About last night …

Your Montreal Canadiens have had some measuring-stick games lately.

These are occasions that offer fans a chance to assess the team’s performance against the NHL’s best, as opposed to their supposed peers in the NHL’s Parity Division.

At Vancouver: Carey Price makes 37 saves, David Desharnais and Andrei Kostitsyn score goals in a 3-2 win that completed a season’s sweep of the Western Conference leaders. The game began a streak in which the Canadiens win five of six

At Tampa Bay: Vezina candidate Price made 43 saves last night and the Canadiens got goals from Hal Gil (!), DD and two from Max Pacioretty to beat the Lightning. Among the heroes was Scott Gomez, and Arpon Basu has some thoughts on the late season rise of everyone’s whipping boy.

And now …

Boston: ?

The Game of the Season is at the Bell Centre on Tuesday evening. 

The Bruins lead the Northeast Division and they’re second in the Eastern Conference. But this game is about much more than measuring up to a quality opponent.

This is a chance at revenge.

And redemption.

We all remember the Feb. 9 game at TD Garden. Boston won 8-6. Milan Lucic and friends spent the night parked in Price’s kitchen. And with the game in the bag, Claude Julien had his thugs on the ice, whaling the tar out of pacifists Jaro Spacek and Tom Pyatt while trying to goad Max Pacioretty into a fight.

It wasn’t pretty.

And some think the Beantown Beatdown got ino the Canadiens’ heads.

Coming on the heels of a loss to New Jersey, the game in Boston was part of a stretch in which the Canadiens went 1-4-2 heading into Vancouver.

It was a statement game, and what the Bruins were saying – after five losses in a row, going back to last season – was:

“Your dominance is over, bitches.”

It sure looked that way. The Canadiens were beaten on the ice and in the alley by a team that was bigger, tougher and possibly more talented.

And Boston has improved since then. General manager Peter Chiarelli has bolstered what he thinks is a Stanley Cup contender, acquiring the much sought-after Tomas Kaberle, plus Chris Kelly and Habs-killer Rich Peverley.

The Bruins lost three in a row after beating the Canadiens. Since then, they’ve gone 7-0-1, including a sweep of western Canada.

We’ve got three days to talk about whether the Canadiens are ready for their bitter rivals, so let’s get this party started.

I think they are.

Carey Price is at the top of his game, and he’ll be stoked for another go at his sparring partner, Tim Thomas.

AK46 has come back to life on a line with Lars Eller and Travis Moen. Tomas Plekanec had two assists last night; he and Michael Cammalleri play better at the Bell Centre. Gomez was brilliant in Tampa, and Pacioretty has been excellent since his call-up.

My worry, as always, is the D.

Hal Gill had his best game of the season last night: a goal, three blocked shots, a lmost six heroic minutes on the penalty-kill. Jacques Martin, with last change, will try to have Gill and P.K. Subban on against the David Krejci-Milan Lucic-Nathan Horton line.

Roman Hamrlik, who played too many minutes last night, and James Wisniewski do not inspire the same confidence as the top pairing. 

And the Bruins can score three lines deep, even if injured Patrice Bergeron can’t go on Tuesday.

Brent Sopel has bolstered the PK, which is 17-for-18 – including that crucial 5-on-3 kill last night – since he joined the team. But Yannick Weber was bounced around by the Lightning, and Jacques Martin may want to go with Paul Mara’s size and sand against Boston.

On L’Antichambre last night, CKAC morning show host Michel Langevin, who usually makes sense, suggested calling up heavyweights Jimmy Bonneau and/or Alex Henry for the Boston game.

Right. Goonify a lineup that’s won four in a row.

Brilliant. I guess since L’Antichambre couldn’t knock Gomez or praise Marc-André Bergeron, there was nothing to do but go bats— crazy.

The Canadiens won’t outsmuscle the Bruins. But if they play their game – which means forwards supporting their undermanned D – and if Carey Price is Carey Price, it could be a classic.

Two more sleeps.

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Guest Comment from PeterD:

 

I really like how Eller stuck with and shadowed Stamkos for much of the night.  Eller is such a fun player to watch, he plays the game a full speed all the time and in some pretty tight quarters.

Gomez, well what ever type of therapy he is getting instead of practices seems to be working.  My guess he is dealing with some confidence issues which are between his ears.  My hope is that he becomes clear that he is successful when he is moving at top speed and making things happen.  Which he has been doing since the trade deadline. 

I loved watching MAB at our blueline when Tampa was on the PP…and especially when Gomez forced him to make mistakes.  If not for some stellar goaltending we would have had at least two short handed goals thanks to the play of MAB.  Thank God Pierre didn’t re-sign the guy.

Carey – Carey…man he is cool.  I see a goalie that has matured and has taken this team under his wing all season.  I laugh everytime I think of his comment to the fans after that pre-season game when he told everyone to “just chill”…man if he can hold it together for us and get some solid defensive team support we could make a run this Spring.  Did I just hear someone say, “Jaro who?”…enough said, that controversy is or should be officially dead and behind us.

My one concern coming into this years playoffs is that we don’t have Gorges and Markov for the run. The mind boggles (not bobbles) at the thought of how good this team could be with those two solidifying our back end.

And finally, I have to give some props to Cunneyworth and his team in Hamilton…it is because of him that Patches and DD are contributing the way they are this year.  Very well done guys and keep it up with the rest of the supporting cast down there on the farm…we could use another breakout player or two for next season.

Oh, did anyone see the Mike Milbury bit tonight on HNIC where he was calling for the end of fighting???  Is this bizarro world or what?

 

113 Comments

  1. habs-hampton says:

    Agree with replacements except for Halpern for Henry.

    We will not win this game by trying to out-goon them. We are faster than they are. Speed is how will win this game.

  2. Thenumber11 says:

    Gotta believe the habs are going to go out there knowing that if the bruins come after them, they can draw penalties if they play smart. 

    Playing smart is always a better option.

  3. Miltie01 says:

    We do not have the thugs to goon it up with the Bruins. The way we counter is simple, we play hockey.

    When they run us or try to engage in fisticuffs we should turn the other cheek, yes we should turtle…….until they put Bergeron, Kaberle or Krejci on the ice. We goon those players up and refuse to engage the rest. You don’t want to play hockey fine, but we will take out your small skilled players. You want to go after PK we will take out Bergeron !!! They will get the point, or they will lose their best two centers, their new acquisition on D, and spend the night in the box.

