How sweet it is!

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Great reading:

• The scene in downtown Montreal last night.

• Inside the room.

Pat Hickey‘s column

Dave Stubbs on the Cardiac Canadiens

Arpon Basu at cbc.ca

Jean-François Bégin in La Presse

Sean Gordon in the Globe and Mail

Mike Wise in the Washington Post

Scott Burnside at ESPN.com

Sarah Kwak in Sports Illustrated

• Puck Daddy: Was R.J. Umberger right about the Caps?

510 Comments

  1. G-Man says:

    May the Habs be with you, Rob! :)

  2. Bill H says:

    No question the scheduling is a disadvantage.  Either the scheduling is determined before the playoffs start, or there are some people who are stacking the odds against Montreal.  I’m inclined to believe the former.

  3. TomNickle says:

    The problem is that there is no attention paid to how a player plays and all of the attention is focused on statistics for nominations like this.

    You poll 30 General Managers in the National Hockey league and ask them to rank the top 5 defensemen in the NHL or even the World and I would bet that none have Shea Weber outside their top 5.

    That guy produces 40 point seasons in a bad year, is probably the most effective physical dman in the league and is easily the most balanced defenseman in what he brings to both ends of the ice in the league.

    People will point to him having Ryan Suter just as they do Seabrook with Keith, and that’s fine, give Doughty the trophy then.  But Weber not being included in that group is sickening at the very least for me.

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  4. avatar_58 says:

    The HELL with reality I’m basking

  5. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    i do not see any GM offering anything for Price that the Habs won’t match.

    price is high risk right now.

    its not the way NHL GM’s do business.

    its a small group of 30 guys that, most of the time, protect each other’s rear ends.

    if the NHL was a pure free market environment, it might happen.

     

  6. likehoy says:

    took us 82 to games and some change to gel…but I think that gelling period is over, right Timo?

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

  7. Rob says:

    What a night!!!! Let me tell you…There’s something special going on right now.

    I mean first there’s the two miracles last night. I’m referring, of course, to the Habs winning game 7 AND the fact that I met up with Timo to watch the game…and I actually LIKE him!!! But imagine THIS….I wake up this morning, still giddy from the euphoria of last night and the lasting effects of alcohol. But quickly, the realization sinks in that the greatness of last night is going to result in a VERY bad work day by around….ohhh, probably noon. And then?….the phone rings. “what’s that you say? The school is closed for the day??? I don’t have to come into work?!?!?” SNOW DAY!!!! IN APRIL!!!! What are the chances that I would be… bailed out essentially, for my irresponsible behaviour and celebrating the result of a “hockey game” into the wee hours of the morning??? That could only happen in a world where the stars perfectly align and magic is in the air. A world goverened by a force that has always seems to look after the fortunes of a certain hockey team. A world….. that feels an awful lot like the one we are all living in right now!!!

    I’m telling you…there’s something SPECIAL going on right now!!

  8. SlovakHab says:

    My hometown of Kosice has celebrated the Slovak title yesterday after winning it last week.

    Sounds like a good hockey season so far, JJ!

     

    B. Burke is building the Bruins through the draft.

  9. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Shots are counted but they don’t count. The Caps were outplayed, outcoached and definitely out goaltended in this series. I’m content to be proven right. Go Habs!

     

    WHAT’S SHAKIN’ OVIE?  

  10. Big Ted says:

    Some thoughts on the Caps now that the series is over:

    1) They are a very talented offensive team. However, like was written in a number of pieces, their offence is fairly predictable: Ovechkin coming down the left wing and shooting, Knuble parking himself in the crease, backstrom trailing late into the slot, etc. I will throw this back on Boudreau and say that although he can let his boys play and didn’t get in their way during the regular season, the man had no system and no answers for JM. In fact, he reminds me a bit of the JM that faced the Leafs while he was with Ottawa. The Caps will be a good team for years to come, but I don’t know how they do in the playoffs while Boudreau’s still in charge and until the defensive aspect of their game is addressed.

    2) I didn’t care much fo Ovi’s attitude, but I’ll give him and Backstrom and even semin credit for trying. They threw everything they could at Halak. But when Boudreau included Mike Green in the group of stars who gave a great effort (he mentioned all 4 in his interview), I wanted to vomit. Mike Green had an absolutely awful series. He wa out of position, he took a ton of bad penalties, and he didn’t do much else at either end. The PP he was supposed to quarteback stunk. This is why he didn’t make team Canada. This is why he shouldn’t be a Norris candidate. Look at the performance Nick Lidstrom gave in his game 7. Not saying Lidstrom was a top 3 this year, but that’s the type of game a true Norris candidate should come up with.

    3) A lot of unecessary controversy about the goal in the crease. I’d invite the Caps (and Leafs fans) to read the NHL rulebook where it actually says that you can’t impede the goalie’s ability to stop a shot inside the crease. The Caps are all talking about how the contact was minimal. Well, sorry Mike Knuble, but you’re actually not allowed any contact inside the crease unless you’re pushed in. Sorry Bruce Boudreau, but he’s not allowed to have two feet in the blue and prevent Halak from getting out to stop the shot. This is exactly the same type of thing he did in game 2 that he didn’t get called for, so yes the caps can complain about the refs consistency but there is no doubt they got the call right last night, just as they got it right disallowing the Lapierre goal (which looked eerily like what Ovechkin did to score on Halak in game 2 as well). I said before last night’s game that JM would need to speak to the officials before to warn them about the caps crashing the crease. He apparently did. Bet he’s glad he did that now.

  11. terrygain says:

    Burke is a meat-head. The Kessel trade rivals the stupidity of Chelios for Savard and Desjardins and LeClair for Recchi. And 4.5 million for Komisarek – who can’t fight and is clumsy with the puck – is hilarious.

  12. Laramy87 says:

    Living in Toronto, my favourtie part of last nite is alot of ppl saying Go Habs Go. Even a few leaf fans i know are not rooting for the habs….. So happy. Pens will be a harder series, but i still have faith. With exception to the first game we played agaist the penguins, withuot markov, was the only game that Pens handled us, adn the last game we handled them. So it will be another good series, could be another long series too…

  13. TommyB says:

    On a morning where I can’t get enough news articles about last night’s game, this was great reading.  Nice compilation, Mike.  I particularly enjoyed the ESPN segment.  And who would have ever thought Barry Melrose could speak so intelligently?

  14. Bob Barker says:

    I initially thought the Habs overpaid in the Moore deal but he’s been full value down the stretch and in the playoffs. 

    I wouldn’t call Washington the San Jose of the east yet. They have a couple of more years before they earn that title. McPhee probably realizes he needs to acquire some shutdown guys to improve their D. 

    Steve Yzerman definitely did his due diligence in building Team Canada. Putting Doughty and Toews on the team were definitely his best moves. 

     

  15. J.J. of Turku says:

    Exactly, How sweet is this….

    Habs wins wsh  and I’m going to TPS Turku campionship-party… Parties are two blocks away from my home, perfect cause to have a hangover tomorrow…

     

    Go Habs Go!!!!!

     

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  16. terrygain says:

    I didn’t think he was worth a 2nd round choice. I was wrong. He is an intelligent player and  has amazing wheels.

  17. HardHabits says:

    Hopefully the Pens’ll be rusty in game 1. and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5…….

  18. HardHabits says:

    1st is round is over. Back to reality is where I am too. It only gets tougher as the 2nd season grows longer. Nothing is won yet. History is still being written on this playoff season.

    There’s much more hockey to be played.

    As elated as I am over the 1st round win I am already looking forward to the next series.

  19. forskis says:

    Back to reality indeed…the Habs enjoyed it for about twenty minutes last night because they were all business when the media entered their locker room….they are also already in Pittsburgh as of last night.

    They better buckle down…no one on the Pens is snakebit a la Semin and Green…the only question mark they have is fatigue from playing so much the past three seasons AND they just had a week off.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  20. mrhabby says:

    Not much more to say …wow. A great win of historic proportions or close to it. Basically a new team trying to establish themselves with so many na sayers over the regular season. looks like the new foundations are being put down.

    ps..not sure about the PITT series..not going to think about it until friday night.

    A hugely satisfyinng win..huge love it.

    ps…have a nice summer OV…

  21. terrygain says:

    Martin did not play the rock solid basher O’Byrne until game 5.  O’Byrne turned it around for us.  He’s still playing 47 on defence. This is terrible coaching.

    I like Carey but  Jaro has won the number one job. Carey won’t be happy to be a backup. He will sign an offer sheet this summer and will be gone for draft choices or in a trade. I will wish him well. I have a special affection for everyone who has ever worn the tricolour.

  22. SlovakHab says:

    I also called Moore a terrible acquisition and a waste of a 2nd rounder.

     

    B.Burke is building the Bruins through the draft.

  23. forskis says:

    Back to reality….if the Habs play the way they did by parking the bus, they are not going to beat the Pens…fortunately the Pens are a bit more dedicated defensively so the shot count will not be 3-to-1 in their favor every game…

    The Habs have to play the same defense in terms of shot-blocking and marking players, but htey need to attack more often and cross that redline more than once in a while.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  24. Bianca says:

    Likewise. Sitting in office in Ottawa as people stream by me with their ‘congratulations’ and ‘good game’ comments. A little part of me wants to reply with a sarcastic remark since as Sens fans they’ve tortured me forever- but instead I just smile and bask in the glory as my Habs flag hangs proudly on my desk.

    Sigh, bliss.

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  26. SlovakHab says:

    <– This guy called Halak a sieve.

     

    Could someone do a History will be made ad with Halak, saying “What if the Habs didn’t draft in the 9th round in 2003?”

  27. riazp says:

    tickets go on sale saturday may 1st at 10 am. and they jacked up the prices from round 1…

  28. Malreg says:

    We also have to play at 2 p.m on Sunday.

    Could possibly be because of scheduling conflicts with the Pittsburgh arena… 

  29. smiler2729 says:

    Game 7 was a true team win. A perfect road game. Yeah, the Habs were outshot but definitely not outplayed.

    Congrats to Jacques Martin, who never gets any respect anywhere he’s been yet is among the more successful coaches in the NHL. Every dog has his day, Jacques Demers, Pat Burns, could JM be next?

    And one last thing for all those goofballs here that always insist on making every Montreal Canadiens shift a goaltending controversy: just cuz I prefer Carey Price as the Habs’ goalie in the long run DOES NOT mean I dislike Jaro Halak, I have always gone on record here championing keeping the tandem for as long as possible cuz BOTH need each other to push them to greater heights. And Price could NOT have played at the level that Halak HAS in the past 3 games (maturity factor).

  30. Gormdog says:

    Anyone know when tickets go on sale? I assume at noon this afternoon?

     

    And I just want to say… This season… On HIO and everywhere in real life, my glass was so half full for the Habs it was spilling everywhere… I was constantly defending the makeup of this team online in the face of senseless bashing of people who would say things like “The Habs are one of the worst teams in the NHL” and “they’ll never win anything”. Despite this, My exact words after game four were, to the T: ” I still love these guys but theres no way we reel off three in a row against the Caps. Goodnight NHL season”.  So i guess even the most optimistic of us can stray over to the dark side…

     

    Congrats to the players, staff, and everyone at HIO (writers, techies, fans) who make this my favorite website on the internet. Glad to be sharing this with you all and i can’t wait to hear what Timo/Bugs/JD have to say… I’m sure all three will give me chills.

     

    On a side note, early in the season, in the face of incessant Gill bashing, i said the same refrain over and over again. “Theres a reason why Hall Gill won a cup last year while playing 18 minutes a game on the Penguins top shutdown tandem. When the going gets tough, especially with playoff lenience for stick infractions/interference, Gill will be a beast. All we gotta do is make it there”

     

    Well make it there you did Montreal. I’m taking all day to reflect on what i saw last night, and also during game 6. Things like this aren’t supposed to happen. Game 6 was the most stressful and exciting hockey game i’ve ever seen in my life. Somehow game 7 surpassed it tenfold. I literally felt ill during the last two minutes, the caps scoring JUST as i took a deep breath and whispered to myself “this could happen, this could happen”.

    I know it’s just round one, but we were supposed to be terrible this year. Instead we got a victory we can tell our Kids about. The Heroics of Halak will stay in the minds of Canadiens fans forever regardless of what transpires in the rest of this playoffs.

     

    I wish we had a few days off to soak it in, but alas, Sidney awaits. Rested and hungry, a true winner who i guarantee you will bring way more creativity and heart in his hockey bag than ovechkin has had in his entire career.

     

    The best part? The Habs now have more of one precious commodity than anyone thought they would have this year. Something untangible yet ultimatley key in any playoff hockey series. We should be golfing, but instead, we have CONFIDENCE. It doesn’t just appear, you have to earn it, and these boys are all too aware, with the emergance of Halak, that they have a team that COULD, could, could, do something special this season.

    Oh yeah.. and credit where credit is due… Without Halak (although i will say in his career carey will put up a playoff performance like this at some point), it’s Caps in 5. And not a hard 5, but a real easy “caps fresh in the second round” 5. This little guy deserves every ounce of credit you can throw in his egoless direction. We will be tired compared to the Pens but this is playoff hockey… If you’re not tired, you’re not trying.

     

    CONGRADULATIONS MOLSONS! I HOPE THIS GIVE YOU A TASTE OF SUCCESSFUL OWNERSHIP!

     

    CONGRATS GAINEY! YOUR 5 YEAR PLAN DID NOT PAN OUT BUT YOUR OFF SEASON REBUILD, EN EFFET, WAS VERY ASTUTE.

     

    A great mix of veterans and youth, coming together as a team when it mattered most. Outplayed? Last i checked Goalie is part of the team. Outhearted? Josh gorges looks like the post epiphany grinch out there. Out of our minds? Yes we are, Habs fans from north to south, coast to coast, and all the new converts we won over last night.

  31. FuzE_gus says:

    What can I say?  I was so disappointed watching the Habs at the end of the regular season…they did not look like a playoff team…and as a loyal, supportive fan for many years I really gave them no chance…mainly because I was tired of being disappointed.  Well, I am so thrilled I was wrong and so proud of what they acheived in the first round.  I don’t know what’s in store for round 2 against Pittsburgh and it really doesn’t matter.  There’s a little swagger back with this organisation and I truly hope they can build on this. 

     

    As far as Halak is concerned it’s all been said. WOW.  I’m not one to buy into the Halak vs. Price chatter but after ths series it’s clear that Halak has increased his standing in the depth chart considerably.

     

    Bring on the Pens!

     

    With Regards from FuzE_gus

  32. avatar_58 says:

    Unreal. I still don’t believe it happened.

  33. riazp says:

    Id have to say Habs in 7

  34. Bob Barker says:

    I’m so excited for Friday. If the Sens can take Pittsburgh to 6 games with their hobbled captain and questionable goaltending (besides Leclaire in Game 5) then the Habs can definitely make this a competitive series. 

    I say Habs in 6. 

  35. HabsFanInTampa says:

    It was great to watch the the President’s Cup winner, and especially Ovechkin, be ousted in the first round. The Lightning “fans” down here were all cheering for the Canadiens to oust their SouthEast Division arch rival Capitals. It was awesome to see. On another note, Philly and Boston (and Pittsburgh) have been resting since they’ve eliminated their opponents. BUT, Philly and Boston get to play Saturday. Meanwhile, the Habs just completed a 7 game series in Washington and will have to play the Pens in Pittsburgh tomorrow night. Why couldn’t they have us playing Saturday and Philly/Boston on Friday!?! Ya think the NHL should have been more “fair”! B.S. scheduling giving us an unfair disadvantage against our opponent.

  36. SmartDog says:

    Wow. Wow. Wow. WOW!

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    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  37. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    WE CAN DO IT!

  38. HabsFanInTampa says:

    I cringe every time Barry Melrose speaks. He is so one dimensional.

  39. rogieshan says:

    Hope and pray it isn’t the anti-Hab Bob Cole covering the play-by-play this next series.

  40. Kain292 says:

    The air is cool and clear this morning, the sun is up, and I’m wearing a Habs jersey.

    That actually happened last night, right? We won? It wasn’t all a dream? Jaro is actually superhuman, Gill turned into a second goaltender, and MAB scored an essential goal for us last night?

    Somebody pinch me. I’m so happy.

  41. riazp says:

    somebody pinch me, I cant beleive that the 16 seed beat the 1 seed!!!! Man this team has heart, great performance from the top 3 lines, SOLID D and a monster of a goalie…everthing from here on in is just icing on the cake.

    Does PK play in round 2? If i were JM…i would not touch a thing.

  42. topher5468 says:

    One more thing, I cant believe ESPN USA led off their show with Hockey, not the NBA. I was stunned. Although Barry Mellrose was a complete bafoon stating Washinton was unwilling to score dirty goals and did not want to pay a price to get dirty goals, really jack ass. I wonder if he watched any of the games. 

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

  43. Bob Barker says:

    Hopefully the Habs can light Fleury up and Halak can continue to be superhuman. 

  44. coachdoug says:

    I gotta give huge props to JM…His defensive system has been killing me all year and the rolling 4 lines regardless of how they play…He made some serious adjustments the last three games and it payed off…Old Dogs can learn new tricks!

    It may be that the props really need to go to Muller…I have a sense that Muller is having an influence on JM…Muller will be a head coach at some point in time somewhere…he is the miracle worker this year…

    Today should be a no bashing day on HIO…all true Habs fans should be happy and proud of the team!  Much better than last year and it looks like a good nucleus for next year…

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

  45. Malreg says:

    Random thoughts:

    - Wow, even Howard Berger is giving the Canadiens credit!  Interesting stat he blogged: “In the span of less than two weeks, Montreal handed Washington almost as many home defeats [three] as the Capitals incurred through the entire regular season [30-5-6 record, best in the NHL]“

    - Anyone still think Moore for a 2nd round pick was a bad deal?

    - Where was this Lapierre all season?!?  Glad he’s back. Forechecking hard, playing the body, blocking shots…

    - Can we call Washington the San Jose of the east now?

