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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals were given the day off Monday after yesterday’s regular-season finale at Verizon Centre. The Presidents’ Trophy winners won a franchise-best 54 games and will enter the playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time in team history.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau spoke to the media this morning about facing the Canadiens, the atmosphere that awaits at the Bell Centre and the Capitals ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.
 
“That’s the only game intown,” Boudreau said of the Canadiens in Montreal. “They don’t have to split it up and have the Nationals on some of the pages, the Wizards on some of the pages, the Redskins and [the Capitals]. It’s Montreal. It’s the Canadiens. It wouldn’t surprise me if there’s a ten-page spread come Wednesday and Thursday.”

Boudreau will not announce who the Capitals will start in goal until Thursday, although all indications are that Jose Theodore will get the nod. Theodore is 20-0-3 in his last 23 decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 12.
 
Boudreau also touched on the NHL’s second-ranked power play.

“They’ve killed us on it so far [5-for-14]. They move the puck, the shoot, they go to the net, they’re quick, they’re on pucks, they’re on loose pucks. Their forwards aren’t big, but they’ve got two good units and two really good point-men who can shoot the puck.”
 
The Capitals would be best served to stay out of the penalty box against Montreal. The Capitals 213 five-on-five goals were tops in the NHL, while the Canadiens 132 five-on-five goals were last. The Capitals 213 five-on-five goals are also three more than the Canadiens overall total of 210.

95 Comments

  1. The Teacher says:

    I thought Carey had a game 7 shutout helpingto win us a series against Boston, if I recall correctly? The year we lost to Philly in the 2nd round?

  2. Watsatheo says:

    I can’t wait for the playoffs

     

  3. habs001 says:

    we finished tied for 19th in points…tied for 23rd in scoring….caps finished tied for 18th in goals given up…the problem is that even if the caps had the worst goaltending  in the nhl they are facing the habs who had 4 players who scored more than 40 points…our line up is full of 18-30 point a year players who need many scoring chances before they score as they have very limited natural scoring abilities.

    the biggest concern is our play in our d zone…all year our d has fumbled around in our zone…opposition forwards have been able to close on our d when we start passing the puck behind our net…another concern is the many turn overs our forwards give up in our zone..when we get pressured we are life and death just to chip the puck out…the flyers,hurricanes,islanders in the last weeks have dominated us when they started to apply pressure…i am not sure how we can hold up to a caps team loaded with huge forwards plus the hitting and physicality in the playoff is at a way higher level than reg season. 

    this is why i am suprised that so many posters are picking the habs in 4–6 games ..not talking about the posters who would pick the habs to win if our line up was made up with the slovakian womans team but many posters who have written insightfull post all year..i really hope i am wrong as i know how empty the feeling is when we loose but i just dont see our line up that talented …if you pick the habs to beat the capitals than i am sure you would pick the habs to win vs any team..watching most games this year i just dont think this team is a stanley cup finalist calibre team.  

     

  4. ed lopaz says:

    I heard Bud Selig’s daughter was in the running to buy the ‘yotes.

    Selig is a master at the ‘conflict of interest” ownership; see – Milwaukee Brewers baseball dynasty.

     

  5. ed lopaz says:

    janet jones was all over than conspiracy – and by logical extension, in my opinion, so was “the Great One”.

     

  6. mike g says:

    Memo to all NHL fans before the playoffs start:

    - Clutching, grabbing, hooking, and all other infractions usually penalized in regular season games are now permitted until the end of the playoffs (excluding obvious high-sticking)…

    - The San Jose Sharks will lose in the 1st round. The latter is rule 12.0-13 in the NHL rulebook…

    - The Phoenix Coyotes will get more powerplays than the Red Wings. We, the NHL, own them and would like to capitalize on a great opportunity to make money….

    - All head shots and/or hits from behind usually resulting in a 1-5 game suspension, will now be lowered to 0-1 game suspensions maximum. All incidents in this category will also go unpenalized during the game they take place in….

