HI/O Show Bonus: One-on-one with Georges Laraque

MONTREAL QUE: JANUARY 14 2009--Montreal Canadiens Georges Laraque warms up during the pre-game skate as the Canadiens prepare to take on the Dallas Stars in NHL action in Montreal, Thursday January 14th 2010.  (THE GAZETTE/Allen McInnis)

In one of our Hockey Inside/Out Show bonus segments, former Canadien Georges Laraque — in an exclusive one-on-one interview — talks about fighting in the NHL, the Habs’ most pressing need and his shining NHL career highlight: notching a hat trick.

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182 Comments

  1. Habitant in Surrey says:

    The Suss (Susser) and Peters (Gazette’s Sport Editor) rotting HIO and Our brains.

    Hope someone in The Gazette gets some balls and common sense and fire BOTH !

  2. Butterface says:

    So why do you send a player (Chucky) to Toronto to have a single practice and possibly a morning skate … ??

    Is there some benefit to making them fly in a plane for an hour ? Is the ice magical at the ACC ?

    Seriously, why bother ?

    I am looking forward to watching Scherbak play. I hope they put him on a line where we get to see him use his shot. We don’t need to watch him play dump and chase for 8 minutes.

    I have only really seen a highlight pack of Scherby. He has an amazing shot. He is a fast, shifty skater with the puck… I hope he doesn’t get “lined up” by an NHL calibre dman…. but since Toronto only has 2 of those they will likely be concentrating on Patches and Radu.

    Please MT… put him on a line where he can succeed…. which given our centres would likely be Pleks.

    Oh well.

    ***********************
    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..
    ***********************

  3. savethepuck says:

    Unfortunate about Gally but that means he should be back right around the trade deadline. Although he broke the same hand, I don’t think it was the same break. I seem to remember his fingers being mangled last December and being reconstructed, but after he was hit by Weber, I noticed the skin appeared to be broken between the knuckle and the wrist which made me think the break (s) were a different bone (s). Don’t know if that makes any difference for healing tho.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  4. Mr. Biter says:

    Would have liked to see Canada win but that was a great game last night. Ref’s put whistles away for 3rd and OT so old time hockey end to end rush’s and it seemed as there were very few whistles. OT went by so fast and play was so good I wanted another.
    Poor Canadian kid on the last shot in shoot out. To mishandle the puck in the most important play of his life. Will unfortunately remember it for his whole life.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  5. Gerry Pigeon says:

    Lines at practice:

    Pacioretty – Danault – Radulov
    Andrighetto – Plekanec – Lehkonen
    Carr – Mitchell – Flynn
    Scherbak – McCarron – Farnham

    • bwoar says:

      Was just about to post. Incredible that Scherbak is practising with the 4th line. If it weren’t for all the winning I’d be going all DJT “Pathetic, SAD, dishonest, etc.”

      And to be precise, a MINIMUM 8 weeks for Gallagher.

    • Luke says:

      Makes sense.

      Ghetto is familiar with Plex, Sherbert familiar with McC.

      Plus, Sherby will be eased in a bit with the low minutes, select match-ups.

      But Ghetto… Oh Ghetto… you better be ready.
      MT is going to have your line hoping the boards for either Matthews or Marner’s line on the fly… enjoy!!

    • savethepuck says:

      Would much rather see Scherbak with Plex and Lehk but oh well.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

    • Timo says:

      That is some very depleted lineup.

      • Gerry Pigeon says:

        My thoughts too. Good thing the Leafs play tonight to help even it up a bit tomorrow.

        You think it was tough with all the injuries before? Adding Byron and Gallagher to Chucky, DD, Markov, Pateryn, and Shaw is downright ridiculous. That’s a THIRD of your team down… Amazing they’ve played so well still, f’n incredible really.

    • Mr. Biter says:

      Whose roster is this you posted?

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

    • The Fru says:

      Can we assume Byron is out with a concussion? One could argue Byron’s had more of an impact that Galley this season.

