Round 2, Game 7: Eastern final, here we come

Canadiens’ Michael Cammalleri, Brian Gionta, P.K. Subban
and Scott Gomez celebrate a goal against the Penguins during Game 7 Wednesday night.
Allen McInnis, The Gazette

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• At a Glance: For the first time since 1993, the Canadiens are headed to third round of the NHL playoffs after ousting the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 5-2 win Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Montreal struck early when Brian Gionta scored only 32 seconds into the game with Sidney Crosby in the penalty box for the Penguins. Gionta tipped a P.K. Subban pass that slipped passed Penguins goalie Marc-André Fleury. Dominic Moore made it 2-0 14:23 into the period when he took advantage of a Pittsburgh turnover and fired a wrist shot that eluded the outstretched leg of Fleury. The Canadiens built a 4-0 lead early in the second period on goals by Michael Cammalleri, his 12th of the playoffs, and Travis Moen with a shorthanded marker. Moen’s goal was the last shot Fleury would see on this night, replaced by Brent Johnson. The Penguins got a pair of goals before the end of the second period when Chris Kunitz and Jordan Staal beat Jaroslav Halak. And while the Canadiens didn’t test Johnson much, Gionta scored his second of the game on the power play exactly 10 minutes into the third period for a 5-2 Montreal lead. The loss marks the last game at Mellon Arena, otherwise known as the Igloo, which opened with a loss to the Canadiens in 1967.

• Key Moments: Halak made some monster saves at the start of the third period during two Pittsburgh power plays, preserving what was a two-goal lead at the time. Halak was, once again, a major reason why the Canadiens were able to pull off the upset.

• What It Means: For the second series in a row, the Canadiens have ousted one of the NHL’s best teams, eliminating the Penguins 4-3 after sending the Washington Capitals to the golf courses a few weeks ago.

• What’s Next: Against all odds, the Canadiens are off to the Eastern Conference final against either the Boston Bruins or Philadelphia Flyers.


  1. Le Jadester says:

    I like your theory Ed.  Makes me think a little about the dreesin’ room atmosphere.  Kinda also reminds me of the Koivu/Kovalev scenario we had here for a couple a years.

    And yes, a habs victory tonight will expose the truth behind this mystery.

    Habs, OLE !

  2. SLONCOLD says:

    keep hammer. he’ll be easy to trade at the dealine for a pick or a prospect. all teams will want a big defence man at the deadline; by the dealine his cap hit will be small and they don’t have to commit to him the year after.

    plus he’s had his ups and downs but i liek to think he’s playing alrighti n the plyoffs and i hope he’s being a good leader in the room too. as well as a mentor to our younger defensemen (wow… most positive i’m been about hammer …liek ever)

  3. SLONCOLD says:

    Well i’m sure the habs don’t want to go to arbitration with halak… you’re basically tossing a coin up and praying the salary will be on the low side…. Could halak have out priced himself with the habs due to his performace? maybe.

    i still think plekz was a gonner last year once they got gomez but we’ll see as time passes. some very interesting and complicated choices are coming up. It’s one thing to let older player go to FA but always dangerous when making calls on younger players

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    Get the Cup, Hamrlik could retire on that, a 1200 game veteran whose never lifted the Cup before, does it and for a guy who finds the NHL incredibly taxing on him these days, it gives him a great time to retire.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  5. TomNickle says:

    Yes I saw that, my post above reflects it, thanks!

  6. Le Jadester says:

    Good Tune !

    Habs, OLE !

  7. Chuck says:

    0-for-2 last game, wasn’t he?


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

  8. Bob Barker says:

    The cap hit for buying out a player over 26 is  2/3 of the remaining salary divided by twice the remaining term according to

  9. TomNickle says:

    Actually, it would cost them $3.667 million and would leave them with the difference against the cap.

    I suppose it’s possible but I would hope that they would seek the trade route first.

  10. Omit says:

    No he didn’t.  But it would have been the greatest achievement in any sport ever, since he was only a one year old in 1919.

  11. forskis says:

    I thought you disliked the team because it was composed of nothing but smurfs and that they would never succeed?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  12. Bob Barker says:

    Hammer needs to be bought out or packaged in a trade. If he’s bought out his salary on the books becomes 1.83 million for two years. 

    This would give the Habs 14.87 million in cap space. 9 million to Halak and Pleks leaves 5.87 to sign other players. 

  13. TomNickle says:

    Buying him out I believe would cost half of the remaining salary and save the other half on the cap.  I’m checking to make sure.

    Even still this team would have to put Pouliot on the top line and need three third line forwards or allow Lapierre, Pyatt and Moen to do that work.

    I think you’ll see Maxwell in the lineup next season as a fourth line centreman with Lapierre promoted to third line centre but other than that, what they do is anyone’s guess.

  14. Mr. Biter says:

    got the same f-ing problem. Going to try and find the walkman & batterys and get (ugh) cbc on F.M. radio, then race home to watch Versus. Go Habs Go

  15. jimmy shaker says:

    Ed you said yourself that if Gill is healthy he plays and plays regularly.  I’m guessing you are thinking the same thing as me that Gill will be with Gorges.  Your other post to Tom below says that Spacek and Hammer love playing with eachother, so the last D spots are PK  with O’byrne.  Maybe the minutes get spread out more evenly so PK will stay around the 18 – 20 min range and not get the 30 min he did last game.  If Gill cannont go the whole night or be effective every shift than JM will increase PK’s minutes but with Gill back and playing, PK’s only partner is O’byrne on the 3rd pairing.  Things can change throughout the game…..I’m not to worried about the D!


  16. tricolortrue says:

    but could someone please show Gomer how to put a puck into an empty net?????

  17. ths says:

    Pleks not playing like a small town girl

    We’re not living in a lonely world

    He took the midnight train going anywhere

    Just a Cindy boy

    Born and raised in Cole Harbour

    He took the midnight train not going anywhere


    A Sydney in a smoky room

    A smell of whine and cheap perfume

    For a smile Pens can lose tonight 

    Habs go on and on and on and on



    Penguins, waiting, up and down the boulevard

    Their shadows searching in the night

    Streetlight people, playing just to find emotion

    Hiding somewhere in the night


    Working hard to get my fill

    Everybody wants a thrill

    Paying anything to roll the dice

    Just one more time

    Habs will win, Pens will lose

    Pens were born to sing the blues

    Oh the movie never ends

    Habs go on and on and on and on




    Don’t stop believing

    Hold on to that feeling

    Streetlight people

  18. pmaraw says:

    you need a blackberry!!!  go get one quick, we need shane watching this from the get go!!!!

  19. pmaraw says:

    I’m not sure, but I dont think anybody needs reminding to cheer em on at this point LOL

  20. 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 (Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that)

    not worried about the D- either !!!

  21. LizardKing1967 says:

    I wouldn’t sign Pleks


    Jim-out. I BELIEVE!

  22. 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 (Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that)

    Mara will not be back.

    and a question for you.

    Why not buy out the last year of Hamrlik’s contract?

    How much would that cost – save us against the cap?

  23. nunacanadien says:

    Don’t forget to cheer on the smurfs, these small types like Gomez and Gionta thrive on noise, even if its a million miles away, it’s magic!  Cheer them on!  Let’s win the cup!

  24. nunacanadien says:

    Don’t forget to cheer on the smurfs, these small types like Gomez and Gionta thrive on noise, even if its a million miles away, it’s magic!  Cheer them on!  Let’s win the cup!

  25. LizardKing1967 says:

    Elmer Lach had 19 goals in 1919 playoffs


    Jim-out. I BELIEVE!

  26. 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 (Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that)

    here’s an irony for you. Luongo’s absolutely dreadful playoffs SAVED Vigneault’s job!!!

    Nucks will pay Luongo 10 million next year – for what I’m not sure.

    If Halak would ever play like that, he would have been chased from this city a long time ago.

    talk about fighting the puck!!

    but Vigneault would have been paying a visit to the “toast motel” had he not been “saved” (pardon the intensional pun there) by crap goaltending.

    How could Vigneault be expected to win if his goalie can not make the first save or leave a rebound in his crease each and every time?

    I like Vigneault. I always have. He strikes me as being a very capable coach and a very bright young man.

  27. yves_on_habs says:

    I thought you could hear uncertainty in many Penguins players I heard interviewed… Crosby included.

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  28. MontrealAtheist says:

    Let’s make some history tonight and send Cindy to the golf course where she can fight with Ovi and Semin for the MVP of the regular season.

  29. TomNickle says:

    An offer sheet with Kevin Lowe out of the picture won’t happen.  I’ve reminded you of this before Ed.  Our Habs will have in the neighbourhood of $30 million in cap space in two years, nobody will want to deal with that payback.

    The Habs certainly aren’t obligated to give Price that contract, but they are going to have to make a choice between Halak and Pleks at this point.  Halak and Pleks will command at least $9 million between them.

    We’re scheduled to have $10 million in money available.  Using that money on those two players still leave us with at least five roster spots unfilled.


  30. says:

    I can’t believe I’m going to miss the first period, but family comes first (soccer).
    They can win, just hit the net instead of MAF :)

    Halak please freeze everything.

    They Call Me Shane

  31. yves_on_habs says:

    Hope it stays clean…. and another tight game.

    Habs victorious of course.


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  32. 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 (Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that)

    Clearly depends on Gill’s health. If Gill is healthy he can play as much as possible.

    PK will not be on the 3rd pair with OB – not after playing 29 GREAT MINUTES.


  33. yves_on_habs says:


    Although, I’m kinda thinking a cheap shot here and there would likely materialize… I wouldn’t put it past Cooke or Orpik.

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  34. 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 (Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that)

    Price hit against the cap this year was 2.2 million which included a 1.3 million bonus (not sure if he reached the bonus numbers??)

    Price will not get anywhere near a 3.5 million hit against the cap next year!!!

    Not even eligilble for arbitration yet.

    price will gladly take his 2009 number + 10 or 15 percent.

    and no team will write up an offer sheet on price, so price will have zero leverage.

    Halak will get somewhere between 4.5 and 5.5  – per.

    Halak is eligible for arbitration, and an offer sheet is freakin possible as well.


  35. SeriousFan09 says:

    Record stands with Yvan Cournoyer, 15 goals in 1973.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  36. TomNickle says:

    Halak and Lehtonen are in the same boat.  Both are arbitration eligible(although Lehtonen wasn’t due a big raise) meaning that the upcoming season would be there last where covered under the restricted free agency blanket.

    Exact same situation.

  37. dh says:

    I think that he will keep their top player from scoring just as he did in the first 5 games <g>

  38. habbyone says:

    I’m so excited about tonights game. The Canadiens are Canada’s team. Always has been and always will be!!!


    Habs 4-2

  39. jimmy shaker says:

    I think Giller is going to be just fine.  JM will start him off with Gorges, and if he can’t go then yes switch him up with PK.  But to start off JM will go with Spacek with Hammer because they played all year together, and Gill with Gorges because they have been lights out together.  I know that it sucks that we have PK with O’byrne on the last pairing but that’s all that’s left.  I would like to have PK with Spacek myself, and Hammer with O’byrne but I don’t think JM will see it my way.  At least we have MAB as a back up plan if Gill can’t go or has to leave the game.  Vigneault, made a bad decision last night not dressing another d-man, in case Salo couldn’t last.  And he clearly wasn’t comfortable out there all night. Vigneault and Bobby LU lost that game last night in my opinion.  So having MAB on the fourth line tonight, allows Gill to play even if he’s only at 75%!


  40. 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 (Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that)

    maybe so – but I would bet that Spacek and hamrlik are chomping at the bit to be paired together again.

    those guys played a lot of hockey next to each other this year – their confidence in each other is very high.

  41. PeterStone says:

    there is a difference tho, altho I am not sure if he was scheduled to be a UFA this season, but if not this one, it was next, so, he is giving up a year or 2 of UFA status.  Halak has at least 2 more years of RFA status

  42. Omit says:

    “Michael Cammalleri leads all NHL scorers this postseason with 11 goals and could set a Canadiens record with another goal for the most by a player in one playoff year”.

    For the record, this is not true.  Without even checking, I know that Frank Mahovlich scored 14 goals in 1970-71.

  43. dh says:

    My guess would be goonery like Cooke attacking Halak or something. 

    I used to think that the Pens were a team with class but it looks like as soon as they get outplayed, instead of trying to fight back, Crosby starts whining and the rest turn into the Flyers. 

    But on the bright side, this is probably why we’re going to beat them.

  44. pmaraw says:

    there’s no place for goonery in game 7, its a must win, you cant hurt the team like that.

  45. SeriousFan09 says:

    Thank you Dallas for further overvaluing Goalies who haven’t done ****. First ir was the Rinne deal in Nashville now Dallas signing a guy who’s played slightly more games than Rick Dipietro in the last 3 years. NHL is so incompetent and self-destructive sometimes…

    Luongo makes 10 million next year for never advancing to a Conference Final in his career next year as well, welcome to the NHL, money is no object and intelligence is not required in the FO.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  46. Slovak says:

    The difference is – Penguins don’t know what to do while HABS KNOW

    You could see this on Bylsma’s face and feel it in his voice after game – pure fear and desperation.

    Halak was pissed off for the softie last game, watch him tonight…

  47. lenny says:

    Baruch ata elokanu melach haolam plz let the HABS win.AMEN!

  48. TomNickle says:




  49. GoalieT says:

    The way I’ve been reading articles and listening to interviews, I’m seeing something here that seems to be a telling sign about the game tonight. One team seems to be excited to be in this Game 7, while the other team seems to be depressed, nervous and frustrated about being in a Game 7. And I don’t think that I need to tell anyone who’s who on this. When you’re excited about a game like our boys are, good things can happen because you’re jacked up!!!


    Ultimate Die-Hard Since 1986. T.

  50. lenny says:

    there’s something happening here, what it is aint exactly clear, there’s HALAK standing over there telling Crosby he’s got to beware…..

  51. 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 (Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that)

    1 problem with those defensive pairs.

    OB pair plays the least ice.

    If I was martin I would want PK on the ice with one of the top 2 pairs.

    Gorges and Pk will be the number 1 pair – Gill will not be 100 per cent, and can not be expected to do everything he did prior to the injury- if he plays at all.

