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Disrespected? OK, but that’s not why the Habs won

May 15, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

Carey Price, Tuukka Rask AP

For the record, I love the “we were disrespected” angle that the Montreal Canadiens were playing up last night after eliminating the Bruins. It’s great for the blogging business, providing lots of clicks and comments and ranting and raving. Same goes for Milan Lucic being “disrespectful” in the handshake line. Even more so, actually.

But here’s the thing: getting disrespected wasn’t why the Habs beat the B’s. Perhaps it provided a bit of useful motivation, but let’s not allow that narrative, as much as you all care about PHTs well-being, to overshadow things like:

Carey Price is one of the best goalies in hockey.

PK Subban is one of the best defensemen in hockey.

— Teams that have those two things often do well in the playoffs.

— The Habs got Thomas Vanek at the deadline, and it didn’t cost them all that much. His five goals lead the team in the postseason.

Max Pacioretty was called out by his coach after Game 4. He responded, big time.

Dale Weise was deemed expendable by the Canucks. In Montreal, he’s been anything but.

Lars Eller. Pretty savvy trade acquisition for an expendable goalie.

Brendan Gallagher. Pretty savvy draft pick at 147th overall.

The Habs are full of good stories, from all of the above to Daniel Briere to Mike Weaver to Andrei Markov. And let’s not forget about their coach, Michel Therrien, who just so happens to be enjoying all this success while the guy who replaced him a few years ago in Pittsburgh is getting ready to look for work, apparently no longer a genius.

I’m not quite to the point where I’m going to rip the Habs for playing the “we were disrespected” card, as some have. I’m not going to rip Lucic much, either. Hockey is an emotional sport. We demand the players play on the edge, then we’re outraged when they get frustrated and don’t “#stayclassy”? Seems a bit much to me. But that’s another story.

And besides, I don’t doubt the Habs felt disrespected. (I mean, come on.) However, focusing too much on the respect factor is selling themselves short. Montreal’s got a great chance to get back to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1993. Because, as it turns out, Montreal’s got a pretty good team.

  1. hojo20 - May 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Did Lucic change his own diaper this morning?

    • theageofquarrel - May 15, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      No,the Rat Face had to come over to help.

    • pepper2011 - May 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Seriously?

      Lucic should have kept his mouth shut, and just saved it for next year,

      BUT.. telling on him?

      This is hockey right?

      I guarantee Subban told someone on the B’s to “keep their head up”, or “I’ll remember that next year”.

      These guys talk trash. All the time. I think it was the wrong time of Lucic, but Equally as Bush league for Weise.

      “wahhh, he said he was gonna get me next year”

      I actually thought with the exception of Weise and Gallagher the Canadiens played a pretty honest game – I think they tried a few dives, but kind of abandoned that cause half way through game 2. Good on them, hopefully they see that can work too.

      It will be funny to see if Weise get the Boston flu when they meet next year. Say what you want about Lucic, but to intentionally instigate (tattle) this guy seems like a bad idea for one’s own well being. especially from a guy who had a good series, but hasn’t scored more than 4 goals in a season.

      • c9castine - May 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        hes not telling on him. theres nothing punishable in what lucic did.

        he deserves to be embarassed. its not like there was clear video showing lucic going up and down the handshake line mouthing off while iginla is behind him thinking “what an asss this guy is”.

        and listen to you. boston flu. didnt seem to bother weise when he was slamming the puck into the back of the net. diving? dont make me post the two volume video montage.

      • pepper2011 - May 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Yeah – he told on him. It was Bush league. Not defending Lucic – as I said there is a time and place. There doesn’t need to be anything punishable… and I will argue that there is. If Something happens next year and Weise pretends fight and back out again, Lucic lands one and suddenly it’s a much bigger deal.

        You are wrong.

        It’s the same reason why when guys are mic’ed up they let their teammates know, and you never hear the raw audio.

        Things are said. He tattled like a little scared kid. He didn’t embarrass Lucic at all; he embarrassed himself by having a bigger hole than the octomom.

      • c9castine - May 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        thats gross man.

      • infectorman - May 15, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        au contrere.

        he’d telling on him alright, like the little b*itch that he is.

        Sniveling little tattle tale. Apparently the Canadiens have reduced what was once sacred ground into there little whiny soapbox.

        he said mean things to me in the hand shake line. WWWAAHHHHHH!
        PUH-C

        PUH-C

      • pepper2011 - May 16, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        Further Proof Weise is slim ball rat. He told on Lucic, like a baby.

