Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Montreal Summer Games of the 25th Stanley Cupiad: Habs-Flyers Game 4 Preview and Open Thread


Of all days where you expect families to fight about hockey and how it takes life over, this is the one. 30 degrees on a Saturday? Let's take the kids to the parc! Let's go fly a kite on the Mont-Royal, let's practice lamaz on the rooftops, let's take the sun in and just be free and young and vulnerable.

No, honey, there's a game and it's at 3 in the afternoon.

I'm a divorce lawyer. I should be expecting some calls this week. I've arranged for my secretary to clear my schedule.

The Bell Centre has anticipated the problem and so instead of a zamboni cleaning the ice in between periods, a machine will flood the surface and turn in into a swimming pool for families to enjoy. Hurrraaay!!!! The weekend is saved!!!!!!! Sand in the prestige section, beach balls, BBQ, the works.

Things are already sizzling though because, game 3 featured what you finally can expect from this rivals. A rivalry. Intensity. It would be nice though from a neutral perspective to have both teams show up for work for the very first time in the series.

Habs have only accomplished half of the first portion of this endeavour; they needed both wins at home to avoid going back to Philly down 3 games to 1.

So a win today and spending the day in a concrete cavern with air conditioning won't feel so bad.

Small post so you can all enjoy the weather and come back later.

When: 3 p.m. call my secretary to book an appointment.

Where: Bell Centre, RDS, CBC, NBC, Versus (really, who gets versus)

Who's 30-degree hot? Meagan Fox, Ste-Catherine street today, PK, Cammy, Gio and the like.

Who's AC cold?: I'm not jinxing anybody, except you, Marc-Andre Bergeron and you, Benoit Pouliot.

Adult entertainment: Hot, hot, steamy, sweat dripping down your back, reach for that cold ice water afterwards, gardening. Get your ass out there and make amends for spending the afternoon indoors.

Who's hot, you're hot, I'm hot, she's hot....

151 comments:

Mr. natural said...

CHrist I was starting to wonder:

T -minus 3.5 Hours and no game day rant!! Thank you

GYMFHG.

That B goalie, Laydown, will get chased today!



With apologies to GOD.


Captain KIRK is the Shepherd; do as he wants.

He maketh them to lie in the shooting lanes: he leadeth them to overcome the naysayers.

The HABS restoreth our souls: Halak leadeth them on the path to redemption for the fan’s sake.

Yea, though they skate in the valley of the shadow of PHucks, they fear no PHucktards, for by Squid’s rod and PFK’s skates we are comforted.

They prepareth a victory before us in the presence of our enemy: we anointeth our heads with Meth, our Scotch runneth over.

Surely victory and glory shall follow them over the PHucktards and Hawks and we shall dwell in the house of Lord Stanley before it’s over.

PANTS!

Anonymous said...

Flyers48 Just wanted to drop a line to say this is the best hockey blog ever. Never been here before, but found a link from broadstreethockey.com --- and just lovin' it. Hope your Habs stink up the ice today, but enjoy the great weather and I'm glad one of our teams will represent the East in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Orangeman said...

youtube turned 5 this week and to celebrate this evening, in an effort to keep me awake (besides the meth and hookers) I've watched:

-Recaps of all Habs playoff games.
-The opening montage of every CBC Habs playoff game in addition to Halloween, Christmas and all games vs the Laffs.
-Road to 93.
-Extended highlights from 5-0 comeback.
-Saku's return from cancer.
-Rocket's funeral.
-Close of the Forum.
-Opening of the Bell Centre.

See, I've abandonned all my friends this past month, become a stay at home alcoholic and Habs news junkie. If there's a page on Wikipedia about the Habs I've read it. In English and French. And sometimes Korean for the hell of it.

Because I'm a motherfucking Habs fan. I stay at home drinking redbull and whiskeys instead of having any real human contact. I block out the inevitable morning light only to wake up my neighbours with gutteral cheers. I post drunken nonsense on blogs (well A blog) at 2am. This is what I've become. And I couldn't be happier.

Go Habs Go!

Flying Toaster said...

and so i'm on the bus, about 30 minutes from Montreal, and 2 hours from a date with Destiny (she works over at ste-catherines ;) ) so. I'll be drinking Molson (watered down version of it anyway) and cheering on our Fucking Habs. Let's go boys. Don't let me down on my 1st trip to the Bell!

