Habs enjoy a break in busy schedule

After playing four games in six days last week – all victories – the Canadiens get to enjoy a bit of a break in the schedule.

The team was given the day off Sunday and will return to the ice for a practice at 11 a.m. Monday in Brossard before facing the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690). After that, the Habs travel to Philadelphia on Thursday to face the Flyers, will be in Long Island, N.Y., to take on the Islanders Saturday, then return home for a rare Sunday night game against the Florida Panthers with a 6 p.m. start.

Carey Price stopped 23 shots in Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, giving the goalie his seventh consecutive win. During that stretch, Price has allowed only 12 goals, improving his record to 14-8-2 with one shutout, a 1.95 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage. The Canadiens have now played 10 consecutive games without a regulation loss (9-0-1).

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426 Comments

  1. Un Canadien errant says:

    Claude Julien: “The thing about Thorny, anybody who knows him personally knows he’s a pretty honest person, and if he said he really regret(s) it, he felt bad, he really did.”

    As Kurt Vonnegut wrote: “So it goes…”

  2. Un Canadien errant says:

    The Bulldogs beat the Monsters 6-2 tonight. Gabriel Dumont scored two goals. Louis Leblanc scored a goal and an assist. Stefan Fournier notched his first AHL goal. Darren Dietz and Greg Pateryn had an assist each.

    http://hamiltonbulldogs.com/pressbox/news/index.html?article_id=554

    Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu were both held off the scoresheet, although Nathan finished at +2 and took five shots on net.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2013/12/bulldogs-lose-4-1-to-erie-monsters.html

  3. Un Canadien errant says:

    @ HabitantinSurrey:

    the crux of your argument is that fighting acts as a safety valve, that people who are angry need to vent, that it’s the only safe way to relieve stress. In fact, that’s an outdated concept, even if it’s still prevalent in popular culture. The motif of the mild-mannered man who gets browbeaten and taken advantage of until he explodes, like in the movie “Falling Down”, is a cultural touchstone, but it has no grounding in fact, psychology or science.

    In fact, people who vent, who allow themselves to get angry, are not availing themselves of a harmless therapeutic outlet, they’re actually letting their emotions get the better of them, and they’re learning to be angry, they’re teaching themselves that response. Lots of studies have shown that people who vent aren’t healthier, more balanced than those who don’t. In fact, the venters tend to have a tougher time, with higher rates of divorce, criminality, etc. People who vent also tend to escalate their outbursts in terms of their gravity. Episodes of shouting are followed later on by episodes of punches on the wall and broken furniture until it escalates to spousal assault, child abuse, etc.

    Practically, when does a fight actually solve anything on the ice? For every René Bourque vs. Matt Hendricks fight that settle a score, there are wars that spiral out of control like Canadiens-Nordiques, Red Wings-Avalanche, and now Penguins-Bruins. Fights are rarely ‘even’, there’s some recrimination and need for retribution, and it keeps devolving.

    In fact, if the NHL did its job, by using video referees and showing zero-tolerance for the blasted high-sticking and elbowing that fighting is supposed to prevent, we wouldn’t need fighting, enforcers and a “Code”. There would be no need for a fourth line of crashers and bangers, and we wouldn’t wonder why Corey Locke and Jean-Francois Sauvé never could hack it in the NHL. We’d actually watch entertaining, high-scoring, skillful hockey. We wouldn’t accept as gospel that David Desharnais is too small to play in the NHL, but that Eric Gryba has his rightful place.

    We don’t have to accept that the NHL abdicates its responsibility to our national game, because Gary Bettman is too busy making ice in L.A. and selling out the broadcast rights to the most crass highest bidder. We should insist that as guardians of a public trust, and since we as taxpayers are building the arenas for them to earn their truckloads of HRR, that they act as custodians and protectors of hockey.