  4. Thenumber11 says:

    Yes, though he did say they should look at how fighting works in the NHL now, and possibly address… something. He didn’t actually say what to do. 

  5. habs001 says:

    interesting stats again

    power play opportunities….  habs 16th   bruins 27th  leafs tied for first with tampa 

     

    times short handed……….. habs 2nd     bruins 29th   leafs tied for 22nd

     

    bruins are near the bottom in pp opportunities but also at being short handed ..the leaf stat has to indicate favourtism…

  6. punkster says:

    Hey wingnut, I did not call you an idiot. I called a move to bring up Henry idiotic.

    I called you sick and your NAG, beat down, massacre crap stupid, childish, dildonic and an insult to Habs fans. I called your views assinine. And finally I lumped you in with all those who advocate this type of senseless violence… asses.

    You’re idea of pride and backbone and dignity is sick and neanderthal-like. Stop the fighting? Bullspit H-P. You want physical, violent revenge and have been shouting for that since the last Boston game.

    Wake up. Grow up.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  7. HardHabits says:

    8-6 is not a massacre (learn to spell). The last Boston game was a wake-up call I agree but don’t forget, this next one is in our barn.

    I agree with White for Pyatt and Mara for Weber but it ends there. Henry? No way! Not needed.

    Smaller Habs teams have consistently beaten bigger, badder Bruins teams since the word bitch started with the letter “B”.

    Tha Habs are a NAG team already H-P albeit a small, speedy and skilled one.

    To win this game the Habs need to do the opposite of what the Bruins want.

    Play hockey, be disciplined, get in their heads.

    Schultz is not ready for the AHL yet let alone the NHL and if I am not mistaken he’s injured.

    BTW, don’t worry old man, the Habs are slowly building a gritty team for the future. We are still in learning curve mode and are way ahead of the curve.

    Sit back, relax, enjoy!!!

  8. Danno says:

    Just out of curiosity, where do you find the power play and short handed stats?

    Edit. It’s okay. I found them at NHL.com

    Very interesting!

     

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

  9. New says:

    Boston isn’t Atlanta, Florida or Tampa. Montreal has never had an answer to the Milan missle. I don’t think they have anyone who is fast or tough enough to consistently sit him down so when he wants it he will take it. The rest of the Bruins are manageable. To blitz the Montreal net they leave themselves open. If the Canadiens take a bunch of stupid little penalties, the Bruins dive enough, and Chara wakes up they are in trouble. In other words I don’t think the Habs can go toe to toe with the Bruins or the Flyers. I also think they can beat either team if they’re ready to bring their game. Nothing frustrates the Bruins more than inability to control the game.

    Gomez I think played better than I have seen all season. Good on him. That is the Scott Gomez we all remember.

  10. HardHabits says:

    Who are and what have you done with Timo?

  11. habs001 says:

    yesterday the habs dominated tampa …the shots on goal were very misleading…now tampa was missing 2 grinders malone and downie…in florida the habs played okay…but in atlanta it was a very poor effort not much better than when they lost 3-0 there…

  12. ZepFan2 says:

    One thing I do hope happens. White kicks the snot out of Campbell.

    ———————————————————————— “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.” ~Serge Savard~

  13. kempie says:

    Don’t forget about BGL. He’s still on the payroll, so why not dress him so we can add more toughness while he freezes them with his blinding speed and sick dangles.

  14. HabsFanInVictoria says:

    Last year we were told that it was Boucher that deserved credit for Montreal’s success because the rookies learned everything from him.  This year Cunnneyworth deserves much of the praise for the rookies.  How about Martin?  Martin is a good coach and doesn’t get the respect he deserves from far too many. 

  15. Displaced says:

    For those interested in quirky stats, here are some NUMBERS for you.  Since JM go got here:

    with Markov:        51 games | 59 points | 139 goals for | 131 against… 1.16 pts/gm | 2.73 gf/gm | 2.57 ga/gm

    without Markov:  96 games | 106 points | 251 goals for | 257 against… 1.10 pts/gm| 2.61 gf/gm | 2.64 ga/gm

     

    In case you’re wondering that extra 0.06 points per game equates to 4 points (or 2 wins) per season.  And, we were missing Gorges and Cammi for long stretches as well. 

     

    And, in case you’re wondering we were about Gorge’ number this year, here you go.  In 35 games with Gorges, 40 points, 90 goals for, 81 goals against; without Gorges 30 games, 37 points, 80 goals for and 83 goals against. The averages follow: With: 1.14-2.57-2.31 and without 1.23-2.77-2.80…

    Turns out that Gorges might be more valuable, but it’s tough to say with just 7 games to extrapolate from.  It is interesting that we score more and let up more without Gorges, but have more points per game. 

    Maybe, JM should let the boys play a little more offense and rely on Price — which is all we do anyway.

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  16. Jdub1985 says:

    Boone. We tried that last time. And Lucic punched Price to the ground. Chara two handed MaxPac in the ankle and a bunch of 40+ year old men were attacked unprovoked. Sorry but I don’t care how great Montreal has been, winning is not worth the cost of another injury.

    WHITE is a must and perhaps one of the two heavyweights.

  17. Rugger says:

    Just noticed that Carey is tied for the season lead on NHL.com’s 3 stars with 160 “points”

  18. Number31 says:

    Habs would have won 6-2 or 6-4 if they played any kind of defence in that so called “Boston Masacre”. I particularly liked the powerplay goals the Habs scored, especially Patches’ one with like 15 seconds left. Benoit Pouliot also would have had two goals on his stick if his stick would have been on the ice, which it never is…….. Atlanta’s got the big forwards that tried throwing the Habs around. They did well against them this time. The Lightning to some degree have a line of guys that grind you down. Habs handled that just fine. Play smart, and DON’T play the Bruins game. I was listening to some of the stupidity over the radio regarding Tuesdays game. Sit Gomez! Sit Eller! Call up Henry! (Just what the team needs, another slow defencemen)! Put him on the 4th line! C’mon, really people… The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins just beat them in OT. (Nice 5-hole there Tiny Tim). And the past two games I saw the Bruins play, the two “BIG” goals Lucic scored well, one should have been a dead play ’cause of an uncalled interference penalty, and the other against the Lightning was with 9 guys on Mike Smith’s back who was down and out for a wide open net. Never mind the crap the Bruins got away with against Ottawa/Bingo Senators in their last game… Orders received, Commissioner?

