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!”

  62. FuzE_gus says:

    Yikes…Remeber the trend in the regular season when the Habs got up for games with better teams and stunk out the joint against lesser teams?  Hopefeully a 7 game series means they have time to make adjustments…


    With Regards from FuzE_gus

  63. SlovakHab says:

    Philadelphia is no way a lesser team. It will be an extremely tough opponent that might sweep us if we don’t improve by 500%.


    B.Burke is building the Bruins through the draft.

  64. Norm0770 says:

    Boy, is Jack Todd ever a tool.  Saying that after game four of the Washington series Gainey would have gone back to Price and the Habs would be golfing because of his blind faith in Price.  He completely ignores that Gainey had a deal in place last summer with Price going to Tampa for Lecavalier.

    Unwilling to give Gainey any credit for anything smacks of jelousy and bitterness.

  65. ganderhab says:

    Still more proof that Jack Todd is a major league idiot, as if we needed it.

  66. Slovak says:



    PS: In Habs case it was selfdestruction, so Halak please stop your teammates from another selfdestruction…

  67. jimmy shaker says:

    Hey Slovak, you have to stop with the no goal prediction wins for the boys on here.  I think you predicted the habs would win game 1 with jaro getting the donut, and that clearly didn’t work.  So predicting it again is not the best of things to be saying.  Everyone knows that we can’t say/predict that our team will blank another team…..it’s just not smart banter.  I’m not trying to be mean, but leave the scorless predictions alone.  Instead of 4-0, make it 4-1.  That’s better.


  68. Habs4ever Fan says:

    JM knew we had lost the game when he put Carey Price in nets
    It was time for Carey after Halak failed to make some key saves. Halak…..we still love you!
    Bottom line is our players don’t play well in front of Carey Price and if you watch closely, they stopped playing after Carey went in. (argueably they stopped playing after the score was 3-0).
    Dumb penalties killed the habs last night.
    Poor execution of any game plan killed the habs last night.
    We had so few quality shots on Leighton, I can hardly remember them.
    The habs have now seen the Flyers at their best and now is the time for the Flyers to see the Habs at their best.
    Back to your warm seat Carey, thanks but we wont need you for the rest of this series
    MAB, stay in Montreal….you really are too small and have no talent
    PK, you’ve played great but last night I think you forgot the game plan.
    The rest of the boys…prepare to take on some bruises as you overcome this poor outing and come back to take on these broadstreet bullies

  69. HabFanSince72 says:

    They go to the net, we don’t.

    If it continues like this it will be a short series.


  70. Dave Stubbs says:

    For those wondering: last night wasn’t the Canadiens’ worst playoff shutout loss of all time. They were beaten 7-0 by Seattle on March 19, 1919, in the Stanley Cup final that was abandoned because of the influenza epidemic.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  71. idle says:

    What was the atmosphere like that night Dave?


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  72. Slovak says:

    Last night Dave it was “don’t move just watch the puck” and “when you move please screw your pass” and “Halak will make it alone” epidemic… our boys should get some vitamins today:

    Vitamin A – Any flying Asshole standing before our net? Get rid of him fast!

    Vitamin B – Be yourselves – remember fast, or should we call your mothers for identification?

    Vitamin C – Come on Pronger is no threath – just in your heads!

    Vitamin D – Do everything before they will do it to you – like scoring 6 nicely rested pieces!

    Vitamin E – Everybody knows what to do, just do it – there is no try according to Joda come on!

    Vitamin F – Fu*k it – this is not even a vitamin yet – invent it – invent how to break their goalie!

    Need more vitamins Montreal?

  73. MontrealAtheist says:

    At least that Seattle team no longer exists, so we got the last laugh on them (apart from having won 24 times as many Stanley Cups as them).

  74. habsfan_61 says:

    that was definitely a stinker. the boys skated like they had lead weights in their boots.very lethargic and listless.at least they get their bad game out of the way early like they did last series. now, make the proper adjustments and beat these goons.

  75. SlovakHab says:

    Does in matter whether we lose 0-6 or 4-5 in a triple overtime? We are 1 game away from tying the series and taking the home ice advantage. 1 W. We’ll take it in the next game.

  76. Le Jadester says:

    Well said.  Not the end of the world and that’s the beauty of Playoff Hockey.

    Habs, OLE !

  77. Dave Stubbs says:

    The Canadiens realized they’d just had their butts badly kicked. BADLY kicked. Very quiet dressing room, obviously, but hardly funereal. We’ll see how the team responds in Game 2. This isn’t the first time they’ve trailed a playoff series this year, but that was a pretty definitive loss.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  78. smiler2729 says:

    I think he was asking you what the atmosphere was like after the Seattle 7-0 loss.

  79. Fansincebirth says:

    Poor Dave, I think it went right over his head :o)

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

  80. MontrealAtheist says:

    Hmmmm, are you asking for an eyewitness account? 😉

  81. Dave Stubbs says:

    You’re right. It went right over my head. Such is life on the sleep-deprived playoffs road.

    But there were no dressing rooms in 1919. The guys got changed in the parking lot.

    Dave Stubbs
    Habs Inside/Out
    Sports Columnist/Feature Writer, Montreal Gazette
    • On Twitter: twitter.com/habsinsideout1

  82. idle says:

    The good news is that a 6-0 loss means the same as a hard fought 2-1 loss as far as the actual cost to the series.  You can’t lose more then 1 game at a time and it still takes 4 of them to get knocked out.


    It’s a MAB MAB world.

  83. HabFanSince72 says:

    No, but the rest of the article where he bashes Gainey is what makes him a tool.

    Jack Todd is actually stupider and more obnoxious than Timo.


  84. terrygain says:

    Not enough.

  85. Clay4bc says:

    And you are following in Todd’s footsteps by bashing a fellow poster. Say what you want about Timo, but – unlike you – he is always respectful to other posters here.


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

  86. pic1983 says:

    If the team was fully engaged, and lost a heartbreaker, id be worried.  After that complete lack of effort displayed yesterday, I’m not at all worried.  Not yet at least.

  87. Fansincebirth says:

    MAB scares the hell out of me when he’s the last one back there with the puck. He seems to panic when he starts to get pressure put on him.

    Yes, I love his point shot when he’s on but is he a one trick pony?

    Can we afford to keep him on D if he coughs up the puck when the bodies are flying around?

    I’m not blaming him for last night, that was a total team suck, just commenting mainly on the keep MAB on D vs put him on the 4th line or PP specialist and having O’B suit up…..

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

  88. pic1983 says:

    I love how everyone in the media jumped off the habs bandwagon and right onto the flyers.  Once again, according to the media, the habs have no chance, and the flyers are going to beat us the next 3 games straight, and we wont even score a goal.  Give me a break! Cant wait for the habs to prove them all wrong yet again.

    I have faith!

  89. lenny says:

    Jck Todd is a coward draft dodging morin, He basically ran away from the us and fled and hid up here in the great white north. He is BS rants have no place in a sports column let alone a ppaer like the gazzette. I dont understand why they let him write in. I for one am sendng a letter to the gazzette, if htye continue to publish him, i will cancel my subscription. I advise u all do the same!!!

  90. DraftBeer says:

    Got a problem with free speech?


    Maybe worry more about what’s happening on the ice rather than worrying about Jack Todd.

  91. kakey says:

    Nothing better than letting the Flyers get overconfident, making them think that they are the favorite, letting them hear how analysts predict in how many games they can win this round. Let this win get into their head that they’re all that. By then the Habs can do what they did to those who underestimated them. People, don’t fret over this 0-6 lost. Instead, let this 0-6 lost do its psychological work on the opponent for the rest of this round.

  92. Slovak says:

    What should I do to make you believe, it will 4:0 Habs next game?

  93. kempie says:

    I believe!

  94. Maffu says:

    Ouch Jack, rough article, take a chill pill. It’s just game 1.

  95. habbytown says:

    it amazes me how good Philly is. but take a look at their lineup- awesome.

    and to think they drafted Giroux, Van Riemsdyke, Richards, Carter. and that’s only in the last few years.

    and who have the habs drafted? Kostistyn (hahahano goals except 1 game), O’Byrne(hahaha), Plekanec(hahaha. zero goals) , Lapierre(hahaha yaps and never fights). wow!

    it’s Timmons who we need to fire!

    god almighty, please get decent scouts so we can draft bonafide players instead of 1 year flops!

    oh btw, Philly in 3.

  96. kakey says:


    it amazes me how good (Washington/Pittsburgh) is. but take a look at their lineup- awesome.

    and to think they drafted (Bacstrom, Green, Semin, Varlamov/Staal, Malkin, Letang). and that’s only in the last few years.

    and who have the habs drafted? Kostistyn (hahahano goals except 1 game), O’Byrne(hahaha), Plekanec(hahaha. zero goals) , Lapierre(hahaha yaps and never fights). wow!

    it’s Timmons who we need to fire!

    god almighty, please get decent scouts so we can draft bonafide players instead of 1 year flops!

    oh btw, (Washington/Pittsburgh) in 3.


