Who takes control?

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The best-of-three starts tonight.

Good oen?

The visitors won in Philadelphia.

A sprint to the finish

Dave Stubbs on Ference

Thomas on Vézina list

Red Fisher’s notebook

Darche delivers

Saturday EEEEE-mail

• Arpon Basu on David Desharnais

• Roy MacGregor on Brad Marchand

The Goal of the Playoffs:

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  2. HardHabits says:

    Gomez is MAB without the shot.

  3. terrier92 says:

    My only prediction for tonight is that in addition to the Canadians Suck t-shirts which are sold outside Garden before every home game will be sveral variations of the Ferance middle finget salute.

    Go Bruins

  4. terrier92 says:

    Go Bruins

  5. psyko514 says:

    Hopefully Spatcho plays a little better tonight. I’m expecting a Habs win.

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  6. GROS BILL says:

    Coach is going with Spacek again.
    There is no fool like an old fool.
    Habs, make your T time reservations, courtesy of JM.

  7. montreal will scratch out a win tonight. Price will stand on his head and the defense will show up for 60 minutes. Intensity boys…bring it and make sure Lady Luck sits on our bench tonight not theirs. Get a quick one and take the crowd out of it.
    Get infront of their net and ply the net with at least 40 shots.

    go habs…i have faith.

  8. samTHEman says:

    Wow Ryan are you serious? What disrespect! If PK did that Cherry would go nucking futs on him saying he’s nothing but a cocky arrogant show off. Ryan, Toews, Kane, Giroux, Nash do it and not they’re gods.

    ~Kiss my ass Lucic!!!!

  9. Jdub1985 says:

    Is this one a “MUST WIN” Boone?
    lol

  10. 4m3y2j says:

    If there is concern about anyone flipping the bird to montreal and it’s fans let us at least recognize the greateest offender.This would be one Scott Gomez.Not only does he constantly laugh in our faces but he gets paid to do it.Jacques send this team a message-No Pasengers on the Bus for once and for all.Sit Gomez,he is a liability.Move Eller up to Gios line w/ Darche and Gionta(even Pouliot for god’s sakes)Gomer is laughing all the way to the bank and it seems there is nothing we can do about it.You see in old footage w/ the devils how his work ethic is,in Montreal he has not even come close to that…

    • habsfan0 says:

      I have a hunch JM is under strict orders from management to play SG so as not to embarrass the team for its $8million dollar mistake.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Don’t think management tells JM who to play (except for CP and they were right) but Gomez does not seem to be the player he was even last year. When him Cammy and Gionta played together they were great. This year not so. Prehaps it 21,273 fans booing him for 40 odd games but he’s supposed to be a pro and suck it up. BTW moving Pouliot would signal surrender. Who knows prehaps tonight he’ll have a good game. Just think if he’d scored in the last minute of the 3rd game where he missed the puck while in the crease half of his critics would not be posting today.

        Mr. Biter

  11. SmartDog says:

    Very hard to have faith. The boons have momentum. They’re bigger and the Habs looked incredibly disorganized in their own end the last half of Monday’s game. Boons are good at home, and without Price stealing the first two games, there’s no way the Habs would be in this series.
    The boons third-liners are scoring while ours are silent. Bergeron’s been eating the Habs alive, mostly the Gomer line. And after 1 good game, Gomez is back to being Gomez – that black hole in the center of our team – getting killed on faceoffs, losing the puck, staying on the ice too long and – oh yeah… that other thing he does so much of: not scoring. When Gomez last scored I was probably just gearing up for ski season. What a grade A loser this guy is, always smiling, always saying “I’m a veteran, I can do better”. Yeah, when Scott? When will you be better for f-ks sake?

    • HFX-HabFan says:

      “Smart”Dog:

      blah blah blah blah blah blah Gomez sucks blah blah blah blah blah blah blah I hate Gomez blah blah blah blah blah blah blah woof

      • HardHabits says:

        Jack Todd has enabled SD further in his Gomophobalism.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Fact is, he’s kinda right.