    - Cameras inside the nets will not be available in HD for the playoffs. The NHL has failed to pay their bill to the camera service provider, thus cutting any ties with HD goal review. So, all reviews will be made by standard television camera angles. This will enalble the NHL to have their usual fun and biased say in all decisions….

    - Any player not named Crosby or Ovechkin will be targeted for late-game penalities, resulting in an unfair advantage for the losing team in any given game, or our (the NHL) 2 favorite teams; the Washington Capitals or Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Sounds like it’s gonna be the usual fun, eh?!!!

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

  7. ed lopaz says:

    i’d like to see Gill practice the ‘lie down’ more in the warm up, if he’s going to use it in game situations.

    you know; “you’re only as good as you practice”.

    :-)

  8. Jbell10 says:

    its sheer genius aint it

  9. lavie says:

    Gill would be playing 60 minutes a game. That’s why he wears the A.

  10. Storm Man says:

    How many shutouts did three-o-more have in his last 23 decisions?

  11. ParrySoundHabber says:

    nice one Chris….lmao

     

    “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.”

    Jean Beliveau

    ~If winning wasn’t important we wouldn’t keep score.

  12. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    That’s exactly why Gainey signed the guy. Personally, I think he should just lay down in front of the net the entire game… let Halak deal with the high shots. :P

  13. ParrySoundHabber says:

    chatting with my GF in New Hampshire right now and we’ve got Lumpy Gravy blasting…..GO HABS GO

     

    FZ is severely missed

     

    “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.”

    Jean Beliveau

    ~If winning wasn’t important we wouldn’t keep score.

  14. LizardKing1967 says:

    Jose Theodore: 20-0-3 last 23 games. Big friggin deal!!! He’s 19-27 lifetime playoffs, including his “great” Vezina year. Please, bring on the hairless wonder!!

     

     

    Jim-out. I BELIEVE!

  15. DraftBeer says:

    I like how the Habs lost to the Isles, Canes, and Leafs to lull the Caps into a false sense of security.

     

    ….ahem….

  16. marlboro says:

    Is it only me, or has Hal Gill showed why he’s being paid 2 million a year, and has a cup.  Gill has been outstanding!!  Knows his role, and will be fantastic in a playoff series.  And we’re gonna need him.

  17. BJ says:

    “Theodore is 20-0-3 in his last 23 decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 12.” Good thing they have weak goaltending!

  18. CaliforniaHabsFan says:

    Finally the Habs will have some U.S. coverage. They love Ovechkin.

     

    I smell an upset…

     

     

     

    but then again I just had some baked beans….

  19. riazp says:

    Here is what I think,

    Basically, Halak has looked so-so the past week, maybe the pressure, maybe the fatigue, maybe both. If halak has a so-so game on thursday and we loose, Price is in. Obviously if we loose and halak is amazing JM will go back to him, but Halak needs to performe in game one. 

    We all know price had a horrible series last year but lets not forget he did win a series two years ago…by the skin of his teeth i do agree but still. If the habs trade price in the off-season it will be a mistake, I am convinced of this. 

    We absolutly need to win one of the first two games if we want to have a chance to win the series. If we lose both games in Washington, we lose in 5 (they will win game 3 or 4 at home…hopefully 3 because thats the one i’m going to!) if we win one of two in Washington there is a good chance we go back to Washington with a 2-2 tie then it will come down to a best of 3. Still Halak needs to be at his very best in game one. The leash will be short if he fails to perform in game one.

  20. smiler2729 says:

    This will be THE 1st round upset of the season, there’s one every year.

    Maybe Tampa Bay will take Gauthier and Martin off us for nothing.

  21. Chris Aung-Thwin says:

    BGL’s dismissal and BG’s departure were a ruse. I heard that Bob Gainey was personally supervising Laraque’s training in the mountains of Tibet. BGL will be a one-man wrecking crew come puck drop. He’ll also fight crime at night.

  22. JD_ says:

    The key to beating the Caps in the first round is found in this “Washington Capitals” anagram: “Two hassling captain.” If it’s good enough for Team Canada, the Habs’ll have to be on the Caps’ captain like a hobo on a ham sandwich.

