Halak’s greatness, graphically displayed

There have been many trees and microbytes sacrificed for those of us in the reporting business to describe the goaltending greatness of Canadiens’ Jaro Halak.

But check out the front page of the Sports section of this morning’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which graphically displays the 134 shots Halak faced in Games 5, 6 and 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal. The red pucks are the three goals he allowed in that blizzard.

Props to the Post-Gazette. That is a beautiful way to illustrate Halak, this page surely bound to be the cover page of Halak agent Allan Walsh’s contract negotiating dossier.

The Post-Gazette looks at Jaro Halak’s last three games:


  1. Brian14 says:

    …and the last word on the Habs / Caps series goes to David Lee Roth and Van Halen. Happy Trails!




  2. Corio says:

    Awesome tribute!

  3. B says:

    Price’s minimum QO is a 5% raise (not 10%).
    $.85M * 105% = $.8925M
    I expect Montreal to give him a higher offer than that though. Somewhere around $2M perhaps?

  4. J Haul says:

    Jaro looks like a giant next to Ovenchicken in that picture.

  5. mike g says:

    We gave up in that game, and WSH’s talent took over. Talent can do that to you, but we didn’t let it happen again…

    Our leaders knew it couldn’t happen again, and it didn’t. In games 5,6, and 7 we took the lead and never looked back. That’s what good teams do.

    Last night, SJ was so close to blowing a 3 goal lead it’s not even funny. They are so much more talented than we are, and should have scored way more than 1 goal in the final 50 minutes of that game.

    That’s when heart is missing. It’s not a lack of skill.

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

  6. Say Ash says:

    Wikipedia never lies, dude.

  7. habsfanincalgary says:

    Some random thoughts;

    – PK laces up tonight; SK as a fourth liner and Metroman watches from the pressbox.  Lappy played his best game of the season 2 games ago and has shown signs of some his better play last year.

    – Looking forward, if the Habs can win this series, they have a legitimate shot at winning the Cup (shades of ’93 when the Isles took out Mario and the Pens).  MTL has proven it can win against BOS and PHI and from the remaining teams, can match up against CHI, DET and SJ; VAN troubles me a little as they’ve struggled in recent years playing in BC and Luongo always manages to bring his A game.

    – BG is starting to look like a genius as this was the team he architected last summer.  The Gomez contract is a little costly, but Pyatt has played well.  Higgins did nothing this year in NY and CAL; Tanguay’s numbers showed he was invisible.  As much as I like Kovy and Koivu, Cammy has finished plays that Alex did not and Gio has shown Koivu’s leadership.  Gill has surprised me most because I lost count of how many times during the regular season I screamed, “get off the ice!” when watching the games…

    It should be an interesting series! 

  8. mike g says:

    Those 3 are always a force,….in the regular season.

    come playoff time, they dissapear. Clowe has heart, but not always. He takes many shifts off and is soft in his zone. Yes, he does give big bodychecks in the offensive zone though. But in his end, he rarely sacrifices himself.

    Setoguchi is a faker and a baby. He’s always crying to the refs. It’s the playoffs, shut up and play your game. Stop diving and suck it up. If he had a bit more toughness, he would be great.

    Nabokov is alright, but never has what it takes to bail his team out when they need him most. When his team fails to show up or is getting outplayed, he doesn’t steal playoff games. We’ve seen this postseason how a goaltender can save your ars in games like that.

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

  9. habbifier says:

    Is it wrong to wish that Chris Lee takes a 95mph slap shot to the face?

  10. J Haul says:

    Gah! It was my understanding that the bad refs got weeded out by the second round. We saw our fair share of morons reffing in the first round. We got two great vets that called a great game 7 and I thought getting through those first 6 meant we finally wouldn’t have to put up with incompetant refs. I guess I was wrong. Lee shouldn’t be doing any playoff games, let alone in the 2nd round. This is just disgusting.

  11. silent_witness says:

    in chris lee’s wikipedia it says

    “Also was born a women, and was raised in Toronto.”

    is this true??

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

  12. Say Ash says:

    I think it has to do with some kind of balance in the universe. As long as we keep going through, so will he.

  13. J Haul says:

    How the hell did this muppet last til the 2nd round of the playoffs?!!?!?