          Gomez has been on the ice not covering his man for an awful lot of Bruin goals this series.

          Problem is Lars Eller ain’t ready to centre a top line.

          • Mr. Biter says:

            Yeah gotta agree it seems Gomez has not been covering his man however the last goal was a 3 on 1 so he was 1st forward back but the 3rd. boston player in the rush scored well before he could get there. No justifing his play just pointing out the facts.

            Mr. Biter

  12. RGM says:

    With some of the posts I’m reading here, you’d think that we were the team with a big yellow stripe on the back. Honestly people, the series is even at two and the Habs have been the equals or the superiors in every game thus far. The Bruins top line has done NOTHING of note in this series as they have been contained. Their defence, outside of Chara, is slow and has been prone to mistakes. Our forwards generated 29 shots in the first 30 minutes of the last game – they have demonstrated that when they are given the opportunity to press the advantage they can convert chances and hem the Bruins into their own end. Price was STELLAR in the first two games and while there were a couple of human moments in Games 3 and 4, he has been better and more consistent than Thomas. You didn’t hear a peep about Auld going in for a game — there was a LOT of talk about Rask getting Game 3.

    It is amazing how quickly and easily some of you guys can succumb to the negativity and fear and defeatism. Have a little confidence in your boys wearing the bleu, blanc, et rouge and BELIEVE in something!

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    • Mr. Biter says:

      I aggree totally with you. When the bruins have been left alone in front of the net they’ve converted, we have not in games 3 & 4. i don’t know why we stopped skating after the Julian time out ( hate to admit it but it was a game changing time out) cause after it we seemed to stop skating and the Bruin shot totals increades while ours seemed to stop. Do believe team who wins today wins the series. Go Habs Go and remember Versus has the game in Engish with great announcers and again no mention about the leafs. and their historic march to10th place.

      Mr. Biter

    • Tony McLean says:

      Rask is a better goalie than Auld is and shared the duties (more or less) with Thomas, in fact was touted to be #1 at the start of the season before TT really got it together (in his unorthodox floundering way). I think you’re selling the Broons’ defense short. Bottom line, this is a Price vs. Thomas battle. If Carey returns to form we win. If he plays the way he played the last two games peeps will be mentioning him in the same sentence as Joe Thornton and Roberto Luongo.

      “I can think of five million reasons Price has to play better tonight.”

  13. Coach K says:

    “Who takes control” is a simple matter. The answer is “whomever shows up to compete”. It was clear from the performance the other night that not enough people were willing to compete in all 3 zones. The only players who’s “compete level” were not in question were Price, Cammy, AK46 and Pleks. The rest were suspect. I imagine that Gionta will want to atone for his sub-par performance. I also feel that for Gionta to be effective he has to get away from Gomez because I feel that Gomer brings out bad habits in others.

    It’s now up to jumpin’ Jacques to engineer a lineup that most readily gives the team a chance to win. Ideally that lineup will include the players who bring enough effort so that he doesn’t have to shorten his bench too early in the game.

    “Shut up and play against him” – Bob Gainey (2011 Heritage Classic)

  14. adam76 says:

    Montreal will win tonight!

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  16. JD_ says:

    Smell The Glove – Spinal Tap (1982)

    Ok, my sources are now tellin’ me that, not only will Poindexter Bentley put this one away at 9:40 of the first period, but that his slapper from the point will deflect in off of the extended middle finger of Ference’s faulty glove and through Tommy’s gapin’ five-hole.

    Turns out that, although the glove is still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, there just hasn’t been enough time between games to effect the necessary repairs.

    Karma, dudes, karma.

    SubBANG, baby!

  17. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Go habs GO~Allons les bleus!!!

    “Gomez is divine retribution for not appreciating Koivu”

  18. Danno says:

    To all the Debbie Downers and Negative Nellies out there, let’s just wait and see what happens after the puck drops shall we?

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  19. TPlow says:

    Faith, boys and girls. This thing ain’t over by a long shot!

