Habs practise again while Beaulieu makes untimely off-ice news

The Canadiens practised again Tuesday morning in Brossard, preparing for the start of their first-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators that kicks off Thursday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).

“They’re a good defensive team so we’ve got to be ready for a tight-checking game,” Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec said after practice.

The Habs and Sens split their four-game series during the regular season.

There was some untimely off-ice news Tuesday with The Canadian Press reporting that Habs prospect Nathan Beaulieu and his father, Ontario Hockey League coach Jacques Beaulieu, are facing assault charges in London, Ont. Strathroy-Caradoc police told CP the father and son have each been charged with two counts of assault, stemming from an altercation Saturday at a house party that followed a charity golf tournament. Two people suffered minor injuries, police added. A June 11 court date has been set.

“We’ve been made aware of the situation,” Donald Beauchamp, the Canadiens’ senior vice-president, communications and community relations, told The Gazette. “The organization spoke with Nathan Beaulieu. Since it’s a legal situation for that reason we can’t comment any further.”

Beaulieu, a first-round draft pick in 2011 who played six games with the Canadiens this season, is one of the players the Canadiens called up from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs to practise as part of the “Black Aces” during the playoffs.

Jacques Beaulieu was nominated for OHL coach of the year this season after leading the Sarnia Sting to a 35-28-5 record.  

After practice Tuesday, Josh Gorges said the Senators are a team that “waits for you to make mistakes, waits for you to get frustrated.”

“We’ve got to be smart. We’ve got to be patient.  We’ve got to – no matter what happens – stick to our game plan,” Gorges added. “It’s going to be one of those long, hard, drawn-out series (where) you’ve got to stay resilient.”

Coach Michel Therrien wasn’t made available to the media on Tuesday after practice. However, the players were asked about Senators players, including defenceman Erik Karlsson, who has made a remarkable return to play ahead of schedule from a sliced Achilles tendon injury.

“His ability to skate, to make plays, to read situations it’s unbelievable,” Gorges said. “He’s a guy that we’re going to have to focus on.

“He’s a tough guy to play against because you want to finish your checks on him because you don’t want him jumping into the play. But he’s pretty elusive out there.”

While some Habs fans were hankering for the team to meet the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs, Plekanec predicted the Habs-Sens series will be a compelling one.

“It’s a Canadian matchup,” he said. “We’re two hours away from each other. It’s going to be bus rides there. A lot of fans on both sides are going to be at the games.

“It’s going to be an exciting series.”

The lines at practice Tuesday were: Gionta-Plekanec-Ryder; Desharnais-Bourque-Pacioretty; Gallagher-Eller-Galchenyuk; Prust-White-Moen; Halpern-Armstrong.

The defensive pairings were: Gorges-Diaz; Markov-Subban; Bouillon-Tinordi; Kaberle-Drewiske; Weber.

(Photo by Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Habs prospect Beaulieu, father charged with assault, montrealgazette.com

There’s history in Habs vs. Senators, by Dave Stubbs

Habs rookie Gallagher ready to have “fun” in playoffs, by Pat Hickey

Penguins, Blackhawks the heavy favourites, montrealgazette.com

Penguins listed as 7-2 Cup favourites; Habs listed at 12-1 odds, by Stu Cowan

Rangers win Stanley Cup in EA Sports simulation, by Stu Cowan

Interactive road to the Stanley Cup, montrealgazette.com

Alfie’s last Cup run? by Ottawa Citizen

A look at how the Senators and Canadiens match up, by Ottawa Citizen

Find a way to win,” Senators goalie Anderson says, by Ottawa Citizen

845 Comments

  1. ABHabsfan says:

    Heard this today on 690 and couldn’t believe that this will be patches 1st ever playoffs. Bet he’s pumped to go. Seems like he has been around longer but he was injured from the Chara attack 2 years ago. He needs to be a big factor for the Habs to have success IMO

    “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
    Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  2. mrhabby says:

    Watching the kings and blues…..big, nasty,skilled,fast players. Some of these teams would just destroy the East teams.

  3. Sportfan says:

    How does no English station have the rights to the Blues game?

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  4. donmarco says:

    1-0 St Louis.

  5. Mattyleg says:

    Holy crap,
    Bouwmeester’s first playoff game after 760 NHL regular season games.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  6. Saintpatrick33 says:

    Minny is so screwed

  7. donmarco says:

    Harding starting for the Wild! Rolling the dice from the start.

  8. SmartDog says:

    This reporter flap is ridiculous. Equal rights everyone!

    If female reporters want to be in the locker room when guys are naked, they should be naked too. Simple.

    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  9. Habilis says:

    “Leo Komarov ‏@CorporalKomarov
    why is media care if Phil not talk? even most sometimes at restaurant, Mr Bozie is order eats for Phil. waitress not cry at manager.”

    So I get that the guy’s Russian and there’s some language issues here, but is this a joke or not? I honestly can’t tell.

  10. frontenac1 says:

    The good bookies don’t lose money amigos. If too much money comes in on the Habs as favourites, they lay off their book to the Sens thereby narrowing the spread.Most will have as close to neutral book as possible and just claim the juice.

  11. HardHabits says:

    There’s a cool link on the Penguins-Blackhawks heavy favourites article.

