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2012 Playoffs: Beard-o-meter, edition 4!

Well, this blog is as dead as the habs 2012 season. But there’s one thing I still like to post every year: my silly playoffs beard-o-meter.

As usual, the concept is pretty simple:

“The further you go into the playoffs, the longer the beards get.”

Yep, exactly like last year. Anyway, here is the 2012 beard-o-meter:


The Pens! Yes, crazy uh? That wouldn’t be a huge surprise, seeing their lineup, but yeah.I tried to pick a few upsets, but I couldn’t really see a real cinderella like Tampa last season.

In the East, I picked the Panthers over the Devils, mostly because I didn’t see a lot of people giving them a chance and because the devils have really sucked in the playoffs over the last few years. No other real surprise in the first round. but I think the Sens actually have a good chance against NY.

In the West, I decided to be a little bolder and I picked the coyotes over the Hawks and the Preds over the Wings. Those would not be huge upsets, but still. I hope the Blues can get as far as I predicted here, but unfortunately, I don’t think they can get much further. Hopefully they prove me wrong.

And in the SCF, I just can’t see the Canucks beating the Pens, so there you go!

Now let the habs-less playoffs start! Let’s go Blues!

Posted April 11, 2012 by Grrrreg in Uncategorized

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The return of the Beard-o-meter (and yeah, I’m still alive)

*opens the door*

Anyone here? Eww, it smells like no one opened the windows in about 3 months here.

Ahem. Yeah. Lets be honest, this blog is as good as dead. I have less time to do silly photoshops, and honestly, I discovered I liked tweeting just as much as blogging. Sure it’s nice to take the time to craft a nice little post, and to develop your thoughts in more than just 140 characters, but I like that twitter still allows me to vent after a loss, rejoice after a win (which was my main goal when I started this blog), be snarky or whatever, and if my tweet is well written, it’ll get a response right away. AND above all, it’s just as efficient (or even more actually) to procrastinate!

But anyway, I decided not to officially close this place, and I think I’ll just come back here from time to time, if I want to.

Like now. Because as you know, the playoffs are just around the corner! Crazy, I know. And so I feel like I HAVE to respect the tradition of posting my predictions under the form of the now time-tested beard-o-meter. It’s the third edition of the beard-o-meter, and the concept is still just as ridiculously simple as three years ago:

“The further you go into the playoffs, the longer the beards get.”

Yeah, I told you it was simple. Anyway, here are my official predictions for the 2011 nhl playoffs!

Yup. I picked the Red Wings. So you can take it to the bank: they have no chance. I successfully jinxed the Sharks two years in a row, and this time, it’s the Red Wings’ turn.

I picked the Preds as my “random team that decides to mess everyone’s predictions and reach the Conference finals” in the West. I  could see Tampa doing the same in the East. Mostly because they have Coach with them, so really, they have to win at least two rounds.

I had to pick Montreal over Boston. And I really wanted to pick Buffalo over Philly, but that meant too many upsets in the first round, so I went with the Flyers. I think the Caps are much better suited for the playoffs than last year. And I don’t think Vancouver will win it all. That’s the President’s trophy curse. So there you go!

For the record, here are my picks for last season. Yeah, that turned out great. :)

Posted April 12, 2011 by Grrrreg in Uncategorized

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Reaction 1: anger and pettiness

Maybe I should try to be a good person and aknowledge that the flyers did a good job, and did not even play dirty in this series. I thought I would be able to do that this morning.

Well, no fucking way.

I hate the Flyers more than I ever did, and I hope they suffer the most heart-wrenching loss in the history of sports at the hands of the Hawks. I want them to believe they have it in the bag before they lose it in a humiliating fashion. I want their loss to be so bad that no one can remember what they did to get in the finals. I want their players to suffer dumb and ridiculous injuries. I want Leighton to allow 6 goals in the first period of the first game, and be replaced by their 7th goalie or something (with a tv shot of his family crying in their seats). I want that 7th goalie to allow 5 more goals in 6 shots so that the Flyers are forced to put Leighton back in even if he’s still crying in the locker room. I want Toews to stick his tongue out at Carcillo and the Flyers bench after every goal he scores in this series. I want Niemi to get 4 shutouts. I want to hear Chelsea Dagger 12498 times in the next two weeks. I want Richards to finally get elbowed in the freaking face. I want Byfuglien to score 10 goals with his ass parked in Pronger’s face in that series. I want Hartnell’s hair to get caught in Asham’s skates during a scramble in front of the Flyers net, resulting in an OT goal for the Hawks (in Philadelphia). I want the Flyers drought to last 30 more years.


