Round 1, Game 5: Canadiens extend the series

Canadiens’ Jaroslav Halak stops a shot from Capitals’ Brendan Morrison during the first period on Friday night. Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

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AUDIO: Travis Moen | Ryan O’Byrne | Brian Gionta | Mike Cammalleri | Jaro Halak

• At a Glance: For once in their series against the Washington Capitals, the Canadiens were able to hold onto a lead and weather the Washington attack for a 2-1 win on Friday night. The Canadiens grabbed an early 2-0 lead over the Capitals thanks to two quick goals in the opening minutes of the game. Michael Cammalleri wasted little time testing Semyon Varlamov, scoring from the slot only 1:30 into the game. Travis Moen made it 2-0 with his first of the playoffs 7:01 into the period. Alex Ovechkin got the Capitals on the scoreboard in the second period, cutting the Montreal lead to 2-1 after he pushed a rebound past Jaroslav Halak 3:52 into the frame. Halak made 37 saves on the night, including some spectacular ones in the third period as the Capitals pressed for the tying goal. Varlamov was tested less, but allowed two goals on 28 shots. Both teams came up empty with the man advantage, going a combined 0-for-11.

• Key Moments: The Capitals pulled Varlamov for the final minute of the game after receiving a penalty for too many men on the ice, meaning they still had five skates on the ice, and came within inches of tying the game in the dying seconds.

• What It Means: The Canadiens narrowed the Capitals’ lead in the series to 3-2 and send it back to Montreal.

• What’s Next: Game 6 of the series goes Monday night in Montreal. Should a Game 7 be necessary, it will be Wednesday night in Washington. Both games are at 7 p.m.

353 Comments

  1. slapshot777 says:

    Another inch and we would have been up 3 -0.

     

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

  2. 123456 says:

    question for thought:

    since hammer has another year left at $5M if we buy him out there is still a big cap hit the next two years (about 1.7M each). looks like if he can not be moved it may be worth it to buy him out. but also since mara and MAB will certainly be gone it may be worth trying to get him to sign on for two additional years at something low like $1.2M each year. he still had value but certianly not nearly $5M. maybe there will be some loyalty and he can be used for the next couple years. if not when halak or price are shopped i’d move hammer with them, lowers their trade value but something needs to be done to pay the goalie that remains and to pay pleks…. plus being the conservative guy i am i’d always want at least $1M in space goin into the season for contingencies.

  3. Bill J says:

    Yo Halakian Trouble maker…. is that the best you have when someone makes a valid point ?

    Are you that immature that you can not avoid using derogatory names ?

    You want Price to act more mature perhaps – maybe you could take a few lessons yourself.

     

  4. slapshot777 says:

    How many times have MAB failed to keep the puck in on the PP and all night it looks as if he is playing with a grenade. Then Hamrlik what the hell is he doing all the way in to the top of  the crease on the PP with no one covering for him if the puck gets picked off.

    In the meantime it is the forwards job to fall back on the point when the defensman goes in. Yet when the D goes in the back end is open.

     

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

  5. homerbowen says:

    You could always go back to the one that padded their own pockets…geez didn’t people go to jail!!

  6. Hammer says:

    Your’re right. I just took off my rose coloured glasses and all I saw was this debactle!

  7. Hammer says:

    Got so excited i double posted.

  8. terrygain says:

    Yes Pricebot.

  9. terrygain says:

    Very good  correction. Good incite. I was going to do it  but than I seen that you done it. It was good of you. he should of knowed better, If people wood only pay more better attention than there all be less heirs.

  10. JIMVINNY says:

    There’s a big difference between “not happy”, and “scared”, or “rattled”.  the latter two do a much better job of describing Halak in games 2 and 3 than does the former.

  11. Bill J says:

    Listen Terry – You seem to like to try to start fights with fellow Hab fans…  Makes you a piece of “something” that rhymes with “FIT” – no doubt in my mind of that.

    Calling anyone a “Pricebot” is NOT kind you immature ignoramus.

    I have no doubt you could not muster the “kahunas” to call Price immature now.

    Go back to grade school, and argue with your school mates. 

     

  12. terrygain says:

    You’re not very observant if you didn’t notice that Halak was not happy in games 2 and 3. I’m okay with Price starting the game  if he can guarantee that he won’t give up one of his patented soft goals.

  13. matmacat says:

    Subban played 40 minutes last game??

  14. Bill J says:

    LOL – way to keep your positive hat on.

    Go Habs Go!

  15. alfieturcotte says:

    Given the current 3-1 deficit, combined with the poor defensive play of both MAB and Hamrlik, I don’t see  why they would not bring up PK.  They have nothing to lose, only a jolt of energy and passion to gain. Look how well young Carlson is playing with Washington — he is their best defenseman.  

    Markov / O’Byrne — with Markov responsibility to be on ice vs Ovi

    PK / Hamrlik

    Gill / Gorges

    Line 1: AK 46 / Plek / SK 74 with AK 46 given job to shadow Ovi at all times.

    Line 2: Gomez / Gionta / Cammerleri

    Line 3: Metro / Moore / Pouliot

    Line 4: Lapierre / MAB / Pyatt

    Goalie: Whoever it is, pray they make at least some Varlomov-like key saves.  I might go with Price, only because he might not be as mentally drained at this point.

  16. Bill J says:

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    Over $1,506,716 to $3,013,434     Second-round choice
    Over $3,013,434 to $4,520,150     First-round and third-round choice
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    Over $7,533,584                          Four first-round choices

  17. lavie says:

    That’s a good sign. They wanted game 7.

  18. BKAK72 says:

    Really? That much? I hope one of them gets that. — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! –

  19. Off-side says:

    Is it just me or do our guys not look so excited when they scored these two goals?  oh, shit…o’byrne is going in…

  20. BKAK72 says:

    Why does TSN keep a “neutral” position covering the Canadiens? How many people in Washington are watching their feed? How many Canadian viewers are tuning into this game to cheer for the CAPS? Times like this where it would be good to know French and watch on RDS. — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! –

  21. Bill J says:

    Sadly our Ovechkin Clone is still in the Russian Army.

    Avstin has been labeled 80% of Ovechkin (style of play)

    Alas…. not till next season does he hit North-American soil.

  22. smiler2729 says:

    Thanks but just trying to bring some sanity to the H I/O asylum. We’re all on the same side, sometimes it doesn’t seem so.

  23. Bill J says:

    Depends on the Salary Offered…

    I think the habs only start getting 1st round picks once the salary offered goes past 3 Million….

  24. lavie says:

    Missed Moen’s goal. Was that a wonderful goal?

    P.S.. Watched the replay. That was nice!

  25. BKAK72 says:

    Anybody know what the compensation is if HALAK or PRICE are picked up as RFAs this summer?

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

  26. KenD29 says:

    JM, Keep MAB off the ice! And the rest of the Habs, have to stay out of the box!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  27. Hammer says:

    W/O joining the Halak, Price pissing match( I like both goalies, but the D sucks) , I believe Price deserves to start. It was not his fault that Hamrlk has two left feet or #47 has more holes in his game than a soup strainer. At least Price looks pissed when he loses, shows me he cares. 

  28. KenD29 says:

    class act by the fans in Washington!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  29. KenD29 says:

    2-1 now with the Caps putting on the pressure.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  30. habbynessisyellingohabsgo says:

    Hugh pp. We need one here big time!!

  31. HabsFanInTampa says:

    I hearya! :)

  32. HabsFeed.com says:

    For all intents and purposes :)

  33. matmacat says:

    So habs in 7 it is.

  34. habsfan reduxit says:

    … so the Caps fans cheered during the Canadian national anthem. Well, bully for them. The blunt fact is national anthems have nothing to do with sporting events and the practice of playing them should be stopped. But until that happens, i see nothing wrong with a fan showing his or her opinion of the country being so recognised; it has nothing to do with the teams involved or their players. In fact, with Canada being ‘governed’ by this particular excuse for a government, I’d boo my own anthem along with the American one if I were in the Bell Centre.

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

  35. mrhabby says:

    1..how do we get that big talented forward or 2 when we have our big 3 forwards tied to big contracts…cams, gomez , gionta…hard to do. who will take gomez/gionta’s contract. we have to keep cams as he is a pure sniper. we only have so much cap space.

    2.i think we need help on defence big time. would like to see us get younger and nastier. we don’t resign Mab , Mara is gone. try and make a trade for hammer. we would have something like..subban, gill, spacek, OB, markov, JG and a 7th man. i see our defence as the weakest link right now.

     

  36. Batalla says:

    The only way we win tonight is if we find a quick way to clone Ovechkin…  So it doesn’t seem very likely…

  37. LeopardSeal says:

    How small minded can you get?  The anthem doesn’t represent the executive administration.  The anthem represents the entire history, culture, and citizenry.  If you don’t approve of America’s, just be respectfully quiet.  NO one should express disrespect for their neighbors that way.  I think Obama is trashing the US Constitution, but that has nothing to do with the Star Spangled Banner.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  38. SLONCOLD says:

    indeed i remember when they signed him to the deal i was like kinda long on the term but alright. Not a good situation but i still think he could be useful to us next year.

  39. Psycho29 says:

    You could always do everyone a favour and move to Russia if you’re not happy….

  40. Habsrule1 says:

    Just want to shout out to Smiler. I read his posts a lot, but I think he’s had some good ones today (see below).

    I’d love to hear what some of you other people think the Habs need to get over the hump, preferably without completely bashing any of our players.

    I personally agree with much of what Smiler is preaching. Perhaps a big, talented forward or 2, depending on what we think of AK46….as well as a top 6 defenseman and a PK Subban.

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  41. Derek2 says:

    Agree with point 2 but on point 1 – I think we need to get some players with the size of AK and Pouliot who are ts a whole lot nastier and more agressive.  Haven’t given uup on Pouliot yet but have had it up to “here” with enigmatic Russians.  Gomez, Gionta play a lot bigger than their size.

    As a thought – I think Gomez should take shooting lessons from Yvan Cournoyer.  He used to practice in the off season shoting a lead puck.  If Gomez were also a threat to shoot he would be more dangerous.

  42. Caballero says:

    I agree dude that is what I meant. I can’t believe as in wtf

  43. Say Ash says:

    Are we the only team that didn’t take a home game?

