A character game … and maybe a costly one

Refusing to be intimidated in their own building, the Canadiens stood up to Boston thuggery and skated to a 52-shot 7-4 win.

The only cloud in an otherwise bright blue sky is the ankle injury that Christopher Higgins sustained in the first period.

He returned to action but was not in the Canadiens’ dressing room after the game and will undergo a thorough examination on Sunday.

•  •  • 

The two teams may have played like the Hatfields and McCoy’s but First Star Alex Kovalev rejects the notion of a bitter rivalry between the Canadiens and Bruins,.

"You guys keep talking about a rivalry," Kovalev told the media horde in the winning dressing room. "But it was like any other game.

"The most important thing for us, after last night (in Buffalo), was to recover and play like we did at the beginning of the season."

Did he relish the wide-open style of a game that included a whopping 88 shots on goal?

"As long as we’re winning, that’s the kind of game I like," Kovalev said.

Anecdotal evidence sugests it wasn’t the kind of game Kirk Muller liked. When the Bruins fell behind and began to goon it up, Muller – according to CTV Sports’ Brian Wilde – yelled at Claude Julien "you’re a @#$%ing joke."

Not much to laugh at as the Bruins – being blown out of the building – picked fights all over the ice.

Zdeno Chara’s stats say it all: one goal, one assist, five shots, five hits (including a head shot on Kovalev) 25 minutes in penalties.

Professorial demeanour notwithstanding, former Canadiens coach Julien seems deeply in touch with his inner Michel Therrien.

• • •

It was the first time Canadiens have topped 50 shots since April, 1996. Their record is 61, and the record for two teams is 93.

Michael Ryder, back on the top line, had 13 shots – none of which went
in. Canadiens got goals from seven players – including Mike Komisarek
and Roman Hamrlik and non-snipers Tom Kostopoulos and Guillaume

Koivu, Andrei Kostitsyn and Kovalev (with his team-leading 10th) got
the others … on a night when the guys in the red jerseys could have
scored a dozen (at least three by Christopher Higgins.)


Perhaps the most amazing stat: Canadiens had an edge in faceoffs: 38-36.




  1. Naila Jinnah says:

    Eeeeeeexcellent!!! 😀 First line too! 😀

  2. Habsfan39 says:

    C’est la buuuuut

  3. Habsfan39 says:

    Booner, be positive, it’ll rub off. the habs are doin fine.

    PP, here we go


  4. yathehabsrule says:

    Naila: she was off key on th US anthem too… Probably right though it was just nerves

  5. Naila Jinnah says:

    He got hit by a tough Kostitsyn shot in the warmups, but made a nice glove save right after. Still, he left the ice with 7 mins to go, which is earlier than usual, even for a starting goalie.

    I think it’s even earlier, because Price likes to be the last guy off the ice usually…

  6. Naila Jinnah says:

    Yey! Anthems! Looked a bit painful… A good set of pipes, for sure, but she seemed nervous! (who wouldn’t be?)

  7. Bill says:

    And there, I am wrong :)

  8. Bill says:

    I find they generally do not. “O Canada” is probably not very PC in the PQ!

  9. Naila Jinnah says:

    Who’s stealing J.T.’s quotes. Seriously. Do they read HIO?

  10. Habsfan39 says:

    I hear ya, going to play squash for 7:40. How gay am i eh? I should only really miss a period… XM to and from the gym.

    NESN replays the game at midnight though so you know where ill be, catching up on what I missed.


  11. Keith says:

    I gotta go to a friends place tonight AAARRRHHHH!! I don’t know if the game will be on or not (sucks). They are casual hockey fans, not a diehard like myself. More interested in stupid ultimate fighting lol! Hopefully it’s a better game than last night. Have a good night people. GO HABS GO!!!

  12. sidhu says:

    Great news that Brisebois is in the press box – IMHO, he hasn’t contributed much offensively and thus hasn’t justified his spot in the lineup. My hope is that Dandy is placed back on the blueline and that someone like Grabovski, S. Kostitsyn, or D’Agostini is inserted to help our scoring woes.

  13. ColRouléBleu says:

    Just imagine if there WAS something wrong with the 1st line, ouch!

    Anyhow, I hope the ‘real’ 1st line produces again tonight…. GO SUPER PLEKY! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v662/dannit/superpleki.jpg 😀

  14. FastRonnie says:

    RDS Chantale interviewing Ryder:

    -what’s wrong with the 1st line?

    -nothing, we just need to give each other more space and create more opportunities

    What’s wrong with this picture??????? NOTHING WRONG WITH THE 1ST LINE!!!!!

  15. The Ian Cobb says:

    I’m with you Donovan. You only have to look behind to see how far we have come. WE are getting there!

  16. FastRonnie says:

    RDS guys saying that the #1 line is not only struggling because of Ryder. Demers says Higgins has had way too many missed chances and has to finish! I agree, but I still think Ryder slows Koivu and Higgins.

  17. The Ian Cobb says:

    We will be there soon Bill, when the snippers on the farm learn the defensive part, we will be bringing them up, like Cory Locke and a bunch of them on the farm. By the end of next year we will have 5 or 6 25 goal scorers. Patience, were getting there

  18. teamplayer says:

    its too loud here… couldnt hear what rds was saying about price?

  19. Naila Jinnah says:

    I hope RDS broadcasts the anthems.

  20. Bill says:

    The five on five isn’t entirely lack of talent … though that is an issue. The biggest thing, two years running, is Carbo’s game-plan, which calls for defensive play 5 on 5, and which banks on the PP for the offense.

    It’s actually a good plan. We don’t have any big goal-scorers, or any emerging goal scorers (though every other team seems to have young scorers out the yin-yang; why do I keep hearing how deep our prospect pool is?). Offensively and defensively, the Habs are pretty average, so it makes sense to play a trapping style. I just wish the Habs played it better; thank God for the goalies!

  21. The Ian Cobb says:

    Hope the news is good from the Bell ctr. tonight! Only get ottawa & T.O. game on the tube here, also the Belleville Guelph game on here. So I’ll be checking in here for updates on the only one that matters.

  22. manorrd says:

    Let’s hope The Habs can put that dismal performance behind them for tonight’s game.

    I’m glad to see Carbo is trying to tinker for the better. How about getting Streit off of defense and getting him back on as a forward, where he’ll probably be more effective.

  23. nightmare_49 says:

    Your too much, Ian.

  24. Zoupa says:

    They’ve been struggling 5 on 5 for about 10 years man. =D

  25. The Ian Cobb says:

    Ian say’s— If these young players are going to learn the ropes, they must continue to learn how to untie the Knots first.!
    Beans are on the menu Tonight. GO Les Boys!!

  26. The Ian Cobb says:

    Yeats– Hope you have a great night out. Keep your mind on the Mrs. and the concert, It’s only a hockey game, and you can always catch up to us later. Are you wearing your Blue sparkling suspenders tonight??

  27. nightmare_49 says:

    Great news Ian about P.K.Suban and our 1st rounders seem to be picking up their game ( Fischer, McDonaugh and Pacioretty ) and J.T.Wyman (senior) at Dartmouth is fifth Nationally in points per game as Grabs pointed out previously so the foundation is getting stronger for the future.

  28. Habsfan39 says:

    Montreal is not a struggling team!! (yet)


  29. Habsfan39 says:

    I think Lapierre would be a spark. There is nothing wrong with making a little trade with the bulldogs any time soon. We’ll send them Latendress in return. Its obvious he needs to work on his game.

    Also, where has Begin been? When he was injured the previous two seasons it was huge not having him in the line-up, now it seems as though it wouldnt even matter. Does he need to sit another game out?

    Hmm, I had something else to say but I forget because my girlfriend was just talking in my ear….

    OH! Chipchura, I was at the game in Buffalo and I was very impressed with his vision and anticipation, he also seems to be playing with a bunch of confidence. There was a play where the buffalo defenceman had the puck in the corner and Chipchura was the first man in, and he didnt take the body, and took a weird route around the net to get there, and it resulted in the buffalo player chipping it right to kyle. I was pretty impressed as most rookies would have just tried to hit the d-man. He had read the dman perfectly.

    Anyways, cheers, good luck tonight boys.


  30. Zoupa says:

    I always loved Selanne, but I don’t see why he’d want to move here from California, just to help a struggling team.

    The reality is that there is no big name coming here in the near future. The boys will just have to work every night to earn the 2 points. What is better this year is that there are guys in Hamilton on offense, defense and goal that can take over if someone is slacking.

    Should be a powerful incentive for the guys to show up every night.

    Closing comment: I think they should sit Streit for a game, put Gorges in against Ottawa. Streit is not the same guy as last year, a bit too confident.

