About last night …

Congratulations, Harditya Banthia.

A Habs fan living in Brampton, in the heart of Leafs Nation, posted my favourite Comment of the season:

Holy crap I am only 15 and if the Habs keep playing this way I will need pills.

WAKE UP HABS!!!

Pills, alcohol, herbal tea, transcendental meditation, shiatsu massage … Canadiens’ fans may need the full arsenal of medications and relaxation techniques before the season is over.

The team won a four-point road game in a tough rink, climbed into sixth place, pushed the wretched Flyers into eighth place …

And EVERYONE is miserable.

You, me, the gang on L’Antichambre: we’re all enjoying this W about as much as someone who’s watched his dog get hit by a train.

 

Having quoted a Comment, I’ll offer a couple of astute e-mails.

From Steve Kerley, who posts as 24 Cups and is soaking up the sunshine in Florida:

Two things were painfully obvious.  Halak has become the face of the Habs yet they still don’t seem strong enough to make any noise in the playoffs despite his heroics.  Regardless, it was a hell of a game.  It will certainly be an interesting summer for Gauthier and company.  His next few moves may well define the franchise for the next five years.  Gainey’s legacy may well hang in the balance.  

 

And from a Canadiens fan in Europe:

 

Halak was insane, but we can’t play like this. Not a shot in the last 15 minutes, not a scoring chance in the last 30 minutes. Totally outplayed. I don’t think it’s the forwards, our D is terrible in breakouts and outlet passes. This team needs PK Subban. This teams need an infusion of something.

 

Jaro Halak stole the game. He’s got 25 of the Canadiens’ 38 wins this season.

 

It’s scary to think where the team would be without him.

 

The Canadiens aren’t scoring: four goals in their last three games.

• Benoit Pouliot has one goal in his last nine games. Benny’s confidence, rendered fragile by his experience in Minnesota, is shot.

 • Mike Cammalleri has not scored since Jan. 23. Unlike Andrei Markov, Cammalleri has not come back strong from his injury.

• With Glen Metropolit out, no one on the third or fourth line can put the puck in the ocean.

 

The Canadiens played horribly in the third period: a 14-3 shot advantage and total territorial domination by Philadelphia, 17-10 by Carolina on Wednesday.

With the exception of two empty netters against Florida, the Canadiens haven’t scored a third-period goal in six games.

I’m not an Xs-and-Os guy like my guru, Pierre McGuire. But if a team is consistently being dominated during crunch time, surely there’s some tweaking to be done.

Evidence suggests Jacques Martin is not the best coach in the league for in-game adjustments.

 

Give Martin credit, however, for an astute late-game game move. After the Flyers had idiotically iced the puck with 40 ticks left, Martin dispatched Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta and – crucially – Tom Pyatt for the O-zone faceoff.

A wonderful skater and ferocious forechecker despite his lack of size, Pyatt helped ensure the Flyers would not get out of their zone in time to pull Brian Boucher (for a second time) and exert sustained pressure on Halak.

If Jaro Spacek is ready to go against Buffalo, does Marc-André Bergeron move up front and force Pyatt to the bench?

 

Another positive: the only goal of the game was a beauty.

Andrei Kostitsyn outmuscled Mike Richards behind the Philadelphia net and found Tomas Plekanec standing amid FOUR PHILADELPHIA DEFENDERS.

Pleks buried the chance, and that was the ballgame.

 

Why can’t AK46 play like that all the time?

 

And why can’t more forwards get into the dirty areas for the kind of high-percentage shots that produce rebounds and second chances.

 

The Canadiens have one player who goes to the net consistently: Brian Gionta, who’s too small to get into half the rides at La Ronde.

 

Meanwhile, at the other end of the rink, Scott Hartnell spends each of his shifts camped in the blue paint … with his linemates not far away.

 

The Canadiens have no one like Hartnell … and not just because none of our guys looks like the bassist in a Slayer tribute band.

 

Anyway, we could piss and moan and nit-pick till the Easter bunny comes home.

A W is a W, and this one was huge.

 

Jaro Halak made it a very good Friday for Canadiens’ fans, and we’ll see him at the Bell Centre against Buffalo.

 

As the coach said in his post-game press conference, the Canadiens have done well against the teams they’re battling for a playoff spots.

They’ve beaten the Rangers, Flyers and, twice, the Bruins.

Three of the four wins have been on the road.

 

So put down that Valium bottle, Harditya Banthia.

 

You’re too young … and the Canadiens aren’t that bad.

 

•  •  •

 

Tony Marinaro made an interesting point on l’Attaque à 5:

 

It’s essential that Canadiens have a polayoff spot sewed up before next Saturday’s game against Toronto.

 

And given the history of unhappy games against the Leafs, Marinaro would not start Jaro Halak or dress Andrei Markov and Tomas Plekanec.