  44. 123456 says:

    serious question: i missed the action right after the last game ended. does anyone know if the crowd applauded the Habs after the game thinking it was maybe their last time to see them this season?

  45. Derek2 says:

    I know this is a hockey site but I am really tired of hearing the rabid right trash Obama with unsubstantiated statements that end up going unchalllenged .  How exactly is Obama trashing the US constitution? 

    It’s like waching Rudy Guiliani on CNN rant about Obama took over the auto industry and then seeing an ad at the break with the CEO of GM thanking the people and the gov’t for a second chance . They’d have been screaming if he had let GM fail.

    Or watching idiots like McConnell and Boehner decry how we have the best health care system in the world, or Representative Nunez from Modesto California in the House of Reps actually say that health care reform was the first step towards “Soviet totalitarianism”.

    Anyway – We live to see game six.  Kinda wish we were playing it in DC.  We choke at home in the playoffs.  A home playoff game at the Forum used to be a lock.

  46. 123456 says:

    but shoipping him at next season;s trade deadline means we take the big hit during the year. i’d prefer PK and obyrne get a lot of time next season. i do think hammer is good but just not worth his contract.

    secret mod

  47. lavie says:

    We should bring back Theo (to the game).

     

    *** We need a forward as inspiring as Subban; then we can talk about the Cup ***

  48. lavie says:

    Doulbe post.

     

    *** We need a forward as inspiring as Subban; then we can talk about the Cup ***

  49. HabsFanInTampa says:

    “You can’t believe home ice is actually a disadvantage for us” Really? Let’s see now. We boo our goaltenders relentlessly when, God forbid, they let in a goal when we should be supporting them. We boo the American Anthem, alienating our American born players on our team. The vitriol spewed by the French media, and to a much lesser degree, the English media, cause our players to constantly walk on eggshells. There’s “pressure” in every major sport. But, what you don’t do is apply added pressure to the fish bowl existence of a Montreal Canadien hockey player. When our team hits the road, that vacuum is released and makes for a more satisfying experience than the treatment on “home ice”.

  50. dudurules says:

    seems the caps were snoozin… oh they’re awake now!

  51. BKAK72 says:

    For all intensive purposes the CANADIENS defense is avergae at best. Once you get past MARKOV and GILL (on the PK) who else do you turn to for some serious shut-down hockey? I know guys here will scream murder for JG26 BUT the guy is far too small and is pushed around by bigger FWDs. — I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! –

  52. wmarcello says:

    Something’s gotta happen with Hammer. Even if he’s not traded or bought out, he won’t be good enough next year to crack the top 6. That honour will go to Markov, Subban, Spacek, OB, Gill, and Gorges.

  53. SLONCOLD says:

    jaro jaro jaro!!!!

    Cammy cammy cammy!!!!

    moen moen moen!!!!

    markov!!!!!  u just missed it damn it

  54. terrygain says:

    Boy are you dimwitted. Considering what he said about the player who got us into the playoffs, calling him a Pricebot was kind. And, FYI I’ve not said one word about Price’s maturity. 

  55. nfldanchor says:

    Spacek is a big loss the last few games. The Habs will have to outwork the Caps and fire lots of shots on net.  They also have to win more battles in the offensive zone and they need to get that man in front of Varlamov. Also OVY needs a good hit put on him abd then he needs to be ruffed  up every chance they get including Semin as well. Don’t give me that size issue when the playoffs is about the size of your balls and heart.

  56. SLONCOLD says:

    i doubt we’ll buy hammer out. if we can’t move him during the draft he’ll be easily shopped at the trade deadline when a team will only have to make about 2 million of room for the remainder of his cap.

     

  57. Caballero says:

    This team is still relatively new, and I think that this experience will make the team better by bringing them closer together. This team has to learn how to deal with the pressure of playing in Montreal. I can’t believe that home ice is actually a disadvantage for us.

  58. DONJUAN says:

    And were in hell is that MAB shot MIA i guess.  Pouliot is such a bust Thank you JM for sitting him on the bench as well as SK74 did anyone notice how lost SK74 was in the defensive zone.  BRUTAL!!!!  I liked Pyatt’s game tonight lots of mojo.

    In HABS we trust.

  59. Habfan29 says:

    at least he showed some emotion, more than can be said for most of this team.

  60. 123456 says:

    i like both goalies and generally have supported price a lot because he gets criticized too much… but what he did was uncalled for, i’d prefer he take a roughing penalty when someone pushes him over shooting the puck at someone.

    in any event, i’m supporting whomever is on the ice tonight….

    secret mod

  61. topher5468 says:

    Dont get me wrong, I was not putting him down. I just dont think it went over to well with the Coach and some of the other players. Me, I liked him showing some emotion, but maybe he could have done it a bit differntly

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

  62. SLONCOLD says:

    emotion is fine…. but not when it costs your team 2 minutes in the box. goes for all players, not just price.

  63. topher5468 says:

    Agreed, I was just as disappointed in Gomer and Pleks in game 3 for their lack of composure

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

  64. Caballero says:

    I think Price is a ways from becoming a mature man and also a professional athlete. He still seems like a country boy thrown into the big city to me. He needs support from his teammates and I wish he would have the support system that Crosby did. Even Ovechkin’s mom moved to be with her son when he started his career out in the states. Carey needs a guide. I think Roy should become his mentor. Incidentally, asked who he would hang on to Roy chose Price.

  65. Caballero says:

    I agree with you and also your wicked avatar. I think that JM, as cool and calm as he is, just can’t understand that he needs to keep his team cool and calm as well. He should talk to them more and also use his time out more so at least Muller can talk to them or something. But I agree that Pleks and dirty Gomez should have expressed their anger by scoring perhaps. I have to admit, the Caps and their trash talk got to us. It made me angry as hell so I can imagine what they were thinking. When Pleks scored on Theo and then they had him pulled in game 2, I am positive the team decided to fight fire with fire.

  66. SLONCOLD says:

    totally agree

  67. Habfan29 says:

    Did Washington Score…No, they can only score when we are on then power play…lol

  68. SLONCOLD says:

    haha. nice gift from hammer or mab usually

  69. Habfan29 says:

    When you are outmatched you need your tender to steal some games, not just one. Game 2 he asoluteley collapsed. Halak won’t do it tonight, the caps have gotten into his head. He is to small to be the number one in this NHL.

  70. SLONCOLD says:

    so price would steal tonights game regardless of how the team plays infront of him? Dude, look at last game price didn’t play poorly but let in 4 goals. Guys like ovi well tear you apart if you give them room; could price have stopped one of the ovie shots, ya but that would have been a totally sick save.

    goalies need help from their D and when they don’t get it, u get exposed, ask marty down in NJ

  71. Offensive DMan says:

    Defense’s mistakes/giveaways/overall mobility are really the root of Habs problem, I think.  Put whomever  you want in goal – Miller, Brodeur, Luongo – and I think the results would not be all that different.

    We shouldn’t be bashing either of these goalies – we’re blessed with a tandem no other team has presently.

  72. Offensive DMan says:

    Defense’s mistakes/giveaways/overall mobility are really the root of Habs problem, I think.  Put whomever  you want in goal – Miller, Brodeur, Luongo – and I think the results would not be all that different.

    We shouldn’t be bashing either of these goalies – we’re blessed with a tandem no other team has presently.

  73. Habfan29 says:

    Granted, but I don’t feel that Halak is the goalie to take us anywhere and this will be proven over the long term.

  74. Habfan29 says:

    he has crumbled like a cheap suit since, does not know how to control his net, not agressive enough to battle the big Capital forwards.

  75. SLONCOLD says:

    saw the same result with price in nets. did it occur to you that maybe our team is out matched and asking halak and price to steal games isn’t the best game plan against the best team in the league?

     

  76. Ian Cobb says:

    A.Kostitson!!!

    He can! but mostly he does not compete!

  77. terrygain says:

    AK is my favourite player but this was his worst game of the series. He was a non factor in their end. Listen to McGuire. The opposite of what he is saying is closer to the truth. We had 2 non calls tonight – 47s high stick and 24s slash and too many men on the same play that should have been a 5 on 3 for 2 minutes.

    I did not like trying to win with 2 lines, which is what we did tonight. Halak stood on his head and the defence  was terrific. We won’t win again going with 2 lines.

  78. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …We have MORE than ‘a few’ that do not have a clue Leopard …don’t sweat it

    …Our (Hab’s Fans) saving-grace is thankfully We also have MORE than ‘a few’ Who do

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  79. sillywalk says:

    “But it worked pretty well during the regular season.”

    In the regular season, you don’t play the same team for 7 games in a row. This is where they will get burned, because all the other team has to do is adjust to the style of play.

  80. slapshot777 says:

    Great team effort. Game 6 Monday now lets break that losing streak at the Bell Centre for playoff games.

     

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

  81. dudurules says:

    Pierre’s a homo.  Who cares.

  82. Le Jadester says:

    I hear ya ! I’m from London and I’m a fan of his.  He is not being used to his strengths and being put into situations that expose holes in his game.  I love having the bros. on our team and I for one am willing to go through growing pains with ‘em because of their talent, potential and they were both born just to play hockey (whether its their best hockey for us or not is something for fate to decide or cough cough, JM). As well, the Pic with them draped in the habs flag, in the dressin’ room should mean something, for me anyway, I just think they are misunderstood because of cultural differences.

    Either way, he did look dis-engaged on the 3rd goal of the match to a certain degree (the line was tired at that time after a long shift – but still tough to excuse, mabey OVei) and I’ve already been conditioned to JM benchin’ him so I wasn’t surprised.  My point is, if you really have aspirations for going a couple of rounds through playoffs……..this is not the road I would take with SK because he can be positive a contributer to the team in alot of situations. He needs guidance, patience and some confidence from his Coach. He’s gonna make his mark on this league, just give ‘im time would be my guess.

    Markie was a beast tonight ! Ole,ole !

    Habs, OLE !

  83. Ian Cobb says:

    I have to say that it took me a long time to warm up to the big fella. But he is effective, (with great speed!) Sorry I meant to put a period after effective.

  84. RC-51 says:

    next round if we play like tonight and Pitt and Buffalo win we start in N.Y state!

  85. Psycho29 says:

    HABS WIN!!!!

    What a team!!

    Hal Gill is solid!

    Bergeron is amazing!

    Lapierre played the way he’s supposed to!

