Time has come today

The last time the Canadiens won a playoff game in the Bell Centre, George W. Bush was still president of the United States.

April 24, 2008.

Canadiens opened the Eastern Conference semi-final against underdog Philadelphia with a 4-3 win in overtime. Alex Kovalev’s second goal of the game tied it with 29 seconds left in regulation, and Tom Kostopoulos scored 48 seconds into OT.

That’s two years and two days – or, if you prefer, an election, a recession and six home-ice playoff losses – ago.

The Canadiens are WAY overdue.

•  •  •

Seven current Canadiens played in the last home-ice win: Tomas Plekanec, Josh Gorges, Maxim Lapierre, Roman Hamrlik, the brothers K (Andrei scored a goal and missed a penalty shot; Sergei had five hits to lead both teams) and Carey Price.

A harbinger of things to come: R.J.F. Umberger scored the first goal of the series.

•  •  •

Blogging for the CBC, Arpon Basu has written a really good piece on the contrasting playoff performances of Hal Gill and Roman Hamrlik.

Josh Gorges offered this assessment of his D partner:

“He’s at his best in this type of
situation, in the playoffs. When it’s time to win a battle in the corner
or block a key shot, that’s what he’s here for. That’s what wins games
in the playoffs,” Gorges said.
“You ask guys around the league.
‘Can you get around him one on one?’ No. ‘Is it tough to get shots
through when he’s on the ice?’ Yes, absolutely. He makes it miserable
for guys playing against him.”




  1. dh says:

    I think the second diving penalty was as justified as the one against Gionta.  What a crap call?  I guess Gionta could have flown away but short of that…

    Officiating seems much worse than usual this year – whether in our favor or not  (though most often it’s not)

  2. MontrealAtheist says:

    How about celebrating out on the street and in the downtown bars? Rumor has it that there are some people who have an offline life as well … LOL

  3. Habs4Lyfe says:

    Habs 4 Lyfe

    Halak was masterful tonight. His catlike reflexes (as in PUMA like) didnt leave him all night. With an even greater team effort the Habs were able to turn the clock back to yester-year with a dominating playoff performance. Martins’ brinksmanship guided the Habs well into the 3rd period tonight where for the 2nd night in a row he has rode his best performing guns deep into the 3rd period.


    the only questions is

    Do We have One more Game left with this type of playoff brilliance.

    Did Ovi speak to soon in the series about Halak’s nerves and is payback in the offing for Game7…



  4. Big Ted says:

    Disagree. Lapierre played the game the way he does best. He played hard and he went to the net, and he did quite a bit of double-shifting too. The refs nailed him for one diving call that should have been a caps penalty, so the two diving calls is not on him but on the poor officiating. Washington could have been called for diving once or twice too and wasn’t. I like the way laps has played this series after a disappointing season and I will take this Lapierre on my team any day.

  5. idle says:

    What a fantastic game by Halak.  Very enjoyable to watch this one and one of the best performances by a Habs goalie in recent memory.  Cammalleri… Gorges & Gill… P.K… an excellent team game played.

    Nice to have the home losing streak over.  Nice to have all the heavy critics eat a little crow.  Sure the job is not done yet, but for this team to take Washington to 7 games when no one was giving them a chance has to be considered a victory.  One more win would make for an incredible story.

    Lapierre played a very good game but it is too bad that he has to ruin it by being a total dick.  Not only was he an embarassment to the Habs jersey but it was a joke that he could be named the third star after taking two diving penalties and yapping his mouth off as usual.  That first penalty was the sorriest excuse for a dive I have seen since John Kordic.  And then to go and take another one when Washington was taking all the momentem, shows how shelfish he can be.  If I were his teammates I would tell him regarding his good game, thanks but no thanks.  I would rather have SK play with no heart and contribute not much of anything then have Lapierre making a mockery of things even in his best game of the season.

    Can’t wait for game 7


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  6. kempie says:

    somebody dial 9-1 and standby!

  7. kempie says:

    some of us are still here brother

    wisdom is the domain of the wiz

  8. Rudy says:

    It’s not the same

  9. kempie says:

    eerily quiet in here no?

  10. Taipei 101 says:

    Don’t know.  Thinking everyone’s at their favorite watering hole!  Feeling a little lonely…

    “Music is the best.” – Frank Zappa

  11. Rudy says:

    Where is everyone? Where are they commenting?

  12. kempie says:

    boooooooone!!!! we need ya man. leave chantel alone & get back to work!!

  13. Rudy says:

    Where is the game blog?

  14. gumper says:

    Jesus Marimba! Get Bergeron and Markov off the ice.


