Habs want to cut down on shots, or maybe not

From Pat Hickey: 
The Canadiens are in a conundrum as they prepare to face the Washington
Capitals Wednesday night in the deciding game of their best-of-seven Eastern
Conference quarterfinal series.

Michael Cammalleri said the Canadiens hope to
cut down on goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s workload by limiting the number of shots
on goal.  Then again, Cammalleri admitted, that might not be a good idea.

“It
seems the more shots he sees, the better he plays,”  Cammalleri said.

That was
the case in Game 6 Monday night, when Halak stopped 53 of 54 shots to backstop
the Canadiens to a 4-1 win. Halak has a 9-0-1 record in games in which he faces
40 or more shots.

•  •  •

Game 6 goal breakdown, from Robert L and Chris Boyle

One thing the Canadiens can do is to continue pushing after
taking a lead. They led 2-0 after one period Monday and then slipped into a
defensive mode. They went more than 10 minutes without a shot to open the second
period and were outshot 15-3.

“It’s human nature,” Cammalleri said. “You don’t
want to do it, but you just don’t want to get caught, so you take a step back
instead of taking a step forward. You see every team doing it, and you see it in
every sport.” The Canadiens were outshot 54-22 Monday.

Defenceman Jaroslav
Spacek, who has missed the past three games with chest congestion, skated
yesterday in Brossard and accompanied the team to Washington, but it’s unlikely
he’ll play Wednesday.

If the Canadiens win, they will face the Pittsburgh
Penguins in the conference semifinals, beginning Saturday.

440 Comments

  1. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I think Muller must have done something right – he survived last year’s purge which sent Jarvis and everyone else packing.

    Martin is an old fart – old school.

    Here’s how it goes: play my system or sit. complain, and you sit. young players have to “earn” their ice.

    I’m not saying you are wrong – i agree with you that our young players have not developed.

    maybe Gainey hired the wrong freakin coach??

  2. Ian Cobb says:

    By the way, the former development coaches have been dismissed from Hamilton for failing. Another great GM move.

  3. likehoy says:

    as much as we dislike JM, he’s a systematic coach. he knows what he wants, and he knows how to get it done. despite being a questionable coach, JM gets results and BG saddled us with a coach that may not be flashy, but will get results for the next 4 years.

    his biggest fault is his inability to be creative and make adjustments, but we’re seeing an interesting change throughout these playoffs.

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  4. pmaraw says:

    Meanwhile, the Caps were still scratching their heads over Jaroslav Halak’s 53 saves in game 6. It did provide this gem from Boudreau though, who led the American Hockey League in scoring in the 1980s and was asked if he ever faced a goalie who would just not be beat. “I’ve faced those goalies, and you want to take your stick and hit him over the head with it… but you can’t do that.”

    and brucey wants to talk about diving?  wasnt it eric fehr who DID hit halak over the head with his stick?  im guessing now that brucey told him to do this.

  5. derfab says:

    Which is why the habs should get nasty with caps top players. This is war. make ovi groan from his groin.

  6. mrhabby says:

    right on about the brothers and the other guys, other wise we send them packing and  get lesser light back who may or may not work out and all the money and time is wasted. i to am tired of seeing other teams take our players and have them turn into more productive players..hecnce all this talk about price is a bum and has an attitude, etc,etc.

     

  7. likehoy says:

    muller’s in charge of the PP and pretty much the “rah-rah” coach. even if he develops players, JM has to play them, which JM chooses agaisnt it.

    perry pearn works witht he dmen and the PK, so if OB doesn’t play, it’s pearn.

    If price/halak doesn’t play well, it’s groulx.

    it’s really hard to pin-point who’s doing what in our coaching staff, in the end it’s a combination of all 4 coaches that we would have to blame.

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  8. ed lopaz says:

    also – one other question which I have asked several times on this site.

    for those who are such supporters of Bob Gainey (the GM), why would he sign Jm for 4 years given how lousy JM is with young studs and how terrible a coach he is?

    Ian, care to take that one on?

    I know you are a big supporter of Gainey, and I respect your opinions.

    or Serious 09?

    care to explain to me why were are saddled with JM for the next 3 years after this one?

  9. mike g says:

    Sad but true…

    PP’s will be 8-3 in favor of WSH tomorrow…..

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

  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    Could be, don’t know of course but Muller’s also charged with special teams and I think the primary responsibility for player development must fall to the head coach. It is his show and while Muller is supposed to be the guy being the ‘player’s coach’ more or less with the team, head coach has to take some responsibility for basically nobody but Halak and OB having improved on their previous year’s performances.

     

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

  11. Habscore says:

    Just this….:)

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

    — YES HABS CAN!! –

  12. Ian Cobb says:

    Our record of finishing in 8th place is not indicative of how good a team we really are now. Don’t forget at the beginning of the year, most of these players never even knew each other let alone play together. We had a new coaching staff to put together as well.

    Then as we started the season our best defenseman went down for a long injury break, followed by many more injuries. It was not until the end of the season that we could ice a full roster.

    All the while players were interchanging from Hamilton and here trying to create some kind of chemistry.

    We are one hell of a lot better than our record to date and people are stunned. Not I, says’s I. We will make a noise come play off time was my message for months.

    We will be even better in the fall, until then, were having a ball.!!!

  13. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I agree with the conclusions regarding the young players.

    but you know that we kept Muller as the “relationship” guy in the room.

    Muller is supposed to be working with the young guys, developing them and keeping them on the straight and narrow.

    Maybe its Muller that is to blame.

    is that possible?

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    Subban off the farm is a definite, as is likely Ryan White and I’m sure Tom Pyatt is penciled in for next season’s roster. However, moving both brothers for maybe a 25-goal Top 6 guy just reeks of another time we failed in player development and because of it, we dropped two for 1 lesser player and two guys who will look great somewhere else. Tired of giving every other team in the NHL a star player that we drafted Ian. I want a coach on the Canadiens whose young players improve with each season, not regress.

    Who’s the last guy we drafted and for say, 3 straight years as a player under 25, his numbers improved each year besides Jaroslav Halak? I know there’s growing pains and bumps in the road but come on, we have to start hitting the fairway rather than the sandtraps and water hazards sooner or later on developing our young skaters.

     

     

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

  15. mike g says:

    The last time that happened was in the 2010 Playoffs, when Boston finished 6th and had home ice vs the 7th place Flyers…

    That happened because the #8 seed Montreal played vs the #4 seed Pittsburgh….

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

  16. Rudy says:

    So no riot last night?

  17. Da Hema says:

    Ian: I believe Hamrlik has one more year left on his contract. So unless he is traded (quite unlikely given the size of his contract) or released, Hamrlik will play with the Habs next year.

    ————————

    “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

  18. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    don’t want to interfere in your conversation boys, but you can probably throw yannick webber and ben maxwell into the mix

    it will be something like this:

    big tits + little tits + webber for the best top 6 power forward we can find.

  19. derfab says:

    ahoogch! (Jacques Demers cough).

  20. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hence why I write I think rather than I know.

    I think that’s how it will turn out, if I’m wrong I’m wrong but I’m not going to say I know that AK would score like Stamkos if Boucher coached or Sergei would play like Pavel Datsyuk if he was the full-time coach, these are my guesses on the situation, possiblities yes but I won’t say that is what will happen. How this summer goes with the roster I don’t know, but I just thought I’d chime in on where I think it might all end.

     

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

  21. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    its you and I, ’72, – the 2 old farts against the young whipper snappers who presume to know everything.

    plus que ca change……

  22. Ian Cobb says:

    Not really the time to be making up next years team now (09) but there are a few pieces yet to move out of town.

    I pick both K brothers to bring in one decent top 6 forward for the pair of them. They are history my friend.

    The Hammer and MAB will not be back.

    I am sure there will be a couple more.

    But we do have some kids on the farm ready, you saw one of them last night.

  23. SeriousFan09 says:

    Those are all possible scenarios, but given JM’s track record with the young guys this season, it’s hard to just say that SK might be the problem given that I find BG had enough of locker room problems and cleared out his issues there when he rebooted the team over the summer, dealing Gui for Pouliot and at that point if SK was still a problem, would’ve sent him packing too, if he was that problematic, I think Gainey would have kicked the low-producing kid by now, or PG would’ve done it as well.

    Looking at the young players though, Pouliot has seriously regressed from his initial debut, OB was scratched for 3 games in these playoffs over what? Laps couldn’t get going for nearly the entire regular season, AK’s been well, Andrei of 08-09 with fewer goals, SK never got credit for playing well when he did and when he isn’t, well he’s really up the creek. Price hasn’t gone anywhere under JM, his goal adjustments I think owe more to Pierre Groulx than anything JM’s done. I don’t think JM’s done that well to develop the young guys or work with them is the problem.

     

     

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

  24. Say Ash says:

    If we win tomorrow, Boston has home ice. That’s crazy! When is the last time the sixth seed had home ice in the second round?

  25. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    we can not assume to know that either, can we?

    we don’t know what it takes to get benched in the NHL, do we?

    we are only guessing and speculating.

  26. jimmy shaker says:

    Now break it down on Hammer…and you’ll soon discover that Hammer should be the one sitting and MAB playing in his spot.  It will be real clear when you list the negatives that hammer is playing with vs his positives compared to MAB.  That should be the only lineup change for us…sitting hammer and bringing in Spacek or just using MAB, and allowing darche to play or SK74.  But in the end JM will keep it status quo!

    Shaker

  27. BJ says:

    Maybe he said “Stop the Puck” (sure he did!)

  28. HabFanSince72 says:

    Bruins – Flyers?

    I’m cheering for a  meteorite.

     

  29. HabFanSince72 says:

    Serious – how do you know all this?

    Oh wait. You don’t.

  30. Gormdog says:

    So… What happens when the Caps get 8 PP’s in game 7, half of them debatable, while the Canadiens get mugged and only get automatic calls in their favor (trips, high sticks, too many men)?

    I don’t believe in conspiracies, but I also know that the NHL would 100 times rather have the Caps advance. Plain and simple, the league doesn’t make any more money when the Habs win. This city already maxes out on revenues/tv ratings/merchandising and almost everything else related to hockey except for playoff success (in recent years). The league has nothign to gain by the Canadiens going on a run – the brand is as successful as you can expect an NHL team to be.

     

    This being said, after last night, I think the rest of the league took notice. Anyone with any hockey knowledge realized that the Habs got jobbed last night. Not that the 2 max dives were bad calls, but, in playoff time it’s a real stretch to see THREE called in the same game against a team. Now whether it was a league mandate trickled down to the refs for this series, or just a general loathing of the Montreal Canadiens by the refs in this league, last nights call on GIONTA was a textbook trip, against a player who holds the utmost credibility. In fact Gio is a highly respected player in this league for always working hard despite his physical limitations. After that call, everyone in league knows somethings rotton in the state of Denmark. And by Denmark I mean hockey games involving the Canadiens.

    (And if you think this is bad… Just wait until Lapierre even touches Crosby from behind. Boarding plus an extra 2 for “being a montreal douche”)

  31. likehoy says:

    boudreau’s a hack…been saying it since game 3!

    there’s a reason no one gave him an NHL job for 20 years!

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  32. nick says:

    It’s my belief that if the issues were as great as you “what – if”, then it wouldn’t be a matter of how often he plays… he wouldn’t be playing at all.

  33. SeriousFan09 says:

    True, but I think AK will have a certain resentment towards JM about SK getting dealt because he had it out for the guy and that does affect contract decisions and what he might do following the 10-11 season if SK goes and he stays. I want both Kostitsyns in a Canadiens uniform because of the depth it gives us, but AK might walk on this because of how he feels about his brother not getting dealt for the good of the team in a trade, but because the coach had it in for him.

    I don’t like the situation and I’m just not seeing many rosy scenarios right now.

     

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

  34. jimmy shaker says:

    And that he got an assist on the opening goal, and made a couple of solid plays on Laich when he had another shorthanded opportunity.