    Famous First-Round Upsets in the NHL. It’s amazing to see just how many President’s Trophy winners have gone down in round one. Go Isles!!! :-)

  12. Mondou6 says:

    Female reporters have as much right to do their job as male reporters. The problem, as I see it, is they are allowing professional media into a private area with naked male athletes.

    A simple solution would be for the locker room to be private, used for its intended purpose, which is changing and showering, and having all media interview players in a setting where they are wearing clothes.

    Everyone would be happier. I’m sure the players would prefer to have the locker room be private, and I’m sure all media members, male and female, could do without trying to get sound bites from sweaty nude men.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Dwight Howard was fully dressed and seated at a table with a table microphone, a format I think the NBA regularly uses. This “CNN-embedding-a-reporter” approach is unnecessary, I think. Can anyone recall a John Tortorella presser without a bevy of reporters and facial microphones/tape recorders present? Histrionics on two fronts. The controversy that arose between Karen Thomson and Duncan Keith had nothing to do with unclad men being nearby.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • otter649 says:

        The problem was Keith was asked a stupid question – Should you have gotten a penalty when you slashed Sedin as there was a delayed penalty being called but got cancelled by the goal. Ms Thomson asked this question when she did not hear any other reporters ask the question who knew what happened on the ice. Still could have been handled better by Keith…..

    • ABHabsfan says:

      I was about to start conjuring a comment along those exact lines. I completely agree; the locker room should be a private place for the players and coaches only. Even in the beer leagues guys and girls know; they don’t want what is said in their sanctuary to get out to the public.
      Guys have just come off the ice playing their asses off and they are supposed to say the exact right, and politically correct thing. Seems a lot to ask. If someone asked me after a beer league came as soon as I came off why I sucked that night, I would likely say something inappropriate as well

      “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

  13. Sportfan says:

    SO if Karlsson re injures his ankle will Eugene call the cops on us?

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  14. Mattyleg says:

    So whadda I watch, guys?
    Kings-Blues, or Hawks-Wild?

    I care little about either of them.
    I’m tending toward the former over the latter.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      I have the choice between Blues v. Kings in standard definition or the Blackhawks v. Wild in HD in either french or english, which makes it a tough decision’ but I’ll still probably go with Blues v. Hawks.

      *NOTE*!!!

      Sean Bonjovi is picking the St. Louis Blues to win the western conference. (1st rd picks west= Chi, Det, Van. St.L) (2nd rd west= Chi, St.L)

      • donmarco says:

        You’re either in a time warp and watching the second round already, or you mixed up your teams. If its the time warp thing, did the Habs win?

    • punkster says:

      Hawks…I want to eye our competitor for the Cup.

      ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

    • donmarco says:

      Blues Kings should be quite the series. I have them both on PIP so I’ll flip around. Would be stunned if Wild won.

  15. SmartDog says:

    Why would you play White and Moen instead of Halpern and Armstrong?

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  16. spotjoe says:

    Nathan will have plenty of time to take care of this. He will not be playing on the playoffs.

    Kessel hates the media. Same school as all the other curmudgeons.

  17. Lafleurguy says:

    Almost every playoff season there are major upsets, two cases in point are last year’s final pitting an eighth seed against a sixth, and the Habs long run (3 series) as an eighth seed in 2010. So, it’s hang on to your hat time and hope your players do what they are capable of. Out in Anaheim, Corey Perry has gone 12 games without a goal, and he and Ryan Getzlaff finished with 15 goals each for the season, not exactly 16+ million dollars worth of offense.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  18. savethepuck says:

    If the B’s had of beat the Sens Sunday night, we’d be watching Habs Leafs right now, but I’m still glad we won the NE Division. Driving me nuts waiting for Thursday though.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

    • Bill says:

      I don’t care about the division title. To paraphrase Carey Price, they don’t hang division title banners at the Bell Centre.

      I’d much rather be watching Habs and Leafs tonight. That series would have been insane.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

  19. Habcouver says:

    To offset the crappy Beaulieu news …
    Anyone know the issue with Kessel snubbing the media?

    http://www.theprovince.com/sports/hockey/Kessel+pulls+disappearing+media/8312557/story.html

    Waiting patiently for #25

    • Danno says:

      Phil the Thrill is camera shy

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      • Lafleurguy says:

        Extremely shy young man who gets picked on. Don’t have any memory of him being interviewed when he was the last pick in that infamous All-Star game. He must come from a talented family given it was his sister who scored the winning goal in this year’s women’s world ice hockey championship, and once again, I don’t recall Phil being on camera and asked about this major achievement by his sister.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Bill says:

      He doesn’t like talking to reporters and I don’t blame him much. Not like they tend to say great things about him.

      I don’t mind if athletes don’t want to talk. Only reporters care about that, which is why they are pumping this story.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

      • Danno says:

        I agree. Not everyone is cut out for it. I’d say the team should not force him to do interviews if he feels uncomfortable. There are plenty of other people to talk to who won’t mind.

        ________________________________________

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        Updates, highlights & great discussions on all things Habs

        • Bill says:

          Hey Danno. I am not sure the team has any flexibility with that: I believe – and someone better informed can verify – that it’s an NHL rule that all players be available to the media at certain times.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • Habcouver says:

            … so I guess that’s why GM Nonis was annoyed with Kessel’s lack of willingness to be available.
            Thks.

            Waiting patiently for #25

  20. KenD29 says:

    Come on drop the puck ! !

