring Evgeni Malkin as the next face of Les Glorieux ain’t as far-fetched as it may seem 🙂

  10. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …wet dream: …wouldn’t Evgeni Malkin be sweet in a Habs sweater ?

    …the big talented lug needs a team of his own

    …there are only 3 players out there I would pay whatever it takes as a franchise player; Sydney Crosby, Patrice Bergeron and Evgeni Malkin …if in their prime and available

    …playing with our present and future young guns and hopefully one or three bad-intentioned big but skilled dudes would be one menacing and exciting high-octane offensive Team, playing with support from the overall offensively gifted D that is developing

    …would I trade Carey Price for Malkin ? …reluctantly, but yes I would …and, it would be a straight-up swap …otherwise no deal

    …Bergevin, though, hasn’t asked My opinion yet 🙂

    • The Jackal says:

      Malkin would look great in the CH.

      We can dream can we not? Maybe more than dream?
      Isn’t Malkin set to be UFA or something along the lines of Pens needed to clear cap space?

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • Habcouver says:

        I’m not sold on Gino. Seems like the majority of Russians let up when the playoff pressure is on. I’m also spooked with them jumping to the KHL if they’re not happy. JMHO.

        Waiting patiently for #25

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          1. He won the Conn Smythe

          2. Other than Radulov which Russian player jumped to the KHL.

          3. The majority of Russians let up during the playoffs? Really?

    • The_Truth says:

      I respect your opinion when playing GM, but Price would only be the starting point for a Malkin deal. It would take a lot more than that. It’s like trading Subban for Cam Ward straight up. Never gonna happen.

      Malkin is one of the top 5 best players in the world and Price certainly isn’t in the same category.

    • sheds88 says:

      the only way teams trade their starting goalie is if they have a young prospect or a back up ready to make his move to starting goalie. habs have neither

    • habstrinifan says:

      Malkin would look great but Malkin in our team would be like Kovalchuk in NJD, Malkin himself in this years Penns playoff version ..etc etc.

      Great player. Not the type to ‘do it on his own or set team tempo’.

      I would take two guys like Bickell now and once we have more pieces look for a Malkin if we still need one.

  11. habsfan0 says:

    What do Marc Bergevin & Ryan O’Byrne have in common?

  12. Sportfan says:

    I wrote this in the other post

    So basically its like this, Habs were better than Boston, but not Ottawa, Penguins were better than Ottawa, but not Boston. Very odd indeed.

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

    • The_Truth says:

      Habs were better than Boston? Not this decade. If you are referring to the season series, that is very misleading. The way Boston is playing now, Montreal would be an easy sweep for them.

  13. Propwash says:

    Well, it looks like two original 6 teams are going for the cup. I can live with that at least, even though I’d much rather the Hawks win than the Bruins.


    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Prop, you take that being able to live with the Bruins win back, or I’m going to wash out your mouth with gritty soap.

      Stupid frigging Leafs. Why can’t you for once be of any use for anything.

      • Propwash says:

        Might wanna re-read my post lol, I said I’d much rather the Hawks win than the Bruins.


        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Prop, no lol, this is serious. You state you can live with the Bruins going for the Cup. Having a preference for the Blackhawks doesn’t negate that.

          Retract, or you’ll have to have an Irish Spring canapé at the Summit.

  14. HardHabits says:

    (size + grit) x (speed + skill) > (small + soft) x (speed + skill)

  15. habs_54321 says:


    what do you think happens in the summer with the penguins:

    ….A. pens trade malkin
    ….B. pens fire bylsma
    ….c. both malkin traded, bylsma replaced
    ….d. none of above

    • H.Upmann says:

      c… Plus firing ray shero maybe…

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …wouldn’t that be like throwing the baby out with the bathwater ?

        …Shero put the together the first place team in the Eastern Conference …Bylsma coached the first place team of the Eastern Conference through injuries that would have faded with most other coaches

        …what other coach or gm would have done their jobs as well as these 2 ?