    Those Kostitsyn brothers looked like the Sedins out there.

    Halak is the man. And Jacques Martin coached like Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman combined!

    And Bruce Boudreau is a Don Cherry wannabe with his too many men penalty!

    This post brought to you by HI/O….Bizzaro World version!

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

     

  86. Ian Cobb says:

    True dat,N.B.

  87. LeopardSeal says:

    The team focuses on offense, odd-man rushes, cherry picking…they are criticized by the purists and the traditionalists for taking too many chances, for not playing defense, for not backchecking.

    But it worked pretty well during the regular season.  You give up an extra goal, which is fine as long as you score an extra 2 goals.  (It didn’t work in Games 1 or 5, but did in Games 3 and 4.  No one can agree what happened in Game 2.)

    If it stops working in the postseason, year after year, then yes, Boudreau will deserve the blame.

    But if it does work, and they win a championship or three, then he will have broken the “Defense wins Championships” axiom, will be hailed as some kind of genius, and other teams will strive to emulate the system.

    Time will tell.  If the Pens can win with Blysma and Fleury, then the Caps can certainly when with BB and Varlatheo.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  88. terrygain says:

    One swallow makes a spring with you. He’s been very good on the PP all year. 

  89. slapshot777 says:

    Halak looked like a new man, just needed a game off to re-energize and he looked sharp. That extra day off should help him has well.

     

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

  90. j2w4habs25 says:

    I didnt hear no booing in the BELL CENTRE in game 3 and 4

  91. terrygain says:

    I also think 79 is  over-rated (somewhat) but I’ve never seen him play better than he did tonight.

  92. Ian Cobb says:

    And Markov hardly left the ice and by the 3rd he was fried. Martin has never won a thing because of the way he only uses half his bench. But for the first time he made a terific move with Moen. It was probably Mullers idea.!

  93. slapshot777 says:

    Did Bergereon play in the third period. I don`t remember seeing him out there.

     

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

  94. LeopardSeal says:

    Congratulations, Montreal!  Your goalie played awesome (awesomely?) tonight.  You have also managed to completely shut down Green and Semin, although Semin played much better tonight.  Varly played well enough to win, so don’t expect to see Theo in Game 6.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  95. j2w4habs25 says:

    LOL. I just have to agree wit you.

  96. matmacat says:

    The caps were shooting too low most of the time.

  97. Fansincebirth says:

    See you back in Montreal for Game 6! (and hopefully back in Washington for Game 7)

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

  98. ooder says:

    hey man.. i give full props to Varlamov..

    he didn’t have a great season due to injuries and sucha nd never really found his tempo.

    but man oh man has he been lights out this series

    ——————

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

  99. punkster says:

    Great game all around and Varly is the real deal so far. I’d wish you luck for game 6 but somehow that just wouldn’t feel quite right so I’ll wish you an enjoyable weekend instead.

  100. Fansincebirth says:

    If Spacek is healthy on Monday, O’B plays and MAB sits and watches…..

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

  101. terrygain says:

    I agree. He’s been steady all year. 

  102. Habs1st says:

    WHEW!  Awesome!  Thank God I was wrong.  I thought it was a mistake going back to Halak, but he was awesome!  Great game.  Wonderful game from Moen, Gill, Markov, Halak, etc., etc., etc.

    Strange (but I guess good?) coaching by JM though.  First 2 (or 3?) games, he didn’t play O’Byrne in favour of MAB.  This game he leaned on Gill, Gorges, Markov, & O’Byrne and hardly played MAB & Hamrlik in the 3rd.  Exactly what he should have done, probably should have done it right from the beginning.

    One elimination game done.  Now we have to hope for the same result on Monday.

    GO HABS GO!!!!!

  103. Mikey_39 says:

    Why was sergei benched again?  He’s such a talented player, give him a chance on the point on the PP seeing how Bergeron seems either asleep or just doesn’t care.  He played horribly again tonight!

    Really proud that the habs came out swinging tonight!

  104. tricolore says:

    We are all pleased with the effort tonight. It certainly was well deserved. Wish Moen could play like this every game. Pouliot and Hamrhead have no business on this team now. However Hamrhead was great in the 3rd. Amazing. Keep his butt on the bench and everything will be good. LoL.

    Bunny Halak was fab!

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  105. Bob_Sacamano says:

    I hope we´ll p*ss in your glass so it´s full again. Seriously, it´s nice to play against a team whose fans (at least most of them) are not nearly as annoying as the ones in Boston or Philly.

  106. LeopardSeal says:

    Though honestly, I will be in Philadelphis on business Tuesday and Wednesday, and I would very much like to be sporting my Caps necktie during those meetings…Just won’t be the same if they are facing Game 7.

    Oh, and remember, the team that wins Game 5 usually wins the Series.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  107. Nina76 says:

    YES! YES! YES! Good job guys no cardiac 2 mins. left in the last period THANKS!!!!!! I agree on limiting MAB & Hamriks ice time Great for MOEN Congts………..LET’S WIN THE 6th GAME HABS PLAY LIKE YOU DID TO-NITE YOU CAN DO IT ………………GO HABS GO !!!!!!!!

  108. Habsfan_jay says:

    You got it man! I totally agree.

  109. LeopardSeal says:

    Nobody here but us bandwagoners, and assorted clueless fans who think Mike Green should be a Norris finalist.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  110. terrygain says:

    I don’t agree. It was good that Moen got some extra ice time as he’s a great defensive forward but, despite his goal,  it upset the rhythm of the first line  and nullified Pouliot, who was out of place on the 3rd line. We can’t win consistently if we don’t have 3 lines going.  Just because Pierre McGuire say something doesn’t always mean that the opposite is the case, but it is the case that that you can usually take what he says to the dump. 

  111. newbrunswick troy says:

    I must disagree  …i think Hammer had another crappy slow game …at least coaches limited his ice time this game

    On that note i was listening to Hockey central on sports net radio (satalite)  and kipper said that a frieght train can turn around alot quicker that Hammer…couldn,t help but laugh my ass off

  112. RC-51 says:

    I wouldn’t go that far saying “Bergeron is amazing!” otherwise he wouldn’t have been sitting on the bench almost the whole 3rd period along with Hammer.

    Anyone else notice Pyatt and his hussel so far in the playoffs?

    Way to play a complete 60 mins. lets do it again Mon.

  113. newbrunswick troy says:

    Yep….Hammer is at his best on the bench for sure!!!

    Yep…with every game i see Pouliot yhe more i don,t like him!!!

  114. HardHabits says:

    Off topic.

    I know I go on and on about building via the draft and allude to the tank, but watching this Habs team play I get the feeling like a nice foundation is being built. Whether or not the component parts can be added, either via shrewd drafts, development, trades or signings is yet to be seen, but I see a new character and identity in the process of being created.

     

  115. Mikey_39 says:

    100% agree on your entire post.  Hopefully Gm just gets canned completely, boucher comes up and I know he’ll be able to get the best out of sergei. 

  116. noelsroyce says:

    Who was Pierre’s MONSTER tonight? I missed it.

     

    ~Erin

  117. terrygain says:

    Sergei covered the point on the goal. Martin concluded that  he should have come down the boards to check Ovechkin. If he had and the puck had gone back to the point and the goal scored on a point shot, Sergei would have been benched for not covering the point. Clear?

  118. terrygain says:

    MAB plays on the PP and 4th line. Our PP sucks without him.

  119. phillyhab says:

    AK was a beast!  What game were you watching?  ANOTHER great defensive effort, monster on the backcheck and had a great forecheck with Gomez that ate a lot of time in the last 6 minutes.

    It wasn’t a hat-trick, but it was a very solid performance.

  120. newbrunswick troy says:

    Hey …a few comments ago   i made a Hammer slow like fright train story  and used the word ..well the A_ _ word for bum  and the moderator edited it to  A**  …so who are you ??  come on tell me ..show yourself..

    and if your so good why don,t you correct everbodys spelling and punctuation as well???

    uh come on now ….just try to correct all my bad spelling and potty mouth remarks…

    LOL  Ha Ha 

  121. terrygain says:

    You are a class act Mr. Seal. I’d trade you for 31 Pricebots- who put their man ahead of the team

  122. noelsroyce says:

    I believe it’s automatic…

    The correcting of grammar and spelling of non-offensive language would be excellent!

    In due time…

     

    ~Erin

  123. newbrunswick troy says:

    I,m with ya on the Bergeron comment …but as far as Sergei goes ..he,s scared to get hit.hence won,t see him anywhere with in 8ft of the boards!!!

  124. HabsalwaysCA says:

    Why  did Sissy Spacek miss two games with a virus ? playoff ganes ? what would real hockey players of the once proud canadiens say about that ? Can’t get over that..

    OByrne ( yes lhe let OVie slip though for the scrambl;e goal) and Gill , the two biggest argualbly slowest DMen of the Habs played great. The overrated  Markhov wore the little girl jersey tonight.

    Its amazing what happens when you don’t blow a  lead. ( Gretzky said that , really)

    Another game when things went as well as could be hoped for in the first two periods…..

    I still wish they’d have kept pouring it on offensively in the latter part of the game instead of the prevent ( form winning) defence that they luckily survived this time , thanks to..  yes…truly  great goaltending from JH…

    This team is not talented enough to win agains the best teams if they take their foot off the gas pedal for even a minute and still requre ( not good) but GREAT goaltending to win. So they COULD have wrapped up the series tonight. But hey are not quite there in talent or direction, so when things don’t go quite so perfctly for them next they will lose badly again… too bad, but still not quite good ( physically strong) enough in our half of the ice ..

  125. terrygain says:

    It was 32, but it could also have been 41, 79, 75 or 20.

  126. Ian Cobb says:

    We are learning how to play against your speed and steriod team. Pun intended. The Caps just could not explode tonight. Halak was the difference for us, with a lot of luck.

  127. newbrunswick troy says:

    Oh well that sucks ..i had this immage in my head of this realy fast speed reader and typest..who had no life and was really geeky…and was laughing at clowns like me…just waiting for the chatter to calm dowm so he could get back to his game of Dungeons & Dragons…with his other over educated friends!!!

  128. punkster says:

    I’m….stunned. But it’s what I’ve come to believe as well. No use fooling ourselves, the team won’t go far this year but the heart and soul of the future may already be here. Adding those elusive “2 big forwards and 2 big D” may be within reach if they handle the cap situation well this summer. I just love that they don’t quit. They get burned out and make mistakes but they don’t quit.

