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[thepuck 2018-12-04] Sens 2 @ Habs 5

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 04:04
    Danault (++++-+) 9
    Tatar (+++-) 7
    Gallagher (+-++) 7
    Domi (-++++++) 9
    Drouin (--+-+--+-+) 3
    Shaw (+++-++) 9
    Kotkaniemi (-++-) 5
    Byron (+++) 8
    Lehkonen (+++) 8
    Chaput (+-+) 6
    Agostini (++-) 6
    Peca (+++) 8
    Kulak (-+++) 7
    Weber (-++-++) 7
    Schlemko (+++---+) 6
    Petry (+-++++--) 7
    Reilly (+---+) 4
    Benn (---) 2
    Price (+++-+-) 7

Domi has started coming back to support in the defensive zone but his line still gets stuck a lot there with only Shaw being aggressive. Domi and Drouin tend to float.

Gallagher was double shifted in the first, playing in Peca's spot.

Batherson clips Shaw and Domi takes exception but Batherson hugs him to death. Kotkaniemi serves the extra penalty because Domi scared Batherson.

Kulak and Peca's hard work sees Domi and Drouin get a 2on1 which Drouin puts in Anderson's five-hole. Afterwards Price faces a scoring chance as Drouin doesn't cover his man. Domi's line gets pinned again in their own zone along with Reilly and Benn.

Chaput gets called for holding and Tkachuk for slashing. 4on4. Gallagher gets a phantom hold call ending a Danault breakaway prematurely.

Hab of the period: Shaw
Score: 0-1

Drouin dives and draws a penalty.

Petry stands up Duchene.

Much of the period had very little flow. Neither team knows what to do after the Sens tie it up.

A Sen loses his footing, Drouin tosses the loose puck to Domi and he puts it in the top corner.

Gallagher gets away with an errant stick.

Drouin feeds Domi again. Buried.

Kulak sends the puck to Shaw who carries it end to end, dishes to Kotkaniemi who pops it over to a driving Lehkonen who puts it home.

Hab of the period: Domi
Score: 1-4

Reilly makes a diving defensive play that while desperate, looked cool.

Tatar steals the puck… To Gallagher; goal!

Ceci takes a huge dive and Kotkaniemi goes to the box as the refs give Ottawa a freebie.

Danault and Lehkonen gain a 2on1 shorthanded and Danault doesn't pass.

Falk goes after Domi and the linesmen break it up too quickly. Smith sucker punches Shaw when Shaw is held back by a linesman. The other linesman protects Smith from Shaw.

Dzingel tries to run Kulak, they wrestle a bit and Dzingel finally gets a punch off after they go down and the linesmen move in.

Sens get a late goal as the Habs are all out of position starting with a bad pinch by Petry.

Domi tries for a hat-trick and misses the net.

Tkachuk interferes with Gallagher using a big shoulder. No call.

Hab player of the period: Puck boy. No one stood out.
Score: 2-5

Habs special teams looked good against Ottawa however the Sens really didn't have a good game.

Archergirl's 3 Stars: Domi, Drouin, Kulak
Kersus’ 3 Stars: Domi, Danault, Shaw

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HackMoor 2018/11/08 Jacko's Choice

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 19:11

​Games are on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

The Player for Jacko ordered the pizza, and he earned an honor point.



We picked up where the Party left off at the bottom of level 14. Since the Party had explored the entire level, so I had made it a project that they encounter every possible random encounter there was for that level. Having done most of this the previous session there was still one left.

Four Angelic beings. (They tie in with Jacko's pending ascension anyway.)

As the Party approached, One of the Angels sounded a trumpet. Everyone failed their save except of course Jacko.

Huang and Honda started speaking in tongues.

Another Angel proclaimed, "Jacko, come forth!"

To cut to the chase, these four angelic beings offered Jacko the conditions of ascension albeit on different terms. For brevity we'll call them angels A through D. All offers involved getting the Crown of Thrain a HackClass item. Anyone who has achieved 36+ levels will be imbued with divine essence, attaining demi-gawd status with all the benefits thereof. [Note Jacko makes this claim having gained 15th level in three different classes (3x15 > 36). Whether that qualifies or not, remains to be seen. It should also be noted these Angels are entirely irrelevant, Jacko could look for the Crown without being so advised. Perhaps their advice mitigates the 3x15>36 question?] Their offers below:

Angel A: Get the Crown of Thrain. Retain only 4 magic items to obtain goal. Give one half all his money to charity.

Angel B: Get the Crown of Thrain. Find the person who stole the party's stuff and obtain retribution.

Angel C: Get the Crown of Thrain. Find the person who stole the party's stuff. (Didn't say what to do when found Maybe I omitted it in my the notes? I think an outright kill was mentioned, but that isn't necessarily the same as retribution.)

Angel D Get the Crown of Thrain. Donate all valued possessions to charity.

This is obviously a test of Jacko's judgment. Jacko chose Angel B. Jacko tested the Angel and asked it to take him to his proper plane. (Jacko is Neutral Good which would mean the plane of Elysium.) Jacko was then taken to a place with chirping birds, lush fields of grass, rolling hills along the banks of the river Oceanus, and all the trappings of Neutral Goodness. Thus satisfied, Jacko was taken back to the Party.