Number31 said...

GYFH!

God save the Queen and her lovely day off.

wv: Later. Even the wv wished this game were on later.

moeman said...

Lick em up

KiSS this bitCHes!

Don't wanna wait 'til the fucking summer
Let' just be glad for the gametime together
Habs's are such a treat and it's time WE taste it
There ain't a reason on earth to waste it
It ain't a crime so take off your Pants!

Lick it up, lick it up, it's only 200 posts away
Lick em up, lick em up, ooh yeah
Lick it up, lick it up, come on, come on
Lick em up, lick em up

Don't need to wait for a NBCBC invitation
Just gotta live like WE're on a hot vacation
There's something sweet WE can't buy with money
Lick it up, lick it up, FHF ice cream!
It's all WE need, so believe me honey
It ain't a crime so take off your Pants!

Come on Habs!- do it right now (do it right now)
Ooh yeah (ooh yeah) ooh yeah (ooh yeah), yeah yeah

Go You Fucking Habs!

LJ said...

Fuck me.. Game day.

GYFHG

RiRi said...

Just dropping in to say...

I smell wings again!!!
Go You Fuckin Habs Go!!!

Oh and THIS
PFK cares ♥

Awesome as usual, moe!

swarkles said...

If the Habs win I'm making my own buffalo wings today.

Orangeman said...

TSN is reporting that Carter is back for the Phlyers.

HACK THE BONE!

kevincrumbs said...

@Orangeman: One of my favourite hockey moments in my life was when I went down to San Jose a few years ago for a Sharks/Habs game. Great seats maybe about twenty rows back in one of the corners (and cheaper than 400 level at Centre Bell) and sat next to a nice couple in their mid-20s who were Sharks fans. While play was going on, the female part of the couple suddenly starts yelling "HACK THE BONE! HACK THE BONE!". If she wasn't with her male half, I might have proposed to her on the spot.

Also, Cupiad had me thinking Jaro post for a moment there. Load up on the chocolate milk, Jaro, your bones need to be nice and strong for the Flyers today.

Go Habs Go.

lawyergirl77 said...

FUCK, I haaaate afternoon games. Stupid NBC...

That being said, downtown is ELECTRIC this afternoon. Cool to see.

GYFHG!!! On vous aime, Les boys!!!

Orangeman said...

@KC: I was going to hide this till later what with Buddha's birthday and kharma and all. Alls I'm going to say is I would like to see a SJ v Habs game. I have had...thoughts...while asleep...for the past decade...of them playing...while the weather was warm...for an important purpose. With Chi-town's win this afternoon, yesterday, whatever time zone you're in, these...errr...thoughts...seem less likely. But in this year's playoffs I have no idea what to expect. The fact still remains that I enjoy the Bay area and SJ is my Western team (well, until they got good, no one likes a show-off).

Just trying to keep myself awake. Shots of whiskey to Nine Inch Nails only goes so far.

Orangeman said...

Also, I missed the main part of your post (I've been drinking for 11 hours at this point). HACK THE BONE is one of my favourite Simpsons quotes and there's a lot to choose from. But if you happen to scream it around people who don't get it you end up sounding like a lunatic. Especially when you're an elementary school teacher at a Fun Run.

Moey said...

GYFHG!!!

boob gainey said...

Come on Habs.

Number31 said...

The puck. Drop it. Drop it noooooow.

GYFH!

Orangeman said...

30 minutes before the game and the comments are sparse. I feel like like this

If you need a boost for the afternoon game may I suggest this

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

lehab said...

GO YOU FUCKING HABS!!!!!!!!!!

Orangeman said...

GO HABS GO!!!!!!

Orangeman said...

I had my earphones on full blast listing to music and then it went to that opening. Two words:

Fuck.


Yeah.

WV: Nous 'somes' GLORIEUX!

Orangeman said...

I love that kid with a torch thing. Set the ice on fire and all that.

RiRi said...

Although I NEVER get tired of Squid goal highlights...

DROP THE PUCK!!!

GYFHG!!!

Orangeman said...

It's the "I Believe" chick!

