Markov makes Pittsburgh trip

My, my. Look who’s arrived in Pittsburgh: it’s Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov (left) with fellow D Hal Gill.

Allen McInnis, Gazette

Andrei Markov, who has not been seen in public since he suffered an injury in Game 1 of the Pittsburgh series was on the team’s charter to the Steel City today. Earlier in the day, coach Jacques Martin said there was no news on Markov’s condition but it’s believed that he’s not ready to play.

Conor McKenna of the Team 990, who broke the news Markov had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, reports Markov has not had surgery and could suit up with the injury.

Sergei Kostitsyn, who has been in Martin’s doghouse, was not on the flight.

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Compilation of Game 4 no-calls



  1. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Saku makes Me pull for Finland, but I love Our Czechs and Slovaks too JJ …Canada: Gold, Finns: Silver, and Czechs or Slovakia for Bronze will be ideal in My book

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  2. SLONCOLD says:

    i tore mine, if you play without an acl you risk completely wrecking you meniscus… you’re also prone to tibia displacement.. even with a acl brace(i have a donjoy defiance 3 brace). without an acl, you can’t pivot.

    acl rehab is 6-9 month although it is possible to return in 5 months(which i did).

    to determine an acl injury u just need to preform a simple test, the Lachman test.

    the new thought process on acl tears is to rehab for 2 month first and then have surgery. it tends to make recover a bit quicker afer the surgery.

  3. J.J. of Turku says:

    …There is still one thing to do, but  better not to mention it and get this site an x-rated label… 😉


  4. habsman-itoba says:

    Naw, he was taken down.  I was sure there would be a penalty shot on that play.   But as it has been stated, 7 missed calls to one is not a level playing field..

  5. habs63 says:

    The way the game was refed last night, I am suprise they even let one Montreal slip and since we won. I’m taking it lol.

  6. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Malkin got his shot off before he leap a bit by trying to draw a penalty IMO. It could have been called and Gorges could have been assest a two minute penalty for tripping.

  7. 24 Cups says:

    There is no question that Johan Hedberg would be an excellent choice (assuming he doesn’t return to Europe).  He would be a great mentor, is content in that role, and is capable of playing and winning an extended series of games if Halak gets hurt.  He’s 37 and would probably take a one year deal.  That means Desjardins would get another year in Hamilton with a heavy workload which would be more beneficial than sitting on the bench.


  8. J.J. of Turku says:


    Good luck to team Canada too… If you need any…

    This time we really need good luck, our team is filled with players from Euro- and KHL-leagues. Even a bronze would be huge. I’ll be happy if we play against swedes and humiliate them :) Beating the swedes with those guys would be as sweet as gold!


  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …try to slip-in some Nookie too JJ …it will help You relax

    …works everytime for Me …and puts a Bounce in Your step too

    …all work no play makes JJ a dull boy

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  10. mike g says:


    so the Habs got away with 1 non-call, compared to the Pens getting away with 7 non-calls….

    I guess that makes it equal, right??     puhleeze…

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

  11. habsman-itoba says:

    That was great, thanks!  The only thing missing was his plea to the refs last night after his stick got broken.  That was sad, made sadder only by the fact that it worked.

  12. 24 Cups says:

    Great point, Chris.  He could be the new version of MAB.

  13. light_n_tasty says:

    I thought Malkin tripped over Halak.

  14. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …hope Finland takes Silver to Canada’s Gold JJ …Good Luck

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  15. 24 Cups says:

    Dave – I was thinking the same thing when I saw the new thread title.

    All of us here on the site have our own differing opinions about Gainey, Martin, the UFAs, the K brothers, Halak/Price etc.  There are no right or wrong answers on any of these topics.  They are all up for debate.

    Having said that, there is one undeniable truth that seems to be emerging in terms of our team in the post season.  They have great spirit and determination.  The intangibles displayed by this team are what is presently carrying them through.  That’s a glass half full (be it a Molsons or a Rusty Nail) no matter what side of the fence you are on.

  16. Chris says:

    I had always heard that you can play on a partially torn ligament, as some doctors like to wait until it is completely torn before repairing it.  Like you say, it would definitely take some pain tolerance…if he plays, I would really be surprised.

  17. habnagoodtime says:

    It was Moen. Moen had his man beaten and he was blatantly tripped…it was ridiculous. I watched it again on Canadiens Express and it made me even madder.

  18. habs-hampton says:

    Cedric Desjardins.

  19. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    He’ll be fine if the media understands his role and doesn’t run him out of town.

  20. VancouverHab says:

    This clip from Sportsnet today mocking Crosby is hilarious (apologies if it’s been posted alredy.)

  21. habs63 says:

    Montreal did get away with one last night, an important non call that could of turned the game for Pitts.

    When Josh G. tripped Malkin after he got the shot off on his break away.


    I wonder if that was a make non-call or not.

  22. habs63 says:

    Montreal did get away with one last night, an important non call that could of turned the game for Pitts.

    When Josh G. tripped Malkin after he got the shot off on his break away.


    I wonder if that was a make non-call or not.

  23. punkster says:

    Markov? Doubt he’ll play and jeorardize his career. But what a show of support to travel with the guys. Leadership, teamwork, heart and soul. Win or lose this team has it all. Who else feels the pride?


  24. habs03 says:

    While last year Tang didn’t want to play and “risk re-injuring” himself.

  25. shootdapuck says:

    Using that metric does Biron want to hear the “Biiiron” braying donkey in the Bell Centre?


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  26. topher5468 says:

    That would be my choice as well, Biron 

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

  27. terrygain says:

    Price wants to be number one, somewhere. He’ll sign an offer sheet.

  28. FSUPhi1584 says:

    I didn’t see anything special from pouliot this past game but  the game before it seemed like Gomez would hog the puck only looking for Gionta, or Gionta would have the puck and shoot instead of passing. I saw several occasions where Pouliot was in a good lane and wide open and he wouldn’t get the puck. I like him as a forechecker. During his hot streak, he had several breakaways – almost one a game.

  29. topher5468 says:

    That clip missed a big one, I dont remember who it was but if the final 2-3 minutes there should have been an Interference call when the habs were coming out of their zone and a Pitt player just stopped him, probably prevented an odd man break. Even That giant Douche Darren Eliot on Versus said the Pens just got away with one  

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

  30. krob1000 says:

    IF you make it to nuumber 6 you aren’t trying hard enough!

  31. J.J. of Turku says:

     Hmmmm… Germany-USA 1-1, 7 mins left 3rd period…


  32. SeriousFan09 says:

    So could Martin Biron and he’d be cheaper and honestly, who thinks Theo wants to come back to Montreal? First bad game and it’s “The-o” all over again.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  33. SeriousFan09 says:

    So, where are the doubters questioning Markov’s commitment to the team?

    That’s what I thought.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  34. shootdapuck says:

    Believe it or not Theodore!

    He can mentor the number 1 and will satisfy the Pierre Boivin political wing AKA L’Antichambre!

    And cheap!


    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  35. J Haul says:

    Oh man, I was furious at that one. On the far boards right? I think it was Moen or Darche held up, but I could be wrong.

  36. J.J. of Turku says:

     Working really sucks these days…:)



  37. boris420 says:

    Not to worry, once you tear your ACL it’s gone, it’s done…you cannot make it any worse.

    They say it all depends on your pain tolerance so maybe he could tough it out.

  38. SPATS says:

    I see conditioning as Pouliot’s enemy right now. A gifted player, he showed earlier in the year (when he was fresh) that his puck sense and reaction were of 1st line quality. Now, I believe, he’s lost 1/2 a step and his reaction just isn’t there and it’s eroding his confidence. The harder he tries, the tougher it gets and the more he thinks… I believe JM knows this and is sitting him accordingly. He’ll be a monster next year after he gets his fitness dealt with. Oh, and the mustache is too funny!

  39. Castor says:

    Seriously. You can`t trust anyone.

  40. kakey says:

    Why not keep both, and sign Price at a discount since his value is not that high right now. If he continues to regress management will have a easier time to unload him, and if he returns to top form, we’ll have a bargain in our hand. Win-win.

  41. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    ha! EXACTLY the same for me too.



  42. 123456 says:

    my list is the same as i have project going on, funny how 2 – 6 sometiems get missed but never #1.

    secret mod

  43. petrov14 says:

    Ahahaha Laser pen duty! nice.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  44. petrov14 says:

    Maybe he’ll be behind the bench a la Denis Savard….

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  45. topher5468 says:

    Isn’t team 990 the ones who reported a torn ACL, well which is it damn it

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

  46. krob1000 says:

    but Markov always gets injured and doesn’t try to play through the pain, he is another useless European…and Sergei travelling to Pittsburgh? via bandwagon? Maybe Sergei is on laser pen duty?

  47. longtimehabsfan says:

    Ditto, pal.

  48. longtimehabsfan says:

    Markov going to Pittsburgh is in line with the cohesiveness of this locker room.  Metro refused to let his injury lead to his playing his last game this year, now Markov is probably feeling the same.  Spacek is fighting his ass off to get back on the ice.  What a difference a year makes.

  49. topher5468 says:

    I wish we could know the real deal with marky, I would hate to have false hope that he could possibly return. How bizzare to have such conflicting reports, Mayber career threatning to a possible return, Its killing me.