The party then went back to the back gate of the Fire Giant's lair and Jacko reintroduced himself as a mercenary to assist the Fire Giants against the Salamanders who had taken half the Giant's domain on the other side of the lava lake. The Party then went upstairs to the Giant's middle level that opens to the bridge crossing the lake to the opposing side.

Jacko requested that he be allowed to cross the bridge and espy the Salamander's holdings. The Giants, letting him out their fortified door. Going invisible, he crossed the bridge to the opposing door.

He knocked.

Crawling up to the top of the door, he waited until it opened. Still invisible, he crawled in. Still attached to the ceiling.

Therein he found 20 Salamanders keeping guard. The one that opened the door seeing nothing, shrugged its shoulders and closed it again.

. Staying invisible, due to his thief's ability he stayed on the ceiling and crawled (like the one of the orcs in the Mines of Moria scene in the first Lord of the Rings Movie). Finding mostly empty rooms until he went down one level. There he found a gathering of Salamanders ready for battle and they all seem lined up outside an excavation tunnel.

Sticking to the ceiling he followed the tunnel which was filled with more Salamanders. At the far end he found that they had excavated underneath the lava lake and were about to breach into the Fire Giant's lower rooms.

Making his way back he found the biggest baddest Salamander of them all. It was apparently, it was holding a personnel inspection just before the invasion.

Jacko decided to interrupt.

Calling to the lead Salamader, which would sound like a disembodied voice being invisible, Jacko made an offer.

(I'm culling the tête-à-tête​ between Jacko and the lead Salamander,​​ to shorten this up.)​

1. ​Return to the Plane of Fire?​ (Whence the Salamaders invaded from due to a fluke between the planes.)

​2. Serve as guardians of Fort Neverland (what Jacko is calling his territory topside).

3. Be annihilated.​

Before the answer I cut off the session due to time constraints.

Meanwhile while all this was going on. Aerys and the rest of the Party decided to quit and ​headed back upstairs. They were back at the Mushoom forest at time of Jacko's offer to the lead Salamander two levels lower.






Zamon, a fifth level Thug.
Grok the Dwarf, a third level WitchRanger (Battlemage subclass of Magic User).
Aerys, an Elvariel, a Fingersmith (Thief class).
Baronet Huang - a Master of the West Wind of the Stone Tiger Order, (Monk class).
Numrendir - a human Conjurist (a Conjuror, Magic User subclass)
Junkbot Jackson - a human Tracker/Friar (a Ranger 5th and Cleric 6th level).
Jacko, an Albino Dork Elf, a Multiclass of 15th level (Infiltrator, Ranger and Battle Mage).

Baronetess Honda - a Human Datai Samurai, Steward of Catan (formerly Temple of the Frog)
Gnomex, a Gnome Adept of Geardal Ironhand (Cleric class.)
Tanzen - a Fae-Born first level Exciter. (Fourth level Invoker, a Magic User subclass).
Fundisha - a half-Elf Swordsperson/Tout (Fighter and Infiltrator, a Thief subclass).
23 dwarf miners.

Gerry Castagere, human Fingersmith, (Thief class) and ever loving devotee of Elefus, abandoned to the Blood Cult in the City of Brass on the Plane of Fire.

Serena 2.0 - First Level Battle Mage Second (a Protege of Jacko) topside.
Count Elefus, a human Abbot of Heimdall (Cleric class). RETIRED
Felipe the Dwarf, a third level Sigil (Chosen One subclass of Cleric).
Sir Weasel, human Guild Soldier, Warlock, & Champion (Thief, Magic User, & Fighter classes) he stayed back in BlackMoor.
- and nine Pilgrim henchmen of various levels. (They wear hoodies.)
Slade Wilson - Dwarven Professional (a Bounty Hunter, Fighter subclass) Left behind at Catan.





This is also posted on three forums, and a blog.


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[thepuck 2018-11-27] Canes 2 @ Habs 1

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 05:02

Shea Weber's first NHL game of the season and in nearly a year and he didn't injure Gallagher with the puck!

Karl Alzner, the team's second best defenseman, has been waived and assigned to Laval. This is poor treatment of such a quality veteran who has been labeled too slow for the new NHL. He was a rock on defense, laying people out, protecting his goalie, making that nice first pass out of his zone and playing pretty darn solid hockey. As if the “new” NHL doesn't need stay-at-home defensemen. Ridiculous. Chalk it up to why Montreal will have trouble getting stars and veterans to sign with them. See Tavares.

What the Habs lack in many ways could be resolved with an Andrei Markov or Tomas Plekanec. Shabby treatment of players behind the scenes will hurt the team for years to come.


Healthy Scratches: Reilly, Ouellet, Peca
IRL: Scherbak, Armia, Byron, Juulsen

Habs Best Player 1st Period: Brett Kulak
Habs Best Player 2nd Period: Victor Mete
Habs Best Player 3rd Period: Phillip Danault

Habs Three Stars: Kulak, Gallagher, Mete

The Good: Kulak was extremely impressive all game long, making good choices, staying in position, getting back, pinching all at the right time.