    Instead, the NHL is stuck in a stone-age ‘eye for an eye’ moral code, lets the insane run the asylum and fosters a “Lord of the Flies” justice system, where ‘minor slashing’ is tolerated, and jabs to the face are viewed as part of the game. If the recipient of the jab turns away, no harm done, let’s get to the circle and drop the puck. If he retaliates, well, both players took part and both are guilty, it evens out in the wash, let’s separate them bodily, no harm done, let’s get to the circle and drop the puck. It’s utter madness, but it doesn’t have to be that way. And it’s not like the only solution to hockey violence is more violence, regardless of what P.J. Stock says.

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    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …read Your soliloquy Normand

      …You have gone off on a wordy tangent on My position, but that may be partially My fault for leaving certain quantifications hanging

      …anyhow, I have to beat My girlfriend before I sleep …so, maybe We’ll discuss this further when I’m not so inflamed :)

      …for the foreseeable future I will be annoyingly and shamelessly crusading for Our Montreal Canadiens to retire Toe Blake’s number 6 …and add His banner in the rafters next to Our other former Greats
      …now some of You may believe Toe was only a Great Coach, and as a Player, did not quite rate such an honor …and/or do not want yet another low-number unavailable to contemporary Players
      …maybe forgetting Toe Blake won an NHL scoring championship, the Hart Trophy and a Lady Byng, and led Our Habs in scoring in 6 seasons of His Hall Of Fame playing career …He was an essential component with The Rocket and Elmer Lach on ‘The Punch Line’ which was the most feared scoring line of it’s day
      …most remember Toe Blake as the genius Coach of the Montreal Canadiens at the cusp of Our Golden Era …the Golden Era that most of Us were inspired by to follow Our Habs as if it was ‘a religion’ unto It’s own
      …Toe Blake’s name is on 11 rings of the Stanley Cup; 8 as Our Coach, 2 as a Player for the Montreal Canadiens and one as a Montreal Maroon
      …Toe Blake was the ‘heart and soul’ Whom inspired and ‘showed the way’ to Our great Players of the time, both as a Player and as Our Coach
      …His Legacy is greatly taken for granted, I strongly believe, by the fact Toe Blake’s number 6 is not represented yet in the rafters of the Bell Centre
      …the totality of Toe Blake’s legacy, as a Player and Our Coach, to the History and exceptional success of the Montreal Canadiens as the most famous brand in the hockey world is way past the overdue stage
      …I wish to request all Montreal Canadiens Fans to join with Ian Cobb and I to right a wrong
      …I suggested to Ian to theme this year’s Summit on Toe Blake …to incorporate some homage to Toe …maybe even make a request to Hurley’s Tavern to try to replicate the ambiance of the famed former Toe Blake’s Tavern
      …I will leave that to Ian, of what is doable in that regard …knowing Ian, He is more than capable (Note Bene: such may not be possible this October, because of the projected lock-out)
      …meanwhile, some clear input must be made by Habs’ Fans that agree with the objective, to let Their feelings and opinions be known to Geoff Molson and Montreal Canadiens Management
      …that means You !!! Boys and Girls
      …if this is something You would like to make right as I and Ian do, I provide the following mail contacts to send Your requests to ‘Retire Number 6 !!!’
      …if anyOne out there have other suggestions please let Ian and I know …they will be considered and appreciated

      The following are the most relevant to send your testimonial to Retire Number 6 !!!:
      Geoff Molson: President and Owner (Twitter; @gmolsonchc)
      Kevin Gilmore: VP Operations

      Send your testimonial to:

      [Name of person]
      c/o The Montreal Canadiens
      1909, avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal
      Montreal, QC, CANADA
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    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …read Your soliloquy Normand

      …You have gone off on a wordy tangent on My position, but that may be partially My fault for leaving certain quantifications hanging

      …anyhow, I have to beat My girlfriend before I sleep …so, maybe We’ll discuss this further when I’m not so inflamed :)

    • VancouverHab says:

      I will say this of your post here, UCE:

      It admirably sums up in succinct and direct fashion the sentiments and assumptions behind a climate of opinion that happens to predominate at present among the majority of the media, the public school system, and the legal system.

