Habs’ Weise lives dream with OT goal in Game 1

When Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin acquired forward Dale Weise from the Vancouver Canucks in February in exchange for defenceman Raphael Diaz, the happiest man in Canada might have been Weise’s father.

Miles Weise, a warehouse manager in Winnipeg, is a lifelong Habs fan and dreamed that one day his boy might play for the Canadiens. When he spoke to his son after the trade in February, Miles told him: “My little boy is going to play on the Montreal Canadiens.”

“And he said ‘dreams do come true, eh Dad?’ ” Miles told The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell after the trade. “I’m just on top of the world.”

Miles – and Canadiens fans – were on top of the world again Wednesday night when Weise scored in overtime as the Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Game 2 is Friday night in Tampa (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

GM Bergevin was caught by television cameras doing a dance in a loge after Weise’s goal. The dance is now being called The Marcarena or the Bergevin Boogie by many fans on Twitter. 

“It was a good feeling,” Weise told reporters in Tampa after scoring the OT winner. “I can’t remember the last time I scored an overtime goal, but this has to be the biggest goal of my career.”

The Canadiens practised Thursday afternoon in Tampa with all the players on the ice, including Travis Moen, who is still recovering from a concussion and won’t be available for Game 2. The Canadiens spent time working on a power play that went 0-for-2 in Game 1 and is now 0-for-25 in the last nine games.

The Lightning practised before the Canadiens and injured goalie Ben Bishop was on the ice but didn’t take any shots. Coach Jon Cooper said he didn’t expect to see his No. 1 goalie, who has an elbow injury, back in net “any time soon.” 

“This morning he skated in full pads and stuff like that,” Cooper told reporters in Tampa. “I don’t think we’re going to see Bishop any time soon, but I don’t know what soon is. This series would have to extend a little bit for him to come in.”

Weise, who started skating when he was 3, grew up as a Habs fan in Winnipeg and his father bought him a Canadiens scoreboard light for his bedroom.

“I bought it for him when he was a little kid and it’s still in his room,” his father told Branswell in February.

Miles Weise’s favourite Habs player was Guy Lafleur and “I almost had tears in my eyes,” he told Branswell after seeing his son in a Canadiens jersey for the first time after the trade.

If there were tears Wednesday night, they were tears of joy.

The Gazette’s Pat Hickey reports that Hall of Famer Phil Esposito, who now works as a radio analyst for Lightning games, drew Weise’s name for the media winning-goal pool before Game 1.

“Who the hell is Weise?” Esposito said as he threw away the piece of paper with Weise’s name on it.

The prize was $180.

(Photo by Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Game 2 preview, NHL.com

Habs looking to tighten defence in Game 2, by The Gazette’s Pat Hickey

Playoff notebook, Canadiens.com

Habs’ post-practice interviews (video), Canadiens.com

Palat will be game-time decision for Lightning, by Pat Hickey

Lightning coach Cooper talks with media ahead of Game 2 (video), tampabaylightning.com

Lightning goalie Bishop not close to returning, NHL.com

Stamkos shows why he’s X-factor for Lightning, montrealgazette.com

Weise strikes in OT for Canadiens, by Pat Hickey

‘Biggest goal of my career,’ Weise says, by Pat Hickey

Habs are drama kings, Canadiens.com

Another vintage playoff performance by Briere, NHL.com

Game 1 photo gallery, montrealgazette.com

Dreams come true for Lightning’s Killorn, by Pat Hickey

Lightning must switch to playoff mode fast, Tampa Bay Times

Goalie Lindback under fire from Habs, Tampa Bay Times

Coach Demers remembers 1993 Habs Cup team, Stu on Sports blog

Habs coach Therrien remembers an old friend, Stu on Sports blog



  1. Rad says:

    Eric Engels does an excellent analysis of Game 1 on the hockeybuzz site. On the game-tying tap-in goal by Stamkos when Weaver got caught pinching at the Tampa blue line, Engels holds Gallagher as responsible as Weaver for poor defensive coverage on the play:

    “Let’s get things straight. Gallagher had Weaver covered at the line. Weaver’s job was to pressure the puck in that situation. The problem was, Weaver didn’t win the pinch, and Gallagher stood there watching, hoping that Weaver would win it. As Killorn broke up the ice, taking advantage of Gallagher’s mistake, Markov read that Gallagher wasn’t going to catch up. Gallagher’s second mistake was not reacting to Markov’s switch, leaving Stamkos with a gaping net to score his second goal of the game, and it could’ve been an absolute back-breaker.

    Regardless, if you’re going to make that pinch at that stage of the game, you have to win it. You can’t risk a 2-on-2 situation, with one of your forwards having to play the role of a defenseman. And you can’t, as a forward, get caught watching the play, and then miss the assignment completely once you’ve managed to recover your stride. It was the worst goal of the hockey game from Montreal’s side, and it had nothing to do with Price.”

    Here’s a link to the whole article:


  2. RockinRey says:

    On Good Friday back in 1984 – Montreal vs Quebec playoff matchup also known as the Good Friday Massacre


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

    • frontenac1 says:

      I remember it well amigo! A real corker. Happy Oestra! Saludos!

      • RockinRey says:

        It was something.

        I am stoked for tonight. I think the Habs have it in them to ramp up their game.

        Tighten things up defensively and remain aggressive and continue to roll 4 lines

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

  3. dabouz says:

    Chris lee…

  4. Psycho29 says:

    500TH !!!

