How about those Bruins?

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Note that Boston scored more goals than they did in any of the seven games against the Canadiens.

And the margin of victory was larger than they managed in the first series.

Oh, one other thing: Brian Boucher is not Carey Price.

And in the game sensible people probably didn’t stay up to watch, Pekka Rinne stood on his head making 32 saves, several of them spectacular,  and Nashville beat Vancouver in double-OT.

Man, do they play hockey in the Western Conference! There were 75 hits, 41 by Nashville.

SK74 played 27 minutes (including 3:09 on the PP) on the Predators’ top line, with Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist. Shea Weber, Josh Gorges’ D partner with the Kelowna Rockets, logged 42 minutes.

Maxim Lapierre had a good game for Van: 4 SoG, six hits and miles of skating in a shade under 21 minutes. Chris Higgins played 24 minutes and worked the corners effectively.

Flyers barely had a pulse

Bruins dominant from the get-go

• Cam Cole on Nashville’s perfect road win

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From the Commentariat, Peter Young:

I could never get behind any other team in the playoffs now our Canadiens are out. But I do not–I really do not–want either the Boston Bruins or the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup or even reach the finals, although, regrettably, one of them will reach the semifinals.

I dislike both these teams intensely. They are both stocked with players who practice the dark arts, players who are the filthiest of the filthy. They are more than filthy players, though. They are also evil swine. They injure their opponents intentionally and revel in it. They lie about what they have done, and they care not that their lies are transparent. They glory in telling obvious lies.

The Bruins and the Flyers are a scourge in the NHL, and so I will cheer for any team that has to meet one of them in the next round. In the meantime, may they damage each other as much as possible; may they bring their practice of the dark arts to a new low; may their play be the filthiest ever; may they smash each other up; may they revel in blatant lies; may they show what they are for all to see; may their supporters be plunged into deep shame even they cannot escape with their rationalizations and evasions.

The good feelings–an inexplicable happiness–that, ludicrously, came over me while watching that fantastically ridiculous wedding and revelry far away in my native land, as well as the civility requirement this blog’s operators enforce, preclude me from expressing my feelings about the Bruins and the Flyers with full force. I am too filled with good will and civility. But I know you will get my drift, and I know many, perhaps most, of you join me in these sentiments.

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  11. HabFanSince72 says:

    Don’t forget that if Boucher’s team progress form this round he’ll have done exactly what JM did last year: beat Pittsburgh and Washington (except he did it against a Pens team that had it’s two horses).

    • HABWARRIOR says:

      Interesting.I hadnt thought of that.BUT,better yet…if the bolts win then go to round 3 they potentially could face the flyers…just like the habs did last year….llol…sorta odd eh?

      “If ya ain’t wasted, the day is!”

    • ManApart says:

      Ya but Boucher and Yzerman will do it in their first year after taking over a team that missed the playoff the last 3 years. Now that’s what I call management and results. The Habs are going into year 8 of the rebuild and TBay has already passed us in 1.

      • OneTimer says:

        What? When we beat the Caps and the Pingouins last year, we were in year one of the rebuild too, buddy. That’s when we brought in Gomez, Gionta and Cammalleri and let go of coach Carbonneau, Koivu, Kovalev and company. Remember?

        Feel free to make up all kinds of stuff to suit your argument, though. That’s what the internets are for.

        • The Cat says:

          Yes but dont forget the rebuild before JM. Theyre in Gainey/Gauthiers years.

          [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

      • Tony McLean says:

        Year 8 is generous.

        Props to Jaroslav Halak, what he did was special.

  12. habsfan0 says:

    I hope Tampa Bay wins the Stanley Cup just so Habs ownership squirms in realizing what a colossal mistake they made in letting Guy Boucher/Steve Yzerman get away. ALL Boucher does is WIN championships at every level he’s coached at and would have been perfect for the Habs. But the Habs chose to remain with the Jacques Martin/Pierre Gauthier duo,who haven’t won a thing after almost 60 years of collective NHL experience. And Steve Yzerman is a winner too,and would have made a great GM in Montreal. But wait..I forgot..Stevie Y wouldn’t qualify to be a GM in this market,because as we all know…winning is secondary here,after something else that’s considered much more important. How sad for all of us.

    • HABWARRIOR says:

      oh put a sock in it will ya.The bolts aint won the cup yet.Its 2-0 in the 2nd round man.Its a loooong series and a looong way to Lord Stanley.Hell look at the habs up 2zip to the GOOOiins and well…ya know…So b4 u praise boucher and yzerman and rip the habs for not hiring non french personnel and not keepping 1 of their own i boucher ya gotta remember that boucher was bound to find a job somewhere else anyways.He was the hottest coaching commodity out there at the time and if he didnt sign with the bolts then likely the blue jackets would have hired him as coach.I agree that it is stupid how the habs only hire french and english speaking dudes and they dont just go after best capable for the job.But hey what can ya do,right?Deal with it.

      “If ya ain’t wasted, the day is!”

    • bolder says:

      Good post. The sad thing is that this organization will propably keep the two clowns, and bore us with their dull hockey until the Molson’s have enough …. Whenever that is!

    • Tony McLean says:

      I second that emotion – and Gainey flipping off Larry Robinson was disgraceful too.

      Props to Jaroslav Halak, what he did was special.

  13. saskhabfan says:

    So last season we were outshot most of the time during the playoffs and all credit was given to halak and JM is criticized for having a bad or outdated system. This year tampa has been outshot every single game to date and boucher is still a god? Didn’t the bolts get outshot by almost 100 shots or something during the first round against the pens? With the pens missing both crosby and malkin to boot? How is getting heavily outshot all the time considered a good system?

  14. rocketsglare says:

    TB is one tough, hardworking team with enough skill and depth to possibly emerge out of the East and challenge for the Cup. They seem to be gaining momentum and confid-
    ence at the right time in these playoffs.

  15. HabFanSince72 says:

    So … if we had beaten Boston we would be playing the Caps.

    If Molson had been sure enough when he took over he would have hired Yzerman.

    If Gauthier was on the ball he’d have kept Boucher in the organization.

    We almost traded Gomez for Lecavalier (back when Tampa were dead broke).

    That could be us heading to the conference final.

  16. lenny says:

    If Boucher was our coach and yzerman our gm we would become the dynasty we once were. Can u imagine pk under that system? 20 plus.goals for sure. But alas we have jm and pg and an owner more interested in dollars then giving fans what they really want.and now we have to say bye to muller….

  17. HabFanSince72 says:

    Benoit Brunet (at a point where Tampa were leading 2-1 in the 3rd):

    “If they win tonight, and then win game three, it could be season over for the Caps.”