    —–

    After the Loafs tied the game up in the third on Saturday night, I turned to the assembled crowd in my basement rec room and said, “The Loafs are going to pull Giggy,” you know, to do their best to F things up for the lowly Habs.

    To my surprise, they didn’t.

    In this morning’s sports section, I read that Mopey Loaf coach Ron Wilson never considered pulling his goalie, saying the move would have effectively contravened the “integrity” of the league; i.e., a spoiler shouldn’t be treated as a must-win.

    Argh! Just when I’ve got a really great hate for him going on, Wilson has to go and say something so honourable. Dammit! It just flies in the face of all my Loaf prejudice.

    I despise him even more.

    —–

    Watch out for Tampa.

    New Lightning owner Jeff Vinik just made the most blatantly obvious decision in dropping both GM Brian Lawton and head coach Rick “I’m All In” Tocchet, thus bringing closure to the laughable Koules-Barrie era. If there was ever a team whose underperformance was more illustrative of the “it starts at the top” phenom than Tampa, I’d be hard-pressed to find it.

    To this day, I remain baffled that Tampa would toss a buffoon like Barry Melrose under the bus only to replace him with a very recently convicted criminal. Tocchet might have been a warrior as a player but, as a private individual, he demonstrated a sustained lack of judgment. This wasn’t a “wrong place at the wrong time” kinda thing, this was a long-term conspiracy. Whatever was the rationale to put him behind the bench? The intensity borne of a close call with a prison term? Foolish.

    So much talent, so little to show for it. Think a guy like Lindy Ruff would have an impact in TB? Lou Lamoriello? Put a couple of solid guys in place and Tampa could be the biggest year-over-year turnaround in 2011.

  23. Taipei 101 says:

    LOL!  You owe me a new keyboard!

    “Music is the best.”
    – Frank Zappa

  24. Danno says:

    The Caps are scared stiff.

    They know Jacques Martin has a brilliant fool-proof plan to foil Ovechkin.

     

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

  25. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Warshington should be bery, bery afeerd. Just like our approach to making the playoffs, we’ll back in, up and all over them!  Go Habs!  

  26. Hockey Socks says:

    I sense the return of the saviour Laraque is imminent.

  27. 23 HABS 23 says:

    If Montreal can play like they did against the Leafs on Saturday (Skating, Shooting, Controling the puck – plus have Price tending the Goal)  We have a chance!  More pressure on Washington – gotta ride that in this series!  Don’t care who is in net for Washington … just pepper him with shots!

     

    **Now I am sure that Halak will get the start against Washington – hopefully he plays a lot better than on Saturday – he was AWFUL!  And if he plays like that in this series – We are finished!

     

    If allowed to play – I believe Price will win more games than Halak!

    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  28. Harani says:

    Someone asked me on the other thread, yes that is Dominic Moore on the pic.

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

  29. MikeMcLaren says:

    It’s easy to get into Theodore’s head in Montreal though.  Last game I saw him play was his first one back with the Avs where he let in 8 goals.  I think it’s a real X-factor.  Theo’s turned it around this season, for sure (hey wait, his contract must be up!), but I think he could be mentally weak IN Montreal.

    So I’m hoping Montreal wins tight games that aren’t Theo’s fault so we see him and not Varly in Montreal.

     

    TAAAY-O, TAAAY-O, TAAAAY-O!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  30. g says:

    Chop down that big russian

    “Long before I ever wore the jersey, I wore the jersey.” Dryden

  31. nunacanadien says:

    Its better than watching Price lose the series in 4!

  32. 23 HABS 23 says:

    Well “Habitual Offender” … if you think that Halak has played well down the stretch … you have the blinders on friend!  And my post did NOT (I repeat  NOT!) say that Halak sucked – far from it!  And based on your post … you obviously did not watch the game on Saturday night – he was HORRIBLE – even in warm-up!  Yes Warm-Up (I was at the game and saw everything). 

