A first, against the last

Playing the last place team in the Eastern Conference, Canadiens lose a third straight game in regulation for the first time this season.

Vaclav Prospal’s second of the game was the winner in a third period dominated by Tampa Bay.

Canadiens were outshot 36-21 and mounted no third-period offence until the dying seconds of the game.

389 Comments

  1. Barts says:

    RDS or TSN, let’s see… Oh man, Healey as color commentator, and he’s already got verbal diarrhea…

  2. the_larry says:

    As in, Brisbois creates tons of offense for the other team? haha

  3. MikeMcLaren says:

    Why would we need Boyle? I mean we already have Brisebois as an offensive defenseman!

    (depending on your worldview you can read ‘offensive’ however you’d like)

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  4. the_larry says:

    We just need a goon.. Someone who scares the other team. Right now, the Habs wouldnt scare a pee wee team.. of girls

  5. nightmare_49 says:

    Great line.

  6. MikeMcLaren says:

    SIGN Higgins to a long term deal. Now. He CAN and WILL be a finisher!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  7. PattyBoy31 says:

    I hope higgins doesnt get traded :(

  8. frank81 says:

    Higgins just scored.

    Boone, I think we’d all like it if you had bad feelings about every game after the Boston game and now this quick start.

  9. P St. Pierre says:

    I too think they probably could choose a better time. Perhaps they do it now because the team has a feeling for which rookies are going to stay with the big club for the rest of the season.

  10. Blitzen says:

    All-Star Weekend?

  11. TommyB says:

    I think players are entitled to a little fun together, and the team dinner paid for by the rookies is just that…a little fun. These guys are adults and therefore will partake in adult beverages in adult establishments. The dinner was held on the eve of a non-game day. In fact, practice wasn`t to be held until 4pm the next day because of the dinner. Unfortunately, sometimes s&*T happens.

    I for one am glad they do this on the road. If they did this at home in Montreal, imagine how it could turn out with half the team climbing into their cars after the dinner. A taxi ride to your hotel room on the road is by far a better choice.

  12. the_larry says:

    “Bob Hartley said his Colorado and Atlanta teams had never won a game after their rookie dinners: a perfect 0-9 record”

    Makes you wonder why they have these dinners in the middle of February, during the middle of a playoff push. Im sure theres better times of the year to hold such events.

  13. RS says:

    We really, really need Hammer back in the line-up. Please get well soon. I’m not bashing Breezer here. After Markov and Komi, none of our D is good enough to be a fourth D, let alone play 3rd D minutes.

  14. the_vipah says:

    Hands of stone Higgins.

  15. jew4jah says:

    there’s a positive feeling for you, boone!

  16. Les-Habitants says:

    Big game…we can’t afford to lose 3 in a row.

    Looks like Gainey agrees with most people about us not being touch enough along the blue-line, so O’B get a out-of-jail free card…sorry, couldn’t help the monopoly reference

    That said, can’t wait till Hammer is back in the lineup.

  17. Yeats says:

    Wooooooowwww! Weeeeeee!

  18. the_larry says:

    Better start tonight than against Ottawa

  19. 24 Cups says:

    Well if Hartley is right then we should schedule next year’s rookie dinner just before a game with Detroit.

    The Original 24 Cups

  20. Proudones says:

    Such an idiotic comment.

  21. RH says:

    Oops! That went in the wrong spot.

  22. RH says:

    February is doom and gloom month in Montreal…

    Especially after city taxes are issued!

  23. havok says:

    “On his mid-morning show aimed at Team 990 listeners who aren’t remotely intelligent enough to understand Mitch Melnick”

    Ouch Mr Boone…Very Ouch.. LOL

    Tonight is a character game, thats for sure

  24. tony d says:

    yeah he’s polishing his golf clubs as we speak….that’s if he can swing them come spring
    glad he exited stage right
    his shoulder couldn’t hold his fat head anymore

  25. Steiner says:

    And how about that. Mr. Sheldon Souray out for the season…
    In Bob we trust….

  26. Yeats says:

    You just have to post bail. Cash is preferred.

  27. The Teacher says:

    Boyle would be a great addition. He is one of the components we need and would allow BG to focus on our offence in the offseason.

  28. 24 Cups says:

    likehoy – on a serious note, I really worry about Gagne. He’s very young yet he’s already had a few concussions that have kept him out of the lineup. He should not be rushed back into action and have his health jeopardized. These injuries can impact on a man’s life long after he retires. Philly doesn’t have a great track record of dealing with concussed players.

    The Original 24 Cups

  29. jew4jah says:

    if only latendresse could skate as fast as he talks.

  30. howtathor says:

    Maybe you have to be an American citizen to bail someone out of the clink. I dunno?

  31. likehoy says:

    exactly what i was thinking..but higgins is doing alright compared to gagne so far

    higgins in his first 2 seasons had 45 goals gagne 47. But gagne had a big third season…33 goals…while higgins was on pace for that at one point but has tailed off. No worries though gagne only had 9 goals in his fourth season :P

  32. Yeats says:

    I’m going to go “purse” my lips around an adult beverage right now!

  33. 24 Cups says:

    Hey Teach – Personally, I blame their lack of attention to detail on the education system. The school system let them down man:-)

    The Original 24 Cups

  34. 24 Cups says:

    likehoy – hopefully Higgins ends up having a scoring touch!

    The Original 24 Cups

  35. Yeats says:

    Well, when you consider how many Habs fans retire down there and turn out for their games, it’s not too far off.

  36. likehoy says:

    so i figured higgins is comparable to simon gagne. Fast two-way wingers with a scoring touch…hopefully higgins ends up being as good as gagne.

  37. Mike says:

    Yeah i read that this afternoon, i was like “bloody morons”

  38. wd40 says:

    wow, For-Fact-Sakes, can’t they get anything right!

  39. The Teacher says:

    Hardy har har :P Talk to Yeats, OB went to Cornell.

  40. likehoy says:

    yea it’s unfortunate…didn’t he try to come back and they told him to take more time off just recently?

    but with how philly’s doing…gagne can take more time…there’s no immediate rush.

  41. HabsFanInUSA says:

    Hopefully Higgins doesn’t have Gagne’s tendency toward concussions ;)

  42. The Teacher says:

    Alright Higgins! That’s a way to be a leader and get our team going!

    hope everyone saw the play Saku made there ;)

  43. The Teacher says:

    Proof that TSN is off their rocker. Taken from a story posted at the moment.

    Tonight’s test marks the middle portion of a three-game homestand for the Canadiens, who have an impressive 17-8-4 record as the host club this season. Montreal will end the swing Wednesday night at Florida.

    WTF! LMAO

  44. Chorske says:

    Chantal IS cute. H. O. T. Plus, she looks like the kind of cute who occasionally enjoys chicken wings.

  45. LizardKing1967 says:

    Too much has been said on this topic already. The only ones who know exactly what happened are Ryan O and the lady with the purse. We should just leave it alone. I do not condone any criminal act by any athlete in any sport, but we do not know any facts, and as we all have short memories, athletes do not live the same type of life as we do. Do you all not remember Ray Lewis.

    Good luck to the Habs tonight, and I hope some idiot on the other team shoots a comment towards Ryan O. I would love to see him get his frustration out on some one.

    I BELIEVE!!! Go Habs Go!!!