  31. JMoney says:

    What do you expect?? for 17 and a half games they’ve had our worst forward this year in Ryder on their wing and the half of a game has been Kostopoulos, meaning every time they step onto the ice it’s like they’re playing shorthanded. The opposition has just been ignoring Ryder and focusing on Higgins and Koivu, they need a linemate. TKO is a great 4th liner, but he isn’t a 1st liner… Why was Latendresse only given 1 shift on the powerplay with them?? He’s been playing better lately, give him a shot, he did well with them last year. If all else fails, call up Sergei Kostitsyn. His 2 linemates from last year are doing really well in the NHL this year, there’s no reason to believe he can’t be just as successful.

  32. Will Longlade says:

    I hope Koivu & Higgy find a way to elevate their games. W/o this line clicking on a consistent basis , Montreal could be hard pressed to make the cut at the end of the season. Their recent play is a really big dissapointment.

  33. Chuck says:

    With Price being so deft at handling the paddle, prehaps he should take all of the defensive zone draws tonight. :)


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  34. The Ian Cobb says:

    Thats only cause he’s a tall drink of water, and only 20 yrs old. Just think back a little, how great were you at lifes work at 20 ? did you have any more to learn?

  35. Shawn S says:

    We are winning tonight. Refuse to let the Bruins beat us.

    And somebody please score besides Kovalev!! I want more than 3 goals.

  36. The Ian Cobb says:

    News flash– last night in oshawa with Travarus, belleville 6 oshawa 3. P.K. Suban had a fantastic game for belleville, tonight, bellville home against guelph.

    Looks like we get Ottawa & T O tonight, I will have to get my habs info here tonight, so everyone post well, I’ll be reading!!

  37. Les-Habitants says:

    Although Ryder did score, I counted at least 3-4 times easily when he was reunited on the first line where he made an extra move instead of shooting….SHOOT THE PUCK!!

    Kostopolus: great 4th liner, solid defensively, but he isn’t meant to be an offensive threat and you could tell he was thrown off his game trying to do something he isn’t use to. He’s great at what he does, leave the poor guy alone!! If they do change it up, I think Dandenault would be a better choice…he’s got a decent shot plus he’s a fast skater, but here’s hoping that Ryder starts finishing the plays that Koivu makes..
    (if Ryder or Higgins we’re finishing like they were last year, Koivu would be among the league-leaders in points)

    Gorges subing for Breezer: good choice, Breezer had a pretty bad game and reminding him that he doesn’t have a secure spot in the lineup is good.

    I kinda hope to see Rask in nets: the top 2 goaltending prospects in the world facing off. Both Price and Rask are among the next wave off elite goaltenders, and it’d be cool to see Rask’s first NHL game against the only goaltender ranked higher then him by hockeyfuture.com

    While I know it’s not gonna happen, wouldn’t it be cool if Koivu somehow got Teemu into montreal?
    Koivu: Yo Selanne, so the Ducks are right against the cap wall and I hear you want to play hockey again…
    Selanne: As a matter of fact, I do…I hear you guys need a finisher on your 1st line..

    Ah, to dream….

  38. Bill says:

    Here’s hoping!

  39. Kris says:

    News flash we are the worst at 5-5 goals in the league.

    Until that changes we shouldn’t get excited. It is a very serious problem that has no answers. I think it is lack of talent. How many times do the have a good opportunity and fumble f!@k it.

    Boone is right. Its the same old story. Once the goaltending goes. So do we.

  40. Thumper says:

    Is the goon coming back, I kinda hope so but the Habs will need a specialist goon if teams continually try to use their fists or dirty tactics. Boston certainly meant it as do Philli et al.

    Michael Ryder, just keep going matey, 13 shots is a good effort.

    Not trading Kovy is Bobs best move of the summer.

  41. twitch says:

    hahahahaha HAHAHAH

  42. showey47 says:

    didn’t the laffs get slaughtered by the bruins?

  43. showey47 says:

    and the capitals, sabres, by ottawa 3 other times before. Only a laff fan could brag about a sub 500 team who are not in the playoffs and have played at least 3 more games than everyone else. Wow i am so glad that i was raised properly and not to be a laff fan cause i would of offed myself by now

  44. von says:

    Good changes, here’s to a W!!!

  45. Kevin says:

    What about Grabovski???

    Random note: everyone was saying how ’07 was a bad draft year. Yet, more than a couple of already made the jump straight to the NHL…

  46. showey47 says:

    Feel bad for gorges, the poor guy gets to play a game once every 2 or 3 weeks and is expected to keep pace against opposition who play regularly. Also, he has to try to be mistake free so he might have a hope to play 2 consecutive games. Its got to be tough from playing 18 mins a game in san jose last year to twice a month

  47. Naila Jinnah says:

    Best title ever.

  48. Chuck says:

    There’s nothing like a good David Bowie reference to help get the team going!


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  49. nightmare_49 says:

    These changes were planned well in advance, Latendresse’s agent must be related to Carbo or he’s a hitman.

  50. J.T. says:

    It’s good to see Breezer getting a breather, but I’m more concerned with Streit. He needs to find a level of consistency to his game that he hasn’t been showing lately. He’ll be completely solid in one game, then completely McCabish in another. Even if he’s only on the third pair, he can do some damage on a bad night.

    The answer to the five-on-five question is effort. With no Alfredsson or Lecavalier on the team, this bunch has to work like galley slaves to score goals. When they don’t want to push themselves, they play a perimeter game that leads to a big load of nothing. They started the year off well, with lots of effort and were rewarded with a plus in even strength goal differential. In the last five games or so, with the exception of the Ottawa game (another sign of last year’s return: only getting up for big teams) the effort hasn’t been there and the production has dropped. If they play like they played against Philly or the ‘Canes, the goal-scoring won’t be an issue.

    One thought on Carbo’s comment that the team looked tired last night: I think part of that might relate to losing most of the faceoffs. If you have to start a race uphill, it’s a lot harder to make yourself believe you’ll win it.

  51. Chuck says:

    How can a team with Doug Jarvis and Guy Carbonneau coaching suck so bad lately in the faceoff circle?


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  52. showey47 says:

    Anyone else notice the lack of powerplays we’ve gotten in the past couple of weeks? A true indication of not working hard, cause out-working your opposition usually leads to opposition players taking penalties to either slow you down or prevent scoring chances.

  53. Yeats says:

    That’s a really good point. We certainly weren’t working hard enough to draw flies last night. The Bruin’s don’t have the speed of the Sabres, so with a little more effort we should get some time on the PP this evening.

  54. The Ian Cobb says:

    Showey47– Your bang on, if youre not out working them, you can never draw a penilty. And it shows in time of possesion, very poor, faceoffs are as bad as I have ever seen.

  55. showey47 says:

    and kirk muller, also bob gainey coached this team for a while. We should be one of the top in the league in faceoffs

  56. The Ian Cobb says:

    CHUCK__ I’m scratching my head over that one also. Forget to pratice the basics or what???

  57. Keg says:

    Maybe they’re just not very good.

  58. Chorske says:

    We could be heroes…

  59. ajpursell says:

    hopefully for more than one day.

  60. ClaytonM says:

    Life On Mars would be a more appropriate song title considering some of the posts :)

  61. Justin says:

    I think the big difference in the last couple of games has been our poor forechecking… At the start of the season, we were completely hounding the opposition’s defence and getting scoring chances or a PP … Hopefully we can get back to those ways.

  62. sidhu says:

    Yes! Go Habs Go!

  63. yathehabsrule says:

    Reunited, and it feels so good! 1-0!

  64. sidhu says:

    Glen Murray? He’s still in the league??

    I’m still loving that second line, they are exciting

  65. Naila Jinnah says:

    Two funks, two goals… Does that mean Higgy’s next?

  66. yathehabsrule says:

    Jackson: I didn’t see it on cbc.ca/hnic all week..You’d figure with it being the Bruins at home that CBC would pick it up

  67. Naila Jinnah says:

    In the original schedule, CBC was airing tonight’s game. But in mid-October, they changed their mind. They’re not airing the Dec. 8 game either, so scratch them off your calendar!

  68. Naila Jinnah says:

    A lot of good chances early on!!!! Oh, to be at the game…

  69. Naila Jinnah says:

    And a post for Higgy… and an injury!!! Not the ankle, again? Looks like the left one :S

    And Cube goes bye bye

  70. Ali says:

    is there a player who misses as many chances as Higgins???

    and as i say that he gets hurt…that would be a disaster

  71. Rob Maguire says:

    This game is totally insane thus far.

  72. sidhu says:

    Not a good game by Cube so far – he got caught on the Murray goal and now took a needless (albeit accidental) penalty

  73. Naila Jinnah says:

    YES! The real Carey has shown up for work!

  74. yathehabsrule says:

    Mike has said it several times Ali: Higgins is snakebit

  75. Keg says:

    Hope Higgins is not cut.

  76. yathehabsrule says:

    Higgins back on the bench

  77. Chuck says:

    Methinks we’ll have to give Price a raise after this one.


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  78. Naila Jinnah says:

    Nice dive by Beg on the blue line!

  79. Chuck says:

    Gainey doesn’t look impressed fo far.


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  80. Naila Jinnah says:

    At least Streit is shooting… ish.

