Round 2, Game 2: Canadiens pull even vs. Pens

Canadiens’ Brian Gionta sees his deflection stopped by Penguins goalie Marc-André Fleury Sunday afternoon. John Mahoney, The Gazette

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AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Jaro Halak I and II | Mike Cammalleri I and II | Brian Gionta I and II | Scott Gomez I and II | Marc-André Bergeron | Hal Gill | Tomas Plekanec | P.K. Subban | Dan Bylsma

At a glance: Michael Cammalleri’s seventh and eighth goals of the postseason were the difference Sunday in a game the Pittsburgh Penguins dominated for most of the afternoon. But Cammalleri’s power-play goal in the second period proved to be the difference in a 2-1 win the Canadiens can thank Jaroslav Halak for this win as he stopped all but one of the 39 shots he faced.

After outshooting the Penguins 12-9 in the first period, the Canadiens mustered only 8 shots on Marc-André Fleury over the final 40 minutes.
But Fleury allowed a pair of goals on those shots, both by Cammalleri, while
Halak stopped all 30 shots he faced after the first period.

The Penguins opened the scoring when Matt Cooke took a nice pass from Max Talbot and deked Jaroslav Halak, slipping the puck between Halak’s legs 4:38 into the game.

Brian Gionta tied the score 1-1 15:48 into the first period after accepting a feed from Scott Gomez from behind the net to beat Marc-André Fleury with a quick shot.

Cammalleri’s first goal came on the power-play 7:27 into the second period, with P.K. Subban collecting an assist on the play, his third point of
the postseason.

Cammaleri gave the Canadiens a two-goal cushion with less than three minutes to play when he was sent in alone on Fleury, beating him over the glove with a wrist shot.

What it means: The Canadiens have pulled even with the Penguins in the series at 1-1.

What’s next: Game 3 will be Tuesday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, with Game 4 on Thursday night.


  1. Bill J says:

    Odd. I got the feeling you where happy with him here. in fact today you said with a year of seasoning he would do great things.

    I guess I miss-understood, your tune didn’t change.

    Your one confusing fella sometimes Ian lol

  2. kempie says:

    40 years? It sounds like your parents are gonna let you watch the second game of your life. Lucky boy. Live it up cuz Monday is a school night.

  3. habs4cup says:

    not yours either. but I guess watching them play for 40 years means something. it’s something you’ll never know about.

  4. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    even if certain criticism is valid, a fan should look at the positives while we battle in the playoffs.

    you are not a fan.

    “our” stanley cup.

    I don’t think the Habs will be sharing anything with you – it might be “our” team, it is not yours.

  5. habs4cup says:

    I think they should call the Gomez Gionta Cammalleri line, the smurf shorts!

  6. KenD29 says:

    Neither.  RDS feed.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  7. KenD29 says:


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  8. Favorite Son says:

    Habs I/O should totally charge you for your constant plugging of your blog.

  9. Ian Cobb says:

    BILL J

    Just spotted this reply Bill. I still feel that he should be with
    Hamilton Bill, and as a matter of fact I think he might do well to play
    another year there and come up next year late.

    But the powers
    to be have seen two of our best go down and we do need someone to play
    defence for us. I have very mixed feelings about this call up. But if
    anyone can handle it here , he can.

    You deserve more of a response Bill, but I was late in seeing this. Ian

  10. Dintrox says:

    Playoff scheduling is due in large part to NBC. NBC wants two matinee games a weekend.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  11. WestHab says:

    They already did advance.

  12. homerbowen says:

    Finally, someone who agrees with me this team is too small to advance in the playoffs.

  13. homerbowen says:

    Finally, someone who agrees with me this team is too small to advance in the playoffs.

  14. WestHab says:

    I would have gone with Price but gee I’m not quit ready to throw in the towel.

  15. habsfansince91 says:

    ya but then they got a two day break. They played thursday and their next game is today.

  16. Oto-HNS says:

    Don’t need to tell me that… I’m spending 5 years of my life studying it lol

  17. HUDSONHAB says:

    Suban isn’t Markov (yet) but, he is the only one that can do everything Markov does. And he is right handed. If MAB can keep the puck on his stick and get into position, we should have the one timer from both sides. That should help the PP. As far as the PK goes, we just have to adjust to what Pit is doing and stay agressive.

    Finally; AK46 has to be strong on his passes and dump ins and he and Poulli have to get to the net and score.

    Pretty simple eh? <<<<GO HABS GO>>>>


  18. Favorite Son says:

    How can you say that the PP would have been useless? They’ve been doing alright so far with it. Every PP is a chance to score. All I’m saying is, when is it considered interference, because it’s clear he no longer had the puck and we’ve all seen this type of play penalized before.

  19. WestHab says:

    Fresh from twitter Halak is in.

  20. alestar says:

    Detroit had the same 1 day off as the Habs…


    XXIV…and counting

  21. Harditya_CareyPrice says:



  22. habsfansince91 says:

    true, i forgot about that break in the first series.

  23. WestHab says:

    The Habs had 2 days rest in the first round series.  They are paying the price of taking 7 games to beat the caps. It’s also the price of winning. If they’d lost they would be on a beach.  The injury to Markov is the real killer but there is nothing to be done about it. At least we saw him play one series and it was his best playoff. Last year we had no Markov and no Subban. It’s tme to suck it up as they say, time to dig a little deeper.

  24. alestar says:

    Clean hit, no question…the worst is the announcers are talking about how Markov missed 35 games at the beginning of the season due to injury, right as he’s getting hit!


    XXIV…and counting

  25. lavie says:

    Contrary to those negatives, I am quite confident with this team.

    Now this team has become Gill+Gionta+Cammi+Subban+Halak and Co.

  26. pmaraw says:

    a few of those guys, like craig adams, wont score again, i would hope.

  27. habs03 says:

    Clean hit, Markov had passed the puck and even Markov was getting himself ready for the hit, I think Markov didn’t Cooke was that strong.

  28. habs03 says:

    That is why I’m hoping we get fid of those two, like when I look at Pouliot who screws up as much as those two atleast Pouliot shows he cares.

  29. pmaraw says:

    after watching that again, its markovs right leg that gets hurt, he leaned into cooke to hit back, but cook had the leverage and markov was on 1 foot, his right, it put all the pressure on his knee it appears to me.  too bad, we got guys who can step up tho!

  30. habsfansince91 says:

    i don’t understand the scheduling process for the playoffs. Every team has at least gotten two days rest besides the habs, and to make matters worse, their making them play an afternoon game. What gives

  31. avatar_58 says:

    Like I said though – so what? Penalty or not the PP would have been useless and they’d still be without Markov. It’s not a dirty hit in the sense that it was meant to injure.

  32. avatar_58 says:

    REGARDLESS  – they were being outplayed. The pens cannot be weathered like the caps. You need to attack-attack-attack. That’s what Ottawa did and came close. This is not a team you can expect to play defensive against. Gill’s shot blocking won’t save them.

  33. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    when SK SITS, AK SULKS.

    its sad but true.

  34. Ton says:

    its my comment take we should take the leap and part with markov now that he worth something and injury prone. its somewhat off topic but it is related.

  35. says:

    That was a hockey hit, aka finishing your check.  Markov caught a rut in the ice.  The hit was a little late but it was also expected.  Markov knew that.

    They Call Me Shane

  36. arrow says:

    I have faith the G-Men (Gorges/Gill) will play awesome today. Heart-Attack Halak or possibly Price will have a great game.

    If SK is in the lineup then AK will have a better game. We have to stay out of the penalty box.  The team has to get back to playing with heart and treat every game as if it were a Game 7 game.


  37. Favorite Son says:

    There’s a lot more to it than that. 6 different players scored for the Pens. They have more depth than the Caps if you ask me. Even guys like Adams can score. Whereas with the Habs, the only players scoring right now are either Cammalleri or Gionta. Not enough secondary scoring.

  38. says:

    The not enough rest argument is the best one so far. They looked completely dead out there Friday night. I think Markov wasn’t a HUGE factor in Habs beating the Caps so I just hope the team doesn’t get down on themselves. 


    Twitter: @truerivalry

  39. Ton says:

    elementary! in north america we ask the kids to hug the boards and never counter the hit especially when your two feet away from them. Markov didn’t do this and he paid the price.

  40. Favorite Son says:

    But wasn’t it interference? How many seconds until he no longer has the puck is it considered a penalty? Is there actually a time limit? This is so stupid, either you’re allowed to hit someone when they don’t have the puck or you’re not. These in-betweens are ridiculous.

  41. says:

    They Should Hang em, hang em high lol…………

    They Call Me Shane

  42. Danno says:

    With respect, I disagree. We got a penalty when Gomez got two minutes after that play. Pens got the man advantage and scored. It made a big difference.


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

  43. Puck Bard says:

    Penguins are beatable. More so than the Caps… even w/o Markov. Only concern is (still) not enough rest.

  44. avatar_58 says:

    Doesn’t really matter. Even if given a penalty it wouldn’t have made a difference, they still lose Markov. The hit wasn’t dirty

  45. Puck Bard says:

    Be watching whatever they feed me at ATDHE

  46. Danno says:

    Matt Cooke’s hit on Andrei Markov. Judge for yourselves. Markov was not in possession of the puck when he got hit.

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

  47. habsguy says:

    4 power play goals in the first game and you want to take penalties because one of our players took a legal hit…..LOL…smart!!!!……how about we score more goals than them and point to the score board!!!!

  48. habsguy says:

    I also heard Don Cherry say he should have been closer to the boards,  he wasn’t and if he was, he wouldn’t have played the puck.  It was a bang bang play,  Markov saw him at the last second and tried to hit him before he got hit…

  49. homerbowen says:

    If Halak plays and the Pens crowd the net we could be in trouble. Our little players must control themselves and stay out of the box. I wish Moen would develop a bit of a mean streak. If Crosby is on his game we will be in trouble but he is still great to watch. JM must be removed from the bench next year. We need to get bigger.

  50. adam76 says:

    Who will be watching the NBC feed over the CBC?



  51. mrhabby says:

    is halak starting?

  52. mrhabby says:

    the hit was legal not a cheap shot its just that it was Cooke .if anything makov should have been closer to the boards to shield himself from the hit.

    Cooke did get the crap beat out of him by Evander Cane last time they played the Thrashers not sure you saw it. Kane hit him good and knocked him out. Iam sure Cooke will get it again in the regular season.

  53. homerbowen says:

    We don’t have any big boys.

  54. KenD29 says:

    Habs need to stay out of the box, Halak needs to come up with another big game, Popgun 46 needs wake up and start playing like AK46 and keep Cook honest and not allow him to have a big hit. Make sure to clear out the Pens player in front of Halak!

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  55. Danno says:

    Maybe a well-placed piece of hot rubber from MAB?


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

  56. Danno says:

    Spacek’s ailment explained.


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

  57. Danno says:

    It’s a serious ailment.


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

  58. derfab says:

    p.s. it”s called freeing up space for your skilled players, no elimination of red lines or any other stupid rule change necessary.

  59. habs03 says:

    I know I was really hoping Spacek would be back in but doesn’t seem like it, I think JM will go with all 6 and if we got the lead late he’ll just role 4D-men. I read a little about that ear virus that I think Spacek has it seems weird, and its tought to get over.

  60. Bill J says:


    I don’t get where sholi implies the Habs should trade Markov ? – Talk about a major leap.

  61. derfab says:

    By the way, and I know everyone has lost their way since the Bertuzzi-Moore incident,  Cook really has to be held accountable for the hits and cheap shots.

    He won’t fight (the real problem) and the league can’t suspend him for legal hits, so he should be made to chew on an elbow pad or 7 until he has to leave the game to reinsert whatever teeth he can recover.

    These are the guys that have caused the most damage to the game and its best players.

    Cook should never have been allowed to think that he could get away with a big hit on Markov.

    It’s time that the big boys took better care of their own.



  62. Ton says:

    your right this is the time unload him. 2 major injuries, nearing 35……………..

  63. avatar_58 says:

    Bergeron breaks any d-pairing. That’s the problem. No matter who he’s paired with, even Markov, the d suffers and a goal happens. It needs to stop. Even if it means playing 5 D.

  64. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    we live as a team, and we win as a team.

    we play 5 man defence – not just 2.

    we play with energy – that was taken from us Friday because bettman had to prostitute the NHL to NBC.

    we play with Subban – could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that, at least he’s here now.

    we play Habs Hockey.

    we play Smart Hockey.

  65. habs03 says:

    I know the score was 6-3 in game 1 but we didn’t play that badly, the 4 PPG were killer. I think JM needs to balance the D, instead of Bergeron and Subban together, but Berg/OB Subban/Hammrlik. I think the loss of Stall is HUGE, but so is the loss of Markov, we need to go home 1-1 to game is almost of a must. I love both our goalies but he needs to be better than last game and I expect him to be. I just seems that he is a bit tired but that is the case for every young goalie that is coming into his own, he went from playing 25-40 games a year to now playing every other night, that is why I hope we keep both goalies until one mergers that they can handle 60-70 games etc.

  66. mr.a. says:

    without markov, habs don’t have a prayer. washington lost due to atrocious coaching. boudreau should have had someone in front of halak. he wouldn’t have stopped pucks he couldn’t see. skating around the likes of gill and obyrne, and looking for the open man, etc… instead of blasting pucks directly at them and halak would have made more sense and resulted in montreal losing the series easily. the penguins are well aware, unlike the capitals, that they should do both the screening and the playmaking, and therefore will easily prevail with the much more talented team.

  67. says:

    Do be honest the Canadiens will be fine.  Markov has been good these playoffs but not jaw dropping great.

    If they can stop with the penalties then I bet we win game two.  That’s the only reason the Pens won last game.

    Halak and or Price needs to be spectacular.

    I’m a Price fan and would love to see him start this one, but if Halak plays than that’s fine too.

    They Call Me Shane

  68. derfab says:

    The Markov injury means we are, sorry everyone, getting off this ride soon. But it would be nice to knock off one more giant before we die.

