About last night …

Fearless prediction I: The Bell Centre will be VERY LOUD on Monday night.

Fearless prediction II: If the Canadiens outshoot the Penguins 33-25 in Game 6, this series is going to Game 7.

Too much optimism after a loss in which the Canadiens were shut out for 58 minutes, 31 seconds?

Maybe so, but this team gave the Stanley Cup champions all they could handle in their own barn.

A bounce here, a white shirt on a rebound there and the Canadiens are coming home with a chance to clinch.

As it was, however, Marc-André Fleury was very good on first shots … and there were precious few second ones.

Hal Gill is the latest Dman to go down, victim of a Chris Kunitz skate stomp that sliced him behind his left knee

But it ain’t over.

 

 

 

The 2-1 loss is nothing to spend Sunday moping about.

Frustrated by inability to score and bounced around by Kunitz, Michael Rupp, Brooks Orpik and Craig Adams (20 hits among them, seven by Kunitz), the Canadiens never quit.

They never do.

And they would have won if more than one of Mike Cammalleri’s NINE shots – including one in the frantic final seconds – had eluded Fleury.

Playing without two Top Four defencemen, Andrei Markov and Jaro Spacek, the Canadiens battled admirably for 60 minutes. They continued to do many of the good things that have made this an interesting series, notably shutting down Sidney Crosby.

The world’s best hockey player has not scored in this series.

Crosby had one shot on goal. Another five were blocked. He was 7-11 on faceoffs.

Crosby continues to do other things well. He had an astounding play to stay onside on one sequence, and Crosby works hard in his own end.

But the Canadiens have kept a lid on him.

Evgeni Malkin? Not so much.

Malkin had six shots on goal. He used his size, speed and skill to buzz around Jaro Halak’s goal, and no one could take the puck away from him.

Pittsburgh’s size advantage was an important factor. On both of their goals, scored by defencemen Kris Letang and Sergei Gonchar, Jaro’s view was obstructed by Penguins: Bill Guerin on the first goal, Rupp on the second.

The Canadiens never get that kind of net presence. During their power plays, Brian Gionta has to pretend he’s Dustin Byfuglien.

That’s a major item on Pierre Gauthier’s off-season shopping list: a forward who can do a credible impression of Big Buff or Johan Franzen.

When he first arrived from Minnesota, Benoit Pouliot looked like the kind of player who would be a net-crasher. But Benny’s game is in the toilet, evidenced by a team-low 5:59 of ice time in Game 5.

Tom Pyatt played 14:20. I love Pyatt, but he doesn’t have Pouliot’s O-zone game. And neither does Mathieu Darche, who played 9:01.

Pouliot is not the only one in a slump. Tomas Plekanec has not scored since an empoty-netter in Game 6 against Washington.

Pleks is skating and working hard. He was 16-7 on faceoffs.

But his playoff performance has not enhanced Pleks’s chances of a signing a big contract, with the Canadiens or as a UFA.

Jaro, on the other hand …

Blameless on both goals, Halak made 23 saves, including several big ones (a beauty on Malkin, in 2-on-1 with Crosby) that prevented the game from becoming a rout. He got a lot of help from the Canadiens’ depleted D, which blocked 22 shots – six by P.K. Subban.

If Gill can’t go, we’ll see Jaro Spacek on Monday. He’ll help the PP, which is really missing Andrei Markov.

“We’re in a must-win,” said Scott Gomez, who’s been really good.

They’ve been there before – three win-or-g-home games against the playopffs’ top seed.

Pittsburgh is not Washington. The Penguins have made adjustments throughout the series, fine-tuning this, tweaking that to stymie Canadiens’ strengths and exploit their weaknesses.

Jacques Martin has done likewise.

Game 6 will be a good one.

•  •  •

AK46: one shot, one hit, one wasted first-round draft choice.

•  •  •

Line of the night:

Ron Maclean: “We’ve got Sidney Crosby standing by.”

Don Cherry: “Is there no one
else on that team that can speak English?”

•  •  •

I still can’t believe Alain Vigneault throwing his goaltender under the Vancouver bus.

If the Canucks fold, someone may lose his job out there … and it won’t be Roberto Luongo.

 

 

 

112 Comments

  1. LesFleurs says:

    Money will do funny things like that.

  2. Mike Boone says:

    Hey, you wouldn’t believe the number of girls I get!

  3. RetroMikey says:

    Very funny.  :)   Acutally the playoff lottery took nearly 3 hours to complete and it was quite fun.

    We did it after work, and it took nearly 3 hours to complete, it was quite fun to do and different than other playoff pools that I have competed in and it was fun to do. 

    I am hoping Pouliot turns it around next game 6 and Game 7 he scores tthe winner to prove skeptics like me wrong and gets me at least a couple more points. 

    Have a nice Sunday showey47.

     

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

  4. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Hey, he just gave his opinion, no need to get fierce about it.

  5. VancouverHab says:

    Reporters here really hated Bertuzzi’s sullenness and arrogance. Add a assault conviction for hitting a neighbour to his attack on Moore, and I’d say he’s just what our cohesive team don’t need!

  6. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Bingo!

  7. 24 Cups says:

    Exit – Timmins has stated publicly that the Habs would have taken Pouliot with their first pick if he hadn’t gone 4th to Minnesota.  Even if the Habs wanted a forward instead of Price, all logic would have pointed at Brule as the next pick.  Kopitar was rated highly in the draft but was also a huge gamble seeing that he was unknown and came from a country that didn’t produce NHL players.  He looks great now but it would have taken real guts to select him 5th.