    Shaker

  35. Eliisa says:

    I will make sure I do everything I did on Monday for tomorrow evening. Though I don’t actually get to see the game live tomorrow because I work until 5:15 or 8:15 ET. I am sure I will be allowed to throw on my Habs jersey at work though – it is afterall the playoffs. Keep that cap on. I can already feel the victory.

  36. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    honestly – I’m not trying to say i know anything more about SK than you do – but here’s my what if?

    what if Sergei is a total a-hole in the room, and guys like Gionta, and Gill, and markov are totally fed up with him and his antics?

    what if JM and the whole coaching staff have sat down with Segei several times and explained everything they expect from him and he still does not follow the system?

    what if Sergei has told JM that he does NOT want to play on the 3rd or 4th line and that he’d rather not play at all?

    what if Sergei told JM to stuff it ealier this year when he was sent to Hamilton and he has NEVER tried to reconcile with the Habs coaching staff?

    You see what I’m saying.

    Do we really know what the true story is behind closed doors?

    If SK is benched, we assume to know why.

    But maybe he is benched because he deserves it???

     

    what id

  37. likehoy says:

    obviously the brothers have an effect on each other’s decisions, but often AK and SK have said they make their decisions separately.

    i still want to see AK and SK together in a canadiens uniform, they add a lot of depth to our team. trading both for just one top 6 really depletes our skill-level in our top 9. we need that top 6 to be more of a top 3 otherwise we’re losing out on the trade.

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  38. Eliisa says:

    Because that is going to motivate him to play so much better. Classy. I was embarrassed for him when I was watching the press conference.

  39. longtimehabsfan says:

    Thanks for the post.  Wish I was there.

  40. Da Hema says:

    I hope Landsburgh buys Laraque a big steak and tender baby lamb.

    ————————

    “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

  41. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Eliisa, Its good to hear you are into playoff mood. Don’t change a thing “IF” it is a winning formala. I have my rally Habs Cap on backwards while catching eveything in site like a catcher behind the plate in baseball.

  42. Storm Man says:

    Keep it in the family Fred :)  I was not calling Ian nuts, It was his post.

  43. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    good one!

    reminds me of a Pat Burns story

    - silimar to that – where he talks to his players in the dressing room. goes something like this:

    “boys, nice job last period, we really have them fooled now, they think we’re terrible, they think we can’t skate, pass, or shoot the puck, good work, now we have them exactly where we want them!!”

  44. SeriousFan09 says:

    Unfortunately under JM I don’t think we’ll get the Kostitsyns to most, if not all we expected them to be. The bad blood between Sergei and JM has reached a tipping point and with Andrei reaching the last year of his contract for the 10-11 season, I don’t think he will re-sign if SK is traded in the off-season because of the conflict between him and Martin, because he won’t be a big fan of signing with the team where the coach railroaded his brother out of the organization. A team like Detroit who loves reclamation projects will take them both and make us look like bad, again.

    I honestly believe the only way we keep the Kostitsyns on is with Boucher taking over for next season, I don’t think it will happen for next year but if it does, probably only way we keep them. Otherwise, PG will likely deal both going for a Top 6 forward in the off-season, I just don’t see Andrei sticking around if Martin runs his brother out of town.

     

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

  45. HabFanSince72 says:

    Yeah – fans happy to see their team win are such a drag.

     

  46. Eliisa says:

    Did I ever :). I was decked right out in my Habs gear (and got heckled endlessly at the grocery store after the game – by a buncha freakin’ Canucks). I would say I wouldn’t wash those particular socks… but that just isn’t right.

  47. Mr.Hazard says:

    Gionta’s wasn’t, you’re right. But there were TWO solo diving calls on Lappy => 3 total.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  48. Mr.Hazard says:

    You said it Ian!

    Although the bandwagoners are already starting to bug me!! The Bell Centre was surrounded last night with yelling people and honking cars and waving flags, by people who probably hadn’t watched more than 5-10 games the entire season.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  49. Kooch7800 says:

    He has so much talent but never really seems to be engaged in the game.

  50. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Did anybody watch “OTR” lastnight on TSN? Michael Landsburgh and Big George Laraque. BGL was chanting Go Habs Go and he and Landsburg had a bet on who will win. BGL took the Habs and Michael took Washington. Michael has to pay for BGL meal at BGL restaurant. It was the 1st time for BGL to be outside the Bell Centre since being let go in January. BGL did not want to go inside to see the boys and decided to stay away instead. Atta boy George, You get your meal free at your own restaurant. Priceless!!!!

  51. Say Ash says:

    You wore the socks?

  52. likehoy says:

    anyone noticed our whipping boy andrei K with a couple of backchecks last night? he twiced removed the puck from a caps player behind our goal line.

    if he did that night-in, night-out, he’d be an incredible player. he has the size and strength to do it and the skill and speed to keep it.

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  53. MrBigTime says:

    Gionta’s diving call wasn’t solo…. Fleischmann was also called on the trip (not that it was a good call, or even close to it)

  54. Eliisa says:

    Yes, since the top three seeded teams will be knocked out we face the Pens. And then the Bruins and Flyers will have a go at each other.

  55. Habscore says:

    I don’t know if anybody wrote this but according to TSN and RDS, BB actually yelled “Stupid F**k! ” to his goalie the other night…wow

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  56. Habscore says:

    At some point last night, he even said to reporters “… help me out there!..What do you do to get more ready” lol

    http://www.rds.ca/zv2/

    — YES HABS CAN!! –

  57. Habby2CU says:

    I was trying to explain to my girlfriend at the game last night how improbable it is to have 3 diving calls in a single game. Now I can give her an exact number. Thanks!

  58. Ian Cobb says:

    Jacques Martin’s game plan worked to perfection.

    What
    a coach, letting Washington stay in our end all night firing pucks to
    keep Halak warm and supple. While the Capital’s goal tender stiffened
    up from no work and cold. It was like pick-en cherries!

    We will get rid of these guys on Wednesday night and get ready for a long series with Crosby and the Pens, then clear sailing.

    Love it when a plan comes together.

    Now
    everyone knows,!! that this team is much better than most people
    thought. Entertainment and thrills are back in town boys and girls.

    Still scared that Martin shortens his bench to much.

  59. joe the pro says:

    go habs go, we will win in washinghton, you can count on it. i want to ask who will we be playingthe next round? is it pittsburg?

  60. B says:

    Darche might be a more effective 3rd liner than Pouliot.

  61. Born in a Bad Year says:

    Every Habs fan should by a lottery ticket…

    Three solo diving calls this year in the NHL, in 1260 games equals one every 440 games. The odds of that happening in one game is (one in 440) cubed or a one in 74,088,000 chance of that ever happening. Try to get your casino to pay off when that happens.

    At least a casino would have some sort of investigation if something like that ever happened.

    Oh, I’m sorry, did I use the words “pay off” in relation to a NHL reffing discussion. My bad.

  62. alfieturcotte says:

    I hope that JM has the good sense to not tinker at all with his line up for game 7.  Though MAB is a liability in most areas of his game, he remains vital for the PP and JM has finally learned that these are the only instances when he should be used.   Also, would rather see PK Subban in there than a somewhat healthy Spacek.

  63. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    is it MAB’s fault we gave up 54 shots?

     

  64. PeterStone says:

    when the coach uses the word “frig” in a press conference … you know he’s shook up

  65. Fred D says:

    I guess I am allowed to say something also.

    How about disagreeing with people on this site politely. If Ian Cobb is “nuts”, I am the man in the moon.

    Why do self appointed experts qualify what “they want” as what should happen. It seems Ian made a prognostication, based on an observation over time, and did not deserve the low shot emmanating from the other poster.

    To paraphrase number 13 from the other night, “Some people need to grow up a little bit”.

     

    Geez!

  66. Tariq says:

    Martin has to be have various strategies for the final game, incase things dont click, we should use Subbhan more as he has the skills to score goals..r we practising today or sumthng??

  67. Mattee. says:

    Been jumping around my house all day…. and i’m a grown ass man. What has come over me?

  68. Bugs says:

    He’s the Incredible Halk. Ga ahead and make’m angry by shootin on’m more, see what happens.

    Ga ahead!

    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/

  69. Big Ted says:

    Does JM tinker with the line-up for next game or go with what won him the last 2? Assuming Spacek’s not able to go, the question remains what to do about MAB. He clearly has zero confidence right now, he can’t keep the puck in at the offensive blue-line, his shot’s not getting through on net, he can’t defend against the Caps’ rush, and he just lost his job to a guy with 3 games experience in the NHL. Part of me thinks he sist for next game and we get a guy like Darche or SK74 back in on the 4th line. The other part of me thinks we’re doing okay with the doube-shifting of Cammy or Laps and that having MAB play just the PP is not so bad. At least that way, we have 4 D (with Subban) who can play the PP effectively and it saves Gorges for PK. I have hated the way MAB has played these playoffs but I think he stays in the lineup next game. The coaches really need to sit down with him and show him video of what he was doing right on the PP earlier this year though. The guy needs a major confidence boost, but I think he has the potential to help us win game 7. Too optimistic or a realistic possibility?

  70. Habscore says:

    Crazy video shot after last night’s win in front of the Bell center…look at 4:50 min, poor reporter. Hilarious!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdGieMiatSA&feature=player_embedded#!

     

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  71. Ian Cobb says:

    Great! or we could all crash at Boones pad like last year!

  72. Storm Man says:

    Ian not hear for a war of words with you I have better things to do. I dont want JM to be the GM of the Habs, At best maybe Asst GM maybe that is what you were thinking. I hope you enjoy the game Wednesday and I liked all your posts about PK. You have been watching him play hockey for sometime. 

  73. punkster says:

    Wouldn’t miss it Ian. Let’s see if we can round up a few of the HI/O family for an dinner one night. I know Harani lives near the rink. Maybe some other south shore folks would be interested.

  74. Ian Cobb says:

    Not if you are faster my friend!

  75. Ian Cobb says:

    See you in Brossard for camp Dave?

  76. MontrealAtheist says:

    I don’t care whom the Habs sweep in the finals … heck, I even wouldn’t mind the Wings :-)

  77. Bob Barker says:

    Trade Price + Kostitsyns for Jeff Carter +  draft pick in the offseason. Philly gets their goaltender + some scoring wingers, Habs get their big scoring centre. 

    Even if Price ends up being a better goaltender than Halak 3-5 years from now, I doubt it’ll be by much. Halak is entering his prime now. Carter is entering his prime. I think that move alone helps solidify the Habs as a contender. 

    Subban will replace MAB and will probably contend for the Calder. 

  78. SeriousFan09 says:

    Saku Koivu served as captain of the Finnish National Team as they won 4 Olympic Medals, 3 Bronze and 1 Silver from 1998 to 2010. Silver medalist in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and a Silver at the IIHF Cup in 1999. That’s not leadership ability? Led a team from a nation of five million people to battle among the giants of hockey for many years and achieved great things in that time.

    What can Kovalev lead the team to do, only try to play every 3rd game of the year? Gionta makes him a distant memory on this team, readily forgotten.

     

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

  79. Bob Barker says:

    Yeah, showing up for 1 out of 4 games is the sign of a true leader. 

  80. MontrealAtheist says:

    In that case your brother is now allowed to speak up during this play-off season ;-)

  81. MontrealAtheist says:

    I mean not allowed … lol

  82. WestHab says:

    I’m in too good a mood after last night to wanna argue. but really Kovalev is no leader even when he plays well. He is not a team player.

  83. K-hab25 says:

    True on both accounts and the 3 goals for stat was one that can be used for both goaltenders, hell probably most in the league have good records when there teams score atleast 3. I know 22 of Halak’s 26 wins the team scored 3 or more and 2 of the 3 playoff wins. It seems like if you’re not playing tight and scared to make a mistake, it’s easier not too. Goal support, a goalies best friend.

  84. vanderglenn says:

    I don’t like the idea of trading Price to an Eastern conference team. If anything, he should be traded to Dallas or St.Louis to save us from the despair. He WILL be great one day but he cannot handle it in Montreal.

  85. Bob Barker says:

    Yeah but there’s not many Western Conference teams in the market for a goalie that have a player like Jeff Carter. 

