Down three games to none.

Down 3-0 in the seventh game.

They’re like Rasputin (only more evil).

Whatever, it’s Canadiens vs. Flyers for a ticket to the Big Dance.

The team that qualified for the playoffs on the last Saturday of the regular season vs. the team that sneaked in on Sunday.

So everyone knows about Chris Pronger, Mike Richards and Simon Gagné.

Add the surprise of the playoffs: Daniel Brière.

And two really good young ‘uns: Claude Giroux and James Van Riemsdyk.

But no R.J.F. Umberger.

Or Martin Biron.

The last playoff game between these teams was on May 3, 2008.

It did not go well.

The aforementioned Umberger scored twice in a 6-4 Flyers’ win at the Bell Centre, and the first-place regular season team went home.

The last regular-season meeting was the first of back-to-back shutouts Jaro Halak hung on the Flyers and Sabres in early April.

I would have preferred Boston, for sentimental and strategic reasons.

But in the words of every second person you meet these days, it is what it is.

Sunday night at the Wachovia Center.

Fasten your chinstraps.

•  •  •

Possible stress point for the Flyers?

An overworked four-man D.

Pronger played a superhuman 31:42 in Game 7. Matt Carle’s ToI was 26:55, Kimmo Timonene’s 26:06 and Braydon Coburn clocked 24:46.

Th number 5 and 6 D, Andreas Nodl and Ryan Parant, played 6:09 and 2:21 respectively.

And this was aaginst the Boston Bruins, a team that can’t score at the best of times and certainly couldn’t without Marco Sturm and David Krecji.

Pronger may find 32 minutes will seem longer against Cammalleri, Gionta, Gomez, Plekanec, AK46 …. to to mention P.K.

•  •  •

What’s with the Bruins and Too Many Men penalties at the most inopportune moments?




  1. shootdapuck says:

    Bingo! Melrose and EJ (moron) Radick both picked Philly!

    In seven!


    “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”

  2. Tis Himself says:

    Mathematically, they are equivalent statements.

  3. jew4jah says:

    violence is never the answer, unless the question is what’s never the answer.

  4. Bill says:

    “The greater the odds, the greater the glory” … sounds like Shakespeare: “The fewer men, the greater share of honour”.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  5. Tis Himself says:

    Hey, the greater the odds, the greater the glory! At least we actually have some skin in the game for a change and the guys wearing our uniforms are men!

  6. HardHabits says:

    If the Habs lose the series I am going to give the mother of all reverse mea culpas, the ever so dastardly told-you-so. 😉

    Habs still the underdogs.  As well, Philly is on a roll coming back down 3-0 in games and then from 3-0 in game 7. Unreal choke by the Bruins. It only gets tougher for the Habs from here on in. Even if the Habs beat the Flyers, then it’s either the Sharks or Hawks. Yikes!!!!

    Flyers in 6.

    Then again I called Caps in 6 and Pens in 6.

    Oh my. Not another 7 game series.

  7. habsfaninboston says:

    I definitely think they can. Just wondering how others felt.

  8. Keith says:

    Yeah, Filthy fans are such cretins.

  9. Tis Himself says:

    Still a success, but why would you think that they can’t beat the Flyers?

  10. Chuck says:

    This just in: Sales of batteries in the metro Philadelphia area on the rise…


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

  11. habsfaninboston says:

    Just wondering, will this team be considered a failure if we don’t beat Philly after beating the number 1 & 2 seeds.

  12. shootdapuck says:

    They got “Boone’s favorite Goons” !


    “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”

  13. MikeMcLaren says:

    I invite the pundits to continue to explain why the Montreal Canadiens cannot beat the Philadelphia Flyers.

    They couldn’t beat the President’s Trophy winning Washington Capitals (‘Caps in three’)

    They couldn’t beat the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

    And yet here we are.  The 19th overall team in the league playing the 18th overall team in the league for the right to play for Lord Stanley’s mug.

    Should be a fun one.  Can’t wait to hear how the Canadiens won’t possibly beat a team of destiny like the Flyers.