      I disagree with it entirely, and I dislike the smug self-righteousness in which the majority of its proponents (I excuse you) express it. Indeed, calling an argument “outdated” (the entire gist of the position) is to say nothing more than “I disagree with the position”. Facts and logic don’t go out of date, and a valid moral position is not changed by mere passage of time (“Slavery is an evil” is true irrespective of the calendar: or, put another way, the calendar has no power to ever make slavery a good.)

      So, calling the manly position “outdated” means that you and the majority disagree with it. The problem is, you assume that the fact that because a majority at present hold the position that you happen to favour, the opposing position is somehow debuked.

      It isn’t. Anymore than torture would be morally right simply because a future (or past) majority happened to favour it.

      And “lots of studies” say lots of things and lots of contradictory and irrelevant things. Healthy martial expression is socially and individually salutory in my view. Lots of studies — and history — support my view. So we’re at a wash.

      Again, I respect your position, but you need more (a.) humility vis a vis the opposing view, (b.) argument, and (c.) proof before you can be said to be doing anything more than giving voice to a fashionable shade of opinion among a self-appointed multitude of groupthinkers.

      Best,
      VH

      • Marc10 says:

        So in other words, UCE is expressing a fashionable majority opinion while you’re expressing an unfashionable minority opinion. Both positions are unprovable as anyone can quote stats to suit their personal bias.. So then why even bother having the conversation?

        By that same token your whole piece supporting PJ Stock (and Grapes) was utter hogwash. It’s just more self-righteous cherry picking. Still it was well written. On ya I guess.

      • Bash says:

        You have offered a logical account of the notion that morality is a constant and as such does not evolve; what is wrong was always wrong and always will be.
        That of course is not logically correct in any way other than presenting the simplest calculation of outcomes.
        Morality may be a constant. But that does mean our understanding of it is. In other words it is us who are changing (at least some of us) and (hopefully) coming to a more informed senses of right and wrong.
        The changes occur as we open our minds to more and new information.
        Of course the operative term is open, the necessary first step.

        A second and equally important revelation is that,ironically, social change is a constant, at least where individuals are free to grow and not imprisoned by forced acceptance of old ideas.

        Violence in hockey as we have understood it is indeed outdated. And provided with the option for free, democratic and scientific discussion, divorced from blood lust and blind profit focus change will occur.

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

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        ‘ “lots of studies” say lots of things ‘

        That’s all you’ve got?

  4. adadi says:

    Boston, Toronto, Pittsburgh and Ottawa are all dirty teams.

  5. govenah says:

    Phaneuf gets a hearing.
    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=438565

    Grind this.

  6. VancouverHab says:

    Hey Bill: I posted the full reply but it’s not appearing for some reason.

    I’ll try again tomorrow.

  7. Sportfan says:

    I’m not sure if I’ll say this right, but with the recent “open season” attitude/behavior against the Bruins is almost comical. For a while they were running around and running over everyone in sight. Now that they are getting a taste of their own “medicine” they are getting upset and don’t know what to do. Boston has forced teams to get players to push them back and they can’t handle it. I wonder if more change is coming down the road with this teams? Or will Bostons owner and complain until something else changes?

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    • Bill says:

      This is actually true. Boston caused Toronto to roll with Orr and McLaren, Buffalo to get Scott and McCormick, the Senators to get Kassian to go with Neil, the Habs to get Prust and Parros.

      The Bruins basically have caused an arms race in their division. And they clearly don’t like the results.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • scoobedoo says:

      Picture this scenario:

      1. The league enforces the rules, hands out penalties (majors?) for instigating, elbowing, head shots, etc. and full games for fighting

      2. Instead of hiring enforcers (who apart from having fabulous mustaches, rarely actually offer anything of value on the ice), teams hire snipers who can make good on the resultant power play opportunities

      3. Guys stop doing as much stupid $h*t, not because they fear being pummeled, but because they fear being the guy who puts their team in a hole every night

      I know, I know… pipe dream.

  8. Bill says:

    Speaking of overrated free agents, Bryan Bickell has 6 points this year, has a +/- of 0 on a team with +23 differential, and has averaged around 12.5 minutes of ice time per game. He’s got a four million dollar cap hit.