        Subban actually gained my respect in this series; his skill was always undeniably but I couldn’t look past the diving and BS. He was very toned down when it came to the garbage. It was nice to see and scary.

        This is what you do when you have a nut sack: 2:00 mark. Also watch til the end I think Pierre
        might be pregnant.

    • afce22 - May 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      i have no problem with Lucic comments or the way he handled himself when interviewed, every team would love a guy who’s physical and skilled like that

      if anyone was classless it’s the Boston fans, no surprise. how much junk did they throw on the ice once their team lost. pathetic

      • elduguay - May 15, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        afce22… At least if that was the only thing the fans did. Here’s an account of a Habs fan at TD Garden. Reminded me of how Flyers fans were treated at the Garden a few years back. Maybe the B’s are the reflection of their fans after all. Pathetic they are!
        http://www.montrealgazette.com/touch/story.html?id=9838727

  2. lowenni - May 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Stop using the “we were disrespected” angle against the Canadiens. In the very link you provide for that quote, Subban says “No matter what anybody says, respect was earned tonight.” And it was. They beat the second best team in the league (IMO), a team that thought they could push them around in the playoffs. The Montreal Canadiens proved themselves to be an elite team in this league and earned the respect of other teams and fans. It’s not an “angle” and it’s not something worth “ripping the Canadiens”. They did earn respect.

  3. tone360 - May 15, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Spot on Brough. Hope my Hawks get a shot at them in the finals.

  4. canada2014gold - May 15, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    BC is embarrassed by Lucic. Keep him Boston!

  5. terrier92 - May 15, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Habs won fair and square

    Good luck going forward

    Bruins will be back next year

  6. drewsylvania - May 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Given the Canucks, BC is probably embarrassed by everything.

  7. drewsylvania - May 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    The disrespect is real–but it’s well-earned given the whining and dirty plays that are their hallmark.

    • charlie24zz - May 15, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      You’re still at it huh?

      So bitter, so sad. Enjoy the offseason bud!!!

    • charlie24zz - May 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Dirty?

      https://vine.co/v/MXeQ5d5h9q7

      How about that play, you punk?

      Whining? How about your buffoon coach whining after numerous games this series.

      We kicked your ass, and you have no class…You’re the worst kind of hockey fan

      • elduguay - May 15, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Nice move by The Rat Marchand to which Plekanec apparently replied: “You should’ve hit me with your nose, it would’ve hurt more.” Still killing myself laughing.

    • charlie24zz - May 15, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Karma mother******

    • 19to77 - May 15, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Go tell your golf buddies aaaaaall about it, bud.

  8. joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    This will be a first for me here on PHT.

    Wow! Slow clap for the author of this article. Very nice!

  9. c1md6 - May 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Lucic = Jewcic

  10. rje49 - May 15, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Not taking anything away from the Canadiens, who played very well, but winning a 7 games series doesn’t prove a whole lot. I mean if they played another 7, who would bet on the same outcome? Also, if some of those 13 goal post/crossbar hits had gone in, this series would have ended sooner, with a different outcome. You know, some luck, bounces of the puck, and an inch here and there made all the difference. Oh, and if somebody had woke up Krejci during the series. Seriously, he simply had no quickness in his play when needed.

    • joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      You’re right! It doesn’t mean much except that one team is going to the ECF and the other is not. And it could mean that one team wins the SC and the other doesn’t after the 7th game.

      Those shots hit iron could have gone wide too. Bottom line is that Montreal exposed some weaknesses, Price was better than Rask, Subban was better than Chara, Montreal’s d was better the Bruins’ d, and the Habs big boys put their big boy pants on.

    • c9castine - May 15, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      actually, 7 games do just that. prove a whole lot.

      tired of hearing about the posts. im sure montreal hit a few too and hitting a post isnt beating the goaltender.

      you have a better chance of having scored a goal when the goalie actually has to make a save than when you hit a post.