  14. Chuck says:

    I’d be highly surprised if it doesn’t go seven. Neither of these teams have shown any quit this postseason.


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

  15. Tis Himself says:

    Yep, being able to count, counts!

  16. Tis Himself says:

    Hey, trying to win the Stanley Cup is not an endeavor for pussies! We have beaten better teams than the Flyers in the last two rounds. And, we will beat them in the next round. Over the last two series, unexpected by all but a few, these guys have become the Montreal Canadiens. If they think they are the Montreal Canadiens, there is a damn good chance that they will play like Montreal Canadiens. It’s all about their heads right now!

  17. showey47 says:

     The bulldogs  won tonight in overtime scoring on the powerplay because of a too many men penalty. Seems to be the theme of the evening.

  18. Y says:

    I don’t like this matchup at all.

    I’ll be happy if we don’t lose anyone to some cheap shot or blind side hit.

    Tough to call this one…

  19. 4227fan says:

    Crap, could be another 7 gamer

  20. Tis Himself says:

    The long awaited gelling has occurred and, in concert with the full deployment of The System, will undo the Flyers. I never thought the Habs would have gotten past Game 5 against the Caps. As a result, I have given up thinking for the next month!

  21. sidhu says:

    Not worried — Michael Leighton is like a 3rd or 4th stringer.

    Plus they must be physically drained.

    Habs in 6.

  22. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Both team have to travel.  Bring ’em on.


    “The good thing about drinking during games is if they lose, you’re too drunk to care during and too hungover to care after.” – J.T.

  23. tricolortrue says:

    I’m afraid of Philly’s physicality. they will try and beat down our smurfs and we know that Pitt or Wash weren’t that physical. so the key is to pepper Leighton because I don’t think he’s  a great goalie, and certainly no better than Fleury and we know how that went. habs need to stay out of the box because Philly scorest the 2nd most PP goals, during the season. so discipline is key and habs need to get their own PP going.

  24. likehoy says:

    note to philly, don’t try to elminate the habs by winning 4 games.

    – What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  25. josh89 says:

    I was hoping to play the Bruins too.. But the Habs are definitely a much better team than the last time they faced the flyers in the playoffs. Even so, this may be the toughest series yet.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLoNCTe8cF4   <– 2010 habs playoff mash up



  26. ArmyFan says:

    A few good things about facing Philly and not Boston:

    1) Goaltending is questionable.  Sure, Leighton has played well the past couple of games, but Boston is not exactly an offensive juggernaut.  And they did get 3 goals on him tonight (before pooping the bed).  And 2 decent games does not a stellar goaltender make.  From a goaltending perspective, I like shooting against Leighton as compared with Rask.

    2) Already mentioned, but Montreal’s strategy to date of focusing on the key players works better with Philly than it would have with Boston.  Stay focused on Briere, Gagne, and Richards – shut them down, and the rest falls into place.

    3)  Pronger is old and getting slow.  The guy’s still a great defenceman, but not as strong against a rushing team like Montreal, where speed kills.  He’s the linchpin of their D, so this bodes well for the Habs.

    4) Philly has had trouble staying out of the box, and are undisciplined.  Any remaining bias the officials have against Mtl should be more than outweighed by the cement-head antics of guys like Hartnell.

    And…..I’m spent. Done. 

  27. habsoul says:

    Awful lot of confidence here! I think it’s going to another long, tough series.

    To succeed, the Habs have to continue feeling like their the underdogs.

    The keys, as before, are Halak, continued scoring from our little big guns, and the ability of the coaching staff to adjust to the Flyers style.

    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  28. habs001 says:

    flyers will not be as easy as some posters think..we should win…the 1-0 win in philly was nice but most people forgot that in the third we were dominated as badly as i have ever seen a team dominated

  29. Harani says:

    Habs in 4. Our boys will be ready! 

    On a side note, people did have the Flyers penciled in really high in the East just to see them squeak into 7th by winning in a shootout. 

