Habs get well-deserved break after sweeping Lightning

After sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, Canadiens coach Michel Therrien rewarded his players by giving them a couple of days off.

The Canadiens won’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, with a Friday practice schedule to be determined.

The Canadiens could have as many as 10 days off before starting their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the winner of the Boston-Detroit series. The Bruins lead that series 2-1 and if it goes the distance Game 7 would be played on April 30.

“We’re really happy for what we’ve accomplished so far,” Habs forward Lars Eller told reporters after Tuesday’s Game 4 victory, singling out the work of coaches and the scouting staff. “But this is a really humble group and we don’t look too far ahead. . . . It shows we’ve been able to have a game plan and execute it really well.”

As for the days off, Eller said: “Rest is a weapon right now. I don’t see it as a disadvantage. Boston or Detroit, it doesn’t matter. We’re going to have to beat one of them, or any other team, to keep advancing, so we’ll just sit back and see what happens.

“Anything is possible now. On a good night we can beat any team, on a bad night we can lose to any team. We have all the components to be successful in the playoffs, I really believe that.”

Added Max Pacioretty, who scored the winning goal in Game 4: “Personally, it’s good to have the time off. We had a lot of battles in this series and the time off will be good. We’re all professionals in this room and we’ll handle it right.”

(Photo by Pierre Obendrauf/The Gazette)

(Locker-room videos by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell)

Pacioretty & Co. put brooms to Bolts, By The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Father’s pep talk works on Pacioretty, by Pat Hickey

Pacioretty writes own story with winner, NHL.com

Sweep sends Habs fans into stratosphere, by The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs

And the lady sang, Canadiens.com

Canadiens sweep Bolts, NHL.com

Numbers game, Canadiens.com

Game 4 photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Stamkos optimistic about Lightning’s future, NHL.com

Lightning’s pain is only temporary, Tampa Bay Times

Paquette’s penalty last in a series of mistakes, Tampa Bay Times

MacLean apologies for French referee comments, montrealgazette.com

Letter: From Calgary, outrage over MacLean’s remark, montrealgazette.com

Round 2 ticket information, Canadiens.com

HI/O Summit Facebook page


  1. CHicoHab says:

    Stamkos said “who are we kidding. They were the better team for the most part”. So who cares what those stations say!!

  2. aemarchand11 says:

    Didnt a Canadian referee the Canada-Sweden Gold Medal Game? Was anything said about this situation from the CBC??? You would think, since making that comment regarding french Canadians refereeing habs playoff games, that a Canadian in a National Gold Medal game cant be stood for!!

  3. hansolo says:

    Great win by the Habs last night. To quote our fearless leader, “Never in doubt.” Although, to listen to the Canadian media, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking Tampa Bay was on the northern shore of Lake Ontario rather than the Gulf of Mexico. Cooper and the Lightning did such a wonderful job against insurmountable odds: the penalty, the goal that didn’t count, 12 playoff rookies (all of whom now know “what it takes to win at this level”), Bishop’s injury, blah, blah. Yes, but they got swept! Don’t the Habs deserve any credit? We’ll get to all of that LATER, at least on the NHL network.

    On another note, now that I see them more, I must say I don’t get what’s so special about the Western Conference. At least the Avs have some flair. Hawks-Blues and Sharks-Kings hardly will win fans over to hockey. The word that comes to mind is “lumbering. ” And the high sticks and the headshots? Over 100 hits per game for the Sharks-Kings series, and I can’t think anything I’d rather watch less. At least the Hawks can play a skilled game when it’s needed. I’m not sure the Kings could to save their (playoff) lives.

  4. Dunboyne Mike says:

    New thread!
    Hurry! You might just get there ahead of Habfan10912!!!…..


  5. BriPro says:

    There are reports out of Toronto’s Caplansky’s Delicatessen (which serves knock-off Montreal smoke meat) that Ron MacLean was seen wrapped around CBC’s Chuck Thompson’s leg, repeatedly blubbering…
    “Thank you, thank you, thank you…..”

    Report says they were both offered pickles, and not for oral ingestion.

  6. Lafleurguy says:

    A natural hat-trick plus two/one.

  7. Maritime Ronn says:

    @ Habitant in Surrey

    Excellent points.

    The Habs vets saw a HUGE commitment by Management to try and get something done in the “Now.”
    Therefore, THEY now appear to also be committed and willing to sacrifice for a long run.

    Since Day 1, GMMB has been all about Character, and surrounded himself with the same including some very smart people that run under the radar screen after the extremely talented, experienced, and media vaunted Rick Dudley.

    Some of those class acts with high hockey IQs include people such as the other AGM Larry Carriere, Scott Mellanby-Director of Player Personnel, Martin Lapointe, Patrice Brisebois-Shane Churla..and some important changes in the overall Scouting Dept.

    Now Trevor Timmons is allowed to be more focussed in what he does best – that being choosing players, instead of trying to follow them and decide if and when they could be NHL’ers.

    It’s all good moving forward…it may take more time and a few steps backwards, yet Habs fans should be thrilled that they are on the right track for the first time in Decades.

    GMMB will NOT be ‘media-fan’ intimidated, and will stick to Plan as he has stated so often.

    • BriPro says:

      So…. who were you venting at, suggesting a vacation, before your quick exit (edit)? 🙂

      EDIT: I think I’ve just asked the wrong poster. Sorry Ron.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Hey Bri

        Actually no one, as I posted a response in the wrong place…
        ….I was happy when Jim mentioned he said “Hi” for me…

        • BriPro says:

          Yes, he did. And I told him when he had the chance, to return the greeting.
          There are those who irritate the bajeebers out of me on here. But like Jim, you’re one of the good ones!

    • johnnylarue says:

      Nice post, Ronn. And I agree–Bergevin seems to have the right mix of brains and heart.

      The way he managed to nab Vanek at the deadline with only a marginal hit to his prospect pool was nothing short of masterful. He effectively pulled off a very major move for the team’s here and now without compromising the long-term plan. No easy feat.

      Gonna go ahead and call this a “statement season” for GMMB.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        He Johnnie

        I’m a huge HUGE Bob Gainey fan – and I can never blame him (personal stuff may have caused it) or sidekick Gauthier for how they left the Habs, yet they compromised the Habs future with short term and quick hits….almost implying, hell I don’t care – I won’t be here in 10 years anyway.

        GMMB has not/will not react like that.

  8. Lafleurguy says:

    Was Seeing Things a CBC production? King of Kensington was definitely CTV and was an upgrade on the Pig and Whistle (the Canadian version of Cheers).

    • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

      Seeing Things with the great Louis Del Grande was a CBC show … and a howler even if some of the parts don’t hold up.

