HI/O Show: Nothing beats Habs vs. Bruins

Michael Farber has some advice for Canadiens fans who are wondering what kind of contract P.K. Subban will get in the future or whether Thomas Vanek will be back in Montreal next season.

Enjoy the moment because nothing beats Habs vs. Bruins.

“Montreal’s in the second round against Boston for the 34th time and we’re worried about next year?” Farber, a former Gazette sports columnist who now works for Sports Illustrated and TSN, says on this week’s HI/O Show.

Farber is joined by former Candien Chris (Knuckles) Nilan and Gazette sports editor/host Stu Cowan

Saturday marks the 35th anniversary of the infamous too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty that did in the Bruins in Game 7 of the 1979 Stanley Cup semifinals against the Canadiens, and Farber recalls that night, while Nilan remembers a night when fans in Boston were waiting for him after a game threatening to kill him. Knuckles ended up getting a little help from his friends.

(Photo by Sterling Agres/ HI/O Show)

243 Comments

  1. savhabsman says:

    Still not working. Windows 7, using Chrome. The picture is not a link. I can’t click anything to even get the video to start.

    I don’t use any add blocking software.

    Thanks for any assistance.

    • canuckhab says:

      I had the same problem with Chrome & Safari (both on a mac), and found that the issue was the Ad-Block extension that was enabled in Safari. Once I disabled that and refreshed, the video photo link appeared in Safari (I haven’t tried Chrome since). The video link is the photo at the bottom of the written section, not the headline photo. If you don’t see the second photo, something is blocking the video link in your software. If your ad-block is turned off, maybe you have a secondary program doing the same thing? Try a Cntl-Alt-delete to bring up task manager to see what programs are running, or check the browser options.

    • HIO Dev says:

      Hi savhabsman, are you saying the video doesn’t appear at the bottom of the post, just above the comments?

      I’ve set up a Windows 7 machine with Chrome and so far it works for me, so we’ll have to dig a little deeper.

      Is the video appearing at all?

      • canuckhab says:

        Hi HIO Dev, for what it’s worth, if I have ad-block enabled, the video link-photo does NOT appear above the comments. Oddly, the HIO Show is the only web page in which I have noticed this problem. My Ad-block (using Safari) does not seem to block videos on any other site (news sites, etc). In fact, I just did a test, and even the videos on the HIO Video page work while using ad block (www.hockeyinsideout.com/videos). There must be something different about the pages &/or the video links within the episode pages on the Show page (www.hockeyinsideout.com/show). Hope that makes sense!

      • savhabsman says:

        This problem began with the APRIL 13, 2014 episode. I don’t see a video link at the bottom of the post.

        All of the previous videos previous worked quite well and I don’t recall making any changes to my preferences etc., after that.

        The only additional software I use or plugins that are enabled is Don’t Track me. It doesn’t block ads.

        I’m baffled if you say it all works for you. I’ll try other solutions and let you know how it all turns out.

        Savhabsman

      • savhabsman says:

        Okay. Issue resolved. Sorry to try your patience. Let’s go in game five.

        Thanks for your time with regards to this issue.

        Savhabsman

  2. arcosenate says:

    Love the Canadiens will start Budaj vs. Bruins link, makes one, um, pause…

  3. CJ says:

    Good morning folks.

    Took both boys to the golf course last night. The oldest chipped a few balls, while our little guy was content picking up golf balls and filling the cup with his treasures. It’s wonderful being outside and enjoying the sport – or a variant of the game together. Anything to occupy a few moments of time and take my mind away from hockey….

    My one beef, and it’s probably nitpicking, is the 7:30 start. I like letting my oldest watch the first period before bed, but the late start stretches it for him. Hopefully he’s awake long enough to see the Canadiens pop an early one and put the Bruins on the ropes. We are such a different team when we score first, and force the Bruins to chase the game. As I mentioned last night, each goal we score shortens Rask’s fuse a little further. It would suit me just fine to see him blow up tonight….

    Lastly, let’s keep the hits coming. The Bruins can’t take the physical play, and will lose their composure, leading to penalties. Provided our PP clicks, it could be a major component to a win tonight. Whether it’s a 1-0, or 11-10 score I don’t care, provided we end up ahead. There are no style points to be earned, just victories. Go Habs!

    Cheers, CJ

    • Strummer says:

      I like the 7:00 start.
      Especially if there’s double overtime!
      It takes me a while to wind down after an intense game so the earlier the better.
      You guys in Alberta/BC got it made.

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

  4. rhino514 says:

    There is talk of how the pressure would affect the Bruins if it ever got to game 7.
    I don´t agree.
    Before last game I said Habs needed to win both games in Mtl. I still thought it was very possible the Bruins could come back and win 3 games in a row if they get down 3-1. The reason is if the Bruins win 2 in a row, the pressure gets shifted back onto the habs for losing a huge advantage.
    So I still need the habs need to win tonight´s game, then I think Boston wins back at home and Habs would have to absolutely win game 6 back in Mtl. That´s their chance. Forget talk about home ice pressure; home ice is huge in this series; Boston is dominant at home, and Montreal can at least play with them in Mtl.
    Habs absolutely have to won tonight to have a chance.
    They need to avoid that bad break they have avoided up to now. Not only a bouncing puck break, but injury vbreaks as well. Not losing Vanek the other night was one such bullet dodged.

  5. Bash says:

    Interesting chat about the Bruins being more physical. One wonders why they have not been so in the first three games. I suggest that they have looked for the big hit at every opportunity but three things have come into play:

    This Habs team is bigger than the last few years.
    This team has retained its speed advantage and perhaps added to it with the likes of Weiss, Bournival and Gallagher.

    But more importantly the Bruins have been behind on the scoreboard. With the threat of our PP looming they cannot risk giving up “another” goal.

    Will they be more chippy tonight? Absolutely. The Marchands and Lucic’s of the world excel at the dirty shot; they walk the line and know when to deliver. It will take a lot of concentration not to retaliate and allow the game to regress into countless scrums and escalating violence – in other words playing their game.

    Having said that everyone knows that several of our players are targets. No secrets here!

    But there is no intimidation factor at all.

    BTW, it seems that Chara and Thornton may may be injured.
    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  6. TheLogician says:

    i agree with those saying we may tend to over-exaggerate the Bs’ “toughness” while under-estimating our own.

    when it comes to hits, Bs are only middle of the pack (12th), averaging just 3.5 more per game than us (20th).

    http://www.sportingcharts.com/nhl/stats/team-hit-statistics/2013/

    and as others have suggested, we are no longer wilting flowers when it comes to engaging via dropped gloves. measured in terms of fighting majors, we were right up at the top of the league (5th), with only 5 fewer fights than the Bs (2nd).