      Either way, with Byron, Galley, and Shaw out, that’s three of the most hard-working guys on the team out with injuries.

  6. bwoar says:

    Observed last night was Canada’s unwillingness to play a safe game along the wall. Up until it was 4-4 they seemed allergic to chipping it off the glass & it cost them both 3rd period goals.

  7. D Mex says:

    The Montréal-based HI/O Show credibility pendulum swings from
    the bubby to Georges Laraque, with comparable results. Sad.

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

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  8. Caesar says:

    Great to see Sherbak get the call. Does this mean the end of the line for DLR?

  9. adamkennelly says:

    are all these injuries just bad luck or maybe – just maybe – team needs to get bigger….some are unavoidable but some are a product of how you play and how opponents play you – that can be altered.

    • on2ndthought says:

      If Gally was a foot taller, that puck would have gone under his hand, so you’ve got a point.

      Free Front.

    • Gerry Pigeon says:

      Habs enjoyed practically an injury free season a few years ago, and the team wasn’t appreciably different in size then. I think your theory sounds right, but just noting the evidence isn’t consistent with that idea. Still, I’d be happier with a bigger team. With more skill too.

      But the CHaracter they’ve shown lately, especially in the face of the continually mounting injuries, is impressive.

  10. RightNyder says:

    Juulsen a ‘disappointment’ according to ESPN pud:

    http://www.espn.com/nhl/insider/story/_/id/18416330/nhl-world-junior-championship-standouts-surprises-disappointments-2017

    Noah Juulsen, D, Montreal Canadiens
    Maybe my expectations were slightly too for high for Juulsen, but I kept thinking throughout the tournament, “Where’s the sizzle?” He would make some nice defensive plays, be it a hit or closing a gap on his man. He skates fine, but for a first-round pick used in a top-four role, I just never saw his game get to that next level.

    • bwoar says:

      Pronman, yeah, kind of a pud, but he does at least pay attention. He’s a pundit but not much more. I think he bit, like many, on the recent resurgence in Juulsen’s offence and was waiting for it.

      I’m fine with a reliable defender (at #26 overall) – they have value and tend to graduate with regularity to NHL rosters.

      I’m expecting much, much more from Sergachyov.

      • RightNyder says:

        I actually like Pronman’s work but not as much as I like calling him a pud.
        I thought Juulsen was better than Sergachev in the tourney, but it’s a 19-year-old tourney.
        Juulsen will eventually be a top-four guy, which is OK that low in round one (although 18 of the first-rounders from 2015 have already had at least an NHL sniff).

        • Caesar says:

          Too early to make predictions and after the first 10-picks it becomes very hard to predict a player’s potential. Drafted after him were a few players that are looking good ( Stepehns / Roy / Greenway) but no sure prospect was passed over to draft him. Habs didn’t trade up like they did for Tinordi either.
          I hope he meets potential and becomes a top 4 .

          Sergy looks like a keeper even with a subdued tournament

        • bwoar says:

          Proman IMO deserves a share of the pudslinging… these prospect-watching types sure do tend to get wound-up over certain of their faves and he’s no exception. I can’t follow any of ’em on the twitter machine for that reason. Such defensiveness, big statements, etc. It ain’t just him, it seems to come with the territory now that you have to be a great defender of your own ability to prognosticate.

          I prefer the humble approach, where adults can admit their misjudgements. But eh, that doesn’t get columns on espn.com so what do I know?

          • Luke says:

            I direct everyone’s attention to the Seth Jones/Jon Drouin saga…

            Jones falls in the draft to #4. (BUST!)
            Jones made the NHL as an 18yr old (STAR! & Drouin a bad pick!)

            Drouin goes 3rd (STAR!)
            Drouin doesn’t make NHL as an 18yr old (BUST!)
            Drouin tears up Junior (STAR!)
            Drouin struggles to establish himself as a pro (BUST!!!)
            Drouin has a good playoff (STAR!!)
            Drouin is playing well, but not crazy good this year (crickets…)

            Every time something happens, it’s an absolute. It’s a huge disappointment or a defining moment…

            Juulsen played well. He reminds me of a Petry type defender.

