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Canadiens Lose Game and Captain

  • Where to start?

    After letting it sink in for 12 hours last night’s loss is still as enraging and disappointing as it was initially.

    The Canadiens with a chance to all but finalize the series totally outplayed the visiting Canes for 95% of the game. Killing penalty after penalty and leading 1-0 until late into the 3rd it was looking great.

    Then guess who makes a weak play resulting in a poor Carolina tying goal late in the 3rd? You guessed right, ol’ sore nuts Sheldon Souray. Say what you will about Souray but it was a bad play and it WAS his fault and it wasn’t the first time he’s been the primary reason for weak goals.

    I’ve been critical of Souray in the past and deservedly so. The type of player that can make you cringe with one of his bonehead brain lapses and then make you crazy when he rips a blast from the point. Balance the offence he produces with the defensive lapses and it’s almost not worth having him play or having him on the ice for anything but powerplays.

    Small things make big differences in the NHL playoffs and what could and would have probably been a 1-0 win and 3-0 series lead was lost because of Novice defending.

    What’s more infuriating is the Officiating. Everyone’s seen the replay of Saku Koivu skating off the ice with blood dripping out of his eyeball. A wild and errant stick striking him under the visor and in the eye. Koivu was injured seriously and the extent is still not known.

    Where’s the penalty call?

    No penalty, no call. 4 officials on the ice. The infraction happening not behind the play not hidden in the corner but smack in the middle of the action and right in front of the net. How can that be missed? Another game changing and perhaps season changing moment.

    Any remorse from Justin Williams? Any comment at all after potentially ruining a man’s career?

    If that wasn’t bad enough, while the Canadiens Captain in a hospital potentially blinded and with his career in jeopardy, the officials then proceed to call 5 consecutive penalties on the Canadiens including a four minute double minor with less than 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd period. For HIGH STICKING no less. The Canadiens work it out only to be given one of the weakest calls of any game so far in the playoffs against Plekanec in overtime.

    Game over. A lost stick turns it into a 5-3 and a long point shot wins the game.

    Trying to be as unbiased as possible but who can argue that wasn’t the most appalling officiating?

    It was a sinking feeling and things like that have the possibility of completely turning the series around. Who wants to give Carolina life? Who wants to let Cam Ward build confidence after an outstanding performance? It was reminiscent of the 02 series and the Canes comeback. The Canadiens can’t shake those memories and everytime they lose the doubt resurfaces.

    Can the Canadiens shake it off? Does this build character as a team and bring out more from the Habs or do they shrivel up and die?

    Will the loss of Koivu be detrimental to the Habs? One could argue that losing your Captain in a playoff series is a huge loss. One could also argue that Koivu had been a non factor in the series scoring no points and having less than normal ice time. It was speculated that he may have already been nursing an injury to begin with. Whatever the outcome we all hope he makes a full recovery after what looked like a very serious injury to the eye.

    Taking a minute to slow down and look at the positive. The Canadiens lead the series 2-1 and are playing another home game where they can regain a stranglehold on the series. They were not out played and they looked like the better team. Their penalty killing was absolutely fantastic. No one thought it would be easy and given the choice of starting the series 2-1 at home everyone would have taken that.

    If the Canadiens managed to somehow squeak out that overtime goal and win the game would everyone be so outraged? Hardly. Definitely upset, but assuming Koivu does make a healthy return it’d be soon forgotten.

    The NHL Playoffs are a wild ride.

47 Comments
  1. #1 superfan says:
    April 27, 2006 at 10:36 am

    Well it looks like “MY NHL� took a couple cheap shots at the most storied sports franchise is history last night. What can you say about last nights game? Were the refs trying to make things interesting in the series by NOT calling a high sticking penalty that drew blood on our captain? Or wait how about the bulls*it call 4 minutes for high sticking we get at the most crucial part of the game? WAIT I have the answer!! HOW ABOUT THE CALL IN OT!?