Aaaaaah that was bitter and petty but that felt good…

(a more positive “Reaction 2” post should follow soon)

Game 4

Hey, Carcillo!


After Game 2

So it’s gonna be one of those series, right…?


A lot of Habs fans this morning

Well I think it’s a little early to lose faith. Of course it didn’t look good. Of course it won’t be easy to even this series. But can’t you see what’s happening? The habs are trying a new strategy in this series:

They are getting all the saves and the shutouts out of Leighton’s system at once. This is briliant. After those two games, there’s no way Leighton will stop another puck in this series. Ahahahaha, this is genius! And to think I was wondering why Martin kept on giving Bergeron 18 minutes of ice time every night! Silly me…

Kudos for your innovating coaching methods, Jacques Martin!

Brilliant coaching (and big ears)

Best birthday ever


Happy birthday, PK and Jaro, you can have as much cake as you want today…


As I often did during these playoffs, I stayed away from the internet during most of the day until I finally got a chance to watch THE game. It was really a torture not to check the result, but the wait was definitely worth it. I’ve said this over and over again, but I can’t get enough of this team. I’m madly in love with each and every one of these guys right now. Yeah, even Max Lapierre gets some love today!

It’s too soon to think rationally about this, so I won’t even try. I’m just happy. I’m glad the Boston/Philly series went to seven games, it’ll give us a little more time to enjoy this moment. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about the trip I’m about to make to Montreal. It’ll be a busy trip, so it’s possible that I will actually watch less hockey than right now. But I’ll definitely enjoy the atmosphere!


DO IT… Again!

I’ve always liked the Mellon Arena (or Civic Arena, because it still sounds better than a random corporate name). It’s probably the best looking arena in the league, at least in my opinion. I love how unique and old and quirky it is. But tonight, the habs can close it for good. I won’t shed a tear if this ends up being the last game ever played in this venerable building.

The habs already have a miracle game 7 win against a supposedly better team behind them this season. It’s time to do it again. I’ll arrive in Montreal on sunday night, and I’ll spend the next two weeks in Quebec city and Montreal. This means there’s a chance I will directly experience the atmosphere of this crazy place during a conference final series. I don’t want to get my hopes too high because it will take yet another incredible performance to get there. But honestly, I’m really excited about this. No matter what, this has been the longest playoff run I’ve witnessed the Habs play. It’s been a great ride, and I loved every minute of it. But it’s not fucking over yet.





Mellon Arena and the Infinite Sadness

I love this album.

I wish I could have posted this picture after a win, but hopefully the Habs will have another chance to close out the Mellon. They need to survive tomorrow.

I hope Gill is not too seriously hurt. He’s been awesome in the playoffs so far. The injuries are really starting to take their toll on the Habs. Contrary to the Pens, where apparently players suffering season ending injuries can come back after missing a game or two. I’m not wishing harm on anyone, and I guess that’s good if Staal isn’t as seriously hurt as announced, but frankly, it is annoying to see their guy coming back so soon after a supoosedly terrible injury when our guy is still out. But anyway, enough whining.

Yesterday I liked what I saw. Of course they lost, and they will face yet another elimination game. But they created chances to score. With a few lucky bounces, this game goes to OT. The habs really need to stay away from the penalty box though. The Pens are making them pay every time something is called, and it’s killing Montreal. That might very well be the ultimate difference in this series. Surprisingly enough, Montreal leads Pittsburgh 7-6 when playing  5 on 5 in this series. But the Pens also scored 7 PP goals, compared to 3 for the Habs.

This is still a close series. Winning two in a row is going to be tough. Pittsburgh has probably more killer instinct than Washington, so this Game 6 is pretty worrying. But the habs still have their chances, and they have shown lots of resilience so far. It’s far from over yet.

Go habs go!

Game 3

They’re coming, and they’re not happy.