 

 

 

108 Comments

  1. New says:

    Halak is playing well. The shots that we say “how did that not go in” went high or wide because Halak has the angle and the shooter’s view is different from the camera. Halak ‘looks big’. He is focused.  The D works well with him, forcing shooters, but the forwards are a little slow.

    I would rather people said “Halak is lucky” than “Bad bounce, unlucky, or another seeing eye goal.” Halak makes his own luck.

  2. New says:

    You know what is funny about the Montreal Canadiens Last Cup Myth? Roy’s season save % was around .894 , his backup Red Light Raciot had a better winning ratio, and the team was about 8th in goals against. The team scored more goals than they gave up but in the playoffs the better teams got dumped. That and they were loaded for bear up front,  (8th in goals for) had a real offensive D, and guys like Lyle Odelin who would straighten out issues.

    But today, history records, Patrick Roy was the only guy who made the plane. Funny how things go, folks want to see what they want to see so yeah, that is why Lats is in Minni. But it is also why a Philly goalie can look  not good against NY and 20 hours look outstanding against Montreal.  All in optics, not so much in fact.

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

  4. New says:

    Yeah, I don’t think they’ll go far either. But the sales will be up so the company will be happy.

    I suppose we’re left with a question. Do the Habs play like that because they ignore their coach or do they play like that because that is what the coach wants?

    If the answer is ignoring the coach, then some players and the coach need to go.

    If the answer is the game plan is to do that, then the 15 year old is right, we all need to be medicated.

  5. petrov14 says:

    Hahaha thats pretty funny!

    ______________________________________ Lets name a Captain…..or does it even matter anymore?

  6. linp says:

    You can start laughing with the Laff now. Be happy that you are playing meaningless games 2 weeks before the end of the season. You can make good use of your spoiler mind.

  7. G-Man says:

    Gimme a break, Gere. Win and you’re embarrased? Too much! Can’t be glad Halak was stellar, eh?

  8. showey47 says:

    Only a leaf fan would find it intelligent to laugh at other teams when they are in dead last in the east with no farm system. I mean,it makes complete sense. Not even the houle era had a team that could accomplish such a goal.

  9. G-Man says:

    Pouliot has to stop turning away from the opposition’s net and drive to it more. He needs to get his nose dirtier and success will follow.

  10. G-Man says:

    Bottom line: This was 2 points, with none given to the Flyers. Quitchyer bitchin’, people.

    So, has Halak displayed why he should have started Wednesday night?

    Or is it all just smoke and mirrors and no matter how well he plays will everyone still think that CP is soooooo much better?

    Potential, schmotential, Halak is better, period. Right now, and into the future.

  11. RetroMikey says:

    This tems of ours is going nowhere if we make the playoffs.

    The team is going to be playing golf a week and a half later than the rest of the non playoff clubs.

    We will be spanked and humiliated in the playoffs and the Leafs will have the last laugh.

    On  the positive side, way to go Jaroslav Halak!  Ask for the big bucks after the season, you have deserved it!

     

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

  12. Captain aHab says:

    This team struggles in the third because they’re nervous and know they have to hold a lead because the playoffs depend on it. You saw it again last night: guys batting the puck away in our own zone when there’s no one near them.

    I think that once they make the playoffs, they will then become underdogs. That may loosen the grip on the sticks a little and allow them to think a bit more. I don’t think for one second top teams want to play the habs.

    Cammy isn’t playing well but I’m pretty sure I heard someone say last night that he had battled the flu. He’ll get back to playing well. Laps is playing much better now. I don’t think Pouliot isn’t working….it’s just not clicking right now. If they can get their game back to where it was post-Olympics over the last few games, I don’t think teams will be lining up to play us.

     

  13. baruch says:

    terrible game, thankfully the Flyers were worse.  

    It’s not an original point, someone mentioned it on CJAD after the game, our lack of size is really hurting us now.  3rd and 4th lines were giving good energy but they are not scorers.  

    btw is Pronger the sneakiest player in the NHL? I saw 3 elbows to the head, two on Max, one on Gomez, and no calls.

    Pouliot was supposed to bring it to the Gomez Gionta line, and did for a week or two but he has evaporated.  Is he playing injured? Did he get hit?  What happened to him?  I want to see Darche or Maxwell up on the Gomer line. 

    I think I heard it mentioned that Plek is playing hurt.  Had a great game in that case.  I guess a lot of the guys are pretty beaten up by this time in the season.

    Boone was right MAB is not a defenseman, therefore his goal against Car didn’t count as a goal by a defenseman.  What is he doing playing defense?  He’s got that great shot, but now he’s sliding around trying to make plays, its ridiculous. Although he discredits any line he is on.  MAB has 2 points in 2 games where we only got 2 total goals. I guess that’s why JM is playing him. He’s so bad it’s scary, except when he’s good.