  20. PrimeTime says:

    Speed Speed Speed. Keep the pedal to the metal. Shoot low on TT and the rebound high. BOS may have come back in game 4 and in the series but they are still mentally vulnerable and have more to lose than our Habs. Once again we are the underdogs and that is the best place for them to be in a 2-2 tie. If B’s fall behind tonight, the boo’s will once again rain down and the pressure will be much larger on them than game 4. Speed Speed Speed will win the game. Still Habs in 6!

    “Extremism only serves one’s selfish desires”

  21. HabFanSince72 says:

    You know the point in a relationship just before it’s over? Deep down you know it’s going to end, but he/she just hasn’t dropped the hammer yet. So you still have brief flashes of hope. You remember the good times. You tell yourself it’s not over yet.

    That’s the Habs’ playoffs right now.

    We’re done.

    Done like Easter lamb. All that’s left is for the Bruins to take us out of the oven when our internal temperature reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit, and our skin is crisped but our flesh is still nice and pink, and serve us to their guests, maybe with some potatoes and gravy, some grilled asparagus, a nice Bordeaux – maybe that 2000 Chateau Latour you’ve been saving for a big occasion.

    Cheese plate for dessert.

  22. MocaJoe says:

    prediction: David Desharnais comes through Tyler Ennis style tonight

  23. habs365 says:

    Oh by the way–I forgot to comment on Ference’s “unintentional bird” I must tell you Ference, Ignorance and Narrow Mindness can only be cured by development of the brain which in your case is a long ways away…..

  24. MICP says:

    Hate to say it but I think tonight will be the first and only time that the home team wins a game. We had our chance and not only could we win just 1 game on home ice but we had 3 leads and were unable to hold on.
    Boston has the momentum and the home ice.
    Sorry to say but Bs in 6.

  25. habs365 says:

    We should look at the real issue..we’ve had problems all year scoring and nothing has changed in the playoffs–if we had two more 20-goal scores this series would be over now–everything else about this team is good–hate to say it–Boston have the better scores–so far our defence pk and goaltending has kept us in there.
    I mentioned before–with 3 or 4 scores don’t expect miracles–to continue playing we’re gonna need to work hard for 60 minutes and some lucky bounces……Good Luck To Our Habs The Rest Of The Way.

    • observer says:

      re: “if we had two more 20-goal scores this series would be over now”

      how about 30 of grabovski and 20s of sergi kostitsyn and d’agostini for nothing in return?

      • AK_PK_Usay says:

        Seriously, but you got to realise, in quebec being talented means nothing if you’re not quebecer, you get half credit if you speak french.

        For all the quebecer fans hating gomez, they should realise, they chased Koivu away, and gomez was divine punishment… :P

        when all think alike, no one is thinking very much

  26. ooder says:

    bad feeling about this one… however last time i had a bad feeling about a game the habs won 2 in boston
    last time i had a good feeling they lost 2 at home

    ——————
    GWG = game winning gionta!

    • observer says:

      exactly! and for bruins fans, canucks fans, rangers fans, etc. too – as i said and was attacked for it – this year especially you dont have a clue what will happen the next game – even within these games there have been huge about face momentum shifts deciding these games.

      • LA Loyalist says:

        the lesson so far from these playoffs, and the Buffalo Coach alluded to it last night after they escaped blowing a 3-0 lead, is to keep fighting and not give up. The swings in momentum have been unbelievable and while all the stats of course are not in yet I think we are going to find that home ice means less than ever, in fact it just means more pressure on the home team.

        I watched Price’s presser, and he looks fine (discounting the 70′s porn star ‘stache, which has to go). We just need to play consistently for 60 minutes and score some freaking goals, which basically involves doing the opposite of whatever JM says.

        Unfortunately, I’m old enough to remember when Montreal Canadiens’ hockey was played in the other team’s end of the rink.

  27. Mattyleg says:

    Hey Mods,
    Do something about the spam. I mean, really. Seriously.
    The first 4 posts on Stu Hackle’s column about Ference’s fine are spam ads.
    The first 4.
    I never thought I’d say it, but this is actually turning me off this site, I’m sorry to say. It’s too irritating.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      We should have a new type of mod, simply anti spam…

      when all think alike, no one is thinking very much

    • HardHabits says:

      They are almost all exclusively from China. I’ve seen on other news sites comments sections too.

