Habs happy to be home with 2-0 series lead (with video)

The Canadiens returned to Montreal after Friday night’s 4-1 win over the Lightning  in Tampa to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Coach Michel Therrien scrapped plans for a noon-hour practice in Brossard, instead opting for a team meeting at 1:30 p.m., followed by an off-ice workout and media availability.

Game 3 is Sunday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

“We’re really focused on the things we have to do today to prepare ourselves for tomorrow’s game,” Therrien told reporters in Brossard Saturday afternoon, adding he likes the Habs’ concentration and determination.

“The players also know that when we stay in our team concept, that’s when we’re at our best,” the coach added. “That’s what we see now.”

Despite being up 2-0 in the series, Therrien said he knows there’s a rough road ahead in the playoffs.

“We all understand that the more we go through the playoffs, the more difficult the games are to play,” he said. “We’re glad we’re back at home. But I like our focus. We’ve got a business mentality. So today it’s about preparing ourselves for tomorrow. And tomorrow it’s going to be our main focus. And that’s the way we like to do things here.”

Said Canadiens captain Brian Gionta about being up 2-0 in the series: “It’s huge. But, at the end of the day, we fell into that trap against Boston a few years back.

“We won two games in (the Bruins’) building and we came back and let off the gas a bit. So we need to make sure that (Sunday) night is our focus. And we’ve got to do the things that have made us successful in the first two games and make sure we stick with that.”

In 2011, the Canadiens won the first two games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series in Boston but then lost Games 3 and 4 on home ice and eventually lost the series in seven games.

The Lightning practised in Tampa Saturday morning before flying to Montreal. Rookie winger Ondrej Palat, who suffered an upper-body injury in Game 1 and missed Game 2, took part in practice and hopes to play in Game 3. 

Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness met with the media in Tampa after practice and said Palat will be a game-time decision Sunday. Bowness added that a decision has yet to be made on who will start in goal for the Lightning Sunday, but it won’t be Ben Bishop, who is sidelined with an elbow injury. Anders Lindback was pulled in Game 2 and replaced by Kristers Gudlevskis.

“I think the first game was overhyped, but tonight I felt better than I did in Game 1,” Canadiens goaltender Carey Price told reporters in Tampa after making 27 saves in Game 2. “We didn’t play our best hockey in Game 1 but we found a way to win.”

Added Brendan Gallagher: “You don’t want to take your foot off the pedal. Going up 1-0 on the power play gave us momentum and we have to keep pushing.”

The Canadiens will have a morning skate Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Brossard. The Lightning will skate at the same time at the Bell Centre.

(Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Habs happy to be back home, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

Habs know perils of coming home with 2-0 series lead, NHL.com

Habs an old boys club, Canadiens.com

Bourque, Price give Habs 2-0 series lead, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

‘We have to keep pushing,’ Gallagher says, by Pat Hickey

Habs are rolling, Canadiens.com

Bourque goes double dipping, NHL.com

Game 2 photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Habs’ Weaver didn’t expect to play pro, by Pat Hickey

Tampa reporter has watched sun shine on Lightning, by Gazette Sports Editor Stu Cowan

Bell Centre gets dressed up for postseason, by The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell

Habs fans have watched Carey Price grow up, Stu on Sports blog

Habs fans need to wake up the ghosts, Letters to the Sports Editor

Lightning could use Palat to challenge Canadiens, NHL.com

Lightning found diamond in deep rough with Palat, Stu on Sports blog

Lightning may not be ready for this stage, Tampa Bay Times

Loss leaves Lightning full of questions, Tampa Bay Times

Team meeting, speculation of goalie change for Lightning, Tampa Bay Times

Television lapse leaves Lightning fans livid, Tampa Bay Times

And the NHL award winners should be …, by Pat Hickey

Leafs’ Kadri joins Hockey Night in Canada for playoffs, Stu on Sports blog

865 Comments

  1. Buzz Lightbeer says:

    Tomorrow will be a tough game. Coming home to a hockey crazed city,annoying media,a horny/crabby wife,screaming kids. Lets hope the boys stay focused ,survive the first period home ice jitters and play like we have and put them on the ropes. The series becomes 2-1 and Tuesday the pressure is on us.
    For now i’m just going to enjoy how well the team is playing. Nobody wants to take a shift off and be “the goat” it seems.
    The effect Gio is having on Eller and Bourque seems to be played down as well. What better place to put someone with shattered confidence and an underachiever than with your calm captain who plays balls to the wall(not a lucic pun).

  2. Psycho29 says:

    Ansar Khan ‏@AnsarKhanMLive ·3 hrs

    Lucic: “I’ve been in the league for seven years and I think I’ve only done that three times. I don’t know why I did it.”

  3. habcertain says:

    This should make everyone smile, NBC just referenced the Habs as Canada’s only team in the playoffs and referenced Boone’s quote.

  4. The Jackal says:

    habsfan0

    Gotta disagree with you about the reason for insisting on a French coach and GM. It’s not a media issue, that would go away eventually. The issue is one of identity and cultural history, not about Quebec in general but about the social history of the team vis a vis the community. I think it is important to honour that heritage and I for one am glad that the organization chooses to do so. It’s sad that it is made to be a political issue, and it is superficially because of some media interests, but the real driving force behind this state of affairs is social and cultural heritage.

    • habcertain says:

      Gotta disagree with your disagree, this is driven and fueled by the media. How many actual fans listen directly to the coaches words, most comes via the media. As I have said before if this is never going to go away, the Habs need to develop French speaking coaches, as important as player development, no other team needs to own this issue, clear disadvantage for us.

    • habsfan0 says:

      I respect your difference of opinion.
      However, I’d like to present a bit of an analogy if I may.
      Let’s assume that the Atlanta Thrashers were still in business.
      The population of the greater Atlanta area is overwhelmingly black.
      Would the onus on team management be to hire a black head coach and/or a black GM even though a Caucasian candidate of proven higher credentials is available?
      I guess what I’m trying to say is that a professional sports organization’s number 1 priority is to win at ALL costs.

      Vince Lombardi’s favourite expression was:
      “Winning isn’t everything.
      It’s the only thing.”
      And not:
      “Winning isn’t everything.
      Speaking Italian is!”

      • monmick says:

        They had 8 black players at one point. I’m sure it wasn’t just a coincidence…

        ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

      • habcertain says:

        back in the Pollack days when the Habs basically had first crack at the Quebec players, there was an association with the fans to get a home boy to cheer for but think that has all subsided now to more of an international sport. I don’t see the coach as anything different and believe if Quebec gets a team and tries to emulate the all québécois stance, they will be a troubled franchise.

