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Canadiens fire back at Bruins’ ‘ridiculous’ claims of embellishment

Mar 5, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens earned a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Sunday, but what was said about the contest has attracted far more attention.

“There was a lot of embellishment,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said on Sunday. “It’s pretty embarrassing for our game.”

It’s doubtful that Julien merely made those comments in the heat of the moment, given that he went on to talk yesterday about the need for the NHL address what he sees as an embellishment problem.

Now, the Canadiens have voiced their response.

“To me, those comments that he made were ridiculous and I think he was very frustrated to have lost that game,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, according to the team’s website. “Claude can concentrate on his team and I’ll concentrate on my own.”

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty suggested that Julien made those comments because of “jealousy.”

“We’re at the top right now and reading comments like that is awesome,” Pacioretty added. “If we’re in last place, they wouldn’t be saying anything about us, but we’re in first place and it’s the best feeling in the world.”

Related:

Bruins head coach fumes about Montreal’s ‘embellishment’

Lucic takes another shot at ‘embellishment’

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  1. drewzducks - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Jealous of what Maxi-pad? A team that hasn’t won in nearly 20 years and was a doormat last year? The Habs are rightfully in 1st place less than 1/2 way into the season having played 3 more games than the Bruins. Congrats are in order I guess for not being irrelevant again this season. Damn and we hoped that Zedeno had knocked some sense into that challenged noodle of yours. Oh well.

    • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Are you trying to compare your teams history with ours? Are you really that stoopid?

      One Cup win (Thanks Colie) in forty years and you’re talking smack about the Habs? You look like a fool. You know that don’t you?

      • drewzducks - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        I guess I should be concerned cuz if anyone knows a fool…the point is the crash dummy intimated that the Bruins were jealous. What could any member of THIS Bruins team be jealous of Montreal about. Do you really think that the players on these rosters care about the history, inarguably a great one for Montreal, of these two franchises ? I’d like to think you’re better than your old, tired ” Colie ” rant, but EVERYONE on this site knows better than that.

      • theageofquarrel - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        Its easy to win multiple cups when you only played 6 teams over and over again

      • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:50 AM

        You realize that the Bruins were one of those teams right?

      • tomasdoughberle - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        History is exactly that…History. What have you done lately? Besides troll it up that is.

      • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        drewzsucks,

        I can assure you that players on the Habs care about the history of the team. Bruin players? Maybe not so much. But then again, why would they?

      • drewzducks - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        I guess when you haven’t won in almost 20 years history is all you have.

      • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        You’re the one who brought up history (foolishly).

        And I’ll take our’s over your’s any day. Or would you care to debate that as well?

      • drewzducks - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Scabsman you brought up history. I asked the simple ( that was for your benefit ) question as to what Maxi thought the Bruins were jealous of. A regular season win? Right. A team that finished in last place last year ? Right.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        How many Habs fans does it take to change a lightbulb?

        None, because instead of changing it they just talk about how good the old one was.

      • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Have you heard the one about the new Maple Leaf Bra?

        It has lots of support, but no cups.

      • cba77 - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        hey habsman….I like the past as well, unfortunately i don’t like living in it. Enjoy your win, your team is relavant again…maybe you can break that 20 year drought or as i tell my buddy….the curse of Roy

      • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        You had to bring up Roy did you?

        I agree, the past is the past. Which makes you wonder why a Bruin fan would want to discuss it to make a point. Oh well. Enjoy the rest of the season.

      • habssuck - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        Speaking of stupid, learn how to spell it before you use it.

        “History” is all the scabs are. When was the last time they won the cup?

    • bbblackwell - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      A cup every 50 years makes Bruins fans arrogant.l That’s what the loser-victim mentality will do for you

      • drewzducks - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        It was actually 39 years, 38 seasons, but I’m guessing math, amongst a myriad of other things, isn’t your strong point.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        I can understand drewsucks not wanting to revisit history. As a Bruins fan, would you really want to relive that miserable history? Eliminated 20 straight times from the playoffs by the much better Canadiens would drive anyone away from that history. They finally win a Cup in an era with color photography and you would think they’ve won one every couple of years. You see, we Habs fans have been there before and one cup is really no big deal when you have won more than 25 of them. Personally, I was kind of glad to see the Bruins finally win a cup after 40 years of futility, because they were going the way of the irrelevant Leafs and I kind of like the Bruins being somewhat relevant, even if it’s only for a year or two before they go back into that long dormant stage again. It was pretty obvious the other night that they can’t skate or keep up with the Canadiens, so they would prefer to talk about the one Cup they won in the past 40 years. Enjoy it, and we’ll be talking again in another 40 years.

    • bruinsfan57 - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      this is the same Max Pacioretty that a couple of seasons ago was crying like Nancy Kerrigan and wanting to have Chara thrown in jail for checking him into the boards. Imagine that, Chara had the nerve to check someone during a hockey game. And now Maxi – pad either grew some balls or borrowed someone else’s balls and decided to run his mouth far away from the ice of the Garden I might add. Where was his yipping ass during the game?

      • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        Someone once told me to relax and take some deep breaths. You should try it, it really works. And do you have an obsession with balls? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

        Oh, and BTW, did you enjoy the Bruin Diving and Embellishing video?

      • greenmtnboy31 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        His yipping ass was on the ice putting the biscuit in the basket on the way to another one of numerous Habs victories over the little bear cubs. If it were a check into the boards, no one would have had a problem with it, but it was another case where the Bruins can’t keep up with the faster Canadiens so the slug Chara reached out and elbowed Patches along the boards while the puck was 60 feet down the ice.

    • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Do I need to explain the spelling? You’re not very bright, are you?

  2. solador78 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    At least Lucic put the blame where it should be, on Brad Marchant and his other Bruins teammates:

    “I know the way that we are as a team, and how we play… We don’t like our guys diving. We don’t like our guys embellishing. You don’t like to see it around the league. So hopefully the right calls will be made, and guys will take pride in not being that type of player.”

    • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      Thanks solodor, that was awesome.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      I liked the one of Horton taking the dive when Aaron Rome ran him over and all the little bear cubs fans went whining all the way home.

      • drewzducks - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        greenmountsboys showing some real vitriol and hate…better be careful you’ll get thrown out of your Lez Habs fan club for promoting such violence.

  3. 8man - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    The Rat! Love that guy!

    Enough has been made of this that if “embellishment” and “diving” are actually happening, the refs will recognize it and respond or not respond accordingly.

    Go Bs!

  4. cweez2 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Montreal is 5th in the league in minor penalties (102).
    Boston is 21st (83).

    Habs have 338 PIM, Boston 296.

    Yes, Boston is last in the league in power-play opportunities. But to say MTL isn’t getting called and Boston is, is just wrong.

  5. pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    pp time:

    MTL: 160:38
    BOS: 99:56

    keep in mind how good the MTL PP has been and how bad the BOS PP has been

    19% v 14%

    there is a reason the discrepancy is THAT large.

    Marchand has been known to embellish, yes. He has not been doing it this year. you will also not find a boston fan who denies it or likes.

    It is part of the Habs culture, yet you all act like it’s not there or the habs don’t do it more than any other team in the league.

    • cweez2 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      All that shows is Boston’s PP is bad. We’ve known that for years. Don’t try to fit fake stats into the usual “they’re divers” argument. Just say it…it’s been said at least 100 times in the other two articles.

      • pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        not really a fake stat. you can look up PP minutes per team too. also, I did say it:”It is part of the Habs culture, yet you all act like it’s not there or the habs don’t do it more than any other team in the league.”

      • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        You can’t prove that any team does more diving than the other. However there are now several videos floating around showing Bruin players acting like human Zamboni’s. Don’t you see the irony? The Bruins are calling other teams divers, when there is video proof that they are just as bad if not worse!

        And please name another team in the league that calls a press conference to complain about it? Pot meet kettle.

        But this is a good thing. People are starting to see the Bruins for what they are, sobbing babies who complain about embellishment to cover up for the fact they’re a dirty team.

    • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Penalty Minutes per game: Montreal 15.4
      Boston 15.6

      Wow, big difference eh? I guess you forgot Boston has played three fewer games when using the Total amount of minutes eh? How typical peeper.

      • pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        HUGE difference.

        65 PIMs – vs Toronto 2/9/13
        41 PIMs – vs Florida 1/22/13
        36 PIMs – vs Ottawa 1/30/13

        32 PIMs is Boston’s high vs Montreal the other night.
        17 went to Chara.

        that will drastically change the Penalty minutes per game.

        Typical Habsman. Try again.

      • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        I have no idea what you’re trying to do with these numbers. Really I don’t. Penalty mintutes per game ON AVERAGE are almost identical. Which is kinda funny considering Boston is a dirty team, and Montreal is not.

        Montreal has had 100 power plays, and they’ve been shorthanded 104 times. So what arguement are you trying to make?

      • pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        I am trying to show that Montreal embellishes to get power plays.
        was it that confusing?

        If the Bruins go out and get 70 minutes in penalties tonight that would slide those numbers dramatically- now times that times 3 games.
        the Canadiens have 338 PIMS this year and 142 of them (42%) came in three games (14%)
        got it yet?

        Look at the time of PP and the time of SH –
        PP 160:38
        SH 89:35
        you really can’t be this dumb.

        “Which is kinda funny considering Boston is a dirty team, and Montreal is not.”
        conclusion: unsportsmanlike penalty for diving.

      • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        You need to look at AVERAGE’s, not totals. They have played different amount of games.

        Montreal has been shorthanded more than they have been on the power play, so your PK and PM times cannot be correct. Where are you getting your stats? So are you saying the other teams are better at embellishing?