    Everyone should listen to Arpon Basu. He’s a smart man. He knows what he’s talking about concerning this team.

    Habs are playing good hockey now. Lines are clicking, and the patched up defence seems to be ok with their interchangeable parts. The biggest question is, now that they’re rolling, can they make it 5 in a row? It was around this time last year they had a nice little 7-game winning streak where they were just rolling over teams. This year they depend a bit more on goaltending but I’ll take my chances with that thanks. Habs need to continue keeping their assignments in check and they’ll be fine. Can’t have another Stamkos all alone in front of Price like that on a 5-on-3. That pokecheck looked like it stabbed Stamkos in the heart he was so demoralized after it.

  19. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    YEAH, i want revenge! you don’t? is revenge not just?, i want to win, and i want certain players to be punched out, you better believe it, i want our team to out-skate, out-finesse, out-skill and when Boston goes nuts then i want a guy like Moen or White or Henry or whoever to beat their head in, just like they did to us.

    Ask the GREAT MAURICE RICHARD what he would do?…. I can’t believe we’ve become a bunch of sissys!

    we all know what the GREAT MAURICE RICHARD did when the going got tough…… he skated faster and scored more and hit more than the opponent, but he also punched the HELL OUT OF ANY BAST*&)AR(&D^ that deserved it.

  20. larisalapointe says:

    Interesting stat. Maybe our teams’ scoring woes are over? ;)

    “The Canadiens, who beat the Lightning 4-2 in Tampa on Saturday night, have scored at least one goal in each of their last 15 periods. It’s Montreal’s longest such streak since 1994, when they scored in 15 consecutive periods from January 30 to February 9.”

  21. jew4jah says:

    baby habs vs marlies… tied 2-2 in the 3rd.

    ON CBC!!!!  wish i’d known the game was on earlier …..

  22. Timo says:

    Habs don’t need goons for the game in Boston simply because they need 2 points more than answering the goonery bell. However… however… should things escalate the way they last game well… I say made Bruins eat some sticks. But seriously, as long as Habs play a better (like it’s hard) D game than they did in Boston they will once again send these Bruins b!tches back to their caves wondering WTF can we do to beat these guys. 

    I bet that the B’s will come out trying to continue what they’ve started last game though. From their perspective it makes sense… 

  23. Propwash says:

    The game in the seventies was totally different. Why ruin a good thing going by tryint to play the bruins game? It’s pointless.

  24. Chris says:

    Regarding the upcoming Boston game:

    I think people look far too often for “statement” games.  As Yeats frequently points out, the regular season games are relatively useless in terms of predicting playoff success.  All that they count for is determining whether you get into the show or not.

    Remember 2007-08?  Montreal was 8-0-0 (1 shootout victory) against the Bruins in the regular season, outscoring them 38-16.  Yet Boston took Montreal to seven games in the first round before the Habs were finally able to subdue them.

    In the conference finals, the Habs faced a Philadelphia Flyers team against whom they had a 4-0-0 record while outscoring the Flyers 15-6.  Yet they went down sputtering in 5 games.

    Last year, Montreal beat the Penguins in round two, a team against whom they had played miserably all season.

    As for goonery, why bother?  There is no gooning in the playoffs, in general.  The Bruins wanted that last game more than the Habs did, and went out and won it using whatever tactics they could get away with.  I’m not going to read too much into it.

    The playoffs are a different beast.  You play the same team night after night, allowing coaching staffs and players to develop and learn a system for neutralizing the other team’s strengths.  Whoever learns the most the quickest often wins.  Ovechkin’s struggles against the Habs are a great example…the Habs D figured out the moves he uses most often and took those moves away.  The end result was a much-diminished treat from Ovechkin, who had traditionally caused the Habs fits in the regular season.

  25. Timo says:

    The answer to Lucic is one of the following: full speed knee on knee, or hit from behind head first into the board, or a broken stick over that already less than attractive face. Take your pick.

  26. MikeL says:

    Just to clarify, wasn’t Milbury calling for an end to the enforcer – the guy that plays 3 minutes a game – and not fighting altogether?

  27. ClaytonM says:

    “Jacques Martin, with last change, will try to have Gill and P.K. Subban on against the David Krejci-Milan Lucic-Nathan Horton line.”

    I thought this was part of the reason we got Mara & Sopel. Considering lucic was taking runs at PK all night on the 9th, and Gill is no tough guy, wouldn’t JM want the last change to put Mara, Sopel and probably Moen out against lucic? He’s ever-so-quiet when lined up against a bigger, better fighter.

    Besides just Tuesday’s game, Montreal’s playoff road will definitely be going through at least one of these teams: Philly, Boston, and Pittsburgh who lead the league in fights. I’m not saying Mara has the skill of Weber, but if he’s in the stands for half the remaining games, how does that help our team grit when the playoffs start? He needs to start more games going down the stretch, otherwise why did they pick him up in the first place?

  28. HotHabs says:

    habs cannot play Boston’s game.  we cannot sink that low.  they use cheap, dirty tactics that if not retaliated will put them in the sin-bin.  let them play shorthanded all night!!!  getting some underskilled muscle for that game would be a mistake.  looking forward to a great game on Tues.

  29. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    Hannibal ante portas“…. Hannibal is at the Gates… and right now, I’m not buying the land, not with our army.

    ok, maybe the analogy is over the top, but in this little Hab world that we enjoy so dearly, i’d say the same emotions will appear on March 8th, the day of reckoning… yes it cometh.

    lets get to the point… has any of the following been called: HENRY/BONNEAU/SHULTZ/CONBOY/LAROCK, Gathier should have been on the phone making the move on Feb 10th…

    Yes the season is decided March 8th, I don’t give a damn that its only one game, the refs will help us, the league will be watching,… HAVE YOU SEEN THE BOSTON COMMERCIAL PROMOTING THIS EVENT???

    all our hard work will come to nothing if we have a repeat of the MASACRE.

    now before the pacifists start throwing flowers at their monitors, let me just say that MARTIN only needs to make some minor tweaks to avoid THE MASACRE from repeating:

    PYATT OUT – WHITE IN

    WEBER OUT – MARA IN

    HALPERN OUT – HENRY IN (and move AK with CAM/PLEK and HENRY to the 4th with MOEN/WHITE/HENRY)

    ONLY A FOOL OF A COACH WOULDN’T MAKE THOSE MOVES.

    we should all be parading in protest around the BELL centre demanding those adjustments.

