How sweet it is!

Check out the new Stop sign in Washington.

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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

Jean-François Bégin in La Presse

Sean Gordon in the Globe and Mail

Mike Wise in the Washington Post

Scott Burnside at

Sarah Kwak in Sports Illustrated

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


  1. 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?


  2. Chuck says:

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


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

  3. G-Man says:

    May the Habs be with you, Rob! 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. avatar_58 says:

    The HELL with reality I’m basking

  7. 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.


  8. 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

  9. 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!!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!



  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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…

  15. 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?

  16. 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. 


  17. 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!!!!!


  18. 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.

  19. HardHabits says:

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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…”

  22. 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…

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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…”

  26. 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.

  27. Bianca says:
    2010 PLAYOFFS

    On sale: Saturday May, 1st at 10:00 a.m.

    To access the on-sale, check into the virtual waiting room May 1st at 9:15 a.m.

    At 10:00 a.m. their will be a random draw in effect to determine order of purchase.

    The links to access ticket purchase will be posted on Saturday, May 1st at 9:15 a.m.

    Purchase limit: 2 tickets per client

     Available games:

    • Round 2 – Game 1 at home – Tuesday, May 4, 7h p.m.
    • Round 2 – Game 2 at home – Thursday, May 6, 7h p.m.
    • Round 2 – Game 3 at home (if necessary) – Monday, May 10, 7h p.m.
  28. 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?”

  29. riazp says:

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

  30. Malreg says:

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

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

  31. 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).

  32. 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.






    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.

  33. 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

  34. avatar_58 says:

    Unreal. I still don’t believe it happened.

  35. riazp says:

    Id have to say Habs in 7

  36. 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. 

  37. 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.

  38. SmartDog says:

    Wow. Wow. Wow. WOW!

    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  39. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:


  40. HabsFanInTampa says:

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

  41. rogieshan says:

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

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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..”

  45. Bob Barker says:

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

  46. 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!”

  47. 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?


  48. 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?

  49. 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…

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