    Jim-out

  46. 24 Cups says:

    LK – get real. Are you watching the game or what? Let it go man. We’re trying to get two points here.

    The Original 24 Cups

  47. Bill says:

    Hey LK, you know all about the overzealous Florida cops, don’t you?

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  48. Chuck says:

    Brisebois wasn’t on the ice for either of the Tampa goals, so there goes your theory.

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  49. Gooner says:

    Hey Chuck, I just seen Huet make a couple of Spectacular saves that saved our bacon that period. As you can see our D is terrible. I know what Huet’s problem is. Whenever Breezer in on the ice he gets so nervous about it that it just throws himm off his game. Hammer please come back

  50. The Teacher says:

    Not really, the rebounds were pretty much shot straight on him. He actually still looked shaky this period, but thankfully TB can’t shoot.

  51. Chuck says:

    I sure hope he was screened, because I’d hate to think that our #1 goaltender was incapable of stopping a shot like that.
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  52. Yeats says:

    No Cup por vous!

  53. the_larry says:

    How is that not interference on Kovalev on that icing??

  54. MikeL says:

    For a big guy, Gui is very soft. Yeah i know he can hit hard, but his hits are not really emotion-based. He’s a big boy, he should have more of an edge.

  55. the_vipah says:

    FFS guys. Hit someone.

    Zero chance on that.

    Boone you need to get your glasses checked. That was atleast 2-3 guys screening that shot. Huet never saw it till it ticked off him.

  56. Barts says:

    Look out below!! I’m jumping off the Huet bandwagon. He is friggin brutal.

  57. MikeL says:

    That goal has given Higgins an unreal amount of jump and confidence

  58. Mr Wonderful says:

    Has anyone done the math to figure how much we have tied up in salaries for next year. I think the cap is either 51 or 54 million. I hear people saying sign this guy and sign that guy but in reality a team can only make long term committments to about 6 guys and still have enough money to pay the rest of the team.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  59. The Teacher says:

    and of course they take the PP away from us. What a joke.

  60. Barts says:

    Streit.. what a pass. Sign him Bob.

  61. MikeMcLaren says:

    Good restraint by Komisarek (apparently he was ‘resisting without violence’) to get the PP and subsequent goal by Pleks!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  62. MikeMcLaren says:

    This might be like asking the Friendly Giant to kick Rusty’s ass. It just wouldn’t be good for the kids to see.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  63. Bill says:

    AK is in line for 3-3.5, 2 for Gorges and 1.5 each for Laps and O’Byrne. Or so. Then budget 3.0 for Streit. I would probably bookmark some of it to resign Komi, who is UFA after next year. I would let Huet walk and go with Price/Halak/Danis. That takes care of six of the spots, at about 12.5. That leaves ten million for the last spot, haha.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  64. Yeats says:

    What’s my wife’s name? Damn, I can’t remember!

  65. Bill says:

    Wow, you’d never guess that Tampa is one of the worst teams in the NHL, would you?

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  66. MikeMcLaren says:

    Nice!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  67. fun police says:

    huet’s weak goals lately are troubling. yeah, smolinski didn’t play that well, but is it too much to ask to have your goalie make that save. on that note, carbo has lots of patience with smolinski, but why not ryder?

  68. The Teacher says:

    Beautiful play. Pleky got that last one back.

    Why do I get this feeling the game is going to end 8-6?

  69. Yeats says:

    Plekkkkkkkkks!!!!!!!!

  70. Bill says:

    Smolinski does what he’s supposed to do at least 50% of the time, whereas Ryder is doing about 0% of the time this year. And of course, Ryder is supposed to fill a much more critical role.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  71. MikeMcLaren says:

    They have 31.8 million committed to next year’s cap (that does NOT include the money they have to pay RFA’s)

    Great site for all that sort of stuff is here:

    http://www.nhlnumbers.com

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  72. MikeMcLaren says:

    Just saw an ad on Tampa TV.

    4 tickets
    1 poster of their big 4

    $49.

    I used to be able to buy tickets for that much in Vancouver… in 1988.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  73. MikeMcLaren says:

    We’ll also have more money if we don’t re-sign Huet.

    Wocka wocka.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  74. Mr Wonderful says:

    Ampther softie by Huet or should it be Blewit.

    A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
    Sir Winston Churchill

  75. MikeMcLaren says:

    Strap in, kids!

    It’s a goaltending DUEL!

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  76. Yeats says:

    Want to bet there were more people in the holding cell with OB and Kosts than there are in the TB arena tonight? Any takers?

  77. Chuck says:

    Well, that was weak. Did they just say that Huet has given up 5 goals in his last 13 shots?

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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  78. MPWRD42 says:

    Huet is going to lose the game for us at this rate…

  79. MikeL says:

    Huet really doesnt seem to respond well at all with any type of (pre-game) pressure. Thats a scary thought in the playoffs….speaking of playoffs…I think Gratton would look real good on our 3rd/4th line.

  80. MikeMcLaren says:

    I’m sure Rick Tocchet will take that action.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  81. Chuck says:

    Sorry Yeats, but I never bet against a sure thing!

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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  82. Yeats says:

    No criticism please! It just demoralizes the Habs! They can channel our thoughts from what I’m told.

  83. The Teacher says:

    Good job to whoever deleted the useless posts.

  84. Exit716 says:

    Just because you’re playing against a glorified JR. B team doesn’t mean you should play to their level.
    Sharpen it up boys.

  85. Yeats says:

    Is it me, or did I hear them play Jailhouse Rock when the Habs scored?

  86. lemess says:

    Is he tired? He hasn’t looked good for a while.

  87. Gooner says:

    I watched the replay two times and huet was screened on that goal. People should spend less time bashing our goaltenders.

  88. Bill says:

    Koivu – 4.75
    Kovalev – 4.5
    Higgins – 1.9
    Plecanek – 1.8
    Begin – 1.3
    Kostopoulos – 0.9
    Latendresse – 0.85
    S. Kostitsyn – 0.55
    Markov – 5.75
    Hamrlik – 5.5
    Bouillon – 1.875
    Dandeneault – 1.75
    Komisarek – 1.9
    Price – 0.85

    Chipchura – 0.86

    A. Kostitsyn – RFA
    Lapierre – RFA
    Gorges – RFA
    O’Byrne – RFA

    Streit – UFA
    Huet – UFA

    15 NHL players under contract, counting Chipchura. The Habs have about 22 million dollars to sign the remaining seven players.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  89. 24 Cups says:

    It will be a test for the boys to start the second period after they gave up a goal in the last minute. I think they will answer the bell. Need something big from Kovalev to set the tone.

    The Original 24 Cups

  90. The Teacher says:

    Kovalev looks really lazy today.

  91. wd40 says:

    i think that’s fairly unanimous.

  92. wd40 says:

    that was a nice tic-tac-toe-whiff!

  93. SUMO says:

    Andrei Kostitsyn is looking like a 1st round pick tonight. Lots of jump and winning battles for lose pucks. Just has to bury one.

  94. Mattee. says:

    I’d like to buy a goal.

  95. MikeL says:

    Sergei is so smart out there. Makes plays out of nothing.

  96. Bill says:

    Habs just STINKING out there. This definitely is the same team that got crushed by Toronto and Ottawa. Suck fest and goal.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  97. The Teacher says:

    $#@#$%@! refs, wHAT @#%^#@%^@# game aare you watching?

