What a win!

• Jaro carries Habs through slow start: Red Fisher

Inside the Room

“We fed off crowd”: Darche

Sergei on the skids: Dave Stubbs

Habs find a way: Michael Farber

Getting to Fleury: Roy MacGregor

Keeping Big Three in check: Scott Burnside

Place blame on Penguins’ stars

Penguins fans like hockey in Montreal


  1. MontrealAtheist says:

    Lemieux is a traitor to the game and his country who has been morally corrupted by the financial success with the Penguins.

    As long as the refs’ decisions go the Pens’ way expect don’t expect Lemieux to give the refs a thumbs-down, that’s how it is.

  2. MontrealAtheist says:

    or for this matter, does anybody still want to bench Halak and play Price in Pittsburgh?

  3. santeri says:

    The last time I felt that incensed about reffing had to be watching Team Canada in the early days where the European refs made bad call after bad call after non-call.

    For me, the horrific reffing last night reminded of the ’87 Canada Cup and the North American refs in the finals. Absolutely putrid.

  4. joeybarrie says:

    Um sorry. I only saw ONE goal. I saw a tripping play that led to a goal, but when I ran into the yard to kick over the bushes, I imagine they called the goal back. Cause there is NO WAY that should have been allowed. I saw the second goal that i imagine was called back because of officiating, and I remember this first puck sneak into the net. But that luck i also didn’t count. There was a weird one where the puck hit a skate, but I dont remember a Habs player actually putting it into the net.


    Habs win game 4     1-0…

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

  5. habs001 says:

    i think  we were 5-1 vs boston…their top goal scorer gone and their second line centre gone….if this series happens i bet we would be picked by media oulets 80%  to win the series as opposed to 0% vs caps and pitts

  6. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    If they can penalize a team for the actions of fans, let’s send throngs of agents to Pittsburgh to really stir the pot.  I’ll even provide my services in exchange for tickets.  🙂


    “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.

  7. Fansincebirth says:

    This just begs for one of those Hitler/youtube rants :o)

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

  8. pic1983 says:

    True that.

    We finished 16th out of the 16 playoff teams.  We are the ultimate underdog/cinderella story.  Its not like we finished the season on a ridiculous run like detroit did either. 

  9. Le Jadester says:

    That’s a good idea Ed.  It would be interesting to see what some investigative reporting could produce.

    As for SK 74, its too bad.  Him being banished from the team is like disowning a son, and that’s sad IMO.  You never want to see that happen to a family, but it is what it is now and its time to move on. I just don’t know why some people consider him to be a villain, I think he’s misunderstood and wants to play and work hard (even McGuire said that about him) but it’s just not going to happen with JM and everything has been spiraling outta control since his benching after the Carolina game.

    On a more positive note, I think that PK interview last night on CBC with EF after the game was amazing !  I thought that kid was the real deal after the to B2B Phlyers games, but now I know forsure.  How refreshing !

    Everything happens for a reason I guess ?


    Habs, OLE !

  10. sYstem21 says:

    That first Pens goal was complete travesty…As a lifelong HABS fans I can deal with non calls at this point but that was utterly unbelievable…

  11. pic1983 says:

    I think they could have given a penalty, but then nevermind some beer cans, it would have turned into a riot!

    The refs knew they deserved it, it was the most pathetic display.  Media types are calling the montreal fans classless, but they should be calling the refs classless for not upholding the integrity of the game.  At least the guy from the pittsburgh post-gazette admitted that all the calls went pittsburghs way.

  12. Malreg says:

    I believe they can give a penalty.  I’ve heard the announcer warn fans to stop or else we would get a penalty before.

    When I played in Bantam back in the day, the ref’s gave us a penalty because one of the parents kept yelling at him.  The ironic part about that? The parent that was yelling at the ref was the Head of Referee’s for our home town lol

  13. derfab says:

    Not if the referee is unconscious. man were they out to lunch last night. Habs were fortunate but very deserving considering the numerous missed calls, 2 of which would nullify Pens goals. These guys should not get another game this year.

  14. habsman-itoba says:

    Dear Paul and Eric,

    I’m not sure what you’re trying to prove out there.  You have a mandate to fulfill, and your efforts are sadly lacking.  I’m not entirely certain where you came up with last night’s performance.  Why did you only call two penalties on Gill?  Why did you let Gorges play the whole game with no penalties?  I’m pretty sure I saw Gionta dive again.  He does that.  Surely there should have been a penalty shot or two awarded in the third period.  You gave the Canadiens way too much time to play five on five.   There were a lot of missed calls.

