4-3 in OT

Never in doubt, right?

Carey Price made 37 saves.

Bryan McCabe, the $7-million defenceman, made a lazy, crap pass in OT and Mike Komisarek – who makes $5 million less – made ‘em pay.

The Canadiens stole two points tonight.

And they’ll take them.

 •  •  • 


UN-FREAKIN’-BELIEVABLE!!!

Mike Komisarek scores on a breakaway … and that bloody Toronto monkey is off the Canadiens’ backs.

• • •

3-on-3 because of the penalties.

• • •

Canadiens get at least a point out of this.

Not that they deserve one.

Carey Price and the Pleks line have saved them so far.

• • •

Crazy action in final seconds. Koivu and Stajan penalized.

And we’re off to OT

• • •

Price has made 33 saves.

Raycroft 21

• • •

Those over-the-net HD replays are breathtaking

• • •

Raycroft robs Koivu.

Signs of life from the guys in the red jerseys.

They’s ading back those lost years.

• • •

What a play by Plekanec.

End-to-end.

Gilbert Perreault out there.

And Kovy cashes the pass.

3-3

• • •

4-on-4 … and the Canadiens don’t touch the puck.

Brutal.

• • •

Man, these Toronto games are taking years off my life.

And it’s not like I’ve got any to spare.

• • •

Roman Hamrlik gets away with a penalty, but Pleks line stays out too late and Ian White shoots from the point and the shot is deflected in by Devereaux.

Was his stick too high?

No

 

3-2

• • •

Jason Blake has played a helluva game.

And great PK shift by Chipchura – a sign of things to come.

Kid is going to be terrific.

• • •

Great.

Sundin outmuscles Komisarek, no easy task, and Markobv takes his FOURTH penalty.

• • •

Mike Komisarek blocked Wellwood’s third goal.

• • •

How does Alex Steen outmuscle Streit AND Bouillon on the same shift?

• • •

Ryder passes into Higgins’ skates.

He’s killin’ me.

• • •

First time I’ve seen Price mishandle the puck.

But no damage.

• • •

Third period.

I think I’ll just curl up in the fetal position under my desk and await the inevitable.

• • •

No matter what happens tonight, you can draw comfort from David Shoalts’ story in the Saturday Globe and Mail, comparing the two franchises.

 

Jacques Demers is uncharacteristically critical. He says one line is working and the team has not shown up for a big game.

• • •

David Perron has two goals for St. Louis tonight – and four in eight games.

Man, I hope Max Pacioretty pans out.

• • •

Just when it looked like the Leafs – riding Kyle Wellwood’s two goals – were primed to run the Canadiens out of the ACC, Andrei Kostitsyn caps an outstanding shift by his line to tie the game and set up a great third period.

And what’s with Andrei Markov?

One goal and three penalties. Is he heading toward the Gordie Howe hat trick?

• • •

He should be able to do that 40 times a season.

Andrei Kostitsyn scores off some great pressure by his line.

2-2

• • •

Kyle F. Wellwood.

2-1

Canadiens have played one of their worst periods of the season.

• • •

That was really dumb. Markov goes for roughing Tucker.

His third penalty.

 

Canadiens have three shots in this period.

Leafs have 11.

• • •

 

Great. Ryder knocks Smolinski to the ice.

• • •

Woo-hoo!

PK kills a 5-on-3

Heroic work by Price, Hamrlik, Bégin

• • •

Worse time for a penalty, Andrei

• • •

Bad time for a penalty, Frankie.

• • •

Brisebois pinches and gets caught because Ryder doesn’t cover for him. The Leafs break and Hamrlik makes a decent play on the 2-on-1, then Price stops Wellwood, the trailer.

Great sequence … but the Leafs keep coming close.

• • •

Finally, a shot on Raycroft. And some crease traffic.

• • •

Is Tomas Plekanec dressed for this game? Haven’t heard his name all night.

• • •

This is gut check time.

Canadiens can’t let momentum swing over.