      “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  9. Un Canadien errant says:

    Oh, this thread ought to be fun. I imagine when Timo comes on and reads the headline he’ll react like the Nazis did on “Raiders of the Lost Ark” after they cracked open the ark.

    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige


  10. Caesar is along for the ride for 25 says:

    Considering Denis Coderre’s past and his penchant for Twitter any remarks about Mclean ‘s comments last night? I mean it’s kind of worse than calling someone a frog is it not? Accusing a ref of being biased because they speak french… Mr. mayor should be all over that.

  11. Danno says:

    How SWEEEEEP it is!!!


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
    Updates, highlights & great discussions on all things Habs

  12. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I think veteran Players like Markov, Plekanec and Gionta are hungry for a Cup

    …with the character of Our youth, I think the older Guys are seeing something special in the potential of this Team

    …the pick-ups of Weisse, Weaver and Vanek being the tipping point to make Markov, Pleks and Gionta very excited

    • Habcouver says:

      Not looking too far ahead (but what else to do huh), I see Vanek playing with passion and emotions in Montreal that were never stirred in Buffalo or Long Island. His buddy Danny is hopefully influencing the big Austrian to re-sign with the Habs.

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

    • Maritime Ronn says:


      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …I also am impressed by Gerard Gallant in what He brings to making the work required under Therrien ‘fun’

        …J.J. I have been more circumspect as I have felt Tinordi, Beaulieu should have been integrated by now …and, Pateryn given some ice during the season to encourage Him

        …but, in the end, what can I credibly say against Bouillion and Weaver …We are very deep, up front, on D, and in goal

        …Bergevin, so far, has been a magician

        …the whole Organization, from marketing, management, player development, coaching and the Boys on the ice …We haven’t seen this professionalism in decades

        …and, finally, ‘great’ organizations start at the top …Geoff Molson has enabled all of this

        …I hope Geoff is rewarded with a Cup

        …has been fun so far 🙂

        • Un Canadien errant says:

          Interesting how enthusiastic Dale Weise is about coach J.J. Daigneault, having played under him at Hartford in the Rangers organization. He used the words: “I love that guy!”

  13. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …McLean was the one that recently misspoke there were no ‘Canadian’ teams in this season’s post-season, am I right ? … Or was that statement taken out of context too ?

    …if correct, his furtive apology and explanation of context rings very hollow

    …it is McLean and HNIC’s producers that have enabled the Canadiens’ being an outlier on the show over the past 20 years

    …whether subliminal or overt CBC’s enabling of the Toronto Boston bias is hard to forgive considering the role the CBC is expected to serve as a cultural bridge to Canadians

    • johnnylarue says:

      I believe the douche-heads in Toronto choose to defer to Radio-Canada where the bridging of cultures is concerned.

      I might be willing to overlook how myopic they are in their coverage of all things non-Leafs if the CBC had even ONE original content show worth watching… but it’s just an utterly clueless network from the ground up at this point.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Hi Johnny.

        Thanks for the stream link you endorsed a few nights ago. I am a complete convert.

        Regarding the CBC, can I encourage its critics to separate TV from radio. As an expat who podcasts a number of really excellent CBC radio programmes, I would hate the radio baby to be thrown out with the TV bathwater!

        • johnnylarue says:

          Bingo! Yes indeed, CBC Radio is a cut above, no question.

          I think the fact that the stakes are much lower on the radio means fewer cooks get involved. The now decades-old pseudo-corporate old boys club that’s effectively anchored the TV network in this vortex of mediocrity just can’t be bothered to meddle–or isn’t smart enough to care.

          I have many friends who are avid CBC radio listeners; among these, absolutely none of them are viewers.

          • Habitant in Surrey says:

            …I treasure both CBC TV and radio …We, as Canadians, are so fortunate to have alternatives to schlock and cultural pornography like in the United States

            …CBC in most endeavors succeed in it’s mandate, with the glaring malignant exception of HNIC

    • D Mex says:

      Reference you last paragraph above, what we witness with the likes of MacLean and Cheery IMO is the unqualified absence of awareness for Canadian culture.
      Their comments, and let’s face it these are only the most recent examples, betray their personal dislike for what is different or, as Darren Pang might put it, that which is not the ” white way “.
      And that’s fair enough, I suppose, except that the platform they use – repeatedly – to put their destructive attitudes on display, is funded by ordinary Canadians.
      Personally, I’d like to see the pair of them fired in the most public way, and news of it spread on the very same HNIC platform. Most unfortunately, however, it probably won’t happen.

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

    • Just a Habs Fan says:

      Why don’t you take a vacation from hockey…enough of the horse shit about McLean …man enough already

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        I hear you. However, the persistence and width of the post-McLean discussion show how his gaff has opened up something deep. And since hockey is woven into the fabric of culture, history and Canadian identity — and all the divergent perspectives that Canadians have on those three things — the fact that the national broadcaster can appear to be so utterly off-base is really disturbing.

        In short, I don’t reckon this is about McLean.

        (Doubt if I’m telling you anything you didn’t know! Just had to get it off my chest).

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      What a crock that apology from Ron McLean is, and the statement from his boss, that said it had “nothing to do with francophone…”

      First HNIC and TSN, to feed their news cycle, hype up a controversy about a disallowed goal, when their own experts like Kerry Fraser and Stéphane Auger clearly explain that it was a correct call. They blithely ignore them and immediately pass the mike to Jeff O’Neil and P.J. Stock so that they can ‘disagree’ and ramble on how that goal should have counted.

      Then Ron McLean, after the win, when the series is over, keeps feeding the ‘controversy’, clearly stating that the French-Canadian referee shouldn’t have been appointed to work that game, to quell any suspicion Tampa might have had. Yet Tampa was quite sober in its post-game comments, they were measured and fatalistic, not really blaming the officiating. Ron still took the two extra steps to feed the beast.

      In the olden days it would have been phone calls he’d have to worry about, but now it’s instantaneous, he gets shelled on Twitter, and clumsily backtracks, trying to indicate that it’s the ‘local’ angle he’s worried about, not French-Canadian refs per se. Except in his decades on air, he’s never, ever raised the issue of a Port Alberni ref working a Canucks game, or a Brampton ref working a Leafs game. Canadian citizens John Smith or Joe Brown can work any game coast to coast to coast, but Canadian citizen Jean Côté must be restricted to only certain games.

      HNIC used to be a quality program, almost stodgy in its approach. Dick Irvin, Dave Hodge, there were excellent broadcasters working there who provided valuable programming to the Canadian public. Now that they’re a lame duck, I get pangs of regret, I fear what the clowns at Sportsnet will do, the onslaught of cretinism and commercialization that will swamp us next season, but I have to be realistic. The putrid corpse that is being “Weekend at Bernie’s”‘ed as the current incarnation of HNIC, with P.J. Stock and Don Cherry and Gary Galley and now even Ron McLean, must be interred.