    - How many people were in an uproar when Mike Green did not make Team Canada? I think now we can all see why.  A total non factor offensively(0 goals in 25 playoff games now), and a complete liability in his own end.

    - Nothing was more satisfying than seeing the look on Ovechkin and Boudreau’s faces after the game… After all the trash talking, a nice shot of reality will do them some good.  Thomas Jagr? Halak’s hand shaking? Ovechkin saying they have a habbit of “making goalies look good” after game 6? Boudreau saying we’ve been diving all series long? Boudreau whining about the ref’s because of 1 game this series?

     

  46. HardHabits says:

    I was so happy when the Habs finished 8th and drew the Caps. If anything I knew it would be exciting hockey. I didn’t give the Habs a chance in this one calling for Caps in 6. I did however in the back of my mind believe that the Habs could’ve skated with that Caps team and pull out an upset. That’s why I changed my avatar to the Underdog with his “U” tilted 90 degrees to the right with an “H” in it. The Habs were and still are the underdogs. Another great story in sports has been written. But like I said after game 6, Jaro’s great performance would’ve been a footnote had the Habs lost game 7, now it’s a headline in history. Habs didn’t make it easy on themselves though, drawing the Caps 1st and now facing the Pens.

    So does this mean that NOW we’ll be able to watch the Habs on the CBC since they’re playing the Penguins?

  47. Bianca says:

    Back to reality?! It hasn’t even been 12 hours since the win!

    Before I start analyzing anything I’m just gonna enjoy this for awhile longer…

  48. smiler2729 says:

    I never wrote he was “too immature”. I summed it up with the word maturity or immaturity to describe his 22 year old goalie brain as opposed to Halak’s 25 year old goalie brain. There, is that clear enough for you?

    As for your ‘blind Price-love’ rehab comment, do you really think you’re cool, clever or whatever with these snarky moronic kinds of comments?

     

  49. Chuck says:

    Including the regular season, the Habs beat them 4 times in Washington.

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  50. ManApart says:

    True. It seems like with the topic of Gainey and Halak, I have said the same thing 1000 times to 1000 different people. They keep coming back with the same old lines and we go in circles. It’s kind of pointless. On the other hand, I now am saying that maybe there is a good base of a team to build on here, much more so than I thought during the regular season. Some guys have really surprised me this playoffs. I’d like to see another series before I really can say though. So there is room to change one’s mind. Some people, that were diehard Price boys, are actually seeing Halak as #1 now. It takes a while, but people can change opinions…..As far as beating the Pens. Maybe the Pens should look at us right now and say how do we beat Halak and the Habs? If Montreal plays the same as they did the last 3 games but can raise their offensive puck possession and even out scoring chances a little, how can they lose?

  51. ManApart says:

    True. It seems like with the topic of Gainey and Halak, I have said the same thing 1000 times to 1000 different people. They keep coming back with the same old lines and we go in circles. It’s kind of pointless. On the other hand, I now am saying that maybe there is a good base of a team to build on here, much more so than I thought during the regular season. Some guys have really surprised me this playoffs. I’d like to see another series before I really can say though. So there is room to change one’s mind. Some people, that were diehard Price boys, are actually seeing Halak as #1 now. It takes a while, but people can change opinions…..As far as beating the Pens. Maybe the Pens should look at us right now and say how do we beat Halak and the Habs? If Montreal plays the same as they did the last 3 games but can raise their offensive puck possession and even out scoring chances a little, how can they lose?

  52. HFX-HabFan says:

    And Richard Pilon.  Or at least his oversized visor.

  53. ManApart says:

    The first bit of truth you’ve said all day. Bravo, there’s hope for you yet. Well, at least for things outside of hockey.

  54. TPlow says:

    Heh heh. That shot was almost as good as MAB’s last night, Bugs.

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  55. Chuck says:

    Pretty good, I think. :)  To tell you the truth, I spent most of my time watching the big screen.  :)

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  56. VancouverHab says:

    OK, but as I’ve said before, success does not mean “never making mistakes” — it means “recognising error and correcting it.”

    Rush (the band): “we learned more from our failures than we ever did from our successes.”

    Churchill (the British hero): “success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

  57. lavie says:

    Now I see Hal Gill is more like the C.

  58. HabFab says:

    “Montreal played “rope-a-dope” to perfection. We punched ourselves out. In game 6 I was actually talking to the TV begging Boudreau to sit Ovechkin on the power play. Sounds crazy, but here is the thought. It appears Boudreau, up to that point and after twenty something failures to score, had tried Ovechkin at every possible position on the power play to no success. Montreal’s PK strategy was obviously centered around bottling up 8 no mateer where he was. Chris from Ted’s Blog”

    Rope-a-Dope Hockey wins the day, I love it.

    Personally started calling it this, by the third period of Game 5.

  59. Shublips says:

    Cardiac Canadiens indeed!  That was sick!  I, like many of you out there, watched the Habs win the cup in 93 and watch a string of overtime after overtime and still, none of that compares to the stress that I felt watching last night’s game.

    If there was any doubt, Halak has arrived as a number 1.  IF he keeps playing like this, who knows what can happen.  The Habs will be in tough agaisnt the Pens but, like they are saying on the Team 990, you never know.

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  60. smiler2729 says:

    He’s easy to look up to.

  61. Cee_8ch says:

    Great all-out effort by the entire team. I like one posters comment that early in the season, he worried whenever Hal Gill was on the ice…and now he worries when Gill isn’t on the ice. He and Gorges were awesome.

    I remember years past when Bob Sauve stoned us for the Sabres and Cam Ward stoning us for the Canes. Now it seems like it’s Halak’s turn to turn the trick. I think we had a little divine intervention on our side these last 3 games….but it was deserved. Sure makes one proud to support the greatest franchise in the hockey world.

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  63. forskis says:

    Remember that crazy Caps fan yelling at the TSN camera at the end of Game #1?  ON SI’s Hot Mustard/Hot Clicks…apparently he was a season ticket holder and when the Caps got wind of the video of his reaction, they closed his account and rescinded his season tickets.  Some fans who were seated near him have started an online campaign for him to get his seats back…plus they say the TSN camera would not turn away when he first politely asked them to point elsewhere, so he was basically goaded into blowing up.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  64. HABZ24 says:

    awesome awesome !! gaineys house cleaning looking like a great thing now. it takes great goltending and great defence and solid team effort to win the cup, and that we have, so who knows anythings possible. gill gotta block crosbys shots next. the goalie contraversys over no doubt now, pack ur ol kit bag and head for the bus station carey.  go habs goooooo

  65. habs03 says:

    Good 12 hours of Celebrating, but now back to business. I think the boys went straight to Pitts after the game or today, so a good day of rest and watching videos of the Pens will be good. The guys are a bit tired I think, we played 4 D-men and 3 Lines for the past 3 games so I’m for a good effort by those other guys in the next few games, we need to steal one of the first two games. Also, we now have 8 D-men, my thinking is Subban sits and MAB plays as the 7th D-men/Forward..

  66. homerbowen says:

    It’s interesting how all the hockey analysts on TV and radio who were all wrong on their predictions now are all right with why the Habs won. They are very good at speaking out of both sides of their mouths. It was so nice winning last night and listening to Toronto Fan 590 all morning just to hear these Laff butt kissers try to explain themselves. Quite frankly they are experts as nothing because how hard is it to say “Pens in 4″, geez based on their record and ours I would say the same thing, so why the *&T^$@# do e need them?

    I love living in this area at hockey time…………….Go Habs Go

  67. HUDSONHAB says:

    Well OV finally got to see Halak’s shaking hand close up. I wonder if he liked it? Bwah ha ha.

    ….Hab4life….

  68. homerbowen says:

    Now I know why Doug McLean got fired from Columbus, this guy is all mouth and no brains.

  69. avatar_58 says:

    What? Why would they take his tickets? That’s BS

  70. habs03 says:

    anyone else notice that Moen wasn’t playing in the 3rd, I hope it isn’t serious, Pyatt replaced him with Gio and Gomez in the 3rd period.

  71. VancouverHab says:

    Duplication deleted

  72. mike g says:

    So many things to say about last night, but here are the top ones:

    -The way this team is standing up for eachother is rediculous. Scrums infront of the net are being dominated with CH jerseys. Beautiful…

    -Blocked shots; you guys have no idea how much they hurt, the equipment doesn’t negate all pain. Just fanstastic…

    -But above all, character. These little men have tons of it. The Caps showed no respect for their oppenent after going up 3-1, our vets realized it, and now the Caps realisze who’s still in…

     

    To explain the ice in my vains that has turned into excitement I haven’t felt with this team before is impossible. I’m 22, and not old enough to remember a Cup win. I know it’s only the 1st round, but we arent suppsoed to even be skating now. It makes it all that much better…

    Cheers boys, glad I can smile with all of you guys today!

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

  73. VancouverHab says:

    On a day of historic Habs glory (we are ‘the Glorious’) almost unmarred delight here on H-IO. Do you want to know how delirious things are today? So deliriously happy that the only misery (from the unavoidable buggers found in every crowd who just hate happiness) is from the now-discredited and pernnially-mistaken anti-Bob Gainey faction — and the best they can do is attack Mr. Gainey for a bad decision that he didn’t make!

    That’s right — the shamed anti-Gainey souls are now reduced to bitching that Gainey would have preferred Price over Halak! Dudes: Mr. Gainey stepped back, kept Halak and hired someone else to make goaltending decisions. It’s called “successful leadership” and you’ll find it as a test case in management science textbooks for the next five centuries.

    Gainey made this team & gets the credit for this latest chapter in our storied Glory. Live with it.

  74. ManApart says:

    Halak and the boys gave so much effort the last 3 games, will they have anything left for Friday? Too bad they couldn’t get another day off and have a Saturday start. The effort last night was maybe the most I have ever seen from a Habs team. The diving, shot blocking, clearing of the crease and backchecking was phenomenal. You cannot say more about Gill and Gorges. How can a guy like Gill raise his game so much? Markov and O’Byrne were also very solid. Gionta and Gomez were awesome defensively. The team surprised everyone with the character they showed. Moore was the perfect 3rd line center. Laps was actually playing hard. Congrats JMfor getting this team to finally play the right way. The Pens better watch out, this team has come together.

  75. Iceberg84 says:

    I agree with less emotion than you’re projecting, but I love to play the devil’s advocate so how about this as a response. Instead, Bob Gainey quit because the Molsons wanted to see more of Halak and less of Price so BG said ‘fine, do what you want, but I won’t be a part of it’? Perhaps the anti-Gainites are right to say that Gainey would have chosen Price over Halak no matter what but the upper upper management intervened and forced his hand?

    Gasp! Shock! ahhh!

    I don’t know if I really believe that, but it’s something to consider if you want to discuss Gainey versus Gauthier.

    Personally I don’t care and I’m just glad the goalie they picked got the job done (so far) and I’m excited as hell for the next round.

  76. habsman-itoba says:

    I’m sorry if this is a repeat, but it’s so effin funny!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN3epEj1_VI

  77. Ton says:

    andy moog, ed giacomin, gary desjardins, etc etc

  78. j2w4habs25 says:

    Wow – Lastnight was the night any Hockey Fan couldve jumped in the air. I was soo happy I never left like this for the Habs before. I remember 1993 but I was too young. Now that am 22, all am hoping for is a cup.

    I am tired of my parents “The Flower” days are my grandparents “The rockets – Boom boom – Jean Bel” stories, not that I dont like it.. but I love it but yet, I think our genaration needs some stories to tell too. I hope this is all a new begining for the Canadiens!

    I am proud of our Canadiens.

    WE WANT CROSBY!! WE WANT CROSBY!! WE WANT CROSBY!!

  79. BienvenueSurLaPasserelle says:

    I just can’t wipe the smile off my face today :)

    _____________________

    To You From Failing Hands We Throw The Torch, Be Yours To Hold It High.

  80. Ton says:

    Bob Gainey was at the game last night. I saw him there. No no no to the theory of molson this and that and bob likes price only. Bob G is a winner, he drafted both. He’s mentoring now and handing over the riens to the trainees. Still I think he will be influential for as long as he wants. He will retire as a hab and now get time to enjoy life after some hard times.

  81. forskis says:

    So the pundits are as follows so far:

    Burnside:  Pens in 6
    Brophy:  Pens in 6
    The Hockey News:  Pens in 6
    Milbury:  Pens in 5
    Spector:  Habs in 7
    Watters:  Pens
    MacLean:  Pens
    TSN:  we will find out tonight at 7pm
    SI:  they made predictions for the entire playoffs…6 out of 8 took the Caps representing the East so they are out.
    Jeff Marek:  Pens in 5
    Scott Morrison:  Pens in 5
    Wharnsby:  Habs in 6

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  82. ManApart says:

    Some of the guys Gainey signed have really answered the bell, but that does not change the last 5 years of mediocrity, which is really what most people were criticising Gainey for anyway. Gainey stays on as GM and this team does not make the playoffs. Only when he left did Halak get consistent starts, even after a loss. Coincidence? Cleaning up the 5 year mess he made, was totally the right move. But he did spend 5 years making the mess in the first place. His failure to support Halak might go down as a historic blunder in years to come. Imagine one day Halak becomes a legend and we remember Gainey as trying to trade him up until the last day he was on the job. Don’t know what you’re talking about stepping back and keeping Halak. It turned out that way because he left before the trading deadline, maybe forced out? It’s not like that is the way he wanted things to happen. He went public with the advertisement that Halak was available about a month before he left. He wanted to leave the fate, once again, in Price’s hands, even after all the times he failed. Pretty smart there Bob. Would have been a Milburyesque move. Let’s just say, it’s great Gainey is gone, and be thankful he didn’t have more time to ruin, the good foundation he put together.

  83. pmaraw says:

    ugh… matt cooke…

  84. phillyhab says:

    Same here!  I was 12 and living in the U.S.  I was more rooting against the Gretzky lovers in grade-school.  1997 was when I fell in love with the Habs after watching Theodore’s triple-overtime victory with my best friend who was born in Montreal.  I’ve been a devoted fan ever since. 

    We haven’t had the “Glory”, but we’re getting our moments.  All you young cats in Montreal visit Richard’s grave and put your hand in his, feel the cool electric charge, and believe!

  85. Sambaguio says:

    My 2nd round NHL playoff predictions:

    Pittsburgh Penguins (4) vs Montreal Canadiens (8)

    Montreal in 6 games.

     

    Boston Bruins (6) vs Philadelphia Flyers (7)

    Boston in 6 games.

     

    San Jose Sharks (1) vs Detroit Red Wings (5)

    San Jose in 7 games

     

    Chicago Blackhawks (2) vs Vancouver Canucks (3)

    Vancouver in 7 games

     

    What’s yours??

    ——————————————
    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  86. ZepFan2 says:

    “I am tired of my parents “The Flower” days are my grandparents “The
    rockets – Boom boom – Jean Bel” stories, not that I dont like it.. but I
    love it but yet, I think our genaration needs some stories to tell too.”

    This is for you, buddy!

    Habs are coming

    ———————————————————–

    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  87. pmaraw says:

    thats fairly gruesome sounding… lol

  88. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    My 2nd round NHL playoff predictions:

     

    Pittsburgh Penguins (4) vs Montreal Canadiens (8)

    Montreal in 5 games

     

    Boston Bruins (6) vs Philadelphia Flyers (7)

    Boston in 6 games.

     

    San Jose Sharks (1) vs Detroit Red Wings (5)

    Detroit in 7 games

     

    Chicago Blackhawks (2) vs Vancouver Canucks (3)

    Chicago in 6 games.

     

     

     

  89. pmaraw says:

    flip det and san jose, thats mine, not neccessarily same amount of games…

  90. Sambaguio says:

    I couldn’t have said it better!!

    ——————————————
    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  91. HabFanSince72 says:

    1. Molsons don’t seem to be intent on making hockey decisions. Smart move.

    2. In any case JM was picking the lineup this year, not Gainey.

    3. Gainey did not slam the door. He’s still part of the team.

    4. Molsons grew up watching the 70’s Habs and therefore have a lot of respect for Bob Gainey. By all accounts they asked him to stay on.

     

  92. HabFanSince72 says:

    Wrong from start to finish.

    Bob Gainey turned this franchise around. It was a joke when he took over. No farm system.  Terrible scouting. Routinely out of the playoffs. No one wanted to play here.

    He built one contender two years ago. Now he put the blocks in place for another one.

    Leaf troll pretending to be a Hab if you ask me.

     

  93. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m thinking Montreal will have to go for 7 again, but I think 6 could occur as well, depends on if that weak Pittsburgh D coverage reappears that I noticed in the Ottawa series, speedy Habs forwards could burn them badly there.

    Boston in 6, Flyers are getting hit by the injury bug, but I have a feeling both teams will be very bloodied and bruised by the time the series is over.

    Red Wings in 6, Babcock is the best bench boss in the NHL and I don’t see him losing to a team where their three top players are playoff no-shows. Red Wings stars play their best this time of year, Sharks players are often seen on the back of milk cartons.

    Vancouver in 7 over Chicago, Niemi isn’t Khabibulin who kept the Hawks in a couple of key times. Only upset is if Toews, Hossa and Kane become monstrous and break Luongo.

     

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

  94. forskis says:

    Concerning the five years:  it is not as if he went with a different plan each year for five years…everything in the first four years was supposed to culminate in year five…if it worked out, then he goes with the same players, if it did not, then he starts again:  thus the 10 UFAs…it was basically a five-year tryout for those players.

    Besides…why would he ruin a good foundation that only he thought was good when he built it because let’s face it…many had zero faith in these new players but he did.  So it is disingenuous to accuse him of ruining something good when you only think it is good NOW but he thought it was good all along and everyone bashed him for having faith in these players in the first place.

    I am going to stop harping on you regarding the Halak stuff…that is your opinion and it isn’t going to change, nor should it unless some overwhelming evidence comes out otherwise.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  95. keepthefaith says:

    What a dumb signature you got there fool.  Your the next bozo that has no clue about hockey.

