TGIF in Brossard

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Mike Cammalleri | Brian Gionta | Jaro Halak | P.K. Subban | Travis Moen

Predictable stuff at practice: Don’t care who we play, both tough oppopnents, yada-yada-yada

Jacques Martin was asked about rivalry as an element of the equation.

Unlike Washington and Pittsburgh, Boston and Philadelphia have history with the Canadiens.

“It will add spice to the next series,” Martin said. “We can expect close games and excellent hockey.”

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Elliotte Friedman thinks Kirk Muller is head coach material

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The Hockey News on Canadiens best-ever playoff GAAs

 

And we wonder about declining productivity.

The parking lot is full at the Canadiens’ Brossard training complex.

The team practices at 11, and fans are four deep on the upper mezzanine, overlooking the rink.

Would this be happening in Phoenix?

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First on the ice: Travis Moen.

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Markov skating.

Josh Gorges, Hal Gill, Dominic Moore and Paul Mara taking “therapy” days.

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Games 1 and 2 will not be on the big screens at the Bell Centre.

Canadiens  PR guy Donald Beauchamp says the club is “considering the possibility” of telecasting a road game in which the Canadiens have a chance to clinch the series.

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The picture of alienation: SK74.

The picture of elation: P.K. stickhandling around Perry Pearn.

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R.I P. L’Attaque à 5.

The successor to 110% will have its last telecast on May 28.

The question on everyone’s lips:

What will happen to Evelyne Audet?

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Interesting Tweety from Damien Cox:

Boston’s last two goals were scored with the goalie out. Haven’t scored with goalie in for last 164 minutes, 36 seconds.

 

150 Comments

  1. adam76 says:

    Your first line is a toal and contradiction – and I feel embarassed for you.

     

  2. AH says:

    I want Boston. Philly and their goon squad of Carcillo, Pronger and Richards worry me tremendously.

  3. ooder says:

    I am rooting for the Bruins.. they are a very hard working team that didn’t fold when Savard went down with injury.

    The only thing I worry about is the Rask factor.

    Chara has been a shadow of himself and is playing with a broken pinky which means no bomb from the point.

    And i think we can shut down satan, recci, savard and ryder if we managed to do it to ovechkin, semin, malkin and crosby

    Also, we OWN the Bruins

    ——————

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

  4. boris420 says:

    Honestly I dont know many people that enjoy those games. Also having gone to a few of them the atmosphere was different and it also seems like the gameplay is different. Maybe it’s because the players don’t have a full day to prepare or maybe it’s just me…oh well it is what it is.

  5. boris420 says:

    I know you guys don’t want video’s of the somewhat riot but I think this is worth watching.

    Notice after a few looters grabbed bottles from the SAQ a little girl maybe 5 foot 5 manages to stop everyone from looting. Not the police, just 1 brave little girl. Respect goes out to her cause thats crazy!

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=057pCcbeZD0

  6. boris420 says:

    Honestly I do not think they are trying to punish anyone, it’s more trying to make others succeed. But to do that there is a lot of collateral dammage and it seems to always fall on us and other canadian teams that make up the leagues profit. If you fail to see this you are obviously not  watching the same games. When refs like Tim Peel and Chris Lee are known for throwing montreal games and they still get announced as the refs to our games something is very fishy!

    Oh and I don’t do drugs, just weed and I am actually doing quite better than okay (and Im not even in school)

    Please don’t act like you know me and your some kind of mentor. Im sure by your standards I was also looting downtown 2 nights ago…you look real smart bud.

  7. adam76 says:

    99.9% wow, this is a great day for pilling stats from ones backsides.  

    More people will watch game one on NBC Sunday afternoon in the US then people who watched game 7 (our series) in Canada.  Its a fact. 

    You name me the 10 cities that could sustain an NHL team in the current economic model.  name me these 10 American cities that are losing money hand over fist that should be “contracted”

     

  8. Bob Barker says:

    I like the tournament. I’d take some of those “leftovers” on the Habs anyday. International hockey is always fun to watch IMO. I like Canada’s team this year as well, full of a bunch of future NHL stars just starting their career. Eberle looks like the real deal. Tavares and Duchene will be above point-per-game players. 

