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Habs / Flyers: Game 5

  • The Philadelphia Flyers can eliminate the 1st seed Montreal Canadiens from the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight with a win in Montreal.

    The Canadiens problems in this series have been well chronicled and they have the large task of winning the next 3 games in order to advance.

    Is it such a huge task? The Capitals sent their series with Philly to 7 after being down 3-1. The Bruins sent the series with the Habs to 7 after being down 3-1. The Habs have recently won a series against the Bruins in 2004 from the same 3-1 hole.

    The Canadiens have won 3 straight games 6 times this year.

    Is it that impossible?

    Don’t think for a second the Flyers are not well aware of this.

    You can pull up all the stats and superstitious games and series of the past to convince yourself the Canadiens can and will comeback. But the players are the ones who will decide it on the ice.

    Who wants it more?

    Carey Price will start. Despite his struggles in this series.

    This is the right choice.

    Carey Price had his share of ugly moments in the Habs & Bruins series. When it all came down to game 7 and big pressure, Price played terrific and earned a 5-0 shutout victory.

    Price is a pressure goaltender.

    Should the unthinkable happen, and the Flyers eliminate the Canadiens in 5 games. Carey Price needs to be in the net experiencing what that is like. No one else. Price is the goaltender of the future and he will be getting a huge dose of experience tonight, win or lose.

    The Canadiens have gone down 2-0 in all 4 games of the series. The slightest thing like scoring first could be what propels them to 3 straight wins.

    One goal at a time, one game at a time.

171 Comments
  1. #1 Joseph says:
    May 3, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Paul:

    It should be fun. The Flyers deserved to win their series too. And I wouldn’t try to take anything away from your enjoyment.

  2. #2 Lucky says:
    May 3, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    that`s it gentlemen, I will see you guys in October.
    it was a good season for the boys we should be proud of them.

    the future looks good for us.

    see ya

  3. #3 Joseph says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    # 98 DieHard Habs Fan
    Posted on May 3rd, 2008 at 9:55 pm. About ‘Habs / Flyers: Game 5′.

    Joe, as long as Montreal has Carbo, this team will go no where. Carbo got lucky in the reg. season. He down squat in the playoffs.

    Hopefully he learned a lot.

    My Hockey watching is over for this year.

    Why? The playoffs are only half over. I may be a Habs fan but I’m also a hockey fan.

    I HOPE THE FLYERS BEAT PITTS….

    Are you a Flyers fan now?

  4. Wow it stings so much now…but in a few days we can reflect on a great year.

    Not ready for playoff depth just yet.

  5. #5 groundworking says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    The worst display of goaltending that I have seen in the NHL Playoffs, ever, including Patrick Lalime who is infamous.

    Imagine how Carbo must feel? He knew, unlike us and Bob Gaigney, that Price wasn’t ready.

    Too bad. With an NHL goalie from any team in the league, the Habs had a chance this year. I’m sure Price is a nice kid, but he’s not yet an NHL goalie, and he’s sure as hell no Patrick Roy.

  6. #6 groundworking says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    I agree HB. Great job with the site too! You guys are great!

  7. and Cristobal Huet was?

  8. Better the franchise goaltender get that experience.

  9. #9 Joseph says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    I’m not doing too bad because I foresaw this, and thus my expectations weren’t as high.

    It was a great season. Next season will only be better. The future looks bright, folks!

  10. #10 DOCPHUKET says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    So the curse of the Native Burial GRAVE continues…lengend is they will never win stanley cup in this center which was built over excavated natives graves

  11. Philedelphia will win the cup. No Matter how good they are, Philedelphia was pounded soooo bad it wasn’t even funny. Pittsburgh will get 60 shots a game, philly gets 9 and philly will win 4-1. Latendresse hit the post late in the third, Higgins hit the post twice in the 1st etc. Philelphia sucks ass, but they have their way with the leaprochauns. Team Canada wouldn’t even beat Philedelphia. Not even the Whole NHL All-Stars can beat Philly because philedlphia can get outshot 60 to 9 and still win, and Carey Price does not suck guys, he’ll be a candidate for the vezina for the next 4 years.

