Open wide, Alex

A linesman gets between Bruins' Bergeron and Canucks' Burrows during the first period of Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals in Vancouver
Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters

The NHL, in its wisdom, concluded there was insufficient evidence to suspend Alex Burrows for biting Patrice Bergeron in Game 1.
The Hawks Dave Bolland told the Chicago Trib: “Typical, pulling hair and biting people. Sort of like a little girl,” said Bolland. “But things happen during games. Stuff like that isn’t meant for hockey. So some of those things have to be taken care of.”

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  1. topher5468 says:

    still cant see my posts

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

  2. TomNickle says:

    I just love beat writers who have nothing better to do than speculate ridiculous scenarios for the organization they’re covering. Michael Russo speculates the Minnesota Wild might buy out Cam Barker’s contract. Really Michael? Ya know, I guess it’s plausible because they’re so deep at the position and he doesn’t fit into their top pairing, top PP unit and doesn’t have any upside right?

    What a moron.

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      Same kind of writters that want to run Pouliot AK et compagnie out of town because they dont play at “their potential”. And its not the players potential, its what those media gents think the potential should be. And that they analyse based on what statistics back up their current argument ignoring anything detrimental to the later…
      Fact is, as long as bad news sells we will have it in costco portions.

  3. AK_PK_Usay says:

    @ HardHabits

    How about not drooling after the bruins, fact is Thomas is an amazing goalie and chara is the best shutdown Dman.

    But otherwise boston has tried to intimidate and played dirty, and got away with it, most season and playoffs.

    You accuse people of being opinionated of many things, but your problem is you try to be zen neutral, or whatever crap you want to call it.
    Fact is, having opinions is human, and you’re either not showing your true colors, OR, you’re a wimp.

    BTW this happens to be a Habs fan site, so your neutral zen sense is only here because you like picking fights over the internet, and regardless of winning or losing an argument, you move on and still get a sense of satisfaction, cos you know deep down you are always right, yes sir you do.

    when all think alike, no one is thinking very much

    • HardHabits says:

      You’re hilarious.

      You ask me not to drool on the Bruins, which I don’t, then you proceed to drool all over TT and ZC.

      Boston doesn’t try, they do. The Habs were the biggest recipients of the Bruins intimidation.

      Accuse? The evidence is there for all to see. No need to accuse anybody. Guilty as charged. HIO’s final summer clutched straw is a Vancouver victory over the evil Bruins. It’s pathetic.

      Then you try to pick a fight with me.

      The classic terminology for what you’re doing is called projecting.

      • Bouleau noir says:

        No other teams have been afffected more than ours by the ” Bruins ways ” in that we losted Paciorettty for the rest of the season and the playoffs as a direct consequence of it.

        The Habs werent intimidated by the Bruins at all in the series they had against them…… its definitly not the reason as to why they lost it to them by the margin of a single goal….. had Pacioretty been in that series Julien would already be without a job as we speak.

  4. Frank2468 says:

    This just in, new footage of the finger biting incident. Burrows gets away with biting and Bergeron should know better then to stick his finger in someones mouth. hahahahaha

  5. punkster says:

    Barbie and the Dream Castle? Man, they ain’t payin’ this guy enough!

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  6. EricInStL says:

    The Canadiens should sign Jaws from Moonraker.

    This league is a JOKE. Horton should have gotten 1 game for the water bottle incident, and Burrows should of gotten 2 games for deliberate biting.

    • Everlasting1 says:

      Suspend a top player in the SCF for two games for biting an unwanted jammed glovefinger in the mouth? Get real.

      ” That the Sons of God saw the daughters of man, that they were fair and took them wives all of which they chose.” – Genesis 6:2

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  7. habs03 says:

    I took these numbers from a poster on HF Boards, but I feel like they need to be shared. I’m not a fan of Gomez at all but…
    Gomez B.Richards
    G.P…….. 864……772
    Goals….. 167……220
    Ass…….. 508……496
    Points….. 675…..716
    +/-……… 46 ……-72

  8. HardHabits says:

    I watched the Bettman interview with Peter Mansbridge after the game. The first thing I’d like to note is how refreshing it is to see a professional and highly respected journalist give an interview as opposed to Ron Maclean.

    My perspective about the Winnipeg move is that it is extortion to a certain extent. Bettman spoke of the new owners playing ball and being patient. Now the Winnipeg citizens and local hockey fans there are asked to commit to 13,000 seats for 4 years, up front.