    NHL Team FM Leaders
    Toronto Maple Leafs 48
    Boston Bruins 46
    Philadelphia Flyers 45
    Vancouver Canucks 43
    Montreal Canadiens 41
    Anaheim Ducks 40
    Columbus Blue Jackets 39
    New York Islanders 39
    Ottawa Senators 39
    Nashville Predators 37

    http://www.hockeyfights.com/

    they’ve gotten softer over the past couple of years while we’ve gotten grittier. the closing of that gap has been noticeable in this series.

  7. Cal says:

    Okay, it’s time to take a few tentative steps out on a limb, seeing as there appears to be many Nervous Nellies posting below.
    The Gooins played their absolutely best game in the first one and they lost. They still haven’t gotten over it, no matter what they say to the media. I still haven’t seen the Habs best game. Game 3 was reasonably close, but the Habs can do better.
    MT will have them primed and ready.
    It’s going to be a great game tonight.

    http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

  8. 24 Cups says:

    Is Rick Nash the most overrated “star” in the NHL?

    I’ve heard all the hype about size, skating and scoring ability but Nash may be Joe Thornton Part II when the game is on the line and his team needs him the most.

    24.4 Cups

  9. Stanley Cup or Bust ! says:

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  10. Dunboyne Mike says:

    If I’m Julien, my Powerpoint presentation for the team has only one slide and it features a single stat: that in Game 3 Montreal outhit Boston. Can’t you just see the eyes narrowing and the feathers ruffling? Claude can leave the room and go for donuts while his players stew on that single outrage. “We’ll be like rodeo bulls in our pens until puck-drop.”

    Whatever. There is an excellent discussion below — kicked off with a great post by Adidess — on the likely physicality of Boston’s approach tonight. As pointed out, the officiating could well be a factor. Also, who remain Boston’s main hitters?

    Vets: Lucic, Chara, Thornton

    Newbies: Millar, (Caron, Florek?)

    Lifetime Cooke Trophy Candidate: Marchand (also trying to catch-up with some late-season spearing, Lucic).

    If we are careful to monitor this handful of players, aren’t we well capable of deflecting or absorbing any renewed physicality they bring tonight? We have our own physical players, don’t we? Do we tend to give the Bruins too much credit for being tough? Imo they’re not especially tough, just dirty. No mistake: PK, Price, Eller and anyone else who has punished the Bruins so far will have to be alert and may need to be protected (if that’s possible). The Bruins will be desperate, and we are entering Bobby Clarke territory.

    My assessment of Game 3 is that we played our best game of the series so far. Our best game negated theirs. If everything stayed the same as Tuesday night, we’d win again. It WON’T stay the same, because Julien realises he needs to do something different in order to avoid the same outcome. But if the only difference he can add is increased physicality, then we win.

    I respectfully disagree with my friend below who suggests the Bruins have 100s of ways to win while we have only two. I think the Bruins have already shown everything they have in their hand. And they are down 2-1.

    All Montreal skates sharp and positioned on jugulars tonight.

    (LOVE late mornings! Grade 8s in an hour. Have a great day all, talk later. Wishes from Ireland).

  11. habs1966 says:

    I’ll be on plane during the 4th game. Hope to see that we kicked the Bruins @$$ when I get off.Go Habs Go.

  12. habstrinifan says:

    This may have to be Price’s biggest third period ever… game 4.

  13. CAPSLOCK DAN says:

    JACK NEVINS IS A PROSPECT THAT INTERESTS ME. HE CLEARLY WON’T BE ANYTHING SPECIAL OFFENSIVELY, BUT HE COULD BE OUR LONG AWAITED ANSWER TO THE THORNTONS AND NEILS OF THE NHL. HE’S EASILY OUR TOUGHEST PROSPECT AND HE’S NOT USELESS IN 5/5 SITUATIONS (UNLIKE JOHN SCOTT OR COLTON ORR).

    I SAY GIVE HIM A LONG LOOK NEXT PRESEASON, AND GIVE HIM PLENTY OF ICE TIME AGAINST BOSTON IN SAID PRESEASON TO DETERMINE EXACTLY WHERE HE STANDS.

    DO NOT WRITE HIM OFF. PLAYER LIKE HIM ARE VERY VALUABLE NOWADAYS, MORE SO THAN PLAYERS LIKE DESHARNAIS.

  14. 24AW says:

    when the Habs win that 4th game than I’ll say the Habs beat the Bruins, until the Habs haven’t won anything. Remember, the Bruins never say die, but I’m hoping like all Habs fans that the Habs take them out.

  15. HabinBurlington says:

    The Wiz talking about playing through a concussion in playoffs. Have to wonder how many others are doing this..

    http://deadspin.com/surprise-a-hockey-player-lied-about-having-a-concussio-1573152195

    • Habcouver says:

      It should be a no-brainer to attend to one’s health first.
      Wiz ain’t a wiz in this case.

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

      • D Mex says:

        I agree with you – it should, however, many other forces can and do creep into play in these situations.
        One can say that nothing else should matter but that, too, can be easier to say than to practice at times.
        I respect his honesty here.

        ALWAYS Habs –
        D Mex

      • Schmarkty says:

        “no brainer” – was that pun intended? lol

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      It’s horrendous. Good discussion Burl, VH and Mex.

      At the risk of accusations of nannying, my own view is that nothing to do with the decision to play or not to play should be in the hands of the player or team. If you’ve been dinged, but feel reasonably good to go, then the competitive pressure, the culture, the Kipper Mentality, and your own ego can all singly or in combination make you susceptible to making absolutely the wrong decision as regards your health and future.

      That decision should be in the hands of disinterested professionals.

  16. Adidess says:

    I agree with those who think the Bruins will play their most physical game of the series tomorrow.

    It’s not ‘rocket surgery’, as has been said here. The Bruins must have realized they have been playing on Montreal’s terms so far. We have imposed our style and tempo, which means the Habs have overtaken the Bruins’ game plan, are running away with the games early, forcing the Bruins to catch up.