    You can call me a fanboy if that makes you feel better – but I believe that Price will be the better goal tender looking forward to future seasons. – And when Halak did not get to play as much as he thought he should – he WANTED a trade.  I have heard no such thing from Price (not complaining and is supporting Halak like a true team mate should) – He is maturing right in front of our eyes!  Give him a chance – and don’t hate him “just because” … it makes you look foolish.

     

    GO HABS GO! (Let’s go get that elusive 25th Stanley Cup!)

  33. Storm Man says:

    Good yah I was a little worried that he would become BGL well he is not so big anymore lol

  34. Danno says:

    He did buy a big pile of steaks (organic ones) at the market. He’s definitely not vegetarian, if that’s what you’re concerned about.

     

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

  35. habsgod says:

    bugs price is 1-1 as a starter in the playoffs he beat boston in 7 and lost to them in 4

  36. nunacanadien says:

    I guess the Habs management has its priorities, making sure Nickelback can play at the Bell Centre anytime, and of course the Habs management still has to work on its number 3 club you know those golf clubs require upkeep and having a stanley cup series get in the way doesn’t help, never mind losing out on the spring golf season because your team won the stanley cup, no, not for poor Bob Gainey and Pierre Gauthier!

  37. nunacanadien says:

    What so Pierre Gauthier can force which ever coach survives the summer to play Price again next year, so we can mathematically be insured to finish 8th again?  Since Price came that is all we have been good for at year end.

  38. nunacanadien says:

    What so Pierre Gauthier can force which ever coach survives the summer to play Price again next year, so we can mathematically be insured to finish 8th again?  Since Price came that is all we have been good for at year end.

  39. Storm Man says:

    Cammy needs some Alberta beef

  40. nunacanadien says:

    Are you calling Halak a woman?

  41. Storm Man says:

    Good movie;)

  42. Storm Man says:

    LOL no he eats meat fish ect but come on so many great places in Montreal to have a great steak he needs one;) a friend sent me a text said cbc did a interview with Cammy and he took them shopping with him I was at the game so did not see it.

  43. mike g says:

    Funny that they all had us missing the playoffs with their “insider” and “expert” analysis….

    Now, they throw us under the bus when we make it. LOL, they and all other hockey “experts” had the Flyers winning the East and the Cup this year….

    They are soo good with their predictions….They sould stick to writing about the sport, and not predicting it.

    ps. They must also be the worst hockey gamblers lol

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

  44. hotspur says:

    THN had us finishing 8th, with an upper limit of 5th, lower limit of 11th. Pretty close there. Although I definitely agree that Caps in 4 is a little too confident. They also had philly winning the cup, a piss-poor prediction if you ask me :) 

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  45. Habit in the west says:

    Why waste anyones time analyzing this. How’s for analysis? Sweep, with a heavy case of, badly out scored. Or. this one is even better, Dead Man Walking, does anyone want to see a Dead Man Walking? This is going to be quick, a rarity for me. There is panic at multiple levels with this team. Good luck, I’ll still cheer for them, because I know nothing else.

  46. matmacat says:

    No reason why a steak can’t be organic.

  47. mike g says:

    Basically you are saying JM has to ” coach to win”, instead of coaching “not to lose”…

    Well, JM has been coaching “not to lose” all year. And all you do is play defense and safe hockey, because you are trying not to lose. Instead, he should as you say, coach “to win” games vs Washington…

    I agree, and that is what has cost us all year. His style of coaching led to us blowing leads in the 3rd because we get cuaght not moving and playing too much defense. Also, because we don’t move we attract alot less penalities, thus fewer PP’s…

    If your are going to beat Washington, you can’t play it safe and try “not to lose”. There is nothing safe about the Capitals. But, like we’ve done to some great teams this year, let’s stick it to them. Were small and fast, and let’s put that to use instead of using it as an excuse…speed will kill their defense like it did in the season..

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

  48. Somethingwithhabsinit says:

    “The Canadiens, on the other hand, have two capable goalies (presumptive
    starter Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price) to choose from. Neither has won a
    playoff series
    .”

