2-0 after two

And it should be 3-0.

Video reviews in Toronto missed the angle that showed Josh Gorges fishing out a puck that had crossed the line.

Michael Grabner took advantage of errors in the neutral zone by Brian Gionta and Alexandre Picard to sweep in alone and, of course, beat Carey Price.

Canadiens had a 16-7 shot advantage in the period.

336 Comments

  1. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    WOOOOO

    GOAL!

  2. Keith says:

    Nailed that Russian!

  3. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Russia getting some real good chances…

  4. VancouverHab says:

    That’s a great forward line.

    But defense & goal? Beer league.

  5. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Leblanc had an assist in the 1st, hoping to see him rack up more points as the game continues ;)

  6. Timo says:

    Sounds like a starting All-Star lineup.

  7. HardHabits says:

    Petrov-Koivu-Bure

    MAB-Breezer

    Racicot

  8. Timo says:

    Like MAB? Nobody will ever come close. 

  9. Timo says:

    That’s ok, Keith. Hockey can’t be touch free. Canada also does it’s share of plays that would/could be called. I think it’s been a great and enjoyable game so far. You will understand why when watching Habs vs Islanders tonight :)

  10. thorandresson says:

    Darche, but with a lot more talent

  11. HardHabits says:

    Nice screen by Leblanc on Bobkov.

  12. PK All Day says:

    Really? Darche?  That’s setting the bar low.

  13. Matt_in_TO says:

    Haven’t seen much of Leblanc play but does he normally create traffic like that in front of the net?

     

    - In Price We Trust

  14. Keith says:

    Russia getting away with alot of clutchin n grabbin.

  15. thorandresson says:

    Leblanc is looking good, I’m thinking he’s going to be like Darche but with a lot more talent.

  16. Timo says:

    Nice! Hard working goal! Go CANADA!!!! Leblanc crucial on this play.

  17. sidhu says:

    Leblanc with the nice setup right there on the PP, should have been a layup.

    He goes to the net, helps them score.

  18. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    FOLIGNO!

    GOAL!

  19. Timo says:

    If this was a Habs player Chris Lee wouldn’t have called this interference. :)

  20. Keith says:

    Bout time they were called for one!

  21. Matt_in_TO says:

    No kidding.  Same thing with them leaving the trapezoid painted as well.

     

    - In Price We Trust

  22. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I am liking what I am seeing from Leblanc.

  23. sidhu says:

    What’s the deal with the crease at the CAN-RUS game?  Only some of it is painted blue…. anyone have an explanation, aside from a lazy American employee at the rink?

  24. Timo says:

    Khe… driving into the goalie. I like that.

  25. Keith says:

    No kidding. I’m not even french and I find it annoying and unprofessional.

  26. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    That was a brilliant individual effort by #11.

  27. Keith says:

    Excellent pk by Canada!

  28. Matt_in_TO says:

    Someone please tell Gord Miller it’s Leblanc, not Leblonk

     

    - In Price We Trust

  29. PK All Day says:

    wow timo, start your own blog guy, this is getting embarrassing.

  30. RetroMikey says:

    Aa mucgh as you and others including myself want Weber to succeed in Montreal, I really can say I do not see it happening based on watching him play many times in Hamilton. 

    He does have a wicked NHL point shot  but he is so small, easily muscled and prone to defensive lapses. 

    Not a good combination as Boone will agree with me.

    A player in progress IMO.

    Sorry to offend any Habs fans but them the facts.

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

  31. OneTimer says:

    Big, hulking, knuckle-dragging team lays a few big hits in the opening minutes, and then the faster, more skilled team scores…what is this, Habs-Leafs?

  32. Timo says:

    Boys are too focused on hitting… little on positioning. How Subban of them.

  33. Timo says:

    Can Subban still play junior? Would be good for him… JM’s just wasting him away anyway. 

    Canadian boys looks pretty big.

  34. Timo says:

    Alright… Let’s go Canada! Let’s get our gold back.

  35. Timo says:

    Did you try turning the TV? 

  36. topher5468 says:

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

     

    I made it

  37. kempie says:

    Does anybody have an online feed for the Jr. game? I’m working and the TV is facing the wrong way.

  38. likehoy says:

    I believe PK just began believing in his own hype. With everything from rumours swirling around Markov’s future and his injury status, and PK being talented enough to play big minutes.

    PK needs to take a step back and not take things for granted. It’s the only way he’ll gain composure on the ice.

    I think that’s PK’s biggest fault, he lacks composure with the puck. It may seem like a stupid thing to say with  his ability to carry the puck and his incredible stickhandling…but in spite of these talents, he doesn’t know when to do what with the puck yet.

    - Gomez is holding down the suck button

  39. Shiloh says:

    Weber could grow into a star offensive defenseman (like Streit) and so I’m glad he’s getting a couple of games in a row. It can’t be good for him to sit so long. That being said, I don’t like PK sitting out again. It’s almost like his own club is supporting what that weasel Richards had to say. I would have much preferred JM to respond by supporting PK. But then again PK has made some big mistakes on defense. Maybe the coaching staff has it right. Go Habs!

  40. Timo says:

    Totally agree. I lost count how many time dmen got beat on the outside by the speedy russian forwards.

  41. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Man, Canada’s goaltending and defense ain’t what it used to be.

    Entertaining game though.

  42. Habnofear says:

    How can you not like BIG HAL GILL!

  43. The Teacher says:

    These REFEREES ARE GODDAMN EFFING PATHETIC. I am so fed up, I am barely interested in this effing game because the refs suck round things.