I BELIEVE!

Orangeman said...

First time we got through a minute without a penalty.

RiRi said...

So far so good!

Orangeman said...

So a goon drags a Hab down and it's penalties to both? Whatever. We're better 4 on 4.

Orangeman said...

They're looking good so far.

Orangeman said...

Would you like that wrapped up witha bow, Philty?

Chenny13 said...

Damn it MAB. You try to get the guy out for a shift against Philly's 4th line and he takes a stupid penalty. What a turd.

Orangeman said...

ECHO

ECHo

ECho

Echo

echo

Chenny13 said...

Thank God for Jaro.

RiRi said...

Yikes.

Chenny13 said...

Bahahaha, DOG PILE!

Number31 said...

Thank god for the HMCS Hal Gill

Orangeman said...

I wonder if my doctor would make a house call at 5am.

Orangeman said...

3 late Philly hits so far. Wonder if they'll ever call the goonery.

Orangeman said...

Ok, not bad. I feel like they're holding onto the puck too long when they get into the zone. It's Leighton. Just put it on net.

Number31 said...

Spacek is king of the diving D play.

Jeff Marek thinks Gill's play should have been a penalty shot according to rule 63.5 EXCEPT Gill never had his hand on the puck nor fell on the puck. Everyone else shoved the puck into him.

kevincrumbs said...

Even NBC knew there was no way there was a penalty. Stupid Jeff Marek.

Orangeman said...

Squid with a lightsaber. FHF is not the only one with the Star Wars theme.

Orangeman said...

I need a rule clarification!

I thought covering the puck in the crease was only a penalty shot in the last minute or two, otherwise it's just a penalty. Or is that a closed hand in the crease? But Gill didn't do it on purpose, so I know it's moot here.

Orangeman said...

Nevermind, the internet (my one true friend) answered my question.

kevincrumbs said...

Not a very good start to the 2nd period.

RiRi said...

Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck

kevincrumbs said...

Flyers deserve nothing less than that goal.

Orangeman said...

Terrible defence. Totally gave up on it. Who are you? Gonchar?

Number31 said...

Fuck. Gorges can't move 'cause his skate is falling apart.

As for the rest: SKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE.

Orangeman said...

Hopefully this'll wake them up. Just like Game 2, Philly isn't that great but Habs aren't taking advantage.

RiRi said...

When are WE gonna get a chance to show if all that PP practice yesterday paid off?!

kevincrumbs said...

Terrible stretch right now and now PK takes a penalty.

Philly, in my opinion, is playing really well. Lots of pressure on the Habs. It's not pretty but it's working.

kevincrumbs said...

@RiRi: Problem is that this team is doing nothing to draw penalties.

Orangeman said...

Habs have had one, count 'em, ONE, good chance so far. I'll say it again: It's Leighton. Shoot it on net.

Orangeman said...

KC: I have to disagree, I don't think Philly is playing that well. Not terrible, but not that great.

Ok, CBC, we've seen the goal at least 6 times now. We get it. Oh, another one. Holy Christ. Not even kidding, I've seen that one goal by Philly more than all 5 MTL goals from last game now. And it's only been 2 minutes.

RiRi said...

Shoot?! Perish the thought! They don't even have one measly SOG this period. How can they just forget what worked last game? Start skating and use your speed fer chrissakes! God knows old man Pronger can't keep up...

Massive Tits said...

@orangeman
Took the words outta my mouth. We get it, he scored. I think they're just trying to give Galley some practice.






It's not working.

kevincrumbs said...

Or maybe the Habs are stinking out the joint, especially in the 2nd. No shots in the 2nd, on pace for 13 or 14 total.

Just survive the 2nd without giving up another goal and I'll take it at this point.

Orangeman said...

Ok, now they're playing well.

"Gomez took a hard hit there!" while the replay clearly showing it was incidental contact at best is playing.
-Bob Cole

Huzzah said...

habs have NO shots on net in the 2nd so far...

Anonymous said...

are the Habs really this bad ??? Philly is using like how many AHL players, including the goaltender ??? WTF Canadiens.....you are killing me ! Philly is NOT this good...damn it, play hockey SHOOT the puck for Gods sake....you cant score if you dont shoot

Orangeman said...

