NHL conference finals, and beyond.

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NHL conference finals, and beyond.

West: San Jose V. Chicago

East....

DaveW

Cueball wrote:

West: San Jose V. Chicago

East....

the odds still favour Penguins-Boston

 

DaveW

in other news,

watching the world championships and the star-packed Canada team -- Stamkos, Tavares, Duchene, Tyler Myers -- losing 4-1 to Switzerland in the 3rd ...

peterjcassidy peterjcassidy's picture

I think we in Canada are still on the hockey high from the Olympics-  GO  HABS GO!!!

Fidel

DaveW wrote:

Cueball wrote:

West: San Jose V. Chicago

East....

the odds still favour Penguins-Boston

The Bruins have lost the services of Sturm and Krejci. I dunno. I think whoever wins tonight in Pittsburgh would rather play the injury riddled Bruins than the surging Flyers.

Penguins are notoriously dangerous in seventh games. I hope the Habs will continue destroying the Pens five on five. Pressure's all on the Penguins tonight. And very many people are expecting them to win.

 

Cueball Cueball's picture

Watching Crosby give out that cross-check after the end of third period play, says a thousand things about the immaturity of the team, and its leadership. Yes, Pittsburgh is the better team on paper, but Montreal seems to be enjoying themselves a whole hell of a lot, and in that light, I predict that Pittsburgh chokes in this game.

Cueball Cueball's picture

Boarding at 10 seconds for Crosby. Heh. What did I say.

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

I can't believe I'm asking this, but are the Penguins fans making monkey noises whenever Subban touches the puck?

DaveW

Subban jerseys best-sellers in Montreal ...

DaveW

4-0 !!!!!

 

Cool

al-Qa'bong

I think there ought to be an investigation into organised crime's influence on the NHL, because the Penguins look like they're throwing this game.

What a pathetic performance.

 

Cueball Cueball's picture

The real problem is that the new rules intended to create more scoring, also increase the effect of having an early lead. Hence, we are getting fewer close games because desperate teams are forced to take riskiers plays and now turn the puck over more. We saw this last night with Vancouver ast well.

Is the play-off overtime classic over and done with?

Cueball Cueball's picture

Choke.

Fidel

Yep, I think I saw Crosby and Malkin trying to give one another the Heimlich maneuver at the end there.

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

I know Crosby was pretty frustrated after the loss, but his comments were pretty classless wrt the Habs. The Habs have now stymied two of the most potent offences in the NHL, and he had nothing but crap to say about them ("I guess we'll see what happens with them"). And then he had the nerve to throw in a complaint about the penalty he took ten seconds in. There's one team that has a reason to complain about the refereeing this series and it ain't Pittsburgh.

I think the bottom line is that Muller and Martin figured out a way to stop Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh couldn't adjust. They were justly beaten.

Unionist

GO HABS GO!!!!!

al-Qa'bong

Jeez, Catch', I'd have expected you to be more gracious in victory.

It's obvious that the only explanation for this win has to be 100 years of Hab mojo.  Did anyone else notice the ghost of Jean Beliveau speaking to the players before they went onto the ice?  Who in Pittsburgh's past could play such a role, Ken Schinkel?

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Gracious in victory? I've only known heartbreaking defeat since 1993. All this feels a bit new.

Besides, I went in half-cheering for Crosby but he hasn't exactly covered himself in glory. His comments at the end grated a bit. Although I suppose I wouldn't know what to do if what happened to him happened to me.

Cueball Cueball's picture

I don't know what to say, really: Fleury lets one trickle under his skate and into the net; Orpik decides to run interference on his own goaltender by inexplicably trying to repeatedly push LaPierre through the back of the net; then Pittsburgh gives the puck to the Canadians and Camallari scores; Gonchar seems to be thinking about his upcoming summer vacation while Moen casually passes to himself as he walks by Gonchar in slow motion and scores.

The Penguins own this loss and penalties had nothing to do with it, really.

Fidel

From the Habs numbers game web page:

Quote:
1,802 - Games played at the Mellon Arena by the Penguins since the Igloo opened its doors on October 11, 1967 with a 2-1 loss to the Canadiens.

