That really did happen, right?

The series standings say Canadiens 1, Capitals 0. Is this a good time to remind our friends at The Hockey News that they picked the Capitals in four straight? Is this a good time to remind Alexander Ovechkin that the series has begun?

Of course it much too early to gloat. The Canadiens, while quite terrific for some of the game, were decidedly outplayed for portions of the match and needed the usual heroics of goalie Jaroslav Halak to save their bacon.

The Habs must win three more games in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal – and you know the Presidents Cup-champion Capitals are not going to go quietly into the night.

Both teams practise today (Habs skate at noon at the Verizon Centre) in advance of tomorrow night’s Game 2. Stay tuned for updates, audio and more.

473 Comments

  1. Ton says:

    but it was his team that got the win yesterday. gainey discovered halak, gainey kept halak, gainey hired martin, gainey’s team period!!! . gainey is a winner throughout, stanley cup,player, in montreal, etc. get the facts straight.

  2. Ton says:

    but it was his team that got the win yesterday. gainey discovered halak, gainey kept halak, gainey hired martin, gainey’s team period!!! . gainey is a winner throughout, stanley cup,player, in montreal, etc. get the facts straight.

  3. PattyBoy31 says:

    How bout Bob Gainey? Most of the guys who stepped up were his criticised signings.

  4. joeybarrie says:

    Saw McNabb driving a Porsche Panamera last week on the highway here near Virginia. I doubt he will be at the games…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  5. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Barry Melrose is such a buffoon! How he still has a job is a mystery. He doesn’t know a$$ about anything, his credibility is nonexistent. When he “coached” the Lightning for those 16 games before he was fired, he further ruined a team that was already in ruins. He wouldn’t give rookie Steve Stamkos any ice time because Doofus Melrose, with all his expertise, stated that “Stamkos wasn’t ready for the NHL”.

  6. lavie says:

    Penguins no Gill, no win;

    Devils no Gionta, no win;

    Rangers on Gomez, no playoff;

    Ducks no Moen, no playoff;

    Flames on Cammi, no playoff.

  7. joeybarrie says:

    YEAH…….

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  8. cautiousoptimist says:

    “The series standings say Canadiens 1, Capitals 0. Is this a good time to
    remind our friends at The Hockey News that they picked the Capitals in
    four straight? Is this a good time to remind Alexander Ovechkin that the series has begun?

    I’d say no to both questions — the less noise there is around this series, the less fired up the Caps will be.  And we certainly don’t want to wake up a gamebreaker like Ovechkin.

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  9. SeriousFan09 says:

    Crosby’s team has the better coach and the only top-ranked defencemen on the Capitals last year was Mike Green and he had a terrible playoff run, Crosby scored his hat trick because Green couldn’t do his job even half-assed. Boudreau isn’t that great of a coach, he plays all offence and wouldn’t know defence if Doug Harvey and Bobby Orr sat on his head, there’s a reason when they do score their 7-goal outings they tend to allow 4 later in the game. Penguins had a much better defence last year in Letang, Orpik, Gonchar, Gill, Scuderi and Eaton compared to Green, Poti, Jurcina, Pothier, Erskine and Morrisonn. Ask anyone in the NHL which D lineup they’d rather have.

    Capitals aren’t well-built for a playoff run, everything’s been wagered on offence. Carlson and Alzner their top D prospects aren’t really ready to form roles in the organization yet but they keep getting shifted back in because the organization doesn’t hire any defencemen who actually know defence beyond a couple 3rd-pairing guys. I love watching the Capitals play generally, but it is painful watching them on defence. Boudreau doesn’t know how to organize it.

     

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

  10. Ronan G says:

    well said!

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  11. joeybarrie says:

    You have to switch…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  12. Le Jadester says:

    PJ is a carney !

    The 2nd is when the momentum started shifting our way.  Les Boys started to BUZZ ! Anybody with a half a _________ could see that !

    Habs, OLE !

  13. Ronan G says:

    MAB AND HAMRLIK WOULD BE SCARY!! I value your opinion, but those two can’t play together!!!! You have to keep Spacek and Markov on seperate lines.

    Spacek is insurance on Hamrlik when he makes those Hamrlik giveaways.

    And Markov is insurance on MAB when he pinches in like a donkey and gives up the odd man rush.

    JM has it right, let’s hope he doesn’t change anything coming off a W!

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  14. Ronan G says:

    Ovechkin has the better team. Crosby is just a winner. Plain and simple. This Pittsburgh squad has a lot of gleeming holes in the roster but they somehow keep winning. Good Chemistry? Good Leadership? Great coaching? Ovechkin has a sick roster to play with….

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  15. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m sure the Olympic Gold in his house will sustain him for a while.

     

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

  16. Ronan G says:

    Hey I have that same habs wall piece!! haha

     

    Cheers!

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  17. Bugs says:

    Aw nuts, I’ve been saying “Go to bed, the Red” for a bit now.

    Do I have to switch?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  18. habs03 says:

    I think two people that deserve a lot of credit for last night other than Gomez, Cammy, Jagr and Spacek, are JM and Hal Gill, JM outcoached BB last night and Hal Gill played over 25 minutes of solid D. Question, I don’t think Markov is playing as much as he could because MAB is his partner, I must admit MAB has been playing well (for you Jimmy Shaker, MAB #1 fan), but why not put Markov with Spacek and MAB with Hamrlik, just a thought.

  19. TomNickle says:

    Rick Nash may have to wait a long time too!

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  20. Bugs says:

    You’re too dang diplomatic, Stubby; say what you mean.

    Aw hell, I’ll do it:

    To all you scum who said Cappers in 4. To all the pseudo-connaisseurs who can’t see further than their disdain for our club. To all those who saw us as fodder incapable of resisting the oh-so-mighty Ovy,

    In. Your. Face. Thass right: in your face.

    Take last night’s score, take the psychological war we are winning like gangbusters, mix’em up, and shove’em both. In. Your. Face.

    All up in your face.

    Suckers.

    Thank you.

    Signed, Stubby.

    There. Is that so hard?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  21. TomNickle says:

    I wonder if Mike Shanahan and Donovan McNabb will make an appearance tomorrow night?

    Gilbert Arenas probably won’t.  Ha.

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  22. Dave Stubbs says:

    Going to suggest to my friend Red Fisher that he change his name for the rest of this series.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  23. havok says:

    Stock also said that Habs were aweful in the second, passing wasnt crisp and that they basically sucked LOL, Stock as an analyst is like a Stupid person calling you Stupid, you just dont take it seriously

  24. joeybarrie says:

    This is my new saying…. I LOVE IT. Youre a genius…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  25. tdrmoss84 says:

    The talking heads below the boarder don’t know what to say either…Melrose and Barnaby said the Caps will sweep em.  Loved watching them eat their words today, let’s just hope it continues!  Mullet boy is still sore about the illegal stick call back in ’93!  Get over it Barry…Hail St Patrick!  Go Habs Go!

  26. nunacanadien says:

    I am grateful no one wanted Halak last year at the end of the year when Gainey was still coach/GM,  let us at least get our history right.  With Martin there, he has transitioned Halak nicely and spared Price the shame of having to earn his spot on the Habs.  Price is lucky to have the respect of some fans still.

  27. joeybarrie says:

    My mood is GREAT. I haven’t really heard from ANY of my friends here. Most people here only care about Hockey when the Caps win. When it doesn’t happen, they go to Football, Baseball, Basketball, or whatever. So far though I haven’t heard from anyone. AND I LOVE IT…

    My Facebook page status was updated yesterday to “YOU HAVE MUCH TO LEARN ABOUT HOCKEY WASHINGTON CAPITALS….GO HABS GO…”  And I have only had friends from Montreal commenting…

    But I will keep you posted. However i feel people will just stay away from me today…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  28. ACF says:

    I hope it turns out to be “Shock the Red” instead of “Rock the Red”… 

  29. Clay4bc says:

    As have I, my friend…

    _________________

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

  30. Malreg says:

    I can’t stand him on the CHOM morning show.  Every single time he does the sports he takes a shot at the Habs.

  31. TomNickle says:

    What’s the mood like in D.C. today Joey?

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  32. Storm Man says:

    Stock that ice princess just mute him, he was scared to skate down the track at the Red Bull crashed ice in Quebec City.

  33. TomNickle says:

    FANTASTIC!

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  34. SeriousFan09 says:

    Well when you’re a marginal NHL player trying to work every possible radio and TV gig at once because you’re starved for attention, chances are you’ll contradict yourself now and then.

     

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

  35. joeybarrie says:

    Game one down, and we are ahead. We may not WIN, but I think we have learned we can’t simply write of the Habs chances. And we certainly can’t say now that our Smurfs suck……..

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  36. SeriousFan09 says:

    Quote of the day for me is Habs Eyes on the Prize post-game writeup by Robert L.

    “Better yet, Montreal took five of a possible eight points against
    Washington. So did the Capitals, which might suggest the NHL is as
    mathematically challenged as Gary Bettman is vertically challenged.”

     

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

  37. SeriousFan09 says:

    Messier and Gretzky were in their 6th NHL seasons before their first win, Lemieux didn’t lift a Stanley Cup until his 7th NHL season, Sakic took 8, Stevie Y took 14 seasons to get there. They weren’t winners? Not all stars, superstars become winners right away. A lot of it is where you land and what kind of teams you play on.

     

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

  38. BoomBoom says:

    PJ Stock is anti-Hab and never gives the Habs any credit but always points out the negative. He’s a Bruin at heart and a marginal NHLer at best. I don’t give 2 hoots what he has to say about the Habs nor hockey. Glad he left Team 990, Randy Tieman is much better and a real pleasure to listen to. 

  39. TomNickle says:

    They traded their Captain early in the season.  Their coach is abusing reporters on a daily basis.  They’re under investigation for steroid purchasing and usage, they have one superstar who gets more attention than the other 19 players combined and they have guys like Laich, Fleischmann, Knuble and Schultz who get next to no credit for their success.  Win they win it’s because of their offense and when they lose it’s because of their goaltending.

    Would it really surprise anyone if there was a problem in the locker room?  I’m not saying there is, but it wouldn’t shock me.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  40. Top Corner says:

    Love the “quote”….hilarious…LMAO

    ….and that goal WAS SICK…..GOMEZ…WHAT!?!?!? WHOOO

  41. HabFanSince72 says:

    PJ sings a different song when he’s  on l’antichambre, the little two-faced snitch.

     

  42. showey47 says:

    every time i see your avatar i break out laughing, giggity,giggity,goo,lmao

  43. forskis says:

    You might be just grasping at straws…if OV decides on his play based on who is in net, then that would lend credence to the same arguments used in Price vs. Halak…got to give the players a little more credit than that.  OV had a bad game, that’s it, that’s all.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  44. habsguy says:

    You mean all of a sudden something is wrong in their dressing room,  they just won the presidents cup.

    Did you ever think maybe he’s a little banged up,  or maybe took us to lightly.

    As for Varlamov,  why would they bench Theo,  he was awesome!!!!!…as a matter of fact,  they were both awesome!!!

  45. AndyF says:

    I think he took a really nasty spill into the player’s bench in the first period.   That must’ve hurt.   Halak and the Habs played a good game.  Washington gave up, for some reason.

     

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  46. forskis says:

    Not that it matters…but since I heard that Milbury and Hrudey laughed at Montreal’s chances, I checked CBC post-game to see what they would say…Milbury, to his credit, mocked the Caps’ attempts to play defence and the trap…however, Stock during his intermission highlights threw in the term “undeserved” to describe the win…in any case, it does not matter what the talking heads say…what matters is on the ice and so far the ice says 1-0 Montreal…

    Now go and win Game #2 with a better first period, Les Boys and you will have beaten the expectations of the pundits.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  47. Ton says:

    not true you saw the transitioning of price to halak happening while was gainey was actively there. i am sure he still has a say in this matter. like any manager you go with  your go to guy until the lastest possible time and than make adjustments if need be. gainey could do this. i don’t think gainey would have traded halak.  put it this way halak is on  short leash. if he would have lost both games in wash or get hammered 7-1 i bet we see price in net. therefore do not disassociate this team with gainey. it was his team that won yesterday period.

  48. Ton says:

    not true you saw the transitioning of price to halak happening while was gainey was actively there. i am sure he still has a say in this matter. like any manager you go with  your go to guy until the lastest possible time and than make adjustments if need be. gainey could do this. i don’t think gainey would have traded halak.  put it this way halak is on  short leash. if he would have lost both games in wash or get hammered 7-1 i bet we see price in net. therefore do not disassociate this team with gainey. it was his team that won yesterday period.