    1:The N.A.G.S. (North American Grit Speed) Youth Movement will bring us respect. 2: 02/09/11 never forget the masacre 3. ..call up WHITE/SHULTZ/HENRY/PAX now.

  30. JD_ says:

    “Thanks for having DIGNITY and HONOR in support of your HABS.”

    I like it.

    I like it so much, it’s gonna be my canned response to anyone who agrees with anythin’ I ever post on HI/O, rare as that might be. Yeah, admittedly, every time I write it, I’m gonna feel like Vincent d’Onofrio in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, specifically the scene in the can with the shotgun, but whatever.

    On another note: There were about 10 fights durin’ all of the playoffs last season – ~10 – two of which involved Habs. That would have been noted thugs Scott “The Destroyer” Gomez and Roman “The Piledriver” Hamrlik.

    Mara and White will likely dress on Tuesday. The rest can keep ridin’ the bus.

    Expect the full anti-climax.

    Gotta hit the grocery store. Makin’ pizza tonight and I’m outta cheese, baby!

  31. nova scotia vees says:

    fINALLY!  SOMEONE ELSE SEES WHAT’S GOING ON IN THIS LEAGUE.  i HAVE BEEN YANGING ON ABOUT THE CLEAR BIAS IN THIS LEAGUE FOR YEARS!

    THE LEAFS ARE THE DARLINGS, AS WELL AS ANY TEAM THAT IS WEAK AT THE GATE.  HNIC IS DESPERATE TO HAVE THEIR GOLDEN LEAFS IN THE PLAYOFFS.  TSN (TORONTO SPORTS NETWORK) WANTS THEM AS WELL, EVEN IF THEY DON’T GET THE GAMES.  IT HAS BEEN FIVE LONG YEARS FOR THEM WITH NO LEAFS IN THE POST SEASON.

    NOW BEFORE YOU SAY “CONSPIRACY THEORY”  DIGEST THIS:  LAST YEAR..LEAFS…SECOND LAST IN THE LEAGUE BUT FIRST #1 IN POWER PLAYS.  AND NEAR THE BOTTOM IN S.H. SITUATIONS. (THE HOCKEY NEWS).

    AND THIS IS NOT NEW….WHEN THE WINNIPEG JETS FINISHED WITH 11 WINS…THEY ALSO LED THE LEAGUE IN POWER-PLAYS, WHILE THE POWER-HOUSE HABS WERE 17TH!  THINK LAFLEUR, ETC…

     

  32. punkster says:

    You belong in the 70s. You haven’t evolved or developed since. Your image of the game and violence in general disgusts me.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  33. punkster says:

    The only fitting revenge is a win, not a beat down, a massacre and not someone getting their head beat in as you suggest. Yes to out skate, out finesse, out skill and no to the violent crap you serve up as revenge.

    You’re quickly losing any of the humorous aspect I saw in your mad rants of the past. All the NAG, ref conspiracy garbage was cute, even funny. Now that you’ve added the element of sick violence and physical revenge you’ve crossed the line in my books. Get off the podium H-P, your kind is done, you’re past your best before date, the game and the world has passed you by. It’s 2011 not 1911. Go find a foreign conflict and join a band of brigands bent on spreading mayhem and terror if that’s what makes you feel superior.

    The great Maurice Richard? You couldn’t tie his skates.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  34. Rad says:

    I think Dave Stubbs is right: Tuesday’s game very well could be anti-climactic, at least from the fisticuffs point of view. But it will be a hard-hitting, hard-nosed game, with a lot of thundering hits and inspired play from both sides. The Habs will attempt to match the Bruins in hits, but are unlikely to get into fights, with the exception of Paul Mara, who is a willing combatant most nights. On the Habs side, I expect Moen, Kostitsyn, White, Pouliot, Subban, Mara, Pacioretty, Hamrlik and Picard to deliver some big hits. The Habs will NOT be intimidated on home ice, try as the Bruins might. As the previous game was a statement game for the Bruins, Tuesday will be a statement game for the Habs.

    And I think the referees will be wanting to keep tight control of this much ballyhooed rematch. At the first sign of goonery, they will be distributing penalties, 10-minute misconducts, even game misconducts, to put out the fire early. It will be easy to end the thuggery before it starts: just throw Thornton and Campbell out of the game, and a token Canadien as well.

    The Canadiens are on a roll, and so are the Bruins. It will be a very good game between two very good teams. We will all go to the fights, but a hockey game will break out. I like our chances under that scenario.

  35. Arrow77 says:

    With the year Gomez is having, I don’t think you can call it “bandwagon bashing”. He’s the 6th scorer of a very low scoring team, he has one less point than Koivu (the finished center he was supposed to replace) and his +/- is the worst of the team, tied with a player that started the year with the Islanders.

    I believe in fairness. Gomez has to receive kudos for the way he played last night but a second line center who underachieve offensively and has the worst +/- of his team is gonna get criticized a lot, no matter where he plays or how much he’s paid.

  36. EricInStL says:

    I love you.

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  37. Arrow77 says:

    Henry is not an NHL player, nor are most of the players you named.

    The Bruins, other than having a lot of size, also have a lot of skills and this scares me a lot more than their size. Besides, people seem to forget that we lost that “massacre” by two goals only and that we won every previous meeting.

    Replacing Weber with Mara is a good idea and Pyatt for White is also good but making major changes to a line-up that won 4 straight games will just tell the Bruins that we’re afraid. Tight defense and solid goaltending will win it for us.

  38. Rugger says:

    100% agree.  Boston is hoping and praying that we try to goon it up, that plays into their hands.  We lost one game from them because we stopped playing our defensive game.

  39. kempie says:

    7-0! Hahaha. I love this shiznit!

  40. JF says:

    Fair enough, but Gomez’s salary makes him a lightning rod whenever the team doesn’t win.  Some of the criticism is fair (faceoff percentage, lack of points), but a lot of it is unjustified.  Gomez’s play will never match his salary, and he’s certainly not having a good season, but we’re still a much better team with him than without him, and I don’t think he’s indifferent.

  41. EricInStL says:

    This game cannot come fast enough.

