Habs regroup on eve of Round 2

The Canadiens are not practising today in Pittsburgh, probably both physically and emotionally spent after their Game 7 victory Wednesday over the Capitals in Washington.

Head coach Jacques Martin and a selected group of players will be available to the media late this afternoon. Courtesy of CJAD’s Rick Moffat, who charters with the team as its English play-by-play radio voice, we expect to have audio posted here probably early this evening.

Hickey and I are en route to Pittsburgh and will be feeding the site and its hungry Habs fans from both teams’ pregame morning skates tomorrow.

AUDIO, courtesy of Rick Moffat of CJAD: Josh Gorges | Hal Gill | Maxim Lapierre

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How cool is this?

History will be made with Jaro.

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TSN reports record ratings:

Last night’s dramatic Game 7 victory by the Montreal Canadiens over the Washington Capitals was watched by an average audience of 4.7 million viewers on TSN and RDS combined according to overnight data from BBM Canada.  Audience levels peaked at 8.2 million viewers (TSN and RDS combined) in the final minutes of the third period as Montreal held on to upset Washington and win the series.

TSN’s audience of 2.8 million for the game was the highest audience ever recorded for an NHL game on TSN and was the most-watched program on Canadian television last night in all key advertising demographics.  The Montreal-Washington series ranks as the most-watched playoff series ever on TSN (any rounds) with an average audience of 1.8 million viewers over seven games.

RDS’ audience of 1.9 million represents an impressive 51% share of the Quebec-Franco market and was the top-ranked French network in all key advertising demographics.  RDS’ average for the Montreal-Washington series was 1.34 million over seven games – 12% higher compared to Canadiens playoff games on RDS last season. 

TSN’s average audience for each of its first round playoff series is as follows:
Montreal-Washington (7 games on TSN) – 1.8 million
Detroit-Phoenix (7 games on TSN) – 811,000
Chicago-Nashville (5 games on TSN) – 777,000
New Jersey-Philadelphia (4 games on TSN) – 545,000

438 Comments

  1. HardHabits says:

    It’s said because it is.

  2. JD_ says:

    Man, that is truly awesome.

  3. CHsam says:

    LMAO!! NAG! NAG! N. A. G.!!!!! NAAAAAAG!!!!!!!!!!! BRING UP DAGS, PACIORETTY, WHITE !!!!!!!!!!

    ah just kidding, all in good fun. ;)

  4. kempie says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me if OV had just driven by them moments before. Laich = good good guy.

  5. HardHabits says:

    Everyone knows that you and I single handedly drive up the hits to this site. Where would we all be without Timo’s anti-Gainey bashing and his praising of MAB’s awesomeness not to mention HH’s tanking diatribes. Does Boone declare fatwas on anybody else?

    I geuss when the Habs win the Cup *nudge nudge wink wink* OneTimer will be back here I-told-you-soing us to death. I think in that case I’ll be in the streets partying with the rest of my fellow Montrealers and too hung-over the next day to even be able to read let alone post a comment.

  6. crabvader says:

    Letang is smoking the bad stuff.

  7. crabvader says:

    Lots of respect to Brooks Laich.

    It takes a really good person to do what he did.

  8. kempie says:

    I’d say let Spatch rest until we’re sure he’s 100% and that we need him right now. If that’s the case then I’d have to sit Hammer. At least for now.

  9. CHsam says:

    LAROCK! hahaha

  10. HardHabits says:

    Veteran Youth N.A.G.

  11. Big Ted says:

    Letang can say all he wants about the Pens being underdogs. Everyone knows it’s not true, and it just shows that the Pens are already a little spooked that the Habs are going to pull the same thing on them that they pulled on Washington. For the Habs to win though, there are a number of guys who will need to up their game:

    - AK46: had one good game in the first series and a few moments of decency otherwise, but didn’t show any consistency and like usual, not a great amount of effort or willingness to sacrifice. JM needs to get on him more, not to bench him or put him down cause I doubt it’d work, but to get him to use his size more and drive harder into the corners and towards the net. Let Cammy shoot and Pleks pass the puck. AK needs to be more creative entering the offesnive zone and he needs to get to rebounds.

    - Pouliot: he needs to play with more discipline. He is all over the ice and he is not playing a simple enough game. Too much dipsy-doodling, not enough finish. The guy has some speed and he can score if he gets going. The skills are there. I think we’re seeing the same thing with him we saw with MaxPac earlier this year, he just looks lost on a lot of shifts. If I’m JM, I tell him to keep it simple, get the puck in and get on it and shoot when he gets the chance.

    - SK74: if he gets another chance, SK74 is one of those guys who can bring skill to the bottom half of the line-up and give the team a boost with some peripheral scoring. He needs to play good solid defensive hockey and use his skill with the puck. I also find he plays better when he plays with aggression. the guy can also hit when he puts his mind to it.

    - PK Subban: can’t really ask a kid to carry the team, but PK is a wildcard for us because he brings elements other players don’t or can’t. He needs to play with energy and use his shot and passing skills on the PP. Hoping that JM continues to use him and not just on the PP. He can be very valuable to us and the Pens may not count on having to defend against him.

    - Markov: we can talk all we want about hamr and MAB, but the guy who needs to be the Habs best D is Markov. His play has been pretty decent on D, but his offensive instinct hasn’t been as great this year as in past years. I want to see him do a better job of judging his pinches in the offensive zone and of holding the blue line. Special teams are going to play a big role for both teams. Markov’s play SH has been good, but he needs to get back to being the powerplay QB he was 2-3 years ago.

  12. crabvader says:

    I hope that same Pens fan realizes that Halak is coming for him next.

  13. Bill J says:

    Told ya – I’m here for the Habs bro.

    Looking forward to seeing Jaro & his band of merry men smoke some Penguins!

    :D

  14. kempie says:

    That’s just adorable.

  15. HardHabits says:

    Wow you’re fast. MAB’s gotten to you.

  16. HardHabits says:

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  17. silent_witness says:

    You’ll Like This…Good Story in Troubled Times

    Win with the Habs, Die with Habs… GO HABS GO for Life

  18. HardHabits says:

    I miss the CAPS LOCK BOLD ITALICS NUFF SAID guy

  19. JD_ says:

     

     

    Malkin
    Eaton
    Letang
    Talbot
    Dupuis
    Orpik
    Wallace
    No Habs mercy…

  20. coachdoug says:

    Caps Eulogy…RIP Crapitals…maybe next year…hee hee hee

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Eulogy-Remembering-the-2009-10-Washington-Capit?urn=nhl,237710#remaining-content

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  21. Stefman says:

    The habs regroup for round 2, and so do the hardcore fans.

    Time to fly back to Canada from my studies in Sweden. I can’t miss this.

  22. CalgaryHabsFan says:

    We played them reasonably well in 3 out of the four games head to head.

    Lee stole a point from us in one of those games.

    Fleury has not been great in the playoffs so far and lets hope that trend continues.

    We need AK and especially Pouliot to start finding the back of the net in this series.

    Hopefully the intensity from game 7 will carry over and we can catch Pittsburgh flat footed and steal the first game Friday night.

     

    _______

    “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

  23. Danno says:

    It’s been said that it’s the hardest trophy in the world to win.

     

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

  24. ds says:

    Montreal will end the NHL Golden Boys’ free rides.  First oveChokin, now Crosby. 

     

    Pittsburgh is definately a great team, 3 excellent lines and a solid fourth line.  I don’t think Montreal can contain them and play hardcore defense like vs Washington where it was just Ovechkin, Greene and Semin, but Montreal has better defensemen and a better goalie.

     

    Halak > Fleury

    Markov > Gonchar

    Gill > McKee

    Orpik = Georges

    O’Byrne, Hamrlik, Bergeron, Subban. >> Goligoski, Letang, Eaton

     

    Much more depth defensively on Montreal than in Pittsburgh.  The only way Montreal wins this series is by taking it to Pittsburgh early and keeping Fleury off his game all night.  The top 2 lines have to score.  Gionta and Cammelleri leading the way.  Markov has to pinch and hope in odd man situations Halak will make the saves.  MTL will have to take chances to win.  Pittsburgh is built like Detroit or Colorado in the late 90s.  Forsberg/Sakic with their respective linemates is similar to how Crosby/Malkin have decent but not great linemates. 

     

    One factor that hasn’t been discussed is fatigue.  Malkin has been injured this year, MTL should go after him every chance they get.  Gonchar is injury prone, take him down early and often by the end of the series he won’t be able to shoot. 

    It is a very do-able series but MTL has to up their shot totals, Fleury is the weak point, don’t let him get any confidence.  Get 30 shots on goal per game and that is going to give 3-4 goals, enough for MTL to have a chance in every game.

     

    Montreal in 6.  Pittsburgh is finished.

  25. Ayan_SB says:

    If Halak manages to beat both Ovi and Crosby in the same playoffs, one day I will name one of my future sons Jaroslav.

  26. matmacat says:

    And we thought WSH was going to be a challenge… you think PHI or BOS will be any easier if we beat PIT. Don’t think so… Then who would we face in the final? I don’t even want to think about it!! The playoffs are so friggin’ hard!

  27. HabsoluteFan says:

    Sorry to push this down your collective throats but I’d like some feedback on this video I made prior Game 7

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON23Xzm0y5s

    I’d also like to get some input on what I could include in my next one for the Pens series !

    Thanks for your help guys

    ————————————————————————-

    On december 18th, in the middle of a 5 game losing streak, this guy said the habs would turn it around and make the playoffs.

  28. Say Ash says:

    where the heck is that Caps guy ???? i woulda hoped he’d be posting here

  29. Storm Man says:

    I dont think we will lose Pleks, I like Backstrom but feel he would be asking for 6-7 mil per year.

  30. matmacat says:

    Applaud him?

    Do you not realize that we are going to war with this team. National idol (hero is a strong word here, all he did was play great hockey) or not, let’s not encourage him to do his ‘thing’ (undoubtedly, a good ‘thing’).

  31. HabFanSince72 says:

    All-star dweebs.

  32. CHsam says:

    where the heck is Habs-Professor ???? i woulda thought he’d be posting on here

  33. joe-hab-nuno says:

    Let us pray

     

     

    “our father,

    who are in bell center,

    hockey be thy name,

     thy will be done,

    the cup be won,

     on ice as well as in the stands…

     give us this day our hockey sticks and forgive us our penalties….

    as we forgive those who cross-check against us.

     Lead us not into elimination and deliver us to victory..

    In the name of the fans.. lord stanley. and the holy halak!!!

    AMEN!”

    Got it in  an email, thought I’d share our prayer with all of us

  34. forskis says:

    Another random thought…if we lose Pleks to free-agency…would you throw the offer sheet to Backstrom?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  35. HardHabits says:

    When adressing me, refer to me as sir.

  36. ooder says:

    give me a break.. some of these guys are very critical of the team but they are habs fans to the core.

     

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    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  37. SeriousFan09 says:

    He can yap all he likes, the Capitals can tell him how useful that was.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  38. HardHabits says:

    Nice try Letang. Maybe he’ll make a comment about Halak’s shaky hand.

  39. OneTimer says:

    I’m sorry if I hurt your ego, did you feel you should’ve been included in the list?

  40. megagoten says:

    letang said that the pressure’s on the habs now that we’ve beaten the number 1 seed.

    that was cute. as if that would work.

  41. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    He does a good job of taking control of the puck and bringing it into the offensive zone but when it comes to converting on his chances…. If he converted on half his chances he would already be the best scorer in the post season

  42. HardHabits says:

    Hopefully this is your last post, because your 1st one is idiotic. All those posters you mentioned contribute loads to the debate here.

    You don’t decide anything and good thing at that. Timo is an all-star. RetroMikey is an all-star. Manapart is an all-star. You are a minor leaguer.

    We!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA. WEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! You’re a joke.

     

  43. adam76 says:

    Where is Priceberg and Bill?

  44. TripleX says:

    Of course you are right about the reference to the other Bergeron.  My bad Timo…..lol

  45. topher5468 says:

    That would be nice, we need him, desperately

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  46. Natrous says:

    I get it, but he said that Smytty was delusional if he thought he could make the Olympic squad, but he saw that Bergeron made the Olympic squad so… so he decided to play for the WC squad? Still doesn’t make sense.

  47. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’s back to skating, so I’m sure at the worst he’s in for Game 2. Subban becomes 7th man and MAB sits. I like MAB’s Game 7 goal but Subban has tons more utility in a game and leaves JM more freedom in using his 7 Ds if that’s how he continues to utilize his roster.

    He’ll use more of his bench in the first couple games, giving some of the guys more chances to make an impact in the game, but if things go tight, the later games will likely feature a shorter bench in the later stages.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  48. Habsone says:

    Gread job boys!!!   Now round two!!  Go Habs Go!

  49. forskis says:

    He is referring to Patrice Bergeron from the Bruins making the Olympic Team (and was barely used).

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  50. spos080808 says:

    TIMO come on down

  51. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    Pouliot will be key in this series…. Believe it or not.

    He has to convert on his opertunities. For once

     

  52. Psycho29 says:

    I think I saw Stubbs and Hickey in a 1974 Firenza!

    Gazette finances only allow rentals from ‘Rent-a-Wreck’

  53. nick says:

    I believe the term your referring to is ‘tickled pink’.

  54. Ian Cobb says:

    Think Jacques might use more of his bench.?? Never make it in a long series using 2 and half lines and Markov 35 minutes in a game. But that was my concern last series also.!

    Spacek ready to go Friday??