  98. Ali says:

    it was a matter of time.

    its all about size down low.

  99. the_vipah says:

    Sigh. Markov coughs up the puck.

    What a useless loser.

    Boone calling that goal weak again, guy in front all alone, zero D pressure.
    I’m convinced hes not even watching the same game tonight.

  100. MikeL says:

    Prospal seems to kill us more than the “Big 3″

  101. Chuck says:

    Ugh… whose man was that?

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  102. Chorske says:

    This one is done.

  103. tony d says:

    pathetic
    we can’t clear our zone…if we’re getting outhussled by a team like tampa Bay
    it doesn’t bode well for the future

  104. Bill says:

    Disgraceful. These guys do not even look like they care.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  105. the_vipah says:

    Troll

  106. Keith says:

    I saw that one coming for quite some time.

  107. Shawn S says:

    I have a feeling in my gut Gainey may be pulling his trigger on a trade by tomorrow morning. Don’t want another free fall.

  108. The Teacher says:

    No excuses, but Markov DID get hooked there!!!!

  109. tony d says:

    after sucking to Toronto and Ottawa
    i was expecting gangbusters tonight
    guess I was dreaming….just like our boys are doing on the ice tonight
    this blows bad

  110. arcosenate says:

    so lecavalier can’t hook. twice?

  111. the_larry says:

    Boone! How is that a soft goal?? Prospal has the puck all alone 10 ft infront of Huet and rifles a wrist shot past him. The only thing Huet, or any goalie could do, is hope it hits him.

  112. Chuck says:

    Definitely a swing and a miss on that one.

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  113. Chorske says:

    We’re losing because we’re being outworked. Meanwhile, Begin and Non-stopoulos are sitting in the stands. We should be beating this one-dimensional hack team in every aspect. Here’s hoping Carbo gives his head a shake and plays them against Florida.

    Bad time to be starting a team-wide meltdown.

  114. Chuck says:

    It went through him… that’s the problem.
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  115. Bill says:

    Begin and Kostopoulos aren’t going to make any kind of a difference, come on!

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  116. the_larry says:

    It woulda gone through a piece of plywood too

  117. Chuck says:

    Sometimes I think that I’d rather take my chances with the plywood. The CJAD guys said that 2 of the 3 goals were questionable.

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  118. port elgin says:

    I Have a feeling Gainey will sit on his hands and pass wind like he usually does when we need a trade.

  119. Hammer says:

    Is it just me or does it seem that Huet has lost his confidence. He seems to be struggling mightily. What I really notice is the absence of Hamrlik, he covers a lot of territory and does not make mistakes.

  120. wd40 says:

    this game would be over by now if not for Huet.

  121. MikeL says:

    Brisebois is so bad its scary. He refused to take the hit for the puck there.

  122. MikeL says:

    Brisebois is so bad its scary. He refused to take the hit for the puck there.

  123. Shawn S says:

    I miss hamrlik.

  124. The Big O says:

    Brisebois needs to go, he got hit twice on the same shift by Gratton and then just abandoned any semblance of defense after that. The problem with this team is that there’s not enough guys willing to pay the price to make a play and Mr. Brisebois is #1 on that list with a bullet….

  125. fun police says:

    and huet is the answer? are you watching the game? did you watch saturday?

  126. Chuck says:

    Problem is, recently we haven’t been seeing Huet do anything specatacular, either.
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  127. likehoy says:

    i don’t think there was anyone who suggested price is our saviour yet tonight…just huet sucks right now.

  128. MPWRD42 says:

    I’ll give you the screen… but Huet just doesn’t look comfortable in the nets tonight. Did you see his reaction after the 2nd goal… I’m nervous about him tonight. Maybe he is looking over his shoulder? (I think I might agree about all the comments regarding Price being back up with the team).

  129. lemess says:

    It’s obvious that he is not playing as well as he can – he has been an above average goalie for us since he came here – I am hoping that it is a slight slump that he can pul himself out of, but if it is some sort of nagging injury………

  130. Gooner says:

    I don’t know what game you guys are watching but huet was screened on that second goal. If you people think Price is the saviour of this team right now you are dreaming. He may and hopefully has his day in the future but right now I haven’t seen him do anything spectacular.

  131. The Teacher says:

    Vinny only has one shot dude ;)

  132. Gooner says:

    so your telling me that Vinny and St. Loius can’t shoot.

  133. Chris says:

    Thank you, whoever is moderating tonight, for deleting the pointless feud posts that have been going on tonight. I prefer to read about the Habs, not about poster’s academic qualifications.

  134. Yeats says:

    Something entertaining I wrote below must have gotten “flagged.” Except for the fact that like Charles Foster Kane I am an American, I guess I shouldn’t be offended.

  135. Erik says:

    well lets see for tommorrows game I like Kosto back in the lineup Lats can sit and Dandy after all that yapping after being sat has done what? Thats what I thought. Both those guys can sit along with Lappy to.

  136. The Teacher says:

    Haha KJ, our posts get deleted but Yeats can antagonize to his heart’s content.

  137. RH says:

    Yeats,

    Reading your posts, you are obviously the type whose able to hold his own when confronted by other posters. I don’t know why you wouldn’t say the Habs sucked when, they sucked? The Habs choked against the Rangers, played brutally against the leafs, I can’t even begin to describe that debacle against the Sens, and tonight, well…..

    Keep fighting the good fight.

  138. Yeats says:

    Got a Phi Betta Kappa from the University of SuperSex below. Let’s watch the sparks fly my friend.

  139. Yeats says:

    Thanks friend, but HIO has become a pale version of what it used to be when really thoughtful, critical people posted. You are right. Fight the good fight. And, if that doesn’t work, dont forget my personal corrolary, kick them in the balls!

  140. RH says:

    kick them in the balls…

    Well, I did buy a new pair of Steel toe boots the other day.

    Hey, as a guy growing up in Long Island, whose dad is a HUGE Habs fan, do you think Chris Higgins thanks God everyday, for making him a Hab? I think so.

  141. Jonnyboy says:

    Is Dan Boyle what we need?

    I think we could use both Gratton from TB and then solid 4th D.

  142. Yeats says:

    Yep, he probably does because he is living the dream. No one would even take a look at kids in NYC when I was growing up. Yet, my high school linemate Danny Dorion, who was a Hobey Baker finalist at Western Michigan, got drafted by the Devils. He was a much better player than Brian Mullen, but he didn’t have an older brother who made it to the show, so he didn’t stick.

  143. Jonnyboy says:

    LOL I think he wants both….hmm this is going to cost us more than just Lats and a 1st

  144. PureGuava says:

    Latrendesse to Helsinki for Pierre Dagenais.

  145. The Teacher says:

    Well, Shiloh, I think you’ll agree. Lats is invisible and has been given enough time, he needs work. I think he should be sent down now. Bring Chipper up already.

  146. RH says:

    What an awesome game. These guys showed some resiliency and didn’t back down every time the Canadiens took the lead. They came out and dominated the third and capped off there hard work by scoring the winner and getting, a much needed, two points…………….is what I would say if I were a Lightning fan. BLAH!!