  96. CHsam says:

    Exactly. This team was DEFINATELY a joke when he took over. Last night is proof that thing’s are doing better

  97. pmaraw says:

    imo halak is in the midst of being cannonized in montreal, carey, not so much, but whos to say what time will tell.  for all we know price might end up being the guy with the pens number, altho i do recall crosby burning him REALLY badly 1 on 1 in the regular season.

  98. Mr. Biter says:

    BG in the Bell Centre last night , in the dressing room last night and last seen boarding the Habs flight to Pittsburg last night. Bob has nothing to do whth the Habs anymore? Don’t bet on it. Hope this will drive manapart zonkers.

  99. mike g says:

    WOOOOOOUUUUUUU

    Check this out, Nhl’s newest “what if” commercial, with HALAK!!!!\

    http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=618&id=67983

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

  100. Ayan_SB says:

    The Habs need to sign David Volek for this Penguins series.

  101. heart4habs says:

    Is it me or Bruce Boudreau didn’t shake hands…?

  102. ManApart says:

    Everything I stated was true. The team was bad when he took over and it improved to making the playoffs and winning 1 round or not. They were never a contender, let’s be real here.  The team he spent 5 years building was so bad, he blew the whole thing up. What does that say about the 5 years? The team now, seems to have a good foundation, but the biggest part, MVP Halak, Gainey was trying to get rid of a few months ago. Without Halak this team is not even in the playoffs, do you know that? So let’s not over evaluate how good they are. Speaking of dumb, weren’t you calling for Price all season and this playoffs? You have absolutely no credibility. This team would have been golfing for weeks, if people listened to what you had to say.

  103. avatar_58 says:

    Mmmm….love it

  104. SeriousFan09 says:

    Most GMs are defined by a handful moves they make in their whole careers, the rest is mostly forgotten if they get that Cup ring.

    If Serge Savard had not drafted Patrick Roy, we’d be at 22 Cups, even if he mostly blew every draft aside 84 and 86 and traded away a ton of talent in his time for not much (which he did), he drafted the right man at the right time and he got us our 23rd and 24th Cups.

    If Lou Lamoriello had not acquired the 3rd overall pick to draft Scott Niedermayer, drafted Martin Brodeur on his own and traded for Scott Stevens, he wouldn’t have his 3 Cup Rings.

    If Neil Smith hadn’t acquired a group of Oilers veterans and especially Mark Messier, no ’94 Cup for the Rangers.

    If Burke hadn’t found the Oilers desperate to sell Pronger and Niedermayer didn’t want to play with his brother, no 2007 Cup for the Ducks.

    If Pierre Lacroix hadn’t pulled our pants down over the Patrick Roy trade, no ’96 and possibly no ’01 Cup for the Avalanche.

    This team just knocked over a Cup favourite and shocked the entire NHL because Gainey hired a coach who made the goaltending decisions and kept on Jaroslav Halak and signed a number of free agents everyone slagged over the summer. Where we go from here, nobody knows but it remains, this is Gainey’s team and it just knocked over a poster child for the Tanking argument.

     

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

  105. forskis says:

    BTW…who is that a photo of in the new avatar?  I preferred your old one myself…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  106. HabFanSince72 says:

    When did Gainey trade Halak?

    In fact, the one goalie trade he did make was Price for Lecavalier, but Bettman nixed it.

    BTW: I’ve never called for one goalie over another.

     

     

     

  107. SeriousFan09 says:

    That is beyond awesome.

     

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

  108. HabFanSince72 says:

    Manapart is obviously a Leaf fan trolling the Hab boards.

     

  109. ManApart says:

    I don’t dislike the guy at all. I have a personal connection to him, closer than you could know. I’m glad he’s part of the team. Just don’t want him anywhere near making final decisions. I don’t trust his judgement at all. Also, it took Halak performing miracles for you to realise something I have been saying for more than a year. What does that say about your insight compared to mine? I think I have a little more credibility than you, no? BTW, there has never been a hockey analyst or personality that has praised BG as being a GM, that I’ve heard. It’s only a few fans, that mix the man and the GM. Again, there is a real credibility issue.

  110. kempie says:

    Boston in 7

    Detroit in 6

    Chicago in 6

    Montreal in 8.33

  111. megagoten says:

     

    My 2nd round NHL playoff predictions:

    Pittsburgh Penguins (4) vs Montreal Canadiens (8)

    no comment. heart vs mind battle is killing me here.

     

    Boston Bruins (6) vs Philadelphia Flyers (7)

    Boston in 4/flyers in 7 games. this one ending very early or stretching out very long

     

    San Jose Sharks (1) vs Detroit Red Wings (5)

    Detroit in 4 games. sharks facing more than one player.

     

    Chicago Blackhawks (2) vs Vancouver Canucks (3)

    Vancouver in 6 games. hossa’s choking actually will hurt this time

  112. likehoy says:

    good job NHL being quick on it! showing some respect

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

  113. pmaraw says:

    i saw him shake hands with JM

  114. Chuck says:

    Sweet! But couldn’t they have used a more spectacular save?

    _____________________________________

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

  115. forskis says:

    OMG ARE YOU BOB GAINEY?!?!  LOL

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  116. likehoy says:

    i’m sure he will…just has to call up Mr. Mario and just reminisce about growing up in st-leonard.

    that’s where lapierre’s going to poison crosby’s steak dinner!

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

  117. G-Man says:

    Blah, blah, blah, Gainey sucks, blah, blah blah. I’m glad he’s gone, blah, blah, blah!

    He’s gone, and the team he put together, excepting Moore, is doing well. Deal with it.

  118. Ton says:

    not gone he’s still the guy that makes the last decision or the one that influences it the most. instead of the gainey bashers coming out of the closet and saying, “I missed out, I misjudge the man, I misjudged his brilliance, his intellegence, his history, his culture, etc” there sitting back eating a bunch of crow, I wish they would pick another team to cheer for.

  119. joeybarrie says:

    Why are they suiting up Mario???

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

  120. keepthefaith says:

    Totally agree. Hate seeing supposed “fans” bash a player.  Sure everyone loves Halak but why bash Price because of it? Its dumb and makes you look like a total idiot and not a Hab fan.

    I hated Hal Gill before this year and even most of the year, but i didnt once bash the guy because i like OB better, it makes no sense to do that.

  121. Ton says:

    wrong your full of yourself, Bob Clark has the ultimately respect for Gainey, (Clark wons cups), Brian Burke says when Gainey talks GM’s listen, (brian burke has won a cup), Players like modano, Kovalev, etc utimately respect him. Give it up your loosing.

  122. ManApart says:

    Look, I always was critical of Gainey because of the past 5 years, not as much this year, except for Price and tying up all of the budget on a team that is not a contender. Your first paragraph is exactly my point. He spent 5 years on building a team and FAILED. Now we’re on the second team. The main cog of this team, he didn’t even want. What does that say about his judgement? Harping on me for Halak? Not sure what you mean. I’ve been saying this guy should be given the #1 spot and is a better goalie than Price since last season. The  guy is even doing better than I could have imagined. I’m just glad he is still here to help the team and that in the end he got his chance. We are all benefitting from it.

  123. wd40 says:

    Yeah, no kidding… they had well over a hundred to chose from!  still, very cool!!

  124. fun police says:

    brilliant, brought me to tears.

  125. forskis says:

    Yeah…I always respond to your Halak v. Price v. Gainey posts…it is a dangerous thing to do…we all post here thinking we can change each other’s minds when all we end up doing is repeating ourselves over and over each and every time…just not conducive to having a rational discussion…

    So the more relevant discussion RIGHT NOW is:

    What do the Habs need to do to beat the PEns?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  126. Bugs says:

    I saw him shake the water bottle when he was takin a drink.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  127. Bugs says:

    There’s a mouthful for yehs.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  128. Merc_Roswell says:



    Giants will fall.

     

  129. ManApart says:

    Mickey Rourke, when he was younger. He plays the villain in Iron Man II. Got tired of JD.

  130. HabFanSince72 says:

    You have no credibility.

    None.

    You’re just a blowhard on an anonymous sports talkboard.

     

     

  131. Bugs says:

    Erratum.

    An error was found in one of yesterday’s posts, when said: If we win tonight, Cinderella is officially a skank.

    That SHOULD’VE read: If we win tonight, Cinderella is officially a scraggly-azzed, malnourished, heroin-addicted ho.

    Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  132. forskis says:

    The problem is that Price was being compared to Dryden and Roy in his rookie year and he was being cannonized after beating the Bruins in his first playoffs and then things caught up…the problem is that Halak is on the same path as Price….getting praised after a 7-game series win on his first try with a shaky game or two and being touted as the next one…those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it as they say. 

    Facetiously speaking…if Price is the next Theodore, I hope it is the one that went 20-0-3 over 23 games.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  133. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Gainey made this team & gets the credit for this latest chapter in our storied Glory. Live with it.”

    absolutely true.

    what is also true is that this is Gainey’s SECOND TEAM.

    his first team was a complete failure and ended with him having to blow it up after 5 years of mediocrity.

    thankfully, this SECOND BOB GAINEY TEAM has more character and deserves our respect.

  134. forskis says:

    NO WAY that is Mickey Rourke when he was younger?…I though it looked more like the older brother from Entourage…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  135. habfan53 says:

    How did you do at pool last night???

  136. Habscore says:

    Beautifulllll… Thanks Mike!

    — YES HABS CAN!! –

  137. forskis says:

    You mean that wasn’t Price in net when the Habs beat the Bruins in seven two years ago?

    You mean that wasn’t Price in net when the Habs stole those wins against the Sabres and Leafs in OT to start this season when they were outplayed and outshot by a 2-to-1 margin?

    You mean that wasn’t Price in net when he made 53 saves against Nashville in a 2-0 loss that kept the score at a respectable level when the quality of play was not?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  138. PeterStone says:

    Still in shock.  I wont come here and say that I believed.  I didnt believe.  I didnt believe they would have a good season ( I guess they didnt ) .. I didnt believe in Jaro’s ability to sustain his level of play for a season … I didnt believe that HGill could play elite level NHL Hockey … I didnt believe that Gomez could take a team beyond round # 1 as a # 1 Center especially with Pleks as a # 2 … I didnt believe we could win anything with the tiny forwards we have … I didnt believe we would beat the Caps … I didnt believe we would win 3 straight .. at the end I didnt even believe JM was a smart coach …

    BUT

    JM adjusted … Gomez worked .. HGill sacrificed and whether I believed or not … they believed, so thats all that counts.  I will just enjoy.

     

  139. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    don’t feel bad, they even fooled Boone!!

  140. punkster says:

    Hey, they’re not perfect and they’re a few trades and signings from being a real contender but for the moment they’re all we’ve got and they’re pretty damn good.

    Good for you PS. Enjoy to the fullest.

  141. G-Man says:

    Crow tastes better with a lot of ketchup. Take it from someone who knows. :)

  142. forskis says:

    Well…Friedman also referred to Price as “wherever he ends up”…so in other words, the Habs are losing both goalies, then…so Sanford/Desjardins in 2010-2011!

    Besides, Halak better be PO’d about being pulled…if he wasn’t then there would have been something wrong.  Heck Theodore was upset at being pulled in Game #2.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  143. ManApart says:

    There were some good signings. Bringing in character guys like Gill and Gio and Cammy really have helped this team. The only thing is, is it doesn’t negate the 5 previous years the guy wasted. Also, Gainey was against making the most important move of them all, making Halak the #1. I’m convinced if Gainey was here, the Habs wouldn’t even be in the playoffs, because he would have been insistent on Price, as he’s always been. Maybe the last few years would have turned out better if he wasn’t so stubborn. I find it ironic that the very guy Gainey mistreated and was unfair with, is the guy that kind of is saving BG’s reputation. He owes Jaro an apology. I still say the best move Gainey did was step down. Well, he did draft Halak, so 2nd best move.

  144. forskis says:

    He does not owe Halak an apology…he does not pick the goalies to play just like how he did not have a pre-signed Koivu contract…he drafter him, he praised him, he kept him and when he tried to trade him, he tried to get top-dollar for him.  You cannot fault a GM for having faith in his prospects, Price was good at the time and he believed in him, just like you believe in Halak.  If he mistreated Halak, he would not have called Halak the best goalie not in the NHL.

    I am not sure about bringing in Cammy as a character guy…he is one NOW, but last season was his first playoffs and he had only one goal in six games…I would say that he BECAME a character guy.

    And to sound juvenile…if Gainey owes Halak an apology, then all the Gainey-bashers owe him an apology for all the complaining about his signing of the smurfs and pylons that they are all gushing over now.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  145. Bob Barker says:

    If he trades Halak, the Habs better get Nicklas Backstrom from the Caps in return. 

  146. smiler2729 says:

    Touche! Yours is the best damn most bang-on post I’ve read in awhile but I doubt it settles anything with the shortsighted here who have hard-ons for hatin’.

  147. smiler2729 says:

    Too many here don’t want to acknowledge Gainey. The mere mention of his name will bring some kind of obtuse negativity, just wait and read.

  148. TripleX says:

    Gainey does deserve a lot of praise Ian, but don’t forget he tried to move Halak at the trade deadline and it was backed by PG.  Where would we be today if that trade had happened?  

    Mr. Boone said on the radio yesterday that even though almost every fan would go with Halak into the future, Price is still the choice for PG so don’t be surprised if Halak is moved in the summer.

    For all the good moves Gainey might have made the fact remains if Halak was merely human the Habs would be golfing instead of playing in Pittsburgh.

  149. habfan53 says:

    Ian it’s to bad BG is in HOF you would have been a great campaign manager

  150. makka83 says:

    True but that Habs would have probably ended up with a high pick. Unless Halak wins the cup this year, it’s a waste!

  151. TripleX says:

    A week ago I would have agreed.  But I am having way too much fun right now.  If the Habs keep Price over Halak then I may have to find a new team to cheer for. 

    I have read several hockey columnists now that have said Halak is done with Montreal and has told his agent as much.  He was totally POD about getting pulled in game 4 and that was the final straw.  That is what is behind Friedman saying Halak is gone unless the Habs come up with a HUGE offer.

  152. TomNickle says:

    If I weren’t a Hab fan I still would have been rooting for them just to spite Bettman and his dream matchup.  What a beautiful finish to your post Ed.  MAJESTIC!

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  153. The M says:

    Awesome quote from Puck Daddy:

    “This team is built without a single defenseman who played as well as Josh Gorges and Hal Gill did in shutting down Ovechkin and limiting the Washington power play to 1-for-33 in the series. It was said after the game in the press room, and I agree: Gorges in 2010 is Braydon Coburn in 2008 against the Capitals; this was his graduation.”

    Josh Gorges was so unreal in that series I say…. make him Captain! Sorry, just proud of JG, awesome series with so much heart from JG

  154. Ayan_SB says:

    Josh Gorges was the captain of the Kelowna Rockets. So cool to see this guy getting recognized around the league.

  155. TomNickle says:

    The Pens gave a new contract to Kris Letang prior to the playoffs which spells the end for Sergei Gonchar unless the Penguins decide to move one of their big three to keep him.

    It looks like they’re thinking that Goligoski and Letang can handle the Gonchar load.

    I would bet on Malkin being traded before Stall by the way.

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  156. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I like Staal more than Malkin. Malkin, Ovechkin, Kovalev, not my kind of hockey. love Datsuk – he gets it.

    but problem with too many russians is that their training is so geared to skills and not to team play that they often forget there ar 4 other skaters on the ice.

  157. TomNickle says:

    Look no further than Alexander Avtsin and his agent saying they want to be in the NHL next season.  Are you kidding me, a fifth round pick who couldn’t muster a point per game or even close to that in the KHL saying he wants to be in an NHL lineup and thinks he’s ready.

     

     

     With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  158. jimmy shaker says:

    Max will be on Sid all series, but I liked JM going power on power with Gomer’s line going up vs. Ovi’s.  So, I’m confident in those 2 guys doin the business on Sid.  We need to not allow Gonchar to get his shots through on the PP.  He and Lidstrom have some kind of knack of getting shots to the net somehow!  So look out for that.  I think Malkin can be blanketed and then start to sulk when things aren’t going his way, and become a total nonfactor in the series.  Jaro needs to out duel MAF, and MAF needs to not play like Wardeur against us.  I’m excited for tomorrow, even if Bettman is screwing us by changing the schedule from Sat. to tomorrow and by that retarded afternoon game on Sunday, but what can you do with a weasel?

    Shaker

  159. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I heard Montreal Juniors are looking at him closely. That’s more likely.

  160. TomNickle says:

    The two things that work to the Habs advantage in this series will be Pittsburgh’s inability to go to another goaltender if Fleury struggles and any matchup against the Malkin line.  If Jacques Martin can get Plekanec, Cammalleri and Kostitsyn on the ice against that line, gravy, and I’m thinking he would settle for Gomez, Gionta and Pouliot/Moen against them too.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  161. TomNickle says:

    I would be inclined to go with Moore, Moen and Lapierre or Metropolit against Crosby’s line and Gomez, Gionta and Pouliot against Stall’s line.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  162. pmaraw says:

    here’s hoping malkin pulls a semin!

  163. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Kristo could happen. Bennett – too soon.

  164. jimmy shaker says:

    I’d be comfortable with any of those line’s going against Sid, and based on how it goes in games 1 and 2 then you can do the real line matching in game 3 at home when we have last change. 

    Tommy, what do you think JM will do with PK?  We can’t send him down now, so if he’s here, he has to play.  I know you would probably side with me and get Spacek in there for hammer, but I think at least for the first game JM will stick with the same lineup he ended with.  So, I think Spacek stays out for now….PK stays in with hammer and I hope MAB gets a little bit more minutes up front with metro and pyatt, not just on the PP.  What’s your take?

