About last night …


It makes me nervous when the general manager of the Montreal Canadiens is thinking the same way as I about his team.
At 4 p.m. on trade deadline day, Marc Bergevin was talking about why he hadn’t made any major moves.
The GM’s goal, when the truncated NHL season began, was making the playoffs.
And although they haven’t clinched a postseason spot, Bergevin’s team will be playing hockey in May.
I view my team as a team that put themselves in a good position to make the playoffs,” Bergevin said.
The GM didn’t say so, but anything else is gravy. He’s playing with house money.
Bergevin talked about building “a good team for years to come” – a plan that made him reluctant to part with young prospects and/or draft choices.
Six hours later, the Canadiens were licking their wounds – figuratively and literally – after a 5-3 spanking in Philadelphia.

And back in Montreal, the Winnipeg Jets, who play the Canadiens at the Bell Centre Thursday night, were watching the game and licking their chops.

Andrew Ladd and Evander Kane probably paid particular attention to the ease with which Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds moved their big bodies into Carey Price’s kitchen. The Flyers net-crashers were unencumbered by any Canadiens defenceman – least of all by Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin. Nor did newcomer David Drewiske impress me as someone who’s going to do much crease-clearing.

(Props to Josh Gorges: He wasn’t on for any Philadelphia goals. But his D partner has had better nights … up to and including the mistake that led to Voracek’s empoty-netter.)

The Jets also may have noted the performance of Lars Eller, who was on for every Philadelphia goal except Jakub Voracek’s empty-netter. Eller was minus-4 and went 1-6 in the faceoff circle.

Eller was attempting to fill in for Tomas Plekanec, who left the game early in the second period. Plekanec sustained a groin injury and is listed as day-to-day.

He wasn’t the game’s only casualty. Max Pacioretty took a shot off his left ankle. No word on whether he’ll be able to play against Winnipeg.

In his postgame remarks, Michel Therrien said the Canadiens “didn’t match the intensity level” of the Flyers. The coach said six shots in 40 minutes – the Canadiens had four in the second period, two in the third – weren’t enough to win many hockey games.

Certainly not this one.

Trailing 3-2 after 55 minutes, their shot advantage notwithstanding, the Flyers kept up the pressure until the Canadiens inevitably wilted. Carey Price had kept them in the game up to that point, making several brilliant stops and being victimized by a few bad bounces.

The Flyers played with more desperation. They are 11th in the Eastern Conference. And if the Flyers were scoreboard watching, they would have noted a big win by the Rangers, who are one of the teams Philadelphia will have to catch in order to make the playoffs.

A win by the Canadiens would have put them three points behind faltering Pittsburgh for the Eastern Conference lead. And they have two games in hand on the Penguins.

The loss left the Canadiens one point ahead of Boston, with the Bruins holding a game in hand.

While the Canadiens attempt to get back on the winning track against Winnipeg – probably without Plekanec and Pacioretty – the Bruins will be playing the Devils in Boston. Then the Bruins are at the Bell Centre Saturday night.

It’s a tough week, and the schedule may be taking a toll. On L’Antichambre, Michel Bergeron suggested fatigue was a factor in Philadelphia.

“They’re a small team,” the diminutive former Nordiques/Rangers coach added. “Small teams get tired.”

Tired and slow. On the same telecast, Gaston Therrien said in order to win games, the Canadiens have to be faster than their opponents. They were not faster than the Flyers, rarely getting to loose pucks ahead of a Philadelphia defence depleted by the loss of Andrej Meszaros, Braydon Coburn and, of course, Chris Pronger.

Playing on the day his team traded for Steve Mason, Ilya Bryzgalov looked beatable. But the Canadiens couldn’t muster any sustained pressure to test him.

One positive note: the Canadiens’ penalty-killers were a perfect 3-for-3 against a Flyers power play that is, statistically, the league’s best. But with three chances, the Canadiens’ PP was impotent as well.

Did the two stupid staged fights affect the outcome?

The pugilists got the Philadelphia crowd going. But I didn’t see a definitive momentum swing.

The Flyers won because they were hungrier. They wanted the game more, and the Flyers’ in-your-face style – exemplified by Hartnell and Simmonds – carried the day.

So do you suppose Marc Bergevin cried himself to sleep wishing he’d traded the Canadiens’ first-round draft choice for Ryan Clowe?

I doubt it. The general manager takes the long view, and his vision of the Canadiens’ future was not clouded by what transpired at the Wells fargo Center.

There are, however, short term challenges.

Tomas Plekanec is one of the players – Carey Price and P.K. Subban are the others – the Canadiens can’t win without. Pleks does so much – plays against the other team’s best centre, kills penalties, wins crucial faceoffs, plays on the PP.

If  Plekanec is out for a while, the team is in trouble.

But maybe you can say the same about Boston without Patrice Bergeron.

And speaking of recalls from Hamilton – which we weren’t – the Bulldogs are in Texas.

So Gabriel Dumont – and maybe Michäel Bournival – will have an interesting day of travel to face the Jets in Montreal.






  1. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    “Crease Clearer” Noun: Large hockey player, often accompanied by larger stick wielded in a cross-checking or spearing motion for the purpose of removing an opponent from an opportune scoring area. Once prevalent across North America, rampant rule changes have decimated the ranks of Crease Clearers with only a few practicioners remaining, although they remain firmly entrenched in hockey folklore.

    Jeez, are they fishing for fallen fans off the Champlain Bridge?

    I love my man Boone but the greek chorus of Crease Clearers is completely off base. The Flyers goals weren’t the result of Flyers standing in the crease with truncheons, clubbing the puck like sealers of old. PK was the only guy in the crease when he kicked in his puck. Eller was perfectly positioned 6 feet away from the crease with inside position but couldn’t get enough leverarge against an even more perfect bank shot off the boards. Bouillon has inside position on Read and it goes in off Bouillion. Simonds comes from the back side and give is the pas de deux with his skate on a shot that is going wide …

    Commentariat Please! (a la Mike Piruglia)

    The Habs were flat from the get go … that’s all. Forget the acid flashback to le “systeme” … the second the Flyers tied it up, the Habs has their best start to a shift in the third period, just bad luck and bounces after that.

