Boston Puts The Habs Out Of Their Misery

We sat in a sports bar in Redding, California, waiting for the game to start, when in walked the two fellows we met in Oregon, one who proudly wears the shirt and hat of the Montreal Canadiens, and his son. And at exactly 4:10 Pacific time, the bartender told us he can’t get the game on TV afterall.

I should have known things weren’t going to go so well.

But the four of us booted it back to our hotel room, where I promised everyone we’d be able to see it on CBC online. So that was good. Until CBC online wouldn’t let it happen, and we listened on the radio instead.

We listened as the Habs lost again, 4-1 to Boston, and are now finished for the season. We listened as Michael Ryder, once a proud Hab, scored twice for the team who now wants him. We listened as the post game phone callers were divided between blowing the team up, and the ones who are proud and faithful fans and there’s always next year.

The Bruins carry on, deservedly so, and they have a nice team, a team which could go far. Maybe if the Canadiens were healthy, it could’ve been a bit of different series. Maybe not. Who knows? Maybe if Carey Price stood on his head? But Carey Price isn’t ready yet. It’s all maybe this, maybe not. Regardless, The Canadiens were no match for the Beantowners in this series.

I’d like to give a big congratulations to the Boston Bruins and their passionate fans. It’s such a great rivalry between these two teams, and it gets heated not only on the ice but with fans and bloggers too. But imagine what hockey would be without a rivalry like this. It’s healthy for fans, and for the game. Because behind every argument, every expression of hatred, every disagreement, there’s a beautiful rivalry nurtured and honed over many years. And rivalries are a good thing, not a bad thing. Boston fans hate the Habs. Habs fans hate the Bruins. Is that so terrible? Do you want a Woodstock out there? A little peace and love, flowers in your hair? No way. This is hockey. War.

Random Notes:

What does Canadiens management do in the off-season? There’s ten UFA’s to deal with. How can things can turned around? Who will coach? Will Carey Price rebound? Lots to do. C’mon Canadiens brass, don’t put us fans through this nightmare again.

The two fellows who came to our hotel were great. Steve and his son Max. Steve is a cop in LA, played junior hockey for various clubs in BC, and regaled us with tales from a cop on the beat. Imagine, 22 years with the Pasadena force, collaring bad guys. Steve now plays hockey in a policemen/firemen league in LA. And son Max, who’s 20, is on the wrestling team at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Really good guys. And Steve, like me, is a bit of a hurtin puppy right now.

Hey CBC. How come I can see games online in BC but not in California? What’s up?

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12 thoughts on “Boston Puts The Habs Out Of Their Misery”

  1. Time for my annual spring dilemma. Should I prolong my winter and hockey mindset and jump onto the Flames or Canucks bandwagon? Or should I start thinking summer activities, the Blue Jays are showing promise?

    My guess is that the CBC only makes the games available online to users in Canada because they don’t have broadcast rights elsewhere. Try and see where it redirects you. NBC and Versus (whatever that is) have the US rights.

  2. Great hard fought series, The habs may have been swept but for anybody who actually watched the games they didnt go down without putting up a fight. Awsome series to watch, its not often you so such heated rivalry’s going at it with everything they got with a genuine dislike for the other team. If i was Carey Price i’d tell the canadians and the 20+ thousand fans in the arena tonight to stick it though, you think they would have learned when they treated Roy like that to. It all comes back down to the pressure that is put on players by the media, at 19 years old last year they were predicting him to walk the same path as ken dryden and patrick roy. I will raise the question again, how can you put that pressure on a player? and you have to think that is still on his mind to this day. If hes not playing to those standards he is a failure in the eyes of the media and fans of his home town. Not many goalies have ever done what Roy and Dryden did in there rookie years in nhl history let alone team history. Dennis, its been a pleasure watching the habs play this season so i can some what keep up with you and all the real die hard habs fan on this blog. You guys have a good solid team that didnt reach its full potential this year because of distractions and injuries but i think you’ll definitely be back in the playoffs again next year. From one die hard fan (of a different team of course) to alot of others, congrad’s on a 100 seasons of your teams existence

  3. Congrats to the Bruins and their great fans. This is a team that could win it all. And bostonblueline is an excellent site.

  4. Dennis – the title of this post completely matches my sentiments.

    We all knew the Habs wouldn’t go far without Markov. Eventually, it became a question of whether they win without him, or could score 3 goals without him. So, brought down to reality, I quite enjoyed the series and didn’t expect miracles. Boston’s pretty exciting, and now that I no longer want them to lose, I wish them the best.

    The handshakes after the game drove in the fact.

    So long.

  5. Good blog from Hockey News that expresses some of my sentiments:

    On Price: “looks like he’d like to throw the towel in on this chapter of his young career, too, but what he and everybody associated with the organization has to remember is his two unsuccessful playoff showings have both come before his 22nd birthday. There is still so much time for growth; it’s just going to require some deep breaths from all involved.”

    On the future: “At this point, what’s the long-term motivation for Montreal to retain any of those three [Koivu, Kovalev, Tanguay] forwards? Koivu has had a courageous run as Habs captain, but he also epitomizes the team’s shortcomings over the last decade-plus; he’s skilled but small, good but not great.

    There’s no way Montreal builds a championship team with Kovalev, Koivu and Tanguay as the core, so why not let them all go, create a whack of salary cap space and keep cultivating a strong group of prospects? An ancillary benefit is the Canadiens would enter next season under inverse circumstances as this year, meaning with much lower expectations, but far more room for legitimate long-term growth.

    I know one goalie who would appreciate that.”

  6. Also a word on CBC streaming: I live in Canada and I could not get streaming for any of the games – all I would get is the CBC streaming intro.

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