    I don’t know what we did to deserve such a game but it’s not the first time the Canadiens get walked all over not by another team but by NHL officiating. Gary Betman is traveling around watching games “making sure penalties are being called�. I don’t know if he saw that call in OT but, a game should not end on a call like that! I mean even if Carolina got called for a penalty like that it would have been seen as a bullshit call.

    So lets sum it up, Koivu almost loses and eye, draws blood….no call
    Komisarek getting a double minor for high sticking ( I didn’t even see any blood)
    And to top it all off Tomas Plekanec getting called for a Hooking call to a player that fell over him self! I guess players can’t fight for the puck anymore once a player sprawled all over it anymore!!

    Anyways, My NHL = thanks for nothing, way to blow it

    Oh, and I almost forgot…I hope you blow it Jose, because I know you will.

  2. Agree completely!! Forget the NEW NHL….what the hell is going on with the calls. I would love to know the stats this season with regards to number of calls in row on the Habs vs other teams.The officiating was this year was very very biased against Montreal.

  3. Koivu is a champion, and he has been through a lot tougher things than this. However, the way that looked, his eyesight may be in jeopardy. The eyesight of the officials is questionable as well. I dont care about their careers, but I do care about Koivu’s. Even though he has not scored, he has been what he is paid to be this time of year: a leader. Habs played a great game. If anyone can get them to forget the negative and move on for friday’s match, it’s Bob Gainey.

  4. Now it’s a must win for game 4 or it’s season over. This should be Souray’s last year in MTL, he’s a liability once again. As for Huet, man that was a weak, weak tying goal. Great goalies have to save the easy ones. Cam Ward was amazing, we’re gonna have a tough time beating him. Anyways we’ll see tomorrow night if we can stay alive or make our way to the golf course. THE PENALTY’S MUST STOP from here on in.

  5. Last nights game was a a complete disappointment. First off, the officiating was enough to make you laugh. Where do they find these a55holes? I have to say what happened to Saku is awful, he didn’t need that and the team really didn’t need that.

    But injuries and officiating are not the real problem and the reason for the loss. I have been a habs fan for as long as I can remember, and it seems they always play the same way. Get a goal or two and then sit back, the other team gets a break, montreal can’t handle the pressure and then we start taking stupid penalties. Why they did not continue to pressure and pick up a couple more goals and keep Carolina on their heels is beyond me. And I have to say another thing, Huet is not playing that great. He has let in some very poor goals, including the overtime winner last night that he did not even try to stop. If you see the reverse replay, he was not screened at all. He is not playing confident hockey right now, otherwise he could easily have two shutouts in this series and the habs would be up 3-0. The last two games going into overtime were completely unecessary, they should be ashamed that they let a 3-0 game go into OT Monday night.

    Bottom line….I love the canadiens, but they don’t seem to want it this year. Maybe they don’t believe they should have made it, maybe they know they won’t get far enough to matter, so why bother..who knows. There is a night and day difference between the habs who won the cup back in 93 compared to these guys. They were hungry, this group save a handful aren’t. Carolina is back in it and are going to take it to them on Friday night, so the habs had better get it together. Make a decision boys, wake it up, turn it around or start cleaning up the golf clubs.

  6. Sorry, but the Canadiens don’t seem to want it this year? They’ve played well enough to be up 3 – 0 in a series against the second seeded Carolina Hurricanes, and only had to settle for a 2 – 1 advantage because NHL officiating wrapped a win, put a ribboned bow on it and delivered it to them in Game 3.

    I’ve seen every indication that the Canadiens want it this year.

    As to Game 4, I feel it crucial that the Habs win it and take back what is rightfully their’s in this series–a stranglehold on Carolina–but I’m not so sure that another loss would equate to ‘season over’. After all, Carolina, despite what they did in the regular season, have proven to be a largely nonthreatening average hockey club in the post-season.

    Having said that, Go Habs Go! Win Game 4 and tromp on any spark of life Carolina thought they might have had. That team DOES NOT deserve to win this series. The Habs, on the other hand, certainly DO.

  7. Anyway, I found it interesting what was being said by Carolina players after the game last night: ‘We’ll take it.’

    Yeah, I bet you will.