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

  50. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    with guys like mason, turco, ellis, biron, all UFA the market won’t be great for us to make a trade. other guys maybe on the block would be tim thomas, josh harding and cory schneider. the return would suck compared to a year ago. best to resign and wait.

    halak gets a raise, price doesn’t. we keep both.

  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cedrick isn’t ready, seen him a few times this year and he’s just not up to facing the NHL competition yet.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  52. J.J. of Turku says:

    These are hard times… Things I have to do:

    1. Wathc Habs’ playoffs

    2. Try to work

    3. Renovate home

    4. Hang around in HI/O

    5. Eat

    6. Sleep


    In that order…


  53. Castor says:


  54. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    crazy. even if he played a few minutes on the PP he’d be a great help. i love gorges and hamr but they ain’t PP guys.

    wow. i love markov.


    according to MA Godin (twitter) Sergei is heading to Pitts, just not on flight.

  55. LEAF KILLERS says:

    24. Cedric Desjardins

  56. J.J. of Turku says:

    My humble Finnish opinion: Niittymäki is perfect backup… And he’s from Turku 😉


  57. ed lopaz says:

    the fact that markov has not had surgery is very interesting.

    certain injuries to knee ligaments can allow the player to keep playing – with limited mobility and usually quite a bit of pain.

    here’s bob mckenzie’s explanation of an ACL injury. this might explain markov’s situation quite well.

    But when a player blows out his ACL, which ultimately requires extensive surgery and rehab (anywhere from six months to a year in some cases), tolerance to pain is the critical factor in whether a player can come back and play with the injury and without the ACL. The ACL stabilizes the entire knee but it is possible to compete without one, although a strong brace must be used to effectively replace the torn ACL.

    which means markov could be facing surgery in the off season, but he could play tomorrow night wearing a brace.

  58. Cable Guy says:

    Don’t go after anyone, we have Cedric in Hamilton that will fit nicely as the backup.

  59. HabFanSince72 says:

    Trading Halak would be surprising.

    I don;t see the point in trading Price either since he is not eligible for arbitration.


  60. LEAF KILLERS says:

    both Kostitsyns will be gone also Metro and Darche . Trotter, White, MaxPac , Maxwell and Palushaj will be given a chance. Hopefully they keep Moore. Go Habs Go

  61. DD says:

    When’s bettman going to cut to the chase and put little penguins with hockey stcks and gloves on the moronic sycophants wearing the black and white stripes? Come on Gary, even Healey noticed the biased penalty calls, and he’s so coloured blind, he can only see that loser shade of blue associated with that team we love to hate, playing golf right now, again.

  62. Harani says:

    Total aside but Eklund has ranked all the UFA goalies this summer. When/If one of Price/Halak gets traded, who should the Habs go after?

    1. Chris Mason
    2. Evgeni Nabokov
    3. Jose Theodore
    4. Dan Ellis 
    5. Martin Biron
    6. Mike Brodeur
    7. Antero Niittymaki
    8. Vesa Toskala
    9. Robert Esche
    10. Marty Turco
    11. Manny Fernandez
    12. Michael Leighton
    13. Peter Budaj
    14. Johan Hedberg
    15. Ray Emery
    16. Many Legace
    17. Wade Dubielewicz
    18. Andrew Raycroft
    19. Patrick Lalime
    20. Joey MacDonald
    21. Johan Backlund
    22. Alex Auld

    23. Steve Valiquette 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  63. TripleX says:

    Metro is probably still hurt and with a bum shoulder can’t play his style, thus the limited ice time.  AK and Pleks are not scoring but are doing it defensively.  AK was hitting and skating last game and was hardly a negative.  Pouliot?  I agree there.  Where is he?  How many times does he turn away from hitting a player in the offensive zone or bailing on the puck to avoid a hit. 



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  64. J. Ambrose says:

    Pleks and Metro get a pass because the former has been spending all his time on the PK fighting off the refs’ imaginary penalties, and the latter hasn’t seen any ice time (except last night). But, yeah, Pouliot and AK are supposed to be our trigger men, along with Cammy and Gionta, but now they’re packing pea-shooters.

  65. boris420 says:

    It’s been done my friend so don’t speak too quick, players have indeed played on torn ACL’s. The question is did he do surgery on it yet and do we have any proof that it’s actually a torn ACL.

  66. habnagoodtime says:

    If he went to the Kovalev Flying School, there is only a 50-50 chance the plane will take off because he may decide he doesn’t feel like flying today :)

  67. TripleX says:

    I assume Markov has put off a season ending surgery to wait and see how far the Habs go.  If he has enough time to rehabilitate the knee as far as swelling and pain go, he CAN play without doing more damage to the ACL. 

    It is simply insurance.  If he has the surgery it is over for him.  I imagine Markov wants to wait and he went with the team because he wants to be a part of it all and he has earned it.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  68. chilli says:

    It would be really nice if Poulliot, Pleks, Metro and Big Tits contributed some offense. Pyatt and Lappy have been playing great. I still like Poulliot but he really does spend more time picking himself off the ice than John LeClair used to do. The kid skates on banana peels.

    Crosby has a 5 point game in him coming soon. Hopefully in summer league.



  69. SLONCOLD says:

    if he tore his acl, he can’t play this quickly after tearing it… even with a brace

  70. habsfan0 says:

    Maybe he was just flying the aircraft. I understand he took flying lessons from Kovalev.

  71. habnagoodtime says:

    Question for Hickey:

    Was he on crutches…in a wheelchair…walking…running…in full equipment ready to go?

  72. Colex says:

    What a huge lift a Markov return would be.Not holding my breath though

  73. Iceberg84 says:

    The canadiens never confirmed the injury, maybe the news reports were wrong? They were clearly off about Staal’s injury, to an extent at least. Or maybe they’ve decided that an injured Markov is still more reliable than Bergeron.

    Plus, if he was seriously injured, shouldn’t he have stayed in Montreal to rest and recuperate? Unless he’s going for moral support, but considering his inability to speak English, I can’t see that as a possible reason.

  74. Corio says:

    wow it’s crazy how blatant some of those were..

  75. Natrous says:

    Ummm.. how?

  76. fuhgawz says:

    could it be? … na can’t be — can it?

    Game 6? return

  77. mike g says:

    If Markov’s not been seen in public since game 1, how are we certain he’s on that plane?

    Sneaky little dude, this Markov……maybe he’s going to drink from the same magical fountain as Jordan Staal.

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

  78. SLONCOLD says:

    torn tendon in a foot can be supported with a skate…. a brace can’t really support a knee missing an acl :-( well the brace will help with the tibia displacement but not in a contact sport:-(

  79. fuhgawz says:

    i love modern medicine they chopped off Sergie’s leg and sewed it on Markov brilliant doctors this team has !!

  80. Say Ash says:

    Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic man. Andrei Markov will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.

  81. Morocco says:

    He could be going because he’s a team leader and good moral support.

  82. Off-side says:

    As a cheerleader?

  83. secretdragonfly says:

    Interesting poll results on

    What will be the Canadiens-Penguins series result?

    Penguins win series 4-2:
    22.01 %
    Canadiens win series 4-2:
    15.74 %
    Penguins win series 4-3:
    23.19 %
    Canadiens win series 4-3:
    39.07 %
  84. Off-side says:

    Screw the polls.  Anything can happen.

  85. Chuck says:

    Hmmm. That’s just about 55% of respondants picking the Habs to eventually win the series. Does that mean that we’re no longer underdogs?


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

  86. Chuck says:

    And he’ll make the “bionic” sound when he skates, too.


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

  87. habsfan0 says:

    Colonel Steve Austin would not be amused.

  88. DD says:

    As long as it’s not in slo-mo.

  89. punkster says:

    No, it simply means a whole bunch of HI/O posters logged in dozens of times each and responded. The NHL has trouble running fan polls as we know 😉

  90. boris420 says:

    lollll thats what I was going to say. Remembering the famous ALL STAR poll.


  91. TripleX says:

    Prime Minister Harper meets Montreal Canadiens fans in Croatia.  Canada’s team and now Croatia and Slovakia as well.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  92. krob1000 says:

    highlight of the article…….”I did see [the two fans]. Absolutely,” Mr. Harper told reporters before he went outside to meet them. “It just shows Montreal Canadiens fans take their loyalty everywhere, as we know, in Canada and abroad. Toronto Maple Leaf fans do the same thing, a little more shyly this time of year.”

  93. Danno says:

    Thanks for that TripleX! The Habs bandwaggon is getting crowded. First Don Cherry and now Steven Harper.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  94. habs03 says:

    Hey whats up with Mara, I know he is done for the year but does he travel with the guys and stuff, I hope so, he seems like a good guy to have around, and grows the best playoff beards.

  95. habz says:

    Wow…7 non calls?? that’s total BS…Unreal…I wish I have the power to do something about this and make it right..But heh, I’m just a passionate habs fan.

  96. 24 Cups says:

    I think that  four or five out of seven could have been penalties.

    And I honestly tried not to be a Hab fan when I looked at them.

  97. ArmyFan says:

    The ones that always seem to miss the list – and certainly were not on the CBC montage – were the two trips in Pittsburgh’s end about 10 seconds before Darche went off for tripping (the one that lead to the towel “donation” on the ice).

    Two (yes, two) Habs players went down in the high slot area in Pittsburgh’s end just as the Penguins were breaking out.  Moore was one of them, Metropolit might have been the other one.  I didn’t see any good replays, as the focus was on the Darche call, but from what I saw on the live feed it looked like both (or AT LEAST one) was tripped.  I was losing my mind about that when the ref made the call on Darche for tripping, at which point I thought I was going to have an aneurism.