  14. SaskieHabFan says:

    Kind of like in game 2 when we were up 4-1 with 4 min left to go in the 2nd and then……

    Whats with your hatred with the Sharks? They never gave up the lead yesterday and won.

  15. SaskieHabFan says:

    Thornton, Marleau, Heatley maybe in the playoffs but they were a dominant force all year. How can you say Clowe, Setoguchi, and Nabokov have no heart? Did you see any of the games last series? Setoguchi and Clowes line kept that Sharks team in it and Nabokov pulled out some timely saves to be able to make it through the first round against the young and fiesty Avalanche. The reason they have not gone far in the playoffs is because every team in the west is a force every year, just look at the Avalanche 95 points and in 8th in the West but would be 5th in the East? Sharks are going to the WCF and will have a dog fight to get to the finals. 

  16. J Haul says:

    The new official “History will be made” video, this time featuring our own Jaro Halak. Pretty good one. Gives you a little shiver.




    edit: and now I scroll down the main page and see it embedded. What a tool I am. hah

  17. mike g says:

    Dang, I knew someone would bring that up….lol.

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

  18. SLONCOLD says:

    I completely disagree with your statement…. Heatley has a “killer instinct”

  19. Malreg says:

    Torrey Mitchell is a great guy, from my hometown of Greenfield Park.  He still comes back every summer for a hockey school that his dad has been running in GPK for years.

    My peewee A hockey team that I coached from GPK went to San Jose for an end of the year trip, and Torrey arranged a tour of the arena, and a private room after the game for the kids to meet him and Dany Heatley, too bad I couldn’t make the trip :(.  Torrey even got 1st star of that game, and mentioned the kids during his post-game interview!


  20. SLONCOLD says:

    well i did mention 3 points but in regards to the first one. Yes you have to pay a little more. if you have an unhappy player and have to move him you usually lose out on the trade, assuming it gets to that point.

    If we offer a small raise, price will just wait for an offer sheet. i’m sure alot of teams wouldn’t mind givng up a late 1st round pick for price or halak.

  21. mike g says:

    We have that “some skill level”…were not loaded with it, but we have enough…

    SJ is loaded with skill, we all know where they’ve gone in playoffs…

    WSH is loaded with skill, we all know about them too…

    We have enoug skill, but wayyy more heart, were in the top 8 of the league right now.

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

  22. HFX-HabFan says:


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

  23. 21272andme says:

    i can’t believe this is already on chris lee’s wikipedia (and the first result when you google ‘chris lee canadiens’):


    Chris Lee is also known to hate the Montreal Canadiens and has been hand picked by Gary Bettman to Officiate the 1st game of the Canadians and Penguins 2nd round playoff matchup in the 2010 playoffs.

  24. mike g says:

    For a team called the “Sharks”, they have no killer instinct…

    The situation that they were in last night was so unique. Up 3-0 very early, playing well, and totally dominating a tired/beaten up Wings team…

    Instead of continuing to score goals, they gave up and lety the Wings come back into the game/series. That was a statement game, and the Sharks blew their chance. They should have done everything they could to put 6 goals up on the board as fast as they could, and the way the game was going they could have. That would have been a slap in the face to Detroit; “Were serious this year, were not gonna be easy to play against anymore”.

    But, they let the Wings come back, and now Detroit can say, “Hey, we were tired and had no rest compared to their 5 day break, and we still almost beat them. Wait till next game since we have 2 full days off now”.

    That was a bad win by the Sharks. Playing a team like Detroit, if you have a chance to bury them in the sand, you do it. The Sharks let up, and it will cost them…..

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

  25. Clay4bc says:

    So we should pay more than Price is worth because he might get bitchy?


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

  26. SLONCOLD says:

    heart is good but u need some skill level as well. habs did have heart but take away halak and you could have had all the heart in the world but no victory in the last series

  27. HabFanSince72 says:

    Fair enough.

    Still not a good idea to trash you’re own team in public less than 24 hours after the game.

  28. Clay4bc says:

    …except the Leafs…


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

  29. Clay4bc says:

    Well, I would agree with you, except you are wrong – it is classy to be gracious in defeat, and give credit to the victors instead of whining like a spoiled child (see Boudreau).