        Have you seen the Bruin Diving and Embellishment video yet? If you have, then you’re a hypocrite for calling any team divers.

        Have you seen Poking The Bear #1 and Poking The Bear #2? If you have, you will see that everyone outside of Boston, is laughing at the Bruins and their excuses for dirty play.

        Anything else?

      • pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        Actually they were sort of making fun of Marchand and Lucic. That’s it.. Marchand as stated needs to, and has cleaned up his game. Lucic – needs to take more responsibility in knowing that players don’t want to get hit by him so they turn their backs. The ference thing was funny- he gave the worst excuse ever and it worked. If you actually watch the mcdonough play or listen to him or tortarella it was unintentional; careless, but he caught and edge and tripped into him. If you notice Krejci was the first one attending to him. I could put together 28 minutes of bad hits by Pacioretty, Bourque, Subban, White, etc… nobody cares enough about the habs to make a TV show segment on them.. notice the video was posted/edited by a canucks fan right…

        there are like 3-4 teams/fan bases (MTL,VAN,BUF, PIT(?)) that don’t like the Bruins or the way they play. There are 28 other teams and fan bases that think the Canucks and Canadiens are a disgrace to the league. The Flyers are a prefect example, I hate them; I think they have some dirty players (less now the sesito is gone) but I respect them and the way they play. No team is immune to questionable plays -the Habs and Nucks it’s just an entire culture of bad hockey.

      • whatthepuck2012 - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        Pepper you’re correct…Pens fans aren’t at all fond of Boston.

  6. pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:43 AM

  7. jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    good gracious, when will this just die? so sick of it, both teams need to either grow up or just whip ‘em out because there’s no point in going back and forth in the media and making our lives miserable.

    • pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      it won’t it’s Boston/Montreal. That’s what makes it fun.

      • pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        also slightly ironic that Boston’s best player is French-Canadian who probably grew up a Habs fan and Montreal’s best player is American who probably grew up a B’s (rangers/devils?) fan.

      • itsallniceonice - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        Bergeron was never a Habs fan.

      • pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        Even better… Nords?

  8. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    I like Max more and more…his comments were spot on. The Bruins didn’t want to lose, and are such poor losers they are resorting to name-calling and blaming officials, etc. WOW. Expected from Lucic, Chara, or Marchand…not from the head coach.

    I love this argument, and the fact that the Bruins are taking it up…because there is no way they can win it. It’s like watching someone beat his head off the wall :D

    • pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Yeah, 2 pts behind, 3 games in hand. They eliminated you from the playoffs after being up 0-2 heading home, they won a Stanley cup and have two of the best young talents in the game, all since you’ve been on the team Max, the jealously is just pouring out of them.

  9. danel18 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Or maybe hes just embarrassed a rival division team came into their barn, played their back up goalie, and handed them a loss. Remind me who was the coach in Montreal when this happened? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNw8ZZT8tOU

    • pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      dude it’s one game. I don’t’ think they were/are embarrassed. You have a good team; it’s not like they were playing a bantam team. a 4-3 loss isn’t that big of a deal in march (granted the shortened season). Pretty sure the B’s came into your building a won one early this year on two quick goals. it’s hockey and things happen, but that game (as your coach said) could have gone either way – a few bounces and few posts and a smaller penalty discrepancy.

      • danel18 - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        I’m not a habs just saying a random excuse to give after a loss to divert the attention on himself and the players. After all looks like the habs are not the only team that “embellishes”. Every team has a few guys that do even including julians men just take a look http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6IxtxfsNWg

    • bbblackwell - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      The Bruins and their classy fans don’t have the brains to be embarrassed by that.They think that a cup every fifty years makes them a dynasty and their their resident goons are tough guys because they can pound on players half their size. When Laracque was dressed their new hero Lucic behaved like a shy little girl hiding on the bench and the Bruins fans thought no one noticed

      • pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        where is laraque now?

        13 (695g)season in the NHL Laraque had 53 goals
        2 (160g) season in the NHL Lucic had 56 goals in the NHL

        hmm.

        Laraque also hasn’t played in almost 4 years, can’t you get something new?

  10. LampyB - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Sorry Max, if you were embellishing while at the bottom of the standings the media would be even more focused on it.

    Embellishment is a common occurrence amongst all canadian teams, maybe toronto being the exception. Its a weak and petty brand of hockey.

    • winstonnilesroomford - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Hahaha… I’m not a habs or Bruins fan but you know nothing. Diving is more common amongst Canadian teams? Really? Except Toronto? Really? Ever heard of grabovski? The bottom line is EVERY team dives and it sucks. All the people who say ‘ your team needs to stop diving ?’ Has to look a at their own team. Boston dives ( watch the video), habs dive, canucks dive, San Jose dives, everybody dives. You clearly only watch Bruins games and through.yellow and.black glasses. Let’s just agree everyone dives and it must stop.