    All About Work Ethic

  21. daveho29 says:

    Put a $100 bet on the Habs just before the season started on bodog.ca at 35-1 odds.
    Drinks are on me at the watershed grill in Brackendale BC if they win :)

  22. ont fan says:

    Robin herman of the NY times was the first female sports reporter in the ’70’s.She couldn’t gain access to the room to interview, until one coach deemed it team policy to let any accredited reporter in. The first coach to let her in the room, Don Cherry of the Boston Bruins. She went on to be asst. Dean at Harvard.

  23. Bill says:

    On the Beaulieu thing, correct me if I’m wrong, but if Beaulieu gets a criminal record, he can’t cross the border … correct? Would make it hard to pursue an NHL career.

    Sounds like there were injuries really, so if he’s lucky maybe he can cut some kind of a deal to avoid a record.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Hope so…jail is not a “beau lieu”…sorry

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

    • savethepuck says:

      “All I’ve read is him and his father have been charged with assault and 2 victims have minor injuries. It’s a legal situation, so I am sure we will not get accurate details for a while. IMO, anything said about this is purely speculation. I think the Organization have talked to Nathan and have his side of the story, and I know they won’t report anything about it.
      I have absolutely no opinion on this story until I have all the details.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

    • Habcouver says:

      Can hope the charges are dropped, a la O’Byrne purse snatch.

      Waiting patiently for #25

    • johnnylarue says:

      “There was some slight bruising, some shirts were ripped.”

      I’d be really, really surprised if either of the Beaulieus gets a criminal record as a result of this. I suspect they are both already feeling an amount of shame disproportionate to the amount damage they inflicted. ;)

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Not sure about Canadian law but in the US it has to be a felony. I believe you can pay for a work Visa though. I don’t think that will be an issue.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Think you’re on the right track about border crossing privilege. Bob Probert with more than one felony drug possession conviction and Craig McTavish with a felony manslaughter conviction weren’t restricted. Should also mention Danny Heatley and his actions that led to the death of teammate Dan Snider.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

        • Bill says:

          Probert WAS restricted actually. For three years he couldn’t travel into Canada – because he wouldn’t have been allowed back into the US – after serving time for drugs in a US prison, so he only played games inside the US. Eventually he won an appeal.

          About MacTavish, I don’t know how that worked and can’t find anything online.

          Full Breezer 4 Life

          • Lafleurguy says:

            Thanks Bill.

            “May you live in interesting times.”

            P.S. If this is too personal, please ignore, but is any of your music available on-line?

    • Storman says:

      There are a wide range of felony and misdemeanor offenses that can prevent your entry into either country. Given the difference in laws between the countries it is often very difficult to figure out how the other country will interpret your conviction. A conviction that prohibits entry into Canada may not prohibit entry to the U.S., and vice versa.

      A strange example would be,, Although discretion is up to most border agents in most cases,, Canada refuses entry to any Americans with DUI offenses whether driving or not,, although USA does not deny entry for a single DUI to Canadians,,In most cases DUI are forgiven after 5 years but again up to discretion of border agents,,, You can imagine this would pose many problems for athletes in all Major sports, that is why loopholes exist for all DUI, misdemeanors and even some felonies in the form of waivers for USA entry and temporary resident permits or TRP for Canada entry..etc..

    • Mattyleg says:

      Sounds like a drunken fist-fight, and some typically litigious behaviour from our neighbours to the south.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Strathroy is just outside of London, here in Ontario, Matty.

        “May you live in interesting times.”

        • Storman says:

          StrathroyPolice station is about 25 miles west of London between London and Sarnia, the police station is the size of a Tim Hortons, I installed their 911 psap system and tactical work stations, all 2 of them.. considering an earlier install in Fort Worth Texas had over 80 work stations in 3 different locations, I would call this Strathroy incident a small community incident that will be resolved without a criminal records being incurred, i would imagine..From what I hear, sounds like someone lost a dust up after a golf game at a house party on the outskirts of Strathroy and got mad…and called Police..

        • Mattyleg says:

          CRAP!
          Sorry.
          For some reason I thought it happened over the border!

          I retract the word ‘from’ and replace it with ‘depressingly inspired by’.

          Thanks for the clear-up, LG.

          —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Garbo says:

      Even if the charges stick, first offence generally = plea bargain and no record. Especially, seeing there are no real injuries.

    • sirs81 says:

      He will not have a hard time going to the states he will have a hard time reentering Canada… USA only cares if you have a record with them not what you did in Canada… :) and he is not a truck driver so it should not be an issue.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Geoff Molson can afford some high-priced lawyering. Not an issue.

  24. Timo says:

    Fuuu man. 2 more days before Habs play. Geezoos!

  25. Sportfan says:

    Oh boy that’s not great news to hear about Nathan

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    • savethepuck says:

      All I’ve read is him and his father have been charged with assault and 2 victims have minor injuries. It’s a legal situation, so I am sure we will not get accurate details for a while. IMO, anything said about this is purely speculation. I think the Organization have talked to Nathan and have his side of the story, and I know they won’t report anything about it.
      I have absolutely no opinion on this story until I have all the details.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

  26. Garbo says:

    Oh Cherry, just an endless source of stupidity, contradiction… and amusement.

    http://www.torontosun.com/2013/04/30/cherry-first-coach-to-allow-women-in-locker-room

  27. Loonie says:

    I mentioned the betting public earlier and the odds attached to the Habs upcoming series. Usually if Vegas doesn’t move the line on a future bet in response to public betting they’re very confident in the favourite.