  44. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Cmoooon

    Can’t score 1 goal against the Islanders????

  45. crabvader says:

    You alright? I know refs ain’t the greatest tonight but you seem a little too upest. Tell us what you REALLY think. :P

  46. Habnofear says:

    I’m telling you all ,we need a kid line ! Max-Pax …Desharnais… Eller ! It’s  such a no brainer!

  47. HabFanSince72 says:

    In other news…

    Leafs leading the Devils 3-0. Brodeur let in 3 on 14 shots.

    Kovalchuk got into a fight with Phaneuf.

    Kind of funny.

     

  48. StevieRay says:

    Who’s the annoucer for TSN2…Rod Black …??? whoever it is they are putting me to sleepzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Glad I watched 1 exciting game today !

  49. crabvader says:

    We’re playing really loosey-goosey.

  50. JasonM says:

    Did we score a goal yet? Almost 40 minutes into the game against the last place team in the league.

  51. RGM says:

    Aye iy aye.

    Go Habs Go!

  52. salshabs says:

    Price I love ya Dude, but, ur just a tad casual with that puck!!

  53. spos080808 says:

    Let me guess, Price’s fault he did not stop a 2 on 0?

  54. JasonM says:

    Hab forwards… that’s HOW you score a GOAL.

  55. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    All hail the great Hab defense. Fack.

  56. Shiloh says:

    Thank God we haven’t had too many shootouts.

  57. MikeMcLaren says:

    And again, that’s what’s so disturbing.  If this game was on the CBC they wouldn’t question them at all, would they?

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  58. JIMVINNY says:

    LOL.  Peace out, y’all.

  59. sidhu says:

    Another late goal

    Picard -2

     

  60. Habnofear says:

    Someone get a Priest…..

  61. crabvader says:

    Whew, big hit by Patches.

  62. Josh says:

    Oh look, Picard again. He’s tonights Hamrlik.

  63. crabvader says:

    Whew, big hit by Patches.

  64. JasonM says:

    Yes.

     

    He should have saved that after the Gionta turnover at the other team’s blue line and also should have scored a goal since obviously the entire team CANNOT score a SINGLE GOAL against the… 2nd worst team in the NHL.

  65. showey47 says:

    hey look picard caught again.

  66. JasonM says:

    Yes.

     

    He should have saved that after the Gionta turnover at the other team’s blue line and also should have scored a goal since obviously the entire team CANNOT score a SINGLE GOAL against the… 2nd worst team in the NHL.

  67. Matt_in_TO says:

    Do they not care?  It sure doesn’t seem like it.

     

    - In Price We Trust

  68. JasonM says:

    Yes.

     

    He should have saved that after the Gionta turnover at the other team’s blue line and also should have scored a goal since obviously the entire team CANNOT score a SINGLE GOAL against the… 2nd worst team in the NHL.

  69. JasonM says:

    Yes.

     

    He should have saved that after the Gionta turnover at the other team’s blue line and also should have scored a goal since obviously the entire team CANNOT score a SINGLE GOAL against the… 2nd worst team in the NHL.

  70. JasonM says:

    Yes.

     

    He should have saved that after the Gionta turnover at the other team’s blue line and also should have scored a goal since obviously the entire team CANNOT score a SINGLE GOAL against the… 2nd worst team in the NHL.

  71. crabvader says:

    NYI commentators keep questionning the refs calls against US, lol.

  72. punkster says:

    You know, games like this one you just can’t take seriously. Poor attendance (snow storm or no), bottom feeder opponent, day after Xmas, everyone in a stuporous state of mind, a dozen missed “sure things”, odd penalties. What’s next? I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if they pulled this one out in the final minute. If they do they might be wise to rent some snowmobiles and get the heck out of town.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  73. MikeL says:

    Is it just me, or does Leblanc look like he’s going to be nothing more than a grinder? He’s a hard working player, but his stick handling and skating seem to be no where near top line material IMO.

  74. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Someone here mentioned “Darche, but with more talent”.

    Not what I expected but with Eller, Plekanec and Gomez – I don’t think we need a top 6 center.

    I had a lot of expectations from him though. Kristo as well.

  75. PK All Day says:

    Haha are you kidding me?  The kid has slick hands, good speed, he’s gonna be fine.. you’ve seen him for 6 mins of live ice time buddy, just settle down.

  76. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Man that Canadian D is looking shakier than the Picard-Weber pairing.

  77. Sheldon says:

    I don’t know about you guys, but this Canadian team looks awfully ordinary to me.

  78. MikeL says:

    Thing is,  Leblanc isn’t playing center. He’s playing the wing in this tournament. I’m not sure if he still plays center for the Montreal Juniors, but I heard Pierre McGuire say one time that he thought Leblanc was more suited as a winger.

  79. RGM says:

    Two periods into the tournament and he’s already being relegated to NHL 4th liner status. Good grief.

    Go Habs Go!

  80. Keith says:

    Alright pp time!

  81. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    GOAL! 4-3!

    Thank God Russia’s defense is worse!

  82. MikeL says:

    I am so worked up you wouldn’t believe. I’ve been yelling to myself and the tv for 2 periods. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to sleep tonight because of it. Leblanc has ruined my night – maybe my life.

  83. Keith says:

    YESSSS!!!!! Now don’t let them score!

  84. Keith says:

    I figured Russia would lose their cool sooner or later.

  85. StevieRay says:

    Where’s Louie ..??? I haven’t seen him on the ice in a while

  86. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    HAHA! ANOTHER PP GOAL!

    GAME.

