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Louis Leblanc and his teammates are playing the dastardly Americans tonight.
Just so it doesn’t clog up previous posts, Comment on the game here.
As an American Hab fan I must state the obvious…go USA
Hope Louis stays outta trouble tonight, the kid’s got enough pressure on him as it is!
Oh well…really wanted the Swedes to win. What do you know…russians win in a shootout, their area of expertise.
I guess I’m not that dissapointed actually. A Canada vs Russia final will definately be a dandy!!
And the crappy goaltending continues as Russia beats Sweden.
Hahah… Can someone interview the swedish coach now please? Eat that, jerk! I just love karma… she is such a beeeeeeeeeyaaaaaaaach!
strangely enough, he’s actually from New Jersey
Just in the first and third periods
I love seeing laff prospects getting nailed!
I think our physical play will be the difference in this game.
Hope we get to hear that siren all night long!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Damn they make a garbage goal look good!
Great job in delaying coming on the ice. Who’s the home team?
I second that!
This is going to be a good one!
If only we could mute McGuire. Can we trade him to the Americans?
Ryan Ellis is in too many commercials, also, hockey players are terrible actors
I agree, mega lame, and yeah we love hockey, but come on tim hortons, it doesnt touch our hearts or whatever
Oh, how I hate that crosby commercial. Repeating something he said as a kid, and it’s supposed to be what – Inspiring?
Hurry up and drop the puck!
Like I said, I don’t know what I did but right now I’m seeing two keyboards lol! Not good at all.
I feel for the guy but don’t give me that. They did this during the olympics too – making every event into a huge emotional thing.
Found the shovel I see.
Losing your mom to breast cancer is hardly a “sob story”.
Centre Hice: yeah, but was it legal?
Oh lord…..cmon TSN don’t become CBC. We don’t need the sob stories to make the rivalry worse.
I don’t know what happened with that. In my dilerium, I must have hit an extra key.
Our Game……..Go Canada!!!
I’ve only caught a bit of the US play in the tournament thus far. From what I’ve seen, they have too many “all about me” players on their team. That and their dependance on the powerplay is quite suprising, over half their goals in the tournament scored on the powerplay
Louis is playing well …looks like a great prospect for us !
He’s a dandy is right , it’s been a coming out show for him for sure !
yeah schenn sucks. go louise lablanche!!
I’m worried about Schenn. He’s been sucking for us. Louis will pot a hat trick. We will win this game.
Johanssen will open the scoring for Canada. really like this kid
don cherry’s way
Every goalie has a weakness, Lehner’s appears to be 5-hole.
- I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
He’ll do it the white way
What a exciting last 3 minutes of regulation…. this is great hockey to watch . Never count the Ruskies out …
Canada must get better backstopping if they hope to win … …roll 4 lines ..hit everything in sight ..Lets do it boys!!
To be fair Ian, Russians played a great game considering they started at 8 last night and went into OT against Finland than had to played a rested Swedish team. Swedes had their chances but couldn’t convert, bad luck? I guess but this was a great goaltending duel on both ends with heart and soul effort by the Russians, that tying goal symbolized how the Russians have stuck around in this tournament.
It was a very even match, Swedes physical power started to overwhelm the tired Russians towards the end, who needed to hold on for the shootout.
The white hat trick Sam.?
leblanc hat trick!!!!
Wanted the Swedes to win, but the Ru-skies had a little help from some bloopers by the refs and a bounce or two.
Swedes were the better team, both Canada and the USA will beat the Ru-skies going away.
This will be the GOLD metal game tonight for sure, USA & Canada.
Goal tending is going to be a problem for us. But we do have the best coach in the tournament.
All 4 lines for us will have to dig very deep to pull this off. It will be a classic.!!
Somewhere Ooder is popping up a bubbly.
McDonagh just got called up by the Rangers.
After the road trip and all those dismal Habs games… got to watch some GREAT hockey at the Juniors. What a game. If the Habs played like that, with that intensity, we’d be shoo-ins for the Cup. Leblanc looked good, that’s important. And what a player Kassian’s gonna be, huh?
Can’t wait for the gold-medal game.
Nice win boys! Now for GOLD AGAINST RUSSIA!!! GO CANADA GO!!!
Yep! They all have to pay their dues in the AHL first, or assistant in the NHL.
But Dave Cameron is a great teacher, I know him personally.
This was a fun game to watch, isn’t winning with skill fun?