    Here are all of the series’ and how the public is betting them.

    http://www.thespread.com/nhl-hockey-public-betting-chart#.UYAvm7XqlNB

    • Seps says:

      If it’s worth anything TSN voted in favour of Montreal, barely.

      • The Cat says:

        The line moves depending what certain people bet… 60% could bet a total of 500$ but if the 40% bets 1000$, then its different, so public consensus means little IMO

        [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

        • savethepuck says:

          The odds are set to try to entice the public to bet on the underdog. When too much money is bet on the dogs, the line then will shift to entice betting on the favorite. Last I checked today Habs only payed 1.67. PRO-Line still has the Habs at only 1.25.

          “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
          Carey Price

  28. habstrinifan says:

    Listen to Gallagher’s clip on tsn690. And listen to Gorges. Then listen to Plekanec.

    Gorges I’ll leave alone for now. But the quotes should tell you why I think Gallagher should be united with Plekanec and Gionta to insill in them some kick-arse(I mean real kick-arse) attitude. Both Plekanec and Gionta are talented, industrious hockey players. But what they need is someone with attitutude of Gallagher to take the game and shove it down the opponents arse.. by pumping his net full of pucks.

  29. 24 Cups says:

    This is going to seem cruel but I really don’t mean it to come across that way.

    I’ve always felt Gorges was one of the more overrated Habs. Mike Boone fell in love with him and posters followed suit. I’m not sure where the headmaster stands these days on the topic of Gorges’ play and value to the team. MB certainly knows more about the Habs than anyone else on this site.

    Here’s the thing I don’t get. Gorges loves to play the leadership card when he talks to the media. In fact, he has probably been drinking the Gorges for captain Kool-Aid the past few years. That’s cool, I get it.

    Instead of doling out clichés, I’d like to see him step up and state the following. I’m going to bust my ass to clear the front of the net. I’m also going to try and win a few battles behind the net and in the corners. I’m going to start playing like I’m 6’1″.

    Emelin is gone for the season. Step up Josh and fill the gap as much as you can.

    • Loonie says:

      I don’t blame him for being asked questions, but if he’s going to be a leader he needs to consider his answers to the media and his play on the ice.

      I don’t question his knowledge of what it takes to win. I question his leadership based on things he’s said to the media(like recently blaming lack of solid coverage on non-committed teammates, yet he was the one making this specific mistake more often than his teammates). I also question his ability to be a top four defenseman. He shows flashes of it but the key to being a guy who can play twenty minutes per night is versatility. He doesn’t have versatility and he never has.

      There’s a saying about old dogs.

      :)

      Edit: It isn’t cruel Steve. I’m starting to equate this to Cammalleri. Cammalleri was an excellent player who said all of the right things but after he wasn’t named captain, relevant or not, his play went down hill. He was full of words of wisdom and perceived leadership in the room but his play didn’t reflect leadership and by the time he was done here my opinion towards him was just a “shut up and play” mentality.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Doesn’t sound cruel to me. It makes a lot of sense. I guess it probably doesn’t matter what we think its all about how his teammates feel about him. Leadership to me starts on the field. If your not out there busting your nut out there it doesn’t matter much what you say. He’s had a bad year. Maybe he’ll have a great playoff run and redeem himself. I hope so.

      • Loonie says:

        I hope so too Jim. And you’re absolutely right about leadership starting on the field/ice/whatever.

        Effort isn’t enough. There’s a reason Francis Bouillon has never been a captain in the NHL, and it has nothing to do with his leadership.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Don’t think it’s cruel.
      He was one of the few guys who did well last season, and he never shied away from the cameras when most other players were.

      He worked very well under Martin’s ‘99% Defense’ system that emphasised shot-blocking, but is very badly exposed under Therrien’s ‘Total Hockey’ system that emphasises joining the rush and being an attacker in the o-zone and a defender in the d-zone.

      Hope he finds a way to fit in.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Timo says:

      Sure, but when Timo says the same thing he is vilified. :)

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Not cruel…fair criticism. If you’re going to talk a lot you better back it up on the ice. Gorges hasn’t had a good year. Real leadership comes from playing… not talking.

      “You’re always, always, always looking to make your team better. Always.”- Marc Bergevin

  30. 24 Cups says:

    Here’s what 21M gets you these days. Michael Ryder must be smiling. Same goes for Ribeiro.

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=422080

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Makes DD’s contract look much better. Wow. It’s a good thing we missed half a season for the league to clean up their bad contracts.

    • otter649 says:

      Pretty good payday for Hornqvist(sp) the last player taken in the 2005 draft……

      • 24 Cups says:

        Great heads-up, Otter. He was a compensatory pick to boot (230th). The Habs also had a compensatory pick (229th) just one spot ahead of Hornqvist. Montreal also had a pick at the beginning of the final round (200th) who just happens to be playing in Nashville. In fact his coach just ripped him for the lousy year that he put in when the team was desperate for offense. He could well be on his way to Russia to join his brother.

  31. savethepuck says:

    Something has to be wrong. Most of the “hockey experts” on the Canadian networks are picking Ottawa to beat Montreal but I’ve been online today trying to find a sportsbook that has the Habs as a dog and I can’t find one. I basically have to spend $167 just to win $100 if I bet on the Habs. How do these sportsbooks stay in business if they have odds makers that don’t have a clue about hockey?