    I fully expect them to go back to their rough-and-tumble game, counting on two things. 1. The Canadiens PP cannot possibly continue to be as effective as it has been (I know PK is playing at an incredible level, but would agree that the PP will likely regress to the mean as the series goes on). 2. They will try to intimidate referees into not making more than 1 or 2 calls against them, on the pretext that they too should get more PPs. It’s true that referees tend to stop making calls against the same team as the game wears on, because they’re worried that the game sheet will suggest they were biased.

    If the style of officiating in that last game persists into game 4, the Bruins will take full advantage of it. In any case, this series is far from over.

    At the same time, I feel more confident about Game 4 than I felt going into Game 3. For what that’s worth…

    Go Team CHanada!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Your final point is what scares me, I want the Habs to believe they need to play the game of their lives in order to get up 3-1. I remain worried, but optimistic, this is MT’s biggest challenge to have the boys prepared. To me game 4 is Must win.

      • CJ says:

        Good post. I feel like I have a split personality sometimes. I feel like we can win, but for whatever reason I am more nervous now than I was before game 1. If we got ahead 3-1 I’d be even worse.

        I am worried and feel sick, despite being up 2-1. I guess, as much as it pains me, this is due to the respect I have for our opponent. I don’t think Boston respects us at all, but I respect what they are capable of doing. I won’t feel confident until this series is over and we are ahead. There are just too many things that can go wrong….

        • Habilis says:

          100% agreed on all counts with all of you guys.

          I have this feeling that I can’t shake about all of this. The best way I can describe it is this: There are hundreds of paths to the Bruins winning but only one or two paths for us. Obviously, we are on the right path, but it’s a cliffside ledge and it’s getting narrower and narrower. No room for mistakes now.

          We can win this, but we have to do it fast, while they are frustrated and before they really wake up. Tomorrow is HUGE.

      • Marc10 says:

        I think you’ll see the team maintain its composure irrespective of the outcome. It’s a tight knit group with plenty of leadership. They’re also healthy and have the best goalie on the planet (or thereabouts) to backstop them. Mostly, I like how they just get on with the job.

        Our ace in the hole is PK. He’s back to playing all-star hockey here. How nice is it to have one of the most dominant players in the league on our team… in our building?

        Come on. Let’s be at least positive. We’re going on a bear hunt tomorrow with plenty of ammo. GHG

      • Adidess says:

        I agree. We often say ‘Must win’, from the perspective of not falling too far behind in a playoffs series, but it defnitely applies here. This is quite self-evident, but my feeling is we’ll win the series if we win Game 4 (no doubt in my mind). But the chance of winning decreases dramatically if we lose tomorrow, as the Bruins were already the favorites to win.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Amazing G., that one game can make such a huge difference in a season. Last game was the only one that the Habs outplayed the Bruins. Price, goalposts, and opportunistic scoring won the first game. Subban was great in that first game, but without the penalty, hard to say if he would have been the guy to score the game-winner…..opportunistic. Anyway, the biggest game of the year is tomorrow’s.

        • Adidess says:

          I see your point, but I believe we’ve been the better team on the whole. The Bruins played better in Game 1, but we should have won Game 2 based on how we started and how we played up to the 52 minute mark. This 2-1 series lead is fully deserved, not an aberration by any means.

      • habstrinifan says:

        I think the boys ard the coach are ready and are treating it as you see it… biggest game. I think though that the biggest task of MT is the third period. I want HABS to win a 3rd period.

    • CJ says:

      I agree with every point.

      For the first time, leaving the arena last night, my head and heart were on the same page. Going into the series, I thought, in my heart that the Habs could win in 6. My head however told me the Bruins were the better team and likely to carry the series, winning in five. Game 1 and 2 did little to change either opinion.

      We can win this series. Make no doubt though, this is far from over. I expect the Bruins very best tomorrow night. Lighting Rask up will be crucial to our success going forward. Each goal he let’s in I can almost see the fuse getting shorter.

      A lesser team would have folded following the loss in game two. I’ll go one step further, this team did fold last year against the Sens in a similar position. Sure, we battled injuries, poor officiating and spotty goaltending, but the fact is we seem like a different group this year. We are deaper and have players slotted into positions in which they can succeed.

      Two more wins, before turning our attention or looking ahead. Go Habs!

      • Mr. Biter says:

        I think this team has to many players who will not be intimidated by the Bruins regardless how dirty they play. Murray, Emelin and PK can take runs at any Bruin and render them useless. Originally I would have liked the see White in instead of Moen , however Moen has played very well, hard hits a(ask Jerome). Bourque can throw em when needed and is not above playing dirty. Also I don’t think the Bruins are as big as before. They have some smaller players who don’t seem to like to be on the receiving end of hits and I’m not sure of this but I think the Habs out hit the Bruins last night maybe not in numbers of hits but definatly in the hardness of the hits.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

        • CJ says:

          We certainly outhit them last night.

          The team has grown and looks poised to meet the next challenge. The next two wins will be the hardest this year. Boston won’t go away easily. I’m exited, but nervous at the same time…..

          • Mr. Biter says:

            My supplier let me down for a ticket to tomorrow’s game, however my mouthy cousin and his son live in Boston and have tickets for game 5. Would so like for the Habs to finish the Bruins in front of him. I would not let him forget it of a moment when we go on our yearly fishing trip.

            Mr. Biter
            No Guts No Glory

    • unclefester says:

      With game 4 looming I am another hab fan who thinks the Bruins are going to be dropping bombs, or at least trying to. To that end I’m curious…is there a penalty for “intent to injure”?? Is that on the books?? And congrats to Dick Irvin for receiving the order of Canada. I interviewed with him for a radio job back around 1980 at CFCF.

    • frontenac1 says:

      Don’t worry amigos.This version of the Habs can play with speed and finesse or with speed and roughness.This version of the Bruins does not intimidate any of our boys. They know the can beat the Bruins and the Bruins are starting to doubt themselves. You could see it on the faces in the last game. Habs in 6. Saludos!

  17. CJ says:

    Baie Comeau wins in overtime. Gregoire with the only assist on the game winner. Great series so far.

  18. HardHabits says:

    At the beginning of this series I thought Habs in 6. They’re in a position to do that.

    Can’t wait for tomorrow’s game.

  19. Caesar is along for the ride for 25 says:

    On the net being dislodged. That used to be an automatic penalty shot. However it’s not reviewable like a highstick to PKs mouth or a slash that disintegrates Max’s stick. Or a spear to Emelin’s stomach. So no real issue there. Refs didn’t call it end of story

    • Adidess says:

      One word people don’t seem to pay enough attention to in how the rule is formulated is ‘deliberate’. PK was probably negligent in dislodging the net, but how do the referees determine conclusively it was a deliberate action, when it wasn’t even in the best interest of Subban to move the net? Obviously, I can’t know what his intention was, but it’s the same for the referees. There is a great deal of judgement involved in making that call and not a case where referees can easily determine that the action was deliberate.