  55. Danno says:

    I think he’d look good in this car Ian…

     

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

  56. OneTimer says:

    Alright listen up, you Ali-G, RetroMenApart types…

     

    We

    had to put up with so much of your negative **** during the whole
    season. Knocking management, the players, the coach…and then THIS
    happens. Proving you wrong. Even if they only go this far…proving you
    very wrong.

     

    So I present you with two options: either
    you crawl back between the floorboards and never post on here again
    (some have already done this, fine by me), or you post a public act of
    contrition – I’m thinking “I don’t know **** about hockey and I
    shouldn’t have mouthed off on this forum” – and MAYBE, if the contrition
    is deemed genuine enough, we’ll let you stick around. MAYBE. If I was
    in charge, anyhow…

     

    Peace :)

  57. Ian Cobb says:

    Stubbs–we have to chip in here and buy Hickey a new car.!

    Can’t have our leaders on the side of the road.

    Next Summit we will hold a raffle for him.

  58. TripleX says:

    LOL…I think Timo is still feeling the lingering intoxicating effects of MAB’s awesomeness last night.  It really makes no sense at all.

  59. SeriousFan09 says:

    They also didn’t have to deal with Markov for 3 of those games and we were generally a pretty unhealthy team when we squared off with them, we’ve also got Subban on the roster now. That’s a huge improvement to our transition game plus we’ve got all of our forwards healthy.

    Penguins enjoyed beating us when were often down multiple roster players, this time they have no such advantage.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  60. BJ says:

    Good analysis HFX.

  61. HFX-HabFan says:

    One other thought: I really hope the Montreal fans don’t boo Crosby.  Aside from the fact that I like him as a player, he really hasn’t done anything worthy of being booed. 

    Unlike Ovechkin, who comes off as an arrogant, dirty at times, disrespectful jerk, Crosby is humble, respectful, and hard-working.  He won’t make stupid comments about our goalie or snow our flag-waving kids.  Really, he’s a national hero after his Olympic performance.  If anything, the Montreal fans should respectfully applaud him when his name is announced. 

    To be honest, booing him would probably give him even more motivation, and he already plays lights-out against us (the kid grew up cheering for the Habs).  So let’s show some respect for a good Canadian kid, and for Montreal as a hockey city.

  62. Danno says:

    Chris Lee stole one from us.

     

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

  63. Natrous says:

    That doesn’t even make sense (Bergeron reference)

  64. Danno says:

    Jusqu’HALAKoupe #25!

     

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

  65. BJ says:

    Octobre 28, 2009 – Canadien 1, Penguins 6

    Novembre 25, 2009 – Canadien 1, Penguins 3

    Decembre 10, 2009 – Penguins 3, Canadien 2

    February 6, 2010 – Penguins 3, Canadien 5

     

    We progressed in our performances throughout the year vs Pittsburgh and are now (knock wood) a much better and healthier team. Montreal in six.

  66. topher5468 says:

    I just watched the game again , wow, still cant believe it. 131 out of 134, that is just sick. The save Halak made on Ape Man’s backhander in the last 2 min. Just a great performance. Ha I just watched a History will be made commercial with Halak. “what if Halak hadnt been Magnifique”

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  67. TripleX says:

    Ryan Smith has agreed to play for Canada in the WC!  What a guy!

    He is left off the Olympic team which must have devastated him yet he still agrees to put on the Maple Leaf.  CAPTAIN CANADA LIVES!

  68. HFX-HabFan says:

    FIVE WAYS WE CAN BEAT THE PENGUINS:

    1- Our secondary scoring outscores theirs.  Chances our their top guns will outdo ours, so we need our muckers to come up big.  It’s a good sign that Laps, Moore, Moen (was he hurt at the end of last night?) and even Pyatt have been playing well.

    2- Halak continues his hot stretch.  I fear he might need a rest mid-series as he did in round one, but he is clearly capable of stealing games, regardless of how powerful the opposition’s offense is.

    3- In-game adjustments and matchups.  Identifying what forward lines and D pairings we want to set up against the Crosby line, Malkin line etc. early on will be key.  This comes down to coaching, and hopefully Martin will be able to make the necessary adjusments.

    4- Stealing the series opener on the road.  Often the team that finished their series last wins game one despite being tired, namely because their intensity level is still high.  Obviously Pittsburgh has the experience of two straight playoff runs so they will be prepared, but if we come out flying early on and score early as we did often in Washington, it will take their crowd out of it and give us some momentum.  Sure, we took Game One against the Caps and then proceeded to drop three straight, but that opening win gave us the confidence that we could play with the Caps and set the tone for the rest of the series.  A win in Steeltown right off the bat would do the same.

    5- Shut down the Penguins’ power play.  It would be nearly impossible to replicate the superhuman performance that our PK gave against the Caps’ high-octane PP unit.  The Penguins have almost as much firepower, though their second wave will not be as dangerous as Washington’s.  If we can hold them off when down a man, our chances improve significantly.

    FIVE WAYS THE PENGUINS CAN BEAT US:

    1- Malkin “wakes up”.  Pittsburgh is a different beast because they are built down the middle- their best players aren’t coming down one specific wing.  Crosby was obviously lights-out against Ottawa so we will key on him first, but the Staal line was effective as well.  If Malkin gets going, we will have a tough time because there will be three different lines with great distributors on each.  Our D will have to up their awareness levels.

    2- Fleury gets better.  He was average at best in round one, yet the Penguins still won.  Fleury hails from Sorel, QC and will undoubtedly bring his best game against the Habs.  He’s not always flashy but the kid knows what it takes to win.  If he finds his groove, we might have a tough time.

    3- Their D can actually shut down top forwards.  Washington was in rough shape on the back end, lacking a true shutdown guy: their closest to that classification would be Schultz and Morrisonn (that dude should have traded in his extra “N” for some offensive game).  The Penguins have Orpik, and Jay McKee is an excellent shot-blocker.  Gonchar’s defensive game is often overshadowed by his offense (similar to Markov).  Our smaller forwards will likely have a tougher time this round finding open ice; hopefully it won’t deter their willingness to play hard along the boards and in the corners.

    4-  Forwards who back-check.  The Penguins have a lot of character guys, but their top guns are capable at both ends of the rink as well.  Crosby and Malkin aren’t ready to be mentioned in the same breath as Datsyuk as some of the best “all-around players”, but they are more defensively inclined than a couple of Russians named Alexander.  Don’t forget Crosby’s timely dive to save a puck from going over the goal line in the Ottawa series.  He has come a long way as a defender at the NHL level.  As a result, don’t expect as many odd-man rushes as we had in the Washington series.

    5- The experience factor.  Yes, the Pens lost some of their key pieces of their Cup run(s) of the last two springs (one of them is now a huge asset in our dressing room), but the core of this team is intact and they know what it takes to win.  Two Game Seven wins on the road last year.  They won’t panic or fall apart the way the Caps did.  There are certain “intangibles” that you can’t overlook with this team.  They are focused, dedicated, and well-coached.  We will have a series on our hands.

  69. likehoy says:

    ca sent halakoupe!

    - What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  70. TripleX says:

    Will be interesting to see how JM and his coaching staff deal with a much different Pens team.  Unlike the Caps who generate offense off the rush the Pens can kill you with the cycle game.  How will the Habs who have had trouble all season with tough teams that cycle the puck deal with it?

    The Pens are also better disciplined and far more patient than the Caps in my opinion.  And then the CROSBY factor, we all know what he can do.

  71. Danno says:

    Lol! Halak it! Halak it alot!

     

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

  72. ZepFan2 says:

    Whatcha gonna do when Halakamania runs wild on you?!

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    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    - Sam Pollock

  73. HABSsince92 says:

    I feel the same right now as I did going into the Washington series, no one expects us to win so just enjoy the ride as long as it lasts. I’m happy that we beat the Caps anything else is just gravy on top. I love watching this current version of the team play and I don’t want the season to end.

     

     

    Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.

  74. Black Jacques Halak says:

    Welcome to Halak-istan!!!!

  75. Off-side says:

    You bet we’re hungry, Mr. Stubbs!

     

    Let’s sober up quickly for the next game though boys, the clock is ticking…

  76. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    certainly NOT the Molson’s place to say anything about the refs.

  77. matraque says:

    Something that’s been bugging me for a while.

    Ole Ole Ole is for anytime

    Na na na na hey hey is the problematic song…..  DO NOT SING IT.

    ——

    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwGRJA28lY&feature=related

  78. novahab says:

    Why Lapriere will have to play a major role against the Pens because Sid the kid can be taken off his game. I watch this kid come up , down here in Halifax and I use to talk to his father at the law firm he worked at. There is major ego here and a player needs that to be the best but if Laps can get under his skin the kids will cry. Laps has to do it right with the same hard work he shown in the last three games and no diving. No doubt the Pens have 2 of the best players in the league but I think we are deeper and if Halak can keep playing like he has they can win this. I don’t think the Habs will be giving up 45 shots on goal.

  79. Say Ash says:

    That’s the most caps anyone’ll see for a while…

  80. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    that, to put it mildly, is not a very intelligent comment to make on his part.

    look- I’m not saying he’s perfect – far from it.

    but if you want to talk players, NHL, AHL, Junior, he knows about as much as anyone.

    his knowledge of how the game should be played- from a coaches point of view is quite intense as well.

    there are not too many guys with his overall knowledge of the game and its players.

    but that comment was insane. no doubt.

  81. Ayan_SB says:

    Not to mention Mike Green’s a Norris trophy candidate.

  82. novahab says:

    The Habs secret weapon is PK Subban hey JM you have nothing to lose cut this kid lose and let him play. He was holding off players with one hand and playing the puck with the other. JM wouldn’t let him go in a 6th and 7th game god please don’t send him down or not play him.  MAB I so happy you scored on the powerplay but you can’t carry a player to play 2 or 3 times a game and you can’t put him on d and foward is a waste of a position player. You can’t sit O”Bryne he was great so its either Spacek or Hammer. P K gives the Habs a young offensive , amazing skating d-man who is strong don’t waste him by not playing him.

  83. Hockey Socks says:

    I don’t believe that we’ll be so effective against the Pens on the PK so discipline will be key to any hope.

  84. SlovakHab says:

    The World Championships are in Slovakia next year. My hometown Kosice + Jaro’s hometown Bratislava.

    This is the mascot.

    His name is ‘Gooly‘. No kidding.

  85. SeriousFan09 says:

    The Vezina candidates are golfing as well.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  86. pmaraw says:

    mab was only a minus 8…

  87. Carta-Hab says:

    What a joke eh?  I take issue for the fact that there is no aware given out for defenceman who actually excel at defense.  Mike Green is a completely one dimensional player.  He has next to no defensive upside, and his plus/minus numbers can be attributed to the fact that the Caps score so many goals it pretty much negates any negatives from being scored against.  Mike Green being nominated for that award shows how much of a farce it is.

     

    Mike Milbury, Don Cherry, and PJ Stock….The three stooges of HNIC.

  88. pmaraw says:

    i am pretty sure they were dead last on the pp but had the most opportunities on the pp

  89. SeriousFan09 says:

    That’s why I like Bob Mackenzie, if there’s a kid whacking a puck against a chalk outline somewhere in northern Manitoba and he can top-corner it every time, chances are Bob knows about him. For analysis on TSN, he’s my favourite as he tends not to take sides and just calls everything as it is.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  90. pmaraw says:

    to be honest, mab on the pp scares me with jordan stall on the ice

  91. Saratogahabsfan says:

    Sure they can, but Fleury is not the reason.  Fleury will wake up and we all know how those Francophone goalies always kill the Habs – I’m sure everyone remembers Martin Biron two years ago when we thought the Habs might struggle, but should ultimately prevail in that series against Philly.

    Habs can win this series the same way they won against the Caps.  Stick to the Martin/Muller system that they decided to buy into (better late than never) and hopefully continue to ride the hottest goaltender in the playoffs right now.  PK and PP will continue to be key as they are in any series.  Martin also out coached Boudreau, and I certainly didn’t think that was possible.  Bylsma is a lot more experienced at this time of year and that will not be so easy to do this time around.

    The one thing we all have to like is that the chances are whoever wins this series represents the East in the Cup Finals (barring a major rash of injuries which could happen to any club at any time).  Once you get there anything is possible, just like it was in 1993 when we last danced in the streets and sang as a party of one in honour of our beloved team.

    Cautiously optimistic…that’s my M.O.  Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here.

     

     

  92. 100HABS says:

    Bob is also cool, calm, and collected. Brings out good points you didn’t think about yourself. Is interesting to listen to and is a very reliable source – if it’s just a rumour, you won’t hear it from him.

    Pierre is completely, totally, royally annoying. He can’t talk, he always yells. He is opinionated and flies off the handle. He is often wrong. I just can’t stand to listen to him – I’ll take RDS over TSN any day just because of him.

    Frankly, Pierre might know something about hockey (I’m not sure), but he just comes off as an idiot.

  93. Exit716 says:

    Green is nominated because 24 of 30 teams are based in the US.

    Do you think any media member from a Canadian city voted for that clown?

     

  94. showey47 says:

    How the f$#k did both peel and lee manage to get 2nd round duty? If i didn’t spend a fortune eating/drinking at the keg tonight i would throw up.

  95. SPATS says:

    I like Pierre. Sure, he’s a bit over the top. It’s entertainment and he wants to be part of the show. He also wants the guys on the benches to hear him roar! I also like Bob McKenzie the best. Especially since he’s gotten glasses and the clippercut. He was hard to look at when he had the mullet with the small beady deep set eyes. His quote during the Olympics is so applicable now – especially after the last 3 games. “They call it hockey, they should call it goalie”

  96. sholi2000.com says:

    I had no idea this was his last year.  Bummer.

    and yes I knew about his brother, I actual saw him play lol.