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

    • ABHabsfan says:

      At this point with the bookies hockey is not a factor. If there is too much $ on the Habs already, they have to entice people to lay some cash on the Sens so they are not leveraged too much on one team winning. Apparently more Hab-fans like to wager than Sens fans

      “man, I love winnin'; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

    • The Cat says:

      They have a clue. Montreal is deservingly a favourite and they will win. The only guy on tv whose prediction you should listen to is Don Cherry, the rest dont know much.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • savethepuck says:

      I guess I should of put one of these ;) at the end because I was obviously being sarcastic. I was commenting on how much of a joke it is that the so called experts on Canadian TV networks are biased against the Habs. All the sportsbooks, who need to have accurate odds in order to survive, have the Habs as heavy favorites. Maybe it’s because we finished 2nd and they finished 7th.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

    • Habilis says:

      You’d be surprised at how much these guys know. They have people who do nothing but watch hockey and analyze the stats. I put a lot more stock in what Vegas says than what the media says.

      • savethepuck says:

        I was being sarcastic. It was a dis on the “hockey experts” in Canadian broadcasting. I know oddsmakers for sportsbooks know what they are doing because if they didn’t, they’d go out of business. That’s why I had hockey experts in quotation marks.

        “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
        Carey Price

  32. Habfan10912 says:

    Am I the only one that won’t be totally shocked if Minnesota win the series against Chicago?

  33. habstrinifan says:

    I know I’m gonna get broiled for saying this, but I think Camallieri woulda been great with this team and coaching staff. I really believe Camallieri thought being a HAB was like the pinnacle of hockey. I remember him sitting in the stands and visualizing goals. Man was beautiful and inspiring.

    That was some run.. even better really than the 93 first 2 series.

    Cammy should be playing hockey in the playoffs somewhere.

  34. BJ says:

    @Bripro. You wanted to contact me. Try: bruce@ihahockey.com send me a tel number and the time zone you are in with a time to call.

  35. Habfan10912 says:

    For those of us who rely on the NHL Center (Centre) Ice package for Hab viewing here is some important information so that you may avoid a heart attack.
    Today I noticed my Center Ice package had been shut off. I quickly E Mailed Cablevision (US) and then called the customer service center. First the lady on the phone (very helpful by the way) explained that the season ended on April 29th and that was all I was entitled to. Oh boy, that was not what I wanted to hear. I tried to imitate Tom yesterday, and I kept my cool. I explained the playoffs start tonight and that is always part of the package. She wandered off to talk to experts and after several agonizing minutes came back on and told me that there are no more games scheduled for Center Ice.
    The Email confirmed that but in his Email the person said all playoff games will be televised either on NBCSports (versus), CNBC, MSG, MSG+, or NBC. Whew……
    Thursday nights game is scheduled to be televised on CNBC. I suspect because of the blackout rules my system was able to handle all the playoff games without Center Ice being needed. Those in the NY-Tri State area can relax. We’re covered.

    Tonight for US viewers:
    Wild vs Blackhawks 8:00 NBCSP
    Kings vs Blues 8:00 CNBC
    Redwings vs Ducks 10:30 NBCSP

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …in December I was offered a 30 day free introduction for Centre-Ice from Telus here in BC …I heard about it, but had not any use for it because I subscribed to RDS which I would use when I can not receive the english broadcast either on CBC or TSN

      …can’t beat free, so tried it out …but listening to the Habs games from the perspective of the team city They were playing against was annoying …as well, for rationalizations I couldn’t fathom, most Habs games were blacked-out out here because of proprietary rules and regulations

      …I cancelled before the billing began …but I guess it is a life-line if You are in the States or overseas

      • Habfan10912 says:

        I am sure with you on that Christopher. I finally started to listen to the TSN690 radio broadcast on my smartphone while watching the game instead of the televised sound. I had to play a bit with the TV to sync it just right, as there often was a delay, but it was well worth it.

  36. Habfan17 says:

    What the H E double hockey sticks was Beaulieu senior thinking? Why was Beaulieu junior doing there. You save these things until after the playoffs. Unless the Habs told him his season was done and he would not be called up. Even then, very stupid to be drinking and getting into this type of crap!

    Habfan17

  37. Habitant in Surrey says:

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/04/29/f-polymer-banknote.html

    CBC: Bank of Canada unveils new $5 and $10 polymer banknotes

    …Astronaut Chris Hadfield, a Weed fan, will be on every $ 5 bill We will hold in Our clammy hands for the foreseeable future. The colour of the bill, of course, is Weed blue, resplendent with blue maple leaves :(

    …I have not considered previously using paper money in lieu of toilet paper, …but I am now.

  38. habsfan0 says:

    Re: The Beaulieus:

    Like father,like son?
    The family that fights together,gets charged together?
    The Battling Beaulieus?
    Somehow, I don’t remember Ward Cleaver & Beaver Cleaver getting into the same predicament.

  39. Say Ash says:

    “Practise”? Are we talking about “practice”?

  40. Danno says:

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  41. habs-fan-84 says:

    I’m sure Habs fans will over-react to the Beaulieu news…

    I don’t want to sound like a pollyanna, but at the end of the day, very little, if anything will come of this.