    Looking at Chicago’s cap space next year, they have maybe three million dollars to sign a goalie, a defenceman, and four forwards: ouch. That six million dollars for six years to Crawford is not looking great. Of course, neither is four million dollars a year for Bryan “6 points” Bickell.

    I’m thinking Bickell might be available if any of you guys are still drooling over him. They need some decent, low-paid forwards for their fourth line, a cheap defenceman, and a cheap goalie.

    This is the kind of trade HIO can actually do!! It’s literally a Bournival, White, Drewiske, and Tokarski for Bickell trade.

    Do it MB!

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      As I’m painfully aware since he’s on one of my fantasy teams, Brian Bickell has been struggling with injuries this season. He’s currently on IR.

    • Marc10 says:

      What helps the Hawks is the cap going up. They can afford overpaying Bickell because they massively underpaid Keith on a ridiculously long contract. Of course all the Keith savings disappear when they resign Toews and Kane at 9 odd mil apiece.

      Speaking of huge contracts… Subban is going to hit the jackpot. And Markov won’t be cheap either at this rate… Oh, and we have Eller to sign too. With Danny B in for another year, I don’t think you can get Bickell… Briere was our Bickell.

  9. Timo says:

    So Bruins are playing without Paille, Kelly, Boychuk, McQuaid, Thornton, Eriksson… 6 regulars out… still win. F man.

    • Bill says:

      Timo, they were playing the Leafs.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • Sportfan says:

      Yeah the Leafs aren’t good lol and now the Bruins are forced to play normal hockey.

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      • Habilis says:

        It’s actually pretty amazing that the Loafs have as many wins as they do. Toronto media was all over Twitter tonight about their shots against.

        Among the interesting tidbits:
        – The Leafs are on pace to give up 3047 shots this season, which would be a new NHL record.
        – The Leafs have allowed less than 25 shots exactly once. They lost that game 6-0.
        – They are actually 3-0 when they give up 50 shots or more, something not accomplished by any team since 05/06 (Panthers).

        The message is clear. Allow more shots, win more games. I hope Carlyle goes for it. :D

  10. ClutchNGrab says:

    I need some help understanding how the instigator penalties are being callled the rule says the following:

    46.11 Instigator – An instigator of an altercation shall be a player who by his actions or demeanor demonstrates any/some of the following criteria: distance traveled; gloves off first; first punch thrown; menacing attitude or posture; verbal instigation or threats; conduct in retaliation to a prior game (or season) incident; obvious retribution for a previous incident in the game or season.

    So when Colton Orr goes for PK or Scott sees Kessel or Emery goes for Holtby or, like last night, Thorton goes after Orpik why is there no penalty? From what I read it is a penalty, but it’s never called until they actually throw a punch. If the rule was applied there is a good chance fight would be greatly reduced, since players would refuse to fight only to give a power play to their team.

    Am I wrong on this?

  11. Bill says:

    I can cheer for Lucik on Team Canada. I can cheer for anyone on Team Canada.

    Unless they leave off Subban. I will not cheer for the boobs running that team if they are that stupid. I want my country to win.

  12. Bill says:

    Nice proverb VHab. It’s very close by to the perfect proverb for HIO: 27:22 – Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding them like grain with a pestle, you will not remove their folly from them :)

  13. Timo says:

    Just watched Lucic skate around Phaneuf – twice. Wow! He IS team Canada material. Unlike Subban he is so defensively reliable.

  14. port elgin says:

    David Clarkson 7 years at 5.5 mil.

    Can’t pass, can’t shoot , always falling down.

    Absolute garbage

    Makes DD look like a genius signing

  15. Bill says:

    Phaneuf’s uncalled boarding:

    I always enjoy Kerry Fraser’s TSn article where he answers questions from fans about calls.

    But how come no one ever asks him why referees are so incompetent or corrupt as to just ignore plays like Phaneuf’s?

    I’d like to see that answer.

  16. port elgin says:

    Parade on hold

    Leafs lost…..again

  17. DipsyDoodler says:

    Harry Neale is great. Should be back on HNIC.

  18. VancouverHab says:

    Thanks to good friends sticking up for me while I was out even though they disagree with me: ‘as iron sharpens iron, etc.”