    Speaking of defense, I think, otherwise,  we did well last night.  Gill broke up a few great chances, Markov saved a goal and managed to play with MAB, O’Byrne had a great game, tough and reliable.  

    JM has got no fire.  He’s like a beleaguered high-school teacher back there.  When we had another bad change leading to a Flyers breakaway in the second both CJAD and TSN (don’t ask, I am watching from Berlin, it takes inventive procedures) said “Jacques Martin is furious now!” the camera cut to him mumbling to himself behind the bench pacing back and forth… Guy Boucher win the Calder already and get up here!

    btw I am going to the Eisbären quarterfinal game tonight against Augsburg with Robyn’s brother Richie Regehr on D and ex-Shark Jeff Friesen as well as a great goalie, Newmarket, Ontario’s own Rob Zepp!  A dynasty in the making here, league champions 3 out of last 4 seasons, sooths my Forum-day’s Habs fan heart. Berlin finished 30pts up on the the nearest team in the DEL (German Hockey League) this year. Series tied 1-1.  They wear a bunch of ads all over their jerseys, but at least underneath the colours are bleu blanc rouge!

    Sabres game starts at 1am here, plenty of time to get back for the obligatory ordeal.

     

  14. Odie Cleghorn says:

    So, we play a lousy game, get outshot by a wide margin,our goalies is outstanding, we can only score one goal BUT we win; yet everybody is dpressed, angry, and giving up on the team.

    Didn’t we employ a similar ‘system’ to win our last Cup plus with a Brisebois on the ice?

    No wonder, Latendresse is playing so well in Minnesota.

    Incroyable.

  15. Y says:

    Check out the PG interview at tsn.ca

     

    Reporter:

    So the last guy to get a shutout in Philly was Andre Racicot back in ’93

    Halak:

    Who?

    Reporter:

    You know, “Red Light” Racicot

    Halak:

    OH I’VE HEARD OF THAT GUY!

     

    LOLZ

     

     

  16. PureGuava says:

    25 of the teams 38 wins were with Halak net.

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

  17. makka83 says:

    This team with Halak isn’t that great either. What I saw tonight was a team that does not deserve to be in the playoffs. Only the goalie does! I think everyone agrees.

    Let just hope Halak’s play stays at this level (chances are it will) and the team feeds off of him and gets deep into the post season…

  18. makka83 says:

    How many open nets were missed tonight? You need some luck to win any game you play…

  19. makka83 says:

    Why are u so defensive? Noone is taking anything away from Halak. The guy is playing amazing. Yes he is the best goalie we have had for a while. Tonight was a great display of his skills and big game poise.

    Still every goalie needs luck and you got to be blind not to think that Halak has a little more than other goalies and especially Price. Not saying that this makes Halak crap or Price better. Just saying that luck has helped Halak tonight and many other nights to get the WIN… His stats speak for themselves, he is just amazing. He deserves it.

    I hope this luck trend continues, I am not complaining :)

  20. makka83 says:

    I disagree, and your boy Halak also disagrees. This had to do with luck. Sure some forwards miss wide open nets with the goalie down a lot but it is just insane the amount of times we say “how did that not go in” when Halak is in nets. Not because he makes a great save (that happens too)… A lot of the time, the forward just misses when Halak is not in a position to make the saves.

    That being said, Halak works hard on and off the ice and DESERVES some luck. He earned it. You got to work for your luck most of the time. Again, I am not discrediting Halak. Wide shots don’t even affect his stats but honestly, Halak was down and out about 3-4 times tonight and the puck just did not go in. We could have lost this game so easily and yet we won. YES, Halak made the key saves and then some more but he cannot make all the saves himself and since our defence rarely helps, Halak needs luck to win games. Price needs luck too.

  21. kninja says:

    I haven’t seen many Hamilton games, but I do follow the game logs online.  There are many potential reasons why PK is still there… whether it is to get better at certain things… to learn how to win… who knows?  But to say that he can’t skate and has “turnovers galore”… I think to be picked as an AHL First Team All Star… and to be second in the whole league (if I’m not mistaken) in plus/minus… as a rookie, for whatever he’s doing wrong, he must be doing a lot of other things right.  I agree he’s not the answer to all our problems in MTL, but I think he’s an important piece of the puzzle in the coming years.

  22. Clay4bc says:

    Are you serious? Halak was hung out to dry tonight as much as it gets – and guess what? He still won. So if we factor in that…well, no goal support, and a pretty good save % tonight, no? Not lucky, but just good. In fact, the best goalie this team has – and the best we have had for a long time. Instead of the useless backhanded compliments (really meant to insult Halak), why can’t you be happy about his play?

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  23. Chuck says:

    Don’t kid yourself; goalies NEED to be lucky to be good.