     

  9. adam76 says:

    How many teams lose money over a five year cycle?

  10. adam76 says:

    Unreal.  That is your theses for bettmen controlling the league to “punishing Montreal”?

    The reason the Refs were tossing games in BASKETBALL was mob ties and gambling.  It was not from the comminiters office or anyone high in the NBA trying to grow the league. 

    Also in BASKETBALL – the refs have a much higher ability to change the outcome of the game.  

    Stay off the drugs, stay in school  and you will be ok!

  11. TripleX says:

     

     


    mirtle


    A Philly-Montreal series would
    look like so: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday,
    Friday.


    mirtle


    A Boston-Montreal conference
    final would be scheduled like so: Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday,
    Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.

     

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

  12. TripleX says:

    HELL HAS OFFICIALLY FROZEN OVER!

    Don Cherry on Hockey Central at  Noon says the Habs will win next round and go to the finals no matter which team they face.

    Paraphrasing: ” they have that little guy in net and the little guys up front are really going”….. LMAO

     

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

  13. FSUPhi1584 says:

    Agreed. The only thing that worries me about the Bruins is Chara’s slap shot from the point. Savard, Sturm, and Ryder <<<<< Briere, Richards, and Gagne.

  14. K-hab25 says:

    I completely agree with your last paragraph. I think it is ridiculous that they refuse to admit there failure of putting teams in the warm weather climate cities. I also agree if, more likely when, they move a team, it should go to Canada. I’m just a little tired over the last 3 years that I’ve been coming to HIO, I’m always reading posts about the “ignorant american hockey fans” and how the canadian teams keep the league afloat. Those are BS opinions based in a hatred of the US, not in facts. This site should show you there are plenty of ignorant canadian hockey fans aswell. Also the past has shown teams have failed to draw in canadian cities aswell, it happens. I just wish people would not generalise all american hockey fans or american hockey teams.

  15. boris420 says:

    Because smoking weed makes your hockey knowledge horrible? I can’t seem to relate the 2.

  16. xeonus says:

    A day late, but here’s a possible solution to the post game looting.

    Stores on Ste. Catherine should paint/stick huge Canadiens logos on
    their doors and windows. Let’s see how a huge crowd of true fans react
    when those hooligans try to break that.

  17. Matthew says:

    I am not at all against American teams that are viable like Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago etc and I have no problem with revenue sharing. There are most certainly profitable teams in the US but there are also teams that are bleeding money. It seems to me that the NHL is unwilling to admit that some cities just aren’t working and as a result they do everything in their power to try and get new fans in these non viable markets, including scheduling Sunday afternoon games. I also agree that Seattle and Portland probably could sustain a NHL team but in my opinion if a team is going to be moved, a Canadian city should a get a reasonable chance to get it.

    Does it make any sense to you that Toronto does not have a second NHL team given that it is the fifth largest city in North America? Or that the NHL insists that Phoenix will one day be profitable? Does it make any sense that Balsillie is denied his chance to pay more then market value for a team over and over again to the point where the NHL would rather prop up a team?

  18. K-hab25 says:

    I live in Sacramento and that game still makes me angry. It was BY FAR, the worst officiated game I have ever seen in any sport. The calls were brutally one sided. It was a horribley officiated game that we fans in Sacramento are still trying to forget.

  19. boris420 says:

    Heres a little something posted by TheLogician.

     

    yeah, it’s a real stretch to think the league can, and does,
    influence game results. it’s not as if it ever happened in the NBA. oh
    right, it *did*. or maybe mr. boone knows more about so called silly
    “conspiracy theories” in pro sports than does Tim Donaghy, former NBA
    ref? check out the excerpt from his book below. keep in mind that Betman
    was head of NBA marketing during much of time time that Donaghy writes
    about. yeah, a real stretch indeed to think we’re getting the raw deal.
    grow up people, this ain’t NeverNeverLand.