    SHaker

  165. Bob Barker says:

    Staal is a great two-way player who can score 20-30 but Malkin is the type of player who can carry a team. He’s had a injury-filled year but he won the Conn Smythe last year for a reason. 36 pts in 24 GP at 22 years old. That’s a pretty crazy stat.

    Players with his vision, size and talent don’t come along too often. I think the Kovalev-comparison is way off. 

     

  166. TomNickle says:

    PK must stay up with the big club until the Habs are done or win it all.  With no other call ups two defensemen would have to be hurt or the Bulldogs get eliminated for us to call anyone else up.

    I don’t like Bergeron playing with the 4th line.  I think until Spacek is 100%, we must dress 7 Defensemen and 11 forwards double shifting Cammalleri 5 on 5 and using Bergeron exclusively on the Powerplay.

    When Spacek comes back I would sit Hamrlik but I think we both know that won’t happen.

    I think Habs brass should approach Hammer and tell him that they’ll do a little media spin and chalk it up to injury in scratching him to save his pride but I don’t think that will happen.

     

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  167. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    I hear ya Bob. however, the kovalev comparison still holds in my opinion. no doubt about malkin’s talent.

    funny how malkin – like kovalev was with koivu out – plays way better when crosby is out of the lineup???

  168. jimmy shaker says:

    Agree…but when Spacek comes back and they have 7D (Marky/O’Byrne…Gill/Gorges and PK/Hammer and Spacek) that means if MAB stays in the lineup soemone else has to come out.  That would probably be Pouliot/Metro or Pyatt…..I think out of those guys, Pouliot would be the odd man out.  Or are you saying when Spacek comes back in and they go with those 7D, and MAB sits?

    Shaker

  169. Bob Barker says:

    Those 36 points in 24 GP came with Crosby in the lineup who had 31. Malkin passes the puck way more than either Ovechkin or Kovalev. Anyways out of Russian forwards, Datsyuk and Malkin are at the top of my list. 

  170. TomNickle says:

    I would consider taking Metro out just because Pouliot needs this experience.

    The kid is far faster and creative than he gets credit for.  Stupid defensive mistakes which are the product of nerves are affecting his game. 

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  171. jimmy shaker says:

    I’d side on keeping Metro in, based on experience and I think he can create more out of nothing with the puck than Pouliot.  Pouliot should be doing better but maybe the nerves are getting to him, yes.  Maybe sitting Metro might be okay, since he’s not playing regular minutes anyway.  I know JM has shortened the bench, but would like to see more of Metro in this series unless he’s still hurt or sore or something.  But he did throw/take a big hit last night along the boards so the shoulder looked okay.  I think the lineup will stay the same for the first game anyway and based off game 1, will go from there.

    Shaker

  172. TomNickle says:

    I read that he was told if he wants to play in North America, he’ll have to pay his dues, which is the way it should be.

    I really hope that Pierre Gauthier can convince Danny Kristo and Mac Bennett to get out of college and come to the Bulldogs next season, that would be nice.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  173. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    last tour? can we get Staal?

  174. alestar says:

    Pretty classy of Leonis and he pretty much nailed it…

     

    XXIV…and counting

  175. Storm Man says:

    Im not 100 percent sure on that, I would ask Ian on that one.

  176. Exit716 says:

    Craig Laughlin on Hockey Central at Noon. “Crushing defeat for the franchise and fan base.”

     

  177. smiler2729 says:

    lol. Is there anything that doesn’t bug you?

  178. avatar_58 says:

    Bergeron. Making me eat my words. SECONDS before the goal I said aloud “God damnit Martin get him off the ice!!!” PING. Oops….

  179. Exit716 says:

    Laughlin is a big jerk. Hall Gill? Hey Craigo, how did Mike Green fare in the playoffs?

    What a loser organization.

  180. dh says:

    It’s bizarre but after we beat the Pens, it could be the 7th and 8th seed in the conference finals.  Has this happened before?

  181. arcosenate says:

    This is going to be a great series against Pittsburgh. Be nice if Gill haunts them, but once again our most important player is going to be HALAK!!

  182. smiler2729 says:

    Cha-CHING!

  183. Anonymous says:

    Fair criticism. 2 goals on 16 shots isn’t great and just like Price couldn’t help keep his team in it when it matters.

  184. Exit716 says:

    Laughlin now blaming Varlamov for the loss. Wow.

  185. Anonymous says:

    No matter what happens with Halak in the offseason, it is good for us.

    Here is what would happen in an offer sheet scenario. Where does Halak fall?

    • $994,433 and below
      No compensation
    • $994,434 to $1,506,716
      Third-round pick
    • $1,506,717 to $3,013,434
      Second-round pick
    • $3,013,435 to $4,520,150
      First- and third-round pick
    • $4,520,151 to $6,026,867
      First-, second-, and third-round pick
    • $6,026,868 to $7,533,584
      Two first-round picks and a second- and third-round
      pick
    • $7,533,585 and above
      Four first-round picks

    If glen sather is looking for a new goalie we might end up with four first rounders, lol.

  186. Norcal Habsfan says:

    We are witnessing the the emergence of this era’s Claude Lemieux in Laps. Game changing tenacity. He’s going to get under Crosby’s skin. $10 Crosby cheaps him within the first 3 games.

    Also, I think I saw Georges Vezina’s pad kick out that shot of Ovie’s that slipped through Jaro’s legs in the third. The Ghosts are back , Baby.

  187. Tariq says:

    hahah i love the stop sign! Good one! lets go Martin. lets make plans to beat Crosby :) ole ole oleee

  188. smiler2729 says:

    I have the Center Ice package and Washington’s duo, of which Laughlin is the colour guy, is easily THE WORST most homeristic annoying to listen to. Made me get RDS.

  189. punkster says:

    Their goose is cooked. Details to folow.

  190. smiler2729 says:

    Lapierre needs to play more hockey and do less yapping. He even gets under my skin!

  191. Chuck says:

    All 15,000 of them.

    _____________________________________

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

  192. fuhgawz says:

    Ok — here is what i hope TSN comes out and says there is no way the Habs can beat the Pens and it will be a 4 game sweep just like they did last series.

     

     

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    ah Obitchken — may he bow down to us for the rest of his choking career

  193. smiler2729 says:

    I doubt the Habs let any of Halak, Plekanec and Price go. Even Moore stays. To make cap space, Hamrlik’s probably done here and the Kostitsyns are worth moving.

    Glen Metropolit is so obviously playing hurt, admirable but…

  194. TripleX says:

    Too bad Bob was intent on trading the most INTEGRAL part of the team in Halak dude.  Bob would have played Price in every game down the stretch and IF we made the playoffs every game of the playoffs.

  195. badangel says:

    En effet – my Dad did in fact come to move me at exactly 7 pm! I briefly saw opening face off then off I was moving. finished and was back home to watch the last 15 minutes of the game.. except my roommate left and I was locked out. So I had to listen to the game!

    So happy the Habs pulled it off. Proud of them. Great team who worked together and the best team won. You can’t say with over 40 shots on net and another 40 blocked that Capitals played badly. Their problem is they are all offense. Tough luck but the better rounded team won. So go Habs go! :D

    Also, people are neglecting to mention the fact that for nearly the entire season the Habs had major major injuries. The Habs healthy are highly underrated. They are a good team but the never say die attitude makes them great. It’s like seeing Bob gainey’s vision finally coming together.. sad that he doesn’t reap the rewards right now…

    I can’t wait til Friday! Except part 2 of my effin move will be completed then.. at.. you guessed it 7:30! WEE! :|

  196. HabFanSince72 says:

    Offer sheets have been very infrequent.

    Is it collusion, or the fact that the Oilers’ offer to Penner blew up in their faces?

     

    In any case, if you were a GM would you offer Halak $4.52M knowing it would cost you all those picks?

  197. Chuck says:

    Pens in 3!

    _____________________________________

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

  198. C-Dawg says:

    Well written and a classy move. Too bad their star player didn’t have 1% of the class that the Caps owner has.

  199. likehoy says:

    is the unofficial gelling period over yet, timo? was 82 games enough or should we be waiting another 20?

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

  200. smiler2729 says:

    And the fact that Buffalo has to pay superstar coin to a mid-level star winger (Vanek)

  201. KenD29 says:

    Someone needs to tell PopGun 46 that it was Game 7, do or die!!

    Since his 3 goal game earlier in the series, he was more like a PopGun!!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  202. KenD29 says:

    Laughlin. surely you can wipe your tears and blow your nose with one of those Red “crying” towels!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  203. KenD29 says:

    Could also have Chicago/Detroit in the Western Final making it in an Original 6 Conference Final and Original 6 Cup final.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  204. ZepFan2 says:

    He also nearly traded Price to Tampa. What’s your point? Oh yeah, your hate-on for BG.

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    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  205. spos080808 says:

    You know what bugs me, clowns like yourself. You bash the team nonstop through the regular season and tore them apart once they were down 3-1. Everybody knows it…Yet now you “celebrate a sweet victory”…You are a FRAUD and a JOKE…You are not a fan of the team plain and simple. You are the biggest joke “fan” of any team I have ever come across in my life.

  206. spos080808 says:

    You are a joke

  207. Le Jadester says:

    You make a great point.  I guess no one is perfect.  The thing is…..would Bob still have done that, knowing what he knows today ?

     I am very happy for Jaro and what he’s just accomplished here in Montreal.  That guy went through hell and back, and earned everything.

    But ya, imagine if that happened, where would we be now ?

    Habs, OLE !

  208. Le Jadester says:

    Ya I hear ya Timo.

    I hope they are doin’ with SK what they did with Jaro.  I think he has a lot to offer but people are not being patient with him and are always opting for the next guy to have that chance. 

    Call me crazy, but I think he could be a very “Datsyukian” type player for us if we were to develop him properly.  Mabey his time will come in the next series ?

    Habs, OLE !

  209. Storm Man says:

    No worries dude, Like you said in your post at 11:57 today you will find a new team to cheer for if Halak is not on the Habs. I wish you all the best and luck cheering for your new team. I see you just cheer for a name on the back of a jersey and not for the team. 

  210. forskis says:

    LOL…I have not read that Internet chat comeback in YEARS!

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  211. ManApart says:

    The thing is, trading Price wouldn’t have been a bad move. Trading Halak would have been a catastrophe. There is a huge difference between the two. Gainey was actively shopping Halak one month before he left. Thank the Lord he’s gone. I have a feeling the guy would still shop Halak in favour of Price, even after all this.

  212. Clay4bc says:

    You know what bugs me, clowns like yourself who talk tough behind their computer screens while sitting in mommy’s basement, and think that their opinion has to be shared by everyone – or else the personal insults fly.

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  213. ZepFan2 says:

    Hindsight is 20/20. That’s the life of a NHL GM.

    It’s easy to sit back now and say, what if. I’m sure if Price had been traded for Vinny, Gainey would have been crucified. Those that blame Gainey, will always blame Gainey, no matter which route he would have taken.

    He brought in the players that are making a HUGE difference in the playoffs. For that he gets a pass on the ‘almost traded ____’, imo.

    One thing we can ALL agree on…Go Habs Go!!

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    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  214. forskis says:

    To be fair…you’re a pro-Halak guy so of course trading Price is a good move, that’s like a Pro-Price guy saying trading Halak would be a good move since his worth is so high…with regards to the trade attempts at the time:

    Price in a package for Lecavalier…we have enough people moaning about Gomez’s large contract, how do you think they would feel about Lecavalier’s and since he is “damaged goods”?

    Halak, the team was not scoring at the time, Halak for Jeff Carter…many would have done it…

    We are looking at “trades” in hindsight but both would have bitten the team in the rear with albatross contracts or giving up a good player to a rival…Shiloh said it best this morning:  the playoffs are continuing for the Habs, let’s worry about this stuff later.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  215. Le Jadester says:

    Ted is too good. He calls a spade a spade.

    I did feel a little for ovie though after the game in those interviews.

    Oh well, better him than us.

    Habs, OLE !

  216. Ton says:

    I see you still have an account here. He’s right find a new team to cheer for. Your Bob Gainey unjustified critism blew up in your face.

  217. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    I was dissapointed in Laps season this year, but the way he played in this series, I think he will be really amped up to play against Sindey and Talbot, he can churp and yap all he wants, as far as I’m concerned.

  218. SPATS says:

    Are we going to keep saying we have nothing to lose? Will we be satisfied because we slayed a so called giant? Judging by Arpon Basu’s column on the CBC blog, the boys know they won a battle, but there are more battles ahead and their focus is firmly in front of them. They will scrap hard and SMART before they call it a day. True professionals. All business. On to Pittsburgh with momentum. Scrapping and clawing for their brothers. Washington lays exposed. Defence wins championships. This was Ali v Foreman. Next up, Holyfield v Tyson I. Heavy underdogs but seasoned and willing to take a hit to score a decisive blow. I haven’t been this amped up about our team since 1979. These guys don’t need luck. They have the intangible – belief in themselves and love from and for their fans. Go habs

  219. madmat411 says:

    THE DRIVE TO STAY ALIVE FOR 25! WOOOOOOOO

  220. Chris1138 says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0JAK2avSIk

    Another great history will be made commercial!


    Chris

  221. Jbell10 says:

    Whoa. The air smells different today. Such an exhilarating series. I am happy, very happy….but not satisfied by a long shot.

    This team is good, damn good. The taste of sweet sweet victory is quite amazing, but the desire for more is all I can think about now.

    De-throning the champs is the next goal, and we barely have time to recover from the hangover of last night before getting sweaty again.

    Whoa.

  222. phillyhab says:

    Any word on if PK made the trip to Pitt?

     

    Only Habs-Pens preivew I’ve found so far:

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=527493

  223. ShangaDoo says:

    The air does smell different. I woke up with a huge smile on my face, absolutely beautiful day today

    I love seeing everybody with their Habs gear on, talking about the game.

    I love the fact that we won the  series but what I love even more is that the Habs gave me hope and forced me to believe they can do this and they did.

    Despite the ups and down this team faced through the season, I couldn’t have asked for more…

    If we were to de-throne the champs…well hell, give us the damn cup then

    I love the Habs

  224. Storm Man says:

    I would hope so, No word on him going back to the Dogs so I think he is staying with the Habs

  225. Le Jadester says:

    I think the sweetest part of it all, is that Les Boys of 2010 made their own history for the ages.

    I knew all that centenial stuff was a huge distraction to the players.

    What a great way to start the next 100 years !

    I also came into work today and told all my fellow employees (who are laff fans by the way) that I wasn’t as mad at Jack Martin for what he achieved this series and then they chirped me and said that he still sucks and giving up 45 shots a game is not a very good coaching strategy.  You just can’t win with these Taranna carnies.

    Anyways, Round 2 here we go !

     

    Habs, OLE !

  226. JD_ says:

    Pittsburgh Penguins Meltdown 2010 (TM) Update

    With the complete and utter meltdown of the Washington Capitals now finally at an end, we move on to the imminent collapse of the defending Stanley Cup champions.

    What do we know?

    * Penguins are flightless birds that reside largely in Antarctica. Global warming is causing Antartica to melt down.

    * If you take the letters in “Pittsburgh Penguins” and mix them around, you yield “Uh, spring. Putts begin.” In other words, the Pens’ destiny is sealed.

    * As fellow Meltdown (TM) afficianado krob1000 points out, Crosby and Malkin have been at odds ever since Gino walked away with last year’s Conn Smythe. This is not unlike Bobby Clobber’s deep resentment over Bernie Parent’s two Conn Smythes in the mid-70s and the fact Philly has not managed to avoid melting down in the playoffs ever since.

    * The Pens room was torn apart by the Matt Cooke incident, with Matt Cooke on one side of the vast divide and the rest of the team on the other. Guerin fills Cooke’s skates with shaving cream on a daily basis and it is only a matter of time before blood is spilled.

    * The fact that Crosby resides in Mario Lemieux’s house was, at first, kind of cute and has now become just plain creepy.

    * According to Wikipedia, Pens’ head coach Dan Bylsma’s name is pronounced BILES-mah. Bile is a bitter-tasting, dark green to yellowish brown fluid.

    There you have it. Internal strife and dissension, a room divided, an emerging maelstrom of in-fighting and chaos, and a dark green to yellowish brown fluid-like coach. There is no hope in Pittsburgh. The meltdown is well under way.

  227. phillyhab says:

    Well of course!  I’m just glad MAB saw fit to share a portion of his awesomeness with his teammates.

  228. SLONCOLD says:

    Washington has just
    passed the 41st  amendment to the US constitution
    barring Halakamania and Halakamaniacs

  229. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    subban is in pitt. he’s staying with the habs permanently.

     

  230. Shiloh says:

    Late last night – make that early this morning – I started to list the guys we need to keep and/or sign for next year. I found myself jotting down a figure like $4.5 million a year if we are going to keep Halak. Then I stopped – lots of time for that later. But – Halak has earned himself a heck of a raise.

  231. JD_ says:

    Been reading Leonsis’ blog over the course of the series.

    When he showed up on the screen last night, I mentioned to my son how thoughtful the guy seemed and the extent to which it was difficult to dislike the Caps on his behalf.

  232. HabFanSince72 says:

    Wow! Not a very smart move by him, in the long run.

     

  233. Anonymous says:

    Glad to see we can judge other teams in the same way we usually judge ours, lol.

  234. Storm Man says:

    I hear you had a goodtime with some Habs fans at shanks. I was going to go but I live in upper Mount Royal and with rush hour in this city and the way most of them drive when it snows. I went to Melrose and watched the game with some buds.

  235. nunacanadien says:

    I agree, as long as the fans make Gomez and Gionta happy, the rest is cake as they say.  Mind you what it takes really as we have seen all year, is an infusion of young talent mixed with veterans.  But we still need size, size makes up for the 2nd and 3rd period weakness we have and thank God for Gill stepping up, but all those blocked shots are bound to take a toll. This is why we need many Gills, and most of all we need size on our 2nd and 3rd lines to help us grind.  Bench the Hammer for a couple of games give him rest, play Moore and Moen, get your money’s worth out of Spacek, force him to shoot like MAB.  We have unused potential, all it takes is for these lazy veterans to get inspiration from the rookies.