  98. ShangaDoo says:

    I honestly tried not to be a Hab fan…”


  99. habsguy says:

    4 or 5 out of the seven,  you’re almost as bad as the refs….

  100. lavie says:

    Was it the first time that HNIC experts said positively for Habs?

  101. Danno says:

    You know the team is doing well when HNIC starts jumping on the bandwagon. And Cherry stands up for the Habs. Has Hell frozen over or what?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  102. likehoy says:

    nah, elliotte friedman is on our side and has been for a long time. he’s a habs fan, it’s obvious!

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

  103. mike g says:

    For some reason, if Marky really wants to go I’d convince him to play game 6 in MTL.

    Game 5 is on the road, meaning the Pens have the last change. And guess who will gladly jump on the ice to welcome back Markov on his 1st shift? The chef, Mr. Cooke for sure. And I doubt he would tickle Andrei and tell him he’s glad to see him.

    So it may be wiser to play him when we have final change. This way we can get him out there when the chef just finished a shift. And with the final change you can also make sure Moen is on the ice when Markov is, incase Cooke feels the need to double-shift and by “chance” injure the oppositions best player once again…

    Just thinkin….

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

  104. Chuck says:

    It’s nothing that a “defensive” high stick to the teeth couldn’t cure.


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

  105. longtimehabsfan says:

    No crutches. 

  106. Ton says:

    990 spoted markov and took picture of him walking carrying his bags, no cruches. they could lied and it could have been a minor sprain!!

  107. Shublips says:

    Well for someone who is supposed to have a torn ACL, he is walking pretty well without crutches there AND he is carrying his own bad.

    Hmmmm….smells like playoff subterfuge to me.

    Habs on Facebook: on Twitter: on

  108. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah it’s the first time I’ve seen a guy with a torn ACL walking around like that after just a week. Remember how they kept Markov hidden during his first injury?

    I doubt he’s in Pittsburgh for any treatment, and I seriously doubt he’s there to visit family. Therefore….



    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  109. andrewberkshire says:

    I think it should be important for everyone to note, that the compilation done by CBC that’s posted here wasn’t done at the end of the game. It was done in the second period, so there were far more calls as the game went on that were blatantly ignored.

  110. Harani says:

    That picture just freakin’ made my day. Good to see! Also, totally off-topic, Tommy Pyatt is smokin’ hot! 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  111. nfldanchor says:

    I dont think anyone on Montreal would back down from Cooke . The Habs have players that can handle things if someone runs Markov . Check out Moen on you tube , he can go!  The Pens are on the run and now the Sheriff is coming to town . The Pens cant get away with all the tripping and cheap shots forever . Sookie Crosby must have a pass from Bettman and the league for all the antics he got away with this series.

  112. andrewberkshire says:

    If Cooke tries to run Markov, I hope Markov harpoons him.

  113. ShangaDoo says:

    He is more than smokin’ hot…he looks so damn edible. Mmm!

    God, I love a guy with facial hair. It’s so sexy. 


  114. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Marky has THAT Wyatt Earp look in his eyes

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  115. mike g says:


    The funniest thing about the PK Subban picture coming out of the bus, is that he looks nothing like a hockey player. He looks like a skinny version of “the bus”, Jerome Bettis….

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

  116. TripleX says:

    Doug MacLean who absolutely despises everything Montreal Canadiens and getting him to talk about them is like pulling teeth, was talking on Hockey Central at noon.  He said there is no doubt that Halak is the best goalie in the NHL today and will command 5 Million plus easily on the open market.  He also said it might cost that much to keep him on a long term contract since he becomes a UFA in two years.  If Halak costs 5 million/year on say a five year deal how do we keep Price? MacLean says Habs can lowball Halak on a one year deal for like 3.5 but he will walk as a UFA.

    We have our superstar, and he was in our organization all the time.  OH the irony.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  117. Danno says:

    You’re right Andrew. We need all of the evidence to convict these crooks.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  118. yathehabsrule says:

    Yeah I was watching that too..

    Cherry/Ron MacLean supporting the bad officiating yesterday, and today Doug MacClean…What’s next Milbury says something positive about the Habs??



    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  119. andrewberkshire says:

    The only problem with keeping Price is if Halak refuses to sign if Price stays. Price will command very little salary considering the season he’s had, especially considering the contract Tuukka Rask signed in Boston. If Price signs for 1.25-1.5 million a year, he’s only costing about 500K more than what a veteran backup would cost. Trading him under these circumstances is insanity.

  120. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2. we play with energy, we play with Subban in Markov’s place (for now) – Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that

    I despise everything that is Doug Maclean – so we’re even! :-)

  121. MikeL says:

    Insanity in comparison to what?

    What if, for example, Philly calls and offers James Van Reimsdyk for Price and Sergei K?

  122. mike g says:

    If anyone collects hockey cards….

    Upper Deck announced that they will be holding off the production of PK Subban’s rookie card until next year…

    Just thaught I’d let you know.

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

  123. yathehabsrule says:

    I though they showed that a few minutes into the beginning of the third period.


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  124. yathehabsrule says:

    The cut-off date for 2009-10 rookie releases was back in February, just before P.K.’s NHL debut.

    It will certainly make it a hot collectible at season’s start.


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  125. ShangaDoo says:

    Halak nets a goal next game. :)

  126. andrewberkshire says:

    James Van Riemsdyk alone is not even close to worth Price. If I was a GM I would balk at that deal and hang up without a counter offer. Sergei Kostitsyn has put up similar point totals to what Van Riemsdyk did this season. Considering trading Price won’t be helping us in a cap situation, the only way I would consider it is if we were getting back players like Byfuglien and Sharp, for say, Price and Hamrlik.

  127. SeriousFan09 says:

    Rather not equip an Eastern Conference Rival and lately, I’ve failed to see anything from JVR that reads like he’s what we are missing right now.

    Better deal is CHI, target their power forward prospect Kyle Beach in the deal, LW, 6’3″ RH shot with 52G in 68GP in the WHL this year and he’s not one to back down, 186 PIMs. Move some other assets in the deal, but I’d love to add Beach to the team’s future.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  128. andrewberkshire says:

    Pretty sure it was in the second, but either way, they didn’t show nearly all the missed calls. Just off the top of my head they missed Crosby breaking Plekanec’s stick on the PK, and Gomez getting held by Eaton as he was chasing down a dump in.

  129. 24 Cups says:

    Doug Maclean is a non entity when it  comes to hockey broadcasting.  His record in Columbus was a total failure even after having the good fortune of having Rick Nash fall in his lap.  Ten years later the team he built is still on the outside looking in.

  130. Storm Man says:

    Don’t get me started on how much I would like to have Byfuglien on this team.

  131. TripleX says:

    That is who I would go after for sure.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  132. MikeL says:

    A 2nd overall pick who scored 15 goals in his first NHL season playing on Philly’s 3rd line. How in the world do you justify not trading him for Price? He’s exactly what we need. A big, agile, skilled, scoring winger with first line potential.

    To say Van Riemsdyk is not even close to worth Price is laughable. Van Reimsdyk was drafted higher, has a similar pedigree, and he’s exactly what we need right now. Price is currently our backup goalie, and with Halak taking over the reigns, he’s a wasted asset on the bench.

  133. MikeL says:

    Kyle Beach is a total head case. He could not handle Montreal.

  134. andrewberkshire says:

    He’s a maniac, I’d give up most things to get that kid here. He’ll never be an elite producer, but he’s a guy that makes the playoffs a hell of a lot easier.

  135. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2. we play with energy, we play with Subban in Markov’s place (for now) – Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that

    RDS just reported at 6:00 Markov will NOT play another game in this series.

  136. andrewberkshire says:

    Van Riemsdyk’s stock has fallen A TON since his draft year. When he was first drafted there were many who thought he was better than Kane, but he’s nowhere close. Playing on the 3rd line also means the Van Riemsdyk played against 3rd pairing defensemen all year long. I’ve watched him play a lot this season, and he’s not what we need at all. He’s softer than Pouliot, and terrible defensively.

    Price is only a backup in Montreal because Halak has been superb this season, he would be a starting goaltender on most teams in this league. He’s also more seasoned than Van Riemsdyk, and he therefore has a ton more value. Throwing in Sergei Kostitsyn makes the deal even worse, because he’s produced at nearly the same rate as Van Riemsdyk at the same age and younger. What this proposal does is trade two very valuable assets at their lowest possible value for someone who’s supremely overrated.

  137. homerbowen says:

    Living in the Toronto area I have the pleasure of listening to Doug MacLean daily from 1 to 2 pm on the sports radio station FAN 590. How he lasted in hockey management for as long as he did is amazing. He knows very little and acts like a moron each day he on the air. In addition, he is loud, obnoxious and a bully on the air. He will never get back into hockey and has turned into another Laff butt kisser on the Toronto sports media. Screw him and whatever he has to say.

  138. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not all Top 5 picks are created equal, are 2007 3rd and 4th picks Kyle Turris and Thomas Hickey on the level of 2006 3rd and 4th overall picks Jonathan Toews and Nicklas Backstrom? In a word, no.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  139. TripleX says:

    Not really surprised, I figured he was along for moral support and to make him feel part of the team.  The longer the Habs continue to play the more likely he will return.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  140. MikeL says:

    You just finished saying Van Riemsdyk’s stock has fallen a TON, yet we are the one’s trading players at their lowest possible value? Face it – Sergei has no value right now. None. Zero. No matter his potential, all we’re getting back is a draft pick. Remember Grabovski? We got a 2nd rounder for him. That’s the max we could get for Sergei right now – in a similar situation.