  49. TomNickle says:

    I hate to knock one of our players today but if MAB leveled me when I was going to the net I’d probably have some confidence issues too! Haha.

    Anyway, I posted on the other thread that I think this season our Habs have frustrated Ovechkin with the in your face play that he’s seen. He’s shown at every level that when you get on his nerves he goes into a shell and hides.  Hopefully the trend continues.

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  50. Rush says:

    Well said, and I remember a similar phenomenon a few years ago ['08?] when the Habs came out SMOKIN against the Bruins in the first period of Game 1, and I don’t recall seeing that level of intensity from them again in that series [even tho I believe the Habs won it in Game 7...]

  51. CHsam says:

    i agree with ya Ed. I think theres something wrong in the room….and a tinge of entitlement feeling

  52. SlovakHab says:

    Right, worst fans in the league. How many of those other ‘great’ fans did stay up til 4-5am to watch the game?

    How many of them have done it regularly in the last 3 years? Because I have, and I wouldn’t take any of it back.

  53. ed lopaz says:

    trying to figure out whats wrong with ovechkin – only 2nd game all season failed to register a shot – boudreay really called him out in post game press conference – saying OV did NOT PLAY WELL ;

    I may be ahead of myself – but I think there is something wrong in the Caps room – maybe the Captain does not agree with the coach on some key decisions – like goaltending. for example.

    I know habs played OV tough – but he was definitely not himself last night – on many occasions he simply gave up after losing the first battle.

    he could run over any of our defence at will – crush them on the forecheck – literally injure them with a legal hit – yet he chose to play very passive by his standards.

    I think we will see Varlamov before this series is out – maybe as early as Saturday.

  54. Storm Man says:

    Im happy that we have the players that want to be physical and take it to a new level in the playoffs. One down three more to go :)

  55. Malreg says:

    Well unfortunately I didn’t buy the cancellation insurance…  That and my wife would probably kill me.

    Maybe I’d try to sell the vacation to someone….lol

  56. TomNickle says:

    I think the first period was more indicative of a home playoff game for the Caps than it was a poor showing from the Habs.  In playoff games it’s typical that the road team has to weather the storm in the first period.  The great thing about it is that if the home team doesn’t score during that storm, they’re usually ripe for the picking immediately following it due to being spent.  That’s just my opinion though.  Saw it in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia games Wednesday night too.  Even saw it in the Canuck game last night.

     

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  57. pmaraw says:

    LMFAO!!!!  (i want the habs to lose so they put price in net)  BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  58. madmat411 says:

    You know, I asked myself that very question this morning. “Did That really Happen Last Night”. So, I opened my computer and saw that on H I/O, it said we won…..I wasn’t convinced. So, i dragged my still half asleep self upstairs and found the newspaper. It read that the habs won…..still not convinced. So, i went to my tv and rewatched the game i recorded…..then realized i was watching the wrong recording….when i finally watched the end of the Habs/Caps game, I was convinced! WE WON!….thought i’d share a lovly story HAHA

  59. pmaraw says:

    would you cancel it? if the habs made it that far? how deep do the habs run in your blood?

  60. SLONCOLD says:

    let hope we have more second period efforts as compared to the first period efforts.

  61. TomNickle says:

    Win or lose, this team is playing PLAYOFF hockey which is something that’s been missing in this organization for almost twenty years.  If they continue to be physical and fight to win battles I’ll be happy.  

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  62. linp says:

    I think Washington will play more physical and hit harder next game. Our team needs to prepare for that. We need to watch the replay of the 2nd and 3rd period and continue to play our game no matter what Washington is doing. JM’s “system” works very well when we roll four lines. Last night’s 2nd and 3rd period reminds me of our team right after the Olympics.

  63. MontrealAtheist says:

    Just keep in mind that with Bob Gainey as coach or GM we would never be in this position in the first place. Heck, due to his blind faith in Carey Price we would almost certainly have missed the playoffs altogether and Halak would already have been traded away.

    JM, while being far from perfect, gave Halak the chance that he deserved and as everyone could see yesterday, it’s paying off very well.

  64. pmaraw says:

    i think he played mab cause he figured it’d be a shootout ie. 6-5 score or something.  the more offensive weapons habs have vs caps the better.

  65. pmaraw says:

    looked like a rope a dope to me, not 1st period nerves, but who knows, i’m probably overly optimistic that jm would come up with a clever idea like that.

  66. Ronan G says:

    Ovy is a goal scorer not a winner… he hasn’t won any big prize in hockey yet to date. I still don’t get the argument of some people who would rather have Ovy over Crosby. Crosby’s resume speaks for itself…..

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  67. Ronan G says:

    JM thinks MAB will be more beneficial for the power play so he sat the guy that he felt he could do without. Plain and simple. MAB scares me though……….

     

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  68. SLONCOLD says:

    Theo had a heck of a game. bottom line yesterday is the caps couldn’t hit the net in the second and third period. they were going high and missing on jaro alot. and our defense never gave up and they weren’t perfect but when it counted then came back to break up some odd man rushes

    i would be surprised if they switched goalies but ya never know…

  69. ed lopaz says:

    you’re right – of course  – I was just speculating on why OV played so crap, and how this series will evolve.

  70. adam76 says:

    billions of dollars a year of taxpayers money goes to the CBC – it makes my stomach turn.

  71. Shublips says:

    Amazing win by the Habs but they’ll need to be better if they want to win the series.  They can’t give up 19 shots in the first and expect to keep coming out with a 1-1- tie.

    Montreal-Washington: Plekanec’s OT Winner Draws First Blood for Habs:
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/04/montreal-washington-plekanec-ot-winner.html

     

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  72. Ronan G says:

    Great game boys! Shake off that first period nerves, and get going. How about that sick play by Gomez to setup and finish the game tying goal!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Must have been a lot of habs fans logging on last night cause I couldn’t get onto habsinsideout because of “too many connections”. BLEU BLANC ET ROUGE!!!!!

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  73. McPhee35 says:

    Question:  On All Habs it says “As for the adjustments, its time that coach Martin shelves his enormous ego and does what is best for the team.” in relation to adding OB to the lineup… What did I miss regarding OB vs. Martin?  Was their some type of specific drama between them or is OB being punished for not playing as well recently?

  74. notbigbird says:

    As we have seen, when they want to, Habs can play with anybody although that doesn’t guarantee a win. Conversely, anybody can play with the Habs although that doesn’t necessarily guarantee a loss.

  75. nohockey2004 says:

    The 4th line didn’t play much in the first period, but when they got the chance in the 2nd & 3rd, they showed what hard work will do. Max, Darche & Pyatt did lots of dirty work when they were out there.

    I wish Sergei would keep his foot on the gas & take a hit to make a play.

  76. FSUPhi1584 says:

    Did anyone else think our guys were being chased from the faceoff an awful lot toward the end of the game?

  77. SeriousFan09 says:

    Hal Gill is so awesome that when he checks someone, they get pushed out regular space time.

     

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

  78. TomNickle says:

    Bugs v. Sanity

    A FIGHT TO THE DEATH!!!

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  79. J.J. of Turku says:

    You’re right. Big Hall is truly one of my heroes! Awesome at the PK…

  80. mike g says:

    BREAKING NEWS:

    Pierre McGuire just had lunch with the whole Montreal Canadiens team, the whole Washington Capitals team, and all of their coaching staffs; all at the same time….

    And tonight, the chrome dome has reservations to have dinner with every single other NHL player in the league and their college/university coaches.

    We will hear all about it tomorrow when any player in the league’s name comes up for any reason…

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

  81. mike g says:

    Serenity now Tom, serenity now….lol

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

  82. JD_ says:

    Washington Capitals” -> “Two hassling captain

    Hassling the captain, indeed.

    Find it hard to believe that Ovie was held to only one SOG in only one game this entire season, although he did register an assist during that January 19th matchup against Detroit. Find it even harder to believe this is the first time in his career that Ovie has been held pointless and shotless in a game. I’m too lazy to check, but apparently this is the case.

    Jaro taking away Ovie’s time and spacek.

    Not to say the Caps fell apart in view of their leader’s fall-short effort – they did outshoot the Habs – but, mister man, that was some decent divide & conquer hockey. And the other Jaro did the rest.

    And what can you say about Tomas Jagr demonstrating that Theo isn’t Miller nor Brodeur (in his prime, of course). That’s the stuff of playoff head games. I’m all for l’il Tomas growing out his mullet in time for Saturday’s game. And adopting the goal salute.

    Great, gutsy Habs’ performance from the second period on.

    And, so, the Washington Capitals Meltdown 2010 (TM) continues. Disputes, dissension, dysfunction, dyssentry, it’s all there. On-ice incidents, off-ice incidents, incidents as they’re getting on and off the ice. The cause is hopeless. Time for them to roll up into a fetal ball of self-loathing and go home.

    To wit:

    * During the game, Bruce Boudreau flipped on Ovie in a scene reminiscent of Pierre Page going cuckoo for cocoa puffs all over Mats Sundin. The two won’t make it to next week without something heavy going down, something real heavy. It just screams restraining order.

    * During his post-game interview, Boudreau called out his star player. Strike that: He s*** down Ovie’s throat. This follows Boudreau’s Travis Bickle Rant’n'Rave (TM) in front of the media yesterday morning and an emerging axis-of-I-hate-you engulfing Ovie, Theo, and Steckel. On veut du ketchup! On veut du ketchup!

    * Based on his post-game interview, it’s clear Ovie doesn’t realize this is a seven-game series and thinks this is a repeat of the Canada-Russia elimination round blowout. Word is he had to be intercepted at the airport as he was on his way to his summer place in Minsk.

    Melting down like a Kraft slice on a trailer hitch in July.

  83. TomNickle says:

    Check out the prior thread Mikey, it’s a doozie.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  84. Bugs says:

    In China, they call him Ding.

    Bill Ding.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  85. crabvader says:

    Hahaha nice Bill Brasky joke!

  86. habs03 says:

    Big time, but I think its because they kept putting Steckel and Belanger on to take draws and they were almost perfect, and final period in JM started bring out Moore for the draws.

  87. Bugs says:

    The one that ends with you thanking me for being fair and consistent? That thread?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  88. smiler2729 says:

    Not that it matters but why are the CBC HNIC suits picking up the Boston-Buffalo series over the Habs-Caps???

    A Boston Bruins sports journalist on FAN590 this morning with host Mike Hogan on Michael Ryder: “this guy’s been in the land of the lost all season”.

    Anybody surprized anymore?

  89. smiler2729 says:

    As opposed to the Eurocentric bunch from the previous playoffs.

  90. TomNickle says:

    No no no, no no no no no no no.

    The last article, is thread the wrong term?

    And yes, thank you for being an idiot in making fun of other idiots.  You are truly a master at knowing how to communicate with somebody on their level.

    I still don’t think you’re better than all of this though.

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good
    team instead of a great one

  91. smiler2729 says:

    Cheers to that, Ian! Bob Gainey didn’t deserve 99% of the crap written about him here this season.

  92. HabFanSince72 says:

    Broons are their 2nd team after the Leafs.

  93. Say Ash says:

    They were allowed to pick the first two: ‘Nucks and Crosby. TSN got next pick

  94. crabvader says:

    I guess. For some reason I can only think of Giguere looking silly, haha.

    Actually it was against NYI…

     

  95. smiler2729 says:

    I guess Tomas Plekanec is playing like a big girl now!

  96. puck face says:

    lots of positives but one that stands out to me is them being able to come back when they were down a goal. players like gomez , gio , and cammy don’t fold under pressure. ov said he didn’t play well because he was too excited? sounds like he doesn’t know why he had a bad night , if he cant find the problem he can’t fix it….good for us.

  97. Bugs says:

    “Idiots” is harsh. I don’t think anyone is an idiot. Just exposing some folks’ point of view who seem to be absent today. Not implying they’re idiots for having that point of view. They may be right at the end of the day.

    You asked me to treat the gander as I did the goose. I did. You thanked me for it.

    But I’m not one to imply anyone’s idiocy except mine own.

    Cuz honestly? I’m no better than this. Despite what some folks like Grim think.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  98. KGB_AKA4787 says:

    Ovechkin was held without a shot on goal only once all season (January 19 vs. Detroit) and he still recorded a point that night. Thursday was the first time in his career that Ovechkin had no shots and no points in a game.

