Michael F. Leighton

The Canadiens are being Halaked.


  1. 100HABS says:

    Time to invest in a PVR and tell everyone at the practice/game not to mention the score. That way both you and your son don’t miss a minute… but maybe he goes to bed a little late…

  2. MathMan says:

    I’m semi-wondering if Muller isn’t essentially coaching the team because the players have tuned Martin out.

  3. K-hab25 says:

    Thats why we in the US consider PHI, the worst sports city. These idiots pelted santa with snowballs, have spit on and thrown batteries and other objects at players. I mean the word class doesn’t excist in PHI, they’re horrible people.

  4. StevieRay says:

    What ever it takes to get AK fired up !

  5. Mr.Hazard says:


    “We didn’t give up and we are not giving up.” – Jaroslav Halak

  6. 100HABS says:

    I agree, in 2008 we got NO bounces. It seemed to me that at least 2 of the 4 games they won were really determined by lucky bounces. I thought we were the better team. This year, the bounces have been going our way so far – let’s hope it turns around in this series, too.

  7. FSUPhi1584 says:

    Yea I’m pretty sure that was a backhanded comment. One of the main reasons we are here is because of Halak and Cammy, not JM’s coaching. Actually, I’d venture to say that Muller’s coaching has had more to do with our success than JM.

  8. Rob says:

    It’s true!  i’ve seen it first hand!

  9. jbroderi says:

    no, just helping him GET off!!!  hahaha


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  10. jbroderi says:

    you must have someone you know who can step up to the plate for the practices.  you gotta be at the game.  If i was your son i’d be sick this week!!!


    don’t worry, we’ll make sure you can watch them take it onhome ice in game 6!!!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  11. JD_ says:

    Heh. Thanks Bear. The parents know each other well and all about my little Habs addiction. I’ve got offers through the ying-yang to transport my son to and from practice.

    The ultimate problem is I can’t in good conscience sit comfortably at home in front of the big screen knowing this household’s other massive Habs fan is missing the game.

    United we stand ‘n’ all that.

    Damn, I hate being a good father.

  12. Fansincebirth says:

    Great, there goes lunch…..

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

  13. forskis says:

    If JM pulls a Darche and dresses SK74 only to have him play 00:00…SK74 may just cause a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty and try to get back at JM by trying to score on Halak…

    Hopefully SK74 tries his best and that JM acknowledges that.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  14. Fansincebirth says:

    WTF is the sense of only playing him for 2 – 3 minutes. Loving what we’ve done in the playoffs and where we are but either all of us on HIO are missing something (esp with O’B) or…..

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

  15. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    that much?

  16. huge_polar_bear says:

    Your dedication to your kid should be commended.  Not all parents out there would make the same sacrifice, some would pawn their kid off on their spouse or another player’s parent.  As for going to hell… if the Habs play like they did last game we will all feel like we’re already there…

  17. TripleX says:

    Boudreau was making fun of JM and was called out for it by many journalists.  I guess you missed that?

    If he cares about winning he would not play a MINUS 10 MAB for almost 18 minutes.  Did he learn NOTHING from the last two series?


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

  18. ProHabs says:

    If Sergei is in the lineup tonight, I bet he plays between 1 and 3 minutes.

  19. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Big tactical error not playing O’Byrne,  he was an integral part of the first two series wins.  To not play him is wrong IMHO.

  20. JD_ says:

    Son’s soccer practice tonight from 7:30pm-9:00pm. Same goes for Thursday night. Both are smack dab through the heart of the Habs-Flippers games.

    His next game is Saturday, 2:00pm-3:30pm in Dorval. Habs play at 3:00pm.

    I attend all practices and games and suffer in silence. Can’t help the fact my son’s soccer coach is a thoughtless bastard, at least from a practice standpoint.

    Those of you who plan to watch the next three games in the comfort of your cozy l’il rec room or at the local boisterous watering hole can all go to hell.

  21. joeybarrie says:

    Yeah, JM is so lost, its not even funny. Bruce Boudreau said he was out coached by JM and he is one of the smartest coaches in the game. JM coaches a team that buys into his system and it beat the best team in the league in the regular season AND the Cup Champs…

    Enough with the stupidity of grudges and personal vendetta’s. HE CARES ABOUT ONE THING. Winning. Don’t be stupid. Were not Philly fans.

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

  22. Ayan_SB says:

    TSN’s Darren Dregger

    Looks like Sergei Kostitsyn will play tonight. Pouliot odd man out?