  18. HabFanSince72 says:

    Memo to H I/O.

    Can you please not post pictures of Boston Bruins celebrating?

    Thanks.

  19. lavie says:

    Dr. Boucher.

  20. HardHabits says:

    Boucher doing to the system what the system did last play-offs.

  21. Timo says:

    Boy, that decision to keep JM over Guy Boucher is looking better and better with every passing playoffs game.

  22. slapshot777 says:

    Well we still have a Habs farm team still in the playoffs. The Bulldogs are up 2-0 against Manitoba. Winning 4-2 this afternoon. White played a good game and kept up his crashing and banging approach that got him his ticket to the big team. There are some good young players on that team.

    I think with the way Hamilton is developing it’s young talent and the young players that are with the Habs with their mix of veterans we will be seeing good teams for the Habs in the future. They will continue to be competitive and exciting as long as they manage the cap.

    I think we can be the new emerging team that the Red Wings is/was.

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

  23. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    If JM wants to see a “puck possesion” team he should be watching Tampa.

    • Mark C says:

      Tampa’s been outshot in every game this playoff, and have only been within 5 shots twice. On average Tampa is being outshot by 10.1 shots a game. Sounds like the team is riding a hot goalie and timing scoring to me. Where have we heard this before…

    • Malreg says:

      Outshot 37-23, that’s some great puck possession! 1-3-1, clogging the neutral zone, and counter-attacking is hardly a puck possession system.

  24. eric says:

    Guy Boucher- innovative coach

    JM-?

    • Propwash says:

      The fact of the matter is, a team will not fire a coach who brought them to the ECF the year before. GB deserved a shot at an NHL team, unfortunately it was not the Habs.

      • Timo says:

        and that is why Habs will be forever mired in mediocrity because they don’t have people at the top to make RIGHT (not necessarily popular or easy) decisions.

        • Malreg says:

          You mean like trading the hero and favorite Halak instead of Price? I would call that a right decision that was not a easy or popular one.

          • HabFanSince72 says:

            Touché.

          • Timo says:

            it is not about particular trade. It’s about a long term trend of poor decisions and moves made by the organization at all levels. And the reason is that we haven’t had bright hockey people leading this organization since… well… i doubt I’ve been a fan long enough to know such times.

        • Propwash says:

          Timo, it’s the principle behind it. Look at it in a logical standpoint.

  25. 4m3y2j says:

    Prediction:
    Finals
    Tampa in the East vs Vancouver in the West

  26. 24 Cups says:

    Just wondering if the Habs would have any interest in signing UFA, Jonathan Ericsson. Comes in at 6’4″/210, 27 years old and may be ready to break through (or faulter).

    Not overly aggressive, but could develop into a young man’s Hal Gill.

    • Duracell3 says:

      And he isn’t a pylon in the regular season, sounds pretty great/ I doubt we’re too lucrative though, I guess we’ll see how it plays after Markov signs or not and what for.

    • Timo says:

      I don’t know anything about that guys but looks too big for our teams. I think anybody above 6’0″ doesn’t qualify for the midget squad.

  27. NoTinFoilCups says:

    How about those Habs! Three young stars emerged for the team where a year before there was none. The future is bright.

    F the Bruins. We’ll get ‘em next year.

  28. Danno says:

    Why can’t I post any messages?

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  29. HabFanSince72 says:

    Sharks – Bruins in the final, with Capt Joe finally breaking his big game losing streak.

  30. HABWARRIOR says:

    Yo honestly guys,the Preds, are a team not to be taken lightly.Pekka Rinne is phenomenal.Coaching is A+.Defensive is big strong and excellent and the entire team as a whole play really well together.Their passing is superb.They hit everyrthing in sight,and look so difficult to play against.The Nucks have their hands full.

    Remember last season when we lost 2-0 to Nashville in Nashville and the shots were like 52-20 for the preds?The habs looked worse than a group a 10yr old boys playing peewee hockey.Well that team is like the current preds team.They dominated the nucks in evry category last night .They are really good.My darkhorse team for sure.Preds in the finals this year baby!!!Oh yeah.Book it.

    “If ya ain’t wasted, the day is!”

  31. Bouleau noir says:

    Like Pierre Gauthier, I like his team too, Pacioretty had the highest
    goals/games ratio for the Habs this season, had he not been put out of action by Crazy Chara, Bruins would be dead and the CH would be playing.

    Gauthier is in a good position to mold a top class team for next season and here is one way that he could go about it within next year’s cap.

    Kostitsyn, Plekanec, Cammalleri
    Pacioretty, Gomez, Gionta
    Desharnais, Eller, Pouliot
    Moen, Konopka, White

    Deep in skills and scoring talents our first three lines will give us the speed and the rescources to be an excellent scoring team when 5 on 5.

    Selection of forwards from those lines for PP duty will assure us to be one of the very best PP team in the league.

    First wave : Gionta, Plek, Cammy
    Second wave : Pacioretty, Desharnais, Kostitsyn

    On the other hand, our 4th line while being good defensivelly will also be able to play a good north-south type of game … but above all, they will be able to take care of bizness when we’re playing in Boston or whatever.

    Defense : locking both Marcov and the Wizz is important, this way they represent valu and are CH’s assets for some futur….. more importantly they represente a terrific duo amids amids our top 4 D squad for next year.

    Markov, the Wiz
    Hamrlik, Subban
    Gorges, Weber

    In this D group all duos are left-wright handed matched pairs which should bode well for our transition game….. also, the puck handling and the shooting capability find within that group of players is absolutly superb and top rated PP duos to quaterback PP is more han a shure thing.

    Spacek could be bought-off by the team or whatever….. Picard, Emelin and/or other low cost 7th dmen option should do the trick.

    This team would have all the skills and requirements necessary to bring forth the ” puck possession ” part of Martin’s system while being a little more rugged at the same time.

    Anyway, I think Gauthier has a little more choices than usual and I believe that he will do very good with it, one way or another.

    • BKAK72 says:

      I suppose the phrase “rose coloured glasses” applies to your post.

      Gomez – what value does he bring to the team in the offensive or defensive zone? How about in the face-off circle? This is a guy that had one very good year in New Jersey and scored a contract from a GM (Glen Sather) that was desperate for whatever reason.

      Kostitsyn – will forever be the guy with “all the talent in the world” that shows up one day and sleeps for another two. We don’t need a guy at/near $4 million per year that isn’t a 30+ goal scorer.