      Go Team CHanada!

  20. Danno says:

    Lootch Itch is way more irritating than Jock Itch :lol:

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  21. Caesar is along for the ride for 25 says:

    Love seeing Murray in he looks like the hulk out there. The MB pick ups are all looking great, MT is managing the minutes well and WOW PK!!
    The best part of these playoffs is PK. MB give him what ever he asks for. He’s already given you back about 5 million dollars this year.

    I am just wondering if I’m looking through Habs colored glasses though when we see the Bruins. I see the Habs as the heroes and they are the villains. Do Bruins fans see us the habs as villans? Is it Emelin tried to break Lucic’s stick with his balls again? Did the habs put there arms in the way of Marchands stick swinging? Marchand Lucic and Thornton are dirty d-bags. And what Julien did in the last 5 seconds yesterday, well he is admitting defeat.

    Then comes the best part… all the talking heads are saying here come the big bad Bruins watch out Montreal. This statement basically is saying “the refs won’t call blatant penalties even if there is intent to injure players” And don’t retaliate because then you will be called.

    • Mr. Biter says:

      Jabba the Hut tried to do his worst, but unlike JM, MT had some size out there and no Bruin would go near Murray who was looking mean and waiting for some action. Bruins have a pack mentality and go after smaller players or attack from behind so with some truchelence out there by the Habs the Bruins tried to get something started but went meekly into the night.

      Mr. Biter
      No Guts No Glory

  22. savhabsman says:

    I use Google chrome.

    I use Windows 7

    I use don’t track me software.

    I haven’t been able to view the last four videos of the H/O Show.

    Would like to. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

  23. johnnylarue says:

    Ha! Man, Bob Cole really not liking the Rangers’ chances of coming back in this series…

    Edit: He was counting down the seconds at the end of the third period and categorically stating, “Time is winding down on the Rangers’ season…”

    Rangers: “We’re not dead yet!” “It’s just a flesh wound!”

  24. ari says:

    A nice comment of a bruins fan regarding lucic:

    What is with that big , tough guy , Lucic , almost every time he gets hit CLEAN , he has to give back the “looch” . You know the “looch’ that planned cowardly attack , using the blade of your stick into a MAN’s groin .
    Lucic is one of the best fighters in the league , Bruin fans , that is not the act of a REAL tough guy .
    You people know hockey , understand hockey , and know the difference between tough hockey and dirty hockey .
    Anyone can spear a man in the groin , it takes a REAL man to take a clean check , get up and get back in the play .

    • Lafleurguy says:

      Davey Desharnais has been one of the toughest dudes in the current series.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Yes as he’s been going into the corners with Chara and coming out alive. I do think that as others have posted Chara has lost some of his “meanness” at least against a guy 1/2 his size. Having said that no doubt the ice crew will be scraping DD off the glass tomorrow.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

  25. HardHabits says:

    Even Markov is playing with an edge. I agree. It’s a good balance of size and grit and speed and skill. Desharnais and Briere (great playmaking and vision), and Gallagher and Gionta (great skating and net driving) also mean the smaller players are not weak links and can play with an edge because the rest of the team can back them up.

    Boullion although short is as wide as he is tall. Weaver has been a real surprise. His grit level is off the charts for his size.

    Bergevin stressed he was going to build a team with balance. It’s why they drafted both big players and players with skill that were not so big. Bigger is not better. Balance is. Size and grit (mass) x speed and skill (velocity) = energy. The Habs have both. The tipping balance is that they have more speed and skill than the Bruins and have to continue to play their game. The Bruins will no doubt try to impose there size in the next few games to tilt things in their favour.

    *EDIT: This comment in reply to something Hobie wrote which looks to have since been deleted. WTF? His comment was not inflammatory to say the least.*

    • DipsyDoodler says:

      Except this team was built by Gainey and Gauthier.

      —–
      Moving. Forward.

      • Lafleurguy says:

        There’s merit in that argument, but clearing cap space by trading Cole, and especially solidifying this year’s playoff roster as compared to last year has to all be credited to MB. Stephan Waite was a big acquisition.
        Re-Habbing Therrien was probably a good move but there will never be acceptance by the majority of this move.

      • HardHabits says:

        No it wasn’t. Don’t even go there. The difference between now and then is night and day. We fans are in shock if not experiencing whiplash from the turnaround.

        The blunders from letting 11 UFA’s go for nothing to signing the smurfiest 1st line in hockey which doesn’t exist without the Gomez trade… a trade whose infamy is only trumped by the Roy debacle, to the mismanagement of Price, to the final admission that maybe the Habs were too small as a team, with Cammy being traded mid-game, to the complete implosion which thankfully was so brutal that they finally decided that maybe that season they actually won’t make the play-offs and might actually draft high for a change rather than sell the farm on a back door entry to a first round play-off exit and another mid-round pick.

        The whole culture has changed. The difference now is that Timmins’ work isn’t being squandered and more, the pro-scouting is so good for a change that even while the Habs are rebuilding and stocking the shelves with some excellent prospects, they are actually competitive and a top 10 team with a real chance of going all the way.

        Gainey is one for the pantheon and his number has been retired for a reason. I will admit his regime set the ground work and in the final analysis did give Bergevin and company a good hand to play with, the difference is the new team for all appearances is playing that hand better. Much better.

        • Mr. Biter says:

          HH, I agree with most of your post, however have to beg to differ about letting the11 UFA’s go. The majority were injured before or after the trade deadline and I really can’t think of one who had a excellent year after not being signed by the Habs. SS was never the same with the Oilers, Komo (lets not even go there), Schneider played next season with Canucks farm team after receiving a healthy raise, Tanguay sucked the next year but in fairness did come back to partial form 2 years later. Habs could not re-sign Wiz and AM at the same time (still would have liked to see Wiz stay) If I missed someone please do not hesitate to refresh my memory. Also I’m quite sure you are not including Staubitz who I would really have liked to have been re-signed.

