Round 1, Game 1: Canadiens stun Capitals

Canadiens’ Tomas Plekanec reacts after scoring the winning goal on Thursday night. Greg Fiume/Getty Images

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AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Mike Cammalleri | Jaro Spacek | Tomas Plekanec | Jaro Halak

• At a Glance: José Theodore, meet Tomas Plekanec. The Canadiens centre scored the winning goal in overtime for a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series. Despite being outplayed in the first period, the game was tied 1-1. Michael Cammalleri finally broke out of his scoring slump with a power-play goal 12:36 into the first period on a nice pass from Andrei Markov, one of only seven Montreal shots on Theodore in the first period. The Capitals tied it 1-1 a few minutes later when a Joe Corvo shot hit the handle of Jaroslav Halak’s stick and deflected into the net. Halak faced 19 shots in the first period alone, and 47 in the entire game. After a scoreless second period, the Capitals wasted little time taking the lead in the third period. Only 47 seconds into the frame, and less than 30 seconds after the end of a Montreal power play, Nicklas Backstrom scored a great goal a nice no-look pass from Mike Knuble. But Scott Gomez got that one back about seven minutes later on a nice three-way passing play between Benoit Pouliot, Brian Gionta and Gomez.

• What It Means:
  The Canadiens lead the best-of-seven series 1-0.

• What’s Next:
Game 2 of the series goes on Saturday night in Washington. Games 3 and 4 are next Monday and Wednesday, respectively.


  1. JD_ says:

    Bang on.

    Systemless hockey is predicated on individual performances. Keep ’em at bay and try to pop the first couple and they’ll really all try to do it themselves.

    The only way that’s going to happen is if the Habs stifle them and the only way the Habs stifle them is a full-out, second-effort game from the get-go. The Habs have shown they are capable of it this season. Unfortunately, they’ve also demonstrated they can deliver 40-60 minutes at the other, very wrong end of the spectrum.

    The tone will likely be set in the first period. Hope the right team shows up.

  2. cautiousoptimist says:

    Gives me hope for our own goalie re-signings.  Price’s numbers aren’t much different than Gustavsson’s, and he doesn’t play on nearly as lousy a team.  No, that’s not a criticism of anyone…  I’m just saying maybe we can sign him for $2M instead of $3M — the extra money would go a long way toward relieving our cap situation next year.

    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  3. punkster says:

    Look, this Caps team has a player named Chimera.  And another named Fleicshmann. Doesn’t that tell you something about them? A fantasy and a fake butter. That team is an illusion. Their true form will reveal itself over the coming week. Go Habs!

  4. joeybarrie says:

    Red light Racicot would have a 23-0 record with the Caps over the last 23 games… In fact, I bet I would have at least a 22-1 record myself, and I have NEVER played in goals before.

    If we can solve the Caps offense the series is ours. If not, it doesn’t matter if Theo site on the bench while the rest of his team plays without a goalie…

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

  5. Off-side says:

    I agree too.

  6. Off-side says:

    Ummm, I think you missed the tone of the Washington response.  It was sarcasm.

  7. SeriousFan09 says:

    Would’ve been more, but they had to deduct a significant portion of his salary to hire a team of cardiologists to follow him around.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  8. Off-side says:

    Perhaps like the media trying to make something out of
    nothing with Plekanec’s comments, the writer to the article “post-season chirping in full flight” is trying
    to make something out of nothing with JM’s reaction to Plekanec’s
    comments.  I think what JM said (and went unnoticed and unappreciated) was, ignore it all, Tomas is ready, we have more serious business like tonight’s game – let’s play hockey.  Unfortunately
    the writer is incapable or reading between the lines. 
    Sometimes maturity is required in verbal spats and JM demonstrated it. 

  9. mike g says:

    Travis Moen will flat out destroy Ovechkin tonight with a sick open-ice hit.

    Mark it down people. Playoffs are when Travis becomes a beast, ala Shane Doan last night.

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

  10. Say Ash says:

    Leafs signed “The Monster” – 2 years, $1.35 million per season.

  11. mike g says:


    The only difference in my situation is that I had that series penciled in as a must watch. Apart from the Habs series, DET-PHO was the one I was looking forward to the most. I’ve watched Phoenix play a few times this year, and they are a treat to watch…Like I said above: Detroit knows HOW to win, but Phoenix WANT to win. That’s a big difference…

    I have a few bets going with my Red Wings friends, and I’m howling right now! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m really excited to watch the Coyotes play again tomorrow night….(wow, I said it).

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

  12. krob1000 says:

    I hope both Semin and Ovie play a la Kovalchuk last night…..he strayed far from the gameplan, panicked way too early and started just rushng end to end virtually every time he touched the puck once they went down.  This was the Russians downfall in the Olympics too….too many guys trying to do too much.  Green can be guilty of this too… real concern is with Nickals Backstrom who is very responsible in all facets, is a great puck possession guy and has eyes in the back of his head.  I would try and isolate as many of the superstars as I could with a stifling neutral zone and aggressive o-zone game…I am pretty confident that Ovie and Semin will begin making rush after rush on their own….Green too.  The question then we stop them? because if we do stop them early and often….they will get frustrated and that is when the blame game starts….


  13. Chuck says:

    Time to leak the drunken Ovie party pics to the Washington Post before they get Watergated!


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

  14. bigbighabsfan says:

    It’s business. They had first dibs and chose Ottawa vs Pens, no doubt thinking that that series will go longer than the Habs, which is a pretty smart bet. If they had people choosing the series based on their favourite teams then they would be a joke. It’s not like nobody will be watching the Sens games anyway with Crosby involved.

  15. AH says:

    StevieRay, that is hilarious! LOL. 100% accurate…but I hope your “outcome” is wrong.

  16. wotever says:

    Go hang out on your own team’s website.  Leave us habs fans alone.

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

  17. ed lopaz says:

    if I was a GM, I would bust down the Calgary door to get Iginla, before they wake up and change their minds.

    7 million – he’s worth every penny.

    that’s AK + Spacek = same 7 million.

    AK + Hamrlik =  8.5 million

    should I continue?


  18. mike g says:

    I really hope Iggy puts his nice guy image aside and asks for a trade..

    He deserves so much better, it’s crazy. Way to go Flames fans, criticize a player who currently has 9 straight 30+ goal seasons.

    He must be the problem…

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

  19. SLONCOLD says:

    i wasn’t going to watch that game because i really wasn’t interested in it but after watching the first 5 minutes, i couldn’t change the channel. scoring chances, defensive plays, big saves. big hits, fans were goign nuts too.

    i really want to see pheonix win. i think they’re a better team than detroit. we just all have this thinking detroit will win due to past success.

  20. ed lopaz says:

    ok – thanks, you’re right.

  21. JD_ says:

    In the last 24 hours, we’ve heard the following out of Washington…

    Jose Theodore: “Tomas who? Jagr? I thought you meant Jagr.”

    There’s no Tomas Jagr playing in the NHL. As for Jaromir Jagr, he’s been playing for the Avangard Omsk of the KHL for the better part of the last two seasons.

    Doesn’t Theodore know this? Is he this out of touch with the league’s comings and goings? What’s wrong with him?

    Bruce Boudreau: “No, they’re not [playing against Miller or Brodeur]. They’re facing José. I’ll take José’s record the last 23 games (20-0-3) over those two guys.”

    Does Boudreau not realize we know who his goaltenders are? Was he taking a jab at Theodore by saying he’d take him over the other two, but only based on the last 23 games?

    First, OV intentionally tries to injure Theodore in practice yesterday morning. Theo now looks like he’s melting down, and Boudreau is calling him out and raving like a madman. The Caps’ dressing room is turning into hell on earth. The entire Caps charade is falling apart.

    Divide and conquer hockey: It’s time has come.

  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    Playing all season and no real backup makes Kippur a dull goalie.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  23. Storm Man says:

    Kipper is always on the blame list in this city.

  24. Jordio-oh says:

    CBC is covering the world cup this year, so there is still that to salvage.

  25. StevieRay says:

    Here it is hot of the press !!!

    Forwards – Bunch of Smurfs ….,  3rd and fourth line pluggers averaging 5 goals each …

    Defence – slow footed D-man .. who lead the league in giveaways…

    Goal – Doesn’t matter .. see above !

    Coach – Past his prime .. if he ever had a prime !!

    Outcome .. not pretty !


  26. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    I hope tsn satisfies your NEED
    NHLtorrents (if you can get to it after registering for an account) usually posts the game a day late.
    if tsn fails I suggest you get a PVR
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  27. mike g says:

    lol….did you watch that game last night though…

    Shane Doan looked like he drank 19 Red Bulls before the game.

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

  28. mike g says:

    I want the Habs to have the honour of scoring this years 1st playoff overtime goal tonight….

    Gord Miller: “Gomez, skates into the Washington zone…Drops it off to Gionta….Gionta, IN FRONT, scoooooooooooresssss……..Benoit Pouliot wins it in overtime for the Habs!!!!”

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

  29. Jbell10 says:

    never go full retard…

    love it.



  30. Bryan says:

    Do we know when the lineup for tonight is going to be finalized?


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  31. Jbird says:

    He has cracked.  What an odd spontaneous verbal spasm.   

  32. SeriousFan09 says:

    That is beyond all levels of ignorance I had previously heard about in hockey (almost anyway). It’s Iginla’s fault the Flames haven’t given him one centre in the past ten years who could play on his level? Kippur’s not to be blamed for an organization that has refused to sign or develop a backup goalie who could take 20-25 games off his back and let him be rested for the post-season either.

    The Flames organization is incompetent is the issue, does the Flames ownership have a few newspaper interests in Calgary? That would explain a few things.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  33. Olay Olay Olay says:

    I live in Calgary, and as unbelievable as it sounds, the papers here are trying to run Iggy out of town. It’s stupidity like this that cause me to believe that the fans here only know what the paper tells them about hockey. I just keep saying “Hey, if you don’t want him, we’ll take him.” same goes for Kipper cause he’s next on the blame list.

  34. Bugs says:

    Agree top to bottom.

    Fear a spanking tonight; forsee victory Saturday, and their world torn apart up here with us afterwards.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward:

  35. mike g says:


    Trust me, Buffalo’s series vs Boston is going to be boring enough…

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

  36. Le Jadester says:

    I don’t think we’re gonna win tonght after all the upsets last night (As much as I hate Ottawa, Karlsson was sick last night).  In fact, I feel a big spanking coming our way. 

