Lots o’fun in stripes

Dan O’Halloran and Dan O’Rourke will referee tonight’s Canadiens-Bruins game.

Two Irishmen reffing in Boston. Perfect.

Just kidding. They’ll do fine.

PRE-GAME AUDIO: Jacques Martin in French and English | Paul Mara | Mathieu Darche | Mike Cammalleri


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  4. filincal says:

    F…. Recchi and his comments. Chara should still keep his head on a swivel. I have a feeling there’ll be a few slapshots aimed at his noggin.
    Recchi and the rest can say what they want to divert attention away from Chara, cause I’m sure he’s quietly wondering what will be headed his way. Plus he’s been very average since his “hockey play”.

  5. fbkj says:

    good on mara

  6. ABHabsfan says:

    I have it from a realible source, ( I can’t say who but he plays for Chi and rhymes with “ravioli”) that Recchi is the dirtiest player he has played against. Stick in the can, cheap shots after the whistle, yippin’ off and the like. I would love to see him get filled in tonight; clean but devestating.
    The best revenge would be 2 pts tonight and chase over-rated Thomas from the game

  7. christophor says:

    As per Darren Dregger:

    “Georges Laraque … boldly states Montreal’s decision to not employ a fulltime ‘tough guy’ is the reason Max Pacioretty was crushed by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara earlier this month at the Bell Centre and is partly to blame for the potential of nastiness tonight.

    ‘I guarantee if Montreal had somebody in the lineup…a deterrent, that hit on Pacioretty doesn’t happen…guaranteed!’ Laraque told The Dreger Report.”

  8. Chuck says:

    For fans in the Hamilton area… RetroMikey will undoubtedly wet himself.

    Fans attending Tuesday’s game will have a chance to view and take a picture with Hockey’s Holy Grail

    HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Bulldogs and Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Incorporated (HECFI) announced today that Copps Coliseum, celebrating its 25th Anniversary, will proudly host the viewing of the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup on Tuesday, March 29th prior to the ‘Dogs 7:00 p.m. home game against the Abbotsford Heat. Fans that have a ticket to Tuesday’s game will be able to view and take pictures with the Stanley Cup from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Fans must have a ticket to Tuesday’s game in order to access this special showing.

    The oldest trophy in North American professional sports, the Stanley Cup is awarded annually to the NHL’s playoff champions following the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Montreal Canadiens, NHL affiliate of the Bulldogs, have hoisted the Stanley Cup a league-leading 24 times including a record five consecutive times from 1956-1960.

  9. Nahlsy says:

    Been reading elsewhere. Martin refused to comment on Recchi’s stupidity (said he doesn’t read the press, he’s too busy with hockey)

    Mara and Gill didn’t sound overly impressed with Recchi at all either.

    “We heard those comments yesterday,” Montreal blueliner Paul Mara said Thursday morning in advance of the game between the Bruins and Canadiens at TD Garden. “A player with a broken vertebra and has been knocked out on the ice for 3 or 4 minutes, how do you question the integrity of a hockey team and that we’re embellishing it? [It] is really questionable coming from a guy who’s 42 years old and has been around the league for so long. He’s entitled to his opinion and we’re entailed to ours, but in Montreal we really know the truth.”

    Montreal defenseman Hal Gill — a former Bruin — was asked about Recchi’s comments, too. “I don’t have any thoughts on that,” Gill said. When pressed further about a veteran player like Recchi questioning the integrity of the Montreal organization, Gill responded by saying: “We had a player that was pretty seriously injured. If you’re saying anything other than, ‘I hope he’s well and I hope he’s getting better’ then I don’t have any time for it.”

  10. Malreg says:

    Apparently Plekanec, Halpern, Darche, and Sopel are all game time decisions tonight, with Plekanec, Darche, and Sopel being more probable than Halpern.

    If Sopel plays, then Picard sits, and if Plekanec is in Dawes is out. I’m assuming that if Darche is ready to go then Pyatt will sit.

    EDIT: Forgot bout Engvist…

    • davelecave says:

      I assume that in that scenario, they’d keep Dawes over Pyatt for toughness. I think we’d line up like this:

      Cammalleri – Plekanec – Moen
      Gionta – Gomez – Pouliot
      White – Desharnais – Darche
      Kostitsyn – Eller – Dawes

      Gill – Subban
      Hamrlik – Wisniewski
      Mara – Picard

      • bwoar says:

        Without Halpern I expect

        Cammalleri – Plekanec – Kostitsyn
        Gionta – Gomez – Moen
        Pouliot – Desharnais – Darche
        Pyatt – Eller – White

        I don’t see Dawes bringing anything more than Pyatt does.

  11. DearyLeary says:

    I totally tweeted you the Irishmen in Boston joke! I demand recognition! haha

  12. OneTimer says:

    Dear fellow HI/O-ers,

    There are a lot of myths/memes circulating on the internet about our team. One is that we’re dirty after the whistles with stickwork/crosschecks/etc. Another is that we’re the league’s worst divers. I don’t buy either of those, but hey that’s what the internets say.

    What I’d like to call your attention to is the “booing the U.S. national anthem” myth. I’ve watched every Habs game for the last three years and I don’t think I’ve heard it once, but maybe it doesn’t come through on TV. Can anyone actually tell me the last time it happened?

    Thank you.

    • Bugs says:

      When the Yanks invaded Iraq, there was booing against the US anthem at the Bell, yes.
      That was 8 years ago.

      Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

    • Rudy says:

      The Habs fans did it last year in the playoffs because I remember them asking Gio/Gomez and Gill about it.
      Pathetic really.

      “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  13. secretdragonfly says:

    That’s great, I enjoy hearing Pierre Houde say O’Halloran – almost as much as Vanmassenhoven.

  14. Bugs says:

    If the refs start droppin the ball tonight, they’d be well worth a slapper towards the teeth as well.
    “Accidentally” of course…

    Chillin like MacMillan, potty-boy says he’s L. B. Potter, esq.

  15. Chuck says:

    More fun from the NESN boards:

    We Have More Stanley Cups Than You Have IQ Points said…

    Dear Anonymous:

    I pains, you, doesn’t it? I mean, PHYSICALLY pains you… the kind of pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night, sheets bathed in sweat, heart racing a mile-a-minute. That’s what it’s like to feel that kind of jealousy; to know that, deep down inside, they’re simply BETTER than you, and the helpless feeling that goes along with it knowing that there’s not a damn thing that you can do about it. And not just any kind of better, but a DOMINANT kind of better. To know that you’re stuck cheering for a team that’s been more inept at bringing Lord Stanley’s mug home than even the Maple Leafs. To know that you’re stuck cheering for a team that, even if it were to win every game against the Habs for the next FOURTEEN years, would STILL have a lifetime losing record against those dastardly Flying Frenchmen. To know that the vaunted fallacy of the “Big Bad Bruins” has produced ZERO Stanley Cups since Nixon lied about being a crook. The pain of being OWNED.

    That’s how it feels to be a Bruins fan… and for that, I truly feel sorry for you and your kind.

    • Chuck says:


      A perfectly predictable response from someone with a huge inferiority complex: “We’re going to kick your ass tonight, therefore we’re better!”

      But Barry, the truth is that you’re not better. Not even close. Should the Bruins win tonight–and there’s every chance that they could–you and your cronies in black will trumpet on about how one victory proves that your team is better than your hated rivals, which in fact couldn’t be further from the truth.

      No Barry, you’ll crawl into bed tonight trying to convince yourself that the Big Bad Bruins are king of the mountain, while at the same time there’ll be that little voice of uncertainty in the back of your head, clawing at your uneasy confidence, saying, “But what have we won, really? Sure, the Bruins may have won a battle, but the Canadiens continue to defeat us in war.”

      Sleep soundly, Barry.

    • Nahlsy says:

      Bostonians get off on playing the loser. Don’t believe it? Look at the Bruins and the Red Sox (and their fans). Who do they pick a rivalry with? They go after the best and know there’s no way in hell they could ever hope to come out of it on top. They’re gluttons for punishment. The Celtics are a slightly different issue as they’ve actually had success, but even they’ve managed to make the Lakers (the second best) their rival. Boston just loves to wallow in their own misery while their rivals win time and time again. It’s something about their fans that draws them all to associate with losers in general so they can gripe about winners and feel sorry for themselves and spread all of the bitterness they’ve got in life out towards the teams they are jealous of etc etc.
      You get the basic idea.

  16. CBrady12 says:

    Apparently the Zamboni driver at the TD Garden took his sweet ass time putting up the nets and closing the doors because the habs players got onto the ice before he was done cleaning it.

    Quick, someone write an open letter to TD

  17. Hobie Hansen says:

    So what’s the story on Plekanec, is he playing tonight or what?

  18. DrewCareyPriceIsRight says:

    If only the game was on St-Pat’s day it would be perfect! 🙂

    On a more serious note, skimming through the post-Recchi interview commentary and stories, one would think that if indeed this was a big ruse to get Chara suspended, someone from the habs brass would have let MaxPac in on the conspiracy no? “Uhm…Max, about that twitter account you are thinking of opening up, why not wait a few weeks. Oh, and if you are feeling like getting out and watching a movie or something…reconsider and create a netflix account instead”.

    Recchi’s/Boston radio’s take on this is all messed up…talk about blaming the victim.

  19. shiram says:

    Maybe they should go the (fake) wrestling way and have a special guest referee.
    Is Jacques Rougeau still in shape??

  20. RGM says:

    It’s interesting to note that the NHL has made a big deal of promoting that it’s assigned two of its top officials to the game to ensure civility. After all, it worked so well the last time when they trumpeted that they had McCreary and Furlatte on the ice…

    Carey Price is All Hart! http://on.fb.me/CP31Hart
    Go Habs Go!

  21. habs001 says:

    going into this game we are badly out gunned in the scoring stats…the bruins have scored 17 more goals than we have and some of their new players (peverley,kelly,etc) goals are not included as they scored many of their goals with their former teams…the bruins have 12 players on their roster with 10 or more goals and thornton has 9…we may be missing 55 goals from our line up(plecks,maxpac,darche,halpern). if the bruins dont win today this would really be a huge psychological scar for them because there is no way they should lose this game…. with the injuries our scoring line stats wise will be at an unbelievable disadvantage…

    • observer says:

      They were all missing when Habs scored 8 goals on Sunday, their best output in years.

    • DrewCareyPriceIsRight says:

      i gotta feelin’ it will come down to who is going to allow the one less goal tonight vs. who will score more. Habs will try to play a game like BUffalo did. At least they may have learned a thing or two from it seeing as it was so recent. 🙂

      • sp00k says:

        “i gotta feelin’ it will come down to who is going to allow the one less goal tonight vs. who will score more.”

        I agree? Though if you think about it, ALL hockey games are like that…

  22. davelecave says:


    But honestly, what a tough gig.

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