  81. Naila Jinnah says:

    3-on-1… bodycheck I mean!

  82. Naila Jinnah says:

    Nice play, and good shot by Gorges!!

  83. Chuck says:

    Good puck possesion on the PP, ruined by a crosscheck.


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  84. Chuck says:

    Naila, this is turning into our own privat chatroom. People will start to talk! 😉

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  85. Naila Jinnah says:

    I was thinking the same thing… and waiting for you to post so I could say that! lol

  86. Naila Jinnah says:

    WOW! Look at Chara compared to the other dude in the box. His knees are double his size!

  87. Chuck says:

    Say, where is everyone tonight?

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  88. teamplayer says:

    wow watching the game online my p2p nhl and during that commercial someone switched it over to the leafs – sens game… freaked me out a bit, feels like im spying on someone…
    oh yes 0-0 leafs sens about 1:30 left in the first

  89. grrrreg says:

    well, some 4 on 4 now.

  90. Naila Jinnah says:

    Higgins back in the room?! Nooooooo

  91. yathehabsrule says:

    odd that the Sens have failed to score on the Laffs

  92. teamplayer says:

    too much is happening right now… everybody is afraid of typing and then missing a good/bad play

  93. doug says:

    higgins couldn’t hit the side of a barn right now. very frustrating in terms of his lack of finish; i love the guy’s skills and heart but this is as big a difference to me as ryder is but is for some reason getting no press.

  94. yathehabsrule says:

    Have the Leafs/Sens game on the TV in the backround..Just looked up and Cheery’s frickin jacket nearly blided me!

  95. Naila Jinnah says:

    Look at Freddy trash talking that Bear!! And I don’t think Begin got Mike’s memo…

  96. sidhu says:

    Love Begin’s heart, though I’m not sure if I want to see him fight Chara.

  97. Chuck says:

    I like that Begin isn’t taking any crap from that big oaf.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  98. Naila Jinnah says:

    PS: That’s why you learn to type without watching your fingers travel the keyboard… Typing and watching the game at the same time is totally possible! You can even post without looking… tab tab tab enter!

  99. yathehabsrule says:

    wonder how Chara would respond if Komisarek got in his face?

  100. Naila Jinnah says:

    You’ve gotta love Michel Lacroix’s voice.

  101. yathehabsrule says:

    LOL CJAD just said some guy named Souray is on long term injury…..

  102. Chuck says:

    Gotta love that… 3 on 1, and Price doesn’t give up the rebound.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  103. sidhu says:

    Technically and defensively speaking, an ugly first period for both teams.

  104. yathehabsrule says:

    Chuck: It’s funny at the beginning of the season that Price would learn from Huet… I think it’s time for the student to become the teacher and shouw Huet how it’s (rebounds, puck control) is done…

    Shots 20-15!

  105. Chuck says:

    On the bright side, a 60-save performance will really help Carey’s GAA.


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  106. Alirio says:

    Any word on Higgins’ injury???

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  107. yathehabsrule says:

    Chuck: It’ll help his Save Pct… LOL

  108. Chuck says:

    Crap… that’s what happens when I post first and proof-read later.


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  109. grrrreg says:

    wow, shots are 20-15 bruins… It would be great if Price had not to face 40 other shots tonight!

  110. J.T. says:

    Notes on the first:

    It lives! Someone brought the paddles and jolted last night’s corpse.

    In the “Don’t know what you got until it’s gone” file: Chris Higgins. My heart sank when I saw him limp off favouring the ankle again (is this the hockey 2007-08 hockey season, or the movie “Groundhog Day?”). A thousand apologies to the hockey gods for even thinking trading him for Olli Jokinen would be a good idea.

    Kostitsyn is looking good on the first line. Yeah, I said it. Pleks’ line is the first line right now.

    Predictable quote from Carbo in tomorrow’s Hickey story: “Carey played really well, but I think he’d like another chance at that first one.”

    If these guys actually aimed at the posts they couldn’t hit so many of them.

    Latendresse is improving. He only tripped over an imaginary opponent once that I noticed in that period. And he would have had a decent chance without the Thomas pokecheck.

    The pressure of being a hometown boy in Montreal is finally getting to Begin. It appears he has acquired a death wish.

    Some of the boys have been playing hooky from Uncle Carbo’s School of Faceoffs. Time to get back to class or you’ll fail the year, guys.

  111. Naila Jinnah says:

    Crazy link, Mike… Crazy.

  112. Chuck says:

    Hahaha.. it looked like Chara broke his hand that poor guy’s face! I think that we was more cut by his helmet than any pugilistic skill that Chara has.


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  113. yathehabsrule says:

    Also expect Price to say tonight :”The guys played well in front of me”..followed by Mike responding in tommorow’s ‘about last night post’, “what game was he watching”

  114. Chuck says:

    I must say that the “tale of the tape” on-screen graphic was kind of tasteles, though.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  115. teamplayer says:

    at toronto
    mccabe gets booed when his name gets announced for the starting lineup… thats funny
    ive definetly been voting for koivu, kovalev, markov, mccabe and huet to start for the east.. done it about 200 times its an obsession

  116. Naila Jinnah says:


  117. Alirio says:


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  118. ajpursell says:

    I can breathe again for a bit.

  119. yathehabsrule says:

    Teamplayer: Dude use Komisarek as a write in! Screw McCabe!

  120. Chuck says:

    Hey, does Price get an assist on that?

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  121. yathehabsrule says:

    Short hander! WooHoo!

  122. Chuck says:

    Yeah… why would you vote for McCabe?!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  123. Chuck says:

    Yeah… why would you vote for McCabe?!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  124. Naila Jinnah says:

    Price’s first encounter with Chara. Had to happen eventually…

  125. sidhu says:

    Freakin’ Chara. Hate this guy.

  126. Alirio says:

    Not again!!!!

    This is making me feel sick…

    Chara’s first of the season..

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  127. Naila Jinnah says:

    Meanwhile, his positioning was perfect… He just couldn’t get a glove on it!

  128. Chuck says:

    Kcuf. I don’t think that Price saw that one.


    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  129. Naila Jinnah says:

    PS: CBC’s gonna regret cutting this one!

  130. yathehabsrule says:

    you got that right,..from what I’m seeing from the ACC it’s pretty dull…oh and the fact it;s the Leafs and Sens doesn’t help!

  131. sidhu says:

    What a shot!!!!

  132. Naila Jinnah says:

    PLEKY!!!!!!! GO GO GO!!!!

  133. Chuck says:

    Hell of a shot!!!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  134. Bill says:

    Wicked goal by Kostitsyn. Awesome.

  135. Alirio says:


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  136. Naila Jinnah says:

    LOL!! Julien’s like… wth dude?

  137. yathehabsrule says:


  138. Chuck says:

    Now let’s see if we can follow that up with a shift in which Boston doesn’t score.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  139. sidhu says:

    Let’s get some even strength goals boys

  140. Naila Jinnah says:

    My thoughts exactly!

  141. Chuck says:

    HOW did Kostitsyn miss that one?!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  142. showey47 says:

    kostitsyn puts it upstairs where norman bates keeps his mother

  143. yathehabsrule says:

    Just saw that goal on CBC! Something tells me some people in scheduling are getting pink slips!

  144. teamplayer says:

    considering how many leaf fans hate him and boo him everynight, it would just mess with his head that he would get voted in by fans…
    i can only have one write-in and earlier was splitting between kovalev and plekanec and a couple here and there at komi and hamr, someone else said they were voting for kovalev so now ive been doing just kovalev… they havent been all going to mccabe though… I try to spread it around as much as possible and vote for the guys who arent doing aswell…
    wow this took awhile to write two goals, nice pass for the one time and good screen, tough goal for price and nice shot by kots
    p.s. taking a poll here, who should be my one and only write-in?

  145. yathehabsrule says:

    that’s a new one! LOL

  146. ClaytonM says:

    I’m voting for McCabe because kids can be cruel:) I want him to really “shine” in front of the whole league.

  147. Y says:

    Can we just clone the PKK line?

  148. showey47 says:

    wow that next one looked like he missed an open net

  149. showey47 says:

    Begin dive? bullshit

  150. Chuck says:

    I’ll be happy if Begin keeps taking Chara off the ice with him all night.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  151. showey47 says:

    wow, i wish we would stop missing open nets

  152. sidhu says:

    Nice play Ryder — keep it up

  153. Chuck says:

    And can we please hit an open net tonight?

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  154. showey47 says:

    wow 2 on zero no shot

  155. Naila Jinnah says:

    Something tells me Higgy’s having a bad day.

  156. sidhu says:

    This could be 5-2 – with Kostitsyn, Streit, and the 2 on 0

  157. Chuck says:

    Man, poor Higgy…

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  158. Bill says:

    As a Habs fan, I could be biased, but subjectively it seems to me that the refs are pretty hard on the Habs: they’ve let the Bruins get away with a ton this game, but have called the Habs for everything. They called Begin for diving (fair enough), but didn’t call whoever Koivu “cross-checked” in the 1st. If they are chintzy on the Habs, is it because Carbo yaps so much? Or what? Argh!!! Higgins breaks up his own 2 on 0, nooooo! God Kostitsyn is good. This game is way too fast.