    Not to worry though………..

    With that said…I believe the Cappers will get a false sense of security and wet the bed by the end of the series !

    For all this to happen though, we must win Game 2 no matter what.  Then its advantage us, along with a fired up Bell Centre for 3 and 4 !

    Habs, OLE !

  37. mike g says:


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

  38. Laramy87 says:

    We are going into this series with the same mentality that Avalanche is going in against the sharks. All the pressure is on the Sharks and the Avs (which no one is giving a chance to) are playing loose and look waht happened last nite.

    As Kevin Weekes was saying last nite, Sacco told his players that no one is expecting yuo to win, go out there and play and have fun.

    JM should say the same thing, if we have a bunch of loose players going out there as the huge underdogs, anything can happen. Im excited for tonight

  39. avatar_58 says:

    Imagine if NJ met Buffalo in the playoffs? UGGG

  40. Storm Man says:

    I just got a text from a friend in Washington, she said there is buzz that Obama maybe at game one. I wonder if he has a case of beer on the line again;)

  41. joeybarrie says:

    It is a shame how CBC has let these things go. Used to be you could watch World Cup soccer games, and any Canadian Team in the Playoffs from anywhere you could get a signal. Like you said, they no longer have the HNIC song, which is a treasure in of itself. We have seen many step to its decline, but not retaining the song was the first step to it definite decline.

    It’s sad because there are so many more ways you can get the games now, but it used to be we could count on CBC to be a reflection of what Canadians want.

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

  42. mike g says:

    “Simple Jack’s Simple Playoff Thaughts”:

    Never Go Full Retard: For those of you who saw the movie Tropic Thunder, you are familiar with Simple Jack. You also know that Robert Downey Jr. told Ben Stiller (Simple Jack), “Never go full retard”. Well last night, that is exactly what Shane Doan did; he went full retard. That guy was on a mission, smashing the Wings like a Mack truck. I found myself cheering like a crazy ‘Yotes fan last night. The game was fast, very fast. The fans were going nuts for the whole 60 minutes. There were more hits in that game than a Michael Jackson greatest hits 2-disc album. Way to go Coyotes, way to go. The difference in that series will be this; The Wings know how to win with all of their experience, but the Coyotes WANT to win…

    California Hit By An Avalanche: Say what you want about that phenomenon being impossible, but it happened last night. San Jose lived up to their reputation like professionals, and I’ve never seen the HP Pavillion that quiet in a playoff game. Boos could be heard in the 1st period, as if the fans knew for sure they had seen this episode of “How to throw away 8 months of hard work”. Well, they’ve seen it before; many times. I just can’t immagine how frustrating it must be to be a fan of that team.

    Sellout In New Jersey?: No, that didn’t happen. Not even close, that arena had empty seats everywhere. What a disgrace when you consider the Coyotes’ arena was busting by the seams last night. The Devils have one of the most pathetic fan base in the league. But considering their boring/”I’d rather be bowling” style of play, I don’t blame the fans one bit. I tried so hard to watch that game last night (because as you all know I like the Flyers), but I just couldn’t do it. No atmosphere, no emotion, and maybe the most boring playoff game in the history of professional sports.

    Anyways, those are my thaughts about last nights games. I have to say that it’s pretty insane that it took a Coyotes game to get me into the mood this year and spark some excitement….

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

  43. Say Ash says:

    Funny thing is, Osgood is probably going to the Hall of Fame.

  44. Storm Man says:

    He makes 7 mil per

  45. Say Ash says:

    His boss will be leaving Calgary sooner than he will.

  46. HABWARRIOR says:

    i neeed to watch the games when i get home from work,or at least i want to!

  47. Bugs says:

    Boudreau is crackin.

    It’s started.

    We’re going to win.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward:

  48. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    Maybe my isp is blocking it, i just checked and its down
    Edit: it just works i just have to go through “”
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  49. joeybarrie says:

    Actually Price’s salary is only 850k the rest is Bonus salary, but he will unlikely hit most of it. ***I think thats the biggest reason why Halak has played so many games this season is so they don’t have to give Price his bonus***   So his new salary will not necessarily have to be 2.5 million, it might be lower and include many of the same bonus opportunities. The cap for bonus’ is seperate from the salary cap.

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

  50. avatar_58 says:

    Yeah because wins prove the goalie is good right Boudreau? Why don’t we ask Osgood how he’s doing this year?

  51. pmaraw says:

    this is your best bet, every game on tsn I believe goes to their On Demand, just not right away.

  52. Lord_Hubba says:

    Boudreau said: “No, they’re not. They’re facing José. I’ll take José’s record the last 23 games (20-0-3) over those two guys.”

    Notice how he says “i’ll take Jose’s *record*” instead of straight-up saying “i’ll take jose over those two guys”. what a cheap way of backing up your goaltender. he didn’t truly mean it haha
  53. pmaraw says:

    lol i went and agreed, right now its on the 2nd page of comments

  54. avatar_58 says:

    I think with the olympics being TSN and now the habs……CBC’s writing is on the wall. They just aren’t very relevant anymore for sports.

  55. Clay4bc says:

    Yes, NHL torrents does work…


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  56. joeybarrie says:

    Mara will be gone. I don’t think we will be re-signing him.

    As for the others. Darche makes 600K he is the cheap youngsters from the farm. Lapierre is a cap hit of 650K you can’t get much cheaper. Plus he is a RFA next season, and he wont get much of a raise in salary. Moore is the type of 3rd line player we need and his 1.1 million cap hit is worth it. i don’t want to be stuck again with the 3rd and 4th lines that cannot produce. Why bother even having them then, if we have to play a short bench in order to win. Metro is by far the best investment for 1 million. I just don’t know if we will re-sign him, but he is worth his salary too. Remember we will have PK Subban next season on D, and his cap hit will be small too. We absolutely have to keep Pouliot and he wont take much of an increase either since he is a RFA. Sergei i am not so sure about, but at 550k and a RFA he is worth re-signing for sure. But packing his and his brother up for something nice, wouldn’t be a huge loss.

    We shoudleasily be able to retain the services of Pleks, Pouliot and some others. We will most likely try to get rid of the high salary of Hamr so we can use that to fill some holes.

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

  57. avatar_58 says:

    Forget how much he makes or who we trade for, but wouldn’t seeing Iginla in the CH be amazing?

    All heart all the time. Sure he’s not an elite scorer…but man wouldn’t that be something.

  58. Rudy says:

    Is there any way of finding out where/when the Habs practice while they are here in DC the next few days, and if they allow public access?

  59. Clay4bc says:

    I posted this on a CBC link…

    Disgraceful that the CBC chose not to show Montreal
    Canadiens games. What a joke this company has become, really. Well, TSN
    has your song, and now it has Canada’a team to go with it.”

    taking a beating there with the agree/disagree, but whatever – it is on a sens story.


    Don’t argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

  60. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    NHL torrents doesn’t work
    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  61. I_SAY_FIGHT says:

    TSN sometimes has games on demand
    you could check the site after the game -> Watch more in our video player! -> NHL Games On-Demand

    ”Playing goal is like being shot at.” – Jacques Plante

  62. avatar_58 says:

    Going to be a game 7 – length series methinks

  63. Morocco says:

    Don’t use Use Adthe leeches from people actually streaming so they can get ad revenue. And you can download the game from ,

  64. HABWARRIOR says:

    Hey guys I need help.Usually i watch Habs games Online via a free stream like or …..

    However im working and im gonna miss the game….Does anyone know where i can watch the replay of entire game online anywhere?PLEASE HELP!

  65. ed lopaz says:

    Here are the actual 2009 salaries. Few people know that Price is already at 2.2 mil. Since he’s RFA, there is almost no issue with him. he will re-sign for about a 10 per cent raise at 2.5

    Halak is the issue.  Much depends on these playoffs. I would say he is line to make about $3 million next year (500 k more than Price);

    Plekanec has really tailed off – he finished at 70 points; Habs will re-sign him now that he is no longer the HUGE star everyone projected him to be.

    Pleks should sign for 4 years and 4.75 million per; giving him security and a sizeable 2 mil per season raise.

    So we need to find about 300 k + 2.25 mil + 2 mil = 4.5 million more to sign Pleks + 2 goalies

    Mara is gone and replaced by Subban =  save 1 mil

    we need to find 3.5 million,but according to

    we are 2 million UNDER present cap (Mara savings + current cap situation) = 3 million

    we are about 1.5 million short.

    there are many different ways to find that 1.5; but clearly there should be no problem signing pleks and the 2 goalies



    metro UFA 2009 salary 1 mil

    moore UFA 2009 salary 1.1 mil

    Darche UFA 2009 salary 600 k

    Laps RFA 2009 salary 687.5 k

    Mara UFA 2009 salary 1.675

    Total (metro, moore, darche, Laps, Mara) = around 5 mil for these 5 players

    MAB UFA 2009 salary 750 k

    Price RFA 2009 salary 2.2 mil

    Halak RFA 2009 salary 775 k


  66. SLONCOLD says:

    problem is we don’t really have player to replace them… most rookies will come here with 6ook, 800k contracts. you wouldn’t be saving that much money.

    pleks will cost 5m on the cap. and you woudl have to think that jaro and price will both command similar salaries(2.5-3m). once again i think it’s pointless to spend 3m on a goalie who will only play half the time.

    so if we’re at 46m committed next year and you add the 10 million for pleks and the goalies, you’re right up against the cap and you have yet to replace anyone who leaves…

    personally i think the talks with pleks are garbage and he’ll walk. unless we move some other salary it will be tough to keep everyone.

  67. SLONCOLD says:

    did anyone watch the wings and coyotes game? that must have beent he best game i have seen all season long. fantastic energy.

  68. boomer19 says:

    A liitle motivational Rap about the habs I found on you tube!  Enjoy


  69. daveho29 says:

    Maybe not the Canucks. I would love to see a Habs Canucks final, I would be sorely out numbered but enjoy every minute.

  70. Caballero says:

    If these games are anything like the one on February 10th which I witnessed at the Bell centre, we are in for a treat. We were able to beat the Caps in OT with the Bulldogs de Montreal that night. The Caps have not faced Halak so I hope he can wear them down.

  71. 100HABS says:

    “but the NHL expects the salary cap to remain the same next season.”

    Gotta keep Pouliot and Sergei too.So we’re talking about $15M for these 5 guys.
  72. arrow says:

    Lots of HABS support here in Ottawa, saw lots of Canadiens car flags. Although, SENS fans will be celebrating today! and we will be celebrating tomorrow!