    Now that really happened, right? yes it did

  99. mike g says:

    Holy big boobies!!!!

    You and that Adam guy were really going at it. Wow, a big Habs win followed by a morning conversation like that…..yikes, I think you need your Friday dose of Brazzers…..

    lol ;)

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

  100. likehoy says:

    my bad…all the lapierre highlights are cloudy in my mind since there are so many of them.

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  101. KGB_AKA4787 says:

    It’s Thomas Jagr now, get it right lol

  102. TomNickle says:

    Funny how it happens after a win in most cases.  I can think of a few that wouldn’t dare show up today.  You know, Bob Gainey haters.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  103. habrez says:

    Can someone please explain this Tomas Jagr thing.

    I’m currently working in Madagascar and spent over an hour uploading the habs goals from last night on youtube, so I’m a little out of the loop.

  104. Bob Barker says:

    When Steve Yzerman’s 1st child was born there were only 3 people in the room. Yzerman, his wife and Pierre McGuire. 

  105. jul.jack says:

    I had to create an  account to post this:

    history will be made – Thomas Plekanec overtime goal > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKgywQEzw6s&feature=player_embedded

  106. forskis says:

    Now that the euphoria of a Game #1 win has passed….this all means nothing if they do not win Game #2…the Habs better be ready because the Caps are going to play harder in the first period than they did in the one that just passed.

    Also, JM better have adjustments ready to counter Boudreau’s adjustments.

    Also…with that OT goal, signing Tomas Plekanec just got more expensive…but can the Habs sign Tomas Jagr for the League minimum?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  107. Say Ash says:

    Just to take a break from the love-in going on here. Honestly, are there any worse fans than Philly fans?

    http://gothamist.com/2010/04/16/phillies_fan_allegedly_forced_himse.php

     

  108. mike g says:

    nice lol…

    I guess when Pierre’s in the room, you don’t even need a nurse…Pierre can take care of it all…

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

  109. puck face says:

    true wash will come out even harder but so will the habs they will be ready and confident. also maybe JM is a better coach than Boudreau?

  110. cautiousoptimist says:

    BRILLIANT!

    1. http://www.flickeringpictures.com – not a hockey site, but still kinda neat
    2. Mike Boone: “With Gainey at my side, I’d walk into any dark alley in the world.”
  111. Clay4bc says:

    Xenophobe…

    _________________

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

  112. matmacat says:

    Good one. But Theo was a stud last night. Gotta give him credit.

  113. Bob Barker says:

    Another thing that bothers me about McGuire is when he uses a player’s full name for no reason. Last night he said Christopher Pronger. Or when talking about a player he’ll mention every team he played for from peewee to the NHL. He just comes across like a pompous jackass.

     

  114. Mattyleg says:

    Madagascar?! Did you lose a bet??

    Just kidding. What a strange place to be.

    Before the series, Plekanec said that he was happy that they were playing against Theodore, because he’s no Brodeur or Miller. When the press asked what Theo thought of this, he made a quip along the lines of ‘who said that? Tomas who? Jagr?’

    Har-dee-har.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  115. matmacat says:

    In a nutshell. Pleky said that the caps did not have a dominant goaltender, a la Brodeur or Miller. Theo replied by saying ‘Tomas who? Jagr?’

     

    Madagascar must be great! Lucky you.

  116. TomNickle says:

    Brazzers?

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  117. captaink4life says:

    This is LEGEN….wait for it (and I hope you’re not lactose intolerant because the next part is)…. DARY!!!

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  118. krob1000 says:

    Heavy? nah…he won’t use a weighted puck…he’ll just shoot the same puck at ol tomato face Boudreau that he used for his attempted Gilooly on Theo.  The Collapsibles are living up to the hype for sure…..gonna be a close matchup between two top notch folding tents in San Jose and Washington this year to earn the honours for biggest meltdown.  San Jose being perrenial winners though  have the tiebreaker cause you have to beat the champ to take the title.

    Ogrevechkin and Boudreau have been odds since day one ,it is just becoming visible to the general public…Ogie was originally told by Capitals management that the coach would resemble a flaming potato…….being Russian this was  appealing as Ogie thought it sould be cool that his coach could sweat Vodka.  Since finding out he was actually a tomato face  Boudreau’s sweating now leaves him trying to Ketchup to the HAbs…OGie is sulking.  The fact that Ogie wanted Varly between the pipes appears to be central to the conflict …after last night’s loss Ogrevechkin said that Theo and his Montreal connections know nothing about goaltending and are pathetic attempts at being mobsters. There are clearly three sides in that locker room…you have the Theoists, the PrOgres and then you have the Flaming Tomatoes (and they are a mess themselves…some think they are a fruit and some a vegetable…what a mess Washigton is right now).  Hockey triangles never work out as demonstrated b ythe postseason absence of Elisha, Dion, Komi and Avery….guess that would be a rectangle…geez elisha…oh well you get the point.

    This is all really quite astonishing given the prospects for this team and some its players at the seasons onset…..the Coach and star player riff, the divide in the room over the goaltenders, the media backstabbings, Jagr scoring the winning goal just fuelled the fire….Washington is all pucked up right now and even Obama is disappointed in them…..that is two Presidents disappointed in Semin and Ogrevechkin for those counting….it can’t be easy to be in that room right now…..can’t be easy at all.  The Washington Collapsibles ….the tents are tense….and unless Green Semin exlpodes (and others)….I am not sure they can handle the tension.

     

  119. likehoy says:

    barney stinson, is that you?!

    i agree, this video is brilliant!

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  120. mike g says:

    Google it..

    u’ll thanjk me later

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

  121. nickster13 says:

    TSN got exactly what they wanted though, High flying caps who they love showing, versus a canadian team, CBC blew it on their choices

  122. captaink4life says:

    Nailed it!

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  123. A Concerned Follower says:

    The FUNNIEST comment ever. Nice work.

  124. ManApart says:

    Haha, great one!

  125. ManApart says:

    i hear ya. Someone could have a field day doing a McGuire skit. There are so many funny things to make fun of with him. Most of them have to do with him trying to show off.

  126. Ton says:

    second it. finally someone with logic.

  127. ManApart says:

    They’ve won 1 playoff game. Let’s not get carried away. Weren’t you a big crtic of the team the last 4-5 games of the season, including Martin? Talk about changing quickly.

  128. adam76 says:

    Not to paint them all with the same brush, however:

     

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

     

    and

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9fVFV2Z-BQ

     

    Stay Classy, Philly

  129. dudurules says:

    God I hate that guy!

  130. JD_ says:

    Yeeeehaaaawww!!!

  131. GrimJim says:

    Okay, I need to clarify here. I think you’re normally more creative and funnier than you were with the anti-priceberg comment from earlier this morning, That’s what I meant by the “you’re better than this” comment 

    but as to the  ”Cuz honestly? I’m no better than this. Despite what some folks like Grim think.”, I believe I know the role you play on this site; you play the role of a pin to the balloons of over-inflated opinion.

  132. Bob Barker says:

    If you guys haven’t seen this I thought it was pretty cool. Cammy showing off his wrist shot. He says uses an 80 flex stick! It’s crazy he can get so much on his one-timer with such a flexible stick. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNDqs7dyhZc&feature=related

  133. jrshabs1 says:

    BG had a vision in the summer of ’09. Bob’s vision became a reality last night. Gomez as a playoff performer is worth every penny, Gill didn’t look too bad lastnight either did he? What can you say about Cammy other than he can put the puck in the net. Brian Gionta, a smurf who plays like a power ranger every night. Finally, Jaro Spacek the man certainly elevates his game for the playoffs and has his whole carreer.

     

    BG..just another Canadien great.

  134. hotspur says:

    Thank goodness Mara was only on a 1 year deal. 

    _________________________________________________________________

    Audere est Facere- To Dare Is To Do

  135. coachdoug says:

    Cammy uses such a short stick he needs the lower flex…I use one of Pleks sticks from this year and he uses an intermediate shaft that feels like an 80 flex…Cammy is really accurate with his shot like AK27…If you golf you can appreciate that…

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

  136. crabvader says:

    Not to burst anyone’s bubble, I am very happy Tomas finally broke out at the end of the game to give us the winner but I thought his play was very weak throughout the game.

    I really hope that goal gets him going for the rest of the series.

  137. Bill J says:

    DISCLAIMER: This post does not have any double entendres.

    While I do prefer Price long term – Halak IS THE MAN this year. 

    Yes last week Jaro had me concerned losing 3 in a row heading to playoffs, but last night showed us all! (including any leftover Halak doubters….)  EVEN if Jaro stumbles and loses the next 3.

    I don’t care…. This year we live & die with Jaro.

    HALAK WAS INCREDIBLE last night (and many other nights this season) he in my eyes is the #1.

    What I still have a problem with, are jabs from people such as Bugs (who claims to be a Price fan, but continuously pokes jabs at him) who start BS (like he did on this thread) to take away from the overall positive feeling currently in place here today.

     

    Go Habs GO!!!!!

  138. Ian Cobb says:

    ManApart!

    Critic of Martin as he did not play 4 lines yes and we were playing poorly, agreed.! But Bob has always been on task. Martin will not coach more than next year but will move upstairs. He is a great hockey man, just not behind the bench.

  139. Storm Man says:

    He will Cammy has him drinking the same pre game drink now he is good to go :)

  140. likehoy says:

    his play was okay, but he made an effort to get into theo’s face at every whistle, which i like!

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  141. Rudy says:

    I can’t believe you guys are taking Bugs so seriously. It’s humour. Have a good laugh at the parody of what we normally sound like.

    Wore my Cammalleri T-shirt proudly last night. Only saw about 4 or 5 other Montreal fans there, very small showing compared to regular season.

  142. zozotheclown says:

    Our D is a big reason for the win, no one helped Jaro in the 1st but the D was very good for the rest of the game, considering the opponent. Spacek and MAB blew my mind, I thought for sure both would be liabilities, especially MAB, but he played like a top 2 defencemen and really held is own. Spacek really was the monster on D last night, his play was leaps and bounds better then anything we saw in the regular season. It was good to see our players elevate their game, those 2 as well as Cammy and Gomez all came to play when it counted. One game may not decide the series, it may not make a difference, but it gave me hope. And also, it means my tickets to game 4 will automatically be tickets to a huge game no matter what happends.

  143. Bugs says:

    Dans mes bras, Rudy!

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  144. Ian Cobb says:

    Well you have just seen Bob clean house and
    rebuild the whole organisation from the ground up over his tenure  boys and girls. 100% better team than the floaters of years past

    Bob has done the job that he came here to do.

    He even hired Martin to move upstairs after he retired. Now that is long term management. He has accomplished what he set out to do.

    Great job Bob! we owe you tons for years to come sir.!

  145. Bugs says:

    (sigh)

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  146. crabvader says:

    The playoff performers Bob acquired are performing.

  147. matraque says:

    Halak is Habs MVP.

    Period.

    ——

    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svwGRJA28lY&feature=related

  148. mike g says:

    Funny how I checked quickly and haven’t seen anyone comment on Hal Gill (I can be mistaken, maybe someone did).

    Anyways, he showed last night that he is a difference maker in the playoffs. Guys we all said were busts (Gill, Spacek, MAB, Gomez) all showed up last night in a very big way.

    Thank you Bob Gainey…

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

  149. Bugs says:

    He didn’t look weak when it counted most, though. Reckon he can shake off the “little girl” thing with that goal if it gives him more confidence.

    Also think the psychological war with Theo is paying off what good.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  150. crabvader says:

    Not a lot of really pretty goals this year by our team… Although the last two games have had (in my opinion) the best goals of the season. Gomez’s goal last night and Lappy’s goal against Toronto. Keep it coming!

  151. likehoy says:

    too early to make that judgment…it’s only been one game!

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  152. crabvader says:

    Hall Gill is so awesome that when he scores, he also gets an assist.

    Hal Gill is so awesome that he officially changed his name to Hal Skill.

    Hal Gill is so awesome that when he blocks a shot, it hurts the shooter.

    Need more.

  153. likehoy says:

    you mean lappy’s against carolina?

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  154. crabvader says:

    The underlying omission being: so far.

    They are performing. I tell the truth.

  155. Ronan G says:

    Spacek was never a liability. I don’t understand the hatred for his play by some people. He’s a very good underrated defenseman. And has a GREAT playoff track record

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  156. likehoy says:

    Hal Gill is so awesome that when he takes a stride, he doesn’t move forward, the arena moves backwards.