  12. #12 Dave says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Well good for you Ryder, glad you weren’t involved ,they can’t blame it on you. Be happy to move on and play with some winners

  13. I think the guy is cheering for Philly,because if philly wins it all, It shows montreal lossed to a good team.(philly sucks and don’t deserve this!!!!) The cup will come next year 4 sure, and I’m really proud to be a hab fan. Go Habs Go!!!

  14. #14 DOCPHUKET says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    We miss the old forum

  15. #15 Joseph says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Imagine how Carbo must feel? He knew, unlike us and Bob Gaigney, that Price wasn’t ready.

    For as bad a coach as Carbonneau is being made out to be by some fans, he certainly saw something that Gainey didn’t.

    Take away the soft goals against and the Habs win this series.

  16. To all my fellow Habs Fans ,this years been a blast and next years gonna rock are socks off.We will have a bigger more experenced team with all the talent .Thank you Habs for all the entertainment …good show…much better than last year fo shure ,you have brought the pride back !!! Never trade a Riberio for nothing …Peace out…GO HABS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. #17 Joseph says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    111 STUO11
    Posted on May 3rd, 2008 at 10:03 pm. About ‘Habs / Flyers: Game 5′.

    Philedelphia will win the cup. No Matter how good they are, Philedelphia was pounded soooo bad it wasn’t even funny. Pittsburgh will get 60 shots a game, philly gets 9 and philly will win 4-1. Latendresse hit the post late in the third, Higgins hit the post twice in the 1st etc. Philelphia sucks ass, but they have their way with the leaprochauns. Team Canada wouldn’t even beat Philedelphia. Not even the Whole NHL All-Stars can beat Philly because philedlphia can get outshot 60 to 9 and still win…

    I disagree. Fleury won’t be giving up 4 goals on 9 shots. He’s got the best numbers of any goaltender in the playoffs. In addition, Pittsburgh won’t be missing empty nets and hitting posts 5 times per game.

  18. #18 BarrieHabFan says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Diappointing for a team that did so much in the regular season to whimper out in the second round, but youth and inexperience were the killers this year. Great lessons and expereince were gained that will help greatly in the next few years. I look forward to seeing the tinkering of the lineup to adjust for deficiencies that were seen in the post season. Overall a very impressive list of very young players to build around. Chipchura and other character players and hopefully the signing of a good scorer in the summer will make a huge difference.
    Philly clearly was not as talented as Montreal, but they had an intageable that Montreal did not have. Confidence, determination, grit… I don’t know exactly what it was (maybe some luck too) but as hard as Montreal played, as many shots as they got, they just don’t yet have the killer instinct. Congratulations to the habs for an entertaining year, to Philly for following a game plan successfully and I sincerely hope they destroy Pittsburgh (assuming Pittsburgh eliminates NYR).

  19. #19 DieHard Habs Fan says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I am a Habs Fan.

    No matter the lucky this, lucky that, the Flyers beat our Habs. They are better.

    I want any team to beat Pitts.

    The best ending of this season would be Carbo fired…..

    Joe, I lost all respect for you…….

    Have a great summer Habs fans…………..

  20. #20 Joseph says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks, DieHard Habs Fan.

  21. #21 DOCPHUKET says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    THE CURSSSSSSSE STRIKES AGAINNNNNNNNNN ALMIGHTTTTTYYYY HELP US ALLLLLL

  22. #22 Joseph says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    At least I don’t change my screen name and pretend to be someone else.

  23. DIE HARD ICEMAN ,let’s not feed on each other bro !

  24. #24 MONTREALGOBYEBYE. says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    Go Flyers Go!!!! great series, I have to hand it to u habs though because without luck we wouldn’t have won this series. But every team gets lucky once in a while and now It’s time we beat The PENS!!!!