    You can’t take a guy who can barely put on the uniform and ask him to play top pair minutes.


  52. yves_on_habs says:

    Think it would turn into a goonery??

    And more Whinery??

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  53. TomNickle says:

    Thanks Joe!

    If there was a shred of a possibility that we could keep both of our goalies before, there isn’t now.

    That contract will be equal to or just shy of what Price gets and Halak’s number will be at least $5 million/season.

    It’s going to have to be a choice between Pleks and Halak now.

  54. 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 (Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that)

    The passion has been missing from Crosby’s game.

    Something is not right there.

    I know Gill / Gorges and PK are phenomenal defenders against Crosby, but check out Crosby when he loses the puck,

    he watches the Hab player skate away with it.

    2 possibilities:

    1) Crosby is injured

    2) problem in the room- likely between Crosby and Malkin

    There will come a day when Crosby and Malkin will be broken up.

    Malkin has always played way better with Crosby out of the lineup.

    Malkin will want to lead his own team one day – and not “follow” Crosby.

    When the Habs win tonight, we we learn more about what’s really going on.

  55. CalgaryHabsFan says:

    My sense is that if we can come out flying and get a couple of quick ones past Fleury this Penguin team could come completely unglued.

    Fleury has been shakey most of the playoffs and Crosby is looking frustrated.

    Only 9.5 hours until game time.


    “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

  56. Habfan29 says:

    I for one am very proud of this team, some teams are built for the regular season and this one has been built for the playoffs. Win or lose the future is bright with players like Subban, Webber, Trotter, Pyatt, White, Halak and Price. I would love for us to pick up Versteeg and bygfulien (SP) in the off season and I think that would make us more of a complete team. I think that Gainey deserves some credit for this team. I am most happy for Kirk Muller a former captain that bled red, white and blue, I was so pissed when he was traded and I am glad that he is back in the Canadians fold. Muller is learning and I think that he will be a future coach of Les Glorieux. Muller won an improbable cup in 1993 and his defensive handiwork is all over this playoff run, good job. Go Habs Go 2-1 Montreal…..

  57. SLONCOLD says:

    did any one see the LEHTONEN contract? $10.65M for 3 years? wow, based on his numbers what do you give guys liek halak and price? unreal….

  58. jimmy shaker says:

    Here’s the lineup for tonight…..stamp it!


    Pouliot draws out and Moen and Pyatt will switch lines every now and again.  MAB gets pushed to the fourth line and PP purposes because Gill will make his return tonight. 

    ON the D we have:


    with Jaro in the crease!

    Shaker out!  See you tonight!

  59. avatar_58 says:

    I thought about it at work, but I figured it might just be bad luck.

  60. SeriousFan09 says:

    Time to kick the Flightless birds out of Mellon Arena the way it all began, a loss to the Canadiens. Cup is Montreal’s property, we’ve just been lending it out for a while.

    Rocking the colours in school today, but I will sadly miss the first period as i attend orientation for volunteering in the local SPCA, but I will definitely be back for the last 40 minutes. Hope Gill is back in so he can send the little boy crying back to Mario about why the Canadiens didn’t just roll over for the Penguins.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  61. Laramy87 says:

    Time for a change here… Pens have been to cup finals last 2 years, lets stop that now

  62. coachdoug says:

    Having a real blast here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the Habs beating the Penguins would make it perfect…Beach House has a little 24 inch TV so I am missing my Plasma but I do have Verses…

    Got a feeling the Habs are going to do something special tonight and show the hockey world they are the real thing…I think the Penguins have angered the hockey gods and the universe will be made right tonight!


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

  63. habsfan_61 says:

    let it all hang out tonite. leave nothing in the dressing room. go habs go


  64. HabsConvert says:

    The first song I heard when I turned on the radio this morning was “Fix You” by Coldplay. It’s a sign!!

  65. Ian Cobb says:

    I just want to hear that Gill is playing tonight. Can you emagin how he will play against the team that would not give him a contract after he won the Cup for them last year. And who knows how to take Crosby out of the game better than Gill knows him.

    Instead of GUY GUY GUY, It is now  GILL, GILL, GILL.

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  66. Drive4twenty5 says:

    Guys, we’re gonna win tonight…I don’t know what it is, but were going to take this. This team just wont lie down.We beat them their first game in their building, and were going to do it in there last. 

    I’ve got a feeling wooohooo, that tonights gonna be a good night

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

  67. dh says:

    I think so too unless they bring out the big guns.  Like Chris Lee.

    Go habs go.

  68. avatar_58 says:

    Same here, I gotta feelin….

  69. Fansincebirth says:

    Has anyone reported how bad the cut is on Gill’s leg?

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

  70. coachdoug says:

    “It’s just a flesh wound…he’s getting better…”  

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

  71. yves_on_habs says:

    Bring it on!

    In the interviews that I saw… I think Pittsburgh is the more fragile team. Confidence.

    Go Habs Go!

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  72. JF says:

    Agree about the interviews.  Their guys sounded subdued.  Ours sounded confident – and hungry.

  73. Say Ash says:

    Their own coach said to flip a coin tonight.

  74. John Q Public says:

    Youppi !!!! Game Day….

    All we need is love !!!

    Go Habs  Go.

    Here’s my tribute to the Habs.


    Go Habs  Go.

    Go Habs  Go.

    Go Habs  Go.

  75. Ian Cobb says:

    Montreal has waited long enough. Tonight, win or loose we have no regrets.!….click

  76. yves_on_habs says:



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  77. Laramy87 says:

    I have heard it all this post season. Caps in 4, caps in 5, caps in 6, caps in 7. Well we proved them wrong.

    Pens in 4, Pens in 5, Pens in 6, Pens in 7… I guess thats what you get living in leaf land with all the jealous leaf fans, who are all of a sudden caps then pens fans. Tonight we can prove the hockey world wrong again and knock out the defending cup champs.

    I had liked Crosby alot up to this seris. This series gave me a whole new perspective on him. He whines and complains about everything, and the refs buy it. What was the need for the crosscheck at the end of game 6. Oh we lost so lets crosscheck someone because i am frustrated. He did the same to Subban earlier in the game when subban won the battle against him. Grow up and show some more sportsmanship… GO HABS GO

  78. avatar_58 says:

    Funny isn’t it? I defended Crosby too. Now he’s nothing but a whiney sack of dog feces. I didn’t realize just how bitchy he can get. I guess that’s because we usually lose to them. NOT this series 😉 Cry some more Crosby.

  79. yves_on_habs says:

    What I really dislike is going into game 6, Crosby had 2 penalty minutes for the playoffs.

    And he could have easily taken unsportsmanlike, tripping, hooking, slashing calls in a few games this series.

    No one likes a whiner. Maybe if he would be called by the book, he’d stop whining.

    It’s annoying.

    Put your game on the ice. 

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  80. JF says:

    I had seen Crosby as a whiner until last year’s playoffs, when I was really impressed by him.  But this series I can’t stand him.  It infuriates me that he can do whatever he wants – slash, trip, hook – and the refs turn a blind eye.  And he has only to look beseechingly at them for one of our guys to get called for an imaginary infraction.  I wish the League would call the game the same for everyone, and apply the same sanctions whether the player is a so-called superstar or a fourth-liner.

  81. kakey says:

    And don’t forget Matt Cooke who doesn’t even deserve to whine at all after what he’s done, and what he said about PK Subban’s intentional skate cutting antics is total BS. Fortunately it did not get into PK’s head at all.

  82. Laramy87 says:


  83. lavie says:

    The biggest obstacle for Habs tonight is the Zebras.

  84. SLONCOLD says:

    not even close… play a discpline game and use your special teams to win. we’re not crosby here. Habs will come out tonight with solutions and not excuses

  85. SLONCOLD says:

    not much love for jaro these days tom?

  86. SeriousFan09 says:

     We’re within reach of knocking off the Pittsburgh Penguins because of his stellar play, I’ll stand behind him and I say that as a guy who backed Price fo basically the entire year until the playoffs kicked off. He’s with the organization as far as I’m concerned and it was his twit agent on Twitter starting the trade nonsense, he’s been nothing but a professional for his entire time with the Canadiens and worked his butt off to get to where he is now.

    Team respects him, as do I.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  87. Slovak says:


  88. TomNickle says:

    Which part of it are you having a problem with exactly?

    The part where I say no player is bigger than the team?

    The part where I say a player who requests a trade isn’t owed anything?

    Or the part where I say that a player earns respect off the ice?

    When I pay $1000 to see my team, I don’t owe them anything and they don’t owe me anything.

    I’ll tell you this, we’ll find out how much of a hero Jaro is in the offseason when those contract negotiations fire up.  After the crap he and his agent put the team through in the fall, the team had better be getting a damn good discount for his services for the next 3-5 years.

  89. adam76 says:

    They should start price tonight for sure!

  90. adam76 says:

    The part where you were wrong about Price and the skill of Halak?

  91. TomNickle says:

    He didn’t deny the trade request when asked numerous times.  He requested a trade because he wasn’t a starter.  I have that in the back of my mind whenever I read some ridiculous post about how much of a hero the man is.

    There are 12 guys just as responsible for where this team is as Jaro.  It’s a team game, this team is winning, together. 


  92. TomNickle says:

    Refresh my memory child.

    What comment did I make about Halak’s skill that was incorrect.

    What comment did I make about Price that was incorrect?

  93. Bob Barker says:

    “When I pay $1000 to see my team, I don’t owe them anything and they don’t owe me anything.”

    I’d say they owe the fans their best effort and the fans owe them their support when they give it. 

    I don’t think anyone would argue that in this year’s playoffs the vast majority of the team is playing as hard as they can. 

  94. Slovak says:

    You are just a big sucked joke man – you are even not able to figure out the meaning of what I say in my previous post – but maybe it is because of my bad english – so I forgive you – but next time please try to use all parts of your brain when you read something and when you comment it back…

    or try to write something funny like the guy with white cap bellow…:-)

  95. SLONCOLD says:

    he’s more of a savior than a hero… lol

    you’re right though, it’s a team sport. the team is playing a defensive shell and helping him stop the puck by letting him see the puck. good defense is always a huge help to a goalie. for those of you who don’t know, the number of shots don’t always add up to the amount of quality chances. and the habs D has been helping out jaro a great deal in limiting those chances; especially in this series

  96. TomNickle says:

    Plenty of on ice love for him man.  I’m just tired of people saying things like he’s a great person or what a quality guy.

    That quality guy wanted off of this team when things weren’t going well for him.  He wanted out.  How it became public is irrelevant.

    What he has been doing on the ice is admirable, fun to watch and great for our franchise.  But nobody here, other than the writers are in a position to speculate as to the kind of person he is off the ice or in the dressing room.

    You would think the guy was saving cats from burning buildings.

    It would be nice if some national media types started to recognize Pyatt, Moen, Gorges and others.

    Even HAMRLIK.  He’s turned his game around BIGTIME.  He went from being a major liability to a guy who can be trusted again.  

    Couldn’t stand it when knuckleheads gave Roy and Dryden all of the credit and it’s driving me nuts now that Halak’s getting all of the credit.  Would drive me just as crazy if it were Price.  

    This franchise for so many years has prided itself on being about team and it’s something the majority of fans have trouble understanding.  This team has almost never had a superstar.  Maybe that’s why people are quick to appoint good players as great. 

  97. TomNickle says:

    Well you started your post with a comment that you couldn’t believe that people were suggesting trading Halak(which nobody from what I saw did).  

    Perhaps you were having trouble understanding everyone else’s posts.

    My brain is working fine, it isn’t clouded by my hometown allegiances.

  98. SLONCOLD says:

    100% agree with ya. lots of guys are stepping up and it’s all the little things that add up to winning games, but you know montreal, always in love with the goalie. i will admit i have a small bromance with halak right now too.

    that shot block by moen last game was fantastic… especially knowing that the day before some dude lost a testicule lol

  99. Slovak says:

    I did explain everything in the first post and have nothing more to say.

    Just show me where I say something like – he is bigger than the team – the fact is Jaro’s performance started all the energy in players because they are confident in him. And It ends with Jaro because he is the goaltender? He stands at the end doesn’t he?

    I don’t want to go further in this, I am out of words.

  100. TomNickle says:

    I don’t think I’ve been happier for a single player in a long time as I was for Jaro Spacek when he scored the other night.  That man has been crapped on and abused for not scoring 15 goals this year nevermind how stellar he was defensively.


    Ask Jeff Hackett what vertigo can do to your career.  Hopefully he’s 100% healthy by June.

  101. Storm Man says:

    Slovak and Tom just enjoy the game tonight, You both will have lots of time in the summer to be GM’S and say how this team should be run and who should be on it ect ect ect. I feel something big is going on with the team we all cheer for on here, So lets sit back and watch some hockey history. 

  102. TomNickle says:

    Saying it starts and ends with Jaro is implying that he’s bigger than the team.

    If you meant it in the context that he’s in a net, well……..

    It would make more sense to say that it starts with a centreman but whatever you think.

  103. TomNickle says:

    Think you could fire up a monsoon so I can watch Jaro Halak walk on water?

  104. Bob Barker says:

    So because he felt he could contribute more to the team than being a backup goaltender he’s not a quality person?

    He does have a career to look out for and the desire and talent to be a number 1 goaltender.

    I agree some media types are focusing too much on Halak saying it’s all him but a few have recognized the other big contributors to the Habs success, even Don Cherry had a whole feature praising Josh Gorges. 


  105. adam76 says:

    well grandpa  –  interesting how you worded your response.  

    To take any shots at Halak for his dedication of this team, shows and extreme lack of hockey knowedge.  His agent was being a dink – however – Halak had to answer “no comment” during the trade rumour requests because that his how the game is played.  Anyone who has followed the sport for more then a few months should understand that.

    Halak has been a true professional.  He has worked hard on and off the ice, and I can guarantee his off season training program does not include a pack of smokes or an employee discount card to McDonalds.

    Bottom line is this – Halak had reasons to be upset with this team but acted like a true professional.  The franchise disrespected him, not the other way around.  To keep giving crucial start after start to the “thoroughbred” even when his off ice activities and his lack of, you know, stopping the puck almost cost the team the playoffs.  