  69. Oto-HNS says:

    Partially correct… he more likely has a viral labyrinthitis, with acute inflammatory changes in the inner ear. You’re right though, the only cure is time (unfortunately!).



  70. Mattyleg says:

    Spacek has labyrinthitis!!

    I’ve had that and it SUCKS. You can’t stand up, or do anything until it goes away. Usually takes about a week to be partially funtional.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  71. derfab says:

    Jaro and the D. didn’t have that extra juice to fight their way through the bodies and traffic around the net. That’s why he should have been rested. Most pro goalies will stop anything they see from 20 or more feet out in their sleep but they have to be pumped and very sharp mentally to anticipate and stop the other stuff.  Price is not as good right now as Halak but he should be used if it can help the team fight another day.

  72. Say Ash says:

    Being on the West Coast, Bettman will have me drinking in the a.m. today, so I guess he has done some good for hockey.

    “Yeah, but the game’s on, Honey!”

  73. Curtis O Habs says:

    Sounds like Spacek has vertigo, caused by crystalization in the ear canal. No known cure other than time.

  74. Shublips says:

    I am expecting big things from the Habs today. Honestly, last game was a write off. The team was deflated and tired after the emotional high of the victory vs. the Caps.

    I think the Habs will come out with a much better effort today and actually have a feeling that they’ll win. To be honest, while the Pens beat our butts last game, I wasn’t that impressed by them….were you? They look like a team that can be beaten and that can be beat by the Habs.

    Spacek can’t come back soon enough and with Markov out, this is a HUGE opportunity for Subban.

    Go Habs Go!

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  75. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey

    does a defence of Gill, Gorges, Subban, O’Byrne, Hamrlik, Bergeron,

    have what it takes to stop Crosby, Malkin, and company?

    no way.

    What we will need is a total defensive effort by all 5 players on the ice.

    Any of our forwards who are not prepared to play defensively today can not play.

    If we win this game, it will be 1-0 or 2-1.

    The ONLY way we win is if there is a total committment to defensive hockey, we win the special teams battle, and our goalie stands on his head.

    sound familiar?

  76. Clay4bc says:

    Sound familiar?

    Yes, it sounds like playoff winning hockey. We see that combination every year from the cup champs.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  77. JF says:

    Does this mean it’s Halak in goal?  I think that’s a serious mistake.  He looked tired on Friday night and really needs a game off.  If he looks bad today and loses, what does JM do on Tuesday?  Give Price the start today, let Halak rest so he can return in force on Tuesday.

  78. Ian Cobb says:

    We go with our best JF, that’s the Martin way. Just like playing his best 2 sets of 5 skaters out there. Don’t ever forget , most tenders love shots, the more the better, that is what they live for. And of coarse we would prefer that they get none.

    Goal tenders are a different breed, they might get worn down mentally if they loose to many games. But most will play ball hockey with pads on in between games just for the fun of it.  They can’t get enough shots, they don’ get tired of it at all.

    I have been around them a long time in junior. At that age its better than sex, everyone know goalies are a little off!

  79. Ian Cobb says:

    I have followed the career of PK ever since he walked on as a 16 year old kid in junior.  From day one he showed a fantastic desire for the dramatics. He wants to be the guy when given the chance to turn a game around. He knows how to pick his spots and just go for it without forgetting his defensive responsibilities.

    Today he will be filling in for Markov. He won’t just fill in, he will be our best player on the ice. Watch how he gains space and time to set up the perfect pass, right on the tape mind you. Or when he shoots, he will open up a shooting lane by himself, selling the shot one way and delivering it another. 

    He does not shy away from laying his shoulders into the play either, he has great balance when the going gets tough.

    I mentioned 3 years ago that he was the next Bobby Orr and Brad Park rolled up in one. Give him one full year in the NHL and he will be one of best defenseman to put on our colours. Just watch him very closely as he learns how to play at this level. He goes out to entertain us all every shift with that great smile.



  80. Shublips says:

    I agree, Ian.  In fact, I predict that Subban will be the rookie of the year in the NHL next year.  If not the winner, he’ll definitely be the runner up!

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  81. Danno says:

    Ian, I haven’t watched him for as long as you have but I feel the same way about him already. He is sensational.


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

  82. JIMVINNY says:

    Ian, you are correct in that he is extremely skilled, but he is also very inexperienced.  What you need to be doing is tempering expectations, not making them even more inachievable.  It is virtually inevitable that at some point, he is going to make a mistake that leads to a scoring chance or a goal.  his penchant for jumping into the rush makes this a virtual certainty. 

    Telling people he’s the next Bobby Orr is not what best for him.

  83. avatar_58 says:

    No contest. Problem is he won’t play Markov minutes. I just don’t see it. One mistake and he’ll be benched in place of MAB or Hamrlik. This is why I can’t stand Martin, he screws with our young players.

    PK and Halak will literally be the ONLY thing keeping this team afloat this series, if at all possible.

  84. Bill J says:

    Ian, I am glad you changed your tune on PK.

    Because after game 4, I seem to remember you scoffing at MANY Habs I/O members who suggested to bring up PK Subban.

    In fact you said to me something to the effect of “Would you take away PK’s chance at a long playoff run, friend?”

    to which I replied “Would you take away PK’s chances of helping in saving HIS childhood team in the Stanley Cup playoffs, friend?”

    PK will be even better with time, but he has made his presence felt with the big Club.

    Sucks for Hamilton, but the Habs needed PK more.

  85. JIMVINNY says:

    I will be shocked if Halak makes it out of the first period.  I just don’t see how a day and a half between games will be anywhere near enough for him to rest.  It was obvious that he needed some time off, and he won’t have gotten it.

  86. Clay4bc says:

    I’ll be shocked if you ever give Halak credit instead of looking for fault where there is none. But that’s just me…so enjoy the game, and let’s BOTH hope that you’re wrong.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  87. MontrealAtheist says:

    Who’s in nets today? Hopefully it’ll be Price since he is overdue for a play-off win after all those losses and Halak always seems to bounce back with a vengeance after sitting a game.

  88. PureGuava says:

    A playoff win? He’s overdue for any win! The guy has not won a hockey game in two months!


    “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.” – Robert Anton Wilson

  89. JIMVINNY says:

    Halak is the reason we didn’t get swept in the first round.  he’s the only reason we won three in a row.  Happy?


    But that doesn’t change the fact that he was clearly struggling on Friday.  It’s unfortunate that he can’t play more than a few games in a row without showing fatigue, but that’s just the way it is.

  90. Corporate says:

    Alright… We have lost one of our best
    defenseman. But we did discover one that can hold his own in PK Subban.
    He ha the speed and skills and he definately has the confidence. So I
    think he can fill 75% of Markov’s hockey sense. The other 25% will have
    to be Hamerlik. he has been weak or tired at times but he is the one
    that came through when Markov was down earlier in the year. As for Gill
    and Gorges. They should just continue playing the way they can.

    for the forwards… I can’t not stand Andrei Kostitsyn anymore. he
    frustrates me almost more than the loafs. He shows up one game out of 10
    and then you don’t see him for the next 9 games. He doesn’t hit, makes
    stupid mental errors (hence the 4th goal in Game 1), and he doesn’t look
    interested. I don’t know if it is a Russian thing but I don’t like his
    lack of enthusiasm for the team. I say we shouldn’t keep him next year. I
    do understand he has potential and he has a great shot and speed. but
    it isn’t any use if he doesn’t want to use his skills.

    Gomez must show their leadership this game. Gionta made a stupid mental
    erro by putting the puck over the glass for a delay of game call. Gomez
    on the other hand must just do what he has done all year. Be patient and
    skate deep in the Pittsburgh zone.

    I also believe that Darche
    should play. Here is what I would do to mix up hte lines a little. I
    would put Pouliot back on teh first with Gomez and Gionta. he played
    really well last game. Then i would put Moen on the second line as he
    was effective there last game. I would try to put in Darche somewhere in
    there. I would may be replace Metropolit since we know he is playing
    injured. The 3rd line must stay intact.

    Well good game everyone
    and be this time tomorrow it will be 1-1 series tie.

  91. Bill H says:

    Markov injured is a big blow to the team.  This virus that Spacek has is bizarre, keeping him out so long.  We need him back more than ever.

    The tight scheduling is a bad break for us, with little rest time between Game 7 and Game 1, and now Game 1 and Game 2.  But let’s face it, that’s the way it goes in the playoffs.  The Pens finished off a weaker opponent quickly, so they got time off, while we had to face a tough first place team that took us on an exhausting 7 game series.  That’s one of the advantages of finishing higher in the regular season standings.  I didn’t drop in yesterday, but I hope people weren’t whining about how Bettman was fixing the schedule to favour Sid the Kid.

    Subban likes to go deep on the rush.  He got caught that way on a turn over that lead to a goal last game.  I like the way he plays and was delighted to see him pot his first goal.  I hope he gets another couple tonight.  With Markov and Spacek out, we need him even more.  

  92. HabFanSince72 says:

    Halak has been all or nothing so far in the playoffs. Either mind-bogglingly brilliant, or weak.


    Here’s hoping for a merely good performance today and a win for the Habs.


  93. derfab says:

    not weak freddy, just a little less brilliant on 2 or 3 shots.

  94. Ian Cobb says:

    Heck he tells me that. He told me he would make the team last fall.!! but I told him he needed two years in Hamilton to develop into a pro first. But you just cannot keep him down, I think he still sleeps with some of his habs gear on like he has done for 20 years.!!

  95. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t get this kind of thinking. So what if he makes mistakes? All defenseman do – EVEN Bobby Orr. Let him make those mistakes and learn from them. Shielding him like he’s some 2 year old won’t help him either. What better way to learn the ropes than in the NHL in the playoffs?

    What I saw from him in Game 1 after the game was already out of hand was risk taking. He was the only one saying “This games over so I might as well go for it”. He gave it 110%, which is why he rushed into the zone himself and made risky passes. There was ZERO to lose.

    Watch him when it’s 0-0 or 1-1…he doesn’t do those things.

  96. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey


  97. avatar_58 says:

    Ian I love playing goal in street hockey and will do it even in the worst of weather conditions…..but I can’t say I’d choose it over a woman. 😉

  98. Ian Cobb says:

    Just spotted this reply Bill. I still feel that he should be with Hamilton Bill, and as a matter of fact I think he might do well to play another year there and come up next year late.

    But the powers to be have seen two of our best go down and we do need someone to play defence for us. I have very mixed feelings about this call up. But if anyone can handle it here , he can.

    Your deserve more of a response Bill, but I was late in seeing this. Ian

  99. homerbowen says:

    This is a must game to win for the Habs. They must stay disciplined throughout the game. Some secondaryn scoring would be appreciated. Where is this guy Pouliot and for that matter, AK, Laps, Moen and on and on and on.


  100. Favorite Son says:

    4 players should be scoring on a regular basis: Cammalleri, Gionta, AK and Pouliot. With additional scoring from Plekanec and Gomez. Lapierre and Moen are playing their best hockey right now, can’t really ask them to do more…

    I still think the key is discipline as we saw that 5 on 5 it was pretty even.

  101. Clay4bc says:

    Is it 2:00 yet?


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  102. temekuhabs says:

    Not liking the short turnaround from Game 1, but whaddayou do?? This might be a game wherein Halak has to steal it?? (Has someone mentioned this before???) Our special teams will be better Im sure of it. Im hoping the brain dead (but immensely talented) AK gets a press box seat besides his bro’, put Darche in, at least he will work hard.

  103. HUDSONHAB says:

    Your bang on. Unfortunately the Habs always seem to get called on the most innocent looking(bad)calls.


  104. SLONCOLD says:

    halak gave up a goal he must be tired …..

  105. MontrealAtheist says:

    Not only did he give up a goal, he was lying on the lice for 5 seconds while a Penguin was circling the goal … It could easily have been 2-0 and unless we switch goalies this is going to get very ugly.

  106. Marty says:

    Can’t stop’em all.


    The left side of the rink was so wide open (& empty), you’d think the Pen’s were on a powerplay.

  107. SLONCOLD says:

    i was being sarcastic……. he’s not tired, habs defense are slow theyr  being beten to the puck on just about every play. r u watching the game or just gonna blame everythign on the goalie?

  108. skoalbandit33 says:

    I hate cbc, just brutal

  109. slapshot777 says:

    Bob Cole, musthave some hate on for the Habs, and he is blind to boot. The only penalty in the period and he automatically says the Habs got it without even seeing it. Yet  it’s a Pens penalty for interference.


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

  110. SLONCOLD says:

    Fleury just let in a goal… wow he must be tired

  111. zaq007 says:

    Pens score only when we give it to them when we score we earn it so lesson is…stop giving the pens so many oppurtunites! xD

  112. homerbowen says:

    Pens finishing their checks against our smaller players. Nothing we can do and eventually they will be worn down. We must get bigger in the off saeson. If anyone thinks we have outplayed the Pens to this point I wpould suggest they ntake their blinders off.

    Why does Moen play like a pussy? Where are AK, Laps, Pouliot and who is responsible for them still being on the ice. Off with their heads!

  113. Newf_Habster says:

    AK46 needs to be benched for the rest of game for not covering COokie when he scored a goal!

  114. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    Habs have two options with AK46

    1. Dress his brother and let him play for two minutes ( but not on the same line as AK ) because AK doesn’t play well when sergei isn’t playing.

    2. Ship him and his brother back to Russia. Via Fedex overnight package.

  115. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    Pens started off hot, However since the fedotenko penelty they have slowed down.

    Excellent. Gionta’s goal is pretty much the reason Gainey went out to get both Gionta AND gomez.

    Once again, Pouliot is playing like Sh*t and I am begging JM to get him off the ice….

    Why is maxwell playing!?!?!?!??! I think metropolit came back too early and reinjured? Is that possible.