  25. Le Baron is constantly drunk on the air.

  26. #26 sam says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    good series.
    its a sport…phillies we lucky and gritty. canadiens came short on
    poor defense,lack of discipline, no tapered passing – careless.
    habs was the better team, they just got robbed, c’est la vie.

    Goalie cannot be blamed when u have no defense.

    markov was a non factor in the series.
    go habs go…..still a die hard fan
    .

  27. DOCPHUKET,burn some sage for Rocket bro,next year is ours….ole ole ole ole ….

  28. #28 Joseph says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Every team does get lucky once in a while, which is what makes sports fun to watch.

  29. One more thing,Habs Blog,yOU ARE THE MAN.No other sports blog site in Canada protects the canadian charter of freedom and rights like Habs Blog ,very proud of you too !

  30. #30 Don Carnage says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Congrats to the Flyers … and a huge Congrats to our Habs for a fantastic season !!!!!!

  31. #31 Jack says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Very entertaining series hab fans…I enjoyed visiting your blog as well,

  32. #32 Paul says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Joseph

    Paul:

    It should be fun. The Flyers deserved to win their series too. And I wouldn’t try to take anything away from your enjoyment.

    Joseph,
    Thanks. I think what made this series so much more enjoyable was the realization that Montreal was in another league then the Flyers as far as talent and yet we somehow found a way to win (bad goaltending). This is suppossed to be one of the fastest skating Flyer teams to date and yet Montreal can skate figure 8s around us. Anyway, I realize we have no chance against Pitts but it was a fun ride none the less.

  33. #33 Habman says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Lets take our hats off to a team thats showed every one that they did make the playoffs, and with the 5 rookies on Montreal, they did an outstanding job, Pens and Wings in the CUP final..but I will be too busy hitting on the flyer’s and penguins girl friends when they are watching the T.V in the bars,,lol anyway it was fun to watch…A little more tenacity and hitting, and they may have won to see another day, but Like the Habman said in January, we will make the quarter finals and thats it…

    Eastern final next year for sure..I will be THERE watching !
    all the best this summer and enjoy your freedom from the T.V,PARTY TIME !!!!

  34. #34 desman says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Man, how much more longer till we get a cup. Too bad all those local quebec and canadian superstars playing in the US. They are not willing to take a pay cut to give the fans in montreal and in canada a bit of the CUP. Yeah that one of the main problems. This city been in the dull for a very long time…hockey is the life blood especially during bad times …recessions, depressions at least we can count on our HOckey before. I say time for those dudes to come home and entertain their relatives.

  35. #35 Habman says:
    May 3, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    One more thing..Brisebois..I liked you ..what the hell are you doing out there?..the guys were right “BREEZE BY”(cost us one game and a tie goal)..geeez….next year guys HABS #1 always

  36. #36 Joseph says:
    May 3, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    Paul:

    I wouldn’t say that the Flyers have no chance against the Penguins, but they will be faced with their toughest challenge in Pittsburgh by far in these playoffs, and they’ll need to do a lot more right than wrong if they are to have a chance. But then, the Hab were supposed ot be too much for the Flyers to handle and we all now what the end result of this series was. So who knows.

    Honestly, I hope that the Flyers win. I am actually from Pittsburgh, but I’ve been a Habs fan since I was young. And I really like the underdog in a playoff series. So good luck!

  37. #37 Joseph says:
    May 3, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    DieHard Habs Fan:

    I really wish that you’d elaborate on the losing all respect for me bit rather than simply stating it on your way out the door. I’ve had little to no dialogue with you on this blog, and I was unaware that respect was even an issue with regard to you and me. Very strange.

    What I will say, based on reading some of your comments, is that you are the most negative fan I’ve ever come across.

  38. #38 RAY SAM says:
    May 3, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    it must be tough to live in montreal the only real team they have is out we in the u.s. have baseball basketball what a tough place to live no stanley cup on canadian soil tough luck eh

  39. #39 Joseph says:
    May 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Ya, it must be brutal living in North America’s best city.