    • JUST ME says:

      Let it be known that i understand you guys mean well and since that subject comes back on a regular basis it shows that people care and want the best at this job and the best for our team.
      Although i agree with the idea it also shows that you have no clue about what it really means to the Quebecers and although i agree that the media have a large part to do with it you just will never change the way it is.
      Jackal resumed it pretty well when he said that the problem is that it became political when actually it has nothing to do with it. It is cultural. You can make me change political views as we have seen lately…but cannot tear off the cultural side of us growing up with les Canadiens and what they meant for the little frenchie against the world. Will not go back to the whole story wich i hope you know but hockey is part of our veins as it is for all habs fans .

      • habcertain says:

        Lived in Quebec forever and agree with what you say, but what does a French speaking coach really add to the overall culture of Les Quebecois? I don’t think it really registers, while in the heydays, we had Anglo coaches who spoke a butchered French, I don’t think it soothed any cultural demand to promote the Francophone culture. Don’t see it as anymore then a media issue.

  5. sCOTT1243 says:

    So glad lapierre is no longer a hab…he’s a jack a$$

  6. Slackman says:

    Geez Keith and Sharp looked like amateurs there….

    Also, I hope somebody gives Lucic a vicious two-hander to the nether region.

    “When the going get’s weird, the weird turn pro”

  7. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    “It’s funny. I never do that, but unfortunately I’ve done it twice in the last little bit here so, like I said, I’m not going to make it habit,” said Lucic.

    Oh dear.

    • Adidess says:

      Oh, and I thought Lucic didn’t do anything the first time and Emelin was the coward pretending he got hit in the nuts? Oh well.

      Go Team CHanada!

  8. habcertain says:

    I see Lucy has supplanted Boone’s ALN blog as the menu du jour. Got to hand it to Mr. Boone, he knows how to herd the cattle. Funny stuff.

  9. 25 cups says:

    I know the blues have been dominant all season long and are the higher seed, but it would still seem like an upset if they take out the champs in the first round.

  10. frontenac1 says:

    Lucy gets $5Grand? Figures. Spot picking Punk. Some Call up Enforcer will get him. Not this season though. Next season some kid will make a name taking him out. Book it.

  11. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Lucic goes nuts again and only loses 5 grand…

    There is something wrong in this league.

    • habsfan0 says:

      Quenneville gets a $25k fine for briefly grabbing his own nuts,while Lucic is hit with a $5k one for attempting a bris on another player.
      Something is definitely wrong.

      • Clay says:

        Puritanism at work. A sexual connotation can’t be tolerated, but violence is just fine. Strange society we live in.

        __________________________
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        • Adidess says:

          You’re spot on, Clay.

          Kids might have seen what Quenneville did, need to come down hard on it for ruining the family show that the NHL playoffs are. But Lucic’s spear right on the balls, nothing wrong there, kids probably get a good laugh from it, watching with their dads and all.

          Go Team CHanada!

          • Clay says:

            Hey, thanks. Love Neil deGrasse Tyson by the way – nice avatar!

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          • Adidess says:

            Thanks man. Huge fan of Tyson here too, obviously. Cheers!

            Go Team CHanada!

      • duffy says:

        You’re forgetting Greg’s Daddy is in NHL offices ,

  12. habsfan0 says:

    Raptors doing their part to uphold the Toronto sports teams record of ineptitude.

    • Adidess says:

      When it comes to the Raptors, I do everything to forget they’re located in Toronto. I am a huge fan and, with a few buddies, have made the drive from the NCR to attend a few games over the years.

      I am a soft Toronto hater, unless the Leafs are involved. I don’t hate the Blue Jays either, though I don’t follow baseball very much.

      Go Team CHanada!

    • Adidess says:

      They lost home court today but I hope they can come back in this series. Going out with a wimper would ruin what was a very successful regular season, with Casey at the helm and Lowry, DeRozan, Ross, and Val coming into their own.

      Go Team CHanada!

  13. chesterfiled says:

    The Lightning have always had a feel of the Nordiques to me, am I wrong or too far off me meds? At least we will not face Washington, somehow in the eighties I felt that that was team water to our fire

  14. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …whoever is now in charge of player safety and discipline at NHL HQ, with the given his/her IQ exceeds 25 out of a scale of 200, would understand that not to punish Lucic appropriately (suspension) following TWO documented clear SPEARS to the groin in a 2 or 3 week period of time, will cause open-season for other players to express their vengeance and emotions in the same way

    …I mean, anyone with common-sense does NOT need to be limited by ‘precedence’ to do what must be done in the best interests of player safety and the integrity of the game

    …I used to take some of Youze Guyz’s rants about a different set of rules for Jacobs and da Beans with a grain of salt …but, there seriously appears something is rotten in Denmark here

    • Danno says:

      Every player should take a nut-crack shot from behind on Lucic. The NHL has already decided you get one free shot and the next one only costs you $5,000. So go at it boys!

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    • Adidess says:

      I agree with you, HiS. The precedent needed to be set right there, either by suspending Lucic for a game or two or by diligently putting in a specific, more stringent clause that punishes this type of behavior. They did it a few years back for the Avery-Brodeur incident, no?

      Failing to impose a suspension or dealing with the act in a consequential manner leaves the option open at the beginning of these playoffs for more cowardly gestures like these to continue to happen. The one on Emelin was deemed a ‘love tap’, this was one was what ‘tough love’, next time Lucic will go for the kill. The guarantee of impunity does that to people.

      I am embarrassed for the guys in charge of player safety. What an outrage!

      Go Team CHanada!

  15. Phil C says:

    So if you never watched a game all season, and watched Rene Bourque last night for the first time, how many goals do you think he could get a year? 30? 40? If he can play like this every playoffs, he can sleep through the regular season for all I care. Having to defend a guy like that playing on the third line must be a matchup nightmare for the opposing coach.

  16. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …what are the odds the first opponent that spears Lucic in his johnnies receives a 5 to 10 game suspension ?

    • HabFan in Edmonton says:

      Absolutely ridiculous that he only gets a $5,000 fine, could have caused a serious injury. A dirty play from behind and he gets a little slap on the wrist. I don’t know who I hate more, the Bruins or the Leafs. Right now it’s the Bruins.