  236. nunacanadien says:

    I agree, as long as the fans make Gomez and Gionta happy, the rest is cake as they say.  Mind you what it takes really as we have seen all year, is an infusion of young talent mixed with veterans.  But we still need size, size makes up for the 2nd and 3rd period weakness we have and thank God for Gill stepping up, but all those blocked shots are bound to take a toll. This is why we need many Gills, and most of all we need size on our 2nd and 3rd lines to help us grind.  Bench the Hammer for a couple of games give him rest, play Moore and Moen, get your money’s worth out of Spacek, force him to shoot like MAB.  We have unused potential, all it takes is for these lazy veterans to get inspiration from the rookies.

  237. forskis says:

    Got some random ideas floating around in my head so I will air them here:

    1)  I did not know that Subban has two younger hockey-playing brothers, if they develop as well as he has, wouldn’t it be nice if the Habs could draft them?

    2)  Taylor Pyatt is a UFA…many on here have said that Metro and Moore are gone after this season…maybe he would be a good replacement?

    3)  If the above two occur…there is the possibility that the team could have two Pyatts and three Subbans on the ice at the same time…”Subban, to Subban, to Pyatt, to Pyatt, to Subban, to Subban, back to Subban, back to Pyatt, to Pyatt…he shoots, he scores!  Pyatt from a feed from Pyatt after some cycling by Subban and Subban!”

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  238. Anonymous says:

    Hey, lets face it, the better team won. An honest man is better than a liar ;)

  239. forskis says:

    Indeed he has…but that salary arbitration is not gonna be pretty unless they can agree on something beforehand.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  240. JD_ says:

    It’s all about the little things, the substance of root cause.

  241. Storm Man says:

    The next one coming up is a goalie

  242. HabFanSince72 says:

    Toute vérité n’est pas bonne a dire.

  243. Storm Man says:

    LOL why does that not shock me. But the boys shocked the red :)

  244. nick says:

    He has. Plekanec hasn’t killed his value either.

    It’ll probably cost whatever free cash MTL has at the end of the season to keep Halak and Plekanec.

    Not that I want either to go… Big fan of both, but one should ponder what the return value on these guys might be. Halak’s gotta be worth his weight in gold right about now…

  245. nickster13 says:

    Subban stop the puck behind his net, passes up to Subban, Subban does spinorama and dishes off to Subban who dekes, shoots and scores!!!

  246. forskis says:

    Throw in a Subban goalie to siphon support from the Halak and Price guys?  It would make things interesting…the other one is a D and starting in the OHL next season, right?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  247. nick says:

    Another thing I started noticing about MAB… Maybe it’s just me… But you know that cannon of a shot we all hear about? While watching the series, I noticed alot of the time he didn’t take much more than a hard wrist shot. Last night, he gets the goal after a huge slap shot. MAB needs to take more slap shots… less crummy wrist shots.

  248. Anonymous says:

    No matter what happens with Halak in the offseason, it is good for us

    2005 Averaged Salary Current Averaged Salary[1] Draft Pick Compensation
    $660,000 and below $994,433 and below No compensation
    $660,001 to $1,000,000 $994,434 to $1,506,716 Third-round pick
    $1,000,001 to $2,000,000 $1,506,717 to $3,013,434 Second-round pick
    $2,000,001 to $3,000,000 $3,013,435 to $4,520,150 First- and third-round pick
    $3,000,001 to $4,000,000 $4,520,151 to $6,026,867 First-, second-, and third-round pick
    $4,000,001 to $5,000,000 $6,026,868 to $7,533,584 Two first-round picks and a second- and third-round
    pick
    $5,000,001 and above $7,533,585 and above Four first-round picks
  249. nick says:

    Meh – When MTL gets by Pittsburgh they’ll need a little rest won’t they? :)

  250. Anonymous says:

    On second thought, just use this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offer_sheet

  251. Storm Man says:

    I wonder what BG was thinking when he put this team together last summer? and what it would take to be a winning team in the playoffs, I have a feeling it was something like this.

    Tolerance of one another’s weakness

    Encouragement of each players efforts

    Acknowledgements that every player has something to offer

    Mindfulness of how each player depends on the others for success.

    TEAM     Thanks Bob.

  252. avatar_58 says:

    Did anyone see the Datsyuk history will be made commercial? I wasn’t pleased, I mean are we getting these for every round 2 team? I mean wtf

  253. The Kid says:

    An open, disgruntled letter to Sidney Crosby

  254. mike g says:

    LMAO…

    I just watched the video of the final minute of last nights game on RDS.CA. I watched the game on TSN, so had no idea what Benoit Brunet was going to do this time. But omg, I can’t stop laughing….When Ovi took the puck with 8 seconds left in the Caps zone, Benoit Brunet starts screaming “c’est fini! c’est fini!”….And Pierre Houde was trying to tell him it wasn’t over, and also trying to do his job of commenting on the play-by-play. Our former player was so exciteted, understandable but just damn funny coming from him.

    LOL,  Anyone watch the game on RDS and realize this?

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

  255. boris420 says:

    Omg Chris Lee will be reffing during round 2….absolutely unacceptable!!! FML!!!!!

  256. Big Ted says:

    Brunet also said on air “where’s the puck?” and “what just happened there?”… good color commentary. absolutely brilliant.

  257. Big Ted says:

    For all you folks making your predictions on the next round, I’d just like to point out that you shouldn’t bet against the Hawks. It’s already a given that Hossa and Chicago will be the losing team in the Cup Finals, so we know already who will be representing the West. I really feel like Boston and Philly will be one of the most physical series we will ever see, and I am hoping the teams decimate each other with injuries and suspensions. Out West, there are 4 good teams left, and the one that emerges will likely do so having played two long series of exhausting hockey. That means that things are well set-up for the winner of the Pens-Habs series, which will likely be more of a finesse series and not as hard-hitting (although you never know). Just throwing it out there that if the Habs can survive the Pens, the chances of going the distance are not marginal. Right now, in terms of team play, we are playing as well as any other team left and that can be enough if Halak stays reasonably solid.

  258. TripleX says:

    Is the fix in?  Bettman probably does not want to gamble on losing Crosby and Ovi…..lol   Look for Chris Lee if the Habs split in Pitt.  Seriously how is Lee by any measurement one of the TOP refs in the NHL?

    Buffalo announced today that they have picked up the one year extension on Lindsy Ruff.  Good for them, Ruff is one of the premier coaches in the league.

  259. Chuck says:

    Chris Lee… Pittsburgh Penguins… hmmm… why does that ring a bell?

    Oh yeah… :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvqA4VU_e1M

    _____________________________________

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

  260. deuce6 says:

    I have one thing to say about that series:

    OV was right, guys..Halak’s hand was shaking..Shaking OV’s hand after kicking his butt in 4 games…

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  261. HardHabits says:

    This reminds me more of 86.

  262. ceedee says:

    Lifelong Bruins fan here to say “Way to go Habs!”  Halak was outstanding, Gomez and Camillieri played great, and the defense were superb.  The speed and skill shown by your forwards suprised me a little — almost looked like the days of Yvan Cournoyer!  Now all I want is for an Eastern Conference B’s – C’s final.  I’ll hate on you guys again when that happens, but for now, congratulations and allez-y Habs!

  263. HFX-HabFan says:

    FIVE WAYS WE CAN BEAT THE PENGUINS:

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

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

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

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

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

    FIVE WAYS THE PENGUINS CAN BEAT US:

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

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

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

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

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

  264. Dintrox says:

    Just stopped at the corner store. Habs fans make the front page of the Globe & Mail. (isn’t that a Leaf rag?). Jaro made the front page of the Calgary Sun. Who would hab thought it?

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

  265. HFX-HabFan says:

    One other thought: I really hope the Montreal fans don’t boo Crosby.  Aside from the fact that I like him as a player, he really hasn’t done anything worthy of being booed. 

    Unlike Ovechkin, who comes off as an arrogant, dirty at times, disrespectful jerk, Crosby is humble, respectful, and hard-working.  He won’t make stupid comments about our goalie or snow our flag-waving kids.  Really, he’s a national hero after his Olympic performance.  If anything, the Montreal fans should respectfully applaud him when his name is announced. 

    To be honest, booing him would probably give him even more motivation, and he already plays lights-out against us (the kid grew up cheering for the Habs).  So let’s show some respect for a good Canadian kid, and for Montreal as a hockey city.

  266. Big Ted says:

    I said at the start of the playoffs that if it wasn’t for Chris Lee, we likely would have had 4 or 5 points more in the regular season. This was an example of where we lost one sure point (for tying it up late) and possibly another if we had won in OT. Imagine 4-5 pts more! I know the standings worked out well that seeds 6,7, and 8 all ended up drawing teams they played well against in the regular season, but if the same 4 teams had advanced, it would have been us with the 6th seed and home ice advantage against the Bruins. Chris Lee has done a lot to ruin the integrity of the game, and there is no way he should be anywhere close to  the playoffs. let him sit at home and watch it on CBC like the buffoon that he is.

  267. Da Hema says:

    I agree. Crosby did a lot of whining to the officials during games when he first entered the league, but Gretzky did that too when he was very young. To my knowledge, Crosby has never done anything off-ice to bring disrepute to him, his family, or the game (e.g., like Heatley did), and he has demonstrated an iron-will to win, whether with the Penguins or any other team for which he plays. He deserves our respect as a remarkable young man and an honorable opponent (unlike Ovechkin). But let’s hope he doesn’t play too well!

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  268. krob1000 says:

    Have you been living under a rock? Have you not been made aware by JD of Penguins Meltdown 2010.  Crosby is at the core of a room divide in Pittsburgh…he has been blatantly jealous of Malkin since last year when Evgeni stole his Connn Smythe trophy.  When Crosby scored the Golden goal he rubbed it in so often that Evgeni and some of the other Malkintents have since been at odds with the Golden Boy.  Crosby is also embroiled in a terrible family power struggle with his Father who is a lifelong Habs fan…..Mama Crosby doesn’t know who to cheer for …her husband or her son…it is awful and the guys on the team all have mothers and understand the pain that Sidney is causing if he chooses to bring his A game.  The Cros is a walking controversy right now and he is a big reason that Penguins Meltdown 2010 has begun….look…the way I see it is either the Cros continues to stay hot and contributes further to the room divide and family crises….or he cools his jets to avoid being the cause of the Meltdown…..but in that case his team just may not be the better team anymore…..it’s a sad time right now in Penguins fandom…..

    All of this is without mentioning the fact that the older Pens are unable to see their families ever because Sid selfishly always wants to keep winning and playing…..he has no kids…..selfish Sid….selfish Sid.  Perhaps this is the postseason he matures?  Hard to say but to not be aware of all of this controversy makes me wonder what rock you have been living under …that’s all.  Sorry in advance……Selfish Sid! Selfish Sid!

  269. Da Hema says:

    Heheh. Thanks for correcting me krob! You are so right. What a selfish young man Sidney is! All he wants to do is win. Tsk tsk.

    ;-)

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  270. HardHabits says:

    I hope they don’t boo him either but I would love to hear, “CROOOOOOOOZZZZZZZZZZZ-BBBBBBBEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, CROOOOOOOOZZZZZZZZZZZ-BBBBBBBEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”

  271. HardHabits says:

    The Hossa curse. Muhuhahaha. Like a hot potato he’ll get traded in the summer and whichever team he gets traded to they’ll be the next team to lose in the finals. Muhuhahaha.

  272. adam76 says:

    I agree – Crosby dreamed of playing for Montreal.  he is pure class, and I would love to have him on our team – how long till he is a UFA?

  273. adam76 says:

    He wanted to keep winning – WHAT AN ASS?!?!?!?1

  274. SeriousFan09 says:

    UFA in 2013-14, but I have a feeling he’s going to be a lifelong Penguin like Mario was. But hey, if he hops over here, I’m not going to complain.

     

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

  275. fendervan says:

    First post!

    I am jsut thrilled to see that there is finally hockey being played the way it was meant to be played! Bring on who ever as long as it is a team that has the same heart as the Habs have going right now!

    My prediction: Habs / Chicago final!   –Hab’s  in 7 in OT!

    Rockin’ for the Habs

  276. Sambaguio says:

    93 anyone? It’s the playoffs anything can happen! With that said Pens play a different style than the Caps did. Habs will adjust and give the Pens a hard time I am sure of it. I can see the Habs feeding off the momentum they have now and if they can steal a game in the melon arena, they will have a really good chance to take this 6-7 games.

    ——————————————
    Halak is beaming right now, “Gainey, look, I’m the REAL thoroughbred!

  277. KGB_AKA4787 says:
    That’s what Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger was alluding to when he called the Capitals out for their go-go style, saying, “They play the wrong way. They want to be moving all the time. They float around in their zone, looking for breakaways and odd-man rushes. … A good defensive team is going to beat them (in the playoffs). If you eliminate your turnovers and keep them off the power play, they’re going to get frustrated because they’re in their zone a lot.”
    Got any advise against the Pen R.J???

     

  278. terrygain says:

    Moving Pouliot off the top line was a mistake.  No offence, and very few chances for the top line since  Moen’s goal early in game 5. Listen carefully to McGuire – and know that the opposite of what he’s saying is more likely the case.

    Moen, who I love,  played only 11 minutes last night. Was he sick or injured?  

  279. topher5468 says:

    Maybe moving Pouliot was a mistake but he didnt desevre to be on that line, But thats your opinion, thats cool. 

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

  280. topher5468 says:

    Don’t get carried with with the praise for JM.

    I wasnt, I thought he made some nice adjustments and wanted to acknowledge that. Putting Burner in, moving Pouliot, and putting Jaro back for game 5. And as far as Jaro and game 2, whatever, I refuse to talk about him in a negative light so  

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

  281. Bob Barker says:

    Super Jaro would have saved some of those goals in Game 2. It seems resting him for Game 4 allowed him to refocus and come back in Game 5 harder, better, faster, stronger. 

  282. Big Ted says:

    Devorski and McCreary are good choices, and Walkom also brings experience. Watson showed last game he had the guts to make the right calls, so we’ll give him credit, and no major problems with a lot o the guys on the list as a whole, albeit they have all made sopme suspect calls at one time or another. In addition to Lee and Peel, the other two I didn’t care much or from the first round would be O’Rourke (Peel’s partner in crime, who reffed two bad games and was the ref who actually called two of the three dives against the Habs – at least) and O’Halloran, who although he reffed game 7, also did a hack job of calling Game 2 with the guys in the crease for Washington. It was watson who stepped up on the crease rule on Knuble yesterday, so O’Halloran gets no points for that in my book. he did call back the Lapierre goal yesterday, which was the right call, but he also ignored the same type of play when Ovechkin did it in game 2, so thus far he has shown me inconsistency and a lack of knowledge of the NHl rulebook. what else is there in an official, so to me he’s pretty useless as a ref as well. Those would be the 4 guys I want to avoid, with Lee of course being number one on the list. One would have to venture that his being there is mind-boggling at best and a conspiracy at worst. Is he somehow related to Bettman? They both seem to have the gene for being an idiot.

  283. SeriousFan09 says:

    WHAT THE ******* **** IS THIS ****?

    Aside from Paul Devorski and Bill McCreary, the other officials selected for the 2nd round of the playoffs are…

    Other referees given second-round assignments are Eric Furlatt, Marc
    Joannette, Chris Lee, Dan O’Halloran, Dan O’Rourke, Tim Peel, Kevin
    Pollock, Kelly Sutherland, Stephen Walkom and Brad Watson.
    ” as per NHL.com.

    Of all the possible officials to draw duty in the playoffs, Those two hacks are going to be officating games? I thought the 2nd round of the playoffs was meant to be a cut-off point in the interest of having better officials on the ice.

     

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

  284. Storm Man says:

    Pierre and Milbury are with NBC.

  285. habfan53 says:

    Hell NBC is better than CBC

  286. Jordio-oh says:

    agreed. it makes too much sense.

  287. HabFanSince72 says:

    I think I figured it out.

    Close personal relationship to Gainey.

    Resents Price and Gainey.

    Loves Halak.

    No matter what happened in a game, he always brings it back to the goalie controversy.

    Manapart is Roland Melanson.

     

  288. MusicMutt says:

     

     

    l l Ha-Lak it Ha-Love it, Ha-Want some more
    of it….
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  289. Ton says:

    right on. it is. Gainey has been on this site today also.

  290. SeriousFan09 says:

    My outrage is over Peel and Lee, hence the boldface on their particular names. I’m cool with almost all of these guys, but those two have just had it in for Montreal forever. I guess I should’ve been more specific in my post, was just a bit flustered that Chris F. Lee could decide the fate of the Montreal Playoff run with some no-goals.

     

     

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

  291. Clay4bc says:

    I say we act like men of substance, and don’t dig into or discuss player’s personal lives. Same as the crap with tiger – nobody’s business but the famiiy’s

    _________________

    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  292. nunacanadien says:

    Anyone else print off the Gazette’s2010 NHL Playoffs Road To The Stanley Cup grid thing? it shows Montreal playing against Philadelphia, but now we see its Pittsburgh.  Can we get a new correct one?

    I can’t believe how well Subhan played, (forget TSN crapping on him) and most of all, where the Caps were not there…..if we played like we did in games 1 through 7 where we come out swinging in the first period, but gone in the second and third periods….let’s hope the Penguins don’t play strong 2nd and 3rd periods….let’s cheer on Gionta and Gomez instead of booing them, as they seem to perform better when we cheer them.

  293. Thomas Le Fan says:

    BRING ON THE PENS! I AIN’T SKEERED AND NEITHER ARE NOS CANADIENS! TU FERAIS MIEUX DE LE CROIRE!  

  294. pmaraw says:

    Alright, listen up everyone!  we were not suppose to use CAPTIAL letters last series, i stuck to it, it worked.  This series is a little different!  Nobody is allowed to use PENS, got it?  Pencils only!