  8. http://www.nhlofficials.com/contact.asp … please post complaints against their insanity. I guess this is what happens when the NHLOA does its business from Toronto. Nobody understands hockey here and it shows.

  9. The problem with Montreal hockey fans is that they are to polite and politically correct.

    The fans at the Bell Center should be more like soccer fans….the refs blew it last night and the fans should have had their heads

    The refs last night were from the old school, prior to the new rules, where everything was permitted….result Koivu got stick in the eye….and no penalty.

    In soccer, the fans would have started a revolt…and that is what they should have done last night…..and that is what they should do tomorrow….that is what home advantage is all about.

    I say I would rather have a riot when the fans can make a difference in the outcome rather than wait for the chance for a riot if by some chance the habs go all the way

    Make your voice heard now while there is still a chance and don’t let the Refs take control of the situation!!!

  10. #10 habzman says:
    April 27, 2006 at 1:16 pm

    Yup, Bettman is a pud. Iv’e always thought that. Don Cherry should have his job. I hope Begin comes back soon, has anyone heard his status? He’s a grinder and surely could be used now.And a note on the officiating, The Bell Centre should have handed out pucks last night to all of the fans. you could imagine what would have happened to alot of them. get em!

  11. #11 kazmojo says:
    April 27, 2006 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks Asif. The contact form asks you to enter your question. I had a few:
    Is Dan Marouelli trying to be the MVP for the Hurricanes playoff push? How does he call a cross-check on Dandenault from across the ice, and miss the same call when Michael Ryder goes into the boards? And then call the “hooking” penalty in sudden-death OT, when every other OT period in every other game played this year has let all the little stuff go? And how does anyone miss Saku getting his eye gouged out?

  12. #12 Asif says:
    April 27, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    In the games against Toronto this season we were murdered by the officiating until the famous two games toward the end of the season when even favourable referees could not save the Leafs. These officials live in Toronto for its proximity to the NHLOA HQ or in U.S. cities like St. Louis where there is a favourable tax bracket for the amount of income they earn. They couldn’t care less about fairness so long as they don’t slap the hand that feeds. There is such an anti Canadiens bias among these Leaf-loving referees that the league should feel embarassed. I hope people use the link above and inundiate the NHLOA with complaints.

  13. PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY PENALTY

    I said it yesterday and it’s the samething again and again and again….

    I was hopping the Referee would help the Home team like they did in Carolina, looks like they prefered helping the Visitors.

    The NHL HQ never loved the canadian, prefered toronto maple leafs or any other team. Did they say something like, call ALL the penalties but none for the team who play against montreal or what ?

    A lot of the penalties (some for the habs) weren’t called on saturday and monday, but yesterday (wednesday) it was WORST of all.

    How can they not see those penalties, how can they not call the penalties to the Montreal Captain, Saku Koivu ? And how can they call all other penalties against montreal again ?

    Usually when the referee miss a big penalty, they will watch the other team to give them the penalty for any little mistake they did, to make them pay for the one they missed. But that’s NOT what happenned. They $@#$?%@ called penalties against montreal again.

    When the 3rd period finished, you could see a double-check, that wasn’t called. But then they call that little penalty against montreal. WTF that’s make no sense.

    It’s smell bullshit. It’s smell like the referee got paid or something. Really I don’t think that’s possible, but I can’t see other way to explain this for now other than non-professionnal referees.

    Those non-professionnal referees should not work in any other playoff round EVER. That should show the others how to work no ?

  14. #14 John says:
    April 27, 2006 at 2:14 pm

    My note to the officials (thanks Asif):

    Dear Officials,

    There is a tremendous concern regarding the impartiality of your colleagues (Mr. Marouelli and LaRue) during yesterday’s Carolina-Montreal game. Cheating is rightly punished by the officials when on-ice infractions occur: what happens when the officials come close to such behaviour?

    Who or what controls the officials when calls that must be made (the “accidental” stick to the face of the Montreal captain) are consciously avoided? It seems the calls are obviously in favour of Carolina(why else would far less flagrant infractions by Montreal be punished, why else are questionable penalties called at a key moment in the game???).