    • Fansincebirth says:

      I’d bet money it’ll happen, especially if it’s a Hab

      • CharlieHodgeFan says:

        Don’t you hate these little European players with the dirty stickwor….oh, wait a minute. He’s a Canadian. He’s a Bruin. I wonder this will go down on Cherry’s show.

  17. 25 cups says:

    big 3 pointer! raps down 5 heading into the 4th

    Fire the system! – TheMostCupsPeriod

  18. JF says:

    The Lightning’s youth and inexperience is showing in this series. Their young players lack the poise of our guys and seem unprepared for the degree of intensity demanded by playoff hockey. For the Habs, on the other hand, depth is becoming a factor. Therrien has a lot of options and, as long as he can roll four lines and we can play a fast-skating, puck-possession game, I like our chances.

    But the danger going into Game three is that the players could be over-confident. I think that’s what happened last time, despite a lot of rhetoric about how two games is not a series and we hadn’t won anything yet. I trust the coaching staff to have the team well-prepared and absolutely focused this time. We can’t afford to take our foot off the pedal. But a key difference from three years ago is that Price is more mature and we’ll be facing a backup at the other end rather than Tim Thomas.

    • chesterfiled says:

      Like! Thing is, this team has been there and seems to be remembering it. The Lightning can zap it’s way to a cup some other year in the future, thank you very much

  19. sweetmad says:

    I love the way this team is playing,and I hope it is allowed to continue,when we get to the next round,whoever we get,when we play our own game we can beat anyone,so we mut not get forced to play some one else’s game,that is the key to winning.

    I know Cooper is the coach of our adversery,but I hope he is the face of the future NHL succinct and honest,instead of the old time coaches like CJ or that idiot in Ott,more interested in winning games by talent and hard work,than winning by gooning it up.

    It is ridiculous that teams like our HABS and the Bolts have to dress goons,so they can play against the likes of the Gooins and the Sens,fighting is illogical in hockey,it’s goals and speed and talent that wins games,not who can get the best punches in.

    Lucy should be drummed out of the league,if not by the league then by the other players,most of whom would have more self respect, than to ever use a stick like that.It shows what is wrong with the human race,that we can all be intimidated instead of standing together against bullies.

    Had to get that off my chest,feel better now,back to our boys,just got to keep your composure boys,play every game like you did last night,and there is no doubt about the outcome.
    GO HABS GO ALL THE WAY

  20. Fansincebirth says:

    I know it’s not nice and Karma can be a bitch but I really hope some bad shit happens to a certain Bruin…not going to name names but it rhymes with Poocheech (or Clara or Parchand, take your pick).

  21. scavanau says:

    The whole Jeremy Jacobs, Gary Bettman cozy relationship again? Throw in a Colin Campbell and you’ve got yourself one hell of a stacked league brass deck.

  22. CH Marshall says:

    Thought this several times last night : PK is a huge boost to the team when he makes the simple correct plays. His ability and talent makes it easy for him to control the play when he has the puck.

  23. Garbo says:

    If I was Lucic I would be very worried anytime I had my back to another player now that all players know the league will do basically nothing for that type of attack. $5,000, spread it among the team each time someone sacks him. He’s gonna have sore nuts by the time this series is over!

  24. Mr. Biter says:

    14 Wins to go.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  25. Mavid says:

    Cautiously optimistic I realize we have a way to go but I am enjoying the ride
    Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

  26. CHicoHab says:

    @chilli. The Kings would destroy the Habs is a little too harsh. Both teams 46-28-8 for a 100 points.

    • chesterfiled says:

      The scenario is about good fortune. Excellent teams battle each other… damage done. Habs vs. L.A. final, I believe Habs win game five and everyone moans Habs had it easy to win it! :) Things change for better or worse, but I love history!

  27. monmick says:

    Regarding MT trading for Weaver and Weise, I wonder whether the fact that, apparently, Weaver’s grandmother and Weise’s dad are huge Habs fans has any bearing on those acquisitions.

    I’m not saying it’s a primary factor, but is this something that is known by the management team? Everything else being equal, wouldn’t you rather have a player that has some type of positive connection with the team? I think PK was also a Habs fan growing up in Sudbury…

    I don’t know Dale Weise, nor the relationship he has with his dad, but I get the feeling that he is the type of guy that would put a little extra effort playing for the Habs versus palying for, say, Buffalo.

    Man, I wish René dad was a Habs fan…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

    • chesterfiled says:

      You know he is. Dad issues, Bourque is getting over ‘em and will finish like it is his last stand. Head injuries are the worst, but you play what you are dealt with. The vibe seems to me that this team is clicking so…

  28. Dust says:

    Lets go Raptors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. HabFab says:

    Helene St. James – Milan Lucic on his spear on Danny DeKeyser in Game 1: “It was a heat of the moment thing.” Said he has to call in to NHL but no hearing.

    So no hearing = no suspension. A phone call would equal at least a warning and hopefully a fine.

  30. chilli says:

    @Goldenseal and pretty much everyone else. The Habs have looked great – but we’re beating a soft team with a back-up goalie. Bishop is as valuable, if not more, to Tampa as Price is to the Habs.

    We are not a contender. I live in LA and the Kings, who likely won’t get out of the west, would destroy the Habs in a 7 game series.
    The Habs are top of tier 2. But tier 1, Boston, LA, San Jose, Anaheim, St. Louis…. we are not.

    Go Habs! Awesome start – but let’s not drink the koolaid after winning two games against the weakest team in the playoffs.

    Tre

  31. CJ says:

    Not sure if anyone follows Dan Kramer on twitter, but he has a very good piece, summarizing the Bulldogs season and assigning grades to each player. He also projects the 2014-2015 lineup. For what it’s worth I am pretty well in agreement with his prospective lineup. It will be nice to see Mike Condon over Robert Mayer in net. Condon remains one of the better, more underrated moves the franchise made last year.
    Further, I can’t wait to see Pateryn and Bennett and Dietz and Thrower.

    If anyone could link for others to enjoy, I’d be most appreciative. Cheers, CJ

  32. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Our speed is killing the very average Tampa Bay defence. Also, I really cannot name a more over rated player in the whole NHL than Ryan Callahan. That guy has been absolutely absent the series so far. (Hedman is another guy that might be in the same boat). You may call me overconfident but the way the Habs are playing and the way Tampa is playing… This is OVA in 4 folks!!!