  11. penvik - May 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    So Montreal is a storied franchise, with many cups and a gazillion fans, so give them a cup yay. NYR are the USAs biggest market so give them a cup, woohoo. Original six matchup, really? Who cares? The NHL shouldn’t count anything before original expansion in 1967.
    What I’m worried about is the product on the ice. These are old franchises with history of course, but no talent, just boring defensive hockey with goalies that will keep the scoring to a minimum. How fun!!! The fact that I’m in the minority here is an even bigger problem than I could ever imagine. Horrible result for the NHL in my opinion, but I guess there happy, cause it’s all about money and who cares if the hockey is even exciting at all. All the fans can be happy because their storied original 6 franchises are still alive. Why not just go back to 6 teams, then you guys can be happy with your matchups. Let the rest of the actual good teams play for something. Except for Chicago, who if there is a god, will sweep the finals because the west is the only place you’ll find actual talented good hockey teams left

    • c1md6 - May 15, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      Clearly you haven’t watched the playoffs because if you did you’d realize the Rangers have scored 34 total goals this post season and the mighty high offensive Pens and Blackhwaks have just 35. So apparently the Blackhawks and Pens are “boring talentless hockey” with only 35 goals scored….it’s called the playoffs and goaltending and defense wins, there are no 6-5 games in the playoffs, the ice gets smaller and time and space is limited. Go back to playing your xbox if you want a high scoring playoffs.

      • constantrevolution1 - May 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        The Hawks have played two fewer games than the Rangers, so not really a valid comparison.

      • tone360 - May 16, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        How can you thumb down CONSTANTREV’s comment. Just a stated fact. Are we against facts now?

    • maalea - May 15, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      A bitter pens fan who thinks playoff hockey should have less contact than dancing with the stars.

    • joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      So, what is it that you would like to see? Stop your be otching and tell us. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say. Do you want to go back to the dead puck era? Do you want to increase the size of the nets and reduce the size of goalie equipment? Montreal hasn’t won a cup since 1993. No one is giving them anything.

      Your watching the best players in the world play in the best league in the world. There is tremendous talent spread amongst the 30 teams, and each team is responsible for building a winner. Is everything perfect? Heck! No!

  12. oneil1234 - May 15, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    No the refs and Carey price are the reason they won.

    • joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Right! Not because Lucic hd zero shots on net in Game 7, or because Marchand and Krejci had zero goals in the playoffs. Could it be because Chara had a terrible series? Or the young d men on the Bruins didn’t play well enough. Or because Rask didn’t play like a Vezina candidate. No. Of course not.

      Milan Lucic: “We had a great opportunity with a team like this and it’s a tough one to swallow.’’

      Brad Marchand: “Maybe it was lack of focus or I didn’t bear down.’’

      David Krejci: “I didn’t do my job in the playoffs.’’

      Lets blame the refs.

  13. hosewater2 - May 15, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Go back a few years, Montreal trying to choose between Price and Halak. Alot of people including myself thought they chose poorly, much credit to them in that decision, worked out well.

    • joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      “Montreal trying to choose between Price and Halak” Seriously! Do you actually believe it was a difficult choice for Montreal?

      In a conference room at the Bell

      Mtl GM: We want to trade Halak. Price needs to play and develop to be our #1 goalie for the future.

      Draft scout: Sir! Excuse me! We should trade Price. He’s bigger and younger than Halak, and he’s won gold with the juniors. Besides, Price is our 5th overall pick and Halak was selected 271st.

      Mtl GM: Draft scout! Are you out of your freaken mind? I don’t know who hired you, but I sure as heck know who’s going to fire you. You’re gone!

      Price was drafted 5th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft

      Halák was the 271st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft

  14. puckmepuckyou - May 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    NHL = Snapple best stuff on earth.

  15. pats2001 - May 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    no one was “disrespected” so relax with that one habs. they played better when it mattered and clearly wanted it more so props to them. i know its an emotional game and its hard to ask these guys to battle each other for 7 games and then immediately stop and shake hands…but thats the deal Lucic, you gotta be a bigger man than that.

    here’s hoping that chara was legitimately hurt, because if he wasnt the B’s could be in trouble and he might be done. he was one of the worst players on the ice the last 2 games and really didnt look good at all throughout the series. i love the guy, but he was awful and a liability. lets hope for the best…

    lastly, i tip my cap to all the puttses on these comment sections that pouncing on the bruins and their fans today. you guys are the ones that should “stay classy”. any bruins fan with half a brain knows Lucic was out of line and we’re acknowledging that. we’re not condoning what he did, but stuff happens. the rest of the stuff you puttses knit pick at because you don’t like the fact that the bruins have been successful the last five years. the only fan base that should be talking right now is chicago since they’re clearly the best team in the league. and i know there are some legit fans that actually “get it” out there so to you i wish you the best of luck for your respective teams moving forward.