  295. fun police says:

    can we finally put to bed the stupidness of size measured in inches and pounds is more important that the size of heart and character?  all year i’ve jumped on the people for routinely bringing up size after a loss.  the fact remains, i’d rather have gomez, cammy and gionta than most of the big men in the nhl.  

     

  296. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Amen brother.

  297. krob1000 says:

    I just want to extend a big thank you to those who sold their souls in order for this all to happen …..yes there were bumps, bruises and balls of steel by our shot blockers but divine intervention, ghostly interference and Yoda’s teachings of the force all had a hand in this victory along with global warming and the 2010 Meltdown. 

    We also have Sid now embroiled in a family crisis and power struggle with his father, a lifelong Habs fan. His poor Mama stuck in the middle trying to decide between her husband and her son……can he possibly concentrate on hockey? This is a terrible situation for the Cros. Where is his allegiance? to the almighty dollar and his business partners or his family? Sid has always done what was right in the past and seems to have a decent moral make up……will he do the right thing?

    Crosby vs Crosby …. a matchup within the matchup ….a matchup where there will be no winner and several losers…..maybe Sid should just fake an injury for the sake of his family….

  298. pmaraw says:

    on average, caps were 1 inch taller and 2 lbs heavier, so they had a bigger 1st line….  I guess if you take out our 1st line, we’re bigger, but i love our 1st line!

  299. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I bash on Gill all year, then he goes out and makes me look like a Jerk. Great job Gill!

  300. dudurules says:

    I can’t believe the schedule put on by the NHL. Bos doesn’t start until Saturday? The Hans don’t get that slot. WTF. Do they purposely want the US teams to win?

  301. The Teacher says:

    LOL, today is a good day, eh Krob?

  302. pmaraw says:

    habsinsideout1

    The Bulldogs will have to win now without PK Subban; he’s not going back down #Habs

  303. fuhgawz says:

    to every Hab fan in the world and everyone who belongs to this site all i can say is

    WOW !

    We are moving on – wonderful team effort !

    Hey Crosby id rather you not show up for this series ok? thanks man.

  304. nickster13 says:

    Bring on the Pens!

    Game plan:

    1.

    Play hard, even borderline dirty against Cindy and Gina, get in their heads, maybe even get them sitting in the box with you if you have to.

    2. Continue the good board play, Pittsburghs D are all weak in their own zone as well

    3. Work the PP, since if the PP is hot, its hard to lose

    4. Dont give the penguins PP’s (hard given the league’s perrenial hard-on for the pens), since they are very proficient there

    5. Fleury is the kind of goalie who cracks under pressure, get an early goal and continue to pepper him, we are a far better team than the sens, who have like 3 guys who can score

  305. punkster says:

    This could be the seed of discontent that eventually unravels the fabric of the Pens invincibility. I say we watch for more signs of the internal dissent that will hopefully result in the meltdown the Caps suffered :)

  306. BeachHabFan says:

    funny how the US/CDN national coverage focused on Caps “collapse”, rather than on Habs’ strategy and execution.

    woke up this morning still on cloud 9. kind of embarrasing for a 40-yr old but f that! Halak and JM and BG and the System have delivered us to round 2. since there’s a day to breathe I find it interesting to ponder what may have been if Halak had played that last game vs Toronto instead of Huet back in 07. would carey have had time to mature a bit? how many of cammy and gio and gill would be here now? would the old guard have done better in the 08 playoffs? 

    who knows, and right now, who cares. crosby and dupuis and guerin await, well rested, in ArmPittsburgh.

    here’s hoping:

    a) a Quebec goalie doesn’t play the games of his life in MTL, a la Brodeur/Biron/etc…

    b) an old warhorse like Guerin hits the wall

    c) crosby used up his miracle plays versus Ottawa

    d) bylsma’s coaching loses out to the Count’s

    e) the habs keep doing what they’re doing, playing their game and not their opponents.

    and now, to soak in a little more glory via PVR reruns!!!

  307. krob1000 says:

    Best day as a Habs fan in nearly two decades…the Bruins upset in 04 was pretty special too but nowhere near this one IMO….

  308. mrhabby says:

    seeds of discontent..lol

  309. fuhgawz says:

    To everyone on this site and every player, coach, and managment on the Montreal Canadiens

    I do not know anything about hockey, heart, effort, team, skill at all — i am sorry for everyone i have called down (Bob Gainey – Jaro Halak – JM – Gommer – MAB – Spach – Gill – AK) i am sorry to anyone on this site i have pissed off or got into an argument with about something i am so very wrong about obviously.  I have been wrong about this team all year.

    These guys made me very proud last night.  ALL of them.

    Thank you Habs Thank you fellow H/IO peps — this series changed me cause i think i just seen the magic of the Montreal Canadiens past being rekindled in this new group of players with heart.

  310. SLONCOLD says:

    Wow, what a crazy game…. so nervous while watcing it. I wish we could have had more possesion of the puck but our defense was up to the task of blocking shots and JARO…. Keep it up Jaro, you’ll have to be one of our best players in the next series for us.

    Not gonna make a prediction but i’m behind my habs win or lose all the way!!!!

  311. Corio says:

    Bruce Boudreau: “I would of bet my house they
    wouldn’t beat us 3 games in a row..”

     

    Priceless..

  312. Corio says:

    Is Price now Half Price?  :P

  313. Fansincebirth says:

    Damn, blocked at work but the note at the bottom has me grinning like a Cheshire Cat :o)

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

  314. mfDx says:

    - Markov, at 6ft, was the tallest Hab on the ice for their first goal

    -Travis Moen played 2 shifts in the third. Did he get hurt on the Greene penalty in the second?

    - Halak was obviously exhausted by game three. it reminds me of the stretch a couple of weeks after the olympics when he looked crappy in consecutive games. I had argued that Price should have gotten the back to back vs Philly before the Olympics and three games off the week after the olympics to be ready down the stretch drive. instead he looked ordinary in the last few weeks of the season and needed to take a game 4 off because of fatigue. As crazy as this may sound to some, I would start Price on friday vs Pittsburg only to give Halak some rest for the rest of the series. Price would feel less pressure as he’s not coming in in relief. The Penguins may have to alter their game plan last minute if they were expecting Halak. Best scenario has Price winning (not stealing) a game and Halak not being fatigued by crucial game six. 

  315. fuhgawz says:

    last i checked Carey was still part of this TEAM

    stop slagging the guy he put up with enough this season from all of us move on

    be happy for what the TEAM pulled off

  316. habzfan2003 says:

    WOOO CONGRATS EVERYONE!!! By the way… I was soooo hammered last night and would like to watch the game again anyone know of a link to get it?

  317. krob1000 says:

    This is but one seed in a field of troubles growing with every rainfall and passing day….. we all know about the Malkin vs Crosby situation and how they “coexist” but are not “teammates” per say…much like Koivu/Kovalev …… Sid is in tougher right now fighting with his family.  But the dividing of  the Penguins locker room with his blatant hate on towards Malkin for stealing his Conn Smythe trophy last year is yet another issue hanging above the heads of these Penguins.  Resentment, a divided room, teammates watching their TWO 8.7 million dollar men squabble like children, watching their captain cause so much heartache for his Mama and Pops….it has to be hard to be a Penguin right now.  Jordan Stall is sick of playing in the shadows and being a third wheel ….. make no mistake Punkster the fabric is unravelling…..unravelling indeed.

  318. habzfan2003 says:

    Totally agree dude

  319. HabFanSince72 says:

    “They haven’t shown us anything”

     

    - Mike Green (after game 2).

  320. SLONCOLD says:

    after the last 3 games you want to start Price? lol

  321. smiler2729 says:

    The Caps sure were a chatty bunch when the microphones were in their face…

    Washington Capitals, the Sharks of the East.

    You can’t spell Ovechkin without C-H-O-K-E.

    Etc…

  322. likehoy says:

    bruce boudreau knows nothing about hockey. I am 100% confident now. there’s a reason this guy was in the AHL for 20 years.

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

  323. TomNickle says:

    Cooke’s hit on Savard didn’t go over well(two goals in the series clincher probably did though)

    Orpik saying the Sutton hit was clean and Leopold got caught with his head down probably didn’t go over well either.

    You might be onto something in saying there’s a divide in the locker room.

     

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  324. joeybarrie says:

    Of all the nonsense I have heard in the last 2-3 years, I only have a few things to say.

    This isnt 1960 there are 30 teams, and Montreal is not the most coveted Free Agent city. In fact with taxes and the intense media it might be onle of the last spots players would want to go. HOWEVER. We really need to make sure we remember who put together this team……. BOB GAINEY

    He put together a team that came in first in the East and looked like a good playoff run. We learned a lesson, the same lesson the Caps just learned and they are the ones who tanked and picked up 2-3 of the best players in the league. So even the tanking to win doesnt make it happen.

    He put together another team and it looks like we are on our way up the ladder. Are we winning the Cup this year, next????? I dont know. But they guys we got are a good start.

    You dont give up………These guys proved it.

    HAL GILL, JAROSLAV HALAK, BRIAN GONTA, SCOTT GOMEZ, JOSH GORGES, MIKE CAMMALLERI, TOMAS PLEKANEC, DOMINIC MOORE, MAXIME LAPIERRE, TOM PYATT, TRAVIS MOEN, GLEN METROPOLIT.

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

  325. Corio says:

    Just a joke, I like Price and wish him the best on his journey, I believe in him, was jsut messin’ around  ;)

  326. smiler2729 says:

    this series changed me cause i think i just seen the magic of the Montreal Canadiens past being rekindled in this new group of players with heart.

    You’re bang on with that!

  327. HabFanSince72 says:

    I was downtown last night.

    Remember  the good old days: a first round victory (e.g. over the Whalers) was not reason to celebrate. It just meant the fun was about to start. It was the appetizer.

     

     

  328. Bob Barker says:

    I have to disagree, Halak has been playing ridiculously well, unless he shows signs of fatigue again he should start every game. Don’t want to mess with a winning formula. 

     

     

  329. BeachHabFan says:

    and you can’t spell Crosby without C-R-Y

    should be some intriguing calls in the next few games…

  330. BeachHabFan says:

    i know… i guess it shows our age…

  331. smiler2729 says:

    Nobody on Pittsburgh scares me except Sidney Crosby (the best player in the world)…

    and Jordan Staal (too often overlooked)…

    and Marc-Andre Fleury (the previously mentioned “French Canadian Goalie Coming Up Big In Montreal” factor)…

    and Kris Letang (sneaky and dangerous)…

    oh yeah and that Malkin guy…

    oh I almost forgot Bill Guerin…

    oh and their 3rd & 4th lines…

  332. SPATS says:

    It’s tough to stay positive sometimes, but that’s what leaders do. They put up with the bitching knowing they have what it takes while others fold up like cheap canadian tire tents around them. I know because I’ve folded up several times in my life. This team personifies quiet confidence and leadership by committee. No passengers. Leaders also admit when they’ve erred and learn from their mistake. Quitters never learn. Sounds like you’ve learned my friend. Welcome.

  333. Ian Cobb says:

    What is all the fuss about boys and girls.

    I have been explaining how good this team has become over this rocky season.

    Not only was the big”o” shaking in his jock strap, Sid the kid has come down with Parkinson’s also. Knowing how Hal Gill played and won the cup for them last year. Oh Oh, do we have to get the puck past Hal.?

    Sure hope everyone is on board, enjoy the ride! I know the great Bob Gainey is.

    I am still uncomfortable with Martin using only half his bench, but he is winning, so I had better just sit back and enjoy.

  334. Bob Barker says:

    I have to agree. Everyone outside of Dominic Moore was brought in by Gainey. People will slag him for not starting Halak but give him credit for drafting him in the first place. 

    As Gionta said. Game 6 was all Halak. Game 7 was a complete team effort. 41 blocked shots is an insane number. 

     

  335. SPATS says:

    See above… I might add that signing Halak is now more important that signing Pleky.

  336. HabFanSince72 says:

    Agreed.

    Add Jacques Martin to the list. He got a completely new, injury-riddled team into the playoffs, and coached very well during the playoffs. Kept his cool (compare to Boudreau), and adapted the system as necessary.

  337. smiler2729 says:

    Yeah, I remember that but we also have to remember that a huge chunk of Hab fans in the 18-25 age group have never known any Playoff success like we were spoiled with. They came on board in the Houle era!

  338. SPATS says:

    Not that he did…. but you can’t spell Ovechkin with c-h-o-k-e

  339. Ian Cobb says:

    You will get a replay Saturday night my friend!!

  340. punkster says:

    This is another thing I love about this site. Habs first and foremost.

  341. punkster says:

    We’re keeping the faith Ian.

  342. smiler2729 says:

    Hal Gill was the second best goalie on the ice last night. Unfortunately, Ian, there are smatterings of Gaineybashers wagging their tongues on Habs Inside/Out and slagging anybody who dares praise Bob.

  343. SPATS says:

    Indeed, I got my first hockey trophy at 5 yrs old from Bobby Rousseau, it was 1968. I was a goalie and Ken Dryden was still it LAffland. Skipped school in 79 to watch the parade from Toe Blakes tavern (I was 15 but looked 19) Was in old Montreal the night we won in 93… Spoiled? Indeed! But, something tells me our current team is as special. Bring on the Pens! go habs go

  344. joeybarrie says:

    Very true. JM didnt give in. He kept on trucking……

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

  345. Chris1138 says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnxYuXRn88M

    Not sure if it’s been linked but this is a great fan “history will be made”.

    They made a Datsyuk one out of his goal against the Coyotes, so the NHL better make an official for the Habs actual historical win!


    Chris

  346. Fansincebirth says:

    Any sign of our Caps friend?

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

  347. mfDx says:

    Halak has been playing ridiculously well. At 180lbs, and having faced 150 shots in the last week as well as the practice and warmup shots, 230lb men crashing his net and flying every other day, he will show signs of fatigue at some point this series. It will be in the form of a 6 goal blowout that may mess with all our minds.  The question is when.  Game 3? Game 1?  a smart coach might recognize that if this series goes six or seven games, Price will eventually get a start. Game 5? Game 7?

  348. mfDx says:

    Halak has been playing ridiculously well. At 180lbs, and having faced 150 shots in the last week as well as the practice and warmup shots, 230lb men crashing his net and flying every other day, he will show signs of fatigue at some point this series. It will be in the form of a 6 goal blowout that may mess with all our minds.  The question is when.  Game 3? Game 1?  a smart coach might recognize that if this series goes six or seven games, Price will eventually get a start. Game 5? Game 7?

  349. habzfan2003 says:

    Ian, through thick and thin you’ve been very positive all season long Kudos to you my friend… you deserve an applause!

  350. mike g says:

    I am so happy, it’s not even normal….

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

  351. Ian Cobb says:

    Faron- 1st- you believed in what you were saying at the time, so no need to be sorry my friend.

    You were wrong is all.

    I personally have never known that feeling.

    Now if you believe that!! your wrong again.

  352. Chris1138 says:

    Fantastic!


    Chris

  353. Ian Cobb says:

    We are signing both goal tenders, Plekanic and anyone else that we want. No problem

  354. nunacanadien says:

    Hey with the Gazette columnist, it’s the other way around it seems, Price has slagged us, and we put up with him and the past 2 seasons and we’ve had enough of that, and its time we move on, Carey put your attitude behind and realize you are on a winning team that wants to win, albeit this is a hot and cold Habs team Gainey put together, and all the Gainey fans hide under rocks when Price lets in floaters, and when Gill and Gomez and Gionta don’t show up for games….dozens of them throughout the year.  Let’s hope they earn their keep the last few games of the year.

  355. notbigbird says:

    Well, I was wrong to call the Caps in 5 with two blowouts. And I am willing to begin to consider that I may have been wrong about JM. :)

  356. SLONCOLD says:

    uhm not really gonna praise BG. We were outshot and kinda outplayed for most of this series. the shots and time of possession show that. Caps ran into a hot goalie in Jaro Halak.

    I’m going to give JM credit for getting the defense to stand tall and blocking all those shots.

  357. Ian Cobb says:

    You bet Dave, we sure have the whole league scratching their heads.

    That was Bob’s plan from the get go.

    The one thing others around this league will never understand, and that is, only the very best, can ware the CH on their chest.

  358. Fansincebirth says:

    Without me searching through all the posts in the multi threads since last night’s AWESOME victory, what happens to PK now? Any news on him?

    As much as I would like to give credit to Halak and the rest of the team, I must confess and reveal the true reason for our three game comeback from death’s doorstep.

    I am now the proud owner of a half sleeve (right forearm) colage of tattoos depicting Dryden (pretzel one), Roy and Plante masks, Maurice and Jean portraits and the Habs logos through the ages. I got the portraits and logos done last Friday and the rest is history :o)

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

  359. Storm Man says:

    Watch the game Friday, part 2 of the Habs run to the cup :)

  360. SLONCOLD says:

    how does being 180lbs make you fatigue any fatser than a guy at 230lbs?

  361. habfan53 says:

    Will you please tell me when Gill and Gionta did not show up for games????

  362. habsfanmandy says:

    HAHA!!

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

  363. Ian Cobb says:

    I have had my moments! as we put this train wreck back together.!

  364. TomNickle says:

    Bite the bullet here man.  Gorges, Gill, Gomez, Gionta, Cammalleri, HALAK, Plekanec, Moen.

    Each one in their own right came up with huge plays in this series that were just as much of a deciding factor as Moore’s clinching goal.

    And BOB GAINEY either drafted, traded for or signed each one of those players.

    I would argue with you that the team that got outplayed won each game.

    Habs outplayed Caps in 2, 3 and 4, Caps outplayed Habs in 1, 5, 6 and 7.

     

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  365. SLONCOLD says:

    Tom i’ll bit the bullet on Gainey if you do the same with Martin . hehe

    All joking aside you’re right, i’ll give gainey credit but i won’t praise him just yet.