  129. fun police says:

    the devils are missing both gionta and gomez, character guys.  the devils haven’t got past first round since not resigning gomez.  give gainey credit for getting gill, how good has that guy been?  

    many would disagree, but i would make that gomez trade over again any day.  pyatt as a throw in?  he is a young player who will be a good solid player.  

     

  130. newbrunswick troy says:

    I agree Pyatt  is very much silently achieving …i think he is becoming the player that Chipchura didn,t!!

  131. jimmy shaker says:

    JM’s got some big ballini’s going with 4 D for such a long stretch in the 3rd period.  But it worked out and that’s what counts.  Thank God for the extra day off before game 6.  Although I am the president of the MAB fan club, I had no problem with JM going to the 4D.  I thought he went to it a wee bit too soon.  But get Marky, O’Byrne, Gill and Gorges all into the hyperbaric chambers and they should be fine.  I’ll even eat my share of humble pie, as I said O’byrne will be useless in this series.  Even though he did take a penalty, I think he had a very strong game.  Marky had his best game, and I was just hoping that his shot off of the cross bar wasn’t going to come back and haunt us.  My buddy Moen showed up, great move by JM there again.  Metro, pyatt and pouliot didn’t play too much either…I guess that was okay.  And Jaro was great….another great call by JM……

    C U Monday, should be a crazy night!

    Shaker

  132. Ian Cobb says:

    I got to give Martin credit tonight for putting Moen up for Pouliot. I think he should put Moore up in place of A. Kostitson also.

    By the way, in the next round against the Pens, this will also go 7 games. It just takes Jacques Martin a few games to feel out the opposition in order to use all his bench effectively.

  133. jimmy shaker says:

    AND we caught a huge break when the refs missed the 5 on 3  call they should’ve made.  But they missed a penalty on varly for playing the puck out of his hash marks….oh but wait, they missed the high stick on MAB as well.  Oh well, we finally got some breaks bottom line!

    Shaker

  134. LeopardSeal says:

    Unfortunately, the fans in DC didn’t boo your anthem, Ovi didn’t playfully spray ice all over some kid, and there were no reports of any coach spying on the other team’s practice…so what are we gonna talk about all weekend?

    Losing stinks, but it really stinks when we only give up 2 goals.  We caps fans aren’t used to that…If you told me this morning that Varly would only give up 2 goals, I would have bet $1,000 the Caps win easily.  Congratulations to Halak, but methinks he will have to play that well for another 120 minutes straight. 

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  135. newbrunswick troy says:

    Oh Ya ..A big hats off for the Caps Fans that made the extra effort during Anthems  to let the ignorant  separitists in Montreal know  just how a classy City realy should act…

     

  136. Mikey_39 says:

    If JM is our GM next year, sergei will be gone for a 7th round pick.  He’s clearly hated by JM.  It’s a shame cuz it’s nice to have brothers on the same team.

  137. punkster says:

    Very interesting idea there Ian. AK is invisible and Moore would work.

  138. B says:

    And leave Pouliot and A.Kostitsyn checking together on the 3rd line?

  139. Exit716 says:

    We could talk about how good the Capitals could be with a professional coach, not some Jr. C amateur.

  140. Led says:

    Our PP sucks with him and his weak flip passes and bad dumps. Defensively he (mostly) stinks!

  141. Pat8987 says:

    Did we watch the same game? Moore was great indeed (Hell of a pick-up)..But Andrei was also great, he had 3 or 4 KEY blocked shots in the third, let alone his offensive upside…

     

     

  142. jennifer1984 says:

    i knocked my beer over because i was too nervous! dammit!

     

    what a game. I like the change JM made with Moen. It worked!

  143. LeopardSeal says:

    Ooooooo, good one.  Just when I think Habs fans actually DO have a clue.

    Go back and see what the Caps record was in 2008 when Hanlon was fired.  Boudreau took them from worst to first, and they caught Carolina on the last day of the season to win the Division, then take the Flyers to Game 7.

    Great insult, though.  Fitting, since the Hershey Bears could probably beat Montreal in a 7-game series.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  144. dre1744 says:

    Yes we win!!!!!!

    Nice to see Halak back on his game… I think he needed the rest last game as he was sharp once again!!!!!

    JM’s best move this year putting Moen on with Gomez and Gionta….. Oh and limiting MAB and Hamrliks ice time in third way too go JM.

  145. newbrunswick troy says:

    If it was me i would leave the two of them ….checking together ..for dirty jock cups in the locker room that need a good cleaning !!!

  146. j2w4habs25 says:

    We Hab Fans know whats good and better… how long will he last?.. another couple more years, until the GM notices the Caps get knocked out every year?..

  147. arrow says:

    Great Team Effort! Heart-Attack-Halak saved the day. Moen stepped up his game, Gorges, Gill and Markov were outstanding! Game #6 here we come!!

    Go Habs Go!!

  148. Ton says:

    who cares, ship him out. he’s brutal defensively and hits the net only 2 out of 10 shots and only one of those 2 shots are of any quality.

  149. Led says:

    That was a lot of hard work to hold on for a 2-1 win. Our work is cut out for us. You gotta admit though that Varly has given you some really solid goaltending. With just average goaltending from him we’ve probably won the series already. (same applies to us) You guys are an awesome offensive team but you turn the puck over way too much. A strong counter attack team would make you pay.

  150. Led says:

    He played great. He and Gorges are very much unsung heroes.

  151. sholi2000.com says:

    Everyone is going on about this and that web we should all be talking about this!

    HALL GILL WAS THIRD STAR :)

     

    They call me Shane

  152. wmarcello says:

    I actually think AK could be gone by next year. Too inconsistent for too long IMO, and when he’s not scoring, he’s often hurting us defensively (unlike his brother). Decent trade bait too.

    I’m not ready to give up on Pouliot either though, nor Price. Everybody forgets the guy is still only 22. The Habs would be crazy to trade him. At his age, Ryan Miller was just getting his foot into the NHL.

  153. Bob Barker says:

    I keep hoping AK46 will be able to find his consistency because when he’s on his game he’s one of our best players. I’d like to see him given one more season to prove his worth unless a great trade is available.

     

  154. Bob Barker says:

    Pouliot still has plenty of potential. He hasn’t even played a full season in the NHL yet. I think it’d be a mistake for people to give up on him. I think he’ll score 30 next year. AK46 will hit 30 as well. Pouliot will pack on some muscle in the offseason and AK46 is already built like a brick shithouse. 

    I don’t think it would be smart to trade Price right now because the return likely wouldn’t be good enough. I think the competition between Price and Halak pushes both of them to be better. Keep both and start Halak 45-50 games next year and Price 30-35, changing it up depending on how well they play.

    A veteran backup would likely cost $1.5-2 million. I think spending another $1-1.5 on a backup that has starter potential would be wisely spent. 

    Subban will replace Hamrlik next year. Hamrlik will be bought out. Markov and Subban on the point will be a force on the PP. 

  155. j2w4habs25 says:

    And you choose HABS- insideout :). LOL!!!…Congrats bro, welcome aboard… were all hab fans here… maybe u should join the club while ur here.

  156. Rainrocket16 says:

    In the Habs Hopes Hinged on Halak Column,

     

    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  157. LeopardSeal says:

    Isn’t it so obvious that Bettman told the referees to not call obvious penalties against Montreal?  He is such fraud!  He only wants Original Six teams plus Pit or Philly to advance.  He knows the TV ratings will be so much higher if Montreal advances, no one will watch the District of Columbia Uppercase Letters, and he is scared to death they might actually upset his dearly beloved Forks of the Ohio Flightless Waterfowl.  Look for Montreal to win Games 6 and 7 because of officiating, Bettman loves Montreal so much.  Washington will never win a playoff series against any Original 6 team or Pit or Philly.  Its a conspiracy. 

    If that doesn’t provoke you, then how about that handsome Ovechkin guy!  What a class act he is!  I hear he is going to be in GQ next month after he gets the Congressional Medal of Honor! 

    Oh, and did you hear about the story that will be in SI next month that Syndey Crosby was actually born in Alaska?  True story!  He isn’t really Canadian!  The IOCC is going to revoke your gold medal, and give it to Russia, just b/c that Ovechkin guy is so handsome!  And he builds snowmen with little children!  They call them Snowvechkins!  The kids love it!  Then they have spray fights with bottles of water, and every boos for the O Canada karaoke sing-a-long! 

    Did you know that in 1775 the Second Continental Congress invited Canada to attend?  And that Canadian citizens have been bitter and jealous and envious ever since?  You could have been States!  Part of the best country on earth!  You too would have the honor of voting against Barack Obama in 2012!  But you missed out!  How sad for you.  Now you are just a small little afterthought, smaller than California.  Hockey is all you have.  And after next week, even that will be taken away from you.

    (Simulated Darth Vader breathing throughout the above monologue.)

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  158. Danno says:

    Habs in seven!

     

     

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

  159. TheLogician says:

    “My undergrad major was accounting, my Masters Degree is in Taxation”

    like i said, take some finance courses. sorry, accounting and tax don’t count in the real world of financial markets. an accountant implying he understands markets is like a guy who sharpens skates suggesting that he’s a hockey expert.

    now if you had have said MA Econ, MBA, and CFA (just like me!) you would’ve had a point.

    regardless of what happens in the series, rest assured that i won’t be forced to watch my country go down the proverbial *this*:

    http://repairstemcell.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/toilet.jpg

  160. UncleEvil says:

    I want them to give towels instead of stupid foam hands for Game 6.

  161. KGB_AKA4787 says:

    Lucky? get the fu@$ out of here, Ovie is feeling the pressure right now it should be 3-2 series for the Good Guys, but game 2 turned the series around by stupid errors, everuthing they can do from it, learn from those mistakes, we’re not talking about a young tema here that is not going to learn from their mistakes, these series will go to game 7 because JM has a system where all the Caps do is improvise on the ice and rely on their talent, how many times have the Caps lost in game 7 series now?

    we are about to find out

     

     

    Go Habs Go

  162. savethepuck says:

    Who are you, obviously someone who should be on this site, A Leafs fan maybe, or an American.

