Well, that was no fun

Certainly no fun for Patrick V. Hickey, who had a worse night than the Canadiens.

The Gazette’s intrepid beat man parked his Honda Civic – 564,000 km and purring like a kitten – at the Wachovia Center.

Because the car has Quebec plates, Flyers’ fans slashed the tires – and stole the plate!

Two Canadian TV trucks were vandalized as well.

And Marc-Antoine Godin of La Presse Tweets: “2 PHI fans yelled at TV guy ‘go back home, you
f@#$#& French-Canadian!’ One had Briere jersey, the other a Gagné”

• Canadiens have tough hill to climb – Stubbs

“We just didn’t have it” – Gill

No credit for Gainey – Todd

• Stubbs on Michael Leighton

A new bully on Broad Street – Roy MacGregor

Flyers mojo carries over from Bruins series – Michael Farber

No signs of Philly letdown – Scott Burnside

• At least the Bulldogs won

And Hockey Night in Canada ran a nice Elliotte Friedman feature on Brian Gionta.



  1. Clay4bc says:

    So what? Calculate Halak’s winning percentage – it is MUCH higher than that.


    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot –

  2. Fenrir767 says:

    The Wachovia center is the worst place to go period. Fans of other teams won’t go there, I’ve met fans that were they for playoffs 2 years ago. They had to deal with people kicking their seats dumping Beer on them and security not giving a rats ass. During Playoffs stay away from Philly they are the worst fans in Hockey!

  3. Fansincebirth says:

    Nope, car would have been set on fire :o)

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  4. Fenrir767 says:

    It all Started with Gomez taking that Penalty against Briere just like our Game 2 meltdown in Washington, Gomez took a stupid penalty and the wheels fell of the fucking bus. For whatever reason that has killed us twice and each time we lost by 6 goals. We’ll bounce back!

  5. HabFanSince72 says:

    Almost as dumb as Jack Todd.

  6. SLONCOLD says:

    sounds like montrealers after a playoff win or loss

  7. coachdoug says:

    Mike…Thanks…I hope we have some time between games to see the city a little…

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  8. Caballero says:

    Based on the two back to back games during the regular season where we got humiliated I think it will happen again. Philly was the worst team we could face at this point. At the same time, maybe this is a good thing. The people upstairs can see that size does matter and we needed someone to replace BGL for teams like Philly and others in the West. For this team to improve just a little more you need at least two badasses in there because this team doesn’t intimidate anyone. At the same time, that is the reason why it is ridiculous to try and beat this team at their own game hitting and taking penalties. Crashing the net is another story though. That is a must.

  9. MikeMcLaren says:

    We live in the Eastern suburbs of Philadelphia so I’m not super familiar with the Aston area but it looks like it is fairly close to I 95 which shouldn’t be too bad of a route to get into the city on the weekends.  Traffic isn’t awful unless there’s an accident or construction I don’t know about.

    As far as places to eat with kids you could always try the standard tourist trip to Pat’s Steaks or Geno’s in South Philadelphia (9th and Passyunk) or Tony Luke’s (39th E. Oregon Ave) for cheesesteaks. “Water ice / Italian ice” and a soft pretzel are a good bet as well.  If you’ve got a GPS on you, try a search for “Rita’s” for the water ice.


  10. Slovak says:

    When you take it statisticaly and astronomically you get that score and beside it, I can feel it in all my bones. I don’t want to lie to you that it will be 4:1 Habs when the truth is it will be 4:0 Habs just because you never say “you know what – what I just said again) moreover relax in Slovakia we have a different rule – SAY IT 🙂

    SAY IT, come on, we need to change something to bring back the magic – SAY IT, come on 🙂

  11. ths says:

    Do we need MAB ?


    We need someone in the dressing room to smack big tits and Poulio in the head and tell them to play like their balls are on fire and threaten to cut them off if they don’t do it. Thats leadership

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  12. HardHabits says:

    Todd’s points are legitimate. What a bunch of whiners. Oooooh. Bad Jack Todd has some criticism for Bob Gainey. How dare you? You awful man!!! Gimme a break. He’s only repeating what he read here. I guess it just pisses you off to see those arguments validated in his article.

