HI/O Show: Demers, Nilan talk Habs vs. Rangers

The last time the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup in 1993, Jacques Demers was the head coach.

The time before that, in 1986, Chris Nilan was a member of Montreal’s championship team.

This week, Demers and Nilan are the guests on The HI/O Show, joining Gazette sports editor/host Stu Cowan to discuss the Canadiens-Rangers Eastern Conference final series.

Demers, who is now a senator in Ottawa, talks about watching Game 2 of the series beside Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Bell Centre and reveals what he would say in a pregame speech before Game 3 if he was still coaching the Canadiens.

Nilan, who also played for the Rangers during his NHL career, talks about the difference between playing in Montreal and New York.

Other topics of conversation include Canadiens coach Michel Therrien’s decision to start Dustin Tokarski in goal instead of Peter Budaj, whether the Rangers’ Chris Kreider was guilty of a dirty play when he knocked Habs goalie Carey Price out of the series, and the disappointing play of Thomas Vanek during the first two games of the series.

(Photo by Sterling Agres/HI/O Show)

408 Comments

  1. StevieM61 says:

    have to admit…
    she knocks the roof off

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  2. StevieM61 says:

    once again……
    win a faceoff….

    clear a puck…..

    please
    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  3. HabsfanlostinTO says:

    Do we really have to start this with AV whining…ugggh

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  4. Butterface says:

    Wouldn’t it have been interesting if the NHL suspended Lundqvist for then exact number of games Price will miss due to goalie charging/kicking.

    That would have made the series more exciting.

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    • That or they could start suspending the offending player. Intentional or not, make Kreider miss the rest of the series too.

      Either one of these options would work for me.

      Defense wins championships

      “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” St. Thomas Aquinas

  5. Ian Cobb says:

    THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP FELLAS!
    I will wait until a person with teck knowledge arrives at my door!

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    Figured this thread was worthy of a 400th post.

  7. shiram says:

    Tonight, they’ll score enough for chicken wings!

  8. BJ says:

    New thread, come on over.

  9. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

    After everything this team has achieved this season I do not expect us to lose tonight. I really do not want them to bow out in this fashion.
    Sure I am a fan. I support them through thick and thin. I despise them likewise through thick and thin. I see through the veil of injustice that is the nhl and say we can do it anyways.
    Analytical fans choose to believe the numbers can show them the answer. The statistics when losing usually are not in your favor. The stats when winning usually are. Just numbers.
    The passionate fan does not want to here anything bad about his/her team. They will do and say things that are not part of their normal character as evidence of a disease coursing through their body, Habfever.

    If I know anything it’s that I know nothing.
    GO HABS GO !!!
    GO HABS GO !!!
    GO HABS GO !!!
    GO HABS GO !!!
    GO HABS GO !!!

  10. bwoar says:

    After doing a little hangovermancy (i.e. divination of the future based on the quality of my hangover), I have determined the Habs will actually score tonight.

    It’s only a four-alarm day though, so I expect a tight game.

    About Krieder: who cares? The best response is to take out King Henrik and – score goals!

  11. Strummer says:

    Les Misérhabs the musical.

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    “You are not T.J. Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmet.”.

  12. adamkennelly says:

    I don’t understand why people are letting Kreider off the hook. Simple Physics – if he is going at a certain speed and has to “STOP” before he runs through the goalie – then he needs to begin the stopping motion at a certain point and time – otherwise you run out of room and BANG. He obviously had no intent to stop before hitting Carey or he would have.

    becomes more difficult with back pressure but doesn’t change anything – he didn’t try to stop early enough and as a result hit the goalie hard.

    • Strummer says:

      Whether people on this site let Kreider “off the hook” is moot.
      The refs and the league certainly did as did the Canadiens.
      Anytime this happens there will be a split in opinion as to if it was avoidable, should have been penalized etc.
      Sh*t happens.

      Edit- as Kooch said below more is needed from the League to protect the goalies.

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    • Habfan17 says:

      I would say that based on the fact the NO Canadiens player actually touched him or caused him to slide into Price, the fact that he went feet first, the natural instinct is to go body first to protect yourself, and he has done it a few times before, shows he did it on purpose!

      Did he intend to injure, I can’t say, he did intend to run Price!

      Habfan17

    • Butterface says:

      No question he went in full flight without regard for the goalie. He may have meant to swerve to avoid the goalie, but it did not happen.