    Take a look, boys, was that really goaltender interference by Malkin?  And we all know that Cooke does not trip anyone.   He never breaks the rules.  You gave out two too many powerplays to my Penguins last night.

     If this one sided officiating continues to be an issue, you will be terminated.  Parity be damned, I’m the boss.


    Gary Bettman

    ps. I do appreciate your efforts to reward my boy Sidney.  Let him play.  Keep on calling everything he asks for.  He is your mentor.  Follow his lead.  Or else.

  15. AH says:

    BREAKING NEWS: Last night long after most had left the arena, Gary Bettman was seen going into the Refs dressing room by a local radio reporter who had been filing his story late. Said reporter went to the dressing room, pressed his ear up against the door to try and hear what was said; as best as he could make out the conversation went something like this:

    Bettman: “Can someone in hear please tell me WHAT THE F***K HAPPENED OUT THERE TONIGHT?!!”

    Ref (voice unknown barely audible): “Sorry Gary, we tried our best out there…”

    Bettman: “You tried your best?, don’t give me that crap! These f***king overachieving, midget Habs have now taken this to a best of 3!!!, with a hell of a chance to win this thing!”


    Bettman: “You bunch were given this assignment for a reason, you were given very CLEAR instructions on how to, shall we say, HANDLE this game, and you still blew it!!! What the h*ll am I supposed to do now huh?

    Ref (unknown): “um..I’ve got Chris Lee’s phone # on my speed dial?”

    Bettman: “Give me your dam phone!”

  16. HabFanSince72 says:

    Having the OSM do the anthems was a brilliant idea.


  17. CERF says:

    i actually was thinking the same thing last night.. and told myself “jeeze this dude was right”


    well done

  18. SLONCOLD says:

    i belive he is done for the year. he had surgery on his rotator cuff/ labrum…. it’s takes a long time to recover from….

  19. mike g says:

    Where did u get that picture man??

    I need it, I’m thinkin of making t-shirts with it lol

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

  20. avatar_58 says:

    How on earth would we be the favs? Boston is higer seeded, end of story. They *should* beat the habs, who shouldn’t even be IN the playoffs. Sorry but we’re underdogs till the end – theres no way the media or anyone else can change that.

  21. smiler2729 says:

    The biggest and sweetest thing about this Habs playoff run is they are the underdog which was never really the case in the past.

    The ’70s saw them as perennial winners more than not and even though the early to mid ’80s teams were hardly as dominating, the mystique was still there every spring. 1986’s Cup win was a gift from Steve Smith but the 1989 Cup final appearance was well-earned as the team was back among the elite with Pat Burns coaching until they began stumbling in spite of themselves and Burns’ hard-as-nails approach.

    The ’93 team again were handed the Cup when the mediocre Islanders with Glen Healy in net knocked off the mighty two-time Cup winning Penguins in 7.

    This season not only are the Habs underdogs that no one picked to go anywhere, but they’re the ones knocking off the big boys. That and the team’s character are the most satisfying aspect of what is becoming one of the best playoffs I’ve seen Montreal play in (I do miss those Nords-Habs clashes though).

  22. kakey says:

    Anyone know the status of Paul Mara? He’s out for the season with a shoulder injury, but if he’s recovered, could be a good insurance if any additional dman go down.

  23. sYstem21 says:

    Guys I have a question,

    So I was there last night and pretty much had my shoe in my hand ready to throw it. The first time stuff hit the ice it was mainly towels but the second time it was beer cans with beer in them. Made a nice mess right in front of the officials box/sin bins. I started to get worried at that point. Is there a rule that could give the home team a bench penalty for the fans disrupting the game?


    Also as a quick a side, Stubbs, totally agree with yr tweet about the anthem. In the 3 plus years I’ve been going to games at the Bell, I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud as Canadian in that building. The orchestra did a great job too, I ran into them after the game and we joked about how they are our new goodluck charm!

  24. bravadojj says:

    Hey fellow HIO readers! I posted yesterday about some superstitions about the pre-game song the habs go out to….. and guess what? They changed the song back to “fix you” and they win!!! I know its kinda goofy writing this but with the way the league is doing whatever it takes to make our habs not win a unbiased officiated game… maybe we should ALL tell the A/V guys at the bell centre to leave the pre-game song to FIX YOU!!!!   GO HABS GO!!

  25. Fargo Habs Fan says:

    Great post  I was 9 in ’93 and, while I remember, I was too young to appreciate what it truly meant.  This team is the first in a long long time that, I think, cares and wants to win as much as the fans.  Whatever happens from here on out, we have to remember the great spring to which we’ve been treated.  This year feels magical.  Enjoy the ride everyone.