     

  163. HabsoluteFan says:

    Cool story

    ————————————————————————-

    On december 18th, in the middle of a 5 game losing streak, this guy said the habs would turn it around and make the playoffs.

  164. andrewberkshire says:

    Uh, what?

  165. HardHabits says:

    There’s not much wiggle room otherwise. ;-)

  166. wotever says:

    Bravo leopardseal, it’s a bit like shooting fish in a barrel, isn’t it? The bar here isn’t set very high. And I’m a habs fan! (just not a habs fan fan.)


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

  167. Harani says:

    Halak responds to what Ovie said earlier about him being nervous and his hand shaking. 

    “If you gonna squeeze the bottle, your hand gonna shake!” Well said Jaro. 

  168. Ian Cobb says:

    You are grossly misinformed my friend.

    We Canadians are all foolish for not being part of the most globally respected country in the world. RIGHT!

    Sorry, this is not my nature to dump on someone who is down and out of touch.

  169. j2w4habs25 says:

    NA, nanana HEY HEY HEY GOODBYE!!!

  170. HardHabits says:

    That was extremely funny. For a Caps fan you have great sense of humour (Canadian spelling). I like a good enemy. Welcome aboard.

  171. porkdog324 says:

    YES… I get to keep my playoff beard a while longer!

  172. Ian Cobb says:

    Ovie’s fear was a reality tonight. Now who is trembling.!

  173. Danno says:

    Were your pudgy little fingers shaking on the keyboard as you wrote that?

     

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

  174. j2w4habs25 says:

    Hahaha… True

  175. Off-side says:

    We don’t need any props.  All that shit started with the Americans.  We only need to show up as usual and roar the stadium down.  Props suck.  You see those stupid hankies at every game.

  176. Off-side says:

    Go away troll…we don’t want you here.  You lost tonight, period.  Stop making it a fight amongst countries.  Most players in the NHL are Canadian anyway, you ding-dong.

  177. SeriousFan09 says:

    Canucks just chased Jonathan Quick out of nets with 4 goals in about 20 shots, turning point in the series?

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  178. UncleEvil says:

    I like them because I have a collection of them going back many years and they also make great gifts.

    No one wants a stupid hand.

  179. savethepuck says:

    Anyone else hear the TSN reporters say that the Caps have lost 3 times in their history with a 3-1 series lead. Born in 1965, I don’t remember the Caps being in the playoffs that often.  The only other franchise to blow as many 3-1 leads( tied with Washington ) is the Winnepeg-Phoenix franchise. As soon as that was said, I crossed my fingers, and they are still crossed.

  180. Off-side says:

    Caps played like such crap tonight that I can’t help wonder if it’s fixed to draw in more games…

  181. jkirk says:

    Just for fun, I thought I’d paste in a comment from earlier today, on another list:

    JM’s decision to go with Halak will seal his fate as he will be canned after tonight’s game. A bonehead move on his part because he’s too stupid to realize that Halak simply doesn’t have the balls to carry this team and perform in pressure situations.

    What kind of message is he sending to Price? That it was his fault we lost game 4? JM is a joke of a coach and I can’t wait until his sorry *** is gone. Idiot.

  182. DONJUAN says:

    Oh ya the playoff beard sticks around a few more days.

    In HABS we trust.

  183. LeopardSeal says:

    Thanks.  Some of your buddies don’t seem to recognize a good-natured attempt at teasing when they see it.

    In my heart, I expect the Caps to win, but it will take Game 7.  They expected to win tonight, they will be disappointed that they have to fly back to Montreal when they were already sizing up the Flyers.  Unless Semin and Green shake off the cobwebs Monday, I expect that Game 7 will be necessary.  Which the Caps will win, they won’t lose 3 straight no matter how good Halak plays.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  184. Off-side says:

    I see what people say about JM at times and at other times I think the guy takes so much criticism.  A case of “you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t”.

  185. coachdoug says:

    Grab the parade permit out of the trash can….it’s back on!

    I have to say that at the minimum we are giving the Craps a run for their money…starting to hate them more and more as the series goes on…Ahh the playoffs!

    Jaro needs to pull the rabbit out of OVs helmet the next two games and we are good…

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

  186. porkdog324 says:

    Halak will be the reason we go forward.  I do not feel confident in Price.

  187. Off-side says:

    Teasing?  You’re an idiot!  You come here insulting our country and then back away saying “relax, I was only teasing”.  Everyone has a passive-aggressive friend or kin like you and everyone hates it.  Just go away.  Go back to the Caps blog unless you have something decent and mature to say.

  188. LeopardSeal says:

    That is true.  However, no one knows how vulnerable a 3-1 lead is better than these Cap players, since they were down 3-1 to the Rangers last year and the Flyers two years ago, and forced Game 7 both times.  

    As I said before, I don’t think the Caps will win Game 6, but I also don’t think they will lose 3 straight.  I say this with disappointment, we should have closed you out tonight. 

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  189. Habsone says:

    Are you for real???  He is the reason we made it to the playoffs.  Wake up! 

  190. Habsone says:

    I feal the same way!!!  OV is an ass! 

  191. Off-side says:

    Ovie is NOT playoff material!

  192. porkdog324 says:

    I agree..  funny stuff.  The first paragraph sounds like a lot of Habs fans conspiracy theories.  Monday will be an awesome game.  Sorry to say but Ovie is fun to watch eek

  193. AH says:

    This team!…just when I’m ready to write them off, they play a great game! WELL DONE BOYS!! I so wanted them not to blow this game because it would have been a shame for Jaro to lose after a performance like he gave. 2 posts and 0-5 on the powerplay, this one could have easily been an early blowout for the Habs. Moen was a WARRIOR! On to game 6, let’s break that home playoff losing streak, take it to a game 7, and see if we can’t make the Craps “crap” the bed!!!!

     

    GO HABS GO!!!!!

  194. Tariq says:

    wht are we waiting for!!..lets call Subbhan in the place of spacek,,,where is Gauthier?, we need more offensive defence,,our defece stinks.

  195. LeopardSeal says:

    I wasn’t insulting your country, although it wouldn’t be difficult.  If you read the earlier posts, I asked what controversies we could stoke up for the weekend in the absence of booing the national anthem, spraying ice on kids, and spying on practice.

    I have visited parts of your country, and enjoyed it very much:  Toronto, Victoria, and Vancouver, to be precise.  Although I did take some delight in jaywalking, and when the car drivers would beep or yell at me, I would reply “ITS OK, I’M AN AMERICAN!”  hahahahaha

    But you do have to admit, your little country is an afterthought, right?  I mean, you are about 1/3 the size of Mexico!  With an economy smaller than California’s!  You have all these social programs which make you feel morally superior, but you don’t spend on your own defense, secure in the knowledge that your beligerant southern neighbor will protect you from all harm.

    We Americans like Canadians.  When we think about you at all.  Your country has produced some very important…things.  Let me think…Um…Celine Dion!  And that guy that played Captain Kirk!  And hockey!  Yay, hockey!  Stupid Americans and there basketball, and Europeans with their metric football…the two greatest sports on earth are American Football and Ice Hockey.  Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Canada!!!!!

    Or am I just being “bipolar” again?

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  196. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Defense, are you kidding?

    They held a lead for 2 periods against the most offensive threat in the league.

    BRILLIANT hockey. 0 (zero) complaints…

  197. Habscore says:

    And Captain material! ppff!

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  198. LeopardSeal says:

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

    And its “Ovi”, not Ovie, OV, Ovy, or any of the other combinations y’all keep using. 

    “Ovi is not playoff material.  Ovi is an ***”  Jeeez, if you are going to be a troll, at least learn to use the correct protocol.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  199. Off-side says:

    Wow.  Just wow.  Something is wrong with you.  You say you weren’t insulting my country after saying: “You could have been States!  Part of the best country on earth!  You too
    would have the honor of voting against Barack Obama in 2012!”  And then you regurgitate the above?  You have no limits to your attacks, do you.  I can go on and on about your country, as I’ve lived there for many years.  The truth is, there are idiots in every country.  Clearly you are one from the US.  Now why are you here on a Canadian website if you think so low of us?  Do you not have any friends in your country or have they all abandonned you?  Shame on you.

  200. Off-side says:

    How about Obitchkin?  At least that’s what they call them in Pittsburgh.

  201. light_n_tasty says:

    Uhh……the statement “OV is an ***” is not considered trolling when you’re on a Habs forum, fyi.

    Oh, and we’ll call him whatever we like.

    Oh, and I would take him on my team any day of the week.

  202. Off-side says:

    Who is this moron?  Is he drunk?  Is he fifteen?

  203. LeopardSeal says:

    You either have an underdeveloped ability to discern sarcasm, or you are 12 years old. 

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  204. phillyhab says:

    The white towels started in Vancouver.

  205. Habscore says:

    Who the hell is this dude??! Your sense of humour is weird Mr. America. Leave politics and geography out of this, man! It’s hockey site, no it’s Habs fan site!!!

    – YES HABS CAN!! –

  206. Off-side says:

    It hurts that your Russian superstar OV is choking, doesn’t it.  I know how you feel.  He scored a really cheap goal tonight.  He’s a vulture waiting for the cheap ones.  He’s no Crosby.

  207. RiverviewCanadien says:

    His name is LeopardSeal

  208. UncleEvil says:

    This whole conversation is funny.

  209. KenD29 says:

    Just curiours, where did you hear that regarding “Priceberg”?!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  210. light_n_tasty says:

    Are you talking about, or just to me?

    I’m assuming you’re talking to me.  I believe he is a Caps fan, new to hockey (like most of ‘em), and believes that Mike Green is the best D-man in the NHL (I kid you not), and that the Caps have the D and the goaltending to win the cup.

  211. Off-side says:

    I was just asking you who he is, if he’s ever been here before.  What a weirdo.

  212. KenD29 says:

    Actually, Halak was certainly not at the top of his game in # 2 and # 3 !! Ahead 4-1 late into the 2nd period and 5-4 with 1:31 left on the clock and they end up losing in OT !

    And Game # 3, he just did not have it at all.

    The extra couple of days off did him some good!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  213. light_n_tasty says:

    I don’t really understand your comment about 1775 thing.  I thought it was in 1776.  And being smaller than California.  You know our country is bigger than yours, right?  Oh just wait.  I forgot you were American for a second.  And thus a product of the American public school system.  You know, where they don’t teach things like history and geography.