    Indeed, even the opposition could only thank the officiating for the victory; but when someone may lose an eye, there is no excuse, no integrity, no support.

    Is it true American teams are favoured due to the “business of hockey”? As the saying goes, “Say it ain’t so”.

    Messrs. Marouelli and LaRue (especially the latter who had a choice to consider the punishment from a few metres away!!!!) must be suspended indefinately for putting the integrity of the game into question.

    Sincerely, a devoted hockey fan

  15. okay i know that we’re gonna disagree, but just stating my opinion.
    of course, justin william’s “high stick” wasn’t intentional. psh, it wasn’t even a “high stick”.. sorry, but koiuvu was pretty low to the ice. do you expect the refs to call every single thing on the ice? no, i wouldnt expect them too. & also.. the habs overtime WIN against the canes..monday night.. yeah well one of your players [cant remember who] knocked justin williams right into the post & there was no call. this is insane, you guys are still up 2-1 & you definitly shouldn’t blame the game on officiating.your team plays 60 minutes out there.. & then the 3 minutes in OT. i think that the montreal players have SOMETHING to do with thier loss… & if your team was so great, you’d be able to possibly move on if your captain didn’t return to the ice.
    good luck.

  16. #16 John says:
    April 27, 2006 at 6:14 pm

    Christine. Thank you for your level-headed response. You’re correct, we should not blame officiating for the loss (Habs had plenty of chances to win game 3 and could not bury their chances), and the Habs remain in control of the series. We cannot expect them to win every game, even if the Habs completely outplay the opposition.

    However, we are concerned about the captain of the team and the lack of proper officiating with regards to an absolutely clear (and heinous) foul.

    Thanks again!

  17. Dear Christine,

    Montreal dominated all the game and didn’t win, that happens and there is no trouble with that. If you dominate the ice but don’t score, it’s the problem of the team. What we don’t like to see is the way referees call the penalties.

    You are righ, when Komisarek hit Justin Williams in the pole, there should have been a penalty, again an error of the referees.

    The last penalty to Plekanec was a right call, but if you call this one, you should have call a LOT and I mean a LOT of others penalties, probably all of them not called. I watch praticly all the playoff match, ott vs tb, col vs dal, etc… and that penalty call was a bad one from what Ican judge.

    What frustrate me is that the double check at the end of the 3rd period from a Hurricane player (don’t remember) against a montreal defense man wasn’t called.

    The team might win the series but that won’t change the fact that the Referees weren’t professionnal yesterday. And the others before.

    Can someone tell me if they were the same guys or not ?

    BTW : No one talked about the hurricanes penalty that was called when the puck was on a Habs player ? Why ? That could have end up with a goal too out there. How can you stop the game when you call a penalty for the team that doesn’t have the puck ?

    ANOTHER BIG ERROR THERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THOSE REFS SHOULDN’T WORK for some months, their salary would drop and others referees would understand. At least we can have other good playoffs games.

    I also hope that Friday, the referees that would be there, don’t start giving all the penalties to the Canes just to help Habs win, so people stop bashing on them. I don’t want the referees to say “sorry we made a mistake, so we will help you.”

    I WANT THEM TO DO THEIR WORK ! Point

  18. Wow. Just wow.

    First and foremost, Koivu was not ‘low to the ice’. He was ‘standing’ (coasting really) on his skates.

    Secondly, it is an NHL rule that a high stick making contact with another player’s head IS a penalty. It does not matter whether it’s accidental or not. It’s a penalty. If blood is drawn, then it’s an AUTOMATIC double minor. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

    So why then was there no penalty called?

    Thirdly, a high stick of a much lesser degree resulted in the Habs being assessed a double minor. Fine. But why wasn’t the first one on Koivu called?

    Lastly, the call in overtime was awful at best. Penalties of a more harmless nature should NOT be called in overtime. Only those that are obvious penalites should be called. Such as… a brutal high stick, a trip on a breakaway, and the like.