        …yeah, I know, Chiarelli and Julien …but last time I looked they ain’t contemplating leaving Bawston no time soon 🙂

    • habstrinifan says:

      They shouldnt wait to fire Abysmal.. they should do it now. That was one badly coached team in the playoffs.

  16. H.Upmann says:

    testing new Firefox browser with random words a la PJ Stock

  17. habsfan0 says:

    With just over a minute left in tonight’s game, Zdeno Chara,parked in front of the Boston goal,took his stick and flicked the Pittsburgh player’s stick near him straight up into the air,in full view of the ref. No penalty called.Unbelievable.

  18. SmartDog says:

    At least I don’t think the refs will favor the B’s over the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks are much loved and they have a powerful back room. Really, call a penalty a penalty.

    The Bruins are good – but they can’t win without thuggery and cheap shots. Tonight blind-siding Crosby every chance they get, even Jagr (I’m embarrassed to say) got in on it. I thought Jagr was adding class to the Bruins. Sadly the Bruins are rubbing off on him.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • The Jackal says:

      Yeah…. the worst was Paille coming off the bench. How is that not interference?

      I don’t understand how they don’t call things like that.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • AH says:

      Jagr is just a mercenary imo, going to the highest bidder every year, as soon as he leaves the better, good riddance.

  19. The Jackal says:


    I don’t mean the Habs don’t need to upgrade or improve, or that they would not have been bounced by a better team. First of all, I mean that we can’t take the bad officiating and injuries off the board when analyzing our failure. On a more general note, what I am saying is that factors like reffing and injuries play a role in determining the outcome of some games.

    If you truly believe that the Bruins were helped by reffing, then you must acknowledge that it is indeed a factor, and that is what I am getting at.

    No doubt the Habs need to get bigger – we need net presence on both sides to clear the crease and crash the crease. You saw the Pens lacked that and IMO that contributed to their demise.


    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  20. JohnBellyful says:


    From the Web

    Bruins blow 3-0 series lead against Philadelphia

    Boston squanders 5-1 lead, loses 7-5 to Montreal

    Two many men penalty costs Bruins series

    Bruins miss playoffs eight consecutive seasons

    Jeremy Jacobs turns 73; patience, folks

  21. mrhabby says:

    I appreciate even more that bergevin stood pat knowing full well the Habs were not going to go far…

    What pens gave up and score a few goals and be swept is crazy…Mario is one angry owner right now.

    • HardHabits says:

      I know. We’re bemoaning throwing away that 5th on Drewiske.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I certainly am. Value it as what it is, but this mock draft (http://www.draftsite.com/nhl/mock-draft/2013/) has Jonathan Ismaël Diaby going in the fifth round, as well as the Prime Minister, and his singing, guitar-playing half-brother. We could use one of these guys (let you guess which one). Charles Hudon’s linemate Jérémy Grégoire is supposed to be available in the sixth. Glancing at the other prospects, there’s lots of beef and tall goaltenders that will be available to roll the dice on. So yeah, a fifth is no great prize, but I’d rather have one than none, or one of those instead of losing Yannick Weber outright.

  22. punkster says:

    This can’t be right…smaller team wins again?

    Gee I hope the Hawks don’t win tomorrow…two small teams in the finals won’t look good.

    ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

    • SlovakHab says:

      Bruins are not the smaller team. Wake up.

      And I’ll save you time looking up stats.
      6’9 Chara played 25, 26, 24 and 42 minutes. That’s his icetime. He is the biggest player on the ice and absolutely dominates physically. Bergeron, Lucic, Horton, Seidenberg, Boychuk, Jagr and even Seguin all have good size and get plenty of icetime for the Bs. I’m not going to average it all out for you, but these guys are a bunch of big mofos and if you can’t see that just because you average our sizes and count Chara and Lucic as much as you count Krug and Chris Borque, then I’m sorry you are biased.

      Add good skill, great intense goaltending, lots of hustle and grit and you have a Stanley Cup finalist.

      I don’t know how big their Corsi or Fenwick close are, but I can see with my eyes the hustle, the physical play, the grit, the goaltending and the effort that is needed to sweep teams like Penguins off the floor.

