Optional skate today in advance of Game 3

Sergei Kostitsyn tries some fancy passing during practice today in Brossard.
Allen McInnis, Gazette

AUDIO (courtesy of the Team 990’s Jessica Rusnak): Josh Gorges | Mike Cammalleri | Dominic Moore

The Canadiens held an optional practice Monday
at noon in Brossard, with only the players who didn’t play on Sunday (or barely played) in
Pittsburgh taking to the ice. Other players worked out in the gym or on
stationary bikes.

Still no word on the nature or severity of
Andrei Markov’s injury. The star defenceman is still undergoing tests,
and his uncertain status precludes an emergency call-up.

Penguins’ hit man Matt Cookie is saying his foot was nearly cut by P.K. Subban’s skate in Game 2 and links the incident to Jordan Staal’s cut in Game 1.

 • • •

“It’s the second time (it’s happened),” Cooke told the Beaver County Times. “I know it’s not a penalty when skates collide but for that to happen in back-to-back games by the same guy is suspicious.”

•  •  •

As expected, no supplemental disciplinary action on Craig Adams for the late-game hit on Marc-André Bergeron.

•  •  •

Tweeted by Jaro Halak’s agent, Allan Walsh: NBC’s broadcast of Mtl-Pitt, Gm 2 had a 1.6
overnight rating up 14% from last yr. In viewership, it’s 1.6M v. 1.4M a
yr ago.


  1. G-Man says:

    Tongue in cheek.


  2. HabFanSince72 says:

    Stephen Harper is a typical Canadian: he likes to watch hockey, is a bit dull, and wishes he was an American.


  3. andrewberkshire says:

    As you can see, our politicians love wasting their time arguing about things on the internet, what a joke.

  4. ArmyFan says:

    Never said a word about his age.  My dad is 72 and sharp as a whip.

    Cole makes error after painful error.  He is most definitely daft.  Other great broadcasters, like he himself once was (reference the dying seconds of the 1993 Cup final) knew when it was time to quit.  Their employers knew when it was time to suggest that they move on to other things.  For some reason, it just ain’t happening with this guy.

    As for grey hairs, I’ve got a few of those myself.  Not many, but every time I look it seems there’s a few more.

  5. Aybara says:

    Problem is, he is daft. Guy can’t remember half the names on the ice. Or his visions gone, one or the other.

    Either way, he isn’t fit to be a hockey commentator anymore.

  6. Corio says:

    Oops  😛

  7. CHsam says:

    I’ve been waking up everyday thinking about how to mess with the Pens’ feet.

  8. Lafrich says:

    I don’t see where anyone mentioned anything about age.

    I think we all just think that he is, and always was, slightly ummm…errr…slow?

  9. Fansincebirth says:

    Done :o)

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

  10. SeriousFan09 says:

    President’s Trophy teams have been rather unsuccessful sicne the lockout, there’s regular season success, than there’s postseason success. Three teams were eliminated in the quarter finals and only the 08 Red Wings have a Stanley Cup ring to go with their trophy.

    Still amazed we knocked Washington off, but the President’s Trophy is becoming more of a bad omen than having Hossa on your team.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  11. G-Man says:

    Psst! It’s imbecile…

  12. Eliisa says:

    Haha, you absolutely must submit that to the NHL. Awesome.

  13. Ayan_SB says:

    Can you believe that the best team during the regular season is going to select before the Habs?

  14. Fansincebirth says:

    And the line would be “What if size really DID matter?” History will be made :o)

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

  15. coachdoug says:

    Looks like your Canadian Pols are going at it…Nice…Our Pols are too busy being corrupt and squandering tax payer dollars…


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

  16. Eliisa says:

    I love it! These are great… now I want to see a history will be made commercial with one of our boys hoisting the Cup. :)

  17. Will Longlade says:

    Like I said in the other forum, I hope OB flattens Cooke like a pancake or at least does the same number on him that he did to Backstrom.

  18. G-Man says:

    Just because he’s old doesn’t mean he’s daft. A lttle respect for people with some grey hair, please.

  19. Fansincebirth says:

    Cooke’s mindless bellowing is very reminiscent of a certain Mr. Ovechkin’s from last series. Trying to stir things up are we Cooke?

    As Ovie how he made out…..

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

  20. habs33 says:

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Gill or O’Byrne rag-doll Cooke first to scare him shitless then do this to him.


  21. ShangaDoo says:



  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    Even if we exit now, we’re selecting in the final eight spots unless PG trades up in the 2010 draft, provided no movement in the order, there isn’t much left really, most of the Ds look to be going in the first 20 picks.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  23. Corio says:

    Wow Matt Cooke is an imbicile..

  24. G-Man says:

    Ya, baby!

  25. coachdoug says:

    Cooke = Sh#t for brains

    Every dog has his day…Cooke will get his eventually

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

  26. forskis says:

    Well…in a few years, if the Habs GM can pull a few Burke-Sedin trades, we could have all three Subban’s…one in net and two on D…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  27. habz says:

    Total douchebag and a moron may I say.

  28. SeriousFan09 says:

    Right here

    Montreal’s already generated two from their post-season success this year, awesome.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  29. Grabbed The Cup says:

    Stay away from Minnesota!

    You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Unger!

  30. sidhu says:

    Good stuff.  The Jaro one is good too.

  31. sidhu says:

    Oh the irony.

  32. J Haul says:

    I didn’t think Cooke could be any more of a douche bag, but there you have it. What a piece of work.

  33. Ayan_SB says:

    There seems to be a good crop of young D at this year’s draft, and I sincerely hope the Habs draft a tough, defensive defenseman who will one day compliment PK Subban’s style. Any thoughts?

  34. ShangaDoo says:

    Do you have a link?

  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    You know a guy is a dirty **** when his hometown newspaper is calling him out.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  36. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Not sure if everyone has had a chance to see it, but NHL.com has a new “History Will Be Made” video. Featuring our very own Cammalleri…

  37. lavie says:

    Setting the tone to Pens: Who wants to be the 3rd to be cut in 3rd?

  38. SeriousFan09 says:

    Pensblog is written by some outright fanboys who could give Loafs fans a run for their money on ignorance.

    I normally don’t remember particular blogs when I link off of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy for their daily headline links, but when they linked to this I seriously lost a ton of respect for those guys and laughed this blog off when they referenced Montreal fans as the “Eurotrash” fans.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  39. ArmyFan says:

    How can the Penguins stand having Cooke in their dressing room? Now I guess you could add “comic relief” as a reason.

    And this is the guy the CBC chose to “mike” yesterday, and heap praise upon at every opportunity.  Real role model and inspiration for us to listen to.  And now a bonafide, on the record dumba$$ as well.

  40. sidhu says:

    Matt Cooke better watch his back in Montreal.

    His comment on PK is ridiculous — PK has been playing the game of hockey for years and years, and if he was intentionally hurting players (as he implies) or being reckless with his skates or causing a disproportionate number of injuries, it would have come up by now.

    I also resent his implication that PK is capabe of wrong.  (Kidding, I know PK is young and will make his fair share of mistakes as does any rookie).


  41. lavie says:

    Wish we had TWO PK Subban.

  42. boy from school says:

    ummm………so basically matt cooke is a mongoloid. 

  43. adam76 says:

    Wow – so with Montreal in, ratings increased by 14%.   now that is really going to kill all those conspiracy stories.  