Habs need to step it up. Crowd needs to get into it.

RiRi said...

Oh, PFK...

kevincrumbs said...

Yikes. This one... this might be over if the Habs keep playing this way.

Huzzah said...

Well this one is a kick on the groin...

swarkles said...

Yeah habs sucking again. What a surprise.

wv: comas

Number31 said...

Sure. Blame PFK. He was actually TRYING to do something while the rest of the guys on the ice were standing around like a bunch of pylons.

I will vomit if they're shut out by Leighton again. He may as well take a nap right now.

Orangeman said...

This is the worst period I've seen the Habs play all playoffs. And that includes some blowouts. We're back to games 1&2, a bunch of individuals, no team. Hey guys, the team got you this far.

I still feel they can get back into it, but they need a better effort. Frankly, this period is the first time I've felt embarrassed this playoffs (besides Price's 2 unsportsmanlikes).

Orangeman said...

Ok, going to be positive.

Get one before the end of the period boys!

kevincrumbs said...

Terrible, putrid hockey. No offensive zone pressure, lack of clear cut chances on goal this period.

RiRi said...

I want ONE goal, dammit!

Chenny13 said...

This is the team I recognize from the middle of the season, the team that can't string two passes together and looks completely fine with the fact that they look like shit.

Number31 said...

Every time Jaro goes behind his net, I cringe.

kevincrumbs said...

Great, crowd sits in silence at the end of the period. I think this team bored everyone into submission as they can't even be bothered to boo.

WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT BULLSHIT FUCKING PERIOD?

RiRi said...

If they play the 3rd like they played game 3...

Shots are 13-1... Aye aye aye.

Chenny13 said...

Jesus. Periods like that make me think that this series might be over quickly. Hate to sound pessimistic, but if they don't at the very least serve notice that they're still awake, it's not looking good.

Orangeman said...

I feel bad for two people right now. First, Halak because he doesn't deserve this shit. Second, me for staying till 6am now for this shit.

Outshot 13-1 in a period in the Conference finals? Disgrace. I know I said no matter what the Habs do I'll be happy, but this is like winning the Nobel Prize and then showing your cooch afterwards getting into the limo. Just go out with class, you fucktards.

13-1? Fuck you.

matt - fuck fuck fuck said...

fuck lapierre. that brutal flip play has cost the boys big time. Fuckin asshole

Orangeman said...

I still believe. I know what they're capable of. But if they get shut out again, so help me god, that's it. They've had one sort of good chance.

It's fucking Leighton. Put it on net.

swarkles said...

Why is it they always play like shit when I watch a game? When I miss a game, they usually win 90% of the time

Orangeman said...

I'm just sitting here stewing. 1 fucking shot? Are you fucking kidding me? They better come out on fire, a la G4 vs Pens.

GAH!

Orangeman said...

Well, swarles, I'll tell you the same thing I just screamed at Dryden on the TV. STOP WATCHING THE FUCKING GAME.

We all have to do our part.

moeman said...

Dryden was wonderful. Habs, so far, not.

GYFH!

Orangeman said...

Why is Mr. -11 on the ice? Seriously, whose dick is he sucking.

Number31 said...

There are days I want to slap Pouliot with a Pacioretty jersey stuffed with rocks. AT LEAST PATCHES HAS THE MINDSET TO SHOOT ON NET OR GO TO THE NET (and probably get injured).

Orangeman said...

PUT IT ON NET. For Christ sakes. This is terrible.

RiRi said...

Here it is! Our big break!!!

Number31 said...

For once, someone else did the stupid puck over the glass penalty.

Orangeman said...

Holy god we need a goal on this. I would say I what I expect, but I'll be positive here.

kevincrumbs said...

Come on, need to cash in on this PP.

Also, is Chicken a UFA, RFA or neither? Wouldn't mind seeing his useless ass gone next year.

kevincrumbs said...

I know we all love PK but he's trying to do way too much right now. Calm down, kid.

Orangeman said...

Who is this team? I think I recognize them from the last week of the season. I'm sad.

Massive Tits said...

GO TO THE NET!!!

kevincrumbs said...

Pucks get dug out but no one is in front of the net.

Orangeman said...