  106. SeriousFan09 says:

    I have a pretty fond memory of Jeff Hackett, my father managed to get company tickets for a Habs game, about 15th row centre ice. Game started out tough, Habs were lazy and I believe it was the Senators, dominated. Hackett kept the Canadiens in the game, by the 2nd period, they tied it up 1-1 and then it was a 3-goal explosion in the 3rd to seal the deal at 4-1. It was Hackett that delivered the game though, 35-40 saves.

    Know he didn’t last long, but he gave me one of my best memories for attending a hockey game.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  107. TomNickle says:

    To take any shots at Halak displays a lack of hockey knowledge?

    Please explain that comment.  If I say that he has trouble playing the puck, does that mean I don’t have any hockey knowledge?

    Halak has been a true professional?  Asking for a trade mid-season is comparable to an investment banker requesting a transfer during RRSP season, so no, it isn’t professional.

    How did the franchise disrespect him?

    By playing Price?  Please.

    That’s like saying that Martin starting a game with Gomez is disrespectful to Plekanec.

    And I’m still waiting for a comment that I made that was incorrect about Halak’s skill.  I’m also still waiting for a comment that I made about Price that was incorrect.

    You start arguments and make statements saying I was wrong about both goalies when in fact you have nothing to support that statement. 

  108. Storm Man says:

    I guess you will be cheering for a new team next year, If the player you cheer for is not on them team?

  109. Clay4bc says:

    How do you spell “sore loser”? T-o-m-K-n-i-c-k-l-e


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

  110. TomNickle says:

    Class guy.  I was staying at the Marriot the morning he got traded to Montreal and some Bruin fans wanted his autograph on Boston memorabilia not knowing he’d been dealt.  He told them he’d been traded to Montreal so they wouldn’t get mad when they found out later.  

    Ray Bourque came into the hotel and wouldn’t sign a single autograph for the children lining up to see him.


  111. Slovak says:

    WHY IT DOES START WITH JARO: because I still think he was the one who gave players energy and belief they can win in each game because they are confident Jaro will not let them down – they believe he can stand on his head each game…

    WHY IT ENDS WITH JARO: because you can have the best defence on the world, against the team like Washington or Pens you have to believe your goaltender will make saves when its needed so they can concentrate also on scoring…

    And you can see his personality from interviews and comments. But you never know maybe he just pretends everything.

    Let me ask you last question, how much time you will want to stay in your work when they don’t give you chance to work?

  112. TomNickle says:

    Of course I’m a sore loser.  I don’t really see why that would come up here though.

    How do you spell, teacher that couldn’t get a job in North America.  CLAY 4 BC

  113. TomNickle says:

    It’s funny you should ask.

    Below I just made the comparison of Halak’s mid-season trade request to that of an investment banker requesting a transfer in RRSP season.  I think it’s a fair comparison.

    And no, it isn’t professional.

    Did you find it professional when Sergei Kostitsyn did it?

  114. Clay4bc says:

    LOL Tom…your lack if class is only outdone by your lack of intelligence. And FYI, I make much more cash here than teachers in Canada, and pay much less tax. Win-win. As well, I don’t have to meet people like you on the street.

    Tom – your hatred and anti-Halak bias are getting tiring. So here is what I propose. I will apologise for engaging you on the issue, and we will act like adults and agree to disagree.

    Here goes – Tom, sorry for engaging you in this conversation. Let’s just leave it at that, and go on thinking what we will think anyway, regardless of what the other thinks. Fair enough?


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

  115. adam76 says:

    I was making fun of you tom, sorry you missed that.  Comparing the starting lineup to the starting goaltender is beyond weak. 

    To take shots at Halak (to a actual checkoslovakian) comes off as sour grapes.  All season – you backed Price over Halak.  Its a fact.   





  116. TomNickle says:

    You don’t have to understand that I don’t hate Halak and that I don’t love Price.  But that’s the case.  I have no emotional interest in which one plays.  I want the better player in the net.

    I’m not willing to make Halak out to be a hero or a great person, and that doesn’t mean I hate him.

    I’m not willing to say Price is a cancer or distraction, and that doesn’t mean I love him.

    You’re jumping to unfair conclusions about me after I’ve made a fair point about something the player did off the ice.

    If we can’t agree on that, we won’t agree on anything.

  117. TomNickle says:

    No it isn’t.  And as somebody who signed up for his account around the Olympic break.  You have no cause for saying that.

    Yet another example of your incorrect crap.

  118. Clay4bc says:

    So…I propose a truce, and you don’t agree, or even mention it? Then I retract my earlier apology. Stay classy, Tom!


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

  119. TomNickle says:

    I’m more than willing to be civil.  Just understand that I don’t love Price and don’t hate Halak.


  120. adam76 says:

    As long as this team doesn’t play the pens or devils in the first two rounds they’ll advance to the conference finals in my opinion.  And they’ll do it on Price’s back, in my opinion.   I believe Halak is starting to wear down.


    Sour grapes – all it is.


    So the date you registered means something?  For real?  Did you really just type that?


    Not having a good day Tom, may want to pack it in and try tomorrow.

  121. Mad Habber says:

    Tell me something then…How long has Halak been in the Habs organization? How long has Price been in the organization? How long did Halak play on the farm team? How about Price?

    Halak worked his butt off, and his career was at a stalemate with the Habs. When was his demand made, back in December? Face it, Price was struggling and all Halak wanted was a chance, probably because he felt like he could make a difference. (He had played well in some of his starts, and well, playing fill in last December)

    To me that doesnt scream like a myself type of player…just a competitive one.

  122. adam76 says:

    Did he actually make fun of you for taking a job outside of Canada.  What an a hole.



  123. Laramy87 says:

    With exception to Game 1, this series could have been over in 5 games for the habs. Game 3 was the 2-0 pens win with an empty net goal. FLuery two HUGE saves in last mins one on Cammy and one and Pleks, one goes in we go to OT both go in we win. Game 5, the only reason Pens won was becuase FLuery, numerious huge saves and a post after habs got one on the board. In the losses (except game 1) we still played well and shuold have/could have won.

    Even without two top d-man we still won 6. GO HABS GO

  124. Slovak says:

    As I read some comments on this blog about next season, I can’t believe my eyes that some of you even consider to trade Halak. You should do everthing to keep him E V E R T H I N G. Why? The answer on this question is not only in this playoff, it is about all years he spent in Montreal – improving year after year. And some of you, who are scared he will not repeat his performance – let me tell you something – HE IS NO OVERNIGHT SUCCESS – if you did not notice ho took it step after step – that means it is really no wonder he plays like this – it is all about his ability to focus anytime and f…..g hard work. The problem is nobody noticed this because you were all over Price, nobody did care about some euro Halak benched mumbo jumbo right?

    Don’t get this wrong for me Price is ok, but Halak is my man. One of them must go because none of them will want to be benched you only need to choose. To be honest Habs game starts with Jaro and ends with Jaro. He is a perfect part of this team as all players that really pushed it so far.

    You can change perfect part, but why would you do that? It is the same as if you consider to move Cammallieri… Because of money phaah, there is alwas way how to figure that one out if it is one of most important players right?

    after years in Montreal he showed you ONE THING – he deserves from you all to stand by him as he stands by you without games and calculations… and if he ever did want to be traded alsewhere, it was just because he did feel you really don’t care about him, which was true… but he was able to changed this… and now here he is – playing hockey finally.



  125. ths says:

    I think Price should start tonight.

    He went all the way with Hamilton and Juniors so he’s been there before.

    Halak will start getting nervous now, especially when he hears they’ve opened up the Bell Centre and are showing it on the big screen. Everything is ten times bigger on the Jumbotron.

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  126. TomNickle says:

    The game doesn’t start and end with one player.  Not in this organization pal.


    Don’t tell me that he deserves me standing behind him.  He is a very well paid professional athlete.  I respect him, I like him, I feel he’s the best option for this team in net right now.  But I in no way owe him anything as a fan of this team.

    If he didn’t want to stand behind this organization when things weren’t going his way, why should I have to stand behind him at any point?

    Playing well doesn’t mean you’re a good person, teammate or even deserve anyone’s respect off the ice.

    Respect isn’t something you earn on the ice, it’s something you earn off of it.  Ask Sergei Kostitsyn.

  127. Clay4bc says:

    You are correct, Slovak. Tom is just in love with Price (not that there’s anything wrong with that) to the point where it blinds him to Halak’s attributes. I, however, want Halak here long term. He deserves it, and we need a goalie like him – and a great team player like him.


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

  128. mark_13 says:

    If we can just sustain this effort for one more game we really have a great shot at getting to the final now, the bruins are beat up and broken and the flyers have dodgy injured goalies, you get the feeling we’ve almost made it, just one more massive effort!

  129. Storm Man says:

    May 12, 2010 in Pittsburgh Pennsylivania History will be made.

  130. lavie says:

    Habs are a more experienced on deciding games. The first 5-10 minutes are the big challenge to Habs; after that, the game will be played in Habs’ way.

    The nervous and deperate Antarctic Birds are losing even before the puck is dropped.

  131. Slovak says:

    YEAH or let’s play powerplay 6 on 5 for 60 minutes – score will be like 15-14 Habs :-))

  132. lavie says:

    U r s CUTE.

  133. Mr. Biter says:

    Worst part Bettman’s going to win whatever happens in game 7. If Pens win he gets what he wants. When the Habs win and since they have been getting lots of coverage in the states the U.S. fans will have a them attitude or will want  to see the underdog  (us) that beat the 1&2 seeds so that jerk wins either way with higher T.V. ratings in the states. I do hope for higher U.S. ratings (I know with the Habs playing ,CBC’s ratings will be through the roof having something on to watch) but if a long run by the Habs increases U.S> ratinga a better T.V. contract can’t hurt.

    Priceless listening to the CBC crew have to talk as the Habs recieve the cup. MM, PJ and DC would have to talk through gritted teeth.

  134. adam76 says:

    You are so right – it would suck to have the league successful. 

  135. adam76 says:

    unreal.  The refs are not costing this franchise wins.  you sound like leaf fans.  Get positive.

  136. lavie says:

    Refs can create PP.

  137. adam76 says:

    REALLY????????  To they wear skates as well?

  138. Storm Man says:

    Looks like skates on the refs feet, Not sure where you going with this one lol 

  139. DJay says:

    Not very smart, are you?

  140. Fansincebirth says:

    The hilarious scenario about tonight is this….

    If we win, people will proclaim how lucky we were, playing above our talent, Halak is the only reason, hooking/holding The Next One etc…..but we know better.

    IF they win, people will proclaim all is right in the world, the mighty Pens have won and they will gloat BUT, it will be like the playground bully standing over the smallest kid in the sandbox after hitting him. Either way they lose.They are the mighty Penguins, Stanley Cup Champs and home of dynamic duo – Crosby and Malkin. Of course they are supposed to win, well, on paper anyways.

    Despite the BS they are trying to feed the media about never expecting this to be a cake walk, they did because they believed the media and the media said it would be for them, just like it said it would be for Washington.

    Withstand the first 10 minutes of this game, grab a lead or stay close and we’ll see who they write about in the paper tomorrow….

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

  141. HardHabits says:

    What’s black and white and red all over?

  142. Fansincebirth says:

    An embarrased ref after being found on the Penguin’s payroll?

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

  143. SeriousFan09 says:

    Chris Lee after ‘accidentally’ getting tagged with a MAB slapper.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  144. krob1000 says:

    can someone clarify the buyout for Hamrlik for next year if we did have to go that route …I was under the impresion that it would be 2/3 of his remaning season which is currently at 5.5 million…that would leave 3.69 million to be spread out over twice the term which is only one year in this case ..or so I thought….which would mean a cap hit of approx 1.85 million for the next two seasons… this correct? 

  145. Chuck says:

    Anyone here getting any work done today?

    Didn’t think so.


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

  146. mike g says:

    Enjoy this day for all it can possibly be boys…

    When our Habs jump onto that ice, be proud of them and smile tonight. If they win, we will celebrate and brace ourselves for another few weeks of the most unexpected joy we’ve ever been a part of. If they lose, they’ve already given us ample reasons to be proud of them and they’ve given us a month of constant jitters; something absolutely none of us would have bet on.

    It’s game 7 boys, could we ask for anything else in these playoffs? 2 game 7’s, one vs Ovi and one against Mr. Tears. I’ll be so nervous tonight for one reason; if we win, were going to the Finals. No if’s, ands, or but’s about it. You don’t beat 2 top teams like that and then lose to the 6th or 7th place team. Not our boys, they’ve got too much pride.

    This year, there are 2 Cups for the Habs. Tonight’s game is our mini-Cup, halfway to the parade. Our 8th win, when you need 16 to hoist the Lord. And who better to beat than those who drank out of the Lord’s Mug last year? This one should be a dandy….

    Good luck everyone. We deserve it; the team, the organization, but most of all us, the fans.


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

  147. Storm Man says:

    Is the season over? what was the score in game 7?

  148. wotever says:

    History will be made: Maxim Lapierre.


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

  149. SeriousFan09 says:

    In class ‘taking notes’ as it were. PP presentation in a 3-hour class and it’s not exactly going at blinding speed.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  150. TomNickle says:

    You are correct.

  151. Storm Man says:

    Work today lol, I have told my clients today the market looks good keep buying and cheer the Habs on tonight :)

  152. krob1000 says:

    ? I hope you put this in the wrong place bud….

  153. SLONCOLD says:

    unproductive day at work #14 lol

  154. mike g says:

    No chance I’m getting a raise anytime soon…

    But, who cares!

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

  155. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Wow …All of Canada is hoping for a Habs win …GO HABS GO

  156. Say Ash says:

    focus, man, focus

  157. kakey says:

    Detroit being the exception, I think it’s another prove that a North American core plus some European support players is the way to go to built a cup worthy team.

  158. doug says:

    Bulletin board material, boys, from Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik: “When you play the best-of-seven,
    usually the best team wins. So, I think we’re pretty confident going
    into it.”

  159. Storm Man says:

    It was for Knob 1000 I dont understand why people are talking about next year for. This is game 7 something big is going on with this team and he is talking buyouts??????

  160. mike g says:

    Dude, 79% of the world is cheering for the Habs tonight!!!!