    It’s a little heavy handed but it’s no wonder why the failing American markets can not be held to such a standard. Teams with financial difficulties who are not latching into their markets have more than likely bought themselves more time as another Canadian team contributes to the revenue sharing pot, allowing NHL hockey arenas with empty seats in the USA to be held on life support for a little while longer.

    Meanwhile Phoenix is holding its ground as the last out post before Las Vegas.

  9. DearyLeary says:

    Notice how the Canucks didn’t call Thomas a ‘disgrace’?

    Also notice how the Bruins whine about how it’s completely legal for goalies to flop, and not once do they actually defend the fact that Thomas ’embellishes’ contact?

  10. G-Man says:

    Whiny Boston. Love it….whine you entitled babies. Lose in 4, whiners and divers (that’s you, Marchand and Thomas).

    • HardHabits says:

      You’re the one who sounds like the whiny and entitled cry baby.

      You do know that the worse the Bruins do in the SCF’s the farther away the Habs are.

      • G-Man says:

        Your logic is flawed as usual, Mr. grit-and-sand-and-scoring-and-the-Habs-are-in-a-25-year-rebuilding-program-because- management-sucks.
        The Habs are a player or 2 away, yet you natter on incessantly.

        • HardHabits says:

          What are you talking about? Stick to the subject here G-Love. I don’t take any pleasure or displeasure in another team losing, nor winning for that matter, except for the Habs.

          I am talking about your every post as if you’re calling out the Bruins trolls. Give it a break. You sound like a school yard wimp taunting a bully as he’s getting beat up by another person. Seriously. Dude! You’re hilarious.

          “Haha. You Bruins. I fart in your general direction. Hahahahaha!”

          • G-Man says:

            I will take a lot of pleasure from those shieces of pit losing despite sanctioned league help. It will not be remotely as satisfying as a Habs win, but I will forever cheer the other team facing them, even if it’s Toronto. Their behavior as an organization this season is beyond the pale.

          • TomNickle says:

            I swear you’re bi-polar. You go on for one day about how terrible the Habs are in their efforts to build and that you really respect the Bruins and teams like them, and the way they play. The next day you love the future of the Habs and insist that you hate teams like the Bruins.

            You change opinions like I change socks man.

          • HardHabits says:

            @Yo G-Love or is it Girlie-Man: You can’t hide that you are an inarticulate vulgarian with not very cleverly switched lettering. It’s like you’re suffering from a weak version of dyslexic Tourette’s syndrome.

            Get over your conspiracy theories too. If you have evidence provide it. That the Bruins having league sanctioning is an HIO myth. It’s the stuff that sore losers come up with.

            Boston can’t possibly be as good as they are. It must be because everything is fixed otherwise the Habs would be better.

            It’s more slave morality posing as the higher ground. Get up on your feet and stop wallowing in the muck and the mire.

            Even after that crappy game 1 it’s obvious that Vancouver is an elite team and Boston is sluggish and Neanderthal by comparison. The ‘Nucks still only barely scraped out a win though. 1-0 with the goal coming with 20 seconds left is pretty darn close. If those grunty little cavemen can steal a split Vancouver is in for a rough ride. Regardless. Even if Vancouver wins in 4-5 games the Bruins have a good organization and if they dropped their late game messages they’d might even make it to the next level with all the talent they have. That makes the Habs goal of winning the division all the more difficult and believe me winning the division is the 1st step of many to winning the Cup.

            Vancouver has it all. Size, speed, grit, skill, goal-tending, speciality teams, scoring, defence, they hit, they check, they muck for the puck and they fight. Then again watching the Bruins play Vancouver made me think that the Bruins look a lot like Habs, albeit a slower bigger and more brutish version of the Habs. They also play rope a dope, lean on lights out goal-tending and hope for that opportunistic goal.

            Elite teams however press their game, they dominate the play and puck possession, but in Vancouver’s case because of Boston’s efficient defence and Thomas’ excellence they also need to rely on lights out goal-tending as well and have to be as opportunistic as possible to score.

            You see. G-Bear. I am a hockey fan. 4-0 series are boring.

          • TomNickle says:

            HH. You should take a look at a couple of pieces written that go into detail about the wording used in Alex Ovechkin’s suspension last season and Tortorella’s as well. Then compare them to the incidents involving Max Pacioretty and Nathan Horton squirting a fan with a water bottle.