    Philly has almost too many top-6 forwards. Giroux’s filling in for Carter nicely on the second line and has 6 points in 5 GP. With Van Riesmdyk coming off a pretty good rookie season, he’ll have an even bigger role next year. 

    Dallas will likely go with Kari Lehtonen who played pretty well for them and St-Louis doesn’t have a lot of established players. Patrik Berglund is probably the best fit for what Montreal needs but there’s no guarantee he’ll develop as expected. 

     

  86. SeriousFan09 says:

    Lehtonen is a chronic injury case not unlike Rick Dipietro except Lehtonen’s got back problems as opposed to Dipietro’s glass lower body, Dallas will be looking for insurance against that at the very least. Giroux’s a good player for Philly but I’d say they would be hesitant to keep on Giroux since now like Montreal, they wouldn’t have a Top 6 centre above 5’11” at the same time.

     

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

  87. terrygain says:

    Oh Bob. Yesterday I complemented you and now you’ve traded away my favourite player, AK46. Trade Price and the K brothers! Are you trying to destroy this blog?

  88. Fenrir767 says:

    A little off topic but I’m sure the guys on the site will enjoy this!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krsU6wlDsKA&feature=watch_response

  89. slapshot777 says:

    I rather keep both goalies, by trying to sign them for a couple of more years. Lets just see if Halak will be the real deal or just another 1 hit wonder. I really like both goalies, but to just give up on Price after only one good year from Jaro would be just another dumb move in a list I rather not talk about.

    What happens if we trade Price and come next season Jaro fails miserably, then what? Where do we turn?

    I rather fork over a few bucks on two good goalies in which we can still get a good return on whoever we decide to trade. In order to re-sign some players in the off season, just make the moves amongst the players we have now. We ll know that all will not be back.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  90. idle says:

    Are you sure you don’t want them to lose so  you can prove how bad a coach Martin is and you can brag about how you told us all along what a mistake he was?

     

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  91. topher5468 says:

    Anyone read the TSN article on Ian LAPERRIERE. Out for the year with a contusion on thr brain. What a warrior. I hope has no permanent damage and can return to play again. I never wish an injury on any player even a flyer named LAPERRIERE

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

  92. Bill J says:

    Grandpa Kovey will not be worthy of being our captain by then.

     

  93. topher5468 says:

    So much for a Family atmosphere, but I liked it

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

  94. ManApart says:

    You can see by the talent and development, Halak won’t be failing. It wasn’t a fluke he became #1. Let’s say he does fail, who says Price is a valid answer? It’s not like he’s shown l he can win a game the last year and a half. I feel Desjardins or another Vet back-up can do just as well as Price could. If Halak has turned the corner and become a star goalie, Price is more valuable in his return, than warming the bench. It’s really not good for his personal development anyway.

  95. ManApart says:

    Hope you’re joking.  It’s like saying Darche is more of a goto guy than Crosby when the game is on the line.

  96. newbrunswick troy says:

    Can,t waite for game 7

    In the words of a great Canadian Band

     

                           ”  ALL IN ..Balls Out  “

  97. Da Hema says:

    Moving Price will be very difficult. Frankly, given the regular season he’s had, coupled with his most recent playoff performances (including last year’s), the Habs would not get very much for Price. General managers around the league know Price is good for one soft goal a game, and he comports himself (on and off the ice) like an overly-privileged teenager. Indeed, has there even been a rumour that another team was interested in Price? That should tell us something. If I were a general manager, I would wait until he becomes an unrestricted free agent, at which point Price either will get his career on track or he will be flipping burgers at McDonalds.

    ————————

    “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

  98. Danno says:

    Only one sleep to go until the moment of truth!

    I am hoping with all my might that we come out strong and crush the Caps!

     

    GO HABS GO!

     

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

  99. slapshot777 says:

    I never said Halak would fail, but I still would rather have a longer look at him. If he plays great good for the Habs, like I said either way we get a good return on trading either goalie. We are talking almost 3 years in age difference and that can be a lot in a goalies development. You say that Halak won’t fail, but you have pretty much condemned Price to failure.

    Like I said I rather take a wait and see approach than a rush to judgement attitude. It’s the rush to judgement moves that have made us mediocre for the past 20 years or so. It starts with the drafting of talent all the way to development. If the management doesn’t properly use their youth wisely, then we are usually doomed to watching them light it up for someone else.

     

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  100. ManApart says:

    Trust me, he’s not going anywhere.

  101. Eliisa says:

    While I was in Montreal I was encouraged to have poutine and a smoked meat sandwich. I had neither, I am sorry but they just don’t seem very appealing. I must be crazy.

    Haha, just that easy eh? I think my family would kill me, they all live in BC.

  102. SeriousFan09 says:

    Desjardins is not the answer, I’ve seen him a few times this year and he is brutal on playing the puck and needs to work on his skating as well. He won’t be able to be the backup next IMO, unless you’re expecting Halak to do 70 games and this post-season has just proven that 70-game goalies are dead tired and useless for the playoff push. A veteran backup will command a larger salary than it would keep to Price on his RFA contract increase as well, Price backing up Halak in name as well as fact wouldn’t be the worst thing for the team.

    Any player can fail, at any time as well, injury, loss of confidence, whatever, it can happen and you can’t pretend any player will be perfect for life. I was watching Subban at a warm-up for the Bulldogs and saw the back of his skates were loose, all I could think was “please be wearing the cut-proof hockey socks, I don’t need Part 3 of the Achilles Tendon Nightmare for Montreal to play out.”

     

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

  103. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    there are some people in edmonton who think that price is only worth deslaurier and another player, tells you how near sighted some fans are, I defended are honor by saying not a chance in hell.  Price will be a franchise goalie but not in mtl, to much pressure, and Halak is a better goalie at this time

  104. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    Then Mr. Slapshot how will we resign Pleks, trade Price and bring up Cedric we will be fine

  105. mike g says:

    This is from ESPN.COM (that’s right, that great American sports network that somehow still follows and knows something about hockey):

    1. The Montreal Forum was replaced by the Bell Centre more than a decade ago, but the spirit of the old cathedral of hockey was on full display Monday night. The passionate support and eardrum-piercing decibel levels reminded us that no other NHL market can match it at this time of year. Can you imagine what it will be like when the Habs return to the Cup finals? Bring your earplugs.”

     

    Seriously, I just got back from Wal-Mart and picked up a pair of those earplugs…

    YEAH, YEAH!!

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

  106. newbrunswick troy says:

    My opinion on how the habs complete the so called impossible::

    I,m sure (Cammy,Gomez,Plecs,Gio) bring there A+ games they have shown this so many times..

    but in order to win we need the “fringe” ___Laps to play like game 6//all of the 3rd & 4th lines to eat up good minutes and we need at least 1 or 2 dirty goals from them (Metro is do )

    And most important we need  These two to show up and contribute..

            A.K 46 just one or two good games doesn,t make a series,stop floating around at times waiting for puck to come to you…your a big boy …go get the damn thing yourself

            Good old Benny Pouliot…same as A.K just go all in balls out and fly ,hit hustle and shoot..then and anly then will the concrete in your gloves break away

    ***They must stay focused and not let off gas cause we know the Caps will keep it in our zone for the whole 3rd period***

    Just my thoughts let me know if you all dissagree

  107. Eliisa says:

    On a scale of one to ten how bad is it that I am seriously considering becoming “sick” tomorrow around 4:00 (pacific) so I can watch this game live? An 8ish? Maybe my obsession is not healthy… :)

  108. badbalance says:

    AK has 6 points and Gomez has 3 points. whats your def. of floating

  109. mike g says:

    0

    Your obsession is……..rated R

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

  110. Storm Man says:

    E you work for your uncle he will understand you obsession. I guess he is very happy that his team is in round 2, I cant say the name of his team as I may get ill ;)

  111. Da Hema says:

    Phoning in sick? No need to lie. Everyone knows the Habs take priority over all other commitments.

    ————————

    “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

  112. Corio says:

    I’d give you the day off simply for being cute  :)

  113. Eliisa says:

    Haha, I wish I worked for him. I work with him – well not even really that. We work for the same company (Credit Union) – I am the Marketing Director and he is a Commercial Insurance Advisor. My CEO on the other hand would not appreciate me leaving early to watch some “silly hockey game”. Haha, I’ve tried before. Yes, he (my Uncle) is rather smug – so will I when we beat the 1st seed and President’s Trophy winners.

    So, am I developing a cough? Maybe a little bit…

  114. Eliisa says:

    Mike, that isn’t between 1-10. Use the system!! ;)

  115. ManApart says:

    To me it depends if there are any great offers for Price. If not, keep him for now. There’s no way both goalies are here past next year’s trading deadline. It makes no sense.If Halak keeps playing like a number one by then, trade Price. I’d really like to see if Edmonton’s pick can be had. Maybe The K-bros, Price and the Habs 1st for Edmonton’s #1. Hall or Seguin would look pretty darn good with Pleks and Cammy.

  116. J. Ambrose says:

    You could always record it and avoid all media sources until you are safely home and tucked in front of your tv/computer, although I realize its not quite the same as experiencing it at the same time as others around the continent… for some reason.

  117. Storm Man says:

    E I do hope your cough gets you home to put on your lucky Habs socks to enjoy the game ;)

  118. Eliisa says:

    Haha, tell me… are you lucky enough to be from Montreal?

  119. MontrealAtheist says:

    I agree … They’d better not count on letting in 50+ shots on goal and have Halak stop 98% of them cause this tactic can easily backfire.

  120. Eliisa says:

    HAHAHAHA, nice one.

    I will tell my boss you said so… I wonder if it would work? :)

  121. Corio says:

    Hmm.. perhaps not but worth a try!  ;)

  122. Eliisa says:

    You are so lucky with the timing in Calgary – it works out nicely doesn’t it?

    You guys are going to have a get-together as well, right? Sounds like a good time.

  123. terrygain says:

    AK46 played a very good game in game 6.  You don’t get chances if you’re not playing well. Much better than game 5.

  124. joeybarrie says:

    ELIISA, ELIISA, ELIISA……..

    If you want to be a true Montrealer you need to re arrange your priorities. Calling in sick to watch game 7 of the playoffs is no higher than a 4 in Montreal. So far you haven’t even reach obsession by our standards. Call in sick, tell them I said you cant go in. Contagious.

    When are you moving to Montreal? And are you moving ALONE???

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  125. Eliisa says:

    I do have PVR and have done this for most of the other 88 games this year (I’ve only missed one!), however for such a big game it simply isn’t the same. I have to try avoiding everything like the plague until I have the game on and caught up to real time. Some people think it’s entertaining to tell me the scores too while still at work… don’t they value their lives?

  126. Da Hema says:

    I am a British Columbian. But I did live in Quebec for a year, and watched a playoff game between the Habs and Bruins in the old Forum. Shayne Corson scored in overtime for a Habs victory. Great memories.

    ————————

    “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

  127. Bob Barker says:

    Yeah I guess Pekka Rinne and Luongo will be flipping burgers too because they had the same SV% as Price during the Regular season. 

  128. Redlight Racicot says:

    Yeah you don’t look so good. I think you might be coming down with the H(abs)1N1 virus. You should be a good co-worker and call in sick so that you don’t spread the virus to anyone else :) 

  129. topher5468 says:

    IMO, AK’s biggest problem is shot accuracy, he keeps missing high. Otherwise I think hes playing well

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

  130. Bob Barker says:

    I agree. There’s no point in trading him unless the Habs get a quality top-6 player or top-D man in return.

  131. J. Ambrose says:

    Well, were you here, you would have a very plausible reason for saying you are sick tomorrow. We just got a surprise dumping of snow, and everyone is moaning. You could say you were caught outside with a spring dress on. However, in Vancouver, that excuse doesn’t work so well.

  132. Da Hema says:

    There is no great demand for Carey Price, at least at this stage of his career. Deal with it.

    ————————

    “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

  133. habaholic68NJ says:

    Eliisa.  Please.  Get serious.  None of us who were at work yesterday actually did anything other than post on HIO all day long until it was time to watch the game, regardless of the time zone.