  8. showey47 says:

    So 300 players were picked in a playoff where about 320 players were available,ok,go it. What round did you pick sergei,lol?

  9. TommyB says:

    So, it’s safe to say there won’t be any fresh troops arriving any time soon.

  10. twilighthours says:

    I never really enjoy it when a teenage boy is called a fagg*t.  I find that sad for many reasons.

  11. danp says:

    Right. Dominic Moore would love that.

  12. RetroMikey says:

    The playoff pool we have at work is a lottery playoff draft meaning we pick from a hat the order we select players.  We had 20 co-workers participating this year and I drew no. 15 meaning  I selected 15t in the draft and you cannot select a player that has been selected and our company draft lasted 15 rounds.

    Slim pickings I had, I picked Pouliot in the 12th round in hopes he would grab me a couple of points at least in the first round  which he did but I expected more from him on the stat sheets to produce offensive numbers.

    FYI, Ovechkin was selected 1st overall in the our playoff pool draft  and the last player selected was Marc Andre Bergeron.

    Are we clear?

     

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

  13. SPATS says:

    Yep, he’s among the most over rated goalies in the league. And Captain? gimme a break. He and Sid the kid both lucked out in the Olympics. If he doesn’t give up a late goal to Parise, Sid goes completely unnoticed. He ends up bailing Sid out in a way thanks to Parise, and he backs into the gold medal himself. If it were a best of 7 for the gold, he would’ve been replaced by MAF for sure. Jack Todd had it right this time.

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  14. G-Man says:

    That was a “retro” blunder. :)

  15. longtimehabsfan says:

    What makes this playoff run so surprising is we’ve done it with very little production from the K bros, Pouliot, 2 D men out in this series and soon to be 3, and a pop gun offense and with OB and MAB playing major minutes.  Like any other sport, Hockey is 5% know how and 95% desire.

  16. The Cat says:

    I agree. He won me over in the Olympics and in the Ottawa series and now he lost me. All he has to do is shut the **** up.

  17. ManApart says:

    Gomez is not doing enough and neither is Pleks, offensively. These are the top 2 centers on the team. They must produce. You can Talk BS all day. Bottom line, they both are not doing enough and have to step up. Look at their stats this series and there is no denying that fact.

  18. Kristopher7 says:

    So proud of this team, I hope they take it in 7, but if they don’t, nothing can take away from their best playoff run since ’93. This is a very fun playoffs to watch :D

  19. ManApart says:

    Trust me, Crosby has plenty more friends than anyone on here, gets plenty more girls than anyone on here, and is doing a lot better than anyone on here.

  20. cerealkiller says:

    Oh yeah, ’cause he’d get along great with Moore.

  21. nightmare_49 says:

    from TheSpec.com

       Andre Benoit scores game-winner as Bulldogs top Heat 5-2, take 3-2 series lead

       http://www.thespec.com/Wire/Sports_Wire/NHL_Hockey_Wire/article/765993

  22. LesFleurs says:

    I’ve known Crosby since he played in midget and his personality and attitude have not changed a bit. He has the same attitude off the ice as he does on it. Everyone hated his guts. His skill was absolutely exceptional, but he had no friends. I felt a little bad for him actually. You know there’s something wrong when a high school hockey superstar can’t get a girl to like him haha.

    One of the best moments I remember was when my friend Matt chased him out of the rink screaming “I’m gonna break your legs you little f****t.”

  23. jcflorence says:

    have to admit… if u r out west, you have had a closer look..

     

    poison? really ?

     

    our team rocks

  24. habs001 says:

    the team has given great effort in the playoffs but lack of scoring is catching up…this lack of scoring i just dont see how it will be resolved next season as no cap room…no goal scoring prospects in the minors for next year…plecks ,ak46,sk74 may leave….teams will not trade a top scorer for a goalie…puoliot looks like his talent level is closer to what it was in minnesota than the streak he was on here …markov may have to be considered in a trade…even if everyone comes back our scoring would be in the bottom half of the nhl and even with great goaltending and d the team would be a 500 team in regulation as scoring 1-2 goals most nights over 82 games results in losing as many games as winning….the team has not been able to produce one homegrown 21-23 year old forward with any scoring abilities

  25. VancouverHab says:

    Ri-i-i-i-ght: let’s get the foulest most cretinous player recent history (he received publically the harshest insult of which Don Cherry is capable of giving), a career-long loser with a sullen self-righteous attitude, and the greatest distance between power-forward potentiality to competitive return since…. Eric Lindros, and let him bugger up our happy & productive dressing room chemistry. Great idea!

    Not.

  26. VancouverHab says:

    Fair point — apologies, Mr. X, in that case.

  27. isirota1965 says:

    “Maybe so, but this team gave the Stanley Cup champions all they could handle in their own barn.”

    Not if you were watching Versus, whose announcers constantly conveyed the impression that the Canadiens should have felt honoured that the superior, classy Penguins allowed them into their building.

  28. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I was One of those wanting to cut-out the circus and cancer of Kovalev,  in the end understood Tanguay was another word for milquetoast …knew Saku was getting ‘tired’ …etc., etc.

    …AND after soon-recovering from The Trade, I saw these character-pieces coming together

    …so I and Others recognized WHAT was happening as far as reshaping the ‘character’of Our Team

    …BUT, NO ONE, I am certain, understood, just How Profound the change would be …until now …including Bob Gainey

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  29. Bob Barker says:

    Your comment makes zero sense. Everyone is now dumber for having read what you just wrote. 