      For the most part they are automated. I’ve suggested one way to limit them to Boone and that is to use the CAPTCHA method to verify human authentication at the sign up level but the technical staff here are kind of n00bish.

  28. Gindan69 says:

    Montreal’s best is better than boson’s average play. When that has happened habs have dominated. As soon as Habs dropped to average play it’s just short of enough to beat Boston. If Boston plays there best they are cooked, freight trained, steam rolled. If Boston continues playing average at best, Habs have a shot only if they play their best for a full 60.

  29. habs001 says:

    the non production of our 3rd and 4th lines is also a huge issue as in close games the bruins will have way better odds that they will get the next goal as their 3rd line wins hands down in goal scoring ability

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      with JM making the lines, 3rd and 4th and usually 2nd will ALWAYS be hampered by a plugger, yes moen has a few goals, but despite the goals pluggers make the line vulnerable as the defending team will outnumber the talented players…. on that respective line.

      DD Eller Webber would be an offensive line, I love White but its clearly his job to be a great energy 4th liner.

      Anyhow, our 4th line should include Gomez… Gomez Hallpern White

      when all think alike, no one is thinking very much

      • LA Loyalist says:

        The problem now is that Gomez is not even minimally competent on defence. Lots of washed up scorers have extended their careers by focusing on playing great d, but what does Gomez focus on? Babes in the crowd? The time clock? What? He couldn’t handle the Boston attack the other night.

        I say damn the torpedoes, bench Gomez’ pathetic ass and let’s live or die with the kids. It’ll pay off next year for them to go through the fire now.

  30. AK_PK_Usay says:

    Go Habs GO! Allons les bleus!!!

    you can get gray hairs from speculating, hoping, wishing, blaming, for the rest of the night, just wishing the best to the team, tomorrow is another day…

    when all think alike, no one is thinking very much

  31. habs001 says:

    this game has the signs of a dominant boston win probably 5-2 or worse…if boston wins like that i believe we will still win tues at home and force a game 7…if we win today series over tues…only way i see a win today is if price plays unbelievable and thomas has a bad game

    • Favorite Son says:

      Unfortunately that’s how it is…Price needs to dominate in order for the Habs to win. It sucks to pin everything on him but that’s the reality of this team.

  32. observer says:

    Everyone talks about what the Habs must/will do tonight BUT there is another team outthere tonight that no one discusses what they might or must do to win.

    The Bruins have not come out hitting – yet – in this series. Chara as even the media now finally realize has been in a comatose state. What if Bruins come out tonight pounding the Habs again – no one mentions that?

    • kempie says:

      I hope they do. I hope they spend all night running around chasing PK and White, putting themselves out of position. I find that sets up our speed and transition game quite well. Plus they love that crap in Boston, so they’ll cheer that stuff all night. Meanwhile, we score goals.

    • smiler2729 says:

      Why would anyone discuss the Bruins when none of us give a rat’s ass what Boston does, it’s all about the Habs here, buddy, their line combos, their game plan, their will to win.

      You feel like discussing Boston Bruins then go their sites.

      “My second favourite team is whoever plays the Leafs”

      • observer says:

        showing exactly what i say about these people today who think of themselves as hockey fans.

        dont you think habs coach has prepared them for that possibility? or do you think because he doesnt give a rodents behind a care he doesnt even bother think what if?

        the post above you was by an intelligent fan responding logically. unfortunately not all people are as intelligent as him.

        • edgie says:

          I think there is a universal agreement on this site that you are the most clueless person here. Try not to insult the opinion of other fans when you have demonstrated time and time again that you lack even the most fundamental knowledge about the game of hockey.

          Oh, and you’re a leafs fan. Why are you here again?

    • habsguy says:

      you cant hit what you cant catch !!!!!!