That was good.
Now to hear that song again
The two goalies deserved their awards.
LEBLANCCCCCCCCC! can’t wait for the Louis chants in the Bell asap.
Habs organization would need the stones to hire a unilingual coach, but I sense that day is likely coming after JM’s term behind the bench is up, time to say hang the language, this is about Wins and Cups. I think Cameron would have to work the AHL or somewhere in the NHL as an assistant, even the 2-time Memorial Cup Coach Boughner had to accept assistant in CLB this year to break into NHL hockey.
ooh, I need a new avatar. (runs off)
Which team has the most prospects in the WJC? Is there a site that lists this?
Full Breezer 4 Life
I found this cool hockey site. Lots of info >> http://www.eliteprospects.com
Thank goodness that the gold medal game is at 7pm. I might actually get some work done on Wednesday!
And Pierre McGuire has by now gushed over each and every Canadian player as if he were paid by each family to spew accolades about their boy… yes, the crazy Canadian hockey parent knows no boundary.
That was your gold medal game..Not trying to get ahead of myself here, but we will walk over Russia..They did us a huge favor by knocking off the best team, IMO…Sweden
First period hammering set the tone.
Last two periods; most endangered species was a US forward being first into any corner!
“The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
1st star: Henri Richard
2nd Star: Doug Harvey
3rd Star: Jacques Plante
Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″
I just stumbled upon this site >> http://www.eliteprospects.com
Pretty good info, database driven and well presented.
Gushed, fawned and drooled.
Yeah, that is a good site, I’ve been looking at it since you posted it earlier. That was what actually got me wondering if there is a simpler list of the rosters that includes who drafted the various players. But I’m still looking through the site you posted, lots of interesting info, thanks!
It would be cool if Boone blogs the game between Canada and Russia.
LOL!!! Glad you like it.
This link has a list of those who are drafted.
You’ll have to click on each name to see who drafted them.
Boston beat Toronto 2-1.
Idk, but the Blues have 3, a canadian, a swede and a russkie.
“We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin
Don’t pollute the water.
Don’t know about Dick Irvin, but Pollock and Bowman were Montrealers who spoke decent French.
I think the Habs have found their next coach.
What a game plan. And to implement it every shift to perfection. The USA did not know what hit them from the get -go.
Bring on the Rus-kies!
I believe coaching is more and more becoming a young(er) man’s job. But you’re right that Montreal is a tough gig for a rookie coach.
Yes he is.
Foligno’s retaliation hit on a US player, dumping him into the boards is EXACTLY the kind of thing the Habs need more of. And only PK throws those kinds of hits.
Yeah I’ve been thinking about this… so on the one hand he goes for the big hits and takes himself out of the play often leading to goals against… on the other, his D partner should know he does that and be prepared…
Patrick Roy will be our next coach.
I agree we need a little sand paper DOG
He’ll need to pay his dues in the AHL and bulk up a bit for the NHL, but I figure in 12-13 he’ll be a regular and good friend of the Bell Centre faithful.
Next season should be quite something in Hamilton since both Leblanc and Kristo should be lining up for the Bulldogs, perhaps Joonas Nattinen can join them as well.
I cannot see it. But I do not know what kind of a coach he is. After a few years in the minors, we may get a picture.
Does he parler francais?
He’s been coach and GM of the Remparts for 5 years, and very successful at it.
He turned down the Avs head coaching job, obviously because he’s waiting for the big prize.
Was it me or did McGuire says something to the effect “how would you feel if you had Kassian and Foligno go down on you”… about when one of the american players was checked into the bench by these two guys. JT should record it as Pierre’s homoerotic moment of the game.
The Molson boys will have a big say in the next hire.
yeah he said something like that hahaha
Is it too late for Canada to add MAB… just to be sure they DO win.
If you had to guess, do you think the Molsons would suggest a French speaking coach?
So who else thinks Kassian is EXACTLY what the Habs need?
Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’
..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy
How is that remotely intimidating? Those are solid stats, but nothing to worry about. They’re right, you are a Blues fan.
Sorry Bill, it might look that way to you, but requiring that the coach speak French ain’t xenophobia.
Like a handful of H I/O contributors you seem to hold Quebecers in some contempt.
Davis Payne is doin’ aiight..not to mention Guy Boucher.
It really does not matter what language the coach speaks. Just as long as they drink Molsons. The Molson family hired Dick Irvine, Sam Pollock, and Scotty Bowman and everyone drank their beer when they were winning..
