Were there loot bags?

Hey, was that a whiz-bang 40th or what?

Is Floyd Smith available for weddings and bar mitzvahs?

Canadiens spoil birthday party

• Stubbs unearths report on how Habs celebrated their 40th birthday

Quotes from the room

• Pierre Ladouceur on the Canadiens’ “perfect game” in Buffalo

Gerbe credits Gionta

Red Fisher on P.K.

• Boone on three stars vote

• Stu Cowan on ticket prices

Check P.K. and Price doing the triple low-five:


Louis Leblanc shines

Bulldogs open with win

• The concussion conundrum

Is Richards the next Kovalchuk?


  1. sholi2000.com says:

    Canadiens Contact List


    They Call Me Shane

  2. Clay4bc says:

    I would contact the Canadiens PR department or something for that…


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  3. JustSomeguy says:

    Very, very good progress to see Montreal tighten up and give Price some support :)

    Keeping the opposition to less than 25 or 30 shots means that Price will just have to be good and not OMG spectacular to keep les boys in the game.

  4. WetCoast says:

    Completely off topic but hoping someone from the Gazette or this site can help.  My mother, who is 96 and legally blind is travelling by train from Vancouver to Montreal and will be attending the hockey game on Thursday night.  She is a devoted fan and has been all her life.  Her hero is Mr. Beliveau (isn’t he everyone’s). Is there any way that anyone might know of that she could meet any of the players or any possibility of her meeting Mr. Beliveau – that would complete her dream.  Thank you all and sorry for using this forum for personal stuff.

  5. Chuck says:

    Maybe a feint and a crosscheck to the chops, too. That ceremony last night was lame.

  6. M.Neil says:

    I would love to see these ceremonial puck drops become a little more competitive, like last night, Henri and Floyd Smith really going after the puck, I noticed Henri tried to hook Floyd’s stick a bit.

  7. OverseasFan says:

    That’s such a sweet story. Makes me remember when my folks took me to hockey games when I was a girl.

    Love your puppy photo.

  8. nightmare_49 says:



       Bulldogs late out of gate, but get win



       Game Summary: …  http://theahl.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1007366


       Hamilton Bulldogs host toronto at 4:00pm today. 


  9. Danno says:

    I think you will find the fan’s choice three stars will soon be supplemented by the Gazette’s and/or RDS’s three star choices for the simple reason that people want to know what the “experts” think.

    And since we’re on the subject, I miss Claude Mouton who used to say “La troisième étoile, the turd star…”

    Can we bring that back please?


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

  10. christophor says:

    If letting in 7 against vancouver is what you’re counting as the third excellent game last year, then you’re absolutely correct. he played solid against toronto and buffalo.

    you’re right that it is early though. things can change quickly.

  11. nightmare_49 says:



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  12. sholi2000.com says:

    I really like reading about the ticket sales.  It’s not new news but interesting for sure. 

    I can’t imagine going to a hockey game and paying 99 dollars for 4 x 4 x 4. 

    In the 90’s I paid no more than 37 dollars for my Jets tickets, and some times I would splurge and get the 48 dollar tickets :)  Then again the I was a corporal making next to nothing for what did.

    Canadian markets sell tickets, but for some reason I just can’t see Winnipeg paying 100 bucks/seat on a nightly basis.  Then again, if the Jets moved back to Winnipeg I’d actually move the whole family there (from Brandon) just so I could take my son to games.  I’d work three jobs to pay off the tickets (no I wouldn’t, but you know what I mean).

    Great game last night.  Good discipline won the game.  Everyone was doing their job.

    This site rocks when all things in the universe are right.

    Here’s a to a Leafs vs Canadiens ECF  :)

    Dear Gary

    Please put the Leafs back in the Norris (yes I know there’s no Norris)

    They Call Me Shane

  13. HABZ24 says:

    habs played a good  game and price stood tall again shutting up his critics like me. with every win price builds confidence. i like picard. o burn can sit or be traded. maple leafs no more maple laffs, wow 4 and ohhh. i guess price will get the nod tonight after a great game yest. look for cammy to outshine alfie.

  14. observer says:

    not one to defend todd but he and fisher as well and others like mcguire rightly were concerned after price’s poor play since january 1, 2009 that habs entire season depends on firstly on how price plays – if he continued at that level this team was doomed. and can you blame them when habs success last year was when their goalie played outstanding and players then responded confidently? its early only 4 games you will say for the leafs but its early also for price who if you remember played 3 excellent games to start last year too.