            In addition, take a look at this cross-check to the head of Dominic Moore administered by Milan Lucic and this sucker punch to Freddy Meyer administered by the same Milan Lucic. Tell me these offenses are hockey plays and that they don’t warrant supplementary discipline from the league. In the Meyer, case, THE NHL RESCINDED THE MATCH PENALTY ASSESSED TO HIM BY THE ON ICE OFFICIALS. They reversed a match penalty so that he would avoid suspension.



            And then consider that of the four referees who’ve been assigned to referee the Finals, three of them called the fewest penalties on Gregory Campbell of all eligible playoff officials.

            Yeah, it’s all conspiracy theory. Or maybe when there’s enough smoke to fill the TD Garden, there’s some fire to go along with it.

          • G-Man says:

            After all is said and done, HH, I am one vulgar pissed off fan of hockey. I am not a fan of Flyers 70s style hockey that this crummy team is trying to emulate. I wish them 4 straight losses in the final so their Cupless streak continues on into the future. I wish all those associated with their current “success” nothing but long-term failure. When the team I am talking about resides in the worst of quagmires, it is fitting to get down there and fling mud and curses at them.

          • HardHabits says:

            @TomNickle: I actually said I dropped my hate. Hate is weak. I am zen about the Bruins. I want the Habs to beat the them yes but in order to do that they need to get waaaaaaay better. A few tweaks IMO is not enough.

            I am a Habs fan but I don’t think the near future is that bright. Talk to SF09 if you want good news. The Habs IMO need to invest more in drafting from the 1st round while they hit home runs in the later ones but those 1st round picks are crucial.

            In order to win the Cup the Habs need to also win the division first. Boston is Montreal’s biggest obstacle. The have Seguin and this next draft’s 9th pick. I’ve checked Boston’s drafting and Montreal’s and the Bruins have done much better in recent years than the Habs have. Krecji, Lucic and Bergeron are drafted by Boston, they got Horton for Wideman.

            The Habs have three good picks in Price, Subban and Pacioretty and they made a good trade with Halak to get Eller. It’s a start. Unfortunately Pouliot and Kostitsyn are let downs. The Habs need to be able to build top lines from their system, not via free agency and trades. Boston’s cornerstone big move towards the building their team was the acquisition of Chara. The Habs one was Price. Montreal is still a few years behind Boston IMO in terms of building a contender.

            The definition of a fan is not blind allegiance.

          • TomNickle says:

            @HH, You think the Habs are several integral pieces away, and that’s your opinion. But please don’t lump me into a group of people thinking this team is one win away from the Cup. While they might be, I feel they need to be tougher in front of their own net, acquire a right handed version of Pacioretty somehow and play the way they did against the Bruins in games 3 & 4 of their series, even though they lost those games. If a goalie playing out of his mind is going to steal a series from you when you’re playing that well, I can live with it, the Habs have done it to too many teams in prior years for me to lose sleep over it.

            As for the Bruins. Keep in mind that they don’t have a single elite defenseman or potential elite defenseman beyond Chara. They’re incredibly weak at that position. And if Siemens and Murphy are off the board when they pick at #9 in this coming draft, which is likely by the way, they’ll have another year of lost development for an eventual replacement for him.

            Things aren’t quite as bright in Beantown as you make them out to be and things aren’t nearly as mediocre in Montreal as you make them out to be.

          • Trisomy 21 says:

            You tell G-man to stick to the topic, but how is this on topic, dipshit?

      • Kooch7800 says:

        What do you mean exactly by your second statement: “You do know that the worse the Bruins do in the SCF’s the farther away the Habs are?”

        I am just curious cause I really don’t see how they are related.

        Boston has size and some skill but they have bad coaching, a horrible PP (another sign of coaching) and really lack in speed.
        Montreal plays well against Boston due to their speed.

        • HardHabits says:

          I agree Montreal plays well against Boston using their speed. I don’t think they use their speed enough but that is another subject.

          As for Boston having bad coaching. I know many people don’t like CJ but get real. He’s won at every level he’s coached with only two losing seasons, both those times taking teams that missed the play-offs one year to the 2nd and 3rd rounds the next.

