HI/O Show: ‘One of the wildest games I’ve ever seen’

Columnist Jack Todd has seen a lot of playoff hockey games during his career, but he can’t remember one like the Canadiens’ wild 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

“You don’t expect to see that in the playoffs,” Todd says on this week’s HI/O Show. “Every season you get a few wild ones like that during the regular season, but not in the playoffs … especially not in the conference final. One of the wildest games I’ve ever seen.”

Former Canadien Chris Nilan — who joins Todd and Gazette sports editor/host Stu Cowan on the HI/O Show — compared it to a ping-pong game.

Whatever you want to call it, the Canadiens’ victory — their third in an elimination game this postseason — forced Game 6 Thursday night in New York with the Rangers leading the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Check out the HI/O Show below as we set the stage for what should be a wild Game 6:

(Photo by Sterling Agres/HI/O Show)


  1. Steeltown Hab says:

    Not a fan of changing a winning line up but that Eller has been fire all playoffs whether with Weise or Gionta, the key put a guy with speed on it.

    Prust doesn’t fit the bill.


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  2. Walmyr says:

    A good read (from last game) to help us kill some time and be prepared for tonight’s game…(sorry if you guys already read it)



  3. FlyAngler says:

    O’Halloran & McCauley Stats


    One could be concerned that they seem to be the types that like the penalties to be relatively even and they also seem to call fewer penalties in the third period, which can be okay as long as they don’t let blatant stuff go.

    “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

  4. Dunboyne Mike says:

    (Thread nouveau)

  5. Say Ash says:

    O’Halloran/McCauley tonight. Is that good?

  6. jimmy shaker says:

    Let me get this in before the new thread comes up……most likely before 12:15pm. McAuley and O’Halloran are the stripes for tonight!

    Shaker out!

  7. shiram says:

    Price heads for the rink after the other Habs left the ice.

  8. Paz says:

    its a very big deal for the NHL if the Rangers get through to the finals.
    there are about 30 million people who live within a 2 hour drive of New York city, and advertisers will love to reach those people in the Finals. The Rangers have not made the Finals since 1994.
    add in a little LA or Chicago TV audience, two huge TV markets, and the NHL could actually be a real success for NBC.

    hope Dave Jackson is working tonight’s game, but I doubt it.

    • Cal says:

      Funny that their TV numbers remain crap even when comparing them to RDS. The NHL usually gets 4 times or so lower numbers than those generated here in Canada. For example, Game 7 Hab-Boston hit a high in Canada of 11.5 million viewers when CBC and RDS numbers were combined. The same game on US tv? Less than 3 million.

  9. Donkey Hoat says:

    I know it’s already been said, and I know the guy has his detractors, here and elsewhere, but, man, Bob Cole called an excellent game last night, ‘specially in overtime.
    He kept up with the flow of the action, and his voice really added another dimension to the vastly entertaining, high-quality play on the ice.
    Last year, I was all for letting him gently out to pasture, but after watching the non-Habs playoff games on CBC, I’ve decided he’s still got it.
    Gotta give credit where it’s due.

  10. Danno says:

    If you get a ride home in a Google Driverless car after a night out drinking with Front, do you still get a ticket?


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  11. Alex_425 says:

    Well, he ain’t skating this morning, so I’d be willing to bet we won’t see Weise play tonight. Hope Prust pumps the whole team up and plays like hell in his place.

    If Emelin doesn’t play tonight, I don’t think that’s too much of a problem, to be honest. I like how Beaulieu’s been playing.

  12. krob1000 says:

    OUch…that really sucks no Dale Weise. That line was awesome.

  13. Ian Cobb says:

    I still do not know how to take off blockers or whatever to view the shows! At one time I just use to click on it and it would run.

    Anyone else have the same problem? I am on Firefox!

    • Cal says:

      Hi Ian.
      Do you have what looks like a red stop sign in the top right corner of your screen. If you do, click on it and then choose “Disable on this page only”. Then, reload the page and the video should work.

