Round 1, Game 7: History was written in Washington

Canadiens’ Jaroslav Halak raises his arms in celebration in front of Capital’s Alexander Ovechkin after the final whistle of Game 7 on Wednesday night. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

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AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Mike Cammalleri | Jaro Halak | Brian Gionta

• At a Glance: Two role players came through in a big way for the Canadiens on Wednesday night as they won Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal by a score of 2-1. It took Montreal a little longer to get going, however, unlike Game 5 and 6 where they struck early. Marc-André Bergeron scored on the power play with 30 second to go off a nice pass from Scott Gomez to open the scoring after Mike Green has been sent off for cross checking. There was no scoring in the second period, but the Capitals dominated, outshooting the Canadiens 13-3. Washington also dominated the third period, desperately pressing for a goal as they tried to rally. But Dominic Moore gave the Canadiens a 2-0 lead 16:24 into the third period with a chip shot over Semyon Varlamov’s shoulder. The Capitals didn’t quit, however, with Brooks Laich making it 2-1 with 2:16 to play. With 1:43 to play, Ryan O’Byrne took a penalty and the Capitals pulled Varlamov for a 6-on-4 man advantage, but they were unable to beat Halak, who stopped 41 of 42 shots Wednesday, stopping 131 of 134 shots in the last three games.

• Key Moments: Alexander Ovechkin thought he had tied the game 1-1 only seconds into the third period, but the goal was waved off immediately because Mike Knuble has interfered with Halak.

• What It Means: Montreal makes history, winning the series 4-3 and becoming the first eight seed to erase a 3-1 deficit against a No. 1 seed to win the series.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens will be off to Pittsburgh for one of two Eastern Conference semifinals, with the first game on Friday night and Game 2 on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

502 Comments

  1. habfan53 says:

    Every time I watch Gorges he gets a little better

  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’ll drink to that.

    Gorges defines the kind of spirit that every hockey player should have.

     

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

  3. habfan53 says:

    If Spacek is back I expect MAB out as PK proved he can handle the point on the Power Play

  4. Le Jadester says:

    That’s why Stevie Y is the guy !

    He and Kenny know stuff and things that the average person doesn’t

    I remeber scratching my head with Green when the team was selected.  Went wild though when D. Doughty was taken (Its a London thing….too bad J. Carter wasn’t there though).

    Habs, OLE !

  5. Chuck says:

    Look at it this way: it couldn’t possibly be any worse… or could it?  ;)

    _____________________________________

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

  6. Le Jadester says:

    Nice work Mr. Ed.

    When Josh first came over, I couldn’t stand him (I’m very impatient and didn’t like his rookie mistakes).  Now he’s one of my favourite players. He is a very Important Hab on the team.

    As well, its nice to see good things happen to good people that work hard and never give up. Great role model for the kids nowadays. 

    I also like how he crosses himself before each game. Show’s his humbleness  !

    Habs, OLE !

  7. adam76 says:

    GREAT post!

  8. wotever says:

    WTF!?  Don’t get stopped by the cops!  ESPECIALLY if the habs win!

    They _shouldn’t_ let you in with that.

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

  9. adam76 says:

    Go watch the WWE.

  10. habsperspective says:

    I didnt have a passport either, but took a chance, the border guy was a Bruins fan, and I thought I was cooked, but he was glowing from his win over the Sabres the night before, he took my license, and health card, and said good to go.

     

    And so far tickets are much cheaper then Montreal. anywhere from 70-110 upper, and from 150-225 club, and lower.

     

  11. MontrealAtheist says:

    Statistically it’s rather improbable that the Caps can be restricted to a single goal 3 times in a row. At some point, Halak is bound to give up 2 or 3, maybe even 4 goals, so when this happens let’s hope the offence is not having one of those “off” days.

  12. mike g says:

    Ed, you just made Simple Jack’s eyes rain……

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

  13. mike g says:

    Oh wow!

    A 9 minute swim for the turtles! Jeez, that’s a 4 pound shedding for sure!

    lol, ok ok let’s talk some Habs now…

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

  14. Bash says:

    Line up for tonight?? Martin made some good moves in the last two games.

    Is Spacek healthy?  If so we have 7.5 D who could play. MAB (.5) should sit but Martin likes him on the PP. We all like PK as a wild card contributor. O’byrne has added a lot of push back around the crease. Hammer has been less than stellar but he has the experience as well.

    Do we need 4 full lines for what could be a long game? I think not! Besides, you play to win in regulation.

    You have to think Metro will be in based on experience. What were his face off stats in the last game?

    Sergie will work on paper aerodynamics for sure. Pouliot plays limited minutes but can be a game breaker and an option for the Gomez line if we need it.

     

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  15. Corio says:

    You guys can do it, GO HABS GO!

  16. Jbell10 says:

    now were talking lol

  17. habsguy says:

    Damn I hope you’re wrong…..the second game was the worst I have ever seen !!!!!….if it was called properly this series may just be over now!!!

  18. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    here’s a quick thank you to a great Hab – “The Boss”, as in Josh “The Boss” Gorges

    he has identified OV’s patterns and he, along with Gill’s giraffe like reach, have OV twisting in the wind.

    OB was quoted the other day as saying the Gorges has even taught him how to stop OV on the rush.

    I won’t post the details of that strategy – its not for public consumption before a game 7. :-)

    so here’s to you Mr Gorges; i raise my mug of coffee and salute you!!

    Mr. walk on in junior and rose to become captain of the Kelowna Rockets

    Mr. UNDRAFTED to the NHL and signed as a free agent

    Mr. average size body but oversized heart,

    Mr. I will block a shot with the back of my head and skate THE NEXT DAY in PRACTICE!!

    its a pleasure to watch you play hockey.

    its a pleasure to tell my 16 year old defenceman son to watch you play hockey.

    for barely 1 million per year

    you are truly a Great Hab!!!

    and now, for my first compliment to Bob Gainey as a GM, ever!! – thanks BOB! – for getting us Josh “the boss” Gorges.

     

  19. Ian Cobb says:

    Isn’t it game time yet? I have to get out of the house or I’ll be on here all day. Going fishing!

    Back later.

  20. mike g says:

    Nice…lol

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

  21. habsguy says:

    you don’t have to even look at Cherry,  but you have to listen to PMG for 9/10ths of the game,  and I really don’t mind Cole,  he isn’t in love with Ovie…..

  22. Ian Cobb says:

    DD, should be listed on NHL.com , but I don’t want to look!

  23. Ian Cobb says:

    B, it is because of the weird way Martin coaches. I don’t agree with it but if he keeps on winning, I should stay quiet. He seems to burn his best players out by the 3rd. Scary if we ever get into overtime with fried legs!

  24. Jbell10 says:

    You just reminded me, be right back, going to lose a couple pounds.

  25. Bill H says:

    Great post Steve.  Thanks for that research on Alsner.  Its obviously to our advantage that Poti is out.  But the fact that Alsner is rated nearly as highly as Subban suggests that he could be a capable fill in for Poti.

  26. DD says:

    I know this shouldn’t matter, but after watching our Habs getting jobbed by the refs last game, does anyone know who’s slated to screw us tonight?

  27. jimmy shaker says:

    Disagree!

    Shaker

  28. Drive4twenty5 says:

    Agreed

    “Well, he’s a thoroughbred, and maybe your wife doesn’t recognize that, but then again, I can’t bake bread all that well. We all have different skills.” …Bob Gainey “Classic”

  29. B says:

    Why is Metropolit only averaging a team low 6:36 TOI per game (and only 4:42 at even strength)? Even before his injury, he seemed to fall out of favour with Martin including being a health scratch. Did I miss something?

  30. CHsam says:

    Club Piscine floaters. RIght here.

  31. 24 Cups says:

    P.K. Subban’s family gather together for big game.

  32. jimmy shaker says:

    Those are two hockey icons that I love to listen to, mainly because Bob Cole was the first hockey voice that I heard when I started watching hockey, (I know sometimes he gets mixed up and is behind the play) but he’s what I know and what I like.  It will be a welcome change for me.  As for Cherry, I enjoy his rants, but especially get a kick out of how McLean tries to get him going and make those funny remarks to get Cherry all riled up.  Anyway CBC, will be a breath of fresh air in my opinion.  Hope it happens.  Then it will be a true Hockey Night in Canada on CBC, Saturday night!

    Shaker

  33. riazp says:

    LOL everyting you wrote is true! my turtles were right on time, 9 am every morning.

  34. Laramy87 says:

    hahahahh that was amazing

  35. Ian Cobb says:

    We get the Pens next 87 on TSN

  36. habsguy says:

    did you smash down the red bull to wash something “else” down ????

  37. Laramy87 says:

    It will definatley be CBC. CBC will have Habs and Nucks and TSN will get the other two

  38. mike g says:

    If you have the available funds, you should get tickets 1st row behind Bruce Boudreau.

    Piss the guy off, be our 6th man on the road. Get a picture of Humpty Dumpty and show it to him, point at him, and watch him go nuts…

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

  39. habsguy says:

    who cares about Sloan and Erskine…..we’ve got PK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. SmartDog says:

    Y’know.. I wonder too if Halak can do it again.  No goalie can do it every night, and it would be easy to fatigue jsut a little under the pressure of a chance not just to stay alive but to knock off the caps.  

    I’m hopeful he’s just thinking of it as a game to be hist best.  His best is usually pretty darned good.  

     

    ————————————————————-
    Not signing or trading Pleks = yet another missed opportunity.

  41. Ian Cobb says:

    You want Bob Cole? and clown Cherry?

    I would prefer TSN.

  42. riazp says:

    Dude thats cool! please do tell us how much the scalpers are charging for tickets over there! i wanted to do the same but i have no passport lol!

  43. 24 Cups says:

    Washington losing Tom Poti is a significant factor in tonight’s game.  The Caps have called up Karl Alzner but also have Tyler Sloan and John Erskine in reserve.  Both guys are 6’4″ and come in at over 205 lbs.  Sloan has already played in two games while Erskine might find it difficult to deal with our quick forwards as they dart around the Washington zone.  All three shoot left.

    Karl Alzner is rated (as of Christmas) as the 6th best defensive prospect not playing in the NHL.

    1st – Alex Pietrangelo     2nd – Oliver Ekman-Larsson     3rd – John Carlson    4th – Luca Sbisa      5th – P.K. Subban     6th – Karl Alzner

    Alzner is 6’3″/205 and went 5th in the 2007 draft.  He has spent the past two years in Hershey with recalls to Washington in both years.  He is very mature as he displays lots of poise and steadiness.  He moves the puck well but really doesn’t always use his size to advantage.  His skating is decent but not great.  He may have some issues with Montreal’s speedy forwards as they shift around the Washington zone.  He’s a bit like O’Byrne but with a lot more upside.  It will be interesting to see if Boudreau goes with  Alzner or Sloan.

    The key on the backend will still be Mike Green.  He needs to spark the PP and play like a Norris trophy candidate.  He totally broke down last year agaisnt Pittsburgh so he’s now in danger of doing it again.  Maybe Team Canada was way ahead of the curve on this guy.

  44. habsguy says:

    Oh GOD I hope it’s CBC,  can’t take anymore PMG

  45. habsperspective says:

    Anyone gonna be at the game tonight, I drove down yesterday, still have to get my ticket, but wanted to know if anyone was attending, and what section they were in, im hoping to get tickets in the area were other HABS fans are, either way dont want to be a surrounded by angry, or zealous CAPS fans.

    This is destined to be an overtime classic…heart breaking, and euphoric at the same time.

    GO HABS GO

  46. Ian Cobb says:

    This game is our 1st Stanley cup game in many years boys and girls. We will be playing a wounded bear tonight folks. It will take a super team effort from all hands on deck, and the key word will be discipline.

    I am very sure that our boys slept much sounder than the Presidents Cup team did last night.

    It will take a professional team of referees to do this game fairly and most do. Unlike the jerks that refereed the score in the last one. So the players can decide the winner. Be a shame to be decided by a stupid or bias call.

    Next series will be another barn burner for us also. But Crosby and his gang can be had.

    Although we are kept on the edge of our seats each shift, we are enjoying the best hockey played in Montreal in many years.

    Have fun and savour the ride boys and girls.

  47. mike g says:

    Alright….

    So game 7 always brings along a few surprises. You’ve got your usual case of the 10-hour “shakes”, when you’re sitting at your desk like I am and can’t stop shaking your legs. That’s always in unison with you stomac feeling like you just ate 6 bowls of jello. You also can’t think properly, and realize the next day that you made a ton of mistakes at work. Those mistakes are either laughed about tomorrow if the Habs win tonight, or ruin you day even more. But the one thing that pisses me off the most about games like this is that I’m not one of those players playing tonight, yet I still took the turtles to the pool wayy to early this morning…

    Let me explain. Every man wakes up every morning to certain rituals. For some it’s a coffee, some it’s the newspaper, and for others it can be a glass of orange juice. But, we all know that there is a universal 45 minute timeframe between the time we wake up and our first bowel movement of the day. Let’s not lie or act all weird about it, it’s man’s nature. We are mostly men here, so we can discuss this. My point is that this morning, there was no 45 minute timeframe. The second I woke up, I thaught about game 7 tonight and then…BOOM! The turtles woke up, put on their bathing suits, and HAD to go swimming immediately. Uusally they are nice enough to give us the 45 minutes to do our chores, but not on days like this….

    For all of you who had that happen to you this morning, just let me know lol. I know I’m not alone, so just answer something like, ” Hey Mike, I braught the turtles to the public pool extra early this morning too”, or something like that…..

    ps- I just smashed down a Red Bull and the turtles are sleeping again. Maybe it’s something in the beverage that keeps them quiet!

     

    Oh yea btw….Go Habs Go!!!! lol

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

  48. habsguy says:

    Lets hope JM twisted a few screws,  although we seem to play better there,  but then again if Jaro is in the zone it wont really matter will it!!!!!

  49. Fansincebirth says:

    IMHO, we have nothing to lose. They have proven that they can play with the ‘big dogs’ and win. All the pressure is on the Caps and if they don’t comoe out with their A game, it’s gonna get ugly. I hope that we’ve already seen the best that the Caps can put out.

    Caps – you have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found
    wanting. Come back when you’re worthy!

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

  50. jimmy shaker says:

    Don’t forsee any lineup changes for the boys except maybe in the crease!

    I joke, I joke!

    Shaker

  51. nickster13 says:

    Im nervous, i may as well be playing in the game, i have an exam today but cant think straight. Im risking pissing off my coach by skipping tryouts today for soccer, to watch the habs. Yikes! I hope they make me proud

  52. jimmy shaker says:

    Refs please, Mr.Stubbs!