No one in front. No one willing to put the body in. Yet again making Leighton look like a genius.

I'm not saying this cause we're losing, we've lost many times this playoffs. But this is pathetic. If I bought a ticket for this I'd demand my money back.

Orangeman said...

No one in front for that rebound. No one cares.

kevincrumbs said...

Okay, really, really, REALLY need to cash in on this PP.

GO HABS GO.

RiRi said...

@kc - CHicken is MIA.

*golf claps*

Seriously, though, I think he's RFA. And I agree, he should be gone. Abso-fucking-lutely useless.

Cash this por favor!!!

Number31 said...

Chicken is RFA. Right now I'd stick with Patches and Palushaj over him...

Scoooooooooooooore please?

Orangeman said...

I'm an idiot, or an optimist, because I still believe. I know what these guys are capable of.

I will say good teams make their own bounces, but it does seem like they can't catch a break. Of course they don't seem willing to pay to make that break like they did last game.

kevincrumbs said...

Woo hoo! I've heard some booing now!

kevincrumbs said...

I agree, I'd take Patches over Chicken right now. Never seen Palushapalooza play, so no opinion on him.

Orangeman said...

I'm not one for booing the home team, but if I paid $100+ for this shit I would be pissed. I stayed up all night to watch this garbage and I'm pissed. They're going to get shut out again and with no fight. I could have shut them out. That's not even an exaggeration. I remember one alright shot in the 1st. Nothing since. They won't even put it on net. It's like they're intentionally losing.

I invite the trolls. We deserve it.

Number31 said...

Is this a regular season game? Looks like the ones radio callers used to dump on Price all year.

Next game is Monday? Oh fun.

kevincrumbs said...

It's just not our afternoon.

Orangeman said...

Oh, some passion. With 2 minutes left. Thanks guys. One fucking play the whole game.

Massive Tits said...

I can't say I'm totally surprised at the result. We don't win on Sundays nor afternoon games. It just doesn't happen.

Number31 said...

Holy shit MAB finally did something good!

RiRi said...

Err. Thanks, MAB, I guess.

Massive Tits said...

I miss Markov.

Number31 said...

FUCK

ANGRYBLOG!

kevincrumbs said...

Well, that was fun. Time to go cut the grass, which'll actually be more fun than watching today's game.

RiRi said...

*pukes*

Orangeman said...

Who cares. The only good thing that can come from that save is an injury to MAB.

This is an embarrassment. I put more effort in staying up tonight than the Habs have into this game. They're going to get shut out again and for what? They got maybe 2 alright shots?

If they would have gone out against the Caps in 7 I'd be happy. Against the Pens in 7 I'd be happy. Like this, no effort, no heart, no fucking anything?

I'm embarrassed.

Random Hab Girl said...

FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

Number31 said...

*vomit*

RiRi said...

Afternoon edition of Antichambre? I'll pass, thanks.

swarkles said...

Hey guys, next time, try to spread out your goals into more than one game. That way you might win more often.

Moey said...

Well that truly sucked. I thought they had the Flyer's number in game three. Silly me expecting them play two great games in a row. *smacks head*

On the other hand, they seem to thrive on elimination games. Why do they make it so hard on themselves and on us.

*sigh*

Orangeman said...

Take it from someone who wakes up at 7am to watch these fuckers, a guy who ditched his friends on his birthday weekend to stay up alone all night to watch this shit.

That was an embarrassment. I'm embrrassed to be a Habs fan tonight. Not because they lost, but the effort they put in.

First 10 minutes: Alright, not great.

10:00 of first-15:00 of third: Get off my computer. You're all pathetic.

Last 5 minutes of 3rd: half-half. But wait, IT'S TOO LATE, ASSWIPES.

Those that didn't watch the game don't judge. That was pathetic. I'm angry about how awful that was. That wasn't even a hockey game. That was a shrug.

Leighton gets a fucking shut out with 2 saves. Halak excellent again, left out to dry.

And post-game interviews "SHRUG".

swarkles said...

I guess now it's going to be Empire Strikes Back

Mr. natural said...

well

A) it's true we don't' win the afternoon games. But that's a bullshit excuse.

B) Can't play 20 minutes of a 60 minutes game and expect to win.

C) Where was the sacrifice in front of the net?