    One more thing, and this is really important.  Promise me you will wear your lucky Habs socks again.  OK?

  134. Eliisa says:

    How are you lucky enough to see the game live? Or are you catching the same virus as me? :)

    That is a great memory – I would like something like that tomorrow. I them to absolutely crush the Caps and wipe the smirks off their fans faces. It might be sweeter taking the game in the Verizon Centre than at home.

  135. Storm Man says:

    E the timing does workout well here in Calgary for me, But with my job I could work from anyplace ;) and everyone at the office knows I will be flying back to Montreal to see games 3 and 4 in the next round, I hope to have my lucky Hab socks to wear also ;)

  136. Eliisa says:

    Okay, okay Joey. I am sorry. I am giving Montreal fandom a bad name. I will work harder at becoming even more obsessed than I am right now (people already think I am nuts – why cheer for the Habs when you can go for the Nucks afterall?). I will come up with some 12 hour virus.

    Haha, as for Montreal… I would’ve moved there yesterday if I could.

  137. novahab says:

    Hey CBC how are those Leafs working out for you. I know you said you can’t make any money with the Habs only the Leafs. I think TSN is finding a way to suck it up , with all the money they are losing by showing the Habs. Any one happen to know what the ratings are for this series.

  138. Eliisa says:

    Nice one! I agree, I would really be doing them a disservice if I went and contaminated them all. You are right, I really shouldn’t be thinking about myself. It’s the others I worry about. ;)

  139. Da Hema says:

    The privileges of my profession!

    ————————

    “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

  140. slapshot777 says:

    Like I said earlier, it will have to be played out amongst the rest of the plaers on the team. Try and move Hamrlik, either Metro or Moore won’t be back. Darche won’t be returning. If JM stays I have serious reservations about SK74   returning and if he doesn’t come back then you might as well ship the other brother, because really I think his play or lack thereof is more related to his brothers lack of game action or frequent trips to the pressbox.

    MAB won’t be returning,Mara will be gone, these players will have to be replaced with players frm the farm. If Hamrlik gets moved then that money goes to pleks and the rest is just swapping dollar amounts. With the both goalies getting raises. I still can’t see anything over 3.5 mil for Halak. He just can’t demand it for one season of play. Price will get no more than 3, because of his play. The Habs have 14 mil to spend wisely.

    Like I said Hamrlik = Pleks in dollar amount. I see about 4 mil spent on 2 goalies. Balance 10 mil. Now if PK comes up and let’s say Carle, they replace Mara and MAB. I think we save some money from that exchange, so let’s say we get back $750,000. New balance roughly 11 mil.

    Keeping Moore or Metro won’t cost us a bundle, max money for either will be 1.5-2 mil, both are centres and we already have three in Pleks, Gomez, Lapierre. New balance 9 mil. Saying good-bye to Darche with $500,000 and bringing up a White for instance only switches players it doesn’t change salaries. If it does it will be minimal.

    We will have roughly 8-9 mil left maybe a bit more if we are moving the tit bros. So I think we can ice a decent team come 2010-11. I’m sure PG already knows what he will be doing with the goalies and the fringe players. I think that an arrangement as already been made between PG and Pleks agent (no proof)but won’t be announced until the playoffs are over.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  141. Danno says:

    Ellisa, just tell the boss you have a bad case of dipsy-doodle-itis.

    This might help too.

     

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

  142. Bob Barker says:

    We’ll see. I’m gonna go ahead and choose to believe more informed sources rather than some random hippo on a message board. 

  143. Eliisa says:

    How foolish of me to think otherwise!

    Yes, lucky Habs socks it is. I can promise you they will be on all day in preparation for the game. How are you feeling heading into tomorrow? Confident? Anxious? Sick to your stomach?

  144. novahab says:

    Message to JM sit MAB, play SK and play PK a regular shift. If you Play MAB and he on for a few goals you might as well stay in Washington.

  145. joeybarrie says:

    Whats holding you back? Just get in your car, pack it up with everything you got, and drive EAST.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  146. Da Hema says:

    Whatever Barker. If you find an “informed source” who claims other teams are interested in Price, you please let me know.

    ————————

    “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

  147. Eliisa says:

    I actually live about six hours away from Vancouver, we got snow a couple weeks ago here too and I was not impressed in the slightest. Though, it has snowed here in July before. How much did you guys get? Maybe the weather is celebrating too.

  148. Bob Barker says:

    http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/33232-Rumor-Roundup-Devils-and-the-details.html

    Price is still highly regarded around the league as a future goaltending superstar and might thrive in New Jersey, where he could be tutored by one of the game’s greatest goalies.” – more credible source than Da Hema


  149. 4loorplay says:

    dipsy doodle itis….needs 2 days in frantic city

  150. novahab says:

    Poti is out that a big lost for the Caps he was by far their best d-man maybe the hockey gods are back in Montreal.

  151. Habs84 says:

    In case you haven’t paid much attention, it was reported that 29 other teams in the league would take Price. So lets all jump on the Halak bandwagon, cause he has led us to the holy grail. It’s the first round, and we are in game 7 because Halak fucked up in game 2. It wasn’t too long ago that we were in a game 7 against a powerhouse team. Price shut the door. You wanna deny you weren’t praising the ground he walks on???

  152. coachdoug says:

    Everyone is trying to predict the outcome of tomorrow night…I think no one knows what is going to happen…most of the pundits are throwing in with the Craps…

    I think the first goal will carry the game and the momentum…Hope and pray the Habs get that first goal and the Craps melt down…

    Tonight I am rooting for the Yotes…I want to see someone else in the finals this year in both conferences…Habs in the East…Yotes in the West…Habs sweep them in four…The weather is beautiful for the parade…Ahhh to dream the impossible dream….

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

  153. Eliisa says:

    Stop bragging! ;) I am already jealous. I could probably fit in a suitcase. There might be some questions at airport security…I can work through that. When they make it I am going to be very tempted to fly back East for the games.

    Do you have some socks as well?

  154. slapshot777 says:

    There is no way Edmonton will budge from that first overall pick unlessthere is a deal that blows them over. I personally don’t think Price+ AK46+SK74 will do it. I’m not sure which one Hall or Seguin, but one of them is from the Alberta area, so this is a perfect time for Edmonton to draft the hometown boy. The fans will never forgive Edmonton, especially if thaty deal went sour.

    Nothing wrong with keeping both goalies past this summer. If anything if Halak keeps up his stellar play it will only make Price work harder. Up til now I think Price thought the job was his and his to lose. I thing since the later part of this season, he knows he has a fight to get the job and also a fight to keep it. He has been working harder in practice according to the coaches and this season we hear less about so called head butting that seem to have went on last year with Price and Melanson.

    I think Price will go home and work his arse off this summer and I think that come 2010-11 we will see a much improved Carey Price with thanks to Halak for making him pull his head out from between his legs and see that if he wants to be a NHL goaltender he will have to earn it.

     

    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  155. coachdoug says:

    Joey…I think Cammy has his mojo back at the right time…he definately knows how to draw first blood

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

  156. terrygain says:

    Do you need a note?

  157. Da Hema says:

    I have never heard of Lyle Richardson, other than he is evidently a journalist. Journalists are never wrong? They never fabricate stories? They never write for the sake of filling space? Who is Lyle Richardson? I am not convinced.

    ————————

    “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

  158. Eliisa says:

    A guide to phoning in sick? Amazing. I will add that to my favourites for future use. I tore my trachea last week and I sound awful, I could use that.

  159. Eliisa says:

    Yes please, can you write me one? :)

  160. Habs84 says:

    Im serious when I say this. Don’t ever comment on here again. I can handle the Halak vs Price debate. I can handle Leaf fans thinking this is their year. But don’t you ever compare Koivu and Kovalev. Koivu = Heart, Kovalev = Heartless. Please remove yourself from this website.

  161. habaholic68NJ says:

    All of the above.  The boys should pull it off.  The have been even with the caps all year on the wins/losses department and quite frankly, we have outplayed them for the majority of this series.  Our confidence is up and no wone expected us to have a chance to win this series.  The Caps on the other hand have immense pressure and are starting to doubt thenselves as a playoff team.  In short, I think we will win but I am proud of our effort no matter what happens.

  162. Eliisa says:

    If only it was that simple, Joey. I am undefeated at the Bell – do you think I could get hooked up with season tickets by the club? That would be a nice incentive.

  163. Storm Man says:

    I just  take my sisters socks when I go home ;) she always says Tim go buy your own, I look at her and say Im your big brother and I will just take yours :)

  164. Habs84 says:

    Whoaaaa… Dude, you watching the games??? I hope he doesn’t pull a end of the regular season, or game 2 again. This team has played more than good. Don’t you dare say you hope they give Halak support. Plain and simple, this series should be over. He better win game 7. The team did there part…

  165. Danno says:

    Right you are 4loorplay!

    The Buffalo Convention:

    Fred and Barney hope to attend a three-day lodge convention at Frantic
    City. Naturally, Wilma and Betty must be kept in the dark about this, so
    one of the boys’ friends, a plumber, poses as a doctor and diagones
    them with “Dipsey-Doodle-Itis”–a rare disease that can only be cured by
    a three-day vacation from home. Meanwhile, Fred has brought home a
    talking Doozey Dodo Bird as a pet for Wilma; alas, the bird steadfastly
    refuses to say a single word… until it overhears the boys’ elaborate
    scheme to sneak off to Frantic City, that is!

     

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

  166. Bob Barker says:

    Believe what you want. 

  167. nightmare_49 says:

    …  One of SK24’s Favourites –

    Laperriere Likely Lost for the Season

    http://flyers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=527283        …….   On Tuesday, the man voted by The Hockey News as the toughest player in the NHL, finally met his match. A brain contusion, as well as a mild concussion, has likely ended Laperriere’s season announced general manager Paul Holmgren via conference call.

    Laperriere suffered the injury when he was struck by a slap shot above his right eye from the Devils’ Paul Martin in the third period of the Flyers’ 3-0 victory over New Jersey in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series last Thursday ( watch the play).

  168. joeybarrie says:

    Im sure if you were to go to Montreal, you would have NO PROBLEM hooking yourself up with season tickets…..

    ITS MONTREAL how much more incentive do you need? Have you had Poutine? Smoked Meat? Arahova Souvlaki, Basha, Cote St. Luc BBQ, VIP at 4am????

    Trust me its that simple. Just pakc up the car, tell everyone you know 3-4 weeks ahead of time, and GO. Save up enough to live for 3-4 months. Find a job, and BOOM your a Montrealer. When your ready, we will meet at McKibbons for drinks…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  169. RC-51 says:

    Halak’s trade value keeps going up!

  170. Eliisa says:

    I agree that they will pull it off. After last night the Habs should feel extremely confident and I absolutely agree that we have largely outplayed the Caps in this series. The Caps say they are calm but how can they be when The Wall is going to be in net tomorrow? While I don’t like that Halak faced 54 shots last night I can’t help but hope he gets peppered fairly good tomorrow night too given his record with a high SOG game. I do know that I have lost any respect I once had for Bruce Boudreau after this series. Such a classy guy.

    Anyway, you summed it up beautifully and I wholeheartedly agree with your last statement. Regardless I am very proud of how our boys have performed thus far and I desperately hope there is more action to come.

  171. idle says:

    Hardly a fair comparison.  AK has played with Cammalleri and Pleks both of whom have been scoring lots.  Gomez is not floating.  If anything Gionta has not had a great series overall, but how can anyone suggest he is not giving his all.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  172. Eliisa says:

    Ah, the joys of the older brother. I have one so I feel your sister’s pain. However, my brother would never touch my Habs socks. He is an unfortunate Flames fan.

  173. newbrunswick troy says:

    Its funny you ask..just today i was wondering the same thing and asked a guy i work with who has a sister who works in programming for Bell ..he will advise me tomorrow…

    i can,t help but thinks TSN  is kicking ass…as per a couple of small comments i heard on Serius sat. radio

  174. habaholic68NJ says:

    You don’t have to worry about Boudreau much longer as he will be fired after the caps loose.