    “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  2. Sportfan says:

    Watch out for a possible playoff atmosphere tonight, the Jets are hungry for more points and the Habs will want to show that last night was just an odd off night.


  3. Habitoban says:

    A few littlel wishes for the next match:
    #67 play like a man your size (#11 ignore what I just said to #67)
    #21 stop the perimeter shooting – they don’t go in and there are no rebound opportunities when your mates are in a different time zone
    #76 stop throwing yourself at people – you are taking “throwing a check” too literally
    #8 and #32 fight to protect your teammates, otherwise show toughness by finishing your checks.

    • JarryPark says:

      Pls add on to #21 “or at least hit the net when you shoot”

      • Habfan17 says:

        As a whole they all need to hit the net more with their shots. Thy miss too many times, especially since this is what they do for a living. Maybe they need to shoot at a whole in the boards like the Flower used to do.


    • mksness says:

      subban has to be careful with those hits. they are the kind that can hurt players which could lead to a suspension or even worse hurting himself or sending a message it’s kool to hit like a madman right back at him.

      but i still love it lol

  4. JarryPark says:

    I don’t believe this team plays based on one player. MT has them playing a very successful team concept – everyone works for each other. Remove Plecs or Subban or Markov or even Price (not all at the same time of course) this team still finds a way to win. He challenges his players to step up given those opportunities. If Plecs is out, Lars will get that opportunity. Yesterday he was not ready for it….Today he will be!!

    You have to admit, until that empty netter we thought this was going into overtime…now is that not a great feeling to have about you team??

    • Chrisadiens says:

      I had the same feeling. I thought we would still find a way to get to OT. This team is so resilient and fun to watch.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • Brinkley says:

      Lars Eller?

      Eller has 4 goals this season……won’t provide the offense that Pleks does – doubt he is capable of filling Plek’s shoes.

      Eller’s career reminds me of Riberio’s career (it tookm a few years before Mike R. began to produce offensively – not sure Eller ever will).

      Would Therrian be better off returning Galchenyk to his natural center position?

      • JarryPark says:

        Too much pressure on Chucky. He is protected my MT (12 mins per game). Plecs’ line avg(s) – 15 to 17 mins inc PP. Plecs plays more (PK) This opportunity for Lars is part of his development. IMO.

  5. Kooch7800 says:

    So I keep reading Max P is also possibly hurt on here. Any details?

    Armstrong, pleks and now possibly Max in two games…bad luck

    Also, it is good for this team to lose now and again as it is good for the character of the club to know how to bounce back in the playoffs.

    “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  6. Habfan10912 says:

    Dumont recalled.

  7. Habsssssssswin says:

    Just was an off night. Can’t win them all. Pucks pinballing off skates,and going in. Bad bounces. “It” happens. Diaz returns with a little more speed. Bourque returns from injury. I would put Price in against the Jets tonight, and Budaj vs. Boston. He’s beaten the Bruins twice.

  8. slickrick says:

    Another over exaggerated sensationalist article. Man this really sounded like national media coverage again. The Pens loose 2 games and they are falling? We get a few bad bounces last night and you make it sound like we were dominated. More emphasis on how “small” we are…. Give me a break on all of it! like they say, you can’t win ’em all. Go Habs Go!

  9. 24 Cups says:

    It appears that the Habs don’t have a 4th (The Wiz) or 5th round (Drewiske) pick in the draft this summer. Is that correct?

  10. VeteranFan says:

    win or lose, a little consistency from the officials would be a nice change. This “sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t” a penalty is offputting.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Agree Vet. I have Centre Ice and often watch several games at the same time. You think its bad within a game? Holy crap! Its even worse when comparing game to game. League has a big problem.

  11. Chrisadiens says:

    You people saying we need to get bigger need to realize that’s what MB is doing. He knows what he needs to do. Getting Clowe for 25 games vs drafting 3 players that the organization will have for many years? Hmmmmm, I’ll take the 3 players. We are still in rebuilding mode. You people are acting like impatient kids. We are not going to go from last place to winning the cup in one year.

    “But I wanna get bigger nooooow! But I wanna win a cup noooooow!”. It doesn’t happen like that. We are building a cup team and to do that you need to draft/develop well. Giving picks away for Clowe is the Gauthier way. We are on the right path with MB. Acting like Clowe would have brought Lord Stanley over on his shoulder is ludicrous.

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      We fans are impatient, huh? Your point us valid and not just about hockey. It’s the instant result generation. Let’s be glad MB does not appear to be cut from that cloth.

  12. Steeltown Hab says:

    It’s been mentioned, but the 3 key cogs to this team are Plekanec, Subban, Price. Without any of the 3 we’re in a world of hurt.

    Excited to see the call-ups, expecting Dumont, if Pac is out as well I’m hoping to see someone with more offense than Blunden, maybe Bournival, Holland, Leblanc.

    Plain and simple though, considering the softer match-ups and OZ starts, Pac-DD-Gallagher need to be very dangerous every game. Galchenyuk has been great given his circumstances.

    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

  13. Luke says:

    Last night’s game reminded me very much of last year’s team.

    I’ll take comfort in the fact that there have been very few games this year in which this team reminded me of last year’s. Typically this season they have performed in a manner which made me think about how different these two season’s have been.

    Last night was the exception, not the rule.

  14. frontenac1 says:

    Man that 3rd period last night was brutal!Habs were out shot something like17-2? Flyers matched Mtl.speed and just plain out muscled them.They clearly wanted to win more.Price played well,kept it close until the end.Good to see Prust get in some licks at the end of his scrap.Saludos!

  15. 44har48 says:

    The standard is the standard fellas and the show goes on. We will miss Plekanecs like any of our players who get hurt, but we must push on and somebody has to step up. If we are as good as some of us think we are, we will persevere and find ways to win these games. Good teams find ways to win these games shorthanded.

  16. habstrinifan says:

    I dont know if I am going to be rebuked as an arhetypical troll, who foolishly fumes in a frantic and fretful fantod after each loss.

    But despite my efforts to remain calm and join in the feel-good fanfare of mission accomplished portayed by George Bush’s iconic
    premature denouement of his “mission” and echoed by our very own Commander-in-Chief B; (not to be confused with the trollish phrasing B Commannder-in-Chief); I have concerns.