    Bill–I didn’t know about the death in a hockey fight. I’ll adjust future arguments accordingly.

    Da Hema, Bill, & Twilighthours: dogmatic love of Gomez? Guilty! I also carry a similar torch for Doug Wikenheiser, (and, in music, Mott the Hoople) so it’s something about my psyche…. ;–)

  19. Bill says:

    @AHabGrows: Notice who scored Rangers’ goal?

  20. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    In a non BOS/TOR game, Kong Henrik and the Rängers were beaten by some guy you’ve never heard of making 12,000$ this season and the Caps.

    What’s the statute of limitations on giving Sather a pass because of his connection with Gretzky and the Oilers?

  21. Timo says:

    Any brasse commarades at the laffs bruins game? Can’t believe TSN is not showing it

  22. twilighthours says:

    I’m pretty darn agnostic, but…

    Fainting goats: maybe there is a god, and he/she has a great sense of humour

    http://tinyurl.com/k25ykx4

  23. Willy the bum says:

    Well, the Habs can’t stay in 1st place for the whole season, for now…

  24. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Dion Phaneuf — you just can’t beat the bit of class.

  25. Bill says:

    No chance in hell, never was any. Rest easy.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  26. Habs4LifeInTO says:

    I know, hockey site and all, but I always remember the night 33 years when I heard that John Lennon had been shot. RIP.

    24 cups and counting….

  27. Willy the bum says:

    The Leafs: cup contenders? Maybe getting the cup between a player’s legs…

  28. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    As much as I despise both the Leafs and the Bruins, I would hate for the Leafs to make the playoffs by one point because they beat the Bruins in tonight’s game. Regulation win by Boston is the least despicable outcome to me.

    Isn’t it too early in the season for this? ;-)

  29. twilighthours says:

    No but seriously, phaneuf should be suspended for that hit

  30. JUST ME says:

    2 days off isn`t much of a break in the schedule ,barely a week end off and i bet tomorrow will be a good practice since there is no time in that busy schedule to really practice things to work on and plays to fine tune.

    Then it`s 4 games in 6 days. Crazy schedule . Let`s cross our fingers for all the guys to remain healthy cause with that many games and that many chances to play tired physically and mentally , risks are enormous.

  31. Mattyleg says:

    Hooly crap, how did Phaneuf not get 5 for that hit???

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  32. frontenac1 says:

    Princess Phaneuf drills miller from behind and Boston gets a penalty?

  33. frontenac1 says:

    How the hell did that goal by Iginla count? He hit Bernier in the paint and then sat on him!

  34. punkster says:

    Phaneuf.

    Now there’s a great deal.

    Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
    but…
    ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

  35. HabinBurlington says:

    Kessel floats back after turning over puck, Bruins score.

    Also Luic skated right around pylon Phaneuf again.

  36. Bill says:

    Hey francophones:

    Watching 24CH, and wondering, how come Michel Lacroix says “accueillons NOS Canadiens”, but it’s translated as “welcome YOUR Canadiens”? Shouldn’t that be “our” Canadiens?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  37. Bill says:

    Not one fight between these two stupid teams. God I hate them. Why aren’t they beating each other up. Wow they suck.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  38. Danno says:

    How come Rogers doesn’t carry RDS2?

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  39. habsfan0 says:

    3-2 Boston.

  40. monmick says:

    I just noticed something strange — forgive me if this as already been reported.

    If you check the NHL Game Centre as a particular game is ongoing, the penalties as reported in the Boxscore are almost all posted erroneously. For example, Friday night I saw 3 penalties in 3 seperate games initially listed as “head butting” only to be changed later on for “holding”. There are several examples of this again tonight. For example, in the Leaf game, Carter Ashton’s delay of game (puck over glass) is currently being reported as “Match -deliberate injury”, 2 min!

    What’s up with that?

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  41. wjc says:

    I wonder who has the best plus and minus among goalies in the league. Does Budja have better plus and minus then Price.

    Should a shut out count on a goaltenders stats if he faces less then 15 shots in a game.