      • HardHabits says:

        That is the EOTP error. They don’t consider TOI.

        As for Fenwick/Corsi. The team with the best record often has the best Fenwick/Corsi. Wow. Ground breaking. That’s like saying that the team with the most goals wins the game, the same way a team that wins has the best stats in all kinds of areas. However, Fenwick/Corsi cannot predict squat as the play-offs are a totally different beast. Getting lots of chances from the periphery and having the best puck possession means nothing when you can’t score and subsequently are getting mauled in your own end and scored upon with impunity when another team gets the cycle going.

        Here is the only equation one needs to know

        mass x acceleration = force.

        The Bruins are not small and neither are the Hawks. It’s not average height but TOI of players that matter. If two teams have the same average height but one team’s top line are the bigger players and the other team’s are the smaller players, guess what happens? The Hawks might miss Byfuglien should they face the Bruins but ATM they are putting together two ultra powerful top lines:

        Bickell 6′ 4″ – Toews 6′ 2″ (#3 overall) – Hossa 6′ 1″ (#12 overall)
        Sharp 6′ 1″ – Handzus 6’5″ – Kane 5’11″ (#1 over-all)

        That is not small by any measure. The one “small” player is elite and towers over 3 regular roster Habs forwards and one defence man.

        It’s still going to take years to undo the Gainey/Gauthier era.

    • HardHabits says:

      Typically logically fellatious.

    • twilighthours says:

      Why ya trolling, punk?

  23. habsfan0 says:

    Michel Therrien has just given his thoughts as to the epic collapse by the Penguins:


    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      They were a-bylsma…oops I meant abysmal…Freudian slip.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  24. issie74 says:

    If there is an owner who does not deserve a Stanley Cup after the lookout they just went through … it is Jeremy Jacobs … the hot dog salesman. JMO


  25. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Man what a epic failure for the Penguins. The second game was the killer. Thinking they could blow out Boston in the first game like they did to a similar defensive-style team in Ottawa was understandable. Not adjusting to Boston’s “trap/counter/cycle” for the second game was unforgivable. Bylsma is as good as gone…

    “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  26. HardHabits says:

    I laughed my ass off when the Bruins signed Chara, but Elliot Friedman is agreeing with 24 Cups who is agreeing with my mea culpa a few years ago. Chara is the best UFA signing of the modern era. The team Boston built around him is a juggernaut.

    Yes the Pittsburgh/Chicago/St. Louis/Edmonton/Tank™ is a viable strategy.

    I like how Boston has built their team. Kudos. Respect. I am impressed. Jealous even.

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      And they stole goalie, center and D prospects from Toronto…

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • SlovakHab says:

      Yeah, the way they have been built is pretty impressive eh!
      Chara Signing, Horton trade, drafting Lucic/Bergeron/Marchand… The Rask trade. Getting Thomas out of nowhere, then timely shipping him off. Chris Kelly. Kessel trade…. I can’t see them making big mistakes and it all turned out pretty well for them. Solidly build franchise, and the one that has pretty good future too, by the looks of things.

  27. JohnBellyful says:

    You Make The Call!

    Which photo shows a group of referees; in other words, is their official portrait?

    This one? Or this one

  28. NightRyder says:

    Malkin and Fleury for Galchenyuk, Plekanec and Price.
    Wonder if the Pens would consider trading mush-melon Crosby?

  29. habsfan0 says:

    Tuukka Rask was pretty abysmal against the Habs this year.
    I predict he’ll revert to that form again in the Final.

    Chicago in six.

  30. Mark C says:

    So tonight is a blow to the tank strategy, no?

  31. mrhabby says:

    Say what u want about the hated bruins but shutting down the pens is unreal. Know one would have predict a sweep.

    Changes are on the way for pitt.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Know one indeed. The Bruins were impressive when defending 9 on 5. They’d put three forwards and two defencemen on the ice who did really did a good job, but they couldn’t have pulled it off without the crucial contribution of the two refs and two linesmen.

  32. habsfaninboston says:

    So Bylsma is next to walk the plank?

