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Canadiens begin their Conference final with Game 2.


  1. Dunboyne Mike says:

     but i seriously think the Leafs could have beat Boston


    Really interesting point, although perhaps for another day. That oft-repeated cliché in April — the playoffs are a whole new season — we usually forget about that in May. But it still is. The very last thing that happened to us in the last “season” was getting beat by the Leafs. Then the “new season” starts and look what happens with the Habs. I think you’re absolutely right — it’s not hard to imagine the Leafs winning a series against Boston, if somehow Toronto was allowed into the playoffs. Everything changes. Otherwise you wouldn’t need playoffs. Bettman could just check all the stats and award the Cup. For one thing, teams GROW during the playoffs, none more so this time than the Habs. I feel jittery but hopeful. Come on midnight! (wrong side of the Atlantic).


  2. K-hab25 says:

    Boone please send me some of what you’ve been smoking. If you honestly believe PHI is deeper than WAS, you need to stop getting baked, because it’s painfully clear that it’s effecting your brain and not in a good way.

  3. K-hab25 says:

    I remember it aswell, everyone was ribbing you about it, it was hilarious.

  4. Fred D says:

    yes,”mental gymnastics”

  5. Ian Cobb says:


    I think Mike is using reverse psychology, if we are expected to win, to much pressure. So we go in as under dogs and the luck takes precedence.

  6. nightmare_49 says:

    MB – Now your awake.

  7. Mike Boone says:

    Yup. More depth on the Flyers.

  8. Mike Boone says:

    No one except you and I remembers the Milan Hedjuk incident.

  9. Slovak says:

    Flyers in 3

  10. SlovakHab says:

    meh. Flyers in 5.

  11. showey47 says:

    anybody have a link to the denmark/russia world championship game?

  12. joeybarrie says:

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. BOONE. I was really starting to worry you were gonna pick the Habs in this series. But as usual you have come through for us. Have no fear, I am wearing the same sweater I have been for both the first two series. Its costing me a fortune to keep my house cold enough to wear it in this Wash DC heat.

    Philly in 6………… I mean I have never seen a team that PLANS to get into overtime in order to win. 10 times in a row??? Never gonna happen.


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

  13. nightmare_49 says:

    This is the first time that Mr.Boone has gone this far in the Cup run with HI/O …….. the last time he had this much pressure on him was at the All Star game in Montreal, and we all remember the Milan Hejduk incident,lol. ……. I have faith in him.

  14. Fred D says:

    Mental gymnastics are Mike’s way of being a “Boon” (e)  to the Canadiens!

    Stay tuned for further developments as we start winning!

    As stated elsewhere, Habs in 5 after a low scoring loss early in the series, to get over the letdown of having beaten the best in the league already.

  15. Puck Bard says:

    Picking the Habs would have been the DOOM OF BOONE.

  16. tony d says:

    I like your way of thinking Mike. Had you picked the Habs, I would’ve been worried.

  17. Slovak says:

    I thought this blog should be the first to give credit to HABS for what they have done – moreover – to believe in their abilities – moreover – to unite HABS fans and give the team positive energy…


    well done Mike

  18. Mr.Hazard says:

    Fun video of Cammalleri when he was a Flame:

    How to perfect the wrist shot

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

  19. DrA says:

    Gionta, Gomez and Gill know the Flyers extremely well this will absolutely help.

    Other cup winners to not forget: Laviolette and Muller.

    All the details are important in this series.  Check for the little things tonight.

    I count on Gonez and Plekanec to shut down the top lines.

    Moen, Lapierre and Moore will have an awesome series.

    X-Factor: Andrei

  20. Josh says:

    Good, predict the Habs to lose this series like all the analysts. That way they can go into this series as the underdogs again.

  21. Mr.Hazard says:

    I don’t think the Canadiens can win if they’re
    outchanced 2-1 by the likes of Mike Richards, Simon Gagné,
    Daniel Brière, Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk.

    SERIOUSLY Boone? After being outchanced 2-1 by Alex Ovechkin & Co., and then by Sidney Crosby & Co., and STILL WINNING, you’re worried the Flyers will be more dangerous?

