12 things to like about a 3-0 trip

• They don’t have the rapport of Bing Crosby and Bob Hope yet, but Andrei Kostitsyn and Lars Eller are making sweet music as Two for the Road

• Max Pacioretty scored three goals, added an assist and was plus-5 for the three wins. His 14 in 36 games project to a 32-goal season

• David Desharnais, averaging a shade over 11 minutes ToI, had two goals, an assist and was 11-2 on faceoffs in Atlanta

• Scott Gomez was plus-4 on the trip and played his much-maligned ass off in every facet of the three games

• Roman Hamrlik blocked 11 shots

• The PK killed 13 of 14 over three games and the PP, with Tomas Plekanec at the point, was 3-for-9

• The Canadiens have gone 178:01 without a Too Many Men penalty

• Hal Gill scored in consecutive games for the first time since Oct 21 and 24, 2002 – when his future defence partner was 13 years old.

• Brent Sopel has not lost a game in a Montreal Canadiens jersey

 • James Wisniewski is so much better than Marc-André Bergeron the difference cannot be measured by currently available technology

• Jacques Martin finally beat Guy Boucher

• The goaltender in whom too many had too little faith bagged his seventh shutout, raised his win total to 31 and posted these trip stats: GAA 1.00,  97.4 save percentage

And as Danno points out, the Canadiens scored a goal in every period of the trip.

Drastically improved Photo Shop courtesy of the brilliant GG11


  1. Propwash says:

    Gomez was traded here in part to try and re-ignite the Gomez/Gionta duo that did well in New Jersey, it didn’t pan out, but it is a logical reason why he came here.

  2. habsfan0 says:

    Where’s Dorothy Lamour in this..yesterday’s version of Chantal Machabee?

  3. Chorske says:

    No, YOU suck!

    Whoops, sorry. Force of habit.

    There are always great posts on here- it just takes a little patience to sort through the rest.

  4. showey47 says:

    I was thinking erik cole(minus the injuries).

  5. Wayne says:

    Quick, Copy and Paste a Gomez rant and wait until after we win the cup to paste it into a post here. Hey, if it worked for Price…

  6. Propwash says:

    Yep, some real foresight that guy has.

  7. Thomas Le Fan says:

    And Don Cherry, perhaps wearing the most grotesque outfit ever, said “chickensh*t” on live, national T.V. What’s the CBC coming to? :O 

  8. SeriousFan09 says:

    Another note for the trip: Carey Price collected wins against teams he had no Ws against this season until now.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  9. Castor says:

    Guys. I HAVE to post this. I was clearing out my computer and I found a word doc called “AnnoyingHabsInsideOutPRICEBASHER.doc”. I opened it and I remembered that I copied a comment here from last July. I was so annoyed by it I decided to keep it until I KNEW Carey would prove people like this guy wrong. I found it today and I HAD to post it.


    Submitted by Habs4ever Fan on Wed, 07/14/2010 – 18:27.

     You all miss the point

    Carey Price has excellent potential

    Potential to become an amazing back up goalie to Leighton (when he gets traded to Philly)

    Potential to become a stick boy for the real Habs capable of playing under pressure

    Potential to become the official mop man for Bell Center Fans that spill their drinks

    Potenital to mess up the Canadiens salary cap if ever signed to a contract paying him more that 2 million a year.

    Potential to blame his defence core when the Habs go down.

    Potential to be the first goalie booed consistantly by his own fans in 20 plus games in a season

    Carey Price sucks GET IT GAUTIER GAINEY?”


    Interesting eh?

  10. DearyLeary says:

    I don’t know how he still has a job.

  11. RS says:

    Interesting assessment of talent! But hey, lots of crap gets posted here.

    Certainly, Price has met or surpassed expectations for the regular season. Good for him and good for the Habs. Unfortunately Price still has to show what he can do in the playoffs.

  12. Ronin says:

    • James Wisniewski is so much better than Marc-André Bergeron the difference cannot be measured by currently available technology

    OK, that was funny……..and I know funny.

    Also, we’re hot…let’s hope we stay that way at least through the B’s game….I hope we skate them into the ice with all their goon crap.