    5-3

  87. Keith says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Love it!!!!!

  88. JIMVINNY says:

    If this Canadian team meets a team that actually knows how to play defense, they’re going to be in trouble.  Nearly all of their goals are coming off Russian defensive zone errors.  While it looks like they’re going to take this game, it’s going to be a long game when they play the Americans.

  89. RGM says:

    He’s on the second wave of the PP. Fortunately for Canada, it appears all we need is the first wave.

    Go Habs Go!

  90. MikeL says:

    He’s not on the top PP.

  91. Keith says:

    The Russians won’t give up.

  92. Propwash says:

    Canada has to stay out of the box

  93. Keith says:

    Louis, Louis lookin good!

  94. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Why do I have a feeling that a team like USA will score 4+ goals against Canada?

    Huge issues on defense and goaltending.

    EDIT: Leblanc is a JM type of forward, don’t you guys think?

  95. RGM says:

    I agree with Boone about this Sunday hockey stuff. Tonight is generally reserved for football and Family Guy. It’s been three Saturdays without Habs now too…that’s just weird.

    Go Habs Go!

  96. PK All Day says:

    aww poor lil guy, i’ll pour one out for ya.

  97. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Man, Roy is weak. Or he’s really nervous.

  98. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    YES, BENNY’S PLAYING!

  99. RGM says:

    Meh, let the man play.

    Go Habs Go!

  100. Keith says:

    Well that was cool! Overpowering shot as Danny Gallivan would have said!

  101. StevieRay says:

    oops..there he is !

  102. Propwash says:

    Good things happens when you SHOOT AT THE NET!

  103. win4ce says:

    He looked solid in camp and played very well in his only exhibition. I think it was just nerves tonight, I haven’t seen enough of him to judge though

  104. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    As a huge goaltenders fan, I wish him all the best in the future. Canada will need him to play exceptionally well against teams like US.

  105. showey47 says:

    if maguire said leblanc was more suited as a winger,then louis will probably end up being a center.

  106. HabFanSince72 says:

    Wait. You don’t understand why, after three days rest, Price is starting?

    Really?

    You’re sittin’ there puzzled by this decision?

    We have four games in the next 6 days (26, 28, 30, 31 Dec). Price will play 3 of the 4. When would you rest him?

  107. Timo says:

    Was Oliveir Roy the best Canada could do? Really?

  108. spos080808 says:

    Atleast I am not an expert in being a complete idiot, like yourself.

    You would not agree with what I said. You would think that was a legit penalty.

    You are a joke.

    “Hockey For Dummies” Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease buy it you frickin clown!

  109. spos080808 says:

    You really are a dumb SOB huh! My God. I did not think anyone could be as stupid as you, but I guess I am wrong. Unless this is just a lame game you are playing. God help the world if you are being serious. I see garbage collection in your future if true.

  110. spos080808 says:

    Let me get this straight, a breakaway is a bad goal? HAHAHAHHAHAHA. F;ing idiot.

  111. larisalapointe says:

    OK, I give up. Have our forwards scored tonight yet? Let’s shift the conversation to them. OK?

  112. salshabs says:

    didn’t anybody bother to tell them the Isles have been playing better lately…like it or not, Carey was making those saves earlier this year…

  113. Matt_in_TO says:

    Do they not care?  It sure doesn’t seem like it.

     

    - In Price We Trust

  114. CHsam says:

    Subban should be playing. Not Picard.

  115. Born in a Bad Year says:

    You said it twice.  I have been saying it since the third game of the season.  Picard has no place on this team except eating steamies in the pressbox.

  116. CHsam says:

    Subban should be playing. Not Picard.

  117. Matt_in_TO says:

    Do they not care?  It sure doesn’t seem like it.

     

    - In Price We Trust

  118. shootdapuck says:

    Price looks drunk!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  119. shootdapuck says:

    Price looks drunk!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  120. Matt_in_TO says:

    Do they not care?  It sure doesn’t seem like it.

     

    - In Price We Trust

  121. shootdapuck says:

    Price looks drunk!

     

    “The three stars as selected by Red Fisher of the Montreal Star:
    1st star: Henri Richard
    2nd Star: Doug Harvey
    3rd Star: Jacques Plante

    Final score Detroit Red Wings 5 Montreal Canadiens 3″

  122. Habnofear says:

    Nice to see the Canadian junior team looking good with all the new faces. The Habs should blow up the Isle BIG TIME !!! Go Habs Go

  123. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Hopefully so, Isles have been hot lately.

  124. PrimeTime says:

    Other than having to listen to McGuire a pretty entertaining game

  125. NoTinFoilCups says:

    What’s with the commercial breaks during the junior games? Thought they played through and left the darn ads for the intermission. Don’t tell me it’s changed for the American TV coverage!? If they actually have any.

  126. Exit716 says:

    Campbell had to make a decision to postpone the game? I bet if it was the Bruins he would have agreed to.

     

  127. Sheldon says:

    Glad I decided to watch the USA/Finland game instead of the yankfest on LI!

  128. Exit716 says:

    Again. Campbell’s son’s team. Surprised that the legendary Lucic isn’t suspended?

     

  129. HabFanSince72 says:

    I’m sure Campbell wouldn’t have suspended lucic in any case. Thug looking after a thug.

    NHL needs to realize that the most talked about hoceky competition of 2010 was the goon-free Olympics.

  130. danp says:

    Price has been looking very ordinary for the past several games but there are lot of ‘ordinary’ goalies who are playing better. He has no zip. He takes his time coming back to the crease after a bad pass from behind the net. He is either overworked or he is beyond caring.