The Bad: The Habs collapse in the defensive zone, always leaving the point men open. Even Lehkonen has finally bought into this system which leaves Price fending off shots from the point while screened. Drouin simply is not working on the point for the powerplay. He's talented but doesn't have a knack for keeping the puck in or playing defense when forced. The powerplay in general is trying that obsolete drop-pass method (it may still work on wider ice like International surfaces) leaving them struggling to gain the offensive zone. The Canes goaltender Curtis McElhinney but on a veritable clinic with the Habs vastly outchancing and outshooting the Canes.

The Other: Drouin dove and got the Habs a powerplay in the 3rd. Price got away with an obvious penalty however shortly thereafter Shaw paid the 'price' with a makeup call.

It was a fun close game in scoring however it wasn't as tight as the score looked with Montreal dominating quite often. Between the Canes goalie and some exciting defensive plays, Montreal could not tie this one up.

PostGame Thoughts: Weber looked good and showed that his instincts are still great. He playe lots but by no means looked 100%. Kotkaniemi has been struggling since Armia was injured (and before being teamed up with Armia and Lehkonen) but Hudon may well be still improving. Shaw is an unsung hero on a line that makes a ton of mistakes. Both Domi and Drouin make very risky plays and rarely come back and help out defensively. Shaw shoulders the extra load well and is playing his best hockey since coming to Montreal. There were times when Mete looked like he had the puck on a string. If he keeps improving, who knows what heights he'll reach.

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[thepuck 2018-11-24] Bruins 3 @ Habs 2

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 03:17

Healthy Scratches: Peca, Rielly
IRL: Weber, Juulsen, Armia, Byron, Scherbak

Despite losing, the game was a solid example of hockey's greatest rivalry and both teams played well.

Habs's First Star: Andrew Shaw
Hab's Second Star: Victor Mete
Hab's Third Star: Karl Alzner
Han's Fourth Star: Charles Hudon

Shaw far and away was the star of the game.

Gallagher had some rough battles and there were a lot of good hits for an NHL losing its identity.

While Kotkaniemi was. Bounced around a lot, it was one of his better games this season.

Domi and Drouin both took poor penalties.

Kulak continues to impress.

Schlemko had a hard game and made some good plays while quarterbacking a Powerplay with some skill we haven't seen on a powerplay in some time.

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HackMoor Placeholder Report 2018/10/11 to 2018/11/01

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 02:24

Games are on Thursday nights sometime after 6:30PM at World's Best Comics, 9714 Warwick Blvd Newport News, Virginia 23601.

We had varying pizzas for the last four weeks, we even had one KFC 16 piece Family Bucket with four sides once.



This is a placeholder report.

For the last four weeks we played three games of Rail Baron and one game of Junta.

Perhaps we shall resume HackMoor tomorrow?


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[EHM 2018-10-24] Devils 0 @ Habs 1 OT

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 02:45

[EHM 2018-10-23] Cleveland 0 @ St. John's 9


* AHL contracts | v Veteran status
Scratches: *Bindulis(i), vKoivu(h), *Bowen(h)
*Brett Kulak
**Zach Hyman
***Alexandre Ranger

[EHM 2018-10-24] Devils 0 @ Habs 1 OT


Scratches: Shipachyov(I), Lehkonen(H), Armia(H)
*Carey Price
** Rinat Valiev
*** Cory Schneider

Armia is sent to St. John's. Pezzetta brought up. AHL St. John's IceCaps GM Archergirl is appointed as Team Canada GM for the upcoming Deutschland Cup. Shipachyov skated today but remains on the IRL.

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[EHM 2018-10-22] Farms are Rolling

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 22:42


Scouts had some comments for Kersus today. Jets' LD Julien Melchori was considered fairly good in the vein of Ben Chiarot. Canucks' RW Alexandre Grenier and Capitals' Tyler Lewington were also considered fairly good. Leafs' Matthew MacLean was spotted by Audette and his skill impressed him enough to bring it to Kersus' attention, noting he was a small but creative offensive D-man likely slotted to be a #3 or 4. Kersus sent Timmins to check him out as a one-off.

Versatile forward Conner Brickley has been placed on waivers by the Hurricanes.

Devante Smith-Pelly is the NHL PotW assisting on 4 goals in 2 games.

Team Canada is looking for a GM to run the next Deutschland Cup.


Tier 2

Cleveland 1 @ St. John's 5


*AHL signed players
Scratches: Bindulis(i), Koivu(h), Bowen(h)
Veterans: Chaput, Danault, Koivu, D'Agostini
Captains: Danault(C), Hudon(A), Nygren(A)


Goldobin showed some versatility. Ranger continues to blast above expectations. This is game 2 of three games in three days. Cleveland was undermanned so the high ratings for St. john's should be taken with a grain of salt.



Brampton 7 @ Indy 4


Scratches: Valcourt(h), Cederholm(h)
* NHL contracts | + AHL contracts
Veterans: Ouellet, Vernace, Castonguay
Captains: Castonguay(C), Valcourt(A), Vernace(A)

McCarron absolutely dominated Huff in a fight during the first period which set the tone for the game. Addison played well as a floater acquiring 4 points in the game.