  97. ths says:

    Is it just me or have all you guys jumped off the bandwagon, set it on fire and chucked it through Super Sexe front window ?


    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  98. WAR72 says:

    its only one game…plenty of hockey left.

    philly fans have it right. you dont riot and destroy your own city…you find things to damage that belong to the other side…

    does hickey not make enough money to rent a car and fly?

    he writes as if his readers average age is 10.

  99. mike g says:

    You know what’s really funny?

    How most of the “experts” and “analysts” are a bunch of salami-eating douchebags. Going into the series vs the Flyers, they all predicted a tight series going 6 or 7 games for sure. With good reason, because it will be like that. They aregued we had the best goaltender in the world right now, and that Philly found their stride in round 2. Basically, with all that these teams had done so far, we’d be in for one heck of a series…

    Now all of a sudden following last night’s game, these same “experts” are saying it’s gonna be a Philly rout, and MTL has no chance. I just find it really funny, I’m sorry. If you are an “expert”, you were able to see that the Habs simply didn’t play last night; they laid a giant, Godzilla-size goose egg. It happens, especially when you have played 14 straight games of solid hockey in 28 days. It’s human nature. The Flyers went through that rough patch vs the Bruins, and lost 3 straight games.

    But, the “experts” don’t see that. They base their opinions game-by-game (sounds like Habs fans, right?), and now it’s apparently gonna be a sweep by the Flyers. They’re too big, strong, and Michael Leighton is going to get 6 shutouts in this series alone. Like seriously, if you’re an expert, tell it how it is. The Habs didn’t show up, and the Flyers did 100%. If you weren’t able to see that last night, you ain’t no expert. It won’t be a sweep, it’s going 6 or 7. I’m even willing to bet the Habs have their strongest game of the plyoffs tomorrow night, and Halak returns to form. We’ve seen this resurgence too often from our boys vs better opponents, and there’s no sign they’re gonna give up this far into the playoffs…

    And to think we as Habs fans are bipolar…….


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

  100. SLONCOLD says:

    like u said, they laid an egg. Habs took a bunch of bad penalties which hurt them. Halak was human yesterday. In other games he was able to bail out some mistakes made, no so yesterday. Leighton wasn’t tested enough and didn’t have to work too hard for the shut out either…

    JM will adapt and i’m sure we’ll see a much better effort next game

  101. RiverviewCanadien says:

    I posted this on ‘About Last Night’.

    They were terrible,, from Halak to Cammalleri, back to Subban. But yesterday was still one of the best days of my life.

    My wife and I gave birth to our second daughter…Life is awesome!

    One question for all the experts here…
    – Wouldn’t it be nice to have a mean BGL and a happy Sergei playing right now?


  102. joeybarrie says:

    Just when i thought Jack Todd couldnt be any more ridiculous. He goes and proves me wrong. It’s astonishing to me that people actually believe that the GM sticks his nose into the coachs room and make the decisions for him. When a player plays it’s the coach. Not the GM.

    Honestly, how STUPID can you be if you don’t give credit to the guy that brought ALL the players in (INCLUDING HALAK) He is saying we traded away or let go of players that would have helped us win last night. WELL WHAT ABOUT THE LAST TIME WE PLAYED THE FLYERS???????  WHERE THE HELL WERE THEY THEN????Begin was a minus 7 with 1 point in his playoffs, what did he do for the Bruins against these Flyers???

    In what stretch of the mind is PHILLY such a great team, and the Habs arent. In the regular season by these standards then PHILLY wouldn’t be in the playoffs either. AM I WRONG or do they have the EXACT same amount of points????

    And to come out ans say Gainey didn’t know these players were playoff players just shows how incredibly DUMB his article is. UM Gill won the Cup LAST YEAR, GIO AND GOMEZ won together. They have always been consistent playoff players. And the fact that Gainey went out and replaced his scorer with a guy who scored 40 goals last year, yet of course BG had NO IDEA Camma could score in the playoffs.

    I mean INJURIES killed our season. Anyone with a PEA in his empty head knows that. We have missed our best player for HALF the games this season. ALSO injuries have hurt the Flyers too. But of course they get a pass in Jack’s LESS THAN PEA sized marble in his head.

    To say he INHERITED a mid pack team is just plain stupidity. When Gainey took over his best players other than Koivu were a 40 year old Gilmore, Yannick Perrault, Jan Bulis, Andreas Dackell, Donald Audette, and Oleg Petrov… They missed the playoffs 4 out of 5 seasons. UM YEAH MID PACK………What a frickin IDIOT.

    Then he left in the season where we are in the top 4 of the playoffs, and 2 seasons earlier came in first in the East. Made the playoffs 4 out of 5 seasons…  I wouldnt say MID PACK. But I know ALOT would.

    In the END his article he says the Credit goes to GILL, CAMMA, GIO, SPACEK and GORGES. ALL PLAYERS BG brought in……  SO no why give the GM credit for the guys he put on the TEAM???? THAT WOULD BE STUPID.

    And to ignore Gomez’ help this playoffs. ONLY THE GUY WHO HAS THE MOST ASSISTS ON THE TEAM….

    I think this might be the absolute DUMBEST article I have read this season. How in the WORLD does Jock Todd get paid to write this NONSENSE. His salary at $1 is infinitely more of a overpayment that Gomez’ contract even if it was written 20 years ago…

    A TOOL? In order to be a tool you have to actually be useful. What a smack in the face to newspaper journalism. Wish he had of stayed in the USA. He could write for the National Enquirer. I MEAN EVEN the article written that Elvis is still alive and is having Micheal Jackson baby has more common sense. What an ABSOLUTE DUMBA**.

  103. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wow, Jack Todd went even more off the rails than usual, I’m used to seeing this kind of crap from the tinfoil hat brigade on H I/O, not a ‘journalist’ that the Gazette hires so they can have all points of view on the sports section.

    Flyers fans have no class, typical.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  104. Big Ted says:

    Every single guy on this team should be at that optional practice today. Not to suffer, because by this time of year it’s not about making players pay for a game like that. It’s abotu focus and commitment. The leaders on this team should make sur every guy is there showing his teammates he is committed to putting in a better effort and winning the next one. Like some others have said, I think Halak will bounce back and we will be fine in this series. Their pp won’t score goals every game, just like Pit’s did in game 1 and then slowed down. And Leighton is not going to post another shut-out so easily. The people of Philadelphia are probably the most shameful sports fans in the world. Worse than Habs fans or Raiders fans or English soccer fans. Some of the things these people do are just beyond civility.

  105. SeriousFan09 says:

    Jack Todd, dragging down the Gazette sports section since he moved up to Canada. Does the US take returns? No, then they’d want to give Celine Dion back to us…

    No dice.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  106. pic1983 says:

    No one ever said that philly fans were the brightest…

    I mean its almost as bad as our fans booing the US national anthem considering we have 4 (?) americans on our team.

  107. mike g says:

    Anyone see the “slash” Gomez got called for on Pronger in the 3rd period?

    WOW…I’ve never, ever seen a worse call in my life. If anyone here watched game7 of the PHI-BOS series, the last few minutes of the 3rd period was worse than watching UFC. There could have been 15 penalities on each shift, and easy/obvious ones to call. Yet, none were given out.

    But last night, Gomez practically poked Pronger, probably just to ask him where they were going for beers later on. And the ref called a slash instantly. That “slash” wouldn’t even merit a Crosby dive…

    It really is sad, the quality of officiating has gone straight down the drain…


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

  108. salshabs says:

    When it comes to Farber and SI in general, when it comes to hockey, it pays to keep in mind, that the perspective of an American Hockey writer is typical of sport reporters that a) have never played the game (let’s face it it helps to have played the game)and b) that is writing to people who have never played the game. As such, take what SI and their so-called hockey experts say, and file it under the “ignorant but pompus” file. SI so, does not get hockey, Farber’s story, crappy as  it is,  will find itself on the last page of the magazine with other such notable sports as darts and suffle board. I cancelled my subscription immediately after it became clear to me that, besides their cheap free calculator/phone book tech toy offer with your subscription, they understand and convey, so little insight when it comes to hockey, it is insulting to any red blooded Canuck. Suffice to say, that, if an American SI hockey writer was asked if they agree or disagree with the following statement: all NHL goals look alike, but, all basketball dunks are magificent works of art; they would agree. These are the type of people employed by SI to act as experts in the sport of hockey…nuff said.

  109. Clay4bc says:

    Tony, you’ve posted the same thing about 10 times already. We get it. However (for the second time)… WHO CARES? Calculate Halak’s winning percentage, and then get back to me, because he is the starting goalie. His is much higher than the teams, I assure you, as Price has a pretty poor record this year in terms of wins/losses.