  40. #40 Sam says:
    May 3, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Wow….just two cents worth….I’m so disappointed…a chance (to win it all) blown by useless effort and team playing….yes that was a better regular season result. But…the same lapses we saw during those ugly days here rear their ugly heads. Recall you fans that can’t stand the criticism and now you have the full taste of useless effort and take the second round exit to the bank. Yup, if instead during those ugly games where they didn’t show up and or they played like chickens without heads, then maybe they would have had an answer for the same Flyers (they beat 4 times) and yet each game here they gave up leads…think back how many times they did this through those ugly games. Just pathetic! and so we wait for another year…which some of you folks think is the time for fruitfullness…mmm hope there is better effort! All the way to the bank! Just leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Go Habs Go!!!

  41. Joseph,don’t sweet the small stuff,your an A no.1 fan man,it’s all good and next year is ours !!!

  42. #42 portly says:
    May 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    That just boggles the mind! After that Habs goal to tie it 4-4 in the 3rd, the rest of that game was some of the most intense hockey i can remember watching. It’s still hard to believe we prevailed over such a quality team…really stunning…but i think we deserved it in the end, we learned our lesson about putting the hammer down when we got up 3-1…and we rode on our goalies shoulders (and the pipes) to the win. Jeebus.

    If your webmaster would consider it, how about putting up some threads here about the Eastern Conference Finals? They don’t know about blogs in Pittsburgh, so it would be great to be able to come here to Montreal to talk about the series with such a good bunch of knowledgable hockey fans…it’s been fun jawboning with you guys and i’m sorry we attracted some real boneheads along the way but thats life in the digital age, i guess.

    Thanks for a great series…well, it WAS intense, thats for sure!

  43. #43 Eddie says:
    May 3, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Hi. I am a flyers fan who came on here at the start and said that this series was gonna be awesome. It did NOT disappoint (other than the fact that one of us had to go home). Please do not be upset with Price. That guy can play on top of his head and NOW he has playoff experience! The Habs are gonna be THE team to beat, screw Washington! My Flyers hat is off to the Habs players, coaches and FANS most of all. Much respect and lets hope the rivalry continues
    From Birmingham, Alabama…I’m Out.

  44. #44 EFFINFLYERS!! says:
    May 3, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    It’s been a good run for you guys…seriously. The Canadiens owned the offensive zone for most of this series, but the Flyer showed some kind of deadly moxie. It will be interesting to see who we play in the next round, the Rangers are showing no signs of death as of late. Either way, I hope you guys wish us the same luck I would levy you, after all…this is the only sport that give the devil his due.

    GO FLYERS!!!

    P.S. The young Habs will continue to improve just as the upstart Flyers are. It should be a nice renewed, but anually abreviated, rivalry.

  45. #45 RAY SAM says:
    May 3, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    lets go rangers beat pittsburgh tomorrow and cindy crosby and ms malkin

  46. #46 RAY SAM says:
    May 3, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    rangers in 7 jagr the best player in the league

  47. #47 EFFINFLYERS!! says:
    May 3, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    The Flyers have proven that they could beat either the Rangers or the Penguins, which both have been either as hot as, or hotter than the Habs at the end of the season. Run-on sentances are FUN!!!

  48. All the best to you EFFINFLYERS FANS and thanks for helping my point the last couple of years that the Habs need more size and grit,cause of all this you have opened Pandora’s box and have created a monster of a Habs team for the 089 season.GOOD LUCKand get used to being next years bitch,lol

  49. #49 EFFINFLYERS!! says:
    May 3, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Being next years bitch is ok, as long as we hoist that cup all bearded and grizzly-like this year.

  50. #50 EFFINFLYERS!! says:
    May 4, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Oh, and what the hell is the “089″ season? Did Jesus or a dinosaur play for that team? Maybe “Jesusaur!!”!!

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