    Carey Price is the backup because Halak has been superb? Really? Price had chance after chance after chance to have the starter’s role for the past 3 seasons. He’s failed every time. Only after Halak basically brought us to the playoffs does he find himself firmly on the bench. You can’t just ignore that stuff when assessing Price’s trade value.

  141. Storm Man says:

    You could play Bubba on the PP and this would be my line.

    Byfunglien-Lappy-Moen not a bad 3rd line

  142. SeriousFan09 says:

    They’re down what, three roster forwards as well right now in Philly and I’m sure JVR has earned a promotion to the top two lines by now and he’s got what to show right now, 1 assist over 8 games including 5 of those being against the **** NJ team that showed up for the post-season?

    I fail to see how Van Riemsdyk is the answer to our problems.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  143. KGB_AKA4787 says:

    Hope he makes a push for it and comes back for the series and surprise pit, and give it all he’s got with what left of a feeling with his knee, This picture has made my day com on Marky you can do itttttttttttttttttt

    On a side note BRING BACK THE WINNEPEG JETS get the deal done



    Go Habs Go

  144. terrygain says:

    Andrew dear,

    If you can get Byfuglien and Sharp, for say, Price and Hamrlik,  then  I’m proposing marriage. Do you prefer flowers or chocolates?

  145. SeriousFan09 says:

    Sergei’s low value right now, but how does it benefit us to trade for a guy whose own value is showing to be much less than his 2nd overall pick value actually was? Sergei we tossed a 7th-round pick to get him and the fact that he made the NHL is pretty good for a 7th-rounder, the fact that JVR is underproducing on a good team as a 2nd overall pick is somewhat disturbing about what he’d really give us.

    Until a year and a half ago, Price was the undisputed starter from the Trade deadline of 07-08 to January of 2009, stop it with the drama about how Price has been a bust since he showed up. If you think teams don’t think about trading for him and getting the earlier version of Price in their nets, you’re kidding yourself. Value is a bit low, but trading for a guy who’s accomplished NOTHING in the NHL isn’t a solution to our forward depth issues.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  146. MikeL says:

    Well obviously not, but it is a factor when discussing potential. No? My point was JVR is not some nobody drafted 210th overall with no history.

    Neither Price nor VanRiemsdyk have even come close to their potential. Price has had many more problems and obstacles in his career in comparison to JVR.

    When talking “potential”, I just don’t see how Price is THAT much more valueable than JVR – especially given both teams’ circumstances.

  147. MikeL says:

    I hope you remember this conversation when JVR is a 30 goal scorer.

  148. andrewberkshire says:

    Mike, a second round pick is actually a lot of value. It’s not zero. While Sergei’s attitude has diminished his trade value, it’s certainly not zero. You have to look at it as what each team is receiving and how they’re going to benefit, not just trade value. In the deal you’ve proposed, Philadelphia instantly gets the #1 goaltender that they haven’t had since the 1980’s, and their depth is SLIGHTLY decreased as Sergei Kostitsyn is an inferior player to Van Riemsdyk. Montreal receives another soft player with unfulfilled potential. I see absolutely no reason to do this deal.

    Trade value isn’t a one way street, it has everything to do with team needs and between those two teams, Montreal has zero reason to trade a goalie, while Philadelphia desperately needs one.

    As for Price “failing”, that’s complete and utter BS. Last year he was top 5 in the NHL in every statistical category until he suffered a high ankle sprain, and although he struggled at times this year to get wins, his statistics are easily starting goalie territory, and better than several high end names. Yes Mike, the only reason Price is sitting on the bench is because Halak has been stellar. Price has not been bad, at all.

  149. SeriousFan09 says:

    Crystal balls are fun aren’t they?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  150. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2. we play with energy, we play with Subban in Markov’s place (for now) – Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that.

    Terry – you read my mind!!


  151. andrewberkshire says:

    Andrei Kostitsyn had a better 1st year than JVR. How do you interpret his value? This is a clear case of undervaluing our own players and overvaluing those of another team.

  152. andrewberkshire says:

    Clearly that would be impossible unless Stan Bowman went insane.

  153. andrewberkshire says:

    The best thing about Byfuglien is that he can fit in on all 4 lines, and he can even play defense if need be.

  154. MikeL says:

    We’re arguing over the POTENTIAL of two players that have proven very little in the NHL. Potential deals with the future. So, yes, Crystal balls are fun, I guess. Crystal Ball is all you have when talking potential.

    And to get back to the point about Price being the starter – What if Philly just decided to put JVR on the top line without him earning it? Would you
    allow me to say he was a first liner this year, despite having any signifcant

    It doesn’t matter what Price’s label was or is, it’s what he’s accomplished.

    IMO, Price and JVR are a wash at this point. Our needs make it helpful for both teams.

  155. Les-Habitants says:

    Even if Markov can’t play, he would want to be there.  He is a leader in the dressing room and on the ice, and an integral part of this hockey club.  Hopefully this does mean he will be returning soon (and hopefully Spacek too), which will finally give us some depth…although, outside MAB, I’m not really sure who I’d bump out of the lineup!  I guess maybe OB, but I like (even in his limited duty) the physical style he brings.

    and speaking of Style, Mr. Gill is killin it with those shades.  Nicely done Skillsey

  156. Slovak says:

    Price is a part of the team and his attitude is clearly changing. I don’t think Halak refuses to sign if Price stays – i think the battle between goalies is pretty much over and Price understands who is THE ONE and why is he the backup – and that even a backup position in this team is valuable…  Halak’s and the whole team effort is a breakpoint for him and you can feel this from his behavior… that is great…

    The problem is Price will not be satisfied as a backup for long. So Montreal has to decide, you simply can’t do the same WE WILL SEE WHO WILL BE IN THE GOAL TOMORROW thing… If you are sane – you will not calculate with Halak, he does not calculate with you either… 

    I just can’t watch Blackistone and some other dumbheads at ESPN still saying Penguins will wake up… They still did not understand Montreal is that good and it’s not about Sid/Sh*t and Malkin/Mongol not playing to their potential.

    Let’s show those clowns what it means the real battle. The most valuable thing about MONTREAL IS – they don’t cry – they just play the game no matter what – bad times, good times, Russian rockets, cry babies, referees, bring some more…


  157. Pat8987 says:

    Just to inform everyone…A torn ACL is an injury you CAN play with, however it comes at the expense of extreme pain…Speaking from experience (just had ACL reconstructive surgery)…For those optimistic people, (I was walking just fine the day  after I tore my ACL)


    What a torn ACL prevents one from doing is quick pivots, so playing ice hockey is *doable* according to many surgeons, but comes at the risk of damaging more ligaments in the area (PCL, meniscus, MCL, etc…) Doable is one thing, but let me tell you when your knee pops out because you did to quick of a pivot, your not getting up anytime soon…


    So question is will Markov come back if indeed he tore his ACL? Logic says no, however if he does give him the C because that’s the definition of leadership…


    Some interesting information: Brett Hull scored the Stanley cup winning goal in 99 with a torn ACL…The Dallas Stars doctors froze his leg up and braced it from games 3 – 6 (he played fine trust me J) If he chooses to play with a torn ACL, you can bet he will not be ready for the start of next year, but what does all that matter if he has a ring on his finger!

  158. andrewberkshire says:

    Price has won a playoff round, that’s a major accomplishment for his age. He also has more wins for his age than Brodeur had. Those are accomplishments. So far JVR has accomplished good numbers for a 3rd liner.

  159. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just get some of what Darryl Sutter’s been taking. Then we can trade Gomez for Toews.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  160. MikeL says:

    When I said Sergei’s value was zero, I meant in tangible return. Teams will always take a chance on a disgruntled player, but draft picks or other digruntled players is usually all that gets swapped.

    Montreal has zero need to trade a goalie? We have one starting goalie already. That’s enough reason right there to trade a goalie. The other reason is that we can get back an asset that can immediately step into the lineup and contribute every night – something Price won’t be able to do in Montreal next season.

    You’re making all the excuses in the world for two players that have had loads of opportunity to contribute. One didn’t because of their own performance, the other because of their behaviour.

    JVR is a rookie. That excuses him for just about everything, in terms of statistics. That being said, he actually had a decent season.

    As far as Philly’s needs and our needs – Philly’s needs shouldn’t be a huge factor. If Philly NEEDS a goalie, and we play hardball with them, they sign Marty Turco or some other free agent. The goalie market isn’t exactly very good in the NHL these days. That cannot be ignored.

    In the end, I think we’re just going to have to agree to disagree. But, a Price for JVR trade is something I can see happening this summer.

  161. terrygain says:

    Yes, Evelyn Woods would be proud but then again it wasn’t exactly War & Peace, Eddie. 

  162. Chris says:

    Andrei Kostitsyn was 22 when he had his first full season. Van Riemsdyk just completed his first full season and just turned 21 this week. That makes a world of difference for a developing power forward.

    Van Riemsdyk still has a very lanky frame…as he continues to add muscle as a professional, he could very easily become a scary player.

  163. MikeL says:

    Don’t you see the difference in your tone between JVR and Price? One has done “insert overvalued stat”. While the other has done “insert undervalued stat”.