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

  110. Clay4bc says:

    That’s great, Riverview – and much more important than the game…congrats. I hope she brings you as much joy as my daughter does to me!


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

  111. kakey says:

    These experts are supposed to write/say things to fill the paper/TV time that sell ads. So in order to attract/retain more readers/viewers, they’re more likely to emit opinions that reflects the general public, who unlike some of us only watches the Habs (or even hockey) in these kind of time.

  112. mike g says:

    There are not many people whom I’d spit in their face, but Jack’s makin his way therre…

    Here’s my list:

    -Danny Briere

    -Matt Cooke

    -Ron Wilson/Brian Burke

    -………possibly Jack Todd.

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

  113. Xtrahabsfan says:

    First thing we do is put Lappy in front of Leighton,then Moen,then POULIOT.AND MAKE IT A REAL BAD TIME FOR PHILLY!

  114. joeybarrie says:

    What exactly does this FACT prove? Would you be happier being the Caps and only losing 15 games in the regular season……… 19 in all. But they went out in ROUND 1…….  But hey lets have a PARADE for George McPhee the most SUCCESSFUL GM this regular season….  I’LL TAKE A RUN AT THE CUP, and I think 4 million people in this city (Minus 2, you and Jack) would too.

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

  115. mrhabby says:

    saw that little love tap …i just laughed. what can you do.

  116. Habscore says:

    As if we didn’t hate Flyers fans already, these idiots that did that to Pat’s car will soon suffer… Karma is a b***!!



  117. roblack says:



    Let the bandwagoners say what they want,its only the first game. It makes no difference if its 6-0 or 1-0,its just one loss. The Filthy Flyers need three more,do you really think Les boys are just going to pack it in and go away after coming this far? Theres to much pride in this group,dont you think Cammy wants to win…bad? Halak is going to show us all he really is a budding superstar. Lets get O’Byrne back in there,why not give SK-74 another shot? We will be back,this is a long ways from over. These things are just the kind of things that build character. If you were playing on our team,would you quit in front of Jean Beliveau,would you pack it in in front of the greatest hockey fans in the world? No way,next game we tie this series.

  118. roblack says:



    Let the bandwagoners say what they want,its only the first game. It makes no difference if its 6-0 or 1-0,its just one loss. The Filthy Flyers need three more,do you really think Les boys are just going to pack it in and go away after coming this far? Theres to much pride in this group,dont you think Cammy wants to win…bad? Halak is going to show us all he really is a budding superstar. Lets get O’Byrne back in there,why not give SK-74 another shot? We will be back,this is a long ways from over. These things are just the kind of things that build character. If you were playing on our team,would you quit in front of Jean Beliveau,would you pack it in in front of the greatest hockey fans in the world? No way,next game we tie this series.

  119. Shublips says:

    That was a horrible game.  Horrible.  The Habs just didn’t show up.  But you know what?  Who cares?  Throw that game out.  Nothing to take from it.  The Habs have done well at rebounding from bad games so far in the playoffs, and I believe they’ll do that same in game two:

    For all of the talk of the Flyers being physically dominat, it wasn’t THAT bad.  And I wasn’t taht impressed by the Flyers.  The Habs can beat them, they just have to start moving their feet.  Move their feet and the Flyers will start taking more penalties.

    Oh and re: the Flyers fans….it’s good to see that we don’t own the monopoly on boneheaded fans (i.e. the rioters and anthem booers).

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  120. mike g says:

    SI is the worst magazine for hockey, in the world….

    My brother subscribes to it, because he’s really into football. And because he get’s a few free jackets and caps from them when he renews. But overall, it’s a waste of paper for us. I try read it sometimes when I’m on the bowl, but it doesn’t do the job.

    Farber looks, talks, and writes like a frustrated old man who knows that the effort he puts into writing those stories will never amount to anything. It will always be in the back pages of the magazine, and he’s done almost nothing with his life because hockey ain’t workin in the US.

    Subscribe to The Hockey News. Best 30$ I spend every year. It’s worth it just for the crosswords, lol….

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

  121. joeybarrie says:

    SHE BETTER BECOME A DAMN GOOD HOCKEY PLAYER. Good, for you. Thanks for giving us some happiness for last night. CONGRATS……

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

  122. HabFanSince72 says:

    The call on Pyatt after Pronger shoved him into Leighton was pretty bad too.


  123. Storm Man says:

    Why even talk about Todd??? who cares what this guy thinks.

  124. Xtrahabsfan says:

    So,thank -you Philly fans ….you single backhandedly RE-UNITED THE GREAT COUNTRY OF CANADA….And if I was you I’d STAY HOME cus our Canadian francophone’s have just been woken and they’re PISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  125. joeybarrie says:

    So who do you praise, when your team makes it to the top 4 of the playoffs and still has a chance at the Stanley Cup??? PLEASE say someone Gainey brought in………CAUSE THEN YOU KNOW WHAT MY REPLY WILL BE. Maybe we should have a parade for Andre Savard and all he has done for the team this year………. I mean, what exactly is a GM measured by if not for the players he brings in???

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

  126. mike g says:

    Well for starters, they can start officiating with consistency…

    A hook is a hook, whether it’s game 1 of the pre-season or game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

    This notion that “we don’t want the refs deciding a game” is garbage. If you trully believe and want that, get the refs off the ice in those circumstances. At least the players will have more space on the ice…

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

  127. Clay4bc says:

    Then why not just say it? I think gainey screwed the pooch on Price as well. Royally ruined a good prospect, or wasted a high draft pich – either way, he screwed up. But aside from that (rather large) error, Gainey deserves a LOT of respect. Who among us can cast the first stone? You’ve never made a mistake?


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

  128. coachdoug says:


    Yes and Yes to the questions…BGL and Carcillo…A one rounder…make Commercial Boy earn that money…take the instigator penalty…who cares!

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

  129. mike g says:

    Very true…

    And to think, these are the best refs the NHL has to offer….

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

  130. Norm0770 says:

    That’s awesome!

  131. Clay4bc says:

    Dude, you have 5 links on your post. FIVE!!! Is this a post or an advertisement?


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

  132. zak says:

    I ndon’t understand JM using MAB. Sure he may score a goal every now and then but he is a minus player. OB would be a much bigger presense in front of the net.Mab is too small and makes bad decisions with the puck.

  133. joeybarrie says:

    Wow, your almost as big an idiot as Todd then…  We are a .500 team with more injuries to key players than any other team in th NHL. We took out the TOP team in the league, and then the Cup Champions. Yet you still think we are mediocre??? REALLY??? OK GENIUS how about this stat then.

    How good is a team that wins ONLY 50% of its games?????  OH PLEASE ANSWER, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE….

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

  134. Josh says:

    Thank god for Philly fans making us Hab fans look like angels.

  135. crabvader says:

    I don’t even want to watch this series or read anything about it specifically because of the ridiculous bullsh** that Philly “fans” pull.


    It makes me so angry… I feel like laying an incredible beatdown on those stupid hillbillies who slashed Mr. Hickey’s tires…

    I’m so damned pissed off. How can anyone be so god damned stupid?!

  136. joeybarrie says:

    I can’t wait to give the answer……….

    Did you know that the Canadiens have been .500 or under for 4 of their STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS???????  One of them in 56 during the 5 straight Stanley Cups decade. Is there another professional sports team that has won 5 straight Championships? But I guess that team wasnt so good either…..

    Make the Playoffs and Win the Cup and your STILL CHAMPION…… Have the best regular season in history and go out in the first round and you still don;t have a single Cup to your name……EVER…

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

  137. HabFanSince72 says:

    Unfortunately O’B is big and makes bad decisions with the puck.

    But  we’re arguing about which 6th defenceman to play. I don’t think that is the issue here.



  138. topher5468 says:

    As a Habs fan living in the USA, Its unfortunate that some idiot fans resorted to, well, stupidity. Please dont judge all of us based on some of us. I was raised a bit differently and where all just people. Again I apologize for their behavior. Once we win this series, maybe then they will just shut up.

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  139. InGy says:

    Anyone know the rap song that played before the game last night? This was on HNIC. Good tune, havin a hard time finding it.

    GAME 2 IS OURS!!

  140. Habs4ever Fan says:

    OK Habs…we are down 1-0 but we are still at the show!<br><br>

    We got to play better, more consistant, with more energy and less intimidation.<br>

    We can do it….<br><br>

    MAB…shoot the puck.<br><br>

    Halak….you always bounce back, Tuesday night will be no exception <br><br>

    OB, hope to see you out there<br><br>

    SK…..hopefully you’ve learned something watching these habs and WAKE UP !!! you can do it for them<br><br>

    PK….remember…its a team game…..Pittsburgh and Washington were defeated because they didnt play enough of the team game<br><br>

    We have seen the Flyers at their best…time for the 2010 Canadiens to show those Flyers what they can do.