    This playoff run has been great, so far, but it appears the Habs have hit a brick wall. Whatever happens this playoffs a lot will ride on what steps the Habs do to keep the unsigned players they have and what happens with any young and upcoming prospects (if there are any).

    One thing for sure, the Caps, Pens and Hawks will be contenders while the Habs’ll be question marks.

    I still think the way to build a team is via the draft and to do that a team needs to finish 20th-30th for a few years. I hope I am wrong and that the Habs get stronger in the upcoming years. Given the salary cap and the Habs poor positioning come draft day I am highly skepticle that that will occur.

  13. Fansincebirth says:

    CBC commented about a ‘hit’ delivered by one of our towers of power (Gio?) and a viscious (giggle) high stick in the 3rd period…..

    Perhaps he’s suffereing from an ‘upper eye injury’ :o)

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  14. pmaraw says:

    so he didnt get hit in the eye with that highstick?

  15. pmaraw says:

    so sit on the bench… why hide in the dressing room?

  16. shootdapuck says:

    Hack and epic failure – Jack Todd!

    Supposedly retired to write a great novel but no such luck he just keeps on popping up in the Gazette.

    Must be bitter that Gainey made money on the sale of the Canadiens!

    Todd is as pink as they come and cannot seperate sports from his own politics!

    The locals here in Sakhalin have figured out what works and what doesn’t but not Todd he just clings to the old doctrines.

    Waste of oxygen!


    “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”

  17. HardHabits says:

    Some would think that BG had a crystal ball. He himself admits his moves were a crap shoot.

    Many of us have been saying the same things Todd said. Gainey did good with the new leadership core. He astutely did not resign Koivu. He did however want both Komsarek and Kovalev back. He also dropped the ball big time with Price. Price should’ve been handled the same way Subban was this year.

    If the Habs win two games this series I’ll be surprised. However if they win 2 they should be able to win 4. We’ll know by game 4 whether or not it’ll time to take out the brooms. Last game was a demolishing of the system.

  18. pmaraw says:

    no…..  I want to know why he was in the dressing room.  I mean if it was simply to rest him, than why not let him sit on the bench and cheer on his teammates?  why was he in the dressing room?

  19. smiler2729 says:

    demigod is a Toronto troll.

  20. AndyF says:

    What — are you implying that Pronger was hard at work on Hickey’s car?!!  I don’t understand…  😉


    (Sorry about your car, Pat.   Philly is one special town.  Sheeesh…)





  21. pmaraw says:

    why was pronger in the dressing room for the last 5 minutes of the game?

  22. jimmy shaker says:

    I guess…..don’t get me wrong…..I’d love for Jaro do blank the flyers next game, but as we all know in the hockey world, the “S” word for a goalie is never talked about.  Bottom line, is that I’ll just take the win and head back to habville with a split!


  23. Laramy87 says:

    We beat ourselves. Philly is NOT THAT GOOD and we took dumb penalties, terribly defencively and not one good pass all nite. Thats how you lose and lose big. Game 2 will be totally different

  24. G-Man says:

    Handle should be changed to Montreal Moron. Next.

  25. Laramy87 says:

    MAB has one power play goal this playoffs, do we still need him in the lineup. His defence play was poor and his giveaways were brutual. I would MUCH rahter have OB in there.

    Game two will be different, there is no way Habs will come out like this in game two. It feels like the extneded break they had caught up with them, and the emotion high of the flyers after thier game 7 win was used to thier advantage. They will come crashing down when habs win, and that will be pretty much it for the Flyers.

    On a side note I HATE HATE HATE HATE flyer fans

  26. 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.

    I refuse to say anything negative about the team, the coach, the GM, past GM Gainey, or even Jack Todd.

    I will say this, however.

    If it ain’t over til the fat lady sings…..we are in big trouble because I could have sworn I saw a fat lady singing “God Bless America”.

    Instead of having a live version of Oh Canada on Thursday, it would be nice to hear a tape recording of Roger Doucet’s rendition.

    I think that would be a classy tribute to M. Doucet.

    Maybe Stubbs or Boone could suggest it to the Habs if they agree that it’s a good idea.

  27. Slovak says:

    To jimmy shaker

    Relax – next game: 4-0 Habs, give me one last chance 🙂 I bet all my presence on this blog for this score! Deal?

  28. Mr.Hazard says:

    Thank you for the less-than-intelligent comment, MontrealAtheist!