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

  22. Slovak says:

    I is so sad – it seems in Montreal one need to win bag of cups to turn some people to BELIEVE


    And at the same time I wonder, how can one (professional, reporter, columnist or whoever) watch games without belief his team will win…

  23. EricInStL says:

    Wash + Philly played hockey against the Habs and they lost. Phily will know what to do, and have the players to do it. BUT and this is the most important thing, we must convert at a very high ate our powerplay opportunities. Once you score 1 or 2 goals, this will calm down the aggressive play of the Flyers.

    We have more speed and must be aggressive against their slow D. We cannot play rope-a-dope.

    The first 5 minutes of the game will be all Phily. Weather the storm, and then execute.

    AK has to continue from the last game. And Pouliot must be a factor.

    Which Max will we see ? The one who shows up, or the one that does not go in the corners. This is an important point, we need that from him.

    This series will go 5 games max. Problem is, it can go either way. The series to watch is the western one.

    MTL in 5, SJ in 6

    In Guy Boucher I trust.

  24. habs001 says:

    the flyers are the type of team that does not need a lot of shots to score..they get a lot of dirty/flukey goals…

  25. petrov14 says:

    These days, game days are the loooongest days EVER. I cant believe im still watching Habs hockey!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  26. Danno says:

    Habs will grind the Philthy Liars into a fine powder.


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

  27. fun police says:

    crosby was asked immediately after the game, he still had half of his equipment on.  read between the lines of what he said.  he said, “we were the better team”.  the problem with that is most would agree, the better team won.  in game seven, the habs were outchancing the pens big time.  a combination of a big lead and penalty trouble slowed the habs momentum.  so what.

    the flyers will be more physical.  will they be more physical than washington? the flyers are one of the most penalized teams in the league, and if that trend continues our special teams will kill them. they don’t have the goaltending and the habs won’t give up the goals that the bruins did.

    habs in six (would say five, but that is pushing it.)

  28. JFriedman says:

    Boone I can’t believe you would pick the Flyers after everything the Habs have achieved.

    Very disapointing.

  29. Propwash says:

    The difference is….we buried more of our chances.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  30. HotHabs says:

    Outshot, yes.  Not outchanced.  Sorry, Boone, but I don’t buy the “logic” of Cindy Criesby.  Habs took advantage of scoring opps & mediocre goaltending vs. Pitts.  They did a fantastic job of shutting down the Pens goal scorers.  What this has to do with luck or the thought of excellent play running out, I don’t know. 

    Compared to Caps & Pens, the Habs are runts, but they play fast and smart.  Philly doesn’t have the speed of Mtl.  The Flyers’ goaltending will be put to the test (ya, that’s you Leighton).  Halak has been tested and is now head of the class.  Expect Pronger to visit the ‘sin bin’ every game as frustration mounts.

    Habs will win this series.  In how many games, I don’t know, but it could be as low as 5.

  31. i gloriosi says:

    hey i think everyone should RELAX with their picking Philly over Montreal, i mean c’mon Philly beat Boston but i seriously think the Leafs could have beat Boston for how much they sucked and were lacking in heart, determination and offence…

    Habs will split in Philly then in Mtl before winning back to back in Philly and Mtl…Les Glorieux in 6

  32. Puck Bard says:

    Yup, just what I was thinking. When you’ve been in this game as long as Boone the Psyche-Ops really get a workout. 

  33. Lafrich says:

    Outchanced? How can something so unbelievably subjective be a STATISTIC! Outshot? Fine. Outscored? Fine. But outchanced? Give me a break. What about the QUALITY of the chances? Where is that “statistic”?

    You DO NOT win 8 out of 14 against Washington and Pittsburgh by luck. The Habs are playing incredibly smart for the team they have. I have seen a gazillion shots from the outside from the Pens and Caps, but very few real quality scoring chances. On the other hand, it feels like the Habs do not waste too much energy trying to create opportunities when it just isn’t there. It may be incredibly defensive, but it has worked against these two offensive minded teams.


  34. nightmare_49 says:



       Briere, 32, will be playing in his fourth conference final in the last five years. . . . Ian Laperierre, sidelined with a brain bruise and concussion, skated but is doubtful for the rest of the playoffs. . . . Jeff Carter (broken foot) likely won’t play in the series. . . . Halak is 10-0-1 this season when he faces at least 40 shots.

    Read more:


    Position-by-position breakdown of Flyers-Canadiens 

    by Frank Seravalli  …


  35. Captain aHab says:

    Your reverse jinxes are getting more and more elaborated. Good job!

  36. Danno says:

    Fearless prediction. Another expert will be proven wrong once again.


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

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