5 - Victories in as many elimination games for the Habs in the 2010 Playoffs. 

.619 - All-time Canadiens winning percentage in Game 7’s, with the Habs now boasting a 13-8 mark in the biggest of big games.  

0 - Experts who can gloat about having predicted the Canadiens would eliminate both the Caps and Pens from the 2010 Playoffs. 

0 - Players in the Canadiens dressing room who care what experts think.

al-Qa'bong

Catchfire wrote:

Gracious in victory? I've only known heartbreaking defeat since 1993. All this feels a bit new.

You do realise you're talking to a Leafs fan, right? 

*pwit.....ping!*   Yessir, if it weren't fer that dat-burned Kerry Fraser and his fancy California ways the Leafs woulda been up agin the Habs in '93; and if'n I remember correctly, the Blue guys purty well had their way with the Montreal boys that season...

 

Ha ha ha...lookit 'em now, though...

 

*pwit...ptht*

Shoot, I missed.

Unionist

LOL al-Q!

Unionist

Oh great. At the end of a nice evening downtown, there seems to have been a little bit of a riot - some stores looted, tear gas, pepper spray - from where I am, all I can hear is periodic honking of car horns and shouting. Why can't I sleep? Perchance to dream... ay, there's the rub... for in that sleep of death what dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause.

 

bekayne

Unionist wrote:

Oh great. At the end of a nice evening downtown, there seems to have been a little bit of a riot - some stores looted, tear gas, pepper spray - from where I am, all I can hear is periodic honking of car horns and shouting. Why can't I sleep? Perchance to dream... ay, there's the rub... for in that sleep of death what dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause.

 

GO HABS GO!

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Good to see the underdog win...and Crosby, the Jeff Gordon of hockey, lose.

DaveW

I have a framed Sports Illustrated cover from June 2, 1986 in the hallway at home -- Canadiens: Back to Glory, with Gainey, Robinson and  Naslund holding up the Cup -- and I was thinking my son would make fun of it when he got back from McGill this summer, after Habs were again eliminated in the 1st or 2nd rounds,

BUT, the best parallel to the present (so far) is 1986:  super-hot goaltender taking a young and inexperienced team way past their betters;

1993 was a different story, the Islanders did us the service of eliminating Mario and the Penguins early on .....

anyway, best to remain modest and understated:

 

"I don't claim we're this great team, I don't claim we're perfect and I don't claim that everything we do is on purpose," Cammalleri said. "I think we're just finding ways to win."

 

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=321398

 

 

 

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al-Qa'bong

Who is Jeff Gordon?

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

Who is Sidney Crosby?

remind remind's picture

Fuck, again on May 11th.....

al-Qa'bong

Catchfire wrote:

Who is Sidney Crosby?

No, really.  I've never heard of Jeff Gordon.  Is he in sports?

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

Actually, I don't know. I think he drives cars, but I don't know where or why people would hate him.

I was invoking the old football song where if a lower division team would play a big name club and then take the lead, the small-club fans would sing "Who are ya? Who are ya?" at the opposition fans. Sidney Crosby? Who are ya?

There's only one Jaro Halak.

Caissa

Jeff Gordon is a NASCAR driver. I think he is my nephew's favourite driver.

Go Habs!!!!

al-Qa'bong

NASCAR, eh?  I understand that's a popular spectator "sport" in the USA. 

When Jacques Villeneuve won the Canadian athlete of the year in 1997, I was so inspired that I hopped in my car and drove around for 20 minutes.  Whew, that was some workout!

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

lol. Standard transmission, I trust.

DaveW

Larry Walker, the NL MVP that season, said: I was beaten by a car ...Yell

al-Qa'bong

Larry Walker...*%$#$*@#$%

 

The 1994 Expos were the best team in baseball and had the second-lowest team salary.  They would have won the World Series that year.  The players' union couldn't have that so they went on strike, and the Expos died.

 

I haven't cheered for MLB since.

Sven Sven's picture

al-Qa'bong wrote:

Who is Jeff Gordon?

 

A four-time NASCAR champion. He's an incredibly talented driver but has a bland, corporate-esque personality (the NASCAR folks consider him a great face for the sport...and for sponsors).