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

  30. RetroMikey says:

    Flyers?  Gulp! 

    Big is better as they say, but let;s hope as the old saying goes,….speed kills!

    My prediction………Canadiens in six, we are just getting better and better and the Flyers Cinderellla season is coming to an end.

    Fkyers with Hartnall, Pronger and Carcillo to name a few will play goon hockey as the old Flyers.

    But it will be payback time for our mighty Habs, nothing will stop our rejuvenated team to make ot to the final!

    What a playoff season it has been for our team!


    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  31. rbby_habs says:

    This will be a tough series guys.  The habs used the same strategy w/ Wash & Pitts, and used that same strategy over 2 series, that they perfected it. 

    But now, Philly is a completely different beast.  A more grinding hard hitting team, and arguably a stronger defensive core thane Wash and Pitts;  the habs will have to make some adjustments.  Hopefully they can transition into a different strategy. 


  32. mrhabby says:

    flyers have alot of momentum..watch out for all the cheap shots to try and slow us down. iam expecting lots of penalties against both teams.

  33. mrhabby says:

    iam excited but really nervous about this match up.  i think back to the 2 games before the Olympics in which the greasy flyers manhandled us easily.

  34. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    It’s probably dangerous that I see the Flyers as a cakewalk compared to the Caps and Pens…..but I really do.  It’ll be really strange coming into a series where Montreal aren’t the clear underdogs, but hopefully it’ll be business as usual for the well-rested Habs.

    There’s just no way Leighton turns into Halak this series……right?……right?

  35. Treefingers says:

    well, i’m excited. chances are philly is tired after a physical 7-game series and they will have to play on shorter rest than the Habs, which is good. Coming out hard game 1 will be key.

  36. likehoy says:

    it’s not going to be an easy one, but i don’t see this series going to 7 games.

    both teams are coming in as underdogs, and one team will establish early dominance of the series and take it to the end.

    – What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  37. likehoy says:

    off-topic (bring on the flyers!)


    NHL awards. Roman Hamrlik wins the delay of game award! leading the
    league with 5 penalties.

    sad to say Lapierre was not mentioned in
    the Diving award!

    – What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  38. Iceberg84 says:

    Personally my most hated flyer of 07-08 aside from umberger was Knuble for his net-crashing ways. I’m glad we took care of him in round one and that he’s not with the flyers anymore. GO HABS GO! 

  39. habs_1993 says:

    it will be definately harder, Philly has a lot of momentum after than come from behind with 4 straight W’s

  40. zozotheclown says:

    I like the matchup because we can keep up our strategy, score early, block out Richards/Briere/Gagne, and sit on Halak. Its not pretty but its been working, more of the same please.

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    Those Top 4 Ds in PHI are pretty ragged, apparently Laviolette’s been playing them non-stop in the comeback and hopefully are banged up. Leighton is a guy waiting to be exposed as an AHL goaltender and Halak has faced more formidable opposition and this was Van Riemsdyk’s 1 good game out of his entire playoff run so far. Briere and Gagne are waiting for light breezes to send them back to IR.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  42. Xtrahabsfan says:

    They beat Boston …We beat  the Defending Cup Champs and  The Best Team in the League !Habs in 6!

  43. Keith says:

    Sounds like Habs are the underdog again and I’m relishing it. These guys will just dig a little deeper thats all. NOTHING surprises me anymore about this team. It’s like Gomer said, “It’s a good vibe here”. Habs in 7!

    GO HABS GO!!!

  44. Chuck Chuck Goose says:

    If Carcillo and Lapierre fight, I’d be on the lookout for red skies and four guys riding into the Bell on horseback

  45. HardHabits says:

    I’ll tell you why the Habs can’t beat the Flyers. For the same reasons that they can’t beat the Caps or the Pens. Wake-up everybody. You’re all asleep and this is some kind of elaborate collective dream. None of this is really happening. Jeez, y’all. Get a grip. 😉

    Habs beat the Caps and then the Pens and then the Flyers. Pffftt. As if. Wakey-wakey.