  5. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Hey! Why would Team Canada select James Reimer for the World Championships? Are they throwing in the towel?

    • Adidess says:

      Have they selected him?

      Ok, let’s see, what good Canadian goalies are out of the playoffs. Because you can’t pencil in anybody who is still playing, if you’re selecting at the present time, since you don’t know for sure if you’ll have them.

      Cam Ward, Mike Smith, who else?

      Go Team CHanada!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Help Toronto increase his trade value?

      Edit: Would like to see him get traded to Wpg, hope he can do well, seems like a real good person who got a bit of a raw deal from the Leafs. The Worlds could be perfect for him to get his confidence back.

    • Danno says:

      He plays OK


      “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
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    • Adidess says:

      Also, we don’t know who, behind the scenes, has said no.

      Wild speculation here, but it’s possible that guys like Cam Ward (not selected for the Olympics) and Mike Smith (went to the Olympics, but wasn’t really used) might not be too interested in going.

      This tournament will have an even lower profile in an Olympic year. There’s very little to gain for guys like them, especially knowing they’ll likely be playing behind Phaneuf and the likes 🙂

      Edit: Luongo being another one.

      Go Team CHanada!

  6. HabFab says:

    Remember this guy?

    Bob McKenzie – Haven’t read it from cover to cover yet but I’ve skimmed enough of this book to know it’s incredibly raw and honest. https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/457167386974912512/photo/1

    • RockinRey says:


      Terry Ryan was on the fan590 in Toronto with Bob McGown and Stephen Brunt. Interesting cat. Says he Harbours no bitterness towards Habs but really feels like he never was given the chance that guys like Tucker and Aaron Asham were given.

      He said Rejean HOule told him he would not have drafted him.

      You can look up stories about him on the web and pre-draft interview with Milbury. He admits he was a bit of a partier and immature.

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

  7. montreal ace says:

    I thought it was strange, when I saw the video of Bishop practicing hurt and the coach is lobbing the puck like Bishop was a baby. I’m wondering if Cooper was laying a trap

    • habs-hampton says:

      In the playoffs, you never know. That said, it would hard to imagine him coming in without a couple of “real” practices under his belt.

    • Adidess says:

      Cooper needs to be careful about what message he’s sending to the goalie we all know he’ll end up playing tonight though.

      I suppose, for any goalie, knowing the coach believes you can get the job done is a plus. The perception that the coach could be considering playing an injured #1 in your place, or doing the unusual to get him about 50% ready to start, sends the opposite message.

      In any case, a 2-0 series lead seems possible for tonight, but we better be ready. I agree with those who think we’ll see a much different game tonight: tight-checking, more hitting, probably low-scoring…

      Go Team CHanada!

      • 1010 says:

        Good point. See the Toronto coach throwing Riemer under the bus and then needing him to play shutdown hockey the last few games for the most recent example of a coach getting into a goalies head.

        GO HABS…

    • WindsorHab-10 says:

      IMO, it doesn’t matter who starts for the Bolts. We need to play our game & be on the same page. We do that & success will follow.

      I expect Price to be looser & much better than game 1. Would also like to see someone dish a hit or two on Stamkos. Can’t give him all this open ice & expect to contain him. Whoever is assigned Stamkos, drill him cleanly every chance you get, just like Dubinski did on Crosby.

  8. hockeydoc says:

    Can someone direct me to the post with the funny picture of the Claude Julien faces that was on here recently?

  9. HabFab says:

    The Bulldog’s play-off hopes are slim to nil. Any win by Oklahoma, which has a game in hand, or a loss by Hamilton eliminates them … again! Understand their owner is not impressed, but he is also a part owner of the Habs so don’t expect to be replaced by another NHL team… imagine MB will hear it over the summer.

    • JUST ME says:

      I do not think that those results are a surprise to the owners. Although no one likes to lose, they are aware that a lot of new blood will be coming in over the summer with 8 or 9 players drafted by Bergevin and apart from a few guys on the roster they know that they have seen what they needed to see…

    • B says:

      With only one game left, the post season seems downright impossible for the Dogs as they sit 5 points out of the last playoff spot.

      –Go Habs Go!–

  10. 1010 says:

    James Duthie quips that if the Habs make it to the finals the Bergevin dance could be a go again (paraphrasing here) and Ward the turd snarls, “not a chance.`
    Hey you Toronto lovin`twidiot, everybody has a chance. Except the Laffs. Hahaha.

    GO HABS…

  11. HabinBurlington says:

    Didn’t get to watch the Colorado game, just saw the highlight where Minny was about 3 inches from an empty netter, wow, adds to the incredible finish.

    Is the Boston / Detroit game 1 going to follow suit and be a whacky high scoring affair?

    Wouldn’t be surprised if most game 2’s end up 1-0 and 2-1 scores.

  12. Mattyleg says:

    Renaud Lavoie ‏@renlavoietva 1h

    #lightning Ben Bishop receiving shots this morning. #tvasports

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  13. JUST ME says:

    Tim Peel AND Chris Lee tonight ? You have got to be kidding me. Just heard that on TSN and although not confirmed that both are in, one of the two is more than enough to screw a good hockey game…Games never have their usual flows with either one of them reffing. I just can`t believe that they deserve to be chosen for the job in the playoffs…

  14. habs001 says:

    Plecks had a key goal but he was minus 2…so he was on for 3 Tampa goals..his playoff plus minus career stat is minus 16…

  15. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Ok, so exactly how different is TB going to look tonight?
    Cooper was unhappy, so what will he change? Tighten up the trap, presumably. But what else?