  15. Taipei 101 says:

    Listening to the game (sporatically) due to spotty internet on Via1 to Toronto.  Please keep the posts coming!

    GO HABS GO!  Is Boone DOA at Bell, or is my Internet that bad?


    “Music is the best.” – Frank Zappa

  16. BrianSkrudland says:

    Anyone else get goosebumps during those anthems? Amazing response from the Montreal fans tonight!

  17. matmacat says:

    PK gave a tap with his stick to both kids on his way out… 🙂

  18. kempie says:

    where’s boone?

  19. bigbighabsfan says:

    It is indeed. And a great video. A rare glimpse of Richie Ramone behind the kit. Oh ya.. Go Habs.

  20. Danno says:

    That is a great cover of the original Chambers Brothers classic. Ramones really do it justice.


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

  21. gatorg says:

    GO HABS GO, Habs in 7, said it from day 1!!! ( but lets win game 6 first) GO HABS GO!!!

  22. punkster says:

    Without a doubt Big Guy!

  23. bigbighabsfan says:

    We need more cowbell.

  24. SPATS says:

    Nice try again Bob… you used the same argument against me yesterday. Do you have a man crush on Sergei to be so blind to what we all saw? He could very easily have taken a step or 2 to the d man along the boards to pressure him to pass and possibly cause a turnover or any result that could have been equal to or better than the end result (goal) Watch it again, sure he’s tired, but he could’ve been more involved.

  25. Lafrich says:

    As a 40-year-old guy who has played in about 25-30 games a year for the last 34 years, and has watched about 1000 NHL games, I am certainly aware that the RW’s man is at the left point. However, when you are the closest player to a loose puck in your own zone, about 8-10 feet away from you:


                                                                          YOU GO GET THE ?!#%$#?! PUCK!!!!!!!!!


    We certainly saw what happened when he didn’t.

  26. Mike says:

    Unfortunately SK is sitting, probably for Darche 🙁  PK will take Bergy’s spot.

  27. nick says:

    Does it concern anyone else JM feels the need to call up?

    Don’t get me wrong, PK is great. But he hasn’t really been practicing much with the team lately… To step in on the fly against a team like Washington… I’m hoping JM see’s this as a backup policy… As horrible as Hamrlik has been recently, I think I’d still leave him in there given his experience… Again, PK is great, and exciting to watch… I just don’t see this as a place to hold a training session. Thats my 2 cents. Opinions?

    Now that I think about it a little more, if PK Subban does play, it’ll probably be SK74 who sits.

  28. Mike says:

    If Subban plays tonight, It should very limited along side Hammer, We need Hammer to play a strong defensive game. And to protect PK. Washington is gonna try to run PK constantly and make him doughbt himself.

  29. habinypsi says:

    Can some one tell me if PK has a good shoot from the point?


  30. Bob Barker says:

    There’s a D-man at the left point, that’s Sergei’s man. If he joins the scrum along the boards and they don’t get the puck, the left D will move into the slot wide open. Metropolit (I think Cammalleri played centre on that shift) was more at fault for not covering the right point adequately, letting Carlson get his point-shot through or Hamrlik for not covering Ovechkin. 


  31. twitch says:

    Tony M confirmed this on Team 990


    and on tsn: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=319504

  32. Harani says:

    CKAC is “reporting” that the Habs have called up the Saviour a.k.a P.K. Subban. Don’t know how much truth there is to that but the Bulldogs eliminated the Moose and have moved on to the second round. We have one callup left and if we don’t use it today, when are we gonna use it? 

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

  33. Lafrich says:

    I was a major proponent of having Sergei in the lineup for last game. In fact, I was perplexed at how Martin could keep him out of the lineup – that is – until the Caps goal last game. Watch the replay. For the upteenth time this year, Sergei literally STOOD BY AND WATCHED when he should have gone and fought for the puck along the boards. I was actually so stunned, that I rewound it several times to try and figure out what he was thinking, and why he would not go for the puck.

    As the frnch say, J’ai changer ma vie.

    He does not DESERVE to play.

  34. Mike says:

    My line would be:








    Hammer-Subban (very limited)


  35. HardHabits says:

    For Martin, Darche makes a better bench warmer than Sergei.

    If you ask me, and nobody is:

    AKost -Gomez-Gionta










  36. Mike says:

    Boone can you confirm the rumours that Sergei is a healthy scratch tonight.  It would be a huge mistake for Martin to do that.  What can Darche do that Sergei can’t?  PP? no, PK? no? Score 5-5? no. Hit? no. Better +/-? no. Younger? no.

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