    Hot Montreal team with less loose ends then at the beginning of the year.

    And a very good Bruins team built to go all the way.

    If our weak spot is toughness and some spotty coaching, the Bruins problem is their coaching. Can Julien win when it counts?

    I predict a record amount of posts for that game. Please HIO BUY MORE SERVERS !!!!!!!

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  42. punkster says:

    The dumbest, most idiotic, least productive move would be bringing in Henry. The guy will never make it to the bigs and has zero value to add to this team.You have some sort of warped view of the world H-P, a bizarre and violent and bent machismo that smacks of masochistic tendencies. You’re sick. You need help.

    I am quite sure you’ll now respond with your patented NAG and “beat down” and “massacre” tripe. It’s stupid H-P. It’s childish. It’s dildonic. It’s an insult to Habs fans everywhere.

    You want people to march outside the Bell Centre in support of your assinine views? You go right ahead, wingnut, and see just how many other wingnuts you can draw into your cause. Put your heart where your head is and get out there. Show the world you’re a man. You want a fight, go stick your head up your nether regions and…you know the rest.

    To the rest of HI/O I apologize for the rant. People like H-P and those who support this sort of violence need to be “called out” and shouted down. Asses!

    ***Subbang!!!***

  43. punkster says:

    Rifle, JD. Not shotgun…rifle.

    “This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life.” etc

    You gonna bring up Kubrick you gotta get it right. He was the MAN!

    ***Subbang!!!***

  44. saskhabfan says:

    I had also wondered how such a below average team like the leafs always seem to get much more powerplays then they do penalties.  Then someone had pointed out on a tsn page earlier in the year that almost half the leagues refs come from the southern ontario region which i looked into and turned out to be true. So,think about it. You have a large contingent refs from the gta who grew up probably cheering for the leafs and on most nights are reffing their games.

  45. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    you feel better now Punkstar?… you probably have that great feeling like you had when the camera panned to PYATTS bloody face, or SPACEK getting pounded in the back o f the head, or PRICE! of all PEOPLE? A #1 GOALIE having to put up with that IDIOT LUCIC…

    but you insult and call me an IDIOT!!… get some backbone and feel some pride for your team, some dignity, the callups are to STOP THE FIGHTING, not engage in it.

    and really I proposed swapping PYATT/WEB for WHITE/MARA which is pretty standard in MARTINS books depending on the opposition, and the one suggestion of moving AK back where he belongs and dropping HALPERN for a “tougher” player to give us MOEN/WHITE/???? and you go balistic?

    its YOU that needs help.

    MARCH 8th is the cross roads of the season, we’ve been down this road before, if we don’t beat Boston just forget about the season, i will, its that simple.

  46. longtimehabsfan says:

    About the Bruins.  I watched them play the Crosby/Malkin-less Pens last night.  The Pens dominated them.  If not for Cooke failing to get the empty netter in the final minute and then the refs not calling Pierre McGuire’s favorite boy Recchi  for holding the dman’s stick in the corner just before the tying goal, the Pens would have won the game in regulation. 

    The Bruins D is slow as is their overall team speed and the Pens exploited it last night controlling the play for most of the game.

    What the Habs lack is their two most important dmen who won’t be back, if at all, until next season.  Also, they have some young players who need a little more seasoning. 

    As for the game Tuesday, I would like to see the Habs just play their game and not get caught up with the toughness crap.  That’s the Bruins plan:  Get the Habs off their game with the rough stuff, which can work on a young team with injuries on the d corps.

    For all the people who seem to be suffering from Bruins envy right now I have one question:  If the Bruins are more talented than the Habs then why do they feel the need to try and intimidate them?  My answer:  It’s the same old Bruins — a limited team built to win during the regular season. 

    It is the Bruins that are intimidated by the Habs speed and skill and if JM is as good a coach as some people here think he is he will get the Habs to understand that.

  47. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    thanks for having DIGNITY and HONOR in support of your HABS

  48. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    Oh the euphoria is taking hold w/ all these potential playoff peek-a-boos. All these back and forths between posters about the tune-ups we still require for all these “statement” games seems a little too sensitive.

    Botttom line is the coming together(cohesiveness) has been apparent in overcoming their previous doubts(pre-deadline). Finally the team can forget(at least for this season)of who might/not be their teamate. All the bally-who was washed into the Atlantic so that we can finally begin that stretch for Stanley. Watching them on this southern swing, AK smiling, Eller’s grit, Youth Movement, quiet(seasoned veteran) leadership, Sopel & Wiz(the jokers),by the way- Loved Wiz’s Vaudevillian suit. 

    I just hope JM can sustain the chemistry and not channel his inner Vaudevillian act by jugglin’ too much. Aside from giving the Auld-one out a few more games to give Pri$e a breather…the near future or next season looks pretty bright.

      “The sh*t is CHESS!NOT CHECKERS.” Denzel W.(Training Day)

  49. SHUTTemDOWN says:

    “All work and no play makes Jacques a dull boy”

    “The sh*t is CHESS!NOT CHECKERS.” Denzel W.(Training Day)

  50. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    a big part of that move is the sound rational of moving AK back with CAM/PLEK… it doesn’t have to be HENRY, but it should be someone like “henry”…. for a 4th line of MOEN/WHITE/????

  51. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    thanks for having DIGNITY and HONOR in support of your HABS

  52. EricInStL says:

    Thanks, they are not my Habs, just a hockey team that plays in my ex-home town.

    I care about them but not as much as some others do.

    Still trying to meet Guy Lapointe in St-Lazare though….

    “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject”–Winston Churchill

  53. JD_ says:

    Thanks, Charlton Heston.

    Now, go make out with yer ape friend.

  54. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    so you would make no changes to the lineup? you wouldn’t swap Pyatt – White and Web – Mara?

    maybe move AK off the 4th back to Pleks and callup ONE tough player for the 4th with Moen/White.

    those moves have ZERO impact on our speed/talent game.

  55. punkster says:

    BTW…home-made crust?

    ***Subbang!!!***

  56. habs-hampton says:

    Unless we are bringing back Nilan, Robinson, Bouchard, Chartraw, etc.  trying to match them gon for goon will play right into their hands. When its a speed game, with quick transition from defense to offence, we will beat them. We do however need Mara and White in the lineup.