  11. dropthepuckeh - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Marchand was talked to last year about the diving and his game has changed drastically. I think if you look at video around the league you can find instances on all teams of “embellishment” and diving. Unfortunately no team is immune. What I think most folks outside of Montreal and Vancouver can agree on is that those two team seem to have a deeper, dare I say culture of diving. The crowds in both buildings, always heralded as being so passionate and knowledgeable, reward diving with cheers when they generate an opposing penalty. There is a level of arrogance that accompanies it almost as if they regard themselves as smarter than the rest because they have outwitted the opponent and the refs. I think its pathetic. I hate it on the Bruins and I hate it on the Canucks and Canadiens. But whatever it is about those two teams, it is clearly much more prevalent. Additionally, it seems to change players who might play a hard nosed honest game and then get traded or signed to one of those franchises. It corrupts them.

    I think the NHL should use a “diving list” like they discussed. Shame the players into playing the game correctly. Hockey doesn’t need the hysterics of soccer. Its embarrassing to watch. I’d take a seven game series with Rangers/Flyers/Devils an day, win or lose rather than a series with that crap with the Canucks or Montreal. It isn’t clever and it isn’t funny. Additionally when someone does really get hit and hurt, it will make the refs think twice about making a call. PK should remember that next time he flails on the ice in pain. The boy who cried wolf and nobody cared anymore.

    • nunan - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Well said! This is all a good thing in my opinion. Brings attention to the issue. Also, if people actually watched CJ’s presser after the game, he said he wasn’t going to put the blame only on other teams bc that would be ‘hypocritical’..his word. Yet, people ignore that statement. Any fan knows the Canucks and the Habs are the poster-organizations for embellishing. When they play the Bs, they feel they need to up the ante because they can’t match the physical play. That’s why this stuff always boils over when they play the Bruins.

    • smurfposse - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Are you kidding? seriously, take the most hated team in the East, and the most hated team in the West and claim they are more prevalent to flopping ..my that’s research at its finest.
      And to say Marchand has changed…. that’s the most laughable thing I have heard in any of the 30 hockey sites I’ve read this year.
      And name a player that was traded to Vancouver or Montreal who has been ‘infected’ with this diving bug…. You’re a joke. There are tons of divers… even big name guys…ahem Crosby… that never get a talking about…and never played for either Nucks or Habs…. so…. you need to clean yer brush before painting 2 teams as culprits of ‘embellishment’.
      As a fan of the game… sure the Sedins, Lapierre (in either the Nucks or Habs jersey) like to make a big deal out of little things… but seriously to make claim they have been endoctrinated by the Holey Trinity of Diving, Baptised in the waters of Embellishment, and Touched by the Immaculate Flopper himself… you may pick what you want to say, but you definitely do not see the whole picture.
      Good day to you sir.

      • dropthepuckeh - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        You just help make the point – the two most hated teams in the NHL are Vancouver and Montreal. Why? Because of the diving and because of the arrogance. Do you really think people don’t like them because they are good? I don’t love the Rangers or Flyers but I certainly respect them. The Canucks? Not so much. Montreal, forget it.

        You named the Sedins, Lapierre – how about Burrows? Kessler? Higgins? Or the master fraud Luongo! That’s all of their good players.

        As for players who changed their game once they got traded to Montreal – how about Gionta? You didn’t see that crap with the Devils. Gomez? Montreal ruined him. With a name like smurfposse you must love those guys and you’d probably fake an injury to collect workers comp at work – assuming you could get a job. You are the joke dude. Piss off.

      • winstonnilesroomford - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        Higgins?

    • winstonnilesroomford - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      Oh, wow, isn’t that convenient, the two teams your team hate the most are the worst divers. Way to be exactly what you are criticizing in non knowledgeable homer fans. If you dont understand what a hypocrite you are then you are retarted. Bruins complaining about diving is like a team with Chris Neil complaining about a team with Matt Cooke. Let’s stop pointing fingers to play politics with the refs and get this crap out of the game. It’s a.league wide issue and the Bruins are as bad as anyone.

      • dropthepuckeh - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        I’m not a fan of making fun of people with mental disabilities (besides Habsman) but yes you are correct, my least favorite teams are the diving teams. They make a mockery of the sport and that is why I don’t like them. It seems perfectly logical to me but I’m guessing logic doesn’t factor into your Neanderthal brain often.

        As for your analogy regarding Neil and Cooke; I’d take Neil on my team in his prime. He understands the code and is a tough hard working player. Cooke I could do without.

      • dropthepuckeh - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        Also FYI genius – it’s “retarded” but I’m guessing irony is lost on you.

      • winstonnilesroomford - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        You are the biggest hypocrite. You make fun of unknowledgeable biased fans while spouting off wh exactly what an unknowledgeable biased Bruins fan would say .Right, you hate them because they dive the most, not because they are your team’s rival. This is hilarious. Then you claim to be above making fun of people with mental disabilities while calling some other guy retarded and saying I am too for a typo. THAT IS IRONY. By the way neanderthals had bigger brains then humans and we are all part neanderthal, look it up. Make fun of typos all you want, I’m writing this on a crappy phone.