    Should the net be smaller for smaller goalies to make it fairer.

    wjc

  42. wjc says:

    Bad news to report:

    The Gomez comeback fails.
    wjc

  43. D Man says:

    Question. Marchand is back after a knee to the head. If you have no brains can you suffer a concussion?

    You can’t be both a Habs and a Leafs fan

  44. jols101 says:

    The mighty San Jose Sharks have lost 3 in a row.

  45. twilighthours says:

    Are people still claiming that what Thornton did wasn’t that bad? The punches were weak?

    If the linesman and the other penguin didn’t grab on, Thornton would have drilled him with the haymakers! So, yes, it is that bad – at least the intent was.

  46. twilighthours says:

    Bernier for team Canada? I think not.

    (I know, one goal does not a goalie make, but it was brutal)

  47. DipsyDoodler says:

    Leafs D is just awful.

  48. DipsyDoodler says:

    David Clarkson on pace for a 7 goal season.

  49. Timo says:

    Oh look… after rolling around on the ice like he was shot yesterday, Marchand is back in the lineup. That was worthy of Mike Ribeiro there.

  50. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Thanks to Arnou Ruelle for sharing that ESPN Parros article link. I urge everyone to read it. I’m kinda anti-fighting, but find this piece swaying my opinion.

    I’m on the iPhone app, so can’t copy-paste the link. Please please read the article.

    Go Habs!

  51. Timo says:

    What, no injuries in Bruins-laffs game? Too bad. You’d think after last season playoffs Laffs would be trying to put some hurt on Bruins. Shame.

  52. HabinBurlington says:

    Bruins tied the game up, but was surprised to see Lucic accelerate away from Phaneuf on a partial breakaway. I knew Phaneuf wasn’t fast, but for Lucic to outskate him?

    Edit 2-1 Boston, brutal play by Leafs in their own end and a bad goal given up by Bernier.

  53. John Frodo says:

    Its increasingly obvious the Bruins are Space Reptiles from the Orion Nebula. If you want to stop them, sign up here.
    Obviously Chara is not a space reptile he is a nephilim.

  54. DipsyDoodler says:

    OK how about some good news. News that we can all agree on?

    The Sens are falling (as predicted) down the standings. At this rate they will pick 4th or 5th in the draft. Might even win first overall.

    But here’s the beauty of it. That pick belongs to Anaheim.

    Nice work Murray. Very nice.

  55. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Ok Bill, I’ll give The Hangover a try, perhaps over Christmas.

    Btw I spent my first 7 years growing up on Arlington Drive in Moncton, attended Hillcrest School on St George’s Blvd to Hallowe’en of Grade 2 (it was 1970: we moved to Montreal in the middle of the FLQ crisis!)

    • Bill says:

      I know the neighbourhood well! I teach very close by. Small world, eh?

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Birthday parties (June) took place in Centennial Park (which had the locomotive and the fighter jet but not the tank that’s there now). Earliest encounters with the sea were at Shediac and with skating were on the lake at the bottom of Arlington. I was there when the Mall opened (no doubt superseded since) and when the first runway capable of accommodating jets was opened at Moncton Airport (which I loved). All relations visiting from Ireland were of course brought to Magnetic Hill!

  56. mount royal says:

    http://www.rds.ca/hockey/lnh/le-vrai-probl%C3%A8me-n-est-pas-thornton-1.792965

    Good article by Pierre Houde. He explains how all the marketing Of Hockey and the Bruins in Boston is mostly about violence. He feels that not only Thorton . but the team owners and management should be heavily fined.