  141. kempie says:

    Todd is a hack one-trick idiot. He “writes” with the sole intent of pissing off passionate fans in their most vulnerable moments. He pounds out this slop and points out to his editors how “people are going crazy over my column”. The last time I remember Todd having something relevant or worthwhile to say was… wait. I’ll get back to ya on that.

  142. kempie says:

    He wouldn’t want to risk getting suspended. LOL.

  143. Habs4ever Fan says:

    Every sport has its share of hooligan fans that feel the need to resort to racist comments in support of rooting for their own team

    I have seen dumb stuff happen at the Bell Center with English fans taunting Boston Fans will really inappropriate comments.

    Wish they would allow us to tazer these crude morons when ever they rear their ugly heads

  144. makka83 says:

    that’s AMAZING… and yet he has the balls to blast a guy who won STANELY CUPS and beat Russia for real not the B team…

  145. habsman-itoba says:

    I’ve often wondered the same thing. I don’t think he sticks around to actually read anything on HI/O.  I just skip to the next post after seeing the link-fest.

  146. punkster says:

    (BIG smiley face here!)


  147. kempie says:

    It’s not Americans we deem to be idiots. It’s Flyers fans. I like most Americans.

  148. Mr. Biter says:

    Wasn’t he the “towel Boy” for that great team?

  149. pic1983 says:

    Ill be honest, when I watch the honor roll and see all the basketball dunks I dont get it either.  They actually do all look the same.  At the end of the day its one ball going into one slightly larger hoop with no one to stop it.


  150. joeybarrie says:

    You understand we did not lose more games than we won in this season right????

    Numbers DONT LIE…….. Stick to your guns man.  YOU SAID .500 seasons… You said they were MEDIOCRE. Don’t be a hypocrite….  .500 seasons……. win percentage. THATS WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT….

    Try to remember it didn’t always go into shootout. a TIE used to be a TIE…

    1956 they won 35 games out of 70.  THATS .500……. SIMPLE.

    52-53 won 28 out of 70 games

    29-30 won 21 out of 44 games

    1985 – 1986 won 40 out of 80 games……………

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

  151. pic1983 says:

    That was actually RIDICULOUS.  The reffing has been bad all playoffs, but last night I genuinely didnt know or understand who was being called for the penalty.  You look at certain plays and I thought it was a flyer penalty, but a hab is skating to the box.  Happened multiple times last night.

    No big deal, we’ve beaten the refs against washington and pittsburgh.  We’ll do it again.

  152. Mr. Biter says:

    And they are in the Cup semi finals. Lose one game and the band wagon jumpers are in full retreat. Win the next one and they will all be climbing back on.

  153. Norm0770 says:

    No he isn’t.  Never played, must be another J Todd.  Here is his own biography from the Gazette website:

    For the past 10 years, Jack Todd has been sports columnist of the Gazette.

    He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, where he was a scholarship athlete in track and field, specializing in the high jump, triple jump and 400 meters.

    After working for the Akron Beacon-Journal, Detroit Free Press and Miami Herald, Todd left the U.S. during the Vietnam War and settled first in Vancouver, where he was a general assignment reporter for the Vancouver Sun. After stints with Radio-Canada International in Montreal and several years spent trying to write the Great American Novel, Todd joined the Gazette in 1986 as a copy editor on the sports desk and spent four years as city columnist before moving to sports, where he has covered two World Cup soccer tournaments and five Olympic Games.

    Todd won the National Newspaper Award for sportswriting in 1999, an honour for which he has been nominated three times. His book, The Taste of Metal, was short-listed for a Governor General’s Award and won the Mavis Gallant Award for non-fiction. In addition to his column duties, he is currently at work on a lengthy novel set in Nebraska and Wyoming during the 19th Century.

    No mention of hockey, let alone world championship.  He isn’t found on hockeydb.com either and they have college and minor pro records back to the 1930’s.

  154. coachdoug says:

    I prefer the term “city trash”…dont disparage us “hillbilles” down here south of the Mason Dixon line…:P

    Flyers fans have a bad rep for knifing people at bus stops and just generally being stupid…they make Boston fans look good…

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

  155. coachdoug says:

    Or ruining his face for more commercials!

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

  156. joeybarrie says:

    But they have made the Conference Final. And they made it with players brought in by a GM. And this GM is responsible for the players and actions he does. Good or Bad. When you are successful and credit is given to 6 players brought in by someone yet you say no credit to them. Kinda stupid.

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

  157. salshabs says:

    He lives in Montreal,really? I always had the impression from the Sports Reporters Gig, (TSN on weekends) that he travelled to TO for the show, but, I admit, I didn’t know he was coming from Montreal. My bad, still he is an American,yes? If not, he’s painfully bad as a hockey writer just the same.

  158. MontrealAtheist says:

    When a player plays it’s the coach. Not the GM.”

    Already forgot that Gainey sacked Corbo and took over the coaching job himself last year when we get swept by the Bruins? Not only that, Gainey went with Price loss after loss until it was basically over.

    It’s because of this that we should all be glad that Gainey is toast, since otherwise this Cinderella run would never have happened . Gainey would have sacked Jaques Martin just as he sacked Corbo and he would have put in his favorite son in nets until the Caps would have slaughtered us. Thankfully, Halak begged to differ and had a different vision for us.

  159. MontrealAtheist says:

    It was pure luck that we made the playoffs in the first place, courtesy of a loser point against the Leafs in the last game. That’s hardly the result of a genius GM planning a miraculous Cup run.

    As we have seen yesterday, the team that Gainey built is capable of losing 0-6 against the Flyers just as it is capable of winning 5-2 in Pittsburgh against the Penguins.

    Hmmmm, same team but different results? Hmmmm, could it be possible that there is more to winning a game than signing the people? Hmmmmmm

  160. MontrealAtheist says:

    “And the fact that Gainey went out and replaced his scorer with a guy who scored 40 goals last year, yet of course BG had NO IDEA Camma could score in the playoffs.”

    Guess what, Stamkos had the most goals in the regular season (along with Cindy) and never made it to the playoffs. And the other top scorers of the regular season, Ovi and Cindy, never made it past rounds 1 and 2 of the playoffs, respectively.

    Signing players with good regular season scoring records is neither or guarantee to make the playoffs nor that they keep on scoring in the playoffs.


    “In the END his article he says the Credit goes to GILL, CAMMA, GIO, SPACEK and GORGES. ALL PLAYERS BG brought in……  SO no why give the GM credit for the guys he put on the TEAM?

    What about the guy who signed BG and made him GM? Based on your logic George Gillett should be worshiped as a god for signing BG in the first place.

    Besides, signing a player is no guarantee that he will deliver. How many players did Gainey sign throughout the years who didn’t live up to the expectations?


  161. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    I’ve been whining about the reffing just as much as anyone, but I really don’t think those calls get made in a game that isn’t already decided.  I think the refs were just trying to prevent a brawl.  I don’t like the calls, but I don’t like our chances of brawling with the likes of Pronger either.


    “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.

  162. habsman-itoba says:

    Thank you!

  163. Mr.Hazard says:

    You know, although I don’t agree with the idea of discrediting Gainey, not the approach Jack Todd has taken, his article is not far off the mark. One consolation I had when Gainey stepped down was that Price would at last be taken off the pedestal.

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

  164. hab4life says:

    hey everyone!! soo lasts night game was..umm…not pretty! i beg to ask though, how did the 1st goal not ger reviewed? it looked like there was some possible goalie interference there? there were a fair number of quesionable non-calls.  for example, Pronger slamming Gomez and Gomez getting the slahing penalty? in anycase, the HABS need to stop chasing the puck. thats at least what i noticed. everytime passes were made, there were 2 Flyers open…if they stick to the man on man covergage, theyre gonna be better off. Dont try be the Flyers, stick to what got them this far!



  165. pic1983 says:

    goalie interference isnt reviewable.  The call has to be made on the ice.  LAst night was not one of mcrearys finest games as a ref, thats for sure. 

  166. makka83 says:

    jack todd is wrong, always has been and always will be.

  167. Habs4ever Fan says:

    I really wish Jack Todd would find another profession.

    I dont know anyone who likes reading his column filled with a common theme of negativitity

  168. aemarchand11 says:

    In Each series we have been scored on 6 times in a game. We all know the outcome to those series. I said it after we got spanked by Washington in game 3 and Pitsburgh in Game 1. JM will tweak the system to contain the flyers aggressive forecheck. Pouliot looked to wake up last game as well, i would like to see him get more icetime with the Gomez Line, and get moen out there with lapierre and moore to start laying a beatdown on timonen, briere, richards etc..

    Game 2 will be ours, Halak will come with a beauty and to Montreal we will go with a split. Afterall, we are still underdogs, despite what the “experts” say. 