  147. MICP says:

    This years version of a tank job is well under way. We go from blowing a 3 goal lead to not even being able to score 3 goals against the likes of TB or Toronto. If these 2 jokes can beat us like this then what is going to happen when play the likes of NJ, Buffalo then off to SJ, Phx,LA and Anaheim?
    SOS!!!!!

    Mike,
    You wanted to know why Max was out there with a couple minutes left?
    Carbo seems to go with the idea of little league baseball in that everybody gets to play re: of what the score is.

  148. V. says:

    All I have to say is a big #%&@! We should never have gotten our hopes up we know they always #%&@ up sometime during the season. They keep playing crap like this they’ll be joining the maple leafs in the basement soon.

    >:(

    >:()

    >:(

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    On the bright side, some of these comments have made me laugh (Karri Ramo should carry a purse, lol).

  149. gumper says:

    I feel absolutely disgusted with this team tonight. These past few days clearly demonstrate to me how little respect these highly-paid bozos have for the fans. While we sit here hanging our hopes on these guys taking us into the playoffs this year, they’re out partying till 3 a.m. and snatching purses. The next game they come out and play 60 minutes of hangover hockey and lose to the bottom-dwelling Bolts. I’m in my sixth decade of sticking by this team, and there have been some real highs and some real lows, but to me this takes the cake. I’ve felt discouraged by some of the bad teams we’ve iced. I’ve felt angry at some of the bonehead moves management has made over the past fifteen years, but I’ve never before felt such a stinging slap in the face from the team I hold dear. Do they even realize they’re in a playoff race? Is it all just a big joke to them? Man! Why should we take them seriously when they don’t take themselves seriously? I know some of you will say I’m overreacting. You’re entitled to your opinion. But to me this whole drunken episode so clearly demonstrates disrespect for the fans and the game. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.

  150. RS says:

    Marleau the #1 trade target, what were the RDS guys drinking at 3AM last night?

  151. tony d says:

    can’t blame Huet
    his team was still at the buffet table and never showed up for the game
    and don’t get me started on Lapierre
    he’s inherited the title of useless pylon on the ice
    hey boys if ya hurry ya might catch happy hour somewhere in Tampa

  152. Barts says:

    Higgins.. big goal and then *poof* he disappears for the rest of the game, not unlike his linemates.

  153. vic says:

    If they dont start showing some passion we wont make the playoffs.
    we cant win with one line scoring.Goalies are going to tire out with all the shots coming at them.we need someone for the face offs

  154. Habhopeful says:

    ill start to worry when we lose 5 in a row, crappy game i 100% cannot deny what were the shots 35-19?, it was disgusting, but we still got a hold of 4th place for now and it looks like ottawa might lose tonight, philly is done, we seriously need to make a big trade, grit and a strong center ,a winger could help but a big centermen will definatly help, ***K i hope tomorrow its the real habs that come out

  155. Chris1138 says:

    Looks like the Habs will be battling the Leafs in the last game of the season… for Stamkos!

    I don’t really think it’s that bad, but there are glaring shades of last season. If they don’t turn it around in the next three games (Hamrlik should be back somewhere in there right?) then maybe Gainey should be trading for picks and prospects.


    Chris

  156. GPK says:

    I think it’s time to send Max Lapierre back to the minors. What has he done? He doesn’t generate anything out there. Latendresse and S. Kos need someone to play with.

  157. Erik says:

    Higgins what the F*&^ is with this guy ……all that talk he does and then his play arghhhhhhhhh

  158. V. says:

    hey were you at the ottawa game the other day? I saw someone with a jersey similar to the one in your picture.

  159. Forlando says:

    I smell Chipper….

  160. Chuck says:

    He did score half of our goals tonight, y’know.

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  161. MikeL says:

    I can understand you being upset, but I think you’re blowing things outta proportion. The whole partying thing doesn’t really bother me. These guys are people and once in a while they will enjoy themselves outside of hockey. O’byrne is a young guy, as am I, so I can understand why he would want to enjoy himself once in a while. I’m not condoning what he did, but I also understand people can make mistakes.
    Ya gotta look at the big picture here. We are still in 4th place in the East. How many of us before the season would have said we’d be happy with that positioning? There are many highs and lows in the season.

  162. V. says:

    You make some great points, maybe out of anger, but I understand. They should realize that we work hard and sell out the bell centre every game and buy merchandise and stuff and without us they would not be making a living.

  163. Mike says:

    I love max, I really do, but his play has drastically declined. He is no longer a horse willing to hit everything that moves. Send him down and call up chip. Change Higgins with Sergei.

  164. RH says:

    Actually, you could replace Higgins with any other player on this roster, with the exception of Price. Although, he was looking kind of lazy, sitting on that chair….

  165. Habhopeful says:

    nah thats not even me i jus found that pic on the net, although i will be getting that jersey soon

  166. The Kid says:

    Interesting tidbit, I just did a little research and it turns out:

    With Brisebois in the lineup the habs are 14-15-4 = 32points in 33 games

    With Brisebois OUT of the lineup habs are 15-4-5 = 35 points in 24 games

    THE FACTS DO NOT LIE CARBO!!!!!!

  167. Chris1138 says:

    Have Sergei and Ryder played together at all?

    Chris

  168. Yeats says:

    This team has Cup written all over them! Wooooooo Wooooooo! Go Plekkkkkkks! Go Higginsssssssss! Crap, even sarcasm has it’s practical limits. I’m just really pissed I didn’t have an NCAA D-1 alternative tonight. My suggestion to everyone is just go out, get loaded and steal a purse. This team remains just a pathetic caricature of what the Montreal Canadiens once were. It’s just like a bunch of high school kids donning Marx Brothers’ costumes. No, it’s far worse. The kids would given a better effort! Thanks for reading. Have a nice evening. Double tee to you!!!

  169. RJ says:

    Brutal effort. I’m glad the team is having a good time in sunny FLA with no curfew. There was NO passion tonight. The schedule during the next two weeks will determine this team’s fate. It’s not looking promising.

  170. Habhopeful says:

    that third goal, prospal had all the time in the world, horrible, i knew it was gonna be a goal, cant blame huet too much on that, he almost had but it sneaked through

  171. likehoy says:

    higgins – plekanec – kovalev
    andrei k – koivu – sergei k

    lets try it. at least for a few shifts before carbo will inevitably change things up again.

  172. V. says:

    I guess max is the scapegoat for tonight.

    Give him a break. He is not the only one whose play has gone down lately.

    Latendresse should be better though. He gets so many chances, many of them thanks to Max, but he never finishes.

    By the way, did anyone find the camera zoom on RDS annoying tonight? It was too far away and I had to squint to find the puck at times or to see who had the puck. Very annoying.

  173. MikeL says:

    I agree completely. I actually thought carbo did that for a sec tonite, but it was just some guys taking longer to change.

  174. port elgin says:

    The Habs are going down quicker than a dead goldfish in a toilet bowl.

  175. Habhopeful says:

    i hate slumps but everyone has em, hopefully it wont last too long

  176. Forlando says:

    Only good thing tonight: Philly lost and the Sens are having a hard time with the Sabres…I know it is pathetic…but what else can I say /cries….

  177. Erik says:

    Yah you think the coaches would think bout stuff like what you say

  178. Yeats says:

    Don’t diss the goldfish! He will at least try to forestall the inevitable!