    And how should we respond?

    • Ron says:

      Bishop was taking shots this morning at the Bolts practice so they must be trying to push him along hoping he would be good to go once they go to Montreal.

      • gmur says:

        Could be mind-game time in the series… How badly is Bishop injured? It wouldn’t surprise me that Tampa is playing up the gravity of the injury and Bishop will show up in a game as soon as tonight.

  16. habsfan0 says:

    Is it confirmed who is starting in nets tonight for Tampa?
    I know Bishop is out, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the Latvian Olympic wunderkind the goalie that Cooper goes with.
    On the Habs side,I’m fairly certain MT will stick with Price over Budaj.

    • Marc10 says:

      Nah. They have to stick with no. 2 for another loss. Midway through the first when Vanek completes his hat trick, that’s when you go with Olympic Boy. And then Patches scores 3 and they realise it’s over…

  17. Hobie says:

    OK, I have now watched the Marc Bergevin dance video 100 times and keep going back for more? What is wrong with me???


  18. Habfan10912 says:

    Some great post today. MRonn with a roster comparison to further judge the work by Bergevin. Habfab with a look back at some dark days at HIO. Irish Mine with a call out to some missing posters. Some great marital tips for Chris. Weed whacking Grandma bringing a touch of class to the site.

    Carry on! I’ll just sit back and enjoy the company.


  19. Maritime Ronn says:

    The different playoff ticket prices across the NHL.
    (Was there a typo? No MLSE ticket price…)

    – Tampa Bay Lightning / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $243.28 / Reg. Season Avg: $67.19 / Playoff Premium: 262.08%

    – Columbus Blue Jackets / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $257.29 / Reg. Season Avg. $78.33 / Playoff Premium: 228.47%

    – St. Louis Blues / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $218.50 / Reg. Season Avg: $71.24 / Playoff Premium: 206.71%

    – Colorado Avalanche / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $173.09 / Reg. Season Avg: $71.77 / Playoff Premium: 141.17%

    – New York Rangers / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $399.42 / Reg. Season Avg: $179.96 / Playoff Premium: 121.95%

    – Philadelphia Flyers / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $188.10 / Reg. Season Avg: $86.39 / Playoff Premium: 117.73%

    – Los Angeles Kings / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $194.99 / Reg. Season Avg: $96.57 / Playoff Premium: 101.92%

    – Detroit Red Wings / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $164.31 / Reg. Season Avg: $82.53 / Playoff Premium: 99.09%

    – Pittsburgh Penguins / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $325.28 / Reg. Season Avg: $164.01 / Playoff Premium: 98.33%

    – Boston Bruins / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $312.48 / Reg. Season Avg: $164.38 / Playoff Premium: 90.10%

    – Anaheim Ducks / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $151.79 / Reg. Season Avg: $80.39 / Playoff Premium: 88.82%

    – Chicago Blackhawks / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $384.35 / Reg. Season Avg: $234.46 / Playoff Premium: 63.93%

    – San Jose Sharks / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $160.26 / Reg. Season Avg: $98.74 / Playoff Premium: 62.31%

    – Dallas Stars / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $153.28 / Reg. Season Avg: $95.41 / Playoff Premium: 60.65%

    – Minnesota Wild / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $157.66 / Reg. Season Avg: $102.21 / Playoff Premium: 54.25%

    – Montreal Canadiens / Avg. First Round Ticket Price: $306.94 / Reg. Season Avg: $202.19 / Playoff Premium: 51.81%


  20. secretdragonfly says:

    In response to a question about Bergevin’s celebratory jig, PK responded “I’m just going to say I’ve seen it. I’ve seen different versions of it. I’m not going to say that he was teased about it, but he might have been. I’m not going to confirm or deny,” said defenceman P.K. Subban. “Something tells me I should just keep my mouth closed here, if you have any other questions I’ll take them.”

    Nice to see some levity amongst the boys.


  21. Ian Cobb says:

    Every home team has won their 1st game!
    Except our Hab’s
    And Detroit who will beat the Bruins tonight!

  22. HabinBurlington says:

    Heard on TSN this morning that history was made last night. First ever NHL Playoff game with 2 Russian goalies playing against each other. Pretty cool I thought. Wonder if Mr. Cherry will give a thumbs up DA! to that?

  23. Maritime Ronn says:

    Had a look at the Game 5 playoff roster from last year against Ottawa – and the Habs lineup in general, and what a difference a year and injuries make.

    In nets the Habs had a ‘Waite-less’ Carey coming off a season ending meltdown that carried into the playoffs.

    On D, Emelin was hurt, and Raphael Diaz was playing Top 4 minutes and was the #1 minutes Dman on the penalty kill….
    A year later, Diaz was a healthy scratch for the Rangers last night.

    Up front, Gionta-Max-Prust-Eller were all hurt.
    Ryder couldn’t wait to get out of town…and Vanek wasn’t even a dream, and no one knew who Mike Weaver or Dale Weise were.

    In that Game 5, Jeff Halpern played 15:37 and Colby Armstrong played 14:16, while Mike Blunden and Gabby Dumont each played over 8 minutes.

    The “Scratched” list was… is now, almost funny to look back on.
    Tomas Kaberle-Yannick Weber-Petr Nokelainen…..

    Hats off to GMMB and his guys for doing a great job.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Puts much in perspective doesn’t it Ron?

      • Chrisadiens says:

        Stop stealing my words Burly!

        Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Ha! CHeers CHris!