  33. The Jackal says:

    @UCE

    Thanks for bar recommendations!
    I’m visiting my parents in Vancouver and we are driving up to Whistler today to get some last season skiing and just unwind in general.
    I’ll be watching the game with my dad, so unfortunately I won’t be able to have a mini-HIO summit with the famous UCE (next time! I’m in BC a lot). I’ll check out your recommendations and see where we go on Sunday.

    Thanks UCE!

    ______________________
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    • Un Canadien errant says:

      No problem. Hope you got some good runs in on the mountain.

      Cool that your dad is here, I was hoping you weren’t stranded with a bunch of Leaf fans, or a girlfriend who’s not into hockey.

      My friends aren’t working at Brandy’s tomorrow, haven’t heard yet about Citta’s, will let you know what I hear.

  34. CJ says:

    Good afternoon folks.

    Beautiful day. We have been around town, running our errands. You wouldn’t believe the number of Canadiens hats, shirts, etc., that I’ve seen in south Ottawa today. Both my little guys had sweaters on this morning. I was stopped, smiled at and, on one occasion thanked. The only downside is it added a good 15 minutes to our morning. Needless to say the pride that comes from a couple of solid playoff games extends far beyond the belle province. I only hope it’s the start of something bigger. We just need the boys to stay disconnected from the media and fans and continue to apply pressure to their opponent. Two wins is nice, but I want 14 more.

    Regarding Lucic, perhaps I’m in the minority but I honestly feel that media outlets, especially TSN dictate terms. When Bob McKenzie shrugs it off by saying it was bad, but won’t carry any discipline, than that sets the bar. If MacKenzie was to say it was disgusting and had no place in the game, and advocated for a suspension, than I’m sure that is the direction the disciplinary committee would follow. It’s like the spring run off. Discipline follows the path of least resistance. That’s the NHL though, selective, take it easy……

    What Detroit needs to do is best the Bruins on the scoreboard. Let them whine and cheap shot. What comes around goes around. There is a reckoning on the horizon, and it’s originating in Montreal. The Sens realized this year that Montreal is no longer going to be pushed around. Not only that, but now Montreal pushes back. Starting next year, this team is going to become the aggressor. Not everyone likes the rough stuff, fighting specifically, and I respect this, but I for one thought that, playoff wins aside, among the best things to happen this week was Jack Nevins to announce his arrival on the AHL stage with a pair of decisions over a very big, very tough Daniel Maggio. I don’t know if this issue was discussed this week, but those were solid fights. Nevins could be the young warrior we are looking for. I also am really liking what I’ve seen of Connor Crisp. Lastly, and again I apologize if this was already discussed, but Nick Sorkin is a player with size and skill. The future is very bright. Very, very bright. I’m extremely high on Jeremy Gregorie. Another solid draft class and we will have returned our prospect depth to the top 5-10.

    Of course, as nice as it is to look forward, it’s all about the present. Nothing matters beyond our next game, Sunday night. One game at a time right now. To this end, once again I have to identify Frankie Bouillion as having played a very solid game. Fact is, everyone was moving their feet and fully engaged. We were rolling four lines, so everyone was in the game. I’d love to see our record when our fourth line gets over 9 minutes. I’d say it would be excellent. Not sure who Moen might bump. As it currently stands, when healthy, he and Chucky might remain depth. I’m still convinced that everyone will get a chance to contribute as injuries happen and each series will have it’s own ebbs and flows.

    In closing, despite raking the yard and cleaning up outside, I love this time of year. I can’t wait to golf and enjoy the nice weather. That said, spring is all about playoff hockey and it’s only fitting that our beloved Canadiens are in the mix. Now, let’s see if we can extend this ride even further. Go Habs!

    Cheers, CJ

    • 25 cups says:

      Hi CJ, you just couldn’t stay away huh? raking and cleaning the yard? golf? wtf, here in Freddy Beach I still got 4 feet of snow in my front yard.
      the team has a lot of depth and a bit of toughness this year… it’s been way too long

      • CJ says:

        I enjoyed the break. Looking forward to dropping by, with far less frequency. Hoping for the old quality over quantity approach.

        Yes, some some golf clubs are open. I drove past Casselview (golf course just east of Ottawa) en route to pick up my playoff tickets yesterday and it was open for business. The club I belong to won’t open for another 2-3 weeks, but it’s getting closer.

        Cheers, CJ

        • Mavid says:

          Casselview is my neck of the woods it often is one of the first to open I am not a golfer but my men really liked it both boys were jr.’s there and took lessons

          Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

          • CJ says:

            It is such a great game. I look forward to sharing my love of golf with our boys. Cheers, CJ

    • UKRAINIANhab says:

      I hope Detroit knows whats coming…

      The Boston Goon Squad.

    • JUST ME says:

      It is a nice day CJ. Would enjoy a tad more heat but once outside it does feel good.

      I am amazed of the depth of our team. As if it was a sudden revelation. I am even wondering what could be missing from that team and have a hard time finding anything.

      Unfortunately i know something that is missing and cannot understand how come it does. The Lucic incident cannot go unnoticed or unpunished. It just does not make sense in real life. It is not true that if it inside the ice rink it remains out of reach of common laws and logic. What if then it becomes a crotch hooking fest ? How could the NHL do anything about it if they don`t now ?

    • chesterfiled says:

      Gardening bro, the only way to go

      • CJ says:

        My wife is our green thumb. She loves spending time outdoors in her flowers. My oldest loves to help her. I don’t like getting my hands dirty, but will help with whatever is needed.

    • The Jackal says:

      Nice to see you back CJ.

      I agree that the media’s position on dirty stuff influences the fans’ perception of that kind of play, but I don’t think it does so for the disciplinary committee – they are an independent body and their judgements are made without regard to the media’s headlines. Granted, PR does factor into some rulings, but that is different than being influenced by what the media says or by a general media/fan narrative.

      And just to defend Bob Mackenzie here, I just think he meant that there is no precedent on these incidents in regards to suspension, and the NHL has not really suspended players on a whim before, so it likely won’t happen in this case. I don’t think he was advocating a position or setting a bar, merely stating what way the wind is likely blowing for the NHL on this matter. There is enough outrage in the media and amongst fans on this issue that the disciplinary committee could be moved if they were in fact moved by such things.

      ______________________
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      • CJ says:

        Hi Jackal. Thank you for sharing. Great points.

        IMO, it’s like the Chara incident. He was identified as having had a clean record because nothing had been done to address issues in the past, namely his cheap shot on Raitis Ivanans, who was incidently a member of the Habs when the cheap shot occurred.