  73. C-Dawg says:

    Would love to see upsets in all the first round series….send Ovie, Crosby, Thorton, the Wings, Sabres, ‘nucks and Chi-town packing for early tee times…would make for a wide open playoffs.

  74. coachdoug says:

    I am hoping it is underdog week vs underdog night…I guess anything can happen in the playoffs…

    BTW…Pleks dental work is way better than OV in the “dental work” match-up…lets hope that gives us the edge…

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

  75. SlovakHab says:

    Time for a pre-PlayOff podcast? Would love one!

  76. SmartDog says:

    I hope we get to Theodora like the Sens got to Fleury (two of the most over-rated goalies in recent NHL history).


    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  77. heart4habs says:

    I agree with you! Fleury is overated as hell!

  78. matmacat says:

    Theodora, over-rated? Weird how they keep mentioning the caps have issues in nets…

  79. heart4habs says:

    Well… if caps ever lose, it’ll be probably because of Theo… I have a feeling he’ll choke so bad tonight! But wait ’til he gets here in Montreal… he’ll choke even more… fans will crush his ears!

    Theooooooo, Theooooooooooo, Theoooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  80. 100HABS says:

    Fitting Choker stat : Thornton and Marleau, no points, -1.

  81. SeriousFan09 says:

    IN a surprise move by JM, Cedrick Desjardins.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  82. HABWARRIOR says:

    red light racicot


  83. jimmy shaker says:

    Either Jablonski or the Gumper!


  84. HABWARRIOR says:

    I love being the underdog 4 this series.We got like ZERO pressure…..hence we will  win series!!Habs in 6.

  85. HABWARRIOR says:

    Only reason Theo has that wicked recent 20-1-3 some odd record or rather iz cuz he plays on a team that scores 4+ goals every night.F** Theo and the crapitals…WE WILL WIN!

  86. Jbell10 says:

    Haha. Unibrow is the new black.

  87. Ton says:

    you need to be a general manager. i have ins with the habs and you are right on. Cedrick in the nets tonight. Dryden, Penny, Roy!!! JM hopes to repeat on history.

  88. habsfan_61 says:

    plk  line before game 1 0g 0a 0pts

    his line when the series is over 0g 0a 0pts. will again have “played like a girl” cya dont let the door hit your behind on the way out

  89. SlovakHab says:

    I think you made a typo when writing your nickname. Habs fan? Yeah right

  90. Jordio-oh says:


    please try again.

  91. cautiousoptimist says:

    I’d bet $20 that you’re wrong as can be, and I’m sure you’d find enough other takers around these parts to make yourself a very poor man.

    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  92. habsfan_61 says:

    plekys plaoyoff numbers:

    2008-09 Montreal NHL 3 0 0 0 -5 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 .00
    2007-08 Montreal NHL 12 4 5 9 -1 2 1 0 1 0 2 40 10.00
    2006-07 Montreal NHL
    2005-06 Montreal NHL 6 0 4 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 11 .00

    not exactly confidence inspiring.


    the smurfs will be the ones who bring their a games. i expect a lot form gomer and gio and if cammy isnt as injured he will also be a factor

  93. joeybarrie says:

    Did you STOP being a fan in 1961? What is it with the negative posts from people who can’t even be bothered to SPELL their favorite players correctly???

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

  94. cautiousoptimist says:

    In the dressing room before the game tonight, Martin needs to go full Spartan and make sure his boys know what their profession is.  Then they can’t lose.

    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  95. SlovakHab says:

    The real season begins now and while we haven’t been dominant during the season, all the players know what’s in stakes now. We have several quality players that haven’t scored for a long time and if they break out, we can give the Caps a run for their money. Go Habs Go, I will be watching every night!

  96. Chuck says:

    Who’s in Washington and going to the game tonight? $100 to whomever gets a “Ovie can’t hold his liquor!” chant going!


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

  97. joeybarrie says:

    Where were you two hours ago, when i was offered 2 tickets for $150…?????

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

  98. mike g says:

    Say what you want about finishing 8th and crawling into the playoffs. Say what you want about having to face the Washington Capitals and their sexy offense. Say what you want about this Habs team being too small to even jump over the boards…

    When it’s all added up, it means playoff hockey in Montreal. Nobody will deny what this does to the city. It’s as if all Montrealers have no more problems. People have glaring smiles on their faces. Drivers give you the finger, but not the middle one; it’s the thumb saying Go Habs Go, because you have a car flag. People in an elevator ask you if the Habs will win. Something happens to this city, something only playoff hockey can do…

    When I woke up this morning, I had a jolt in my step. I smashed down my toast n’ peanut butter and took my dog for a walk. Max, my pupp, was wearing his Habs jersey and also seemed way more energized than usual. People usually stop us and say “what a nice dog”, but today it was “quel beau chandail”.

    The air smells different today, and the wind has life in it. It doesn’t feel like any other Thursday, it feels like playoff Thursday. You don’t have to be a hockey fan to notice this. And no matter how much you believe in this years Habs’, you can’t deny the following statement:

    “Playoff time in Montreal is the best time of the year”.


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

  99. homerbowen says:

    Rumour has it the Caps won’t let the Habs bring in their “booster” seats for the smurfs!! So if it looks like there are 3 missing players don’t worry they are there…. I just hope they play BIG.

    Significant off-season changes must be made in order to compete in the future.

  100. says:

    Choke on it!

    They call me Shane

  101. Say Ash says:

    not exactly legible either

  102. habsfan_61 says:

    sorry hope this is better:

    yr:          gp:   g     a   pts

    05/06     6       0     4   4

    07/08     12      4    5    9

    08/09     3       0     0    0

    tot:       21      4      9    13


  103. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    9 points in 12 games is nothing to be ashamed of for a second line center. Neither is 4 points in 6 games in his first full season. Everyone (including him) knows he was off last year. He just set a new career high for regular season points, let’s hope he can do it in the playoffs as well.

  104. kmachabs27 says:

    OOOOO GAME DAYY….i couldnt even sleep last night…what a morning
    this is…made some great eggs this morning for a call that i
    got hired at a new job…had fun with the girlfriend…now to make this
    day complete the HABSS need to winnn and im feeelin great about
    it….gotta love playoff hockey in habland….lets go boys…cheers to

  105. SlovakHab says:

    Congrats on getting a new job! I am having difficulty finding something after having graduated last month so I think it must be a great feeling!

  106. joeybarrie says:

    GOOD THINGS COME IN THREE’S……… Damn it, why didn’t you screw up the eggs???????

    Congrats on the job.

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

  107. j2w4habs25 says:

    Lets the games begin – I was told this morning that the real playoffs start tonight!. I believe that.

    GO HABS GO!!!

  108. Bugs says:

    Fresh from the Ward: Canadiens back into Capitals, salvos at the ready.

    …”Boudreau is using the “focus the attention on the coach, not on the team” technique to protect his goaltender and wants to attract mock sympathy towards himself for being misquoted, yet curiously, not towards Theo for being untrustworthy.
    He does this because it’s obvious he doesn’t trust his goalie either.”…

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward:

  109. Jeff says:

    Latest quote from Boudreau…

    “Are the Pee-wees from Montreal coming down to play a real NHL Hockey Club?”

    “We raised the Visitors bench a foot so we could actually see them! “

    “BTW, Is the King of Quebec betting a case of Molson’s with our President?”

  110. Jeff says:

    I hate to break it to all the Habs fans, sorry for the candor in advance!

    This will be very similar to the National Guard of Quebec assembling their diminutives to battle the U.S. Marines in hand to hand combat.

    Utter destruction!

    Drink a lot of Molson or your fav before the slaughter begins.

  111. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    You mean like how the Leafs were going to be ahead of the Habs by Christmas? Nice work keeping up with the predictions, though. Sooner or later, I’m sure one of them will come through for you, but so far, you’re 0 for everything (taking after your favourite team, I guess).

    All kidding aside, congrats on wrapping up that #2 pick! Finally, you’re going to have the building block you need to… what? Oh, never mind. Well, at least your team will be bad enough to get a top 5 pick next y… what? Oh, shame.

  112. joeybarrie says:

    Do you mean tonight is going to go like the last 4 games we played vs the Caps. With us winning 2 and losing 1 in overtime???

    You know this is the Canadiens and not the Maple Leafs. See The Leafs (as predicted) did not make the playoffs. Now the last game played between MTL and WSH went 6-5 for US. Not like the 6-1 beating they put on Toronto.

    Hey I wonder how the Bruins will like Taylor Hall????? So glad they gave up their draft pick for Kessel to a division rival and a team that didn’t end up dead last like the Leafs. Hey maybe you guys can end up dead last again and give US a draft pick. WELL DONE…


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

  113. slapshot777 says:

    When you comment try to make intelligent one rather than the sh^t that comes out of you mouth. If it pisses you off some much  that your Laffs are no where to be seen, then may I suggest you go out in traffic and look for them.


    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  114. sprague cleghorn says:

    Just by the by, diminutive is an adjective, not a noun.  Nice try, though.

  115. pmaraw says:

    utter destruction?  are you gonna milk the holy hell out of a cow?

    you come here for good hockey talk dont you, not like those leaf forums that spew out the same garbage year after year after year after year after year

  116. Psycho29 says:

    Thanks Jeff..Let us all know how that went for ya…….LEAF LOSER….

    Last Cup 1967…43 years ago…

    Habs have won 10 Cups since then….

    Leafs haven’t even reached the Cup finals since then….43 years….

    “Great Leafs”…..Palmateer….SITTLER….Salming….Turnbull…..Tiger Williams….NO CUPS…

    At least Lanny McDonald had the sense to get traded in order to win a Cup in Calgary….

    GO HABS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    ‘Somebody please turn on the lights so the cockroach Maple Leaf fans will scatter’

  117. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Even though my expectations are low, I believe that every team in this year’s playoffs can win the first round including the Habs. Halak needs to shake off his last 3 games and play flawless for us to have a chance.

    Never say never.

  118. arrow says:

    Great game! Pierre’s monster Spacek! I call SK to score WINNER. Nice time-out by JM Finally! We are looking good. BTW, Heart-Attack Halak is solid tonite. (althouch Price could’ve palyed equally as solid) Great team effort, Believe!


  119. brandonhab19 says:

    Gionta with an interview on versus said something that goes completley
    agaisnt Martins coaching style, “when we sit back we got into a lot of
    trouble, we need to go out there and be aggressive.” Got a laugh out of
    that one.