  33. otter649 says:

    Rask put up Terry Shawchuk (Detroit) type goaltending – Two goals in four games….

    – Stanley come home…..

  34. AH says:

    Pittsburgh: Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz, Letang, Iginla, etc., and they get swept by the Bruins!! What a frickin’ joke!

    Thanks a lot you Leaf losers; now I have to stomach watching this Bruin scum in another final, aaaargh!!!

    Boy do Pittsburgh’s “big guns” have a lot to answer for.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!

    So where is Jarome going to go in search of his cup now,…Boston? LOL!

    Oh well Sid, just play your contract out, sign with the team you loved as a kid, and make your dad real happy and win your next cup with the “Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge”!!! Come on Sid, you know you want to….LOL!

  35. boing007 says:

    Did anyone see the ‘Sweep for Soupy’ signs?
    Pitiful Penguins couldn’t even score one goal tonight.

    Richard R

  36. Un Canadien errant says:

    Stupid Leafs.

    Can’t do anything right.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      Hamilton will get inserted in the lineup and score the Cup-winning goal in deciding game on a setup by Seguin in OT as Bruins win 1-0 with Rask making 54 saves for the shutout.

    • habsfaninboston says:

      These playoffs are looking eerily similar to the year we lost to the B’s in OT and they went on to win the cup.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Our role in the 2011 playoffs was reprised in this season’s opening round by the Maple Leafs, but they chewed the scenery something fierce, their dramatics were over the top.

  37. twilighthours says:

    Well at least the last minute was exciting.

    The play by chara to save the goal was incredible.

    • The Jackal says:

      Yeah… Ryder’d!

      Pens were alright, but in the O zone they were very disappointing. No net presence, no gritty play or anything. They kept trying the same things, continued to try to make the passing play…. just no finish and no adjustment.

      Bruins were dirty as usual but they scored 10 more goals than the Pens, dirty or not, they dominated them in the end.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  38. habsfaninboston says:

    Pens couldn’t buy one on that last sequence.
    Where was that desperation all game?

  39. gmur says:

    Absolutely horrible, disheartening refereeing tonight. At various times, players are mauled, interfered with, hooked, tripped and no call is made. Then, one very marginal call followed by another… to even out the calls, I suppose.

    Why do the refs bother enforcing the NHL rule book all season, get fans used to relatively clean hockey and then swallow their whistles in the playoffs? Does the league honestly think hockey fans like all the garbage they let go?

    The commentator just said ‘The whistles have been put away so anything goes.’ Back to the stone age.

  40. habsfaninboston says:

    All perimeter shooting by Pens.

  41. Un Canadien errant says:

    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: “Kate Middleton stuns at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tour”

    Copywriters and editors are things of the past in New Media, obviously.

    What was Kate Middleton using, one of these jobbies?


  42. Strummer says:

    Crosby, Morrow, Iginla- Pens have more Captains than Star Trek.

    And we just have the one albeit with a broken wing ( 2 years running)
    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  43. Mondou6 says:

    I’ll predict Bruins in 4 over Chicago.

    Either that, or the Hawks will take a 3-0 lead, and the Bruins will win in 7. This franchise has a horseshoe lodged up their butt.

  44. Un Canadien errant says:

    Routinely, hockey analysts say whatever crosses their mind to fill airtime. Showing a replay of a hit by Matt Cooke on Zero
    Zdeno Chara (if I remember my particle physics profs correctly, shouldn’t have this been a case where Evil and Anti-Good combine and spontaneously annihilate in a giant stinking cloud of scumbaggery?), Glenn Healy intoned:

    “Chara does not respond emotionally in any way when you go at him.”

    What the hell has he been watching the last few years? Aren’t the play-by-play guys and the guys down near the benches supposed to be there to add insight and explain to the viewer what he or she is seeing? How can he say that, after the Bruins Thug #1’s assault on Max Pacioretty?