  164. MikeL says:

    I think Andrei Kostitsyn is a potential 35 goal scorer. His issues are in his head.

  165. terrygain says:

    This has been analyzed to death. O’Byrne is solid and we are desperate for a big man who can hit, clear the front of the net and fight if the occasion arises.  O’B  is what turned the W series around. O’B and Markov were terrific together.  The obvious move is MAB to the 4th line 

  166. Led says:

    Possibly great news. However, I hope he doesn’t come back til the next series, if we’re that fortunate, or a do or die game 6/7. I’ve seen too many teams playing well end up losing once a star player comes back. This team has fought hard for 2 wins without him I’d hate to see a (subconscious) let up end up costing them the series.

  167. Exit716 says:

    Doug MacLean drafted Gilbert Brule.


  168. yathehabsrule says:

    Oh c’mon. You had to be laughing the other day when MacLean said he dated a girl in high school that had a mustache… lol

    MacLean tries to copy Nick Kyrpeos ie: bullying/shouting when going after Millard. Problem is that Kyper has his facts straight when he does it and it works for him.





    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  169. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2. we play with energy, we play with Subban in Markov’s place (for now) – Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that.

    just the same – since I took one on the chin yesterday when I was told I didn’t know sh-t by the same dude, I was happy you called him out on it.


  170. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2. we play with energy, we play with Subban in Markov’s place (for now) – Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that


    and last time I saw him play – against us!!!! – he was the best player on the ice.

    he is also lightning fast for a big man.

    his upside is indeed scary.

    that being said – there is no trade I would accept that sees the habs giving the flyers a starting goalie.

    its too much fun watching them twist in the wind every year – signing anyone who shows up at their arena sporting the gear. :-)

    the last time the flyers had a star goalie, (with all due respect to the late Pelle Lindberg) Bernie Parent – they won back to back stanley cups.

    I, for one, do not want to re-visit those days of the Broadstreet Bullies.


  171. ShangaDoo says:

    Did anyone else notice the commentators on HNIC referring to Kostitsyn being from Russia? Isn’t he from Belarus?

  172. skoalbandit33 says:

    im not sure if anyone mentioned this, but eric engals writes a great blog on the habs day to day. check it out!

  173. Izzy says:

    this will all be a moot point soon enough…..Price ( and I like him) is going west along with the 2 kostytsin bros in the off season. Desjardins will be up here in a back up role next year……In return the Habs will get something like Cogliano and Horcoff ( maybe Penner)….( not a bad 2nd or 3rd line huh?).

     Some people still believe Price will go south with the bros for Vincent. I hope this doesn’t happen. Too much money for a guy who’s waaaay too comfortable.

  174. 24 Cups says:

    Some interesting information Part 2 – Brett Hull scored the winning goal while being in the crease which is a play that had been called all year long in the NHL until that exact second.  Hey, the sun still shines in Dallas.

  175. ooder says:

    that’s all the video contained.. there were way more.

    like when Cindy broke Pleks stick when MTL was killing a penalty.

    and unlike whiny Cindy pleks didn’t turn to the ref and start complaning he just kept playing


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

  176. Bob Barker says:

    Gross. The last thing I want to see is Horcoff in a Habs jersey. Cogliano is showing he has wheels but no finish and his progress has stalled. I hope PG can do a lot better than what you’re proposing. 



  177. Danno says:

    That is correct.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  178. ooder says:

    Cogliano and Horcoff?!?!?!

    isn’t gomez’s contract enough.. Horcoff makes even more then he does..

    and he sucks


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

  179. DONJUAN says:

    It’s bob cole he said AK 46 checking his fellow country mate Malikn.  Mind you Bob Cole had a good call last night.

    In HABS we trust.

  180. Izzy says:

    me too…just what I’ve heard…..either way, with PK in the line up and a decent return for these three guys, we can get much much better……Hamrlik and his salary will also be gone…….just a numbers game.

  181. DONJUAN says:

    I hear the Fan 590 everyday Mac Lean is a guy with dumb comments and won’t shut-up, today he said cindy crosby is his favorite all time player.  If you heard how he talks about Rick Nash you would agree he’s not so bright Darren Mallard carries him anyways on the show.  And I thought Nick Kypreos was a knuckle head.


    In HABS we trust.

  182. DONJUAN says:

    Talk today is Winnepeg is a stop gap so The thompson Family can move it to Ontario.

    In HABS we trust.

  183. DONJUAN says:

    How about Gomez being held by Orpik behind the pens net.  I was so pissed I called the Mike hogan show on the Fan 590 in toronto which was the topic this morning just to rant.

    In HABS we trust.

  184. ooder says:

    right I remeber that one as well.

    way worst then anything Gill did.

    or when Crosby’s stick broke (which is a penatly), the ref missed it and when Crosby turned around to look at the ref, the ref awarded him the penalty.


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

  185. Harani says:

    Anyone else cheering for Philly coz that means Boston would have to play an extra game and not get so much rest when we get there?

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  186. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I hope Bruins win in 7.

  187. MikeMcLaren says:

    Great post by Pat8987…

    So I started doin’ some a’ googlin’ and look at what I found…

    As “crazy” as it is, I’m thinking that Markov will be back:

    Interesting stuff. 


  188. Big Ted says:

    1. Markov with no ACL > Bergeron with an infinite number of ACLs. Nonetheless, would want an insurance policy in the lineup in case Markov re-injures himself. We’ve been fine double-shifting someone on the 4th line so if Markov is good to go (and that’s a big if) I would still keep MAB in the lineup unless Spacek can go too.

    2. Word is out. CBC. TSN. RDS. The Gazette. Look on any media source other than Pittsburgh’s and you’ll see everyone feels the Habs were given the old scroogie big time last night, just as they have been in smaller doses most of these playoffs. As it stands now, Crosby is under the microscope. The refs are under the microscope. And most of all, Gary Bettman and the NHL are under the microscope. No one can look at the compilation of non-calls and feel there was any type of just refereeing last night. Yes, the refs could have called a penalty on Gorges on the Malkin break (but not a penalty shot because he hit him after the had already shot the puck) or one on Hamr on the winning goal, but the non-calls were just that: about 12-2 in favor of Pittsburgh. So just like Knuble running the crease became an issue the NHL had to deal with, now too will the league have to watch for the Pens interfering with our smaller players and most importantly, Crosby diving, embellishing, and whining to the refs. It has already gone past the point of ridiculousness, but now the scrutiny has gone national and Bettman won’t like that. Chances are the reffing gets better for us, at least in the short term.

    3. The Pens looked very good in game 1. Since then, they have scored 4 real goals (non empty-net), 3 of which were direct results of bad calls or missed calls from the refs. In essence, they’ve beaten Halak once on a legitimate play. I originally thought the Habs would win in 7, but I almost feel now like we have the chance to do it in 6. It will take another patient game in Pittsburgh, but MAF is looking very weak and not at all confident, and if we keep throwing the puck at the net, good things will happen. The stars need to come back after their average performance last game and the workers need to keep it up. The onyl two guys who are yet to show up are AK and Pouliot, so hopefully the two get things going now cause they are due.Almost hate to look ahead, but if (the big if) the HAbs can pull off another upset, Boston is already without Sturm and Krecji so anything is possible. The Bruins struggled during the year when they had injuries, and we are completely capable of beating any team left in the playoffs, with as much luck as any other team will need to do the same and a little non-biased officiating.

  189. BeachHabFan says:

    don’t dress him, jacques. save him for the finals.

  190. terrygain says:

    Despite  little ice time AK  led the team in hits for the second straight game. Put the friggin beers and biases  down and watch the game. 

  191. Kristopher7 says:

    Markov wants the Cup!!!! His taste buds are going WILD! I think there’s a chance he’ll play hurt.

  192. ABHabsfan says:

    I cannot find it in myself to cheer for either of these teams. I have hated both for so long I can only wish that the ice-plants in both rinks quit and they have to cancel the series. Is that possible? I hope for worse things but it would not be appropriate to say. It would be better if they had a long series and beat the crap out of each other but I cannot cheer for either. ( though I secretly hope that Recchi does well) 

  193. Kristopher7 says:

    I agree! Hopefully their injuries give Philly the edge and this goes to seven games.

  194. Exit716 says:

    McGuire said something about Ray Shero being supremely pissed off about the officiating last night on Melnick’s show. As well, McGuire said Shero went down to blast the officials in person.

  195. wd40 says:

    In 11 post-season games, Halak has been named the 1st star 7 times (unless I counted wrong). Impressive.

  196. ShangaDoo says:

    In favor of pittsburgh or he genuinely cares about the habs?

  197. Big Ted says:

    AK didn’t play an awful game last night, but he made his hits and plays on a handful of shifts, whereas other shifts he was floating. He really only gets going if he gets angered or if he decides to put an effort in. We just know he’s got a load of talent that he doesn’t use is all. Again, not saying he played poorly last night, but if I look at who’s got more to give in relation to their potential he’s still right up ther with Pouliot. Pleks played well against washington, but he’d be another one who could pick up his game a bit for the end of the series.

  198. Big Ted says:

    Shero has one or two calls to complain about. Everyone else can see the Habs had about a dozen. I think Shero is legitimately upset his team surrendered the winning goal after a potential missed call, but the big picture is that his team had a monumentla advantage from the refereeing last night, and for him to chase after the officials tells me he almost expects to be given preferential treatment. That is yet another problem with the Pens organization and the NHL.