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  124. Sambaguio says:

    Do you believe me now???!!! Continue to ridicule me. I’m loving it!!!

    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  125. dre1744 says:

    Did Spacek just play his best game ever in a Habs jersey!!!!!!! You know it…….. Hal Gill was solid aswell. Props to the 4th line aswell they played a hell of a game.

  126. canada4l says:

    Jagr with the OT winner.  What a win!

  127. idle says:

    How cool was that. Nice to see Halak throw down a good game. And what a night for Spacek. All the right names on the score sheet for the Habs.

    If nothing else it shows that this team can at least compete with the Caps.

    Take any chance possible, even a small one, to jump on the Theo can’t cut it train. Take the small amount of doubt into the second game and let it grow.

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  128. SeriousFan09 says:

    Plekanec’s goal put Habs I/O offline, can Ovechkin brag that any goal he scored broke a website?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  129. VancouverHab says:

    Best for me? Cammi, Gomer and Plecs the scorers. Our elite score, we have every chance.

    I say Gomez is worth his salary for the tying goal alone: that goal, & his creation & completion of it, rates with any great Hab goal in my lifetime.

  130. pmaraw says:

    are you sure? 1 more in washington and 2 at home? i know its wishful thinking, but so was the win tonight

  131. SLONCOLD says:

    uh….. 45 saves not good enough for ya? lol althoguh he did get that lucky bounce off his glove. other than that 100% solid.


  132. Sambaguio says:

    That’d be the greatest upset in the history of  hockey. It’s quite possible with Halak in goal! I believe! Cup 25!

    Halak is the next Roy! Price is the next Theodore!

  133. sprague cleghorn says:

    Jaro Spacek, all is forgiven.

  134. Caper says:

    2 minutes for thinking so good.

  135. AH says:

    Mr. Jose Theodore meet Tomas “F.” Plekanec!!!! aka Turtleneck Man! What a freaking game! All I wanted was for them to COMPETE and except for the 1st period, boy did they ever! Well done boys! Worst we go home with is a split, NICE!!!!

  136. nastyHABit says:

    welllllll dogies!……i purty near puked up my pickled paw paw eggs…….way to go boys

  137. Mattyleg says:

    Freakin’ A!

    My player of the game was MAB. Apart from his stupid too-quick shot during the pp at the top of the 3rd, he played fantastically defensively, made some great rushes, and read the Caps’ passes perfetly, interepting a whole bunch in the 3rd to turn defending into instant attack.

    Great to see that from a much-maligned hard worker.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  138. Habadabadoo says:

    Oh man, I had 2 exams today, and because they had been conflicted I wasnt aloud to go anywhere without a procter today. Was shaping up to be a long boring day. But I kicked the crap out of both exams, and more importantly I came home to THIS!

    Only got the see part of the third, and OT but what A GAME!

  139. Big Ted says:

    Yeah, there’s still a chance at a sweep! Doubt it’ll happen but it’s looking like the year of the underdog

  140. Caballero says:

    One game at a time…

  141. MontrealAtheist says:

    Hey, if Halak continues to stand on his head as he did today and everyone else also gets their act together and continues to blank Ovi, anything is possible.

  142. Rainrocket16 says:

    Anyone who logs on here late at night would have read my comment about Pleks owning Jose!! I called it!! I was very impressed with the way the boys played tonight, Dominic Moore is a very good hockey player. Cammy sniped a beauty, Halak was ….well, HALAK!!  the toughness must continue or we will suffer, but if we play this way every nite, look out!!! GO HABS GO!!!!!!!

    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  143. brandonhab19 says:

    did anyone see muller go to hug martin after ot goal and martin turned and walked away… interesting?

  144. Rainrocket16 says:

    Spacek was a beast, I was very proud of his performance. Wish he could do that every night!


    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  145. Caballero says:

    I think Martin is more the two kisses on the cheek type of guy…

  146. Caballero says:

    Huge game for Lapierre and the ville st-laurent (my hood) native Darche. They woke us up with their effort.

  147. pmaraw says:

    i noticed muller in the 4th lines ear a lot!  but i didnt notice that cold shoulder.  hopefully it was kinda the same gesture as when andreychuk didnt pick up the conference champion trophy because theres more work to be done.

  148. brandonhab19 says:

    true how would muller know to do that? But serioulsy a lot of times its looked to me like Martin does not like Muller.

  149. dre1744 says:

    Maybe  are D  was just going thru the motions  in the regular  season  not wanting to show there true potential  untill the playoffs!!!!!

  150. DJay says:

    Leave your random thoughts for after the playoffs…

    We dont need any more rumors spreading in this city…

  151. brandonhab19 says:

    agreed at least with spacek best game in a habs uniform tonight by far. loved the poke check on OV haha

  152. brandonhab19 says:

    i would, but i wouldn’t remember after the playoffs.

  153. J. Ambrose says:

    Yes, one poster (who shall remain nameless) claimed that Spacek wasn’t playing well tonight. “Not strong.” Yeah, he only OWNED the most dangerous scorer in the whole NHL tonight. He was brilliant. Not sure where he got the sudden energy from, but I ain’t complaining.

  154. habsfan321 says:

    If we win on Saturday, mark my words, the Habs will sweep. Thééé-oooo is gonna get destroyed at the Bell Centre.

  155. phillyhab says:

    Cammy did too.  I think JM’s idea is to open it up against “offensive teams” and keep the puck in their zone as much as possible, and what a great job the 3rd and 4th lines did of that tonight.  After seeing us spend what — 6 minutes in their zone in the second? — I believe anything is possible in this series.

  156. 420cups says:

    Hahaha… oh wait it wasn’t funny

  157. Bob Barker says:

    0-vechkin as in zero shots. Guy was a non-factor all night. Gomez’s goal was awesome, the guy continues to prove that he’s a playoff performer. 

    Spacek definitely played his best game as a Hab. USS Hal Gill was great as well. 

    After the brutal first period, the Habs had the edge the rest of the way. 

    Good to see Halak has regained his form. He was clutch tonight. 

  158. Bugs says:

    For those who were interested in how I made out with my black roosters and pentagrams, what I did was use 7 roosters (just to be sure) and have their blood drained with an icepick and a small plastic funnel. Make sure to stir the blood occasionally to prevent its clotting.

    Next, take three candles made from the fat of a 14th century Transylvanian virgin and light it with the flame born of two rubbed bones from St-Dyonisius the Aeropagite. (Of course, the Black Hymn of Cthulu should be hummed throughout, but y’all probably knew that.)

    Here is the tricky part: do NOT use chalk to draw the pentagram; it must be with the wax of a vampire bat’s ear or else you end up speaking to someone rather unpleasant.

    Strew the roosters’ guts around the pentagram’s corners, not its lines. Place the candle in the middle. Ingurgitate a half-pound of salt within 66.6 seconds. Say the Ave Maria backwards.

    Blow out the candle.

    Your wish is now His command.

    Happy cursing!

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward:

  159. bostonantifan says:

    Incredibly stupid post.

  160. punkster says:

    Hey, whatever works for you Wabbit. I just crossed my fingers :)

  161. Off-side says:

    I’ve been wondering about you for a long time…but if THAT did the trick…remember the recipe for Saturday’s game!

  162. bostonantifan says:

    A quote from Pat Hickey’s column: “Joe Corvo tied the score at 15:33 with a blast from the blue line…”.  Pat, did you even watch the game? I saw the entire game, and I’m watching the highlights on the NHL network as I write this. Corvo kept the puck in at the blue line, and he took a wrist shot toward the net. “A blast from the blue line”? Come on, the game was great in it’s own right, no need to hype it with inaccurate reporting.

  163. andrewberkshire says:

    Who cares? We won, stop being a negative nancy.

  164. usversusthem says:

    We talkin’ about your post? That’s pretty meta of you, bud. 

  165. nickster13 says:

    spaz alert!

  166. Bugs says:

    Well, it worked, didn’t it?

    ‘S’posed to do?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward:

  167. Got2BHabs says:

    What is Cammy laughing at, at the end of his audio?

    “This kid is going to win a Stanley Cup one day and hopefully I’ll be with him when that happens” – Saku Koivu

  168. brandonhab19 says:

    maybe just one of the guys in the room doing something?

  169. J. Ambrose says:

    Can’t say enough good things about our defensive play tonight. Spacek, Gorges, Gill (OMG, I never thought I’d see the day when I’d be flat-out impressed by Gill), and of course Markov who has the ability to completely turn the momentum of the flow in one shift. But also the defensive play of the forwards. Gomez, Gionta, Pleks, Moore all with great backchecking. And Pouliot made a HUGE backcheck in OT to break up a very dangerous odd-man rush by the Caps. Truly one of the best all-around team efforts by this squad this year! Wonderful.

    The key diffference for me between periods 1 and 2 was the way the Habs started to jump up on the Caps break-out plays. Instead of sitting back and trying to weather the rush, they became aggressive and began intercepting the head-man plays. It’s risky because one bounce over a stick, and we are caught, but the forwards were coming back so hard, and Halak was playing with so much mojo, that JM seemed to loosen the reins and let them go for it. 


  170. MontrealAtheist says:

    Theo got TP’ed :-)

  171. Habscat says:

    Huge win tonight, but lots of work to do. A win Saturday could really put the belief into our dressing room. We looked confident tonight and a 2-0 lead would really galvonize that. GO HABS GO!!!


  172. Willy the bum says:


  173. MontrealAtheist says:

    Good thing JM finally came to his senses and started making the right goaltender decisions. It’s rather doubtful we’d have gotten away with a win with Price in nets.

  174. jkirk says:

    It’s rather doubtful we’d have gotten away with a win with Price in nets.’


    I agree. Just like last season. The funny thing is that the argument for playing Price last season was that we had no chance of winning and needed to focus instead on Price’s ‘development’. 

    So let’s toast Martin for actually trying to win in the playoffs – and beating the #1 team in the conference, putting the argument that we shouldn’t try to win when we’re outmatched right where it belongs: in the garbage bin with Bob Gainey.

  175. cautiousoptimist says:

    Theodore is a guy you want to taunt — Ovechkin isn’t.  I wouldn’t want to get him too riled up.

    On another note, WOO!!!

    1. – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  176. Ian Cobb says:

    Kevin Kevin, STUNNED, What do you mean stunned my friend?