    As a matter of fact, Mr. Chara is known precisely as the kind of player who has a short fuse, doesn’t tolerate getting hit very well, and has a history of exhibiting a long memory and trying to even scores for perceived slights. An Ottawa columnist wrote a piece after the assault at the New Forum in which he explained that when he saw Max crosscheck Zdeno Chara in the back after his game-winning goal in the previous game, he knew the latter would avenge this slight. In his considered opinion, after covering him for years with the Senators, Mr. Chara has a long memory and doesn’t forgive easily, and would certainly attempt to get even. And he sure did, out of all proportion to anything that had previously happened.

    Mr. Healy’s remark is straight from the John Madden school of sports commentary, which dictates that each event of a game has predictive value, or must be expounded on to derive broad generalizations.

    “The 49’ers have to make a stop here, it’s crucial that they stop the Falcons on 2nd and 9 this early in the second quarter, or they’ll lose control of this game.”

    Each player is the best in the game at whatever skill he has just demonstrated.

    “Rod Woodson is the best in the league at covering a short hook route in the middle of the field on first-and-ten.”

    And so it goes, every play, every incident, instead of being seen in the perspective of a whole game, or a whole series, and being just one data point, must be assigned a crucial importance, or be used as proof of an absolute statement.

    Mr. Healy, all you had to say was that Mr. Chara showed good discipline in not retaliating to a legal-under-the-circumstances-as-decided-upon-by-the-refs-at-that-point-in-the-game-with-the-aid-of-their-magic-eight-ball-but-not-after-an-involuntary-nervous-glance-at-the-box-where-Colin-Campbell-is-sitting hit. You didn’t need to make a broad pronouncement that proves you didn’t know what you were talking about, which is obvious, because if that was a thought you had, that Zdeno Chara doesn’t respond emotionally to getting hit, and you’d done any fact-checking on that, asked anyone who had followed his career, you’d have quickly found out that it was completely off the mark, that it couldn’t be further from the truth.

    Better yet, you could have decided to take a cue from your ice-level colleague Pierre McGuire, and after observing him motor-mouth his way through a broadcast, decide that a bit of dead air is not a bad thing, that saying less is often better than the opposite.



  45. HabFanSince72 says:

    Pens’ rental costs:

    Iginla: 2 prospects and a #1 pick
    Murray: 2 2nd round picks
    Morrow: A very good prospect

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Gotta love Marc ‘Stand Pat’ Bergevin. Almost clean record at the deadline. Good control shown, but I do regret the fifth-rounder we gave up for Davis Drewiske.

      • Mark C says:

        I wouldn’t worry to much about a fifth rounder, what is that a 1 in 20 chance of being a useful NHLer?

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          I’m not losing sleep over it, but looking at the writeups for the players slated to be available then, I’d rather have it in my back pocket. I just hope Marc Bergevin can transmute Yannick Weber into more picks this June.

  46. HabFanSince72 says:

    2 goals in the 4 games for the Pens. That is impressive.

  47. habsfaninboston says:

    So much for getting that 1st goal.
    Not looking good for Pit.

  48. Mondou6 says:

    Milbury is so excited, he just punched two 11 year olds.

  49. Un Canadien errant says:

    Why do the refs, as explains Glenn Healy, have to “eventually get tired of” Brad Marchand many dirty acts of douchery, the slewfoots and the slashes and the spears, before they issue a penalty? Why must there be an accumulation of thuggery and illegality before he’s finally sent to the box? Why does he get indulgences? Why aren’t they calling every instance of a rule being broken? Why are they allowing the Bruins to cheat their way to a Cup?

    The definition of slewfooting is really straightforward.

    Rule 52 – Slew-footing

    52.1 Slew-footing – Slew-footing is the act of a player or goalkeeper using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him, or pushes an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.
    52.2 Match Penalty – Any player who is guilty of slew-footing shall be assessed a match penalty.
    52.3 Fines and Suspensions – There are no specified fines or suspensions for slew-footing, however, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion (refer to Rule 28).

    How did any of this not apply at least once to Brad Marchand in this series? He committed a slewfoot on Kris Letang on the first shift of this series, and at least two more clearcut transgressions that I’ve seen, not behind the play, but right with the puck, where the refs were able to see it.