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix) http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  157. crabvader says:

    Hence why I want Yappy Lappy in his face after every shift. I mean, come on! The guy gets rattled by a statement which isn’t even an insult! Imagine when you have Laps telling him all the poutine he’s missing in Montreal and reminding him how he has to wash Varlamov’s jock strap!

    Still, about Pleks, like I said, I’m glad he busted out at the right time. I just hope he doesn’t play bad for three periods to get to that point again… If it wins us games, so be it… But him playing well for three periods will ensure victory rather than have to get to OT.

  158. habs4_25th says:

    Good to see some of the guys Gainey aquired over the summer are not regular season players, but playoff performers!!!  We got a shot after shutting down the high offence of the Caps.

    “To you from failing hands we throw the torch. Be it yours to hold high.”

  159. adam76 says:

    Did I ever tell you about the time Hal Gill took me out to go get a drink with him? We go off looking for a bar and we can’t find one. Finally Gill takes me to a vacant lot and says, ‘Here we are.’ We sat there for a year and a half and sure enough someone constructs a bar around us. The day they opened we ordered a shot, drank it, and then burned the place to the ground. Gill yelled over the roar of the flames, ‘Always leave things the way you found em!’”

     

    Cheers to Harold Priestley “Hal” Gill III!

  160. Jeff says:

    Noooo, disagree, really?  I’m shocked!

    Are you guys part of that Goldman Sachs thingy….Ha! Ha!

  161. Mr.Hazard says:

    Habs need to win 3 out of the next 6. In the regular season, we won 2 out of 4. Doesn’t look TOO scary from that perspective.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  162. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Or should that be, History will be repeated?

  163. ed lopaz says:

    andrew, there are guys in the business of discussing hockey that deserve your attention, in my opinion,

    PJ Stock is not one them.

     

  164. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Hey, touché on the Protestant B thing, Jeff! But I don’t think I was dreaming how terrible the Versus commentary was, as though they kept forgetting a game was on, a play-off game at that, an exciting play-off game heading towards an unexpected outcome. 

    Bottom line – if a) our scorers continue to find their touch; and b) they solve Theodore; then the Caps’ weakness on D will allow us to compete throughout the series, even if Ovie gets into gear.

  165. Mr.Hazard says:

    LOL Pleky on his goal:

    Plekanec said he was aware that Cammalleri was with him, but he opted
    to shoot.

    “(Cammalleri) was tapping his stick on the ice, but
    he’s always doing that,” Plekanec said. “That’s why I don’t have more
    shots.”

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  166. andrewberkshire says:

    Very true, but I just felt like writing Ed! I’m in such a good mood after Tomas Jagr sniped one last night that nothing can get me down!

  167. ed lopaz says:

    yup = I agree – can’t wait for tomorrow night – we are in the proverbial “driver’s seat” with “nothing to lose”.

    can’t believe it, really – I’m still in shock.

    we have stolen home ice advantage.

  168. ed lopaz says:

    brought up on danny gallivan!!

    “cannonating” and “spin-o-rama”

    bumped into dick irvin last year at a hockey fundraiser – he was still in good spirits and he has not lost his charm and wit

    the gallivan – irwin combination on saturday night………..that was something.

     

     

  169. mike g says:

    1- PJ Stock always hated the Habs and working at CBC doesn’t encourage him to change. The Habs can win 10-0 and he will still say they didn’t deserve to win.

    2- He’s just pissed his beloved Bruins lost, again, last night.

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

  170. Ayan_SB says:

    The Caps did outshoot us, 47-38, and although there’s a lot of negative things that can be said about Pierre Mcguire, he’s far from “the person with the least amount hockey knowledge.” The guy has as much knowledge as Bob McKenzie, but because of his outlandish theatrics, it’s hard for many people to respect him for it.

  171. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Ed, I read Irvin’s The Habs only recently — could hear his voice the entire way through! Delighted you found him in good form. 

  172. ed lopaz says:

    why was M. irvin’s first name removed????

  173. Bugs says:

    At least Goldman & Sach know which securities to trade beforehand.

    Unlike the clown running the show in Toranna.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  174. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Just got that.

    Much more difficult to work in “Manly, yes, but I like it too.” Remember that one?

    Cheers

  175. punkster says:

    It’s Official. Post of the Day winner is:

    It is no coincidence that when you take the letters in “Chez Paree” and mix ‘em around, you yield “Capz ere, eh?

    This has Allo-Police and hands on camera lenses written all over it.

    Meltin’
    down like the US residential mortgage-backed securities market after
    collapsing sub-prime tranches fueled tightened liquidity in broader
    consumer credit markets.

     

    JD…what did Paulson know and when did he know it?

  176. Danno says:

    Our team is manly. And they’ll hoist a cup called Stanley.

     

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

  177. andrewberkshire says:

    Agreed 100% Mike. He’s still mad that we owned the Bruins in the season series this year.

  178. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Now that is beautiful.

  179. alestar says:

    PJ Stock is as good a hockey commentator as he was a hockey player…’nuff said!

     

    XXIV…and counting

  180. Habs84 says:

    It’s a little bullshit that Montreal didn’t get the credit they deserved. Montreal dictated the play for most of the game. Not to take anything away from Halak, but when the hell did the Caps out shoot Montreal??? Sad to see they want to make the game better by making the stats unbelievable. Halak played solid, but they did not out shoot us. People like Pierre Maguire, who is in my opinion the person with the least amount of hockey knowledge, make up plays that didn’t even happen. Sad to see it has come to this…

  181. Mr.Hazard says:

    LOL

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  182. slapshot777 says:

    So was I, now there was a real announcer, made every game interesting and said the facts, black or white, grey areas and I never ever heard Dany to be a homer and I never heard him bash an opponent either.

     

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

  183. JD_ says:

    I’m not permitted to say any more than that.

    They’re watching.

  184. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Here in Ireland, other than via internet, game only available on Versus. Play-by-play: natter, natter, natter, his grandmother’s neighbour knitted woollen skate-laces for all the pee-wee players who always wore them during cold trips to Rimouski before the advent of heaters on buses and then — SHOT RIGHT IN FRONT, JUST WIDE — and, anyway, before he was traded to the Capitals in 2004 his father said he should take the socks because he had lost one foot in a freak accident with an electric toothbrush, so they weren’t exactly lucky socks, but the tradition went back a long, long way and so that on draft day — PLEKANEC SCORES!

    Hard to take. I was brought up on Danny Gallivan.

    Anyway, wanted everyone to know that I woke up the entire western seaboard of Europe when Pleks scored at about 3.15am here in Ireland.

    And a question: the Versus guys kept saying how the Capitals’ size would tire out the Habs at both ends — as if they were talking football, about a big offensive line. Did it look to anyone else like the OPPOSITE happened? The big Caps were tired out chasing after the speedy Habs?

     

  185. Danno says:

    That win was magically delicious.

     

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

  186. andrewberkshire says:

    PJ Stock says the Habs didn’t deserve to win last night, I disagree.

  187. Habscore says:

    I saw Michael Landsberg in one of my flights today! He got off in St. John’s.

    He seemed like a nice man, and he’s short haha.

  188. Jeff says:

    Stay away from the pubs, it’s making you have unfulfilled dreams.

    Must be one of those Northern Displaced English Protestant B…..Ha! Ha!

    BTW, they’re called the Speedy Hobbitts.  

  189. Zepphead says:

    Sorry to seem negative but more like Alexander the Injured…

  190. Zepphead says:

    EDIT: Sorry for posting like 5x

  191. Zepphead says:

    EDIT: Sorry for posting like 5x

  192. Zepphead says:

    EDIT: Sorry for posting like 5x

  193. Zepphead says:

    EDIT: Sorry for posting like 5x

  194. Jeff says:

    Yup Kessel’s a star, he’s scored two straight over 30 goal seasons playing only part of the time.

    What did you get?

    Jaromir Planets…..Haaaaaa!

     

  195. Ronan G says:

    Your ignorance to the fact that Subban is not a stud prospect is enough for me. Nazem Kadri has 1 NHL game, and is a career -1. He’s a showboat type player just like Phil Kessel. You can have them in your golf foursome as they will get lots of practice buddy. GO HABS GO!!!

     

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  196. Say Ash says:

    We’ve got playoffs.

  197. mike g says:

    The Caps have been like that all year. They never, ever play a full 60 minutes. They have a good 1st or 3rd period in which they score 3 or 4 goals and win the games like that. Not to mention 30% of their games are against ATL, TB, CAR, FLO. If you watch their games, you would know that’s how they play.

    Being midpack while still trying to improve every year is wayyy better than being cellar dwellers for life.

    Burke hasn’t changed the Leafs; he still trades away all of their draft picks (cough cough 2nd overall pick, and next years 1st + 2nd round pick). All he did was sign a busted up/overrated Komisarek, a finished Beauchemin, a healthy scratch Exelby, and name Dion Phaneuf captain after his 2 worst years in the NHL. Those are some of the best decisions I’ve seen in the NHL this year, LMAO. But, they all have truculence or wtv he calls it….

    BTW, fine Kadri played one game. Sorry, since he made such an impact I’m such a clown for not remembering.

    Our upcoming star is a stud. You wish you had PK Subban. When Kaberle is gone next year, you will cry at how crappy you guys will be.

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

  198. Mad Habber says:

    Forget it, he loves the taste of kool-aid that Burke and the Toronto media give him. I mean look at how delussional he is. He believes that the loser leafs are good. Why? Because they won the last game of the season. A game were the real goal was to win in regulation, and they failed. To no one but the kool-aid laughing leaf fans….lol…

     

     

     

  199. ed lopaz says:

    in 1987 I lived in Toronto and the locals were upset that it had been 20 years since their last cup.

    23 years after that, we are no longer counting – ok, we are, 43 freakin years – how crazy is that!!!

    yo jeff, were your parents even around when the leafs won their last cup???

    i have kids who are graduating high school, and I was 3 years old in ’67.

    its not embarassing to be a leafs fan – you have the right.

    it should be embarassing for you to waste your time trying to convince anyone that the leafs deserve your support

    move on – really – find another team to cheer for – the leafs don’t need you – the AC is full every night.

    the leafs were making millions, and losing regularly, with a 70 million payroll, before the salary cap.

    they are laughing at their fans now that they can only spend 57 million- that’s 13 million right to the bottom line and all they have to do is lose like they were already doing in years past.

    oh ya – and how about that #2 overall pick you’re getting this year?? oops! forget I brought that up.

    and if you cheer for the Argos or the Raptors or Toronto FC - must as well make the change and find other teams in football, basketball, soccer as well.

    Toronto has become a real City of Champions, ay jeff?

  200. showey47 says:

    You are so wrong that burke hasn’t changed the leafs. Look at all the great changes and their results. Worst pp,worst pk,worst goaltending in the east 2nd worst overall,worst team in the east,2nd worst overall,lowest point total in 15 years(would be longer if they were not saved by the “leaf point/loser point”). I mean, not even reggie houle was able to accomplish these great stats. I find it funny that the leaf fans and their media blame their struggles on being young and rebuilding but are on average only 2 months younger then the habs. But i’m guessing tsn/cbc……..etc. leave this stat out.

  201. Danno says:

    The guy in charge of parade permits at Toronto City Hall has retired long ago. He left with a full pension without having to issue one stinking permit for a Stanley Cup parade since 1967.

    He was as lonely as the Maytag repair man and so is his replacement.

     

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

  202. The M says:

    Burke also traded away the 2nd overall pick, and a early second rounder and next year’s first round pick and next year’s second round pick for Kessel. Boston might get four NHL players out of that, with one who is going to be a star (Hall or Seguin) and an excellent chance Boston will have another top five pick next year.  It could be one of the most lopsided trades of all time if it isnt already.

    Burke can talk all he wants about the draft being an inexact science, but he should be embarrassed he orchestrated a move like that.

  203. Jeff says:

    I watch a lot of Hockey! For a while now too….didn’t really see the Caps going nuts????

    Yup, I didn’t think the Habs would ummmm take a game.

    Yup, 4 straight! Caps 4 games Habs 1game.

    What’s the point in being midpack and languishing for decades, Burke has changed the Leafs.

    You know deep down that your Habs have a .01% chance of a cup, sooooo.

    BTW, Kadri did play a game in the NHL, he wasn’t out of place.  Check your facts kid.