        These issues should not be managed whimsically, but should be regarded as exactly what they are, dangerous plays made by a calculated predator. If there is nobody who is able to address issues missed by the refs, and impacting player safety, than all is lost. Sadly, I think TSN carries a great deal of weight in this process. You would think that this wouldn’t matter, but is anyone 100% confident that it holds no bearing?

        Funny, it works in the exact opposite manner of our judicial system.

  35. Timo says:

    Just like Boone I would like to remain cautiously optimistic. Habs will need to do their best to stay cool and collected in game 3 and not play to the crowd. I know Bouillon loves putting on dazzling moves, but he will have to play The System.

    And what’s with all the practice thing. If it ain’t broke, don’t practice.

  36. sCOTT1243 says:

    Right on NHL.com they have a picture of Lucic and Thornton…do you really think they care about suspending him? Brutal

    LET’S DO THIS
    Shawn Thornton #22 and Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins bump fists in the hallway before playing the Detroit Red Wings in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI)

  37. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Does anyone know or heard anything about the exchange that took place last night between PK & JJ Daingneault?

  38. HabinBurlington says:

    Valanciunas is putting on a clinic for th Raptors. Great to see the Raptors getting production out of their center.

    • 25 cups says:

      speaking of Guillaume Latendresse, did anybody catch PJ stock pre-game last night? wtf?

      • Strummer says:

        Are you referring to his comments about Price?

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      • Captain aHab says:

        What happened?

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        Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

        • 25 cups says:

          haha, I’m not entirely sure, I was only half listening, but the other two guys were talking about Vanek and Pacioretty, and PJ Stock comes in with “Speaking of Guillaume Latendresse, blah blah blah mwuh mwuh mwuh”

          Fire the system! – TheMostCupsPeriod

      • monmick says:

        I think he said that Gui’s brother was playing with Vanek in Europe during the lockout and that Vanek used to tell his linemates, I will be in front of the net, you just get the puck there and I will do the rest. It doesn’t have to be on my stick, you can hit me on the body, hit someone else, whatever; just get the puck in front somewhere near me and it’s going in…

        ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  39. CHicoHab says:

    Rather than the Wings spearing Lucic in retaliatiation I prefer they punt him into the end zone.

  40. thehammer says:

    Anyone know when and where they will be practising tomorrow? Bell centre or in Brossard

  41. Un Canadien errant says:

    With the Abbottsford Heat, the Calgary Flames AHL team, about to move to another location, there’s a slight chance the Canucks might move their AHL team, currently in Utica, to Abbottsford. I think that would help attendance in that rink, with people more eager to watch Canucks prospects.

    http://www.theprovince.com/news/Heat+cools+Abbotsford+could+Canucks+moving/9738724/story.html

    I vaguely remember that when the Canadiens had their farm team in Sherbrooke, there were certain issues off-ice, with the young bucks running around like they owned the town, and unstoppable hot and cold running puck bunnies. There was a thought that being there wasn’t enough of a banishment, that they were too close to Montréal and the action that it caused problems.

    Does anyone remember that, and care to comment?

    I wonder about that when the talk about the new arena Evenko is building in Laval is held out as the next home of the Canadiens’ farm team.

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    • frontenac1 says:

      The Heat just signed Trevor Gillies last month. A real Crowd Pleaser.

    • chesterfiled says:

      You said it! I can’t play hockey well in any way, never knew what a ‘puck bunny’ was. It was in my 20’s that a room mate from Surrey explained it to me. She admitted to being one. I get it. Kids have to focus because their chances are in the immediate, no time to learn wisdom like regular people. Definatly hometown distraction, such is life
      I am all for it. Who you choose as your mate will make or break you

    • HabFab says:

      Not particularly but the Bulldogs let a player go, a couple years back, for similar reasons.

  42. Alex says:

    The NHL discipline system is a joke. How does Lucic get away with this? He’s done it before, and does it again and this time even worse. What a donkey.

    • Captain aHab says:

      And you just know that as soon as a non-Bruin does it, the book will be thrown. The other GMs need to get Bettman to move his face from Jacobs’ groinal area.

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      Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Like the Lucic hit on Miller, after the fact the league changed its policy on that, just the same they will institute something after the fact.

        I was criticized for thinking that the Bruins perhaps were done a favour by the League in giving them a few extra days off to start playoffs. Now we will see the league allow Lucic to go unpunished for what is a clear suspendable offence. I suppose this is just another coincidence and I should stop thinking Jacobs has any pull with Bettman……

      • chesterfiled says:

        I think it would be more fun to watch a team captain snatch the Stanley cup before he makes his awkward speech and the two assistants pick him up and mockingly parade him around the ice behind the cup…

  43. Danno says:

    21,273 crazy Habs fans will be doing the Bergevin Shake on Sunday.

    You can book it!

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  44. Bigdawg says:

    RE: Lucic spearing people in the nuts and the NHL does nothing

    The Answer is simple. Every player on Detroit should go after Lucic’s nuts non-stop all game long until he Is raw and bleeding.

    If the league allows it, then it is up to Detroit to get him to stop playing like a spoiled little brat..

    • Captain aHab says:

      On Lucic’s opening faceoff, have a Detroit guy tell him that one Detroit player will DEFINITELY be giving him a shot in the groin at one point during the game.

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      Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      A reporter that follows the Gooins sees nothing wrong with what Lucic did, especially in the playoffs. He said if the ref isn’t looking, why not? I say the Wings do the same to Lucic whenever a ref is looking the other way. I still can’t believe what he did & it seems he’ll get away with it once again. A damn shame.

      I was very impressed with Aaron Ward last night on TSN when he ripped into Lucic. I believe Ward is a former Bruin if I’m not mistaken. Very refreshing to hear.

  45. Un Canadien errant says:

    Kirk Muller may be out of a job soon. How about a head coaching job with the Bulldogs and a Rosetta Stone course for him?

    http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/16/3789335/canes-coach-answers-questions.html?sp=/99/103/400/120/

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    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

    • habsfan0 says:

      What position with the Bulldogs are you advocating for him as I believe the HC position is already filled.
      And I do believe he is conversationally bilingual at the present time.

      • Captain aHab says:

        The current HC there is MB’s hire. Don’t think he’ll be so quick to cut ties.

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        Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        No, unfortunately, Kirk can only say “Bonjour” and “Muhrcy Bowcoop”. It was an issue for him in his prior tenure, and he left for the Milwaukee Admirals job.