    You don’t blame a GM for a shitty outing by a team. You blame him for assembling a team that can’t compete/make the playoffs. An eastern-conference finalist is something only 4 GM’s in the league achieved this year. And the Habs had to beat two of the league’s best teams, one of those without their best player.

    Come on, man…

    “We didn’t give up and we are not giving up.” – Jaroslav Halak

  29. salshabs says:

    Agreed, MAB is a liability on defense, bring in OBie, and sit Pouliot, he’s useless.

  30. pmaraw says:

    not gonna say anything bad about mab, but I think we could use OB a lot more than mab in this series…

  31. salshabs says:

    WOW!! Does Todd ever tee off on Gainey…he’s right though.  Give credit where it’s due, to JM and the rest of the coaching staff, for recognizing who the real number one goalie is, and running with him.  Unfortunately, Price IS Gainey’s greatest blunder, and, the destruction  of a diamond chip prospect lies 100% with him.  Crosby, Stamkos, were monitored closely in their jump to the NHL right from Junior. Price, an immature kid, was not, and the results are obvious.  Even Carbo wanted to send him to Hamilton for seasoning, and, it wound up costing him his position.  Price has had several opportunities, in these playoffs to step up, and he’s dropped the ball, time to move him, he’s permanently damaged goods. Thanks Bob. 

  32. Mr.Hazard says:

    WOW. Out-stupiding the MTL crowd. Didn’t think it was possible.

    Should have known it would be Philly. Disgusting.

    “We didn’t give up and we are not giving up.” – Jaroslav Halak

  33. MontrealAtheist says:

    No credit for Gainey – Thank you for that great article, Todd !!!

    I hate to bring this up, but some of us here have been saying this all along … And besides, if you are going to credit Gainey with the results of the current playoffs, then at least you should be consistent and credit Gainey with this 0-6 massacre as well. Thank you, Mr. Gainey. What a genius!

  34. Fansincebirth says:

    Question to get your Monday brains going….

    Did Philly out play us or did we beat ourselves last night?

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  35. jimmy shaker says:

    Started off slow just like in Pittsburgh.  If, we lose the next game than we can start getting concerned.  But, I like our chances tomorrow night.  We’ve always bounced back and I think tomorrow will be no different.  Jaro always comes back huge after getting pulled, and the compete/intensity level will be there as well.  We just have to be outshot and we’ll be fine.  JM will get O’byrne back in there, and MAB will be put back on the 4th line, with Darche or Pouliot drawing out!

    One game…..suck it up, forget about it and move on!


  36. avatar_58 says:

    They slahed the tires and stole the plates???

    Wow. Way to live up to your rep philly fans

  37. Habfan29 says:

    Why do we have to have our intelligence insulted by Jack Todd!!!!!!

  38. coachdoug says:

    Mike…Off Topic…gonna be in Aston PA in two weeks for a tournament with our atom team playing at the ice works…how is the traffic going into the city on weekends?  Any recomendations on places to eat? 

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  39. dufour says:

    It ruins the fun of being a hockey fan. The best part about being a fan, aside from watching your team win, is teasing other teams fans. But it should be in kind spirit. I went to Boston for a Habs game few years ago and their fans were great. They would chirp us, we’d chirp them back, but it was all in good fun. And I bet in Philly there are alot of great fans like that too, but it only takes a couple of idiots to make the whole bunch of them look stupid. It’s the same kind of idiots who are rioting in Montreal.

    “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

  40. HNS says:

    I guess we’ll see how good a coach JM and company are. We have adapted to Washington’s and Pittsburgh’s system so now the coaches have their work cut out for them. Should be good.

  41. Matthew says:

    I would join it… Todd’s “columns” should be posted in the comments section or not at all

  42. MikeMcLaren says:

    It’s not all that bad in the regular season when the fans don’t really care about the Canadiens.  I haven’t been hassled too badly there.  But in the playoffs?  Never been probably never will.  I’d rather make the 8 hour drive to watch a game in the Bell than a 45 minute drive to the Wachovia Center.


  43. HNS says:

    It seems like so many have fallen off the bandwagon already including the media. It seems like like they not only fall off, they shart the bed afterwards. 

    We’ve seen this movie before. We will overcome this. We have, we will, no doubt. Everyone just needs to relax and get back on board. Jaro and the boys will find the way.