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[thepuck 2018-10-22] Blues and Sens vs Habs

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 20:44

I didn't do a big write-up for the Blues 2 @ Habs 3 game October 17th. It was a good fun game so I sat back and enjoyed it. On the flipside, the Blues were underperforming so it made the Habs look much better than they actually are.

Eventually I hope to get back writing for both teams from a game however for now, while I dip my toes back into writing again I'll stick to one team for the most part.

The final goal was astounding and the result of the hardest working line on the team. No one else matches Danault, Tatar and Gallagher for hard work. I think Danault's talent is improving, Gallagher has even more talent growth within and Tatar fits in well with those two. I'm still watching Tatar to see what I ultimately think of him and have no specific judgment in that area yet.

Alzner's first game of the season!


Scratches: Scherbak(h), Weber(irl), Deslauriers(?), Shaw(h-flu), Mete(irl?)

Domi scored very early, utilizing his speed and ability to ward off the defenseman netting his first tally as a Hab along with Rolling Reilly who scored later after a nifty move at the blue line to keep it in.

Bear in mind with the ratings for the game against the Blues that I wasn't using an analytical mind for that one. Domi's line isn't really rated nor is Juulsen.

Jacob de la Rose was claimed by the Detroit Red Wings and honestly, I think he'll fit in better there. I have no dislike of him, it's just that I think the Wings have an organization that leans toward his style.

Habs 3 @ Sens 4 OT


Scratches: Weber(irl), Scherbak(h), Mete(?), Hudon(h), Plekanec(irl)

1st – All Habs
2nd – All Sens
3rd – they both played
OT – Sens win.

Alzner wasn't the stable force he usually is however he also totally saved a goal that went through Price. You could see his experience, composure, and determination despite a few missed plays (and his worst game of the year – including exhibition).

Armia and Lehkonen performed with excellence on the PK unit. They are both proving to be versatile. Armia has more to prove but finally this year Lehkonen is settling into the NHL as a solid player worth watching.

When a Sens player purposefully bumped Price it was Kotkaniemi who came in and protected the Habs goalie with ferocity. Sure, he was tossed aside and Armia rescued him but this showed Jesperi's attitude and game is coming along. He's still playing catch-up however it looks like his attitude is quite good.

Drouin a skilled player good at protecting the puck away from traffic. Other than that I have nothing to say about him right now.

Deslauriers wore a full cage and skated well but you could tell he wasn't 100% yet – something you can only become by playing.

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[EHM 1018-10-21] Two Farm Wins

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 19:24


Marchessault signs with the Capitals for one year.



St. John's is readying for their first game against McNiven and his Albany Devils. DeSimone is still DTD with his injury and isn't slated to suit up against the IceCaps.

St. John's defeats Albany 6-1 on the road letting in a late PP goal. Albany dressed Nick DeSimone at the last minute despite warnings from their medical staff that he wasn't cleared to play.


Scratches: *Bindulis(i), *Perry(PTO), Chaput(h), *Ranger(h)
* AHL signed players
Veterans: Perry, Chaput, Danault, Koivu, D'Agostini
Captains: Danault(C), Hudon(A), Nygren(A)

McNiven(3) - pulled near the end of the second period.
DeSimone(7) - played nearly 23 minutes (second on the team).



Tier 3

Brampton defeated Indy 3-0 at home with two of the goals coming on the PP.


* NHL contracts | + AHL contracts
Scratches: Ryan Kyle(h), Jesse Gabrielle(h)
Veterans: Ouellet, Vernace, Castonguay
Captains: Castonguay(C), Valcourt(A), Vernace(A)


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[EHM 2018-10-20] Habs 3 @ Oilers 2

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 17:24

Armia makes his Habs debut.

The lines were altered due to injuries and giving Armia a chance. It seems likely unless Armia thrives immediately that he'll be waived and sent to the IceCaps which will then bump Bowen to the Beast. Armia has some decent deking ability but it will be an uphill battle to prove his offense adds more to the team than Reaves physicality. Injuries could change everything.


Scratches: Ritchie(h); Shipachyov(IRL); Thornton (i); Reaves(h)

Domi took on Lucic and while a good fight, Lucic got the better of him. The top Edmonton players were kept off the score sheet but it was a close game. Valiev continues to struggle and gave the puck away right in front of Price for the Oilers second goal.

Brown's move to the ECHL is delayed because of errors in paperwork making him of Veteran status even though he isn't. This error (OOC: game glitch) may keep him in the SPHL for the season or make him tradebait. This unexpected issue may be why the Sens were eager to move him.

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[EHM 2018-10-16 to 19] 4 days

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 17:19

[EHM 2018-10-16] Crunch 1 @ IceCaps 3


Tier 2


Scratches: McNiven, Ruck, DeSimone (IRL), Muller, Perry (PTO), Broll, Chaput, Koivu, Ranger

IceCaps were 0 for 9 on the power play.