  159. Y says:

    We really need some finishers on this team

  160. showey47 says:

    kostitsyn is a beast out there, like a twister through a trailer park

  161. yathehabsrule says:

    another unfinished play!

  162. sidhu says:

    How is that not interference?? The puck was way by Kovalev

  163. The Ian Cobb says:

    Ok you two, I’m just reading you two waiting for you to tell me the score, still 1 zip or what???

  164. Bill says:

    Tonight’s refs = bullspit.

  165. Naila Jinnah says:

    So what will Price’s line be tonight, I wonder.
    Also, what’s the goal/shot ration on the Habs?

  166. Grabs says:

    It’s really something special when you get screwed by the refs in your own building.

  167. Chuck says:

    That was some great defensive zone coverage there.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  168. Naila Jinnah says:

    In the TO game?

  169. yathehabsrule says:

    tied up again!

  170. showey47 says:

    damn, that puck should of been cleared out, on a side note ontario ref dean warren is a bum

  171. Bill says:

    Once again, let me advocate against a Huet trade anytime soon.

  172. Bill says:

    Another penalty?!?

  173. The Ian Cobb says:

    Will someone tell me the score?

  174. Y says:

    Price is looking human tonight

  175. Naila Jinnah says:

    Another one…
    What happened to scoring on the PK multiple times in a game? That used to be our trademark!

  176. teamplayer says:

    first off that much pressure and we get a penalty
    secondly slashing, couldve swore it was holding, horrible call, i think your on to something Bill, that was brutal nice goal ref


  177. Bill says:

    Tied at 3, sorry.

  178. Naila Jinnah says:

    Habs game? 3-3

  179. Alirio says:


    This game will be won 6-5 in overtime…

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  180. Chuck says:

    None of the goals have been Price’s fault.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  181. sidhu says:

    Well, on a positive note, the ‘Dogs are up 3-0. D’Agostini picked up his 5th goal. Danis in net.

  182. showey47 says:

    wow, what a weak call

  183. Y says:

    We need android refs. At least they would be consistent. This is nonsense

  184. The Ian Cobb says:

    Thanks. You watching on computers or what?

  185. Bill says:

    “Fault” is such a loaded word. I’m just saying it would be nice to see him stop some of those.

  186. Bill says:

    RDS. Where are you, anyway?

  187. yathehabsrule says:

    Habs ties 3-3 and Darcy F’n Tucker just scored for TO 1-0 Leafs

  188. Naila Jinnah says:

    Watching AT the computer 😉

  189. yathehabsrule says:

    listening to Rick and Murray on CJAD …

  190. Chuck says:

    Let’s just say that they’ve been nothing that Huet would have had, either.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  191. The Ian Cobb says:

    I’m in belleville ont. Were blacked out here with ottawa playing Toronto, its 0 0 after 2nd. So I need you guys to keep me up to date with the real game


  192. Naila Jinnah says:

    *poke, poke*

  193. Alirio says:

    LAFFS just scored on a PP

    1 – 0

    Of course it was Tucker

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  194. Chuck says:

    Good. Ottawa has them just where they want them.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  195. Naila Jinnah says:

    I keep hearing Rucinsky… I know it’s impossible, but it freaks me out!

  196. Bill says:

    That is eerie, especially on a night when Price is reminding me of Thibault: not really to blame on any of the goals, but a lot of rubber in the net nonetheless, always on his knees, etc., all classic #41 stuff.

  197. Alirio says:

    I think you’re hearing Boushenski (sp?)

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  198. sidhu says:

    Kostitsyn is flying tonight

  199. showey47 says:

    kostitsyn is looking alot more confident out there

  200. Naila Jinnah says:

    Maybe it’s all those autographs he signed this morning…

  201. Naila Jinnah says:

    Whatcha mean? It loads pretty fast for me… Booner’s taking it a bit slower this season though, simply because most of the readers/posters watch the game at their computers and can therefore keep track of the “vas-et-viens” of the game.

  202. doug says:

    kostitsyn playing great.

    higgins. . . not so much.

  203. Y says:

    Rucinsky is part of the old Forum ghosts, thats why you keep hearing his name 😉

  204. Naila Jinnah says:

    LOL! Or because I watched one of his games this week 😛

  205. doug says:

    i’m watching it on bruins telecast in boston. . .

    otherwise i get all their games on nhl centre ice. . .

    thought last night wasn’t on (wish it hadn’t been on). . . but it was on a new network here in the u.s. at least, nhltv

  206. Chuck says:

    Where oh where is our defensive zone coverage?

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  207. yathehabsrule says:

    HAHA Galley on Hot Stove saying it’s not a high scoring opportunity game (Leafs/Sens), Guess they chose to show the wrong game.

  208. showey47 says:

    we are missing way too many scoring chances, this game should already be out of reach for the bruins

  209. Alirio says:


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  210. sidhu says:

    Go Lats! Good hard work by Freddy

  211. Naila Jinnah says:

    The Tenderness?! Seriously. Only Higgy’s left.

  212. doug says:

    BEAUTIFUL goal by Latendresse. First time he’s used his shot this season.

    4-3 habs

  213. yathehabsrule says:

    Lats!!!!! Woohoo!

  214. Bill says:

    (Shameless hypocrisy on) GUY! GUY! GUY! (Shameless hypocrisy off)

  215. showey47 says:

    guy “tug boat”latendresse scores, thank god

  216. Chuck says:

    Great second effort by Gui! See what happens when you go to the net?

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  217. The Ian Cobb says:

    Naila– how do I get the game on computer? When its blacked out here? is there a way?

  218. Naila Jinnah says:

    Nice collection by Freddy so far tonight!

  219. doug says:

    entertaining game, but julien should have slowed it down in the first period. agree with point we should be up more by now, but why are the bruins trying to skate with us? bad call by claude.

  220. teamplayer says:

    there is a serious delay in my game cuz its still 3-3

  221. Bill says:

    I am VERY nervous about Price.

  222. Naila Jinnah says:

    I meant that we’re watching the game on TV but on our computers at the same time :)
    I’m sure there’s a way to get the game online, but I’m not the right person to ask because I don’t know how or where to start.

    Sorry! :(

  223. Deano says:

    CHIPPER!!! … That’s two that he has started

  224. teamplayer says:

    and there it is…

  225. Naila Jinnah says:

    Not me. I think he’s calm now, in the zone.

  226. doug says:

    leafs are to canadiens (i.e. strange ownership of us notwithstanding last game) as canadiens are to bruins.

    shoot. . . another post!

  227. The Ian Cobb says:

    So is that 4 to 3 now?

  228. showey47 says:

    omg how we don’t have 10 goals tonight is beyond me

  229. Y says:

    Damn…looks like Brodeur will get his 500th win

  230. Chuck says:

    I think that Thomas made that save with his athletic cup.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  231. Deano says:

    IAN … I am using SOPCAST. Not bad, I have seen worse.

  232. Bill says:

    Yes sir. As pretty as a garbage goal can get.

  233. yathehabsrule says:

    and i thought the feed from Cjad was bad with about 30 sec delay!

  234. Chuck says:

    Well then, you’re the only one. I think that he’s doing everything right. There’s no way the Bruins have anything less than three goals tonight regardless of who’s in net.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  235. showey47 says:

    after 40 mins we have the lead, lets hope the boys have learned something about protecting one

  236. yathehabsrule says:

    Here: This will at least get ou audio!


  237. doug says:

    habs should win this one now. . . the bruins have been lucky coming back this many times. . . should have played tighter and i don’t see the canadiens losing this one.

    i’d feel the same way about the habs as last year except that hamrlik >>> souray in terms of his stabilizing effect on our defense.

    streit really is having tough time with the puck tonight. . . keeps skipping over his stick. higgins (as i’ve stated) is very disappointing thus far this season given his considerable skills.

    still in favor of sending lats on next bus to hamilton but nice second effort goal.

  238. The Ian Cobb says:

    I”M an old fart! what is sopcast, something you shower with? When you post tell the score for me, last i read was 4 3

  239. yathehabsrule says:

    LOL – Well they were only an hour or so from there (Hamilton) last night…. Still surprised that nobody has been called up though… Gotta make you think Gainey has a trade planned soon.

  240. Kevin says:

    Neither the Habs or the Baby Habs have been good at protecting leads (or coming back for that matter) in the 3rd period… Let’s hope they turn that around tonight.

  241. Bill says:

    Wow, BIG jinx there, Doug.

  242. Deano says:

    I’m old too (look at the picture; it has been a long time since Bowman looked that good) The main reason to have Grandchildren is so they can set up your computer. Have them Google SOPCAST and they can take it from there.

  243. Bill says:

    If it’s worth your trouble, go to http://www.sopcast.org, click “PLAY NOW”, and follow the install instructions. It’s on channel 15678 after you do that. Still 4-3 in the intermission.