    You have no idea how many Habs fans there are out there. Plus, you have fans of other teams like the Rangers, Red Wings, Flyers, etc… all going for the Habs. People don’t understand how much these Pens and Crosby are hated. If your not a Pens, or Leafs fan, you are cheering for the Habs.

    That’s a ton of fans. Let’s make it happen…..C’MON!!!!!!!

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

  161. doug says:

    I put in two hours and now I’m just surfing the net.  I can’t afford to take the time off, but I have to enjoy this day and make it a celebration of our club.  They sure did us proud, whatever happens tonight.

  162. nastyHABit says:

    Crush your enemies,see them driven before you,hear the lamentations of Crosby

  163. John Q Public says:


    Tonight we break the Penguin !!!!


    Go Habs Go !!!

  164. Storm Man says:

    It is better to know something then to think it. He knows the best team is going to win and it is not his team.

  165. Bugs says:

    Keepin the zen is what has kept me off an IV feed during these playoffs and brought luck to the Boys.

    19th place club. Took out the best team. Took the Champs to the limit. No shame if it ends tonight. So no hopes to dash.

    Even keel. Will watch what happens. Zen.

    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:

  166. Rob says:

    I put this out there yesterday but in an attempt to get a few more people…….

    Any Habs fans living in Calgary who want to get together to watch what should be a memorable Game 7 with a bunch of other Habs fans, send me an email at  The plan at the moment is to go to Shanks in Crowfoot, but in case those plans should change, email and let me know that you’re coming and i’ll come you up to date!  Hope to get a few more HIO members in the area out!

    GO HABS GO!!!!

  167. krob1000 says:

    My condolences to the extended family members of the four blessed Hab fans that were swept away in the landslide in St, Jude …..they were apparently watching the Habs game 6 and all in the basement when their foundation gave way due to a landslide…..

    This is beyond tragic ….. I just can’t imagine.

  168. krob1000 says:

    sorry jackass…i’ll get my posts and topics preapproved by the master moron himself before I post…

  169. Chuck says:

    Ewwww. I like it!


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

  170. ArmyFan says:

    I’ll put my a$$ on the line and go one step further.  If they win tonight, they’re going on to win their 25th Stanley Cup. If they can dismiss the Caps and the Penguins, who the hell is going to beat them?

    But one game at a time — Round 2, Game 7 first. That’s ALL that matters right now.

  171. krob1000 says:

    can someone please provide me with the all powerful Storm Man’s email so I can find out what I am allowed to discuss without upsetting his holiness…….

    I did not realize everyone here was doing this prior to posting so my apologies…..


  172. Chuck says:

    Indeed. At least it was quick, and they went together and doing something they loved.


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

  173. pmaraw says:

    their arrogance is astounding

  174. SeriousFan09 says:

    I think Mario wants the Habs to win at this point just to teach Crybaby a lesson about playing the game and acting like a man.\


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  175. emann_222 says:

    Je suis très très triste. C’est énormément tragique!

    Nos prières sont avec eux.

  176. mike g says:

    Incase some of you guys missed it, I’ll re-explain my story about the turtles…

    Fans, athletes, and just men in general all know what the turtles are. They aren’t those slow, hard reptiles. They are the fast, soft brown things that are propulsed from our behinds….They tend to creep up on days like this, days of extreme excitement and nervousness. When we faced WSH in game 7, that morning I posted about how the turtles crept up on me way to early. Usually, they have the classyness of allowing us to wake up and do our normal chores before interupting. But not that day, and not today.

    This morning I woke up and felt fine. I was gonna go downstairs, eat my cereal, shower, and then bring the turtles to the pool; like everyday. But once again, those turtles wanted to swim extra early today. So I woke up, grabbed my cereal, sat down to watch SportsCenter. And then it happened. TSN started talking about the Habs. Less that 12 seconds later, my bowl of cereal was on the floor, and I was dropping off the turtles. It was like an instant urge they had, they had to f’kin go swimming that early?!

    And now, probably like many of you, the f’kin turtles don’t wanna stop swimming. They constantly wanna get dropped off at the pool. But hey, if it means a Habs win, I’m sure we’ll all do it.

    GO HABS GO!!!!


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

  177. SLONCOLD says:

    game deciding goal will be a PP goal by the habs from Pleks because crosby got a 2 minute minor for abuse of an offcial with 2 minutes to go in the 3rd period :-)

  178. Mattyleg says:


    I’ve made a terrible, terrible mistake…

    I started reading articles about the Habs and looking up things about the game and the series on the internet.

    Now my hands are shaking and I can’t concentrate on anything. I’m getting butterflies and it’s not even noon. i kept a cool distance from last Game 7, but I’ve slipped up here.

    Okay, okay. I’m outta here.

    See you all on the other side.

    Go Habs.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  179. SLONCOLD says:

    just to clarify are we talking about poop?

  180. Habby2CU says:

    Yeah, I don’t think I’ve ever been this nervous about a game. Go Habs Go!

  181. emann_222 says:

    I couldn’t agree more, but I have to run the gammit and say this … We WILL win tonight. We shall overcome. We are more deserving, and harder working, and destined for round 3 and then the Finals. Stanley is coming home!

  182. bwoar says:


    Thanks again for your support of the Canadiens!  Like many people I had doubts about Halak and my trust in Bob Gainey and the management of the team always caused a bias towards Carey Price for me (but never any dislike of Jaroslav Halak).   It’s been my pleasure to see both goalies play as members of the Hamilton Bulldogs, and the only regret I have is coming here and seeing the comments where people must either like Price OR Halak.  Both goaltenders have been solid for the team.

    BUT Jaroslav Halak proved himself at the NHL level first, and the job is his.  He’s a world-class goaltender and other teams not named “Team Canada” would be jumping to have him play for their country.  You and the rest of your countrymen should be very proud of this young goaltender, I think he win win many more games for the Canadiens, as well as for the national pride of Slovakia.

    (p.s. please just ignore you-know-who, some people are simply negative and choose to hang on to their own bad feelings.  We don’t need to give them a reason to argue, they will find one themselves.)

    Again, friend – horns up high \oo/ for Halak and for you! \oo/

  183. Slovak says:

    Here is 17:30 and my work is over :-) I did nothing, but happy :-)

  184. Off-side says:

    One minute at a time…breath in…exhale…one minute at a time…breath in…exhale…

  185. mark_13 says:

    Can someone reassure me that we’re going to win, not sure i can stand another one goal hanging on by our fingernails lead again, i’ve lost about 5 years off my life so far!

  186. lenny says:

    we will win we will win we will win we will win we will win we will win we will win

  187. TomNickle says:

    For those of you think I’m hating on Jaro Halak…..

    I like what he does on the ice, I respect his ability and I think he’s the best option at goaltender for this team.

    I however am not willing to call him a hero and I’m not going to put him on a pedestal making him bigger than the team, unlike others.

    He did request a trade in the middle of the season, which is not professional.  So if you want to say that he’s been a professional since, fine.  But making him out to be the epitome of a pro is incorrect.

    These comments that he’s a great person, great teammate and a great example for young goalies is complete nonsense.

    Yeah, let’s teach kids to move on when things don’t go their way. 

    I’m not saying he’s a bad person, because I don’t know.  Just as I’m sure that nobody, or very few know.

    He’s not Jesus Christ, he’s the starting goaltender of the Habs.  He plays very well.  That’s enough.  He doesn’t have to be the things he’s being described as, and most importantly, he isn’t.

  188. SeriousFan09 says:

    Chelios is saying he’s 99-percent sure he’s calling it quits.

    Give the man credit, stuck in longer than it made any sense to and played the game he loved. I hope he finds something worthwhile in the NHL to do in his retirement and I have to say, I do feel bad he n’t get to hang in long enough to play with his sons, that would’ve been a fantastic moment for the family.

    Helped the team win in ’86 as a young defencemen, won 3 Stanley Cups total, 3-Time Norris winner, one of the toughest defencemen to ever play the game.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  189. lenny says:

    is anybody actually doing work at work today?

  190. Slovak says:

    THANKS A LOT:-) As I said this team stole my heart not because of Halak but also because of him…

    All Slovaks stand behind Jaro (around 5 milion people) and those who watched games stand beside the whole team… these are another Olympic like games :-) unbelieveable to believe but


  191. lenny says:

    your right, I dont think Jesus could have taken us here….halak is clearly better

  192. lavie says:

    Thanks for reminding me that I should do some work at work.

  193. adam76 says:

    u mad?


    No matter what you type Tom, it is coming off as sour grapes:


    As long as this team doesn’t play the pens or devils in the first two rounds they’ll advance to the conference finals in my opinion.  And they’ll do it on Price’s back, in my opinion.   I believe Halak is starting to wear down.


    To took a shot at Halak to an actual

    Czechoslovakian the day of game 7 – does make it seem like sour grapes.

  194. SLONCOLD says:

    quote of the day lol

  195. lenny says:

    im just staring at the clock…cant wait to discuss the amazing victory on HIO tomorrow

  196. Storm Man says:

    You need to ask your mom to bring you some milk and cookies, Why are you having such a bad day? BTW tough words from behind the computer says all I need to know about you. Enjoy the game tonight.

  197. Bob Barker says:

    he wheeled a ton of broads too

  198. habbyone says:

    So what if he requested a trade!! Big friggen deal . Get over it buddyll  Tell us you would stay at a job where you knew you were going nowhere. Hats off to Halak for taking charge of his life. Thank god it played out the way it did. Looks like to team loves him and 99% of the fans!!!!

  199. Storm Man says:

    Your the only one here that is upset and calling people names behind a computer. i just dont understand why you are taking about buyouts when this team is playing game 7 tonight. Everyone will become a GM when the season is over.

  200. krob1000 says:

    sure bud…we know who started this crap…i posted a question about Hammer because others were discussing below and I thought maybe they were explaining it wrong so I wanted it clarified…then some idiot sticks his big honker (can tell from the photo) in to something for no reason and starts a useless exchange of words…perhaps I should have let morons be morons…but hey….I didn’t.  The tough guy behind your computer is the one who started this ….pull the pickle out of your ass turn it sideways, stick it back in, pull it back out  and lick it up bud….and mind your own business….

  201. ths says:


    OH Yeah.  You got to give him credit for lasting so long and partying so hard

    Managed to roger the boss’s wife too. Thats one to tell the grandkids


    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  202. ths says:


    OH Yeah.  You got to give him credit for lasting so long and partying so hard

    Managed to roger the boss’s wife too. Thats one to tell the grandkids


    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  203. Fansincebirth says:

    Ya, I’m working at trying to keep up with all the posts on here…while I’m at work :o)

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

  204. Storm Man says:

    your a funny little man, you must have been beating up alot as a child and maybe now with your little high school name calling, Your a simpleton with your actions. BTW go see a eye doctor you have bad eyes. 

  205. John Q Public says:

    Ya Baby !

  206. Richer-44 says:

    Nice.  Conan is a Habs fan.

  207. pic1983 says:

    Who can concentrate on work?! Its game 7 tonight!

    If we win I can guarantee that ill probably be twice as productive tomorrow to make up for it!

  208. pic1983 says:

    well said my man!

    He didnt request a trade! He said play me or trade me!  You should want your goaltender to be hungry to get in there, and he took his chance and is running with it!


  209. krob1000 says:

    sure bud….you must be a pleasure for someone to live with for some lucky gal?guy?pet? the ironic thing is you started all of this but your eye doctor obviously failed you because you can’t even read your own posts to realize who the simpleton is who began all of this…..ah to be an idiot…..I moonlight as one on here every now and then when I come across an imbecile like yourself…kinda fun but not something I would like to do long term…how do you do it? long term idiocy that is…..must take some serious dedication and hard work……I must respect the fact you are obviously very dedicated to your cause and are proving to be quite an accomplished little idiot ….. enoy the rest of your life…I feel for you bud…I really do and I also feel for anyone who has to deal with you on a regular basis….just make sure you realise how committed those people must be to still talk to you…….you truly are lucky to have those people in your life..I know I couldn’t do it…..some guys have all the luck.

  210. Storm Man says:

    You must need something to do today, Here is 5 bucks go and park my car.

  211. MontrealAtheist says:

    Oh man … still 6 hours and 10 minutes left !!!

  212. terrygain says:

    So long as you don’t take your dispute with management to the media or into the room there is nothing wrong with complaining to them, including asking for a trade. I don’t want a team of automatons. They may be playing a game, but they are men, not boys. Stop demanding that they act like children. 

  213. bwoar says:

    Ya wanna know long?  Game 7 vs. the Caps I had band rehearsal & had to PVR the game.  So what do the Habs do?  Go and get into another Game 7 on a Wednesday.  Tonight will be PVR’d again, I am not gonna do a thing differently, just take care of my business like the Habs.  The game will be over by the time I start watching, barring overtimes.  But not the playoff run!

    Just focus, friends.  Take care of your business, stay cool, simply do the things that are necessary and put all heart into it.

  214. TomNickle says:

    Me having a problem with Halak requesting a trade doesn’t mean I’m in love with Price.  Use your head teacher.

    Like I said yesterday, I would like very much for Halak to win the Conn Smythe.


  215. mark_13 says:

    no, done nothing apart from look at hockey sites all day!

  216. emann_222 says:

    Calling All Habs Fans …

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE …. Why are any of you talking in the terminology of “IF” for tonight. Or saying things like “If we lose – we should still be proud”???

    This is NOT going to happen. Positivity, my fellow fans. We didn’t sell out le Centre Bell tonight to witness our last night in the 2010 Playoffs. We haven’t seen our boys play with grit, determination, and class to only go 14 games.

    So I beg of you all – for the rest of today … we stay focused on the fact that we WILL prevail. That the best men WILL win. And that we will have something exciting to look forward to in the next round.

    WE BELIEVE …. Go Habs Go!!!!

    Now who’s with me?

  217. mb says:

    Well, for my part, every single time I said or thought the Habs would lose, they came out strong and surprised me.  When I said or thought they would win, they didn’t.  Oh well, just for the record I’ll say they’re not strong enough tonight! 


    Still, Go Habs Go!!!

  218. Mats26 says:

    Team 990 reports that Gill and Markov are on the ice!!!!