    -Halak it alot because the Price is right-

  169. nunacanadien says:

    You could tell in Martin’s summary of the Flyers, he doesn’t have it for this series.  Until Martin figures the Flyers out, we can rule out the cup!  Gagne and Briere are Habs killers, and Pronger is the shut down guy in response to our shut down plan.  Pronger played almost half an hour on the ice last nite, he basically shut down our rushes.  We have to shut down Pronger before he shuts us down.  Figure Pronger out and you’ve hit the Flyer’s achilles heel!

  170. joeybarrie says:

    I didn’t think I would EVER see that day. CONGRATULATIONS. You actually have made a comment without spewing out your usual nonsense. This is a coment that has ideas, it has facts, it has solutions and constructive comments.  INCREDIBLE.  Keep it up.

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

  171. Ian Cobb says:

    Joshie- Your correct. This is what coaching is all about. Making adjustment in personnel and game plan, to counter the flow of the game. We will find out Tuesday night Martin’s capabilities of doing just that.

    3 Days After Birth, The Diaper Has To be Changed— click here for diaper rash!

  172. TripleX says:

    The only thing wrong with Jack Todd is that he is objective and not interested in myth building.  He despises revisionist history as much as I do.  Well done Mr. Todd.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  173. joeybarrie says:

    And here comes the droogs to follow on the bandwagon. How in the world can you be objective when you are saying that the guy who brought in the players that are succeeding is not in fact sharing in the success???

    This is a CLASSIC example of Hypocrisy, maybe you can get an English teacher to teach you a little about this subject…

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

  174. Mr. Biter says:

    To the Idiot who last week questioned me about not letting Todd on the band wagon we see how fast the U.S. deserter jumped off. All he writes about is bashing BG and how bad the Habs are. We are the the Eastern Finals where 1 month ago we were dreaming of being, have one bad game (see game one vs.Pens) The only thing Todd knows is how to elude Canadian customs agents skip into our country and hide here. Why they allow him to write for the Gazette is a total mystery to me. Maybe the new owners will turf his sorry ass out of here.

  175. habsfanonthewestcoast says:

    i can’t believe you’re linking another venom spitting article by Jack Todd. The man is in the hate propaganda business. Puke.

  176. ShaunT says:

    Todd is an idiot

  177. CHsam says:

    Todd has so little talent as a writer, its no wonder he picks targets that are easy to rail upon and hang out to dry.

    Reading his articles in the morning paper always makes my morning coffee bitter… smacks of a draft dodger wishing he was a great writer. Maybe that’s unfair…. but probably not too far from the truth.

  178. TripleX says:




    Hypocrisy is the act of persistently professing beliefs, opinions,
    qualities, or standards
    that are inconsistent with one’s actions.

    I fail to see how this in anyway applies to a journalist writing an opinion piece.  How is Mr. Todd’s opinions inconsistent with his actions????

    ps A Clockwork Orange is a truly epic movie

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  179. joeybarrie says:

    Grant you its not an easy concept for everyone to grasp. However when you say “If they do, the credit goes to them, not to someone who quit in
    mid-season. It goes to Cammalleri and Gionta, to Gill and Spacek and
    Gorges, to the remarkable rookie Subban.”

    And in a PREVIOUS quote from the SAME article says “Gainey made some good moves – among his best, the decision to deal Craig
    Rivet for Josh Gorges. Or drafting P.K. Subban. He also made some
    terrible moves, but the worst damage was not with trades or draft
    choices, but with the way he handled some of his young players, Price in

    So basically when you give the CREDIT to 6 players and then say that the guy who brought them in deserves NONE.. KIND OF HYPOCRITICAL. Maybe its just me. But I doubt it.

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

  180. TOEmastro says:

    Always funny when Flyers/Broons fans chant USA or hate on quebec… Montrealers riot, sure (notice I didn’t say habs fans) but at least we’re not THAT stupid

  181. Ian Cobb says:

    In our own end, I have noticed the Flyer’s D hold the puck long enough to suck our wingers up to the blue line to cover them. Leaving three of there players down low with less coverage.

    Then they deliver the puck to the front of the net or off the boards to their down low winger. Giving them puck controll and bodies in front of Halak.

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  182. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    This is not a patriotic jab or an attempt to start a HIO battle.  Remember, I am American…

    If it’s okay for Flyers fans to chant USA USA, basically turning this into an anti-Canada/Quebec thing, then is it okay for Habs fans to boo the Star Spangled Banner? 

    Just curious as to everyone’s thoughts on this.


    “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.

  183. JD_ says:

    By the looks of the final score, the Flyers didn’t nail the conversion. Ha! Losers!


    The Habs lose 6-0 after outshootin’ the opposition 28-25 and, apparently, the series is over. Admittedly, the majority of the Hab shots were the outcome of textbook perimeter hockey but, seriously, some major chillaxing is in order.

    Being outhit 27-19 by Philly isn’t even that disturbing.

    Unless, of course, we are to assume that the Habs collective SV% is permanently headed to 76% and, in addition, the heart and effort that took down the mighty Caps and Pens has dissipated.

    Wouldn’t bet on it.


    For some reason, I didn’t find Todd’s column this morning particularly annoying.

    In typical fashion, it is self-contradicting – one of his trademark fails – and oozing with more conjecture than some of the lamest HI/O content.

    At the same time, however, it has absolutely no edge to it. In fact, it’s almost goofy. I suppose that’s what happens when an attempt to drive readership via controversy butts up against a pressing deadline. Some proofreading was probably in order.

    It’s one thing to procrastinate with the cowboy books, Jack, but at the rate some of your obviously self-destructive habits are catching up with you, you don’t want to start ignoring your column cutoff.

  184. joeybarrie says:

    You know Montrealers RIOT. True. However, let’s remember that MANY U.S. cities riot after sports victories. College Park Maryland rioted in 2002 and 2006 when their teams won the Championship. Burning cars, and full Police in riot gear.

    I am not saying its ok. But we arent the only ones…

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

  185. avatar_58 says:

    “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””

    There’s just not much more you can say about that.

  186. coachdoug says:

    Allright…here is my crazy aquisition idea of the day…Shawn Thornton…He’ll be a bargain from the B’s…He fights without a code…he is not a complete liability on the ice…

    At least we would have some on ice protection from the Carcillo’s of the world…Habs could all keep their lunch money…Just sayin…

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

  187. AZ_Hab_Fan says:

    No, it’s not the same thing.  Chanting “Canada, Canada!” would be the same.

    They didn’t boo Oh Canada.

  188. G-Man says:

    It’s never proper behavior to show disrespect to any nation’s flag or anthem. Those who do are obviously ignorant of how to comport oneself in public.

  189. habsfanonthewestcoast says:

    don’t really care about a handful of idiots on both side of the border, but you could do us a huge favor by taking jack todd back.

  190. TripleX says:

    Caps just signed Backstrom to a huge ten year contract extension of 67 million. 
    How do these clubs mangage to fit all these contracts into the cap?




    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  191. Habhopeful says:

    Seriously, I mentioned that yesterday, it was not kong ago we were booing the US national anthem while we had several American born players lol let’s not compare idiotic fans, we have a major share of idiotic fans…still we don’t measure up to Philly fans though lol

    “I went to see a fight the other night…And A hockey game broke out!”

    ~Rodney Dangerfield~

  192. badbalance says:

    What you guys are saying now, i heard in the first and second round, look where we are now. Philly is nowhere near the team Pens and Caps are… It was just one of those nights that you wnna forget about and move on and win the next game. It happens, every shot was going in for Philly… Just gotta contain the main shooters like Gagne, Briere, Richards Giroux. NOwhere near the difficulty containing cindy or OV.

  193. TripleX says:


    some flyers fan spat on a child
    wearing a habs jersey…it was really pleasant…normal behavior


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  194. habrez says:

    Is there anyone worse than Jack Todd?

  195. joeybarrie says:

    I think it is a USA vs CANADA thing. In the Olympic year, an American team is beating an Canadian team. Its OUR sport, and they are beating us at it. Perfectly fair. To do it is kinda dumb because you are doing it to Canadian players on your own team. SAME GOES FOR US, booing the US anthem with American players on our team. USA USA USA is really in defense to us booing their anthem. Just like OLE OLE OLE OLE. They stuck it to us but we deserved it. FAIR is FAIR…

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

  196. mike g says:

    10 year deal, that’s why it will fit into the cap.

    It will be front-loaded, probably 8 mill per year for the first 5 years, and then drop off to like 2 or 3 million in the finals years….

    That’s how you fit them, like Hossa. So his cap hit will be 6.7, but he will be geeting paid 8 mill. He’s happy, and so is the team.

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

  197. HabFanSince72 says:

    The weird thing is the Flyers have more Canadian players than any other team – always have. It’s a team policy.


  198. TripleX says:

    The Caps and Pens are both highly skilled teams that are not particularly physical and do not have punishing Dmen.  The Flyers are perfectly built to crush a small skating team like the Habs.  The Flyers love to score off the cycle game and crowd the net, two aspects of the game the Habs have trouble defending.