      • dropthepuckeh - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        Vancouver is a rival of Boston? I guess I am “unknowledgeable” then.

        I never used the term you used other than to correct your spelling. You are just a fool with a crappy cell phone and awful life my friend. Thanks for the history lesson too. Your intellect is remarkable.

      • winstonnilesroomford - Mar 5, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        Yes, you are absolutely unknowledgeable if don’t think van and Boston are rivals. There is genuine hate there from both sides. It doesn’t matter how often they play. Fine, I shouldn’t have used the word retard but , to be fair, it originally referred to stupid people general. And in that context, it’s pretty spot on. As for you, you are such a cowardly hypocrite, you act all holier then thao about calling people retards then do the exact same thing,TWICE….and you think because you we’re too cowardly to actually say word you have some higher ground?

  12. gino97 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Bottom line is Boston plays rough and tumble hockey and other teams call them goons just cuz they cant hang and bang.

    • bbblackwell - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Actually they are called goons because they are goons and when they get torched its always some one else’s fault. Heard it from Sinden. Heard it from Cherry. Heard it from O’Reilly and the new coaching genius has signed on to the idiocy too. For years guys named Toppazini,Oliver and Cheevers got lit up by guys named Beliveau, Lafluer and Moore and it was always the officials fault according to the Bruins and their idiot fan base.

      • nunan - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        You obviously have no clue about that line. Pivotal piece to winning the cup, best 4th line in hockey, etc. The problem is people like you don’t think for themselves. Because that line has a guy like Thornton who fights, that line is ‘goon’-ish? Instead of actually watching them play, you just jump on that old-tired bandwagon about how they are goons. Ya, Paille is such a goon. Same with Campbell. Thornton is so dirty..I hate when he politely goes up to opposing players and asks them to fight….Use your head.

    • smurfposse - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      So hitting PK from behind is rough and tumble… but not illegal? Pushing Pk into the net when he was 30 feet from the play… tough… but ..again not illegal? Oh how about a high stick to Patch… yes tough guys use sticks to intimidate… yet.. not illegal. Chara totally over reacting to a NON-injured team mate… and embellishment does not live in the world of the B’s (eh Sequence..er ah I mean Seguin) …. trying to pound on a guy who doesn’t fight… brave Chara…so very brave…

      Bottom line, B’s get a pass on a lot of their illegal activity..whatever reason that may be…

      Bottom Line… regardless of games played HABS #1 in CONFERENCE…. nuff said

      • nunan - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Bottom line – Habs get a pass on all their embellishing. Hence all the talk about it..which is nothing new.

        Bottom line – Nobody in Boston is worried about being two points behind with games in hand. I would venture to say that most people in Boston aren’t even THAT concerned about the division title. If they win it, great but we all know at this point, playoffs are all that matter. 17 or the 20 players on this team already won the cup. From a fans perspective, a division title is all that important.I think they’re pretty confident in their abilities, despite what Habs fans like think.

      • rdurk86 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        How is high sticking Pacioretty even used as an example???? Seidenberg went for a stick lift and missed. Refs fault for missing an obvious penalty, but don’t spin that situation as dirty.

  13. pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Super classy by your radio guy calling the childrens hospital.

    everyone knows the place to prank call is a childrens hospital. If there was ever a group of people who needed to deal with that it’s the doctors, nurses and staff that have to see sick children all day.

    stay classy.

  14. LampyB - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Funny how easy it is for someone with an IQ of 70 to trash talk on the internet. Habsman is an idiot, my intelligence drops every time i read your posts.

    • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Yes, I can see your intelligence is rapidly decreasing. And that’s a real problem considering it wasn’t too high to begin with.

  15. biffnasty - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    has this become a *who is better America or our little sister canada*? well thats just funny, everyone knows that canada has put out far more lavish and important exports including but not limited too ; Justin beiber, the canadian tuxedo, the mullet, the pet beaver, the funnies man in canada tom green, and a much higher suicide rate than America. ohh and who can forget, joey from full house. nice work lil sister canada, and when was the last time a canadian team won the cup? early 90′s? have fun with the loony and mullets

    • jkaplan11 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Clay Aiken, Denis Rodman, 12,000 murders a year, child beauty pageants, Earnest Ainsley, Detroit, KKK, trillion dollar deficits, acid rain, Bob Sagut, sink holes, azz holes, congress, cindi lauper……………………..I could go on………

    • bucrightoff - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Dude, Honey Boo Boo. End of freaking discussion.

    • drewzducks - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      It would be easier to say Elisha Cuthbert, Shania Twain and a bunch of crap.

    • smurfposse - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      I’ll refrain from retorting. This Site is about HOCKEY…. maybe ya heard of it?