    Spacek is out with a “cold” way too long, not that he is desperatly needed back, PK is doing the job

    By PK i mean PK subban, the actual PK ( Penelty Kill ) sucks….

  116. BJ says:

    I don’t know why Maxwell is in there either. He really has brought nothing to the team at any time this year. I would have preferred White as a call up.

  117. SLONCOLD says:

     bob cole is a robot

  118. Marty says:

    In his defense and I really don’t like defending Bob but he called it upon the crowds reaction.

    Crowd thought it was a Habs penalty.

  119. slapshot777 says:

    I hear what you are saying, But the point is he just doesn’t see whats happening anyways. Just watch on any whistles, he even gets that wrong. A gloved pass blown down for a off side and so on.


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

  120. Marty says:

    Yah, your right, his best days (if he had any) is far behind him. but he’s like that with every game and every team.

  121. pmaraw says:

    bob cole is senile, hearing him blab on for 2 minutes about there not being a body check, followed by a highlight of a bodycheck on gorges.  i switched to rds, only team that has scored since i did that was montreal.

  122. slapshot777 says:

    Mclean asking PJ Stock for is expertise on the Habs on the Pens goal is like asking an auto mechanic for is opinion on a heart transplant.

    Mclean, says PJ knows the Habs so well. Is he privy to all that happens with the Habs? I guess Martin,Muller, and Pearn calls him in to go over all game plans.

    PK Subban has to play more, he is a offensive type d-man and capable of moving that puck out of their zone. He is no Markov but at least we have somebody to replace him, while before we would have been done like toast on the backend.

    Hamilton must really miss PK, because they are down 2-0 in games to Abbotsford.



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

  123. mrhabby says:

    PJ is a dork but makes a point why not play PK on the 1st/2nd line…JM should let him play his ass off.

  124. Ton says:

    watching bergeron, woh, i know a fellow  who’s best friend plays for the wild. they nicknamed him giveaway bergi while he was there. i dont what keeps him in the nhl.

  125. SeriousFan09 says:

    They’re down 1 game with Abbotsford and are leading in game 2 with a 2-1 lead right now.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  126. skoalbandit33 says:

    pk keeps up his point a game pace in the nhl!

  127. Lancer says:

    We must be doing something right because Crosby is complaining all the time.

  128. lavie says:

    You should be thinking twice next time before you want to say “…He is no Markov but…”. 

  129. SLONCOLD says:

    halak wasn’t tired in the second period i guess

  130. habsguy says:

    LOL….thats all Jaro needed,  a few shots and he’s BACK !!!!!

  131. lavie says:

    That let-in was almost a Shoot-out. We can’t blame Jaro for this.

  132. pmaraw says:

    kind of a borderline call on gill eh?

  133. BJ says:

    PK looks like a seasoned veteran so far. More energetic than Markov and better decision making.

  134. MontrealAtheist says:

    Looks like he’s fully awake right now :-)

  135. MontrealAtheist says:

    I don’t know what he’s shouting, but I would love to have it as a ringtone !!!

  136. Fred D says:

    Re :Cooke goal in the first period. As the US announcer said on NBC, “Kostitsyn should check his battery light”. If he had been on the ball and Cooke hadn’t gone directly past his backside, while he stood there, Cooke would never have been in a position to slide the puck “between Jaro’s legs”, as noted here in.

    Geez that’s frustrating. The guy is standing there like a hood ornament and the bad guys, (especially Cooke) open the scoring.

  137. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    Hal Gill’s hit on Crosby was perfect :)

  138. slapshot777 says:

    Your telling me that a kid who has played 2 regular season games and 3 games in the playoffs, and all of a sudden he is on even par with Markov. You should be the one thinking before you say it. I know PK will be another Markov maybe even better, but realistic and common sense will tell you right now he is not a ” MARKOV” period.

    I know what your thinking and you and the rest of us know that PK will be an elite defenseman, but don’t put him on a pedestal and put undo pressure on him. Just let him play his game and he will be just fine.


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

  139. lenny says:

    first pens goal AK sleeping….what is this guys story? Hello it’s the playoffs…who needs a guy like that on their team

  140. Fred D says:

    Dead Battery!

  141. slapshot777 says:

    Thank-you, I stand corrected. They are leading 3-1 now.


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

  142. MontrealAtheist says:

    Well, Crosby is still conscious, so it can’t have been that perfect …

  143. pmaraw says:

    no, you’re right, hes no markov, he’s mutha fackin P.K. SUBBAN!!!

  144. slapshot777 says:

    LOL, True


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

  145. slapshot777 says:

    Now Guys let’s start off strong and kill this penalty.


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

  146. terrygain says:

    Bull. It’s not his responsibility to go the the net. The stupid coach had the 5th and 6th D pair on with the 4th line.

  147. coachdoug says:

    Playing with fire now…stupid penalty

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

  148. pmaraw says:

    how the frack did moore not draw a penalty there, he got absolutely mugged!

  149. pmaraw says:

    is it just me, or do the pens look like they have 3 4th lines when they pair up malkin and crosby

  150. pmaraw says:

    nice assist by letang!

  151. montreal1 says:

    i couldnt agree more, halak stole another big game for us tonight

  152. montreal1 says:

    yeahhhhhhhhh booooooyyyyyyyyyy stealing 1 game out of 2 is just fine with me, now back to the bell and and hopefully jaro can steal 2 more 😉

  153. habsguy says:

    How many shifts did that dirty p$%k Adams play…?

  154. DavidKB says:


  155. naweed235 says:

    holly shlt … HAVE WE BECOME THE NJ DEVILS? hehehe

    great win very good for the confidence but hell they need to play in the opposite end more often…

    GO HABS GO!!!

  156. habsguy says:

    God the Pens fans have zero idea about hockey

  157. habsguy says:

    why didn’t Crosby get a penalty for smashing his stick at our goalie,  then throwing it into the corner!!!!

  158. skoalbandit33 says:

    cammi clutch!!!!!!!!!!

  159. montreal1 says:

    i couldnt agree more, halak stole another big game for us tonight

  160. montreal1 says:

    i couldnt agree more, halak stole another big game for us tonight

  161. SLONCOLD says:

    agree that’s an easy 2 minutes for unsportsman like conduct…especially since it was on our net… halak moves a bit and gets that on the back of his leg and we’re in traouble… bad missed call

  162. montreal1 says:

    my bad triple post haha just a lil excited

  163. lavie says:

    Gionta-Gill-Subban-HALAK & Co. version Habs have character!!!

  164. says:

    Not one bit surprised they won this game. 

    Our fans at the Bell will help us win game three!!!!

    Well done Habs

    They Call Me Shane

  165. light_n_tasty says:

    Why didn’t Crosby get a penalty?  Seriously?  You have to ask?

  166. SLONCOLD says:

    fans at the melon area look lost… even last game when they were winning they were all sitting dwon with their arms crossed.

  167. light_n_tasty says:

    When was the last time the NJ Devils let more than 35 shots against in a game?  No, we have become the 1993 Montreal Canadiens.

  168. pmaraw says:
    27 R C. Adams       PIM 15   TOI 09:25
  169. slapshot777 says:

    I said the same thing. I mean he stares right at the referee and slashes his stick and breaks it off on the post. He then continues to stare at the official and fires he shaft in the corner and goes to the bench all in all still staring at the ref and begins to yap.

    What happened if he would hae sladed Jaro. I think he was close, even Halak was surprised he jumped back a bit. Also the NHL should be looking at that hit from behind, it was deliberate and good on the ref to give him 5 minutes and a game.


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

  170. slapshot777 says:

    Yes, hopefully we can win both, but I’ll take one game at a time. The Habs have that monkey off their back with that losing streak at home snapped with that 4-1 againt the Caps.



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

  171. Ton says:

    #2 pre paid or have them pay shipping?

  172. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    That’s going to be a heavy package…

    But worth every penny.

  173. slapshot777 says:

    Did Darche or Maxwell play in the second period?  I don’t remember seeing either them.



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

  174. SLONCOLD says:

    So where is the media saying halak is tired now? where are teh posters sayng halak needs more of a break? any more stupid comments out there about one of our best players?

    in fairness the biggest difference in today’s game was halak wasn’t tired and since fluery lost, well he was way too tired for todays game, they should play their back up next game to give fluery a rest, makes the most sense to me….

  175. light_n_tasty says:

    Shoulda started Price.  Way to go JM…what an idiot.  How does this guy even have an NHL job.

  176. DavidKB says:

    Seriously? Not looking too smart there, light_n_tasty.

  177. slapshot777 says:

    How can you justify that. Halak played his usual stellar game. The first goal on him wasn’t even his fault. That goal will go in 75% of the time on any NHL goalie. The Pens just got lucky on that one. You can’t  bitch about JM starting Halak. It’s a tough call and usually coaches just go by a hunch.


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

  178. light_n_tasty says:

    *sigh*…that some people would take this seriously really says something about the quality of some of the posts on this site.

  179. nastyHABit says:

    way to go boys!…..nice goals mike…..keep it rollin’

  180. lenny says:

    looks like the pens got a taste of what the Caps went through, welcome back Halak

  181. lenny says:

    looks like the pens got a taste of what the Caps went through, welcome back Halak

  182. VancouverHab says:

    Ahem — Bob Gainey. Cammalleri. Gomez, Gionta, Gill. Moen. Playoff guts, winning attitude. Keeps Halak on board giving us two elite goalies.

    Gentlemen, please be upstanding. The toast is, Bob Gainey.

  183. habs63 says:

    *raises glass

  184. MontrealAtheist says:

    Right … for the first game we blame Gainey for putting together this team, now after this win we give credit … ahem … to Bob Gainey for putting together this team.

    It seems Bob Gainey’s omnipotent spirit has a good chance of outlasting the forum ghosts.

  185. lenny says:

    actually Gainy wanted to trade Halak AND If he was still involved would be pushing Price, but n ow is not the time for that

  186. Xtrahabsfan says:


  187. MontrealAtheist says:

    Sidney Crosby’s favorite word during interview’s gotta be “execute”: When the Pens win it’s because they executed and when they lose it’s because they didn’t execute … lol

  188. MontrealAtheist says:

    I think he was just kidding, no?

  189. habs63 says:

    Letange made a really nice pass to Cammi.

  190. homerbowen says:

    CBC….wow what a bunch of “has beens” doing the play-by-play and color. These guys must be Laff fans in real life.


  191. zaq007 says:

    MAB getting hit saved us the usual heart attack finishes haha plus stop bad mouthing CBC i get to watc The Land Before Time now! =D

  192. arrow says:

    Team played with heart and guts and we came out ahead! Great team effort. G-Men (Gorges/Gill) stood their ground and shout down the powerplays. PK Subban had a great game, stood up to baby Malkin. Heart-Attack Halak stole another one. Cammi came alive and had 2 great goals.


  193. lavie says:

    Subban played 23:17, only behind Gorges (24:13) and Hamrlik (23:29).

  194. matraque says:

    SK will never play again for the habs.  I hope.

    Same goes for

    Package them with another guy and get something good in
    return.  These 2 guys are just going through the motions.


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  195. habs03 says:

    No homo but I got a serious man crush on Cammy. I actually thought we played better in game 1 but going to MTL 1-1 is perfect. I have to say I was one of the people that thought Subban should just play all year with the Bulldogs instead of bring him in the playoffs, I was wrong, played 23 minutes, I think he has 4 points in his 5 NHL games, wow. I hope Spacek is good to go next game and I hope Markov gets better soon too.

  196. TPlow says:

    Hey, we survived a 55-minute Pittsburgh powerplay! Dangerous way to play, but I’ll take it!

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

  197. habs03 says:

    So true, what is even more sad is how JM system would be perfect for S.Kost, a skilled forward that plays good D.

  198. linp says:

    I was most impressed by Subban. He can keep up with Crosby and
    out-muscled him. He played with such poise and his outlet passes are
    better than our other Dmen.

  199. matraque says:

    If he was that good, he would be playing in the playoffs


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  200. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Ricky Martin?

  201. duffy says:


  202. Peter Young says:

    Kevin Mio wrote:  “But Cammalleri’s power-play goal in the second period proved to be the difference in a 2-1 win the Canadiens can thank Jaroslav Halak for this win as he stopped all but one of the 39 shots he faced.”

    Excuse me, but the final score was 3-1  Let’s not give the Pens anything.  Gionta scored before Cammi’s two goals..

  203. mrhabby says:

    Pens not even close to being the dirtiest team….its the Flyers.

  204. habs03 says:

    its called bromance

  205. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Look at the goals and wins section – How can you not be proud of this team?

  206. lavie says:

    In this way: We already have the best smurfs in the league.

  207. Big Ted says:

    If that’s Carey price smashing his stick, it’s a penalty.

  208. Chuck says:

    Cammy’s two goals kept this from being an overime game, but Habs can thank Jaro for the win… huh? They both played huge roles in this games, so BOTH of them should be thanked for the win.

    The rst of the team wasn’t too shabby, either.


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

  209. Peter Young says:

    I think it’s possible the Pens may fall apart.  Crosby was on the verge of thorwing a tantrum in public.  Some of the other players were acting out as well.  The entire team does not seem to deal well with frustration.  If the Canadiens can keep things close, we may see psychological factors affecting the Pens’ game.  Remember, the Pens’ captain, allegedly the world’s best player and Bettman’s icon, still lives in the home of his father figure.  Perhaps that’s a bit cruel and rather underhanded, but Crosby’s performance today exhibited that he still has a lot of growing up to do.  His petulance got national coverage in the USA on NBC today and it was plain for all to see.

  210. BKAK72 says:

    The alternative view: HABS played 3 lines, bye-bey AK46 (pls take the other “K” wally SK74 with you).– I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  211. habs03 says:

    I think he has the talent but he just doesn’t work hard, the same with his brother IMO.

  212. MontrealAtheist says:

    At least he didn’t throw it onto someone else’s butt … you know, Carey Price style.