          How is it going, Happy Wife = Happy Life? Good thing you get to ingrain in the relationship Playoff hockey right off the hop, let her know you’ll have some free time in late June!

          • Chrisadiens says:

            Hahaha she knew already. I’ve been “informing” her for 9 years about my hockey obsession. Only difference now is she has my last name.

            Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

          • Maritime Ronn says:


            Your dad sent me a pic of the wedding cake.
            An absolute gem.
            The key moving forward is never NEVER EVER give up control of the Remote.

          • HabFab says:

            I watched the 3rd period on my honeymoon… she never forgot!

          • Chrisadiens says:

            @MRonn Yea it was awesome. We had the wedding party come out to the same music the Habs come out to as well. Followed by the singing of our national anthems. 🙂

            @Frank You are my hero. Lol

            Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Sure does, burli
        At first glance, the team didn’t look all that different, yet what a bunch of great depth signings/trades…and of course Vanek

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Wow. That really puts things into perspective. Thanks for that MRonn.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • Marc10 says:

      I’ll never understand Michael Ryder. Weird guy. Talented guy, but total weirdo. Would rather play for crappy teams with no hope in markets that don’t care…

      That lineup is a study in contrast. Can’t wait to see the full Bergie roster. One day… One day…

      In the meantime, let’s beat the Bolts.

  24. 24AW says:

    Hope MT doesn’t mess with the 4th line. a few games together and they will be as good as the 3rd line. Not a bad thing to have two 3rd lines …

  25. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    T-minus 15 wins………

  26. Dunboyne Mike says:

    I would like to put out an APB for the following HIOers:

    -and one starting with Franc- something or other. Great eye for talent
    – and a British woman who moved to Canada and loves the Habs

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Fransaskois?, sweetmad.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Yes thanks. Those are the names. I think Fransacois travels a lot, but I thought he’d put in an appearance once we made it to the playoffs.

        sweetmad joined (I think) last year and posted much during the Ottawa series and in the lead-up to the July 1 deadline. I think she faded before Christmas. Am I right?

        • Lafleurguy says:

          HIO compares to a high school, and some graduate, and some don’t. Some sophomores like to bully. Some freshman start off awkward, then become sophomoric. The seniors, some anyway, just rock in their chairs (and they aren’t sitting in rocking chairs).

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Jols was around the other day. Trini I haven’t seen in a long time.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  27. HabFab says:

    @ Irish Mike – we have had a lot of great lady posters on this site. Some still active but many have left. In the old days, your e-mail address was visible in your Info and they suffered much abuse. In fact the infamous “Water Gun Fight at the OK Corral” was proceeded by some idiot going after some of our lady folks.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Wow. And really, really sad.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Thanks, HF. Wow that stinks.
      It is significant, I think, how often new posters are gender-blind (because of neutral handles) and don’t twig how much top-class insight, analysis and supposedly male-only vitriol (!) is posted by women. HIO is a great place to help erode hidden assumptions in that regard.

      • Mavid says:

        awww thats nice..now I am all misty.. I most certainly don’t have all the know how..stats..and the hockey speak as some…but I love the Habs I love Hockey..and most of you guys are pretty sweet too..

        Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Where else can we go and have a Weed Wacker Grandma?

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Is sweet the right word?! When I’m thinking of a certain female poster on one of her anti-Senators rants?!

          Like I said on a previous thread, the purity is breath-taking and magnificent!

          • Mavid says:

            I think you mis read..you guys are the sweet ones..sweet is not a name I have been called recently

            Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Like I said, mavid!
            You are UNDILUTED!
            No surprise you survived the Water Gunfight or whatever that was!

      • Mavid says:

        Water fight? I think your talking about my profile pic..thats a shadow..not water..I was at the drag races in Englishtown NJ two years ago..that pic is in the stands..minus the beard of course..we skipped last year because of the impending birth of our grandchild..but we plan to go this year..near the end of May..

        Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

    • Ron says:

      We all asked you not to do it Frank 😀

      • HabinBurlington says:

        You’d think we’d know by now that Frank is like George Costanza, always doing the opposite. Perhaps he gave Boone the cue for reverse jinx?

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Ok, intrigued!
        Please provide an archive link!

        • HabFab says:

          Actually the Thread was sealed and removed from the history. We were in limbo for a day while the powers that be decided how to proceed. Thus was born the Mods amongst other things.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:


            And now resides in one of those 1000s of crates in a US Government warehouse like at the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”?

        • Ron says:

          All the old archive material pretty much disappeared when they closed the old site down for a short period and had us all register again back in ’07.

          • HabFab says:

            OK Corral occurred in 2008 or 2009. Just after HH and Berkshire started as both were fairly newbies when it happened.

          • Ron says:

            Your right again Frank, that was post ’07. My age showing again. Memory lapses are common lately.

          • Mavid says:

            I joined in 2008 but did not post much..I must have been to late or missed all the excitement.. as usual..

            Weed Wacker Grandma Smurf

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Now I’m picturing HIO in sepia, everyone’s avatar looking like draft-day images of future stars, and the Movietone Newsreel voice with stirring orchestral music in the background.

          Am I way off?

  28. HabinBurlington says:

    The always entertaining Daryl Sutter, now this guy appears none to happy with Mr. Quick at the end of the conversation, can only imagine how this would play out in Montreal, yikes.


  29. CHicoHab says:

    Only one road team with a win so far these playoffs. You guessed it.

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    So Joel Quenneville kind of went nuts last night eh?