  23. petrov14 says:


    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  24. joeybarrie says:

    I think it’s pretty simple. Either we win tonight or make it close. If not we are done in this series.

    RELAX about changes or non changes the team and JM has made. It makes little difference. We can complain about how 1 player in particular would have made us Cup champions after its over. For now let’s enjoy the team, the game and how far we got in a season YOU thought we wouldnt even make the Playoffs.

    THIS IS A .501 TEAM. Thank goodness if you win 1 more game than you lose you can be CHAMPS…


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

  25. Sakus Evil Twin says:

    The fundamental difference between the Flyers and the Pens/Caps is that the Flyers are loaded with 2 way players. They have 3 lines of 2 way players, which means that they will out-Hab the Habs at their own game given half the chance.

    Which clearly they did Monday.

    Luckily, the Tricolor have speed n their side and a lumbering defence to play against… They have, HAVE, H-A-V-E to lure the Flyers into the neutral zone and sprint by them on the outlet. This means some real aggressive back-checking and then some serious sprinting… 

    No more dicking around in Jaro’s zone. get puck, pass puck skate skate skate.

    Just don’t send Gomer in alone, right Jason M? Huh? Huh?

    No answers, just opinions. Bite me. Och.

  26. jbroderi says:

    Did Someone finally find the kate Smith / Bobby Clarke sex tape?? 


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  27. joeybarrie says:

    Shampoo your play off beard with Head & Shoulders. Rub a conditioner into it for a few minutes then wash off. It’ll ITCH no more.

    How do i know this stuff… I’m vain. I don’t care who knows it.

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

  28. FSUPhi1584 says:

    JM is a gd twit. Does he expect MAB to clear the front of the net? I swear he is the least creative coach I have ever seen, and he coaches the playoffs likes its the regular season. He’s too busy trying to discipline or hold grudges, when his tactics will have minimal impact in a playoff setting. Our offense is not very good. Here’s a novel idea lets play our most offensive forwards on the top lines (SK and Pouliot). Even though they may be considered defensive liabilities not letting them play makes our offense suffer because guys like Moen and Darche are less likely to score goals. Wouldn’t it make sense as a defensive coach to play your more defensive defensemen?

  29. HFX-HabFan says:

    Five ways to beat Philly:

    1- Quick transitions out of our end.  I suspect that this is the type of team that is prone to giving up a lot of odd-man rushes.  They are a bigger team so obviously they will win their share of puck battles in our end, but in the times where we win battles along the boards we need to come flying out of our zone with the puck.  We have to use the stretch pass in the second period with the long change, and catch their guys flat-footed.

    2- Get on the board early.  As much as Philly fans have a rep for being loud, the Wachovia Center was pretty dull for fans who have that rep and were watching a blowout.  Scoring early will shut them up, and get in Leighton’s head.  Dude just got a playoff shutout, so we need to bring his confidence level back down to earth.

    3- Clear the traffic in front.  We know Jaro isn’t exactly a battler for position in his crease, and the Philly forwards exposed that in the opener.  Our D (here is where we need O’Byrne back in) need to get their ugly butts out of the blue paint so Jaro can see the shots.  If he sees it, he stops it.  End of story.

    4- Better execution on the PP.  Our play with the man advantage seems to be getting worse as the playoffs go on.  I thought they were supposed to be dominant on the road.  Even if MAB sits, you still have Subban and Spacek’s bombs from the point.  Use it.  The back door play only works with Markov (sorry Hammer), so keep two guys at the top and look for the garbage goals (deflections, rebounds) from the guys who go to the net (usually our smallest guys, sad but true).

    5- Expose their third D pairing.  Unfortunately, because we crapped the bed in the opener, Philly had the luxury of tossing out more minutes to Parent and Krajicek.  There was a reason they were hidden from the Bruins; they are fringe NHLers and their +/- numbers in the regular season were ugly.  A closer game means less ice time for the third pairing, which in turn wears down the top four much more, which plays to our advantage the deeper this series goes.

    I think the first goal is a must for us tonight.  I’d love to see some offensive fireworks and a solid 5-2 win.  My biggest hope is that once we get the lead, we don’t sit back the rest of the way and wait for Jaro to bail us out.  Play to win, get the next one.  Don’t cling to a one goal lead and play not to lose.  We can do this!