    **************************************************

    Studying
    under *** Bavetta for 13 years was like pursuing a
    graduate degree in advanced game manipulation. He knew how to marshal
    the tempo and tone of a game better than any referee in the league, by
    far. He also knew how to take subtle — and not so subtle — cues from
    the NBA front office and extend a playoff series or, worse yet, change
    the complexion of that series.

    The 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers
    and the Sacramento Kings presents a stunning example of game and series
    manipulation at its ugliest. As the teams prepared for Game 6 at the
    Staples Center, Sacramento had a 3–2 lead in the series. The referees
    assigned to work Game 6 were *** Bavetta, Bob Delaney,
    and Ted Bernhardt.
    As soon as the referees for the game were chosen, the rest of us knew
    immediately that there would be a Game 7. A prolonged series was good
    for the league, good for the networks, and good for the game. Oh, and
    one more thing: it was great for the big-market, star-studded Los
    Angeles Lakers.

    In the pregame meeting prior to Game 6, the league office sent down
    word that certain calls — calls that would have benefitted the Lakers —
    were being missed by the referees. This was the type of not-so-subtle
    information that I and other referees were left to interpret. After
    receiving the dispatch, Bavetta openly talked about the fact that the
    league wanted a Game 7.

  20. G-Man says:

    Start the season in mid-September and it would be over by May 15th. There, no one loses anything.

  21. K-hab25 says:

    Thank you!! I was born in 77. I used 25 instead of 24 so that I wouldn’t have to change my name when we won the cup. I mean poor 24 cups is going to have to make a new name up, although 25cups does have a nice ring to it. :-)

  22. G-Man says:

    The NHL’s ratings in the US are as small as high school sports that 99.9% of viewers don’t watch.
    The Phoenix situation should never have happened. Moving to the sunbelt of the US is, to put it plainly, stupid. Trying to compete where no one gives a rat’s a$$ about your sport is, here’s that word again, stupid.
    Bettman appears to have an aversion to his strongest market,Canada,and guess what? That’s stupid, too.
    The NBC contract is (oh no, not again) stupid. Cowtowing to a network with few or no viewers is (stop, stop!) stupid.

    NHL has pretty much always been scheduled in the evening, when there are more people to watch. Not on bright sunny, Spring afternoons, which is ( I bet you get this in 1) stupid.

  23. K-hab25 says:

    Non – existing American market, are you kidding me. Don’t get me wrong we have the NFL,NBA and MLB here so our whole sports existence doesn’t revolve around the NHL like it does for canadians, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t millions of hockey fans in the US. Don’t try and sell me this BS idea that 6 teams prop up the other 24 teams either. Theres revenue sharing in the NFL and the NBA aswell and just like the NHL the larger markets prop up the smaller markets. That’s how revenue sharing works. In order for the league to be successful you need revenue sharing. Without it there would be teams collapsing in to bankruptcy. Do you really think that’s good for the league. I mean from the tone of your post I’m sure you would have no problem with Winnepeg (SP?) or Hamilton or Quebec or any other canadian team needing revenue sharing, just the evil US teams. Do I think there should be teams in ARZ, CAR, ATL and FLA, no not really, but Seattle, Potland, Millwaukee, ect. I think could be good spots. My point is it’s not a US vs Canada issue to me, it’s a cold weather climate, where hockey is played regularly vs a warm weather climate, that wouldn’t know what a puck was if you showed them.

  24. G-Man says:

    Bettman is not only beating a dead horse; he’s beating what’s left of the bones. The market for hockey in the US is regional ONLY. Look at NYC. Three franchises, but only the Rangers do well.

    Boston, Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit and hardly anywhere else is where hockey has a following worth mentioning.

    Canada should have 10 teams. The US about the same. The other 10 should be dissolved. They are a complete waste of time.

  25. HabsRadio says:

    I would SO MUCH RATHER face the Bruins.  Flyers just have too many Mike Knubles on their roster.  Remember how much fun we had playing Knuble?