  30. jew4jah says:

    josh gorges is gumby

  31. dicktracy says:

    OK well said, but on the other hand is 1 thumb and four fingers

  32. 11habs11 says:

    I think bertuzzi is a poison. Everywhere he goes, the team gets worse, and it seems like he makes the kinds of plays that just kills the team

  33. Tighthead says:

    Boone,

    Luongo is an overrated whiner.  The Canucks have kow-towed to him for years, and when things go sideways he has a knack for saying the absolute wrong thing.  I am sure Vigneault and the rest of the team are tired of his playoff burnouts, selfish comments and general underachievements.

     

  34. Clay4bc says:

    Context is important, Van Hab……TripleX certainly was NOT ragging on Gomez – he was providing a poignant rebuttle to the ridiculous comments by Exit. Read the posts again.

    _________________________

    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot -

  35. Bouleau noir says:

    I did….. in fact ALL of the personel movement that has occured since the hiring of Metropolit at the trade dead line of 2009 have been dead on…. from Metro to Moore and everything in between incuding the hiring of JM and Guy Boucher…. the list is just too long…. Gainey was on styroid the whole year….. but his turning around of the team within 24 hours on July’first showned as much first class GM skills as it showned his deep understanding of talents and of what a hockey team is all about.

  36. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m the idiot? You’re the one who went off in a tangent about a player we’re not facing, that Harani didn’t mention and who didn’t behave like a spoiled little **** for 5 games straight when we played him.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  37. Rob D says:

    If we had just one more guy other than Cammaleri who was on a streak scoring goals..just one of AK, Pouliot, Pleks,Gomer, we’d probably be winning this series. But we have one guy who can score, our best player out , another top 4 D-man out and now Gill is iffy. Still getting terrific goaltending but I think their clock is winding down. When they were playing 4 on 4 you could see the massive difference in talent, size and skill the Pens have. At some point, this team has to start finding people in the draft. Hope last year was the start on that we are all hoping for.

    Anyway, I am happy with what they have done this playoff run but its not over yet. I expect a full on effort next game and the Pens will have to take this seriies, ,it won’t be given to them.

    Detroit goes out and you could make a case that their decade long dominance is over. WE have a long way to get anywhere near that kind of total team excellence.But after this run, it doesn’t seem as far to go as it did during mid season.

  38. jcflorence says:

    Ive been saying this for a long time…..

    Seriously, lets pick-up BIG Bert this summer…

     

    Bertuzzi is  cheap and he’s huge with great hands

    under 1 million bucks….35…

     

    btw… our team rocks! 

  39. sidhu says:

    Or Sid when getting pushed at the end of a play by PK. 

  40. Curtis O Habs says:

    He calls him flower.  No “the”.  Flower, like the skunk in Bambi.

  41. showey47 says:

    So you knew pouliot is another”bobby blunder” yet you thought enough of him to pick him up for your pool? Odd. 

  42. VancouverHab says:

    Mr. X,  I support your right to say whatever you want, but if you’re ragging on Gomez in these playoffs, then you are just letting attitude get in the way of reality.

    I’m not knocking Pleks myself, but Pleks has a goalscorer’s role & he ain’t scoring, so people are going to say things when we lose (again, I love his hard work.)

    But Gomez is not there to score goals. He’s killing penalties (brilliantly), he’s adding the magic with the puck which destabilises the opponents, he’s backchecking (brilliantly), and he’s ADDING HIS STANLEY CUP WINNING CHARACTER to the mix, which is essential for playoff success.

    Again, I like lots of players right now (see my post below) and I have nothing bad to say about Pleks. But knocking Gomez (yet again) when we are on a playoff roll which is pure experience and character and which Gomez is at the centre of, well, you need to give your goalie mask a shake.

    Remember: Gomez has TWO STANLEY CUPS to back up your description of ‘playoff superstar.” Pleks has none. To repeat, that’s not Pleks’ fault & I love the guy, but you’re hoisting yourself by your own petard whenever you post such stuff.

  43. Clay4bc says:

    The “mirror” that got us this far is named Jaroslav Halak. Sign him now PG, for a long, long time.

    __________________________

    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot -

  44. Curtis O Habs says:

    The only thing that goes down easier than Lindsay Lohan on a coke bender is Bill Guerin on a Josh George`s crosscheck.

  45. rut1212 says:

    I fail to see any correlation between any points here… They thought they didn’t need a big centre because they assumed they already had 2 skilled wingers? And a lot of teams passed over Kopitar, not just Montreal.

  46. VancouverHab says:

    I say Game 7 and decent shot to win that. But whatever happens, this is off-the-charts great. Halak, Gomez, Gionta, Cammalleri, Gill, Gorges, Hamrlik, O’Byrne, Markov (until he went down), Lapierre, Pyatt & Subban give us everything we could want (Pleks, Moen, and Metro honourable mentions.) This is character hockey and I ‘m thrilled with this as a Hab fan. 

    I watched the Canucks yesterday for the first time in the playoffs & it was like night & day from the Habs.

    And, some good GM moves in the off-season (AK & SK can go, e.g.) of the quality that Bob Gainey did last year and all the guys that are making us proud will still be of age to repeat this playoffs’ glory.

  47. rut1212 says:

    Is Gill even actually out? Unless he can’t skate at all, I think he’ll be back out there. Though I guess a cut could seriously hurt his fantastic mobility.