    Shaker

  53. Y says:

    6-2 Caps…

     

    I can’t see Halak playing out of his mind again. Look what happened to Bryzgalov last night.

     

    They will run Halak like bumper cars and the pathetic refs will end up calling penalties on us instead.

     

     

     

  54. jimmy shaker says:

    Who gets it?  TSN OR CBC?  Me thinks that CBC will be taking that series, especially if it’s the habs vs the pens.

    Shaker

  55. Propwash says:

    The Habs have to play like they got nothing to lose.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  56. Laramy87 says:

    Saturday :)

  57. Fansincebirth says:

    When is our first game against the Pens?

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

  58. avatar_58 says:

    Never been much of a poker player, but people get nervous when you go “all in”. ;)

  59. Sambaguio says:

    Habs will win this. But I believe Boston and San Jose will be in the Finals.

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

  60. habbynessisyellingohabsgo says:

    Habs take this one 4-2. Pk will score a beauty!

  61. Hobie Hansen says:



    Montreal
    doesn’t stand a chance if they’re going to allow 40 plus shots tonight. They’ve
    got to cut down the number of scoring chances against Halak and net a couple
    quick goals themselves.

    Halak was
    super human in game six and has the ability to make more huge saves in game
    seven. However, the law of averages, just like in a poker game, heavily favor
    the team with more cracks at winning the game or pot. Most betting people out
    there would jump on the opportunity to take 2-1 odds or outshoot their opponent
    2-1. The underdog can’t suck out forever.

    So in saying
    that the Habs have to lower their shot total against and swing things closer to
    even. Good luck boys, GO HABS GO!!!!

     

  62. habaholic68NJ says:

    So who are we starting in goal tonight?

  63. Le Jadester says:

    I liked Gio’s comments.  “Our goal is to win the Stanley Cup “. 

    I like how he keeps it simple.  Tonight’s just another game that they have to win to keep moving in the right direction. 

    PK better be in the lineup, no matter what!

    Habs, OLE !

  64. Jbell10 says:

    In the name of the father, the son, the Holy Habs…Game 7

  65. Rudy says:

    Section 419. There won’t be many Habs fans, so we have to be LOUD. Are you going to the warm up at 6:30? You can stand at the glass and watch which is cool, Can’t wait to get a pic of PK.

  66. Fansincebirth says:

    You should watch him more often then :o)

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

  67. Bugs says:

    In that case, you should get your memory fixed. It’s goin wonky.

    Ask around.

    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/

  68. The Nine says:

    meh.

    i’d rather keep celebrating.

  69. The Nine says:

    i recognize those lips.

    if memory serves me right they were more negative than not all season.

  70. MontrealAtheist says:

    Thanks for not showering since game #1 everybody … It paid off eventually.

  71. Eliisa says:

    Thank goodness, my coworkers were starting to avoid my office like the plague. But I really wonder if we should start showering again? It might be bad luck. Best to wait until the end of the series with Pittsburgh.

  72. Shublips says:

    For anyone who is online during the game, there is a massive LIVE in-game chat going on for tonight’s game with Habs/Caps bloggers and fans.  Come join the party!

    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/04/game-seven-habs-caps-live-in-game-chat.html

    Habs Addict.com http://www.HabsAddict.com on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Habs-Addict/293450486615 on Twitter: http://twitter.com/HabsAddict on Hockeybuzz.com: http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blogger_archive.php?blogger_id=137

  73. TPlow says:

    Nice period, lads. NOW GET THE FREAKIN’ PUCK OUT!! Thank you.

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

  74. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    It looks like Ovechkin will be playing golf this weekend… which leaves me to wonder, do russians even play golf?

  75. slapshot777 says:

    That’s 6 PPG in 7 games. Let’s keep legs going guys, if we can score another the Caps will really be feeling the pressure.

     

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

  76. tricolore says:

    Habs were not moving their legs in the late stages of that period. The hockey Gods are smiling on them due to the post, the penalty, and the goal. They need to raise the intensity and start forcing more turnovers by the Caps. 

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  77. KC64 says:

    Gotta believe…..GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    It kind of encourages me when caps fans RIP on mike green..

    “Mike Green could fill a dumptruck with suck and still have plenty of suck left over to hand out to the suckless. Sheeeeesh!”

    “There’s a reason Mike Green didn’t get picked to play for Team Canada in the olympics. The guy is def. not a gamer. Never steps up when it matters and instead hurts the team w/ an absolutely terrible penalty.

    “mike green is an embarrassment – offensive zone penalty w/ 40 seconds left…just awful. “

    “MIKE GREEN IS REALLY STUPID”

    “Yes, Mike Green is as dumb as he looks.”

    “Green may have just cost the team the game with that one. Watch the Habs will win 1-0. I ahve always defended Green but he really is making some silly mistakes.”

    Well well well Mr. Boudreau what do you think of your beloved boy that you love so much who continues to struggle on the blue line. Comes up the ice and has he done many other times in this series – LOSES THE HANDLE on the puck and then takes a stupid penalty. I don’t care if the d-man was off balance. He put his stick out in a crosscheck motion and pushed him.

    Unfortunately the bounces again aren’t going the Caps way. Semin hits a post. The Caps play 19 minutes and then bam they make a mistake. Yes it’s only 1-0 after 1 but we’ll see what this team is made of now.

    Mike Green is a waste. Your Norris Trophy finalist at his best = JOKE.”

  79. terrygain says:

    47’s as weak on defence as he’s good on the PP. Playing him on the PP and on the 4th line only  is a no brainer Even in his limited ice time he gave us a few  anxious moments in the first. In addition, playing 7 D screws up the  rhythm of the defence partners. 

  80. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    The pressure is on for washington, as we have said it again and again first seed versus eight seed matchup. Although this time, the odds are against washington… As they lost two straight and lost two at home this series. How well does Ovechkin do when pressure is lerking? Not very well. Team Russia choked and Ovie especially was the frusterated one. It doesn’t take a shrink to see a frusterated kid on the ice and during game 6… Ovie looked beyond frusterated. I don’t think Ovie could last a day as a hab when it comes down to pressure. And the Habs? The media built them out of Teflon and they could play under any pressure right now.

    Tonight WILL be a washout for the caps, get ready to see some crazy offseason trades and maybe Boudreau fired? Who knows…. Okay Boudreau probably won’t get fired…

  81. lavie says:

    Habs should keep skating, keep fore-checking, keep shooting. Caps are almost desperate.

  82. boris420 says:

    To those who want to watch the game online I posted up some free streams:

    http://habsonlinetv.blogspot.com/

  83. terrygain says:

    “Okay Hammy, I’m sending you out with MAB. Your job is to pinch deep into their end.”

  84. jimmy shaker says:

    When you have someone named Hammer on the bench…..he just screws the rhythm of the whole team up let alone the D.  There you go with a dumb forecheck!

    Shaker

  85. terrygain says:

    garbage call on 26

  86. temekuhabs says:

    From Japers’ Rink, an excerpt:

    “This team didn’t win 54 games in the regular season by accident; they did so by being better – better than every other team in the League. Certainly better than Montreal and its under-sized (and under-skilled) forwards, slow-footed blueliners, inexperienced goaltenders…”

    Think there’s panic?

     

  87. HabsalwaysCA says:

    Please stop all this optimistic banter. The Habs are doomed. They cannot possibly win.. three.. in a row against this far supeiror team.

    There , now hold tight till about 9:30 Eastern

  88. TPlow says:

    I hate this rope-a-dope strategy. Sooner or later they’re going to get burned playing the whole game in their own end.

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

  89. Ton says:

    whats going on with ak. had enough  with him and his brother are floaters. gone, trade, go away.

  90. MontrealAtheist says:

    Shutout Halak in game 7 !!!

  91. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Thanks bud!

  92. tricolore says:

    Why Pouliot is playing with G and G instead of Moen, I’ll never know?

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  93. emann_222 says:

    Doomed – how dark and ominous!

    I have news for you. We are RESILIENT. More than I can say for the Caps – just look at their Game 7 record. We WILL prevail. See you in Pitt on Saturday!

  94. emann_222 says:

    So this is my final note before I have my pre-game nap.

    This is superstition at it’s best … for moi. The last time we were here was against the Bruins in 2004. Down 3-1 in games but not out … Why?

    We prevailed with a 5-4 victory in game 5 (winning by a goal).

    We continued with a 5-2 victory in game 6 (winning by 3 goals).

    We proceeded to win Game 7 and advance ….

    This is where the superstition takes place …

    We won Game 5 v the Caps 2-1 (winning by a goal).

    We won Game 6 v the Caps 4-1 (winning by 3 goals).

    The Stars are aligned … the Hockey Gods have spoken …

    Tonight we dance as we pack our bags for Pittsburgh!

    Go Habs Go!!!!!!!

  95. sholi2000.com says:

    One More Miracle Please Jaroslav.

    GO HABS GO

    They Call Me Shane

  96. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    We really needed that goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  97. Jeff says:

    ” I fear all we have done is to awake a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve!”

    Soooo, which team will prevail, the league leading Caps or the 8th seeded Habs?

    I am surprised by the resiliency of the Habs and the lack of scoring by the Caps, what will happen now in game 7?

    There is NOTHING better than a 7th game showdown for all the marbles and I wish the Habs good luck!

    The Caps do not deserve to move on, based on their performance up to now, GAME ON!

     

  98. MontrealAtheist says:

    The first goal is done … Now let the meltdown begin!

  99. jimmy shaker says:

    There is still plenty of time to join the MAB fan club….I never turn people away!

    Shaker

  100. Bugs says:

    About zen?

    Told ya.

    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/

  101. PeterStone says:

    I’ll take Ovie on my team any day …

    One thing that should be put to rest, at least for now, is who the best player in the NHL is ..

    WJC = Crosby

    Lord Stanley = Crosby

    Olympic Gold = Crosby

    even the head to head, game 7 , playoff matchup = Crosby.

    Like I said, I would take Ovie on my team cause HE’s awesome .. but Crosby makes the Team awesome. It will be a challenge !

  102. Da Hema says:

    Certainly Ovechkin is a talented young man. Ovechkin, though, does not appear to be the kind of player who will make his linemates and even teammates better. Crosby does that. Ovechkin played great this series as an individual. The problem with Ovechkin is his character. Spraying a little boy (and scaring the hell out of the kid too boot–note too the kid thought Ovechkin was going to plow right into him) is the kind of thing a mean uncle does, not a “playful” adult. The hockey gods are punishing Ovechkin now. Justice is served.

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  103. MontrealAtheist says:

    It’s pure business, given that Sid the Kid is playing, too.

  104. MontrealAtheist says:

    I think Bob Gainey is kicking himself for failing to see all that goaltending talent that was right there in front of him all the time and that eventually led us into the play-offs and past the Caps.

  105. SUMO says:

    - A 9th Round Pick who WAS the back-up to begin the season.

    - A mid-season UFA signing with a rocket launcher for a shot

    - The best 2nd round pick the Habs ever traded, scored the winning goal.

    EVERYBODY LOVES AN UNDERDOG!

  106. Chuck says:

    I’m late to the post-game celebrations, so I don’t know if it’s
    already been mentioned… but Hal Gill, Josh Georges, and every player
    that played on the penalty kill or blacked a shot are the true unsung
    heroes of the series. Caps go 1-for-33 on the powerplay, and
    in game 7 with everything on the line the team blocked more shots than
    the number of saves that Jaro had to make.

    Habs D… you’re super-studs in my book!

    _____________________________________

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

  107. sholi2000.com says:

    Ever since Ovechkin’s last suspension, he’s played a completely different game.  He’s still a scoring machine however he took his hitting game out of the equation. 

    They Call Me Shane

  108. emann_222 says:

    I’d talk but I can’t type through the tears … over the Pens in 6!

  109. habsfansince91 says:

    somewhere, Bob Gainey is smiling right now.

  110. emann_222 says:

    BINGO!

     

  111. otter649 says:

    And watch history being made – Down three games to one & win the series.(16th seed beating the first seed)  More to add to Montreal Canadiens history & lore………

  112. filincal says:

    Thank you Bob!  I never doubted any of your decisions. Good on you for realizing last years team had little heart. Let’s see how good this team is now….three more teams to beat.

     

     

    I BLEED BLEU BLANC ET ROUGE!!!

  113. habsfan321 says:

    You know you can’t spell Ovechkin without “C-H-O-K-E”!!!

  114. Shiloh says:

    I’ve played duplicate bridge with seven other guys every Wednesday night for almost 20 years – and I played tonight as well. We had both TV’s on with the sound off while we played. Two of us are Habs fans, four others are Red Wing fans, there’s one Bruins fan and Greg, the Math Professor, who has never watched a sporting event in his life.

    My son and daughters called me the second it was over and there was an instantaneous “Woooooooooo!!” on both ends of the phone. What a night!

    I saw quite a bit of the game – I have it PVR’ed here – and I liked what I saw. I’ll only mention three players, but I could mention 20 players.

    1. Domenic Moore – he plays the same way whether it’s an exhibition game or Game 7 in the playoffs. He is a nice player and a great acquisition.

    2. Thunder Bay’s own Tom Pyatt – a lot of heart.

    3. AK46 – he’s a huge talent but still learning. He didn’t score tonight but he seemed to rush up the side of the ice with the puck a lot tonight. And, when there wasn’t a great play available, he pushed it into their zone. He is learning how to play playoff hockey, and with his talent, that’s great news for Les Boys.

    What a game!!

     

  115. big_red7333 says:

    Habs vs Pens are on CBC!

  116. Rainrocket16 says:

    I shall never forget this season as long as I live!!

  117. Eliisa says:

    Chuck – I was thinking the same thing. Gill and Gorges were absolutely solid. An amazing defensive pairing. Gorges has always impressed me with his dedication and he took it up another level tonight. He never quits. It’s amazing. His role as a leader on this team is evident too. Gill on the other hand, I will admit I was very skeptical about that signing. I have no problem saying I was absolutely wrong about him. Shot blocking MACHINE. He can’t even be human. He shut down Ovie over and over and over. Incredible. Those two are a very large part of tonight’s win. I wish I could thank them in person for their hard work and dedication in this series. I think I am still in shock.

  118. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Just got home from work and I only have one thing to say:

    I DON’T BELIEVE WHAT I JUST SAW.