  214. light_n_tasty says:

    I believe he was here trolling after game 4, and promised Bugs that he would come back even if the Caps lost game 5.

  215. porkdog324 says:

    Feel free to post your funny comments about this hockey series here,  but please leave your arrogant nationalistic sarcasm for another site.

  216. Mikey_39 says:

    Whoa guys, everyone needs to calm down with the Ovi sucked and isn’t captain material, and that we played awesome cuz we held them to one goal.

    It takes a fraction of a second for this team to rip us a new…well you know.  I know everyone is happy that we won, but the fact of the matter is we got lucky.  JM went into his defensive mode again in the second half of the third, and that only works like half the time.  It will be a true feat to keep the caps to one goal next game.

    Let’s stay positive but not get too cocky

  217. LeopardSeal says:

    No, it was 1775 when Canada was invited to the Second Continental Congress.  The Declaration of Independence was adopted in July 1776.  I don’t blame your school system for not teaching such an obscure fact, because ours doesn’t teach all that well either.  But you shouldn’t be snarky unless you are sure you are right.  And I was referring to the Economy and Population of California, both of which are, in fact, larger than that of Canada. 

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  218. light_n_tasty says:

    We also produce your oil, electricity, and drinking water.  However, we do appreciate you letting us dump our garbage in your country.  Thank you.

    Funny you would mention our economy.  How’s yours doing?  Ours happens to be the strongest of all developed countries.

  219. TheLogician says:

    you might want to enroll in a Finance 101 (undergrad) and/or International Economics 101 (undergrad) course to find out what’s really going on with your collapsing country. we buy your stinkin’ currency at a DISCOUNT now, moron. can’t you see what’s happening?! China has you on the hook for debts owed, all the while they come begging to us to let them buy some of our land, resources, or stakes in our profitable companies. we’re all getting rich (real estate is at all time highs, TSX flying, etc), while you guys go down the proverbial toilet. i’ll take the higher wealth and standard of living, you can have the fat slobs, disgusting girls in caps jerseys (did you guys see some of the ones in the crowd tonight….yuck!!!), unservicable debt, and gun toting whackos. peace out, brah!!!

  220. RiverviewCanadien says:

    It’s not being cocky. It is called being a fan and supporting your team. We are not playing, We just cheer. We are all cheerleaders HA!

    The wrench in your cog is that the HABS won, and they held onto a lead against the Caps, on Caps ice…So yes I am very happy

    GO HABS GO!

  221. light_n_tasty says:

    It wasn’t until 1776 that the Second Continental Congress voted to approve Independence.  Sorry.  July 2, 1776, to be exact.  In fact, you’re whole country is so retarded that they thought it was July 4th, and thus celebrate your independence day on the wrong day.  Wow.

  222. SeriousFan09 says:

    Detroit wins to take a 3-2 lead in their series, the elimination games are coming up now, only series with a team not in peril is Chicago-Nashville and tommorow at 3, Game 5 begins for them looking for the first advantage to eliminate their opponent.

    VAN leads Kings 7-2 right now in the 3rd, safe to say the Canucks are going to grab the lead in this series.

     

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  223. LeopardSeal says:

    LOL, that is great!  I agree with 100% of what you said, except for the recommendations on classes to take.  Everything else you are saying is true.

    My undergrad major was accounting, my Masters Degree is in Taxation, I am a CPA (what you would call a Chartered Accountant), and I could go on all night and not sum up the problem any better than you did when you said the US is going “down the proverbial toilet.”  Sad, but true.

    Doesn’t change the fact that a week from now, I will be discussing hockey at http://www.broadstreethockey.com/, and you won’t.

  224. LeopardSeal says:

    I said that.  July, 1776.  Notice I didn’t say July 4.  The vote was taken on July 2, formalized on July 4, most of the delegates signed sometime in August.  The traditional celebration being on July 4 doesn’t make us retarded.  You do know that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25, nor was he resurrected on Easter Sunday, right?  Holidays quite frequently don’t fall on the exact anniversary.

    My joke was that the Congress was hoping that Canada would join.  Some history books generalize and say “Canada”, others specify that Ontario and Nova Scotia were the ones invited.  I don’t know which is true.  In any event, the invitation was declined, so you will not be permitted to vote against (or for) Barack Obama in 2012. 

    And your favorite hockey team will be playing golf by this time next week.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  225. megagoten says:

    love the JM move of benching MAB and pouliot for most of the third.

    they were a serious eyesore, especially MAB

  226. dre1744 says:

    don’t forget Hamrlik

  227. Les Glorieux says:

    Did the cosmic energy of Ju Ming’s sculpture in Victoria Square play a part in tonight’s magnificent victory?  Bring on Game 6!

  228. light_n_tasty says:

    Neither “Canada” nor “Ontario” were jurisdictions in 1776.

  229. deuce6 says:

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, guys..Halak stole the show and the game..WASH is still getting WAYY too many prime scoring chances and Jaro bailed us out…

    We had a 2-0 lead halfway through the 1st..Why didn’t we score anymore? This team doesn’t have that killer instinct to put teams away…

    It was nice to get another win, but I am still not optimistic about taking this series from WASH..If we do, Halak will have to stand on his head for the next 2, just like tonight and get a lot of lucky bounces..

    We needed that 3rd one even though we did win..It was too close for me..

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  230. LeopardSeal says:
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  • habrez says:

    jaroslav hasek

  • savethepuck says:

    Recipe for game 7.

    Bell Center is rocking and Habs pot a couple of early ones but Caps are palying strong and getting lots of shots on Jaro ( because from what I’ve seen he needs to be seeing a lot of shots early to give the A+++ game we need to win). Let’s see it happen and send it to Wahington for game 7, where all the pressure is on them!!

  • Sambaguio says:

    I still think we will win this series as long as we keep play Halak. Please stop playing Pricey already!! He hasn’t won a game in ages!!

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

  • LeopardSeal says:

    Guilty.

    Not guilty.

    Guilty.

    Guilty.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  • LeopardSeal says:

    Canada was, but you are right about Ontario.  I meant Quebec and Nova Scotia.  But the whole area was referred to as Canada even then.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  • light_n_tasty says:

    Did anyone else notice Pierre McGuire talking about Montreal’s lack of Stanley Cup winners….”Gomez (x2), Gionta, Gill, and Moen…that’s it”.  Uh….how many cup winners are on the Caps?  I can count 1: Knuble…who played a total of 3 games for Detroit in 1998.

  • Bugs says:

    Opened can of worms?

    Meet Samba.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  • LeopardSeal says:

    I touched that you remember.  And I have enjoyed my visits.  Its more fun when my team wins, but tonight has been great.  Can’t promise to join you Monday, win or lose, since I will be on a business trip in Philly.

    Best of luck to the Habs, may the best team win.  As I’ve said before, if you beat us, you are obligated to beat the Penguins.

    For a Caps fan, the glass always appears half empty.

  • Bugs says:

    Which Halak performance was more epic?

    Game 1 or 5 ?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  • Bugs says:

    Good thing he didn’t mention the Cappers’ lack of Cup-winners, eh? His point just might’ve been lost…

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  • terrygain says:

    Martin messed with the lines- put a checker on the 1st line. Moen  scored but that line had few other chances.  Messed up the 3rd line too. No 4th line. SK74 is on for one goal – not his fault- and plays one shift after that. The D was great but with this kind of coaching we are going to run out of Halak miracles.

  • Bugs says:

    Aw, c’mon! Let’s get ahead of ourselves for once!

    Just this one time, let Habs fans get ahead of ourselves.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  • light_n_tasty says:

    “Canada” was, very briefly, a jurisdiction for a few months in 1763.  It was renamed Quebec later that year.  It wasn’t until 1791 that Quebec was divided into “Upper Canada” and “Lower Canada”.

  • light_n_tasty says:

    Of course I remember.  I remember everything.  I thought I remember you saying you’ve only been a fan since 2008.  That means you are new to hockey.

    BTW, I don’t mind that you are trolling here.  I’m just playing the game back at you.

  • Bugs says:

    To our dear CA Capper:

    The Habs are savin face pretty good for a 16th place team you shoulda steamrolled over. We have AT THIS MOMENT beaten all prognostication of 5 games or the dreaded sweeps.

    Might not mean much to an ADMITTED bandwagonner just fell off the turnip truck during the last rainstorm but…

    In your face, mate. In. Your. Face.

    All up in your face.

    That being said, helluva team you got; hope you can shore up your blueline for the challenges that lay ahead of you. Because being ABLE to score lotsa goals won’t mean doodly-squat to teams that can STOP it.

    So good luck to yehs.

    But in your face.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    Game 5, this was Victory or Golf.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    Whatever, he is a complete Caps/Pens cheerleader who’s got an unhealthy obsession with Ovechkin and Crosby. Penguins didn’t have his vaunted Stanley Cup experience until they won 1 in 2009.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  • terrygain says:

    5. More pressure.

  • Bugs says:

    The statue with the Priceberg jersey on it that was built two years ago afore he melted in the playoffs and now, two years later, he’s on the bench and Halak is goalin? THAT cosmic energy mighta played a part in our victory TONIGHT?

    Freaky.

    Yet, who can really understand the energy of the cosmos, knowumsayin?

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  • Bugs says:

    Nice call.

    Kinda pissed I didn’t think of that first.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  • phillyhab says:

    Say whatever you want, this is CLASS.

    http://capitalsoutsider.com/2010/04/23/capitals-fans-cheer-canadian-anthem/

    And, they cheered their team off the ice, even though they failed to end the series.  We could use some of that fan-manship, and not make the Bell Center the pressure cooker for the Habs as well!

  • Rainrocket16 says:

    I have a message for PRICEBERG, who commented earlier today saying that “Halak never wins important games”. well Bro,  what do you say now? And I am not gonna bash Price but when the hell has he won and important game?

    Anyways, How about that game? How about Gomez getting a great onehanded pass from AK and steam rolling the Caps defenseman then still firing of the shot. Gomez played great! Gill, Pouliot, Cammy hell almost all the defense played their best game in forever! I was never more proud of this bunch than I was tonight! Dominic Moore, I do apologize…I was not happy when we acquired you but you are the husle that is needed on this team!

    GO HABS GO!!!