  57. Miltie01 says:

    The problem is changing our game to react to something that was opticly bad, but not a disaster as many like to portray it. The fact is it still comes down to playing hockey, and playing hockey I like our chances. We cannot afford to lose our focus to follow the code of the playground

    Even after beating us up they still could have just as easily lost that game, and the realize this. That is why they made their deadline deals, to beef up their offensive depth. Playing us tough wasn’t good enough to give them a clear cut win in that game. What if the run into an equally tough team like Philly, who has that depth ?

    We can beat them playing hockey, we just have to keep our heads.

  58. 1010 says:

    I agree with you in a general way but the problem is that no matter how dirty the Bruins play the penalties will come out relatively even.  They will not- I repeat- will not play shorthanded all night no matter how dirty they play. Les habs- for whatever reason- are not liked by the zebra society.

    GO HABS…

  59. JF says:

    The intense session the team had after the Atlanta game, focusing on execution and commnication, is paying dividends.  Both last night and the game in Florida were much better than the Atlanta game, better also than the games against Carolina and Toronto.  Passes were sharper, there were many fewer turnovers, the defence was tighter.  The Habs need to keep playing this way, and if it takes an intense, punitive session every week, so be it.

    At the moment, I’m liking the matchup against Tampa better than against the Bruins, even though we’ve beaten the Bruins three times and Tampa only once.  The Lightning look a lot like last year’s Capitals.  Their offence is great, but their defence can be broken down.  Last night they looked disorganized at times, and it was easy for us to get behind their D.  If they hadn’t acquired Roloson mid-season,  I don’t think they’d be anywhere near as high in the standings as they are.  As it is, I think they’re likely to lose the division lead, since the Caps, having spent all season learning how to play defensively, are now doing it wery well.

    We played last night’s game pretty much the same way we played the last few games in the playoff series against Washington – rock-solid goaltending, good defence, systematic shot-blocking, and blanket coverage of the scoring stars.  I think we could do this against Tampa in the playoffs, which would force Boucher to make adjustments (something Boudreau never did).  Tampa would have to play a tighter, more conservative game, and I think we could match them at that.  The Bolts are also a bit less physical than the Bruins.  It’s true they were missing Downie and Malone, but those guys are not quite as formidable as Lucic and Chara.

    The thing that really concerns me is how many penalties we’re taking in just about every game.  Many of them are extremely marginal, and we never seem to get the benefit of the doubt in this respect, but there are still too many.  Pouliot and Eller, in particular, need to improve.  Kostitsyn, whom most wanted to ship out a couple of weeks ago, has improved enormously over last year as far as taking bad penalties goes.  And the much-maligned Scott Gomez has recently stopped taking his late-game killer penalties.  The players need to be aware that the officials are probably going to call just about everything on them and be very careful.

    Speaking of Gomez, I liked Arpon Basu’s piece on him, but I disagree that he’s only just started caring.  I think he’s always cared, but he hides it with his smart-ass, self-deprecating way of speaking.  He played a great game last night, and there are only a few games in which he’s completely ineffective.  I’d like to see this bandwagon Gomez-bashing stop.

    Kudos to Pierre Gauthier for the way he has solidified the defence in the wake of the injuries to Markov and Gorges.  Wisniewski’s offensive contribution is huge, and the addition of Sopel has stabilized the penalty kill. He and Mara also bring some extra size and toughness, which should help against the Bruins.  I’d rather see Mara on Tuesday than Weber, and Ryan White than Tom Pyatt.  We’re going to need all the toughness we can find, but I hope we’ll play our game and not theirs.

  60. habs-hampton says:

    Amen.

  61. solomio says:

    “Dildonic” ? Is that from th Latin ” Dildo “

  62. B says:

    Montreal was able to beat Boston 3 times earlier this season without the need to try and toughen up their line-up. Perhaps they are better off trying to play their game then trying to play Boston’s game?

  63. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    no Chuck, thats where you and Punkster got it wrong… not the 1970 flyers, but the 1970 HABS…. a ton of speed, finesse, Skill,  flash and a truck load of GRIT/B*)(&LLS

  64. smiler2729 says:

    Rangers 6 Flyers 0, LOL

    Philly’s in a free fall suddenly, lol, Boucher replaced by Bobrovsky (the next Roman Cechmanek)…

    Speaking of Bouchers, wunderkind Guy Boucher didn’t coach his offensively superior team to a victory on home ice last night, did he, now that I think of it… overrated.

  65. Chuck says:

    The disturbed, voyeuristic part of me that wants to slow down to count the body bags when I see an accident on the highway also wants to make HAB-PROFESSOR the coach of the Canadiens for a day. Perhaps once he gets his ass handed to him on a silver platter he’ll realize that trying to recreate the 1970’s Flyers is not the way to win in the modern NHL.

  66. Chuck says:

    Plus don’t forget that BGL is on a 1-game scoring streak. Perhaps Martin could put him and sharpshooter Gill on the top line.  :)

  67. Propwash says:

    Even if the Habs lose against the broons, one game does not make a season.

  68. Thenumber11 says:

    You come across as an absolute nut. Throwing around words like dignity and honour like they make you a better fan or person, it’s a joke. 

    White for pyatt and mara for weber are moves that JM is likely to make, or at least Mara for weber. He’s not blind to what personal gives him the best chance to win, and he’s shown that, no matter what nonsense you spew about him. 

    Henry for Halpern is just stupid. Halpern is a good role player, Henry will be the plug on the bench who has one job, fighting, and that wont deter a beantown team that has plenty of guys willing to go from doing a damn thing. Henry does not help the team win this game. 

    You say it gets AK back with Pleks and Cammi… yet ignore the fact that AK is having a helluva a good time with Eller, and vice-versa. Why break up what works? It would be better to have a better winger with 13-14 but it makes no sense to break up one of the most productive, as of late, pairs. Try Pouliot. Try White. Anyone but AK who, while it would be good for Pleks and Cammi would not help our lack of scoring depth, which with him and Eller is less of a factor. 

    Prankster’s right; you feel so damn stongly about DIGNITY, HONOUR, CAPSLOCK, then go look like a fool yourself outside the Bell. 

  69. sidhu says:

    Calling up Henry or Bonneau would send the wrong message that we want the game to be a slug-fest.  Instead of that tactic, replacing Weber with Mara and Pyatt with White would make us tougher, without taking it too far.  We’d be more prepared with Mara and White, but we wouldn’t be actively seeking fights.