But they’s starting to suck here. Cement in their skates, says Yvon Pedneault on RDS

• • •

Here we go.

Smolinski blows coverage on Kyle Wellwood and it’s 1-1

• • •

Ryder continues to struggle. How much longer will Carbo let him drag down Koivu and Higgins?

• • •

Canadiens have never trailed after a first period this season.

• • •

Second period begins. Can Canadiens keep pedal to the metal? Or are we in for another sad night at the ACC?

Price will have to be huge.

• • •

I’m getting tired of writing this:
Sheldon Who?
Andrei Markov scored his sixth of the season – a Sourayesque power-play blast, through a screen and past Andrew Raycroft – to draw first blood for the Canadiens. (Far more difficult for the circumspect scorer was his between-periods interview with Luc Gelinas).
Carey Price made 13 saves – a few of them spectacular during the first 10 minutes of the period.

Not much happened on the physical front. No big thumps … yet.

 

• • •

 

That was a Harlem Globetrotters passing sequence, ending with a Roman Hamrlik shot on Raycroft.
• • •
Luc Gelinas interviews Guy Carbonneau during the game.
I don’t like that. This isn’t baseball.
Another Canadiens PP.
Total inpetitude, and Kovalev takes a TERRIBLE penalty.
• • •

First PP. Streit totally messes the bed at the blueline and the Leafs get a 2-on-1. But then Gill goes for Delay of Game . And Smolinski is on for the draw. Markov pulls a Sheldon Souray. Great screen by Koivu.

1-0

 

• • •

How did Markov miss that chance?
A textbook pass by Koivu on a 3-on-1.
How many of those will they see in a game?

• • •

Canadiens take another penalty, and the RDS guys talk about "a familiar scenario" in Leafs games.

But Price is on fire … and will have to be.

• • •

Canadiens are 27th in the league in faceoff efficiency. Which explains why Smolinski took a defensive zone draw, then hopped off so Chipchura could rejoin his linemates.
• • •

 

Great shift for the Smolinski line.

Latendresse and Dandenault are getting scoring chances.

• • •

Blake belts Price.

No penalty?

 

No, Komisarek shoved him.


• • •

Weird to see Canadiens in red on the road, eh?

Smolinski feeds Latendresse in the slot but the pucks skips past him.

And Price makes an alert save on Alex Steen.

 

And Markov goes for high-sticking. Deserved.

 

• • •

Florida Panthers claim Garth Murray.

• • •

Good candid mike feature on now. Christopher Higgins drops an f-bomb, Carbo works the refs.

• • •

OK, the sound is back.

And RDS is running a Carey Price feature. Nice setting for the interview: the Old Port, right near Bonsecours church.

The footage must have been in the can for a while. The sun is shining, Price is wearing a short-sleeved plaid shirt and a John Deere hat.

On his iPod: George Strait, Holly Dunn, Garth Brooks.

Loves rodeo, but won’t try bull-riding until he retires.

• • •

 

Here’s my situation:

 

30 minutes before the puck drops, I can’t live-blog and the sound doesn’t work on ExpressVu. Other than that, I’m in great shape.

I don’t know what’s going to happen during the game. I’ll try to update as often as possible, but fasten your seatbelts. This is going to be a rocky ride.

 

• • •

It’s time for a statement game.

It’s early November, and it’s time to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With Mike Milbury and Bobby Clarke safely ensconced in the TSN studios, where they can’t screw up any franchises, there isn’t a general manager in the league who would trade the Canadiens’ lineup and farm system for Toronto’s.

It’s time for the talent to step up.

It’s time to shut down Mats F. Sundin and Tomas F. Kaberle.

It’s time to pressure one of the worst collections of defencemen in the NHL.

It’s time to own the last 10 minutes of a hockey game.

It’s time for your Montreal Canadiens to reach into their jocks and feel around for a scrotum and its content.

And if the search is successful, it’s time to play with some self-belief at the Air Canada Centre.