  179. V. says:

    lol. it was just funny to see someone wearing that jersey on tv, it made me laugh. that is such a clever jersey.

  180. jew4jah says:

    kovalev looked like brind’amour with that awning over his mouth

  181. RH says:

    The camera zoom was also annoying on TSN.

  182. The Teacher says:

    This one is for Shiloh,

    Lats and a 1st to Tampa for Dan Boyle.

  183. jew4jah says:

    what would it take to get brian boyle?

  184. V. says:

    oh okay, it must be the arena then. my dad was watching it on tsn but he didnt really notice anything. it’s also always darker in tampa for some reason.

  185. Chuck says:

    I think it has more to do with who’s in the lineup when Brisebois sits.

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  186. gumper says:

    Fair enough MikeL, but you have to recognize that the big picture also includes a 5-4-1 record in the last 10 and a season high three game losing streak. This episode, to me, is a measure of the commitment these guys have to making the playoffs. Old guys like me like to cut loose a bit from time to time too. I’m not questioning the urge, and I’m certainly not questioning the need. I’m questioning the timing.

  187. The Teacher says:

    Brian Boyle? Or Brian Campbell? LMAO

  188. Yeats says:

    On HIO, you must love the Habs at all times, don’t skip a beat. All negativity, from what I’m told, actually translates into poor on-ice perfomance by the squad. We must all be blindly positive. Love the Habs! Love the posters who love the Habs! Absolutely no negativity. Don’t use any “banned” words. Sucking is merely the inverse of being great. Man, we’re supposed to be talking about the most storied franchise in the history of the sport. To qoute Joe Dimaggio, “every day I thank God for making me a Yankee.” As a guy from the Bronx, who played the game and always wanted to be a Hab, we need more guys with that kind of heart!

  189. 24 Cups says:

    GPK – You got it half right – Lats and Sergei K need to start playing. They could go back to Hamilton just as much as Lapierre.

    The Original 24 Cups

  190. fun police says:

    max is overrated. what exactly does he do now? no hands, no fighting, no good on the draw, and a play killer. he’s not even good in our end.

  191. Chuck says:

    All three hit him, and all three ended up in the net.

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  192. Gooner says:

    Yeah I did and I saw Price let in three not hard to stop goals. No rebound control.

  193. Vecs says:

    have you seen huet all season? Yeah that was a terrible game saturday. There are far too many shots coming from good scoring positions like the last one. That shouldn’t have happened. The team d is weak

  194. Cable Guy says:

    Your just full of doom and gloom aren’t ya Boone. I wish we were playing Boston tonight.

  195. Mike Boone says:

    February is doom and gloom month in Montreal. And the team hasn’t been playing well.

  196. J.T. says:

    I’m glad to see Percy in the lineup. Habs’ D can’t look worse than it did against Ottawa, so he’s got to be an upgrade. It still worries the hell out of me to see Breezer in there, though. Hopefully the forwards will own this game and we won’t have to worry about defensive holes too much.

    http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com

  197. MikeMcLaren says:

    As others have mentioned, it’s quite possible that this incident will raise the esprit de corps of the team. Rather than the whole situation becoming a distraction it could serve to focus the team on making sure that they’re sticking up for one another and collectively doing their best to vanquish those outside who would try to get them off their game.

    …or they could come out really sluggish and get eaten alive once again by Vinnie and Marty.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  198. Exit716 says:

    Mr. Boone. You are not a fan of Tony Marinaro?

  199. Mike Boone says:

    Well, he’s not the worst …

  200. Sehs says:

    Good news guy! *cough cough*

    With two weeks to go until the NHL Trade Deadline, TSN today announced it has acquired John Ferguson Jr. as a guest analyst for the NHL on TSN and TradeCentre 08, marking the former Toronto Maple Leafs GM’s debut as a television analyst.

  201. Wops says:

    Make him analysis his trades and explain why he lost the job…

    he can’t analysis for sh,t
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  202. tony d says:

    Lately my wife has taken to calling our dog, ‘Saku’ cause he’s so cute and cuddly…don’t ya love how some women
    view hockey players? (Female Hockey fans out there, don’t go getting your Victoria Secrets all twisted up- hey I have my fantasies ok?)
    With regards to Saku’s silence with the travelling media….I’m gonna go out on a limb and say ….uh… maybe he didn’t feel like it (last time I checked, that wasn’t a crime) maybe he wants to focus on the game tonight instead of the circus that’s been goin on…
    I like Saku …and not because he’s cute and cuddly… I wish he’d put more pucks in the net but I bet so does he. The needling this guy puts up with…my God, it’s a wonder he can stay focussed.
    My feeling is we have not seen the end of this guy’s talent and leadership, hopefully tonight will be the start of greater things to come.
    Oh and in case you’re wondering, our dog’s name is Kazoo, and like Saku, he IS cute and cuddly
    Go Habs Go

  203. likehoy says:

    well i think not saying anything is the best way of saying that there is no excuses that can be made for either of them (and any other player involved in any altercations)

  204. Dan23 says:

    One thing I’ve realized from listening to the Team 990 is that you have to remember that these guys have to think of something to say, in Marinaro’s case every weekday for 2 hours. He, like anyone else in the media, but especially when it comes to talk radio, feeds off of controversy, both “reporting” it and making it.

    Gainey, Carbo, O’Byrne and Kostopoulos all said what they had to say. Not much Koivu could or should add. Sometimes a captain can just as easily make a statement by saying nothing at all or knowing enough to do just that.

  205. Guy21 says:

    TSN must be the lowest spot in a persons career. Look at the bunch of loosers that are on there,Barnaby-Healy-that classy guy Milbury and they also had Tie D on there. Now the worst manager in Hockey history is their new analyst-who is doing the hiring there ????

  206. likehoy says:

    the big macs are not too bad…mcguire and mackenzie…they generally know their stuff but they never like to admit they’re wrong at any point.

    bobby mac has an approach where he’ll give his opinion on both sides (i.e. habs won’t make the playoffs but they will be a dangerous team) so he doesn’t look bad ever.

    pierre just yells…and he gets his point across by yelling…at least he took back what he said about huet (he constantly thought huet was a bad goalie and was always lucky…but 3 years later…huet’s not too bad is he?)

  207. TommyB says:

    You are so right…a bunch of has-been losers. It could, and probably will, get worse. In about 7 or 8 weeks time they could be joined by Paul Maurice, or maybe Wade Belak…yeah, Belak, now there’s a real good candidate for TSN. He’d fit right in…like a guy in a tree playing duelling banjos. Perfect!

  208. ClaytonM says:

    As much as Maguire’s changed his tune re the Habs, he’s still a dork when he gets excited

  209. Les-Habitants says:

    I actually watched a segment where he said, basically, you know what? Huet, you proved a lot of people wrong, including me, that you are a for real no.1 goaltender.

  210. Blitzen says:

    What I’ll want to see is how they’ll manage to convince Ferguson to lick the Maple Laughs’ boots like the rest of the TSN crew.

  211. Fer_hab says:

    Well Boone, I’m assuming you know our record when the Breeze plays. Tonite will be a crap shoot. Lets hope Huet can make more saves then whatever his name is.

  212. tony d says:

    can somebody please hit the friggin net!!!!!!!!!

  213. The Teacher says:

    Maybe if Ramo was carrying a purse, more players would be crashing the net?