  15. idle says:

    @ Boone

    “the goobers who boo national anthems and were on Carey Price’s ass 20 minutes into the exhibition season”
    The minority.  And don’t you mean the people who buy the tickets, buy the merchandise, watch the broadcasts and read the papers/blogs.  You know the ones who make the league possible and create the need for nice people like you to cover it?  You know us knuckle draggers who can function just enough to stumble our way onto the innernet and click just the right combination of buttons to read HIO blogs.
    Hopefully the somewhat reasonable fans will outnumber the chuckleheads.  You know the way the decent hockey writers outnumber the Jack Todds.
    It’s only been a couple of games but it doesn’t seem like it’s going too badly does it?  When is the last time Josh Gorges got one of the stars and how many games did he deserve one.
    BTW it has been the hockey writers who have always automatically given the first star to any player who scores in overtime.  Doesn’t matter what they did the rest of the game or what anyone else did the rest of the game.  What’s the logic in that?
  16. adam76 says:

    Lars Eller was a minor league player last season, yet the second he is traded to Montreal, he magically becomes a top 6 forward.  I understand he has only played 4 games this season (a total of 11 in is career), however, if the production and play doesn’t improve in the next 15 game – he should be sent down.  

    As I see it – he is not ready for the NHL, just yet.

  17. Ian Cobb says:

    Adam! I know you know the game better than that my friend. Eller has done a very fine job for us so far. And besides I can spell his name easier than most!

  18. Castor says:

    What? What games have you been watching? Sure he’s not a 30 goal scorer (this year) but I’d take him over a D’agostini, Pacioretty etc. He’s been playing great.

  19. Mike Boone says:

    He’ll be fine. They’ll manage his minutes, ease him into different situations, like the PP. Eller is a very smart kid with a sound understanding of the game. He’ll learn how to best use his considerable physical gifts and become a special player..

  20. lavie says:

    Sounds like you were talking Lars Eller’s brother. No. 81 played pretty smart games so far. JM’s next experiment would be moving Eller to Gio-Gomez line.

  21. observer says:

    eller was a player in europe who played last year as a 20 year old for the first time in america and at the highest level below the nhl. when called up late in the year he scored 2 goals and had 2 assists in 7 games for the blues. the 21 year old has looked real good to me so far and i was one who thought gauthier could have got more in that trade.

  22. Lafrich says:

    Red Fischer – Ay yoy, time to hang ’em up brother.

  23. Ian Cobb says:

    The coaches game plan prepared the team with more disciplined last
    night as pointed out by Mike Boone. I thought that the coaching in the
    last two games were the difference.

    And in fact with the cap
    today ,parity is very much present now and the coaching is going to
    play a much larger roll in the out come of most games.

  24. Jon Hackett says:

    Carey and PK make a pretty good duo.

  25. Ian Cobb says:

    Red Fisher is bang on about Subban. No one loves the kid more than I, but he has a lot to learn about playing in the NHL. The great news is, PK learns quickly and by the start of next year he will be a star in this league.

  26. DearyLeary says:

    PK has a lot to learn, I think that’s a given.  I think the bigger question is: did Red really need to write a short article with next to zero substance on a questionable penalty call from the refs?

    He really didn’t say anything.  Frankly as far as a ‘demotion’ goes, the kid logged over 20 minutes of icetime anyway last night, so Jaques is smart enough to realize the kid’s still one of our best defencement despite his ‘youtheful exhuberance’.

  27. adam76 says:

    I still believe, right now – he would have been better off in Hamilton, playing on a top line and logging serious mins.


    Will see how he looks after 20 games.

  28. Ian Cobb says:

    He was the best kid at camp this year and won a spot on the roster.!

  29. saskhabfan says:

    What you mean to say is ” i hoped elller had started in hamilton so adam76 can bitch and whine halak was traded for 2 players who couldn’t make the team”. Cause thats how you roll.

  30. Ian Cobb says:


  31. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Boring game but a good win.  


    Well gee, it’s nice that we can log on to a Canadian hockey site and hear how the writer feels about the former governor of Alaska and all those too stupid to see things his way. Sorry Boone! She’s both better looking and smarter than you. Do you really believe that everyone who logs on here is a brain dead liberal or dipper? Like the rest of that ilk, who believe that insulting more than half the population on behalf of “elite” views, you’re going to be in for a big surprise in upcoming elections. Despite constant shots of this nature from the dying media, popularity and support for conservative issues increase and pundits stamp their feet. Watch the US on November 2. It won’t be Sarah Palin weeping. Revenge of the nerds indeed! I’m going to enjoy this!



  32. DearyLeary says:

    Well, it was a joke, and a brief one at that.  To be honest, I’m pretty sure Palin’s IQ is on par with that of a cabbage.

  33. terrygain says:

    You are not alone Thomas. I have pasted Boone’ statement below. It is silly. If he is in favour of anything she dislikes one wonders whether he is against anything she likes. Is  Boone against: children, freedom, democracy, rule of law, love of God, family and country, free enterprise, fresh air, hunting, running, healthy living and reading. For starters. Sarah Palin. What’ s not to like.  