    I guess The Hockey News wasn’t really following hockey in 2008. Nice work, gents.

  49. pmaraw says:

    did he hire laraque as his personal chef?

  50. Storm Man says:

    Cammy needs to eat a steak and stop with all the organic crap

  51. Bugs says:

    That’s better; at least we win a game.

    See, we can beat anybody!

    (and it was a 2-2-1 edge…which isn’t an edge, really)

    Still…go Habs, man, c’mon!

    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/

  52. Storm Man says:

    ESPN says colossal mismatch Habs cooked in 5

  53. Bugs says:

    From the Hockey News, well, the interesting part:

    “SEASON SERIES
    Washington – 2-1-1 (15 GF, 14 GA)
    Montreal – 2-1-1 (14 GF, 15 GA)

    SPECIAL TEAMS
    The NHL’s top two power plays – Washington is No. 1 at 25.2 percent efficiency; Montreal was next at 21.8 percent – collide head-on this series. Both teams suffer a significant drop-off when it comes to their penalty kill: the Habs had the league’s 12th-best PK crew (83.0 percent), while the Caps plummeted down the rankings with the sixth-worst PK unit (78.8 percent). Washington’s larger discrepancy between its PP and PK gives Montreal a narrow advantage. Edge: Montreal
     
    FORWARDS

    The Capitals scored 101 more goals (318 in total) than Montreal (217) this year. As well, Washington’s top five forwards (Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich and Mike Knuble) combined for 406 regular-season points. Montreal’s top five (Tomas Plekanec, Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Andrei Kostitsyn) combined for 258. Need we go on? Edge: Washington

    DEFENSE
    Washington’s Mike Green and Montreal’s Andrei Markov are two of the league’s premier puck-moving blueliners. But where the Canadiens’ defense corps leans more on positionally sound veterans such as Hal Gill, Roman Hamrlik and Jaroslav Spacek, the Caps depend on a mix of offensive contributors (Joe Corvo, Tom Poti) on D. We think it’s a wash. Edge: Even

    GOALTENDING
    Former Habs goalie Jose Theodore has re-claimed the Caps’ starting goalie job from Semyon Varlamov with a superb second half of the season, but his prior playoff inconsistencies leave some doubting him. The Canadiens, on the other hand, have two capable goalies (presumptive starter Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price) to choose from. Neither has won a playoff series, but both together give Montreal a slight edge. Edge: Montreal

    COACHING
    Canadiens coach Jacques Martin is known as a risk-averse strategist who hasn’t had much playoff success in his NHL career. Meanwhile, Caps bench boss Bruce Boudreau is a riverboat gambler of a coach who proved last season he isn’t above inserting an inexperienced goalie (Varlamov) when he’s got a hunch. Boudreau also has a more talented group to work with; funny how that makes coaches appear smarter than their colleagues. Edge: Washington

    THE X-FACTOR
    Scoring the first goal of each game will be more important to Montreal than Washington in this series: when the Habs trailed first this season, they won only .256 percent of those games (the eighth-worst mark in the league). But even when the Capitals surrender the first goal, they still managed to win more than half the time (.533) – and were the NHL’s best team in that regard.
     
    PREDICTION
    Stranger things may have happened than the Canadiens upsetting the Capitals, but frankly, it would be an upset of legendary proportions if Montreal won this series. In fact, given how deep the Capitals are on offense, and how inconsistent the Habs have been during the regular season, Montreal could be hard-pressed to win one game, let alone four. Capitals in four.

    INSIDER INSIGHT
    “Washington’s size and depth of size will wear Montreal down in each game and wear them down in the series. To prove a point, Washington will check well early. They’ve got way too much depth for Montreal and their size is going to control all the areas over the game. That’s a bad matchup for Montreal. Montreal has some skill through the middle of the ice, but the problem is they’re going to have a tough time moving through the forest.””

    We’re given a 2-1-1 edge in…”edges” and we’re out in four? And what’s this business of the Priceberg never winning a series???

    You sellouts! Unbelievers! Infidel!!!