  366. TomNickle says:

    Jacques Martin did a better job coaching than Bruce Boudreau.

     

  367. smiler2729 says:

    The Caps may have outshot the Habs in Game 7 but they sure didn’t OUTPLAY them. That was textbook on how to defensively shutdown a offensive juggernaut.

  368. HabFanSince72 says:

    The next series should have started on Saturday.

     

  369. Fansincebirth says:

    I’m guessing Buttman had his hand in this one. His beloved Ovie-Crosby matchup didn’t work out so he’s going to have the Habs play with only one day rest to punish us…

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

  370. pmaraw says:

    thats what happens when you goto 7…  i just hope the pens come out flat

  371. forskis says:

    The schedule is ok…remember back in the division days, if the series goes the full 7, the next round starts two days later, ie. you play every other day and if you finished early, you get those days off…the Habs went the full 7 so Friday it is.

    And after that dis-allowed goal, Habs fans can NEVER EVER complain about the refs or Bettman again…the schedule is what it is, the team will have to deal with it.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  372. HabFanSince72 says:

    Not at all. The Boston-Philly series is starting on Saturday.

    There is  no reason for us to play Friday.

    On the other hand Detroit are also getting the shaft. They start tonight, while Van-Chi starts Saturday!

     

  373. pmaraw says:

    probably something to do with ice availability?  either way, you go 7, dont expect a vacation inbetween rounds.

  374. nickster13 says:

    Bettman’s thinking: fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on you! (aka we beat the caps, but pens? hellz no canada)

  375. topher5468 says:

    Are you Canadians a bit Paranoid

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

  376. Hammer says:

    Thanks BG!!

  377. ooder says:

    i’m a little torn..

    on one hand these guys don’t get to rest up before taking on the penguins..

    on the other hand they still have all their momentum and Halak is in the zone..

    I assume since they are professional athletes they will recover and bring it to the pens.

    ——————

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

  378. notbigbird says:

    How do you pronounce Subban? Sometimes with TSN it’s on the first syllable and sometimes on the last.

  379. krob1000 says:

    I took habs in 6 in every pool i am in for the first round and I too am doing the same for this round. 

  380. Malreg says:

    The worse part is that today isn’t even a real day off.  They got back late last night, they pack, and then leave for Pittsburgh today.

    Maybe it could help since we’ll still be high on emotion and confidence.

  381. HABSsince92 says:

    Yeah I was saying the same thing last night. I thought I had read somewhere last week that round 2 would start on Saturday no matter what. it sucks that they don’t have an extra day? I guess scheduling problems but Boston will not have played since Monday and Philly not since last week they should start Friday and us on Saturday.

     

    Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.

  382. SlovakHab says:

    I wish we had an extra day off. 1 might not be enough. If we had one extra, our players would benefit from it and the Penguins would be even more rusty.

     

    A very funny ‘History will be made’ with Jaro Halak

     

    B.Burke is building the Bruins through the draft.

  383. notbigbird says:

    Question: are we going down the draft list everytime we win a series? If we were to win it all, would we draft last?

  384. J Haul says:

    I believe this is correct. Way she goes.

  385. avatar_58 says:

    In his world juniors video PK says soo-ban, so…

    -whoops, wrong post to reply to \/

  386. Chuck says:

    So what you’re saying is that Halak cost us a higher draft pick.

    :)

    _____________________________________

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

  387. ManApart says:

    You’re right. As of now, the best the Habs can pick is 22nd. Maybe Halak should have been traded away after all. he cost the team at least 8 spots as of now.

  388. HabFab says:

    Yes and yes!

    Are you prepared to pay!!!!!

  389. notbigbird says:

    Thanks for the answers although I don’t much like them. :(

  390. topher5468 says:

    Shaker, yes I live in America but Im no efin Yankee. I hate the efin Yakees (joke). I care about the game and have nothing but respect for it. Stop with the Anti American stuff, 24 out of 30 teams play here and 4 of the original 6 play here. It is your sport, but where Im from its the worlds sport and I couldnt live with out it. I love my friends up North and just wish things were different. 

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

  391. jimmy shaker says:

    Finally can get on here and rant……WOW!  That is all I have to say.  Sweet justice on the no goal call on Knuble, as he did more interfering in Game 2 on Backstrom’s goal and got away with it than he did yesterday in my opinion.  So it all worked out in the end.  The boys played great, Jaro was out of his skin, MAB came up LARGE and the shot blockin gang were fantastic.  Still pissed over the no call on Gio when he got decked, but he kept his composure and stayed out of the box.  The stripes, you could bet, would not have missed that play if it was the other way around, that’s for sure.  Now on to Bettman….what should have came together nicely for the boys, by starting in Pitts Saturday night on HNIC (which was how it was originally scheduled), now Bettman wants to screw us even harder by moving up our series start to Friday, giving us only 1 day off between the two rounds and then making game 2 an afternoon game to top it off.  He’s got to shove our game down the yankees mouth, who could care less about it and play a stupid afternoon game.  We all know afternoon games SUCK, and with us going 7 in the first round, the quick turnaround for Game 1 tomorrow, then an afternoon game 2, with our shortened bench by JM the last 2 games…..the legs are going to be screaming.  I don’t want to start making excuses, but it does smell kind of stinky (eau de bettman).  So in the end, we need Jaro to be Jaro in one of these two games….JM is going to have to use 4 lines and roll them all game long and hopefully Bettman doesn’t have the stripes in his back pocket just yet.  Now another interesting angle is what does JM do with Spacek and Subban?  If he sends PK down, we lose him for the playoffs, unless we continue on or Hamilton loses.  So I think PK will stay up.  But do you dress him or sit him in favor of Spacek?  Or do you just keep Spacek out?  I’d sit Hammer for Spacek, but we’ll see.  MAB will stay and play a regular shift on the fourth line with Metro and Pyatt.  JM has to roll the lines because of the fatigue factor in my opinion.  MAB came up large last night and I think he will do it again on Fleury and CO.  So my guys that will be in the presser tomorrow night are sk74, darche and spacek…..spacek might come in for hammer somewhere down the line and SK74 might spell Pouliot but that’s about it!  I think this will be a good series.  Pitts, in my opinion is not as deep as the caps, so we shouldn’t have to stay in the defensive shell that we’ve been in the last couple of games.  I think we can skate with them and out work them and beat them.  The special teams will be huge in this series and am quite confident we can win that battle.  Gomez and Lapierre can do the job on Sid, it’s going to be wild.  Just wish we had that extra day as originally scheduled.  I mean Boston and Philly have had more days off than us, and yet they start there series after us….Great job Bettman.  What a JABRONI!

    Shaker, I’m OUT!

  392. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    everything about the sunday afternoon game smells like NBC to me.

    bettman is NBC’s bitch.

    whatever NBC wants from the NHL, they get (except they don’t get Ovechkin vs Crosby!!!)

  393. TomNickle says:

    Penguins only use three lines for the most part Shaker and I would expect Max Lapierre to be on the ice with Crosby quite a bit this series.

    That said, beating Ovechkin and a team full of underachievers is one thing, ousting Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Stall and company who are on their last tour as a unit is completely different.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  394. topher5468 says:

    Milbury says Pens in 5, HaHaHa, why even make a prediction you a hole, you said caps in 4

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

  395. SeriousFan09 says:

    What is more shocking when you think about it, that the Montreal Canadiens rallied from a 3-1 series deficit against the President’s Trophy team, or that Mike Milbury is paid by no less than three tv networks (CBC, NBC, NESN) for expert analysis.

    The man who destroyed the Islanders, without question, without debate, he is the reason that team is where it is today and he still apparently gets to give input on what he thinks other teams are doing wrong.

     

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

  396. forskis says:

    Well considering that he, Hrudey and Stock all agreed “Caps in three.”  Are you really surprised?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  397. avatar_58 says:

    That washington post article is epic. I know it’s not right to smile at the misfortune of others – but TEEHEE. To think OUR team made someone else feel like crap for once. It wasn’t US lamenting what could have been, it’s the ‘best’ team in the NHL feeling that way. Their season is *done*. Gone. That’s all folks! Best shot at a cup down the toilet.

    They question their coach, ask whether Green or Semin are worth it. GREEN! I’m at a loss for words here. People are even questioning the great 8.

    THANK YOU HABS!

  398. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Habs flew directly from Washington to Pittburgh and slept in a Pittburgh hotel last night.

     

  399. KenD29 says:

    Even worse, CBC has the Pens/Habs series.. Thank goodness we have RDS !! Thank goodness, Milburyless!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  400. topher5468 says:

    Ouch, and I thought I was being harsh, you are correct sir, I live on Long Island and your right, the real fans here hate that man, and for good reason

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

  401. ManApart says:

    i can’t believe how little ,a guy who has been in hockey all his life, knows. The worst GM in history and also the worst analyst.

  402. ooder says:

    remeber the season where Milbury went ape sh!t on Kovalev.

    Kovy then went out and got 84 points in 82 games.

    haha that guy is such a moron

    ——————

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

  403. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    Milbury DOES KNOW how to jump into the crowd and beat on a fan with a shoe, however!!

    that is a skill that should not be overlooked.

  404. Mr. Biter says:

    I can’t believe it but I agree with you. Throw in PJ, KH and Don Cherry and you have the 4 Stooges.

  405. Mr. Biter says:

    Also on Versus (603 DTV). BTW is Sunday’s game an afternoon or evening game?

  406. KenD29 says:

    Believe it is an afternoon affair.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  407. forskis says:

    LOL…the day I am given unquestionable authority is the day we are all in a sad sorry state of affairs.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  408. Chuck says:

    This from someone using “demigod” as their username…

    _____________________________________

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

  409. smiler2729 says:

    Sergio from Toronto, hmmm, you sound like a bitter, bitter Leaf fan. So a week or so ago, you joined Habs Inside/Out and now you just want to goad everybody because of their comments? Just mind your Ps and Qs or trying writing something valid and intelligent… just try, okay?

    I’m so tired of these mental midgets…

  410. Bob Barker says:

    Friedman is a fat douche. In his 30 thoughts column:

    “Prediction: No matter what happens with the Canadiens tonight – or afterward, should they beat Washington – Jaroslav Halak will not re-sign there unless Montreal makes an obscene offer.”

    How the hell does that make sense Friedman??? Worst case scenario is Halak can go to arbitration but if he refuses to accept the arbitration award, he won’t be playing in the NHL next year. 

    I doubt his agent would advise him to forego a year in the NHL.  

    “Wherever Carey Price is next year, I hope the organization has the sense to pair him with a veteran who will teach him the right way to prepare and act. Not doing so is Montreal’s greatest mistake of the past five years.”

    So the Habs lose both goaltenders? Maybe he should filter some of those thoughts he has. 


  411. avatar_58 says:

    That’s what I find hilarious. People predicting we lose both. Does that make any sense? Ok – so Price leaves, we pay Halak what he wants. Why not? Then Sanford or whoeever can back up. Say Halak leaves – ok sign Price and find someone to help him out.

    Why would BOTH leave? If one leaves it just means we can overpay the other to stay.

  412. SeriousFan09 says:

    I generally find Friedman to be the best person on the HNIC team. I think he’s being a little overdramatic about it but Halak is going to require a hefty raise this summer because RFA salary arbitration in the NHL is code for being overvalued by a country mile that and some team may make the Offer sheet gamble as well.

    As for Price, he is correct that he needed a veteran goalie to mentor him, Montreal didn’t give him that and we’ve been paying for it since, especially since he basically skipped the year he should’ve spent in the AHL.

     

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

  413. jkirk says:

    Speaking of TV coverage, anyone notice that the CTV news last night had like a ten-second reference to the Habs’ victory, in which they didn’t mention the comeback or anything – and then had a two minute ‘story’ about how the World Cup trophy was in Toronto – ‘its only stop in Canada’?

  414. TomNickle says:

    It isn’t anti-american, it’s anti-bettman.  Do you not see a strange coincidence in Sidney Crosby being magically awarded in a draft lottery to the team with the most severe financial struggles in the NHL at the time?  Do you not find it weird that the interests of Sun-belt team owners are protected at the expense of the wallets of Canadian team owners, fans and advertisers?  

    I’m sorry, but I have no sympathy for you as an American hockey fan.  I have to pay $500 for two decent tickets to a Habs game.  The Chicago Blackhawks were selling tickets for $2 a mere two seasons ago.  Yet our teams have to dish out money to teams, fan bases and cities that aren’t interested in hockey in the least, or rather those teams would be better suited in places like Seattle or Quebec City.

    You need to read up on teams like Atlanta, Florida, Tampa Bay and the Islanders that need an advance on their revenue sharing money JUST TO PAY THE BILLS.

    You know who Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, New York Islanders and Dallas Stars fans should be thanking for their team still being there?  CANADIAN HOCKEY FANS who pay huge dollars to see their teams.

    Yet we are all a bunch of greedy Canucks who just want more teams here at the expense of your fan base, PLEASE!

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  415. jimmy shaker says:

    Sorry buddy….I didn’t know that was an offensive remark.  I take it back!  I know there are plenty of Americans who enjoy the game and in fact love it.  I just wish our commissioner wasn’t so desperate to plug the NHL in American markets that really don’t care about it!  I wish he would concentrate more on the Canadian fans who love the game and support it and want more teams up here, then on trying to sell a sport that really is unsellable in most parts of the U.S.  I guess, my rant was geared more towards Bettman than Americans…..Should’ve worded that better, so again, I apologize.  I just know that Canada has 4 more potential NHL markets that would thrive here and would be great, but they get overlooked because our leader thinks hockey can move up the ladder from 5th most liked sport in the U.S. to 2nd or 3rd.  Basically, he’s dreaming.  And has been since he took over.  And the afternoon game/gimmick is another shite call.  Viewership is dominated by Canadian viewers and not by americans.  Canadians fans hate afternoon games…..they make for boring, sloppy hockey.  Night games are the best, but again Bettman doesn’t care.  He’s only thinking of the people south of the border.  So, to end, I’m sorry again.  I don’t hate or dislike my neighbor’s to the south…..I just hate/dislike Bettman.

    Cheers.

    Shaker

  416. topher5468 says:

    Shaker, its cool my friend, I agree there should be more Canadian teams. I couldnt agree more. I love Canada and I wish i were allowed in. This was the first year in the last 6 that I wasnt able to go to Montreal due to a Legal issue, Im Criminally Inadmisable. But I love your Country and their Passion for the sport i grew up loving. 2 hockey teams in Fla is wrong and I wish things were a bit different in that area. All in all, were all fans of the same thing, The Habs and Hockey. 

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

  417. topher5468 says:

    I dont want your sympathy, I love Hockey but I didnt do the things your ranting about. I agree there should be more teams in Canada. Im sorry for the price of tickets, I know I have over paid for tickets up there 2, it seems the scalpers and other issues are in play there. I know about the teams in the South here, please take them, put them back in Quebec City, in Winnipeg or where ever you want them. Just leave the Islanders, I need them to see the Habs 2X a year. I LOVE CANADA. dont dislike me

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

  418. TomNickle says:

    My post wasn’t an attack on you my friend.  It was an attack of Bettman and a defense of Shaker.  He can attest I’m sure being in Windsor that a large part of Detroit’s fan base comes from that city he resides in.

    Gary Bettman convinced 29 owners that a second team in Toronto which would profit millions of dollars annually isn’t in the league’s best interests.  He convinced them that keeping a team in Phoenix where it has lost a third of a Billion dollars in the last ten years is better for them and the game than a team that would profit the same amount in half the time.  Yet our ticket prices continue to go up so that our teams can sustain their profit while keeping teams with uninterested fan bases afloat.  

    Yet American media continues to spew the drivel that Canadian fans and media are greedy.

    I by the way, am not supporting a team in Winnipeg.

    A team in Quebec City and a second team in Toronto are the only two places in Canada that can support NHL teams due to fan base, media and corporate sponsorship.  But, Bettman needs to look at places like Seattle, Portland and Milwaukee instead of places like Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

    There is no logic or business sense when taking teams to place like those or keeping them in Nashville, Atlanta, Florida, Phoenix or Dallas.

    And every single move that the man makes has the intentions of ensuring the interests of the American teams are protected in lieu of the integrity of the game.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  419. topher5468 says:

    OK, Shaker and I are friends, otherwise I wouldnt have said anything, He knows me and I was just bustin his balls a bit. Anyway, I meant no disrespect and I hope you get what you guys deserve up there. More Hockey

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

  420. forskis says:

    Now for the bad news:  last night’s game was Subban’s first game as a Hab where he did not get a point in the game…do we throw him to the wolves yet?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  421. lavie says:

    The River of No Return.

  422. smiler2729 says:

    LOL

    Seriously, I see the trolls here throwing him to the wolves by Christmas though…

  423. HabFab says:

    He had an assist on Laps non-goal. Does that count?

  424. Habhopeful says:

    Heres my Main Concern,

     

    Seeing as how PK will stay up with us, does that mean 1 Year of his contract is wasted away? im pretty sure after 9 Regular season games, 1 year of his contract is gone, can anyone explain?

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  425. HabFab says:

    This rule only concerns those under 20. This year counts as he turned pro in Hamilton.

  426. habs03 says:

    The issue isn’t about his rookie contract becuase it counts no matter if he is here or in Ham. The issue is after 10 games it counts as a NHL season, and in the new CBA, you become a UFA at the age of 27 or after 7 nhl season(10 games count as a season). ex Max Pax has two nhl season under his belt. But from what I can understand this will not count as a NHL season for P.K. I don’t think playoff games count, so next year he will be in his rookie year.

  427. KenD29 says:

    At least Friedman gives the Habs credit every once in awhile unlike the Montrealer PJ Stock!!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  428. Bob Barker says:

    I doubt arbitration would award him more than 3-4 million which would hardly qualify as obscene. Pekka Rinne at 3.4 will likely be their benchmark. 

  429. Bob Barker says:

    We won’t even have to overpay much. If it goes to arbitration I can see Halak getting awarded a contract similar to Pekka Rinne @ 3.4 million. 