    • 16thearlofderby - May 15, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      respect…. distracting a player during play from the bench is what – x2

      punching a player in the head when the play is stopped is what

      flexing muscles is what

      over exuberance after a goal is what

      saying i’m f’n going to kill you next year when the game is over is what

    • theageofquarrel - May 15, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      But it’s ok for Bruins fans to jump on everybody else. Yeah ok,keep playing the victim.

  16. penvik - May 15, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Joey4id,
    You wrote:
    “Your watching the best players in the world play in the best league in the world. There is tremendous talent spread amongst the 30 teams, and each team is responsible for building a winner. Is everything perfect? Heck! No!”

    Agree with that in that’s what they promote and for parts of the year that’s correct. The problem is you watch all year and should be quite apparent who the MOST talented teams are. There’s no way that the Rangers or Habs should be playing to get to the final. I don’t know what the answer is like you asked but I’d like the league to start with the BS no calls (putting the whistle away) to stop. Also evening up on a previous call, again nonsense. If one team takes 20 penalties and other takes 5 so be it. But right now the refs would call 5 of 20 and let 15 infractions go. Because they got to keep the games even and close. You notice this more and more when much talented teams are playing teams that focus on pure defense and goaltending. They let the defensive team commit infractions because that’s what they are. The more skilled, talented teams can not stray from the rules at all or they get a penalty because it’s not fair otherwise apparently. God forbid that some teams wouldn’t be able to keep up at all and should have been in the box 3 times more than they were. See NYR.

    • joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      I don’t know how long you’ve been watching hockey. Having the most talented team, or having greatest regular season record does not guarantee you much except home ice advantage. It’s been like this for longer than I can remember, and it’s the same in other sports. No team can play 82 regular season game with the same intensity that we see in the the playoffs. Otherwise the boys would have no more juice. The game played after the holidays is more intense than when the season starts. The games played during the playoff is more intense than the games played in October and Jan combined. If the coach (Bylsma for example) chokes, then you’re going to lose in the playoffs. There’s no way the Rangers or the Habs should play in the final? The Rangers today and the Rangers from October are 2 very different teams. Same for Montreal. Same for Boston. NYR had a new coach cleaning up after the mess left behind by the previous coach. Montreal added Weaver, Weise, and Vanek during the regular season. Price is nowhere near the player he was at the outset of the season, and nor is Subban. Boston’s KIL line failed to score, more experienced d men were injured, Chara didn’t play well. Was he injured? Was he over used by the coach during the regular season? There are so many variables that come into play during the playoff. Get out of the ivory tower and look deeper at the state of affairs in the NHL or any other team sport.

      “I’d like the league to start with the BS no calls (putting the whistle away) to stop.” The owners don’t want refs to decide the outcome of the game so they become very selective when calling penalties. It’s been like this since the inception of the game. If you call everything then it becomes a battle of PP & PKs. The measuring stick is usually to let small things go that doesn’t take a way a scoring opportunity, and especially in the playoffs. Sometimes they make a call because the ref feels the boys are getting a little out of hand. You’ve got to look at the emotional aspect of the game as well.

      “But right now the refs would call 5 of 20 and let 15 infractions go. Because they got to keep the games even and close.” Total BS. Last year NYR vs Wsh, Ovi suggested there was a conspiracy because his Caps got no or too few PPs compared to the Rangers. I think you’re trying too hard to make the evidence fit your theory. Are you a detective?

    • joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      penvik, here’s an old comment posted weeks ago….

      There is not one team sport (soccer, baseball, football, basketball) that have decent referees according to fans.

      Many fans have accused teams of buying referees or some being biased for the home team because of their nationality. That’s all BS. Boston could have been called for a few penalties last night in the dying minutes of the the 3rd period. Chara punched a Detroit player (Franzen??) in back of the head, and Marchand slashed another. No penalties called. Letting the players decide the outcome of the game is a common theme. Professional refs in a high stakes game will put the whistle away to let the boys decide the outcome of the game unless they see a blatant infraction which clearly gives an advantage to the culprit’s team. Ex: if an offensive player in the offensive zone commits an infraction which leads to the d team turning over the puck, and that leads to a potential scoring opportunity than the ref will call it. The same play in the neutral zone may go unpunished.

      If a trip happens 30 feet behind a play it’s highly likely that the refs will not blow the whistle especially if the game is in within reach of either team. Sometimes they’ll make calls they would have let go if not for the fact that the boys we’re getting carried away. As a ref you need to be able to assess what’s at stake, and the pulse of the players emotions before making a call. That’s the nature of the beast. If you call every infraction, then there would be very little 5 on 5.