        • chesterfiled says:

          My take is that Montreal needs french speakers for media. Bergevin as a home boy of the Point, who seems to be media savvy, transparent-like will be acceptable to usher in an anglo coach if needs be. Thing is, Therrien, who I was down about, has a new posture of showing little emotion during games. I love it. The emotions are brimming in his eye brows! The man has learnt new moves and, I speculate, improved his diet. No more ribs and steamies before addressing the media. And another thing… Therrien and Subban deserve each other, each will improve the other!

          • habsfan0 says:

            I think you’ve hit the nail squarely on the head.
            The reason why such a big deal is made about hiring a HC who can speak French is not because the fans demand it; they don’t,they want a coach who can lead them to a championship regardless of race,colour,or language spoken; it is the French media that demands it even though the majority of them can parlez anglais as well as you or me.

          • chesterfiled says:

            french media is more to my liking than anglo media, except for Boone, he’s my guy.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Did Kirk make the jump to Head Coach a little to fast, or at least at the NHL level? He was a head coach with Milwaukee Admirals for all of 17 games before becoming Carolina’s bench boss. I guess perhaps properly phrased, did the Canes rush him in hiring as their Head Coach?

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Possible, and speaking of goaltending helping out coaches, Cam Ward has been underwhelming the last couple of season. I think he’ll be more ‘ready’ his next job.

    • monmick says:

      He turned it down already a few years ago. He knows it’s a deadend job for him…

      Having said that, if ever the Canadiens were to hire a unilingual anglo coach again, I thinking Kirk is probably the one that stands the best chance of not causing a revolt among the language police…

      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  46. punkster says:

    Man, that was some fun last night.

    Hurley’s with friends, the place packed with Habs fans, the team firing on all cylinders.

    Everything just felt so…so right…you know?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvtkUd0kkhU

    Release the Subbang!!!

  47. Donkey Hoat says:

    I like what Jacques Demers said on l’AC last night.
    Something to the effect of: great that they won the first two games, but beware not to fall victim to the fans, who already have the parade route planned. Tune them out completely, and do not believe the hype.
    More than ever, they must keep their focus, and I hope Michel Therrien means what he said, about enjoying the moment and taking nothing for granted.
    As Boone’s quick history lesson showed, 2-0 leads can vanish quickly.

    • chesterfiled says:

      yeah the team is aware. The parade route is not planed, it is known and has just be organized after the count down. Crazier things can happen…

  48. AH says:

    Watching TH2N last night, they show the Lucic spear and what does McLennan say laughingly; “oh he was just showing him a little love”. Right there is everything that is wrong with the league. Not only does it allow brutality, but then their commentators laugh it off, disgraceful.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Hear hear. We’re becoming desensitized to all the cheating and all the brutality. I was really disappointed to hear them dismiss the gravity of the act like that.

    • monmick says:

      I think Lucic deserves a suspension, if for nothing else, to send a message and put a stop to this type of nonesense.

      But truthfully, how much damage can this type of stick work, both this one and the one of Emelin, really do to a player? You can throw that spear to 1000 guys and be pretty confident that no serious injury would result. Also, both Emelin and Dekeyser embellishes a bit on those spears. Had they had the puck in front of an open net, neither one of them would have fallen down in my view. So lets not lose perspective on what it is…

      But Again, Lucic should still be suspended…

      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  49. Butterface says:

    Tampa should Paquette in. They aren’t as Gudas they thought and are starting to Panik.

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    • Captain aHab says:

      Butterface: not a superstitious kinda guy.

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      Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

      • Butterface says:

        I’ve been wearing the same clothes since Wednesday and telling the same jokes since Monday.

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  50. Maritime Ronn says:

    Was looking at the shedule for tommorow
    It doesn’t get better than this:

    Philadelphia at NY Rangers 12:00 PM
    Detroit at Boston 3:00 PM
    Tampa Bay at Montreal 7:00 PM
    Los Angeles at San Jose 10:00 PM

  51. Un Canadien errant says:

    My post on Milan Lucic’s latest outrage is still awaiting moderation on the previous thread. Too many links showing him at his abysmal worst for HIO to accept. You can read it by clicking on the link below.

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.ca/2014/04/milan-lucic-is-irredeemable-thug-who.html

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  52. Butterface says:

    Q: Why is the beer better in Montreal than in Tampa ?

    Wait for it…

    Wait for it…

    Wait for it…

    A: Because Montreal has the Molsons and Tampa has a not-so-good Brewer.

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  53. GoldenSeal says:

    I have to say that the Habs really look like contenders. It has been more than 20 years that a Habs team has looked like this. Even MT figured out that he needs to play PK across Stamkos. That said It will be interesting to see how the Habs stack up against a much more bruising team like the B’s or the Kings or Sharks if they get that far. The hitting between the Kings and Sharks is insane.

  54. Captain aHab says:

    I already know what Boone’s column will start with when we win Cup 25:

    “Sure they played well and won the Cup winning 16 games in a row. But remember what happened the last time they won the Cup?
    That’s right: not another cup for nearly a quarter of a century afterwards… So don’t rejoice too quickly peeps, until they win ten in a row, this team still sucks.”

    My theory is that he sucks on lemons after every victory before writing his column. ;-)
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    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  55. GoldenSeal says:

    Can’t really blame HNIC for trying to get some of the TO fans into the playoffs by bringing in Kadri as an analyst. I’m guessing that the ratings for CBC will not be so great. The only thing saving their bacon I would think is that it is still too cold across the country for people to get into their golf game or their gardens.

    I heard that Cherry said he would be wearing a lightning suit in Montreal…any wonder this guy supported Rob Ford.

  56. chesterfiled says:

    Someone posted a prediction before the game yesterday- DD, Galley and Bourque with the hat trick… I Love it! I think the post was meant to be satirical, makes me love it even more! It was 95% clairvoyant.

  57. Un Canadien errant says:

    From the previous thread, where Dunboyne Mike posits that it’s the style of play the Lightning played that got Guy Boucher fired, whereas I thought it was mostly due to the poor goaltending he had at his disposal.

    Pretty sure that if he’d been winning, the style issues wouldn’t have caused him to be fired.