  213. BKAK72 says:

    The alternative view: HABS played 3 lines, bye-bey AK46 (pls take the other “K” wally SK74 with you).– I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  214. Big Ted says:

    Flyers, Bruins, Leafs, Sharks, etc… Pens are a middle-of-the-pack team in terms of how dirty they are, aided greatly by Matt Cooke, but they are well above average in how whiny they are, led by Crosby.

  215. zak says:


    this will be PK Subban’s last year in Hamilton.

  216. MontrealAtheist says:

    OK, so now all we have to do is win our home games and we’re through to the conference finals … Go Habs Go !!!

  217. Storm Man says:

    Anything good happen today?





    Great game by the team cant wait to be at the Bell Centre for games 3 and 4 Go Habs Go :)

  218. habs03 says:

    He already played his last game with Hamiton :):):)

  219. Big Ted says:

    Big question: given the strength of the play of at least 5 of our 6 defencemen, is it possible that the loss of stall was more hurtful to the Pens than the loss of Markov to us? I would have assumed Markov was the bigger loss to a Habs’ team with fewer skill players, but Staal is a very good player whose importance is only lessened by the fact that he plays behind arguably two of the top five players in the league.

  220. Peter Young says:

    Yes, that, too.

  221. JasonM says:

    My tickets in the Red for Game 3 just got even more awesome!

  222. Dintrox says:

    ole ole ole


    we did oit we sank the pens …bring i!!!

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  223. nHL80 says:

    I think it’s time to reinsert SK74 into the lineup. Maybe he can take AK46’s spot. He was our team’s best player in the 08 playoffs, most points and best +/-


    SK74 has proven that he can step up in big games like the Olympics and previous Playoffs.  He just has the shortest leash on the team.  Maybe time to give him a chance, and without tinkering with a lineup that is playing well, inserting him in AK’s spot wouldn’t be a bad idea.  AK46 has been dormant, maybe this is the kick in the arse he needs to wake up, and it could also spark SK74

  224. bennykchui says:

    I found this interesting (sad but true for now) but when:

    PK has assists: 2-0 (both leads to cammy’s goals)

    PK scores: 0-1

    So PK, pass the puck to cammy.

  225. mrhabby says:

    markov’s loss is bigger and will hurt us down the road.

  226. Peter Young says:

    The Canadiens’ playoff performances thus far illustrate an old adage we’ve all heard many times before:  good goaltending and good defense are at a premium during the Stnaley Cup olayoffs.  Yet the television commentators for all the networks–CBC, TSN and NBC today–have reacted with palpable disbelief that the Canadiens are winning.  It’s almost comical.  At first I thought it was simply the product of anti-Canadiens bias.  But, seeing them continually struggle to explain the Canadiens’ success, I’m beginning to think it reflects their failure to understand that defense is as important as, if not more important than, offense, that character and discipline are huge factors in team performance, that psychological factors play a huge role in determining game outcome,  

  227. terrygain says:

    CBC coverage was so anti-Montreal, I tuned to NBC for the 3rd period. I thought their coverage was fine. 

  228. Kythehabsfan says:

    SK74 is the only person I know with a shorter leash than I get! This is so much deeper than his skill – others have said it; he should be flourishing in JM`s system but it is clear JM does not like him one bit.

  229. Danno says:

    The K Bros are like the Singing Frog that can make you millions but never sings when it’s showtime…


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

  230. habs4cup says:

    they can take Pouliot with them. this guy’s reputation as a floater precedes him.

    he will never score a goal, because he justs drifts along like the K bros. time to get rid of all that garbage. and let me not forget MAB who’s giveaways give hab fans heart attacks.

    so K bros, Pouliot, MAB and Hamrlik- GONE!

  231. light_n_tasty says:

    Markov is our best player.  Staal isn’t the Pens’ best player. Thus, our loss is bigger.

  232. DavidKB says:

    Agreed. I switched to NBC. 

  233. DavidKB says:

    I watch almost the whole game on NBC. CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada needs a bigger makeover that the Oilers!

  234. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    You may get your wish very soon? Lets just say “IF” AK46 & SK74 returns with the team and decides not to return for anymore games for the rest of the playoffs? What would you have to say then? You should not wish for things that just may happen? I do not think these two guys deserves this treatment but not there to make these decisions are we. Just put it to bed and be glad our team won.


    I believe these brothers can contribute offensively. They need to be in the line up in order for them both be able to gain their confidence and be able to play effectively. It would be ashame to see what could possiblility happen to these two in the distant future?


    Great game today and should be happy that the team won. Its a team effort and everybody contributes win or lose. Go Habs Go!!! Go Habs Go!!! Believe!!! Believe!!! It should be noisy for game 3.

  235. HabFanSince72 says:

    The only keeper Gainey traded was Price, but Bettman nixed the deal.


  236. NSavard18 says:

    He IS still involved.

  237. slapshot777 says:

    True, some people forget that he stayed on has a special adviser, I think is what’s his title is now.


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

  238. MontrealAtheist says:

    It’s funny … whenever the Habs win a game it won’t be long before someone steps forward and points out that this was Bob Gainey’s work.

    However, the same people remain very quiet after games instead of giving credit for the loss to Gainey.

    It’s almost like they are cherrypicking the games for which Gainey can be credited while silently ignoring all losses.

  239. MontrealAtheist says:

    If Gainey still had any say (or if he’d be coaching as he did during last year’s playoffs) it would be nothing but Price, regardless of whether the kid actually executes or not.

    Thank God he’s gone now, so we can finally start cleaning up the mess that he left behind and actually start winning play-off games for a change.

  240. VancouverHab says:

    That’s Atheist logic? Bob Gainey is only a creditable GM if he puts together a team that never loses a game? R-i-i-i-i-ght.

    Believers’ logic, on the other hand, says that Bob Gainey saw a problem last year when the Habs lost — ‘lost’ as in ‘rolled over on their collective backs and whimpered’ — in four straight games (that is ‘didn’t win a single game’), and tore up the team and rebuilt one using proven winners and character players: a team that eliminated Ovechkin and the Caps and now has taken home-ice advantage away from Crosby and the Pens (again, as in “won five more games already than last year’s team.) Are we detecting a pattern here?

    That’s our logic, and, frankly, it’s the true and valid type.

  241. ZepFan2 says:

    Actually, Mr. Gainey tried to trade Price before Halak.

    It’s called being a GM.


    Thank you, Mr. Gainey!


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  242. ZepFan2 says:

    Well said good sir!


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  243. MontrealAtheist says:

    Gainey has not accomplished anything noteworthy in Montreal (apart from reaching the conference semi-finals) despite his previous accomplishments at Dallas and Minnesota, so clearly the fact the Habs are on a roll right now can only partially be attributed to Gainey’s work.

    As we have seen many times this season this team has its share of challenges and had some tough times during the regular season, thus the same team is capable of losing badly just as it is of winning. To me, this shows that simply selecting the names for the team roster by itself does not guarantee success since there are numerous other factors involved that determine the outcome of a game. Consequently, when there is success it cannot be solely attributed to the selection of players by the former GM.

    And speaking of patterns, the most obvious pattern that I’m detecting is that after Gainey resigned as GM, things have changed within the organization, Halak got to play much more frequently and the W’s kept on coming and now we are having a nice run in the play-offs. And as you already pointed, last year’s run where Gainey was both the GM and coach ended very badly. It’s not difficult to add two and two together.

    Having said this, I really wonder why we can’t all enjoy the current roll without having to fight over the percentage to which these wins can be credited to Gainey. Gainey is gone and history will judge the man and his legacy by what he accomplished during his reign.

  244. VancouverHab says:

    From one Zep fan to another  ;–)

  245. habs4cup says:

    no it’s called being a moron, which Gainey is!

  246. MontrealAtheist says:

    Thank you for resigning, Mr. Gainey, so that the team could finally start doing the right things and embark on a nice playoff run, certainly a much better one than the one that you led last year.

  247. ZepFan2 says:

    And from one Habs fan to another ;–)

    What you said about Gainey is spot on. Compare the players we replaced last year to the ones that took their spots. Like f***ing night and day!

    Last year…4 and out (without even a whimper).

    Year before…second round…4 and out.

    No matter how some want to deny him his due. Gainey deserves some credit for the team we’re seeing persevere in these playoffs!

    Go Habs Go!!!


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  248. ZepFan2 says:

    Yeah, what a “moron” for getting players like Cammy, Gio, Gill, Gomez. Friggin’ “moron”.


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  249. Ton says:

    not gone. did you not see him watching the game with PG. BG still would have the last say if he wanted it.

  250. adam76 says:

    Halak look tired – should have started Price.

  251. Sambaguio says:

    That’s what Gainey would do! Good thing he is no longer around!!!

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  252. Dintrox says:

    Im a habs fan for life. aDAMS DESERVES time out for this rnd. I dont see that happening… but Go Habs go


    ecember 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  253. Dintrox says:


    go squid go!!!


    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  254. Habsone says:

    Great come back Halak and the boys!!!  Started looking like the team that played Washington!  Looks good on Crosby!!!  Boo hoo!!!  Cry some more!!!

  255. 11habs11 says:

    Imagine…all this amazing play by Halak and he still doesn’t have a shutout. So, if he’s got a shutout in his bank then we’re looking reeeeeal good!

    GO HABS GO!!!

  256. petrov14 says:

    Shutouts? Pfffffft Thats not how Halak rolls.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  257. WindsorHab-10 says:

    What really pisses me off about tsn, cbc & nbc commentators is how they all insisted that the Pens figured out Halak & exposed Montral’s penalty killing. To this minute, they have yet to give credit where it’s due.

    Great game by the Habs and I hope they wipe the ice clean with Cindy’s face on Tuesday. The idiot slams his stick in frustration on the net, breaking his stick, almost hitting Halak and no penalty call.

    Up yours Bettman and good job Habs.

  258. Frank2468 says:

    This is why I watch the games on RDS.  CBC bugs the hell out of me and TSN were OK in the first round, but they can be asses as well when it comes to the Habs.  Ever listen to Cole when he is commentating with Carbo in the press box, Cole sometimes just completely ignores what Carbo has to say and that pisses me off.  I wish Carbo would do us all a favor and toss this idiot from the press box for us.

  259. Kythehabsfan says:

    Let`s start a petition to get Old Man Cole outta of the booth at CBC. His best before date passed many playoffs ago.

  260. dh says:

    The worst today was, “Here comes a penalty and, wouldn’t you know it, it’s against the Penguins”  Gotta get the cable guy to hook me up, upstairs.  Can’t cook in the basement.


  261. Danno says:

    Do you think there will be a noisy crowd at the Bell Centre on Tuesday?


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

  262. MontrealAtheist says:

    There sure will … However, Sidney Crosby and Co. are professional players who are not intimidated by noisy hostile arenas, so don’t expect the crowd to automatically carry the team towards victory.

  263. Willy the bum says:


  264. TripleX says:

    So impressed by the poise of PK Suban on and off the ice.  This dude should be giving classes on how to give a great interview.  The sky is the limit for him next season.  Taylor Hall?  I think the Calder is coming to Montreal.

  265. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wouldn’t be a surprise, he’s got all the assets to be a standout NHL player next season. Although with Boston getting the 2nd overall pick, Seguin or Hall playing in their organization could collect a lot more points than they would playing with the Oilers and forwards tends to be favoured in Calder voting. Only 3 Defencemen in 20 years have won the Calder, 4 if Myers makes it this time.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  266. habs-hampton says:

    Never really thought about the Calder, but he has to be a frontrunner.

  267. WindsorHab-10 says:

    We can make it a tradition. The Wings throw Octopus & we throw Bob Cole.

    I like it.

  268. Frank2468 says:

    Yes we could throw cole slaw, in little cups with pictures of Cole on them, because that’s what I think of his commentating, or how about creamy cole slaw like the one you get from Kentucky fried chicken.

  269. Habsone says:

    lol!!!  I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels that way!  Well said!

  270. Habsone says:

    Too funny!!!

  271. linp says:

    JM’s “system” relies on a hot goalie, Halak, and a sniper, Cammalleri. Since the “system” gives up so many shots, the goalie is bounded to be tired during a long series. The “system” collapsed badly when it happened. It seems that Halak needs only one game to recover. That gives us hope the team can ride this “system” and remains successful.

  272. VancouverHab says:

    JM’s system — which is doing gloriously well agianst the two top teams in the NHL — works with the assets that it has.

    To paraphrase a very wise military man, “you go to war with the team that you have, not the team that you wish that you had.”

  273. matraque says:

    It’s amazing how people keeps hammering on JM.

    -New team

    -Tons of injuries

    -Makes the playoffs

    -Makes it to round 2

    Can someone explain to me why all the hate?


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  274. habs-hampton says:

    I keep saying that Staal is a HUGE loss for Pitt and they won’t be able to replace him. He’s what Gainey was to Mtl in the 70’s.

  275. Sambaguio says:

    We may not have great talent (with the exception of Halak) to win the Cup, but we sure have HEART. Halak rules! Gainey.. well… good riddance!!

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  276. AH says:

    This team!, I’ll admit, I thought we were going home down 2-0 for sure, but they keep pleasantly surprising me! GREAT JOB BOYS! and props to MAB (who frustrates the hell out of me), for getting up and shaking off that dirty hit! A split is great! How’s about all the worry over Cammi not scoring after he came back? Now is when we need him to score and he is. Now if we can get Pouliot and Plekanec going, we’ll be laughing, (please Plecky, keep the little girl grounded in her room forever huh?!


    GO HABS GO!!!!!

  277. Ian Cobb says:

    What I love the most of all is no one believes it is possible for us to knock off last years champs. It is just great watching the facial expressions of were they ever lucky.

    They have not got a clue that we have one hundred years of learning and playing winning hockey. Do they think that we just got off the boat or something.

    This game at this level is not purchased with one or two giant contracts, it is won by a team of players, coaches and management with 100 years of experience in how this Stanley Cup contest  is won or lost.