    • Favorite Son says:

      That’s not part of their strategy anymore…at least not against the Habs. The Bruins have had to adjust their game while playing Mtl. You can see the progression through the games. Now they understand what they need to do to win vs Habs.

  33. Irish Wristwatch-x5 says:

    Im confident tonight in the team.We’ve had the better of the bruins in this series and in boston.Wiz gets the winner tonight and price lets in only 1 goal and we win 4-1.Thats my prediction anyways.Screw the Gooin’s they should be down 3-1 in this series and instead those losers are still in it.We’re gonna blow em outta the water tonight and skate circles around those clowns 2nite.Go habs go!

    …..You’ll never get to heaven if you’re scared of getting high…..

  34. RGM says:

    Who takes control? Carey Price is going to have a monster of a game tonight. COWBOY UP!!!

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  35. habs001 says:

    while price did not play at his best last 2 games we have to remember we have 4 d in the line up with limited speed and agility…while hammer,sopel,spaceman, and gill have their good points it is amazing that in todays nhl you can have 4 of these type of d in the line up at the same time…

  36. Jammin says:

    One thing we know for sure,if Boston falls behind. they will now believe in themselves, that they can come back. So some questions that have to be answered, will the Habs play the disciplined ,perfect game required of them ,will some unsung hero rise to the occasion,will the so called leaders actually lead?

  37. habstrinifan says:

    Hi Observer!

    Ok THEN I apologise if your response was not, as I stated, to Serious Fan09. It seemed that way, although right now as I scroll down the posts they are all re-arranged and as you mentioned, some have been deleted.

    Glad that your reply was not to Serious Fan09. His posts are always decent and never confronting.

  38. habs001 says:

    last game we got 2 goals from our d which was a huge bonus but otherwise on most nights our forwards produce about 2 goals a game…we will probably have to win 2-1 today or 3-2 in o/t…the biggest edge the bruins have is their 3rd line…the first two lines on paper are pretty well equal in scoring but the bruins have a huge edge in scoring ability and goal scoring experience on their 3rd line..their top line has hardly produced yet the series is tied…

  39. Bill J says:

    I wanna see 60 solid minutes from the Habs tonight. Without being overly critical of them on the matter. I think seeing that, will go a long way to landing a victory tonight.

    Go Habs Go!

  40. Ian Cobb says:

    I sure hope Boston comes out trying to hit everything in sight, like they did in the first two games. They focused on the body and forgot about the puck. It also motivates us to keep our speed up for 60 minutes and over the posted limit.

    If we get the lead and Martin goes defensive trap again and puts us back into a sit back and let them come to us system, we will be done like dinner!

    We are the better skating team, just do it!!!

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Like price said yesterday; it seems the road teams are having an easier time staying focused and keeping things simple and not getting all charged up by their own fans…

  41. JD_ says:

    Poindexter Bentley will seal the deal at 9:40 of the first period.

    So it is written, so it shall be done.

  42. Hobie Hansen says:

    I too was on Spacek’s case many times during season for weak defensive zone play, and took a lot heat from other posters on here for it.
    I agree that Spacek should sit and either Weber or Mara should dress. I think the reason Spacek plays over Weber or Mara is because the coaching staff believes that Spacek still can exit the zone more efficiently. I don’t think that’s the case anymore. Spacek gets knocked off the puck, beaten to the puck and often turns it over at the blue line along the boards when trying to relieve pressure.
    Spacek has proven me wrong by putting some decent games together on occasion but those occurrences seem to bet getting fewer and farther between. Hope he proves me wrong tonight if the coaching staff decides to put him back there over Weber or Mara!

    • kempie says:

      I like Spacek’s experience and his gap control but man, he was being skated into the ice in the last 2 games. I like Mara for his size and his willingness to get rough but I’d go with Weber. Simply because of the PP. With Wiz and PK on the first wave, that leaves Hamr/Spacek and we all know how effective that is. At least Hamr/Weber is a bit of a threat. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing Weber on the 4th line again amd Mara in for Spacek.