    Who’s your upcoming star, not Subban hmmmm well maybe a 4th defenceman on the Habs.

     

     

     

     

  204. Bugs says:

    Asking for peace and quite on a forum is like asking for a virgin at an orgy.

    You may find it but maybe you’re missing the point of this place.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  205. TomNickle says:

    Coffee covered monitor Bugs, well done!

    Jerk!

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  206. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just thought maybe we could go beyond Price-Halak Round 4,331,765 and discuss some other part of the team, but maybe it’s just because it’s a warm day where I am and the heat’s getting to me.

     

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

  207. Bugs says:

    But I wanna gloooaaat!

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  208. SeriousFan09 says:

    Save it until we win the series or something then, take your medication in the meantime.

     

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

  209. Bugs says:

    Ummm, no. I’m not going to “save it until we win the series”. I’ll do what I want when I want. Is that ok?

    Thanks.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  210. SeriousFan09 says:

    Just trying to have a little peace and quiet around here, that too much to ask?

     

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

  211. andrewberkshire says:

    Your link last night, with the picture of Martin saying he wanted Tomas Jagr… Oh man, I nearly died of laughter. I still can’t look at it without bursting out laughing. I posted it on twitter and Jeff Marek loved it.

  212. Ayan_SB says:

    Haha how scary does JM look in that picture though? I hope the others got the Rocket Richard movie reference.

    Yo, what’s your twitter username btw?

  213. Danno says:

    Could you please repost that link Ayan?

     

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

  214. andrewberkshire says:

    Twitter username is; https://twitter.com/andrewberkshire

    They got it, that’s what makes it the best. I’ve looked at it like 5 times today and I still can’t help but laugh, pure brilliance! Did you make it?

  215. Danno says:

    That is a beauty! Martin really looks like the Count in your pic!

    Masterpiece.

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

  216. Ayan_SB says:

    Nah, I wish I had come up with that quote. 

  217. Ayan_SB says:

    Thanks man. Had to change the Toews avatar eventually.

  218. Jeff says:

    Does make you look taller and slightly bigger….muahhh!

  219. G-Man says:

    LMAO. Good one, Bugs.

  220. Bugs says:

    Seem to be noticing the absence of the “remove-Jaro-; play-Priceberg” folk. Must be at a convention or sumpin. Feel someone should at least make their position known since we welcome all subjects to debate. May as well be me.

    - We aren’t going to win with Jaro. The Priceberg is the future. Not playing the Priceberg now is a mistake. He’s big, he’s quick, and he’s got the pedigree. Jaro is 5’10 and was picked 271. The Priceberg has won a playoff series and got a shutout in a 7th game. Jaro has ONE win. If the Priceberg isn’t played, he will want to leave. He’ll be traded for nothing and win Stanley Cup after Stanley Cup wherever else he goes and all of them will be at our expense while Jaro withers in his incompetence with the Habs and we all end up crying on the curb and looking like Mickey Mouse. Jack Marty is stupid if he doesn’t play the Priceberg in the playoffs and anyone who thinks the same is stupid too and doesn’t know hockey. If you DID know hockey, you would play the Priceberg; it’s just that simple. Jaro is good, don’t get us wrong, maybe even a real num1 goaltender, but he’s no Priceberg. -

    Suppose that’ll do til the “remove-Jaro-; play-Priceberg” folk get back from their convention or picnic or void they mysteriously fell into or whatever.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  221. JoeC says:

    Honestly, why start this crap again, they won.

     

  222. TomNickle says:

    It really isn’t the time Bugs.  Are you now going to do an impression of those who believe that Carey Price has no talent, is an immature locker room cancer.  Are you going to proceed from there and say the CHL goalie of the year award, WJHC gold medal, Calder Cup trophy and Calder Cup MVP awards don’t mean anything.  Are you also going to claim that this team would’ve finished 1st place in the East with Huet in net?

    If you’re going to call out one set of idiots, you should probably do the same thing to the other set.  That’s all I’m sayin.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  223. Storm Man says:

    Bugs…… Shhhhhhhhh your overthinking enjoy the win.

  224. GrimJim says:

    C’mon Bugs you’re better than this

    This is like Lenny Bruce telling knock-knock jokes

  225. Garbo says:

    Get over it already, the issue has been decided for this year. Save your whining for the offseason.

  226. Clay4bc says:

    LOL…

    _________________

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

  227. makka83 says:

    Actually we aren’t going to win the cup with either Jaro or Price this year.. so yeah you are right about something!!!

  228. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bugs, I know you love causing trouble but we just won a big game over the Capitals, how about we all enjoy that without restarting this garbage?

     

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

  229. Chuck says:

    Spacek was indeed a beast. That defensive play alone was worth of a game star.

    _____________________________________

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

  230. hotspur says:

    I think that we had the best of the opportunities in the 3rd and OT. The caps might have had an advantage in possession time, but like you said- their opportunities weren’t that threatening. they looked DEAD tired in OT, while we remained reasonably fresh. the only chances they were getting were on the counterattack. I almost shat myself when they got that 3 on 1, I was sure they would end it there. But spatch did an amazing job of neutralizing the threat, and les glorieux came out on top. 

    _________________________________________________________________

    Audere est Facere- To Dare Is To Do

  231. Storm Man says:

    That is what the playoffs are about

  232. habsperspective says:

    From ESPN

    We say anything can happen in the playoffs. While it’s technically
    true, “anything” sometimes doesn’t happen very often. For instance,
    after Tomas
    Plekanec
    gave Montreal a 1-0 series lead over Washington with his
    overtime winner Thursday, both eighth seeds found themselves enjoying
    early series leads.

    Colorado is the other No. 8 seed, and
    it takes a 1-0 lead into Friday night’s Game 2 against San Jose. ESPN
    stats-meister Vincent J. Masi tells us this is just the third time since
    the NHL went to the conference-based playoff format in 1994 that both
    eighth seeds won the first game of a quarterfinal series. Strangely, the
    first two times took place in back-to-back years in 2002 and 2003.

    The
    most telling part of this statistic is only one of the four teams (New York
    Islanders
    , Edmonton Oilers,
    Vancouver
    Canucks
    and Montreal
    Canadiens
    ) managed to complete the upset and move on to the second
    round. That team? Drum roll, please … the Canadiens. In 2002, they
    upended Boston in the first round with … another drum roll … current
    Washington netminder Jose
    Theodore
    in goal.

  233. joeybarrie says:

    OK HERE WE GO WITH THE “SHOCK THE RED”………

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  234. Blouin says:

    It did happen. And we all expected it, right?!

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/379560-stanley-cup-playoffs-its-only-an-upset-if-your-team-loses

    sports.unpluckedgems.com – your other source; we always keep it current.

  235. Bugs says:

    This ain’t Joisy. These aren’t the Caners. These are the Cappers.

    We don’t fear the Cappers. Never have. They’re kids. They thought they got the better of the Rod Langway deal but lo!, we did, and we’ve owned them ever since.

    They play our style. And who knows our style better than us?

    We inadvertently or not started a psychological war that the Cappers can’t handle. They’re kids. They’re afraid now. They know we can beat’em.

    No fear. Total confidence. Liitle kids, out of their element, groping in the dark.

    We’re gonna kick their butts, box’em up, and send’em home to momma. 

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  236. JD_ says:

    Washington Capitals Meltdown 2010 (TM) Update

    Things got ugly during the Caps’ practice at the Verizon Center this morning, with Ovie blasting a puck at the glass behind which was sitting head coach Bruce Boudreau. Although the shot was hard enough to break the glass, Boudreau was unhurt albeit visibly shaken.

    Following the incident, Boudreau commented that it was “unfortunate Alex couldn’t show us that kind of shot accuracy last night,” prompting feuding netminder Jose Theodore to exclaim, “You just got pwned, Ovechkin, pwned!”

    Melting down like Marc Crawford in Scotty Bowman’s greenhouse.

  237. adam76 says:

    nice!  Have a link to a larger copy? 

  238. mike g says:

    So I’ll be at game 3 on Monday. Yes, the one where the Bell Center will be louder than a Metallica concert in your closet…

    Win or lose tomorrow, it doesn’t matter. I’ll get my money’s worth because the series won’t be 2-0 for the Caps like alot expected. So the fans, the city, and the Habs will go nuts and all lose our voices when they come out to that beautiful intro song while we waive those towels!!!!!

    ps…the Caps players will crap themselves when they see how crazy it is here…

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

  239. makka83 says:

    As a big pro-Price I cannot understand how anyone could say that we should play Price in the first game.

    You play your #1 in the playoffs. The only way Price gets a game is if Halak either gets blown out bad or loses a couple of games in a row. Even then, it will be a tough choice because Halak usually rebounds very well. That means, if Price plays then the Habs will not be in a good position, so I hope Price doesn’t play!

    Halak is great and this is his chance to prove himself in the playoffs. He earned it. He has earned the chance to come back next year as the #1 and lead the team in goal.

    This is the best thing that could have happened to Price. He is now leaning the hard way. This is also great for Halak who has been amazing this year.

    You know what is crazy? Both these goalies aren’t in their primes yet… Halak is just about to enter his…

  240. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …My condolences to any semi-Senator fans here, like Spezza’s bro …losing a solid, skilled player like Milan Michalek is a very tough blow this time of year

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  241. habfan53 says:

    Good game last night a couple of concerns When asked after the game Jacques Martin said “No we did not expect them to come out that fast”  DUUHHHH!!!!

    What did you expect??  Another is that the Canadiens REALLY need to improve their faceoffs skills .

    Good adjustmenys by the coaching staff between periods, Great job by Spacek on OV , and  outstanding goaltending by Halak.

    ALL of this and more will be needed tomorrow night.    

  242. adam76 says:

    Faceoffs are an area for concern.  The team seemed to be thrown out every single time in the third. 

  243. namgel says:

    This is classic.  Disgruntled Caps fan pissed at Camera Man after last nights game.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iMlZ2nfMck

     

    Coach Martin say’s one…..one little forward…two….two lit..

  244. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Warshington in four, eh? HAH!

  245. megagoten says:

    where are the spacek haters?

  246. adam76 says:

    bhahahahahaha – love it.  a 2 hundred dollar ticket – and nothing but pain.

  247. adam76 says:

    make sure you wear a turtleneck.

  248. Habsone says:

    Great job Les Boys!!  Go Habs Go!!

  249. Habsone says:

    He sure made me eat my words!  Great job Spacek!!!

  250. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …a Tea Party Member upset at ‘bein’ caught’ at a hockey game ?

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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

  251. Bugs says:

    Fabulous!

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  252. notbigbird says:

    What land is that? Is he getting married, or what?

  253. dudurules says:

    i guess his proline pics didn’t come through

  254. Storm Man says:

    Not that this would happen but it would be fun if all the fans for game 3 wore black, Blackout night at the bell centre I wonder if that has ever happen in sports yet?

  255. pmaraw says:

    i’ll take a t-shirt xl

  256. lavie says:

    …Despite the fact they were about to play a
    game which few in hockey gave them a chance of winning, despite being
    the eighth seed against the Washington Capitals, the NHL’s best team
    this season, somebody still had a sense of humour, gallows or otherwise.

    Next
    to the name of Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec on a lineup sheet before
    the game, somebody put a “68.”

     

    These guys were so relaxing and have a sense of humor.

  257. Psycho29 says:

    Looks more like a teabagger!

  258. Habs84 says:

    Sorry, but we didn’t have a “hot goalie”. He was the best goalie. Don’t compare Roy with anyone whose name isn’t Brodeur. Even then…

  259. HABWARRIOR says:

    I dont think Ovies hurt like some so called experts say….I say it was a stifling defensive shadow job by our habs.No one gives the Habs any credit what so ever and its annoying.I wonder if when we knock off the juggernaut Crapitals will we get any credit..??..Hmmm…doubtful…..

    Amen to the SMURFS

  260. HABWARRIOR says:

    no…they are called turtleneckanecs.

  261. joeybarrie says:

    Sorry I made it in PAINT…

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  262. Natrous says:

    More Philadelphia fandom shinanigans: “21-year-old fan vomits on 11-year-old spectator”

    http://deadspin.com/5518706/last-nights-winner-not-this-guy

  263. Say Ash says:

    “I don’t know why, but last game, I don’t feel that power or something,” Ovechkin said to the throng of media. “I talked to Bruce, and how I said, I didn’t play my game at all last night. It’s not about Montreal. It’s all about me.”