    Oh well.

  44. nightmare_49 says:


    Playoff Stuff by Seth Rorabaugh / Post-Gazette.com

    Penguins-Canadiens +


      Kettle, pot on line one. Matt Cooke sort of, kind of, called Canadiens defenseman PK Subban reckless after Cooke was dinged up by Subban’s skate. Subban injured Jordan Staal when their skates collided in Game 1.

      -“It’s never about one guy or one player. It’s about how a team plays as a group.” – Cammalleri on his team missing defensman Andrei Markov.


  45. Bahamut-Prime says:

    Really Matt Cooke, you’re discussing suspicious behavior that ends up in injury.

  46. ShangaDoo says:

    Ok. No.

    Matt Cooke is…

    We’re talking about P.K Subban, here. What has this kid got against you Cooke?

    Im pretty sure P.K just wakes up thinking how he’s going try and mess up your feet. What a prick.

    Saying it’s pretty suspicious! Whatever.

  47. HabFanSince72 says:

    Pennsylvania Dutch porn.


  48. habs33 says:

    Anyone see this yet? The Pens Blog

    Either this is written by a 12 year old or there are some idiot fans running this blog, or both. Subban with an intent to injure Cooke AND Staal?! Gimme a break! He’s a tough kid who’s out to play hard and finish his checks. I can assure you if the same thing happened to a Canadien, regardless of what Penguin did it, no accusations would be made.

    Matt Cooke is a sore loser who’s trying to drum up a controversy where there isn’t one. Wait, this sounds familiar…except it was last week from an enigmatic Russian and a thirsty, shaky-handed goalie!



  49. jimmy shaker says:

    And Cooke’s hits aren’t suspicious?  Most of Cooke’s hits are borderline/late/dirty etc.  And usually result in injury to his opponent and/or suspension for Cooke.  What a little puke throwing that rant out there to the media.  I hope three times a charm tomorrow night from PK!

    Any word on Campbell coming down on Adams?  Going out on a limb here and going to say nothing will come of it!


  50. ArmyFan says:

    When Bob Cole went to bed last night, he probably didn’t remember he’d been at a hockey game earlier in the day.

  51. Mad Habber says:

    HAHA Cooke is messing with him… Of course he would think it was intentional…he just wished he’d thought of it first.

  52. Y says:

    LMFAO @ Cooke

    Any chance the Thrasher’s could loan us Evander Kane?

  53. nick says:

    In response to Matt Cooke…

    Sure, looking at the Markov hit you could say it was clean etc, etc… But given it was Cooke involved… You might think twice…

  54. light_n_tasty says:

    Beaver County Times?

  55. Drive_For_25 says:

    Is Matt Cooke serious???  I would love to see someone end this guys career with the most vicious dirty hit ever.  What a useless P.O.S!!  He’s the reason why Vinny is no longer a great player, and might never again be the player he was.  I wish Kane would’ve knocked him out for good!!

  56. deggy24 says:

    I can just see all the Pee Wee hockey players in Canada breaking their sticks on the oppositions post/crossbar, and mouthing off all game to the ref like whiny babies. What a pathetic example of sportsmanship. Crosby should be fined by the league.

    Now Cooke mouthing off like a total hypocrit.

    Not having any problem getting a hate on for these Penguins. Appears we are in their kitchen.

  57. adam76 says:

    “”Still no word on the nature or severity of Andrei Markov’s injury.””


    Bob Cole said yesterday that Markov is out for the playoffs – so you know it must be true.

  58. sm00re says:

    If anyone is interested, I found a video of Crosby breaking his stick on the crossbar yesterday. It’s a pretty good compilation: http://thepensblog.com/pensblog/may-2010/round-two-game-two-the-walls-of-halak-pens-lose.html

  59. mike g says:

    It’s really funny how alot of people are talking both positively and negatively about Bob Gainey today…

    On my way to work, I was listening to the french radio. Yvon Pedneault mentionned something quite interesting about Bob Gainey’s trade with SJ 3 years ago. The deal sent Rivet to SJ for Georges and a 1st round pick, which turned out to be Max Patches. Apparently, BG was pushing for Georges and Pavelski instead of the 1st round pick.

    Immagine, the trade has already done wonders for us and Max hasn’t even had an impact on the Habs yet. If Pavelski was here, wow. Good job, Bob.
    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  60. habsfan0 says:

    Could it be that his uncertain status…3 days after the injury occured..means that all is not lost for his season?

  61. mike g says:

    I’m kind of a glass half full kind of guy, but not in this case….

    We saw how quickly the Pens came out and said Stall wasn’t done for the year, after the initial reports. In Marky’s case, I think it is a long term injury, and now they’re just trying to see if there is a quick fix or special procedure they can take in the healing process to speed it up. Kind of like Metro’s injury.

    When the Habs staff meet the media, the journalists always ask if there are different healing methods available that could speed up the process. So they’re probably finding out all the answers, and then we will know everything about it…

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

  62. habsfan0 says:

    “It’s the second time (it’s happened),” Cooke told the Beaver County Times. “I know it’s not a penalty when skates collide but for that to happen in back-to-back games by the same guy is suspicious.”

    Talk about people living in glass houses…

  63. Brocas Brain says:

    Gainey hired JM because he is an experienced coach, but he is looking like a real amature running 2.5 forward lines against any team in the NHL let alone the Mighty Penguins.  If this continuies it will prove to be a vital mistake for the Habs.

    IMO, Captin Kirk is the only coach on this team…I bet he get’s a lot of head coaching offers in the off season. I say we make him head coach and send JM back to the Hobbits.

  64. HabFanSince72 says:

    Brocas Brain’s brain isn’t working today.

  65. mike g says:

    Tampa Bay won the Cup using only 13 of their 21 dressed players…

    And if I’m not mistaken, 3 of their 4 series’ went to 7 games…

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

  66. fun police says:

    there is always one.  we had 13 skaters yesterday with 15+ minutes, and they had 11 skaters.  who cares.  this is what they play for.  they will be alright.

    everyone else, including the hab haters tsn and cbc are crediting jm with a good job and of course you don’t.  i think we’ve figured out that your real name is guy carbonneau.

  67. SeriousFan09 says:

    Matt Cooke obviously hasn’t heard about people in glass houses throwing stones.

    Perhaps we can have Scott Stevens give a roundtable discussion on concussion awareness next.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  68. HabsTrueBlue says:

    Good one :-)

  69. longtimehabsfan says:

    Cooke is officially an idiot in my book.

  70. secretdragonfly says:

    TSN is reporting that Ovechkin, Semin and Varlamov will be playing for Russia at the Worlds – can you say “three strikes and you’re out”?

  71. avatar_58 says:

    Wow. Is Cooke serious? I also love the added sentence saying he didn’t suggest it was intentional. Then what the hell are you insinuating?

  72. mike g says:

    If anyone see’s Matt Cooke in the MTL streets today, please smack him in the face with a rusty frying pan…

    What a douchebag. Not to mention he screams like a little girl. Anyone hear him on NBC yesterday after he scored his goal? It sounded like an 8 year-old girl screaming when her tea party is over.

    The funniest thing though is that he’s probably the most hated player in the league. All he does is run around and always happens to injure the oppositions best player. But now that he gets a glimpse of what it feels like to be injured, he starts crying…..

    But hey, that’s the Pens for you. When all else fails, cry and whine….