  48. ooder says:

    is that a trick question sf?

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  49. Clay4bc says:

    Dude…all you do is whine. You make Crosby look positively masculine – well done. This team is playing their hearts out. Pleks is getting shut down like we are shutting down Crosby. Pleks is playing well. Give your head a shake and be proud of what these men have accomplished thus far.

    __________________________

    “Peoples will only be truly free when the last king is strangled by the bowels of the last priest” Francois Laignelot -

  50. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …best I bite My lip

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  51. SeriousFan09 says:

    I’m convinced that some people are self-appointed scouting experts and pretend they know everything about how NHL teams draft and scout based on their own internet research and living room analysis.

    I wonder which of us is right.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  52. SPATS says:

    I suspect Benny isn’t working hard enough on his conditioning. He arrived here well rested and came out of the gates quickly but has faded as the season has worn on. He looks to be a 1/2 step behind where he was earlier in the year and it’s shaken his confidence. 

    He needs to go through this experience and learn to stop looking for why he’s lost his confidence. It’s like golf, your swing goes awry and you start thinking and tinkering. He can’t react and he starts to ask why and it only gets worse. Hit the gym in the offseason Benny…this is the big league. You need to shape up and get that 1/2 step back, then you’ll regain the confidence you’re looking for. There are no shortcuts, just hard work. We need you – you’re the next great Hab!

  53. Exit716 says:

    The reason the Habs don’t have a dominant skilled young centre like Kopitar is because of the stupid Kostitsyn experiment.

    I’m convinced that’s why Price was taken fifth over all.

  54. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …when You consider it is basically only Cammy and Gionta scoring (with a one-game exception of AK doin’ WHAT He should be doin’ on a consistent-basis) …with the odd third/fourth-liner putting in a couple

    …when You consider, We have a ‘green’ (though talented) AHLer anchoring Our D …without Markov, Spacek and now Gill …Hammer aging before Our eyes …an out-of-His-depth D-liability Bergeron

    …when You consider Pouliot, AK (2 of Our supposed-Top 6 forwards ! )playin’ as IF in LaLaLand …Sergei with Leprosy …Plekanec doin’ EVERYTHING but scorin’, same with Gomez

    …EXACTLY WHAT MIRRORS HAVE WE BEEN PLAYING WITH TO GET THIS FAR ???

    …astounding, almost unbelievable to Me

    …it all brings Me back to July 1st 2009 …choking on My peanut butter and swiss-cheese sandwich when I heard We took over THAT albatross-of-a-contract from the New York Rangers of Scott Gomez …AND the following additions of Gionta, Cammaleri, Gill, et al …the jettisoning of Kovalev, Tanguay et al

    …potentially, We may be Toast and eliminated in Game 6 …but WHO ? could say They could see this great a heart transplant in Our Habs beginning on THAT day ?

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  55. sidhu says:

    AK is without inspiration out there, which is a total shame b/c Cammy and Pleks skate hard all the time.  He seems to be resigned to the fact that him and his brother will be out of Montreal soon.   I’d like to see Backes skating with Cammy and Pleks next season, he’s a right shot, crashes, bangs, and can score.

    Benny seems out of it, but he’s at least skating and forechecking. 

    We can win game 6, we need to find the right combos to get Benny going and some more production out of AK and Pleks.

  56. SeriousFan09 says:

    I didn’t realise this was a ‘who was worse’ contest and did Harani mention Ovechkin? No.

    Ovechkin played with a lot more class in our series with him than Crosby has in this one as well.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  57. TripleX says:

    Sorry 12 games.  Gomez is paid 7.3 million a year supposedly because he is a PLAYOFF SUPERSTAR and he has one less point then the floater Pleks.  Duh?

    In 82 games Pleks had 70 points for a 0.85 per game point average and in the playoffs 12 games and 9 points for a 0.75 per game point average.  A drop off of .10 in the tighter checking tougher playoffs is good in my opinion.

     

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  58. Bouleau noir says:

    It was a crucial game for the Penguins tonight and I expected them to win it in front of their fans…. in fact, with their full line-up and the few additional selected choices made to their roster to better counteract what they had learned from our stragegies of the last five games I thought that this game had tthe potential to be like a statement game by the Champs to clearly show their alleged superiority over us once and for all…… but it never happenned since all they could do was to win it by a single goal.

    Thus its pretty clear to me by now that had we not lost Markov this Champion team is not better than our own and that our chances at beatting them would have been pretty darned good…. thus our chances to make it all the way to the Cup Final would have been nothing short of excellent…. which isn’t quite the case without Markov, nevermind without Spacek and Gill….. and that hurts.

  59. Harani says:

    Many of you may know that I don’t have a much of a liking for Crosby and a few of you have even called me out on it. Although I don’t deny that he has a lot of talent, skill and hockey sense, it’s his personality and attitude that has ALWAYS bothered me, not a fan of his BS every night. Now that we have all had to endure him for 5 straight games, people realize how irritating and stupid his antics can be. Also, Malkin is clearly a beast when he brings it and he changes the mo with puckhogging shifts and uses his size accordingly. 

  60. Castor says:

    GO HABS. PROUD OF YOU GUYS!

  61. Harani says:

    Please don’t call MAF the Flower. Guy Laf;eur is The Flower, always. Agreed with everything else.

  62. Jbird says:

    The negative multiple personality commentators on this site are out of here.  Thank you 2010 Habs.  I predict 7.   