  16. sabatimus - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Well, the Canadiens aren’t known around the league as the Canadian Diving Team for nothing. Every team dives, yes; the Canadiens make an art form of it.

    • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Did you enjoy the Bruins Diving and Embellishment video?

  17. pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    really?
    league did.
    many players did.

  18. bgrillz - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Habs fans, don’t get too high on your squad. Yes, they beat Boston the other night. But they had their all star goaltender get lit up for 7 goals by a Malkinless Pens team, in their building, and the only reason it was close, was the fact that Tomas Vokoun has been white hot garbage this season. Worry about yourself is a good idea Michelle. And Max, no one is jealous of your team.

  19. sjsharks66 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Patch is such a douche. They are so jealous of us. They are not running away with the first spot like chicago is. Pens and bruins are not far behind.

    What a tool.

    • homelanddefense - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      the best part is the Bruins are two points behind….with three games in hand. And have a higher win %. Just a stupid comment all around

      • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Irony.

  20. dropthepuckeh - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Go away Habsman or at least write about something else. You’ve been posting the same crap for three years now ever since the Bruins won their Cup. Get over it, it happened and it is now another season. The Habs won a regular season game. Congrats. Unless Campbell and Lucic pissed in your cheerios or slept with your mom you need to give it a rest. Or go away. Please.

  21. homelanddefense - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    since we are posting diving videos, Id like to add this

    • nunan - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Best one is him making a mockery of the game after laying a good hit..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heF3OY2Pnoo

  22. bruinssuck - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    • drewzducks - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Rep. Weiner appreciates the donation Jonny boy. Dolt.

  23. dougv51 - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Isn’t Pacioretty the same “embellishment expert” who stuck his forearm in Grabovski’s mouth and then spent the next several days trying to make a “bite me” claim stick (in a Habs 6-0 loss Feb 9)? No credibility there – this is just tribal chatter but the subject is not trivial – the League must crack down on this behaviour.

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2013/02/10/grabovski_bites_pacioretty_leafs_canadiens/

  24. dcent87 - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    “Embellishment city” on YouTube. GO!

  25. bruinssuck - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:14 PM

  26. houseof666 - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Why does this become Canada vs USA, i am a western Canadian who has loved the bruins since birth. I hate it when two teams like this play and all of a sudden I hear “USA” chants and 80% of the players are Canadian.

    • pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      90%

    • rdurk86 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      Usually the USA chants have to do with the Montreal fans in the stands. People get upset when they are singing load during the Canadian anthem then decide to sit down during the USA anthem. I’m not saying similar things don’t happen with Americans in Canadian arenas. I just think the Montreal fans draw that chant most of the time.

    • bruinshockey35 - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      cuz american fanbases dont like the diving crap. the players and teams adapt to the fans.

      …at least for some of the original six teams. as for the bruins, we’ve had our weak years but when it comes down to it, we always want and love a physical team.

      but i mean i dont think thats entirely true… your point is 100% valid.

  27. bucrightoff - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    This is some pretty funny stuff to read. Both these teams are tied with the Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings for Stanley Cups since 1990, and have been lapped by the Devils, Red Wings and Penguins. Everyone needs to know their place.

  28. steverolley - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Every team dives

    When your team does it….. smart hockey

    When the other team does it…. disgrace to the game

    • bruinshockey35 - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      its never smart hockey. as a bruins fan, i dont approve. I hate the frequency of other teams do it. but yeah i know my players have before. marchand had a week or two in the end of 2012 season that it was a bad habbit.

      i never approved. its never smart hockey. its coward hockey. I’m happy he’s changed and i wont welcome that back to boston.

      diving and flopping is always a disgrace to the game.

  29. mclovinhockey - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Habs-24
    Leafs-13
    Wings-11
    Bruins-6
    Hawks/Rangers-4

    First off they played 5 other teams. If my franchise was as old as these teams and had less than 10 cups total I would not be proud of my franchises history.

    I don’t think Boston has anything they can hold against the Habs, 4 times the cups, many more hall of famers, bigger/ smarter fan base and the birth place of hockey.
    If I was a Habs fan I would be proud.

    • homelanddefense - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      you do realize that the Canadiens had rights to players within a certain radius of their city right? And all the best players were from canada……..

      • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        Certain radius of city? Please explain that one. Never heard of it before. Maybe you’re just making things up?

      • mclovinhockey - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        Yeah, I knew that. It was not a large radius and they only used french speaking players, the rest of the league was free to use the rest of Canada, the US, and any other place they wanted to take players from.

  30. r8rbhawk - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    ESPN sucks, http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/poll/conversation/_/id/3561635

  31. r8rbhawk - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    espn sucks http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/poll/conversation/_/id/3561635

  32. dan46778 - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Wow I think my hockey iq went down n I am bruins fan but at the end of the day it between two styles of hockey a physical side (bruins) n not so physical( Canadians)…

  33. nhstateline - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    The NHL is more fun when the Bruins and Habs are both really good. Like they are now.