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

  73. G-Man says:

    His brain’s broken. It’s not his fault.

  74. pmaraw says:

    you want to talk about being wreckless with skates, how about crosby jumping over habs players?

  75. secretdragonfly says:

    I know we’re all supposed to show compassion towards the mentally-challenged but Cooke is making it very difficult to do the right thing.  A friendly word of advice, Matt – better keep your head up.

  76. ABHabsfan says:

    Cooke is such a friggin’ idiot, he’s an embarrassment to hockey. Comments like that just reinforce the fact. I hope someone steps on his toes in the locker room and puts him out indefinitely. That right hand from Evander Kane was the 2nd best thing I have seen on TV ever. Kovi’s shoulder to Tucker’s chin 3 years ago is still in first.

  77. Say Ash says:

    Yeah, except the one against us..man, I was so pumped after we beat Boston

  78. Norcal Habsfan says:

    …I’m suspicious that Cooke is a cheap headshot artist causing about 3 season ending concussions in his wake. Was that for real? Is his insight regarding his own play that poor?

    If anybody’s interested, rewatch the great interview on CBC with Dryden, Roy, and Lafleur just prior to the Centennial game. One of the most fitting quotes that foreshadows these Cinderella Habs was given by cerebral Dryden recognizing the weight of the past on the current roster.

    ” …now it’s up to them to write the next 100 years story. It’s time now for that second 100 years to begin and it’s up to them to begin it.”

    …And what a great start to that story. It’s fitting that Cammy goes off on that game and scores 3 or 4.


  79. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Matt Cooke is bitching about a suspicion that P.K. Subban is maybe deliberately causing these skate on skate mishaps. Is it me or does it seem like the Penguins are becoming the diva prima donnas of the NHL? Aside from Mario Lemieux, who is a class act, the rest of the Pens need to take some Pamprin.

  80. TPlow says:

    Suspicious? Isn’t that calling the kettle black there, Cooke?

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “Put your hand on the record player and say, ‘I’m gonna get my freedom!'” — King’s X

  81. Ayan_SB says:

    That’s what she…ahh nevermind.

  82. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Wow, great video find. I watched it three times!

  83. SeriousFan09 says:

    That is the NHL fight of the year, or decade.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  84. Say Ash says:

    Yup, the Stanley Cup Champions are upset with a 20-year-old rookie in his sixth game ever. Does the Bell Centre provide a panic room?

  85. CHsam says:

    i think there’s one close by at Chez Paree.. Ovechkin’s still hiding there.

  86. RC-51 says:

    Maybe(Hopefully) Markov’s injury isn’t that serious if he hasn’t had surgery yet!

  87. ArmyFan says:

    I hope you’re right.   But Cammy didn’t need surgery at all, and he missed 6 weeks.

    If the look on his face was any indication of the severity, I’m not optimistic.  But the guy’s a fighter, you never know.

  88. Bob Barker says:

    One guy’s comment on Pens Blog was pretty good:

    “1. Halak didn’t just steal this game. Their defense did. They clogged shi-t up like Brodeur using a small toilet. I don’t expect it to last, then again neither did the Caps.”

  89. CHsam says:

    LMAO!!!!! that is a great quote. Brodeur using a small toilet.

  90. Lafrich says:


  91. lavie says:

    Cooke’s “cutting” will hurt their team more than Ovi’s “shaking”.

  92. ab-hab-nut says:

    you mean “cookie cutting”?

  93. SaskieHabFan says:

    PK Subban doesn’t cut people with his skates, people lay down to have the oppurtunity to be cut by PK Subban’s skates.

    (More Chuck Norris statements on PK would be appreciated lol).

  94. Habs_Drugs_And_RocknRoll says:

    I guess it’s Pittsburgh’s turn to adjust now and they certainly have enough talent and resources to improve their game. Let’s hope that our boys can get the job done tomorrow. Go Habs go !!!

  95. SeriousFan09 says:

    Subban had a staring contest with his rookie card, and won.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  96. Shublips says:


    Ya, I think Matt Cooke talking about PK’s skates is akin to Ovechkin talking about Halak’s shaking hand.  Just trying to get into some between matches gamemanship.

    The prob for Cooke is that the Habs don’t tend to bite on things like that.  Dumb comment. I’m sure it will go by teh way side soon enough.

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  97. ab-hab-nut says:

    I think maybe Gainey needs to take AK for a walk along the Rideaux Canal, some rain would help and just try to get this guy going, or is it PG job now?? Maybe JM? Man we could use his size and skill right now! Maybe they could offer him an English tutor?

  98. habsfan reduxit says:

    … P. K. the Slasher! Cute, Matt. I guess the Pens are more scared than I thought.

    “Whenever you have the puck, and don’t know what to do with it, put it in the net.” – Toe Blake

  99. 21272andme says:

    Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears PK Subban pajamas.

  100. CHsam says:

    When you spell PK SUBBAN in Scrabble, you win. Forever.

  101. Kooch7800 says:

    Matt Cooke is living proof you do not have to be smart to play hockey!

  102. derfab says:

    Drop your gloves you poofta! I’d love to see PK or anyone knock Cooke’s scum-filled head off, soon.

  103. avatar_58 says:

    PK Subban is a skater, not a fighter, but he’s also a fighter, so don’t get any ideas.

  104. krob1000 says:

    “Penguin Killer” Subban…….guess we know what the PK stands for now….

    PK needs to be hummin this little ditty as he lurks around the ice…..

    One, two ….PK’s comin for you

    three, four …your foots gonna be sore

    five,six ….grab your hockey sticks

    seven, eight …Cookie shouldn’t hit late

    nine, ten …… never skate again

    ooooooohhhhh creeeeeeepy…..

  105. HabsConvert says:

    I love this one!

  106. Danno says:

    Cooke is so no class. He is the lowest of the low. He needs to get his clock cleaned again.

    Stooping to such cheap stunts just goes to show the Pens are “cooked”.


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

  107. lavie says:

    Hilarious Avatar. Nicely done!

  108. Storm Man says:

    Why even talk about this guy….

  109. SaskieHabFan says:

    PK Subban had a cutting competition with a slap chop…… and won.

  110. CHsam says:

    PK’s favorite cut of meat is the roundhouse

  111. Danno says:

    First whinny cry-baby Crosby and now big-mouth Cooke. We’re in their heads big time now. PK=Penguin Killer, Lol! Fans at the Bell Centre will have fun tomorrow night…


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

  112. Tharsis says:

    We live in an expanding universe, all of it is trying to get away from PK.


    Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.

  113. coachdoug says:

    Lol…avatar of the week…The Bromance continues!

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

  114. Tharsis says:

    PK is so fast, he can skate around the world and cut himself in the back of the head.



    Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.

  115. BienvenueSurLaPasserelle says:

    Hey Boone, great audio but Cammy is sounding a little like Dominic and vice versa. No worries, I’m fine with pinning the blame on 990!

    Watching Kane KO’ing Cooke never gets old.


    To You From Failing Hands We Throw The Torch, Be Yours To Hold It High.

  116. Lafrich says:

    Yes Cooke. You figured it out. Subban has figured out how to slash the top of other players’ skates without making it look intentional. In fact, he has retractable sharper blades that are hidden in his boot – just like those sneakers with wheels that are all the rage with 12 year olds.

    What a douche.