    Halak played his game in the first, keeping wave after wave out of his net like we all knew he was going to.

    And in the 2nd we cranked it up like we all know they can when playing better opposition.

    In the 3rd we just played them even like we all know they can.

    In over time we always beat better teams. Why do you think we practiced in over time and shoot out all year?

    I am certainly not stunned, happy yes that we only have to win 3 of 6 games to watch the big “o” on the golf coarse.

    This team is an awful lot better than most people think. We have had a ton of very serious injuries all season long and had enough points to make the play offs.

    We miss the Metro, but he will be back for the next round.

    As long as Martin plays 4 lines we are going to be alright!! Not stunned at all.


  177. tdrmoss84 says:

    Wow…I almost got teary eyed this evening….had to bartend in a local Pa pub and my partner had to cover my slack with the big game this evening.  Being as I reside in the states, and have to watch it on Versus, every time I see that 86 footage of Patrick Roy cutting down that angle on the Ranger’s Thomas Sandstrum…I just get goose bumps!  Keep the faith guys…it’s a journey and it feels awesome right now!  Ole’ Ole’ Ole’

  178. 23 HABS 23 says:

    Hey Shaker!  Where are you?  Your boy Halak played AMAZING!  Really kept the HABS in it during that lack-luster 1st period!  I can not say enough about the entire team performance in periods 2 & 3!  Way to go boys!  And how fitting that Plekanec scored on Theodore in OT to win it!  Way to go Tomas – Way to go TEAM!  A real pleasure to watch – and the outcome wasn’t too bad either!  If there ever was pressure on Washington – I think after this huge win for the HABS – there will be a little more pressure!


    Gotta work Saturday night – so I will have to stay glued to the ticker on the ol’ computer – GO HABS GO!

    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  179. ooder says:

    all i can say is WOW!

    Hall Gill, Gorges and Markov were on a complete different level tonight.

    I was really impressed by MAB who took the abuse from the caps and smiled.

    The 3rd and 4th lines were great.

    Jaro, Jaro.. well what can i say that hasn’t been said.

    Spacek and Hammer had a rough first period but after that… well lets just say ovechkin saw a  lot of number 6.

    great game.. let’s carry it over


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

  180. Le Jadester says:

    Way off on my prediction but who cares when we win !

    I was so proud of our TEAM today with the way they worked for everything. Extreme opposite of last year.

    Although, there’s another 15 W’s to go…….Tonight’s was special !

    I hope the city of Montreal in all their cafe’s, bars and homes enjoyed this one for all its worth.

    I hope Les Boys don’t get all caught up in this emotional stuff like me the fan and make sure they all….. ” Keep’s it real !” and level headed !

    Can’t wait till Sat.

    Habs, OLE !

  181. Bryan says:

    I was skeptical about playing MAB so much tonight, but other than a few instances, he played a great game.  We definitely need him to help lead our attack… but I still think we need O’B in there for the size.

    Maybe sit Darche and rotate Cammi/Pouliot on the 4th line and play with 7 D? 


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  182. SeriousFan09 says:

    Agree, with our need for size on D and how the season has worn Hamrlik down badly, I would say shift OB in and let some of our top forwards take on extra minutes on the 4th while the defensive assignments get spread out and give JM more options.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  183. Bradlo says:

    Wait… you mean you ARENT a leafs fan in disguise afterall?!

  184. Merc_Roswell says:

    Giants will fall

  185. ooder says:

    Timo is a habs fan through and through.

    a very critical and pissy one, but hey.. it takes all kinds


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

  186. Off-side says:

    Oh my God!!!! you are sooooo funny!!!  I kept my kids up real late and my husband kept yelling at me ‘put the kids to sleep, put the kids to sleep!!! How the hell could i put the kids to sleep when they were AS excited as me at watching this game.  TIMO!!!! We won the GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  187. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hrudey comparing Edler to Lidstrom, but with a mean streak.

    *Facepalm* You do not compare #3-4 defencemen to Nick Effin’ Lidstrom. Why don’t we start comparing MAB to Paul Coffey?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  188. Off-side says:

    There are many TIMO’s out there.  I’m used to that genre because my brother was the same…gotta love them (as long as they cheer for the same team).

  189. Rainrocket16 says:

    So nice that it was Pleks that got the GW goal!! Shut these wannnabee hockey broadcasters up in America!! Theodore is not that good, Pleks was only saying the Obvious!!

    ——-US Born Habs fan, Proud to be a traitor (when it comes to Hockey).

  190. ooder says:

    cuz that’s an insult to MAB.. paul who?


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

  191. Ian Cobb says:

    You mean you don’t have your wife and kids jumping up and down watching the game with you TIMO, where is your sense of priorities my friend?

  192. andrewberkshire says:

    Paul Jagr?

  193. habs03 says:

    What a game, very important game 1 win. Our top guys steped up like we needed them too, we all have been on Gomez and for good reason but the man does step up in the playoffs, his goal was a beauty. Great game for by our D and our PK. Another note, one of the biggest reason why we won this game was because we OUT-COACHED them, they were looking for the homerun pass but we always had a 3rd guy back, I know they had 45 shots but take away the 19 shots from the first where everyone seemed nervous, we outshot them from the 2nd period on.

  194. daveho29 says:

    Ya Baby,

    already won $100 on 3 bets.

    If I still live lived in Montreal I would kiss Pleks as he stepped of the plane at Dorval.

  195. kay.jei says:

    Precisely 1 min 43 seconds before Plek’s winning goal, my roommate calls “Habs win in the next 2 minutes!”

    I hope she does this every game!!!

    Looks as if upsets will be the theme of these playoffs. (Does anyone know in the stats how far an 8th seed has ever gone in the series?)

  196. habs03 says:

    That was just to top it off, the fact that Tomas Jagr scores on Theo, I bet that if Theo never said anything Tomas would have tried to pass to cammy.

  197. brandonhab19 says:

    werent the oliers and 8th seed when they lost to carolina in the finals?

  198. Willy the bum says:


    Plekanec decided to shoot even though his linemate Mike Cammalleri was tapping his stick for a pass.

    “He always does that and that’s why I don’t shoot much,” Plekanec said.

    To which Cammalleri replied, “I tell him ‘Plek, I’m like 7-11, I’m always open.’

  199. SeriousFan09 says:

    What do the Canadiens and Canucks have in common? They each won thrilling OT battles 3-2 to take a lead in their respective series, Canada is perfect so far in the Playoffs :)

    The Samuelsson signing was the best move the Canucks made in the off-season after the Sedins contract.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  200. andrewberkshire says:

    Yeap, and that’s the farthest an 8th seed has ever gotten by far. In fact I believe they’re the only 8th seed to have made the finals. They were setting records and killing giants the whole way.

  201. andrewberkshire says:

    And leaving Samuelsson off the roster is the worst decision made by Team Sweden.

  202. Willy the bum says:

    That was in 2006, and guess who was in the cinderella Oilers at that time?  Jaroslav Spacek.

  203. SeriousFan09 says:

    Finland not taking Jussi Jokinen is another one I didn’t quite get. Seriously outscored the other Jokinen on a very bad Canes team.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  204. andrewberkshire says:

    Yeah I really don’t get that at all. And Jussi is very clutch.

  205. brandonhab19 says:

    i like history, and how it can repeat itself ; )

  206. Frank2468 says:

    Fantastic effort tonight, Jaro and company played really well.  Pleks getting the O.T winner was poetic justice and on another note 1 down and only 15 to go Go Habs Go.  The only thing about tonight is I wish that they played a solid 60 minutes the first period was really scary thank god Jaro was on his game tonight.  I was watching with a friend and I was saying that the way they are playing tonight they deserve to win and they have to win the way they played tonight.  I,m glad they didn’t end up loosing a heart breaker because that would really have killed them. Tonight’s game was a really important one for sending a message and their confideance.  I also loved the fan reaction to the Caps loosing the game, with his swearing and carrying on and getting pissed off the camera was on him and his symbolic mooning to the camera.  That really made me lmfao.

  207. Bugs says:

    Is it safe to say that this was our biggest win of the year?

    Cuz if it is, hell, I’ll just say it.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Assistant-Director of St-Habbie’s Hospital for the Blind, Head Physician of Neuroflannelogy Unit, and Occupational Therapist in Habsbros Emergency Ward:

  208. alestar says:

    I was playing hockey tonight, they were broadcasting the audio of the game over the arena PA system…great stuff!

    Only 15 more wins, baby!


    XXIV…and counting

  209. naweed235 says:


    GOMEZ WOW!!!!


  210. Ayan_SB says:

    During the playoffs, he becomes Hal “Obstruction” Gill. I think he very much knows what he can and can’t get away with in front of the refs.

  211. Off-side says:

    I was thinking just like you.  We dominated the game for the whole game after the first half of the first period.  Now, duplicate, dupicate…

  212. Off-side says:

    Pleky and Theo..oh the IRONY!!!! Loving you Montreal!! Over and over and over again!!!!!!! let’s make the centenial happen!! dear God, please?!!!!!!