  214. vic says:

    This game is over.no leader ,no heart tonight playing a pacific game
    well back to the bar boys

  215. Yeats says:

    Don’t criticize the Habs! They are just sooooooo misunderstood.

  216. The Teacher says:

    Yuck, Yuck, Yuck.

  217. habitants12 says:

    the road to missing the playoffs again is starting to get paved!! Teams all around Montreal are winning and booting us out of our spot. way to hang in there Montreal and keep in the standings. way to go….

  218. Ali says:

    WHY THE $%(U&( IS THE 4TH LINE ON IN THE LAST 3 MINUTES!?!?!?!?

  219. The Teacher says:

    Gotta play defence man!

  220. Keith says:

    This is a truely pathetic display of hockey by our Habs.

  221. Naila Jinnah says:

    Komi commented on RDS.

  222. Bill says:

    Habs are NOWHERE near the rebounds on either end. Total lack of effort.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  223. Barts says:

    Montreal is standing still, no one is moving their feet, no one is skating… a friend of mine predicted yesterday that they would finish 9th in the East. I’m not sure that’s out of the realm of possibility.

  224. Ali says:

    this is ridiculous.

  225. MikeMcLaren says:

    I liked it better when they shaved the rookies’ heads.

    These rookie dinners suck.

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  226. SUMO says:

    Agreed. Why is May on the ice?

  227. Ali says:

    prediction: We lose the faceoffs, and they’ll score.

  228. The Teacher says:

    Most excitement we’ve seen in 2 periods. The Ice girls.

  229. Bill says:

    Just show the cheerleaders for the last minute, please.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  230. Forlando says:

    ….and there we have the 2007-2008 edition of the 2006-2007 Canadiens, RIP in the month of february….pathetic

  231. Yeats says:

    Put simply sportfans: If you can’t beat one of the f’n worst teams in the League, how in God’s name can you expect to beat the best? I’m sick of this candy-ass crap, you’re either the Montreal Canadiens or a bunch of models sporting their kits. Make up your mind, once and for all. I’m really pissed because, unlike Saturday night, I don’t have an NCAA D-1 game to watch in leiu of this. For God’s sake, wake the …. up gang!

  232. Flake says:

    Maybe there should be a curfew after the rookie dinners… or another idea.. how about having them on a night when there’s no game the next day?

  233. The Teacher says:

    OUCH KOVY! When did THAT happen?

  234. Yeats says:

    Opps, my bad! We must love the Habs at all times. Wooooo Wooooo Go Pleks!

  235. The Teacher says:

    Umm, there WAS no game the next day lol

  236. Alirio says:

    WOW

    I’ve made a huge mistake…

  237. wd40 says:

    Kovy almost got decapitated. he’s still cool even if he did sorta take the night off …and boy can you feel it. And that was close. Here we go 13 seconds huge face off.

  238. Bill says:

    Crappiest effort of the year! Carbo should make them skate laps.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  239. Barts says:

    No secondary scoring on this team, and no toughness is killing them. Ottawa addressed that yesterday (like they needed to), while Bob sits around waiting for a miracle.

    And Saku does nothing… AGAIN.

  240. Chuck says:

    Well, that was… interesting.

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  241. The Teacher says:

    No, still the Buffalo game IMO.

    but it sucked nevertheless.

  242. the_vipah says:

    Man. We -NEVER- get any breaks. Ever.

    Either of those two cross crease plays could have gone in, but no. So annoying.

  243. Flake says:

    Oh well… Then I have to come up with another excuse for them tonight… :)

  244. Flake says:

    Oh well… Then I have to come up with another excuse for them tonight… :)

  245. wd40 says:

    obvioulsy the lightning and the red wings swapped uniforms tonight. what a sneaky trick.

    bah.. terrible.

  246. Keith says:

    Well the way they played they didn’t even deserve to take it to overtime. Good night.

  247. the_larry says:

    You know what the worst part about this is: Habs suck! This is embarassing

  248. Exit716 says:

    It’s a crappy night when you get dominated by Jr. C slugs like Tampa’s fourth line.
    Turning point of the season so far, Koivu’s penalty against the Rangers.

  249. The Teacher says:

    Umm, he caused the turnover that created higgins goal. Pick on Kovy, he’s been absent for two games running now.

  250. habitants12 says:

    three more losses coming up people. Florida, and Philly twice. The Habs do this every year, they slump around playoff time. And of course, no big trades will be made.

  251. Y says:

    Great time to have a meltdown boys!

  252. Chorske says:

    What they should consider is having the rookie dinner at the start of the all-star break. This business of a huge party in the middle of the most crucial part of the season is complete bullcrap. They get paid big bucks to a) take care of their bodies and b) be ready to play by game time. Tonight they let everyone down. This should have been a W.

  253. frank81 says:

    If by “interesting” you mean “terrible,” I agree wholeheartedly.

  254. Bill says:

    It’s not the rookie dinner, they’ve been sucking for nearly two weeks.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  255. Bill says:

    The Buffalo game sucked worse, but that was 2007.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  256. Chuck says:

    I was creatively editing my language.

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  257. RS says:

    I thought they usually slump in December!

  258. The Teacher says:

    Ah, I didn’t know you meant year literally, my apologies ;)

  259. MPWRD42 says:

    Tomorrow night’s game will tell if we are going to follow the same plot as last year… where the heck is the bloody leadership on this team?!?

  260. Bill says:

    If you’re Gainey right now, it must be tempting to trade EVERYBODY. Three crappy losses in a row. For over a week they’ve looked like the worst team in the league. We all know that every team goes through slumps, and that the Habs were due for one, but why does the slump have to be so damn ugly?

    Ugh. Let the nightmare end soon, please! Outshot 17-5 in the third? Against TAMPA? Jesus Christ.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  261. The Kid says:

    evidence that Carbo and Gainey have PLENTY of work to do

  262. Exit716 says:

    Lapierre reminds me of an Irish Setter…I’m off to run around in circles and act like there is nothing going on in my head.

  263. MPWRD42 says:

    LOL! Time for Laps to go back down to Hamilton – he’s outlasted his usefulness. P.S. bring back Chips – at least he’s a smarter player.

  264. wd40 says:

    it’s like they turn the key in his back on the bench and just turn him lose for 45 seconds.

  265. The Teacher says:

    LMAO!!! post of the night

  266. nick says:

    well… in the last 3 games, we’ve lost to the best team in the eastern conference… we’ve also lost to the two worst teams (on paper as of this morning)in the eastern conference.

    Where does that leave us?

  267. NLhabsfan says:

    Well we were out skated out hustled .I found nothing exciting about this game except the Higgins goal.What next.

  268. RS says:

    The sky is falling (again)! The sky is falling (again)!

    TB comes into the game with a 6-3-1 record in their last ten. Look it up, that makes them one of the hottest teams in the conference right now.

    Sucks to lose, and the Habs are officially in a slump, but two good things happened tonight. Higgins actually scored a goal. Despite his legal problems, OB is no longer injured, and looks like he belongs on the Habs D.

    I would expect the Habs to lose tomorrow night, but when Hammer returns it will help pull this team out of the slump. They are still in a decent spot to battle for a playoff spot.

  269. wd40 says:

    i appreciate your optimism, i really do. i wish i could share it. we should have, and needed to, win this game tonight. sorry but that’s the bottom line.