      Pouliot – what for? He has been benched for two consecutive years in the playoffs b/c he doesn’t score, won’t lay out players (play with edge) and doesn’t back-check. This guy is gone.

      Desharnais – he would be fine if the team didn’t have a bunch of midgets throughout the first two (three?) lines. This guy might be a decent player to package in a trade. I appreciate his heart and would take him over Gomez…so much cheaper too.

      The Canadiens 5/5 game is horrible now for years and can be traced back now for nearly five years. The reason? I think it has so much to do with size i.e. (way) too small. I am equally concerned about the PP going into 2011/12 w/out Kirk Muller who has been the mastermind behind an explosive PP since he joined the team.

      The DEFENCE offers some solid up-side if healthy although your pairings are far to ‘kind’ in their own zone.

      MARKOV / GORGES
      WIZ / SOPEL
      PK SUBAN / GILL

      Each pair has an explosive d-man complimented by a “stay at home” guy.

      That goodness we have PRICE.

      — HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

    • issie74 says:

      Plekanec is not a first line center.

  32. samTHEman says:

    To old timers….Has it ever happened that a rookie coach took his team to the playoffs after they’ve missed the playoffs for 3 consecutive seasons? Surely I’m assuming. Then make the Conference finals? Win the Cup? AND not be nominated for the Jack Adams? I’m obviously alluding to Boucher and the Lightning. I’m not implying Tampa has the greatest chance to take home the Cup but if they some how did, how could the NHL not have nominated Boucher as a Jack Adams finalist? I know Tampa’s success is due to the emergence of Stamkos, Hedman, and the great play of St-Louis and Lecavalier and Gagne in the 2nd half of the season. But still, Imo the NHL let that one slip by them (as does everything!).

    ~Kiss my ass Lucic!!!!

  33. Propwash says:

    The Habs were || <– this close to beating the Bruins. It's too bad things didn't swing our way.

  34. FormalWare says:

    I’m one of those who watched the Preds take down their Orca prey. Yeah, baby! The Preds are my Western Conference team–probably because I’m starved for JM System hockey, and BT System hockey is as close as there’s left, now.

    Habs: Possessors of the league’s best PK–now, and for the foreseeable future

  35. MikeMcLaren says:

    Well, if we want a “punishing” and physical defenseman, it seems like Alexei Yemelin is our man given what he just did at the World Championships:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rN30ELnG9SI

    We’ll just have to make sure the penalty killers are ready while he learns some discipline ;)

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      He´s exactly the kind of player we need. Slovakia btw just lost with Halak in goal, 3-4 against Germany. Germany had a 4-0 lead at one point with Handzus, Gaborik, Zednik and both Hossas playing for Slovakia.

  36. MathMan says:

    Blowouts are the most meaningless games there are, and victimizing the Flyers’ insistent stupidity on playing goalies that have proven themselves to be below league average does not make the Bruins “for real”. I still think the Bruins are the weakest club remaining in the playoffs.

  37. habs365 says:

    predictions–for this round

    Philly, Tampa, Detroit, Vancouver

    • The Cat says:

      Boston, Washington, San Jose and Vancouver.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  38. Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

    Here’s what I would like to see the Habs do this offseason. Keep in mind, I don’t think Wisniewski will be brought back, because I think he will be too expensive. I do think Markov will sign a 2-year deal with the Habs for a little less than he was making. If he wants term, he will have to take even less money.

    Cammy (6M)-Pleks (5M)-Jaromir Jagr (3M)
    Pacioretty (2M)-Gomez (7.3M)-Gionta (5M)
    Brooks Laich (3.5M)-Eller ($1.27M)-AK (3.5M)
    Moen (1.5M)-Desharnais (900K)-White (750K)/Darche (900K)

    Markov (5M)-Emelin (1.75M)
    Gill (2M)-Subban (875K)
    Spacek (3.83M)- Gorges (3M)
    Weber (900K)

    Price (2.75M)
    Auld (1M)

    This would be within the cap if the cap goes up by about 4 million, which is what is being reported right now. Obviously, I would rather dump Gomez to make more cap room to fill other needs, but I don’t think we’ll be able to.

    For those who are skeptical about Emelin, I will say that I am too, but I do believe Gauthier wants him here. I don’t think Emelin wants a guarantee he will play in the NHL so much as the option to return to the KHL if he does not make the NHL squad. I believe we gave Enqvist a similar clause for the first year of his contract. I think Emelin would greatly help, because he has size, a mean streak and makes our D younger and more mobile. Pairing him with Markov would be perfect for his development. His deal has to be entry-level as per the CBA, but we could put in bonus clauses just like Eller’s has to make it more appealing to him.

    Laich would bring some more size and he is a 3-time 20 goal scorer. Many here would not want to keep AK, but I believe we need to have 3 scoring lines, and this would help in that regard. AK can score 20-25 in his sleep. If he wakes up even a bit, we’re looking at maybe 30 goals. As for Jagr, I know he is old, but he has stated he wouldn’t mind playing here. We all know he loved playing with Pleks on the international stage, and he can still put the puck in the net. A one-year deal would be nice.

    What do you guys think?

    • Britton says:

      I got to “jaromir” and stopped reading.

      • oldrrty says:

        I am not really concerned about the offseason except for one player. Hal Gill needs to come back.

        I don’t care who wins as long as Toronto doesn’t!

      • ari says:

        me too,i just hope gauthier give the team to young ones and open spot for them.i’d like to see markov and wisn.. back.with markov,wis .pk,josh,and weber we have one of the fastest defence ever.and sixth one has to be a mean,giant defenceman which gill is not.say bye to gomez,pouliot,moen,payet,halpern ,hammer,spacek and bring tough and young guys like white to fill up the third and fourth.and pray that eller can be the center we wanted for longest time.

      • OverseasFan2 says:

        Not to sound ageist, but Jagr must be 40 years old, and hasn’t been in the NHL for about 3 years.

      • issie74 says:

        Me too. I would like a coach who will work the refs though,not with F..Bombs like Boudreau and Julien,I was thinking along the lines of Mike Babcock.The refs didn.t bother calling penalties that were obvious to anyone with eyes because they know J.M will not point out they just can’t miss that and the players need to know the coach has it covered.Just my opinion.

    • Bugs says:

      You had credibility up to “Jagr”.
      Didn’t bother with the rest. Apologies.

      Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

      • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

        Would he really be worse than any other plug we would put in there?

        There aren’t too many good free agents out there. I just thought he could be a decent cheap option. I don’t really think we would get him. But I’m just trying to see what’s available that could work within the cap.

        • Britton says:

          “Would he really be worse than any other plug we would put in there?”
          Yes.

          • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

            So he wouldn’t be a better scoring option than Halpern was when he played with Pleks and Cammy?

            You really don’t think Jagr would be able to score some goals with Cammy and Pleks? Did you see Jagr play in the world championships last year?

            I’m not saying it would be the Jagr of old, because it’s definitely old man Jagr at this point, but if Mark Recchi can play with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and have some success, I am pretty damn sure Jagr could do okay with Pleks and Cammy.

            I’m not saying do it at any price, but I’m saying if the price is right, he is better than a lot of options out there.

    • Bigdawg says:

      2 3M players on the third is too expensive. As good as Jagr still is, first line minutes on a winning team he would not get. I do like the idea of Jagr, mostly for the leadership and experience he could bring to Eller on the third.

      I also like trying to bring in Emelin but again 1st pairing expectations are much too high.

      Everyone says Wiz would be great to keep but too expensive. don’t think so:

      Cammy (6M)-Pleks (5M)-AK(3.5M)
      Pacioretty (2M)-Gomez (7.3M)-Gionta (5M)
      Jagr (3M)-Eller ($1.3M)-Darche (900K)
      Moen (1.5M)-Desharnais (900K)-White (750K)/Pouliot? (1M)

      Markov (5M)-Wiz (5M)
      Gill (2M)-Subban (875K)
      Spacek (3.83M)- Gorges (2.5M)
      Weber (1M)

      Price (2.75M)
      Auld (1M)

      If we can unload spacek or cannot keep Gill then bring in Emelin

      • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

        I think people get too caught up in thinking of lines and pairings as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th. Philly has three strong lines. On any given night, any of those could be the first line. Briere could be considered as a 3rd-line centre if you think about it, and he makes 6.5M.

        Plus, I think JM would distribute ice-time pretty equally with a lineup like the one I posted. Jagr wouldn’t be playing 20 minutes a game. He would play with Pleks and Cammy 5-on-5, but wouldn’t play PK and would play a bit on the PP.

        As for Emelin, it’s the same type of reasoning. At this point, it would be best for us to not give Markov 25+ minutes a game. He could play around 20 and Emelin wouldn’t be on the PP or even the PK at first. JM would manage his ice-time so that he wouldn’t really be a top 2 kind of a D. You could also pair him with Spacek or Weber if you want, but I think he would be better off playing with Markov since he would compliment him well and he would be more comfortable.

        • _Habsoloutly_ says:

          What makes you think they would bring in an unproven player like Emelin and stick him on the first line with Markov? I really don’t see that happening.

          • Bill J says:

            They brought a unproven player like Subban & they stuck him on the first line WITHOUT Markov. Why can’t you see the Russian pairing being a perfect mentor-ship line ?

          • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

            Like I said, I don’t see it as 1st pairing. I just see it as the best partner for him. I don’t think JM believes in 1st pairing, 2nd, 3rd so much as having 6 reliable defensemen and managing their ice-time according to how the game is going. We also shouldn’t assume that Markov will be able to handle “first pairing” minutes right away.

    • kempie says:

      Since you brought it up, here’s what I’d do:

      Cammy (6M)-Pleks (5M)-UFA (3-4M)
      Pacioretty (2M)-Gomez (7.3M)-Gionta (5M)
      Moen (1.5M)-Eller ($1.27M)-AK (3.5M)
      Desharnais (900K)-Engqvist (900k)-Darche (900K)

      Markov (5M)-Wiz (4.25M)
      Gorges (3M)-PK (875k)
      Spacek (3.83M)-Weber (900K)

      Press Box: White (750K) Mara (800K)

      Price (2.75M)
      Auld (1M) or Sanford

      I like the idea of Laich, I think he’d be a good fit but I would be surprised if we could get him for under 4M. I think that Wiz has shown that he’s a very good fit and I think that PG wants to keep him. Pair him with Markov who can make up for some of his defensive lapses. Wiz is a big threat on the pp and makes a great first pass. He’s essentially been pulling first pairing duties since he got here or else that may have been a concern. I think that the pairings of Markov-Wiz and Weber-Subban splitting pp duty would be pretty frightening. I agree that PG should make a big push to bring Emelin over. I won’t hold my breath but it could happen. As far as Jagr goes, it would have been awesome five years ago. But now, that’s just crazy. Pass on that.

      • since1988 says:

        +1 on this lineup and the possibility of getting Laich

        “I savour it every day, sometimes before practice I’m skating around and I’ll look at the logo on my jersey – I’m playing for the Canadiens!”
        – Mathieu Darche

    • duffy says:

      I think Gautier would be smart to somehow make a trade for Gregory Campbell.

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  40. Jdub1985 says:

    this sucks … replaced Price with Boucher in fantasy … thought for sure he’d dominate the overrated squad of goon hacks

  41. habsfan0 says:

    The Bruins atrocious special teams’ play will catch up to them eventually.

  42. Le Jadester says:

    The Boooins will go to the Cup Finals after our series, which kinda sucks. They’re gonna spank the Phlyers in 5 or 6 max. The batles with us have made them stronger.

    It looks like the players from Filly don’t like their coach ?

    PK rules !

    Habs, OLE !

  43. homerbowen says:

    Too many small players on our team to go deep.
    Keep 2 max which means 2 of them should go (just 1 if Gomez sent to Dogs). Anyone who thinks Gomez can turn it around is dreaming as we will hear the same thing from him at the end of each season (3). He is done, done, done….move on!

    • Bugs says:

      Well, Gomie at least bought himself a month with the promise, nay, guarantee, that he’d be back bedda than eva.
      Sunovagun says he’s gonna pull a Kovy; we all gotta see what that looks like, no?

      Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

  44. smiler2729 says:

    Some random thoughts post-Habs playoff blues:

    Philadelphia is better than Boston but employs three beer league goalies…

    The overrated Tim Thomas actually should wear steel-toe boots instead of skates cuz he plays like a ball hockey goalie…

    Nashville are a boring team and they’re sucking Vancouver into their style which makes that series a total snoozer…

    Is Kirk Muller really going to coach Dallas?

    -and-

    Did Carey Price get an invite to Team Canada or is GM and assistant Leafscum Dave Nonis afraid he’ll usurp his goldenboy James Reimer?

    “My second favourite team is whoever plays the Leafs”

    • canadiens26 says:

      Did you even watch the Nashville – Vancouver game last night? It was far from boring.

      • smiler2729 says:

        Kept switching between it and Batman Begins… I couldn’t get into it after watching Thursday’s 1-0 snoozer…

        YAWN!