  117. krob1000 says:

    Pk’s guest can only has a urinal because everyone who stays there is scared shitless

  118. SaskieHabFan says:

    Keep them coming, this is hilarious.

  119. G-Man says:

    Tossing him into the Lachine Canal might work. Hmmmm….


  120. Danno says:

    The sad part is we would love to love the two of them. But all they want to do is get even for being sent to the dog house. They are like Guimauve x 2.


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

  121. Danno says:

    Does Mario know?


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

  122. Danno says:

    PK’s skates were designed by James Bond, Inspector Gadget and Maxwell Smart.


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

  123. krob1000 says:

    Who do you think took the picture?

  124. CalgaryHabsFan says:

    There are only two things that can cut diamonds.

    Other diamonds and PK Subban’s skates.


    “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

  125. Mike Boone says:

    Fixed. Thanks for the heads-up.

  126. Danno says:

    Fun Fact:

    PK Subban and Jaroslav Halak’s birthdays coming up! On the same day. Both celebrate on May 13th!

    It should be declared a National Holiday.


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

  127. HardHabits says:

    Here you go:

    I would love this to happen again.


  128. idle says:

    lmao @ your avatar


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  129. Oto-HNS says:

    I heard that PK’s blades aren’t smooth like normal skates… they are actually jagged to attain a deeper gash.

  130. RJ says:

    It is now confirmed: Matt Cooke is a MORON. Would somebody please kick his ass?

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  131. Storm Man says:

    What is the hold up with the testing for Markov? KT 1000 test and MRI should let them know what is going on with his right knee. Who is running the show the KGB along with CSIS.

  132. SeriousFan09 says:

    “FLEU-RY!!!! FLEU-RY!!! FLEU-RY!!!!!!”


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  133. Danno says:

    Don’t forget NBC – the New Bettman Conspiracy.


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

  134. Ayan_SB says:

    Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes –  Hopping on the Habs bandwagon:

    1. It’s been a while

    Since the NHL switched to its current playoff format in 1994, only four
    teams from the East have not advanced to the Conference Final: Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders, Boston Bruins and…you guessed it, Montreal.

    This is the longest drought the Habs have ever experienced in their illustrious history. These aren’t your father’s Montreal Canadiens
    – the juggernaut that rolled to the Stanley Cup Final on an annual
    basis, making their fans more annoying than Gilbert Gottfried.

    These Habs have an underdog quality to them, making them a lot more acceptable to the average Canadian hockey fan.


  135. TripleX says:

    I hate the Sharks but I love the way they draft and develop players.  Pavalski (sp.?) was a SEVENTH round pick and Clowe a fourth rounder, even Setaguchi was not a top five pick.  Like Detroit they seem to be able to find great players in the later rounds.  If the Habs hope to improve without a top pick then they need to draft everyday players in the late rounds.  Maybe Geoff Molson can buy the entire scouting staff from the Sharks.

  136. marshx says:

    matt cooke is a dipshit

  137. kempie says:

    I don’t usually bite on something so stupid as this and I’m a little ashamed to admit how I feel but…. It is a farce that a guy like Cooke has his name on the same trophy as a guy like Beliveau. If I was a guy the size of oooohh say Ryan OB and I had a full head of steam and I was headed for Cooke and Cooke showed me his numbers? They’d be picking glass and pieces of wood out of his brain stem for years. POS

  138. SeriousFan09 says:

    They don’t even have to steal other scouting staffs per see, they just have to SPEND to make ours bigger like it should be. We’re going to miss out on things when other big-time teams have 5-8 more scouts than we do and can simply see more players more often than our scouts do. Hire more scouts already and invest in some Quebec hockey programs as well, fans want some Quebecois stars, let’s help develop them.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  139. ooder says:

    sometimes it takes a while due to inflammation and swelling and such.

    i guess they want to make sure before cutting him open

    kind of what happened with kostitsyn 


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

  140. nickster13 says:

    kick his a**  C-bass!

  141. Ian Cobb says:

    I just love our new power forwards, Gionta, Camilairie, Plekanic, Gomez Moore and Metro.

    I sure hope our GM can find a couple more of them in the off season to replace the K brothers and Pouliot.

  142. Will Longlade says:

    Cooke’s rantings solidify his stature as one of the league’s raving lunatics. Some one please shut the guy up on the ice!. 

  143. ooder says:

    btw did right before the game.. during the canadian anthem..

    did anyone else catch Hall Gill mouthing the words,

    I found that pretty cool considering he is american


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

  144. nickster13 says:

    the problem is the Q, not developing quebec players, that league is in trouble right now, since most prospects fizzle and end up not being NHL ready

  145. Max_a_million says:

    Halak has been great, fantastic, superb, and so many other wonderful adjectives as well.

    I don’t get how the media, and many supposed habs fans make it out to be a one man gang.

    His effort is necessary we would not be here without him, but nearly sufficient.  Unless I missed something Halak did not score any of our three goals, and he had no part in holding the best player in the world to one shot on goal.  Actually I lied a little, because I understand how Toronto based media will always try to undercut the Canadiens.  They do so by saying it’s just the fluke of riding a hot goaltender.  This makes their success in a way empty and undeserved.  Why in the world so many “fans’ on here would say the same perplexes me. 

    For goodness sake, Cammalleri is leading the playoffs in goals and third in points.  Gomez, Gionta, Plekanek, and Subban (8,7,8,3) are all registering close to a point a game.  We won this last game without one of top ten defencemen on the planet.  Dominic Moore, Lapierre, Moen, and Pyatt are giving us incredibly gritty tough play.  Our scorers are scoring.  Our defensemen have been blocking shots, controlling the front of the net, clearing rebounds …  They are giving us everything everybody wanted all season, and yet many still look for negativity. 

    Do not get me wrong Halak is awesome, but don’t be foolish enough to buy into or spread this crap that he is doing it alone.  Goaltenders get way too much praise for wins, and way too much blame for losses.  We are playing the Stanley Cup Champions, and just beat the President’s Trophy winners with not only the top 2 players in the world, but many complementary players that are also amongst the best in the world.  They will get shots for sure on anybody they play, but Montreal is controlling who and how they are getting shots. 

    For goodness sake people cheer for your team’s success without these dumb caveats. 

  146. mike g says:

    I find it hard to crown a team for their late round picks.

    When you draft players, you draft them in a specific order according to their rank. Laugh all you want, but it’s like a hockey pool. If the Datsyuk’s, Zetterberg’s, etc… were all superstars when they got drafted, why didn’t they get picked in the 1st round? Well, it’s because sometimes you find those hidden gems, and it’s called luck. The same happened with us and Halak. It’s pure luck…

    Develloping them is great, but the full credit once again should not go to the organization. What happens with Detroit’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd round picks every year? If they can develop 9th round picks into superstars, why cant they do this with their early rounders?….

    It’s just luck. Every team has some guys like that. But, what most people don’t understand is how hard it is to fit in and develop with a team. You really do have to be in the right place at the right time.

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

  147. SeriousFan09 says:

    Little bit early to kick Pouliot to the curb isn’t it Ian? I understand the frustration around here with the Kostitsyns but I’d say throwing Pouliot aside is kind of jumping the gun.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  148. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gill is all class.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  149. TripleX says:

    I just assumed a franchise like the Habs would have a very large scouting staff with little budgetary restraints.  Are you sure about not having enough scouts?  That is hard to believe dude.