    For example, that shot that popped over Jaro’s shoulder, then bounced on the ice a couple of inches wide of the post. When the puck hit the ice, it could have done one of two things: bounce right and go wide, or bounce left and go in the net. Jaro was indeed lucky that it didn’t do the latter, or we would be complaining on this thread about the game going to overtime.

    Completely independant of Jaro’s control, that puck ended up not as a goal, but just another tick in his SV%.

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  24. ManApart says:

    Saying Halak is lucky is BS. The guy has earned everything that he’s got and is just a very good goalie, period. All this Price is unlucky, Halak is lucky stuff is a croc. You make your own luck. All braeks even out over a long season. Halak had no goal support tonight and just plain stole the game. Don’t tell me he was lucky.

  25. Mr.Hazard says:

    Interesting stat: Tuukka Rask (leads league in SV%) has played the same number of games as Halak (41 GP), but Halak has faced 159 MORE SHOTS. Based on Rask’s average, it would take him SIX more games to match Halak’s shots-against total.

    “love cannot drown truth, Nefertiti”

  26. likehoy says:

    we’re a fast team, but we’re not using our speed to go to the net…the flyers aren’t as quick as we are but they have guys like van riemsdyk, gagne, and hartnell constantly trying to get to the net such that players like briere and giroux can play a perimeter game…and i’m not talking about just driving to the net but i mean CARRYING the puck into danger zones. Cammy, Pleky, and Gomer are all great puckhandlers but none of them do any of their dangling into the dirty areas while the Flyers do have that.

    but I completely agree with you saying that we’ve held our own against good teams, but not fantastic. we could give a team a run for their money for sure. Keep in mind, we’re 2-2 v.s. washington, 1-3 against pittsburgh, 1-4 against buffalo, 1-3 against NJ and 1-5 against ottawa…the buffalo games have mostly been close ones as are the NJ games…anything can happen against them, but i would much rather face the capitals ahead of any other team due to theodore/varlamov being the east equivalent to huet/niemi.

    - Team Halak V.S. Team Price…Montreal Canadiens Fans are similar to 14 year-old Girls going through Puberty.

  27. light_n_tasty says:

    And by “brief”, I think we’re talking like 2 shifts.

  28. bertuzzisucks says:

    PK is still in Hamilton because he can’t skate, has turnovers galore, and still plays a raw in-experienced game.

    That’s why!

    All these PK lovers!

    He is not the answer.

     

    Damn Hamrlik looks sooo bad the last month. What happened????

     

     

    Are you going to bark all day little doggy?
    Or are you going to bite?

  29. Natrous says:

    I like the current goaltending situation because two young, hungry goaltenders are playing for ice time and playing well IMO (.932 and .912 sv %). If you factor out the games that Price was hung out to dry, that .912 inevitably goes up, but he’s just not getting the goal support and, ultimately, wins.

    Is Jaro the most sound yet lucky goaltender going? No doubt he’s catching some serious breaks and bounces, but like none other I’ve ever seen up-close. I’m loving it, but as of lately I can’t expect it to last forever, although having a goalie who’s getting a lot of bounces is great to have when the games start to matter. Like tonight – heckuva performance.

    My heart thinks that PG will find a way to keep both goalies, but my brain says it ain’t likely. I missed Francois Gagnon on his RFA discussion tonight – can anyone elaborate?

    PS I got to watch a lot of Cam Janssen in Windsor, and it looked a lot like his tilt vs Boynton from the other night lol

  30. SPATS says:

    He’s learned to frustrate us from the best, another AK

  31. SeriousFan09 says:

    Yea he did, didn’t last long but it was a brief experiment as I recall.

     

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  32. matraque says:

    Hey, i can’t remember… Did JM tried Latendresse with Gomez and Gionta at some point?

    Just asking… thx.

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  33. SPATS says:

    Mr Boone, you may or may not be serious, but on this subject I’m deadly serious. Habs induced HBP (high blood pressure)

    I learned transcendental meditation last year and yes, it does help, but for high blood pressure, nothing beats organic apple cider vinegar. Twice a day I take 1/2 a shot glass followed by a shot glass of V8 and my BP is nice n low. Here’s where I stray, if MAB is on a reg shift on the blueline, I take a full shot glass of the nasty ACV. No wonder he wasn’t signed at the start of the year. He needs another 1/2 a player out there to complete him. It’s a joke! JM, please bring up PK and give us a shot this year.

    Seriously folks, organic apple cider vinegar really does cure high blood pressure, gout, urinary tract infections (ask the wife) naturally and safely (among many other ailments) check it out at http://www.earthclinic.com

     

  34. Hammer says:

    Thank God I did not eat fish on Good Friday or I would have chocked on the bones watching the third period of tonight’s game. This team is a pound light and a second late on every shift. I haven’t seen this poor a show since the ” Monkey’s”. They better get their MOjo together soon or shine up the clubs. I will even caddy for free!!