  63. ooder says:

    once again Malkin proved that pens go as he goes.

    Cindy is an image.. Malkin and Gonchar are what makes the pens tick

    ——————

    “I like what I’m seeing right now,” assessed Markov. “We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to be.”

  64. RetroMikey says:

    Yes, Pouliot has been a disappointment, I’ve got him in my pool.  Another Bobby blunder trade .

    Next season, we have to get bigger up front, yes the team is not giving up but they appear very tired compared to the big boys of Pittsburgh.

    If Plekanec is not scoring, is he worth over $4M a season?  Not in my books.

    First priority is to roll the red carpet after the season and sign Jaroslav Halakto a big ,fat ,long term, lucrative, no trade clause contract.

    Good luck Monday boyz, I was impressed they were not blown out in Pittsburgh, the pressure is now on us, not the Penguins.

     

     

     

     

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

  65. Exit716 says:

    Nice stats.

    Last time I checked, Montreal’s played 12 games.

    Second, Pleks has a whopping one more point than Gomez over that time.

    Whooppeee!

    Somehow, I have this crazy delusional idea that your leading scorer during the regular season should be able to at least maintain a consistent level during the playoffs.

    Hasn’t happened with Plekanec over the past three playoff years.

     

  66. vic says:

    I hope pouliot gets some good coaching,you see some of the moves he has made before he lost his confidence for some reson he looked great.,But something happened to pull him dowm and I look behind the bench

    Do you think Mueller will be here next year hes getting to much credit

  67. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Hal Gill …and Jaro Spacek …AND
    Andrei Markov …MIA ???

    …the 2009-version of Marc Andre Fleury showed-up this evenin’
    …Malkin has awoken …Crosby was Crosby …Letang another Josh Gorges
    only-with offensive skills …They WITH a Gonchar and We WITHOUT a
    Markov …enough early-bad (against Us) and non-calls (against dem) by
    the refs to change the early-Mo

    …Our lack of net-presence or sustained net-pressure on MAF made
    Flower’s job that much easier …as well as a smart, disciplined
    well-coached game by The Waddlers

    …YET !, We STILL came within
    ‘a whisker’ of pullin’ THIS game out of the
    fire !

    …all I can say at THIS time is I will not EVER, until the Final Horn Of The Final Game, underestimate this year’s version of Our Montreal Canadiens’ capacity to work a miracle

    …AND …was I the only One pleased to see Bob Gainey sitting next to Gauthier …watching His Team ?

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  68. Exit716 says:

    Pouliot and Kostitsyn are the same player.

    Guys picked way above where they should have been thanks to scouts thinking they were going to hit a home run.

    Pouliot’s been garbage all playoffs.

    Why are you shocked that another Trevor Timmins first round pick is flaming out, Mr. Boone?

    Timmins is not up to the job. There’s no excuse for Montreal to have such a poor draft record.

  69. LesFleurs says:

    Somehow I think it might be Crosby.

  70. TripleX says:

    Pleks – 13 games – 4 goals 6 assissts – 10 points

    Gomez – 13 games – 1 goal 7 assissts – 8 points

     Whatever dude!

     

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  71. Exit716 says:

    It would be nice if Plekanec raised his game a tad.

    Right now, based on his playoff performance he isn’t worth much more than $3.25 to $3.5.

    If they had a big centre to eat up some minutes, the burden on Gomez would be that much lighter.

     

  72. punkster says:

    Andrew, I sometimes feel the same way. Then I look at the roles both Gomez and Plakanec have to perform out there against two of the best teams in the league. Penalty kills, forechecking and backchecking, while part of their daily routines, have become the most important parts of their games during these playoffs. Why? Because they’re so damn good at it. Sure I’d like to see them score more but at this time of year I have no probelm with the roles they play so well. Look at the entire team and consider how most (unfortunately not all) of the guys have stepped into elavated roles. Examples: Gill (The Pylon turned Shot Blocker), Gorges (The Quiet Leader), O’B (The Maturiing Muscle), Spacek and Hamrlik (The Interchangeable Fill-Ins), Halak (The Little Engine That Could). Now look at the forwards and you’ll see similar pattern for some of them. Unfortunately a few have not been able to adapt and in reality we just don’t have the depth we need there. All in all I’m not unhappy with this team and I’m less inclined just now to rag on any individuals (apart from the K Bros…oh, but I digress ;).

    I
    FEEL THE PRIDE!

  73. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    You know, if the Habs were to win the Stanley Cup, the day after, there’d be guys here slagging Gomez, Gorges, smurfs, Gainey. JM, MAB, Gill, Pouliot, Pleks, Halak, and on and on. What an odd space hockey fandom is.

  74. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    lol

  75. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …come on Nova Scotia V …You don’t REALLY think most of Us wouldn’t want Sid on Our Team in a blink of an eye do you ? …come on

    …it’s in the heat of the battle …We ain’t rational right now

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

  76. Canadiangrrl says:

    You forgot Price, and the Brothers K.  Don’t forget the Brothers K! :)

  77. Mike Boone says:

    I like Gomez’s game because he is the only centre capable of getting the puck through the neutral zone and into enemy territory on a consistent basis. Once there, he is also good at corner battles and retaining possession long enough to tire out the Penguins’ D and find an open linemate. And I’m finding him mre effective than Pleks on both PP and PK.