WE got away from our system, they flooded the neutral zone and took that transition away from us.

We need to solve that and PHucking STOP doing this to me!!!!!!!!

I can't PHucking take it, always the most difficult impossible looking route, makes a part of me want them to fail, but I don't I want them to win.

I hope the Flyers plane crashes and they all die, I really do. AMEN!

Tyg said...

How long before the trolls re-surface to gloat? I say 20 mins. maximum.

Did they even make a dozen shots on net? 1 in the 2nd is just pathetic. Why even show up to the Bell if you have no intention of playing? It's 60 minutes boys, not 10.

RiRi said...

Skipping a birthday trip to watch that mess? That really sucks, orangeman.

On the bright side, Happy Birthday!!!

Random Hab Girl said...

Yeah- vomit.

The one and only highlight of this horrible embarrassing game was MAB making that save. Oh yeah, and maybe Gill lying in front of the net.

What's our gut feeling now? AT least please don't lose in front of the fuckin hideous orange disgusting phucktard fans.

swarkles said...

Tyg, thats too generous. 5 minutes max.

Orangeman said...

RiRi: Technically my birthday is Monday. So I guess my real gift will be their exit from the playoffs.

But really the Lost finale will be on my birthday here so that'll be the real treat. So unless they just show a blank screen for the 2.5 hours it'll be better than this mess.

Orangeman said...

Going to bed here. I just want to make it clear that I'm not jumping off the bandwagon. I've been here since day one, but there is nothing I can take out of this game. And judging by the post-game interviews I saw we care more about it than any of them. I don't know what happened, but I can't be behind that kind of attitude. 9 losses so far this playoffs, and I've never felt so let down.

I've always said the Habs are like an abusive partner and they've proved it yet again. They draw you in enough to believe and then punch you in the face right when you start believing they're the one. Then they shrug like it's been a joke all along.

Or something.

Good night all.

RiRi said...

@orangeman - Nonsense. I just know they'll win on your birthday to give you the slighest bit of hope before their inevitable home game playoff exit, in which they'll be shut out of course. Sigh.

HabScot said...

FUCK that was annoying.

OK, 3-1 down. No need to panic. OK maybe a little bit. I still BELIEVE

Number31 said...

um...

umm...

Go Bulldogs Go?

10 minutes left, 3-0 Dogs. DO IT!

b said...

It will be said over and over, but I just confirmed it.
Montreal picked David Fisher 20th in the 2006 draft. Philadelphia picked Claude Giroux, a kid from Hearst who played for the 'Piques 22nd. Today Claude repaid the kindness.

gillis said...

meh, guess I was wrong, Habs in 7

Number31 said...

Ah yes. The ever popular "let's complain about who the Habs drafted instead of the guy someone else drafted". I guarantee if the Habs had selected Claude Giroux, everyone would have bitched about the Habs drafting another small forward who may or may not have turned out. Fun~!

Sour orangeman said...

Ok, after some sleep and sobering up I feel better. I believe the Habs can do it and that everything will turn out gre........

Oh I just can't do it. I just don't understand how they went from G3 to that mess last night. But I'm over it. It has rained all weekend so camping would have sucked anyway. Last night just felt like New Year's, staying up waiting and waiting, and then finding my girlfriend giving a homeless man a blowjob at midnight.

Tyg said...

@Sour orangeman - was the homeless guy at least good looking tho? Cause the Flyers aren't. Carcillo's not making enough money to buy dental care, a bath, or a haircut? Don't even get me started on Hartnell's beauty regime (it involves barbed wire and a tire iron).

Chillax. Habs will still be driving us all batshit crazy 10 years from now. Something to look forward to. Just sayin'.

sour Orangeman said...

@Tyg: Someone needs to let the Phlyers know that you can look scruffy but not disgusting. It looks like an ugly bomb went off in their dressing room.

So Chi-Town is in the finals. I'm surprised? Well, at least I'm surprised that they swept the Sharks. I thought it would be a much better series than that. Let's be honest, the Hawks have the Cup no matter who comes out of the East. But I hope the Habs put up a fight. Or, you know, score a goal.

Tyg said...