  219. SLONCOLD says:

    markov is not playing…….. and i doubt Gill will be in cuts don’t heal that much more in 48 hours; but gill has a chance at coming back

  220. SeriousFan09 says:

    Accursed 6-year old laptop and it’s weak battery…

    Wireless kills this thing. Go Habs Go!


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  221. Bugs says:

    Wireless killed the internet star!

    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:

  222. says:

    I am so proud to be a Canadiens Fan.

    One more time guys!


    This is why you make the playoffs.

    They Call Me Shane

  223. pierre lapuck says:

    Decided to take a personal day today and stayed at home.  Slept until a half hour ago.  I feel surprisingly calm nd peaceful right now.   May have a nap after lunch.  Could be a nice day; I know the boys will win tonight.

  224. emann_222 says:

    Ditto here … It’s tough having Pancreaitis but I feel a lack of nerves – Zen baby! We are on the way to Round 3!

  225. goinforstanley says:

    Lets go Habs!!!!lets win this,the Habs should be pumped.Halak played his best in game 7 should be ready .This could be our year.Im glad P.K is getting alot of ice time.keep it up Cammy.Im looking forward to tonights game.Go Habs Go!!!!

  226. goinforstanley says:

    I still say Habs will win the cup.I said that in 93 but now I know alot more about hockey.It can happen this year.Go Habs Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  227. Chartrand1223 says:

    Why Montreal will win:


    Pittsburgh; Crosby, Malkin, Stall, Guerin, Gonchar (5)

    Montreal; Cammellairi, Kostichyn, Plekanec, Gionta, Gomez, Lapierre, Subban (7)


    Montreal; Halak (1)

    Pittsburgh; (0)

    Final Score: Montreal 8  Pittsburgh 5

  228. Slovak says:

    TO “TomNIckle”

    I think it would be stupid to remain on place where they don’t care about you. Or you think he should just wait for another 4 years on the bench? No I would do the same and I would consider it is not professional if I do it after short period of time… but not the way Jaro did it…

    HEY come on let’s get over this crap my friend – I am just too excited for Jaro and for this team of hell magic…:-)

    I just want to watch Jaro for many more years exactly on this team

    I should get day off in work, It was such a huge waste of time :-)

    2-2 after 3rd and after I wake up from heartatack I will see 3-2 HABS – SPACEK SCORES IN PP – COME ON DON’T LET ME DOWN

  229. adam76 says:

    I just found Toms old report cared –  it says “doesn’t get along well with others”

  230. mark_13 says:

    We can’t afford to go out there with two, one legged defenseman!  Just go with the same team sheet as last time.

  231. MontrealAtheist says:

    Here is the song they should be playing at the Bell Centre tonight when Cindy gets the puck: Cry me a River !!!

  232. pic1983 says:

    Dear Habs,

    Thanks for making good on my last request with winning game 6 against washington at home, and ending the 8 game playoff-home losing streak.

    Here I am today asking one more tiny favor…. Please send Cindy Crybaby packing!!

    Go habs go!


  233. Kalcon says:

    Found this poem. Thought it summed up the Habs playoff run…

    It Couldn’t Be Done
    By Edgar A. Guest

    Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
    But he with a chuckle replied
    That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
    Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
    So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
    On his face. If he worried he hid it.
    He started to sing as he tackled the thing
    That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

    Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
    At least no one ever has done it”;
    But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
    And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
    With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
    Without any doubting or quiddit,
    He started to sing as he tackled the thing
    That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

    There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
    There are thousands to prophesy failure;
    There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
    The dangers that wait to assail you.
    But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
    Just take off your coat and go to it;
    Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
    That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

  234. pic1983 says:

    I agree.  I love Hal Gill, and hes been exceptional for us these playoffs.  But a generally immobile defenseman with an injury that further impedes his mobility isnt usually good for business. 

  235. derfab says:

    If martin plans on benching the guy who makes the first bonehead play, i’d rather see markov dressed instead. What’s more, Even Sergei could handle the 2:32 of ice time that pouliot got.

  236. Newf_Habster says:

    Who will be the referees tonight?

  237. EastCoastJoe says:

    Let’s dedicate this game to the Prefontaine family, who tragically lost their lives while watching their beloved Habs’ game 6 victory.  RIP.


  238. MontrealAtheist says:

    Rumor has it that Gary himself will be refereeing as he was not satisfied with the results on Monday.

  239. MontrealAtheist says:

    If only the Habs had finished off the Penguins in 4 or 5 games … The family might still be alive then since there would not have been a game 6 to watch at that time.

  240. Newf_Habster says:


  241. Storm Man says:

    You have no class, You should be taking off the site.

  242. HabsFanInYOW says:

    I am so proud of this team!  I truly believe they have the Penguins frustrated, and if the Habs play like they did on Monday we’re gonna take it!

    GO HABS GO!!!!!!!

  243. ds says:

    Fleury has been hot & cold all series long it’s going to come down to which version shows up.  Either way MTL’s top guns are rolling while Pittsburgh’s are not and MTL will take this one.  Expect a huge showing.  Game 6 MTL dominated Pittsburgh except for a few spurts by the Pens, I don’t think Pitts has the heart to bounce back, MTL should steam roll them.  5-1 MTL.

  244. Drive_For_25 says:

    Wow, just read the news article.  What a horrible story.  They will be in my thoughts and prayers, especially during this game!! 

  245. j2w4habs25 says:

    I was suppose to be working today but I ended up not going. I am instead counting down the hours, and patiently waiting for the big game. I tell ya thats the word today!!!

    Even Leaf fans will be watching the game, only to cheer on the Pens but their just jealous

    I think that this team can pull another upset. but in otherwords, I am so happy with this team by far.

  246. Drive_For_25 says:

    The name Jaroslav means “Beauty of Spring”!!!!!!  This is no joke either, check it out:


    Is that a good sign or what??


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

  247. Slovak says:

    :-)) I will correct you a little – we actually don’t think about it this way in common language but word to word translation in our language is:

    Jar = Spring

    Oslav = Celebrate 



  248. KGB_AKA4787 says:


    Go Habs Go

  249. Drive_For_25 says:

    I guess he’s a mix of both definitions then.  A BEAUTY that makes us CELEBRATE in the SPRING!!!!!!


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

  250. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Halak will shut  them out tonight !Go Habs Go  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  251. Shublips says:

    This is going to be an awesome game.  I think/hope that the Pens have a little bit of doubt in their minds.

    I doubt they do, but hey, you never know.

    Can the Habs close out the Mellon center the same way they opened it, with a win againt the Pens?

    Let’s hope so!

    Habs on Facebook: on Twitter: on

  252. KGB_AKA4787 says:

    Game 6 was infront of the fans that made the battle that much easier to win, the Pens are at home ice and there are no red shirts to be seen but only white shirts and towels…… going to make it very scary to see, but we know that the Pens are scared to now and they are showing it, with the presence of Gill tonight, its going to make it that much easy to eliminate the oldest arena in the league, with or without Marky its going to be an incredible game, Habs need to score first and apply pressure early on with a lead, whatever way the game goes the Pens are going and staying home tonight!!!!!!!

    Go Habs Go

  253. Slovak says:

    We just renamed Jaroslav Halak to Spring Celebration :-))

  254. KGB_AKA4787 says:

    have that link to that article by any chances anyone????????



    Go Habs Go

  255. TripleX says:

    So the Pens are going to SHADOW Cammi with Staal.  How things have changed!

    The offensive juggernaut in the series is NOT Crosby, Malkin but in fact CAMMI.

    Hey as long as Staal is on the ice it means less of Crosby and Malkin.  I say play Cammi for 30 minutes.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  256. dickduff says:
    Regarding tonight's game, . While the Penguins showed some brilliant plays
    in Montreal's zone on Monday night. Great puck handling and we know
    they have talent...on paper, no one Pen has shone during
    this series except for Fleury who is on and off. Now is Crosby angry, as
    some journalists would have it, or is he frustrated.
    I say frustrated, which is great for us. Gorges, Subban and Plekanec
    have gotten under his skin. The Habs have nothing to prove...
    and they have shown that they thrive under pressure...They will be
    looser than the Pens and I think they are better coached than the Pens.
    Look for the Pens to go after Cammelleri.It could get ugly. The Habs
    have shown way more character in the playoffs that either the Caps or
    the Pens.
    Looking for big things from Big K ( like leveling Stall and setting up
    Cammy) and Lapierre who is playing at the top of his game, ankle surgery
    finally becoming a non-issue
    Habs have the psychological edge.....
    Habs in 7......................then again, It could come down to who
    gets the bounces..........................................and who refs
    the game................
    It's been a great ride so far.....we can only hope it
    continues and the genius of Gainey continues to get greater recognition.
  257. dickduff says:

    Really, do you think after the way this team has been coached that Martin or the Habs medical staff would make a stupid mistake of sending out a player who was not ready for action? Come on. If they are on the ice, they will be ready, willing and able.

  258. McIntyre18 says:

    Does anyone have that quote that George Strombo said in the 100 year anniversary of the habs special.
    Something about the Love of the Habs being Irrational but great, something along those lines.

    I know someone who thinks I’m a little too over the top and I think that would sum up my passion for this team. Thanks


  259. dallyd31 says:

    Tim Peel reffing……….dear Lord help us..

  260. tricolore says:

    Go Habs Go! Long live les Canadiens! 


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  261. zaq007 says:

    I thought O’byrne played a good playoffs so far for sure thought Darche or Pouliot would sit…

  262. Habs_Fan_1 says:

    I agree. Pure speculation here, but maybe he’s a bit banged up too.

  263. tricolore says:


    A very good start for the Habs. Could have had 2 or 3 goals already. Stay strong boys! 


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  264. lavie says:

    The Pens are nervous and desperate. Les Boys should put more pressure on them before they calm down.

    Doing right, 2:0; keep pushing!!!

  265. Merc_Roswell says:

    Thanks for gold Crosby, now pass the silver please. WE WANT THE CUP, WE WANT THE CUP, WE WANT THE CUP!

  266. Fansincebirth says:

    Wireless killed the internet porn star :o)

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

  267. Slovak says:

    :-) But hey we are one f…..g crew, he will be good after Habs win tonight, I am overloaded with emotions, I really need to see Crosby’s crying… :-) COME ONE LITTLE TEAR :-)

  268. Mr. Biter says:

    I do want the league to succeed but not the way Bettman wants to do it (see my comment that a better T.V. contract would be good for all. He ‘s just going to be lucky that the Habs with their great play can swing more fans right now than probably any other team that is left.

  269. tricolore says:

    Need to stay fearless. No pain. Les Habitants, forever!


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  270. WatchMojo says:

    Great period by the Habs… but rule #1 of HIO: no talk that might jinx the team. 

    Pens have firepower to come back… so let’s keep that in mind and not get ahead of ourselves


  271. slapshot777 says:

    Keep skating hard guys and keep playing sound positional hockey. just keep doing what got us here so far. Longer it goes with the Habs leading the more the Pens will start squeezing the sticks.


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

  272. Newf_Habster says:

    Great period for us! Whoooo!

  273. Nina76 says:

    if they can stay out of the box this game is OURS..Can’t believe Crosby got a penality…..WOW!!!!!!Are we in luck to-nite?.think maybe the penalities where reviewed in recent games?????? GO HABS GO!!!!!!!!!

  274. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Carey Price is looking really good tonight

    Calm, Collected and clearly in his Zone

  275. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Whats the point of your comment?  Price is being a good team guy and supporting everyone.

  276. xlinkinparkx says:

    Wow what a sick assist……

    “Don’t stop believing”

  277. Mothstoflame says:

    I think if the Pittsburg staff blew the horn for antoher 45 seconds they might get another goal

  278. lavie says:

    Forget about the scores, we should still play the offensive game.

  279. tricolore says:

    Habs are fighting for the puck formidably and are relentless with their forecheck. One thing they have to be careful of is keeping discipline. As the game progresses, the Pens will get more ‘desperate’ so to speak and take more chances. The Habs should have more scoring chances and add as many more as possible to the score. 

    Vive le bleu, blanc, rouge!

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  280. tricolore says:

    That 2nd Pens goal was the first time the Habs appeared to be outworked, but of course major fatigue from killing the penalty was a factor. To bad Hamrlik lost his bloody stick!


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  281. sutchy27 says:

    wtf with hamirluk an bergeron d givin the game right back

  282. HalGillsNumberOneFan says:

    Keep your cool boys

    Almost there!

  283. tricolore says:

    C’mon Habs! 

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  284. tricolore says:

    Discipline can make or break you.


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  285. xlinkinparkx says:


    “Don’t stop believing”

  286. slapshot777 says:

    Keep Hamrlik and Bergereon off the ice pretty much in the third. Hamrlik looks like he is labouring out there and Beregeron well he is just Bergereon.


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

  287. habsguy says:

    I guess you can pitch fork the goalie now….and give a BIG assist to the ref on the first pen goal!!!!!

  288. slapshot777 says:

    I would be very surprised to see the ref give any Pens player a penalty. It would pretty much have to be a beheading to get one. The Habs on the other hand will pretty much just sneeze and it’s two minutes.


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

  289. Laramy87 says:

    That was brutual. First dupois i think wake Gills stick out of the hand, then off refs skate… wtf…

    Habs need to keep thier cool and DONT SIT BACK

  290. bus driver says:

    wheres Oburyne,

  291. Craig_Mc says:

    Have faith folks. I’m about as pessimistic about the Refs as you can get, but the Habs are a team of destiny, heart, blood and guts. Remember that.

  292. arrow says:

    The only Pens player that worries me is Staal, keep him away from the puck! We have this game and many more to follow, I BELIEVE. We have a 2 goal lead and excel in defense,(G-Men RULE, Gorges/Gill) so play smart and cool and we will have this game. If we have an opportunity to score, go for it, cause we are in it to win it!!!


    GO HABS GO!!

  293. lavie says:

    #  Scratches
    17    R    G. Laraque
    20    D    R. O’Byrne
    61    C    B. Maxwell
    74    L    S. Kostitsyn
    79    D    A. Markov

  294. habsguy says:

    well…….lets hang in guys !!!!!!!!….we can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  295. tricolore says:

    That’s right. Playing smart takes discipline. See Crosby in the first minute? Bonehead move. Gorges made a mistake there at the end of the 2nd. It’s hard when emotions run high. We need some help and little luck to calm the storm. That PK at the beginning of the 3rd will be crucial. 