    They Call Me Shane

  97. spos080808 says:

    You are a frickin joke and a fraud!

  98. SPATS says:

    Yep, too bad it’s his last year. I used to watch the RDS feed and sync up my PVR to the stream from cjad online (I’m in Victoria BC) but I rarely watch the games live anymore cuz they start so early here. I’ve gotten to like Pierre Houde a lot. He’s a real pro and definitely a huge fan. Eh le but! I do miss when Moffat would use “dangle” when describing l’artiste’s latest slick moves. Or when they would call the sponsor on the powerplay… “this is the blahblah customs brokers powerplay” hilarious!

  99. SPATS says:

    Dear HFX, I like most here have a short attention span. I tried to read your post, but bro, it’s too long… hence, only this for a reply
    cheers

  100. Ian Cobb says:

    Hockey socks– do you not know what PK we have to take care of that dept.

  101. pmaraw says:

    or drew doughty

  102. novahab says:

    Yes and the Pens know  that too.

  103. SeriousFan09 says:

    Their PP hasn’t been much this year, I doubt we’ll go 1 for 33 but our special teams are much better than theirs have been this season, it’s a notable advantage. Discipline is key, but our team has much better tools to cover PK duties and handle the PP than they do.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  104. notbigbird says:

    What I like is that he knows exactly what happened in a given circumstance. Right after a play he is able to describe what will happen in the repaly before either he or we have seen it. I don’t know of anyone else who can do it like that.

  105. adam76 says:

    I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE‘RE YELLING ABOUT!

  106. Ian Cobb says:

    Does this mean you have a lot of bedrooms for us Slovak Hab. Any tickets available?

  107. Jocko says:

    Don’t ask why I posted the same comment twice?!  This state of euphoria has it’s price!  Anyhow, I am wondering how many of us Hab fans are on this site and live in Calgary?

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

     

  108. punkster says:

    ba-dum-dum…rimshot!

  109. Ian Cobb says:

    09–We have the PK to take care of their PP.  Its in the bag!

  110. ab-hab-nut says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen  goalie spread his legs like that before, and then lay flat out in a star shaped formation to cover all the lower part of the crease…Halak of course, this was suppose to be a reply to the history will be made..

  111. jimmy shaker says:

    Here’s some more bulletin board material for Jaro and the habs directly from Pascal Dupuis.  Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis wouldn’t be surprised to see Montreal return to Carey Price at some point.

    “He’s had some ups and downs, he’s obviously got losses,” Depuis said of Halak, who is 1-1 with seven goals allowed in two games against Pittsburgh. “Let’s see if we get to him what kind of goalie rotation they’ll get to.”

    How does that sound Jaro?  I say, stick it right back at’em!

    “kill’em all, let the paramedics sort em out”

    Shaker

  112. SeriousFan09 says:

    Keep mocking Jaro yahoos, you guys can have a golf tournament with Ovie and friends in a couple weeks.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  113. Storm Man says:

    You can send Dupuis a copy of the Program in a few weeks so he has something to watch. 

  114. nightmare_49 says:

    …  Did R.J. mess up the Capital’s Phycie? …  -”They play the wrong way.” – Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger (right) speaking on the Capitals, April 3. Umberger was heavily criticized by members of the Capitals, including owner Ted Leonsis for the comment.

    I would have bet my house that they wouldn’t beat us three games in a row.” – Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau.

      -”Nobody took us for real. But at the end, the Capitals took us for real. They didn’t have a choice.” – Hal Gill.

  115. habsfan reduxit says:

    “The Montreal-Washington series ranks as the most-watched playoff series
    ever on TSN …”… but how does this compare to anything done by HNIC (CBC’s efforts) and don’t say TSN comes in second, or I’ll have to go to the corner and sulk.

     

    “Whenever you have the puck, and don’t know what to do with it, put it in the net.” – Toe Blake

  116. topher5468 says:

    Hey SF,what did you think of maguire, I thought he was quite fair actualy. He had some fair points on the disallowed goal, on JM’s in game adjustments and on Laps. 

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  117. Rob says:

    Posted this EARLY this morning…thought i’d repost it

    What a night!!!! Let me tell you…There’s something special going on
    right now.

    I mean first there’s the two miracles last night. I’m referring, of
    course, to the Habs winning game 7 AND the fact that I met up with this infamous Timo
    to watch the game…and I actually LIKE him!!! But imagine THIS….I
    wake up this morning, still giddy from the euphoria of last night and
    the lasting effects of alcohol. But quickly, the realization sinks in
    that the greatness of last night is going to result in a VERY bad work
    day by around….ohhh, probably noon. And then?….the phone rings.
    “what’s that you say? The school is closed for the day??? I don’t have
    to come into work?!?!?” SNOW DAY!!!! IN APRIL!!!! What are the
    chances that I would be… bailed out essentially, for my irresponsible
    behaviour and celebrating the result of a “hockey game” into the wee
    hours of the morning??? That could only happen in a world where the
    stars perfectly align and magic is in the air. A world goverened by a
    force that has always seems to look after the fortunes of a certain
    hockey team. A world….. that feels an awful lot like the one we are
    all living in right now!!!

    I’m telling you…there’s something SPECIAL going on right now!!

  118. andrewberkshire says:

    Maguire the last two games has been pretty good imo.

  119. jimmy shaker says:

    Nice!  What’s the play by play on our friend TIMO?

    Shaker

  120. Danno says:

    Well that settles it. We are going ALL THE WAY!

     

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

  121. topher5468 says:

    I was alluding to his spot on Team 990 just now Andrew, did you hear it? Again i thought it was fair. He seemed sincere about his feelings about the Habs, but I really dont know him all that well

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  122. SeriousFan09 says:

    He managed to turn his opinion around a bit, but I’ve really gotten tired of his jumping on and off the Canadiens bandwagon, it’s easy for him to be with us when we turn things around, but he’s slagged the team too often this season for me to like him.

    Wouldn’t know if he called the games well actually, I’ve been an RDS viewer for this series.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  123. ooder says:

    berkshire is that you?

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  124. topher5468 says:

    Fair enough, I watched it on Versus and Comcast

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  125. Rob says:

    I’ll leave Timo to give you the play by play of himself.  i’m not about to undo his well honed reputation.  I will say this though…he looks NOTHING like his avatar!  :P  Had three HIO members altogether last night, as well as a few other friends who are Habs fans.  Good night all around!  We’ll have to do it more often, and if there’s anyone else in the Calgary area who wants to join us, come on board!!!

  126. OneTimer says:

    right on bro!

  127. andrewberkshire says:

    I didn’t hear him on team990, I was talking about his commentary on TSN during the games. What did he say on the radio?

  128. andrewberkshire says:

    Indeed it is!

  129. HabFanSince72 says:

    Maguire’s problem isn’t being pro or anti Hab – he’s supposed to be unbiased.

    My main issue is with the emotional Niagara that pours out of his mouth at all times. Can’t he tone it down a bit? We’re watching the game. We can see what’s going on.

     

  130. pmaraw says:

    he must think hes something else scoring the gwg in triple ot vs a depleted ottawa roster.

  131. ooder says:

    just makin sure buddy.. i mean.. mcguire must have really been something if he is getting compliments from you and sf

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  132. andrewberkshire says:

    I should rephrase, I wasn’t complimenting him. He wasn’t insightful or anything, he just wasn’t the biased puke he usually is. He wasn’t slobbering as much whenever Ovechkin got the puck only to shoot into Hal Gill’s skates.

  133. topher5468 says:

    He spoke for a half hour so I try to summarize. He agreed with the no goal, he like Gill and Gorges, He like Laps games 5-7, he liked JM’s adjustments from moving pouliot to limiting MAB’s ice time at even strenth. All in All he was very low key and factual. I actually like the spot but I dont have the feelings for him that a lot of Montrealers have so that was just My opinion

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  134. Will Longlade says:

    I’m happy as heck the CBC didn’t carry the Habs-Caps series. The TSN play-by-play and coverage was ten times better. Bob Cole and co. would have created a whole lot of bad karma for the team.

  135. nightmare_49 says:

    … Thanks to Parry Sound Habber for this : ……….. Refs for 2nd Round …………….. Bill McCreary, Paul Devorski, Eric Furlatt, Marc Joannette, Chris Lee, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Tim Peel, Kevin Pollock, Kelly Sutherland, Stephen Walkom and Brad Watson. ………… IMO Chris Lee, Kevin Pollack and Tim Peel don’t deserve to be there or in the AHL. ………… After Gionta’s diving penalty by Dan O’Rourke, i’m starting to have reservations about him.

  136. 21272andme says:

    i wonder how RDS’ numbers (one small niche market) compare to Versus’ national coverage.

  137. Dintrox says:

    Boudreau’s a welcher. We had a bet fair and square.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  138. Les-Habitants says:

    Sweet.

    I wonder if those numbers incorporate all the online streaming that goes on…anyone know?

  139. Danno says:

    Collapse, With a Capital C…. Harsh words from the Washington Post.

     

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

  140. jimmy shaker says:

    I think I’m the only HIO member down here in Windsor.  Who can put together a HIO summit?  That would be a riot meeting the people behind the rants/avatars!

    Shaker

  141. SlovakHab says:

    I might not be in Slovakia by that time, but if I am, a couple of HIO members are certainly invited. Boone can certainly come in and live-blog Team Canada games.

  142. Jocko says:

    Calgary weather saves the day!!!!  Hey, and no need to shovel, the stuff is just melting right away!!!!

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

  143. Jocko says:

    Calgary weather saves the day!!!!  Hey, and no need to shovel, the stuff is just melting right away!!!!

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

  144. Rob says:

    absolutely deserve that!  but, what can i say…..got a little carried away.  And in the end….it all worked out!  We’ll be in touch about a round 2 get together as the series progresses

  145. sholi2000.com says:

    For all wondering, the best way to watch the Canadiens is to turn on CJAD, or stream CJAD on your PC and mute the TV.

    Moffat and Wilson are THE Best!

    How do you Halak me Now?

    They Call Me Shane

  146. puck face says:

    fleury’s sv % is .890 so far , we got some guys who can shoot the puck and a hot goalie. habs can win this .

  147. Rob says:

    The first time I’ve EVER not been pissed at the often ridiculous spring time weather in this city. 

  148. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    for those who think Pierre Mcguire is biased against that habs, you should know that he lives 5 minutes from the bell center and I have no doubt that he is a full blooded habs fan.

    he has taken on the “devils advocate” persona, because he knows that there are so many habs fans they don’t need another one.

    hope I didn’t disappoint too many of you.

    maybe you don’t like his style, his stories, etc, but please don’t tell me he doesn’t know hockey, and don’t tell me he’s biased against the habs.

  149. novahab says:

    First thing I want to say tonight is, Bettman just because your Steroid protected team was beaten by heart and passion doesn’t  mean you shouldn’t investigate the Caps. They are dirty on the ice and off the ice. TSN and all the english Toronto media who is crying over the Leafs being nothing more than EHC team stop complaining about the Caps goal that shouldn’t have counted.  The Caps got away with murder in game two with three ilegal interference goals and that was the first call the refs got right.

  150. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    agreed but this is Wilson’s last year. did you know that Murray Wilson’s brother is the GM of the San Jose Sharks?

  151. HFX-HabFan says:

    FIVE WAYS WE CAN BEAT THE PENGUINS:

    1- Our secondary scoring outscores theirs.  Chances our their top guns will outdo ours, so we need our muckers to come up big.  It’s a good sign that Laps, Moore, Moen (was he hurt at the end of last night?) and even Pyatt have been playing well.

    2- Halak continues his hot stretch.  I fear he might need a rest mid-series as he did in round one, but he is clearly capable of stealing games, regardless of how powerful the opposition’s offense is.

    3- In-game adjustments and matchups.  Identifying what forward lines and D pairings we want to set up against the Crosby line, Malkin line etc. early on will be key.  This comes down to coaching, and hopefully Martin will be able to make the necessary adjusments.

    4- Stealing the series opener on the road.  Often the team that finished their series last wins game one despite being tired, namely because their intensity level is still high.  Obviously Pittsburgh has the experience of two straight playoff runs so they will be prepared, but if we come out flying early on and score early as we did often in Washington, it will take their crowd out of it and give us some momentum.  Sure, we took Game One against the Caps and then proceeded to drop three straight, but that opening win gave us the confidence that we could play with the Caps and set the tone for the rest of the series.  A win in Steeltown right off the bat would do the same.

    5- Shut down the Penguins’ power play.  It would be nearly impossible to replicate the superhuman performance that our PK gave against the Caps’ high-octane PP unit.  The Penguins have almost as much firepower, though their second wave will not be as dangerous as Washington’s.  If we can hold them off when down a man, our chances improve significantly.

    FIVE WAYS THE PENGUINS CAN BEAT US:

    1- Malkin “wakes up”.  Pittsburgh is a different beast because they are built down the middle- their best players aren’t coming down one specific wing.  Crosby was obviously lights-out against Ottawa so we will key on him first, but the Staal line was effective as well.  If Malkin gets going, we will have a tough time because there will be three different lines with great distributors on each.  Our D will have to up their awareness levels.

    2- Fleury gets better.  He was average at best in round one, yet the Penguins still won.  Fleury hails from Sorel, QC and will undoubtedly bring his best game against the Habs.  He’s not always flashy but the kid knows what it takes to win.  If he finds his groove, we might have a tough time.