  270. Gooner says:

    That third goal was in no way a soft goal. We didn’t lose this game because of goal tending. It could have easily been 6-2 tonight. We were outshot 26 to 9 over the last two periods. You just don’t win like that I don’t care who is in the net.

  271. Chuck says:

    He overplayed the puck and whiffed on it, allowing it to go through his legs… pure and simple. I’ll bet Huet would be the first guy to say that he’d like another shot at that one.
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  272. tony d says:

    i can’t even think of anything funny to say….I’m so pissed!!!!!!!!!!!!

  273. Gooner says:

    Did you not see he was screened on that second goal. You people call every goal against this guy soft.

  274. likehoy says:

    i’m counting the goals from last game…and he still sucks. He was clearly screened ya, but as a butterfly goalie known for positioning…he should have stopped a low one that went under his arm…it was a lack of technique IMHO

  275. nick says:

    yep. well sorta.

  276. likehoy says:

    anyone else think price is the reason huet sucks? can’t handle carey from behind.

  277. Keith says:

    I guess I haven’t missed much eh? Huet playing poorly again? Goal with less than a minute left in the period? I thought we just had Ground Hog Day.

  278. showey47 says:

    where is jc petit when we need him?

  279. MPWRD42 says:

    For once an intelligent comment by Healy – in Huet’s last 6 starts, in 5 of them he’s let 4 or more goals in and you can’t expect your team to score 5 goals each night just to get 2 points. But I also think our defensive coverage has been less then desirable in those games as well…

  280. lemess says:

    lol “nice try nogoalov”

  281. lemess says:

    no hammer hurts…

  282. Chuck says:

    Just don’t allow anyone to shoot high in him. You’d think that with his lack of size, he’d stay out of the butterfly.
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  283. MikeL says:

    Please Please get Brisbois off the ice.

  284. MPWRD42 says:

    Why oh Why does Carbo insist on playing Breezeby – a completely errant clearing attempt around the boards for a turnover. He’s just downright brutal.

  285. MikeL says:

    i completely forgot the game was on TSN..haha..thanks for the reminder

  286. Keith says:

    What a horrible change! These guys are making it look like a shooting gallery on Huet.

  287. MPWRD42 says:

    I only wish we had the equivalent RDS guys in English! Luv those RDS guys :-)

  288. RS says:

    Get well soon Hammer, please!

  289. Bill says:

    Man, you know the Habs are in the tank when they make T-Bay look this good. Can’t wait for them to break this funk … especially Huet.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  290. Keith says:

    Great ply by Gorges on LeCavalier.

  291. RS says:

    T-Bay hasn’t been playing too bad lately. I mean even before tonight.

  292. Exit716 says:

    So how bad is the ice in Tampa? The puck seems to be bouncing all over the place.

  293. frank81 says:

    Don Waddell is at the game? Does that mean the Hossa rumours aren’t complete BS?

  294. Mattee. says:

    It feels like we’re just going through the motions…

  295. MPWRD42 says:

    Tampa’s 4th line…That’s the kind of energy we need!

  296. Bill says:

    It’s Tampa. Good for them is still not good!

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  297. Vecs says:

    Huet looking really solid. No weak goals so far

  298. the_larry says:

    About as good as you can imagine ice being in South Florida…slightly better than water, but not quite ice

  299. Bill says:

    I guarantee that one of the players Waddell is checking out is O’Byrne. Hope he likes what he sees!

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  300. Mattee. says:

    except for that first one…

  301. Vecs says:

    tough to call that weak,, that was bad team d

  302. Chorske says:

    Interesting. I thought his price for Hossa would be more than we’d be willing to pay? He’s definitely NOT there for anyone on Tampa.

  303. Keith says:

    I think these guys are playing like it’s a Florida vacation lol!

  304. MikeL says:

    Gui and Max getting in pushing matches with opposing players is basically a joke. They do it like every second shift but never fight. We need a Lapperierre type player.

  305. The Teacher says:

    Why do you hope? Hossa isn’t really for us IMO

  306. Yeats says:

    Should have done some time on the chain gang!

  307. MikeL says:

    LOL, yea we havent had a 100 point guy in 10 years…I suppose you are right..

  308. MPWRD42 says:

    3 friggin shots… c’mon guys, really! Let’s get some emotion into the game.

  309. Keith says:

    Not moving our feet tonight at all, we clear the zone and then make a change? Come on guys!!

  310. The Teacher says:

    Stop thinking in terms of points. Think about what we need as a team.

  311. Bill says:

    Well, we’d be better off with a centre, but I wouldn’t say that a 40-goal scorer “isn’t for us” … I’d gladly take him at the right price, i.e., Ryder and O’Byrne.

    http://yearofthehab.blogspot.com

  312. RS says:

    TB 6-3-1 in their last ten. Not bad.

  313. Chuck says:

    Glad to see Huet step it up this period after that late goal in the first.

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    “All bow down before the Komisaurus Rex!”

  314. MPWRD42 says:

    Definitely a different Huet this period… thank God! Now, if we can just score on this PP!

  315. tony d says:

    oh my Gaw!!!
    they’re killin me
    boys are asleep at the wheel

  316. Exit716 says:

    They’re playing like they’re hung over.

  317. gumper says:

    I guess this is what hangover hockey looks like.

  318. Keith says:

    The ice must be horrible for the players the puck is bouncing all over the place. Lucky to be tied still. Pull up yer socks for the third period Habs! GO HABS GO!!!

  319. gumper says:

    Hey exit716, simultaneous post!!! Great minds think alike…and damn fools seldom differ.

  320. wd40 says:

    Tortarella predicted we’d come out playing hard… which we did… then….?? Hahahah. i love that MacDonalds commercial with the tiny goaltender.

  321. the_vipah says:

    Hossa commands the “Build your team around this player” type of money. Problem is, hes not a corner stone..or even a pillar. Hes more like the paint on the house once its all built. We need alot more strengthening of the Habs “structure” before we paint this pig.

  322. Jonnyboy says:

    hahaha, nice try no-goal-ov. I love it too.

  323. 24 Cups says:

    Chuck – Thinking the same thing.

    The Original 24 Cups

  324. RH says:

    Was Lats EVER in Hamilton?

  325. RS says:

    Optimism? Losing sucks. They will lose tomorrow night. They are in a slump. Wow, you call that optimism?

  326. wd40 says:

    RS, yeah, you’re right. compared to how i felt, your post seemed optimistic when i first read it. now that i re-read it.. i think we’re pretty much on the same page.

  327. The Teacher says:

    Did they come to play today?!?!

  328. MikeMcLaren says:

    Ramo robbed Plekanec like he was at a bar in Tampa!

    (oooh, was I the first to use this?)

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  329. the_larry says:

    Distasteful…but I like it! lol

  330. likehoy says:

    well that one ya..but I listed a few of the “o’byrne” ones on the original thread

  331. Chorske says:

    Boone, you are officially required to experience major anxiety before every game. I mean it. I’m talking ten-trips-to-the-can anxious.

    Look! We’re playing “guilty”!! (maybe he meant “guilty of playing”)

  332. The Teacher says:

    The kid line looks like they showed up.

  333. PattyBoy31 says:

    Huet looks shaky tonight…rebounds etc.

  334. The Teacher says:

    Never should have been a rebound on that shot.