    Ummm, it’s all about Spacek?

  264. Storm Man says:

    Thats nothing new, they even pee on other teams fans some sick fans in Philly feel bad for the 11 year old.

  265. punkster says:

    The meltdown continues. Just wait til they get to Montreal and indulge in the debauchery offered at our local purveyors of the fine art of dance. There will be pics.

  266. punkster says:

    Damned colonials. They never learn.

  267. derfab says:

    I don’t see how not giving up on a play where he was beat when he shouldn’t have been translates into him having a great game. as far as neutralizing the Ovarian cancer goes, Gorges and Pleks stood out much more.

  268. SLONCOLD says:

    are you angry price didn’t play?

  269. krob1000 says:

    Spacek is Ovie kryptonite!!

  270. craz11 says:

    For Sale:

    Official Tomas Plekanec Turtlenecks

    $100

  271. GrimJim says:

    MAB and his impresson of a low wall?

  272. Harani says:

    Awesome History will be made video by Marc-Andre Deslauriers with the Pleks OT goal.. Nice job.

     ”I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  273. G-Man says:

    Ovechkin is a hockey player, not a horrible disease, a**hole!

  274. lavie says:

    Ovechkin couldn’t find the direction to Halak, as dizzy as Rasheed Wallace
    :

    Rasheed Wallace scores in his own basket a rebound

     

     

  275. Big Ted says:

    I, like many of you, optimistically predicted a Habs’ win last night and have picked them to win the series… not as much because I think we will win for sure, but because I think we have a decent chance and a much bigger chance than anyone outside of Montreal will give us. That being said, this was 1 game. 1 single game. We still need to beat the caps three times. It was great to be happy about the win last night and it was a key step to putting doubt in the Caps’ mind, but I think it’s also important for people to remember this feeling if game 2 doesn’t go as well as we might hope. the Caps are going to come out stronger, ovechkin is going to work hard to throw pucks at the net, and they are going to start hitting more and using their size. I truly believe our boys have a chance to steal the second game as well, particularly if we take advantage of washington over-aggression. The key is to keep frustrating them and draw them into either bad penalties or lapses in defence. But we need to bury our early opportunities, no missing chances, and we need to maintain the work ethic we established in game 1. Any let-off on our part will be costly. So yes, hope everyone is feeling good about the start, but let’s keep our positivity through game 2 and win or lose bring momentum into the Bell centre for games 3 and 4. I think we have good chances of taking two of the next three and it will be big-time pressure on washington if we can squeak out the next one.

  276. habfan53 says:

    How is this for a little dream.

    Montreal defeats Washington , Philly ousts N.J,    Mtl. vs Buffalo      Philly vs Pittsburgh

    I think there is a good chance of this happening.     Mtl vs Pitt  Conference final 

  277. JD_ says:

    It is no coincidence that when you take the letters in “Chez Paree” and mix ‘em around, you yield “Capz ere, eh?

    This has Allo-Police and hands on camera lenses written all over it.

    Meltin’ down like the US residential mortgage-backed securities market after collapsing sub-prime tranches fueled tightened liquidity in broader consumer credit markets.

  278. Harani says:

    Um…It’s only been Game 1 of Round 1. I would say it’s a little too fast!

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  279. Eliisa says:

    How was being there for the game against Toronto? A wee bit stressful?

  280. habfan53 says:

    True but I believe (and have a little cash riding) that Montreal can and will defeat the Caps. As for Philly / NJ my only concern is how long Boucher can stay solid.   

  281. Say Ash says:

    I’ll admit it. And I’ll ask you all the same: Who thought about Habs/Sabres minutes after Jagr’s goal last night?

  282. lavie says:

    People are so creative. A new Hockey star was born!

  283. habsfaninboston says:

    Here, here.

  284. doogmac says:

    don’t forget to bring a towel

  285. Storm Man says:

    It was alot of fun, It’s going to be very stressful when Im at game 4. Your in a great city for the playoffs the Nucks fans must be very high after that win last night;) 

  286. homerbowen says:

    I am very happy with the win last night as it was definately unexpected but deserved.

    That is one more win in the playoffs then I expected or predicted.

    Given their play last night just maybe they can win one more, however, with their overall performance this year I will gladly settle for the one.

    Go Habs Go

  287. habfan53 says:

    Not right after but soon. . Just to get a little ahead of things.

     I just see this as a perfect STORM scenario   Like “93

    No big name stars  Like ’93

    Hot goalie   Like ’93

    Meeting right opponents   like ’93    NOT NJ

    hang tough in overtime    I HOPE like ’93

    AND A LOT OF LUCK  like ’93

     

  288. Eliisa says:

    You are going to game four too? Life is simply not fair. Well, I am from Revelstoke and there are a lot of Nucks fans here – however most of my coworkers cheer for other teams – Oil, Wings, Bruins, Flames, Leafs, Avs. I think there are only two Canucks fans at work, a miracle. I work with my Uncle (who cheers for the Bruins) and I made sure I was in his office first thing this morning rehashing the games. :)

    Seriously though, game four really?

  289. mike g says:

    AND a coach that can read      like we thaught in ’93

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

  290. CHsam says:

    LMAO!!!! THe man Theo will NEVER forget

  291. Storm Man says:

    yes game four family has seasons tickets, Revelstoke nice place huge softball tourny in the summer. your uncle cheers for the Bruins ouch you should take him out for a buffalo burger ;)

  292. Storm Man says:

    More like the team Theo will never forget

  293. Eliisa says:

    Lucky guy. The Glacier Challenge (formerly known as Kokanee), yes, I play in it every single year. It’s always a great time. This year might be the first I am going to miss.

    What a family embarrassment, I know. It’s fun having the rivalry between us though – keeps work interesting on days like this. Nice suggestion too about the burger – I think I might just do that tonight.

  294. Storm Man says:

    I have played in it a few times also, Well back to work the market is closing sure I will see you on here Saturday and hope your Uncle enjoys his burger;)

  295. Danno says:

    That’s a good one Harani. I’m sending that one off to some friends. Thanks!

     

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

  296. Ronan G says:

    had to join that one!!

     

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  297. HabFanSince72 says:

    You mean  “thought”, moron.

     

  298. Ronan G says:

    GREAT BEER!! ^^^

     

    “The NHL was going to test the Stanley Cup for lysteria, but then they realized it hasn’t touch a Maple Leaf product in over 42 years!”

  299. CHsam says:

    nice Avatar- reminds me of Mortal Kombat lol

  300. Jeff says:

    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  301. mike g says:

    OH, sorry MR. internet spell check….

    Trying to write as fast as I can here at work without getting caught, and now I have the HI/O spell check police after me…

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

  302. Danno says:

    New for Spring 2010…

    The Jagernecker!

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

  303. jbroderi says:

    I am not going to plan the parade, nut I am also not going to tell everyone that it is just one game.  Listen, we are in a battle, and now the Caps know that there are two sides.  It will probably be a long, tight series if we can play like that.   The little things, along with opportune scoring and goaltedning will give us a chance.  go habs!!!

    hey, we won’t get swept anyway.  screw you thehockeynews.  Any “expert” who picks a sweep is really a moron anyway.  There is too much parody, and look how close theze teams were head to head.  if you think it will be one-sidied, say 5 games, as it most likely be more accurate then 4.  When you say 4, it is really more about disrespect than actual expert opinion.

     

     

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  304. Mattyleg says:

    Sorry, J, I don’t go on about this sort of thing, but there’s a big difference between ‘parody’ and ‘parity’.

    One’s a joke, the other’s reality. ;-)

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  305. ab-hab-nut says:

    If we win the first 3 games and lose the next 4, is that a sweep?

  306. Mattyleg says:

    Ohhhhh….firetruck.

    Do I have to go through that again tomorrow night??

    My metablolism is only just now recovering.

    I feel bizarrely jealous of my Calgary buddy sitting next to me during the game laughing away at my apoplexy.

    His worries are over, while mine…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  307. SPATS says:

    I know how you feel… I used to live and die with the team when Price was in nets and we had a bunch of guys whose names started in KO but could never KO the opponent. Now I sit calmly knowing that these guys are not panicking so why should I? BG has built this team around quiet confident character types. Even Carey Price fits the mold! Relax buddy, and enjoy… It’s only going to get better! Habs in 4

  308. GrimJim says:

    Yes but you get the reward, whereas he gets … next year

  309. jbroderi says:

    sorry, fingers faster than brains

     

    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  310. Mattyleg says:

    Heh heh.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  311. ManApart says:

    I agree that Martin probably only has one year left as coach, unless the Habs go deep, because Boucher will be ready. I’m not so sure Martin is a great choice as GM, if that’s what you mean. His track record isn’t anything special. With PG, his good friend around, not sure where Martin fits in. As for BG, I have said and still say he wasn’t a good GM. In 5,10,15 years, nobody will remember the Gainey days as anything special. They will just be lumped into “the 2 decades (or more) when the Habs never did anything”., with his part being 6 or 7 seasons. Unless the Habs do something special this year of course.

  312. Ian Cobb says:

    ManApart!

    Critic of Martin as he did not play 4 lines in games past yes
    and we were playing poorly, agreed.! But Bob has always been on task.
    Martin will not coach more than next year but will move upstairs. He is
    a great hockey man, just not behind the bench.

  313. ddupuis says:

    I heard a stat last night that said Jaro is 8-0-1 (or 8-0-2) when facing 40 plus shots!  Can anyone confirm that?

    If so, keep those shots coming Caps!

    DD…

  314. linp says:

    Halak is 7 – 0 when facing 45 shots or more.

  315. TomNickle says:

    On a day like today where happiness should be the theme.  I’d like to take a moment and apologize to anyone who may have felt bullied by me in the past.  I can assure you that it wasn’t my intention.  I can certainly become passionate when discussing our Habs and my temper can get the best of me.

    I want what most fans want on here.  Laughs, insightful opinion and to make Carey Price out to be a God.  I expect people to support their arguments when debating with me because I feel they would expect the same.

    So again, with our common goal of Habs success in mind I would like to unite with my fellow Hab fans and rejoice in last nights win and I hope that any future conversations that I have with any of you are harmonious and pleasant in nature.

    Yours,

    The Bully,  Tom Nickle

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  316. Off-side says:

    Here, here!

  317. notbigbird says:

    I tend to find you to be one the less dimwitted characters. You seem to know your stuff.

  318. mike g says:

    Very classy Tom..good stuff.

    Although I’m still mad at you for that time you made fun of my mom, it was very uncalled for..

     

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

  319. adam76 says:

    Good stuff Tom – if your ever in Nova Scotia – I’ll buy you a beer or six.

     

    Onward and upward.

  320. ed lopaz says:

    Yo Tom – Since i once referred to you using the “B” word, I guess this might be directed at me.

    no hard feelings.

     

  321. Sambaguio says:

    Thanks Tom. You ridiculed me once but it’s OK. I love to be right. Dont forget your promise: ull buuy me a beer once we win the cup!

  322. notoutyet says:

    I want to thank you   As a closeted homosexual,   I find it so brave and honourable that you would post a picture of you and your life partner on such a open public forum.  You both make a very cute couple!!!!!

  323. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yes but they did play the Olympics and I’ve never heard of anyone playing the Olympics and than the IIHF Cup, seems anti-climactic for most of these guys because really, any decent playoff match gets a better viewing audience than these guys trouncing Kazakhstan 17-0.

    I’m sure after some 1st-round eliminations some more ‘names’ will become available.

     

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

  324. SeriousFan09 says:

    Iginla probably finds it in bad taste that he’s eligible to play IIHF each year because the Flames can’t build a team.

     

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

  325. 24 Cups says:

    Andrew – I realize that this is a big championship over in Europe but I never really get too excited about it.  Most of our best players are in the NHL playoffs and then some of the other available talent (such as Eric Staal) takes a pass. 

    The World Championship is basically a training program for the Canadian Olympic team.  Not just players, but admin as well.

  326. andrewberkshire says:

    I agree, and feel the same way, but I never get tired of winning! I just find it in bad taste that Iginla especially, never competes in the WHC.

  327. Off-side says:

    Oh God.  I just got reading some comments on a Caps blog.  One of the guys is trying to pass the word around to have the crowd chant USA, USA tomorrow night.  I ask you:  are they really that stupid?

  328. ddupuis says:

    Im sure OV would love that…(please note the sarcasim)

    DD…

  329. lavie says:

    They needed to hire a new announcer and new singer, seriously if they wanted to win a game.