    So, yes, we are upset because officiating decided the game last night. This should never happen. Ever. The game should be decided by the two teams on the ice and no one else.

    The fact of the matter is that Carolina was given a gift in Game 3. They had no chance otherwise. And that’s where the problem lies. If they had come out and just plain beat Montreal, there would be no whining about the league here. But that’s not at all what happened.

    Summary: Professional sports are tainted with shit… and that sucks.

  19. #19 Asif says:
    April 27, 2006 at 6:40 pm

    There is an article about officiating on TSN today http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=164073&hubname= where one line reads “Marouelli and LaRue didn’t need to hear from their bosses to know they made a mistake.” How about telling them they made about 24 minutes worth of mistakes, meaning the entire 3rd period and overtime? I know that the officiating is not the be all and end all of the game, but in close encounters they make the difference. Game 2 was close only as a result of bad officiating (the Craig Rivet penalty in the 2nd period) and this is not how it should be. Perhaps Montreal should have put Game 3 away sooner, and you know what, had we gotten the 5 minute major against Justin Williams as that high stick deserved, then perhaps we would have put that game away.

  20. #20 Peter Vasil says:
    April 27, 2006 at 8:01 pm

    A high stick of that nature would have resulted in a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. What would the result have been should the Habs been awarded a 5 minute power play? The officiating was shameful to say the least. With 4 officials on the ice there is no reason. Lets hope Koivu is OK. Otherwise this is a big black mark on the NHL.

  21. #21 Adrian says:
    April 28, 2006 at 12:45 pm

    Fyi, the NHL officials website is down (www.nhlofficials.com).
    Perhaps inundated with complaints. It’s no wonder as the officiating in this series has been atrocious…

  22. #22 Asif says:
    April 28, 2006 at 1:36 pm

    They will probably have some foofoo reason for why the website is down. It may be that they really are under construction, but it’s quite convenient that it happens after incalculable mistakes have put the referees under scruitiny. The NFL used to have the worst officials of the major pro North American sports. I think the NHL refs have probably earned that dubious distinction in a mater of weeks. From Edmonton getting robbed a couple of times down the stretch in the regular season to all the ridiculous calls and non-calls of these playoffs, the NHL officials have set themselves apart from their peers.

  23. This is nothing new. This is Bettman’s NHL. And as long as he’s commissioner, it’s not likely to change.

    Recall Calgary’s three disallowed goals in the Finals last season. There was no logical explanation given for any of them. And that was the difference in the 7-game Stanley Cup Final series. That was Calgary’s Cup. They were robbed. (Something similar happened last night on Ottawa’s SIXTH goal: the goal was disallowed, and no logical explanation was given.)

    It’s disgusting to see the trend continue this season. Especially when it affects my team directly. And I’ll say this – regardless of what the Habs do tonight, or in Game 5, I won’t soon forget the bullshit officiating that not only changed the complexion of this series but continues to degrade the quality of the NHL.

  24. #24 god sab the queen says:
    April 28, 2006 at 4:57 pm

    it is not bettman. it is kerry fraser. he is out to get all habs.

  25. #25 god sab the queen says:
    April 28, 2006 at 4:58 pm

    he runs the referee mafia

  26. A Game Misconduct? Are you HIGH? What sport have you been watching that allows an unintentional act to result in a game misconduct? Please, you’re unhinged.

    As for Justin Williams’ remorse, I think this remorse is evident – you just don’t want to listen:

    http://blogs.newsobserver.com/canes/index.php/canes?title=williams_you_don_t_ever_want_to_injure_a&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

  27. #27 god sab the queen says:
    April 28, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    teams that are down often resort to head hunting. remorse is as easy to convey as scoring on theodore had become. look at flyers sabs – same thing. phila is headhunting when backed in corner. and it is the coaches that call that shit. of course williams has remorse – but for what? being a good obedient servant of cheap hockey – or for being down 2-1 in series?