  150. Danno says:

    It’s official. Cooke is now “Cookoo for Cocoa Puffs.” Must be the after-effects of having Evander Kane open up a king-sized can of whoop-ass on him.


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

  151. Big Ted says:

    Looks like Cooke is trying to instigate something. The Habs have to be smart though. PK cannot be the one to settle this by himself, he is too valuable to the D corps right now with Markov out. Someone like Moen or Darche or even OB needs to be the one to go and smack Cooke around, but we cannot be trading PK for Cooke for 5 minutes or more. If Cooke tries that the Habs should answer back by going after Crosby.

  152. Will Longlade says:

    Surprised you lost faith in Pouliot so soon Ian. He sacrificed his body to make some good body checks in the Caps series and is playing well defensively, despite the occasional brain cramp (blind back passes are always a no-no in my books). They gotta get him firing on more cylinders though, but with JM D comes first.

  153. Max_a_million says:

    Hurray everyone is rallying around how much of loser Cooke is.  It’s nice when we can come together.

    Did you see O’Byrne messing with him in the last game prodding him and pushing him about.  I remember Lyle Odelien doing this to people much to my enjoyment. 

  154. marshx says:

    agreed, too early to be getting on Pouliot. AK .. done imo, SK well .. nuff said on that front.

  155. Danno says:

    Skillsie thrills me.


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

  156. Ian Cobb says:

    In my mind he is a good 3rd line player, but he can’t play well with the top 6 forwards. They need someone as quick as they are up there.

  157. avatar_58 says:

    I agree and it’s silly. Halak has been awesome but last time I checked the team leads in blocked shots and has a goal scoring leader. Sounds to me like it’s not just the goaltender

  158. nickster13 says:

    unless of course youre drafting europeans. Since most clubs only have 1 major scout per country or region, sometimes they miss things across the pond

  159. TripleX says:

    I agree luck plays a part but if great scouting was not worthwhile no team would bother spending money on it.  It is not luck when certain teams pick hidden jewels at a greater rate than the rest of the pack.

  160. SeriousFan09 says:

    MTL has 14 amateur and 2 pro scouts, NJ has 17 amateur scouts and 4 Pro scouts I believe, a few other teams employ 4 Pro scouts as well and considering Montreal makes way, way more money than NJ, you think they could upgrade the amateur scouting department a bit since they can’t count on Top 10 picks, they have to more carefully spend every draft pick they have.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  161. Max_a_million says:

    I agree … what a fun team to cheer for. 

  162. Habscore says:

    While watching yesterday`s highlights on different websites, I always go back to that Game 7 video vs. the Caps. OMG what a feeling!! =) It`s like I don`t wanna wake up from this dream.

    Who would`ve thought. This team never stops surprising us, and the haters. No matter what happens, we are still proud of this team, right?! But now that we can see how  well this united strong team can play, we want them to go all the way, of course. I`m just glad that everyone else is realizing the potential this team has, and the love we got for them.

    Let`s just enjoy this moment, and I gotta say, it`s great to share this with my HIO fam!

    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  163. Will Longlade says:

    Who’s your Monster Pierre!

  164. avatar_58 says:

    Hal “Penalty Kill” Gill

  165. avatar_58 says:

    I love when O’Byrne does the “what are you gonna do about it little man?” shoulder push.

  166. TripleX says:

    Hey Ian you just landed on Mr. Boone’s s**t list.  Don’t pick on the chosen one dude.  LMAO

  167. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think his goals scored with Gomez/Gionta earlier this year showed he can play with the big boys and his skating is way, way better than Guimauve’s ever was with Montreal, I think he can keep up with the top lines and honestly, how many guys could possibly skate on line with Gomez and Gionta? Mason Raymond? Vancouver isn’t giving him up and Cogliano’s in EDM has stone hands.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  168. mike g says:

    That league has been in trouble for over 5 years…

    In 2005 I was invited to 2 training camps in the Q and never went. It had begun becoming a bush league, and it hasn’t changed. They way their stars are built is rediculous. They all have a tough time making the NHL because the Q is a fancy league. It’s not there to develop players, it’s become a business just like the NHL. Teams need to win to sell tichets and make money, instead of developping futures….

    That’s why so many players get drated from there, but few succeed. It’s not an overly physical league. Guys rack up a ton of points, so the scouts are attracted. Look at Derrek Brassard. He raped the Q, and now he’s getting raped in the NHL. There are alot of examples like him..

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

  169. Ian Cobb says:

    I have not lost faith in him. But he is a very good 3rd liner right now. We need to find a player that can play as quick as our top 6. Pouliot could play with Metro and Moen on the 3rd next year. That would work for me.

  170. MTLForever says:

    Cooke is a mess. No one cuts someones foot on purpose with their skate, that is just idiotic and especially being suspicious of P.K, ridiculous. After Cooke’s hit on Savard, we know he’s just a Goon at best.

  171. habsman-itoba says:

    Lucky for us, PK is smarter than Cooke.  Then again, so is the stuff growing between my toes.

  172. avatar_58 says:

    To be honest we don’t need him next year. Not unless he’s injured right now and that’s why he’s reduced in ability. However if he’s just THAT inconsistent….well it might be another Kovy on our hands.

    I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  173. Kooch7800 says:

    I wish i could take credit for the avatar but I got it from another H I/O member earlier this year. Unfortunately, I don’t remember his name but i would thank him again cause it is funny!


  174. nickster13 says:

    yeah i know, but Lecavalier and Richards and the like wasnt too long ago (10 years i guess) and that was a good time with Gagne and them, but since the millenium turned its gone downhill, like you said, maybe they put too much emphasis on owning the Q rather than being better on the ice in all facets of the game. The skill level and bump and grind needs to be elevated a bit, i dont know how, but its sad

  175. TripleX says:

    That is just sad.  Geoff Molson has to stick with the cap when it comes to players but there is NO reason he should not be at the top in spending on coaches, trainers, scouts etc.  Very disappointing to hear this.

  176. Ian Cobb says:

    I agree, but if we are to improve our ice product, we must come up with a young ringer for our top 6.

    The 2 K brothers for one young top 6.

    I wonder if Gauthier knows that I am available?

  177. mike g says:

    Great scouting is worthwhile, no doubt..

    But picking a hidden jewel comes with no risk. If you fail, you didn’t waste a top pick. And picking them at a higher rate is still luck. I’m sure all the Wings players had certain attractive qualities when they were picked, but did you think a Zetterberg at 5 foot 7 could dominate a game like he does? Nope, but they took a chance and won. Most teams don’t do that, but Detroit can. They can waste late round picks every year, because there is no pressure to rebuild through the draft due to their 20 year success. They don’t have to fill 5-6 roster spots every year with their picks. They can gamble, but teams rebuilding often have to fill certain spots.

    So, when the Islanders need a shutdown defenseman, they will draft for that need in the late round if they havent picked one yet. Detroit doesn’t need any of that, because they’re already great. So they can pick a centerman, even though they’re already deep at that position. If that players fails, wtv they didn’t need him.  If he succeeds, they can trade Fedorov and bring in Datsyuk…

    It sounds complicated, but it’s not.

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

  178. Ian Cobb says:

    I am the one who chose him my friend not Boone. And I chose him for our 3rd line only.!