I should have mentioned this in Habs Future but it slipped my mind writing the report but it deserves to be considered.
C Joonas Nattinen, 3rd Star of Habs Future missed the first two months of his hockey season with an achilles tendon injury, you wouldn’t be able to tell that by looking at him in the Tournament.
Yup, and he took another head OHL coach with him. Jim Haulton
So long as Pierre Boivin is with this team, its most publicly visible organisational position, i.e., its head coach, will be held by a French-Canadian. Boivin has made that crystal clear Ian.
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No need Timo
Didn’t know the Habs were going to be the practice team for rookie NHL coachs again.
Whether it’s xenophobia or not – and witness the Quebec reaction to the Lapierre trade for more of that – requiring the coach to speak French certainly “ain’t” about hockey. And that’s all I really care about when it comes to my hockey team.
I do not hold Quebecers in contempt. The language politics, however, are worse than contemptible. Xenophobic is probably too light a term, actually.
I believe he is finished with the organization as of this summer.
On what basis do you make this claim?
He’s what every team needs. Unfortunately, someone else got him.
That was a good draft year. I think Montreal did well to get Leblanc where they did. Can’t believe the Leafs didn’t take Kassian! Truculence …
Geoff Molson is taking over as prez. They announced it quite a while ago, maybe even as far back as last summer after the purchase was finalized.
25 in 2011
One has to wonder with Eller, Leblanc, Desharnais, Plekanec, Gomez + whoever they sign as their defacto 4th/PK UFA center (Moore,Metro,Halpern,etc)….how many centers do they need? Are some of these guys going to play wing?
Peter De Boer went straight from Kitchener to the Panthers, I believe.
Congrats to DD!
Bulldogs center David Desharnais has been named the Reebok/AHL Player
of the Month for December. Desharnais led all AHL scorers with 17
assists and 20 points in 14 games for the North Division-leading
ya some will move to wing
Possibly. The other possibility is that the Avs were as weak as they’ve ever been, and he thought someone else would step in ala Joe Sacco and coach them during a bad time while their kids mature, then he steps in once they are better.
So, you have no experience with soccer.
Rangers FC fans regularly sing racist songs and nazi salute, sometimes after goals, sometimes for no reason at all. A black American player signed with them not long ago. You can about imagine how that went. To my knowledge they have never employed an Irish player, and would be hated by a large portion of their fans for even a Catholic one.
Other teams in Eastern and Souther Europe have similar issues, although it’s more about excluding than including compared to Montreal.
As far as the coach goes, did I don’t believe Dick Irvin spoke French.
But on the other hand, imagine how dumbfounded the leafs would be with a coach that only spoke french. Their media would rip him apart no different.
Boivin is history in June 2011.
He parting move was to get his kid Patrick hired by the Canadiens as “Director of Hockey Operations”
Previous experience “marketing for NHL and the Canadiens”.
Nepotism at its best!
Do you think each of those players will be in a Habs sweater all at the same time? Leblanc is at least 2 years away, Desharnais hasn’t secured a spot, Eller you could say the same. Pleks should be around, but Gomez, who knows. So what I’m saying is, by the time Leblanc suits up for Montreal, if in fact that ever happens, the centres on the roster could look quite different.
I know that. Hopefully Kristo and him will play together.
Canada will have to watch out for Russia’s Vladimir Tarasenko (Blues’ prospect) – has 3 goals (2 game winners), 6 assists, +6.
There is one coach who been keep out off the NHL for too long. Who was a head coach Ted Noland
The Montreal Canadiens will never hire an anglophone coach, much less a unilingual anglophone coach. Dream on. The xenophobic language politics of Quebec make it a practical impossibility. The press would have no trouble raising the rabble against him and would have him tarred and feathered within three months. Imagine if an Anglo gave Lapierre’s ice-time to Tom Pyatt: forget waffles on the ice, you’d have a crowd throwing hatchets.
The Habs really are unique in this sense. I can’t imagine there is another professional sports team – any sport, any professional league – that hires based on language or nationality. Lucky us. I hope they take that money they took out of scouting players and put it into scouting French coaches.
Next year in the AHL and then he might be ready. He knows the game and has great skill with speed. One year in the minors at the very least though.
I saw that and Del Zotto got sent down was like woah lets hope McDonagh is a flop ? or not mainly i dont want our trade to look bad but good luck too bad for Del Zotto was he really doing that badly?