          Mr. Biter
          No Guts No Glory

          • dr. schmutzdeker says:

            Yes…agree, Mr. Chomps. Signing the Wiz and Staubitz alone would have gone (at least to a degree) towards fulfilling (probably) the greatest need the Gauthiersque Habs had @ the time.
            …and then there was Kaberle. (and I was not a hater…just thought he was the wrong player @ the time)

        • CH Marshall says:

          Great post

    • Lafleurguy says:

      I think you can’t say that a team is full of young cats.

  26. Mr_MacDougall says:

    That’s it, I’ll come out of retirement to stir things up..

    My plan, slash Marchand and get knocked out by Lucic… Upon regaining consciousness I’ll pound the crest and wave for the fans to stand up.

    ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

  27. Habcouver says:

    Pittsburgh up 3-1 on Rangers with 10 minutes left: seems insurmountable.
    Habs up 3-1 on Gooins with 10 minutes left: seems surmountable.

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  28. Lafleurguy says:

    A salute to stephen and Papa for their Magical History Tour.

  29. DipsyDoodler says:

    “We have a real hockey team now. Not the biggest bunch of pussies in the league with no heart, determination or guts.”

    Sorry but that doesn’t describe any Habs team of the last 10 years.
    —–
    Moving. Forward.

    • Hobie says:

      I strongly disagree. Who were the players we had like Subban, Prust or Gallagher? Who did we had that hits like Emelin? We had no energy or spunk a few years ago whatsoever!

      It was a hopeless bunch of pushovers! It’s been terrible watching the Canadiens up until Bergevin and Therrien came to town and turned us back into what an NHL team should be!

      We were the laughing stock of the NHL. Teams looked forward to playing here so the could rest up, heal there injuries and get ready to play real teams.

      It was the worst 10 years in Habs history!

  30. ProHabs says:

    Agree with this. We are bigger and harder to play against than we used to be 2-3 years ago. The summer we got Prust began the shift. The days of being pushed around are over.

    I always assumed at the end of this season that Gionta was done as a Habs. Another small forward gone to be replaced by a bigger winger. However, since he is our captian and playing so well, do we now resign him.

  31. Mattyleg says:

    Man, I canNOT get interested in Pens vs. Range.
    Not at all.
    It’s like watching the Q after watching the NHL all year.
    Either us or the Bruins would destroy either of these teams.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  32. Marc10 says:

    Ron Fournier made a good comment about the series thus far. The refs are keeping them honest and the Habs’ powerplay is forcing the Bruins to play against type, ie, staying well away from the box…

    And we all know what happens to teams that play hockey against our Habs. If you can’t stomach their special teams, you can’t be out there hooking, clutching, grabbing, tripping and thugging… and that means you’ll be playing relatively clean hockey.

    Ask the teams that play hockey against us how it works out for them? Heck, ask the Bruins.

    GHG

    • johnnylarue says:

      I think that was the case in games one and two, but the whistles were broken last night–that was prototypical Bruins-style refereeing, with fairly egregious offences from both teams being ignored.

      It’s possible the Bruins have “another gear” in terms of their ability to goon it up, but from my perspective what impressed me most about Game 3 was the Habs’ ability to win in spite of the largely absent calls. Moreover, they even showed that they could dish it out as well as the Big Blundering Bruins.

      • Marc10 says:

        We’re also setting the tone in the games… How many minutes have the Habs lead on the scoreboard in the playoffs so far? It must be an impressive total. Lead or been tied must be off the charts.

  33. CJ says:

    Baie Comeau ties it up. 1-1 late in the second. Gregoire with his sixth of the playoffs evens the score.

    Shifting gears, game four will be a tough one. I hope nobody is looking ahead….yet. There is lot’s of hockey left. I expect the Bruins to bring a physical element we have not yet seen. This has all the markings of a long series. Tomorrow night will be a critical game. Up 3-1 has such a better feel than tied 2-2. Captain obvious sure, but I just want to keep rolling.

    • johnnylarue says:

      Regarding the “physical element”…

      I mentioned earlier today how much the complexion of the Bruins has changed with Horton, Ferrence and McQuaid (injured) out of the lineup. They’ve still got more than their share of world-class a-holes, but, by and large, newish additions like Ericksson, Krug, Smith, Soderberg, and Hamilton have noticeably “softened” the overall makeup of the team in my eyes.

      They obviously still have a few guys who can honestly intimidate in Chara and Lucy, but overall I really don’t see what’s so scary about these whiny little toolboxes… apart from the fact that they’re a damned good hockey team (when they’re not playing the Habs.)

      • dr. schmutzdeker says:

        Yes, and it almost seems as if this “new” blend of Bruin toughness/skill could be more effective than the former although you could argue that the Nyucks might not agree . (while reminiscing about 2011 finals when they were outscored 20-6 in 7 games while the Habs and Bruins scored 17 each against each other during their 7 game series)

        • johnnylarue says:

          I think they’re a better all-around team than the 2011 edition for their ability to win games regardless of the style of refereeing, but substitute Thomas’ ridiculous goaltending for a strictly average performance from Rask, and add to that some well-timed slumps from the Krejci line and a particularly mediocre Brad Marchand, and what you have is a very beatable team.

      • WindsorHab-10 says:

        I like your “world-class a-holes” reference. Perfect fit.

    • habcertain says:

      hey CJ does Norris + Conn Smythe = $8m per???

      • CJ says:

        Probably worth more IMO. Based on his play this postseason, PK is poised to cash in. His play from January through game one against the Bolts was well below his average. Whatever he did, he needs to keep doing. I couldn’t be happier.

        What do you think Eller is now worth?

    • habcertain says:

      hey CJ, does James Norris + Conn Smythe = $8m per

      • CJ says:

        Just to be fair, I think we are way ahead of ourselves here. We haven’t won anything yet. Abraham Lincoln once said that the hen was the smartest of all animals because she only cackled after she laid the egg.

        I’ll have more to say if and when we move on. I’ve been down this road before…

  34. Mr. Biter says:

    Just watched “the worst loss in Bruins History” April 8th 1971, Habs down 5-2 going into 3rd period and score 5 goals to win7-5. Monologue by a Boston announcer. Available on youtube.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  35. johnnylarue says:

    Great HIO Show, Stu & Co.

    Knuckles is approximately one half-set of fake teeth away from being absolutely ready for prime time. Affably cranky with accurate, honest, level-headed insight which, unlike 95% of Cherry’s “wisdom”, is actually relevant to today’s game. Really coming into his own as an on-air personality–whether that’s his ultimate goal or not.

  36. Danno says:

    I fully anticipate a thugfest tomorrow night.