    Nuts.

    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/

  54. avatar_58 says:

    Great now I picture the habs sitting around a campfire with Splinter talking in a raspy voice

  55. linp says:

    He’ll need special padding to survive though.

  56. dufour says:

    Very well said… I think it was Splinter (Ninja Turltes) who said that you need to attack an oppenents weakness rather than its strength. By trying to contain Washington’s offence they are attacking their strength. They need to push back by taking it to their sub-par goaltending. If Washington gets knocked out at all this playoffs it will be because of their goalies.

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” Jacques Plante

  57. Rtnrlfy says:

    As a Habs fan who has been a Capitals season ticket holder the last two seasons (and who is pulling for the Habs in this series, just to be clear), I had strong doubts about Theodore when the Caps originally signed him.  However, he has been stellar this year.  Has he let in some soft goals?  Yes.  But has he also had some terrific games?  Absolutely.  IMHO a goodly portion of the goals scored against the Caps with Theo in net can be attributed to defensive breakdowns – if there is any deficiency that MTL can exploit in this series, defense is the best option and the Caps’ biggest weakness. 

    As an additional comment re: Theodore, he could be a bit rusty on Thursday given how much playing time Boudreau has given to Varlamov of late. 

    Just my two cents (from someone whose license plate will make her very unpopular in the DC area in the next few days, LOL).

     

    Lesley

  58. Storm Man says:

    Guy Boucher is that you?

  59. DMAN says:

    I am not a JM hater like some on here. However, I think JM should allow Kirk Muller to  lead the charge a little in this series. Similar to the way he did in Montreals 6-5 win over the caps in Feb.  The message is simple:  ATTACK!!! Draw penalties, force the defence to work, get shots on net with bodies in front, forecheck.  Muller even has Boudreau believing that is how we always play.

    If Montreal tries to contain Washington instead of taking it to them this will be a very short series.

    If they do the opposite it could go to 7 games which gives anyone a chance!

  60. ab-hab-nut says:

    We can hit the net??

  61. habs4cup says:

    If only the habs were playing better going into the playoffs. but 3 losses in a row to teams like NY Islanders and Tor, doesn’t instill alot of confidence, plus the fact that Halak isn’t playing well, leads me to be extremely aprehensive.

    If habs were playing well and had momentum, different story.

  62. Shublips says:

    This will be a tough series for the Habs.  Likely they will get smeared but, if the stars align, it is not out of the realm of possibilites for them to pull off an upset.

    Read the series preview:

    2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Montreal-Washington Series Preview
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/04/montreal-washington-first-round-playoff.html

  63. Storm Man says:

    JM’S  fool-proof plan is to let someone else coach the team

  64. havok says:

    I’ll ask Stubbs and Boone what they think first..lol

  65. Habit in the west says:

    Oh, just read something, gotta add this. What were there PP stats for the last 4 weeks of the season? Horrible. Washington would be best served to stay out of the box? Gommer was invisible, and he was suppose to run the PP. Cammy, well, cammy is someone who is still obviously hurting. Gionta is the only threat, and at 5 foot 6, in the playoffs, it won’t mean much.

  66. Storm Man says:

    Habbysmurf will do fine in the playoffs

  67. nunacanadien says:

    How come we’ve never seen Price win a hot series like Halak did in the Olympics?  Here’s hoping our Russian guys don’t pull a limp one like the olympics though.

  68. Norcal Habsfan says:

    This might not be bad. Huge expectations for the caps to win the whole thing but realize our goaltending can get hot ( Olympic’s shootout Russia-Slovakia.) Habs huge underdogs with confidence they can compete given the season series record. And I know you guys in Montreal will do their best to heckle/ razz and boo Jose with gusto. Jose is a headcase so it might work.

  69. mike g says:

    You know what fellas, I was thinking of something yesterday and it all makes sense now…

    The “Ghosts Of The Forum” have finally enetered the Bell Center….

    That’s right, they’re back since last night. Alex Ovechkin had a chance to score soooo many goals yesterday because Boston rested half of their team, and played their backup goaltender…Yet, he was held without a goal so his name isn’t going to be on the Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy this year….