    Unlike her critics, Palin’s  criticisms of her opponents, particularly Obama, are always substantive. And on the mark. That is why the elites hate her. She was the first to point out that the Emperor is not wearing any clothes.

    Being in favour of anything Sarah Palin dislikes is as natural as breathing. Assuming some sort of functioning meritocracy made them what they are, the elite are entitled to certain perks of their lofty level of achievement.

  34. Clay4bc says:

    I can’t believe you just came out and admitted to endorsing the biggest political joke ever – and that’s saying a LOT after living through 8 years of a disgraceful and criminal Bush administration.

    If there are truly enough people who think Palin is Presidential material (as you claim), we might as well just end it all now, because there’s truly no hope for mankind if that’s the case.

    BTW…the “elite”as you refer to them are almost exclusively Republican/Conservative – you know, like your darling Sara Palin and her roving band of marauding idiots. They just have the masses of gullible idiots scared silly by the constant fear-mongering into thinking that the immigrants are stealing their jobs (you know, the ones the big business Republican supporters shipped overseas to maximize already obscene profits), or that the “terrorists” are coming to bomb their local Wall-Mart (when the right-wing military industrial complex puts terrorists to shame with their record of slaughter).

    The “elite” Boone referred to are sports media journalists. Big difference there. Look which one you came out in favour of.


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  35. forskis says:

    I did not realize being “elite” was a bad thing…you would think that you want the BEST (ie. elite) to lead a country or a  political party…just like how we all like “elite” athletes, the same goes for all things:  the elite/best students, employees, etc.  Again, people on the right who label elite as a bad thing are not thinking that anti-elite slogan all the way through.  Lots of candidates on the right-side also belittle those who went to good schools:  Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley, etc….I do not know about you, but I would HOPE that the candidate went to a good school and there is nothing for those candidates to be ashamed of.

    By the, you spit on the term/word “liberal”, if the right is all about freedom and all that, then why are they dumping on the word liberal which is derived from “liberty” which also happens to be a synonym for freedom…liberal ideas means FREEDOM of ideas, liberal means FREEDOM to move (in a physical sense) or FREEDOM to advance (in a figurative sense).

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  36. Omit says:

    Sarah Palin is the biggest joke of the GOP since Dan Quayle and George Witless Bush.  And that’s saying something.

  37. punkster says:

    Well, you got what you wanted man. A bunch of people get their knickers in a knot because you turn a joke into a cause celebre. Yep, you’re an internet god, no doubt. Or did the joke simply go over your head?

    I have to wonder why you didn’t address the Jobs/Zuckerberg or the Peladeau comments? Or the Fitzpatrick debacle? Or the accusation that we fans are knuckle-draggers? Or that Boone is obviously supporting hockey violence with his Matt Cooke comment? So many controversial statements to choose from. Or were they meant as humour and the Palin comment was simply part of Boone’s ongoing campaign to upset the political wheels of the conservative movement in North America? Yep that must be it, right?

  38. SeriousFan09 says:

    The reason the ‘elites’ should be favoured for high office?

    Because the ‘down to Earth, have a beer with’ types like Bush and Palin prove one thing. they are too stupid to be left in charge of a country. They don’t have the intelligence to do the job. This ‘down with smart people’ crap is insanity and that’s all it is. You need exceptional minds running for office everywhere, people who don’t say “I know about Russia because I can see it from my back yard”, people who don’t think that God fills in them on everything they might need to know because they pray.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  39. ZepFan2 says:

    “She’s both better looking and smarter than you.”

    One out of two, not bad.

    She’s about as smart as the squirrels I feed. You seem not that far behind her. Congrats on that.


    “The Soft Parade has now begun.
    Listen to the engines hum.”

  40. larisalapointe says:

    Good news for Carey Price. Red Fisher has another candidate in mind to rag on for the next few years.

    PK is a great kid, and will learn from his mistakes. He’s a rookie, great one minute. Not so much the next.

    But is for sure a bundle of joy and energy.

  41. OverseasFan says:

    Hey. Watch what you’re saying about cabbages!

    Go Habs.

  42. Propwash says:

    Seeing that celebration tells me that there is tons of confidence amongst the team, I like it.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  43. Rugger says:

    The other indication of confidence is the aggresive checking in the offensive zone, which leaves a potential for odd man break-outs.  If the team did not have confidence, they would tend to fall back to the blue line.

  44. Clay4bc says:

    Ok man, time for the bad news that your parents should have told you when you were a boy…

    There is no Santa Clause. Nor is there an Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, or little Cupid’s running around shooting arows into people on Valentine’s day. And there is most certainly no God.

    The rest of your argument is so lacking in substance that it’s a fine compliment to it’s absurdity, so you did all the rebutting for me…thanks for that.