    ________________________________________

    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”
    Updates, highlights & great discussions on all things Habs

  37. Mr. Biter says:

    End of the game last night, 5 Bruins 5 Habs and Murray tries to grab one of 2 different Bruins who skate like hell to find a smaller partner. If you PVR’d it, look into Murray’s eye’s. AS mean a look as I’ve seen from a Habs player and no Bruin wanted anything to do with him.
    Also during the game when Murray was on the ice, Price had no problem having to look thru legs or around bodies for shots from the point as there was no one standing in front of him and the Bruins were in the words of one poster “skating gingerly” when crossing the blue line when coming down on Murray’s side.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Murray is like an offensive lineman. Not fast but if he gets his hands on you or makes contact…you’re toast. Habs needed him badly to relieve some of the pressure in front of Price. I’ve been yelling for 5 years for someone to clobber Bergeron and he finally did.

      • dr. schmutzdeker says:

        Absitively Posilutely concur with the preceeding 2 posts.

        • johnnylarue says:

          And I agree with yours, most absotively.

          • dr. schmutzdeker says:

            Yo…please relay message to Earl Camembert (sp?) of the Melonville eyewitness news.

          • Lafleurguy says:

            “And I’mmmmm EARLLLL Camembert…….over to you Floyd….”
            Nice one, doc!

          • johnnylarue says:

            He’s currently in Peoria covering the strange “straight hair syndrome” pandemic affecting poodles in that area, but I will nonetheless mention your name to him over our next baloney sandwich luncheon.

          • dr. schmutzdeker says:

            Mucho Aprecieado Guy-guy. (always thought Earl carried Floyd on his back).

            But Johnny’s smokng jacket was to die for.

      • habcertain says:

        I understand Murray brings some sandpaper to the team and made a few good hits, I just don’t think he intimidates any of the Bruins to the point where they are off their game. I think we just played an overall more aggressive game in the neutral and o-zones. That said, I do appreciate him over Boo Boo.

  38. ffenliv says:

    Alright, I’m seriously jumping the gun here, but I think the hockey gods will respect that I have to plan, and it can’t be done last minute.

    SHOULD the Habs move on to round 3, fortune has it that I’ll be home in Ontario for most of that round. Never having lived, or even really visited Montreal for any length of time, I don’t know squat about food and hotels.

    Could one of the many residents of Montreal here suggest to me:

    a) hotels close to the Bell Centre that won’t empty my bank
    b) restaurants that my good-food-loving wife will enjoy (she’ll eat most anything)
    c) attractions that same wife might enjoy while I’m out and about, soaking it all in?

    • habsfan0 says:

      Well,as far as restaurants go,you definitely have to go to Schwartz’s.
      Be prepared to wait in a rather long line,though.

      • ffenliv says:

        Well, patience isn’t a strong suit of mine. Might have to delegate that one to the S/O.

      • scamorza says:

        Yup schwartz’s of course nice to go to. princearthur or Duluth street take your pick of restaurants Greek is probably best bet And bring your own wine ! And if the weather is nice eat outdoors (haven’t lived inMTL for years but don’t think that has changed. You know last I went it seemed to go a bit south but the Bar B Barn for ribs or chicken is still a nice place especially for the sports memorabilia so a little more upscale than the cage aux sports eat the whole hawg and then go to sleep

        come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

        • scamorza says:

          Oh and you can’t beat walking on the mountain it’s close to downtown. Ste Catherine’s for shopping ( major indoor malls) Sherbrooke street more upscale and of course vieux Montreal!

          come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

        • ffenliv says:

          Well, the wine is no worry. I don’t drink, and she’s pregnant!

          Living in Nunavut, I certainly do long for a bit of outdoor eating. This place has 1 seasons: 10 months of winter, 2 months of bugs.

          Thanks for the advice!

          • scamorza says:

            @ffenliv
            Oh then check it out that is one beauty of the the streets off st Laurent ( bring your own wine / cuts the cost) but the food Is generally good nothing special but good value plus the street is pretty well closed down to cars so nice to walk see the crowd etc and congrats ! Welcome to the world of no sleep
            Furthest I have been is to Wasinipi QC!
            come to Dorion suits where you get no….”hassoles” _ Yvon Lambert

    • Gehlsen says:

      La Cantine is a good hotel right down town not to pricey
      Frite Alors
      Shwartz
      Olive garden
      Baton rouge
      Sainte cinnamon
      Love la belle province…You can’t beat it!
      There’s so many ethnic restaurants mom and pop shops that are great…You can’t go wrong.
      Go to mount royal and botanical gardens. If your there on a Sunday check out tam tams in the park at mount royal. Go to Ile st Helens and check out the casino for a drink or two.
      Crescent st. has a lot of pubs
      Oh and I can’t forget Chez Cora…wicked place for breakfast.
      Hope that helps
      I love mtl!

      Les Habitant!

      • ffenliv says:

        Thanks to you, too, for the suggestions.

        I’ve spent my share of time in the province, just not in Montreal. Mother’s family is from Nova Scotia, drove through twice each year, usually stopped in Quebec City on the way back. Montreal was too close to home to stop in either direction.

        Also eaten at my share of Chez Cora. There’s one in my Ontario hometown now.

        Will check out that hotel.

  39. Strummer says:

    So far in these playoffs Scott Gomez has as many points as Ryan McDonagh

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

  40. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Seriously though, Habs get by these Clowns and they will be in the cup final. Rangers or pens LOL. Holy shhhh!te we are almost there!!!!

  41. Ian Cobb says:

    TV TIME AGAIN.
    Pittsburgh vs Rangers…. We will meet one of them.!!

  42. habs-fan-84 says:

    Just a heads up everyone, Glen Healy was on with Bob Mcown earlier tonight and mentioned tomorrows “Inside Hockey” segment will feature Dale Weise.

  43. habsfan0 says:

    I think the Habs have to view tomorrow night’s game as a Game 7.
    For if they lose,Boston retakes home ice advantage in a best of 3 series.

  44. Chris says:

    Nice…Guelph is up 3-0 after the first period in Game 4 of the OHL Finals. Pius Suter has two goals, including a short-handed effort.

    (Don’t worry anti-Euro’s…Suter is Swiss, but he plays like a Canadian! :) )

  45. jctremblay says:

    Nilan is the best guy on this panel..