    Generally, I would like Henry to get a chance with the club (though that may not happen with Weber, Mara, and Picard playing for one spot), because of his size and leadership.  He’s the captain of the team that developed prospering forwards DD and Pacioretty.  As much as I would like him to play with the big club, he shouldn’t be called up for the Bruins game.

  70. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    thanks for having DIGNITY and HONOR in support of your HABS

  71. andrewberkshire says:

    If you want numbers, on average when Markov is in the lineup the Habs goal differential is up by 0.5 goals per game. That’s about as massive an effect as one player can have on a team.

  72. Displaced says:

    Actually, just 0.12 goals per game better with Markov.  I posted the details for Markov and Gorges above . Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  73. twocents says:

    I don’t know how Andrew compiled his stats, but once again yours only looks at individuals. I believe Andrew is saying the TEAM produces half a goal more when Markov is in the lineup. With an ample sample size over the past two years, this gets at what I am talking about much more thoroughly than the more simple approach you put forward.

    In hockey these are the types of impacts that matter. When Markov plays, his partner plays better, his fellow defenceman play less minutes and against less talented players. The opponent has less confidence, they play more conservatively. The PP is more effective even if he doesn’t make the scoresheet and this does not show up in point totals or +/-. 

    His effect ripples through the whole lineup.

  74. Displaced says:

    Agreed.  Like I said, my post was a HIGHLY SIMPLISTIC approach. Just trying to provide some numbers to yell about over monring coffee.

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  75. Displaced says:

    I know and I agree.  I just like numbers.

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  76. G-Man says:

    Can’t wait to see your “stats machine.” I suspect with Markov in the lineup and healthy, the Habs would have about 8 more points right now. The difference he makes is a “big” difference. Wiz’s stats can’t be compared because he only joined the Habs at the end of December, already a big number of games into the season. Most of his points were gained with the Islanders.

  77. twocents says:

    Hockey ain’t baseball my friend. Plays aren’t made individually.

    Markov inflates the stats for all who are on the ice with him. He wears down the other teams’ best resources for those who play without him. He frees players from responsibilities that diminish their effectiveness.

  78. SeriousFan09 says:

    The thing is with Markov it’s not just what he adds offensively, it’s his defensive prescence and leadership. He could play 25 minutes a night often with ease. He cut down on time spent in the defensive zone each night with his quick puck retrievals and pinpoint outlet passes. He had the ability to lead the defence and keep things calmed down, Montreal generally played better with him around.

    Any team that loses their #1 defencemen is facing a mountain each season to get around. Imagine if CHI lost the services of Duncan Keith, look what Tyler Myers having an oustanding rookie season, than a 1st-half sophmore slump this year in BUF did for them in comparison. Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom did how much for ATL’s fortunes in their first half of the season? Boston would have a hell of a team staying alive if Chara was on the rack (Look what happened last year when he had a weak season). JM deserves great credit for dealing with the loss of a Top-7 NHL defencemen.

     

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

  79. Rugger says:

    Agreed, all you can go by is the numbers.  Even then it would be hard to say he would have any impact at all since we cannot select which games he might have added that one or two goals to the total.

  80. Mike Boone says:

    My thinking is influenced by the crazy, Internet-driven 24-hour news cycle. That’s why I write Quick Hits which, trust me, are a headache to do after blogging the game. I figure by the morning after, everyone has digested the win and is looking ahead to a Huge Game. I’d not have written it that way if Tuesday’s opponent were the Senators.

  81. twocents says:

    Thanks for the reply. I am mainly messing around in bringing up my point. Adding colour to the comments. I know what you’re up to and it makes sense.

    Having said that, I’m honest in saying I don’t look forward too much after a big win, at least for a little awhile.

    Tuesday is big, a real opportunity. Not that a loss would spell disaster, just that a win would be a huge momentum shifter. However, a loss followed by a win on the 24th, with the playoffs around the corner, would be even bigger.

    … or a loss in both followed by a game 1 win in the playoffs… there are many narratives for ultimate success.

  82. twocents says:

    I know, but that was a nice win and we’ve just had a great little stretch.

    So, I think I’ll just enjoy it for today at least.

    Maybe I’ll start thinking about the bruins in earnest tomorrow.

  83. smiler2729 says:

    True but this game on Tuesday isn’t just another regular season game, it’s the Bruins and the Habs, man, Lucic, Julien, Chara, the Habs’ historic dominance of them, Price, Thomas, storylines abound after the 8-6 pond hockey slugfest on Feb. 9.

    I just can’t STAND myself! Boo-ya!

  84. twocents says:

    Tomorrow at the earliest. I prefer to wait ’til game day.

    You don’t ram a nicely grilled rib eye steak down your throat, do you? 

    Savour it man.

  85. ClaytonM says:

    On a similar vein, it’s amazing how no one commented on Ian Walsh sticking it to Montreal, all because the Habs killed off the extended 5 on 3 and Halpern’s late penalty with ease.

  86. smiler2729 says:

    It’s funny how winning just shuts all the naysayers and trolls up.

    Is anybody still irked Gauthier didn’t make some superdeal last Monday?

    How pleasant is it here now that Halak’s having an average and injury plagued season in the Show-Me state and Price has risen to the lofty expectations a lot of us had for him?

    How nice is it that Lars Eller hasn’t been a target for the same Halakians and left to just learn the NHL ropes at his own pace?

    How sweet is it that crippling ouches to our defence have just faded to the background as the patchwork puts in a adequate and workmanlike effort on most nights?

    Ahhh, winning. The coach rocks, the Seven Million Dollar Man rolls and nobody remembers Jaro, Dom Moore, Glen Metropolit and MAB anymore.

    PS. Switching shifts to be able to watch Boston@Montreal, how much does that game mean, eh?

  87. Displaced says:

    The Habs aren’t as bad as the “trolls” claim they are nor as great as optimists hope they are. 

    HIO is at its excited, heated, anxious, obnoxious, noxious, best when the team is playing somewhere in the middle and elicits both sides to empty the benches for a full on melee. Then, like the good hockey people most are here, we line up shake hands, and wait for the next opportunity to state our repeated cases.

    HIO without either side would be like the Habs without the Bruins, Ali without Frazier, the Ant without the Aardvark.

     

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  88. Mike Boone says:

    I actually used to be in ventriloquism … until I got too big for the guy’s lap.