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  45. terrygain says:

    It is probably a waste of time to communicate with someone who  lacks the intellect to understand the absurdity of saying –  And there is most certainly no God –  but I did not make an argument,  I made a statement. 

  46. Clay4bc says:

    Yes you did…and your statement was patently absurd. Palin is a moron. The fact that you consider her to be presidential material speaks volumes about yourself.

    As for intellect, I have plenty for both of us. Please show me the proof of God. And keep in mind that a bananna is not proof.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought.

  47. terrygain says:

    You have reading comprehension deficits. I did not say I considered Palin to be Presidential material. I merely listed many of the unquestionably good things she believes in.  The existence of God cannot be proved to anyone as lacking in intellect as you. You are on your own.

  48. Clay4bc says:

    No problem reading, Terry – and no lack of intellect. I just choose to embrace reality. However,  I respect your right to live in a fantasy world. Peace.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  49. Omit says:

    You lose, Terry.

  50. larisalapointe says:

    Discussing politics or religion with people you don’t know personally or are not face-to-face with imo are to be avoided.

    Agree with you about Palin/Bush, etc….

    But, scientifically speaking, the most expert of experts on anatomy cannot fully explain the human nervous system. (check out textbooks) But it obviously exists. There is no proof of God, yes, but it either exists inexplicably within you or it doesn’t.

  51. Everlasting1 says:

    C’mon Clay, to believe there is no Higher Conciousness is to deny your own existence. I give Creation more credit than that. One only needs to observe and acknowledge the complexity of our manifested life on Earth, and the wonder and vastness of the universe. ‘God’ is not a separate entity, and WE are the collective conciousness of the One..we’ve just forgotten that. Everything is energy. Whatever frequency of energy we vibrate at determines our reality. This is not philosophy but physics :-)


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  52. Clay4bc says:

    Thanks for the lecture, Sergio – however, I think I know quite a bit more about quantum mechanics than you do, so save it for someone who needs the refresher course.

    Just because everything is energy, as you rightly point out (and thus all matter is energy in a static state), this does nothing to prove ot disprove the existence of a God. Abscence of proof is certainly not proof of abscence, but still, there is no proof, and as a rational being, I require more proof than a poorly-written and contradictory book(the Old Testament) written over the course of 1000 years by uneducated tribal peoples who were wandering the desert.

    Higher consciousness? Perhaps. Collective energy? Yes. Unknown wonders and mysteries of the universe? Certainly. But a petty and envious God who demands our worship, or else punishes us with eternal damnation? That’s absurd.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought).

  53. ZepFan2 says:

    “Sarah Palin. What’ s not to like.”


    Now THAT was funny!!

    I nominate thee, funniest post of the day.


    “The Soft Parade has now begun.
    Listen to the engines hum.”

  54. Everlasting1 says:

    I’ve also studied quantum physics from the pioneer Max Planck. It all correlates. There are many beliefs/ interpretations/meanings people place on the notion of a God. I simply define it as all that is. Our physical minds (rationality) aren’t capable of conceiving that, so we can only perceive. The truth is whatever resonates with you.

    As you must know by now I’m certainly not religious, but the Old Testament (the original 6,000yr old Sumerian texts in which the Bible is based on) are real historical accounts, but have been misinterpreted/mistranslated over the years. That’s another fascinating study.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  55. ZepFan2 says:

    I agree, LL.

    Faith is a personal thing and should be just that, personal. If one chooses to not believe in God, that’s their belief. I’ve got no problem with that. Who am I to judge one’s faith?


    “The Soft Parade has now begun.
    Listen to the engines hum.”

  56. nightmare_49 says:

     C – I agree that Eller is a better all around player than those two, he knows thr game. BTW Dags leads the Blues in goals with three.



  57. Omit says:


    Great post!  Isn’t it strange and pitiful that Righties forget what got their country into their mess in the first place?

  58. Clay4bc says:

    No doubt about it…and if they don’t right the ship fairly immediately, they are not going to be a world power much longer.


    Fighting Ignorance since 1970 (It’s taking longer than I thought.

  59. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Really good post, observer! I definitely agree with you.

  60. Derek2 says:

    They spit on the word liberal because they are basically fascists who need a bogeyman to blame for the mess Bush and Cheney put us in.  Their “beggar thy neighbor” attitide, exemplified by the tea party morons who want to get rid of medicare and social security, is a pathetic reminder of how dumbed down the U.S. population has become.   They wouldn’t know a socialist policy if it bit thm on their large asses, and cynical politicians like Boehner and McConnell feed the resentment with their perverse and idiotic drone of Obama’s a socilaist or a muslim because it distracts people from thinking about the real cultural issues this country faces – And I am a U.S citizen who does love this country but is very fearful about where we are headed.

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