        “My second favourite team is whoever plays the Leafs”

      • SnowManHabs85 says:

        I gotta go with smiler, he’s right. Myself I’m really into playoff hockey. I was cheering for Nashville but at the same time, I was cheering for the Lapierre Higgins line, but after a the 2nd period. I kept switching between it and NHL 11.

        IMO Kesler got away with non calls, alot last night.

    • Malreg says:

      Price, PK, and Cammy were all invited, but declined.

    • ManApart says:

      People like you make me laugh, who don’t give Thomas credit because he has an unorthodox style.

      I have news for you, he was the best goalie in the league this season, and it’s not his first time. He set a new save% record for God sakes. No goalie in history, since they’ve been tracking that stat, has ever done better.

      All the people who said Price was better, were proven wrong in the first round. Price certainly was no better than Thomas. You have to give Thomas the edge, because the Bruins won the series. When it counted Thomas was there to save the Bruins asses.

      No matter what his style, he’s the best, and has proven that.

      • _Habsoloutly_ says:

        People like you make me sick.

        • Clay says:

          Is it so hard to admit that Thomas was the better goalie here? Price played great as well, but the facts are the facts.

          __________________________
          The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

      • MilaKunis says:

        I agree. From games 3 to 7, Thomas totally outplayed Price. The better goalie won. He also deserves his nomination (and will probably win) for Best Goaltender in the NHL.

      • SeriousFan09 says:

        Let’s see what happens in Game 2, remember when MTL looked ready to roll over Boston?

        Thomas can be exposed by simply driving the net and collecting the rebounds he so often sends into prime scoring areas. His technical skills are crap, if Pacioretty had played the series the Habs would have finished things with the PF asset one needs to break a goalie with bad rebound control.

        – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

      • HABWARRIOR says:

        …and i have news for you.The team in fron of him plays a defensive style.How else was brodeur so good for so many years?The Lemaire Defensive trap style obviously favors the goaltending .Thus a guy like thomas playing net for a bruins squad that was as stingy defensively in the reg. season as it gets will have good stats.Dont forget also that price is 15 years younger than thomas and played 20 more games than him too.Stats get skewed the more ya play.Aiiight???Also whatever it is on ur noggin’ there has got to go.WTF is that thing anyways.??

        “If ya ain’t wasted, the day is!”

        • Clay says:

          Are you suggesting that the Habs don’t play a defensive style as well? Please…

          __________________________
          The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

    • _Habsoloutly_ says:

      lol @ beer league goalies.

  45. SeriousHabit says:

    Thank You Thank You for all your comments very well thought out!

    Watch Cherry tone down the rhetoric with PK Subban and the Habs, the CBC has finally brought in an executive who is not amused or bedazzled by DC’s not too subtle homerism and racism. In fact this guy is an outsider who was chosen for this very reason to break up the old boy Toronto fed crap that has permeated the network for too long… They are finally starting to realise that there are alternatives to the CBC and that most of us are watching them…

    The 180 degree tune change is only the start, I bet Cherry’s contract will not be renewed on the second go round…

    Oh and BTW the new CBC exec is black (This is meaningless in all senses of the description, but to someone who is sensitive to color, (Cherry) his tune is a changing…)

    Watch CBC change there flagship programming HNIC in the next 5 to 6 months… My prediction is Bye Bye Cherry and hello Sun TV where he belongs…

    • habsfan0 says:

      Who is this new CBC executive? And how do you know his appointment had anything to do with what Cherry says or doesn’t say on air? Were you at the meeting between these two..if there even was one?

      • SeriousHabit says:

        Jeffery L.Orridge look it up, named executive director of sports properties for CBC. There’s a new sherrif in town.

        How else do you explain Cherry’s about face on the Habs versus the Bruins? He found religion? I don’t think so…

    • Sal says:

      I can’t even begin to tell you how happy what you just said would make me. I e-mail CBC several times a year to tell them that employing a racist on a national television program, is not going to fly. The reply I received from a staffer was that, Leaf lovers love Cherry. They keep him propped up. CBC doesn’t seem to get the message/care, that as a national broadcster, the constant kissing up to Leaf fanbase, amoung the most mindless sportsfans in all of sports, pisses so many people off, that they are losing viewers. I tell them they will only have themselves to blame when TSN takes over hockey in Canada. Are they really that stupid/stubborn? So far, yes!

      Sal from the Hammer

    • HABWARRIOR says:

      Hey i thught something was a lil different with the grapester ever since he actually had good things to say about PK.You are bang on about the change over at cbc.THANK GOD.Great info my friend!

      “If ya ain’t wasted, the day is!”

  46. For real? They barely got past the Canadiens. Bruins, I think I’m gonna puke!

    Shane Oliver
    http://www.Sholi2000.com
    Brandon, MB,Canada
    R7B 2R7
    hockey@sholi2000.com
    Ph- 204 724 8418

    • RetroMikey says:

      Why are you going to puke? Come on, give credit where its due! Boston is a very, good team and no surprise they are picking it up with their size, skill and goaltending.
      Yup, I say Boston could go all the way to the final!
      Claude Julien is an excellent coach I wished we would still have kept then have let him go.
      Gauthier has a lot of work ahead of him in the summer if he still believes we are a top 4 team in the East.

      “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

      • savethepuck says:

        That’s funny, you saying Boston could go all the way to the final and then saying Gauthier has a lot of work ahead of him if he thinks we are a top 4 team. Do you not realize that we were only one more lucky bounce away for us, or more reallistically one less lucky bounce from them, away from advancing lastseries

        “That beautiful bastard scored semi-conscious.” On the Rocket’s Game 7 game winning goal against the Bruin’s April, 1952

        • RetroMikey says:

          But bigger is better as I say! The Bruins have it!
          Size, skill and goaltending we’ll get you very far than having a bunch of smurfs on our team.
          Even if we did win Game 7, we would not get past the bigger and stronger teams.
          That has been our demise the past 3 or 4 seasons, have the skill with the smurfs, but not enough stanima to compete against the bigger and stronger teams to go far in the playoffs.

          “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

      • olematelot says:

        If Boston is a very good team, then what are the Habs, but for a couple of bounces that went the other way they could still be playing. I guess without realizing it you were inadvertently praising them because you would never openly admit to this

      • Credit? The Bruins Sucked! The Habs should have taken those bums in 5 (easily), but the guys could not score. Price held down the fort and the troops failed! The Bruins weren’t the better team, the Habs outplayed them almost every period.

        Julien? Oh you mean that coach that the Bruins were going to fire if they lost to the Habs this season.

        So the Habs have a lot of work? Like what?