    Why this happened? Well, because the Rocket knew somehow that Ovi was coming to play vs the Habs in Montreal. And nobody comes to play vs the Rockets’ Habs in the playoffs with his trophy.

    Or, maybe I should start drinking again?….lol

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

  70. g says:

    I like your logic

    “Long before I ever wore the jersey, I wore the jersey.” Dryden

  71. The Teacher says:

    I guess that means we will not win, and possibly face Pittsburgh in the 2nd round, because, after all, a Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy winner would not be able to come here by your logic lol

  72. j2w4habs25 says:

    GO HABS GO!!!

  73. nunacanadien says:

    You see that’s the thing, everyone’s expecting the Habs to roll over next time they see a big team like the Caps, or more like an equal size team that is more physical than the Habs.  However, what we are not seeing and what we should see, a call up for the likes of Subban, and others from the Dogs who can play the physical game and wear down the Caps.  What hasn’t happened yet, is the Habs have not become used to the return of Cammy etc, with Martin still juggling the lines.  Enough already, we saw the Habs destroyed last year because of Price and Gainey juggling lines. 

    Lets face it, no matter how you juggle the mighty midgets, you don’t have enough Habs to make up for the mighty midgets.  Fire Gainey, Fire Gauthier, get rid of your entire scouting roster, get rid of Trevor Timmins, you need to purge the entire coaching staff, the senior management.  Start new, sign real NHL players, and then you wouldn’t have to worry about juggling 16 goal a year mighty midgets, whether they speak with an American accent or like before with a Finnish accent, just stop signing small players regardless of how you aquire these small players!

  74. habstrinifan says:

    Many questions re JM’s coaching and personnel use this season. But as I await Thursday’s playoffs, I wonder why did we send down Ryan White and call up Ben Maxwell and keep him up here not playing or developing.

    I think the short period of time when we had White and Pyatt on a line we were actually developing that ‘gritty checking line’ that we have missed on this team for so long and that we now sorely need for the playoffs.

    JM praised that line many times.. their work ethic and dedication. And they played a very big role for the team when we had several injuries and could have fallen off the face of the earth. They kept us from going on the sort of skid that would have made a greater disaster of this season.

    Ben Maxwell has done nothing but sit on the bench. Another young player we are probably mismanaging. White is the captain in Hamilton; answers the bell for his teammates and plays to his size and has the rugged hockey traditions of the WHL bred in him.

    I want to be positive. I dont want to gripe on the eve of the playoffs.. regardless of the fact that we played so disappointingly in the end and backed into the darn thing AGAIN.

    Am I wrong here? Wouldnt White have been a better player to have kept in Montreal.

    Just one of those dumb management decisions in my opinion. Just like the decision to remove Darche from Lap’s line just after LAP had played two of his best games because he was free to do what he SHOULD be doing on this team .. be a scoring threat because he had Darche going to the NET and and being a distraction in front of the goalie.

    There are better and smarter folks here than I.. folks who may scoff because Lapierre has many many faults including laziness and many fans think he should be run out of town. But mark my words. We have totally misused Lapierre. JM tells him to go to the net. Or is it Muller who tells him this. I dont know. I know they want to have him play like Muller and get the scrum goals. But he isnt. It’s not in his nature.

    Show him his best goals. Both this season and last season. They all come from the scoring arch (slots) just outside the crease. He has a scorer’s touch from that area and makes some deft reads from that area. Give him linemates who go to the NET and once he has gained the confidence and joy in his natural abilities then teach him with positive coaching to be a better all round player.

    I know I wont get much support here for Lap and I am not saying he is top six forward. But I am dreading that he would be another player we would trade and as a habs fan I would be reading the scoring summaries every night with dread as he proves a better player than we give him the freedom to be here.

    But the matter at hand is the playoff! So for now.. GO HABS GO!!!!!

     

  75. canada4l says:

    For us to play pitts, both nj and buf would have to lose.  I don’t see NJ losing to Philly.