Check back later for more pre-game ranting and live game blogging.

37 Comments

  1. Cable Guy says:

    If we lose tonight I’m gonna friggin lose my mind.

  2. MikeL says:

    agree with everything, especially the scrotum part haha, hilarious

  3. J.T. says:

    Well, Boone, you’ve obviously got your Churchillian dander up today. (Although I have a hard time picturing Sir Winston exhorting the troops to examine themselves for the presence of gonads!) How much will it cost us to get you on a flight to TO and have you give that speech in the room about five minutes before puck drop?

    I’m more like a boxing ref today. I just want to see a clean fight, no hitting below the belt and no weird flukey goals or bad penalties. If both teams play up to the level of their abilities without the interference of outside influences, the Habs will have no choice but to prevail.

  4. kevin m says:

    Mr. Boone

    You forgot to mention Darcy F. Tucker, Paul F. Maurice & the rest of the Toronto F. Maple Leafs.

    Big game tonight!!!

    Go Habs Go

  5. Dan23 says:

    I agree with Carbo’s decision to go with Price for tonight’s game. Huet deserved a W for his effort in Ottawa on Saturday, and I’m sure he’ll take it to Buffalo this Friday. Definitely time for a statement game, and Ryder has usually had good success against the Leafs (witness last year’s season-ending performance even though we lost the game). The first line is due to break out of its funk, and no better time than the present!

  6. DD says:

    Hey Lee

    It must be pretty embarrassing for leaf fans to have some one with a little more foot speed than Harold Schneps outrace both Antropov and McCabe for the break away goal. As they say PRICELESS!
    I’m very curious to see what kind of warm welcoming McTurd gets Saturday night at home against the sens.

  7. abarcomb says:

    The whole RDS experience was annoying! From the name pronunciations to the infantile “jokes”. You really have to love a team enough to sit through that…but I made it, only screaming a few times.

  8. ClaytonM says:

    I wonder who this gutless wonder could be?

    http://grownupgeek.com/capslock.jpg

    Follow the link. Then register on this site, coward.

  9. ClaytonM says:

    Thanks, HIO, for letting me change my logo in time for tonight’s game.

  10. Chorske says:

    Who says we need size?

    And the odds of that kind of a trade with a division rival is probably close to zero.

  11. Chorske says:

    LOL, don’t be too impressed. I was teaching a late lab class tonight, and I kept sneaking into my office to check the score.

    Morenz7, I think it’s probably been too early for many teams to pull the trigger. This time of year, everyone thinks they can win with the people they have. But by late November, injuries start to add up, slumps stop being ‘post-summer rust’ and start being real slumps (hello, Ryder, this means you)… I’ll bet we’ll see a lot more activity soon enough.

  12. Lee Hayes says:

    Hard to follow that, but…what a win for our team. The monkey might be off our back for the season, now that we know what it takes. Price just keeps improving, no surprise there. Still very pleased with Brisebois play, for that matter the whole defensive corp. What was with Markov tonight, he matched last seasons totals in penalties in one game…heh heh.
    And what can I say about Komi? I came out of my seat when he stepped forward to intercept McLames horrid pass. My dogs had that endearing questioning look on their faces, as if to ask,”hey man, who is this Mikey? And whats ‘Bury it’ mean?” Pure magic, Thank you Mr. Komisarek.

    By the way the weather in Victoria was 12c and raining off and on all day.

    Go Habs Go

  13. Strak says:

    Damn, I just love beating the Leafs! Especially when they cough up the puck.

    I don’t agree that the Habs should trade Huet all too soon. Price is great, but Huet is solid as a rock, and it doesn’t hurt to have the two of them playing until Price has a bit more experience. If Price continues to play so amazing for a couple of years, then it is time to trade Huet.

    My vote is for trading Halak for a hard hitting forward who can put the puck in the net 15 times a season. Ryan Malone would look good in the red and white….

    That’s what I think.