    • Habs4LifeInTO says:

      I see your point of view on this and deem it to be very similar to my opinion on the subject. They pretend to be very folks and friendly on the surface but on a deeper level they have treated the Montreal franchise poorly during broadcasts over the years. I think many fans of the Habs have felt this way. To me these are people who have hated Montreal’s dominance in hockey for one reason or another and have taken advantage of their position…… I remember Dick Irvin, professional to the core being a real homer for the Habs but always fair to other teams as well. What happened to that professionalism? It is certainly gone from HNIC with very few exceptions!

      24 cups and counting….

  14. Maritime Ronn says:

    Really liked Max’s winning PP goal last night.

    Playoff PP goals are precious and always a bonus.
    The last 3 teams to win the Stanley Cup posted very low PP Percentages of:
    11.4%-12.8%-11.4%…WAY below the regular season numbers due to better competition.

    What was interesting was a completely, and Brand New Habs “Look.”

    1) For the last 30 seconds on the PP that lead up to the goal, Plex replaced 51, and was centering Max and Vanek who both remained on the ice for a longer shift.
    Not sure if we have ever seen that Trio on the PP.

    2) Instead of the ” Subban to Markov – back to Subban – back to Markov – back to Subban” drill that everyone in the NHL knows about and has just about neutralized, the Habs changed it up significantly.

    3) Markov moved down low and stayed there.
    Vanek backed up into the higher part of the faceoff circle – always looking with his great vision, and then finding free ice.
    Tampa seemed a little confused as to coverage.

    The play:
    Plex wins a puck battle and makes a nifty, flip pass to Max in the corner who does not hesitate to send it back to Subban at the point – then Max goes to the net.

    Instead of just firing away, Subban looks and finds Vanek alone in the top of the face off circle with a great pass.
    Vanek fires away – Max digs it in…yet right behind Max trying to poke away in case the puck doesn’t cross the goal line is…Markov.

    Here’s not knowing if all of that was by accident – or was it actually practiced and part of the plan, yet it bodes well moving forward.

    The Habs now have 3 different looks, and can take what the opposition gives them:
    – Traditional trying to tee up PK or Markov.
    – Working it down low.
    – Or what we saw last night, that being Markov rotating down low, while Vanek drops slightly to an uncovered area in the faceoff circle.

    • BriPro says:

      Hi Ron, in breaking down the last minute of last night’s PP, I saw it the same way.
      What also stood out for me was Markov’s reaction after the goal. Never more than this year have I seen Markov react with so much enthusiasm.

      The same goes for Plex’s reaction after Gallagher’s goal. On both occasions, the guilty jumped into the arms of the victor.

      When have you ever seen Plex jump into a teammate’s arms? When you seen Markov do that before this year.

      I really believe this team has the right chemistry. They love playing for each other and encouraging each other. It bodes well for the immediate future.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Hi Bri

        Who really knows where this team is going, yet for some reason they seem to have some kind of ‘special’ feeling about them.

        One thing is sure:
        They have great vets-role players that understand-younger hungry guys, and it appears all the guys have ‘bought in’ to Coach MT and his staff’s system.

        The deciding factors will be:
        # 1 Health – Courage – Goaltending – 5X5 play….and a Special warrior, all-in mindset of complete sacrifice for the guy next to you, and your mates in general.

        So far-so good, yet the BIG test is to come.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I noticed that it was Pleks at centre for that powerplay, RDS didn’t really discuss that. Was there a reason given? Injury, equipment malfunction, discipline issue? Coach Therrien playing a hunch?

  15. Tomi says:

    Is Michael Therrien still the coach of this team?
    You’ve got to be kidding, the team has today, tomorrow and MAYBE Friday off? I’d make these millionaires practice every freakin day.
    Those bastards probably don’t have to pay for their massages either.

    On another subject, has anyone heard from Steeltown Hab? Haven’t seen him here since the playoffs started.

  16. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …is the Montreal Pool Room still alive on St Laurent ?

  17. bwoar says:

    @ Luke re La Banquise…

    “Did DD push his way past Hedman and take his spot in line?”

    I spit out water on the keyboard. Funny Guy!

  18. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …this will be a looooong 10 dayz

  19. Hobie says:

    I liked the TB series! At no point was I worried that we’d lose the series nor was I worried about Habs players being carried off on stretchers. I was a bit surprised though that Gudas and Callahan didn’t throw any real thunderous hits. TB was totally soft. It was the most stress free Canadiens series I think I’ve ever witnessed?

    That will all change when we play the Bruins lol. This might sound a bit pathetic but I will probably have trouble sleeping the night before a game against them, lol. I’ll be so damn nervous, excited and jacked up it’s going to be nuts. If we could somehow beat them I’d be ecstatic. It would be a life changing moment for me, pathetic, I know. :-).

    Boston would still hold bragging rights over us until we win the cup again but man would it be amazing to knock the out of the playoffs. Just imagine how pissed off Marchand, Lucic and the rest of those pieces of crap would be. The entire Bruins fan base has just looked at us and laughed the past few years. They know that they have beaten us in the playoffs, won the Stanley Cup and often beat the crap out of us too.

    God would it be nice knock them out of the playoffs and maybe have Emelin, Subban or Murray destroy a few of them with huge hits. To the point where they are carried off the ice. Then we can all say a big FU to Boston!

  20. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    People get fixated on the rat boy and the Missing Link(TM) but dressing Parros, Murray etc is the WORST thing the Habs could do against the Bruins.

    No way Parros makes the Bournival/Weise plays that led to the first goal – as for Murray, I would prefer Weaver killing penalties because Murray is not nearly as effective in the quick transition game that you MUST have to beat Boston.

    “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

    • Hobie says:

      Nobody would ever think of dressing Parros. Murray for Bouillon would be fine by me. Hopefully he injures a Bruins player with a giant thud in the corner, at the blue line or in front of the net. It’s not nice to say something like that but it’s true. The Bruins will be running at the Habs all series long, hoping to injure us.

      After a rough month to start the season Murray was actually good defensively. A good penalty killer too. He is the only Habs player in the same weight class as Lucic and Chara and can knock them on their asses, even when they see him coming.

  21. Habitant in Surrey says:


    …What’s up ?

    …pas pire



  22. DipsyDoodler says:

    Some Habs and Lightning players ran into each other at favourite late night poutine spot La Banquise after the game:


    Moving. Forward.

    • johnnylarue says:

      Cool! Never dreamed hockey players went there…

      I guess they really ARE like regular people!

    • shiram says:

      Chez Claudette was closed at that time, so I’ll allow it.

    • The Jackal says:

      Oh man I love La Banquise!
      I’ll definitely be going there when I go to Montreal in July

      EDIT: Can someone tell me what the article says please 🙁
      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

      • shiram says:

        Just use google translate.