  119. Bob Barker says:

    Habs record against the Pens this season was 1-3-0. The Habs definitely have an advantage in goal considering how poorly Fleury has played and how amazing Halak has been. Shot-blocking machine USS Hal Gill will be an asset shutting down their PP. Hopefully Gomez can do his best Zetterberg impression and limit Crosby’s effectiveness.

     

     

  120. HABZZZ says:

    I thought I would post a note on a fan blod on sb nation. LEOPARDSEAL has been trashing this blog for a while so he had this coming. Sorry for the Halak spelling.

    Well that was a great series and the part I like the most is our GM retired
    and the new guy had enough sense to take Carey Price out
    of the net and put our MAN in.  No doubt that you guys had the faster players
    and the allstars to go with it. We wouldn,t have won without that guy in net.
    But I thought that in every sport you were told not to give the other team
    bulletin board material. And Ovie now knows that.   Great playing by both teams
    is why we watch this game so hope you are all not to upset because you have the
    team just maybe need a few small parts and some puck luck. Good luck next
    year….   Oh And This is a little note to the guy  “LEOPARDSEAL” that has been
    running his mouth of on all our sites… HOPE YOU DONT CHOKE ON THAT CROW YOU
    ARE NOW EATING !!

  121. Propwash says:

    LOL, so NOW the CBC jumps on the bandwagon……

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  122. Chuck says:

    Agreed!
    _____________________________________

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

  123. Da Hema says:

    The turning point of this series, interestingly, happened off the ice. I believe when Ovechkin made those comments about Halak “shaking” during game 4, it only served to motivate Jaro. Jaro is shaking his way to the second round of the playoffs.

    Hey Ovechkin: you are a LOSER. You lost to the Montreal Canadiens and you lost at the Olympics.

    Choke on that as you crawl back to Russia.

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  124. Dennis says:

    I held my breath for sixty minutes. And I’d like to say to all Habs fans, we are a nation. http://dennis-kane.com/miracle-completed-canadiens-remove-caps/ 

  125. Hamayoune says:

    Thank you my fellow Habs. From the fifth game on, I stopped expecting any win, and I have enjoyed each game to the fullest. Each win from now on is a victory, Yes a Victory! We do not expect anything from you guys (Habs) but you have all our support. I do not pressure you to win nor to score but I will remain loyal; you have earned my trust. Today you have showed us you have Hearts and Guts. I have never seen in my experience such great effort and respect for the coach’s system. I have bashed Martin’s system all year long but today I have to admit the man has proven me wrong. Yes I was wrong and i am proud to be!

     

    GO HABS GO

    Mes chers Canadiens, je crois en vous mais je ne mets aucune pression dans vos epaules.

  126. BKAK72 says:

    I actually did predict the HABS in 7 games – if – THEODORE/VAHRLAMOV didn’t do their job, guess what CAPS fans…?!

    Additional observations:  HALAKS shut down is a team effort.  Let’s not forget the work of Hall Gill, Josh Gorges and O’Byrne along with MOORE, MOEN and LAPPS (yes him too).  Do not discount what these guys brought to the table.

    Bring on those PENS.  I would not at all be surprised if this (now healthy) roster takes down Pittsburgh in 6 games.

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

  127. Chartrand1223 says:

    The Hockey God’s have struck down O-choken, because of his hit on Campbell and his snow shower on the little Montreal Canadien and I don’t mean Brian Gionta, ha ha and keep the change, you filthy animal….

  128. SBAH says:

    so, when do they start gellin? hehe

  129. SBAH says:

    lol on the Gio comment!

  130. Sambaguio says:

    I like that “the part I like the most is our GM retired”.  Thanks. Finally someone is  on my side. Go Habs! Go Halak! Go Jacques Martin! Go for Cup 25!

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

  131. Chuck says:

    Don’t kid yourself… they’ll be broadcasting Penguin games, not Hab games.

    _____________________________________

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

  132. SeriousFan09 says:

    Now that our rivalry with Washington is concluded until next October, let me say this.

    Yes he snowed the kid, yes he made fun of Halak. Yes he was suspended twice this year on dirty hits. Yes his ego needs to be checked. He should learn to play defence.

    But he didn’t knee Andrei Markov, he did not board Mike Cammalleri or slew-foot Tomas Plekanec. He went to the handshake line and was amiable, he didn’t take it out on us during the game when he was frustated with illegal hits that he would’ve gotten away with. He played his game and didn’t try to cripple our players. Yes he wasn’t what he should be in the big games scoring-wise, but he didn’t do a Chris Pronger special on any of our guys either. This game/series could have been a lot uglier, but he didn’t do anything to make it that way.

    He’s not the devil, he’s just a guy who needs a real coach to put a foot up his ***.

     

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

  133. Propwash says:

    True….. Its Crosby after all.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  134. Chuck says:

    We should keep in mind that folks hate a sore winner…

    _____________________________________

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

  135. Propwash says:

    Tell you what, he’s a guy I wouldnt mind having on our side.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  136. 24moreCups says:

    YEESSSSSSSSS!!!!!! They did it! what everyone else thought was immpossible, now it’s just time to knock off Sid and those Pens.

    GO HABS GOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  137. Propwash says:

    Just to ruffle your feathers a bit, Gainey signed Martin as our coach ;)

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  138. Caballero says:

    I agree. Ovechkin is a hot head and an arrogant player. He has style and flash though I will give him that. I think that failure is always a good teacher, so with all of the failures Ovechkin has had this year (not winning gold, no RR trophy, tepid playoff performance), he will only get more mature and better. Hockey is a team sport, so perhaps he can try a blind pass to an open man once in a while after he dekes 4 players and cuts to the net.

  139. gK_HabsFan says:

    so does Subban stay up, or get sent back to Hamilton.

    just wanted to know your opinions

    -GK-

  140. Chuck says:

    Do you think that he might have a tip or two to pass along to his teammates?

    _____________________________________

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

  141. PeterStone says:

    WOW .. what else can be said .. where is the Caps fan who was talking trash about us and French Canadians after game 4 … ????? He posted the link for the Caps Board … perhaps we should visit him and say hi.  Anyone have it ?

    I was a non believer, and , whatever happens from here, is a bonus .. but these boys definitely showed tremendous amount of heart. 

  142. Velavok says:

    Incredible, what a team effort!  Congrats all around the room, from Gorges, to Gill, cammaleri, on down the line.

    A big congrats to PG for the Moore signing. On this board, the web, the talking heads, etc. all bashed him over giving up a 2nd rounder for him. Moore has been amazing since he came over, the guy has speed to burn and i have been impressed with his work ethic. That goal was clutch, turned out to be the game winner and has to be the goal of his life (so far) Even without scoring there, he has brought great energy to the bottom six, well done.

    Dont know if i will be able to sleep tonight, still too revved up.

    Go habs Go!

  143. Da Hema says:

    C’mon Timo: no MAB comment?

    Just teasing.

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  144. Rainrocket16 says:

    LMWAO

  145. MontrealAtheist says:

    No matter what happens against the Pens, the team has shown why we are so proud of it. While the Pens may be favored to advance to the conference finals, I’m sure Halak & Co. will give them a run for their money.

  146. Caballero says:

    Dude, don’t ruffle Halak fans, they are angry people it seems.

  147. Sambaguio says:

    And the coach before him Carbo.

    Carbo tried to use Halak, and he got fired. This time Martin also saw what Carbo saw in Halak. Good thing Gainey is no longer GM, else he’ll get fired too.

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

  148. Caballero says:

    Precisely, if we though we saw biased reffing, now we get more of that plus biased commentating. This is why I watch the games in French at least you know the comments are biased but the right way!

  149. Rainrocket16 says:

    Moore is the modern day Paul Dipietro!!

  150. Eliisa says:

    I think we are all thinking along the same lines, which is good because there probably won’t be too much heartbreak. Anything else is gravy. Would I like to beat the Pens? Sure, why not ;). But if we don’t I am so pleased with how far they’ve come.

    What a game :)

  151. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …well said Serious …Ovie is a man-child that just needs good coaching …or be part of a team that is coached to play as a team

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  152. Caballero says:

    Exactly, and I am so happy Boston and Philly are facing each other. Hopefully, they will pound each other into a pulp and there will be mutual destruction. There may not be much of a team left for whoever wins the Habs vs Pens series, all the more reason for us to have hope here.

  153. Chuck says:

    The’ve taken out the best team in the league, so why stop there? Next up… the Stanley Cup Champions!

    But you’re right, Eliisa. Everything else is gravy. We’ll undoubtedly spend some time pulling our hair out in round 2, but we can’t forget that this team barely knew each other’s names 10 months ago.

    _____________________________________

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

  154. Propwash says:

    Carbo got fired because he lost the room. Gainey stepped in, didnt like what he saw, and blew up the team. Coaches dont get fired because of who they select to go into nets.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  155. Da Hema says:

    It is good of you to take the high road, but I have no sympathy for Ovechkin. He deserves all the criticism that will quite rightly come his way. I notice a number of posters here in the past have criticised Sidney Crosby, but to his credit he comports himself as a professional. Crosby is now a leader, both on and off the ice. Perhaps Ovechkin should try to emulate Crosby.

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  156. Eliisa says:

    Haha, I was being a little tongue in cheek. :) I would love to take out the Pens – then the Stanley Cup is ours. I was being serious about just being pleased with the team thus far. I never did count them out, I was just always carefully optimistic. I believe we will go into the game Friday with great confidence and the knowledge that we are quality cup contenders – how can they not be after beating the number one team in the league?

  157. Eliisa says:

    Awwww man, I wish I never read that. He sounds so lost. I will pretend I didn’t read that until tomorrow – tonight is our night!

  158. Drive_For_25 says:

    That’s awesome!!  Just crushing Ovies world for the second time in 2 months, it doesn’t get much sweeter than that!!!

  159. Bugs says:

    Nuthin wrong with schadenfreudin your hearts out over this; intend to do just that in a moment.

    But first, props to the guy for facin the music while it’s burnin hot.

    A real Mensch far as I’m concerned.

    But uh…someone should wake Semin up pretty soon afore he misses his flight back to Smolensk or wherever.

    Mwooa-ha-ha!

    …putz…

    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/

  160. zozotheclown says:

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=527468

    I think we broke him down pretty good, I almost feel bad, but then I don’t.

  161. Caballero says:

    I think Bob deserves some praise for the changes he made before he left. I am not sure his work was done however. I think it was a good idea trying to reconstruct this team on the off season instead of getting rid of everyone and rebuilding over the course of many seasons. It was a gamble and we are seeing some of it paying off. I agree that Gainey was biased towards Price perhaps but things are not so black and white in the real world man. If anything Price fans should also be critical of Gainey because he was not a good mentor to the kid, probably too busy grieving at the time to see things clearly.

  162. Sambaguio says:

    A fan from Washington was interviewed after the loss:

    “If someone came to your work and stepped on your desk or punched you in the head, that’s how I feel,” he said.

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

  163. Habsone says:

    I am sooo proud!  Great job!! 

  164. Rainrocket16 says:

    On my final note of the night!…….Thats what you all get for taking our Expos from us!!! Payback!!!

  165. Bugs says:

    They’d already given us a Stanley Cup with Walter and Green though…

    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/

  166. gp52 says:

    That goalie interference call on Ovechkins goal may have been undeserved but it makes up 

    for  Knubles  intereference that wasn’t called in game 2.

  167. Mr.Hazard says:

    So. Halak is establishing himself as one of the best goalies in the league. Beat Russia in the Olympics, Slovakia finishing fourth. Beat the Caps, #1 team in the league, in a best-of-7. Second in SV% right now, fifth overall in the regular season… What more does he need to do for the team to want to sign him?

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  168. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …to Anyone out there too young to know WHY Toe Blake or Scotty Bowman were considered to be among ‘the best’ coaches in NHL history …despite having Teams Of Superstars, the Montreal Canadiens also possessed coaches, in Blake and Bowman, that ‘knew’ HOW to Coach …systematically, strategically …like chessmasters

    …Our Superstars were coached superbly to play …as a Team

    …a Toe Blake or Scotty Bowman-coached Washington Capital team with Ovechkin et al, would not have lost this series

    …this series woulda been close, …but no cigar for Our Canadiens …IF the Caps had a quality coach

    …despite My feeling Jacques Martins was the best ‘available’ choice by Gainey for Coach of Our re-made Habs, for His calmness, experience and organizational abilities …I was often also mystified and frustrated during this season for …IMO …Martin not sufficiently recognizing or allowing Our Players full offensive skills to flourish its full potential

    …beating the Caps IS/WAS A Great Accomplishment …by Jacques Martins as well as Our Players …this was a COMPLETE Team Effort on the ice …and behind the bench

    …the Penguins though are not as deep as the Caps, yet are MUCH better coached

    …We should not get too far ahead of Ourselves …but wouldn’t it be a great antidote to ALL these miserable past 17 years of mediocrity to rise from the ashes defeating first Ovechkin, second Crosby, third the FilthyBoyz or Beanboyz …AND finally have an ALL Canadian final with da ‘Nuckz ??? …(We WINNING …of course !!!)

    …sounds like a great outline for a movie, doesn’t it ?

    …GO HABS !!! …go ! …eh ???

     

    POSTSCRIPT: …anyOne else interested starting a petition in HIO …to prevent/object renaming of the Lester B. Pearson Trophy to the Ted Lindsey Trophy ?

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  169. MontrealAtheist says:

    What’s with all the Bob Gainey fanboys stepping forward and trying to credit this series win to Gainey?

    BG never believed in Halak and never treated him as anything other than Price’s backup goalie. This was never more evident than during the Bruins series where Price could not deliver as he expected but still got to play. The situation was not unlike the Caps series, the 8th seeded Habs taking on the #1 seed in the East, however BG’s ego got in the way of making the correct goaltending choices and as a consequence the Habs got swept away.

    BG was convinced that Price was the next messiah due to his higher draft choice ranking that he failed to see the actual talent/skill in Halak. It was only after BG left that JM could finally give Halak a chance to shine and the confidence to start a game even after narrowly losing the previous one.

    I have much respect for BG as a player and feel for the loss of his daughter Laura, but his contributions as a GM are anything but remarkable. How many Cups did BG bring to Montreal? How often did he get us into the Cup finals?

  170. Sambaguio says:

    According to sore loser Boudreau, Ovie’s tying goal should have been a goal.

    “I watched it just now four or five times,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It feels like you’re whining if you say things [that are] negative, but that’s a pretty tough one to take. If Knuble’s right foot touched [Halak's] pad … it was so light I don’t know how they could make that call. I thought the puck was in the net before that anyway.”