  14. sidhu says:

    Was anyone else annoyed by the Rogers Sportsnet commentator – his pronunciation of Streit and Carbonneau was a little much IMHO

  15. sidhu says:

    Just watched the game (thanks to my DVR). Thoughts:

    * Price is for real – he’s played calmly in Pittsburgh (twice) and in Toronto. Rarely gave up rebounds and is always in position.
    * The second line is exciting and plays hard – Kostitsyn looks like he belongs in the NHL, he skates well, has a scorer’s touch, and finishes his checks
    * The Lats-Smoke-Dandy line was not effective – Lats tripping over the blue-line is getting old. I almost wish he would sustain a very minor injury so the Habs could justify sending him down to Hamilton (on a conditioning assignment) so Lats’ ego doesn’t get bruised
    * Brisebois should be in the press box, and Gorges (or O’Byrne) should be playing. Brisebois gave up the puck that led to the 3rd TO goal and didn’t tie up Devereaux’s stick in the slot. He isn’t contributing anything offensively to justify his spot on the roster.
    * If we had a forward to handle the rough end of the game, guys like Markov wouldn’t need to take out their frustration on players like Tucker. Message to Bob: trade for Raffi Torres.

  16. Rooster says:

    Damn…This was a nail biter :p!

    The laffs outplayed us, but in the end we won, similar to alot of our victories last season.

  17. bigjames says:

    can you imagine how many posts there would have been tonite? wow, i am so freaking glad we got that monkey off our back, even if it was not our best showing of the season.

  18. RetroMikey says:

    Mike,

    I honestly smell a trade brewing involving Cristobal Huet and Michael Ryder sooner than the trade deadline. These 2 games Price is slated to play will determine if he is ready to be our No. 1.

    “We will win the Cup only with Carey Price in the nets”

  19. Les-Habitants says:

    Heading down to reggie’s today to watch the game, instead of my normal dive (where I’ve watched the leafs beat my Habs three times in a row….)

    Like you mentioned Boone, this is a statement game. Not only is it a 4pt game against a divisonal rivial, but it’s a team that has beaten us more often then not in recent history and, most importantly, its the leafs. Time to shut-down this slow team, and hold onto a 2-goal lead!!!!

    Comeon boys, lets get it done!

  20. HabsInBlood says:

    Have we really done all that great? I’m really happy with the start, but when you think about it we are 9-4-3 – which really means we are 9 – 7. It just so happens that 3 of the losses were in OT/shootout. We should start a petition for 3 point games or something.

    Tonight’s game will not determine where the Leafs and Habs will finish in the overall standings. However, considering the disappointment of Saturday’s loss, combined with the last 3 consecutive losses to what most would agree (Habs and non-Habs fans alike) is an inferior hockey team, this is a chance for Montreal to make a statement about what direction the season is going in.

    I agree with M. Boone – it’s not GUT CHECK but NUT CHECK time.

  21. Moey says:

    I love him too, but not on defence!!! PP weapon only.

  22. von says:

    “It’s time for your Montreal Canadiens to reach into their jocks and feel around for a scrotum and its content.”

    HAHA classic Mike, Classic!

    Hopefully they follow your wise words…

  23. Morenz7 says:

    Chorske:

    You’re a better man than I. But even if you set aside the bad psychology (of which I admit I’m a victim), you gotta admit it’s a big game. They have to beat teams in the Northeast—especially those below them in the standings.

    On trades: anyone notice how few there’s been league-wide this year? Why so quiet? The absence of Bob (don’t call me Bobby) Clark alone doesn’t explain it. THots

  24. JMoney says:

    Stop the “if we lose tonight” crap… We are going to win! Price is going to show the Leafs what a #1 goalie looks like, and the Habs are gonna blow the Leafs away… The season is right for the Leaves to fall!

  25. JF says:

    Someone mentioned a report that Toskala has flu and Raycroft will be in goal tonight. Didn’t we chase him twice last season?