    The Caps and Pens both had two key players for the defense to concentrate on.  The Flyers are very balanced throughout the roster and with Carter soon to come back will only get more dangerous.

    I am not throwing in the towel but JM has to play the players that give his team the best chance to compete.  For example not playing his only big physical Dman and pairing PK Suban with MAB is just dumb.

    JM has to get over this fascination of having MAB on the roster.  We need an effective HITTING fourth line to compete with the Flyers.  Moen and Metro need to step up and form a physical line and if Darche won’t hit what good is he?

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  199. pmaraw says:

    by filling the rest of the roster up with untalented thugs that dont help you win playoff games.

  200. habz says:

    Todd Is Toad

  201. TripleX says:

    Why not work out a deal with Pleks that pays him the money the market dictates but has a small cap hit then?  Say 5 million for the first four years then 2 million for six years.  That is a cap hit of 3.2 million.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  202. nightmare_49 says:

        Flyers Deal Canadiens a Swift Kick in Game One  …………  by Robert L



  203. montreal1 says:

    fellow habs fans,

    no need to jump ship, or the wagon, im not to concerned about last nights ass whooping, we took care of the east’s 2 power houses, halak will have a bounce back game tomorrow which we are very use to, the boys will adapt to phillys playing style just like we did the two previous series, let the sea of orange enjoy they’re game 1 win because tomorrow nights game will be completely different, who would agree to sit pouilot tomorrow and insert sergei? and also minimize MAB ice time to the powerplay only and get o’bryne in there we can def use his size,



  204. HabsoluteFan says:

    Panic mode today because of one loss.  One game means this team is too small and can’t compete against the Flyers.  This team will bounce back tomorrow night, make no mistake about it.  They we’re suppose to fold after losing a 4-1 lead in Game 2 against the Caps. They were suppose to roll over and die when trailing 3-1 against that same team.  They were done after losing Markov and game 1 6-3 against a much stronger Pens team.  And now they can’t possibly compete agaisnt a much bigger team in the Flyers.  Gimme a break, the boys know they didnt show up last night and will be better tomorrow.  It’s the beauty of a best-of-seven, you can regroup and come back stronger.  If we would’ve played well and lose 6-0, I wouldnt be writing this down.  But we didnt play nowhere near the level that brought us in the East Finals.  We will be much better tomorrow.

    PS-How much of an insult was hearing the Flyers fans chant OLE during last night debacle…Hope the boys use it has a motivation, they made fun of us on and off the ice last night.


    On december 18th, in the middle of a 5 game losing streak, this guy said the habs would turn it around and make the playoffs.

  205. montreal1 says:

    and also one more thing, i dont know about the rest of you but yesterday a few hours before the game i just wasnt feeling it! i wasnt as hyped up as i was before all previous game 1’s just something was missing

  206. pic1983 says:

    Very well said!

  207. joeybarrie says:

    I will say I will still take the side of the coach who has gotten us here. Wash is a big team and so is Pitts. In fact Pitts leads the playoffs right now in hits. Washington has alot of guys who are doing the same per game. The difference is as you say they arent concentrated on a few players.

    Honestly i know we CAN beat these guys. I don’t know if we will. They are not a simple team. Pitts and Wash are. stop the 2 best players and hold on.

    I will say we all played like crap, and Halak didn’t stop the puck like he has been. It take everything to go right for us to win, not so for the other team.

    But I agree with everything you say. PK had a pretty BAD game. I think between him and Halak 50% of the reason we lost. BUT its only 1 game. They have been awesome for every other one, almost. 

    We just gotta hope Halak is back next game, or we are out. Unless Price turns into the goalie everyone think he can be RIGHT NOW.

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

  208. mike g says:

    #1: If a player like Paul Mara  in his mid 30’s can get a 2 million$ contract, why would Pleks take a 10 year deal that would pay him 2 million$ in his mid 30’s? That’s a bad deal for him.

    #2: Do you want Pleks signed for 10 years? Because if he isn’t a big, strong, #1 centerman, do you want a #2 centerman signed for 10 years? Not really..

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

  209. HabsoluteFan says:

    JM will not insert SK74, I can’t see it happening.  I’d like to see him play with is Bro to get him out of his funk but again, I can’t see that happening.  I’d keep Pouliot in the line-up, don’t blame the guy for not producing, he’s getting limited ice time and has lost his confidence he had when he played with Gomez and Gionta.  Find a way to bring back OB in the line-up, he was having great games lately and his physical presence would be nice against the Flyers.  Can’t blame JM for wanting to stick with the same line-up who beat the Pens but he saw the same thing we did last night and needs to insert OB.  I got sick of MAB last night, not able to keep the puck in the zone on the PP. I didnt mind him when he was producing but right now he’s tough to watch


    On december 18th, in the middle of a 5 game losing streak, this guy said the habs would turn it around and make the playoffs.

  210. mike g says:

    I wasn’t hyped up either…

    It’s game 1’s. You want to win them because they’re important, but human nature tells you it’s a long 7-game series, so anything can happen.

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

  211. The Cat says:

    564000km now thats impressive. I just bought a 1994 Honda Accord fairly blindly off the internet for 500$, I put in 700$ in repairs and its great, no rust, only 238000km.

  212. montreal1 says:

    It also looked like The fans and players were getting under PKs skin during the game, hopefully he will have a huge bounce back game, stick it to philly

  213. secretdragonfly says:

    I read this article about Philadelphia fans (baseball as well) abusing visiting fans and when hubby tried to talk me into a road trip to watch one of the games, I gave him the short answer.


    Seriously, is there something in the city’s water system that causes brain damage? 


  214. joeybarrie says:

    I wouldnt sign that contract. SOME team will give me 4.5-6 million for the next 3-4 seasons, when I’m in my prime. Basically 24 million and then when im ONLY 31 I can still get a 4-5 million dollar contract if im doing well, and 2-3 if im not. In the end I will make ALOT more that way.

    6 million for the first 3 years, 4 million for 2 and then 2.5 for 5 years then its a cap hit of 3.85 in 10 years. He is 37 when his contract expires. But even thats iffy because he is thinking IM ONLY GETTING BETTER…

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

  215. montreal1 says:

    Also probably because i was working so i wasnt in my game mode, plus i was wearing my bad luck habs shirt, big mistake, the sweater is making his come back tomorrow!!! even if its +20 outside i’ll sweat it out!! all about sacrafice

  216. wall2bay says:

    Jack Todd is a loser and reminds me of those 2 old grumpy guys who used to sit in the balcony of the Muppet Show!

    Brian Burke = Overrated Loud Mouth POS

  217. Corporate says:

    Yeah I felt exactly the same way. I guess the way we felt was the same way the Habs felt.. But we will rebound… Even if Laperriere and Carter come back, we can beat these suckers…

  218. Corporate says:

    Way to God Montreal 1… LOL

  219. riazp says:

    Yeah I was not really hyped up yesterday…I figured i was so used to the habs getting the shafted in the schedules that i was not use to a 4 day layoff before the new series…and the weather was so nice…Its still hard for me to beleive that its may 17th and we STILL have hocky in montreal…its great…but needs some getting used to.

    Now on to game 2…Halak will be back with a vengence!

    Go Habs Go!!

  220. HabFanSince72 says:

    The Minsk Magician!


    He’s just what we need. Him and O’Byrne.

  221. Fansincebirth says:

    I just read the article and…..wow. That’s all I have to say about it….wow.

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

  222. montreal1 says:

    its my lucky sweater, every time i have worn it during the play offs we’ve won, so i dont know what i was thinking putting my teeshirt on and another thing i told my girlfriend to wear the same outfit she wore for both game 7s her other boyfriend cammi’s shirt and her cute lil habs touque and to my surprise, she showed up not wear ethier one, i think its time for a talk lol


  223. badbalance says:

    Regroup, and get another crack. We’re not in a hole unless were own 0-3 in the series

  224. FSUPhi1584 says:

    I say use
    Spacek more. He is the least worn down of our D. I think he should
    return to the left side with Subban on his right, and put O’Byrne with
    Hammer. Spacek seems more defensively sound than Hamrlik, and I think
    this would allow Subban to be more creative with his offensive game.
    Also, I recall at the beginning of the season Spacek complained about
    playing the right side. This would take care of that.

  225. habz says:

    yes , i wasnt feeling it  neither, my friend was over to watched the game and she was suprised to see me too relaxed even with a loss. i dont know but i kinda expected it.

  226. crabvader says:

    I’ll say it again: Bench Hamr, dress OB.

  227. kempie says:

    No not cool.

  228. rgallagher says:

    This is a little off topic but what’s up with Yannick Webber in Hamilton?  I’m a little puzzled that he would be good enough to be called up to Montreal earlier this year but he’s not good enough to play more than 4 games for Hamilton in the playoffs???