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

  171. MontrealAtheist says:

    Just for the record, Halak frustrated Ovie during the Olympics when his Slovakia beat Russia and he did the same thing in this series against the Caps. You’ve gotta wonder which one of these two is shaking when they are facing each other.

  172. Sambaguio says:

    AMEN!!!!!!

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

  173. forskis says:

    Gainey thought highly of Halak and has said so on many occasions…he thought Price was better…nothing wrong with that, the book is still unwritten on Price, but the evidence at that time indicated that he would be good right away…would you rather have a GM who had zero confidence in his higher-ranked draft picks?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  174. Rainrocket16 says:

    Yes I also Object.. what a slap in the face to Pearson, and his family!! BS.. I dont mind making a Lindsey trophy but give it a different cause!! Fully agree with that!

  175. forskis says:

    Your last sentence is pure speculation…the team has never said anything about getting rid of him…the only thing we have to go on right now is that PG wants to keep both goalies and has said so at the trade deadline.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  176. Bugs says:

    Last time we played Pittsburgher in the playoffs, we beat’em.

    Sooo, there’s that, I guess…

    Now, this is usually when I say something succinctly catchy or mind-bogglingly witty like “Drop the puck already!” or “Let’s get it on.” but honestly, I still need to catch my breath. It truly hasn’t sunk in that we beat these sonsabastiches. The building realization is a tremendous feeling, lemme tell yehs.

    That’s what zen does, I reckon.

    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/

  177. alaskan_king_crab_gomez says:

    First time poster here but been following the site for awhile. But gotta say, WHAT A WIN BY THE HABS IN THIS SERIES…everyone was doubting them cuz ovechkin and company will light it up and so happy habs shut them down and won the series. Even got some of my nucks frds here in Vancouver rooting for the habs cuz they don’t like ovechkin.

  178. Rainrocket16 says:

    Thanks again for the Zen!!

  179. kkurji says:

    And a saint is born…ST. JAROSLAV HALAK! I know Halak was the difference but this was truly a team win. After last year’s debacle against boston, we may have gotten smaller physically, but man we have more heart and character now then we’ve had since 1993. One giant down, Bring on the Champs. Go Habs Go!

  180. gp52 says:

    let him look at the video of game 2, where Backstrom scores because Knuble intereferes with Halak.

     

    That one should have have been called. We might have one that game and the series earlier had that

    goal not counted.

  181. MontrealAtheist says:

    No easy road to the Holy Grail!”

    True, but dare I say that if they make it past the Pens the worst would be behind them? If they advance to the conference finals by beating the Caps and the Pens you’ve got to like their chances against either Bruins or the Flyers.

    I’m hoping for a chance to meet the Bruins in the conference finals, after all there is still a score to settle from last year :)

  182. Bugs says:

    I thought it was a goal too.

    If the refs had NOT waved it off, would you now be questioning whether they should’ve?

    Boudreau ain’t a sore loser.

    He’s just a regular loser.

    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/

  183. Bugs says:

    Well, tell your friends that Malkin was twice as worse than Ovy doin whatever it is they hate’m for.

    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/

  184. kakey says:

    Mike Green is eating his words

  185. Da Hema says:

    Heheh. When was the last time we beat the Penguinees Bugs? When Dryden and Lafleur played?

    ;-)

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    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  186. ddupuis says:

    I cried…and proud to say so!…:)

    Nicely done Bob Gainey – when you said you wanted to replace the attitude in the dressing room, I had no idea this is what you meant…!

    DD…

  187. Hayward4Price says:

    I gotta agree…looked like a good goal to me and we got a lucky call on it.  Had it been true interference Halak would have been chasing down the ref like he did in game 2.

    It’s them darn ghosts sneakin into the luggage compartment of the flight to Washington!

  188. alaskan_king_crab_gomez says:

    Well they also want Canadian teams to advance so they can stick it to Bettman….althoguh i dont root for the nucks, i want them to LOSE. LOL

  189. habsgirl74 says:

    great post, i can’t understand wht people can’t just be happy that they won instead of bashing price and gainey

  190. Hayward4Price says:

    BG as a player and certainly the loss of his daughter have nothing to do with him assembling this team.  I think if you put Halak in against Boston last year the same result would have occured…maybe we’d squeek by and take one from them.  Besides, I doubt an ol fella like JM would have taken the job if he didn’t ultimately have the power to decide who’d be between the pipes…with or without BG in the picture.

  191. A. Berke says:

    just an ol’ song came to my mind:

    Nana naa naah

    Nana naa naah

    Hey heeey

    good bye!

    BTW, all folks and chair qbacks bitching and criticising Gainey for putting this team together last summer, IMHO owe a big time apology to him now and should be happy for giving us a team with heart and character.

    Cheers,

    Ali B.

  192. 11habs11 says:

    I still can’t bring myself to believe this is actually happening!

  193. SeriousFan09 says:

    I call it cosmic justice for the Game 2 BS where Knuble sat on Halak for a goal, that and the Capitals being offside for the game-tying goal to force OT.

    They can whine as much as they like, refs gave them just about every chance they needed to win for half the games this series and they still couldn’t get it done.

     

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

  194. Da Hema says:

    Hi Ali: I share your Na Na, but before we campaign for Gainey as Prime Minister, we should keep in mind we won this series almost solely because of Jaro’s goaltending. The team did some excellent things (like the penalty killing, which was fabulous, and shot blocking), but we were badly outshot and our face-off abilities just suck. I agree, though, Gainey deserves credit for the good character players (e.g., Gill, Gorges, Gionta, Cammalleri, Gomez) he acquired.

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  195. SeriousFan09 says:

    Halak wouldn’t have saved the 2009 playoffs for us, that’s revisionist history considering how utterly one-sided the scoring sheet was.

    If he didn’t see the talent in Halak, he never would have signed him to play for the team, end of story. He drafted Halak and signed him, put him in the ECHL, than the AHL than brought him to the big team. He put in a coach (JM) who chose which goalies to play on what nights. Gainey wasn’t calling Martin up every game telling him which goalie to play.

    Gainey has been building this team towards this moment since he took over the GM position and then left it to Gauthier. The Hamilton Bulldogs are purely a Canadiens farm team because he made it so. He restocked the shelves on the farm and signed a brilliant young coach to take over the Canadiens bench in the near future. He restored the prestige of the organization so that we could attract free agents like Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta to the team. Those things don’t happen overnight, they can drink the Burke kool-aid in Toronto as much as they like and he can sign as many undrafted free agents as he likes, they’re only signing with Toronto because their pathetic roster makes it a lot more likely those free agents can hit the NHL next season or soon after. This has been a slow drive to get the team out of the basement and back to respectability, Gainey did that and we are now reaping the benefits of that.

     

     

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

  196. DiPaolo says:

    I would have questioned it as much as I questioned them calling the 2nd goal in game 2 a goal.  It was not either.  The only reason that one was allowed was because there were no skates in the crease but the rest of his body was…neither of them were penatlies but according to the rule book they were not goals either.  No goal, player in the crease…face off outside.

    Same thing for MTL’s goal that was called back.

  197. HabsTrueBlue says:

    Please give up your incessant Gainey bashing. You come across as bitter and petty. 

    You seem to forget that both Halak and Price were promising prospects. Gainey didn’t fail to see the skill in Halak. Gainey didn’t fail to give Halak a chance to shine. Halak elevated his game starting in Dec 2009 while Gainey was still the GM. This happened a month after Price had a spectacular showing in Nov 2009. You are too busy bashing Gainey to understand that the internal goaltending competition may very well be the reason why a motivated Halak has been able to get his game to the level it currently is.

    If you think the only reason that Gainey thought that Price held (and still holds) so much promise is because of his high draft choice ranking then you really are obtuse.

    Clearly other than DM this is undoubtedly the team that Bob Gainey has built.

  198. CHsam says:

    Wow. Just amazing.

     

    You know what? I’m just going to shut my big trap about JM and just enjoy this while it lasts. Go Habs Go. What a series. LOVE IT. and of course, MTL downtown was nuts

  199. canada4l says:

    Might as well enjoy this.  Here is a little video I made.  A parody of the history will be made commercials.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eh0QI-O-U8

  200. shootdapuck says:

    He’s eating more than his words!

    Wonder if SI is planning a follow-up interview?

    He was arguably the worst Caps Dman in this series.

    He’s made Steve Yzerman look like an absolute genius for not picking him for the Olympics.

    Norris trophy candidate P**S-O*F!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  201. shootdapuck says:

    He’s just a regular loser who after two playoff failures maybe feeling some heat!

    He whinged that the Habs were complaining to the officials’ supervisor about contact in the crease!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  202. shootdapuck says:

    How many Cup finals did Rejean Houle and Andre Savard Gaineys’ immediate predecessors get the Canadiens into?

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  203. tdrmoss84 says:

    There’s been a few MAB supporters out there and God bless them…because I have been one of them.  Gosh darn it!  What a freakin rifle shot….OMG!  And the oh by the way, Montreal picked up Moore near the deadline for a draft pick…BEAUTIFUL…one punk down and another one to go.  Gary Buttman must of lost the rest of his hair this evening!  Ole’ Ole’ Ole’ Ole’ Ole’

  204. tdrmoss84 says:

    I can’t stop looking at shootdapuck’s photo….ggrrr!   Ole’ Ole” Ole’ Ole’ Ole’

  205. linp says:

    Big congrat. to the team and to all the fans who believe!!!! They deserve this win and more to come. Life is beautiful.

    Note to TIMO: “The team gelling is complete!”

  206. linp says:

    Most of us supports how JM uses MAB mainly in the PP situation. If MAB is not asking for more than 1m per season, we should resign him.

    Lapierre saved his best hockey for the playoff. Now it is hard not to resign him. Halak and Moore have become the core of our team. I am so happy that it proves once again character is more important than size. Gomez, Gionta and Cammalleri! Bob knows his hockey.

  207. Clay4bc says:

    Agreed on Jaro…and Gainey did everything in his power to trade him away before he left. I respect Bob Gainey greatly, but he gets no accolades from me about this. We were horrobly outplayed from start to finish in the last three games we won.

    _________________

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

  208. Habs1st says:

    Agreed.  Payback for game 2.  The Caps scored two goals in that game that should not have counted.  The NHL needs consistency.  Whatever the rule is, apply evenly, consistently and fairly.

  209. badbalance says:

    I predicted the Habs in 6, guess I was wrong. What Heart and Determination by this team. What a shock to the NHL world and to buttman

  210. Habs1st says:

    I have a lot of respect for Gainey and was (and still am) one of his supporters. He does deserve some credit for putting this team together. That being said, I think too much credit or blame is put on a GM. Based on the reasoning that Gainey should take a lot of credit for the win, I guess George McPhee in Washington needs to take a lot of blame for the Caps losing? As for Halak vs. Price, I don’t think anyone knew that Halak would be this good. Halak didn’t have a great junior career like Price did. Granted, Canada’s junior team was a might bit better than Slovakia’s junior team. If other GMs or teams knew that Halak would be this good, then he would have been drafted a lot earlier than he was. 25 goaltenders were drafted ahead of Halak.  25! Marc-Andre Fleury and Jimmy Howard seem to be the only two others drafted ahead of Halak that have seem to have legit shots at good NHL careers.  And they were the first two goaltenders taken.  Brian Elliot was drafted after Halak.

  211. Habs1st says:

    Very well said.

  212. Habs1st says:

    AWESOME WIN!  Last two games were nail-biters, but the result is what counts!  GO HABS!!!!!!!!! 

  213. shootdapuck says:

    Anyone catch Bettman’s interview at the first intermission on Comcast?

    He said his biggest worry was that the referees would “screw up”!

    Wonder what he meant?

     

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  214. nightmare_49 says:

    …  The Washington Take:  …  Washington Times …..,, Power Outage in Game #7 …..   http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/apr/28/caps-suffer-power-outage-game-7/        …..

    Caps complete historic collapse

    Capitals Insider …..  http://blog.washingtonpost.com/capitalsinsider/        …….. 

    And Then There Was Golf  …  by Japer’s Rink …..  http://www.japersrink.com/2010/4/28/1449792/and-then-there-was-golf        ……..  and now i’ll sit back and read from all those Hal Gill bashers.       

  215. MontrealAtheist says:

    I agree and was only responding to the flood of Gainey fans who all of a sudden step forward and credit this series win and the discovery of Halak to Bob Gainey.

  216. Da Hema says:

    I did not intend to be churlish. I am proud of the Habs for this stunning playoff upset. No question the Habs were very much outplayed during the last three games. The good news was the team received possibly legendary goaltending, was opportunistic, and (literally) neutralised Washington’s power play. Moreover, the team finally broke through its recent first-round doldrums, and created a valuable winning experience for younger players like Subban, O’Byrne, Pouliot, and Pyatt. Yet if we continue giving up 50 shots a game to a team like Pittsburgh….yikes!

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    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  217. G-Man says:

    This royal game of kings, this
    two-score-and-four-Cupped isle,
    This goaltender of
    majesty, this line of Mars,
    This other miracle, demi-deity,
    This
    fortress built by Halak for ourselves
    Against Ovechkin and the
    sticks
    of war,
    This happy breed of Hab fans, this little world,
    This
    precious puck set in the frozen St. Lawrence River,
    Against the envy
    of
    the lesser Capital lands,–
    This blessed series, this isle, this
    team,
    this Montreal.

     

    Who’d a thunk it?

  218. MontrealAtheist says:

    My point is that Gainey had more than 7 years to build a team and accomplish something and he came out empty-handed. Now that he’s gone and the team actually accomplishes something let’s keep Gainey out of this.

    If Gainey was the genius behind this series win, surely he would have accomplished a bit more than he actually did during his reign.

  219. G-Man says:

    Boudreau looked like an over-filled balloon the last 3 games. I’m surprised his head didn’t burst after the siren sounded to end the game and the season for the Capitals.

  220. ddupuis says:

    Great post HST!

    DD…

  221. marlboro says:

    Fantastic!!! hahah! great Job!

  222. KGB_AKA4787 says:

    And this Guy won Jack Adams last year?are you kidding me, never did he prepare his team or try something new like a system to follow , when u have lost 2 in a row, make some changes around your defensive play,  offense, POWER PLAY MOVMENT, and NOTHING was working for them, Good Job Bourdreau, maby you should have gotten Ovie a Sweedish massage after game 1, at leastttt THAT would of been good coaching    

     

    Go Habs Go

  223. idle says:

    I say it was no goal, simply because of the skate on skate.  If Knuble’s skate did not touch Halaks skate (and touched his pad or leg or something instead) then I would say it was a goal but because it hit Halaks skate it prevented him from making the save.