  199. light_n_tasty says:

    Well, Malkin and Kostitsyn were born in the same country, so…

  200. TripleX says:

    Six wins by the Habs and Halak was the first star in each game.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  201. TripleX says:

    Pouliot is the ONLY one not playing into the SYSTEM.  Zero hits, zero tenacity and the ONLY player to be a minus in the game.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  202. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2. we play with energy, we play with Subban in Markov’s place (for now) – Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that.

    what is most impressive about Halak is that as a smaller goalie he needs to be smarter, more mobile, more skilled than the big goalies who can let the puck “hit them”.

    halak fits the identity of this team perfectly.

    he plays smart hockey with great character.

  203. KenD29 says:

    Agreed. No need to play him just yet.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  204. petrov14 says:

    Im hoping this goes 6 or 7 so they can DESTROY each other.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  205. J.T. says:

    I think it’s lovely that Markov is travelling with the team.  I want to know if his equipment is travelling too.


  206. KenD29 says:

    Shero is smart. he’s deflecting the attention off the players and putting it on him and the officials. And in doing so, may get another call or two in the next game. To bad JM or Gauthier did not show a little more emotion at the officiating to at least show some fight, get the officials thinking that they owe them a call!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  207. KenD29 says:

    Bang on!  This guy just disappeared after coming back from the injury. Minnesota got rid of him or a reason…

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  208. petrov14 says:

    They can keep Horcoff and send some draft picks.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  209. KenD29 says:

    All rumours!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  210. HUDSONHAB says:

    I hate Boston. Philly is also in that goup along with the Leafs but Ryan Parent grew up 20 minutes from where I live and is in my step-daughters wedding party this summer so I have to cheer for him. Besides he was/is a Habs fan and his Dad is a huge Habs fan.

    Did I mention that I hate Marc Savard, Lucic and the Bruins?


  211. JF says:

    I thought AK46 played well the last two games.  I’m hoping the non-call on Leopold (I think) which resulted in him crashing to the ice will have lit a fire under his a** and he’ll really be a force next game.

  212. BeachHabFan says:

    nice find, thanks for posting. gomez is a pretty funny guy (i liked hearing glenn healy after the game last night, saying how, during PK subban’s interview, gomer was down the hall yelling “don’t get too full of yourself, you were terrible for two periods”, or something to that effect)

  213. 100HABS says:

    Good read. Thanks for the link. I never peruse Toronto media at all… go figure.

  214. ooder says:

    yup same sentiment here


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

  215. ShangaDoo says:

    Yeah, good read. Gomez is a joker. 

    I never knew Pyatt’s dad was a former NHLer.

    Did anyone see that piece on TSN or CBC, maybe two weeks ago about Taylor Pyatt’s fiancee? So sad

  216. showey47 says:

    Sorry but I don’t buy it. Last nights refs won’t be doing our next game so what’s the point to bitching to them about missing a call. Its probably the main reason why 2 refs are not assigned to a series,so potential make up calls don’t care over from one game to the next. I think shero is just bitching,just like bylsma did last night and after game 2 along with crobsy who does it anytime somebody farts in his general direction.

  217. likehoy says:

    it’s arpon basu that wrote it, his habs blog is often linked to HIO.

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

  218. likehoy says:

    pyatt as a 4th liner is okay with me, he can stand to be a little more physical and work on his god-awful shot.

    i can’t stand seeing pyatt on the top 2 lines cause he has very limited offensive talent.

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

  219. J Haul says:

    Well yeah, having him on a top line at this point isn’t ideal, but the article speaks more to his hard work that lead to his shot with the team and the things that he does bring to the table, like great pk-ing.

  220. J Haul says:

    hah.. I only found it because someone in my office has the Toronto Star set to the homepage on this computer.

  221. likehoy says:

    yea he works hard for sure, but i can’t stand it when martin puts pyatt (and moen) on the top 2 lines…it’s like martin doesn’t want to score at all.

    i thought in pleky’s first year that he had a terrible shot, and he would shoot from everywhere but it would always be an easy save. now pleky’s shot has improved by miles, so i still have hope for pyatt to develop some sort of a shot!

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

  222. J Haul says:

    Yeah, Gomez is quite the cut-up. There’s a pretty funny story in Friedman’s latest “30 thoughts” blog.


    28. Apropos of Nothing Funny Story of the Week: Scott Gomez told a
    great one about a time he elbowed Ed Jovanovski to the ice several
    years ago. Jovanovski didn’t actually see who did it and came up with
    fire in his eyes. But when he charged at Gomez, the current Canadien
    pointed at teammate Claude Lemieux, since he knew Jovanovski would
    probably believe it. Gomez escaped unscathed, while Lemieux wondered
    why he was being attacked. (Knowing Lemieux, he probably deserved it
    for something else, anyway.)



    What a guy.. hahaha


  223. phillyhab says:

    I love Moen on the Gomez line!  It really changes the composure of our offense.  Pyatt on the Plek line seems like more of a way to punish AK.

  224. phillyhab says:

    He’s #1 in the “Compuware NHL Star Selection” 30 points ahead of Pavelski and miles ahead of everyone else.

  225. Just A Guy says:

    well I mean his mother was a hamster….

    and his father was a horticulturalist specializing in elder berries.

    Those two things would make anyone more then a little petulant.

  226. ArmyFan says:

    Agreed. Now go away, or I will taunt you a second time.

  227. Derek2 says:

    They also missed Letang leaving his feet to nail Plecanek behind Fleury’s net

  228. mike g says:


    Or he can cut a brand new stick and not sand down the top of it……

    Nothing like a nice sharp, composite high stick as a toothpick…

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

  229. andrewberkshire says:

    I actually asked him if he was a Habs fan last night, his response was: “not true, but I cover them a lot so I get more info about them”.

  230. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I love this team but I do wish Saku could be along for the ride. If we go all the way it would be like Moses left out of the promised land.

  231. TripleX says:



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  232. Propwash says:

    Looks like Boston is going to get a good long rest….damn


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  233. coachdoug says:

    Philly sucks…as much as I hate Boston I will not be sad if those classless @ssholes get swept…let the Broons get rusty…

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

  234. Slovak says:

    Now Satan will score one more and its done… Miro deserves it, so I don’t mind if Bruins end it right now…

  235. rogus says:

    Looks like Satan missed his chance, but the devil will get his due!!!

  236. 100HABS says:

    I’ve had a torn ACL and repair. Once the swelling is down, he could play with a sports brace. Koivu played with two and it didn’t show. I would take Markov on one leg just for the Power Play.

    He can get the surgery in the off-season and be back in November full strength.

  237. Ronan G says:

    I love Markov, but he isn’t canadian… he’s russian. They don’t play through injuries like us canadian boys.

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  238. Propwash says:

    Philthydelphia has some life left.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  239. Propwash says:

    The only reason why I want Philly to prolong the series is so they and the Broons can beat eachother and burn themselves out more.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  240. coachdoug says:

    Philly might pull one out…Hartnell has been worthless in the playoffs…

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

  241. slapshot777 says:

    I bet the Pens are hopng that they don’t see Marky back. If he does, watch for Cooke to be looking to take a cheap shot.


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

  242. phillyhab says:

    If he gunned for Markov, someone would have to seriously kill him.  Then kill everyone.  

  243. danedmunds says:

    I have no ACL in both knees and lead a fairly active lifestyle. I played high level basketball with 1 torn ACL, I ended up tearing my meniscus because of it but it is possible to play.

  244. coachdoug says:

    How do you spell choke?  P H I L L Y

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

  245. likehoy says:

    actually you spell it “O-V-E-C-H-K-I-N”

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

  246. coachdoug says:

    Hopefully next Saturday we can simply spell it… S I D

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

  247. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Neither Ovechkin nor Crosby has choked. The pattern that has shown so far (may it continue) is that both have been choked. There’s a difference.

  248. coachdoug says:

    I am really just making a funny…No doubt that Crosby is Mr. Clutch…Just need him to be non-clutch in this series…

    True that they both have been neutralized by good D and goaltending…

    OV really has nothing yet…Sid has it all…The only thing Sid needs is to join the Habs and win a cup 😉

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

  249. likehoy says:

    they both suffer from the same problem: Halak of production (credit to HH)

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

  250. TripleX says:

    Recchi might be a zillion years old but what a clutch player!!



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  251. likehoy says:

    only good can come out of this is triple OT and a philly win.

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

  252. coachdoug says:

    He’s a tough SOB too!

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

  253. TripleX says:

    That’s the great thing about the playoffs, you can really separate the men from the boys.  PG has no excuse now, he should know exactly who stays and who is gone for next season.

    I am no fan of Bob the GM but he deserves respect for bringing in some MEN.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  254. coachdoug says:

    I agree…Much better than last year…

    Gill has impressed me the most…if the Gill Mountain was skilled in the art of fisticuffs he would be the total package…I didn’t realize how big he was until I watched him warm-up at ice level this year…when he blocks shots the moon is eclipsed…and he isn’t afraid of catching a puck…

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

  255. punkster says:

    You got that right.


  256. Clay4bc says:

    Classic comment from another site…

    Who is reffing with Sid tomorrow?


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  257. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Markov makes Pittsburgh trip?


    I thought Pittsburgh made everyone BUT Markov trip last game….