    I, like Monsieur Timo, would like a definition of the term ‘future’.

    Mr W.Bush looked into the deserts of the Middle East on board the Carrier Lincoln, and suffered a strange cécité des neiges as far as the long term ‘future’.

    Mr. M. Bergevin looked out at the snow filled streets of Brossard on trade deadline day and suffered a decidedly cécité des neiges as far as the immediate future.

    I wonder if our Mr. B should have MORE considered the near future, which, obviously, Mr. W. B only did, and LESS considered the far future, which obviously, Mr. W. B never did.

  17. Chrisadiens says:

    Where’s Loonie? How about Kristo eh?

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

    • 44har48 says:

      I think it’s awesome, only 2 years, but like I said, I had heard a lot of pessimism regarding his chances of signing with the Habs. Props to a couple of guys on here that knew/said yesterday he would be signing soon.

  18. leehammer says:

    I was watching the game on some NBC stream (all I could find) and they had Rinaldo “miked up”. They played the tape of him during the fight, and you hear him ask Prust which shoulder he hurt. I love that fighter’s etiquette stuff but it also goes to show just how staged these fights are. I think that’s probably why Prust went easy on him at the end.

  19. Sportfan says:

    So about last night that was a bad dream right? Or is the crowd in Philly a factor.


  20. JF says:

    If Plekanec is out for a few games, we’ll probably lose most of them. On the other hand, a rest could help him in the playoffs, where he seems to get a bit burned out. Games without Plekanec will also be a chance for Eller to step up, which could benefit him. Glass half full… but the next couple of games will be tough.

  21. leehammer says:

    Can’t believe we were so outplayed and it was Bouillon on PK kicking pucks into our own net that sunk us. Price deserved to “steal” this one.

  22. frontenac1 says:

    Hey amigos,remember when Moen use to win fights?

  23. Cal says:

    Eller’s baptism of fire began last night when Pleks went down. He didn’t respond as well as I would like nor as well as he would like. If Pleks can’t go tonight, Eller will be better prepared and will show us what he can do. It’s going to be interesting.


    • Kooch7800 says:

      A lot of people on here think he is ready, here is a big opportunity for him. I hope he runs with it.

      No matter what to me though this team is much better with pleks in the line up than not

      “Keep your stick on the Ice”

  24. HabinBurlington says:

    I thought our newest DD looked okay given zero practise time with team. I put it this way, I rather see him on the ice than Kaberle or Weber.

  25. HabinBurlington says:

    In case some of you didn’t see the tweet from Stubbs, check out this Picture of Kristo at 4 months of age, as Stubbs says, Destiny.


  26. Ian Cobb says:

    This is very simple.
    We lost players and the game last night for only one reason. The second half of the game, Therrien let his team play Jacques Martin’s defense first style of game. We played rope-a-dope and let Philly come at us as we defended. Blocking shots defending and gaining the red line to just dump it in their end. No fore checking or pressure in Philly’s end. We did not skate worth a damn last night. We went back to playing like last year.

    Best defense, is a good offense! as well as not receiving hits, and shots at us in our end, causing injuries. Jacques Martin style defense first, creates more team injuries and errors than the way we were playing all year.
    Better get back to skating and shooting boys! I still love ya!

  27. mksness says:

    so 3 goals on price were off our players or a skate. these things happen. Habs can’t sit back though.

    But i think the biggest problem in last night’s 3rd period was pleks being injured. People tend to under estimate the guy. not sure what the injury is but this team will be tested now. our apparent log jam at center will have to step up now.

    • jmsheehy19 says:

      Agreed on Pleks. Though if it’s nothing major (let’s say 3 or 4 games for full recovery), it gives us a nice opportunity to see Eller with better linemates and Galchenyuk back at Center.

      Considering we’re playing for seeding rather than to make the playoffs, this should be a more interesting week than a desperate one.

      • mksness says:

        it will be eller’s times to step up. i’ve seen a lot of speed from him creating chances really out of some nothing plays lately. my only advice for eller is not to over use that drop pass, it’s rather easy to predict :-p

    • leehammer says:

      Totally agree re: Pleks. When he’s out you see what a hole he leaves in the lineup. He quietly holds this team together with everything he does.

    • smiley says:

      But you get goals like that by going to the net. 6 shots in the last 2 periods is brutal. And Moen and Prust should have declined fighting when we were up 1-0. It awoke the Flyers.
      I was gonig to say we are losing one guy per game due to injuries but if Max Pac is out with Pleks tonight than we are losing 2 guys per game. Going to be a tough game tonight.

      • mksness says:

        the fights didn’t give philly anything… fan got exited for a few minutes but that was about it.

        you’re right about driving to the net though. good things happen when you do it but i think the habs were a bit lost with pleks out of the lineup, they were a no show in the 3rd

  28. TommyB says:

    The trade deadline has come and gone with Bergevin not making any deals involving current roster players or young prospects, and for that I am thankful. I like the chemistry of this team, and I like the look of some of our prospects. Building for the long term is the way I like to see it.

    Glancing at the poll question this morning, I couldn’t help but smirk just a little bit cynically. YES the Habs could win the Stanley Cup this year….but, so could seven other teams in the Eastern Conference.

    I don’t think there is one team currently in playoff position, or threatening to attain a playoff position, that we could say for sure the Habs would beat in a seven game series. Many of those teams below us are playing some good hockey, with Pittsburgh and Boston still being the teams to beat in the East regardless of what the final standings are. Toronto and Ottawa would both present a very big challenge in a seven game series. Look at any of the 4 or 5 contenders for the remaining two playoff spots, and you have to admit that the Habs would have to be on their game even against them, if they are to win a series.

    I didn’t mention the Jets for a reason, until now, for the reason that it could just as easily be Carolina or Washington instead of the Jets. That 3rd place spot is up for grabs between one of those three under a ridiculous playoff qualifying system that, hallelujah, goes out the window next year. But even looking at those teams, you have to look at how they are playing down the finish in April, and disregard the rest of the shortened season. One of them will qualify for a home advantage playoff series while finishing 15 to 20 points behind the rest of the playoff teams.