    Winning is adjusting to your opposition and defeating them. It does not have to be pretty, it just has to be a game plan with total team effort.

    If we take Crosby or the big”O” and naturalise them, their team becomes disoriented and they lose confidence. they start to fold there tent and scratch their heads in bewilderment.

    One or two players do not make a TEAM. We have a century of knowing what a real team is and how this cup is won. Just think that one out of every four years we have put our stamp on this silverware over the last 100 years. Is this year another.?

  278. light_n_tasty says:

    You know that Gainey drafted Halak, signed him to his current contract, elected to keep Halak + Price rather than Huet + Price, and even attempted to trade Price in the offseason, right?

  279. Le Jadester says:

    Great post Mr. Ian

    I share the same sentiment and am even starting to come around with JM. 

    I never thought I’d say that…… but Les Boys and the rest of the staff are doing the unimaginable as of now.

    Keep on rockin’ in the hockey world.  Speakin’ of rockin’, can’t wait for the atmosphere on Tuesday night !

    Habs, OLE !

  280. Danno says:

    The K Brothers have talent. But they never put out when it’s showtime. Like this little guy.

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

  281. Sambaguio says:

    This just in… Crosby just called OV and said, “Now I know how you felt!”

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  282. Sambaguio says:

    Hey Price-lover, the much talented Huet than Price was traded because Gainey wanted Princess Price to be number 1. He never cared about Halak!! Didn’t you see last year’s playoffs? We  had a better team last year but even when Price kept giving so many softies, Gainey never allowed Halak to play even 1 second!!! Halak was totally humiliated for not playing a single game, considering he was responsible for getting the Habs in the playoffs again and again. Now, Halak has proven Gainey wrong!

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  283. Ian Cobb says:

    Should be a rockin night for sure Jonnie

  284. Roger HABbit says:

    All I can say is “HEY, HEY, HEY…. HALAK”

  285. Ayan_SB says:

    I still can’t believe he’s only 21.

  286. Bugs says:

    Kinda disappointed in Pittsburgher.

    Right from the bat, they showed Halak of creativity as well as Halak of net drive and that translated into Halak of quality shots and ultimately, Halak of goals.

    It was like a totally different team from the first game.

    Can’t explain it.

    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:

  287. mrhabby says:

    the series is far from over..lets not get ahead of ourselves boys. i really hope that are two dmans injuries don’t come back and haunt us..just being a liitle conservative but i do love the ride.

  288. punkster says:

    Good one Ian. (neutralize, not naturalize…although Ovie may now be a naturalized citizen of the U.S. but I don’t think Crosbie is…yet ;). Your writing is miles ahead of where it was 3 years ago. Good work.

  289. Danno says:

    It was a Halak-adaisical performance by Pittsburgh.


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

  290. pmaraw says:

    bugs, the habs are making perimeter players of these teams.  its like the twilight zone or something!

  291. ZepFan2 says:

    Better still, Gainey has proven he was right when he cleaned house and got players like Cammy, Gio, Gomez and Gill!

    Go Habs Go!!!


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  292. punkster says:

    Halak your analysis Wabbit. They may now have Halak of self confidence due to Halak of preparation.

  293. Danno says:

    Only eleven wins away from winning that big mug…


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

  294. pablojinko says:

    Man, You really hate Price, don’t you?

    Or you love more Halak than the team?

    Specially with your opinion on Halak been the only talented guy in the team. I respect your opinion but I think you’re wrong…

    Halak has talent, so does Price, and Cammalleri, Gomez, Gionta, Subban and a looong etc.

    I also find funny people think this is PG’s team, that Gainey has nothing to do with the current team… Did anyone see him sit next to Gauthier for game one?…. just sayin..


    As Seen In Montreal

  295. Bugs says:

    Suppose SOME credit should go to the Halaktrifying play of Cammelleri in these playoffs.

    We’d be dead without’m.

    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:

  296. Laramy87 says:

    Starting Maxwell and DArche was dumb dumb dumb… They played i think one shift, on for Pens goal and from that point on it was a 3 line game…. Put in Metro and SK74, play AK46 SK74 with metro. I GUARANTEE, if the brothers play together they will create offence

  297. light_n_tasty says:

    Not really sure where you’re getting the “Price lover” comment from…

  298. Sambaguio says:

    Bergeron steals Best Actor Oscar award from Maxim Lapierre. LOVE IT!! LOL

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  299. DavidKB says:

    You bet! Metro, and the brothers K in for game three. They’ll be up for it.

  300. petrov14 says:

    From the Hockey News:

    …After Subban was picked 43rd overall in the 2007 NHL draft, he went up to former general manager Bob Gainey and said he was going to make the Canadiens happy they drafted him.

    Just short of three years later, Subban is making good on that promise.

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  301. slapshot777 says:

    100% Agree. No matter what anyone tries to say or put it. This team simply put is the team that Gainey built. All this about Halak this and Halak that, he is still only one player and that as awesome as he has played he still can’t score.

    Gainey had a trade made with Price involved not Halak. So for all the bitching about this team. It’s Gainey’s the facts are there and no matter what anyone says they can’t erase the facts.


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

  302. terrygain says:

    IIRC, he said he would make the Habs that year. I like his moxie. Tom  Nickle is right. He’s very mature and of good character.

  303. Ian Cobb says:

    Thanks, spell check says its a good word ,just the wrong word. Thanks for dat! my friend.

  304. MaritimeHabsFan says:

    Hey, I am coming up to the Game on Tuesday from PEI.  Can someone give me a heads up on the name of a hotel close to the Bell Centre and  the night life after the game?  Thanks.

  305. terrygain says:

    Was Pittsburgh flat or are they not as good as Washington?  Very few shots from the middle. Halak can handle those shots from the outside in his sleep. I  was worried the Penguins wouldn’t get to 40 shots.  

  306. terrygain says:

    No night life in Montreal.

  307. petrov14 says:

    wow, im Jealous   ;P

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  308. Ian Cobb says:

    The beauty is in the doing and successful, especially when you are suppose to fall on your face.

  309. tricolore says:

    Came back to the team that played the last 3 vs Caps. Fearless, calm, and opportunist. Good on you Habs.

    Vive le Tricolore!


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  310. pmaraw says:

    just follow people you think look fun, and of legal age after the game

  311. terrygain says:

    Halak your style so much, I wan’t to add:  Habs not suffering from Halak of great goaltending.

  312. naweed235 says:

    ok here’s what i think for what its worth:

    I think JM should reinsert SK in the line up on tuesday…why? b/c he is amongs those few on our team who can play good def. and off. and since we have been rolling pretty much on 2 or 3 lines for the last 4 or 5 games you’d think that the guys are going to burn out at some point… I say put him back in, put AK back on the 2nd line and give it another try… if it doesnt work just sit them untill they are shipped out of town

  313. TheIndian says:

    There are lots of Hotels around Bell Center. Just do a search on hotels and you will come across many.  They are mostly at walking distance.  Depends if you prefer a Marriott or Sheraton or couple of small ones in area but with playoffs happening I am not sure of room availability.

  314. Sambaguio says:

    Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain

    1 Place du Canada, Montreal, QC H3B 4C9‎ – (800) 204-7141‎ 


    Hotel Le Crystal Montreal

    1100 rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G 0A1‎ – (877) 861-5550‎


    Auberge Les Bons Matins Bed and Breakfast‎

    1401 Argyle avenue, Montreal, QC H3G 1V5‎ – (800) 588-5280‎ 


    Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel‎

    1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West, Montreal, QC H3B 2L7‎ – (514) 878-2000‎ 


    Hotel Du Nouveau Forum Inc‎

    1320 Rue Saint-Antoine Ouest, Montreal, QC H3C 1C2‎ – (514) 989-0300‎



    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  315. shaw says:

    That was a nice win game2 , I’m glad pits lost jordan stall  that’s definetly going to help us. I think game1 the canadiens were exhausted mentally and physically. Pk subban is playing really well , he’s a really good attacker  i guess he learned something from his buddy john taverse. is it just me or is pouliot always lost in the game and for the person witht he last response Sergei is doing much at all I don’t see why he should even play the next game


  316. Ian Cobb says:

    I will contact you by e-mail and give you the hotel we stayed at for the summit for special rates. 5min to the bell and the action.


    If you want to leave your phone # on my e-mail I will call you right away

  317. GoalieT says:

    I think we should deploy our secret weapon soon. BRING IN MARA!!!

    Ultimate Die-Hard Since 1986. T.

  318. Storm Man says:

    How much do you want to spend? I like the Hotel Le Crystal. 

  319. slapshot777 says:

    Guys have anyone heard on the condition of Markov, I heard Bob Cole say today that he is done for the season, wishful thinking on his part I bet.

    I haven’t read anything or heard anything stating that he would be lost for the reast of the play-offs.



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

  320. DavidKB says:

    Hey Kenny, you need to update your profile.


  321. Storm Man says:

    Could not say it any better.

  322. Storm Man says:

    I have to ask do you cheer for one player or do you cheer for the team just asking. I would think tennis would be more to your liking as it is not a team sport.

  323. mrhabby says:

    wonder why sid still lives in mario’s house.

  324. TripleX says:

    Actually Bob told Halak and his agent he would do everything possible to move him by the deadline.  Bob’s resignation or forced resignation put the end to that happening.

    I hate revisionist history.

  325. Dwayne33 says:

    hey, also from PEI, wish i was going to the game, Hotel Maritime, 1155 Rue Guy, 2 blocks from the Bell Center, awesome spot!!!

  326. Le Jadester says:

    Can’t see that happening David.  I think the K-bros. are done in Montreal. I just don’t think they fit JM’s system.  I don’t think its the fault of either JM/PP or AK/SK.  Its just a relationship that is not working.

    Chirping the bros. isn’t fair because you know they would play a lot harder and would produce with their talent if they had a different coach under a different system. As well, all I know is that it would bother me too, if I thought my brother was being treated unfairly by the bosses, family comes first regardless of anything. 

    Chirping JM because of this is also not fair because he is set on his ways too and he has a job to do the way he thinks is best.  I guess that’s what he gets paid and is responsible for, making decisions.

    I will always cherish the memories though, kinda like the ones Saks, Kovy, etc. left us with.  I think its the only thing you can do as a supporter and wish them well in their future. In fact I’m happy Gui moved on and did well in Minny too, cause it wasn’t working in Montreal.

    Everything happens for a reason ?

    Habs, OLE !

  327. lavie says:, Bid Now. A lot of nice deals.

  328. ShangaDoo says:

    I think it was pointed out on the other thread, but Cammalleri is leading the playoffs in goals and Jaro in wins…pretty sure he’s going to lead in save percentage!

    For the statisticians, when’s the last time we had a leading scorer AND a leading goaltender in the playoffs?


  329. jimmy shaker says:

    #1…Still think we need Metro in the lineup and not out.

    1A…AK46 out SK74 IN

    2….Great bounce back from Jaro and the whole team!

    3….  Pitts used up all their bounces/breaks in the first game with all our penalties we took, Jaro’s off game, the team being tired, losing Markov, Bettman screwing us with the schedule.  So now it should just be a series of who wants it more!

    4….As much as everyone hates MAB on here, and yes he had a braincramp on a giveaway to Malkin in the first period….But for me, he was solid and steady, and was in Crosby’s grill whenever he could.  He knocked sid on his arce and that’s what it’s going to take to get Sid off of his game.  GIll hit him, O’byrne hit him, MAB hit him……Hit him as much as we can. 

    5…Horrible calls by the stripes on Gill’s and MAB’s penalties.  I guess you’re not allowed to touch a guy anymore when your playing defense.  Gill had talbot the whole way and then he falls and the stripes fall for it as well.  And MAB got a penalty for sticking on Dupuis too close…what a joke.

    6…No suspension coming to adams on the MAB hit into the boards as per TSN…..That was easy right Campbell.  It probably went something like this… Bettman, “NO suspension Collie, clean hit”, Campbell, “Okay boss, you got it”!

    7…And to end my rant, apparently Crosby cannot get called for unsportsmanlike conduct, when he was yapping at the refs all game, breaks his stick near Jaro and then missiles it against the boards.  You better believe it that we would’ve got a call on that play.

    But good work boys, team played great, Jaro was solid and can’t wait for the 21273 back in habville for Tuesday.  What’s Bettman got up his sleeve now?


  330. linp says:

    JM played the 4th line about 1 min. in this game. There is nothing to lose putting both SK and AK in the 4th line. We have seen that AK is a different player when SK is in the line-up. I don’t like AK and SK’s attitude. I understand AK’s reaction to SK’s benching. For the good of the team, there is no risk to give it a try.

  331. nightmare_49 says:

    …  from Jim Matheson

  332. mrhabby says:

    couple of nice perks.

  333. shaw says:

    I’ve heard that he’s back in Montreal the club  medics are examining is knee but nothing has been said about how long he will be out.

  334. Storm Man says:

    I have Cammy in my hockey pool :)

  335. ZepFan2 says:

    Yeah, was this before or after Gainey tried to trade price to Tampa only to have Buttman nix the deal?!

    This has Gainey’s touch all over it. Deal and enjoy!

    “I hate revisionist history.”

    Yup, I sure do.

    Bottom line:

    Go Habs Go!!!


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  336. jimmy shaker says:

    If Bylsma is saying that Staal is day to day, after undergoing surgery on a tendon in his foot, then I would say Markov is hour to hour with his knee!  I think they are both done till October comes around once again!


  337. ZepFan2 says:


    It’s an old cliche, but it’s a very accurate one…there’s no ‘I‘ in team.

    All for one and Go Habs Go!!


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  338. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    1993, haha.

  339. Storm Man says:

    What was Timo doing that night? :)

  340. waisguy says:

    Nice one Jimmy! Very entertaining.

  341. gp52 says:

    I Think The Pens really miss Jordan Staal more than we miss Markov.

    The Pens looked very unsuperior this afternoon.

    Crosby was completely shut down and while Malkin had a few shots at the net he never managed to hit 

    the net.