    “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.

  26. mike g says:

    This is from Eric Engles:

    “This run has been completely void of logic. It’s been an emotional hurricane. Any fan suggesting the Habs would win, from game-to-game, is going on nothing but what’s in their heart. As for the Canadiens themselves, who do believe in their ability, they’ve won games purely on heart and determination. It’s amazing, if not completely inspiring.”

    That basically sums it all up. Last night, sitting on my season ticket lounge chair at my local bar, I had enough. I had enough of following this team for my whole 22 years existence, and never being rewarded for it. I’m too young to remember our last drink from the Mug, I was only 5. But year in and year out, we as loyal fans are dealt dissapointment after dissapointment. It’s always a miracle when we upset the top seeds, but then we crumble and it’s back to reality. They make us feel like they are a Cinderella team every playoff years, and then they play like female dogs in the 2nd round.

    But this year seems different. Last night when the 2nd period was over, I mentionned above that I had had enough. I couldn’t take losing again, especially to a team that hasn’t dominated us. I didn’t want to see the refs decide another game, something they were doing so very well. I didn’t want to see another star player come into Montreal and get everything he wants given to him. Then, the 3rd period started, and I got this feeling that those days may be over. The Habs had every reason to give up last night, we all know why. It is so hard as an athelete to get yourself going in a situation like that, most of us have no idea. But they did it. They saw us throw the white towels onto the ice. That smacked them in the face. They saw their loyal fans, the best in the world, doing their part to try win this game. So, they responded in the best possible manner; victory.

    Last nights win was more than a simple series tying victory. It was a statement. It was a 20 minute, 3rd period video to the rest of the league and teams saying, “Were not going away. You can try all you want, but it ain’t gonna be enough”. These Habs appreciate everything that we are doing for them. They the players finally want to win just as much as the fans do. That, my friends, is something worth smiling about. That is dangerous, because we all know how much we want to win.

  27. 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. we play with energy, we play with Subban in Markov’s place (for now) – Pk could have been with us since the Olympics, but nevermind that.

    Hey HIO staff writers:

    someone should write a piece about how junior aged stars, first line scorers, are very often required to work their way up the ladder by learning to play a “system” and defence – first hockey.

    this had led to the demise of Latendresse and now Sergei.

    both were 1st line scorers, and both struggled with the transition to 3rd or 4th line duties.

    contrast this to success stories going back to guys like carbonneau (who was a gifted scorer), and so many others, and you can start to identify whether a young player has what it takes to make it all the way.

    I don’t have the patience to go through all of the details, but I think there’s a story in there.

  28. Habsone says:

    Good one!!!!!

  29. Habsone says:

    Lets just get through the series.  Who cares about the pay and who we send away!!   Go Habs Go!

  30. Habsone says:

    Well said!!!

  31. pmaraw says:

    goalie – look at philly, no goaltending.  look at washington, no goaltending, I guess i would say that buffalo is the exception?  there arent that many High End Goalies in the nhl right now, imo, and to let one go would probably be a disaster, with that said, i hope they get both of them inked.

  32. topher5468 says:

    I do, but Gretzky and Lemieux retired 

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

  33. Storm Man says:

    Is the season over yet?

  34. pmaraw says:

    joey, we won 3-2…  it was pittsburgh who won 1-0(2-0 with empty netter) oh and look how far defence has gotten teams like nj in the past.

  35. pmaraw says:

    all i can say is, i wish i made his kinda money to skate in circles on the ice and try a little dipsy doodle once every 5-10 games or so

  36. lenny says:

    Couple of notes….

    People should not be down on Plek’s lack of scoring, the team is winning and they are playing a very defensive, he is, as well as all fowards on a very tight leash…

    Carey price has manned up by calling out SK, working hard in practice and seems genuine about his happiness about Halak and the team

    The refs are a joke….and need to be addressed by habs management

    The habs have a legitimate chance of beating the pens…

    the city is a live

  37. Xtrahabsfan says:

    Well with Halak  now a superstar and  due to a HUGE PAY DAY ,who do you keep Plecs or Halak(who gets the  5 million per contract?)

  38. pmaraw says:

    I would like to see mario lemieux asked about the ref job last night.  it would be nice to see him show that he cares about the integrity of the game and not money.

  39. Jbell10 says:

    That is a great video.

  40. pmaraw says:

    this has been my morning anthem for the past week 😮

  41. Shublips says:

    What a comeback by the Habs!  Halak continues to be Halak, Lapierre has rediscovered his game and Gionta is carrying this team on his back.