      There is no way with that speed and trying to split the defence 8 feet infront of Price, he thought of stopping.

      Should have been a penalty for sure. Charging, Goalie Interference, Kicking a player….. any of those.

      With the injury to Price it should have been a suspension.

      The fact no penalty was called in game should not relieve the NHL from acting as policemen for a non-call on the ice.

      If Price was not hurt on the play, then there is no reason to have a suspension and no review for what should have been a penalty.

      But if the NHL does not suspend a player for this it can not prevent future “run ins” with a goalie and be able to hand out justice.

      The League takes out instigator penalties and then they don’t enforce justice when it needs to be enforced. Now they make it a necessity to run Lundqvist and I am very embarrassed that the Canadiens have not already tried to knock him out of the series.

      Regardless of how “low brow” running their goalie might be, if the NHL doesn’t had out justice, Frontier Justice must prevail.

      Concuss Lundqvist or wreck his ligaments. .. ask which he would prefer before doing it.

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  13. Kooch7800 says:

    Justin Abdelkader just got 5 and a game for a really nasty hit. It was pretty nasty. He will get suspended and will be his second suspension in this tourney. Quite funny though I didn’t see this side of his game against the Bruins…

  14. The Gumper says:

    This may have been posted previously but it’s an interesting video on our pal Kreider…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI6b6OBj1Ig

    • Psycho29 says:

      Cherry showed some different ones the other night and the 3 Kreider hits were in there.
      He said something like “Geez, we’re not helping the guy!!”

      • Kooch7800 says:

        More needs to be done to protect the goalies. What really bothered me is that game got out of hand Prust instead of slashing Kreider should have beat the piss out of him. He got just as many minutes in penalties by hacking him anyway.

    • Cal says:

      What a POS Kreider is. That first one should have earned him a 10 game suspension. The bleep was barely touched and he flops down like a fish to purposefully take the goalie out?
      Reminds me of when Carolina won their Cup with all the bs goaltender running.

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      Intentional or not (and I have my suspicions it’s the former), they’re all reckless plays. It’s comparable to a base runner sliding with his cleats up into a guy trying to tag him out. Dirty play. Kreider will get his due someday. I wish it was in this series.

      ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

    • montreal ace says:

      Every Hab player on the ice, should have gone at Krieder after the hit

    • adamkennelly says:

      I wish I hadn’t watched that video. someone on the Habs should have jumped him right away – looking back if we lose this series – big reason will not only be the injury to Price but the lack of reaction from his teammates. This Kreider guy is a POS.

    • Leafsblow22 says:

      I don’t understand how there is any debate as to Kreider’s intent to run these goalies?
      His body of work speaks for itself. That he doesn’t maintain a repeat offender status within the League office is laughable!
      I appreciate that as isolated incidents an argument can be made for accidental or incidental contact for any of these individual instances. Yet when all three incidents are examined in succession it’s plain to see there is a pattern of wreckless behavior with clear intent to make contact with the goalies.
      In the Anderson Contact, It appears to me that he dives at the oppurtune time to give the illusion that he was tripped, and conveniently is unable to avoid contact with Anderson.
      In the Fleury Contact, He has more than enough room to cut wide and past the goalie but instead decides to run him… This was the only play resulting in a penalty of the three.
      As for the Price Contact, I’m sure we’ve collectively spent as many man-hours analyzing as the secret service did the Zapruder film.
      I don’t know if I’d advocate an eye for an eye… but in my assessment the evidence is compelling that this was no accident.

  15. Ian Cobb says:

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    • chanchilla says:

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    • Cal says:

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  16. Kooch7800 says:

    Look for Pleks to have a big game tonight. He is over due and MT is starting to call out his line

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      Pleky doesn’t look comfortable out there. Put a recliner on the players bench so can put his feet up between shifts. Then, maybe… just maybe…he’ll start producing. I’d go the extra mile and make it a massage chair. A cooler of his favourite beverages might help too. What the heck, why not go all the way and install a friggin’ TV and a foosball table (his pastime of choice I hear).

      ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

      • Kooch7800 says:

        LOL I remember watching him put his foot up in the penalty box and I was like what the heck is going on.

        No doubt he hasn’t been crap for a this series and most of the boston series. Hopefully though he will shine tonight.