If Kulak continues to play well, he might be the one to get a chance with Weber in the NHL. Paquette is also playing well enough to bump up to the third line with Athanasiou and Hyman. Scouts are watching to see if Reway can handle the first line and if Hudon can beat out Goldobin for the first line. The minutes played were skewed for this game since so much of it was on the power play.

[EHM 2018-10-17] Habs 5 @ Preds 3

G Michael McNiven and LD Nick DeSimone have been loaned to AHL's Albany Devils and will play against the IceCaps. C Logan Brown has already had an exhibition game with the SPHL's Columbus Cottonmouths but Brown is expected to make his way to the ECHL soon.

Tatar, Lehkonen and Ritchie are in heavy competition to see who gets ice time. All are left wing although both Tatar and Lehkonen are accomplished at playing on their off wing. Lehkonen may have more potential in the future but he may also be the only one other teams are interested in via trade.

The scouts are looking way down the road watching some Bantam hockey and brought some names forward to keep an eye on.

Kersus' attempts to snag RW Joel Armia from the Winnipeg Jets have thus far been foiled. The Jets seem unwilling to break up their current roster.

Guay's IceCaps have announced new Captains with Phillip Danault wearing the C; Magnus Nygren and Charles Hudon wearing the A.

Muller and Lindgren head to Brampton.


Scratched: Lehkonen(H), Ricthie(H), Shipachyov(IRL)

The Habs outshot the Preds 30 to 26, outblocked them 15 to 12, were perfect on the PK and even potted a PP goal (33%). The Preds dominated on boardplays, faceoffs and completed passes.


[EHM 2018-10-18] Stuff

Brampton, even though the season has begun, played an exhibition game against Logan Brown's Columbus Cottonmouths. The Beast won 3-0. Lindgren, Ouellet and Valcourt played extremely well while Cederholm and Vigneault were a little disappointing.

Joe Thornton suffered a bruised ankle in practice and may miss Saturday's game against the Oilers.

TRADE: Montreal sends young RW Nikita Scherbak, the rights to RD Arvid Henrikson and a 2023 4th round pick to the Winnipeg Jets for RW Joel Armia and the rights to LD Sami Niku.

[EHM 2018-10-19] No Action

The Jets GM notified Kersus that they're looking to move Julian Melchori. Since Melchori can play both sides on defense, he might find a new home on his off side.

Scouts were busy but nothing notable.

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[thepuck 2018-10-15] Wings 3 @ Habs 7

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 01:07

Scratches: Shaw (flu), Scherbak (healthy), Alzner (healthy), De La Rose (waived)

Ouellet and Tatar take on their former team. Plekanec plays his thousandth game in the NHL. Current coach Claude Julien was also behind the bench for Plekanec's very first NHL game in 2003.


Juulsen lays the body early showing his development but also misses a bouncing puck with his stick when he should have gotten his body in front of it. He’s leading the league in hits.

Niemi stops Athanasiou on a breakaway and the rebound.

Drouin throws his stick and complains about a little tap from an opposing player’s stick and got a penalty shot. He scores. Later he lies on his back for awhile like a turtle. He skates lazily to the bench from the other side of the Ice.

Plekanec gets the second goal off a Red Wing player’s stick. Later he works hard and gets a breakaway that’s stopped. In between the Wings scored.

A funny bouncing puck goes in for the Habs.

Byron, Plekanec and Tatar looking good in the first.

Ouellet and Benn shaky in the first. Kotkaniemi looks like a boy playing with men.

I really like what I’m seeing from Juulsen despite a few mistakes. He’s a little inconsistent but more consistent than the rest of the D. He’s willing to take a hit to make the play.

For the Wings, Athanasiou and Bertuzzi were especially dangerous.


Wings come out with a lot more energy to start this period.

Athanasiou a dangerous weapon again this period. Unfortunate for the Wings, he’s usually alone. Nyquist had a good shift.

Danault, Tatar, Gallagher, Peca and Plekanec all especially effective this period.

Hudon scores a goal on a great play by the whole line after Gallagher got one from his line.

Howard gets pulled in favour of Bernier.

Jerk fans in the stands start the Ole song before the game is even half over. Sigh.

Bertuzzi shoves Drouin and gets chased down by some whining. Both get penalties. Detroit much better at 4on4 than Montreal and the Habs are lucky to get out of it without a goal.

Wings get more penalties. Some are bad luck, others poor choices and some just seem like the refs are picking on them.

Drouin pulls out a loose puck after a scramble in front of the net and scores. Gallagher stops holding the goalie down just before Drouin shot. Good goal, apparently.

With a couple minutes left, Montreal starts laying back and dumping. Luckily Detroit screws up all the chances this gives them. This shouldn’t be confused with Julien making the right strategic choice.


Habs come out soft and slow. Niemi makes some nice saves off Detroit’s scoring opportunities but they keep coming, not because Detroit is playing well but Montreal’s skaters are disappearing from the play.

Petry goes down bleeding from a high stick and Detroit scores. The ref was watching the play but maybe it was too fast. It wasn’t on purpose but definitely Glendenning’s stick. Petry got his revenge by glaring at the ref and throwing his gloves.