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

  30. mike g says:

    Every team has guys with heart, the Sharks just have the least…

    Thornton, Marleau, Heatley, Clowe, Setoguchi, Nabokov. They have no heart, and they are paid the big dollars and play the big minutes because they are the “heart” of that team. As long as that’s the case, they’ll go nowhere…

    We have Gionta, Gomez, Cammy, Pleks, Halak. They are the “heart” of our team, and they have a ton of heart.

    I’ll take our core players in the playoffs over theirs anyday. I’m not talking like a crazy Habs fan, I’m talking like someone who’s played with both types of players and knows which ones will win you games. No way in hell the Sharks come back from 3-1 series deficit to beat the Caps like we did. No way. They would have folded, cuz they have no heart or character.

    There’s a reason why they haven’t gone far in the playoffs….

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

  31. Storm Man says:

    LMAO Carbonneau, He sealed his faith as a coach at the under 18. Is he going to be in the booth for CBC?

  32. HabFanSince72 says:

    Sharks GM Doug Wilson is one of the best in the biz. He didn’t build his team by tanking like Chicago, Pittsburgh and Washington.

    I have no problem cheering for them, even though Joe T is a loser.

  33. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    Why do we need a captain? So the media can have a whipping boy? Give it to Georges, then after a couple of years, everyone will get mad because he hasn’t learned the complete French language? The players in the room know who the captain is and who the other leaders are. As a fan, I don’t need to see a “C” on a sweater.

  34. mike g says:

    People who watch alot of hockey don’t complain about the refs for no reason….

    If you follow the NHL like a religion, you will know that the refs favor certain players, and dislike other teams. It’s human nature, not ordered by Gary Bettman. This nonsense that the league fixes games is horse crap. But the refs as human beings will always give a hooking penality to a 3rd line player more often than they will to Crosby. You would, and so would I.

    So that’s all I’m saying. Get ready for the refs to call anything on us. That team and their captain are the posterboys of the league, so the refs will choose to make them look better. That’s they way it’s always been. Is it normal that borderline penalities are not given out to guys like Crosby or Ovi, but then if a Flyers player does that same gesture it is penalized? No, but the Flyers are targetted because they are the “Flyers”…

    It’s unfair, but it’s reality. Everyone knows about it, and it won’t stop in this series. I’m just getting ready to see a lopsided game powerplay wise…

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

  35. idle says:

    Yes I agree.  But that is one game.  We do after every game and now apparently even before the games start.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  36. Storm Man says:

    27C in Pittsburgh for a high today, Chris Lee is the Ref. This is a perfect recipe for a Habs victory :)

  37. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    read below in some comments about the Sharks having no heart.

    I think what people mean is that CERTAIN players who play on the Sharks have trouble in the playoffs.

    Sharks have guys with great heart. I would take Vlassic, Demers, and especially Torrey Mitchell on the Habs any day. (all are local montreal products)

    Excellent young players that bring it every shift.

    Let’s keep things in their proper perspective.

    Just because a few key players are MIA’s in the playoffs, this does NOT mean the entire Sharks team has no heart.

  38. Clay4bc says:

    Seriously…what did Price do to earn a raise this season? If anything he should take a pay cut, but will get the 10% raise through the qualifying offer.


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

  39. SLONCOLD says:

    you guys…. u offer price a 10% raise 3 things could happen:

    – he’ll get bicthy and hold out

    – he’ll sign and bolt the minute he’s a ufa

    – and the most liekyl scenario is if you only offer a 10% raise meaning 2.3M a year a nother team will through out an offer sheet for like 3-3.5 and then u lose him and get 1first round and like a 2nd or 3rd round pick

    If price is to be signed you want to sign him for 4 years (max 3.2 per year, so about 12-14m).

    Rinne got 3.4M a year from nashville, expect halak to want between 3.5 and 4m.

    Would i spend 7 million on goaltending? not sure i would in a cap system

  40. HabFanSince72 says:

    Moore to replace AK46 on the top line?

    Are you Guy Carbonneau?

  41. HardHabits says:

    It wasn’t a missed call. The refs saw it. They knew it happened. Gretzky drew blood even. But hey it was Gretzky and an LA-Habs final was better for selling hockey in the sun-belt.