          • 25soonenough says:

            Don Cherry recently called Michael McNiven as good as Carey Price. Everything is a guess. I can remember Craig Button being extremely high of Zach Fucale as well.

            –Larry Robinson was my neighbor once….

    • on2ndthought says:

      He and Emelin would make a terrific bottom pairing next year or so.
      Weber N8
      Petry Sarge
      Jules Yemmy

      Free Front.

  11. Timo says:

    Sucks about Gallagher.

  12. RightNyder says:

    Gallagher had surgery and is out a minimum of eight weeks.
    Great.

  13. HUDSONHAB says:

    Haven’t read all the post but does anyone else feel like Strome stunk the place out last night? I thought he played lazy and was not engaged at all. Even his shoot out attempt was agonizing. Was he hurt?
    ….Hab4life….

    • Timo says:

      I am sure the truth will come out.

    • habs-hampton says:

      I thought Strome and Dubois were very disappointing for most of the tourney, but particularly last night. I am so glad Columbus drafted Dubois so that MB didn’t feel pressured to take him. He doesn’t seem to “think” the game very well when it speeds up. He’s OK in the Q, but I’m not sure he’ll do much at the next level. I think he’s going to be the bust of the 2016 draft.

    • on2ndthought says:

      I thought they all played well against very tough competition. Losing a skills competition to that Terry kid is nothing to be ashamed of. Canada’s problem was the inability of our D to play solid D. They needed another high end physical presence.

      Free Front.

  14. on2ndthought says:

    Great games last night. Three teams can wear their medals with pride.

    Free Front.

  15. thesenator18 says:

    Scherbak,Andrighetto,and Terry should be playing Saturday need as much skill as you can get with all the injuries,the Ice Caps are now really short handed they have signed players to tryouts like Alexandre Ranger called up Reggie Traccitto from the Brampton Beast and 2 other players i have never heard of Anthony Camera and John McCarron.

  16. DipsyDoodler says:

    Just for fun I decided to look up past Team Canada rosters. I landed on 2006 – the team won gold.

    Here’s who played:

    http://www2.tsn.ca/world_jrs/feature/?fid=1031

    The team went 6-0.

    Only one or two future all-stars (Toews and Letang), but almost all the players made the NHL.

    —–

  17. DipsyDoodler says:

    Is it bad when you’re watching the juniors to feel a twinge of hate towards a player when you hear they are a Senators prospect?

    And before anyone gets carried away, I said “twinge”. Maybe not even a twinge. Maybe just a pang or a quiver.

    —–

    • on2ndthought says:

      That happens to me, too; all the time. It is very difficult for me to accept that there are 30 other teams trying their best to win the cup; and that the rules for doing so are fair.

      They should change something, like give us the top ten picks every year.

      Free Front.

  18. Luke says:

    That was a great game last night.
    Loved it.

    Would have preferred a different way of resolving it, but whatevs… I’m glad I didn’t stay up until 3am watching two coaches choke the life out of a 7 OT period 5 on 5 trap-fest.

    It wasn’t too long ago that the Gold Medal could be won by a team while they were sitting in a room wearing suits.

    Really liked the Juulsen played. I think he had a very strong tournament, but in the spirit of “Emelin” and “Sergachev” will we change his name to “Jolsen” now? 😉

    • New says:

      Yeah, I liked it as well. If the Canadian players could have made or accepted a few passes at that speed it would have been all over. I liked Stephens a lot. Things happened around him. Juulsen and Sergachev had a good tourney as well.

      I thought the refs were pretty good. Then again I also thought some kids on either team played one heck of a game but the announcers seldom, if at all, mentioned them so they weren’t there – except for the heck of a game they played part.

      Good on both teams.