An overwhelming canadian contingency in Buffalo..even the white jerseys were ours. Bring on the Russkies..and bring it home.
TV rules the world Sam. Time, more time in overtime is not what TV wants, unfortunately.
Why do these high intense tournaments go to shootout? All that effort and in the end the fate of the game, and potentially the championship, is decided in a shootout! Disgusting! They should let these guys battle it out till a goal is scored
Imagine if the canada game goes to a shootout? I don’t like their chances
I bet russians would disagree… they look exhausted.
It seems to me that Leblanc is by far the most unselfish player on the team. He appears much more concerned about the team winning, as compared to other players that seem more concerned with making sexy individual plays.
This was a total team effort, I didn’t see anyone out there trying to be the “show”
some Habs fans in attendance
He’s 20 years old.
Is Danny Kristo ineligible for the World Juniors or did he just not make the team?
The genetically modified kids? The Kostityn brothers you mean? Once was enough.
At least I can take some comfort in the fact that Wednesday night will probably be the last time I’ll ever cheer for Zack Kassian
Winning the division in the Preliminary Round and getting the by to the semi-finals is not all that it’s cracked up to be.
Did the stick even hit the mask?!? ugh
What a joke call! The Damn Yankee’s stick hit him!
WHY ARE THE LEAFS SO BAD?????????????
There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…
A two-manner! HO, HO ,HO, HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
McGuire didn’t relly say “Schenn-sationl”, did he??
Leblanc looks real good …
sweet, sweet revenge… i can feel it…
This canadian team reminds me of our habs, except for the hitting and scoring.
Fun fact: Canadian keeper Mark Visentin was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes with the pick they got from the Habs, in exchange for the pick we used to get Tinordi.
that was a great save, but wow. Couturier had a ton of net to shoot at, and just shot it right into his pad.
I can’t believe that Habs management hasn’t the rights to all these kids……fail ;). And where are all the genetically engineered young players they should be developing at Brossard??….another fail;)
The US goalie is the only one on their team keeping them in it.
This is by far the best hockey I have seen since the Olympics!
WTH? I thought I was missing a good game being sick in bed. So I get up to check in and it’s 3-0 at the halfway point and all I see is a shooting gallery of epic proportions. Are we that good? What’s up?
you missed the first period, huge hits and Canada just outworking the US. Awesome hockey
It’s a real good game despite the score but CAN has been physically great. USA can’t get it going.
This has gotta be some of the best hockey I’ve seen in awhile.
LMAO, McGuire says it’s a chintzy call. Man. Has he missed most of the NHL games this season?
Get out of the sick bed. I’m running a fever and I wouldn’t miss this unless I was 6 feet under!
McGuire only says and emphasizes things his audience wants to hear. If he was broadcasting on NBC you would hear a completley different “story”.
Hey everybody. If you want to mute McGuire you need digital 5.1 audio. If have it just mute the middle speaker. Voila. No commentary. It works for TSN, RDS and CBC.
One more period to go. Dump it in and forecheck them to death while hitting everything that moves.
Pounce on a turnover and the game is over.
the canadian goalie handles the puck well and so far has made the right decisions with the puck…price has all the tools and skills to handle the puck but many times it is an adventure with him…not sure is it because he is not dedicated to practice it enough or his d and forwards are not that skilled but his puck handling adventure has continued from all of last year…again is it a dedication issue as this should have been solved by now
Absolutely great F***ing hockey being played by Team Canada. Wish Couturier could have put a fourth one by him though.
Not trying to jinx our boys, but I honestly did not expect a shutout this far into the game
PM gooing about Leblanc’s back-check.
This is what NHL hockey should look like!
Maggie is the best!
NHL playoff hockey is as good between 2 skilled good teams.
Ref must be a US fan.
He must be U20 too lol that highsticking call on Canada when it was a US defender’s stick that bashed his own goalie on the head. But no harm no foul.
omg the russia sweden game was soooo gooooood!!!
russia, despite being exhausted gave the extyra push to tie up the game with a 1 minute and a half left and won..
and finally they have a goalie..
lets do it
canada vs russia!
88 is the new 23
It will be quite the show, Canada-Russia Hockey is always iconic.