  258. Sambaguio says:

    Rookie Subban needs to learn more in his first playoff. His defensive play is just too risky most of the time. We’re lucky, we have Halak in goal. If it were Price, we’d be down 3-1 right now. I hope he learns because i see so much talent in him especially how he shoots the puck. But defensively?? .. still a big question mark.

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  259. Danno says:

    I smell a comeback…


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  260. Big Bird says:

    Flyers win.  Scumbags.  Can’t believe I want Boston to win but not in 4 straight.

  261. Danno says:

    Paired up with Markov and PK could learn a lot. He will be Magnifique.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  262. habbyone says:

    If it were Price we’d be golfing a long time ago!

  263. HUDSONHAB says:

    Suck one Bruins.

    Oh look, two days off, game #5 not until Monday. And the rested get more rest while there is no rest for the weary.


  264. avatar_58 says:

    Oh please he made a mistake or two but you cannot blame him for that non-call trip

  265. HUDSONHAB says:

     Why can’t you guys just be positive about Halak without bitching on Price?

    We need positive vibes people!


  266. kempie says:

    I hope they both lose.

  267. HabsTrueBlue says:

    Overall he has played well defensively – witness his increased TOI.

  268. Big Ted says:

    Whether Boston or Philly wins is not important, so long as it’s a long series and they beat each other up, which is slowly what is happening. Would love to see Philly steal one more, although I think at this point we’d rather see Boston, only because if it is Philly it means they’d come in on a 4-game winning streak. The Habs still have a lot of work to do, but things are slowly falling into place for a possible Stanley Cup run. It really does feel like ’93.

  269. Kain292 says:

    Thank you for saying that.

  270. Big Bird says:

    He was definitely not to blame for that non-call trip.

    Subban is the most exciting defenseman we’ve had in years.  He plays high risk at times but when you have a thoroughbred – you let him go.  And make no mistake Subban is a thoroughbred.

  271. Castor says:



  272. HNS says:

    They will. Philly won.

  273. Big Bird says:

    I never get sick of this tune.  In English ou Francaise.

    English (2010 version): 


  274. phillyhab says:

    1)  I gotta root for the Flyers in this one.  Plus this city’s hockey fans have gotten behind the Canadiens, despite getting HALAK-ED and almost missing the post-season; we’re giving all their rivals a run, ya know?

    2)  Who would you rather play, really, should  we advance to the Conference Finals?  The games I’ve watched in the BOS-PHI series, we match up a lot better against the Flyers.

    Obviously, down 3-1 it’s a longshot and we can only hope that should we advance we’ll play a team who’s had as much or more hockey as we have this round.  


  275. phillyhab says:




    Forget the Leafs, Bruins, Flyers; OUR BIGGEST RIVAL IS THE NHL ITSELF.

  276. phillyhab says:

    That whole bizarre sequence took him off his game a bit but he bounced back.  Far from our worst defenceman.  Actually… after last night who could you even say was bad?  Bergeron, the usual suspect, was very good and Hamrlik had one of his best games in a Habs uniform.

  277. terrygain says:

    Surprisingly, I don’t expect PK’s play to be free of mistakes at this stage of his career. But  perhaps that’s just me and  my strange  habit of thinking rationally.

  278. punkster says:

    Off topic but…a couple of examples of why I just love this site.

    First, the two posters for whom with their ode to Jaro, a la Buffalo Springfield:

    happening here and what it is aint exactly clear, there’s a man named
    Halak over there, telling Crosby he’s got to be ware…..

    STOP…hey what’s that sound…Halak is kicking out another rebound…

    And these two comments are immediately followed by an Ian Cobb post announcing he had found his spellcheck.


    What’s not to love about HI/O on an off night?

  279. phillyhab says:

    HA!  Took a bit of work there, but that was pretty good!  The Maxim Lapierre of jokes.

  280. Sambaguio says:

    True true. LOL

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  281. terrygain says:

    There’s nothing not to like about PK. Great skills, effort and attitude.

  282. Sambaguio says:

    So… who do think we’ll face in the Finals? I have a feeling it’s going to be the Sharks.

    BTW, I predicted the first round all correct.  And looks like my second round predictions are going to be correct too with Bruins winning against Flyers.  

    Oh I also predicted Price will be a backup. hehe. I’m good.

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  283. likehoy says:

    i find price has been a consummate pro as soon as the playoffs have started. it seems like the whole team has really come together for the playoffs.

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

  284. phillyhab says:

    Chicago…. wow.

  285. emann_222 says:

    Pleaes – are you kidding me? He’s played brilliantly … made a couple of mistakes … but so has Hamrlik and he’s a veteran! And to see this kid take on Crosby so well … Thank god we have him. I can only imagine how incredible he’s going to become over the years.

  286. Xtrahabsfan says:

    There’s gotta be something  to cry  about  today!!!!

  287. phillyhab says:

    Toews hattrick.  Unreal!

  288. Harani says:

    Oh look! Canada’s team is losing! Jonathan Toews with the hattrick. And the Canicks can’t kill a penalty. And the Habs/Pens might be the only series at 2-2 at the end of the night? Who would have thought ours would be the closest. And Bobby Lou…not so Halak-esque tonite.

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  289. habs4ever2894 says:

    I got a feeling that the canucks are gonna tie this one up and win 6-5 in OT. it just has that feel.

  290. habs4ever2894 says:

    Cue it…

  291. phillyhab says:

    Great pic!  Tears look a little bit… I dunno… X-rated?

  292. sm00re says:

    This is completely from right field, but has anyone heard anything regarding Paul Mara? Wasn’t there a possibility that he’d be available for the playoffs?

  293. habsgod says:

    Here is a little song I wrote
    You might want to sing it note for note

    Don’t worry… BEAT CROSBY

    He wears the number 87,Thinks his team was made in heaven,

    Don’t worry… BEAT CROSBY

    Golden Boy wants the Cup again.In best of 7 you make no friends,

    Don’t worry…BEAT CROSBY
    Behind the scenes is his Dad Troy,But he was nothing like Patrick Roy,
    Don’t worry, BEAT CROSBY

  294. habsguy says:

    Give me a break PLEASE!!!!!!…..Right now he’s only been our best 2 way d-man.  And then you have to drag Price through the mud,  you’re not a fan….Grow up!!!!!

  295. habsguy says:

    Hummm,  lets see,  we beat the #1 seed,  now were nip and tuck with the Pens and you do some bashing….Great fan…LOL…Right now I would say Carey is being the ultimate teammate!!!!…Get a life!

  296. Exit716 says:

    God almighty.

    Let’s just keep PK in Hamilton because he might have some flair and flash.

    Maybe they’ll sign the epic Boullion for you then.


  297. Montrealer2 says:

    So whats the deal AK is done with the Habs ?

  298. Montrealer2 says:

    I always get a laugh out of a team whose rally cry is waving a ‘white flag’ with all due respect to Roger Neilsen who began (what’s become an idiotic trend) Roger did it to signify ‘giving in to the biased officiating back in those days’ ……….It certainly isn’t a rally cry..

    Afterall Vnacouver & toronto have always shared the “This is the year ” & the ” Wait till next year” as their battle crys

  299. Clay4bc says:

    LOL…well said.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  300. ProHabs says:

    The deal is: if he plays hard, shows some heart and scores some goals, he stays.

    If he keeps playing lazy, stupid and effortless hockey like he has most of the year, then ya he is done in Montreal and won’t be missed, neither will his brother who is soo overhyped by some posters on this site for a guy who has done very very little in the NHL.

  301. Montrealer2 says:

    thanks for the update,….I’ve not really been a believer in their talents anyway,..but try to give the benefit of the doubt,.

  302. HardHabits says:

    HH rolling out the armoured fighting vehicles!

  303. deuce6 says:

    Can’t you see all the little “Bettmans” streaming down his face? :)



  304. pmaraw says:

    well if the habs came back from a 3-1 defecit against the #1 team in the league, surely “Canada’s Team” the Vancouver Canucks can do it! how do you get the moniker “Canada’s Team” without winning a cup? everyother team in canada has won the cup!

  305. pmaraw says:

    I am so thankful we dont have LOUUUUUU lol!  Also, those green men… were funny once…

  306. pmaraw says:

    please show proof 😛

  307. HNS says:



  308. Clay4bc says:

    Sorry, but your information is wrong. Neilsen did indeed do as you stated on April 29, 1982, but “Rally Towels” have been around since at least 1975, with the NFL’s Steelers and their “Terrible Towel”. The rally towel phenomena spread from there.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  309. pmaraw says:

    once again, habs series is furthest from being completed

  310. Mikey_39 says:

    You don’t believe in their talent?  REally? Common, when andrei kostitsyn is on, he is UNSTOPPABLE.  And his brother has amazing vision and passing skills.  They have more talent than most of the players on our team.   Their issue is work ethic and cosistency

  311. andrewberkshire says:

    Superiority complex.

  312. Rainrocket16 says:

    Has anyone got any good news on Markovs condition?

  313. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I think he feels if Staal can play with no foot ,then Markov can play with no knee….like Bobby Orr did  when playing the Russians………” I ‘ll never forget that effort by Orr !”

  314. deggy24 says:

    You’ve got AK all wrong. It is not about being lazy, it is about having a couple of deficiencies in his game. He is not a good one on one on the boards player nor is he a good possession player. He is a very good playmaker with a good shot, who is capable of scoring goals and making plays. Sometimes, a lot of times, to make a play, he loses the puck. It doesn’t have anything to do with being lazy. In some ways his brother is a more responsible player without the shot and size.