      • Ton says:

        sorry folks, i hope i eat my words, spacek in we lose, I saw him in Montreal live and he is awful, nothing you would ever see on you tv screen, i watched him closely when there wasn’t a play, he’s playing scared , scared to make mistakes because he cannot keep up. he’s finished.

  43. JF says:

    After a great start, the Habs have made this series very difficult if not impossible to win. Our greatest advantage over the Bruins was mental; we had last year’s wonderful run to build on, while they were haunted by the memory of their monumental collapse against the Flyers. Our victories in the first two games reinforced their self-doubt, and the way to take the series would have been to stomp them in Game 3. Instead, the team was simply not ready. The Bruins won and got some confidence; after erasing three deficits in Game 4 to win it, their confidence must be surging. They now have home ice advantage and all the momentum. Perhaps more importantly, we’ve also lost the mental edge. I think that if we don’t score first tonight, it will be extremely difficult to win. And if we lose tonight, the series might almost as well be over. I’m not counting us out just yet, but we’ll need an almost mistake-free game and a stellar performance from Price to win.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Well you are totally right. We blew our mental advantage and will have to work twice as hard now to dig out of it. Can we do it? I guess that’s why they play the games. Just for the record, I blame JM if we lose this series. His use of assets, and non-performing assets, and their lack of a killer instinct, is just infuriating.

      We should have destroyed Boston in game 3 and put an end to them, and the fact that we didn’t or couldn’t makes me crazy.

      Problem is I’m old enough to remember when Montreal Canadiens’ hockey was played in the other team’s end of the rink.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      JF. They have never made it easy on themselves all year long. But when their backs are against the wall, they always find a way to get the job done. Hang in there, they need your support right to the last whistle.

      • JF says:

        Ian – They always have my support, and I never bash any of our players. I’m just trying to look at the series in perspective, and, the way I see it, it was ours to win after Game 2. We blew that opportunity, and the fact that we weren’t ready for Game 3 says it all: we’re not an elite team. But, as you point out, we never take the easy way, and we still might get it done. It’s not over till the final whistle, so I continue to hope while I still can.

  44. Bill J says:

    Original post has been deleted. My reply is pointless now.

    GO HABS GO (To add some value to this post – lol)

  45. dre1744 says:

    The boys need to play like they did in game 1 and 2. The D needs to clear the front of the net and not let anyone near Price. And Price needs a bounce back game as he wasn’t at his best the last 2.

  46. Keith says:

    WOW! That’s WAY over the top.

  47. Tony McLean says:

    It’s all down to Price. He’s got to get back to where he was for games 1 and 2. If he does, CH win.

    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” – Red Fisher on the Jaroslav Halak trade.

    • Bill J says:

      How about you throw some good Karma his way then

      Change your avatar & signature…. ? :D

      Go Habs Go!

      • Tony McLean says:

        I don’t believe in superstition and I respect those who play their best in the playoffs. One of my all time favourite Canadiens is Jimmy Roberts. He brought it. Time for Carey to avoid the Luongo-Thornton rep and steal the game.

        “I can think of five million reasons Price has to play better tonight.”

    • Clay says:

      A little late to be discussing Halak, don’t you think? Your signature is just trolling, if you ask me.

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  48. habstrinifan says:

    What an incredibly spiteful post. Was this in response to SeriousFan09 who was just voicing his optimism by making a prediction which he would like to see.

    WOW! It is amazing that you can inflame youurself to a seemingly hateful anger and sustain it throughout a fairly long post.. over a very innocuous post written by SeriousFan09 simply projecting his hope for the team.

    Incredible!!!!!

  49. Tony McLean says:

    No class.

    “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” – Red Fisher on the Jaroslav Halak trade.

    • observer says:

      “This has to be the mother of all brain-dead decisions.” – Red Fisher on the Jaroslav Halak trade.

      —————–

      And the way Price played the last 2 games proves Fisher correct!

  50. Keith says:

    OK, I didn’t realize that it is the 30 GM’s who decide who is on the V.T. ballot. Well, they are still wrong to have left him off. I hope anybody but the “Tuna” wins it.