How long until the play-offs get decided by 4 on 4 hockey of and shoot-outs? Can you imagine that? The SCF settled by a shoot-out!!!! In 100 years they can talk about the old days, where there were play-off games that lasted three days long and the winning goal was scored by a guy who had a broken ankle and the assist came from a guy who had two broken shoulders. The good old days.
oh MAN that was pretty!
Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol! Gol!
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! BEAUTY GOAL CANADA!!!
Wat da go, Boys…Keep it up!!!
nice goal yo!
hahahaha, also, listen to Pierre try so hard to fit all those junior team references in there…lord what a donkey!
Man, Canada is really laying on the body
Smart move by Canada to put Eakin up on the first line.
Not to mention that we’re getting solid goaltedning.
Another period of relentless hitting and lots of piss & vinegar will help to break the Americans’ spirit.
Tinordi didnt make the American team?
More worryingly, neither did Kristo.
Harsh words from Lehner about the missed icing call in the first game, but if the refs actually did scream “ICING” then he has every reason to be pissed
He can be pissed all he wants, but how about showing some class.
That’s ridiculous. US guy hits his own goalie, penalty to Canada.
19 years old, just had his heart ripped out by a terrible decision, being interviewed in a language he didn’t grow up with. YOU try showing some class in a situation like that. Only you’ll never be in a situation like that.
Kristo’s too old anyways.
It’s pretty hard to make the Under-20 Championships when you’re 20 I hear.
Just great hockey.
Nice moves, who’s no. 25, Cizikas?
What a play by Ashton. He is gonna be good.
I guess I’m old school, always like to see the final against the Russians. It’s like replaying ’72 all over again.
We sure put the Americans in their place and good riddance to the cocky Swedes, we would have crushed them too.
Agreed. This game is going to be epic.
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crushed the swedes like canada did the first time they played?
So, Team Sweden getting ready to compete for bronze at the WJC. Fingers crossed that the US Team will compete at a level more in keeping with the Swedish head coach’s lofty standards.
Moral of the story : careful what you ask for boys because, sometimes, you get it – and then some
ALWAYS Habs –
Goaltending is going to be the biggest issue.
who’s starting for Canada? Vizantin?
I don’t have a good feeling about this one. Images of #6 on D give me nightmares.
Oh my, tied up in the dying minutes
Holy crap… russians tied it with just over a minute to go… Woo!!!
I got some nasty stomach flu going on here and, right or wrong, I’m blaming you.
I realize he took a really stupid penalty, but you just have to love Dimtri Orlov. What a great Dman. He was taken 55th by Washington in the 2009 draft.
Montreal didn’t have a 2nd round pick that year due to their philosophy of trading them away for quick fixes.
Go Sweden! The 2nd Russian goal shouldn’t have counted. Karma And I really like Patrik Cehlin and Larson. Sweden plays a more complete game than the Russians, they’ll bring a better and more intense final than the Russians who are known to choooke
Montreal had three options in 2009 when they made their first round selection: Louis Leblanc, Jacob Joefson and Chris Kreider, the American.
It will certainly be interesting to see Kreider and Leblanc go head to head tonight. Kreider has got a great set of wheels.
I met Kreider on the night of the draft. He told me that he met extensively with Bob and Trevor and he knew he was on their radar big time. In the end, he was just happy to be drafted, but it would’ve been exciting to join the Habs.
Ok. Let’s go, Russkies!!!
Very true. But you really never know. At any given time a goalie can come up big. It’s a big shame that after all the work these young players have put, guys who have SO MUCH to prove, guys trying to jumpstart their career and make an impression, after all that the fate of the game is decided in a lame shootout…makes no sense. Hockey is a team sport. A shootout absolutely DOES NOT REPRESENT the better team. Let these guys play it out! Fatigue factor is not a huge issue. They’re playing a 6 game tournament, not a potentially 24 game long NHL playoff and so even if it goes to triple overtime, it’s not an excuse to use a shootout. The shootout is one of the worst things that’s happened to the hockey IMO. Get rid of it ffs….
golubev…the next semin…ok maybe not lol…well u never know
can he flap his hands in a fight like Semin?
The Habs just had to take Leblanc who was a solid choice at that spot in the draft even if he wasn’t French Canadien.
If Leblanc wasn’t available, Kreider would have been a hell of a choice. A little more iffy than Leblanc but lots more chance of being an eventual homerun.
except for the olympics lol
that was umm less then iconic i would say..
but its nice to see russia has some drive and a goalie… haven’t seen that in quite a while
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