  28. #28 4mGhost says:
    April 28, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    I gotta disagree. Williams does not have the reputation of being a cheap player. If it was Tucker’s, or Neil’s, or Domi’s stick, then hell yes- cheap shot intent to injure give im five. The issue is that it’s a missed call and we are all miffed about it. A win tonight and we go back to worrying about what really matters- Koivu’s eye and closing out the canes.

  29. Does anyone know of a place that live blogs the game? I am stuck at work and looking for something better than just hitting refresh on offical score sheet.

  30. No, William’s high stick on Koivu wasn’t intentional, it was accidental. So let’s call it involuntary manslaughter, which still carries with it a PENALTY.

    As to William’s so-called remorse, I saw that interview live. There was no remorse in his voice at all. And what did you think he was going to say? “No, I feel great about it. That’s one less player we have to worry about.”???

    Are you ‘HIGH’?

  31. #31 Asif says:
    April 28, 2006 at 8:45 pm

    Alright, 2-2 going into the 3rd. What the hell was Carolina complaining about? Brind’Amour was kicking our goalie the entire time while trying to score their “third goal.”

  32. #32 JoshC says:
    April 28, 2006 at 8:51 pm

    31 Asif, what game were you watching? Rivet pushed Brind’Amour in at first as the puck was loose on the edge of the crease, Brind’Amour scored, Rivet continued pushing and Souray finally sent him over the top of Huet as the puck came back out of the net.

    The contact was created by Rivet, Brind’Amour has a right to a loose puck in the crease, and he scored before the real contact where Souray threw them both over.

    Simply unconscionable.

  33. #33 Asif says:
    April 28, 2006 at 8:58 pm

    Josh, there were three delibertae pushes by Brind’Amour by his right leg into Huet before he “scored” the goal.

  34. #34 Asif says:
    April 28, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    How many “accidents” is Justin Williams allowed to get away with?

  35. Well, the Habs have only themselves to blame for tonight’s loss. They came out flat, making bad decisions with the puck and turning it over. And the defense was horrible on both of Carolina’s goals in the first.

    Very uncharacteristic of the Habs based on how they played in the first three games.

    They showed up in the second, but fell back into that sloppy style of play in the third, costing them the game.

    Having said all that, HOW are two high sticks missed in this game… AGAIN? Are you kidding me? WTF? What is going on with NHL officiating? You have to, absolutely HAVE to, call those types of penalities. They didn’t decide the outcome of tonight’s game but they very well could have with non-calls like those.

    As for the first Brind’Amour goal, it wasn’t one because he most certianly did interfere with Huet all on his own. There’s really nothing to argue about there if you actually watch the play. He forced Huet off the puck and jammed it in. That’s a no-no, Carolina fans.

    Anyway, 2-2, heading back to Carolina. The Habs have their fate in their own hands. They can beat this team as they did in games 1 and 2 if they want it bad enough. The Hurricanse continue not to impress me based on what they did in the regular season. Habs, crash the net, please! Ward gives enough rebounds for all the games in the NHL in a night to be decided. Get to them! And Gainey, please, get Ribiero OFF of Kovalev’s line. He’s horrible right now.

  36. By the way, Williams is some kind of idiot with that stick. Someone should high-stick him. That’s all.

  37. #37 Michael Morgan says:
    April 28, 2006 at 10:33 pm

    The Canadiens need confidence and fire wagon hockey attitude to storm back in game 5. Is it impossible? Well reading the blogs it is like an old folks home for people who can’t stand to gamble. Remember that Gainey and Carbonneau are behind the bench and they have more Cup rings than Carolina will ever have so lighten up and expect that good things will happen. The negative frightened dooms day thoughts don’t win wars,Olympics, competitions or clutch games. Players play bst when they are focuused relaxed and mentally prepared to win. They have beaten the ‘Canes twice and will do it again….the glass is half FULL
    1029

  38. #38 joshtm says:
    April 28, 2006 at 11:53 pm

    Hey, come to think of it, the Hurricanes have this thing with intentionally hurting people with sticks. They’ve done it all year. Time for Bettman to read the Canes the riot act. The Canes played dirty with the Leafs all year long in the games I saw. Same thing in all the games they played against Montreal. I bet the Canes practice playing dirty with their sticks. Heck I wouldn’t be suprised if the scout they have looks for the dirty players. Time to call in Raitis to get even. The canes hate size so they play dirty with their sticks.