    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  • Caper says:

    We’re alive and can win this series, Bruce Boudreau is the X factor. Such a smart coach but yet an idiot.

  • Rainrocket16 says:

    Dont you have any Caps friends you can whine to?

    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  • phillyhab says:

    Perfect description!  After reading some of the Caps fan’s blogs and papers, his candor might hurt them.  He calls out players pretty bad: Semin — who I thought had an excellent game — Fleischmann, and others.  Either going to hurt or help, but this is a team that’s AFRAID to go to a Game 7. 

    Monday’s going to be insane!

  • sh00n says:

    Is bashing Price all you do? Your shtick got old a long time ago. Shouldn’t you be happy the team won instead of taking shots at the one guy who didn’t even touch the ice?

    I love how Carey had nothing to do with this game whatsoever, yet some feel the need to still trash him. Grow up.

  • light_n_tasty says:

    Except that Ovechkin has 16 goals in his last 16 playoff games…

  • Caballero says:

    Thanks for the observation. Dude you must give the Habs credit, everyone I know and most everyone in the media thought this would end in 3 etc…I just want my team to put up a good honest effort.

  • Bugs says:

    Is not understanding context all YOU do, Shoo?

    Start from the beginning, why dontcha.

    Never bashed him. So why would I now?

    Epic fail, mate.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  • deuce6 says:

    They were cheering the Redskins’ pick taking Trent Williams 4th overall..No biggie..

    ————– BRING THE JETS BACK TO WINNIPEG!!

  • ZimHabwe says:

    Your post is borderline silly. Who the hell cares? OV, Ovie, OVee – it’s all the same to me.

  • ZimHabwe says:

    Go home.

  • christophor says:

    1. more pressure.

    also, habs were 19th; worse for them caps

  • bostonantifan says:

    Pouliot? You’ve got to be kidding. He hasn’t done anything in over a month except for taking stupid penalties. He gives the effort, but the results stink.

  • Les Glorieux says:

    Grasshopper, the cosmic energy of Ju Ming’s statue knows not the name of the goaltender.

  • sh00n says:

    Please, spare me and everyone else the BS.

    All your posts I’ve seen the last few weeks have either taken shots at Price or Price fans. Give it up.

  • light_n_tasty says:

    Maybe you should read the linked article to which he is responding…

  • luca says:

    im just saying Price shutout the booins in game 7 that was pretty important but awesome game by the halakantor im just pumped that we have two great goalies that can steal us games hopefully the boys have tons of confidence after tonight. Im just scared that we sit back to much vs a crazy fire power team like this and i dont know how long that can go on for Jm got to realize when we are up one its okay to play defensive but counter attack at least get that goal that will ice the game wash is D is very weak and we have shown tons of sign we can pop some ginos. GO HABS GO CANT WAIT FOR MONDAY

  • Bugs says:

    Aaah, I see.

    Nice save.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  • MontrealAtheist says:

    Stupid Americans and there basketball

    Just for the record, basketball was invented by Canadian James Naismith in 1891, so technically it’s Canadian, too.

  • Bugs says:

    “ALL my posts” now? Wow.

    Ok, I see what I’m dealing with. You basically admit to misreading everything. Gotcha.

    You got nothing, Shoo, sorry to say.

    The Priceberg is my boy. The Future of Goaltending. If you look at my printed word in the Ward going back two years instead of relying on your selective fabricated “memories”, that point becomes self-evident.

    The “taking shots” part is true (cuz hey, we’re all here to have a good time); the “bashing” part is completely wrong, whether you would be “spared that BS” or not.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

    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: http://habsbros.blogspot.com/

  • newbrunswick troy says:

    OK  …if it is me who is coaching (too bads its not) i,m going to throw another wrench into things on Monday night  and  call up  P.K  (what the hell do we have to lose)  and also mix things up a little on forward lines..but only at times like have Cammy ,Gomez, plecs,and Gio rotate a double shift to go out with 3rd and 4th lines …whats the worst that can happen the get over tired…

    Odds are they have lots of rest comming to them anyway in just a game or so…

  • matmacat says:

    The dogs are in the same situation as the caps.

  • terrygain says:

    With any luck at all you won’t be coaching. If you don’t appreciate Hall Gill you’re just another fan. He’s Allan Stanley effective.

  • nfldanchor says:

    Great effort  by all in this game! Moen , Moore , Gill, Gionta especially showed up for this game. Halak played well in net once again. Spacek we need you back for the next game! Price will be getting splinters on his butt once again on the bench. Say goodbye to Price next season , He is done!

  • smiler2729 says:

    Patience is needed with Pouliot, Price, O’Byrne and the brothers Ktits but since this is Montreal, we want everything NOW. Every season, we MUST go 82-0-0 and win the Cup, every game MUST be a 5-0 shutout with 2 PPGs and a SHG, every fight MUST be won and every call MUST go our way.

    Now back in the real world of The Original 30 NHL and its salary cap, every team must build through youth if they want to experience any success that lasts more than a season or two. Constantly replacing coaches and GMs is not an answer cuz for a team to truly succeed they need stability at the top.

    As for SK74 and AK46, Andrei’s too inconsistent as a scorer and too consistent as a floater to have any more patience and his spot should be ceded to Sergei for a 20 game tryout to see if SK74 has what it really takes to play in the NHL as a top 6 forward.

    All this talk of a big center is kinda silly if that center has a big winger. Every scoring line needs a ‘big’ presence. Speedy little guys with hockey sense can skate circles around big lumbering opponents. Sidney Crosby’s 5’11″, nuff said.

    The Habs need someone to replace AK46′s slot. They need 3rd & 4th line true grit. They need some smarter defencemen and they need Price to grow up quicker than he has been.

  • Habsrule1 says:

    Very good point Smiler. I guess their inconsistencies made me leave them out. If these 2 guys can play like they are capable of on a more consistent basis, maybe our biggest problem becomes our 3rd & 4th line depth, and possibly one offensive D-Man (PK) and another shut down D (OB?)

    What would you say we’re missing?

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  • smiler2729 says:

    Exactly what you said! The 3rd and 4th lines lack any kind of character and chemistry together cuz all it takes is a couple of stiffs to drag ‘em down.

    Moore, Metro and Moen are all very capable but get handcuffed by lazy, braincramped play by guys like Lapierre and SK74 (only cuz he’s wasted on a checking, he should be given top 6 forward minutes and chances). Darche is good and eager to please but can’t seem to find a niche cuz of the constant musical chairs of the two bottom lines.

    Their roles need to be clearly defined by the coach and obviously they either aren’t or they just don’t listen. The wishy-washyness of these lines affect the overall team defence… and thus the breakdowns.

  • Habsrule1 says:

    Great post, Smiler…thanks for the insight.

    Do you think the SK74 saga means that he should be traded for some good 3rd & 4th line guys to go with Metro, Moore and Moen? Can we somehow keep SK74 and let someone else go on our top 2 lines? Do we need a big Centre although we have a couple big wingers? what about the D? What would you do there? PK is an obvious improvement to any defense corps but what else needs to be done there?

    Can all this be solved simply by sending JM upstairs and bringing in Boucher?

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  • 123456 says:

    hey come on now!! i know the habs do not really have much of a chance but i root hard.

    secret mod

  • newbrunswick troy says:

    Also i can,t say enough about Gill…you know all year i thought what the hell was Gainey thinking…on that note “boy does crow taste bad”

  • savethepuck says:

    Agreed about him, but they were talking about all his blocked shots as a big plus for us, in the regular season I think his timing was off a litlle because his attempted blocked shots ended up being a deflection off his stick or skate going into the net or directed to an opposing player alone for a widde open net. Thank God his timing is better

     

  • slapshot777 says:

    James Duthie, is an idiot. Here  he is arguing that the Habs should be short for both the slash and too many men. Yet the other guys are saying that the too many men was called first therefore voiding out the slash.

    Then he continues the argument that what about someone punches someone in the head. He must be a complete moron trying to put something there that isn`t.

    I would like to punch him in the head.

     

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

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    Bulldogs lose 2 of 3 in Manitoba to come back home for Game 6 in their first round playoff series. Subban was a disturbing -3 on the evening, but as I couldn’t find a reliable video feed I can not speak to if Desjardins had another shaky night (Pulled in game 3, had trouble in Game 4) was the primary reason for that.

    Going to go see them on Sunday to cheer them on and hopefully win their series then.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  • savethepuck says:

    The Varsity squad is what matters. We won in 2007 and what did that get us. Focus on what’s important

     

  • lach60 says:

    Oh ya I’ll be there too hopefully the attendance numbers keep goin up disappointing numbers

    go bulldogs

  • smiler2729 says:

    It’s his swan song.

  • Habfan29 says:

    Just reported by the team 990 that Halak is in net tonight, the season is over no chance with him in net.

  • SLONCOLD says:

    guess we didn’t have a chance with him in game one…..

  • Offensive DMan says:

    Aw, come on, will ya. Enough!

  • topher5468 says:

    I think after Price’s temper tantrum, he had no chance of starting tonight. Hell be back though

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

  • petefleet says:

    Great game last nite but as has been a common theme this 2010 playoff, the officials are trying their best to destroy the players chances of controlling the outcome of the game.  It is becoming less and less about the teams talent and ability and more about who can weather the poor officiating storm.  It’s actually pathetic to watch how bad the officials are in the best hockey league in the world.  The missed calls and wrong calls last nite were numerous and blatent.  It makes it very hard to watch sometimes.  If I wasn’t a longtime fan of the game, I would have already gave up on it due to the poor officiating.

    And by the way, I am talking about for and against the Habs as well as all the other teams. 

    Go Habs Go

  • petefleet says:

    Great game last nite but as has been a common theme this 2010 playoff, the officials are trying their best to destroy the players chances of controlling the outcome of the game.  It is becoming less and less about the teams talent and ability and more about who can weather the poor officiating storm.  It’s actually pathetic to watch how bad the officials are in the best hockey league in the world.  The missed calls and wrong calls last nite were numerous and blatent.  It makes it very hard to watch sometimes.  If I wasn’t a longtime fan of the game, I would have already gave up on it due to the poor officiating.

    And by the way, I am talking about for and against the Habs as well as all the other teams. 

    Go Habs Go

  • HabsHockey4Ever says:

    PERIOD1: HALAK
    PERIOD2: PRICE
    PERIOD3:HALAK??PRICE??