  42. HabFanSince72 says:

    it’s not really “classy”. We just like it because he praises the Habs.


    A Caps player reading it (not that they necessarily would)  wouldn’t like it much.

  43. HabFanSince72 says:

    I have a rebuttal for you.

    The missed call on the  Gretzky high stick on Doug Gilmour.

    It is the second favourite topic of conversation among Leaf fans (after how good they are going to be – next year – you just wait and see).

  44. idle says:

    Not anymore.  2 cups in the last 32 years is not going to make anyone jealous.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  45. Brocas Brain says:

    I wouldn’t touch the Cammy line….that line scored the first goal of the game 3 times in the caps series forcing the caps to play from behind.  I don’t think enough attention was brought to the fact the Canadiens scored first goal in 5 of the 7 games.  Let’s hope they can keep it up tonight! Go Habs Go!

  46. Chuck says:

    Cool concept (and the large graphic means that the columnist doesn’t have to write as much!) but they missed the boat with the headline, which should have read “Canadien Idol”.

    Or did they assume that Americans would think that it was a spelling error?


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

  47. SLONCOLD says:

    i don’t think the ref’s are out to get us…. anyways we’ll kill the 8 penalties and score 2 PP goals

  48. Olay Olay Olay says:

    If we thought the refing was bad in washington wait tiil the golden boy starts bitching and flopping around all over the place. 

  49. idle says:

    That’s more then many owners would be willing to admit.  I’m sure a good part of that letter is for his own team to read also.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  50. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Wow, very classy. He made some good points, but at the end of the day, I think the hockey gods were on our side.

  51. supremefan44 says:

    The real reason is because we have won so much. Sore losers. Leo G.

  52. Price_31 says:

    Ugghh Chris Lee

  53. idle says:

    After the game 7 win my manager at work who I have never really talked about hockey with told me flat out that he hates Habs fans.  I asked him why and he said 2 reasons.  1 they are always unreasonable about how good the team is (I guess he has never met Timo) and 2 they are always ALWAYS bitching about the refs.  My dad who has been a life long Leafs fan has complained to me for years about Habs fans whining about the refs.


    I have no rebbutal for them…


  54. mike g says:

    Ok, so as you guys said below Chris Lee will be reffing tonight’s game…

    IMO:    Pittsburgh gets 8 powerplays, we get 3.

    Reality:     Pittsburgh gets 8 powerplays, we are lucky to get 3.


    Cant wait!

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

  55. Ian Cobb says:

    Hal will be around just long enough for a long term future hab to get the C, and it will be Subban for a long term Captain. Mark my words.

  56. G-Man says:

    Price wil get a 10% raise from his base salary. Less than $1 mil.

    Halak will be offered more. How much depends how far he takes the club on this improbable run.

  57. Chorske says:

    Ted seems cool.

    He gets props for his kind words abut the Habs. He loses a couple of style points for spelling “goaltending” in two words. But otherwise, this was a great read. Merci for posting.

  58. Ian Cobb says:

    We will see, neither one has won a thing yet and until they do they both will be affordable. We will keep them both with a nice little raise for sure.

  59. Laramy87 says:

    No Way, Moore, Lapierre and Pouliot were our best line wed nite. Pressuring the caps, creating turnovers, solid in our zone all 3 blocking shots and skating hard back. Pouliot with two solid checks on OVIE, and not to mention tha game winner… Keep that line together

  60. budachris says:

    Price won’t be getting more then 3 mill because he is not in arbitration and will not get an offer. Halak is still an rfa and he will probably get 2 year at 4.5/5 .

    Unless the habs win the cup.

  61. Anonymous says:

    I’ll shoot you for telling me this early. grrrrrAHHHHH!

  62. Axeman says:

    Don’t know if this has been posted anywhere else …

    Washington’s owner Ted Leonsis has a blog, where he had some classy things to say about game 7



  63. steadyjake says:

    Both tenders are due HUGE raises. Price will seek a 1000% increase. There is NO WAY the Habs can or will keep both. Too much money tied up in 2 goaltenders will never happen. Make no mistake, other than that 36-pound trophy, these goalies are competing for the job next year. Winner gets his payday, loser gets traded. It’s the only way.

  64. budachris says:

    Ian as much as I love hall’s leadership he will be 37 and in the final year of his contract next year so he won’t be named captain. He won’t be back once his contract is up.