    This is a dream right?

  46. Tis Himself says:

    Freakin’ Caps and Pens would have beaten the Flyers worse than Rodney King for Christ’s sake!

  47. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yet you add up the combined IQs and it still barely tips Gionta’s weight.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  48. Peter Young says:

    The Canadiens have a great chance to take the series against the Flyers.  But what shape will they be in once they do so?  That’s what really bothers me.  Trust the Flyers to put at least a couple of our players on the sidelines.  That’s the main reason, although not the only one, I wanted the Bruins in this series instead of the Flyers.  We need to be at full strength against the Western Conference winner. 

  49. Puck Bard says:

    Will not get ahead of myself, but neither Philly or Boston has a net minder like Halak.

  50. avatar_58 says:

    Leighton is their Achilles heel – need to attack it quickly and often.

  51. avatar_58 says:

    “But in the words of every second person you meet these days, it is what
    it is.”

    What’s the deal with that anyway? I’ve been saying that to a LOT of things lately.

  52. avatar_58 says:

    How eerie…




    I’d been watching this a few times loving the song….not realizing this could all happen again. Same team, different round.

  53. habz says:

    Same team, Different players though. the heart, and the will to win  of our players now, i dont think you can compare to the ones we had when we played the flyers in ’08..well except for koivu.

  54. SeriousFan09 says:


    Bif Naked covering Metallica… Ugh.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  55. Bill says:

    The challenge in this series is going to be dealing with the constant net crashing. Philly scores a lot of goals on straight-up goalie interference: they’re worse than Leeds for dirty play in my books. The refs won’t call them on it for some reason, so Jacques had better be thinking about dressing O’Byrne and letting MAB play forward.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  56. Bleu blanc rouge says:

    Sergei to Andrei : Now dat team close to cup me want play. Andrei reply: But coach mad at you! Maybe say sorry to coach? Sergei: Good idea, I say sorry to coach and he let me play. Sergei to JM: Coach, sorry for being idiot, sorry for talk bad to Carey, sorry for everyting. I can play now? JM: I’m afraid we’ve given you enough chances Sergei, and eventually that same old bad attitude returns. Sergei: But team close to cup, me fix attitude. Please coach, I can play? JM: Ok Sergei, I hate to see a grown child beg. I”ll buy you a bus ticket today and you can take P.K’s place in Hamilton for tonight’s game. Sergei: Ahh Fack Hamiltoon, me sick of Hamiltoon, me sick of bus, want to take plane, no cute girls in Hamiltoon, no St. Catherine street in Hamiltoon. I want to play Mantreal or facking quit and go play KHL. JM: You see sergei, this is exactly the attitude I am talking about. Sergei: Ahh Fack attitude me sick of attitude…………………

  57. ABHabsfan says:

    That was frickin’ funny! Thanks! Fack Hamiltoon!

  58. doug19 says:

    Very funny! Even Sergei should laugh at that one.

  59. doug19 says:

    Very funny! Even Sergei should laugh at that one.

  60. avatar_58 says:

    Metallica is just a band, I don’t see why people get up in arms over covers

  61. SeriousFan09 says:

    Not a big of covers, it just reads as generally uncreative and lazy for the most part, especially if the person(s) covering the song really have no idea what the actual song was about or really, really do a hack job on it.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  62. ABHabsfan says:

    I am with you, songs shouldn’t be covered unless you can do them better (Hendrix, All Along the Watchtower for example)No one can do Metallica songs better so just leave them f*** alone.

  63. avatar_58 says:

    Say what you will, but this version fits the montage better. Just how I see it

  64. Tis Himself says:

    The person that the Habs are competing against in this series is Peter Laviolette. Make no mistake about it. He knows the game, he has a ring and is our most formidable foe. He’s the guy we have to wax!

  65. Dintrox says:

    Bring on the Flyers!

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  66. Dintrox says:

    an original six final would be cool haven’t seen one of those since I was a young lad 1979 I think.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  67. Dintrox says:

    i see your Flyers cinderella story and raise you seven dwarves!