  342. crabvader says:

    Wow… Edmonton is really trying to compete with Philly for biggest douche bag fans in hockey…

    What a despicable and gutless act.

    I hope Low can get by the emotional trauma.

  343. habsguy says:

    Did you see the hit?????

  344. habsguy says:

    Maybe Metro,  if he’s healthy…The K bros have had to many chances and can kiss my butt!!!!!

  345. habsguy says:

    Why do you have to be like that,  why the hate for Price,  what did he do to you or the team….although I don’t know him on a personal level,  he seems like a nice kid….AND this IS GAINEYS team !!!!!

  346. beebZ says:

    Well said ;)________________________________________________________

  347. Storm Man says:

    It was in Calgary lol 

  348. habsguy says:

    I have tons of Saku memories,  and I have two of Kovy,  him sitting in the press box, and him skating away from the puck and causing a goal because someone “touched” his wrist!!!!!

  349. andrewberkshire says:

    It was in Calgary.

  350. Kooch7800 says:

    Man you are seriously negative.

    We could have had Roy in net last year and we would have lost because our team lacked heart in a big big way.

    Halak is hot right now enjoy it instead of bringing up this stupid goal argument.  Price is a good goalie who had a bad year….he won’t be a hab next year I would imagine after Halak’s performance this playoff.

    Enjoy the present while we have both because it won’t last long having to great goalies.

    I just hope Halak is not like a certain goaltender we used to have who now plays for Washington.

  351. Ian Cobb says:

    I think the Pens miss HAL Gill more than anyone.

  352. slapshot777 says:

    Toyal agree, Ian and I bet Dan Balsyma will probably be one of the first to say so.


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

  353. MikeMcLaren says:

    I just e-mailed you details on how to work Priceline to your advantage.

    For example, for my stay for game #3, I managed to get the Hyatt for $80/night when their own website is offering it for $200+


  354. G-Man says:

    The message is that the player who doesn’t give a damn gets the chance to play while those who are giving their all sit. That’s the wrong message this time of year. It’s not October.

  355. HardHabits says:

    News flash: Markov is now minute to minute.

  356. Eliisa says:

    I really enjoyed the Omni Hotel on Sherbrooke St – it was only about a five minute walk to the Bell. The service I got was amazing too.

  357. sprague cleghorn says:


    You need to chill, dude.  Really.

  358. linp says:

    What is important is that the players are buying into this “system”. That gives them confidence. They start to enjoy the success. The moral of the team is at an all time high. Gionta wants to win the cup!

  359. DavidKB says:

    Okay, so you have a sense of humour. Sorry I didn’t recognize it.

  360. light_n_tasty says:

    I guess it’s easy to miss given some of the Halak-haters on here.

  361. light_n_tasty says:

    Gainey was the coach of the Habs for like 15 games TOTAL since Price and Halak were the goalies.  The GM does not decide who starts and who doesn’t…

  362. Sambaguio says:

    Haha. Carbo was fired because he kept playing Princess Price. Prior to Carbo being fired, the Habs lost 8 in their last 10 games. The two games they won, Halak was on the net!!!

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  363. light_n_tasty says:

    So, Gainey would have started Price, yet he fired Carbo for playing Princess Price?  Hmmmm……

  364. Sambaguio says:

    Carbo was fired because he kept playing Halak. When Price kept losing, Carbo put Halak, and Halak was winning. But GAiney wanted him to kept playing Price. Carbo put Price again, and kept losing some more. Finally, Carbo had enough and played Halak. A few days later, he was fired. When Carbo asked why he was fired, Gainey didn’t give him a decent explanation. But his Playoff decision to keep playing his thoroughbred Price — even when he kept losing games again and again — speaks volume why Carbo was fired.

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  365. Sambaguio says:

    typo..Carbo was fired because he kept playing Halak.

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  366. wotever says:


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

  367. Danno says:

    You mean Sidney the professional who breaks his stick over Halak’s net and then flings it over his shoulder?


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

  368. wotever says:

    Oh give me a break, it’s not that bad. E.g. I think it was the first penalty he thought a it was against Montreal because he thought the play was stopped when mtl touched it. That was the trip of obyrne off camera so possession was the only indication of who was getting it.
    There are a lot of reasons to want Bob Cole to retire but some people are taking this too far. Show a little respect for a piece of hockey history and if nothing else, the man.

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

  369. W35T5ID3 says:

    i like rusty spoons………..and ….

    …i like a rusty sid the squid ……

    …and i like rusty malkin not doing anything offensively……..

    I like rusty spoons…ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  370. massgeorge says:

    I love salad fingers!! The Habs need to spill some of the red water…

  371. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Some people may get their wish very soon? Lets just say “IF” AK46 & SK74 returns with the team and decides not to return for anymore games for the rest of the playoffs? What would people have to say then? People should not wish for things that just may happen? I do not think these two guys deserves this treatment but we are not there to make these decisions. People should just put it to bed and be glad our team won.


    I believe these brothers can contribute offensively. They need to be in the line up in order for them both be able to gain their confidence and be able to play effectively. It would be ashame to see what could possiblility happen to these two in the distant future?


    Great game today and should be happy that the team won. Its a team effort and everybody contributes win or lose. Go Habs Go!!! Go Habs Go!!! Believe!!! Believe!!! It should be noisy for game 3.

  372. W35T5ID3 says:

    Hal Gill is my idol

  373. CanadienBoy says:

    Hal Gill is the glue that,s keeping the habs together underfire and best teams guy we had in a long time !!!

  374. Bugs says:

    I read somewheres that the Great Wall of China was modelled after Hal Gill.

    If Hal Gill was good enough for the Mings (or whatever), then he’s good enough for us, I say.

    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:

  375. Arune Singh says:

    Holy crap…am I the only one who forgot Paul Mara is on our team?

    Thank You Saku.

  376. lavie says:

    I like his playoff beard.

  377. massgeorge says:

    I also forgot.I don’t think his name was even listed among the scratches on RDS today.  How many games did he play this year?

  378. Propwash says:

    Isnt there a possibility that Mara could possibly come back if we ran deep in the playoffs?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  379. Danno says:

    This team has heart. And the spark behind this team is coming from two outstanding young players — Jaroslav Halak and PK Subban.

    Halak is 24 years old and is playing like a seasonned veteran. PK is only 20 and is playing like Bobby Orr or maybe Doug Harvey.

    But they both have one thing in common. Both PK’s and Jaro’s birthdays fall on May 13th.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if they celebrated their birthdays together while advancing into the third round?

    I think they can. I know they can…


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

  380. newbrunswick troy says:

    Two quick points:  andre Kos,  has got to start playing with a little jump—he,s at his best when he is physical

                               as for Pouliot he has some jump but somebody break the concrete off his hands..

                              Ans finally is it the habs philosiphy to not counter attack at all..seriously can the keep

                              going on beeing outshot every game 2 to 1….

    **************all the same good luck boys…**************

  381. mr.a. says:

    Habs suck!!!! Crosby and the boys will figure out a way to beat the miracle worker(Halak). You can’t win Lord Stanley’s cup with the porous defense that the habs have. Subban is the only talented D right now. Can halak steal 3 more games to advance to the next round? No way, Jose!!!!

  382. Danno says:

    Careful! That’s what Washington said…


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

  383. newbrunswick troy says:

    Nope ..we got rid of noway Jose somes years back…maybe you should try something like “NO Crack In Halak”   yep that should fit

  384. newbrunswick troy says:

    Oh and by the way ..its your comments like that ,that will create the “carma” to have the upset you shall weep over……so keep on bashing

    Someday you see that ..although you are right that Shittsburg is way more tallented, one must respect every team in this league cause all it takes is a 5-10% tallent margin every game that makes the differnece to create an upset….

    Case in point today…Fluery 3goals on what 18 shots…..Crosby 1 shot ..0 goals… Cammy 2 goals 1 asst on 6shots….get my point

  385. sprague cleghorn says:

    Goodness, isn’t this clever?  And he used 8 exclamation points, so he really, really means it. Guess we all know what “mr.a” stands for.

  386. newbrunswick troy says:

    Oh i forgot …i,m really getting pissed at the way in wich these gamed are i mean ..i know that the NHL needs the likes of Shittsburg and the Caps to stay in for the   T.V deal in the states but it,s starting to look like there may have been calls made to ensure this …or maybe i,m just very “Habs sighted”

  387. punkster says:

    I’ll bet you’re a pussycat in person.

  388. WestHab says:

    Timo looking for a man date.

    Good to see you! Some serious road trip …eh?

    Les Smurfs Sont La!

  389. W35T5ID3 says:

    do u like rusty spoons?

  390. andrewberkshire says:

    Not a chance. He had pretty major shoulder surgery.

  391. petefleet says:

    Why is it that no one, icluding the media, is talking about Crosby smashing his stick on Halak’s net after what is obviously a non-call to start with?  I understand he was frustrated but he’s got to be a little more professional than that.  By the way, that should be a 2 minute penalty at least for unsportman-like conduct.  He was blatant about it too.  No coverage!!  What gives?

    Go Habs Go

  392. Propwash says:

    CBC replayed it a few times during the game, mind you, its probably pitched as “being passionate” I guess.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  393. SLONCOLD says:

    by the book it’s a 2 minute call with a potential 10 minute misconduct…

  394. SeriousFan09 says:

    It took them 5 years to really start going after Ovechkin for his hits, Crosby’s occasional frustrations in the game are going to go unnoticed I think.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  395. newbrunswick troy says:

    Absolute agree …Its one thing that he brakes his stick after swinging at the goalie and the net..but an absolute no brainer for the ref once he then wips his shaft down the ice…..

    *****and it wasn,t even interference anyway..well played by Moore*******

    I said it before and now….The Refs suck due to in-experience or lack of playoff direction..or worse yet as i thought before ..maybe they did get “playoff direction” as to what teams winning pays best dividents to NHL..

  396. RC-51 says:

    When he smashed his stick and it wasn’t called, he definitely should have been called when he threw his BROKEN stick!

  397. Propwash says:

    Speaking about P.K, I loved how he was preventing Sid from making a play behind the net, and watching Sid go ape.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  398. Zepphead says:

    Am I the only one who found these two first games soooooooooooooooooooo boring?

  399. SLONCOLD says:

    thinking we should scratch camalleri next game. he’s a small guy and probably tired. :-p

  400. krob1000 says:

    I am not sure it is possible to impress anyone after game 6 and 7 against the caps unless we win the cup……that is a tough order to fill.  Under normal circumstances todays game would have been thrilling…we are now officially spoiled…those games Halak stole were magical and will not be forgotten by anyone who watched them…they were that good….once in a decade or two type games and we got two in a row….tough act to follow

  401. FW Penney says:

    I have a Habs centennial Loonie. It was sitting in my desk for about a year. I put it in my pocket for game 7 against Ovie…

    The Fred Factor

  402. HardHabits says:

    Scott Burnside’s excellent ESPN article about today’s game.

  403. FW Penney says:

    the game was awesome…goal no. 3 was sweet…

    The Fred Factor

  404. WestHab says:

    Along with Halak and PK

    Les Smurfs Sont La!


  405. Ayan_SB says:

    Anybody know where I could get a Subban t-shirt?

  406. heart4habs says:

    Buy a jersey instead 😉

  407. heart4habs says:

    Any news on Marc-Andre Bergeron?

  408. HardHabits says:

    Puck Daddy article: Do playoffs prove that the ‘goalie era’ is dead for NHL?




  409. HardHabits says:

    Ho-hum. We’re winning the Cup. *yawn*


  410. WestHab says:

    can’t find any on twitter. It’s early but my hunch is that he’ll miss one game…just a hunch.

    Les Smurfs Sont La!

  411. Danno says:

    Good article. Thanks!


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

  412. WestHab says:

    Yeah that was great and so is your new avavtar!

    Les Smurfs Sont La!

  413. alex_ says:

    elliotte friedman’s twitter page says hes fine

  414. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think the issue is now that goalies are being overworked these days, so many goalies are expected to do 70GP in the regular season or close to that and then be ready to play even tougher, more competitive hockey for as many as 28 more games. I think a few goalies in this years playoffs would’ve done better without the compressed schedule and maybe 10 games knocked off their regular season.

    Even with all the great physical conditioning these days, it’s the mental rest they need more than anything and they’re not getting it. Patrick Roy never played more than 65 games except for 2 of his NHL seasons and he was one of the ultimate workhorse goalies. Jacques Plante called a goalie playing 70 games solo back in his day foolish and argued for the 2-goalie system well before it was ever brought in.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  415. HardHabits says:

    The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. Goaltending is and always will be a big part of the sport, without which the whole is less than it could be. GAA and sv% are as well.

    I heard some pundits today talking about how they thought with the way Washington got ousted how the regular season didn’t amount for much, like Washington should’ve gotten a by or extra games at home. Like if a number 16 NCAA basketball team beat a number 1 in the playoffs the whole system would be over-hauled.

    Hockey is about the puck not about stars. Montreal is winning a team game. My how the Americans forget 1980. It seems like Canadians remember the Miracle on Ice more than the Americans do.

  416. ooder says:

    I think he’s fine.

    just shaken up and maybe winded.. but probably fine


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

  417. MikeMcLaren says:

    On the NBC feed, you could see the trainer running rudimentary spinal cord injury tests on MAB.  He was checking vertebrae by squeezing down his neck and also asking that he squeeze his hands.  After those came back okay, that’s when he helped MAB up and to the bench.  Very lucky that wasn’t worse.


  418. Corio says:

    Man Crosby was a whiney biotch this game, what was the deal when he broke his stick on the back of our net?

  419. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes, because extra games at home were just what the Capitals needed in this series, we took them 3-1 on their home ice and it was nearly a home ice sweep to boot. Do those guys even watch the games or read about where the wins happened?

    A few goaltenders will always be around who can upset a series, just ask the Capitals, if you can find what golf resort they’re at. Luongo’s heroics in games 5 and 6 against the LA Kings turned that series to Vancouver’s favour as well.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  420. wotever says:

    OMG an insightful comment!  Cool!