    Dan

  131. sidhu says:

    There was no need to have Price in tonight’s game — he should have rested for Tuesday’s much more important game. 

    We lack energy, grit, or anyone who can crash and bang to change momentum.  Instead, we have to rely solely on our speedsters to get in gear and get their game going.  In other words, we are one dimensional.  The checkers, God love ‘em, are capable defensive players but they are all of the same nature — good checkers without serious physicality or the ability to shake things up by using their bodies.  Moen is the closest, but even then he’s only one player.  Some teams have what is called an “energy line”, a concept that appears to be totally foreign to JM/PG. 

    We also lack depth on D — JG, Hammer, Gill, and Spaceman are performing as best as possible, but they need some help, they need someone reliable to help take minutes away. 

    I think Benny, AK46, Pyatt, and Lapierre should be considered to be “on the bubble” and available for a trade to get some energy up front and defensive help on the blueline. 

  132. Captain aHab says:

    I’m starting to like Timo’s idea of the shooter tutor. They can’t hit the broad side of a rink and how many times did people totally whiff on glorious passes near the crease?

    Oh well……

  133. RGM says:

    Only thing that performed worse than the Habs tonight was HI/O’s servers.

    Go Habs Go!

  134. habs-hampton says:

    2 omments:

    - I agree with playinh the game. It looks like all the Isles fans made it to the game, so what’s the problem?

    - I’m begining to question JM as the bench coach. I think he has put together a greatr system and when thew guys play it, they have a chance every night. But I no longer think he’s the guy to run the team during a game. I really question some of his decisions about scratches, lineups, etc.

  135. habstrinifan says:

    Out at family get together so didnt see the game. From all accounts not a good HABS performance. The JM ennui has set in. It wont change. You cannot stymie players en masse in a game like hockey and expect them over a long season to improve. All the residue of last season’s playoff, which the team entered this season highly charged with, is gone. And now we are repeating the drollness and lack of ‘fire in the belly’. The ‘do your stuff energy’ from players needed in a game like Hockey has been trampled beneath the need to ADHERE to the system.

    They are professionals and they do try to buy into JM’s style. But in a fast paced game like hockey, you kill all individualism, and you kill the ‘turning point’ initiative in your players. Look at player slike Georges and AK46 and Cammillieri… from the start of the season to now. Look at our ‘prospects’ Eller, Subban, Pouliot etc. Do you see an improvement trajectory.

    Sit back and watch our HABS go through another season where no identity has been carved and no improvement promised on the horizon.

    Dreadful!!!

     

  136. rocketsglare says:

    Another disappearing act by the Habs tonight. Hopefully they plan on reappearing Tuesday night against the

    Caps. Stay tuned.

    Go Habs Go!

  137. punkster says:

    Just a few pre-game musings from punkster’s easychair:

    • Back from a whirlwind visit to relatives in the Land of Loafs. First order of business was to shower off the stink of Laff and tuck in to a montreal bagel with cream cheese and lox. Nothing like it after days of endless turkey recipes and unidentifiable dressings.
    • Good to see the usual suspects predicting the downfall of JM and the Habs due to the extended Xmas holiday being granted to PK. Oh there’ll be trouble in the room over this alright but not what you all think. See, PK asked for this special time off and the rest of the guys are right ticked at the special treament being afforded PK. I know I’m not alone in this when I say it’s about time we traded this kid. He’s pushing the limits of respectability.
    • Price in, Auld out. Gee, what a shock. Hey, I flicked a switch in my front hall tonight and the light came on…go figure.
    • Benny, FFS man give us something to hang on to tonight will ya’ please? I mean, give us a sign.
    • For the love of all that’s good and holy, will someone please get me some Maalox!

    ***Subbang!!!***

  138. showey47 says:

    Speaking of loafs land my buddy and his wife just left after watching the wjc(and to exchange christmas gifts). I snuck a package of waffles in his christmas gift bag before they left with a note saying “to throw at your tv tonight while watching the leafs play”.

  139. Harani says:

    There is a reason Denis Gauthier is riding a desk on RDS. He’s so friggin’ annoying! 

    “It must be love!”

  140. king ddd says:

    man i hate m.vick with passion with what he has done, but as player he always amazes me

    .::DON’T MESS WITH THE MOENATOR!::.

  141. JIMVINNY says:

    It really bother me that people make such a big deal about dog fighting, yet the convicted murderers don’t take any flak at all. 

  142. PrimeTime says:

    lol   Well done!

  143. sidhu says:

    How did Lucic not get suspended?  A fine of 2500 is absolutely nothing for NHL players and has no deterrent effect whatsoever.  If anything, I hope this gives Lucic a “record” that can then make it more likely that he’ll get punished for something in the future because he’s a repeat offender.

    If Lucic was not Canadian, you better believe purists would be up in arms over his gutless sucker punch. 

    I had little regard for Lucic before this, and now have no respect at all for this “power forward” and NHL “professional.”

     

  144. win4ce says:

    3000 fans and all I see is habs jerseys

  145. JIMVINNY says:

    LOL.  What a joke of a penalty call.  The interference on Patches earlier was much more of a penalty.

  146. sidhu says:

    JG beaten on that play, he needs some relief in the form of a top 4 D-man to take up some minutes

  147. Matt_in_TO says:

    I think more fans turn out at Brossard to watch a practise.

     

    - In Price We Trust

  148. JIMVINNY says:

    And how is that not a hook?  Macdonald basically stabs pleks with his stick.

     

  149. JIMVINNY says:

    Cammy on the PK.  Now that is frightening.

  150. win4ce says:

    Haha that’s what I was thinking, but he did a great job

  151. OneTimer says:

    Yikes Weber!