  65. Ian Cobb says:

    AK is not being effective for the amount of ice time he gets, same for Pouliot. But what do I know? they are winning!

  66. kempie says:

    Don’t shoot the messenger but, they’re saying on HFBoards that it’s Chris F. Lee tonight. Uuuughn.

  67. Ian Cobb says:

    Gill will be captain next year. And it will be decided by the players in a vote, not anointed by the coach.

  68. budachris says:

    Dave just twetted that chris lee is reffing tonight… That’s gonna be fun.

  69. likehoy says:

    you can’t do that…there would be no balance on the other lines if you move moore.

    moore and lapierre are forming a solid tandem i would not want to mess with right now.

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

  70. Ian Cobb says:

    We have the best two young goal tenders in the league and we are going to keep them both. Right now the older of the two has the net.

    Next year they will continue to compete and push each other to get the net, which is exactly what we want.

  71. kempie says:

    How fortunate are we to have Hal Gill right now? All the inside info on how to solve the puzzle as well as being on a mission to make the Pens look like idiots for letting him get away. Couldn’t stand him in October but I’m turning into a Hall Gill fanboy.

  72. Ian Cobb says:

    I still think Moore should be on one of the top two lines. To replace Pouliot or Andre Kostitson. Especially if Martin only plays his top two lines three quarters of the game.

  73. BeachHabFan says:

    pretty cool. only thing i could think of that would have been more imposing would be arrows from where the shots were taken. Add in the blocked shots and that’s some serious wear and tear on the old shinpads

  74. Shublips says:

    Wow, that’s cool, and clever.  And MAN does it put those 134 pucks into perspective.!

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  75. avatar_58 says:

    C’mon Halak – show those pens it’s not about luck!

  76. Dintrox says:

    Bring on the Pens. Go Habs Go !!!

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

  77. steadyjake says:

    SIde Notes:

    I dont know why JM doesnt throw MAB on the 4th line as a winger to keep his legs fresh. He is a nightmare as a defensive D-man but as a winger, he becomes a reasonable and responsible defensive forward — practically a 3rd defenceman.

    And Metro has to be less than 60% with that shoulder for the ice time he saw vs Caps. I like MOen with the midgets over Pouliot, although I think 57 is due to bust out against Pens. Pouliot has been snakebit but he continues to get chances and even bangs into someone now and then with his size (which is not his normal game). More Subban! I wouldnt mind seeing Sergie back in the lineup for his speed and offense. We need scoring too, son. SK cant be any worse defensively than AK, who needs to get his ass in gear.

    Watch out! Caps finally started crashing the net HARD and smacked Halak around because he is small. Expect the Pens to live in the blue paint against him. I hope the refs watch the interference stuff.

    And as great as Halak has been, I still cant help thinking we will need Price to come up big sometime in this series.

  78. kirkiswork says:

    You shouldn’t even start that crap!

  79. terrygain says:

    Spot on re 47.  

  80. kempie says:

    Agree on almost everything. We absolutely cannot let Crosby catch us with MAB on D without the man advantage. Pouliot should start with Gomez & Gio & see how it goes for a few shifts. The fourth line should be MAB with Metro and at this point there’s no way I would put in SK instead of Pyatt. Offensively, Pyatt is very fast & smart but with concrete hands. But defensively, the guy is money in the bank and we need that big time. Markov/OB is a good pairing that works. Gill/Georges is an essential piece of the puzzle. PK is here to stay and that leaves Hammer & Spatch. If they’re both 100% healthy, sit Hammer. I like the idea of Spacek playing his natural side with PKS.

  81. HabsTrueBlue says:

    I’ve never been a fan of MAB (or Streit) as a 4th line winger. I think MAB was completely ineffective there this season. I’d rather see him play on the blue line or sit. If Spacek is healthy he’s got to get back in and I don’t agree with Hammer sitting. I would keep Subban in as well. If you take MAB out then the 1st line PP takes a big hit and with our poor 5 on 5 we need the PP humming. Interesting to see what JM does but I would consider dressing 8 D and trying to win with solid defence. 

    It would be nice to see SK back in but who do you take out? Maybe take MAB out and have a defensively responsible forward (Plekanec) play the point on the PP?