    Price isn’t even eligible for arbitration. 

    They can both get offer sheets but PG would have the option to match. 

  430. Habhopeful says:

    Ok so, Now he will only have 2 years on his entry level contract left by next season @ However much money his contract is for?

     

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!” ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  431. HabFab says:

    Yes, this counts as year one. His contract is with the Canadiens and he would earn around 80k in Hamiliton or around 800k in Montreal. However only his time spent in Montreal counts against the cap.

  432. HardHabits says:

    C’mon. You still believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus. :)

    I think you’re not giving enough credit to Halak. Without him there’d be no 2nd round for the Habs. Mind you Gio, Gomez, Cammy, Moen, and Gill have provided the leadership that was lacking in last year’s edition so obviously Gainey made some astute choices.

    To be honest I am quite surprised and I candidly admit that I didn’t give this team the light of day to make it to the next round and quite frankly we’re in for an even tougher battle with the Pens.

    Nevertheless since the start of the series my avatar has been Underdog as the Habs, the Habs as underdogs.

    The Habs were 19th over-all in the league. 19th!!!! If they go to the finals and win it all it wont just be unheard of, it’d be a feat that wouldn’t be repeated for another 100 years.

    I commend you for your undying faith. I also respect those who have had bitched and moaned and had issues or griped.

    Everyone of us who posts here or reads the posts and stories and clicks on links is as rabid a fan as the next.

    If you’re right, I wont mind one bit.

    What gets me is that many people take it personally because I suggested that the Habs spend to the cap minimum and bottom out for a bit and draft a few gems for a few seasons. On one hand it was a suggestion based upon what I see in so many young vibrant teams, LA, Pheonix, Chicago, Washington, Pittsburgh and Colorado for example but mostly it was a running gag to stir the pot.

    Nothing is won yet. There’s plenty more hockey to played. My only hope is the Habs keep going all the way.

  433. keepthefaith says:

    Well, i hate to pat myself on the back ….. Kidding, i love patting myself on the back.  I called this and have been calling this all year. ( i actually called habs in 6, sorry about the one game it was game 2 ha ha ).  I have been arguing this same point all year,(mostly with the same person) that once you make the playoffs, ANYTHING can happen.

    I made a post before the playoffs that Bob Gainey built a PLAYOFF team. Not one thats gonna finish first overall(see where that gets you?)  We got quality guys that know what it takes to win cups, Gionta, Gomez, Moen and Gill and character guys who know their roles and are playing them perfectly (Moore, Lapierre, Pyatt). We all knew we had the goaltending.  And for a guy whose been bashing JM all year, i think we may have a PLAYOFF coach!

    Now, im not saying to plan the parade, im just saying what ive been saying all along. ANYTHING can happen in playoffs!  Keep the Faith.  Habs in 7!

  434. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    exactly! i too called habs in six.

    the caps have a regular season team and we have a playoff team. but, the pens are a playoff team too. but i’ll keep the faith. habs in 6.

  435. HardHabits says:

    Habs were 19th over-all and only made the playoffs by virtue of a weak Eastern Conference. I am not complaining but if ever a team made it through the back-door it’s this year’s Habs. The likelihood of the Habs winning the Cup are some odds that Spock would quote Kirk. We all know what Kirk would do.

  436. joeybarrie says:

    I have said it before, and I was laughed at. I was mocked, and insulted……….

    We have a top ten team and we are getting better….  What do you think now?

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

  437. habfan53 says:

    Actually we are now top 8

  438. habzfan2003 says:

    Not bad for losing to the leafs in ot to scrape into the playoffs… I’ll say… ummm… decent…. :D

  439. smiler2729 says:

    And the Flyers make it in on the last game of the season in a Shootout and proceed to dump MFB and the Devils in 5.

    Expect the unexpected in the post-season.

  440. HardHabits says:

    So tell me. Has the team gelled yet?

  441. smiler2729 says:

    Yup, now it’s time to excel.

    Nothing like a massive 1st round playoff upset to bring a team together eh.

  442. CHsam says:

    I’m gonna save my Gazette reading for later when I’m downtown and taking back a nice coffee on McGill College

  443. The Cat says:

    What will probably be lost in all of this (because Ovechkin is a poster child) is that Ovechkin tried to play mind games with Halak, and Halak ended up showing him up. Halak owns Ovechkin.

  444. TheMostCupsPeriod says:

    Boone,

    So proud of these boys!! Thanks for all your great work, and reverse jinx!!

  445. HabsAndNothingElse says:

    I wonder if green still wonders why he was not named to team canada. I think he’s the most overated player in the nhl.

    ——————– Habs Hockey Nothing Else Matters –CH–

  446. smiler2729 says:

    You might want to add Ovechkin to the Most Overrated list.

  447. sholi2000.com says:

    How do you Halak me Now?

     

    They Call Me Shane

  448. LatheDog says:

    Guys, I don’t want to be a party pooper, but we gotta start focusing on Crosby, Malkin, Fleury and Co. 

    Game 1 starts tomorrow, doesn’t it?  We gotta sober up!

  449. habfan53 says:

    This may piss a few off and I do like Gainey but if he was so sure of the team WHY did he bail in February??

    Gauthier’s first move to pick up Moore was genius. Who would beleive that the second and 3rd stars last night played for the LEAFS last year.

    Last night the team REALLLLYYYY reminded me of ’93 GREAT goaltending and superior TEAM effort.

  450. smiler2729 says:

    Personal reasons. He was burned out and looking very tired to me. A friend of the family who’s known the Molsons forever says he was asked to step down… I don’t know about that but we’ll never know.

    All I do know is that Gainey always had the best interests of the team and its fans at heart when he made his moves but it is difficult and probably stressful to be the very definition of patience in a city where fan impatience is rampant.

    No matter what any GM, be it Gainey or Gauthier, does in Montreal, the move(s) will always be scrutinized ad nauseum and battlelines will be drawn in the sand as the fans take sides on the issue to the point of trading stupid insults. I can’t believe the crap I read here over the goalies.

  451. HabFanSince72 says:

    He didn’t bail. He decided he was stepping down after this season, and it made sense to let the next GM be in charge prior to the trade deadline.

     

  452. terrygain says:

    Jaro is such a classy guy. When asked in the post-game interview on TSN whether he felt he had to steal the game for the Habs to win he replied that he only had to play well and have fun. He then spoke of his teammates  blocked shots.

  453. phillyhab says:

    PROPHET Umberger:

     

    That’s what Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger was alluding to
    when he called the Capitals out for their go-go style, saying, “They
    play the wrong way. They want to be moving all the time. They float
    around in their zone, looking for breakaways and odd-man rushes. … A
    good defensive team is going to beat them (in the playoffs). If you
    eliminate your turnovers and keep them off the power play, they’re
    going to get frustrated because they’re in their zone a lot.”
    Umberger’s got a future in coaching — or clairvoyance.

  454. Bugs says:

    And St-Umberger descended from the mountain and said “Thou shalt a find a way to stymie floaters” and so that did come to pass, and when the faithful gathered to forecheck on the greenest Green, there was panic in the heart of the infidel.

    And so did St-Umberger prove his wisdom yet again when he spoke of defensive acumen with these words “Thou shalt be a good neutral zone trapper and speed stifler” and all was good for the faithful said “yea” to this imparted advice.

    And Goliath did fall with a stone jammed what good in his socket.

    And so did St-Umberger earn himself a seat at the right hand of Our Father in Heaven, the Infinite, the Omniscient, the All-That and then-Some. May St-Umberger’s wisdom follow the faithful unto Valhalla. In His name, His son’s, and the Holy Spirit, a-friggin-men.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  455. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    today is a day to celebrate!!!

    Bob Gainey deserves credit for bringing in Gorges and Gill, Gionta and Gomez, Moen and Pyatt;

    and of course many others down the line – depends how far back you want to go,

    I will give credit where credit is due. those guys are wonderful additions.

    today is a day to overlook the mistakes (like the quest to keep kovalev and komisarek and playing Price over Halak)

     

     

  456. Storm Man says:

    Does Cammy get any love from you?

  457. kempie says:

    Rivet for Georges!

    It’s nice to finally be able to post here using CAPITALS again.

  458. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    not sure if anyone else has posted this, but according to Bob Mckenzie,

    Keep in mind, they were without Jaroslav Spacek. Going into this series, Spacek was their shutdown top defensive guy, but he has the inner ear problem.

    first time i’ve read anything other than a “virus” in describing Spacek’s condition.

     

  459. terrygain says:

    Our shut down guys have been Gill and Gorges. Spacek and Hammer gave up a lot of breakaways this year but Spacek did end up plus 9 and Hammer only minus 2.  Spacek’s been playing well lately so I hope he’s well enough to replace 44 who is our 2nd weakest defenceman after 47, whose ice time should be limited to PP and 4th line.

    We would not have won if JM had continued to sit O’Byrne who was really solid.  I couldn’t tell if he deserved that high-sticking penalty  in the last 2 minutes.  Does  anybody  have an informed objective opinion on that?

  460. Bugs says:

    Boonie, may I suggest you also link stories from Washycity?

    Those are more fun to read. Their crying excuses and woe-is-meing are delectable.

    The disallowed goal, for example.

    Apparently, THAT’S the reason the Washington Capitals lost to the Mtl Canadiens in 7 games, that disallowed goal. Delicious!

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  461. habzfan2003 says:

    lol bugs… delicious :)

  462. Laramy87 says:

    And for the next advantage… NO MORE PIERRE MAGUIRE

  463. HabsAndNothingElse says:

    I think Cbc is even worst, there`s no energy. Pierre might say some weird things at times but it makes you want to listen. But doesn`t really matter cause it`s all about RDS for habs games.

    ——————– Habs Hockey Nothing Else Matters –CH–

  464. habsfanmandy says:

    Wait – the games won’t be on TSN? I thought they will

    Bring the Cup home Boys! I Will Always Believe

  465. habzfan2003 says:

    Amazing… I know a lot of ppl don’t like Bob Cole but being from Newfoundland I idolize him…. IMO no one can make a hockey game more exciting to watch than BC! I find that it’s very electric when he’s calling the games.

  466. nickster13 says:

    as mentioned, CBC is mad boring, poor between period analyzing, having to listen to Don and Donner.

    Sure Pierre is a tad annoying, but as mentioned, Gord Miller makes it excting, plus hes apparently a Habs fan

  467. coachdoug says:

    Wow…The sun is shining bright this morning…the air smells fresh…the smell of victory!

    Still can’t believe it…historic performance by the Habs…

    It’s never over until it is over…never quit…never ever quit or stop fighting!

    Gp Habs Go!!!

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

  468. ManApart says:

    I still can’t believe what happened the last week. Awesome effort by everyone involved last night. Just shows you what can happen when a team gives it their all. They were vastly inferior, but sacrificed themselves to become superior. Give it up to JM, who put together an excellent game plan and used the right players at the right times, after learning through the first half of the series. Congratulations to everyone of those guys, who spilled their guts to win this thing. Last, but not least, thanks to Halak, the MVP of this team all year. You proved them all wrong once again. Even I was starting to have some doubts. We are witnessing the beginning of a legend. PG, sign this guy, now!

  469. Ian Cobb says:

    Don’t forget a little praise for the fella that secured all the contracts my friend!!

  470. topher5468 says:

    After a good nights sleep. I will admit I dogged Gill most of the year, who knew he would be this good. I was also hard on Jaro after the last week of the Regular season and after game 2 but I am forever in his debt for his gutty perfomance. I will be buying a Jersey( Yes, A real One) regardless of knowing if you will be with the team next year. To JM, nice job. I thought you made some nice adjustments and I just wanted to acknowledge that. I would never really allow myself to lose hope but I had my doubts, I mean having to win 3 in a row aginst that team, Wow. And last but not least, Hab Tab, I have never seen any of your posts but I never should have gotten involved, Sorry.  

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

  471. Malreg says:

    “Who know he(Hal Gil) would be this good?”

    Bob Gainey.

  472. terrygain says:

     I will admit I dogged Gill most of the year, who knew he would be this good

    Do you mean other than me? Don’t get carried with with the praise for JM. He did not play the really solid 20 until the 5th game. That is what turned the series around for us. We finally had someone who forced W to play with their heads up. Just ask Chimera. 

    After 24 Cups -and especially the theft in 93, who knows whether we have another miracle for hockey’s most  storied franchise, but I don’t think we’ll beat the Penguins unless we have better coaching and spend more time in the other team’s end.  

     We won because of Jaro and the top four D- Markov, O’Byrne, Gill and Gorges.  We were outshot 42 -16.  As for game 2, there is a natural assumption that if the team gives up 6 goals the goalie has played badly  but  IMHO Jaro did not play as badly in game 2 as most here complained. In my opinion none of the goals were soft.

  473. adam76 says:

    TSN > CBC – but not by much.

  474. SPATS says:

    yep, Gord Miller is good, Bob Cole is not as quick as he used to be and misses a lot of the call. Pierre McGuire’s only fault is he wants the benches to hear him roar so he overdoes it a little. I’ll take RDS any day of the week vs CBC

  475. phillyhab says:

    Brilliant!

  476. mrhabby says:

    amen to that smiler.

  477. habfan53 says:

    I agree  as for battle lines just look at the Price / Halak today  

  478. Malreg says:

    Unfortunately his stick was in the air, and it made contact with another players face.  There’s no objective way to look at that, it’s an automatic penalty.

  479. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    informed – always. objective – “maybe”? :-)

    that was a total B.S., phantom call. period. end of story.

    only high sticking penalty that can be called at that late juncture of game 7 should require that a player is sticked IN THE FACE AREA. Period.

    I saw a good replay on RDS. I did NOT see OB’s stick hit the Cap’s player anywhere near his face.

    That’s my “informed” and relatively “objective” opinion :-)

  480. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    i didn’t see the contact withe face. it was not shown on rds.

  481. topher5468 says:

    True but if the team doesnt make the playoffs , this Hal Gill doesnt exist to us. This was not the same player we watched all season long, But having said that good for him and Bob Gainey

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

  482. smiler2729 says:

    I love Bob Cole, even now, he’s a classic! A bit of a Leaf lover but he’s THE VOICE of HNIC.

  483. habzfan2003 says:

    I know he has such a good voice… I don’t mind Chris Cuthbert either. I enjoy him sayin ” and he took a wack at it” :D

  484. TripleX says:

    It really pisses me off that the CBC automatically gets all the Canadian series in the second round.  TSN should get the Montreal games as long as they are still in it.  Let CBC-Toronto get stuck with Boston looks good on them as they have neglected Montreal as long as I can remember.

  485. forskis says:

    It was all part of the aggressive money being paid by CTV Globemedia…the CBC did not neglect the Habs this year, they chose Crosby…TSN threw money at the NHL in order to get one Canadian team in the first round if there were more than two but CBC gets them in the 2nd round.

    If at all possible, TSN will probably bid for the rights to a Canadian team in the 2nd round next season as well.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  486. Merc_Roswell says:

    Even though I know that in every playoff season there will be upsets and anything can happen so I knew there was that slim chance that the habs could win. But, I ‘ll be the first to admit that before the series started, I thought the Caps would win in 4 games to 0 or 4-1. Of course I wanted the habs to win, but I thought a dose of reality was needed. I am happy that my prediction didn’t come true.

  487. habfan53 says:

    Welcome back on the bandwagon

  488. Merc_Roswell says:

    I loved what Sara Kwak wrote in her column in SI.com

    …..That’s what Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger was alluding to when he called the Capitals out for their go-go style, saying, “They play the wrong way. They want to be moving all the time. They float around in their zone, looking for breakaways and odd-man rushes. … A good defensive team is going to beat them (in the playoffs). If you eliminate your turnovers and keep them off the power play, they’re going to get frustrated because they’re in their zone a lot.” Umberger’s got a future in coaching — or clairvoyance.

    Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/sarah_kwak/04/29/habs.caps.game.7/index.html?eref=sihp#ixzz0mVc8ktti

    Good point!

  489. TripleX says:

    Looks like NBC will be carrying the Pitt vs Montreal game on Sunday.  Woot, coast to coast on CBC in Canada and in the US on NBC.  Is this the most potential viewers for a Habs game ever?

  490. habfan53 says:

    I’ll be watching NBC

  491. Merc_Roswell says:

    Gill is the man! I remembered when the Pens traded for him from Toronto and I thought to myself, “Gill? You gotta be kidding! He’s awful on defense”. Then I remember how everyone, including myself, was surprised at how instrumental he was in the Pens success last year and the cup win. Good signing Gainey! Gorges, you rock! Halak, another fantabulous game. O’ Byrne, I am happy to see you finally coming into your own. Keep up the hard work guys!

    I wonder if Halak realizes that he has been elevated to demi-god status here in Montreal.

  492. avatar_58 says:

    Can you imagine how Subban feels? His first playoff round win in Hamilton, then on to help the habs win a historic 3-1 comeback. He must be smiling from ear to ear. Good for him, FINALLY a feel good rookie story for the habs eh? It’s been awhile.

    As a bulldogs fan though I feel for the team. Going to be tough without PK for at least 4-7 games. Round 2 of the AHL is Subban-less. Benoit, Weber and Belle need to step up big and prove they are just as good. That game is today isn’t it? Wow…so much good hockey in such a tiny timespan.

    CMON HABS! I don’t care WHAT happens in round 2 it’s bonus, but geez oh man if they could upset the caps who knows!

  493. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    absolutely! – forgot Cammy – awesome!!

  494. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    the biggest surprise for me was how predictable OV was.

    OV does not even try to involve his linemates in the play.

    he has the same move to the inside on the rush off that left side.

    he shoots from everywhere.

    sure he has great speed and a wicked shot – but this is the NHL – you can not be so predictable when you are playing the same defencemen 7 times in 10 days.

    he plays like he’s in Pee Wee AA – skating around, looking for the shot and the glory.

    its hard to win when your best player is so selfish, and he is being shut down.

     

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