  229. sholi2000.com says:

    I like the last line.  I wonder if Jack knows that Gainey tried to trade Price in Sept.

    Now watch the Canadiens win a few and he’ll be writing how great Gainey is. Too funny.

    They Call Me Shane

  230. badbalance says:

    I found it kinda funny, they play some crappy anthem at beginning of the game, then try to steal our chant. Joke of fans the team has, so original.

  231. hab4life says:

    we should keep 2 D men low so no one can crash the net…our forwards should plug the boards so they cant stop, turn and dump the puck in at the blueline, thats where we keep getting burned.

    Bergeron should be benched!

  232. kempie says:

    Exactly right. And minimum MAB. Boone has it right when he suggested 0:00 TOI.

  233. SeriousFan09 says:

    Injured, not playing, trust me the Bulldogs would love to have him on the ice, their transition game from the back end is shot to hell with Carle and Weber on IR and Subban with Montreal.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  234. KenD29 says:

    Would rather have OB and MAB benched! He is just awful on D.

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  235. joeybarrie says:

    To reply to the Backstrom comments from below. 6.7 million each season for 10 seasons. Not bad. HOWEVER the Caps will now have a hard time signing players. they need to sign 8 by my estimation for under 16 million. Including most of these guys whos contracts expire…Corvo, B. Morrison, S. Morrison, Ferh, Gordon, Fleischmann, Jurcina, Schultz, and Neuvirth. 4 are RFA’s and should be making a million each. That helps but they will lose someone, if not more than 1.

    Not so easy and there might become a player or 2 we or someone might need…

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

  236. jimmy shaker says:

    Sorry people, how could I have forgotten?  The boys don’t play good on the weekends!  We’ve basically sucked on weekend games, unless they are afternoon games.  So by the looks of it we should probably be able to run the table now in this series.  Tuesday: big equalling of the series.  Thursday:  We go ahead.  Sat:  Although I didn’t want the afternoon game, it may be a blessing in disguise.  We take that game and go up 3-1, and probably close it out on Monday night in Philly with great moxie and retribution for the few punk puke fans that pulled that shite last night!

    Shake and bake, and I’m gone!


  237. MontrealAtheist says:

    “i told my girlfriend to wear the same outfit she wore for both game 7s her other boyfriend cammi’s shirt […]”

    Good thing that Cammi doesn’t go after your girlfriend, otherwise you’d be in trouble … lol

  238. BJ says:

    I was thinking the same thing when I saw his name ion the UFA list. I would take him immediately. We need at least one Thornton type.

  239. HardHabits says:

    At least you didn’t call his habits hard.

  240. Le Jadester says:

    IMO there should be no Anthems of any Nation in Pro Sports (Club Sports). I still don’t understand why we have them ?


    Habs, OLE !

  241. mrhabby says:

    can anybody give me some insight on what has happened to Pouliot it surely cannot be all coaching. he has fallen off the face of the earth….

  242. mrhabby says:

    he is a work in process. dare i say he is small and would be pounded into submission.

  243. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Thanks for all the responses.  Interesting to get different points of view.  I love my country, but I’m starting to lean towards the point of view that anthems have no place in club sports.  If anthems are necessary, why not just the host nation’s? 

    GO HABS 


    “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.

  244. montreal1 says:

    sacrafice lol whatever it takes to win this seris :)

  245. coachdoug says:

    Can’t believe JM says we don’t need an enforcer…

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

  246. 0-3To4-3 says:

    I’ll see your one brain damaged idiot and raise you a few hundred. 


    But, hey, its nice to see that things weren’t as bad as 2008.

  247. Chuck says:

    Careful what you whish for. We’re planning a road trip.


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

  248. terrygain says:

    Not just coaching, but Jacques Martin coaching. Make a mistake: you sit. It destroys a young player’s confidence. Everybody makes mistakes. You can’t succeed if you are afraid to make a mistake.  Martin is a one man wrecking crew.  

  249. OneTimer says:

    Bro, it’s all kinds of homeless/anarchists/idiots/****-ups who cause trouble after big hockey wins, and not true Habs fans. Can you use the same excuse for fans at the Wachovia Center? True or False: Philadephia fans of all sports have a terrible reputation. Mhmm that’s what I thought. Peace

  250. Off-side says:

    There’s a BIG difference.  While we don’t condone the idiots on our side of the fence, keep in mind that they are destroying their own property.  Sounds stupid, I know, but your crowd is quite the opposite.  Look, no matter how you shake it, there no excuse for what flyers fans do.  They outta be ashamed, but on second thought I don’t think they have that capacity.

  251. HardHabits says:

    The question is, “Who hacked into nuna’s account?”

  252. forskis says:

    Regarding the Jack Todd article…for those of you refusing to give Gainey any credit by praising Jack Todd for not falling for revisionist history (I think it was you TripleX)…please see the below link when Price first came up:


    Sounds like Jack Todd bought into Price as well…so please, do not give Jack Todd ANY credit…he is guilty of revising his OWN history…AND he based it on the same facts as many others did:  every test that Price was thrown at, he had passed.

    In any case, this is not a Halak v. Price thing…that issue is settled for these playoffs…this new issue is Credit Gainey v. No Not Credit Gainey…and for you folks who follow the team closely, Jack Todd should not be the example to follow…he talks like many of the posters on here…

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  253. ManApart says:

    Maybe Price turning out to be a bust so far has nothing to do with if he was a back-up or not or if he would have been in Hamilton or not. How would Price being a back-up his first year or so  have made him live up to being this great goalie? Maybe he’s just not that good to begin with, period. Maybe he was overrated as a Junior and just hasn’t developed as one would have thought. It’s not like all players who have great Junior careers and are drafted high,  become great NHL players. Their are a million examples of guys with all the potential and pedigree in the world who just don’t make it in the NHL for whatever reason. Maybe Price is one of them.

  254. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    I’m mad as hell about these Flyers folk spitting on children, slashing tires, and going after media vans.  Spitting on a 10 year old… really???


    “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.

  255. KenD29 says:

    Take a look at some of the comments posted on the Philly Inquire

    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  256. jrshabs1 says:

    So I take it that Jack Todd is not a Gainey fan. Yeah the Habs got spanked last night but they have captured the imagination of a lot of people and why Mr. Todd chose this time for his article is beyond me. If anything these playoffs have shown us is that anything can happen…so let it Mr Todd!!!!!

  257. Habs_Fan_1 says:

    I agree with you. Todd seems to be holding some sort of grudge against Gainey. The article is pure speculation rather than reporting of facts. Maybe he should be writing for a different type of publication.

  258. foxscape says:
      Come, my friends,
    'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
    Push off, and sitting well in order smite
    The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
    To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
    Of all the western stars, until I die.
    It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
    It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
    And see the great Maurice Richard, whom we knew.
    Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
  259. forskis says:

    I will be honest…given the tests that Price kept passing at that time…I would have had him up in 2008 as well…the Centennial year, I would have cut the kid a break and send him down if I could…but that is revisionist history on my part…the only thing I can say with certainty was his rookie year:  WJHC and AHL championship…why wouldn’t you have him up, it seemed like more than enough proof did it not?  It is the same story with Subban – many wanted him up ASAP with just the two WJHC golds regardless of time in the AHL.

    Also, that article also had CARBONNEAU saying that if Price was up, he was going to play him and not let him be the backup, the only thing Carbonneau was sure about was that if a young guy was up, he going to play, he had no intention of treating Price like a backup…for me, despite what everyone else thinks, that solves the whole Halak v. Gainey v. Price thing…Carbonneau could have played Price like a backup like he should have, but did not; for me, in my worthless opinion, I think we can all stop blaming Gainey on this.

    Besides, the whole point of my posting was that we should stop praising Jack Todd as a straight shooter…he is a revisionist of his own articles…he thought that when the Habs beat the Pens during the Houle era, that the team was on the right track and that better days were ahead.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  260. salshabs says:

    Gainey ruined the kid, maybe permanently.

  261. salshabs says:

    Gainey’s mishandling of Price was to have left him unsupervised in what is one of the best party towns on the planet. On paper he was ready to play inthe NHL, his credentials and physical gifts were not in question. It was and remains to be, his level of maturity. He is not the same player that I had the pleasure to see when the Dogs won the Calder Cup.  He stayed on his feet longer and used his size to much better effect. He challenged and he beat shooters before they could beat him. Today he just looks lost and out of control.  Why can’t the habs take a step back in time with this kid and start from scratch, somebody has to take control. I am not a Price hater, there WAS/IS something there, we’ve all witnessed it. Gainey’s sin was one of ommision and neglect. This not on Carrey Price, it’s on Habs Management, and Gainey the man was in charge.

  262. forskis says:

    That first sentence I can absolutely go with. 

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  263. terrygain says:

    If Price can’t handle the Montreal night life, he lacks the character to succeed in Montreal.  