  46. Ian Cobb says:

    MONTREAL HOCKEY IS BACK ON TOP

    We finally have the Molson hockey family owning our Hab’s franchise again.
    Geoff Molson repurchased the franchise and has reestablished old time hockey back to Montreal.
    He hired a quality GM with the help of Serge Savard. And each hire there after has been leaning toward the Molson corp. philosophy of business and old time hockey values.
    The game of skate with finesse and speed has come back to Montreal.!!
    Yes!The Hab’s are for real and back in town!!

    • habstrinifan says:

      Ian, dare I say it… Habs are 2 wins away from the conference finals.

      Seriously folks.. think about it… get into the conference finals and it is like bring it on time ride from then on…

  47. Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

    It seems weird to say for a team that’s up 2-1 in their series (and almost up 3-0) but tomorrow’s game is almost more important for the Habs than it is for the Bruins. If the Habs crap the bed tomorrow they’re then faced with playing the President’s Trophy winners in a best 2-of-3 with the B’s holding home ice advantage, starting in Boston. The Habs would then have to either:

    a) win 2 in a row, or b) win both games in Boston

    Not an enviable position. You just know that’ll be the mentality in the Bruin dressing room before tomorrow’s game.

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    • Ian Cobb says:

      Chuck, your right my friend.
      We have to be ready and willing to go to the wall with all that we have in game 4.
      But we have to stay disciplined, even if Boston tries to jump us and tries to run us out of our own rink. We cannot retaliate except on the score board.
      3 to 1 going back to Boston is a must!!!

  48. Ian Cobb says:

    Lucic at practice.

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2afjtpy&s=8#.U2qiOF6EOxo

    Will the league ever do something about this stuff.??

  49. stephen says:

    Er…I know TSN is only minimally less detested than the CBC by some around here, but you have to hand it to them for this production. Good times…

    ‘Out For A Rip!’

    http://www.tsn.ca/VideoHub/?collection=72&show=359434

    If you’re not familiar with the original ‘Out For A Rip’ song, you might want to check that out too!

  50. habstrinifan says:

    Been a mouthy critic of Therrien so I wont start pretending but check this out.. from this link..

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/hockey/opinion/2014/05/pk-subban-has-another-super-outing-for-the-habs.html

    “Before the playoffs began, this team-first mentality was the message of an inspirational video the Montreal coaching staff showed the players. There were highlights of the 2013-14 season mixed in with the successes of the past from players like Guy Lafleur, Yvan Cournoyer, Jean Beliveau and Rocket Richard.

    “It was real emotional watching that,” Subban said. “The thing I took away from watching it was right at the end when Jean Beliveau said ‘we have a chance to win as long as we play as a unit.’ It seems that has been our theme right now. We’re sticking together and playing as a unit. This is the tightest team I’ve played on since I’ve been here.”

    Give the coaches an A++++++ for reaching into the past like that.

    • naweed235 says:

      nice. thanks for sharing.

    • jctremblay says:

      This game IS the series, IMVHO..listen to the words of Beliveau.That’s how it’s always been done. As a single, united unit. I remember when Gionta said right before the playoffs started that he liked the way this team was playing. Something about the WAY he said it impressed me. Quiet confidence from another captain.

      • Mr. Biter says:

        Agree, but game 3 was the most important up till game 4 tomorrow. In reality Habs need to win both game 3 and 4 (1/2 way there) and they’ll win the series. Tomorrow will IMO tell the tale of this series. Habs win tomorrow, Bruins will come out loaded for bear in game 5 but if Habs score an early goal in Boston the Bruins will be done as they’ll come unhinged and take stupid penalties and we win game 5 going away.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

  51. JUST ME says:

    I still maintain that tomorrow`s game is the biggest of the year but it might as well be much much bigger than that.

    If we win tomorrow i just know that Carey will not lose 3 games in a row. I know it, you know it ,the Bucking fruins know it.We will then be one step closer to a plateau that can take decades to reach (don`t we know it !) and anything is possible.

    The run we had with Jaro was unforgettable and will remain as such but this season it is not a fluke. We are where we are legitimately ,came through the front door with consistency and commitment.

    I am sure that the players know about the importance of tomorrow`s game and will be prepared to meet that challenge as if it was the only game they had to play but once this hurdle is passed who knows !

    • Habcouver says:

      Big game for sure. Your opinion that Carey will not lose three in a row is a statement I agree with but Freak!, when SJ goes up 3-0 and loses to LA, I think anything is possible.

      Habs can not afford to lose focus and must press every shift tomorrow, and darn well take advantage of line matching with last change.

      We Are (Not) All Canucks.
      Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  52. Steeltown Hab says:

    Been saying this forever. It’s more than evident now.

    Give Subban the ‘C’ with his new deal.

    ———————————

    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Gallagher, Emelin, Bournival, De La Rose – @J_Perez22

  53. Butterface says:

    Habs show, regardless of what the expected outcome is, should always choose the Habs. Series Just starting, “Habs in 4″… Habs down 3 games to none….”Habs in 7″.

    The fence sitting is the worst. “It will go to 7, but I can’t pick a winner.”

    I think Patrick Roy summed it up best when he said, “Put your balls on the table.”

    You have your own show on HI/O and you got no balls on the table.

    ***********************
    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..
    ***********************

  54. Cal says:

    Dick Irvin Jr. is honoured today with the Order of Canada. Way to go, Dick!
    He’s #7 on the pics list, just like Morenz.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/in-pictures-selfie-worthy-of-the-order-of-canada/article18528162/

  55. habsfan0 says:

    Glenn Healey on the Fan 590 just said if it goes 7,he favours Montreal.

    • Butterface says:

      Really ? Wow, you just made me fall off my chair.

      ***********************
      If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..
      ***********************

      • ffenliv says:

        Healey is often a moron, just because his commentary is bad. But he has been very flattering of the Habs so far in this series.

        Healey’s problem isn’t bias; it’s stupidity.

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      Did he say who he favours if it goes 5?

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  56. Cal says:

    Even though all of the guys on the panel are leaning towards Boston winning, it’s always a fun show to watch. Great job, gents!

    • habstrinifan says:

      I love Chris Nilan’s HONEST depiction of the mindset of a ‘typical’ Bruin when they play the Canadiens… it is so NOW and it has been so from the first day I have been following hockey. The Bruins still have that residue of ‘we’ll go and swat those little Frenchmen’… mentality. I am not saying it as racism but it is like an assumed superiority of ‘toughness’ or more correctly an assume ‘inferiority’ of the Montreal (read French) player as regard being able to handle the rough stuff in the corners. Remember most hockey players from the US teams and Toronto in the ‘original six’ were ENGLISH.