    As for Halak, wow! What a performance last night. Probably in the top three ever by a Hab, Roy in 93 and Dryden in 71 are the others that I remember at this level.  I sure hope the team is smart enough to sign both him and Price, the two best goaltending tandem in the NHL. I think this is doable for about 5 million.

    And Finally, what happened to your throat?

  175. ManApart says:

    Without Halak this team would have been golfing for 2 weeks now, and that’s a fact. The only reason this series is a series is Halak, and that is also a fact. Halak had one of the to 3 games of all time last night, to keep them in the series. Isn’t it asking too much to expect that again? At least try to keep the shots under 50 this time.

  176. joeybarrie says:

    I PRAY Cammy gets the first goal…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  177. ManApart says:

    We are in game 7 because Halak played like a legend last night. One of the top few performances of all time. Never mind stealing games 1 and 5 also. We are also only in the playoffs to begin with because of Halak’s exceptional season. Those points are undisputable. And also, let’s not talk about Price and playoffs right now. 0 for his last 9 is a good reason.

  178. Big Bird says:

    I can’t believe that some people are still on the Price vs Halak argument.  Give it a rest people.  You can continue the argument until the cows come home after Wednesday.  Unless Halak wins again.  :)

  179. coachdoug says:

    Bryzgolev is Halak for the Yotes…keeping them in the game…frustrating the Wings while the Yotes try and figure out how to score…Hanzel’s line will have to get it done…

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

  180. joeybarrie says:

    I did it. My mom did not take it well. I told her I was moving 3 weeks before I did. But it was pretty easy. At the time I needed to be selfish.

    TRY poutine. Be willing to experience new things. You must first try it, before you can say it isnt good. Trust me, No one dislikes Poutine. As for Smoked Meat?????? Thats just CRAZY. Its the best. If you love meat, you’ll love it.

    Need more incentive. There are 82+ games a year, and at your local bar everynight is like your at the Bell… Plus you end up seeing Habs players at the Restaurants and Bars around. Have had a few drinks with guys like, Kirk Muller, Turner Stevenson, Saku Koivu, Rejean Houle, Bob Gainey etc, etc.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  181. Eliisa says:

    I think he blew everyone away, even the die-hard Price fans. I too hope that they sign both. Clearly Halak is ready for the number one spot and I think Price could develop from their tandem nicely. Mind you, I don’t know how Carey will feel about staying in Montreal. I would be curious to see how he feels about remaining a Canadien.

    I have been very sick (haha, for real) lately and on the weekend I went on a bike ride on one of our mountain trails here – big mistake but I hate staying inside. I might’ve pushed myself too hard and had to go to the doctors on Monday because I have been having shooting pains in my chest whenever I breathe deeply. I guess I tore, or infected my windpipe somehow (so my doctor wishes to believe). Either that or it’s something silly like pneumonia – I get chest x-rays done tomorrow. There is my story. Fun times. :)

  182. Big Ted says:

    Game plan for tomorrow:

    - Let Halak see the first shot and get the rebounds cleared quickly. The idiots on TSN were talking about how the Caps weren’t gettin to the net enough – um, have they even been watching the series? The Caps are growing roots in Halak’s crease. In any case, we have to take away the chance for them to hack away at loose pucks. They aren’t getting anything with perimeter shots so if we take away rebound chances, I like our shot.

    - Let the top two lines play with skill. The bottom 6 forwards need to keep doing what they’ve been doing the last two games. Get the puck in deep, hit the Caps defence, throw pucks at the net, and play solid defence. If lines 3 and 4 can keep the puck out and sap some of the energy from the caps team, it’ll give ample opportunity for the top two lines to score more goals than the other guys.

    - Sit Spacek. I know some people here are pulling for him to get back, but if he’s not 100% (and it’d be hard to think we would be) there’s no point in having him in there. Subban looks like he can keep pace and maybe even be a difference-maker. hamrlik looked better last game with the limited minutes JM gave him. if we keep MAb on the 4th line, I would stay the course with the 6 D we have. if we make it to the next round, we can re-assess the D corps then.

    - No bad penalties. We’ve cut down on our interference calls form the beginning of the year, but there are still too many clutching calls and every team has been hit by avoidable penalties like shooting the puck out of the rink or having too many men on the ice. We need to be mentally prepared to do the little things right.

    - Shoot stick-side on Varlamov. He has been very beatable most of the time, he is giving up rebounds, and he is not responding to the pressure as well as Halak (yet). The more we shoot, the better the chance we have of rattling him with an early goal. The Caps can talk all they want about not feeling pressure, but they have to be and keeping their goalie on edge will make their team feel nervous about what’s behind them too.

  183. krob1000 says:

    http://www.thescore.com/buzz/articles/40633-the-greatness-of-skinny-shaq

    nohting to do with the habs but worth a look…….i forgot that once shaq was skinny and even athletic…this is a clip pack of him in high school and he is hardly recognizable…..hard to believe how quick he was running up and down the court and going coast to coast…yes shaq was going coast to coast and there were not tremors felt on the other side of the world.

  184. Big Bird says:

    Are you surprised? They are just bitter because the Leafs are playing their 7 game of golf and the Habs are going to Game 7 against the Caps.

  185. habaholic68NJ says:

    Pneumonia is not silly.  Sounds like you had an upper respiratory virus that lingered and the prolonged congestion may have contributed to a secondary bacterial infection. In addition to your X-ray, you should be given an antibiotic immediately.  If your doc doesn’t give you one, tell him a buddy who is a professor at a medical school tipped you off.  Get plenty of rest and enjoy the game.

  186. coachdoug says:

    “Halakfields” and the “McPrices” ain’t never gonna quit, until this here “feud” is settled…Cue the bango music…

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

  187. coachdoug says:

    Wings score while Hanzel is in the box…not good for the Yotes

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

  188. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wow, Datsyuk is puttin’ on a show tonight. 2 goals by him, including one of his magnificent Datsyukia dekes! Wings lead 2-0 early in the 2nd period.

     

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

  189. Eliisa says:

    No, it’s not. It just can’t be pneumonia, I would go crazy. Isn’t the recovery from that fairly lengthly? I don’t know what I have – I didn’t know it was possible to damage the trachea – all I know is that it does not feel good. I probably shouldn’t have pushed myself so hard. Is it possible I did this just from overexerting myself? I was breathing pretty hard… but it can’t be that fragile. Can it? I tried going for a jog the day after (a glutton for punishment I tell you) and I didn’t make it five minutes before I was hunched over unable to get a breath. This is very atypical for me, I am pretty fit.

    Oh and thanks sincerely, my doctor typically shrugs things off because “I am young and healthy”.

  190. terrygain says:

    Pricebot troll alert!

  191. habaholic68NJ says:

    Recovery for the elderly can be lengthy to dangerous.  But your avatar/picture suggests that you are quite young so a quick recovery is in order.  You may have a bacterial infection that may or may not be pneumonia.  10 days on an antibiotic should clear it up.

  192. terrygain says:

    To Whom It May Concern

    Eliisa has a very high fever and is not able to work. Her concentration level is severely impaired. I have recommended bed rest until her condition improves. This may take several weeks.  

  193. Eliisa says:

    Thanks so very much! I will print off our posts and bring them to my doctor :). I am only in my mid-twenties so the age thing shouldn’t be a factor. It’s spring and I want to be outside riding again so hopefully the antibiotics clear it up nicely.

    Really, thanks again! Nothing like quality medical care over the internet – better than my typical health care provider anyway :).

  194. habaholic68NJ says:

    I will send you a bill in the morning.

    (just kidding)

  195. Eliisa says:

    Send it to my work, I think I could get it written off by Green Shield. :)

  196. wotever says:

    While it is an accomplishment for Halak, it is nothing for the Canadiens to be proud of.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  197. wotever says:

    I think you’re right, but say someone offered the Habs the moon, who (or who’s) would you be willing to get for him?   (Sky’s the limit! ;-))

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  198. K-hab25 says:

    We need to score not only first, but I’d say maybe even 4 times to win game 7. It’s both unfair and unlikely to expect that Halak will shut them down again. We need to take advantage of every early opportunity or it could end up like game 3, a great first period, but we didn’t score and then the flood gates opened up for WAS in the second. Another reason I feel we need to score 4 is Halak’s play on only 1 day of rest isn’t as good as when he’s given atleast 2 days. His GAA on the season is 2.32 sv% of .930 on 2+ days rest like games 1,5 and 6 where he allowed only 4 goals and was outstanding. However his GAA on the season is 2.77 and sv% .909 with only one day of rest like games 2 and 3 where he allowed 9 goals, was pulled in game 3 and looked fatigued. I hope the team shows up for Halak and gives him the support he needs for us to complete this comeback, we all know he’s given it to them the last 2 games.

  199. idle says:

    So given the fact that 5 different players so far have been peoples choice for captain (no Gomez so far but Gill instead) is that not a good sign for this team moving forward?  Has the original frustration over the rebuild (Gomez’s contract, smaller players, old fan favorites gone) subsided and are people becoming more content with what they see?  Keep in mind that this team now has a handful of proven playoff performers which is something that has been lacking in the past.

    Is this a team that we can keep together for the most part and just upgrade a few spots?.  Maybe bring in a bit of size and another solid D and take another run at it next season (not that this season is over…)

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  200. fuhgawz says:

    :)

    wait for another year. re-sign Kovy after next season make him you captin

    he was more of a learder then Saku ever wished he could be

  201. jimmy shaker says:

    Doesn’t he also have a pretty good record when the team scores 3 or more goals for him?  So hopefully they can reach that number tomorrow night as well, with washington hitting the 40+ shot plateau too!

     

    Shaker

  202. MontrealAtheist says:

    Could you imagine a high-offence team like the Caps acquiring Halak? They’d be virtually unstoppable for years to come and would probably even sweep a series against an NHL All-Star team.

  203. jimmy shaker says:

    Since we know Shane is a Price guy……I just found it funny that most of his posts have the Price angle in them.  And this was another example.  And just today, I was in his corner when he had a problem with someone else bashing his posts or rants because of his Carey angles.  I was siding with him on how pathetic the guy was and the guys takes on Price and how wrong they were.  I might be defensive…sure….I don’t think so, that’s your opinion, but for me his take was more of a jab I thought towards Jaro, that’s all.  Again, I could be wrong, but that’s what I’ve been seeing. 

    Shaker

  204. K-hab25 says:

    Well Jimmy I think you and I are in the middle. I lean towards Price and you towards Halak, but I think we’re not quite as fanatical about our guys as some. I hope we keep both for next year. Halak can be the #1 and Price can grow with less pressure on him as the backup. I don’t see why that is such a horrible scenario to so many on this site. If in 2 years when Price is an old man of 24 has he not shown he can be that franchise goalie we all had hoped I’m sure there will still be a market for him. Hell Raycroft fetched Rask in a trade, so I’m sure his value will still be high enough to fetch something helpfull. Plus I don’t trust one good season from any player, so why put all of our eggs in one basket if we don’t have to.

  205. Bill J says:

    I’m more interested on whether Theo will be in net for the Caps personally.

    I agree the D needs to improve, if not to at least get warmed up for the Penguins.

    Jaro is in the zone, don’t worry about him.

    And Quite honestly.  I doubt many would fault JM for letting Jaro stay in.

  206. jimmy shaker says:

    I would love to have both of them next year, because deep down I would hate to lose Carey or Jaro to another team when they are so young.  I would love it for Carey to be able to basically without saying “Suck it” say “Suck it” to all his naysayers here in Habville.  I think he can do it.  But with how Jaro has assumed his role this year….it’s pretty hard not be looking to him as our goalie of today and the future.  At the end of the day, it’s going to be almost impossible for PG to sign both.  We only have about 12 mill to work with next year and 9 spots open.   And out of that 12, pleks and a goalie are going to eat at least 7 to 8 mill of that 12.  So that makes 3-4 mill left over for 7 guys.  So 1 of the tenders will sadly be moved.  I just hope it’s to the western conference and that the trade is done quickly without all the media speculation and that we get really good value in return.