      • Cardiac says:

        Some Habs went to a bar after the game. P.K. showed up at 2:30am.

        After the bar closed, they went to Banquise and surprise, some lightning players were there. DD said “What’s up”

        Some classy patron made some moronic comment about if you want to see the face of a bunch of losers, look over there. Everyone had a good laugh…

        “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
        – Jerry Maguire

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        After the game some Habs (Desharnais, Prust, Murray and Subban) went to a bar on Rachel. At around 3am they moved a few blocks down to La Banquise for a late night poutine and ran into Hedman, Callahan and Pyatt.

        I am guessing Pyatt brought the two other Lightning players since he used to live here.

        Moving. Forward.

        • The Jackal says:

          Ok cool, thanks guys!
          I feel bad for the TB guys after the guy said look at the losers but good to see our boys were classy and DD said hi.

          Hockey sine stercore tauri.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Maybe the likeable Tommy Pyatt took the buds to a familiar haunt. Would have been great if Chris Lee and any other non-Quebecois officials dropped by as well. In my small opinion, it would have been copacetic if Quebecois officials dropped by too, but I would want to hear Ron-the-lesser-of-two-evils give his opinion first.

  23. Butterface says:

    Maybe we need a douchebag to win the Cup……previous Douchebag Cup winners from the past few years..

    Cooke Cup 2008-09
    Lucic Cup 2010-11
    Marchant Cup 2010-11
    Chara Cup 2010-11
    Thornton Cup 2006-07, 2010-11
    Pronger Cup 2006-07

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

    • Cardiac says:

      Depending on who you ask, you can probably throw in Carter and Richards for L.A. in there too.

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      – Jerry Maguire

    • shiram says:

      Many consider Gally to be quite the pest, I don’t know if he fits in the DBag category, but he sure annoys other teams.

      • Butterface says:

        I am talking about guys who would opt to injure a player purposefully. Pests like Perry and Gally and the like don’t register on the Douche Chart. Although Perry walks a thin line.

        If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

    • habcertain says:

      Lemieux was our finest example of that.

      • johnnylarue says:

        One of the finest of all time, for any team.

        • Butterface says:

          I am not sure he ever injured players purposefully, but yes he was a Perry-esque player. Racked up points in the Playoffs and drew a slew of retaliation penalties.

          4 Cups with 3 different teams and a Conn Smythe I believe.

          And his legs were tree trunks.

          He was a playoff performer.

          If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

        • 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

          If they won in 2008, you could have added Steve the crosscheck into the Penalty box Begin …

          “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

    • Cardiac says:

      Haha! Seems like he’s trying to use big words to sound smart. Makes you wonder if these things even go through an editor.

      “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
      – Jerry Maguire

    • johnnylarue says:

      Sounds like he’s disputing the “Original Six” phrase in general for some nerdy historical reason I’m entirely unaware of.

      Gratuitous nerd know-it-all move. Must be awesome at parties.

    • punkster says:

      I believe he refers to the erroneous suggestion that there was an “original 6” in the NHL.

      It’s a term that, I believe, came about after the 1967 expansion but really only refers to the 6 teams that existed from 1942 to 1967 but doesn’t take into account the teams that go back to, and beyond really, 1917.

      Release the Subbang!!!

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      Why would he use the phrase “one of the NHL’s erroneously named Original Six teams” but then not let us in on the ‘error’? If he’s referring to the fact that the NHL started in 1917 with 4 teams (The Canadiens being the only “original” NHL team left), then why not say so?

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      • johnnylarue says:

        Once again, I assume this guy is just wonderful at parties.

        “ACTUALLY, little known fact for you here, people, but let me enlighten you…”

  24. Cardiac says:

    Let’s give MacLean a break people… It’s not the first time he’s been “misquoted” or “misunderstood”…


    “There’s genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it’s like popcorn in the pan. Some pop… some don’t.”
    – Jerry Maguire

    • ianism says:

      just last night he was talking some nonsense about francophone refs possibly being biased towards the habs and therefore the league should think about not using them for games involving montreal…

  25. UKRAINIANhab says:

    1-0 Real, Benzema

    At least my German friends (Dortmund supporters) are happy. Screw Ronaldo though!

  26. frontenac1 says:

    Parros could take Thornton. He hasn”t been the same since Scott tuned him. Crankshaft,Prust and Whitey can take care of the rest.

  27. Mavid says:

    Pisses me off that the focus is on the officating and not on the way the boys played. It was a well deserved win..period. What is and is not a penalty is subjective. People are saying that the ref’s let a bunch of things go uncalled, but then called a trip during the last two minutes gave the Habs some kind of advantage..If I had a nickle for every time a fan thought a call was missed I would be retired by now..total BS..its so hard to give them credit..it just pains these angy people..oh well if Bishop was in, oh well Stamkos is still healing, oh it was a full moon on a Wednesday and they stood on one leg…

    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • New says:

      It irritates me as well. I honestly believe that people get talking about this or that player, say Bishop, early on. He plays well, they start talking awards, Olympic teams, the sky is the limit. Then the guy’s play tails off but the narrative doesn’t change. Ben Bishop is a fine goalie, but he was like 2.80+ after the Olympic break. Going into the playoffs Lindback was 0.67. Can’t get much better than that.

      Every series there will be players who do really well and some who struggle. That changes with the team and assignments. But broadcasters who throw up hypothetical situations might as well be saying “If Perrault, Lafleur, and Gretzky in their primes were playing then the score would favor Tampa for sure.” It means nothing.

      Now MacLean saying that “English” refs shouldn’t ref any NHL game involving the Canadiens and the other 29 teams (or was it the other way around? No matter, same thing isn’t it.) now that was the height of remarkable. So if the best in the business spouts drivel like that then why put any weight on what the rest, such as the tunnel troll, natter on about.

    • JUST ME says:

      I agree. Last season Eller Gionta and Prust being injured made no difference because it was considered as being part of the game but this season Tampa`s injured players played a role that should be considered.

      For me the stats that tells it all is that the Lightning held the lead in the score for 3 minutes 32 seconds total in the whole round. Domination !

      But it `s O.K. i guess because the Habs will never be good enough and deserving praises for many including so called habs fans.
      I rejoyce myself thinking about all those who had their mouth shut and mysteriously disapeared for the most part from here by great games and achievements.

    • Cal says:

      Who cares what those “paid to sit in front of a camera and blather on” morons think, mavid? The team we fanatically follow is through to the second round.

      • Mavid says:

        Your right, I guess I could just stop listening..but its everywhere, all the discussion is about the officatiing…oh the odd one gives us credit..but still. Now they are saying its the NHL’s fault because they put a rookie ref in a playoff game at the Bell Center, the most intimidating building in the NHL..rookie or not, is this guy not a pro? Are you really telling me that no other building in the NHL booes calls or gets loud? Anything but to give credit were its due..and yes on to round 2 GO HABS GO!!

        Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

      • Bun E. Laroque says:


  28. Mattyleg says:

    Okay, I’ve recovered from last night’s festivities.

    That was a cracker.
    We cheered at the same volume for the last 43 seconds of the game, non-stop, then continued after.

    Great atmosphere, great time, great result, terrible beer.
    Can’t have everything, I guess, eh?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  29. JUST ME says:

    Still have not decided who i prefer to meet in the next round.
    It will be a long long wait and i`d rather do as if i did not think about it but who am i kiding!

    I would prefer the Wing`s type of hockey. It would be an excellent change of pace mostly because it would also mean that the Bruuins lost fast and hopefully bad.

    I went into a daze this afternoon and could imagine myself a few hours before game one between the Habs and the Bruins and i had to slap myself in the face to come back to reality…

    This is playoffs hockey i guess !

    • johnnylarue says:

      A series against the Wings would be great hockey, from a pure hockey standpoint, and would increase our odds of remaining healthy for future rounds, should we get there.

      Beating the Bruins, however, would be almost as good as winning the Cup. It would be a resounding moral victory–your classic ‘good triumphs over evil’ scenario. It would personal, probably more than a little bloody, and just generally epic in every sense of the word.

      Underemployed cardiologists are definitely hoping for the Bruins.

  30. JF says:

    A lot of us are under the obligation of eating crow, so I’ve ordered the dinner. All who doubted our Habs are invited – no, summoned – to attend. The menu is unadulterated crow – in a cocktail for starters, braised in a wine sauce to follow, and flambé with ice cream for dessert. R.S.VP.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Hmm, as someone who will enjoy watching this meal, I think that the ice cream and wine sauce should be skipped, and replaced with radiccio and marm root.

      Crow’s gotta be much more bitter and dry than that.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • JUST ME says:

      I see a few orange busses coming your way written in front…M.T. ! Wait ! Here 2 more with charter D.D. and from this side here is one with Briere on it followed by 4 more busses identified to Bourque.

      Make sure you have gluten , lactose and fat free crows with that many HIO posters you better be safe than sorry !

  31. frontenac1 says:

    Screw McLean and his corny,smarmy Howdy Doodie routine. Snuff him and put in Andi Petrillo. Saludos!

  32. Habs_Norway says:

    I would go for Whitey in game 1 if we face the irish, along with Murray inn for cube just to add some kilos, and maybe smack this marchand-rat around.

    Say no to visors and sign Emelin for 10 years

    • johnnylarue says:

      Murray for Bouillon I’m okay with, but who sits for Whitey?

      Bournival has twice the hustle and twice the hockey sense. Briere is a proven gamer. Weise has been a key participant in some rather large goals, and brings some sandpaper too…

      I’m okay with Whitey sitting until a guy goes down. He hasn’t been much of a tough guy this season either, come to think of it…

  33. Bun E. Laroque says:

    People are wondering where to insert Galchenyuk and Moen but if we play the Bruins it will become clear because we are almost guarenteed an injury from those dirty, back stabbing savages. The difference is that this year compared to previous years we actually have some depth.

  34. Timo says:

    See, I told you, MacLean was “misunderstood” and “misquoted”. CBC is a joke just like the NHL.


    • B says:

      I was surprised he got no flak for his other recent comment when at the end of a coach’s corner he said “slap her” and even Cherry looked at him funny saying “what?”.

      –Go Habs Go!–

      • Psycho29 says:

        He also made a comment on Sunday night after the Habs game about “a comeback” and that “speaking of a comeback, it’s Easter Sunday….oh never mind”….Very bizarre comments sometimes

    • habcertain says:

      it was just a stupid comment period, nothing anti-French, akin to someone covering the NFL talking about where a ref was born in reference to the team/game he was refereeing. You just never hear anything like that, it really does appear to be a Canadian thing, because we have heard it here many times.

      • johnnylarue says:

        Dinosaur logic, from the brain of a species which is rapidly going extinct.

        And to think Maclean used to be “the rational one”…

        • habcertain says:

          I was thinking the same thing, I used to like hearing him, I understood he was required to play the straight man for Cherry, but really, it does harken back to days when this BS was in full play.

      • Cal says:

        Yeah, it wasn’t anti-french. I call BS. It’s the same crap we get from the rest of HNIC, so why should I be surprised one of them “outs” themselves as filthy bigots. It’s fine.
        And yet another in the “million reasons why you shouldn’t watch HNIC.

    • Jocko says:

      Timo, I completely agree with you. I actually went on a rant with some friends the other day about NHL “discipline”. That inconsistency consistently drives me crazy!

      I don’t want to see Maurice tonight, I want to see The Rocket!

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      In fairness to MacLean, he might say the same about an Ontarian refereeing a Leaf game, in the unlikely event that this ever becomes an issue.

      Moving. Forward.

      • johnnylarue says:

        You’re getting a tad too hypothetical with that argument, Dipsy.

        • DipsyDoodler says:

          Didn’t the new Leaf’s President sketch out a parade route this summer. Now that’s hypothetical. In fact, I think Richard Dawkins wrote a very angry blog post about it.

          Moving. Forward.

      • Stevie.Ray says:

        Like I mentioned last night, he wasn’t talking about how a hometown referee would show bias towards the hometeam, but that it gives the excuse to the losing visitors even if the ref calls the game perfectly. Just like how a few Tampa fans were causing a ruckus after game 3, if there was a controversy last night it could have blown up and gotten really out of hand, and Maclean questioned why the league would allow for that to potentially let that happen.

        Although Maclean certainly didn’t make his point very gracefully, and it is perfectly reasonable for what he said to be misunderstood. And, while I think he made a fair point, I don’t entirely agree with him.

        • Mattyleg says:

          Charron isn’t ‘hometown’ though, and I think there was no misunderstanding. The problem was the depth of understanding.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Mattyleg says:

      This was from the same idiot who said that there were no Canadian teams in the playoffs this year.
      Sure, that’s just a ‘slip’, but would he make that ‘slip’ if Calgary, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Ottawa, or Edmonton were in the playoffs?


      And the CBC’s defence of Maclean says:
      “Ron’s comments were misunderstood as they had nothing to do with francophone referees. He was simply making the point that assigning a local referee was a questionable call by the league.”

      Charron is from GATINEAU.
      That’s next door to Ottawa.
      Two hours away from Montreal.

      That ain’t local, and a pathetic defence.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Cal says:

        It’s why I don’t watch and haven’t for over 20 years. The anti-Habs bias and now MacLean is stupid enough to out himself.
        To hell with them.