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  296. tricolore says:

    I guess Laraque is still officially part of the roster and must be accounted for.


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  297. tricolore says:

    Did Gill actually think that with no stick and putting his hands on the player he would not get called on the penalty? C’mon boys, discipline!!!!!!


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  298. HabFanSince72 says:

    Bloody hell!!!!

  299. HabFanSince72 says:

    Holy Crap!

  300. i beleive says:

    did camalleri break a record ??


  301. i beleive says:

    did camalleri break a record ??


  302. Habs_Fan_1 says:

    Woo freakin’ hoo!

  303. downeast hab says:

    Can you beleive the broadcasting of Bob Cole and Glenn Heally, Two die heart leaf broadcasters doing this game and it is killing them inside. The heartburn must be bad.

  304. tricolore says:

    Those big saves by Halak during the Pen’s powerplays were critical for the Habs to keep them in the game. That Gionta powerplay goal from Camm was difference maker. Solid character by this Cinderella team. Keep it up boys!


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  305. Mr. Biter says:

    Nail in the coffin.Gomer to Cammy to Gionta. Thanks BG. The big cuban cigar is going to be realllly gooooood.

  306. tricolore says:

    As much as I prefer watching the games in English I can’t handle Cole, Hrudey, and to a certain point Healey. I watch RDS. Mind you Brunet has his moments, but I can tolerate him better. I hope TSN gets the next series if the Habs advance. 


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  307. says:

    You can almost feel Bob Gainey Laughing at a whole lot of fans right

    I love this Team!

    Way to Go Canadiens

    Halak You Rock!


    They Call Me Shane

  308. tricolore says:

    Well done lads! You’ve done us proud. You are Canada’s team now. Do us well!


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  309. SBAH says:

    will he still get a ring?

  310. Habs4ever Fan says:

    BS. Price can’t handle 1/4 of the pressure of his teammates..I hate him

    He is going to make a wonderful back up goalie one day.

    Halak in nets two years ago and it would have been montreal in the division final. JMO

  311. habbyone says:


  312. slapshot777 says:

    Anyone see Shero come in and congratulate Gainey and PG. I hope Bob stays around with the Habs in an advisory role he is too intelligent to let loose to any other team.


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

  313. VancouverHab says:



  314. 23 HABS 23 says:

    UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!  We are going to the Eastern Conference Finals!  The HABS have taken out the #1 ranked Capitals … and now the Defending Stanley Cup Champions … what is next … who knows?!  Outstanding game by the team … hats off to Halak (Many Game saving saves).  Cammalleri & Gionta … AMAZING Combo!!!!  How many golas have those 2 gotten out of mid-air?!  Party On Montreal!

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

  315. slapshot777 says:

    Congratulation Habs, simply the best!!!!! Yahoooooooooooo!!!!!

    We will get a few days rest well deserved. The Flyers are winning 2-0 and hopefully they go to game 7.



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

  316. Sambaguio says:

    WHO SAID WE WERE UNDERDOGS???!! If we played Halak through all season, we wouldn’t be seeded number 8, but number 1. We are the real thing. Thanks Halak for turning Gainey into a believer!!! He was finally rooting for you today. hehe

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

  317. daveho29 says:

    Give it a rest and enjoy the moment for fck sakes

  318. DavidKB says:

    Don’t like Pronger, can’t stand the Flyers, but the boys could use a rest – hang on for at least one more win, Philly!

  319. idle says:

    Here’s hoping for a brutal game 7


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  320. DONJUAN says:

    THE BOYS do it again,  GO HABS GO!!!

    In HABS we trust.

  321. Sambaguio says:

    THIS JUST IN….. Crosby just called Ovie, “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.”

  322. rehab says:

    Thank you Bob Gainey

  323. rehab says:

    Thank you Bob Gainey

  324. VancouverHab says:

    Don Cherry just equated Halak to Ken Dryden — and said “give him the Conn Smythe now.

  325. slapshot777 says:

    Jaro is unbelievable. Cammy is just shooting lights out and Gionta getting bigs goals.



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

  326. sailor2963 says:

    All Right!  Great team effort! On to the Conference Final! Go Habs Go!

  327. pmaraw says:

    What a Game!!!  Thanks for the 5th one, saved me whats left of my finger nails!!!!!!!

  328. savethepuck says:

    I think we should dump all those free agent bums that idiot Bob Gainey signed and rebuild.  JM is an idiot, his system sucks, we need to get rid of him if we’ll ever have a chance to do anything in the future.  OOPS, that’s not me, just repeating what the majority of the comments that were on this site down the stretch.  DO WE BELIEVE NOW?  Presidents Cup winner and defending Stanley Cup champs both sent to the golf course by us.

  329. DavidKB says:

    One of my colleagues predicted a 5-3 win for the Habs tonight. So, I guess I get to tell him he was wrong tomorrow.

  330. PeterD says:

    Is Bob Gainey the General manager of the year or what?


    Thanks Bob for blowing up a team that didn’t have heart or chemistry and building one that has both of these…

  331. habfan01 says:


  332. VancouverHab says:

    Crosby rather ungracious to the Habs in the post-game interview. Disappointing. (“They’re getting heavily out-chanced: we’ll see how it goes from here.”) 

    Grow up Kid — take a page from Gretz, who though he whined like you alays had class.

  333. Sambaguio says:

    So… to all of those who said Oveckin sucks and Crosby is way better… lets view against the same team shall we: Ovechkin: 5G 5A 10PTS 5+… Crosby: 1G 4A 5PTS -1… Hmmm… He was sure great at being completely useless all series, at least Ovechkin was a threat.

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

  334. lavie says:

    He should learn from Subban on how to “execute” an interview.

  335. idle says:

    That was pleasing!


    Most satisfying hockey I have ever watched outside of 93.  First they slay Ovy, then Sid the Kid….


    Bring on Bostedelphia!!








    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  336. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just in: Russian National Team just called Bob Gainey to say thanks for bolstering their ranks, again.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  337. DavidKB says:

    If a chicken lays an egg and it hatches, you get another chicken. Looks like a lot of down the stretch posters, laid a few eggs. Omelette anyone?

  338. Sambaguio says:

    Thank you, Halak!

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

  339. slapshot777 says:

    I guess we should expect nothing less from him. Whinned all series and shut dow by the Habs, so he might as well finish the interview on a whinny note. Cry baby. He has a lot of growing up to do to be a real star player. He has got to accept losing with grace, just like he does when they win, but I guess Pittsburgh are spoiled and expect to win every year.



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

  340. j2w4habs25 says:

    M GOD!! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Happy of the Canadiens…. I never felt like this before, I was too young to go out and party in 1993, but now that am old enough!.. its SOMETHING!

    in 17 years the Habs made the conference finals… THIS IS THE YEAR HAB FANS!…

    GO HABS GO!!…

  341. VancouverHab says:

    Oh, and Cherry said that Gill has 51 stitches…..

  342. tricolortrue says:

    well I wasn’t sure, but they won me over! I believe now!

    let’s go habs!

  343. Sambaguio says:

    Thank you Gainey you resigned, else Halak would have been traded by now and Price loses four straight in the first round!! 

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

  344. nightmare_49 says:

    …  We beat the Pens and the refs on the same night. ……..   Bravo.

  345. linp says:

    I have enough from Cindy Crybaby for this season. Go cry some more in the Golf course.


    Crosby just showed how he is bad loser.Show some class you little whiner,you are supposed to be the class of the league and you end up looking like a five year old that lost his marbles.Anyway,what a game what a series cant wait for the 3rd round.I cant remember being this excited about the playoffs since 93.GO HABS GO!!!!

  347. idle says:

    We weren’t hard done by tonight were we?


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  348. light_n_tasty says: has shut down their site tonight!  Just like they did after game 6! HAHAHA

  349. slapshot777 says:

    I just hope that the next series the officiating is a lot better than the last two series.

    I can’t believe with all the calls that went Pittsburgh’s way, in the interview with Crosby he even complained about how his penalty in the first 10 seconds was not a penalty. I guess crybaby to the end.



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

  350. pmaraw says:

    crosby wont go.

  351. Slovak says:

    Halak just made himself biggest possible birthday present ever for tomorrow. In Slovakia is already MAY 13…



  352. since1988 says:

    amazing…i’m not going to stop smiling…continue to believe

  353. since1988 says:

    or maybe spacek… i always laugh when he gives an interview

  354. Curtis O Habs says:

    He failed to mention his buddy “flower”, stunk.

  355. idle says:

    Give it a rest.  Just be happy for a night.  I am a big Halak fan and was from the start (if the records go back that far you will find me complaining often 2 years ago that Halak was not getting enough of a chance and that they made a mistake in trading Huet and giving Price the team too damn early) but still don’t blame Bob at all for his faith in Price.  He certainly was not the only one.  All the experts agreed that the habs had a budding superstar in Price and Bob gave him every chance to excel, which is exactly what he should have done.  It’s only with your safe hindsight that you trash on him now.

    Is it a mistake to give P.K so much ice time in big situations now?  I bet you like it a lot now.  God forbid in 2 years if he struggles you will be dumping on management for catering too much to him.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  356. Fansincebirth says:

    What a little piece of crap. Can’t even be a good loser.

    Where are the people who think we’re a little too hard on Cindy Loo Crybaby now?

    Poor loser and a crybaby rolled up in one spoiled package.

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

  357. Omit says:

    What is wrong with you?  You sound like an immature 16-year old?  IF  this how you celebrate victory, then you are a complete loser.

  358. SeriousFan09 says:

    Crosby’s unbelieveable, really. Supposed to be the poster boy of the NHL and this is his behaviour? Disgusting.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  359. idle says:

    Besides, what have you done that is so special?  Chose to like Halak?  You picked Halak to like and now he is playing really well so that makes you special enough that you can come on here every night and throw it in peoples face and trash on Gainey for it.  How talented you are for liking Halak!


    There were lots of Halak supporters on here.  And for that matter nothing is wrong with Price either.  Maybe instead of spending so much effort on what goalie is playing you could take some time to actually enjoy the games.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  360. homerbowen says:

    Well done boys!!! Who thought we had a chance (I didn’t). Nothing like a 4 – 0 lead to start out. I was very disappointed with Sidney’s comments in his post game interview. Generally, he shows class and actually he did show class tonight just too bad it was all 3rd class.

  361. pmaraw says:

    errr  lucy just scored…  I might have to bite my tongue

  362. pmaraw says:

    can you imagine how either the bruins or flyers will feel having to play at 2pm on sunday after a game 7 on friday?

  363. Habs4ever Fan says:

    I missed Crysby’s comments after the game

    Does anyone have a link to them?

  364. Bradzerker says:

    Who cares.  His season is over .. ours isn’t.

  365. Fansincebirth says:


    Whiney little bitch Cindy can’t even be a gracious loser.

    Off to the golf course with you bitch!!!!

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

  366. daveho29 says:

    I hear he has a 4some booked with Oveckin, and the Sedin’s.

  367. Velavok says:

    Way to go guys, im on cloud 9 and cant wait for the next round.

  368. BKAK72 says:

    Who is the bigger suck after game #7? OV8 or Cryby? Tough one…hmmm…– I will not apologize for being a delirious HABS fan! —

  369. lenny says:

    let me guess experts Phillie/boston in 4…

  370. Bradzerker says:

    We’ve gpt something special brewing.  Let’s enjoy the ride!!!

  371. Habs64 says:

    Holr f_k Habs win!!!



    I’m drunk!!!

  372. habs99 says:

    Thank you Bob Gainey!  I dont care how much gomez makes, if it meant bringing gionta and cammy…wooohoo.

    Here’s the postive…and we got 5 years to enjoy these guys!!!  Gainey is a genious…all this without giving up a single draft pick plus he got rid of all the losers.  I recall everyone crying why Bob, why gionta…sign kovalev….kovalev who?  CASE CLOSED!

    By the way, when Halak said play me or I want out….guess what bob did..he played him.  Philly offered everything, he did not panic and kept him…so stop this Bob loves Price.  Bob Gainey is Mr. Montreal Canadien…PERIOD.  Please recognize what every other team would beg to have.  Mr Gainey.  To me after Jean Beliveau, Mr. Gainey is the classiest guy ever in this organization.  Please show some respect, atleast now!

    GO HABS GO!!!

  373. tricolore says:

    Well said. I’ll add Dryden to the class acts.


    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  374. RC-51 says:

    Anyone know when we play next Sat or Sun?

  375. habs99 says:

    If bos comes back to win tonights game…it could be Friday..otherwise Sunday.  Not 100% sure.

  376. pmaraw says:

    sunday afternoon

  377. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Where are all the Gainey basher’s?? hiding under their rock’s?  And where are all the habs bashers that I’ve read posting here all season long,  you know who you are.

  378. lavie says:

    People just can’t stand that a team goes to final every year.

  379. Velavok says:

    Im heading to montreal next week and desperately seeking tickets for game 3 or / and 4.  Does anyone know the ticket situation? How do they deal with round 3 tickets? are there any that go on sale to the general public? I cant imagine they sold all potential seats for all rounds at the start of the playoffs.

    Hook a HIO brother up with some hometown info.

  380. nastyHABit says:


  381. pmaraw says:

    WOW  I cant believe it, comments from fans from every team congratulating us

    from sens, to leafs, oils, flames and nucks.  from detriot and washington, philly and boston, all congratulating habs and most of em hoping for more!!!  The Bandwagon is filling up at an alarming rate!

  382. WindsorHab-10 says:



  383. pmaraw says:

    i hope you have an arm and a leg for sale

  384. coachdoug says:

    Hate the Flyers and hate the Bruins…At least there will be a game 7 to beat each other up and give the Habs a rest!

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

  385. WindsorHab-10 says:


  386. tricolortrue says:

    I want Philly. we owe them for eliminating us 2 years did the bruins ever have a melt dowm.

    bring on the flyers please!

  387. HABSsince92 says:

    Yes Phily won which means we will have a couple of days off unlike round 2 where we were dog tired in game 1.


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

  388. smiler2729 says:

    Where’s that IDIOT Timo????????