     

    Either way it doesn’t matter.  The Caps scored 3 goals in 3 games.  Your not going to tell me that 1 called back goal prevented them from closing this series out.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  224. idle says:

    Pretty much what I wanted to say.  Just because Bob thought Price was better (he certainly wasn’t alone) doesn’t mean he thought Halak was garbage and wanted to get rid of him.

     

    This Price v Halak stuff never ends…

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  225. alestar says:

    PERFECT!

     

    XXIV…and counting

  226. Habs1st says:

    You may be right on all points, however, what I’m saying is that people were wrong on judging his skill level and therefore he was drafted late with 25 other goaltenders drafted ahead of him.  And I don’t think anyone knew he was this good last year!

  227. shootdapuck says:

     

    Houle had 5 years and Savard had 3 and they built exactly what? They missed the playoffs in 1999, 2000 and 2001!

    BTW Gainey had 6 seasons there was a lockout!

    Gainey Flushed the toilet and dumped half the team last June.

    He signed all the players presently on this team.

    He signed the coach, assistant coaches and the Hamilton development coach.

    As he left two months ago it appears Gainey had major input into this team and its success.

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  228. Bugs says:

    Dear Washycity:

    “This is our chance to answer the call. This is our moment. This is our time – to put our fans back to work that will open doors of opportunity for our team; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of hockey; to reclaim the Canadien Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth – that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of our club.

    Yes, we can.”

    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/

  229. habfan53 says:

    I would not put Lapierre in the same class as a Claude Lemieux . Monday was Lapierre’s first goal in 22 games.  Also Lapierre does not back up his mouth, he CAN be an important of this team though.

     

     

  230. ds says:

    Obviously Lapierre is not Lemieux yet, but the guy has all the tools to become a similar agitator/goal scorer if used properly.  He has the speed, skill and gets in opposition heads.  He showed signs last year but tailed off this year, let’s hope he does something good tonight.

  231. riazp says:

    There is nothing to get…three diving calls in one game…we have a better chance of winning the 6/49 than having three diving calls on the same team in the same game…especially he call on Gio…that man would never dive! its bull****

  232. ds says:

    So far in the playoffs the NHL has gone out of its way to protect Washington, Pittsburgh & Phoenix.  Lapierre didn’t dive on the 2nd penalty for sure because he just popped up he was caught off balance.  Gionta twisted to avoid landing on his knee thankfully and they called it diving, just more BS from the referees.

     

    I think Lapierre has the makings of Claude Lemieux, the guy always plays well in big games, lets hope MTL gets some secondary scoring, last year Lapierre was crucial getting htis team into the playoffs, I get the feeling he’s pissed off and ready to rock tonight.

     

    Dominic Moore has been a great blend of speed & defensive skill with a rocket shot, he will do something tonight he’s got character.  Washington depth wise is no match for MTL, I expect them to crumble under the pressure of playing at home.  Let’s hope Halak brings his A-Game and its all over for Washington.

  233. Sambaguio says:

    I think Ovie predicted Halak’s “shaking hands”,  he must have been referring to Halak waving goodbye to the Caps! LOL

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

  234. Rainrocket16 says:

    hell yeah!!!!

  235. Habsone says:

    Love it!!!

  236. Bugs says:

    Thanks for remindin me, Samby.

    Swear to gosh, hope someone else saw it: when Laich popped in that late one, camera zoomed to Halak grabbin his water-bottle for a squirt.

    His arm was shakin like hell.

    Please someone tell me they saw that too.

    Like HELL.

    And…well…guess it DON’T mean nuthin after all.

    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/

  237. lab says:

    I want 2 say I’m so proud of our Habs!! I stayed up til 5 am watching the game & I will be watching it again!

    This is my 1st post & it couldn’t have come at a better time

    GO HABS GO!

     

     

     

  238. Merc_Roswell says:

    True, it’s a good point to argue that the Caps had puck possession way more than the habs did but the shot clock doesn’t tell the whole story. Throw in blocked shots, saves, power play goals, penalty killing, the mental fortitude to not give up when you’re down a goal or down 3 games to 1, the extra hussle to the puck and a goalie standing on his head….well, I think the Habs outplayed the Caps more than the Caps did the Habs.

  239. HabsTrueBlue says:

    Of course the Habs did some good things but without Halak standing on his head we lose. Halak outplayed the Caps :-)

  240. Sambaguio says:

    Ovi’s disallowed goal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ECXS_jb5FA

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

  241. Shublips says:

    Cardiac Canadiens indeed!  That was sick!  I, like many of you out there, watched the Habs win the cup in 93 and watch a string of overtime after overtime and still, none of that compares to the stress that I felt watching last night’s game.

    If there was any doubt, Halak has arrived as a number 1.  IF he keeps playing like this, who knows what can happen.  The Habs will be in tough agaisnt the Pens but, like they are saying on the Team 990, you never know.

    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/04/canadiens-capitals-jaroslav-halak-leads.html

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  242. DONJUAN says:

    Things so crazy last night even HIO crashed,  last night’s game wasn’t pretty but the habs got the job done gorges and gill solid again.  Off to Pitt to play Cindy. GO HABS GO!!!

    In HABS we trust.

  243. nastyHABit says:

    CRUSH YOUR ENEMIES….HEAR THE LAMENTATION OF THEIR WOMEN

  244. Bugs says:

    …see them driven before you…

    C’mon, mate. Gonna do it, do it right.

    And capslocking is for children.

    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/

  245. Sambaguio says:

    A Leaf fan was interviewed after Habs epic win:

    “If they can beat the Pens then I will have to throw myself of a cliff as I sing Ole Ole.”

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

  246. Merc_Roswell says:

    Giants will fall

  247. newbrunswick troy says:

    It,s been a long time since i,ve felt this proud of my habs..undersized –underskilled –under-everything compaired to the grand-caps   and still they found a way to believe overcome and conquer they goliath of an opponent…..WoW what a team effort by everybody…from coaches to the last minute call up P.K…

    I say not a chance in hell that this could of happened with last years regime>>>that said good on you Gainey for making such a “great taisting pie..with such little time,budget,and ingredients allready in cupboard”

  248. Merc_Roswell says:

    D’Agostini and Pacioretty couldn’t cut the mustard in Montreal so Gauthier went out and got Dominic Moore much to a lot of people’s surprise and chagrin. In my mind it was a good trade, typical of Gauthier’s bit-by-bit-Kaizen philosophy. At the time of the trade, Moore had the same amount of points that D’Agostini and Pacioretty had combined. The difference? The guy plays hard all the time and has a stronger game playing character. Glad to see him get the winning goal, as a reward for all his plumbing.

  249. Merc_Roswell says:

    The habs wanted this series more than the Caps, they outplayed the Caps, they played committed defense, stayed true to their game plan and had stupendous goaltending. I’m not trying to start a controversy here but let’s call a spade a spade. Gainey and company made this new edition of the habs. They got a new coach, got rid of some NON playoff/big game performers (much as I loved Koivu) and, I think this last point was also a factor in the habs win over the Caps, they brought in winners, guys who have gone the distance and know what it takes and what it is like to perform in these playoffs and it has rubbed off on the young guys who stuck around after last summer. Guys like, Gill, Moen, Gionta, even Gomez (though I hate the albatross of a contract that her has and I think he could produce more). What I find ironic about all this is that the habs limped into the playoffs.

  250. MontrealAtheist says:

    Great post … It makes you wonder what else this team has in store once PG adds the necessary size and skill to the team.

  251. MontrealAtheist says:

    Halak outplayed the Caps :-)

    Now there is something we can all agree on :-) I don’t think permitting the number of shots on goal that the Caps had is necessarily the best way to show that you want to win a game. Had Halak let in just two goals more yesterday everybody would be saying that the Caps “wanted” it more.

  252. HabsTrueBlue says:

    The Habs certainly did not outplay the Caps. They were outshot 42-16 in the last game and 54-21 in game 6.  Just because we won it doesn’t mean we wanted it more.

  253. Lilly says:
    I
    admire what you have done here.
  254. habfan53 says:

    Chuck  where are you watching the game tonight??

  255. Chuck says:

    My pool league team is playing tonight, so it’s going to be at a bar in Oakville. I’ll be decked out in my Hab finest, though!

    _____________________________________

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

  256. habfan53 says:

    Good Luck

    Maybe we can get together in the next round at Ned’s or Ivy

  257. Chuck says:

    Count me in!

    _____________________________________

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

  258. mike g says:

    See my post below about the turtles…

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

  259. Shublips says:

    Oh man, this is going to be a SICK game!

    Anyone else feeling excessively nervous/sick to your stomach?

    Does this encapsulate how you’re feeling:
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/04/pre-game-primer-can-habs-cap-comeback.html

    It does for me!  The Habs have to play an amazing game tonight and Halak has to be, well, Halak.  Let’s go boys!

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  260. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hockey Nation or what? On Twitter, six of the top ten trending topics in Canada were about tonight’s game.

     

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

  261. Porgie says:

    Dear Mr. Mio.

    Didn’t we wear our red team jerseys on Monday? The picture of “Monday’s” game shows them wearing their white jerseys ie picture from the wrong date (?). I’m superstitious! Get things right before the big game!!

    I’m so nervous, i can’t concentrate today!

  262. MontrealAtheist says:

    Monday’s game was at home, so we were wearing red while “they” were wearing white. I don’t see anything wrong with the jerseys in the picture though … What’s the problem?

  263. gp52 says:

    Does anybody think the team will be to  exhausted to put up a good fight Friday. I mean there is only

    so much that adrenalin can do for you.

  264. Rainrocket16 says:

    Its the Pens who should be frightened!! We are on a roll. As history has proven to the playoffs, The rested team is the Bested team!

  265. Habsone says:

    Looser!!!  Wake up!! They did great tonight!!!  Tomorow is another day!!!

  266. Bugs says:

    If all it did was have us beat the team that finished with the most pts in the league, then I can dig it, baby.

    No matter what happens now.

    Hell, I was happy we took it to seven against the Cappers, think I’m worried about PITTSBURGHER now?

    We have SO FAR outstretched our goals for this year that winning ONE game against Pittsburgher will just be extra whipped cream on the super-chocko-fudgie, triple banana split we’re chowin on, so nice try, but you ain’t spoilin nuthin TONIGHT, mate.

    …so much that adrenalin can do…; you hear this guy?

    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/

  267. dre1744 says:

    Halak you are Ridiculous my friend

  268. lavie says:

    Hands shaking when shaking hands… lol

  269. Sambaguio says:

    Jack Todd reports: “Caps in 4″, “Caps in 5″, “Caps in 6″, “Caps in 7″. What a loser!

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

  270. Roger HABbit says:

    Hey demigod…. that’s a classic “Ovenchiken” I Love It!

  271. SBAH says:

    Rearrange the letters in OVECHKIN and you get I’V CHOKEN

  272. Drive_For_25 says:

    Heart and guts won this series and especially this game!!  Gionta has more heart than that whole Washington roster.  Gorges deserves the “C” right now.  What a hero that guy was the last few games.  Stepping into Spacek’s role after he played if perfectly for most of 2 games and doing a better job…..UNREAL!!!  Pulling Muller aside at practice to ask him to show him what to do to be a real leader of the team…..love it!!  So PROUD of these guys right now!!!

     

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

  273. nHL80 says:

    Leopardseal, WHERE ARE YOU???  “Next week I will be blogging with hockey fans from Philly and you won’t”….hahaha, priceless!

    get ready for some penguins trolls on HIO next week

  274. Sambaguio says:

    You non-believers can hide and shut up. I was the only one who believed in Halak for the past 3 years. Again and again, he helped the Habs make it to the playoffs but again and again, Princess Price got the start. This time Halak was finally given a chance. Thanks to my idol coach Jacques Martin. If Gainey was still with us, he will still keep playing his overPriced thoroughbred. Go Roy! .. umm.. Halak!!

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

  275. habsguy says:

    Shut up,  they won,  be happy, no need to kick anyone!!!!

  276. Roger HABbit says:

    You are absolutely right!  Gainey cleaned house.  Brought in some real heart and passion.

    I guess size doesn’t matter.  Gionta, Gomez, Plekanec, Cammalleri, Moore, so and so on.  All these guys are under 6ft.  But their hearts make them stand 8ft tall.

  277. showey47 says:

    and to think we beat out the biggest team in the league (i’m pretty sure they are anyway)

  278. Sambaguio says:

    Shut up, Price lover. You got owned! Good thing that people realize now that Price is not the future goalie of Montreal. Halak is!! Go Habs!

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

  279. alestar says:

    Jack Todd is an idiot…

     

    XXIV…and counting

  280. nHL80 says:

    LeopardSeal is a she actually…but, yes, loser all the same ;)

    favourite LeopardSeal quote “I will be blogging with hockey fans from Philly next week and you won’t”  HAHAHahah

  281. Caballero says:

    I know you want to believe Halak won on his own, but he did have some help from the team in front of him dude. Go Habs!

  282. Habs4Me says:

    Hey we won and Halak was amazing so enjoy and stop with the Price bashing as he is a hab and part of the team.

  283. ifitwasnt4kovalev says:

    wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  284. ifitwasnt4kovalev says:

    C U DC!!!!!!!!!!

  285. tricolore says:

    Booyah! Habs win! Cinderella goes to the next round!

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  286. habs03 says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWO

  287. terrygain says:

    Whoopee. For a while there I was afraid they that W wouldn’t get 40 shots. 

  288. sailor2963 says:

    Yeah baby! Go Habs Go! Bring on the Pens!

  289. PeterD says:

    Thank you Mr. Gainey…you put one gutzy team together and took a lot of heat for it…but thank you Bob.

  290. habsfansince91 says:

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  291. habbynessisyellingohabsgo says:

    Yah baby. I couldn’t be more proud of this bunch!!

  292. habsfansince91 says:

    i think we all owe bob gainey an apology!!!

  293. sholi2000.com says:

    AND THIS WHY YOU MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!

    They Call Me Shane

  294. Jocko says:

    For all the evperts out there, all I can say is “Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye”!!!!!!  Guess Halak’s hand was real shaky again tonight, eh, Ovechkin!!!  Ovi, Boudreau, and Green, three guys I am glad I do not have to hear again this year!!!  Whooooooohooooooooooooo!  Can you guys in Quebec hear me from Calgary?

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

  295. jennifer1984 says:

    my hands are so red

    my throat so sore.