    • johnnylarue says:

      This will probably blow over,, but I would be surprised if Beaulieu isn’t sent home in the meantime.

      The Habs organization traditionally does not look fondly upon this sort of thing.

      • habs-fan-84 says:

        Can read more here:
        http://www.lfpress.com/2013/04/30/montreal-canadiens-prospect-nathan-beaulieu-facing-two-assault-charges

        Just a father and son tag team match lol

        Sounds like he’ll be heading to Ontario this week to deal with the police. I’m sure he’ll be back in Montreal in a week or two after this has blown over….I would hope anyway.

        • New says:

          That link is better than the rest of the stuff the media put out. A couple (or at least one) former players of the Dad’s at a private party being thrown out, and were scared. Nice to know the kid can scare someone, even if he needs his dad’s help to do it.

          This will come to nothing except that it is going to teach young Beaulieu a lesson about hanger’s on and charity events. Obviously his Dad hasn’t learned.

      • Loonie says:

        Bergevin and Molson can’t really say that part of their mandate is to restore the Habs as a classy organization in the NHL and turn a blind eye to stuff like this.

      • Habfan10912 says:

        Although you hate to see something like this, remember that the young Beaulieu is a youngster. My guess is Dad could possibly lose his coaching job if these allegations hold true. Sounds like a night of drinking gone bad.

      • habs-fan-84 says:

        Let’s all remember that the kid is 20.

        This is just drunken fisticuffs, unfortunately in this day and age the police unnecessarily get involved. In the past, I suspect this was all part of a good night of drinking.

    • Bripro says:

      As is the case for most of the hype blogged on HIO.

  42. johnnylarue says:

    While I like having Whitey in the lineup, wouldn’t it make more sense to put him on the wing and have Halpern at center? Moen and White could then alternate accordingly.

    Just seems like Halpern’s faceoff skills and experience would be more valuable to us than Whitey’s pugnacity, especially considering the Sens aren’t exactly teeming with bruisers.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      100% agreement. White played a pretty good game against the Leafs and MT may want to reward him. Halpern does so m,any of the little things well, faceoffs, defensive zone coverage, penalty killing, you’d like to have him in the lineup as well.

  43. Strummer says:

    Looking for changes since the last Habs/Senators playoff tilt-

    Who’s in at Rover position on Thursday?

    Also there are rumours the league may introduce a FORWARD PASS

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  44. PrimeTime says:

    How’s the anxiety folks??

  45. Strummer says:

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  46. Bill says:

    Loonie, agree, Beaulieu will be sent home. He’s officially a distraction.

    • doug19 says:

      We do not know what happened and well scraping on the ice is ok. If they were wearing skated or a hockey jersey everything is fine, plus innocent until found guilty not charged. Maybe he was sticking up for his dad?

      • Bill says:

        Whatever happened, no matter who is in the right or not, he’s still a distraction, unless the charges are dropped immediately.

        Full Breezer 4 Life

  47. Bill says:

    Well, I’m excited. Two more days geez. And of course I can’t watch first game! I will stream it in my phone for sure and sneak looks when I can.

    I’m pumped for the playoffs and I don’t want to jinx anything but lets just say my feeling about this series is not the opposite of the opposite of bad.

  48. Loonie says:

    The Habs are going to rout the Senators.

    Vegas has 61% of public money on the Senators and keeps the Habs at 12 to 1 for the Stanley Cup and leaves Ottawa 28 to 1.

  49. Shane1313 says:

    I wonder why Patches is not getting that much praise.
    He led the team in scoring this year, he wasn’t outstanding, but that’s something. He’s also a huge part of our team

  50. The Teacher says:

    If I was Therrien. The Habs would be bussing to Ottawa before and back to Montreal after every away game. Sleeping in your own beds and practicing on home ice every game of the first round sounds good. Ottawa is definitely close enough.

  51. SteverenO says:

    Can anyone envision a scenario (due to either injury or lack of scoring) where Beaulieu gets to play in the series?
    (assuming he is not under arrest of course)

    regards,

    Steve O.

    • von says:

      As I’ve noted below, Beaulieu was charged through his lawyer and is headed back to Ontario.

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    • HabinBurlington says:

      Not anymore. Perhaps if Diaz was injured, but Drewiskie I think is the first replacement. Now with the charges, I can’t see him brought in. Maybe if team advances and charges dropped or team becomes satisfied there isn’t much to the case. Again, would need a Markov or Diaz injury though.

  52. derfab says:

    Finally, an honest dude at the Charboneau. Seriously, do you know anyone who has ever given any real money to a political party? Yet they somehow manage to fill their coffers for campaigns…Time to turf en masse, have new municipal elections without party affiliation and to put a serious limit on campaign spending. then again, do we really need an f’in mayor?

  53. Skeptical says:

    Three good scoring lines if they start with them. I think Tinordi and PK will make a few players keep their heads up.

    We have the scoring lines – Defense looks good – Next is Goal Tending. Mr. Price has to be sharp or it could be over for the Habs in 6-Games.

    Would like to see us win the first two in case we have a Brain cramp in one of the next two. We have been known for that.

  54. The Teacher says:

    So what did Nathan beaulieu’s dad do and why is Nathan being investigated?????

  55. Thomas Le Fan says:

    So am I to conclude here that most fans don’t want an exciting series? Fans!

