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  1. I really enjoyed the finale. I realized a while ago we weren't going to get answers to many of the significant questions, and the finale was really all about the characters and I was ok with that. From a character point of view, it was basically flawlessly done IMO. Really happy with how it turned out and will really miss it now that it is gone.

  2. WOW! This is absolutely stunning. I can't say enough about the heart and character these players have. Gorges, Gill, Gomez, Gionta, Cammalleri, Spacek, Moen, Moore, Lapierre, the list goes on!

    I am so proud of this team and can't wait to see them in the Conference finals for (realistically) the first time in my life, 8 years old and under aside.

  3. I don't think he will ever put it together year to year. He might have a couple of big years, but his work ethic

    and lack of interest is very concerning.

    I think he will be somebody else's problem next season.

    I've basically defended the Kosty bros mercilessly the last few years, but I've had it with Andrei. I'd much prefer to keep Sergei if the option were there but I bet we trade them both.

  4. But who really cares then? The whole point of making a great upset, or winning any playoff round, is that it takes you one step closer to winning the Cup. If our great victory is that we're going to lose - but not yet, we get to play an extra week! - then what does it matter?

    Playoffs are about the Cup. 8 teams left with a chance to win the Cup. Montreal is one of them.

    Nah, you are actually the one missing the big picture IMO. You can't label a season as a failure everytime it doesn't end in a Stanley Cup.

    1. It is damn exciting when your team does well, let's face it, that was fun.

    2. It is a process, very few teams will go from missing the playoffs to winning the cup the next year. It would seem to me that very few teams will go from losing in the first round to winning the cup the next year. Each game in the 2nd round is one more chance for our players to earn even more experience for the years to come. Wining the Stanley Cup will very rarely come overnight, it is a process. And this is a big step in that process.

  5. Just responding to the simplistic notion that what Gainey did was good because they won 1 round.

    That's fair and you have some valid arguments. I was very skeptical of what he did in the offseason in 2009 and I have been pleasantly surprised with just about everyone he brought in 10 months ago. That's all I'm saying.

    As far as the cap issues go, I think we need to calm down and realize that there are always ways around the cap. Someone is going to be near the floor and needing a veteran, one year contract (Hamrlik). Someone is going to be hoping that they can catch lightning in a bottle with a couple of very skilled forwards (Kostitsyn x2).

    But enough of that, Let's enjoy the Playoffs while we can.

  6. I am not sucking at Gainey's teet because they won 1 round.

    The criticism of his moves were never about this season, they were aimed at where we go in the future.

    Everybody is creaming themselves right now, but what if Halak does the impossible and takes the Habs

    to round 3? What does he want in the off season? $5M?

    So now how do you pay Plekanec and Halak? You deal Price and get 750K in cap space and an inferior backup goaltender?

    As much as this is an enjoyable ride this team has some monster cap issues that will arise in 6 weeks.

    That is AND always was the criticism of the moves.

    Well aren't you a ton of fun ^_^

  7. Just because Gainey brought in players doesn't mean a thing....the credit is OWED to the players who did the work in the playoffs and battled through 82 games when the team had a constant bandage of the CH! gainey also brought in Sergei PLUG samsonov...bought him out....georges "sportsnet fav" laraque, and Janne "hands of stone" ninnemma for RIBS...and a 2nd rd pick for Huet... we owe this to the players...not the organization.....if you happen to have a carbonneau boner still, put it down...we're 365 days away from that. :hlogo: GO HABS GO...lets stop living in the past...and look forward to round 2 as one :hlogo:

    I'm in the past and you go ahead and quote moves Gainey made years ago. Bottom line, the players he brought in last summer helped us win our first round series.

  8. I firmly disagree.... Gainey left because he was afraid of losing his job; he saw this team headed for doom in the centennial and didn't want to be accounted for the fall...I think the players of the organization staying together and playing as a team throughout the season (despite injury plague) deserve the majority of credit. I think a majority of you should bow your heads and praise Jaroslav Halak on this forum after some of the critique and bashing that he has endured since mid-season. He just proved to a majority of us that he is capable of playing a 7 game series and smothering pucks when it matters the most :clap: I am not trying to start a goaltending argument controversy, but instead..motivate this board to encourage our current roster into the second round! GO :hlogo: GO!!! (PS: I watched a 5-1 loss in Montreal and said to myself..."this series isn't over"...to everybody around me with 3 minutes left in game 3) :hlogo: :hlogo: :hlogo: :hlogo:

    So Gainey deserves no credit but the players that Gainey brought in are the ones who deserve all the credit? :huh:

  9. That...was...amazing...

    Can we try and give Gainey a little credit here? He assembled a team that has LOADS of character. Sure Halak was the biggest difference, but guys like Gill, Gorges, Gionta, Moore (Gauthier Pickup), Gomez, Cammalleri, these are Playoff Warriors and regardless of the price tag for some of them, Gainey assembled this team from almost scratch last summer and I think he did a damn fine job of doing so. Let's enjoy round 2.

  10. That, my friends, was one of the great goaltending performances in Habs' history. If by some miracle they win this series, it will go down in the annals. For you young bloods, I'm happy you got to witness something that I saw with Roy in 1986, 1993, and 1994 (nobody remembers that ridiculous series against Boston) as well as with Theodore in 2002. It's been too long since we had that kind of superstar performance IN THE PLAYOFFS. And damn it feel good!!!

    I'm too young to really remember Roy so I am glad to hear someone say that it is comparable. I remember Theodore and I think this tops that. I am still stunned.

  11. He said he was just joking around with the kid, which is fine, but why not pat him on the head or tap him on the shoulder or something? What he did isn't all the surprising given what we've seen from him in the past, but the guy really needs to mature at some point.

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