Catchfire wrote:

Who is Sidney Crosby?

The captain of the team that got their collective asses handed to them by the Habs last night!! hahaha

DaveW

al-Qa'bong wrote:

Larry Walker...*%$#$*@#$%

 The 1994 Expos were the best team in baseball and had the second-lowest team salary.  They would have won the World Series that year.  The players' union couldn't have that so they went on strike, and the Expos died. 

I haven't cheered for MLB since.

ok, I am a huge huge Expos fan and lived and died with that team,

but :

1) Larry Walker left because he was forced to by ownership

and 2) no one has ever blamed the players for the 1994 LOCKOUT; it was certainly not a strike, MLB just closed down ..

 back to Montreal's other sport, I sure hope Bruins rally, I would rather not face revved-up Flyers next round

 

 

 

Cueball Cueball's picture

Snert wrote:

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"Go Habs!!"

Excelent!

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

Canucks fans shouldn't be too disappointed. The last 2 Stanley Cup winners - Detroit & Pittsburgh - were eliminated in the 2nd round as well.

Student of life

I will readily admit that I did not have unwavering faith in the Canadiens.  This is the most delicious slice of humble pie I have ever had the pleasure of digging into!  

I do have the satisfaction of having been proven right about Jaroslav Halak - what a pleasure to watch!

 

btw, check out Loco Locass' Le But 

TImAlvine

The Canadiens have look absolutely phenomenal thus far in the playoffs and there is no reason why they can’t win the Eastern Conference Final after they way they’ve played against Washington and Pittsburgh. Here’s proof with a prediction if you don’t believe!! NHL Eastern Conference Final: Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers Preview And Prediction

The way the Flyers have came back and have momentum, it’s possible they could win, but they just had a long drawn out seven game series again Bruins which could hurt them at the same time

DaveW

both teams will be tired from overachieving to date,

but talent ultimately comes through and unless Halak continues to play at his present level non-stop, best player around is Mike Richards of the Flyers

al-Qa'bong

I finally saw Philly in action (on TV, mind) last night.

They forecheck with enthusiasm, finish every check and backcheck like possessed fiends.

And they skate. And they skate.

I wouldn't want to be playing them right now.

Fidel

Ah! Finally a worthy opponent to confront those underrated over-achieving Habs. And their little dog, Youpi, too.

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

The talking heads at TSN all picked Chicago to win over San Jose. I have to admit that I'd prefer to see San Jose win that one and I'm a little surprised that they ALL made the pick they did.

Actually, I'd like to see certain Chicago players suffer horribly disfiguring injuries on the way to a bloody defeat. But that's just my cheerfulness coming through.

 

Fidel

I think the experts are all rating teams based on their reg season performance from game#1-->game#82 and assuming that the same teams would duplicate their win-loss records based on the regular season snapshot. But teams can come together toward the end of the season and play like contenders. I think that the way teams play is more cyclical than a straight line constant. Things change and players sometimes learn to jell with one another. The Canes, for example, played better hockey toward the end. A number of Habs players were new to the team last Fall.  And the playoffs are a brand new season. Winning teams have only to play slightly better than .500 hockey each series in order to move on. I think PHI-MON will be a good series with the attacking and fore-checking style of Laviolette's Flyers versus the Habs patient D game.

Cueball Cueball's picture

Squashed like a bug.

Tommy_Paine

It was only 2-1, but consider Chicago had all the penalties, and Marleau, Heatly and Thornton were on the ice for the Sharks for both goals, and San Jose's lone goal was, if not a "fluke" certainly not one that's going to get the goalie second guessing himself.

 

One has to like Chicago's chances in this series based on that game.

 

 

 

al-Qa'bong

al-Qa'bong wrote:

I finally saw Philly in action (on TV, mind) last night.

They forecheck with enthusiasm, finish every check and backcheck like possessed fiends.

And they skate. And they skate.

 

They do a good job of going to the net, too.

I was a bit concerned that the California fix might have been invoked in the Sharks-Hawks game, as Chicago was taking all the penalties.  I'm rooting for the Winnipeg boys in that series, even though Setoguchi played in Saskatoon and the only NHLer I ever knew, Jeff Odgers, used to be San Jose's captain.

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