  35. Natrous says:

    Hear, hear

  36. J. Ambrose says:

    I actually liked what I saw from him tonight. As Booner stated, his confidence is badly fractured. But if he keeps trying, like tonight, the goals will likely come. I’m not ready to pass judgement on him.

  37. ManApart says:

    He’s not scoring because he’s not competing hard enough, especially in the Defensive zone. See Gionta? That’s how you do it. He better wake up. I didn’t say dump the guy. I’m just saying he’s not playing too good and that’s probably how he was for 3 years with Minny.

  38. ManApart says:

    Nothing to do with luck my friend. He’s done it his whole career. The man has done nothing but win games forever. he just finds a way to get it done.

  39. ManApart says:

    You must feel pretty dumb now, after all your ranting about how Halak hasn’t done anything extraordinary in carrying this team to the playoffs. It was all the team and whatnot. You just witnessed your team MVP do it like he’s done all year. Without Halak this team is easily a bottom 10.

  40. fun police says:

    we essentially did what buffalo and carolina did to us.  we complain either way.  ak46 is has more goals in less games than hartnell and hits just as hard.  i’d take ak over hartnell any day.  in fact, flyer fan has been screaming for hartnell trades all year.  

    to say, like timo said that top teams are looking forward to playing us is crazy.  nobody has owned the habs all year, in fact, they’ve played well against the top teams.  montreal is a fast team with good goaltending and character players.  get to the dance and anything can happen.  be happy.

  41. doug says:

    you’re grossly underestimating how bad every other team is below 5th.  you think boston, philly, the rangers, or Atlanta would bring fear to anyone?  i would argue we’re possibly the best of the bunch, and wildly inconsistent and thus unpredictable.  do i think we’ll go anywhere?  yes, i do.  though not before ~2014.

  42. MikeL says:

    Poor Buffalo.

  43. makka83 says:

    I’m not bashing Jaro. I think he played terrific in this game and most games this year but HECK! Is he lucky or what? I think you earn your luck but it seems that as much as Price has bad luck, as much as Jaro is having good luck.

    I’m talking about pucks hitting the posts, forwards not finding loose pucks, forwards missing empty nets and the crazy bounces that seem to either go wide or hit something (Halak or a Dmen) and not go in…

    It’s kind of weird no? Did Parice upset the hockey gods?! LOL!

  44. joeybarrie says:

    So we are looking good for playoff hockey. If we are gonna slump, im glad its now. At least we see the holes in our game and can prepare for next season. If we start to play good hockey like I know we can for the playoffs. I wouldnt want to play us. Tomorrow’s game will define how we will do in the playoffs I think.

    Jaro is on top of his game. If the rest of the team can catch up… I say round two.

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  45. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Why?  He’s not competing? Or he’s just not scoring.  Why did we give up on Lats so early?  Maybe nobody, including the fans, had confidence in him.

    Give young players time.  Have we not learned anything?

  46. Shiloh says:

    I don’t know, Timo – I wouldn’t want to play us. We were awful tonight and still won. In a 7-game series, if we play well enough to win two games and Halak steals two more the other team is gone. A hot goalie can forgive a lot of sins.

    Bu then again, you could be right.

  47. ManApart says:

    I hope it isn’t so, but i’m starting to see why MInny gave up on him so early.

  48. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    are you truely a hab fan mr. timo or just a mole for all the leafs fans, if you are a fan quit being negetive all the time and saying we will be an easy team, which may be true , does’nt need to be stated. So if your a fan be one if not get off the band wagon you jump on when we play good

  49. Shiloh says:

    Down below there’s mention of Leaf Nation. I lived near Bay and Bloor from 2006-09 and that was close to the centre of Leaf Nation – but the place I saw the most fans dressed up in Leaf regalia was in Buffalo. I had a meeting at D’Youville College in Buffalo on a Saturday. The Loafs were playing a Friday night game in Buffalo – the first half of a home and home. When we stopped for a coffee in Fort Erie, the parking lot was full of people in Leafs jerseys – all heading to Buffalo. A guy with a Leaf sweater climbed out of a huge limo – and brought some mix back to his buddies in the limo.

    I saw the guy from the limo outside of my hotel later – about an hour before game time. He told me that he and 6 of his buddies had been attending one Leaf game a year for about 20 years. The prices at the ACC have gotten so crazy that it’s become cheaper for them to rent a limo and go to a game in Buffalo. The limo driver waits outside the Arena in Buffalo and drives them home that night. Now that’s seeing a game in style.

    So, on at least a couple of nights a year, I’d say Buffalo is the centre of Leaf Nation.