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  68. Peter Young says:

    Boone asks:  “What’s with the Bruins and Too Many Men penalties at the most inopportune moments?”

    These may be pretty lame, but come up with some better ones:

    Their cross-eyed coach doesn’t know that occasionally he doesn’t see double.

    They don’t have enough room on the bench for all those fat asses.

    They need an empty spot on the bench to play pinochle.

    The guy who can count has to go take a piss every once in a while.

    They’re trying to find an officiating crew that can’t count. 

    They only know how to count beans in Beantown.

    They think having too many men is better than having just enough.

    They keep looking for one good man but can’t seem to find him.

    They want to give everyone on the bench a chance to play.

    They’re like little kids, they can’t sit still without pushing someone off the bench.

    They get an irresistible urge to play by the old rules, seven-man hockey with a rover.

    A few of them think they’re invisible.



  69. likehoy says:

    my philly boo list in order of hatred:

    1) briere (cause he snubbed us)
    2) pronger (cause he’s like school in the summer, NO CLASS)
    3) mike richards the dirtiest skilled player in the league with his slashes, hits from behind, and that blindside hit on david booth “it wasn’t done with malice.”

    – What if Jaro Halak’s hand was indeed shaking? What if you took the CHOKE out of Ovechkin? — History Will Be Made

  70. avatar_58 says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not worried. No reason to be. It’s no arrogance or blind faith, we beat the two best teams in the east. Case closed. One can argue it was Halak, you can argue they are one man teams (OV, Crosby) but in the end both teams are STACKED with talent that should have buried the habs – hot goaltender or not. Yet where are they?

    Philly? They don’t scare me. C’mon habs, REVENGE time.

  71. SPATS says:


    Mr Boone, you can add this to the comparisons to 08. No Carey in nets, no individual play, no Carbo, need I go on? This isn’t the regular season, the refs will call the Philly crashing. Jaro will frustrate them and Leighton will be exposed early. Philly will be afraid to make any mistakes and play very nervous hockey. It’ll be 4 straight wins similar to #7 vs Pittsburgh.

  72. Dintrox says:

    Not to argue with your point but the Pens were stacked. Crosby Malkin Stall up front and Gonchar Letang on the point.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  73. Dintrox says:

    I was hoping for the Bruins but the Flyers will go down. I think it will be a six to seven game series. I also think that our strategy needs to be changed. Hit the D every chance you get. Their top 4 D have been pulling big time minutes and they aren’t young bucks. Let’s hope for fair officiating.

    December 4, 2009 – Elmer Lach’s jersey took its rightful place with the Rocket’s in the rafters.

  74. habsoul says:

    That’s the dream matchup for a Habs fan who lives 20 minutes from the Shark Tank (HP Pavilion). I can’t believe it’s a real possibility.

    But there’s still a lot of hockey to play before that happens.

    I’m not buying the argument that we’ll roll over the Flyers. After all, isn’t that what everyone said before the Washington and Pittsburgh series?

    Expect more white-knuckle hockey and 7-game bloodbath.


    16 to 25
    xxxx xxxx —- —-

  75. RedLight says:

    Apologies if someone has mentioned this already, but a fact that I’m sure Boone will employ in his upcoming reverse jinx: Since leaving St.Louis, Chris Pronger has always brought his new team to the Cup Finals in his first year in town. Edmonton… Anahiem… and now his first year as a Bully.

    I loathe the guy, and it made me cringe to cheer for him during the Olympics. But he obviously knows how to win.

  76. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    I’ve been a big believer all year, but i’m a bit weary of Philly.  I think it’s going to be a tough matchup for our team.  We matched up really well against Washington and Pittsburgh because they are more run and gun, and not as gritty.  Philly will grind away until they get what they want.

    Fearless prediction:  All of the Habs fans that are jumping on the bandwagon will be pretty upset when Philly takes a lead in the series.  They will be crying about how ‘small’ this team is.

    i’ll go with Habs in 6, but that’s going with my heart, and not with my head.