  152. JIMVINNY says:

    Dominate for a few shifts, give up a goal.  Yep. that sounds like the Habs.

  153. sidhu says:

    And that should be it for the Picard-Weber duo.

    If Pierre McGuire was doing this game, he’d note that Comeau was junior teammates with JG.

  154. sidhu says:

    b/s call on AK46, the Islanders player was stumbling already. 

  155. JIMVINNY says:

    Nice try AK.

  156. JVF says:

    Pffft! Can Carey stop ONE breakaway?

  157. Habnofear says:

    Carey’s back to being mortal….

  158. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Yay, Habs give up the first goal again.

    Friggin’ frustrating. Too the Isles too.

    Tabarnak.

  159. sidhu says:

    Carey needs rest — Auld should be in this one.

  160. showey47 says:

    At least weber was in position,where was picard?

  161. OneTimer says:

    Carey’s always been kind of weak on breakaways. He’s got size, amazing side-to-side movement and (now) a hot glove hand as his strengths. I’m more surprised when he stops breakaways.

  162. TheChangeling says:

    Too many games now where they’ve given up the first goal. It almost seems like Price is a bit tentative, maybe with that first goal looming in his mind. This has been what, 6 or 7 games now where they’ve given up the first?!

  163. JVF says:

    Honestly? This Habs hockey is getting BORING!

  164. JVF says:

    And that, in Montréal, is the worst sin of all…

  165. habguy says:

    another softie from Price.

    welcome back 2009 Price!

  166. showey47 says:

    nice dive.

  167. sidhu says:

    Schremp is a joke — he’d be an all-star in a roller hockey league or the ECHL.

  168. andrewberkshire says:

    Good question, where is Picard on almost every play? People say Subban pinches at the wrong time, Picard pinches on every single play. Martin needs to stop puposely dressing a crappy hockey player when he has a better option.

  169. JVF says:

    Again, no Subban, eh? I guess we’re good enough without him…

  170. Kris says:

    Can we sit Picard instead.  His pairing is always getting burned so the logical move is to ….?

  171. OneTimer says:

    “Carey’s back to being mortal….” -Habnofear

    “The Carey of Oct/Nov is gone!” -HABS IN THE BLOOD

    “another softie from Price.  welcome back 2009 Price!” – habguy

    …welcome back guys!

  172. salshabs says:

    Price lets in a bad one a game now

  173. larisalapointe says:

    Interesting comments since Price has been making save after save, and only Weber, until the goal had a semi decent shot on goal.  Just like the previous BS of Price’s weak glove, now we’re going to drone on about  Breakaways.

    I guess peace on earth and goodwill to man is over ey?  :)

  174. punkster says:

    The Terrible Trio

    ***Subbang!!!***

  175. kempie says:

    And you’re back to being… well, this.

  176. punkster says:

    Butt hee spellls beter.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  177. kempie says:

    Romulous Nebula

  178. OneTimer says:

    guy, when Carey lets in a soft goal everyone can see that he’s not playing well. What pisses me off is the “fans” whose sole goal is to whine about every little thing possible. Give it up already, we’re all watching the same game

  179. OneTimer says:

    Didn’t notice Picard out of position boys, I’m sure you’re right, but man it seems like that Islander player went around Weber on the outside easy. “Martin needs to stop puposely dressing a crappy hockey player when he has a better option.” Well, I agree with you there…

  180. Habnofear says:

    “I only have one go in me honey then it’s all over till 2012″…. One Timer.

    Stop trying to stir the pot on the Holiday’s!

  181. OneTimer says:

    Stirring the pot? I just quoted what you wrote. :)

  182. spos080808 says:

    Start watching the games before talking out of your arse. He is still making 3 or 4 incredible saves a game that the vast majority of goalies would let in.

    I find it funny that you call breakaway goals softies. SMH.

  183. Timo says:

    bet canada russia game earlier will be a lot more exciting than anything Habs and Isles will have to offer.

  184. HardHabits says:

    What’s that? You’re not commenting on the Habs/Isles game. Predicting a win are we?

  185. Chuck says:

    “Rick DiPietro is injured for a change.”   Hahaha!

    I’m going to be down in Buffalo for the Canada/Russia WJC game, so I’m going to have to catch the game on Canadiens Express. Hope it’s a good one, but I suspect, as Boone does, that it’ll probably take them half of the game to get hockey back on their minds. Hopefully the Isles don’t burn them too bad before then.

    Centre Hice: Top-10 worst Hab nicknames

  186. SeriousFan09 says:

    Marc-Antoine Godin tweets that there are no expected changes to the lineup so that meas another night of no Pouliot and no Subban and no, that doesn’t mean you should get ready to jump off the Champlain either.\

    At least Bugs is pretty much guaranteed to crank out some gold though.

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

  187. t1tan5 says:

    Many people are talking about how the Habs may get off to a slow start because of Christmas celebrations. Umm…do the Islanders not celebrate Christmas?

  188. tigress says:

    Give our boys some credit, folks – I don’t think they’re that loaded with Christmas celebrations that they won’t skate well. Besides, Jeff Halpern & Mike Cammalleri celebrated Hanukah so we have at least TWO skaters who will be in shape at the first puck drop…

  189. habsfan0 says:

    Oy Vey…I hope you’re right..

  190. sims says:

    Flight/Hotel/Leafs@Habs tix were under my tree this year! Anyone know of a good place to buy waffles in montreal?