    And for those who say the refs are letting things go on both sides, that’s entirely missing the mark. By letting things go, by “letting them play”, they’re completely favouring the Bruins, this plays right into their hands, and allows them to drag the game into the ditch where they like it. If the refs were calling everything, as the rulebook states they should, the Pens would be allowed to fly, and play the game the way it was intended, with skating and passing and shooting, with an entertaining result for the fans.

    If interference and tripping and roughing and aren’t really penalties, why have them described as such in the rulebook? If a hooking call in the neutral zone is okay, because it doesn’t directly lead to a scoring chance (an asinine distinction, since on the double-overtime goal by Patrice Bergeron, how could it be determined at the time that Jaromir Jagr’s hook on Evgeni Malkin wouldn’t lead to a goal the other way, which it definitely did), why not just come out and say so, spell it out.

    The NHL is the custodian of the game I love, its legal guardian, and I’m this close to initiating legal action to strip it of custody. I’ve had it with the salary caps and lockouts and insane Mike Milburys and Colin Campbells and Don Cherrys being at the wheel of the ship as it steers full steam ahead toward the iceberg.



    • The Jackal says:

      You nailed that nail clean on the head with a hammer called “Why the NHL is stupid.”

      I really hope that this situation changes, and soon. I think that the game is close to changing on the headshot and dangerous hit front. While many pundits are still of the neanderthal variety, I think that we are approaching a critical mass for change, evidenced by the moves at local level and by Hockey Canada, as well as sports journalists who are beginning to criticize current practices more.

      As for the reffing… that’s a real problem and I have no idea how that gets sorted out, but I hope it happens soon. It is ruining the game. I can’t believe how they let so much go uncalled, are these refs not accountable or is the league content with how the game is called??

      Either way, change needs to happen.

      On another note, what are your thoughts on whether injuries, officiating, and other factors can or should be included in the analysis of a game?

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        I’ve read your posts and generally disagree with your theory, that a couple of missing players sank us. I think our team makeup simply doesn’t work in today’s NHL. We would have been run out of the playoffs by most teams probably, it wouldn’t have been close, even if we’d had Lars and Alexei Emelin, and if our powerplay was clicking.

        I’ve been convinced. We need to truculate.


        • HardHabits says:

          Size and grit.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            Boring thuggishness, but I’m on board.

            Keep at me, and I might eventually also agree with you that next season we should make a concerted, deliberate effort to lose games.

          • HardHabits says:

            I don’t advocate throwing games. I advocate keeping talent in the farm until ready. Build the major league team with a ton of bigger players who are hard ass to play against so that when the young guns come up they feel secure that they won’t get mauled. By skilled I mean big and fast. A few years of that and the team can try all it wants, but the picks will come as the regular season results won’t. Once the assets are there then start the trades and UFA signings.

            Sadly the Habs fans base is impatient.

            Since watching the Bruins build I am even more Machiavellian.

            I’ll never forget watching Bobby Clarke prancing around the net after his OT goal. I was actually rooting for Boston. To have to sit through the skating around the ice to move the fog in Buffalo. Oh man those were painful years. Months were eternity back then whereas now years are flying by. But to see Robinson pound the crap out of Dave Schultz was the sweetest moment of my hockey life. I stopped watching the Canada-Russia series after Clarke two handed Kharlamov. I always hated Clarke and his style of play. But small and speedy will not win against that type of hockey. Nor will puck possession.

          • Un Canadien errant says:

            I know HH, just overstating your case to rile you a bit, and for comedic effect. You and I agree on most things, I just hate the word ‘tank’, as it’s commonly defined. I prefer the more descriptive “‘long-term view planning and asset management maximization and leveraging our dismal position in the standing for the greater good in the not-too-distant future”, but somehow you resist using that terminology.

  50. SmartDog says:

    Rask is really fast… great reflexes, great tempo. I can’t help but compare him to Price’s “calm”. I’d rather have fast over uber-calm anyday.

    And one more word about slow: Iginla. He must already be golfing in his mind.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  51. jphk says:

    Not sure if this was mentioned, but Stars acquired Gonchar from the Sens. That Dallas’ youth movement is picking up steam…

  52. Mondou6 says:

    The Pens are so weak. They look like they have no interest in playing tonight. Crosby is a non-factor all series.