    One might think (as do some Habs fans that I talk to) that it would be a good idea to finish in sixth place, thereby securing a playoff series with one of those “lesser” qualified teams, but that could be a recipe for disaster. I would like to see the Habs finish as high as they can. First in the Conference, first in the Division…as high as they can possibly achieve. Let the cards fall where they will as far as first round opponent. This is what good teams do. If you’re building a good team, get into those habits right now. I’m sure Marc Bergevin sees it that way, and I hope most Habs fans also see it that way. You really can’t judge any team on their performance in half of a season, so when we look at our Habs, let’s try to keep all of that in mind. This year’s playoffs have the potential to be very exciting for us, or a bit disappointing for us. I just want to see the Habs compete…for years to come.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Good perspective Tommy.

    • mksness says:

      i didn’t like the rental market at all. but i think the type of players the habs wanted weren’t available since too many teams are still in the hunt for a spot. it’s way easier to make trades towards the draft

      lets also remember that the cole/ryder trade made a good impact on the team and at the time i thought it was a stupid trade

      • TommyB says:

        Or, perhaps the type of players that the Habs wanted would have come at the cost of someone off of our current roster, or a prospect that we cannot afford to give away. Something previous management might have done. I’m on board with your thoughts on the Cole/Ryder deal. I think it has worked out fine.

        • mksness says:

          if you make your team better you make the move. not all prospects will be stars. lately montreal is on a good run with their picks but i mean you don’t have to go too far back to see that a former 1st pick in leblanc doesn’t look like he’ll be a nhler. so things happen.

          i’m fine with giving up any player as long you get something that makes your team better.

    • Mustang says:

      About the poll question; the results of the poll would be quite different if the words “could win” were changed to “will win” the Cup this year. As Tommy has said, many teams including the Habs could win but I feel the Habs are still a year or two away from being favoured to win.

    • CanadienBoy says:

      Very good as well last night Philly where on PK all the time ,they make sure to always finish they check on him and they really target Bouillon and the new guys with they last line change add a few good bounces and we lost , a lot of teams will play them the same way

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Great post. We don’t want to be a one trick piny. MB is building a long term successful franchise.

  29. Jimmy9Toes says:

    I don’t know which is worse, Timo’s constant whining about this team and its management or his Ali G avatar? I mean how you take any of his comments seriously when he constantly wants this team to trade for MAB? At least the trade deadline is over and MAB went to Carolina.

    • geo_habsgo says:

      Jimmy, there are just some mysteries we aren’t supposed to solve in this world. Don’t try to understand Timo, he is an enigma.

      • Chrisadiens says:

        I to think, I supported the “Free Timo” campaign. He’s gone off the deep end.

        Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

        • Habfan10912 says:

          In defense of Timo he always has offered an alternative viewpoint but always does so without name calling or insulting others. Although I disagree with his post often I respect and enjoy hearing his opinions. I think Timo may be like scotch. An inquired taste perhaps?

          • geo_habsgo says:

            I like Timo and he is certainly not a troll although he walks that line sometimes. I agree, he never get’s on anybody’s case here. It’s not a community if we don’t have some screwballs and he is the first to admit he is one!

  30. HabinBurlington says:

    Not a great effort from the team, and Philly capitalized. Hopefully this team bounces back tonight. I think we saw last night how valuable Tomas Plekanec is to this team. Hope he is okay.

    • smiley says:

      Groin injuries can be like concussions. Could be a week or could be lots longer. Ask Tom Fergus. He was out 2 years and had to have surgery. I’m sure Pleks will be back within a week.

  31. Marcusman says:

    If I was the GM I’d be putting Kristo in tonight….baptism by fire! See what he’s made of …he’s 22, a long time hold out..give him a taste and see what happens.

    • Habfan17 says:

      Kristo was not a hold out. He wanted to win the NCAA championship, plain and simple. That is not holding out. I would give him a few games in Hamilton to learn the system and get comfortable.


      • Marcusman says:

        Ok so he was a somewhat a hold out, you say tomato and I say tomato….had he held out to finish uni. he would of played two seasons with the dogs/ or CH already.

        Now back to the idea of him playing tonight?

        • HabinBurlington says:

          Damn these college kids, having the nerve to want a University Degree and possibly a championship while there. Hopefully he can soon learn about working for the man…..

          • Strummer says:

            Yeah, the nerve – especially in a lockout season – missed out on following Sid around Manhattan in the latest shorts and flip-flop attire.

            “It’s just an opinion – I could be wrong”

        • Ozmodiar says:

          Nope, not ‘somewhat’ of a hold out either. The words “hold out” shouldn’t be used at all.

          Now, back to Kristo. I think he’s already in Texas with the ‘dogs.

    • Habfan10912 says:

      Playing college hockey at North Dakota is a lot like playing football at Notre Same, basketball at Duke and Baseball at Arizona. Its just not a regular college sport. He was the king of campus there and it was the best days of his life. Nothing he does moving forward will match what he experienced there. The mkid recognized this and money could not move him away from that. Good on him. Now he’s ours.

  32. Lafleurguy says:

    Davis Drewiske is the “Ghost of Christmas Future” for several of our young D prospects. I thought he played well.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Andy and the habs says:

      Coaching is only starting with him too. Imagine couple of mistakes he made last night. They will probably go through the videos today. Hopefully he is willing to learn.

    • Habfan17 says:

      At times he was a pleasant surprise and seemed pretty good, like a slightly bigger Gorges. At times he looked less than ordinary. It was his first game and on short notice too. I’d like to see how he is doing after 10 games. Yesterday someone posted that they would rather have had the 5th round pick since Timmens seems to find hidden gems in the later rounds. Maybe this is Timmens pick!


  33. Skeptical says:

    We sucked for 2-periods and loss. That’s how it works when you don’t come to play 60-minutes every team does it once in awhile …..

    someone said we’d be playing for the cup against Minnesota. Not gonna touch that one ….Repeat after me. (our father)

    • Captain aHab says:

      That’s the thing with this team….the few times thy’ve had a bad game, they have been putrid to the point of completely writing it off. They sleepwalked through the game last night and Philly still needed late goals to beat them. I’m not worried. Let Pleks sit for a while and see what Eller can do for an extended period with solid wingers. It’ll give MB more info about his youth.

      Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  34. Lafleurguy says:

    The team is keeping to a familiar script. Last week, we had this season’s biggest celebration if 2,500 post-game posts represent anything. After losing 1-0 to the Penguins despite playing well, team was down 5-3 and being outplayed in Beantown. Then fortuitous bounces off Seidenberg’s face and Zdeno’s big stick, some five-hole work by Brendan, and the jubilation began. At this moment, I feel much tension, mainly because of Plekanec’s injury, and tonight is one of the bigger tests this season. I’ve got measuring-stick-burnout, so I’ll just do some cramming instead for a test.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

  35. DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

    I was really angry with last night’s loss too, and the calmer comments on the blog served well to settle me down. I think the frustration comes with the fact that we finally have a team to be proud of and they can’t seem to beat the teams I desperately want them to beat, like Philly and the Bruins (they were lucky last game) and the fracking Leafs. Racking up wins against Carolina and Tampa and the Panthers is nice, but I’m not looking for nice.

  36. SlovakHab says:

    All this stuff about “small Habs” makes me cringe. Absolute nonsense. Small teams get tired and shit like that. Typical Canadian obsession with size. Crosby and all of his 5’11 is laughing in your face.

    On top of that, sore losers are out today. Timo has 7 comments on this page alone. Normally doesn’t have 7 comments in the whole thread after a win.

    All this mess shows me that people in Montreal have little to do in their free time besides watching hockey, especially in winter. So when something goes wrong, people overreact. Like a girl that you are addicted to, if something goes wrong you just lose your shit.

    Chill out, people. Get a hobby or two.

  37. Bogie Man says:

    Ok I do not think the ship is sinking, atleast not yet. However I am very concerned about the message MB is sending to the players. I understand the players are professionals but lets take that out of the equation for a minute and think about the impact of doing nothing during the (or very little it seems) up to and during the trade deadline. The message is we are building for the future (we will not win the cup this year!) Regardless of whether we can or cannot win the cup this year the message will likely be translated in the dressing room is that we are not good enough. Maybe I am reading too much into this, however the team played last night like they have been hit in the stomach. I think they all saw like we did that all we need to do is add a player or two of value and the team will contend. This not only did not happen it looks like it was never even a big thought or concern on the part of MB. These guys play to win the cup, if you say to them not this year boys, the impact can be demotivating. All I am saying is that I am concerned, nothing nore than that and I hope we beat the snot out of the Jets tonight and maybe my concerns will be eased up some. Go Habs Go!

    • Habfan17 says:

      I don’t see that a being the message at all. Rather, I see the message being that “you guys got us here and I don’t feel that we would be better bringing in another player. I have confidence in you guys we can win this with the guys we have”


    • JUST ME says:

      I would worry a lot if my boss told me i trust you ! Cause this is the message he gave. He made a few changes in the last weeks and kept in mind that he is building from the bottom up. If the big team is strong ,the farm team is exactly the opposite.

      As a member of a team i would rather we build for the long haul than try to win everything right now fail and then rebuild again and again and again…

      • Bogie Man says:

        But what concerns me is that he said that making the playoffs is good enough this year. Once they are in the playoff we will see then what will happen. Th point is now we are first in our division, second in the conference currently and a few tweaks in the roster would make us contend this year! Why would you not do this for the boys who are working their asses off now not next year or the year after. NOW!

  38. Lafleurguy says:

    Surprised by the lack dirty play by the Flyers. Cleaner than the Bruins. Only cheap-shot artist I noticed was Scott Hartnell, but I suppose it is how he made a career in the NHL for himself. Lars did not easlily blend in with Gionta and Ryder. Plekanec is, as Boone stated, essential and will be conspicuous by his absence. Grind it out time, wins will not be easy in the remaning 12. Jets have lost 4 in a row and will play with desperation. Pittsburgh lost as you all know, even with all the new guys. If Rangers make it in seventh or eighth, best to avoid them in the first round.

    “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Marc10 says:

      It’s going to be a pretty hard finish. So many teams trying to make it into the show and playing with desperation.

      Composure and smart play are going to be paramount. When our team rolls four lines, we’re a handful. Let’s see who can match our pace when the real season begins.

      As for NYR, they did well too get rid of Gaborik. It’s nice to see there are still idiots in Columbus. That said, bring them on. We’ll have to slay a giant sometime…

      • Lafleurguy says:

        Interesting set of game outcomes, M. Just because they were thrashed 6-1 doesn’t sway me to choose Rangers over Penguins in a series. There have been injury factors this year but of a lesser magnitude than last year. Luck, I suppose is the only way we can avoid a major injury. Pleks should be out briefer than Crosby, and hopefully, there aren’t any foot fractures, Lecavalier’s plight. There is tension in the air!

        “May you live in interesting times.”

  39. Bob_Sacamano says:

    It´s funny here as usual after a loss. Three goals in the last five minutes and we suddenly talk about a spanking. Really? It was a bad performance but on most nights we´ll get a least a point with a 3-2 lead after 55 minutes.

    Why didn´t we get someone like Torres, Pominville or Clowe? Really, a dirty player like Torres? In tbe best case szenario everyone is healthy come playoff time and Kristo makes the team. Then we could have Prust and Bourque on the fourth line. Where would Torres even play?

    Pominville is another story. I´m sure Bergevin would have loved to get him but look at what the Wild had to give up. A 1st rounder, a 2nd rounder and two prospects. With Montreal being a divisional rival of the Sabres they would probably have wanted even more from us. Probably at least something like a 1st rounder, a 2nd rounder, Leblanc and Beaulieu or Tinordi.

    In less than 1.5 years when Pominville signs elsewhere, that trade could easily look worse than the Gomez one. Bergivin was absolutely right not to do something crazy and don´t get me started on Ryane Clowe. I´m glad MB is the GM and not some of the idiots here.

    Come draft time we´ll all be happy that our Head Scout who happens to be the best in the league has six picks in the first three rounds. We´ll add a couple of interesting prospects more and will be in an even better position after that. Meanwhile this team is good enough to make a very decent playoff run. While some of you keep bitching and whining I´ll continue to enjoy watching this team. You should try it, too.