  82. steadyjake says:

    SK only if Metro is a one-armed no-go. Would INCREASE Pyatt’s ice time. He has been really solid. I like Spacek’s experience but he has to show me some of that Gorges URGENCY in his game. Hammer also needs to dress but he has put an edge on his game.

    I dont like defenceman on the wing, either. WOuld rather see the job go to a rookie but during the playoffs that aint gonna happen. MAB is a must on the PP blueline but I hate to see him rot on the bench when we need to roll lines. Having him skate an ineffectual but even plus-minus 45-second shift with the fourth line is a VALUABLE thing to give Gionta and Gomez a blow. Those two are going to burn out at this rate.

  83. smiler2729 says:

    My buddy and I (who love both Halak & Price before you pelt me with pucks) figured out what the goalies look and play like:

    Jaro, with the nervous steel blue eyes, is the deer caught in headlights (remember deer are fast) and Price is the hungover partyguy (some games, great, some, not so great)…

    And we figured out that Brian Bellows and Andrei Markov are separated at birth.

    It’s pretty funny what beer can do to some guys, GO HABS GO!

  84. terrygain says:

    Too many typos. Halak is the Dear in the Highlights. 

  85. Revolution No. 9 says:

    Aside: Class act by Brooks Laich after Game 7.


    Much respect.

  86. steadyjake says:

    Not a surprise. Most hockey pros are down-to-earth good guys. This aint the NFL.

    Laich impressed me more than any Cap in the series. Big, drives to the net, and that flip over Halak’s shoulder for their only goal in game 7 was insane.

  87. 100HABS says:

    Saw that yesterday – he’s just a good Canadian kid.

    Made me laugh that the jack fell once – that’s not supposed to happen!

  88. steadyjake says:

    Clever, TG. Well done.

  89. mike g says:

    Anyone watch the DET-SJ game last night?

    I really didn’t think I could hate the Sharks more, but then last night happened. The Sharks jumped out to a 3 goal lead thanks to 3 goals in less than 2 minutes, and then became the ugly fish everyone knows them as. Joe Thornton had one nice assist on those goals, and then thaught all his playoff failiures were forgiven. He blows snow all over Jimmy Howard, tried to act tough, and got a nice beatting by the Wings. He was invisible the rest of the game, what a clown. The whole game I was waiting for the Sharks to choke, and they did a good job of trying. The x-factor was a blown call by the refs; Franzen gets high sticked, should ahve been a 4 minute powerplay for them, but instead they are shorthanded for 2 minutes….

    All in all, this game pointed out one thing. A tired, beaten up Wings team with no rest, took the well rested Sharks team to the limit. The Sharks prevailed, but it won’t last long. 6 games max and the Wings take the series on home ice….

    I have no idea why I’m dwelling on this series so much, but the Sharks just piss me off. They have no heart, no desire, nothing. It makes me happy to see them lose because they don’t deserve success. I can’t wait for another early playoff exit..

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

  90. SLONCOLD says:

    not a big fan of the sharks. However, i would rather the sharks win so my redwing cheering friends will shut up a bit

  91. OneTimer says:

    Yeah I agree, I’m no fan of the Sharks – love to see them go down – but Joe Pavelski is a champ. “Little Joe” is making “Big Joe” look even worse than usual in the playoffs.

  92. pic1983 says:

    Basketball players are the absolute worst in my opinion!  Theres some bad apples in the NFL, and most of the really bad stories have come from the NFl (Burress, Vick…), but overall i think NBA players are the most classless. They all think they’re so tough, yet because they are so tall and lanky they are actually quite fragile. 

  93. Mad Habber says:

    I agree football has alot of bad apples, but didn’t Stallworth hit somebody while drunk driving? And how many times has Rothesiberger (whatever his name is) been involved in rap acqusition?

    I don’t think shooting yourself in the leg, and what Vick did is as bad as that..sorry… I agree, just not with the names.

  94. habsown says:

    Pitts Gazette is giving us DF, Powerplay, Penalty kill, Discipline, and Goaltending. Well Pitts gets Offense, and Faceoffs. How can we possibly lose!?