  264. forskis says:

    I agree.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  265. V. says:

    First the damn flyers steal our cinderella story…

    then they copy us and have their game 7 broadcast at Wachovia center…

    then they copy us again and chant ole ole ole…

    and now they have the nerve to slash pat hickey’s tires and yell obscenities about french canadians?




    but seriously, I HATE THE FLYERS.

    AND why can’t RDS find someone else to interview? I dont want to be constantly seeing stupid briere and stupid gagne at the intermission like two years ago. PLEASE!

    ugh, the habs better get vengeance tomorrow night.

    And someone please tell scott hartnell to cut his damn hair. lol.

  266. Dru says:

    I was at game four in Philly, and people started throwing stuff at our car as we were crossing the bridge from Jersey. We gave some cops the plates of the people who did it, and they laughed. Every time we got shit for being “French,” I asked Philly fans where they thought Daniel Brière and Martin Biron were from, and they feigned ignorance. We were pelted with various objects for the duration of the game, and subjected to “aaaaaasssshole” chants from throngs of orange-clad fans when we showed our faces in the halls. That part was actually a bit flattering, but things were a little dicey by the end when alcohol- and victory-fueled fans started to get physically aggressive. A security guard escorted us out the back door. Luckily, our tires were in tact. Quite the experience.

  267. Bahamut-Prime says:

    If they don’t want french canadians on the team we’ll gladly take them.

  268. Off-side says:

    Why do idiot Americans assume that all from Quebec are French-Canadians?  I’m tired of dealing with dumb Yanks.

  269. K-hab25 says:

    You generalize all of us as being “idiot americans”, because some people think that all people from Quebec are french canadians. It’s fine for you to say all americans are idiots, but it’s not ok for some to assume people from Quebec are french canadians. The only idiot in this situation is you.

  270. K-hab25 says:

    They interviewed Martin after the PIT series on the NHL network and he stated that the biggest difference from Halak at the beginning of the year to now is that “he changed his attitude and workhabits.” He also said that “Halak had to learn, that he needed to earn his playing time”. Hearing this interview explains, to me anyway, why after splitting the starts in OCT, why Price got 10 of 11 games in NOV and why Halak was asking to be traded shortly there after. It sounds like he had Sergei entitlement issues early in the season, that rubbed Martin the wrong way. Since NOV though, Halak has had 35 starts to Price’s 22. None of us are in the locker room, or at all the practices to know what shapes Martins decisions, but the real truth is, they are Martins decisions, not Gaineys. No matter what douche bags like Jack Todd think

  271. Habs_Fan_1 says:

    9 fans out of 10 agree: Todd is a turd.

  272. zooziff says:

    What’s wrong with Jack Todd?

  273. TripleX says:

    I suggest you look at how Halak’s starts increased AFTER BG resigned as GM.  Coincidence?  I think not.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  274. forskis says:

    The point of my shpiel was not about the goalie debate…it was about Jack Todd acting like he knew everything from the start and how some on here are saying he is a straight shooter and right (especially if he agrees with their opinions) vis a vis everything Gainey/Price/Halak when he is just pretending that everything he said in the past which was opposite to everything he said TODAY never existed.  He has taken a stance on both sides and has acted that he was right every time.  Also, when the Habs beat the Pens in the playoffs back in the Houle era (’98?), he was full of bravado and stated that the Habs were on the right track and that brighter days were ahead with Houle in charge.

    The whole Price starting as a backup was just my revisionist opinion that it would have been good to slowly bring him along as the backup instead of throwing him in as #1.  Plus the fact that Carbonneau has gone on record in that article saying that if Price was up, he was going to play him a lot (ie. CARBONNEAU’S DECISION) and NOT GAINEY telling him who to play.

    I absolutely agree that it is entirely possible that Price is one of those that are good at the lower levels and may never realize that potential at the NHL-level.  But at 22-23, Price still has the time to figure that out.

    I am guilty of using elipses…”

  275. ManApart says:

    Understood, but didn’t Carbo not think it a good idea to keep Price up that year and Gainey insisting that he would do so anyway, stating that it’s normal for the GM and coach not always to see eye to eye? Looks to me like Gainey stated his case and Carbo giving in saying, “OK if the kid has to be here, no matter what I think is best, I’ll make the best of it and play him.’ I mean there’s no way you keep a 20 year old sitting on the bench. He has to play, whereever he is. Carbo heard what Gainey wanted and followed suit.

  276. K-hab25 says:

    Explain to me how Price is a bust. Ohh thats right you can’t. Lets compare him to Ward, who’ll probably be an olympian in 4 years. Price’s career #’s 2.73 .912 sv% and Ward’s 2.79 GAA .906 sv%. Price’s #’s this year 13-20-5 2.77 GAA .912 sv% and Wards 18-23-5 2.69 GAA .916 sv%. Halaks career #’s 2.62 .919 sv%. Price is 22 years old, Halak is 25 and Ward is 26, both Halak and Wards best years came at 24/25 years old. So tell me, how is it Carey’s a bust, is it being an All Star at 21 or leading his team to first in the confrence at 20. Has he struggled lately, yes, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get back to where he was his first year and half. Since you suffer from selective memory syndrome, let me remind you. Through the all-star break last year he was 40-17-5 with a 2.47 GAA and a .920 sv%, in his first year and a half, definitely the #’s of a bust. Halak’s career #’s coming into this season 30-21-2 with a 2.75 GAA and a .914 sv%, his GAA and sv% eerily similar to Price’s this year, I guess Halak was a bust before this year. As bad as Price has been the last year and half 2.86 GAA .904 sv%, those #’s are earily similar to Wards career #’s 2.79 .906.

  277. forskis says:

    From what I understand and from what I have read…Carbonneau does not like it when a young player is up and does not play (heck we see the rage on here when JM does not play OB or SK74); however, in my opinion, as the head coach, it was still Carbonneau’s responsibility to still do what is the best for the player’s development whether or not he thinks the player should be up.

    But back to the present…I am looking forward to Halak’s bounce-back game and hope for a few goals from the Habs…plus I hope for OB in tomorrow’s lineup.

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  278. Exit716 says:

    Our scouting director is excellent at drafting guys that don’t pan out.


  279. ABHabsfan says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. There is nothing wrong with CP, it just that Jaro is playing so well that he is the back-up right now. There are lots of people that seem to forget that the Habs have an embarassment of riches at the position. Halak is a star, no doubt and deserves all the accolades. Carey Price will be star again, 22 is a little young to be thrown on the trash-heap.

  280. habsfansince91 says:


  281. Fansincebirth says:


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

  282. Nina76 says:

    I wonder why THE SLASHING OF A Quebec car’s tires plus plates stolen & God knows what else was done ………..nothing in the papers.but when we do something it is all over the country………..I cannot say that Americans are idiots but my problem with  USA is you brag so much it is sickening…..you think you own everything……………& of course you won World War 2 all by yourself.get a life……………GO HABS GO!!!!!!!

  283. Off-side says:

    My reference is about these particular American Idiots who vadalized cars and trucks and ran their ugly mouths.  I realize Americans are not all idiots.  I’m thinking more along the lines of Green Day’s “Don’t want to be an American Idiot”.  On the other hand, Americans DO make wacko generalizations about Canadians (and other nationalities, groups and minorities) because they get all that feeding from idiotic adult animations like South Park.  ps: my children are American.  Just thought I would throw that your way.

  284. ABHabsfan says:

    Philly fans: the same people who through snowballs at Santa Claus during a wintertime Eagles game, at home, throw beer bottles at opposing players and fans during football games. And let’s not forget booing Donovan Mcnabb when he was drafted by the Eagles. Nothing but class in the City of Brotherly Love, I tell ya. Hartnell belongs there with his f**kin’ hair. 

  285. Nina76 says:

    Nice to be a visitor & to be treated this way………Did not read anything in our papers about this. I know we had trouble here but we did not do anything to the visitors……. & to be escorted out thr back door by the security guards is……………..discussing..Shame on Philly             GO HABS GO!!!!

  286. ari says:

    Mr.mike boone,it was one tire,the rear one,he did not mentuion the side,actually he was happy that it was only one tire.not tires,why exggeration ?

  287. Aaron13 says:

    You’re lucky it was only your tires. Around there, even cockroaches wear leather jackets, and the thugs don’t carry guns – they just insert the bullets manually.

    The Habs have to “hug the enemy” as they did with the Caps and Pens. Don’t give them space and time.

    Halak was tired and obviously angry with himself. After all he was shelled in the previous two series. He was probably nervous as well. I’d start Price and see how things progress.

  288. K-hab25 says:

    Maybe you didn’t read the post, but Martin didn’t like Halaks attitude and workhabits early in the year. When Halak turned his attitude around he play more. After the olympic break he was winning and Price wasn’t, so he got the majority of the starts. Why do you insist on making everything a conspiracy?

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