  35. Timo says:

    So people who stood in the lineup to get tickets for game 6… do they now have to stand in the lineup to get the refund?

  36. Habfun says:

    Chucky and Moen should be back….. oh the problems MT has.
    It’s fun to be a Hab fan Oui!!

    It’s all about the CH

  37. The Teacher says:

    Steve, based on my recollection of the past, if the series does go 7 games, the winning team will only get one day off before they play on the second day. So if series ends April 29 I’m assuming game is May 1st.

  38. naweed235 says:

    Can someone please clarify what dictates the start of a series?
    For example, if Boston and Detroit finish in 2 games, does it mean that we can start our second round series right after that or do we have to wait for all the first round series to be over? Or is it dependent on the conference (If all series in the east are settled but some are still playing their 1st round in the west, can the 2nd round match ups start in the east?)

    • habcertain says:

      in the past it seems each series start was predetermined by when the previous series was scheduled to end after 7 games, probably has something to do with arena bookings, concerts etc. Not like the old days.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Next series starts on Sunday, regardless.

      If Bruins / Red Wings series goes 7 games, it will overlap with round 2 series versus Habs, with Bruins playing Habs on Sunday since it’s assumed they’ll eventually beat the Wings.

      • naweed235 says:

        Not sure I understand your post clearly. Are you saying that regardless of what happens our series would start on Sunday the 6th of May? The Bos/Det series is supposed to end on Apr. 30th if it goes to 7 games…
        My question is, if it ends 4-1 boston (on the 26th) whereas other 1st round series are still ongoing, can the Boston / Montreal series kick off anyways?

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Not assumed Ozmo, rather, it’s pre-ordained, by Daddy Campbell.

  39. CHicoHab says:

    Chucky was rushed in a bit early when he started with us. Still has time to develop. I don’t see why we need change the line up when he’s healthy. Weise and Bournival do not deserve to sit. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Chucky wasn’t playing so hot before the injury anyways.

    • naweed235 says:

      Many here won’t like to admit it but Bournival, in the position he is playing, is more Valuable to us right now that Chucky would be.

      Also, if we go against Boston, it’s not a bad thing having Prusty on the same line as Gallagher and Pleks to cool down the post-whisle bs that the Goons are so keen on…

    • habcertain says:

      previous history dictates MT won’t alter a winning line up. nothing changes until we lose. I do think a Tiny or Crankshaft should sub in if we go against the Goons, they will try and slap us around like ragdolls right out of the gate. we would need an immediate response to counter the BS.

  40. Just A Guy says:

    Chucky should go back on the line with Pleks and Gallagher, which will be awesome to have him back. That line was dangerous, though slightly unproductive, but I’m sure their I bet their advanced stats are Corsick.

    Bournival impressed, but just remember how great the 4th line was with Moen, Prust and Weise. Though I wonder what it would be like if Briere centered Weise and Prust. Those two are decent 3rd liners at best and Briere can put goals on their sticks. I suppose Briere deserves the chance especially if Moen is really susceptible to another hit.

    • The_Truth says:

      Chucky could come in, moving Prust to the 4th line and Bournival Out. Not sure if I would do this until a loss, because Bournival was quite good. I wouldn’t even think about knocking anyone out for Moen.

      If it’s the Bruins I switch Murray for Bouillon, if Detroit, I keep the same D-core.

      • Just A Guy says:

        We’ll see, I’m stoked either way. Prust is a good fill in for the top 6, a bit better then Moen, but he can’t keep it up. For whatever reason at the beginning of the season, Bournival was taken off the top 6 and never returned. Who knows what could have happened, but I can’t see Therrien keeping Prust up with a better option in Galchenyuk ready to go.

        I agree re: Bournival playing great and D lineups

  41. 24 Cups says:

    If one of the first round series happens to go seven games then the first round might not end until April 29th or 30th. If that is true, am I correct in assuming that Montreal’s next game may not be until May 2nd or 3rd?

    24.4 Cups

  42. frontenac1 says:

    First game vs Bruins we should dress Murray,Parros, Prust,Whitey ,Weiss.I doubt Moen will be effective after that last conky. It’s going to get Rough and Nasty. Habs in 6. Saludos!!

  43. 24 Cups says:

    Not having Ben Bishop in the series obviously put Tampa behind the eight ball before the first puck was ever dropped. However, I wonder how Tampa’s management team feels about the collective $15M they spent on cap space for Malone, Carle and Filppula. Their lack of impact in the series only compounded the fact that the team had to dress 12 rookies.

    24.4 Cups

  44. montreal ace says:

    The best part of Ron MaClains comments, are that the Habs will be in the news for a couple of days. I know for me, it will help pass the time till our next series

  45. montreal ace says:

    Opposing players have to be envious of our guys, seeing the adulation they are given when preforming well. I think Molson and MB are making Montreal an attractive city to play in once again

  46. Say Ash says:

    Thomas Vanek against Boston:

    62 points (30 goals, 32 assists) in 55 career games.

  47. Marc says:

    When Galchenyuk and Moen are ready to return, who sits, if anybody? Prust, Briere, Bournival, Wiese?

    If a man speaks in a forest where no woman can hear him, is he still wrong?

  48. Habcouver says:

    We couldn’t ask for a better ending to this series.
    First and perhaps the only sweep of this round.

    Not enough credit can be given to the 4th line: Briere, Weise and Bournival. Each of them played a key role in key moments: Briere’s opening goal yesterday, Weise’s OT goal in game 1, and Bournival’s hard battle in the corner with Paquette that lead to the final penalty.

    The Sweep was all so sweet!

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  49. DipsyDoodler says:

    Re: the Cedric Paquette penalty.

    The arguments have been that (1) it was late and so you shouldn’t call borderline penalties and (2) they let a lot of other stuff go, so why call this one?

    But the one penalty refs will always call in OT (and this was just like OT) is an O-zone infraction that sets up a scoring chance. This is exactly what happened here. Bournival was about to get the puck. The trip (and it wasn’t borderline) prevented him from getting it, and allowed a Tampa player steaming towards goal to retrieve it.

    This has to be called, even if you believe in letting them play.

    Not calling this gives Tampa a good chance to score.

    Moving. Forward.

    • Habcouver says:

      I was also going to chime in on this, DD.
      I thought the call on Paquette was away from the puck flow and did not affect a scoring opportunity, the call should not have been made late in a playoff game.

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

      • mark-ID says:

        Habcouver…how does it not affect a scoring opportunity? it would have given the puck right back to Tampa in Montreal’s zone…..with a Hab now on the ice.?

        “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        Look at the replay – the trip caused a turnover, and the puck lands right on the Bolt player’s stick.

        Moving. Forward.

        • Mr_MacDougall says:

          Yes, the player on the hash marks along the boards gets the puck as a result of the trip.