      • Timo says:

        Stephens, Ciarelli, Joseph… these are the guys that should have seen more ice time. And possible be in the shootout. The coach’s SO selections reeked of Therrienism.

      • habsr4ever says:

        Sergachev did not have a great tourney at all. He wasn’t happy with his role or the coaching staff…..well sorry i can’t get inside his head but it certainly seemed that way in the 2 games I watched him play. He wasn’t engaged/intense like I saw him in the pre-season with the Habs if that makes sense. How many rushes did he do. His D zone coverage seemed a bit slow etc. Just me I guess. Juulsen is a keeper and is going to be a solid second pairing dman for us down the road. I would like to see him bring more O though. He was great in his draft year and he really worked on his defensive game LAST year. I hope to see him bring O before he makes the jump to the AHL. I “think” he can be a second unit PP guy cuz his shot is pretty good as well as his vision and hockey O IQ. He gets puck thru and hits those seems with his passes usually. Jake Bean is great at those passes thru traffic and on the tape. Juulsen isn’t there but Jake is really weak defensively compared to Juulsen….but yup Jake is a year younger. Any how – I love having two future top 4 Dman in our cupboard. Chevy should be a top pairing guy in about 3-4 years for us.

    • Timo says:

      It is only a great game if the result is in favor of Canada. Otherwise it is a heartbreaker and hopefully something to forget soon. A game where team did their best Therrien and sat on the lead twice just to blow it. And blew the 100 powerplay chances they got awarded.

      The outcome is fitting for the team that didn’t have it in them… no killer instinct.

      And someone needs to explain the Barzal thing to me. Coach kept shoving him down everyone’s throat like Martin used to do with Darche. Why was he in the shootout? Why was he on the team period?

      Brutal.

  19. HabinBurlington says:

    So the Flyers earlier this season had something like a 10 game winning streak and have really struggled since. Will the BlueJackets suffer the same fate or this team legit?

    I think it is a solid team, one of those where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts kind of teams. Not all that different from our Habs.

    But if this team starts to struggle does Fonzie rekindle his alter ego and go postal on the group or is he a different coach now?

    • bwoar says:

      Jackets peaked way, way too early. Happens to some team or other every year.

    • Loop_G says:

      Jackets are a good team, better than Philly. I don’t think they are a cup favorite but they have a real shot.

      • joeybarrie says:

        Was at the game last night between Columbus and Caps. Columbus looked pretty bad. Couldn’t set up anything. Very disorganized. Bobrovsky played poorly.
        This Columbus team is good. But their strength is in the powerplay and that they attack in constant waves. They rely too heavily on Bobrovsky. Their 3rd and 4th lines are not strong at all.
        I honestly don’t see them being able to sustain their current play. (obviously) and they showed a lot of holes last night. I think its more indicative of their actual team as opposed to this ridiculous run they just ended.
        Lots of young talent. And when things get tough, we will see if they fold.

    • New says:

      I hope the BJ bubble bursts and Torts starts campaigning for dumping that anchor Boone Jenner on Montreal for a fifth.

      The Jackets have been really healthy this season. To see Dubinsky bully Pleks at the opening faceoff then see the coach hide Pleks from Dubinsky all night was really descriptive to me. When you talk about a team that can grind it out and wear you down it is the Jackets when everyone is feeling great.

      Can they keep it up? Most teams hit adversity and most struggle. The hand on the helm becomes pretty important then and if Torts decides to busy himself with explaining what he said yesterday too many times…

  20. Sakus Evil Twin says:

    Any word on Gallagher?

    Dr Recchi diagnosed a boo-boo on the pinkie. A kiss, a spiderman bandaid and some hot chocolate and he’ll be all better.

    No answers, just opinions. Bite me. Och.

  21. habs001 says:

    Looks like the Leafs curse has not hit Canada’s senior or junior national teams as they have done much better playing in Toronto than in Montreal since 1972…

  22. bman123 says:

    Anyone have any experience with going to watch a practise at the MasterCard centre in Toronto? I know the Habs are practising there today and I want to take my 5 year old and 3 year old to the practise. All I’m getting is it’s closed and they don’t know what time when I call.