     

    my sister and i were jumping up and down in our living (after coming home from the bar)

    my boyfriend, who isnt huge into hockey like i am, said that was the BEST 5 minutes he ever watched (turned it on for the end)

     

    GO HABS!!!!

    what a team! what a game. what a feeling!!!!

  296. MontrealAtheist says:

    Ha … look who’s shaking now, Ovi !!!

  297. 23 HABS 23 says:

    Again, had to watch the score ticker at work – but could not have asked for a better outcome.  AMAZING!  Coming back from a 3-1 defecit … winning 3 IN A ROW … the last one in Washington.  Wish I could have seen the Washington Coaching staffs faces … and that of Ovechkin as well as he shakes the hands of the Habs Victors!  Way to go Boys!  See ya in Pittsburgh

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

  298. captaink4life says:

    *like*

    I love you too :)

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  299. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I love you too Paul. 

  300. longtimehabsfan says:

    Message to all the Habs fans on this site:  I love you and I love this team.  Get some rest and be ready for the Pens.  And just remember — we play for the Cup.  Not for one series.

  301. Rainrocket16 says:

    You tooo!!!! We play for the Cup one series at a time !!!!

  302. FB says:

    I now set manual timers – 6:30 – 3:00.  I don’t get to start watching until 8:30.  I figure if the game is still on by 3:00 am I will have caught up.

  303. idle says:

    I always have mine set to record an hour longer to be safe.  I actually screwed up myself, the game was in the second intermission when I got home and started watching it and my PVR is kind of full right now so I stopped the recording and then pressed the record button to start it again.  This way it would be 2 blocks and when I got finished watching the first block I could delete it.  But when you do that it is no longer following your time schedule it is following the program guide.  I forgot I should have recorded the next program after the game too  :  /

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  304. kakey says:

    For playoff hockey I’ll set it to stop recording at 2am, you never know with those extra overtime periods.

    Also in the middle of the game when you hear people/neighbor celebrating outside you kinda know the outcome already :(

  305. MontrealAtheist says:

    I now set my PVR to tape an extra 60 min on any hockey game.”

    In that case let’s hope the Habs games won’t need to go into triple OT, otherwise you’re in trouble :-)

  306. Eliisa says:

    Can I also just say that that is a great picture for this article?

  307. Da Hema says:

    Couldn’t be more appropriate, could it?

    ————————

    “There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge….”

    –Hunter S. Thompson

  308. habsguy92 says:

    I was at the game tonight. Most nervous ive ever been watching…

    my pinky nail is bleeding from too much biting

  309. Les-Habitants says:

    What a game….holy smokes, a complete team effort.  Bring on round 2

  310. HabsTrueBlue says:

    You should see the video of the interview! Ten times worse (for him)!

  311. lavie says:

    I believe Gill and Co. practiced “Blocking Shots” last night.

  312. habssince1909 says:

    No kidding – they must have dreamed about it all night long !!

  313. adam76 says:

    wow – those refs (on bettmans orders) really screwed us/

     

    morons

  314. slapshot777 says:

    I knew we could do it. What a great series by Halak and all the guys , total team effort. I know everyone is high on this win, but guys we must also give a huge thank-you and much credit to Bob Gainey. Here is a GM who did a complete re-vamp of this team last summer. He did something that took alot of guts and I’m willing to bet that no other GM would have the balls to do it.

    Gainey built this team with character and experience in mind. I know a lot of people had trouble getting past the Gomez contract, but guys here we are tonight in game 7 and he is involved in the opening goal of the game. I know he didn’t put up a lot of points, but he was a bigtime defender along with Hall Gill another person we cursed all year. Without these two guys on our team even with Halak’s play we don’t beat the Caps.

    Whether some of us liked it or not. Gainey has built the foundation of a winner here in Montreal and in the coming years I think we are all going to be in for a real treat. The ride has only just begun, let’s all hang on for the ride because it ‘s going to be a wild one. Let’s all of us set back, regain our breath and enjoy.

    As for myself I always thought Gainey made some brilliant moves. Just this first round alone disproves the myth that size will not always triumph over smaller players. It the heart. like the saying goes ” IT”S NOT THE SIZE OF THE DOG IN THE FIGHT, BUT THE SIZE OF THE FIGHT IN THE DOG.”

    I personally want to thank Mr. Gainey for gving us something to look forward to in the coming weeks and seasons ahead. Hopefully this will put an end to our struggling teams and on to a team that we have witnessed so far in the play-offs. I think we may have seen it earlier if not for all of the injuries. But better than never. What better time to gel than at the start of the play-offs

     

     

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

  315. BeachHabFan says:

    amen. Gainey’s FrankenHab is on the march!!!

  316. Sambaguio says:

    *shaking my head*. If Gainey was still with us, he wouldn’t have played Halak a single minute. He would still go with his thoroughbred — Price aka Theodore. Fact is, without Halak, we wouldn’t make it to the playoffs, much less defeat the number 1 team in the NHL.  Wake up buddy. Give credit where credit is due.

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

  317. Rainrocket16 says:

    I saw it and It will be my most favorite recap of this series!!! Ovie got Owned by Halak!!! I will never forget the smiles exchanged in the handshakes!!

  318. Bugs says:

    You saw it?

    I mean, it wasn’t just SHAKIN; it was shakin like HELL.

    Sunovabastich didn’t look nervous to me though.

    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/

  319. habssince1909 says:

    Could not be happier or more proud !! What a team effort.  What a ride this has been.  Bring on the Pens – anything is possible if you BELEIVE.   GO HABS GO

  320. Bugs says:

    Indeed, the ref looks dazed.

    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/

  321. alestar says:

    That was absolutely CRAZY!!!! I almost had a heart attack in the last 2 minutes…

    Bring on the Pens!

     

     

    XXIV…and counting

  322. Hamayoune says:

    You have clearly described my state of being..no need for me to post. lol

  323. Don Carnage says:

    Zero class

  324. adam76 says:

    wow – those refs (on bettmans orders) really screwed us last night.  Totally.  

     

    Amazing game, amazing feeling.  No matter what happens now, the franchise seems to be back on the right track.  

     

    Enjoy the Flyers, Price – you will fit right in with Emery and Pronger.

     

    Bring on the pens!

  325. MontrealAtheist says:

    I don’t think the refs were that bad last night. Remember that they didn’t give one goal for the Caps and many in Washington are now blaming the loss on the refs.

  326. Mr.Hazard says:

    A CJAD caller said he heard PJ Stock joke at the beginning of the series that Washington could win it in 3… Isn’t that disgusting?

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  327. slapshot777 says:

    I guess now that little twit will be picking the Pens in 2.  What a joke he is, must have took to many smacks to the head when he was playing.

     

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

  328. alestar says:

    BTW, PJ Stock is also an idiot…and not just for that comment.

     

    XXIV…and counting

  329. gp52 says:

    who said i wanted to spoil anything  MATE  !!!

  330. Bugs says:

    Gee, I don’t know, GP; where DID I come up with you wanting to spoil anything when you asked “Does anybody think the team will be too exhausted to put up a good fight Friday?”

    That’s not wanting to spoil anything at ALL, right? In fact, it’s GOOD and POSITIVE vibes you’re spreadin, right?

    And when you say “There is only so much that adrenalin can do for you,” that’s telling us to PREPARE for incoming victory, right?

    Sorry about that, GP, no wanting to spoil anything there; my mistake.

    (scoff)

    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/

  331. tanhaa says:

    Their arrogance was their downfall!

  332. KenD29 says:

    Forgot one from Boudreau after Game 6

    On Halak’s play :  He played a good game

     

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  333. KenD29 says:

    Another one from Boudreau on the day off before Game 5

    Gave us a chance to work on the PP without being watched.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  334. kakey says:

    The consolation price: Caps won the wars of words:

     

    Plekanec: It’s not like we’re playing Brodeur or Miller (both eliminated by the way)

     

    Theodore: Tomas who? Jagr?

    Green: not much out there

    Ovechkin: Halak is shaking

     

    MTL 1 – WSH 3

  335. ooder says:

    ladies and gentelmen… HISTORY WAS WRITTEN!

    that was one of the gutisest performances i have ever witnessed.

    i am kind of worried that they get no time to rest up before friday when the take on the pens

    ——————

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

  336. Kain292 says:

    I have never been more proud or happier with my Canadiens than tonight. Winning this series is a monumental accomplishment for our boys, and they can draw strength from this and take it right to Pittsburgh.

  337. AH says:

    Un freaking real!!!! Jaro F. Halak and Dominic F. Moore! How many posters were saying we gave up a 2nd rounder for this guy??? This is the TEAM we’ve been waiting for all year! WELL DONE BOYS! The craps, crapped the bed! I even have to lay off JM for now, who’da thunkit.

    Anything else from here on in is gravy!

    Le Canadiens sont la!

    GO HABS GO!!!!

  338. slapshot777 says:

    Where are all those people who give their 2 cents but can’t face the music when they are wrong. Where is ” Jeff, Homerbowen, those two especially.

     

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

  339. TPlow says:

    Bob Gainey is a freakin’ genius!

    Well done, lads!

     

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

  340. HABSsince92 says:

    I am disappointed that we play on Friday. i thought that I heard or read somewhere that all second round games were to be starting on Saturday but that was wrong. No time to regroup or relax which I don’t think is fair and it’s not just because it’s the Habs. Teams should get at least 2 days off between rounds. It makes for better hockey as well. Friday will be tough we will either have a great game carrying the momentum from tonight or we will be flat as hell having just finished a 7 game series with no time off.

     

    Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.

  341. Sambaguio says:

    Halak for Captain!

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

  342. WarHero says:

    Props to that :) This is the team that Gainey built! All heart, just like he was :)

     

    ————————————————————————

    Never judge another man’s decision poor until you actually have proof of it failing!

  343. petrov14 says:

    I second that! (Ignore my tag line)

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  344. Rainrocket16 says:

    I am forever at your Mercy, oh Lord!!!! What a great series!!! Dominic Moore gets rewarded for his unstoppable husle in this series..how about his goal!!! Jaro….I need not even breath a word about how he played!! Every one on this team showed up to foil the Bettman Boys!!! I thought the Officials called a great game tonight…for once!!

    HABS FANS I LOVE YOU ALL!!! GLAD TO WITNESS HISTORY YET AGAIN!!!!

  345. Rainrocket16 says:

    I know but we are on a roll…no rest for the wicked!!!

  346. emann_222 says:

    I AM SO PROUD …. GIVE ME CROSBY!!!!!

     

  347. arrow says:

    G-Men (Gorges/Gill) thank you, you both were amazing! Heart-Attack-Halak, what can I say, you stole the series!

    Great team effort, get ready Cindy Crosby/Gina Malkin here we come!

    GO HABS GO!

    P.S. I mentally called Moore to score the next goal, I now know my powers are back, so Miracles can happen!!

    PK

  348. BeachHabFan says:

    a few of you have cheered Gainey on this win, and i think you’re right on the money. i loved the moves he made on July 1 but none of us got to see the whole thing in motion until the last few weeks of the season. Gomez’s pass to MAB was sublime. Gionta’s self sacrifice – including the elbow from morrison – is leadership in action. Hal Gill has been unbelievable, cammy is on a roll and Moen has been steady all season. i don’t know how far they’ll go – i almost don’t care right now, this win is far too satisfying – but knowing these guys (mab and moore excluded, for now…) are signed for the next few years bodes really well for habs fans.

    BTW – if lapierre is really going to channel claude lemieux, he better do some serious fish-on-the-boat-floor flopping vs Sid, cuz that Crosby guy has the act down COLD

  349. alestar says:

    All those people (myself included…) who griped about Hal Gill during the season…shut up!

    He was the MONEY all series long!

     

    XXIV…and counting

  350. habsgod says:

    we will beat the penguins in 7 games as well,then beat the bruins in the conference finals and go to the stanley cup! you’ve heard it here first!

  351. HABSsince92 says:

    Yes this is true. Everybody was so tough on Bob but he 100% bleeds the bleu blanc et rouge.

     

    Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.

  352. BeachHabFan says:

    beauty avatar

  353. emann_222 says:

    No need – In Halak We Trust … this is what the playoffs is all about!!!

  354. Drive_For_25 says:

    Haha.  I took a little credit myself as well.  I knew we needed another goal from the grinders, like Laps’ the last game and I knew Moore was going to get it.  What a game he played to, just amazing.

  355. Sambaguio says:

    You mean being outshot by the Caps 200 times over is a good move? Playing Price again and again (last year) even when he kept losing is a good move? The story of this series is Halak. Not  Gil, Gomez, etc.

    Halak gives us the momentum, Halak gives us a chance to win. I’m sick and tired of you people for giving Gainey credit. He is the only one who never believed in Halak as the number 1 goalie he could be. He almost traded him for heaven’s sake. If he was still GM, do you think he would allow any coach to play Halak against his superstar goalie Price?? Give me a break!

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

  356. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …the best and toughest Munchkins I’ve ever watched play hockey

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  357. Le Jadester says:

    MAB, Ya You Know Me !

    Habs, OLE !

  358. Sportfan says:

    I am SO SO Happy I knew the Habs would win this series i never doubted them ! It’s funny when you think about a month ago every one was doing the numbers aand saying how screwed we were for playoffs then when we had to face caps we were still all down and now look at us ! I’m so happy good job habs :)

  359. SeriousFan09 says:

    No one likes trolling on a Game 7 win that made NHL history, give it a rest.

     

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

  360. Sportfan says:

    I totally agree with you before the playoffs stared and the rounds were set i said we’d beat washington feed of that beat pittsburg then beat boston cuz we have to play the bruins then cup finals !

  361. Sportfan says:

    I totally agree with you before the playoffs stared and the rounds were set i said we’d beat washington feed of that beat pittsburg then beat boston cuz we have to play the bruins then cup finals !

  362. BeachHabFan says:

    amazing how you can take things sooooo badly on a great night like this. 

    Halak is a great story, but HALAK HIMSELF said that the d-men and forwards did a huge job blocking, clearing rebounds, driving guys out of the crease. Jeez.

    Gainey is not the only one show should get credit, but he deserves some. so relax and save your venom for max talbot and and matt cooke and bill guerin when they start running jaro over in the next round

  363. Caballero says:

    Big thank you to the cameraman who zoomed in on Bruce B while we were celebrating the win. The man looked devastated. In his face and in the face of his trash talkin’, can’t score on the power play, individual playing, goalie interfering, arrogant, no team spirit, flash in the pan team.

  364. ooder says:

    not to mention the habs don’t get to rest.