        Shane Oliver
        http://www.Sholi2000.com
        Brandon, MB,Canada
        R7B 2R7
        hockey@sholi2000.com
        Ph- 204 724 8418

        • Bill J says:

          So the Habs have a lot of work? Like what?

          Get healthy. No more injuries.

          lol RM expects nothing less then perfection.

          • RetroMikey says:

            You are only a Habs fan if you expect nothing but perfection.

            Amen.

            “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

        • RetroMikey says:

          Blah, blah, blah, blah!
          But the bums are in and our smurfs are out.
          I prefer bums than smurfs on a team if I had to assemble.
          Martin will be fired before Julien will!
          You don’t know that our Habs need a lot of work? LMAO! Come on, an over the hill slow and weak D, no solid third or 4 lines, the top 2 lines, very small and fragile.
          Need I say more??

          “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

      • Britton says:

        *reads post*
        “What?? This guy’s nuts…”
        *checks poster*
        “oh.”

  47. habstrinifan says:

    Good Morning Mr Boone! I like your recap of the games and your updates on the play of Laps and Higgins and SK.

    I would like to ask you a BIG favour. I would really like to get an in-depth analysis on your concerns, strategy, suggestions for the ‘offense’ aspect of the Canadiens for next season.

    I have lots of confidence in the clear-cut strategy of Francois Gagnon for the defence, which, if I say so myself, almost mirrors what I had posted on the site.

    I tried to wrap my mind around the solutions/strategy for the offense but it just seems too complicated. Not the least of which is the coaching question.

    Every time you highlight the revitalise play of players like Laps and SK, I have to ask if it was totally them here or the pressure of MTL, or the environment or the disconnect between the coaching and the player. It is an important concern because we CANNOT keep being a bottom rung offensive team as we have been for last two years. Statistics show that teams whose offense is as paltry as ours NEVER win the CUP.

    Strangely, I think the easiest problem to solve is the Gomez problem. My solution to that issue follows.

    “Enough wringing of hands and decrying the contract. Enough fantasizing re trading him. And ENOUGH, I say ENOUGH, waiting for Gomez to be a number 1 or 2 centre points and impact wise.
    Solution:
    Assign him (NOW) a workout regimen and track his progress. From day one of training camp put Gomez on a line with Ryan White and another workmanlike forward and MAKE that line your hybrid between a checking and a scoring line. The type of line that Guy Carbonneau and maybe Mike McPhee or Pierre Mondou would play on.
    That’s my Gomez solution.

    But the other questions are not so clear cut.

    Coaching! Was there really a disconnect between JM and many players (including Cammy) as hinted many times on team990 (the scrum). What is the hidden message in Gionta’s remark in his end of season interview (paraphrased)… to the effect that it is up to management to make the changes necessary. This is the first time I have heard Gionta not be a management parrot. To me it was very very significant. I was positively impressed.

    Tied in to the above. Probability that Muller will be gone seems REAL HIGH. What does it forebode for the ‘room’. I am really scared about this loss.

    Straighforward questions.
    Need for a BIG TOUGH FORWARD.. not necessarily points getter but can impose push back momentum in game and scare opponents with intensity and toughness. Is this a priority wih PG?

    AK? AK? Is he our most tradeable forward that we can part with? Do the HABS have a solid feel via the grapevine on how other teams view this guy. Dont let him go for as little as we did his brother but dont keep trying to solve an enigma for ever. Can they try and package a huge deal which includes AK46 and prospects and draft picks for someone like Iginla (I know.. bit of a fantasy) or do they go into next season pretending that you will get a more consistently better AK46 than you have done over the past 2 years.

    Pouliot? I agree with many that say dont give up but order him to get more muscular… but ?

    JM? He is and should be (probably) our coach!
    But can Geoff get involved and sit down with JM and PG and chart a strategy for an adjustment in the ‘system’. PG and JM do not seem to have the separation in thought for that analysis to be made without a 3rd party.
    We simply have to escape from the bottom rungs of the league as far as 5-on-5 goal production. And after hearing JM’s answers to T. Marinaro where JM basically said he DOES/DID NOT have the TALENT to score more goals, I fear for next year.

    We have good young prospects on offense it appears. Max Pac, Eller, White, Pleks Palushaj, DD. But?

    So you see how rambling and convoluted my post is. Because there are so many questions and every answer hinges upon the major question… How does the coaching philosophy impact the offense… and can the coach meld more offense into his proven defensive methodologies.

    Next year will be so important.. especially on how we develop/acquire assets on the offense part of the team.

    Depending on how they respond to the offensive needs, the team will either utilise the best years of Subban/Price/Pleks/Max Pac/Eller to become, as PG wants, an elite team or just keep labouring to 6th, 7th, 8th place finishes and playoff misery.

    You usually ignore me Mr Boone.. but please dont this time. I think my post has some merit which deserves expert thought from you or others in the ‘trade’. Also any poster is welcomed to answer. Not with fan jingoism or JM hate but with solid aforethought. Maybe Mr Boone, if I may be so presumptuous, you may even ask Francois to do, for the offense, what he did for the defense. I think it would be GREAT reading.

    I am just a fan who wants next season to have less ups and downs than this season and wants to see the exciting youth, we have in the system now, prosper.

    I want to hear the words “Le But” MORE!

    Thank You! Phew… that wasnt easy but it got a load off my mind.

  48. ZepFan2 says:

    “They lie about what they have done, and they care not that their lies are transparent. They glory in telling obvious lies.”

    For a minute there I thought you were describing Stephen Harper and the conservatives.

    Meh, works both ways.

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    • Rush says:

      I thought this was a hockey blog.

      But since you’ve taken it another direction, was it not the Iron Lady who once poetically proclaimed that one of the principal problems with socialism is that, eventually, you run out of other peoples’ money…

      Of course, you must have some good sense, since you’re a Zep fan…

      : – )

      • ZepFan2 says:

        It’s actually a Habs site. Yet the Habs are no longer on the ice.

        Anyway, who’s talking about Socialism? The subject was lying.

        My common sense tells me, get rid of the lying American wannabe tout ‘suite.

        I read a good one today. Maybe you’ll like it?

        “Stephen Harper claiming credit for the economy is like Yoko Ono taking credit for the Beatles!”

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      • HardHabits says:

        “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” —Winston Churchill

  49. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Goaltending wins championships and the Flyers are weak in that category. I tried to watch the game yesterday afternoon, but for the life of me, I couldn’t do it. I detest these two teams as much as I detest the Leafs. Go Lightning!!!!!!!!

  50. lavie says:

    Pekka Rinne is fun to watch.

    Rinne looked like Halak.