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk.

  56. pmaraw says:

    Did you vote?

    http://covervote.nhl.com/#/ballot

    please don’t let the leafs win. last year philly ended up with 2 players in the 2nd round, this year the leafs did…. I don’t know how i’ll be able to live with myself if a leaf player is on the cover, please vote guys and gals

  57. John Q Public says:

    Tock…..Tock…..Tock…..Tock…..Tock…..Tock…..Tock…..Tock…..Tock…..Tock…..
    GHG

  58. HabFanSince72 says:

    Anyone know if the Leafs are playing their goons against Boston?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Not stated yet, the big concern in Leafland is Tyler Bozak. He took part in practise yesterday for 15 mins. and had to leave. Never took any real shots just lazy backhands and forehands. SPeculation his shoulder is Fubarred, I still think the guy did something stupid in Florida on their 2-3 day break after clinching playoffs.

      He is their best faceoff man, he played pretty good defence to compensate for Kessel, and he allows Kadri to play on a different line.

      As soon as i hear, will post.

      Of course this same Leaf team has Jake Gardener as #8 on their depth chart. Watching all those power plays squandered against us, I am amazed Carlyle does not see the advantages of Gardener in their lineup.

      • canuckbot says:

        Gardiner obviously doesn’t have the truculence Carlyle desires. Gardiner has too many “skill” plays.

      • topher5468 says:

        100% agree on how important Bozak is to the Leafs. Don’t get me wrong, we played well on sat, but the absence of Bozak made the leafs a lot easier to play against. He is a top face off guy and they desperately missed him and will miss vs Boston.

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

      • jols101 says:

        Bozak practiced with the team today and was back with his line and taking part in all the drills.

    • canuckbot says:

      Good one! Who else are they going to play? I think our Habs schedule got bumped so Canada could watch Saturday Night Fights on HNIC.

  59. Timo says:

    Ooh, Plekanec talky. What, no little girl comment? This guy better start producing. What is it… 1 goal in 12 games going into the playoffs?

    • arcosenate says:

      You’re way off, it’s actually 1 goal in his last 13 games. And it was the huge 4th goal against Toronto in the final game of the season. And only Plekanec could have scored it at that time and with that puck. And it’s more than Sidney Crosby has during that span I might add.

  60. durocher says:

    I hope Moen steps it up in the playoffs — he may be the most disappointing Hab all season.

  61. christophor says:

    To be clear about my inexplicit sarcasm in the last thread: saying that the Leafs are definitive proof against the relevance of advanced stats is like saying that one or a handful of lifetime smokers who don’t die of cancer is definitive proof against the claim that smoking and cancer are correlated.

    I’ve heard both arguments, but only people who make the latter one are generally criticized.

    The link between certain advanced stats and success is obviously very informative.

    • Strummer says:

      Leafs were tied for 3rd in ROW’s with the Habs at 26.

      Significant?

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      • christophor says:

        Significant for what conclusion?

        • Strummer says:

          That’s my point. Isolated stas can be taken with a grain of salt
          Do isolated stats about the Leafs make a case for them to be a better bet in the playoffs

          Leafs had 26 ROW and Bruins had 24 therefore Leafs more likely to win in regulation?
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  62. Loonie says:

    Ugh. I’ve been really optimistic lately but some players on this team have certain mentalities that bug me.

    Josh Gorges said last week that the focus isn’t on winning the division coming into the regular season. I think it should be. You can’t focus on the Cup until you’re in the playoffs. So focusing on winning the division is a great regular season goal.

    Now Tomas Plekanec says it’s going to be a long series. I never want my team to acknowledge ahead of time that they’re going to lose a game in an upcoming series. Approach and play every game as if you’re going to win them all. Surely he’s being realistic but if you have it in the back of their mind that the opposing team is going to win a couple of games, they could win four before you know it.

    In Gorges’ case, too aggressive of a mentality, too much forward thinking. In Plekanec’s, too much of a defeated frame of mind.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Head games Loonie. You don’t want to give the other team any bulletin board material for motivation. That is why you always say you respect your opponent and they are good etc. Just the typical cliches that I wouldn’t read into.

      Just see Lupul and you will have an idea of what not to do

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • Loonie says:

        You can approach every game with a winning mentality without publicly saying you’re gonna sweep the other team.

        Wait until you’ve lost before you start saying it isn’t going to get you down.

        “We’re going to take it one game at a time”

        • Kooch7800 says:

          I am sure what they are saying in the room and to each other is much different than the typical lines to the media.

          I would like pleks to have a stronger offense in the playoffs. He is well overdue

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

          • Loonie says:

            I’d love to believe that he isn’t being candid. But I don’t have much reassurance. Plekanec has always been forthcoming with the media.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      The old “one game at a time” would have been the right verbage for Pleks. I wouldn’t read too much into it though, Tom. I just hope the team is confident.

    • Strummer says:

      I think in Gorges case he’s getting carried away in his alt captain role as the reporters seem to be getting a lot of quotes from him recently.

      If you you listen to him he’s a rambling cliche machine and he doesn’t have anything insightful to add to the dialogue, never deviating from the scripted responses.

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    • habs1992 says:

      you have to have the most respect for your opposotion, clearly they are going to try to win everygame,its just a cliche.