  31. HabinBurlington says:

    Really excited about this 4th line, skill, speed and hustle. Would love to see Danny boy be a playoff hero.

  32. Cal says:

    The first games in just about all the series have ended up with a flood of goal scoring, which has been a load of fun to watch. The refs have shoved their whistles up their butts as per usual, so I saw four or five goals of NHL highlights that would have been whistled down earlier due to penalties. For example, on the Avs OT goal, Dman Barrie trips down two Wild players just before the shot comes that ends the game. I’m not saying the refs blew it, I am just saying that the Habs (and we, their fans) have to be ready for a lot more “questionable” play from guys like Gudas.
    Almost 9AM- only 10.5 hours to go! 😀

  33. Paz says:

    Watched a little of the Rangers Flyers game, enough to see 2 plays, about 1 minute apart, that got me thinking.

    On the first play Mcdonagh retrieves the puck behind his own net and tries to skate with it. He takes less than 2 strides and he is crunched into the boards, knocked to the ice, separated from the puck. The Flyer who hit him passes the puck back to the blueline and the Flyers score.

    A minute later, Mcdonagh collects a loose puck skating backwards at his own blue line. He tries to pass it but literally whiffs at it. The puck ends up directly on a Flyer stick with Mcdonagh unable to close the gap on the blue line because he’s caught flat footed. The Flyer moves in and has an excellent scoring chance.

    2 plays, 1 minute apart, Norris Trophy candidate almost cost his team 2 goals.

    I looked up at the screen because I was sure Mcdonagh would be benched.

    Right back out there, with encouragement and confidence of his coaches.

    I have seen this over and over, with Pietrangelo this year, with Mcdonagh, with Vlassic, with Karllson, with all the young dmen who have shaky plays, make bad decisions, and cause horrendous turnovers.

    I never see those young veterans ever get benched for their mistakes.
    And they reward the coach’s confidence with improved play going forward.

    I’m not looking to start a debate here. I’m off to work.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      For the briefest second there I thought you were going to suggest that perhaps the trade wasn’t so bad after all!

      • HabinBurlington says:

        That’s how I choose to read it! 😉

      • Mad Habber says:

        That is what I thought they were going to say as well. 🙂

        That said, I’m not the biggest MT fan but him and Martin have both treated PK the same way, bench him when he makes mistakes. The thing of it is, if the Rangers did bench McDonaugh it wouldn’t come with a circus along with it. In all honest I think the circus that follows is way worse for the players confidence then the actual benching. After the game it is why was PK benched circus rather than talking about the game. Could honestly see how that could wear on even the most confident persons confidence after a while.

        • HabinBurlington says:

          No doubt, bigger circus in Montreal. Perhaps we don’t see any benchings now in the playoffs, the reg. season was for teaching, the playoffs is now for PK to show the teacher he has learned and will perform.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Really good point.

          With apologies to Habsfan10912, it is conceivable, isn’t it?, that getting benched is exactly what PK needs sometimes? You get the impression that part of his appeal and one of his great strengths is his off-the-scales capacity to act on impulse and do something valuable. It’s one of the big reasons he’s a keeper and a pillar of the team. But if impulse takes him too far from the game-plan, maybe he needs to watch for a couple of shifts, reintegrate with the collective vision.

          Then, as you say: media feeding frenzy. Probably undoes any potential purpose that the benching might have served.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Ed, don’t you think the difference, as has been mentioned on here many, many times, is that making a mistake is not the reason players get benched.

      Players get benched for making the wrong play.

      If PK whiffs at a puck trying to put it up the boards, and it creates a goal, he doesn’t get benched.

      If PK whiffs at a puck trying to pass it through our slot, and it creates a very close call, he gets benched.

      Mistakes don’t cause benchings, ignoring strategy and good hockey causes benchings.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Loop_Garoo says:

        excellent point that often seems to get missed around here. PK gets benched when his ego gets ahead of the team and he ignores the good play. A coach needs to send a message in this type of situation to keep his job, if the players can ignore the coaching without consequence, then the coach becomes worthless.

  34. adamkennelly says:

    does anyone know if the radio portion of the TSN GO AP is live streaming during the games? I ask because a bunch of us Habs fans will be driving from Portland Oregon to Bandon Dunes during the game tonight – would be awesome to get the game….

    • CJ says:

      I couldn’t be more jealous….. What a property. If you’re looking for something similar on the east coast, Cabot Links in Atlantic Canada. Unreal!

      • adamkennelly says:

        its incredible – my 2nd trip.

        don’t tell that to the 4 guys flying from Ottawa – their flight left at 6:40 a.m. and we won’t get to Bandon till about 10 p.m. tonight..may as well be on the moon…I got a direct from KC at 2:00 p.m.

  35. Cal says:

    Time to get into the spirit of things! Do the MB Boogie!

  36. CJ says:

    Good morning folks!

    Just dropping by to wish everyone well. I must say, thus far, these playoffs have been excellent! Lot’s of great hockey, played at the highest level. Mind you it’s a very small sample size, but it’s been a number of years since I can recall scoring going up in the playoffs, if even over seven games collectively.

    Montreal, despite a series of defensive breakdowns and coverage mistakes was the better team and full value for the win Wednesday night. I tip my hat to Frankie, who I thought had a very strong game. I’d go as far as saying I thought he was our best overall defenceman. For every ying there is a yang though. Markov, PK, Emelin and notably Weaver all looked shaky at times, making poor decisions and mishandling the puck. I’m sure they will be better tonight.