          On Claude Julien: He won a Memorial Cup in 1997. He won a bronze medal with one of Team Canada’s weaker world junior entries of the past 20 years. He was 10 games over .500 in less than two seasons with Montreal, fired in 2005-06 because he wouldn’t start Jose Theodore. He was 23 games over .500 in New Jersey, fired because he didn’t fit the Devils culture. He was one loss away from getting fired four weeks ago. Claude Julien wins, but it seems as if he never does it in a way that makes everyone happy. His style hasn’t changed. Good on him for doing it his way. – Elliot Friedman

          By my second statement I mean this: If the Bruins are a measuring stick, the Habs get shorter with every Bruins loss. 😉

          • Kooch7800 says:

            The reason I don’t like CJ is with the Roster he has in Boston they should be doing a lot better. He lost a series last year while up 3-0. He uses goon tactics. Look at how Horton plays now to how he used to play. Big difference.

            Even with Montreals banged up roster we should have won that series this year but Montreal did it to themselves.

            In regards to the measuring stick, they play such a different style of game it isn’t comparing apples to apples. Vancouver would beat montreal right now hands down I wouldn’t argue that. I don’t think any team in the NHL righ now could beat Vancouver (minus Chi town).
            In my opinion, our real problem is going to be Philly. If they get a goalie, they will be the beast in the east and after next year detroit will be there as well.

          • TomNickle says:

            @ Kooch. Without Pronger, the Flyers are a bubble team in terms of playoffs. There are some big names on that roster but no real overachievers or stars other than Giroux. Carter, for all of his size is softer than the Charmin in my bathroom, Richards is a fine player but you can get under his skin at the drop of a hat and their D are steady but can be exposed with a strong forecheck.

            They need Pronger to log Chara minutes to be elite.

  11. Stuck_in_To. says:

    Habs on what movies made them cry … man, Spacek makes me laugh.

  12. JF says:

    It’s almost certain that Markov will be back next year, but it would be in the Canadiens’ interest to get his contract settled as soon as possible because it would leave time to make decisions about the other UFA defencemen before free agency. If Markov is signed, it’s unlikely that Wisniewski will be, so the Canadiens should try and trade his rights before July 1. In recent years the team has made a practice of trading draft picks for impending UFAs who then walk on July 1. Wisniewski will be our most valuabe UFA; trading his rights would be an opportunity to get something in return for the 2nd-rounder we gave up for him. Last year Gauthier did not wait until free agency to make the Halak deal, so I would not be surprised to see a deal involving Wisniewski’s rights once Markov is signed.

  13. habstrinifan says:

    Good Morning Everyone. This Stanley Cup final is putting a bad taste in my mouth. As if it is not enough that the HABS have long since been sent to the sidelines, it seems that HOCKEY is now saturated with silliness.

    Enough of the furor over Burrows in-game digital protein intake. Enough of the back and forth name-calling and nonsense from Boston and Vancouver. Ever since the ‘Richards-Subban’ diatribe, it seems that players feel they have to go to the press or tweet or facebook or some other form of bellly-aching about another player.
    Enough! It’s becoming boring and boorish.

    As Gainey said, “Shut up and play!”

    I would like to see the next game be played TOUGHER. More real battles for the puck. It seemed the players spent game 1 trying to con the referees. I re-watched the game. For a 1-0 game it lacked puck battles and was ordinary.

    By the way thanks A. Basu for some re-focus on the Canadiens. I hope the HIO pages start lighting up with questions/proposals/ etc etc on the HABS again and less of the posts re which player or which team is a douche-bag.

  14. 24 Cups says:

    Elliotte Friedman’s latest 30 thoughts. Here’s a sample.

    “6. Colin Campbell downplayed the on-ice taunts son Gregory was getting as a reason for stepping away from supplemental discipline. Thought that was interesting. One of the two between-benches games I did this season was Boston/Toronto. The Maple Leafs were merciless, and they weren’t the only ones. Think any parent would feel awful about that. Gregory handled it unbelievably well.”

    It looks like a great day of weather. Time for everyone to get away from their computers and get outside. Golf rules over hockey today!

    • kempie says:

      I remember watching a game this year and seeing Cammy look at him during an after-whistle scrum, smile and say “how’s daddy?” Cammy chuckled a bit and skated away. I thought it was funny.

    • HardHabits says:

      @24 Cups:

      10. There will be changes to the boards next season in Montreal, Calgary, Colorado, Phoenix, Nashville and Minnesota. Those rinks will be moving from the seamless glass (thick with little give) to plexiglass (thinner with more give, better for players) in the ends.

      Apart from offensive production, especially 5 on 5, the area where I’d like to see the most improvement with the Habs next season is a reduction in the number of man-games lost to injury.

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