  95. mike g says:

    Here are a few ways we can lose:


    -Chris Lee

    -Powerplay disadvantage for us



    -They have Quebec born players, who always seem to score when they play in MTL

    -Chris Lee



    But hey, I will still cheer and keep hope! lol

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

  96. pmaraw says:

    sounds like they are trying to make people think they’re the underdog

  97. samthemacman says:

    I remember Dryden in 71 and Roy in 86 (not that great in 89) and 93.
    Halak is nearing that cut throat, ice in the veins status that Dryden
    showed in his career.  Six cups in eight seasons is unbeatable,
    especially considering the Habs supporting cast for Dryden.

    said, kudos to Gainey for creating this team over one summer, and then
    adding parts when Markov was injured, and Gauthie getting rid of the
    excess baggage (Latendresse) and adding adding Moore. Key aquisitions if
    you ask me.  All hard workers who need to sacrifice for the team.  And
    maybe that is the secret. Character guys who know what it means to wear
    the “rouge-blanc-et-bleu”, and to sacrifice for the good of the team and
    win with heart, passion, persistence, with a no-holds barred attitude
    and a take no prisoners mindset.

    The team plays as a team and they
    will need to do so if they stand a chance against the Pens. But the
    Pens are weak on the D and in goal in comparison to the Habs. Gonchar
    can be had. He is slow and he really is the key to their PP.  Neutralize
    him and their PP is not effective. Hound Crosby like they did Ovie and
    the Habs have a shot. Malkin is better than Semin, but he can be
    controlled. Staal and Cooke need to be controlled and the Habs need to
    be rigorous against them.  They can change the course of the game just
    through their aggresive forcheck.

    No doubt an uphill battle for
    the Habs, but as their single win showed in the regular season, with a
    full and healthy roster, they can go toe to toe with the Pens, and I
    know the Pens know that. The question will be forechecking for the first
    goal, and then the neutral trap and shutting down the Pens attack.

    love this series.  I want to see the Pens gone the same way Ovie and
    his Caps were put away.

    Happy to see the Bruins and Flyers
    playing each other.  One of these two brute forces is going to demo the
    other, meaning a weary and bruised opponent for the conference final.
    So, hopefully the Habs keep focused and win, for the conference final. 
    Don’t mind my looking ahead a bit. I just love the fact the Bruins are
    playing the Flyers. That will be a grinding and bruising ordeal for both
    of those teams. Glad the Habs are not playing either of them.


    a Habs fan since 67

    There are only the Habs and the Hab Nots!



  98. habbifier says:

    Anyone suggesting we shouldn’t ride Halak to glory is a mad person…but is resting Jaro for a single game, game 2, a bad idea?

    Rested Halak in game 1 = stellar

    1 day rest for game 2 = 6 goals against…still a decent performance

    1 day rest again for game 3 = pulled

    3 days rest for game 5 = stellar

    2 days rest for game 6 = brilliant

    1 day rest for game 7 = very good (best team defence our team has played in recent memory)

    Game 1 of this next series is again on 1 day rest. Game two will be on 1 day rest again and at 2pm.

    Of course he’s our clear cut number one until the end, but perhaps giving Carey game 2 on a Sunday afternoon on the road before we go back to the Bell would be wise to maximize the Halak effect. This is nothing of aa Price vs Halak debate…simply stragety. I’d return to Halak in game 3 regardless.

  99. Porgie says:

    I agree with you on this one. Halak showed fatigue when given a big schedule (see end of season). I thought JM might have put Price in for Game 2 in Washington, given the huge game 1 Halak had just played, and also, what a great message that would’ve given Price (that we also trust him to carry the team) and to the Caps (especially it we could’ve won that one too, with our “other” goalie, in their house!). But we’ll have to first see how Game 1 fares for the team. I do think Price should be a strong consideration for starting Game 2.

    Why is the schedule so brutal for us? Why is Boston/Philly playing tomorrow when they finished before us?

  100. idle says:

    I would almost rather rest him tonight.  If they lose tonight with Jaro and then rest him on Sunday we risk going down 2 games (just based on Price not seeing much action in the last few weeks), whereas if you start Price tonight and we lose you can come back with Jaro on Sunday fresh.  Of course if we start Price and win that is cool too.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  101. idle says:

    Because Buttman and American Television do not care about Sat night games and instead want to be able to sell a Sunday afternoon game so non hockey fans might tune in for a few minutes much like if we were bored on a Sunday we might watch bowling for a few min before we gather enough motivation to change the channel.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  102. Porgie says:

    I see. But Boston/Philly is playing at NOON on Saturday! Who’s going to watch that??