  244. doug says:

    i’m not superstitious 😉

  245. Deano says:

    Bill … is it always the same channel? Or do I need to search another way to get it. I have been just outside Toronto since 1994 and it’s like a Black Hole for hockey here. Everything Luffs and nothing else.

  246. Kevin says:

    The Kosti-Plek-Kovy line has been playing well again. Love that line.

  247. Alirio says:

    Is there an award for most times rejected from the face-off?

    If not, I think someone should send Pleks a memo.

    I’ve never seen ANYONE get tossed from face-offs this much.

    What exactly is he doing that is getting him tossed?

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  248. teamplayer says:

    well since hes having so much trouble with faceoffs, he is either 1. trying to cheat too much since hes losing so many (stick or feet and not the right place) or 2. he purposely does not wanna take the draw fearing that he will lose it.

  249. showey47 says:

    wow, i don’t know how many more of these one goal games i can take, i liked it better when we were smoking teams, lol

  250. Bill says:

    Come ON, Senators. WTH? Best team in the NHL, my asterisk. McCabe played 20 minutes-plus in the first two, and they can’t score??

  251. showey47 says:

    no doubt, i can only hope the sens bring this kind of effort on monday

  252. Chuck says:

    Yeah. I don’t want to be playing an angry Ottawa team again on Monday.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  253. showey47 says:

    looks like a real yawner in toronto after 2 periods the shots on goal are 14-11 and its 1-0 for the laffs

  254. J.T. says:

    Notes on the second:

    I know the Santa Claus parade was today, but I think the boys need to put a damper on the spirit of giving for a while and stop exchanging goals.

    Sometimes, watching this team is like watching a game of Whack-A-Mole. Just when you smack one problem on the head, another one pops up. They get the weak PK somewhat under control, then the faceoffs go into the dumper. They start scoring some goals, then start taking a bunch of penalties. Sheesh.

    To whom it may concern (and you know who you are): Weak flips on the backhand are not always the best way to clear the puck from your zone while under pressure.

    Frederick K.Chipchura is a keeper. I like him with Lats…neither will challenge for a speedskating medal, but if anyone can teach Lats how to work hard and make better choices, it’s #28.

    Gorges is playing well tonight. Tough to do after living on a diet of and/or toasties. (You know…Beef and/or pork and/or chicken…)

    More flashes of last year: Carbo chirping at the refs and dumb o-zone penalties.

    Now it’s clear why Gainey brought in the Bomb: shorty specialist.

    Ryder’s shooting again. Yay. He’ll be okay now.

    Kostitsyn the Elder is like a fine whiskey, aging quietly in its barrel, unnoticed in the corner of the cellar, until someone uncorks it and it knocks you out before you know what hit you.

    Someone needs to tell the guys this isn’t the All-Star game, and playing decent D in the third is not optional.

  255. yathehabsrule says:

    CJAD are answering emails

    Q: Who is the most improved player

    My answer #44! LOL

  256. showey47 says:

    ok boys 20 miles to go, no letting up keep the forechecking up, hard and often and remember; no guts, no glory

  257. yathehabsrule says:

    2-0 Leafs… Mats F. Sundin

  258. Chuck says:

    Another powerplay goal.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  259. showey47 says:

    2-0 toronto, they can’t be serious

  260. yathehabsrule says:

    I guess Sundin likes to glide like that with his arms raised like he”s won the Cup cause he ralizes that it will never happen as long as he’s a Loaf so it’s all he can do

  261. Bill says:

    It’s true, my Spider-sense tingled, so I switched back quickly, and Bob Cole was practically decorating his cookies over there. Baw. And the refs screw the Habs again?!

  262. Naila Jinnah says:

    So RDS would rather replay Higgins “highlights” than show us the current action. Good choice. Not.

  263. Deano says:

    They could show cirque de soleil highlights and I would be OK with RDS because …


  264. doug says:

    habs impressive energy given this is the second of a back-to-back.

  265. showey47 says:

    pleky loses another draw, man, he needs to make friends with yanic perreault

  266. doug says:

    WOW! nice job on that one

    habs 5-3

  267. Naila Jinnah says:


  268. showey47 says:

    goal from the hammer, sweet

  269. Naila Jinnah says:

    Turtleneck boy!!!

  270. sidhu says:

    Pretty goal — Hammer looks so happy!

    Off the booty of a Bruin!

  271. Alirio says:

    Hammer-licker! Hammer-licker! Hammer-licker! Hammer-licker!

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  272. Chuck says:

    I’m a HUGE fan of Pleky’s speed!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  273. Chuck says:

    free wings!!!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  274. showey47 says:

    finally the boys are learning to shot

  275. Kevin says:

    that whole play started with a nice play by kovalev getting the puck past the blue line… nice finnish by hammer

  276. teamplayer says:

    smart move by player going to the net by letting it go by him. i think it was plekanec?

  277. Chuck says:

    Where was this Habs team in the third period last night?!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  278. Naila Jinnah says:

    It was all Pleky!

  279. Y says:

    Wow, now I’m hearing Cassels too!

  280. showey47 says:

    keep putting pucks on net boys, good things will happen

  281. Bill says:

    Boone: “I think Cristobal Huet has been helping Price with his puckhandling.” Ahahaha.

  282. doug says:

    this is gonna be a tough year to get into the playoffs. a few good teams are going to be left at the altar with atlanta and rangers picking up, pittsburgh bound to wake up, islanders surprising (is anybody better than ted nolan – holy sht he’s good), boston much better than expected except against us.

    julien is a solid coach. i hope it’s not at our expense, but i would like the guy to get a chance to stick around somewhere for a few years. . . hasn’t got a screw-up on his resume but he’s done if he gets booted too early by bruins.

  283. showey47 says:

    before the habs got their 5th goal i heard the fans doing the ole, ole, ole thing, i really wish they wouldn’t till the game is over

  284. Naila Jinnah says:


  285. doug says:

    nice shift by the habs. . .

    37 shots for habs now. . . ryder looked good on that shift.

  286. doug says:

    agree with j.t. that he’s coming back.

  287. sidhu says:

    Great shift — Ryder has played well tonight

  288. showey47 says:

    i just saw the highlight of it, where was that gerber a week ago

  289. Bill says:

    Wow, and I thought the refs were hard on the Habs, the Senators are just getting mugged over there.

  290. showey47 says:

    not surprised, i think its part of the officiating mandate to help keep the laffs competitive

  291. sidhu says:


  292. doug says:

    is that a 3rd man in for gorges?

  293. Naila Jinnah says:

    Pricer and Chipper are a duo made in heaven. I wonder if they live together…

  294. Alirio says:

    I heard they room together on the road…

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  295. showey47 says:

    fist a cuffs, ah man i miss those days

  296. yathehabsrule says:

    3-0 Leafs… So we should have no probs Monday right?!

  297. Bill says:

    Jebus, Dirk Diggler scores, and it’s 3-0 Laffs. Thanks a lot, Sens!

  298. Alirio says:



    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  299. doug says:

    shouldn’t we be looking ahead to catching ottawa, too?

    i think koivu just got into top 10 assists in history of habs.

  300. Y says:

    Nice…Laffs get another game handed to them

  301. Deano says:

    Good … the Luffs are right on track to finish 9th.

  302. Naila Jinnah says:


  303. Alirio says:


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  304. showey47 says:

    komi scores, woohoo

  305. sidhu says:

    Komi – the Habs new sniper!!

    Bruins are going to make the remaining minutes pretty ugly

  306. yathehabsrule says:

    et but!

  307. Chuck says:

    See what winning a face-off allows you to do? GOOOOOOOOAL!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  308. Naila Jinnah says:

    He’s not smiling about it though… Guess it really is a tough night.

  309. J.T. says:

    And THAT’S why winning faceoffs is crucial. Komisaurus Rex Rocks.

  310. doug says:

    exactly right, j.t.

  311. Naila Jinnah says:

    This game has totally turned around. Not only was it unexpected before the game, but even after the first… and the second… this was not at all what I had in mind.

    Not that I’m complaining of course… Can we make it hurt more?

  312. Naila Jinnah says:

    Ouch? I know he’s big, but come on…

  313. doug says:

    stuart fighting kostitsyn. nice. someone needs to pummel him.

  314. Bill says:

    That is CRAP. Julien sucks.

  315. Alirio says:

    Goons ouy already???


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  316. Naila Jinnah says:

    The box is so full, it would make a nice postcard.

  317. J.T. says:

    It looks like the Habs are having a board meeting in the box.

  318. Bill says:

    Kick his ASS, Captain Kirk!!

  319. showey47 says:

    well i guess give kostitsyn an A for trying but an F for fighting ability, wow julien and carbo having words

  320. Naila Jinnah says:

    “F off” by Muller after Julien yells at Carbo…

    AND Murray copies Komo

  321. Bill says:

    This isn’t over yet …

  322. J.T. says:

    And, once again, THAT’S why it’s crucial to win faceoffs.