  13. Castor says:

    Yeah, that’s definitely true (the playoffs)

    I posted this because it has such hate and vitriol towards Price that it amazed me at the time (not only from this guy but from many, many others) and he has definitely proved people like him wrong.

    I can’t understand how you can just run down a guy on your own team this roughly. Hey, I rip into Gomez all of the time but he shut me up yesterday and I hope he continues to make me eat my words. But I never ever attacked him this harshly.

    Maybe I should have waited until after the playoffs to post my little ‘revenge’ but I figure with 7 shutouts and 30 wins he’s already proved himself. Now he’ll even defy MY expectations of him…which were high!

  14. HardHabits says:

    Man. The Western Conference is tighter than the HIO posse ganging up on an anti-Habs troll.

    3 points separate 5th to 11th:

    5 Phoenix 78
    6 Dallas 77
    7 Calgary 77
    8 Los Angeles 76
    9 Anaheim 75
    10 Nashville 75
    11 Minnesota 75

  15. Wayne says:

    I tell you, this guy’s a gem.

  16. HardHabits says:

    So is this user going to get his account and posts deleted or are we to assume that he’s on the HIO marketing payroll?


  17. likehoy says:

    what are the odds of guessing the 8 teams making the western conference?
    how much can I win in a bet :P?

    – Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

  18. showey47 says:

    Could you imagine if we had traded price to philly? Yikes.

  19. smiler2729 says:

    lol, where are all these guys now?

  20. DearyLeary says:

    Notice where the teams we’ve dealt with this year, that we supposedly gave super amazing assets to for prospects.

    I’ll help everyone out: St. Louis and Colorado are not making the playoffs.

    I remember people complaining about the O’Byrne deal… haha

  21. HardHabits says:

    I have come to the conclusion that the Gomez contract actually is an albatross, but wait for it.

    Albatross: sometimes used metaphorically to mean a psychological burden that feels like a curse.

    You see. Gomez’ contract is not a weight that is bringing the Habs down to the draft lottery or has made it impossible to sign other players.

    No it is an albatross because we Habs fans have to hear the incessant whining from numerous posters who have nothing better to say than complain about a cap hit that is roughly 2-2.5 million over the player’s actual value, a cap hit that is easily compensated for with the Price and Halpern deals.

    That is why Gomez’ contract is an albatross. Not because of the cap hit. No. Because of the bullsh*t we HIO readers are accustomed to reading here.

  22. DearyLeary says:

    And the first star of the week goes to: 

  23. Marc10 says:

    I just finished viewing the Broadway Beatdown of the Flyers on NHL Gamecenter… After seeing nearly flawless hockey from the Flyers all season, it was refreshing to see them on the back foot in every dimension of the game. They got off easy with a 7-0 outcome. It easily could have been 11 or 12 if Anisimov had converted on more than one of his point blank chances. Some things I noticed:

    – The Rangers seem like a bigger, more inconsistent version of the Canadiens. They are fast and score their goals on the counter and on the cycle.

    – A buck load of goals were scored by getting the trailer to the net. The Flyer D got beat on positioning and the lack of a quality net minder really hurt them when the opposition was in close (I hope Max Pac saw the tape).

    I’m sure the Bruins are giddy with the knowledge that their A game could bring about a similar result against Philly. I hope they forget to answer the bell on Tuesday and get a wake up call of their own.

    It’s that time of year… Gut check coming up! Time to send a message!

    Carey, Carey, Carey, Oi, Oi, Oi!!!

  24. BJT says:

    Well, I’m thinking thats some sorta bot or computer program, which means it’s more logical than Observer is, at least. Probably smarter, too.


    Formerly known as Camel_Larry.. ‘Sub-BAM! What a hit!’ ..”No more Looser on this teams!!” – Canadienboy

  25. smiler2729 says:

    I was a graphic artist from ’90 to ’98. I have been a Big Three auto worker since ’98. 

    From starving artist to overpaid union bum.

    Scott Gomez, whatever, don’t get on him for his salary, ALL OF US would’ve taken it if we were in his shoes.

    And now he’s shakin’ off his slump… cool.


  26. JasonM says:

    Sorry HH, usually I agree with you but I’ll have to differ on this one. You’ll have to accept the fact that Gomez has his flaws and shouldn’t be disregarded as “the latest scapegoat”. Consider this bull if that makes you happy but like the saying goes, ignorance is bliss.