    3- Their D can actually shut down top forwards.  Washington was in rough shape on the back end, lacking a true shutdown guy: their closest to that classification would be Schultz and Morrisonn (that dude should have traded in his extra “N” for some offensive game).  The Penguins have Orpik, and Jay McKee is an excellent shot-blocker.  Gonchar’s defensive game is often overshadowed by his offense (similar to Markov).  Our smaller forwards will likely have a tougher time this round finding open ice; hopefully it won’t deter their willingness to play hard along the boards and in the corners.

    4-  Forwards who back-check.  The Penguins have a lot of character guys, but their top guns are capable at both ends of the rink as well.  Crosby and Malkin aren’t ready to be mentioned in the same breath as Datsyuk as some of the best “all-around players”, but they are more defensively inclined than a couple of Russians named Alexander.  Don’t forget Crosby’s timely dive to save a puck from going over the goal line in the Ottawa series.  He has come a long way as a defender at the NHL level.  As a result, don’t expect as many odd-man rushes as we had in the Washington series.

    5- The experience factor.  Yes, the Pens lost some of their key pieces of their Cup run(s) of the last two springs (one of them is now a huge asset in our dressing room), but the core of this team is intact and they know what it takes to win.  Two Game Seven wins on the road last year.  They won’t panic or fall apart the way the Caps did.  There are certain “intangibles” that you can’t overlook with this team.  They are focused, dedicated, and well-coached.  We will have a series on our hands.

  152. HabFanSince72 says:

    Mcguire knows hockey.

    e.g. “Komisarek, Beauchemin, Schenn are the new big three”.

  153. novahab says:

    THANK YOU MOLSONS BECAUSE THAT GOAL LAST NIGHT WOULD HAVE COUNTED IF THE NHL AND THOSE REFS WERE ALLOWED TO GET AWAY IT. I TRUELY BELIEVE SOMETHING WAS SAID BECAUSE THEY ALLOWED THOSE GOALS IN THE OTHER GAMES FOR THE CAP. THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY THE RIGHT CALL HE KICKED HIS FOOT OUT AND THE REF MADE THE RIGHT CALL. THANK YOU MOLSONS I KNOW YOU DON’T LIKE TO MAKE WAVES BUT GOD BLESS YOU FOR STICKING UP FOR YOUR PLAYERS AND FANS. NOW KEEP IT UP DON’T LET BETTMAN DECIDE WHO GOING TO WIN THE CUP.

  154. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    did he say that?

  155. Big Ted says:

    100% that something was said, althouhg I am fairly sure it was the coaching staff that spoke to the refs before the game. It needed to be done, and we finally got the calls we deserved.

  156. Danno says:

    Is there a site where you can go to watch last night’s game in its entirety?

     

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

  157. JD_ says:

    Ovie one of three Hart trophy nominees.

    That oughta fix everythin’…

    *cough*

  158. Danno says:

    Thanks pmaraw!

     

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

  159. habs03 says:

    Pierre knows his hockey, and if you remember when he first came on TV he was simply one of the best, what happened was his ego became too big, he talked about teams specially the Habs about all their issue and how he could have done a better job, even if you watched on the Trade Deadline special on on TSN he walked around like he owned everyone. I think Pierre is a bit bitter towards the Habs because right before they fired Andre Savard, Pierre was interviewed by Rejean Houle and it didn’t work out. With that said, he was very positive of the Habs during this round which is weird, I’m guessin the producer had a talk with him after the Habs/Caps game fell into their hands.

  160. SeriousFan09 says:

    Technically it was Beauchemain, Komisarek, Schenn and Kaberle he called the “Big Four” in comparison to the Habs Big Three of the 70s. But yeah, he basically compared possibly the best defensive unit in NHL history to well, Leafs players.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  161. terrygain says:

    I saw AK celebrate with everyone else at the end of game 7.

    AK has so much talent that a lot of people are highly critical of him when he’s not scoring. He’s still my favourite  player  so I watch him very carefully. He has a howitzer but he’s  missed a lot of scoring chances so it’s been a frustrating season for him (and his fans). Even when he’s not scoring he contributes with hard body checks and terrific puck control and passes in the offensive zone.  He was very good in game 6 but he played a very cautious 19 minutes in game 7, seeming to be more concerned with not getting out of position than scoring.

    I thought Markov played the same way and I wondered whether they had the flu. I also noticed that Moen played only  11 minutes in game 7. I’ve seen no explanation for that. 

    I disagree with the opinion that SK74 has not earned a spot in the lineup. He played very well with 32 and 42.  I thought he tried very hard since coming up from Hamilton, but he’s been punished every time he’s made a mistake. I would think an O’Byrne fan would appreciate that treatment  since Ryan  received the same treatment. Ryan has been terrific and the difference since he was returned to the lineup in game 5.     I think 74 is sitting because of  the same genius that caused 20 to be sat so that 47 could take a regular (dangerous) shift on defence.

    SK74 had 131 points in Junior. He has size, wheels, good hands and he sees the ice. But he’s not good enough to play on a team that struggles to score?   With his 1st round success Coach Martin should be promoted so we can appoint a coach who can develop young players.

     

  162. 11habs11 says:

    I had a dream last night that when the players skated onto the ice to face the Pens, Pyatt was wearing the C! Moore also scored a hattrick, so I don’t think my dream will predict the future

  163. KenD29 says:

    And unfortunately, CBC has this series. Good lord, Bob Cole, Mike Milbury and PJ Stock.

    Thank goodness we have RDS!

     

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  164. KenD29 says:

    Agree with your comment on POPGUN 46 !

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  165. KenD29 says:

    SK74 has teh tools, but lacks it between the EARS!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  166. oshawahabsfan says:

    Definitely a bigger audience than any leaf game would have had. Bet CBC regrets choosing the Ottawa-Pittsburgh first round series

  167. The Cat says:

    I thought he played better than he usually does…Not scoring but the little things I mean.

  168. HabsoluteFan says:

    Round 1 Review completed, Bring on the Pens

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p45OR8u_n8&feature=channel

     

    ————————————————————————-

    On december 18th, in the middle of a 5 game losing streak, this guy said the habs would turn it around and make the playoffs.

  169. bostonantifan says:

    What “little things”, like skating around in circles, doing nothing? If he’s not scoring, he’s useless. Scorers (like the Kostitsyn’s, and Pouliot) have to SCORE, just showing up doesn’t cut it.

  170. elmack says:

    halak for captain – he deserves that nhl ad. repeat 1993. love you all, fans unite

  171. Derek2 says:

    Totally with you on that.  One or two good shifts but litttle or no intensity

  172. Fansincebirth says:

    Tonight’s the night,

    We’re gonna do alright,

    We’re gonna beat the Pens,

    Ain’t nobody gonna stop us now….

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

  173. habsfan2442 says:

    Our father who art in Montreal. Hockey be thy
    game. Thy will be done. The cup will be won. On ice, as well as in the
    stands. Give us this day our hockey sticks. And forgive us our
    penalties, as we forgive those who cross-check against us, Lead us not
    into elimination. But deliver us to victory. In the name of the fans,
    Lord Stanley, and in the name of da Habs. Amen.

  174. coachdoug says:

    lol…And all HIOers said…Amen!

    While the hockey gods do find favor with Sid the Kid….The “Cookeie monster has too many sins to be pardoned this year and the wingless birds must be sacrificed on the playoff altar…

    “Save us Turtleneck Man…We need you now more than ever!”

  175. N.B.habs fan says:

    Every game is a BONUS ,time to have fun ,win or lose .I am proud to be a Habs Fan.I can walk with my chin up high and smile at Leaf losers,and not say a word just point at my hat,coat ,shirt, and truck.

    I want to thank all HIO fans for your post ,I read on here every day and have learned from you all.THIS IS THE MOST FUN WE HAVE ON HERE IN A LONG TIME …………..

  176. mike g says:

    BEAUTIFUL…

    The series hasn’t even started yet, and I hate the Penguins. Why, because they have the “kid” or “geno” or Fleury and a bunch of Quebecers. Nope. Because they’re already trying to play mind games….

    Kris Letang was interviewed by RDS and said that since we beat the best team in the league, we MUST be considered favorites to win the series vs the Pens. Is this guy serious? Does he really think people are that dumb to think like that?

    Grow up kid, you guys are the Cup champs and seeded higher than us. YOU ARE THE FAVORITES.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  177. SLONCOLD says:

    halak is shaking….

  178. SeriousFan09 says:

    Let ‘em play their mind games, remember how well that worked for the
    Capitals? We’ll play where it counts, on the ice.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  179. nick says:

    Someone at work was apparently quoting Wayne Gretzky, who once (back in the day) said, “the only two teams who can be considered playoff favorites are the cup winner from the previous season, and the MTL Canadiens”.

    Not sure how accurate this is… So if i misquoted him, please don’t shoot the messenger. ;)

     

  180. derfab says:

    You are right, he’s a stupid kid still, but I’d like to have Letang on my team. Pittsburgh will be much tougher to beat because of players of his calibre who play to win.

  181. G-Man says:

    Ah, let Leorangeastronautdrink say what he wants. More words for him to eat later! :)

  182. Say Ash says:

    Letang obviously isn’t familiar with TURTLE POWER!!!

  183. Ayan_SB says:

    Crosby does have his kryptonite. Unfortunately that player’s on the Detroit Red Wings.

  184. MikeL says:

    He musta been a different super hero last year then.

  185. Chuck says:

    Dave, you’re not taking Hickey’s car to Pittsburgh, are you?

    _____________________________________

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

  186. Dave Stubbs says:

    No, company policy dictates that its two writers covering the playoffs cannot travel in the same vehicle, winged or wheeled. Same way the pilot and co-pilot on commercial flights cannot eat the same meal for fear of food poisoning. (Just kidding. About the Gazette part, not the flight rules.)

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  187. SeriousFan09 says:

    Brooks Laich, Tyler Myers and Ryan Smyth all have a chance to get over playoff heartbreak by joining Canada’s IIHF squad. The team now has all the tools they need for roadside assistance and getting things off of high shelves in their hotel rooms.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  188. Big Ted says:

    Head-to-head match-ups:

    - Goaltending: going into the season, Fleury would have out-ranked Halak and Price after coming off his performance in the Stanley Cup run the Pens had last year. But excluding last year’s playoffs, he has been good but inconsistent all of his career. In fact I would argue that outside of the end of 2009, he is not unlike Carey Price, and we all know Jaro has outplayed Carey all year long. Halak has shown that he struggles when he is over-worked but he also has the most potential to win games by himself and Fleury didn’t look that good in the first round. If I were JM, I might actually listen to Pascal Dupuis and give Carey a start in game 2, which would be short rest for the Habs. Unless Halak stands on his head and has another fantastic game in game 1, even if he wins, I would really think about Carey for game 2. I think we have 2 goalies who can win for us, and it would keep Halak fresh for Games 3 and 4. Overall, Halak is outplaying fleury for now and Price is the third-best goalie in this series. Edge: Habs.

    - D: Leopold is still officially out and with conucssion symptoms, his return could be early or not at all in this series. Any GM would pick Markov over Gonchar, but Markov has not been exceptional this season. I think they just about negate each other out. What I like is the Habs’ depth with Gill and Gorges having a terrific start to the playoffs and PK Subban adding another element. Pittsburgh also has Letang and Goligoski, but overall the Habs’ D is a better group. Edge: Habs.

    - Forwards: No matter what the Habs had, it would be hard to outdo a team that features Crosby, Malkin, and Staal. Arguably the first two are two of the top 3-5 forwards in the NHL. That being said, the Habs have been playing well as a team, and I like their wingers and 3rd and 4th lines as much as I like the Pens’. I’ll take Gionta and Cammalleri over Guerin and Poni any day. I’ll take Moen and Lapierre and Pyatt just as soon as I’d take Dupuis and Talbot and Rupp. So where the Habs are out-matched is at the first three center positions. Gomez and Pleks have played well but they are not Malkin and Crosby, and Moore is no Jordan Staal. However, if the Habs can find a way to lock down Crosby, I think even the damage Malkin does can be overcome. Pens are more of a threat to score, and the Habs will need their wingers and secondary scoring to outdo the Pens’ set to win. That means AK46, Pouliot, and SK74 need to step up their game. Edge: Pens.

    - Coaching: How can JM outdo a guy who won the Cup in his first year? Well he outcoached BB in the first round, although I have pretty little respect for the job BB does. DB will have his Pens more ready, but he is still a second-year coach. I the wily vet cna find some more tricks up his sleeve and coach like he did in round one, Habs have a chance to gain some leverage on the Pens. A lot of importance will be placed on the Habs being able to match lines against Crosby and Malkin. Until last round, I wouldn’t have had much faith in JM, but he showed he may yet be a factor. Edge: Even.

    - Intangibles: Pens have home ice, meaning they only need to come to our house 3 times. The fans in Mtl will out-intimidate the ones in Pittsburgh, but then again, the Habs won most of their games on the road in the first round and so did the Pens. Nevertheless home ice advantage is still an advantage. The Habs have shown great team chemistry over the last two weeks though. On the one hand, the Habs are coming off a long series, but the Pens have come off two long seasons. Overall, I think the pens’ playoff experience becomes the key intangible here. Even though a handful of Habs players have been winners before, thsi Pens team has done it as a group. edge: Pens.

    - Prediction: for the Habs to win, a lot of things need to go right, the way they did against Washington. But if Halak outduels Fleury, the Habs definitely have enough to get by a Pens team that to me, is top-heavy the same way Washington was. Pens are the favorites, but I  think the Habs have a decent shot and I like that the experts have already written off our boys again, so… Habs in 7!