  323. sidhu says:

    Bruins are a real class organization.

  324. Bill says:

    Okay, how do the Bruins not get an instigator out of that mess?

  325. showey47 says:

    man why can’t we just put a team away

  326. Alirio says:


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  327. doug says:

    i’d like to see julien speaking to muller like that in a bar. not likely, old fat man.

    too bad they had to score that one but it will be a great fight to the finish – just hope no one gets hurt.

  328. Chuck says:

    Julien had better whatch out. Muller looks like he’s ready to go.

    And that Boston goal is another reminder why you have to win faceoffs in your own zone. Price with no chance on that blast.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  329. Y says:

    Now where are all the Huet haters?

  330. Bill says:

    And Kirk would tear him apart. I am a pacifist, but even I wish he would!

  331. Bill says:

    Temporarily silenced :)

  332. Alirio says:

    I prefer calling him Pickle-head

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  333. doug says:

    price has been prematurely canonized and huet has been prematurely demoted. price is a solid rookie goaltender – notwithstanding boone’s need to say he’s the second coming after every game he plays (save this one, presumably)

  334. cliftoris says:

    He’s epileptic, taking shots to the head likely isn’t high on his to-do list.

  335. showey47 says:

    alot of animosity and just think there are only 5 other games to go

  336. Chuck says:

    I like my Kavalev playing angry!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  337. doug says:

    bruins announcers saying that koivu, as 10th in history of habs following assist earlier in the game, should potentially be a hall of famer.

    no way, in my opinion.

  338. yathehabsrule says:

    As much as I’d like to see #11 in the hall, I don’t think he’d get in straight away

  339. showey47 says:

    good work by kovy to get us a powerplay, lets get the momentum back

  340. Naila Jinnah says:

    Higgy does good work, but someone else pots it.

  341. Naila Jinnah says:

    Gorgeous passing though!

  342. doug says:

    how did ryder miss that one? damn.

  343. sidhu says:

    8 shots by Ryder tonight — perhaps his best game of the year, even though he hasn’t scored (yet)

  344. Kevin says:

    Nice rush by Kovalev! And he draws the penalty… let’s score number 7!

  345. showey47 says:

    ryder still suffering from that snake bite

  346. Bill says:

    Duck, Guy, duck!!!

  347. Naila Jinnah says:

    So I wonder if we’re going to break any modern day penalty records…

  348. showey47 says:

    chara is an idiot

  349. sidhu says:

    What the f— was that?? Instigator, and a game for Chara!!

  350. Kevin says:

    What a save by Thomas

  351. doug says:

    chara latendresse. . .

    i think the canadiens will find a goon for a later game.

  352. Bill says:

    That’s a head-shot by Chara on Kovy. Jeez, what a bunch of a-hole goons.

  353. Naila Jinnah says:

    And upon the replay, it’s obvious that THAT was intentional… No “I’m taller than him” excuse for Chara. And even though Kovy wasn’t injured, there should definitely be a fine or suspension on that one.

  354. FastRonnie says:

    The real question tonight is “how many bruins can the penalty box hold?”

  355. Naila Jinnah says:

    LOVE the shot of the coaches this game… And great call.

  356. Chuck says:

    Another cheap shot on Kovalev! Chara’s gotta ger his ass kicked. Not smart on Gui’s part, but I like his spunk in starding up for Kovy.

    And Julien is still a dick.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  357. showey47 says:

    i doubt it, if we had a couple of high end enforcers maybe

  358. Kevin says:

    Another shot to Kovy’s head… I’m not liking this

  359. J.T. says:

    Okay…the Bruins’ box is full. Time to tape it up and send it overseas.

  360. teamplayer says:

    wow ryder did get robbed

    this is horrible i read that messag e5 mins ago

  361. Naila Jinnah says:

    I meant in terms of quantity, not necessarily time…

  362. sidhu says:

    Let’s sign Downey for the last 6 minutes. Give him a 6 pack of beer, that shouldn’t cost much under the cap.

  363. Naila Jinnah says:

    Care packs for the troops? Or reinforcements maybe…

  364. Naila Jinnah says:

    Hey! At least I got one of my wishes… lots of Michel Lacroix tonight!

    AND GOAL!!!!! One more for Lacroix!!

  365. Y says:

    Chara is just a BIG liability. It baffles the mind that someone would pay him truckloads of money and give him a C. I say in 3 years he’ll be playing timbits hockey in Iqaluit.

  366. doug says:

    beautiful. love kovalev.

  367. Bill says:

    That’s how you get revenge.

  368. sidhu says:

    Nice saucer pass by Ryder — his best game of the year…

  369. FastRonnie says:

    this is a pooler’s dream game!!!

  370. Alirio says:


    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  371. Chuck says:

    THAT’S how you counter goon-ism! Make them pay where it counts… on the scoreboard. And sweet justice that Kovy gets the goal!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  372. ClaytonM says:

    Can you picture him dropping the gloves against the kid with Down’s Syndrome?

    Maybe it’s just me

  373. ClaytonM says:

    I agree 100%, he woke the hell up and is shooting when he should shoot, passing when he should pass.

    Who says you can’t teach an old Newf new tricks? :)

  374. Bill says:

    HNIC cheated the ROC out of a hell of a game tonight, that’s for sure.

  375. showey47 says:

    kovy, woohoo way to stick the dagger in and now twist it adding another

  376. yathehabsrule says:

    Next game maybe Kostopoulus could sit on Komi’s shoulders and fight Chara?

  377. Naila Jinnah says:

    So we’ve basically got a powerplay for the rest of the game 😀

  378. Kevin says:


  379. doug says:

    tim thomas ain’t no patrick roy, but after playing in ten straight games i think he deserved to be pulled after the 6th goal. . .

  380. yathehabsrule says:

    I was hoping to see Rassk play

  381. Naila Jinnah says:

    To be fair, it’s not really his fault…

  382. Chuck says:

    Gotta love those 7-minute power-plays.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  383. Naila Jinnah says:

    Nice dekes by the Swiss!!

  384. FastRonnie says:

    apparantly 50 shots for the Habs… whoa!!!!

  385. Y says:

    Come on guys lets hit the 50 shot mark!

  386. showey47 says:

    come on boys add another stick it to julien

  387. FastRonnie says:

    sorry that would “apparently” be 51

  388. Bill says:

    I don’t want to see Koivu, Kovalev, Higgins, or Kostitysn on the ice as of now. Too risky.

  389. yathehabsrule says:

    CBC woke up and has the game on!!

  390. showey47 says:

    too many fancy passes

  391. Chuck says:

    Somebody wanted to catch an early bus!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  392. showey47 says:

    well glad to see the offence is back, wow we need a gorge laroque bad

  393. doug says:

    too bad kostopoulos is such a bad fighter. . .

    $10,000 fine for Carbonneau if they call instigator on Kostopoulos.

  394. sidhu says:

    Character move by Kosto, but we need a guy who can really fight though.

  395. showey47 says:

    52 shots on goal? when was the last time we had 50 shots on goal?

  396. doug says:

    Kostopoulos will also be gone for the next game because of instigator penalty – against ottawa – sucks.

  397. doug says:

    he was our first line right winger until tonight 😉

  398. Naila Jinnah says:

    I wonder if they’re just tapping in to RDS feed 😉

  399. Bill says:

    I will donate $5 to the Carbonneau fine fund. And if they fine Carbo, they’d better fine that idiot Julien too. My prediction is no fines, however.

  400. FastRonnie says:

    and Price’s record improves to 5-1-1

  401. yathehabsrule says:

    Everybody caough up a dollar to pay Carbo’s instigator fine!

  402. Naila Jinnah says:

    DONE and DONE! Can’t wait for the next game vs. Boston 😛

  403. showey47 says:

    great job boys, hope we can carry that over for monday night

  404. sidhu says:

    52 shots, 13 by Ryder

    Go Habs Go!

  405. doug says:

    he’ll get $10,000 for the instigator at the end. i think it’s more or less automatic, and kostopoulos definitely instigated.

  406. Naila Jinnah says:

    Carey is soooo happy. Smiling. He knows it could have gone the other way. And Higgy looks week heading to the room… Saku’s got a huge grin too 😉

    So who plays against Ottawa?

  407. Chuck says:

    Your typical 88-shot game.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  408. showey47 says:

    I’m sure gillett will gladly pay for the fine

  409. doug says:

    WOW – the 13 by Ryder is amazing. by far his best game of the year. check the scoresheet for 5 goals in the next 10.

  410. Naila Jinnah says:


  411. grrrreg says:

    kostopoulos almost got a gordie hawe hat trick: he had a goal and two fights. He just missed an assist.

  412. showey47 says:

    ryder seriously got 13 shots?

  413. Y says:

    Haha loved it how Cherry called the NESN guys “Homers”

    He says no fine.