  57. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …lots of emotional discussion and opinion on the Thorton/Orpik/Neal/Marchand affair

    …I’ve only read this top page and surmise it is already covered in depth by even more commenters on the other pages since last night, so I won’t waste Your time on what You have already read and said Yourselves

    …only the following, I can’t imagine hockey without occasional physical conflict, including ‘hockey fights’

    …simply because the ‘possibility’ of ‘fighting’ is part of what has made hockey such a passionate national sport in Canada and a part of Our culture

    …compared to most places and countries in this World, Canada (and Canadians) solves it’s political and personal conflicts reasonably peacefully

    …the in-Your-face aberration within Our psyches is Our sport of hockey

    …My personal opinion and observation is that ‘fantasy’ part of Our psyche releases much of the Cro-magnum idiocy within all humans, including within You and I

    …You Polliyanna’s out there may disagree strongly, …I understand that …but Our obsession with hockey, I believe, vents Our natural hostilities and aggression in Our society

    …I believe hockey to be played with passion over a 82+ schedule, playing the same foes continuously over a season, compared to the contracted international tournaments, needs the vent of outbursts of man to man confrontation and the stretching of the rules to allow same, within reason

    …it’s just the game that is NHL hockey …players, without fighting when justified, contending with egregious intents to injure with elbows, knees, boarding, cross-checking and stick-work, will not be able to police itself

    …I know ‘policing’ is the responsibility of the referees, but just like We, in day-to-day Life, are seldom content with the ‘justice’ We receive from police and the court process …in an extreme sport like hockey and the passions that are involved, …referees, as We see with Our own eyes on a game-by-game basis, miss much of the spears, butt-ends, kneeing, elbowing and over-all intimidation going-on on the ice

    …I, personally as a Fan, do not want to eliminate the ‘safety-valve’ of ‘fighting’ in the NHL …I want the option left in hockey because it is part of the passion of the game

    …now, after saying all that (which many of You I am sure disagree with) …there is a fine-line of what is ‘allowable’ by the NHL

    …the NHL has a great responsibility here …to show that smashing a hard-shell elbow pad into a defenseless player’s head against the ice, as well as the intentional kneeing of a player’s head, under any circumstances, is absolutely unacceptable

    …in fact, it must be considered a crime, not simply an infraction

    …this is where the NHL will be bearing, to Me, a great burden of responsibility to be clear about it’s social ethics

    …children and adults that represent the NHL’s fan-base are going to receive a message whether this criminality in hockey is acceptable or not, …not only in hockey, but in day to day Life

    …those 2 incidents last night between those 4 players went beyond the pale, in My opinion

    …I would suspend both Thornton and Neal for the complete season

    • Garbo says:

      Neal, not Benn.

    • punkster says:

      Your entire comment is debased by labeling anyone who disagrees with you as a Pollyanna.

      You make it quite clear that these are your views and as such most of us would be able to accept them as such even if they may conflict with ours except for that labeling.

      One could turn this back on you by labeling you a pessimist and discounting your dark and nihilistic view on the subject.

      Of course one would not be correct in doing that, right?

      Still SUBBANGIN’ BABY…
      but…
      ELLER IS STELLAR!!!

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …Dave, Your rant seems typical of a Guy whom insists on wearing His French-cut briefs two sizes too small

        …Pollyannas are people that avoid the real World …that is not necessarily ‘a negative’ :)

  58. RAM_TOUGH says:

    What Gorilla Man did last night there was no excuse for. But, it did not look bad enough for Orpik to be taken out on a stretcher. Or is it just me?

    Guts-Glory-Ram

  59. Bill says:

    HabFan17: Good question regarding that phrase! The answer is that it is a famous quote that no one ever said. It has its roots in the Bible, but has never been successfully attributed to anyone in particular.

  60. careysubban3176 says:

    Mike Boone, when is your mobile website going to be up and running to where you can see and post comments. I remember a few weeks ago you were saying you were working on it but figured by now it would be fixed. One guy told me to switch to desktop mode but there is nothing on the mobile website to switch it to desktop mode.

    Stop blaming the goaltender! He can only do so much.

    • frontenac1 says:

      You have to change your own browser on your mobile to desktop amigo. I’m running BB10 but should also work for Droid.Should be under”Settings or Options”. Saludos.

  61. Danno says:

    Johnny Boychuk will be sidelined only three to seven days with a back spasm http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/boychuk-to-miss-up-to-a-week-with-back-spasms/

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  62. Bill says:

    Jols: I think if the Habs wanted Despres a deal could be made. They have several good D prospects. They might be willing to do a Bournival for Despres swap. Or perhaps even a Despres for Tokarski + Ellis/Didier/Leblanc swap.