  189. Ian Cobb says:

    Hi Ted–So long a post, I forgot half of it. Very well written and thought out. Good Job, I think.  (Teasing!)

  190. nick says:

    Hehe… Just stumbled upon something you folks may enjoy (that is if you haven’t already seen it)

    Was checking my twitter account, and I noticed an update from about 20 hours ago…

    MCammalleri13: Pitt!! http://tweetphoto.com/20321878

  191. Danno says:

    Yappy looks like Captain Laser with his red eyes! Lol!

     

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

  192. ShangaDoo says:

    Cammalleri looks absolutley delicious in that pic. :)

  193. punkster says:

    Some say he found the fountain of youth, but didn’t drink…because he wasn’t thirsty. Hal Gill, the Most Interesting Man in the World.

    (With apologies to Breeze…a new King has been crowned)

  194. Ian Cobb says:

    You are absolutely correct Dave. I was all over him when I first saw him skate for us. I thought someone had lost their mind having him back there. But does he ever play with all he has. And super effective.

  195. jimmy shaker says:

    Stay thirsty my friend!

    Shaker

  196. Tharsis says:

    Hal Gill is so awesome that Chuck Norris’ mom calls him when she is scared of a mouse.

    Hal Gill simply walks into mordor.

    ———————————-

    Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.

  197. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’s warming them up to use on Sid.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  198. SLONCOLD says:

    The Polish government could have used that advice…

  199. Chuck says:

    Do each of you also hold half of the formula for Coca-Cola?  :)

    _____________________________________

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

  200. HFX-HabFan says:

    Too soon.

  201. RetroMikey says:

    Dave,

    Could you possible send a link so we may download the game day media notes for the Pittsburgh-Habs series for each game before the puck drops.?

    They were available on the Capitals NHL official site available for everyone in PDF format but not on the Habs site.

    Interesting reading for all fans to enjoy.

    Please do this for us.

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  202. avatar_58 says:

    Dogs down a goal :( Had some powerplays and a nice chance, but can’t seem to bury one yet.

  203. SeriousFan09 says:

    Missing some serious offensive punch with Pacioretty injured, Maxwell and Pyatt with the big club, plus Subban the team MVP in the post-season. I think Boucher can get his Dogs through, but I’ll have to make sure I attend some games, Dogs are 4-0-0 at home when I visit Copps.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  204. TripleX says:

    Wow what a great story.  This is why NHL players of all the professional leagues are well regarded and loved for being down to earth guys for the most part.

     

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2010/04/brooks_laich_changes_a_tire_af.html

  205. SeriousFan09 says:

    Noticed that, pretty cool by Mr. Laich.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  206. Jbell10 says:

    Damn, that is classy.

  207. avatar_58 says:

    Wow. What a damn gentleman. Stories like that put some faith back into mankind you know?

  208. Ayan_SB says:

    Brooks Laich seems to be one of the nicest and most down-to-earth players in the NHL. He’s Canadian too.

  209. CHsam says:

    great story. Thanks for the post

  210. Danno says:

    I now have a deep respect for Brooks Laich.

     

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

  211. Danno says:

    Halák was the 271st overall pick by the Canadiens in the 2003 NHL entry draft.

    Talk about getting more bang for your buck.

     

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

  212. SeriousFan09 says:

    Going up against the goalie who went 1st overall in 2003 and he’s playing much better than Fleury so far. Montreal’s pretty good at the late-round steal.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  213. vanderglenn says:

    who’s carrying the Pitts/Mtl. CBC or TSN?

  214. avatar_58 says:

    PALUSHAJ!!!!! 1-1

  215. avatar_58 says:

    Damn…..2-1

  216. TripleX says:

    From Bodog.com:

    Odds to win the 2009/2010 Western Conference

    Chicago Blackhawks 9/4

    San Jose Sharks 23/10

    Detroit Red Wings 5/2

    Vancouver Canucks 3/1

    Odds to win the 2009/2010 Eastern Conference

    Pittsburgh Penguins 4/5

    Boston Bruins 4/1

    Philadelphia Flyers 5/1

    Montreal Canadiens 11/2

  217. petrov14 says:

    FROM THE HOCKEY NEWS:

     

    Pittsburgh #4 PITTSBURGH vs. #8 MONTREAL Montreal

    SEASON SERIES
    Pittsburgh – 3-1-0 (15 GF, 9 GA)
    Montreal – 1-3-0 (9 GF, 15 GA)

    SPECIAL TEAMS
    In their stunning first-round victory over the Washington Capitals, the Montreal Canadiens reduced the NHL’s best power play to rubble, killing off 32 of 33 shorthanded situations. That, combined with the fact the Penguins were not very good at killing penalties in the first round, gives Montreal a tangible advantage in special teams. The power plays were close in the regular season and playoffs, but the Canadiens have dominated in killing penalties, largely because goalie Jaroslav Halak was their top penalty-killer. In the four games they played this season, the Canadiens were 3-for-13 on the power play and Pittsburgh was 2-for-15. The Penguins might wish they didn’t let hulking defenseman Hal Gill get away. Edge: Montreal
     
    FORWARDS
    The Penguins obviously have the better top-end forwards and are much, much stronger down the middle than Montreal, but the Canadiens have a slight edge in the grit department. Sidney Crosby was absolutely dominant in the first-round series against Ottawa and has 11 goals and 25 points in 18 career games against the Habs, while the Canadiens’ triumph was due far more to systems and goaltending than it was the play of their forwards. Edge: Pittsburgh

    DEFENSE
    Neither of the teams in this series is considered a defensive juggernaut, but the Canadiens were outshot by an average of 14 per game in the first round and gave up 41.7 shots per contest. During the season series, the Penguins averaged 32 shots against the Canadiens and gave up just 24. Gill and Josh Gorges were brilliant defensively against the Capitals, but as a team, the Canadiens were porous. Edge: Pittsburgh

    GOALTENDING
    This is a battle between a goaltender who has won a Stanley Cup and buckled down when necessary, and one that carried his team on his back through the first round. The Montreal Canadiens cannot even consider getting this far without Halak’s brilliance and if the Conn Smythe were to be awarded after the first round, Halak would be the hands-down winner. But don’t discount Marc-Andre Fleury’s ability to rise to the challenge. For Pittsburgh to win, Fleury only has to be good. For Montreal to win, Halak has to continue to be otherworldly. Edge: Montreal

    COACHING
    For a coach who preaches systems and defensive excellence, Jacques Martin hasn’t been able to make a whole lot of progress on that front this season and the task won’t get any easier against the firepower of the Penguins. Dan Bylsma, meanwhile, proved last season that he can get his team to play in lockdown mode when necessary. Edge: Pittsburgh

    THE X-FACTOR
    The Canadiens, simply put, are playing with house money and anything they accomplish beyond their stunning win over the Capitals is a bonus. The Penguins, on the other hand, suddenly have become the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and know they stand an excellent chance of advancing to the Stanley Cup final for the third straight season. The pressure will be on the Penguins, but they’ve proved in the past they’re capable of dealing with it.
     
    PREDICTION
    The Canadiens can’t possibly duplicate what they did against Washington to the Penguins, can they? Well, if Halak keeps up his level of play and the combination of Gill and Gorges can shut down Pittsburgh’s stars, anything is possible. But we’re betting the Penguins’ experience will prevail in a series that will be a lot closer than people might expect. Pittsburgh in six

    Who do you think will win? Vote HERE.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  218. Danno says:

    Petrov, when I go to vote I get a “Page not found” message. Must be the invisible hand of Betman at it again!

    Note – If the Habs take one in Pittsburgh watch out. Regular season means nothing anymore.

     

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

  219. Propwash says:

    Hal Gill can slam a revolving door.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  220. Lafrich says:

    Check out this incredible insight into the Habs-Pens series by Bob McKenzie:

    http://tsn.ca/columnists/bob_mckenzie/?id=319954

    In another column he reveals that the sky is blue.

  221. Corio says:

    This series will be epic!

  222. Shublips says:

    Its CBC and RDS…sadly, TSN didn’t get this series.

     

    Habs Addict.com http://www.HabsAddict.com on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Habs-Addict/293450486615 on Twitter: http://twitter.com/HabsAddict on Hockeybuzz.com: http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blogger_archive.php?blogger_id=137

  223. nickster13 says:

    Hey Cindy! that salt sweat stained hat of yours is pretty tacky! youd think with that 8.7 milion salary, and not having to pay rent in Mario’s house you can afford a whole slew of new free reebok hats!

  224. AndyF says:

    I just saw the TSN pre-game show where it was almost unanimous that Montreal would get beaten.   Wow — imagine that.  Another fun challenge.  :-)    This team thrives on being the underdog.   

     

    Go, Habs, Go! 

     

    AndyF

    http://andyfroncioni.com

     

  225. nickster13 says:

    hey i was about to comment the exact same thing!

    and yeah go into another round where no one expects you to win, fun! Lets hope the habs use this one as bulletin board material like they did last round

  226. Eliisa says:

    I love that history will be made piece on Halak. Haha, very well done.

  227. habfan01 says:

    what was our record against the pens this year?

  228. nickster13 says:

    I cant say ours agianst them exactly. But theirs against us is 3-1 so they won the series!

  229. Danno says:

    Oh well. I guess there’s really no point in even watching the games. The experts are always right.

     

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

  230. Eliisa says:

    2-3 (or 1 for 3 in the regular season)

    September 21st – 3-4 W – Price in net, October 28th – 1-6 L – Price in net, November 25th, 1-3 L – Price in net, December 10th – 3-2 L – Price in net, February 6th – 3-5 W – Halak in net.

     

  231. Storm Man says:

    Good thing the game is played on the ice and not what is said on paper

  232. showey47 says:

    We lost the series 3-1 but this one play was instrumental which could have made it 2-2.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SomYq821hHw

  233. Saratogahabsfan says:

    Jaro’s unbeaten against them.  That seals it.  On to Round 3!

  234. deuce6 says:

    Check this out..I just made it..lol

    http://www.backstagegfx.com/forum/uploads/U426-1272591267.jpg

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  235. Willy the bum says:

    Wow, that’s just creepy.

  236. Eliisa says:

    Haha, I thought the very same thing… tell the Pens they might as well pack it in right now ;)

    EDIT: Halak actually got pulled from the game in October – allowing four goals on 23 shots. Maybe I should’ve dug just a little bit deeper.

  237. Saratogahabsfan says:

    Can anyone explain how TSN wound up with the Round 1 series?  As a not-in-the-know silly American I was scratching my head that CBC was stuck covering the BOS/BUF series.  Great for TSN, just had me baffled. 

        

  238. badbalance says:

    I guess those are the same experts who said we’ll get knocked out by the Caps in 4

  239. Willy the bum says:

    Nice one… somehow it kinda looks a bit like the Winnipeg Jets logo…

  240. Eliisa says:

    Hey Showey, looks like I got my wish, eh? I remember mentioning something about wanting to win the series in Washington. Maybe now I should wish that the Habs sweep Pittsburgh?

  241. Saratogahabsfan says:

    Well done Deuce.

  242. deuce6 says:

    Apparently, with the NHL’s new deal with TSN, TSN got first choice of any team for their first round matchups..Habs/Wash were handpicked by TSN..CBC got the table scraps (BOS/BUFF)

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  243. HFX-HabFan says:

    Apparently the CBC got to choose the two of three series featuring Canadian teams.  They wanted Vancouver (figuring they were Canada’s most likely contender), and then went with Ottawa-Pittsburgh (an opportunity to showcase Crosby and the defending champs).  TSN was “stuck” with the Montreal-Washington series.

  244. Saratogahabsfan says:

    10-4.  Thanks.

    I hear Gainey has BGL on a plane headed for Pittsburgh……to show the team where they can find a good meal.

  245. MikeMcLaren says:

    From the ever-reliable Wikipedia:

    TSN will have the third, fifth and seventh selections among opening round series, while CBC would choose first, second, fourth, sixth and eighth. As a result of the new arrangement, if more than two Canadian teams qualify for the playoffs, it is likely that at least one series involving a Canadian team will be broadcast by TSN. In subsequent rounds, TSN could again show a Canadian team if at least three of them get that far

    SO… CBC grabbed the Ottawa-Pittsburgh series first, figuring Crosby would be a good draw.  Then they took the Canucks-Kings series.  That left TSN with the third choice and they took Montreal.

    It has been said that the CBC didn’t necessarily want the Habs because most people in Canada preferred to watch the games on RDS.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  246. Bones says:

    That is incorrect. What was said by MikeMcLaren is correct.

  247. likehoy says:

    it’s okay, they should have had a better catch phrase.

    - What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  248. habsfan_61 says:

    bos- phil : bos in 7

    det-sj:det in 7 sj has  to pull a choke soon

    van-chi:chi in 7 but if luongo stands on his head van could take this

    pitt-mtl: pitt in 6.pitt more battle hardened than the caps. fleury is better than varly. crosby slighlty less individualistic than ov.pitt plays like a team unlike the caps who had too many individual concepts rather than as a team. nice win vs the caps but i think in this series midnite will strike for cinderella habs.

  249. Willy the bum says:

    It was the NHL; they actually made this official, and hopefully play this during Habs-Pens series… amazing, eh?

  250. deuce6 says:

    I stand corrected..Sorry for the confusion, just relaying a comment I read on another forum..

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  251. newbrunswick troy says:

    Hey everyone   send tsn an email at    audiencerelations@tsn.ca   and let them know that we will not sit by and listen to their anti habs experts as they keep trashing our beloved anymore!!!!!

    now that they now we are 3 million strong..maybe they listen….and then maybe we don,t have to here Maguire and company enrage us with thier everything negitive habs comments!!!!!!