    • HardHabits says:

      Yeah. A bigger, better, stronger, younger and faster Halak, with better rebound control, a faster glove, better lateral movement…..

      Yep. He looked like Halak alright. LMFAO!!

      Pekka Rinne
      Goalie
      Born Nov 3 1982 — Kempele, Finland
      Height 6.05 — Weight 207

      Jaroslav Halak
      Goalie
      Born May 13 1985 — Bratislava, Slovakia
      Height 5.11 — Weight 174 — Shoots R

      • smiler2729 says:

        And the most important fact, Rinne’s in the ’11 playoffs, Halak, nowhere near ‘em…

        “My second favourite team is whoever plays the Leafs”

        • Bugs says:

          Whoa-whoa. This chucking Halak under the bus because keeping Price was a wiser move business has got to stop.
          Now, it seems any which way to portray Halak as a weak goalie is justifiable, even if the framework within which to criticize him with is absurdly constricted.
          To task: because Halak is not in the 2011 Playoffs, Rinne is better.
          What’s NOT taken into consideration is that: Halak got to Game 5 of the 3rd round, that which Rinne has NOT done.
          Are we now to believe that because THOSE were not the 2011 Playoffs, THAT feat is inconsequential?
          Can’t we rejoice that we kept the right goalie AND remain in awe of what Halak did for us? Is it really impossible to do both?
          Rinne has been fantastic, possibly the best goalie in the playoffs so far. But imo, he has to at least win this 2nd round too before we can toss Halak’s accomplishments out by the wayside.

          Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

          • Clay says:

            “Halak got to Game 5 of the 3rd round, that which Rinne has NOT done.”
            Also Price has not done this…

            __________________________
            The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

      • Jan_pronounced_Yan says:

        I agree with you that Rinne is the better goalie, mostly because he is as athletic as Halak but is bigger.

        However, Halak is younger. You posted their birthdates. Rinne borin in 1982, Halak born in 1985.

        Maybe you meant to say, Rinne has less NHL experience. Halak has played bout 40 more games in the NHL regular season.

        I do agree that Rinne is better though.

  51. rat13 says:

    The Canadiens scored 7 goals against the Flyers in 5 games in last year’s play-offs. The Flyers posted 3 shutouts.

    Career in the play-offs:

    Carey Price 8 wins 15 losses 2.84 GAA .907 Save percentage
    Brian Boucher 21 wins 16 losses 2.28 GAA .914 save percentage

    and the “lucky” Tim Thomas is 15-11 with a 2.22 GAA and a .926 save percentage.

  52. DarthWade says:

    I really enjoyed Pronger giving that Bruins player a few whacks with this his stick yesterday (after the guy tried to trip him as they were going after a puck to the icing call).

    Even if Boston advances, I can’t see them winning the Cup at all.

  53. HUDSONHAB says:

    I want the Flyers to win the series but I definately want carnage on both sides.

    Sadly, this statement “Oh, one other thing: Brian Boucher is not Carey Price.” may be the bottom line in the series.

    The Caps are the only team I want coming out of the east and I will take any western team to win the Cup with the Nucks being my obvious favourite.

    ….Hab4life….

  54. HotHabs says:

    The B’s “success” vs. Philly only magnifies what a superior opponent the Habs were, and that Bruins were fortunate to get into the second round by the skin of their teeth in game 7 overtime by an accidentally deflected shot, and that Price is da man.

    And, I am sick of people talking about Timmy T. as a Vezina winner – Ugh!!!! He is the epitome of a back of horseshoes stuck up ones butt!!!!!

    Neither of those teams deserves to be there. It’s agonizing watching them play!

    • el heffe says:

      Man! i coudln’t agree more. Thomas is all horseshoe and athleticism. I will give him respect for being a good athlete but never will i say he is a god goaltender. Lucky and desperate, sure, but not good.

      nobody knows the pain of being a Habs fan in a world of Habs fans…

      • Bugs says:

        Totally disagree with the both’o’yehs.
        I remember thinkin that Hasek was lucky to win a Vezina the first time. You win it TWICE though…it ain’t luck; it’s friggin SKILL.
        Whether it fits YOUR description of it or not.

        Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

  55. Lafrich says:

    “And in the game sensible people probably didn’t stay up to watch, Pekka Rinne stood on his head making 44 saves, several of them spectacular, and Nashville beat Vancouver in double-OT.”

    Actually, it was Nashville with 46 shots, 44 saved by Luongo.

  56. Ian Cobb says:

    Cherry is a con artist! always has been! He is the biggest phony that I have ever met. When ever he is questioned, he responds by being the worlds biggest bully. He is very good at it. He even cons our military. To bad so many people are attracted to the Jerry Springer of hockey.!

  57. ths says:

    Bruins will win cuz of Philly hopeless goaltending
    Hopefully someone on either team will get permanently maimed only to expose both teams and the NHL for what they really are.

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  58. Number31 says:

    Bobby Clarke once mentioned when he was on the TSN panel that he found both Price and Halak to be rather average goaltenders. (This was last year when Leighton was their “starter”). So there’s the Flyers’ problem right there. They have absolutely no clue about goaltenders and currently employ 3 backups while hoping Pronger can cover all their problems (which worked last year…when Pronger had a bad game, the Flyers lost every single time).

  59. Bugs says:

    Bruins might be “for real” for the Flyers but they weren’t nuthin but lucky bastiches for us. Ain’t gonna take solace they beatin on the Flyers nor sour grape it by any other means. I remain steadfast: lucky, lucky, lucky; that’s all the Bruins are.
    And in this case against the Flyers, they’re lucky they’re playing against Boucher and lucky the Flyers don’t know how to play defence for sh*te apparently; what the hell? Bruins 1st line put up as many points in the first two periods yesterday as they had in 7 games against us; that says it all.
    I’m watchin Pronger be Mr. Capitan, barkin orders to his underlings on the ice and I’m thinkin “How ’bout you play some friggin D instead, Chris? You know? Do ONE thing at a time? Stop a friggin rush, why dontcha; then you can start yellin at others to follow your lead, you know?”
    What a travesty, pah!

    Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

    • mrhabby says:

      give me pronger any day over some of our dmen ..no

    • twocents says:

      Those two points combined, bruins being lucky ‘gainst us and for real contra philly, sure look good on our boys I tell ya.

      Little solace at this point, but some nonetheless.

      • Bugs says:

        Same amounta solace a corpse gets bein buried with a new tie, I reckon.

        Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

        • twocents says:

          Difference being this team will be back next year.