  191. tigress says:

    No, no, throwing waffles on the ice during a Montreal game is a no-no…you ARE a Habs fan, right? Why break their stride? (great gift, btw, that’s a super Santa)

  192. Shiloh says:

    Wasn’t DiPietro’s 20-year contract negotiated by the same guy who sent Chara to Ottawa for Yashin? Wasn’t that the same guy who mocked our Habs on CBC’s intermission a week or so back while Les Boys were outplaying the Broonz (as Bob Cole pronounces it) in every aspect of the game?

    Where does our national network find these geniuses?

  193. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    People bitching about Price, I’m more worried about the entire team.

    No great chances being generated, and it’s the Islanders FFS.

  194. JIMVINNY says:

    Apparently Gomez has never heard of a one-timer.

  195. CHsam says:

    That was a gift-wrapped goal waiting to be if I ever saw one

  196. sidhu says:

    I would have started Auld — Price needs some games off and he’s already experiencing fatigue.  He has a huge game coming up against the Caps, no pressing need to play him tonight.

  197. avatar_58 says:

    Yeah no Price, Subban or Pouliot – I think I’d find something else to watch. Like paint dry.

  198. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    That basically shows that this team relies on great goaltending.

    The offense is brutal. Defense ain’t that flashy either.

  199. spos080808 says:

    Dumbest post of the day. Congrats!

  200. MikeMcLaren says:

    Howie Rosen doing play-by-play:

    “The Islanders are playing a really good road period.”

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  201. JIMVINNY says:

    That looked like a hook to me.

  202. RGM says:

    Dialing up a stinker we are.

    Go Habs Go!

  203. JIMVINNY says:

    Instead, a penalty to us on the next shift.  typical.

  204. amvanimere says:

    Come on everyone, we all knew the Habs would come out terrible this period. All things considered, I’ll take the 1-0 defecit. This isn’t the kind of game we can really judge the team on.

  205. sidhu says:

    Habs have no true energy players — guys who can crash and bang in order to generate some momentum.  Lapierre used to do that, but rarely does now.  Pyatt, Darche, Halpern are all solid defensively but can’t create energy.  Our checkers are pretty one-dimensional.

    In addition to another defenseman, I’d like to see us get some real energy guys, even if it means we lose someone like Pyatt.  Eager, Clarkson come to mind.

  206. Propwash says:

    Jeez, Price taking a penalty, and before that, couldn’t score on that onetimer, what a waste of oxygen.

  207. RGM says:

     

    When did Carey get a penalty or a one-time opportunity? You sure you’re watching the right game? LOL

    Go Habs Go!

  208. Exit716 says:

    Nice play by Weber. What an awesome collection of ECHL talent Timmins has assembled in the minors. Weber is cruddy and weak. There is no alternative in Hamilton to replace him. At least Subban would be able to catch up to the Jr. C Islander on the play.

  209. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Gauthier has to step up now.

    As much as I like AK46, he’s going to be 26 soon and I am fed up like many fans here. He just doesn’t play up to his potential. If we had another player like Gio to play besides Cammy-Pleks, that line would be a lot more productive.

    And man does this team lack a big bodied defenseman or what. 

  210. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    LOL – He’s being sarcastic. 

    Basically saying that people are bitching on Price when clearly the entire team is to blame.

  211. sidhu says:

    Both AK and Benny remind me of Dagenias — they can score, but the work ethic really isn’t there.

  212. Exit716 says:

    So this is Price’s fault? Nice. I see. The old man behind the bench keeps PK in the box so some Dollarama version of Mark Streit can play and he quits on the play? But that’s all on Price. Gomez can’t hit the open side of a net but let’s blame Kostitsyn again. Whatever.

     

  213. Exit716 says:

    Double post.

  214. habs001 says:

    yes price has not been good on breakaways but they are breakaways…could the negative price posters at least post the names of 5 goalies that would have had better stats since the beginning of the season with the habs….it is so easy to see that the main problem with the habs is that they have very limited scoring forwards…this team is made to play tight playoff games it is not made to dominate any team in the nhl…

  215. spos080808 says:

    TIMO is that you.

    Maybe you should start watching the games.

  216. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    I hope JM lost it in the dressing room to wake up the entire team.

    This is pathetic – they’ve lost 5 in last 7, they NEED this game.

  217. punkster says:

    I like my glasses. They keep my head out of my ass. You should try it some time.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  218. Shiloh says:

    Just watched the first period and then logged on. I thought we outplayed the Islanders in that period and that the difference is that Price didn’t bail out his team and stop the lone good chance the Isles had. They slide it under him with alarming regularity when he drops to his knees – but he’s still much better than the last couple of years.

    Boone is over-reacting negatively to AK46, who has played a far stronger game thus far than most of his teammates. Pouliot was invisible – but I don’t think he’s had a lot of ice time. Eller is all over the place, but still needs to learn to generate chances.

  219. habs001 says:

    ak has shown he can score…one 17 goal season for pouliot does not indicate he can score..pouliot is a 14-17 goal a season scorer at best..sorry bugs…maxpac is probably the same type of player

  220. Robert L says:

    How soon before Joel Bouchard takes over the colour commentary from Benoit Brunet?

    Brunet’s comments defy the intelligence he ought to have as a decade long NHLer.

  221. spos080808 says:

    THANK YOU!

    Who in  their right mind calls a breakaway goal a softie? Have these people ever played hockey or watched more than one game in their lives.

    It is a breakaway!!!

    Would we like to see Price start making more of these saves? Ofcourse, but you cannot, I repeat, CANNOT call a breakaway goal a softie. So much goes into dealing with a breakaway such as having to adjust your speed backing into the net, needing to stay square to the shooter while cutting down all the angles, moving side to side etc etc. It is not easy! Jesus Christ.