  77. AH says:

    Go Habs Go, but I think this may be it, ( of course I’m hoping I’m so wrong). Why?, because this bunch of thugs and goons was the one team in the league that completely exposed and took advantage of our lack of size, and I fear our “lack of size” is going to rear it’s ugly head again in this series. Although, I’m hoping to see Pronger line up PK again and go to crunch him like a bug…then PK steps aside (like he did in the regular season) and Pronger goes crashing into the boards….and separates a shoulder, that would be sweet!!!!

  78. nightmare_49 says:

    …  Just to correct a Mr.Boone senior moment – the 5th and 6th D are Lukas Krajicek 08:10 (not Andreas Nodl whose a winger) and Ryan Parent.

  79. shootdapuck says:

    Julien going to get the toe?

    First to sixth regular season, highest scoring to lowest and dropped 4 in a row to philly in the playoffs?

    Death watch is on a Beantown!


    “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”

  80. nightmare_49 says:

       Eastern Conference Final: #7 Philadelphia Flyers vs. #8 Montreal Canadiens … Broad Street Hockey


       Flyers fans celebrate victory – Philly’com


       More than half of the Wachovia Center was filled with fans, who watched the game on the scoreboard video screen hanging above the arena floor. Fans were admitted free to watch the game, which was held at Boston’s TD Garden.

       Flyers do the impossible …  Posted by Rich Hofmann



  81. nightmare_49 says:

       Pearn enjoys Canadiens’ wild ride

      By Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal 


        “Jaro was more emotional earlier in the season; now he’s able to take the ups and downs that go with that position. Now he’s very, very even-keeled,” said Pearn.

  82. Rainrocket16 says:

    This will be a good series folks! I expect us to have a very important injury or 2 but we will also give it them. Both teams are Cinderellas but our cinderella is of a more passionate mystique. Philly will get lots of penalties and maybe we will get a little revenge.. I am 100% for Halak but if we go up 3-0 in games lets let Carey get some revenge. I was never a huge Carey fan but the kid has a great spirit!

    Also lets all just see how JM handles this moment..this will be a good test. He was amazing in stopping the killer offenses, can he lead us against the Pumpkins? I am so excited after what I have seen so far this playoffs.

  83. Rainrocket16 says:

    Hope so..I live right near SJ…somewhat anyways

  84. 24 Cups says:

    I come from the old school of hockey. I ref doesn’t call a dumb ass penalty during the 3rd period of a tied game in a 7th game of a series that decides who goes to the final four. The fact that it was for too many men on the ice only makes it worse. The officiating in this league has become a joke. What a sad way for a series to end. What ever happened to using discretion and having a sense for the ebb and flow of a game? Rules are rules but refs also need to realize they should never influence the outcome of a game on a penalty that doesn’t  arise from contact.  God help us if the final is decided on one of those delay of game penalties when a player inadvertently shoots the puck over the glass.


    Before you criticize my statement think of this one point. The Habs are in the 7th game of the conference final that decides who gets to play for the Cup. The game is tied 3-3 with 12 minutes left. They get called for too many men on the ice, Philly scores, and the Hab’s Cinderella post season comes to an end. This site would have a meltdown that would make Wednesday’s rioting in the streets look like a picnic. The anguish would last a lifetime. Not even House would be able to revive Mike Boone. We all love to hate the Bruins but they got screwed royally last night.

    BTW, we’ll be playing another Cinderella team in the conference final. I’m confident that we will win but I sense it could be a lot tougher than we think. A well rested Halak should prove to be the difference.

  85. Porgie says:

    I agree with you that it could be tougher than we think. In a way, the fact that it’s philly, and the way they got through, should make our team REALLY take them seriously. I’m glad about this. I was afraid they would take the bruins too lightly, since they don’t have the scoring power of our previous two opponents. It would be a total letdown to lose to either the flyers or boston after getting this far. both opponents are so detestable.

  86. ed lopaz says:

    Habs hockey = Smart hockey we work as a team, and we win as a team. we play 5 man defence – not just 2.