  30. twocents says:

    Is Boone giving you a cut for every reply received? ;o)

  31. nick says:

    It’s not in my nature to be mysterious… But I can’t talk about it, and I can’t talk about why…

    Common MAN! Give us a lil something…

  32. kempie says:

    Green T-shirt power. Activate!

    Don’t laugh, it works.

  33. habsoul says:

    It’s hard to worry about a hockey game knowing that our courageous journalists are risking life, limb, and Michelins to keep us informed. 

    Hope you guys are getting hazard pay!


    Every Time Scott Hartnell Scores A Goal, A Stripper Loses A Heel.

    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  34. avatar_58 says:

    Are you insinuating Hartnell doesn’t keep pristine care of his mane?

  35. mrhabby says:

    hartnells wife helping carter off with his cast??

  36. JD_ says:

    Emailed you, P-Ster.


  37. kempie says:

    Your avatar is making me lose respect for Krusty.

  38. kempie says:

    Hartnell’s hairbrush. Mutually exclusive nouns. Oxymoron. Doesn’t exist. Probably goes for toothbrush, brain & dignity too.

  39. Spoons91 says:

    let’s get get it

    follow me on twitter — http://twitter.com/spoons91

  40. TripleX says:

    O’Byrne is skating with Maxwell……is JM really that stubborn and
    hateful??????  Officially a dumbass!


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

  41. Kristopher7 says:

    Oh and they have to sweep the flyers in a 4-1 series and then zerg the stanley cup final in 4 as well. My playoff beard is getting WAY too itchy and I look like a homeless guy from a St-Cath alley … 🙁

  42. Kristopher7 says:

    Halak 7-1-1 after being pulled, and the BOYS are hungry now! GO HABS GO!

  43. Captain aHab says:


    I remember Biron having 3-4 horseshoes up his derrière and Umberger scoring on just about any of his shots. I remember one of these shots where he just whipped around and threw it at the net without looking and the puck went through a forest of players and ended up going in right in the top corner. That’s when I knew that fate would not be kind.

    Don’t give up on these guys because they won’t.

    That first game was downright weird. It was obvious that the Flyers had been told to be careful with penalties and it seemed the Habs were expecting to get hammered all the time.

    Pouliot is odd to me. He’s trying but is he out of position? Why is the effort not translating into anything? I still think he’s worried about getting hit.

  44. avatar_58 says:

    Yeah, someone stole Hartnell’s hairbrush

  45. Fansincebirth says:

    Upcoming scandal?

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

  46. punkster says:

    Something is amiss in the Flyers dressing room.

    Stay tuned.


  47. Fansincebirth says:

    Voulez Vous….uh huh….uh huh

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

  48. Shublips says:

    This is a HUGE game for Les Boys tonight.

    They HAVE to pull out a win and show the Flyers that they won’t be pushed around.  It will be interesting to see if they can fight through the larger Flyers’ players and get some secondary scoring chances.

    Also, JM tends to be good at making between game adjustments.  Let’s hope he’s got some magic up his sleeves!

    So can they rebound tonight?


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  49. avatar_58 says:


    umm….Ozzy Osbourne…….Three Days Grace……ugg….get it out! OUT!!!

  50. Rocket fan says:

    This series will go a long way to defining how the game should be played in the NHL…..a big bruising crew supported by smaller forwards lwith good skills like Gagne, Briere, Giroux, or a swift, versatile team of some smaller players with loads of skill supported by some bigger bodies….almost of like a Burke model compared to a Gainey model. I hope its the Gainey model, that style is a lot more fun to watch.

  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    Canadiens love to bounce back in the playoffs, tonight will be much better than Sunday nighhe is.t was, i believe as always, as I did when we were down 1-3 against the President’s Trophy Team and down 3-2 against the Stanley Cup Champions. We handled the three best centres in the NHL and two of the five best scoring wingers in that time. We dismantled a Cup goalie and a top prospect goalie. Leighton will be exposed for what he is.l

    Flyers will be full of themselves from the 6-0 romp, Canadiens will shock them with smarter, disciplined hockey.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  52. ricardamundo says:

    That would be:
    The big thing we need to do is take away their strwtch passes. The weason why Boston was good in the fiwst few games was to take away that strwtch pass. Now, if we need to chip in, we need to chip in on the swower side which is pwonger. The pwobwem is that the othew 4 defensemen aw vewwy mobile and big. We will have to capitawize on our speed. For that I give it to you. I also agwee with your last post about puck recovewy etc.
    Apologies to Baba Wawa

  53. arcosenate says:

    LOL, ABBA!