  78. ABHabsfan says:

    Regarding the comment from Vignault about Luongo: he may not have picked a good time to say it but he is right. Luongo was outplayed by Niemi the other night. Rebound control was terrible and he flops around like a fish out of water. I realize he was in goal for the Gold and we will never forget that but he is not playing well. Compare his game to Halak; Jaro is always in control and is always square to the shooter, that’s why it seems so easy. Even on a breakaway from Malkin, Jaro doesn’t guess like Luongo would; he stays square and makes the shooter make a move first. The Canucks will have to score a lot of goals tonight if they are to keep playing this spring.

       Not much about the Habs in this comment but I have never been a fan of Luongo’s game. If Cam Ward would have been healthy, he would have been between the pipes for the Olympics IMO. Fleury was very good last night and really stole that game. I can’t see Luongo stealing a game

  79. nova scotia vees says:

    I hear ya Surrey, but what has me really steamed is Don and Ron.  Fans are usually delusional…me included.  What is Crosby to do when ASKED BY HNIC for an interview?  Say no?  Puppet-man Ron made a smart-a comment again last night, before they cut to a Crosby interview.  If I were Sid, I would say “stick it in your ear” HNIC.

    By the way, I have an inside source here in Novy that says Sid has an ankle injury.  I think they should rest him tonight (ha).  I wish.

    Go Habs.

  80. KC64 says:

    Agreed Boone, Gomez never stops battling and is the only forward capable of gaining the zone wit hthe puck as you said. Gomer may not have chalked up the points everyone thinks he should but he’s done everything else as good or better than expected.

    I also thought MAB played well and kept going after getting belted around by the Penguins, he’s done well in an adjusted role and doesn’t  deserve a lot of the abuse he recieves on here.

    We’ll stick it to them in Game 6…GO Habs Go!!

  81. Plek-Andrew says:

    Hey have you guys heard Habs Romance being played on Virgin Radio?

    I decided to remix it on drums :D check it out!

     

    Here’s to hoping they’ll eliminate the Pens!

     

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

  82. TripleX says:

    All the Gomez fans say take his salary out of the equation then look at his play.  Sorry, that is unrealistic.  In a cap era his contract is very relevant.

    For his salary grade I expect a performance like Toews or Holmstrom or HALAK.  A performance that single handedly carries the team to a victory.  I have not seen Gomez accomplish that feat during the 82 game season or in the playoffs.  For 7.3 million a year IT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

     

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  83. andrewberkshire says:

    Boone, I love ABL, but how exactly is Gomez playing great when he has less point and goals than Plekanec and gets all of the 1st wave PP time? The PP was Plekanec’s bread and butter throughout the season and now he’s relegated to the last 20 or so seconds of every PP with a bunch of struggling players.

  84. nova scotia vees says:

    Listen you bunch of hosers (oh, sorry I mean Crosby haters),  I know Sidney Crosby and trust me, he is well liked.  Where is “your friend Matt” playing now.  Jealously is an awful thing, eh.

    I have never seen a good Canadian kid vilified like this.  We all love Lafleur…the chain-smoking, reckless driver, who is ready to help his dirt-bag son, right.  Good Canadian boy! He was one of my heroes. and I am sick that I put him up there with Belliveau. 

     Crosby….all he does is learn to speak French, respect his elders, play for Canada whenever he is asked…score the Gold medal goal….etc., etc…But oh no, you still have to attack him personally.  Garbage posts, from low-lifers.

     So he complains when he is cross-checked and has been known to embellish.  Sounds more like Laps to me.

    Go Habs..

     

  85. Shublips says:

    Again, I was not impressed by the Pens.  They looked slow and tired.  The Habs did not get enough bodies to the net and did not win battles to loose pucks and rebounds.

    THAT is why they lost and not just because Fleury was great.  Habs made his life easy!
    http://www.habsaddict.com/2010/05/canadiens-penguins-pittsburgh-wins.html

    Habs can win, Monday and force Game Seven. Go Habs Go!

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  86. HardHabits says:

    no ifs, please, ifs don’t win championships

  87. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wonder what this series would look like if we’d had Spacek, Subban and Markov all playing since Game 1.

    Granted, Pouliot or AK doing their jobs would be awesome. Pouliot, head-case or coaching issue, who knows? AK, head-case, coaching or his epilepsy, who knows? Sergei not having issues with coach and apparently now his teammates would be awesome. Need goals from someone other than Cammalleri right now.

     

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu.
    http://habsandhockey.blogspot.com/

  88. HardHabits says:

    The PiL show I went to last night was over the top amazing. WOW!

    Check out this quote from his website:

    My body and mind is the Sex Pistols but my heart and soul is P.I.L.

    Montreal has been one of the most uplifting experiences of my life.

    This was bar none the best PiL concert ever.

    Thank you Scotty for making this possible.

    John Lydon, Public Image Ltd, May 8th 2010

    People complain about the Montreal fans but let me tell you this, very few places in the world bring the type of energy and knowledge to any spectacle, be it concert or sporting event, as we Montrealers do. This edition of the Habs already know what John Lydon discovered last night.

    Win or lose, Monday night the Bell Centre will be rockin’!!!!

     

     

     

     

  89. Danno says:

    Hear me now, believe me later…

    HABS IN SEVEN!

     

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

  90. RJ says:

    Isn’t AK such a lovely public skater? Watch him on his shift — far away from the puck, skating circles all over the place. A thing of beauty.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  91. Willy the bum says:

    I’m so amazed to see all the optimism after the crucial loss, it is all because of the new Habs pushing as far as it can goes.