    The announcer and singer will help us another win tomorrow.

  330. Say Ash says:

    Yes – they – are!

    Yes – they – are!

  331. nickster13 says:

    they are like the most non american team ever lol, just Joe corvo and Mike knuble pretty much and those guys arent gonna win the series. Their best players are Russian and Swedish and Canadian lol, so good plan caps fans!

  332. Pat8987 says:

    No they’re not, BUT WE ARE…Dreading the moment when we BOO the USA national anthem…So classless…

     

     

  333. Harani says:

    Green on Halak: “We hadn’t played against him and we didn’t know his habits. We didn’t expect him to play well.”

    WTF? Didn’t he watch Halak stone the Russians at the Olympics? Oh…that’s right…he prolly didn’t watch coz he wasn’t there.

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  334. captaink4life says:

    Hiyoooooo!!!

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  335. Chuck says:

    Don’t the Capitals scout? Sheesh… what a dumb comment.

    _____________________________________

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

  336. captaink4life says:

    I know, I know, it’s just 1 game….. but let’s say that the Habbies go on a deep playoff run. The Habbies that Bob Gainey put together. Many people on this site will owe him a serious apology! After Price, he was one of the premier whipping boys (men?) during losing streaks and lopsided losses.

     

    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  337. notbigbird says:

    I was going to write my agreement and then I remembered that he wanted to keep both Kovy and Komo. Mind you, he made good second choices. I am thinking that whatever their size, they have character which will hopefully rub off on whoever joins the team in the next few years. It has seemed to me that those who criticize his acquisitions haven’t offered alternative plans for the most part. That being said, I haven’t been a JM fan, but maybe I will be forced to reconsider. Hope so.

     

  338. CanadienBoy says:

    Gomez alway play well at post season even with the ranger he had a pts.. a game in 115 playoff games he has 82 pts.  

  339. Off-side says:

    oh, gosh.  how embarrassing. thanks for that correction. :(

  340. krob1000 says:

    ….Ovechkin and Semin while leading the Caps to the Presidents trophy have now embarassed two Presidents on two continents …that is impressive and perhaps a first!

  341. LeeFree says:

    It’s laughable to think that one or perhaps two posters are giving creadence to Stock’s ‘undeserved’ statement. Some need to open their eyes; that star studded muffin team was brought down a notch by a well executed system/style of play after the opening 20 minutes. Nuff said! 

  342. dudurules says:

    “We” as in the local lucky as dudu bell centre goers… don’t get me started on them… and i’m sure they will

  343. KenD29 says:

    Just missing the turtleneck with that mullet!

     

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  344. Jeff says:

    Is that a Mullet? Get a haircut, it is 2010!

  345. Ayan_SB says:

    Are you seriously questioning Tomas Jagr’s mullet?

  346. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    Wow, Halak was great. Still any doubters out there?

  347. namgel says:

    We won 1.

    Lets not act like leafers.

    3 to go

    .

     

    Coach Martin say’s one…..one little forward…two….two lit..

  348. Bugs says:

    You know how when Halak racks up the 35-40 shots against, he’s like 62-0-1 or something?

    And you know how the madder the Hulk gets, the stronger he becomes?

    Well, how do I go about drawing a nifty parallel between the two?

    “Don’t make Jaro angry.” ? That’s kinda lame.

    Any suggestions?

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  349. TomNickle says:

    8-0-1 when facing 40 shots or more I believe, which certainly bodes well for us in this round.

    How about “You can’t crack Halak”?

    That’s kinda lame.

     

     

        With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  350. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Thank -you Jaro for bringing us to the promised land and for your head standing prowess again last night..,…If not for you my friend NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE !

  351. mike g says:

    “Simple Jack’s Game 1 Recap”:

    Tomas Jagr: Seriously speaking, nobody could have scored that HUGE goal in overtime last night with the same pride and joy as Tomas did. Basically, he just shut up Theo and their coach Humpty Dumpty. The puck was on an edge, he said fcuk this it’s my time to shine, and he riffled it pas Jose. Game over, Habs win, go home Theo, see you in 2 days….

    MA-B He’s Good Afterall: Maybe MAB is that bad. Maybe MAB can play defense. He sure showed he can hold his own last night, having played vs Ovi on a few occasions and never really looking out of place. He did get a penality on the 1st shift of the game, but that’s what you get when you play the Capitals in Washington. Overall great job by him last night.

    It’s Official: The NHL will do everything in it’s power to try and make the Habs lose. As if it’s not already enough that the Caps are supposed to be so much bigger, stronger, and faster than us. And that they can score like crazy. Apparently no, all of those advantages still aren’t enough. The NHL still feels like they should give them even more unfair advantages against us: MAB’s 1st shift penality (bull shmid), Moen’s icing penality (bull shmidt, the linesman wasn’t warning for icing on the play), and Gionta getting raped by 2 Caps defenseman on a breakaway in overtime (just plain disgusting, it still pisses me off as I’m writting this). All in all the refs did their job last night, as the NHL probably told them to: give the Caps an advantage.

    The Space Man: Jaro Spacek, last nights performance just shut up all of your critics. You were solid like a rock, and never changed your facial expression (like usual). You’re a pittbull and have a weird face, but when it’s time to play hockey, you play. A+.

    Chrome Dome: That little, bald creature in between the benches last night is the most annoying fruit punch lover on the planet. Up until the 3rd period, he was jerking off in his little booth to everything the Caps were doing. He would mention something about the Habs every 6 or 7 minutes, but it would be a tiny comment like “the Habs are lucky they have Halak” or “OUF, the only reason why MTL’s in this game is because of Jaro”. And that was it, then it was back to sucking some Capital pipi. The worst thing was that he praised their defenseman Carlsson on about 10 occasions, saying he was playing sooo great and was only 20 years old, bla bla bla….Wakeup Call!!!! Jaro Spacek totally shut down Ovi, the best player in the world, the one Pierre cums over! And he only started mentioning it in the 3rd period. Awful, awful, and very unprofessional. As a commentator you can’t be biased. He is 110%.

    Other Notables: Cammy, what a laser/you looked good last night. Gomez/Gionta, now we know why the Devils won those cups, the way you elevate your games in the playoffs is something else. Halak, ha-like you alot, top notch….

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

  352. TomNickle says:

    Haha. Mike, I think you just made a great case for the HIO crew to put up a disclaimer that says, Eat Breakfast, Lunch or Supper while reading this site at your own risk.

     

     

       With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  353. BienvenueSurLaPasserelle says:

    1. Completely agree with the brutal non-call on Gionta, Green clearly took him down. If the Habs hadn’t been given a PP at the end of regulation, or if this game was in the regular season, that’s called all day.

    2. Watch the game on RDS, in HD if you have it. Not once did I have the “pleasure” of listening to Pierre’s extreme non-bias towards the Canadiens. It’s really a much more pleasant experience. And the “ET LE BUUUUUUUTTT” in OT sounds so much sweeter in French than from Gord Miller. He’s alright, but there’s definitely no question of who is more passionate, the other Pierre, Houde.

    _____________________

    To You From Failing Hands We Throw The Torch, Be Yours To Hold It High.

  354. BoomBoom says:

    NHL refs blow this year…while they did call 4 aside last night but I agree that the Habs deserved more PP ans the Caps 2 less (especially Moen considering Chimera did the exact same thing earlier in the game). I think the successful PKs went along towards the Habs gaining confidence.

    Still very nervous in our zone with MAB but he got the bounces last night and Markov had a huge game defensively.

     

  355. JoeC says:

    It wasnt a trip on Giota, he hit the puck first, get over it

     

    The refing was pretty level that game.

  356. wotever says:

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: if you’re listening with a 5.1 setup – disconnect/disable your centre channel.  No commentary == McGuire problem solved:   It’s AWESOME.

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

  357. likehoy says:

    pierre mcguire drinking game…’nuff said.

    - Habs Romance (Lady Gaga remix)
    http://montreal.virginradio.ca/blogs/39/posts/464

  358. LeeFree says:

    It was very laughable all week while listening to all the laff and boons fans, and it was just as funny listening to those television in the booth know-it-alls. Yeah, get the brooms out, lmao. And how in he double ‘L can that moron, Stock, say that this game was undeserved is beyond reasoning. Sure the boys weathered the storm in the first period, Halak played superb, a few butterflies were evident and MAB was horrendous. But after 20 minutes of play, JM adapted, the confidence was there and their feet were moving. Blocking shots at random, taking the body, (esp Pouliot in that department), double teaming + keeping #8 off the stat sheet. And #6 looked like #4 out there. Kudos and a well deserved 53 minute team effort. Let’s hope that they can maintain both this pace and #8 throughout the series. Last night’s game was a rude awakening for the Caps. Home court advantage, Habs.

  359. TomNickle says:

    MAB was horrendous?

    Stock’s post-game may very well be more on the money than yours.  Just my opinion though.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  360. JoeC says:

    You even watch the game? MAB was great last night

  361. FSUPhi1584 says:

    I though in MAB’s case it became evident that maintaining a constant pressure on the forecheck made the Capitals offense a little less agressive and resulted in less attacks on MAB, which made his lack of size less of a factor because he was able to get rid of the puck quickly.

  362. mike g says:

    There is no doubt that Pierre McGuire knows his hockey. I think if we’d ask him where player x played during any year, he would tell you the answer faster than the internet could….

    But that’s not the point. He’s like one of those computer geeks that are great with technology but can’t talk to people. He has zero people skills, at all. The way he delivers his great hockey knowledge is done in the most unprofessional manner possible. Pierre always gives away too much useless/unwanted information concerning every single player in the league. For example:

    Do we really care what Luke Schenn’s middle name is, or what high school/college/university he went to, or what his father/mother/brother/aunt/uncle’s names are, or what he did yesterday between 12:07 ans 2:34 in the afternoon? NOOOOOOOOOOOO we don’t.

    He also tends to dwell and suck up to the superstars of the league. He’s just a very annoying person overall. And I know I’m not alone in thinking this…

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

  363. ed lopaz says:

    of course you’re not alone. everyone on this site agrees with you.

    do you know mcguire’s history? do you know that he was an assistant coach under Scotty Bowman, and a head coach in the NHL (albeit briefly).

    he has completely transformed himself into a broadcaster – he was trained to be a hockey X’s and O’s man.

    look, there are many people who find me annoying = that’s life.

    my only point about mcguire is that the guy know his hockey, knows the players at every important level, North America and Europe.

    I look right past his delivery – his stupid stories – and I concentrate on learning hockey from the man.

    the fact that he makes his home here in montreal – 5 minutes from the bell center – and has a country home up in Tremblant – and that he started his vbroadcasting career on the Mitch Melnyk radio show here i montreal, helps me to route for him even when most people here do not.

    that’s part of what makes life on this site interesting.

    I love the habs and so do you – but we can agree that we don’t feel the same way about mcguire.

  364. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    Maybe even bigger than beating the Caps… are we converting Leafs fans? A comment on CBC.ca:

     

    “As a Leafs fan I find myself routing for the Habs…and I’m scaring myself…lol

    Having not been in the playoffs for 5 years I’m finding new reasons
    to cheer for teams, underdog is one of the ways to go, and also for the
    Habs it’s because I’m still blown away that the CBC is not broadcasting
    this series!!

    Go Habs, er Leafs Go!”

  365. Bryan says:

    I don’t buy the mantra that the Habs were totally outplayed last night.  Aside from the first period, I think we played them evenly… especially in OT.

    The hits/faceoffs stats were a tad worrisome though.  Eric Belanger was a beast in the circle last night.

    _______________________________

    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  366. Chuck says:

    I though that the Caps had the edge in the 3rd, but we played them a lot tougher that in the 1st… consequently, their scoring opportunities weren’t as threatening. Pretty even in the overtime, though. Nice to see the Caps take a shift off on the Pleks rush, too.  :)

    _____________________________________

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

  367. Bugs says:

    Because it builds character.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  368. Malreg says:

    When you think about it, we just need to win 3 out of the next 6 games.  Every one calls us a .500 team so we should have no problem lol.

     

  369. sholi2000.com says:

    What a great game.  My nine year old sat up with me during the OT.  We were so excited.  When Plecs scored he jumped up and said take that Ovechkin.

    So the mighty have fallen.  Appears to be so simple, but we all know the Caps will be out for blood next game.

