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.

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