    Shaker

  207. Bill J says:

    I suspect – both will be here.

    Frankly as a RFA – Price’s year being what it was… He’ll be happy to get what the Habs offer him.

    Likely a 1-2 year contract to build his value.  Trading him without first building is value is insanity.  At the very least you have a 1 Mill Goalie… 1.5 Tops.

    They STILL do need a backup ya know shaker lol…

     

  208. TripleX says:

    Sorry dude but defensive hockey?  In what world does over 50 shots on goal signify defensive hockey.

     

    ooops….sorry you were being sarcastic

  209. jimmy shaker says:

    Shane…I think we need to put the Price angle to bed; for the rest of this series anyways…..c’mon now!

    Shaker

  210. sholi2000.com says:

    Was I ever, that was one terrible game defensively, and I hope to god that they do something different tomorrow night.

    They Call Me Shane

  211. sholi2000.com says:

    I’m talking defense and not Halak/Price.

    They Call Me Shane

  212. pmaraw says:

    the habs chose were the caps shots were coming from, for the most part, except that one shot semin got.

  213. K-hab25 says:

    Saying the “P” word around the Halakites is not allowed. It offends them. I understood what you meant was if we don’t play better defensively we’re going to get lit up like game 3 when Halak was pulled for Price. Ooops I said the “P” word, my bad.

  214. jimmy shaker says:

    Doesn’t offend me, just makes me tired that’s all.  It’s funny to me that we’re still talking about the goalies (or possible scenario’s that may occur) even after last night’s performance.  If we have to get to that point, (changing the goalies) then the game and the series will have already passed us and the team by. And since I don’t want to get into with you guys, I’ll leave it at that!

    Cheers!

    Shaker

  215. jimmy shaker says:

    It boils down to this….if Price is on the ice tomorrow, we won’t be continuing on to face the pens! That’s better!

    Shaker

  216. K-hab25 says:

    That was his freaking point!!! Then you got “offended” he said Price would play. I mean how dare he insinuate that if the team plays poorly and Halak isn’t outstanding that we’re going to get lit up and we’ll see the backup play. Man you people and your defensivness over anything even remotely regarding Halak is f***ing ridiculous.

  217. MontrealAtheist says:

    I sure hope that the Caps change goalies for tomorrow’s game though and put Theo back in nets … That would make scoring goals all the more easier and fun, too.

  218. Bob Barker says:

    Yeah Markov was definitely a steal for us. 

     

  219. MontrealAtheist says:

    It could be sweet to have a Boston/Habs conference final.”

    And how sweet would it be to have an Original 6 Habs/Hawks final? :)

  220. Eliisa says:

    I would be totally down with that scenario too! Even better considering there is no possible chance for the Canucks to hoist Stanley.

  221. Willy the bum says:

    Red Wings are class.  Is there such a thing as hockey in Phoenix?

  222. Eliisa says:

    I am not a Phoenix fan, I just want to see another team in the finals this year. I don’t want either Pittsburgh or Detroit there. It’s never going to happen but I would enjoy a Vancouver vs. Montreal final.

    Yikes, Coyotes are done. That goal just sealed their fate. Looks like you’re getting your wish, Serious. :)

  223. SeriousFan09 says:

    Detroit can advance this playoffs, but not far with their older team and these long years and long playoff drives I think they’re not up to a 3rd Cup Final appearance, I’m expecting the Canucks to beat the Hawks and then to win the Conference Final and go to their first Cup Final since 94.

    And of course, I’ve got Montreal as my dream match-up so no matter what, the Cup comes back to Canada in the first All-Canadian series since 89.

     

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

  224. Bob Barker says:

    A little luck always helps too, drafting Datsyuk and Zetterberg in the 6th and 7th round. There’s no chance they knew those guys would turn out so well, and without them they are a much weaker team. It’ll be interesting to see how they do when Lidstrom retires. Kronwall is a solid defenseman but I don’t see him as Norris-calibre. Getting Hudler back next season will help replace some of the depth they lost to free agency last summer though. 

    Their weakness in scouting has always been goaltending. 

    Ken Holland’s definitely among the best GMs in the league though. I’d say Peter Chiarelli has done the best job in the past couple of seasons. The Bruins are only going to get better. 

     

  225. HFX-HabFan says:

    That would make for an awkward Cup presentation no matter who won.  Neither team has a guy wearing the C.  I know Bobby Lou is the ‘Nucks “captain”, but since the league doesn’t recognize him as such, would Bettman insist that one of the alternates accept the Cup?  And who would lift it first for us?

  226. SeriousFan09 says:

    True, but you could say the same when we took Markov in the 6th round way back when. Detroit saw an opportunity to scout and draft in Europe while most teams weren’t taking it as seriously as they were and it paid off and they don’t try and put saviours on the Joe Louis ice at 19-20 just to see if it’ll work. Everyone there gets their development time and no one is rushed in DET. They are coming to a crossroads in team strength with Lidstrom aging, Kronwall isn’t a Norris man but DET has a better mechanism to rebuild their team than most. They’re going to have a lot harder time, but they’re probably going to rebuild better than most others. Jimmy Howard may be their goalie for the next 10 years after all.

     

     

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

  227. habsguy says:

    yup I agree with you on that one,  I don’t think Vancouver has it this year!!!!…:-)

  228. Eliisa says:

    I don’t think that the Hawks will lose to the Canucks. Or maybe that is just wishful thinking… each team won two of the four games they played this season. I just can’t support the Canucks. I would rather have Toews hoist the Cup than Luongo.

    When/if the Habs get through the Caps they will have another formidable opponent in Pittsburgh. It could be sweet to have a Boston/Habs conference final.

  229. filincal says:

    who cares who would lift it for us….I’m sure if ‘we’ got to that point the right person would accept the trophy.

     

     

    I BLEED BLEU BLANC ET ROUGE!!!

  230. SeriousFan09 says:

    I like the Blackhawks and I’m a huge fan of Jonathan Toews, but I don’t see Niemi holding back the Canucks offence when he struggled against the Nashville forwards really. You need a goalie in the playoffs who can make ‘the save’ to change the game and I don’t think Niemi can do that. I’m good with the Canucks winning, I have to share some loyalty with most other Canadian teams save one of course when it comes to the Cup because really, it’s way, way past time a Canadian team brought it home.

     

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

  231. Rainrocket16 says:

    Yes it is good news for us!

  232. itpf says:

    wow! Tom Poti is out for game 7 with a fractured orbital. from tsn.

  233. itpf says:

    … i  see i’m not the first to post that! But I must be the most excited in a non-sadistic way….

  234. habs03 says:

    Wings are something special

  235. Rainrocket16 says:

    I still can’t get over last night!! It was THE best game I can remember in the last 10 years. I had my wife and son so into it and we were pissing off the neighbors, it was great!!

    I hate to say it but Halak needs to do it one more time!! I hope he can. I just hope we can score like 6-7 goals so maybe Halak can get a little bit of a break. something tells me he wont get much of a break, nor would he want it. God he is good!

    I also want to take back every bad thing I said earlier in the season about Hal Gill, he has been great!! He is a true playoff player.

  236. Bugs says:

    Screw your neighbours.

    Tell’em to move back to Toranna.

    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/

  237. SeriousFan09 says:

    Detroit wins 6-1, Datsyuk and Lidstrom each have 2-goal nights, Jimmy Howard wins his first playoff series in the NHL, Mike Babcock proves why he’s the best coach in the NHL with a well-organized game that saw Detroit completely dominate the Coyotes over 60 minutes.

    Sharks have to be watching this game and thinking “Oh ****”

     

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

  238. Bugs says:

    Especially if the hot sauce is braised just right.

    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/

  239. Ayan_SB says:

    Who is that masked man?

    By James Mirtle

    It was hours deep into the 2003
    NHL entry draft, the heart of the sixth round, and there was a heated
    debate at the Minnesota Wild draft table.

    One high-ranking member
    of the organization wanted one European netminder while a scout with
    expertise in that part of the world preferred another. Words were
    exchanged, papers were shuffled and as the other teams around them
    began growing impatient, it fell to general manager Doug Risebrough to
    break the deadlock.

    “Take the bigger one,” he said.

    So,
    with the 187th overall pick, the Wild dutifully selected Miroslav
    Kopriva, a 6-foot-4 Czech who has played far more games with the Austin
    Ice Bats (25) than he’s had in the NHL (zero).

    Overlooked, as he has been for much of his hockey career, was Jaroslav Halak.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/who-is-that-masked-man/arti

  240. doug says:

    Beat me to it :)

    I love Halak.  I just love him.  Wonder what the issue was between Melanson and Price, if true.  No more excuses.

    I really hope the Habs keep Jaro.

  241. Say Ash says:

    I shaved Friday morning but I haven’t done it since. I’m afraid to.

  242. Eliisa says:

    DON’T! If I am rocking the socks you gotta keep that beard.

  243. SeriousFan09 says:

    Haven’t shaved for a few days either and it seems to work so far, keep rockin’ the playoff beards folks!

     

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

  244. Habscore says:

    Please don’t. I’m getting very superstitious with everything I do now. :S I’m not changing my routine on game days. And I’m watching the game at home instead of in a bar, bcuz they seem to always win when I’m home.

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  245. Eliisa says:

    Haha, you are just as bad as I am. It’s great. I am going to have the same lunch, dinner… you can really never be too cautious. ;)

    Who ever thought we would be so close? I can taste it.

  246. dicktracy says:

    I will dig up another Habs relic to add to the shrine ontop the tv. Guess I will need to but a larger tv when they go onto the next round as the shrine space is already crammed.

  247. Ayan_SB says:

    Lol yup, just by a minute. I love reading all the praise Halak’s been getting this year. Every season, a handful of narrative rise to the top in the NHL. Last year it was Tim Thomas’ memorable story, one of sheer persistence and even heartbreak. This year, at least in terms of goaltenders, it’s been that of the little Slovakian engine that could.

    Last night, during the 3 stars annoucement, one could see how Mike Cammalleri seemed to love the attention he received from the fans. And hey, who could blame him? I certaintly don’t. He’s a big-game player and it’s obvious that the sort of adoration motivates him. But when it came to Jaro Halak, with the crowd at its loudest, the young goalie skated out on the ice and quickly came back in. He hadn’t even taken off his helmet yet. I liked that. Maybe it was his signature modesty, or maybe he was still buzzing from that game, still in goalie mode, and one could argue, still in that Zone. Let’s hope he still stays in it until tomorrow.

  248. Ronan G says:

    I have you guys beat. I have not watched since everytime I watch they lose, and everytime I don’t watch they win. It pains me to not be able to watch, but it’s for the team right???

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  249. Rainrocket16 says:

    unfortunatley I am unable to grow a playoff beard due to the military regulations, however, my routine consists of;

    -not blogging on here during the game, not even logging in here til the games end.

    -eat 1 phillipine mango at the drop of the puck.

    -2 snow cones, followed by 2 margaritas (to ease my nerves a little)

    - and must wear my lucky shirt.

    its cooky as hell yes, but it has worked so far!!

    GO HABS GO!!

  250. CaliforniaHabsFan says:

    Same here!!!

  251. Rainrocket16 says:

    I really dislike the Red Wings but…Bettman will no longer have the opportunity to get his name on Lord Stanley!! Thank God!!

  252. Eliisa says:

    Way to take one for the team, Ronan. I appreciate all you do for the club. :)

  253. DONJUAN says:

    Shave, not since playoff clinching weekend.  playoff beard is scruff and rough.  GO HABS GO!!!  tonight game 7 GITERDUN!!!!

     In HABS we trust.

  254. Eliisa says:

    I was thinking the same thing. We are the last ones standing. I am pretty darn proud.

  255. kempie says:

    i have a terrible record when wearing my flannel. but i have noticed that every time i wear this ordinary old green t shirt, my record remains at 1.000 – unbeaten. it’s happened too many times to be a fluke and after monday, it remains, unwashed and neatly folded ready for game 7. whatever it takes.