  17. infectorman - May 15, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    3 SB Championships
    3 World Series Championships
    1 NBA Championship[
    1 Stanley Cup Championship

    spanning Winter 2002 to fall 2013.
    yeah, I can see why y’all hate Boston.

    Have fun with your anti-Boston circle jerk.
    next week it’ll be someone else..

    Congrats Habs, but you still don’t have a Stanley Cup Championship in a long time and you’re only half way there.

  18. penvik - May 15, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    And Charlie24, I’ll be at this until I’m dead. Hockey is my favourite sport and the NHL is making the final product look bush league, it starts with the rule book being thrown out the window in the post season.
    This is a long standing issue and has been for a long LONG time. The NHL was doing a good job 2005-2011 at trying to change this but have reverted back to old ways again. This year is a complete joke.
    2006 – Carolina #2 East vs. Oilers #8 BUT they had Pronger who has a knack for winning in the playoffs (Good)
    2007 – Ottawa vs. Anaheim (2 talented teams who deserved to be there also Pronger again Ha ha! – GOOD)
    2008 and 2009 – Detroit vs. Pitt (leagues 2 best teams meet both years – GOOD)
    2010 – Chicago vs. Philly (great finals matchup)
    2011 – Boston vs.
    Vancouver (again lots of people predicted this final at the beginning of the year – PERFECT FINAL)
    2012 – LA vs. New Jersey – the beginning of the disaster we’re in now. Although LA had quite a bit of skill/talent they weren’t quite where they should have been to compete. But nevertheless without the clutch and grab rules they were world beaters. New Jersey in the final was a joke. (BAD FINAL)
    2013 – Chicago vs. Boston (Good)
    2014 – The west will supply a team that should be just fine, the east on the other hand is a mess. Completely backward and both teams left downgrade the Stanley Cup final in a huge way. (Bad)

    • charlie24zz - May 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Are you talking to me?

    • charlie24zz - May 15, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Is that you drew? Make another account to whine some more?

  19. pepper2011 - May 15, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    You have to win to earn respect. The Canadiens hadn’t won with this core. Their last run was with Halak in net, and with the exception of 7 or so guys; the roster is almost completely different , They hadn’t proven they could hang with the big boys. They have now.

    They had been at the top of that 2nd tier of teams. Depending on how the Rangers series goes; they either move up or stay where they are. If they get swept (I don’t think they will) it’s hard to move them u up in my book.

    I don’t know how disrespected they were: The power ranking had them 7th-9th in the weeks heading into the playoffs heading into the playoffs. I think most thought they were the pretty close with the Rangers as the 2nd/3rd best team in the East behind the B’s.

    I know as a Bruins fan I thought they were the only team that could have beat them in the East; although the Rangers rallying around St. Louis should worry the Habs as it would have worried me as a B’s fan.

    You touched over the guy who had the biggest impact (deadline trade) for the Habs in this series. Weaver played unbelievable. Vanek did nothing. I know he put in a couple PP goals, but that was not the Vanek “Bruin” killer the Canadiens thought they were getting. The same way Iginla put some in, but wasn’t the threat he was in the regular season.

  20. 101starmymedic - May 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Could this article possibly fluff the Canadiens anymore?

  21. routerunner - May 15, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Hockey fans, Christ. I don’t know of any group of people that whines about “class” more but displays it less than you. This is regardless of city. It is endemic to the sport I think.

  22. montrealbbr - May 15, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    The Canadiens won because they have superior skill and speed compared to the Bruins who take players based on their size and how good they are at fighting. This isnt the 1970s where tough teams win games. The day that Boston realizes this and starts to evolve into a team that can draft and keep talented players is the day they will start to win cups more regularly.

    It must annoy Boston fans that their team trades away skilled players like Kessel and Seguin. These guys can score a boatload of goals at any time. Then you watch your team struggle to score when you face a team with a great defence. I know I would be annoyed to watch my team give away talent.

    • joey4id - May 15, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Yes! Because Montreal as been winning cups regularly since 1993.

      Your team doesn’t give away talent…. Are you serious? Ryan McDonagh. Does that name ring a bell? How about John LeClair? Chelios? Roy? Do you want to talk about bad draft choices?