          Also, It was a deliberate trip, having tripped players on purpose before, that is exactly how it’s done, hook your blade around his ankle and pull and life.. Deliberate trip.. No question.

          Resulted in a change of possession, no question.

          Penalty, no question.

          ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

          • Habcouver says:

            Gentlemen, I have looked at the replay, and am happy to admit to have pulled a “Ron MacLean”.
            Please continue with having an awesome day! 😀

            We Are (Not) All Canucks.
            Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            This is a most lovable retraction!

    • mark-ID says:

      Yea exactly….Pacquette gave the ref no choice but to call that.

      You can’t allow a blatent trip that leads to a scoring chance for the other team to go uncalled…….no matter how late in the third period of a tie game it is. You know this is true when Chris Lee of all people, makes the call.

      Then Cooper says that it wasn’t Pacquette’s fault…..yes, yes it was his fault. He took a stupid penalty.

      “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

    • Loop_Garoo says:

      Exactly correct. And interestingly enough, I’ve heard lots of Hab fans defend the penalty, and nobody at all criticize it, so maybe we are just getting over sensitive.

      • habcertain says:

        getting over sensitive?? I think that train left the station awhile ago. Even as we are winning many are whining about how the world is against us, CBC/NBC/Canadians/Sportsnet/Americans and just about every single media person everywhere. we do have a bit of a inferiority complex.

    • Luke says:

      I agree Dispy.

      Bournie has the puck, is tripped and it is a direct turnover on the hashmark.

      Now, I’ll go one further. The Bournie/Paquette rugby scrum that was going on should have caused the whistle and both players sent off for roughing minors.

      The Refs decided to allow that to go, Bournie ‘wins’; gets up first and grabs the puck. Paquette reacts with trip. Had the roughing been called, no tripping. No drama.

      The “Let ’em play” stuff is just nonsense.
      Call the rules.
      Had they not called the obvious tripping penalty, and TBay scored, that would have been the Refs influencing the game every bit as much, perhaps more, than by calling Tampa for what is very clearly a foul and direct violation of the rules of hockey.

      Either that, or amend the rules to allow for tripping, hooking and holding at all moments of the season. Minute one of game one and OT in game 7 of the Finals.

      Just pick a side, NHL, and stick to it.

    • johnnylarue says:

      Auger said as much on l’AC last night and I totally agree.

    • zephyr says:

      well put. plus I’d rather they hadn’t let all the other crap go by beforehand. it makes these calls appear arbitrary.

  50. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    What would be really funny is if Emelin after shooting the puck up ice on play with in which himself and Lucic were involved, skated backwards to keep on eye on Lucic.

  51. Ian Cobb says:

    BRUIN”S ! Piece of cake series!
    Intelligence, finesse and speed will take care of Neanderthals and their clubs every day.!
    This next series is going to be over in 6 games. And is going to be some sweet ending for Hab fan’s.

    So it is written!
    Now let it be done!

  52. johnnylarue says:

    I was shaking my head in disbelief as my right index finger applied pressure to the mouse button to ‘Vote’ for Rene Bourque as the Habs Round 1 MVP… and then I saw that 1200 others had voted for him too.

    I’ve tried all the usual tests–pinching myself, looking at the time on a digital clock, turning the lights on and off–and can conclusively say that I am not dreaming: Rene Bourque is the consensus Habs Round 1 MVP.

    Just when I thought I had this world figured out…

    • krob1000 says:

      I voted Eller….could be him and Bourque but I don’t think the duo is special without a reponsible and two way guy like GIO.

    • mdp2011 says:

      Yup. Truly amazing to think how valuable he was in this series. And to think before the series started, I stated that I never wanted to see Rene Bourque in Habs jersey ever again. Thank god I am not the coach or GM of the Habs.

    • Jocko says:

      I loved pressing that button!! So glad he, and Eller, are doing well. Boston does not have Detroit beaten yet, but if they win, I like the fact that the Habs have Eller, Pacs, Subban, and Price playing well. Those guys play the Bruins very well. I cannot comment on Vanek, but have heard he does so as well. I sincerely believe that each game is really convincing Vanek to come back. I mean, when Pacs scored last night, holy cow!!! What a place to play in!!!!

      I don’t want to see Maurice tonight, I want to see The Rocket!

    • Bun E. Laroque says:

      Difficult season for Bourque but I never thought it was lack of effort, unlike a lot of people on HIO. It was something else. Concussion residue perhaps? He was one of our best forwards in last years playoff as well, as I recall.

      • Loop_Garoo says:

        It also must be noted in any discussion of Bourque’s season, he hit more posts and missed more nets than I have ever seen from a player before. He must have hit the post 25 times the last 6 weeks of the season. He was definitely snakebit

        • zephyr says:

          wow. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one that observed those things. I defended bourque the whole way thru. I’m amazed at the guys willing to eat crow here. my hat’s off to u! most people will not admit to a mistake.

          • Mustang says:

            I voted for Bourque in the poll but I must admit that I was one of those that thought that he sucked during the regular season. Maybe he was taking it easy waiting for the real season to get started.

  53. B says:

    Has Montreal grown blasé‎? They sweep a series winning the last game at home, yet no riot? No looting? No burning cars?

    –Go Habs Go!–

  54. Fansincebirth says:

    Why the heck do people love to hate the Habs, and Habs fans so much? I’m not feeling any love here in Ottawa 🙁

  55. habs001 says:

    One of the big three from Hamilton should be better than Cube or Weaver by now…

    • Cal says:

      Nope. Young D make lots of errors. See the Tampa Bay series.
      Both Boullion and Weaver had the best plus minus of the D corps.

      • shiram says:

        They are actually tied second in the playoffs +/-, for the whole league.

      • habs001 says:

        Tyson Barrie 22,Torey Krug 23, Dougie Hamilton 20,Matt Barkowsi 25…Tons of other D in the league at this age group..If the Habs lose in the playoffs it will be because of their D…

        • Cal says:

          Can’t beat experience on D, habs001. Those players will cost their teams goals in the playoffs, especially when it counts.
          If the Habs lose, it will probably be a combination of lack of scoring, poor D zone coverage and questionable goaltending.
          Taking out experienced D for Bulldogs isn’t a good idea, imo.

        • Butterface says:

          No more Tyson… POS Cooke took care of that….

          If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

        • DipsyDoodler says:

          But those guys have already shown they can handle the assignment.

          You can argue that Tinordi and/or Beaulieu should’ve been in there since October, but since they haven’t it isn’t the right time to throw them into the fire – especially against the Bruins!

          Moving. Forward.