     

    ——————

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

  365. Treefingers says:

    I guess Umberger was right after all huh

  366. slapshot777 says:

    Troll, give it a break, you must just woke up to watch the game. Use some common sense and look at the overall picture of this team. This what happened in this series didn’t just happen tonight. This was a full season of hard work and now it’s finally paying dividends. Halak get just praise, but last time I looked there was no “I” in team, or can you spell that.

     

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

  367. lavie says:

    He’s lost and shocked there.

  368. SeriousFan09 says:

    As Boone suggested to Boudreau, hold off on buying any green bananas.

     

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

  369. Mr.Hazard says:

    So. No ref-conspiracy after all!

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  370. VancouverHab says:

    Two Words: BOB GAINEY.

    This is what he wanted after he coached the gutless heartless bunch who got bitch-slapped in 4 by the Bruins. (I love Saku but facts are facts.)

    I followed the game on H-IO up here in the little coffee shop in Gold River BC on a get-away fishing holiday: the same ancient PC I read the shake-up news on H-IO last summer. Back then (& you can check the posts) I said “playoff guts”

    No-one wants to lose any of the Men that Bob brought in then, & no-one wants back any of the boys he kicked to the curb. And this, ladies & gentlemen, is why Scott Gomez  (back-checking, shot-stopping, aggressive forechecking, smart smart passes & positioning, alternately encouraging and calming, playoff-performing) gets, and deserves, the big bucks. I’ll take Gomez over Ovie right now, thank-you. Ha!

    “To Bob be the glory, great things he hath done.”

  371. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …AND …WHAT is this about changin’ the name of the Lester B. Pearson Trophy to the …Ted Lindsay Trophy

    …the trophy was donated by Pearson for Gawd’s Sake

    …just because no American knows Who Lester B. Pearson was ???

    …another bleaching of the Canadianess of Our Game …bastardizing Our history for the almighty dollar

    …so WHAT next ??? …change the Stanley Cup’s name to The IPad Cup …or the George W. Bush Memorial Award ???

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  372. Caballero says:

    I think that means he won’t be around long enough for the bananas to ripen into yellow? What kind of confusing old school comparison is this? hehe anyway yeah he is out of there for sure. Must be hard controlling a room full of superstar Russians. Poor S.O.B. that Bruce

  373. ooder says:

    I don’t get it either..

    ——————

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

  374. Bob Barker says:

    Yeah Gainey doesn’t deserve any credit except for the fact that he built this team and drafted Halak. 

    Halak played a huge part in this series but the Habs don’t win this series without the defensive play of Gill, Gorges and others who blocked countless shots, the timely goalscoring from Cammalleri, Plekanec, Gionta and Gomez, not to mention Lapierre and Moore. 

    To say Gainey had nothing to do with this win is just disrespectful. 

  375. emann_222 says:

    Couldn’t agree more – EXCEPT – We win against the Pens in 6

  376. Tighthead says:

    You didn’t stay in YVR for the Mayor’s Official Canuck Day, complete with the green spandex men at City Hall?

  377. emann_222 says:

    Agreed – Guilty and apologetic!!!

     

  378. Hamayoune says:

    lol I had good laugh! I don’t know how it benefits the league by changing the name. Only it degrades Canadian value and its identity linked to the game. For all those who don’t know who Lester B Pearson, he was a GREAT man..nuff said.

    Anyway, the Montreal Halaks somehow defeated The caps and the League tonight…Can’t remember having a more thrilling, exciting night in a long long time

  379. Chuck says:

    Tonight the team blocked as many shots as Jaro had saves. They held the best powerplay in the league to ONE goal in 33 attempts, including the 6-on-4 to end game 7.

    Jaro didn’t have an easy series, but without the guys in front of him (Gill, Georges, Gomez, etc.) playing their asses off, we don’t advance to play the Pens.

    _____________________________________

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

  380. VancouverHab says:

    Funny that I was at the uttermost end of the paved road on Westcoast Vancouver Island rather than that!

  381. Jesus Price says:

    I am stuck in Ottawa for the night. Any recommendations for a bar with a Habs friendly atmosphere to watch the game?

  382. habfan53 says:

    You may have to cross in Hull

  383. KenD29 says:

    LoneStar in the Byward Market usually has the games on… even the Habs! Not to mention, it is the only hockey game on tonight!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  384. HabsRecchi says:

    If you are further south: I’ve watched some habs games at the Georgetown, which had plenty of habs fans. Just south of sunnyside on bank st.

  385. Bianca says:

    Since it’s the only game on, it should be on everywhere in the Byward Market. Pub 101 is usually pretty loud and crazy, and Honest Lawyer is a sports bar so it will definitely be on there as well.

  386. Bugs says:

    Gatineau.

    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/

  387. shootdapuck says:

    Alfred, but you have to support the home-town hero!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  388. Rob says:

    There are more Habs fans in Ottawa than Sens fans.  Finding a place that supports the “home” team won’t be hard!

  389. pablojinko says:

    That was weird. At first I did see the picture of Halak wearing the white jersey (the photo included Markov) but then I hit refresh et voila, the pic of Jaro, in red, stopping Laich… I guess it was some sort of cache thing. I noticed the filename for both pictures was halaksave.jpg

     

    Talk about being superstitious… 

    Tonight’s game is going to be awesome!!

    As Seen In Montreal

  390. Porgie says:

    Thanks for changing the pic Mr. Mio! The old pic had them in their white jerseys.

    Now the stars are aligned….

  391. Kevin Mio says:

    Um, I never changed the picture. Not quite sure what your issue with the picture is. Game 6 was Monday and they were at home, thus wearing red. What’s the problem?

  392. HabsTrueBlue says:

    Yawn!!  Hindsight vs foresight!

    If Halak had played like this earlier on in his career then he would not have been the backup. Besides who’s to say that Halak would have turned out so well if he was made #1 last year? For all we know being the backup to Price gave Halak the motivation to work harder and elevate his game making him the brilliant goaltender that he is now. You need to give the whole Gainey bashing a rest. Other than DM this is Gainey’s team!

  393. Sambaguio says:

    After humilating Halak in last year’s playoff, Halak deserves all the credit he could get. Halak rules!!!

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

  394. Sambaguio says:

    And Jacques Martin rules for believing in Halak!

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

  395. BeachHabFan says:

    only a hab fan could be so f—ed up after an upset game seven win. ay-yoy.

    Gainey traded Huet so halak and price could platoon. Gainey. Rules.

  396. MontrealAtheist says:

    Gainey put Price in nets during the series against the Bruins even though it was Halak in the end who helped the team get there in the first place. For Gainey, Halak was never more than a backup goalie whom he picked as a last-round draft pick while Price was the higher numbered draft choice and at least on paper the better of the two.

    Gainey never believed in Halak and it’s no secret that he was planning to trade him away.

  397. terrygain says:

    Paraphrasing McGuire:  ” if you punch a smaller player in the head it’s not a penalty (because he’s smaller)” 

  398. ifitwasnt4kovalev says:

    IM NOT NERVOUS OR ANYTHIN!!!! IM OK ,, IM OK!!!!!!!!!!

  399. slapshot777 says:

    You can’t say that for sure. If you open your eyes and read the full post rather than Gainey bash, you would have seen that I did give credit to the team and Halak for winning. The team still can’t win without proper players and a system. Try giving your head a shake. You seem to know very little about team play or what it takes to make a team.

    I know Halak played great, but Halak didn’t put this team together. You tell me who put the team together and then tell me who deserves the credit. Unless your certain that Halak wouldn’t play than your comment is bias.

    Halak played well yes, but without Gill, Gorges on the back end we don’t get past the first round even with Halak’s stellar play. Who put those players on this team? Was it Halak or Gainey.

    We bashed Gomez, yet he is one of the players who appears on tonights score sheet . Who brought him here, Halak or Gainey?  Has much as you want to bash Gainey. Then you don’t know hockey. Ask anyone in management or ask the players why this team is so good. It’s becaus of the experience and character on this team. Yes, again Halak played brilliant, but again Gainey gets the credit for dumping 10 players and putting a life back in this team. Whether you like it or not. Giving credit belongs to Gainey. The system that was used wasemployed to perfection by the players bought in by Bob.

    Ask Halak, I bet he will tell you himself, that he could not win by himself. Halak made the stops when he had to. He also had a lot of shots in the slot that were blocked too. Try looking at the whole picture next time without bias commentary. It makes for a more intelligent reply. Now shake your head and try again. 

     

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

  400. Sambaguio says:

    Okay, I get what you’re trying to say. Gill, Gorges and company are the best for allowing 40+ shots per game and for score 2 goals or less. Fact is, we were a better team last year, and a year before that. The only problem in those years was Halak was never given a chance to play the number 1 goalie in the playoffs because of your hero Gainey. Now, that he’s gone, he no longer controls the coach’s decision to play the real number 1 Halak.

    I just vehemently disagree for giving Gainey credit. Im sorry, any players you put  in front of Halak, we would still win. If you don’t believe that, then you still don’t believe in Halak’s capability. Come on, we were outshout 40 to 15 every single game and you’re giving the guys in front of him much credit?

    I know hockey buddy.

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

  401. dallyd31 says:

    Gainey’s the coach ?

     

    Take your trolling somewhere else.  It takes a unique breed to be negative on a great night like this.

     

     

  402. Propwash says:

    Silly question, how many shots were blocked / cleared in front of Halak throughout this series? How many goals did Halak score? How many times did he strip the puck away from the Washington superstars? Halak didnt win the game on his own man, give it a rest. He is playing astounding at this point, yes, but there are other players on this team that are doing a helluva job in front of him.

    Gainey built this team, and its paying off, he deserves ALL the credit he has been getting.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  403. Corporate says:

    Alright so… Seventh game… First round… Ambulance on speed dial.. Check… Chips and beer… check…

    Now, I really love the wave of optimism on this board. it is a really nice change to what I usually see here. Now, let’s remember one thing… The game must be played… We have to be the best team on the ice tonight… We are in their building and and have shown that we can win there.. We have to keep the pressure up in their zone…

    Now as for Spacek playing… Is that a good thing? he was weak earlier in the week and his virus went to his ears and he had bad balance. That can’t be good. I say we should keep the team we had on the ice for Monday’s game… They seemed to do the job.. Other than the 54 shots and 23 blocks, and 17 misses… That is a minor detail… ;)

  404. topher5468 says:

    Good one Einstein

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

  405. Eliisa says:

    Oh my goodness. Someone pinch me.

  406. Rainrocket16 says:

     }——-PINCH!!!

  407. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …where ???

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  408. habaholic68NJ says:

    Though that would be fun, no need to.  You are not dreaming.  Didn’t we call it last night? (as well as before the series started).

  409. Eliisa says:

    Haha, Mike I actually thought about you when MAB got it.

  410. habsfan0 says:

    Did you ever doubt Mab’s awesomeness,even for a moment?

  411. Off-side says:

    You mean you like MAB like me????  Impossible.  I think his fellow mates call him Bergy — I like that.

     

    For all of you who stopped BELIEVING A LONG TIME AGO…NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     

    It would be great if we all met in a bar downtown and carried with us a picture of icon here on HIO.

     

    So happy right now.  So happy.  So happy….

  412. Bugs says:

    He certainly did better than Bouwmeester in the playoffs, don’t you think?

    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/

  413. Bob Barker says:

    A one-trick pony is still valuable if it’s a badass trick. 

  414. Fenrir767 says:

    Amazin all I have to say!

  415. topher5468 says:

    Oh that was just a mind blowing intelligent comment Einstein

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

  416. Caballero says:

    Dude, why do you feel the need to come on here like you won something and we lost. This is a Habs forum, we are all Habs fans here. You sound like you are posting on a Caps forum right now. I guess you feel the need to rub this victory in someone’s face? But this is all of our victory tonight. Anyway, congrats to OUR goalie, Halak and OUR team the Montreal Canadiens.

  417. Sambaguio says:

    Didn’t you hear the news? Martin just appointed Halak as the captain of the Habs!

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

  418. Laramy87 says:

    Gorges, next captain of habs????? Give him an A already, that is a leader, and a HELL of a game. What a solid paring him and Gill of put together. Rather worried when Gill was on during the regular season, now im worried when hes not on. Bring on teh pens

    Think Subban goes back down and Spacek steps back in or what?

  419. avatar_58 says:

    C’mon, Habs! Epic comeback against the so called “best” in the NHL!

    Subban with the game winner!

  420. Lafrich says:

    How  sweet that would be.

  421. HFX-HabFan says:

    Alright, time’s up chumps, let’s do this!

  422. Bugs says:

    And the Lord did sayeth “Thou shalt kick all sorts of Capper a$$” and his will was done. And we prayed in relief for in his infinite wisdom, the Almighty was proven correct once agin. “Do not despaireth, for he who follows the sheperd knows where to find good sheep clothing, and once outfitted in such, thou can rampageth through the chicken coop like nobody’s business, so sayeth I, the Eternal, the Everloving, your Father in Heaven. In My name, My son’s, and the Holy Spirit’s, amen muthalovers, a-fricken-men.”

    To our dear, dear, oh-so-dear Capper accountant friend.

    In your face! In. Your. FACE!

    Oh, yes! Yes, yes, YES!

    All up in your face.

    Bottom-feedin choke-jobbers, well done. HAAAA…(hack-cough) Ha-ha-ha-haaaaaa!

    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/

  423. Bob Barker says:

    Bugs 3:16

  424. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …AND dat SnowLeopard seemed such a ‘reasonable’ Cap sumo’bitch at first

    …just shows ya gotta watch whats come in the door at timez

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  425. Rainrocket16 says:

    AMEN!!! I took your advice BTW! It worked!! Superstitions are for real Bugsy!! In the name of the father, the son the Halak, Spirit…..AMEN!!!

  426. Say Ash says:

    Have fun, PK. Some players wait a long, long time to experience the playoffs – let alone a Game 7. Enjoy.

  427. G-Man says:

    Is it 7:08PM yet?

  428. Drive4twenty5 says:

    Seriously

    “Well, he’s a thoroughbred, and maybe your wife doesn’t recognize that, but then again, I can’t bake bread all that well. We all have different skills.” …Bob Gainey “Classic”

  429. MontrealAtheist says:

    8 hours 55 minutes left.

  430. HabsRadio says:

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  431. topher5468 says:

    Listening to Bruce B cry about the no goal call. To Damn bad you big baby. 

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

  432. Bones says:

    Agreed. Caps had ample opportunities to succeed, and did not. Good smart hockey and a great goaltender. Good job les boys

  433. Johnny_Offensive says:

    If the goal stands, game is tied.