From the Broad Street Bullies to the Big Sookie Babies? 2 days - 2 bitching crying fests to the media. Richards making Crosbaby look like he's sporting a pair of big shiny brass ones. Did not actually think it possible 'till now, so props to the Flyers for that at least. Skategate? Bitches, puh-leeze.

I can live with Chi'town at least. Maybe San Jose should consider calling themselves the Jellyfish instead?

Bill 101 said...

Hawks Habs

cool

Orangeman said...

First, can we please stop calling everything -gate? Especially when we already used 'skategate' in 2002. Second, the Habs also had issues with their skates though no one's reporting that. Philly's trainer even said the damage wasn't indicative of sand but of a combination of bad ice and lots of stick contact.

lawyergirl77 said...

I thought I had calmed down (didn't want to post until then), but I guess not.

Approach with caution, there be a rant ahead...

You wanna know how the Habs went from game 3 to last night's mess?

Look no further than Count Chocula.

When players suck/play passively/suck/are petrified of making a mistake/suck/get only one shot on goal... it's not the players' fault.

It's the "system".

Theory developed by me/Mr. LG77: Chocs yelled at them for the mistakes they made in the first. Made adjustments that forced them to tighten up defensively.

Result: super passive, rope-a-dope style that worked fine for the Pens/Caps, but that won't work against a team like the Flyers.

Horseshit system was abandoned in game 3 for a run-and-gun style in which, guess what, we outplayed, outshot, outhustled the Flyers and WON THE FUCKING GAME.

I have lots of examples, but I won't go into them. One really easy way to tell that we're playing this shit system and that we'll lose the game: count the number of times we dump the puck into the Flyers' end for a line change. We did it ONCE in game 3. Twice in the first period of game 4. 5 TIMES IN THE FIRST FIVE MINUTES OF THE SECOND PERIOD IN GAME 4.

It's basically a fucking turnover, without being credited as such on the scoresheet. The Flyers scoop that shit up and bang down the ice for a scoring chance.

WTF - is Chocula too fucking stubborn to realize his system AIN'T WORKING??

Problem is he's fucking untouchable now, so we're in for more of the same unless he smartens up tomorrow night.

But it may be too little, too late.

The boys deserve better.

/rant

lawyergirl77 said...

@Orangeman - word. The skate whine-fest must end here. That is just such bullshit. I wouldn't put it past Philly (or some of its hoser fans) to do such a thing, but the Bell Centre staff takes WAY too much pride in their jobs to let that kind of unsportsmanlike shit take place.

But, hey, it makes for a good story for the 'Muricans... Look at them there dirty frenchies, right?

Orangeman said...

But let's look at what happened last game. 1 goal was due to Georges' skate falling apart. The other was a rookie (PFK) making a mistake entering the offensive zone. Don't get me wrong, they played like shit after the 1st especially offensively, but if they can play that badly and still only give up two breakaway goals there's still a chance for them yet.

Now back to Lost.

Tyg said...

@Orangeman - I take no credit for the Skategate tag. I merely quoted the uncreative media, and used it as a launching pad to sully the Flyers, not that they really need my help with that anyway.

@LG77 - I have hated on JM since before I ever sought relief by bashing him online. Your thoughts about him only magnify my belief in his incompetence and stupidity, not that he really needs my help with that anyway.

Frustrated Canadiens Fan, and random blogger. said...

I really hate to say this. But I don't think I'm going to be a Habs fan anymore. This team has tortured me too much and lowered any expectations they have. Boneheaded ownership, and false expectations. No thank you. The Flyers have a great thing going for them. Big powerful forwards, and a great future ahead of them. Our team? Not even close, our GM is a retard who can't draft physical players. Instead we draft a bunch of fucking smurfs. Thanks for the memories but you can't win don't even try at all.

Number31 said...

Oh random blogger... Cheer up and watch the Bulldogs. They beat a team in 6 games that was as big a pack of goons as the Flyers are. (Abbotsford, who's captain is none other than Garth Fucking Murray). Not to mention they typically smack down the Flyers' farm team on a regular basis (Ryan White with the shootout winner was epic in their last game, especially after one of their guys taunted the bench on his own goal).

Just gotta find a way to rid ourselves of Count Chocula, and promote Captain Kirk and Guy Boucher........

Orangeman said...