    • habsrule_29 says:

      There are 2 windows you can watch through at one end of the ice. Not bad but Brossard is much better!

      A Habs fan trying to bring some sense to the people of Toronto!

  23. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Couldn’t watch the game — how bad was this biased reffing?

    That is sickening. Anti-Canadian reffing like at the Salt Lake Olympics triggered all manner of moral indignation explosions from me. Hearing about pro-Canadian reffing triggers similar, but more… implosions? Sickening is the word.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      One time when it came up on the this board was after a knee-on-knee. Not sure how that could be biased. Then there was a too-many-men. Again, it is or isn’t. Same with puck over the glass. These are three that I recall.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Cheers, Bird. So maybe the reffing was ok after all?

      • HabinBurlington says:

        The only thing that may have been was the non call too many men on Canada. Most of those consecutive calls against U.S. were black and white and calls. I don’t think there was any home cooking going on either. But what would a game be without hyperbole here on HI/O.

        • Duker says:

          Hahahaha. Ok. See the Chabot sequence,first goal. It was more about non-calls on Canada .

          Where’s the beef MB ?

          • HabinBurlington says:

            Well then the refs must have been paid off, I mean if there was that one missed call then indeed the officiating was terrible.

          • Duker says:

            I said non calls. Calls mean more than one. There’s your grammar lesson for the day .

            Where’s the beef MB ?

    • Sakus Evil Twin says:

      Was at the game last night – the refs were pretty solid IMHO. No bias that I could see.

      The Canadian kids should have had this wrapped up at 4-2, but for their scary adventures in their own end.

      I do agree that a shootout is not the way to end a gold medal.

      No answers, just opinions. Bite me. Och.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Thanks all.

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      The refereeing wasn’t biased. It was the typical NHL style don’t call anything in OT reffing –

      —–

  24. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Coach K,
    You may have broken the never-feed-the-trolls rule, but you did it very well and achieved the desired outcome.

  25. bwoar says:

    Laraque again?

    I’d rather listen to an hour of Jimmy “The Mouth of the South” Hart.

    ps the First Family of Wrestling, still the best

    • HabinBurlington says:

      No one could touch Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. You may enjoy one of his famous quotes given your proximity to North Dakota State.

      “North Dakota State. What do you have to do there to graduate? Milk a cow with your left hand? “

  26. Duker says:

    Watching Juulsen a couple of games (small sample).He looks ok,nothing to get excited about. I expected more of him as a 19 yo. Sergachev looks better,even though younger. Just needs more awareness as been mentioned or he won’t have a long career

    Where’s the beef MB ?

    • Loop_G says:

      I think being one of the top 4 D in the country under the age of 20 is pretty good. Juulsen won’t be a star, but he has a good shot at becoming a great, all around 3 or 4 defender.

    • bwoar says:

      I agree that he didn’t flash anything, being outshined by some of his peers, as well as younger guys (didn’t McAvoy look good last night?) but what I did like was his calmness with both the play and the puck. I get a feeling he’s a bit of a grower, and not likely a top line guy ever, but from what I saw he’ll make the show and provide a steady hand. I can’t fault his selection at #26, in particular looking at the D below him – though there sure were 3-4 good ones taken before that!

      • Duker says:

        Bruins have a good one there. I wish Habs had more good prospects . Have they only had 2 in the tourney last 2 years combined ?

        Where’s the beef MB ?

        • bwoar says:

          Think so, very few, anyhow. Thing is, I’m really not in love with this tournament as others seem to be. It’s a moment in time, a snapshot like any other tournament. It may give you a pretty picture and a few insights into this guy or that, but it’s been a while since I’ve considered it anything but a showcase. That’s not to dismiss great performances we’ve been from some bona fide future stars, but I think of two things:

          1) the amount of guys who could be playing in the tournament, but are playing pro instead
          2) undrafted players who fly under their country’s radar yet become solid NHLers

          and I remember that this circus is largely a product of the TSN hype machine selling rabid hockey fans more of what they love. The WJC is the uncut crack of hockey – I mean, just look how freakin’ awesome that game was last night – but it’s nothing to get so hooked on that I get too excited, or too concerned, based on NHL prospects.