  414. doug says:

    bruins announcer’s last comment:

    “the bruins won all the fights. the canadiens won the game. thanks for joining us, time now for the post-game show”

  415. Chuck says:

    Carey. None of the goals were anything that any NHL goalie would be expected to stop. I’d like him to step in against Ottawa with that little swagger in his step.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  416. teamplayer says:

    who did kostopolous go after, i missed it

  417. Chuck says:

    Takes one to know one, I guess.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  418. doug says:

    none for begin, bouillon, dandenault (which is surprising), and chipchura.

  419. Bill says:

    It’s Huet, for sure. He’s still number one, Price isn’t doing much to steal the job away. And Huet was great against the Sens last time; if it hadn’t been for the “ole” jinx, I swear.

    That was a crazy game. Anyone who says we need an enforcer is missing the point; this is a tough team. Sure, it would be nice to see someone beat Stuart’s a**, but on the ice, what matters is that your team can handle a physical game, which the Habs clearly can.

    Too bad for Kosto missing the next game, but a nice chance for Grabovski to show his stuff.

  420. Bill says:

    Is that priceless or what?!?

  421. doug says:

    stuart, who had gone after kostitsyn

  422. doug says:

    agree on rassk and agree not his fault. . . which is why he should have been pulled given the number of games he’s stolen for bruins this year.

  423. ClaytonM says:

    Thomas kept it as respectable as possible. Ho robbed 2 goals at least and our boys missed 5 open nets roughly.

  424. Y says:

    Begin, Bouillon, Chipper, and Dandy had no SOGs tonight.

  425. showey47 says:

    kovy the first star, awesome job

  426. ClaytonM says:

    This is why you don’t shave an ape and teach it how to play hockey. Chara is still and will always be the most overrated player in the history of the NHL. They make him a captain without taking a vote (Crosby?) and THIS is how he leads his team?



    Now some of you might have posted in disappointment that the laffs won a game against their “arch-rivals” the senators. Don’t be sad. After all, we’re chasing the sens. The make-me-laffs are fighting for a spot they won’t get, and will never be in the same class as Montreal or Ottawa.

    Kick their butts Monday, Boys!!!

  427. Chuck says:

    The laffs won? Big freakin’ deal. Plan the parade, I guess.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  428. Chuck says:

    “Shave an ape…”
    Love it!

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  429. I am Canadien says:

    I wish I could have watched it! Only listened to the stream


  430. Bill says:

    That sucks. You missed out. Damn HNIC to hell.

  431. doug says:

    … and we have to play ottawa again after a loss

    good night all!

  432. Naila Jinnah says:

    Random note: Brian Wild is awesome.

    Watching the post-game interviews live on RIS

  433. doug says:

    didn’t jinx us by saying we’d win, bill 😉

  434. Bill says:

    Touche, mon ami!

  435. J.T. says:

    Notes on the third:

    Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey…goodbye!

    If the Pleks line is really the first, I submit the Chipchura line is really the third.

    Higgins won’t be attending practice tomorrow. He’ll be taking special target shooting practice, starting with the broad side of a barn.

    Good thing Tom the Bomb is a shorty specialist…his fighting falls somewhere between “sweet” and “try-like-hell.”

    I guess still waters *do* run deep. Who knew Julien was still holding such a grudge?

    Good thing for CDs. If they were still using records, “Vertigo” would have a groove worn in it by now.

    I think we’re seeing the birth of a power forward in Kostitsyn. He’s no wimp.

    I’d like to say that this game represents a return to the Habs of the first part of the season, but it’s hard to judge. Boston is to them what they are to the leafs. When they play, planets shift and spells are made, so anything can happen. But, credit to them for coming out on the second night of back-to-backs with such effort. Then again…it’s debatable whether they actually played a game last night.

    Team toughness. They don’t have a goon, but they’re not afraid.

    The question that will be asked most often in the next two days: Who will start on Larry Robinson night? Whoever gets the call…another strong effort against the Sens will do the Big Bird proud.

  436. ClaytonM says:

    Regarding your points, J.T.

    Agreed, the first time in a LONG time the Goodbye song was called for

    Koivu showed that his is still the 1st line tonight

    Higgins will be seeing the physio team tomorrow

    Tom the Bomb stepped up like a role player should. Proud of him tonight

    Wish they miked Muller tonight instead of Begin. Even Cherry was having a chuckle. Apparently Muller took off his jacket to get around the glass to Julien

    Vertigo sucks, and I’m a HUGE U2 fan.

    Ryan who???

    Habs will win all 8 against the big bad play bruins this year

    Hell yeah. Even Gilligan stood up to the shaved ape

    Huet. Price was good but not good enough to merit a start against the sans. Plus Huet comes back strong after mediocre performances/losses

  437. Naila Jinnah says:

    Price comments summary:

    -A fun game to watch
    -Not just me, the guys were playing well in front of me.

  438. sidhu says:

    I’m hoping Mario Roberge or Todd Ewen is waiting for Julien outside of the dressing room

  439. ClaytonM says:

    They’ll have to get in line behind Kirk Muller. He was taking off his sportcoat to get around the glass before someone stopped him. Gotta love Kirk Is Work.

  440. Lee Hayes says:

    On the topic of character, or lack their of….Zdeno Chara.
    I can see why Ottawa didn’t shell out the bucks for that goof!
    I only wish we had someone who could deal with the big son of a b!%@$!

    Anyways Teddy, by the time you read this I’ll be out to dinner, I’ll read your post later tonight.

    Go Habs Go

  441. Moey says:

    Almost a blow-out, I’ll take it. Higgy needs some antibiotics for that bad case of “Sensitis”….still can’t finish.

    Kovy…was superb. love him, he’s my second favorite after Saku.

    Can’t believe the laffs beat the Sens, could be a bad thing, they’ll want to redeem themselves on Monday night.

    But our boys have their mojo back….wheeeeeewww, giant sigh of relief!

  442. showey47 says:

    dogs also won tonight, a great night for the best fans in the league

  443. yathehabsrule says:

    Nice fan call in to CJAD praising Chipchura in the habs from that hockey hotbed of Nebraska

  444. showey47 says:

    ryder gets 13 shots tonight, incredible, whats even more incedible is the fact that hammer and streit were tied for second with 6 each. Its too bad ryder couldn’t improve his shooting percentage though, but it is a start. The goals will come in bunches

  445. yathehabsrule says:

    Can’t score if you don’t shoot so yes it is a start!

  446. Strak says:

    Looks like I missed seeing an entertaining game. I wish TSN had shown THIS one instead that brutal performance last night. With all the Toronto hysteria at the CBC, I was forced to watch Ottawa and the Lafs on HNIC. No RDS in Vancouver and that makes me a sad boy!!

  447. Y says:

    First time since 1996 that Habs had a 50+ shot game

    Last time was against Buffalo – April 1st, 1996

  448. ClaytonM says:

    Just caught Carbo’s press conference on RIS, and for all those who have bashed him in the last few weeks, go to RDS and watch it. He is becoming the great coach I knew he would be when he joined the team. A true leader.

  449. ClaytonM says:

    As long as he keeps this up, he’ll get back in the hunt for a 30 goal season. He had 3 solid chances at least. His best game in a long, long time.

  450. McHabby says:

    h… wow.

    Where the hell did that come from?

    I watched the game on the grainy RDS webcast, which I would complain about, except for the fact that the Habs are now 8-0 this season when I watch the game on the computer.

    Michael Ryder: 13 shots on goal tonight!

    If Kirk Muller wasn’t from Kingston, the Habs would never get on CBC. Don Cherry went out of his way to show one highlight: Kirk Muller telling Julien to F*** off. Atta boy Kirk!

    Kostitsyn, great game.

    If the Habs had lost this game, I wonder what people would be saying about Price giving up a career high four goals. Huet on Monday?

    Best game I’ve watched this season, entertainment wise. That includes all teams and all leagues.

  451. Bill says:

    Well said, he was very calm and measured. His wry disbelief when it was mentioned that Chara had blamed the Habs for the rough-stuff was enjoyable. I’m liking him – and his assistants, kept waiting for Captain Kirk to jump the glass on Julien! – a lot.

  452. Kevin says:

    Has anyone noticed that at this point (with one more game played), the Habs as a team have scored 4 more goals than Ottawa???

  453. Bill says:

    Well, it might have been essentially pond-hockey, but Price was a little more than mortal tonight. He did give away three straight leads in the first two periods, and generally was quite beatable. For whatever reason, though, the team plays a lot better in front of him than in front of poor old Huet. I think Price could turn out to be a decent goalie, but I am not sold just yet. We’ve all been through this over-hyped goalie stuff with T-Bo and Theo before, don’t forget. You’d think we’d learn :(

  454. showey47 says:

    off topic, bryzgalov gets claimed off waivers today and gets a shutout for the coyotes, i just can’t believe burke couldn’t even get a draft pick for this guy

  455. Bill says:

    Believe it. The market for goalies is crap, which is why it’s so irritating to read all those “Huet and ________ for a proven 30 goal scorer” trade “ideas”. Good goalies are a dime a dozen. Anyone want to trade Huet for a 9th rounder in 2010? Then let’s just stop it, okay?