  222. habguy says:

    I think the habs can match threm as a jr C team.

    no talent on the habs, all 4th liners too.

  223. Josh says:

    Weber wasn’t at fault for that goal as he was covering his man. It was all on Picard for his weak coverage of his man and leisurely skating back into his own zone.

  224. MikeMcLaren says:

    They just announced attendance:

    3,136

    Oofa!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  225. HabFanSince72 says:

    Wasn’t it announced last summer that Brunet was fired?

     

  226. larisalapointe says:

    “lone good chance the Isles had’

    A bit biased are we?

     

  227. sidhu says:

    Big Buff in ATL has to be a Norris contender, Mesjaros leads defenseman with +/-, but he also plays on a stacked team.  Buff’s team is not nearly as talented, but he’s still putting up great numbers and has ATL just two points behind the Caps.

  228. Propwash says:

    I’m trying to do my best negative nancy impression, seeing that one period was played and all is lost.

  229. HabFanSince72 says:

    I like this new Cammi on the penalty kill idea. Maybe you wouldn’t do it against the really good teams though.

     

  230. DearyLeary says:

    It was.. unfortunatly the rumour proved to be untrue.

  231. sidhu says:

    Can someone clear this up:

    Is it PATCH-EE-OR-ETTY?  or PATCH-OR-ETTY?

  232. JIMVINNY says:

    It should be 3-1.  Easily.  These guys needs to start converting on all their glorious chances.

  233. spos080808 says:

    MVP contender as well. He has been that dominant. 13th in the league in scoring I think and 2nd in the league in GWG.

    And everyone bashed Atlanta prior to the season when they stated Buff would be playing D this season.

  234. HabFanSince72 says:

    And 36 of them are Isles fans.

     

  235. HabFanSince72 says:

    Roloson is a wall!

     

  236. CHsam says:

    dang. ADTH feed cut out….. anybody got another feed ?

  237. spos080808 says:

    Too bad AK was so in tight.

  238. spos080808 says:

    Do you know how to read. I am saying a breakaway goal is NOT a softie. That is all I am saying. Learn how to read. Once you do I suggest “Hockey For Dummies”. Save up your soda cans and invest in it.

  239. JIMVINNY says:

    That f*cking ref who was closest had no intention of calling that.  It was the back ref that made the call.  What a load of crap.  And diving?  What the F*CK are these refs on?

  240. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    CMON LAPIERRE. UGHHH

  241. OneTimer says:

    can’t let the Habs get a PP, no sir!

  242. spos080808 says:

    Would you just shut the F up. Seriously. Just get lost!

  243. sidhu says:

    A dive on getting hit from behind? You must be kidding me.  Worst call of all time.

  244. salshabs says:

    Totally unbelievable, they both go to the box!!! Laps faked being hit from behind!!

  245. CHsam says:

    BRO. You are a LIFESAVER. Thanks.

  246. spos080808 says:

    Even the Isles announcers said that was a bad call.

    That call combined with high stick on Pleks on a scoring chance, I mean come on refs. Do not get all pissy the NHL made you ref the game tonight in the blizzard.

  247. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    No problem bro ;)

  248. OneTimer says:

    Careful, if you lose your temper it means the trolls are winning!

  249. spos080808 says:

    Timo & Clay4bc have gotten me to lose my temper on here with their constant negativity trolling. I officially lost it with this clown as well. Grrrrr. lol.

  250. larisalapointe says:

    Dawg, I think it’s your eyesight and judgement that has gone downhill. That was a good goal not a soft one.

    Funny when the offense has scored O, it’s still on Price.

  251. punkster says:

    Larisa…hint…starts with a “T”, ends with an “L” and that’s how he “-rolls”.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  252. larisalapointe says:

    hahahaha…..thanks P-ster!

  253. sidhu says:

    I’d like to see PK against the Caps.  He may rise to the ocassion against a major opponent that is also very high energy and up-tempo. 

  254. Timo says:

    After Habs thoroughly dominated the Canes who would argue JM’s genius?

  255. Timo says:

    Too riske… we need more Hal Gills on this team, not some flamboyant punks. 

  256. OneTimer says:

    Timo buddy, that’s like three whines in the first 10 posts! Slow down dude, pace yourself!

  257. spos080808 says:

    I think you need to start watching the games. Just saying.

  258. spos080808 says:

    Well then you know nothing about the sport of hockey. I guess watching 3 seasons worth of hockey has done you no good. Go to Barnes & Nobles and invest in “Hockey For Dummies”. Maybe that can help you.

  259. Habnofear says:

    Lappy’s not that good an actor….head diving ,lol….F’n ref’s

  260. RGM says:

    Simply amazing. I know that I’d love to dive head-first into the boards. Who wouldn’t want to risk a concussion and/or spinal injury just to draw a penalty?

    Go Habs Go!

  261. showey47 says:

    Why do you never see these diving calls ever get called in our favour?

  262. Shiloh says:

    Wow – how many power-plays have we had in the past couple of weeks?

  263. RGM says:

    Ridiculous. So glad we picked him over Carter.

    Go Habs Go!

  264. JIMVINNY says:

    Andrei….

  265. larisalapointe says:

    Ever notice when the Haters (I’m showing respect by capitalizing the H) can’t hate Price directly, they’ll go through the back door and claim that the opposing goalie is the next coming of Dryden without mentioning Price at all? LOL

  266. CHsam says:

    Your mother taught you SARCASM.

  267. salshabs says:

    what’s with cammy fanning on his shots these days?