    Cmon Martin read this! “we have 2 goalies we believe in”.

    We have an advantage your not using.

  • Bill J says:

    LMFAO – Funniest Goalie post I’ve seen in months.

    :D

  • terrygain says:

    If, after the season he’s had, he lost your respect because of games 2 and 3 (where his difficulties were overhyped by our darling Pricebots) you’re not very perceptive. 

  • j2w4habs25 says:

    Right I am so proud of the Boys. I know it would have been a high scoing game but the goalies tonight were CRAZY! they both had me at the edge of my seat!.

    Halak has earned my respect once again. When he got booted I wanted him out!.. but its okay now, just hope he plays and shines in Montreal for game 6.

  • terrygain says:

    He should have been.

  • nickster13 says:

    if you count the 3 stars at the caps game itself, Halak WAS the first star, it was probably only on TV and stuff where he wasnt

  • ed lopaz says:

    and our streak continues – when was the last time we won a game and our goalie was not the first star?

  • j2w4habs25 says:

    I think it time to break the losing streak at the BELL CENTRE…

  • andrewberkshire says:

    However the Bulldogs are missing 4 top 6 guys, 2 of their top 4 defensemen and their 1a goalie.

  • SeriousFan09 says:

    Bulldogs going longer in the playoffs means better experience and potential success for prospects playing there is why it matters. Guy Boucher coaching the team on a long, deep playoff drive could be critical if he is to be the next coach of the Montreal Canadiens.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  • Shublips says:

    Habs played a great game.  Actually, they played a DESPERATE game, which is exactly what they needed to do.

    The biggest surprise was that Jacques Martin actually made some adjustments, for a change, and they paid off.  Moen with Gionta and Gomez?  Genius!

    Halak was incredible too.  Hopefully they can pull off another one on Monday!  Go habs go!

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  • habsfan_61 says:

    well played FULL game by the habs. shows what happens when you play a full 60 mins.just an opinion,the caps have played 60 mins total in their 3 wins. kinda makes you wonder if our guys played better in that time the series might have been over in our favour.

  • KenD29 says:

    Actually, Pouliot did have a hit on a Caps player believe it or not.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  • HabsFansince49 says:

    JM made the right move limiting the times of MAB & Hamrlik and promoting Moen who played really well. Pouliot is defintely a major disappointment. Inconsistent and soft.

    But we’re not dead yet and that’s the main thing. 

    I don’t pretend to be an expert; just a die-hard Habs fan passing my opinion

  • W35T5ID3 says:

    next year pouliiot will net 30…..guaranteed…..give him time yo.

  • Shublips says:

    MAB should ONLY be playing on the PP.  He is a defensive liability every time he is on the ice.  Even on the PP, he seems to lose control of the puck at the blueline all the time!

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  • WindsorHab-10 says:

    Shocked & impressed.

    Very impressed with Moen & O’Byrne. Hopefully Spacek is healthy so we can ditch MAB who was a train wreck.

  • Habsrule1 says:

    This team needs to play 60 minutes full throttle to beat the caps. Can they? Honestly, I’m not sure. Not having Spacek in will hurt again. They can pull this of, and then it will take 1 lousy win at home.

    No matter what happens, I’m proud of this group. They battled though lots of adversity (mainly injuries) all year. They are over-matched this series due mostly to lack of size. The additions of Cammalleri, Gionta, and Gomez have worked out pretty well. I think they will be even better next year, now that they are more used to the pressure of playing in Montreal.

    The team should now be focusing on getting a couple big, talented forwards to go with the core 4 that we have, with the top 2 lines looking like this:

    Gionta-Gomez-Big Talented Dude

    Cammalleri-Plekanec-Big Talented Dude

    Our 3rd and 4th line can use some tweaking as well, and add PK to the top 4 D and we’re looking good for the future.

    Go Habs Go!! “I don’t have a copy of Georges’ code, I don’t know what it is,”. “I think the code is that you’re here for your teammates. It’s not your code, it’s our code.” – Bob Gainey

  • smiler2729 says:

    Yeah, that has been the Achilles’ Heel of this team all year and especially in these playoffs, the ability to play a consistent or even close to consistent 60 minute game. They’re like Jekyll & Hyde.

    As for your top two lines with the ‘Big Talented Dudes” on the wings, don’t Pouliot and AK46 fit that description? I’m not giving up on Benny for awhile but I’ve had it with the-one-good-game-every-ten Kostitsyn brother…

    If the word is Calgary and Iginla have become comfortably stale and I’m GoatBoy Pierre, I inquire ASAP. I think Sutter has his brain set on the ‘stupid’ dial if he’s giving away Phaneuf to the Laffs for the bums he got. Let’s do some fleecing! Besides they owe us for shipping a fantastic player sans guts two years ago (how’s Tampa, Alex?)

  • terrygain says:

    AK46 at 214 is a big talented due with a howitzer who makes great passes and  isn’t afraid to mix it up. We need to get the best we can out of him b/c there is not big talented dude out there who is better.

    Pouliot is also a  big talented dude, who could be the LW on the first line if he weight trained. He would also benefit from a month with a power skating instructor. He is often off balance.

    I would like to see a bigger second centre behind  Gomez,  whose excessive salary makes him impossible  to trade, however we can’t afford to take our chances with the free agent market and must re-sign 14.

    We need two policemen with some skill and a hitter to replace 44, who can be packaged in a trade with 31. 

  • kempie says:

    i know what you’re getting at but puliot and ak are both big and talented and dudes

  • dre1744 says:

    when they want to be.  Puliot  has dissappeared as of late.

  • terrygain says:

    Bill J and other Pricebots stunned as shaky Halak wins again! 

  • terrygain says:

    Has not.

  • smiler2729 says:

    Has too.

  • Bob Barker says:

    Has Not

  • smiler2729 says:

    Has too! The PRICE IS RIGHT, BITCH!! *punch*punch*grapple*uppercut*

  • nickster13 says:

    alright settle down guys or else no tv priviliges! Pouliot’s play has been pretty good, cept he hasnt put up the points, and thats why we haven’t been winning, we need Pouliot and Gomez to start scoring

  • smiler2729 says:

    Barker started it!!

  • Rainrocket16 says:

    Have fun going through customs again A$$wipes!!

    No Canadien team has a chance as long as Bettman is in control.

  • CaliforniaHabsFan says:

    Still alive!!!!!!!!!

  • Lancer says:

    the comeback begins

  • topher5468 says:

    Im not ashamed to admit it, Ive been down on Benny Pouliot. I wanted more from him, I do however believe that he has the ability to be what we need. He’s young and extremey talented and needs to learn how to use the body he was given. He already has great hands. AK ,well i think hes been good this series, Playing hard, battling for loose pucks and using his large frame. Yes he needs to score , but I dont think its from lack of effort. To win tonight we are gonna need secnodary scoring, like The caps get. I still believe, heck if Ottawa can stay alive, so can we

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

  • smiler2729 says:

    Secondary scoring like the Caps get? Toph, they get scoring from the 3rd and 4th lines, those guys are killing us!!!

  • TPlow says:

    If Ottawa can do it in Pittsburgh, we can do it in Washington. Who’s up for a little triple overtime?

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

  • smiler2729 says:

    I am, I have to work ’til 11pm.

  • nickster13 says:

    yes, yes and NO!!!! games like that are too long and stressful :P i want a solid 60 minute regulation effort, translating into a victory

  • DONJUAN says:

    Ladies and Gentlemen Game 6 here we come.  GO HABS GO!!

    In HABS we trust.

  • Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Habs have to stop OVI in game 6. Thgat’s the bottom line. OVI loves playing in Montreal and it was evident in game 4. Habs have to contain him and keep a close leash on him as well. Someone has to watch his every moves at all times. Jaro (Jagr) Halak played an awesome game and deservres to play the rest of this series. Win or lose. Go Habs go!!! Believe!!! Believe!!!eeeeeee

  • terrygain says:

    Best game I’ve ever seen Markov play. 20 was  flawless. How Martin sat him for  3 games is a mystery.

  • topher5468 says:

    Opps, thats what I meant, secondary as in not their two top lines, but their 3rd and 4th, 

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

  • anotherhab says:

    The rest and a healthy Spacek on Monday should be enough to bring it to game seven!!!

     

    “Size matters Not. Yoda”

  • Habfan29 says:

    Oh well he deserves it I guess, but Price is our future tender, not Halak!

  • SLONCOLD says:

    the tired, fragile and too small of a goaltender or jaro halak is starting agina  tonight. lol

    go habs go lets make this series more interesting!!!!

  • DONJUAN says:

    The save on Semin point blank shot in the third was the Game saver wow.

    In HABS we trust.

  • nickster13 says:

    we have them right where we want them muhahahahah

  • 123456 says:

    mr positive checking in:

    we have the caps right where we want them. habs take the game tonight and have a coiuple days rest before game 6 in montreal. spacek returns and the habs win game 6 in OT…. then game 7.. anthing can happen

    secret mod

  • goinforstanley says:

    Great game by the Habs.We are climbming back into the series to win it.Go Habs Go!!!!

  • ThirtyThree says:

    The biggest negative: Every time the HABS had a powerplay it felt like a penalty kill. Caps hurt them with short handed goals and it’s affecting the mad advantage. They need to get their mojo back.

    Apart from that, great effort all around. Even JM had a good game.

    Just about everyone thought it was going to be over in five. But this version of the HABS isn’t just going to go down. Washington is actually going to have to take them down. And that is a nice thing to finally see in our team.

    So proud of Halak, who bounced back with a stellar performance. This is the only way the HABS can have a chance to win.

    GO! HABS!! GO!!!

  • 24 Cups says:

    Aislin weighs in on the Habs.

  • smiler2729 says:

    Mosher’s amazing.

  • Habfan29 says:

    If Spacek is out that means 22 minutes for Bergeron on defence……blowout. Thanks God that I am playing hockey tonight and will not have to watch this debacle. Time to get rid of Jacques (Count Chocula) Martin, Gauthier and Boivin. We will see if the Molson’s are serious about winning and not just making the playoffs….

  • Dennis says:

    Caps are now asking themselves, “What if we lose on Monday?” Just a little bug in their heads right now. http://dennis-kane.com/habs-live-to-see-another-day/

  • SLONCOLD says:

    maybe… lots of things have changed this season.


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