  26. JF says:

    Chorske, I agree with you about the team and the statement it has made thus far in the season. Beating Ottawa would have been a far more significant statement than beating the Leafs. Nonetheless, we need all the points we can get and it is annoyingly true that unless we can beat the Leafs, those clowns on HNIC will continue to dismiss us and put us down. But we shouldn’t act as though this game is all-important. We want to beat the Leafs but we have higher goals than that, whereas for many Leafs fans, I suspect it’s enough if they beat us, since they know they’re not headed towards the Cup any time soon.

  27. Axeman says:

    I’m assuming Toskela is gonna start tonight for the Laffs. He seems to have a hot game, cold game pattern happening. Hopefully he swings on the cold side tonight. Man do I EVER want the Habs to win this one … its hard enough living in Toronto and putting up with Laff fans … I want something to gloat about!! GO HABS GO!!!!

  28. Chorske says:

    Man, it always scares me when people start talking about “statement games”. It’s bad psychology, just like switching jerseys. As badly as I want the Habs to win, the truth of the matter is that I don’t care how the regular season series against the Leafs goes, as long as the Habs beat them in the playoffs. It’s not as if our season hinges on this win.

    Besides, beating Toronto really shouldn’t be that hard. Beating Philly, now THERE’S a statement. Beating the Leafs? Well, it’s FUN, and we get to thumb our noses at CBC and the bores in Hogtown. But I think this team has already made the best statement it can: its place in the standings after almost a quarter of the season. We’ve surprised many people.

  29. ClaytonM says:

    “Blake belts Price.
    No penalty?
    No, Komisarek shoved him.”

    I have to disagree, as the replay clearly showed. He pushed Blake and Blake then propelled himself into Price. It was the same thing with Staal giving an elbow after Hamrlik pushed him. They’re taking a liberty with goalies by crashing the net, getting checked into the goalie, and using that as an excuse. I wasn’t a fan of the skate in the crease rule, but the refs need to wake up. What else is new?

    Markov wasn’t himself tonight, and he’s been off his game all year. He’s still one of our top 3 defencemen, but should be #1 or 2. Not worried though, he still has more goals than Ryder.

    Time to find Koivu another RW. It’s bad enough they get the other team’s shut down line on them, but to have an anchor on RW is too much. Carbo’s been more than patient. It’s time to see a change. If Ryder is playing a more physical game this year, play him with Smolinski or Chipchura until he wakes up. Grabovski, S.Kostitsyn or even Dandenault would be better on Koivu’s RW. I like the guy, think he’s the salt of the earth, but this is business, not personal. I thought I saw Koivu opt to dump the puck into the corner instead of passing to Ryder tonight.

    Now that we beat these bums, maybe the monkey’s off their backs. Maybe they can outskate them and beat them by 3+ goals the next game. Here’s hoping.

  30. ClaytonM says:

    Get back under the bridge, you troll

  31. DD says:

    James Bone

    If registration has had it’s deterrent effect, why haven’t you registered?

    Frankly I’m curious why someone who professes to to want to read more about the Habs and hockey on this site, didn’t write one single point about the game or the Habs for that matter.

    If I didn’t know better, I would think that you’re just trying to bait someone into another redundant and futile argument about your beliefs in censorship. I respect your right to write what you want to say, but please save me the hypocrisy.

  32. DD says:

    Monkey See, Monkey Do.

  33. GTC says:

    James Bone your spot on my boy. Spot on.

  34. Woah_Dana says:

    Lol. Spot on DD, spot on.

    GO HABS!
    GO MARKOV!

  35. Mike Boone says:

    I haven’t heard any buzz about a deal with Edmonton. Let’s start a cool rumour that Souray’s on the way back.
    As for Latendresse, it’s not like he’s untouchable but the guy is only 20 and the organization is going to be very patient in developing a francophone player. Besides, who could they get for him?

  36. Naila Jinnah says:

    Gonna give any pep talks? Because the Habs could use it between period 2 and 3.

    Lets hope they’ve got enough energy to play a full 60 (or more) minutes.


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