  456. Naila Jinnah says:

    I think he was mostly shaken by the pre-game puck to his head. That can totally break a guy’s focus!

  457. Naila Jinnah says:

    107 penalty minutes, according to RIS.

  458. showey47 says:

    so does gainey resign huet for another 2 or 3 years? I’m thinking it makes more sense then letting him walk for nothing or giving him away

  459. Naila Jinnah says:

    Wait wait… The Habs won the faceoff game?!

  460. ClaytonM says:

    Does this mean we can skip Winter and go straight to Spring hockey and weather? :)

  461. showey47 says:

    absolutly crazy, looking forward to the next meeting

  462. showey47 says:

    yup 38-36, but i’m pretty sure we lost most if not all the fights

  463. Chuck says:

    That just goes to show how much of a monster Gerber has been for them.

    “Vote Saku for All-Star… or little Timmy gets it!!!”

  464. Bill says:

    At this point, I’d say definitely re-sign him. I’d like to see two solid seasons from Price before I’d let him take over. Huet won’t be getting a substantial raise or anything (the good thing about the bad market for goalies!) so why not hang on to him? He’s good!

  465. likehoy says:

    mark my words

    Andrei Kostitsyn will be an all-star in this league.

    That shot works wonders. He has the perfect mentor in Kovalev.

    Every time he gets an open shot, I always feel as if it will tickle the twine, if it doesn’t, it definitely will be on the other end of a Highlight Reel Save (Ryan Miller last night).

  466. Bill says:

    I don’t care who wins the fights, but if Stuart jumps Kostitsyn, then there needs to be retribution. The Habs took the high road by not going after the Bruins’ skilled players, but I’m not really a “high-road” kind of guy. I think Bouillon on Savard is a fair fight, don’t you?

  467. The Ian Cobb says:

    Mike Boone

    Thank you for the game, once I caught on to how this works, I was not blacked out of this game compleatly. Dam it angers me to be on the deviding line territorally between Ottawa and Toronto. If eather team is playing the same night as the habs, im dead in the water. So thanks again, you do a great service for me as well as others

  468. Higgins21 says:

    Well, I just fired off a nasty e-mail to CBC. What else is new? Are they so dense that they think all Hab fans are French-speaking? Even for an English-speaking fan, RDS is better than TSN when they have McGuire and Healy on the same broadcast as they did last night.

    But…when the laffs game ended tonight there were still eight minutes left in the Habs game, but would they switch over? No way, we’d sooner watch Jim Playfair (fired coach) and Ron McLean (fired ego) “teach” us what we don’t know about our favorite game.

    The CBC is “our” network or so we are told. Maybe they are just sticking it to Habs fans because we forced the format change next year. Time for the write-in campaign to begin again folks. Let’s not let the Hogtown bunch think they control our game.

    Go Habs Go!!!!

  469. The Ian Cobb says:

    Mike -PS any chance to # the posts like before, and the time, does it have to be the 24 hr clock, can you go back to reg time on each posts, am pm? thank you.

  470. Chorske says:

    I agree! It’s definitely the worng time to be talking about trades involving goalies. Maybe in February. But I love Huet and I love the fact that Price gets to watch and learn from him. IF we can resign him, I’d say, do it.

    I think it’s too early to trade or panic etc. As I said in another thread: we’re in control of our destiny. When we want a win, we get it. It’s when we don’t want it badly enough that we get beat. So all we need to do is want it badly.

    And who wanted it badly? Freddy. Hamrlik. Kovy. Actually pretty much everyone. I thought Price played average, actually.

  471. ClaytonM says:

    I posted this but on page 5:

    By the way, does anyone know why they boo him every time he touches the puck? It’s because Habs fans have memories like elephants and will never forget nor forgive his sucker punch on Ivanans. Ivanans was on the ice and tied up by the linesman when chara nailed him with a shot that broke Ivanans orbital bone. He deserved 30 games for that, it was as bad as Boulerice and worse than Simon. What did he get? NOTHING! And people say the Habs get a fair shake? Spare me.


    And look at the coach for the Habs at the time. Talk about irony.

  472. Chorske says:

    Hey Higgy, I think they need to bid on games just like anyone else. Could be they hadn’t anticipated the Habs-Bruins being a barnburner (morons that they are), and didn’t buy the rights to the game.

  473. The Ian Cobb says:

    Tell me where to send a letter and it will be there. I’m down wind of hog town and I dislike the oder of there aragance. they might not like my spelling, but its better than Don Cherry,s and his BS.

  474. Naila Jinnah says:

    While that might be true, CBC did include this game in it’s original schedule, as well as the Dec.8 home game vs. Carolina.

    Both games were removed from the schedule in October. However, CBC also decided to broadcast Bob Gainey retirement night on February 23.

  475. ClaytonM says:

    If you read TSN posts about the laffs fans whines, they have the right idea in boycotting the laffs games. I say we do the same thing, but instead we boycott CBC sponsors. They were supposed to broadcast the game on CBC-Montreal via Bell ExpressVu but at game time they switched to the laffs sans game. Not that I’d watch them over RDS anyways, but still, CBC sucks major ass.


  476. Higgins21 says:

    Just go to CBC.ca and at the bottom of their home page “Contact Us” and give them hell.

  477. Higgins21 says:

    Who is the horse?

  478. Higgins21 says:

    CBC.ca Contact Us Give ’em hell

  479. ClaytonM says:

    Don’t bother, Higgins21. This is, ironically, the one trick pony aka jimmy pineda, cindy gerena and gary/bill smith.

    Remeber, arguing on the internet is like competing in the special olympics. No matter who wins, you’re still retarded.

  480. The Ian Cobb says:

    Don Cherry is a entertainer,and a sales man, he sold himself and his fists in the minors. He could never make it to the show. He sold himself to Harry Sinden as a coach, he road on Bobby Orr,s coatails and he still does,but he could never coach. He is a great and a fun entertainer, but what he thinks he knows and what he knows about this game are two different things. Everyone needs a clown, macdonalds has there’s and the CBC has rockum sockum Don.

  481. The Ian Cobb says:

    I like it Lets come up with a solid plan of action that is not like pissing against the wind. Teams like to protect there market, but sponsors like to protect there products

  482. teamplayer says:

    showey47 – I dont know if burke was looking for a high draft pick with bryzgalov, you gotta remember anaheim has 1st, 2nd and 3rd round picks of the oilers for letting dustin penner go. so imo he was probably looking for a good prospect and he wasnt looking to take cap money b/c it sure looks like niedermayer will be back

    vote for koivu, markov, huet and … (write-in vote)???

  483. Y says:

    Not good news on the Higgins front. I really hope this isn’t the beginning of the end, as the same thing happened to him then.

  484. Y says:

    I mean same thing happened to him last year which was coincident with the tailspin that began last december

  485. ClaytonM says:

    Here’s the difference, if 100 fans write to the CBC, some guy making $10/hour will read our emails and stroke us with a reply. If 100 emails get sent to their corporate sponsors, the guy taking the phone call at the CBC will be making $100,000/year, and the guy making the call would make $250,000/year.

  486. nightmare_49 says:

    On Don Chery and his knowledge of the game i have to disagree with you. Grapes is more than an entertainer and brings up some great points about the game. You may not like his arrogant style but he’s not out to lunch to often.

  487. Bill says:

    Disagree. I find his analysis obvious, pat, and overblown. It’s not that he’s out to lunch, so much as he makes incredibly banal observations in an incredibly loud way. The CBC sells him, Leafs Nation buys him, smart people watch a different channel.

  488. nightmare_49 says:

    That’s just my opinion and i never said i was smart.

  489. showey47 says:

    omg that is hilarious, crude cause my sister is a special olympian but it is funny

  490. showey47 says:

    i know what your saying but just any draft pick, not necessarily a top pick, or even a player to help their farm team.

  491. gmd says:

    You can get RDS either through Bell or on digital cable through Shaw.

  492. ClaytonM says:

    Reseau Info Sports, channel 124 on Bell

    They show the Habs press conferences after games. They also have the worst game coverage in the world when they get a game.

  493. Bill says:

    Thanks, watching Carbo now!

  494. ClaytonM says:

    He was awesome in the press conference. He’s maturing as well as Plekanec and Higgins. Carbo Bashers Begone!

  495. Naila Jinnah says:

    Also, channel 99 on Illico/Videotron

  496. ClaytonM says:

    I own the patent before anyone gets any ideas :)

    By the way, does anyone know why they boo him every time he touches the puck? It’s because Habs fans have memories like elephants and will never forget nor forgive his sucker punch on Ivanans. Ivanans was on the ice and tied up by the linesman when chara nailed him with a shot that broke Ivanans orbital bone. He deserved 30 games for that, it was as bad as Boulerice and worse than Simon. What did he get? NOTHING! And people say the Habs get a fair shake? Spare me.

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