@Tyg: I know it wasn't your doing with the name. My comments were directed at the meida (cough cough TSN cough).

@Random: Seriously, after the last 17 years you're choosing NOW to bail on the Habs?

@Lost: Huh?

Mr. natural said...

Man WTF is going on in here....

You're all disappointed because all season long you knew we had a great shot at winning the cup if only Chocula would stay hands off?!

We ALL had lowered expectations.

We ALL were amazed when beyond all reasonable hope they came back from 3-1 to beat the greatest offensive machine in the league?

We are a team that gave up more goals than we scored all year and into the payoffs for fuck sake!

We ALL knew it couldn't be done against the Pens 'çause they were so much better balance than the Caps?

Now we're Smurfs?

Now Chocula's a retard?

What and the PHucken' PHlyers would have beaten the Caps and Pens?

Do you all remember how you felt when they actually won game 7 against the Caps, it was astounding, did not compute!!

Well here's one lifelong fan (for more fucking years that I want to admit on this forum) that thinks Chocula is smart enough to listen to Captain Kirk and the brain-thrust that got us here.

For smurfs they have stood pretty tall on occasion, if they believe, if they want it more than the other guy, they will come back and beat the PHucken'PHlyers.

I have had the honour and privilege to spend time with Mr. Cornoyer , H. Richard, Reggie Houle and the great Jean Beliveau(among others) and when these guys talk about winning they know what the fuck they are talking about and it's about HEART, willingness to sacrifice and do what is necessary about wanting it more and leaving it on the ice.(Don't get them going on the "heart" factor of guys with the skills of the likes of a Kovalev).

Lesser teams beat better teams all the time, the PHucken'PHlyers?!! The have a 29 year old Jr. B goalie, they are lacking depth on defence, PHucken Pronger's 36 and starting to look like it.

I will tell you if we win game #5 we will storm back and win this series.

IT'S THE PHUCKEN'PHLYERS FOR CHristsake, not the Caps or Pens!!!!!

I'm upset, goodnight.

Frustrated Canadiens Fan, and random blogger. said...

Haha you don't live around Flyers fans do you huh? Yes thats right since they hate the Capitals here. The Flyers are the closest thing they call home. They think their team, has what it takes to win it all. I hear about how great Philadelphia teams are EVERY fucking day. Yeah and they tear into me because where I am from for cheering on who I cheer on. It hurts watching all three of your favorite teams get their assholes torn out by three Philadelphia teams in a 2 year time span. You walk in my shoes, and see how much shit I've taken for loving my teams.

hfotwc said...

Sounds like it's time to get laid fcfarb.

lawyergirl77 said...

Told myself my ranting was done, but...

@Mr. Natural - no lectures about how we all had diminished expectations going into this, por favor.

I'm THRILLED with how far they made it. I love this team. Great bunch of guys and they gave us something really special to celebrate so far this spring. I'm not giving up on THEM.

In fact, the only way I think we stand a chance tonight is if the guys say: Fuck this, we want to win, and skate balls-out for 60 minutes and make the Flyers not know what hit them.

I have said since day one of this miraculous run that I love this team/think we made it this far IN SPITE OF CHOCKS. Not because of him.

We won the series against the Caps due to Halak's miracles, Hal Gill's heroics and the timely scoring chances those things created.

I will give Chocks credit in that his system was going to be good enough to take the Pens to 7 games. (Although when the penguins adjusted to it, they would beat us)

What pisses me off now is the fact that we could have made it much further, but for Chocula's inability to make coaching adjustments against the Flyers and throw out his fucking passive defence "puck possession" system when it clearly isn't working against an opponent.

If I wanted to make this rant even longer, I could give you SPECIFIC DETAILS with times on the clock to show you why it isn't working... you know, instead of references to heroic past players.

But I digress.

I sincerely hope he proves me wrong tonight. The way this series has been played thus far makes me doubt it.

And I'm not sure how much the guys have left in the tank in order to complete yet another comeback.

I will always love this team. I will always be grateful for the magical spring of 2010.

That is not incompatible with being pissed off/disappointed/wistful for what might have been.

/second rant.

Number31 said...

Last I looked Briererere, Giroux, and Richards weren't over 6ft either.