    Effing Bruins will probably beat the Hawks 4 straight. Nothing bad ever happens to them.

  53. HabFanSince72 says:

    2 thoughts:

    1. Notice how often the Pens are reaching for or poking at a puck with only one hand on the stick.

    2. Did they hire Randy Cunneyworth as their PP coach?

  54. Mark C says:

    Sad to realize that someone like Andy McDonald is forced to retire yet Brad Marchand continues to still be able to play.

  55. jphk says:

    Guys from the West too slow. The rat ran circles around Iginla and induced a Morrow penalty…But they are strong and big!

  56. boing007 says:

    Cherry likes Canadian kids with broken legs.

    Richard R

  57. boing007 says:

    Cherry is dressed like a giant candy cane tonight.

    Richard R

  58. Strummer says:

    According to Doug McLean, MAF who was a first overall draft pick and a Stanley Cup winner has too much talent to be kicked to the curb.

    He suggests changing the goalie coach as a start in the reclamation process.

    Sounds like a familiar strategy to Hab watchers.

    “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

  59. Mark C says:

    I can’t stand watching Shawn Thornton play. I have a sense of embarrassment watching him skate.

  60. Lafleurguy says:

    Torch Bearers. A Small Digression.
    Prometheus, half-man, half-god like Hercules, stole fire from Olympus and brought it to Earth. Advanced technology of that time allowed perpetual fire cauldrons to burn, and a torch bearer could bring fire far and wide. He was like “life-blood.”
    In contemporary times, torch bearers bring the Olympic flame to the host city. The other famous role for torch bearers are those Montreal Canadiens hockey players who carry forward the proud achievements and rich heritage of this noble franchise that celebrated 100 years of proud existence in 2009. Who are our present-day torch bearers?

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  61. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Actually, on the topic of polls.

    I’m LOVING the total homer response to the current one! Yeah, there are good reasons to reckon other teams will get there first – the Canucks, the Sens. Maybe even (ok I thought it but I’m not printing it).

    But the reason most of us come here is because of an allegiance we can do nothing about, hence a hope we can do nothing about. Otherwise, why bother?

    Did I tick Montreal?

    Oh yeah!

  62. Lafleurguy says:

    Brunner now knows how rich culturally, Montreal is. I don’t want to denigrate Detroit, a city going through tough times, but there should be such a strong appeal for many European players to prefer to live and play in Montreal.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  63. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Re-post. Sorry, I missed the boat as usual. But I’m curious about this one:
    Was at NHL.com, read an article about Marchand.
    I reckon 80% of the comments posted after expressed love for Marchand.

    I have no problem recognising the guy’s speed and talent and competitiveness and acknowledging his considerable value to the Bruins. (And he didn’t go to sleep half-way through the season like Lucic and Horton et al).

    But I would hate to see him in a Habs jersey.

    Not so posters at nhl.com, the majority of whom would take him in a heart beat. Including Canucks fans. MANY people saying he’s just dirty enough without “crossing the line”. Many people very upset if anyone mentions Marchand and Cooke in the same post.

    Am I wrong?

    How about a poll question? Stu?

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Would possibly border on libel and character assassination.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Excellent point. Then we’d have a Julien press conference about “Poor Bradley”.

        • Lafleurguy says:

          How late is it for you? Just for the sake of HIO camaraderie, I’m raising my glass of 1998 E & E Black Pepper Shiraz to you. Toast. To the power of the Montreal Canadiens in bringing fascinating people from around the world together. A second toast to Mike Boone and his colleagues in creating HabsInsideOut.

          “May you live in interesting times.”

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Well cheers to that!
            Just after 1am here, Andrew, and you are so right about the people who come here. Neither of us would have imagined anything like this possible when we were watching pre-expansion!
            Cheers again.

  64. boing007 says:

    I miss the Swiss Miss.

    Richard R

  65. Lafleurguy says:

    Cato reporting for action Green Hornet.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

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