          I prefer to just enjoy the games, essentially, and ignore that crapshoot we call a “prospect pipeline”. It’s just kids playing hockey.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        I liked Juulsen, lots of smart plays in his own end, calm under pressure. I think his game will translate well to the NHL. He is the perfect compliment to the game Sergachev plays.

    • thesenator18 says:

      Lots of players who don’t even make team Canada go onto become stars,Patrick Roy did not make the team the 2 goalies that year were Craig Billington and Norm Foster,Tyler Seguin got cut and Al MacInnis got cut and he was the OHL d-man of the year,lots of players who are stars in the tournament never even play in the nhl or are just mediocre cannot judge Juulsen or anybody in this type of tournament,Juulsen back on his club team in Everett is the captain and has way more ice time and responsibility than he did on team Canada.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        So true.

        Selection processes like these involve so many factors, some legitimate (who’s hot right now) and some not (club/league politics), some objective, some subjective, as well as considerations such as which players will play well together, create on-ice chemistry, respond well to a new level of public exposure and media scrutiny — everyone involved, whether directly or indirectly, needs to accept that there is no single best team, that in fact there could well be multiple versions of the best team.

      • Duker says:

        I HAVE my opinion Sen. I judged him and if he makes the show as a 2nd or 3rd pairing,fine. Seems alotof people over-hyped him (no surprise here) and i didn’t see it

        Where’s the beef MB ?

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Good point about over-hyping.

          We can blame the media for always wanting to proclaim the next Gretzky/Payton/Babe Ruth etc. We should also probably blame ourselves for giving too much credence to the media.

      • bwoar says:

        Craig Billington… haven’t thought of him in a dog’s age. Recall him getting just shelled in Ottawa that one year and he never had much of a career.

    • Sakus Evil Twin says:

      Juulsen was solid – as guilty as the rest of the defense in their clearing the zone, but skated well, seems to have a shot (when the PP decided to look for a point shot) and has some size… sure he’s not as dynamic as Chabot but they don’t all need to be.

      There certainly wasn’t much by way of panic is his game.

      (Our #6 isn’t as dynamic as Chabot either)

      No answers, just opinions. Bite me. Och.

  27. savethepuck says:

    Curious to see lines and D pairings at practice this morning. Might give us an idea of what lineup to expect tomorrow night. Maybe Marky will be in the lineup in TO, he’s only been out a few weeks, but highly doubtful we will see AG27. Does MT put Scherbak on a bottom line or on the right wing on a scoring line?

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  28. Ian Cobb says:

    Important Question….I need answered ASAP

    What year did the Mtl. Canadiens visit and play in Kentville Nova Scotia.

    Prize winning Question for anyone.!

  29. Cal says:

    At just about the halfway mark of the schedule, the Metropolitan Division (really stupid name for it) is the best in the NHL. The worst team, the Islanders, has 36 points in 36 games. The top 4 are separated by 5 points, even with the Columbus 16 game streak.

    Habs are now 4th in the Conference and they remain one of the 5 teams with less than 10 losses in regulation. I predicted they;d reach 50 points by game 40 and they’ve exceeded that and could add to it tomorrow. Time to anger the “MT is a great coach” crowd. With all the injuries, the Therrien Blenderizer™ has had to be put in the closet. I guarantee you the moment the team has DD back it’ll be out again.
    Price still remains healthy and, although his play has been erratic of late, he still gives the Habs a chance every night.