  44. coachdoug says:

    I was suprised at the lack of goonery…but that is not Peter Laviolettes brand of hockey…He loves a fast skating hard working team…got to watch many a Canes practice while he was here and he skates their @sses of…

    Laviolette loves the two man forecheck…Carolina used it as a weapon…no time and no space…

    As far as goonery Carcillo is the only exception since he is mentally 5 years old…my apologies to the five year olds

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  45. coachdoug says:

    Stay classy Flyer fans…One of these Millionaires needs to throw Hickey a bone and buy him a Lexus….

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  46. Fansincebirth says:

    I think you gave the Philly fans far too much credit but luckily you corrected yourself.

    That must be a brutal place to play and be an opposing fan….

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  47. HabFanSince72 says:

    No it doesn’t. Being a total knob makes him a total knob.


  48. HabFanSince72 says:

    Another error Todd makes is suggesting that the Flyers used devious or unfair tactics. They  played tough but I didn’t really see any evidence of goonery.

    They have a combination of skill and toughness that is hard to beat. Plus they are bursting with confidence.


  49. MikeMcLaren says:

    Good thing I didn’t go down to the game.  If the Flyers fans saw my plate they might slash my tires too… oh wait, if they read my plate that would imply they knew how to read.  Maybe it would be safe after all?


  50. HabFanSince72 says:

    Actually, Todd is a moron who continually brings up the Halak vs Price debate.

  51. JFriedman says:

    Didn’t the Gazette fire that wacko Todd!?!?

    I think he should just post his ramblings on here like the rest of us and not get any special attention.

  52. Chris B. says:

    I’m thinking of a “Let’s get Jackass Todd out of Montreal, where he has no clue of the vibe of the city, and move him to Toronto or some other backwater where he belongs” facebook page. What do you guys think?

  53. dallyd31 says:

    What is the matter with Jack Todd…seriously.  That is worse than the morons on this site who still bring up the Price vs Halak debate.

    What sort of axe has he to grind ?

    What a moron.

  54. Chris B. says:

    coachdoug is right. This did not seem like other losses. This will be the toughest series yet and will require everyone to be on top of their game. No stupid penalties and more smart coaching. Even if we get two games down, which I expect, we can still pull this off, but it won’t be easy. Home cooking will be good for the team.


  55. HabFanSince72 says:

    Todd is a hack all right, but it’s the Gazoo, not the New York Times.


    He comes from that old school of sports journalists who just
    lay out their emotions and call it journalism. Kind of a dumber Rejean Tremblay.


    Fortunately the other Gazette and La Presse writers are quite good.


    In Todd’s case the problem is compounded by the
    crushing knowledge that he’s a failure. Hey Jack, how’s that epic novel coming



  56. smiler2729 says:

    I guess they’re just offering another perspective on things but I agree with you, he’s a total knob.

  57. Matthew says:

    Why does HIO link to a Jack Todd article that is full of conjecture? Todd is so close to irrelevant as a sports writer he’d be better off going to back to writing those chose-your-own-adventure books that Todd somehow got printed in the back of the Gazette when Todd was still employed by Canwest…

  58. coachdoug says:

    Guys check the “Tough Hill to Climb” link…wrong article…talking about a gruesome killing

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  59. Mattyleg says:

    Why, oh why does the Gazette allow Jack Todd column space?

    He’s such a ham-fisted mediocre boor it’s not funny.

    And punning. Really Jack? Puns?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  60. coachdoug says:

    Last night’s loss is not like the previous losses…looked like the team did not show up and Laviolette had Martin’s playbook…Guys in front of Halak, pressure the rookie, Agressive forecheck…they went after every weakness we have…

    JM will have to give them a different look…May be time to abandon his Trap and try some run and gun offense, take some chances…the only problem is Philly has actual defensemen who play defense…See Pronger

    Hard to say what will happen though since this Habs team is always full of suprises…let’s hope they suprise us Tuesday

    “The ‘System’ will not stop until it owns Lord Stanley’s Cup…All hail the System!”

  61. Harani says:

    Nicklas Backtrom: Rumoured to get 10 years witha cap hit of 6.5 million. I say that’s a bargain! But to be able to play with Ovie, good enough. Semin, not so much! 

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

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