  213. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the last few games of the year were worrisome and frustrating
    …frustrating ?, because You knew Our Team had WHAT it takes to play
    much better than the embarrassments against bottom-feeders like Trunna
    and the Isles …and WHEN playing well AS A TEAM we ARE ‘competitive’
    with ANY team in the NHL

    …We have no ONE Player to carry Our
    Team on His back …We have to play ‘ a system’ and TOGETHER As A Team
    to win hockey games …and THAT happened and came together tonight
    …just enough to remind an ol’ Fogey of …’Once Upon A Time’

    played like He slept with 2 Bountiful BeloRussian Babes last night,
    instead of remembering he had ‘work’ to do tonight …for which the
    Capitals should hire a Private D i c k to check WHAT Guy Lafleur was up
    to yesterday

    …Jaro Spacek was My Hero last night playing D like a
    virtuosa first-violinist …playing D like it was actually an art-form
    …then there was, of course, the ‘other’ Jaro, Whom seemed like He
    spent the past few days in seclusion with His Indian Guru …in a dark
    room, deep-breathing and chanting His mantra …Our Halak Is Back !
    …calm and collected

    …Tomas Plekanec is a Player, IF I was Our
    GM, I would NOT be making ANY offers to His agent at this time until the
    conclusion of Our Playoffs …His overtime goal was though an
    encouraging argument that Tomas might be ‘close’ to justifying a $ 5
    million dollar Player (though, I still need to see IF He can keep-it
    goin’ throughout)

    …I have questioned Jacques Martin’s sanity for
    sittin’ O’B these past few games …and usually close My eyes everytime
    MABergeron touches the puck …No !, correct that, I close My eyes
    everytime I see MAB ON THE ICE ! …My Mea Culpa Marc-Andre …I should
    know better, …as anyOne Who knows Me knows I believe My Montreal
    Canadiens will be much closer to the Team Of My Memories IF there were
    MORE Marc-Andres, Pierres, Jean-Marcs, Yvons, Claudes, Jeans, Maurices,
    Vincents et Guys …Marc-Andre may not be Serge Savard out there, BUT
    between His ears He is a lot smarter Hockey Player than OB, …and a
    better Hockey Player than I have given Him credit for

    …what a
    great late-season acquisition Moore has been …Play-off Hockey is WHAT
    Moore, Lapierre, Darche and Moen were born for …Pyatt would be
    dynamite if He can EVER find out HOW to put a puck on the OTHER side of a

    …I love the speed, skill and exuberance of Our FireFlies
    …Gomez, Pleks, Gionta, Cam, and Sergei WHEN They are playing
    cohesively …and intriqued and awed by the POTENTIAL of that Big Galoot

    …as a long-suffering Hab Fan, tonight left Me happy and
    PROUD of My Team

    …don’t know WHAT to expect in the next game
    …but I am goin’ to sleep content tonite

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  214. badbalance says:


  215. SeriousFan09 says:

    If we overtake the Capitals, we we still have to contend with Buffalo or Jersey, I think both of them are capable of winning their playoff series and those buggers play boring, slow-down hockey that can frustrate this team and put us out of the playoffs. While Brodeur did look bad against Philly, you just know he’s going to be Marty F. if he plays against us.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  216. badbalance says:

    If we take down the Caps, we can easily become the favourites to win the cup. But it’s a big “IF”.. If this team can play as a unit as they did in game 1 they will be successful, JM has been keeping back to unleash his secret master plan for the playoffs.

  217. phillyhab says:

    I don’t think we’d be anybody’s pick to win a series no matter how far we go. One series at a time guys!

  218. phillyhab says:

    Please don’t say the ‘c’ word!

  219. phillyhab says:

    Theodore was very good last night.  Luckily we we’re better!

  220. phillyhab says:

    Love the swagger!  If you watch the replays you can see the monkey’s getting off Cammy and Gomez’s backs and right into the net.  Next up: Pouliot and AK!

  221. phillyhab says:

    Marc-Andre Bergeron as well.

  222. phillyhab says:

    I thought Theo played a very good game.  We could have had 4 or 5 goals the last two periods had he been off his game.

  223. phillyhab says:

    What a beautiful commercial.  All of the are fantastic! There’s some great parodies on YouTube also.

  224. MontrealAtheist says:

    I wouldn’t go that far. Eliminating  the Caps has little impact on series with other teams and would not turn us overnight into cup contenders. Even during the regular season we did reasonably well vs. the top teams but struggled against below .500 teams.

  225. terrygain says:

    A little too much passion in Surrey. I see you’ve fallen for the Maguire hype. Spacek gave the puck away 4 times in the first period, including on Washington’s first goal. He was steadier after that but he and 44 have been split on numerous occasions this year and it will be a pleasant surprise to me if that doesn’t continue.  We need 20’s size in our end. 

  226. MontrealAtheist says:

    I’m sorry to say but God does not exist. The Habs will need to do it on their own instead of relying on divine intervention :-)

  227. hab_skill says:

    Miller is right. Watch it again. The D hit the puck first and then took out Gio. Good Call.

  228. CanadienBoy says:

    The hot goalie win , one at the time boys and if we beat them great but it still Miller time just ask Boston

  229. coachdoug says:

    What killed Jose was he was trying to draw on the power of the turtleneck himself after his negative comments…Plek is the “Turtleneck Jedi” and the force was too strong!

    While you guys all know Plek has been my favorite Hab for a while I have to give huge props to Scotty G….He was a monster last night…He was driving the net and taking chances and showing why he is a Stanley Cup winner…

    Gionta was also awesome as usual…but Hal “the Mountain” Gill was unbelieveable…Another guy who is using his Stanley Cup experience…

    One of the key moments last night was when KM reminded JM about that timeout thing…and JM used it before the Habs pooped the bed in the 3rd period…finally some bench management!

    If the Habs believe it can happen…We are better than last year already!

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

  230. TomNickle says:

    Ovechkin dominated our team prior to this season but has anyone considered the possibility that his woes against us this season are having an affect on his play?  Yeah he’s hurt this time of year, who isn’t?

    The team has done a tremendous job of getting our defensemen in his face with back pressure from our forwards whenever he gets the puck.  He is frustrated and confused, hurt or not.

    Anyone think Mike Cammalleri is 100% right now?  He was very close to the best I’ve ever seen him with and without the puck last night.  It only translated to one goal but he is looking really good to me right now.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  231. jimmy shaker says:

    Looks like Ovi’s got a lame groin or something….McGuire was right about him missing that extra gear…..which is fine, that works for me!  That was Cammy’s best game since his return.  D played solid, MAB played great and actually took OVI out, that was great!  Hammer was decent, Spacek was large!  Jaro was solid, Moore was great, Moen was hitting more than he did all year, 4th line was going……basically a great team effort and team win! 


  232. TomNickle says:

    That was the first game this season where there wasn’t a bad game played by one of our defensemen.  The forwards deserve a lot of the credit too though.  They were covering our D at the Caps blueline and allowing them to pinch all night.  Brian Gionta is one of the headiest players I’ve seen in a long time without the puck too.  How clutch is Gomez?  Forget the goal, he turned the puck over twice in that game and within 5 seconds took the puck right back and had it on his stick heading up ice.

    Another thing I took from last night was that win or lose, we finally have a team that’s going to play hard nosed hockey.  They are going to earn everything they get.  That kind of effort and physical presence has been missing from this team for close to twenty years, the Cup drought correlating with that is not a coincidence.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  233. Laramy87 says:

    Excellent game. Ovie was a complete non-factor way to go Spacek and Hammer. What a game by the entire team. Lappy, Pyatt and Darche were solid, Pouilot had a great game, MAB was stellar, Gill played well, Gomez and Gio were amazing.. Great game.

    Spacek with the best play possible on that 3-1 in ot, no puck no where near the net.

    I guess my only conern is the refs. I think we will get the short end of the stick the entire series because the NHL prolly told the refs who they want to win. Example, Moens penalty on that icing call, i can recall in the first period (cant remember caps player) but did the exact same thing to Georges on the icing call. No call, you have to call that both ways if your going to call it at all. Doesnt matter either our PK was unreal shutting down number 1 power play in the leage. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited for tomorrow GO HABS

  234. TomNickle says:

    I was absolutely disgusted with that call.  Kirk Muller was laying into Brad Watson something fierce too.  Muller was irate.  I don’t want to sound like a whiner too but Backstrom should have gotten a major for that elbow on Spacek, it was blatant and clearly an attempt to bloody him up.  If that elbow was not an attempt to injure, I don’t know what is.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  235. derfab says:

    first time he has looked OK. I think his skating is compromised and he’s adjusting.

  236. Laramy87 says:

    Oh that was brutual. At least he got one on the cross checking two seconds later. Also in OT Gio clearly was gone on the breakaway. Gord Miller says puck first, that was in no way shape and form puck first…..

    Doesn’t matter know we won wOOOOOOOOO

  237. TomNickle says:

    It’s funny.  Two years ago I was coaching a team that went into the playoffs as the bottom seed and we were up against a team that had one loss in the regular season.  We’re tied in O.T. of game 2 after winning the first game and our leading scorer(2 pts/game) goes in on a breakaway and gets hauled down, no call.  It was deja vu and I was furious.  I was yelling “YOU BETTER NOT CALL THE HABS FOR NOTHIN” after that for about five minutes.  Hockey Gods were on our side last night.



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  238. Bill H says:

    8 playoff loses in a row.  Au revoir Kovalev, Koivu, Lang, Streit, Tom the Bomb, Ryder, Begin, Huet, Komisarek, Tanguay, Higgins, Latendresse, Laraque.  Bienvenue Gionta, Gomez, Spacek, Gill, Moen, Darche, MAB, Cammalleri, Pouliot, Metropolit, Moore, Pyatt.  Thank you Mr. Gainey.  Not all of the trades and UFA comings and goings have been without controversy, but this team has more character and talent than we have seen in a long time.  

    But let’s not get too carried away with one victory.  We only played 40 minutes and were lucky Halak was there to save us.  Honorable mention to our D of course.  No doubt the Caps will make some adjustments and will be harder to beat for the rest of the series.  The question is, which Canadiens team will show up.  Yes, we have character and talent.  What we haven’t seen all year is consistency.  From game to game, and from period to period. 

    What did people think of the brothers last night?  AK got an assist and I thought he was more involved than he has been.  2 SOG.  But I saw him floating away from the play quite a bit.  And it was Markov’s pass that made the play, not AK’s pass, which was a fairly standard point to point pass.  I’m still waiting for SK to take it up a notch.

    Our face offs were brutal. 

    Nothing like a win to build confidence


  239. TomNickle says:

    Good post.  Given what Andrei Kostitsyn has been like for two years now, I’ll take what he brought last night and be happy with it.  Sergei was nervous though, trying to avoid taking the puck into traffic.  Those drop passes were pretty awful.  There isn’t a better defenseman in the league than Markov when he plays the way he did last night.  Nobody drove the net on him, nobody took the puck from him, he always came out of the corner with the puck and nobody got inside position on him in front of the net, and he was of course his usual self with the puck.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  240. Shublips says:

    Amazing win by the Habs but they’ll need to be better if they want to win the series.  They can’t give up 19 shots in the first and expect to keep coming out with a 1-1- tie.

    Montreal-Washington: Plekanec’s OT Winner Draws First Blood for Habs:

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  241. Big Ted says:

    The refs were not as bad as they’ve been on other occasions. The Moen call was the one that was bad and as I wrote in other posts, it’s not just because the same call wasn’t made against Chimera, it was because the icing whistle on the Moen play was a good 2 seconds late. The linesman was out of position, and when Moen didn’t hear the whistle, he kept playing and hit the defenceman. I don’t think Moen and Muller were complaining about the Chimera hit when they were after the refs. I think it was more they knew that the linesman din’t blow the whistle on time and THAT was what led Moen to finish his check. If there’s no whistle, you have to keep playing. I wish they had this play to show again, if you listen closely to the timing of the sequence, the Caps player touches the puck, then there is a 1 second break, then Moen hits him, then the whistle goes a good 2 seconds after the play. I’m sorry, but that is on the linesman, and the ref only called the penalty cause he didn’t want to blame his own linesman for the mistake. I mentioned this during the year, but not only has the reffing been suspect this season, I find the quality of the linesmen has also gone way down in the past 2 years. Missed offsides, late whistles, breaking up one fighter without the other, faking dropping the puck on faceoffs. It’s pretty bad.