  179. Max_a_million says:


  180. TripleX says:

    Excellent points….you might be actually swaying me….lol

  181. SeriousFan09 says:

    Options are limited considering the Kostitsyn’s trade value right now. I doubt just trading for a top 6 forward that’s young will be available without extra concessions but we do need something. Alex Avtsin might show up on the Bulldogs next season, but I’m sure Leblanc and Kristo are at least 1 year away from signing any pro contracts with the team. I think if Price is moved this summer, I would say deal him to Chicago if they can get Kyle Beach in the package, 6’3″ Power forward LW with 52G in the WHL this year.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  182. SeriousFan09 says:

    See what changes happen in the offseason, mid-season it’s like fishing for a GM or a coach, everyone worth having is already signed with another organization or has commitments so there’s not a lot of room to get things done or have a lot of open talks.

    But I hope to see an expansion of the Player Development unit this summer.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  183. andrewberkshire says:

    I saw that as well, the big guy keeps giving reasons for everyone to love him.

  184. Off-side says:

    It’s fair to say we have team play — we have a solid team!

  185. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Crop circles are PK’s way of telling the world that sometimes corn needs to lie the F down!

  186. JasonM says:

    A victory without danger is a triumph without glory.

  187. Jocko says:

    I like Gill, kind of the same way I liked Craig Ludwig!  I would love for one of those mics to be close when he and Crosby are having their little tete-a-tete. 

    I don’t want to see Maurice tonight, I want to see The Rocket!

  188. Chuck says:

    Careful… that kind of “team-oriented” post could garner you a bit of flak from certain posters around here!


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

  189. Storm Man says:

    Geoff Molson has a budget to follow, He is not Carlos Slim Helu with deep pockets to toss money around like it is nothing.

  190. KC64 says:

    I agree….someone like Moen or O’Byrne needs to knock the crap out of Cooke…P.K. is too valuable to the team now, but we shouldn’t go after Crosby, the league would likely forfeit the series to Pittsburgh if we messed withe little Sidney.

  191. Will Longlade says:

    The Hab’s need the motivated version of the K bros. inserted into the line-up in Game 3. What a secret weapon to unleash on the unsuspecting Pens and I don’t say that in jest. Stay tuned.

  192. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    I have to give Sidney props for his playoff beard it’s has bad as his housemates beard back in 1990. I betcha Gill has more hair on his nads.

  193. avatar_58 says:

    I like Gill but why did you make me picture his nads….

  194. CoachJoe says:

    Cooke is an A-Hole and everyone knows it…except of course the CBC…they decide to feature him and mike him up!  Because every young hockey fan out there can really learn from what Cooke has to say on the ice…

  195. Big Ted says:

    How is it expected that there is no supplemental suspension against Adams? It is only so because we know the NHL favors the Pens. Look at the hit Adams gives and compare it to what Lapierre did for example. Adams hits his man with a lot more force than Lapierre does. Both plays could have caused serious head or neck injuries but didn’t. Lapierre was clearing the net, Adams was trying to get his man off the puck. But intent is no different for either one and as I said, Adams’s hit is harder than Lapierre’s. Adams is a nobody but I don’t understand how the NHL lets him walk for a dangerous hit like that. And then the next time it happens, the NHL goes off and says he has a clean record, but a record is only clean because the NHL doesn’t have the balls to give a play like that the suspension it deserves. It would really be nice to see the league have one set of rules for everyone or to at least make themselves available and accountable for these decisions.

  196. hanky2 says:

    Cookie can’t turn left. He goes after PK then we go after Crosby. Who has more to lose?

  197. JasonM says:

    How could there be no suspension for a hit from behind like that? What did he get? 3 minutes of penalties for doing the EXACT same thing other players have done all season and got several game suspensions? How does this compare to Lapierre’s hit this season that sent him off for a few games. Incredible.

    And Cooke complaining about accidental contact as if Subban intends to injure other players? Really? Cooke… who blindsides star players repeatedly is complaining about Subban? This is SURREAL. Someone please knock Crosby out of these series please!

  198. RiverviewCanadien says:

    The Bettman NHL is a joke. I do not understand how Adams hit receives no suspension, he had loads of time to let up or not even hit Bergy.

  199. andrewberkshire says:

    Love the new avatar Jason! Still laugh just as hard whenever I see Boudreau’s face!

  200. habaholic68NJ says:

    Sounds like Cole made an assumption.

  201. hanky2 says:

    Bob Cole can Twitter!!!!! Come on he is 1000 years old.

  202. BKAK72 says:

    You do know that Bob Cole’s mind at this age is at best “ok” right?  Great voice though.  HABS have not sent any official announcement on Markov – all reports are speculative (although likely correct).

    — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  203. Ian Cobb says:

    He might be gone for the season alright, but I would not take the word of the biggest headline fiction the CBC has ever had next to clown Cherry. He guesses everything he says, nothing factual. Bob Cole says he is gone, and it might mean he is in the can.

  204. JF says:

    According to RDS, Markov’s knee is still too swollen for them to conduct the necessary tests.

  205. habsfaninboston says:

    No disciplinary action on Adams for his hit on MAB?  Is this official?

    Let me guess, Adams is not a repeat offender.  Bullsh*t!

  206. Fansincebirth says:

    Is this confirmed?

    I can’t find it mentioned anywhere…..

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

  207. habbyone says:

    PK Subban the Cookie cutter!

  208. Off-side says:

    I cannot for the life of me, get over how Cry-baby Crosby did not get a penalty for his temper tantrum.  I think I hit replay five times.  If my boy was reffing, he woud have called him.  Incredible.  Sid the Kid.  Now I know how he got his name.

    Cook is a mess.  He’s such an idiot.  Says there’s not intent with what he says, then why the heck did you bring it up?

    Can’t wait to see what the referrees have up their helmets for the rest of the games…

  209. KC64 says:

    Indeed, or why there was no penalty when Dominic Moore was hauled down while he had the puck in the Penguins zone on Bergeron’s penalty.

    Just the league doing what it can to protect and assist its poster boy and his team.

    Crosby should have gotten a misconduct penalty, and the Pittsburgh bench should have been penalized for delay of game for trying to get the officials to go upstairs on Cammi’s first goal, when it was clear to everyone, that his stick was below his shoulders. They’re the biggest whiners and pukes in the league.

  210. BKAK72 says:

    Cheap shot MATT COOKE comments on PK’s skates?  Please.

    CRY BABY CROSBY reminds me of another ‘great’ who was much better keeping his mouth shut, hint the league retired his # across all franchises.  Makes me appreciate OV8 gamesmanship that much more.

    AK46 + AK74 = I (really) don’t care.  What a shame.  Guess they’re off to the KHL to join PEREZHOGIN (yes, remember that tool?).

    — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  211. andrewberkshire says:

    I don’t think this has been posted on HIO before, but it’s a video of Mike Cammalleri’s pre-game and training rituals after coming back from his knee injury done by the Elliott Freidman of HNiC.

  212. Corio says:

    Ya because PK is such a malicious guy and wants to slice people up with his skates, ya that’s it, yeah!

     /sarcasm off

  213. The Teacher says:

    As per TSN.

    It appears the season is not quite over for some of the biggest stars of the Washington Capitals.

    According to the Washington Post, Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and Semyon Varlamov
    are expected to represent Russia at the upcoming World Hockey
    Championship in Germany. The tournament gets under way on May 7 with
    Russia’s first game on May 9 against Slovakia.