  256. Habscore says:

    HAHA! yea I even told my best friend (whose a non-hockey fan) not to come over at my house tomorrow night, because she could jinx the game..She was like WTH!!

    how bad is that? lol

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  257. Habscore says:

    Wow..you’re really good. I go bananas on no-game nights like tonight! I need Habs!!!

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  258. Say Ash says:

    Wow, I had no idea the enthusiastic response this would get. And from the ladies! I’m blushing – of course, you wouldn’t be able to tell…

  259. christophor says:

    opposite reactions to the fans yet equally appropriate. i enjoyed that too and i was surprised tsn actually stayed in mtl long enough for the 3 star announcements. they like to jet quickly and i dont have rds.

  260. Bugs says:

    If he puts a salad bowl on his head, he LOOKS like the Cup.

    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/

  261. Eliisa says:

    Just as bad as me. Basically, we are just a little bit superstitious. You can’t discount the logic of our superstitions though when the Habs have a solid chance at defeating the Caps. Besides, do you really want to watch the game with a non-hockey fan? No! You want to the celebrate that win by yourself (like me ;) ) in your living room. Haha. My neighbours (who live across the street by the way) all know when we win a game. There is a lot of screaming and jumping around. Tomorrow should be no exception. :)

  262. Eliisa says:

    Because, Chris, we are all in this together. And clearly all very committed to doing our part for the Habs win. :)

  263. Bugs says:

    In our defeats against the Cappers, the common thread for my part was confidence that we were going to win those games. Feeling I had. (my feelings aren’t worth the dimestore glue I sniff to germinate them; I know it yet keep havin them)

    In our three victories (Games 1, 5, and 6), the common thread (surprise) was having found zen that a loss was more than probable and directly incoming.

    That’s how I’m feelin about Game 7 too. All the way now, I’m accepting that defeat is more than probable and directly incoming. Gotta be.

    We put on a great show. No shame in losing to the num1 Cappers in Game 7. I accept it.

    Zen.

    (that’s MY part, mind; y’all keep doin your OWN thing what worked for ya, but either way, zen or not, 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/

  264. Say Ash says:

    I’m no historian, but based on his performance I think that’s how he was chosen.

  265. diehardhab says:

    man cammy is really struggling to grow a playoff beard hahaha

    here’s a descent pic: http://espn.go.com/nhl/photos?gameId=300426010&photoId=601147

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  266. gohabsgo25 says:

    Alright fellow habs fans this is it. GAMEE 7 BABYY!!!. JARO HAS ALL THE CONFIDENCE AND WE CAN DO THIS. I HAVE A FEELING.

    im such a nerd my pre game

    i have to listen to that shiity black eyes peas song

    go to gym

    watch the 5-0 comeback win for the habs

    93 cup win

     

    well i will continue this ritual forever. and i will see you guys in pitsburgh. but right now the focus is on ovi that piece of crap.

     

  267. sidhu says:

    “We haven’t reached our goal yet. It wasn’t just to bring it to a Game
    7. Our goal is still to win the Stanley Cup and our goal is still in
    sight.”

    - Gionta

  268. andrewberkshire says:

    The issue between Melanson and Price was that Melanson kept telling him to not challenge shooters, and to stay deep in the net because he’s so big. That advice was the biggest reason for Price’s regression after his rookie season. Melanson may have worked with Halak for 6 years prior to this one, but he’s not here now, and Halak is better than ever under Pierre Groulx. The move may have been made originally to benefit Price, but Halak is the one who’s benefitted most from Melanson being canned.

  269. andrewberkshire says:

    Agreed about TSN, and I think it was a huge show of respect for Halak that they stayed when they had another game they wanted to switch over to.

  270. andrewberkshire says:

    Damn right!

  271. Brown_Hab_Fan says:

    You know just the fact we got to game 7 is great enough! It’s been an incredible series but I would just love to see the looks and what all these soo called Hockey Experts have to say after seeing us upset The Caps? I just think it would be awfully funny…oh yeah Pat Hickey you looked good on Sports Center with you being interviewed by John Lui

  272. nightmare_49 says:

    …  from Washington’s Japer’s Rink …..  http://www.japersrink.com/2010/4/27/1447198/its-time-for-alzners-hands-on-deck        ……..  We long to see the “future is now” pairing of Alzner and Real American Hero John Carlson.  The one that worked so brilliantly in Hershey, now together in the Big Show.  The one we all longed for, and projected in so many comments and bar stool discussions, even two seasons ago.  The duo, featuring a ruthlessly efficient, stay-at-home blueliner and an electric two-way pair mate with a booming shot, to propel the Caps into round two.

  273. Danno says:

    Habs to the cup! Habs to the cup! Habs to the cup!

     

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

  274. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Iwonder who will start in goal for Washington tonight? Could it be Theo? Na, its…….3rd string perhaps? Who do you all think? It does not matter cause our Habs are going to WIN!!!! Predict 3-2 Habs DBL OT. Markov from close in by putting it upstairs glove side. Go Habs Go!!! Believe!!! Believe!!! Believe!!! Believe!!!

  275. Danno says:

    I like your avatar!

     

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

  276. CHsam says:

    no kidding. You know there’s something wrong when that SOB has a chance to do that

  277. sillywalk says:

    RDS also stayed for the presentation. They rarely do, though they might show slo-mo replays sometimes of the first star.

  278. CHsam says:

    Hey Peter, whatcha doin? giggity.

  279. Harani says:

    The Subban Family! The non-Kostitsyns? 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  280. emann_222 says:

    BELIEVE!

    No more of this “no matter what happens tonight …” talk. We didn’t play 82 games in our Centennary year to “make” the first round. We came for Lord Stanley’s Cup, and dammit – we’re going to play for it every night. Tonight included!

    And this side note from a friend of mine in Minnesota who hasn’t been into hockey much till he met me this year … the following Skype message this morning:

    “Success to The Canadiens tonight ! Go Habs ! Gittee up !”

    Believers are Everywhere!!!

  281. emann_222 says:

    Man we all have a sickness, and the only cure … is a Habs victory! (Sorry cowbell fans!)

    I watched game one with a friend at home and felt he was good luck. Then he was here for the following 2 losses. Needless to say that he wasn’t here for Game 4! That didn’t help, so I stopped wearing my Habs cap and T, and invited him back. Bingo – Game 5 win. He was sick for Game 6 but he’ll be back on my couch tonight for the big win!

    Still no cap or T though … I’ve reverted to my lucky jeans and plain ‘ol T!!!

    Go Habs Go!!!!!!!!!

  282. emann_222 says:

    Oh Please! Speak ENGLISH!!!

    “The life of the wife is ended by the knife” … repeat!

    And Peter, please get lois to get me my milk!

  283. Fansincebirth says:

    I normally build a shrine near the TV with all my Habs paraphernalia but this year, all I have is a Smiley Hab that my Mom made for me about 25 years ago in ceramics. My Mom was a rabid Habs fan which she passed on to me and I have dutifully passed on to (most of) my kids.

    The only black sheep the oldest who is a Sens fan but we try to ignore him. He’s roont, damaged goods, if’n ya know what I mean……

    I truly believe we will win this game for many reasons. Caps are scratching their collective heads over what the hell they can change to beat us, Halak is a brick wall full of confidence, Subban has added a nice dimension to our ailing D, and we’re playing with heart, grit and determination. Something that’s been missing for a long time.

    I believe…….

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

  284. K-hab25 says:

    BS!!! He had a GAA over 3 as late as FEB and finished the year around 2.85. Not even close to what he did this year. Although his GAA was around 3 till mid DEC this year, but hey don’t let the facts get in the way of your opinion.

  285. habaholic68NJ says:

    How fitting it is that after tonight, the only team that the so called experts picked to disappear in 4 straight games is still alive and all the other series are over.

  286. Danno says:

    Wow! I just watched your video. Well done. You really captured the essence of this thrilling series. Thanks. I’m going to share this one with some friends now.

     

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

  287. lavie says:

    Nicely done! I like it.

  288. ThirtyThree says:

    Great video!

  289. Storm Man says:

    Great Video, cant wait to see the one you make after the boys win game 7 :) 

  290. J. Ambrose says:

    Well done, man. You lived up to your name.

  291. kempie says:

    wow, awesome. i got a little choked up

  292. HabsoluteFan says:

    Thanks for the feedback guys ! Hopefully les boys give me some quality material to work with for my upcoming Round 2 preview vs Sid’s gang.

    ————————————————————————-

    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.

  293. Bill J says:

    OMG!

    HABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!

    Look forward to the Penguins Vids if your up for it!!!! :D

     

  294. ManApart says:

    Excellent video. Love the part where the Habs hug on the bench after Pleks goal. Shows you the chemistry on this team. If they win in game 7, it will be greater than anything I could have ever imagined.

  295. HabsoluteFan says:

    The HD version is now up at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKmpMJ2lNCA&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.

  296. HabsoluteFan says:

    Video I made for game 7

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU1e0QeFr74&fmt=18

    One of my first vids, so constructive critics are welcome

    ————————————————————————-

    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.

  297. salshabs says:

    Well done, Dude…

  298. ShangaDoo says:

    No one can Timo…

    Maybe MAB?

     

  299. Habscore says:

    Timo, you’re the coolest in and out, but Eliisa’s got the good looks..:P

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  300. ooder says:

    Weber is injured?

    ——————

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

  301. SeriousFan09 says:

    Was, he was in the lineup for Game 6 against the Moose. Bulldogs issue on the back end isn’t able puck movers, they lack size, 6’3″ Brendon Nash on the farm will be good for them.

     

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

  302. ooder says:

    glad to know he is ok.

    i was wondering the same thing.. as to how the dogs can keep winning with an empty lineup.

    red wins won.. as if there was any doubt

    ——————

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

  303. SeriousFan09 says:

    They keep winning because of Guy Boucher, he’s got them organized and he makes the most of every asset he’s got on the ice, I’ve never seen passengers at a Dogs game. Although with Subban out, they could really use Max-Pac back on the ice to give them help up front, Subban’s 1.5 PPG scoring rate to help the offence out will be missed provided Les Habitants carry through tommorow to round 2.

     

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

  304. scott9002ca says:

    thats the point of the farm team. players get to step up and learn. if the bulldogs lose because we drained the life out of them by calling them up it isn’t such a bad thing since they’re purpose is to help us.

  305. SeriousFan09 says:

    True enough, but I kinda feel bad that after such a fantastic season in the AHL, they get tapped out and injuries forcing other top guys out they can’t win the Calder Cup. Rather the Canadiens have success, but I like seeing the Bulldogs play and would enjoy seeing them go deep in the playoffs and win their championship.

    Just have to go see more Dogs games from now on to help them out, I’m 4-0-0 at Copps so far.

     

     

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

  306. habs03 says:

    Dogs have been always a team that wins by committee, ya poor guy got hurt came back and got hurt again, good for management to recognize he wasn’t NHL ready and set him down to the AHL.

  307. SeriousFan09 says:

    Still, I saw 2 of the games and noticed that they were missing some scoring finish around the net, Subban had to really help carry their offence at times and missing basically 3 roster forwards can hurt. Especially with the damned Hershey Bears stacked with every top career AHLer there is.

     

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

  308. andrewberkshire says:

    Getting tougher for them to win by committee though. 4 of their top 6 forwards are out (Pacioretty, Maxwell, Darche and Pyatt), their top 3 defenders are all out (Subban, Carle, Weber), and on top of that, if Desjardins struggles, Sanford is out.

  309. MontrealAtheist says:

    I want the Wings out so badly”

    Look at it this way, Eliisa: The Wings have currently the best chance of surpassing the Leafs from the #2 spot among the teams with the most Stanley Cup championships and which Habs fan could object to that?

  310. Eliisa says:

    Anyone watching the Wings and Coyotes? I want the Wings out so badly, not looking too pretty right now. Although Howard did let a weak one in off the faceoff.

  311. SeriousFan09 says:

    I want the Wings in so they can knock off the Sharks.