    In 2011-12, the Lightning got a save percentage of .893 out of four goalies, Mathieu Garon being the most reliable with a .901. Dwayne Rolloson put up an egregious .886. Dustin Tokarski pitched in a .879 over five games. Their goal differential that season was – 46.

    http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/TBL/2012.html

    Steve Yzerman failed to get Guy Boucher a proper goaltender that season, banking on aging Dwayne Rolloson, who’d put up a .912 the previous year. Every analyst agreed that the Tampa GM stood pat, which was a risky move, and it came back to bite him. He fiddled around, getting Anders Lindback from Nashville in the next offseason, and dealing Dustin Tokarski to the Habs for Cédric Desjardins the next season, but these moves didn’t stanch the bleeding.

    So the response to the constant losing was to fire the coach. Jon Cooper came on, still lost a lot of games, until Ben Bishop came on midway through the season, and contributed a .917 save percentage.

    http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/TBL/2013.html

    This year, Ben Bishop is considered a Vézina Trophy candidate, and everyone is singing the praise of Jon Cooper. And he does seem to be a smart guy, I like the way he spoke to the media last night, but a great goalie helps out a coach immensely. And now that he’s making do with Mr. Lindback, I’m hearing analysts praise Michel Therrien for his game plan, and some clucking that the Lightning have been slow to adjust.

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    • Haberoooo13 says:

      Goaltending is IMO their secondary issue….a very slow D core is a bigger issue for them.

      Lafleur coming out rather gingerly…

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Last year Price stunk and the Walrus “out-coached” MT. This year Tampa loses their starter and MT is “out-coaching” Cooper….c’mon. It is incredible how people still underestimate the effect of goaltending on a team’s success.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      There is more to that story.

      Roloson had an outstanding playoff in 2011.
      He played great in the playoffs including a 7 game loss to Boston in the Conference Finals, and lost Game 7 by the score of 1-0 posting a .974 SP.

      His playoff SP was a .924, and was 41 at that time, so it’s a surprise that Yzerman didn’t see age creeping into the situation regardless of solid play.

      Yzerman’s boo boo was trading away Mike Smith.
      He lucked out finding a trading partner like Bryan Murray…Anaheim feels the same way.

      • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

        If Bishop played in Ottawa this year, they make the playoffs and Tampa doesn’t. Brutal mistake by Murray.

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        Yeah, Steve Yzerman rolled the dice on Rollie, hoping he’d be miraculous the entire next season, which didn’t quite work out.

        I forgot that they’d dealt away Mike Smith, that’s an interesting angle, but if I remember correctly, he wasn’t doing all that great, and was resurrected in the desert under Dave Tippett, who’d worked miracles with other goalies, like Ilya Bryzgalov.

        When the Sens traded Ben Bishop for Corey Conacher, I didn’t quite do handsprings, but I felt that they’d not monetized their asset that they’d given up a second-rounder for. Getting Corey Conacher in exchange was underwhelming I thought, an undersized scrappy go-getter, these guys’ trade value isn’t that high.

        Sure, Ben Bishop is still in our division, but it doesn’t really feel like it somehow, like the thousands of kilometres makes it okay if he becomes a great goalie, whereas it would hurt if it happened right next door in Ottawa.

  58. Cal says:

    Two down and two more BIG ones to get.
    So far, so good.
    Stamkos seems to be missing that extra gear (It’ll probably be back in the fall with a full summer’s rehab) and the Habs’ speed is smothering them at every turn. There’s been great gap control between the forwards and the D and a triangle of Habs around the puck almost at all times. Hustle and second effort is the name of the game. The Habs are making lightning appear to be slow.

    A little Three Dog night: http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      cal
      This team has a nice ‘feel’ to it.
      What I want to see – be that this series, or the next, or the one after that, is how they come back from a loss.

    • JUST ME says:

      You are right about Stamkos not being able to go top gear all the time but also there aren`t that many players on the Bolt`s side that are a threath so once you cover their number 1 line…
      On the Habs`side it`s a totally different story. You need to cover Max,Vanek,D.D. Plek,Gally ,P.K. Markov and now Gionta? Bourque?Briere? Weise ? Depth is showing.

  59. Butterface says:

    Q: Why is Carey Price showing he has the least resistance in these playoffs ?

    Wait for it….

    Wait for it….

    Wait for it….

    A: Because Lightning always aims for the path of least resistance.

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  60. Habanero78 says:

    The way every buddy is stepping up is incredible, the boys have hit another gear. They are focused and ready to play. The work ethic is admirable. I was glad they opened on the road as it gives them a chance to settle into the playoff pressure a little easier. Hard work, team game is what wins. Tampa has a lot of rookies which is showing but this is allowing for some momentum building.

  61. Habshire says:

    Already done.

  62. Maritime Ronn says:

    You can’t make this stuff up.
    From the Boston Globe.
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    ” Though many will bemoan Milan Lucic’s grape-busting stick work on Detroit’s Danny DeKeyser in the second period of Game 1, the simple fact is that in the Stanley Cup Playoffs the ends DO JUSTIFY the means.”

    “….giving someone the business when the ref is up ice is ALL in the game. One thing is for sure – DeKeyser will be playing with his head on a swivel when No. 17 is on the ice, and that’s an important advantage when your team is struggling to find the score sheet.”

    http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/extras/bruins_blog/2014/04/in_defense_of_lucics_cheap_shot_-_welcome_to_playoff_hockey.html

  63. PrimeTime says:

    People complaining about CBC coverage?? There are more English speaking Hab haters than fans. Media has changed in the past decade. It’s a business more than a resource of information. They broadcast what their audience wants to hear and feel. Divide and conquer. Us against them. It’s no different than this site…..if Habs were down 2 games to 0 there would be a 100 comments on this thread instead of 10 or so. You don’t think the media execs get this??

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    • JUST ME says:

      Not sure about that theory. I think that the Toronto sports network takes fanaticism to the extreme as does Sportsnet. Here in Québec it is not normal to cheer for our own team. If you can`t join them ,beat them. This dates from the time when it was not possible anymore to carry all reporters with the team in the same plane. Some reporters felt insulted and promissed a pay back.

      So in Québec it went the other way , you either hate them or you hate them. There is not middle position between Toronto and Montreal and as much as i cannot stand listening to those pathetic Leafs cheerleaders, i understand that they have been born to be that way. Here we are born to criticize or as mister Bonne does so well, find the negative side of everything Habs.
      I`d rather be naive and root for my team openly.

      • PrimeTime says:

        Neither extreme is to my liking. I prefer to form my own opinions based on facts, not others interpretation of them.