  389. NightRyder says:

    I’d like to thank this current crew (assembled by our old pal Bob) for teaching an old dog new tricks. (Apologies to this site’s real Old Dog).

    I’ve been a spoiled Habs fan since the early 70s, and realistic or not, I still think the Stanley Cup is the desired goal every year. Anything less is not a successful season.

    Now, I’ll always feel that way to a certain extent. It’s wired into my DNA.

    But I’ve spent a lot of years bemoaning the fact that all we can ever look forward to is a battle for the eighth playoff spot. For someone weaned on 132-point seasons, that wasn’t good enough and it affected my overall enjoyment of the game and allowed old-age crustiness to creep in at every level.

    However, in this day and age, and it’s been proven a variety of times, it’s simply about getting to the dance. A hot goalie and some team chemistry can take you a long way.

    But because of my outsized regular-season expectations, I spent way to much time dwelling on things like Hal Gill being a pylon (and he will be that on many occasions during the regular season); worrying about what type of goalie Carey Price will be five years from now instead of accepting the fact that I felt more comfortable with Jaro Halak in goal; questioning the wisdom of tying up 25% of the salary cap in aging midgets like Gomez and Gionta and so on. (I’m still not a huge Gomez fan, but that’s another day’s discourse).

    But a team that believes in its system, has a variety of players from winning environments (Gomez, Gionta, Gill, Moen etc.) and a good goalie can catch lightning in a bottle.

    Since we’ll never allow our team to be bad enough to draft the Crosbys and Malkins and Ovies, this is how it’s going to have to be done. And I’m fine with that.

    I look forward to many more years of catching lightning in a bottle, even if it’s from the No. 8 hole.

  390. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Na na na na, Na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye!!

  391. pmaraw says:

    we owe the booins for sweeping us last year…

  392. pmaraw says:

    our next game is 2pm sunday, imagine how philly or boston will feel 😮

  393. HABSsince92 says:

    So both Crybaby and Bylsma are saying blah blah I would love to keep on playing and then see where we are at. Sore losers just like the Caps. I have 0 respect for Crosby.



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

  394. arrow says:

    Great Game! My best part of any Playoff Series is the final handshakes. Each team no matter what the outcome will congratulate their opponent with respect for the winner. Crosby is a sore loser, he was so cold with the handshake. I was surprised, he needs to grow up and the PENS need to regroup cause Sid the Kid is not the whole team! Now, lets talk about the HABS!!! G-Men (Gorges/Gill) MVP’s of both series and Heart-Attack-Halak stand up, outstanding more in the Washingtonton series than this one, is a team player. The rest of the team, played as a WINNING team and the Stanley CUP is coming home to Montreal!



  395. SeriousFan09 says:

    Lot of kids are going to be named Jaroslav in 9 months I think.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  396. dufour says:

    Hoping to get tickets for next round. Just wondering how it works through the habs website. I know there is some kind of waiting room, random selection type thing, but what happens after that? Do you get to pick what game? and is it like a best seat available type thing?

    And what are my chances of getting through like?

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” Jacques Plante

  397. barriesc says:

    In Bob We Trust

  398. lenny says:

    it will be nothing short of a miracle to get tickets. you have to wait in a virtualt waiting room for like 3 hrs beore you can buy…once it is your turn they are sold out

  399. HABSsince92 says:

    Listen to his and Bylsma’s postgame comments they think they can still beat the Habs in a series if they kept on playing. Somebody should tell them that they just lost a 7 game series to the Habs.


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

  400. ThirtyThree says:

    HABS deserved this win. Congratulations.

    Savor it everyone. This is something special. The final four.


  401. dufour says:

    Great… sounds like it should be a fun time

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” Jacques Plante

  402. DONJUAN says:

    Looks like GM of the year now. :)

    In HABS we trust.

  403. pmaraw says:

    HHoF Candidate!  has there ever been a GM so BOLD?

  404. DONJUAN says:

    Ticket brokers (scalpers) have tickets pay out of your ass but your in the building.  My neighbour made a killing in game 6.  I might make the trip from T.O. for this round.

     In HABS we trust.

  405. luca says:


  406. HabsoluteFan says:

    This is unreal…Been waiting 17 years, wasnt old enough to enjoy the 93 Cup but enjoying every second of this incredible run.  To all the posters who made fun of the Habs by saying : There still waiting to gel…This team has finally gelled and are playing great hockey.

    When you’re a true Habs fan who follow this team for 82 games a season, even when it’s a losing season…this is just an incredible feeling. 

    Well done Habs, good luck in the Eastern Conference Finals !!!!


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

  407. Reefer64 says:





  408. Rainrocket16 says:

    Obstacles are terrifying things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

  409. krob1000 says:

    for those throwing Crosby under the bus here….I wjsut watched a far more complete and better edited version and the way that CBC clip was done is not reflective of the entire interview……he gave us plenty of credit if you watch it in whole on the NHL Network…..I was unimpressed too when I first saw that…but then I saw the NHL Network and Sid was not exactly as that editing portrayed him…..of course he was upset but I thought he sounded like a pretty sore loser too after that

  410. krob1000 says:

    i was serious earlier….does anyone know where to watch hockey in myrtle beach? sorry timo…wasn;t meant to be a reply to your post

  411. HabsConvert says:

    I agree. It was like hey, you might want to congratulate the other team or think they actually had something to do with winning the series! I was surprised at how annoyed Sidney seemed about getting that penalty call. Chumps!

  412. habsguy says:


  413. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Very High five  to all Hab fans around the World (Habland)……Yeah Baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  414. dallyd31 says:

    What is matter with you…geez.


    They all deserve credit.  However, Gainey was the first one thrown under the bus, when we were “too small“ and struggling, so it is only fitting and just that he is the first one praised when things go right.

    Fair is fair.

  415. krob1000 says:

    back when we booked it I thought maybe I’d see a few of the boys on the course lol….. from what i have heard hockey does not exist in south carolina…i am really in trouble here timo

  416. Eliisa says:

    Now I am allowed to bash the Canucks, Sunshine? Is it safe yet? :)

    Tonight is a great, great night.

  417. Newf_Habster says:

    My feelings are not sinking in yet because I feel so rejoiced. 

    It is nice for the Habs to take a few days off so they can heal themselves and focus on next series. Hopefully Markov will be able to play.

  418. dallyd31 says:

    Get over it. Credit where credit was due.  You were probably the first one throwing Gainey under the bus in the regular season weren`t you.

     We are the only organization with both the NHL and AHL teams still competing…a great feat I would say.  And just who is responsible for that ?

    Relax, and enjoy the festivities !

  419. krob1000 says:

    please post it tomorrow on about last night because this is a real conflict …. i have never been to myrtle beach …but the habs haven’t been here in aaaages

  420. shootdapuck says:

    The proletariat here in Sakhalin are bemoaning the fate of Malkin and Gonchar!




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

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  421. pmaraw says:

    look for the leafs, I imagine thats about as close as you’d get.

  422. light_n_tasty says:

    The secret, Timo, is to put a cartoon or movie on your laptop for them.  Aladdin works the best, or maybe the Little Mermaid.  Then they sit quietly next to you on the couch.  Also, I have trained my 23 month old to cheer rather than cry when I jump up and yell a the TV.

  423. Rainrocket16 says:

    You mean Canada’s team? Hahaha! Yeah we can pick on them why not! How about their loser fans throwing trash at the Chicago fans, such disrespect.

  424. soflohabsfan says:

    most sports bars in the states should have versus just ask them to put it on versus I have been watching the whole postseason on versus here.

    “The Future Belongs to Those Who Believe in the Beauty of Their Dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

  425. krob1000 says:

    thanks timo

  426. shootdapuck says:

    Its Yuzhno, and the answer is unequivocally YES!

    Literally herds of them!

    Best kept secret in the Far East!

    But they can drink that straight vodka like fish, seen many big boys put on the floor by the local girls in drinking contests.

    They order it by the litre and drink it quick summer or winter!


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

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  427. gatorhabs says:

    Love the pic. Seems completely appropriate.



  428. Mr. Biter says:

    Timo, you are happy?  That’s something new. Also no comments from man apart? A you out there?

  429. Say Ash says:

    Fark! I did the exact same thing with my two-year-old. Pinocchio works for me.

    By the way, I’m naming my next dog Halak (well, that or Frankenmoen)

  430. Mr. Biter says:

    Jack  Bauer also a Habs fan. No way we can now lose.

  431. Rainrocket16 says:

    Gainey deserves a bit of praise no?

    Hey, I wonder how that Crow tastes?

  432. Mr. Biter says:

    Payback for either will be great but better againist Lucic.

  433. Habs1st says:

    LOL Timo… I was able to watch the first 4 goals then I had to go to my kids school for a play they were in!!!!!  It was great and really cute, just too bad it was on during game 7!!!!  AWESOME WIN!  GO HABS!!!!!!!

  434. Rainrocket16 says:

    thought you were the one saying on Day 7.. everyone would eat Crow?

  435. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Yee boi.

  436. jordo says:

    I know exactly what you’re saying, at 22 I have only the most vague memories of ’93.  This is the proudest I have ever felt to be a Habs fan.  

  437. VancouverHab says:

    I’m listening to Sportstalk right now and .. WoW!  Dan Russell is wrting Gillis off as a no-nothing lightweight (which is being kind: he’s actually a pinhead); saying Luongo is worthless and they’re locked into him for TWELVE YEARS at a bazillion dollars; that the Habs disprove the ‘league conspiracy’ theory. When Russell recognies that the Sedins are wimps, then he’s just like me ….

    I’m loving it!

    Now Russell’s number twos are whining about injured defense and Luongo “not stealing any games” — Ha! Luongo is utter crap in the playoffs.

  438. VancouverHab says:

    [ “(I’m still not a huge Gomez fan, but that’s another day’s discourse).” ]

    Fair enough. But please let me know when that day arives, because I can’t imagine what more Gomez could possibly be doing — leadership, PK, forechecking, powerplay, forcing the zone, playing set-up. He deserves the Sedin sisters’ entire salary — way more than they do, that’s for sure…

  439. Fansincebirth says:

    At a local hotel???

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

  440. habs99 says:

    I agree…but ever since his GM stint in Toronto and now with his political career…I see a different guy.  Can’t blame him, his profession does dictate it though.

  441. Le Jadester says:

    Wow what a team! The ghosts and the living legends must be so proud, just as much as all supporters are tonight for these amazing achievements thus far !

    First The President Trophy Winners, Second The Defending Stanley Cup Champions……….forget about Boston/Philly or even San Jose/Chicago………..Bring on The 2010 Olympic Gold Medalists ! ……..I will bet that even they would fall victim to Les Boys the way they’re playing now ! This train is startin’ to pick up steam and headed towards Glory Town ! What a ride !  I am sorry to management for doubting the plan and system…….thats why I’m a fan and use guys pull the strings. Please keep up the Great Work ! 

    What a great time to be a Habs Fan !

    Habs, OLE !

  442. Ian Cobb says:

    Does anyone doubt what this team is capable of now. I have been saying for a long time now that this team is so much better than most people thought. It did take Bob 5 years to put all the pieces together.

    I am still not solid with Martin behind the bench but he lets his assistant coaches do their thing, so upstairs he goes with Kurt Muller taking over next year.

    Bob has put a crack scouting team together, also down on the farm rebuilding this organisation from top to bottom. Not only for this year, but for years to come as new developed players arrive to fill the skates of players that will be moving on over the next few years.

    He even hired his replacement with the Molson boys blessing. Yes we know who has revived this wonderful franchise for years to come.

    Yes! our favorite team is back in town for a long stay at the top again.

    We win a cup every four years on average!

  443. SeriousFan09 says:

    It’s been great having you keep the hope alive and urging us to maintain faith on this Ian, it is quite wonderful to see the dream of a strong Canadiens organization realised after so long.

    The house that Bob built is in the Conference Finals with a world-beating crew of veterans and young men ready to make their mark in the NHL.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  444. dallyd31 says:

    We are  the only organization with both the NHL and AHL teams still playing.  A pretty impressive feat I must say.

  445. Mr. Biter says:

    I allways like your posts.

  446. hockeydoc says:

    Ian, I think you are going a bit overboard making this team sound like a dynasty for years to come. Yes they have achieved remarkably this playoff season but let’s come back down to earth. The 1986 and 1993 teams did not repeat.

  447. habsgod says:

    well said ian,well said! i couldn’t have said it better myself.

     i think alot of us on here owe bob gainey an apology for all the negative stuff that we said about him as it turns out he knew what he was doing after all! don’t ever call him bobo again.

  448. habs99 says:

    here here!

  449. VancouverHab says:

    Uhmm … JM is looking pretty excellent right now.

  450. dallyd31 says:

    Jeff…oh Jeff. You there ???


    We miss you

  451. pmaraw says:

    Jeff, if you want to get on the Habs bandwagon, I’m giving out free passes!  even for you.

  452. shootdapuck says:

    He’s at the legion trying to forget!

    And learning to count to 44!

    And he’s trying to comprehend the decision by Burke to put an alligator and breast pocket on the front of LAFFS game jerseys to make the transition to the golf course that much faster!


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

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3”

  453. Ferrari Freak says:

    Who is Canada’s team now? The heritage minister can go take a ride with Luongo…



    Habs for life!!!

  454. nunacanadien says:

    What do the reform know about hockey?????

  455. nunacanadien says:

    What do the reform know about hockey?????

  456. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    “They beat Washington, now they beat us,” defenceman Brooks Orpik said. “I think it’s time to give this team some credit for what they’ve done, rather than picking apart why we didn’t do what we were supposed to do.”

    FINALLY…good and true words from Brooks Orpik.

    TEAM PLAY and STELLAR GOALTENDING win cups…not fancy superstars…

    now just to recap my analysis from Game #1 of the season:

    1.Team GRIT will wear down the opponent over 7 games, and the Youth Movement will provide the energy and right dose of spark….as it did (Pyatt/Subban youth – Moore/Moen/Gorges, heck the whole team played with incredible game changing GRIT!)

    2. The NHL REF syndicate will do everything in its power to stop the HABS from winning a cup… they tried, and yes they did do everything in their power…but it wasn’t enough, we beat them as well.

    3. and yes, the boys are going 110%!!,,,or more!