    Now that we have struck the first blow, the follow up punch needs to be delivered. Tampa will recognize the importance of tonight’s game and will be much better. Injuries appear to be adding up though, so provided we can neutralize Stamkos (easier said than done), we can take control. Statistically speaking, being up 2-0 versus being tied 1-1 is a huge difference. Wednesday night we landed a body shot. Follow it with another tonight, before heading home, and we can start to inflict some serious damage, putting our opponent on the ropes.

    As I’ve said, Gionta on the first line is below average. He is an average to below average second liner, but, an above average to great third liner. Eller also played extremely well. I wish Bourque would become a little less hesitant, otherwise that’s an effective line. Fourth line was excellent. I’m sure this has been talked over hundreds of time, so I’ll leave it there.

    Looking forward to heading to Montreal next week. There’s something special driving over the bridge (no, not the anxiety that exists due to the infrastructure), but coming into downtown and settling into the vibe and culture the city has to offer. I can’t wait! I can’t wait to be immersed into the playoff atmosphere at the Bell Centre and cheer the boys on with 21,271 of our closest friends…..

    In closing, wishing you all a very Happy Easter. I got the little fellows tickets to see the monster trucks at CTC in Ottawa, sorry Kanata, sorry Carleton Place, sorry Arnprior…..wherever that place is located. I’m sure they will be excited, I know I am. Not to worry, the event isn’t scheduled until late May. It looks like my schedule is booked up to that point, and maybe longer….. Go Habs!

    Best wishes, CJ

    • Dunboyne Mike says:


      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Also, good post btw!
        One thing fans should never expect is for two teams simply to pick up where they left off. Both Habs and Bolts will look different, having been grilled by their coaches for the past 48 hours. It will be a different game no matter. Just hopefully, HOPEFULLY the same outcome! GHG!

        • CJ says:

          Good morning, sorry afternoon, Mike! Wishing you well lad. As they say, big one tonight. Cheers, CJ

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Nope! Correct the first time: in my head it’s morning! Decided to switch to EDT for the duration of the playoffs. Hope the principal doesn’t mind if I start coming in around lunchtime!

    • HabsPooch says:

      Let’s just say it’s a good thing the Habs won their game. A lot of blame would have been placed on the defense and goaltending. I thought Weaver struggled to keep up with Tampa’s speed. Actually there were times when collectively the speed seemed to overwhelm the d. I would have Tinordi replace Weaver tonight. He’s bigger, stronger and has those long strides where he can keep up with the fast pace. We’re going to have to tighten up a bit tonight as we know Tampa will kick it up a notch. Price will have to be very sharp tonight…

    • JF says:

      I expect the Bolts to return to playing close-checking, stifling defence the way they did during the regular season. They’ll try to close down the centre of the ice and take away time and space. They’ll also do a much better job of protecting the front of their net.

  37. stevieray says:

    MacKinnon 3 points last nite..what a gem and still 18 !

  38. Marc10 says:

    Weise looks like the Flower in that pic. Channel that energy Weisy!!! GHG

  39. JWCobb says:

    Morning fellas big game 2 tonight can’t wait. Exciting game out in St. Louis last night eh? And is it just me or are the Rangers very very scary in the East?

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Good morning.
      How about MSL and Richards reunited?
      Yeah, could be Rangers scary, or Flyers flat?

      • Marc10 says:

        Richards looks like a man transformed out there. Still, there’s not much in it. Should be a long series.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          I could only watch the nhl.com highlights (obviously saving my late-nights for the Habs!).

          And oh man, those NBC commentators: natter, natter, context, data, stats and natter — OH HE SCORES.

          • Marc10 says:

            Spot on about the coverage. They missed half of the action and you were sometimes hard pressed to know who was firing off the one timer. The action on the ice though… Wow. Reminds me why there’s nothing like the playoffs.

          • D Man says:

            Drives me nuts. Off with the sound!

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

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Ha! Good call.
            If you ever get the chance, compare Wimbledon coverage by BBC with ABC. Sweet mother of god!

          • jctremblay says:

            I know! lol..I was going nuts. I get that sometimes you have a good story to tell, but throw it out the window if it comes down to a contest between a great play on the ice and your notes. This kind of stuff is creeping in to all sports.

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        No Steve Mason hurts, and Emery’s best days are behind him

        • Marc10 says:

          True dat. Imagine that Ronn… Problems between the pipes in Philly! Go figure, eh! #TheyWillNeverLearn

          • Maritime Ronn says:

            Hey marc

            What I always found funny over the Bobby Clarke years was that he forgot it was Bernie Parent that won them 2 Cups.
            They almost had a great goalie in Pelle Linberg until his tragic accident.
            Hextall wasn’t bad, yet couldn’t get them to the promised land.
            …and that’s the 40 year story.

          • Marc10 says:

            It’s the curse of Lindberg.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            A supernatural curse for sure.

            What’s the state of their fiscal curse (Bryzgalov)?

    • Lafleurguy says:

      And welcome, recent-new-poster. Rangers are strong. And by the way, there used to be around seven ladies who post here, like sweetmad & co., but that number may be over ten now.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Interesting point (you can tell I’m avoiding doing any work).

        You’re talking about 10+ women posters, and that probably accounts for about 10% of the 100-odd regular posters here. HIO poll numbers suggest that there are perhaps 3000 readers, ie the vast majority not posting. I wonder what portion of them are women? (I also wonder what inhibits them from posting).