    • Lafleurguy says:

      That one transaction alone (Pominville) makes Feaster look clueless. Exactly why did Iginla have to be traded before deadline day? Then they’re humiliated by their fiercest rival who is on an upward trajectory.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

    • Habitforming says:

      I’m sorry that you don’t see the value for this team with a guy like Torres on the roster, but a golden opportunity was missed yesterday. Torres for a 3rd rounder is a cheap price to pay since 3rd round picks have a 10% chance of making the NHL, let alone actually having a long career.

      I’m glad they didn’t sell the farm for some upgrades that are rentals, but you can also use the deadline to move things without a future in Montreal. First and second round picks are always off the table IMO, but anything after is fair game and as good as cash to me. Add guys like Leblanc, White, Moen, Patryn etc and you have the option for a good player to be coming our way for nothing we consider future.
      If it was known that Forsberg was available I would have taken a run at him, not sure if MB did or even knew about it, but Forsberg would be a big part of the future.

  40. topher5468 says:

    So glad we play again tonight, it’s a chance to get that bad taste out of my mouth from last night quickly. I know that we can’t win them all, but 6 shots thru 2 periods is woeful, even for an off night. I really hope Pleks is not out for any significant period of time. I think we got to see just how important he is, Faceoffs not withstanding, he does everything else.

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  41. The Cat says:

    My prediction for the Stanley Cup finals is Montreal vs Minnesota.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  42. ZimHabwe says:

    As one who uses this site for some objectivity from the commentariat in all things Canadiens, I count on a certain pool of regular posters to provide that. As I skim through the posts I can’t help but laugh. Particularly at the poster with the Ali G avatar. Somebody give that man a hug and tell him it’s gonna be alright.

  43. commandant says:

    Win 3 in a row. Lose 1, and let the freak out begin.

    This team sucks, they`ll be lucky to even make the playoffs, they are getting bounced first round, should have traded the equivalent of three 2nd round picks for Clowe, blah, blah, blah.

    Its sickening. There is absolutely zero perspective here.

    Its like you expected the team to go on a 20 game winning streak to end the season. As I`ve said before, the season cannot be judged on one individual game, losses will happen for every team, but on the bigger picture, which still has the team winning 3 of their last 4.

    I`m not even concerned about this loss. One bad game in a week that they play 4 games in 6 nights (and 5 in 8) is bound to happen. Thats hockey.

    The concerning thing is the health of Plekanec and Pacioretty. Thats what really could be worrisome.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • Marc10 says:

      Right there with you.

      So the boys played a bad game… Chill out gang. It’s going too be all right.

      Apparently Pleks will be OK and Max… Well he’s a mutant with amazing regenerative powers so no worries there.

      We’re still going to beat the Jets no matter what their one line team can throw at us. Go Habs Go!

    • Clay says:

      You forgot to mention how they embellish.

      ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

    • The key to HIO and bad Habs games is to see who is posting like that and then tune them out.

      Same donkey’s over and over.

      Like I said last night. One bad game in 7 equals a series win over any team in the entire league.

      We all seen what these guys can do when they play hard.

      3 goals last night without the Flyers actually shooting them into the net is hard to take but watching the Habs not play hard was worse. Oh well, one bad game a week is fine by me. (that’s not the average of course but you all know what I mean)

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    • The Cat says:

      Of course youre right. The masses are starved for some adversity as it will enhance the entertainment value. All the winning is getting old hat lol

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

    • Propwash says:

      See Commandant, you get it. The team is going to lose games, it happens. There is no time to dwell on it.


    • jmsheehy19 says:

      Losses make really wish we had an ignore button. The most annoying are the prophetic back patters. The say how terrible we are all the time, and only come back after a loss.

      It’s like that crazy guy who wears a parka all summer and then when it snows in November he yells, “HAHA TOLD YOU SO!!”

  44. smiler2729 says:

    “Pleks wins crucial faceoffs” LOL!

    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.

  45. Marc10 says:

    Credit the Flyers, they’re desperate and they wanted it more.

    Price was left to defend by himself and had Les Boys bothered to wake up, they could have closed this game out (even though they didn’t deserve the win…)

    Pleks will need to be replaced by Eller and guys will need to step up. Simple as that.

    I’m fine with the Habs sticking with the plan. It’s going to be tough on the kids as they slug it out to the finish.

    Y’en aura pas d’facile! I’ll trust the coach to show Yemmy how to play D and get the guys to wake up. Go Habs Go!

  46. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Yikes! Grumpy posts!
    Probably fair to say that in any group of 1000 people (judging by HIO poll figures), there are consistent proportions of full-glassers and empty-glassers.

    Clearly, the full-glassers hit the hay early last night!

    Very bad about Pleks.
    Can’t win getting 6 shot in 40 minutes! Of which the corollary issue is time with the puck — not enough.
    ALL made to look worse by the lusted-after Clowe having a good game and some of the Ranger billionaires waking up — they could ALWAYS do that at any time, and the odds of it were always going to increase in a playoff race.
    BY the same token, Sydney-less Pens went back to sleep. ANyone predicting they’ll miss the playoffs?!
    Good game Price.

  47. Clay says:

    Boone; I’m not easily offended…but that picture likening our GM to a war criminal – that’s extremely offensive. For shame.

    ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

    • Marc10 says:

      It’s a rather lame attempt at creating controversy.

      I don’t know that it would have been a good idea to run out and get Clowe at that price. Same thing with Jagr. It’s one hell of a coin flip when you’re not really in your roster’s cup window.

      The Rangers are there. So are the Bruins and the Pens. They have to try and win now, because they’re going to run into serious trouble in years to come shedding contracts or wearing bad ones. We’re not in that boat… and if we don’t win now (which we might very well do if the stars align under PK and Price), we’re building towards a very strong contender for years to come.

      I think Bergie made the smart play. We can still win today and our tomorrow is looking pretty fricken awesome. It’s called planning for the long term… something that idiot, war criminal didn’t do when he invaded Iraq.