    That and I can’t stand that parasite squad in Phoenix, enough with the Bettman NHL taking money from Canadian teams to prop up his failed Sunbelt strategy, a team literally owned by the NHL because no one wants to buy it and you can’t fill the arena unless the seats are cheaper than that of a Hamilton Bulldogs game. Red Wings are a solid, well-coached team with a stable of respectable veterans (aside from Bertuzzi of course) that earn everything they’ve got. Their entire franchise is a model of good scouting and player development that I wished Montreal followed more closely. They’re the class of the NHL in solid organizational moves. Phoenix is a black comedy.

     

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

  312. MontrealAtheist says:

    Hmmmm, they have Schneider, don’t they?

  313. Say Ash says:

    Maybe he’s our next guy to go there?

  314. Chuck says:

    It’s not the number of shots that I have a problem with; it’s the type of shots. Last night was an example of a high workload, but not as big of a percentage of difficult shots (screened, high) as he was forced to face in games one and two.

    If the defense can keep their shooters to the outside and let Jaro see them, I have no problem with another 40-shot night.

    _____________________________________

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

  315. likehoy says:

    I agree, but the difference was 3 of 4 OV/backstrom/semin shots just BARELY missed the mark (and a post from green).

    but on the other side we had pleky, and AK and lapierre just barely missing.

    IMO the chances were about even…maybe a couple more for the caps, but the shot totals were dasterdly different.

    keep in mind that the canadiens are more of an opportunistic team, and the caps are running and gunning so the shot totals will always be different. a good game for us is 30 shots, and the caps would have 40.

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  316. 100HABS says:

    I want tickets for the 3rd home game of the 2nd round – Game 6. That’s when we’ll eliminate the Pens, you see.

  317. STZA says:

    Gorges? That really looks like Markov…

  318. HabFanSince72 says:

    We have no choice in limiting shots. All year long opposiging teams have outshot us.

     

    Caps will win this one something like 6-1.

     

  319. Offensive DMan says:

    Haha – good one

  320. nextguy says:

    Saying that Halak plays better when there are lots of shots is absurd.  That would only make sense if he lets in many goals on the first few shots but that slowly tapers off as he gets more shots.  As Chuck says it matters what kind of shots he is getting.  He still played well but how many of those shots did Halak have clear line of sight?  And how many of those fancy, glove flipping saves did he make on saves that were not going to go in anyways?

  321. soperman says:

    There is little doubt that Halak thrives on having a sufficient workload.  What the Habs can do in support is limit the number of really dangerous shots and give him goal support like they did on Monday night.  Also don’t fall down anywhere or there will be a diving penalty.

     

    “Pusie possessed a wickedly wild shot, so inaccurate that he could not hit the province of Quebec if he was standing inside the Montreal Forum.” Dick Beddoes

  322. Offensive DMan says:

    I agree, the shots aren’t as important as him seeing the shot – clear guys away so that he gets a look. What this guy sees, he stops.  And limit rebound availability.

  323. arrow says:

    I got my answer, we play the PENS next! (when we WIN game 7) I can’t wait to shock and awe them! I BELIEVE, we have Heart-Attack Halak and the G-MEN (Gorges & Gill) to lead the way

    GO HABS GO!

  324. avatar_58 says:

    The G-men….I like that

  325. Iceberg84 says:

    Some good news to help our cause for game 7. TSN is reporting that Tom Poti will be out Wednesday with an eye injury: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=319674

    He’s currently leading both the capitals and the NHL in +/- so far in the playoffs with a +9 rating.

  326. 4loorplay says:

    Are you for real? lol Mabey you are Price….

  327. Bill J says:

    How about after the playoffs you can raise this issue ? 

    Jaro is golden right now, mentioning Price, in case you missed the memo = spitting on Jaro… lol  Not recommended.

  328. ManApart says:

    You want the team to play for Price like they did for Halak last game? The team gave up 54 shots with at least 10 unbelievable chances. It took the best game of Halak’s life to win. Anything less and they lose. They play like that in front of Price and it’s probably a 5-1 loss.

  329. REB says:

    Last night was an awesome game…we won, and took the Craps to game 7…but it has me wondering.

    Every time the puck came anywhere near the net, 2-3 Habs jumped on it to clear it.  They clogged up in front of the net, and stopped numerous shots.  All in all they played a good game, for the entire 60 minutes.

    Now, I ask, what if the team played that way in front of Price?  With that kind of effort (which is what they should be doing EVERY game), Price might be considered the #1 goalie in the league.

    My theory is that the team EXPECTS Price to bail them out when the loaf, mail it in, or screw up.  With Halak in net, they are not sure, so they try harder.

    I keep asking myself why the team doesn’t play the same type of game in front of Price that they do in front of Halak, and this is the only theiry that makes any sense (and no, it makes no sense).

  330. terrygain says:

    Okay, we have more than our share of Pricebots here, but as I’ve pointed out before sarcasm does not work well in a sports blog. Some people will think you are serious.

  331. Bill J says:

    For sure, I think the majority of the people in my hockey pool picked Capitals like crazy lol

    I picked Camm, Gionta & Markov – :D

    Being able to throw that in peoples faces + a Series win!!! against the Caps ?

    :D

  332. emann_222 says:

    Couldn’t agree more about the Habs being finesse oportunistic shooters. With our front line size, we rely on the speed and picking the right shot. I would lke to see more stuff thrown at the net though. But as far as Halak is concerned, he works best when the pressure is on.

    Gill will be a monster tonight and keep the shooting lanes clear. He’s a spoiler for the Caps and this year will be no different!

  333. idle says:

    Why I think the Habs will be fine next year regardless of how tomorrow turns out:

     

    The Habs do not have a captain yet.  Who do you think it should be?

    A) Cammalleri

    B) Gionta

    C) Gomez

    D) Markov

    E) Gorges

     

    Give your answer first and then consider when the last time the Habs had 5 possible captains to chose from.  hell even Moen could be a captain if he just had a bit more talent.

     

    BTW what happend to Mara?  For the life of me I can’t remember where he went.

     

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  334. SeriousFan09 says:

    I call Gionta for the new Captain, whenever that will occur.

    Mara – season-ending shoulder surgery.

     

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

  335. LizardKing1967 says:

    Camalleri is my choice, and if you throw in Moen on that list, Hal Gill HAS to be on it too.

     

    Jim-out. I BELIEVE!

  336. pmaraw says:

    i’m gonna have to go with gionta, the way he plays head to head against guys like chara…

  337. habs-hampton says:

    Gorges

  338. TripleX says:

    Gorges no question.

  339. Storm Man says:

    Josh ( Iron Man ) Gorges

  340. fuhgawz says:

    E have been saying this all season Gorges all the way he brings leadership on and off ice good with media and a wonderful team guy — or seems like it anyway

  341. 24 Cups says:

    Halak should be captain seeing he has led the resurgence of this team!!!

    Mara is injured and is out for the rest of the year.

  342. HabFanSince72 says:

    Cammi.

     

  343. coachdoug says:

    Gionta with Gorges as a close second…

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

  344. K-hab25 says:

    I would’ve went with Gill, but he’s gone in a year. Then I would say Markov, but he could be gone in a year aswell. So I’ll say Gionta or Cammy, either one would make a good captain.

  345. petrov14 says:

    #21 B. Gionta!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  346. showey47 says:

    either gio or gorges,both would be great.

  347. Ian Cobb says:

    I think the players will vote for Gill to be captain next year as Martin moves into Assistant GM job with Gauthier and the new coach will hold a players vote.

    New coach next year will be Muller and Boucher.

  348. idle says:

    Right o.  I thought he was not longer on the club for some reason.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  349. idle says:

    BTW, my choice would be Gorges.  Failing that Cammalleri.  But nothing wrong with Gionta either.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  350. Will Longlade says:

    The Habs definitely need to cut down on shots and scoring chances. Last night’s outcome was an anomoly even though Halak sports a 9-0-1 record when facing 40 shots. Maybe the key is to let him see some rubber early on to get into the groove. 

  351. sholi2000.com says:

    If the Canadiens play defensive hockey like they did last game, and Halak is just good, we’ll be seeing Price in nets tomorrow night.  Halak please, one more time eat that puck up!!

    They Call Me Shane

  352. J. Ambrose says:

    How big a deal was Jaro’s performance last night? So big that it was the lead story on Pardon The Interruption where they RARELY even mention hockey. But tonight, they led with it! Our boy has everybody talking.

  353. petrov14 says:

    Thats pretty impressive!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  354. habs-hampton says:

    It looks like JM is finally doing what he was hired to do… COACH!!

    Most of the season he just seemed to stand behind the bench, doing a slow burn and saying nothing, just rolling 4 lines and 6 d-man. Now he seems into it, shortening the bench when needed, benching guys, coming up with unique lines, arguing calls with th refs,

    Is it just me, or was he just waiting all year for the playoffs to start?

  355. fun police says:

    i think if you look it up, you’ll notice that jm pretty much was a three line coach.  the fourth line played anywhere from 3 -8 minutes a game.  you have to remember, he spent the year essentially as a circus juggler.  i don’t think he imagined that his first year would be characterized by so many injuries to key players.

  356. 24 Cups says:

    One simple post by Eliisa generates 45 responses.  This sure does wonders for H I/O ratings!

    Not to mention that it sure beats all the Halak-Price tug of war b.s. that appears on this site every day.

    You go, girl!

  357. Eliisa says:

    Haha, 24 I love ya! And I am actually blushing now… delete your post ;)

    Anyway, it’s the only place I can talk hockey (or trachea infection and smoked meat) with like minded individuals. I realize that people on here are just as obsessed as me and it’s fantastic. I love it.

  358. HabFanSince72 says:

    Wings leading 3-1. Shots are 38-15 – nothing Brizgalov can do about it.

    A prequel to tomorrow’s game?

     

  359. habaholic68NJ says:

    Man Detroit is bringing it.  3-1 lead with 6 min left in the second and shots are 38-15

  360. Lil_Duch09 says:

    MARKOV NEEDS TO BE TEAM CAPTAIN FOR CANADIENS!!!
    I HOPE SPACEK WONT PLAY TOMORROW BECAUSE WE WANT PK SUBBAN STILL PLAY TOMORROW!!!!!! HES HELPS US TO WIN

     

  361. J. Ambrose says:

    Another diving call. Clearly there was a directive from the league’s head office because I’ve never seen the refs so keen to call these before.

  362. Willy the bum says:

    Tomorrow’s game, refs will call a 2 for scratching their nose.

  363. Psycho29 says:

    Wow…a diving penalty in the Yotes-Wings game.

    It’s turning into the old “No goal, foot in the crease” calls back in the pre-labour dispute NHL

  364. Storm Man says:

    Anyone one know who is going to be the Refs for game 7 ? Why do I have a bad feeling Chris (I hate the habs) Lee is going to be one of them.

  365. JF says:

    I have the same feeling.  The League would much rather the Caps went on than we did.  Chris Lee will do everything he can to see that that happens.

  366. SeriousFan09 says:

    5 minute major on Mike Cammalleri, trying to put the puck in the back of the Washington net.

     

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

  367. Habscore says:

    you guys are hilarious

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  368. habaholic68NJ says:

    4-1 detroit.  end of 2nd.

  369. habs03 says:

    I want a Tomas Holmstrom on our team. Max Pacioretty I hope your watching!!!

  370. SeriousFan09 says:

    I hope his shoulder is healing if anything, poor guy’s been sidelined for a while in the AHL with a shoulder problem and the Dogs are hurting for forward depth with Maxwell and Pyatt called up for the Habs. I’d like to see the Dogs go farther in the playoffs and catch some more of their games before the season’s up, albeit with PK in Montreal one of the main draws to go see them is missing…

     

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

  371. HabsRadio says:

    Two Fresh posts today! We blog about game 6 and talk about game 7.  Enjoy: http://www.HabsRadio.com

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  372. MontrealAtheist says:

    lol … so true!

  373. MontrealAtheist says:

    And why do you think they are lonely and single? Could it be because they spend a lot of time here? Hmmmmmmm

  374. itpf says:

    nah – i’m sadisticaly excited.


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