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

  421. Rainrocket16 says:

    We dont call him Crysbaby for nothing! I can’t stand his ass, so whiny all the time…I bet he went and cried Mommy Mario after that one.

  422. petrov14 says:

    Thats my next season jersey for sure!!

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  423. Rainrocket16 says:

    Cammy certainly made the Highlight real with that line drive into the back of the net..what a beauty!! I will be watching that one over for a while.. Habs looked great today despite the first 10 minutes and the scary 2nd period, but they shut it down yet again..something seemed to work today! PK is playing well, can’t wait to see what he does in the future. As for the Present,………..ZEN!!

  424. daveho29 says:

    Missed the game today(6hr mnt. bike ride)……….I really hate nbc and their 11:00am pst starts.

  425. SeriousFan09 says:

    Question about the Detroit-San Jose Playoff series:

    Since when could Nabokov play when it counts?

    And how embarrassing is it when Chokin’ Joe gets the GWG in a playoff game against your team?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  426. daveho29 says:

    I didn’t know Underdog was a Habs fan.

  427. Say Ash says:

    I picked my poison and decided to watch it on CBC. How bad was the game calling on NBC? Apart from the usual McGuire bullcrap, of course. And what did they say about Cindy’s chop?

  428. petrov14 says:

    I just watched the highlights, made me wanna gag!

    Oh and to answer your question: VERY! (and its his FIRST!!)

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  429. petrov14 says:

    Way better than the tank, lol

    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  430. pmaraw says:

    i couldnt take cbc, the way bob cole was going on about there not being one singlt body check, not 1 not yet, not even 1 yet… then i think it was gary galley “we have a highlight of gorges being body checked”  i changed to RDS about 10 minutes in and the only team to score after i did that were our guys!!!

  431. Sambaguio says:

    I have another idol: PK Suddan. Just watched his interview. He’s quite smart and reserved. Looks like Markov’s injury is a blessing in disguise for this budding rookie. 

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  432. pmaraw says:

    i was watching the game, in the 3rd…  and to me it seemed like the wings telegraphed every shot.  they would coast with the puck, looking for the right angle, giving nabby all day to skate out to them and cut down the angle.  nabby looks really small in net too doesnt he?

  433. itpf says:

    I watched the play-by-play on NBC and switched between CBC and NBC for between period analysis. Gotta say, NBC wasn’t bad – I’d rather listen to Pierre McGuire once in a while than Bob Cole constantly.  I may not agree with him, but at least he has something interesting to say. But I’ll listen to Kelly Hurdey between periods.

    Seemed like they dedicated some time between breaks to talk about some elementary hockey stuff on NBC. can’t remember exactly what it was – but i do remember thinking “yep, this is an American Network.”

    About Cindy’s Chop – they said it should have been a penatly – had it been another player it would be, is what they said.

  434. itpf says:

    I’d watch RDS but I don’t get it HD, like I do CBC and NBC. (On the west coast)

  435. Eliisa says:

    Better get your new idol’s name right – it’s Subban. 😉 I agree he is doing well and is definitely ready for the big time.

  436. Sambaguio says:

    Halak’s name is now in the dictionary!

    The Pens were Halak-ed into submission Sunday afternoon in a 3-1 victory.” 

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  437. pmaraw says:

    Halak it, Halak it alot! the only starting goalie remaining with a .930+ sv pct.  then there’s rask and boucher, one of em isnt making it to the next round.  This might be the one year where i dont say “ugh… the bruins again….”  i was getting tired of 1st rounds with the bruins.

  438. Sambaguio says:

    LOL. Thanks! :)

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  439. pmaraw says:

    good eye!

  440. pmaraw says:

    ya, I dont mind the french commentary, at least they’re excited about the habs, plus… HD!!!

  441. sh00n says:

    I got my PK away jersey made the day we called him up for the playoffs; had a gut feeling he would stick with the team and I absolutely love the kid’s game.

  442. Eliisa says:

    You betcha, anything for a fellow fan. I saw the history will be made Halak edition on the tele for the first time tonight – almost brought a tear to my eye. I am sure you can agree.

  443. Say Ash says:

    Are the socks holding up? To think I almost shaved this morning!

  444. dudurules says:

    any insight on Markov?  although just flip the “9” to a “6” and we got a new Markov 😉

  445. Say Ash says:

    We’ve played the B’s very well this year. Just sayin’…

  446. Eliisa says:

    You did not! I have to be honest here – though I might get some flak for it. I didn’t actually wear my socks for game one. I didn’t even watch game one, so unlike me, I know. There were good reasons, I promise! Anyway, I am beginning to think these socks might have the power. Sorry for letting everyone down. 😉

    Keep the beard!

  447. matraque says:

    Sorry to bring this up, but i haven’t seen those amazing goalie stats from that website (i don’t remember the name) in a while!  What’s up?


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  448. Sambaguio says:

    I like your Avatar.  Their love affair is over. LOL

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

  449. SeriousFan09 says:

    ‘Out indefinitely’ from JM and in the playoffs when they’ll say just about every injury is day to day, I wouldn’t expect to see him back for a while, if at all.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  450. 11habs11 says:

    My Price jersey is in its third season…kinda leanin towards gettin a Gorges one

  451. Eliisa says:

    I think you might be talking about Habs Eyes on the Prize.

  452. Say Ash says:

    I still can’t figure out what he did. High ankle sprain?

  453. matraque says:

    Thanks!  They have recent goalie stats??  I would like them to review Halak’s performance.  I mean they only did this when the “debate” on goalie was going on.


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  454. SeriousFan09 says:

    Ankle sprain they would’ve said so, I think it’s knee damage, possible ligament tearing or at least a sprain of a ligament. Marco Sturm blew out his ACL and MCL on a hit that looked not even half as bad.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  455. StefG says:

    Tabhalak!! He looked shaky at the start of the game, but regained his footing late in the first. That does not bode well for Pittsburgh. I want to remake the “History will be made” commercial with Bobby Orr jumping, but with Halak in net, and the puck gets stopped and it reads: “What if Halak had been in net?”.

  456. sh00n says:

    HAHAHA. So funny.

    Love how some people just choose favourites on the team to cheer for instead of the team itself. Halak shat the bed in Game 1, everyone said it’s okay because it’s Jaro. Yet in Game 4 last year against the Bruins the fans mock him and chant his name. ****ing classy.

  457. lavie says:

    He was offered Spokesman of The White House.

  458. Eliisa says:

    I don’t know if Chris did anything past December – the debate is over (for me anyway). Check him out though.

  459. habaholic68NJ says:

    You are not letting us down.  The socks should only be worn when the Habs have their backs against the wall.  Use the power wisely.  

  460. 11habs11 says:

    Let’s all take a minute to reflect.

    It’s May, and the Habs are STILL IN THE PLAYOFFS! And tied 1-1 with the defending champs.

    Now let’s remember what our expectations were when we learned we would be playing the Caps in the first round.

    If someone said three weeks ago that this would be the case, who would have believed them?

    Basically, let’s enjoy this!! And pray for many more weeks of playoff hockey for our boys…sky’s the limit!!!!!!

    Let’s make it 25!

  461. pmaraw says:

    hehe after game 1 against the caps, i remember a few folks on here talking cup and perfect storm and stars aligning.  i just wear my lucky habs hat, jersey, my blaket and my really old mini stick i used when i was a kid (its wooden)

  462. Eliisa says:

    Thank you – I was feeling guilty. :) Perhaps I won’t wear them for game three although it would be nice to be up 2-1 instead of the alternative.

    And I feel much better, so once again thanks! I went on a three hour hike today and was completely fine. I owe you one.

  463. Rainrocket16 says:

    Did anyone see my man DM going to the net and getting thrown down during our PK, ooooo that pisses me of when they have blatent penalties uncalled and they get 3 in a row!

    on a lighter note….Halak is Awakened yet again!

  464. sh00n says:

    I’m picking up a Gorges one as soon as he gets the C.

  465. Eliisa says:

    This is a great post. After we beat the Caps everyone was professing their love for each other and our team on this site. Fast forward to game one against the Pens and everyone on here was hurling insults at one another again.  I am very proud of the Canadiens and I promised myself I wouldn’t have any expectations about this series, even though after this game I can’t help but be a little bit optimistic. I agree about enjoying all this… it’s been great!

  466. SeriousFan09 says:

    Agree, this team’s been written off so many times so often this year that they’re well beyond expectations and showing what they can do as a team. I’m enjoying the hell out of it, and arguing with anyone I run into while I wear my Habs jersey around town on game days if they start it.

    Someone actually using the Cherryism “Havlak” to describe our goalie, ugh.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  467. 11habs11 says:

    haha yup we do have a tendency to rise and fall with the team, which just shows how passionate we all are. I promised myself the same thing, but yet I still spent the third period of today’s game trying not to have a heart attack lol!

  468. 11habs11 says:

    lol that’s great stuff…all I do is wear my habs jersey, and wear only my right sock…seems to be working so far!

  469. SeriousFan09 says:

    You know you’re watching crazy goaltending when you’re on the NHL Gamecenter Classics archive, the final score of the game is displayed, that score has already been reached by one side and you’re still amazed they didn’t score.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  470. 11habs11 says:

    so true…me and my buddy actually made a bet before the season started for a dozen beer…i said we would finish ahead of the laffs, and he (being a laffs fan) said the opposite…i was confident we would beat the laffs, but i never would’ve expected this.

    as for the Havlak thing, I remember the year we finished first in the east and had to play the B’s, Cherry would always refer to Kovalev as “Korvalev” and after that me and my buddies always used that name when referring to him lol

  471. jimmy shaker says:

    Ah man, my MAB leading the playoffs in the most useless stat in the history of the NHL!  Out of 335 players that have suited up and played in the 2010 playoffs, MAB is dead last in +/-……a whopping -10!  I don’t care….he was solid today in his 14 minutes and was the only guy who knocked Sid on his arce.  Overall, when he’s relied on and has to play top 6 D minutes, he is usually decent.  When he has to play forward or token minutes as a 7th D-man, that’s when he seems to have breakdowns.  So with Marky out, I look for MAB to play the minutes he did today and play very solid.  It makes sense that when you’re looked upon to do a job, ie.  play regular shifts and minutes… want to do the job well and put your pride on the line, but when your not looked at to play and contribute really except for PP or a shift hear or there, it’s hard to do your job or swallow your pride sometimes.  ALthough you can’t say he’s been a disapointment or a distraction when he’s been in that position….In fact he did score that rocket in game 7 while only logging about 2 min of ice time all game.  SO….MAB did a great job today, but if Spacek comes back, JM puts MAB back to that lesser role.  Which is fine for me and him, because we’re both team players.  Not like I’m on the team or anything, but just trying to convey MAB’s attitude and team first mentality.  Can we say the same thing of AK46?  Oh, and Hammer stepped up huge in Marky’s absence as well.  He plays better, when Marky’s out!  I’ve hated him the last 2 months, but this last game and a half, he’s beginning to change my mind.  keep it up, you son of a beep!


  472. emann_222 says:

    I dunno kids … I’ve been professing my love since I found out we were playing the Caps and have had faith all the way. I don’t know why, but I know this team can bring home our 25th if they want to. I saw grit, determination. and a spark tonight that wasn’t there in game 1 … but hell – we’ve played hockey and had no time off. It was nice to see the Pens (Especially Crosby) aggravated and unsure (just lke the Caps were in series 1). We made a point today, and we have to continue making that point. And better yet – We Will.

    Believe People. Support the grittiest team we’ve seen in ages!

    Go Habs Go!!!!!!!!!!!

  473. Say Ash says:

    I think my favourite stat so far is that we’ve put one past Marc-Andre Worry IN EVERY PERIOD! That’s a huge confidence booster.

  474. emann_222 says:

    This series has JUST begun … we can do to the Pens what we did to the Caps – did you see the frustration tonight??? Syd was beside himself …

  475. jimmy shaker says:

    But you and I and everyone else would take him on the habs in a heart beat!


  476. Storm Man says:

    In a tear :)

  477. Rainrocket16 says:

    Most definetly but good luck getting him to stop sucking from the Mario teet!

  478. MontrealAtheist says:

    Halak is beaming right now, “Look, Gainey, I’m the REAL number 1. Your so-called ‘thoroughbred’ is sitting on the bench.”

    Love it … but it’s true. Gainey was all about Price and we’ve seen how that worked out for the club.

  479. MontrealAtheist says:

    Give Halak & Co. a chance to win without your socks. If it comes down to it, you can always put them back on for game #7.

  480. MontrealAtheist says:

    Crosby is a spoiled brat … And this is what the Canadian youth looks up to? He’s an embarrassment for Canadian hockey and as far as I’m concerned he should be stripped off his Canadian citizenship altogether … lol

    It’s hard to believe that people were chanting his name in downtown Montreal after the Olympic hockey final.

  481. Mad Habber says:

    Yeah Hamrlik has been solid since being benched in third of game 5 in Washington series…

  482. Mad Habber says:

    I flipped back and forth. (I mostly watched CBC)

    NBC atleast got the names right…However there was no denying they were pro Penguins…first oeriod summary had Pen’s with 7 chances (the only had 9 shots), MTL 2…lol

  483. Connecticut Man1 says:

    Any Habs pull that stunt and you can be sure they’d get the misconduct. Crosby? He gets a pass ’cause he is a star. Last series the refs chasing Ovi off the ice instead of giving him a misconduct for coming off the bench during a fight… This time Crosby will get a pass on everything.

    I hope someone pisses in the crappy ref’s water bottles next time they are calling games against the Habs. ‘Cause there is no doubt the Habs have been winning despite having to play aginst the other team and the refs too.