    In Game 6, if the Habs lose it won’t matter, they’ll be proud to pull the final curtain in front of the fans, and we the fans are glad to have such team that will not back down and never give up, putting the “biggest” teams in frustration and desperation.  This should be the year we should remember by for a while.

    We hope to sign almost the same players for next year, and once it will happen they will go farther than ever.

    Go Habs, onto Game 6… all-or-nothing!!!

  92. JF says:

    We were less opportunistic than usual and Fleury was better than last game.  That was the difference.  We had some great chances but couldn’t bury them; and our injuries are catching up to us.  I’m not overly optimistic for Monday, especially if Gill can’t play, although I’m sure the team will give it everything they have.  But if Fleury is as good as he was last night, it’ll be another night of near-misses, with our guys going all out in the dying seconds for a goal that eludes them.  On the hopeful side, Cammalleri scored, which he hadn’t for a couple of games; during the season his goals came in bunches, so maybe he’s about to score a bunch.  He’ll need to, since the only other player scoring with any consistency is Gionta.

    Like everyone else, I’m disappointed with Pouliot, but I’m not ready to give up on him and I think he has actually not played badly the last few games.  It’s his first full year in the NHL and it’s possible his conditioning was not up to the level required.  Hopefully the playoffs will have been a learning experience for him.  I’m going to see how he does next season before passing judgment.

    Win or lose Monday, I love this team and I couldn’t be more proud of them.  There’s no comparison between this playoff run, with a team that never quits, never stops working, and never stops believing, and last year’s or even the year before.  And watching Game 4 between Chicago and Vancouver a couple of nights ago, I thought the Canucks showed a loss of composure and lack of class that we don’t see at all with the Habs, no matter what the situation.

  93. twilighthours says:

    As it happened with Ribeiro and Latenders, it’s probably time for the Habs to give up on the talented but underachieving Kostitsyn brothers.  If they go on to light the lamp elsewhere, oh well.  They weren’t going to do it here.

    Cammi said it best.  The team has come together and if you’re not on board then go play elsewhere.  

    To pre-empt he Gainey bashing: AKost’s failure is NOT on Gainey.  He scored nearly 30 and looked poised to become the dominant forward he should be, but something happened along the way (went bald, got hit by Sauer, had a petulant brother, signed a contract, whatever).  

    Regardless of the reason, it’s obviously time for him and his whiny brother to move on.  Seriously, give me Tom Pyatt any day of the week.  He’s got no finish but at least he gives a sh!t.

    As for last night, Habs played great!  If they play that way again on monday and get a little hungrier around the net, this baby’s going 7.

    Also, the officiating was fine last night.

  94. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    Andrei’s a relic. There are still fans who miss Kovalev, who provided mild and occasional entertainment on dismal teams while playing for himself. Andrei is limited in somewhat the same way – he would make one hell of a slot hockey figurine as long as the kid spinning the sticks was older than seven. The tragedy of the K bros is they were born too soon for the type of robotic brain implants that could have given them direction and hockey sense.

     

    This is a hockey team now, and after years of feeling masochistic and fatalistic because I loved the Habs, no matter what happens Monday, there is light now. Finally, I don’t just respect the sweater, I respect the guys wearing it again.

     

    Although as you can see, I’m having trouble with the K bros in that equation.

  95. 24 Cups says:

    AK46 not working out IS ON Gainey.  Everyone knew what the Habs needed in 2003 and Gainey allowed his scouts to pick the wrong player at the wrong position during a draft that featured many players who would go on to become building blocks for their teams. 

    The failure of AK is not about Andrei – it’s about Gainey.  Six years later Gaieny compounds his mistake by making another one when he desperately trades for Gomez.

    The reason we are losing this series (which we could have won) is because AK46 and Pouliot are playing like crap.  Their subpar play means we no longer have two top scoring lines.  We have lost two very close games due to a lack of scoring and presence in front of the Pittsburgh net.  Those are roles that these top ten draft picks are supposed to fill.

  96. TommyB says:

    Excellent “About Last Night” again this morning.  You summed up last night, and the situation in general, pretty nicely.  Regarding the Canucks…agree with you on Vigneault.  Stunned to see him throw Luongo under the bus, and he has not been alone.  Some team mates have begun parrotting him.  Agree with you.  It will be bye-bye Alain.  Thanks for pointing out, to all who did not watch the game on CBC last night, the comments from Don Cherry on another interview with Sidney Crosby.  I actually stood up from my chair and cheered for Don when he said that.

    I for one believe we will see a game 7 in this series.  Even if we don’t, this year’s playoff edition of the Habs have been nothing but fun and pure enjoyment.  We got our money’s worth.

     

  97. nova scotia vees says:

    Oh come on….Don Cherry has been a “Crosby-hater” since day one.  It’s not Sid’s  fault that HNIC wants to interview him all the time.  Ovechkin wouldn’t give interviews during the Olympics, and wouldn’t answer any questions about Russia’s awful performance.  Now there’s a prima donna.

    Our guys are doing a great job on Sid, and Malkin won’t pass him the puck, so it’s tough to score. 

    I cheer for the Habs, and wish that we had gotten the Crosby pick…Remember we were only 2 picks away in the lottery.

    Don Cherry hates Montreal…but not as much as he hates Crosby.

  98. ds says:

    I got to say 1 or 2 missed calls last night the officiating was night and day better than game 5, I guess the NHL didn’t want the backlash.

    MTL will take this series to 7 games, Fleury does not play excellent back to back, game 4 he was solid, game 5 everything was going in.

