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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
A year ago, Dan Petry was sitting at home in Farmington Hills, Michigan, watching TV when he caught the pregame festivities from a Montreal Canadiens playoff game.
"I was just blown away by it," the former Detroit Tigers pitcher told ESPN.com Saturday. "They dimmed the lights, they would click on every banner of the retired numbers, and then they had the little young boys come out with the torch and touch the ice and it would turn to flames.
"I just remember calling Jeff and saying, 'You got to see this. This is unbelievable.'"
Little did he know that his son Jeff Petry just a year later would be playing for the Habs, and dad would get to watch the first two postseason games in the electric Bell Centre.
"And Ginette [Reno] singing the national anthem, I just couldn’t believe the atmosphere," said Dan Petry. "To witness it live now, there are no words. I teared up a little bit. It was just beautiful."
It meant a lot to Jeff Petry to have his parents take in the opening two games, as you might imagine.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Most pro sports view acts of wanton violence as a failure, to be lamented and erased from memory as quickly as possible; in hockey, they can become cultural touchstones.
Call it a manifestation of the game’s lizard brain: Talent can be countered by brutishness, and the beauty is it works almost every time.
In a wider sense, to be a key offensive performer in the NHL is to suffer the democratizing effects of ill treatment. Skill players tend to be phlegmatic about it.
“It’s part of the expectation of playoff hockey, right? Guys on the other team trying to make it extremely difficult in a physical way on the other team’s skill forwards – and we’re trying to do the same for them,” said Ottawa Senators centre Kyle Turris, a dynamic player who is often singled out for rough handling.
The dominant narrative from Ottawa’s series opener with the Montreal Canadiens focused on Sens sniper Mark Stone’s health following a slash from the Habs’ P.K. Subban. He wasn’t the only player targeted in the game.
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
Just a suggestion: Maybe Dave Cameron should leave discipline to the league ands focus on who his goaltender will be for Game 2.
Ottawa’s head coach made some injudicious remarks after the Canadiens defeated his team 4-3 in the playoff series opener. Cameron said P.K. Subban ought to be suspended for his slash on Senators sniper Mark Stone.
Failing that, Cameron warned darkly, his team might have to inflict its own brand of justice on the Canadiens.
“I think it’s quite simple,” Cameron said. “It’s a vicious slash on an unprotected part of his body and you either do one of two things. I think it’s an easy solution: You either suspend him or one of their best players gets slashed and you just give us five. It’s not that complicated.”
Those are fighting words – literally, if Chris Neil dresses for Game 2.
Watch Dave Cameron's comments below...
We have our first controversy of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and none other than P.K. Subban is the catalyst as his two-handed slash on Mark Stone prompted a five minute major and a game misconduct on the Ottawa rookie.
added 10:05pm, below the Sportsnet panel said the refs made the right call...
from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,
"I'll be surprised if he's there [Wednesday]," said Therrien, who's still waiting on the team's doctors to give Pacioretty clearance for game action.
He refused to rule out Pacioretty's appearance in the lineup as a possibility.
Considering Pacioretty's progress since suffering a suspected concussion on April 5th--he skated for two consecutive days before practicing with teammates over the next two--it seems entirely likely he'll be back sooner rather than later, and upon his return, the real question will be what can he be expected to contribute offensively?
Max Pacioretty will not return today after tumbling into the boards.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Canadiens icon Elmer Lach, the nearly indestructible centreman for Maurice (Rocket) Richard and Toe Blake on his team’s magnificent 1940s Punch Line, died Saturday morning at the West Island Palliative Care Residence in Kirkland following a stroke suffered last Saturday, March 28 at his Beaconsfield care home.
Lach was two months past his 97th birthday, at the time of his death the oldest living member of the Canadiens and senior-most member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Lach’s passing was the second enormous loss to the Canadiens and the team’s extended family in less than four months, legendary former captain Jean Béliveau having died on Dec. 2 following a lengthy illness.
Born Jan. 22, 1918 in tiny Nokomis, Sask., just 57 days after the creation of the National Hockey League, Lach was the least well-known and the last surviving member of the legendary Punch Line.
added 10:57am, below, a feature CBC did on Lach back in 2009.
added 11:15am, Montreal Canadiens press release is below...
from Mike Boone of Hockey Inside/Out,
As it is, the team is coping – and coping badly – with the expectations engendered by their consistent play through the first five months of the regular season. The Canadiens won eight games in October, November, December and January. In February, they won nine.
But the Canadiens slipped to six wins – against six regulation losses and three overtime losses – in March.
And they’re 0-for-April, having lost in shootouts to Washington – no disgrace there – on Friday night and, embarrassingly, to New Jersey on Saturday.
My man Frankie Gagnon offered this grim stat on L’Antichambre, after the Canadiens’ loss to the woeful Devils:
Since Feb. 26, the Canadiens have played 19 games. They’ve won eight, and here’s the bad news: Only one of those wins was against a team currently in position to make the playoffs....
Regardless of whom the Canadiens face in the first-round, here’s a fearless prediction:
Unless this team solves its late-season problems, the Canadiens are not going to be playing hockey in the merry month of May.
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