  56. habs001 says:

    The goal scoring chances vs Detroit will be greater than vs Boston…To beat Boston the Habs will need Rask to give up a few bad goals and the Habs will have to survive the Bruins physical domination and pinching in the D zone that will result in a ton of playing time in the Habs zone…Habs 2-1 vs Bruins and last game still in overtime(lol)

    • Cal says:

      Habs will not be physically dominated by the Gooins.
      Players like Bourque, Patches, Vanek, Prust, Eller, PK, Emelin, Bournival, Murray and Weise are on the team now.
      The Habs may have what some call smurfs, but the Habs have big bodies, too.


      • habs001 says:

        Hopefully but Boston dominated the D zone of the Habs way more than the Habs did..When they activate their D the Habs struggle in their zone ..

        • Cal says:

          Habs have beaten them 3 out 4 this season without the line up as it is constituted now. Right now, this is the best team we have seen the Habs ice in decades.

        • Luke says:

          The real issue with Boston is that they play such a strong puck possession game, and they all seem to make wise choices with the puck.
          They have depth and a play a solid team game. Add to that the physicality and a top 3 (if not best) goalie in the league.

          • Cal says:

            They’ll be exactly the challenge we Hab fans want. It’ll be a great series, even if the ijit Gooins start with their crap.

  57. Ian Cobb says:

    Montreal sweeps Lightning without even scorching their brooms !!

    We still have fresh brooms for those very dirty Bears!!

  58. Butterface says:

    Cedric Paquette devastated by the penalty call in the last 2 minutes ? He tripped a player to get the puck on a Tampa stick in the offensive zone… what’s not to call ?

    He should be devastated giving up the second goal when he lost the puck in the neutral zone.

    There were 4-5 penalties that were not called against Tampa in the 3rd period alone. Finally they got a deserved one and the commentators say it should not have been called. Garbage.

    Stamkos didn’t hook or trip Emelin ? Garbage.

    Stamkos didn’t get an extra 2 for punching Emelin ? Garbage.

    Tampa’s goals in this series were mainly caused by Montreal gaffs.

    The 4th game alone saw a hail Mary shot from behind the net and a puck off Emelin’s skate into a waiting player in the slot who eventually pitchforked Price’s pad in order for the puck to cross the line.

    He literally dove into the crease with his stick straight out. By moving Price’s leg it allowed the puck to cross the line whether it was Gorges or the Tampa player’s hand.

    The ref’s call on the ice was no goal, then goal. Review should have been about the pitch fork and the original no goal call.

    Forget the phantom penalty on Briere earlier in the series which cost us a goal… and Tampa says if only ??

    Get lost Tampa and get lost HNIC Panel and whoever else wants to make excuses for Tampa.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..

    • Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

      The refs are consistent in their inconsistency.

    • Cambridge Ron says:

      Well said, I couldn’t agree more, and MacLean playing the French referee card, pathetic.

      Et le but !!!

    • mark-ID says:

      Hear hear Butterface…….I couldn’t agree more with everything you just said. Was just having a debate with a Leafs fan about the first TBAY goal, where Palat pitch forked Price’s pad into the net, allowing the puck to trickle over the line. I am surprised more isn’t being discussed about this.
      There isn’t video review for a goalie being shoved in with the puck….so the call would need to have been called by the ref, but man….that was a bad allowed goal.

      But hey, we won….and made them look terrible at the same time, so who cares 🙂

      “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  59. arcosenate says:

    I don’t know if this has been mentioned but I wonder what kind of an x factor it was that neither St. Louis nor Lecavalier are still with the Lightning. The two used to play pretty hard in Montreal when with Tampa and made the difference on many nights.

    Just food for thought…hope I am not sounding too Maclean – like…

    • mark-ID says:

      I agree Arcosenate, I was extremely happy knowing the MSL had been traded. Who knows, we could still end up facing the Rangers though/

      “I think I may have found a way for us to get Griffey and Bonds, and we really won’t have to give up much” -Costanza

  60. Biggest_Greek_HABSfun says:

    Time to rest is a key right now ! Gally will be back for bournival .. Moen stays out for at least the first game until we see how the bruins will respond . The team is rollinggg kisses from greece

  61. FormalWare says:


    Stop using rest…
    Stop using rest…
    Stop using rest AS A WEAPON! (As a weapon, a weapon…)

    (Sorry, folks–feeling giddy, today!)

    WWSD (What Would SubbieDoo?)

  62. Say Ash says:

    So, where’s everyone gonna be trolling this week?

  63. CH Marshall says:

    Good letter from Calgary. (Is that you Timo?)

    Really, the narcissism from both Cherry AND Maclean is something to behold. On a more general note, CBC used to be a great institution. Now it’s just a washed up piece of shot.

    • Loop_Garoo says:

      It really is sad to see how far HNIC has fallen. Healy is a complete jerk, Cherry is decades past his best before date, PJ Stock is just not a smart guy. How hard is it really to find two or three more smart insightful commentators. I think the commentariat should take over, we’ll insert Timo for Don Cherry, Bellyful can do a second intermission comedy sketch, and the rest of us will sit around a really big table and complain.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Hey, that reminds me…

      I wonder where your fellow Calgarian has gone. You know the HiO’er / oil magnate working out of his mom’s basement…

  64. Black Horse says:

    Very tired Bawston goes 7 games with the Wings. The well rested and confident Canadiens swoop in for the sweep!

    ” and the fun begins” – Carey Price

  65. bwoar says:

    Is it in poor taste to say, it was all over once the fat lady sang? Or did you guys beat that to death in the last thread?

  66. WindsorHab-10 says:

    When Galchenyuk & Moen are ready for action, what do you think MT will do? Use them or keep the same lineup? If Boston is our next challenge, do Murray and/or Tinordi see any action?

  67. EricInStL says:

    My fear would be that the Boston series lasts too long and they will be running on all cylinders. They need to finish off Detroit ASAP and get a couple of days off to break their momentum. Also Phily has to come back….

    So Habs didn’t panic last night, Therrien took a perfect time out. So all in all…. WELL DONE.

    • krob1000 says:

      Nope..if it goes longer then it means their momentum has already been broken, also more opportunity to get banged up. Let them go 7.

    • Congrats to Team Canada says:

      Why Philly?

      I hope they die a miserable death, and quickly. I dont want them to get past the Rangers one bit.

      In fact, I want Montreal to play the Rangers, in the conference finals if either team should be fortunate enough to reach them.

      I don’t care either who we play next round either. Anytime we have a chance at original 6 series, we are in good order.

      Montreal, Chicago, final would be my dream final.

      I’m so looking forward to either Detroit, or Boston. Actually Detroit has a slight better allure to me, for simply its been 36 years since that last happened, and we’ve played Boston 10 times since then, maybe more.

      But either way is good, and destroy the state of Pennsylvania!

  68. bwoar says:

    YEAH! #2 in this thread, #1 in your hearts.

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