  54. avatar_58 says:

    Great now Ace of Base is in my head…

  55. arcosenate says:

    Forget deja vu, it’s voulez vous and that’s what it’s going to take.

    If the Habs want it, they can certainly prove it tonight!

  56. jbroderi says:

    the habs just have to keep their cool.  The flyers have no little darlings who the refs are scared to penalize.  They have a bunch of bone heads with spotted histories.  Use speed to enter the zone and create this slow bunch to clutch and grab, then kill them on the PP.  If we take dumb penalties again, we’ll be in trouble.  Cooler heads prevailing for the habs will push these guys to the brink. 

    Their size didn’t win them the game, just their compete level.  If we win tonight, all their momentum means nothing!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  57. Mr.Hazard says:

    BOONE: Can you request another appearance on that Philly fan-radio-thing that demanded an explanation for your comparison between Philly and the Nazi army? Ask them how they feel about the vandalization of Hickey’s car?

    I’m disgusted… God bless that man for his patience. My God, I would have been pissed.

    “We didn’t give up and we are not giving up.” – Jaroslav Halak

  58. Corporate says:

    The big thing we need to do is take away their strwtch passes. The reason why Boston was good in the first few games was to take away that strwtch pass. Now, if we need to chip in, we need to chip in on the slower side which is pronger. The problem is that the other 4 defensemen are very mobile and big. We will have to capitalize on our speed. For that I give it to you. I also agree with your last point about puck recovery. That will be key. We will need to want it more than them…

  59. 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.

    it seems to me that the way to get quality shots on the flyers is by doing the following:

    1) chip the puck deep into their zone on the rush

    2) use our speed to pressure the flyers defence

    3) battle down low, win battles, retrieve the puck

    4) move the puck to the scoring areas

    The flyers will not let you beat them on the rush. they take away their blue line and force the opposition to chip and chase.

    If we use our speed, and we battle, their defence is over rated and vulnerable.

    Especially Pronger is vulnerable to speed pressure in retrieving loose pucks; and he is the core of their defence.

    Guys like Moen, Lapierre, Big Tits, must win races to loose pucks, and battles along the low boards and in the corners.

  60. MathMan says:

    I don’t want the Habs to play the same game as they did vs. the Pens and the Caps. I would prefer they didn’t play a system that consisted of letting the other guys have the puck, letting them bomb our goalie from high-danger scoring areas, and praying Jaro Halak can hold up, while simultaneously praying someone scores an opportunistic goal on limited offensive opportunities. They can’t possibly keep winning playing that way. 

  61. avatar_58 says:

    I just read that. Kovy is amazing at puck handling but CROSBY? Yeah….

  62. Harani says:

    “You just watch him holding on to the puck,” Melnyk said after the first playoff round (on Kovalev). “You can’t get to this guy. In many ways, he reminds me of, but with much more finesse, of Sidney Crosby.” 

    What is Eugene Melnyk smoking?

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

  63. Fansincebirth says:

    Right after Game 1, I posted that I felt the same as I did after Game 5 of the Pittsburgh series which was indifferent. Yes, we lost 6 – 0 but I don’t think the score reflected the play and I don’t think the Flyers dominated us as much as the score would indicate.

    We simply did not show up to this game, for whatever reason, and the Flyers did.

    We’ve shown restraint in the two previous series, skating away from the garbage after the whistle. People like Carcillo are out there for a reason, to stir up shit and if you let them get under your skin, they will. Look at the job we did against the superstars in the first two series. Don’t ya think Crosby was just a little off his game?

    We match up against the Flyers nicely but JM has to pull the collective head out of the ass of the team and get them back on track. Weather the storm of the crowd enthusiasm and pop in a goal or two to take them out. Get back to playing the same game we played versus the Caps and Pens.

    If we allow them to coast through the middle of the ice untouched like we did in game one, this is going to be a quick series and we’re gonna be golfing soon. That’s how we flopped and floundered through the regular season.

    Halak will be stellar tonight so it’s up to the rest to elevate their game and shake the cobwebs off.

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

  64. habsfan0 says:

    On this date 39 years ago,May 18,1971, Henri Richard scored 2 goals including the game winner, as the Habs beat the Black Hawks 3-2 to capture the Stanley Cup at Chicago Stadium.

  65. Lafrich says:

    Habs in 5

  66. Keith says:

    I will panic if we go down 3-0, but then Filthy didn’t panic in their series against Boston did they?

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