    • shiram says:

      You should have a button for Ad blocker on your firefox, for me it shows up on the top right side of the browser.
      click on it and select “pause adblock”
      if you reload the page then, you should be able to click the show.

    • Old Bald Bird says:

      You ask this every week, Ian, so here’s one more final time from me. You can do the Ad-Blocker route as others mention, or you can view the page thru Internet Explorer which is also on your computer unless you’re running Mac. You will be able to view the video on IE unless you also have Ad-Blocker there, which is unlikely.

  14. Irishhabsfan says:

    Here is hoping a little Dryden magic rubs into the entire team!

  15. FirstDerivative says:

    Despite rooting for opposite sides of this matchup, I hope y’all enjoy the game tonight and are looking forward to it as much as I am. May the best team win (and show the W.C. that our hockey out here is just as entertaining as them). This blog has been added to my favorites and become must read in the morning at work.

    I also hope that you all are as distracted at work today as I am because I’d like to think I’m not the only one.

    • Cal says:

      We’re all going a little nuts waiting for it. Bad luck, er, good luck to you, too!

    • L Elle says:

      Thanks FD. I read some comments over at BlueshirtBanter, and according to them, we are the worst people on the planet. lol

      I was disappointed though, that only one poster said, if “we” the Rangers win, it won’t feel right because Carey Price is not playing, and he/she thought it would tarnish their win.

      But, Price or no Price, our team has no quit in them.

      As Cal says, bad/good luck to you too. :)

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Are you in Ireland? We have a great contributor here on the site named Mike Dunboyne who is on the Emerald Isle. I wonder if his favourite football club is also in direct competition with your Sligo Rovers? You’ll have to look for his name when you are on here.

      All the best to you, and hope you aren’t too tense watching Game 7 in Montreal on Saturday! ;-)

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Hey Burly, just home and logged on but you beat me to it. Very impressed with your Irish geography! Well spotted. But how’s your English geography? The favourite football club to which you refer is Scunthorpe — and I have no idea where that is. Choosing it was making a statement!

        About tonight: I’m in the daring-to-hope phase.

        And I still say Montreal’s A-Game beats NY’s. But can we bring it?

        • HabinBurlington says:

          One of my best buddies just had his 50th birthday bash, his wife is Irish and they are heading over this summer. I will have him remind me which town he is heading to, if it is near your place, you two will have to meet up. He is a great guy and I know you’ll have a good laugh or two.

          I think Montreal now has a Bruin like burr in their saddles and will be bringing it tonight, regardless of who is in lineup!

          CHeers and Slainte to you my friend!

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Failte, FD! May 28th, eh? And a Rangers fan! Excellent.

      Are you an exile or are you down the wesht? From your earlier posts it looks like you’re hardly new to hockey. But as you’ve probably noticed, knowing about hockey is by no means a pre-requisite to posting here!

      Cheers, and keep posting.
      Dunboyne Mike

      • FirstDerivative says:

        I have some family over there, and I took at Irish at University. (NYU Irish Studies Minor). I adopted Sligo as it appears I’ve had some cousins play for them!

  16. sprague cleghorn says:

    No Dale Weise at #Habs skate this morning. Should make for a straight swap for Brandon Prust tonight.

    … ‘ow could we forget that?

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Makes the most sense. Weise’s speed will be missed.

      • Luke says:

        Been very impressed with Weise.

        He’ll be tough guy to replace. Brings quite a lot of the INTANGIBLES! to the table and seems to really set the tone.

      • krob1000 says:

        Would prefer to see Moen or WHite draw in as well. Moen would help PK and can skate and play responsibly enough and maybe hit some of the Rags speedsters…same with White…I just have a feeling White would be a playoff guy..too bad we won;t see it because they are afraid of his lack of discipline in the past likely…but he just seems like a guy who would step it up a notch IMO.

  17. CJ says:

    John Lu reporting that Weise is not at the morning skate. Who is going to step up? Prust, you can bet on it. Who else? Weise has been excellent from the very first game in Tampa. Somebody will need to fill his void and keep things rolling…..

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