    This Habs team seems to dive less than previous editions but it does dive. It got what it deserved for doing that in Game 7 a couple of years ago when one of their players ended up badly out of position for doing that and contributed to the Bruins winning goal. That was the same series in which PK first looked back to make sure the zebras were looking then flopped like a pancake untouched. Hopefully, that happens again in the playoffs this year.
    This edition is also cheap and annoying. The Bruins would better off playing their game than responding to cheap and annoying. That’s part of Montreal’s strategy for drawing penalties that the B’s played right into the other night. All things considered, I thought the Habs played better overall and imposed their will the other night. They deserved to win the game.
    As for history, once Montreal had to give up the system that gave them the rights to all of the best players from the Province of Quebec (roughly like the Dolphins having a monopoly on the best football players from Florida) how have they done ? Not badly but nothing like they did before when they got to compete with a stacked talent development system behind them. Comparing anything from when that system was around to anything after is kind of a useless exercise.

    • solador78 - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      You mean when Jeff Halpern was out of position on the OT goal due to the effects of a concussion thanks to this dirty hit?

      • nunan - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        What was Halpern doing? Looked right at Ference and then skated right at him? Never understood that. Ference braces for a hit and Halpern turns his head away..terrible on Halpern. I have no doubt he was shaken up after that but watch what your doing for god-sakes.

      • solador78 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        Halpern was naive to not expect Ference to try a blindside headshot.

      • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Another example of Bruin fans trying to convince you that you did’nt see what you actually did see. A disgusting dirty hit by a liar (unintentional bird), and a diver.

        But hey, I can’t blame you for trying.

      • nhstateline - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        as for what I didn’t see….I was at that game, it was like watching a flopping contest and a great hockey simultaneously.

        Then there was this in an earlier game…..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCI7Y6i4_vo

        I don’t think Claude was right about the other night, I thought Montreal just played better but overall about being the league leaders in diving year in and year out (every time does it, some more than others so don’t bother point out Bruin dives, I’ve seen them too) nobody dives and flops in the NHL more than that team.

  34. thebadguyswon - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Suck it Bruins. More to come in April.

    • nunan - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      Only then can Habs fans talk..because winning in the playoffs is the only thing that will turn this rivalry back in the Habs direction. Bruins have beaten the Habs twice in a row in the postseason, won a cup, and until last game, had beaten the Habs five games in a row. Dominance. This thing started turning in Boston’s favor when they took the Habs to 7 games in 2008 as the 8 seed.

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        24 Cups

      • nunan - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Yawn..

    • nhstateline - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Oh let’s do hope. There’s little better than a Habs-Bruins playoff series. Like I said, last year wasn’t as much fun without a good Habs team to hate. As for who would win the series, hard to say. Boston won in Montreal and Montreal won here. Neither of them were convincing wins.

      It wasn’t just Halpern,

      Also, how come you guys didn’t link this ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK2EJhuHsl0

  35. nosefacekillah - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Notice when any calls the Canadians for their embellishment they circle the wagons. The team milks their status as with the NHL as one of the teams that must be treated with kid gloves and the fnas know it.

    The NHL understands that Montreal is seen as the “History” of the NHL and wants them to do well. They let the Habs get away with more than any team other the the Penguins (don’t want Mario crying and threatening to go home again). It is well known the refs are instructed to give the Habs a break. The NHL wants a winner in Montreal in the worse way.

  36. jinxe11 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Habman-you’re fandom is a farce.

  37. jinxe11 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    you’re fandom is a farce Scabsman-must be nice to just pick a team to root for when you don’t even live there-let’s pick the team with the most cups

  38. gino97 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Here is the best statistic of the day: Habsman has been on this thread since 10:20 AM with 10+ comments. get a life you unemployeed loser.

    • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Truth be told, there are three of us and we take 8 hour shifts each. And we live in my moms basement, with internet and a wood stove. And the other two members are beautiful 19 year old blondes. Bet you couldn’t tell eh?

  39. dropthepuckeh - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    No but my son did. All of my friends go their own pictures with it at the bar. Eh tu?

  40. dan46778 - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Habsman do u have a job bc every time I log on ur always have a job???

  41. eaglesbest - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    On top right now hey Pacioretty….congrats for having 32 points two more then the bruins with three more games played. Forgot you won a cup….. Oh wait

  42. scottybcboy - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Wow! After reading the comments I feel one point has been missed…..The Bruins’ players and coach talk about diving in a negative tone and as an embarrassment while the Habs’ players laugh about it and say “we’ll do anything to win”…..I think that sums up the attitude of both organizations (and fanbases) pretty well.

  43. thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Did North America’s most xenophobic city file a class action lawsuit yet?

  44. thehighcountrybear - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Where the hell does Halford get off pulling a sicky..?