  23. skr213 - May 15, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    I still don’t like Subban’s personality and what he brings to the NHL as far as bravado and such (what is this? the NBA??), but I will say that he earned my respect as a defenseman in this series. I’ve talked some trash about him in the past with respect to his play in his own zone, but this series changed my mind. From this Sharks fan, Go Habs Go!!! (for the rest of this post-season at least)

  24. muckleflugga - May 15, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    i’m with the boston crowd who argue dale weise should have left it on the ice — what happens in vegas stays in vegas so vegas says

    i’ve liked weise’s speed and his willingness to mix-it-up from his days as a canuck, but my liking has slipped a notch or two, this while understanding lucic himself has never met a mic he didn’t like … no one really likes a tattle-tale on or off the ice, and dale has managed to diminish himself against a vanquished enemy

    content and subject should have been left on the ice, whereas energy and purpose should have been held like a pocket ace, turned-up in coming games at need –cry wolf at your own peril in the electronic age

    yet, i’m in line when it’s time to jump on the foibles of lucic and marchand and thornton, or any other player including his holiness when opportunity presents itself … that is one would assume, the purpose of a comments section in a blog, evolving into elemental mine is bigger than yours discussion … we are all in a manner of speaking, tattlers, ranting and raving it would seem [ tut tut ]

    still, i’d trade my bank account with any player mentioned, and let them rip my rat-faced hairy ass and my conduct until the twelfth of never, then simply laugh all the way to the bank even as i’m sure they do –brad marchand made comment to that effect himself

    but as nhl evolves, the so-called unwritten code of conduct evolves, subject to mood of coaches and teams and individual players meeting on any night under any circumstances … code of conduct is a vagrant, myth given to wandering from semblance of any definable course or rule in the moment, driven as much by emotion as by anything

    so why should emotion driving foment in the moment not die an equally spontaneous death … had either of lucic or weise been given opportunity to go upstairs with their teams –away from the hangers-on including the media whores sucking them dry, share a few jugs and a few laughs– they’d have been given opportunity to put closure on the series, and all would have been well and good

    but nooooo … if a rule exists, it speaks to the order of current technology where anything said by anyone can proliferate at the speed of light, leaving original context and meaning behind as an original tale grows in the telling, feeding everything from the national itself to nbc hockeytalk … words spoken in the heat of the moment by men playing kid’s game are permitted to shake us to our cultural foundations … players and perception of themselves and their behaviour is inflated in proportion

    a condition not lost on either coach in this or any series …?

    julien and therrien played the game shamelessly, exploiting the need of the nhl marketing machine and attendant media in its lust for talking points, searching for a story to lure an audience, generate hype, generate interest, sell the product and more importantly, provide motivation for a consuming public to spend money and time … blog masters and their minions are caught up in the circle game themselves, happily

    but julien and therrien are themselves not without avarice … on balance, coaches and teams were as closely matched as teams could be in any series … frenchmen, no stranger to value in directed emotion, know theatre sells big and motivation woven from threads of behaviour artfully defined to be measures of respect, sell bigger in the locker room

    yes canadiens were an improved and clearly improving team, but this series went to the greater of the two motivators, touché michel

    left for therrien is finding a means to generate similar emotion and motivation to drive his team against rangers who, will do well to avoid the same sewer into which boston, its players and its fans were lured … pk subban, in his enthusiasm may have betrayed the party line …

    hate

    applying the notion of corollary, who’s the guiltier …?

    i’d be dubious as to source and veracity of material generating further hate as the playoffs continue, and i’d sure as hell be checking sources, even if it would mean employing some high-priced cyber detectives

    i know some twelve and thirteen year olds who’d could use the work, brilliant with code, they bring age appropriate emotion and behaviour to the subject at hand

    • r8rbhawk - May 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      No one actually read this entire comment, right?

      • slysipops - May 16, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        he back to trying at writing sagas again ! lol!

    • tone360 - May 16, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      I stopped after the Vegas comment. If you get herpes in Vegas it goes home with you.

  25. 93warchant - May 15, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Puck Boston,,, bend over and enjoy all you racist clam chowder eating flakes.

  26. canada2014gold - May 15, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Drewslavania at least the Canucks could shake hands with some class. Boston’s done, cap issues and their best player is on the decline. Marchand is also proving he’s average at best.

  27. jpat2424 - May 15, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Lucic is a scumbag.

  28. slysipops - May 16, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    GOOD GRIEF, the BOSTON sports networks are still hashing about the big loss to the HABS ! get over it already ! all the whining about …. what could have been…or what should have been… or what did happen …. nothing will change !! let it go ! air something constructive like ……SPORTSMANSHIP 101 !

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