    Heck even Cherry noted that the disallowed goal and the winning goal were eerily similar. It is sad when the Hab’s most vocal critic finally calls it like it is. Heck, boys, its time to call in the CBC for being one sided and anti-Habs. The play by play again sucked, and the post game interview with Ward all but nailed home the fact that the Toronto HNIC staff has sour grapes.

    This is your CBC. They don’t have a contract with the Canes to do live play by play. It is called the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. I am not saying they should be pro=Habs but hey this obvious picking of the Canes is too much.

    Finally, Ribeiro sucked. He had, count them eight chances, he fanned on all the shots. Finally he also fanned on some key passes. He really let Kovalev down. And what is this? One shot One Kill policy of trying to score goals. The Habs never storm the net. Instead they rely on scoring from way off. This will never do. As long as the Canes play dirty with their sticks of knock the forwards off pace, the One shot One Kill policy will always net Montreal with a loss. No wonder Kovalev got mad at the team. How come no one on the Habs storms the net? The only other player that I see doing that all year when ever he had the chance was Koivu. Even then he didn’t get a chance often cause hey, it’s one shot one kill…..hey Gainey, you don’t have Lafluer on the team, when you can sign a sniper then hey it’s a great policy but now hey its not working Gainey, you hear? If not hey Carbo, can you hear?

  39. Boy, that’s clever. You should send your material in to Reader’s Digest: http://www.rd.com/submitjoke.do

    However, it misses the point in all its overly exaggerated measures. The league has to do something about its officiating. We heard all season long how “… officials that don’t call all infractions will be out of a job.” Yet they’ve missed quite a few doozies this season, and I don’t recall anyone being put out of work as a result. It’s a problem and it requires fixing.

  40. Easy translation rule for translating the writings of Canadiens fans (equally applicable in Toronto):

    No matter what they type, it translates as “WAAAAAAAAAAAA!”

  41. DrFrankLives, find a new hobby, please. Although, a brief visit to your blog tells me that you’re used to minding the business of others.

  42. #42 PACTUM SERVA says:
    April 30, 2006 at 9:08 am

    lol

  43. #43 benchcardinal says:
    April 30, 2006 at 8:29 pm

    What is going on here? The refs ignore flagrant violations, and lose no opportunity to penalize the Habs. Kovalev lying face down on the ice, obviously injured, the ref does nothing. Koivu may never play again (that eye injury is more serious than they’re letting on) thanks to a career ending injury, and nobody’s saying a damm thing! Jealousy over 24 Stanley Cups is too much for everybody in hockey who isn’t a Habs supporter. I’m used to every sportscaster ourtside of Montreal giving the Habs a hard time, but even the CBC?? The CBC, the refs, the NHL, and everybody outside of Montreal is against the Habs.

    P.S. DrFrankLives, you’re a scumbag!

  44. #44 benchcardinal says:
    April 30, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    The fix is in!! Carolina has just scored another powerplay goal on a questionable call. The american run nhl doesn’t want canadian teams in, and they’ll use any excuse. Maybe america IS the great satan!!

  45. #45 benchcardinal says:
    April 30, 2006 at 10:02 pm

    More proof the game is fixed! With 3 seconds left the carolina player lies on the puck to kill time. No call!!! IT’S FIXED, IT’S FIXED, IT’S FIXED, IT’S FIXED, IT’S FIXED!!!, FFFFIIIIIXXXXXEDDDDDD, FIXED!!!!!! No Justice!!!!!!!
    Carolina are a dirty team, and Rob Brind’amour is going to get his head handed to him one of these days!!! The refs are worse than useless!!!!

  46. benchcardinal, please go learn hockey.

  47. #47 John says:
    May 5, 2006 at 11:39 pm

    GO CANES!!!!!!

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