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  26. OneTimer says:

    Hey you guys, no making fun of the Negatives who now have egg on their face! Not allowed! :(

  27. Say Ash says:

    and nothing less, I hope

  28. G-Man says:

    Gretzky whined ad nauseum to the referees, too. So did Mario Lemieux. He will come back next season and kick butt. He doesn’t have a “bad” attitude. Malkin won the Conn Smythe, yes, but the last time I looked this is a team game and not everyone will garner individual awards. I’m sorry, pic, but I have to call you crazy. There! That didn’t hurt a bit. :)

  29. adam76 says:

    Sure – I’ll change my pic for you.  

    76 was the year I was born – just FYI, Me thinks you should google 420.

  30. SeriousFan09 says:

    “The other school of thought is that Crosby was Canada’s captain and
    unquestioned leader at the Olympics and therefore he owes it to the
    national program to represent his country whenever they come calling. “

    Do they even do proper research at TSN anymore? Scott Niedermayer was the captain and for good reason, no way that locker room was going to take Crosby seriously. Niedermayer was brought in almost entirely because of his leadership ability and because among 20 NHL stars, he could command the respect of the entire room.

     

     

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

  31. adam76 says:

    I am hoping for quadruple overtime tonight – nothing more.

  32. Matthew says:

    I’m a Montrealer and have been a Habs fan for years. I was downtown when we won it in ’93 . My friends and I had standing room tickets for the double over-time win against Buffalo that year I did not miss a game on TV. The point I’m trying to make is I’m a fan that does not like to miss games whether they be regular season or playoffs but in the last series game 2 was on a Sunday afternoon at 2pm and the weather that day was amazing, it felt like July. I can honestly say it did not pain me to miss watching that game at that time to be with my lovely wife strolling St Denis and enjoying the city on my only day off. What does bother me is the NHL scheduling games on a Sunday to coddle an almost non-existing American TV market. It shows a total lack of respect to the fans propping this league up; The Canadian Fans. Finally, as someone employed in a bar and grill I can assure you that a Sunday night playoff games draws a lot more people then a Sunday afternoon game. Hockey Night in Canada should be at Night

  33. K-hab25 says:

    Yes 76 is so much better. By the way, I know the only joy you get in your life, is mocking Price, but don’t you think it’s time to change your pic. I mean WOW, you have serious hater issues.

  34. adam76 says:

    I agree 100%, well said.

  35. adam76 says:

    Poor officiating does not equate a conspiracy theory.  Any of these blown calls cost a series?  a game?  the answer is no.  If the league hated Montreal – explain the first 5 minutes of game 7?  

    Answer my direct questions or move along.

    I can tell you are young – but believe me – there is no conspiracy theory.

    Lots of students work is a figure of speech.  99% is a start you made up in hopes it would past muster (that is ALSO a figure of speech).  

  36. adam76 says:

    Why is anyone taking the guy with 420 in his username serious?

  37. avatar_58 says:

    World Juniors is different – the best juniors attend and we get to see the prospects strut their stuff. These worlds though? It’s the leftovers no one cares about.

  38. adam76 says:

    Unreal the hate this kid generates.

  39. adam76 says:

    As I clearly stated – the current management has made many errors but to say they have done everything wrong is ridiculous.  To put everything on one man (Bettman) shows a lack of how the league (or any business organization) is run.

    The NHL was coming off a lockout when those television deals were done.  The NHL was the first major sports entity to cancel an entire season.   No one could have gotten a better television deal then what NBC tossed us.  now if you want to judge Bettmen – you judge him on the next set of contacts.

    To say Phoenix situation is just one mans ego, is simplistic and juvenile.

    the league has grown in the three major areas (gate, television ratings and merchandise sales) from the lockout.  Merchandise, especially, has been grown from the fact the league has marketed Crosby and Ovie so well.

    Late afternoon playoff games get better market share in the states then in Canada.  Also – the NHL is going after a much different demographic in the United States.  Its a fact.  You give some nice theory of why afternoon games could hurt – but no evidence.  At least the guy above created some fake stats (99% of all university students)

    You make some valid points – but to simply say “its bettmans fault, he is singlehandedly destroying the league” is juvenile and void of any logic or fact.   Television ratings, gate revenue and merchandise are all up – and Gary Bettmen gets credit for some of that.

    In business, nothing is black and white.

     


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