    • Loop_Garoo says:

      I think the east could be tougher than expected. New York and Detroit both have teams that could make things difficult even thought they did not have great years. Out of the 8 teams only Philly and Columbus just don’t strike me as having enough to make a run. For anyone besides Boston, a lot of things would have to go right in order to make the finals, but there really are 6 teams in total that have enough that it wouldn’t be a shock.

  40. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good morning,

    During the season, and especially during the playoffs, any injury issue is treated as Top Secret…except when it comes to the Sherlock Holmes Montreal media.

    After Game 1, Danny Briere was being interviewed, and Brandon Prust unexpectedly walked behind him…all bandaged up.
    The mystery is solved as to at least one of the Prust injuries, as his heavily bandaged rib area was caught in this pic.


    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Hi MRonn. Hope the sun’s shining over there on the coast. Beautiful in Dunboyne today. I’m actually in shorts and sandals.

      Further to Prust. Someone asserted yesterday that both his shoulders are gone and that his career his effectively over.

      Have we any hard info? For sure he is playing with one or two repaired shoulders, but I doubt he could play at all if they were both “gone”.

      It seems to me that he keeps coming back early. What are the stipulations for Long-term Injured Reserve? When you’re a millionaire, how bad can it be to take off an entire season and re-condition properly so that you give can play properly for 5-10 more?

      I hated seeing him written off by posters yesterday.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Morning Ron and Mike. I didn’t see that particular interview but in a 24CH episode there was a locker room scene where Prust’s ribs were bandaged up.

        I hope we see a different Brandon soon because he was sure off his game Wednesday night.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          OR, maybe we should hope not to see him at all for a week or so? It’s painful to see him out there wanting to be himself but not being able to. Was it just rust or is he actually insufficiently healed?

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Hi Ireland

        The morning here ‘was’ absolutely spectacular….until those SOBs chemtrail planes showed up and turned a beautiful deep blue sky into murky beige…again!

        As for Prust, he’s a warrior and if he can breathe, he wants to play.
        This guy must have a pain threshold off the charts…with a little help

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Agree with everything, except:

          Shouldn’t Prust be put aside despite himself? To heal fully?

          And, jet trails mean something kind of different and evocative to an expat looking westward towards you!

          • Maritime Ronn says:


            As you know well, pro sports is always about the “Now” and disregards players’s health 10 years down the road.
            Most of the guys don’t even think about that.
            If Prust says he’s OK, and the coach feels he can contribute better than the 13th forward, he plays.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Too bad a totally unorthodox and counter-cultural move couldn’t be made for his sake. Then again, from his point of view, how does he — how does any player — know that he’ll ever make the playoffs again during his career. Carpe diem.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Interesting, Merrytimes. What do you think about the fact that home ice seems to confer only one advantage, and that is the hostile atmosphere the home crowd can generate towards the officials, resulting in homer calls and non-calls. Ole-ole singing probably inspires opponents more than whatever home team whose fans do this. And the programmed booing of the other team’s stars probably boosts said stars’ drive. I recall the high-decibel booing Guy Lafleur regularly received especially in Boston and L.A.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Morning Guy. Could I add having last line change to match up Pleks line with Stampkos? That might be huge to be able to shut him down a little, no?

        • Lafleurguy says:

          It’s makes great sense, J., but I was alarmed with the easy fly-by Super Steven had in getting around Prustie before he quick-pitched Price and got a strike past him. Teams who have A-grade shut-down defensemen use that personnel match-up as their main strategy against guys like Super Steven. I don’t think we have such a defenseman.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Salut, Guy.
            I love Stamkos, but we surely have to bang him way, WAY more.

          • Lafleurguy says:

            And a Moody Misty Manitoba Morning to you Dun (I don’t know any traditional, and brief, Canadian greetings). This may be one of the rare occasions where NHLers are genuinely showing respect, mindful of Super Steven’s recent severe injury. Of course, it may be the behaviour of only classy teams like the Habs.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Well then, despite how desperate I am for us to win, I approve. Last thing we want is Bobby Clarke/Kharlamov, or the other tournament finalist from the original Karate Kid.

            What are you doing in Manitoba?

          • Lafleurguy says:

            Mis-lead you. Used to be there.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            So, what? Burlington doesn’t lend itself to alliterative greetings?
            Come on now!
            (And it has its own Christmas carol!)

      • Maritime Ronn says:

        Not sure how much home ice means in the 1st round unless a Game 7 is needed.

        Last year, 5 of the 8 first round series were won by teams that started on the road.
        Only the very heavily favored Hawk-Pens won along with Boston and that lucky miracle comeback against the Leafs

    • Lafleurguy says:

      It would be supreme genius if there was nothing wrong with Prustie’s ribs, and these images are “plants” to throw the opposition off. Unnecessary to support the ribs while showering, unless you’ve got moves there most of us don’t have.

  41. Marc10 says:

    Looking at the games out West the pace is insane. Most series should be long and painful. Winners will be crawling out… which is just fine by me.

    By all means boys, wear yourselves out. It’s great hockey for the highlight reels, but the winner of the that conference should be on fumes by the time they reach us. Look for St Pat’s team to go far. They have great goaltending and the new kid on the block is one hell of a player…

    I look for TB to bounce back tonight. They have been resilient all year so I would expect a full court press on their behalf with a stronger forecheck and more shots.

    The Habs will have to stay out of the box. If Tampa fails to trap them in the neutral zone, our boys will win. Look for Pleky to skate rings around their lower order D men. Should be a good show.

    Go Habs Go!