    I hope J. Martin goes with what brought him this far, AK-TP-Cam, Gomez-Gionta-Pouillot.  By putting Cam with Gom&Gio on the PP it leaves Plekanacs with nobody.  Metropolit is a warrior but it’s obvious with his bad shoulder he can’t put the puck where he wants too, I’d rather Lapierre or Moore get some PP time instead, they can stick handle and shoot well enough and go for rebounds.

    Hal Gill’s injury may be bad but he will be back in game 6.  Crysby missing the empty net made the game worth while :)

  99. twilighthours says:

    Well Steve, as usual, I disagree with you.

    Firstly, most GMs will tell you that they pick the best player available, regardless of position.  Kostitsyn was originally thought to go in the top 5 but slipped due to health concerns.  Secondly, he was considered the real deal back then.  While you (rightly) rip Gainey for missing some real gems from that draft year, you also overlook a couple of big duds selected ahead of Kostitisyn: Zherdev and Michalek.  Even Horton and Phaneuf have had middling careers considering their draft position.

    Like I said, Kostitsyn was on the rise.  26 goals in 78 games as a sophomore.  Everyone in the world thought Kostitsyn was going to become that big strong 35-40 goal scorer.  Probably even you.  Then he signed a big contract and  got belted by Sauer.  Never been the same since. 

    That’s somehow Gainey’s fault?  See, the way I see it, Kostitsyn could have been and should have been as effective as Perry or Carter.  Now he’s not.

    Blame Gainey for the Laraque signing or the Tanguay deal.  Blame him for Ribeiro or ruining Price.  You can even “blame” him for Gomez (but that deal is a steal, in my opinion, despite the salary hit), but don’t blame Gainey for a highly skilled and promising player derailling his own career.

    (Although I do agree that one more top six forward would be making a huge difference.)

  100. nightmare_49 says:

       OMG - AGAIN. ………………….

     

       Motor City Steve – My Condolancences. ……………….  It’s Not Doom And Gloom In Detroit

     

     

     

     

     

    … in the entry draft in 2003 if we had ……….. SK24.

  101. 24 Cups says:

    th – My frustration that we didn’t get a building block out of the rich 2003 draft is well known.

    Having said that, I truly was hoping (earlier in the year) that the K brothers would mature and catch fire with the Habs. Not all young players develoop at the same rate and I was willing to give Andrei one more shot in 2010-11. Alas, it now looks like both of them will probably leave town.

    I certainly won’t be cheering if they do. We can’t afford to lose any more young talent.

  102. punkster says:

    Bah, that 2003 lament gets tired and saying Gainey made a mistake is not taking into account this individual’s personality. Who’s to say he wouldn’t have choked with other teams as well. He and his brother are enigmas, like that other AK we used to have. Maybe Gainey was partial to enigmas. The faiure is not on Gainey. It rests squarely on the shoulders of the guy who fails.

    FEEL THE PRIDE!

  103. nightmare_49 says:

    … from Pensburgh …………………………..

    Series advantage Pens. Now we shift back to Montreal where the Habs will be up against elimination on Monday. It’ll be nothing new for them, as they had their “backs to the wall” three straight games against Washington and played three of their strongest defensive games in that situation. ………………. read more

    http://www.pensburgh.com/2010/5/8/1464118/game-6-recap-oh-fense-from-de

  104. nightmare_49 says:

    n s v – You can say what you want about Childish Sid and i’ll probably would be on your side, but you can’t convince me that he isn’t a spoiled F…… Cry Baby. ………………….   He’s a Claude Lemieux type with a bigger mouth, that’s no way to win.

  105. TommyB says:

    I think you are missing the point here.  Crosby interview before the game, Crosby interview during the game, Crosby interview after the game…….enough already!  Like Cherry said, isn’t there anyone else who can speak?

  106. MikeMcLaren says:

    I really wonder if they won’t break out Markov for game 6…

    /\\ike
    GO HABS GO!

  107. punkster says:

    You know why this ain’t over Mike? Because everybody knows Montreal has the best looking women anywhere. No fat ladies here.

    No they don’t jam the front of the Pens net well or screen MAF often and they had a horrible night trying to complete passes. But they didn’t fold and they had lots of chances.

    FEEL THE PRIDE!

  108. Olay Olay Olay says:

    Looking forward to game 6. This team has blown me away all playoff long and I think I can speak for us all when I say that it’s damn fun to be a canadians fan these days.

  109. the_larry says:

    Regardless of how Game 6 turns out, the Habs deserve a HUGE stading ovation for their efforts in these playoffs. I havent been this proud of them ever! (too young to remember ’93)

  110. Keith says:

    Just got back from watching the game at a friends place. This series is FAR from over. I’m with Boone on this game tonight. Hab’s simply didn’t get the breaks when they needed them and Fleury was solid when he had to be. I predict a Game 7 back in Pittsburgh on wednesday because whenever this team’s back is against the wall, they come out fightin like a banshee with NOTHING TO LOSE. Come on Habs! Take this series to a Game 7. You can do it! GO HABS GO!!!

  111. habs-hampton says:

    Pleks hsn’t scored lately, but he’s not playing bad. The bright side is that this might help us sign him.

  112. habs-hampton says:

    There were some juicy rebounds there tonight, but our guys just weren’t in the right spots to cash in. Everyone seemed to be on the perimeter. We’ve got to get someone in front of the crease. Why haven’t they tried Moen or Laps on the PP screening Fleury? They love that stuff.


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