    On contending teams a player like Gomez has little to no value, especially when it comes to the playoffs. He’s quick, has some decent play-making skills and can skate well but he’s incredibly soft. Will only play perimeter hockey, will make that usually dreadful first pass once he’s over the blue line and will lose more battles than a French soldier anywhere in the opposing zone. I will not go into the scoring department, I have other plans for tonight.

    I’ll need more than a couple of good games put together to change my overall opinion of a player grossly under-performing. Let’s talk stats :

    – Gomez is currently #179 on the point leaders board, #58 if we’re only counting centers. Sure Montreal isn’t a high scoring team our top point getter has 51 points in 65 games but seriously, 32 points?

    – Gomez is #826th in the +/- at a -15. We should be happy, it was -19 with that he would have been #846th of a possible #856. He’s still beating Lapierre though, placed at #828.

    – Gomez is tied for 6th for top salaries in the NHL this season.


    Normally one would argue that he’s having a bad season…. but he wasn’t great last year neither and a strong playoff run by the team stopped all talk about Gomez. Imagine Halak not standing on his head at the end of last season and the playoffs and trust me, what we heard this year with a 5th/6th place team would have been a completely different level. I mentioned Gomez’s flaws but I didn’t mention how he’s causing a lot of problems for his wingers who aren’t immune to any discipline from under-performing play.

    It’s all these factors that come into play when we take a solid look at this guy and go…. “What is he really worth?” and “How much does he make again?”

    What truly comes into mind to me is the ability to move such a player. A change of scenery could help but who would take the contract? And the term? Beyond sending him to the AHL the Habs are stuck with him for better or for worse. Let’s not talk about the progression of our others centers beyond this season. I can’t wait to see a 7M/year 3rd line centerman.

    You mentioned value…. are you truly sure about the 2 or 2.5? His cap hit is 7.357. Is he really even worth 5 million? Maybe in his best days but looking at the players around his PPG and what they bring, they have far less coin in their pockets and aren’t -15 players.

    There are WORSE contracts in the NHL, that’s to be certain but let’s not fool ourselves.


    Cheers and goodnight bud. 🙂

  27. Chuck says:

    Funny… I remember that from when it was originally posted.

    If Price had been traded to Philly, they would have wrapped up first place by the All-Star break.  🙂

  28. 86ontheice says:

    This comment section is amazing. Thanks to all. Finally intelligent posters that know there hockey.
    I am so sick of other forums with the infantile “you suck”…”No you suck” banter.
    Thanks for a breath of fresh air!!

  29. Johnny_D says:

    Personally I think Pac would have more than 32, he’s come so close so many times. Feels like every game he gets 2-3 good cracks at a goal.


  30. HardHabits says:

    My point was merely a play on semantics and interpretation of the meaning of the word albatross.

    I agree that the Habs could’ve gone another route and I kind of wished they had have done otherwise and rebuilt proper but we all know our impetuous fans would have never stood for the glorious Habs actually rebuilding as they have to always be in the hunt for a play-off spot regardless of how many years behind it places the team or squanders the future.

    The bottom line is the Habs are a potential top 5 team regardless of Gomez not living up to his billing and not a bottom feeder.

    I appreciate yor perspectives but it boils down to whining for sake of being a skipping record.

    Gomez hasn’t pissed me off enough for me to call for his head.

    The most important thing is that the Habs continue to develop their prospects. For the time being the Habs have 2 very good centres not to mention Halpern, DD and Eller with others in the pipes.

    Let’s see what happens. If the Habs trade Gomez near the end of his contract, which is very doable for a team aiming to hit the salary bottom, he could very well return more assets.

    I still hold that Gomez’ contract is not dragging the Habs down and that is my point. Those who argue that it is are wrong as the proof is in the standings.

  31. habs4ever2894 says:

    Max Pacioretty =  Drew Stafford

    Does anyone else see the similarities in their play?



  32. sidhu says:

    Great post, Boone.

    Here’s a fun video, showing the love between Wiz and Moen.  I hope Wiz stays for reasonable money.  He’s winning, he’s appreciated, and he can have something he hasn’t had his whole NHL career – some stability.