  45. bbk1000 - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    For the most part the league protects the Pens, I assume they need them in some capacity, but the league could be eight teams and the play would be better….

  46. arbruins - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Check this vid out…the Canadiens dive and the league knows it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Korrjug37lw&feature=youtube_gdata_player
    How can you have any pride in such a pitiful display of sportsmanship.

  47. jinxe11 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Habsman probably became a habs fan post 1993-still waiting to enjoy a cup as a fan…don’t let the “eh’s” fool you-he’s faux

  48. habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    I’m not French, not that it matters. And that was no joke. We are fortunate not to have police in our elementary schools (so far). It was one of your moron butt buddies who insinuated that life sucks north of the border. Don’t dish it if you can’t take it.

  49. thesportsjudge - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    You may not have police in schools, YET, but you sure want to call them to a hockey rink over an incident that happened on the ice.

  50. pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    at least we know one job you could never have

  51. habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    You know, I really wish they would re-open the investigation, seeing how much it bothers your fan base. Wouldn’t it be great to see Chara convicted? Sentenced to 3 or 4 months? And have a gang of gay Jamaicans visit him every night? Wouldn’t that be great?

  52. pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    it doesn’t bother the fan base. It makes us laugh at your fan base. You called emergency services for a professional hockey play.

    seriously you are a laughing stock.

  53. homelanddefense - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    stuff like this makes me wonder why this site doesnt just ban your IP.

  54. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I don’t think any real hockey fans would ever call that a hockey play, pepper.

  55. loinstache - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    yeah for real, I don’t care about either team but the vast majority of consensus from hockey fans I know and from sites I visit was that play was stupid and dangerous, without a doubt…

  56. pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Any other rink in the league and it wouldn’t have happened. Did they or did they not CHANGE the rink because of the incident?

  57. loinstache - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    same reason they don’t ban the IPs of the bruin fans who make just as big of a fool of themselves once prodded? Seriously I wish you could see this unfold from the lens of a non Bruins/Habs fan

  58. habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    And no suspension. Why Colie?

  59. pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I don’t think he would know; he doesn’t have anything to do with Discipline in the NHL – even when he did; he wasn’t able to rule on any games Greg was involved in.

  60. habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    peeper,

    I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.

    You poor, gullible sap.

    Colie was directly involved with discipline matters that effected the competitive balance for teams league wide. If he made a decision to suspend a star Buffalo Sabre for example, would that not effect the Bruins and other teams in the division?

    And to say he didn’t have direct dealings with Bruin issues is laughable. His “lap dog” Mike Murphy (who he hired, and supervised) proved to be a complete incompetent.

    Did you see him smiling when the Cup was presented to little Greggie? Your Cup win was a farce.

  61. dropthepuckeh - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    That Cup season was awesome. I especially enjoyed meeting Andrew Ference when it was his day with the Cup. He allowed me to take pictures with it. I’ll never forget how special that was. Ference got a kick out of the fact that I gave him $5 for the fine he received for flipping the Montreal fans the bird. Sukkit Habsman!

  62. homelanddefense - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    I often wonder how little Gregie never managed to win a cup with Florida…..you think we would have seeing as the fix was in…

  63. pepper2011 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Yeah- No. He wasn’t in charge of discipline the year they won the cup Shannahan was. What are his ties to Boston? keep making excuses for your team.

    is he not supposed to smile when his son wins the Stanley Cup?

    that is a pretty stupid statement. it really is.

    did you hate FLA for years, or did they get special treatment. I would think if

  64. itsallniceonice - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    “Did you see him smiling when the Cup was presented to little Greggie?”

    Yeah if my son lifted the cup I’d definitely be frowning. Moron.

  65. rdurk86 - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Was this a farce?

  66. habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Wow, good for you! Did you take the picture to school and show your freinds? I bet they were impressed. Probably made you captain for street hockey at recess eh?

  67. homelanddefense - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    if there are Bruins fans that openly troll AT ALL TIMES and add almost nothing to the comments sections they I would be all for them getting booted too. His hatred is at such an absurd level that he cant provide a rational opinion on the Bruins. Its a pattern of behavior.

    a gay gang of jamaicans raping chara? Not relevant, or funny. Just pointless really. Its one thing to hate your rival, its another to be so over the top with it. For the record, yes, Im a Bruins fan. But my team is not above criticism. Ive stated MANY times on this site that I hate Marchand. I think he is a dirty punk, and he dives. I dont want him on my team. I bet if he were on Montreal the fans of that team would not be saying the same thing…

  68. habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    The Panthers didn’t have a team full of dirty, cowardly cheap shot artists. Boston did (does).

  69. itsallniceonice - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Bruins team isn’t full of dirty cheap shot artists, or cowards. Habs can be dirty, cheap shotters too. If you gave up your tired rhetoric trying to troll all the easy Bruins fans here maybe these topics could spur some good conversation instead of stupid hate fests.

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