      I support Carey Price

    • RiverviewCanadien says:

      Not sure where he says its going to be a long series…at least not from the tidbit I see on this thread…

    • twilighthours says:

      Pre-game or pre-series comments are meaningless, in my opinion. Nobody on either team needs any more motivation than the cup. I don’t buy in to the bulletin-board-material thing.

    • Cal says:

      Players have to be prepared for the marathon that is the NHL Playoffs. A possible 28 games in 56 nights is no 100 meter dash, that’s for sure.

  63. pmaraw says:

    so yesterday at work I greeted all the leaf fans with ‘Ole Steve’ or whatever their name was. anyways the one leafs fan started rambling on about how the leafs didn’t show up. I was like ‘one team started their #1 goalie, one team didn’t, who do you think wanted to win that game more’? now I don’t believe Montreal wanted to lose that game or anything, I think they think they got a chance to win no matter who’s in net.

    now what really shocked me is when this guy said ‘And that little punk kid, whats his name Gallagher? he’s not making it past 2 playoff games, i’ll tell you that right now.’ I asked him why, he said the leafs were gonna murder him. I simply wished him good luck with the bruins in the first round and he seemed completely stunned.

    my issue is why would they want to injure Gally? is it out of fear of goal contribution? I certainly don’t feel like he crosses the line out on the ice as far as unsportsmanship goes, not that I know what he’s saying on the ice but he, to me, appears to carry himself well and plays a hard grinding game. He’s not a dirty player either, if out of the 2 rosters anyone should be hurt… oh nevermind they’re not even playing each other lol

  64. jols101 says:

    I am very happy that it seems like Moen and White are in and Armstrong and Halpren are out. I think Moen/White/Prust make a great 4th line. White just can’t take any stupid penalties. It also gives Prust a little back up in the toughness category.Too many nights he has had to do all the dirty work by himself.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      How many fights did Moen have this year? 1 or 2? I wonder if he is injured

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Unless Halpern is hurt I can’t see him sitting. Special teams is a big part of a good playoff and he is a good killer. Best faceoff guy too.

      • jols101 says:

        I’m just going by the lines they have been practicing with the last two days.

        I thought Halpren looked like a huge waiver wire steal the first 5 or 6 games but after that he just looked like an old, slow player that had run out of gas. Maybe he did tweak something and is still recovering.

  65. von says:

    Kind of bizarre nothing’s been reported about Beaulieu facing charges on Habs I/O?

    http://www.lfpress.com/2013/04/30/montreal-canadiens-prospect-nathan-beaulieu-facing-two-assault-charges

    “Absolutely everything about the Montreal Canadiens”, eh?

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    • Strummer says:

      reported on here last night and this morning

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      • von says:

        In the comments, not posted as actual news, correct?

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    • Storman says:

      From what i have heard he has not been charged with anything, although he could still be…

    • Kooch7800 says:

      Nathan hasn’t been charged just his father so far

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

      • von says:

        Read the article. He’s facing the same two charges as his father.

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        • Kooch7800 says:

          …hasn’t been charged YET. the Canadiens won’t comment until he is charged

          “Keep your stick on the Ice”

        • Storman says:

          His father has been charged and ” Police are also mulling charges against Nathan Beaulieu” so far no charges against Nathan,,, fromn what i hear looks like his Dad had a couple of sodas after golf, got into a little farm dust up at an after golf house party, does not sound like to much of a big thing except Nathan was there and had his Dad’s back..Better to try and avoid these situations, I am sure more will come out in the upcoming days, sounds like a fight they should have tried harder to avoid, and then they probably won too handily leading to charges..

          • von says:

            Let me rephrase, read the FULL article.

            Top Montreal Canadiens prospect Nathan Beaulieu is now facing two assault charges in connection with a dustup at a house party in Strathroy last weekend, police said.

            Strathroy Caradoc Police have confirmed the 20-year-old hockey superstar is facing the same set of charges as his dad Jacques Beaulieu — head coach of the Sarnia Sting — in connection with the same incident.

            “There’s two victims and (Jacques and Nathan Beaulieu) are each charged with one count of assault against each victim,” said Deputy Chief Mark Campbell.

            Nathan Beaulieu is still in Montreal, said Campbell and police are “awaiting his arrival here,” said Campbell. “I think, by later this week he’ll be here.”

            Police have charged Nathan Beaulieu through the young player’s lawyer, Patrick Ducharme of Windsor.

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  66. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:

    Third

  67. HabFanSince72 says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you but for the Habs’ games I prefer a lack of excitement. Workmanlike victories will be just fine.

  68. HabinBurlington says:

    Timo should be relieved to finally have a practise update.

  69. Habfan10912 says:

    A huge opportunity for Ryder to get a big pay day. I think that line will do some damage.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I think you are right Jim and I think he will get some big goals. I like Ryder. He can be streaky but he has a heck of a shot and we don’t have many pure goal scorers that are not rookies.

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  70. shiram says:

    That’s a really bad picture of Plekanec right there.

    “The game isn’t played on the weight scale and it’s not played in the gym, it’s played on the ice and it’s whoever wanted it more.” #81

    • Timo says:

      Gallant says to him: “You see, Thomas… this is an ice rink out there. This is where little girls have to grow a pair and become big boys. Remember that, Thomas.”

  71. Strummer says:

    Plekanec: “It’s going to be an exciting series”
    Posted by Brenda Branswell

    Ya think Tomas?

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