Drouin didn’t want to be left out and layed on the ice for awhile. When he got up, Bertuzzi pushed him softly and Ouellet defended Drouin’s honour in a fight that Bertuzzi won. Still good on Ouellet (Drouin took a puck to the knee but he dives so often it’s hard to tell when it’s real).

Larkin draws a hooking penalty that didn’t happen but there was a little holding the ref couldn’t see so it’s a wash.

Detroit gets a wraparound while Juulsen is busy and Reilly just watches the play.

Hronek got frustrated with life in Detroit and tried to instigate Byron into letting him stay in Montreal. Petry came in to defend. Nothing much happened but Hronek got the penalty on it for dropping his gloves and doing nothing. Montreal spends more time passing back than moving forward and accomplish nothing.

Later Armia sets up Byron who converts.

No one Habs player shone as first star however Gallagher, Peca and Plekanec had very solid games that are starworthy. Athanasiou was absolutely the Wings only star although Bertuzzi and Nyquist had some good shifts.

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[EHM 2018-10-16] Crunch 1 @ IceCaps 3

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 21:56

Tier 2


Scratches: McNiven, Ruck, DeSimone (IRL), Muller, Perry (PTO), Broll, Chaput, Koivu, Ranger

IceCaps were 0 for 9 on the power play.

If Kulak continues to play well, he might be the one to get a chance with Weber in the NHL. Paquette is also playing well enough to bump up to the third line with Athanasiou and Hyman. Scouts are watching to see if Reway can handle the first line and if Hudon can beat out Goldobin for the first line. The minutes played were skewed for this game since so much of it was on the power play.

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[EHM 2018-10-15] Wings 5 @ Habs 4 OT

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 18:35

(Tier 1)

Third home game in a row and Zenko's first start of the year. Deslauriers is kept in considering how well he just played with Rychel but Little is taking injured Shipachyov's spot as centre of that line. Byron centre's Little's old line with Tatar and Reaves on either side. Tatar gets a chance to play against his old team and Pacioretty will be in the lineup for the Wings.

Rumoured negotiations are between the Jets and the Habs including forwards Joel Armia and Nikita Scherbak.


Scratches: Lehkonen (Healthy), Ritchie (Healthy), Shipachyov (7 Day IRL)

The Habs lose in Overtime and didn't take a single penalty. OOC: This is how you can tell it's a sim, no bias against Montreal. Habs rolled their lines although Domi seemed to have a little too much ice-time. The Wings first goal was double Thornton's fault as he lost the draw and then couldn't control his man. Joe simply had a bad game. Pacioretty even scored on us. Byron scored on a breakaway. Glendening got two on Zenko who let in a couple outside shots but most of the goals weren't his fault.


Max Domi now has 200 points in his NHL career. He is a deadly winger from Don Mills, Ontario (1995); left handed; 198 lbs; 5'10" who is also strong at centre. Chosen 12th overall by the Coyotes in 2013 (8th overall by the Frontenacs in the OHL - 2011) acquired in a trade June 2018.


(Tier 2) Crunch 3 @ Icecaps 4 OT
Season opener at home for the IceCaps:


Scratches: Haugen, McNiven, Bindulis, DeSimone, Perry, Coderre-Gagnon, Koivu, Loiseau, Ranger
Veterans: Perry, Chaput, Danault, Koivu, D'Agostini

Juulsen and Kulak each almost hit 30 minutes of ice-time while everyone else was pretty even. The special teams were weak for St. Johns. They play Syracuse again tomorrow.


DeSimone will be out of action for about 10 days after he suffered a skate bite in practice.


(Tier 3) Beast 4 @ Nailers 1
Season opener on the road for the Beast:


Scratches: Nieuwendyk (IRL), Shirley (IRL), Verbeek (Healthy)

The Nailers still don't have their full team together, so this isn't a great example of a game.

* Brodeur
** Scherbak
*** Chouinard

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[EHM 2018-10-13] Bruins 2 @ Habs 7

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:57

Bruins coming off a loss and the Habs a win for game 2 of the season.


Scratches: Byron, Hischier, Tatar

Boston couldn't bear the onslaught in the first period which ended 5-0. Despite struggling at faceoffs, the Habs dominated on shots and boardplays.

Goals and assists were spread around with only Valiev, Honka and Ritchie not registering a point.

Shipachyov was injured with a hip flexor strain - expected to be out for 3 weeks.

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[thepuck 2018-10-13 NHL] Pens 3 @ Habs 4 (SO)

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 18:59

Reality is setting in and Julien is already panicking. Recently against LA, Montreal’s strategy was nullified. The run and gun “speed” game doesn’t work on a solid teamwork based strategy like LA. LA’s system makes a team capable of beating even better teams but is a playoff style not always suited for long-term season play. It is a marvellous example of good hockey.

Anyhow, Montreal has tried this mickey mouse strategy before with Therien and it failed. Will it work now?

For those who do not now, I use the old-school C-LW-RW listing of lines and in brackets is their individual rating for the game.

Scratches: Peca, Alzner, Scherbak
IRL: Deslauriers(surgery), De La Rose(cardiac), Weber(surgery), Price(flu)

1st - Habs outplay Pens, down 2-0 anyway.
2nd - more even period, with the Habs taking the lead.
3rd - slower period, Pens tie it up.