    • Ktowner says:

      Don’t want to spoil the buzz but MT has much better help this season in Muller AND, he is being forced to constantly look over his shoulder.
      This season’s edition is much better thanks to better goaltending, timely acquisitions and much, much better coaching.
      This current road trip has been very tough but the team has performed extremely well 8 out of 10 points, all players contributing and a confident air about the team.
      There is much more hockey to play, no team has made the playoffs yet and I still feel there are a couple of pieces to this puzzle missing.
      Looking forward to the doldrums of the late January/February games which I believe will show what the team is truly made of.

  30. DeadEnd says:

    How’s this to replace the shootout with a more “team” concept:

    One player starts from the red line trying to score. However, instead of being able to take his sweet time dipsy-doodling towards the net (no offense meant to Dipsy, by the way), a defender starts from the blue line behind him trying to catch him.

    Otherwise, my only suggestion is to replace the shootout in championship games with an arm wrestling competition; makes about as much sense. I have hated the idea of a shootout in a playoff game (especially a medal game) forever.

  31. Cal says:

    Excellent championship junior game marred by the Shoot Out. Just like all those championship soccer games.
    Canada did very well, and so did the US.
    The Shootout is why I hate the IIHF. Baseball doesn’t resort to a home run derby. Basketball doesn’t go to free throws. Football doesn’t turn into a field goal kicking contest. There’s no reason to stop playing a team game to settle a tie. I really don’t care for committees dictating how games should be won or lost by NOT playing the bleeping game.
    In other news, the Blue Jackets’ streak is over and you know something? This was more impressive than the Pens streak, because it was done with the restriction of a hard Salary Cap. Well done.

    • DeadEnd says:

      I would kind of like to see a field goal kicking contest, but the teams have to use players other than their normal kicker. At least until they hit about 50 yards. Make it a progressive thing: O-line players have to kick 20-yarders, running backs at 30, etc.

    • Duker says:

      Not a fan of gold medal shootout,even though my country won. But they’ve done it in the Olympics for quite a while. Did the Pens’ streak include ot and shootout wins ?

      Where’s the beef MB ?

  32. HabinBurlington says:

    I’m not sure exactly how Emergency recalls work but according to the link below from HEOTP the Ghetto callup could be an emergency callup wherein he would not have to go through waivers upon his return to the IceCaps.

    http://www.habseyesontheprize.com/st-johns-icecaps/2017/1/5/14175940/montreal-canadiens-recall-nikita-scherbak-and-sven-andrighetto-ahl-call-up-habs-prospects-st-johns

  33. Old Bald Bird says:

    What an intense, fascinating, well-played game.

    Of course, I was disappointed with the result at the time (and now too, a little bit), but I woke up knowing that had watched a fantastic sporting event. I trust that these young men are more proud than disappointed.

  34. SmartDog says:

    I have ZERO interest in what Laraque has to say.

    I’m surprised anyone does.

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    If I had opposable thumbs I could play bass like Bruce Foxton.

  35. JUST ME says:

    You cannot win or lose a game that big as the gold medal do or die matchup in a tournament in a shootout. No need to explain.

    Big George is the friendly giant circus clown. He is enjoying life as anyone should but is not to be taken seriously or as an expert. He purposely goes outside the box in his comments just to make people react as all the so called sports experts do.

    Back at habs ranch should be an interesting saturday game against the rising Laughs. Hopefully Sherback gets to play and shine. He has been unlucky injury wise and gets another chance. As it s the case with all the players being called up , he needs to make a statement. So far, only big Mike seems to fit up in the NHL.

    Part of my wish from yesterday has been granted . Nice to hear that Chucky and Markov will practice with the full time squad. We will need them a.s.a.p. Not that we have had a tough time with the injured players but at some point you cannot keep losing valuable assets like this. We went through a tough challenge ,and it seems to get tougher now. No big deal because the toughest one comes after 82 games like this !

    • piper says:

      Very tough as an offensive player to make a statement as a callup when you know your going to get your ass stapled to the bench as soon as you make a mistake.