  484. petrov14 says:


    ______________________________________ Gionta for Captain.

  485. HABZZZ says:

    CONGRATS BOYS !!   You have made us all proud. While Cindy was whining all night and they hacked and slashed the hell out of us you guys stood tall and gutted out a win.  You have got to love the braintrust in the N.H.L. allowing Crosby to get away with plays that anyone in the league would be penalized for. And having him make A**holes out of the refs by having a tantrum and screaming at them all night. Price charged with a penalty for shooting a puck into a crowd and Crosby Smashing his stick over the post and then throwing back without looking ? And what happened to that troll LEOPARDSEAL.  His team was going to send us packing in four ? He must be on vacation or golfing. Anyway the only thing to say now is GO HABZZZ GO !!!!!!

  486. lavie says:

    Some enemies’ (patriotic Canadian) fans are proposing Habs – Canucks for the Cup. WHY NOT?!

  487. Eliisa says:

    Before I was very opposed to this idea – the potential that Vancouver could possibly win – however if this scenario did play out I would only be six hours away from the Stanley Cup Final. Definitely an appealing option.

  488. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m cool with that, never really disliked the ‘Nucks and the fact that a Habs-Canucks Final would give Bettman a heart attack would be just be icing on the cake.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  489. Norcal Habsfan says:

    I’m a Habs fan that grew up in Aldergrove, B.C. That west vs east rivalry would set my friends and I into a trash talk frenzy. It would be great for the country and I too would love  to see Bettman’s worst nightmare realized. Could happen.

  490. habs03 says:

    I hope the Hawks beat the Canucks, I use to like them but as stupid as it sounds I really started not liking them when they started wearing those new ugly jerseys.

  491. habsfanincalgary says:

    I missed most of the game and see from the boxscore that AK46 had less than 2 mins of ice time.  What happened???

  492. habsguy says:

    He SUCKS!!!!!

  493. Storm Man says:

    He is on strike.

  494. Habscore says:

    Ak46 and SK74 playing like that, they both will never get a spot in a russian team for god`s sake! It`s really frustrating. When will these guys be constant??

    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  495. 11habs11 says:

    He let Cooke go right to the net on the Pittsburgh goal, and never saw the ice after.

  496. Norcal Habsfan says:

    He couldn’t cover Matt Cooke of all people who lost AK and scored early in the first. That was it for AK. Well deserved benching, not for punishment but more importantly we couldn’t afford any floaters today.

  497. Storm Man says:

    Belarus would take them :)

  498. Say Ash says:

    You and I have as much a chance of making the Russian team as they do.

  499. Habscore says:

    woops I meant Belarus!

    — YES HABS CAN!! —

  500. habs03 says:

    I really hope Spacek is good to go next game. I’m happy with today’s win but funny thing is I found we played a better game in game 1, but nonetheless there are a lot of positives to take from these two games. One really bad thing I saw from today is that our D had a hard time getting the puck out of zone which lead to a lot time in our own zone.

  501. Rainrocket16 says:

    What I liked about this game is that is was very similar to the Caps series! They out shot us, out hit us, even out PP us, but the one thing that won this game and won previous games was the board battles, we were on when it mattered today, and of course Halak got his much needed rest! Don’t question success brother,,just greet it with a huge smile!! Go Habs Go!!

  502. Say Ash says:

    I’d probably agree, although I think Halak had his best game positionally in this whole crazy string. I don’t think I saw any snow angels tonight.

  503. light_n_tasty says:

    The trouble getting the puck out of our end is a direct result of having no Markov.

  504. Norcal Habsfan says:

    Great quote from the PK interview. “If they want me to fill the water bottles I’ll fill the water bottles.” I love this kid.

  505. Rainrocket16 says:

    Love this kid!!

  506. 11habs11 says:

    Good to know we have a bright future with this guy

  507. SeriousFan09 says:

    Only guy who doesn’t love him? MAB’s agent.

    oh and the Penguins, and their fans.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  508. Rainrocket16 says:

    agreed, But I have plent of faith in our boys to find a way to do so!

  509. Da Hema says:

    If I am not mistaken, wasn’t Markov playing against Washington when the Habs were having trouble getting the puck out of their end, and in fact surrendering 45-50 shots against Halak?


    “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

  510. Mad Habber says:

    It used to be so fustrating watching the other team control the puck for so long, but they can have it, they’ll need to get it through six guys to score. Just as long as they keep the rushing chances low.

  511. gohabsgo25 says:

    living in calgary and being a habs fan is great. my bro and i went to a bar and we made as much noise than 10 calgary fans when it was during the season. like if we have all the hio commuinity and the bell center crowd in one club we would rock the whole planet.

    Jaro is Jaro he played amazing and now i cant wait for game 3 the crowd would be eletric and than we can start the Fleury chants haha.


    And everyone is forgetting why bob got these guys mr gainey thank you for a team that doesnt quit and knows how to win and play the big game.


    So hab fans whereever u are represent the car flags and show our dedicattion to the bleu blanc et rouge in all the citys in canada.

  512. MontrealAtheist says:

    “mr gainey thank you for a team that doesnt quit and knows how to win and play the big game.”

    The fact that the team played rather poorly while Gainey was in charge and that they started winning AFTER Gainey left does not exactly speak for the genius of Bob Gainey.

    Sure, he won a Stanley Cup and reach the Stanley Cup finals before coming to Montreal, but here in Montreal he has accomplished absolutely nothing and the last time he took as to the playoffs (last year) as GM/coach we got massacred by the Bruins and swept in 4.

    Thank you, Mr. Gainey, for resigning so that our team can finally find its winning ways again.

  513. j2w4habs25 says:

    DRIVE for 25 is ALIVE!

  514. Rainrocket16 says:

    So that SOB Adams, is he gonna get any suspension or is the NHL gonna gonna just say it was an accident like Markov’s blatent boarding,(no-call)

  515. W35T5ID3 says:

    MAB is the man

  516. 4loorplay says:

    The hit on markov was CLEAN

  517. VancouverHab says:

    Yes — the Canucks have new ugly uniforms to change from their series of previous old ugly uniforms.

    The Canucks have a regular process in alternating two-year cycles: hire a new bad coach and then change to a new ugly uniform.

  518. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Vigneault ? …a ‘bad’ coach ? …seems to be quite competent to Me VH

    …uniforms = least ‘ugly’ of all previous ‘ugly’ uniforms …At least there’s progress

    …PLUS, more importantly, the deepest ‘Nucks team in quite awhile

    …’Nucks & Habs would make the fitting climax to Bettman’s Nightmare On Elm Street

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  519. Clay4bc says:

    It’s true, Bugs…the Pyramids as well.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  520. Rainrocket16 says:

    How about the loud chants of OLE OLE OLE OLE.. loud as hell as the NBC commentators were trying to Falaysh Crosby yet again. what a slap in the face it must be to play for the Pens, Really! How about busting your ass day in day out and an interveiwer comes by and says something about how well Crosby is playing! That kind of demoralization led to the Caps demise!! Hockey is a team sport!!! The habs have proven that so far in this playoffs!! I BELIEVE!!

  521. The Cat says:

    Good point.

  522. nightmare_49 says:

    … Bulldogs 3, Heat 1 ……………..  White’s a real warrior in coach’s eye  …………  from Garry McKay / Hamilton Spectator …………..        ……..  “It’s hockey. Every kid I grew up with dreams of coming back from getting a few stitches and being that guy who comes back into the lineup,” White said. “And tonight was a big night. The boys needed me and I wanted to make sure I was there for them.”

  523. Habsforlife 1959 says:

    Can HI/O give us all the status on Markov sometime today? My feelings are not feeling good about Markov not returning anytime soon in this series. Keep er going boys!!!

  524. G-Man says:

    You sure you’re an atheist? U sound more like a detractor. Montreal Detractor. See? It even looks better.

  525. Omit says:

    You haven’t a clue what you’re talking about.

  526. alestar says:

    I second that…


    XXIV…and counting

  527. Mad Habber says:

    LOL really I shut the game off after the three stars..

  528. Mad Habber says:

    LOL really I shut the game off after the three stars..

  529. terrygain says:


    I missed most of the game and see from the boxscore that AK46 had less than 2 mins of ice time.  What happened???


    On his 1st shift, the genius coach put him out with 61, 52, 47 and 20.  Yes, that’s right, the 4th line with the 5th and 6th defence pair.  The play started with a face off o/s the Habs Blue line, left side.  The puck went to the left boards. 52 and 61 were unable to cover their men. 47 overplayed to his left, forcing 20 to overplay to the middle. Pitt ran a play with Cooke lined up on defence. He had a head of steam when he received a pass at the top of a circle.  AK didn’t appreciate that Pitt was running a play and couldn’t catch Cooke from a standing start.  Cooke scored on the breakaway.   

    Though the unobservant blame AK for not taking Cooke to the net, the fact of the matter is that Cooke was by him before he realized what was going on.   There were  4 other mistakes on the play but the AK haters here have fixed the blame on him.

    AK played one shift after that. He carried the puck deep into Pitt’s end, but ran out  of room along the boards. As he was being checked, with no room to maneuve,  he deftly passed the puck back to the blue line.  


  530. 4loorplay says:

    he skated around and did nothing…he seems lost out there…Think he needs longer bigger Q tips to get that infection out from between his ears.


    Mabey put him on a girls team to get his mojo back.

  531. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2. we play with energy .we play with Subban in markov’s place – could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that, at least he’s here now.

    Yo Terry. I am indeed impressed. Your analysis of that play was bang on.


  532. Fansincebirth says:

    I was driving back from Guelph yesterday when we were on the ice and the only score I heard was the 1 – 0 score. Around Kingston, my wife wondered out loud if the Habs had won and I had a sinking feeling in my stomach that we were heading to Montreal down 2 – 0 in games. I was pleasantly surprised when my daughter texted us to let me know the Habs had indeed won the game!!!

    I don’t know if we can pull a second series upset. I think we can but if Halak can continue shutting them down, if our D can continue playing larger than life and our forwards continue the timely goals, then….you never know.

    I believe we can take out the Penguins. I dream of a Vancouver/Montreal final just to piss Bettman off :o)

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

  533. Curtis O Habs says:

    I just love Bob Cole`s patented ‘ play by play from the grave ‘.  Why does Glen Healy always sound so angry?  Maybe because his nickname from his playing days is Barney, as in the dinosaur.  He sure puts the ‘anal’ in analysis.  How about that anthem singer?  I could fart them both out with more feeling.

  534. Corio says:

    This last game seemed quite familiar and so reminded me of the Washington series in the final few games. 

    – Penalty Kill is solid

    – Halk a wall

    – Pen’s stars’ frustrated


    Keep it up boys and Crosby will be spooning Lemieux at his place crying like a baby that it wasn’t supposed to happen this way!  :)


  535. Ton says:

    great win but our our present lack of scoring could hurt us down the road, the same guys are scoring and they could shut down.  just imagine where we would be in ak46 and his brother were on fire. i think we would be the favorites to win the cup. we would have a good shot at it. you always need  unknown players to come out of the dark and score, in 93 it was dipietro, and 86 it was lemieux. i think a kovelev type talk to ak46 by none other than gainey would help our cause. its so dam obvious that these two are on strike voicing their displeasure with JM. Sad but true

  536. Ferg says:

    Where do you see the boxscore/game sheet that gives icetime, faceoffs, etc? .

    It used to be on this website last season but I can’t locate it now.

  537. VancouverHab says:

    Uhmm…”Though the unobservant blame AK for not taking Cooke to the net, the fact of the matter is that Cooke was by him before he realized what was going on. “

    There’s a Latin saying which goes, loosely translated, that if your own words condemn you, you’re doubly screwed. (“Bis interimitur qui suis armis perit.”)  You say that AK didn’t “realise what was going on.” Well, that the frickin’ point! At this level you have to have the head to ‘realise what’s going on’ — or else highly experienced coaches bench you for lacking the brains to play NHL hockey.

    Think about it — it is not “skill” which always determines NHL success — it’s a special ability to ‘read’ the game. Lots of guys fail to make or stick in the NHL who have better speed, hands, harder shot etc. han guys who have solid NHL careers: because they lack the necessary mental arrangement (or desire) to ‘realise what is going on’ when they are on the ice.

    Gomez is an elite player because he has this sense to an extremely high degree: and he makes AK look like a dunce — a dunce who is hurting us and deserves very little time in the playoffs.

  538. dhenry1234 says:

    Has anyone else noticed just how weak the penguins fans are? For a playoff game involving last year’s champs i’m surprised that their building wasn’t a little crazier. These pens fans have absolutely NOTHING on habs fans. I can’t wait until tomorrow when we can show the hockey world which team has the greatest, loudest and craziest fans. Hopefully Les Boys can bust out a W. Penguins haven’t seen nothing yet this playoff season until they see the Bell Centre tomorrow.



  539. Shublips says:

    A bit of a dull game, but it worked.  The Habs beat the Pens yesterday the same way they beat the Caps: Hermetic defense, keeping the shooters to the outside, taking away rebounds/second chances, Halak playing well, and scoring timely opportunistic goals.

    That is the formula the JM is preaching and it is working in shutting down the big guns.  Now, there is still plenty of race track to go but I still feel that the Pens an a very beatable team. 

    Go Habs Go!

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  540. terrygain says:

    sapiens mentor addo sicco optimus in suus

    sapiens es usquequaque mediocris mens in
    suum velico of alius

  541. j2w4habs25 says:

    Hey, I was thinking the same thing yesterday when I was watching the game. Everyone in this household noticed right off the bat it wasnt playoff fever. which was good in a way – it felt like a regular season game, but wait until the series lands in Montreal.

    The volcano will erupte at the Bell Centre, its going to be one loud place – I just hope one thing. I hope the Pens players dont feed off the Habs Fans

  542. HardHabits says:


    Any game go to Boxscore.

    Click on Game Reports and there’s a drop down menu. All the details are there, for example:

    Event Summary

  543. Lilly says:
    would like to read more of your blogs and to share my thoughts with you
  544. oldsmoguy says:

    legal maybe…clean, I don’t think so.

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