        • JUST ME says:

          That`s a wise comment. But myself having lived my early years in the era when it was not a crime for reporters to be fans of the Habs i prefer that positive attitude than being always negative.

          This week captain Gionta got the Jacques Beauchamp award a late great journal de Montreal reporter who was an open fan of the sainte flanelle as were many of his trade in those days. I have decided that negative vibes are out of my life so i act accordingly as much as possible.

          • PrimeTime says:

            I do not like negative media and those that thrive on it. But the number of comments posted here today shows that it sells. As I posted elsewhere, if Habs were losing this series and were badly outplayed last night, this thread would be far busier.

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      • chesterfiled says:

        Nailed it!

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

    A win by Tampa tomorrow and everything changes. I think the CH wins this in 4,but I’m more nervous about the next game than any so far. On the last page Mr. Boone commented about Chucky not being ready until 2nd rnd if that. Is there a timeline?

  65. Butterface says:

    Tell Tampa to pack their track shoes cause Montreal will be running them out of town.

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  66. Butterface says:

    Tell Tampa to bring their laundry to Montreal cause we’re taking them to the cleaners.

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  67. I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it, I’m about to lose control and I think I like it! :lol:

    Reflex fle fle fle fle flexxxxxxxxxxxxx!

    CAREY CAREY CAREY

    Shane Oliver
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    http://www.Sholi2000.com
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    Milan Lucic Has a Severe Problem

  68. Butterface says:

    Tell Tampa to pack their pajamas cause Montreal is putting them to bed at 4.

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  69. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Seventh seed!

  70. habsfan2014 says:

    The Toronto is the centre of the universe CBC coverage of Habs is actually making look forward to Rogers take over next year. Although I fear it will be more of the same I hope Rogers makes an effort to connect with Habs fans because CBC just does not cut it anymore. Retire Ron & Don and lets turn it over to the next generation.

    • 25 cups says:

      Have you watched any games on Sportsnet? they are even worse than cbc. Unfortunately tsn is the best english coverage, too bad they lost out on the nhl sweepstakes

  71. reddog24 says:

    Didn’t think the Habs were playing the Bolds for the first period. All Glenn Healey and his CBC/HNIC Clowns could talk about was Tampa, and how they came to play tonight and everything they did was right with the Habs barely mentioned. They sure had to EAT CROW the next 2 periods. HNIC cannot even support their OWN TEAMS from CANADA. What a SHAME!!!

    • PrimeTime says:

      You want Healy and Co. to be indegenuous? They cater to Leaf fans.

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      • RockinRey says:

        Do you mean disingenuous ?

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        ‘This organization going forward must set its sights on competing for the game’s ultimate prize every season — and no lesser standard should be accepted.’
        —Geoff Molson, Canadiens owner and president

        • PrimeTime says:

          Lol. Thanks!

          º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º°¨¨¨°º¤ø ¸„ø¤GO HABS GOø¤º

    • Habfan10912 says:

      The real problem Reddog is that as a National Network they shouldn’t be rooting for anyone. At least not blantanley. Someone posted earlier the shame that this current group of so called journalist and broadcasters have put on a once great CBC telecast.
      You are right in defining this current cast as clowns.

  72. zorro says:

    Really begining to look like a mismatch.
    Tampa has to be demoralized, time to put this one to bed.

    Keep the faith.

  73. 25 cups says:

    Loving the 2-0 lead, but taking nothing for granted. Game 3 looms large

    Memories of 2011 still sting

  74. Captain aHab says:

    I’m OK with the towels as long as there’s no pre-game ceremony.

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    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  75. chesterfiled says:

    Agreed. Who needs props anyways?

  76. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    There was never a need in the past for towels. Stupid trend.

  77. Un Canadien errant says:

    Agreed. We don’t need to copy the Jets’ tradition, we have our own.

  78. HabinBurlington says:

    I wonder how much is related to appeasing a sponsor whose name will be on the towel?

  79. chesterfiled says:

    Meh. I think because you can’t smoke, nobody knows what to do with their hands anymore.

  80. monmick says:

    Yes, sorry…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  81. 25 cups says:

    lol I couldn’t agree more, I said as much earlier

  82. chesterfiled says:

    There will be a stat on ‘original’ 6’s winning the cup to break through mind set of US market during ten years, years that had useless lockouts… this better be our year and next year as well!

  83. Maritime Ronn says:

    Ference played Top 4 Dman minutes when the Bruins won the Cup.

    They didn’t dump him – they just couldn’t afford him in their Cap scheme of things, nor did they want to give him what Edmonton was offering being 4 years/$13M.
    It was time for Boston to move on and open up minutes for the younger guys instead of hanging on to a 35 year old.
    He was a UFA and decided to go home to Edmonton

  84. Dunboyne Mike says:

    That’s CAPTAIN Andrew, right?

  85. Habfan10912 says:

    That type of “culture” is a good thing.

  86. CJ says:

    You won’t need to teach these guys much. They both get it. Like or dislike Bergevin, he isn’t kidding when he talks about drafting and signing players with character.

    Just wait until you see Jeremy Gregorie play. He is Galley, except bigger. His motor is stuck in fifth gear. Like Chucky, Hudon is the better player, but like Galley, Gregorie is a tireless worker. Lots to be excited about going forward.

  87. HabinBurlington says:

    Yup, I hear PK only reads Chrisadiens posts and is very disgruntled at the nature of these heavy handed posts.

  88. Maritime Ronn says:

    …’potential’ to be the best Habs player in a generation.

  89. Dunboyne Mike says:

    shhhhhh

    jlgib1019 IS PK!

    Nice pic with Steven, buddy!

  90. Maritime Ronn says:

    jlgib1019
    Yes PK won a Norris yet there are so many asterisks beside that win it would be hard to know where to start.

    PK is a terrific offensive defenseman

  91. Mr_MacDougall says:

    You missed the Prince Edward Island based Midget B Pownal Red Devils of 1997-98..

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  92. JF says:

    I really doubt St. Louis will sweep or win in five. I can see the Hawks winning the next two at home, but it does look as though the Blues will be the eventual winners. The OT win in Game one was huge for them after six consecutive losses to end the season.

  93. Maritime Ronn says:

    That was me…and I can handle a lucky 1 hit wonder anytime that won 2 Vezinas, a Stanley Cup, and a Conn Smythe, was a 4 time all star and also won a Jennings…and put together a 16-9 playoff Cup run with a .940 SP and 1.98 GAA.


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