  50. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …winning a game this way should manifest confidence not destroy it …but the passiveness has to go

    …surviving such dirty games like this should say We have the capability for winning dirty games in the

    Playoffs

    …there must be a good reason WHY They are keeping PK Subban in Hamilton …obviously Guy Boucher must be advising He ain’t ‘ready’ yet …YET, from My own much more limited perspective PK’s offensive instincts to get the puck up ice and seek possession seems like the missing asset We will need to minimize this kind of painful (though exciting …exciting like sitting on a 50 lb keg of nitroglycerin type of ‘excitin’)  passive hockey Our Boyz have curiously resorted to lately

    …I KNOW We have another gear, …so I will sleep tonight rationalizing We WON …and We have the capability to play MUCH better

    …meanwhile, as I kneel and pray before I sleep tonight …I will ask My Lord for an extra-special Hosanna for Jaro

    …One goaltender already Special …AND another goaltender on the cusp of being Special

    …let’s count Our blessins I s’pose

    …P.S.: …better to be a Habs’ Fan tonight than a Philthy Fan ? …I think so !

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

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  51. Ian Cobb says:

    Timo, nerves are thin but just once, have an orgas– and enjoy just a little.

  52. rogieshan says:

    MAB makes Gaston Gingras look like Doug Harvey.

  53. rogieshan says:

    To be fair, this is Pouliot’s first experience playing a regular role as a pro; the grind is obviously wearing him down. As a team, the Habs are physically not strong enough to play attrition hockey for 3 periods. Hard to see us making a long playoff run with this squard. I agree Gauthier needs to make some tough decisions with the personnel.   

  54. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Lay off Pouliot.  He’s still learning the game.  He’s not the only Hab who has struggled as of late.

  55. Ian Cobb says:

    Wow!!! We now know how Jacques Martin is planning to win the CUP!!

    Get a goal or two in the first period.

    After that play the 1-2-2-trap, and hope.

    3rd period, try to dump it out.

    Don’t
    bother to play in the oppositions end. Everybody turn into a goal
    tenders and dump it out. Not one shot on their net in the 3rd period.

    The game is one shot away from a tied game.

    One of the best goal tenders in this league will stop every thing, and tonight he did just that.

    How in the world will this system work against top teams?

    I need another drink!

     

    Happy Easter Friends!

  56. MocaJoe says:

    It is obvious that AK is the key to this team. When he shows up to play he is a game changer. Now if only he had the work ethic of Pleks or Gio. If he did he would easily hit 30 goals and 60 points.

  57. linp says:

    For me, the most disappointing forward is Pouliot. Now we understand why Minn. called him the softest 6’3″ forward. He is also very weak defensively. He is soft and lazy. Something needs to be done regarding him.

    I am not disappointed with MAB. He is trying his best to help the team. Pouliot can do better but he is not doing it.

    Our forwards were outmuscled and became timid in the 3rd period. We don’t have a #1 line who can turn the moment of the game. Pouliot is not helping Gomez’s line. Our team will go as far as Halak can take us. Going forward, our team needs a #1 line center and both Gomez and Plekanec are good #2 line center.

  58. Natrous says:

    Do you really think that last night’s game wasn’t two “Price bounces” away from a loss? Halak gets beat every game (count how many times he looks behind him, even on saves) and yet the puck finds a way to stay out. Replace him with Price, and the puck finds a way in 9 times out of 10 (off a skate, leg or stick of our own dman for example). That to me is sound position + a lot of luck in Halak’s case, and I’m not complaining – it’s just my rational side that tells me it won’t last forever.

  59. Natrous says:

    No one (including me) is saying that Halak is crap and Price is better, and I completely agree with what you said. All I’m saying is that Halak has played with a lot of luck and anyone who can’t see that is in denial. I’m just afraid that this luck will not continue forever.

    I’m loving the fact that the Habs are winning with him in goal, but I’m not going to get my hopes up and start thinking that his lucky streak is going to get us anywhere in the playoffs.

  60. Bob Barker says:

     “The last time a defenceman not named Markov scored was Feb. 4.”

    Even though MAB scored last game this statement remains true because he can’t be considered a d-man. 

  61. HardHabits says:

    So. Halak all the way or what?

  62. punkster says:

    All the way, yes, all the way…that’s just what I was thinki…oH, WHAT? Halak? Yes, all the way with Halak.

  63. danedmunds says:

    It looked like in the 2nd intermission they went into the crowd and took 20 some odd people who could skate and gave them all the habs jerseys. That was the worst display of hockey I have ever witnessed.

  64. doug says:

    i didn’t watch tonight, but that third period against Carolina was pretty horrible, too. 

  65. danedmunds says:

    can you imagine that display against the caps?

    i’d rather not think about it

  66. ahabsfanoutwest says:

    Seems to me that we beat them last time out…Leo

  67. ABHabsfan says:

    Does Leaf Nation have a heart?

  68. vin23 says:

    What’s the exact rule on making a line change after an icing. Wouldn’t switching you’r 6th player for a goalie constitute as a change? Seems just like that high sticking rule, to be a grey area in the NHL rule book.