        I have a feeling he will

  17. scrotchland says:

    not to be a wet blanket., I usually am very positive but I think the habs are done. I figured the rangers to sweep and the fact they won 2 in montreal is an added bonus for them.
    therian is proving what a brain dead coach he is. choosing tohkarsky over budai is a big mistake. when tohkarsky gets smoked for 4 quick goals and therian puts budai in, do you think he will want to play for that coach?
    once the habs are eliminated, hopefully therian will be fired and the team will stop being the doormats for the rest of the league.

  18. 24AW says:

    will I’m gonna be honest. The Habs played over their heads against Boston and it’s not gonna happen against the Rangers. I’d love to see the Habs win the series by not splitting a game in Montreal even if they win tonight the habs are done. we should be happy they’ve done this well, remember way back they weren’t suppose to make the playoffs, if they don’t win another game I think they had a very good 2013-2014 season and something to build on going forward. bring in some good young players that can score, look for someone that can give the tough guys around the league a pounding and most of all get rid of the deadwood and the Habs will do just fine.

    • Phil C says:

      The Habs were the better team against Boston. It was Boston who were lucky to get it to 7 games. Have a look at Boston’s defense, then compare it to New York’s. It is night and day. Boston had regular season success because they are a veteran team who have played a lot together and are committed to a team concept, not because they are so great. That’s why they are golfing.

      • Kooch7800 says:

        You are dead on Phil. The habs if they didn’t blow that one game could have been looking at a sweep.

        The Rangers D is much better and are a worse match up for the habs. They are very even in skill & Speed and goal tending. Now they have a significant edge in the goalie department but the habs need to pot some goals tonight to get their confidence back. I would love to see Chucky back with Eller. Eller has been in beast mode and with Galchenyuk’s hockey IQ they could do some real damage. Would rather him there than Gionta.

        • FlyAngler says:

          Sadly, the Captain has become more of a liability than an asset. If you put Chucky on that line things could really happen as you say.

          “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

          • Kooch7800 says:

            I doubt it will happen but Bourque is playing well and Eller is determined. Adding a high hockey IQ out there with Chucky I think could only benefit and also Chucky is not a small guy either. That could be a real danger line.

            I would put pleks with Gio and Weise as a shutdown line.

            Leave Vanek on the 4th line with Briere to create some extra offense

        • boing007 says:

          Eller Galchenyuk and Bourque. Maybe.

          Richard R

    • JUST ME says:

      How can you say that they played over their head without saying that they did since day 1 of the season ?
      Bring young players ? They already have a lot of those and a real team needs to be balanced .
      Look for someone that can give the tough guys around the league a pounding . How many fights so far during the playoffs ?
      Get rid of the deadwood ? I suppose that Therrien did not bench any of those or send clear messages ? I suppose that the recipe for succes of the Habs so far has not been the fact that everyone pinched in ?

      Habs will do just fine? They are in the 3 rd round of the playoffs one round away from the big dance. I say they are already doing just fine if we compare to the last decades don`t you ?

  19. shiram says:

    Larry Robinson got an extension in San Jose.

    “San Jose is also reportedly talking about making him a consultant for future trades and other roster decisions. He might end up traveling with the Sharks less as he takes on more front office duties and serve as an “eye in the sky” over the course of games rather than being behind the bench.”

    http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/22/report-sharks-extend-robinson-might-add-more-duties/

    • D Mex says:

      He has family reasons (children and grandchildren) for wanting to be in the US. Sharks have been turned away after getting a sniff how many years in a row now, and yet the organization is reportedly looking at giving him what amounts to a promotion.

      This would happen in MTL – fans would be up in arms and it would be a matter of time before a cleaning crew was dispatched to the Bell Centre – everybody gone. Robinson can almost certainly see this, which is why we won’t ever see him anywhere near the Habs bench IMO.

      We were damn lucky to have him here in his prime, tho !

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

      • TheLogician says:

        he was interested in coming back to montreal but couldn’t make it up for the interview b/c of a hurricane that flooded his florida home.

        “Nature didn’t help me get up to Montreal and have a formal discussion with them,” Robinson said of the hurricane and his delay to meet, at the Canadiens’ request, with Therrien. “We can speculate all we want about whether that made a difference. This was a decision they made and I have to live with it.”