    You would think the CBC would have preferred our game on Saturday night. But I guess the schedule is done way in advance (?), so that I don’t have to suspect that there’s some conspiracy going on, right? 😛


  103. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …rationally, there is a lot smaller chance of Us winning the Pittsburgh-series than the Washington

    …prior to meeting the Capitals, I felt Our only chance was structured play to minimize the hurt of the Caps’ superior offense, and use of Our fast skilled counter-speed to target their vulnerable D …which in-the-end Our Guys’ TEAM commitment and another-world performance from Jaro in-the-end did succeed

    …yet again, RATIONALLY, I can’t see Our Habs having the same result over Pittsburgh

    …first, Sydney Crosby, who plays with many more dimensions than an Ovechkin …second, 3 lines having exceptional talent at centre (Malkin and Staal representing a stronger and deeper spine down the middle) …Gonchar is a rock on D that the Caps did not have …and Dan Bylsma, a coach that will at least match JM in preparation and in-game strategy counters

    …any chance for Us to win this series is Jaro consistently maintaining His exceptional ‘zone’ of goaltending …and Our Team GROWING from Their win over Washington and out-growing Our regular season inconsistentcy

    …that means We will NEED other players to show-up that still have not produced to their abilities …Andrei and Sergei come to My mind first …They finally waking-up, and Subban adding another offensive dynamic to Our D with the rest of Our very motivated and dynamic Team could very well do it …again

    …GO HABS !!! …go ! …eh ???

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY


  104. habbifier says:

    Ottawa took Cindy’s crew to 6 without 2 of their top 4 forwards and without anything special from their goalies.

    Just sayin.

  105. steadyjake says:

    Nothing rational about round one. Worried about an emotional let down in tonight’s game, though.

  106. habbifier says:

    There are few certainties in this world…Halak starting tonight is one of them! I wouldn’t have it any differently. He’ll be fine tonight. The adrenaline will be kicking at full notch and Halak didn’t seem too fatigued in game 7.

    Considering game 2 of this series is on Sunday afternoon though, i would 100% start Carey then. If i’m JM, i inform Carey, Jaro and the rest of the team about this. Sunday will be Carey’s Super Bowl while Halak will get much deserved rest and continue to be our clear cut number one. If the WHOLE team is at peace with this decision…it would speak volumes on the chemistry and team mentality we’ve adopted. And considering the age and abilities of both our goalies, i think it’s a no brainer in my books.

  107. W35T5ID3 says:

    Halak shoulda been nominated for the Vezina.Screw Brodeur ….

  108. habbifier says:


  109. habbifier says:

    Great Analysis. Seriously!

  110. W35T5ID3 says:

    Sid the Squid is goin down!!!

  111. Gr8stFranchizEvr says:

    I wonder if Price should start the series only to give Halak an extra 2 days rest.  That would throw the Pens for loop, too.  Then put Jaro the Great back in game 2.

  112. W35T5ID3 says:

    ok have another hoot guy.

  113. J Haul says:

    Salad fingers creeps the hell out of me, yet I can’t stop watching. I just love it!

  114. habz says:

    talk about mind games. cammalleri said it on his interview, that they’re intelligent for them to say they are the underdogs now, i think it was letang,the defenseman for penguins in particular that said that but clearly, they are still the favourites. all the “experts” on TSN have predicted the pens to win the series.

  115. petrov14 says:

    Anyone know a link to that pic of Ovie skating by Halak? That would make a great desktop!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  116. DONJUAN says:

    Check back on habsinsideout, to when habs won the series against the craps that’s where I got mine, proudly displayed as my facebook profile pick.

    In HABS we trust.

  117. emann_222 says:

    Guy walks into a bar and asks for an Ovechkin.
    Bartender, confused, asks “What’s an Ovechkin?” … “Just a white
    Russian without the ice and cup.”

  118. jw20 says:

    good luck tonight Hab Fans… I hope Halak holds up for one more series!!

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