    1:The N.A.G. (North American Grit) Youth Movement will bring us respect. 2:The NHL-Ref-Syndicate will do everything in its power to never allow the HABS to win another Stanley Cup. 3:Take it easy on the boys, they are going 110%

  457. gatorhabs says:

    Just got back from a small town watering hole…  met some otherwise unknown Habs fans, (and many recently converted) It was a great performance by nos glorieux, and made for some wonderful and spontaneous moments between strangers and friends.   


    Bring on the Conference Finals! 


  458. Peter Young says:

    Sheesh, i just saw this stat.  Giveaways in Game 7  Penguins 14  Canadiens 0

    That is fantastic, very revealing.

  459. kordic says:

    Management? your starting to sound like the Vancouver media.

    Thank Halak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank 13, 21, 32, and 76. Thank Kirk Muller!!!!!!! Thank 26

    Bob Picked up The 3 smurfs, but Gill Is horrible, I don’t care what anyone says. Hammerlik Is one of the worst D In the league.

    I am soooooooooo happy the Habs are still playing, but I’m a realist, if halak is not great we would have lost looooooong ago. I am riding on the “ghost” train.


    I LOVE the Habs!!!

  460. Mr. Biter says:

    BTW +1 Also.

  461. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Hey Timo, I guess JM’s system took 82 games.

  462. Bugs says:

    And on the Seventh day, the Lord didth say “Today, I be chillin and takin’er easy.” But the mortal Gionta said “Nay, thou shalt get off Your azz and get back to work, oh Lord.” And verily, that was done.

    And once the dubious flightless birds were humiliated afront their own brethren, we laughed merry, for the Lord’s artistry was made manifest again, and that right righteously. So it was that the Glorious Ones were designated to represent all the beauty on this Earth and may its spirit find you as well.


    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:

  463. 11habs11 says:

    i’m guessing you used eye of newt again tonight?

  464. Mr. Biter says:

    They gotta be crying at HNIC Screw MM,PK and DC..

  465. light_n_tasty says:

    Actually, they’re probably loving it…it pretty much guarantees huge ratings for the Eastern Conference Final.

  466. SeriousFan09 says:

    Gill is horrible, what series were you watching? He stopped the best player in the world dead in his tracks.

    Aren’t you the guy who thinks the team needed a zen pacifist enforcer on the squad also?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  467. habs99 says:

    considering the 2 of 3 smurfs have scored close to 80% of all our goals…considering Gill has now shut-down two of the best players in the league.


  468. Rainrocket16 says:

    How can you claim yourself a realist and make a statement about Gill like that. Gill is the defensive chief out there! cmon man! This Team is Hockey, for once in 17 years we are Hockey yet again!

  469. dallyd31 says:

    You just made yourself look pretty dumb.  One of the “smurfs” is leading the NHL in playoff goal scoring ( the only person to equal his output was Guy Lafleur) and the other “smurf” has 7 goals.


    If not for Gill, Ovechkin, Crosby and Malkin double or triple their production.



  470. VancouverHab says:

    Gill is horrible? Horrible? Kordic, buddy, the cocaine and head-shots have finally taken their toll….

  471. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Posters like you make me sick.

    Get a life.

  472. dre1744 says:

    Olé Olé Olé Olééééééé!!  You got to B E L I E V E!!!!!!!  the drive for 25 continues.

    You think the Flames are missing Cammy

    You think the Devils are missing Gionta!!!!!!!!

  473. AH says:


    WELL DONE BOYS!!!!!!

    One word: CHARACTER!!

    Crybaby Crosby: “they’re pretty opportunistic, their goalie kept them in, we’ll see, we’ll see how it goes from here”. Waa, waa waa!

    That’s what sports is all about, making and taking advantage of your opportunities whiner boy, and you losers DIDN’T DO THAT TONIGHT! Enjoy the golf course Cindy!!

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

  474. WestHab says:

    Such a high, what a dream this is.  Does anyone know where i can see the entire 3rd period? I missed it I was managing my son’s soccee team.Les Schtroumpfs Sont La!

  475. says:




  476. lucd says:

    Great game..great win…I have a message for all the fans on this  site who were unwavering in their faith and optimism with this teams. Over this past season I have been critical of the Habs Management and toward the posters who kept saying: “be positive…have faith”. To those people (and you know who you are) i salute you. I apologize for criticizing your optimism. I was wrong…and you were right….This run is great and I am optimistic that it will continue…:)

  477. Anonymous Canadiens Fan says:

    The negativity i’m so used to here seems so long gone…! What a series. Montreal/Chicago original 6 dream final is quite alive right now!!!

  478. habs99 says:

    Happy Birthday PK and Halak!

  479. MontrealAtheist says:

    What’s next, haters? Bruins in 4? Ha ha ha … GO, HABS, GO !!!

  480. TheIndian says:

    Go Habs GO!! What an awesome game, except few moment whete Pittsburgh seemed to be all over us, we controlled the pace of game very proud of this team…it was just so draining to go through this series and now can relax for 3-4 days….just awesome awesome feeling

  481. mb says:

    WOW!  Just got back from Bell center, what a feeling!!!

  482. SeriousFan09 says:

    And Many More…

    Especially In the Bleu, Blanc Est Rouge for the rest of your playing careers preferably.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  483. MontrealAtheist says:

    So long, Mellon Arena … Hopefully next season we’ll have the honor of opening the Pens’ new arena the same way we finished off their previous one … ha ha ha

  484. Clay4bc says:

    It is (or will be) available on-demand from

    If you are not in Canada, it is here already…


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

  485. A. Berke says:

    Oohh! What a feeling!

    Halfway to Nirvana  :))

    PS: My apologies to JM (not that he would care) for doubting and criticizing him during the season. My bad.

    Cheers everybody.

    Ali B.


    So Obviously we start Price next series.

    Where are the maroons now,who wanted Price to be our goalie.Sorry Charlie only the best tasting tuna can be star kist and only the best athlete can be the Canadiens goalie.Carey never was an NHL goalie and will not be back next year.There are better goalies in the Minors,and one great euro goalie i hear the Canadiens may sign(but thats my secret).

    Halaks playoff performance so far is the best ive ever seen,and that includes Dryden and Roy.Crosby put it best when he said after the game(paraphrasing) that he has never been in a series where they outchanced the other team 2 to 1 in each game and lose the series.

    As Halak goes so will go our playoff run.So simple.

    nuff said.

  487. SeriousFan09 says:

    Good god, Halak is winning and you still are on this maddening anti-Price crusade? You may be old enough to remember Dryden and Roy but you certainly haven’t learned how to lose a meaningless grudge, do you and Don Cherry have a support group together?


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  488. Bugs says:

    To all you tankers, to all you losing-is-the-only-way-to-win people,

    In your face. In. Your. Face!

    Oooo, it burns, don’t it? That irony burns, huh?

    In your face.

    Superfluously redundant, I remain

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

  489. Norcal Habsfan says:

    Funny, on almost every Hab goal celebration PK comes barreling in from the point and mobs the goalscorer.

    Rookie of the year in my book. Del Zotto, Doughty, Myers, Tavares…golfing.

  490. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Sweet link. Thanks for sharing.

  491. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Who didn’t?

  492. LizardKing1967 says:

    Why does this city have to have some stupid a**hole people in it. It is a time to celebrate and enjoy a sweet victory and we have a handful of idiots who loot stores downtown. Watching the news this morning put a damper on my mood from last night. I want to bask in the glory of, possibly, a stamley cup, but I dread the riots afterwards. These bozos are the same ones that boo the US national anthem. I thought my city had more class than that. Wow, even Cindy Crosby might have more class than those losers.


    Jim-out. I BELIEVE!

  493. bostonantifan says:

    I admit I was one of the doubters, but I’m here to (gladly) admit I was mistaken.

    One question. I haven’t read all of the 520+ posts, but did anyone else notice that on the first Penguins goal, the puck hit the referee’s skate and went directly to Kunitz? If the ref hadn’t been in the way, that puck would have gone harmlessly into the corner. I may be mistaken, but aside from the poor quality of officiating this post season, it seems that the officials are getting in the way of the play quite often.

    Go Habs Go!

  494. adam76 says:

    For those of you not in Halifax – local radio personality Griff Henderson (who is a huge leaf fan) lost a bet.  Here was what I saw on my commute into the office:




  495. Batalla says:

    Hopefully Markov is back for the next round.  This should be good.  I was barely able to “watch” the game from Saskatoon yesterday.  But that led to good times anyways:

  496. nunacanadien says:

    Don’t forget now, when the habs win the cup, the Molson boys will forgive Bob and Bob will say play Price all next year….

  497. nunacanadien says:

    Don’t forget now, when the habs win the cup, the Molson boys will forgive Bob and Bob will say play Price all next year….

  498. nunacanadien says:

    If it had not been for the debate on HIO, I doubt the Molson Boys would have ever heard of Jaro Halak, or questioned Gainey on his ever-ongoing scientific experiment to see if smurfs can win a cup.  In fact Cammaleri in his CBC HNIC interview actually used “smurfs” if I remember, where the term was first coined on HIO.  It is our unwavering questioning and demanding nothing but the best, which has got us where we are.  To be the world’s best, you have to be able to survive all the tests.  Jaro Halak showed this in the Olympics, and its great that Hal Gill and others are stepping up to the plate like Halak and playing as a team.  If you look at our playoff record we are hard pressed to score more than 2.5 goals per game, this doesn’t speak much for our offense.  Next year we need to look at hiring a sniper who can win us the regular games throughout the year, to help us secure a good playoff spot.

  499. nunacanadien says:

    If it had not been for the debate on HIO, I doubt the Molson Boys would have ever heard of Jaro Halak, or questioned Gainey on his ever-ongoing scientific experiment to see if smurfs can win a cup.  In fact Cammaleri in his CBC HNIC interview actually used “smurfs” if I remember, where the term was first coined on HIO.  It is our unwavering questioning and demanding nothing but the best, which has got us where we are.  To be the world’s best, you have to be able to survive all the tests.  Jaro Halak showed this in the Olympics, and its great that Hal Gill and others are stepping up to the plate like Halak and playing as a team.  If you look at our playoff record we are hard pressed to score more than 2.5 goals per game, this doesn’t speak much for our offense.  Next year we need to look at hiring a sniper who can win us the regular games throughout the year, to help us secure a good playoff spot.

  500. Shublips says:

    What a win!  What a team!  This team is SO much like the one in 93′.  Here is the breakdown of how they are similar:

    I believe.

    Habs on Facebook: on Twitter: on

  501. Reefer64 says:

    Crosby’s NEW “History Will Be Made” commercial




  502. Sambaguio says:

    We’re really not underdogs. If we played Halak all season, we would be seeded 1st, not 8th. It was really Price’s 25 lost in 38 games that seeded us to last place. Wake up, we are better than these teams. Cup 25, here we come!!!

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

  503. Fenrir767 says:

    Anyone see Sid the Kid’s post game interview towards the habs it was pretty classeless. I gotta say this guy has been dissapointing me more and more just after I started to think he was a class act when he made the Olympic Team. sigh you can find the interview on in there video player

  504. dougiehab says:

    When Bob Gainy let the 10 UFA’S go last year I basically said god move and good riddance. Was sorry to see Saku go but we are not running a retirement camp here. I really disapproved of his naming Cary to the no. 1 goaltender ,becaused Cary never earned the position. But it seems that Cary has accepted the role of backup goal and has backed the team . For this I give Cary lots of credit, which shows signs of a growing maturity. Halak IS no 1(understatement of the year) and well deserved and has earned it . All in all, this collection of players has jelled as a TEAM, and in all my years of watching the Habs (45+) I have never seen a bunch of harder working and, refuse to give up TEAM of players. This TEAM makes me Very PROUD to be a Habs fan and I say THANK YOU CANADIENS

  505. JF says:

    The officials are part of the game, and anything short of the puck going into the net off an official is just another play.  It was a lucky bounce for the Pens, and there was nothing Halak could do about it.  It gave them and the crowd a bit of life and made the rest of the game a lot more competitive than it might otherwise have been.  In Game 6 a Pittsburgh goal was denied by the ref blowing the whistle too soon, so I guess you could say that lucky goal evened things out.  But I certainly agree with you about the poor quality of the officiating, although this game wasn’t as bad as some others.

  506. Aaron13 says:

    It’s Muller who is the driving force behind this team – not Martin

  507. VancouverHab says:


    How did you get to be inside the dressing room & on the bench to make this analysis?

  508. Aaron13 says:

    All you have to do is open your eyes and see who’s talking to the players in practice and during the game…fool

  509. VancouverHab says:

    Do you watch soccer? The assistant caoches (in England ‘coaches’) are the ones who talk, while the head coaches in England, ‘Managers.’) stay silent, contributing the odd word. Watch Fabio Capello for instance. The head draws the big picture, lays it out in meetings with assistants, and lets them do the transmission. The hea dcoach makes the big decisions, the assistants the little decisions.

    When you grow up you will see this pattern repeated often in the adult world.

  510. Aaron13 says:

    It’s called football, not soccer. It’s a boring sport. I’d rather watch paint dry. It’s the only sport where fan deaths, riots and beatings are the the norm. You may as well in the Gaza Strip.

    The deciding factor in choosing Martin was because he’s French-Canadian. After all, the GM himself said they have to cater to the 75% who are francophone. 


    Robinson, Muller, and others would have been better choices. Martin was a flop in Ottawa, ruining young players and had a losing playoff record.  

    Paper hanging doesn’t count as a career in your case. I’ve seen enough incompetents who were promoted to directors and managers in order to make room for real progress.

    When Martin talks, the veteran’s roll their eyeballs and turn away – I guess you missed that as well. Oh, by the way, there are plenty of head coaches who actually talk to players during game time. 

    This is Gainey’s team which I admittedly doubted throughout the year. However, in retrospect he chose players with heart.

    Martin won’t last. A 5 year contract is much too long in his case.

    Martin can’t even give a proper interview, stumbling and bumbling his way through the english interviews.  However, he is very good at pulling out his little notebook after an opponent’s goal or penalty call against us – a laughable beaurocrat when we watch him.


  511. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    Don’t forget the Cincinnati Cyclones, who are the ECHL finals, also an affiliate of the Habs!

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