  252. showey47 says:

    Yup, i remember that well. I feel this is even going to be a bigger battle then the caps. The habs have been playing every second night for 2 weeks and now have to start up again on friday after having one full day off to rest. Meanwhile the pens have been off for almost a week. Hopefully they will be rusty in game one and we can take advantage to steal on in pittsburg. The pens have also been to the cup final in the last 2 years,they know what it takes to get there, as a team. We have a few guys who have won it all but we have alot more who haven’t and guys like pouliot and ak need to step up instead of being passengers. But i guess if you want to go to the cup the road definately has to go through pittsburg.

  253. Saratogahabsfan says:

    Great info as always all.  Thanks. 

    Unfortunately for me even my Center Ice package does me no good right now.  I’m stuck with Versus.  Hope they keep Sam Rosen covering the Habs.  Everyone else is horribly biased against them. 

  254. Ian Cobb says:

    Troy. I got to tell ya, that I don’t have as much a problem with TSN as the CBC. I hate Bob Cole and the total Torontonian CBC group, including their HNIC clown Cherry.

    The CBC wanted Ottawa and Vacouver games, not the Habs games and they lost out their market share,

  255. Ian Cobb says:

    Sar……….fan,  posted above!

  256. ArmyFan says:

    LMFAO!!!  That guy is a BEAUTY!!! And I thought I got emotional when $hit happened!  This is a must-show to any wife who thinks her Habs-obsessed husband is over the edge.

  257. NSavard18 says:

    Jaro was actually pulled once in Pitt…the game was brutal tho.. he had zero help.

  258. Eliisa says:

    I agree that the phrase could’ve been a little bit better. It still makes me smile though.

  259. kempie says:

    Just make sure you keep those socks handy.

  260. Eliisa says:

    I agree, I think we are going to have it much harder this round. Not only because they are going to be exhausted (I suspect Gorges, Halak and Gill are just about done) but because I don’t think anyone will underestimate them – as badly. They will be taken more seriously by Pittsburgh, more so anyway than if we played them in the first round. I also agree that some of our other guys need to step it up, my boy Pouliot has been invisible lately and that needs to be changed to succeed. Gill will be a weapon again the Pens though – he can tell us all their secrets and tricks, or just keep blocking a ridiculous number of shots again. I am anxious to begin the series, hopefully the Habs give the Pens a run for their money anyway.

    Thoughts on the Wings and Sharks game? I don’t particularly want either team to move on, but I am going with San Jose mainly because I want a different Stanley Cup Final this year – regardless about what happens with the Habs.

  261. The Little Viking says:

    1st post here……Does anyone know what happened to Pacioretty down in Hamilton?   I don’t see him on the Bulldogs playoff stats and I can’t find an injury report…….merci beaucoup from Texas!!!

  262. Rossy says:

    Sorry to hear that CBC’s taking over the Habs-Pens series.  Evidently, CBC gets first dibs on which series to televise. Much to my delight, in their ignorance, they chose Boston-Buffalo, and we Habs’ fans got to enjoy Gord and Pierre, and the wonderful insights of Jay, MacT, Panger and Bob.  Too bad most of you will be stuck with Cole and Whatshisname, MacLean and the Buffoon. Not me–I’ve got RDS.  As any Habs’s fan east of Toronto knows, if you want to watch the Habs, you have to get RDS. GoHabsGo!

  263. Eliisa says:

    Oh, you can count on that. :) These socks have quite the reputation now – hopefully they can live up to the pressure.

  264. SeriousFan09 says:

    Shoulder injury that he’s battled for about a month now, had it, got over it, back on the team than re-injured, apparently trying to rehab it right now. I have a feeling he’s likely due for surgery over the summer considering the length of the injury but he’s trying to get back in the game right now to make a difference.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  265. HardHabits says:

    I luv it!!

  266. HardHabits says:

    I am a hero who never fails, I can’t be bothered with such details.

  267. porkdog324 says:

    I have RDS (I’m in B.C.), but only watch it when it is not televised elsewhere.  Alas I am unilingual :-(  . I prefer TSN’s coverage to that of the CBC’s though.  Mind you I would watch a Habs game if squirrels were calling the game. lol.

  268. The Little Viking says:

    Thanks SF09….knew I could get a quick answer here!!

  269. habs03 says:

    Well to be honest I don’t have a problem, because we are the underdog, I don’t think they are being Anti-Hab, only person who is anti-habs is Pierre, I think McKenzie,Pang, and Dreger all seem to be fair. What I have a problem is the CBC, not so much them choosing the Sens/Pens series because they thought it would go longer(dummies), but how they have Don Cherry who is such a Habs hater, what makes it worst is TSN can do wtv it wants because its a private company where as we pay for the CBC. ,

  270. ManApart says:

    Man, things couldn’t have gone worse for the guy, so far in his career. Hope he can turn it around and Boucher can teach him some things next season.

  271. punkster says:

    A little over 24 hours have passed and I’m ready to move on. First a few reflections:

    1. I never really watched Gorges that closely in the past. He was always sort of just there, a working guy who does his job and rarely gets noticed. I’ll have to watch him more intently now. If he isn’t awesome yet he surely will be some day.

    2. The fatigue must be overwhelming for these guys particularly the top lines, the D and of course Halak. The 3rd and 4th lines will have to carry far more weight for the next couple of games and the coaches will have to modify their game plans accordingly. Time for them to show their stuff.

    3. The only negatives I see are with the K brothers. When do the coaching staff finally say enough, sit both their sorry behinds and fill their slots with guys who want to play. I said this before the Wednesday game, I’ve had enough of players with “great potential”. We need players who will step up now. These two guys have not.

    4. To the amazing number of HI/O commentors who have come out and expressed apologies or admission that they were wrong in their assessments of the team: You’re weren’t wrong, you just had different views at the time. We’re all still Habs fans.

     

     

  272. punkster says:

    I can’t figure that one out either. HH has been on a tear since he adopted the new Underdog pic. Back to the feisty old HH.

  273. HabFanSince72 says:

    When do they sit SK? They already did.

    When do they sit AK? Not this year. He had 6 points in 7 games against the Caps.

  274. Mad Habber says:

    Yeah Pierre has to be the greatest colour man ever…I mean he is a monster between the benches…

    I had to laugh last night however on that hit on Gionta, “He got him with his elbows up, but that’s okay, it’s a clean hit since Gionta is such a small player.” or something to that effect… LOL…

    Sadly though, it was 100x better then what we are going to get out of CBC…err…I was just starting to enjoy the fact that I had watched about 10 minutes of CBC’s coverage…

  275. Mad Habber says:

    Yeah me either.

    Heck, I was enjoying not having to watch it on CBC…I think it is the first time in my life that I haven’t watched the opening round on their station…

    Cherry doesn’t bother me as much as, Glen Healey, Cole and Mullin (err whatever his name is), since he is only on for 5 to 10 minutes, and he amuses me sometimes…

    The thing of it is, almost everyone one the CBC staff has good reason not to like MTL, Healy (leafs), Hurdey (Kings), Milbury & Cherry (Bruins)…all have lost to the Habs…lol

     

     

  276. punkster says:

    Ok then, keep SK in his seat, that one is resolved. But AK, man I just don’t get this guy. His 3 goals were in his best game but he really hasn’t been a factor at any other time. My view last night was that he maybe wasn’t buying into whatever role he is being asked to play or maybe he’s injured. Problem is this team can’t afford one guy not performing. They haven’t the depth. I know the replacements don’t have his talent but if he continues to dog it wouldn’t we be better off with a player who at least wants to play.

  277. habs-hampton says:

    You’re kidding… right?

    Sure, AK had 6 points, but 3 were goals in game 2. He basically floated the rest of the series. I wish I could say there were “no passengers on the bus”, but AK was stretched out, sound asleep in th back.

    SK is another story. He doesn’t float as much, but he just does some really stupid things out there. That said, I feel that JM is a lot harder on him than other guys.

  278. habs-hampton says:

    I’m uni (English) as well. I will watch TSN over RDS since Gord Miller is pretty good. But I’ll take Pierre Houde in French over Bob Cole any day.

  279. showey47 says:

    We definately won’t be taken lightly by the pens like the caps did. Though we will be facing a better player in crosby i don’t think the pens have as many offensive weapons as the caps do and hence we shouldn’t be facing 40 plus shots every night(i hope not anyway). But i feel the pens play better as a team. As for the wings/sharks i have no real preference but your right about seeing a different stanley cup final. I have to admit i would like to see  alot terrible goaltending from the west. Mainly because it could open up alot of options this upcoming summer if gauthier decides to take calls about moving a goalie.

  280. jw20 says:

    Gotta say boys, I want to see the Bruins and the Habs in Round 3…. no playoff is complete for either team if we dont meet — nothing like it in any sport!!!

  281. habs-hampton says:

    It should be interesting watching Ron and Don try to ignore the Habs now, but you just watch. The entire focus will be Boston and Vancouver.

  282. jw20 says:

    Reflections…what are you the Assitant coach of the Titians!. they lost their not dead! your in the playoffs coach and you need to focus on the team!

  283. Propwash says:

    I think this song sums up Round 1 for the Habs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiCRZLr9oRw

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  284. jw20 says:

    Speaking of Goalies….did Price go on the ice after the win Wednesday, I seem to remember seeing jus taobut everyone but him?

  285. jw20 says:

    Speaking of Goalies….did Price go on the ice after the win Wednesday, I seem to remember seeing just about everyone but him?

  286. Rainrocket16 says:

    It was a wonderful day for a Habs fan!! I woke up this morning on my way to the gym, the first thing I hear on the radio was Halaks name! I just smiled and a slight tear dripped from my eye..I live in California. It was all over the news here. I saw people wearing Habs jerseys in town. I cherished this day with years and years of patience under my belt. Last night reminded me of the Glory we behold in our franchise, thanks Habs for showing it to us again!

    Now it’s time for us to kick some Flightless Bird Ass!!!

  287. Mad Habber says:

    I think one of the biggest additions during last off-season was the addition of assistant coach Perry Pearn. He helped the Rangers achieve one of the better PK units last year, and look how much the Habs have improved in that department this season. I have no doubt that he brought some of the knowledge on Ovechkin to the Habs. It will be interesting to see if he can help the players find the same magic against Crosby and Malkin.

    I believe the Habs can win this series, it’s not like they dominated the Capitals, they just did alot of the little things right, (Scoring clutch goals, special teams, shot blocking, timely goaltending). I think the clutch goal scoring will be the hardest thing for them to bring into the next series,  Fleury is a better goaltender then anyone on the Caps roster. The Pens are a much stronger team as well, but like I said, I believe the Habs have a chance.

  288. Big Ted says:

    Assuming no unknown injuries and assuming Spacek is ready to go, this is my line-up for Game 1:

     

    AK46-Plekanec-Cammalleri

    Moen-Gomez-Gionta

    Pyatt-Moore-Lapierre

    Pouliot-Metropolit-

     

    Markov-OB

    Gorges-Gill

    Hamrlik-Subban

    Spacek

     

    I wouldn’t throw Sapcek back onto a regular shift. I like what PK Subban can bring. Pouliot drops for me b/c I think the Gomez line and the Moore line end up being the two that play the Crosby and Malkin lines, and I’d rather have Moen and Pyatt on those lines for defensive reasons. If it’s not working though, I’d try Pouliot back on the Gomez line at some point in the series. It’s worked before, maybe benny will get it going again.

  289. Habscore says:

    I feel like last night was a dream still… I’m still delirious..hahaaa!!

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  290. Big Ted says:

    I’d rather get the flyers, personally. Everyone hates both teams, and we have scores to settle with both for being knocked out in the past few years. Flyers are missing lots of key players and still have Boucher in goal, and they have generally been more inconsistent than Boston this year. I like our chances better against them, and quite frankly if we do make it by the Pens and come that close to the Cup finals, I don’t care if we play Columbus so long as we give ourselves the best chance of making it through. That aside, a series against Boston is always fun, as long as we’re not being swept out like last year.

  291. Propwash says:

    I saw him on the ice

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  292. SeriousFan09 says:

    Christopher Lee in a horror movie has nothing on Chris Lee officating a hockey game for inflicting terror on those watching.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  293. pmaraw says:

    i was shocked how the officiating evened out in the end, for the most part, in round 1, lets hope for the same in round 2.  regular season, pens had more pp’s than anyone right?  habs had most pk’s i think lol, no wonder we looked so good at it vs washington!

  294. Propwash says:

    MAB = Massive Acceleration Biscuit

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  295. jw20 says:

    Hey I want the B’s to win as bad as you wan tthe Habs but  you cant beat a game 7 between these two teams

  296. showey47 says:

    breezer-mab

    traverse-dykhuis

    racine-niinamaa

  297. habs4ever2894 says:

    In a fight against Darth Vader and Batman , Hall Gill would win.

  298. Habscore says:

    Absolutely agree with everything you said

     

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  299. Habscore says:

    whatabout MAB in the 4th line??

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  300. Bugs says:

    Won’t feel like Calgary though.

    I hear their parade is gettin rained on what good.

    Not like here, right Timo?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  301. jarat says:

    HAB FAN in Toronto. I bought the French package for RDS so I can watch all the HABS games… TSN is fine but there’s no “WOWs” or “AIY YAIY YAIYs”

     

  302. Mr.Hazard says:

    Sharks – Wings game on VS, the announcer: “This crowd gets loud like no other place in the national hockey league.” What ignorance! And even if he meant “like no other place” in the sense of, “less than any other place”, there’s no way they can beat Atlanta.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  303. sprague cleghorn says:

    Saw him out there giving big props to Jaro.