        “It would have been interesting maybe to get back to Montreal,” he said. “But this is a business. There are decisions made by people. Things go on in everyday life as far and business and life. If you’re a person who takes everything to heart and has a chip on your shoulder, you’re going to be an awful miserable person.”

  20. Phil C says:

    I wonder if it’s time for some Jacques Martin hockey? Just to get them to the final. Throw a blanket over the New York offense and try to win 1-0.

    • knob says:

      I have my doubts with this roster being able to play that style of game. It was one of the reasons so many people wanted to get rid of JM…square pegs don’t fit into round holes.

      • Phil C says:

        You imply the Habs didn’t have success playing the trap, yet it got them to the ECF, and maybe farther if Markov had stayed healthy. I think it was probably the opposite, the success of that style masked huge problems with the team and roster. It was also boring to watch.

        I’m not sure they could trap Chicago or LA, but the Rangers do not have a potent offense, so I think they could be shut down if Montreal played that style. The Rangers are exploiting the forecheck right now with a good transition game. I guess we’ll see tonight how they approach it.

    • montreal ace says:

      I’m hoping thats the way they play tonight

    • Cal says:

      I’m in the mood for the Habs to begin a 4-2 run for the next 4 games. :)

    • Savardian Spin-o-rama says:

      The key is Henrik. He’s been giving up gobs of rebounds. Can we get to them first? So far the Rangers D has done a great job boxing out our guys, especially the smaller ones. Solve that problem and we’ve got a fighting chance. Of course, we have to be bulletproof in our own end too. Tall order but doable IMO.

      ~~ You’ve been spun ~~

      • Phil C says:

        I agree it’s doable, it just takes team commitment to play that style. It shouldn’t be hard to convince the players that they have to get more traffic as it is painfully obvious that Lundqvist will stop everything he sees right now. The will only win with screens, deflections, and rebounds.

        At it has nothing to do with size. Briere is one of the smallest players in the league, yet he makes his living around the net. It is just a matter of playing that way as a team. Little adjustments like the shooters delaying a little bit to wait for traffic to arrive.

      • frontenac1 says:

        We shall Smite King Lunqhead! His limp carcass will be unceremoniously hauled from the battlefield. Victory is ours! Saludos.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      I dunno. I might prefer to see them play an aggressive game and lose than play that boring style. Might.

  21. Psycho29 says:

    Good Morning Hab Fans (and the rest of you also)….

    Tonite Habs open up the floodgates, win 5-2 (with an ENG)….

    Jimmy Fallon took a shot at the boys last night, saying that the Canadiens will be able to find work after this series skating in the new Ice Capades show….Cheap Shot!!!!

  22. Max says:

    I still think sissy haircut boy Lundqvist is overrated.He plays so far back in the net that the crossbar is literally always on his back.Players need to get in his kitchen more and make it difficult for him.No more of these 15-20 feet shots from the perimeter which he can see.The only way to score a few on him is to have players in front mixing ot up.

    It was interesting to note how the refs were extra vigilante last game about any hab player being in Lundqvist’s blue paint.They were yapping at any hab that even looked at the blue ice.A little bit late for our star goalie though who was taken out by a smug little @#$%head.

    St.Louis is another interesting specimen.He has free reign to do what he likes.Has he ever been bodychecked during his NHL career? He flies around unhindered scoring and shooting while looking physically like a ten year old on the ice.I know he slippery but the habs really need to focus more on him and do everything they can to neutralize and put him on his arrogant little behind.

  23. mdp2011 says:

    Habs win game 4-1 tonight, book it!!!! Habs will win this series, Habs will win this series, Habs will win this series, Habs will win this series, Habs will win this series, Habs will win this series, Habs will win this series. No way the Habs are going to go down to the NYR, no freaking way. I said before the playoffs started that the Stanley Cup final will be Montreal vs Chicago, it is going to happen!!!

    Go Habs Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. DipsyDoodler says:

    Punkster says fans are hopping off the bandwagon.

    Like many I am disillusioned – not with the team – but with the NHL.

    Two years in a row now Price has been knocked out of the playoffs after someone ran him. The Walrus clearly had it as his game plan (and yet some people view him as a mastermind – hockey really is the stupidest sport). Not sure about Vignault but his comments (“hockey play”) show the type of callous idiocy we expect from hockey.