    The Canadiens made two mistakes all night and the Caps scored.  That has to be a season low for the habs.

    Halak was great.

    The defense was great.

    All four lines were great.

    Ovechkin and Semin were not.

    Three more wins to go, and 6 games to do it.

    The team that Gainey built just upset the best team in the NHL in the playoffs.  Anything can happen, and that is why you must make the playoffs……..

    Lasltly, does anyone think that the Gionta take down was at least a penalty.  We all saw the reply, he took the feet right from underneath him.  Pft Gord Miller says he played the puck.  Bah Humbug!

    They call me Shane

  370. HabFanSince72 says:

     The Caps are not the best team in the NHL. Best in the East maybe.

     

  371. Malreg says:

    The rule is if you touch the puck first then there is no penalty.

    Green tried to swat at the puck, but he never touched it.  Definitely a penalty, or even a penalty shot!

  372. TomNickle says:

    Well Tony I’m not a homosexual but you’re welcome I guess.

     

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one

  373. hotspur says:

    I say if we can weather the storm tomorrow and come out with another win, we will win the series. The caps will be playing like their tails are on fire tomorrow, but if we find a way to win it I think they will have their mojo seriously damaged. 

    _________________________________________________________________
    Audere est Facere- To Dare Is To Do

  374. HabFanSince72 says:

    Good win for Spurs against Arsenal this week. You knocked them out of the running.

  375. mrhabby says:

    great overall team effort. to many players to list. its really one game at a time. series is far from over and the caps will awaken. that being said i really enjoy watching this team play. lots of peeps on here have to acknowledge  Bob Gainey by adding players that bring respect back to the CH.

  376. timbo_habfan says:

    Is this a good time to remind Alexander Ovechkin that the series has begun? No I think it best to wait at least another three games…. then he can read about the series details like the rest of us at Habsinsideout.com…

    Were Moen, Spacek and Gill (Gill?!!) just SAVING themselves for the playoffs??

    15 MORE TO GO!

     

  377. HUDSONHAB says:

    Yeah it happened. I was playing in a mini 3 on 3 tourny last night and didn’t get to watch until the OT started. If the game and games are like that, it will be fun to watch the rest of the games. EFFORT, it’s a beautiful thing.

    ….Hab4life….

  378. Psycho29 says:

    Wonder what the Vegas odds were on Ovie not getting a shot the entire game????

  379. Bugs says:

    - The Priceberg is a child. It’s obvious that he’s a cancer in the room and doesn’t have the respect of his teammates if their ironic “Superstar” mantle of him is to be believed. Immature? Are we the only ones who remember that he CRIED after a Washington defeat? That’s why he’s not playing now, baby. He HAS not talent. Bigness and quickness doesn’t help if you can’t SEE the puck, and the Priceberg can’t see the puck. Can’t track it, can’t follow, never knows where it is. No talent. Shouldn’t play. Should be dealt. Cancer.

    - The CHL goalie of the year award, WJHC gold medal, Calder Cup trophy and Calder Cup MVP awards don’t mean anything. If they did, they would TRANSLATE somehow here. They haven’t. Pedigree therefore seems to work right up to the point where it doesn’t. And this is that point.

    - I can’t really project into alternate realities so I don’t know if we woulda finished 1st in the East with Huey. But I can do it for Halak though: we woulda finished 1st in the East with 110 pts instead of 104.

    - I’m callin out all sets of idiots. Even mine. Stack’em, pack’em, and rack’em. Let’s do it.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  380. SeriousFan09 says:

    Tom, don’t engage Bugs, he’s ****-disturbing because he’s bored.

     

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

  381. Storm Man says:

    Yawn…….

  382. TomNickle says:

    Thank you.

     

    With Jacques Martin at the helm, we are doomed to be a good team instead of a great one.

  383. Bugs says:

    As long as there’s somethin, I always say.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  384. makka83 says:

    What’s really funny about all this is that if you look at the bigger picture, I believe both Jaro and Price will have great careers. One of them will not be in Montreal because that just cannot happen. Maybe this year is the last time they are together maybe not.

    But, the pissing match between the pro-Halak and pro-Price will not stop once Price or Halak leave the Habs. It will continue…

    1 great Jaro game and folks like you would be here making fun of the other Price folks. One bad game by Jaro and you fold while the Price folks come make fun of you… Same for Price.

    Who will be the winner of this debate? Easy… the folks that are pro the goalie that will win the cup first… :-)

  385. Bugs says:

    We have to keep both as long as we can. We definitely can for another year.

    If one leaves this summer, I better get Hall or vanRiemsdyk in return.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  386. FSUPhi1584 says:

    I completely agree. It would be possible but risky to use one against the other in contract talks. At the very least you could keep price’s contract down. I think in the long run Price may be better as I think he has the higher ceiling. He’s probably gonna be one of those goal tenders who come to life when they hit like 27. I say keep Halak until he is no longer an RFA then reevaluate the situation.

  387. HabFanSince72 says:

    What is up with Hamr? In the 1st half of the season he stepped up when Markov was injured, and played excellent hockey.

    But now he is just terrible. Thank Goodness Spacek has improved his play.

    And Gill! He was awesome last night.

     

  388. Bugs says:

    But I don’t wannaaaa…

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  389. 24 Cups says:

    The first group of 15 players named to Team Canada. I’m not sure how I feel about Steve Downie being on the team.  He was great when he played for the junior squad but has been out to lunch ever since.  Russel over Phaneuf is also a bit of a mystery.  Of course, some guys could be injured or might decline to play.

    P  NAME                      CLUB TEAM
    
    G  Chris Mason               St. Louis Blues
    
    D  Francois Beauchemin       Toronto Maple Leafs
    D  Brent Burns               Minnesota Wild
    D  Mark Giordano             Calgary Flames
    D  Kris Russell              Columbus Blue Jackets
    D  Marc Staal                New York Rangers
    
    F  Rene Bourque              Calgary Flames
    F  Steve Downie              Tampa Bay Lightning
    F  Evander Kane              Atlanta Thrashers
    F  Steve Ott                 Dallas Stars
    F  Corey Perry               Anaheim Ducks
    F  Rich Peverley             Atlanta Thrashers
    F  Steven Stamkos            Tampa Bay Lightning
    F  John Tavares              New York Islanders
    F  Ray Whitney               Carolina Hurricanes
    
  390. andrewberkshire says:

    Stamkos and Perry are the only legitimate elite level players on that team, everyone else is pretty much a depth player. I’m not very optimistic about it. Guys like Jarome Iginla and Eric Staal sitting out the WHC is annoying to me.

  391. sholi2000.com says:

    Geez, 121 points, and only 15 loses all season. 10-5-1 vs the West, 4-1-2 vs the Central, 3-2 vs North West, and 3-2-1 vs the Pacific.  Even I can admit that they are the best team on ice right now…..well not today :)

    They call me Shane

  392. sholi2000.com says:

    Even my little fella yelled for a penalty shot, then again he likes the EA sports and they give out penalty shots on every breakaway trip.

    They call me Shane

  393. j2w4habs25 says:

    1 game down for a win – 15 more to go!!…

  394. Bugs says:

    Why do folks keep sayin I’m better than this? I hear that a lot. I really appreciate you thinkin so much of me.

    But no. I’m no better than this.

    Knock-knock. Who’s there? A guy. A guy who?

    A guy who’s no better than this, that’s who.

    Ridiculously overhyped, call me

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

  395. makka83 says:

    True that. Bugs is not better than this. In fact, he’s probably the worst at this.

    Does that mean Bugs will fold when Jaro loses a game… I hope not… but i am sure he will because he isn’t better than this!

  396. GrimJim says:

    Bugs won’t fold, he’ll just start messing with the other side

    That’s the glory of Bugs, no target is sacred

     I’ve just come to expect a little more creativity from him

  397. hotspur says:

    I think I’m gonna have to change my avatar to a Danny Rose pic! that volley was phenomenal. I’m hoping that the spurs can finish strong and get the 4 place champion’s league qualifier.  

    _____________________________________________________
    Audere est Facere- To Dare Is To Do

  398. linp says:

    Hope you guys overtake City for the 4th place. Good Luck to all Habs fan!

  399. HabFanSince72 says:

    Yes. And next year you and City knock Arsene Wenger’s little bitches into 5th spot.

  400. Danno says:

    It was never in doubt.

     

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

  401. habsfanmandy says:

    Of course, you were wearing your lucky jersey!

  402. mike g says:

    Saw the play from all angles…

    It was a clear trip, no question about it. Green touches the puck after Gionta falls, there was even contact with the stick before Giota falls…

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

  403. FSUPhi1584 says:

    Agreed. Def a trip. No doubt about it. The puck came out after Gionta’s legs were taken out.

  404. jennifer1984 says:

    i saw a sign today

    i was pulling out of a parking lot on my lunch headed back to work, when a car pulled in beside me. the licence plate read “PATT ROY”

    now….. there’s an extra letter, but still. i see it as a sign.
    GO HABS!

  405. CHsam says:

    nice! How about  TOM JAGR ?

  406. DONJUAN says:

    Great game minus the first period, kept it simple used our speed but the down low play of moen, moore, lappy, darche, was a real positive for me.  But Caps going to come with a better game Gabby going to rip a new one in em.  All the Luck habs were going need it.

    In HABS we trust.

  407. jennifer1984 says:

    haha if i saw that, i would have had to stop the vehicle and start asking questions!

     

  408. Ronan G says:

    0 (shots) – vechkin

  409. habsfanmandy says:

    good one!

  410. Danno says:

    Alexander the Overrated?

     

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

  411. habsfanmandy says:

    Ahh… the pleasure of waking up and remembering last night’s bee-yoo-tiful game by our Habs. And to think we have another 27 hours to enjoy this feeling!! Love it.

  412. Jeff says:

    Way too early to gloat my fickle fans.

    OMG, that was one of the worst exhibitions of Hockey by the Caps in 2 periods that everyone acknowledges even Hab fans, right?

    Oh no, are you planning to move on to the next series after this ummmm…. win?

    Do you expect Ovie & company to continue to play like that?

    If not for Theodore, the Habs would have blown the Caps out in the 2nd and part of the 3rd.

    If not for Halak in the 1st, the Habs would have been blown out early.

    Soooooo, let’s mark this as an aberration on both teams part and move on….

    It’s much too early to gloat or plan a parade!

    Am I wrong, we’ll see! 

  413. Say Ash says:

    Leafs win last night? Didn’t see the highlights, as I don’t subscribe to the golf channel.

  414. Ayan_SB says:

    I think Grabovski needs a caddie. Off you go.

  415. mike g says:

    If not for you only watching Leafs games, you would know that the Caps often play that way. They go nuts for one period, sometimes 2, and coast the rest of the way. They’re a team that has faced zero adversity all year long, and when they faced it last night in the 2nd period they crumbled and it looked liek they gave up. Nobody is saying this series is over, but not many gave us a chance to even win one game (probably including yourself).

    If not for managements dumb decisions, the Leafs would have probably, and I repeat probably had a SHOT at making the playoffs for the past 5 or 6 years..

    Soooooo, let’s mark it down that you shouldn’t be criticizing teams that not only make the playoffs, but find ways to win games in them…

    BTW, don’t talk about it being too early for anything. Last time I checked your favorite player is Nazem Kadri; the guy hasn’t played one game in the NHL yet.

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

  416. Danno says:

    That’s right! How did you know?

     

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

  417. Ayan_SB says:

    Just look at the scoresheet from last night, every player on the top two lines had a point, along with Markov and Spacek. Our best players stepped up offensively when it counted. All the while, the 4th line of Pyatt – Lapierre – Darche were forechecking and battling in the Caps’ zone all night.

    And finally, Halak continues his magical season. Pssh, you wanna have over 45 shots? Might as well give us the W cause our young Slovak goalie is 7-0-0 when facing at least that many shots. If somehow he could channel ’03 J.F. Giguere, ’06 Cam Ward or ’86 Patrick Roy, this could be a dangerous team. The Caps, especially Boudreau, desperately wants to show the league that his all-offense all the time approach could succeed in the post-season. We’ll see.

  418. andrewberkshire says:

    Great Avatar!

  419. Jeff says:

    Didn’t you see the news?

    Leafs signed the Monster!

    You fools are running Price out of town?

    Who won? 

    4 straight and I’ll be here to gloat! 

  420. LeeFree says:

    Did you not bother to watch the opening 20 minutes where Jaro saved his bacon MORE than once????


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