  51. Ton says:

    watch spacek tonight, guaranteed -2 and they lose the game with him in the line up. RDS commentary in 4-7 also said its sad Martin cannot pick up on this. he has and will cost us the series if he’s in the line up. i watched him at the bell center on Thursday and its amazing of much you can see that TV cannot broadcast, he is awful and like Tony Marinaro said he could not even play in a garage league, he’s finished pick up on it coaching staff, unlike what some have said about Sopel he can hold his own but not paired up with Spacek! Bruins can smell this weakness and their on it!

  52. Bill J says:

    See MOD’s – THIS is the observer we all know & “love”

    Thanks for proving my point.

    Oh BTW “not-so-observant-one” – an intelligent man knows how to read. My post declared your post useless, because telling the world no-one knows what will happen tonight is OBVIOUS to all of us. Ranting about it some more, does not change anything.

    When you speak about tangible things to discuss I dig you sometimes observer, but when you go on your tangents – it’s just a waste of space.

    • observer says:

      funny it seems everyone knows how habs must play tonight – just read the posts. those are the useless posts using your thinking. because you have no clue whether one team will show more effort than the other team on any given night. that is exactly why we are seeing these completely different games between these pairs of teams.

      vancouver tons better thand chi – presto chango chi tons better than van.

      kings 10 goals to zero over sharks – then sharks outclass kings

      habs play 2 perfect games in boston then 2 mistake filled lesser efforts here.

      which is all i said

  53. Keith says:

    Has anybody heard the news that Carey Price was left off the Vezina Trophy ballot? I cannot believe that he was left off it. The NHL has absolutely NO respect for the Habs and they have really proven it this season with the non-suspension of that dirtbag Lurch, Ference’s bird-flipping and now this. But should we really be surprised being that probably most of the league’s employees hail from southern Onterrible. They will F*** them over at every turn.

  54. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m callin’ for the Captain to notch the GWG tonight, feel like Gio’s going to have a big game.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  55. 24 Cups says:

    There have been some interesting match-ups discussed during this series: Thomas/Price, Chara/Subban and Julien/Martin.

    This may be a bit out of left field but I wonder if this series might well be decided on the outcome of the Lucic/Gomez “match-up”. Obviously these two players aren’t the same in terms of size or style of play, so in that regard they never truly are a match.

    I’m looking at it from the viewpoint that they are both important players who so far have brought very little to the series. I think a fair assessment is that Gomez is 1 for 4 while Lucic quite honestly is 0 for 4. In a three game series, the player who rises to the occasion just might help decide which team ultimately wins it.

    24.2 Cups

    • punkster says:

      Steve, it’s kind of dispiriting to think our chances may rest solely on either of those two breaking out.

      ***Subbang Baby!!!***

      • 24 Cups says:

        Dave – No need to panic! It was just a weird thought I had this morning when thinking about what might happen in the next few days.

        I was also mulling over making an offer sheet to Troy Brouwer this summer. But that’s another discussion for another time.

        I’m off to the links. That will be followed by cocktails and dinner before watching the big game. Not a bad day, especially if you live in Slowville.

        24.2 Cups

    • Tony McLean says:

      Gomez has outplayed Luchicken, not close.

      “I can think of five million reasons Price has to play better tonight.”

  56. SeriousFan09 says:

    Time to take it back to the Bruins, hopefully by no longer giving them wide open runs into our own zone. Beat them up on home ice one more time!

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  57. Bugs says:

    Hey, Booner, the Darche link also leads to Red’s Notebook.

    Wide-eyed with wonder warbles L. B. Potter, esq.

  58. Bugs says:

    Also wanted to say: ‘member last year, when the Sens staved off elimination against Pitt and we took that as motivation going into Game 5 against the Cappers?
    Sabres-Flyers Game 5, baby. Same kinda deal.
    Now, before goin off half-cocked with some howcomes and whyfors, please consider that any parallel that can serve as positive reinforcement is to be wholly entertained while any negative one is completely irrelevant and pertains not in the slightest to verifiable actuality. Got it? Good.
    Alright, let’s DO this thing. And this time? Let’s do it right, shall we?