    Last year was a great year for Lars Eller. He was emerging as a great centre. And then he was knocked silly by a vicious illegal hit that resulted in a one game suspension and a tasteless comment by the Walrus (him again).

    Three years ago we went into the playoffs without that year’s feel-good story, Max Pacioretty, who was almost killed for having shoved Zdeno Chara. Hockey play again.

    And I’m not saying the Habs are targetted. Matt Cooke took out the Avalanche’s best d-man, and he got called a non-repeat offender by the Comical Ali who runs the NHL disciplinary committee. Seabrook got a slap on the wrists for taking out the Blues’ captain.

    So you can respond to every new outrage with “thanks for clearing that up Mr Bettman, where do I send my money”. But as far as I’m concerned this isn’t a sport. Neither the people who run it, nor the people who talk about it, nor the people who compete in it have any sense of fair-play. So f*** ‘em.

    —–
    Moving. Forward.

    • knob says:

      I agree. The NHL seems to run under a different agenda then what the fans may consider sensible. The NHL needs to do a better job at protecting players.

      The NHLPA should appoint a third party that is unrelated to the NHL and runs completely independent from the league to A) discipline players and B) hold the referees to a higher standard.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      As long as an american based NHL team in a large city is the last team standing I can’t see why Bettman changes a thing. He is quite happy I am sure right now to New York, Chicago and L.A. as the potential cup winners. After all with Gary, it’s always been about the quality of the game on the ice and has never been about anything else…..

      He is a true man of his word…..

    • Cal says:

      Looks like it’s time for you to stop bothering with the NHL.
      I have all the same concerns, but have accepted the league as it is as I am a hockey nut.
      And, yes, many changes have to be made to improve the product the NHL is shilling. It begins with the Colon at the league office. I, for one, don’t understand why the league seeks the WWE crowd and not fans of the game hockey can be. Idiots all, it appears.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        While Chicago no doubt has been guilty of having players who have made bad/dirty hits (Seabrook), Chicago winning another cup would at least help drive the concept of teams winning with skill over brute force. Granted the Rangers only need 1 speedster to make a hockey play (cough, cough) and it helps their speed game.

    • PrimeTime says:

      Injuries happen in every sport, dirty or not. It’s the discipline that sucks. Shanahan got his wrists slapped for trying to impose stiffer penalties/fines. Both PA and Owners objected. To change a culture takes generations.

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      • Cal says:

        Here’s hoping they smarten up sooner, rather than later.

      • Phil C says:

        It takes leadership. The NHL does not have any leadership in Bettman, at least from the game’s perspective. With stronger leadership, things could happen faster. He has been great for the business of hockey. Maybe it’s time to split the duties of the Commissioner.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Don’t be angry at the Jumpers amigo. They are just Rookies. They will learn. Tonight we smite the King! Habs in 6. Saludos!

  25. SPATS says:

    Seeing Price limping with a brace make anyone else wonder about his future?

    If he needs surgery will he be the same?

    We all see how Tiger has gotten close because of his mental toughness but he’s not the same and age and scar tissue won’t make it any easier.

    A great golfer needs his back
    A great goalie needs his knees

    Let’s hope for the best and enjoy how far Price has brought us with our full support. It may be a while before we get this close again.

    Worst case scenario Price goes under the knife and is lost to us well into next season while reHabbing.

    Best case, Toker smokes em starting tonight, Price comes back for the finals, we hoist the cup and dangle Toker for a younger, hungrier Vanek type who will help keep us among the elites for years to come.

    Hope for the best and prepare for less :)

    • Cal says:

      Lots to like in this post, Spats.
      I wonder about Price’s right leg as well. Still, he’s young and may come out of it a lot better. Tiger’s fall came at the same time the PGA began testing for HGH, which made me go Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        No no no, that Dr. who’s secretary was caught smuggling HGH across the border only did blood platelet spinning for Tiger, why would Dr. Galea or Tiger lie about that?

      • SPATS says:

        Tiger will come back to No1 as he did after winning the US open on a broken leg. Will he win another major? I hope he wins 5 more myself. I played in a band and had my fun with waitresses, I did it before I got married. I get what he was going through having it served up on a platter and being a predator and all. I don’t judge him there, just his golf prowess.