    Which team scored more goals when the score was tied?

     

  434. Caballero says:

    Ok this whole team needs a bath in Epsom salts tomorrow (not in the same bath of course). Relax take it easy, and JM will be up late with his team and spend the day devising his plan de match for the Pens. If nothing else it will be nice seeing us having more puck possession I hope, and something tells me Crosby won’t be dissing our players and coach. I want to savour this victory and the thought of Green, Theo, Boudreau and Ovechkin eating their words.

  435. BoomBoom says:

    I agree Don C…Adam76 no class!

  436. Laramy87 says:

    I dont know if i can be more exctied/pumped/nervous/happy all at the same time, but i am… Damn this 8 hour work day stadning in my way

  437. Drive4twenty5 says:

    This needs to be done, TONIGHT….Out of all the crap we had in the past 2 years, JUST DO IT, wait RBK make their jerseys well you get the point

    I BELIEVE 

    “Well, he’s a thoroughbred, and maybe your wife doesn’t recognize that, but then again, I can’t bake bread all that well. We all have different skills.” …Bob Gainey “Classic”

  438. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Can you dig it!!! Can you dig it!!! It was team defence and strong goaltending that won this series. The Habs played like true roadwarriors and defended very well in their own end. This team showed they can win and a heart of a lion for their determination to play their system to a tee.

    Timely scoring and team speed was a major factor by forcing Washington’s best offensive defencemen in making a lot of mistakes throughout this series. This team never quit and stuck to its game plan and played with grit and sacrifice their body as well. It was a remarkable come back and bring on the Pens.

    Atta go boys!!! Keep er goin!!! Believe!!! Believe!!!

  439. The Cat says:

    Very true, whod have thought the team defense would have played like this after what we saw in the regular season? Another team thats dramatically changed its D play is the flyers, frickin’ masterful against the devils.

  440. AndyF says:

    I just wanted to thank some of the HIO fans in Hamilton who, more than 2 years ago, were telling us of this amazing Bulldogs goalie named Jaroslav Halak.   I’ll never forget how emphatically some of you guys  were telling us about how great he was. 

     

    Great call, folks. I’ve forgotten who you are, but I haven’t forgotten your prophecy that Jaro is indeed great!

     

    http://andyfroncioni.com – Site of Aerolab, A Virtual Windtunnel
    for You and Your Bike 

  441. Bugs says:

    Had a very good start to this game.

    Trailed Moore’s goal beautifully, I thought. (yes, I know that sounds lame)

    Ugh. Cannot disagree. Thankfully, he gets another shot to snap to.

    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/

  442. Propwash says:

    He kinda looks like the Stay Puff Marshmellow Man to me…

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  443. The Nine says:

    So, I’ve bee called delusional. I’ve been called stupid.
    All i have to ask, is NOW WHAT!?

    1 question to everyone.
    We tied the season series despite being heavily injured.
    We had the hot goaltender going in.
    We were going up against a team with no D.
    We have the players with character like cammy and georges…. we have the players with rings in gomez, gionta, gill and moen.

    WHY DID NOBODY GIVE THIS TEAM A CHANCE!?

    Now you can say that Halak stole the show, and i’ll tell you that the habs outplayed the caps in games 1-4. 
    You can say that we were opportunistic in game 6, and i’ll tell you that the caps were 1 for 30-whatever on the PP.

    Nobody gave this team a chance.
    Congrats to all that supported this team, and that supported guys like Gill from the very beginning.

    To the rest, you’re all analyst bandwagonners who obviously don’t know much about playoff hockey.
    It’s all about character, and the Habs have it in spades.
    Balls, boys… BALLS.

    GO HABS GO.
    Next series will be even tougher, but if we stay healthy, we’ll take it.
    cheers to the true fans.

     

    And to ANYBODY who decides to spread negativity at anytime when this team is down in the next couple of years, think back to this night. Think back to this moment.

     

    Go.

  444. Bugs says:

    Who are you, oh, non-stupid one???

    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/

  445. CHsam says:

    Think Theo is having nightmares of TOMAS JAGR yet?

  446. HabsoluteFan says:

    Video for pre game 7 inspiration!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON23Xzm0y5s

    Will work on a new one for the Pens series, it’s great to be a Habs fan today !

    Go Habs Go!

    ————————————————————————-

    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.

  447. Sambaguio says:

    And whatever else happens, Halak finally gets the respect he deserves. And at the risk of repeating myself, Bob Gainey should be ashamed.. Bring on the Pens!!

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

  448. Propwash says:

    You is wrong.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  449. Chuck says:

    Why should Bob Gainey be ashamed? HE ASSEMBLED THIS TEAM.

    _____________________________________

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

  450. SeriousFan09 says:

    For bringing in Gill, Gionta, Gomez, Moen, Cammalleri, Spacek, choosing to resign Plekanec after his weak 08-09 camapign, trading for Gorges and drafting the next star defencemen of the Canadiens P.K. Subban?

    Yeah, I’m sure he has trouble looking himself in the mirror right now.

     

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

  451. BeachHabFan says:

    you are very tiring. we’ve been giving halak props all year. thanks for bringing us all down on a great night. go fudge yourself, don’t wet the bed tonight, and have a good day at school tomorrow. … Bob Gainey rules.

  452. filincal says:

    Thanks again Bob!!!

     

     

    I BLEED BLEU BLANC ET ROUGE!!!

  453. VancouverHab says:

    Ha ha!  Clever use of antiphrasis: “ashamed” = “totally vindicated.”

    We sure have good humour everyone when Bob wins us a historic round!

  454. MontrealAtheist says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Halak was never more than a backup goalie for Gainey who only picked him as a last-round pick and it was no secret that he wanted to trade Halak away.

    Now that Bob Gainey is gone Halak finally got the opportunity to shine that Gainey always denied him. Thank you for quitting the team, Bob Gainey, it’s the best thing that could have happened to us.

  455. idle says:

    Crazy night.  I was working late so I had to try all night not to hear anything about the game or score, then got home and watched it on PVR.  Problem was that with 3 min to go in the game just after the Habs made it 2-0 the recording stops.  I’m sitting their shitting myself thinking what the hell do I do now.  I really didin’t want to be robbed of watching the last 3 min and hopefully the celebration so I set the timer to recored the repeat game on TSN2 at 2am and then went to bed and got up in the morning and watched the last 3 min.

     

    Very satisfying series win.  Just really nice to give those harsh critics something to think about.  Things are never as bad as we like to think they are.  People were mocking this team, not only outsiders but real fans of this team too.  It may only be the first round but we took out the top seeded team, a team with a ton of skill and firepower, and we took them out by limiting them to 3 goals in their last 3 games.

     

    Bob did not like what he saw in the dressing room at the end of last seasson.  He cut bait, and brought in character guys, guys he knew would not quit and guys who had proven playoff success.  These players played their best hockey in the post season.  Washington’s star players played their best hockey during the regular season and now they have another regular season to look forward to next year.

     

    Bring on Sid.

     

    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  456. DiPaolo says:

    Two things I hate, 1 when you have the game on PVR and everyone wants to give you updates and 2 when the PVR runs out before the game ends.  I now set my PVR to tape an extra 60 min on any hockey game.

  457. MontrealAtheist says:

    Bring on Sid.

    Yeah, bring him on and let MAB knock off 8 of his teeth :-) 

  458. otter649 says:

    Boudreau won coach of the year with the league’s MVP-Leading Scorer etc. but when he comes down to real coaching when your PP does not work for example that’s where you need to prove why you were coach of the year – Throwing Ovy over the boards every second shift is not coaching……..

  459. Eliisa says:

    Haha, let’s keep it safe and say my arm. :)

  460. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …awwww :-((

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  461. otter649 says:

    Goes to show why he was not selected for The Olympic team as well that #74 will replace him soon and Green will get traded to make salary cap room for The Caps……..

  462. Bob Barker says:

    Yeah they’ll probably get a real coach soon and maybe a couple of defensive d-men like Volchenkov or Michalek. Caps really didn’t have any real shutdown guys. Varlamov and Neuvirth are still highly regarded and will likely become solid starters. Alzner will really a good d-man in a couple of years. Mike Green should stop pretending he’s a defenseman and just move to forward. 

  463. SeriousFan09 says:

    I expect Semin to be dealt this summer, while a new coach comes in and they sign Volchenkov to a big-money deal so they have an ace defensive defencemen on their roster.

     

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

  464. Eliisa says:

    I can’t believe that happened!! Well I can… but I really can’t. I felt so good and confident last night and all today. Though I am not supposed to wear jerseys to work (office is business casual) I am going to be sporting my Habs jersey tomorrow! First office I am going to stop by? My Boston-loving Uncle ;)

    Yes, we definitely called it. Let’s go buy lottery tickets!

  465. habaholic68NJ says:

    Thanks for wearing your lucky Habs socks.  The streak continues.  Save the socks for games when our backs are to the wall.   

  466. Eliisa says:

    The socks are still lucky! Their streak certainly does continue. I have to have the vibe before I put on the socks, tonight just felt good.

    I can’t stop smiling. I have never screamed so loud in my life. I was pacing my living room back and forth the last five minutes of the game. Then when we won I started talking smack to the Caps. Haha, I am a dork – but a very happy dork right now.

  467. habaholic68NJ says:

    I had similar issues with expressing my emotions during the last 5 min.  I haven’t been this happy about a series win since the last cup.  What a character win by the team.  Great job coaching by JM in the last three games. (I can’t believe I said that).  On to beat Pitts in 7.

  468. Eliisa says:

    Har har har… I agree about that C thing. Definitely deserves it. Haha, he did come through at the right time anyway.

  469. Sambaguio says:

    That’s your opinion, and you’re entitled to yours as much as I’m entitled to mine.

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

  470. BeachHabFan says:

    even when it is wrong. you are correct there.

  471. Propwash says:

    Of course you are, no one is disputing that, however, stating Bob Gainey should be ashamed is an incorrect opinion. The guy signed practically all the players on our current roster. Including Halak.

     

    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  472. lavie says:

    A pure defensive 2nd period. The team should work it out. The Caps are now so fragile and desperate. Push, fore-check, shoot, and they are done!

  473. lenny says:

    we need another one quick in the third…OMFG they may actually do it….

  474. Mothstoflame says:

    anyone just see the eric ferh interview were the reported asked him why he cant solve varlaomov.  lol  his look was priceless..

  475. arrow says:

    Keep up the good work! G-Men (Gorges/Gill) Habs Block Party Alive and well! Could use a few more goals though, pretty tense. Don’t panic and we could win this one! I believe!

    GO HABS GO!

     

     

  476. habsguy says:

    AK flat out SUCKS!!!!!!!!

  477. Laramy87 says:

    1 goal lead agaisnt the caps is scary…. Common habs, keep this up.. They have to forecheck more and create more opportunity, playing most the period in thier end mite end up biting them in the ass

  478. 4loorplay says:

    Halak……Played on his head for 3 last games. The team in front of him blocked as many shots as halak did..That was the diffrence.

     

    How far do you think we can go with this tactic?

    Now we face the Pens who had are number all year. We need to win game 1 at all cost.

     

    go habs go

  479. 4loorplay says:

    Halak……Played on his head for 3 last games. The team in front of him blocked as many shots as halak did..That was the diffrence.

     

    How far do you think we can go with this tactic?

    Now we face the Pens who had are number all year. We need to win game 1 at all cost.

     

    go habs go

  480. MontrealAtheist says:

    Against the Pens they will likely have to step things up a little. The Caps may have been the best team of the regular season, but unlike them the Pens actually get better during the post-season and play like a complete team rather than a group of skilled individuals. I don’t see Crosby and Malkin missing nearly as many good chances and rebounds as the Caps did throughout the series.

  481. Newf_Habster says:

    Habs = 26 blocked shots

    Cps = 24 shots on Halak

  482. ds says:

    Lapierre & Moore will lead this team to victory tonight.

  483. habfan53 says:

    Max played his BEST game in a Habs uniform Monday.  I still don’t get the second diving call!!

  484. j2w4habs25 says:

    Anyone know if there is Hab Fans that made the trip in a large number???. Would be nice to hear Hab Fans out chanting ROCK the RED :)

  485. Kooch7800 says:

    Win or lose I am happy we are in Game 7.  The team last year would have folded like a cheap suit.

  486. mrhabby says:

    expect the caps to come out and create traffic in front of halak and get him off his game. they will want to establish the forecheck all over the ice and then pound a few buy halak to create momentum.

    we have to play the same road game when we beat them 2-1. we need some quick goals and make them panic. no stupid penalties and halak has to be perfect..can it be done.

    habs either win a close won or we get blown out.

  487. habfan53 says:

    Montreal can make me 7 for 8 tonight the only loss I’ve had was I took Buffalo over Boston.

  488. Chuck says:

    I hope that your trend continues tonight, Mike!

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

  489. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Do You know WHAT I am also happy about ? …I am happy for Our
    Young Fans …those Whom became Habs’ Fans based merely on hearsay
    …and or reading about IT from others or books, old video, whatever
    …to have themselves seen for Themselves a ‘little’ of WHAT older Fans
    have experienced being a Habs’ Fan

    …let’s hope THIS is the
    beginning of another proud era for Our Montreal Canadiens

    …GO
    HABS !!! …go ! …eh ???

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  490. Rainrocket16 says:

    The best Post of the Night!!!!!!

  491. lavie says:

    Boys, play Habs’ Hockey in the 3rd period. Don’t give too much pressure on Halak.

  492. Chuck says:

    Hey… does anyone know if Hickey was able to overcome his car troubles and make it to the game?

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

  493. MontrealAtheist says:

    Yeah, thanks for finally stepping down from your throne Mr. Gainey so that Halak could finally take over the #1 spot and stand on his head game after game. Unfortunately, you bet on the wrong horse and your darling Carey has yet to show any of the messiah-like qualities that he supposedly has.

  494. MontrealAtheist says:

    Gainey bet on the wrong horse by making Price the absolute no. 1 while he regarded Halak as nothing more than a backup goalie whom he picked up as a last-round draft choice.

    Gainey should be ashamed for denying Halak a fair chance even though now that Halak has been allowed to play his share it has become blatantly obvious to everyone that he is the better of the two goalies. Gainey was blinded by Price’s supposed talent and future prospect that he totally disregarded Halak’s actual talent and current capabilities.

  495. Caballero says:

    Halak emerged as a top drawer goalie this season dude. Last season he stood on his head for 4 games then got sick as I recall. You should be ashamed for bashing the architect of this team. Let’s not forget, the Habs became a viable team again during his reign.


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