    I wouldn’t be opposed. He’s a good player. I do find he plays a little soft though, just a head’s up for anyone wanting to acquire him.

  63. habsfan0 says:

    Laffs up 1-0.

  64. Phil C says:

    Still pumped about how good that 4th line looked on Saturday. They were the only line to sustain any pressure, it was only a matter of time before they scored. It’s that kind of secondary scoring that can win championships.

    Marc Denis was talking about how having to scratch healthy players has been good for healthy competition on the team. Hard to argue with that after how they played on Saturday.

    Also impressed that Prust said he thought about the Gordie Howe hat-trick, but decided not to because it was a close game. He is a true team player.

  65. DipsyDoodler says:

    @reporterchris
    “Julien took a swipe at Neal by noting that Thornton apologized. “More than we can say about players that pretend it wasn’t on purpose”

    https://twitter.com/reporterchris

    • Habfan17 says:

      Julien should keep his comments to himself. What is the phrase, better to shut up and be thought a fool, then to open his mouth and let everyone know he is a fool.

      Habfan17

  66. Bill says:

    That’s a great video of Pacioretty and Chucky playing ping-pong.

    What a weird thing to type.

    Anyway, I would have bet money on Galchenyuk, but I guess Pacioretty is obviously no slouch when it comes to hand-eye coordination!

  67. Habfan17 says:

    “No one else ‘makes us angry.’ We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude.” — Jim Rohn

    Please pass this along to Thornton!

    Habfan17

  68. Bill says:

    Jols: I am right here in Moncton, watched the Sea Dogs play the Cats many times, and I think I am being completely objective when I say that Beaulieu was the Alpha D on that team, even in Despres’ last year in junior.

    Beaulieu is faster, better, meaner.

  69. jols101 says:

    For those who follow the AHL and the Q closely who do you think will be a better NHL dman – Simon Despres (young Pens dman) from Laval that played in the Q and mostly in the AHL the last couple of seasons or our very own Nathan Beaulieu ?

    • Habfan17 says:

      Good question! I have liked Despres and wished the Habs had drafted him. I think Beaulieu is a better skater, after that, just not sure!

      Habfan17

      • jols101 says:

        Ya, from what I have read, I like the sound of Despres as well. Not saying more than Baulieu because I have never seen him play and I really like what I see from Beaulieu. However, Despres is a homeboy and that is very important to the CH. I wonder what it would take to get him from the Pens?

        • Habfan17 says:

          probably Beaulieu…lol Too bad he isn’t a righty, he could slot in behind Subban on the second pairing. The Habs have many left handed d-men in the system.

          Habfan17

  70. habsfan0 says:

    I’m looking forward to Daniel Briere’s return to Philadelphia on Thursday.
    It will be interesting to hear fans’ reaction to him.

  71. Bill says:

    Nice article there about Buffalo players’ comments about playing in Montreal. There truly is nothin like hockey in Montreal.

    That said, I remember what games were like in the old Forum … and sadly, the Bell Centre can’t match that atmosphere.

    It’s still a great experience. And once again, if anyone is going to the January 6 game against the Panthers, let’s meet up for a post-game victory beer.

    • habsfan0 says:

      Sabres players gave the ACC in Toronto only 1 vote as to their favourite arena in which to play in. However,if players were told that Mayor Rob Ford would be in attendance,the ACC would likely have received more votes due to the circus atmosphere.

  72. Arnou Ruelle says:

    In light of the Boston/Pittsburgh incident, this article was previously published at ESPN:

    http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/10074206/george-parros-fighting-goon-fight

    Interesting artice. I haven’t read it yet, but it seems that more and more public scrutiny is coming after Parros’ fight with Orr back on Oct. 1.

  73. Bill says:

    Price’s numbers are simply unbelievable this year, for a guy who starts as many games as he does.

  74. 24 Cups says:

    24 Cups lookin’ for #25.

    Go Habs Go!

    BTW, in 16 days I will have the best avatar on HI/O. Nothing beats a golden retriever. If every Hab had the heart of a golden….


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