    Did you see the look in his eyes in the third?  He refused to lose that game because of the refs.  He was determined for the Habs to overcome the adversity and win, DESPITE the refs.

    That guy is a true leader and is making all the difference in this post season:

    So what happens next game?  Can that Habs keep the ball rolling?

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  42. Castor says:

    The video that’s hyping HABS fans up everywhere. It’s all over the radio and on CTV and CBC last night too!



  43. habs001 says:

    if we somehow beat pitts we would be favourites vs bruins( as they should beat the flyers)…but regardless we will have to address scoring issues next year as ak46 and sk74 are probably gone and pouliot now is a big question mark  as a top six forward as he is starting to look as a third line player.

  44. habbyone says:

    Anybody still want to trade Halak???

  45. Storm Man says:

    You have insulted donkeys world wide. Farber is something you flush after you go to the washroom.

  46. Storm Man says:

    That team of refs should be banished from the NHL and made to work in the KHL for life. The Habs are inspiring and need to take a seat at the head of the table on Saturday.

  47. slapshot777 says:

    I would say that they would probably call it an unsportsmanlike penalty.


    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  48. sholi2000.com says:

    Congrats to Michael Farber, this week’s Donkey on Paper.

    Way to Go Habs, great thrid period, doesn’t matter how it gets done, just get it done.

    They Call Me Shane

  49. Jbell10 says:

    I can see how the pens fans wouldnt  be too optimistic for this series, the Habs shutdown D is giving the usually fantastic and exciting pens offense a very hard time. They seem flat out there, I feel like the Habs have been controlling the play in most of the games this post season.

    Yes I agree with your 2nd paragraph. So much heart and desire inked all over this line-up, it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside lol.

  50. HabFanSince72 says:

    The Habs are absolutely right not to complain about the refs. All it does is make you lose your focus. Ask Roberto Luongo.


    Look in the stands and see Jean Beliveau. Do you think he complained to the refs when things didn’t go his way?


  51. 123456 says:

    WHO??    ha ha ha

    secret mod

  52. slapshot777 says:

    Well said, Bob had the balls to pretty much gut the team of it’s deadwood and bring in players with heart and Character. These are the top things that you need in a player to win. Talent can’t do it by itself. If so we should have been winning a long time ago with Kovalev.



    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  53. SLONCOLD says:

    can’t say i’m in love with all of gainey’s moves but some of them are paying off big time now.

    i will say this, JM is getting something very special from a certain goaltender.

  54. smiler2729 says:

    Just like him, the whole thing is a non-factor.

  55. smiler2729 says:

    Cheers to that! But now your post will bring out all the idiotic, and I do mean IDIOTIC, Gaineybashers.

  56. smiler2729 says:

    I watched the game from the rink bar (I had a 10:00pm game) with a couple of Penguin fans. They agreed that the refs were trying to throw the game to the Pens, but they also said when it was 2-1 for Pittsburgh that they felt in their gut that the Habs would win the game and wouldn;t be surprized if they took the series cuz of it.

    I just know that having a Habs team this competitive and playing in mid-May is the most fun I’ve had since ’93 (a couple of blips were the 1st round wins vs. Boston in ’02 and ’04 but the Canes & Lightning put them out too easily in the next rounds back then). The half a dozen or so seasons of Kovalev & Co. were very hard to root for, you just felt the team had no heart (other than Saku) or real desire to play as a team.

    This is different… this is good.

  57. psantini says:

    I don’t know how far the HABS will go. However, it is sure fun to watch them play.

    For this reason I would like to take this moment and thank the person who is responsible for all of this. I know it is a team sport and there are many people involved for the HABS success. However, there is one man that came many years ago and took a team that was lost and started to put the pieces of the puzzle together for a winning formula. 

    I would like to say a big THANK YOU to BOB GANEY. His hard work and knowledge of the game to build a winning team made the Canadiens what they are today. I hope that you are enjoying this playoff run as much as we all are.

    From a fan that had the great honour to meet and congratulate you on your Stanley cup win at Murray Hill park in June 1979.


  58. Clutch10 says:

    This whole thing with Sergei is depressing.

  59. joeybarrie says:

    Well I’m glad we won that game. But to win 1-0. We really need to be scoring more goals. For our home stretch we have 1 goal. Not enough. Defense will get us only so far.