  69. MikeL says:

    I’ve often thought of that as well. Not sure what the official rules states.

  70. doug says:

    Interestingly, among the horrid bunch of teams planted 6th through 10th (with potential exception of Atlanta, which has played admirably after losing Kovalchuk), there are only two games left between them for the rest of the season: Flyers and Rangers play each other twice.  All others are playing teams hopelessly out or totally in.  I think someone is going to make the playoffs with 86 points.  I think one more win and we’re likely in. . .

    Silly bunch of also-rans.  It’s really too bad that anyone south of Ottawa is making the playoffs: all have been dismal for stretches and particularly horrific at crunch time. 

  71. punkster says:

    Not the team we were admiring in defeat last fall. Back then and through to Christmas they at least had the will to win even when they were down. Oh well, we had no illusions, did we? Bubble team to the end.

    Hey Doug, is this new avatar from a budding family artist? Looks good.

  72. danedmunds says:

    it was 10 times worse. if you can believe that.

  73. danedmunds says:

    …..besides halak playing out of this world

  74. Shublips says:

    It is unbelievable how the focus remains so much on the Canadiens goaltenders while that is actually the only part of the team that is firing on all cylinders.

    The Habs simply can’t score and that does NOT bode well for the playoffs.

    Here’s my article about last night’s game:
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/04/montreal-philadelphia-jaroslav-halak.html

  75. Danno says:

    That was a good read. Very insightful. Good analysis of the current situation. Thanks Shublips.

     

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

  76. ahabsfanoutwest says:

    The only two things to take from this were the the heroics of Halak and the overall compete level which WAS better than the last couple of games

    Leo

  77. Coach K says:

    True, but don’t despair too much ’cause this little gem should make us all smile…

    I saw this sign outside a Pub somehwere in eastern Ontario recently
    and it really summed up all we need to know…

    “Free Beer For All
    Toronto Maple Leaf Playoff Games”

    All I can say is LMAO!

  78. ManApart says:

    This team created by BG is pretty horrible, as I’ve said all year, especially when it comes to playoff hockey. With Halak, you never know though. this guy could do it all by himself.

  79. Fool of Chu says:

    Be fair to him…

     

    He wasn’t given enough time to adjust at LW.

  80. likehoy says:

    and then i see the same posts about stop discussing the price v.s. halak situation ;);).

    Alas, HIO is predictable.

    I’m positive the actually astute posters have been turned off from posting on this site due, which lessens the actually intelligent discussions and debates. Maybe I’m just speaking for myself.

  81. Chris says:

    Night in, night out…the same absolutely boring and inane discussions about Price vs. Halak dominate these blogs. This has gone beyond depressing and annoying. A month or two is understandable, as people get passionate and want to hash out these arguments.

    But when you see the same bloody avatars spewing the same bloody arguments for over a year and a half, it really makes one think that a whole boat-load of our more prolific posters need to get themselves checked out for obsessive-compulsive disorder.

    People, you are absolutely killing what used to be one of the better Habs websites out there. I know you can’t see it, but trust me…the site is absolutely much worse off because of the constant Price/Halak faction bickering.

  82. nightmare_49 says:

    C – 100% in agreement

  83. twocents says:

    Sing it, brother.

  84. showey47 says:

    agreed,there are probably 25 (if not more) other teams who would love to have what we have in goaltending right now,yet the same posters argue with each other day in and day out about the same old thing.

  85. Tis Himself says:

    I keep hoping that the Habs will have to bring up a kicker from Hamilton to spice it up a bit. Cedric “The Entertainer” Desjardines is the man!!!

  86. Fansincebirth says:

    Hey Chris….I posted something similar to what you posted and got about the same reaction as you. I used to love this site but it has truly turned into a Price vs Halak bitch session. No matter what the topic of discussion is, it always ends up in a trade Price, Price sucks, Halak is God, Halak would have let that one in, Price is God tired old bullshit.

    I suggested a thread of simply Price vs Halak where the usual morons can go and just vent, leaving the rest of us to sit and chat back and forth. It used to be an enjoyable thing for me to come on this site the day after a game and read ‘About…” or the game summary but now, not so much.

    I’m sure this wouldn’t be happening if the Habs were at the top of their game and blowing away the competition instead of the dismal display we see on the ice but so be it. This team is what it is and no matter what we envision, this is the hand we’ve been dealt. Trades will happen in the summer and this team will have a new face to it. Until then, for the sake of the majority of us who don’t give a rat’s ass about who you think should be the #1 goalie or who sucks and who is better, please leave your poisoned slanted opinions away from here.

    Let the flaming begin…..

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  87. linp says:

    What has happened to the team that won six in a row?