  242. KGB_AKA4787 says:

    THOMAS JAGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR What a game that was to watch, BECAUSE everyone played as a team. They had fire in their eyes, but i have to say there was a lot of wierd bounces on the ice and the habs just looked like they knew where those bounces were always going, they played with intensity forcing some turnover since the second till the end. JM applied a great sytem, calling his lines on every important play, I also liked the fact that we gave less TURNOVERS after the first and on, compared to such an expolsive offence unit like the CAPS, Keep playing like a team, stick it together, AND WE TAKE IT IN 5 OR 6


  243. dudurules says:

    Halak was back in form and bailed the Habs out huge in the first (and throughout the game).  Didn’t it seem like a different habs club was playing in the first? Or was it the caps the changed their play?

  244. dudurules says:

    Halak was back in form and bailed the Habs out huge in the first (and throughout the game).  Didn’t it seem like a different habs club was playing in the first? Or was it the caps the changed their play?

  245. dancevon says:

    Glad that we pulled off a win in OT lastnight in game 1 of the playoffs against Alexander Ovechkin (aka Alexander The Great) and crew. You weren’t so great lastnight were ya Ovechkin, since the Habs did not allow you to take a shot the WHOLE game lol. If our goaltending is stellar, our defence is solid and we get production from ALL of our lines like lastnight we could pull off another upset in game 2. “Could this team make the playoffs? Who knows” -Bob Gainey

    Go Habs Go

  246. j2w4habs25 says:

    that was a game I tell you. Am just happy the Habs won and I hope they keep playing the way they did lastnight.. GO HABS GO!

    OLE, ole ole ole, OLEE OLEEE!

  247. Habs84 says:

    You think that was bailing the Habs out??? We are in trouble than…

  248. Danno says:

    Here’s how we did it.


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

  249. punkster says:

    Brilliant Dan. One of my favs as a kid.

  250. joe-hab-nuno says:

    Jaromas Plekagr!!!!!!!!! That’s who, Jose

  251. Bogie Man says:

    Ok there is alot of talk about us beating the caps and going on the stanley cup. We need to stop this projecting as this series with the caps is FAR from over. We won tonight with a real strong effort, but lets face it Ovie was not playing at his best. Yes we shut him down but there is alot more that guy can throw at us that we have not seen in this first game. We have proved that if we shut him down, if we get our offense rolling and Halak has a great game then we can play with the best in the league. These are big ‘ifs” as we have seen in the last 11 games of the regular season. It is awesome that we won, but we need to be realistic. Does it mean we are going to just plough through the caps, NO. They are going to come back at us with hell on fire Saturday evening in Washington and we will need a team that is going to play 60 minutes of hockey to defend against this team and so far this year we have a had a very hard time playing 60 minutes of our best hockey. I hope we come out and kick their ass, but the realist in me thinks we are going back home with a spilt in games.

  252. adam76 says:

    Who is saying that?

  253. J.J. of Turku says:

    I just hope Ovie plays like he played in the Olympics when big games began…

    It was 3rd time we wan WSH this season. Sure, guys need to play perfect games, but that’s what I expect them to do. You can call me stupid for being too positive, but it’s more fun to believe… :)

  254. phillyhab says:

    It was a bit sobering to realise that we’ve lost the last EIGHT playoff game in a row — a franchise record — before last night.  Damn it feels good to have that win. 

  255. nightmare_49 says:

    … I had to change to RDS about the 15 minute mark of the 1st period as i had enough of the bald preacher repeatedly pounding the same thing over and over ( Halak covers the bottom of the net extremely well / shoot high on Halak / i told you so ). …………   Pierre Guru continually harps on the same thing just like 24 Cups and it’s extremely annoying, lol. …………   Pierre, i’ve yet to see a goalie that covers the top of the net extremely well. ………………  Some good news – Kevin Pollack reffed the Van game last night so let’s hope the NHL keep him out west and Tim Peel also.

  256. The Cat says:

    Youre right about that; goalies covering the top part of the net, and yet -even with today’s sticks- it never fails to amaze me at how 9 professionals out of 10 fail to be able to put the puck up.

  257. linp says:

    One thing is for sure. José Theodore will play with an ear-plug in the Bell Center.

  258. derfab says:

    if the habs win saturday, Theo doesn’t start game 3.

  259. adam76 says:

    Dear Mike Milbury,


    Over in three games? 


    PS – Good work on the luongo trade – 5 star.

  260. SeriousFan09 says:

    CBC is an employment agency for former Bruins who couldn’t hack it outside of the organization or were fired from it, most of them have serious head injuries as well.

    Don’t forget his true master stroke, trading Chara and the 2nd overall pick (Spezza!) for Alexei Yashin and signing him to a 10-year, 88-million dollar deal that the organization is still paying to buy out today.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  261. TomNickle says:

    Mathieu Darche, Maxim Lapierre, Travis Moen, Andrei Kostitsyn, Mike Cammalleri, Scott Gomez, Marc Andre Bergeron, Josh Gorges and Jaroslav Spacek elevated their games to an elite level last night given their positions.

    What a game.

    If Scott Gomez continues to dominate play when he has the puck will people be ok with that salary?

    I think no but man what a game.  That 3rd period goal was something special.

    If you aren’t happy for Mathieu Darche, you have a problem with yourself.

    As many of you know I am a firm supporter of Carey Price being the future of this franchise but Jaro Halak deserves a chance to spit in the face of everyone saying he’d crumble under the pressure of a playoff series, and he did it last night.  Good for him too.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.


  262. adam76 says:

    Who here would not be happy for Darche?  

    Also – no props for the coach?  That time out was clutch, as were his defensive match ups.  Martin deserves credit for last nights victory.

  263. coachdoug says:

    HIO needs to buy a new server…this one crashed like a Toyota Prius after Pleks goal…

    Whatever you got now…Double it!  My bro works for Cisco if you need to shop for some models…

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

  264. jimmy shaker says:

    WOW….great game by the boys…..they settled in after the first and really played a smart game thereon out. Jaro, I thought played very solid. Would’ve liked him to be out of his crease a tad bit more, but other than that, I think he had no chance on the first goal, which was big time screened, and the 2nd goal by backstrom that was a great shot I thought. Like I said, he could’ve been out on the top of the crease more, but not at fault at all for me! 45 saves, can’t really argue with that. I also thought THEO played very solid too. A rolling puck like Pleks hit is very hard to save with all the movement on the shot! Some other tidbits…..Jaro Spacek was great last night…McGuire was spot on for his “monster”. Very efficient minutes by him and hammer last night. MAB played solid in his zone, and all the lines were going I felt. Wish MAB teed up his shot before it went to O.T. off the faceoff rather than passing it……Did Green really get the puck first on GIO? I thought it was a penalty. The stripes were very good I thought. Milbury going crazy on OVI and the lazy D on Pleks goal, that was awesome. But the best part of the night for me, was the caps fan who was jawing at the camera man, swearing at him and stickin out his arce. He was so pissed…it was hilarious. Let’s keep up the good work and take it to them again Saturday night. Couldn’t get on to the site last night, must have been overrun by everyone posting! Which is a good thing!



  265. TomNickle says:

    The only knock I have on Jaro Halak’s game is that he never fights for position inside or just outside the blue paint.  But to argue Pierre’s point, I believe he does it(goes down early) instead of fighting for position so if he lets in the odd softy up high instead of letting in the softy because he isn’t focussed on the play due to fighting for position it really don’t bother me.  



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  266. derfab says:

    Gomez made the difference, though the small guys got bounced around too much.  Spacek did not play well. He rarely does. He is slower than ever and caused problems for hamrlik all night. McGuire is an idiot.

  267. TomNickle says:

    You know what?  I’m in a good mood so why don’t you just go away instead of trying to bait me into a fight with you.  Plenty of people were screaming for Darche to be sent down because he wasn’t an NHL player, so to answer your question, those people.

    Also, that time out was needed and obviously needed, not clutch.  His defensive matchups?  I’m going to assume, because of that comment, that you didn’t watch the game.  The only “matchup” he tried to get was Jaro Spacek against Ovechkin and only when Jaro was fresh, never midway through or at the end of a shift.

    If I’m such a bad person, bully or whatever else you want to call me, why engage in conversation with me?  Scroll by my comment and carry on. 


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  268. adam76 says:

    “bait” you into fight?  Interesting that is how you read that.  I am new to this board – and did not read the posts on Darche.   I did watch the game and was impressed at how Martain managed his bench – esp how he double shifted Cammy on the 4th line.  The time out on the icing – was also a great read.  I disagree it was a “automatic” move.

    Martin deserves credit for last nights win.

    It is kind of sad – how everyone who disagrees with you “didn’t watch the game” or “has less hockey knowledge”.  I don’t think you are a bully or a bad person – you are just insecure, thus you amp up the chest thumping to compensate.

    Not looking to have fights on a message board – looking to converse about the games with true Habs fans.  

  269. TomNickle says:

    You can’t change your picture and expect people to not know who you are adam.  You are of course, the same person who engaged in a day long fight with me about Carey Price and stupidly said he’s fighting the puck.  NOBODY with a brain would’ve agreed with that and I can find you people on this site that would scream if Halak didn’t start who would call you a complete moron for having that analysis of Price.  

    You called me a bully less than two weeks ago.  That timeout was automatic, and that’s why Jacques Martin was urged on by Kirk Muller to use the timeout.  

    Jimmy Shaker, who is reading and commenting on this thread can attest that I do NOT say that he doesn’t watch the game, and we disagreed on the subject of goaltending for about a month.  

    Some people, like you Adam, form obviously pathetic opinions to engage in fights.  When the coach uses ONE matchup and holds several criteria to it, it isn’t a series of several defensive matchups like you said.  When he calls timeout due to an icing that would’ve kept his defensemen on the ice for around 90 seconds, yeah, it’s automatic, especially in the 3rd period of a tied playoff game.