    You find in sports, when you’re a coach, you think ‘boy, if that guy had my brain, he’d be an all star’. But after awhile you just have to accept that people learn at a different rate. AK will improve eventually in the areas where he is deficient, and be a very good player. Likewise with his brother. Patience, my friend, they can’t all be as smart as you.

  315. gp52 says:

    Are the referees and linesman accountable to anybody for their performances. ?

    Does someone review their performance at all ?

    The guys that reffed the Montreal game yesterday should never work again.



  316. habsman-itoba says:

    I think they should work again, just somewhere else.  I don’t, however, think they should WALK again.

  317. Dintrox says:

    Watch that youtube  video… 1) AK 46 receives a lariat  2) cindy slashes a stick from his hands (no call). He is playing okay and deserves some more ice time. He should have drawn at least 2 PP if not for crappy refs…

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

  318. jordo says:

    Don’t know if this has been done yet, but…I’m interested in a Flyers/Bruins poll: who do you want to lose more?

    I would have to say the Bruins, by the narrowest of margins.  What a lousy prospect of “cheering” for the Flyers.

  319. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jonathan Toews just had his first playoff hat trick plus two assists to rout Vancouver and give the Hawks a 3-1 series lead, is this kid amazing or what? Always raises his game at the right time. 18P in 10 playoff games, better PPG average than his regular season stats. Looking at how he’s leading the Hawks right now, I’d say they’re set for a Cup Final.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  320. SeriousFan09 says:

    Subban’s taking over for Markov right now, what more can we ask from the kid? Having a two-way defencemen master the defensive side of his game can take years, hence why he played his regular season in Hamilton to improve his basics.

    The goal that happened when he was on the ice was hardly his fault considered he was hauled down on the play when he went after the puck.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  321. ArmyFan says:

    I’d like to see the Bruins win the series – but in seven games.

    Krecji and Sturm are injured.  If…sorry, “when”…the Habs beat the Penguins, I’d rather see them play an injury-depleted Bruins squad, tired from 7 games of physical pounding from the Flyers.

  322. Dintrox says:

    To relish another teams woes particularly another Canadian franchise is BS. You fall into the media trap. There are those of us who wish for a 1989 or better yet 86 ending. Two Canadian teams for OUR cup. You want to fall for a cheap hits magnet like “who is Canada’s team” is pretty lame. There are six Canadian teams. My team is les Canadiens until it is us or them then I will cheer loud and proud for any other Canadian franchise. A Canucks – Habs final would s crew Bettman and NBC so let’s bring it!!!!

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

  323. andrewberkshire says:

    I think it’s slightly misleading because Luongo is an absolute joke.

  324. Dintrox says:

    let the behemoths run the goalie for cheap goals. with real refs game #3 would have been a lot different.

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

  325. Vancouver Hab Fan says:

    Avtsin is coming to North America next year. It would be nice to see him, in time, turn into a great goal scorer for the Habs; not sure that 9 points in 30 games in the KHL makes it likely.


  326. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not entirely fair I think, Blackhawks are just Luongo’s kryptonite I find, especially Byfuglien. Luongo did have huge moments against the Kings in the series there that turned things to Vancouver’s favour. Blackhawks are just one of those teams that can just destroy certain teams and one of them is the Nucks.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  327. SeriousFan09 says:

    The KHL is a very low-scoring league compared to NA and Avtsin was a rookie, so he was likely serving 4th-line minutes and not getting much TOI at all, Ovechkin had 13G, 13A in his final season with Moscow Dynamo before coming over to NA over 37 games and that was his 3rd year in the top Russian league at the time before the Superleague became the KHL.

    Avtsin tore up the top Junior league in Russia with over 100 points including some 54 goals though before joining the KHL. Wouldn’t worry about his low numbers right now, scouting report was very positive about his speed and hands.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  328. andrewberkshire says:

    If the Hawks are Luongo’s kryptonite, then that further enhances my point that the numbers are inflated. Toews is awesome, I would give anything to have him on the Habs, but the numbers are inflated. Luongo has been terrible, despite a stretch of three games where he was good, two against LA and one against Chicago.

  329. light_n_tasty says:


  330. SeriousFan09 says:

    Guy’s now played over 80 games this year including Olympics, regular season and the playoffs, I’m personally stunned when any 65+ game goalie gets to a Conference Final these days, no one gets it, you can either be up maybe 2-3 spots in your playoff seeding, or you can have a goalie who can win in the playoffs because he’s not dead on his feet.

    I guess the numbers are a bit inflated, but then again, look at Crosby’s numbers since he ran into a hot goaltender and a dedicated defence, a little different than his Ottawa rampage. Still, pretty good numbers for a guy who was quiet for 4 of the 6 Nashville games.

    I always come back to Patrick Roy’s career for playoff stats, only three times he was at or went over 65+ starts in his 18 NHL seasons and in none of those years did he lift a Stanley Cup or even have any decent playoff success. You can either win the regular season with your goalie or win the post-season, teams have to ask themselves which is preferable. Martin Brodeur has not and never will win Conn Smythe, without the likes of Stevens, Rafalski and Niedermayer on the back end, nothing has happened to NJ for good reason.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  331. andrewberkshire says:

    Luongo has a bunch of excuses he could use, certainly being overplayed is one of them, but he’s been pretty bad this entire season. He started bad, had a good December – January and ended even worse. 

    As for Crosby, I’ve never been happier to see him struggle. I hope he continues crying the next two games when we eliminate the Penguins.

  332. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just annoys me sometimes how many goalies end up taking unfair blame after being overused, Brodeur’s old enough to know better by now but since he just seems to want an unbreakable regular-season wins record, that’s his problem, and the Devils, other goalies, their talent is wasted when it doesn’t count is what it really comes down to.

    Teams just need to look at the last decade plus, only goalie with a Cup win and 65+ starts is Brodeur. Wake up and smell the goddamn coffee already. Everyone talks about getting a playoff goalie, the ‘winning goalie’ but they seem to forget the playoff goalies are in fact, not bionic.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  333. Rob says:

    Blah blah blah

    . Real canadians cheer for teams from Canada. Yada yada yada. To be honest, I could never in good consciousness, cheer for the leafs or sens. And I have a hard time cheering for te flames as well. This notion of “true canadians” cheer for Canadian teams is BS to me. But then other disagree. So I guess all I ask is that people don’t judge when fellow canadians don’t cheer for teams that YOU feel they should. Reasonable, no?

  334. Kristopher7 says:

    His shoulder surgery put him out for the rest of the season. As far as I know he’s done with the Habs.

  335. VancouverHab says:

    Woah — don’t drink the Vancouver Kool-Aid.

    Luongo is pitiful, and has been disasterous (has cost his team entire series) in his entire playoff career. It’s not just the Blackhawks….

  336. VancouverHab says:

    Neilson didn’t use it as a rally — he hung a white towel on the end of a stick from the bench to signify surrender to the Officials perpetual bias. That was Neilson’s genius — the fans in Vcvr took it over from there….

  337. RetroMikey says:

    I would not be surprised of there was a Boston-Chicago Final.

    Just remember how Chicago was a bottom dweliing team years ago, no fan base and look at them now, on top of the world.

    I, for one would like to see them win the Cup if we are eliminated, just to rub it in to the Leafs fans and they will be the longest drought team then to win the Stanley Cup, 33 years.

    Chicago has not won the Cup since 1961 and they are due.

    So much for the overrated Vancouver team, which Ihave never been a fan of.

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

  338. 4loorplay says:

    hes way overrated

  339. Mr_MacDougall says:

    I don’t think anything is unfair when referring to Luango, the guy that was called thew greatest goaltender in the game for YEARS when he played for the Panthers based soley on save %. I for one, have never seen anything spectacular out of that player. He looked shakey the entire Olympics, we won Gold with Luango, not because of him.. he was the 3rd/4rth best goaltender in the Olympics. Sure he is tired, but hey, he used the hype to get 7 million per season.. so suck it up and take the critsism when you suck.

    I have Fleury, Halak, Nabokov, Rask, Turco, Bryzgalov (spelling??) Lundqvist all on par or better than Luango… andf a hell of a lot cheaper.

  340. MontrealAtheist says:

    If Luongo played like this during the Olympics it’s a safe bet that Canada would not have received any medals … Why is he playing for Team Canada anyway? Should he not be playing for Italy instead?

  341. phillyhab says:

    OK, Don Cherry.

  342. light_n_tasty says:

    Koivu isn’t Canadian either…

  343. Kristopher7 says:

    Pleks and AK46 need to shoot more, they don’t have many shots and their shot % is 20%. I’d say Cammalleri should shoot more too, but he already does; 8 goals and a shot % of 25%.

  344. Kristopher7 says:

    Wow, and MAB leads the team with -10, ouch. Nobody else on the team is worse than -3. The team high being Hal Gill at +4.

  345. W35T5ID3 says:


  346. Aybara says:

    Subban is an incredible player.. A revelation from the minor leagues.. I wouldn’t be so quick to herald him as the next Markov, but he’s going to be a fixture on the squad for a while. Let’s hope he can contribute to a Penguin upset.

    Oh yes, I almost forgot. You sir, smell like soot and poo!

  347. Bill J says:

    Funny stuff considering thats a Rangers Picture – means at most that’s the 1st round of the playoffs.

    Imagine what he looks like NOW in the 2nd round.


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