  335. Chorske says:

    Urgh, won’t the real Cristobal Huet please stand up, please stand up, please stand up,

  336. The Teacher says:

    Kovy looks like he’s REALLY lazy tonight.

  337. Kenny says:

    Hey….i’m watching this game on TSN…..why did Mackenzie & Cuthbert pronouncing the T in Huet? Did i miss something??

  338. The Teacher says:

    again?

    The correct pronunciation is

    Hu-ett

  339. the_larry says:

    They’ve been calling him that for a couple weeks now. I think Huet might have made a comment about they way people pronounce his name. I prefer Huet with a silent T

  340. likehoy says:

    huet’s wife got pissed at the name being mispronounced…it’s actually who-ette

  341. The Teacher says:

    Ok Larr-eye? lol

  342. Kenny says:

    I agree…..the whole “hip-hip-huet” chant doesn’t have the same ring to it as hueT….oh well…. :s

  343. vic says:

    a few days ago huet was the greatest goalie. no one play goal on this blog.
    some go in.

  344. Habhopeful says:

    V…I thought it was only me who had trouble seeing the puck tonite on rds, its never usually like that

  345. V. says:

    no i have 20/20 vision, and it was horrible. it made it even more painful to watch…

  346. Jonnyboy says:

    Boone is loving Gratton tonight. Which adds to why I want him for the Habs.

    Chris Gratton, Tampa Bay, 6-4, 231

    TSN Scouting Report:
    Assets – Has a great combination of size and two-way savvy. Displays decent hands and a mean streak. Is solid on face-offs and sound defensively.

    Flaws – Has questionable hockey sense, which limits him in the scoring department. Isn’t as complete a player as his package suggests.

    Career potential – Checking line forward.

    He is a 54% on faceoffs and a UFA at seaons end.

  347. RS says:

    No reason for Huet to be concerned about Price (this season). Gainey and Carbo have been pretty clear, at least in public, that Huet is the #1 guy.

  348. showey47 says:

    gratton is 67% in the circle and is a monster, i hope is coming with us when we leave tampa. pleky, laps and smolinski all 33% koivu is 50%

  349. Jonnyboy says:

    This is why I want to trade for him.

  350. The Teacher says:

    And the NHL messes up a call again. That Carolina goal was definitely kicked in.

  351. wd40 says:

    Samsonov is on FIYAH

  352. habsfan2442 says:

    Not sure if someone else has posted this so if so I am sorry ..

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3242781

    Souray out for season…

  353. 24 Cups says:

    Good news is the game is still 2-2. Bad news is we’re going to lose if we keep playing like this. Huet has settled down, kept us in the period. Wish he wouldn’t go down so much. Kovalev is invisible. Markov is our best player. Please, no shootout tonight.

    The Original 24 Cups

  354. wd40 says:

    actually i am very impressed with Streit tonight, more so in the first. the guy is great. that pass off the boards to himself was ovechkin-like. :)

  355. fun police says:

    very troubling. lost four of five. huet lets two soft goals to keep tampa in early. the most troubling thing in my opinion is bizarro carbo egomanic choices of dandy on twice with five minutes left, smolinski on with two minutes and laps on with under two minutes to go.
    we can’t score anymore, but how can we, we dress 8 defensemen.

  356. MICP says:

    Remember we have a kid lines.

    Everybody gets to play. Carbo does not want to get any phone calls from upset parents.

  357. wd40 says:

    Redwings are losing their 4th in a row… the thing is they can afford to lose 10…

  358. Gooner says:

    I wonder if their fans want to trade away half the team along with Hasek and Osgood

  359. MPWRD42 says:

    We need to get nastier in our end! Start putting them on their butts!

  360. fun police says:

    i agree, however with goaltending like this, you just hope they miss the net.

  361. Mike says:

    I know this is gonna be useless to post. But i am sick of arguing the points of why this makes the most sense.

    sergei-koivu-ryder
    andre-pleks-kovalev
    higgins-lapierre-latendresse
    begin-smolinski-kostopolus

  362. 24 Cups says:

    Higgins scores on a spinorama move over the blueline and then Streit displays magic on the second goal. Alas, Huet chokes on both goals that get past him. We’ve got to hang tough – we’re playing the bottom-feeders for crying out loud.

    The Original 24 Cups

  363. LizardKing1967 says:

    Waddell’s at the game….Gainey flew in to Tampa yesterday…anyone see Hossa’s agent???

    Jim-out

  364. Mike says:

    I know this is gonna be useless to post. But i am sick of arguing the points of why this makes the most sense.

    sergei-koivu-ryder
    andre-pleks-kovalev
    higgins-lapierre-latendresse
    begin-smolinski-kostopolus

  365. Forlando says:

    Sigh…is Huet allergic to Price?…..looks like he stopped being solid as soon as they called the kid up…5 goals on 13 shots is horrible

  366. likehoy says:

    ya woops i posted the same comment without seeing yours

  367. The Teacher says:

    CHIPPER
    CHIPPER
    CHIPPER
    CHIPPER
    CHIPPER
    CHIPPER

    WHERE ART THOU?

  368. fun police says:

    in the shot of carbo at the end of the period, he looked like a deer in headlights. carbo, it’s not that difficult. you can’t coach with bad goaltending like that. huet did the same thing last then he went down with a hamstring injury after he did a karate chop in net against the devils.
    huet can’t handle the pressure.

  369. Yeats says:

    I thought the butterfly style was supposed to prevent goals like that one?

  370. 24 Cups says:

    wd40 – play of the game so far.

    The Original 24 Cups

  371. wd40 says:

    Seriously eh… D-man from Switzerland.

  372. linp says:

    We played like AHL in the second period. Both forwards and defense just dumped the puck against the board and let the opponent have the puck again and resume the attack. No one dares to skate with the puck and make passes.

  373. Habhopeful says:

    KJ…the first one looked like a bad rebound a bad defensive lapse and the second one he was pretty screened i seen 2 players in front of him, the score could have been a whole lot worse, he kept us in the game by making some good saves

  374. JB_15 says:

    This team needs a prolific scorer. Someone who can finish. And it may cost us someone who we love.

    When Hamr comes back and gainey ships off some dead weight we should be okay.

    But these kids need to be spoken to by the vets on the team – if koivu is a real leader, he needs to step in and get some regard from these rookies. If he is ineffective in this role, get rid of the guys who dont want to take the game seriously (via a trade or otherwise). It is amazing how the on ice play is affected by attitude (see kovalev and samsonov of last year).

    Making a mockery of your team on and off the ice is not cool. The leaders need to step in.

    Edit: Marian Hossa doesnt strike me as the type of guy who cares enough about the game to deal with quebec taxes simply to play in the best hockey city in the world. No way.

  375. Jonnyboy says:

    If they are true fans, then yes.

  376. RH says:

    I think the cameras are too far back. These big arenas are annoying, to say the least.

  377. Will Longlade says:

    That’s five goals on Huet’s last 13 shots. All five goals were soft. Not the type of clutch goaltending the Habs need right now. I think Carbo will insert Price to start the second period. Huet has been fighting the puck since Price was recalled.

  378. Habhopeful says:

    mind you i only caught a glimpse of the first goal, so im not sure

  379. The Teacher says:

    This sadly feels like a really bad re-run.


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