    Brooks Laich will be playing for Canada and Michael Nylander will be suiting up for his native Sweden.

    The report indicates that Mike Green (Canada), Nicklas Backstrom (Sweden) and Tomas Fleischmann (Czech Republic) are believed to have declined invitations to play for their respective countries.



    Any bets on Mike Green making Team Canada’s Olympic roster next time around?

  214. Off-side says:

    Can someone help me out?  I don’t get the +/- thing they give to the players at playoff time.  What does that mean?

  215. HugeHabsFan says:

    And that coming from of all people…Matt Cooke?!?!  PU-LEASE!  Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

    ……….. “Thank you Cammy for making my day even more amazing!” I STILL BELIEVE. I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE.

  216. andrewberkshire says:

    If Mike Green is rejecting World Championships invites, he’ll never make the Team Canada roster in a meaningful tournament.

  217. SaskieHabFan says:

    During 5 on 5 play, if players are on the ice for a goal scored by their team it is a +1. If players are on the ice for a goal scored by the other team it is a -1.

  218. Kooch7800 says:

    After watching the playoffs again this year i think we know why they took Doughty over Green.


    Two years in a row a playoff flop

  219. Big Ted says:

    Crosby = cry-baby

    Adams = should have been suspended

    Cooke =  one of the dirtiest players in the league and thus a giant hypocrite

    The NHL = corrupt and blind

    Gary Bettman = the root of all evil in the league

  220. SeriousFan09 says:

    One’s a new Ray Bourque, the other thinks he’s Paul Coffey.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  221. mike g says:

    Sidney Crosby’s Late Night Ritual:

    After riding his exercise bike for 8 minutes and 7 seconds, Sidney proceeds to the kitchen. He drinks a Gatorade, puts on his Penguins pijama’s, and calls for his step father. Mario walks him to his room, tucks him in, and they begin having their usual concersation…

    -“So Sid, what did you think of yesterday’s game?”, says Mario.

    -“Well dad, I was mad. I really was. Frustration got the best of me and I broke my stick. I’m going to try and sleep, but it’s going to be hard. I dissapointed alot of my TimBits friends.”, said Sid.

    -“Son, the game of hockey can be like that. In your case, you are unique in that the league loves you. So you can do whatever you want, and nothing will happen. So don’t worry about your stick, well get you a new one and your TimBits friends will still love you.”, replied Lemieux.

    -“Thanks boss, I always know I can count on you. Even when people make fun of my red lips, you always cheer me up.”, says Sid.

    -“Well, were just here for you kid. We want you to succeed, that’s why you’ve been living with us and not Evgeni or Jordan. You are the chosen one, but pretty soon it will be time for you to make certain choices. Like what car to buy, how many powerplays you want per game, and maybe even…….(says while faking a cough)…..which house to buy.”, Mario replies.

    -“Mario, I just want to live with you and your family. I feel like I’m back home in Nova Scotia here, and the Mellon arena is my backyard rink. I can’t ever see myself living alone,  I would probably cry like I do when I talk to Mr. Bettman on the telephone.”, said Crosby while fighting tears.

    -“Alright son, we can talk in the future about that. What’s important now is that you get a good night’s rest, and prepare yourself for Tuesday’s game. I just spoke to Gary, and were going to get 7 powerplays and the Habs only 2, so we have to take advantage of that.”, whispers Mario.

    -“Thanks Super Mario, I’ll try sleep for 8 hours and 7 minutes now. And I’m going to dream about how to cope with all the booing the Montrealers will do to me on Tuesday. I hope it won’t be too much, I really liked that team and don’t want the fans to hurt my feelings.”, says Sid.

    Lemieux rolls his eyes, quickly shuts off the lights and closes the door. “I’ll wake you up at 8:07″…..


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

  222. KC64 says:

    Well well, Matt Cooke implying P.K. Subban is a dirty player….talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Of all people that puke should be the last person to point fingers.

    No surprise the league didn’t suspend Sidney’s teammate Adams, after all it’s only Bergeron, a Canadien…..wouldn’t want to have to give Sidney a soother.

    The league is a joke…the Penguins are a dirty team, just  like the Capitals, and the Habs keep getting crapped on by the officials and the media.

    It makes me hope for a Habs win even more.

    GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  223. KC64 says:

    Amen brother…Amen

  224. Off-side says:

    What if they had to go to the bathroom?


    😉 Thanks!!!!!

  225. andrewberkshire says:

    Maybe if Green has Coffey’s skating ability he wouldn’t be such a joke defensively.

  226. FB says:

    Has there been any official word from the HABS on Spacek. There is nothing recent on google news about him.  It’s starting to seem a little fishy.

  227. Corio says:

    He has crabs and is too itchy to play..

  228. andrewberkshire says:

    There’s nothing fishy. Spacek was diagnosed with Labyrinthitis, a viral infection of the inner ear. It can take 1-6 weeks to heal, but symptoms can still remain for months if the infection does damage. I wouldn’t be thinking about Spacek any time soon, because he currently has vertigo, nausea and no balance. Tough to play hockey with that.

  229. Barts says:

    Oh P.K. only got close to Cooke’s foot? Too bad he didn’t aim a little higher…

  230. FB says:

    Thanks,  I can see something like that being a problem for a hockey player.

  231. Chorske says:

    I sure wish I lived in Beaver County.

  232. nickster13 says:

    nice! But Lemieux is my fav so lets not get him into this too much 😛

  233. Ian Cobb says:

    Spacek has finally been diagnosed as having a fishy virus generally found in the Antarctic among the penguins.

  234. Ian Cobb says:

    Is that the reason your nose is so shiny Chris?

  235. Curtis O Habs says:

    Crosby sure swears alot, unless he uses the word “funky” frequently.

  236. gohabzzzz says:

    hey, matt cooke should shut his mouth. he, out of all players, shouldn’t even dare speak a word of players playing dirty. that little piece of …. pisses me off SO MUCH. 


  237. boris420 says:

    Anyone remember that game where ovechkin scored a hat trick and crosby was complaining to the refs about too many hats being thrown on the ice. In the interview after the game he said he wanted an announcment to stop thowing hats. HAHA I think thats all the proof anyone needs about his whining!


    As for Cooke…no comment I think we are all on the same page and know who the true dirty players are.

  238. Fansincebirth says:

    I thought he was hungry and was saying ‘fork’….

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

  239. homerbowen says:

    Watch your mouth! He is the greatest player in the game today…….geez wouldn’t he look great in a Habs sweater!!

  240. Chris B. says:

    Just saw Fleury and Talbot walking down St. Antoine street. Penguins are staying at the Westin on St. Antoine and Bleury if anyone wants to keep them up all night. Just sayin….

  241. Chris B. says:

    Just saw Fleury and Talbot walking down St. Antoine street. Penguins are staying at the Westin on St. Antoine and Bleury if anyone wants to keep them up all night. Just sayin….

  242. Danno says:

    Here’s Sidney explaining himself.

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

  243. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think we need to set up some late-night roadwork in the area, lots of jackhammers.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  244. SeriousFan09 says:

    For the record, I think Muller is a fantastic part of the coaching staff and I love that’s with the club.

    But is it just me or was he a bit tipsy during the NHL awards last year? Here’s him helping present the Selke Trophy.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  245. linp says:

    Let’s track down that !@#$% Cooke!

  246. Say Ash says:

    The fire alarm is a classic tactic.

