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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.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
What follows is a very lightly edited transcript of our conversation that evening, from beginning to end. So join us now for dinner, but without the calories and the restaurant background noise.
• I get the sense there’s much more to the leadership that’s being asked of you than having had an A stitched on your jersey. And you’re taking French lessons.
Yes. I take this with so much more pride than ever before. Little things used to bother me. The best thing for me was to spend last summer in Florida. I didn’t think or talk about hockey once. I just let it all go and I came back with an open mind and I think that’s something I’ve needed to do for a long time: be more open-minded to different, I guess, environments and situations.
I never grew up in a place like Montreal. It was tough for me at first to realize that if I had a bad shift or didn’t score a goal, it affected another person’s life. That’s just the reality of the way it is in Montreal.
And I’ve grown to love it. Even just this year, I’ve learned to love it more than ever. It was tough for me to understand really at first, but now that I’m more open-minded to everything, Katia and I can’t see ourselves being anywhere else. It’s crazy how much you can change in a year, but it’s not bull, it’s 100 per cent true.
As for the French, I’ve told my teacher she’ll have to be a little slower with me at this time of the year, my mind isn’t always there and I can be a little tired. I can read French because I understand Spanish, but the accents — they’re tough. And she’ll be telling me, “il est” or “elle est.” (laughs) What makes an object male or female?
• The other night in Tampa Bay, without an A on your road jersey, you went to discuss a call with an official at the timekeeper’s bench. Without the A, that’s not often done.
Relationships with the referees is probably one of the biggest parts about being a leader. I’ve talked to Berge and Mike about that early on and they said, “It’s really important because everything goes through you, on the ice. We can’t be out there, you have to have a good relationship with the refs.”
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
On Wednesday afternoon in Winnipeg, Price was soft-spoken, humble and a gentleman. He had chosen to take a day off from speaking with the Montreal media contingent but when word reached him that a Winnipeg reporter was hoping for a few minutes, he emerged from the trainers' room to talk.
Price turned every question about his individual greatness into an answer about his team. It would have been infuriating but for the manner in which he did it. An easy but small smile, patience with questions he'd likely heard a thousand times and when I clumsily dropped my recorder, he bent down to pick it up. He offered his hand when I'd exhausted my efforts to get a juicy quote and then shuffled off the team bus.
"It's just a cold hard fact that I wouldn't be where I'm at without these guys in the locker-room. It's just the reality," said Price. "This is the best our team has been. We've been playing pretty solid hockey all season long. Whenever you get to the 100-point mark, before the end of the season, it's definitely a feather in the hat."
During the Olympics, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock took to referring to Price as big, square and soft. Price smiled when reminded of the reference.
"If he's talking about me as a goalie, that's a compliment. If he's talking about my physique, then probably not," said the 27-year-old from Anahim Lake, B.C. "That's what you strive to do, is make yourself as big of a target as possible and try to give as few secondary chances as possible."
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