But we have a simple answer:

Boom Shak Halak Ah!

Do the Shack Halak Halak!

No need to tell you how big this game is. Can the habs actually take a lead in this series, or will the Pens regain their home ice advantage? The Habs have been way better on the road than in the Bell Centre so far in these playoffs. Sure they won a crucial game 6 in Montreal. But when they were not directly playing to survive, they were less than impressive in their arena. As always in Montreal, the crowd will be LOUD tonight. And as always, scoring first will be huge. It will put the pressure on Pittsburgh and pump up the crowd even more. I’m not always very comfortable with Martin’s game plan in these playoffs (try to score first, trap to death, rely on Halak, pray for a lucky break and score a killer goal late in the game on a goalie that hasn’t seen the puck in 15 minutes), but it’s been very effective so far, and honestly, I’m not sure the habs can afford to play very differently against teams like Washington or Pittsburgh. But  after all the Habs did win Game 2 after allowing the Pens to score first, so there is hope.

To be honest, I really wasn’t expecting much in this series. The habs have a history of playing forgettable 2nd rounds when they pull an upset in round 1. And they face the freaking pens. But Game 2 really gave me some hopes again. This team is not your usual habs team. It’s way too soon to tell if they can actually pull another big upset, but it looks like they won’t be eliminated without fighting.

If they win tonight, those tiny hopes will start to seriously grow.


Time to regroup

It was obvious game 1 would be hard. But it hurt more than expected.

Yep, that’s how we feel too, MAB…

Coming off  huge game 7 win, having to play the Stanley Cup Champs in their arena with only a day to rest, refocus and travel was obviously not an easy task. It’s not about looking for excuses, it’s about understanding what happened. The Habs were tired (mentally and physically), and they were probably not fully ready to start climbing anoher mountain this soon. But that’s ok. It’s the playoffs. The Habs are a n°8 seed, nothing is supposed to be easy for them in the postseason.

The problem is not being down 1-0 in this series. The problem is losing your franchise defenseman in Game 1. I know the Pens lost Staal, and that is a big blow for them too. But the importance of Markov to the habs cannot be underestimated. If the habs doctors can’t find a way to get Andrei a bionic leg this weekend, Montreal is in big trouble.

Other than the Markov injury and the fatigue, I think 2 things hurt Montreal yesterday. After 7 games against Washington, the Habs had apparently forgotten that taking a penalty can actually result in a goal. The Pens were MUCH more threatening on the PP than the Caps ever were, and Montreal paid the price each time they took a penalty. The Habs also forgot what it was like to face a team actually willing to throw some big bodychecks. Sure, everyone hates Cooke, but his hit on Markov was clean, and it was just an example of the Penguins winning the muscle battle.

Things don’t look very promising after last night. But let’s not slit our wrists already. On days like this, it’s time to bring back the rosy glasses.

Prepare for some unbridled optimism.

Some stuff can give us hope:

-PK Subban is playing better and better. With Markov probably out for a while, Martin will have to rely more on him. The hype surrounding him is probably exaggerated, but he had a terrific season in Hamilton, and he is pumped up to be playing in the nhl. His enthusiasm also has to be communicative in the dressing room.

– The habs were not outmatched on 5 on 5. That’s a big change from the Caps series where the Habs mostly barely survived thanks to their defense, their goaltending and their special teams.

– Montreal scored first once again. That’s one of the main reason they upset Washington: they almost never trailed in that series. If the Habs want to have a chance against Pittsburgh, they have to keep this great habit of scoring first.

– WHalak being the current #1 goalie, Price is a more than reliable backup, and that could hopefully give Jaro some time to rest and refocus a little. I really wouldn’t mind seeing Carey in Game 2, especially if Martin makes it clear it’s not a sanction on Jaro.

– Just like against Washington, no one gives Montreal a chance. This is logical given the situation. But this puts them in a no-one-believed-in-us position again. And with leaders like Gionta and Cammalleri aboard, that’s likely a great source of motivation.

– And finally, it’s just a 1-0 deficit in a 7 games series. Once again, no one expects Montreal to win in 5 games. The longer this goes, the better chance they’ll have of another upset. Game 2 will be hard, but if the Habs somehow win it, everything is possible.