OT - 3-3 tie, Montreal gets a 5 on 3 on OT and gives the puck away on every play. Drouin lies on the ice looking around while the Pens get a 2on1 stopped only by a streaking Armia who just gets in and intercepts a pass out of the air.

SO - Byron goes in slow and picks out the open spot. Malkin tries to outwait Niemi to the side and Niemi extends to block. Drouin goes in like a snail watching and waiting, drilling home the second goal. Crosby seems to outwait and outwit Niemi to the opposite side Malkin tried but Niemi extends and raises his glove at the last moment to make the save. Habs win!

Game Notes

When Montreal was down, Gallagher seemed like he was on a mission. HeeEventually scored by working hard (after 4 solid chances). Gallagher changed the whole momentum of the game and kept at it. He is the heart of the team.

Juulsen gets hit from behind by Malkin. No call. Juulsen levels Malkin. Good to see the youngster stand up for himself.

Armia and Byron showed a little chemistry however their centreman, Kotkaniemi looks completely lost and out of his league. At least he didn’t get another hooking penalty, something he’s had trouble learning - hooking the hockey stick is now enforced as a penalty.

Drouin is slow and takes a long time to make a decision. He also turns away from the play and gives up while there’s still time. That said, he can skate well with the puck and avoid being hit but generally accomplishes nothing beneficial. The diving bothers me.

Earlier today I was at the Kings/Sens game and watching Brady Tkachuk (4th overall pick 2018) play and then later on TV watched Jesperi Kotkaniemi (3rd overall pick 2018) and I see a world of difference. Brady is a great player right now. Kotkaniemi may well have potential but he’s not ready yet. Lehkonen looked better when he started in the NHL and he needed two full seasons before he looked like a NHL calibre player in the third. Is this really all about a European adapting to the North American game?

When Julien switched Plekanec to Kotkaniemi’s place on the third line it immediately looked better as all three players gelled really well. While this line looks like the right line, Plekanec makes everyone around him look better. Peca worked well with Hudon and Shaw in previous games so the solution seems obvious.

On defense we seem to lack a stable stoic defenseman like Alzner. Sure, Weber would be awesome however Alzner is reliable and that’s more important than Julien’s preference for rushing once in awhile without any finish.

This was an exciting and very close game. You could tell Pittsburgh was not going to be stunned by an upstart hockey team again but Montreal pulled it out, outshooting the seemingly superior team.

Pros: Gallagher, Niemi, Plekanec, Tatar
Cons: Drouin, Kotkaniemi, Petry, Reilly

Tatar got some points and works hard but he still has something to prove. Petry is always hit and miss. He shows solid talent one game and falls apart the next. Inconsistent but the talent is there and he may just have too much put on his shoulders with Weber out. Reilly had a few pivotal giveaways. It happens.

A goal was called back on Montreal. As Shaw went to the net, a Pittsburgh player got his knee behind him and scooped his legs (slewfoot style) of which the outside one caught the back of the goalie’s foot as Mete beat him with a shot. Debatable call but consistent with what they’ve been calling this year, unlike the hooking and slashing or faceoffs which seem to be a mysterious random call.

Drouin, Tatar, Domi and Gallagher got the bulk of the forwards ice-time. Julien was definitely not rollrolling four lines as the range is from 8 minutes to 24 minutes.

On Defense, Reilly and Petry were favoured by Julien.

#GoHabsGo @CanadiensMTL

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[EHM 2018-10-12] Last Farm Exhibitions

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 21:10
Tier 2 AHL

    Top 10s

Noah Juulsen is ranked #7 for Defensemen in the AHL; Goldobin is ranked #2 and Charles Hudon #9 for Left Wingers; Mikko Koivu #4 and Phillip Danault #6 for Centres; Zach Hyman #2 for Right Wings; Christopher Paquette is #1 and Brian Bowen #7 for prospects.

Final Exhibition Griffins 2 @ IceCaps 6


Nygren had a goal and 3 assists; Paquette had 3 assists; IceCaps has 3 powerplay goals; Hudon got heated with Smith and they dropped the gloves - Hudon started off well but Smith ended it; Juulsen played just over 29 minutes; Danault and Goldobin had more than 20 minutes; Goldobin looked tired by the end.

Tier 3 ECHL

    Top 10s

Collin Valcourt is ranked #5 for Left Wingers; Jeremiah Addison #2 for Right Wingers; Joseph Raaymakers #4 for Prospects.


Orlando scored the first two goals; half of Brampton's goals were on the powerplay; Brodeur had 4 assists; Ouellet had just over 25 minutes; Addison and Valcourt were absolutely exhausted by the end; Scherbak and Baker looking a little winded.

Cedarholm, Lindgren and Gagnon will probably join the team soon.

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[2018-10-11] Iron Fist S02

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 20:29

The first episode sucked from the fight choreography to the frightening slow plodding screenwriting. In my head, oh no, they’ve Jessica Jonesed the series and nothing will happen for 8 episodes. Luckily from episode 2-9 it’s pretty engaging.