      This is why I hate TORONTO… the hockey team and the fans and the Toronto media. I can ignore the USA(Bruins etc) continued stereotypical laugh at the French expense. But living in Toronto it galled me as a HABS fan when they went down this road. They made it sound as if what TORONTO LAFFS represented was the ‘real’ Canadian character…. read (King Clancy/Ballard).

      Sorry if I got carried away on a rather un-celebratory bent.

      • Cal says:

        It’s the Bruin and Leaf jealousy. For the Bruins, it was a 45 year period where they couldn’t beat the Habs in the playoffs. The hate is palpable.
        As for the Leafs and their fans, all I can say is ’67. (insert evil laugh here.)

  57. Psycho29 says:

    From Dave Stubbs on Twitter:

    Game 4 Habs Bruins officials: Referees Brad Watson, Steve Kozari. Linesmen Steve Miller, Scott Driscoll

    • Chris says:

      Hey, some more Guelph action. Scott Driscoll is a monster. His slap-shot is one of the scariest things I’ve ever personally witnessed in a hockey rink. He’s got an absolute howitzer.

      On a related note, I played a charity game a few years back where Ray Scapinello was the special guest referee. Scapinello had just retired back to Guelph after his long and distinguished NHL career as a linesman. He’s a funny guy. He was taunting everybody on the ice, and you could see what made him such an amazing official. That man could absolutely fly…it was ridiculous how fast he was. At one point, I got a breakaway (a rare event as I was not a fast skater) and he came flying by me skating backwards and was taunting me all the way to their goalie. By the time I took the shot, I was laughing so hard that I completely flubbed it. Good times.

    • FlyAngler says:

      Watson is clearly on the A list and Kozari is on the B list as Watson has worked in the Stanley Cup Finals every year going back quite some time now. I don’t think that the Bruins will like this because Kozari at least in my view does not let a lot go and sometimes calls some ticky tacky stuff. This is not bad for the Habs IMO as it is likely that the Bruins will pay the price if they try to goon it up.

      “Elever le flambeau!…Raise the Torch!”

  58. Chris says:

    More proof that NHL players just don’t get the danger of concussions.

    What can you do when players lie? Short of bringing players back and doing the questioning any time there is significant head contact might be the only answer. But there doesn’t have to be serious contact for a concussion to occur (whiplash, for example, can cause a concussion).

    While it is admirable, the NHL’s playoff ‘warrior’ mentality maybe needs to be educated out of the game.

  59. frontenac1 says:

    91% want Crankshaft in line up for Game 4? So what was all that nonsense about this morning?

  60. DAVE. N says:

    on another interesting note;
    Matt Cooke served the final game of his seven-game suspension during the Wild’s 4-0 victory Tuesday in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round series. He is eligible to return Friday in Game 4 at Xcel Energy Center :
    Yup…makes a whole helluva lot of sense to me.

    Save the planet. Compost a Leaf.

    • Butterface says:

      Based on them without him, maybe they should sit him….or trade him to the KHL.

      ***********************
      If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…..
      ***********************

  61. JUST ME says:

    Medias are funny. Now they are telling us to enjoy the playoffs instead of thinking about the off season player`s deals to be renewed when actually they spent the better part of the last decades telling us that we had nothing and only could hope for maybe one day compete.

    So fans do no deserve to be blamed cause again today we do not dare to say that maybe we can win, maybe we are legitimately a team that can pretend to be ranked where we are.

    Of course nothing beats a good serie Mtl-Boston but nothing beats also to be demanding and hope for a long term powerhouse.

    • Cal says:

      I agree with that. Playoffs are about the here and now. Once it’s done, we can speculate to our hearts’ content about who should be signed and all that.
      Habs are still building that powerhouse, but there will be bumps along the way.
      I’m enjoying the hell out of all this. What a bonus!

  62. jols says:

    Just saw a PK commercial for deodorant. ‘Motion Sense’ I think it was called. I’m an ‘Old Spice’ guy have been forever but just might switch things up a little. lol.

  63. Habcouver says:

    Great show again, Stu!
    Pretty obvious that Michael and Chris did not want to commit to who will win game 7. You stayed right out of predicting the winner. Do you have an opinion? :)

    We Are (Not) All Canucks.
    Proudly Canadian but passionately Canadien!

  64. Bash says:

    It drives me nuts (pun? :)) that Lucic spears so frequently and that the league condones the behaviour with what amounts to 5.00 parking tickets. How long before retaliation leads to a stick swinging incident???

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

    • D Mex says:

      We hear often that Buttman is Jacobs’s head-office lackey.
      That may or may not be so, but what is almost certain is that, if the NHL allows this to continue unchecked, it will become the laughing stock of late night TV not unlike a certain crack-smoking mayor did.

      Memo to Buttman : the NHL is not the WWF. Wake the fog up !

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

    • Hobie says:

      Lucic makes me sick but unfortunately he’s only really had one bad spear so far and he did receive a small fine for it. The two against the Habs are a two minute penalty if the referee spots it, maybe.

      Don’t get me wrong, it is cheap, he’s a jerk but he only severely crossed the line against the Detroit player. If he does something like he did against Detroit again he’d get 3-5 games in the regular season and probably 1 or 2 in the playoffs. IMO.

      • DAVE. N says:

        I would be curious to hear the explanation why Spearing is not a compulsory 5 minute major as a deliberate attempt to injure. They give 4 minutes for a nosebleed by a high stick , but let someone off with a minimal $$ fine for attempting to geld.
        Great show Stu. Chris and Mike are on the fence on a series winner and say it goes the distance. To hell with their fence; Habs in 6.

        Save the planet. Compost a Leaf.

      • Chris says:

        A two minute minor for spearing does not exist.

        If you spear and miss, it is an automatic double-minor.

        If you make contact, it is an automatic five minute major penalty. The one last night is normally called…that was an actual stabbing motion with the blade of his stick. If anything, it was the worst of the three, as it was to an unprotected area (the stomach).

        • DAVE. N says:

          Thanks Chris, I was trying to find it and only came up with the double minor. I agree with the damage part; its the intent like you said.
          Sometimes, I wonder why the NHLPA doesn’t police its own a bit more. All paying union brothers, right? lol

          Save the planet. Compost a Leaf.

  65. L Elle says:

    Claude Julien, still at Bell Centre trying to add seconds to the clock. :)


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