    I can explain why. We were rolling 4 lines with decent 3rd and 4th line. On paper, the injection of Cammy and MAB should strengen the team. The problem is that Cammy is not 100%. MAB destroyed the 4th line. It is no more hard checking and productive. SK’s injury has weakened the 3rd line. Pouliot is running out of gas. Suddenly, all 4 lines were not playing 100%.

    Going forward, I expects Cammy will get back to his form. SK will be back to complete the 3rd line. What worries me is Pouliot. He is definitely not the same player when he first started here.

  88. JF says:

    That win was less satisfying than some of our losses in which we saw the team battle hard all night but come up short.  What has happened to the team that won six in a row?  The team that went to the net, forechecked aggressively, limited shots and scoring chances against, and capitalized on their own chances?  Last night’s team looked like the one we saw earlier in the season which played passive, dump-and-chase hockey all night and relied on their goaltender to steal the game.  Last night’s effort was pathetic for a team facing a third-string goaltender who has one win since taking over from Leighton and who was pulled the previous night.  No net presence in the second half of the game, no offensive pressure, no forecheck.  We did nothing but defend ourselves.  If that was Jacques Martin’s game plan, he has some serious work to do because I doubt that hockey like that will even get us to the playoffs, let alone win us any games.

  89. TommyB says:

    Regarding Jules Verne, I was wondering the same as you.

  90. nightmare_49 says:

    … Ryan O’Byrne was solid last night in that crucial game and Darche had a great effort also. …………..
    MAB had far too many brain cramps last night on ‘D’ and if Spacek can’t go i’d rather put up with PK’s brain cramps than MAB’s, 4th line for Marc-Andre and Maxwell sits not Pyatt if SK74 is still on the sidelines. ……………
    Why not try Cammy on the Gomez line and have Benny play with Pleks, just a suggestion as they are both struggling. …………….
    Good to read something from Steve (Jules Verne) Kerley, i thought he left the site cuz of all the school yard banter.

  91. STZA says:

    Phizzurst, sugeti pula mea!

  92. kninja says:

    Ha… for once I agree with you Timo!  :)

  93. rbby_habs says:

    Anyone still think the habs play better in front of Halak?????   

  94. J.J. of Turku says:

    Miikka Kiprusoff, the Goaltenter of Calgary. His Bigbrother Marko has played a couple of games as a Hab…

    The link is just a webcam to watch the ice melting in Turku, one block away from my home… Works here. It’s not very interesting, but there should be an Union Jack flag to switch the language to English.

     

    http://media.turku.fi/kamera1.html

  95. smiler2729 says:

    He was a defenceman, right? I think I remember.

  96. J.J. of Turku says:

    Yep…

    24 games, 4 assists, 8 penalty mins… Just checked.. :)

     

    http://media.turku.fi/kamera1.html

  97. jbroderi says:

    better numbers than komisarek!!

     

    “Do the day and let the day do you” JB

  98. smiler2729 says:

    “Maybe yes, maybe no, maybe go f*** yourself” – Mark Wahlberg, The Departed (2007)

  99. rbby_habs says:

    Habs suck

  100. J.J. of Turku says:

    ‘The Canadiens have no one like Hartnell … and not just because none of our guys looks like the bassist in a Slayer tribute band.’

    Hah haaa! 

    When Kippers bigbrother Marko made his visit to Habs, Finnish newspapers told he was ordered to cut his terrible mullet…


    http://media.turku.fi/kamera1.html

  101. smiler2729 says:

    Who’s Kipper? Kypreos? Kiprusoff? Your link doesn’t work and I don’t read Finnish

  102. smiler2729 says:

    My rule of thumb watching Hab games: 2 beers for every Montreal goal.

    I broke that rule last night for a lot of reasons – first, the Habs can’t score, second, I was freakin’ thirsty and last, that 3rd period would drive anyone to drink heavily…

    Bring on Buffalo and let’s break out!

  103. Fansincebirth says:

    “Evidence suggests Jacques Martin is not the best coach in the league for
    in-game adjustments.”

    This is one of the reasons Carbo was shown the door and may lead to JM doing the same…..

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  104. danedmunds says:

    however they did not play like that… i said can you imagine playing like that against the caps..that game would have been 12-1………. i dont think it really matters who they play… they have the ability to beat anyone

  105. twocents says:

    They won. Philly lost.

  106. nova scotia vees says:

    Good for Halak…terrific again…But, is this team in shape?  I don’t think so.  35 seconds in their own zone and they are crawling to the bench.  Not exactly tired from end-to-end rushes…no, from skating in a small area.  I suspect they don’t practice the right way.  No stamina.  Who is their conditioning coach?  Do they have one?  Just lokk at their performance in the 3rd period of games….wake-up Habs and join the fitness revolution!!!

    I also fear that some players don’t want the post-season.  They know we aren’t winning the Cup and they don’t make any money, so…… it’s high-ho, high-ho, back to Europe we go. 


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