  89. Danno says:

    Mr. Boone. Here is a classic. Watch and learn from one of the masters of the artform…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJiYZ6QIAtY

     

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

  90. G-Man says:

    Me neither. When the “head disciplinarian” will not hold his son to the same standard as any other goon, like Gillies, the refs know the fix is in and don’t want to make waves.

  91. ProHabs says:

    That is what worries me. If the referees do their jobs we have nothing to worry about. But I have no confidence in those baboons in white and black.

  92. G-Man says:

    No- do not call up “muscle.” The Habs are firing on all 4 lines now, so why ruin it for a “goon” show. (Even though that British tv comedy show was hilarious.)

    The NHL and the refs will see to it that the last game between Boston and Montreal does not recur. If, however, it does, and no suspensions are forthcoming from Campbell’s dad, we know this league is worse than a garage league.

  93. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bruins will be a tough game, that’s obvious. If only for Rich Peverly now joining their crew, JM might actually have to match Gill and Subban against his line all night just to kill the Bell Centre All-Star.

    I’d still love to see what this team could have done this year with Markov + Gorges, Top 5 finish anyone?

     

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

  94. Displaced says:

    Hey Boone – shaken not stirred for me, please.

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  95. smiler2729 says:

    I agree wholeheartedly but SOME trolls resort to personal attacks on Habs personnel and posters who back ‘em. That stuff just bugs me to no end.

    Boone’s leg for a dry martini.

  96. Rugger says:

    Play-off magic number: 25.  Any combination of positve points for Habs, missed points for Carolina puts us in (yes, Buffalo is 9th but games in hand for them increases magic number above Carolina’s)

  97. Displaced says:

    You sparked an interesting idea. How many games does a particular player “win” for a team, even one as important as Markov? 

    With due respect to our best defenseman, there are few players at this level who would make a prorated 7 game difference over the course of the season, Markov included.  A simple analysis like add his points and +/- for games he missed less the points and +/- for players like Wiz and Weber who played in his stead, would be a simple way.  I ran the numbers.  At his 60-ish point career pace and their contributions from this season, we would net an extra 5-12-17 and be an additional minus 8 with Markov. Tough to argue for this HIGHLY SIMPLISTIC analysis, that he would be worth much more than 2-3 games per season.  Also, the Pens would be better with Sid and Gino; the Bruins with Savard. So… We might still be where we are with an even bigger cushion over the laggards.

    20 Years ago I worked with a stats professor on all encompassing baseball stat called “Runs Plus Minus” which looked at the contribution for each player to his team.  I’ll try to retrofit it to hockey.  It might take a while, but I’ll get back to you.

    Whose leg do I have to hump to get a dry martini around here?

  98. smiler2729 says:

    I freakin’ LOVE this team!

  99. ProHabs says:

    It makes you think with Markov in the lineup would Gomez and Cammellari be underperforming. Markov is so good at the outlet pass that these guys would be recieving the puck at full speed in the neutral zone. Plus, both would be getting more points on the powerplay with Markov out there.

    The game Markov got hurt against Carolina, we got a glimpse of what this team would have been this year. First place was definitely a possibllity.

    Now, even though Mr. Boone disagrees, do we call up Henry and Bonneau for Tuesday’s game. That way, we can have a line-up of Moen, Henry, Mara, White, Bonneau, KO Pouliot, Gill, Hamerlik. Just for 1 game. It would be nice to see S. Thornton get punched out again like he was yesterday against Pittsburg.

    Maybe Gauthier should have traded for Trevor Gillies before the deadline (ha)

  100. Castor says:

    I love this comment

  101. twocents says:

    This whole season has been a measuring stick. The factor being measured? Can this team win enough to not be merely a bubble team…  and it turned out they had to do it without Andrei Markov.

    So far, so good, and if a person can’t see how meaningful that is, I suppose they’ve earned their misery.

    So what’s a reasonable impact Markov might have on a full season? 5 or 6 extra wins?

    If we had 4 more victories, let alone 5 or 6, we’d be in first place in the east.

    And that’s with a grossly underperforming Gomez, an injured and underperforming Cammellari and a missing Gorges.  

    Again those who can’t see how much stronger this team is, have earned every once of their displeasure. 

     

     

     

  102. Morenz7 says:

    Intriguing, but it strikes me that, if we have Markov, then we don’t trade for the Wiz.

    So I would frame it thus: is it delusional to imagine the D we might have if PG manages to re-sign Markie, Gorges and Wisniewski? Would be pretty good—even if he couldn’t keep Hamrlik. 

    Markov-PK

    Gorges-Gill (assuming we re-up Hal)

    Wiz-Spacek (Picard, Weber … Nash, Tinordi whomever)

  103. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    We can, and should, focus on the loss of Markov. It’s surprising they are winning without him. But no one should forget Gorges either, as he is an absolutely key player in this lineup. They’ve been doing very well without two key players. In a league where rosters are generally very thin, that is quite an accomplishment.

  104. Clay4bc says:

    Gomez has one “good” game, and all of a sudden he’s the new black.

    Not that I mind seeing him play like he should; I just think it’s funny that when he has a good game it needs to be brought to everyone’s attention with a special bulletin. Here’s hoping he can string a lot of games together from this point on – like until the end of the playoffs.

    __________________________

    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  105. Shiloh says:

    I think a key on Tuesday will be power plays. If we get our share against Colon’s boy and his buddies then we’ll be OK. If they call 3 or 4 chintzy ones on us in the first period then we’ll have big trouble – and a game that will spin out of control.

  106. Curtis O Habs says:

      Thats Boone, with a capital B.

  107. Cape Breton says:

    Hey, mr. boone, we beat the Bolts, eh. The bruins, well, let’s worry about them when the time comes.

  108. Mike Boone says:

    When does the time come?

  109. Former Jets Fan says:

    re: Tuesday

    “Can’t wait!”

  110. RetroMikey says:

    Habs better be ready against Boston, the game will separate the men from the boys,

    Bruins are good, let;s give them credit and who wouldn’t want the Super Serb Milan Lucic on your team.

    Yes Virginia, there is hope for the Canes and Sabres to make the playoffs and surpass us.

    Every game is a W for our Habs from hereon in. 

    We are not assured a playoff spot and will it come down to the wire for us.

    Yes Boone, 2 more sleeps before the big show, a humiliation game or a well earned W for us.

     

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


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