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

  60. jimmy shaker says:

    Man I wish we had Jeremy Roenick on our team last night just to see the comments he’d be firing at the refs after that horrible dispaly.  Friedman tried to get something out of Gio, but Gio wouldn’t bite.  Roenick on the other hand would have given us a beautiful display.  And as much as we all hate Sid right now and call him a crybaby which is pretty accurate, we all know that we would love to have him on our team, right everyone?  I’d take him in a heartbeat.  But I still hate him right now!


  61. Fansincebirth says:

    The last time I felt that incensed about reffing had to be watching Team Canada in the early days where the European refs made bad call after bad call after non-call.

    I can’t remember the last time I heard the home crowd that upset. Perhaps those of you who remember the days of ‘The Riot’ could compare this one to that one. Replace Campbell with Bettman and you’re done.

    I don’t subscribe to the conspiracy theory about the league/refs against the Habs but if ever there was a case for the conspiracy side of the coin, last night was it. Aside from the explatives I was using last night, I was speechless, absolutely speechless. I watched the highlights from the ‘Nucks/Hawks game from the previous night and couldn’t believe the non-calls for goalie interference and didn’t think I could see a worse called game until last night.

    When Mr. Cherry calls them out and shows favourtism towards his hated Habs, ya know there’s something rotten in Denmark.

    I wish this game could/would be reviewed by the NHL overlords and an official apology was issued to the Habs and their fans.

    I also I was born rich instead of incredibly good looking….meh, such is life.

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

  62. HabFanSince72 says:

    There’s also a “don’t do anything to the crybaby” penalty.


  63. Malreg says:

    There is a Holding the Stick penalty.

  64. Gormdog says:



    Farber is a big, big, big Habs fan. He’s as happy as any of us, but still cautiously optimistic.

  65. Geoff F says:

    Great thanks for the clarification.  And i guess you got my point.  LOL.

  66. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    Picking up another players stick is interference, unless you’re Crosby!

  67. Peterborough Habs Fan says:

    Absolutely shameful officiating, but really, what do we expect. Bettman and his cronies don’t want a Canadian team around and the message is getting clearer. I like the idea of the NHL.com website and leaving messages.

  68. Geoff F says:

    I wanted to throw something out there and see if anyone knows if a rule exists on this.  I was thinking about it last night and i’m sure it’s a penalty but what would the call be if…

    1. A pens player (i.e Crosby) slashes a Habs Players’ stick (i.e Gorges) if they both drop their sticks and say Gorges’ stick is broken can he grab Crosby’s stick and use it till the whistle if he picks it up first?

    2. If they don’t drop sticks but Gorges stick breaks can he in the midst of a scuffle grab the Crosby’s stick in the midst of a scuffle to prevent being disadvantaged?

    I’m sure these scenarios would result in a penalty i’m just curious what that would be?  But to me if Crosby were to break my stick i’d try to get his or smash my broken stick over his head since the way the game is being reffed i’m going to take the penalty anyway!!!!


  69. pic1983 says:

    Red Fisher really needs to get over the fact that dynasties like the habs were in the 70s dont exist anymore, and when did michael farber become such a hater?

    They both seemed so bitter in their columns…


  70. John Q Public says:

    Alas what we all new to be true was blatantly in force yesterday.

    The orders from the commander in chief were excuted according to plan and their plan FAILED.

    All evil is seen for what it is and the good should shall prevail.

    These habs are the embodiment of character and hard work.

    Karma is a bitch and it swings both ways.

    While given every oppurtunity to succeed, they, the favored squandered their chances.

    This is a war and we the mighty will prevail.

    Location Pittsburg. Pa – The Battle of Game 5. Are you Ready?

    Go Habs Go !!!

    Long live the Habs.



  71. Thomas Le Fan says:

    So the Pens get to have 8 players on the ice at all times? And we still beat them? The ghosts have found their way home baby! Go Habs!

  72. smiler2729 says:

    I have been a Plekanec non-lover and have always said his true worth is as a 3rd line checking center who plays on the PP and PK. He isn’t worth the money he will be getting but is definitely in line for a hefty raise.

    The best thing about his playoff performance has been in the overall team concept the Habs have been playing in shutting down and squeezing the opposition away from numerous scoring opportunities. The Habs Playoff Edition ’10 have been textbook playing without the puck and have been burying their chances when they do have the puck more often than not. That team concept is what gets a team playoff wins.

    Throw in some timely goaltending and you may have the recipe for a long run if the pace can be maintained.

    Jaro Halak has played himself into a huge raise as well…. this summer, like last, should be very interesting for Habs player movement but for different reasons cuz it’ll be more a question of they keep rather who they’ll get.

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