Tuesday Video Theatre

Chief video scout Jarred Friedman checks in with this knee-slapper.

And from the brilliant Down Goes Brown: Other NHL stars who wound up in the doghouse, including this howler:

December, 1995 – In a strong statement that still
resonates to this day, the Montreal Canadiens make it clear to Patrick
Roy that the franchise will simply not tolerate championship-calibre


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Where is this guy when Chris Lee is working hockey games?


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Two more sleeps, and then …

Interesting stuff on L’Antichambre last night:

• If it comes down to coaching, Jacques Martin has a lot of experience. And during the anxious weeks leading up to the playoffs, Martin had to do some actual coaching: juggling his lineup, shortening his bench, shaking up his forward lines and defence pairings. Bruce Boudreau has been in cruising gear since the season began.

• Bob Hartley, who knows what he’s talking about, says a key will be attacking Washington’s first pass. The Canadiens can’t concede the neutral zone or – heaven help them – the blueline to an offensive juggernaut going against a slow and immobile Habs D.

The Capitals, Hartley added, have no system because they don’t need one. Their system is opening and closing the door at the bench.

• Martin will have to try to get Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Markov on against Alexander Ovechkin. But Dan Bylsma used Hal Gill against the Washington sniper in the playoffs last year, and Pittsburgh contained Ovie.

• Refereeing could be a factor. The refs in the opening round want to impress their supervisors because it’s the playoffs for them, too. Officials who do well in the early rounds get to work – and earn more money – in the later rounds.

So how does a ref do a good job? By calling a game-destroying parade to the box or giving his whistle a bit of a rest for the playoffs?

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My favourite play-by-play guy, Gord Miller, is working the Canadiens-Caps series for TSN. And so is my guru, Pierre McGuire.

As was the case for the Olympics, no Don Cherry.

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Video scout Jarred Friedman says this one never gets old.



  1. Vid says:

    Will there be a pre-playoff puckcast?

  2. captaink4life says:

    I wouldn’t mind that at all!!


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  3. habsfanmandy says:

    If only you could ref Habs games…maybe one day.

  4. sidhu says:

    Any Habs fans in DC for the series, feel free to connect with me — I’d
    be happy to meet up! 

  5. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    I remember one of the D-men playing particularly well matched up against Ovie this season, and I think it was Gill…..either him or Hamrlik?

  6. captaink4life says:

    Yah it’s definitely harder then it looks!! It’s easy to make calls from the bench when all you’re doing is watching the puck all the time. A referee has to keep his eye on the puck and make sure there’s no extra curricular activity going on anywhere else on the ice. 

    Coaches that strongly voice their opinions about a call get one warning and then they’re tossed. Like anything else in life, you’ll get respect if you give it. 


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  7. ooder says:

    21.. nice man.. 

    i am 20 and when i watch hockey games, i think the refs have thier head on a swivel..

    keep up the good work… pull a kerry fraser if a coach ever swears at you lol


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

  8. captaink4life says:

    Tell me about it!!

    I’m only 21 so a lot of coaches think they can bully me into calling the game in their favour. Unfortunately for those coaches though, that usually ends with them watching the game from the stands 🙂


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  9. ooder says:

    my hat is off to you ma man…

    being a ref is a very hard job that never gets any credit, but alwats gets the short end of the stick


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

  10. MikeL says:

    I can’t stand that guy’s voice. Peter Lombarios is his name I think. He does the Flames games.

    Way back when Sportsnet used to do a few Habs games a year, he did some of them, and he knew nothing. Maybe he’s gotten better, but I’ll always remember him for that.

  11. coachdoug says:

    Could not agree more…Playoffs are a different animal…Given the PP units of both teams that could decide the game or the series…

    Let’s hope Chris Lee’s is at home watching TV in the post season where he should be…

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

  12. captaink4life says:

    I’ve only been a minor league hockey referee for two seasons but I can tell you, without a doubt Mr. Boone, that doing a good job in the playoffs means letting the players play. In the majority of games it’s actually quite amazing how the calls (or non-calls) even themselves up as the game goes on. I imagine the hooking/holding infractions will still be enforced quite severely though. After all, this is still the “new” NHL.


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  13. captaink4life says:

    Who cares what Pleks said, everyone already knows it’s the truth. The media makes a much bigger deal about stories like these than the players do. 


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  14. moonkid says:

    I hate to nitpick but..

    Ovechkin had something like 16 (or around there) points last year against the Penguins. I don’t know if I’d call that “containing” him.

    Didn’t Green get all kinds of criticism for allowing Crosby to walk all over him? And Crosby had less points than Ovechkin.

    I know there’s more to it than just points, just saying..

  15. longtimehabsfan says:

    Just like last year when all we heard was Chara and Thomas.  Same result?

  16. Habs Fan in Oil Country says:

    I’m not sure on his first name but his last name is Loubardias. He does all the Flames games and can be pretty entertaining at times but like every other announcer can be just as annoying.

  17. arcosenate says:

    At least Plekanec isn’t giving the Caps anything to rally around:


  18. cadoyle says:


    Anybody know the name of the guy who does
    play-by-play on sportsnet sometimes? He did non-Canada games in the
    olympics, says things like ‘SOME kinda save by…”

    You can tell he
    loves his job. He’s my favorite.

  19. jbroderi says:

    No, we still will likely lose in 5, just getting a jump on my therapy. haha


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

  20. rut1212 says:

    I only referee minor hockey, but my supervisors would easily rather I call too many penalties than too few.

  21. jbroderi says:

    Ok, OK, we know we are underdogs, but I just want to shed a little light that “experts” fail to look at.  Wash will likely win in 5 or 6, but there are factors that if things went a certain way, the Habs could come out on top.

    • HEAD TO HEAD MATTERS!!  how can it not??If it doesn’t, then the regular season doesn’t, then nothing matters at all, not even Ovies 50 goals, and its a 50/50 shot for both teams.  Washington could have pounded a short handed habs team 4 times this year if they matched up so well against us, but they didn’t.  I’m not saying that it means we will win, or that it is the most important thing, but IT DOES MATTER, and there is something about our play against them that gives them trouble!!
    • Just a quick note.  The wins against washington were NOT stolen by the goalies either.  We played well as a team!!
    • counting OT losses as full losses, the caps have a winning percentage of .658.  Spread over 7 games, they average 4.6 wins out of 7 games..  pretty good
    • Habs have a winning percentage of .475, or winning an average of 3.3 games per 7 games this year. 
    • the caps have 19 wins in their own division, which is very weak. so if we take out those games played, their winning percentage is .603, or 4.2 games per 7
    • the habs, doing this math by subtracting the southeast stay around the same at 4.51, or 3.16 games out of 7.
    • So, just based on averages, right now, it looks like they are one win apart over 7 games.  Anything can happen in a 7th game, so who knows.
    • Montreal has had success against the caps because the little guys face no neutral zone pressure from the washington D or forwards, who are all still in the Habs zone.  Montreal’s own end is another issue, and that will be where this series is won or lost, but the habs can cycle down low, have actually had a lot of success from there against the Caps, and for a team who generates offense off the rush like montreal, the Caps may have a hard time keeping the puck out of there own net as well.  (we know the habs will have a tough task in that regard)

    I know this is stats for the sake of stats and I am just trying to make myself feel better, but really, there are some interesting facts here.  We are still undersdogs, but stats matter, not just saying the easy thing like caps in 4!!!  That might happen, but I am just saying there is reason to believe, and it isn’t as far fetched as the dinks at the hockey news would leave you to believe!!


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

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

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