    Your argument that I say people didn’t watch the game in disagreement isn’t a sign of insecurity.  It’s a showing of faith that no person who is a fan of hockey or the Habs could formulate such stupid opinions about the play of the team and the management that goes into it.  

    You replied to a comment I made commending the team by asking a question about why I wouldn’t give Martin credit after reading my footer and you’re saying you weren’t looking to start an argument?  That’s weak Adam.  But I can see your M.O.  You’re clearly interested in starting fights with people and then backing off when they prove you wrong by calling them bullies or saying your new or saying that you never said things that you actually did.  But the thing is Adam, people see through that.  You project yourself as an innocent patron of the site with the best intentions when it’s clear that your comments are designed to initiate arguments.  Your crap doesn’t fly with me, and I see through it.  So like I said, if you think I’m a bully, scroll by my posts, because I’m not going to sit back and watch you call me a bully for disagreeing with your uninformed analysis of how the game went.

    I spent 20 minutes commending the team for a great win last night and you decided to turn it into an argument.  Like I’ve told you several times, grow up.  This isn’t a school yard, I’m not a bully, and people can see through this innocent boy act you’ve got going.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  270. TomNickle says:

    If your claim that I say people don’t watch the game when disagreeing with them is true.  Could you perhaps tell me why I would ask Derfab above what he saw in the game last night that would lead him to believe that our smaller players got bounced around?  I mean, I’m clearly disagreeing with him in my reply, but it certainly doesn’t look like I said he didn’t watch the game.  You know why I didn’t say that Adam?  Because he made a point about the game that was accurate.  Something I’ve yet to see you do.



    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  271. TomNickle says:

    I am too but I don’t know why you would say that.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  272. adam76 says:


    I changed my photo before the leafs game.  Hard to tell but that is my wife and I sporting “Leafs – losers for 43 years”.  It was not to “hide my identity”.  Why would I do that?  

    Just because someone disagrees with you – does not make their opinions stupid.  Just because someone sees things differently  – doesn’t mean they want to start a “fight”. 

    Also, I engaged you in a hockey conversation.  I feel Martain deserved credit and I backed up my statement.  You replayed with your typical “did you even watch the game?” and “you are stupid” and “why you trying to pick a fight”?  I thought maybe you got what myself and others were trying to explain to you last week.  I thought maybe we could move on to the true reason we created an account on Habs Inside Out.  I was wrong.

    Look back at your last 500 posts – see a trend?  If you need to belittle people and “win” on a Internet message board – you may want to reevaluate your life.  You are a bully – instead of debating the sport, you call people stupid, blind and dumb when they disagree with you.  That my friend, is the definition of a school yard attitude.  


  273. adam76 says:

    In that example – you debated almost like an adult.  Congrats!!

  274. TomNickle says:

    Like I said Adam, your opinions seem to be the only ones that I find to be stupid.  Does Martin take the blame when we lose?  No.  So why should he be given an ounce of credit when we win.

    Again with the innocent boy thing eh.  Ok, I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.

    If you can give me one example of a defensive matchup other than Spacek I’ll listen.  I will not agree with you on the timeout call being clutch, it’s the obvious move when your 36 year old defensemen have been on the ice for the equivalent of three shifts already and can’t change, in the third period, of a tied hockey game, against the most dangerous offensive team in the NHL.

    Further to that, I’ll go back and forgive this whole crap if you can give me one example of Carey Price fighting the puck since the Anaheim game or even since the Olympics.

    I created an account on HIO to discuss the team and the game with people who engage in conversation about both and have a knowledge of the game that can show me a side to the game that I may not be seeing.  I’m sure you will argue that you do this but it just isn’t true.  You don’t support anything you claim with any kind of fact or evidence and to be honest your opinions of the team and the game are a reflection, incorrect or not, of a person who doesn’t watch the game but rather somebody who caught the highlights.  You don’t support your opinions with any evidence or analysis.  You simply call it an opinion and disagree when people see it for the garbage that it is.

    Like I said above.  I disagree with people here on a daily basis but somehow manage to avoid saying they didn’t watch.  You’re pigeon holing me into a person who does nothing but say that but it couldn’t be further from the truth.

    P.S. The one person who supported you a couple of weeks ago was a 3 day member who hadn’t seen your idiotic comments about Carey Price’s play and the immaturity that accompanied it(from both of us).  That person got involved well after you backed off and started with the poor pitiful me act.

    If I wanted to get into a pissing match with you, why would I tell you to scroll by my posts?  I’m not interested in winning a battle, I’m interested in discussing the positives and negatives about this team with people who have a clue.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  275. adam76 says:

    is crystal clear to me now you do not have the ability to debate like
    an adult.   My views on Price were not idiotic, they were different
    from yours.  Prove Price fights the puck and you will “forgive”
    me?   This statement alone proves you are missing the point.

    backup my statements – you just don’t agree with them.    Someone
    disagrees with you on this message board and you turn it into a
    “fight” by attacking the person, not the topic at hand. Not every
    time – but enough that you have a rep.  I know it – and so do the
    other members.  

    “type” are the reason more people don’t join online communities and
    message boards.   Its not worth the hassle of being crapped on or having
    to “prove” hockey knowledge because the
    loud, boisterous guy at the end of the bar won’t shut up until
    the other person backs down and quits.

    I’m done wasting keystrokes.  You still don’t get it –
    and its kind of embarrassing. 

  276. TomNickle says:

    So now that you can’t validate your stupid comments. I just don’t get it?

    That’s what you’ve got.  Why don’t you take a little gander at the current thread and see how many people I’ve driven away.  

    You don’t have to demonstrate a hockey knowledge to me.  You don’t answer to me.  But if you’re going to reply to my comments and say they’re wrong, I would expect you to support your argument and you never have.  

    I’m calling a spade a spade and you continuously dodge the question of what do you have to support your argument with…..

    1. I’m a bully

    2. I don’t get it.

    3. I pick fights

    4. I drive people away

    Ok….well can you support your argument? Yes or No?  Because if you can’t, me saying that you aren’t watching isn’t me being a bully.  It’s me saying that you have nothing to support your argument.  And since there’s nothing to support it, it’s wrong.  

    Second, I get what you’re saying.  I get that you’re saying that I attack people who don’t agree with me, yet I continue to prove, with SUPPORT, that this isn’t the case.  See conversation with Bugs, Mike G, Shaker, Derfab, Ed Lopaz and countless others who I’ve yet to call stupid.

    Third, I pick fights?  I have never replied to a general post that you’ve made.  Any interaction I’ve had with you is in response to something of mine that you replied to.

    Fourth, if I drive people away, how exactly can you validate that?  Do you have friends that say they would sign up if it weren’t for TomNickle.  Are there people who have replied to my posts saying that they’ll never come on this site again?  

    Adam, you’re a joke, you make me out to be a bully instead of supporting your arguments.  I’m asking for proof of your arguments and instead you say I don’t get it, I pick fights, I’m a bully and it’s embarrassing.  

    You are a complete joke.  


       With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  277. adam76 says:

    You “win” Tom, you win.  

  278. TomNickle says:

    Still waiting for you to support one of your arguments with something factual adam?

    It’s not about winning.


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  279. adam76 says:

    Well Tom – as I clearly explained to you – I’m not debating anything with the drunk, loud boisterous guy at the end of the bar who is always right.  Start treating others with respect and class, be open minded to folks who have different point of views and stop calling users “idiotic” or a “joke” – and maybe will get a good debate going in the future.

    I know you can do it, I believe in you TOM!



  280. TomNickle says:

    Still waiting for you to support one of those arguments with something factual Adam.

    Is there a particular reason why you refuse to do that?  At this point I would be ok with you inventing something that didn’t happen to support your arguments

    You’re asking me to stop calling YOU an idiot and a joke but you in turn refuse to admit that you were wrong about Carey Price, about last night’s game, that you’ve been immature(just as much as I was).  You are also a hypocrite.

    This is how it all boils down today adam…..

    TomNickle:  Don’t pick a fight with me

    Adam76:  I’m not

    Tom Nickle:  What do you have to support your claim that Carey Price is fighting the puck, Jacques Martin had more than one good defensive matchup last night and that the timeout call was clutch and not obvious?

    Adam76:  You’re a bully who calls people stupid or idiots, you don’t get it and it’s embarrassing.

    TomNickle:  No I’m not any of those things, I call you an idiot because you don’t support your arguments.  What evidence do you have the any of things you’re saying about the team or me are true?

    Adam76:  You don’t get it!  You’re a bully, schoolyard behaviour, you belittle people.  

    As you once asked me adam, are you seeing the trend?  I’m asking you, in debate, to support one of your claims.  Maybe you’d find that if you were able to or didn’t refuse to, that I might be receptive and concede that you aren’t stupid.

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  281. adam76 says:

    I can’t make it any clearer then:

    Well Tom – as I clearly explained to you – I’m not debating anything with the drunk, loud boisterous guy at the end of the bar who is always right.

    Again – I Need to prove I’m not stupid in your narrow view of the world? Riiiiiiiight.

    Anyway – you apologized for being a d bag in the other thread.  Onward and upward.  

  282. jimmy shaker says:

    Ya, I agree.  Just needs to be a little bit more agressive and take command of his crease more….he should be fine.


  283. sillywalk says:

    Totally agree. I love watching Price knock the guys around and I can’t understand why Halak doesn’t do the same. He needs to stand up for his space more for sure.

  284. Habs84 says:

    No rebound control either. He is almost as bad as Giguere.

  285. TomNickle says:

    Bounced around?  Bergeron leveled Ovechkin, Gionta sent Morrison flying once on the forecheck and Cammalleri was physical all game.  Gomez hit Schultz and went flying but even the TSN crew said it after the game.  The Caps didn’t impose anything special physically during that game.  They certainly didn’t make our Habs pay in battling for position, it was quite the opposite actually.

    What did you see that indicated our smaller guys got bounced around?


    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  286. derfab says:

    until mid-game we couldn’t get to their net or out of our own zone properly because we were pushed off the puck. Sergei and Pouliot were particularly bad in both ends, Pleks, Cammi, Gionta all got put on their butts in front of Theo.

  287. Habs84 says:

    All I have to say is,WHAT? Hamrlik is the worst player on both teams. Our “small” guys put their body on the line. And Maguire is an Idiot!

  288. dudurules says:

    Ouch… that would be a kick in his nuts… i hope they go with him..the bell centre will be crazy on him.

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