  268. spos080808 says:

    I agree. It has been happening a ton.

  269. sidhu says:

    Is Capuno with the Soprano or Johnny Sack crew?

  270. JasonM says:

    I’m getting sick and tired of this popgun offense.

  271. JVF says:

    Terrible hockey tabarnak!

  272. sidhu says:

    A PP?  It’s a festivus miracle!

  273. Propwash says:

    AK with that epic fail. I mean wow, seriously?

  274. sidhu says:

    Roloson must be 1/16 French Canadian or something.

  275. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Man this team just can’t score – so frustrating.

  276. JasonM says:

    Let’s take 2 seconds to wind that up Hamerlik. Goddamn popgun offense.

  277. spos080808 says:

    I think too many Habs posters here today celebrae Festivus with all the airing of grievances.

  278. JIMVINNY says:

    Spacek.  What a moron.  Gets down low, with his stick on the ice, and when the pass comes, he’s not even ready for it.  WTF?

  279. OneTimer says:

    Habs are playing well, they ought to get one soon

  280. RGM says:

    And they do it three days late.

    Go Habs Go!

  281. merlin_24cups says:

    found a free stream online of MSG+ network. Anybody know who their announcers are? Color guy is an ex coach…I’m enjoying their stuff.  They don’t seem like guys who know every junior team the players have played for either. Just sayin.

  282. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    HOLY SHIT – PRICE WTF WAS THAT

    ALMOST GOT A HEART ATTACK.

  283. sidhu says:

    Again, Price is just not in this game.  We should have started Auld.

  284. RGM says:

    That was an interesting little adventure.

    Go Habs Go!

  285. JIMVINNY says:

    terrifying. 

  286. Shiloh says:

    Looks close.

  287. Matt_in_TO says:

    wow, wtf was that?

    didn’t look like it crossed the line

     

    - In Price We Trust

  288. Propwash says:

    Holy s…!

  289. showey47 says:

    WTF man,but it won’t count.

  290. JIMVINNY says:

    going to need the netcam to tell for sure.

  291. JasonM says:

    Until a goddamn player not named Price can get the goddamned puck in the other net Price shouldn’t be the focus on any discussion.

    The fact we can’t score on the ISLANDERS is pretty damn pathetic.

    Price can do cartwheels in front of the net wearing a clown suit for all I’d care.

  292. Habnofear says:

    goal,we were lucky  there..

  293. JasonM says:

    That was def a goal.

  294. Shiloh says:

    Whatever call the ref made should be upheld – it doesn’t look like there’s enough evidence to change the call.

  295. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    thank god it’s no goal but WTF

  296. RGM says:

    *phew* That last angle they showed made it look close, but it has to be 100% conclusive, and I think that’s what saved the Habs there.

    Go Habs Go!

  297. sidhu says:

    I’m not hating on Price, I like Price, Price is the foundation for our team.  I am concerned, however, that he’s played so many games and needs a rest.  I’d say the same if our starting goalie was Halak, Theodore, Darth Vader, or Dwight Schrute.  I think his fatigue is evidenced by his play.

    I agree with you that the offensive players need to do their job, too. 

    This is not an either-or proposition though — just because the offensive players aren’t doing their job doesn’t mean one can’t comment on Price’s need for relief.

  298. MikeMcLaren says:

    It’s Howie Rosen and former Islander/King Butch Goring.  Goring replaced Billy Jaffe this year.  Jaffe, who is excellent was not allowed to return to the broadcast team because the Islanders thought he wasn’t blindly positive.  MSG wanted him to continue the broadcasts, but the Islanders were able to veto.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  299. merlin_24cups says:

    cool Thanks!!

  300. spos080808 says:

    Ok with this post, it is official, you were dropped on your head as a baby. Wow, just wow!

  301. Shiloh says:

    Because AK is twice the player.

  302. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    As much as frustrating it is to watch AK46, I would not want Ryder on this roster LOL

  303. RGM says:

    I think that would have been confirmed 11 years ago, when he was an actual baby.

    Go Habs Go!

  304. larisalapointe says:

    No being a mother taught me that. :)

  305. CHsam says:

    Ahahahahahaha very good. very good.

  306. Keith says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Oh man, wouldn’t that just deflate ya!

  307. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Tie game. Real entertainment here.

  308. Matt_in_TO says:

    Wow that was weak

     

    - In Price We Trust

  309. Keith says:

    Damnit even up!

  310. HabFanSince72 says:

    “Contre New Jersey ils ont eu 8 tirs en premiere, 3 en deuxieme, et 3 en troisieme, pour un total de 11 tirs.”

    - Benoit Brunet

     

  311. spos080808 says:

    Wow what a horrible penalty call. Jesus. I guess players should just drop their stick when they are touched.

  312. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    WOOOOOHOOOO!

  313. showey47 says:

    as good as carey has been with the puck on most nights you know once in a while its going to bite us in the ass. And holy shit was that a weak call on cammy or what?

  314. JIMVINNY says:

    That’s total BS.  He was barely holding onto his stick.

  315. Keith says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  316. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    ANOTHER PENALTY??

    WTF – What are we? The Flyers? Too bad – because we aren’t even physical.

  317. kevin m says:

    BULLET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  3-2

  318. JasonM says:

    Our forwards have collectively sucked bigtime tonight.

  319. Propwash says:

    Habs got lucky, it did cross the line.

  320. crabvader says:

    Refs had too much fun last night XD.

  321. JIMVINNY says:

    Gomez just got flattened coming out of the zone, puck no where near him.  Of course no call.


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