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Remember last June when there was a heavy lust on here for acquiring Backes? (Only actual kidnapping would do it).
      Wow, eh?

      • Marc10 says:

        Yep. As Bergie said. Those players don’t get traded. You need to grow them from within.

        St Louis impressed me greatly. I thought the Hawks would destroy them as they were coming into this injured. What a game and what a series this is going to be.

        BTW, Maxime Lapierre is a playoff guy. Another great display of that yesterday…

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Lapierre always left me well conflicted and provided a constant test to my capacity for objective assessment of a player. I so much enjoyed his provocation and pyscho eyes in that great 2010 playoff run, and then I just thought he looked like such a loser playing for Vancouver against Boston (but then again I was furious with ALL the Canucks for rolling over!). Now he looks good with the Blues and I catch myself thinking, again, maybe if only….

          • Marc10 says:

            I think he’s a guy you need when the real season starts. For the regular season… Not so much.

            I thought he was OK in Van. It’s the D injuries that let them down against the Bruins. Oh and the choking and that Rat Daddy Campbell… But I digress.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Yeah let’s quit before we stir all that up again!
            Cheers Marc

          • Lafleurguy says:

            But we got Brett Feisterling for him.

          • Marc10 says:

            Brett Feisterling. Fu**.

            Who was GM?! Oh wait, never mind. So glad that era is dead and buried…

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Could not for the life of me remember that name when I needed it for a narky post.
            Brett Fesiterling — did he ever even set foot in Montreal?

  42. Clay says:

    Ok, Vlasik and Bickel should play on the same team.
    It needed to be said.

    ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Or at least dine in the same deli.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Cue cumbersome riposte… nah, can’t think of one.

        • Lafleurguy says:

          Food jokes get stale, sometimes quickly. But I guess that’s why some geniuses discovered pickling.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Ha! The facts about pickling are more interesting than my pathetic jokes. For instance (from Wiki):

            “The term pickle is derived from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine. In the U.S. and Canada, the word pickle alone almost always refers to a pickled cucumber[citation needed] (other types of pickles will be described as “pickled onion,” “pickled cauliflower,” etc.), except when it is used figuratively. In the UK, pickle (as in a “cheese and pickle sandwich”) refers to Ploughman’s pickle, a kind of chutney.”

          • Lafleurguy says:

            And sorry for this tangent, but as soon as I read Ploughman’s pickle, I heard Freddy Mercury’s voice singing “March of the Black Queen.”

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Yikes — I don’t know it! Which album is that?
            Looks like it could be loaded with quadruple entendre….

          • Lafleurguy says:

            I think it was their second, Queen II. Queen is currently touring with Adam Lambert as their lead singer. Too bad a guy with a near-Mercury voice, Mark Martell didn’t get the spot.

  43. Psycho29 says:


    Elliotte Friedman ‏@FriedgeHNIC ·9m
    Nazem Kadri will join the HNIC panel for Saturday night’s CLB/PIT broadcast.

    • Clay says:

      I think it’s funny. Closest he can get to the playoffs.

      ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

    • D Mex says:

      No need for concern Psycho – RDS is your friend 🙂

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

    • Marc10 says:

      Kadri that little punk. His only saving grace is he grew up a Habs fan. That tells me he has some common sense. And he can’t be any worse than Healy or Stock, right?

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Kadri is still immature, but so was Sidney. He’s carved a reputation for himself, like what’s-his-name on the Habs. (Queensland sure gets soaked with regularity, eh?…..Greetings M10).

        • Marc10 says:

          QLD is tropical. With global warming they’re going to get smashed at least once a year with a Category 5 cyclone (ie, a big effin’ hurricane). That is until the big continental shelf collapse which will cause the mother of all tsunamis and wipe out the whole state… But until that day, it’s still a fine place to visit when it’s not raining or under 300km winds…. 🙂

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Are you coming back? I mean before any tectonic catastrophes?
            I ask a little jealously…

          • Marc10 says:

            Funny you should ask. There’s an opportunity for me to bring the kids back to spend a few years back home with the fam, get some French under their belt… But it’s hard to walk away from all year bike riding weather.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Sounds great. French, plus skating/skiing/hockey/Tim Hortons/etc.

            Here’s hoping the right decision comes into focus for you and fam.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      I hope Cherry kisses him again.

  44. Timo says:

    Doughty is taking over the game. Michael Therrien wouldn’t tolerate any of that.

  45. 24AW says:

    Philly didn’t deserve to win, 1 shot in the 3rd period.

  46. lizard ranger says:

    my dog is a ball possession monster . his fenbone and corstick numbers are through the ruff . very active mouth and hard on the halfbreeds . has great instincts but uncoachable . great north south hound can run a 200′ foot game . will become RFD in July, open to an offer sheet .

  47. Habcouver says:

    Stastny’s OT goal looked identical to Weise’s OT winner.

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

  48. naweed235 says:

    McKinnon has a higher ceiling than Crosby… Discuss!

  49. habkin says:

    If Monsieur Roger Doucet had the technology we have today, his voice would echo off the corners of our three dimensional global walls. What a f#@$%^ voice!

  50. Timo says:

    Andi Petrillo did it. Good call.

  51. Timo says:

    Oh, FFS. All 3 games are in the intermission. Come on.

  52. habkin says:

    Philadelphia does it during the playoffs with Kate Smith on the Jumbo Tron. Mr. Boone, can you have Monsieur Roger Doucet for half of our National Anthem and the fans sing the rest when we really need it?


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