  48. DickandDanny says:

    Are you kidding me? No acquisitions once again at the deadline. Same old management, just a bright new face. Give me a break already. If anyone honestly thinks we will get someone as good as Pominville, or Clowe with our first round pick, which I’m guessing will be 25-30th range, then your sadly mistaken my friends. And when will we see this first round phenom we pick, 4-5 yrs from now I imagine. We have a team that can win now. Enough of this BS about building for the future. If we don’t want to win this year then why do we buy tickets, why do we watch the games. We may as well just wait two to three years to tune in. What a load of crap. I’m tired of this lets build for the future. Why is it that other teams have little trouble making these deals. Does Shero worry about 2-3 years down the road. Hell no. He knows he’ll get new draft picks again next year, so he doesn’t worry. He worries about winning now, and every season for that matter. And btw what does Shero have on the rest of the GM’s anyways? Does he have naked photos with a goat or something? How does he do this year after year and yet we can’t even land one top 6 forward. I am disappointed and dis-illusioned. I thought things would be different with MB. Apparently i am wrong. Last year we talked about acquiring Brassard. Well, it appears HE WAS AVAILABLE Hello is anyone in Montreal management listening. I am pissed off royaly by this rediculous mgmt style, another year where we sit back and go, oh, geez, um nope better not make that deal, it may affect my great grand kids ability to watch the canadiens.

    “A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur”

    • thehabs21 says:

      dude could not agree more with everything you just said. We never do anything at the deadline while other teams just add and get stronger. I think those players could have been had without mortgaging any future. Honestly i dont think any of these deals prices were high except maybe Pominville. but again not seeing a charlie coyle in that deal or anything. Like Jagr, a second and 2 no names. So i guess we watch the games because you never know what can happen. But we’ve seen it year after year for the last 20 years. when will it be time to get a stud player?

      “I can’t really hear what Jeremy says, because I’ve got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears”

    • DD says:

      Pommenville was drafted in the second round, 55th overall, Clowe was drafted in the 6th round, 175th overall, so yes, it is very conceivable to get a player of more value, with a late first round pick, especially with Trevor Timmins at the wheel. Some examples of Timmins skills, Gallagher 147th, Pacioretty 22nd, Subban 43rd.

      I wouldn’t worry about wheeling and dealing, if I was Ray Shero either, let’s face it, he inherited a team that drafted first overall in 2003, 2005 and second overall 2004, 2006. Having said that, there has to be a thought in the Penguin collective that these players are not getting any younger, and it’s a ‘now or never’ mentality, especially seeing how Gino and Syd have both been through long term injuries lately, Jordan Staal is gone, and Fleury has been hot and cold for a few years now.

      I think MB is on the right track. Stay the course, and let the chips fall where they may. This team has been consistently in the game all year, and can beat any team on any night. Anything can happen in the play-offs. I think the message he’s sending the team is right message to this team. I trust you guys, go get it done.

      • DickandDanny says:

        Your missing my point. If we consider what your saying then apply that thinking to Montreal situation. We also have players who have been here awhile and want to win now, players that have been through the rough times, and who have sustained injuries also, incl Plekanec, Markov, Pacioretty, Moen, Gorges, and Gionta. So, how long exactly do you have to toll in mediocrity before you win the Cup. We have not contended for a cup in 20 years. Is that long enough? How long should we rebuild for? 25 years, 30, how about 50 years. C’mon man smell the coffee. A hockey players career is relatively short. If your continually building for the future you are also continulaly losing integral parts because of age, retirement, injury. Build it for now. Build it to win. No excuses. The young kids in Chicago all won a cup by the time they were 20-23 years. The same thing happened in Pittsburgh. It happened to the boys in Anaheim. The time to win is when the kids are still young, not old veterans. If you don’t believe that then your not watching the same league I am. Just check these aforementioned cup winners and see how old their star players were when they won.

        “A cannonading blast from the wing, by Lafleur\”

        • thehabs21 says:

          Staal was a rookie in Carolina

          “I can’t really hear what Jeremy says, because I’ve got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears”

  49. Timo says:

    Can’t help but think that any of Clowe, Pomenville, Brossard, Ott, etc could have helped tonight. Any one of these player could ahve been had by Habs without giving up on “the future”.

    Btw, what is this “the future” that the management is shoving down our throats? Is “the future” means “the cup” or just another team full of “magic”? Just curious.

    Oh, and when will “the future” arrive?

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I think it’s pretty simple. When our AHL team is replete with prospects, and more are in the pipeline in the CHL, with others in Europe, and we’re flirting with the 50 contract limit and don’t have enough roster spots for all our young players, that’s when we start trading quantity for quality. Until then, we draft and develop and coach the hell out of the kids.

      Teams like the Bruins and the Penguins, with a stash of prospects in their back pockets, can go bargain hunting for veteran help. We don’t have that kind of wealth quite yet.

    • Andy and the habs says:

      Future means later than this season, it also means no panicky moves and look forward.

  50. Un Canadien errant says:

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    In any case, if you’re interested you can visit


  51. sweetmad says:

    So we lost tonight tomorrow is another day, and for all those who think this is the end,I feel sorry for you one bad game and you give up,I can see you trying to hammer a nail,one knock on your finger and the nail never gets hammered in.Thats life you take some knocks and try again, but only fools give up,they never get any pleasure from life.
    Nobodies saying we were at our best,but so what you are always at your best I don’t think so.
    Its over there is another oppurtunity tomorrow,just got to grab that.
    Just hope Pleks and Patches are OK.

  52. hab fan in leaf jungle says:

    People, Calm down. Take a deep breath. It’s just one game and these are the big bad Flyers. I doubt we’ll get past the 1st round but we were at the BOTTOM last season and are in the playoffs this year. Listen to your negativity. The Habs are statitically great this year but we know in our hearts that they are not at the calibre level of the Bruins, Penguins, Black Hawks, Kings or the Ducks. I would say that the Habs are about 7th or 8th in the NHL as Cup contenders. That is a LOT better than being 15th in the Eastern Conference. This team is exciting to watch (except tonight) and I support them and hope the stars align and someone does some of our dirty work and some of the other team’s players get injured and our boys maybe get into the second round of the playoffs. Don’t jump off the wagon. Go Habs Go!!!

  53. jedimyrmidon says:

    Seeing three of those off-the-skate bounces make for a painful game.

    Seeing Pacs and Pleks injured is far worse though. Hopefully they’re both day-to-day.

    I would have rather seen a 6-0 loss than have those two injured (not that I want to see another 6-0 loss in the least).