        There was a joke a few years ago.
        In 1954 a bunch of white guys chasing a black guy was called the KKK
        In 2004 its called the PGA Tour
        In 2014 its Bruins vs PK :)

    • knob says:

      A serious knee injury, one requiring surgery, would keep price out for a while and likely shorten his career. I hope it is just a sprain!

      With respect to Tokarski, given his stature and a saturated goalie market, I doubt that he has much value. We definitely would not get an elite player in return for him.

    • Ozmodiar says:

      Hard not to limp in that brace.

      The knee was bearing weight (no crutches), so that’s good news. Also consider the fact he took to the ice to test it out, also good news.

      • SPATS says:

        Agree, lack of crutches and the fact he wasn’t hiding makes me hope for the best!

        • HabinBurlington says:

          I also like the fact he is tough as nails (despite one poster here who thinks he is injury prone…. not sure how he came to that conculsion but did) and given he is a rodeo guy in the off season, he is in great shape.

          I think being involved in other sports seems to help condition an athlete better for injuries and recovery. Seems to me when athletes focus on one sport alone and train only for that sport, they aren’t as balanced. Obviously I am just shooting from the hip here, but in my simple mind I like the idea he is doing other sport activities in the off season. I think he will recover just fine. BUt if surgery is needed, Dr. Andrews only, or at least someone of that ilk.

  26. Mustang says:

    There is an article in the Gazette this morning about almost no fans showing up for the Hab’s practice yesterday morning in Brossard. I live 5 minutes from that facility but I have never been to one single practice. Does anyone here go on a regular basis?

    • Cal says:

      Aren’t playoff practices closed to the public?

    • SPATS says:

      I grew up 5 minutes away from there in the B section in the 60’s & 70’s… Many days I wish I still lived there as I’d go regularly. I went once back in 2009 and dropped $300 in the Fanzone so probably for the best that I’m 5 minutes from the Stinking Sens facility in West Ottawa instead now. No chance of dropping $3 on a hotdog there cuz I’ll never set foot in there ;)

  27. RiverviewCanadien says:

    The Habs will win tonight and turn this series around!

    Not sure if Chuck already foresaw the win and altered his signature…but I just did.

    Only 7 more wins after tonight.

    GO HABS GO!

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    Folks, it’s Playoffs time, and that’ll keep ya on yer seats!
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  28. JohnBellyful says:

    Canadiens turn to science to mount comeback.
    http://johnbellyful.weebly.com/

  29. Ozmodiar says:

    I’d like to see the Habs win one tonight just so we can hear a little less of:

    – “King Henrik”
    – “Ryan McDonaugh … yada yada … blah blah … Gomez”
    – “Chris Kreider”

    Win this one, boys, and put a muzzle on the talking heads!! So tired of being reminded about June ’09.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      ^This!

    • Cal says:

      I agree, Oz. It’s so 4 years ago.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        2 losses to the Rangers and MT is back to being stupid, our scouts can’t find their way out of a wet paper bag….

        • Cal says:

          Habs have to go 82-0 and then 16-0 in the playoffs to keep the critics at bay.
          There are a lot of silly posts to go through, aren’t there?

          • HabinBurlington says:

            It’s been good though, keeps me off this site more. I find the 7am to 11am crowd much more patient.

          • Mustang says:

            I got really upset 2 days ago when it was suggested by someone that the Habs should try to seriously injure Lunquest. I would just like to see them blast quite a few pucks past him into the net.

          • knob says:

            The season would still be a failure if the goal differential was less than a plus 300.

            Not a big fan of the notion that we should be trying to injure Lunqvist either. I wouldn’t mind seeing someone wiping that smirk off of Krieder’s face though.

        • Ozmodiar says:

          That’s HiO for ya!

          Heck, this morning I noticed someone calling ‘larue an idiot in an old thread that’s been stale since yesterday. Made me wonder if he screams at the walls as well.

    • Kooch7800 says:

      I hope PK Subban just goes into beast mode tonight. I hope someone puts St Louis on his bum as well.

      Habs have to start playing with an edge and being aggressive on the forecheck.

      GO HABS GO!

      • Ozmodiar says:

        I thought they came out playing well the other night. All 3 NYR goals were really deflating:
        – deflection goal (and what was Vanek doing near the point?!)
        – softie by Tokarski
        – PP goal after terrible penalty call

        I think the Habs start scoring tonight. Say, 4-1 Habs.


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