  247. linp says:

    I am just wondering how come there are still so many AHL players left against the Dogs. Wouldn’t P.K. have finished them by now?

  248. boris420 says:

    I did not discredit his skills. It’s more a lack of class! Everyone says he’s a classy player so I’m just giving people proof of the opposite!

  249. TripleX says:

    I had that exact thing two years ago.  It is just awful, cold sweats, vertigo with appetite but no capacity to eat.  I lost like 15 pounds and was bedridden for two weeks and not right for another month.  Vertigo would come on suddenly with a quick head movement or even bending down to put on my shoes.

    I doubt Spacek will be back unless the Habs stay in for a long run.  I would not wish it on my worst enemy.  Try lying on the bathroom floor with the whole world spinning.

  250. Danno says:

    Actually, I kind of liked the “hat trick” Hal Gill pulled on Crosby when he popped the lid off Sid…


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

  251. Danno says:

    A couple of thousand crazy Habs fans singing Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole all night long…


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

  252. punkster says:

    Thanks Andrew, that was fun.

  253. newbrunswick troy says:

    Ya lets all chip in and send all the real “seedy” girls over to the westin..then the pens will play with a real “burn-on”    itch,itch itch

  254. wotever says:

    Oh please, he complained after the second wave of hats. 

    Yesterday he broke the stick over a pick that in the regular season would be interference by Dominic Moore.  They could easily have called Moore for it, I’m glad they didn’t, but in a game like that I don’t blame him for being frustrated.

    It’s not good enough to beat a great opponent based on each team’s
    actual merit?  I don’t see why a fanbase has to tear down other teams.  Now that’s a lack of class.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  255. wotever says:

    Oh!  Why didn’t you just say so.  Everyone’s had that.  Usually when the habs lose a big lead.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  256. newbrunswick troy says:

    Ya , you raise a good point,  why is it that the gogs are having so much success these last few years..is it that the habs are filled with budding stars of tomorrow..or are they honestly coached to perfection..both Lever and now Boucher…..i would love to know!!!!!!

    Should we be excited of the years to come????

  257. newbrunswick troy says:

    In the last comment it was pointed out that the NBC rating were up from last year….that said i wondewr where i could review the entire nhl tv ratings..as i believe there is a link between the Habs …I know as stated a few days ago  that TSN set all time records with the Habs and Caps….and i believe it wasn,t just the Caps that did it……

    Us habs fans are millions strong…we just need to let Bettman know that as well as the Cbc ass_ _ _ _ _ 

  258. Mr.Hazard says:

    Shut your disgusting mouth you dirty brat. P.K. is something you’ll never be.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  259. andrewberkshire says:

    No problem Dave!

  260. KGB_AKA4787 says:

    are you sure??? cuz I am down and more than willing to go do sumthing crazyyyyyyy if they really are no B.S???

    Go Habs Go

  261. Les-Habitants says:

    Cooke, no one has forgotten what kind of player you are, and for you accusing other players of purposedly trying to cut another player…well, that’s low and no one believes a stupid word you say. 

  262. pmaraw says:

    get this sh!t organized!!!  start a facebook page!!!  tweet it!!! spread the word!!!

  263. bertuzzisucks says:

    Hey for next year, why not sign Mike Comrie to a one year 1 million contract instead of Metropolit.

    WHats the deal with Comrie anyway? He always seems to get goals and points and has a hot girlfriend. I know he is kind of injury prone though.



    Are you going to bark all day little doggy?
    Or are you going to bite?

  264. oshawahabsfan says:

    I don’t think it’s possible for a person to be more stupid than Cooke. Hope O’Byrne hits him into the first row

  265. likehoy says:

    matt cooke must be watching too many horror movies…PK subban is obviously jason.

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

  266. petefleet says:

    I hope O’Byrne hits any of the Pens into the first row!!!  He hasn’t done anythin g like that yet.

    Go Habs Go

  267. ArmyFan says:

    Not just the playoffs, dude.  +/- stats are tracked all season.

  268. Say Ash says:

    and his family’s stinkin’ rich. his dad founded brick furniture

  269. rogus says:

    Comrie is a headcase. There is a reason a guy with his performance never sticks with a team very long…

  270. Mr. Biter says:

    Great canadian poblem. Is it “Save the Beaver” or ” Shave the Beaver”. Anyone know the answer?

  271. JasonM says:

    There was no letdown in his speed, knew that Bergeron was vulnerable. Hit him squarely in the back. There was 3 minutes on the clock left and the Habs were up 2 goals. That was a dirty hit. Was there no suspension because Bergeron ultimately wasn’t hurt? Is that what it would take? Really? Make the right call and give him a pair of games. This is deplorable.

  272. JasonM says:



    Remember when we were busting a nut laughing at this on your TV? LOL

  273. andrewberkshire says:

    Oh, I remember! Such an amazing facial expression!!

  274. Danno says:

    I was shocked to discover that the Pillsbury Dough Boy was such a potty mouth!


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

  275. Chorske says:

    Have you guys seen that Reuters pic of Muller pumping his fists behind the Habs’ bench? I’ll fix it up and make it my new avatar. It’s classic. It’s like someone is playing KISS in the background.

  276. Chuck says:

    Was Muller throwing the horns?  :)

    BTW, I think that your current avatar, though hilarious, is jinxing SK74. He doen’t get out of JM’s doghouse until you ditch the avatar!


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

  277. andrewberkshire says:

    Haven’t seen that yet, but I saw Muller search for a Habs fan and give him the puck instead of letting a Caps fan get it the other night.

  278. HardHabits says:

    I agree about the SK jinx. Chorske put that up after SK got the tongue lashing in the pre-miss-the-bus days.

  279. Chorske says:

    You are all correct. I will change it, stat.

  280. Danno says:

    Cammy would have to make a gigantic leap for his stick to be above the X-bar.

    And who was it from the Pens who tried to pop a zit so the ref would see blood? That should have been called for delay of game too…,


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

  281. wotever says:

    You mean unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. 

    Can carry either a minor, misconduct, game misconduct or match penalty, depending on the gravity of the infraction

    A misconduct is something else. Unless you seriously mean a 10 minute or
    game misconduct. (rolls eyes). (If it’s a language issue, no problem, I couldn’t tell you what unsportsmanlike conduct is called in French or Spanish.  I just hope you’re not bitching about a rule you’ve never read.)

    I don’t think they called it because they didn’t call the interference on Moore going into the play.  I think we came out on top there and I’m happy that he used up the goodwill on breaking his stick.

    You’ll have to speak up – I’m wearing a towel.

  282. habs-hampton says:

    What’s the word on Adams? Suspended? or even reviewed?

  283. KenD29 says:

    No suspension. He will be in the lineup tonight.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  284. Zepphead says:

    Matt Cookie?


    Speaking of Matt Cooke, he should be the last person talking about suspicious things happening on the ice.

  285. madmat411 says:

    haha I just saw that too! matt Cookie

  286. KenD29 says:

    Ah how the “Cookie” crumbles!  What goes around comes around Mr. Christie!!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  287. idle says:

    I don’t like that one as much as the others.  It was a nice goal but it just doesn’t fit those ads.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  288. Fansincebirth says:

    Was this even reviewed by the collective NHL brain trust?

    I thought all game suspensions (esp for a hit from behind) were automatically reviewed. I didn’t even see a mention of it on the TSN site.

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

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