  304. spos080808 says:

    Seriously shut the F up. You are not a fan. You are a fraud and the biggest joke I have ever come across. You bash the team nonstop all season and really really bad after being down 3 games to 1 and now you are pretending to be a legit fan. You are not fooling anyone you JOKE!

  305. spos080808 says:

    You are a joke timo

  306. spos080808 says:

    Now you are a fan all of a sudden? HaHaHa. What a fraud!

  307. Propwash says:

    Yep, maybe he isnt the p.o.s some people make him out to be.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  308. spos080808 says:

    You should be disallowed from watching any Habs games and “cheering” this team on. FRAUD!!!!!!

  309. likehoy says:

    you are amazing…the official timo-stalker.

    - What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  310. sprague cleghorn says:

    Pierre Houde is the greatest play-by-play announcer since Danny Gallivan.  Nothing can match “Et le but!”

  311. Corio says:

    Can’t wait for tomorrow night!

  312. SeriousFan09 says:

    I couldn’t believe I heard that, what a hack. Maybe the loudest arena in California, maybe.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  313. ooder says:

    Mishka can you send this guy a postcard with your autohraph or something..

    he really wants your attention

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  314. likehoy says:

    ditto that.

    - What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  315. longtimehabsfan says:

    Great post Dave.

  316. spos080808 says:

    Damn right. I will continue to post replies to him nonstop. He is a fraud and a joke. People like him should make all true Habs fans sick. Thinking he can bash the team nonstop then jump on the bangwagon when they do something fantastic like he wasnt calling out EVERYONE all season…I will continue to make sure he knows how big of a FRAUD he is.

  317. Clay4bc says:

    Where are the mods? I have had enough of this guy – attack after attack, all unprovoked. Why isn’t he banned already? MODS – DO YOUR JOBS.

     

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  318. Clay4bc says:

    Who are you to determine this? People like you make me sick, but I’m not disputing your right to be an a** hole or a loser.

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  319. spos080808 says:

    Ban me I could careless. I am simply telling the truth buddy! Atleast I know I can watch and cheer for the Habs KNOWING I am a real fan and not a fraud like Timo.

  320. spos080808 says:

    Have you been here all season? Were you here after Game 4 when Timo went nuts with his hardcore and I mean harcore bashing. So tell me how I am wrong in calling him a fraud of a “fan” huh. Ball dont lie buddy! I am 100% right here.

  321. Propwash says:

    Ok, look, calling it as you see it is a right to every poster here. Verbally attacking a poster here is a no-no, knock it off man.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  322. spos080808 says:

    Oh and you want me banned yet call me an a**hole and a loser. Pot, hello, it is kettle. Ball dont lie buddy!

  323. BienvenueSurLaPasserelle says:

    Not a fan of CBC either, but that’s not how it happened. CBC actually had the first 2 picks, and chose       OTT-PITT and VAN-LA, naturally, as they wanted Crosby and a Canadian team in Ottawa as well as the Nucks for the west coast audience. TSN got the next 2 picks and chose the Habs and Caps there. Boston-Buffalo was chosen afterwards, when there were no Canadian teams left. 

    It is unfortunate though, as I watched games 1-4 on RDS HD, then switched to TSN HD in game 5, and the rest, as we know, is history. I’m in NL but I’m bilingual, so I prefer Houde all day over whoever is on the english network. I think I will switch back to RDS for tomorrow, but if another switch is necessary, let’s hope that my fellow Newfoundlander Mr. Cole isn’t too biased towards Crosby.

    _____________________

    To You From Failing Hands We Throw The Torch, Be Yours To Hold It High.

  324. Habscore says:

    I know eh! But we can already be proud of the boys, all the achievements up to now, right? No?

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  325. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Haha Corio, seems like you get a unique picture everytime we face a different team.

    Looking good.

  326. Caper says:

    This smells like 1993. No respect. Habs just kept winning. Only 12 wins remaining before euphoria.

  327. MontrealAtheist says:

    I think everybody is happy about winning the series against the Caps, but let’s not get overexcited here and jump the gun … It’s still a long way to winning the Stanley Cup … lol

  328. megagoten says:

    truth is that the pens are not the chokers that the cabs are.

    pens in 8

  329. Caper says:

    I know. I can dream. geezus. I sound like a Laff fan. God help me!

  330. Caper says:

    It’s an actual quote from the Under Dog cartoon of the 1960′s. He said whenever something went wrong.

  331. MontrealAtheist says:

    Just like he did in the Bell Centre after game #6.

  332. MontrealAtheist says:

    Hmmm, 1.9 million on RDS and 2.8 million on TSN for game #7 … Since obviously most fans prefer to watch the Habs in English it would really make sense to have a dedicated channel that broadcasts all Habs games in English, kinda like CBC does for the Laffs.

  333. spos080808 says:

    Awww how cute, we have a 8 year old tattletale. “Mommy it was Greg who spilled the grape juice”. “Mrs. Johnson, Mark is cheating on his test”…Oh and by the way, you must have NO backbone what-so-ever if you are not only tattletailing, but are all up in arms over me using the words fraud and joke. I have used no swears, no racial sluts, no family insults etc. I actually feel really sorry for people who have to deal with you lack of a backbone on a daily basis. “Mods, spos080808 is making fun of me. Please ban him and have him stopped”.

    ___________________

    Timo is the biggest joke & fraud in the history of hockey “fans”

  334. MontrealAtheist says:

    Meanwhile the pens have been off for almost a week.”

    This may also work against them … During this series against the Caps the Habs became accustomed playing their best every 2-3 days just to stay alive whereas the Pens may well have lost their momentum after eliminating the Sens.

    I want to believe … Go Habs go !!!

  335. Beefington says:

    I’ll take RDS over TSN or CBC any day. The only problems with RDS are the incredible obsession with Quebecois players, no matter how bad they are, and the incredible lack of hockey knowledge Joel Bouchard has. He played like 20 games a season for 6 seasons but he’s convinced he knows everyone in hockey, and then when he does to the board to draw up what players should have done, he points out the most painfully obvious thing he can. He also has the biggest man-crush on Crosby anyone in the hockey business has: “Oh et quel beau jeu de Crosby, une excellente decision” as Crosby dumps the puck into the opponents zone to make a line change.

  336. VancouverHab says:

    Wikipedia reliable? Uhm, if Wikipedia were an NHL player it would be Sergei Kostitsyn….

  337. Corio says:

    I feel it is fitting and sets the stage for the next series  ;)

  338. Clay4bc says:

    Listen, little boy…It’s easy to talk tough in mom’s basement behind the security of internet anonymity, but in the real world that won’t get you far in life. People are entitled to have different opinions. That’s what makes our country great…so keep that in mind before you go on spewing your senseless garbage. Try growing up a little.

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  339. MontrealAtheist says:

    Hey, at least we can still remember what a Stanley Cup run smells like :-) Not sure if that’s the case with Laffs fans …

  340. Clay4bc says:

    Very similar, Timo…well, except for everything. :)

    Chinese food is better in Canada, BTW!

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

    __________________________

    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot -

  341. spos080808 says:

    HaHaHaHa. Pot, hello, it is kettle. How ya doing?…

    By the way, if people are entitled to their opinions, why can I not call Timo a fraud and a joke huh. Again, pot, hello, it is kettle. You are such a hypocrite!

    ___________________

    Timo is the biggest joke & fraud in the history of hockey “fans”

  342. MontrealAtheist says:

    habs had most pk’s”

    Maybe in terms of absolute numbers … If I remember correctly the B’s killed off all their penalties during their series.

  343. Clay4bc says:

    Right you are…

    Decided to take your advice on your stalker, BTW. Ignoring in progress.

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

    __________________________

    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot -

  344. spos080808 says:

    Awww You should ignore me now bc I proved you were a 100% hypocrite. You are going to be one fantastic parent with your do as I say not as I do philosophy!!!Enjoy the rest of your fantastic night my good friend!

    ___________________

    Timo is the biggest joke & fraud in the history of hockey “fans”

  345. porkdog324 says:

    I’ll sign that petition!

  346. shootdapuck says:

    Not forgetting the spitting!

    Gross on the billion level!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  347. shootdapuck says:

    That’s if Cole even realizes Crosby is playing!

    He has referred to Crosby as “a Pittsburgh player” or “that come from away” in the past.

    He’s in da fog t’underin Jesus!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  348. DAVE. N says:

    Hey Timo,

       See you got a new friend who doesn’t play well with others in the sandbox!!   lol

  349. habs_1993 says:

    Anyone see The History will be made commercial with Halak?

    On nhl.com…manifique!

  350. HABSsince92 says:

    Just watched it, pretty good. Has anyone watched the parody one of McSorley and the Habs from 93? It’s on youtube, worth a viewing.

     

    Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.

  351. mike g says:

    That’s beautiful

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  352. Les-Habitants says:

    Really, really funny.

  353. spos080808 says:

    Your heart wants to say Habs…Bull! Absolute bull! You bashed the team nonstop all season and went off on them after being down 3 games to 1. Talking about how every one of them have no heart etc etc…You are a frickin joke Timo. Now they they pull an upset and look good you want back on the bandwagon. Give mea frickin break. You are the biggest fraud ever!!!!!!!!!

  354. Natrous says:

    There seem to be A LOT of posters who are turning on Timo today…

  355. likehoy says:

    just today?? i think HIO is in a gelling period with timo. with every loss, it takes 20 games to gel back with timo.

    - What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  356. spos080808 says:

    Can you blame us? LIke I said, he is a joke and a fraud. Bashes them all season, and all series and now rejoices when they win Game 7 and says how he celebrated and how sweet the win was. Give me a frickin break! He is an embarrassment to real Habs fans, you know, the ones who even through the down times didnt bash them 24/7 and tried to stick by their side…Nobody is fooled by Timo the Fraud

  357. Storm Man says:

    Why are you so angry today? The Habs just made histroy, Maybe you just need some milk and cookies to make you happy today.

  358. nick says:

    French goaltender? Habs are doomed! ;)

  359. spos080808 says:

    I am in a great mood and am loving the fact the Habs pulled off this historic upset. Since I live in Boston, the only Habs fan I can celebrate with are ones online, which is fine. Although a bunch of my Bruins buddies were cheering with me for the Habs last night…

    BUT I am sorry, I can not sit by and let this clown TIMO talk about how happy he is, how he celebrated etc etc. He is the biggest two faced joke of a “fan” I have ever come across. It is a slap to Habs fans everywhere and to the franchise that this clown is trying to celebrate with us, when all he did all year and series was bash the team nonstop!!!! Makes me so sick

  360. Storm Man says:

    I understand where you coming from and the point your making. I just think if your going to call out one or two people on here maybe you should call out the people that post on here that just cheer for a name on the back of the greatest jersey in all of pro sports, And try to make them understand you need to cheer for the team.

  361. CHsam says:

    why are you so fixated on Timo ? just look forward to the game tomorrow night. Relax man.

  362. kempie says:

    Imagine if he had a mean streak with that size? Kind of a shame he’s such a nice guy.

  363. ParrySoundHabber says:

    Uhoh!! Chris Lee named as a starting ref in second
    round http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=527530

     

    “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.”

    Jean Beliveau

    ~If winning wasn’t important we wouldn’t keep score.

  364. SeriousFan09 says:

    As often as God proves he’s a Habs fan, the Devil proves he’s not above trying to thwart our victories.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  365. SeriousFan09 says:

    So, who’s going to tune in to Team 990 to see how Mcguire tap-dances around his Capitals win prediction and general slagging of the Habs?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  366. Say Ash says:

    It’d be funny if those rating stats were sourced to CBC. And just wondering, do the RDS figures include viewers subscribing to the channel outside of Quebec? There are lots of us across the country paying to not listen to McGuire.

  367. Thurston says:

    Hockey sucks because the Habs were allowed to “muck it up.”

    Pass it on.

     

    http://wxyt.cbslocal.com/shows/valenti-and-foster-2/

  368. Exit716 says:

    Typical ignorant “Hockey Town” analysis.

    Shouldn’t Foster be more worried about his pathetic Detroit Lions?

     

  369. Danno says:

    What does he know? He can’t even spell Canadiens properly.

     

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

  370. anotherhab says:

    Ted Leonsis the owner of the Caps is a class guy, here’s a great read that was on his blog!

     

    CONGRATULATIONS TO MONTREAL

    We lost. But Montreal won. They deserve respect and
    congratulations for a well played series.

    They played committed hockey, they sacrificed, and they out worked
    us. I have never seen better D and more blocked shots in a playoff
    series. I think they blocked as many shots as we took last night.
    Another stat I had never seen before.

    Their goal tending ended up being better than our goal tending.

    They played a defensive scheme that was very frustrating. They used
    their match ups deftly. They were more patient than us. They were more
    committed to their scheme. Be patient– trap– transition to offense off
    of turn over’s score on power plays. Play low scoring games. We scored 3
    goals in the last 3 games on more than 130 plus shots. That is just not
    going to get it done.

    They took advantage of breaks and they scored on their power play
    opportunities. We didn’t.

    They played committed team defense. They took our stars out of play
    all series. I believe our hockey IQ seemed low this series and we didn’t
    adjust well on the ice to the new schemes coming our way.