          • Bugs says:

            Awww…and buddy’ll be back in the next life, none of that which helps him in present condition.
            Analogies best left to serve for initial volley only, Deuce. The solace, the corpse’n’tie; shoulda left it there. It was good just like that. Rest is semantics that prove and disprove nothing at all.
            Say, when did this place become Nerdlinger Poindexter’s Dungeons’n’Dragons Mission Control over here? Can’t no one try’n be clever no more without gettin le schtroumph à lunettes on your azz?
            I don’t work well in a cage, man!

            Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

          • twocents says:

            Naw, It’s not semantics any more than any use of language is.
            It’s called hope. And despite it being meagre solace right now, it should feel somewhat better than if we’d been swept in 4 by the bruins and they got destroyed in their first game ‘gainst philly, with all our best players being geezers on their way out, no?

  60. JD_ says:

    No, they didn’t play particularly well in front of him, but Boucher did help things along by suckin’ the chrome off a trailer hitch when it mattered.

    Bobby Clobber & Co. will never, ever, ever, ever – heck, ever*10^n, where n=the number of times Bobby Clobber’s fantasized about whackin’ Bernie Parent over the head with the damn goalie’s two Conn Smythes – learn.

    Never.

    Ever.

    Death, taxes, and a Philly goaltender bein’ pulled.

    I can, however, live with that if it keeps the SC from bein’ stained by the collective grubbiness that is Philadelphia.

    Suivant! Next!

    • Bugs says:

      He sucked worse than a water-recycling system at a Japanese power-plant.

      Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

    • punkster says:

      Hey JD, get with the program. Instead of Philly farting or Bruin barfing how about moving on to something more interesting? Change the subject. Not enough Gomez talk going on around here.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • twocents says:

        I am not sure what you are specifically referring to, Dave, but I can imagine the whinefest that may have taken place recently. And I am glad I missed it, because there not much to say, it’s pretty simple. Having said that, now is the time to point out what a nasty turd the gomer dropped this year.

        I’ve been with you all the way this year with the “he’s on the team, give it a rest” message, but now’s the time for pointing out the obvious.

        I’m not going to get into speculating on permutations, but I do believe the situation isn’t quite as intractable as it may seem.

        • punkster says:

          Eric, the list of assumed causes and suggested solutions is long and not particularly accurate or realistic at times. Somehow despite all the noise the right moves will be made. As the saying goes, it’s not rocket science.

          ***Subbang Baby!!!***

          • twocents says:

            I agree, it will be resolved in some fashion. One thing we can say about Gauthier over the past year and half is that he is pro-active. I don’t think he’s just going to sit back and hope Gomez rebounds.

          • JF says:

            I think Gomez will be given next season or part of it to turn things around. If he isn’t a lot better, other options will be considered – Hamilton, or possibly, as Steve Kerley suggested, Europe. Both Price and Subban will be up for contract negotiation at the end of next season, and there’s no way the organization will let the Gomez contract stand in the way of re-signing them. A solution will be found.

          • FormalWare says:

            Rocket “surgery”–“it’s not rocket SURGERY”. FTFY.

            Habs: Possessors of the league’s best PK–now, and for the foreseeable future

  61. HabinBurlington says:

    Well the Boston writers just can’t let the Montreal series go. Here is Kevin Paul Duponts latest summary of our classless organization. Apparantly Hamrlik really embellished that stick to the throat, referring sarcastically to the hit like he had been poleaxed. Well actualy Kevin, getting hit with a stick in the throat is pretty much being poleaxed. What a knob, there was a time I thought this guy was a decent writer, but in truth he is a homer and a hack.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/articles/2011/05/01/a_couple_of_bad_actors_bring_canadiens_down/?page=full

    Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  62. Keith says:

    I totally agree with Peter Young’s very well written comment, and I will go a step further…THE BRUINS, THE FILTHY FLYERS AND ALL THEIR FANS ARE SCUMBAGS!!!

  63. novahab says:

    I hear Don Cherry is on the ropes, that is why he made the about face last night. All of a sudden he sticking up for the Habs what a laugh. There is a new leadership at the CBC and thats why we got more Habs games this years. Don is not worrid about himself he worried about Tim’s future. The guy they are looking at to replace Don is the great one come on Wayne we need you on the CBC.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      THe new boss at CBC has virtually no hockey background, but involved in many other sports. (he is also american). While i would think CBC should be able to find a Canadian to head this up, perhaps it will take an American to see past Cherry’s homage to Canada and see him for what he really is.

      Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

  64. HabFanSince72 says:

    The Bruins chased Boucher?

    I think three squirrels could chase Boucher.

  65. HabinBurlington says:

    So, after game 7 Cherry castigates Halpern and says he looked stupid running into Ferrence’s shoulder. Then last night he speaks of Ferrence as the scourge we know him to be and he states that the hit was intentional. While I agree with yesterday’s description of events, how much more double talk can this guy continue to get away with.

    Then he starts on the ice showers given to goalies, and how it is the most disrespectful thing players can do. Did he not see Marchand spray Price on numerous occasions through our series. Again, I agree with this recent condemnation of the act, and agree that teams must immediately back up their goalie when this occurs. But it is more of his pick his favourites and defend them, but only when it suits him.

    Anyhow, I realize I should just turn him off, but living in Ontario, when i have my hockey debates with many Leaf and Bruin fans, I need to be able to know what their preacher has said from the pulpit in order to understand the theology behind the cult leader whom they adorn.

    On a side note, I now understand fully why both Thomas and Rinne were nominated for Vezina. Thomas showed in our series, Rinne has been spectacular against Vancouver. The more I watch the Canucks, the more I realize how Luongo can be a good goalie, but he had so much more help from his team than Price got.

    That should be the 3 nominees Flopper, Rinne and Price.

    Great Effort Boys, PG get to work this Summer!

    • SeriousHabit says:

      Thank You Thank You for all your comments very well thought out!

      Watch Cherry tone down the rhetoric with PK Subban and the Habs, the CBC has finally brought in an executive who is not amused or bedazzled by DC’s not too subtle homerism and racism. In fact this guy is an outsider who was chosen for this very reason to break up the old boy Toronto fed crap that has permeated the network for too long… They are finally starting to realise that there are alternatives to the CBC and that most of us are watching them…

      The 180 degree tune change is only the start, I bet Cherry’s contract will not be renewed on the second go round…

      Oh and BTW the new CBC exec is black (This is meaningless in all senses of the description, but to someone who is sensitive to color, (Cherry) his tune is a changing…)

      Watch CBC change there flagship programming HNIC in the next 5 to 6 months… My prediction is Bye Bye Cherry and hello Sun TV where he belongs…


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