    Pronger and Cobourn are excellent – how Atlanta let Cobourn go is beyond incredible!!

    But the other D-men – I’m not impressed. And goaltending isa huge plus for us.


  87. G-Man says:

    The worst part, Steve, was the blatant tripping by a Flyer that was ignored mere seconds before the too-many-men call. However, the Habs 5th goal Wednesday came from precisely that kind of call. I hate refs that call everything in the 1st period, less in the 2nd and nothing in the 3rd. A penalty is a penalty is a penalty. Not calling it allows cheats to win and sets a very poor example to anyone watching the game.

    The refereeing has been horrible because of the lack of good ones. This stems from the horrible abuse all officials have to take on the ice while working their way up the minor league ranks. Hell, if I were berated in front of everyone on the ice on a nightly basis, I’d probably beat the living hell out of the unfortunate idiot who mouthed off 1 too many times.

    You can’t get good refs because, relatively speaking, they are low paid and receive absolutely no respect up and down the league. Chris Lee is a prime example of a thick-skinned ref that has no business reffing a playoff game. The major problem is; who else is there?

  88. G-Man says:

    I’d have to say, jdub, that I believe JM will know what to do without our help. :)

  89. DrA says:

    Power play and Halak are the keys in this round.  They need to pepper Leighton.

  90. Fred D says:

    It would be normal for our guys to lose one early game, by a small margin. After the “high” of playing and beating the Capitals and the Penguins, the Flyers may seem like a “dénouement”.

    Such an event may well fortify our resolve and strengthen our hand, which will come in handy when we go into the final series for the Cup.

    Habs in 5.

  91. budviv says:

    Poor old “Sid the child”  formerly “Sid the kid”.  Needs maturity therapy.

    My thanks to Bob Gainey for creating this team. He wasted a little too much time on Price though.

  92. tigress says:

    And our Cinderella was discounted in Round 1 – NO one gave us even the hint of a shot….I think we have what it takes to take ’em on, and beat this team…I also would have loved Boston for sentimental reasons, but let’s see what kind of history we’re going to make when we start showing up Philly in this round. Go Habs Go!

  93. joeybarrie says:

    Have we not learned yet about judging someone too quickly???

    Have we not realized that eventually we will eat our words???

    It would be nice to see some MATURE therapy on our fans…

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

  94. RockinRey says:

    If I recall correctly the last time these two teams played, Subban was up against the Flyers and Pronger looked at him dissapprovingly after he was taken out by Subban.

    Someone has to be able to stand up against the big galoot! Hit him every chance they get to wear him down!

    Go Habs go!

  95. DrA says:

    Never bring a knife toa gun fight.

    The key is to attack Pornger and wear him down.  Evetything starts with that.  He also frustrates easily.

  96. K-hab25 says:

    That was espn the magazines prediction last year, Habs vs Sharks. As we all know both were knocked out in the first round.

  97. kempie says:

    I watched him play his junior career in Peterborough and your last sentence nailed it. He’s big, strong, big elbows up high, but he melts down big time when he gets frustrated.

  98. kempie says:

    I agree it was a stupid call to make at a critical time. But it wasn’t what killed the Bs. They had 4 straight games to close the deal. It was their play during those 4 games that put them in a position where one cheap call could end their run. The officiating has, however, been reduced to an unpredictable freak-show. It was like that during the season and it has continued in the post-season. If the Flyers/Bruins series had been a tight, even series of 1 goal games that game 7 call would have been much more upsetting. But the Bs massive collapse made them a sitting duck for bad officiating.

  99. K-hab25 says:

    Hey Yeats don’t get me started on that dumb*** again. Last time we brought him up I got booted off the site. Obviously not allowed to be on the side of the cops, just the drunk that endangered 100’s of lives racing through the streets of LA.

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BGL not skating this morning.

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Ottawa looks REALLY good.

That 15-year-old coach who played Opie on the Andy Griffith Show must know what he’s doing. They’re transformed.

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