  54. jols101 says:

    Vintage Timo tonight. Wow bro, you are pissed off.

  55. Timo says:

    I guess when Habs get bounced in the playoffs the them for the summer will be “but they did so much more than expected. It was almost magical”… right?

  56. HammerHab says:

    looks like bergevin used the trade deadline time to build a time machine…..this looked a heck of a lot like last year’s team….try to protect the lead, lose foot races, lose battles along the boards, weak on the puck and bad bounces….


    It’ll always be Habs Inside/Out to me

  57. The Dude says:

    2 G AND 1 assist for Clowe and a lot here said he’s washed up = Hockey Dunces ! He was exactly what the Habs needed!

    • Timo says:

      No, no. God forbid we gave up some picks. We are building for the future, don’t you know? Can’t sacrifice the future. Habs’ future BS is like listening about that communism that will make everyone’s life great and fulfilled.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Somehow I’m under the impression that last year you weren’t happy about Gainey and Gauthier giving away picks for the past 4 years, i.e., the future, and then getting bounced in the playoffs…

    • savethepuck says:

      Sounds like the same stats Kovalev had in his first game this year for the Panthers. Didn’t take long though for him to be a constant healthy scratch, forcing him to finally retire. Unbelievable how so many people put so much importance on one regular season game, whether it be the crap fest the Habs dialed in tonight in the second and third period, or the unlikely trouncing of the Penguins by the Rangers.
      Tonight does not mean the Rangers are better than the Penguins, and it definitely doesn’t mean that the Flyers are better than the Habs. It only means those teams played better tonight.
      Look at the standings.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Hey, it could be the collective effect of Brassard, Moore and Clowe, and not just Clowe on his own.

      Or it could be that Fleury was in nets.

    • Clay says:

      Yes, because careers are defined by single games. 🙄

      ☞ The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. ~ Richard Feynman ☜

  58. Timo says:

    It’s good that genius Bergevin has such faith in his players. I have faith too… faith that these losers will get gloriously bounced in the first round by just about any team that makes the playoffs. Today was a preview what opponents will be doing to the Habs. The defensive game was absolutely atrocious. The whole team didn’t have a freaking clue what to do in their own zone.

    Of course we don’t need big tough crease clearing dmen. Why? Gorges, Markov, Diaz, Bouillon will do marvelous job moving Simmond’s and Co out of the crease.

    Was it not clear to our genius brass that the close it gets to the playoffs the tougher it’s going to get, especially when it comes to playing teams who fight for a playoff spot? Is it not clear that Price will get pushed and shoved more and more often in the playoffs?

    But no – we are building for the future again. It’s been 20 years and they are still feeding us the future bullshit. F your future, Mr. Bergevin.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Timo, breathe. You’re taking this to excess. Yes a crease-clearer would have been nice, but we’re not the only ones looking for said commodity. Every team wants those guys. Mr. Bergevin clearly explained that he was in talks for the last few days, but wasn’t able to find anything he wanted at a price he was willing to pay.

  59. HabGabber says:

    Drewiski had a solid routine till he missed his double toe loop at the end.
    Looked pretty nimble for a big body.

  60. Prairienewf says:

    Best ranger trades of sather’s tenre. Except for the McDonough deal. Ouch! That one still smarts.

  61. habs001 says:

    The Habs have had an unexpected fantastic season so far..Lots of potential for the future and they are way ahead of where most people believed they would be after this year……..Anything in the playoffs will be a big bonus…As Habs fans we fantasize that the Habs pull of an unexpected cup win this year…But the reality is that if this roster was not the Habs but any other team i would bet there would be no Hab fans saying that this team at this stage has a chance of winning the cup….

  62. jols101 says:

    Battle of Alberta – All Oilers. 8-2. All the young guns, RNH, Hall, Eberle and Yakapov, lighting it up. Flames got rid of their best players but the Oilers are going to be great in a couple of years. If they can afford to keep all of these guys.

  63. Prairienewf says:

    Hope you’re right habsperspective. Win or lose let’s have some excitement.

  64. Prairienewf says:

    MB did right thing but would have been nice to have Clowe and Regher for playoffs.

  65. Prairienewf says:

    Hockey gods gave Habs the ‘boots’ tonight. Three goals of boots/ skates. Brutal but simply the result of constant pressure and overall domination.

  66. showey47 says:

    I felt drewiske played a solid game. Made smart and simple plays with the puck in his own zone played over 15 mins and didn’t look out of place in his first game. Can’t really ask for more out of your #6 dman.

  67. Garbo says:

    Things are REALLY looking up this season. I can’t wait for the playoffs! Hope we meet Bruins or Toronto, which will make for a good series.

  68. showey47 says:

    So with emelin having just as many goals and almost as many points as bouilllon and gorges combined. Is there a reason why emelin doesn’t get 2nd wave PP time? I like gorges and the cube but watching them on the PP is painful.

  69. showey47 says:

    Flyers were the better team but man talk about some bounces going their way. Lucky bounces off subban,simmonds and it looked like that 4th one went in off bouillon.Ah well,shit happens. Hopefully pleky and max won’t be out long.

  70. NLhabsfan says:

    See how we do tomorrow with out our top player…that’s a test for sure.

  71. gp52 says:

    Hi Mike,

    I too was unimpressed by our team tonite. I have a prediction which i hope will not come true. I was unimpressed by bergevins moves (nonmoves) today. This dewitzki kid will not help the team although he might ruin the chemistry with his poor play.
    Alot of teams got better today, none moreso than the Rangers who became a different team today. They just exploded. Canadian s will win only a few more games this year and will be hampered by injuries . if they play NYR in first round they will lose 4 straight. we have once again been lulled into a state of overevaluation of our habs thanks to them going 10 -0 against the week southeast division. Its a replay of 07 08 when we thot our conference champion habs would win the cup but only barely beat boston in the first round and then knocked out by Philly .

    Like i said i hope i’m not right!

  72. alfieturcotte says:

    Someone to clear the crease……well there was 6″5 Ryan O’Byrne but we failed to get him……could have had him on the cheap too.

    Sather’s trade paying very early dividends…..argh.

  73. Sportfan says:

    FIRST! And with that I say goodnight, tomorrows game will be interesting should be a good one!


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