  36. The Gumper says:

    The WJC rarely disappoints and this year’s was no exception.
    I never get tired of watching these kids play their heart out and it’s abundantly clear that hockey has a bright future indeed.
    Well done to all and congratulations to Team USA for a very well played tournament!

  37. aversglay says:

    With the win today, Washington sits at fifth place in the whole league. However, they are only holding (quite securely) a wildcard spot for the playoffs. That can’t happen too often — strong division.

  38. CH Sam says:

    I found it interesting that both sides were trying to keep the puck as much as possible, and not dump the puck in.

    Too bad for Nicholas Roy, I’m sure he’s feeling pretty down about that one. Anyways, just wonder if Timmins and company had at all scouted Roy and Joseph. Seem like decent prospects for Canes and TB.

  39. StanleyHab says:

    Who cares.

  40. Chuck says:

    After tonight they’ll change the name of the International Ice Hockey Federation to the International Ice Shootout Federation.

    • Arnou Ruelle says:

      These kids are NHL drafted. Some of them maybe playing in other respective leagues around Europe.

      The Federation babies them too much like this is peewee hockey.

  41. UKRAINIANhab says:

    : ( !

  42. Arnou Ruelle says:

    U.S.A. won WJC in SO.

    This is the reason why I hate shootouts. IIHF should change it after this!

    • HabsfanlostinTO says:

      Agree. A shootout should not be the test for a gold medal.

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      • Arnou Ruelle says:

        Its so stupid! This is not a skills competition, this is a tournament. Its ridiculous. I understand the NHL should have it. But for these types of events, especially a gold medal game? WTF!!

      • topher5468 says:

        AGREE 1000 %, A Game like that should not be determined by breakaways, They’re both winners,

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

        • Coach K says:

          They aren’t even a breakaway (which IMHO are the most exciting play in hockey).

          With a breakaway you at least have the remote possibility that someone could backcheck and catch them which forces the shooter to rush and maybe make a mistake. There’s none of that drama with a contrived shootout.

          -Adversity Does Not Build Character…it Reveals it-
          (James Lane Allen)

          • Duker says:

            Not a SO fan to decide Gold,but you are going to say there was no drama!!!!!!

            Where’s the beef MB ?

    • Chuck says:

      Gary Bettman was there watching the excitement… shootouts coming to the Stanley Cup finals before you know it!

      Seriously though, down to your last shooter only to have the puck roll off of your stick and not even get a shot away….

    • habs2012 says:

      It’s always been a shootout, if
      Canada would have won, u would have said jack

  43. The Gumper says:

    Great time for a new thread…

  44. Habanero78 says:

    I don’t watch the HiO show anymore. I used to like it, not so much now. As for Laraque, I mean what can I say one of the toughest guys in the league ever. I respect what he did.

    But, did he bleed Habs, I don’t think so? Compare him to Emelin or even DD, these guys took abuse and paid the price for the Habs. Emelin fighting Chara. Wow. Even look at Souray beat the tar out of that guy that ran Koivu. Laraque collected a big pay cheque and didn’t really bring anything to the Habs. Staged fights were an absolute joke and I’m glad there is less and less of them. His opinion is about as valuable as yours or mine, it’s worth something, I just wouldn’t watch it on a video.

    Although I will post in the comments because I want to talk Habs.

  45. PK says:

    I forget, who is Laraque?

  46. hbghab says:

    Where’s. Knuckles been?

  47. HNS says:

    Tomorrow George.

  48. PK says:

    Bad timing.
    We are all watching the game on the other thread.
    Monsieur Georges invites us to his place, just as OT is about to start.
    Sorry, can’t come over.

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    “Une équipe de hockey sur glace de l’île de Mont-Royal va gagner la Coupe de Lord Stanley à 24 reprises dans le 20e siècle et trois fois au cours du 21e siècle.”

    – Nostradamus, 1552

  49. FenceSurfer says:

    So do we bother with this thread or remain on the previous one? I’m just asking cause there seems to be such disdain for this segment from the commentariot.


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