  76. king ddd says:

    i dont care who wins  i just cant wait for t his thursday!.. some how i ve got this good feeling.. i am expecting the habs playing the best games of the season.. cammy is due to explode.. when was the last time gio and gomez played together in the playoffs?

     

     

    .::moen for captain::.

  77. awesomerino says:

    “That’s the only game intown,” Boudreau said of the Canadiens in Montreal. “They don’t have to split it up and have the Nationals on some of the pages…”

     

    …That sting a little for anyone else?

  78. Philly-Poo says:

    lollllllllllll

    that didnt click until now… awesome… he zinged us… intentionally or not, I do not know… but…. hahahahaha….  Mtl needs a basketball team, i can see that do better than a baseball team…

  79. kmachabs27 says:

    i did not know theodore is 20-0-3 since Jan 12th THATT ISS HUGEEEE WOW that caught my eye

  80. Mr Dobby says:

    This is gonna be fun.

  81. likehoy says:

    brutal stats! this game will come down to fighting! knock them off their game with antics! I wish we actually had that in our arsenal.

    instead we’re in for JM figuring out how to defend a 0-0 “lead” for 60 minutes.

    - We’ve gotta beat the beat, and fist pump our way to victory!

  82. J Haul says:

    “instead we’re in for JM figuring out how to defend a 0-0 “lead” for 60 minutes.”

    Holy smokes, that’s funny…. and sad.

  83. Mikey_39 says:

    20-0-3?????Holy crap….

     

    Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom, JM….I would be lying if i said that I wasn’t worried.  I just can’t see Ovechkin and the caps going out in the first round.

     

    But if we are going to lose, at least it will be an entertaining series versus if we were to play the Devils

  84. ParrySoundHabber says:

    I turn 50 this coming April 15th and it couldn’t be a better year than now for all the stars to align and pull off a glorious run for the only team I’ve ever known! 50 and 100 kinda go together like glue and wood. GO HABS GO

     

    Ovie doesn’t worry me. It’s time to STAND TALL!

     

    “Talent is a gift from God, but you only succeed with hard work. Yvan was proof of that.”

    Jean Beliveau

    ~If winning wasn’t important we wouldn’t keep score.

  85. DearyLeary says:

    I have faith in Jose Theodore.  Faith in his ability to choke.

  86. Say Ash says:

    I can’t wait to hear the Bell Centre fans chant “Theeeee-ohhhhh”. It’ll be deafening.

  87. Mr.Hazard says:

    WILL TAMPA BAY BE LOOKING AT BOUCHER?

    http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=317718

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  88. Say Ash says:

    They can have JM.

  89. havok says:

    I am thinking of starting a new Ball Hockey team, what do you guys think of The “Stubby Booners??”

  90. GrimJim says:

    Just be very very careful in your pronounciation :-)

  91. Tariq says:

    We have to be at our best, Defence is our main concern, and our scorers must click soon. Time is running out!

  92. J Haul says:

    Is this guy serious? Every post is a lame attempt to dig at Price. I mean, the post he replied to wasn’t related to Price in any way. I’ve got to think that when you see people behaving like this it can only be jealousy.

    A little advice man: When you’re this blatantly biased no one will take you seriously.

     

    Oh, and I have no idea what a “win a hot series” means, but Jaro’s team didn’t actually win anything in the Olympics. Slovakia didn’t medal man.

  93. Norcal Habsfan says:

    Maybe “Hair-plugs, Hair plugs!!!” Or might that be politically incorrect.

  94. Morocco says:

    As the fans that will boo the Star Spangled Banner are worried about being politically correct.

  95. Norcal Habsfan says:

    yeah ..just make sure there are no big bald dudes within throwing distance and it’s probably ok.

    But we are the hockey mecca. Surely fans that are as hockey savvy and sophisticated as we are can do better than “The-o, the-o” or “Jo-se, Jo-se.”  Let’s dig deep here boys. It’s the playoffs. The world will be watching. Let’s invent chanted insults that will prove our superiority!


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