    Wide-eyed with wonder warbles L. B. Potter, esq.

  59. Bugs says:

    We obviously need more than one guy to “take control” since Cammy has been friggin GANGBUSTERS ever since the start of this thing and we’re still where we are.
    How many pts does he have now? He’s incredible. Too bad the rest of the drama overshadows his contributions at the moment.

    Wide-eyed with wonder warbles L. B. Potter, esq.

  60. Ian Cobb says:

    Just like the season points standings. There is not much separation between the teams.

    We have a total of 16 games to win, in groups of four, before the opposition does, in the new era of the NHL, that has reached parity because of the salary cap.

    We are definitely going to lose some on the way.

    Most teams are about equal in talent, And the largest deciding factors will be, number one, philosophy and motivation from coaching!, and second, heart and desire of the players!

  61. habsguy says:

    tonight will tell alot about Carey…I say he stands on his head and steals one for us!!!!!!!..I wouldnt trade him for anyone in the league!!!!!

  62. Old Bald Bird says:

    There always seems to be one link that’s wrong. Both Red and Darche links point to Red.

  63. Habitoban says:

    So DD attributes his poor play in the first few games to “tentativeness.” HMMM. No doubt that old JM-induced “afraid to make a mistake” syndrome that dogs all our youngsters. At least DD was given the TOI to get past that and just play. Other youngsters, not so lucky.

  64. jimmy shaker says:

    IF JM had the balls, eller would be switched for gomer, darche would be inserted back up with eller an gio. Ryan white would play a regular shift, even in the 3rd period. Mara would come in for spacek and weber for hammer. But I won’t hold my breath…….JM’s vets are like campbell’s view of the cubs…..untouchable and without any wrongdoing. Price……if you ever had to step up……tonight is your night my friend!

    Shaker

    • CanadienBoy says:

      x 2 except for hammer

    • habsguy says:

      webber for hammer, not a chance.

      • jimmy shaker says:

        Yes, I agree. It should happen, but with JM’s love for his vets, it won’t happen! 100% correct. It would make perfect sense though, the way he and spacek have been sucking the last two games.

        Shaker

        • habstrinifan says:

          I cant rememebr which analyst said it. It was someone who worked as an assistant under JM and stated that in his time with JM, JM was very very reluctant to challenge the veterans on the team.

          So you can expect this pattern of picking on the youth all the time. Look at WIZ, who we have to play of course, but who is also very mistake prone and yet is never ever referenced by JM.

    • Tony McLean says:

      I think Darche makes everyone he plays with better and would put him with the much maligned Pouliot. He’s the cup of coffee Benny needs. Even a disappointing player who has hands should be in the lineup, look what Mike Ryder did last game.

      “I can think of five million reasons Price has to play better tonight.”

  65. Danno says:

    The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate Award goes to Andrew Ferrence for best actor in an equipment malfunction scene.

    http://tytempletonart.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/flying-fickle-finger-of-fate.jpg

    ________________________________________

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
    http://dennis-kane.com/

  66. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Still having a tough time digesting what Ferrence did & a tougher time listening to his BS explanation. Best way to get the bastard back would be winning tonight. Hope we can do it.

    “Hate the Bruins like a sickness”

  67. Fansincebirth says:

    Good to see you got your game face back :o)

    GO HABS!!

    Welcome to the new NHL – WWE on Ice

  68. Trisomy 21 says:

    Great… you’re back on the bandwagon then.
    Which only means, since i doubt the habs are cup bound, we’re going to have to endure another one your pathetic rants about the offseason and the leafs.
    Fantastic. I hope you weren’t lying about taking a cruise, i could really use it

  69. edgie says:

    You think it’s beyond the powers of reason to believe in a team tied 2-2 in a series?

    edit: wasn’t meant to be jerk-y …faith was what you needed last year at the start of the washington series :P… I think we’re in a little bit better shape this year


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