  33. light_n_tasty says:

    It’s all perspective, HH.  

    Are the Habs better with Gomez or without him?  They are better with him.  No doubt.  (Although, could Gainey have found a better way to spend 7.4 mil / season? ….I would argue yes).

    Is Gomez’ ‘albatross’ of a contract made up for by some of the better contracts on the team?  Perhaps.

    Is Gomez himself the biggest problem facing the Habs (other than injuries)?  No.  

    So why do I “whine” about his contract?  I think there are two main reasons.

    First, the Gomez deal represents a greater picture of what has ailed the Habs for a number of years, and what has relegated the Habs to perpetual mediocrity:overpaid free-agent veterans making up the core of a team, rather than young, promising prospects, especially at forward.  Gomez, Cammy, Gionta, Hamrlik, and Spacek, although great guys, are all overpaid relative to their production.  The Habs were forced to make these deals because of an inability to develop from within.

    Second, Gomez represents a missed opportunity.  In 2009, Gainey had options.  At that time, he had two of the three biggest pieces to a successful team, both developing within the Habs organization: A talented goaltender and would-be stud defenceman.  The only thing missing was a first-line centre.

    So, what did Gainey do?  Instead of signing or trading for first line centre, or instead of saving some cap space and waiting until something came available, he handicapped the organization at that position by trading for Gomez, who everybody knows, and knew at the time, is NOT a first line centre (although paid like a superstar).  Gomez is signed through to 2014.  Gainey’s 5-year plan had failed.  And by getting Gomez, the Habs were insured of 5 more years of same-old, same-old.

    So, does Gomez’s play alone warrant all the negative attention he’s receiving?  I don’t think so.  But Gomez – yet another smallish, softish underproducing forward to wear the CH – represents much of what has ailed the Habs for over 15 years now.  And fans are fed up.

  34. Mattyleg says:

    Great positivity, Booner.

    I love all of those things.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  35. Chorske says:

    Man, you can always count on Eeyore to piss in the Cornflakes.

    Still speedy and opportunistic up front, with a D system that (when adhered to with discipline) stifles opponents and gives them fits. Or did you not see the crazy looks of frustration on Lecav & Stamkos?

    And why in the world crap on the development path chosen for Eller- one of the brightest parts of the Habs future, playing with increased confidence, being given key roles in tight situations? A kid who is 100% effort, who generates smart plays, and who has singlehandedly revived AK? Come ON man. Seriously.

    I would argue that the Habs biggest weaknesses off the ice maybe 4-5 years ago were pro scouting and player development. I think that pro scouting has gotten better, with pickups like Wiz and Halpern in evidence, and player development has become really quite good. Look at the guys who weren’t even sure of making the Show- Pax, Subban, Eller, Desharnais, Weber… and look at the key roles they are playing. If you’d told me in October that we’d lose Markov and Gorges and still be statistically indistibguishable from the Mighty Capitals, I would have called bullshit. And yet… here we are.

    Credit should go where credit is due.

  36. punkster says:

    Running out of things to grouse about RM? Too many wins? Young players playing too well? Price is too good? The D too strong? The coaching too solid?


  37. Mike Boone says:

    Yeah, but what’s their connection to the Road movies? Maybe Cormac McCarthy

  38. HardHabits says:

    Which team is that Shiloh? The HIO Troll Team!

    Like I said, it’s psychological burden. Please stop trying to impose yours on us.

  39. Jordio-oh says:

    Why even cheer for this team if you can’t seem to derive any joy from it?

    Seriously, what is the point of your posts besides to annoy and depress everyone?

    If you can’t enjoy the little things in life (such as a 4 game winning streak) than i feel so sorry for you.

    The Cup is the holy grail, of course, but if you’re perpetually unhappy until we win the Cup, do us a favor and keep your thoughts to yourself.

    Totally fine to be critical of players and management at times, but when your last 20 posts are identical, and they are,  its time to get some new material.

  40. Shiloh says:

    This is very well argued – I agree completely. Acquiring Gomez was an inexplicable move which will affect the team negatively for about half a decade.