    Live by the O and die by the O. We were horrid on the special teams.
    When you score more goals shorthanded than with a man advantage in a 7
    game series how can you expect to win? To me this was the biggest
    surprise and disappointment. We just couldn’t score on the man or two
    man advantage thus we didn’t deserve to win. And our second line didn’t
    contribute to us the way they did during the regular season.

    We had a goal scored called back. We weren’t mentally tough enough to
    overcome that and capitalize right away on the momentum that a visual
    of a goal in the net provided us.

    Montreal deserved the victory last night. They beat us three games
    out of four at home in front of our rabid fans.

    Congratulations to the Montreal franchise. They move on and we stay
    home and answer questions and do some serious soul searching. But the
    better team won fair and square.

    Tags: , ,
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  371. likehoy says:

    very classy and his assessment is all true.

    now if bruce boudreau could stop being a big baby….

    - What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  372. Danno says:

    I cannot believe how gracious this man is in defeat. Thanks for sharing this!

     

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

  373. adam76 says:

    Pure class.

  374. sidhu says:

    Attention: ALL HABS FANS ARE ENTITLED TO PRIMA NOCTA ON DC FANS, EXERCISE YOUR RIGHTS!

  375. jimmy shaker says:

    Lapierre has a big task coming up tomorrow night.  He’s going to have to check Crosby, and I think he’s got the attitude, the moxy and the annoyance to do it.  And when Max isn’t on him, Gomer will do the same, but, will make Sid work in his own D-zone as well, because Gomer has been doing it in both ends all last series.  I think we need to get this one for sure tomorrow, because that stupid afternoon game that Bettman has to have for his American fans who for the most part could give two flips about hockey is going to be a tough one for the boys.  The boys aren’t as used to the afternoon game as Sid and Co. are, so that game might be trouble.  So get game 1 for sure, so we don’t have to worry about the stupid Game 2 as much!

    Shaker

  376. Danno says:

    It’s hard to do justice to such a magnificent performance in less than 30 seconds.

     

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

  377. Exit716 says:

    Can we start a petition to keep the Habs on TSN? I dread the thought of the boneheads at Hockey Night In Toronto crapping all over Montreal for the next seven games.

     

  378. jimmy shaker says:

    Sorry, count me out!  I’m glad we’re back home on CBC…..only problem is that we’re on a day too early.

    Thanks Bettman! What a JABRONI!

    Shaker

  379. SeriousFan09 says:

    TSN clowns versus CBC clowns, it’s really hard to call a ‘winner’ for the viewers on either of them covering a Montreal playoff series.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  380. Thurston says:

    On TSN, they have actual analysts discussing the game between periods.

    On CBC, they have an idiot wearing an obnoxious shower curtain yelling at the camera despite the fact he hasn’t coached a meaningful game in 30 years.

  381. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    If those ratings are true, the habs will win the cup. Ask Gary Bettman, that guy knows about ratings…

    Betman Conspiracy: ( By an angry Sens fan ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu3dwtAZ1yU

  382. Rudy says:

    Hall and Josh sound relaxed, that is comforting. Hope everyone got a lot of down time today.

  383. Propwash says:

    I think JT sums up the next round pretty well.

     

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com/2010/04/habs-notebook-taking-on-pens-edition.html

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  384. Caper says:

    I haven’t been on the site in over a week. Anyone talk about how things even out with respect to Washington’s disallowed goal last night and how the 2nd goal for the Craps in game 2 should have been goalie interference. The latter was a lot worse than last nights. The hockey gods are with us.

  385. 11habs11 says:

    Yup it’s been mentioned, and it’s a very good point. There’s no way the Caps can say they lost because of the refs. This was the first game where officiating actually went our way.

  386. db says:

    ..those ratings are crazy considering some of the great playoff hockey of the past year… imagine if they could count all the people that are streaming Habs games all over the world… does RDS count the streams that people pay for? 

    I just got back from Mexico (missed the entire season) in time for game 7 and at first the snow was a bit of a downer… but the vibe in montreal right now is fantastic. 

    As a collective lets just focus all of our positive energy on this group of guys that seem to be coming together quite nicely… i think its time for a player vote: who’s your captain?

  387. OneTimer says:

    I like Gionta, or Gorges. But as other people have pointed out, it seems like there’s a good ten or so true leaders on this team. Maybe that’s what’s taking so long to choose a captain: too many to choose from! And what’s the rush really? Team’s doing just fine. :)

  388. Sambaguio says:

    Hal Gill said of Pittsburg: “They’re the best teams in the league. You have to play the best and beat the best.”

    ——————————————
    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  389. Thurston says:

    It was authored by the guy on the right, the white guy trying to be a badass Mike Valenti. Note that he also uses semi-colons instead of apostrophes.

  390. 21BIGGionta says:

    Tsn wasn’t bad during this series.. Pierre Mcguire wasn’t that bad either maybe once or twice he was bad…but other than that i was pleased. so TSN over CBC any day

  391. Propwash says:

    Well, look at Brodeur right? If Halak can at least win two for us, then take a breather, ya never know….

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  392. spos080808 says:

    The truth hurts huh Timo. Ball dont lie buddy.

  393. Tis Himself says:

    Frau Timo, will you be serving German double bocks tomorrow night?

  394. Habscore says:

    What is it with the personal attacks? We’re all cool here.

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  395. CHsam says:

    hahahaha die biere sind sehr lecker

  396. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Yo spos080808,cool your jets ffs will ya ,believe it or not WE ARE ALL HAB FANS HERE and you nor anyone else is more of a fan than the next dude or dudette. Go out tonight ,smoke a huge fatty ,have  a couple of beers  and kiss a pretty lady and forgetaboutit!

  397. spos080808 says:

    See, this is where I disagree with many of you. For example, say you are a diehard Red Sox fan. And all season long you kept the faith and were fair in your assessments, bad or good. Yet I bashed the team all season long and then when down 3 games to 0 to the Yanks in the ALCS I absolutely ripped every single Sox player and management like never before. Then the Sox come back and end up winning the series and then the world series. I then start cheering side by side with you like I have kept the faith all season long…You are telling me you would be 100% ok with that? Sorry man, not me. I have no respect for bandwagon fans or fans who bash bash bash then want to jump back on the bus when they do something great…That is what Timo did. And Timo brought it to a whole new level after being down 3 games to 1 last week…No respect for that sorry…Also, I think I am 100% fair in my judgment of him. And I have not crossed the line with swearing etc, racial slurs, etc…Like I said, no respect for people like that, and to be quite honest, I do not know ONE person who would be ok with someone like Timo trying to jump back on the bus. People who say otherwise are lying. But again thats me.

    __________

    Timo is the biggest joke & fraud in the history of hockey “fans”

  398. Bugs says:

    Ja, ich cann trinken mit der besten als!

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  399. kempie says:

    Dude, he was never off the bus. You need to realize we are all flying the same flag here man. You think that Timo’s a bandwagoner? You couldn’t be more wrong. He’s here only because he is one of us who is passionate about this bus. Now calm down, take your seat and let’s all try and get through this together without killing each other. Really, vendettas like this are tiresome, especially right now.

  400. BJ says:

    Imagine how boring this blog would be if we all agreed all the time. Each has his character and ways of expressing how the feel it and see it.

  401. 11habs11 says:

    Has anyone else noticed how indifferent the Kostitsyns are when the Habs win? I noticed it a couple years ago with SK74 when we put out the Bruins, and I noticed it last night with AK46. When the rest of the team is jumping for joy, they just remain expressionless. It just goes to show that they have no passion, and I’m glad players like Gio and Hal aren’t like that or we would be f’ed!

  402. Caper says:

    Is it a Belarussian thing? So talented. What to do with them. They could come back to haunt us if traded.

  403. MontrealAtheist says:

    As for SK74, can you really blame him when JM hardly gives him any ice time?

    And with AK46, well, as long as he scores I would say let him celebrate in whichever way wants and if he wants to do some meditations while everyone else is jumping up and down on the ice, so be it.

  404. MontrealAtheist says:

    As for SK74, can you really blame him when JM hardly gives him any ice time?

    And with AK46, well, as long as he scores I would say let him celebrate in whichever way wants and if he wants to do some meditations while everyone else is jumping up and down on the ice, so be it.

  405. Da Hema says:

    From what Boone wrote in his live game blog a few days ago, Sergie is effectively done with the Montreal Canadiens. It remains unclear specifically what Sergie has done that led to this. Frankly, it is Sergie’s brother who frustrates me most. I wonder how many bruises and battlescars from the Washington series Andrie has in relation to his teammates? That would reveal a great deal. I’d be surprised if he even awakened once stiff in the morning after a game.

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  406. MontrealAtheist says:

    They could come back to haunt us if traded.”

    Well, that’s always the case when you trade someone within the same league (although trading him to a Western team would reduce the chances of getting hurt too much).

  407. Bugs says:

    Not to your brother anyway.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  408. Bugs says:

    Or to someone who could APTLY judge the relation between showin emotion to your brother and putting up points in a series. 

    If he gives me another 6 against Pittsburgher, he can be the man of stone who only smiles on Wednesdays for all I care.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  409. bostonantifan says:

    Sure they could come back to haunt the Habs if they were traded. Who cares? They aren’t doing anything to help them now, and haven’t for quite a while. It’s called addition by subtraction. People are so worried about what players will do after they’re traded away. It really doesn’t matter what they do somewhere else, it only matters what they do for the Canadiens. If they’ve been given a fair chance, or chances, in Montreal, and they haven’t done anything, get rid of them.

  410. MontrealAtheist says:

    It’s interesting that some pro-Caps media blame their loss to Bettman’s pro-Canadian bias (and the refereeing that goes along with it). The funny thing is, when the Habs lose, people here blame it on Bettman’s anti-Canadian bias. Kinda difficult to have both at the same time :-)

  411. echoesof says:

    Greg

    Don’t worry. I’m a suffering Washingtonian and Caps fan. We know the Habs won righteously. Deep down, when we admit it, we’re envious. I’m rooting for you for the remainder!

  412. HabsTrueBlue says:

    In the end players have to earn ice time (through good current play or by previous excellent play). I doubt JM just decided for no reason to dislike SK74. I admire the K bros skills but I closely watched AK47 for a couple shifts last night and he just didn’t seem to have the same drive and intensity of many of our other forwards last night.

    When a young player like SK74 is not racking up the points he needs to bring something else to the table (like how Tom Pyatt does). It would be best for SK74 (and the Habs) if he got his game to a level where JM has no choice but to play him more. It looks like Lapierre may be understanding that and his drive, effort and intensity is markedly improved and his ice time is increasing. That’s what SK74 needs to do. By the way I like SK74 and I hope that Boone is wrong. I hope to see him playing (well) for many years with the Habs.

  413. Bugs says:

    Mandate for Pittsburgher is the same it was for Washycity: win a game in the Igloo (or whatever they call it now).

    We should not forget that we were never s’posed to get this far. It’s all vigorish now. Winning an extra game, especially against Pittsburgher, and we can call this a very successful entreprise. For the rest, I propose not to cling to any false hopes. Don’t wish for anything to happen, don’t want anything to happen; just watch what DOES happen. This is the way to find zen.

    Once you find zen, all is possible.

    Now let’s get it on.

    Incompetent cellar-swelling, pity-drafting, oh so perspicacious lottery-winners, let’s get it on.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  414. Rainrocket16 says:

    Everything Zen!

  415. Rainrocket16 says:

    We all know what the Pens are all about…I give a flying Fack!! WE know what the Habs are capable of now, perhaps more than we can imagine. These so-called experts arent giving us a chance yet again and it makes me happy! We can prove them wrong yet again. Being an American I know what its like to cheer against Crosby, I hate him…maybe if he wasn’t a Pen I would like him better, Pens fans are kind of Arrogant and mostly just bandwagoners!

    We can beat these punks ladies and gents! And when it happens, Bettman will have a stroke!! talk about killing 2 birds with one stone!

    From this moment on……….ZEN!

  416. itpf says:

    This is Ted Leonsis’s blog – the owner of the capitals. For any of you who might be interested… it’s been updated recently and he talks about the games and the series loss.

    TedLeonsis

     

    http://www.tedstake.com/

  417. light_n_tasty says:

    OK, so, I just got back from MN at 2:00 am, and watched the PVR of the game. Made sure I didn’t know the score, anything. WOW! Speechless.  Still shaking. Moore. Gill. Halak. All guys that we questioned at some point in the season.  All were awesome.  True playoff performers.

    Congratulations JM. Your “system” (ie, let the goalie do it), worked.

    Shout-out to Mr. Hazard for calling the blocker-side on Varlamov…way back in game 3.

    Amazing.  Just.  Amazing.

    The biggest win of we have had since 1993. (Kinda sad in a way, but we can think about the big picture later, right?).

    Glad we will still be blogging into May.

     

    I PVR’d game 6 too…haven’t watched it yet…gonna go watch it now.

     

     

  418. adam76 says:

    On CBC, they have an idiot wearing an obnoxious shower curtain yelling at the camera despite the fact he hasn’t coached a meaningful game in 30 years.

     

    That s funny – well done!!!!

  419. bostonantifan says:

    A player has to earn ice time, and SK hasn’t earned it. He’s been given chances in the past, and he hasn’t done anything with it. He has physical skills, he’s a good, fast skater, and a decent passer, but that’s about it. He has proven that he can’t score at the NHL level, and he’s not much of a checker, so why should he be given ice time? As for AK46, your comment about “as long as he scores…”, that’s the problem, he doesn’t score. How many goals has he scored since returning from injury. The Habs can’t wait 10-20 games for him to start scoring at the start of the season, then another 10-20 games after returning from an injury. He’s just too streaky.


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