Ward and his sister’s plotlines seem superfluous. You could remove them and their stuff without impacting the plot although it would then move along quicker which means they’re basically tacked on filler. The acting is good, they’re just unnecessary in this season.

Colleen and Daniel are great together and the actors have chemistry. Misty, not so much. She’s more fish out of water in this season. While she does add a dues ex machina here and there, she mostly exists to slow things down and could also be removed without any real loss to the story.

The rest of the cast are commendable and each have important roles. The villain is fantastic as are all the support roles.

Typhoid Mary is easily the best part of the season and in some way because she was my favourite Daredevil character in the comics. She’s portrayed perfectly by Alice Eve (the hottie from Star Trek: Into Darkness) who is stunning and impactful. She makes this season dramatically better than the first. Her skill at playing this dynamic and difficult character are certainly on full display. No double meaning there as she never strips down like in Star Trek. She is the highlight of this whole series.

The plot is simple enough with no real twists but this time around it’s quite entertaining.

I would say this is the best storyline to come out of Marvel TV so far.

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[EHM 2018-10-11] Opening Night - Stars 0 @ Habs 3

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 20:09

Opening night at the Bell Centre sees the Habs host the Dallas Stars after the Stanley Cup banner is raised to the ceiling.

Reaves can't start tonight as he's serving out a one-game suspension. It's fairly certain that if either Deslauriers or Ritchie are waived for roster space that they will be claimed. Pezzetta on the other hand is exempt from waivers and despite him playing well, the exemption may seal his fate as an AHL player this year. He's sent to St. Johns. Jokinen's try-out ends (same with Bozak and Baun). Matthew Peca turned down a try-out offer. Attempts to snag the rights to Joel Teasdale from the Panthers have failed. They want too much.

The Habs have too many NHL left-wingers and not enough NHL right-wingers. They have too many AHL right-wingers so you'd think that would be a solution however the left-wingers outplayed the right-wingers even when on their off wing. This leaves the Habs with one winger playing on his off side and scratching three left-wingers just to save them from being snagged by another team for free.

This creates the problem of having players you like and want to keep but not having ice-time to go around. Opening night is also a big deal and likely to shine some good morale into the players who get to be announced as this years team.


Scratches: Deslauriers (healthy), Ritchie (healthy), Reaves (suspension)

While simulations of this game saw both teams very even out of the gate with an overtime likely, the addition of Bryan Little may have made a bigger difference than expected even though he didn't make the score-sheet.

Weber had 22:21 of ice-time and Green 24:11. Weber and Valiev were +2. Sergachev and Honka +1.

Dadanov saw 18:16 of ice-time (his line being +2) while Shipachyov only received 11:32.

Domi led the team with 4 shots on goal and surprisingly Valiev himself got 3.

Shipachyov and Tatar each took foolish penalties in a game that had very few (2 minors each team). The PK unit did well but not the PP. Lines also rolled well with no one becoming over-tired or injured.

Thornton scored from Dawes and Sergechev; Hischier unassisted; Domi from Dadanov.

On most game stats the Stars had the edge except on giveaways/takeaways where Montreal took their advantage.


There are still some decisions on the two feeder teams, especially on defense. Strange roster rules keep Michael McCarron, Nikita Scherbak, Victor Mete and Anton Cedarholm from trying out with the Brampton Beast before the season starts. They will all most likely start the season there.

It's unsure which defensemen will join Kulak, Juulsen, Nygren and probably Reilly on the IceCaps. DeSimone, Muller, Ouellet, Perry, Hickets and Gagnon all have a shot. Bindulis will likely be kept for emergency injury replacement. There is a huge hole on the RD side of both the IceCaps and Beast forcing the defensemen to skate make it on their off side. Some like Muller, Ouellet and Perry are pretty good at doing that.

While the Habs have a glut on LW, the Beast aren't sure who'll fit there. Valcourt will most certainly keep his place with Castonguay and Addison but Verbeek and Gabrielle have underperformed and being let go is a likely future. Versatile Phillips might find his way there and Broll or Gagnon might come down temporarily for some ice-time. Brodeur has certainly locked the second LW position so the 3rd is wide open.

Remember that the ECHL where the Beast play have a strict 18 skater lineup with a max of 20 players on the roster. Once the players signed by the Habs or IceCaps come down, the salary rules kick in and the team will not be able to sign anyone. This league runs heavily on try-outs and unlike the AHL or NHL, try-out players may play in season and playoff games.

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[EHM 2018-10-10] Tier 2 and 3 Exhibition

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 02:23

Ranger took on Martin in a fight late in the first period. It started rough for Ranger who had trouble connecting and Martin landed a flurry of blows. Ranger finally got steady and started connecting so Martin jockeyed for position and they both went down. Easily Martin's win.

Ruck got a shutout.


Brodeur showed some chemistry with Captain Castonguay and scored the Beast's only two goals.

In other news:

C Matthew Peca refused to even sit down and talk about a contract with St. Johns.

Beast LW/C Hayden Verbeek has been loaned to the Peoria Rivermen.

Brodeur and Phillips snubbed contracts from the Beast.

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