  41. longtimehabsfan says:

    You show your age Boone.  Hope-Crosby.  I would have gone with Simon and Garfunkel.

  42. cautiousoptimist says:

    Being a Habs fan is hard sometimes.  We’ve gone through some long stretches where the best thing we could say about our team was that it was better than the Leafs, and even that starts to feel a little old after a while.  But when the team is winning more than it’s losing, and when we’ve got a promising core of young players in Subban/Price/Pacioretty/Desharnais/Eller/White/Weber, this whole being a hockey fan thing is just a lot of fun.

  43. RetroMikey says:

    If we beat Boston, do we prepare a Stanley Cup parade?

    We won 3 games from a road trip.  clap clap clap

    But what comes up high for a 3 game road trip,  must come down to reality.

    Still small up front and a very weak D will not get you far in the playoffs.

    But hey, enjoy what we can get from the team this season.  Everyone is happy…..for now.

    Just imagine if Eller was sent down and called up now.  He would end up in Montreal with Pax in goals scored, if not more.

    Never hurt Pax developing in Hamilton did it?  Thank his coach, Randy Cunneyworth.


    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  44. tophab says:

    you can’t win the cup if your small, signed henri richard

  45. tophab says:

    you can’t win the cup if your small, signed henri richard.

  46. PureGuava says:

    Hahaha…what an A-hole you are.

    “Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.” – Robert Anton Wilson

  47. Propwash says:

    Meant to reply to Siloh

  48. puck face says:

    dude your credibility went out the window a long time ago. do you really think people are reading your posts and saying “wow that guy really knows his stuff” ? save yourself the time , maybe stare at yourself in the mirror a little longer?

  49. puck face says:

    imagine his poor girlfriend/wife?

    ” honey we just won the lottery”

    “great , now i have to go the bank and you know there’s going to be a line up.”

  50. RetroMikey says:

    clap clap clap……bravo bravo bravo…….happy now Punkster?

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  51. HardHabits says:

    Coming from you I take that as a compliment considering you’re a multi-account troll here.

  52. punkster says:

    So much more than you it seems 🙂

    You have to admit you’re the official HI/O boat anchor. Nothing but complaints, doom and gloom. Try looking on the bright side of life for a change.


  53. RetroMikey says:

      Ask me after the Boston game how I will feel.



    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  54. Natrous says:

    I’m pretty sure we’ll all pass on that one.

  55. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    2 weeks ago everyone was crying doom and gloom.  This week we walk on water.  What about next week, particularly if we lose a few games… 


  56. AH says:

    LnT, easily one of the best posts ever on here! Well thought out and bang on!

  57. Bill says:

    Well, a week and a half ago the Habs were in trouble. If they’d gone .500 in the last four games instead of winning them all, they’d be 3 points out of 9th. People are happy now because they’ve solidifed their previously slipping playoff chances. Makes sense, no?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  58. habinypsi says:

    Now that AK 46 has 2 more points than Gio in 1 less game can we cut him some slack?

  59. saskhabfan says:

    I hear she complains about his lack of size also.

  60. saskhabfan says:

    Yup,when a schmuck like retrowhiner says he hopes the team misses the playoffs so he can feel better about himself. It speaks volumes about his character and self-esteem. I also wouldn’t worry too much about people thinking about him knowing his stuff. He proves day in and day out on his own that his hockey knowledge is pretty much non-existant. I’d say on the same level as manapart,but probably a little less.

  61. notbigbird says:

    What first-line centre was available? I’m asking seriously. Aside from re-signing Saku, which might have been good, I have no idea who else was available. And we really had very little luck on the FA market until Gomez was signed — always overpaying for mediocre guys. I have heard it said that part of Gomez’es attraction was that he didn’t cost much — in terms of players. I know that’s arguable (cost), but I still don’t know what the options were.

    Regarding another point, I think the older guys are here until the young prospects show up — which they are beginning to do. The cupboard was bare, and this has been a patched together team for quite some time now.

  62. Danno says:

    Looking at the picture of AK and Eller above made me wonder. Where’s their camel Larry?


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  63. Chorske says:

    Look out, Danno’s on fire, kids!

  64. Danno says:

    Camel Larry took a therapy day — found a hump on his upper body…


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

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